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Playing With: Villainous Break Down
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 Amazing Girl 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 Amazing Girl 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:
    • Amazing Girl suffers a Heroic BSOD upon suffering a major defeat at the hands of Emperor Evulz.
    • Emperor Evulz takes over the world and has a break down on the realization that now he has to run it.
    • Emperor Evulz's defeat taught him an important lesson about keeping emotions under control and he is far more collected in his future appearances.
    • Emperor Evulz was more than a little unhinged before he took over the world. Now that he's the new ruler, the constant trial by fire has made him dangerously competent at what he does.
    • Emperor Evulz goes mad with power as his plans succeed.
    • Evulz goes into a coma after being deafeated.
    • Evulz losing his mind is precisely how his plan fails.
    • Evulz suddenly drops the Villain Ball the second his needlessly complicated plans fall apart, deciding it's time to get dangerous and Just Shoot Him.
    • As things start to go wrong Emperor Evulz goes from a Large Ham to a calm, focused and careful state.
    • Amazing Girl goes bonkers after failing to defeat Emperor Evulz.
  • Subverted:
    • Evulz only appears to be having a breakdown; he's actually lulling Amazing Girl into a false sense of security so that his back-up plan will catch her by surprise.
    • Emperor Evulz starts to get worked up, but his top minion General Drake snaps him out of it.
  • 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; Bob's 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: Amazing Girl 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: Amazing Girl 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: Evulz's tantrum comes at the end of an amazingly unfortunate, stressful and humiliating series of defeats for him; who won't vent a little?
  • Played For Laughs: Evulz, in a Wangsting fashion, throws a screaming, crying hissy-fit upon being defeated by Amazing Girl.
  • 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 Amazing Girl. And it is terrifying.

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