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# I will assume the hero is {{genre savvy}}, even if he has been shown to be an {{idiot hero}} as that could just be a ruse to make me feel too secure in my victory.
# If my opponent really is an {{idiot hero}}, then they will have an intelligent but cold ally that the hero will rarely listen to. I will kill this person before the hero can teach them about instinct and friendship, since after they learn about that, they will become a realistic threat to my plans.
# Before my rise to glory, I will kill all of my past mentors/teachers and replace them in their schools with substitutes and explain that said mentor/teacher went abroad to study. I will also make sure to silence all witnesses.
# I will leave various communicators laying in the ground where ever I go that ring any theme tunes associated with me when they sense the vibrations of people's footsteps. If answered, it will explode.
# If behind an unbreakable force field with my enemy trying to get in, I will also pay attention to all other degrees of vision. Chances are my unbreakable force field is, on the contrary, breakable, and it just so happens something ready to break it is nearby.
# Should {{time travel}} become available, I shall send a team to my parents when I am an infant, and proclaim a fake prophecy that I am a {{chosen one}}. They will also launch a propaganda campaign about my false prophecy, scoring [[VillainWithGoodPublicity publicity]] and making my path to power easier.
# Another {{time travel}} team will be sent to the pasts of any heroes and other enemies, where they will use any means possible to ensure that [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight they won't grow up to become a threat to me]]. Whether this involves killing them, or covertly changing their lives will depend on what's more convenient.
# But when using {{time travel}}, I ''will'' make sure that what I am doing will not cause [[ButterflyOfDoom undesirable consequences]] or a {{time paradox}}. If I cannot be absolutely sure of that, no matter how tempting it may be, I will ''not'' use time travel at all.
# I won't trust people who [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor constantly change sides]]. They are just as untrustworthy as they are (un)predictable.
# My secret password will not be something ridiculously easy, such as [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} 1-2-3-4-5]]. It's too obvious and {{the hero}} will probably try that option, if only to get it out of the way.
# I will consider using improvised weaponry.
# If the hero wishes to try and disengage the main generator he will have to enter a chamber that is flooded with radiation. The radiation will only be vented with my expressed permission.
# When my henchman says, "[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat No one could've survived that fall]]," I will reply, "Why don't you find out," and push him over after the hero.
# I will maintain a healthy sense of humor about all aspects of my life. Then, if the hero attempts to goad me into making a rash mistake by mentioning something that might be a sore topic for me, I will simply laugh, say "You got me there!" and shoot him. Between the eyes. ''Twice.''
# My lieutenants will be expected to have read Sun Tzu's ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' and ''UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems''. But of course they should have plenty of field experience, as ruperts that learned all they know from books tend to think everything goes exactly as planned.
# If I'm fighting a hero whose family, friends, or loved ones I murdered, I will not taunt them by telling them "[[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied So-and-so begged me to spare his/her life]]". That's more than just flirting with death, that's raping him.
# None of my officers will be professional [[TennisBoss tennis players]].
# My Legion of Doom will never go out into battle with money or valuables in their possession, especially if they have a knack for dropping all of this when they die.
# If my Legions of Doom manage to put one of the heroes in a state where he attacks his allies rather than them, they will be instructed not to attack said hero until all his friends are dead or he is no longer in said state. The same thing goes for if they manage to render one of them unconscious.
# I will make use of a suit of {{animated armor}} or other robotic double, while I am somewhere else - preferably a bunker in the ass-end of Siberia or some other hellishly inhospitable place that would take a massive amount of preparation to get to.
# Before I order the death of someone trying to reveal my dark secret, I will first consider the the level of deniability I have. If the revelation will only be believed by crazy {{conspiracy theorist}}s, it would actually work to my advantage. However if the person planning to do this is the Hero, I will have them killed immediately, as they will inevitably get their hands on the evidence.
# For similar reasons, if practical I will actively try to make myself one of [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories the stock villains of crazy conspiracy theorists]]. Somebody planning to control the world will find that the perfect hiding place is within the Freemasons or Catholic Church.
# [[ShoutOut Remember, boys and girls, there's no shame in the]] {{groin attack}}. [[Literature/InheritanceCycle You are a bad guy, after all, nobody expects you to play fair.]]
# If my opponent starts to [[MotorMouth ramble on]] [[TransformationSequence or transform]], [[TalkingIsAFreeAction I won't just stand there stupidly]] [[TransformationIsAFreeAction and wait for them to finish]]. I will shoot them while they're still vulnerable.
# I will never harm the loved ones of [[BondVillainStupidity a hero I underestimate and leave the hero free]]. They will prove to be [[{{Determinator}} fanatically]] [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] and [[LetsGetDangerous very dangerous]], and will embark on a {{roaring rampage of revenge}} against me. No matter how much I underestimate the hero I will [[JustShootHim kill him first]], then kill all of his relations right afterwards, just in case he is the wrong hero.
