Playing With: Compassionate Critic
: 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.
- 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: ???
- "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!"
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