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->''"[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext I just insulted the macaroni and cheese recipe of a]] '''[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext whale]]'''! What part of that is not evil?"''\\
-- '''Dr. Doofenshmirtz''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

Some people just aren't cut out for villainy. The HarmlessVillain, those suffering from massive BadassDecay, those who [[ADarkerMe want to be evil]], [[NobleDemon but can't just get that pesky "no moral compass" part down]], and sometimes [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain heroes disguised as villains]] -- God bless 'em -- their idea of evil is harmless behavior like cheating at Solitaire, jaywalking, chewing gum in Singapore, [[MattressTagGag pulling the "do not remove" tag off of your mattress]], hiding your toothpaste, drinking the milk directly from the carton, and (gasp!) ''not wiping their feet before they come in your house, and'' (maybe) ''refusing to apologize for it afterwards''. [[EvilLaugh Mwahahaha!]]

So, here's to those villains who should consider a new career -- specifically the moments when they really show how wanting for evil they are. They don't really have it in them to KickTheDog, so they Poke The Poodle.

If a henchman is the one who can't maintain a minimum level on villainy, he's a MinionWithAnFInEvil.

If a character Kicks the Dog ''and'' Pokes Poodles, it just goes to show that EvilIsPetty. If the latter comes up in his list of offenses, it's ArsonMurderAndJaywalking. When the Poodle Poking is used as a punishment, it's CoolAndUnusualPunishment.

Compare KickTheSonOfABitch, where a KickTheDog moment seems to be [[DesignatedVillain perfectly justified to the audience]], due to the AssholeVictim, and TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily. Contrast ALighterShadeOfGrey. For when this is treated in-universe as a terrible thing, see FelonyMisdemeanor.

A lot of jokes about DigitalPiracyIsEvil are built this way. The polar opposite to this trope is MoralEventHorizon.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD High School DxD]] has [[spoiler:Asia]] trying to think up evil deeds befitting her new status as a demon. She devises such atrocities as waiting for someone to drop an eraser...and ''ignoring'' it! The mere thought has her fighting back tears.
* Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' accidentally gets classified as a Demon ([[CelestialBureaucracy Bureaucracies Are Evil Even In Heaven]]) and has to do evil acts to keep Keiichi healthy. Some of the things she comes up with are crossing the street when the crosswalk says to stop, and writing graffiti. In chalk. On a chalkboard.
** She also [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil reads a book in a book store without paying for it]]. Luckily for Keiichi's health, it wasn't Borders. And although she's not ''trying'' to be evil, she's quite happy to let her younger sister attempt to murder her boyfriend with a chainsaw.
** Also Mara, even in her debut episode, where she knocks over some kid's ice cream cone, after which the kid and his friend kick her in the shin.
* One late ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga story and OAV story has an "Evil Oni" which gains power by possessing people and making them act on their most evil desires. Inevitably, however, these "evil deeds" turn out to be petty mischief, like doodling on Soun (Genma), attacking Ranma (Kuno--Ranma points out that this is his normal behavior) or attempting to peep on Akane in the bath (Ryoga). The Oni eventually possesses Kasumi, whose idea of "evil" doesn't go beyond cutting cloth dollies out of the sheets and ordering tons of expensive takeout early in the morning.
** Many of Ranma's villains have their own Poke The Poodle moments - putting pantyhose over people's heads, stealing cute things and giving them French names, distributing test scores from a giant balloon...
* [[{{Transformers}} The Predacons]] Slapper, Gas Skunk and Darkscream in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' attempt to gain energy for Megatron by stealing hundreds of ''flashlight batteries''.
** Megatron was royally ticked by their stupidity (recurring trend) and was a inch away from roasting them. It resulted in a verbatim YouHaveFailedMe.
* The demon that looks like Chika from Miu's dream in the first episode of ''IchigoMashimaro Encore''. She shies away from what would've been expected to be done in {{hell}}, and the most she does in being "evil" was forcing Miu to do a one-person BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine for her "punishment".
* Don't be fooled by the occasional act of altruism from the great demon, Prince Beelzebub. (one of the main characters from ''{{Sandland}}'', a one shot manga by Akira Toriyama.) Sure, he may help out the occasional human, and seem really really nice at times...sure he may be one of the main protagonists, and ultimately helps save the day...but he is seriously evil! Why, he went to bed without brushing his teeth...twice!
* The [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything Straw Hats]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'', at least before the [[RescueArc Enies Lobby Arc]]. Their one attempt at doing something bordering on dastardly is to steal the gold from the natives of Skypeia...after saving them from being destroyed by a [[AGodAmI deranged psychotic dictator]] and ending a 400 year old war between them. The kicker was that the natives actually intended to give them a relatively equal amount of gold as a gift, but the Straw Hats misinterpreted their gesture and "escaped" from their grateful hosts with the gold they'd "stolen."
** The Skypieans don't hold gold to have any value, the gold they were trying to steal was a few sacks worth of treasure from the belly of a giant snake ([[FridgeLogic suggesting that they "stole" gold the Sky Islanders]] ''[[FridgeLogic didn't even know]]'' [[FridgeLogic they had]]), and the gold the grateful Shandians and Skypieans were about to give the crew was a massive pillar of gold that was probably at least three times the size of their ship.
* In episode 14 of ''KeroroGunsou'', Keroro decides he's had enough of being pushed around by Natsumi, which prompts him to go home, and with an evil glare in his eyes... track mud all over the hall floor.
* Some of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Eva's]] more recent exploits in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' fall into this. Ordering someone looking to be her apprentice to lick her feet ([[MegatonPunch though it didnt happen]]), being ready to force said apprentice to go on a date with her if he [[TournamentArc lost a match to her]]--and when ''she'' lost before they could even fight, she just ordered him onto the date anyway. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Everyone else acted like she was pure evil]], [[NobleDemon but she let him out of it anyway]].
** She only lets him off after doing things that [[CorruptionOfAMinor possibly scar him for life.]]
** Evangeline tries to remind everyone that she's an Evil, EVIL monster. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]] not everyone buys it.
* A pair of minor villains try to ruin the protagonists' puppet show in ''KarakuriCircus''. Not only do they fail, the protagonists work the few attempts into the routine.
* SonicX has Eggman. "It's okay to capture or threaten someone, but when someone actually gets hurt that's going too far!"
** Debatable, as this was his BigDamnHeroes moment, and he may have only been talking about hurting children.
** This does not apply to the games.
* From Hitoshi Ariga's [[VideoGame/MegaMan Rockman's Soccer]] [[Manga/MegaManMegamix 4-koma manga]]: Dr. Wily reprogrammed a duplicate of Roll to become his new evil soccer playing robot. The first thing she did to prove her evilness was to deliberately mix up garbage bags with burnable and non-burnable waste![[note]]In Japan, you're required to separate burnable, non-burnable and recyclable items for waste disposal.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Lilinette Gingerback. Not only do she and Stark not really ''want'' to be in the big 'final fight' against the shinigami, but she is a young and weak arrancar who quickly gets upset by her 'opponent' Ukitake's refusal to take her seriously. Persistent but ineffective, at least on her [[FusionDance own]]...
* In ''{{Freezing}}'', once Atia is told that the third years are no longer allowed to try to brutally beat the snot out of the main character, she still can't leave Satellizer alone, so she resorts to pettiness. Which is actually kind of hilarious seeing how seriously she still treats the whole matter. In the manga, Atia tries to get Satellizer sick with booze (which someone else ends up drinking), while in the anime, she has her go on stage in a see-through costume.
* The Evil Organization Florsheim in ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' once kidnapped a boy!... Well, all right, he volunteered. And they made him dinner, played video games with him, let him go in time for his cram school, walked him over there, and promised him he could come over and play again whenever they liked... But he was still late for his cram school. By, like, five minutes! Bwa ha ha ha ha!
** Their most eeeeevil minion, Usacots, once tormented our noble hero by... Cutting the water to his apartment. On a really warm day! ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor And they bought all the tasty soft drinks from the nearby vending machine, forcing Sunred to buy bean soup]]''!
* Wendy Marvell from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is so cute that she cannot scare anyone on her own, despite being a Dragon Slayer. [[AxCrazy Gajeel]] has to do the scaring ''for'' her.
