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23rd Aug '17 12:27:52 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Grimlock arranges for Laughing Coffin to kill his wife, all because he hated how much more confident and assertive his previously meek and submissive wife was becoming. Both Kirito and Asuna are [[DisappointedByTheMotive rightfully appalled and disgusted]].



* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': While more of an AntiHero than truly evil, Kain has shades of this.
** In the first ''Soul Reaver'', it's believed that the reason he has Raziel executed is simply because Raziel [[WingedHumanoid grew wings]] and Kain was jealous that Raziel evolved before he did. ''Defiance'' subverts it by revealing that the truth of it is ''far'' more complicated; The visions within the Chronoplast informed him of Raziel's future, and in executing Raziel and ensuring his resurrection as a wraith, he created a creature that truly possesses free will and thus was ImmuneToFate, a key factor in his ultimate goal to restore Nosgoth.
** Kain holds a particular dislike of Malek, as he was the only Pillar Guardian in ''Blood Omen'' he couldn't defeat in single combat; he had to summon Vorador to do it. He defaced Malek's headstone in the Tomb of the Sarafan, and in ''Defiance'', when he needs to retrieve a sword and shield for a statue of Malek to open the path forward, he takes a moment to snark that restoring the statue's dignity is not a task he enjoys.



* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' can frequently be this even after his crossing the MoralEventHorizon with Scott Tenorman. When not causing mass murder, inciting riots, trying to start another Holocaust, giving Kyle AIDS, engaging in piracy, or manipulating Cthulu to do his bidding, etc, he will do things like toilet papering a teacher's house or giving Butters a Dirty Sanchez in his sleep. The aforementioned MoralEventHorizon was simply to get back at Scott for cheating him out of $16.12.

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* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' can frequently be this even both before and after his crossing the MoralEventHorizon with Scott Tenorman. When not causing mass murder, inciting riots, trying to start another Holocaust, giving Kyle AIDS, engaging in piracy, or manipulating Cthulu to do his bidding, etc, he will do things like toilet papering a teacher's house or giving Butters a Dirty Sanchez in his sleep. The aforementioned MoralEventHorizon was simply to get back at Scott for cheating him out of $16.12.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': Shredder had created a fully functional and prosperous Ninja Clan for years, but the moment he finds out that Hamato Yoshi is in New York, he packs up his bags and devotes most of his efforts to having better men just to destroy Yoshi. Splinter calls him out on it in the first season finale, pointing out that Shredder [[AndThenWhat will have nothing if Splinter dies]].
19th Aug '17 7:00:57 AM Silverblade2
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* This is, quite often, the reasoning behind SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's less horrifying crimes. In a way, it just makes the Joker seem even worse as he truly sees no difference between throwing cream pies, robbing a museum, and brutal, torturous mass-murder. To him, it's all just part of the joke.

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* This is, quite often, the reasoning behind SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's less horrifying crimes. In a way, it just makes the Joker seem even worse as he truly sees no difference between throwing cream pies, robbing a museum, and brutal, torturous mass-murder. To him, it's all just part of the joke.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' is all driven by Selfdemonstrating/TheJoker feeling spurned once Batman says he is not his ArchEnemy. Whenever they discuss it again afterwards, [[FoeYay it's treated like if it's an actual relationship.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' is all driven by Selfdemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker feeling spurned once Batman says he is not his ArchEnemy. Whenever they discuss it again afterwards, [[FoeYay it's treated like if it's an actual relationship.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, at least for a majority of his first season appearances, is this. His plots amount to ruining Christmas for Batman and Gotham, ruining the mayor's son's birthday party, ruining a party in honor of Commissioner Gordon, attempting to patent something that legally cannot be patented, and then gassing the guy at the patent office who told him so...oh, and he obsessively stalks an average guy and his family and then forcibly recruits him into one of his plots, all because the guy cussed at him while driving. Which is part of what makes the character so scary - he doesn't differentiate between grandiloquent evil and petty evil. It's all equally relevant.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, at least for a majority of his first season appearances, is this. His plots amount to ruining Christmas for Batman and Gotham, ruining the mayor's son's birthday party, ruining a party in honor of Commissioner Gordon, attempting to patent something that legally cannot be patented, and then gassing the guy at the patent office who told him so...oh, and he obsessively stalks an average guy and his family and then forcibly recruits him into one of his plots, all because the guy cussed at him while driving. Which is part of what makes the character so scary - he doesn't differentiate between grandiloquent evil and petty evil. It's all equally relevant.
17th Aug '17 11:30:30 AM BeerBaron
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* The background conflict of the ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' expansion ''Dragonborn'' is Hermaeus Mora, [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Daedric Prince]] of Knowledge, coveting the secrets of the Skaal, a shamanistic Nord community on the isle of Solstheim. Said secrets are nothing more than religious rituals of no real consequence or meaning to outsiders, but Hermaeus Mora refuses to help the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] against [[ArcVillain Miraak]] unless he gets them, because as the Prince of Knowledge he can't abide the thought of ''not'' knowing something.

