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18th Jan '17 6:51:30 AM PixelKnight
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-> ''"So you're saying that I only write poetry to show that beneath this mean, callous, heartless exterior, I just want to be loved...? No, well you're completely wrong. I just write poetry to throw my mean callous heartless exterior into sharp relief."''

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-> ''"So you're saying that I only write poetry to show that beneath this mean, callous, heartless exterior, I just want to be loved...? No, well be...loved? Well, you're completely wrong. I just write poetry to throw my mean callous heartless exterior into sharp relief."''
17th Jan '17 11:46:37 PM Orbiting
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': At first, Virginis just seems like he's a controlling jerk, until we find out that all his other planets went out to the void in spite of his pleas not to, and are implied to have died where he could see but not be able to do anything to help them. This puts him in a new light, making what he says to B a genuine though harsh attempt to keep her safe the way he couldn't for the others. And ''then'' he ''burns B's face half off'' because she asks a question he doesn't like, which strips his claims of protecting her of any sort of legitimacy.
15th Jan '17 8:43:55 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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That said, these tropes are almost polar opposites by definition. The former [=Jerkass=] is, when it comes to the crunch, a decent guy. The latter [=Jerkass=] is, under all that [=jerkassery=]...a bigger jerk/asshole. [[note]]This is not to say all of them are 100% adverse to genuine PetTheDog moments, however.[[/note]]

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That said, these tropes are almost polar opposites by definition. The former [=Jerkass=] is, when it comes to the crunch, a decent guy. The latter [=Jerkass=] is, under all that [=jerkassery=]... a bigger jerk/asshole. [[note]]This is not to say all of them are 100% adverse to genuine PetTheDog moments, however.[[/note]]



May also go hand in hand with GoodFlawsBadFlaws: a character may have a Good Flaw, then repent and apologize...only to turn out to have a Bad Flaw. This character taken to his/her logical extreme would then become a particularly tragic AntiVillain, since such characters [[ObliviouslyEvil genuinely believe themselves reformed]]. In such cases, the character still fits this trope only if he/she is [[{{Hypocrite}} smug about his/her moral struggle]], rather than anguished. The most dangerous example is the KnightTemplar type, such as one who tries to reform for his criminal past by [[YouAreWhatYouHate murdering]] [[SerialKillerKiller other criminals]].

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May also go hand in hand with GoodFlawsBadFlaws: a character may have a Good Flaw, then repent and apologize... only to turn out to have a Bad Flaw. This character taken to his/her logical extreme would then become a particularly tragic AntiVillain, since such characters [[ObliviouslyEvil genuinely believe themselves reformed]]. In such cases, the character still fits this trope only if he/she is [[{{Hypocrite}} smug about his/her moral struggle]], rather than anguished. The most dangerous example is the KnightTemplar type, such as one who tries to reform for his criminal past by [[YouAreWhatYouHate murdering]] [[SerialKillerKiller other criminals]].



'''Lord Flashheart:''' *While holding his pistol at Blackadder* Course it's not what I think. Now get out that door before I redecorate that wall an interesting new colour called `hint of brain'!

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'''Lord Flashheart:''' *While holding his pistol at Blackadder* Course it's not what I think. Now get out that door before I redecorate that wall an interesting new colour called `hint 'hint of brain'!



* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit had [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora]] (playing themselves) acting this way toward the [=DeMarco=] Brothers (Chris Kattan and Chris Parnell) when they are auditioning to be backup dancers for the band. After repeatedly insulting the brothers' rehearsal and finally driving them to tears, Bon Jovi and Sambora appear to feel bad about what they have done and call the brothers back...only to tell them to "take [their] boombox and get out." Then they do this to them ''[[YankTheDogsChain three more times]]''. Worst of all, they [[KarmaHoudini get no comeuppance for this]] and the audience [[SadistShow (as always)]] [[NoSympathy just laughs]] at the [=DeMarcos=].

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* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit had [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora]] (playing themselves) acting this way toward the [=DeMarco=] Brothers (Chris Kattan and Chris Parnell) when they are auditioning to be backup dancers for the band. After repeatedly insulting the brothers' rehearsal and finally driving them to tears, Bon Jovi and Sambora appear to feel bad about what they have done and call the brothers back... only to tell them to "take [their] boombox and get out." Then they do this to them ''[[YankTheDogsChain three more times]]''. Worst of all, they [[KarmaHoudini get no comeuppance for this]] and the audience [[SadistShow (as always)]] [[NoSympathy just laughs]] at the [=DeMarcos=].



