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Basic Trope: A group of friends don't get along with one particular character, but hang out with them anyway.

  • Straight: Jake and his friends (Alice, Bob, Charles, Diane, Jim) dislike being around with George.
  • Exaggerated: Jake and his friends hate George to the point where they rather see him dead.
  • Downplayed:
    • Jake and his friends find George annoying, but don't see any reason to dislike him.
    • Jake and most of his friends dislike George, but Jim mildly enjoys his company.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • George is the only enemy that Jake and his friends like and respect.
    • Despite hanging out with Jake and his group of friends a lot and maybe even calling them his friends, George hates them and wants nothing to do with them.
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    • George merely thinks he is this due to having zero self-esteem, and thinks that he comes off like a Jerkass. In reality, he has some kind of a dark horse status among the group, all of whom truly do care for and love him.
    • Jake dislikes being around all of his friends with the exception of George.
  • Subverted: George becomes less annoying and immature to his friends and they all grew fond of him...
  • Double Subverted: But George was only playing a trick on them and they all dislike being around him all over again.
  • Parodied: Jake and his friends groan loudly or start crying whenever George shows up.
  • Zig Zagged: The only time the group take a liking for George is when he isn't mean or otherwise annoying, but on the other hand...
  • Averted: The group show no disdain towards George.
  • Enforced: George is a jerkish Ensemble Dark Horse who starts hanging out with the main characters because the meddling executives believe the audience want to see more of him.
  • Lampshaded: "You all hate my guts, but you can't help but to enjoy my presence."
  • Invoked: We first see George in a Terrible Interviewees Montage trying to join the team. Though he does some annoying things, we see the team suck it up and accept him because he has the qualifications, knowing he'll end up being disliked.
  • Exploited:
    • The villain attacks places George hates, knowing the rest of the group would never agree to go to places he likes.
    • The villain decides to corrupt George, by offering a chance for him to get back at them.
    • George intentionally isolated himself from the rest of the group to keep them at arm's length. Whatever mission he needs to accomplish requires that he be necessary enough to complete it, yet expendable enough for the team to disregard him should he die.
  • Implied:
    • Jake and everyone else say George's their friend, but tend to make excuses as to why he can't come when they all happen to be together at one time.
    • When George shows up, looks of disgruntlement appear on Jake and the other's faces despite them saying he's their friend.
  • Defied:
    • Despite his flaws, the friends choose not to treat George with disdain.
    • George acts less annoying to get on his friends' good sides.
    • Alternatively, George ditches the group because their flaws make him look like a saint.
  • Discussed: "George is one moronic, annoying jerk, but he's our moronic, annoying jerk."
  • Conversed: "You know, if I knew a guy like George, I'd stop hanging out with him. Maybe he's got a lot of money or something."
  • Deconstructed:
    • George doesn't feel as though his friends like him, so he leaves them in search for people that will treat him for how he is.
    • Alternatively, George's friends hate him so much that they leave him.
    • George ends up realizes the others do not like him, but for his own reasons, stays with them, bottling the anger and resentment. It eventually comes out and he gives them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech before leaving the group.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: ???
  • Played for Drama: George turns heel because the villains accept him, unlike his so-called friends.


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