Playing With: Small Name, Big Ego
Basic Trope: An unpleasant character who thinks s/he is more strong/clever/popular/awesome than s/he really is.
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- Straight: Ted thinks he's a charismatic, intelligent ladies' man...when he's really stupid and no woman can stand him.
- Exaggerated: Ted thinks he's God's gift to women...when said women openly insult him to his face.
- Downplayed: Ted thinks he's great at one particular thing, like playing Tropeball. He's not terrible, but he's still severely overestimating his skills.
- Justified: All of Ted's friends are well-respected, so he naturally thinks he's the same.
- Inverted: Ted is an incredibly clever, well-liked, charismatic individual...who has zero self-esteem.
- Subverted: It turns out some people really do treat Ted as a friend.
- Double Subverted: Then as soon as he's out of sight/hearing, they make fun of him for being a loser.
- Parodied: People repeatedly tell Ted, to his face, that they hate him. He shrugs it off.
- Zig Zagged:: Alice and Bob seem to treat Ted as a friend. Then, when he's out of sight/hearing, Bob starts making fun of him. Alice chastises him because she really does consider him a friend.
- Averted: Ted's self-esteem is proportionate to his attractiveness/skills.
- Enforced: "Hey, you remember that kid in high school that thought he was all that? Let's make a character like that!"
- Lampshaded: "I know everyone claims to hate me, but they're just jealous!"
- Invoked: Everyone for most of Ted's life gives him nothing but compliments.
- Exploited: President Evil's mole rigs the opposition party's leadership contest so that Ted becomes their new leader, which they then use to discredit all opponents.
- Defied: A particularly cutting insult makes Ted start doubting himself and changing who he is.
- "Oh great...here comes Ted. Just ignore him and maybe he won't start talking about how great he is."
- "Why can't you accept that people don't like you?" "I live in a very advanced state of denial."
- Conversed: "When will Ted realize that people hate him so much?"
- Ted's disproportionate self-esteem turns out to be psychological — literally, he refuses to accept that he's not the most popular guy in the room (possibly as a result of Narcissistic personality disorder).
- It's clear that Ted has an inferiority complex, which he try to suppress by developing a superiority complex.
- ...However, said self-esteem begins paying off as he starts doing things to warrant it — improving his life and so on.
- Ted's self-image is simply an amusing character quirk that acts as a Running Gag. He has plenty of other defining characteristics and has a functional - if somewhat delusory - personal life.
- Played For Drama: Ted's dangerously out of touch with reality, and is so deluded about his abilities that he honestly believes that anyone who doesn't take him seriously is either close-minded or jealous. He decides to prove himself the expert he is by doing something incredibly dangerous, resulting in serious injury to himself and others.
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