** Subverted in the Grand Magic Games arc. Kurohebi's fiendish KickTheDog is to [[FelonyMisdemeanor tear up one of Toby's socks.]] The subversion comes from the fact that to [[IdiotHero Toby]] at least, the sock was pretty important and he is reduced to sobbing on the ground after it was ripped up. [[{{Foreshadowing}} He also claims that the more dear something is to a person, the more he wants to destroy it.]]
* Shia in ''{{Pita-Ten}}'' is a demon sent to Earth to train (or retrain according to the manga) to be evil. Evil things she does include poking Kotarou with her magic rod so lightly it's more of a massage. She ends up even living with Misha, an angel, and does all her cooking and cleaning. [[spoiler: In the manga Nya points out that her selfless behavior ultimately made her the perfect demon because she made everyone fall in love with her, then she died making everyone sad.]]
* At the beginning of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Kero warns Sakura that if the Clow Cards aren't kept in the book, they'll come to life and do evil. Sakura's idea of what they'll do include not doing homework, staying up late, and bending flowers.
* ''IkaMusume'' tries to be evil at one point in the second season, including: buying shrimp chips, putting a bottle in the can recycling, putting mayonnaise on someone's curry, and dumping shaved ice on Chizuru's head. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Chizuru]] responds to these crimes by...taking her out shopping, having lunch with her, and trying to be her friend. She succeeds.
** [[spoiler: [[TooDumbToLive Ika-chan]] eventually manages to piss Chizuru off by commenting that "she acts almost human."]]
* Italy Romano of ''AxisPowersHetalia'' is strongly implied to get his bad attitude from being the personification of parts of Italian culture which include the Mafia. His idea of a terrible revenge on Germany is to hold up a fake moustache level with Germany's face and laugh at him, which [[EpicFail backfires]] when Germany points out that from where he's standing it looks like Romano has the moustache.
* While [[TheMafia the Gandor family]] of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' can and does get [[CementShoes very]] [[AndIMustScream cruel]] when crossed, but they're also {{Noble Demon}}s not too comfortable with [[WouldntHitAGirl battering a speakeasy waitress]] who only technically betrayed the organization (through drug possession) to save her boyfriend and who came clean to them unprompted. Still, they can't let her get off scot-free. So they hand her to the TortureTechnician... for a TraumaticHaircut. A TraumaticHaircut which actually looks pretty good. Claire declares that [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters they don't count as mafiosos]] anymore upon witnessing it.
** Isaac and Miria decide take a page from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' and decide to commit non-illegal robbery at a hat shop.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' Spidey mentions that one of his [[GoldfishPoopGang reoccurring villains]], [[ButtMonkey Shocker]], has among other things held up an Annie Anne's Pretzel stand.
** ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'''s second protagonist Miles Morales is captured by The Ringer. Unfortunately, that's about as much as The Ringer could possibly do to him.
-->''The Ringer captures Spider-Man in his rings''\\
'''Spider-Man''':(immobilized) [[OhCrap Ggnn!!]]\\
'''The Ringer''': '''Come on!! Come on!!!'''\\
''The Ringer sends out an explosive torrent of rings at Spider-Man''\\
'''Spider-Man''': I can't!\\
''The Ringer's rings flail around and bounce harmlessly off Spider-Man''\\
'''Spider-Man''': I really can't!! Hello!!
* In Franchise/TheDCU, Dr. Light was at first able to defeat the Justice League single-handed, but after a period of BadassDecay this became his M.O.... [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis until the]] {{Retcon}}.
* One Elseworld story in "[[BizarroUniverse Bizarro World]] comics" described a scenario where the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica had defeated all serious villains and criminals, and the few remaining villains committed such acts of villainy as jaywalking, harming people with passive smoking, and spoiling the end of movies. Each was given an [[EvilGloating evil monologue]] thought bubble, to really rub it in ("[[EvilLaugh Mua- ha- ha]], no-one shall stop us minorly interfering with the vital traffic flow of Metropolis").
* [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v287/potatomattus2/lex.jpg When no one was looking]], [[spoiler: LexLuthor]] took [[spoiler:forty cakes]]. He took [[spoiler:40 cakes]]. That's as many as [[spoiler:four tens]]. [[MemeticMutation And that's]] [[AndThatsTerrible terrible]].
** Apparently [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/03/lex_luthors_cake-stealing_is_official_dc_canon.php it's a true story]], [[spoiler:stealing them from a bake sale in retaliation for a school not letting him enter a fission-powered toaster in a Science Fair]].
* Sometimes, when he thinks he should be a tougher leader, {{Nightwing}} tries to ape his mentor Franchise/{{Batman}}'s style by trying to act like a DrillSergeantNasty. He's very, very bad at it (pretending to act dickish towards his friends once made him ''cry''), which explains why he's the most widely-befriended hero in the DC universe, while practically no one outside of Gotham likes Batman.
** There was also the ill-advised period where he made a FaceHeelTurn and became Renegade, and ''Deathstroke'' was embarrassed.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ComicBook/{{X-Men}} fanfic ''FanFic/MutatisMutandis'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2359030/Artemiss_Liege Artemis's Liege]], wealthy, beautiful Jean-Paul rejects the invitation of membership to the Hellfire Club, who are a group of wealthy, beautiful male mutants. Offended by this slight, the Hellfire Club warns Jean-Paul that he's hanging out with the wrong people and tell him both he and his group of friends will regret it. And then they retaliate by putting a red shirt in the washing machine with his friend Victor's white clothes.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. One of the depraved acts of mayhem and destruction Stitch is programmed to perform is ''stealing everyone's left shoe''. Though this may be more ArsonMurderAndJaywalking, as he does plenty of more destructive acts.
** A lot of Jumba's earlier experiments in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' tend to be this, like the one made out of pudding.
* In ''[[Franchise/MyLittlePony My Little Pony: The Movie]]'', the witch girls Reeka and Draggle tend to do things like this--for example, pulling off the wings of a fly. But then they make the [[BlobMonster Smooze]].
* Bowler Hat Guy in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' carries an enormous grudge against genius inventor Cornelius Robinson, which he has held since childhood, and hopes to destroy his success. He initially attempts to accomplish this by...throwing eggs and toilet paper at the Robinson Industries sign and yelling: "Robinson, you stink!" He ''would'' be a HarmlessVillain, if he hadn't met a certain sentient bowler hat...
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* From ''RepoMan'':
-->'''Layla''': C'mon, Duke, let's commit those crimes.\\
'''Duke''': Yeah! Let's get sushi... and... not pay!
* In ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man 3]]'', when Peter Parker has bonded with the alien symbiote, his descent into evil starts with pushing his hair over his forehead, strutting around like a jackass on the street, and refusing to pay rent until his landlord fixes something. He eventually graduates to [[spoiler:emotionally manipulating his ex-girlfriend]].
* Evil Superman in ''Film/SupermanIII'' was really more of a superhuman {{Jerkass}}: straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa [[NiceJobFixingItVillain (which is something they've been trying to do for years)]], tearing a hole in an oil rig and blowing out the Olympic Torch.
* "Just some routine mischief..." PeterCook as George Spiggott, the Devil Incarnate in ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'', largely works by this trope, his evils consisting of petty acts of unpleasantness: scratching LP records, smashing crockery, ripping the last pages out of Creator/AgathaChristie mysteries, causing shopping bags to split, tinkering with parking meters...oh, and sinking oil tankers.
* In the final act of ''TwelveMonkeys'', it is revealed that the horrifyingly evil plot of ecoterrorists that call themselves The Army of the Twelve Monkeys actually amounts to [[spoiler: releasing some animals from a zoo]].
* Jackie Chan's ''New Police Story'' has a flashback at the end where his young sidekick's past is revealed. His broke father robbed a convenience store of food to feed him and got knocked over by a vehicle during his hasty escape, dying instantly.
* Ali G of ''AliGIndahouse'' tries to act like a gangster, but his acts of hooliganism amount to flipping off cops (below the door) and street racing (at the speed limit).
* In ''Film/TheFP'', the heroes fight the villain because he's assumed control of the local liquor store and refuses service to people who aren't his friends. With no liquor, there are no bums, and with no bums, no one feeds the ducks. "How's a nigga gonna sort his shit out without ducks?!?"
