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->''"Gentlemen! Since you are about to die anyway, I may as well tell you the entire plot."''
-->-- '''Benedict''', ''Film/LastActionHero''

Villains have an urge to [[EvilGloating gloat]]. There's something irresistible about twisting the knife that last little bit before finishing things. Rather than activate the needlessly complicated DeathTrap right away, they will pause to outline their EvilPlan to the hero and often including information on how to stop it. [[BondVillainStupidity This can give the hero the time they need to escape]], but just as often the hero will simply sit there and wait. It's rude to [[TalkToTheFist interrupt someone when they chat before trying to kill you]]. Of course, on the other hand, trying to pull this kind of speech on a PragmaticHero or an AntiHero can quite easily and even literally [[ShutUpHannibal blow up in the villain's face]].

Even those who plan to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim simply shoot their enemy]] may stop by to share details of their plans first. It seems that heroes get more information out of being interrogated than their interrogators do. Thanks to the UnspokenPlanGuarantee, this removes any chance the villain had at success... unless [[YouAreTooLate it already happened]].

Sometimes, it's all part of ThePlan. What good is {{revenge}} if they think it all was plain bad luck and don't know you're out to get them for killing your stepmother's brother's favourite cat? A character who thinks TheHero holds him in contempt may lay out the plan in hopes of getting his respect.

Heroes are only slightly less prone to such fits of GenreBlindness. They are just as ready to explain the whole game plan to a partner when the opponent stands just out of arms reach and even more eager to "make a point" about the reasons exactly why the other side has to go down. It's like proclaiming the verdict of [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner a makeshift jury]].

Many anime use this as a [[InactionSequence technique to drag out the fights]].

Dates at least as far back as the movie serials of the 1940s (especially those made by Republic).
This is, in general, an UndeadHorseTrope that's very often parodied or subverted, but just as often played straight.

When the villain falsely thinks it's Just Between You And Me, you have an EngineeredPublicConfession.

When the villain takes advantage of their solitude to tempt TheHero, it's WhatYouAreInTheDark. Contrast NiceJobFixingItVillain.

TruthInTelevision: As any prankster knows. Though not quite so much in the case of criminal or truly despicable behaviour, as guilt and/or fear of consequence usually overshadows the sadistic joy of mischief, and certainly any urge to reveal it.



* A Advertising/{{GEICO}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85SvVn3cpl0 ad]] parodying ''Franchise/JamesBond'' has a villain preparing to kill a spy with a laser. However, he first decides to get into an entire presentation of his plan, complete with slides. The GEICO narrator then explains that, as long as evil villains reveal their plans, GEICO will offer affordable insurance.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed lures Cornello into his broadcast room and tricks him into gloating about manipulating the townspeople with the microphone on.
** There's also an example where Ed shows some savvy. After Father reveals several of his plans, Ed comments something "since you've told us your plans, I assume you intended to kill us".
** A similar incident, where Lust shows that her core is actually a Philosopher's Stone, and Mustang points out that the only reason she's telling them this is that she has no intention of letting them live.
* Similar to the above example with Cornello, the eunuchs from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' announced their plans to Zero when they have the Black Knights cornered. Zero meanwhile [[EngineeredPublicConfession has Diethard record, edit and broadcast the feed]] over to China, [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating where the people immediately riot]].
* Used intelligently in ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light likes to gloat in front of his victims, but he does it discreetly and only when they are in their absolutely final moments. [[spoiler:Ray Penbar]] sees a train's sliding doors close on Light, who mouths him a farewell just before [[spoiler:Ray]]'s heart attack kills him, [[spoiler:Naomi Misora]] has Light's identity revealed to her one second before [[spoiler:the Death Note takes over her mind]], and the last thing [[spoiler:Ryuzaki]] sees in this world is Light, standing over him and wearing a SlasherSmile no-one else can see. [[spoiler:However, this pattern, though not the trope, is itself subverted when Light's final plan goes horribly wrong; the evidence against him may have been explainable if he hadn't shouted that this was his win.]]
* In ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'', Ukyo tells Kanbei, right before his planned execution, that he's planning to destroy Kanna Village and take over the world.
* Parodied ''twice'' in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', when two separate villains get the drop on our {{AntiHero}}es, only to spend so much time talking about how they've won that they don't get an actual shot off before Revy guns them down [[strike: wordlessly]] while saying "Shut the fuck up!" ''as'' she pulls the trigger. Of course, one of them had the foresight to wear a bulletproof vest...
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' often goes a bit crazy with this trope, considering the number of {{Card Carrying Villain}}s around.
** Particularly notable is that nearly every villain helpfully explains their powers for the heroes' benefit - this is eventually given a LampshadeHanging and DoubleSubversion when [[spoiler:Kalifa]] refuses to disclose her Devil Fruit's name and properties...and Nami guesses them perfectly.
** Crocodile reveals the bomb that is set to go off in Alubarna when facing Vivi in the palace, as a way of mocking her desire to save everyone. While he does try to finish her off, Luffy and Pell manage to save her, and she uses the knowledge about the bomb to find the cannon, [[spoiler:but he left out a little detail about the bomb being on a timer though]].
** Strangely enough, it's {{subverted|Trope}} by chatty villain Blackbeard, who blows off [[spoiler:Crocodile]]'s question of why he's in [[spoiler:Impel Down after just becoming a Warlords of the Sea. Maybe a factor on why it succeeds]].
** {{Lampshade H|anging}}ung for laughs with broadaxe wielder Sentoumaru, who refuses to tell anything about himself saying he's the most tight-lipped person, then promptly revealing the exact information he just said he wouldn't reveal... And excusing himself that he wanted to reveal that when called out on his slip.
* The big bad delivers a monologue to the heroes in ''Anime/SCryed'' via a remote video feed that serves to keep them in place long enough for his KillSat to get in firing position.
* In one episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' an assassin just has to tell [[ActionGirl the Major]] that she will now kill her, once she had shut down all the controls for her cybernetic body. Too bad someone sneaks in to reconnect the controls while the assassin is taking her time to make it look like an accident.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' by [[TheDragon Legato Bluesummers]]. [[BreakThemByTalking Not only does he explain his plan]], he forces it to come to fruition as well. His plan? [[spoiler:Force Vash to kill him because it would drive him to a HeroicBSOD.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' screws around with this idea. [[spoiler:Chao]] was smart enough not to gloat about the completion of her plan until [[YouAreTooLate a week after she already did it]], sending the protagonists [[TimeTravel forward in time]] to when she already won. Unfortunately for her, Negi has his own TimeMachine, so he and his squad decide to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong...
* Done all of the time in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** Among others, Barragan, Shinji, and Shunsui have all completely described their powers to their respective opponents. [[spoiler:Not quite "completely" in Shinji's case, it turns out. But Aizen's so broken it didn't matter.]]
** Shunsui [[spoiler:doesn't suffer too badly from doing this.]]
** [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Barragan is killed because of this]]
** [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot Shinji]] is beaten by [[InvincibleVillain Aizen]] [[VillainSue Sosuke]].]]
** [[spoiler:Aizen]] ''loves'' this trope. He has routinely spent as many pages as he possibly could when given the opportunity to monologue about his plans, intentions, and knowledge. If you consider [[spoiler:Aizen is a Magnificent Bastard whose plans have been going on for, at least, a century, he must have been holding his gloating for one HECK of a long time. Since he has endured Gotei 13 for so much time]], it's only fair to assume he wants payback and talk their ears out on how weak, immature or otherwise flawed they are. Not to mention his gloatings are supposed to make people enraged and throw them out of focus so they can be defeated, cue to [[spoiler:Hiyori getting cut in half by Gin.]] Case in point: during the original [[TheReveal reveal]] at the end of the Sould Society arc, Aizen spends nearly two episodes explaining his plan, and even getting interrupted by a giant punch from Komamura can't stop him.
** One should also keep in mind that Aizen might not be entirely honest the first time he gloats at you about something. Ichigo notices that one of his recent reveals and what he'd said in a previous arc didn't match up and accuses him of lying. Aizen admits to being a chronic liar, and points out that Ichigo really shouldn't assume he was telling the truth the first time around. In fact, the only folks he's generally honest with are those he considers close to equal; everything he told Kisuke Urahara, whom he admitted was actually smarter, has thus far turned out to be true.
* Invoked in ''[[Anime/MezzoForte Mezzo DSA]]'' episode 3 by Mikura, who says to a client who betrayed the DSA, "Since you're a villain, act like one and give an explanation."
* Tobi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does this at least once: such as when he explains his plan to the Kage because he needs them to know it to be able to make his move.
** Though it should be noted that he tends not to talk about some ''important'' details his plans or very vague therein. For example even though he told at Five Kage summit about what he needs Eight and Nine-Tails to complete his plan but he did not mention that him enough only a small part Tailed Beasts to finish his plan. Also though he mentioned that he was going to use MassHypnosis on the whole world with the help of the moon but he did not say ''how exactly'' he was going to do it. [[spoiler:So when he became Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki and releases WorldTree, he had a large number of shinobi who tried to stop him for feeding this tree to activate Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
** Also, in the current arc, the resurrected characters have the control of their mind and mouth but not their body (most of them anyway). This leads to weird situations where these characters try to kill their opponents while explaining them how they can be defeated and telling them to dodge their attacks.
** In chapter 578 of the manga, [[spoiler:Itachi]] explains his plan on how to beat [[spoiler:Kabuto]] right to his face. The latter is only amused.
* In the most recent arc of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' [[spoiler: Daemon Spade invokes and promptly subverts this trope when confessing to his status as TheManBehindTheMan to a kidnapped and seriously freaked out Chrome Dokuro. The confession is coupled with several requests to pull a FaceHeelTurn, and when she refuses to switch allegiances he simply decides to [[HypnotizeThePrincess hypnotize]] her and order that she not leave his side, pretty much guaranteeing that his plans won't be derailed by telling her.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** In the eighth movie, Paragus ends up exposing to the Z-fighters that he lured the heroes onto New Planet Vegeta for an elaborate trap that involved Comet Camorie [[ColonyDrop colliding with the planet]], so he could conquer Earth, as well as most of the universe, completely uncontested. However, this backfires when his son Broly ends up becoming enraged enough by Goku's presence to completely break free of Paragus' control and go berserk, and eventually taking revenge on Paragus for attempting to brainwash him.
