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Basic Trope: Bad guys don't get healing powers.

  • Straight: Emperor Evulz can't heal, while his good-aligned opponents can.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every healing item has no effect on Evulz.
    • Nobody in Evulz's army has healing powers.
    • Enlisting yourself in Evulz' army prevents all healing powers in the world from working for you.
  • Downplayed:
    • Evulz and his forces do have healing powers, but they are considerably weaker than those of the good guys.
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    • Evulz doesn't get conventional healing powers, but his "necrotic energy" attacks double as heals for his undead minions.
  • Justified:
    • Emperor Evulz has a god complex, and thinks he doesn't need healing powers.
    • The Healing spell is either Light or Holy element; both are opposing forces to Evulz.

      And Evulz is undead, with all the implications.
    • Bad guys have historically made healing spells, but they are less powerful than heroic ones, so Evulz finds it more beneficial to specialise in attacking.
  • Inverted:
    • The heroes can't heal.
    • Evulz is world's most effective healer.
    • Evulz can heal just fine, but for some reason he can't actually hurt people, forcing him to become a Non-Action Big Bad.
  • Subverted: Emperor Evulz doesn't heal... until you get him down to half health.
    • Faye is one of the villains, and when she's on the battlefield, she can heal your enemies.
  • Double Subverted:
    • He heals himself... of negative status effects.
    • He "heals" himself by replacing the wounded body parts with robotic ones.
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  • Parodied: When Evulz got his name and title, he instantly forgot how to perform even the simplest first aid techniques, like applying bandages.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz is brought down to low health without healing, but, in his last few hit points, he casts a spell that seems to rejuvenate him. It's then shown that what Evulz did was a transformation, taking on a second, identical body with no injuries instead of healing in the conventional sense.
  • Averted:
    • Emperor Evulz can heal just as much as the good guys.
    • Nobody in the setting has healing powers.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "You know, if Emperor Evulz can use magic, why can't he use healing spells?"
  • Invoked: Marcy casts a spell on Emperor Evulz that prevents him from healing.
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  • Exploited: The heroes proceed to invest all their efforts in healing, defending and inflicting status elements until Evulz is slowly but surely chipped down to zero.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz brings along several Potions before the battle.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Though Emperor Evulz is a master magician he doesn't seem to heal himself, yet the possibility he's trying to use Blood Magic would make sense.
  • Deconstructed: The fact evil cannot heal means villains like Evulz have a terrible time actually convincing anyone to join. Thus, Evulz can only reasonably recruit & keep moronic, mentally ill, or borderline suicidial minions instead of anyone remotely effective.
  • Reconstructed: Though evil may lack the ability to heal, it can defend and transform- Thus Evil focuses on preventing and minimizing damage, removing the need to heal at all.
  • Played For Laughs: A cutscene follows a conversation between Evulz and his Dragon. The Dragon suggests using healing to reduce Mook casualties. Evulz laughs and jokes that his Mooks have a habit of regenerating anyway.
  • Played For Drama: A dying evil minion considers redemption, but, having been mortally injured with no way to save himself, he slowly bleeds out, lamenting that he was never taught Cure Heavy Wounds during his service in the empire.

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