Playing With / Brutal Honesty

Basic Trope: The truth is blunt and hurtful to others.
  • Straight: Alice tells Bob how embarassing he is in his performance at skateboarding, but she's damn right.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Everything Alice says to Bob is so harshly true that Bob breaks down into tears.
    • Alice says to Bob a truth so hurtful that Bob suddenly dies.
    • Awful Truth.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is completely honest, but the truth itself isn't that harsh.
    • Alice is like this to Bob because he is not easily shaken up.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice tells Bob how great he is in skateboarding, but this was a lie not to discourage him from further practicing.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice then tells Bob that she was only joking around with him. She never meant what she said.
    • Alice insists that she says the "blunt truth", only to slip in a few subtle lies.
  • Double Subverted: "... oh, my God. Not only are you horrible at skating, you're either massively gullible or self-deluded." "I was being sarcastic!"
  • Parodied:
    • Every word out of Alice's mouth leaves someone in tears. In fact, her inner monologue causes herself to break out into sobs.
    • Alice's Brutal Honesty extends to her bedside manner.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice alternates between brutal and gentle honesty, or between brutal honesty and bald faced lies.
  • Averted: The truth is pleasant and harmless.
  • Enforced: "We need to show the audience that Alice is a good person but doesn't worry about offending others."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Hey Alice, I hear there's a really harsh East German judge at the skating meet. I need your most horrifyingly honest opinion. Next to yours his will seem tame."
    • "You can tell she's honest by the nasty tone on her voice."
    • "When you say something like that, meaning it doesn't make you any less of a bitch."
  • Invoked: Said East German judge wants to be seen as honest but harsh, and emulates Alice.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob realizes Alice is too proud to actually lie, so he practices to the point she has nothing to criticize (or hides his mistakes expertly). He then goads her into giving grudging but actual (and not faint) praise.
    • Alice uses this trope to rationalize her abusive Jerkass behavior.
  • Defied:
    • Alice is always sensitive enough to realize when her honesty should be tempered, and is only brutally honest when Bob is being a Jerkass or dense.
    • "So what if you tell the blunt truth? That doesn't make you a good person."
  • Discussed:
    • "Why would Bob ever keep Alice as a friend who is brutally honest is beyond my understanding."
    • "So when Alice tells the hurtful truth, that automatically makes her a good person?"
  • Conversed: "Can Alice actually say anything that isn't blunt in the next episode for once in her life?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice telling the uncomfortable truth has caused Bob to give her an uncomfortable truth of his own: she's is a jerk and doesn't deserve any friends because her truth has driven others away from her.
    • Alice tells the brutal truth so much that others are unwilling and unable to believe it.
    • Alice treats honesty as a hammer and every fault as a nail that needs to be stuck down. Her problem is that refuses to acknowledge or doesn't realize that this kind of honesty has its time and place and that using it at every opportunity isn't the best thing to do.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Alice has no filter and makes social situations incredibly awkward.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob are a fledgling couple, and this particular trait of Alice's causes some friction between the two. Bob gets upset that Alice is so blunt and doesn't hold back on the criticism. Alice counters that maybe if the truth wasn't so awful, she wouldn't have to be the one to say it. They both storm out after this argument, angsting over it: Alice over whether her Will Not Tell a Lie policy will cost her Bob (and more to the point, if it's really worth it if it does), and Bob over Alice's "The Reason You Suck" Speech, whether it's actually true, and whether he's willing to face Alice again.

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