Playing With / Bad Boss

Basic Trope: The villain mistreats his minions regularly.
  • Straight: Slayer treats his minions like trash.
  • Exaggerated: Slayer makes his minions do all the work while not paying them, and then yells at them more for any small mistake.
  • Downplayed:
    • Mean Boss
    • Slayer merely annoys his minions.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: He was having a bad day - He has a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Double Subverted: Except he's not much nicer on a good day - He's a Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Slayer acts like a Benevolent Boss most of the time, but will become a Bad Boss if his subordinates repeatedly fail at certain tasks or if things are falling apart. Nonetheless, he rewards rewards successful minions, you just don't want to get on his bad side.
  • Averted: Slayer behaves in a respectful and professional matter with his minions, or at least doesn't abuse them.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that Slayer is a really bad person"
  • Lampshaded: "Geez, I'm your minion, not your slave! All right, I'm your slave too, but you still don't have to shout at me all the live-long day!"
  • Invoked: Slayer feels like he has to act like a Bad Boss in order to keep his minions in line.
  • Exploited: The heroes ask if the minions really enjoy working in such a negative environment, trying to provoke a Mook–Face Turn.
  • Defied: Slayer treats his employees with respect and dignity, and even rewards them when they do something right, in order to avoid having them turn against him.
  • Discussed: "Ugh, why does every villain have to treat their minions like crap? Maybe if they show them some respect they might actually succeed in their evil plans!"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • One of Slayer's minions betrays him at a crucial moment due to past mistreatment. This leads to said minion offing Slayer at that moment, becoming the new boss in turn.
    • Slayer has trouble recruiting new minions due to his reputation, leaving his forces severely weakened.
  • Reconstructed: Slayer's minions are more afraid of him than the enemy, making them extremely fearsome in combat.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Slayer punishes his minions for the most minor of transgressions to the point of Comedic Sociopathy.
    • A random Mook asks a dumb question, and Slayer responds by nonchalantly killing him.
  • Played For Drama: Slayer's minions are so terrified of him that they often discuss getting rid of him or simply running away, feeling it's only a matter of time before they incur their boss's wrath.

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