Playing With: He Who Fights Monsters

Basic Trope: A character who is initially heroic, but is slowly becoming as evil as the things he fights.
  • Straight: Norbert is a Serial-Killer Killer who becomes a pitiless Knight Templar.
  • Exaggerated: Norbert ices one bad guy and instantly becomes one.
  • Downplayed: Norbert goes from being a traditional hero to a typical Anti-Hero as he fights more enemies.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Norbert learns valuable lessons from his battles with evil.
    • Norbert doesn't become evil. He was always evil. He's just gotten worse at controlling his impulses and/or justifying his actions, so his mask is starting to slip.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Norbert starts to look and speak like his enemies, and by the end of the story, it's impossible to tell who's Norbert and who's the enemy.
    • Norbert writes a note to a bad guy telling him to stop being evil, Norbert then immediately kills random people for no reason.
    • Norbert is a Bully Hunter who automatically becomes The Bully.
  • Zigzagged: Norbert's morality seems to jump between good and evil whenever he kills a monster.
  • Averted:
    • Norbert is unchanged by his work.
    • Norbert was always evil, and only targets people worse than he is as a way of trying to keep the heat off himself.
    • Once Norbert has gotten his revenge, he does, in fact, stop fighting.
  • Enforced:
    • "We can't have one of the good guys killing people. Let's make him one of the bad guys instead!"
    • The author is writing a Tragedy.
  • Lampshaded: "You are Not So Different!"
  • Invoked:
    • Serial Killer Alice knows that, eventually, she's going to be caught by Norbert. She kills his little sister in order to make Norbert more like herself as revenge.
    • Norbert is killing the monsters for the sake of becoming one, either physically or mentally.
  • Exploited: A Manipulative Bastard uses the fact that Norbert is turning into a villain to create discord within The Team which Norbert is part of.
  • Defied:
    • Norbert vows to never become like his enemies, even if it means subjecting himself to a Fate Worse Than Death.
    • "It's war, and if you want to survive and win, you have to be just as brutal as your enemy."
  • Dicussed: "Well, what did you expect? Norbert was always the best at his job."
  • Conversed: "If you are planning revenge, don't. You'll become exactly like your enemies, like what happened in this show."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Every day, his foes show him new depths of horror, keeping him on the straight and narrow.
    • Norbert's goals are sympathetic enough that the heroes show reluctance in interfering with them; by doing so, they fear that they're helping the one he's after get a Karma Houdini, as the justice system won't give him the proper retribution.
  • Reconstructed:

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