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Basic Trope: An abused character takes revenge on their victimizer.

  • Straight: With his evil lair falling apart around him, Emperor Evulz is killed by lowly Mook #13, who he'd been planning to execute for failure.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Mook #13 gets revenge on Emperor Evulz, but he doesn't kill him.
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  • Justified: Evulz forced Mook #13 to work for him through fear and intimidation. Now that Evulz is powerless, Mook #13 is no longer afraid of him and takes the opportunity to exact his revenge for all the abuse.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Mook #13 gets back up and stabs Emperor Evulz in the back.
    • Right after Mook #13 leaves, Evulz is confronted and killed by #15, who is not as forgiving.
  • Parodied: Emperor Evulz is a massive Tin Tyrant, and Mook #13 is a pathetic little goblin who curb stomps Evulz anyways.
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  • Zig Zagged: Evulz is attacked by Mook #13 who he used as a punching bag. However he dispatches Mook #13 effortlessly. This causes Lianna to flip out and attack Evulz as Mook #13 was the only one who was ever kind to her. She leaves him for dead. Later Lianna is adopted by the heroes and angsts about the blood on her hands from killing Evulz. Shortly after it is revealed that Evulz is still alive.
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz makes his escape alive, or is killed by someone he hasn't beaten down.
  • Enforced: "We can't let the hero kill Emperor Evulz; let's make a mook he's been tormenting do it instead."
  • Lampshaded: "Emperor Evulz should have treated his minions better..."
  • Invoked: The Guile Hero talks Mook #13 into assassinating Emperor Evulz by reminding him of all the cruel things Evulz has done to him.
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  • Exploited: Thanks to a spy in Evulz's base, the protagonists learn the mooks are planning to turn against their boss. With this in mind, they let them try and assassinate Evulz, but also get ready to strike the leaderless remnants when this happens.
  • Defied:
    • The villain treats his mooks well so they'll help him in his time of need.
    • Evulz shoots Mook #13 In the Back during that split second at the beginning of the Final Battle when he was thinking his options.
    • Evulz invests a whole lot on a Restraining Bolt that, essentially, robs the dog of his teeth. It is never hinted upon until that moment when Mook #13 draws his gun and his head explodes, Evulz just giving a "yup, knew this was a good idea" smile before barking more orders.
  • Discussed: "Ow... that looked like it hurt, Emperor Evulz better watch his back 'cause I don't think Mook #13 is gonna let him get away with that again."
  • Conversed: ???
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  • Reconstructed:

Hi, remember me? The one that you punted into The Dog Bites Back one too many times? Here's a taste of your own medicine...

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