|“||I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!||„|
|~ The Wicked Witch of the West famously vowing she'll get even with Dorothy Gale for killing her sister and obtaining her Ruby Slippers.|
Like the Cry of Defeat and the Evil Laugh, the Villainous Vow is a common trope. This scenario involves the evildoer swearing that he or she will carry out an evil act. It can happen when the wrongdoer is plotting something wicked, decides to take matters into his or her own hands, or vows revenge, usually after being defeated.
A villainous vow is usually directed at the hero, the hero's relatives, etc, although the villain can make his or her vow for himself or herself.
This usually falls under these circumstances:
- The villain is being banished or imprisoned or defeated at the beginning of a story and vows he/she will one day return and finish what he/she started.
- When the villain's relative is vanquished, he vows to avenge him/her.
- The villain pulls off a Karma Houdini in the end, vowing he will return to face the hero.
- The villain's plans fail, leading him to vow that when things don't go his way he'll try and make it happen one way or another.
- The villain vows to finish what a major antagonist started, usually in a sequel.
- The villain vows to carry out his evil plans himself when his henchmen fail him.
- The villain vows he will test the limits when it comes to his evil deeds.
- The villain vows he will have the heroine for his bride.
- Dex-Starr promising to hunt down the man who killed his owner.
- The Wicked Witch vows revenge on Dorothy Gale for killing her sister and obtaining her ruby slippers.
- Ian Hawke vowing vengeance on the Chipmunks for costing him his wealth, fame and career.
- Beauty Smith vows revenge on Jack Conroy and Alex Larson for taking White Fang from him.
- Andrei Strasser vows revenge on Joet after the gorilla bites off his thumb and trigger finger.
- Biff Tannen vows that one day he will marry Lorraine.
- Kylo Ren vowing he shall finish what Darth Vader started.
- Francis Buxton vowing he will get Pee-Wee Herman's bike.
- Dr. Edward Nygma AKA the Riddler vows revenge on Bruce Wayne for rejecting his mind manipulation invention.
- Gaston LeGume vows he will have Belle for his wife after she rejects him.
- Lord Piggot-Dunceby vowing he shall go after Sir Lionel Frost after hearing that he escaped.
- Captain Gutt vows to avenge his mother's death by taking over Far Far Away.
- Rothbart vows that one day he shall get his magical power back and take over King William's kingdom as revenge for his exile.
- Ruber, after being defeated by King Arthur, vows one day he will steal Excalibur and take over Camelot.
- Don Lino vows that he will avenge his son Frankie's death and find out who the Sharkslayer is.
- Buncle becomes obsessed about obtaining Albert the Magic Pudding.
- Judge Claude Frollo vows that he will find and capture Esmeralda.
- Archibald Snatcher vows that he will "protect" Cheesebridge by destroying all the Boxtrolls in exchange for a White Hat.
- Phillium Benedict swears he will get even with Principal Prickly for costing him his job and reputation.
- Captain Gutt swears revenge on Manny for stealing his ship and he sets a course for the continent, vowing to destroy all the mammoth holds dear.
- Ursula vowing she will capture Ariel, get rid of King Triton, and take over Atlantica.
- Morgana vows that she will get her revenge on King Triton and capture Melody while escaping from Triton's guards.
- Steele promising to prevent Balto from returning to Nome at all cost--even if it means letting the sick children of Nome die.
- Lord Shen swearing revenge as he is banished by his parents for massacring the village of innocent pandas. He promises he will return one day and conquer all of China.
- Prince Charming vowing he will avenge his mother and become king of Far Far Away.
- Rumpelstiltskin vowing revenge on Shrek for unwittingly botching his plan to seize kingdom of Far Far Away (since Shrek had already rescued Fiona, he rendered Rumpel's deal pointless). Ever since, Rumpel's held a hateful grudge against the ogre and wishes he had never existed.
- Rasputin vowing vengeance as he cast a curse upon the royal Romanov Family of Russia for his exile.
- Skrawl vows he will return after Rudy Tabootie defeats him.
- Sideshow Bob angrily swears a vendetta on the Simpsons after they accidentally expose him in Italy.
- Plankton vowing he will finally obtain Mr. Krabs' secret Krabby Patty formula and rule the world.
- Zeref Dragneel vowing that he will destroy all the human kind after he was rejected and cursed by the rest of his life.
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