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Playing With: Good Is Not Nice
Basic Trope: A character is heroic but unpleasant.
  • Straight: Amazing Girl routinely saves the people of Trope City from the actions of Emperor Evulz. However, she doesn't like interacting with people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Amazing Girl seems like an example of Incorruptible Pure Pureness; however, it's revealed she hates being around people.
    • Amazing Girl is a Designated Hero and a Jerkass Sue who is constantly abusive to people and highly abrasive but has done a few good deeds and doesn't consider herself a bad person.
    • Amazing Girl principles and ideals are solid as steel and unambiguously good, but the way she enforces them is so vicious and brutal that even the most blood-thirsty of her allies is scared of her.
  • Downplayed:
    • Amazing Girl saves the day on regular basis. But when someone ask her autograph, she rudely says she doesn't do that.
    • Amazing Girl appears to be nice, but not too nice. "Too nice", because there are certain things that will get into her bad side.
    • Amazing Girl isn't rude or cruel, but is far too serious to be nice.
    • Amazing Girl may be rude and condescending for a hero, but shows her soft interior every now and then.
    • Good Is Not Soft
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Amazing Girl seems like she'll be the type of person to be heroic yet antisocial. However, after stopping Evulz's plans, she sticks around to sign autographs and chat with people, and arrange counselling for Emperor Evulz's wife, children, and the minions who loved him.
    • Amazing Girl was a case of this trope but she realized that her personality issues were causing a lot of problems in her life. After all, just because she hasn't really done a Face-Heel Turn doesn't mean that what she is doing is okay, so she tries to stop her personality problems before things get worse.
  • Double Subverted: That was a one-time thing. Most of the time, she's as antisocial as they come.
  • Parodied:
    • It becomes clear that Amazing Girl is only acting this way to cultivate a "brooding loner" image.
    • Amazing Girl: I have done a good deed once! Therefore I can abuse people as much as I want!
    • Amazing Girl is a hero because she bullies around a helpless Dracone, who is, by definition, a villain.
    • Amazing Girl lives in a Crapsaccharine World where being nice, polite, friendly, and merciful is heinous, and being rude, angry, condescending, and violent is honorable.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Her attitude is dependent on her mood. If she's having a good day, she'll stop and chat with you as if you were old friends. If she's in a bad mood, she'll be antisocial.
    • Sometimes, Good Is Not Nice, but sometimes Good Is Nice.
  • Averted: Good is nice.
  • Enforced:
    • "Alright, we need this new hero to have a flaw. Let's make her a real jerk!"
    • The author wanted to make point about morality, being Cruel to Be Kind and Tough Love, & how being good doesn't entail being nice and vice-versa.
    • "I'm tired of nice, soft-hearted heroes. Let's prove that nice heroes finish last and mean heroes get the job done!"
    • The author wants to make a foil for the Affably Evil Emperor Evulz.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Just because I'm the good person doesn't mean I'm a nice one."
    • "Amazing Girl isn't a nice person." "But she's still a good person."
  • Invoked:
    • Amazing Girl, when starting out, is nice to people and that puts them in harm's way. So...
    • After seeing how annoying a super hero's popularity is, she wears a jerkass fašade to avoid the unwanted attention.
    • Amazing Girl's mentor gives her a test to see whether or not she is qualified in being good by placing a To Be Lawful or Good dilemma; Will she spare an innocent who has caused destruction to society or will she send them to prison in order to save the world.
  • Exploited: A villain tries to show how mean Amazing Girl can be, to make her into a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • Defied:
    • "You know what? I don't care if I have to save them. They're still my friends."
    • Well at least Amazing Girl is not a Complete Monster... So what? She is still not a good person!
  • Discussed: "That Amazing Girl is such a great hero. Do you think she's a jerk? It happens all the time in comics."
  • Conversed:
    • "Why's the Amazing Girl so mean in this comic?"
    • "Man! With her attitude, it's a wonder the people she saved didn't just move town after putting up with her."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Amazing Girl's lack of desire to be around people eventually comes to a head and she decides to stop saving people - she's done with the gig.
    • Amazing Girl's negative attributes seem to be a lot more apparent than her good ones up to a point where the idea of her being good is really losing any sense of credibility.
    • Others are driven away from Amazing Girl and hoped that she won't save them ever again due to her rudeness as a hero. In short: Amazing Girl is now an outcast of society, all because of her behavior.
    • Meta-example: Amazing Girl automatically becomes Unintentionally Unsympathetic.
  • Reconstructed:
    • She eventually gets over it and starts rescuing people again.
    • She's not really asocial/anti-social so much as very mean to people who deserve it.
    • The story tries really hard to justify Amazing Girl's more negative aspects.
    • The story does understand that Amazing Girl's more negative attributes are not exactly justified but does plead that it would be immoral to ignore her more heroic aspects as well.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist.
  • Played For Drama: Claire has been a big fan of Amazing Girl since she was younger, but when she realizes how rude and abusive she behaves towards her, she becomes Amazing Girl's Arch-Enemy.

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