Playing With / Tin Tyrant

Basic Trope: The Evil Overlord has a tendency to wear concealing plate armor.
  • Straight: The Dark Lord Diabolus wears a suit of jet-black armor with a black cape and spiked shoulder pauldrons.
  • Exaggerated: The Dark Lord Diabolus also has a face-concealing helmet shaped like a grinning skull, the pauldrons are bigger than the helmet (and are also shaped like skulls), and the entire suit of armor has so many spikes that people wonder how he's able to move around in it.
  • Downplayed: The Dark Lord Diabolus goes into battle in realistic plate armor that is painted jet-black and possesses morbid heraldry.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • The heroes finally bring down the Dark Lord in the black spiky armor... only to discover that it was a body double used to make the populace believe the Dark Lord himself was leading the evil army.
    • Dark Lord Diabolus does a Heel–Face Turn, and keeps the spiky intimidating armor.
  • Double Subverted: The real Dark Lord's armor is even more ornate, and decorated with spikes and skulls.
  • Parodied: The Dark Lord Diabolus never takes off his helmet or armor, even when he's in the shower.
  • Zig Zagged: Diabolus only wears the armor on special occasions.
  • Averted: The Dark Lord Diabolus prefers a fashionable Black Cloak to all that bulky armor.
  • Enforced: The author was a fan of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings movie.
  • Lampshaded: "Diabolus is wearing a gigantic suit of armor. Gee, no surprises here."
  • Invoked: Diabolus dresses as a Tin Tyrant so that his side can recognize him upon the battlefield.
  • Exploited: Diabolus wearing a ton or more of armor everywhere has made him extremely fit. While it's on, his only weakness is being incredibly slow. When he ditches it, he's got the benefit of constant exercise from wearing a scrapyard all the time and is no longer weighed down by it.
  • Defied: "I'm not wearing that! Don't you realize how hot a suit of black armor gets in the summertime? It's like an oven in there!"
  • Discussed: "What is it with overlords and armor fetishes? Are the two related or what?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The Dark Lord Diabolus is really paranoid about someone trying to harm him, so he has heavily fortified armor look fearsome to protect himself while intimidating everyone from attacking him. Alternatively he could be making up for something.
    • The Dark Lord Diabolus, while imposing, can barely move and is easily defeated.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Diabolus ends up plummeting through the floor due to the weight of his bulky armor.
  • Played For Drama: The Scary Impractical Armour is in fact Scary, and Diabolus is The Dreaded largely due to the armor's fearsome reputation.

Back to Tin Tyrant. Don't forget to dress properly first, though.