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->'''Dr. Polaris:''' You gonna wash your hands?\\
'''Franchise/TheFlash (in ComicBook/LexLuthor's body):''' No! 'Cause I'm ''evil''.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', "The Great Brain Robbery"

The tendency of "evil" to include not just major acts of villainy and attempts to take over/destroy the world, but also generally being an utter dick. Some examples include:

* [[KickTheDog Kicking dogs]].
* [[{{Jerkass}} Being rude]].
* [[ThrewMyBikeOnTheRoof Throwing the kids' bike on the roof]].
* [[MovingTheGoalposts Securing a high reward for their actions, and then forcibly shaking down their "customers" for even more afterward]].
* [[BystanderSyndrome Ignoring people who are injured, homeless, or otherwise down on their luck]].
* [[ForTheEvulz Starting/escalating interpersonal conflict for fun]].
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Using racist and/or sexist slurs]].
* [[StealingFromTheHotel Stealing the complimentary items from their hotel room]].
* [[HairTriggerTemper Working themself into a murderous rage at the slightest provocation, irritation, or inconvenience]].
* [[DisproportionateRetribution Exacting terrible revenge on anyone who does anything to slight them, no matter how minor]].
* [[OffingTheAnnoyance Murdering people who irritate them]].
* [[CantTakeCriticism Lashing out at people who point out their flaws/mistakes]].
* [[NoSympathyBetweenMooks Being a douche to other villains]].
* [[LackOfEmpathy Mocking people for being depressed/traumatized/suicidal]].
* [[RejectedApology Rejecting a person's sincere apology for even the smallest of mistakes, and punishing them (brutally) for it]].
* [[NoSympathy Being dismissive towards those who lament on their traumas]].
* [[ItsAllAboutMe Gallivanting around thinking they are the only worthwhile thing in the world, whilst the rest of the population should be in awe of their presence]].
* [[BadBoss Killing or hurting henchmen for no reason]].
* [[EnemyEatsYourLunch Taking someone else's food (bonus points for eating it in front of them)]].
* [[JerkJustifications Rationalizing vague excuses for insensitive and callous demeanor]].
* [[TheUnapologetic Stating the fact that they have no remorse for the cruelty they have done]].
* [[DesecratingTheDead Vandalizing the bodies of the deceased]].
* [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied Gloating over their murders in front of their victims' loved ones]].
* [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Jaywalking]].

This is when you have a villain that slaughters a village, bombs a country, murders the president... And then he picks a pocket, trips an old lady, sticks a kick-me sign on a police officer, [[ParkingProblems takes someone's parking space]], and cuts in line at a fast food place.

He's not just evil on a large scale; he's evil on all the tiny little details of everyday life he might experience in any possible situation. This trope opposes AffablyEvil and EvilIsCool -- this guy is just a colossal pain in the ass, even leaving his alignment out of the question. And often, he gets a ''kick'' out of being a pain. And it must be pointed that petty motivations do not take from the cruelty and malice of the acts, in fact they are just as likely to lead past the MoralEventHorizon and may even make the villain more hated to the audience than he would be otherwise, as there is nothing grandiose or admirable about him, he is just a scumbag of a bully. More often than not, it is a trait of a PsychopathicManchild.

In video game settings with a KarmaMeter, this means that being classified as Evil requires not just being uncaring towards people, but going out of your way to be nasty in any circumstances. This is an unfortunate side effect of there being an in-game benefit from reaching particular levels of evil. When maxing out your KarmaMeter gives you a Stat Boost, you're strongly encouraged to do every little act of evil you can to get there as quickly as possible.

May overlap with HateSink, a character massively despised for actual villainous actions. Contrast with PokeThePoodle when ''all'' the supposed villain does is something actually harmless -- they don't do anything overwhelmingly evil, but frequently behave like a mild dick to maintain their Villain Cred. See HarmlessVillain for someone who lives for doing this.

An opposite trope is AffablyEvil, in which a villain genuinely behaves in a very pleasant, friendly, and/or downright honorable manner. The MagnificentBastard is well advised to avoid this trope; magnificence and pettiness don't mix.

