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Basic Trope: A character aims to create a Dystopia.

  • Straight: Emperor Evulz seeks to turn the world into a dystopian empire where people are forced to live in poverty and fear.
  • Exaggerated: Evulz wants to turn the universe into a literal hell where everyone, including Evulz himself, exists solely to suffer unimaginable torment for all eternity.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Evulz is Made of Evil and sustains himself by other people's suffering.
    • Evulz believes that every society should seek to maximize order, so he aims to create a state in which freedom is essentially non-existent.
    • Evulz was raised on Bad is Good and Good is Bad and believes a dystopia to be the most moral type of society.
    • Evulz is an alien and he plans to enslave the humans, and fear is the best way for him to control his slaves.
    • Evulz is a bitter and angry man who wants to make his subjects suffer out of spite. Or just a Sadist that wants as many people to squirm as possible.
  • Inverted:
    • Utopia Justifies the Means
    • Emperor Evulz wants to destroy the government and bureaucracy to cause the nation to fall into a crapsack anarchy.
    • The Good guys wants to make a Dystopia.
  • Subverted: Evulz' plan to create a dystopia was really just a lie he designed in order to unite the world against his empire.
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  • Double Subverted: ...because he knows that his enemies will eventually become tyrants themselves and create a dystopia on their own.
  • Parodied: Evulz runs for president and promises to turn the country into a dystopian nightmare if he is elected. Most people vote for him because they consider him the least terrible candidate.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Evulz only wants to further his self-interest. He doesn't care if the world is a dystopia, utopia or anything in-between.
  • Enforced: "We want to show totalitarianism in our story, but we cannot portray it as well-meaning in any way. Let's just make the ruler as evil as possible."
  • Lampshaded: "Is Evulz seriously trying to make all of his subjects suffer just for the sake of it?"
  • Played For Laughs: Evulz' idea of "dystopia" is mundane problems and annoyances like amping up gas prices, forcing people into boring cubicle jobs and making football illegal.
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  • Played For Drama: Because Evulz' empire exists for the sake of causing suffering, the empire struggles to function in basic yet essential policies, everyone turns against him and Evulz is kicked out or assassinated very quickly.
  • Exploited: Evulz' political rivals use his dystopic desires to appear as the Lesser of Two Evils and win support by the public.
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