** During the series, Piccolo [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]] after Cell drains his arm, asking to be told of his origin and goals before being fully absorbed. Cell obliges, and his narration lasts long enough for Piccolo to finish preparations to regenerate his arm, returning to full strength.
* Zigzagged in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' after Placido and the Diablo army are defeated during the Grand Prix Arc. When Jose and Lucciano finally confront the heroes and the latter group demands to know what the hell is going on, Lucciano's attitude is more-or-less "why should we tell ''you''?" However, Jose (who is usually recognized as the leader of the Three Nobles) shoots that down with one angry glare, and reacts to the question with a "no harm in letting you know" attitude and gives them a brief summary, mostly to intimidate them. (What makes this rather surreal is that [[spoiler: both, along with Placido, are all different aspects of the same being, which is not revealed until later; the disagreements they have are very much internal conflicts.]])
* Subverted in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', as [[spoiler:Albert Maverick]] has a rather good reason to go into detail about his schemes when confronted by Barnaby: [[spoiler:he's buying time for the drugs he slipped into Barnaby's drink to kick in so he can safely edit his memory. [[FakeMemories Again]]]].
* Happens so many times in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' until they get to one monologue in which Nakago actually reveals that he had anticipated every single thing the heroes did in response to his plan, and then thanks them for it.
* Done in the prelude of the Kyoto Arc in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', when Kenshin was fighting the assassin Akamatsu Arundo. Said assassin said that he would tell Kenshin who sent him - if he died. The two proceed to fight, with Kenshin appearing to be defeated. Keeping his promise, Akamatsu tells Kenshin's corpse [[spoiler: that he and [[KnightOfCerebus Saito Hajime]] were sent by [[TheSociopath Udo Jin-e's]] superiors in order to clean up after Kenshin's previous run-in with Jin-e.]] Oh, Kenshin's not dead.
* Obviously, [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Jagi]] did not read the EvilOverlordList, otherwise he would not have told Kenshiro that he was responsible for turning his best friend evil and screwing up his life.
* Befitting its [[MindScrew nature]], ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' has a truly bizarre example when Lain meets [[BigBad Masami Eiri]] face to face. What results is typical banter where the villain reveals his evil plan and the hero is horrified--except that since the two are able to read each other's minds, they are each saying what they know the other will say next. Thus, Lain is talking about [[AssimilationPlot merging everyone's consciousness over the Wired]] and [[AGodAmI becoming God]], while Eiri is protesting.

* Subverted and {{Lampshaded}} in chapter 11 of the graphic novel ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
-->[[spoiler:'''Ozymandias:''' "Do it"? Daniel, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Do you seriously think I would explain my masterstroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it [[YouAreTooLate thirty-five minutes ago]].]]
** [[spoiler:Also, the people he's talking to aren't really his enemies but former comrades, and he believes that he can convince them that he's right. He partially succeeds]].
* In ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers #11'', Doctor Doom monologues in thought bubbles while calmly threatening the heroes, and finishes the thought with "...but I'll be '''damned''' if I'm going to stand here and explain myself to '''you'''!!!"
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''ComicBook/{{Normalman}}'', as the Ultra Conservative tells normalman "I'm going to make you listen to my insidious Master Plan!" (while unrolling a Ko-Ko style "little list".) Because it's in the contract: "On capture by the Party of the First Part, the Party of the Second Part must listen to a) OriginStory or b) Master Plan." However, before we can find out what it is, Captain Everything and Sergeant Fluffy burst in shouting "You aren't going to bore the audience to death with your insipid Master Plan!"
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. [[StrawFeminist Radical misandrist Victoria]], leader of the Daughters of the Amazon, has tracked down Yorick, the last man alive, and is starting a speech about how he's going to pay for the crimes of all his gender when Yorick interrupts her with: "Geez, you Amazons don't know when to just shut up and kill a guy!"
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMaximumDinobots,'' Scorponok keeps Hot Rod alive for the sole purpose of giving one of these to stroke his ego. In fact, when Hot Rod tries to goad Scorponok into giving more information, Scorponok recognizes the attempt and then declares that ''[[GenreBlind he's going to tell Hot Rod his entire plan in great detail anyway]].''
* During his second meeting with [[PeoplePuppets Miasma]], ''Magog'' is captured and comments on how much he hates this trope. He tunes out the villain and the text is replaced with scribbles and gibberish until he starts listening again.
* Senator Roark gives one to John Hartigan in ''Comicbook/SinCity''. Unlike most versions of this trope, the Senator is getting away with it and they both know it.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler: AIQ Squared]] delivers this in the final chapter, explaining how and why Siphon was manipulated into a position where [[spoiler: she would be helpless to prevent her powers being stripped from her, killing her in the process.]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''. As Chrysalis begins to describe what will happen should the Mane 6 miss the deadline, a fillynapped Scootaloo blurts out that she's about to reveal her evil plan to the heroines. Annoyed at the interruption, Chrysalis cuts off communication.
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanEarthOne'', Tyrell tells his origin and plan to Franchise/{{Superman}}. Superman asks why he's telling him this, then Tyrell reveals he was distracting him until his {{Doomsday Device}}s could be set up and activated.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''Action Comics #319'', [[AlphaBitch Donna]] [[TheBully Storm]] frames Linda Danvers -the eponymous heroine- for stealing. When they are left alone, Linda prods Donna into confessing to framing her, which Donna does because she can't help to gloat over it.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Subverted in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. After capturing and/or disabling the four, [[spoiler: Brox]] responds to some anguished “Why?”s with “The joke is funnier if you don't know why now.”
* Subverted in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' when Haruhi got kidnapped. Even when she tried to get information from her captor he answered he was only doing his job kidnapping her so he wasn't trusted with any important info.
* Averted in the Australian FanFilm ''WebVideo/StarWarsDownunder''. The evil Darth Drongo has stolen all the beer on the planet Oradongia and is hoarding it in his fortified brewery. As beer drinking is SeriousBusiness on Oradongia, Jedi Knight Merve Bushwacker is [[INeedAFreakingDrink well and truly pissed at his inability to get pissed]].
-->'''Drongo:''' I suppose you wonder why I went and pawned all this amber fluid, eh?\\
'''Merve:''' Nope! I don't give a stuff, mate!\\
'''Drongo:''' Oh well! Then in that case, mate... ''(pulls out twin lightsabers)'' it's time for you to go to buggery!
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. [[MadScientist Dr Zarkendorf]] insists on rescuing our heroes from the zeppelin crash his HypercompetentSidekick Annika-709 has arranged for them, just so he can fulfill this trope. As Zarkendorf is monologuing away, Annika quickly loses patience and gives everyone the condensed version of their EvilPlan.
* Tobi in ''Fanfic/WindMonkBanishment'' explains to Sasuke how he was going to frame Hinata for the death of Naruto, faking his death so he could get the tailed beast secretly, and make things worse between the Hyuuga clan and Konoha by arranging a murder-suicide. He makes it pretty clear he's going to kill Sasuke, who is low on chakra and wounded from defending Naruto while he was comatose, thus unable to fight back properly. [[BigDamnHeroes Then Itachi shows up.]]
* In ''Fanfic/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoIndex'', when Terra of the Left kidnaps Kyon, Kyon asks him to explain how his powers work and his goals while they wait for his plan to go into motion. Terra egotistically agrees, saying that since Kyon doesn't have any powers nor fighting skills, there is no way he can possibly use this information to his advantage. He's right, but Kyon was counting on Kaori Kanzaki coming to rescue him. She eavesdropped on his exposition and used that knowledge to defeat him. Plus, Acqua of the Back was also eavesdropping and heard about how Terra was planning to betray God's Right Seat, so he punishes him after the battle.
* ''Fanfic/WithThisRing'': On several occasions Paul’s success was highly dependant on his enemies’ penchant for monologuing.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': When the movie's villain, Scar, has the protagonist Simba trapped on the ledge of a gorge ... instead of simply throwing him to his death, he gloats at the moment and, thinking he's finished him off and about to celebrate victory, whispers to him that he really masterminded his (Simba's) father's death. [[IdiotBall Huge mistake]] and huge aversion as Simba gains a huge SecondWind and eventually defeats Scar in a fight.
* LampshadeHanging in the film ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', where villains' penchant to elaborately explain their nefarious plans is dubbed "monologuing" by the heroes. Syndrome falls for it anyway -- which is entirely plausible; he wants Mr. Incredible to ''know'' how great he is -- but he quickly catches himself.
-->'''Syndrome:''' You sly dog, you got me monologuing! I can't believe it!
* Happens between Lewis and the Bowler Hat Guy in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' in [[spoiler:the orphanage]]: Lewis demands "What did I ever do to you?", at which point BHG tells him the story of his long and ridiculously pathetic life, and also that [[spoiler:Lewis is Cornelius Robinson]].
* Played straight and subverted in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''. The main villain Gallaxhar does decide to exposit why he essentially committed genocide against his own people and at the same time wanted to repopulate the Earth with clones of him, but he was telling her while he was hooked up to the cloning machine, which had him being sporadically muted when the machine lowers down, causing a lot of his speech to be skipped over and thus his full reasons being unknown. When the machine stops and he says that he'll kill her since he told her all she needs to know, she gives a blank confused stare.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', Boingo does this to Red Puckett by having her BoundAndGagged and then StoryboardingTheApocalypse for her with a slideshow of his criminal scheme.
* In probably the most famous example in animated films, in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' Scar has Simba hanging over a raging inferno, ready to toss him in. But Scar can't resist taunting him. "Here's ''my'' little secret: I killed Mufasa!" Of course, this revelation finally frees Simba from his lifelong (and unnecessary) guilt over his father's death, which gives him the HeroicResolve necessary to turn the tables on Scar.
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', [[spoiler: Hans tells Anna of his plan to leave her to freeze to death, and accuse Elsa of treason so she can be executed, so he can rule Arendelle with both sisters out of commission]]. What makes this even more dastardly is the fact that [[spoiler:he did this to ''speed up the curse and kill Anna faster'' by psychologically breaking her.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "Two-way Stretch Snodgrass", Mr. Conklin explains to Miss Brooks his plan to get All-American football player and high school coach Biff Mooney to work for Madison High School. Rather than first going about his plan and bragging later.
