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Took a Level in Jerkass
I used to be such a sweet sweet thing 'til they got a hold of me.
I got no friends 'cause they read the papers. They can't be seen
With me, and I'm gettin' real shot down and I'm feeling mean.
Alice Cooper, No More Mr. Nice Guy

When a character grows into a jerkass over time (sometimes not much of it at all). Can be due to flanderization, a Face-Heel Turn, or just another regular albeit unfortunate case of Character Development. While a Jerk Ass growing into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold is a common phenomenon, especially in dramas, a reversal, resulting in this trope, is also common, especially in comedies.

This can also cause tropes like What the Hell, Hero?, though whether if the character changes for the better after that is well Depending on the Writer. If the transition is shown as a flashback regarding a known jerk/villain, it may be a Start of Darkness. See also Took a Level in Badass, Took a Level in Dumbass, Cynicism Catalyst and Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. When a character has this temporary for the sake of the plot, the Jerkass Ball is present. The Counter Trope to Took a Level in Kindness. Contrast Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, who was always a jerk. A character taking his/her level in jerkassitude was genuinely nice. When a character becomes more of a jerk in an adaptation, that's Adaptational Villainy.


     Professional Wrestling 
  • La Rosa Negra suddenly became a jerkass in the PWS after a couple shows in. It was eventually revealed this was because Vinny Fenucci had practically appointed her to become the next Bombshells champion in the event someone "not pretty enough" won the tournament.

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Super DickeryThe Jerk IndexTroll
Took a Level in DumbassCharacterization TropesTook a Level in Kindness
Then Let Me Be EvilHeel Face IndexTrapped by Gambling Debts
Took a Level in DumbassScrappy IndexUngrateful Bastard
Made Out to Be a JerkassVillainsWe Want Our Jerk Back
Take That, Scrappy!Administrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!Toxic Phlebotinum

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