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13th Apr '18 6:09:27 AM Morgenthaler
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[[quoteright:350:[[Film/BatmanReturns http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/engineered_public_confession.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[EvilGloating You sure did, buddy.]]]]



[[quoteright:350:[[Film/BatmanReturns http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/engineered_public_confession.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[EvilGloating You sure did, buddy.]]]]
10th Apr '18 2:20:12 PM DavidCowie
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* ''Film/TheShamersDaughter:'' Shamers can make people admit to the things they are ashamed of. The heroes arrange a public encounter between the villain and a shamer ... but he isn't ashamed of what he has done, so he keeps his mouth shut.
9th Apr '18 7:33:28 PM snichols1973
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* ''WesternAnimaton/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' "The Pact": Principal Brown asks Gumball to "take care" of Miss Simian's halitosis, in exchange for telling Penny about her annoying laughter. When Gumball gets detention for telling Miss Simian about her bad breath, Principal Brown reneges on his end of the deal, and Gumball haunts Principal Brown through a series of NightmareFuel hallucinations, threatening to spill the beans about Principal Brown putting him up to the task.
** Subverted when Principal Brown records Gumball's attacking the principal's office on the surveillance camera, then double subverted when Principal Brown blurts out his master plan and confesses how Gumball feels about Penny's annoying laughter as well as Miss Simian's paint-peeling halitosis, with Penny and Miss Simian walking in to hear the conversation in an awkward OhCrap moment for Gumball and Principal Brown.
7th Apr '18 2:39:20 AM RobTan
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* Subverted in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': the Gryzzl corporation starts delivering free packages to everyone in town, which all contain products related to their personal interests. This enrages the townspeople since they believe that Gryzzl, who provides internet services to the town, has been data mining their search histories and learning their personal information. Leslie arranges a public meeting with a representative from Gryzzl, hoping to trick him into admitting it in front of the citizens, only for the rep (who is a programmer and not a PR guy) to cheerfully admit everything out of the gate, excited to show off how smart his algorithm is. He genuinely doesn't get how bad what he's saying sounds until he realises how angry everyone is.

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* Subverted in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': the Gryzzl corporation starts delivering free packages to everyone in town, which all contain products related to their personal interests. This enrages the townspeople since they believe that Gryzzl, who provides internet services to the town, has been data mining their search histories and learning their personal information. Leslie arranges a public meeting with a representative from Gryzzl, hoping to trick him into admitting it in front of the citizens, only for the rep (who is a programmer and not a PR guy) to cheerfully admit everything out of the gate, excited to show off how smart his algorithm is. He genuinely doesn't get how bad that what he's saying sounds bad until he realises how angry everyone is.
5th Apr '18 12:12:56 PM MikeW
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* Literature/CliveCussler has his hero Literature/DirkPitt pull this in ''The Mediterranean Caper''. It looks like Pitt and some aides have been caught by villain Bruno von Till thanks to how one of Pitt's police allies is secretly on von Till's payroll. Held captive in an underground cavern used as a sub bay, von Till and Pitt banter where Pitt basically lays out what von Till has been up to and von Till congratulating him on how he figured it all out and adding a few more details on how he's planning to unload tons of heroin into the United States. He tells his agent to shoot Pitt...at which point, in comes Pitt's buddy, Al and a squad of soldiers and cops. It turns out Pitt was onto TheMole the whole time and sent Al for reinforcements who have been patiently waiting.

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* Literature/CliveCussler has his hero Literature/DirkPitt Literature/DirkPittAdventures pull this in ''The Mediterranean Caper''. It looks like Pitt and some aides have been caught by villain Bruno von Till thanks to how one of Pitt's police allies is secretly on von Till's payroll. Held captive in an underground cavern used as a sub bay, von Till and Pitt banter where Pitt basically lays out what von Till has been up to and von Till congratulating him on how he figured it all out and adding a few more details on how he's planning to unload tons of heroin into the United States. He tells his agent to shoot Pitt...at which point, in comes Pitt's buddy, Al and a squad of soldiers and cops. It turns out Pitt was onto TheMole the whole time and sent Al for reinforcements who have been patiently waiting.
5th Apr '18 12:11:52 PM MikeW
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* Literature/CliveCussler has his hero Literature/DirkPitt pull this in ''The Mediterranean Caper''. It looks like Pitt and some aides have been caught by villain Bruno von Till thanks to how one of Pitt's police allies is secretly on von Till's payroll. Held captive in an underground cavern used as a sub bay, von Till and Pitt banter where Pitt basically lays out what von Till has been up to and von Till congratulating him on how he figured it all out and adding a few more details on how he's planning to unload tons of heroin into the United States. He tells his agent to shoot Pitt...at which point, in comes Pitt's buddy, Al and a squad of soldiers and cops. It turns out Pitt was onto TheMole the whole time and sent Al for reinforcements who have been patiently waiting.
-->'''Pitt''': Did you get all that?
-->'''Inspector''': Every word. The acoustics here would do Carnegie Hall proud.
2nd Apr '18 10:40:59 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonaTheVampire'', the local AlphaBitch shows some GenreSavvy and checks the heroes with a metal detector (finding two tape recorders) before telling them all about the EvilPlan. Unfortunately for her, she forgot to check [[TeamPet Mona's cat]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonaTheVampire'', the local AlphaBitch shows some GenreSavvy and checks the heroes with a metal detector (finding two tape recorders) before telling them all about the EvilPlan. Unfortunately for her, she forgot to check [[TeamPet Mona's cat]].
27th Mar '18 2:18:48 PM MikeW
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** The Flash faces off against a crime boss who snaps on how he killed off some rivals himself. Right as his confession is starting, the Flash grabs him and races him across town. The guy has just finished admitting to having killed a rival when he realizes he's right in the middle of police headquarters with a half dozen cops listening.
** The Flash has been set up to look like a huge menace and attacking people. He's lured to rescue some hostages and is trapped by Abra Kadabra who does a massive speech on how he set the Flash up. At which point, the Flash easily escapes from the trap and points out the hostages are gone. Cue his captain ally and twenty cops stepping out of the shadows, the captain playing a recording of Kadabra's confession. Flash reveals he had already gotten the hostages out at super-speed and then brought the cops along before Kadabra even saw him and then acted out being "trapped", knowing Kadabra's ego would drive him to gloat.

