Playing With / The Dog Bites Back

Basic Trope: Kick a dog enough times, and it will turn around and bite you.
  • Straight: With his evil lair falling apart around him, Emperor Evulz is killed by lowly Mook #16, who he'd been planning to execute for failure.
  • Exaggerated: As his evil lair falls apart, Emperor Evulz is killed by Mook #16 for adding too much salt to the mook rations.
  • Downplayed: Mook #16 gets a revenge on Emperor Evulz, but he doesn't kill him.
  • Justified: Evulz forced Mook #16 to work for him through fear and intimidation. Now that Evulz is powerless, Mook #16 is no longer afraid of him takes the opportunity to take his revenge for all the abuse.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • As his evil lair falls apart, Mook #16 tries to kill Emperor Evulz; Evulz Offhand Backhands him and carries on.
    • Mook #16 states that he could kill Evulz, but forgives him instead and walks away.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Mook #16 gets back up and stabs Emperor Evulz in the back.
    • Right after Mook #16 leaves, Evulz is confronted and killed by #15, who is not as forgiving.
  • Parodied: Emperor Evulz is a massive Tin Tyrant, and Mook #16 is a pathetic little goblin who curb stomps Evulz anyways.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz is attacked by Mook #16 who he used as a punching bag. However he dispatches Mook #16 effortlessly. This causes Lianna to flip out and attack Evulz as Mook #16 was the only one who was ever kind to her. She leaves him for dead. Later Lianna is adopted by the heroes and angsts about the blood on her hands from killing Evulz. Shortly after it is revealed that Evulz is still alive.
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz makes his escape alive, or is killed by someone he hasn't beaten down.
  • Enforced: "We can't let the hero kill Emperor Evulz; let's make a mook he's been tormenting do it instead."
  • Lampshaded: "Emperor Evulz should have gotten loyaler mooks..."
  • Invoked: The Guile Hero talk Mook #16 into assassinating Emperor Evulz by reminding him of all the cruel things Evulz has done to him.
  • Exploited: Thanks to a spy in Evulz's base, the protagonists learn the mooks are planning to turn against their boss. With this in mind, they let them try and assassinate Evulz, but also get ready to strike the leaderless remnants when this happens.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Ow... that looked like it hurt, Emperor Evulz better watch his back 'cause I don't think Mook #16 gonna let him get away with that again."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: When word of his deed gets out, Mook #16 is Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves by the next Evil Overlord he offers his employment to.
  • Reconstructed: Mook #16 is canny enough to get out of the Mook business after killing his old master; he'd done enough kind deeds to be accepted by the heroes.

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