See Also: ForTheEvulz, CardCarryingVillain, TheDevilIsALoser, EvenEvilHasStandards. For examples where a petty action ends up harming the villain, see DickDastardlyStopsToCheat, TheDogBitesBack and StupidEvil.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': Naraku's ''only'' real motivation is his love/hate feelings for Kikyo and pure hatred for Inuyasha, although he doesn't want to admit that to himself. Even after discarding his human feelings, he [[AndThenWhat had no real idea what he was going to do if he finally managed to end Inuyasha and his companions]]. But he still ruins or attempts to ruin the lives of seemingly everyone he encounters ForTheEvulz.
* K from ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'' has no problem with killing five billion people, because it means he won't have to wait in lines as much.
* Roberto from ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. Johan destroys lives like some kind of freakish artistry, but [[FauxAffablyEvil using a polite facade]]. [[TheDragon Roberto]] kills people, commits acts of vandalism, and works as Johan's enforcer, while at the same time being sexist, creepy, petty, and rude.
* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', Izaya first shows how far he'll go to troll people by kidnapping a suicidal girl named Rio Kamichika to "prove" that, since she was scared, she's not really suicidally depressed and is just being a whiny EmoTeen (and then he invites her to prove him wrong by showing her a ledge to jump off of and dangling her from it). His second act of vile depravity? Breaking someone's cellphone.
* ''LightNovel/{{Inukami}}'': As if [[spoiler:killing Kaoru]] and beating down the Inukami weren't enough, [[spoiler:Jesei]] stoops to reading Yohko's diary aloud.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** In the ''[[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], [[BigBad Dante]] takes over people's bodies and has thousands of people die to make the Philosopher's Stone for her to use [[ItsAllAboutMe so she can live longer]], manipulating the Homunculi by lying that she will make them human. She wants to take over Rose's body next so she can screw Ed, the 15/16-year-old son of her former lover (and possibly husband) Hohenheim. She's very abusive towards her Homunculi servants and [[spoiler:is killed [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by Gluttony after she lobotomized him so he wouldn't think about anything besides eating.]]]]
** Shou Tucker voluntarily sacrificed his own family for a ''research grant'', first his wife, then [[MoralEventHorizon his daughter and her dog]]. ''Brotherhood'' adds a scene after Ed's done beating the stuffing out of him and while Al's trying to comfort Nina/Alexander. Shou just crawls up to his nearly-broken State Alchemist pocketwatch on the floor and happily declares that he'll get to ''keep his job''.
* Ren Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is a selfish bitch who ruins the life of [[spoiler: her daughter, Akito, aka the God of the Zodiac]], and thus those of '''everyone''' surrounding said person... purely because [[spoiler: she was deathly jealous and envious of said daughter because her father, Akira, adored her.]] Considering [[BigScrewedUpFamily the horrifying consequences]], Ren comes off as not just evil, but repulsively self-centered, vain, and ''pathetic''.
** Later in the manga, Ren finds out that [[spoiler: Akito has a box, which a maid had fixed up to comfort Akito after Akira's death (Akito had been told that her father's soul was in it).]] Ren first [[spoiler: sends Rin to steal the box for her, misleading Rin into thinking that she'll tell her how to break the Zodiac Curse if she does this, and leading to Rin being attacked and imprisoned by Akito (which Ren feels absolutely no remorse over),]] and then [[spoiler:going to steal the box herself, threatening Akito at knifepoint.]] All of this for a [[spoiler: ''box'', and her justification simply being that everything of Akira's is hers by right.]] She gets a lovely dose of karma, when [[spoiler: Akito hands the box over, only to reveal that it was completely empty the entire time. Akito and Ren had been at each other's throats over an ordinary, empty box.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Gyokuro Shuzen actually rivals Ren Sohma in terms of pettiness. She helped set up the anti-human organization Fairy Tale and embarked on a mission to KillAllHumans all because she was jealous that her husband Issa paid more attention to his mistress, Akasha Bloodriver, than he did to her, and is perfectly willing to sacrifice her ''own daughters'' along the way. On top of it all, her reasons for wanting to exterminate humanity are not out of any real FantasticRacism, but simply to spite Akasha's dream of human/monster coexistence.
* Although how evil she is is a bit debatable, Crea, the leader of the [[CardCarryingVillain evil organization]] Jackal in ''Manga/{{Ratman}}'', ordered the titular hero (who is her underling) to cut the power to a restaurant because the waitress was rude and her food was late.
-->'''Crea:''' If I had a bomb, I would have blown that place up!
-->'''Shuto:''' You've said that five times already.
* Although he was TheDreaded and ShroudedInMyth in backstory, [[spoiler: Madara Uchiha]] is striking in several aspects once he makes an appearance in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; he is strikingly powerful, to the that point that OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow actually hits a WritersBlock... and yet, as a person beneath all that power and status, he's actually repulsive in a rather pathetic way. [[spoiler:Madara is phenomenally self-centered and egotistical for a legend whose claim to fame is being AlwaysSecondBest to his rival Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage in Konoha's history; he reveals in a flashback that he was responsible for the poor diplomatic relations between Konoha and the Hidden Stone village when he sabotaged peace talks he was supposed to oversee purely to spite Hashirama's plan of making peace between the five great nations. And later not only did he attack the first Hokage but also attempted to destroy Konoha all because he isn't declared Hokage. He then dips into sexism during his posturing to try and intimidate the Kages, looking down on Tsunade's strength because she's a woman (though to his credit, he quickly recants his statement when she wrecks his Susano'o). When you realize the AssimilationPlot Naruto is racing to thwart was cooked up by a spiteful, sexist warmonger out of no greater ambitions than ''[[ItsAllAboutMe as an ego trip]]'', it allows Madara to rather spectacularly avert EvilIsCool.]]
** It says a lot that even the Nine-Tailed Fox, a self-proclaimed "living mass of malevolence", finds [[spoiler: Madara]] to be too much of a douchebag to tolerate. [[spoiler:Enough that he's willing to unconditionally help the protagonist defeat him. Edo Tensei Hashirama]] is more sympathetic and believes that [[spoiler:Madara]] is still lashing out in grief over [[spoiler:his brother Izuna's death.]]
* Muruta Azrael of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', who commits genocide against Coordinators because he was slapped around by Coordinators once as a kid. He's also a misogynistic BadBoss prick who seems to get off on belittling his subordinates.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In the manga ''[[Manga/YuGiOhZexal Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL]]'', there was the unsubtly named [[CardCarryingVillain Master Evil]]. His motivations for trying to destroy the Duel Carnival with a series of {{Death Trap}}s (possibly murdering his two henchmen Fusion Guard and Sydney Cross [[YouHaveFailedMe for losing in the process]]) was because he had been banned from the last Carnival for cheating. (Despite this, after finally losing to Yuma and being arrested, he did admit [[GracefulLoser that the duel was fun.]])
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has another beautiful example, with the Duel Academy. The school is divided into three dorms named after the ancient Egyptian cards: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and the lowest, the run-down Osiris Red. The reason behind the status of these houses? Seto Kaiba the creator of the school, had the Obelisk card. His rival (and the guy who constantly kicked his ass) Yugi, had the Osiris card.
* In ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'', after letting TheHero Emi Yusa stay at his place the night before since she lost her wallet during an attack, the police bring Maou in for questioning regarding the incident. To get released, he calls Emi in to sign for him in the middle of work despite all his other options because it's his duty as an overlord to annoy heroes. Then there was the whole manner of having Lucifer prank call her while she was at work.
* A few ''Manga/DragonBall'' villains fit the bill quite well:
** Commander Red, leader of the [[ArmiesAreEvil Red Ribbon Army]]. We're initially led to believe that he wants to use the [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]] to TakeOverTheWorld. Come the end of the saga, and it turns out he only wants to use the balls to [[WastefulWishing make himself taller]], and he's perfectly willing to [[WeHaveReserves sacrifice every last soldier in his army]] to do so. When Staff Officer Black finds out, he's not pleased and promptly shoots him dead.
** [[PsychoForHire Mercenary Tao]]. For starters, after forcing a tailor to do a week's worth of work on his ruined uniform in three days, he refuses to pay said tailor on the grounds that doing so would ruin [[CardCarryingVillain his reputation as a cold, ruthless assassin]], and kills him instead. Not only that, but WordOfGod is that in the past, Tao killed Mr. Satan's master and beat Satan himself within an inch of his life [[DisproportionateRetribution simply because the two made fun of his hairstyle]].
** This is Frieza's FatalFlaw. Going hand in hand with his overwhelming arrogance, Frieza can't resist doing unnecessarily cruel things to those weaker than him, often just to prove he can. This became [[StupidEvil his downfall]] as it was his murder of Krillin in front of Goku -- and ''then'' threatening to do the same to his son -- that ultimately triggered Goku's ascension to Super Saiyan, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge and resulting in him being blown to pieces and left for dead.]]
** Even when he is brought back as a VillainProtagonist for the Tournament of Power, Frieza can't help but indulge in this: Upon finding out that Cabba is something of a student for Vegeta, he resolves to defeat and ring out Cabba for ''just'' that reason. Surprisingly, Frieza's beatdown of Cabba was arguably the least drawn out or brutal one he had handed out until that point, but even so he tells the helpless Saiyan that he wil hunt down his teammates next ''just'' to get a rise out of him.
** Vegeta, during his Evil Prince days. For starters, his response to Goku giving him a bloody lip was to absolutely FreakOut and try to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth]] out of spite.
** Dr. Gero's entire vendetta against Goku, which resulted in the Android and Cell Sagas, is simply because Goku cost him his job and funding when Goku destroyed the Red Ribbon Army... at least, in his early depictions and his initial appearances. Later material reveals his motivation goes somewhat deeper, and while it's still very myopic (his son may have died for Red Ribbon, but his son still died for a leader who didn't care about his men and a cause that would've made the world a worse place) and ultimately petty, it's at least more understandable.
** Spopovich beats Videl within an inch of her life, to the extent Videl is ''crying in agony'', purely because Mr. Satan, her father, beat him in the last tournament. It's even implied he let Babidi control him just so he could get back at Mr. Satan.
** Beerus, the BigBad of ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods''. While more AmbiguouslyEvil, he has a history of destroying planets for pretty petty reasons, such as losing at video games or being denied food. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the Old Kai even explicitly describes Beerus' acts of destruction as pointless and petty.
** Zamasu, part of the BigBadDuumvirate of ''Super's'' Future Trunks Saga. When it comes down to it, everything he does during the saga is purely [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution to get back at Goku for losing to him in a simple sparring match]].]] It's even worse in the manga, where [[spoiler::he never even ''meets'' Goku. He just sees his fight with Hit on Godtube and becomes furious at the idea of a mortal rising to the power of a god.]]
** [[EvilTwin Goku Black]], the other part of said saga's BigBadDuumvirate. Before he was Goku Black, [[spoiler: he was Zamasu, the Apprentice Supreme Kai of U10. After losing a sparring match with Goku and learning that he had access to god energy through his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form, he goes off the deep end and begins a plan to wipe out all the mortals in the multiverse. After using the Super Dragon Balls to take Goku's body, he teleported to Earth and personally killed Goku, who's trapped in his old body, and then butchered his family. Since he goes to Future Trunks' timeline after this, there was no reason for him to murder Goku or his family. He did it purely out of spite.]]
** While making a movie, [[PrimaDonnaDirector Barry Khan]] allows Gohan to be a stuntman and hopes that [[FatalMethodActing he'll be badly injured at the very least]] simply because [[NotGoodWithRejection Videl snubbed him when he tried hitting on her]]. He then tries to ruin Gohan's marriage by setting him up with Cocoa, taking pictures of her kissing Gohan, and then showing those pictures to Videl. Videl isn't fooled for a minute and shreds the pictures before shooting Barry down with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, remarking how pathetic it is that Barry [[SpoiledBrat is treated like royalty and still acts like an insecure little brat]]:
-->'''Videl''': Did it sting that much to be told I don't need your autograph? Does seeing Gohan stand out sting that badly? You get treated like royalty, but you have no self-confidence. How pitiful.
** There's also Broly. A ludicrously powerful Saiyan who managed to survive Planet Vegeta's destruction, his entire reason for his beef with the heroes...is because when he and Goku were babies, they were in the same ward, and Goku was ''crying. THAT'S IT. Broly is homicidally angry at Goku because he cried.''
* Julio Ikaruga Misrugi in ''Anime/CrossAnge'' might as well embody this trope. In the entirety of his screen time, he has outed his [[FantasticRacism sister as]] [[AntiMagic a Norma]], sent her to no-person's island to fight against dragons from a different world, lures her out by making their youngest sister pull off a WoundedGazelleGambit, making their youngest sister attack Ange, and subject her to a KangarooCourt leading to a public lashing and hanging. All in order to get rid of her and quell any uprisings that might have been caused by the revelation of the family secret of harboring a norma and reclaim the royal ring given to Ange. After that plot fails and Ange escapes, Julio jumps at the opportunity given to him by Embryo: [[FinalSolution extermination of all norma]], which naturally includes Ange. Embryo's [[RestartTheWorld motives]] are a little different; Julio only wants to kill his sister.
* A lot of villains in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are doing things ForTheEvulz, but the most notable examples are Steely Dan and Dio Brando: the former takes advantage of holding the protagonist's grandfather hostage by treating him like a lowly servant, having him clean his shoes and build him a human bridge over a small gap. Dio Brando, on the other hand, is having fun with his Stand ability [[spoiler: to stop time]] by killing a stray cat and messing around with bystanders' food. Both of their karmas are built this way [[UnstoppableRage to piss Jotaro off]].
** Dio was ''especially'' this when he first met Jotaro's great-great-grandfather Jonathan Joestar, making it his ''mission in life'' to ruin Jonathan's life, including murdering his dog, stealing his girlfriend's first kiss and [[MemeticMutation gloating about it immediately afterwards]], [[spoiler:murdering his father and ''becoming a vampire'']] all to cause Jonathan as much misery as possible.
** Rubber Soul from ''Stardust Crusaders'' is a sterling example. His Stand, Yellow Temperance, lets him impersonate anyone perfectly...but he acts like a fool while doing so because he likes making the people he's copying look like idiots. Of course this wasn't too bright a move, since his [[{{Pun}} bizarre]] behavior is exactly what clued Jotaro into the fact that "Kakyoin" wasn't what he seemed.
* For those who don't think she's [[MagnificentBastard the coolest thing ever]], Manga/SoulEater has Medusa, who constantly makes grand speeches about change and progress and acts quite smug, but whose "coolness" tends to extend to things like [[spoiler: physically and mentally abusing her own child, making hurtful and taunting remarks toward others for little reason other than to be a bitch, and having a grand plan that amounts to fucking up the world because she doesn't want people to be happy.]]
* In the ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' franchise, pettiness seems to be quite common among the villains.
** In {{Prequel}} Jack, Lantern is revealed to have targeted and killed Taishi Fura's friends because [[spoiler: their delinquent behavior annoyed her, and she resented them for not appreciating their good fortune at being born human]].
** Yamori was already vile enough to begin with, being a brutal TortureTechnician that enjoyed making people suffer, but when Kaneki refuses to go along with his SadisticChoice, and Nico expresses [[EvenEvilHasStandards unease]] over this particular "game", Yamori throws a temper tantrum and kills ''both'' hostages. He then slaps Nico on his way out, blaming them for ruining his fun.
** In the sequel '':Re'', [[spoiler: Nimura Furuta]] is incredibly petty and cruel in a number of ways. He belittles others in hypocritical ways just to upset them, makes [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil sexually suggestive]] threats, and when [[spoiler: Eto mocks him for being a BastardBastard]], he swears to punish her for this slight. He later shows up with a "present" for her: [[spoiler: he's murdered her [[MoralityPet editor]] and cooked the body into a pate, bringing it to her as lunch]]. For all his skill and brilliance, he's still just a petty young man with serious DaddyIssues that has to have the final word.
* Dan in ''Anime/GenmaWars'' is a JerkAss bandit who loves robbing helpless peasants and make their lives even harder than they already are. He tricks one of the protagonists Gin into eating human flesh that was disguised as a roasted pig. [[spoiler: This ends up costing Dan his life as Gin becomes so furious that he kills him for it. It's revealed shortly afterwards that it really was just a pig and he said it was human flesh just to screw with Gin.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': While he has ''much'' loftier ambitions, like [[WellIntentionedExtremist ridding the world of all crime]] and [[AGodAmI becoming God of the New World]], Light Yagami/Kira nonetheless has shades of this. For example, he kills Lind L. Tailor on national television, purely because he was pissed at Tailor for [[CantTakeCriticism telling him that]] [[BerserkButton what he was doing was evil]].
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' episode 162: Toby Horhorta has lost his sock (which was on a necklace he was wearing the whole time), Black Snake gestures to show him it's hanging from his chest. Toby starts sobbing and thanking Black Snake, only to have him rip it to shreds in front of his face for laughs. Toby also has anthropomorphic dog features, so this could also be a nod to the KickTheDog trope.
* The titular character of ''Manga/SamonTheSummoner'' is this and proud of it, he's made it his mission to corrupt Teshigawara by constantly harassing her with the demons he summons just because he finds her [[IncorruptiblePurePureness goody two shoes attitude]] annoying.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith takes this trope to the most depraved extreme during the Eclipse. He's ascended to become Femto, a member of the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Godhand]], and wields power over reality and causality. And what's the first thing he chooses to do upon his transformation? [[spoiler:He has Casca restrained and then rapes her so brutally that the experience [[RapeLeadsToInsanity drives her completely insane]], and [[ForcedToWatch makes Guts watch the whole thing]], all just to spite and hurt him for leaving the Band of the Hawk one year before.]]
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Grimlock arranges for Laughing Coffin to kill his wife, all because he hated how much more confident and assertive his previously meek and submissive wife was becoming. Both Kirito and Asuna are [[DisappointedByTheMotive rightfully appalled and disgusted]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne) is addicted to using his TimeTravel powers to get what he wants and abuse people he feels have slighted him. He once crushed on a woman and, as a consequence, went back in time to erase her husband and ''every man she had ever dated'' from history just to keep her all to himself. When she ''still'' rejects him, he goes back in time and does [[NothingIsScarier something]] that leaves her catatonic into the present day.
** Once he realizes he can't kill the Barry Allen (the second Flash) in the past without disrupting his own time line (Barry is his inspiration), Professor Zoom begins an anonymous reign of terror over the Barry's childhood, seeing just how far he can go while keeping his history intact. In addition to eventually killing Barry's mother, and framing his father, we are shown shots of him erasing his best friend from existence, leaving Barry a friendless child. But there's also shots of Professor Zoom pushing him down stairs, causing him to miss a catch in baseball and ''blowing his homework away''. Professor Zoom's dickery has reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]] in the fandom, especially because of instances like those last two.
* This is, quite often, the reasoning behind ComicBook/TheJoker's less horrifying crimes. In a way, it just makes the Joker seem even worse as he truly sees no difference between throwing cream pies, robbing a museum, and brutal, torturous mass-murder. To him, it's all just part of the joke.
* ''[[Comicbook/BatmanVampire Batman: Crimson Mist]]'': When we see the Scarecrow, he's out killing the former {{Jerk Jock}}s who bullied him in high school.
* ComicBook/TheKingpin dives headfirst into this in the [[Comicbook/DaredevilBornAgain Born Again]] arc, sacrificing his calmness and methodical approach (the factors that made him such an intimidating and effective villain in the first place) for his vendetta against Daredevil.
** This trope always gets Kingpin. It's not enough to win, he has to make people suffer. Not advisable when your targets include [[ComicBook/ThePunisher a psychotic military expert]], [[Comicbook/SpiderMan a man that can bench press a car]], and [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} a legal genius who is well versed in martial arts]]. This contrasts with his otherwise [[AffablyEvil polite and cultured]] persona and shows that, for all his [[MagnificentBastard intelligence and cunning]], he is still just a street thug.
** As much as he talks of never letting his emotions get the better of him, the Kingpin can take a slight to an insane level. When a waiter at a restaurant hands him the check (unaware Fisk's dinners are always comped), the Kingpin orders an underling to track the waiter down and ensure the hand that held the check is mangled beyond repair.
* Janus Valker from ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' ''can't'' stay good for a single minute. It's not just killing people out of boredom, ruling a shadow corporate agency, and hunting his heroic nemesis. He likes to cripple laboratory assistants, ruin careers for very slight (or imaginary) reasons, and ''starve houseplants''. On purpose. Now, the comic's hero has an obsessive compulsion to kill cats and cripple noisy children, but still...
* Sleeze, the [[ComicBook/NewGods New God]] in charge of porn, is the embodiment of this trope. {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} banished Sleeze from Apokolips because he thought a god of porn was too petty to play any part in his schemes to conquer reality. It says something when ''Darkseid'' thinks you are too petty. The Lord of Apokolips usually plays this trope straight - examples include forcing his minions to murder their pets, murdering (or trying to murder) relatives of his enemies for foiling his {{Evil Scheme}}s, executing his minions for speaking out of turn, and setting free his slaves...and putting them in charge of the next batch, just so the hero can watch them become as cruel as the old slave drivers. Sleeze really does take the cake when it comes to pettiness though; he had total mental control over Superman and Big Barda, another powerful New God, and instead of forcing them to do any number of terrible atrocities against the human race, he made them star in a porno just because he can and to see her poor husband's (Mister Miracle) reaction.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor has many moments where he indulges himself in petty acts of evil and cruelty. Especially if it involves women.
** He once frequented a diner for a week so he could court a particular waitress. Then he offered her a life of fame and luxury if she would be his lover. But he drove away in his limo before she could make a decision, leaving her to ponder opportunities lost. Just something to amuse himself with.
** He also once strangled his female martial arts instructor, just because she knocked him down during a sparring session. It was also a case of him being able to rub his superiority in the face of Superman (who'd just been killed fighting Doomsday), as now he could freely commit crimes on a whim without having to worry about Supes making him pay for it. Post-Crisis Luthor is depicted as a petulant asshole who holds grudges against anyone who even slightly challenges his authority.
** He also frequently addresses Clark Kent as "Mr. Comicbook/LoisLane" and openly puts the moves on Lois and/or makes disparaging comments about Clark's masculinity right in front of them, ''just'' to be an irritating dick to two people whom he dislikes.
** Taken to new lows in ComicBook/TheBlackRing. Luthor gives up omnipotence and the chance to give everyone in the universe eternal bliss -- all because one of the conditions of keeping that power is that he can't do anything negative with that power such as, say, destroying Superman. To Luthor, godhood is meaningless if he can't use it to crush his greatest foe.
** Luthor's entire grudge against Superman is proof of his pettiness. He's all but admitted that the only reason he hates Supes with such a passion is that Superman is the first person he met that is both more powerful than he is and completely unwilling to bend to his will. The fact that he's the world's greatest hero and has inspired others to defy Luthor only galls him more. Supes has called him out on this complete [[YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood waste of his potential]] multiple times to no avail.
** He once framed [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] for murder when Bruce cut all ties between Wayne Enterprises and the US Government in protest of Luthor becoming president.
** In ComicBook/FiftyTwo, he turned off the superpowers of several superheroes he created while they were in mid-flight, killing them and causing lots of collateral damage, when he found out the process that gave them superpowers wouldn't work on him.
** And ''[[Literature/TheSuperdictionary he once stole]]'' [[AndThatsTerrible forty cakes]] from the school bake sale in his youth ''[[Comicbook/SupermanGrounded because the school administration wouldn't let him enter a fission powered toaster in the science fair!]]''
** Adaptations of Luthor, particularly in animated settings like the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, also tend to involve this. Though it must be noted that the page quote comes not from Luthor, but from Franchise/TheFlash whilst currently switching bodies with Luthor and trying (ineptly) to disguise himself as Luthor.
* Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} is another incredibly petty Franchise/{{Superman}}'s enemy. In ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', right after Superman defeats him, he commands his ship to fire a missile at the Kent Farm. Superman ruined his home so he wants to destroy his. In other words, Brainiac attempts to murder an elderly couple who never did anything to him and he has never met because their foster son defeated and humiliated him.
* Franchise/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} enemy Xenon is so obsessed with killing all different Supergirls that he doesn't care whether killing Earth-One Kara Zor-El will end TheMultiverse.
** In ''Comicbook/ActionComics'' issue #309, Kara is following a lead to find her missing parents. However the criminals exiled to the Phantom Zone ruin her chance to locate her parents' whereabouts out of spite.
** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl (Volume 5)]]'', Reactron attempted to rape and kill Kara several times, murdered her parents and blew her planet up... because she had the gall to defend herself and beat him down when he first attacked her.
* Comicbook/DoctorDoom may act exactly like a MagnificentBastard of an EvilOverlord with delusions of grandeur and adhere to the [[AffablyEvil appropriate conventions]] of [[NobleDemon nobility and respectability]] to go with it, but it doesn't change the fact that he's still an arrogant prick who's spent half his life obsessively trying to kill his [[Comicbook/FantasticFour old college pal]] Reed Richards [[DisproportionateRetribution for being smarter than he is]] and whose attempts to TakeOverTheWorld, overthrow governments, and gain supreme powers are all motivated by the desire to prove that he's smarter than Reed and rub it in his face. He's a SpoiledBrat who wants the chance to yell "nyah nyah nyah nyah!" at the object of his jealousy. This is directly contrasted to his bombastic, overblown persona as an aristocrat, because that's how he ''imagines'' a great man to be.
* In the infamous Franchise/SpiderMan arc ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', Mephisto makes a deal with Spider-Man to erase his and Mary Jane's marriage from the time-line in exchange for Aunt May's life. He doesn't even want Spider-Man's soul, since that would be a HeroicSacrifice, nor does he have any sort of complex EvilPlan in the works--[[Creator/JoeQuesada h]][[WriterOnBoard e]] just doesn't like the fact that Peter and Mary Jane are happy together. Mephisto was just as petty when he went after ComicBook/SilverSurfer back in the day. He didn't attack him because of some master plan or because Surfer had done something to him. He just couldn't stand the Surfer's nobility. For a hell lord, Mephisto is pretty petty. He also tricked a hapless bartender into agreeing to become his personal ''[[AndIMustScream living immortal inkwell]]'' because the guy had the balls to ask for a tip. This after he spent the night talking about all of the various irons he has in the fire that lead to ''Fear Itself'' among other things.
* ComicBook/NormanOsborn started off with a plan to take over the criminal underworld of New York by killing SpiderMan and gaining a rep. By his second appearance, he was in it just to kill Spidey, but even that changed. For the next forty years, he existed for the sole purpose of screwing with Peter, going so far as to orchestrate ComicBook/TheCloneSaga just to mess with his head. If he committed that much effort into taking over the world, he probably would have become a major Marvel villain much earlier than ''Comicbook/DarkReign''.
** The ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} version of Norman is just as bad, with his final [[spoiler:until his and Peter's resurrection]] battle with Peter Parker eventually breaking down into a full-on MotiveDecay [[InvokedTrope invocation]].
--->'''Peter:''' What's the plan Osborn? I'm dying to know...what next? [[HeroKiller You kill me,]] [[AndThenWhat then what next??]] [[OffingTheOffspring Your son you killed won't magically come back to life!!]] Your world as captain of industry won't magically go back to the way it was!! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And your hair...won't magically come...into fashion!]]
--->'''Norman:''' ''But you'll be dead.''
* Eddie Brock, the [[LegacyCharacter first]] ComicBook/{{Venom}} is another example. His reasons for wanting to kill SpiderMan vary by medium (usually involving losing his job), but they're ALL extremely petty, especially because most of the time, it's [[NeverMyFault his own damn fault]]. The symbiote itself is also just as petty; it wants Peter dead because he rejected it once he found out it was alive and wanted to make their bond permanent. This basically puts the symbiote on the same level as a jilted ex-girlfriend.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'': During his time as the EmperorScientist of Mobius, Dr. Robotnik was prone to such things as having his MechaMooks attack areas of the planet he ''already owns'' just to prove he could.
