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Basic Trope: A villain who is completely aware of their evil, but knows it's too late for redemption.

  • Straight:
    • Dr. Psychosis is a Mad Scientist and The Cracker who wants to stop killing people, but thinks he doesn't deserve redemption.
    • Dr. Psychosis is a Dr. Jerk who is out to destroy someone, in revenge, due to being responsible for an incident that turned him into a super-villainous megalomaniac.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Dr. Psychosis is an Affably Evil Playful Hacker and a Dirty Cop who robs banks because all the public and private investors withdrew funding from his projects.
  • Justified: Dr. Psychosis' victims are terrible people who have wronged him, so he is driven to do evil things to them.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Dr. Psychosis is also killing innocent people because he wants people to hate him enough to want to kill him as he can't live with himself.
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    • Dr. Psychosis' redemption is temporary and he soon goes back to killing people because he thinks that his methods of justice are better, even if they are evil.
  • Parodied: Dr. Psychosis is an exterminator who wants to stop the giant-mutant-radioactive-killer-cockroaches from outer space, but thinks he does not deserve redemption.
  • Zig-Zagged: Heel–Face Revolving Door.
  • Averted: There is nothing sympathetic or tragic about Dr. Psychosis' actions.
  • Enforced: The author wants to make their villain more sympathetic to the viewers.
  • Lampshaded: "Dr. Psychosis may be a villain, but the world has wronged him in so many ways that I can't hate him for it."
  • Invoked: "Those jerks called me mad, but I'll show them who's mad!"
  • Exploited: Anti-Hero Steel Blood keeps reminding Dr. Psychosis about his past to push him over the edge.
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  • Defied: "I don't care whether Dr. Psychosis' victims are assholes or whether he knows he's wrong. He's still evil and needs to be stopped."
  • Discussed: "I know Dr. Psychosis is evil and all, but come on, if I lived a life like he did I'm sure I'd turn evil too."
  • Conversed: "Wow, that Mad Scientist guy sure has gone through some crap in his life."
  • Implied: Dr. Psychosis never speaks of his past, but his actions show he's fighting out of desperation, not just For the Evulz.
  • Deconstructed: Dr. Psychosis lets his past get the better of him and ultimately starts to go insane and forget what he was fighting for in the first place.
  • Reconstructed: Dr. Psychosis eventually manages to put his goals before his emotions and regains his sanity.
  • Played for Laughs: "What was that, Steel? I couldn't hear you over the sound of my troubled past."
  • Played for Drama: After the heroic Five-Man Band defeats Dr. Psychosis, they regret having had to do so.

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