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Basic Trope: Someone scolded not for maliciousness, but for incompetence.

  • Straight: Bob tries to rob an old lady, and Alice reprimands him for not wearing a mask.
  • Exaggerated: Bob tries to destroy the entire world, and Alice reprimands him for not wearing a mask.
  • Downplayed: Bob tries to steal a cookie from the jar, and Alice reprimands him for not wearing a mask.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is Bob's (eeeeevil) mentor.
    • Alice has to constantly put up with stupid criminals.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: And then arrests him.
  • Double Subverted: But actually takes him to her house for training.
  • Parodied: Alice takes Bob to a school for the evil and gives him a series of lectures on how to Do Wrong, Right.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice reprimands him for not wearing a mask, but also for being horrible, but also other flaws in the plan, which don't matter anyway because it's a horrible thing to do. Though doing it wrong just adds insult to injury.
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  • Averted: Alice arrests Bob for the actual crime.
  • Enforced: "It's an old joke, but it's still funny, so we put it in."
  • Lampshaded: "You know, I feel there's a more pressing thing wrong here, but I can't put my finger on it."
  • Invoked: Alice makes her mind up to teach Bob evil.
  • Exploited: Claire uses this an excuse to arrest Alice, for the joke.
  • Defied: The police handbook prohibits Alice from making this joke lest she be fired for unprofessionalism.
  • Discussed: "Other cops, they might make jokes, say if you do wrong, you do it right. Not me."
  • Conversed: "If you do wrong, do it right. Ugh, what a clichéd joke."
  • Deconstructed: As soon as Bob is out of jail, he returns to crime, only this time, he does it correctly, resulting in deaths and property damage. On television, he thanks Alice for her suggestion to commit crime more competently, prompting the police to strip Alice of her duties for endorsing crime.
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  • Reconstructed: Alice tracks down Bob, and understands that what he said on television was to discredit her, but it would have been better if he had killed her soon after instead of giving her the opportunity to go after him. Bob agrees that he could have, but he decided to play fair in order to get a real challenge out of her.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob gets arrested for the actual crime, and for not doing it correctly.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is a serial killer who Alice tracks down, leading to a climatic encounter where Bob almost kills her in pitch darkness, only for her to shoot him dead when he makes a sound. Alice then says that Bob should've been more quiet.

Back to Do Wrong, Right. No, not like that! If you're going to ruin your life, at least do it right!

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