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', Bart has a hard time thinking up villainous acts while impersonating a thug.
-->'''Hedley''': Qualifications?\\
'''Bart''': Stampeding cattle...\\
'''Hedley''': [[LampshadeHanging That's not much of a crime.]]\\
'''Bart''': ...through the Vatican?\\
'''Hedley''': Kinky!
** It helps that Bart and Jim are disguised as Ku Klux Klansmen, so the villains interpret this action as an anti-Catholic hate crime.
* Film/LittleNicky is not the most demonic of demons ([[spoiler:turns out his mother was an angel]]), and needs prompting to perform evil deeds. At one point it is suggested that he transform someone's Coke into something disgusting like moose piss. He turns it into a Pepsi.
** Later on he ''does'' cover Henry Winkler in bees, but only to save the world. And he apologizes first.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Done a few times in the ''RamonaQuimby'' series of books. The title character is no older than ten, so when she tries to be serious and dramatic, she often comes across as a LargeHam or not taken seriously. This turns into a source of AgeAppropriateAngst for her when it happens, and eventually becomes her personal BerserkButton.
* Crowley, the angel who "did not fall so much as saunter vaguely downwards" from the novel ''Literature/GoodOmens'' gets ''thought'' of as doing this by his demonic companions. His evil deeds include tying up all of the phone lines in Central London at lunchtime for forty-five minutes, wiping the contact list from a girl's cell phone, inventing game shows, and designing the M25. He justifies them with the reasoning that putting hundreds of people in a state of mind in which they're more likely to sour others' moods too is more efficient than one-on-one temptation, and really, he's right. His tactics increased the general level of unpleasantness in London, probably damning a few souls in the process and making the damnation of at least a few hundred thousand people in the future a tiny bit easier; more poking of all the poodles at once rather than kicking a single dog.
* The Gollarks (from the planet Zog) in the Murderous Maths series of children's books once present an evil plan to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the world]]... oh, and also to tip over all the world's wastepaper baskets. Accompanied by the sound effect 'STOFF!'.
* In Creator/EstherFriesner's ''Demon Blues'', the hero is a college kid who for various reasons (like trying to rescue his roommate and impress his succubus girlfriend) is looking to acquire demonic magical power, which can only be earned through acts of evil. So he spends much of the book hunting for evil to do that won't, you know, ''hurt'' anybody...
* In BeverlyCleary's ''Ramona the Brave'', six-year-old RamonaQuimby becomes frustrated, announces she's going to say a bad word, and screams it three times in a row: [[spoiler: guts, guts, guts!]] Naturally, her family finds it hilarious.
* Styx Hades in ''Literature/ThursdayNext: The Eyre Affair'' is a parody of this type of character. Though both he and his brother Acheron have NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, Acheron is a self-confessed monster and Styx spends his time doing things like calling people to look at the used car they're selling and never showing up, stealing ballpoints, and scratching LP[=s=] in record stores. Thursday and her colleagues are not impressed.
* Prince Rupert in ''[[EnchantedForestChronicles Searching for Dragons]]'' had to do an evil act or get thrown out of the Men's Auxiliary to the Right Honorable {{Wicked Stepmother}}s' Travelling, Drinking, and Debating Society. So he decided, while regent, [[EvilUncle to abandon his nephew the crown prince]] in the Enchanted Forest (it was actually the nephew's idea; he was hoping to have an adventure). But Rupert couldn't find anywhere that he felt sure the boy wouldn't ''really'' come to any harm. Later, Mendanbar and Cimorene convince him that sending the nephew to boarding school would be a sufficiently wicked act even though it was ultimately good for him, since the kid hated the idea.
* This is [[XtremeKoolLetterz Doctor Hix's]] usual modus operandi in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''. As Unseen University's token necromancer (That's "Professor of Post-mortem Communications", thank you very much), he's expected to be at least a bit evil, but this generally involves activities like making inappropriate or tasteless remarks, cheating at games and sports, and subjecting people to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment community theatre]].
** [[LoveableRogue Moist von Lipwig]] considers his many robberies and scams to be this, as he was never violent and only stole from people who A) could afford it and B) thought they were swindling ''him''. He's rather taken aback when a golem calculates that he has actually killed a couple of people, simply by causing so much cumulative damage through layoffs, foreclosures, and collapsing business; "When banks fail it is seldom bankers who starve".
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', resident alien Ax thinks that juvenile delinquents pull harmless pranks, such as rearranging the shelf stock. Needless to say, [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain when he poses as one]], HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Ax:''' There. I have now shamelessly destroyed the symmetry of this shelf, undoing hours of labor by underpaid store employees. If you could see me, you would be frightened.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's "Literature/JeevesAndWooster" books, protagonist Bertie Wooster is often forced to commit minor acts of villainy, such as [[ItMakesSenseInContext sneering at a cow-creamer]].
* ''Literature/TheIdiot''. Gavrila Ardalionovich Ivolgin.
-->With his passionate desire to distinguish himself, he was sometimes ready for a most reckless leap; but when it came to the point of making the reckless leap, our hero always proved too clever to venture upon it. This was killing him. He might even have ventured, on occasion, upon an extremely base deed, so long as he achieved at least something of what he dreamed; but, as if on purpose, when it reached the limit, he always proved too honest for an extremely base deed. (On a small base deed, however, he was always ready to agree.) [...] Upon entering Epanchin's service, he immediately said to himself: "If I am to be mean, then I shall be mean to the end, so long as I win out"--and--he was almost never mean to the end.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "Lip Synchin' in the Rain," Maddie gets turned down for the role of Sharpay because she's "too nice"; she tries to defend her ability to be mean with, "Sometimes, when I give sandwiches to the poor, I don't cut off the crusts!"
* When Anya in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' gets her Vengeance Demon powers back, she isn't very good at the whole vengeance thing at first. (Turning someone French instead of into a literal frog, for example.) [[spoiler: Then she starts turning people into demon worms and tears out people's hearts. [[MustMakeAmends She does try to fix it though...]] ]]
** Also, Willow pretending to be Vampire Willow.
** Spike moving out of Xander's basement ({{Justified|Trope}} by the fact that he was rendered unable to physically hurt anyone):
-->'''Xander:''' That's my radio.\\
'''Spike:''' And you're, what, shocked and disappointed? I'm evil.
* In an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' wherein a new, female writer is being hired, Toofer takes on a "bad boy" persona to try to [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys impress her]]; he's seen spray-painting "GRAFFITO" on a door in the conference room.
** When Jack tries to prove that Kenneth isn't an example of IncorruptiblePurePureness, he at first can't even get him to perform the ''slightest'' evil or selfish act. Even trapping him in an elevator with several people and claiming there isn't enough air unless someone dies causes Kenneth to ''attempt suicide on the spot''. Eventually Jack succeeds by pretending to give in and giving Kenneth a brand new TV...which finally drives him to steal cable.
* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls,'' the women are in the mood to celebrate. Rose decides that they should cut loose and be a little wild. Her idea of wild involved eating Chinese and using forks.
** In a flashback to Rose's first meeting with Blanche, Rose assures her landlady-to-be that she really knows how to cut loose, as she's sometimes been known to eat raw cookie dough.
* The "Spanish Inquisition" sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' is full of this: they tie a woman to "the rack" (a dish rack), poke her with soft cushions, and force her to sit in the Comfy Chair (they just didn't have the props to do real tortures). Nor do they always deliver [[InadvertentEntranceCue their most terrifying line]] flawlessly.
** The "Non-Illegal Robbery" sketch involves a stereotypical mafia gang planning 'heists' that aren't illegal at all, like going into a jewellery shop and buying a gold watch. One of the gang members complains this is a rotten outfit "because we never break the bloody law!" and suggests they do something ''slightly'' illegal like parking on a yellow line or getting a dog to follow them into the store.
* In one episode of ''Series/DueSouth'', Fraser, attempting to get himself arrested while pursuing a criminal, could hardly bring himself to ''shoplift a box of Milk Duds''. Even with Huey and Louie standing right there to arrest him, urging him to get on with it. Louie eventually had to plant the candy on him in disgust.
