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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Inverted: Ron the Death Eater.
- Double Subverted: Despite his actions, his fans continue to fawn over and apologize for him.
- Zig Zagged: Emperor Evulz's appearance and level of rationalization are constantly in flux, with fan opinion changing from week to week.
- 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: ???
- "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: Villain with Good Publicity
- 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?"
- Emperor Evulz's popularity with fans is reflected in the series by giving him Joker Immunity even as he explores new Moral Event Horizons, as he begins openly relying on his good looks and popularity. It is made clear that his actions are dragging the world to hell, yet his in-world apologists keep giving him a free pass for his behavior.
- The fans have a hard time reconciling the fact that Evulz is well evil with their sympathy and/or attraction to him or his likability, causing them to subconsciously delete the fact that he's evil from their conscious mind. As a result, they try to justify his actions to make him seems less evil & think that changing him would be so easy that all you'd need to do is show that someone cares about him.
- 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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