Villains Out Shopping
- When a felon's not engaged in his employment,
Or maturing his felonious little plans,
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Is quite as great as any honest man's.—The Pirates of Penzance, "When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment" note
- Anime and Manga
- Comic Books
- Fan Fiction
- Live-Action TV
- Video Games
- Web Animation
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation
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- A Sherlock Holmes radio drama about Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee had 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!''
- Dungeons & Dragons will inevitably have many examples.
- The Yozi of Exalted are Eldritch Abominations trapped in personalized hells, but universally share a deep and masterful appreciation of music. The King of Hell even leads regular city-wide song-and-dance numbers through the streets. This might have practical benefits given the nature of Hell, but still.
- In Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000, when not raining plagues and disease on the mortal realms, Father 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.
- In the Classic and New World of Darkness:
- Fate magic in Mage: The Ascension and Awakening inverts this. Doing random errands and wandering around on impulse is how entropy manipulation gets you to the person or item you're seeking.
- Goblin Markets in Changeling: The Lost are strictly enforced Truce Zones chock-full of useful gear and contacts, so it's not uncommon for this trope to come into play, whether it's rival Freehold members buying Christmas presents, Hobgoblin mercenaries on their days off, or privateers auctioning off their slaves to the True Fae.