** In the [[TheMovie theatrical]] [[GrandFinale series finale]], Mr. Stone threatens to fire Mr. Conklin once Stone's elected to the new post of "Coordinator of Education". This sets up the subplot where Mr. Conklin runs against Mr. Stone to head the school board.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'': "Gentlemen! Since you are about to die anyway, I may as well tell you the entire plot.". It's a nod to the trope, which has been {{Lampshaded}} in the film twice by then as a 'Classic Movie Mistake'; the second in an IronicEcho.
* Occasionally used in the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise, though Bond often has the gist of the plan figured out already.
** Subverted in the very first Bond film, ''Film/DrNo'', though not with the BigBad or even TheDragon, but a mere EvilMinion, Dr. Dent. He says, "You might as well know, as you won't live to use the information. I'm working for—" and in a swift motion, Dent grabs his gun and aims it at Bond, who replies with one of his most famous [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One-Liners]]: "That's a Smith and Wesson, and you've had your six."
** {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', where just for once Blofeld actually has a sensible reason for keeping the captured Bond alive and explaining the plot to him: Bond's credibility will lend weight to Blofeld's threat to the United Nations.
** Subversion in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'': Auric blabs about his master plan to a bunch of goons, not Bond. Bond just so happens to be peeking in. Then Goldfinger kills the goons; however, he made sure they told their people to cooperate before he eliminated them. Then inverted, when Bond himself explains the plan to Goldfinger, and why it is doomed to fail. Initially Bond thought the plan was a heist, but when Goldfinger says it isn't, Bond realises what the true plan is, and tells Goldfinger that it's actually quite brilliant.
** Both {{Subverted}} and played straight in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.
*** You think Blofeld is going to explain his plan, but...
---->'''Film/JamesBond:''' What do you intend to do with those diamonds?\\
'''Blofeld:''' An excellent question. And one which will be hanging on the lips of the world quite soon. If I were to break the news to anyone, it would be to you first. You know that. But it's late, I'm tired, and there's so much left to do. Good night, Mr. Bond.
*** Later on, when Bond arrives at the oil rig base, Blofeld gives him the grand tour and explains his plans fully. Justified since the plan is to hold the world hostage with a KillSat for money--and he's already made his demands and threat known, and is only telling Bond what targets he might choose. Bond has already figured out how to stop it as well.
** Mild inversion in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''--the EvilPlan turns out to be ''less'' heinous (though still heinous) than what the heroes thought it was (they thought Carver was trying to start WorldWarIII ForTheEvulz and for ratings; he's ''actually'' in a BigBadDuumvirate ([[OffstageVillainy of sorts]]) aimed at installing a new Chinese government via nuking the old one and blaming it on the British, with his ally emerging as a VillainWithGoodPublicity when he takes over the country and negotiates a truce (Carver is still after ratings). Also a perfect example of how Bond movies subvert this trope--they were ''already'' trying to foil his plan before he even explained it.
** Inverted towards the end of ''Film/LicenceToKill'', with Bond revealing his reasons to the villain, Sanchez, [[spoiler:before killing him]].
** The trope is {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' when Hugo Drax says he's not going to follow it before putting Bond and the BondGirl in the usual DeathTrap. But when our heroes follow Drax up to his space station and see [[StoryboardingTheApocalypse most of what's happening anyway]], Drax helpfully provides the remaining details before ordering them ThrownOutTheAirlock. Unfortunately for him, he explains his plan right in front of Jaws, who [[HeelFaceTurn turns on him]] when he realizes that he'd have no place in Drax's world of physically perfect specimens.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. After Bond and Scaramanga finally meet, Scarmanaga shows him around his island and explains his operation, concentrating on the solar energy collection setup.
* In ''Film/FiveGravesToCairo'', the captive British officers egg Rommel into explaining his Cunning Plan as involuntary double agent Bramble eavesdrops. He finally catches on and snaps "I offered you twenty questions, that was twenty-one!"
* ''Film/{{Memento}}'': People are quite fond of telling Lenny exactly what they're going to do, and exactly how they've manipulated him - but since Lenny has retrograde-amnesia, [[JustifiedTrope they're secure in the knowledge that he invariably forgets everything five minutes later]]. If the film were put in chronological order, what we'd see is a guy getting repeatedly and blatantly screwed over by ''everyone'' he meets, [[spoiler: including himself]]. It does backfire rather spectacularly on one person, though, when [[spoiler: Teddy pisses Lenny off so badly that he steers himself and his murdurous vengeance right towards Teddy.]]
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', the villain taunts the heroes in this way, but then [[DefiedTrope defies it]].
-->"I've seen enough Bond movies to know that you never give away '''all''' your secret plans, no matter how close you are to success."
* At the end of ''Film/TheCrow'', crime lord Top Dollar gives the avenging Eric Draven the speech after he [[InTheBack impales him through the back]]. He admits that he's ultimately responsible for the death of Eric and his girlfriend Shelley, and expresses admiration for what he considered a WorthyOpponent. As he gets ready to slit Eric's throat, Eric gives back what Top Dollar's owed - the combined memories of 30 hours of pain as Eric lay dying from his wounds.
* Possible first subversion was in the film ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'': Tuco is surprised while in the tub by an old rival, who starts talking about how his revenge is at hand. Tuco, unimpressed, shoots the rival, then notes "When you have to shoot: ''shoot'', don't talk," before finishing him off GangstaStyle.
* A slightly over-wordy homage to this moment appears in ''Film/VanHelsing'':
-->'''Aleera:''' Anna, my love. It is your blood that shall keep me beautiful. What do you think of that?\\
'''Anna Valerious:''' ''[drives a stake through her chest]'' I think if you're going to kill somebody, kill them! Don't stand around talking about it!
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', Khan has badly damaged the ''Enterprise'' using the commandeered USS ''Reliant'', but rather than finish off the ''Enterprise'', he hails them to tell Kirk and company that he was the attacker. However, he tries to make Kirk surrender information about Project Genesis, which gives Kirk the opportunity [[AppliedPhlebotinum to lower Reliant's shields]] and strike back.
** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'': One of the villains' allies has cornered Kirk and [=McCoy=] and is about to kill them. Kirk tries asking him who the mastermind behind TheConspiracy actually is. The conspirator simply cannot help himself and starts to reveal it, but Kirk and [=McCoy=] are beamed to safety by Spock before they get to hear a word of it.
--->'''Jailer:''' Since you're all going to die anyway, why not tell you? {{His name is}}--\\
''(Kirk and [=McCoy=] beam away)''\\
'''Kirk:''' No! No! Of all the-- son of a-- Couldn't you have waited two seconds? He was just about to explain the whole thing!\\
'''Chekov:''' You want to go back?\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' Absolutely not!
** Played with in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. [[spoiler: Khan waits until Kirk has been all but fully beamed off the ''Vengeance'' before revealing he is going to destroy the ''Enterprise'']].
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/IronMan1'', [[spoiler:Obadiah Stane gets to do this with Tony Stark. He paralyzes Tony with a sonic device which has effects lasting 15 minutes, and proceeds to remove the arc generator from his chest, gloating all the way. The flaw in this plan is that Stane doesn't know there is an old generator Tony can use, but due to the temporary paralysis, it comes much closer to working than similar gloating plans.]] This is also an interesting variation in that the gloating didn't actually harm the villain's plans... He had to tip his hand [[spoiler:to get the generator, which was after all ''attached'' to our hero]], anyway.
** Exploited with Black Widow's interrogation style in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. She fakes being a [[DistressedDamsel helpless]] and/or [[FragileFlower emotional]] [[TheChick damsel]] until the villain lets his guard down and spills the beans. Then [[GlacierWaif she shows him his error]].
** Played with in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. The villain uses this to distract Cap and Black Widow from [[spoiler:the bunker-busting missile heading straight for their heads.]]
** Subverted in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' in the shipyard scene.
--->'''Tony Stark:''' What's the vibranium for?\\
'''Ultron:''' I'm glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan.\\
''[blasts Stark]''
*** Although Ultron's not above [[spoiler:capturing Black Widow]] and keeping her alive for a spot of EvilGloating, alluding to his plan to [[spoiler:rip Sokovia out of the ground and use it for a ColonyDrop.]] Justified--he wants someone to know how brilliant he's being, since his AI's at least partially based on [[Film/IronMan an infamous narcissist.]]
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': the heroes find a phonograph that the villain had planted on the Nautilus revealing all of his plan up to that point, but as a twist, there is a high-pitched noise also on the record that only Mr. Hyde can hear, which is the trigger mechanism for several bombs that were also planted aboard the sub by TheMole ([[spoiler:Dorian Gray]]). He reveals this at the end of the recording right before they start going off. Of course they still live.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Palpatine gleefully explains his trap to Luke... But there ''isn't'' anything Luke can do and the Rebels fall into it. And not only that, Palpatine's gloating is not just for fun, he needs to get Luke angry, upset, and hating him for the Dark Side to kick in.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Dooku has Obi-Wan imprisoned and tells him the truth: Darth Sidious is in control of the Republic. Not only does this ''not'' backfire, it actually ''helps'' the Sith. By telling the Jedi this, they start investigating Republic senators and Sidious latches on to this to create tension between the Jedi and Republic, ultimately allowing him to declare them traitors. [[XanatosGambit If they did nothing, Sidious continues his plan unbothered so he wins either way.]]
* Spoofed in ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid'', where the PrivateDetective argues over his right to give TheSummation versus the BigBad's right to his JustBetweenYouAndMe speech. They start alternating their speech, eventually revealing the whole scheme in unison.
* Spoofed in ''Film/SkyHigh2005''. [[spoiler:Gwen, after outlining her EvilPlan to turn all of the superheroes into infants and then raise them again as villains, then tells The Commander (who has been turned into an infant, and who she is cradling in her arms) that this is the best villainous speech she's ever given, and it's too bad that he can't understand a word she's saying.]]
* ''Film/{{Damnatus}}'': G'guor [[spoiler:''does'' kill Nira half way through his EvilGloating. Not to be put off, he continues monologuing to the spirit stone she was carrying.]]
* Inverted in ''Film/MinorityReport'' when [[spoiler:Anderton explains Burgess' plot to him (and the audience) at the end of the film after Burgess has fully enacted his plot. Anderton's actions cause Burgess to commit suicide]].
