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*** Mariah puts up with being part of Cottonmouth's meetings with fellow criminals at Harlem's Paradise because she likes the musical guests he manages to headline.

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*** Mariah puts up with being part of Cottonmouth's meetings with fellow criminals at Harlem's Paradise because she likes watching the A-list musical guests he manages to headline.that headline at the club every night.



*** At one point, Turk is seen playing chess with Bobby Fish.
*** In season 2, Bushmaster's gang often hang out in Gwen's, the little restaurant in Crown Heights run by his aunt and uncle and named after his mother, whom he is currently avenging by going after Mariah (whose grandmother Mama Mabel killed Bushmaster's mom).

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*** At one point, Turk is seen playing plays games of chess with Bobby Fish.
Fish whenever he's in Harlem.
*** In season 2, Bushmaster's gang often hang out in at Gwen's, the little restaurant in Crown Heights run by his aunt and uncle and named after his mother, whom he is currently avenging by going after Mariah (whose grandmother Mama Mabel killed Bushmaster's mom).Gwen when she tried to fight for her late husband's share of the Stokes-[=McIver=] operations).


** In "A New Man", Giles and Spike run into each other while Spike is 'house hunting' - visiting crypts with a tape measure. Spike has also been seen walking home with groceries, playing 20 questions with his girlfriend, and hanging out in bars. He also genuinely enjoys watching ''Series/{{Passions}}''.
** Or on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', after Darla comes back to life and Drusilla turns her back to a vampire (it's complicated), one of the things they do is clothes shopping. It does involve doing horrific things to the sales clerks, but still...

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** In "A "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E12ANewMan A New Man", Man]]", Giles and Spike run into each other while Spike is 'house hunting' - visiting crypts with a tape measure. Spike has also been seen walking home with groceries, playing 20 questions with his girlfriend, and hanging out in bars. He also genuinely enjoys watching ''Series/{{Passions}}''.
** Or on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "[[Recap/AngelS02E10Reunion Reunion]]", after Darla comes back to life and Drusilla turns her back to a vampire (it's complicated), one of the things they do is clothes shopping. It does involve doing horrific things to the sales clerks, but still...

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is as much about the gangsters' criminal careers as it is about their personal lives.
**In the Chicago arc of seasons 3 and 4, Dean O'Banion is a florist. And it's not a cover for bootlegging and other criminal enterprises. He really owns and works at a flower shop and can be found there tidying up bouquets.
**The episode "Sunday Best" revolves entirely around this trope, with Nucky and Eli bringing their families together for an Easter Egg hunt, Nucky juggling for the kids, and him firmly burying the hatchet with Eli over Eli's previous betrayal in season 2. Meanwhile, in New York, Gyp Rosetti is shown having a very tense Easter dinner with his domineering wife and children, to the point of having to force his number-two Tonino to join him.


*** Cottonmouth's henchmen can sometimes be found throwing dice in the park on their lunch break.

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*** Cottonmouth's henchmen can sometimes be found throwing dice in the park when they're not on doing muscle work for their lunch break.boss.



*** Bushmaster's gang often hang out in Gwen's, the little restaurant in Crown Heights run by his aunt and uncle and named after his mother, whom he is currently avenging by going after Mariah (whose grandmother Mama Mabel killed Bushmaster's mom).

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*** In season 2, Bushmaster's gang often hang out in Gwen's, the little restaurant in Crown Heights run by his aunt and uncle and named after his mother, whom he is currently avenging by going after Mariah (whose grandmother Mama Mabel killed Bushmaster's mom).


** In "A New Man", Giles and Spike run into each other while Spike is 'house hunting' - visiting crypts with a tape measure. Spike has also been seen walking home with groceries, playing 20 questions with his girlfriend, and hanging out in bars.

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** In "A New Man", Giles and Spike run into each other while Spike is 'house hunting' - visiting crypts with a tape measure. Spike has also been seen walking home with groceries, playing 20 questions with his girlfriend, and hanging out in bars. He also genuinely enjoys watching ''Series/{{Passions}}''.


