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25th Mar '18 11:54:40 AM Tehrannotaur
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Characters can be Jerkasses in many ways -- some may be polite, intelligent, charming, handsome and/or brave, but still give off a basic air of snobby, sneering, self-centered prickery that makes them such a nasty little punk that you wonder why nobody's beat the crap out of them, shanked them or busted a cap in their skull yet. Others are more obvious assholes who may be crass, sleazy, or otherwise repulsive. Either way, it's usually their status on the team of "good guy" that results in them never being called out on it. After all, if they were an asshole on team "bad guy", they'd just be another villain.

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Characters can be Jerkasses in many ways -- some may be polite, intelligent, charming, handsome and/or brave, [[BitchInSheepsClothing but still give off a basic air of snobby, sneering, self-centered prickery prickery]] that makes them such a nasty little punk that you wonder why nobody's beat the crap out of them, shanked them or busted a cap in their skull yet. Others are more obvious assholes who may be crass, sleazy, or otherwise repulsive. Either way, it's usually their status on the team of "good guy" that results in them never being called out on it. After all, if they were an asshole on team "bad guy", they'd just be another villain.



The single factor that pushes a merely annoying character over the line into full-time Jerkass status is their absolute obliviousness to other people's perceptions of them. [[MoralMyopia Nothing they do ever strikes them]] as [[DisproportionateRetribution out of proportion]]; they never realize that anything they are doing might ''ever'' be considered inappropriate, excessive, or cruel; in fact, they believe [[ItsAllAboutMe they are actually right and everyone around them is in the wrong]]. If anyone ever does call them out on their Jerkassery, expect them to [[JerkJustifications just rationalize it or shrug the accusation off]]. If the writers don't put it in check and just keep trying to one-up the character's assholishness, it can deteriorate into TheSociopath. Often the result of {{Flanderization}} or MaddenIntoMisanthropy..

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The single factor that pushes a merely annoying character over the line into full-time Jerkass status is their absolute obliviousness to other people's perceptions of them. [[MoralMyopia Nothing they do ever strikes them]] as [[DisproportionateRetribution out of proportion]]; [[LackOfEmpathy they never realize that anything they are doing might might]] ''ever'' be considered inappropriate, excessive, or cruel; in fact, they believe [[ItsAllAboutMe they are actually right and everyone around them is in the wrong]]. If anyone ever does call them out on their Jerkassery, expect them to [[JerkJustifications just rationalize it or shrug the accusation off]]. If the writers don't put it in check and just keep trying to one-up the character's assholishness, it can deteriorate into TheSociopath. Often the result of {{Flanderization}} or MaddenIntoMisanthropy..
12th Mar '18 7:42:26 PM Paulo_Farias
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[-[[caption-width-right:300:This Jerkass [[LiteralMetaphor will literally]] ''feed'' [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming off your misery.]][[labelnote:For context... ]][[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon Cartman fed Scott Tenorman his parents.]]]][[/labelnote]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:300:This Jerkass [[LiteralMetaphor will literally]] ''feed'' [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming off your misery.]][[labelnote:For context... ]][[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon (SPOILERS)]][[MoralEventHorizon Cartman fed Scott Tenorman his parents.]]]][[/labelnote]]]]-]
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10th Feb '18 10:45:31 AM AFreakyDude
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* Jerkass/ProfessionalWrestling
14th Dec '17 4:28:37 PM CyberTiger88
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A Jerkass is a character who is so completely obnoxious that it is unbelievable anyone would willingly interact with them. They may have fans, but in most cases the appeal of their character is that they are walking schadenfreude -- you know [[AssholeVictim it'll eventually end badly for them]], and you can't wait to see it.

