When the villain tries to justify his worst actions as necessary means to some noble purpose to someone who is fully conscious of what he really does, and that someone answers him by telling him that he's not accomplishing anything greater than murder, destruction and cruelty. This someone calling the villain out could be in a position of demonstrable superiority, or one of abject impotence. Needs a Better Title, I think. This is currently lumped with Shut Up, Hannibal!, which should properly be the more aggressive and less philosophical version of this.
- Towards the end of Invisible Man, the protagonist has a Dream Sequence in which everyone who betrayed him bands together to cut off his parts with a knife and throw them into water, saying they've freed him of his illusions. He tells them that they have no higher cosmic aim than what they've done to him:
"There's your universe, and that drip-drop upon the water you hear is all the history you've made, all you're going to make."
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.