* Inverted in the 1994 ''Film/StreetFighter'' film where it's the heroes who scupper their plans by revealing it to the villains. Chun Li, Honda and Balrog have M Bison and Sagat in a tent together which they plan to blow up with a lorry loaded with dynamite. However, they leave a video behind to gloat to the villains which of course gives Bison and Sagat time to escape.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/CatsAndDogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore''. The eponymous cat outlines her evil plan to the captive heroes, pointing out that she needs to do something to kill the time until her satellite moves into position.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', the "rich version" of Biff tells Marty the details of how he acquired [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin Gray's Sports Almanac]] — a surprising piece of candor until he pulls out his gun.
* In ''Film/TrueLies'' Harry does this while bound to a chair, and under the effect of truth serum, just as Samir prepares to inject him with him poison. So they don't take him seriously until he demonstrates his abillity to do what he promised.
* The Operative does this in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', but he makes sure to paralyze his victims first so that he can kill them immediately after his speech.
* Clove is about to kill Katniss in ''{{Film/The Hunger Games}}'' but gloats about how [[spoiler: her pack killed Rue]] for too long. [[spoiler: She gets killed by Thresh.]]
* {{Lampshaded}} and partially subverted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. While Duke is being taken in for Viper conversion, he tries to grill [=McCullen=] on his master plan. [=McCullen=] sees through the attempt and indulges him anyway, but leaves the critical detail out to avoid spoiling the surprise. Though Duke does indeed foil the part of the plan [=McCullen=] told him about, [[spoiler:Zartan disguised as the President would go on to kill off most of the Joes in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', including Duke]].
* Played with in ''Film/{{Shooter}}''. When Swagger confronts Sandor, the villain's plan ''has already'' happened. Instead, Sandor explains what they did, why they did it, and the role Swagger played in it. Also justified, in that a heavily armed kill team was coming and Sandor had to delay him until they got there. Swagger would've known if he was lying, so he had to tell the truth.
* Subverted in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. Valentine realizes the danger of the trope, and decides to just execute [[spoiler:Harry]] instead. However, since their conversation was recorded, Arthur notes to Eggsy that there was enough to help the authorities deal with Valentine properly. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Arthur has been turned, too]].
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Titus tells Caine his plan [[spoiler:before throwing him out the airlock. Like most EvilGloating, it backfires]].
* In ''Film/Robocop1987'', OCP executive [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dick Jones]] tells [=RoboCop=], "I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now, it's time to erase that mistake.", before summoning the ED-209 and a SWAT team to destroy him. What makes this particularly stupid on his part is he knows that [=RoboCop=] is capable of recording everything he says (he even bitches out Boddicker for telling [=RoboCop=] about his involvement in the first place). This bites him back hard in the end, when [=Robocop=] reports to the OCP board of executives [[EngineeredPublicConfession to replay the statement]].
* In ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' Robin arrives at Poison Ivy's lair, and after flirting, Ivy agrees to tell him what she and Mr.Freeze are planning in exchange for [[KissOfDeath a kiss]] for (bad) luck. [[spoiler:Subverted because Robin wore a rubber lip and managed to survive Ivy's signature kiss and escaped with the information, albeit after also surviving Ivy trying to drown him.]]

* Subverted in ''Literature/DragonBones'': Ward reveals that once, on a hunting trip where he was alone with his father, his father got drunk and bragged about having killed Ward's grandfather (his father) with an arrow to the back, which was disguised as a hunting accident. Ward was savvy enough to pretend to not have understood it, but still suspects that this incident might have something to do with his father's excessive physical violence towards him.
* During the climaxes to the first 6 books, ''Literature/HarryPotter''[==]'s main strategy was to make the villains talk, as a way to buy some time and think of a way to get the hell out. In the final book, his plan is to keep talking himself, to both try and get the big bad to step down after realising he is well and truly screwed either way, and to tell everyone why the big bad is screwed, and if he is killed they can just mass kill him.
** Dumbledore gets [[spoiler: Malfoy]] to explain how he [[spoiler: got Death Eaters into the school]] at the end of book six. He then points out how this just proves [[spoiler: Malfoy]] isn't actually going to go through with it - if he wanted Dumbledore dead, he wouldn't stop to chat.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Commander Vimes muses about how it's better to be at the mercy of an evil man: "The evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to ''know'' you're going to die. So they'll talk. [[EvilGloating They'll gloat.]] ... A good man will kill you with hardly a word."
** First {{Lampshaded}}, then {{inverted|Trope}} in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'':
--->'''Wolfgang:''' What ''is'' it you want me to say, Your Grace? Something like "you are going to die anyway so I might as well tell you", perhaps?\\
'''Vimes:''' Well, it'd be a help.\\
'''Wolfgang:''' You ''are'' going to die anyway. Why don't ''you'' tell ''me''?
** In the ''[[UniverseCompendium Discworld Companion]]'' it explains that Evil Harry Dread, a rather unsuccessful dark lord does this, often to the point of including slides and maps.
* Used slightly oddly in the novel ''Literature/TheCityOfDreamingBooks''. The villain just seems to enjoy giving this speech, even when it's completely unwarranted. In fact, many of his victims point out that they never would have known he even ''had'' an EvilPlan, had he not told them about it in great detail before disposing of them.
* In ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', Doctor Impossible repeatedly struggles against this urge, remembering his last defeat:
-->Last time I told them everything, giving it away like a fool, how I was going to do it, how escape was impossible. And they just listened, smirking.
* Subverted in Creator/JamesPHogan's story ''The Assassin''. The title character is sent to liquidate a scientist who had defected from his side, succeeds, but is then captured. [[spoiler:His interrogators then introduce him to his "deceased" target, who has developed technology to duplicate people. Since they can duplicate the prisoner as many times as necessary from their original scan, thereby [[ResetButton starting over from square one]], they can simply try ''every'' interrogation strategy... including honest explanation and persuasion.]]
* Played straight and {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''' novel ''Duty Calls'', where Cain meets with the Inquistor that's been trying to kill him through the whole book. The Inquisitor waits until he thinks Cain is on his side before revealing the whole plan. The LampshadeHanging comes from the villain's name, Ernst Savros Killian, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain ''Film/JamesBond'' villain.
* Subverted in R. A. 's ''[[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Homeland]].'' Alton [=DeVir=] asks the Faceless Master why he is about to kill him. The Faceless Master refuses, because "You broke my mirror!"...even though Alton only broke it while running from the Faceless Master after the Faceless Master first attempts the assassination. Alton reflects that that doesn't make any sense before [[spoiler:the Faceless Master's apprentice shoots him from behind.]]
* DoubleSubverted in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheVorGame''. The BigBad decides to reveal her plan to Miles before sending him away to attend to some business for her. Some time later, Miles decides that she couldn't possibly have told him her actual plan for the moment and uses this (and the [[XanatosSpeedChess two]] other plans she's thought of, told to people, and discarded) to deduce her current plan. Then he decided that plan is too obvious and goes with the second option. Yes, it dissolves in a GambitPileup. How did you guess?
* During the fifth ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book, Harry tries to bait Nicodemus into doing this, to no avail. Later, he remarks to Susan that he must've read the EvilOverlordList.
* ''Literature/BlackIris:'' The climax. Laney keeps her victim at gunpoint to explain her evil plan, so he'll know who destroyed him, and why. A rare case that doesn't suffer from BondVillainStupidity, as she's already completed the scheme. All she has to do is stand back and watch him fall apart.
* Completely inverted in ''ForgottenRealms'' novel ''Silverfall'', when one AffablyEvil foe inadvertently convinced [[LadyOfWar Storm Silverhand]] to spare his life ''after'' his [[GracefulLoser surrender]] was answered [[TheSlowWalk only by one raised eyebrow]]. By asking one right question. Well, by asking and then clarifying it:
-->There's just one thing I'd like to know before I die. How did you know?\\
Know about ''what''?\\
[[spoiler:That I write the [[RomanceNovel Heartsteel books]]]].
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[spoiler:Hawkfrost]] does this at the end of ''Sunset''. His plan wasn't particularly complicated, but before trying the strike the killing blow, he felt the need to tell Brambleclaw that he was just testing him. And of course, after [[spoiler:Brambleclaw impales him]], he remembers something else important and says a little extra as he bleeds to death.
* ''The Berlin Memorandum'' by [[Creator/EllestonTrevor Adam Hall]]. The neo-Nazi BigBad not only explains his master plan to British spy Literature/{{Quiller}}, he is so confident in its success that he ''lets Quiller go''. Subverted however in that a) the master plan is bogus anyway, and b) it's actually a NiceJobGuidingUsHero gambit -- the Nazis hope Quiller will contact his base in an attempt to avert the plan, thereby exposing its location to them.
* The villains in the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series have a habit of doing this.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Alex when he says that one of the downsides of being a criminal is that you can't tell people about your crimes
* {{Lampshaded}} near the end of Creator/EmmaBull's ''[[Literature/{{Bordertown}} Finder]]'':
-->'''Orient:''' This is-this is the part of the movie where the villain tells the hero everything, because he's going to kill him anyway. Except that I can't think of any more questions.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''[[Literature/TheFirstLaw Best Served Cold]]'' where Cosca asks Victus why men with a crossbow tend to gloat instead of simply firing.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', Kevin -- after numerous attempts to kill Roger and his friends -- demands that Roger explain something he did in his counterattack, becase [[ItsAllAboutMe Roger owes him after all the damage he did to him]].
* Spoofed in ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' by Creator/CharlesStross, in which the BigBad (who's deliberately following supervillain tropes) explains his evil plan to the hero via [=PowerPoint=]! The Horror!
* In [[Literature/ArtemisFowl Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident]], Foaly manages to record this on [[ChekhovsGun Artemis's laptop]], saving the day.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Subverted because Nemo never shares the evil part of his EvilPlan with Aronnax, [[AntiVillain just because he is ashamed of it]]. However, Nemo is constantly sharing all the information about the Nautilus and his scientific investigations about the Sea with TheProfessor Aronnax, not because he will kill him, but because Nemo pretends that [[GildedCage Aronnax will never abandon the Nautilus]].
-->''Is it indiscreet to ask how you discovered this tunnel?"''\\
''"Sir," the captain answered me, "there can be no secrets between men who will never leave each other."''\\
''I ignored this innuendo and waited for Captain Nemo's explanation.''
* In Creator/JulietMarillier 's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'', the villain has the heroine in his power and planning to burn her as a witch. He takes to visiting her in her cell to gloat. As he is convinced she really cannot talk, he lets slip some things he might otherwise not have divulged. Of course, when she does regain her voice, she tells his nephew (and his enemy) all about it.