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** The Flash faces off against a crime boss who snaps on how he killed off some rivals himself. Right as his confession is starting, the Flash grabs him and races him across town. The guy has just finished admitting to having killed a rival when he realizes he's standing right in the middle of police headquarters with a half dozen cops listening.
** The Flash has been set up to look like a huge menace and attacking people. He's lured to rescue some hostages and is trapped by Abra Kadabra who does a massive speech on how he set the Flash up. At which point, the Flash easily escapes from the trap and points out the hostages are gone. Cue his captain ally and twenty cops stepping out of the shadows, the captain playing a recording of Kadabra's confession. Flash reveals he had already gotten the hostages out at super-speed and then brought the cops along before Kadabra even saw him and enter. He then acted out being "trapped", knowing Kadabra's ego would drive him to gloat.
27th Mar '18 2:10:22 PM MikeW
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* ComicBook/TheFlash has this a few times, often during Creator/MarkWaid run on the title.
** The Flash faces off against a crime boss who snaps on how he killed off some rivals himself. Right as his confession is starting, the Flash grabs him and races him across town. The guy has just finished admitting to having killed a rival when he realizes he's right in the middle of police headquarters with a half dozen cops listening.
** The Flash has been set up to look like a huge menace and attacking people. He's lured to rescue some hostages and is trapped by Abra Kadabra who does a massive speech on how he set the Flash up. At which point, the Flash easily escapes from the trap and points out the hostages are gone. Cue his captain ally and twenty cops stepping out of the shadows, the captain playing a recording of Kadabra's confession. Flash reveals he had already gotten the hostages out at super-speed and then brought the cops along before Kadabra even saw him and then acted out being "trapped", knowing Kadabra's ego would drive him to gloat.
-->'''Flash''': That...is misdirection.
26th Mar '18 8:23:48 AM WillyFourEyes
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* ''Manga/PeachGirl'' evil mastermind Sae is tricked by [[spoiler:Kairi]] into expounding on her patented [[spoiler:WoundedGazelleGambit routine]], and how she has repeatedly made Momo look like a monster before the class. Unknown to her [[spoiler:Touji is right around the corner, and hearing her bragging finally wakes him up, and he in turn makes damn sure the class knows who and what Sae really is. The worst part was, they kind of already did, but admitted falling for an act they themselves had been victimized by before--and sadly, would again before all was done.]]

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* ''Manga/PeachGirl'' evil mastermind Sae is tricked by [[spoiler:Kairi]] into expounding on her patented [[spoiler:WoundedGazelleGambit routine]], and how she has repeatedly made Momo look like a monster before the class. Unknown to her [[spoiler:Touji is right around the corner, and hearing her bragging finally wakes him up, and he he, in turn turn, makes damn sure the class knows who and what Sae really is. The worst part was, they kind of already did, but admitted falling for an act they themselves had been victimized by before--and sadly, would again before all was done.]]



* Largely how Near manages to expose Light as Kira in ''Manga/DeathNote'', sans the tech equipment but Light's god complex ego is more then enough.

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* Largely This is largely how Near manages to expose Light as Kira in ''Manga/DeathNote'', sans the tech equipment but Light's god complex ego [[AGodAmI God complex]] is more then than enough.



* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': Miki tries this at episode 7 A, ''Peel Off the Fake Smile'', when she becomes a client of Megumiís bakery and acts like TheThingThatWouldNotLeave to make Megumi drop his façade of TheFakeCutie in front of her clients denouncing her as the BitchInSheepsClothing.

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* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': Miki tries this at in episode 7 A, 7A, ''Peel Off the Fake Smile'', when she becomes a client of Megumiís bakery and acts like TheThingThatWouldNotLeave to make Megumi drop his façade of TheFakeCutie in front of her clients denouncing her as the BitchInSheepsClothing.BitchInSheepsClothing.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Kakegurui}}'': Yumeko records IdolSinger Yumemi making disparaging remarks about her fan club, and plays the tape for all of them to hear after defeating Yumemi in the following episode. [[spoiler:Yumemi braces herself for a loud chorus of boos and ProducePelting, but her fan club is so moved by her "honesty" that they vow to continue supporting her, and even demand an encore performance right there on stage.]]
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