*** When Fisk gets out of prison in season 3, he's moved by the FBI to a penthouse in the Presidential Hotel, which he secretly owns. The penthouse is barren at first, but midway through the season, Fisk is able bargain the FBI to return the majority of his personal possessions that were seized when he was arrested. There's one exception, though: the "Rabbit in a Snowstorm" painting that he bonded with Vanessa over. His lawyers tell him that someone else has acquired the painting and refuses to sell to him no matter how much money he tries to throw at it. Once Fisk is allowed to leave his penthouse, he decides to pay a visit to Esther Falb, the new owner of "Rabbit in a Snowstorm", and tries to persuade her with a more personal touch, only Esther reveals that the painting belonged to her and was seized by the Nazis who killed her parents and threw her in the concentration camps. She has such strong nerves of steel that Fisk relents and concedes to let her keep the painting. Sadly this doesn't stop Dex from going behind Fisk's back, killing Esther, and just stealing the painting.



*** Bushmaster's gang often hang out in the cafe run by his aunt and uncle.

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*** Bushmaster's gang often hang out in Gwen's, the cafe little restaurant in Crown Heights run by his aunt and uncle.uncle and named after his mother, whom he is currently avenging by going after Mariah (whose grandmother Mama Mabel killed Bushmaster's mom).

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*** Bushmaster's gang often hang out in the cafe run by his aunt and uncle.


* [[Creator/JeffreyCombs Weyoun]] of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' gets a few of these moments. There's one where he is analyzing (or trying to analyze) a painting, and asks Major Kira (a good guy who is under an occupation force that is under his command) what she thinks of it...genuinely, with no sinister undertones whatsoever. There's also a clip from the final montage of the fabulous episode "In The Cards" showing Weyoun thoroughly enjoying the crack-pot "Cellular Regeneration And Entertainment Chamber".
** The first time he visits the station, he spends some time playing dabo in Quark's. An extremely bored Dukat asks why he's playing such a ridiculous game, to which Weyoun replies "I like games!"
** Also ordering various meals through the food replicator. He explains that while his taste buds were shaped by the dominion leaders to perceive only one specific taste (a native type of nut from their homeworld) in order to keep them humble, he loved experiencing various types of textures and crunchiness in alien cuisine.
** Invoked in "Defiant" when Gul Dukat laments to Sisko he'd ''rather'' be doing this. Before he got called to deal with the Maquis stealing the Defiant to attack Cardassian ships, he was about to head back home so he could go to [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his son's]] eleventh birthday party.
** Also used in "In Purgatory's Shadow" When the captured crew find that Dr. Bashir has been replaced by a Changeling, they wonder what kind of evil scheme he's getting up to... As we cut to him bringing Dax and O'Brien sandwiches.

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* [[Creator/JeffreyCombs Weyoun]] of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' gets a few of these moments. There's one where he is analyzing (or trying to analyze) a painting, and asks Major Kira (a good guy who is under an occupation force that is under his command) what she thinks of it...genuinely, with no sinister undertones whatsoever. There's also a clip from the final montage of the fabulous episode "In The Cards" showing Weyoun thoroughly enjoying the crack-pot "Cellular Regeneration And Entertainment Chamber".
** The first time he visits the station, he spends some time playing dabo in Quark's. An extremely bored Dukat asks why he's playing such a ridiculous game, to which Weyoun replies "I like games!"
** Also ordering various meals through the food replicator. He explains that while his taste buds were shaped by the dominion leaders to perceive only one specific taste (a native type of nut from their homeworld) in order to keep them humble, he loved experiencing various types of textures and crunchiness in alien cuisine.
** Invoked in "Defiant" when Gul Dukat laments to Sisko he'd ''rather'' be doing this. Before he got called to deal with the Maquis stealing the Defiant to attack Cardassian ships, he was about to head back home so he could go to [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his son's]] eleventh birthday party.
** Also used in "In Purgatory's Shadow" When the captured crew find that Dr. Bashir has been replaced by a Changeling, they wonder what kind of evil scheme he's getting up to... As we cut to him bringing Dax and O'Brien sandwiches.
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* The reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' does this with the entire Cylon race. Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, the viewers get clues that the Cylons are planning something with the nuked Colonies, having left several cities [[DepopulationBomb intact]] and brought heavy machinery to clean up the mess, but otherwise showing no clues as to what they are doing. Given the {{Mind Screw}}y nature of the show, the audience isn't sure what to expect. Then, towards the end of Season 2, we get a Cylon point-of-view episode where we learn that Cylons are [[spoiler: repairing the infrastructure, spending time in coffee shops, working in gardens, sitting and chatting around parks, and generally doing the stuff done by the humans they displaced. Including killing each other every now and then]].
** New Caprica and Season 3 onwards also treat us with glimpses of life aboard the Baseships. Apparently, when not committing genocide and shooting civilian ships, Cylons spend their time living in their personal HappyPlace, [[FanService doing Thai-Chi naked]], listening to the ramblings of [[MadOracle Hybrids]], repeatedly committing suicide to get a glimpse of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things not meant to be known]], and bickering with each other on every decision.
* UK SketchComedy ''Series/BigTrain'' loves this trope. One recurring sketch has what is essentially Ming The Merciless doing his daily chores, such as cleaning the house, checking his mail, and angrily yelling out the answers to questions of a quiz show he's watching on TV. Another sketch has Wolfman and {{Dracula}} hanging out in a public toilet (apparently at a conference of some sort), [[BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults bad mouthing]] the other monsters. Which results in an Awkward Silence when The Mummy walks in.



