Created By: scarmiglione4 on October 17, 2012 Last Edited By: scarmiglione4 on October 20, 2012
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World of Jerkasses

A setting where it seems like everyone is a jerkass.

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This is a world where there is not just one jerkass, but it seems like everyone is a jerkass. This usually is used to help justify the rebelliousness or vigilantism of the hero, antihero, and/or the motivations for a villain. I am thinking of the film Falling Down in this respect.

Sometimes it is the driving force of the narrative such as in Tales from the Crypt and other EC comics stories where we see several stories, each with their own jerkasses getting their due.

Other examples: The Fallout series, The Toxic Avenger (and I am thinking about anything directed by Lloyd Kaufman), any manner of revenge-sploitation, etc.
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  • October 19, 2012
    DracMonster
    Honestly, it seems like this is covered by Crapsack World.
  • October 20, 2012
    scarmiglione4
    I may be misunderstanding Crapsack World, but it seems to me that, like the description says, it is a larger version of Wretched Hive. Neither Lawlessness nor any sort of dystopian society are necessary for this world to exist. It is sort of like, "All that is necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing." Except the good people either do not exist, or or trying to fit in hopes that they are not on the receiving end of said poor treatment. And the only real evil of the day people being selfish, belligerent, snooty, etc. Anything that fits for the jerkass description, but it's seemingly pervasive.

    Over-the-top high school melodrama thrives on this idea. No one is typically committing any crimes or anything, they are just being cruel and selfish to the point where it can push a person over the edge or into extreme action.
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