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Playing With: Draco in Leather Pants
Basic Trope: A villainous or morally ambiguous character is beloved by fans, while having their flaws downplayed or ignored.
  • Straight: Emperor Evulz is good-looking, if a bit cold and curt, and has a tragic past that drives him forward. He's also a villain, but fans tend to rationalize that little detail.
  • Exaggerated: Despite Emperor Evulz being a cruel, manipulative, disgusting, irredeemable, coward, who kills people for fun, the fandom treats him as a paragon of virtue and love.
  • Downplayed:
    • Fans accept that Emperor Evulz is a villain, but try to give him Freudian Excuses when he's actually doing it For the Evulz or personal gain.
    • Emperor Evulz is a dark Anti-Hero rather than a villain, and while he's one of the good guys, certain fans seem to excuse many of his more questionable actions.
    • Emperor Evulz occasionally does kind things. Some fans think this is out of kindness, when it is clearly out of pragmatism.
    • Emperor Evulz is a straight-up villain, but fans think of him as an Anti-Villain/Anti-Hero who has moral intentions when he is clearly doing it for the evulz or personal gain.
  • Justified:
    • Emperor Evulz is Unintentionally Sympathetic.
    • Evulz could easily fit in with the good guys if he didn't have his problems, so fans treat him as "good" for that.
  • Inverted: Ron the Death Eater.
  • Subverted:
    • Although Emperor Evulz initially appears to be developing into a fan-favorite, he was just baiting the dog: his actions later in the series repels the fans by crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
    • Alternatively, he turns out to be Good All Along.
  • Double Subverted: Despite his actions, his fans continue to fawn over and apologize for him.
  • Parodied:
    • Even Bob openly excuses him.
    • The good guys inexplicably start treating Emperor Evulz as though he was always on their side while Bob acts as the Only Sane Man.
  • Zig Zagged: Emperor Evulz's appearance and level of rationalization are constantly in flux, with fan opinion changing from week to week.
  • Averted:
    • The fans react to Emperor Evulz in an appropriate manner based on his actions.
    • The fandom remember that Bob is the hero and Emperor Evulz is the villain, and do not create multiple theories rationalizing his crossing of the Moral Event Horizon. However, those who do like Emperor Evulz prefer him as a believable villain or as a sympathetic character without downplaying his flaws.
    • The author wrote Emperor Evulz as a believable villainous character, and the fans ask the author enough questions about him to know that Emperor Evulz was never heroic or was once heroic before turning to the dark side.
    • The fans prefer Emperor Evulz as a villain because they think that he's more believable as an antagonist than he would be as a protagonist.
    • The author has written something from Emperor Evulz's warped perspective and fans reacted to him in an appropriate manner based on his actions.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    • "You don't understand him! He's not as bad as everyone makes him out to be!"
    • "I don't think the squealing fangirls quite get what a twisted piece of work this guy is..."
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz is intentionally presented as a charismatic person in order to enable him to convert people to the dark side.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The producers intentionally make Emperor Evulz repellent, physically unattractive, with no redeeming features, and cross the Moral Event Horizon in his very first appearance in order to prevent people excusing his actions.
  • Discussed: "Emperor Evulz's ability to make people excuse his sins borders on the supernatural."
  • Conversed: "Don't those people realize that Emperor Evulz is supposed to be the villain?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • During a fight, Bob gives Emperor Evulz a hideous scar, which not only removes his immunity, but his die hard in-world fans are so outraged that they decide to work for the heroes.
    • But no matter what, they still don't give a crap about what the other fans think, and they still sympathize Evulz anyways.
  • Played For Laughs: Emperor Evulz has a legion of fangirls that serve as his minions, as well as a not-exactly-veiled Take That at Alternative Character Interpretation.

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