Playing With: Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up

Basic Trope: The Big Bad - or a major villain - antagonized our hero in high school.
  • Straight: When Hiro faces down Emperor Evulz, he takes off his mask to reveal that he's Emmitt Everson, the guy who used to beat Hiro up.
  • Exaggerated: Every villain has some sort of childhood grudge against Hiro.
  • Downplayed: Emperor Evulz wasn't a bully, but he's jealous of the fact that Hiro got to take his crush to the dance.
  • Justified: Evulz never matured and spent his adult life plotting revenge.
  • Inverted:
    • Emperor Evulz takes off his mask to reveal that he's Hiro's Forgotten Childhood Friend.
    • Hiro was the (now-reformed) bully, and his actions were responsible for Evulz' Start of Darkness, so that's why he opposes him.
  • Subverted: Hiro's childhood bully gets over it and grows up to be his rival, Lance.
  • Double Subverted: But Lance still holds a grudge against Hiro and it serves for the reason behind his Face-Heel Turn.
  • Parodied: After learning who Evulz really is, Hiro and Evulz start to act like children again, reliving their school days.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The former schoolyard bully grows up to be a sensible, mature individual.
  • Enforced: "Let's show that Evulz was always a jerk- he was a bully even before he gained his powers!"
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Evulz sets out to gain powers specifically so he can hunt down and torment his old bullying victims.
  • Exploited:
    • Realizing that Evulz still wants nothing more than to push other people around, someone imbues him with dark powers and forces him to do his bidding.
    • Knowing that Evulz holds a grudge against Hiro allows the heroes to set a trap (or just a distraction) for the Emperor.
  • Defied: "After 10 years, I have far better things to do with my time than bothering the people I used to bully in high school."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: "Hey there, Hiro! Remember me from school?" *Punch*
  • Deconstructed: Evulz' insistence on tormenting Hiro hints at some serious psychological issues- any healthy person would have outgrown a petty childhood rivalry by now. What's worse, his inability to defeat or unnerve Hiro (who's not nearly as bully-able now) seriously freaks him out, because his self-image was based around being able to beat Hiro up.

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