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Basic Trope: A character who enjoys the pain and suffering of others.

  • Straight: Alice has been captured by Emperor Evulz's right-hand man, Bob. He has orders to bring her to the Emperor alive but, he notes, his orders did not say anything about bringing her back "intact." He plans to torture Alice before he brings her to his master for nothing less but his own enjoyment.
  • Exaggerated: Emperor Evulz, using a combination of The Reason You Suck Speeches and Mind Rape, turns Alice into a gibbering, broken mess. Emperor Evulz does nothing to hide his great delight in his actions.
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  • Downplayed: The only torture Alice gets is of the Poke the Poodle variety: being assaulted with a feather pillow, having lukewarm buckets of water thrown at her, throwing her into a room of hungry puppies, you get the picture.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was told that Alice Does Not Like Men, acts arrogantly and overall is actually a sadist; whether it's true or not, Bob really hates dominant women and believes they all should be punished.
    • Bob was captured by Emperor to torture people; eventually, he finds amusement in his job.
  • Inverted: Emperor Evulz wants Alice to torture him.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is given the job of torturing Alice, but feels absolutely repulsed by his acts rather than gaining any pleasure from them.
    • "What do you want to do with me? Why do you need all these tools?" "Relax, I won't touch you..."
  • Double Subverted: "...for now. When we're at the Emperor's palace, we'll have a lot of fun time together."
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  • Parodied: Bob is weak and inexperienced, but he really wants to inflict pain. He constantly screams abuses to everyone, but is always grabbed by his hand by other character and dragged somewhere away.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob never wishes any harm to one kind of people, but likes to torture another kind of people.
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz does not harm his captives.
  • Enforced: "We need a way for Emperor Evulz to cross the Moral Event Horizon."
  • Lampshaded: "Alice, if you're ever captured by Bob... don't get captured by Bob. Death will be far preferable to life in his hands."
  • Invoked: "Now we're alone, and I happen to have this whip here."
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz promotes Bob to be his Torture Technician.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz is repulsed by the thought of torture, as Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Discussed: "Diane, please, don't ask Bob out. He may like you, but who knows, maybe he does not keep his hobbies safe, sane and consensual."
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  • Conversed: "Oh, again with the sexism - he's a sadist, she's a victim. It's like all men are brutes, and all women suffer because of men."
  • Implied: One of Bob's minions notices that whenever Bob engages in torture, he always has a small smile on his face.
  • Deconstructed:
    • In the grips of his twisted euphoria, Bob accidentally kills Alice. Knowing the penalty for failing Emperor Evulz, Bob takes one of the knives he used on Alice and ends his life.
    • Bob realises that he feels pleasure from killing and tormenting people. This horrifies him and prompts him to seek treatment for his sadism.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Evulz was amused by Bob's methods, so eventually he hires Brad, who is not only as sadistic as Bob, but is also instructed about not crossing limits of his victims, like in Alice's case.
    • Death Is Cheap in this universe and is easily included in Bob's torture regiment.

Now that you know what a Sadist is, let's move on to the whips. Hehehehehehe!

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