* One of the people behind ''Series/CriminalMinds'' stated that the aim in the episode "The Big Wheel" was to showcase a day in the life of a serial killer. This was definitely a non-humorous use, as it only emphasised the tragic situation [[SympatheticMurderer the [=UnSub=]]] was in. A few other episodes have done it as well.
* Standard fare on every incarnation of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder''. When the criminal is apprehended, they will, the majority of the time, be in the middle of something incredible mundane. Justified in that most 'bad guys', in this case, are not career criminals, and have generally committed crimes of passion or opportunity, rather than opting for the life of a supervillain, but see it enough times and you'll become very wary of the fellow ahead of you in line for ice cream.



--->'''Luke Cage:''' Damn. You guys actually take lunch breaks like real employees, huh?

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--->'''Luke ---->'''Luke Cage:''' Damn. You guys actually take lunch breaks like real employees, huh?



* Due to having a SerialKillerKiller protagonist, much of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features him eating breakfast, going to work, eating lunch with his sister, and spending time with his girlfriend and the kids. We see the Ice Truck Killer do his day job and spend time with his girlfriend. And Dexter actually goes shopping with Miguel Prado, though that was for knives and things.
** Even the opening credits feature Dexter doing such evil acts as... shaving, cooking breakfast and flossing.



** In "The Sound of Drums", the Master is shown enjoying ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' while simultaneously planning mass genocide. This is a CallBack to a 1970s episode where the Master watches an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' while simultaneously...
** In the novel ''Verdigris'', at the end, the Third Doctor grimly wonders what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master steals both of their lunches and leaves the hapless monster stuck with the bill to boot.
** ''"Frontier in Space"'' : the Master has just captured the Doctor and Jo, strapped them into his prison ship, and started flying towards his base of operations. He trades some evil banter with the Doctor, sits down at the consoles and...picks up a book and starts reading. Hey, even diabolical masterplans have boring bits in them.
** And the book is ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', no less...

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** In "The Sound of Drums", the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace "Frontier in Space"]]: The Master is shown enjoying ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' while simultaneously planning mass genocide. This is a CallBack to a 1970s episode where has just captured the Master watches an episode Doctor and Jo, strapped them into his prison ship, and started flying towards his base of ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' while simultaneously...
operations. He trades some evil banter with the Doctor, sits down at the consoles and... picks up a book and starts reading. Hey, even diabolical masterplans have boring bits in them. And the book is ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', no less...
** In the novel ''Verdigris'', at the end, the Third Doctor grimly wonders what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor humour when the Master steals both of their lunches and leaves the hapless monster stuck with the bill to boot.
** ''"Frontier in Space"'' : In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]], the Master is shown enjoying ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' while simultaneously planning mass genocide. This is a CallBack to a 1970s episode where the Master watches an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' while simultaneously...
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E6DemonsOfThePunjab "Demons of the Punjab"]]
has just captured the Doctor and Jo, strapped them into his prison ship, and started flying towards his base of operations. He trades some evil banter with it discussed: When the Doctor, sits down at Ryan and Prem wind up on the consoles and...picks spaceship of the Thijarians, the universe's deadliest assassins, while they're away, the Doctor, chattering to cover up her latent worry, wonders if they're out shopping, catching a book movie or bowling. [[spoiler:It later transpires that the Thijarians aren't villains anymore.]]
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the murderous, [[spoiler:incestuous]] twins Jaime
and starts reading. Hey, even diabolical masterplans have boring bits in them.
** And
Cersei Lannister are seen doing such terrible things as having breakfast with their family, giving their condolences to a grieving mother, and giving [[SarcasmMode friendly advice]] to a young man about to leave home for the book first time.
** Later, their father [[ThePatriarch Tywin]]
is ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', no less...first encountered skinning a deer, having presumably killed it during an earlier hunt. In a deleted scene from the third season, he also takes a break from plotting the downfall of his enemies and keeping his [[TheCaligula obnoxious grandson]] in line to spend the afternoon fishing.
** Lord Locke and his men, when not raping their captives or hacking their limbs off, enjoy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPA0BmlNd20 singing to pass the time]] while on long journeys.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Carmine Falcone, ruthless crime lord of Gotham who runs his empire with an iron fist, apparently enjoys spending his free time feeding birds in the park like any other old man.
** His main rival, Sal Maroni, is frequently seen enjoying meals in a restaurant he apparently owns.