* ComicBook/RedSkull has some pretty grand and horrifying ambitions, but he always takes the time to stop and be a total dick to his most loyal followers just for the hell of it. It all comes down to the fact that ComicBook/RedSkull hates everything in existence. If he can't cause widespread misery with plans that threaten the world and beyond, he'll happily settle for petty acts of cruelty, like eating food in front of starving children.
* Loki [[spoiler:prior to his HeroicSacrifice and subsequent reincarnation]] is the self-described God of Mischief. He has the same lofty ambitions of any other typical EvilOverlord -- conquer everything, kill the hero, etc. -- but his hobbies include [[http://www.littlestuffedbull.com/images/comics/thorannual11-loki1.jpg torturing helpless fish for fun]]. Loki's reasons for his mischief are also rather petty: they are all rooted in his inferiority complex due to his Frost Giant heritage, lack of martial prowess (relatively speaking) in a society of warrior gods, and his conflicting feelings of hate and love towards his foster brother Thor.
** In a storyline in ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight,'' Northstar was led by Loki to discover his "true origins" as a member of a fairy race brought to Earth and went to the land to find "his people." The new writers, however, retconned it with Northstar discovering Loki was just lying for kicks, Northstar was human after all.
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}} is most famous for his truly grisly acts of evil, including a wanton love of slaughter and casual cannibalism. However, he can also be a truly ''colossal'' dick. All he really wants out of life is an endless string of opportunities to make Wolverine miserable, and gets the same kind of joy out of following Wolverine into a diner and eating the pie he just ordered, then wandering off, as he gets from setting up an elaborate ploy to make Wolverine kill all of the bastard children he'd unknowingly fathered. Under Creator/ChrisClaremont, at least, he also makes it a hobby to find Wolverine every year, on Wolverine's birthday, and do whatever he can to make sure that day is miserable for Wolverine. Most of the time, he settles for "only" beating Wolverine into a coma.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s archenemy Black Manta will go great lengths to murder and abuse anyone who associates themselves with the aquatic hero. When he learns that Aquaman has returned after a long period of absence, he kills everyone in the butcher shop he was working at for being happy at the news, blows up his house, and goes back to tormenting his archenemy.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Desire of the Endless. S/he still finds time to destroy the lives of completely random mortals. For example:
-->You see that lady in red? Over there? Go and ''talk'' to her, have a passionate weekend during which both of you make love until you’re sore and bleeding. Then, without knowing why, refuse to ''see'' her again. She’ll phone you up, and hang around your house. When you ask her to leave you alone she’ll just cry and not ''say'' anything — look at you with hurt eyes and follow you around. Eventually this will make you so ''angry'' you’ll find yourself needing desperately to make her say something. To make her react. To ''hurt'' her. To get her eyes out of your mind. After that it will be just a matter of ''time''.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' "Flight 714" has the villains acting like this. When Carreidas sneezes of his hat Allan kicks it round and finally jams it over Haddock's head so he can't see.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': When Iznogoud first sees the current owner of the title object in "The Unlucky Diamond" seemingly begging on a street corner, he is not amused:
-->'''Iznogoud:''' A beggar!? I thought I'd outlawed begging, it encourages charity!
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain the Penguin could be the TropeNamer. He likes to style himself as an aristocratic gentleman, but in reality he's really just a thug who deals with the inferiority he feels because of his stunted appearance by lashing out at every possible slight, both real and imagined. This is the main focus of ''ComicBook/PenguinPainAndPrejudice'', which shows how Penguin murdered his abusive father and brothers, and in adulthood, systematically destroys the lives of anyone who angers him for ANY reason, such as a man who bumped into him at a nightclub and called him fat before he realized who he was talking to and desperately apologized, and a coroner who was chewing gum while removing the body of the Penguin's mother from her bedroom.
* In Peter Bage's ''ComicBook/ApocalypseNerd'', after [=McNeely=] Vile, a commune set up by a bunch of engineers from Seattle, is destroyed by a roving Native American gang, Dylan [=McNeely=], the son of the late founder of [=Mcneeley=] Vile, teams up with another survivor of the massacre, and two rednecks to enact brutal revenge. Specifically, revenge on the residents of the nearby women's only commune that beat him up after they caught him using them as [[ADateWithRosiePalms "imagination fuel."]]
* [[spoiler:Getaway]] from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' is not only [[TheChosenWannabe convinced he's worthy to be Prime]], but also ''hideously'' insecure and reacts to even minor slights with utter rage. At one point he throws a horrific temper tantrum and smashes up his office because ''someone didn't answer his call''. Later he tries to murder Riptide because the latter insulted his intelligence and when his [[TheDragon Dragon]] complains about how needlessly cruel he's acting, [[spoiler:Getaway]] responds by forcing the poor guy to kill an innocent person for no other reason than to put him in his place. Thunderclash manages to piss him off [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence just by existing]], as [[spoiler:Getaway]] is almost self-righteously [[GreenEyedMonster jealous of him]] and makes every excuse to hurt Thunderclash.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon'' arc, Megan becomes victim of identity theft. Even worse, the thief is buying things she wanted but never had the chance or reason to buy. Megan comments that the thief knows her personally, and is buying those things to upset her, and Sherman wonders aloud if they know anyone that mean and petty. Not to mention bored. Cut to Hawthorn the hermit crab's hole, where Hawthorn has a picture of Megan crossed out.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Falla Cii [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her parents]], destroyed her homeland, and wiped out the ''entire chronofly race'', with the exception of [[CainAndAbel herself and her sister Luna]], simply because she was jealous that Luna was chosen to be the next queen over her. Furthermore, it's revealed in Act VI that the reason Luna could never get a date is because Falla lied to all of her potential suitors that their father would execute any of them who tried to approach Luna without hesitation, for no reason other than to be a {{Jerkass}}.
** As revealed in a flashback in Act IV chapter 29, Felucia, before her HeelFaceTurn, once stole a car, nearly killing two human teens in the process, simply because it matched her eyes.
* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade's entire motivation, other than amassing enough wealth to live a life of comfort, is to prove that she's "better" than her family. On top of that, she's also apparently spending her free time tormenting her {{Jerkass}} classmate Drew.
** Daolon Wong also qualifies: even depowered and arrested, he still gloats about how his spell has ensured that the Chan family's future is ruined.
** When El Toro costs him Kuro's mask, Hak Foo takes his as payment. Jade actually points out how petty this is, but does [[LampshadedTrope admit that they are evil]].
* The Council in ''Naruto Veangance Revelaitons'' kills the entire audience of a CookingDuel after their team of Madara and [[spoiler:Sasuke]] loses to Ronan. Ronan himself, while not intended as evil, also counts, as he's willing to kill people over the most minor reasons, such a shopkeeper who tries to stop him from shoplifting merchandise, a gay man who likes his penis, and several women for being fat.
* This tends to crop up in fanfictions that go ''way'' overboard in [[RonTheDeathEater trying to "prove" the evil nature of a character]]. For example, ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfictions that make Dumbledore full-on manipulative treat ''every single thing he does'', no matter how insignificant or meaningless it was in the books, as something done purely to spite or upset Harry.
* A memorable example in the Crossover Doctor Who/My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic fanfic ''Fanfic/MinesOfDragonMountain''. The team is at the mercy of an ageless immortal embodiment of evil that blames The Doctor for its imprisonment 500,000 years prior. He rants at length about how he will [[ToThePain make them immortal just so they will suffer longer as he tortures them for all eternity]]. As a character [[LampshadeHanging points out]], said being is immortal and already billions of years old and as such shouldn't be all that bothered by the 500,000 year imprisonment. The response?
--> ''What can I say, I'm petty.''
* In ''Fanfic/OfWhiteTreesAndBlueRoses'', [[spoiler: King Aerys vetoes Rhaegar's idea of reviving the ancient tradition of Targaryen polygamy in order to stop Robert's rebellion by wedding Lyanna, simply because he had not thought of reviving the tradition himself in order to hold on to Joanna Lannister.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', the spirit enforcing a [[ArtifactOfDeath lethal curse on the titular violin]] decides that the 11-year-old Courtney isn't worth killing, so it contents itself with inflicting petty humiliations on her.
* Didier of the ''Anime/BloodPlus'' fic ''FanFic/{{Nobility}}'', who exists solely to torment [[CainAndAbel his brother Anjou]] as much as possible. It's actually noted that not only did Didier go so far as to ''start a war'' just to hurt Anjou, but has actually blown off multiple chances to kill him just so he could mess with him more.
* PlayedForDrama in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5467184 Shorn]]'' - a RecursiveFanfiction for ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/210587/last-evening-together Last Evening Together]]'' where Rarity refuses to shave her hair at the monks' request - TraumaticHaircut is examined to detail in this fic. She even explains this trope to the rest of the Mane Six and ''the princesses'': The BigBad and EldritchAbomination [[MonsterOfTheWeek of the season]] are big and obvious like a rolling boulder, and thus everyone knows to avoid them, and they also know that they ''have'' to be stopped... but the lesser cruelties are much harder to stop, ''precisely '''because''''' they are so small and petty - few people bother, or they don't think of striking at the heart of the problem. Even worse? Some times, it's ''tradition'', making otherwise ReasonableAuthorityFigure Celestia support it due to sheer peer pressure and "expectations".
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/13/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' Lucius Malfoy keeps Penelope Clearwater from getting a decent job after she graduates because she once gave his son detention.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', the World Nobles [[spoiler:have Vivi accused of treason]] because the Nefertari family refused to ascend with them 800 years ago.
* In the beginning of ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'', following the double-crossing from Shendu's part and the loss of his magic, Daolon Wong steals a gun and shoots Valerie Payne -- whom Shendu called [[VillainousCrush his bride]] -- in order to have revenge on Shendu. Trying to hurt a good character just to have revenge on what someone else did is petty enough, but what makes it more so is the fact that Wong first met Valerie only hours earlier and doesn't really know her as a nemesis like he knows the Chans as. Just the knowledge of her being meaningful to Shendu suffices for him to use her as a way for retribution. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath It gets him immediately killed]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Cyrus being an OmnicidalManiac bent on creating a WorldOfSilence is terrifying, but using Ash as his test subject for his RealityWarper abilities (by screwing with his intelligence and skill levels as he pleased) was a major dick move.
* In ''Fanfic/ChaosTheory'', Morgan Le Fay reveals she is serving [[OmnicidalManiac Angra Mainyu]] willingly. She simply hates Saber/Arturia Pendragon so much that she would rather let the world get destroyed and everyone die than let Saber be happy for a single second. Morgan also acts like a colossal bitch to everyone.
* ''Fanfic/HalloweenUnspectacular'': In the story "Alien!", it turns out that the reason the government agents are convinced Gaz is an alien is because Zim told them she was. Apparently he was hoping she'd get dissected, for no other reason than he knew it'd upset Dib.
* Ash's father in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12202396/1/Clash-of-the-Ketchums Clash of the Ketchums]]'' starts a movement to raise the Trainer licensing age to eighteen (with any current trainers under eighteen forced to go back to school) in an effort to "protect the children" all because of an argument with Ash when he CallsTheOldManOut on trying to interfere with his life despite being a DisappearedDad for Ash's entire life up to that point. That Ash proves him wrong about all his assumptions of Pokemon training being a waste of time only makes things worse[[note]] When his father challenges whether Ash can use a computer, balance a budget, or speak another language, Ash fires back that he's been using his pokedex for years, has to pay for his own food and lodgings, and knows three languages. Furthermore, despite his father's claims that training is a huge money sink, Ash earns a significant payday from placing well in the various Pokemon Leages[[/note]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': The Evil Queen. Don't you dare be prettier than her.
* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': The Queen of Hearts. Painting her roses red is generally not a good idea.
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Maleficent. "How dare you not invite me to your baby shower!"
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': Cruella de Vil. She's not the trope namer for CruellaToAnimals for nothing. She wants to kill the eponymous dalmatians to make a fur coat out of them. Dog hair isn't particularly soft or warm, so why does she want this sort of coat so badly? Just so she can be sure that they're dead, that's why!
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': Prince John spends most of his time tormenting and abusing his assistant, Sir Hiss.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Madame Medusa, natch. "What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?" [[MoralEventHorizon Said to a child with heavy self-image issues]] -- and after she'd tried to get the kid to ''like her'', no less!
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Gaston slowly slips into this when Belle constantly rejects him, since he thinks he "deserves it".
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': Governor Ratcliffe is constantly bullying Thomas.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': Scroop bullies Jim around and when Mr. Arrow puts a stop to it he kills him and makes it [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident look like it's Jim's fault]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': Zigzag tries to have Tack beheaded, and later has him thrown in the dungeon and tries to feed him to his pet vulture Phido, purely because he stepped on a tack that Tack accidentally dropped in his path.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Jafar keeps hurting his own pet parrot for very little reason. (Of course, [[ButtMonkey everything else hurts Iago too]].)
* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': Mentioned in Zira's VillainSong.
-->''Now, the past I've tried forgetting''\\
''And my foes I ''could'' forgive.''\\
''Trouble is, I know it's petty,''\\
''but I hate to let them '''live!'''''
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' they find... [[CaptainObvious Atlantis]], which turns out to be a still living civilization. It's hands down the greatest archaeological discovery in history which our heroes will be greatly rewarded for, but that's not enough for the [[FauxAffablyEvil otherwise friendly]] [[spoiler: [[BigBad Rourke]]]]. He wants to take the [[MacGuffin Heart of Atlantis]] which will kill the Atlantians so that he'll be even more rich.
* Gru in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''. He hits the cars in front and back of his monstrosity of a vehicle repeatedly while he's parallel parking. Not out of ineptitude, mind you, he parks perfectly; he does it just because it will make two strangers' days a little worse. Other examples abound. [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn He gets better]].]]
* [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]] in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'', much like his comic incarnation, is this trope taken UpToEleven and beyond. His entire motive throughout the film stems from his murderous obsession and hatred for the Flash. To that end, he is determined to make Flash suffer [[TheUnfettered by any means possible]]. The flim's opening has him attempting to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill blow the Rouges, the Flash, and a good chunk of Central City up]] just to kill the Flash. When Flash traps him so he can't escape the explosion, Zoom is [[NotAfraidToDie perfectly fine]] as long as it means [[TakingYouWithMe the Flash dies with him]]. [[spoiler:And though he's not responsible for creating the BadFuture, he's perfectly content to leave it in ruin and let it be destroyed (with him on it) as long as it means seeing the Flash spend his final moments in anguish.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'': Don't you ''dare'' make Xibalba lose a bet, however unintentionally.
* [[spoiler:Hal, a.k.a. Titan]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' gets rejected by Roxanne. His reaction? Levelling an entire city and trying to kill her supposed boyfriend and ''her as well'' for good measure.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' is all driven by ComicBook/TheJoker feeling spurned once Batman says he is not his ArchEnemy. Whenever they discuss it again afterwards, [[FoeYay it's treated as if it's an actual relationship.]]
* [[spoiler:Ernesto]] in ''{{WesternAnimation/Coco}}'' is such an [[ItsAllAboutMe arrogant, self-obsessed jerk]] that after [[spoiler:he murdered his best friend and ghost writer, Hector, he included a scene depicting the ''exact way'' that he killed Hector in his movie, casting himself as the hero in Hector's place who realized he was poisoned. It's bad enough that he killed the man, but Ernesto apparently felt the need to ''[[UnsportsmanlikeGloating brag about it]]'' and posthumously rub it in Hector's face.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'': Anton Chigurh shows this a few times.
** He's willing to kill a gas station attendant in simple annoyance at him for making polite small talk and revealing that he "married into" ownership of the gas station.
** Anton attempts to shoot a crow he passes by in his car for no apparent reason other than to kill something. He misses.
** Llewelyn gets told later on in the film that, even if he had just ditched the money and ran away once he figured out how much over his head he was, Anton would have still hunted him down and killed him for the sake of getting rid of a man who "inconvenienced" him.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''' Darth Vader is normally too disciplined to indulge in this, but he does show one subtle instance if one considers Obi-Wan's line of "I have the high ground" from their duel on Mustafar during ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. ''Film/RogueOne'' shows that Vader lives in a castle rising several stories above Mustafar's soil.
* In the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies:
** Draco Malfoy is a kleptomaniac.
** In ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', among the various things she did in the books, Umbridge forces the students to conform to various old-fashioned rules for behavior (among other things, two students are forcibly separated from kissing and a later rule states that students of opposite genders must remain set distances apart at all times).
* In the 1967 movie ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'', with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the devil's petty pranks are a RunningGag. We see him at scratching new albums and putting them back on the shelf at a record store and send out a pigeon to do its "doo-dahs" on a passerby.
-->'''Stanley:''' Your pranks are so miserable.
* In ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'', Elizabeth Hurley's Devil likes to give people parking fines, tell high school kids not to bother with their studies because they were boring, and swap medication for tic tacs. A little more severe when you think of the consequences. Also, cock-blocking Brendan Fraser every chance she got. The end of the movie shows her cheating at a chess game with someone heavily implied to be God.
* In ''Film/SpaceCowboys'', NASA project director Bob Gerson is this trope. He denied the heroes their chance to go into space 40 years ago by replacing them with a chimpanzee and is bent on not letting them go in the present because they're old and maintains an important part of the mission's intel that could risk both their lives [[spoiler:(and those of a significant amount of people on Earth, if if goes wrong)]] secret out of spite. When the team finally succeeds, [[OpinionFlipflop he goes around saying to everyone that he always knew they could do it.]]
* In ''Film/EndOfDays'', the Devil's first actions upon assuming Gabriel Byrne's form is grope a woman and then blow up the restaurant she's in, then makes a kid who bumped into him get hit by a car.
* When you find out who the devil is in the movie ''Film/{{Devil}}'', you really have to ask yourself [[spoiler: why did she bother to steal that guy's wallet earlier?]]
* A big part of [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian aka The Mandarin's]] villainy in ''Film/IronMan3'' is nothing but payback for Tony Stark [[spoiler:blowing him off at a New Year's party]] over a decade ago.
* ''Film/{{Byzantium}}'': The Brethen have spent two centuries hunting down a mother and her daughter. The reason? Clara was not allowed to sire a vampire because she's a woman. Their motivation is proven to be little more than petty sexism when it's made clear Clara and Eleanor are more than capable of maintaining TheMasquerade. In fact hunting them is arguably leaving more evidence around than simply letting them be.
* In ''Film/JacobTwoTwoMeetsTheHoodedFang'', Mister Fox spends his time in town sabotaging toys so that puzzles can't be finished, chemistry sets won't work, etc.
* After her grand curse, ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' divides her time between defending the thorn wall with terrifying magic power, and petty {{troll}}ing magic at the fairies' cottage for no real reason. She just enjoys making their lives slightly more difficult.
* ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'': Seth is a fat Neo-Nazi who's also a BigEater. In one of the most pointlessly petty acts of racism possible, he eats a scale full of white jelly beans, but picks out a single black one first. There's no one else in the room so he's not trying to impress any of his Nazi friends, it's not directed against a member of any race he hates, he ''[[PokeThePoodle rejects a piece of candy]]'' that no one will know about simply because he's a racist.
* ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' is essentially a film made entirely around this trope. Many examples, but perhaps one of the most entertaining is when Eva tells Kevin that he may have a new brother or sister. He spends the entire conversation snapping all his crayons in half. [[spoiler:He even goes the extra mile of performing the massacre on his school with a bow and arrow. Afterwards, Kevin wants to make it extra clear that he didn't kill all of those people because of some "hot-button" political issue that will inevitably be flung around in the aftermath -- he just wanted them dead because they annoyed him.]]
* In ''Film/TheGreenMile'', penitentiary inmate "Wild Bill" Wharton is a child molester and murderer - and also a PsychopathicManchild who asks for a fudge cupcake just so he can spit it in a guard's face and laugh about it. [[spoiler:He killed the twin girls that J.C. was framed for killing just because he couldn't tolerate them being happy together.]]
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': BigBad Ronan killed The Other just for being annoying, and, when betraying the BiggerBad ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, he recalls the Mad Titan's previous insult (namely, referring to Ronan as "boy"), indicating that he took the relatively minor remark ''very'' personally.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', Snow had no real reason to respond to Katniss during [[spoiler:the rescue operation]] and did it simply to reveal that [[spoiler:he knew what was going on, and to make sure she remembered him saying that the ones you love are the ones who kill you]]. If Gale had acted on his suspicions about how [[spoiler:the rebels got away even when it was clear they'd walked into a trap]], Snow might well have blown his chance to [[spoiler:get Peeta to kill Katniss]].
* ''Film/HotFuzz'': This film could have easily been labeled ''Evil Is Petty: The Movie''. [[spoiler:The main character, Sgt. Angel, suspects that the murders happening throughout the film were committed because of a conspiracy about a land-deal, but when he actually gets to confront TheConspiracy, the members confess that they killed the all victims for silly and ''very'' banal reasons, though for them it was deeply SeriousBusiness. Martin Blower was killed for being a bad actor, Eve Draper was killed for having an affair with Blower ''and'' an AnnoyingLaugh, George Merchant was killed for having a modern-style home that clashes with the local rustic aesthetic, Tim Messenger was killed because of his [[YouMakeMeSic awful spelling]] and for running tabloid-esque tripe in the local newspaper. And that is not mentioning their other victims, like the underage drinkers, that shoplifter, those ''crusty jugglers'', the weapons-owning farmer, and ''the Living Statue''.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Skinner:''' Blower's fate was simply the result of his being an ''appalling'' actor!\\
'''The NWA Members:''' ''(in unison)'' Appalling!\\
'''Angel:''' You murdered him for ''that''?!\\
'''Skinner:''' But he murdered Bill Shakespeare.]]
* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'': When Duke Metzger's slaveholding ancestor had to surrender his slaves at the end of the Civil War, he preferred to ''massacre all of them''.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'': Edward Nygma turned to evil and became the Riddler for no other reason than because Bruce Wayne, his employer and the man he admired most in the world, rejected his idea that they become partners in marketing Nygma's invention. What makes this especially petty is that Nygma made twice as much money going into business on his own, and in fact taunts Wayne about his "bad" decision afterward when Nygmatech outperforms Wayne Enterprises. But apparently all of that isn't good enough: the Riddler never forgave Wayne for failing to "understand", and decided to devote the rest of his life to humiliating and then killing him.
* ''Film/AmericanUltra'': During the operation to kill Mike and Lasseter, Yates quarantines the town and feeds the news channels a cover story about the two of them carrying an infectious disease. However, he also takes the opportunity to humiliate Lasseter, his rival at the CIA, by claiming that she contracted the disease through [[BestialityIsDepraved inappropriate contact with infected monkeys.]]
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' features one of the more petty versions of Lex Luthor, as his reason for his hatred of Superman stems from viewing Superman as a violation of his belief that GodIsEvil or [[HollywoodAtheist doesn't exist]], and thus [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence Superman's mere existence is an affront to him]], and sends a senator a jar of his urine just to mock her [[spoiler:before killing her and a good chunk of people in Congress, including his own (highly loyal) assistant]].
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In all of his appearances in the franchise, 007's ArchEnemy [[DiabolicalMastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld]] is a BadBoss, as he would kill {{Mooks}} at the slightest provocation or [[YouHaveFailedMe failing to complete their tasks]] via TheBlofeldPloy. The ominous threat of violence, the way he runs SPECTRE, and his status as TheDreaded to his henchmen is what forces them in line.
*** [[spoiler:His most recent incarnation is [[CainAndAbel quite the]] BigBrotherBully]] to 007 in ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', tries to sadistically torment him via ColdBloodedTorture, and [[GreaterScopeVillain claims to have been behind all of Bond's miseries since]] ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', [[spoiler:all just because an orphaned 007 was favored more by Oberhauser's father when they were younger, causing Oberhauser to commit {{Patricide}} out of jealousy and resentment.]]
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' villain Kamal Khan is introduced to the audience not as the head of an illicit empire, or as a willing accomplice to a [[GeneralRipper mad Soviet General]] who is going to murder thousands of innocent people. Instead, he's cheating at [[TabletopGame/{{Backgammon}} backgammon]].
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'': Leonard Smalls, the lone biker of the apocalypse, is introduced in a nightmare driving down a desert road using his shotgun and [[NoKillLikeOverkill hand grenades]] to kill various lizards and rabbits he passes by for no other reason than simple malice.
* ''Film/TrueLies'': After Juno taunts Helen about her husband Harry's likely death, Helen slaps her in the face, which leaves a scratch mark. Juno's response is to try to shoot her, but she's stopped by Aziz.
* ''Film/OceansTwelve'': Toulour, the "[[GentlemanThief Night Fox]]", provided Terry Benedict with information about ''Film/OceansEleven'' and sicced him onto them, knowing perfectly well that Benedict is a man who will terrorize and/or annihilate them ''[[DisproportionateRetribution and their families, and anybody who has the smallest friendly connection to them]]'' in revenge, because some random rich guy was having a conversation with his mentor about the heist of the previous film being one of the most awesome robberies he'd ever seen (emphasis: ''one of'', not ''"the"'') and said mentor didn't felt like he had to automatically mention that Toulour was the greatest thief ever in response.
* Discussed in ''Film/TheHitmansBodyguard'', where Kincaid bitterly remarks upon the fact that [[spoiler: the man who murdered his father wasn't motivated by any sort of larger goal. He wasn't after money or carrying out a personal grudge or anything like that. He was just an angry, sadistic man who wanted to hurt somebody, and Kincaid's dad was as good a target as any.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'': Jigsaw's motives are nowhere near as noble as he likes to think.
** While his primary victims are "people who have wasted their lives," Jigsaw also targets people who have wronged him in some way, and later in the series targets the police operatives investigating him. As the series continues and backbuilds his history, it becomes increasingly clear that many of his victims are people he has a personal connection with and just doesn't care for how they chose to live their lives.
** The criteria of targeting "people who have wasted their lives" or lived lives that caused harm to others, is pretty broad. The victim roster ranges from drug dealers and rapists, to prostitutes and drug addicts, to people feeling suicidal and practicing self-harm, to just people that suffered BystanderSyndrome and did nothing while seeing something terrible happen. In Jigsaw's mind, all of these offenses are deserving of death.
* The Kurgan from ''{{Film/Highlander}}'' isn’t just a sadistic murderer and rapist, he also takes a bizarre amount of joy from even [[PokeThePoodle tiniest, most inconsequential acts of evil imaginable]]. At one point he snuffs out memorial candles and behaves crassly in a church for no reason other then [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor finding it funny]]. He also likes to indulge in petty and childish taunting whenever he meets other immortals, such as rubbing [[spoiler:the rape of [=Macleod’s=] wife]] in the latter’s face and using it to claim he’s a better lover than [=Macleod=].
* When Tree finally finds out who's been causing all her deaths in ''Film/HappyDeathDay'', it's [[spoiler: her roommate Lori, who didn't like that Tree was having an affair with the (married) guy she liked.]] [[DisappointedByTheMotive Tree is disappointed.]]