* The ''KidsInTheHall'' sketch "In The Pit of Ultimate Darkness". Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPLWbTh9_Nk here]]
** Subverted in one episode when manservant Hecubus proves to be better at evil than his master.
* In an episode of ''{{Bones}}'' Booth convinces Brennan that she needs to do something "bad" once in a while, so he gets her to DineAndDash with him - but as they run out he puts money on the table to pay for their food (unseen by Brennan).
* In an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'', a woman finds herself unintentionally saint-ified, and tries to "sin" in order to become normal. Her sins include stealing her daughter's clothes, swatting flies, worshiping Buddha and a celebrity, saying "God damn it" and trying to seduce a priest.
* Subverted by Evil Dick (a supposed EvilTwin of the main character) on ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''. When asked why, as an evil character, he doesn't do things like leave the seat up, he says, "[[AffablyEvil I'm evil, not inconsiderate. There's a difference.]]" However, in his debut, his idea of big changes were moving different things around the living room onto different stands.
* The worst thing the ''{{Glee}}'' kids could think of doing to earn badass reputations was to cause a disturbance in the library by performing "You Can't Touch This" and dancing on the tables. It fails miserably. They didn't even piss off the library lady; she thought they were 'very cute' and wanted them to perform for her church.
* In ''Series/ICarly'', Freddie's plan for purposely getting detention is to steal the teacher's stapler.
* A sketch on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show featured two boys who would try to pull a ding-dong-ditch style of prank, but screw it up each time. Examples include shoveling snow off a walk and running off when the person goes to get their pay, paying a movie clerk for tickets then running away when he turns to get them, or paying a prostitute up front and running when she goes into the bathroom to change and prepare.
* ''BetterOffTed'': Lem and Phil's way of snubbing people they're angry with is to bring them coffee and a bagel for a few weeks, then mysteriously stop. Their "victims" generally don't even notice.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Trash," Jayne helps Simon and River hide out, and when River keeps poking fun at him he gets fed up and tells them with a sneer that "I ''was'' gonna leave you a deck of cards." He then waves said deck about and seals the door. That ''villain''!
* Penny threatens this in an episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'', when she tells Sheldon that she will take one of his mint condition comic books out of its packaging and draw a tiny smiley face on one of the pages. He won't know which book. He won't know which page. Naturally, this being Sheldon, the threat is extremely effective.
* Ricky, the parallel universe version of [[ButtMonkey Mickey]] on Series/DoctorWho, considers himself a dangerous criminal because he is "London's most wanted". While he is involved in the resistance against a CorruptCorporateExecutive, it turns out he's London's most wanted for ''parking tickets''.
-->'''Ricky:''' They were deliberate! I was fighting the system - park anywhere, that's me.\\
'''Doctor:''' Good policy. I do much the same.
* Fernando Sucre from ''{{PrisonBreak}}'' ended up in Fox River for robbing a convenience store at gunpoint. However, his back story revealed that the crime wasn't as severe as it seemed. Some time earlier, Sucre had tried to rob the store in order to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend Mari Cruz, but couldn't go through with it. The clerk took pity on him and the two made an arrangement in which Sucre would periodically "rob" the store with the clerk's knowledge and consent, but it all [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]] when Sucre's cousin, who was infatuated with Mari Cruz, found out and tipped off the cops.
** Tweener received an even more disproportionate sentence for an even lesser crime. He stole a man's baseball cards, not knowing that one of them was worth a fortune. As a result, he was convicted of grand larceny.
* An episode of the Stephen Fry sitcom ''Absolute Power'' focused on Fry's PR firm tackling an unusual assignment: a mild-mannered public figure, played by Tim Brooke-Taylor, had been advised that he was too nice and therefore hard to relate to, so he hired the firm to sully his reputation. They ended up having him throw a tantrum in a hotel lobby. It was nothing compared to a RussellCrowe effort, but nonetheless the conveniently leaked footage started having the desired effect, until the client, overcome with remorse, issued a public apology.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The ''Music/WeirdAlYankovic'' song "Young, Dumb and Ugly" is about this kind of person. "We got a reputation 'round these parts / we only leave a ten percent tip / sometimes we don't return our shopping carts / stay out of our way and don't ya give us no lip".
** {{Nerdcore}} rapper MC Frontalot also has a song on the topic called "Crime Spree", with lyrics like "I'm the #1 menace for miles around, with the littering, the loitering, the mattress tags, all the piratated mp3s I grabs"
* The German band ''Knorkator'' has a Song called ''Böse'' (Evil). A small part of the lyrics: "On December first / I open all the doors on the Advent calendar / I want to whisper in front of other people / I want to crinkle paper in the cinema". The whole song is sung in a really evil tone.
** ...and very obviously a Music/{{Rammstein}} spoof.
* OlderThanTheyThink (though see also Gilbert and Sullivan reference, below): Eartha Kitt's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS02GeKuWQ4 I Want to Be Evil]]" reaches such depths of demonicness as, um, "And in the theater, I want to change my seat, just so I can step on everybody's feet".
* In the ''Standin' Tall'' tape ''Gratitude'', Rabbit is more of a curmudgeon than a villain, but his first song reads a bit like this trope... like he's proud of being unlikable, but mostly all he's guilty of is ''ingratitude''. Sing it with a sneer: "I never say thank you; I never intend. Nobody likes me, but who needs a friend?"
* Norwegian band [[http://www.myspace.com/sideburnsatan Sideburn Satan]] has a song called ''I Wanna Be Evil''. It contains lyrical gems such as ''"I wanna be evil / I wanna speak English in reverse / I wanna be evil / I wanna nick your purse"''.
* Rik Mayall's rendition of the Elvis number ''Trouble'':
-->"I don't wipe my bottom / when I go to the loo\\
I'm rude to policemen / I pick my nose too\\
So watch out you squares / I'm an angry young man\\
I once showed my willy to PRIN-CESS ANNE..."
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', protagonist Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd is compelled to commit a daily crime by a family curse. He claims such evil acts as filing a false income tax return, disinheriting his unborn son, and forging his own will. This is not to the liking of the ghosts/portraits of his ancestors, who enforce the curse.
** The fellow is written into Creator/JohnMyersMyers' book ''Literature/{{Silverlock}}'', as well. There he "kidnaps" helpless country girls. The kidnapping amounts to ''taking them to his manor and feeding them lunch.'' He always sends them home before dinnertime, too, so that their families won't worry.
* CyranoDeBergerac: with a little touch of AristocratsAreEvil / EvilIsPetty: 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! \\
Fie!
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Poking the poodle is a go-to method for DungeonsAndDragons players who want to enter a prestige class that requires the character in question being evil. Acts like bullying and petty theft are used because they let the player demonstrate their evilness (and petition for an alignment change) without being so evil that it begins to effect the plot.
** In third edition and below, there are also a number of effects that can change a character's alignment unwillingly, most notably lycanthropy (which, as of third ed., can also turn characters spontaneously good, neutral, etc) and the obviously-named "helm of opposite alignment". This leads to a player that never had any intention of playing anything but a hero trying to come up with something evil to do on short notice without having really thought about it.
* ''{{Planescape}}'' due to its nature had to deal with CharacterAlignment closer. In the end, a planar character's actions are defined more by the faction philosophy than by alignment -- they can have much the same attitude, but expressed differently and maybe stronger or weaker. So you'll end up with ChaoticEvil [[TheEeyore Bleakers]] working for charity together with NeutralGood Bleakers... though probably they tend to insult people who bother them and so on.
* Characters trying to become dark side classes (like Darkside Marauder) in the ''StarWars RPG: Saga Edition'' often resort to quick acts of minor evil, euphemistically called Jawa-Kicking (after the comment in the core rulebook that describes darksiders of a certain degree to be "so evil, they would kick a Jawa just because they can") to rack up Dark Side points for use in powers.
* [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Path of Enlightenment]] followers in TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade are twisted creatures who live by precepts completely alien to humans, often treating death lightly and in some cases glorifying murder, soul-drinking and [[BodyHorror Vicissitude-aided "customizations"]]. The problem here is that most players are but human, and as such their understanding of inhuman morality tends to be ...flawed. This leads to things like a [[TheCorrupter Path Of Typhon]] follower simply selling drugs to everyone or a [[YourSoulIsMine Path Of Blood]] follower just drinking vampire blood once in a while.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' [[NobleDemon demons]] are textbook examples of this trope.
