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16th Sep '17 5:10:10 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* Therese in ''NewspaperComics/ForBetterOrForWorse''. Her crimes include...marrying Anthony, agreeing to have a child mostly because he wanted one, expecting him to do most of the childcare, going back to work after birth, eventually getting divorced (giving Anthony custody) and moving to Toronto, all of which is serious gossip fodder for the residents of their small town. It is fairly clear that the author hates this woman and wants everyone else to hate her too.
10th Sep '17 7:35:22 AM Malady
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* Dean Wormer in the AnimalHouse movie has every right to hate and put the Delta Fraternity on probation due to their disruptive antics, continuously poor academic standing, and flouting the school's rules. He also had reasons and authority to expel the members (plus he actually started plotting to expel them under threat by the mayor where the college was located).

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* Dean Wormer in the AnimalHouse ''Film/AnimalHouse'' movie has every right to hate and put the Delta Fraternity on probation due to their disruptive antics, continuously poor academic standing, and flouting the school's rules. He also had reasons and authority to expel the members (plus he actually started plotting to expel them under threat by the mayor where the college was located).
1st Sep '17 5:59:13 AM Doug86
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(As an aside, it’s worth noting the origin of the word ‘villain’. It comes from ''villein''. The villeins were pretty much the lowest of the low in feudal Europe. The scum of the earth. The serfs. Peasants, tied to the land. ([[TorchesAndPitchforks And they were in the majority.]]) In effect, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: the oppressed and persecuted were often depicted as baser and nastier than anyone else and were held to a higher moral standard.)

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(As an aside, it’s it's worth noting the origin of the word ‘villain’.'villain'. It comes from ''villein''. The villeins were pretty much the lowest of the low in feudal Europe. The scum of the earth. The serfs. Peasants, tied to the land. ([[TorchesAndPitchforks And they were in the majority.]]) In effect, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism: the oppressed and persecuted were often depicted as baser and nastier than anyone else and were held to a higher moral standard.)



* The celebrities in the RealPersonFic, ''[[http://gungemaleceleb.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/story-global-gunger-part-1.html The Global Gunger]]'', who get punished by the titular DesignatedHero, Tony Stevens, because he’s stuck in a dead-end job, while they get to go off on holiday. Also because they’re cocky. [[InformedFlaw (Even though the narration never shows them acting even close to arrogant.)]] Therefore, we’re supposed to laugh at them, [[DesignatedHero and cheer on]] [[{{Jerkass}} Tony]] [[KarmaHoudini Stevens]], as he dishes out their [[DisproportionateRetribution ‘Just Desserts’]] upon them, turns them into laughingstocks, and [[spoiler: stranding one of them on a boat, completely messy, and alone]]. Instead, [[TheWoobie you just end up feeling sorry for them]], and want them to get their revenge on him.

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* The celebrities in the RealPersonFic, ''[[http://gungemaleceleb.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/story-global-gunger-part-1.html The Global Gunger]]'', who get punished by the titular DesignatedHero, Tony Stevens, because he’s he's stuck in a dead-end job, while they get to go off on holiday. Also because they’re they're cocky. [[InformedFlaw (Even though the narration never shows them acting even close to arrogant.)]] Therefore, we’re we're supposed to laugh at them, [[DesignatedHero and cheer on]] [[{{Jerkass}} Tony]] [[KarmaHoudini Stevens]], as he dishes out their [[DisproportionateRetribution ‘Just Desserts’]] 'Just Desserts']] upon them, turns them into laughingstocks, and [[spoiler: stranding one of them on a boat, completely messy, and alone]]. Instead, [[TheWoobie you just end up feeling sorry for them]], and want them to get their revenge on him.



* Dick Deadeye in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' is roundly hated and vilified by all his shipmates, mainly for being ugly. "From such a face and form as mine the noblest sentiments sound like the black utterances of a depraved imagination." This certainly applies to the blandest sentiments, e.g., Dick: "Ah, it’s a queer world!" Ralph: "Dick Deadeye, I have no desire to press hardly on you, but such a revolutionary sentiment is enough to make an honest sailor shudder." And when leading man Ralph, a foremast hand, in response to Sir Joseph's foolish claim that a British seaman is any man's equal (except his own), is deciding to propose to ingenue Josephine, his captain's daughter, Dick's voice of sanity--"When people have to obey other people’s orders, equality’s out of the question"--is roundly rejected by his messmates. On the other hand, when in Act II Dick has warned his captain of "the wicked men who['ll] art employ/to make his Josephine less coy", no retribution lands on Dick after the surprise ending that [[spoiler:unites the hero and heroine after all]]. Perhaps everyone simply expects such behavior from "poor Dick Deadeye", the Designated Villain.

