Playing With: Pay Evil unto Evil
Basic Trope: Doing bad things to bad people is okay.
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- Straight: Emperor Evulz viciously beats up Bob's best friend Charlie, so Bob decides to beat up Evulz' right-hand man Dracone.
- Emperor Evulz kills Bob's friends and family, so Bob kills every one of Evulz' servants. Thus, he is celebrated as the most virtuous hero.
- Emperor Evulz is a space pirate who attacks Bob. Bob takes revenge by destroying Evulz' home planet whose sole crime is being the place Evulz was born.
- Downplayed: Emperor Evulz called Bob a "big stupid doodoo head", so Bob calls Emperor Evulz a "pants-wetting scaredy-cat".
- Justified: Bob wanted to see how Evulz would feel if someone did the same evil things he did.
- Doing good things to good people is not okay!
- The Farmer and the Viper
- Subverted: Emperor Evulz has done evil to Bob, but before Bob could do the same to him, he decides to Turn the Other Cheek.
- Double Subverted: ...minutes later, Bob intentionally causes Evulz to get burned alive which is something he has done to innocents.
- Parodied: Evulz has committed the heinous crime of stealing a pencil from Bob's friends, so Bob decides to get even by stealing Dracone's pencil.
- Zig Zagged: Sometimes doing bad things to bad people is okay and other times it isn't.
- Averted: Doing bad things to bad people is never encouraged.
- Enforced: "Let's teach kids that it's okay to do evil things to evil people!"
- Invoked: "Go ahead, Bob! Get even with me if it makes you feel any better!"
- Evulz sees this mentality in Bob and starts attacking others more frequently to slowly goad Bob into a violent killer whom no one would later protect.
- Bob is a Sociopathic Hero who's looking for an excuse to kill someone, but to avoid making himself appear as evil, he decides to go after the villains.
- Defied: "I'm not going to lower myself into getting even with Evulz. That would be following his example."
- Discussed: "How could Bob do such a thing like that to an evil person like Evulz?"
- Conversed: "Gosh, the fans have such a problem with Bob attacking Evulz. I've would've done the same thing if I was Bob."
- Bob realizes that getting even with Evulz isn't enough to satisfy him, so he decides to maim and torture him ten times worse than what Evulz has done. Thus the cycle of revenge has taken over Bob.
- Bob has successfully got his revenge on Evulz, but it doesn't give him the satisfaction he hoped for.
- Bob learns not to go overboard in revenge and develops a new method in repaying villains: sparing their lives in such a cruel and ironic way possible.
- He then ignored the feeling and finds the conclusion that revenge was Worth It.
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