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Basic Trope: The Big Bad - or a major villain - antagonized our hero in high school.

  • Straight: When Hiro faces down Emperor Evulz, he takes off his mask to reveal that he's Emmitt Everson, the guy who used to beat Hiro up.
  • Exaggerated: Every villain has some sort of childhood grudge against Hiro.
  • Downplayed:
    • Emperor Evulz wasn't a bully, but he's jealous of the fact that Hiro got to take his crush to the dance.
    • The schoolyard bully becomes a petty criminal who ends up becoming the first person arrested during a convenience store robbery by his former victim now turned Superhero during his/her Origin Story without much fanfare.
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  • Justified: Evulz never matured and spent his adult life plotting revenge.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Hiro vaguely suspects that Emperor Evulz may actually be his old schoolyard bully, Emmitt Everson. It turns out to actually be someone else he's never met before.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out Evulz was actually a high school bully, just not the one who used to torment Hiro.
  • Parodied:
    • After learning who Evulz really is, Hiro and Evulz start to act like children again, reliving their school days.
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    • Evulz just happens to be one of the students who chuckled when a substitute teacher made fun of Hiro for turning in his homework late. After Hiro defeats him, everyone acts as if Evulz suffered a Karmic Death and praises Hiro as "the man who single-handedly put an end to bullying."
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • There was no schoolyard bully.
    • The schoolyard bully was never seen again and it's not clear what kind of person he ended up being.
  • Enforced: "Let's show that Evulz was always a jerk- he was a bully even before he gained his powers!"
  • Lampshaded: "I see you've changed tactics from wedgies."
  • Invoked: Evulz sets out to gain powers specifically so he can hunt down and torment his old bullying victims.
  • Exploited:
    • Realizing that Evulz still wants nothing more than to push other people around, someone imbues him with dark powers and forces him to do his bidding.
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    • Knowing that Evulz holds a grudge against Hiro allows the heroes to set a trap (or just a distraction) for the Emperor.
  • Defied: "After 10 years, I have far better things to do with my time than bothering the people I used to bully in high school."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: "Hey there, Hiro! Remember me from school?" *wham*
  • Deconstructed: Evulz' insistence on tormenting Hiro hints at some serious psychological issues- any healthy person would have outgrown a petty childhood rivalry by now. What's worse, his inability to defeat or unnerve Hiro (who's not nearly as bully-able now) seriously freaks him out, because his self-image was based around being able to beat Hiro up.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Evulz, at the very least, isn't as indiscriminately violent as other villains in the setting. He also takes comfort in the fact that Hiro, when singled out, remained weaker than him, even despite the privileges he has as a hero, such as seasoned mentors and access to better weapons than Evulz has.
    • Evulz doesn't care that he's seen as a Psychopathic Manchild by everyone for basing his life around hurting high school opponents. He takes pleasure in it and couldn't care any less about others' feelings.

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