Created By: Andyzero on June 22, 2008
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Evil Unto Evil

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Mechanic where it's okay to engage in otherwise unlawful or immoral activity because the victims deserve it. Not the same thing (although commonly overlaps) with Evil Versus Evil, this is stealing from pirates; killing rapists, etc. Anything less than raping Always Chaotic Evil is considered okay. Especially apparent when the author agrees.

Note, "stealing" from thieves to give the stolen items back to their rightful owners does not count. Stealing from thieves and giving to yourself does. Robbing the Rich and Giving to the Poor is woefully vague.

Examples: "Killing evil and taking its stuff" has been a motto of Dungeons & Dragons for years.

Common practice of children's cartoons to have the Ordinary High-School Student use his powers to torment bullies. They deserve it, right? (One Danny Phantom episode called him on this, but it went back to normal after)
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  • June 22, 2008
    Scooter007
    Repay Evil For Evil?

    I actually kind of prefer the working title, but it might be confusable with Evil Versus Evil.
  • June 22, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    • Dexter is a serial killer who only kills other murderers.
    • Sly Cooper only steals from other thieves.
    • The Punisher only kills villains and criminals. (I think.)
    • Light, from Death Note kills criminals, though he does have plans to kill of other "burdens on society". Not to mention he does Kill L, in addition to many other arguably innocent people who opposed him. He pretty much loses it by the end.
      • The Other Kiras are a bit more broad with their use of the Death Note. Misa kills opponents of Kira to get his attention, Higuchi uses his note for monetary gain, Mikami kills off even reformed criminals, and C-Kira from the one shot sequel only kills elderly people on life support.
  • June 22, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Lina Inverse from "Slayers" makes a living robbing bandits. Note that while she thinks this is OK, most inhabitants of her world do not, so she has a worse reputation than most of the bandits.
  • June 22, 2008
    Meiriona
    I think "Steals from the crooks and gives to herself" like Lina is probably what any normal person would do. But, yeah, is this about the morals of such actions as a trope or the actions themelves? Lumpable or two topics?
  • June 22, 2008
    alfinchkid
    Two Words: Robin Hood

    Although, many times the people he steals from do nothing worse than hording a vast amount of money....

    Now that I think about it, it may not quite fit the bill, but I'm leaving it just for the heck of it.
  • June 23, 2008
    Stinkoman87
    Plasmius used this as a Not So Diferent in DP ("Using your powers for your own gain? You're becoming more like me every day.")
  • June 23, 2008
    Etrangere
    Lestat does that at some point.
  • June 23, 2008
    Fanra
    "Anything less than raping Always Chaotic Evil is considered okay." - Actually, raping a criminal, especially a rapist (or gloating about them being raped in prison), is considered a good thing in many media.

    See the many examples under Rape As Comedy and Prison Rape.

    In Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series, John Clark is a hero. Never mind he went on a murder streak killing off drug dealers. He even gets a president pardon. It's been a while since I've read it, but I believe he just killed anyone dealing drugs, it wasn't even required that they be evil, per se (although he did kill a few that were totally evil). This, of course, ties into the American belief that anyone selling drugs is The Aggressive Drug Dealer. Strangely, no one manages to justify killing of liquor store clerks on the excuse that they sell a poison that kills more people then crack cocaine and is also addictive.
  • June 23, 2008
    UnknownTroper
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=fj2z59d5&trope=PayEvilUntoEvil