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A Jerkass is a character who is so completely obnoxious that it is unbelievable anyone would willingly interact with them. They may have fans, but in most cases the appeal of their character is that they are walking schadenfreude [[ComedicSociopathy schadenfreude]] -- you know [[AssholeVictim it'll eventually end badly for them]], and you can't wait to see it.
19th Nov '17 7:10:11 PM MickJamesSupaFreak
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Not to be confused with the MTV reality stunt show Series/{{Jackass}}. Though the cast can definitely get into this territory at points.
21st Oct '17 5:05:40 AM awesome_diamonds
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A Jerkass is a character who is so completely obnoxious that it is unbelievable anyone would willingly interact with them. They may have fans, but in most cases the appeal of their character is that they are walking schadenfreude -- you know it'll eventually end badly for them, and you can't wait to see it.

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A Jerkass is a character who is so completely obnoxious that it is unbelievable anyone would willingly interact with them. They may have fans, but in most cases the appeal of their character is that they are walking schadenfreude -- you know [[AssholeVictim it'll eventually end badly for them, them]], and you can't wait to see it.
18th Sep '17 9:43:18 AM PistolsAtDawn
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The single factor that pushes a merely annoying character over the line into full-time Jerkass status is their absolute obliviousness to other people's perceptions of them. [[MoralMyopia Nothing they do ever strikes them]] as [[DisproportionateRetribution out of proportion]]; they never realize that anything they are doing might ''ever'' be considered inappropriate, excessive, or cruel; in fact, they believe [[ItsAllAboutMe they are actually right and everyone around them is in the wrong]]. If anyone ever does call them out on their Jerkassery, expect them to [[JerkJustifications just rationalize it or shrug the accusation off]]. If the writers don't put it in check and just keep trying to one-up the character's assholishness, it can deteriorate into TheSociopath.

Often the result of {{Flanderization}} or MaddenIntoMisanthropy.

If the protagonist starts as a Jerkass, it may be a JerkToNiceGuyPlot.

On the off chance that something happens to [[PygmalionPlot nice-ify or remove]] the Jerkass, the other characters will be relieved at first, but will proclaim "WeWantOurJerkBack" by episode's end.

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The single factor that pushes a merely annoying character over the line into full-time Jerkass status is their absolute obliviousness to other people's perceptions of them. [[MoralMyopia Nothing they do ever strikes them]] as [[DisproportionateRetribution out of proportion]]; they never realize that anything they are doing might ''ever'' be considered inappropriate, excessive, or cruel; in fact, they believe [[ItsAllAboutMe they are actually right and everyone around them is in the wrong]]. If anyone ever does call them out on their Jerkassery, expect them to [[JerkJustifications just rationalize it or shrug the accusation off]]. If the writers don't put it in check and just keep trying to one-up the character's assholishness, it can deteriorate into TheSociopath.

TheSociopath. Often the result of {{Flanderization}} or MaddenIntoMisanthropy.

MaddenIntoMisanthropy..

If the protagonist starts as absolutely ''everyone'' acts like this, you're looking at a Jerkass, it may be a JerkToNiceGuyPlot.

WorldOfJerkass.

On the off chance that something happens to [[PygmalionPlot nice-ify or remove]] the Jerkass, the other characters will be relieved at first, but will proclaim "WeWantOurJerkBack" by episode's end.
end. If the protagonist starts as a Jerkass and learns his lesson, it may be a JerkToNiceGuyPlot.
14th Sep '17 1:39:10 PM zknl
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One especially irritating way to portray the jerkass to the audience is also to have them come out of the situation a [[Karma Houdini]], leaving the offender completely unscathed even after all of their bad behavior. This is usually so that the protagonist's story turns into an [[An Aesop aesop]] about being humble or why revenge is bad.
14th Sep '17 1:35:00 PM zknl
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One especially irritating way to portray the jerkass to the audience is also to have them come out of the situation a [[Karma Houdini]], leaving the offender completely unscathed even after all of their bad behavior. This is usually so that the protagonist's story turns into an [[An Aesop aesop]] about being humble or why revenge is bad.
12th Aug '17 3:37:25 PM PistolsAtDawn
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If the protagonist starts as a Jerkass, it may be a JerkToNiceGuyPlot.
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