* In the Netflix series ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', Frank Underwood, an amoral, ruthless politician without a moral compass, spends his downtime playing video games to let off steam. Significant subplots are focused on his favorite restaurant, his childhood memories, and his relationship with his wife: all of which humanize the otherwise monstrous Underwood.
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' has an episode where Camille is feeling bummed at being pushed aside by Dai Shi during one of his training sessions. So as to find something to take her mind off it, she actually disguises herself and visits the pizza shop where the rangers all work.



* During the early seasons of ''Series/MiamiVice'', it was common to see the week's given drug dealer/pimp/gun-runner etc, doing the most diabolical things, like... hanging out on the beach, dancing at the club, and trying on leather pants in some trendy Miami shop. Well, not leather, because leather and the Miami heat don't mix, but you get the point.
* Pretty much anytime Regina is out and about in public in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Her fairytale persona is the Evil Queen and in the real world she's the town mayor. Despite the countless deaths she's caused and how many times she's backstabbed and double-crossed the heroes she still casually walks about town and converses with them, albeit tensely.
* In ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' episode "The Schizoid Man", Number Two is shown getting a back massage from the Butler.
* The 2012 German TV film ''Rommel'' features a scene where Hitler is waiting on a briefing regarding the Normandy invasion... by sketching.
%%* Pretty much the whole premise of ''Series/TheSopranos''. And they're always ''eating''!
* [[Creator/JeffreyCombs Weyoun]] of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' gets a few of these moments. There's one where he is analyzing (or trying to analyze) a painting, and asks Major Kira (a good guy who is under an occupation force that is under his command) what she thinks of it...genuinely, with no sinister undertones whatsoever. There's also a clip from the final montage of the fabulous episode "In The Cards" showing Weyoun thoroughly enjoying the crack-pot "Cellular Regeneration And Entertainment Chamber".
** The first time he visits the station, he spends some time playing dabo in Quark's. An extremely bored Dukat asks why he's playing such a ridiculous game, to which Weyoun replies "I like games!"
** Also ordering various meals through the food replicator. He explains that while his taste buds were shaped by the dominion leaders to perceive only one specific taste (a native type of nut from their homeworld) in order to keep them humble, he loved experiencing various types of textures and crunchiness in alien cuisine.
** Invoked in "Defiant" when Gul Dukat laments to Sisko he'd ''rather'' be doing this. Before he got called to deal with the Maquis stealing the Defiant to attack Cardassian ships, he was about to head back home so he could go to [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his son's]] eleventh birthday party.
** Also used in "In Purgatory's Shadow" When the captured crew find that Dr. Bashir has been replaced by a Changeling, they wonder what kind of evil scheme he's getting up to... As we cut to him bringing Dax and O'Brien sandwiches.



* ''Series/TrueBlood'' - in Season 2, Eric tracks down Bill shopping for clothes for his new progeny (and provides some help). In the Season 5 premiere, we don't get to see Pam go to Walmart for her yellow sweats, she's characteristically vocal about how much she hates it.
* The mutants from ''Series/{{Vintergatan}}'' liked to get out and get backrubs -- perhaps a bit more villainous considering they forced one of the heroes to do it, but still. Also, The Count from the newest installment, ''At The End Of The Milky Way'', is, from time to time, seen playing with small figurines, complete with making silly voices for them.