* [[spoiler: The Sphinx]] does this in the final book in ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}},'' after having Seth in his clutches, he actually tells him that his victory is so assured, he'd like to have one honest conversation with one of his respected nemeses. He then goes on to explain in detail his origins, his source of power (and weaknesses thereof) and all the other things that usually pertain to this trope. He then has Seth sent to his dungeon, and, for the most part, doesn't really suffer any consequences from this particular discussion.
* Becomes a plot point in the third book of ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', when the BigBad, a certified EldritchAbomination, manifests to the heroine for no other reason than to gloat, but she can't figure out what he's getting out of it. [[spoiler: She then realizes that it's just to satisfy his ego- leading her to the correct conclusion that he's on some level human and fallible]].
* Partially subverted in L. Neil Smith's The Venus Belt. "I'd already had the cliche' interview with the head villain, and I still didn't know what the hell was going on."
* Deliberately {{Lampshaded}} (along with much else) in Creator/JohnMFord's ''Literature/HowMuchForJustThePlanet''. The (phony) villain's {{Card Carrying Villain}}y prompts a running commentary from Aperokei ("A man of your taste would never kill anyone before the last reel"), receiving the pleased response "There's the fellow! I knew a man of your experience had to have seen a few Republic serials."
* In the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''Choosers of the Slain'' a rapist and murderer does this to a would-be victim, not knowing that she's wired.
* Subverted in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Planet of the Dead''. The villain boasts that he's found a way to [[ArtificialZombie bring the dead back to life]], arranged for one way to be used on himself [[BackFromTheDead after he got killed]], and can use the other ways to make [[NightOfTheLivingMooks tireless undead minions]]. He plans to kill and reanimate the heroes, who will [[AndIMustScream retain some vestige of their minds]]. But he refuses to tell them how the zombies would be defeated, or to name the one who commissioned his efforts in the first place.
-->''"Don't insult my intelligence, Doctor Hoole! I may like to gloat over my victims, but do you think I would reveal a secret that important, even to the doomed? My employer wouldn't look kindly on that. And I don't intend to be killed a second time."''
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''. Humbert tries to get Quilty to sit down and listen to why he's being "executed", but Quilty is too high on drugs to really comprehend what's happening. He ends up staggering about the house complaining mildly each time Humbert shoots him.
* ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'', the supervillain Destructor would always do this to his captives. The main villain of the story says he's not going to make the same mistake... and then goes and does it anyway.
* An interesting variant happens in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. The Marquis de Carabas knows [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Croup and Vandemar]] will never spill any information on their employer or plans unless they know he's about to die, or is already dead. So he lets them kill him. Knowing that he secretly put [[SoulJar a piece of his life]] in safe hands, just in case.
* Hadanelith in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar The White Gryphon]]'' does this after having Amberdrake and Skandranon captive. Skan {{Lampshades}} this in the beginning by asking, "Good gods, does every half-baked villain have to boast about what he’s going to do before he does it? Can’t you just kill us so we don’t have to endure your boring speech?” Hadanelith retorts that he wants them to know everything so that they can suffer in not being able to thwart his plan. Skan and Amberdrake then proceed to feign boredom instead of interest to keep Hadanelith talking.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', this is endemic amongst mystic practitioners, who, in addition to all being afflicted with CannotTellALie, gain power by making and fulfilling promises. A good villainous monologue is essentially just a promise to the audience that something is going to happen, which means that many practitioners will take the time to inform an opponent that, by the way, they're going to attack them soon, and then go ahead with the attack and gain power when they succeed. Generally speaking, these sorts of opponents, who often have large reservoirs of power thanks to these tactics, are at least as dangerous as the ones that decide to go with WhyDontYouJustShootHim.
* Most of the villains in ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' avoid this, but one villain, Rasmas, plays it straight and to the hilt. When he captures the heroes, they try to keep him talking to buy themselves time to escape, but ''they don't need to'' because he's so desperate to brag about how brilliant his plan is.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** Averted in ''Literature/DeathIsForever''. The BigBad feels obliged to "fill in the blanks" of the events prior to their meeting for Bond before moving out and leaving him to be killed, but refuses to reveal the machinations of his main operation when questioned about it. Luckily, an offhand comment that Bond remembers hearing from a henchman sets him on the trail of the grand EvilPlan.
** Also averted in ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen''. Much like in the previous example, the BigBad is willing to explain the details behind [[spoiler:him faking his death and motivation to destroy Hong Kong]], but refuses to tell where he is going to [[spoiler:detonate the nuclear bomb]] for that purpose.
* ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'': Vader is agreeable to answering his WorthyOpponent's questions, but at least waits until Shryne is [[spoiler:already dying]] before he reveals his and Sidious's true identities, as well as the truth of the war and Order 66.
* Explored in ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'', with regard to Melisande Shahrizai. For her, it's really all about the scheming, manipulation, and {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry--and she is '''very''' good at it. Delaunay is a similarly-skilled schemer, though significantly more heroic, and Phèdre--the heroine of the series--is his protégée. The two of them are the only people Melisande believes might fully appreciate the cleverness of her plots. To her, the game is more important than the outcome, and playing well is more important than winning. She wants someone to admire her skill. And so for this reason, she sometimes divulges small portions of information regarding to her schemes to Delaunay, and later, to Phèdre.
-->'''Phèdre''': ''[to Delaunay about her recent encounter with Melisande]'' Every artist craves an audience, my lord, and she has chosen you. Whatever is to occur, it is her desire that you know she is its architect.
* ''Literature/HereticalEdge'': Charmeine has the brilliant idea to stop and tell Flick her entire plan after capturing her, and then make Flick watch her carry out the rest on a magical TV equivalent, despite knowing full well that some unknown force or actor has been thwarting everything else she's tried to do to Flick. [[spoiler: As might be expected, Flick breaks free right after Charmeine heads off to carry out the rest of the plot.]]
* ''[[Literature/TheHouseWithAClockInItsWalls The Letter, the Witch and the Ring]]'': Gert Bigger goes on an extended rant to Rose Rita, who she has locked in a paralysis/death spell. Rose Rita is freed from the spell by the unexpected side-effects of a SummoningRitual which Gert then performs. By the time Rose Rita recovers, Gert is gone, having (probably) fallen victim to the Ritual's LiteralGenie target.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "Two-way Stretch Snodgrass", Mr. Conklin explains to Miss Brooks his plan to get All-American football player and high school coach Biff Mooney to work for Madison High School. Rather than first going about his plan and bragging later.
** In the [[TheMovie theatrical]] [[GrandFinale series finale]], Mr. Stone threatens to fire Mr. Conklin once Stone's elected to the new post of "Coordinator of Education". This sets up the subplot where Mr. Conklin runs against Mr. Stone to head the school board.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Nicely {{Lampshaded}} the episode "Utopia", where [[spoiler:the newly regenerated Master]] says to The Doctor: "Why don't we stop and have a nice little chat while I tell you all my plans and you can work out a way to stop me, [[{{NOT}} I]] ''[[{{NOT}} don't]]'' [[{{NOT}} think!]]"
** He goes and does exactly that with [[spoiler: the Time Lords]] in "The End of Time Part 2". He definitely knew by that point that it's a bad idea to tell your [[spoiler:nemesis]] your plan, and yet he tells it to [[spoiler:the President of the Time Lords]], a man with near godlike technology at his disposal.
** This of course happens in a great deal of Doctor Who serials, both Classic & Nu-Who, but a notable subversion is in ''City of Death'':
--->''(upon finding six Mona Lisas hidden behind a wall)''\\
'''The Doctor:''' May I ask where you got these?\\
'''Count Scarlioni:''' No.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Or how you knew they were here?\\
'''Count Scarlioni:''' No.\\
'''The Doctor:''' They've been walled up a long time?\\
'''Count Scarlioni:''' Yes.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I like concise answers!\\
'''Count Scarlioni:''' Good.
** This gets brought up again in ''The Robots of Death'':
--->'''The Doctor:''' I see. You're one of those boring maniacs who's going to gloat. Are you going to tell me your plan for running the universe?\\
'''Taren Capel:''' Oh, no, Doctor. I'm going to burn out your brain. Very very slowly.
::: Of course he spills the beans about his plan a few minutes later, but it's still a good line.
** The Doctor tries to deliberately -- not to mention directly -- invoke this in "The Vampires of Venice" when surrounded by said vampires:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Tell me the whole plan!\\
''[The vampires simply hiss at him]''\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''One'' day that'll work...
** Parodied in "The Lodger" when Craig, the ordinary guy the Doctor is lodging with, begins to tell the Doctor all his fairly modest ideas for how the call centre he works at can streamline effectively and what he wants to do with his life out of the blue, before realizing out loud that he's telling all of this to a complete stranger. Obviously referring to the countless maniacs who like to monologue at him, the Doctor assures him that he's not the first.
---> '''The Doctor:''' I've got one of those faces. People never stop blurting out their plans when I'm around.
* The demons in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' have a bad habit of doing this. Meg, Tammi, even Azazel have given up easy victories this way. Other monsters' modus operandi tend to be exposited in other ways, from arcane research.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Dean in "Devil's Trap" with, "Listen, you mind just getting this over with, huh? Cause I really can't stand the monologuing." This turns out to be a slight mistake [[spoiler: when his organs start to, y'know, liquefy]].
** Surprisingly averted when new BigBad Lilith has both heroes helpless. Sam tries to bargain with her; she points out he has nothing she wants, and Dean tries to prompt a bit of monologuing. "So, is this your big plan, huh? Drag me to hell. Kill Sam. And then what? Become queen bitch?" Lilith simply replies "I don't have to answer to puppy chow," and [[spoiler:sets the hellhounds on him, killing him]] before immediately [[spoiler: attempting to kill Sam. It didn't work, but not for want of trying at least, and it wasn't until the next season we actually found out what her plan is]]
** [[NotSoDifferent The angels, especially Zachariah, enjoy monologuing as well,]] which is how Dean discovers the identity of the [[LoadBearingBoss final seal]] before [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Sam breaks it.]]
* LampshadeHanging in ''Series/SledgeHammer'': when an assassin has Sledge tied to a DeathTrap, he tells him how he intends to kill the captain. Sledge responds by saying, "I'll never understand why you guys explain your whole plan before you kill somebody."
