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Playing With: Mook Horror Show
Basic Trope: The Mook Horror Show is a scene that plays out like a horror/slasher film but casts the hero as the monster.
  • Straight: Bob stalks and systematically kills mooks working for the Big Bad, freaking them out in the process.
  • Exaggerated: Bob goes to great lengths to scare the mooks, including stringing up the dead bodies of their friends, spelling out the names of who's next in blood, and even going so far as to threaten their loved ones.
  • Downplayed: The mooks are generally scared of Bob since he's a Bad Ass and the beatings he gives them would be pretty stressful to experience.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is waging psychological warfare on the mooks. The more mind games he plays, the sloppier they get.
    • Bob is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge because they killed Alice.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is stalked by a gang of mooks who try to terrorize him as much as possible.
    • A Serial Killer goes after cops, scaring the crap out of them as he takes them out one by one.
  • Subverted: The mooks know Bob is playing mind games and refuse to be terrified.
  • Double Subverted: That is, until Bob laughs and reveals he "was just playing" and the idea that he is being so nonchalant about killing them scares the crap out of the mooks.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob wears a stupid mask and shouts "Boo!", making all the mooks crap their pants.
    • The mooks are watching the security monitors, and think it's a horror movie going on. Then Bob comes to remind them that This Is Reality.
  • Zig Zagged: The mooks are not afraid of Bob and attack, believing they have killed him, onyl to find out they killed The Dragon of the Big Bad. That frightens them enough to force them into hiding but Bob finds them and blackmails them into helping. Feeling comfort due to Bob's protection, the mooks set out to help him take down the Big Bad, only to find out he was lying the whole time and plans to torture and kill them.
  • Averted: Bob takes the mooks down in a very professional and clinical manner with no psychological mind games involved.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers want to let the readers know Bob is not messing around at all with these bad guys.
    • The writers want Bob to have some moral ambiguity as he frightens and kills the mooks.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh man, this is just like those horror movies... except the killer is a good guy."
  • Invoked: Bob's a Badass Normal who can't hope to take out dozens of armed Mooks in a straight fight. Stalking them one by one allows him to whittle away their numbers while driving the rest into a panic (and thus making them less dangerous).
  • Exploited:
    • During the Mook Horror Show, one of the Mooks video tapes the carnage and uses it either to make Bob appear much worse to the public or to use when training new underlings on why they take caution in regards to Bob.
    • Bob is actually practicing his intimidation skills on random mooks to see how scary he can be.
  • Defied: Bob is a nice guy and is actually polite to the mooks as he beats them up, refusing to scare them.
  • Discussed: "Why is he doing this? He's the hero. He's not supposed to be scary... right?"
  • Conversed: Characters discuss how this sort of scene in their favorite cop show resembles a horror film.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's actions get a What the Hell, Hero? reaction from Alice who can't believe he went so far.
    • One of the surviving mooks shows the aftermath at how all of his/her friends are dead and crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Reconstructed: Bob then reveals that, despite the mooks' terror, they were never seriously injured and their fear led them to give the whereabouts of the Big Bad. She accepts his methods after this.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob uses Cool and Unusual Punishment to scare the mooks in funny ways, having a good laugh about it as it happens.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's actions are so heinous, they even scare his fellow heroes who don't look at him the same way again.

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