Playing With: Well-Intentioned Extremist
: A character uses wholesome ends to justify their villainous deeds.
- Straight: Bob seeks to maintain order in society...by installing a totalitarian dictatorship in which he is the sole ruler.
- Downplayed: Bob uses blackmail and vote fraud to become Student Council President, because he wants to improve student-faculty relations, organize a mentoring program, stop bullying, throw everyone a big pizza party...
- Inverted: Not in This for Your Revolution, when a character does good things for selfish reasons.
- Bob lied about his intentions.
- Bob is revealed to be not that extreme.
- Bob wants an orderly society, but only so he can feel safe, to hell with everyone else.
- Double Subverted:
- Bob claims to have lied about his intentions, because the greater good involves him seeming like "the bad guy".
- That was a lie.
- Bob was lying about his intentions, but winds up Becoming the Mask.
- Parodied: Bob wishes to save the world...by ripping the tags off of every mattress in the world.
- Zig Zagged: Depending on the writer, Bob's motive for his tyranny ranges from simple lust for power to desire to create an orderly society.
- Enforced: "If we want our show to have more depth, we should give our 'villains' an understandable motivation and at least partially sympathetic goals."
- Lampshaded: "I killed millions...to save billions!"
- Invoked: Shoot the Dog
- Exploited: Turns out, Alice is using Bob's Well-Intentioned Extremist tendencies and (Anti-) Heroic Zeal to make it easier for her to Kill 'em All.
- Defied: "There are instances in which the means are too rotten to be justified by any ends."
- Discussed: I Did What I Had to Do
- Conversed: "Isn't Bob going a little too far to reach his goal?"
- Despite his good intentions, many people turn on Bob for his actions.
- In the end, Bob goes down in history as an evil ruler.
- After being defeated by Alice, Bob realizes all the sacrifices he made were for nothing because his plan failed, and has a Villainous BSOD as he reflects on what he's done.
- Bob's extremism ends up causing the exact thing he wished to avoid.
- "No Bob, the world you envision will be a better place...But only for you!"
- Bob's "good intentions" come from such a bizarre case of Blue and Orange Morality that his aims, and the world he seeks to create, are both seen as bad by everyone else, and they may have a point.
- Bob is OK with the world hating him, so long as the world he creates is a better one in the end.
- Bob is initially viewed as dangerous and evil, but as time goes on people come to appreciate the results of his actions- even if the actions themselves were distasteful.
Should you not go back to Well-Intentioned Extremist
, the world will no doubt suffer for it...and I shall see to it that you will not live to see such a tragedy take place.