Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / Red Right Hand

Go To

Basic Trope: A physical defect that marks a character as evil.

  • Straight: Drake's right hand is dark-red, covered in scales and Spikes of Villainy.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed Drake's right hand is slightly tinted red.
  • Justified: Drake has embraced The Corruption, and his hand turning red is an outward result of it.
  • Inverted:
    • Saint Charles has a Holy Halo over his head.
    • Bob, a Friend to All Living Things, possesses a misleading evil-looking defect.
    • Drake is utterly monstrous in appearance except for one healthy-looking part that signifies he's a Noble Demon.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: But he is actually The Man Behind the Man or The Mole trying to convince heroes he's friendly.
  • Parodied: Right hands are Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Red? The Dragon. Green? Evil Genius. Black? Evil Overlord.
  • Zig Zagged: Drake has a red right hand, but he's not evil. Oh wait, yes he is! Or is he? Yes, it seems he isn't. But he's still not too heroic. And now he's lost his arm- hey, is that an Arm Cannon?!
  • Averted:
    • Drake does not have any physical defects that mark him as evil.
    • Physical defects, good or evil-looking, are completely unrelated to one's alignment.
  • Enforced: "Oh, dammit, our characters are so overdressed you can't even tell a hero from villain!" "Then just make a villain's hand all red and spiky, or whatever."
  • Lampshaded: "You see that onimously-colored hand? That's how you tell who is behind everything."
  • Invoked: Drake's hand is, in fact, a glove made by him to look scary.
  • Exploited: Drake is fairly minor to the villain's plan, but he uses his deformed hand to sell himself as a major evil overlord so that the heroes will waste time targeting him.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Drake's red right hand was present since birth. Being constantly mocked by everyone and their dog is what drove him to villainy in the first place.
  • Reconstructed: ...However, they were right about the hand being a sign that he had great evil in him
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Drake's red right hand has nothing to do with being evil... but it does have to do with being extraterrestrial. Which is, of course, a pretty big Reveal.
  • Implied: Drake has a red hand, suggesting he may be evil, but this is never confirmed.
  • Played For Laughs: Drake has a red hand, leading people to joke about him being "caught red-handed".
  • Played For Drama: Drake goes to desperate and horrible measures to find a cure for his red hand.

Back to Red Right Hand

Example of: