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29th Apr '16 6:12:03 PM StClair
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It's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his EvilPlan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him -- completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a HiddenWire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes. They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or [[HumiliationConga line up to get their crack at him]]). Alternatively, the hero may be [[CaughtOnTape concealing a tape recorder]], and will replay the villain's words in front of authorities just when it seems as if [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin he'll get away with it all]]. Turns out that the hero has recorded the whole thing, and the proof of the villain's evilness is CaughtOnTape. Often accompanied by a priceless OhCrap from the exposed villain when he realizes what's happening, and he usually suffers from a VillainousBreakdown afterward, if he hasn't had one already (in many case, the breakdown may ''cause'' the confession). Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.

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It's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his EvilPlan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him -- completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a HiddenWire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes. They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or [[HumiliationConga line up to get their crack at him]]). Alternatively, the hero may be [[CaughtOnTape concealing a tape recorder]], recorder, and will replay the villain's words in front of authorities just when it seems as if [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin he'll get away with it all]]. Turns out that the hero has recorded the whole thing, and the proof of the villain's evilness is CaughtOnTape. Often accompanied by a priceless OhCrap from the exposed villain when he realizes what's happening, and he usually suffers from a VillainousBreakdown afterward, if he hasn't had one already (in many case, the breakdown may ''cause'' the confession). Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.
29th Apr '16 6:11:15 PM StClair
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It's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his EvilPlan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him -- completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a HiddenWire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes. They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or [[HumiliationConga line up to get their crack at him]]). Alternatively, the hero may be concealing a tape recorder, and will replay the villain's words in front of authorities just when it seems as if [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin he'll get away with it all]]. Turns out that the hero has recorded the whole thing, and the proof of the villain's evilness is CaughtOnTape. Often accompanied by a priceless OhCrap from the exposed villain when he realizes what's happening, and he usually suffers from a VillainousBreakdown afterward, if he hasn't had one already (in many case, the breakdown may ''cause'' the confession). Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.

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It's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his EvilPlan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him -- completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a HiddenWire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes. They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or [[HumiliationConga line up to get their crack at him]]). Alternatively, the hero may be [[CaughtOnTape concealing a tape recorder, recorder]], and will replay the villain's words in front of authorities just when it seems as if [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin he'll get away with it all]]. Turns out that the hero has recorded the whole thing, and the proof of the villain's evilness is CaughtOnTape. Often accompanied by a priceless OhCrap from the exposed villain when he realizes what's happening, and he usually suffers from a VillainousBreakdown afterward, if he hasn't had one already (in many case, the breakdown may ''cause'' the confession). Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.
26th Apr '16 10:30:51 PM bobwolf
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* At the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', this is how Judy and Nick take down the true BigBad -- [[spoiler: cornered by Bellwether and her goons, she shoots Nick with her [[HatePlague Night Howler]] serum gun, and as he menaces Judy, she gloats about how she'll turn the whole city against predators... at which point Nick and Judy reveal that he was faking having been affected (in fact, they'd managed to switch out the Night Howler pellets with blueberries), and Judy had [[CaughtOnTape recorded Bellwether's gloating on recorder]], just as the police arrive]].

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Officer Judy Hopps blackmails ConMan Nick Wilde into helping her investigation by tricking him into boasting about his success at raking in cash that hasn't been properly taxed and then playing it back with her novelty recorder pen. At the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', climax, this is how [[FireForgedFriends Judy and Nick Nick]] take down the true BigBad -- [[spoiler: cornered by Bellwether and her goons, she shoots Nick with her [[HatePlague Night Howler]] serum gun, and as he menaces Judy, she gloats about how she'll turn the whole city against predators... at which point Nick and Judy reveal that he was faking having been affected (in fact, they'd managed to switch out the Night Howler pellets with blueberries), and Judy had [[CaughtOnTape recorded Bellwether's gloating on recorder]], ]], just as the police arrive]].
16th Apr '16 3:17:53 PM Odacon_Spy
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* While he usually preferred the confessions one-on-one, "Series/{{Columbo}}" could turn this into an art form by tricking the killer into a confession and not even realizing it until too late.

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* While he usually preferred the confessions one-on-one, "Series/{{Columbo}}" ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' could turn this into an art form by tricking the killer into a confession and not even realizing it until too late.
16th Apr '16 3:17:18 PM Odacon_Spy
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* While he usually preferred the confessions one-on-one, "Series/Columbo" could turn this into an art form by tricking the killer into a confession and not even realizing it until too late.

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* While he usually preferred the confessions one-on-one, "Series/Columbo" "Series/{{Columbo}}" could turn this into an art form by tricking the killer into a confession and not even realizing it until too late.
12th Apr '16 12:07:07 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': The second half of Season 2 features a multi-episode arc wherein [[spoiler: Nygma]] frames Gordon for murder, in the paranoid belief that Gordon knows he murdered his girlfriend, and he has to subsequently goes on the run. When he realizes who set him up and why, Gordon puts a BatmanGambit in place to expose him: [[spoiler: he has Selina leak to the GCPD (with Nygma present) that Gordon is looking for Penguin for help finding "the body". Nygma panics and goes to dig up and move the body, only for Gordon to follow and confront him; Nygma gloats about how he set up Gordon on top of his other crimes, at which point the other cops who came along reveal themselves and arrest him.]]
5th Apr '16 6:57:00 AM DeepRed
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* [=WikiLeaks=] and Anonymous seek to be the Internet version of this. In fact, the HB Gary Federal leak is a fitting example. Edward Snowden has also ventured into this territory. In 2016, the "Panama Papers" documents that exposed tax haven activity [[http://www.wired.com/2016/04/reporters-pulled-off-panama-papers-biggest-leak-whistleblower-history/ set records for the sheer amount of data involved]].

