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: An arrogant and unsympathetic character who is nevertheless favored in-story.
Straight: James Hugecock is a cocksure, self-serving, vulgar and intolerant bully that is presented as an ideal person.
Exaggerated: James Hugecock is always the cause of the chaos that surrounds him but people still love him for wrecking their lives and making them miserable.
Downplayed: James is short tempered, needy, and rather crass to almost everybody, however he does care, but he still causes more trouble than he's worth to be seen as ideal.
Inverted: James is meek, gentle, and polite and hated by everyone, including the author, for being an unassertive, easily discouraged pushover with little charisma.
Everyone around James is fed up with his unbearable attitude so they cast him out and James ends up lonely and unloved.
James is never reprimanded nor condemned for his jerkass behavior until Cody, one of his bullied victims, give him a well-deserved beatdown.
Parodied: James is always the cause of the chaos that surrounds him—up to and including major disasters and intergalactic incidents—but people treat him like a hero for wrecking their lives. Whoever ends up actually saving the day always gets ignored or mocked.
Averted: The amount of favor James receives from the author and the audience is proportionate to the likableness of his character.
Enforced: The writer wishes to s/he could be a total jerk without suffering any consequences.
Lampshaded: "Anyone else who would've done half the crap you pulled would've been fired months ago!"
Invoked: "James may be a jerk, but he's our jerk!"
James is all too aware of how much he can get away with - and takes advantage of it.
A team persuades James to join, because they know he can do all the dirty work with no problems and no consequences.
"Do you really believe you're going to get praised for being an asshole, James?"
James doesn't see being a popular jerk to be worth it.
Acting like an asshole is drastically against James' values, so he wants to become popular in other ways.
Discussed: "Why must all these fan-made characters always put their energy in pissing people off?"
Conversed: "How can anyone like this jerk?"
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