: Suffering is beneficial for a character.
- Straight: Bob goes through hardships in his life from physical and emotional pain, but this made him stronger.
- Exaggerated: Living his entire life in a demented Crapsack World full of brutal people has made Bob the most powerful man on earth.
- Downplayed: The "suffering" includes chores, doing your homework, and playing nice with the neighbours' kids.
- Justified: Physical and Mental hardships have the possibility of helping Bob turn into a stronger, smarter, and more Genre Savvy person, or sometimes a worse one.
- Pleasure and peace are bad for you.
- Misery destroys character - they are left as burnt out shells who lack the motivation to use any of their training.
- Subverted: ???
- Double Subverted: ???
- Parodied: Eating spoiled and poisonous food is what made Bob a better person.
- Zig Zagged: Bad things are good for Bob, but in other situations, bad things are not good.
- Averted: Bad things are bad for the character, but good things are good for them.
- Enforced: The writer had experienced suffering that made him a stronger person, so he creates the character Bob as a reflection to help others.
- Lampshaded: "Suffer a little more and you'll become a better person."
- A tyrannical dictator wants to make obedient citizens by bringing forth intense suffering to them.
- Or alternatively, a deontological and strict ruler figures that the best way to make his subjects moral and disciplined is to make them go through something extremely horrific.
- Bob enjoys suffering and awaits for it to happen.
- Because of Bob growing up, his father Al tells him this just to force him to do his chores.
- Exploited: Same as "Invoked 1" except the tyrant wants to be seen as a well-meaning person for creating benefits through inflicting suffering, making him feel better about himself.
- Defied: "Suffering doesn't build character. You're just saying that as an excuse to be a douchebag."
- Discussed: "It's always those types of people who think that bad things are good for us."
- Conversed: "You would think that the writers made Bob suffered long enough?"
- Played For Laughs: There is a literal grindstone that can be used to build one's character into a perfect personality. No one uses it because it is so tedious.
- Played For Drama: Whatever character is built is shown to always come with serious long term downsides. While training may have toughened the soldiers up they can no longer function in normal society.
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