History JerkassWoobie / LiveActionTV

22nd Jul '16 5:24:26 AM Anddrix
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** Say what you like about Faith's brash, tactless attitude, her willingless and lack of shame at using people like tampons and her psychotic murderous qualities, but even her most zealous of haters (as well as [[BaseBreaker her most dedicated fans]]) admit that it must of '''sucked''' to be her. To have abusive, alcoholic parents who are strongly implied to be dead, to see your watcher die in front of your eyes and to never of had a real father figure must of stung pretty badly. [[spoiler: And of course, there's the whole being stuck in a coma for months thing, before awakening to find the only person who ever cared for you is dead. Truly the cherry upon the crappy cake that is Faith's life.]] [[BrokenBase The real question among the fandom is]] whether Faith uses all her misfortune as a excuse to be a heartless, violent bitch or if she is genuinely a victim who has been pushed off the rails and needs all the support she can get. Of course, then there are the people who argued that she ''was'' offered support, but chose not to take it, preferring to resume her sociopathic, reckless lifestyle for her own selfish benefit. Or even if she was so unused to being offered friendship and understanding that the poor mess couldn't process it. Either way, definitely a Jerkass, definitely a woobie.

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** Say what you like about Faith's brash, tactless attitude, her willingless and lack of shame at using people like tampons and her psychotic murderous qualities, but even her most zealous of haters (as well as [[BaseBreaker [[BaseBreakingCharacter her most dedicated fans]]) admit that it must of '''sucked''' to be her. To have abusive, alcoholic parents who are strongly implied to be dead, to see your watcher die in front of your eyes and to never of had a real father figure must of stung pretty badly. [[spoiler: And of course, there's the whole being stuck in a coma for months thing, before awakening to find the only person who ever cared for you is dead. Truly the cherry upon the crappy cake that is Faith's life.]] [[BrokenBase The real question among the fandom is]] whether Faith uses all her misfortune as a excuse to be a heartless, violent bitch or if she is genuinely a victim who has been pushed off the rails and needs all the support she can get. Of course, then there are the people who argued that she ''was'' offered support, but chose not to take it, preferring to resume her sociopathic, reckless lifestyle for her own selfish benefit. Or even if she was so unused to being offered friendship and understanding that the poor mess couldn't process it. Either way, definitely a Jerkass, definitely a woobie.



* ''{{Series/Nashville}}'''s Juliette Barnes is this in spades - difficult and can be inconsiderate but a genuinely talented performer, and with a rough upbringing at the hands of her drug addicted mother [[spoiler: who ultimately sacrificed herself]] and a penchant for falling for/into bed with any man who gives her the slightest positive attention, not to mention how every time something good happens to her it's always tainted, it's hard to outright call her a beeyotch. [[BaseBreaker Although that hasn't stopped some people]]...[[spoiler: even after she married Avery and had his child.]]

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* ''{{Series/Nashville}}'''s Juliette Barnes is this in spades - difficult and can be inconsiderate but a genuinely talented performer, and with a rough upbringing at the hands of her drug addicted mother [[spoiler: who ultimately sacrificed herself]] and a penchant for falling for/into bed with any man who gives her the slightest positive attention, not to mention how every time something good happens to her it's always tainted, it's hard to outright call her a beeyotch. [[BaseBreaker [[BaseBreakingCharacter Although that hasn't stopped some people]]...[[spoiler: even after she married Avery and had his child.]]
11th Jul '16 10:55:11 AM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': Healy calling Katya and leaving a heartfelt message because he just wants someone to talk to. Then he proceeds to walk deeper into the ocean as if he's ready to kill himself, only to be stopped when he hears his phone ring. He goes back, probably thinking Katya is answering him, but it's just work. He may have done some shitty things before, but after witnessing how crappy his life was growing up and how lonely he is, you really can't help but feel bad for him.

