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[[caption-width-right:314: "I find your lack of beef jerky disturbing."]]

-->''When a felon's not engaged in his employment (his employment)''\\
''Or maturing his felonious little plans (little plans)''\\
''His capacity for innocent enjoyment ('cent enjoyment)''\\
''Is quite as great as any honest man's (honest man's)''
-->--''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', "When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment" [[note]](perhaps better known as "A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One")[[/note]]

The heroes are on the ropes, the EvilOverlord has been [[SealedEvilInACan awakened from his ancient slumber]] and [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours his kung fu is stronger than theirs]]. While the heroes are licking their wounds, they wonder what unspeakable evil he's plotting, and the camera makes a cut to...''(DramaticPause!)''...the villain trying out some jeans and t-shirts at Hot Topic.

Similar to a GilliganCut with an AffablyEvil or {{Punch Clock|Villain}} villain as the Gilligan, Villains Out Shopping is a humorous cut to the villain doing or enjoying a perfectly mundane hobby unrelated to [[ToThePain torture]] or [[EvilFeelsGood being evil]] in general. Occasionally, the hero will join in and go GoKartingWithBowser, and they generally won't attack villains during such activities, if only due to the market being a TruceZone.

A similar situation is one where the hero has mistakenly concluded that one of the usual villains has committed a crime, [[NotMeThisTime when really, it was a different one.]] The hero will knock down the villain's door to discover...them trying on [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants]]. Like we said, a crime. (Unless it's David Bowie wearing them.)

Generally used to humanize the villain. Don't expect the CompleteMonster to do this, other than perhaps to try to subvert it. For the heroic version, see HeroesGoneFishing. A fanfic about the shopping trip is a CurtainFic. If someone says the villain's actions prove shopping is evil, they're committing the HitlerAteSugar fallacy.

NotMeThisTime may occur if the heroes attack the villain because they didn't anticipate a shopping trip.

See also BadGuyBar, which is an establishment that caters specifically for villains who have off-time.

KingpinInHisGym and MobBossSuitFitting are subversions, as the villains may initially seem to be enjoying some downtime but are actually training for/planning further villainy.

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* VillainsOutShopping/{{Anime And Manga}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Comic Books}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Fan Fiction}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Film}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Literature}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Live-Action TV}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Video Games}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Web Animation}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Web Comics}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Web Original}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Western Animation}}
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4_dZPVg8KI Darth Vader goes to Disneyland.]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* A Franchise/SherlockHolmes radio drama about Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee had [[AffablyEvil Professor Moriarty]] detailing to Holmes his exact plans for the day:
--> '''Moriarty:''' "At four PM, I shall return home for a nap and an early dinner... ...At seven, I shall go the gala at Buckingham Palace and blow the place to kingdom come!''
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[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy ]]
* The most famous routine in comedian EddieIzzard's stand-up show ''Circle'' features [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] vainly attempting to get served with some lunch in the Death Star's canteen. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp69rg6Hdlo here]].
** ''Definite Article'' by the same comedian gave us a queue of murderers all trying to shop at a late-night petrol station.
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' will inevitably have many examples.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s foremost Necromancer Queen, [[http://forum.rpg.net/showpost.php?p=11874207=6 Erandis Vol, practices knitting]].
* In the ''{{Ravenloft}}'' campaign, Vlad Drakov, the cruel Darklord of Falkovnia, practices falconry as a hobby. The incredible irony is, while Drakov is a tyrant with absolutely no respect for ''human'' life, he can't bear to see his birds hurt.
* When not raining plagues and disease on the mortal realms, [[WarhammerFantasy Father]] [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Nurgle]] enjoys tending his garden. It's a garden devoted entirely to ''disease'', but hey! It's just a garden by another name, right? Nurgle is generally depicted as a kind and generous grandfatherly figure who likes spreading his presents.
* Frequently inverted in TabletopGame/MageTheAscension and TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening by the use of fate magic. Wandering around doing errands and deciding where to wander impulsively while idling around is how entropy-manipulation gets you to the person or item you're seeking.
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