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Playing With: Punch Clock Villain
Basic Trope: A villain who only does bad things while at work.
  • Straight: Jason robs banks for a crime boss, but is not really a bad guy out of work.
  • Exaggerated: Jason is evil when on the job for his boss, but is a just an average guy off the clock.
  • Downplayed: Jason's job limits mostly to Poke the Poodle.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Punch Clock Hero
  • Subverted: Jason's actually more evil when he's off the clock.
  • Double Subverted: That's just an act. He wants people to stay away from him because of his day job.
  • Parodied: Jason is the nicest guy ever until he literally punches the clock.
  • Zig Zagged: Jason is evil when not on the job somedays, other days he' nice.
  • Averted:
    • Jason is evil during and after his job.
    • Jason is neither evil, nor does he work for Evulz Unlimited.
  • Enforced: Despite his evil deeds, Jason has proven pretty popular with the audience so Moral Guardians have pressured the writers to Retcon his villainous nature so that he is a pretty nice guy off the clock.
  • Lampshaded: "It's OK, Jason won't hurt us. It's his day off."
  • Invoked: Jason, a Nice Guy is looking for a job. In the classified ads, he sees a job that involves evil deeds. Since he doesn't qualify for other jobs, and since it pays well, he chooses it.
  • Exploited: The heroes interrogate Jason, knowing that he's willing to give out information.
  • Defied: Jason refuses to work for the Big Bad.
  • Discussed: "You're a nice guy, Jason. How come you rob banks for a living?"
  • Conversed: "Ever wondered how those bad guys on TV can do such awful things and act like it's just a typical 9-to-5 grind?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: With time, Jason learns to keep his troubles at work from spilling over into his personal life. Jason redoubles his efforts to be a decent person when he isn't working.
  • Played For Laughs: Jason and Bob are in the middle of an epic duel, when suddenly a whistle blows and Jason goes to punch out, asking Bob if he wants to catch a few drinks with him.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Jason start dating and fall in love with each other, only to later find out they're on opposite sides of the war, having to decide if their duty is more important than love.

Quittin' time boys! We've kicked enough puppies for one day, let's go back to Punch Clock Villain. Drinks are on me!

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