ďBeing a supervillain means never having to say youíre sorry Ö Unless itís to the judge or the parole board. Even then, you donít really have to. Itís not like itís going to change the outcome or anything.Ē
Those are the words of Calvin Matthew Stringel, better known as Mechani-Cal. Heís a sarcastic, down on his luck armored villain. Follow his exploits as he gets swept up in a world domination scheme gone wrong and ends up working for the weak willed, mercy loving heroes. Immerse yourself in his epic battles and see what itís like to be an outsider looking in at a world that few have ever experienced.Confessions Of A D-List Supervillain
is an independent superhero fiction novel by Jim Bernheimer. It chronicles the efforts of a minor armored supervillain in his efforts to save the world from mind-controlling bugs lest he join the ranks of the Evil Overlord's many slaves. At the end of the day, we have to ask, what is heroism?
This book contains the following tropes:
- After the End: A typical supervillain mind-control plot goes horribly, horribly, horribly wrong.
- Aliens Made Them Do It: Wendy and Cal have sex under the influence of a psychic. This torpedoes any developing attraction between them.
- Anti-Hero: Ultraweapon. The Olympians as a whole, it's soon obvious.
- Anti-Villain: Mechani-Cal.
- Badass Grandpa: The Bugler, though not exactly a grandpa, is still one of the older characters in the book.
- Betty and Veronica: Aphrodite and Wendy.
- Big Bad: Ultraweapon.
- Captain Ersatz: Ultraweapon is one of the 'Iron Dick' versions of Tony Stark.
- Mechani-Cal has some similarity to the Spider-man villain, the Beetle. Who, coincidentally or not, became a hero in the Thunderbolts.
- Deal with the Devil: Subverted. Cal's deal with the Evil Overlord turns out to have no consequences whatsoever.
- Epic Fail: The accidental release of the mind-control bugs by Ultraweapon.
- Cal's first going as a supervillain.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. Ultraweapon doesn't love Stacy because he can only view her as a possession. Likewise, the same for Wendy's stalker.
- First Girl Wins: Aphrodite and Mechani-Cal are together at the end of the book.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mechani-Cal seemingly gives his life to save the world from Ultraweapon.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Deconstructed. The sex is better when Cal and his lovers genuinely care about one another.
- Kick the Dog: Ultraweapon gets one when he brainwipes Aphrodite of her romance with Cal.
- Jerkass: Athena, Ultraweapon.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Cal and Wendy conceive a kid during their mind-control.
- More than Mind Control: A central premise of the book. The problem isn't the bugs which mind control people. It's the fact that the mind-control is more addictive than crack and heroin put together with great sex.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Only in a superhero universe does Cal's execution of Wendy's stalker end up evil after the man used his superpowers to force Cal and her to have sex.
- Pet the Dog: Mechani-Cal gets probably his single greatest moment of sympathy when he gives a starving mother some of his rations.
- Physical God: Played with. The Olympians are essentially mortals empowered with the personality and powers of the deities they represent.
- Rich Bitch: Subverted by Wendy. Despite being richer than God, she's the sweetest character in the book.
- Oddly, this seems to have been Aphrodite's old personality.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Ultraweapon is apparently this. He made part of his original armor but used a core of engineers to make the rest of it and now coasts on the profits from his work.