** [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]]'s villainous schemes involve such wonderfully evil deeds as raining pepper on the heads of humans or giving them addictive video games so they won't be able to sleep.
** [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Axel the Dark Hero]] does stuff such as Ding-Dong-Ditching, prank phone calls, and nabbing Adell's siblings (and giving them candy), yet he becomes upset when Taro falls into the river.
** [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Maritsu Evil Academy]] has rules such as "Lick the inside lid of your yogurt", "run in the halls", and other petty villainy.
** However, when demons go bad, they ''[[MoralEventHorizon really]]'' go bad. [[spoiler:Overlord Zenon is an EldritchAbomination in human form and only differentiates between people based on whether they declare themselves enemies or not. Both are enemies and must die, but the former will be killed ''first''.]]
*** Worse is when [[spoiler:Zenon takes over Adell's body in the worst ending, and he eats his adopted siblings. Complete with crunching noises.]]
*** And [[spoiler:the Fake Zenon feeding on consciousness and memories of humans.]]
**** Mao in the [[spoiler:Human world ending goes [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds completely insane and destroys both the human world, netherworld, and Celestia.]]]] Mao's actions immediately prior to this fits this trope however, when accused of destroying a city and experimenting on hundreds of people, his response is:
---> '''Mao''': What? I only replaced all stop signs with yields, hid people's shoes, and prank called a few places at most!
** ''MakaiKingdom'' is likewise. Most of the so-called overlords are simply idiots at worst (except [[spoiler:Seedle, who attempted to rape Salome before she killed him in retaliation and was burned for killing him. Then they both became Overlords and he thinks this was not enough and tries to kill her]]).
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Tanaka]] from {{Persona3}} specialises in hilarious threats to the tune of, "If you ever betray my trust... I'll ring your doorbell at midnight."
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' Guybrush is held captive on [=LeChuck=]'s ship by the Dread Pirate Bloodnose ([[spoiler:also known as Wally B. Feed]]), who drinks milk ''straight from the carton!''
** Another example in ''Curse'' is when Murray the Demonic Skull attempts to frighten the gravekeeper into opening the crypt door:
--->'''Murray''': I will hide your keys beneath the cushions of your upholstered furniture, and NEVERMORE will you be able to find socks that match!
** In ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Captain [=McGillicutty=] captures the [=MerLeader=] and tries to torture him/her by ''dunking him/her in water over and over''. Allow me to repeat, he attempts to extract information from a Merfolk by ''TRYING TO DROWN HIM/HER''. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded as well]].
--->'''Captain [=McGillicutty=]''': Tell me the ritual words or you'll be sleeping with the fishes!\\
'''Chieftain Beluga''': That's where I sleep anyway!\\
'''Captain [=McGillicutty=]''': Tell me, or I'll send you to the bottom of the ocean!\\
'''Chieftain Beluga''': Oh, that'd be great! I need to pick up a few things for dinner!\\
'''Captain [=McGillicutty=]''': What are those ritual summoning words?!\\
'''Chieftain Beluga''': You'll never get me to tell!
*** It was implied the [=LeChuck=] Pox also drives the victims insane as well as Evil Pirate-y.
* Muggit, the EvilTwin of office assistant parody Cuppit, is just as cheerfully incompetent.
* Tatara Kogasa, the umbrella-{{youkai}} of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', only "attacks" people to surprise them; she doesn't mean any actual harm.
** Some fanworks do this to ''Touhou'''s straight-laced judge of the dead, Eiki Shiki, and have her do "naughty" things on her day off like having a convenience store clerk make a lot of change, pushing the button of an alarm slightly (but not enough to set it off), and most {{egregious}}ly, using sleight-of-hand to make [[PerpetualPoverty Reimu]] think the judge put something into her donation box.
** The [[TerribleTrio Three Mischievous Fairies]] perform such wicked tasks as getting people lost, stealing food, and planting a flag on the ruins of a house. Entirely justified, as fairies in ''Touhou'' are deeply stupid.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', Sims with the "evil" trait can dabble in this, doing things like taking ''evil'' showers, or using the coffee maker to make themselves an ''evil'' latte.
** You can also sabotage computers. However, given that if you do this at somebody's house, they kick you out the second you begin[[note]]Presumably not if you have the 'Inappropriate but in a Good Way' reward? Or try it at the library. Take that, public services![[/note]], nowhere near enough time to break their computer. So naturally, this means you can only sabotage your own computer. Muhaha.
** The worstest? "Donate money to undermine charity."
** "Evil" spells cast by warlocks in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' are usually mildly annoying at worst. They do things like [[BeeBeeGun summon a swarm of bees]] or make a Sim vanish off your lot, but they don't cause much ''permanent'' harm to Sims.
* In the first ''{{Pokemon}}'' games (Red, Green, and Blue), one of the first towns the character visits has a police officer standing in front of a house. He explains that the house has been robbed, and that Team Rocket must be the culprits since only they could perpetrate such a "heinous" act. This is [[FridgeLogic especially amusing]] when one considers how often the main characters [[KleptomaniacHero commit this very act]] in many other video games.
* Deliberately invoked in [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft The Argent Tournament Grounds]] where Confessor Paletress is taking confessions from various races. They range from serious (the orc wondering about working with humans right after the human king declared open war) to the silly (the dwarf REALLY needs a drink, and the blood elf complaining about Helmet Hair!). But then the undead confessee arrives:
-->'''Undercity Champion:''' I punched a penguin on my way in here.\\
'''Argent Confessor Paletress:''' Oh, my. Do you feel remorseful, at least?\\
'''Undercity Champion:''' Nah, not really. I just wanted to see the look on your face.\\
''Undercity Champion laughs.''\\
''Argent Confessor Paletress turns around and leaves the Confession Screen.''\\
''Undercity Champion waves at Argent Confessor Paletress and goes back to his seat.''
* In the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' town of Primm is the Vikki and Vance Hotel and Casino, celebrating the life and death of a criminal duo who started their crime spree a few days before BonnieAndClyde, without ever quite managing to reach the same level of notoriety. The casino tour guide will enthusiastically describe Vikki and Vance's multi-state campaign of shoplifting, stolen gas and bad checks, and speculate on the number of people Vance could have shot had he ever removed his gun from its packaging. Evidently the duo met their end after blundering into the middle of a police shootout with some actual bank robbers.
* In a cutscene of ''CrashMindOverMutant'' [[BigBad Neo Cortex]] tells his minions, "I stand before you reborn! Renewed! Re-committed to ''evil!''" Then he throws a waterballoon at someone.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fandom, the idea for playing mostly Paragon choices while occasionally taking a few of the lighter, safer Renegade options to shift the KarmaMeter more toward the middle are derisively [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Paragade". The end result is a character who acts like a boy scout with an occasional Poking of the Poodle as a token gesture of "ruthlessness".
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=301#comic throw its hat into the ring.]]
* White Mage from ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-bit Theater]]'' attempts a FaceHeelTurn. The most monstrous deeds she can think of are kicking Red Mage in the shin and calling Fighter dumb. Eventually she became good again when Fighter tells her that she's even worse at evil than she is at good. What's double amusing is how badly Fighter [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/07/07/episode-867-night-and-day/ takes it]] and Red Mage [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/07/19/episode-872-puppet-master/ gets beaten up more]], despite the hideous abuse they put each other through daily.
** Another example is the first antagonist Garland, who isn't much eviler than White Mage, much to the frustration of the {evil) princess he captured.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': As shown in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/memberimages/sh080712effort_to_find.jpg this strip]], Sweetheart hasn't got the hang of rampaging yet.
** Incredibly, she is then [[DisproportionateRetribution threatened with expulsion from the Chimeric Anti-Defamation League]] because she's "giving all canine transgenics a bad name".
** Moustachio the Thinkonium is a member of the Machines Union. So when the Union goes on strike, so too is Moustachio obligated to stop working. However, Moustachio is A) bolted in place, B) very old and set in his ways, and C) quite personable, so his capacity to go on strike from his job as a receptionist and greeter is… limited[[note]]P.S. This trope no longer applies if you manage to break Moustachio and activate his "Evil Mode"[[/note]].
