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Basic Trope: The villain mistreats his minions regularly.

  • Straight: Bob treats his minions like trash.
  • Exaggerated: Bob makes his minions do all the work while not paying them, and kills them for any small mistake or none at all.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: He was having a bad day - He has a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Double Subverted: Except he's not much nicer on a good day - He's a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob acts like a Benevolent Boss most of the time, but will become a Bad Boss if his subordinates repeatedly fail at certain tasks or if things are falling apart. Nonetheless, he rewards successful minions, you just don't want to get on his bad side.
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  • Averted: Bob behaves in a respectful and professional matter with his minions, or at least doesn't abuse them.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that Bob is a really bad person"
  • Lampshaded: "Geez, I'm your minion, not your slave! All right, I'm your slave too, but you still don't have to shout at me all the live-long day!"
  • Invoked: Bob feels like he has to act like a Bad Boss in order to keep his minions in line.
  • Exploited: The heroes ask if the minions really enjoy working in such a negative environment, trying to provoke a Mook–Face Turn.
  • Defied: Bob treats his employees with respect and dignity, and even rewards them when they do something right, in order to avoid having them turn against him.
  • Discussed: "Ugh, why does every villain have to treat their minions like crap? Maybe if they show them some respect they might actually succeed in their evil plans!"
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob's minions are more afraid of him than the enemy, making them extremely fearsome in combat.
    • The Dragon Ascendant becomes twice the tyrant his boss was, leading to more revolutions in turn while leaving the trend in place.
    • The kind of threat you have to be in order to keep the loyalty of minions who are scared shitless of you is investigated.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob punishes his minions for the most minor of transgressions to the point of Comedic Sociopathy.
    • A random Mook asks a dumb question, and Bob responds by nonchalantly killing him.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's minions are so terrified of him that they often discuss getting rid of him or simply running away, feeling it's only a matter of time before they incur their boss's wrath.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Bob is a Mole in Charge and Good Running Evil/vice versa. If it looks like he's trying to kill off all his minions and drive his organisation into the's because he is.

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