'''Basic Trope''': The main character, viewpoint character and protagonist of a story, is also the story's villain.
* '''Straight''': [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] is the protagonist of the story "Emperor Evulz [[TakeOverTheWorld Takes Over The World]]", which contains ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (of course). He acts in every way like a traditional EvilOverlord BigBad, but is the main character who narrates the story.
* '''Exaggerated''': Evulz is a complete CardCarryingVillain who mercilessly and repeatedly [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] to {{lampshade|Hanging}} how he's the villain.
* '''Downplayed''': The characters in the story [[GreyAndGrayMorality can't be neatly divided into good guys and bad guys]], but on the shades of grey within the show the character is an obviously darker shade.
* '''Justified''': [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis The story is Evulz writing down his memoirs for posterity]]: Obviously he'll not be able to use anyone but himself as the viewpoint character.
* '''Inverted''': HeroAntagonist.
* '''Subverted''':
** The story starts of with Emperor Evulz for the first half of the book, before suddenly switching viewpoint and main-characterhood to [[TheHero Bob Badass]] instead.
** Halfway through the story Emperor Evulz does a HeelFaceTurn.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** It eventually switches back to Evulz for the final chapters, who remains the protagonist for the rest of the book. The parts narrated by Bob [[ShaggyDogStory turn out to be unimportant in the grand scale of the story's narrative]].
** Evulz is an UnreliableNarrator who really is a villain, but has been trying to paint himself more sympathetically.
* '''Parodied''':
** Evulz starts the story by beating up the narrator and taking his protagonist-hood via HostileShowTakeover. The entire rest of the story concerns Evulz abusing his narrator privileges to turn the narrative into a bad case of HerCodeNameWasMarySue, while the Bob tries to break free from the story and boot Evulz out of the narrator seat.
** Emperor Evulz is a bumbling HarmlessVillain and the story is about his [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption repeated failures]] in proving himself to be [[BewareTheSillyOnes more competent than he seems]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': The story constantly switches viewpoint characters. Emperor Evulz is only one of them and is only the protagonist ever so often.
* '''Averted''': Emperor Evulz is TheHero. The story is a standard following of his [[TheHerosJourney hero's journey]] to take down [[BigBad Bob Badguy]].
* '''Enforced''':
** The writer wants to make a story where the main character is a bad guy who gets defeated at the end so we can see the rise and fall of a villain.
** The writer wants to make the villain the main character for the audience to relate and identify with.
* '''Lampshaded''':
-->'''Emperor Evulz''': "Admire me? You fools. Do you not know that I'm the villain of this tale."
* '''Invoked''': The land was taken over by the Forces of Goodness long ago; what with there being no more conflicts, the only way the story can have anything to do is if it follows up-and-coming wannabe Emperor Evulz on his path to upsetting the status quo.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': Evulz begins the story by ensuring us all that he is the hero, and this will not be one of those 'follow the villain stories'.
* '''Discussed''': Evulz and Bob have a discussion over the traditional narrative roles of hero and villain, and note that so far Evulz has been the one to go through the traditional hero's journey even though his goal is the evil one.
* '''Conversed''': Evulz and Bob are watching a show where the villain is the main character, and have the above conversation.
* '''Deconstructed''': Having Evulz in charge does in no way lessen his villainy, causing the whole story to turn into a serious case of BlackAndGrayMorality where the distant and ineffectual heroes have no connection to the audience and the only people given care and attention are unsympathetic and evil. All the events that would normally be OffscreenVillainy in a traditional story gets described in livid detail, showcasing just how horrible villains are in such stories and how many lives get lost while the heroes tarry and go through their personal flaws and demons.
* '''Reconstructed''': When the heroes finally turn up, they turn out to be good and nice people, even as Evulz's viewpoint tries (and fails) to paint them in an unflattering light. Evulz eventually gets defeated in a traditional fight in the climax, with the final chapters being him lamenting his position from inside his TailorMadePrison and swearing eternal vengeance as goodness and light falls across the liberated land once more.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Emperor Evulz is an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist or a HeroicComedicSociopath with a 'villanous' goal, LaughablyEvil, or a HarmlessVillain whose 'EvilPlan' is villainous but completely harmless.
* '''Played For Drama''': Emperor Evulz does some truly horrifying things. The story treats him with every bit of reverence as deserved and does not sugarcoat any of his horrible deeds.
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