Playing With / Villain Protagonist

Basic Trope: The main character, viewpoint character and protagonist of a story, is also the story's villain.
  • Straight: Emperor Evulz is the protagonist of the story "Emperor Evulz Takes Over The World", which contains Exactly What It Says on the Tin (of course). He acts in every way like a traditional Evil Overlord Big Bad, but is the main character who narrates the story.
  • Exaggerated: Evulz is a complete Card-Carrying Villain who mercilessly and repeatedly breaks the fourth wall to lampshade how he's the villain.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: The story is Evulz writing down his memoirs for posterity: Obviously he'll not be able to use anyone but himself as the viewpoint character.
  • Inverted: Hero Antagonist.
  • Subverted:
    • The story starts of with Emperor Evulz for the first half of the book, before suddenly switching viewpoint and main-characterhood to Bob Badass instead.
    • Halfway through the story Emperor Evulz does a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: The story constantly switches viewpoint characters. Emperor Evulz is only one of them and is only the protagonist ever so often.
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz is The Hero. The story is a standard following of his hero's journey to take down Bob Badguy.
  • Enforced:
    • The writer wants to make a story where the main character is a bad guy who gets defeated at the end so we can see the rise and fall of a villain.
    • The writer wants to make the villain the main character for the audience to relate and identify with.
  • Lampshaded:
    Emperor Evulz: "Admire me? You fools. Do you not know that I'm the villain of this tale."
  • Invoked: The land was taken over by the Forces of Goodness long ago; what with there being no more conflicts, the only way the story can have anything to do is if it follows up-and-coming wannabe Emperor Evulz on his path to upsetting the status quo.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Evulz begins the story by ensuring us all that he is the hero, and this will not be one of those 'follow the villain stories'.
  • Discussed: Evulz and Bob have a discussion over the traditional narrative roles of hero and villain, and note that so far Evulz has been the one to go through the traditional hero's journey even though his goal is the evil one.
  • Conversed: Evulz and Bob are watching a show where the villain is the main character, and have the above conversation.
  • Deconstructed: Having Evulz in charge does in no way lessen his villainy, causing the whole story to turn into a serious case of Black and Gray Morality where the distant and ineffectual heroes have no connection to the audience and the only people given care and attention are unsympathetic and evil. All the events that would normally be Offscreen Villainy in a traditional story gets described in livid detail, showcasing just how horrible villains are in such stories and how many lives get lost while the heroes tarry and go through their personal flaws and demons.
  • Reconstructed: When the heroes finally turn up, they turn out to be good and nice people, even as Evulz's viewpoint tries (and fails) to paint them in an unflattering light. Evulz eventually gets defeated in a traditional fight in the climax, with the final chapters being him lamenting his position from inside his Tailor-Made Prison and swearing eternal vengeance as goodness and light falls across the liberated land once more.
  • Played For Laughs: Emperor Evulz is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist or a Heroic Comedic Sociopath with a 'villanous' goal, Laughably Evil, or a Harmless Villain whose 'Evil Plan' is villainous but completely harmless.
  • Played For Drama: Emperor Evulz does some truly horrifying things. The story treats him with every bit of reverence as deserved and does not sugarcoat any of his horrible deeds.

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