History Jerkass / Literature

26th Nov '16 3:25:48 PM nombretomado
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** Eustace Clarence Scrubb in ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]''.
** Edmund Pevensie can be a jerkass in ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'', at least to Lucy.

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** Eustace Clarence Scrubb in ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]''.
''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''.
** Edmund Pevensie can be a jerkass in ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'', ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', at least to Lucy.
30th Oct '16 1:04:28 PM SimiOfDoom
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* Kallor from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is not a friendly fellow by any stretch of the word and of the opinion that bastardry is inherent in human nature, and as such every nasty thing he does and says is justified.
24th Oct '16 9:53:19 AM sgamer82
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, the city guard of Ankh-Morpork tend to be this for reasons of intimidation and respect. Most of the Watch use psychologically brutal interrogation methods and tend to have a hit-or-miss approach to the whole "catching the right guy" thing, which is ironic since their commander, Sam Vimes, is known for being a strong proponent of judicial ideals, even if he is cynical as sin. They are arguably justified in their methods, given how outnumbered they are by the criminal element, and how entrenched into the city structure the said criminals are. However, the officers' sense of responsibility and respect for Vimes, coupled with their propensity for frightening retribution against those who have harmed their own, or committed high crimes, tend to manage crime with some measure of efficiency..

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}:'':
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city guard of Ankh-Morpork tend to be this for reasons of intimidation and respect. Most of the Watch use psychologically brutal interrogation methods and tend to have a hit-or-miss approach to the whole "catching the right guy" thing, which is ironic since their commander, Sam Vimes, is known for being a strong proponent of judicial ideals, even if he is cynical as sin. They are arguably justified in their methods, given how outnumbered they are by the criminal element, and how entrenched into the city structure the said criminals are. However, the officers' sense of responsibility and respect for Vimes, coupled with their propensity for frightening retribution against those who have harmed their own, or committed high crimes, tend to manage crime with some measure of efficiency..



%% He probably gets overlooked for being such a relatively minor character, but Blaise Zabini ([[AscendedExtra after he finally appears]]) turns out to be a real asshole.


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%% He probably gets overlooked for being such a relatively minor character, but Blaise Zabini ([[AscendedExtra after he finally appears]]) turns out to be a real asshole.
24th Oct '16 9:51:50 AM sgamer82
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They deliberately dropped a magical candy in front of Dudley Dursley, knowing the muggle has problems with over-eating just to see what would happen. It was Two-Ton Tongue Taffy; Mr. Weasley had to fix it. Wizarding law is supposed to protect muggles from that kind of magical prank (in fact, it's a direct violation of the department their father belongs to, and it's one of the few moments where Arthur scolds the twins, but in their defense they only chose him as the victim "because he's a great bullying git", see below.) They also test their joke products on First Years (11 year old kids, some of whom are muggle-born and had little experience with magic beforehand), sneak into the Hogwarts kitchen to get snacks (then lie about how hard it was to steal the treats, even though the House elves willingly give away food if someone asks), and center most of their other 'pranks' on Percy Weasley. Said pranks include stealing and enchanted Percy's Head Boy badge, bewitching snowballs to attack him, trying to lock Percy into a pyramid in Egypt (only stopped because their mother caught them in time), and sending dung to Percy's office after he gets a job in the Ministry. (All of this happens before Percy decides he would rather stick with the Ministry than believe in Dumbledore like the rest of his family. Once Percy severs ties, they continue to insult him and throw mashed parsnips at him during the one family dinner Percy attends in a 2 1/2 year period. Yet Percy is the only one who apologizes for being a prat.)
** Dudley Dursley starts out as a mean bully, but when Harry saved him from Dementors in Book 5, [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that when he was having his soul sucked out, he saw every memory of himself objectively, causing a massive WhatHaveIDone moment for him. From then, he starts becoming better with Harry and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the last book, the two finally patch up. WordOfGod says they're on Christmas card relations]].]]
*** Dudley's parents, especially his father Vernon.
** He probably gets overlooked for being such a relatively minor character, but Blaise Zabini ([[AscendedExtra after he finally appears]]) turns out to be a real asshole.
** Cornelius Fudge is first presented as something of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but by [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], he's in full-blown jerkass mode.
** Conversely, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Dolores Umbridge]] probably wouldn't make this list because calling her a JerkAss would be like calling the sun lukewarm.
** [[AlphaBitch Pansy Parkinson]] is also one. It seems that she's there just to be a bitch. Oh, and she [[spoiler:agrees to hand Harry over to Voldemort when he attacks Hogwarts.]]

