Created By: BonsaiForest on April 26, 2014

Cast Of Assholes

Every single character in the movie is unlikeable

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There's Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, which when the setting is so dark and bleak that it's impossible to care about the characters. But what is it called when the characters are all such horrible, disgusting, unlikeable people that no-one could possibly like them? That's a complaint given against many comedies, but not just comedies.

Sorry, can't think of examples off the top of my head, but I've seen this many times, and I haven't seen it as a trope.
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  • April 26, 2014
    Just movies? Practically every single show on television today has casts of assholes... that's one thing I see people complain about the most, yet networks keep saying assholes are more, "Believable," and, "Relatable".
  • April 26, 2014
    Tropes Are Flexible. Darkness Induced Audience Apathy covers the unlikable cast concept, and this trope could easily derail into complaining.
  • April 26, 2014
    I think that this is the sort of trope that would lend itself to Complaining About Shows You Dont Like much more easily than most, so if it were to be launched it would probably be No Examples Please.

    As it stands, I think this is probably adequately covered by Darkness Induced Audience Apathy, Developing Doomed Characters and Eight Deadly Words ("I don't care what happens to these people").
  • April 26, 2014
    Evil Versus Evil or Jerks Versus Jerks. As it's written this belongs in Lost And Found.
  • April 26, 2014
    Arrested Development and Archer come to mind.
  • April 26, 2014
    Seinfeld would count too, as evident and lampshaded in its Grand Finale.

    But again, just about everything on TV today falls into this. Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family...
  • April 27, 2014
    I'm pretty sure there's a YKTTW callled World Of Jerkass that covers this already.
  • April 27, 2014
    ^ Yep, here it is: World of Jerkass. The OP hasn't really done any work on it, though, so maybe you could pick up the examples from there and try to take this somewhere.
  • April 27, 2014
    Based on everyone's comments, it seems a Comical Cast Of Curmodgeons type trope would work. One where a combo of Comedic Sociopathy, Butt Monkey, Crosses The Line Twice, etc. made audiences care because it's funny.
  • April 27, 2014
    ^ you mean "funny jerk" instead of "jerk jerk"?

    And kinda thinking Sadist Show or Cringe Comedy is close. Very close.
  • April 27, 2014
    ^Those can be Kafka Komedy where the protagonist at least is perfectly sympathetic, and the world treats him like shit.

    World Of Jerkass is a bit too vast a concept, unless the environment too goes out of its way to make you miserable through petty, mundane inconveniences. Cast Of Jerks is a lot more precise and objective.

    So would Cast Of Snarkers as opposed to World Of Snark, come to think of it. As opposed to, say, World Of Ham, where indeed architecture, landscapes, the weather, the Rule Of Index, and so on can participate into making everything hyper-dramatic. Anyone who's seen Code Geass or New Doctor Who knows what I'm talking about.
  • April 27, 2014
    Played literally in Spaceballs where the entire bridge crew of the ship Spaceball One are Assholes:
    Dark Helmet: Who made that man a gunner?
    Major Asshole: I did, sir. He's my cousin.
    Dark Helmet: [to Sandurz] Who is he?
    Colonel Sandurz: He's an Asshole, sir.
    Dark Helmet: I know that! What's his name?
    Colonel Sandurz: That is his name, sir. Asshole, Major Asshole.
    Dark Helmet: And his cousin?
    Colonel Sandurz: He's an Asshole too, sir. Gunner's mate, First Class, Philip Asshole.
    Dark Helmet: How many Assholes have we got on this ship, anyhow?
    [The entire bridge crew, except for one person, stands up and raises a hand]
    Entire Bridge Crew: Yo!
    Dark Helmet: I knew it, I'm surrounded by Assholes. Keep firing, Assholes!
  • April 28, 2014
    An in-verse one: Hellboy is once sent on a mission dealing with a poltergeist, reported by a Dysfunctional Family. He sees a big silver man making out with the mother but scares it off, leading to much acerbic comments from the father. When Hellboy catches it again, the ghost is... making out with the father, causing some awkward moments with the family. Finally, it turns out their kid was behind it all, making full-size projections of his action figures (his Psychic Powers combined with his upbringing giving him issues), and Hellboy stomps on his hissing cat thinking it was a familiar. Once the matter is resolved, he leaves thinking the only decent member of the family needs to be scraped off his foot.

  • April 28, 2014
    Isn't this YMMV? Likeable/unlikeable by whom are the characters supposed to be?
  • April 28, 2014
    Which trope to keep? This, or World Of Jerkass?
  • June 10, 2016
    I was hoping this was a legit page. It would have been just like "Vitriolic Best Buds" set in a "crapsack world" where even the unimportant characters are grumpy, & it would all be purely for comedy purposes.

    Hmm, I can think of a few.... The 90s CLUE book series, the CLUE movie, Married with Children, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, every single "Unwanted Harem" anime I can think of, Invader Zim, the Neurotically Yours webtoon, Gensoumaden Saiyuki, Gokusen, Sayonara Zatsubou Sensei, Geo Breeders, Nekojiru Gekijou, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan, Jungle wa Itsumo Hare Nochi Guu, Shoujo Kakumei Utena.... I could go on forever.
  • June 10, 2016
    ^ if you're talking about "funny jerk", then Comedic Sociopathy may already cover that. As well as comedic examples of Dysfunction Junction.