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Basic Trope: A sadistic interrogator takes a bit too much pleasure in his work, Played for Laughs.

  • Straight: Alex, the Cowboy Cop, pours a bucket of water on Mr. Evulz, the Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Exaggerated: Then he sends the piranhas on him, freezes him, burns him, and kicks his groin.
  • Downplayed: Alex slaps Mr. Evulz in the face multiple times without asking any questions.
  • Justified: Alex is actually a gentle soul at heart, and so metes out comical punishments as opposed to actually horrible ones — like, say, solitary confinement.
  • Inverted: A cold Torture Technician works with ruthless efficiency on a Laughing Mad masochist who seems to be Too Kinky to Torture.
  • Subverted: It's all just a very convincing Bad Cop routine.
  • Double Subverted: ...Well, that's what his colleagues think. Once he turns Vigilante Man, he tells his first victim how refreshing it is to be unfettered by having to look like he's acting a part.
  • Parodied: A scene of Cold-Blooded Torture in a CIA black site is treated with the same "madcap antics" tone for Black Comedy.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alex doesn't abuse the suspects at all.
  • Enforced: If the torture is depicted less realistically, including using a comedic tone, the movie can get a PG rating and keep the preteen audience.
  • Lampshaded: "Ow! Having fun?" "Yes, actually!"
  • Invoked: Alex is looking to get fired.
  • Exploited: Seeing what Alex's tactics are like, Evulz guesses he's got a record of dodgy conduct, and smashes his own face black and blue on the table in order to cry Police Brutality.
  • Defied: "So I guess this is the bit where I'm supposed to hang you from the ceiling and drive golf balls at you, eh? Haha. No, that stuff doesn't work on anyone."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alex reels off a list of Noodle Implements he'll need for the interrogation. Smash Cut to him cheerfully phoning his partner with the information while Evulz sits silently with a Thousand-Yard Stare on his face.
  • Played For Laughs: Evulz is also Too Kinky to Torture. Cue instant Ho Yay (and possibly No Yay from other observers). Alex has to be reminded that he's looking for information.
  • Played For Drama: Once the madcap tone is set aside, this leaves Alex a full-blown Sadist, with all that entails.

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