---> '''Moustachio:''' Hello, Dr. Wilkin! You are not welcome! See, I am not doing my job! Have some undesirable popcorn!
* Fuzzy from ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' once disobeyed a 'do not rock or tip vending machine' sign… [[IncrediblyLamePun By playing an electric guitar solo in front of it and then giving it a dollar]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=16 Sisters arc, Part VI: Scattered Pieces]]. Ellen (Elliot's magic-spawned OppositeSexClone) suffers a mental breakdown from the [[CloningBlues emotional trauma of her "birth"]] and believes that she's his EvilTwin, and tries to get him in trouble at school by doing various "evil" acts such as telling off an incompetent teacher, choosing inappropriate topics for a speech, threatening a bully and informing the principal that his toupee makes him look like Hitler. Her complete lack of success just makes her more miserable, and by the end of the day, [[HeelFaceTurn she shows her true colors]], risking her life to stop a rampaging monster.
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'': Khrima, being a BigBad [[MinionWithAnFInEvil With An F In Evil]], has a lot of moments like this. He once claimed that helping an old lady cross the street was "leading her into a life of crime".
** Still, every few strips he would show after torching a town, so it does get confusing.
* Lil' E from ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' is the Devil's LoonyFan. He's [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=976 Evil!]] His attempts to practice sins other than Sloth, though, are [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1003 less than impressive]]. But he "[[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1125 contributes to the cultural demise of civilization]]".
-->"A good person would get up, get dressed, brush his teeth -- but not me. 'Cuz I'm EVIL! Mwa ha ha ha ha!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' brings us [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Cassiel's]] brilliant scheme to ruin a wedding: '''[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-05-14 "Revenge! Sub par snacks! Deal with my wrath!"]]'''
** Her grand plan to destroy Rumisiel… [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-06-12 by splashing water on his crotch]]
* Princess Dewcup from ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic''. After she gets introduced to the thrill of evil, she eventually tries to find her way to the Drow to get taught how to be evil. En route, she gets a little explanation of [[http://yafgc.net/?id=158 what she's doing wrong]]. Not that she'll remember it.
-->'''Dewcup:''' Pardon me. I was told that poking and otherwise annoying huge, fearsome creatures was "bad".\\
''[explains her goal]''\\
'''Chimera:''' Gotcha. I see your problem. You have confused "bad" meaning "evil" with "bad" meaning "[[TooDumbToLive really stupid]]".
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' gives us Gordito, whose idea of intimidating someone who had sold out the Doc is to spill out his dishsoap.
-->'''Gordito''': Oops. I just poured out alllll your dish detergent.\\
'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': I don't think he did that accidentally at all!
* According to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' ([[http://xkcd.com/792/ Password Reuse]]), Google is having a little trouble being evil:
-->'''Manager:''' Okay, everyone, we control the world's information. Now it's time to turn evil. What's the plan?\\
'''Employee:''' Make boatloads of money?\\
'''Manager:''' We already do!\\
'''Employee:''' Set up a companywide [=CoD4=]: Modern Warfare tournament each week?\\
'''Manager:''' ''That's not evil!''
* Robber Will from ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'' suffers from most of his crimes ending up this way. Oh, he'll steal gold, and valuables… that are valuable to him. But while Reality does have a concept of their value, nothing he takes is the kind of thing the Realists consider ''important'', so his thefts are, at most, an annoyance, and often as not the people'd just give him the stuff if they thought it'd make him happy. The one exception of real bad caused by Will's actions wasn't on purpose and was something he'd never do if given a choice.
* ''Webcomic/{{Catena}}'' has a literal example of [[http://catenamanor.com/2010/12/12/everybody-likes-eva/ poodle poking]] as a deliberate reference to this trope.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' warns about consequences of a [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/quiet-riot/ failed riot]].
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' in Chapter 6 has the spirit of the cursed mirror. Possessing [[spoiler:[[IncorruptiblePurePureness Nina]], the vampire kid [[VegetarianVampire feeding exclusively on chocolate]]]] was less than fortunate for it -- the result was mostly limited to inane pranks.
-->'''[[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20100310.html Doppleganger]]''': Hmm. My wickedness seems a tad less abominable than once it was.
* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=39 Mirror-universe!T-rex]] swapped Utahraptor's toothpaste for a competing brand of toothpaste. (He also stomped on houses and ladies and made terrible puns.)
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Tycho flipped off a box of kittens (as seen in the page image). Gabe's was slightly worse.
-->'''Gabe:''' I did punch a baby once...in anger. In my defense, the baby was being kind of a dick.\\
'''Tycho:''' Yeah, I don't know what that baby's problem was.
* On occasion in [[{{Webcomic/EvilInc}} Evil Inc.]]
-->[[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20100707.html "That's a recyclable container."]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Dragon Magazine articles, the Temple of the Shrouded Overlord believe the Ancient Overlord will bring about a thousand-year reign of darkness, so they honor this nefarious prophecy by forcibly extinguishing street lamps.
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Ollie tries to ruin Sanderson's new play by buying up all the opening night tickets, so no one will actually see it. Unfortunately for Ollie, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08152013.shtml he used a credit card with his name on it]], tipping Sanderson off. So he resold all the seats, doubling his profits.
-->'''Ollie''': I'm really not good at being evil.
-->'''Sanderson:''' I know, buddy. That's why I spent so long trying to talk you out of becoming a director.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Beelzebub, when up against Piccolo, tells him that he is a mere Namekian, while he himself is a true demon. One of Beel's dastardly demonic deeds was ''not'' sharing chocolates with his friends, and eating them ''before'' dinner!
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad email]] "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail150.html alternate universe]]" features 'Strong Badman', whose latest villainous scheme is renting a 'water included' apartment and leaving all the taps running, and stealing cable from his neighbors.
** Even though Strong Badman ''was'' building a DeathRay in his first appearance and seems to fight some genuine villains in [[EasterEgg Easter Eggs]], most of them time he fights similarly ineffectual villains such as Grossman, Dry Ragamuffin, Hit-Enter-Too-Soon Man, and '''Damp Towel Man''' (!!!).
** Another recent Strong Bad email, "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail197.html your edge]]", has Strong Bad's edgy shenanigans including not inflating a deflated basketball, throwing feathers at people ("You said it, The Cheat: Tar ''is'' prohibitively expensive!") and spreading mayonnaise all over the living room and waiting almost half-an-hour before cleaning it up. And playing "pretend we're grandmas baking".
*** That's before he decide to get his edge back. ''After'' he's still limited to things like sawing a hole in his own floor and stomping on a casserole.
** Strong Bad may be the king of this trope. In the email "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail193.html rated]]", his idea of a depraved act is when the good guy in a movie steps on a rabbit and doesn't kill it - but later wishes he did.
*** The ''good guy''! That's messed up, man! You can't let kids watch that kind of thing!
** In 'More Armies', Strong Bad details his crack team of shady mercenaries: the On Point Kings to a potential recruit (the viewer). The only villianous act he can actual state about them is that their recruitment pamphlet was laid out in a pirated copy of Quark XPress. As the viewer leaves the stand, Strong Bad begs for another chance, going so far as to cry out "We're bad people!"
** It's not just Strong Bad. One attempt by Strong Sad as an April Fools Day prank was replacing everybody's toilet paper with toilet paper made of recycled materials.
--> '''Strong Sad''': So for this year, I was thinking we could make everyone a cinnamon-apple crisp, but tell them it's a ginger-apple crumble. I know, I know, I'm so bad! But we could get in some serious trouble for this one. In fact, I probably shouldn't even be talking about it on the phone.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. In order to beat some enemies, Caboose tries to make himself angry and say mean things. While this works ([[BewareTheNiceOnes he slaughters everyone]]), his repertoire of hurtful comments are less than impressive, such as "I will eat your unhappiness!" and "Your brain is a mountain of hatred!" Though it is unclear if this is because he's too nice to be evil, or just too stupid.
-->'''Caboose:''' MY NAME IS MICHAEL J. CABOOSE, AND '''''I HATE BABIES!!!'''''
