Playing With: Made Out to Be a Jerkass
: Calling out an unsympathetic character makes the character unsympathetic.
- Straight: Bob gives Alice a long lecture about how much he's sick and tired of her cruelty. As Alice cries after hearing this, the citizens label Bob as a bigger jerk than Alice.
- Exaggerated: Bob gives Alice a serious beatdown after all of these years of her physically assaulting him. The citizens treat this as atrocious.
- Downplayed: Bob tells off Alice for the way she was rude to him. Alice sadly leaves, and the citizens chew out Bob and advise him to apologize to her.
- Praising a character for their kindness makes others kind to you.
- Bob is so cruel to Alice that this made him a hero to everyone's eyes.
- Punished for Sympathy
- Subverted: As Bob is surrounded by the angry citizens, it looks like they are to give him a stern talking to, but they eventually praise him for how he dealt with Alice.
- Double Subverted: But as they realize that they are happy for Alice's suffering, they felt guilty and directly chew out Bob.
- Parodied: Bob was treated like the worst human being of all time because he asked Alice not to be so mean.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: Bob is never called out for giving Alice verbal justice.
- Enforced: ???
- Lampshaded: "So I call out Alice, who's been treating me like crap, and now I'm the bad guy?"
- Invoked: Alice pretends to feel hurt just to get everyone's sympathy and turn them against Bob.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: The crowd decided to hear both sides of the story before deciding what to do.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: "So this episode is telling us never get back at a jerk or you will be like one."
- Deconstructed: Bob is seen as a jerk for calling out Alice, but if they're treating him like a jerk, then let him be a jerk.
- Reconstructed: As much as the crowd hate to admit, Bob still has a point.
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