Alt. Title: Needs An Audience Evil Gloating, when a villain decides to flaunt the brilliance of his Evil Plan. A villainous example of this trope probably has Pride as their Fatal Flaw. Contrast Doing It for the Art and For Science!, where any showing off is a side-effect of doing it for the sake of doing it. Frequent use of this trope is a sign of the Insufferable Genius, but they can be distinct; the Insufferable Genius loves to hear himself talk, while this character loves to hear other people talk about him, or at least stare at him in silence. When the talent in question is crime, this can overlap with The Sandiego. Compare and contrast the Attention Whore, who seeks to draw attention to themself rather than their ability, though the two can certainly overlap. Seen It a Million Times. Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples. Is This Tropeable? Rolling Updates.
- Many a comic villain, but especially the Riddler.
- The first episode of Sherlock is the Trope Namer, as Sherlock explains why the killer, a nameless taxi driver, manipulates his victims into taking a poisoned pill (thus making it look like suicide) rather than just killing them. Sherlock himself is by far the standout example.
- Dr. Gregory House sometimes lapses into this.
- This is one of the reasons that Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory puts up with his friends.
- It is implied this is why the Doctor keeps his companions around.
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