Created By: neoYTPism on May 12, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on May 26, 2011

The Blunt One

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Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I'm open to title suggestions. That, and suggestions for adjustments to the description.

This is for characters who are, well, blunt. Things they say may upset and/or offend people, but The Blunt One does not see this as reason enough to hold back.

Sometimes, upsetting people may even be the goal. Other times, it's not the goal but it's seen as a consequence worth risking for the sake of another goal.

Not to be confused with Brutal Honesty, (though they can overlap) as one does not even need to believe in honesty in the first place to be blunt.

Compare Deadpan Snarker, which often overlaps with this, but doesn't always.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • May 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In The Golden Girls Sophia's tendency to say cruel things was originally explained as a side effect of a stroke which destroyed the part of the brain which engages in self-censorship.
  • May 13, 2011
    originalhobbit
    Glee: Santana is the embodiment of this.
  • May 14, 2011
    captainpat
    Should there really be real life examples?
  • May 16, 2011
    Cidolfas
    Joss Whedon is a fan of this kind of character.

  • May 16, 2011
    neoYTPism
    They do help illustrate the concept @ captainpat
  • May 17, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
  • May 19, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Watchmen: Rorschach's line "The world will look up and shout 'save us!' and I'll look down an say 'No'." Does that count?
  • May 19, 2011
    Cidolfas
    That's more incredibly cynical than blunt. If that exchange actually happened it might have counted.
  • May 19, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    edit
  • May 19, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^ It still implies that he feels inclined to be blunt, even if we do not know if he would actually do so.
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Getting into character motivations pushes this into Subjective Trope territory, especially since that is an entirely hypothetical exchange... There is zero expectation that the entire world would actually say "save us" to Rorschach. Fits better under Brutal Honesty unless someone can find some other examples of Rorschach being The Blunt One (being as this is a character-type and not just a list of blunt lines).
  • May 26, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^ Scrapped, then.
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