In a story I'm working on my hero is a jerk, didn't really plan on it, but I kind of felt lead to give him smart-*ss statements. I want people to feel sympathy for him ( it's later revealed he's grieving the loss of his wife) but I also don't want to do the whole - he's a creep until the reveal thing. It's taken from his point of view. Which I'm battling - because I could reveal too much. But on the other hand I could also have him wondering why he says the things he does. Has anyone seen this done or worked with a similar unappealing hero?