Playing With / Made Out to Be a Jerkass

Basic Trope: 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:
  • 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.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • 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: Some argue that Bob was in the wrong for getting back at Alice while others disagree.
  • Averted: Bob is never called out for giving Alice verbal justice.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to show how unsympathetic the citizens are to his main character.
  • 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: Charles is planning a revolution against society as a whole, and who better than those society treated unjustly - such as Bob - to join your cause?
  • Defied: The crowd decided to hear both sides of the story before deciding what to do.
  • Discussed: Bob to the mob:
  • Conversed: "So this episode is telling us never get back at a jerk or you will be like one." "Yep. that whole "you'll be just like him" crap never flew with me."
  • 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.
    • He starts making out Alice's supporters to be absolute morons, thus he decides to let them suffer from her cruelty.
    • There are rational people within the crowd that point out that those painting Bob in a negative light aren't seeing the entire situation properly.
  • Reconstructed: As much as the crowd hate to admit, Bob still has a point.

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