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:
  • 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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