# My Legions of Doom will not use melee weapons if there are there are plenty of firearms lying around, especially if {{the hero}} is using guns without mercy. It's just dumb and suicidal otherwise.
# I will place political prisoners in the same cell blocks as regular criminals. That way if the hero decides to start releasing inmates indiscriminately, I can go on TV and publicly demand to know why he thought it was a good idea to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero put serial killers and multiple rapists back on the streets]].
# I will also hire several assassins, equip them with poison daggers, and have them masquerade as prisoners. When the hero shows up to throw open the doors of the prison, their job will be to discretely stab him/her on the way out.
# I will not allow minions to [[ActionBomb strap explosives onto themselves for when things go south]]. This just leads to trouble when I'm trying to execute them, and makes them more vulnerable.
# If I decide to [[DoomedHometown destroy an entire town]], I will remember to kill any [[KidHero children]] who would grow up to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge seek revenge against me]].
# If the hero gives me a box that he claims contains an object I really want, I'll make sure the box isn't empty before I let him go.
# If I make a bargain with anyone, I will do my best to actually hold up my end; lest it come back to bite me in the ass later. They only time I will backstab anyone is if I can kill everyone involved who could conceivably get back at me.
# All minions (or at least as many as is practical) will be required to know basic first aid.
# I will be an [[EqualOpportunityEvil equal opportunity employer]].
# I will not give away my backstory or plans for world domination to the heroes. They can either figure them out on their own or die trying. I have a country/megacorp to run, I have no time to give exposition.
# If my {{evil plan}} involves an [[MacGuffin ancient artifact of great power]], I will take the time to study all information about it; If granting the hero a weapon capable of defeating me is the only way to obtain the artifact, I will pass it up for another artifact of similar power. In addition, I will look for an artifact that comes in one piece instead of several.
# Before sending demonic shapeshifters to infiltrate the enemy, I will make sure that no [[EvilDetectingDog animals]] or [[InvisibleToAdults children]] are able to see through their disguises. They will also be trained to refrain from any kind of nonhuman behavior.
# If I am an attractive female overlord, I will dye my hair red before encountering the hero, [[EvilRedhead if it isn't already red]]. {{Heroes want redheads}}, after all, so I can distract him long enough for me to kill him.
# If I am an attractive [[EvenTheGuysWantHim male]] overlord, I will merely open my jumpsuit during such an encounter for the same effect.
# I will use holographic doubles for traps and ambushes.
# I will make sure that any invisibility devices do not [[InvisibilityFlicker stop working at awkward times]].
# If I am [[DarkActionGirl female]], then I should not overuse the privilege of claiming the hero is "[[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]]", and under no means will I objectify myself. If the hero actually is misogynist on a regular basis, I will first do my best to determine that I am not in an anti-feminist AuthorTract, and then call out his behavior as early and as often as possible to damage Team Good's morale.
# Minions will be able to gang up on enemies and attack ''relentlessly'', and not [[MookChivalry sit around waiting their turn to fight]].
# If the hero falls over, the minions will shank the SOB. He'd get them if they fell down, so why be so fucking nice?
# [[MechaMooks Robots]] will have their battery packs securely fastened at all times, and electrified. That way, if someone tries to [[WeaksauceWeakness swipe the power core]], they just hurt themselves.
# Robots will not be linked to a central computer. Instead, they will operate on a {{hive mind}} with ''me'' at the center. Rather than [[DecapitatedArmy shutting down if I bite it]], they will [[TurnsRed go into Revenge Mode]].
# I will [[HellIsThatNoise play creepy music when my most horrifically disfigured minions attack the hero]], as well as [[MindScrew flood the corridor with hallucinogens]]. That way, I only need to play the song to reduce him to a gibbering wreck.
# I will not use an [[EvilTowerOfOminousness ominously evil tower]]. Ostentatious lairs are what get stupid overlords killed.
# Combat uniforms will have no [[HighlyConspicuousUniform eye-catching colors]], regardless of how good red-on-black or florescent green on black looks. Camouflage was invented for a reason.
# I will not have any bases that are underwater. The potential disaster would be far deadlier than the destruction of a normal fortress.
# I will run thorough background checks on anyone applying to join my security forces, and root out any possible spies.
# I will not use [[NightOfTheLivingMooks an army of the living dead]]. [[ZombieApocalypse Zombies are far more trouble than they're worth]], unless their curse ''isn't'' [[TheVirus contagious]], and I can keep them under my full control.
