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->''Y'know, many legends have come out of the [[WildWest Old West]]. Some true, some [[BlatantLies false]], some [[CloudCuckoolander plain cockamamie]]...''

->''Like the famous tale of a stagecoach that was burned to the ground by Apaches, and the only survivor was a tiny infant and his little teddy bear...''

->''Now, many times, [[RaisedByNatives Indians have found little babies and brought it up as their own]]...''
->''And then are stories of [[RaisedByWolves wolves finding a child and raising it in the wolf pack]]...''
->''[[FreudianExcuse But nobody wanted this baby. Nobody loved him. So this little baby grew up loving nobody. And he became the meanest man in the whole West]]: '''[[TitleDrop Evil Roy Slade]]'''.''

'''''Evil Roy Slade''''' is a 1972 made-for-television Western/Comedy film. It's something of a CultClassic, being only shown on tv for decades until its recent release on DVD. You can also see the movie in its entirety at Website/{{YouTube}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM7GSi7ZuIc Here]] is Part 1.

It tells the story of the eponymous outlaw, EvilRoy Slade (John Astin in one of his best performances), who gets a lot of enjoyment robbing everyone in town and killing people just for pleasure. And this was all because he was abandoned as an infant and left to fend for himself in the wild after an attack from Indians. His lawless life suddenly begins to change when he falls for a beautiful schoolteacher named Betsy Potter. By that time, Slade begins to question his position as being a no-good rotten outlaw. To make matters worse, he is also the intended target of Nelson L. Stoole, a railroad tycoon, and his {{Dumb Muscle}} nephew, Clifford, as revenge for Slade robbing him previous times. Also wanting to turn in Slade is a retired former marshal by the name of Bing Bell.

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!!This work is the TropeNamer for:

* EvilRoy: See FunWithAcronyms below to see how far this is taken with the character.

!!It also provides examples of the following:

* AdmiringTheAbomination: When Roy is arrested and sentenced to hanging, he watches the construction of the scaffold and the selling of Evil Roy Slade Hanging Dolls with considerable amusement. He's also impressed by the reach of Nelson P. Stoole's business interests:
--> '''Evil Roy Slade''': (admiringly) He's got that [[RunningGag stubby index finger]] in a lot of pies.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Bing Bell turns out to be this in the climax.]]
* AlliterativeName: Bing Bell
* AnimalReactionShot: While Bing Bell is singing, the animals seen reacting to his singing are; a deer, some prairie dogs, marmots, [[NuttySquirrel a squirrel]], [[PricklyPorcupine a porcupine]] and [[OminousOwl a great horned owl]].
* BadassMustache: Roy sports an impressive one.
* BullyBulldog: Custer is an aversion.
* ComedicSociopathy: Pretty much everything Roy does, and indeed, the majority of jokes in the film.
* CoversAlwaysLie: see Penny Marshall, up there on the DVD cover? She has about 30 seconds of screen time.
* DogsAreDumb: Custer, Nelson's bulldog.
* DoWrongRight: Roy is a big believer in this:
--> Didn't I teach you nuthin'? He's offering you good money to turn on me, [[HonorBeforeReason so turn on me!]]
* DumbMuscle: Clifford Stoole
* EarWorm: an in-universe example with "The Stubby Index Finger Song".
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Outlaws Love Their Teddies]]: Slade is shown to be extremely fond of his teddy bear, despite being a dangerous outlaw.
* EvilRoy: Trope Namer.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Played with: In one scene, Slade is seen talking with a horde of turkey vultures, asking them if he really should give up his life as an outlaw. In another, he gets a horse from a wagon that he stole to jump over a cliff, with the promise that he'll introduce said horse to a beautiful mare.
* FunWithAcronyms: Slade's name stands for '''S'''neakiness, '''L'''ying, '''A'''rrogance, '''D'''irtiness, and '''E'''vil.
* FunWithSubtitles: '''HAVOC'''
* GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood: Slade's way of life.
* HeroAntagonist: [[spoiler: Bing Bell, in the climax.]]
* HorseJump: The horse that Slade steals does this near the climax.
* InsistentTerminology: At one point, when Roy has decided to go into hiding under another name, he considers three alternative names - all of which are prefaced with "Evil".
* InstrumentOfMurder: Bing Bell's guitar, which also doubles as a gun.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: "Oddly enough, most of the things that Evil Roy destroyed was the property of one fella..."
* IveComeTooFar: Roy's response to Betsy's suggestion that he give up being an outlaw:
--> '''Evil Roy Slade''': I worked a lot of hard years to get to the bottom!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Evil Roy.
* ManInWhite: Marshal Bing Bell is a subversion of the classic Western ManInWhite.
* MoralityPet: Betsy tries very hard to be one to Roy, with mixed results...
* OurBetterIsDifferent: see under ''IveComeTooFar''.
* PunnyName: Smith, who is black, and also a blacksmith; and Marshal Bing Bell.
--> Is that the door?
* RaisedByNatives [=/=] RaisedByWolves: Both averted, as Slade actually grew up fending for himself.
* RunningGag:
** A character asking if anyone is at the door every time Bing Bell's name is mentioned.
** Bing Bell burning up Nelson's letters.
** Several references to Nelson's stubby index finger.
---> Men often sit around the campfire and sing about it!
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Slade does this while holding a bible that Betsy handed him, mistaking it for a gun and saying "Pow, pow!" He even [[LampshadeHanging asks]] why he's doing it.
* SharpDressedMan: Marshal Bing Bell states that he has "always tried to shoot and dress sharp" - assuming your idea of sharp dressing includes rhinestone-studded singing cowboy outfits.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler: Bing Bell]] does this when Slade tries to shoot his gun-guitar.
* TimePassesMontage: used for Bing's courting of Betsy, complete with SeasonalBaggage superimposed over an ExplodingCalendar while a [[FunWithSubtitles subtitle]] helpfully explains that '''Time Passes'''.
* UndersideRide: Roy and Betsy travel from the West to Boston on the underside of trains.
-->'''Betsy''': We've seen the bottom half of America!
* VillainProtagonist: Slade, before his mild CharacterDevelopment.
* WantedPoster: seen prominently in the opening credits. Later, Roy hands out autographed copies to his gang members before their last job together.
* TheWildWest: naturally.

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