History PlayingWith / AssholeVictim

22nd Sep '17 1:53:44 PM AnonFangeekGirl
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''Basic Trope''': When the victim of a murder (or a victim of some other kind of crime or misdeed) is an asshole.
* '''Straight''': The murder victim was a jerkwad. Nobody liked him, so his death isn't met with much unhappiness.

to:

'''Basic Trope''': When the victim of a murder (or a victim of some other kind of crime or misdeed) is Bad things happen to someone, but he's such an asshole.
asshole that it's hard to feel sorry for him.
* '''Straight''': The murder victim was a jerkwad. Bob kidnaps Alice and holds her for ransom, threatening to kill her if it's not paid. Nobody liked him, really feels sorry for Alice as she was an arrogant AlphaBitch who loved [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney lording her money]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections and status]] over others, so his death isn't met with much unhappiness.the kidnapping comes off as taking her down a much-needed peg.



** Everyone hated the victim; and more than one character says "Yes, I was planning on killing him, but somebody else beat me to it."
** The victim was [[HateSink so awful]] that [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing everyone throws a party on the news of his death]].

to:

** Everyone Alice is horrifically murdered. However, she was hated so much that even the victim; and more than one character says "Yes, I was planning on killing him, people who ''didn't'' have anything to do with the murder say "I didn't kill her, but only because somebody else beat me to it."
** The victim Alice is put in an AndIMustScream situation. However, Alice was an OmnicidalManiac [[HateSink with no redeeming qualities]], so awful]] that [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing everyone is relieved and throws a party on the news of his death]].when it happens.



** The victim was a slightly mean spirited practical joker. Everybody laughs at the pranked prankster when they fall for one themselves.
** The victim may have been a jerk, but no one is overtly happy he's dead.

to:

** The victim Alice was a slightly mean spirited practical joker. Everybody laughs at the pranked prankster when they fall for one themselves.
** The victim Alice may have been a jerk, an AlphaBitch, but no one is overtly happy he's dead.EvenEvilHasLovedOnes and at least a few people mourn her when she's killed.



** The victim was unaware that he was about to mug the [[MuggingTheMonster monster]].
** Someone had enough of his wrongdoings (especially if he got away with it) and decided to take the law into his own hands.

to:

** The victim was unaware If you're that much of a bitch to everyone, eventually you're going to find yourself MuggingTheMonster.
** Bob kidnapped Alice because
he was about to mug the [[MuggingTheMonster monster]].
** Someone
had had enough of his wrongdoings (especially if he got away with it) and decided to take the law into his own hands.her being a KarmaHoudini.



** [[MessianicArchetype The victim was a saint.]] Killing him was practically a leap over the MoralEventHorizon.
** The killer is a CardCarryingVillain who specifically targets innocents

to:

** [[MessianicArchetype The victim Alice was a saint.]] Killing him saintly woman]], and Bob hurting her was practically a leap over the his MoralEventHorizon.
** The killer Bob is a CardCarryingVillain who specifically targets innocentsinnocents like Alice.



** The killer is the one who is an asshole.



** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold donated a lot of time and money to charity]], and ''that's'' what got him [[TearJerker killed.]]
** Alternately: We follow, in {{flashback}}, a private detective who is describing to the District Attorney the events leading up to "the murder of Mr. Boddy". Bob Boddy is shown to be a blackmailer and gigantic jerkwad... but it's his almost saintly brother, Bill Boddy, who gets murdered.
** The victim was SecretlyDying anyway, and was putting up a JerkassFacade so no one would be sad when he died.

to:

** The victim looked Alice may have acted like a gigantic jerkwad, bitch in her personal life, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold donated a lot of time she was also [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules incorruptible]] and money used her fortune to charity]], help clean up poverty and ''that's'' what got him [[TearJerker killed.]]
crime. Bob kidnapped her out of vengeance because she wouldn't accept a bribe to look the other way in the face of his [[SexSlavery human trafficking]] ring.
** Alternately: We follow, in {{flashback}}, a private detective who is describing to the District Attorney the events leading up to "the murder of Mr.A. Boddy". Bob Alice Boddy is shown to be a blackmailer and gigantic jerkwad... but it's his her almost saintly brother, Bill Alex Boddy, who gets murdered.
** The victim Alice was SecretlyDying anyway, and was putting up a JerkassFacade so no one would be sad when he she died.



** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he donated a lot of time and money to a charity... [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk which he was using to funnel money back into his own pockets to cheat his taxes]].
** Alternately: (Continuing from the previous Alternately) ...And then it later turns out that Bill was the actual mastermind behind Bob's blackmail schemes, and forced Bob into many of his more jerkwaddish actions.
** The victim was still a jerk, and he was only slightly exaggerating his personality.

to:

** The victim looked like Alice may be a gigantic jerkwad, bitch, but he donated she never takes bribes... because she's a lot of time SerialKiller and money to a charity... [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk which he was using to funnel money back into his own pockets to cheat his taxes]].
bribery investigation would uncover her crimes.
** Alternately: (Continuing from the previous Alternately) ...And then it later turns out that Bill Alex was the actual mastermind behind Bob's Alice's blackmail schemes, and forced Bob into many of his more jerkwaddish actions.
** The victim was still a jerk, and he was only slightly exaggerating his personality.
Alice to cover for him with emotional manipulation.



** The police decide not to prosecute, or even investigate, because the victim was such a gigantic jerkwad.
** Alternatively, the police investigate the case only to congratulate or reward the killer.
** The funeral is [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing actually a celebration party]]. There is even a banner hanging on a wall saying [[CrossesTheLineTwice "Congrats for Dying, Jackass!"]]
** Instead of being sent to jail, the killer is rewarded with a 2-week tropical vacation. Everyone involved in the law refers to this as a "shortened sentence" due to "partial bail on the house" and an "inconvenient lack of vacancies anywhere else."
* '''Zig Zagged''': The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he donated a lot of time and money to a charity... which he was using to funnel money back into his own pockets, but only so he could fund the LittlestCancerPatient's surgery... and none of this is what got him killed: He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
* '''Averted''': The murder victim was clearly just [[LeaveNoWitnesses in the wrong place]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch at the wrong time]] (for example, a security guard who walks in on a robbery).

to:

** The police decide not are all geared up to prosecute, or even investigate, because hunt for Bob, but when they learn that Alice was the victim was such a gigantic jerkwad.
victim, they immediately abandon their efforts.
** Alternatively, the police investigate the case only case... in order to congratulate or reward the killer.
Bob for kidnapping Alice and getting her out of everyone's hair.
** The Alice's funeral is [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing actually a celebration party]]. There is even a banner hanging on a wall saying [[CrossesTheLineTwice "Congrats for Dying, Jackass!"]]
** Instead of being sent to jail, Bob is caught by the killer is police for kidnapping Alice, but instead of going to jail he's rewarded with a 2-week tropical vacation. Everyone involved in the law refers to this as a "shortened sentence" due to "partial bail on the house" and an "inconvenient lack of vacancies anywhere else."
* '''Zig Zagged''': The victim Alice looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he she donated a lot of time and money to a charity... which he she was using to funnel money back into his her own pockets, but only so he she could fund the LittlestCancerPatient's surgery... and in the end, none of this is what got him killed: He her killed; She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
* '''Averted''': The murder victim was clearly just [[LeaveNoWitnesses in the wrong place]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch at the wrong time]] (for example, a security guard who walks in on a robbery).robbery), and their character is never brought into it.
** Alice is kidnapped, but her attitude had nothing to do with it and the police hunt for her as they would for anyone else.



** "We don't want to ruin any [[SympatheticMurderer sympathy the audience has for the killer]], so let's make the victim a gigantic jerkwad."
** Alternatively, "The killer is an important fully developed character, we need to give him a plausible motive."
** Alternatively (again), "We need to keep our audience guessing who the killer is. I know! Let's make the victim a total dick so that all the other characters would have a plausible motive."
** Alternatively (electric boogaloo) "We gotta kill off the abusive boyfriend somehow, so why not make a murder mystery of it?"
* '''Lampshaded''': "I'm surprised nobody murdered him sooner!"

to:

** "We don't want "Bob's supposed to ruin any [[SympatheticMurderer sympathy be a sympathetic character, but that can't very well be the audience has for case if he kidnaps another sympathetic character, no matter the killer]], so let's make the victim motive. Let's have him kidnap Alice instead- she's rich enough to serve his purposes, ''and'' a gigantic jerkwad.total asshole."
** Alternatively, "The killer "Bob is an important fully developed character, we need to give him a plausible motive."
** Alternatively (again), "We need to keep our audience guessing who the killer is. I know! Let's make the victim a total dick so that all the other characters would have a plausible motive."
** Alternatively (electric boogaloo) "We gotta kill off the abusive boyfriend somehow, so why not make a murder mystery of it?"
* '''Lampshaded''': "I'm "Alice got kidnapped? Well, with how she flaunted her money and rubbed everyone's faces in it, I'm just surprised nobody murdered him sooner!"it didn't happen sooner."



