Playing With / Humiliation Conga

Basic Trope: The villain is subjected to a series of humiliating defeats.
  • Straight: A Corrupt Bureaucrat has an Engineered Public Confession aired during his speech in front of the entire town, is boo'd off stage, openly mocked by the heroes for his downfall, and finally arrested live.
  • Exaggerated: The entire town takes turns publically humiliating the villain.
  • Downplayed: Humble Pie
  • Justified: The heroes need to destroy all confidence in the villain, so they utterly humiliate him.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The hero sets up a series of humiliating events for the villain, but they all fail.
  • Double Subverted: They finally spring at the perfect time, utterly humiliating the villain.
  • Parodied: The heroes set up a literal conga line of everyone in town to march past the villain, each person taking turns humiliating the villain.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The villain faces no risk of humiliation, whether or not he is defeated.
  • Enforced: "We mustn't let the audience think that the villain can get off scot-free after what he did; let's have him humiliated in public!"
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The Hero refuses to let the villain be humiliated, choosing to arrest and punish him privately.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • With each new defeat, the villain becomes that much more desperate and, therefore, that much more dangerous; this eventually (and ironically) makes him into an even bigger threat than he'd have been if everything had gone his way.
    • Each subsequent humiliation takes a toll on the villain's mental stability, causing him to be viewed more sympathetically.
  • Reconstructed: The heroes are aware of the old adage about a rat being more dangerous if it's backed into a corner, and they approach the now-desperate villain as cautiously as possible when they go in for the kill.

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