Created By: CaveCat on March 14, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on February 26, 2014
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Triumphant Laugh (Need hats)

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So, The Hero has won against the Big Bad in battle. The best way for him to express his victory in battle is to give off a victorious laugh, letting everyone know that he is the victor. Of course, if the Big Bad seems unharmed and beats up the protagonist, he can also do this too.

If done several times, could be their Signature Laugh. A Boisterous Bruiser will often do this.

See also Who's Laughing Now?

Compare/Contrast: Evil Laugh, Evil Gloating

Compare: Psychotic Smirk, Grin of Audacity, Unsportsmanlike Gloating, and Everybody Laughs Ending, where all of the good guys do this at the end of a story.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • In The Return Of Jafar, Genie does one when he thinks that he defeated Jafar, but Jafar emerges completely unscathed and is able to trump over Genie.
  • The Muppets: Uncle Deadly does one when he shoves Tex Richman off a building. He then says "Now THERE's a maniacal laugh for you", referring to the fact that Tex would say "Maniacal Laugh" instead of doing one.
  • Emperor Palpatine gets pretty cheerful in Return of the Jedi, but it's especially poignant during the scene in the throne room, where he watches Luke Skywalker endure the spectacle of his Alliance friends getting walloped by the Imperial fleet, until Luke succumbs to the Emperor's taunting. Luke makes a force-grab for his lightsaber, and swings at the sitting Emperor, only to have his stroke blocked by Vader's lightsaber. Palpatine just sits there chortling, confident that he's got everyone pegged, and everything is going All According to Plan.
  • Subverted in Better Off Dead: Lane Meyer's father gives a triumphant laugh when he succeeds in raising the garage door before the paperboy breaks the last remaining pane of glass, but his victory is short-lived - the whole door collapses a moment later.

Literature
  • In Mariel of Redwall, Honorary Rosemary (Hon Rosie for short) has this Evil Laugh, but is NOT one of the Villains. She does this laugh at least once in the book after a successfully repelled invasion of Red Wall.

Theatre
  • In Porgy and Bess, after Porgy kills Crown, the silence is broken by Porgy's triumphant laugh.
    "Bess, you got a man now, you got Porgy!"

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Garfield's Halloween Adventure; Garfield does one when he turns off the Binky The Clown Show on TV, but he quickly turns it back on upon hearing Binky saying something about going out to get candy, because it was Halloween.
  • While things are going his way in the first three acts of The Underdog Show, archvillain Simon Bar Sinister routinely cackles with delight. His laugh disappears in the fourth act, once Underdog figures out how to thwart Simon's machinations.

Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • March 14, 2012
    Aries
    So wait... this is when the Good Guy wins? I don't think this is tropable. Compare and Contrast Evil Laugh.
  • March 14, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^On second thought, maybe you do have a point about that. I'll change it so that the villain can do it too.
  • March 15, 2012
    tvtroper98
    The Muppets: Uncle Deadly does one when he shoves Tex Richman off a building. He then says "Now THERE's a manical laugh for you", referring to the fact that Tex would say "Maniacal Laugh" instead of doing one.
  • March 16, 2012
    wesnprogamat
    In Mariel of Redwall, Honorary Rosemary (Hon Rosie for short) has this Evil Laugh, but is NOT one of the Villains. She does this laugh at least once in the book after a successfully repelled invasion of Red Wall
  • March 16, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
    Under Anime:
  • March 19, 2012
    Koveras
    Compare Psychotic Smirk.
  • January 5, 2014
    NESBoy
    In Aladdin The Return Of Jafar, the Genie does one (he even dons a superhero costume while doing do) when he appears to have destroyed Jafar. But then Jafar responds with an Evil Laugh as he reforms.
  • January 5, 2014
    Koveras
    Now, that's what I call a "necrobump"!
  • January 5, 2014
    Snicka
    The YKTTW lives again! Victory! Ha ha ha!