** What's more, the "evil" things he forces himself to think of before he goes into his unstoppable rage are incredibly strange, with milk, kittens, and chickens covered in spikes being among them.
-->'''Caboose:''' Your toast has been burnt... and no amount of scraping will remove the black parts!
* Marik Ishtar from ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' makes evil plans with this level of severity in the "Evil Council" videos. Said evil plans included pushing Yugi off a boat so his hair will get wet and he'll have to fix it up again, spamming Yugi's [=YouTube=] account, borrowing Yugi's Millennium Puzzle and not returning it for a few months and rearranging his sock drawer.
-->'''Marik:''' His whole world will be thrown into chaos! ''Sock related chaos!''
* Creator/StuartAshen pokes a poodle just to check off on his TVTropes list.
* ''Film/ProjectMillion'' features [[DiamandaHagan The Minion]] torturing Mikey by stealing his vegetarian pizza.
* WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} has WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic take over a micro-nation with the help of his fellow reviewers. His reign of terror after succeeding consists of sitting on the couch and watching HogansHeroes while everyone else gets bored. [[SubvertedTrope He ''did'' go mad enough from the "power" to wire the whole place to explode if anyone tries to take it from him, however]].
* In one strip of ''Webcomic/{{Meadowhawk}}'' (about modern-day dragons) Drizzle asks Rain if she's ever thought of doing anything dastardly and epic and terrible like their medieval ancestors, she says that she used to sneak into livestock pens and shear all the sheep for fun. Driz isn't particularly impressed.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* About half of the schemes pulled by Dr. Doofenshmirtz of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' are examples of this trope. In one case, the Doctor had an EvilPlan so ridiculous that the hero came to investigate, saw the entire plan... and [[EveryoneHasStandards thought it was so stupid]] that he ''turned around and left'' without even bothering to stop it! The villain spends the rest of the episode ''chasing'' the hero, [[TheCatCameBack popping into every place he tries to hide,]] and demanding, "Thwart me!"
** However, he does tend to wreak villainous havoc as an avoidable side-effect of his harmless schemes or by accident, on occasion
** Even his legitimately evil schemes are truly bizarre. Case in point: In one episode, upset that people have trouble remembering his bizarre name, he decides to '''make a giant aerosol spray can and carve his name into the ozone layer, thereby burning it permanently into the streets of the city'''. This plan failed, as his spray can had no [=CFCs=] in it.
** There's also his ancestor Jekyll Doofensmirtz in the episode "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein", who after turning himself into a hulking monster went around pulling childish pranks.
** In one episode he mentioned his mentor MadScientist whose dream was to... '''Set fire to the sun!!!''' Even Dr. Doofenshmirtz admits it a dumb plan.
** When Carl briefly goes evil in the episode "Where's Perry? Parts 1 and 2," his evil plan consists of deactivating all of the power stations, de-synchronizing the traffic lights, and hiring a vast army of interns to do his bidding. And all of them will be ''paid!!!''
*** well, he was 2 for 3. widespread blackouts, especially for extended periods of time, can be devastating in various ways. similarly, causing gridlock by tampering with the lights would prevent emergency services such as the police or ambulances from getting to where they were needed. that's about the evilest the series ever got, with plots that could actually result in loss of human life.
* The Amoeba Boys from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' do this a lot. In one episode, the evilest thing they could think of to do was to stand on the grass in front of a sign saying "Keep off the Grass". They also consider themselves master criminals when they steal an orange... only the Amoeba assigned to do the thievery couldn't go through with it. And the one time they actually "committed" a crime, they did it to [[BadassInDistress save the girls from going to jail themselves]].
** More specifically, it wasn't that the guy thought it was too terrible a crime, he plain just FORGOT to get the orange!!
*** In the episode where they ''did'' steal an orange, they evolved to stealing all oranges in town, which drove everyone sick for the lack of vitamins.
** Standing on the grass ''was'' the greatest achievement of nearly [[SpannerInTheWorks any Powerpuff Girl villain ever]]. They got a cold which spread to an epidemic all across the town. If they hadn't thrown their fight against the girls, people would've ''died''. After everyone was cured, the boys were released and assumed it was because they forgot to get the orange.
** And the girls' [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterparts]] who are more delinquent and rebellious than evil, spend their time doing graffiti and spitting at planes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Butters's HarmlessVillain character Professor Chaos attempts all sorts of genuine evil (like destroying the ozone layer or flooding the planet) but fails because he doesn't quite understand the scope of the task he is trying to undertake. However, there are some plots that are genuinely Poke The Poodle level of evil, like when he built a machine to suck out the creamy fillings of chocolate candies and replace it with stale mayonnaise. Or when he went into a restaurant and switched two meals and hoped it'd warrant appearing on the news.
* In a ''MightyMouse'' cartoon that takes place in the future, Pearl Pureheart switches brains with Harry the Heartless, and when trying to brag about her evil deeds, she says she kept an overdue library book.
* Timmy's father in ''FairlyOddParents'' is once [[ItMakesSenseInContext bitten by a scarab that contains all of Vicky's evil]]. HilarityEnsues... at least until it abandons his body and possesses the Principal and almost gets into the President of the US.
** For example, one of the evil things he wanted to do was leaving less than fifteen percent as tip at Cake n Bacon.
** When he tries to prove that he can be a suspect on "Where's Wanda".
*** "I'M A BAAAAAAAD MAAAAAAAN"
** An early episode (originally one of the ''Oh Yeah! Cartoon'' shorts) had Cosmo turning evil for a day. He was rather bad at being bad, until Vicky advised him to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth]].
* In one ''USAcres'' sketch in ''GarfieldAndFriends'', Orson gets knocked out and dreams he's in a Bond parody. Roy Rooster is the villain, and while he's doing this trope, he turns to the audience ands says, "You can tell I am ze bad guy: I cheat at solitaire".
** SLIGHTLY averted in that the Moonraker novel has Bond investigating a Billionaire who cheats at cards. "Why does a billionaire cheat for pocket change?" Bond finds out why.
** Wade once thought the cops would arrest him for removing a couch's tag.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian's'' idea of evil is taking not one, but ''two'' free samples from the Take-One tables. He feels so guilty after doing it that he buys twelve boxes of the stuff he sampled to make up for it. He did it because he was dating a girl who was mostly evil, and rather than jump straight to the messy breakup, they decided to try compromising (the girl had to return a book to the library on time). Dave treats it as an act of evil when he's doing it because he's [[IncorruptiblePurePureness so not-evil]] that it might as well be, for all that he's going to be able to go through with it.
* The eponymous Imp from the cartoon series ''TheImp'' claims as part of his litany of (not very) evil acts to have invented the world's most annoying ringtone.
* One episode of the ''SuperFriends'' has the Legion of Doom going back in time to the dinosaur era to take diamonds out of rock. And here is Jabootu.net states ''Here Our ‘Heroes’ appear, again ignoring the fact that neither of the two miscreants is engaged in anything that could be considered illegal. "You’d better put those diamonds back where they belong," Apache Chief warns. Uh, under what controlling legal authority? Who’s to say the diamonds ‘belong’ there? Some guys due to show up seventy million years from now?''
* At the end of the special ''TurtlesForever'', after defeating the [[TMNT2003 2k3 Shredder]] [[spoiler:and saving TheMultiverse]], his [[TMNT1987 old-school counterpart]] attempts to scare his enemies, by claiming to have access to a ''Giggle Ray''...before running off laughing maniacally... Given what just happened with the [[spoiler:multiverse destroying laser]], it's possible he has the right idea.
** This was apparently ''before'' allowing his "sworn enemies" (the [[TMNT1987 1987 turtles]]) to join them on the ride home on the Technodrome.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "Star Trek," Steve decides to become the Bad Boy of Children's Authors. He accomplishes this by such heinous tasks as running with scissors and refusing to eat his vegetables.
* The ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "The Great Brain Robbery" has the Flash [[FreakyFridayFlip ending up in Lex Luthor's body]]. He doesn't do a very good job of masquerading as him, and when asked by one of Luthor's co-villains why he didn't wash his hands after exiting the bathroom, he comes up with "'Cause I'm evil!". And when the times comes for "Luthor" to explain his plan to his co-conspirators, well...
