Created By: DomaDoma on February 10, 2010

Bastardly Speech

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The New Era Speech is all well and dandy, but it presumes the villain has some reason to be halfway honest about things. And let's face it, it's usually for no better reason than to amuse themselves.

However, your more devious villains find it more amusing to put all their craft of eloquence into a speech that the members of the audience - but usually not the surrounding characters - know flies in the face of everything that has happened. The audience won't know whether to shake their fist in rage or their head in admiration.

A common case is that the villain has just scored a major coup, and now has to give a speech of deep sorrow and swift action regarding said coup. At other times, it'll be a masterful work of damage control, where the damage isn't so severe that they'll require a Motive Rant instead. In any case, chances are it will rally the Gullible Lemmings to their side at a vulnerable moment.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • January 23, 2010
    Okay, I'm pretty sure I need another title for this, considering the lack of response. Suggestions?
  • January 23, 2010
    I believe this is Hannibal Lecture.
  • January 24, 2010
    Not even close. The Hannibal Lecture is about the hero's psyche; this trope is about great tides of events, and contains much less that's close to the truth (though just as much that's plausible to the in-story audience).

    For clarity, Light's Hannibal Lecture comes later than his Bastardly Speech.
  • February 9, 2010
    random surfer
    It probably doesn't help that the first example listed is (arguably) a subversion, since Marc Antony is the hero of Julius Caesar. Now if you had said Brutus...
  • February 9, 2010
    I totally read Brutus as the hero. Look, it's a Shakespeare tragedy, they're constantly going into his motivations, he's the one that gets the big epitaph at the end, and he's tons more heroic than, say, Hamlet.
  • February 9, 2010
    Whoever you want to call the villain in Caesar, the only Blatant Lies in Antony's speech are about his own motivations. That's what makes it work so well.
  • February 9, 2010
    Duly noted and edited.
  • February 9, 2010
    Ooh, this is a fun one. I know I've seen this; you got it right about not knowing whether to admire the villain or hate them more. Villainous Rewrite?
  • February 11, 2010
    • Happens twice with the Joker in Batman (1989).
      • His speech on TV, where he claims that he isn't a killer and that Batman is the real villain.
      • His speech to the crowd at the parade, where he says that they should trust him because he's giving away free money and again insults Batman...just before trying to kill them with poison gas.
  • February 13, 2010
    Okay, the table is open: Bastardly Speech or Villainous Rewrite?
  • February 24, 2010
    Preparing to launch on Sunday the 28th as Bastardly Speech, because seriously, Scullery Maid was not fit to be my annual January 28 contribution to the wiki.