Playing With / Villainous Breakdown

Basic Trope: A villain suffers an emotional or psychological breakdown as a result of their plans being defeated.
  • Straight: The normally Affably Evil Emperor Evulz responds to the failure of his plan at the hands of Alice with a screamed rant and physical violence against his minions.
  • Exaggerated: Emperor Evulz responds to his defeat by attempting to blow up the galaxy.
  • Downplayed: Emperor Evulz responds to his defeat with suppressed rage and a nervous twitch.
  • Justified:
    • Emperor Evulz is not particularly well-adjusted at the best of times, and the shock of his recent experiences with the heroes has been gradually unhinging him. His plan's ultimate defeat at the hands of Alice was just the straw that broke the camel's back.
    • Emperor Evulz has spent years working towards his plans. Wouldn't you be jarred if someone crushed your life's work and goal?
    • Evulz knows he's going to be subjected to a Cruel and Unusual Death and can't do anything to stop it from happening.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Evulz responds to his defeat with a petty and childish temper tantrum which would make a four-year-old child embarrassed.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz suffers rapid Mood Whiplash; it's hard to tell when he's genuinely having a breakdown and when he isn't (and when he's just messing with his minions).
  • Averted: Evulz manages to keep it together despite his plans falling apart.
  • Enforced: "Let's face it; Actor Bob is a Large Ham, and it'd be a shame to waste that when he's playing Emperor Evulz. Let's write a scene at the end when he just snaps; give Bob a chance to really chew the scenery."
  • Lampshaded: "Heroes breaching my fortress walls! My plans in ruins! I AM INCREDIBLY PISSED OFF HERE, PEOPLE!"
  • Invoked: Alice knows Emperor Evulz's Berserk Button and is gleefully pushing it during the climactic battle precisely to trigger a breakdown on his part, thus destabilizing him and giving her the advantage.
  • Exploited: Alice knows Emperor Evulz is bound to lose his cool and exploits his lack of focus accordingly.
  • Defied: Evulz takes mind-altering drugs and has had extensive brain surgery specifically designed to remove his capability of breaking down in a crisis.
  • Discussed: "The only way you'll win a battle against Evulz is if you make him angry. Very angry."
  • Conversed: "Wow, the villains in these comic books need some serious anger management lessons."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Evulz's tantrum is just an example of how maladjusted, infantile and ultimately pathetic he is.
    • Evulz has a heart attack.
    • Evulz's emotional breakdown clouds his judgement and causes him to make the situation worse.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Evulz, in a Wangsting fashion, throws a screaming, crying hissy-fit upon being defeated by Alice.
  • Played For Drama: Evulz's breakdown makes him even more dangerous than he was before, as now there's nothing holding him back from simply killing Alice. And it is terrifying.

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