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->''There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal, kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.''
-->-- ''Discworld/SmallGods''

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Like a [[HiredGuns mercenary]], but with none of the [[PsychoForHire sociopathy.]]

These are characters who have no real grudge against the heroes, but [[JustFollowingOrders are simply doing a job]] they're [[IControlMyMinionsThrough getting paid for]]. After hours, they're [[AffablyEvil totally personable joes]] who go hang out like anyone else. Most Punch Clock Villains are not even particularly mean.

Used to be an odd device but has become increasingly frequent due to the popularity of superhero parody, where minions are portrayed as sympathetic employees for unreasonable bosses. In addition, nearly all anime featuring a comedic villain usually has these, who are frequently cute characters.

Conversely if played ''seriously'', the emotional detachment that the Punch Clock Villain displays when he or she knowingly contributes to various atrocities can be chilling, and audiences may see them as a monster. Depending on the nature of the story this trope can make a villain either more relatable to an audience or more hateful. If they're employed in a violent capacity, they may be an ApologeticAttacker or insist that it's NothingPersonal.

Many Punch Clock Villains may execute a HeelFaceTurn at the very, VERY end of the film.

If they'd rather PetTheDog, they might be a MinionWithAnFInEvil; if they got into evil because the superhero team fired them for misbehavior, they may be a HeroWithAnFInGood. People using this trope as an excuse for their crimes are JustFollowingOrders; real-world examples should go there.

Related to VillainsOutShopping and GoodAllAlong. Compare ObstructiveBureaucrat. The opposite of VisionaryVillain and PsychoForHire. For the AntiHero version, see PunchClockHero. Not at all related to [[ClockKing villains who love their clocks]], or to villains who [[RingRingCRUNCH punch their clock]].

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