Playing With / Poke the Poodle

Basic Trope: A very minor "evil" act.
  • Straight: Alice jaywalks, queue-jumps, steals an apple from a supermarket, or pokes her poodle sharply to give him/her a start.
  • Exaggerated: Alice steals two cents, neglects to clean her room, or pokes the poodle gently.
  • Downplayed: Alice commits a misdemeanor that is minor, but not laughably so.
  • Justified: Alice is a Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Inverted: Kick the Dog or Moral Event Horizon
  • Subverted: Alice steals an apple... from a lame, blind, starving beggar woman who was selling them for a few cents each.
  • Double Subverted: ...but Alice was famished to the point of near death, and later when she had the opportunity, came back to pay the woman.
  • Parodied: Alice goes to a restaurant, uses the desert fork for her salad, puts too much pepper on her steak, only washes her hands for 19.5 seconds instead of 20, and only leave a 87% tips, yet she acts as if she just crossed the Moral Event Horizon and became irredeemable.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice sometimes commits petty acts, and sometimes she commits horribly atrocities against mankind.
  • Averted: Alice commits no laughably minor misdemeanors.
  • Enforced: "We need to make a Laughably Evil Harmless Villain, so she can't do anything too heinous."
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, Alice is so dangerous that she didn't flush at a public restroom."
  • Invoked: Alice wants to be evil, but she has a lot of standards.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice makes sure to always commit irredeemable crimes against humanity to make sure people know she means business.
  • Discussed:
    Emperor Evulz: "Alice, you're just not cut out to be a bad guy"
  • Conversed: "Poor Alice, she wants to be taken seriously, but she keeps failing evil class."

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