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* [=WikiLeaks=] and Anonymous seek to be the Internet version of this. In fact, the HB Gary Federal leak is a fitting example. Edward Snowden has also ventured into this territory. In 2016, the "Panama Papers" "[[http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/en/ Panama Papers]]" documents that exposed tax haven activity [[http://www.wired.com/2016/04/reporters-pulled-off-panama-papers-biggest-leak-whistleblower-history/ set records for the sheer amount of data involved]].
5th Apr '16 6:54:57 AM DeepRed
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* [=WikiLeaks=] and Anonymous seek to be the Internet version of this. In fact, the HB Gary Federal leak is a fitting example. Edward Snowden has also ventured into this territory.

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* [=WikiLeaks=] and Anonymous seek to be the Internet version of this. In fact, the HB Gary Federal leak is a fitting example. Edward Snowden has also ventured into this territory. In 2016, the "Panama Papers" documents that exposed tax haven activity [[http://www.wired.com/2016/04/reporters-pulled-off-panama-papers-biggest-leak-whistleblower-history/ set records for the sheer amount of data involved]].



** Still in New Zealand, investigative journalist Nicky Hager's 2014 book, ''[[http://www.dirtypoliticsnz.com/ Dirty Politics]]'', was sourced from secret correspondence of a controversial blogger given to him by a suspected hacker. To Hager's supporters, he's blown the whistle on corruption and [[PropagandaMachine dirty tricks]]; to his detractors, he's a recipient of stolen property. Subverted twice however, firstly when the hacker who supplied the documents to Hager leaked further dirt on Twitter, only to go into hiding after legal threats from the controversial blogger loomed; secondly, ''Dirty Politics'' came right before a general election and was intended to influence the outcome, which didn't happen. Hager, however, [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/24/new-zealand-elections-dirty-tricks-helped-john-key-win-another-term insists in a post-election essay]] that it's [[ItHasOnlyJustBegun only the beginning]], given the pending investigations that are to be carried out.

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** Still in New Zealand, investigative journalist Nicky Hager's 2014 book, ''[[http://www.dirtypoliticsnz.com/ Dirty Politics]]'', was sourced from secret correspondence of a controversial blogger given to him by a suspected hacker. To Hager's supporters, he's blown the whistle on corruption and [[PropagandaMachine dirty tricks]]; to his detractors, he's a recipient of stolen property. Subverted twice however, firstly when the hacker who supplied the documents to Hager leaked further dirt on Twitter, only to go into hiding after legal threats from the controversial blogger loomed; secondly, ''Dirty Politics'' came right before a general election and was intended to influence the outcome, which didn't happen. Hager, however, [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/24/new-zealand-elections-dirty-tricks-helped-john-key-win-another-term insists insisted in a post-election essay]] that it's it was [[ItHasOnlyJustBegun only the beginning]], given the pending ongoing investigations that are to be being carried out.out, and his legal victory over the police detectives involved.
23rd Mar '16 6:03:58 PM MHarrington
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It's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his EvilPlan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him -- completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a HiddenWire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes. They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or [[HumiliationConga line up to get their crack at him]]). Alternatively, the hero may be concealing a tape recorder, and will replay the villain's words in front of authorities just when it seems as if [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin he'll get away with it all]]. Turns out that the hero has recorded the whole thing, and the proof of the villain's evilness is CaughtOnTape. Often accompanied by a priceless OhCrap from the exposed villain when he realizes what's happening, and he usually suffers from a VillainousBreakdown afterward, if he hasn't had one already. Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.

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It's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment: the villain, secure in his superior planning or intellect, is monologuing in exquisite detail how his EvilPlan is going to profit him by screwing over all the people who trust or depend on him -- completely and blissfully unaware that the hero or an associate has arranged a HiddenWire, PA microphone or other relay of the villain's words, which are heard with perfect clarity by a figure of authority and/or the villain's dupes. They, of course, realize just how they've been deceived and turn on him (or [[HumiliationConga line up to get their crack at him]]). Alternatively, the hero may be concealing a tape recorder, and will replay the villain's words in front of authorities just when it seems as if [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin he'll get away with it all]]. Turns out that the hero has recorded the whole thing, and the proof of the villain's evilness is CaughtOnTape. Often accompanied by a priceless OhCrap from the exposed villain when he realizes what's happening, and he usually suffers from a VillainousBreakdown afterward, if he hasn't had one already.already (in many case, the breakdown may ''cause'' the confession). Regardless, he usually gets fired from his job and/or sent to the slammer.
22nd Mar '16 2:42:00 PM eroock
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* In the pilot of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', the hero tapes the lawyer talking about her crimes when she thought they were alone.
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