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22nd Nov '17 6:19:20 AM Shadowgazer
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There's nothing quite so evil as when a character takes a clear step toward villainy and decides to KickTheDog. Sometimes, though, the kick falls flat--not because it wasn't evil, mind you. The intent, malice and ill will are all there. It's just that at this moment, the dog isn't a sweet, innocent puppy. It happens to be a devious son of a bitch that's trying to sink its teeth into someone's leg. This is one effective way to set up a believable StartOfDarkness while keeping the character more sympathetic than he would appear if his victim was an innocent, despite the fact that it was mere coincidence that he wasn't.

''Important note:'' this trope is not to be confused with its close cousin PayEvilUntoEvil, in which an asshole also suffers from another's cruelty as payback for their cruelty. The difference lies in how much the perpetrator knew about the victim, and whether that was his motive for committing the act. Someone who does PayEvilUntoEvil will deliberately target a terrible person. An SOB Kicker either doesn't know about his victim's evil, or simply doesn't care. Basically he ends up doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons. In a few cases it is simply a matter of perspective and what looks like a mere KickTheDog may end up becoming this, once the viewer learns more about the supposedly innocent victim.

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There's nothing quite so evil as when a character takes a clear step toward villainy and decides to KickTheDog. Sometimes, though, the kick falls flat--not because it wasn't evil, mind you. The intent, malice and ill will are all there. It's just that at this moment, the dog isn't a sweet, innocent puppy. It happens to be a devious son of a bitch that's trying to sink its teeth into someone's leg. This is one effective way to set up a believable StartOfDarkness while keeping the character more sympathetic than he would appear if his victim was an innocent, despite the fact that it was mere merely a coincidence that he wasn't.

''Important note:'' this trope is not to be confused with its close cousin PayEvilUntoEvil, in which an asshole also suffers from another's cruelty as payback for their cruelty. The difference lies in how much the perpetrator knew about the victim, and whether that was his motive for committing the act. Someone who does PayEvilUntoEvil will deliberately target a terrible person. An SOB Kicker either doesn't know about his victim's evil, or simply doesn't care. Basically he ends up doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons.reasons, which shows the underlying unfairness of the story since it implies that it was luck that determined who gets to suffer, especially if the perpetrator who is no better gets away with it. In a few cases it is simply a matter of perspective and what looks like a mere KickTheDog may end up becoming this, once the viewer learns more about the supposedly innocent victim.
10th Nov '17 2:36:06 PM DeckardCanine
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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': After [[RejectedApology harshly rejecting Lilo's apology]] and then threatening her to run over with her tricycle, Stitch pushes the AlphaBitch Mertle away and steals her trike. Later on in [[WesternAnimation/LiloandStitchTheSeries the series]], whenever bad things happen to Mertle, chances are, she had it coming.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': After the AlphaBitch Mertle [[RejectedApology harshly rejecting rejects Lilo's apology]] and then threatening her threatens to run over her with her a tricycle, Stitch pushes the AlphaBitch Mertle away and steals her trike. Later on in [[WesternAnimation/LiloandStitchTheSeries the series]], whenever bad things happen to Mertle, chances are, are she had it coming.



** Emperor Gesthal in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' gets backstabbed and taken out by his right hand, Kefka. Considering he is the same emperor who wanted world domination, advocated turning a race of magical spirits into raw fuel, and tore a child out of her dying mother's arms ''while gloating about his plans for her as she was took her last breath'', nobody mourns him when he gets kicked off the floating continent he so desperately sought, save finding out that Kefka [[AxCrazy turned out]] [[AGodAmI to be]] [[OmnicidalManiac much worse]].

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** Emperor Gesthal in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' gets backstabbed and taken out by his right hand, Kefka. Considering he is the same emperor who wanted world domination, advocated turning a race of magical spirits into raw fuel, and tore a child out of her dying mother's arms ''while gloating about his plans for her as she was took her last breath'', nobody mourns him when he gets kicked off the floating continent he so desperately sought, save finding out that Kefka [[AxCrazy turned out]] [[AGodAmI to be]] [[OmnicidalManiac much worse]].
27th Oct '17 8:00:07 PM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'' provides a particularly triumphant ''literal'' example: [[spoiler:you can kill a senile 71-year-old Adolf Hitler with a single kick to the head while he's curled up taking a nap on the floor. It ''does'' result in a NonStandardGameOver though. WorthIt? '''Absolutely''', especially as you get an achievement for it.]]
24th Oct '17 7:43:12 PM WiseMan23753
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** Oberstein has an indirect example, [[spoiler:broadcasting the nuclear attack on Westerland that results in the entire Empire turning against the DeadlyCourt]].

