Evil Overlord Rules of Thumb

Some sensible advice, for modern evildoers.  It's surprising 
how many of these simple rules are overlooked by evilones
in TV and Hollywood land....


1    My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2       My  ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3       My noble half-brother who throne I usurped will be killed, not kept
anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.

4       Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5       The artefact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the
Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of
Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box.
6       I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing them.

7       When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-to-one and asks, "Or 
are you afraid without your armies to back you up?" My reply will be, "No,

8       When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me,
will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot

9       After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately 
in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks time during
which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10      I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely 
necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large button labelled 
"Danger: Do Not Push".

11      I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the infant who is 
destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it myself.

12      I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum -- a small hotel
well outside my borders will work just as well.

13      I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to
prove it by leaving clues in the form  of riddles or leaving my weaker
enemies alive to show they pose no threat.

14      I will not waste time making my enemies death look like an accident: I'm
not accountable to anyone and my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15      I will make it clear that I do know the meaning of the word "mercy"; I
simply choose to show none.

16      One of my advisers will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in
my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

17      All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for dead at the bottom of a
cliff. The announcement of their death, as well as any accompanying
celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18      My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying them as members 
of my organisation, nor will they be required to wear military boots or
to any other dress codes.

19      The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other
form of last request.

20      I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that
such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the
counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan in operation.

21      I will design all doomsday machines myself. If I must hire a mad
scientist to assist me, I will make sure that he is sufficiently twisted to
never regret his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he has caused.

22      I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you there's just one
thing I want to know."

23      When I employ people as advisers, I will occasionally listen to their 

-----Thanks to a fwd from envmhs@epb12.lbl.gov (Max H. Sherman)

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