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Basic Trope: Evil characters come in all sorts of races, creeds, genders, sexual orientations and handicaps.

  • Straight: Emperor Evulz employs Mooks of all sorts of different races and creeds.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Emperor Evulz will allow people with different skin colors to join his mooks, but only if they belong to the same Religion of Evil he does.
    • Emperor Evulz is a human supremacist and xenophobic against space aliens, but within his all-human ranks, everyone is treated with equal respect regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • Justified:
    • Emperor Evulz rules a large multinational empire, and needs to draw his troops from every corner of his realm to be able to fight effectively on his current scale.
    • Alternatively, Emperor Evulz is a Villain with Good Publicity, and knows that by having a politically correct army he'll be viewed as progressive by his subjects.
    • Alternatively, Emperor Evulz is smart enough not to give a crap about race, gender, sexuality, or creed because he hires based only on competency and loyalty since that's all that matters to him.
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    • Emperor Evulz has nothing against religions, ethnicities etc., so he doesn't care where they come from or where they believe their mooks.
    • Emperor Evulz hates everyone equally.
    • Epmeror Evulz's closest allies are of various diversities, so it makes sense for him to employ their kind as well.
    • Emperor Evulz just doesn't see any reason not to.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Emperor Evulz has Mooks that are both men and women, gay and straight, of every race, color, religion and creed. Then we see that there's a considerable glass ceiling, and most, if not all, of his higher-ups are more "pure-blooded".
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  • Double Subverted: Except for his female blind psychic bisexual Lithuanian Dragon, Lina, who proves useful in showing how anyone has a chance of being promoted.
  • Parodied:
    • Emperor Evulz's evil Five-Man Band consists of almost every comedic stereotype, from Scary Black Man to Camp Gay.
    • Emperor Evulz's keeps complaining about being hounded by the Affirmative Action people even though he's already got countless minorities in his ranks.
    • Emperor Evulz's second-in-command is a black/East Asian blind, dyslexic, bisexual, schizophrenic, female Mormon who can't roll her tongue.
  • Zig Zagged: Emperor Evulz has the most diverse Evil Army in the world. But that's just for the Mooks, and a heavy glass ceiling means that only straight males of Evulz' own ethnic group and religion are officers. However, extenuating circumstances have Emperor Evulz hire Lina, a blind bisexual Lithuanian girl, as a soldier, and despite all odds she is promoted to The Dragon. However, it then turns out that Emperor Evulz only promoted her for her psychic powers, and plans to kill her off. Lina then pulls a High-Heel–Face Turn for Bob, the hero, and the resistance movement kills off Emperor Evulz. His successor, Emperor Evulz II, is a Politically Incorrect Villain, until his own Mooks kill him off and replace him with a more tolerant regime. While there appears to be a glass ceiling for Emperor Evulz III's officers consisting of his own kind, that's just a coincidence. They just happen to be the best soldiers they have, with any Unfortunate Implications remedied by them showing their competence.
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz is neither this nor a Politically Incorrect Villain; all Mooks are all completely anonymous with diversity not being an issue.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "For an evil empire, he's remarkably politically correct".
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz, an Affably Evil Villain with Good Publicity, knows that his being viewed as progressive is vital to being beloved by his people, and integrates racial, religious and gender equality in all of his government agencies, including the military.
  • Exploited: Because of Evulz' equal opportunity hiring practices, no one bats an eye when the ethnically diverse band of heroes disguise themselves as his mooks. This wouldn't have worked if Evulz only hired male orcs or some equally narrow group.
  • Defied: "Only the pure of blood can join the Imperial Legions!"
  • Discussed: "You'll find Emperor Evulz doesn't particularly care who does the dying for his goals. The color of the body doesn't really affect his plans, after all".
  • Conversed: "Ever notice how the bad guys are more diverse than Our Heroes?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Despite Emperor Evulz' remarkable tolerance, his laws are still Draconian, and his rule is still inept with myriad economic and social problems. The resulting unrest causes his subjects to decry him as a lazy politician, with the Equal-Opportunity Evil as a cheap attempt to garner good ratings.
    • Alternatively, the subjects of Emperor Evulz have a low opinion of Bob, the hero's, homogeneous Five-Man Band.
    • Cultural differences between different ethnic factions in Emperor Evulz army render it ineffective.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Emperor Evulz employs all ethnicities and cultures... Because he Hates Everyone Equally and therefore has no reason not to.

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