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Basic Trope: A person who plays a nice character is a jerk off stage.

  • Straight: Bob plays the character of Charlie, The Hero, on stage, but offstage he's bossy and overly demanding
  • Exaggerated: Bob plays Charlie, All-Loving Hero, but offstage he kills his producer.
  • Downplayed: Bob plays Charlie, a flawed but good hero, but offstage, he's slightly rude to everybody.
  • Justified: Bob can be a jerk, but the rest of the cast and crew aren't exactly all that great either and interacting with them has been a pain in the ass.
    • Bob is a great actor, despite his lack of people skills.
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  • Inverted: Mean Character, Nice Actor.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: But he's downright cruel to his family once he gets home.
  • Parodied: Bob appears in an ASPCA commercial petting a dog, then immediately punts the dog and beats it with a stick the minute the director says "Cut!"
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob plays a nice character is seen being mean to people. His actor friends come to his defense and say he's actually a nice guy... except to people of color because he's a white supremacist.
    • Bob is a Nice Guy at heart and is friendly to his friends, family, and fans, but has trouble getting along with his coworkers.
    • Whether Bob is nice or mean depends on whether or not he likes his coworkers.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is an okay guy in person.
    • Charlie isn't that nice.
  • Enforced: Because of media scrutiny, Bob is known as being a Nice Character, Mean Actor. So studios make him play fictional versions of himself.
  • Lampshaded: "It's a good thing for Bob we always turn off the cameras before he drops character!"
  • Invoked: Bob's agent suggests he act like this so fans leave him alone.
  • Exploited: Bob is actually not that bad in real life, but for some reason people eat up BTS "Nice Character, Mean Actor" persona.
  • Defied: Bob was formerly kind of grumpy, but he decides to act nicer to live up to the character he plays.
  • Discussed: "If only Bob was like Charlie when the cameras were not rolling."
    • "Why couldn't 'Charlie' be the actor, and Bob, the character?"
  • Conversed: "Why are nice characters always played by such jerks."
  • Deconstructed: Bob terrorizes the cast off-stage, which makes it difficult for them to adore him in character like Charlie. They either can't play their parts properly or drop out of the production. The show ultimately fails.
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  • Reconstructed: Bob is a nice guy playing a nice character, but finds himself being typecast in family-friendly roles and isn't taken seriously by people. So he starts being a jerk to shake off his overly positive image.
  • Implied: Bob plays the very popular character Charlie, but no one wants to be around him for some reason.

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