Created By: Prfnoff on December 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Prfnoff on December 26, 2011

Nothing More Than A Villain

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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."
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  • December 25, 2011
    • In The X Files episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", a serial killer asks the eponymous psychic "Why do I kill all these people?" To which the psychic simply replies "Because you are a bloodthirsty murderer", which gives the killer an eerie peace of mind.
  • December 26, 2011
    Are you sure "castrates" is the word you mean?
  • December 26, 2011
    • At the end of Death Note, Mello does this to Light; saying he's simply a Serial Killer with a powerful weapon and nothing more.
    • In Golden Eye, James Bond points out to the Big Bad that despite his professed motives of revenge against the British government for betraying his parents (Cossacks who were handed back to the Russians) his plan is little more than a glorified bank robbery.
  • December 26, 2011
    ^^It's certainly not the word used in the book, which resorts to euphemisms and vague wording at this point. I rewrote the example to add detail.
  • December 26, 2011
    Koveras, are you sure that's "Milagro"? There's a scene very like that in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose".
  • December 26, 2011
    ^ Yeah, I was unsure which episode it was, either, but after rewatching it, you are right. I will edit my post.
  • December 26, 2011
    @Bisected8: It's Near who does that, not Mello. ''You're just a crazy serial killer. Nothing more...and nothing less."