Playing With / Enemies Equals Greatness

Basic Trope: A character being hated by others is seen as a positive thing.
  • Straight: Bob is one of the most talented basketball players in his team, which causes others to talk down on him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob IS the greatest basketball player of all time, and this made him the most hated player in basketball history.
    • Bob is so great at basketball, he has many people sending out threats of murdering him in cold blood.
    • Bob is the greatest basketball player of all time, which makes everyone, even his own teammates, friends, and family, wishing that he dies a Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Downplayed: Although not exactly the best, Bob is just as talented as the other basketball players, but this causes his peers to become unfriendly towards him.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's detractors are just simply resentful and hate how they have failed to be more like him.
    • Bob sees their hatred as a method of motivation in becoming more better than he ever was.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob finds out that the people are acting like they're hating him because they actually want him to succeed.
    • Bob asks why does he get no respect from his peers, and their reason is that he has a highly prideful attitude that has been grating on everyone's nerves since day one.
    • Bob has been suppressing his teammates latent talents from the beginning, caring more about being the best one on the team then the success of the team. In essence he is complaining about Tall Poppy Syndrome despite being the one who enforces it.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But then they realize that their plan went all too well and start to genuinely hate Bob, which is making him an even better player.
    • ...But Bob is so good at playing basketball that they can't help themselves but to become resentful and envious of him.
  • Parodied: Bob is mostly antagonized for being skilled at making jelly donut recipes.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Having detractors is seen as neither positive nor negative.
  • Enforced: "A lot of great people in the world are the most hated. Let's teach our children about the importance of having enemies."
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked:
    • One day, Bob comes to this resolution...
    Bob: "I'm being ignored. I need some people to start talking about me so they can act like they care."
    • Since Bob believes that having enemies is awesome, he behaves like a despicable jackass towards everyone hoping this will validate himself.
    • "It doesn't matter if they hate you, Bob. What matters is that they wish they're just as awesome as you."
  • Exploited: When Bob's Arch-Enemy finds out about the baffling amount of people that have a grudge against him, he decides to manipulate them into forming a team hellbent into ruining Bob's life.
  • Defied:
    • "Enemies are not good. You're just saying that to excuse your bad behavior."
    • "Having enemies isn't good for me! What kind of person would come up with such an absurd statement like that?"
  • Discussed: "Why does he think that being hated is awesome?"
  • Conversed: "I bet the writers are going to have Bob say 'haters gonna hate' in the next episode."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • But over the course of time, Bob uses their resentment and hatred to better himself, making himself an even better player than usual. This makes everyone hate him even more, but Bob doesn't mind at all.
    • Bob begins to pull himself together and makes a huge comeback in the basketball court. Expecting all of his haters to do what they do best, he finds out that they all turned into his begrudging supporters. After that, Bob continues to play basketball.

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