* ''Literature/JamesBond'':
** Hugo Drax, the {{Big Bad}} of the novel ''Literature/{{Moonraker}},'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard screws himself over]] with his trope. The entire reason M brings James Bond into contact with Drax in the first place is because... Sir Hugo Drax cheats at cards.
** ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'': The title character is not just a criminal mastermind, he cheats at cards and golf.
** As in the films, 007's ArchEnemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld is quite a brutal BadBoss towards his minions. Also, when his EvilPlan in ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is foiled, he even manages to spite Bond by killing his wife Tracy on their wedding day.
* In the ErevisCale trilogy of TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novels, the ultimate plan of the BigBad EvilAlbino Vhostym the Sojourner, in pursuit of which he commits such atrocities as destroying whole cities, slaughtering thousands and torturing to death dozens of angels? To create the "Crown of Fire", an artificially started and prolonged solar eclipse, so he can ''walk upon a beach like a normal being one time before he dies''. In case this doesn't sound petty enough, one should be aware that not only is Vhostym an incredibly powerful (Archmage-level) Wizard/Psion, meaning he has a wide variety of far less evil methods of doing this (including body-snatching others to experience the world through their senses and shapechanging into non-albino forms so he isn't burnt/blinded by the son), he's also lived for millennia and so has had dozens of opportunities to do during natural solar eclipses. Cale himself calls Vhostym on this at the trilogy's end; Vhostym simply retorts that it "[[ItsAllAboutMe wouldn't be as satisfying]]" to do things that way, and besides, [[MightMakesRight he is strong enough to do it his way, so he will do things his way]].
* If you see anyone's early inner monologue in an ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel include the phrase "that bitch" or a variant thereof in reference to Lady Harrington, rest assured they're the villain and will probably die in some bloody fashion before you reach the back page. The same thing is true of most other Weber novels. The heroes generally don't use profanity, even ''inside'' their heads.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' while the BigBad and his minions are busy torturing, murdering, and attempting world domination, Dolores Umbridge is [[TyrantTakesTheHelm slowly usurping power at Hogwarts]], making students in detention write lines with [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a pen that carves whatever they write into their hand]], [[FantasticRacism discriminating against non-humans and Muggle-borns]], and just being an arrogant and irritating {{Jerkass}} in general. While the Death Eaters use Unforgivable Curses left and right, Umbridge merely threatens people with them. The fact that she isn't as over-the-top evil as the REAL villains ironically makes her even more fun to hate than they are.
*** Umbridge also delights in ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem Umbridge suspects that Harry has information on Sirius Black (who is actually completely innocent), so she decides to use the highly-illegal [[TortureAlwaysWorks Cruciatus Curse on Harry to make him tell her.]] Hermione calls her out on this, but Umbridge brushes this off with a "What Cornelius ''[the Minister of Magic]'' doesn't know won't hurt him."
** Draco Malfoy is a fairly petty villain as well - his misdeeds are mostly limited to insulting others, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney using his family connections to get whatever he wants]], cheating at Quidditch, and abusing his power as a prefect. That is, until [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Book 6]], when he gets in way over his head and learns the hard way that EvilIsNotAToy.
*** 6 years is a pretty long time to hate Harry to the point where he mainly targeted him and his friends for bullying because Harry rejected his "offer of friendship".
** Before [[BigBad Voldemort]] became a genocidal EvilOverlord, his evil acts were at first limited to things like petty theft and bullying. He then moved on to [[spoiler:unleashing Slytherin's monster and framing Hagrid for the ensuing deaths]], and things only went downhill from there. And he [[spoiler: cursed the Defense Against the Dark Arts position at Hogwarts so no one can hold the job for more than one school year]] after Dumbledore wouldn't hire him, even though [[spoiler: he was only visiting as an excuse to hide another Horcrux]] and probably knew Dumbledore would turn him down anyway.
** Invoked in-universe with Snape. Harry and Ron are convinced that Snape is evil because...he's mean to Harry (and to a lesser extent, Gryffindors in general) all the time. It's not until Book 6 (out of 7) that he actually does something outright evil. [[spoiler:Of course, it later turns out he did it for altruistic reasons, completely subverting this trope. Snape ''is'' extremely petty, but he's not evil]].
* Played for horror in C.S. Lewis's Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy with {{Satan}}, of all people. [[DemonicPossession Inhabiting]] a human body, he attempts to [[AdamAndEvePlot re-create the fall of mankind]] with the newborn humanoids on [=Perelandra/Venus=]. He's forbidden to harm Ransom, the protagonist, unless Ransom attacks first, so while the Eve equivalent is sleeping, he spends his time doing such petty things as killing small animals and tearing up the turf, even resorting to childishly tormenting Ransom ("Ransom!" "What?" "Nothing." ... "Ransom!"). Ransom is quite disturbed by this, finding it more troubling than he would a [[WickedCultured clever, charismatic Satan]] (he can be very charismatic, but only when he's trying to convince the Queen to sin). He comes to realize that Satan considers ''all'' virtues, including cleverness, taste, and the capacity to feel shame, to be a means to an end and discards them when they do not serve his purposes. He is pure evil and cares for nothing but making things worse for everyone else.
** Lewis' logic of the pettiness of evil is further explained in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. It's complex, but the reasoning is actually fairly sound.
* Skewered in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. Crowley's M.O. is perpetuating petty evil. Other demons will spend all their time trying to corrupt a politician or cause a priest to lose his faith. Crowley sets up telemarketing networks and causes traffic jams. Other demons accomplish one great act of evil. Crowley accomplishes a hundred thousand petty acts of evil, thus, ''in the aggregate'', causing more evil than the other demons. Not that the other demons see it his way...
* Don Juan in Moliere's play of the same title engages in some of this apart from his traditional womanizing. He stiffs his tailor of payment, and in what has been judged a MoralEventHorizon crossing since the play was written, shows his evil atheist credentials by telling an old beggar that he will only give him money if the beggar blasphemes against God.
* Thoroughly spoiled Emperor Ublaz from ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Pearls of Lutra]]'' slaughters entire tribes and puts in ridiculous amounts of effort to get hold of a pink pearl crown, expressing no interest whatsoever in the other plunder taken from the raid or in anything else he could gain from it.
* In ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', Elizabeth Elliot goes to considerable effort to attempt to sabotage Ryan's career and marriage because ''he'' took offense to ''her'' bad manners in ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger''. This takes up considerably more of the story than the ostensible main plot (the terrorists with the nuclear warhead) and mainly serves to explain why Ryan can't get the President to listen to him when the bomb goes off. The film version cuts Elliot out of the script and creates a different (and much more sensible) reason for the President to distrust Ryan, which improves it considerably.
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Morgoth is ''incredibly'' petty. Once he was great, but over time became more and more like this. Morgoth became more and more focused on ruining the lives of Elves and Men and ruling over them as a tyrant. He made sure to thwart Túrin in even the most minor matters after putting a curse on him. As the page says, "He's not just evil on a large scale; he's evil on all the tiny little details of everyday life he might experience in any possible situation."
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': This is the root reason behind Sauron’s fall: a great, proud creature would have used the lost Ring to try to conquer Middle Earth, only to be found and OutGambitted by Sauron in order for it to return to him. But after the Ring escapes from human Isildur (who it betrayed at the first available chance), it's only found and used by hobbits, rather than creatures with power and sweeping dreams to corrupt. The Ring, in short, gets to serve ''mischief'' rather than capital-E evil: Déagol only wants to possess it, and is promptly murdered before he can do something with it. Sméagol uses the Ring to torment his relatives and decides to hide for millennia in the heart of a mountain. Bilbo uses the Ring to mainly to escape from his obnoxious relatives and neighbors, while Frodo falls at the last minute and reclaims it... exactly when the ring cannot help him, while Sam's dreams of conquest are so petty (an army of enslaved gardeners?) that even he finds it utterly ridiculous and laughs. [[AnAesop Sauron never got the chance to reclaim his ring with those losers, even though it was really trying to get back]].
* In ''Literature/{{Marked}}'', Aphrodite's various crimes, which convince Zoey she has to be "taken down" for, include having oral sex with her boyfriend in the hallway (granted the boyfriend clearly was trying to get her away from him, but the fact that she was trying to have non-consensual sex was glossed over in favor of the fact that having oral sex at all is skanky and degrading), generally being self-centered and catty, tricking Zoey into drinking wine with Fledgling blood in it via lying by omission, and not showing concern after having seizure-like visions of disasters.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', [[TheGrimReaper Death]] has a [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness very different personality]] than in later books, and does things like kill flies because he's annoyed. It's beyond CharacterDevelopment, as he even takes one of a cat's nine lives out of spite, something the Death of later novels never would have done.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Zarracka's undying hatred for Daniar is based on her younger sister forcing her to play 'goblin queen' when they were children. [[spoiler: Subverted. Their mother died giving birth to Daniar so Zarracka blames her for it. Double Subverted. She hates Daniar because their mother favored Zarracka herself and so Daniar stole the limelight away from her.]] There is little she won't do to make said sister suffer.
* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the BigBad, Korrok, is an EldritchAbomination who talks like a stereotypical Xbox Live kid.
* Many of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]] are like this is ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', devoting as much time to payback for slights real or percieved as they do to world domination, and even then are too selfish to work together well. [[TheAntichrist Moridin]], the head Forsaken, really finds the rest of them rather tiresome (being a [[StrawNihilist more philosophical kind of bad guy]]) and is in general much more courteous to his ArchEnemy [[TheChosenOne Rand]] than he is to his own allies as a result. The Forsaken Demandred is something of a {{deconstruction}}; he was driven to evil almost entirely by his envy of Lews Therin Telamon, but it's made plain just how much he's let jealousy and hate eat up his life and he's ultimately played more for [[HeroKiller fear]] and [[YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood tragedy]] than scorn.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** With the [[RoyalBrat Royal Brats]] Joffrey Baratheon and Viserys Targaryen around, it's a little hard to say who the pettiest of them all in this series is: both manage to take their excesses to extremes while having very little of practical substance at the heart of their Evil. Plenty of bonkers between, them, too. Joffrey just got more power with which to get over-the-top, wastefully petty; yet, it's more than clear Viserys would have been just as much of a puppy-crosssbowing mistake on the Iron Throne had he got it.
** Joffrey's mother, Cersei, does definitely have her moments of petty douchebaggery (usually aimed at Tyrion or servants), thereby amply showing where her son gets it from... even if she's not ''as'' reliably proficient with the sheer mind-numbingly stupid emptiness that her little boy is. She actually needs [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy alcohol]] to eventually get there; he doesn't.
** Lord Walder Frey might beat everybody hands down simply due to living up to the trope well into his 90s, while infecting the rest of his family with the bug on top of that. He's a major (and very irritating) {{Troll}} with a SmallNameBigEgo problem which pushes him into some truly petty, short-termist actions. Few Freys are escaping the consequences: [[HateSink poor]] [[AssholeVictim things]].
** Even for a {{Chessmaster}} and MagnificentBastard ''par excellence,'' Lord Tywin isn't above the odd, spiteful low blow just to put [[TheUnfavourite Tyrion]] down.
** Arguably, another XanatosSpeedChess player does this, too: Littlefinger isn't above mixing a little pettiness and puppy-kicking into his (usually) complex schemes here and there when he feels like it. He takes care of little, forgotten trifles in some of the most horribly strung-out ways when other, quicker and cleaner options would work... isn't that right, Jayne Poole, Ser Dontos Hollard and Marillion?
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, some of Jack Frost's schemes are very petty, such as ruining all desserts or taking over the world of fashion.
* The first BigBad in ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', [[AlphaBitch Bridget]] is this. Having been overpowered by the protagonist Lu, she tries to get back at her by tripping her and spreading rumours. Lu, on the other hand, is NotSoDifferent, and gleefully tortures her back.
* Agent Franks of ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' is an extremely violent WellIntentionedExtremist with no compassion whatsoever at the best of times. In the fifth book, we learn that he's also [[spoiler: a fallen angel]]. Shortly after we learn this, we see him park a car across two spaces, both of which are reserved for other people. When his passenger points this out, he angles the car further so it blocks a handicapped space as well.
* This is ultimately what derails Nicodemus' plan in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/SkinGame''. Nicodemus has just [[spoiler: destroyed Fidelacchius, the Sword of Faith]], and has Harry and Karrin at his mercy. Just as he's planning to kill them, Michael appears and offers to give himself up to Nicodemus in exchange for their lives. Nicodemus has no practical reason to agree to this -Michael is crippled and retired, and no longer a serious threat, while Harry is one of his biggest enemies. However, Michael was formerly a huge pain in Nicodemus' ass during his time as a Knight of the Cross, and he just can't stand the fact that he got to [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn His Happy Ending]]. So he agrees, with the intent of killing Michael and then killing Harry the next time an opportunity presents itself. [[spoiler: Not only does he fail to actually kill Michael, due to Uriel's intervention, but his sparing Harry leads to both him being humiliated and losing most of his followers, and Fidelacchius reconstituting itself in the hands of a new Knight of the Cross.]]
** From the same author, Literature/CodexAlera: [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Kord]] is a brutal slaver solely because he enjoys feeling powerful over other people ([[HeManWomanHater especially women]]) and blatantly ignores a threat to his own life and power base because he wants to break a woman who had previously shown him up. [[TakeOverTheWorld High Lord Kalarus]] commits large-scale atrocities (like when he creates a BrainwashedAndCrazy slave army by attacking their minds from the start of childhood and later plans to [[TakingYouWithMe unleash a volcano on his own city when his coup attempt gets beaten back]],) but also collars a female hostage (who is taller than him and had previously faced him down,) to the floor with a chain that allows her to move around but is slightly too short for her to stand at her full height. [[ItsAllAboutMe Invidia]] in the last two books has submitted herself to [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Vord]] in exchange for the poison in her blood being suppressed, fully aware that she's dooming the rest of Alera and is only prolonging her own life until she [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlives her usefulness]], but she does it anyway because she's too much of a DirtyCoward to let herself be killed by the poison, which she only got hit with because she lost the treacherous games of intrigue ''she'' started.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has an important scene that's omitted from the musical: Shortly after Valjean's run-in with the bishop, he encounters a boy walking down the road. The boy drops a coin, and Valjean almost reflexively covers it up with his foot. [[HeelRealization Realizing that he's sunk to the level of stealing from a kid]], right after having been forgiven by the bishop for stealing from the church, prompts his HeelFaceTurn.
* In Creator/DaleBrown's ''Starfire'', [[spoiler:the Russian president orders Patrick [=McLanahan=]'s tomb robbed and desecrated, not for any military or political advantage, but just because he wanted to use the urn as a paperweight and literally piss on the medals.]]
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIveGotHenchmen'': Why does Charles reveal his powers at the football game? Because he can't stand playing without them. While a lot of super kids would agree that hiding your powers is annoying, doing it to win a football game is just eyeroll-worthy.
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Beyond Birthday murders [[spoiler: at least]] three innocent people, but he has nothing against any of them, nor does he even ''know'' them. To him, they are just collateral damage against the ''real'' target of his anger, [[GreatDetective L]], who he's trying to "call out" for allegedly not caring about the kids who were being groomed as his successors, including BB's friend A, who committed suicide due to the pressures of living up to L, and BB himself, who was AlwaysSecondBest. In other words, the entirety of the LABB Murders was a [[MemeticMutation "Notice me, Senpai!"]] gambit.
* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', the villain is willing to reveal her massive reserves of BlackMagic (having which is a ''heavy'' crime), torture ghosts and cause thousands in collateral damage just to get back at a man who revealed her to be a PhonyPsychic.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In addition to being a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain blatant]] StrawMisogynist, when he gets the [[SuperStrength Orbs of]] [[NighInvulnerability Nezzla'Khan]], the very first thing Warren Mears decides to use them for is to get revenge on a jock who bullied him in high school and try to steal his girlfriend.
** When Glory finds out that Buffy is the Slayer after their first fight, she is absolutely horrified and offended, describing such a face-off as "unbelievably common."
** Spike often indulged in this after being [[RestrainingBolt chipped]].
*** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E11Doomed}} Doomed]]", after nearly staking himself, Willow and Xander take him along out of pity. Spike [[DontYouDarePityMe doesn't want their pity]] and gives them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, showing he can still inflict damage even with the chip in his head, and [[EvilFeelsGood smirks evilly to himself]] once his back is turned.
*** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E12ANewMan}} A New Man]]", he nonchalantly grabs Xander's radio when packing up to leave Xander's apartment. When Xander calls him on this, Spike replies, "And you're what, shocked and disappointed? I'm ''evil''!"
*** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E14Crush}} Crush]]", he steals money from Xander at the Bronze to buy himself drinks.
** Throughout season 2, Angelus' EvilPlan amounts to little more than "mess with Buffy's head and torture her and her pals as much as possible," because he's disgusted that Buffy made him feel human while ensouled ("She made me feel like a human being. That's not the kinda thing you just forgive."). It isn't until Acathla enters the picture that he has an actual goal to work towards, and even that is centered around [[ForTheEvulz making people suffer as much as possible because he thinks it's hilarious]].
* Many fans felt that the Master beating his wife in ''Series/DoctorWho'' was an example of this. He killed a huge percentage of the Earth's population, the president of the US, and enslaved the last pathetic remnants of humanity from the end of time to do his bidding. But only seeing him beat his wife would let us realize just how evil he is!
** It did justify her shooting him at the end, though.
** It also may have been an attempt to prevent him from getting the DracoInLeatherPants treatment in spite of all of the above crimes. By all accounts, it didn't take.
** The Doctor points out the Master's pettiness to him in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]":
-->You would delay an execution to pull the wings off a fly!
* In ''Series/OneTreeHill'' Dan repeatedly ridicules Lucas for being a poor and fatherless, which is cruel in and of itself, but tips into petty when you remember that '''Dan''' is Lucas' biological father who abandoned Lucas and his mother. Dan also makes sure that no one, including Lucas, ever forgets that Dan '''really''' loves, acknowledges, and provides for Nathan, Lucas' half brother and early series rival.
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] in his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' series pointed this out about [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Rita Repulsa]], who, in between moments of actual villainy and plots to take over the world, tends to use her evil sorcery just to ruin the Rangers' day, citing an instance where she sent a team of putties down to ruin a model of a parade float Kimberly was making, "Just to make Kimberly feel bad."
** Though, in fairness, it's part of a larger attempt to destroy the entire parade (which is to promote World Peace, something Rita doesn't want). Kimberly is being targeted personally because she's a Ranger. Oh, and here's a thought that casts Rita's actions in a darker light: she's trying to destroy them psychologically by attacking their personal lives repeatedly. Most people would crack under that kind of pressure.
* Whenever Satan drops by to check on Ezekiel Stone in ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'', he will engage in some petty prank of anonymous evil. Such as ticketing a legally parked car or loosening a salt shaker.
** Interestingly enough, this does not stop him from being AffablyEvil. Probably because he's played by Creator/JohnGlover, who performs even petty acts of evil with style and panache.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': While more of a {{Jerkass}} than outright evil, [[AlmightyJanitor the Janitor]] hates JD and constantly goes out of his way to make his life difficult simply because JD accidentally lodged a penny in the door on his first day at Sacred Heart.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** As season 5 goes on, more and more characters start to point out that, for all his wisdom and power, in trying to [[spoiler: bring on the Apocalypse, Lucifer]] is being little more than a bratty child throwing a tantrum because he didn't get a second serving of ice cream. [[ItsAllAboutMe He doesn't listen]].
** Sam's Inner!Lucifer seems to be all about this trope after his [[spoiler:mental wall is taken away by Cas.]] Two episodes are dedicated to mentioning/showing all the things Lucifer does simply to keep Sam from getting a night's sleep. They include singing "Stairway to Heaven" upwards of fifty times, shouting at him with a megaphone, making him think his food is filled with maggots, and blasting "Wake Up Little Susie" from a stereo while throwing firecrackers at the side of his bed.
** Zachariah goes to the trouble of making a fake Mary Winchester, just so he can make out with her to {{Squick}} Dean and Sam. He even proudly tells them as he's doing it, that while Lucifer may be strong -- he's petty. Tellingly, ''Supernatural'' is one of the few places you can see an angel refer to someone as a MILF.
* This trope put a damper on the popularity of Silas from ''Series/{{Kings}}''. Killing political enemies and manipulating the press? Par for the course for the resident MagnificentBastard. Publicly dropping a six-letter F-bomb on his own son? [[KickTheDog Not so much with the magnificent]].
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick's EvilTwin has plans to take over the world by breeding his own slave army, but he also takes pleasure in asserting his dominance over the rest of the Solomon family in various ways, from forcing one of them to wear skirts, forbidding them from using the car, and changing all of their names to "Tommy". As the Big Giant Head put it: "He should be considered armed and extremely unpleasant."
-->'''Evil Dick:''' When coupons arrive in the mail, I get first dibs. I may open a box of cereal to get the prize, but I do not then have to eat the cereal. The bathroom has been stocked with two kinds of toilet paper; I, ''and I alone'', get the quilted kind.
%%* Though Regina from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is a MagnificentBitch most of the time, many viewers felt that spray-painting "tramp" on the side of Mary Margaret's car was a bit beneath her. NOTE: It is never established, or even, IIRC, suggested that Regina did that. Pretty much the whole town hated Mary Margaret at that point.
* In the midst of trying to [[TheMole destroy Camelot from the inside]], Morgana from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' often takes the time to goad Guinevere on her relationship with Arthur.
* The crew of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' encountered a being MadeOfEvil, "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E22SkinOfEvil Armus]]", a black oil slick that had been created by some other race when they purified themselves of evil. The thing isn't too bright or clever, and all it wants is to torment people for its own amusement, but in rather pedestrian ways like "make Data point guns at everyone." Everyone else refuses to give him the emotional hand-wringing he desires, which frustrates him to no end.
* ''Series/BreakingBad''
** Walter White's slip into villainy takes a new low when, after tricking his former boss into selling his business at a loss, White refuses to let the man keep his framed "first dollar" keepsake purely out of spite. He then breaks it out and sticks it in a soda machine.
** In "[[Recap/BreakingBadS5E14Ozymandias Ozymandias]]", having already [[spoiler: sold Jesse into slavery, Walt stops the Neo-Nazis dragging him away...just long enough to tell Jesse that he was there the night Jane died, and chose not to save her.]] Creator/VinceGilligan considers this one of Walt's worst deeds due to its simple, pointless sadism.
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': Joe Carroll is a MagnificentBastard. He has one of his followers however, target the book critics that gave his book (which came out after he was arrested no less) bad reviews. Hardy even comments on how this seems unusually petty of him, but Carroll comments that he isn't above being petty.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Joffrey Baratheon:
*** TheCaligula Joffrey mocks Tommen for crying while Myrcella is sent to Dorne, then after having spent three seasons racking up an impressive list of atrocities, Joffrey demonstrates that he's not above a bit of small-scale dickery by taking away his dwarf uncle Tyrion's stepladder at his wedding, making him embarrass himself by struggling to reach up to his much taller bride, so that Tyrion has to ask Sansa to kneel for the fastening of the bridal cloak, causing the guests to laugh at Tyrion.
*** In Season 4, he finds time to humiliate his "uncle" Jaime, gloating over his poor record as a Knight of the Kingsguard compared to heroes like Ser Duncan the Tall and Ser Arthur Dayne, and the fact that he sat out of the war as a captive and returned as a cripple.
*** Joffrey's entire wedding and the immediate lead up to it, easily takes the cake. [[BaitTheDog Acting like he's grateful for the book his Uncle Tyrion gave him before chopping it in half]] (along with taunting Sansa about her father's execution), even though he's already '''won''' his damned war, he throws a disgustingly offensive dwarven reenactment of the War of the Five Kings to humiliate the losers even when friends and family of some of those people -- and in his brother-in-law's case the man himself -- are at the banquet[[note]]this quite possibly cemented the decision of said brother-in-law's grandmother to poison Joffrey by his confirming of his own monstrous reputation[[/note]], and there is his pointless torment of Tyrion afterwards (the guy who helped save his ass in "Blackwater").[[spoiler:Thankfully, [[AssholeVictim that's his final act]].]]
** Cersei Lannister has plenty of moments whenever she's feeling powerless where she makes people miserable, assuming she can get away with it, including deriding Sansa for keeping hope alive during the Battle of Blackwater and domineering Pycelle. This is best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better about her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to - first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then ordering the kitchen to feed the left overs of the wedding banquet to the dogs after the Queen said to offer them to the city's poor. When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one — after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences. [[spoiler:Case in point: after detonating the Great Sept of Baelor with everyone who ever stood in her way within, Cersei happily skips to the dungeons to torture a servant who once copped an attitude with her. Meanwhile, her despairing son Tommen, having lost literally everyone else in his life with the explosion and knowing full well Cersei was the responsible party, was left alone to step out of a very high window.]]
** Locke maims Jaime Lannister just because his aristocratic attitude was annoying. Oh, Jaime, you wish you hadn't tried to buy him now, don't you?
** Karl Tanner and his mutineers run on this trope, turning Jeor Mormont's skull into a cup and baiting Hodor with spears.
** Tywin Lannister. For all of his magnificence, the lord of Casterly Rock has done some extremely petty things:
*** When he discovered Tyrion had married Tysha he had the marriage annulled. This is reasonable and it serves as a message to his son. However, afterwards he had his garrison rape her while making Tyrion watch, which was completely unnecessary and only showed where Cersei got her pettiness from. In the books, Tywin then made Tyrion go last and pay her a gold instead of a silver.
*** When Tyrion asks him about inheriting Casterly Rock — being at this point the rightful heir — Tywin lashes out at him, blaming him for his wife's death, calling him stupid despite his brief and successful tenure as Hand of the King, and claiming he would rather die than make Tyrion his heir, despite Tyrion being the only one of his three children nearly as capable as himself.
*** Cersei points out that Tywin is obsessed with the ''idea'' of a great family line, at the expense of the next generation thereof.
** Due to jealousy over Tywin more or less running the kingdoms, when Tywin advised something, Aerys Targaryen would do the opposite purely out of spite and even turned most of the Lords against Tywin.
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Nevel always holds petty grudges against people for the simplest of things that annoy him the most. He tried to kiss Carly and vowed to destroy iCarly after she rejected his advances. He also yelled at a little girl for knocking over his jar of pickles in the supermarket. Pretty much anything that Nevel does is out of pettiness rather than actual evil.
* In season one of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' Lorne Malvo is an evil bastard who kills close to 40 people. However, he seems to take particular delight in petty acts of evil that corrupt other people. He convinces a teenager working at a motel to urinate in his boss's gas tank and then calls up the boss so the kid will be caught in the act. Malvo also calls up the dimwitted son of one of his victims, pretends to be the dead man's lawyer, and tells the kid that the will left everything to his younger brother. Malvo keeps a briefcase filled with tape recordings of strangers that he corrupted and led into ruin.
** Sam Hess is the crooked owner of a trucking company with strong mob connections. However, he still takes great delight in tormenting Lester Nygaard the same way he did when they were in high school.
** Lester Nygaard starts off as a sympathetic ButtMonkey who finally snaps and commits a horrible act. However, when he gets away with his crimes, he becomes a SmugSnake and soon starts exhibiting petty behavior similar to that of Hess.
* Series/{{Sherlock}}:
** In "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]", blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen exercises power over his victims through very petty actions. For example, having information that could get John Watson's wife killed, he tells him to try to keep his eye open while he (Magnussen) flicks it, and says that he's done the same thing to at least one other person. He also urinates in Sherlock's fireplace to demonstrate that he can do whatever he wants.
** A grimmer example of this happens in "[[Recap/SherlockS04E01TheSixThatchers The Six Thatchers]]", wherein [[spoiler:Vivian Norberry shoots and kills Mary in response to Sherlock's attempt to BreakThemByTalking. It is made clear to the audience that [[OffingTheAnnoyance this wouldn't have happened had Sherlock just shut up.]]]]
* Eobard Thawne/The Reverse-Flash/[[spoiler: Harrison Wells]] of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' is a legitimately threatening BigBad, but also spends a lot of time just being a major dick: He killed Barry's mom [[spoiler: just because Future!Barry stopped his plan to kill Present Day!Barry and he was pissed about it.]] Also, he apologizes to Cisco,[[spoiler: who he killed in an alternate timeline]], then adds that he isn't sorry for doing it, since he's sure he had a good reason, but he's [[{{Jerkass}} sorry that Cisco remembers it]].
** Taken UpToEleven in the second season, where we finally learn just ''why'' he hates the Flash so much in the first place. [[spoiler: [[DrivenByEnvy Because he can't be a hero like Barry]].]]
** In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' season two, he [[spoiler:manages to obtain an artifact that literally lets him rewrite reality as he sees fit. What does he use it to do? Take over as the owner of STAR Labs, and be a dick to everyone. That's...pretty much it.]]
** He later joins an AlternateUniverse version of the Nazis. Not because he shares their ideology, just to be a dick to Barry.
* Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, Holt's SitcomArchNemesis on ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' takes this to an art form. True, she's on the right side of the law, and she's [[EvenEvilHasStandards at least not a bigot]], but she's also the sort of person who'd install a portrait of herself in her foe's office just so she'd ''always'' be looking down on him, send an internal investigations officer into his precinct as a mole just to see if she can catch him screwing up, and threaten to make his squad, whom he considers his TrueCompanions, miserable by transferring to jobs they'd hate if he doesn't go along with what she wants. Why? Because she doesn't like Holt; that's the only reason. Wuntch is so petty, it's actually kind of ''impressive''.
* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' the residents of the Bad Place inflict terrible tortures, but they are also petty jerks who do things like ordering thousands of Hawaiian pizzas (the worst pizza) to someone's office, clipping their toenails at the dinner table, and having a train dining car that serves only room-temperature Manhattan clam chowder ''and'' is always closed. The season finale [[spoiler: reveals that the set-up for the whole show is one Bad Place architect deciding it would be more fun for them to pose as Good Place inhabitants and keep pranking the damned forever.]]
* Kuroto Dan/Kamen Rider Genm from ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'', despite being the man who put the planet at risk with the [[TheVirus Bugster Virus]], is largely motivated by equal parts spite and [[AGodAmI God complex]]. When his own ally Pallad turned on him in order to protect [[TheHero Emu Hojo]] out of his desire [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a fair fight with the hero]], Dan responds by telling Emu [[spoiler:that he's PatientZero for the Bugster Virus]], hoping to kill him ''entirely'' to screw over Pallad. He considers himself the "one true Game Master" and thus whenever someone develops an "unauthorized" [[TransformationTrinket Gashat]], he sets out to destroy it with a vengeance. Then TheReveal of his StartOfDarkness makes it even worse, showing that he's had these attitudes since he was a young man, thanks to being a prodigy who helped design video games for his father's company. [[spoiler:Then one day, he got a fan letter from a little boy named Emu Hojo, who submitted his own ideas for a game. The idea that anyone else would '''dare''' try to step on his glory offended Kuroto so much that he sent Emu a prototype game infected with an early version of the Bugster Virus to breed stronger Bugsters.]]
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' "Doomworld", the LegionOfDoom have rewritten reality to their [[VillainWorld liking]]. Some of these differences actually make the world better, but they get extremely petty with how they deal with the Legends.
** Thawne keeps Rip trapped in a miniaturized Waverider, turned Stein into a browbeaten employee, and Jax into a {{jerkass}} security chief who enjoys tormenting Stein. He's also turned Nate into a Basement-Dweller (with a far less stylish haircut, to boot) and Ray into a janitor.
** Darhk uses Sara and Amaya as his personal attack dogs.
** They are all topped however by Malcolm Merlyn who took the time to ensure Nyssa (who isn't even a Legend) is living a "miserable, closeted life in Ohio". Making it even ''more'' petty is that he apparently didn't make himself Ra's Al-Ghul in this reality, so he really did it ''just'' to be a dick. The mere mention of it even brings a smile to his face.

