Playing With / Boomerang Bigot

Basic Trope: A character is hostile against members of a group that he's a member of.
  • Straight: Bob the Troper thinks Tropers are horrible people. He harasses other Tropers he meets, and badmouths them to others.
  • Exaggerated: Bob the Troper starts a genocidal campaign against other Tropers.
  • Downplayed: Bob the Troper is slightly disdainful towards other Tropers.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is really ashamed that he's a Troper and doesn't want to be one. This is how he copes.
    • Bob knows first-hand about how much of a jerk Tropers are.
    • Bob is unaware that he is a Troper or thinks that it is no reason to deny how "bad" (most) Tropers really are.
    • Bob didn't choose to be a Troper.
    • Bob feels that as a fellow Troper, he has a duty to hold himself and his fellow Tropers accountable, and not be a chauvinist twit in representing Troperland. Thus, all other things equal, he systematically and rigorously judges Tropers' transgressions/mistakes harsher, and downplays their achievement.
  • Inverted: Bob isn't a Troper... but he wants nothing more than to be one.
  • Subverted:
    • Disparaging Tropers is an In-Joke among Tropers, so they take Bob's rants in stride.
    • It's never made expressly clear whether or not Bob is a Troper, despite obviously hating them.
    • It's revealed that he really isn't a troper, there forth, not a hypocrite. People leave out an "O" in Bob the Trooper.
  • Double Subverted: Bob really does hate Tropers, but lets them believe his harsh insults are just part of the In-Joke.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: It's never made expressly clear whether or not Bob's supposed bigotry is an in-joke among Tropers or not.
  • Averted:
    • Bob the Troper hates tropers, but he hates everyone else too.
    • Bob isn't a Troper. He just hates them.
    • Bob doesn't hate Tropers.
  • Enforced:
    • "So, OK, get this - this guy hates a group he's a part of. Whatever they're paying me, it isn't enough!"
    • Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, what the hell, dude? Aren't you a troper yourself?" "Yes, but that doesn't mean I can't hate them."
  • Invoked: Harry tries to convince Sarah that Tropers are bad people, so she will leave their group.
  • Exploited: Jerry tries to get Bob to kill himself by turning his hatred of his group into Internalized Categorism.
  • Defied: "You know, railing against a group I'm a part of might not be the best course of action. Maybe I'll just chill out and look at things in perspective."
  • Discussed: "Stupid Tropers. I hate them so much. I'm gonna become one to infiltrate them."
  • Conversed: "(sigh) Great, another one of those 'guy in the group hates members of that group' plotlines. It's just like something out of Law & Order."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's hatred of Tropers while being a Troper himself causes him a great deal of anguish and mental conflict. He eventually commits suicide to cope.
    • Tropers are the majority, using Tropes as tools to keep down people from TheOtherWikilandia. Bob finds it outlandish that Tropers would do such a thing and distances himself from them/ Other tropers call Bob a self-hating Troper and insult him in the same way Tropers do Otherwikilandians.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob finds a way to reconcile to his hatred of Tropers with his identity. Either he stops being a Troper, or gets over his hatred of them.
    • Bob thinks of himself as an exception to the rule and sees himself as not bad as most Tropers.
  • Played For Laughs: It's painfully obvious that Bob is a Troper from the get-go. He rails against Tropers while wearing a Troper Badge.
  • Played For Drama: For a long time, people suspected Bob was a troper despite him hating them. When he finally admits he is a troper, people think he finally changed his mind, only for him to reveal he hates them just as much if not more.

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