* During the early seasons of ''Series/MiamiVice'', it was common to see the week's given drug dealer/pimp/gun-runner etc, doing the most diabolical things, like...hanging out on the beach, dancing at the club, and trying on leather pants in some trendy Miami shop. Well, not leather, because leather and the Miami heat don't mix, but you get the point.
* The reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' does this with the entire Cylon race. Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, the viewers get clues that the Cylons are planning something with the nuked Colonies, having left several cities [[DepopulationBomb intact]] and brought heavy machinery to clean up the mess, but otherwise showing no clues as to what they are doing. Given the {{Mind Screw}}y nature of the show, the audience isn't sure what to expect. Then, towards the end of Season 2, we get a Cylon point-of-view episode where we learn that Cylons are [[spoiler: repairing the infrastructure, spending time in coffee shops, working in gardens, sitting and chatting around parks, and generally doing the stuff done by the humans they displaced. Including killing each other every now and then]].
** New Caprica and Season 3 onwards also treat us with glimpses of life aboard the Baseships. Apparently, when not committing genocide and shooting civilian ships, Cylons spend their time living in their personal HappyPlace, [[FanService doing Thai-Chi naked]], listening to the ramblings of [[MadOracle Hybrids]], repeatedly committing suicide to get a glimpse of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things not meant to be known]], and bickering with each other on every decision.
* UK SketchComedy ''Series/BigTrain'' loves this trope. One recurring sketch has what is essentially Ming The Merciless doing his daily chores, such as cleaning the house, checking his mail, and angrily yelling out the answers to questions of a quiz show he's watching on TV. Another sketch has Wolfman and {{Dracula}} hanging out in a public toilet (apparently at a conference of some sort), [[BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults bad mouthing]] the other monsters. Which results in an Awkward Silence when The Mummy walks in.
* The mutants from ''Series/{{Vintergatan}}'' liked to get out and get backrubs -- perhaps a bit more villainous considering they forced one of the heroes to do it, but still. Also, The Count from the newest installment, ''At The End Of The Milky Way'', is, from time to time, seen playing with small figurines, complete with making silly voices for them.
* Standard fare on every incarnation of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder''. When the criminal is apprehended, they will, the majority of the time, be in the middle of something incredible mundane. Justified in that most 'bad guys', in this case, are not career criminals, and have generally committed crimes of passion or opportunity, rather than opting for the life of a supervillain, but see it enough times and you'll become very wary of the fellow ahead of you in line for ice cream.
* One of the people behind ''Series/CriminalMinds'' stated that the aim in the episode "The Big Wheel" was to showcase a day in the life of a serial killer. This was definitely a non-humorous use, as it only emphasised the tragic situation [[SympatheticMurderer the [=UnSub=]]] was in. A few other episodes have done it as well.
* Due to having a SerialKillerKiller protagonist, much of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features him eating breakfast, going to work, eating lunch with his sister, and spending time with his girlfriend and the kids. We see the Ice Truck Killer do his day job and spend time with his girlfriend. And Dexter actually goes shopping with Miguel Prado, though that was for knives and things.
** Even the opening credits feature Dexter doing such evil acts as... shaving, cooking breakfast and flossing.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the murderous, [[spoiler:incestuous]] twins Jaime and Cersei Lannister are seen doing such terrible things as having breakfast with their family, giving their condolences to a grieving mother, and giving [[SarcasmMode friendly advice]] to a young man about to leave home for the first time.
** Later, their father [[ThePatriarch Tywin]] is first encountered skinning a deer, having presumably killed it during an earlier hunt. In a deleted scene from the third season, he also takes a break from plotting the downfall of his enemies and keeping his [[TheCaligula obnoxious grandson]] in line to spend the afternoon fishing.
** Lord Locke and his men, when not raping their captives or hacking their limbs off, enjoy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPA0BmlNd20 singing to pass the time]] while on long journeys.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' - in Season 2, Eric tracks down Bill shopping for clothes for his new progeny (and provides some help). In the Season 5 premiere, we don't get to see Pam go to Walmart for her yellow sweats, she's characteristically vocal about how much she hates it.
* Pretty much the whole premise of ''Series/TheSopranos''. And they're always ''eating''!
* In ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' episode "The Schizoid Man," Number Two is shown getting a back massage from the Butler.
* The 2012 German TV film ''Rommel'' features a scene where Hitler is waiting on a briefing regarding the Normandy invasion...by sketching.
* In the Netflix series ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', Frank Underwood, an amoral, ruthless politician without a moral compass, spends his downtime playing video games to let off steam. Significant subplots are focused on his favorite restaurant, his childhood memories, and his relationship with his wife: all of which humanize the otherwise monstrous Underwood.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Carmine Falcone, ruthless crime lord of Gotham who runs his empire with an iron fist, apparently enjoys spending his free time feeding birds in the park like any other old man.
** His main rival, Sal Maroni, is frequently seen enjoying meals in a restaurant he apparently owns.
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' has an episode where Camille is feeling bummed at being pushed aside by Dai Shi during one of his training sessions. So as to find something to take her mind off it, she actually disguises herself and visits the pizza shop where the rangers all work.
* Pretty much anytime Regina is out and about in public in ''Series/{{Once Upon A Time}}''. Her fairytale persona is the Evil Queen and in the real world she's the town mayor. Despite the countless deaths she's caused and how many times she's backstabbed and double-crossed the heroes she still casually walks about town and converses with them, albeit tensely.

