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26th Jan '17 2:11:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The Depraved Dwarf is a pint-sized bucket of malice. He [[AlwaysMale (and it's pretty much always a he)]] is either a sadistic psychopath, a twisted rapist, or at the very least a violent, cold-blooded criminal. Can go hand in hand with TheNapoleon, if the Depraved Dwarf's misanthropy is implied to be a response - [[DisproportionateRetribution albeit blown out of proportion]] - to discrimination and abuse faced [[FreudianExcuse as a result of their short stature]].

They tend to show up when the hero has been rendered helpless. Often, expect {{giggling|Villain}}.

If he's TheDon or a similar leadership role, see MisterBig.

Contrast LittlePeopleAreSurreal.

For villains with other disabilities, see EvilAlbino, EvilCripple, and EunuchsAreEvil.

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The Depraved Dwarf is a pint-sized bucket of malice. He [[AlwaysMale (and it's pretty much always a he)]] is either a sadistic psychopath, a twisted rapist, or at the very least a violent, cold-blooded criminal. They tend to show up when the hero has been rendered helpless. Often, expect {{giggling|Villain}}. Can go hand in hand with TheNapoleon, if the Depraved Dwarf's misanthropy is implied to be a response - [[DisproportionateRetribution albeit blown out of proportion]] - to discrimination and abuse faced [[FreudianExcuse as a result of their short stature]].

They tend to show up when the hero has been rendered helpless. Often, expect {{giggling|Villain}}.

If he's TheDon or a similar leadership role, see MisterBig.

Contrast LittlePeopleAreSurreal.

MisterBig. May or may not overlap with LittlePeopleAreSurreal. For villains with other disabilities, see EvilAlbino, EvilCripple, and EunuchsAreEvil.
26th Jan '17 2:11:07 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' describes the [[MonsterLord Grand High Witch]] as no taller than four and a half feet, which also qualifies her as TheNapoleon and MisterBig.

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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' describes Creator/RoaldDahl created several iconic examples:
** The Oompa-Loompas in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' downplay this. They're normally a benevolent ServantRace -- until a misbehaving child ends up in peril, at which point they become a creepy GreekChorus and break into a gruesome song detailing
the child's potential fate. [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory The 1971 film adaptation]] replaces their songs with far less graphic ones but makes up for it by giving them [[UncannyValleyMakeup unnatural orange skin]].
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[[MonsterLord Grand High Witch]] in ''Literature/TheWitches'', described as no taller than four and a half feet, which also qualifies her as TheNapoleon and MisterBig.is a straighter example.
12th Jan '17 8:40:11 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion Lannister is introduced to the audience in a brothel, where the whore Ros [[AsYouKnow discusses his reputation]] as a "drunken little lecher". [[ChivalrousPervert Subverted]] when we later discover Tyrion is the [[TokenGoodTeammate most decent member]] of his BigScrewedUpFamily.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Tyrion Lannister is introduced to the audience in a brothel, where the whore Ros [[AsYouKnow discusses his reputation]] as a "drunken little lecher". [[ChivalrousPervert Subverted]] when we later discover Tyrion is the [[TokenGoodTeammate most decent member]] of his BigScrewedUpFamily. Nevertheless, BlackAndGreyMorality means even he gets a few cold-blooded actions for which his dwarfism provides a FreudianExcuse.
** Tyrion also invokes the trope in "The Lion and the Rose" when he jokingly cautions Joffrey to be careful around the dwarf jesters since they tend to get horny.
7th Dec '16 6:41:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Harry Earles plays what might be the UrExample in Film/TheUnholyThree. He is easily the most vicious and evil of the titular trio, and pulls off the old 'midget in a baby carriage' trick.

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* Harry Earles plays what might be the UrExample in Film/TheUnholyThree. ''Film/TheUnholyThree''. He is easily the most vicious and evil of the titular trio, and pulls off the old 'midget "midget in a baby carriage' carriage" trick.



* Averted in Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast where Bolivar Trask is played by Creator/PeterDinklage. Despite being a primary villain and a little person, his characterisation is that of a WellIntentionedExtremist MadScientist, and though he has a distinct LackOfEmpathy there is none of the sexual predation or deliberate sadism that the trope usually entails. Very unusually for such a casting, his dwarfism has absolutely no discernible relevance to either the plot or his character, mainly because it was purely a case of AbilityOverAppearance after the script had been written, and any attempt to add things would have been deeply wrong.

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* Averted in Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast where ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', in which Bolivar Trask is played by Creator/PeterDinklage. Despite being a primary villain the combination of villainy and a little person, dwarfism, his characterisation is that of a WellIntentionedExtremist MadScientist, and though he has a distinct LackOfEmpathy there is none of the sexual predation or deliberate sadism that the trope usually entails. Very unusually for such a casting, his dwarfism has absolutely no discernible relevance to either the plot or his character, mainly because it was purely a case of AbilityOverAppearance after the script had been written, and any attempt to add things would have been deeply wrong.



* ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'': Falcon is a [[EvilCripple wheelchair-bound]] dwarf, the head of an arms smuggling operation, and a rival to the main bad guy.

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* ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'': Falcon is a [[EvilCripple wheelchair-bound]] dwarf, DepravedDwarf ''and'' an EvilCripple, as well as the head of an arms smuggling operation, operation and a rival to the main bad guy.



* In ''Film/{{Orphan}}'', [[spoiler:the villain is a DepravedDwarf who poses as a child]].
* In the 'Catholic High School Girls in Trouble' sketch of ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', there is a scene with a group of topless girls with their arms tied to hooks on the ceiling about to be whipped by a midget in a clown suit.
* ''Film/TheSpirit''. Spirit shows a CheekCopy of Sand Saref's "perfect ass" to every bellhop in town to find out which hotel she's staying at. The bellhop who recognizes it is a midget. Though that may just be because he was at exactly the right height to have a good view.

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* In ''Film/{{Orphan}}'', [[spoiler:the villain is a DepravedDwarf an abnormally short woman who poses as a child]].
* In the 'Catholic "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble' Trouble" sketch of ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', there is a one scene with features a DepravedDwarf in a clown suit preparing to whip a group of topless girls with their arms tied to hooks on suspended from the ceiling about to be whipped by a midget in a clown suit.
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* ''Film/TheSpirit''. Spirit shows a CheekCopy of Sand Saref's "perfect ass" to every bellhop in town to find out which hotel she's staying at. The bellhop who recognizes it is a midget.has dwarfism. Though that may just be because he was at exactly the right height to have a good view.
7th Dec '16 6:36:14 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/PeterDinklage plays the villain in Creator/{{Disney}}'s 2007 ''Film/{{Underdog}}'' movie.



* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': While Miles Vorkosigan is by no means depraved, this trope is so common InUniverse that it makes him a constant target of suspicion on his homeworld of Barrayar. In less parochial areas of the universe, he's fine.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': While Miles Vorkosigan himself is by no means depraved, this trope is so common InUniverse that it makes him a constant target of suspicion on his homeworld of Barrayar. In less parochial areas of the universe, he's fine.fine.
* One of the [[OrderliesAreCreeps creepy orderlies]] in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' had his growth stunted by the trauma of seeing his mother gang-raped. And yes, [[AluminumChristmasTrees that's a thing]]; see [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the other wiki's]] page on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosocial_short_stature psychosocial short stature]].
* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' describes the [[MonsterLord Grand High Witch]] as no taller than four and a half feet, which also qualifies her as TheNapoleon and MisterBig.
15th Nov '16 11:30:02 AM Jhimmibhob
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* Ralphus, of the exploitation "classic" ''Film/BloodsuckingFreaks'', is the sadistic torturer Sardu's right-dismembered-hand man, and suffers from ''profound'' boundary issues with severed human heads. (On the bright side, he's a loyal employee with a strong work ethic.)
30th Oct '16 9:54:23 PM TheresSomethingAboutMary
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* Several show up in ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', though they tend to be more of the JerkAss variety that truly evil. And at least two of these die for being TooDumbToLive.

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* Several show up in ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', though although they tend to be more of the JerkAss variety that truly evil. And at least two of these die for being TooDumbToLive.
23rd Oct '16 12:43:55 PM nombretomado
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** [[DependingOnTheWriter Some incarnations]] of the Mad Hatter. Which is to say, both his height ''and'' level of insanity vary wildly. GailSimone writes an especially creepy one.

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** [[DependingOnTheWriter Some incarnations]] of the Mad Hatter. Which is to say, both his height ''and'' level of insanity vary wildly. GailSimone Creator/GailSimone writes an especially creepy one.
7th Oct '16 3:40:34 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Downplayed with Nick Nack of ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. He's AffablyEvil at all times, but he does work for a renowned contract killer, and does not hesitate to try and kill others when he feels like it.

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* Downplayed with Nick Nack of ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. He's AffablyEvil at all times, but he does work for a renowned contract killer, and does not hesitate to try and kill killing others when he feels like it.
28th Sep '16 9:29:10 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Lord [[UnfortunateNames Farquaad]], the abnormally short BigBad of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie, proves his evil cred by [[FantasticRacism banishing all the fairy tale creatures from his kingdom]], displaying a creepy interest in Princess Fiona, and (as his EstablishingCharacterMoment) having his goons waterboard -- er, ''milk''board -- the Gingerbread Man and rip off his legs. ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' ups the ante with Rumpelstiltskin, who is even nastier than Farquaad.

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* Lord [[UnfortunateNames Farquaad]], the abnormally short BigBad of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie, proves his evil cred by [[FantasticRacism banishing all the fairy tale creatures from his kingdom]], displaying a creepy interest in Princess Fiona, and (as (in his EstablishingCharacterMoment) having his goons waterboard -- er, ''milk''board -- the Gingerbread Man and rip off his legs. ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' ups the ante with Rumpelstiltskin, who is even nastier than Farquaad.
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