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Basic Trope: A villain states that he enjoys doing evil.

  • Straight: Bob tells Alice that he gets a satisfaction in harming others.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob tells Alice that he finds it enjoyable to treat people like utter dirt.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a sadist, and get highly disproportionate reward from schadenfreude.
    • Bob is just Drunk on the Dark Side.
    • Bob doesn't believe that being good is enjoyable as other moralists tell him it is. It also doesn't help that being evil is easier than being good.
    • Bob just doesn't understand altruism and is too hooked on evil.
    • Bob's brain has been rewired so that committing evil acts literally makes him feel good by stimulating the pleasure/reward center in his brain.
    • Bob is a Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob enjoys doing evil acts, but then becomes miserable and guilty.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then forgets about it in the next day and continues joyously expressing his love for evil.
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  • Parodied: Bob finds loitering and illegally downloading pornography to be the most pleasant experience in his natural-born life.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob either feels happy for doing evil or feels depressed over his evil deeds.
  • Averted: Nothing is said about evil feeling good or unpleasant.
  • Enforced: The writer wants Bob to have a motive for his evil acts that's understandable but not too sympathetic, so gives him this.
  • Lampshaded: "You Bastard!! How could you find messing with innocent lives enjoyable?!"
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz rewires Bob's brain chemistry so it feels good when he does evil things.
  • Exploited: Alice pulls a Batman Gambit on Bob, knowing he will commit an evil act because he enjoys that.
  • Defied: "I don't care how you feel about being evil. You won't enjoy it when you'll get what's coming to you!"
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  • Discussed: "What kind of person enjoys seeing people suffer?"
  • Conversed: "Ugh! Bob disgusts me for saying how he enjoys being evil. Get him off of my screen!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: Bob is an Anti-Hero trying desperately to stay on the right side of morality, but hurting people just feels so good...

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