* The mad science fantasies in Music/BarenakedLadies' "Some Fantastic" apply murder and brainwashing to solve minor problems or make romantic gestures.
* Eartha Kitt's famous "I Wanna Be Evil" differs from standard {{Villain Song}}s in that she doesn't sing about riches, power or triumphing over the hero, just everyday Jerkassery and slightly unwholesome behavior.
* The protagonist of "When You're Evil" by Music/{{Voltaire}} is mean ForTheEvulz. He loves how much of an evil jerk he is.
-->While there's children to make sad,\\
While there's candy to be had,\\
Whille there's pockets to be pick,\\
While there's grannies left to trip\\
down the stairs, I'll be there,\\
I'll be waiting 'round the corner,\\
It's a game, I'm glad I'm in it,\\
'Cause there's one born every minute

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Done in excess with the majority of the Heel roster in any fraction or franchise in fictional wrestling, just to make sure the audience knows who to boo. Almost every bad guy wrestler is an overblown SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp, playing dirty tactics, picking on weaker or severely incapable members of the roster, or just in general finding [[IrrationalHatred any]] [[DisproportionateRetribution petty]] [[BadMoodAsAnExcuse excuse]] [[ItAmusedMe to make]] [[KickTheDog someone else's life an utter hell]]. A good example is Wrestling/{{Ryback}}, who went from dealing out potentially crippling injuries to guys in the ring to dumping a plate of food on some guy at the buffet table backstage and mocking him about it.
* Vince [=McMahon=] himself. After losing the Wrestling/{{ECW}} Championship (which he didn't win fairly in the first place) to Wrestling/BobbyLashley, Mr. [=McMahon=] [[VillainousBSOD temporarily lost his mind]], [[TranquilFury becoming eerily silent]] and then babbling random nonsense. When he recovered, he did everything he could to make everyone else feel as miserable as he did, starting with forcing titleholders into impromptu title matches in the hope they'd also lose their gold and culminating in "indefinitely suspending" Wrestling/AshleyMassaro [[DisproportionateRetribution because she accidentally spilled coffee on him]]. Which was made all the worse by his [[FauxAffablyEvil seeming reasonableness at first]], [[HopeSpot "forgiving" Ashley as long as there were other people around]] and then, once he had the two of them alone, vindictively turning on her and then mocking her when she burst into tears.
* Wrestling/{{Carlito C|olon}}aribbean Cool, during his then most recent feud against his enemy of thirteen years, Ray González, joined Juan Mauel Ortega's group that was put together to end Carlito's own family and The Revolucion dedicated to making sure he'd never be WWC Universal Champion again, used them to give what he thought was a CareerEndingInjury to González, went to Ray González's mini market to rearrange the merchandise, harassed Ray's son while he was at it, and then made a video of the whole thing so the audience could watch him watching it and laughing about it. The {{irony}} is that Carlito was so consumed by his desire to belittle Ray González that he didn't realize [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he basically became Ray González]] by doing everything [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis that lead him to become a pro wrestler in the first place.]]

