Our hero is a working every man who uses a lot of cobbled together or blocky machines to give him an every man feel. By contrast, his rival will be immediately contrasted by a clean, futuristic and curvy design to show him either as an immediate equal or superior. This is immediately to create a character contrast between the two rivals that otherwise do the exact same work. Also in contrast, frequently our hero's technology will be housed either underground or above ground and his rival the opposite. Note that like in real life, the trope does not immediately imply that the hero or his rival is a good or bad person, it is really only used to establish the legitimacy of the rival. However, frequently does the rival with their cleaner architecture hold a feeling of superiority. If said rival's design only applies to the surface, then the rival has a Crapsaccharine World. Car designs often go through phases of blockier and sleeker designs to entice buyers against the advertised public image of the last models.
- In Despicable Me, Gru and Vector are contrasted by their design choices. In actuality, Gru's devices seem to work just as well as Vector's when comparing to Vector's, but there is definitely a feeling of superiority to Vector's equipment.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 features the contrast of Flint vs. his hero, Chester V. Flint's technology, which is frequently brilliant and quickly cobbled together with multiple uses, is contrasted by the utilitarian nature of Chester V.'s technology, which usually serves one purpose but is very clean and appealing.
- In the 2009 Star Trek reboot, the Enterprise with its clean design and white interior is contrasted by Nero's spiky black and blocky interior ship.
- In The Lord of The Rings, Mordor is black and blocky, contrasted by the sleek, white curved architecture of Rivendell and Gondor.
- Wall E. In a completely non-villainous example, Wall-E is shown to be resourceful and more critically intelligent compared to the superior designed EVA.
- In Toy Story. Buzz Lightyear's curved, futuristic design is contrasted by Woody's lumpy, natural human shape.
- In many, if not all Sherlock Holmes adaptations, Moriarty is usually shown to work in clean environments with very fine cut clothing in opposition to Sherlock Holmes mess and random assortment of clothes.
- In Doctor Who, both the Rani and the Master would have black Tardis control rooms with furniture in contrast to the Doctor's control room which was white and normally had nothing more than a coat rack for furniture.
- In Firefly, the often cobbled together Serenity is juxtaposed by the clean and sleeker Alliance ships.
- In Portal 2, Glados's clean, white testing facilities are contrasted by Cave Johnson and Wheatley's (respectively) cobbled together and black designs.
- Dexter's Laboratory has Dexter's blocky designs and blue lab contrasted by Mandark's curved design sand white lab.
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