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: "I see you've changed tactics from wedgies."
  • 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.
  • Reconstructed: Evulz, at the very least, isn't as indiscriminately violent as other villains in the setting. He also takes comfort in the fact that, when Hiro is singled out, he is only just stronger than Evulz even despite the privileges he has as a hero, such as seasoned mentors and access to better weapons than Evulz has.

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