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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.
  • Inverted: Utopia Justifies the Means
  • Subverted: Evulz' plan to create a dystopia was really just a lie he designed in order to unite the world against his empire.
  • 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.
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  • 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?"
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