Playing With / At Least I Admit It

Basic Trope: Being open about your shortcomings is considered better than hiding them.
  • Straight: Bob admits that he's lied to Alice, stolen Charlie's money, and mooches off of porn. Bob, Alice, and Charlie all agree that Bob is a better man than he would be if he had hidden his shortcomings or lied about them.
  • Exaggerated: Bob openly admits that he killed thousands of innocents just for fun. All of his friends agree that he was in the right to tell the truth.
  • Downplayed: Bob isn't quite open about his crimes, but he makes no effort to hide them and is frank about what he's done when people ask him.
  • Justified: Bob doesn't want anyone to see him as a hypocrite.
    • Villains Never Lie: Honesty is the only virtue Bob respects, and he never relents on this point.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is honest to everyone except Alice.
    • Bob is honest about his stealing and porn addiction, but has spent millions covering up the thousands of innocents he slaughtered.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob brags to the police station that he just committed three homicides without getting caught. The police thank him for being honest about himself, and give him a two-week sentence in prison.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Everyone agrees that nothing about admitting your wrongs inherently gives you the moral high ground.
  • Enforced: The executives order the writers to make a moral lesson where admitting your wrongs is better than being a hypocrite.
  • Lampshaded: "So what if you admit that you have done all of these bad things to us? That doesn't make you a good person, Bob." "Well, at least I didn't lie. That's something."
  • Invoked: Bob figures that honesty is better than dishonesty, so he confesses his crimes.
  • Exploited: Bob is unabashedly open about his tyrannical ways, knowing he can take Refuge in Audacity in addition to a moral high ground.
  • Defied: Not wanting to get into trouble, Bob goes to great lengths to hide his secrets. His friends never find out.
  • Discussed: "I bet you're going to say that it's okay to admit that you've sold out on your own family." "No. Admitting that you're a piece of shit doesn't make you any less of a piece of shit."
  • Conversed: "This show is messed up. Honesty doesn't make horrible crimes okay!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob acknowledges that he does bad things, but he doesn't make an effort to better himself. He clearly understands right from wrong, so his casual disregard for conventional morality shows that he's an amoral hypocrite at best and a remorseless sociopath at worst.
  • Reconstructed: But hey, it's not like he regrets it or is even sorry about it.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob seems like he's going to admit to a relevant flaw, but instead lists off a laundry list of flaws, some of which he doesn't have or even are flaws to begin with.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Charlie may agree with Bob that confessing your shortcomings is better than hiding them, but Diane doesn't. She murders the other three because they disagree with her.

I may be a Wiki Vandal, a natter, and I've evaded my suspension ban, but At Least I Admit It!