* The Governor in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' was previously established as one of the most feared villains in the series, but after [[BreakTheHaughty losing to Rick and his group of heroes]] he becomes a broken man struggling to survive the ZombieApocalypse. When he runs into a family who open up their hearts to him and form a new group with him as the leader he...uses the new group to get revenge on Rick and his friends. He even kills one of the family members who took pity on him in front of everyone.

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* The Governor in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' was previously established as one of the most feared villains in the series, but after [[BreakTheHaughty losing to Rick and his group of heroes]] he becomes a broken man struggling to survive the ZombieApocalypse. When he runs into a family who open up their hearts to him and form a new group with him as the leader he... uses the new group to get revenge on Rick and his friends. He even kills one of the family members who took pity on him in front of everyone.



* Professor Callahan in ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde'' starts off as a ''textbook'' AmoralAttorney, cold, condescending, and dismissive. Over time, he seems to soften towards Elle, and even stands up for her a couple times...[[spoiler: only to turn right around and kiss her against her will, implying heavily that the only reason he wanted her on the team of interns was because she was a [[SexualExtortion hot, leggy blonde]]]].

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* Professor Callahan in ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde'' starts off as a ''textbook'' AmoralAttorney, cold, condescending, and dismissive. Over time, he seems to soften towards Elle, and even stands up for her a couple times... [[spoiler: only to turn right around and kiss her against her will, implying heavily that the only reason he wanted her on the team of interns was because she was a [[SexualExtortion hot, leggy blonde]]]].



* Mike Warner of the Webcomic/WalkyVerse. Although fans [[DracoInLeatherPants would like to think otherwise]], WordOfGod insists that he's just an asshole with [[FreudianExcuse no justification]]. This is somewhat muddled by the fact that he becomes nice when he's drunk. One example of this is when Ethan quits the store and walks out. Mike calls after him to wait, making it seem like he wants him to stay...then simply kicks him in the nuts. "Okay, ''now'' you can go".

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* Mike Warner of the Webcomic/WalkyVerse. Although fans [[DracoInLeatherPants would like to think otherwise]], WordOfGod insists that he's just an asshole with [[FreudianExcuse no justification]]. This is somewhat muddled by the fact that he becomes nice when he's drunk. One example of this is when Ethan quits the store and walks out. Mike calls after him to wait, making it seem like he wants him to stay... then simply kicks him in the nuts. "Okay, ''now'' you can go".
5th Jan '17 2:12:28 PM StFan
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* [[spoiler:Felix]] from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He initially comes across as a StepfordSmiler BrokenBird to the teams, with some abrasive and greedy moments, and [[NotInThisForYourRevolution different priorities than his employer]], but ultimately willing to see the war through. Turns out he's working for the then-unknown third faction who intends to kill all life on the planet, and he is [[PsychopathicManchild having the time of his life doing so]]. When his status as a FalseFriend come out, he mocks the Reds and Blues for buying his "charismatic mercenary with a heart of gold" act.
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* ''Main/EpicsGameshows'' had [=DevinWithDevin=], who was a relentless bully who showed no signs of kindness or an improved attitude as the season went on.
* Jake Hurwitz, one of the hosts of ''Podcast/IfIWereYou'', describes himself as a "peanut M&M" on the show. In his words, to most girls he's a heartless womanizer with a hard, rough exterior, like a candy shell. But any girl brave enough to dig deeper will find that beneath that hard shell is a soft, warm chocolatey center. However, they'll also find that beneath ''that'' is a shitty little peanut.
* [[spoiler:Felix]] from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He initially comes across as a StepfordSmiler BrokenBird to the teams, with some abrasive and greedy moments, and [[NotInThisForYourRevolution different priorities than his employer]], but ultimately willing to see the war through. Turns out he's working for the then-unknown third faction who intends to kill all life on the planet, and he is [[PsychopathicManchild having the time of his life doing so]]. When his status as a FalseFriend come out, he mocks the Reds and Blues for buying his "charismatic mercenary with a heart of gold" act.

