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Basic Trope: When a character does morally ambiguous things only to go on to do something unquestionably and unforgivably evil.

  • Straight: Bob starts out as a Vigilante Man and then kills many innocent people for getting in his way.
  • Exaggerated: Bob doesn't like giving money to charity, one day he decides to kill everyone involved with one.
  • Downplayed: Bob had good reason to believe the innocent he killed was a Serial Killer and felt he had to stop him.
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  • Justified: Bob was always immoral, this is merely the first time we see it.
  • Inverted: After years of killing criminals, Bob suddenly becomes an advocate for humane treatment of prisoners.
  • Subverted:
    • It seems like Bob is beyond redemption after his latest crime, but later he successfully pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
    • It turns out the Bob was framed for the crime in order to turn the heroes against him.
    • Bob is about to kill many innocent people but realizes he is crossing a line and stays his hand.
    • Bob killing his entire family would normally count except for the fact that said family is not only utterly evil but would destroy all other life on earth for immortality.
  • Double Subverted:
    • This leads to Bob believing he is in the right no matter what he does...
    • Bob kills the heroes when they come after him, solidifying his Heel–Face Turn.
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    • ...So he can enslave them all.
  • Parodied: Alice is frustrated that all of her rivals go straight from something she disagrees with but realizes people dissent over to genocidal maniacs.
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  • Averted: Bob never kills the innocent.
  • Enforced: The actor playing a villain died suddenly—no other characters had a history for an antagonist leaving Bob as the best in story replacement.
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  • Deconstructed: That Alice's rivals keep on going from mere morally dodgy to puppy-eating evil is a sign that she is a Reality Warper making things worse unconsciously.
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