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Basic Trope: A Jerkass gives an actually valid, if hypocritical, argument.

  • Straight: Norman is usually rude, arrogant, immature, lacking in manners and ill-adjusted along with poor people skills — and surprises everyone when he calls Brandon out on mistreating his friends.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Norman has a personality many would find at least mildly disagreeable. When Brandon curses, Norman raises an eyebrow.
  • Justified:
    • Norman is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
    • Norman still has some standards despite being a jerk.
    • Norman thinks he's superior simply because he doesn't engage in one kind of disagreeable behaviors, ignoring how he has no problem acting in ways that could reasonably be thought of as disagreeable, if not more.
    • Norman, in the vein of being an asshole, is also an extremely self-deceptive hypocrite, who never thinks rules could apply to him.
    • Norman is considered a Jerkass because he is always rude to his teammates and speaks aloud every single bad thought he has about them. This is why he is the first person to call Brandon out, whereas everyone else avoided the issue to be polite.
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    • Norman calls Brandon out in hopes of raising his own esteem in eyes of others.
    • Despite his mean tendencies, Norman's Brutal Honesty is often what people appreciate about him.
    • Who better than the official Jerkass to know what sort of behavior is considered reprehensible and why so?
    • The reason why Norman is such a Jerkass to the Brandon in the first place is because Brandon is a reckless, Ungrateful Bastard who he has to constantly clean up after. Norman is simply spelling out to Brandon how much grief he's caused him.
  • Inverted:
    • Everyone calls Norman out on behavior that is so nice it just strikes everyone out of proportion.
    • ...or is actually harmful.
    • Norman is Rightly Self-Righteous, or an Insufferable Genius- he is a Jerkass BECAUSE he has a point, rather than being a preexisting Jerkass who just caught the Smart Ball today.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...then states how Brandon indeed should feel ashamed, because even Norman is disgusted.
    • an ironic fashion, then switching to straight-out chastising.
    • Only Norman is trying to suppress his feelings, because Brandon's deed still made him really angry.
    • Norman's exclamation of superiority isn't convincing. He tries to hold up his self-image, but it still shows he's fuming inside.
  • Parodied: Norman berates people for the most trivial of misdeeds — often ones that everyone knows to be misdeeds and aren't obscure laws written in 1119 — and makes sure to breathe heavily in their faces, spraying them with saliva, while he does so.
  • Zig Zagged: Norman calls Brandon out on his misbehavior or breach of conduct, then in mid-speech turns around and starts presenting Brandon's reasons, good or not, and chastising everyone else for being narrow-minded jerks — to mock Brandon. Others are put off by Norman's hypocrisy and flighty manner of presentation and remark that while Brandon's course of action wasn't exactly laudable, Norman is still worse and thus in no position to judge.
  • Averted:
    • Norman makes no comment on or doesn't care about Brandon's behavior.
    • Norman looks like he's going to call Brandon out, except that it turns out to be a remark about some completely unrelated matter.
  • Enforced: The executives are kind of fed up with Brandon there just ranting angrily at any stupid thing that crosses his mind and being the fodder for "The Complainer Is Always Wrong", so they ask the writers to make him undeniably right about something for a change.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Norman attempts to draw the attention to what Brandon did.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "You know Norman, You'd be a great counselor if you can just get that lack of tact under control."
  • Conversed: "We get how wisdom can come from unexpected people, but how come it's always the resident Jerk who preaches it while barely applying it to their own life?"
  • Implied: Brandon has a talk with Norman offscreen, and grumbles as he leaves stuff along the lines "I can't believe Norman of all people would have the moral high ground."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Norman and Brandon actually have painful history together. Brandon's deed is what pushes Norman overboard.
    • The others tell Norman he has no right to call out Brandon given his own misdeeds.
    • Because of Norman's Jerkass behavior, no one takes his advice seriously and his attempt at calling out Brandon makes others call him out for being a Hypocrite.
    • Too much Jerkass, not enough of a point: Norman pointing out that Brandon, say for example, never paid his credit card debts in time and now obviously he's getting audited and may have problems keeping his home in the future is something that makes sense. That it's the "jaywalking" part of a fifteen-minute Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking "The Reason You Suck" Speech where he hollers every single kind of insult he can think of at Brandon, his wife and their five-year-old son at glass-shattering decibels, which he caps off by giving Brandon a Pater Familicide Suicide Dare and even slaps a gun down on the table so Brandon can do it right then and there in front of him (and everybody in the restaurant that he just terrorized) is just asking everybody else to accept something that, even by association, is obscenely cruel.
    • Even if he may have a point, Norman is just so much of a Jerkass that his friends, want to disagree with him out of spite. Norman is ultimately still in the wrong for not making their point tactfully enough for others to be willing to hear out.
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