    Compare Everybody Laughs Ending, where all of the good guys do this at the end of a story.
  • January 5, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    We're not allowed to use Exactly What It Says On The Tin as a laconic.
  • January 5, 2014
    DAN004
    Too close to Whos Laughing Now
  • January 7, 2014
    TooBah
    If done several times, could be their Signature Laugh.
  • January 9, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 10, 2014
    Snicka
    A Boisterous Bruiser will often do this.
  • January 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    might wanna import inversions from Evil Laugh. it has been used precisely for this since god knows when.
  • January 13, 2014
    Snicka
    As I said above, compare Everybody Laughs Ending.
  • January 26, 2014
    theTwoFacedAngel
    @Shanghai Slave and Aries I was just thinking that. It's basically an inversion of Evil Laugh and Evil Gloating
  • January 31, 2014
    Prfnoff
    • In Porgy And Bess, after Porgy kills Crown, the silence is broken by Porgy's triumphant laugh.
      "Bess, you got a man now, you got Porgy!"
  • February 1, 2014
    Green5
    Team Fortress 2 has the Schadenfreude taunt, which makes players laugh at their enemies' demise.
  • February 17, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Emperor Palpatine gets pretty cheerful in Return Of The Jedi, but it's especially poignant during the scene in the throne room, where he watches Luke Skywalker endure the spectacle of his Alliance friends getting walloped by the Imperial fleet, until Luke succumbs to the Emperor's taunting. Luke makes a force-grab for his lightsaber, and swings at the sitting Emperor, only to have his stroke blocked by Vader's lightsaber. Palpatine just sits there chortling, confident that he's got everyone pegged, and everything is going All According To Plan.

    Western Animation
    • While things are going his way in the first three acts of The Underdog Show, archvillain Simon Bar Sinister routinely cackles with delight. His laugh disappears in the fourth act, once Underdog figures out how to thwart Simon's machinations.
  • February 17, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    I'm starting to doubt if this really warrant a split. this is just Evil Laugh But More Specific towards good guys. they have no different purpose(hell, they have exactly the same meaning) and only differ in who's doing it.
  • February 20, 2014
    Snicka
    ^^ Emperor Palpatine? I thought this trope is about good guys.
  • February 20, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    I think the essence of this trope is a character, good or bad or neutral, attains a moment of triumph, and laughs about it, confident that nothing can defeat or upset them. But Fate is cruel, and something does happen to confound or countermand that character's triumph. Granted, it is mostly villains that exult at the prospect of unimpeded mastery of the Earth, but it can happen to any character. Character A has a royal flush, certain that he cannot be beaten, and bets the farm, cackling that he'll bankrupt his opponent. Then Character B points out that there's a Joker in the deck, and lays out five 9's. Closely related to Your Princess Is In Another Castle.
  • February 20, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ "character attains a moment of triumph, and laughs about it" is the definition of Evil Laugh, you know, only "evil". but given this has been a "missing sister trope" for so long and the fact that Evil Laugh is a Undead Horse Trope anyone can use to invoke "villainy" means Evil Laugh has been this for a long time.

    though it's useless to talk about this without the OP. IMO.
  • February 24, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Okay, here's an example of a Jerk Ass getting a moment of glory, then Fate smacks him down:

    Film
    • Soviet programmer Boris Grishenko emerges from the wreckage and ruin of the Cuban satellite control base in the James Bond film Goldeneye, amazed to discover that he's alive and intact. Boris chortles in triumph, and exults "I am inwincible!" Just then, some tanks of super coolant rupture behind him, freezing Boris solid in that ridiculous position.
  • February 24, 2014
    DAN004
  • February 25, 2014
    BOFH
    Film
    • Subverted in Better Off Dead: Lane Meyer's father gives a triumphant laugh when he succeeds in raising the garage door before the paperboy breaks the last remaining pane of glass, but his victory is short-lived - the whole door collapses a moment later.
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