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* ''Main/EpicsGameshows'' ''WebVideo/EpicsGameshows'' had [=DevinWithDevin=], who was a relentless bully who showed no signs of kindness or an improved attitude as the season went on.
* Jake Hurwitz, one of the hosts of ''Podcast/IfIWereYou'', describes himself as a "peanut M&M" on the show. In his words, to most girls he's a heartless womanizer with a hard, rough exterior, like a candy shell. But any girl brave enough to dig deeper will find that beneath that hard shell is a soft, warm chocolatey center. However, they'll also find that beneath ''that'' is a shitty little peanut. \n* [[spoiler:Felix]] from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He initially comes across as a StepfordSmiler BrokenBird to the teams, with some abrasive and greedy moments, and [[NotInThisForYourRevolution different priorities than his employer]], but ultimately willing to see the war through. Turns out he's working for the then-unknown third faction who intends to kill all life on the planet, and he is [[PsychopathicManchild having the time of his life doing so]]. When his status as a FalseFriend come out, he mocks the Reds and Blues for buying his "charismatic mercenary with a heart of gold" act.



%%* In ''BeavisAndButthead'', this trope is played strongly in characters like Butthead himself, Todd and Coach Buzzcut.
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%%* In ''BeavisAndButthead'', ''BeavisAndButtHead'', this trope is played strongly in characters like Butthead himself, Todd and Coach Buzzcut.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
2nd Jan '17 12:43:33 PM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', several of Tigerclaw's followers in [=ThunderClan=] were generally jerks, but they remained in the Clan when his treachery was revealed: Dustpelt and Longtail proved to be loyal warriors and grew to treat Fireheart with respect. Darkstripe, however, only refused to join Tigerclaw because Tigerclaw hadn't told him about conspiring with Brokenstar, and later continued to work for him while still in [=ThunderClan=], until he was caught and exiled himself. After Tigerstar's death, Darkstripe joined up with Tigerstar's killer, Scourge, to destroy the Clans.
28th Dec '16 6:15:30 AM OlmoJV
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* Benjamin Hares, the estranged husband of Grace Glossy from ''Fanfic/OldWest''. He charmed Grace to rush with him to the altar, but then he suddenly left his pregnant wife penniless to escape the debts he had hoarded as a ConMan. Ten years later, he suddenly appears back to her doorstep, acting like he's sorry and wants to make up things with Grace and their son. Then he tries to sell Grace's lands behind her back, claiming that he just wants what's best for her, but in reality it's just so that the BigBad would settle his debts. When she tells him they're done and tries to throw him out, [[DomesticAbuser he becomes violent]], and it leads to [[spoiler:his death at the fangs of Rattlesnake Jake]].
23rd Dec '16 12:31:59 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' used to think that Morgan Edge was a jerk. He has reassessed his judgment since their first meetins. Mr. Edge is a rotten, gigantic asshole.

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* In ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' used to think that Morgan Edge was a jerk. He has reassessed his judgment since their first meetins.meetings. Mr. Edge is a rotten, gigantic asshole.
23rd Dec '16 12:30:20 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' used to think that Morgan Edge was a jerk. He has reassessed his judgment since their first meetins. Mr. Edge is a rotten, gigantic asshole.
-->'''Clark Kent:''' Edge is the kind of man you don't like at first... but gradually, you get to hate him!
15th Dec '16 11:56:05 PM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' crossover with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'', "TTG v. PPG", has Robin, Starfire, and Raven act very condescending to the Powerpuff Girls and dismissing them as "babies". After the Powerpuff Girls beat Mojo Jojo, the Titans appear to learn their lesson and compliment the girls on their victory, only to get back to insulting them when Blossom replies that they couldn't have defeated Mojo without the Titans' help.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' crossover with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'', "TTG "[[Recap/TeenTitansGoSP1TTGVPPG TTG v. PPG", PPG]]", has Robin, Starfire, and Raven act very condescending to the Powerpuff Girls and dismissing them as "babies". After the Powerpuff Girls beat Mojo Jojo, the Titans appear to learn their lesson and compliment the girls on their victory, only to get back to insulting them when Blossom replies that they couldn't have defeated Mojo without the Titans' help.
29th Nov '16 2:16:32 AM Tron80
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': In the manga, Gendo Ikari is a prick who tells Shinji he loves him, only to turn around seconds later and claim that, even if he says that, it's only to motivate Shinji to help him--in reality Gendo hates him and blames him for Yui's death. [[spoiler:It is your son's fault indeed as his only fault was to visit the facility with his mother, unlike you [[NeverMyFault when YOU set up the 'accident' which killed Yui]] for creation of an EldritchAbomination, isn't it, [[AbusiveParents Gendo?]]]]
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