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Villains more light-hearted and less dark or evil than what is considered normal for the works in which they appear, having a comedic presence within an otherwise serious story. They are mutually exclusive from and the exact opposites of Game Changers. These villains are usually seen in TV shows as they sometimes become more nasty, depending on the episode. In particular, if a villain falls under Mischievous, Incompetents, Dimwits or Ensembles, they are likely to be part of this (e.g. Condiment King, Many versions of Harley Quinn, and Tabitha).

It is almost impossible for Big Bads or Bigger Bads to be Comic Reliefs because if a main antagonist is comical, then by default most of the other story elements will be as well and this trope cannot apply. The only exception would be if a story driven primarily by realism or dramas and inexplicably had a comical or cartoonish villain who was the only recurring antagonist but irrelevant to the rest of the plot (e.g. Aku, Dr. Nefarious and Spinel).

Comic Reliefs can and tend to have their more threatening moments (such as when their true intentions are revealed, e.g. GLaDOS, Wheatley, Cave Johnson, Iago, King K. Rool, King Dedede, Big Smoke, Fawful, Bowser, Stu Macher, Ryuk, Dr. Wily, Double Trouble, Runa Yomozuki, Handsome Jack, Preston Northwest, and Handsome Jack AI) but their comedy must be more prominent and/or remembered.

IMPORTANT: Villains who are Pure Evil can NEVER qualify because their acts are always taken seriously and/or fearsome in comparison to others. This is applicable even if they appear to be funny because their humor is usually sadistic or twisted and makes them even more threatening. (e.g. Emperor Palpatine, Bryan Fury, Ares, Cioccolata, Junko Enoshima, AM, Zhan Tiri, Yuuki Terumi, Ramsay Bolton and PAMA). Even if a Pure Evil villain does have some genuinely funny moments, their acts are still played seriously in-universe (e.g. Bill Cipher, Percival C. McLeach, Scar, Syndrome, It, NOS-4-A2, Kefka Palazzo, Dr. Facilier, most versions of the Joker, Dimentio, Mysterio, Evolt, Freddy Krueger, Chucky, XANA, Lucas Baker, the Kurgan, Hades, Rasputin and Hexxus), while a Comic Relief's humor and acts are genuinely played off to make them less threatening and can even redeem them (e.g. Cedric the Sorcerer).

Also, DO NOT add characters like these even if they are not Pure Evil and/or Game Changers:

This is for villains who appear in a serious setting and are treated comically/lighthearted in-universe.

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