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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': Most of the cast counts, given that they have committed crimes but have also led fairly harsh and disadvantaged lives. Several of the prison staff as well:
** Mendez. One of the big causes of his jerkassery is that he's just really, really lonely; he's a jerkass because he's lonely and he's lonely because he's a jerkass.
** Also Caputo, who is a total asshole to everyone save for newbie officer Fischer, whom he has a blatant crush on. He then buys her flowers right before she introduces him to her boyfriend. The fact, that he is the least apathetic of the workers and wants to improve the prison's condition also earns him redemptive points.
** Alex when she tells Piper that the latter broke her heart—and then her speech about heroin being "the perfect girlfriend."
** Despite turning his back on Piper when she could be getting stabbed to death,
Healy comes across like this when more of his background is revealed. He hasn't got any real friends, his wife is a mail-order bride who mostly ignores him and he looks genuinely heartbroken when he overhears Soso mentioning that none of the girls like him. Like Mendez, a lot of Healy's jerkassery appears to come from the fact he really is a very lonely person. It's also revealed that Healy had a troubled childhood, and that his issues with women stem from the fact his mother was clinically insane, and he had to try to take care of her from a very young age. Later, we have him calling Katya and leaving a heartfelt message because he just wants someone to talk to. Then he proceeds to walk deeper into the ocean as if he's ready to kill himself, only to be stopped when he hears his phone ring. He goes back, probably thinking Katya is answering him, but it's just work. He may have done some shitty things before, but after witnessing how crappy his life was growing up and how lonely he is, you really can't help but feel bad for him.him.
** All of her corruption and callousness towards the prisoners aside, even Figueroa had a woobie moment when it was revealed that her husband is gay and is having an affair with his campaign manager. It is also implied that when she had originally started her job, she was idealistic and optimistic like Caputo, but the years of the prison system's corruption and incompetence that she faced eventually turned her into the cold-hearted bureaucrat that she is now.
** Pennsatucky in season two, when her former clique shuns her and she struggles to become a better person, and also in the first season when she landed in Psych - due to actions she committed genuinely believing she's helping people. Plus in season 3 it's revealed that she was raped as a teenager. And at Litchfield, she's assaulted again, by CO Coates.
11th Jul '16 10:50:57 AM WriterGirl2015
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* Harry Wells, introduced in season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', comes off as a rude, arrogant jerkass who has very little regard for the feelings of those around him. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: the BigBad has kidnapped his daughter]] and the resulting AdultFear and HeroicBSOD has done a number on his people skills. Add to that the fact that his wife died when their daughter was very young, and it's hard not to sympathise with the way he lashes out at people and pushes them away so he doesn't have to deal with losing anyone else.

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* Harry Wells, introduced in season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', comes off as a rude, arrogant jerkass who has very little regard for the feelings of those around him. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: the BigBad has kidnapped his daughter]] and the resulting AdultFear and HeroicBSOD has done a number on his people skills. Add to that the fact that his wife died when their daughter was very young, and it's hard not to sympathise with the way he lashes out at people and pushes them away so he doesn't have to deal with losing anyone else.else.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': Healy calling Katya and leaving a heartfelt message because he just wants someone to talk to. Then he proceeds to walk deeper into the ocean as if he's ready to kill himself, only to be stopped when he hears his phone ring. He goes back, probably thinking Katya is answering him, but it's just work. He may have done some shitty things before, but after witnessing how crappy his life was growing up and how lonely he is, you really can't help but feel bad for him.
22nd May '16 6:31:09 AM JediVulcan
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* Ryan Harper and Rachel Culgrin from ''Series/NightAndDay''. Both seem to delight in being absolutely vile to everyone they know, but neither is deprived of moments of vulnerability or humanity. Ultimately, they have loneliness in common. In-universe, Josh Alexander recognises both of them as Jerkass Woobies and befriends both in an attempt to encourage them to be better people. That's until he himself goes nuts and gets [[DemonicPossession demon-eyes]].

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* Ryan Harper and Rachel Culgrin from ''Series/NightAndDay''. Both seem to delight in being absolutely vile to everyone they know, but neither is deprived of moments of vulnerability or humanity. Ultimately, they have loneliness in common. In-universe, Josh Alexander recognises both of them as Jerkass Woobies and befriends both in an attempt to encourage them to be better people. That's until he himself goes nuts and gets [[DemonicPossession demon-eyes]].demon-eyes]].
* Harry Wells, introduced in season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', comes off as a rude, arrogant jerkass who has very little regard for the feelings of those around him. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: the BigBad has kidnapped his daughter]] and the resulting AdultFear and HeroicBSOD has done a number on his people skills. Add to that the fact that his wife died when their daughter was very young, and it's hard not to sympathise with the way he lashes out at people and pushes them away so he doesn't have to deal with losing anyone else.
9th Mar '16 1:31:03 PM Hossmeister
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* In spite of how hilariously misanthropic and needlessly cruel [[BlackBooks Bernard Black]] is, he's bizarrely cute and his girlfriend faking her own death to get away from him or his friends casually turning on him tends to inspire more sympathy than Schadenfreude.