# I will not use minions who [[SlaveMooks desert, defect, or out-and-out panic]] when [[DecapitatedArmy their leader dies]]. If my soldiers can't be loyal in the first place, putting them under control of a slave driver is just going to make trouble.
# As an alternative to [[EvilOverlordList Rule #67]], should we have a security system that shorts out so often that my guards begin to become jaded to it, I will inquire after something more robust.
# If I wear a [[BlackCloak supervillain cape]], it will be easily detachable so it won't [[CapeSnag cause any deadly accidents]].
# If an underling ever [[StatingTheSimpleSolution asks why I don't simply shoot the hero]] there and then, and I don't have reasonable answer, they may be right and shall be rewarded. But only after I simply shoot the hero, should it be possible to do that very soon.
# If I learned that hero was raised in a certain orphanage that he still considers home, I will not send my legion to run it down. Instead, I will "offer" to fund the place and reorganize it - using my [[EarWorm catchy theme song]] as the orphanage's anthem is the very first step.
# I will never assume that {{the hero}} is incapable of winning, [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin as this is something they're known for doing]] ([[TheBadGuyWins with some occasional exceptions aside]]). I won't underestimate how a combination of [[HeroicSpirit their bravery and determination]] along with [[DeusExMachina sheer dumb luck]] will often allow them to triumph.
# If possible, I will avoid having me and [[{{Mooks}} my]] [[RedshirtArmy forces]] engage [[{{Badass}} the]] [[OneManArmy hero]] in direct combat, as this usually won't end well. Whenever circumstances permit, I'll focus my efforts on assassinating the hero in as secretive and unexpected a manner as possible.
# It has been scientifically proven that nothing good can come out of leaving a hero alive for as long as possible. Any options for needless conversation or trying to take him prisoner will be thrown out, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim he will be killed immediately as soon as he becomes vulnerable]].
# I will allow my henchmen to submit suggestions for possible weapon upgrades. Being on the field, they'll know what we need, and there's no sense letting the heroes exploit the same weakness over and over again.
# If my {{evil plan}}s involve immersing myself in {{the lifestream}}, I will first dip a toe in to see what happens. I will also wait an hour after eating to enter.
# Female minions will be given more protective equipment than [[BreastPlate metal lingerie]]. Why that's necessary is [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6550847/female-armor-sucks detailed here]].
# [[YouHaveFailedMe Failure]] will be punished by demotion and a round of brainwashing, rather than summary execution. Dead minions can't fight. Besides, brainwashing is fun!
# When assembling teams, I will go through everyone's backstories to check for possible sources of conflict. If one of the potential members happens to blame another for the tragedy that ruined his life, they ''do not'' work together.
# I will make it clear that anyone caught [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid browsing a dirty magazine]], [[VideoGame/MetalSlug playing a video game, talking on his mobile phone]], or [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy napping]] while on duty will be fired. Out of a cannon. Negligence is what allows heroes to slip in.
# I will have guards trained to recognize [[MobileShrubbery moving bushes]] and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid cardboard boxes]].
# I will not use radiation or any radioactive materials in my lair; it is expensive enough to make specialized suits to resist radiation from Material X.
# I will make sure factory by-products and mine tailings are properly disposed of. Living in the middle of {{Mordor}}, while great for atmosphere (figuratively of course), just [[FisherKing screams "He's fuckin' evil!!!"]].
# If I am running a minor dictatorship, I will not challenge a military superpower that could crush me easily.
# If the {{idiot ball}} is a physical object, I will take steps to weaponize it. I will also take steps to contain the weapons-grade stupidity seeping out of the weapon. It just won't do to have minions forget that the skinny end is the one that hurts (or you [[ThrowThePin keep the ring and throw the ball]]).
# Whenever I temporarily leave my palace, I will make sure to put someone competent, but not too ambitious on the throne in my absence. I will make it clear that I'm coming home, and the kingdom is on loan, not a gift. And if he fucks it up, I'll fuck ''him'' up.
# If I am ever [[SealedEvilInACan bottled]], I will ensure that I am either unconscious or have some kind of entertainment. Also, if someone has released me demanding power, I will not kill them immediately, instead I will use their knowledge of the new time period, and give them a high position when I regain my authority.
# If I am dying and I wish to continue my plot by [[BrainUploading digitizing my mind]], the supercomputer better have access to the Internet or video games so I will not be bored in my confinement to a machine, and I can create a copy or escape elsewhere.
# If I have to create a computer virus, I will also create an anti-malware program to circumvent the use of it on my own machinery.
# [[MixAndMatchCritters Chimeras]] are a no go, even though it may seem interesting to mix and match creatures and play with life in general, they are still beasts and highly unpredictable.
