'''Basic Trope''': The villain is portrayed as a {{Jerkass}} who frequently go out of his way to KickTheDog, even in ridiculously small ways; OR a convention often seen in KarmaMeter-based games where Evil consists of doing lots of tiny, petty annoying acts.
* '''Straight''':
** Emperor Evulz, an evil overlord who plots grand schemes to conquer the neighbouring kingdoms, also frequently curses, spews racist and sexist remarks at the drop of a hat, regularly goes out of his way to find new ways to make the life of his subjects miserable, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and cheats at chess]].
** In ''Fangblade'', [[DesignatedHero Spyke]] can be played as a decent, straightforward [[TheHero hero]] or a rude, obnoxious {{Jerkass}}, with the former giving him lots of 'good' points and the latter lots of 'evil' points.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Emperor Evulz is StupidEvil.
** ''Fangblade'' has two entirely different paths depending on the player's choices. Spyke can either be TheChosenOne [[MessianicArchetype who saves the world while setting a perfect example for all]], or a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] {{Jerkass}} who sets half the world ablaze and lets the rest smolder ForTheEvulz.
* '''Downplayed''': Most of the "Evil" choices are serious, major crimes, but some of the choices seem to be being a jerkass for its own sake.
* '''Justified''': In ''Fangblade'', the Ultimate Evil is a TricksterArchetype who thrives on Chaos, while the [[DesignatedHero Designated]] BigGood is a KnightTemplar: two JerkassGods vying over a CrapsackWorld.
* '''Inverted''': ''Reputation'' casts you as Lord [[DracoInLeatherPants Draco]], son of the high-ranked House Godwin of TheEmpire. You can follow in your daddy's footsteps as an AffablyEvil loyalist, or become a rude [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized revolutionary]] fighting to overturn the evil empire.
* '''Subverted''': Player Bob makes Spyke kick a puppy, but he doesn't gain any evil points for it.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...because it was [[KickTheSonOfABitch a werewolf puppy.]] Kicking a normal puppy still gets evil points.
* '''Parodied''':
** The big actions you can take over the course of the game -- like saving a burning orphanage or being the one who set it on fire in the first place -- have absolutely ''no'' effect on Spyke's KarmaMeter. Instead, it's decided entirely by petty acts like whether you avoid swearing or ClusterFBomb your way through dialogue, petting or kicking puppies, and such things.
** When Spyke is brought to justice, the [=NPCs=] whom he harmed sport no worse injuries than nosebleeds, but all insist that he be hanged.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Some very petty acts will affect the KarmaMeter, but other acts have no affect. Some petty acts even count towards ''good'' on the meter.
* '''Averted''': While Spyke can choose to be petty, it has no effect on his KarmaMeter.
* '''Enforced''':
** "People need to understand that Emperor Evulz is such an utterly rotten and mean-spirited person that he doesn't even bother keep up a fašade of being FauxAffablyEvil."
** "It'd take a lot of time and money to script an entirely separate 'evil path' for this game. Why don't we railroad the player down a single path, but provide 'polite' and 'dick' responses in the conversation trees that create the illusion of choice?"
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "Why does being evil mean I have to be a complete dick to everyone I meet?"
* '''Invoked''': "IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten."
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': The game has no KarmaMeter.
* '''Discussed''': "As a villain, I expect you won't be satisfied burning my house and killing my father. No doubt you'll want to smash my porcelain figurine collection, stomp through my vegetable garden, and give me a wedgie too."
* '''Conversed''': "Did he just steal candy from that baby?" "Wow, he must be evil."
* '''Deconstructed''': Spyke quickly discovers that he CantGetAwayWithNuthin: no matter [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer how rudely others treat him for]] [[HalfHumanHybrid being different]], even being the ''tiniest'' bit [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] in response has everyone treating him like that just ''proves'' he's evil, ''including the {{Jerkass}} KnightTemplar [[JerkassGod God]]''. The only one who welcomes such behavior is the Chaos God, meaning he apparently has to choose between putting up with everyone else's crap or go full-blown evil.
* '''Reconstructed''': This whole situation turns out to be a game-wide SecretTestOfCharacter: in the end, Spyke discovers that the Gods' personalities are determined by what their worshippers believe, and he can [[TakingAThirdOption take a third option]] of changing how the gods are viewed, rewriting their personalities to something that better suits his sensibilities.
* '''Played for Laughs''': Spyke's consistent [[PokeThePoodle poodle-poking]] runs afoul of his boss' PragmaticVillainy, and he regularly gets bitch-slapped for it.
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We will never know why some villains like to waste their time abducting cats and drinking too much water. We can only record specific times at which EvilIsPetty.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???