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The Big Personality
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(permanent link) added: 2011-03-16 13:37:16 sponsor: KJMackley (last reply: 2013-08-07 02:36:09)

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Needs a Better Title, current title is a refence to the idea that someone who is hard to work with has a "Big Personality."

This is an individual who knows exactly who they are, often mean-spirited, have No Social Skills or regularly practice Brutal Honesty, but they do so completely unapologetically. Generally they don't hide behind a facade of kindness or friendship and they say exactly what is on their mind. If you're a friend they treat you as a friend. If you're an enemy, rival or just annoying they let you know all the same.

Generally the only reason other people tolerate them (or the audience can like them) is because you know exactly where you stand. This doesn't mean they are incapable of lying, they can often lie with the best if it serves their purposes. Another trope they tend to use is You Are a Credit to Your Race. Their honesty about their feelings usually go both ways (positive and negative), although due to Rule of Drama and Rule of Funny their mean-spiritedness is usually predominate.

Compare Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!.

Examples:
  • Papa Titus from Titus. The entire premise of the pilot episode was to show that he is just as outrageous as the flashbacks suggested he was.
  • Joy from My Name Is Earl.
  • Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
  • Daisuke/Davis from Digimon Adventure 02. It was actually a key plot point in the finale that because he is so open with other people and his friends that he has fewer regrets or "secret wishes" than others. That's what allowed him to easily overcome the Lotus-Eater Machine set upon them by the Big Bad.
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