** A character wishes to be murdered, so he starts blackmailing dangerous people.
* '''Exploited''': A character, upon realizing his cousin is a blackmailing asshole, takes out a life insurance policy on him.
* '''Defied''': Would-be-victim takes steps to protect his life.
* '''Discussed''': "You know why guys like our victim show up so much as the corpse in murder mysteries? Because it maximizes the list of suspects. Damn, I hate these kind of cases."

to:

** A character wishes to be murdered, so he starts blackmailing dangerous people.
* '''Exploited''': A character, upon realizing Alex realizes that his cousin sister Alice is an AlphaBitch with a habit of blackmailing asshole, dangerous people. He immediately takes out a life insurance policy on her and moves far enough away that when she gets what she has coming, it won't affect him.
* '''Defied''': Would-be-victim After a close shave, Alice realizes her wrongdoing and takes steps to protect his life.
make herself a better person.
* '''Discussed''': "You know why guys like our victim show up so much as "Is anyone here going to actually look for Alice? She's been ''kidnapped''!" "Yeah, but she's an asshole. Frankly, the corpse in murder mysteries? Because it maximizes longer she stays gone the list of suspects. Damn, I hate these kind of cases.happier everyone around her will be."



* '''Implied''': No one shows up at the funeral held for the murder victim, other than the ones who organized it.

to:

* '''Implied''': No one shows up at the funeral held for the murder victim, Alice's funeral, other than the ones who organized it.



** The victim was such a gigantic jerkwad that no one liked him, and his self-loathing was so great that he went and got himself killed on purpose.
** The murderer had no sympathetic reasons for killing the victim, but the sheer jerkassery of said victim garners him [[DracoInLeatherPants unwanted sympathy]], and a reduced sentence. Worse still, this was the murderer's objective, [[KarmaHoudini and is free to kill again.]]
** The victim may have been an utterly unlikable piece of shit, but it swiftly becomes obvious that [[DisproportionateRetribution even then, he didn't deserve what happened to him.]]
** EvenEvilHasLovedOnes, and even though the family thought the victim could be hard to deal with, they still grieve for his death. one of them sets out to find the killer and avenge the asshole.

to:

** The victim Nobody liked Alice because she was such a gigantic jerkwad that no one liked him, an AlphaBitch. Alice really had NoSocialSkills and didn't know how to interact with people in a healthy manner, which made her suicidal and reckless, which in turn gave Bob his self-loathing needed opening.
** Bob targeted Alice because she
was so great that an AlphaBitch, but he went and got himself killed on purpose.
** The murderer had no sympathetic reasons for killing
wasn't thinking of doing the victim, but the sheer jerkassery of said victim garners people around him [[DracoInLeatherPants unwanted sympathy]], and any favors. Instead, his goal was to be able to get away more easily (or get a reduced sentence. Worse still, this was sentence) by manipulating the murderer's objective, [[KarmaHoudini police and is free to kill again.jury's lack of sympathy for Alice.
** Alice may have been an utterly unlikable piece of shit, but it swiftly becomes obvious that [[DisproportionateRetribution even then, she didn't deserve ''that''.
]]
** The victim EvenEvilHasLovedOnes. Alice may have been an utterly unlikable piece of shit, AlphaBitch, but it swiftly becomes obvious that [[DisproportionateRetribution even then, he didn't deserve what happened to him.]]
** EvenEvilHasLovedOnes, and even though the family thought the victim could be hard to deal with, they
her death still grieve for his death. one of them sets out to find the killer and avenge the asshole.devastated her family.
30th Jul '17 4:40:10 PM mister-bittersweet
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In a fantasy setting, the AssholeVictim is a king who overtaxes commoners, drafts them into his military under threats of treason, and forces his daughter into an ArrangedMarriage with a man ready to exercise MaritalRapeLicense. However, after being assassinated, there ends up being a power vacuum that drags the kingdom into a civil war over who should be his successor.

to:

** In a fantasy setting, the AssholeVictim is a king who overtaxes commoners, drafts them into his military under threats of treason, and forces his daughter into an ArrangedMarriage with a man ready to exercise MaritalRapeLicense. This results in someone assassinating the king to end his abuses of power. However, after being assassinated, asshole or not, he was the guy in charge of the kingdom, and there ends up being a power vacuum that drags the kingdom into a civil war over who should be his successor.successor, leading to several casualties that could've been avoided had the king not been killed.