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* The background conflict In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', while not [[BlueAndOrangeMorality inherently "evil"]], this is a trait of Hermaeus Mora, the ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' expansion [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' is Hermaeus Mora, [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Daedric Prince]] of Knowledge, coveting DLC, Mora covets the secrets of the Skaal, [[NobleSavage Skaal]], a shamanistic Nord [[HornyVikings Nord]] community on the isle of Solstheim. [[GrimUpNorth Solstheim]]. Said secrets are nothing more than religious rituals of no real consequence or meaning to outsiders, but Hermaeus Mora refuses to help the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] against [[ArcVillain [[BigBad Miraak]] unless he gets them, the secrets, because as the Prince of Knowledge Knowledge, he can't abide the thought of ''not'' knowing something.
7th Aug '17 6:08:41 AM RobbSony3
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Compare and contrast with PokeThePoodle when ''all'' the villain does is something actually harmless- they don't do anything overwhelmingly evil, but frequently behave like a dick to maintain their Villain Cred. See also HarmlessVillain.

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May overlap with HateSink, a character massively despised for actual villainous actions. Compare and contrast with PokeThePoodle when ''all'' the villain does is something actually harmless- they don't do anything overwhelmingly evil, but frequently behave like a dick to maintain their Villain Cred. See also HarmlessVillain.
4th Aug '17 10:18:01 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith takes this trope to the most depraved extreme during the Eclipse. He's ascended to become Femto, a member of the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Godhand]], and wields power over reality and causality. And what's the first thing he chooses to do upon his transformation? [[spoiler:He has Casca restrained and then rapes her so brutally that the experience [[RapeLeadsToInsanity drives her completely insane]], and [[ForcedToWatch makes Guts watch the whole thing]], all just to spite and hurt him for leaving the Band of the Hawk one year before.]]
3rd Aug '17 12:21:02 PM theLibrarian
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** There's also Broly. A ludicrously powerful Saiyan who managed to survive Planet Vegeta's destruction, his entire reason for his beef with the heroes...is because when he and Goku were babies, they were in the same ward, and Goku was ''crying. THAT'S IT. Broly is homicidally angry at Goku because he cried.''
3rd Aug '17 9:51:40 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/KillBill'': [[spoiler: The titular Bill reveals to the Bride that he organized the massacre, beat her to a pulp and put her into a coma...simply because she broke his heart and ran off without telling him she was pregnant. In his own words, "[[{{Understatement}} he overreacted]]".]]
3rd Aug '17 9:50:46 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' has Anton Chigurh, who is willing to kill a gas station attendant for trying to make small talk with him (and because the gas station attendant "married into" the store by marrying the boss's daughter, which is ''still'' a petty reason to kill the attendant).

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* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' has ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'': Anton Chigurh, who is Chigurh shows this a few times.
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willing to kill a gas station attendant in simple annoyance at him for trying to make making polite small talk with him (and because the gas station attendant and revealing that he "married into" ownership of the store gas station.
** Anton attempts to shoot a crow he passes
by marrying the boss's daughter, which is ''still'' a petty in his car for no apparent reason other than to kill the attendant).something. He misses.



* ''Film/RaisingArizona'': Leonard Smalls, the lone biker of the apocalypse, is introduced in a nightmare driving down a desert road using his shotgun and [[NoKillLikeOverkill hand grenades]] to kill various lizards and rabbits he passes by for no other reason than simple malice.



** Similarly, both the literary and film versions of ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'' cheat at cards and golf.

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** Similarly, both the literary and film versions of ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'' cheat * ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'': The title character is not just a criminal mastermind, he cheats at cards and golf.
3rd Aug '17 9:43:19 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** And even after everything he's done that would legitimately piss Anton off (namely putting a lot of buckshot on his leg), Llewelyn gets explicitly told that if he had tried to avoid the whole mess he's in by giving Anton the money at the very beginning, Anton ''still'' would have killed him just for having "inconvenienced" him.



* In ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'', Elizabeth Hurley's Devil likes to give people parking fines, tell high school kids not to bother with their studies because they were boring, and swap medication for tic tacs. A little more severe when you think of the consequences. Also, cock-blocking Brendan Fraser every chance she got.
** The end of the movie shows her cheating at a chess game with someone heavily implied to be God.

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* In ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'', Elizabeth Hurley's Devil likes to give people parking fines, tell high school kids not to bother with their studies because they were boring, and swap medication for tic tacs. A little more severe when you think of the consequences. Also, cock-blocking Brendan Fraser every chance she got.
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got. The end of the movie shows her cheating at a chess game with someone heavily implied to be God.
26th Jul '17 3:49:06 PM gb00393
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** Cersei Lannister has plenty of moments whenever she's feeling powerless, including ordering the kitchen to feed the left overs of the wedding banquet to the dogs after the Queen said to offer them to the city's poor, deriding Sansa for keeping hope alive during the Battle of Blackwater and domineering Pycelle.

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** Cersei Lannister has plenty of moments whenever she's feeling powerless, powerless where she makes people miserable, assuming she can get away with it, including deriding Sansa for keeping hope alive during the Battle of Blackwater and domineering Pycelle. This is best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better about her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to - first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then ordering the kitchen to feed the left overs of the wedding banquet to the dogs after the Queen said to offer them to the city's poor, deriding Sansa for keeping hope alive poor. When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the Battle ultra-humiliating play of Blackwater and domineering Pycelle.the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
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