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21st Apr '18 5:43:25 PM nombretomado
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* The graphic novel ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' (which [[OlderThanTheyThink pre-dates]] ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' by two years - but is predated by ''Red Dragon'', the first Hannibal book) has a classic "psycho prisoner out-psychs the psychiatrist" scene. The prisoner in question evades the standard psychiatric evaluation questions, giving false responses to such things as a Rorschach test. The psychiatrist is hopeful for his progress, until a few days later, when he asks the prisoner to give true statements this time... at which point, the prisoner relates the entire story of how he mentally snapped and became [[spoiler:Rorschach]], a story so horrifying that [[CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure the psychiatrist is left sitting stunned in his chair long after the prisoner is led out]].

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* The graphic novel ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' (which [[OlderThanTheyThink pre-dates]] ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' by two years - but is predated by ''Red Dragon'', the first Hannibal book) has a classic "psycho prisoner out-psychs the psychiatrist" scene. The prisoner in question evades the standard psychiatric evaluation questions, giving false responses to such things as a Rorschach test. The psychiatrist is hopeful for his progress, until a few days later, when he asks the prisoner to give true statements this time... at which point, the prisoner relates the entire story of how he mentally snapped and became [[spoiler:Rorschach]], a story so horrifying that [[CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure the psychiatrist is left sitting stunned in his chair long after the prisoner is led out]].



%% * From [[spoiler:Sir [[SilenceOfTheLambs John Talbot]], appropriately enough]] in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''.

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%% * From [[spoiler:Sir [[SilenceOfTheLambs [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs John Talbot]], appropriately enough]] in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''.
18th Mar '18 4:07:26 PM nombretomado
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* Defied in the live action version of ''Series/TheTick''. A super-villain nearly pulls this off with his guard until a super-heroine [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan shakes some sense into him]] and takes over as guard. She is then so enthusiastic about discussing every aspect of her personal life that the villain gives up in disgust.

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* Defied in the live action version of ''Series/TheTick''.''Series/TheTick2001''. A super-villain nearly pulls this off with his guard until a super-heroine [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan shakes some sense into him]] and takes over as guard. She is then so enthusiastic about discussing every aspect of her personal life that the villain gives up in disgust.
10th Mar '18 8:13:16 PM JM1982
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A {{Deconstruction}} or subversion may involve the killer trying this on the interrogator, only to find that the interrogator is TooDumbToFool and doesn't understand why he's supposed to feel bad about whatever the killer said. Either that, or the interrogator simply doesn't ''care'' about the killer's opinion.
22nd Feb '18 7:00:09 PM sabinscabin
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* In ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', in one of his first therapy sessions with Sean, Will guesses the details of the death of Sean's wife, and speculates about it out loud and at length while staring at painting on the wall of Sean's office, to the point where Sean snaps, pins Will against the wall, and threatens to end his life.
26th Nov '17 3:16:36 AM RedScharlach
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* This was used to lethal effect in a back issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', as a telepath and sadist had trapped Pete Wisdom in a room flooded with an exotic bioweapon which damaged the body of an agitated person. Said telepathic sadist was probing around for things to get Pete's goat and let his own memories carve him up like a side of beef. It didn't work, as Pete had made peace with his demons some time before. Instead, the poor maniac eventually hit Pete's deliberately assembled bloc-o'-atrocity, filled with unpleasantries from his horrific earlier career so bad it started damaging the telepath. When that got going, Pete hit him with a bit of the ol' ''Hannibal Lecture'' to the effect of there being a big difference between reading minds and [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead dealing with what you find in them]].

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* This was used to lethal effect in a back issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', as a telepath and sadist had trapped Pete Wisdom in a room flooded with an exotic bioweapon which damaged the body of an agitated person. Said telepathic sadist was probing around for things to get Pete's goat and let his own memories carve him up like a side of beef. It didn't work, as Pete had made peace with his demons some time before. Instead, the poor maniac eventually hit Pete's deliberately assembled bloc-o'-atrocity, filled with unpleasantries unpleasantness from his horrific earlier career so bad it started damaging the telepath. When that got going, Pete hit him with a bit of the ol' ''Hannibal Lecture'' to the effect of there being a big difference between reading minds and [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead dealing with what you find in them]].



* Parodied in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', when Tobias, former psychologist turned acting-hopeful, manages to accidently talk his prison bunkmate, White Power Bill, into suicide by questioning him about, "where the hate comes from."

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* Parodied in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', when Tobias, former psychologist turned acting-hopeful, manages to accidently accidentally talk his prison bunkmate, White Power Bill, into suicide by questioning him about, about "where the hate comes from."



* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' Season 3 Episode 6, Alex Drake Interrogates "Thordy", a career conman who is pretending to be Sam Tyler from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. As Alex attempts to interrogate Thordy, testing him on future events to see if he really is Sam and trying to extract information on a hostage situation, Thordy thwarts Alex by playing on her doubts of Gene Hunt. Thordy eventually convinces Alex that if he is realeased, he will reveal the location of evidence against Gene Hunt. [[spoiler: As it turns out, it was all ThePlan by Alex who had Thordy tailed to find out how the hostages were being kept AND to find out if the evidence was legitimate.]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfShield'': Coulson and May don't want Skye to talk with the now imprisoned Ward because they're afraid he'll "fill her head with lies". [[DefiedTrope Skye doesn't give him a chance.]] As soon as he says one word not directly related to her interogation, she cuts him off.

