Playing With: Asshole Victim
: When the victim of a murder (or a victim of some other kind of crime or misdeed) is an asshole.
- Straight: The murder victim was a jerkwad. Nobody liked him, so his death isn't met with much unhappiness.
- The victim was a slightly mean spirited practical joker.
- The victim may have been a jerk, but no one is overtly happy he's dead.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch, in which the victim isn't necessarily killed, but with all the same implications applied to this trope.
- The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he donated a lot of time and money to charity, and that's what got him killed.
- Alternately: We follow, in flashback, a private detective who is describing to the District Attorney the events leading up to "the murder of Mr. Boddy". Bob Boddy is shown to be a blackmailer and gigantic jerkwad... but it's his almost saintly brother, Bill Boddy, who gets murdered.
- The victim was Secretly Dying anyway, and was putting up a Jerkass Fašade so no one would be sad when he died.
- Double Subverted:
- The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he donated a lot of time and money to a charity... which he was using to funnel money back into his own pockets to cheat his taxes.
- Alternately: (Continuing from the previous Alternately) ...And then it later turns out that Bill was the actual mastermind behind Bob's blackmail schemes, and forced Bob into many of his more jerkwaddish actions.
- The victim was still a jerk, and he was only slightly exaggerating his personality.
- The police decide not to prosecute, or even investigate, because the victim was such a gigantic jerkwad.
- Alternatively, the police investigate the case only to congratulate or reward the killer.
- The funeral is actually a celebration party. There is even a banner hanging on a wall saying "Congrats for Dying, Jackass!"
- Zig Zagged: The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he donated a lot of time and money to a charity... which he was using to funnel money back into his own pockets, but only so he could fund the Littlest Cancer Patient's surgery... and none of this is what got him killed: He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Averted: The murder victim was clearly just in the wrong place at the wrong time (for example, a security guard who walks in on a robbery).
- "We don't want to ruin any sympathy the audience has for the killer, so let's make the victim a gigantic jerkwad."
- Alternatively, "The killer is an important fully developed character, we need to give him a plausible motive."
- Altenatively (again), "We need to keep our audience guessing who the killer is. I know! Let's make the victim a total dick so that all the other characters would have a plausible motive."
- Alternatively (electric boogaloo) "We gotta kill off the abusive boyfriend somehow, so why not make a murder mystery of it?"
- Lampshaded: "I'm surprised nobody murdered him sooner!"
- Invoked: A character wishes to be murdered, so he starts blackmailing dangerous people.
- Exploited: A character, upon realizing his cousin is a blackmailing asshole, takes out a life insurance policy on him.
- Defied: Would-be-victim is a Genre Savvy asshole, who takes steps to protect his life.
- Discussed: "You know why guys like our victim show up so much as the corpse in murder mysteries? Because it maximizes the list of suspects. Damn, I hate these kind of cases."
- Conversed: "Are the victims on this show always gigantic jerkwads?"
- Reconstructed: The villain caused a situation where someone is to be killed. Out of remorse, he sets up so that he became the victim, so innocents are safe.
Yeah, officer, I wanted Asshole Victim
dead, but someone else beat me to it.
Historical note: This was first page to be created in the Playing With
, since it was also used as the hypothetical entry during the YKTTW
for Playing With Wiki
. It was chosen because it was a straightforward trope that the author of the YKTTW was familiar with, having also been the author of the Asshole Victim