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.
    • Bob is only being nice to the protagonist(s) for superficial reasons, such as their looks and income.
  • Inverted: Bob's a Nice Guy who becomes a jerk temporarily, then changes back when he decides it's not for him.
    • Bob is reviled for being a kind, loyal friend. Then he gets a complete personality makeover that transforms him into a selfish, manipulative, violent, and puppy murdering jackass which makes everybody adore him. However, when Bob's destructive mood swings begin getting out of hand and the puppy body count begins piling up, everybody quickly realizes what they've created, and amends are made.
  • 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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