# If it becomes necessary to escape from my base when it's under attack, I will have my troops yell out sentences like "Prepare the escape pods", "Power up the teleport", or "Unlock that elevator to the center of the Earth". While they do this, I will silently walk out through the fire exit.
# I will study the hero's abilities and use training, magic, or science to create henchmen who are [[KungFuProofMook able to counter certain attacks]] or [[SuperpoweredMooks have superpowers of their own]]. That way, I will have minions that are not only immune (or at the very least resistant) to the hero's attacks, but ones that will use the hero's own tricks against them as well.
# If the hero is adept at [[StealthExpert stealth]], [[MacGyvering improvisation]], or [[LeParkour acrobatics]], I will force them to fight in an open and barren field.
# I shall use emotionless, non-[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots humanlike]] robots against heroes who use fear, social engineering, or psychological tactics.
# To handle those frustrating stealthy heroes, I will construct the interior of my fortress out of a kind of durable yet extremely creaky wood (covered in fireproof paint, of course).
# I will remember that [[DeathFromAbove long-range artillery and high-altitude bombers]] are a good part of any evil army and stock up. That way, I have the option to kill the hero in a massive area bombardment, rather than only sending [[RedshirtArmy infantry that will probably get slaughtered]], or helicopters and tanks which can be hijacked.
# I will regularly go on hunting trips and kill animals and monsters that are manageable within my current level of personal combat prowess. Not only will I get to broaden my horizons by doing something other than being an evil overlord, but I will get an influx of experience.
# I will not use a door-lock system that deactivates when the hero kills everyone in the room. Instead, when s/he kills the last person, the room will collapse and[=/=]or become a vacuum.
# I will make all my minions pass psych eval and IQ tests. Idiot minions generally forget orders, and respond to such orders as "Kill her" or "Strap him down" with "But datz mean, boss!". Insane minions will only be allowed if they're of the [[CloudCuckooLander amusingly mad]] type, and [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo kept the fuck away from anyone or anything important]].
# I will not give my favorite[=/=]firstborn kid a cool [[ThemeNaming theme name]] like [[KingArthur "Mordryd"]] and my [[TheUnFavorite other kids]] [[AerithAndBob throwaway names like "Jimmy"]]. Given the amount of bickering evil children are prone to, Mordryd's probably gonna get a pen in the eye and the minions are gonna have to learn how to serve a guy named "Lord Jimmy" with a straight face.
# I will make sure to keep my priorities in order: preserving my life and safety, maintaining my reign of terror, conducting my evil plans, and defeating the hero.
# I call them "{{mooks}}", but really, they should all be highly-trained {{badass}}es.
# Access to any important area of the base will require at least one of the following: a full palm scan, retinal scan, key card, voice recognition, or a 9-digit password. The scanners will be programmed to tell if someone is dead, in case the hero tries to carry a corpse to the scanner.
# I will make sure that any mercenaries or bounty hunters I hire do not have [[BunnyEarsLawyer any odd quirks to get in the way of their objectives]]. Nothing is more disappointing than learning that they didn't do their job because there was a [[Manga/BeetTheVandelBuster wounded animal nearby and he "had to nurse the poor thing back to health"]].
# Alternatively, I ''will'' offer a bounty to any henchman who captures the Hero. The bounty will be offered to all who assist in this capture. I will however, pay in goods other than cold hard cash, to prevent inflation.
# If I must offer a bounty, I will spread it evenly among the henchmen should one find him, as well as giving them a greater reward than a civilian. This has the added benefit of being a great campaign for henchmanship, increasing my evil army.
# Or, I will tell my henchmen that once the hero is dead before me, they will all get a bonus this year. This will prevent the potential of squabbling and fighting each other for the rewards while ensuring they don't try and skimp me on the killing him part.
# If I offer to pay someone, I will keep the vow, and I ''won't'' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill them once they are no longer useful]].
# If my R&D team invents a bomb that can't be defused, I will get them to develop an ICBM that can't be re-targeted.
# My fortress will have background music playing at all times. When the alarm rings and combat begins, a rock or metal soundtrack will play.
# I will keep all new weapons top-secret until I develop counter-measures against them.
# If I am accountable to a [[BiggerBad superior]], and [[YouHaveFailedMe I have failed him]], I will not blame my failure on my minions or colleagues, nor will I ask for a paycheck or a raise. This [[TemptingFate often leads]] to [[YouHaveFailedMe my execution]], as a common trait of [[TheStarscream traitors]] is that they care more about themselves than their employer. I will instead take full responsibility for my failure.
# If [[IgnoredExpert one lone scientist]] warns me that my latest plan will unleash horrifying forces upon me, I will put him on my top advisory committee instead of trying to discredit him.
# Rather than trying to fulfill prophecies, I will stay the hell away from them!