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Playing With: Jerk with a Heart of Gold
Basic Trope: The Jerkass has hidden depths revealing that he really is a nice guy after all.
  • Straight: Bob is mean to everyone on the outside, but is hiding that deep down, he really is a good person.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob is usually a Nice Guy, and his good qualities are somewhat obvious to those who know him, but he has a temper, or a massive ego or other such flaws that keep him from being a clean-cut nice guy.
  • Justified:
    • Bob acts like a jerk because he's been hurt in the past, and doesn't want to show his soft side because he thinks it's a sign of weakness.
    • Bob comes across as a jerk but he's frequently shown to have a very good reason to act angry or annoyed, particularly if he's Surrounded by Idiots.
    • Bob comes across as a jerk, but it appears that he's too thick-headed to realize he is one.
    • Bob does care for others, but is too egotistical to express it.
    • Bob cares for others, but the way he shows it is more of a case of being Cruel to Be Kind.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob is a jerk who appears to have a hidden nice side, but who turns out to be just a jerk, except for that deep down, he really feels bad about being a jerk and does want to be a nice guy.
    • Bob was just pissed off that day.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob makes fun of the heroes, puts everyone down, and steals lunch money, but whenever a kitten comes his way, he cannot help but hug it and sing to it.
    • Bob is clearly set up as a Jerk up until a point where he does a sickeningly sweet musical number where he sings about how much he loves kittens.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob is a jerk but has a hidden nice side, which he only shows occasionally, and later goes back and forth between acting like a jerk and being nice.
    • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing With a Heart of Gold
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Bob is the most popular character on the show, and so it's revealed that he has a hidden heart of gold because that's how the audience prefers to see him.
  • Lampshaded: "Well, it looks like he's not such a jerk after all!"
  • Invoked: "I know you think I'm a jerk, Alice, but I have a Hidden Heart of Gold. You just can't see it!"
  • Exploited:
    • Jerkass Fašade of course.
    • Bob tells everyone about how he's a nice person deep down so people can give him free passes for his bad behavior.
  • Defied:
    • "I don't care what he's really like inside, that doesn't give him an excuse to act like a jerk!"
    • Bob decides that he will straight up be a jerkass and that's that.
  • Discussed: "You may think he's a jerk now, but most people who act like that are merely using it as a facade because they're insecure."
  • Conversed: "I really wish I could be swept off my feet by the kind of dashing bad boy who you see in the movies. Oh, he'll appear rough and uncouth at first, but deep down, he's perfectly sweet."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob acts like a jerk because he's been hurt in the past, doesn't want to show his hidden soft side, and because of this everyone hates him and he ends up completely and utterly alone, becoming an even more hardened Jerkass as a result.
    • Bob acts like a jerk to people on the surface, but although he genuinely does have a Hidden Heart of Gold, his jerkass behavior make those around him too put-off to discover it. As a result, Bob almost never makes friends.
  • Reconstructed:

Get the hell outta here, and go back to Jerk with a Heart of Gold with you! Because you don't belong here. You need something better.

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