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Basic Trope: A very minor "evil" act.

  • Straight: Alice jaywalks, queue-jumps, steals an apple from a supermarket, or pokes her poodle sharply to give it a start.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice steals two cents, neglects to clean her room, or pokes the poodle gently.
    • Alice dresses as a supervillain, knocks on her neighbour's front door and says, "Ha! Ha! Ha! I am evil."
  • Downplayed: Alice commits a misdemeanor that is minor, but not laughably so.
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  • Justified: Alice is a Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...but Alice was famished to the point of near death, and later when she had the opportunity, came back to pay the woman.
    • ...except Alice does it in a video game.
    • ...but the family turned out to be villainous.
  • Parodied: Alice goes to a restaurant, uses the dessert fork for her salad, puts too much pepper on her steak, only washes her hands for 19.5 seconds instead of 20, and only leaves a 10% tip, yet she acts as if she just crossed the Moral Event Horizon and became irredeemable.
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice sometimes commits petty acts, and sometimes she commits horrible atrocities against mankind.
  • Averted: Alice commits no laughably minor misdemeanors.
  • Enforced: "We need to make a Laughably Evil Harmless Villain, so she can't do anything too heinous."
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, Alice is so dangerous that she didn't flush at a public restroom."
  • Invoked: Alice wants to be evil, but she has a lot of standards.
  • Exploited: Alice jaywalks and laughs like a maniac while doing it, to keep people from taking the idea of her actually being evil seriously. She can kill and torture somebody in cold blood, but nobody who doesn't witness the event will believe it happened.
  • Defied: Alice makes sure to always commit irredeemable crimes against humanity to make sure people know she means business.
  • Discussed:
    Emperor Evulz: "Alice, you're just not cut out to be a bad guy."
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  • Conversed: "Poor Alice, she wants to be taken seriously, but she keeps failing evil class."

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