these evil tropes are going to be the death of me, i swear.
"The "played seriously" part has apparently been flanderized by people who keep thinking that Evilly Affable
is not mutually exclusive with Complete Monster
, when the tropes were intentionally designed that way. I'm all for cutting that part of the description back out."
-plays with her very own "flanderizer" tag-
honestly i just think all comparisons of Complete Monster
with other "evil" tropes should be taken with a grain of salt atm. there's much discussion going on about the definitions of Evilly Affable
and other such tropes, so those comparisons may change in the near future.
also, that "played seriously at all times" bit, i always assumed that was in-universe
. as in, a Complete Monster
can have funny moments, but the rest of the characters
think him any less horrible or any less threatening because of those moments.
"If you're one of the good guys and the villain is trying to kill you, then of course you're going to be afraid of them. Anyone would be afraid of someone who wanted to kill them."
that has to be as a whole, though. sure, a normally non-threatening villain can up his game and scare the living shit out of The Hero
once in a while, but you can't be a Complete Monster
this once and then never again. either you are a Complete Monster
in general, or you aren't.
as far as the motivation goes, they can
have some motivation (even For the Evulz
), but the key word there is "adequate." a serial killer who goes out and kills hundreds of women because his mother didn't love him, that's hardly adequate, considering there are many, many people out there who aren't loved by their mothers but don't just decide to go on killing sprees. so in that case, the Freudian Excuse
is not adequate justification and (probably pending an insanity diagnosis) this would make this dude a Complete Monster
, even if he does
have a reason other than For the Evulz
all of this said, i think that "most - preferrably all - of the following must apply" bit has to go, pronto.