Playing With / Brutal Honesty

Basic Trope: The truth is blunt and hurtful to others.
  • Straight: Summer tells Danny how embarassing he is in his performance at skateboarding, but she's damn right.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Everything Summer says to Danny is so harshly true that Danny breaks down into tears.
    • Summer says to Danny a truth so hurtful that Danny suddenly dies.
    • Awful Truth
  • Downplayed:
    • Summer is completely honest, but the truth itself isn't that harsh.
    • Summer is like this to Danny because he is not easily shaken up.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Summer tells Danny how great he is in skateboarding, but this was a lie not to discourage him from further practicing.
  • Subverted:
    • Summer then tells Danny that she was only joking around with him. She never meant what she said.
    • Summer 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 Summer's mouth leaves someone in tears. In fact, her inner monologue causes herself to break out into sobs.
    • Summer's Brutal Honesty extends to her bedside manner.
    • Summer's idea of honesty is literally about her accentuating the negative in the most socially awkward situations possible.
  • Zig Zagged: Summer 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 Summer is a good person but doesn't worry about offending others."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Hey Summer, 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 Summer.
  • Exploited:
    • Danny realizes Summer 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.
    • Summer uses this trope to rationalize her abusive jerkass behavior.
  • Defied:
    • Summer is always sensitive enough to realize when her honesty should be tempered, and is only brutally honest when Danny 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 Danny ever keep Summer as a friend who is brutally honest is beyond my understanding."
    • "So when Summer tells the hurtful truth, that automatically makes her a good person?"
  • Conversed: "Can Summer actually say anything that isn't blunt in the next episode for once in her life?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Summer telling the uncomfortable truth has caused Danny 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.
    • Summer tells the brutal truth so much that others are unwilling and unable to believe it.
    • Summer 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:

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