History Jerkass / Literature

12th May '17 10:45:34 AM Edvardelis
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* In later volumes of Creator/TerryGoodkind's Literature/SwordOfTruth series, after he became a rabid objectivist, he had a tendency to write his views into his books in the most blatant way possible; by having his "good" characters stop the story for pages and pages at a time, so that they can speechify to those around them (and thus, the reader), expounding upon Goodkind's views in a ham-fisted fashion that left no doubt in anyone's minds that this was just Goodkind preaching at us. Anyone who was shown disagreeing with this was portrayed not only as wrong, but irredeemably evil, and those nay-sayers who were important to the plot would ultimately prove themselves to be rapists and child molesters. This had the undesired but very present effect of making it seem like all of Goodkind's "heroes" were total jerkasses, unable to accept any viewpoint but their own. After all, this is the series that had its ''hero'' kick a little girl in the face with such force that she went into a coma and her healers weren't sure if she would ever wake up!

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* In later volumes of Creator/TerryGoodkind's Literature/SwordOfTruth series, after he became a rabid objectivist, he had a tendency to write his views into his books in the most blatant way possible; by having his "good" characters stop the story for pages and pages at a time, so that they can speechify to those around them (and thus, the reader), expounding upon Goodkind's views in a ham-fisted fashion that left no doubt in anyone's minds that this was just Goodkind preaching at us. Anyone who was shown disagreeing with this was portrayed not only as wrong, but irredeemably evil, and those nay-sayers who were important to the plot would ultimately prove themselves to be rapists and child molesters. This had the undesired but very present effect of making it seem like all of Goodkind's "heroes" were total jerkasses, unable to accept any viewpoint but their own. After all, this is the series that had its ''hero'' kick a little girl in the face with such force that she went into a coma and her healers weren't sure if she would ever wake up!up! (In fairness, she turns out to be an AssholeVictim and an EnfantTerrible.)
30th Apr '17 6:53:43 PM Segal991
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* Everybody in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' has their moments (it's what makes it a BlackComedy), but Rodrick... well, let's just say that if [[AssholeVictim his body is found in a ditch somewhere]], [[CainAndAbel it's not hard to figure who the prime suspect will be.]]

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* Everybody in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' has their moments (it's what makes it a BlackComedy), moments, but Rodrick... well, let's just say here are some characters that if [[AssholeVictim stand out:
** Manny is spoiled, whines a lot to get
his body way (it always works too), [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling enjoys frustrating his older brothers]], and [[MoralEventHorizon nearly killed his entire family]] [[DisproportionateRetribution simply because they didn't teach him to tie his shoes.]]
** Rodrick
is found in a ditch somewhere]], [[CainAndAbel it's not hard to figure who probably the prime suspect will be.]]offender for this, since he abuses Greg all the time, even when the latter did nothing to bother him.
** Greg is not a good friend at all to Rowley, and is okay with letting Rowley take the blame for things he did.
** Frank makes his kids (except for Manny) do activities they hate.
** Heather Hills is selfish, doesn't like to help anyone, and [[BigSisterBully is mean to her younger sister Holly.]]
** Mr. Jefferson is rude, usually instantly assumes Greg is the culprit whenever something bad happens, and is even more strict than Frank.
20th Mar '17 10:35:07 AM GothicProphet
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** Fëanor and his seven sons. Fëanor attacks the Teleri, steals their ships, then burns them, abandoning his half-brother to cross the Helcaraxë.
** [[JerkassGods The Vala]] Morgoth.
** Turin Turambar, a rare example of EmoTeen in heroic fantasy.
** Ar-Pharazôn The Golden of Númenor, who is jerkass enough to estabilish a ReligionOfEvil and to strive nothing less than overlordship of the whole world.

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** Fëanor and his seven sons. Fëanor attacks the Teleri, steals their ships, then burns them, abandoning his half-brother to cross the Helcaraxë.
Helcaraxë. His sons commit two more Kinslayings, and [[TokenEvilTeammate Celegorm and Curufin]] get their cousin Finrod killed and abduct Lúthien.
** Eöl and his son Maeglin. Eöl abducts Aredhel and marries her, keeps her prisoner in his forest and murders her when she escapes. Maeglin [[KissingCousins lusts after his cousin]] Idril, betrays Gondolin to Morgoth, and [[WouldHurtAChild tries to murder Idril's son Eärendil]].
** [[JerkassGods The Vala]] Morgoth.
Morgoth. He's responsible for all the misery the characters suffer.
** Turin Turambar, a rare example of EmoTeen in heroic fantasy.
fantasy. He boasts such great accomplishments as: murdering his friend (granted, he mistook him for an Orc), indirectly causing the destruction of Nargothrond, and being a right bastard to everyone.
** Ar-Pharazôn The Golden of Númenor, who is jerkass enough to estabilish establish a ReligionOfEvil and to strive nothing less than overlordship of the whole world.
20th Mar '17 10:26:16 AM GothicProphet
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** Thingol sends Beren to a fate he considers certain death. He gets better.
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%%* Fëanor in ''The Silmarillion''. Morgoth will also qualify, as [[JerkassGods he is a vala]].
%%* And Fëanor's seven sons.
%%* Turin Turambar, a rare example of EmoTeen in heroic fantasy.

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** Thingol sends Beren Beren, his daughter's fiancé, to a fate he considers certain death. He gets better.
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death.
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Fëanor in ''The Silmarillion''. Morgoth will also qualify, as and his seven sons. Fëanor attacks the Teleri, steals their ships, then burns them, abandoning his half-brother to cross the Helcaraxë.
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[[JerkassGods he is a vala]].
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The Vala]] Morgoth.
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Turin Turambar, a rare example of EmoTeen in heroic fantasy.
13th Feb '17 10:09:44 AM Kakai
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* Doc Noble in ''Literature/OtherPeoplesHeroes'' is incredibly powerful and also very much an ass to everyone including his girlfriend, Miss Sinistah. [[spoiler:He's also killed several superpowered people who caught on to the sinister underpinnings of the organization]].

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* Doc Noble in ''Literature/OtherPeoplesHeroes'' is incredibly powerful and also very much an ass to everyone everyone, including his girlfriend, Miss Sinistah. [[spoiler:He's also killed several superpowered people who caught on to the sinister underpinnings of the organization]].organization]].
* Corlant of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' seems to have a goal of antagonizing everyone he meets. He deliberately makes Iseult uncomfortable when she comes back home to show her who's the boss, threatens to take away Gretchya's powers if she doesn't sleep with him and acts with smug superiority towards Aeduen just because he knows the latter must obey him.
7th Feb '17 8:31:50 AM FuzzyBoots
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** Paul Krendler. He make's Starling's life a living hell for not only grandslamming the Buffalo Bill case, but also he made a pass at Clarice which she rejected. Twice. He's also a CorruptCop, working for Verger Mason and framing Starling.

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** Paul Krendler. He make's not only makes Starling's life a living hell for not only grandslamming the Buffalo Bill case, but also he made makes a pass at Clarice which she rejected. Twice. He's also a CorruptCop, working for Verger Mason and framing Starling.


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* Doc Noble in ''Literature/OtherPeoplesHeroes'' is incredibly powerful and also very much an ass to everyone including his girlfriend, Miss Sinistah. [[spoiler:He's also killed several superpowered people who caught on to the sinister underpinnings of the organization]].
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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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.]]
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