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Basic Trope: Character becomes more of a jerk over time.

  • Straight: Alice starts out as an Aloof Ally, but she still clearly respects her True Companions. However, over time, she turns into an Insufferable Jerkass.
  • Exaggerated: Alice starts out as a shrinking violet with a touch of cynicism wearing Jade-Colored Glasses. Near the end, she went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice goes from a Nice Girl to a slightly irritable jerk.
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    • Alice has always been a jerkass, but becomes more of a jerk than she usually is.
    • Jerkass Ball
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Subverted: Alice suddenly acts like a total jerkass, but in reality it's a defense mechanism because she's stressed out. She's a nice girl underneath.
  • Double Subverted: ...but then flips around and becomes a total douchebag.
  • Parodied: Everyone refers to Alice being unusually nice while she's running around kicking hobos in the face For the Evulz. They keep on acting like she's being nice even when she sets a guy on fire for no reason.
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  • Zig Zagged: Depending on her mood, she's either a jerk or kind.
  • Averted: Alice's characterization remains about the same. While she's still snarky, any time she goes too far such as making a crack about Bob's Doomed Hometown, she apologizes.
  • Enforced:
    • The creator of the series wants the fans to focus more on other characters, so they make Alice just unlikable.
    • The creator notices that the fans hate Alice for her nice personality, so they decide to change her character into a jerkass.
  • Lampshaded: Someone notes that Alice wasn't always this much of a jerk.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad knows Alice is The Chosen One and wants to make sure she stays a jerk so no one will support her on her journey.
  • Defied: Even though Alice has some stress in her life, she makes sure not to take her anger out on anyone.
  • Discussed: "Man, Alice's really turned into something else."
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  • Conversed: "Remember when Alice was a Nice Girl? No, neither do I."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Alice's friends help her get through these traumatizing experiences, letting her know that she isn't alone. This helps Alice pull herself back together.

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