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Basic Trope: The aristocrats are bad guys.

  • Straight: The main villain the heroes have to face is Baron Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Every single villain in the entire multiverse is an aristocrat, and every aristocrat a villain. The moment someone gets a title (even an honorary and non-inheritable one), they become Drunk with Power.
  • Downplayed: Baron Evulz and his family are evil, but other aristocrats are quite nice.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Aristocrats are good.
    • Everyone without a title is evil.
  • Subverted:
    • Baron Evulz is not a baron.
    • Baron Evulz turns out to be under Mind Control of a real, non-aristocratic Big Bad.
    • Baron Evulz turns out to be a Fake Aristocrat.
    • Baron Evulz is nice and kindly.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Until he does get the title.
    • He pretends to be so to frame someone else for his crimes.
    • But then he becomes an aristocrat for real and he's still evil.
    • But it's just him being Affably Evil.
  • Parodied: Baron Evulz is the name of a parrot that sits in a cage all day and says nothing but "Baron Evulz is evil!"
  • Zig-Zagged: Baron Evulz is all for Pragmatic Villainy, which leads to him committing only as much evil as fits in his version of the bigger picture.
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  • Averted: There are no aristocrats.
  • Enforced: The author is against aristocracy due to their political and/or religious views.
  • Lampshaded: "Listen, don't ever go near these castles if you value your life! Better stay with the forest outlaws!"
  • Invoked: Bob pretends to be an aristocrat because he needs to do a Zero-Approval Gambit.
  • Exploited: The Rebel Leader uses the peasants' hatred of the aristocrats to start a revolution.
  • Defied: The king makes sure to award titles only to the people who deserve them.
  • Discussed: "Do you know who'll be the next baron?" "No, but it doesn't matter, all of them are the same."
  • Conversed: "The author was an active Socialist, what else would you expect?"
  • Implied: The villain's title and social position doesn't get revealed, but he is addressed as "Your Excellency", and The Dragon as "Your Lordship".
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  • Deconstructed: The aristocrats are so hateful that the lower classes rebel, and a civil war nearly wipes out the entire country, but leads to the aristocrats' downfall.
  • Reconstructed: And then the formerly lower classes get the titles after the war and begin to oppress the former aristocracy and everyone else.
  • Played For Laughs: Laughably Evil courtiers openly discuss their evil plans, punctuated with the necessary amount of "Mwahahahaaa".
  • Played For Drama: The lower classes are oppressed mercilessly.

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