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They deliberately dropped a magical candy in front of Dudley Dursley, knowing the muggle has problems with over-eating and was on a forced diet just to see what would happen. It was Two-Ton Tongue Taffy; Mr. Weasley had to fix it. Wizarding law is supposed to protect muggles from that kind of magical prank (in prank. In fact, it's a direct violation of the very department their father belongs to, and it's one of the few moments where Arthur scolds the twins, but in while their offered defense is they only chose him as the victim "because he's a great bullying git", see below.) git". They also test their joke products on First Years (11 year old kids, first years, who are eleven year-old kids and, in some of whom are muggle-born and had cases, muggle-borns with little experience with magic beforehand), beforehand. By this time they've at least matured enough to both warn and pay those who act as test subjects. They regularly sneak into the Hogwarts kitchen to get snacks (then snacks, then lie about how hard it was to steal the treats, treats even though the House elves willingly give away food if someone asks), and asks. They center most of their other 'pranks' on Percy Weasley. Said pranks include stealing and enchanted enchanting Percy's Head Boy badge, badge to say "Big Head Boy", bewitching snowballs to attack him, trying to lock Percy into a pyramid in Egypt (only Egypt, which was only stopped because their mother caught them in time), time, and sending dung to Percy's office after he gets a job in the Ministry. (All All of this happens before Percy decides he would rather stick with the Ministry than believe in Dumbledore like the rest of his family. Once Percy severs ties, they continue to insult him and throw mashed parsnips at him during the one family dinner Percy attends in a 2 1/2 two and a half year period. Yet Percy is the only one who apologizes for being a prat.)
prat.
** Dudley Dursley starts out as a mean bully, but when bully and spoiled brat. One of the first times Harry used magic unconsciously was due to Dudley and his gang chasing Harry with intent to hurt him, prompting Harry to fly onto the roof. When Harry saved him from Dementors in Book 5, [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that when he was having his soul sucked out, he saw every [[spoiler:every memory of himself objectively, causing a massive WhatHaveIDone MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment for him.him]]. From then, he starts becoming better with Harry and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the last book, the two finally patch up. WordOfGod says they're on Christmas card relations]].]]
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Dudley's parents, especially his father Vernon.
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Vernon. Vernon is fond of making racist or bigoted remarks, like having a "Japanese golfer joke" for social occasions. He regularly mistreats Harry, hoping to stomp the magic out of him, by forcing him to live in a cupboard under the stairs and punishing him for any perceived transgression. Vernon's wife, Harry's Aunt Petunia, blatantly favors Dudley over Harry, treats Harry much the same as Vernon, and is generally presented as the neighborhood busybody. She proves sympathetic when it's revealed she forced Vernon to take Harry in [[spoiler:because it was the only way to protect his life]] and a lot of her animosity stemmed from [[spoiler:bitter jealousy that Lily had magic and she did not]].
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He probably gets overlooked for being such a relatively minor character, but Blaise Zabini ([[AscendedExtra after he finally appears]]) turns out to be a real asshole.
** Cornelius Fudge is first presented as something of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but by [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], he's in full-blown jerkass mode.
mode as he steadfastly ignores ''any'' evidence that Voldemort has returned, going so far as to run a smear campaign against Dumbledore.
** Conversely, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Dolores Umbridge]] probably wouldn't make this list because calling her a JerkAss would be like calling the sun lukewarm.
lukewarm. Her time at Hogwarts consists of going from SadistTeacher to TyrantTakesTheHelm, and implementing punishments like writing lines with a quill that uses the writer's own blood as ink.
** [[AlphaBitch Pansy Parkinson]] is also one. It seems that she's there just to be a bitch. Oh, and Parkinson. Outside of typical AlphaBitch behavior, she [[spoiler:agrees is the one to hand suggest [[spoiler:handing Harry over to Voldemort when he attacks Hogwarts.]]
24th Oct '16 9:37:05 AM sgamer82
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* Mitch, Glenn, and Terry of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth''. The trio are tabletop gamers more concerned with killing and looting instead of "dumb shit like role-playing." When their first party dies in ''[=NPCs=]'', they force TokenGoodTeammate Tim to make a knight instead of the paladin he'd prefer because a paladin would be obliged to stop their antics. By the time of ''Going Rogue'', they have to make an hour commute to meet a potential GM because nobody else will tolerate them.

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* Mitch, Glenn, and Terry of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth''. The trio are tabletop gamers more concerned with killing and looting instead of "dumb shit like role-playing." When their first party dies in ''[=NPCs=]'', at the beginning of the series, they force TokenGoodTeammate Tim to make a knight instead of the paladin he'd prefer because a paladin would be obliged to stop their antics. By the time of the third book, ''Going Rogue'', they have to make an hour commute to meet a potential GM because nobody else will tolerate them.
24th Oct '16 9:36:05 AM sgamer82
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* Mitch, Glenn, and Terry of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'. The trio are tabletop gamers more concerned with killing and looting instead of "dumb shit like role-playing." When their first party dies in ''[=NPCs=]'', they force TokenGoodTeammate Tim to make a knight instead of the paladin he'd prefer because a paladin would be obliged to stop their antics. By the time of ''Going Rogue'', they have to make an hour commute to meet a potential GM because nobody else will tolerate them.

