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Playing With: Go Karting with Bowser
Basic Trope: The hero and villain of a work are seen taking part in leisure activities with one another.
  • Straight: On their off-time, arch-enemies Hiro and Emperor Evulz play chess.
  • Exaggerated: Hiro and Emperor Evulz have a full-fledged romantic relationship with one another when they're not trying to take over the world/saving the world.
  • Downplayed: Hiro and Evulz are very polite and curteous to one another once they stop fighting but they're not going to be hanging out any time soon.
  • Justified:
    • Two opposing professionals (athletes, lawyers, politicians, etc.) meet for drinks everyday after work. It's just the nature of their jobs.
    • The hero and villain are related or were friends before they got super powers. Despite their obvious differences, they still get together for their weekly chess games.
    • They are a Punch Clock Hero and Punch Clock Villain respectively. It's just business. Outside of that, they get along quite well.
  • Inverted: Worthy Opponent
  • Subverted: Evulz asks Hiro for a game of chess after he puts him in prison but the hero refuses...
  • Double Subverted: ... Then he feels sorry for Evulz and decides to play with him, fomring a strange bond in the process.
  • Parodied: Evulz and Hiro are engaged in a brutal battle for the fate of the universe, niether one giving an inch until... breaktime. They stop mid-fight and happily share a lunch together.
  • Zig Zagged: Hiro and Evulz start off hating one another and would never dream of hanging out but somehow, both discover their love for chess. After a strange series of circumstances, they start playing with one another and actually start getting along. Eventually, Evulz goes through a Heel-Face Turn due to their friendship.
  • Averted: Hiro and Evulz never see each other outside of typical hero/villain fights.
  • Enforced:
    • The writer wants to explore a hero/villain friendship through a mutual interest.
    • They are characters in a multiplayer spin-off game, where the roster consist of familiar characters of the franchise (especially given the Minimalist Cast and generic roles/underdeveloped conflict premises).
  • Lampshaded: "It's sad that one of my favorite chess opponents is a bad guy."
  • Invoked: They both like chess and niether one has been able to find an opponent who can match them in skill. Why not play each other?
  • Exploited:
    • Evulz is only pretending to be Hiro's chess-partner in order to manipulate him.
    • Hiro believes their mutual love of chess will rehabilitate Evulz.
  • Defied: Evulz and Hiro both like chess but refuse to play with one another.
  • Discussed: Evulz and Hiro discuss their mutual love of chess despite them being enemies.
  • Conversed: Fans of the comic have a conversation about Hiro and Evulzs' odd friendship.
  • Implied: Hiro's teammates notice he visits Evulz in prison once a week. They speculate they are playing chess due to both men loving the game.
  • Deconstructed: Eventually, their chess playing interfers with their heroism/world-dominance plans.
  • Reconstructed: Then they agree to keep their "professional life" separate from their mutual hobby.
  • Played For Laughs: After Hiro beats up Evulz, he asks, "So we're still on for out weekly chess game, right?"
  • Played For Drama: Both Hiro and Evulz are Not So Different. They are super geniuses and Fish out of Water due to their powers so they have no one else willing or able to play chess.

It's time to stop fighting. Why don't you Go Karting with Bowser instead?

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