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': PokeThePoodle[=/=]AristocratsAreEvil: In Act I Scene I, a Marquis explains the reason because the band of young Marquises always get late to the theater:
-->'''A Marquis (seeing that the hall is half empty):''' What now! So we make our entrance like a pack of woolen-drapers!\\
Peaceably, without disturbing the folk, or treading on their toes!—Oh, fie!\\
* In ''Theater/{{Ruddigore}}'', when Sir Despard must commit an evil act daily to appease his family curse, the only crime that his ghostly predecessors will give him a pass on is shooting a fox. For context, Victorian aristocrats would consider ''shooting'' it unsportmanlike, since that's what hounds are for.
* Iago in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' decides to destroy Othello's life over not getting the promotion he wanted.
* ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'': You might think a so-called genius like Faustus would be able to accomplish a lot with his demonic powers, but instead he squanders them on childish pranks.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Each Beholder considers itself the paragon of its kind, and will fly into a murderous frenzy upon seeing another, even if the differences between them are minute things like eye size or skin color.
** Shemeshka the Marauder often acts like this in the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' canon in general, and is especially like this in ''Fanfic/ShemeshkasPlanescapeStoryhour'', although she is more than capable of horrifically averting this trope is she chooses to.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'''s Nerull -- [[DivineRanks Greater God]] of Death, [[OmnicidalManiac Hater of Life]], [[CardCarryingVillain Foe of All Good]] -- is known for manifesting at gravesides just to put the fear of Himself in funeral-goers.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', this is kind of the Ebon Dragon's thing, as [[GodOfEvil the Principle of Villainy]]. [[TheDevilIsALoser To pathological extremes.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': As pointed out by Master Eraqus during a {{flashback}} in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'', [[BigBad Master Xehanort's]] entire plan to cause a second Keyblade War and essentially bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is motivated largely by [[ForScience his own personal curiosity]].
* Pick a Creator/BioWare RPG. Any [=Bioware=] RPG.
** In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', the only way for the game to register you being evil is to randomly murder townspeople, though you can also choose to be unpleasant to everyone you meet. Most of the main- and side-quests shift your reputation upwards, to the degree that the SuperpoweredEvilSide you eventually gain is often used by evil players just for controlling unchecked alignment growth.
** Similarly, the large number of quests that shift up your KarmaMeter in the first ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' mean that unless you go out of your way to threaten and murder people for no particular reason, you automatically do a HeelFaceTurn. Even a lot of actions that should be evil but aren't pointlessly so (like committing genocide on the Elk Tribe instead of negotiating peace) don't shift you down.
** Despite the pretenses of being a deeper philosophical movement, with only a few exceptions, the Way of the Closed Fist in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' in practice seems to amount to being a dick to everyone you meet, mugging peasants for insignificant amounts of silver, and generally ostracizing and ruining the lives of everyone around you for no other reason than because you can.
*** A particularly egregious example is a situation where a mother asks you to help her daughter who is being sold into slavery. The choices are to save the daughter, to sell the daughter AND the mother to the slaver or to convince the daughter to show her individual strength by killing the slaver and thus "earn" her freedom. According to the stated philosophy of the Closed Fist, the third option is the closest to it, as the daughter has proved that she has the strength and will to survive by overcoming her would-be captor. Yet, it is the cartoonishly evil option, selling both to the slaver, that earns the most Closed Fist points AND a Closed Fist martial arts move. Exemplified by the fact that, once you have enough Dark Si...Closed Fist points, the game actually unlocks a context-sensitive move to [[KickTheDog KICK PUPPIES.]]
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': The Sith in KOTOR are defined by this. The way their philosophy is written actually sounds reasonable - following your passions will lead to personal freedom. Taken to a reasonable level, this is putting the people/things you care about first. Taken to a realistically extremist level, this is being willing to protect the people/things you care about at the expense of anything else out there. Taken to StupidEvil, this is killing people just because you don't like them, or just because you can. Guess which one [=BioWare=] picked?
** A long sidequest that, at one point, requires you to notify a father of the death of his son (who was mauled by a pack of space wolves) offers the option to refer to the unfortunate lad as a chew toy. Truly a sign of pure evil. Although in Bioware's defense, it DOES offer the option to extort money from the poor man in exchange for his son's journal.
** Discussed in the second game. You can threaten to kill a beggar, sending him running away. Your creepy mentor Kreia will ask what the point was and the Exile will reply that these petty cruelties are all the universe gives them most of the time. Kreia suggests that with a little forethought, and the Force, even these little moments can be turned into greater tragedies.
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'' tends to be one of the better implementations of a KarmaMeter, with Paragon and Renegade being more like Merciful vs. Ruthless than Good vs. Evil. However, to get all the Renegade points still requires some level of petty jerkiness such being highly xenophobic and pointlessly rude. Thankfully, the special options requiring Renegade points are more just pragmatic and badass.
*** Stupid jellies.
*** Pointlessly killing enemies who've already surrendered, shaking people down for money, and helping carry out less than honorable tasks issued by morally ambiguous individuals.
*** Kai Leng, the series' biggest SmugSnake and immensely fun to hate, at one point sends Shepard a gloating email. He even uses a deceptive email title to trick you into reading it. Not to mention the [[CanonDiscontinuity infamous rumor]] that he once ate Captain Anderson's cereal.
*** General Oleg Petrovsky, of Cerberus, took Omega from Aria, has ruthlessly suppressed its citizenry, has a multistage plan to deal with Aria when she comes back, replaced her nightclub headquarters with a sophisticated tactical command hub... and threw out that couch [[SlouchOfVillainy she likes lounging around on]]. Certainly not the high point in his career. It does help get her angry enough to blindly charge into a trap later, though.
*** The BigBad of ''Mass Effect 3'''s DLC ''Citadel'' [[spoiler:(a Cerberus-crafted clone of Commander Shepard)]] may be the most petty villain in the series, including belittling Shepard's companions, getting Samantha Traynor fired for fraternization, and [[ThisMeansWar throwing Shepard's hamster in the garbage]] (with a note attached requesting it be sent to an animal shelter and euthanized), making Kai Leng appear humane, in comparison.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' doesn't have a KarmaMeter and thus has no mechanical way of measuring your evil. Still, many of the 'evil' dialogue options (Morrigan, Sten, Shale approve, Wynne, Alistair, Leliana disapprove) are needlessly confrontational and petty.
*** Still a lot less anvilicious than most [=BioWare=] {{Role Playing Game}}s. There are a lot of petty {{Jerkass}} options, but there are also a fair number where you can commit atrocities in a sneaky way and still end up looking like a saint. For example, [[spoiler: selling a child's soul for the power of blood magic.]] And in general, what your party members don't know won't hurt them.
*** [[spoiler: Bonus points for selling a child's soul for ''sex'']].
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[spoiler: a sillier version of Hawke considers Meredith's command to slaughter mages who have surrendered to him in the templar campaign of The Last Straw as being petty. When s/he decides to spare them, Meredith angrily glares at Hawke while her men carry out Hawke's orders.]]
*** Rather than talk their way through a situation, [[spoiler: Angry!Hawke can choose to demonstrate that they have no love for the Qunari to the resident fanatic racist mob by flat out killing the hostage, leaving the resident KnightTemplar shocked and impressed that you're actually as much of a jerk as him.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' plays it a little odd in regard to faction. Many times, the Republic players' "dark side" action is cold-hearted pragmatism (like sacrificing a ship's engineers or an obnoxious ambassador during a crisis instead of taking extra time to rescue them) and the Light Sided actions are very much "WideEyedIdealist." The Empire's Light side actions are more PragmaticVillainy or NobleDemon, with their Dark Side actions falling ''squarely'' in this territory. Oddly enough, on flashpoints that are shared by both factions [[DeliberateValuesDissonance what is the Light Sided option for one faction is the Dark Sided one on the other]].
* ''VideoGame/FableI''. There are very few evil sidequests, and several of the story quests give good points, so the only way to get evil points is random acts of cruelty, such as petty theft, random murder, and the game's MoralEventHorizon: beating your wife, which is viewed as ''ten times as evil'' as actually killing her. There are a (very) few story actions that are construed as evil, but you're railroaded into saving the world anyway.
** ''VideoGame/FableII'' is much better about this: the main story quests are neither good ''nor'' evil, but you get the option of committing ''decidedly'' evil acts during at least one such quest. In addition, every sidequest either has an evil path from the beginning or culminates in a choice between good and evil by the end of it. [[EvilIsEasy It's much, ''much'' easier to go full evil and never go back]]. Conversely, it's much ''harder'' to go full good and never go back.
** One quest in ''VideoGame/FableIII'' has you tracking down rare books for the Brightwall Academy. A few of them are of famous killers, but one of them is not a killer at all; The author only wrote that he was to make his life miserable. All because he sat in the author's chair.
* Wario and Waluigi from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series mix this with GoldfishPoopGang. Usually, their shenanigans when they appear together consist of doing something dickish because of some petty reason (like losing a tennis match) or for fun. There are times, however, when the things they do are pretty dangerous.
** Especially [[HarmlessVillain Waluigi]]. Most of his acts consist of doing something crazy or jerkish for no explicit reason. Like the time when two Shy Guys interrupted him while he was [[StalkerWithoutACrush looking for Luigi]], asking him if they could borrow his binoculars. Waluigi threatened to beat them up if they showed up again. As the two Shy Guys fled, Waluigi sneered and cackled to himself, proclaiming: [[ThirdPersonPerson "Nobody gets between Waluigi and his scheming."]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' adopts a karma system that gives more evil brownie points for petty and obnoxious comments and actions, and yet the scale so easily slides toward good that you can nuke an unsuspecting population and, if you don't pay attention, you'll be a saint before you realize! This is bizarre coming from a development company that has tended toward reputation over alignment-based systems, applied to a series that has never placed as much story or game emphasis on karma as on reputation, and in a genre that just doesn't support the polar alignment model.
** The earlier ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games essentially invert this trope, as every little errand you can run for anyone gives good karma, even if you're paid to do it. Bad karma is usually only gained from the bad choices in large quests or wanton slaughter.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' puts little emphasis on karma, so the game mostly averts this. That, and it's borderline impossible to end up with anything but Very Good karma, unless you ironically choose to not fight back against Powder Gangers trying to rob you, which would be something you'd think a Good character would do.
*** In-story, we have BigBad Caesar, a man who threatens to kill you if you bring up his defeat at Hoover Dam and throws a temper tantrum, complete with name calling, if you refuse to work for him. In ''Honest Hearts'' it's also revealed that he ordered New Canaan -- a peaceful, prosperous, altruistic town -- to be [[RapePillageAndBurn slaughtered and burned]]. He did this just to spite Joshua Graham, who was born there.
*** For the NCR, there's Colonel Cassandra Moore. If the player works with Ambassador Dennis Crocker to resolve the situation with the Kings peacefully as well as make a truce with the Brotherhood of Steel, Moore will not only get Crocker fired from his job but also go on a smear campaign that reduces the Courier's rep with the NCR.
*** Dean Domino is pretty much the entire reason the Sierra Madre is full of aggravating bullshit that can easily kill you, including poisonous gas that constantly ticks down your health whenever you are outside. It was all part of his scheme to utterly ruin the Sierra Madre's owner, Frederic Sinclair. Why did he want to ruin Sinclair? Because Sinclair was ''happier than him''. Also, it's completely impossible to get him to side with you in the end if you ever insult him. And by by "insult," it means that you've got to choose the most grovelling, butt-kissing dialog option with him every time you talk with him while he's a total dick who you'd probably gun down within two seconds if it weren't for your ExplosiveLeash.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/InFamous'', where, while you have the option of being a dick and killing random people for the lulz, such actions don't give you evil points. Just like killing enemies won't give you good points. The good/evil axis is defined instead as selflessness vs. selfishness: are you going to turn off that valve and get more psychotropic gunk all over you or are you going to make that random dude there do it for you?
** You actually do gain tiny amounts of evil karma for assaulting random pedestrians, but it's hardly enough to notice unless you really invest some time in it, and you can actually recover it by healing them afterward.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', you are advised against overly indulging in the VideogameCrueltyPotential.
* With [[DrivenToSuicide rare exceptions]], "evil" in ''VideoGame/ForumWarz'' is almost exclusively petty, since there's not much you can do to people over the Internet. Most of your darker actions are things like directing people to {{Shock Site}}s or faking a terrorist threat.
* [[spoiler: Hades]], from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', just loves to make fun of Pit and kick him when he's down, and that's before he admits that [[ForTheEvulz committing acts of destruction and evil is his idea of a good time]].
-->'''Palutena:''' You would think the [[spoiler: Lord of the Underworld]] would be too busy for mischief making.\\
'''[[spoiler:Hades]]:''' Oh, ''no''. Making mischief is one of my principal responsibilities.
* Gig in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', who tries to encourage Revya to do anything that might be constructed as evil. This starts out with encouraging acts like mass murder and genocide, and, when that fails, stuff like being rude to your companions, pickpocketing people, and gluttony. One place it is averted, however, is [[spoiler:in the Demon Path. Revya goes right on to using his/her powers for mass murder and wanton destruction, and suddenly, Gig isn't too fussed about the little stuff any more. Possibly because Revya very quickly makes ''Gig's'' evil look petty.]]
** From [[TheCorrupter Gig's]] standpoint, this is actually pretty logical. If he can't corrupt Revya enough to [[GrandTheftMe let him take the driver's seat]] through quick, monstrous evil. He'll have to hope that tempting him/her towards smaller, less obviously objectionable acts will be enough to eventually do the job. [[spoiler: If Revya's gone [[OmnicidalManiac Demon Path]], Gig quickly realizes his evil wasn't nearly monstrous ''enough'' for Reyva.]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' featured several villains who seemed mainly to be involved with the Knights Templar for political cover who are as mean, vicious, and cruel as possible, though Vieri de' Pazzi and Marco Barbarigo stand out as the most overt examples; overall, the Templar order seems to have devolved towards this by the time of the game's events (compared to its ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Assassin's Creed]]'' incarnation).
** [[BigBad Rodrigo Borgia]] himself mentions to Ezio that he didn't need to execute Ezio's brothers Federico and Petruccio (their father was the star witness against a Borgia-backed conspiracy), but did it simply because he could.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, it's generally accepted that, [[CardCarryingVillain no matter what demons themselves actually tell you]], most of them aren't really ''evil'' so much as they're just jackasses.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [=GLaDOS=] has a habit of slinging petty insults at Chell for killing her in the first game, most of them being targeted at her weight and saying how she's a horrible person. (And in ''both'' games she insults Chell because she was adopted. For some reason, [=GLaDOS=] thinks that's a bad thing.)
* In ''VideoGame/CrisisCoreFinalFantasyVII'' Chapter 3, Zack is about to run after Angeal and Genesis... trips him.
* This is one of Alphonse's defining traits in ''VideoGame/MacGuffinsCurse''. Among other things, he pressured the mayor into banning the performing arts, just so he could get revenge on one performer (the protagonist) for seducing his girlfriend. (Also, he paid someone to cut a school bus' brakes just because the bus cut him off in traffic, but that ties into a different aspect of his evil...)
* [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered bastard]] who brings a constant barrage of general nastiness ForTheEvulz. He frequently calls up the [[PlayerCharacter Vault Hunters]] from time to time just to throw petty mockery at them, and can be counted on to twist the knife after every PlayerPunch.
** Hyperion in general, possibly because Jack is the head of the company. From building respawn machines that mock you to giving you, as a quest reward, a gun that ''berates you for firing it'', Hyperion can be relied upon to go out of its way to make everyone's life just a little bit worse.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': Ultimately, [[BigBad Skull Face's]] entire EvilPlan is a mix of being DrivenByEnvy towards Big Boss and twisted payback at Zero, the latter because he's pissed [[spoiler: at a black project Zero might not have even gone through with]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'':
** In the Jetstream Sam DLC, [[BigBad Senator Armstrong]] expresses disgust with cherry blossoms and other forms of transient beauty upon seeing the Japanese-style garden in World Marshal. He even states that, at the very least, he was going to fire the "candy-ass" who designed said garden.
** Similarly, in the Bladewolf DLC, Mistral sets up an elaborate BatmanGambit to dupe Bladewolf into killing Khamsin simply because she found the latter obnoxious and annoying.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'' makes the ''point'' that petty evils are just as significant as great evils. The millions of petty evils you're used to committing as an RPG protagonist (B&E, petty theft, occasional muggings and murders, running away before your allies do, etc...) are progress-hampering errors in a game where the goal is to become a paragon of self-denying and self-sacrificing virtue. Most evils you perform are, when weighed against the crimes of villains past, petty and basically meaningless - but any of them can stop you in your tracks until you atone for them.
** The Virtues which became a staple of the series from then on were partly a response to real life criticisms that the previous Ultimas let you be as evil and petty as you liked without consequence. While this and future games would continue to allow you to be horribly petty up to causing a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt mass extinction event]] because you're ''bored'', the series would no longer simply allow you to do it without consequence.
* In ''the [[VideoGame/TheSims Sims 3]]'', Sims with the "Evil" trait can do things like steal candy from babies, [[{{Troll}} troll internet forums]], ask a genie for "world misery," and donate money to sabotage a charity.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' has a few examples:
** Clockwerk from [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus the first game]], who went so far as to [[{{Cyborg}} roboticize himself]] to stay alive for hundreds of years just to stalk and destroy the entire Cooper family line simply because he was jealous of their reputation.
** Le Paradox from [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]]. At first, it seems like a case of AvengingTheVillain because his father was shamed by Sly's own and left holding the bag for a crime he himself was about to commit, but it turns out he doesn't care about that: even though he's got a large power base already and is a VillainWithGoodPublicity, he still feels the need to TimeTravelForFunAndProfit and steal the Cooper family's various canes simply to prove he's a better thief than them. Sly even calls him out on it; he blew his own cover to Carmelita and triggered Sly's interference because of his ego, and it cost him everything.
* Killing people because they [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney called you out on your underhanded prosecution]] or [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney changed to a more respectable attorney at the last minute]] seems to play out commonly in the world of ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In ''VideoGame/SonicShuffle'', Eggman doesn't factor into the story: his only role in the game is to provide a hindrance to players in events and mini-games, which can range from stealing a player's rings to abducting losers in some mini-games to [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking shaking up a soda can and sticking it in a pop machine the players will order from]].
** In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', Metal Sonic's entire scheme of copying the powers and traits of Sonic and his friends to empower himself stems solely from his grudge and desire to defeat Sonic and prove that he is better than him.
** ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'': [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Zeena]] of the Deadly Six. She develops a grudge against Sonic after their first meeting results in him messing up her nail polish, which only gets worse after he gives her a BackhandedApology over it.
** ''VideoGame/SonicForces'': Infinite manages to make the examples above look like the pinnacles of maturity. He helps Dr. Eggman take over the world, [[spoiler: murders the Avatar's entire squad]], beats Sonic within an inch of his life, and generally does everything in his power to inflict suffering on everyone around him. Why? [[spoiler: [[ItsAllAboutMe To soothe his fragile ego]]. He used to be the leader of a mercenary team and went around [[SmallNameBigEgo boasting about being "the Ultimate Mercenary"]] until Shadow effortlessly defeated him. His arrogance meant he couldn't accept the idea of others being better than him, so he joined up with Eggman to get access to the Phantom Ruby and become stronger. All the evil things he does are done purely because [[TheBully he's a petty, sadistic bully who hurts people to feel better about himself]].]] By the end of the game [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Eggman sees him as utterly pathetic]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', [[spoiler:Hugh Darrow is willing to drive a good chunk of the world insane to smear augmentation technology, ostensibly to prevent the {{Illuminati}} from using it for MindControl. Except he's not even ''consciously aware'' that he's doing it because he himself is incompatible with augmentation technology; while anyone else with the money can turn themselves into a superhuman, he, its inventor, is stuck with a cane and a leg brace. When Adam uses his [[CompellingVoice CASIE mod]] to point this out, the revelation that he's committed ''the worst terrorist act in recorded history'' simply because he feels “I was betrayed by my own genetics! Ruined by my own flesh!” ''will'' trigger a VillainousBreakdown]].
* The Combine "Civil Protection" goons in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' are happy to assault citizens for littering, loitering, getting within a few feet of them, or just because they feel like it. It quickly becomes apparent that undercover resistance member Barney isn't exaggerating when he mentions his "beating quota".
** The most iconic example of this is just before leaving the train station, you have to get past a CP officer blocking a doorway who waits for you to get close, knocks an empty can off a trash bin, and makes you dispose of it before letting you through. It's simultaneously a tutorial on how to solve future physics puzzles and a way not to feel bad about all the Civil Protection grunts you'll be mowing down in later levels.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', while not [[BlueAndOrangeMorality inherently "evil"]], this is a trait of Hermaeus Mora, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC, Mora covets the secrets of the [[NobleSavage Skaal]], a shamanistic [[HornyVikings Nord]] community on the isle of [[GrimUpNorth Solstheim]]. Said secrets are nothing more than religious rituals of no real consequence or meaning to outsiders, but Hermaeus Mora refuses to help the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] against [[BigBad Miraak]] unless he gets the secrets, because as the Prince of Knowledge, he can't abide the thought of ''not'' knowing something.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has the titular mask itself. While its ultimate goal is to destroy Termina, that doesn't stop it from committing smaller and petty acts of cruelty such as shattering the Great Fairies into fragments of themselves, de-aging Kaefi into a child days before his wedding, turning Link into a Deku Scrub, attacking Koume in Woodfall Swamp and cursing Termina's four main regions. Unlike most examples, however, this only serves to make Majora all the more terrifying as like the Joker above, it seems completely indiscriminate in its villainy. Whether it's ruining someone's life, turning people into strange objects, or wanton acts of mass slaughter, it's all part of the same sick game.
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': pretty much the reason Prince [=LaCroix=] keeps trying to get you killed in increasingly more dangerous suicide missions, no matter how useful and loyal you have been to him. He knows [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating absolutely nobody in Los Angeles remotely like or respect him]] and the only reason he is still in power is because [[TheDragon the Sheriff]] scares away opponents, and you just happen to be the only person he can throw his weight against, as well as someone he spared only to preserve his image.
** In a rather hilarious case of this trope, Andrei the Tzimisce, one of the major villains in the game. When he isn't using his powers to create hideous monsters out of people he murders or coming up with plans to defeat the Camarilla, he apparently likes to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny troll late night radio shows]].
* ''VideoGame/Persona4'':
** When [[spoiler: Tohru Adachi]] is revealed as the true culprit behind the murders, it's also revealed that both of his initial murders are for incredibly petty and perverted reasons; the first one was just him throwing a temper tantrum because a celebrity he had a crush on had an affair, and the second was just because he saw a high school girl talking to an older man and deemed her a "whore" who had to die. From then on, he freely admits that he did everything else, including the other attempted murders, purely [[ForTheEvulz because he could]], and [[ItAmusedMe because it was fun]]; the Investigation Team even lampshade how petty and immature he is.
** The first suspect for the murders, [[spoiler: Mitsuo Kubo]], is arguably just as bad, if not worse. He tried to take credit for the murders [[FameThroughInfamy purely because]] [[AttentionWhore he wanted people to pay attention to him]], and went so far as to [[JackTheRipoff commit an]] ''[[JackTheRipoff actual]]'' [[JackTheRipoff murder]] to this end. The entire Investigation Team is rightfully disgusted by his reasoning.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5''
** Masayoshi Shido, who proves he is willing to ruin innocent people's lives at the slightest provocation; just ask the Protagonist (framed for assault after he intervened in Shido's attempt to rape his subordinate), Futaba ([[spoiler:blamed for her mother's "suicide" after Shido pulled a HeKnowsTooMuch on her]]), or [[spoiler:Akechi's mother (abandoned after she got pregnant with his bastard son, driving her to suicide and turning Akechi into a man willing to kill countless people for acknowledgement and revenge)]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also cuts Ryuji in line for the elevator at one point.]]
** The Traitor, who explains in a MotiveRant to the rest of the Phantom Thieves that [[spoiler:he's a BastardBastard who only wants the attention of his father, Shido. And even then, just to rip it away from him by publicly revealing himself as Shido's bastard son after Shido is elected Prime Minister, which would cause a massive political scandal]]. However, after defeating the Traitor in battle, they admit they don't really care about their stated objective; [[IJustWantToBeSpecial they just want to prove they're better than Joker]].
* Sephiroth's deeds in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' run the gamut between: torching a town of innocent civilians; [[MindControl manipulating]] Cloud into obtaining an artifact of unspeakable black magic and delivering it to him; summoning a Meteor to kill all life on the Planet other than himself; killing the woman attempting to stop him; {{Gaslighting}} various characters, especially Cloud, apparently more out of amusement than because it helps his plan; and throwing a Materia at Cloud like a rock before flying off over Cloud's head with his mouth open.
** There's a reason Sephiroth likes to torment Cloud; Spikey had challenged Sephiroth during the Nibelheim incident and ''won'' [[spoiler:and Cloud had been a regular infantry grunt at the time]]. Sephiroth's {{Pride}} just won't let him accept this, so he uses every opertunity he can to "put Cloud back in his place", so to speak. Still petty, though.
* In ''Videogame/SpookysJumpScareMansion'', Spooky has a rather lofty goal: [[spoiler:conquer the world with an ArmyOfTheDead culled from the mansion's many victims.]] Her ''motivation'' on the other hand is as petty as it gets: [[spoiler:she was an adorable little girl who wanted to scare people, but her own cuteness got in the way. The sole reason she wants to take over the world with an army of ghosts is so that no one will ever call her "cute" again.]]
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': While more of an AntiHero than truly evil, Kain has shades of this.
** In the first ''Soul Reaver'', it's believed that the reason he has Raziel executed is simply because Raziel [[WingedHumanoid grew wings]] and Kain was jealous that Raziel evolved before he did. ''Defiance'' subverts it by revealing that the truth of it is ''far'' more complicated; The visions within the Chronoplast informed him of Raziel's future, and in executing Raziel and ensuring his resurrection as a wraith, he created a creature that truly possesses free will and thus was ImmuneToFate, a key factor in his ultimate goal to restore Nosgoth.
** Kain holds a particular dislike of Malek, as he was the only Pillar Guardian in ''Blood Omen'' he couldn't defeat in single combat; he had to summon Vorador to do it. He defaced Malek's headstone in the Tomb of the Sarafan, and in ''Defiance'', when he needs to retrieve a sword and shield for a statue of Malek to open the path forward, he takes a moment to snark that restoring the statue's dignity is not a task he enjoys.
* [[BigBad Megatron]] from ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' and [[VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron its sequel]] at first tells [[BigGood Optimus]] and his Autobots to leave Cybertron but they refuse to do so until they discover Cybertron is [[ApocalypseHow shutting down]] and they need to go but Megatron starts shooting down their escape ships because they defied him. He's even worse in the second game, trying to destroy the ark and even chasing it down in a warship because "No one leaves without his permission".

