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An Index documenting Tropes about silly and/or incompetent villains and what makes them incompetent and silly.

Villains Themselves:

Villains Depending on Point of View:

  • Designated Monkey: The author believes that they're punishing a bad character by giving them their just deserts, but to the audience he's just inflicting undeserved punishment upon a character he dislikes out of spite.
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  • Designated Villain: The character is supposed to be the bad guy simply because he's against the hero, but the audience doesn't believe the character to be evil because the character isn't shown doing anything that can be considered bad.
  • Knight Templar: A character who stands for noble goals, but takes their heroic efforts a bit too far.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: The villain has reformed, but no one wants to trust him because of his shady past.
  • Villain Ball Magnet
  • Hero with an F in Good: A hero who isn't very good at doing heroic deeds.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Someone goes to great extremes to mete out justice on their terms.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: A villain initially thought of as nothing but a harmless joke proves that they can be dangerous when they want to be.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad
  • Villainous Harlequin


  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The bad guy causes their own undoing by revealing their plan to the hero.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: The villain cheats during a competition even though there is no way the hero can beat them. Ironically, the villain could've won if they didn't waste time setting up obstacles for the other competitors.
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  • Poke the Poodle: The villain attempts to do a bad deed, but their evil scheme comes off as being more of a harmless prank than a serious felony.
  • Villains Out Shopping

Typical Fate:

  • Humiliation Conga: The villain's defeat has a bunch of humiliating misfortunes pile up on them.
  • Villain Decay: The villain was originally a real threat, but nowadays comes off as too incompetent and unimpressive to take seriously.