-->'''Flash as Luthor''': "My fellow bad guys, I, Lex Luthor, your leader, will speak now about my, Lex Luthor's, plan. My villainous, villainous plan. Question the plan at your peril! Uh... any questions?"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' sees Johnny [[DemonicPossession possessed by a demon]] who makes him pull out one of the safety filters in the city's water treatment plant. While the demon is full aware that the multiple fail-safes and redundancies will ensure the tap water will be just as pure and drinkable as before, removing that one filter will give the water a "nasty, metallic aftertaste".
** The demon's previous attempts to do evil not only fit the trope but also backfire. His disrespect of the "Keep Off the Grass" revealed toxic waste buried under it; he increased the minimum height requirement to keep children from enjoying a ride, which saved the children; he made Johnny take the express lane of the supermarket checkout with ''eleven'' items, which the cashier ignored, then tried paying in Canadian Pennies, one of which was an incredibly rare one the cashier had been looking for for a long time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Sergeant Hatred makes a point of using only this kind of evil on Dr. Venture. It's [[SubvertedTrope eventually revealed]] that he's doing it because he despises The Monarch, a rival supervillain with a long-standing grudge against Dr. Venture, and is making things easier for the doctor as a [[DoubleSubversion passive-aggressive way of getting even with The Monarch]].
* An episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' involves Jimmy believing he is evil after breaking Lucius' PricelessMingVase and proceeding to do evil things. The worst he ever comes up with is [=TPing=] a house.
* DudleyDoRight had to infiltrate a gang. Since his record is spotless, [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten he had to do numerous bad deeds.]] He tried to destroy a dam, but ended up "solving the town's irrigation problem". He burnt down a building... which turned out to have been condemned and scheduled for demolition anyway. Finally, he did something truly horrible: he ate peas with a knife.
** Interestingly enough, he wasn't TRYING to do that last one.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had the Box Ghost. His idea of scary devices are the Mail Box of Misfortune and the Lunch Box of Terror. Needless to say, he's not taken seriously until he steals [[SealedEvilInACan Pandora's Box]].
* The LeagueOfSuperEvil who make most other entries on this page look like Doctor Doom in comparison
* Similarly to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' and ''Film/SupermanIII'' examples under Movies, "[[HatePlague cruel]]" [[TheCutie Fluttershy]] (aka [[FanNickname Flutterbitch]]) in the season 2 opener of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' gets up to such horrifying acts of sadism as... rudeness, tripping people, trampling the shrubbery, playing keepaway, touching things she's been told not to touch, and dropping a bucket of soapy water on Twilight Sparkle's head. She's acting like a {{Jerkass}}, true, but it can only be called "cruel" by comparison to Fluttershy's [[FriendToAllLivingThings normal behaviour]].
* An episode of ''{{Archer}}'' had the eponymous character become the pirate king to a group of [[RuthlessModernPirates pirates]]. He took whole-heartedly to the drinking and wenching, but not so much to the plundering. The one time they did invade a ship, he pointed out that small businesses are the life-blood of the economy and, in reality, captains like the one they were attacking have razor-thin profit margins.
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' episode "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear" features some hilariously pathetic attempts by Tommy to get back at his mom for taking his favorite stuffed animal. Namely when Tommy drinks a cup of juice and "spills" the empty cup on the kitchen floor. Tommy does eventually [[TookALevelInJerkass escalate to real mischief]] under Angelica's guidance, however.
--> '''Angelica:''' First of all, when you throw your juice cup on the floor you don't drink the juice first.\\
'''Tommy:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint But I didn't wanna make a mess.]]
* In ''PepperAnn'', Nicky's attempts at rebelling ended out this way, so much in fact that nobody except for Pepper Ann seemed to notice.
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* TVTropes itself has been the poodle on occasion. Once it was hacked so that most pages were turned into an offsite redirect. Now, anyone with a cursory knowledge of internet prankery would expect the redirect to go to one of numerous shock sites, or possibly a site that displayed embarrassing images or sounds to get people into trouble at work. But nope, this prankster redirected people to a Website/YouTube video for a Muslim charity. Even a [[{{Rickroll}} Rick Astley video]] would have been better evil. Oh, and the date this hack took place? September ''tenth''. So close, yet so far.
** The explanation for this bizarre behavior is that the hacker wasn't actually trying to destroy TVTropes. He was a Middle Eastern Muslim who was angry that TVTropes wouldn't make his charity of choice the site's ''official'' charity and make the entire site all about crusading for his cause... so he decided to try and "force" the site to do so.
* Anybody who pretends to be evil by [[MattressTagGag tearing off the tag on their mattress]], even though the only way that could be considered illegal is if the retailer were to remove it.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Hornigold Captain Benjamin Hornigold]], a pirate, once captured a ship and boarded it, then apologetically asked for the passengers' ''hats''. He explained that his own crew had got drunk the night before and thrown their own hats overboard. After receiving the hats, the pirates left the ship alone. This would happen occasionally: pirates would often pillage ships of menial supplies and such that they, as wanted criminals, couldn't easily obtain, and, if nobody started anything, they generally just left people unharmed. Blackbeard himself (or was it Henry Morgan) was known for stealing medical supplies and clothes and not hurting people during such raids. Blackbeard in particular is famous for attacking a ship, stealing nothing but medicines for syphilis and other [=STDs=], and leaving.
* American gangs smuggle in weapons and drugs. The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Black Cobra gang]] in Sweden... [[http://www.thelocal.se/25498/20100312/ steals cakes.]] AndThatsTerrible.
* And then there's the French terrorist organisation ''Le Front de Libération des Nains de Jardins'', "The Garden Gnome Liberation Front". They stole garden gnomes and left them in the forest. Their main claim to fame was to have "liberated" a Ronald [=McDonald=] once and really pissing off [=McDonald's=] in the process...
* Among the ''many'' ([[IdiotPlot idiot]]) plots by the CIA to deal with Castro was an attempt to make his hair fall out (ridding him of his iconic beard and). Apparently the CIA thought that Castro gained his power from his hair, like Samson.
* A similar plot was hatched against Hitler whereby they wanted to spike his food with estrogen so they could make his mustache fall off and his voice become squeaky so he would lose popular support. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Despite the fact that estrogen doesn't even remotely work that way]]. They paid his gardener to spray the gardens which Hitler ate from with estrogen. The gardener pocketed the money and dumped the estrogen down the drain.
* A member of the Japanese Yakuza was arrested in Tokyo for [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking trying to scalp tickets]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-12-06/yakuza-arrested-for-scalping-sanrio-theme-park-tickets/ to a Hello Kitty theme park.]]
* The German snacks-making company Bahlsen had a [[http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebstahl_des_goldenen_Leibnizkekses golden Leibniz cookie sign]] hung in front of its main office in Leipzig. In 2013, it was stolen, and a ransom note appeared, demanding that Bahlsen make various charitable donations, including a donation of cookies towards a children's hospital, accompanied by an image of the perpetrator dressed in a [[SesameStreet Cookie Monster]] costume. Bahlsen eventually acceded to demands, donating just over fifty thousand packs of cookies to various social institutions, and the sign was returned soon after. All charges were dropped, and the identity of "the Cookie Monster" remains unknown. Bahlsen has had to repeatedly rebuff accusations that the entire crime was staged for purposes of marketing.
* Many forum trolls use juvenile insults, InsaneTrollLogic and other LogicalFallacies to annoy people, as opposed to more severe threats that can result in real life consequences.
** As do school bullies, who use teasing rather than physical attacks to upset people.
* Common photo ops related to this trope include sitting or standing near a "Keep Off The Grass" sign and lighting up in front of a "No Smoking" sign. Rarely, if ever, is this done without a strong sense of irony, especially since the joke has now been used so often that it's more a [[MemeticMutation meme]] than anything else ([[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3o4fk7Y1G1rsqfpho1_500.png even The Beatles did it!]]).
* While North Korea is a pretty terrible place, one can't help but laugh a little bit when they hack South Korean website to spam pro-North Korea and anti-western propaganda.
* One purse snatcher stole a woman's purse... after administering the woman's husband life saving CPR until paramedics arrived. The woman was both annoyed and grateful.
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