: A disabled person acts like a Jerk Ass
, potentially using their own disability as an excuse, averting the belief that disabled people are nicer.
- Straight: Bob is really mean to Alice but she never says anything because he is in a wheelchair.
- Exaggerated: Evil Cripple.
- Downplayed: Bob is really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is also in a wheelchair.
- Justified: Bob is in a great deal of pain due to his condition and that usually puts him in a bad mood.
- Inverted: Bob is a real sweetheart who is adored by everyone and doesn't let his condition get him down.
- Subverted: Alice heard Bob was a jerk but when she meets him, he seems nice enough.
- Double Subverted: This is because he wanted to go on a date with Alice. When she politely rejects his sexual advances, he shows his true colors and acts like a jerk.
- Parodied: Bob regularly throws things at people and when they complain, he points ot his wheelchair and scowls at them.
- Zig Zagged: Bob goes through wild mood swings where he alternates between nice and mean. Once he switches medication, he is more mellow but can get in a bad mood at times.
- Averted: Bob is a normal guy. His condition has nothing to do with his personality.
- Enforced: The writers want to subvert the idea of all handicapped people being sweet and innocent.
- Lampshaded: "Y'know, sometimes I think Bob acts that way because everyone feels sorry for him for being in a wheelchair."
- Invoked: Bob wants to see how far his jerk ass behavior will go as a social experiment.
- Exploited: A Bad Boss hires Bob as the assistant manager of the office because Bob is just as mean as he is and has no problems enforcing the boss' orders. As a bonus point, no one will talk back to him because he's in a wheelchair.
- Defied: Bob softens his image and tries to act like a nicer person because he does not want to invoke this trope.
- Discussed: Alice talks to her friends about Bob and asks if it would be appropriate to retaliate in some way.
- Conversed: Bob and Alice see a character like this on a TV show and debate whether or not they feel sorry for him/her.
- Implied: Alice talks about her boss Bob and how mean he is. She finishes her rant by say, "And one of these days, I'll deck him... or at least I would if it wasn't for the wheelchair."
- Deconstructed: Alice confronts Bob about his behavior and he feels awful about it.
- The shame of this incident turns Bob into a bigger jerkass.
- Bob is faking it so he can get away with more jerkassery. He's actually proud of his behavior, and continues to be a jerkass.
- Played For Laughs: Bob's Comedic Sociopathy antics include stealing lunch right in front of his co-workers, saying perverted things, and purposefully running over peoples' feet with his wheelchair and pretending it was an accident. He actually chuckles to himself when they don't stop him.
- Played For Drama: Bob acts that way because he feels helpless as a disabled person and does not know how to channel his frustration and anxiety in a constructive manner.
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