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Basic Trope: A work where the majority of characters are Jerkasses.

  • Straight: The majority of characters in Troperville are assholes, which includes the main characters - Alex, Bob, Charlie, Danielle, Eric. There are only a few nice characters such as Harold, who is the series' Butt-Monkey.
  • Exaggerated: Every single character, major or minor, protagonists or antagonists are all sadistic, sociopathic, narcissistic, and psychopathic jerks, and there are no nice guys in sight. Even Gods are Jerkasses to each other in this world.
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  • Downplayed: Although the characters are jerks with a heart of gold, their bad qualities outweigh their good.
  • Justified:
    • Troperville takes place in an office with utterly cutthroat politics — nice guys find new jobs or get drummed out.
    • Troperville is filled with traumas and hardships which negatively shapes the characters' attitudes and personalities.
  • Inverted: Troperville is a work where the majority of characters are nice.
  • Subverted: At the start of the second season, most of the characters Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Double Subverted: They go back being assholes by the next episode.
  • Parodied: Troperville is renamed into Jerkville because of how rude and unpleasant the people are.
  • Zig Zagged: Every single character swing from mean to nice depending on the episode.
  • Averted: There's an even balance of nice characters and mean ones.
  • Enforced:
    • The author wants Troperville to demonstrate how it's a Crapsack World where life is crap and so are the characters.
    • "People love assholes, so we make a show where everyone's an asshole."
    • Troperville is a Sadist Show.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "At least Harold's one of the decent people out here."
    • "You damn right we're assholes! What were you expecting, dumbass? A world where everyone is nice to each other? Get the fuck out of here if you don't like it!"
  • Invoked: An evil villain uses his jerk potion to turn everyone mean.
  • Exploited: A Con Artist gets rich pulling violin scams, beat bags, and other cons that rely on the greed and cruelty of Troperville's inhabitants.
  • Defied: "Oh, the hell with this. I'll be nice, even if it kills me."
  • Discussed: "Why are all of these characters mean to each other?"
  • Conversed: "Gosh. This show is awful. Just about every character is horrible to each other."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The characters are so mean to the point that it becomes hard for a few nice characters to function in a society full of assholes.
    • If the world is full of assholes that keep reminding the audience they're assholes in the most brutally blatant way possible all of the time, the audience may decide they don't care about seeing the show anymore.
  • Played For Laughs: Troperville is a comedy show filled with Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists who are always on the receiving end of over-the-top punishments for their assholish behavior.
  • Played For Drama: Troperville is a drama where the characters live in a Crapsack World and the only way for them to cope with the harsh realities of life is by being ruthless, uncaring, and abusive to each other along with committing cruel and heartless deeds. The characters are so unpleasant that some of the nice and innocent characters would either break emotionally because of the harsh mistreatment from the mean characters, become just as mean as them, or commit suicide.

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