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Basic Trope: The author or character points out how bad something a villain does is.

  • Straight: Doctor Steel kicks a puppy, and the narrator tells us how wrong that was.
  • Exaggerated: Doctor Steel kidnaps, rapes, kills and eats a young girl, and the narrator tells us how wrong that was.
  • Downplayed: Doctor Steel leaves the toilet seat up, and the narrator reprimands him.
  • Justified:
    • The act Doctor Steel did was very subtle, and needed to be pointed out.
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    • Rookie Nurse Goodheart honestly thinks Dr. Steel is a nice person because she's never seen him do anything evil; when someone else sees him do something evil, they have the need to explain it to her so she can understand the doctor's true persona and join the band of protagonists.
  • Inverted:
    • The narrator tells us how good an act the heroes did was.
    • Doctor Steel kicks a puppy, and the narrator tells us how good an act this was.
  • Subverted: Doctor Steel does something bad, and the narrator tells us how terr...ifically competent he is at puppy-punting.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Instead, he shifts to describe how Madame Ironhand killed a beggar for asking money, and how terrible it was.
    • The narrator talks about how terr... iffic that puppy-punt was, but adds that the act was still immoral and shouldn't be tried at home.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Doctor Steel is walking down the street using a mirror to point sun into people's eyes, and the narrator says that it is terrible. He then walks into a supermarket and slips condoms into an old lady's cart, and the narrator says that it is terrible. Doctor Steel walks through an alley and only donates a penny to a homeless man, and the narrator describes that this is terrible. Doctor Steel then kicks an already-crippled puppy, and the audience expects the narrator to react, but he doesn't. Finally, Doctor Steel announces aloud that he ate the last piece of pizza in the fridge without asking, to which the narrator wails, trembling in abject terror, "AND THAT'S TERRIBLE."
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  • Averted: The author doesn't tell us how bad an act Doctor Steel did was.
  • Enforced: "This is a kid's show, they don't see why this is a bad thing to do."
  • Lampshaded: "I'm EVIL! I have the power to KILL and MAIM and BREAK THE FOURTH WALL! Do you think I'm stupid enough to not know what I did was evil?"
  • Invoked: When describing the actions of Dr. Steel, someone asks whether they were evil.
  • Exploited: Dr Steel hates being told the obvious,the narrator tells him this,Dr Steel charges and falls to his death.
  • Defied: "Well, I don't need to tell you how terrible that is."
  • Discussed: "I'm a villain! I know you think I'm evil, so stop trying to point it out. What're you going to do next, follow me around and comment on how evil whatever I just did was?"
  • Conversed: "God, do the people who write this really think we can't recognize evil?"
  • Deconstructed: The narrator asks the audience whether or not they feel what Dr. Steel did was truly a morally wrong action.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The medium is such that explicitly identifying evil is necessary, such as a historic work on the wrong side of Values Dissonance.
    • Alternately: Doctor Steel or other characters have No Fourth Wall they interact with the narrator after it makes such a statement.
  • Played for Drama: The formerly-cavalier New Meat observes a villain committing an atrocity and, shell-shocked, he begins babbling about how horrible it was and how he couldn't believe that ANYONE was capable of doing something so inhumanly evil. Another member of the team calmly asks him if he understands now what kind of monsters they're up against.

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