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  • Kronk, Yzma's lovable-lug henchman from The Emperor's New Groove is the classic example of this. This becomes especially obvious in the sequel, where he helps her under the pretense of running a legitimate business and quits when he finds out it's a sham, and the tv show where's he's very chummy with Kuzco when Yzma's not ordering him to do anything nasty to him.
  • Colonel Cutter from Antz is the more serious and competent kind of Punch Clock Villain. When sent to fetch Princess Bala, the first thing he does to get some attention is punch a hippie bug in the face. But when it comes to committing genocide, he feels that's taking it a little too far.
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  • Done in Monsters, Inc., where the monsters' sole purpose for scaring children is to use their screams to power their world.
    Sully: (to Boo) Look, I'm not gonna scare you. I'm off duty.
  • Deconstructed in Megamind when the titular Villain Protagonist finally manages to win. It becomes clear that he only took the role of bad guy because everyone expected it of him, and without The Hero to oppose, the rest of the movie is driven by his wondering what to do now.
  • In My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Captain Celaeno and her crew are stuck serving the Storm King, but their hearts aren't in it, to the point that they go from preparing to throw the ponies overboard after finding them in their ship to taking them belowdecks for lunch because this is all the time they get and they're not missing that.
  • In Shrek 2, Puss in Boots tried to kill Shrek only because Shrek's father-in-law hired Puss to kill Shrek. He has no actual malice towards Shrek and becomes his friend after he spares Puss, much to Donkey's chagrin.
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  • In Shrek the Third, none of the villains (sans Charming) are actually evil. They just act like villains because they don't feel like they have any other place in the world.


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