Failure Equals Treason
When a BigBad\'s minions are defeated or fail him, said villain believes that they did it on purpose.
Needs More Examples This is a very specific subtrope of Implausible Deniability that occurs when a Big Bad has never heard of, (and thus fails to take into account) the law of Hanlon's Razor. This means the he/she is so paranoid and/or insane, that he believes that anyone who fails him is not incompetant but a deliberate traitor. In otherwords, he believes that his mooks actually can beat the hero, but that they chose not to. Villains will typically display symptoms of this after sending out mooks to kill/capture the hero, since they will innevitably get there asses handed to them by badass Hero. This usually lead to one or more mooks getting the You Have Failed Me treatment. Any Comic book or Reoccurring TV show villain that follows this trope gets extra Hypocrite points for executing mooks who fail to stop the hero who has continually kicked the villain's own ass countless times. Any Big Bad who fits this trope is also by definition, a Bad Boss. The rarest form of this trope is basically Sanity Slippage. It occurs when the villain takes this trope Up to Eleven to the point where the villain becomes so demented that he even starts using Insane Troll Logic or Bat Deduction to justify executing a supposed "traitors". In some cases, the villain becomes so deranged that the villain will execute minions when they succeed in carrying out orders that have unintended consequences like a Genocide Backfire! This form of the trope is so satisfying and funny to watch it qualifies as a Villainous Breakdown! contrast with Properly Paranoid
- Downfall: Adolf Hitler gradually starts doing this as the film progresses.
- Paths of Glory: The French high command believes that the only reason their (extremely poorly-planned) attack could have possibly failed is that their troops betrayed them and cowardly ran away from certain success.
- The Icemark Chronicles: Scipio Bellorum, Smug Snake and General Ripper extraordinaire is a fervent believer in this trope, executing whole squads or regiments of his troops for failing in battle.
- Deathstalker: Empress Lionstone IV is made of this trope. Just read the end of the 3rd book. she calls her admiral a traitor for refusing to obey orders that he doesn't even have enough manpower to accomplish!
- Harry Potter: Near the end of the 5th book Umbridge accuses Snape of being deliberately unhelpful when he points out that she already used up all his Truth Serum. She's actually right, and indeed the bottle he originally gave her wasn't real in the first place, but there's no way she would have known.
- Alphas: An early character in the show had the ability to predict cause-and-effect ("twenty moves in advance") to such a degree that is cannot comprehend that other people cannot see the consequences of their actions like he can. As such, any time something bad happens to him, he immediately assumes somebody did it deliberately.
- Batman: Arkham City: Almost every Villain in the game. with the exception of Two-Face, and (possibly Joker)
- Disgaea 4: Nemo becomes a victim of this back when he was a soldier. When the opposing country captures him, his own country immediately declares him a traitor and punishes him by killing his family.
- Halo 2: the Arbiter was declared guilty of heresy for failing to stop the humans in the first game.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Azula. She is so batshit crazy by the end of the series that the she interprets a cherry pit as an assassination attempt.
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