'''Basic Trope''': A villain suffers an emotional or psychological breakdown as a result of their plans being defeated.
* '''Straight''': The normally AffablyEvil 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 [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum attempting to blow up the galaxy]].
** Emperor Evulz [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes completely insane]] after his plan fails.
* '''Downplayed''': Emperor Evulz responds to his defeat with [[TranquilFury suppressed rage]], a nervous twitch, and clear desperation to come up with a new plan.
* '''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 CruelAndUnusualDeath and can't do ''anything'' to stop it from happening.
* '''Inverted''':
** Alice suffers a HeroicBSOD 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 [[DystopiaIsHard 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 [[TookALevelInBadass dangerously]] [[BoredWithInsanity competent]] at what he does.
** Emperor Evulz goes [[DrunkWithPower mad with power]] as his plans succeed.
** Evulz goes into a coma after being deafeated.
** Evulz [[SanitySlippage losing his mind]] is precisely ''how'' his plan fails.
** Evulz suddenly drops the VillainBall the second his [[ComplexityAddiction needlessly complicated plans]] [[DidntSeeThatComing fall apart]], deciding it's time to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot the hero]].
** As things start to go wrong Emperor Evulz goes from a LargeHam to a [[DissonantSerenity calm, focused and careful state.]]
** Amazing Girl goes bonkers after failing to defeat Emperor Evulz.
** Bob gets thrown into a HeroicSafeMode when Emperor Evulz defeats him.
* '''Subverted''':
** Evulz only appears to be having a breakdown; he's actually lulling Alice 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 [[TheDragon General Drake]] [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan snaps him out of it]].
** After his plans fails horribly for the hundredth time, Evulz [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe just looks in disbelief for a few seconds before facepalming with a quiet moan.]]
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Unfortunately for Evulz, Alice foils his back-up plan as well; this time, Evulz's breakdown is very genuine.
** Evulz does not respond well to Drake's GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, and gives him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* '''Parodied''': Evulz responds to his defeat with a petty and childish InelegantBlubbering-laden temper tantrum which would make a four-year-old child embarrassed.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Evulz suffers rapid MoodWhiplash; 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 LargeHam, 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! [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry I AM INCREDIBLY PISSED OFF HERE, PEOPLE!]]"
* '''Invoked''': Alice knows Emperor Evulz's BerserkButton 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''':
** 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?
** Evulz become MORE, not less, dangerous than before when he's enraged: going from a SmugSnake who was constantly JustToyingWithThem to a NoNonsenseNemesis backed by UnstoppableRage.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Evulz, in a {{Wangst}}ing 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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