Playing With / Then Let Me Be Evil

Basic Trope: Being treated as though you were evil makes you evil.
  • Straight: Bob is treated like a thief, so he steals money.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is treated like a mass murderer, so he kills millions of people.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is treated like a Jerkass, so he becomes one.
    • Bob is treated like a mass murderer so he becomes a Noble Demon.
    • Bob is treated like a monster, he responds with a speech about Dirty Business.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is treated as a mass murderer - and seems to be one, except he isn't; everyone he killed, he did so reluctantly in self-defense after trying to defuse the situation several times.
    • Bob is treated like a mass murderer, although he isn't. Eventually he seem to snap and goes on rampage...except it's just an act to scare people.
  • Double Subverted: Until Alice is killed because of them which causes him to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on society.
  • Parodied: "C'mon guys, treat me like a bad guy so I can use it as justification to be a bad guy!" "Um, why?" "Screw you, now I'm evil!"
  • Zig Zagged: The forces of good think Bob is evil because of his aura. However, Bob refuses to be evil since his curse would then turn him into a monster. Though as he starts becoming monstrous his friends think he finally gave in... Except he's been cursed so long its trying to use any kind of negative emotion to trigger the change. Yet when Bob looks into a mirror...
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The writer is in need of a new villain, so he figures that the heroes would treat him like one so that he can become one.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "You treated me like a bad guy, so this is what you get. Tough shit, heroes."
    • "Everyone thought I was a monster. Now, all I want to do is prove them right."
    • "You asked for it, I ought to thank every last one of you, don't I?!"
    • "So, you became a monster because someone treated you as one. Well, if everyone treated me like a baby, shouldn't I become a baby then?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
    • Bob wants others to treat him as a bad guy so he can join Emperor Evulz' empire just to defeat him from within.
    • Knowing that Bob felt he was driven to evil, Carol mentioned her own abuse in order to convince him otherwise.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Bob, you realize that by choosing evil, you're basically proving everything those people believed of you to be correct?"
  • Conversed: "This is surely creative how the writers establish a villain - Have him being treated like one."
  • Implied: When Bob was still a sidekick his mentor could clearly be seen struggling with annoyance, and none of the other heroes thought more of him than as an "annoying brat". Yet given how frequently he was kidnapped and the tortures he was put through, one can only guess what ultimately pushed him over the edge.
  • Deconstructed: Bob is so driven into evil that this caused him to forget his motivations for why he commits evil, leading him way beyond the Moral Event Horizon. With all of his sympathizers turning on him, Bob's reasons for being evil is no longer excused.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama:

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