** When the civil war is done and dealt with, the new king is [[TheGoodKing much nicer]], and can learn from the previous king's mistakes to avoid being killed in a similar manner.

to:

** When the civil war is done and dealt with, the new king is [[TheGoodKing much nicer]], and can learn from the previous king's mistakes to avoid being killed in a similar manner. The reign of this new king ends up being better for the kingdom in the long term.
30th Jul '17 1:25:25 AM AgentKyles
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Averted''': The murder victim was clearly just in the wrong place at the wrong time (for example, a security guard who walks in on a robbery).

to:

* '''Averted''': The murder victim was clearly just [[LeaveNoWitnesses in the wrong place place]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch at the wrong time time]] (for example, a security guard who walks in on a robbery).
29th Jul '17 9:18:37 AM mister-bittersweet
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In a fantasy setting, the AssholeVictim is a king who overtaxes commoners, drafts them into his military under threats of treason, and forces his daughter into an ArrangedMarriage with a man ready to exercise MaritalRapeLicense. However, with him dead, there will be a power vacuum that drags the kingdom into a civil war over who should be the rightful heir.

to:

** In a fantasy setting, the AssholeVictim is a king who overtaxes commoners, drafts them into his military under threats of treason, and forces his daughter into an ArrangedMarriage with a man ready to exercise MaritalRapeLicense. However, with him dead, after being assassinated, there will be ends up being a power vacuum that drags the kingdom into a civil war over who should be the rightful heir.his successor.
29th Jul '17 9:17:30 AM mister-bittersweet
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** In a fantasy setting, the AssholeVictim is a king who overtaxes commoners, drafts them into his military under threats of treason, and forces his daughter into an ArrangedMarriage with a man ready to exercise MaritalRapeLicense. However, with him dead, there will be a power vacuum that drags the kingdom into a civil war over who should be the rightful heir.


Added DiffLines:

** When the civil war is done and dealt with, the new king is [[TheGoodKing much nicer]], and can learn from the previous king's mistakes to avoid being killed in a similar manner.
24th Jun '17 5:05:48 PM iwantedtoaddsomething
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Instead of being sent to jail, the killer is rewarded with a 2-week tropical vacation. Everyone involved in the law refers to this as a "shortened sentence" due to "partial bail on the house" and an "inconvenient lack of vacancies anywhere else."



Historical note: This was first page to be created in the PlayingWith/ Administrivia/{{namespace}}, since it was also used as the hypothetical entry during the YKTTW for PlayingWithWiki. It was chosen because it was a straightforward trope that the author of the [=YKTTW=] was familiar with, having also been the author of the AssholeVictim [=YKTTW=].

to:

Historical note: This was first page to be created in the PlayingWith/ PlayingWith Administrivia/{{namespace}}, since it was also used as the hypothetical entry during the YKTTW for PlayingWithWiki. It was chosen because it was a straightforward trope that the author of the [=YKTTW=] was familiar with, having also been the author of the AssholeVictim [=YKTTW=].
29th May '17 8:38:41 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
Is there an issue? Send a Message
29th May '17 8:37:08 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Defied''': Would-be-victim is a GenreSavvy asshole, who takes steps to protect his life.

to:

* '''Defied''': Would-be-victim is a GenreSavvy asshole, who takes steps to protect his life.
22nd May '17 6:58:29 PM KenmonoBrettSmith
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold donated a lot of time and money to charity]], and ''that's'' what got him [[Tearjerker killed.]]

to:

** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold donated a lot of time and money to charity]], and ''that's'' what got him [[Tearjerker [[TearJerker killed.]]
22nd May '17 6:57:53 PM KenmonoBrettSmith
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold donated a lot of time and money to charity]], and ''that's'' what got him killed.

to:

** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold donated a lot of time and money to charity]], and ''that's'' what got him [[Tearjerker killed.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 54. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=PlayingWith.AssholeVictim