Playing With: Heel Realization
Basic Trope: A villain realizes that he/she is the bad guy.
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- Straight: Bob is an Evil Overlord who realizes that in the process of taking over the world, he's brought death and suffering to millions of people.
- Exaggerated: Bob is a God of Evil who realizes that in the process of causing The End of the World as We Know It, it's brought death and suffering to millions of people.
- Downplayed: Bob is the Jerk Jock who realizes that his bullying was hurting people.
- Justified: Bob started as a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believed that Utopia Justifies the Means, and honestly believed until now that he was doing the right thing.
- Subverted: Bob sees all the pain he's caused, but it only makes him surer that it's all for the greater good.
- Double Subverted: Bob realizes that his original goals were evil, but his essentially unpleasant nature means that his activities in the service of "good" are just as vicious.
- Parodied: Bob accidentally forgets to feed his pet cat, Muffins. He has a nervous breakdown as a result.
- Zig Zagged: Bob sees the pain he's caused and finally realizes he's evil. He decides he doesn't care, and stays evil for a while. But then he goes too far and realizes he's even more evil than he thought he was and decides to change.
- Bob does not realize he's the bad guy.
- Bob knows he is a bad guy and revels in that fact.
- Enforced: "We'll want to redeem Bob eventually. He should have a crisis of conscience about being a villain."
- Lampshaded: "Your undead armies have swept across the land killing everyone in their path! Of course you're the villain!"
- Invoked: Casey gives Bob a well placed Kirk Summation in order to make him see the error of his ways.
- Exploited: Alice gives Bob a Breaking Speech that opens his eyes, and uses the moment of distraction to kill him for his crimes.
- Defied: Bob is a Knight Templar who will never see himself in the wrong no matter how much damage he causes.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Bob's realization of being in the wrong didn't give him the opportunity to make things right. Instead, it puts him in a position where he pathetically dwells in sorrow and despair by remembering his deeds. It also doesn't help that anyone isn't willing to let go of their hostility and bitterness towards Bob.
- Even if Bob did realized the fact what he's been doing is wrong, many others outright refuse to forgive him.
Thanks to both of the deconstructions, the people who refused to forgive Bob soon end up slowly mutating into literal aspects of Bob that they loathe, realizing their own errors far too late to repent. All that was thanks to a curse cast upon the land by a demented warlock under the employ of the God of Hatred, Odio.
- Played For Drama:
- Heel Face Door Slam
- Bob realizes that he's the villain... and likes it. Now that he's completely unhindered he will make the heroes suffer even more.
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