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:
  • Justified: He has incompetent minions who can't get a single thing done right. - His abusiveness is retribution.
  • Inverted:
    • Benevolent Boss
    • Slayer's minions treat him like trash.
    • Slayer is a Psycho for Hire who takes sadistic pleasure in selling out his employers.
    • A hero abuses his friends/subordinates.
  • 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: ???
  • 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: ???
  • 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: ???
  • 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.

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