Laconic Main PlayingWith
The Psycho Rangers
whose members are
each specifically designed
to destroy a particular hero.
Straight: The Empire develops a team of Super Soldiers to counter La Résistance's best hero team, both as a team and individually.
Exaggerated: The Squad's individual records are dissected and analyzed; down to blood type, mannerisms, and even Astrological Signs. These are then either duplicated or taken the inverse of to create the Empire's Resistance Annihilation Team.
Downplayed: The soldiers are handpicked with how well they can fight or replicate the character they're supposed to counter. Any similarity is coincidental.
The Big Bad's personal philosophy is either "More is Better" or " Evil is my Good".
Alternately, La Résistance are defectors from a massive group made up of many teams, with each team featuring a designated member for each job.
Inverted: The Federation assembles a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to combat a Legion of Doom. Each misfit is chosen with a particular member of the Legion in mind.
Subverted: The Quirky Miniboss Squad merely has the same number of members (likely with the same gender balance and roles) as the heroes' team; yet the QMS was formed independently of the Heroes.
Parodied: The "Resistance Anihaliation Team" copies each hero's uniform, down to the buttons, except where there are pastels there are dark colors (and vice versa), square buttons instead of round, etc; and each routinely ask themselves, "What Would (insert rival here) Do?" and do the exact opposite. This may or may not include surrendering to a falling leaf.
Zig Zagged: The Heroes and the Quirky Miniboss Squad were formed independently and initially have no powers/tactics specific to a particular rival. But then, the QMS each get powers specifically to counter a particular hero, who then come up with tactics to counter those powers, which leads the QMS to use those powers against different heroes, who then...
Averted: The bad guys never create a specific team to combat The Hero and Friends.
Enforced: "We need a line of toys to represent the bad guys and parents won't merely buy every Monster of the Week. We need a line of regulars. With as few deviations from our existing figures as possible."
Lampshaded: "What did the Big Bad do to make these guys? Take Samples of our DNA and invert them?"
Invoked: "If you can't beat them, make Better yet Evil versions of them! Muh, Ha, Ha, Ha!"
Exploited: The heroes trick the Evil Overlord into creating a group of Psycho Rangers so that they can beat them up, dress up as them, sneak into the Evil Overlord's castle, and beat him up.
Defied: When the villain group hears how similar they are to the heroes, they decide to make every effort to be totally different from the heroes and not match up at all.
Conversed: "They dress like the heroes, they pose like the heroes, and their names are ' Evil!Hiro', ' Evil!Lance', ' Evil!Brian', ' Evil!Biggs', and ' Evil!Robin'. It's obvious that they're supposed to be the heores' respective Evil Twins."
Reconstructed: The "Resistance Annihilation Team" trained together to build bonds and strategies for any situation involving any of the heroes, and even some to battle Colonel Makepeace's Squad.
Played For Drama:
The Psycho Rangers