* Subverted in the ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "Dummy." The murderer makes a full confession while the heroes are wrapped in body bags and locked inside a car, so they can't actually hear a word of what he's saying.
* {{Lampshaded}} in a ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' episode.
-->'''Daniel:''' Why are you telling me this?\\
'''Cindy:''' Because it's funny. And because you won't remember it.
* In both the [[Series/{{Neverwhere}} miniseries]] and novel ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' the villain [[spoiler:Islington]] explains his plan to the heroes. This partly justified, as he believes his plan cannot be stopped, and he genuinely wants to convince the heroes to join him. The page quote is from the DVD commentary.
* "Series/{{Chuck}} Versus the Ring Part II:"
-->'''Chuck:''' (the '''good guy''' to the main villain) I'm sorry, are you asking me to make the classic villain mistake of explaining my dastardly plot to you? You know what, I'd love to.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Little Green Men", ''[[PluckyMiddie Nog]]'' of all people unleashes a classic -- albeit [[BlatantLies entirely invented]] -- rant of this form in order to distract his [[RoswellThatEndsWell Korean War-era military interrogators]], complete with several instances of "I might as well tell you this because it won't matter anyway."
** In the Season 7 opener "Image in the Sand," Sisko is attacked by a Bajoran religious fanatic, who says "You will never find the Orb of the Emissary!" Immediately after, Jake knocks the assassin out and calls for medical attention.
* In ''Loyalty'', one of the later HoratioHornblower TV films, Hornblower and his men taken prisoner after a [[TheMole traitor]] on their ship hands them over to the French. Hornblower is invited to [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine dinner]], where the traitor reveals that he is neither the only traitor nor even the biggest traitor in Admiral Pellew's squadron. Hornblower notes that it would be cruel to send him to his death without even telling him who the traitor is. Of course, [[spoiler: TheMole simply agrees that it would be cruel, before [[SubvertedTrope sending Hornblower back to his cell.]]]]
* Like everything that ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' makes fun of, this trope is one of the "flags of defeat", i.e. a sign the MonsterOfTheWeek gives when he's ready to be destroyed. Nobuo and Hiroyo are the only ones who can recognize them, so when he has a HeroicBSOD in episode 2 and Mizuki and Yumeria have to fight alone, they are nearly "killed" due to their inability to recognize this particular flag.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Stoke Me a Clipper", some random Nazi villains try to do this to Ace Rimmer[[note]]([[PhraseCatcher what a guy!]])[[/note]]; one orders the other one to "Take him into the hold, take ten minutes to explain all our plans to him, and then throw him out of the plane."
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar tells Alejandro that he plans on using Maya as a toy after he gets her to harness her plague power. It's justified in this case, as he is perfectly aware that Alejandro won't understand a thing he says anyways, as Alejandro does not speak nor understand English.
* ''Series/TheMiddleMan'':
** Weaponised by the heroes.
--->'''The Middleman:''' I confront him, get him off on the monologue, you go around...\\
'''Wendy Watson:''' ...switch off the machine while he's distracted?\\
'''The Middleman:''' Dang skippy.
** Subverted when the villain doesn't monologue. He's not intentionally defying the trope, he just doesn't do it. The heroes are completely flummoxed by this revelation, and Wendy accidentally gets thrown into an alternate dimension because they had no backup plan.
* The murderer in the 4th episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' wasn't ''planning'' on doing this to Sherlock after he gloated to her that he'd caught her out - she was ''going'' to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]] - but Sherlock goaded her into it, to give himself time to pick his handcuffs. "I'm about to die, so, now's your chance to share! It's good to share!"
* ''Series/TheAvengers''. In "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station" the villain handcuffs Steed to a pipe so he can explain his EvilPlan with the help of a model train set.
-->'''Villain:''' I had you brought here to witness the final phase.\\
'''[[QuintessentialBritishGentleman Steed]]:''' That's very decent of you.\\
'''Villain:''' It's for me really, verging on megalomania you might say. But a coup is not a coup without someone to see.\\
'''Steed:''' ''(indicating cuffs)'' Excuse me if I don't applaud.
* Averted in the final episode of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica}}'' ("Daybreak"):
-->'''Cylon:''' You should know... your ship's been destroyed. You can't go back that way.\\
'''Athena:''' Yeah, well, that's not the plan.\\
'''Starbuck:''' Could we ''please'' not tell her the plan?
* ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' subverts this. Captured by the villains, Dirk and Todd try to piece together what the hell is going on. When the BigBad arrives, Dirk notes that ''now'' they'll finally get some answers. Instead, the befuddled BigBad unleashes a barrage of frantic questions at the pair, having no better idea of what's going on then they do.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Diamondback and his thugs take Councilman Damon Boone and a couple of innocents hostage inside a club. When Diamondback relates to Boone his entire backstory and his true past regarding Luke Cage, Boone asks him he is telling him all of this. [[spoiler:Diamondback proceeds to immediately kill him with his powered glove because he told him just about enough to not let him live beyond that point and to use his death to incriminate Luke]].
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler" had Col. Flagg trying to get Dr. Freedman to go with his side on the case of the pilot who claims he's Christ. Else, Flagg will have Freedman turned in for not signing his loyalty oath.
-->'''Freedman:''' Well, just between the two of us '''''and any microphone I might be talking into''''', do you really think that if I were a communist I'd hesitate for a second to sign a loyalty oath?
* ''Series/{{Frontier}}'': After spending several days torturing Declan Harp to death for his rebellion, Lord Benton decides to gloat about having his wife and son murdered to "teach him a lesson", including a salient detail that Harp didn't know yet: his wife was pregnant.

* And in ''Radio/BleakExpectations''
-->'''Mr Gently Benevolent''': I'm not falling for that old "You ask me, I tell you, you foil my plan" trick again.\\
'''Pip Bin''': Just give me a hint?\\
'''Mr Gently Benevolent''': Oh, all right.
* Parodied in ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'', when the eponymous professor is captured by the evil Klench.
-->'''Nebulous:''' Surely you're going to outline your brilliant plan?\\
'''Dr. Klench:''' Why should I? The information's no use to you.\\
'''Nebulous:''' To... satisfy my curiosity?\\
'''Dr. Klench:''' It's irrelevant. Any minute now you're going to be a dead body.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s Spy archetype has the unique schtick of spending a Fortune point to get a reluctant or hostile {{NPC}} to tell them something they shouldn't, and it's best used when captured to get a villain to engage in a Just Between You And Me speech. Also, ''Seed of the New Flesh'', the Architects sourcebook, has a Criminal Mastermind archetype that has "Slave to the Cheese" as their unique weakness -- which not only requires you to make this kind of speech to enemies you capture or nonlethally defeat, but also precludes [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just shooting your foes]] (as well as forcing you to prevent others from doing the same) in favor of elaborate deathtraps and other Bond villain-style ways of toying with your prey.
* : ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' the adventure [[spoiler: Ausonian Stalker]]: in Tales of the Ether has the player characters captured by the sadistic German doctor who then proceeds to explain his plans ending, predictably, with an Evil Laugh.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' RPG, the section on villains actually outlines this in game terms: villains get a Karma bonus for telling the heroes their plans.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', an [[DarkMessiah Infernal Exalt]] who has offended his or her demonic masters can atone by behaving like a CardCarryingVillain. One method is called "Infernal Genius Declaration," and involves showing off to a captured and helpless enemy by delivering a monologue describing his or her evil plan in great detail. The Infernal will receive this atonement, incidentally, whether this monologue leads to their plans being thwarted or not.
* ''TabletopGame/CarWars''. ''Autoduel Quarterly'' magazine Volume 7 #2, adventure "Mutant Zone". If the {{PC}}s are captured they're taken to Blob, the mutants' leader, who explains his plans to use braintape technology to put the mutants' minds into the brains of human beings.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' adventure ''The Coriolis Effect''. After the Black Enchantress captures the heroes and takes away their powers she explains her plans to them.
* ''Danger International''. The Investigation Script has "Enemy Tells You His Plan" as a standard practice for the scenario's villain if the {{PC}}s are captured.
* ''TabletopGame/TimeLord'', the 1990s ''Series/DoctorWho'' role-playing game, gave villains a negative skill called "Gloating", which would compel them to waste time monologuing if they had captured the Doctor and/or a companion.
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Of course a game about mad scientists was going to have plenty of these (called Diatribes in-game). This time, however, it's justified: When your inventions run on madness, indulging a little gives you a bit more to work with.
* In "James Ernest's Totally Renamed Spy Game" (originally named "Before I Kill You, Mister Bond" before [[ScrewedByTheLawyers MGM's lawyers objected]]), players get points for capturing and eliminating enemy agents -- each round of taunting before the kill increases the point value, but also increases the risk that the agent will escape and destroy your [[SupervillainLair fortress]].
* ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' has the black card "But before I kill you, Mr. Bond, I must show you _____.", invoking this trope.

* ''Theatre/PokemonLive'' defies this. Delia wants to avoid this trope, so she tells Ash about her past before Giovanni can.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Defied in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' when you confront Lord Crump. Instead of telling you his plans, he replies "Oh no, that's a novice villain mistake!"
** A very similar moment occurs in ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Dual Strike'' (which was made by Intelligent Systems, the same people who made ''Thousand Year Door''). When questioned about Black Hole's recovery, TeenGenius Lash responds: "Duh! Like I'd tell you that!"
* Parodied several times in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', the titular villain explains his RubeGoldbergDevice {{Deathtrap}} in minute detail, and then takes some time to allow Guybrush to ask questions in case he needs clarifications. In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', after capturing the hero, [=LeChuck=] ''insists'' on explaining the plot. Eventually Guybrush has to hold his hands to his ears and tell [=LeChuck=] he's deliberately ignoring him in order to get him to stop.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', where the heroes, while sneaking through the Magitek Factory, overhear Kefka rambling about his desire to awaken the Warring Triad statues, but Kefka still seems to succeed in that plan, even though the heroes overheard him.
*** The fact that the heroes, at the time, had no idea what he was talking about may be a factor in that. They don't learn what the Warring Triad is until it's already too late.
** Don Corneo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' comes to mind. Is it because he's ready to die? Sure of victory? Or just clueless? Guess.
*** [[spoiler:However short-lived it was, Corneo's "victory" was that he got [[IdiotHero Cloud]] to stop walking away to answer the stupid question. Had he (Cloud, that is) just kept on walking, he could have gotten to Sector 7 in much better shape than he did, not to mention much sooner.]]