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* Dick Deadeye in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' is roundly hated and vilified by all his shipmates, mainly for being ugly. "From such a face and form as mine the noblest sentiments sound like the black utterances of a depraved imagination." This certainly applies to the blandest sentiments, e.g., Dick: "Ah, it’s it's a queer world!" Ralph: "Dick Deadeye, I have no desire to press hardly on you, but such a revolutionary sentiment is enough to make an honest sailor shudder." And when leading man Ralph, a foremast hand, in response to Sir Joseph's foolish claim that a British seaman is any man's equal (except his own), is deciding to propose to ingenue Josephine, his captain's daughter, Dick's voice of sanity--"When people have to obey other people’s people's orders, equality’s equality's out of the question"--is roundly rejected by his messmates. On the other hand, when in Act II Dick has warned his captain of "the wicked men who['ll] art employ/to make his Josephine less coy", no retribution lands on Dick after the surprise ending that [[spoiler:unites the hero and heroine after all]]. Perhaps everyone simply expects such behavior from "poor Dick Deadeye", the Designated Villain.



* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': subverted by Colonel De Guiche InUniverse. The audience of the play identify him as the villain because he wants to bully Roxane into being TheMistress, but the Gascon Cadets who serve under him never call him out on this: they think he is the villain merely because he doesn’t want to be an IdiotHero, has [[AmbitionIsEvil villainous motivations]], and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections prefers to thrive by his connections]] in the DeadlyDecadentCourt...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and he dresses like]] TheDandy. In summation, De Guiche is the villain because he is [[NoTrueScotsman No True Gascon]]. Observe that not one of the cadets even complain when De Guiche informs them of the LastStand.

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* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': subverted by Colonel De Guiche InUniverse. The audience of the play identify him as the villain because he wants to bully Roxane into being TheMistress, but the Gascon Cadets who serve under him never call him out on this: they think he is the villain merely because he doesn’t doesn't want to be an IdiotHero, has [[AmbitionIsEvil villainous motivations]], and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections prefers to thrive by his connections]] in the DeadlyDecadentCourt...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and he dresses like]] TheDandy. In summation, De Guiche is the villain because he is [[NoTrueScotsman No True Gascon]]. Observe that not one of the cadets even complain when De Guiche informs them of the LastStand.



** Played straight with the tenants Marge invites to live in the house for the holiday. They are supposed to be seen as selfish and evil for constantly complaining, ruining Marge’s Christmas, but this ignores the fact that the only reason she was able to have a Christmas was that she invited an inordinate amount of people to her house, promising them a ludicrous amount of activities which she didn’t have any hope of providing.

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** Played straight with the tenants Marge invites to live in the house for the holiday. They are supposed to be seen as selfish and evil for constantly complaining, ruining Marge’s Marge's Christmas, but this ignores the fact that the only reason she was able to have a Christmas was that she invited an inordinate amount of people to her house, promising them a ludicrous amount of activities which she didn’t didn't have any hope of providing.
22nd Aug '17 3:46:08 AM MagiMecha
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** Probably the most egregious usage of this trope comes from the full-length movie "Caillou Gets Grounded: A Tale of Two Dimensions", WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} is first seen trying to evade being ran over by his dad Boris, who is indignant that Caillou isn't standing there and being allowed to be ran over, which horrifies Caillou. He's blamed for attacking Boris when his alternate dimension counterpart attacks him, despite the fact they looked nothing alike. After failed attempts to capture the evil Caillou, his family blames ''him'' for his counterpart existing, which leads to him pulling a FaceHeelTurn and joining the evil Caillou as "Daillou". When his family finds out about this, of course, it's ''his'' fault and not theirs. And, at the end, Caillou survives and is grounded anyway.
17th Aug '17 11:11:25 AM NNinja
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* A common complaint about ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' is that the United Humankind Alliance is this, as the author is [[RootingForTheEmpire blatantly favoring]] TheEmpire of [[RecycledINSPACE Space]] [[CantArgueWithElves Elves]] that tricks or conquers through military force any human world it encounters in order to strip them of any capacities for interstellar travel that are not dependent on the Abh to run them. GreyAndGrayMorality is involved (the United Humankind Alliance, whilst it does only accept worlds that request to join, is a lot more politically/culturally meddlesome than the Abh), the Abh are still pretty obviously {{Designated Hero}}es.
7th Aug '17 7:55:07 PM gophergiggles
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*** The first deconstruction comes in "Magic Duel". Trixie not only [[ShamingTheMob calls out the town on the way they treated her before]] but also points out she [[DisproportionateRetribution lost everything]] thanks to what happened in Ponyville. Ironically, she ends up as the BigBad for that episode, having obtained - against the shopkeeper's own advice - the magic mind-control amulet for revenge in the first place. Even the others admit she wasn't ''that'' bad beforehand.

