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[[caption-width-right:314: "I find your lack of beef jerky disturbing."]]

->''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.''
-->-- ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', "When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment" [[note]](perhaps better known as "A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One")[[/note]]

The heroes are on the ropes, the EvilOverlord has been [[SealedEvilInACan awakened from his ancient slumber]] and [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours his kung fu is stronger than theirs]]. While the heroes are licking their wounds, they wonder what unspeakable evil he's plotting, and the camera makes a cut to...''(DramaticPause!)''...the villain trying out some jeans and t-shirts at Hot Topic.

Similar to a GilliganCut with a villain as the Gilligan, Villains Out Shopping is a humorous cut to the villain doing or enjoying a perfectly mundane hobby unrelated to [[ToThePain torture]] or [[EvilFeelsGood being evil]] in general. Occasionally, the hero will join in and go GoKartingWithBowser, and they generally won't attack villains during such activities, if only due to the market being a TruceZone.

A similar situation is one where the hero has mistakenly concluded that one of the usual villains has committed a crime, [[NotMeThisTime when really, it was a different one.]] The hero will knock down the villain's door to discover...them trying on [[HellBentForLeather leather pants]]. Like we said, a crime.

Generally used to humanize the villain who more often than not is AffablyEvil or a {{Punch Clock|Villain}}. However even the CompleteMonster can do this without subverting it, since they can have also harmless interests and know how to blend in.

If someone makes the argument that the villain's actions prove shopping is evil, they're committing the HitlerAteSugar fallacy.

See also BadGuyBar, which is an establishment that caters specifically for villains who have off-time. KingpinInHisGym and MobBossSuitFitting are subversions, as the villains may initially seem to be enjoying some downtime but are actually training for/planning further villainy. NotMeThisTime may occur if the heroes attack the villain because they didn't anticipate a shopping trip. A fanfic about the shopping trip is a CurtainFic.

For the heroic version, see HeroesGoneFishing.

!!Example subpages:

* VillainsOutShopping/{{Anime And Manga}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Comic Books}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Fan Fiction}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Film}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Literature}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Live Action TV}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Video Games}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Web Animation}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Web Comics}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Web Original}}
* VillainsOutShopping/{{Western Animation}}



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4_dZPVg8KI Darth Vader goes to Disneyland.]]
* It's unclear whether or not the two girls in [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/suntory-ad_n_5599608.html?cps=gravity this Japanese commercial]] ever do anything [[ProfessionalKiller typical of the Ninja]] (because that's what they obviously are) but here they're just playing a friendly game of tag.
* [[http://creativity-online.com/work/spectrum-train/51537 This hilarious commercial]] from Spectrum features TheGrimReaper, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and a MadScientist commuting to work much like any commuters do, nonchalantly talking about their villainous ''and'' non-villainous plans. For instance, the Mummy talks about summoning the Apocalypse right after taking his twin sons to soccer, while the Reaper complains about his cable TV going out. In a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oCL6iZiUfU second commercial,]] they're playing cards.
* [[MastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor ]][[https://youtu.be/nqhLn76kCv0 saved with MoneySupermarket.com and now he feels... epic!]]

* When the [[DemBones animated skeletons]] of ''Pinball/BoneBusters'' are not terrorizing humans, they're going jogging and riding bikes in the park.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This is essentially TheGimmick of Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1[=/=]Wrestling/RingOfHonor wrestler/manager Prince Nana, an [[EvilPrince evil Ashanti prince]] who came to power in the nation of Ghana and over taxes the population to fund his embassies in foreign wrestling promotions.[[/folder]]

* A Franchise/SherlockHolmes radio drama about Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee had [[AffablyEvil 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!''

[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy ]]
* Creator/EddieIzzard
** The most famous routine in his stand-up show ''Circle'' features [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] vainly attempting to get served with some lunch in the Death Star's canteen. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp69rg6Hdlo here]].
** ''Definite Article'' gives us a queue of murderers all trying to shop at a late-night petrol station.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' will inevitably have many examples.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s foremost Necromancer Queen, [[http://forum.rpg.net/showpost.php?p=11874207=6 Erandis Vol, practices knitting]].
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'''s Vlad Drakov, the cruel Darklord of Falkovnia, practices falconry as a hobby. The incredible irony is, while Drakov is a tyrant with absolutely no respect for ''human'' life, he [[PetTheDog can't bear to see his birds hurt]].
* The Yozi of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s trapped in [[IronicHell 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 ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', 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? [[AffablyEvil Nurgle is generally depicted as a kind and generous grandfatherly figure]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality who likes spreading his presents.]]
* In the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Classic]]'' and ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** Fate magic in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' and ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Awakening]]'' inverts this. Doing random errands and wandering around on impulse is how [[WindsOfDestinyChange entropy manipulation]] gets you to the person or item you're seeking.
** [[BazaarOfTheBizarre Goblin Markets]] in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' are strictly enforced [[TruceZone 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, [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Hobgoblin]] mercenaries on their days off, or privateers auctioning off their slaves to the [[TheFairFolk True Fae]].
* One piece of Kickstarter material for ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'' had [[DirectLineToTheAuthor Jenna Moran]] meet [[TheGrimReaper the Headmaster of the Bleak Academy]] while he was doing his laundry in Fortitude. Apparently the students at the Bleak Academy can forge Abhorrent weapons, monsters and all varieties of dark magic, but can't build a washing machine or brew detergent.