troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Playing With: Compassionate Critic
Basic Trope: A character criticizes others, but cares deeply about them.
  • Straight: Alice is often critical of other's flaws, but she does mean well in doing it.
  • Exaggerated: Alice criticizes everyone exactly like a Drill Sergeant Nasty, but it does make everyone better.
  • Downplayed: Alice points out the flaws of others, but isn't harsh or blunt about it.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice praises others for the sake of bringing them down.
  • Subverted: Alice then starts praising others once they've improved their flaws.
  • Double Subverted: Only to immediately point out there are other flaws they have to improve now.
  • Parodied: Alice brutally dissects a three-year-old's finger painting, then admonishes him for crying. "This is for your own good!"
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice helps others improve without being critical about it.
  • Enforced: "Critics are seen as jerks. Let's create a critic who has good intentions."
  • Lampshaded: "Alice may be blunt, but I'm telling you. She does want the best for us."
  • Invoked: To make sure that her friends don't get angry at her, Alice gives them a reason for her critical attitude.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • "So what if you want to see us succeed? That doesn't give you the right to be mean about it."
    • Alice doesn't want to be one of those blunt critics, so she betters people by focusing on their strengths.
  • Discussed: "Oh, it always has to be those people who act hard on me in order to better me that I run into. Just once I'd like to hear some actual encouragement."
  • Conversed: "Why does it seem that in fiction that critics are portrayed as altruistic?"
  • Deconstructed: The more that Alice points out her friends' flaws, the more they resent her and ignore her good-hearted intentions.
  • Reconstructed: But the more they resent Alice's criticism, the better they become. After that, they thank Alice and continue enjoying their success.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is a judge for a singing contest who gives contestants long drawn out lectures about their poor performances all before saying in a sad, tearful tone "because I care!"

Back to Compassionate Critic

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
4312
41