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Adam Taurus wants to make Blake suffer by slaughtering everyone close to her, all because she walked away from him when she couldn't stomach his increasingly violent behavior any more. Blake believes that Adam's desire to destroy humanity isn't because he believes that equality between humans and Faunus is impossible, but rather because he doesn't ''want'' equality to come about due to the injustices that he personally suffered in the past. To drive home just how pitiful he is, Blake admits that she's come to see him as the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment]] of spite. Not hate or even rage, just spite.
* O'Malley the megalomaniacal AI from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' once launched into an evil rant when handling a $20 co-pay for his host's medical services.
-->'''O'Malley:''' Hah, huhaha you fool, and we want the twenty dollars up front!\\
'''Church:''' Fine!\\
'''O'Malley:''' And in cash...\\
'''Church:''' Oh whatever!\\
'''O'Malley:''' Ah you moron! If you'd used a credit card you could have gotten airline miles! Or at least a thirty day grace period with no interest. You fiscally irresponsible fools!
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Tzeentch comes across less like MagnificentBastard he is in canon and more like petty bully, swinging insults at Magnus and launching into overthinking everything just to annoy the Emperor. Nurgle as well, as his idea of making the Emperor go over to their side consists of giving him phantom itching.

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* The [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050828 Duh-mentors]] from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* The reason for [[Webcomic/{{Sinfest}} Lil' Evil's]] existence. At least, it ''used'' to be...
* Xykon of the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' positively [[ForTheEvulz revels in being evil]]. Sure, he's got his EvilPlan for [[TakeOverTheWorld World Domination]]. But he's never so busy being the BigBad that he won't take time to [[BadBoss kill his minions]] because they asked for a pay raise, kill his minions because they asked to be paid, or inflict pointless suffering on random innocents out of boredom. He once murdered a potential minion vying for his allegiance just because his name was too long to remember. As is clearly spelled out in ''StartOfDarkness'', he thinks EvenEvilHasStandards is for pussies. The author states that not only is he completely evil, but he's also "[[{{Jerkass}} kind of a dick]]".
** And the protagonist team's TokenEvilTeammate Belkar is just as bad. If he can't get away with pillage and mass murder, he'll happily settle for petty theft and random insults ForTheEvulz. Even as he begins to undergo some character development, Belkar seems determined to maintain an image of pettiness so others won't notice his mild alignment shift.
** Tarquin also falls into this, to the point of trying to destroy a man's life for daring to speak to him as an equal.
* [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/stolen-pixels/5728-Stolen-Pixels-62-And-Your-Little-Dog-Too This]] ''Stolen Pixels'' presents Lucien, BigBad of ''VideoGame/FableII'', as this trope. Given he in-game kills your family and dog only because he ''can'', he may be an example of the trope canonically as well (but since he's the villain, he has no KarmaMeter).
* ''WebComic/EerieCuties'': This applies to Melissa whenever she's in [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor "Heel"-mode.]] During which, she'll lash out at anyone who gets on her bad side, [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/even_for_you! even if it's unprovoked.]] Simply ''[[TemptingFate looking]]'' [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/you_had_that_look at her the wrong way]] is enough to make her cast a spell on whoever did it. She even cast a spell on Layla [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/art_scholarship_-_interlude_(guest_strip)_2_of_4 to take away her boobs]], just 'cuz ''[[DisproportionateRetribution she said]]'' Melissa couldn't compete with her figure.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': If you think Mel's petty, [[EvilRedhead Cerise]] has her beat by a landslide. So much so, that she was willing to [[spoiler: kill 9 classmates, including her two best friends, Melissa and Jacqui]] [[SkewedPriorities for the sake]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/even_her_enemies of popularity!]]
* The villains of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' commit murder and attempt to destroy the town several times, but their entire goal is to prevent [[AuthorAvatar Chris]] from getting laid and post homoerotic art of the Sonichus online.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'': The character Allegro definitely counts. Discussed and lampshaded [[http://ferretcomic.com/554 here.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2009-02-24 this filler strip]] shows Pandora considers nonsensical graffiti to be ChaoticEvil. [[spoiler: Later comics reveal that she's not actually evil, she just likes doing random and occasionally annoying things because she finds them funny]].
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' has Richard, who throughout the series has several moments of both badass villainy and this, both shown in his [[https://youtu.be/fcbazH6aE2g musical number]].
* The Blacksmiths of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', after losing the second ''ba'' to Edith, start to harass her daily and pick fights with her by stealing her stuff and forcing her to battle them to get it back. At some point, they take her phone and change her Instagram password before she can get it back.

