I see this everywhere. Basically, the anti-hero will be doing something good/trivial/civilized, while the scene repeatedly cuts to his henchmen running around doing bad things.
- A famous example of this is obviously the baptism scene in The Godfather, where Michael kills the other dons.
- Another example is Walter White in Breaking Bad, Season 5, walking around with his baby, while it keeps cutting to his hired assassins committing brutal murders in prison.
- Yet another example is Narcos, where Pablo Escobar is dancing with his wife, while his henchmen commit some murders elsewhere.
I have seen similarly-structured scenes elsewhere as well. It seems like a very predictable and cheap way for the movie to depict that the protagonist is deep because he's got this civilized side to him but simultaneously does some really evil things.
Is there a name for this trope?