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Basic Trope: A character realizes they were a Jerkass.

  • Straight: Alice realizes how vain, insensitive, and unsympathetic she is towards others.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is abusive and spiteful, but soon she realizes how people were hurt by her horrible behavior.
    • Heel Realization
  • Downplayed: Alice realizes that her blunt attitude has rubbed people the wrong way.
  • Justified: Alice wasn't aware of how bad her behavior was until now.
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  • Inverted: Alice realizes that she was nice.
  • Subverted: Alice realizes that she's a jerk until she returns to insulting others.
  • Double Subverted: only to realize she reverted back into being mean to others.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: In some days, Alice feels bad for mistreating people, but in other days, she doesn't care and continues to mistreat them.
  • Averted:
    • Alice doesn't realize that she's a jerk.
    • Alice knows she's a jerk and confirms it.
  • Enforced: "Let's try to redeem Alice and humanize her character."
  • Lampshaded: "It took you that long for you to realize you were a jerk?"
  • Invoked: Betty calls out Alice for being a jerk.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "So Alice realizes that she's a total bitch. You think she'll compensate for her behavior in the next episode?"
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  • Deconstructed: Even if Alice realizes that she was a jerk, her attempts to make up for it are ignored and outright rejected.
  • Reconstructed: Because of this, Alice decides that if she's not going to be forgiven for her actions, she will be the Jerkass that people asked for.
  • Played For Drama: Alice realizes she was a jerk, and enjoys it. As a result, her callousness increases to the point where even other jerks finds her abhorrent.

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