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* The Ivory Lagiacrus from the Jaya hunting mission in ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars''. It destroyed ships around Jaya for the hell of it, posed in photos like an egotist and took a little girl's ice cream cone. The hashtag for that particular picture was YOLO.
* In ''WebVideo/MusicalHell'', Diva makes no secret of the fact that she sometimes judges a movie's "sins" based on purely petty reasons. Or in her own words: "I'm a demon. I don't do ''fair''."
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'' gives us [[BigBad the Shade]], who kidnaps the heroine and leaves a note for her mentor, mocking him in LeetLingo.
* On ''PodCast/IfIWereYou'', Jon Wolf pretty much ''is'' this trope. Hosts Jake and Amir will frequently recount stories of Jon Wolf going out of his way to make the lives of others more inconvenient. To cite one particularly petty example, he and his friends will frequently go to a fancy restaurant and each of them will order the most expensive item on the menu (usually lobster). Once their dinner is served, none of them will take a single bite, and they'll leave the restaurant without so much as touching their food. They'll ''pay'' for their food and even leave a hefty tip, but they won't eat it. And Jon Wolf does this solely for the satisfaction of knowing that the restaurant will have to throw out several perfectly good lobsters later that night.
* This is probably the most disturbing and terrifying thing about the main antagonists of ''WebComic/DeepRise'': they will intentionally and thoroughly sacrifice themselves after decades of ruthless genocide ''just to insult the protagonists''. This is the equivalent of stomping on a horde of ants for fun, then lying down and slitting your throat so the ants can eat you alive. The fact that they will go to such lengths just to control a few individuals within a civilization that they have no respect for is well-discussed and derails most of the protagonists' plans. [[spoiler:It turns out that as much as they loathe the protagonists, they HATE the "Alien Sunshine and Ponies Forevah" Royal EVEN MORE - and the protagonists are the only ones who can kill her.]]
* [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazi leadership]] in ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar'' engage in this when it [[MoralEventHorizon issues Order 571]]: as the Nazis are losing the war in Europe, they begin withdrawing back behind the German border and systematically destroying anything of cultural significance as they go. [[spoiler:This include a ''televised'' destruction of Paris so thorough that the capital of post-war France has to be moved to Lyon.]] In-universe, post-war historians are baffled at the insanity of diverting a considerable amount of military manpower and resources to what is effectively glorified vandalism.
* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'' has POTUS [[spoiler:Donald Rumsfeld]] ordering for [[spoiler:wounded US soldiers to be executed by their own officers, just to duck out of paying for their medical expenses]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Gunther]] is apparently the most evil being that [[HumanoidAbomination Hunson Abadeer]], the so-called Lord of Evil, has ever met. When he gains the power to take over Ooo in "Reign of Gunthers", all he does is force its citizens to provide him with an endless stream of glass objects for him to break. (Though his evil credentials are helped by his willingness to destroy ''sapient'' glass.)
* Roger of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is a self-proclaimed sociopath and as such takes this trope to its most extreme, victimizing or destroying others either for some [[DisproportionateRetribution minor slight]] or [[ItAmusedMe sheer curiosity or boredom]]. He once convinced Steve he was adopted for stealing his cookie for example, going so far as to burn all of Steve's baby pictures, and another point tried to ''blow up the Earth'' because Stan insulted him (which itself was provoked by Roger being his usual apathetic self). There is some slight justification as his species are in fact MadeOfEvil, and if they don't let out their "bitchiness" on a frequent basis it takes the form of a poisonous bile that kills them. Since he has [[LackOfEmpathy little to no problem]] with this behavior however, it still counts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', almost every villain has been a small, petty, spiteful person to some extent or another. However, most of them are made no less and, in fact, are more dangerous because of it.
** Ozai is a twisted psychopath who tried to set half the world on fire and mutilated his son for speaking out of turn and is jealous of his brother.
** Azula's primary motivations are getting approval from Daddy and destroying her brother because he was Mummy's favorite. On the other side of things, apart from trying to murder children, she also spends a vacation literally kicking over little kids' sandcastles.
** Zhao has a personal rivalry with a teenager and a 12-year-old that has driven him to hiring assassins at least once.
** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
*** Book 2 has Unalaq as one of the {{Big Bad}}s, and while their ultimate plan is impressively large-scale, he takes time out from it to personally screw with his older brother simply because he hates him. Also counts as holding the VillainBall. This ultimately becomes his undoing as Korra eventually finds out his true motives sooner and ends up unraveling his plans.
*** Kuvira, the BigBad of Book 4. Much like Unalaq, she has large scale goals and ambitions, but she has a habit of doing petty and unnecessary things to people she's already screwed over often just to prove she can such as forcing the Governor of Yi to [[KneelBeforeZod pledge his loyalty to her]] ''after'' she forced him to sign an unfair contract reducing him to a mere figurehead or using her authority to get Prince Wu booted out of the Presidential Suite and then smugly telling him that she always gets what she wants. Unlike Unalaq, however, she's crafty enough to only do so when she knows she can get away with it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ComicBook/TheJoker, at least for a majority of his first season appearances, is this. His plots amount to ruining Christmas for Batman and Gotham, ruining the mayor's son's birthday party, ruining a party in honor of Commissioner Gordon, attempting to patent something that legally cannot be patented, and then gassing the guy at the patent office who told him so...oh, and he obsessively stalks an average guy and his family and then forcibly recruits him into one of his plots, all because the guy cussed at him while driving. Which is part of what makes the character so scary - he doesn't differentiate between grandiloquent evil and petty evil. It's all equally relevant.
** In "Cold Comfort", Mr. Freeze spends the entire episode [[KickTheDog kicking dogs]] simply because it would make them miserable, thinking they would share the pain he feels from his wife leaving him [[spoiler:and his body having deteriorated entirely except for his head.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin) is a rude overbearing jerk in addition to being a villain. In his introductory scene (party-crashing a charity fund-raiser), he high-handedly orders Alfred around ([[MaliciousMisnaming addressing him as "Jeeves"]]) and gets himself slapped while hitting on a woman. On his way out he makes his donation by way of throwing a wad of cash into a fireplace forcing Alfred to stomp it out. When Alfred unwraps it, it turns out to be just a bunch of $1 bills.
* The Highbreed of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' consider themselves the MasterRace and want to wipe out all other species in the universe. The thing is, they ''aren't'' doing this simply because they think they're superior and everyone who isn't them needs to die (like [[ThoseWackyNazis some people]]). No, that's somehow not petty ''enough''. They're doing this because their efforts to maintain the purity of their gene pool has left them all sterile due to inbreeding, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum and they can't stand the thought of any other species outliving them]].
* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''. He is supposed to be The Satan, yet he has nothing better to do than mess with the main characters.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'', the BigBad, Genghis Rex, decides to grab a phone book and ''prank call'' people because he is bored.
* The Devil in ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''. In his introductory scene, he pops a kid's balloon, kicks an old lady's cane out from under her and keys a car.
* In the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''/''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' animated crossover, Hades is constantly berating Jafar for how petty his plans and schemes are, such as giving up on conquest for control over the world and the throne of the gods just for petty revenge against a single mortal who tricked him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'', J.P. Morgan is shown stealing candy from a child, then giving her a balloon in exchange, then popping the balloon as he cackles at his own evilness.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] tends to fall into this a lot. Once, [[WordOfGod in an interview]], Creator/JhonenVasquez commented that Zim wasn't really stupid; he just had a horrible sense of priorities--he took the episode "Megadoomer" as an example, where Zim gets a HumongousMecha and immediately decides that "beating up [[HeroAntagonist Dib]]" is its best possible use (to the exclusion of taking any time to devise a practical power source for it).
* [[{{Satan}} Lucius Heinous VII]] on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Some of his acts include stealing all the water in Miseryville for his pool, forcing his YesMan to fetch him something, then complaining he did it wrong no matter how accurate he gets it, and other such acts.
* Aku, the main antagonist of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack,'' cannot resist committing [[KickTheDog unnecessarily cruel and petty acts]] to people he's already screwed over, often to prove he can or just for a sick kick at their expense. He ends up taking it to StupidEvil levels as he ''always'' backstabs anyone he makes a deal with, just to laugh at their misfortune.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' has this with the demon Derek in the episode "Johnny's Inferno". His idea of evil amounts to petty and rather childish things, such as disobeying a "keep off the grass" sign, going into the ten-items-or-less line at the grocery store with eleven items and then paying in Canadian pennies, tampering with a "YouMustBeThisTallToRide" sign at an amusement park, and then turning off the city reservoir's filter system simply to give the water supply "a nasty, metally taste."
* Invoked in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' by the Flash, who is inhabiting Lex Luthor's body at the time and trying to avoid discovery, as per the page quote above.
** Of course, this humorous pettiness goes unquestioned, because it's supported by Luthor's actual example in the previous season. His entire presidential campaign in the second season had nothing to do with his real EvilPlan [[spoiler:uploading his mind into an Amazo android]]. Luthor ran for President just to, in his own words, "tick Superman off", and he's quite successful at doing so. He even based a ''side'' plan around this, via BriarPatching AmandaWaller and Project Cadmus, attempting to provoke the heroes to rash behavior so the world will lose faith in them.
* The main villain of ''WesternAnimation/LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers'', W.C. Moore, spends a surprising amount of time inflicting a minor form of ElectricTorture on his chief underling and swindling kids at games of marbles using his remote-controlled {{Unobtainium}} super-marble.
* Most of the villains from ''WesternAnimation/MegaBabies'' fall into this category.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "A Canterlot Wedding", the bride Princess Cadance is mostly cold towards everyone, insists on being addressed formally, and is demanding and critical about everything that will be part of the wedding, including refusing to let the groom wear something that belonged to his favorite uncle because she just doesn't like it -- even though [[spoiler:she's actually a shapeshifting impostor who only cares about it all as emphasizing her triumph in having fooled everyone (or some reason like that), and she's supposed to be masquerading as a pony whose normal behavior is the exact opposite]]. Most characters put this down to stress, but it's a big part of why Twilight Sparkle comes to suspect her of "being evil". Makes it a case of the VillainBall, really, which ball she continues to carry in the next stage of the plot.
** Discord has godlike powers and is overall one of the most powerful characters in the show, meaning he could momentatily get rid of all his opponents if he wanted to. However, like any decent [[TheTrickster Trickster]], he prefers to play games with them instead, either ForTheEvulz or [[ItAmusedMe because it amuses him]]. After his HeelFaceTurn he sometimes tries on the role of the TricksterMentor and still engages in needlessly cruel acts, like making Twilight fight a giant worm or befriending Mane 5 just to make her feel jealous and paranoid.
** While Starlight Glimmer, in her evil days, didn't exactly waste time on petty [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] and preferred to go big (after all, her ultimate goal was to make ''everypony'' equal), the very reason that had turned her into a WellIntentionedExtremist was [[spoiler:simply losing a childhood friend, Sunburst, after he got his cutie mark before she did]]. Plus, though her main motivation to travel back in time was to make sure her enemies never meet each other and form a friendship, she also did it because she simply wanted to take Twilight's friends away like Twilight did to her.
** The reason Trixie got herself an [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]], which gave her extreme magical abilities but also took over her mind? Desperately trying to best Twilight at ''something''.
** In "Rarity Investigates!", [[spoiler:Wind Rider]] framed Rainbow Dash for a crime just because [[spoiler:he didn't want her to potentially break his speed record.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Played with in "Oil on Candace", after Dr. Doofenshmirtz fails one of his schemes while trying to impress his old teacher, she tells him that you can also be evil in little ways, but then complains that he can't even do that right.
** Lampshaded in the episode "Tree to Get Ready", where Dr. Doofensmirtz is planning to have trained pigeons crap on his "goody-two shoes brother" Roger, and admits the plan is "a truly petty act, brought on by my own mindless jealousy!"
** There's also "Perry Lays an Egg" where Doofenshmirtz's latest scheme involved learning how to speak whale just so he could insult the one who stole away one of his ex-girlfriends. He had to [[TheCatCameBack chase Perry the Platypus down]] and demand Perry thwart his [[EvilPlan "evil" scheme]].
** In fact, this trope appears to be the Doctor's general operating guide. Almost all of his schemes revolve around him taking incredible DisproportionateRetribution against whatever minor issue happens to be bugging him at the moment. This, like everything else in the show, is often {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Doof himself.
** In "Hail Doofania!", after his brother got elected Mayor, he created a metropolis he called "Doofania", complete with its own original anthem, which included the line, "It's founded on spite!"
** He also steals his neighbor's magazines from the mail, even though they're in Spanish. "You know, evil never rests." (He also [[BilingualBonus speaks Spanish]] himself in a few episodes...)
** The evil organization [[FunWithAcronyms LOVEMUFFIN]], denied Dr. Diminuitive a chance to run for leader because he's too short. They cite this trope as why they're able to get away with it.
* ''[[BigRedDevil Him]]'' from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is a huge example of this. If his powers alone in conjunction with his OneWingedAngel seen in "Speed Demon" are any indication, he could probably beat the girls handily if he really wanted to. However, for better or worse, he's more interested in inconveniencing them and just generally being a dick. Some of his plots have included sending the girls on a wild goose chase and giving them free candy so they get cavities.
* ''WestenAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'': While [[BigBad Megabyte]] has more grand ambitions, like turning Mainframe into [[{{Egopolis}} Megaframe]] and trying to infect the Super Computer, he dips into this when he returns in Season 4 as a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Trojan Horse virus]]; he disguises himself as Bob, convinces everyone that he's the original Bob and the other one is a fake, and almost manages to marry Dot just to screw with everyone in Mainframe. When he's exposed, Bob demands to know why he did it. Megabyte's response?
-->'''Megabyte''': [[ItAmusedMe It]] ''[[ItAmusedMe amused]]'' [[ItAmusedMe me]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns Who Shot Mr. Burns: Part I]]", Mr. Burns blocks out the sun from the town, forcing everyone to use his power all the time. His desire to steal candy from a baby afterward is a sign that he's crossed the line. And a plot point, believe it or not. But Burns' pettiest moment was in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E22 Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"]]", where he was willing to kill Grampa Simpson, ''his commanding officer'' over paintings they hid away during the war. Yeah, priceless paintings, but he is plenty rich. [[spoiler: He then tries to ''kill'' Bart for insulting him after he took away the paintings at gunpoint]].
** Homer Simpson's HairTriggerTemper and penchant for DisproportionateRetribution get him into this as well. He does it [[StupidEvil even when it is to his detriment to do so]], such as when he chased another motorist down the freeway for ''miles'' and threatened to club him with a baseball bat when he caught up to him - causing the family to miss their vacation flight to Hawaii - just because the other guy cut him off while changing lanes. Yes, the cutting-off was completely unjustified and itself a {{Jerkass}} move, but ''Homer''!
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Robotnik commits petty crimes in his spare time when he's not trying to take over Mobius. For example, one of the ways he uses his new super powers in "Super Robotnik" is to steal candy from 4,822 babies.
*** Even more damning is Robotnik's StartOfDarkness - he tried to kill a guy with a robotic snake because the girl Robotnik was in love with was in love with the guy instead! And when he started his conquest of Mobius, he was the first guy he locked up!
** While it's more subtle, Robotnik's ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' counterpart has blatant shades of this too, he takes much pleasure in the fact his industries are polluting and destroying the planet, and rather actively belittles his minions (usually Snively) or gloats over his roboticized slaves.
** ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'': Given the DenserAndWackier tone, most of Dr. Eggman's schemes are pretty small time, simply amounting to just messing with Sonic and his friends or some other outlandish reason. Examples include:
*** In "Buster", he creates a fireman robot at the beginning of the episode to attack the village and has the robot do things like put a baby walrus in a burning house or putting a kitten ''in'' a tree.
*** In "My Fair Sticksy", he uses a ballot bot to stuff the ballot box with votes for him so he would win an award. When he doesn't win regardless of his cheating, he decides to have his Bee Bots attack the gala.
*** In "Fortress of Squallortude", he hires and later kidnaps Amy... to force her to redecorate his lair so he'd be on the cover of a magazine that features evil lairs.
*** "Three Minutes or Less" has Eggman realizing that Sonic is working at Meh Burger and comes up with a plan to make Sonic late in hopes of Eggman getting the meal for free.
* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' can frequently be this both before and after his crossing the MoralEventHorizon with Scott Tenorman. When not causing mass murder, inciting riots, trying to start another Holocaust, giving Kyle AIDS, engaging in piracy, or manipulating Cthulu to do his bidding, etc, he will do things like toilet papering a teacher's house or giving Butters a Dirty Sanchez in his sleep. The aforementioned MoralEventHorizon was simply to get back at Scott for cheating him out of $16.12.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Mr Krabs comes off as this in part due to his MoneyFetish, he is willing to go to extreme lengths to get or save as much as a single penny. He will rip a man's arm off for one, sell his fry cook's soul for less than a dollar and in "Plankton's Regular," he becomes obsessed with taking away Plankton's first (and only) customer simply because he "just can't afford" letting Plankton have any business, legitimate or otherwise, despite this meaning he wouldn't have to worry about the safety of the Krabby Patty formula anymore.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[StateSec Agent Kallus]] has a few moments of this.
** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]], after the ''Ghost'' has escaped, he irately kicks a stormtrooper off the support pillar they were both clinging to after the trooper asked him if Kanan was the first Jedi he'd ever seen.
** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honourable Ones"]], after losing a rematch to [[{{Archenemy}} Zeb]] at the beginning, he expresses his anger by questioning how Zeb could've beaten him if he'd lost back in their first fight.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Yellow Diamond, who in her first official appearance reveals herself to be arrogant and petty despite one of her underlings, Peridot, describing her as highly logical. [[spoiler:She makes it clear she wants to destroy the Earth in spite because of the rebellion despite Peridot pointing out it's more useful keeping it alive, then after Peridot insults her she attempts to kill her by detonating her communicator immediately after she cuts off communication. Though with the revelation that [[BigGood Rose Quartz]] shattered Pink Diamond during the rebellion, Yellow Diamond's motivation is more justified, albeit still pretty petty.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': When Mal isn't [[MagnificentBastard manipulating the entire island, causing eliminations, and harming his other personalities]], he's usually [[KickTheDog breaking the other contestants' things]]. Special mention goes to the fact that, the whole time the season is going on, he's ''literally'' destroying the alters' dreams so they're forced to have nothing but nightmares.
** Max from ''Pahkitew Island'', to the point that it's really [[HarmlessVillain all he ever does]] in terms of "evil". Averted with Scarlett, who's usually [[AffablyEvil polite and amicable to the other contestants]] despite being allied with Max, a supposed "villain".
* The villains of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' tend to be a pretty petty bunch. Candy Sweet from "The Black Widows" was turned down by the Honeybees cheerleading squad as a kid, so she kidnaps them and builds an army of robots that uses the Honeybees' moves to infiltrate an international cheerleading contest and slaughter the competition (quite literally) in the finals. Dr. Bittersweet from "Passion Patties" was kicked out of the Happy Girls for eating the cookies she was supposed to sell, so she tries to discredit them with [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood super-addictive]], [[TemporaryBulkChange super-fattening]] cookies. The titular BigBad of "Evil Ice Cream Man Much?" would prefer to turn the entirety of Los Angeles into a frozen wasteland rather than expand his ice cream line with flavors that modern teens like. And so on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': Shredder had created a fully functional and prosperous Ninja Clan for years, but the moment he finds out that Hamato Yoshi is in New York, he packs up his bags and devotes most of his efforts to having better men just to destroy Yoshi. Splinter calls him out on it in the first season finale, pointing out that Shredder [[AndThenWhat will have nothing if Splinter dies]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuDinoPosse'': When no one came to his birthday party, Skor swore to conquer the world so he could force everyone to come to his parties.
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs'': The Reckless Raptors want to cause global warming simply because they think the Earth presently is too cold.