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Basic Trope: A genuinely good character is a Jerkass.

  • Straight: Amazing Girl routinely saves the people of Trope City from the actions of Emperor Evulz. However, she doesn't like interacting with people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Amazing Girl seems like an example of Incorruptible Pure Pureness; however, it's revealed she hates being around people.
    • Amazing Girl is a Designated Heroine who is constantly abusive to people and highly abrasive, but has done a TON of good deeds and doesn't consider herself a bad person.
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    • Amazing Girl principles and ideals are solid as steel and unambiguously good, but the way she enforces them is so vicious and brutal that even the most blood-thirsty of her allies is scared of her.
  • Downplayed:
    • Amazing Girl saves the day on regular basis. But when someone ask her autograph, she rudely says she doesn't do that.
    • While Amazing Girl is nice, she tends to grab the Jerkass Ball on occasions. Sometimes she acts like a jerk to get ahead in life.
    • Amazing Girl isn't rude or cruel, but is far too aloof and serious to be nice.
    • Amazing Girl may be rude and condescending for a hero, but shows her soft interior every now and then.
    • Good Is Not Soft
  • Justified:
    • Amazing Girl doesn't view politeness or civility as part of her job description.
    • Amazing Girl can save lives or sign autographs and opts for the first.
    • Amazing Girl is only a superheroine because she feels that she's obligated to use her powers for good. She doesn't enjoy it at all, and wishes she had a normal life, but it's not like she can see a burning building and just ignore the people trapped inside it.
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    • Amazing Girl is the team disciplinarian. Being nice is all very well for The Captain. But someone has to do her job.
    • Amazing Girl has spent years developing and learning how to use her powers and has no idea how to socialize. She doesn't mean to seem rude. That is just how she is.
    • Amazing Girl used to be a villain. Just because she's now a hero doesn't mean she has changed her behavior.
    • Amazing Girl is the only person in an idealistic, bright-colored environment that can across as being the Grumpy Bear with a cynical attitude towards society.
    • Amazing Girl is avoiding to become an Extreme Doormat which will cause people to take her for granted.
    • Amazing Girl is a Lawful Good heroine who values justice, order, and the law, but sees compassion and mercy as hindrances to her pursuit of justice.
    • Amazing Girl is a Chaotic Good Rebellious Spirit who values human life, justice, and freedom, but sees manners as just another cultural bordery and having no real value.
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    • Amazing Girl has a strong moral fiber; but is irritable, cynical, and jaded.
    • Amazing Girl lives by moral values that are different from others.
    • Amazing Girl lives in a Crapsack World full of corruption, selfishness, and evil. Because of this, she became harsh, misanthropic, and unforgiving towards everyone around her, even those who are nowhere near evil.
    • Amazing Girl sees herself as morally superior and looks down on other people who aren't as moral as she is. And just because she's a jerk doesn't mean she's wrong.
    • Amazing Girl had a Dark and Troubled Past (i.e., she lost her family at a young age or she was abused by them). Her harsh demeanor was an after effect.
    • Amazing Girl happens to be Surrounded by Idiots; as all her teammates, besides her, are less than brilliant to say the least.
    • Amazing Girl gets nervous around people. The idea of punching a missile head-on to save the city? Doesn't scare her at all. The idea of then facing the people she saved and receiving their thanks? That terrifies her.
    • Amazing Girl is worried someone will recognize her through the mask, and never sticks around long enough for anyone to work out who she is.
    • Amazing Girl is just burnt out. Sure, her Chronic Hero Syndrome keeps her from giving up on hero work entirely, but she skips the much-less-necessary niceness because she just doesn't have the energy for it anymore.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • It becomes clear that Amazing Girl is only acting this way to cultivate a (cliched) "brooding loner" image/reputation.
    • Amazing Girl is a hero because she bullies around a helpless Dracone, who is, by definition, a villain.
    • In a Crapsaccharine World full of heroes, villains, and people who are neutral, being nice, polite, gentle, friendly, and merciful is heinous, while being rude, harsh, unforgiving, angry, condescending, and violent is honorable.
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  • Zig Zagged:
    • Her attitude is dependent on her mood. If she's having a good day, she'll stop and chat with you as if you were old friends. If she's in a bad mood, she'll be antisocial.
    • Sometimes, Good Is Not Nice, but sometimes Good Is Nice.
  • Averted:
    • Good is nice.
    • No correlation, positive or negative, is made between being Nice and being Good.
    • Amazing girl is an amoral Jerkass who coincidentally sides with a group of heroes.
  • Enforced:
    • "Alright, we need this new hero to have a flaw. Let's make her a real jerk!"
    • The author wanted to make point about how morality doesn't entail being nice and vice-versa (i.e., how a person must be Cruel to Be Kind and how person must treat others with Tough Love).
    • "I'm tired of nice, soft-hearted heroes. Let's prove that nice heroes finish last and mean heroes get the job done!"
    • The author wants to make a foil for the Affably Evil Emperor Evulz.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Just because I'm the good person doesn't mean I'm a nice one."
    • "Amazing Girl isn't a nice person." "But she's still a good person." "Of course morons like you would defend someone with such a crappy attitude."
    • "Amazing Girl'll have to do better than that to get me to care about her heroic aspects."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
    • "You know what? I don't care if I have to save them. They're still my friends."
    • Well at least Amazing Girl is not a total villain... So what? She is still not a good person!
    • "If that kind of behavior's a benchmark in heroism, then it's "yay neutrality" for me."
    • "Would it kill you to not be such a bitch? ....know what? Screw it. It is gonna kill you."
    • "Alice, you need to chill out. If you're not careful about how you treat people, you won't like how they react."
  • Discussed: "That Amazing Girl is such a great hero. Do you think she's a jerk? It happens all the time in comics."
  • Conversed:
    • "Why's the Amazing Girl so mean in this comic?"
    • "Man! With her attitude, it's a wonder the people she saved didn't just move town after putting up with her."
  • Implied: Captain Justice and the other heroes asks the kids to vote who is their favorite hero. In the results, Amazing Girl is the only one to have zero votes.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Amazing Girl's lack of desire to be around people eventually comes to a head and she decides to stop saving people - she's done with the gig.
    • Amazing Girl's negative attributes seem to be a lot more apparent than her good ones up to a point where the idea of her being good is really losing any sense of credibility.
    • Others are driven away from Amazing Girl and hoped that she won't save them ever again due to her rudeness as a hero. In short: Amazing Girl is now an outcast of society, all because of her behavior.
    • Meta-example: Amazing Girl automatically becomes Unintentionally Unsympathetic.
    • Even though Amazing Girl is a known hero, her jerkassery really rubs people the wrong way, and so they consider her to be just as bad as her enemies. She has a Jerkass Realization and apologizes for her abusive attitude, but is never forgiven for it.
  • Reconstructed:
    • She eventually gets over it and starts rescuing people again.
    • She's not really asocial/anti-social so much as very mean to people who deserve it.
    • The story tries really hard to justify Amazing Girl's more negative aspects.
    • The story does understand that Amazing Girl's more negative attributes are not exactly justified but does plead that it would be immoral to ignore her more heroic aspects as well.
    • She couldn't care less what others think about her attitude and behavior and continues to save the day whether they like it or not.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist.
  • Played For Drama:
  • Played For Horror: Alice is a Designated Hero and performs outright horrifying actions that leave behind lots of death and destruction, but the plot goes way out of the way to continue to say that Alice is good, honest!

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