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Playing With / Jerkass Has a Point

Basic Trope: A Jerkass gives an actually valid, if hypocritical, What the Hell, Hero?-speech.
  • Straight: Norman is usually rude, arrogant, immature, lacking in manners and ill-adjusted along with poor people skills — and surprises everyone when he calls Brandon out on mistreating his friends.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Norman has a personality many would find at least mildly disagreeable. When Brandon curses, Norman raises an eyebrow.
  • Justified:
    • Norman is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
    • Norman still has some standards despite being a jerk.
    • Norman thinks he's superior simply because he doesn't engage in one kind of disagreeable behaviors, ignoring how he has no problem acting in ways that could reasonably be thought of as disagreeable, if not more.
    • Norman, in the vein of being an asshole, is also an extremely self-deceptive hypocrite, who never thinks rules could apply to him.
    • Norman is considered a Jerkass because he is always rude to his teammates and speaks aloud every single bad thought he has about them. This is why he is the first person to call Brandon out, whereas everyone else avoided the issue to be polite.
    • Norman calls Brandon out in hopes of raising his own esteem in eyes of others.
    • Despite his mean tendencies, Norman's Brutal Honesty is often what people appreciate about him.
  • Inverted:
    • Everyone calls Norman out on behavior that is so nice it just strikes everyone out of proportion.
    • ...or is actually harmful.
  • Subverted:
    • Norman invokes Your Approval Fills Me with Shame.
    • Norman goes to defend Brandon, ranting how others are simply being judgmental morons.
    • Norman states that Brandon's actions don't make a difference and everyone else should think so as well.
    • Norman admits he actually only likes to feel superior.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...then states how Brandon indeed should feel ashamed, because even Norman is disgusted.
    • ...in an ironic fashion, then switching to straight-out chastising.
    • Only Norman is trying to suppress his feelings, because Brandon's deed still made him really angry.
    • Norman's exclamation of superiority isn't convincing. He tries to hold up his self-image, but it still shows he's fuming inside.
  • Parodied: Norman berates people for the most trivial of misdeeds — often ones that everyone knows to be misdeeds and aren't obscure laws written in 1119 — and makes sure to breathe heavily in their faces, spraying them with saliva, while he does so.
  • Zig Zagged: Norman calls Brandon out on his misbehavior or breach of conduct, then in mid-speech turns around and starts presenting Brandon's reasons, good or not, and chastising everyone else for being narrow-minded jerks — to mock Brandon. Others are put off by Norman's hypocrisy and flighty manner of presentation and remark that while Brandon's course of action wasn't exactly laudable, Norman is still worse and thus in no position to judge.
  • Averted:
    • Norman makes no comment on or doesn't care about Brandon's behavior.
    • Norman looks like he's going to call Brandon out, except that it turns out to be a remark about some completely unrelated matter.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Norman attempts to draw the attention to what Brandon did.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Other characters say that it doesn't matter if Norman is right, because that doesn't make him any less of an asshole.
    • "Okay, Brandon did wrong and suddenly I'm supposed to act like a saint? I don't care."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Norman and Brandon actually have painful history together. Brandon's deed is what pushes Norman overboard.
    • The others tell Norman he has no right to call out Brandon given his own misdeeds.
  • Reconstructed:
    • This makes Brandon realize he's gone too far and admit that Norman is right.
    • Norman's response is to point out how bad Brandon's actions must be if he's bothering to say anything about them.

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