** Barthandelus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' does this just before sending you to a training ground.
*** However, Barthandelus is a [[ConsummateLiar pathological liar]], and thus it's debatable just how much of what he says is just a way of manipulating the party and how much of what he says concerns his ''actual'' plans.
* This happens in ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG]]'' twice, although both times it was just a distraction while the villain in question was preparing his method of attack. During the BigBad's monologue, one of your crew members will hang a {{Lampshade}}.
* Done by Liquid Ocelot to Old Snake before their [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome final duel]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', though one could say that it's perfectly legitimate for him to do so because (1) [[MindScrew he's Ocelot]] and (2) his [[spoiler:true]] plan had already succeeded.
** Done all the time in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series. Liquid and Solidus in particular seem to love doing this. It was toned down a few notches in part 3 and most of part 4, but it still takes up lots of time, especially considering [[ParrotExposition Snake's tendency to ask for clarification]].
*** The book In the Darkness of Shadow Moses implies that the above part about Liquid was actually a subversion, as they were actually fully aware that they were being listened in on, but deliberately continued talking about their "plans" in order to keep the mission control fooled.
** In Portable Ops, Lt. Cunningham, after Snake boarded the elevator, explained that he was actually working for the Department of Defense and not for either Gene or for the CIA, and explained that the DOD planned on having Gene launch a nuke at the Soviet Union in order to tarnish the CIA's reputation as an efficient intelligence group, and later nuke the San Hieronymo Peninsula to eliminate any involvement from America, even using a Soviet-made Davy Crockett just for good measure, and exposits the fact that Snake was also being used by the DOD. Justified in that he did actually think Snake would side with Cunningham (hence why he told him), which Snake proved him wrong by attacking him.
** Double subverted in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid with Ocelot (albeit retroactively): After the second torture session with Snake, he exposits that his "true" plan was to restore Mother Russia to former glory. However, in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2, he makes it clear that he actually has no interest in resurrecting Russia to its former glory, and in fact, for all he cares, it could rot, even demonstrating it by betraying and gunning down Gurlukovich. However, the third torture session has him admitting that he actually plans on reigniting conflict, feeling that the lack of it is causing people's true feelings to be surpressed, was played completely straight, especially when you take into account his actions as Liquid Ocelot in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4.
*** Ocelot's loyalty was actually subverted in the first game's [[TheStinger post-credits dialogue]], when it's revealed he was reporting to [[spoiler: the President of the United States]].
* Parodied in one of the bonus scenes from ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64'': The Second Attack, where the BigBad, after reviewing his plans aloud with no one else in the room, comments "It's not much fun making speeches about my plans without an audience..." After a pause he followed this up with maniacal laughter (which he happens to [[VerbalTic end almost every sentence with]]).
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' had a particularly bad example. Saddler's plan revolves around kidnapping The PresidentsDaughter, infecting her with the Virus, having her rescued, and then have her take control of the United States from within. And he goes and tells her rescuer the entire plan as she's being rescued. Smart move, villain.
** [[LetsPlay The Dark Id]] had a field day with that one.
* Used in several games of the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'', though often it's because the villains tend to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s or KnightTemplar who feel the need to claim the moral high ground; some even hope to [[WeCanRuleTogether to recruit the heroes]] using such a speech. Ironically enough, it's averted in [[spoiler:''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'']] where the villain never reveals his plan until he's dying -- and if he'd taken five minutes to explain his motivation it probably ''would'' have helped convince the party that the villain isn't the monster he was made out to be.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
** [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], at the end of the main quest, gives you an opportunity to question his plans and motives before the final one-on-one duel. He'll even ask you questions about your motives, and one option is to tell him that you don't think you're TheChosenOne, but you plan to defeat him anyway because it's the right thing to do. [[WorthyOpponent This is the only response which he'll actually praise with no qualifications]].
** At the end of the ''Tribunal'' expansion, [[spoiler:the PhysicalGod Almalexia explains to the PlayerCharacter how she convinced him/her that another god, Sotha Sil had gone insane and tried to attack the capital city of Mournhold, while it was all in fact orchestrated by her so that she could kill the other two gods of the Tribunal, turn the player into an unwilling martyr, and rule as the sole remaining god herself.]] [[spoiler: Her]] reasons for doing so seems to be twofold: one, [[spoiler: she used to be the possibly loyal, possibly not wife of Nerevar, and is convinced you are his reincarnation]], and two, [[spoiler: her grip on reality is not the best anymore]]. [[spoiler: her]] defence, there's really no damage done by it -- [[spoiler: Almalexia]] had to tip [[spoiler: her]] hand ''anyway'', since the next step of the plan is killing you. Since you'd presumably defend yourself either way, the monologuing doesn't give you any hint about how to stop the evil plan that self-preservation wouldn't already point to.
* An interesting one in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'': The Dark Voice will eventually conquer the Universe and destroy the Zerg, Protoss and Terrans. Only when the LastStand of the Protoss has played its last trump card (Artanis) will the Dark Voice reveal that the only one that could have stopped it was [[spoiler: Kerrigan]], who was long dead by that point. The twist? [[spoiler: The Overmind saw all this in a vision, and shared it with Tassadar, who passed it to Zeratul, who showed it to James Raynor, allowing a different future to occur and possibly foiling the Dark Voice]]. While the Dark Voice did wait until he was utterly sure of victory to reveal his one weakness, even that isn't enough in a Universe with creatures that can see the future.
* Can happen in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' near the end of the Omerta quest line, with one of the mob bosses. On the other hand, it takes a pretty high Speech skill to get him to talk, so it might be a subversion.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', new villain Ghirahim is very chatty every time you meet him. He [[LampshadeHanging hangs a Lampshade on it]] by saying he has an urge to vent, and even goes as far as [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits giving you pointers on sword fighting]] in your first battle with him.
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' {{Lampshades}} this trope near the end, when Manny finally confronts the BigBad Hector... only to subvert it in a rather horrifying way.
-->'''Manny:''' Is [[ThisIsThePartWhere this where you tell me all about your secret plan]], Hector? How you stole Double N tickets from innocent souls, pretended to sell them but secretly hoarded them all to yourself in a desperate attempt to get out of the Land of the Dead?\\
'''Hector:''' No. (''turns around and shoots Manny with a sproutella dart'') This is where you writhe around in excruciating pain for about an hour because that idiot Bowlsley ran off with all the fast-acting Sproutella!
* Subverted in ''Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall''. As [[spoiler:Amsel is about to be gunned down by Audran he starts a recording and tries to get an explanation out of him, only to be shot dead by Audran mid sentence.]]
* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'': Your ancestor actually weaponizes this one against the Gibbering Prophet (back when he wasn't gibbering). Since every assassination attempt had failed, and he ''still'' kept rousing the townsfolk against him for reasons even he didn't fully understand (all the Prophet knew was there was something horrible under the Manor), he decided he might as well show him ''exactly'' what horrible things he had in store, and let him have a direct look at the dug-up portal. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation It got him dealt with, alright]].
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'': Defied by Jon Irenicus. The only answer an inquisitive player gets is "No. You warrant no villain's exposition from me." The only way to figure out his plans and methods are to puzzle together scraps of notes and journals, and even ''then'' there are significant pieces missing.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Almost a description of the trope itself in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' {{machinima}} movie ''Machinima/TalesOfThePast 3'', when [[spoiler: Arthas]] and [[spoiler: Blazer]] speak on top of dragon sculptures :
-->[[spoiler:'''Arthas:''' ''Let me tell you a little secret, Blazer. The sword you're wielding is a key -- using it, you would be able to not only undo the summoning but you might also be able to release the soul of your dear friend, Yimo.'']]\\
[[spoiler:'''Blazer]]:''' ''(pauses)'' Why should I believe you?\\
[[spoiler:'''Arthas]]:''' ''I [[VillainsNeverLie never lie]]. I'm simply telling you because there is no way you can defeat me... And I would love watching you die in agony, realizing that you failed them all... again.''
* At the end of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', BigBad [[spoiler:Lear Dunham]] spells out, in detail, his motives and the origins of his big plan to the heroes. [[spoiler:The whole point of him telling them (and of their involvement in the plot at all) was so they would be inspired by his vision and join him as his chief apostles.]]
* Averted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', with [[TookALevelInBadass Tucker]] backed up on the edge of a temple with nowhere to go and [[BigBad C.T.]] pointing a gun at him. Tucker asks who sent him here. C.T. says he'll never know.
** Felix of the Chorus Trilogy, on the other hand, isn't so smart. A total dick, he loves to indulge in EvilGloating if he thinks he can get away with it. The first time he explains to the Reds and Blues on his and Locus' plans to kill the people of Chorus by PlayingBothSides in the civil war, this gives Agent Carolina time to move into position to help. The second time, Tucker's helmet camera is recording, and Church transmits the entire monologue and derails the evil scheme solid.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': In the flashback in "Over and Under", the Overlord of Evil explains his EvilPlan in clear earshot of all the heroes. Dylan even notes this.
--> '''Dylan''': This guy is planning to warp ALL OF EXISTINCE?! And why the hell is he boasting about all of this right in front of us?!
--> '''Kai''': Because he knows there isn't a damn thing we can do to stop him.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0205.html In this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' Khrima's GenreBlind stumbling right into this trope is {{Lampshaded}} by Karn.
* Once more, ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' gives us simple step by step guidelines to this practice, including how to deal with the rude assassin when he's already escaped your trap and has a gun pointed at Kitty.
* Used and {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0329.html this]] ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' strip.
* General Gray in the ''Webcomic/JumpLeads'' issue ''Who Wants to Rule the World?'' averts this, despite being an otherwise textbook case of ContractualGenreBlindness. After all, "before I kill you, let me tell you my plan" only works if you have any actual intention of killing the person you're talking to.
* [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=10227 Parodied]] in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', when MadScientist Helen gets another scientist's henchman to explain ''her own plan'' to her as a stalling tactic.
-->'''Helen:''' There is no one on the side of Evil this tactic doesn't work on.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Nale parodies this trope by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0383.html explaining his Evil Plan to himself]].