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* In spite of how hilariously misanthropic and needlessly cruel [[BlackBooks [[Series/BlackBooks Bernard Black]] is, he's bizarrely cute and his girlfriend faking her own death to get away from him or his friends casually turning on him tends to inspire more sympathy than Schadenfreude.
30th Nov '15 3:26:59 PM Morgaus
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** Camille from ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. Camille has Undying Loyalty to Dai Shi, and is greatly attracted to his host's body. However, he doesn't return her affections and continuously treats her as nothing more than a pawn. While Jarrod grows to care for her, Dai Shi sees her as nothing more than a servant, breaking her heart despite how much she's willing to do for him.
20th Nov '15 3:08:22 AM redqueen
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** And let's not forget his suicide attempt in Season 6.
8th Nov '15 11:44:44 AM pinkdalek
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** The Delgado incarnation of the Master ''just'' skirts this. He is legitimately quite dangerous. But also very much his own worst enemy, as most of his failures are due to his tendency to come up with overcomplicated plans that [[StupidEvil screw himself over for no reason]]. Add in the fact that he can sometimes be childish and rather naive, and you might just be able to forget how he implicitly killed forty thousand people in his first story.

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** The Delgado incarnation of the Master ''just'' skirts this. He is legitimately quite dangerous. But also very much his own worst enemy, as most of his failures are due to his tendency to come up with [[ComplexityAddiction overcomplicated plans plans]] that [[StupidEvil screw himself over for no reason]]. Add in the fact that he can sometimes be childish and rather naive, and you might just be able to forget how he implicitly killed forty thousand people in his first story.story.
** Omega, one of the early Time Lords, a deranged megalomaniac who only became that way after aeons of isolation and who just wants to return to our universe. The Doctor treats him more with pity than anger or contempt.
** Eldrad in "The Hand of Fear" possesses Sarah Jane, and accidentally causes an innocent man to die by possessing them into a murderous frenzy state in which they [[DisneyVillainDeath fall off things]]. She tortures the Doctor for little reason and tortures other people with an AgonyBeam - but at the same time it's difficult not to feel sorry for her due to her (apparently) unjust exile and physical beauty. Upon regenerating [[GenderBender into a male form]] he reveals he's actually just a genocidal megalomaniac, but still inspires pity due to his despair about the other Kastrians cheating him out of his victory.



** Omega, one of the early Time Lords, a deranged megalomaniac who only became that way after aeons of isolation and who just wants to return to our universe. The Doctor treats him more with pity than anger or contempt.
8th Oct '15 3:11:19 PM Morgaus
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** Also, Chris Keller. Despite how terribly manipulative he was to practically everyone and the fact that he was an insane murderer, he truly did love Beecher in his own twisted way and suffered horribly (and willingly).

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** Also, Chris Keller. Despite how terribly manipulative he was to practically everyone and the fact that he was an insane murderer, he truly did love Beecher in his own twisted way and suffered horribly (and willingly).


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** Frax from ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. He was a kind scientist who saved [[BigBad Ransik]] from poisoning, who repaid his kindness by insulting and attempting to kill him. Fran rebuilt himself as a robot and joined Ransik with the intent to get his revenge. Near the end of the series, Frax gets a chance to talk with [[AntiVillain Nadira]], who has been conflicted about her father's hatred of humans. In the end, Frax is reprogrammed and destroyed.
** Deker from ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai. Once an ordinary human, he was nearly killed in a fire. His wife made a {{Deal with the Devil}} with [[TheChessmaster Serrator]] to save his life. But, Serrator tricked her into making Deker a BloodKnight human/Nighlok hybrid. For 200 years, Deker travelled the earth to find a WorthyOpponent to [[DeathSeeker end his life]] and [[MercyKIll end his suffering]].
4th Oct '15 7:58:56 PM cosmo359
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* Lauren in ''Series/FakingIt''. In any other show she would be the AlphaBitch but in the pathologically liberal atmosphere of the school she attends she's the outsider. Throw in the fact that she's [[spoiler: intersex]] and a couple of PetTheDog moments and she easily fits into this trope.

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* Lauren in ''Series/FakingIt''. In any other show she would be the AlphaBitch but in the pathologically liberal atmosphere of the school she attends she's the outsider. Throw in the fact that she's [[spoiler: intersex]] and a couple of PetTheDog moments and she easily fits into this trope.trope.
* Ryan Harper and Rachel Culgrin from ''Series/NightAndDay''. Both seem to delight in being absolutely vile to everyone they know, but neither is deprived of moments of vulnerability or humanity. Ultimately, they have loneliness in common. In-universe, Josh Alexander recognises both of them as Jerkass Woobies and befriends both in an attempt to encourage them to be better people. That's until he himself goes nuts and gets [[DemonicPossession demon-eyes]].
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