Playing With / For the Evulz

Basic Trope: A villain engages in evil purely for its own sake.
  • Straight: Emperor Evulz commits various acts of villainy and dog-kicking without any rhyme or reason, the only explanation being because he can.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is a jerk who does things like littering and petty theft for no reason.
    • Bob acts a jerk because he likes annoying people.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Evulz claims to be doing evil for its own sake, but actually has much more mundane motives for his Evil Plan.
    • It Amused Me
  • Double Subverted: Evulz is captured and explains the logical reasons for doing the horrible things he did... but towards the end of his confession, we find out his underlying goal: to maximize the amount of suffering he's inflicted.
  • Parodied: Evulz' sporadic acts of gratuitous villainy never go beyond minor annoyances and ridiculously innocuous felonies.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz cares for orphans deeply and loves them all, but still blows up orphanages because he loves to see explosions. However, he led all the orphans out first and that orphanage was an unstable building that needed to be demolished. Blowing up the bus all the orphans were on, however...
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz has a fairly logical motive, like money.
  • Enforced: "How do we make our bad guy truly evil? Let's make him a sadist!"
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: How does killing people at random accomplish anything?
    Evulz: Killing is evil and therefore evil was accomplished.
  • Invoked: Evulz doesn't blow up orphanages, but Bob mentions that he knows so little about Evulz that he may well do so.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz, a Chessmaster with a greater plan in mind, sets up a simple yet baffling crime as a distraction for his enemies.
  • Defied:
    • Emperor Evulz declares that he's not a sadist who does heinous things for his own amusement; he's either a Well-Intentioned Extremist, a villain who has standards, or someone who prefers to engage in Pragmatic Villainy.
    • Bob refuses to do evil things even if he thinks that evil things are automatically fun just by "virtue" of being evil.
  • Discussed: "How do I know if he's lying about why he did it or is just plain crazy? Sane people don't have goals like 'murder as many people as I can'; there's always at least some claim to the moral high ground."
  • Conversed: "Why does it seem like all of the villains in that show seem to lack a coherent motivation besides 'kill as many people as possible'?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • It goes to show how insane and messed-up Evulz is.
    • Evulz has no redeeming characteristics whatsoever that will make him justifiable and appealing to any faction, thus the heroes and well-intentioned extremists are free to team up and do whatever it takes to destroy him.
    • Doing evil is the foremost of Evulz's motives, beyond lesser flaws like Greed, Pride and Wrath, which leaves no moral quandary as to whether he should be killed or not.
    • Since Evulz really has no motivation for what he's doing, his character becomes boring and uninteresting.
    • Evulz's reason being because he "can" doesn't hold up to the protagonist, who gives him a Breaking Speech that tears that "reasoning" apart.
  • Reconstructed:
    • But even if he enjoys others' sufferings, he also enjoys his own.
    • The same philosophy, belief system or ideology driving Evulz' love of evil is what Evulz wants to see more in the world.
    • Evulz is skilled at concealing his true goals and motivation and appealing to whatever he perceives will work in getting someone to go along with his plans.
    • Evulz disdains rules and others for adhering to them, so in his mind others must deserve his treatment.
  • Played for Laughs: Evulz, obsessing over wanting to do as much evil as possible just for the sake of evil itself, steers far into Stupid Evil territory.

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