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Basic Trope: A villain does something evil even when it clearly keeps them from succeeding.

  • Straight: Lord Kill'Everyone abuses and eventually backstabs General Bob despite Bob being loyal and competent, resulting in Bob deciding that enough is enough and joining Alice's rebellion.
  • Exaggerated: Lord Kill'Everyone and his men raided the town of Tinyville, slaughtering every man, woman, and child, destroying their crops, and burning every building to the ground, though had Tinyville remained standing, it could have provided them with food, resources, and shelter. Moreover, Kill'Everyone's over-the-top atrocities will both call Alice's attention to him and result in other towns casting their lot in with Alice. Kill'Everyone is also a Bad Boss who tends to kill his Mooks for failing him (or even succeeding), is horrible to General Bob on principle, attacks President Goodman (who has a 100% Adoration Rating) on live television, and litters, simply, and all because it’s EEEEVVVVIL!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!111!!!!1111!!1
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  • Downplayed: For the Evulz.
  • Justified:
    • Kill'Everyone is an immortal with a sadistic streak a mile wide and fully aware he has all the time in the world to indulge. It's not like he has to really worry about anything backfiring on him as long as you can't put him down!
    • Kill'Everyone is The Sociopath and really doesn't know what to do with power other than hurt as many people as possible. To him, causing suffering isn't a step on the way to the goal, it's the goal itself.
    • Kill'Everyone is being manipulated by The Man Behind the Man, who has their own agenda and needs Kill'Everyone to be the horrific villain that he is for it to work.
    • Kill'Everyone got his powers from a Deal with the Devil. In order to keep them, he has to cause a certain amount of suffering to other people, or else the demon who gave him his powers will get impatient and take them away.
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    • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity. To become a lord in the first place, Kill'Everyone used a power source that corrupted him to the point where he cannot think rationally.
    • In the beginning, Kill'Everyone was a competent Evil Overlord, but it turned out that he just couldn't take years of constant paranoia about assassins and betrayal, doing horrible things to people he actually liked in order to keep power, and other such things. The stress of it has caused his mental state to fracture significantly, which is why he's so bad about it now.
    • Kill'Everyone suffers from a mental disorder that causes a distorted view of reality. From his point of view, what he did was perfectly logical- General Bob was going to betray him anyway, the village was bringing out torches and pitchforks instead of money, and Bob hates Alice too much to ever side with her.
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    • Kill'Everyone is Made of Evil, and cannot comprehend anything else. He is literally incapable of doing good, even if it would be useful.
    • Kill'Everyone is a Jerkass that personally hates Alice. As a result, he will do anything and everything that riles Alice's goat, even if that means pissing off everybody else he's allied to and risking the complete destruction of everything he's been working for in a much shorter term than it could have been, because one of the things Alice hates more than anything is people being idiots at their job — yes, including enemy commanders (showing professionalism is a way for her to declare them a Worthy Opponent, even). Since spiting Alice in the end will be Worth It
    • Kill'Everyone's only motivation is For the Evulz. Doing stupid things to annoy other people isn't detrimental to him or his plan, because that was his entire plan in the first place.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: “Why would I burn down the village, when I can make the villagers pay me not to?”
  • Double Subverted:
    • "But that wouldn't be any fun. Let's burn it down anyway.”
    • Kill'Everyone makes his demands, then burns the village before they can pay, destroying the resources he was hoping to take for himself.
    • Kill'Everyone makes his demands on threat of burning the village. He burns it down after they've paid, destroying that village's resources and making sure everyone else knows that he won't keep promises, therefore blowing his chance of anyone surrendering to him.
  • Parodied: Lord Kill'Everyone suffers from a sort of villainous insecurity. He's so desperate to prove himself Eviler Than Thou that he commits acts of brutality at every possible opportunity, just because he's scared that if he slacked off, someone else would commit more atrocities than him.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Lord Kill'Everyone kills his Dragon Halgar, but he did so because Halgar was treacherous and plotting to usurp him. Unfortunately, Halgar was also his Hyper-Competent Sidekick, to whom none of his Mooks can compare. But hey, Kill'Everyone would eventually have to kill Halgar anyway when he tried to usurp him, and this way he doesn't have to risk losing the fight, so no real loss. Except Halgar's loving brother Skullgar is Kill'Everyone's Almighty Janitor, and he didn't take kindly to Kill'Everyone murdering his sibling.
    • Lord Kill'Everyone's level of villainy varies a lot, Depending on the Writer. Some people write him as a sadist who enjoys hurting others but is rational enough to realize that sometimes it's better to just shoot them, and some write him as a total moron who's Drunk on the Dark Side and does evil just for the thrill of proving that he can.
  • Averted: Lord Kill'Everyone is reasonably competent and doesn't see the need to do evil when the risks outweigh the rewards.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • “Gee, the boss sure has a fixation on being evil at all costs.”
    • "Can you tell me why on earth we're following this moron?"
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz creates Lord Kill'Everyone to distract the world from his own much more subtle plans.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
    • "I don't care if it would be 'evil'. I have real goals beyond simply being obnoxious, and doing this would get in the way of them."
    • Halgar, being more competent and professional, knows that Kill'Everyone would doom everyone in the group, forms a coup to stop Kill'Everyone before he does something worse.
  • Discussed: "Kill'Everyone's cruelty is matched only by his stupidity."
  • Conversed: "Why are the villains in these things always so stupid? I mean, there's 'evil' and there's 'wrecking your whole plan to kick one puppy'."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Kill'Everyone's whole goal was to destroy as much as he could out of spite to the world. He succeeded with flying colors. After all, even if Alice defeats him in the end the world will still be worse for his existence, and even if Bob is able to escape him he can't escape the mental scars from Kill'Everyone's abuse.
  • Played for Laughs: Kill'Everyone decides it's a great idea to give a middle finger to Phil the Physical God, who is notorious for having a Hair-Trigger Temper towards villains. Kill'Everyone's men and allies all Face Palm at the same time, before saying Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Because of Lord Kill'Everyone's constantly betraying his fellow villains all just to prove he's a bigger villain than them and the fact that he's a Bad Boss to his minions, Alice the Rebel Leader has a really easy time gaining allies, including Emperor Evulz in an Enemy Mine and Kill'Everyone's much-abused top general, Bob.
    • Lord Kill'Everyone is a worse villain than everybody else Alice has faced off against, even Emperor Evulz, who has far more resources (and ability to put them to good use), because Evulz is at least rational enough to be negotiated with, even if the price is high. For example, if Alice's friend Charlie is captured by Emperor Evulz, Alice can be fairly sure that he'll be alive. Evulz took the effort to capture him because he wanted something tangible, like information or concessions from Alice, that he can't get if Charlie is dead. If Charlie is captured by Kill'Everyone, Alice just has to assume that Charlie is dead and pray that it was quick.
  • Played For Horror: Kill'Everyone triggers the Doomsday Device with a gigantic grin, flipping the bird, and saying a sing-song "scrrreeeewww yyyoooouuuuu!", all of which makes him sound (at best) like some high-school "edgelord" doing a Rage Quit — even after being told by everyone, including the Greater-Scope Villain, to leave the damn thing alone because he won't survive either. The series' Rock Falls Everyone Dies ending then goes on to show in gory detail what happens.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: The whole point of Kill'Everyone's character is to show how self-destructive evil is. Kill'Everyone demonstrates that evil is not cool, it's contemptible. There's no excuses like "well, at least the trains run on time". True evil like that of Kill'Everyone is self-defeating and pathetic, not something to be emulated.

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