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Basic Trope: An Irish character with a Hair-Trigger Temper.

  • Straight: Patrick walks into a bar and gets into a nasty fight with another guy.
  • Exaggerated: The fight involves several (supposedly) upstanding members of the community, such as Father O'Brien. And even a few women.
  • Downplayed: The last time Patrick was ever in a physical fight was when he was nine years old, but he has a Berserk Button about Irish stereotypes, potato famine jokes, or being mistaken for an Englishman, and you'll catch an earful from him if you make any comments like that. A Cluster F-Bomb may be involved.
  • Justified:
    • Patrick was drunk (and had lost some inhibitions), and somebody said something like "I Banged Your Mom" or something equally incendiary.
    • The other guy started the fight by throwing a punch; Patrick is defending himself.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: In spite of people's assumptions, Patrick seems nice, serene, and respectable in the public ...
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: There is always a Bar Brawl going on at the pub. The bartender doesn't even care anymore.
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  • Zig Zagged: Someone attempts to start a fight by saying something incendiary to Patrick, likely regarding his Mom. He laughs it off, orders a Guiness for the fellow - then cold clocks the guy when he's mid-drink.
  • Averted: Patrick doesn't get involved in any fights. (He may even be an Actual Pacifist.)
  • Enforced: National Stereotypes
  • Lampshaded: "Aye, I'm Irish, an' ye 'better not pick on me, or there'll be un' hell o' brool."
  • Invoked: See Justified.
  • Exploited: The local nightclub owner is thinking to hire Patrick as a Bouncer for his reputed prowess and temper.
  • Defied: Patrick decides to just ignore the other guy and instead plays games on his phone, drinks quietly, or talks to his friends.
  • Discussed: "An Irish guy walks into a bar... and a fight breaks out..."
  • Conversed: "I wonder why it's always an Irish guy?"
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  • Deconstructed: Not everyone of Irish descent is like this. Most, in fact, are not much more temperamental than any other randomly selected person, and are no more likely to be alcoholics than anyone else.
  • Reconstructed: However, the Irish are portrayed as fiercely protective of their friends, which comes to a head when a new company starts causing ruckus at the pub.
  • Played For Drama: See "Double Subverted".
  • Implied:
    • Patrick has a temper, and his accent seems vaguely Irish.
    • Patrick is Irish, and many people seem nervous around him.

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