Created By: Glucharina on March 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Quatic on June 16, 2014

Brought Hero On Yourself

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Villain is defeated by someone who wouldn't care or even know about his plans, until he directly harmed or pissed of said hero.


Video Games
  • Fallout 2: Enclave could get away with their genocidal plans if they didn't attack Arroyo.
  • Nicole Horne's spectacular demise can be traced directly to the day when she ordered hit on Max Payne's family
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • March 24, 2011
    Compare Create Your Own Villain for when the hero brings the villain on themselves.
  • March 24, 2011
    I'm certain we have this. Isn't this Heroic Neutral?

    EDIT: Actually no, but Heroic Neutral is one character who a villain can bring down upon them. See also Neutral No Longer.
  • March 24, 2011
    Films (animated)
    • Aladdin: Jafar set the downfall of his plans in motion when, after having manipulated the title character into entering the Cave of Wonders and retrieving the lamp, he tried to double-cross him and give him his "eternal reward." After that, Aladdin discovers the Genie in the lamp, and, well, the latter two-thirds of the movie happen from there.
  • March 24, 2011
    Frequently the result of a Revealing Coverup.
  • March 24, 2011
    Ryu's relationship to Vega/M. Bison in Street Fighter. Ryu isn't actually looking to take down Shadaloo, he's just a benign Blood Knight.
  • March 25, 2011
    • Our Man Flint. Derek Flint refuses Lloyd Cramden's request for him to hunt down the villains controlling the weather. The villains are unaware of his refusal and send assassins to kill him. The assassins fail, and Flint decides to go after the villains.
  • March 25, 2011
    Any Batman continuity where Bruce's parents are killed by a hitman instead of a random mugging gone wrong.
  • March 25, 2011
    Several Doc Savage villains decided to stage a preemptive strike on Doc. The inevitable failure would then get Doc wondering why someone wanted him dead this time, and the rest of the novel ensues.
  • March 26, 2011
    Subtrope of Karmic Death, I think.

    • In Nox, Jack would have never landed in Nox to defeat Hecubah, had she abstained from summoning the Orb from his mantelpiece.
  • March 26, 2011
    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Big Bad not only bought around this trope, but also created this league.
  • March 26, 2011
    • Lampshaded by Jack Bauer in the 8th season of TwentyFour, Had the assassin not killed Renee, Jack would have never looked further into the conspiracy
    • Had the shadowy conspiracy in Hostage not kidnapped Bruce Willis's family and forced him back into the hostage negotiation, he would have never known about them. (Nor would there have been much of a movie)
      • Lampshaded by the main character in the Robert Crais novel the movie was based off of.
  • March 27, 2011
    The Universal Genre Savvy Guide repeatedly warns against this IIRC.
  • March 27, 2011
    Perhaps have a short list of ways for the villian to bring the hero upon himself?

    Examples would include Doomed Hometown, And Your Little Dog Too, Distressed Damsel, and er, that's all I can think of
  • June 16, 2014
    We have "Create Your Own Hero" YKTTW that is developed better than this.