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Playing With: Wicked Cultured
Basic Trope: The villain has intellectual and artistic interests.
  • Straight: Evil Elliott ends every night with A Glass of Chianti, reads lots of classic literature, plays chess, and enjoys watching ballet.
  • Exaggerated: All of his plots are references to any and all of these things. Oh, and did we mention his British accent?
  • Downplayed: He drives nice cars while listening to a classical piece of music, is maybe occasionally seen going to an opera, and has a nice house filled with real Monets, but these are not dwelt upon or referenced in any way out side of being window dressing.
  • Justified: These are his interests, regardless of whether he's good or evil.
  • Inverted: Evil Elliott is an uncultured, sloppy Neanderthal.
  • Subverted:
    • Evil Elliott likes classic literature and chess, but he's a big football fan too.
    • Evil Elliott is just Feigning Intelligence.
  • Double Subverted: But no one knows that except him and his Right-Hand Cat.
  • Parodied: Evil Elliott's dark fortress doubles as an opera house.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Evil Elliott plays chess, other times he watches football.
  • Averted: Evil Elliott is never shown as having particularly erudite interests in-story.
  • Enforced:
    • The work has Anti-Intellectualism as one of its core themes, so presenting Elliott as cultured brings a few more shades of it in.
    • Elliott is an Anti-Villain and is going to be a rounded and constantly returning character, and making him cultured was bought in to make him more sympathetic and understandable, as well as letting the writers throw in a few Genius Bonuses here and there.
  • Lampshaded: "For someone so evil, you sure like ballet a lot."
  • Invoked: Evil Elliott decides he needs a break from his World Domination plot and decides to take Lilith Badgirl to the ballet.
  • Exploited: Superguy lures Evil Elliott to Trope City Art Museum for the final battle.
  • Defied: Evil Elliott doesn't want to be seen as unmanly, so he doesn't pursue any of these interests.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The work criticizes the idea that have good taste makes Evil Elliott any less of a monster, and explores how his sensitivity in some areas makes him even worse than he would be otherwise.
  • Reconstructed: The work explores Evil Elliott's Freudian Excuse of a poor and miserable upbringing, and presents his cultured tastes as well as his villainy as attempts to overcome his past.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • The Five-Man Band (and, secretly, Evil Elliott's minions) find it amusing that he likes art and music.
    • Evil Elliott takes a few moments while fighting outside the Troperville Opera House to introduce the Five-Man Band to the opera playing inside - after all, don't they both deserve a break?

Here is a link back to Wicked Cultured, not that you goody-goodies could appreciate it for what it is, of course.

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