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: ???
  • 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?"

Back to This Loser Is You