Playing With / Lower-Class Lout

Basic Trope: A Stock Character who embodies negative stereotypes of the working class.
  • Straight: Alice lives in a tough neighborhood with her boyfriend Bob. She dresses in impressive-sounding fake labels (and her outfits tend to leave little to the imagination). She has a fake tan, and opted not to go to college (and may not have even graduated high school). Bob bought her a knock-off purse that allegedly Fell Off the Back of a Truck.
  • Exaggerated: Alice lives with Bob, her boyfriend of the month and already has five illegitimate children at the age of 23, by five different men, and has been on a Point-and-Laugh Show in an attempt to determine the paternity of at least one of them. She is unemployed, instead living on welfare checks and mooching off of her current boyfriend (and spending the majority of that money on things like fake designer clothes and/or recreational drugs). And she dropped out of high school (maybe as a result of her first Teen Pregnancy, maybe for another reason). Her lack of education is very evident in the way she speaks, her personality is incredibly abrasive, she spends most of her day either sleeping or watching trashy daytime TV while ignoring the kids, and almost every night partying In Da Club, and she is notorious for starting fistfights with other women over petty and trivial matters and/or filing Frivolous Lawsuits.
  • Downplayed: Alice has picked up a few bad habits and norms from living in a tough neighborhood. Nothing some effort (and maybe moving) could cure.
  • Justified: Life's nasty for Alice. The result isn't nice.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice lives in a rough neighborhood with her boyfriend, but the two of them are working hard to better themselves and better their lives. They may or may not be receiving any kind of public assistance, but if they are, they aren't abusing it or trying to get more of it than they need (in fact, they might possibly feel ashamed of needing assistance to get by, Depending on the Writer).
    • Alice likes to wear designer tracksuits and had her first child at age 17, but she is an intelligent and likeable person.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: See "Inverted" and "Subverted"
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice becomes pregnant at age 16 and her ultra-religious parents kick her out of the house. She qualifies for government assistance, and so gets a place to live downtown (but it's not in a very nice area). She finds she has no time to finish school, between taking care of her baby and working at the local burger joint, so education or other self-improvement takes a backseat (and because of her young age, she may be lacking in the emotional maturity needed to set her priorities straight).
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice either gets a GED or finds a way to complete High School and at least go to community college or trade school (maybe even four-year college), and works hard to make a better life for herself and her child (see "Subverted"). She puts her child's interests and long-term well-being ahead of short-term pleasure for herself.
  • Discussed: "I went to high school with Alice and looked her up on Facebook to see how she was doing. Looks like she has three different kids from three different dads and won't stop trying to get people involved with multi-level marketing schemes when she isn't starting petty drama with other people and making vaguely threatening posts aimed at unknown parties."
  • Conversed: "My sister hit me up for money. Again." "Alice? Oh god, what's her sob story this time?" "She and Bob are allegedly waiting on both a settlement check and a disability claim but ran into a few problems with their landlord." "Damn, they sure do have a lot of unreasonable landlords and always seem to be either suing someone or waiting for a disability claim to go through." "Tell me about it. I'm like one of three people in the family who they still try this with because everyone else has told them to fuck themselves or gone no-contact with them after one too many requests for money, and those are the people who didn't sever after they stole $12,000 from Grandpa when he was recovering from heart surgery and not in his right mind."
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is a Straw Loser.
  • Played For Drama: The struggles Alice faces in her day-to-day life.

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