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Basic Trope: Mean characters in fiction are more likable than those in real life.

  • Straight: Jack of Troperville treats everyone with the utmost disrespect, yet he is the regarded as the best character in the series.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Jack is the biggest sociopath in the series, yet fans can't help but to make millions of fanfics dedicated to him.
    • Just about all of the characters are utter jerks and each of them have a large fanbase.
  • Downplayed:
    • Jack has a tendency to Poke the Poodle, yet regarded as the best character.
    • Jack is a typical Jerkass, and, despite the praise he gets, his Jerkass tendencies keep him from being regarded as the best character in the series.
  • Justified: Jack's jerkass behavior is mostly Played for Laughs while real life people who do the same is often regarded as repugnant and distasteful.
  • Inverted:
    • Nice characters in fiction are more hated or more liked than those in real life.
    • Real life mean people are more likable than those in fiction.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: Jack is purposely a huge Jerkass, yet he knows and the people around him (probably) know that he's the most loved/popular/sympathetic.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Fictional jerks are widely hated just as much as those in real life.
  • Advertisement:
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "I'm a jerk, but at least I'm not like the ones you see in everyday life."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The fans see to it that fictional jerks are no different from real life jerks.
  • Discussed: "Everyone hates an asshole, but when it comes to those on fiction, they're likable?"
  • Conversed: "So Jack is the most popular character in the series because he's a jerk? ... I worry about most of these fans sometimes."

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