'''Basic Trope''': Ruling by fear doesn't work as well as ruling with love.
* '''Straight''': [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] rules with an iron fist. He's surprised when Charlie, one of his high-ranking officers, {{Heel Face Turn}}s to Bob's side.
* '''Exaggerated''': Evulz throws Charlie in jail for leaving a speck of dirt on his weapons; Charlie escapes and joins Bob, who was waiting outside.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Emperor Evulz is slightly surprised when Charlie defects, but not very.
** Emperor Evulz rules through fear. His minions are reluctant to fight for him, but they don't heel face turn.
* '''Justified''':
** Charlie realizes that even if he manages to survive under Evulz's rule, he'd still rather be happy on Bob's side.
** Charlie hates being controlled this way.
* '''Inverted''': Evulz is actually the better ruler and his people are happier.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob's forces look like they'll win the war when they're overwhelmed at the last moment by Evulz's reinforcements.
** It seems Charlie will heel face turn to Bob's side, but he is too afraid of Evulz.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Bob has a new superweapon which blows the enemies to pieces.
** Fearing Evulz's oppression and not wishing to be captured, Bob's forces fight even harder at the sight of Evulz's reinforcements and manage to win the day.
* '''Parodied''':
** Evulz yells at Charlie. As he leaves the throne room, he's stopped by a rebel recruiter who promises that Bob won't threaten his friends and family like Alice. And he'll give him cookies.
** Evulz's method of instilling terror into his underlings' hearts consist of [[PokeThePoodle wearing a spooky mask and jumping out behind them]]. Most of them don't last a week under command and he always wonders why they leave so soon.
* '''Zig Zagged''': At first, Evulz appears to be a loving ruler, but it soon turns out that he actually rules through fear. It's then revealed that [[WellIntentionedExtremist he's doing this for the good of the people]]. It's later found out that many people have figured it out and love him anyway.
* '''Averted''':
** It's unknown as to what kind of leaders Evulz and Bob are, as neither one of them is shown actually leading.
** Evulz and Bob are leaders of groups where the people have no choice but to follow them.
** Both Evulz and Bob are tyrants or well-loved, and neither is better or worse in terms of fairness.
* '''Enforced''': Maybe the author really, ''really'' believes in Power by PowerOfLove?
* '''Lampshaded''': "Don't you know that you can't rule through fear? It ''never'' works out in the end."
* '''Invoked''': ???
* '''Exploited''': Bob convinces Charlie to join his side because Evulz was so mean to Charlie.
* '''Defied''': Evulz knows what would happen if he causes his people to fear him, so she makes sure to treat them fairly.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': "Well, Evulz might have the upper hand now, but did you see what he did to poor Charlie? He'll lose in the end".
* '''Played For Laughs''': Evulz gives out {{Cool And Unusual Punishment}}s to his people and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard one of them leads to his downfall]].
* '''Played For Drama''': Evulz loses the war and [[HeelRealization realizes]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters how far he fell due to his ruthlessness]].
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