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Basic Trope: The main character is a jerk but the audience puts up with him because he is funny.

  • Straight: Bob is an asshole to his so called friends. The audience loves him because of his antics.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: While he can be harsh and judgmental, Bob is, for the most part, a Nice Guy Good Is Not Soft protagonist who's Innocently Insensitive at worst.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is the All-Loving Hero and his friends always want to hang out with him, and the audience hates him.
  • Subverted: Bob is a jerk, and the audience hates him.
  • Double Subverted: But he later starts doing funny things and rescues himself from the scrappy heap.
  • Parodied: In a Show Within a Show, Bob says "fuck" and the whole cast loves him.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is not a jerk to the point it defines his character.
  • Averted: Bob is a nice guy, and has a modest sized fanbase.
  • Enforced: "The audience wants a character they can laugh with when he does bad things to people, and laugh against when things don't go his way. Let's make Bob a dick."
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  • Lampshaded: "It's amazing how can people love Bob even if he is an asshole."
  • Exploited: Bob intentionally peppers his unsavory moments with bits of stupidity and comeuppance so his friends grow conditioned to his attitude and actually miss it if it goes away.
  • Defied: Bob doesn't want to be a jerk, so he makes a conscious effort to be likeable.
  • Discussed: "People just tolerate Bob's antics because he is funny."
  • Conversed: "How can people like someone as horrible as him?"
  • Deconstructed:
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  • Reconstructed: Bob becomes The Atoner and tries to get back to his friends' good graces. Eventually, his friends begin to go easy on him. Bob regains some of his popularity and the show's ratings recover. He's still a jerk, though.

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