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21st Feb '18 1:06:22 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' has the murder victim, fantasy author Appin Dungannon, who's shown to be a short-tempered, perverted, weasel who acts like a ''prima donna'' just to screw with convention organizers and is openly contemptuous of his fans[[note]]Put simply, plenty of readers come away from ''Bimbos'' thinking he's a TakeThat to Creator/HarlanEllison[[/note]]. However, the story also shows that he's suffering from severe CreatorDisillusionment, since he's quite passionate about Myth/CelticMythology and wants to write serious fantasy stories, but can't because his publishers and fans are only interested in the schlocky ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian''-esque series that made him famous (which is a large part of the reason he's so venomous towards his readers). There's also a bit where he {{Troll}}s a fan in the autograph line as payback for his bringing a stack of books to be signed, which as Dungannon points out is incredibly inconsiderate to everyone else in line.
** The sequel ''Zombies of the Gene Pool'' does the same. Murder victim Pat Malone was a former member of a group of young SciFi fans in the [=1950s=] who dreamed of becoming successful writers, but the only book to his name was "The Last Fandango", a giant middle finger aimed squarely at the fandom and his former friends in particular. He shows up at a reunion of the group (after being thought dead for years) threatening to expose their dirty laundry, but the night before he's killed he has a rather mellow conversation with protagonist Jay Omega where he explains that he left the fandom precisely because he realized that it was a toxic echo chamber of childishness and hypocrisy, and that he wrote "Fandango" in the hopes that more people would realize the problems with fandom and either leave or do something about it. [[spoiler:There's also the fact that he's one of (if not the only) member of the group who didn't rape a female friend of theirs when she was passed out drunk.]]
12th Jan '18 2:05:21 PM TheJ0ker
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* Jessica Napier, the main protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] jerk who insults or fights people she feels have slighted her at the drop of a hat. It's an easy to spot defense mechanism, which she doesn't deny when [[NiceGuy Alex]] points out she just wants a friend.
14th Aug '17 6:17:13 PM TheJ0ker
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* Jessica Napier, the main protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] jerk who insults or fights people she feels have slighted her at the drop of a hat. It's an easy to spot defense mechanism, which she doesn't deny when [[NiceGuy Alex}} points out she just wants a friend.

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* Jessica Napier, the main protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] jerk who insults or fights people she feels have slighted her at the drop of a hat. It's an easy to spot defense mechanism, which she doesn't deny when [[NiceGuy Alex}} Alex]] points out she just wants a friend.
14th Aug '17 6:16:50 PM TheJ0ker
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* Jessica Napier, the main protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] jerk who insults or fights people she feels have slighted her at the drop of a hat. It's an easy to spot defense mechanism, which she doesn't deny when [[NiceGuy Alex}} points out she just wants a friend.
25th Mar '17 10:12:25 PM TudorRose
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* Isaac Nettle from the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy is a [[TheFundamentalist religious fanatic]] who [[AbusiveParents abuses his son Jenkin]] and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blames him for the death of his wife]], who died while giving birth to him. It can easily be gathered that the loss of Isaac's wife was a CynicismCatalyst that soured his entire outlook on life. Also, it is made clear that deep down he does truly love his son... but then [[spoiler:Jenkin is carried off by an owl and eaten. The situation is made all the more traumatic when Isaac ''finds the owl pellet containing his son's mousebrass''.]] Poor guy.
20th Mar '17 5:04:17 AM Baeraad555
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* Rachel in ''Literature/PracticalDemonkeeping'' is a self-righteous StrawFeminist and clueless occult dabbler, so obnoxious that Travis claims that she's the only person he's ever met who he'd wish the fate on of being saddled with Catch. But given her backstory, which involves being used, abused and betrayed by just about everyone she's ever loved, you can't help but sympathise with her. She also genuinely seems to be [[WellIntentionedExtremist trying to do good]], she's just got [[BlueAndOrangeMorality her own idiosyncratic definition]] of what "good" is.
9th Dec '16 10:52:28 PM Euodiachloris
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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and usually unintentional) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]], until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts [[BastardUnderstudy paying attention]] simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and [[LovableAlphaBitch usually unintentional) unintentional]]) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]], Libby]] on bad days, until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts having to [[BastardUnderstudy paying pay attention]] to the darker side simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.
4th Dec '16 4:11:02 PM Euodiachloris
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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVetran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly [[ShellShockedVetran [[ShellShockedVeteran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sansa Stark starts out as quite the naïve (and usually unintentional) [[AlphaBitch little Libby]], until [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] and King's Landing knock that out of her and she ''really'' starts [[BastardUnderstudy paying attention]] simply just to survive; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell well before she took up fire and blood (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.
4th Dec '16 4:00:29 PM Euodiachloris
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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly sociopathic tendencies [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]]; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother put her through hell; Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.

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** To name a few: Jaime Lannister, who consistently does horrible things to protect his family, but [[NeverLiveItDown who is widely despised]] for the ''best'' thing he ever did; Tyrion Lannister, who has even worse publicity than his brother, and responds by [[SnarkKnight acting like a jerk despite having good intentions]]; Arya Stark, a bitter girl with increasingly sociopathic tendencies [[ShellShockedVetran disjointed emotional reactions]] [[spoiler:following the murder of her family]]; family]] and harrowing, war-torn journey through the Riverlands; Sandor Clegane, a ruthless killer who turns out to be a conflicted [[TheWoobie Woobie]]; Daenerys Targaryen, a ruthless warlord whose brother deliberately put her through hell; hell (not that Viserys' life was a bed of roses, either -- he basically used her as, alternatively, a safety blanket and a stress ball... because he was going through hell); Theon Greyjoy, whose [[spoiler:treason]] and {{Jerkass}} tendencies arise from [[WellDoneSonGuy a need for acceptance]] and who has recently undergone [[spoiler:ColdBloodedTorture]]...yep, the list goes on.
6th Oct '16 9:39:14 PM redandready45
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* Ignatius J. Reilly from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' is a thoroughly disgusting and borderline-damaged human being who leaches off his mom and alienates everybody with his rudeness. [[spoiler: His own disgruntled neighbor reveals to Mr. Levy that his emotional problems stem from the death of his pet dog, and Irene berating him for trying to give the dog a funeral. Essentially, his horrible behavior is him still crying out over his dog]]. Mr. Levy after seeing Irene berate Ignatius [[spoiler: concludes that the dog was the only thing that ever brought him joy]].
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