Playing With / This Loser Is You

Basic Trope: Character meant to depict the audience is shown negatively.
  • Straight: Bob is a lazy, whiny, and unattractive ditz, whose function in the story is to represent the audience.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is ultimately spineless, hideous, hateful, and impossibly stupid that this causes the audience to hate him with a passion, despite that Bob is supposed to portray them.
  • Downplayed: Bob is a normal guy with positive as well as negative qualities, but sometimes the show uses Bob to deliver a Take That or Space Whale Aesop at specific problems the creator sees with the audience.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is a sympathetic and/or admirable character whom the audience is meant to identify with—e.g., a comic book character who is a big comics nerd, who is hardworking, intelligent, cool, and his knowledge and passion about comic books help him defeat the challenges and villains he is faced with.
  • Subverted: ???
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob isn't shown to neither negatively nor positively represent the audience.
  • Enforced:
    The author: "Since I have a lowly opinion about some people, I want to make a character who is as pathetic as they are."
  • Lampshaded: "You know you're not being any better than those so-called losers, right Mr. Author?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The author chooses not to create a character representing the fans since this will cause them to not watch the show.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "What is the author thinking about having Bob representing us? Is he like misanthropic or something?"
  • Deconstructed: The audience catches onto what the author thinks of his audience via Bob, with people dropping his work in droves out of disgust. his condescending attitude towards all criticism wound up making said author a pariah in the business.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Then again, the audience loves to see how horrible they are, and they say that's part of the series' chame charm.
    • The work also shows the good qualities of the fans, few as they may be, and they deem it an honest or at least neutral portrayal.

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