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    Person who takes an alternate stance

    What do you call a person (John) who always takes an alternative stance from rest of the group? For instance, if a group decides to watch a superman movie, John simply prefers to watch a batman movie, even if John independently might not mind watching a superman movie. If everyone in the family chooses to go to the beach, John prefers to go to the park. If everyone in the class chooses X, John takes a Y stance, just because Y is different from X.
    What is such a person or personality called?

    Reading through the definitions, it does not appear appropriate to call John an opposer, obstructor, adversary, antagonist, thwarter, or resister, because to be called that John would have to directly say No to what others say or do. John is not opposing or attacking others choice or stance directly, but simply taking an alternate stance. Cantankerous, uncooperative, disobliging, or discommoding do not seem to be specific enough to describe John's personality. Contrary?
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    #2

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    He is a contrarian.

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    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    Don't forget to capitalise the names of films and put them in italics.

    If we all want to watch a Superman film, he always wants to watch a Batman film.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    He could be a fly in the ointment in some contexts; in others, a devil's advocate.

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    #5

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    I sometimes call people who take a very different stance from the group an "outlier". There are other more negative words but I think "outlier" is quite neutral.

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    #6

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    In BrE, you could say that John is awkward.

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    #7

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    Jane: What shall we have for dinner?
    Sam: Pizza.
    Tom: Sounds great.
    Len: I agree.
    John: I want curry.
    Jane/Sam/Tom: Oh, you always have to be bloody difficult, don't you, John?!
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    #8

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Jane/Sam/Tom: Oh, you always have to be bloody difficult, don't you, John?!
    "Difficult" works for me. Sadly, we Americans don't use that terrific (and mystifyingly vulgar to some Brits) adjective.
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    #9

    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    I say"bloody hell" all the time. No, just kidding.

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    Re: Person who takes an alternate stance

    I don't think I know any Brits who consider "bloody" to be vulgar.
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