'''Basic Trope''': 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.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Everyone hated the victim; and more than one character says "Yes, I was planning on killing him, but somebody else beat me to it."
** The victim was [[HateSink so awful]] that [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing everyone throws a party on the news of his death]].
* '''Downplayed''':
** The victim was a slightly mean spirited practical joker. Everybody laughs at the pranked prankster when they fall for one themselves.
** The victim may have been a jerk, but no one is overtly happy he's dead.
** KickTheSonOfABitch, in which the victim isn't necessarily killed, but with all the same implications applied to this trope.
* '''Justified''':
** The victim was unaware that he was about to mug the [[MuggingTheMonster monster]].
** Someone had enough of his wrongdoings (especially if he got away with it) and decided to take the law into his own hands.
* '''Inverted''':
** [[MessianicArchetype The victim was a saint.]] Killing him was practically a leap over the MoralEventHorizon.
** The killer is a CardCarryingVillain who specifically targets innocents
** TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth.
** The killer is the one who is an asshole.
* '''Subverted''':
** The victim looked like a gigantic jerkwad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold 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 SecretlyDying anyway, and was putting up a JerkassFacade 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... [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk 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.
* '''Parodied''':
** 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 [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing actually a celebration party]]. There is even a banner hanging on a wall saying [[CrossesTheLineTwice "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 LittlestCancerPatient'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).
* '''Enforced''':
** "We don't want to ruin any [[SympatheticMurderer 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."
** Alternatively (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!"
** "So he's dead? [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic And nothing of value was lost.]]"
* '''Invoked''':
** {{Entitled Bastard}}
** 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 GenreSavvy 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?"
* '''Implied''': No one shows up at the funeral held for the murder victim, other than the ones who organized it.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** The victim was such a gigantic jerkwad that no one liked him, and his self-loathing was so great that he went and got himself killed on purpose.
** The murderer had no sympathetic reasons for killing the victim, but the sheer jerkassery of said victim garners him [[DracoInLeatherPants unwanted sympathy]], and a reduced sentence. Worse still, this was the murderer's objective, [[KarmaHoudini and is free to kill again.]]
** The victim may have been an utterly unlikable piece of shit, but it swiftly becomes obvious that [[DisproportionateRetribution even then, he didn't deserve what happened to him.]]
** EvenEvilHasLovedOnes, and even though the family thought the victim could be hard to deal with, they still grieve for his death. one of them sets out to find the killer and avenge the asshole.
* '''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.
** People learn to differentiate between [[VigilanteMan killers who take it upon themselves]] to punish {{Karma Houdini}}s, and those who merely want to gain said status [[ForTheEvulz to do what they want]]. As a result, the Judicial System adapts, considering the circumstances and context of crimes to better decide on a fitting sentence.
** The victim is revealed to have been a much worse person than people originally thought, having simply hidden their most heinous actions from the public; the disproportionate punishment seems more fitting upon knowing this / It's revealed that other methods to stop the victim's bad deeds were used but failed (as the victim would use [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribes]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections connections]] or blackmail to get away and repeat the process); killing them was a last resort to end their actions.
** The avenger is doing it more out of family duty than any sincere affection.
Yeah, officer, I wanted AssholeVictim dead, but someone else beat me to it.
Historical note: This was first page to be created in the PlayingWith/ Administrivia/{{namespace}}, since it was also used as the hypothetical entry during the YKTTW for PlayingWithWiki. 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 AssholeVictim [=YKTTW=].
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