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Basic Trope: A Villain mourns over a Hero's death.

  • Straight: Evil Bob kills Hiro, then goes to the funeral.
  • Exaggerated: Bob, having finally killed his nemesis, Hiro, is so grief-stricken due to his loss, that he decides to give up his life of evil, perhaps even turning good himself.
  • Downplayed:
    • Hiro is part of a group of heroes. After he's killed, Bob keeps making plans that have to be corrected for Hiro no longer being there while trying to defeat the heroes.
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    • Hiro is injured non-lethally, but Bob is still concerned over his enemy's well-being.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has focused his life around his nemesis, Hiro, for so long, that he must seriously consider what to do with his life with Hiro gone.
    • Hiro was never meant to die. The fact that Bob did it was completely unintentional.
    • Hiro died because someone else killed him, and Bob is upset because always wanted to be the one who did him in.
    • The reason Bob became a villain was for the challenge. Now that Hiro is dead, it's just too easy.
    • Bob is Hiro's friend even though they're at two opposing sides, and he never wishes for his best friend's death, it's his subordinate who killed Hiro by a complete accident.
    • Bob hoped to convince Hiro over to his side and regrets the loss of a potential ally.
    • Hiro was a Worthy Opponent whom Bob truly respected, and even evil can show Due to the Dead.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob couldn't care less about that fool, Hiro, who thought to oppose him. When he finds that Hiro is actually alive, he falls into a deep depression.
    • Alas, Poor Villain, but in-universe.
    • And There Was Much Rejoicing.
    • Alternatively, Bob is the Hero Antagonist. And when he kills Villain Protagonist Hiro, he starts to mourn for him.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Later that night, we see Bob crying himself to sleep in his room.
    • Bob become more mournful as a the funeral continues, to the point he can't go through with it.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob had a Foe Yay crush on Hiro and tearfully admits it to the rest of his party...much to his humiliation.
    • Bob is acting like a stereotypical crying widow during Hiro's funeral, complete with typical all-black dress and veiled hat.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob goes to Hiro's funeral, only to whip out a gun and shoot Hiro's True Companions at the funeral. Then he bursts out in genuine tears for Hiro.
  • Averted: Bob couldn't care less about that fool, Hiro, who thought to oppose him.
  • Enforced: Let's show how nice a person Hiro was by having Bob mourn for him.
  • Lampshaded:"You know, seeing as he was your arch-nemesis, I’m really surprised how cut up you are about this."
  • Invoked: Hiro is killed by someone other than Bob specifically to upset or insult Bob.
  • Exploited:
    • Hiro fakes his own death in order to render Bob hopelessly depressed and unable to carry out his plan.
    • Hiro fakes his own death in a way that convinces Bob he's responsible, because he's hoping the trauma will cause Bob to rethink his life and change sides.
    • Hiro dies for real, gambling that Bob can be redeemed into making a Heel–Face Turn and become a hero even more powerful than Hiro was.
  • Defied: "Quick, Bob! Kill Hiro!"
  • Discussed: Before killing Hiro, Bob talks about how he may just be upset when Hiro is dead. Musings about a thin line between love and hate may be said.
  • Conversed: "Ooh, the battle between Hiro and Bob looks bad." "I hope Hiro wins. Bob's a horrible wreck at funerals."
  • Implied: Bob suffers from Villain Decay after killing Hiro. It can be inferred that he's just not putting his heart into it like he used to.
  • Deconstructed: Bob is a Punch-Clock Villain who secretly respects Hiro. However, he can't join Hiro's side because the Big Bad is holding Bob's family hostage.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: "Uhh...I'm Not Quite Dead" "OH THANK GOD!" *Glomp!* " I don't know what I would do without you!
  • Played for Drama: Bob can't adjust to Hiro being dead to the point he either commits suicide or is eventually cut down by another evil rival.

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