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** Oberstein has an indirect example, [[spoiler:broadcasting the nuclear attack on Westerland that results in the entire Empire turning against the DeadlyCourt]].DecadentCourt]].
24th Oct '17 7:41:12 PM WiseMan23753
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* While it's said there are [[GrayAndGrayMorality no true heroes or villains]], ''Anime/LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'' has a few characters who asshats what they deserve. Most of these come from the Empire:
** Reinhard does this time to time whenever he looks down on other people. One of his quote sums it up:

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* While it's said there are [[GrayAndGrayMorality no true heroes or villains]], ''Anime/LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'' ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' has a few characters who asshats what they deserve. Most of these come from the Empire:
** Reinhard does this time to time whenever he looks down on other people. One of his quote sums it up:up:
24th Oct '17 7:40:44 PM WiseMan23753
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* While it's said there are [[GrayAndGrayMorality no true heroes or villains]], ''Anime/LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'' has a few characters who asshats what they deserve. Most of these come from the Empire:
** Reinhard does this time to time whenever he looks down on other people. One of his quote sums it up:
--> "I'm not arrogant. It's that after being barked at by so many ill-bred dogs, every now and then, I take a kick at one for the dog's own good."
** Oberstein has an indirect example, [[spoiler:broadcasting the nuclear attack on Westerland that results in the entire Empire turning against the DeadlyCourt]].
** [[spoiler:Reuenthal]] has his share when he [[spoiler:takes control of the Free Planets Alliance. To gain public support, he orders the arrests and executions of corrupt politicians who didn't give a damn about their country, which played a major part in its downfall. Finished with the worst of them, Job Truncht]].
11th Oct '17 6:01:02 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez of Las Sicarias and Holidead of Oedo~tai [[EnemyMine teaming up]] to stomp Aria Blake of "The Cutie Pie Club", who frequently gang up on unsuspecting wrestlers, over [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating them celebrating the unpopular exit of Velez and Holidead from SHINE's Nova Tournament.

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* ** Wrestling/IvelisseVelez of Las Sicarias and Holidead of Oedo~tai [[EnemyMine teaming up]] to stomp Aria Blake of "The Cutie Pie Club", who frequently gang up on unsuspecting wrestlers, over [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating them celebrating celebrating]] the unpopular exit of Velez and Holidead from SHINE's Nova Tournament.
11th Oct '17 6:00:19 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez of Las Sicarias and Holidead of Oedo~tai [[EnemyMine teaming up]] to stomp Aria Blake of "The Cutie Pie Club", who frequently gang up on unsuspecting wrestlers, over [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating them celebrating the unpopular exit of Velez and Holidead from SHINE's Nova Tournament.
27th Sep '17 1:30:00 PM Viira
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', South Dakota had shot Wash in the back to save herself, attempted to abandon Delta to the Meta and was discovered to have betrayed her own twin brother to his death. When Delta coldly suggested to Washington [[DeadlyEuphemism "that we do not allow [South] to hamper our progress"]], it was hard to sympathize with her.

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', South Dakota had shot Wash in the back to save herself, attempted to abandon Delta to the Meta and was discovered to have betrayed her own twin brother to his death. When Delta coldly suggested suggests to Washington [[DeadlyEuphemism "that we do not allow [South] to hamper our progress"]], it was it's hard to sympathize with her.
17th Sep '17 11:44:58 AM MsZephy7
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', South Dakota had shot Wash in the back to save herself, attempted to abandon Delta to the Meta and was discovered to have betrayed her own twin brother to his death. When Delta coldly suggested to Washington [[DeadlyEuphemism "that we do not allow [South] to hamper our progress"]], it was hard to sympathize with her.
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