Playing With / Jerk with a Heart of Jerk

Basic Trope: A jerk character seems like he may have a nice side, but turns out is just a bigger jerk.
  • Straight: Bob, the Jerkass, helps Alice win a ton of money, but it turns out he just did it to scam her out of it.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob believes his "kind" acts redeem him, but normal people see through him easily.
    • Bob is extremely selfish to the point of being a narcissist or sociopath who neither feels empathy for others, nor remorse for his misdeeds.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Turns out Bob's secretly using Alice's money to provide for his ill, elderly mother.
  • Double Subverted: His mother's already rich and is in on the scam as well.
  • Parodied: Bob's obviously a jerk, who's daily activities includes bullying people smaller and weaker than himself and scamming old ladies out of their money, but people repeatedly tells his victims they shouldn't judge him too hard and insists that he's a good man deep down.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is usually a douchebag, but he saves Alice from a rampaging tiger. He tells her he only did it to get laid that night. When she turns him down, he decides to buy her a new TV, no strings attached, to make up for his behavior.
  • Averted: Bob's good intentions are genuine. Or Bob wasn't a jerk to begin with.
  • Enforced:
    • The author starts Bob's Character Development by showing his nicer side, but Executives insist on sticking to the Status Quo.
    • The work has Bob pretend to be nice before showing his true colors to make it clear to the audience how awful he really is.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Trust me, what you see of Bob is pretty much what you get. In fact, he's even worse than you'd think..."
    • "You think I use meanness as some defense strategy, or that it's some type of cry for help? No, I'm a jerk through in and through out! The only gold my heart's made out of is fool's gold, maybe!"
  • Invoked: Bob was told to trust no one except him self when he was young.
  • Exploited: Bob wants nothing more than to be left alone, so he acts like a dick to drive everyone off.
  • Defied: Bob decides to drop the Jerkass Fašade entirely. Whether he becomes a Nice Guy or a grade-A asshole is up in the air.
  • Discussed: "I should have known rudeness was your only defining trait."
  • Conversed: "Here's his moment to reveal his heart of gold, and, it's gone..."
  • Deconstructed: Thanks to Bob's asshole attitude, everyone avoids him like a plague lest they get tricked by him. And because of this, no one is there to save him when Bob gets into trouble, leaving him to die alone.
  • Reconstructed: Even when he's going to die, Bob regrets nothing, and even said that it was Worth It.

Back to Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, dumbass. Aw, well, maybe that wasn't nice. I'll just call you a dimwit, okay?