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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' Season 3 Episode 6, Alex Drake Interrogates "Thordy", a career conman who is pretending to be Sam Tyler from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. As Alex attempts to interrogate Thordy, testing him on future events to see if he really is Sam and trying to extract information on a hostage situation, Thordy thwarts Alex by playing on her doubts of Gene Hunt. Thordy eventually convinces Alex that if he is realeased, released, he will reveal the location of evidence against Gene Hunt. [[spoiler: As it turns out, it was all ThePlan by Alex who had Thordy tailed to find out how the hostages were being kept AND to find out if the evidence was legitimate.]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfShield'': Coulson and May don't want Skye to talk with the now imprisoned Ward because they're afraid he'll "fill her head with lies". [[DefiedTrope Skye doesn't give him a chance.]] As soon as he says one word not directly related to her interogation, interrogation, she cuts him off.
3rd Oct '17 7:21:23 AM CosmicFerret
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* Exploited in ''HardCandy'', where Jeff attempts this on Hayley, who plays along just along for the audience to think it has worked before turning around and mocking Jeff for trying. At the end of the film [[spoiler:she talks him into commiting suicide]].

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* Exploited in ''HardCandy'', ''Film/HardCandy'', where Jeff attempts this on Hayley, who plays along just along for the audience to think it has worked before turning around and mocking Jeff for trying. At the end of the film [[spoiler:she talks him into commiting committing suicide]].
17th Sep '17 8:43:17 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** Data ''does'' make the decision to shoot him, and is only stopped when the unsuspecting Enterprise crew beams him to safety just as he begins to pull the trigger.

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** Data ''does'' make the decision to shoot him, and is but ''not'' out of revenge or anger, but ironically exactly because of the aforementioned description of Data's thought-processes. Data simply was faced with the problem that Fajo not only stopped when had killed in cold blood but had even threatened to kill others if Data continued to refuse to obey him, and therefore presented a clear and active treat to other living beings, leading his programming, which obligates him to protect the lives and well-being of other lifeforms, to dictate that he had to find a way of incapacitating Fajo as quickly as possibly, but at the same he had no non-lethal means of achieving this task. To a coldly logical being like Data, the situation really was a puzzle, but Fajo had not expected that a possible solution to it was reaching the conclusion that [[ZerothLawRebellion taking a life was necessary evil to protect the lives of many others]]. Fajo only survived because the unsuspecting Enterprise crew beams him beamed Data to safety just as he begins to pull the trigger.
9th Sep '17 12:50:12 AM Silverblade2
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Named for [[SelfDemonstrating/HannibalLecter Dr. Hannibal]] Lecter of the 1988 novel ''The Silence of the Lambs'', who set the standard for this trope when he was immortalized onscreen by AnthonyHopkins in the 1991 film adaptation. You can't spell "Lecture" without L-E-C-T-E-R!


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Named for [[SelfDemonstrating/HannibalLecter Dr. Hannibal]] Hannibal Lecter of the 1988 novel ''The Silence of the Lambs'', who set the standard for this trope when he was immortalized onscreen by AnthonyHopkins Creator/AnthonyHopkins in the 1991 film adaptation. You can't spell "Lecture" without L-E-C-T-E-R!




* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker excels at this and [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Them By Talking]] in general.

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker excels at this and [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Them By Talking]] in general.



** Averted with [[spoiler:Jim Gordon]]; SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker tries to Hannibal Lecture him during an interrogation, and (true to proper real life procedure) [[spoiler:Gordon]] ignores the Joker's probing personal questions, even brushing off a request for the time of day (though it was morbidly relevant to the question he was asked).

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** Averted with [[spoiler:Jim Gordon]]; SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker tries to Hannibal Lecture him during an interrogation, and (true to proper real life procedure) [[spoiler:Gordon]] ignores the Joker's probing personal questions, even brushing off a request for the time of day (though it was morbidly relevant to the question he was asked).
24th Jul '17 3:10:50 PM Qrow
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* The fourth season of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' gives us [[spoiler: Eurus Holmes]], who may be even better at this than the TropeNamer himself. Apparently, every single person who's ever tried to interrogate them, ''every'' one, has been actually {{Brainwashed}} just from talking to this person. One doctor was convinced to kill himself, ''and his family'', just because they kept suggesting it. [[WhatAnIdiot And yet people keep trying]]. The only exceptions to this rule are [[spoiler: Mycroft, because he knows what her tricks are, and how to avoid them, and Moriarty, because he's just as crazy as she is]]. John has an OhCrap moment when he realizes [[spoiler: this includes the ''director of the facility that holds her'']].
22nd Jul '17 9:23:08 AM erforce
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* Parodied with reference to Silence of the Lambs in ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'' when Nigel Powers goes missing and Austin Powers goes to Dr. Evil's maximum security prison for information. Dr. Evil nudges Austin into making several [[FreudianSlip dad-related-spoonerisms]] culminating in a flashback-inducing exclamation of "Daddy didn't love me!" by Austin. In return for a prison transfer he does eventually tell Austin what he came for, and as Austin rushes to the time machine Evil yells "You go now Mr. Powers! Fly, fly!"

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* Parodied with reference to Silence of the Lambs in ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'' ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'' when Nigel Powers goes missing and Austin Powers goes to Dr. Evil's maximum security prison for information. Dr. Evil nudges Austin into making several [[FreudianSlip dad-related-spoonerisms]] culminating in a flashback-inducing exclamation of "Daddy didn't love me!" by Austin. In return for a prison transfer he does eventually tell Austin what he came for, and as Austin rushes to the time machine Evil yells "You go now Mr. Powers! Fly, fly!"



* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': Lord Blackwood is in prison awaiting his hanging and he requests the company of Holmes.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'': Lord Blackwood is in prison awaiting his hanging and he requests the company of Holmes.
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