to:

* During the early seasons of ''Series/MiamiVice'', it was common to see the week's given drug dealer/pimp/gun-runner etc, doing the most diabolical things, like...hanging out on the beach, dancing at the club, and trying on leather pants in some trendy Miami shop. Well, not leather, because leather and the Miami heat don't mix, but you get the point.
* The reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' does this with the entire Cylon race. Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, the viewers get clues that the Cylons are planning something with the nuked Colonies, having left several cities [[DepopulationBomb intact]] and brought heavy machinery to clean up the mess, but otherwise showing no clues as to what they are doing. Given the {{Mind Screw}}y nature of the show, the audience isn't sure what to expect. Then, towards the end of Season 2, we get a Cylon point-of-view episode where we learn that Cylons are [[spoiler: repairing the infrastructure, spending time in coffee shops, working in gardens, sitting and chatting around parks, and generally doing the stuff done by the humans they displaced. Including killing each other every now and then]].
** New Caprica and Season 3 onwards also treat us with glimpses of life aboard the Baseships. Apparently, when not committing genocide and shooting civilian ships, Cylons spend their time living in their personal HappyPlace, [[FanService doing Thai-Chi naked]], listening to the ramblings of [[MadOracle Hybrids]], repeatedly committing suicide to get a glimpse of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things not meant to be known]], and bickering with each other on every decision.
* UK SketchComedy ''Series/BigTrain'' loves this trope. One recurring sketch has what is essentially Ming The Merciless doing his daily chores, such as cleaning the house, checking his mail, and angrily yelling out the answers to questions of a quiz show he's watching on TV. Another sketch has Wolfman and {{Dracula}} hanging out in a public toilet (apparently at a conference of some sort), [[BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults bad mouthing]] the other monsters. Which results in an Awkward Silence when The Mummy walks in.
* The mutants from ''Series/{{Vintergatan}}'' liked to get out and get backrubs -- perhaps a bit more villainous considering they forced one of the heroes to do it, but still. Also, The Count from the newest installment, ''At The End Of The Milky Way'', is, from time to time, seen playing with small figurines, complete with making silly voices for them.
* Standard fare on every incarnation of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder''. When the criminal is apprehended, they will, the majority of the time, be in the middle of something incredible mundane. Justified in that most 'bad guys', in this case, are not career criminals, and have generally committed crimes of passion or opportunity, rather than opting for the life of a supervillain, but see it enough times and you'll become very wary of the fellow ahead of you in line for ice cream.
* One of the people behind ''Series/CriminalMinds'' stated that the aim in the episode "The Big Wheel" was to showcase a day in the life of a serial killer. This was definitely a non-humorous use, as it only emphasised the tragic situation [[SympatheticMurderer the [=UnSub=]]] was in. A few other episodes have done it as well.
* Due to having a SerialKillerKiller protagonist, much of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features him eating breakfast, going to work, eating lunch with his sister, and spending time with his girlfriend and the kids. We see the Ice Truck Killer do his day job and spend time with his girlfriend. And Dexter actually goes shopping with Miguel Prado, though that was for knives and things.
** Even the opening credits feature Dexter doing such evil acts as... shaving, cooking breakfast and flossing.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the murderous, [[spoiler:incestuous]] twins Jaime and Cersei Lannister are seen doing such terrible things as having breakfast with their family, giving their condolences to a grieving mother, and giving [[SarcasmMode friendly advice]] to a young man about to leave home for the first time.
** Later, their father [[ThePatriarch Tywin]] is first encountered skinning a deer, having presumably killed it during an earlier hunt. In a deleted scene from the third season, he also takes a break from plotting the downfall of his enemies and keeping his [[TheCaligula obnoxious grandson]] in line to spend the afternoon fishing.
** Lord Locke and his men, when not raping their captives or hacking their limbs off, enjoy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPA0BmlNd20 singing to pass the time]] while on long journeys.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' - in Season 2, Eric tracks down Bill shopping for clothes for his new progeny (and provides some help). In the Season 5 premiere, we don't get to see Pam go to Walmart for her yellow sweats, she's characteristically vocal about how much she hates it.
* Pretty much the whole premise of ''Series/TheSopranos''. And they're always ''eating''!
* In ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' episode "The Schizoid Man," Number Two is shown getting a back massage from the Butler.
* The 2012 German TV film ''Rommel'' features a scene where Hitler is waiting on a briefing regarding the Normandy invasion...by sketching.
* In the Netflix series ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', Frank Underwood, an amoral, ruthless politician without a moral compass, spends his downtime playing video games to let off steam. Significant subplots are focused on his favorite restaurant, his childhood memories, and his relationship with his wife: all of which humanize the otherwise monstrous Underwood.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Carmine Falcone, ruthless crime lord of Gotham who runs his empire with an iron fist, apparently enjoys spending his free time feeding birds in the park like any other old man.
** His main rival, Sal Maroni, is frequently seen enjoying meals in a restaurant he apparently owns.
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' has an episode where Camille is feeling bummed at being pushed aside by Dai Shi during one of his training sessions. So as to find something to take her mind off it, she actually disguises herself and visits the pizza shop where the rangers all work.
* Pretty much anytime Regina is out and about in public in ''Series/{{Once Upon A Time}}''. Her fairytale persona is the Evil Queen and in the real world she's the town mayor. Despite the countless deaths she's caused and how many times she's backstabbed and double-crossed the heroes she still casually walks about town and converses with them, albeit tensely.

