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Basic Trope: Good guys find pleasure in punishing evil.

  • Straight: Bob finds enjoyment in punishing evildoers.
  • Exaggerated: Bob feels great in sadistically murdering every single villain, even those who aren't completely evil.
  • Downplayed: While Bob doesn't express it, he shows a slight grin after punching the villain square in the face.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is driven by revenge, so paying the villain back is the only way for him to feel better.
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    • Bob is a Blood Knight who limits himself to people he thinks deserve to be beaten up.
    • The evildoer in question was a rapist with his next victim in his sights. Bob takes pleasure in the fact that smiting him meant saving an innocent life.
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  • Double Subverted: ...but he soon gets over it as he beats two thugs who have robbed a bank.
  • Parodied: What makes Bob a happy person is dishing out over-the-top punishments to those who jaywalk.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob gets satisfaction from punishing some villains, but not others.
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  • Averted: Bob doesn't get any satisfaction of hurting evil.
  • Enforced: The author has revenge fantasies.
  • Lampshaded: "I never thought that heroes like you enjoy making bad guys suffer a lot."
  • Invoked: Charlie encourages enjoying punishment of bad people as a way to channel aggression positively.
  • Exploited: Evulz turns Bob's tendency to enjoy smiting evil into true sadism, causing Bob to pull a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Defied:
    • Feeling that this would go against his kind-hearted nature and strong moral code, Bob avoids the satisfaction of punishing evil.
    • Bob rejects the idea that he's any sort of hero; he just likes hurting people, and people who "deserve" it give him a convenient excuse.
  • Discussed: "I thought good people hate making people suffer, even their enemies."
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  • Deconstructed: Bob loves making the villains suffer so much that this has made him gradually bad as they are. This puts a permanent black mark on his days as a hero.
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  • Reconstructed: Bob enjoys punishing wrongdoers as a(n arguably twisted) version of the rush from doing a good deed and never gives in to the temptation to smite people who don't deserve it, since that would be pointless cruelty and therefore completely unsatisfactory.
  • Implied: Bob seems to be happier after fighting villains.

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