Playing With / We Want Our Jerk Back

Basic Trope: A Jerkass decides to act nice, but for whatever reason, their jerkassery is needed.
  • Straight: Bob, a Grade-A Jerkass, decides to start acting nicer to people after someone calls him on it. However, when people start to take advantage of him, he decides to start acting like a jerk again.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's almost pure evil, with zero redeeming qualities. He almost becomes All-Loving Hero overnight, then decides to go back because someone was being mean to him.
  • Downplayed: Bob is told by Alice that she liked his insulting comments, so Bob treats her like a jerkass and continues to be nice to others.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's nice-guy persona was as insufferable as his jackass persona - but at least when someone's a jackass, you can hate him for what he does...
    • Or, Bob is a Poisonous Friend or Token Evil Teammate, but in the episode where he tries being nice, there's someone that Bob's friends really need Bob to be mean to.
    • Bob is clearly pretending to be nice, they would rather have him honest.
    • Bob isn't very good at being nice, instead coming off as creepy, useless, or annoying.
  • Inverted: Bob's a Nice Guy who becomes a jerk temporarily, then changes back when he decides it's not for him.
  • Subverted: Alice comments that she missed the nicer Bob.
  • Double Subverted: Carol reminds Alice of how annoying Bob was when he turned nice.
  • Parodied: Bob becomes incredibly nice, doing such things as lavishing people with incredible gifts "just because". Still, people can't wait until he becomes a jerk again.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice misses the nicer Bob until she remembers how annoying he was. But a Flashback tells us she remembered wrong.
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't become nice again.
    • Or Bob turns nice, and everyone is happy with the "new" Bob.
  • Enforced: "Ah, geez, our writers are tired of writing lines for Bob now that he's nice! Can't we make him a jerk again?"
  • Lampshaded: "I miss you when you insulted my appearance and gave me a look of contempt. Why can't we have that Bob back?"
  • Invoked: Alice decides to set in motion a chain of events that reminds Bob how much fun he had being rude to people.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Bob decides that he's just staying nice - whether people like it or not.
    • Zack, not wanting Bob back to his old ways, punches out Alice for suggesting a plan to make him a Jerkass again.
  • Discussed:
    • "Don't worry, they'll be beggin' for you to change back to your Jerkass ways any minute now!"
    • "It isn't the same around here when Bob's like that."
  • Conversed: "Five bucks says Bob will be back to his normal Jerkass self by the end of the episode." "Considering how much of a Stepford Smiler he's being, I hope so."
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