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Basic Trope: A bullying high school / college age teenage boy, presented as a popular star athlete and foil to the (often nerdier and/or physically weaker) heroes.

  • Straight: Bob is an arrogant, bullying star athlete who plays quarterback for the high school football team. He takes particular delight in bullying Andy and Colin, our heroes.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a vicious, violent and brutal thug who rules the school with an iron fist of terror because of his bullying nature. Bob's status as an olympic level athlete allows him to get drunk, torture and rape with near impunity.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is a fairly successful athlete who often gives Andy and Colin noogies and calls them puny.
    • Bob is mostly ignored by his peers. It's his teammates who are unable to avoid him, and have to put up with his nature.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is friendly, charming and decent.
    • Insufferable Genius
    • Bob is an arrogant, bullying star...chess player for the school's nationally-ranked chess team.
    • Bob was an asshole before joining the sports team. Now that he has a legitimate outlet for his aggression, he calms down.
  • Subverted:
    • Because of his interest in sport and wealthy family, Andy and Colin assume Bob is a bully; he's actually quite a decent guy.
    • Bob is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Double Subverted: The decency is just for show; Bob soon reveals his true colors.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is the cocky and bullying captain of's ballet team.
    • Bob is a completely wild gorilla... Literally!
    • Bob is an arrogant, bullying star golf player, and bullies nerds by burying them in the ground and using their heads as golf tees.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is skilled at sports, but he isn't a bully.
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  • Enforced: "Wow, that quarterback who used to pick on me at school was a total jerk! I'm going to base a character on him — that'll show him!"
  • Lampshaded: "Watch out for Bob — total neanderthal, but he can throw a football so everyone lets him do whatever the hell he wants."
  • Invoked: Bob, a bully, joins the football team in the hope that his athletic prowess will cause people to overlook his flaws.
  • Exploited: The principal uses Bob's behavior as an excuse to shut down the football team.
  • Defied: Bob works hard not to let his athletic prowess go to his head; he knows that in the long term friendship is more valuable than petty schoolyard power.
  • Discussed: "How come everyone likes Bob so much? He's such a jerk!"
  • Conversed: "Bob reminds me of the jerk who used to pick on me back in high school..."
  • Deconstructed:
    • For all his apparent popularity and success, Bob is empty and miserable. He is being pressured into sporting success by his over-competitive family regardless of his true wishes. His lack of academic achievement and bullying nature mean he is unlikely to find success outside of high school. He channels his frustrations into bullying, and resents Andy and Colin for what he feels are their advantages over him.
    • Bob is an arrogant, bullying jerk who is competent on the sports field, but intensely disliked by the majority of his fellow students, and his bullying lands him in trouble with the teachers and/or the law.
    • Bob and his equally jerkass teammates are so busy competing with each other for on-the-field glory and the resulting ego boosts that they barely function as a team. As a result, they have been on a long losing streak, and their classmates have little respect for them.
    • Bob can only push his idiotic bullying so far..... until he bullies what he shouldn't have bullied in the first place, showing his idiocy and seeing him lose popularity points.
    • Bob ends up taking his bullying and antagonizing of others too far and ends up committing an act so terrible that he ends up in juvenile hall.
  • Reconstructed: Bob's just an arrogant, bullying jerk who happens to be an athlete.
  • Implied: Bob is a Dumb Muscle jerk who uses a lot of sports metaphors.

Now get your ass back to Jerk Jock before I beat you up, butthead!


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