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* Mitch, Glenn, and Terry of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'.''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth''. The trio are tabletop gamers more concerned with killing and looting instead of "dumb shit like role-playing." When their first party dies in ''[=NPCs=]'', they force TokenGoodTeammate Tim to make a knight instead of the paladin he'd prefer because a paladin would be obliged to stop their antics. By the time of ''Going Rogue'', they have to make an hour commute to meet a potential GM because nobody else will tolerate them.
24th Oct '16 9:35:39 AM sgamer82
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* Bryce, his father, and his friend Garret from ''Literature/Flipped''. Bryce for self-assertion, Garret and Mr. Loski just for the sake of being it. Naturally, the former grows out of it by the end while the latter two don't (Mrs. Loski is on the verge of getting a divorce by the end of the novel).
** The Loski's daughter seems to be this too. Really tells you how great of a parent the father is.

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* ''Literature/{{Flipped}}:''
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Bryce, his father, and his friend Garret from ''Literature/Flipped''.Garret. Bryce for self-assertion, Garret and Mr. Loski just for the sake of being it. Naturally, the former grows out of it by the end while the latter two don't (Mrs. Loski is on the verge of getting a divorce by the end of the novel).
** The Loski's Loskis' daughter seems to be this too. Really tells you how great of a parent the father is.
* Mitch, Glenn, and Terry of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'. The trio are tabletop gamers more concerned with killing and looting instead of "dumb shit like role-playing." When their first party dies in ''[=NPCs=]'', they force TokenGoodTeammate Tim to make a knight instead of the paladin he'd prefer because a paladin would be obliged to stop their antics. By the time of ''Going Rogue'', they have to make an hour commute to meet a potential GM because nobody else will tolerate them.
23rd Sep '16 1:53:37 AM Furienna
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** Dudley Dursley is the very first jerkass introduced in the series, But when Harry saved himself and Dudley from Dementors in Book 5, [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that when he was having his soul sucked out, he saw every memory of himself objectively, causing a massive WhatHaveIDone moment for him. From then, he starts becoming better with Harry and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the last book, the two finally patch up. WordOfGod says they're on Christmas card relations]].]]

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** Dudley Dursley is the very first jerkass introduced in the series, But starts out as a mean bully, but when Harry saved himself and Dudley him from Dementors in Book 5, [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that when he was having his soul sucked out, he saw every memory of himself objectively, causing a massive WhatHaveIDone moment for him. From then, he starts becoming better with Harry and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the last book, the two finally patch up. WordOfGod says they're on Christmas card relations]].]]
17th Sep '16 5:43:26 AM Furienna
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** Dudley Dursley is the very first jerkass introduced in the series, although he and his parents pale in comparison to most of the others introduced later on. Malfoy essentially does everything he does but better (or worse, rather), and Dudley’s ButtMonkey ensures he repeatedly gets what’s coming. However, when Harry saved himself and Dudley from Dementors in Book 5, [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that when he was having his soul sucked out, he saw every memory of himself objectively, causing a massive WhatHaveIDone moment for him. From then, he starts becoming better with Harry and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the last book, the two finally patch up. WordOfGod says they're on Christmas card relations]].]]

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** Dudley Dursley is the very first jerkass introduced in the series, although he and his parents pale in comparison to most of the others introduced later on. Malfoy essentially does everything he does but better (or worse, rather), and Dudley’s ButtMonkey ensures he repeatedly gets what’s coming. However, But when Harry saved himself and Dudley from Dementors in Book 5, [[spoiler: WordOfGod says that when he was having his soul sucked out, he saw every memory of himself objectively, causing a massive WhatHaveIDone moment for him. From then, he starts becoming better with Harry and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the last book, the two finally patch up. WordOfGod says they're on Christmas card relations]].]]
15th Sep '16 11:08:09 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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** Eustace Clarence Scrubb in the first part of ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]''.
** Edmund Pevensie can be a jerkass in ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'', especially to his younger sister, Lucy.

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** Eustace Clarence Scrubb in the first part of ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]''.
** Edmund Pevensie can be a jerkass in ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'', especially at least to his younger sister, Lucy.


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* Bryce, his father, and his friend Garret from ''Literature/Flipped''. Bryce for self-assertion, Garret and Mr. Loski just for the sake of being it. Naturally, the former grows out of it by the end while the latter two don't (Mrs. Loski is on the verge of getting a divorce by the end of the novel).
** The Loski's daughter seems to be this too. Really tells you how great of a parent the father is.
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