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*** The first deconstruction comes in "Magic Duel". Trixie not only [[ShamingTheMob calls out the town on the way they treated her before]] but also points out she [[DisproportionateRetribution lost everything]] thanks to what happened in Ponyville. Her revenge against Ponyville is also somewhat justified as residents of said town are shown [[https://trixiebooru.org/169440 vandalizing her new cart]]. Ironically, she ends up as the BigBad for that episode, having obtained - against the shopkeeper's own advice - the magic mind-control amulet for revenge in the first place. Even the others admit she wasn't ''that'' bad beforehand.
6th Aug '17 6:56:47 PM Daylight
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* Keith in ''Film/LaLaLand'' is a Jazz musician who understands the traditional form a Jazz is no longer popular like it used to be, and to save the music, he must adapt to what the younger people are listening to today. He creates a successful Jazz Fusion band. Too bad he is not the hero of the story. Sebastian, who is a Jazz traditionalist doesn't want to change anything and thinks anyone doing so is a sellout and a traitor. Keith is shown as nice guy and just as passionate about Jazz as Sebastian, but the film makes it seem like he is in the wrong for wanting to change the music form what it used to be, despite Jazz itself being a form of music that was created as something new and none traditional and something that evolved over time, never staying the same.

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* Keith in ''Film/LaLaLand'' is a Jazz musician who understands the traditional form a Jazz is no longer popular like it used to be, and to save the music, he must adapt to what the younger people are listening to today. He creates a successful Jazz Fusion band. Too bad he is not the hero of the story. Sebastian, who is a Jazz traditionalist doesn't want to change anything and thinks anyone doing so is a sellout and a traitor. Keith is shown as nice guy and just as passionate about Jazz as Sebastian, but the film makes it seem like he is in the wrong for wanting to change the music form from what it used to be, despite Jazz itself being a form of music that was created as something new and none traditional and something that evolved over time, never staying the same.
6th Aug '17 6:52:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Keith in ''Film/LaLaLand'' is a Jazz musician who is GenreSavvy enough to understand the traditional form a Jazz is no longer popular like it used to be, and to save the music, he must adapt to what the younger people are listening to today. He creates a successful Jazz Fusion band. Too bad he is not the hero of the story. Sebastian, who is a Jazz traditionalist doesn't want to change anything and thinks anyone doing so is a sellout and a traitor. Keith is shown as nice guy and just as passionate about Jazz as Sebastian, but the film makes it seem like he is in the wrong for wanting to change the music form what it used to be, despite Jazz itself being a form of music that was created as something new and none traditional and something that evolved over time, never staying the same.

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* Keith in ''Film/LaLaLand'' is a Jazz musician who is GenreSavvy enough to understand understands the traditional form a Jazz is no longer popular like it used to be, and to save the music, he must adapt to what the younger people are listening to today. He creates a successful Jazz Fusion band. Too bad he is not the hero of the story. Sebastian, who is a Jazz traditionalist doesn't want to change anything and thinks anyone doing so is a sellout and a traitor. Keith is shown as nice guy and just as passionate about Jazz as Sebastian, but the film makes it seem like he is in the wrong for wanting to change the music form what it used to be, despite Jazz itself being a form of music that was created as something new and none traditional and something that evolved over time, never staying the same.
6th Aug '17 6:49:45 PM Daylight
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* Keith in ''Film/LaLaLand'' is a Jazz musician who is GenreSavvy enough to understand the traditional form a Jazz is no longer popular like it used to be, and to save the music, he must adapt to what the younger people are listening to today. He creates a successful Jazz Fusion band. Too bad he is not the hero of the story. Sebastian, who is a Jazz traditionalist doesn't want to change anything and thinks anyone doing so is a sellout and a traitor. Keith is shown as nice guy and just as passionate about Jazz as Sebastian, but the film makes it seem like he is in the wrong for wanting to change the music form what it used to be, despite Jazz itself being a form of music that was created as something new and none traditional and something that evolved over time, never staying the same.
6th Aug '17 1:27:46 PM Premonition45
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** In "Bart the Fink", [[IntimidatingRevenueService the IRS]] is portrayed as antagonistic for utterly destroying Krusty after his fraudulence is exposed, even though Krusty should have paid his taxes and exposing him was the right thing to do.
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