Playing With / Your Approval Fills Me with Shame

Basic Trope: A villain applauds a hero for an unheroic action, either mockingly or genuinely impressed, which makes the hero mortified and ashamed.
  • Straight: Griever applauds Derek for leaving his friends behind on his quest. Derek feels instant shame.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Griever applauds Derek for being short with his friends in a tense moment. Derek says sorry to them later.
    • Ruthless Pragmatic Hero Griever applauds The Cape Derek for roughing up a criminal; Derek makes sure not to do it again.
    • Griever applauds Derek for a deed that's neither villainous nor heroic, but for whatever reason the act goes against Derek's personal code and he feels shameful because of it.
  • Justified:
    • Griever knows Derek's allies are the most valuable resource to him and without their support, he can destroy him completely in no time.
    • Derek used to be a Villain Cred-laden villain himself before his Heel–Face Turn. Griever hasn't gotten the memo that they're no longer on the same team, and is complimenting Derek in earnest on a crime that Derek now regrets, but would have boasted about himself two months earlier.
    • Griever thinks Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad and thus is excited to see potential in Derek.
  • Inverted:
    • Derek praises Griever for an unintended good deed, which makes Griever shiver in shame.
    • Griever applauds Derek for leaving his friends behind on his quest. Derek agrees it was the right thing.
    • During an Enemy Mine situation Griever gets into an argument with Captain Righteous about the best way to defeat Emperor Evulz. Captain Righteous is horrified to realize that he fully agrees with Griever's position.
    • Griever criticizes Derek for doing something good, and Derek thanks him.
  • Subverted:
    • Griever praises Derek for a bad deed, and Darek pretends to be appalled. In truth, he isn't ashamed in the least.
    • "Abandoning" his allies was a ruse to put Griever off guard, and Derek's shame is faked.
  • Double Subverted:
    • At least at first—he cracks after a moment.
    • Griever knows about Derek's ruse and has deceived his allies into thinking Derek really did abandon them which horrifies Derek at how his ruse as Gone Horribly Right.
  • Parodied: Griever applauds Derek for peeping into a woman's bathroom.
  • Zig Zagged: Griever applauds Derek for leaving his friends behind on his quest. Derek agrees it was the right thing. However, leaving his allies behind was a ruse that Derek and Alex came up with together, but Griever knows all about it. Just when Derek's allies are meant to show up, they don't, and now Derek feels abandoned. Then just as Griever's got him convinced that he really did let them down, Alex bursts in with reinforcements.
  • Averted:
    • Griever never brings it up.
    • Derek just chooses to casually go on like he didn't hear what Griever said.
  • Enforced:
    • In an earlier episode, Derek did something that got the Moral Guardians' backs up, so the producers insist that Griever calls him out on it so Derek can express shame.
  • Lampshaded:
    Derek: "I hate it when the bad guy approves of something I did."
  • Invoked:
    • Griever attempts to trick Derek into doing something he's sure the latter will be ashamed of to get the pesky hero off his back.
    • Griever seeks out discriminating or discrediting information about Derek.
  • Exploited: Griever wants Derek to let his guard down for a split second, so he taunts him with the information he's learned.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
    Alex: "He'll be back. Griever will applaud him for leaving us behind, and he'll be ashamed of himself."
    Betty: "Then we shall commence the Group Hug!"
  • Conversed:
    Alice and Bob are watching Derek and company on the Show Within a Show.
    Alice: "Doesn't he realize what a jerk he's being?"
    Bob: "Don't worry, he'll figure it out when the bad guy congratulates him."

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