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** Also used in "In Purgatory's Shadow" When the captured crew find that Dr. Bashir has been replaced by a Changeling, they wonder what kind of evil scheme he's getting up to... As we cut to him bringing Dax and O'Brien sandwiches.


* In ''Series/ThePrisoner'' episode "The Schizoid Man," Number Two is shown getting a back massage from the Butler.

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* In ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' episode "The Schizoid Man," Number Two is shown getting a back massage from the Butler.


** In the novel ''Verdigris'', at the end, the Third Doctor grimly wonders what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master leaves the hapless monster stuck with the bill and steals his own lunch to boot.

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** In the novel ''Verdigris'', at the end, the Third Doctor grimly wonders what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master steals both of their lunches and leaves the hapless monster stuck with the bill and steals his own lunch to boot.


** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master leaves the hapless monster stuck with the bill and steals his own lunch to boot.

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** The nover ''Verdigris'' In the novel ''Verdigris'', at the end, the Third Doctor grimly wonder wonders what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master leaves the hapless monster stuck with the bill and steals his own lunch to boot.


** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk with him, but it swings back to humor when the Master pulls a dine-and-dash on the hapless monster.

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** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man himself patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master pulls a dine-and-dash on leaves the hapless monster.monster stuck with the bill and steals his own lunch to boot.


** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master pulls a dine-and-dash on the hapless monster.

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** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the man patiently waiting for his order at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master pulls a dine-and-dash on the hapless monster.


** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now...cut to the Master patiently waiting for his order in a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master pulls a dine-and-dash on the hapless monster.

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** The nover ''Verdigris'' the Third Doctor grimly wonder what evil scheme the Master might be up to now... cut to the Master man patiently waiting for his order in at a Chinese takeaway. Sure, the BigBad of the novel pops up to talk business with him, but it swings back to gut-busting humor when the Master pulls a dine-and-dash on the hapless monster.

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