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Some people act in ways that provoke surprised or shocked reactions from others, mainly because they enjoy getting those reactions and not because of any inherent desire to perform the action itself. For example, I suspect that this is a primary motivating factor behind the recent
Brony phenomenon -- the My Little Pony show itself would probably not attract hords of adult male fans, were it not for the incredulous reactions which the fandom elicits. Is there a word to describe this sort of behavior?
("Provocative" seems off -- it refers to the fact that a reaction is elicited, but not that this is the motivation behind the behavior.)
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Dec 27, 2013 at 6:13
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On the internet, this is known as
trolling. In other spheres I would say it's just an aggressive form of narcissism.
But, I think you're on the money with
causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction,
Dec 27, 2013 at 6:59
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The noun form of provocative is provocateur(s). These are folks who could be described as
sowers of discord among brothers
pains in the *ss!
Dec 27, 2013 at 20:08
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The word I would use is
tease. That is someone gets their pleasure of teasing others, and watching their reactions.
Dec 27, 2013 at 22:00
Tom Au Tom Au
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Antagonistic? When you antagonize someone you try to get a reaction out of them, but it may be a bit nastier than what you're looking for.
Dec 27, 2013 at 22:38
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