Playing With: Generic Doomsday Villain
Basic Trope: A villain without coherent motivation, goals and plans, defined solely by the threat he poses.
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- Straight: General Dusk is a villain that just destroys things and is all-powerful, and nothing else.
- Exaggerated: General Dusk does random villain things for no reason whatsoever.
- General Dusk is the undeveloped second-in-command to Emperor Evulz, who is a fully-developed character.
- Dusk has a personality and motive, but compared to the other villains is under-developed.
- Subverted: General Dusk actually has some complexity to him...
- Double Subverted:
- Zig Zagged: His complexity varies between episodes.
- Averted: He's actually a very complex villain.
- The writers are lazy.
- The writers are portraying the villain as a force of nature instead of an individual.
- The writers are trying to portray their villain as a force of nature, but he ends up coming off as so minimal a character they might as well have had a literal force of nature threatening the heroes.
- Lampshaded: "Okay, why are you doing what you're doing General Dusk? Seriously, you must have some motive!"
- Invoked: General Dusk wants to be seen as an implacable force of nature because he feels that it demoralizes his opponents.
- Exploited: The heroes defeat General Dusk by asking him what his motivation is. Upon realizing that he has nothing to gain by doing what he does and nothing to lose by not doing it, General Dusk keels over on the spot.
- General Dusk will go on Motive Rants when people assume he has no purpose.
- General Dusk is a villain in a show within a show, and his actor ad libs several lines to give him more personality.
- Discussed: "Dusk is not like you or I; his evil is without purpose, without motivation, done more as if by some physical law than by conscious action on his part. But perhaps...it is better that way. It is better, then, than malice from a very understandable cause..."
- Conversed: "Why does he want to destroy the world? Because the hero upset him. Why does the hero upset him? Because he wanted to destroy the world! We have some circular writing here, folks!"
- Implied: When Dusk is asked what his goal is, he shrugs and continues his wave of destruction.
- Deconstructed: It turns out General Dusk was built for the express purpose of destruction, and when called on it, will start to question why he does stuff like this.
- He simply decides that if someone has to be evil, it has to be him.
- He's reprogrammed only with that destructive state of mind, with no sentience to balance it out.
- General Dusk acts like an animal or force of nature because he's been lobotomized by the Big Bad or driven completely mad, resulting in the Empty Shell we see today.
- Played For Laughs: Dusk doesn't even understand what a motive IS, and is confounded by the hero asking him why he does what he does.
- Played For Drama: General Dusk is an incredibly powerful psychopath who's decided to do as much harm as possible. It's not even something like basic sadism, Greed or Lust. He's just an Empty Shell who kills people in creative, horrible ways. His lack of proper motivation is so inhuman that makes him far more effective than any stated motive could've done.
- Plotted A Good Waste: General Dusk is frustratingly powerful and generic, which contributes to the audience hating him and wanting to see the heroes win.
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