Created By: Masterweaver on May 15, 2011 Last Edited By: Masterweaver on May 11, 2012

Friendly Neighborhood Troll

A troll with a heart of gold

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I really don't think we have this already...

Most trolls are mean, spiteful creatures with no friends whose only purpose is to mock everybody around them. Or that's how they're portrayed anyway. And then.... there's this guy. Yes, he's a troll, everybody knows it... but everybody still likes him anyway.

Maybe it's because he keeps from doing things too harsh. Or maybe he trolls only about something ridiculous like pie. And if other trolls invade his community, he's guaranteed to stand against them. The fact is, this troll belongs to the community, and they love him for it.

Compare Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Playful Hacker

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Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • May 15, 2011
    Masterweaver
  • May 15, 2011
    Hodou
    It gets kind of tough when people make tropes inspired by Friendship is Magic, because a lot of the things in the show aren't tropes or are playing with existing tropes. The show is so popular in part because it consciously plays with tropes -- in this case, I actually can't think of any "lovable" trolls except for Celestia. I'm sure I could think of at least one more if I tried hard enough, but it's really not a common enough thing.

    Oh, I guess Dumbledore could count, though. Even the way he died was trolling, though in his case he usually does it because he can't safely reveal the truth to anyone.
  • May 15, 2011
    Jordan
    Those troll dolls seem pretty friendly... Oh, wrong kind of troll.

    For a serious reply, Playful Hacker might be similar.
  • May 15, 2011
    Masterweaver
    In all honesty, this feels like a trickster archetype somehow....
  • May 15, 2011
    TwinBird
    I'm not entirely sure what you mean by Troll - that word's been watered down quite far in meaning as of late - but might Oscar the Grouch fit?
  • May 15, 2011
    Masterweaver
    In my book, trolls provoke for the sake of provocation. Dumbledore fits, certainly, even though he doesn't do pure trolling often. Oscar... I don't remember much of Sesame Street, but I would guess that Grouches are all trolls, and Oscar's friendly.
  • May 16, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    In the Hollows series of books, also known as the Rachel Morgan series, there is a bridge troll that helps the main character in a fight.
  • May 19, 2011
    Irrisia
    I thought this was a Homestuck trope, but pretty much none of them actually fit the description. Except maybe Karkat, and that's only because his anger-fueled haterants are pretty much laughed off by everyone.
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
  • May 19, 2011
    TwinBird
    At the very least, this needs a much different title just to stave off the kind of I Thought It Meant jaytee's just illustrated.
  • May 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    @jaytee: Not that kind of troll.
  • May 20, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    Change it to "Friendly neighborhood bridge troll"? Can't confuse a bridge troll with an online troll.
  • May 20, 2011
    Masterweaver
    Except we ARE talking about online trolls here. You can troll while offline. Strange but true.
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^Wow, I read this article three times and I still missed that fact. Needs A Better Title and Needs A Better Description.

    I'm not even sure the person described in this trope counts as a "troll," especially when we're applying it to media that predate that term (or even the internet). I understand that offline trolls exist, but we have better, more descriptive words for them when they're not in the forums. No need to try and pigeonhole the word "troll" into this one.
  • May 20, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^ Ever read Pig by Rudyard Kipling? And speaking of this relatively benign kind, Stalky series. Not only the study Number Five team provoked folk in the recognizable style, they even behaved like a typical kibologist/kaschenit in general.
    McTurk: Well, that was only a week ago, and the Head's a little bit shy of us. He called it constructive deviltry.

  • May 21, 2011
    Ardiente
    The weasley twins, Rowling herself.
  • May 21, 2011
    whereismytea
    Axis Powers Hetalia fandom treats creator Hidekaz Himaruya as a much beloved Troll.
  • May 21, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    I think a better name for this trope would be "Friendly Neighborhood Trickster". Perhaps YMMV, but I think that "Troll" is has way too negative connotations.
  • May 21, 2011
    Ryusui
    I'd agree that Troll is probably the wrong word for this trope.
  • June 1, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^^ Well, so does "Vampire"...

    Trickster is a very general category. A troll is a specific breed of them, acting through provocation, rocking the boat and Refuge In Audacity, however crude or subtle this may be. Again, read Stalky and try to find 10 diferences in modus operandi - and that was before nets. =)
  • June 1, 2011
    TippyToeZombie
    I have two cousins who fit this trope.
  • June 11, 2011
    FantiSci
    Not the most exciting of titles, but some variant of Mischief Maker? There seems to be game of the same name (almost - Mischief Makers), but "mischief" usually gets across the idea of playful-but-not-malevolent antics.
  • June 11, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • June 11, 2011
    TwinBird
    "Trickster" isn't the right word, but neither is "troll." Frankly, I'm sick of people trying to apply the word "troll" to people's attitude in everyday conversation; "trolling" is misrepresentation of oneself or one's knowledge or intentions to provoke a reaction, not just anything done to provoke a reaction, and comes about due to the ease of misrepresentation online or otherwise in the written word, and the impotence of the reactions when you're not face to face. It's simply not applicable when there's not some medium involved.

    I mean, the word itself means, essentially, "leave it and wait for bites," doesn't it?
  • June 12, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    How is Celestia even remotely a troll?
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    bump
  • May 11, 2012
    magnum12
    We have this already. This is essentially The Gad Fly (a type of person who likes to screw with people's head's for harmless amusement). Celestia can be more accurately called a Gad Fly rather than a troll.
  • May 11, 2012
    Surenity
    ^^^ It's more of a fanon thing than anything.
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