Has anyone ever in the history of stories asked the villain “Where’s my reward?”
And then actually gotten a reward
You think people would learn
I wanna write a story where this actually happens, now.
Like, the underling has betrayed the heroes and stuff, and then angrily demands of the Evil Overlord, “Hey, where’s my reward?!”
And the Evil Overlord just turns and glares. That glare that all underlings fear. That glare that chills one to their very core.
And the Evil Overlord starts marching towards the underling. And the underlings backs away. The Evil Overlord continues to advance, the underling continues to back away. The underling is up against the wall now. The Evil Overlord reaches into their cloak. The underling flinches - “I have made a terrible mistake” is all the they can think, for now the Evil Overlord is going to shoot them where they stand for their insolence.
The Evil Overlord whips out a piece of paper. “Here you go,” they say, now grinning happily as they press the paper into the underling’s trembling hands. “Thank-you for your service.” And then they leave to attend to the matter of disposing of the heroes.
The underling blinks, wondering what the heck just happened. They look at the piece of paper still clutched in their trembling hand.
It’s a coupon for a year’s worth of all-you-can-eat Baskin-Robbins ice-cream.