--->'''Nale:''' Whew, OK. Hopefully that got my natural urge to digress into a complete explanation of my evil plan out of my system. I don't want to go all "Bond villain" and forget to finish the job.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0420.html Roy tells Belkar]] how they plan to cheat the system by negotiating the latter's crime down from murder to manslaughter, then accepting a deal which would knock 5 years off the four year minimum sentence... right next to Hinjo (who's a nice guy, but also LawfulGood) who promptly hands down a stiffer sentence so Belkar can't weasel out of his punishment.
--->'''Hinjo:''' Belkar Bitterleaf, for the crime of voluntary manslaughter , I sentence you to to spend a term in prison equal to... 6 years.\\
'''Belkar:''' What!?\\
'''Hinjo:''' Yeah, well you probably shouldn't have discussed how you plan to beat the system in front of the guy charged with upholding the system.
** The black dragon mother [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0628.html explains her plan for revenge upon Vaarsuvius]]. Explaining the plan is, in fact, part of the plan.
** [[BigBad Xykon]] gives Vaarsuvius a [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0657.html outlining the wizard's core mistake]] in how [[AmbiguousGender s/he]] approached their earlier battle. Naturally, Vaarsuvius ''learns'' from what Xykon has to say and takes corrective action.
** Elan's father later gives one to Elan. He explains every detail of how his plan is going to go, including his own death (that is, the father's death, not Elan's). Explaining ThePlan gives him the better result because of a GoMadFromTheRevelation effect.
** Redcloak gives it a shot [[spoiler:when Tsukiko figures out part of his plan. Then he takes control of her undead servants and has them kill and eat her, then each other. And that's why you don't mess with Redcloak]].
--->[[spoiler:'''Tsuriko]]:''' That... that doesn't help Xykon at all.\\
'''Redcloak:''' [[ILied Yes, I know. That's why I've kept it from him for more than 30 years.]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0875.html Malack explains his plan to Durkon out of respect.]] Too bad TalkingIsAFreeAction was ''not'' in play.
* Hilariously subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', where [[spoiler:gate-cloned]] captain Tagon and Brad are captured by the Gatekeepers, interrogated, and are about to be executed. Tagon tries to stall the Gatekeeper by asking him if he's going to reveal his nefarious plans, but the Gatekeeper points out how silly a mistake that would be, and then [[spoiler:kills both of them]]. He even refuses to tell the ''narrator'' any details, saying he's under [[NoFourthWall standing orders not to reveal any secrets to the narrator]].
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Torg [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=991001 plays on Dr. Steve's]] ContractualGenreBlindness to invoke this trope.
-->'''Dr. Steve:''' I've decided to just shoot you and get this over with.\\
'''Torg:''' But wait, don't you want to reveal your master plan to me?\\
'''Dr. Steve:''' No.\\
'''Torg:''' If you were a ''real'' villain, you'd tell me your master plan before killing me.\\
'''Dr. Steve:''' Hmmmm...\\
'''Torg:''' After you tell me your master plan, you can strap me to a table and cut me in half with a laser.\\
'''Dr. Steve:''' How about I tie you to a chair and blind you with a pen light?\\
'''Torg:''' Deal!\\
'''Dr. Steve:''' Let's do it!
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Tip activates this reflex by [[http://skin-horse.com/2012/with-the/ deliberately not asking what the plan is]].
* In ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' Daisy Couture is surprised that Wonderella expects her to just tell her her plans for the death ray. She asks if Wonderella's other villains just tell her their plans, to which Wonderella replies that they don't ''shut up'' about those plans.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Moxie}}'', the character Clover goes into great length [[http://www.moxiecomic.com/comic/pg44/ explaining herself]] to Mari.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Nergal the God of War confronts the heroes in the Ruined Kingdom and reveals how he was responsible for [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone bringing them together]] by guiding the events along and explains how he'll be using their actions to spark a conflict which will lead to an all-out war. That too is all part of the plan to make the heroes so angry at the revelation that they'll go on to oppose him and thus help fuel the war.
* Item #7 on the EvilOverlordList advises to act as a NoNonsenseNemesis and [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim simply shoot]] one's adversary when in position to do so, rather than take unnecessary risks.
* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Doctor Horrible]] taunts a frozen Captain Hammer, as well as his captive audience... [[TheMusical in song]]!
** Not to mention that Captain Hammer gloated to Horrible an act earlier that he was going to sleep with Penny just to piss Horrible off.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jao77MSC1ck This]] review of ''VideoGame/{{Genetos}}'' ends with a subversion, or rather, [[TheReveal reveals]] that the entire review was a subversion. One review actually reviews the game while the other [[CloudCuckooLander spouts nonsense]] the entire time, at the end it's discovered that his nonsense dialogue was being scrambled, and that actually he was revealing a master plan.
** And no, he won't be repeating it now that the scrambler's off.
* The villain in ''Literature/GreekNinja'' does this with Sasha (he also hits on her, but that's unrelated).
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', having outmaneuvered [[spoiler:[[DiabolicalMastermind Coil]]]], Tattletale is more than willing to explain to him precisely how she had outmaneuvered him before [[spoiler:Skitter shoots him in the head.]] Amusingly, she only got the opportunity to do this because [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] got him to monologue about his own plans and how ''he'' had outmaneuvered ''them.''
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Devil'', Shya-Amon has Critic helpless on the floor, but decides to talk at him instead of doing his usual talent-bending MindRape.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck,'' Negaduck explains in minute detail just how each DeathTrap will kill its Justice Duck victim when he throws... the ''Switch''!.
** {{Lampshaded}} and subverted in another episode, where DW tries to goad The Chameleon into telling him her scheme, to which she responds, "What? ''Reveal my plan?'' [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs What do you think this is, a cheap cartoon?]]"
* Spoofed in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'', where thanks to Homer, Bond loses his card game bet against Ernst Stavro Blofeld. As he's being carried off by the henchmen Bond exclaims, "That's impossible. I don't lose. I never lose! Well, at least tell me your plans for world domination!" Blofeld replies, "Oh no, I'm not falling for that one again."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had one of these in the episode And Then There Were Fewer, where [[spoiler:Lois discovers that Diane Simmons was the killer of [[NotQuiteDead James Woods]], Stephanie, [[KilledOffForReal Muriel Goldman]], Derek Wilcox, and Priscilla while blaming Tom Tucker for the crimes. Diane decides to explain to her that it was all part of her plan to take revenge on James and Tom for breaking up with her and costing her her job respectively.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': In the movie ''A Sitch In Time,'' Future Shego has victory in the palm of her hand... until Dr. Drakken ([[DemotedToDragon now her sidekick]]) talks her into gloating. Listing all the times Drakken himself has lost because of his own monologuing would cause this page to collapse under its own weight.
** In one particular episode, this happened to Drakken ''three times'' in [[FailureMontage a montage sequence]] that lasted maybe a minute, tops. The last time, Kim and Ron manage to escape before Drakken could get as far as "And so, Kim Possible, you must watch as I-- GAH!!!"
** In the first episode, Shego had convinced Drakken not to gloat while carrying out the mission. Good girl.
** At one point, Drakken even delivers a visual presentation to Kim on how he intends to [[DeathTrap dispose of her]].
** Senor Senior, Sr., having taken up supervillainy as a hobby fit for an EccentricMillionaire, adheres to ContractualGenreBlindness and considers this to be good form.
** Kim's high school rival Bonnie is [[ChainedHeat attached to her]] in "Bonding" and interrupts Professor Dementor's ranting to ask why he doesn't just get on with his plan. Annoyed, both Dementor and Kim tell her that that's the way these things are done.
* Expositional villains are part of the ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' routine. Once having made their full appearance in an episode, they explain their motives and their, typically revenge-driven, plans, then put the Spies into convoluted Bond villain's traps to give them time to escape and kick their asses for the last time. In episode 8 of season 3, titled "Morphing Is Sooo 1987", however, Tim Scam, a recurring villain just subverts the genre out of the blue by saying, "Save your breath, I'm ''not'' going to explain it."
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has this happening between ''two villains''. Starscream has Megatron cornered and helpless, but being something of a LargeHam, he of course takes time to gloat. Bumblebee then bursts in, scoring a direct hit on Starscream with his stingers... which does nothing. He then goes berserk, mostly concerned that, as he put it:
-->'''Starscream:''' ''You interrupted my '''SPEECH'''!''
* This is likely Sneekly's greatest flaw in ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''. It seems he has an ''obsession'' with explaining every little detail of every DeathTrap to her, which either gives her information she needs to escape from it or gives her - or the Ant Hill Mob - time to do so. (And he never learned.)
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' also played with this in the episode "Dark Designs", where an attempt to brainwash GentleGiant Rhinox into a Predacon goes off without a hitch... then [[FromBadToWorse goes straight to the Pit]]. When the evil Rhinox has Megatron backed into a corner, he starts up with this, to which Megatron responds: "Sometimes Predacons '''gloat''' too much!"
* From an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'': "They never just kill ya. There's always a lecture."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' featured a villain in one episode who was ''contractually obligated'' to do this sort of thing.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Tak: The Hideous New Girl," where Tak explains part one of her plan to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to Zim and then ''immediately'' enacts it. When she tries to explain the rest of the plan however, Zim, [[WontTakeYesForAnAnswer being Zim]], [[OverlyLongGag repeatedly]] interrupts her with screaming until a frustrated Tak simply leaves.
** And in a later episode:
--->'''Zim:''' I'm infecting this city with genetically enhanced vermin. But you'll never know!\\
'''Dib:''' But... you just told me.\\
'''Zim:''' YOU'RE LYING!
** In "Room With a Moose" Zim admits that he's telling Dib his evil plan because he's the [[WorthyOpponent only human smart enough to appreciate it]]. Plus it involved a flight through space, so they had time to kill anyway. It was still enough for Dib to thwart it, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'': [[VainSorceress Lydia]], after capturing Liana, takes the time to explain exactly how she tricked her because she knows that Liana took off the necklace that [[DeflectorShields warded off]] her [[{{Brainwashed}} mind-control spell]].
* Dr. Zin to Dr. Quest in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episodes "The Robot Spy" and "The Fraudulent Volcano". Justified in the former when Dr. Zin notes that he thinks showing off his robot does no harm considering that his enemies will not be able to stop it leaving. When the Robot makes a break for it, Quest, Race Bannon and staff of the military base learn that their enemy wasn't bluffing as they are stymied for a way to bring the machine down.
* Constantly parodied {{Subverted|Trope}}, {{Inverted|Trope}} and {{Lampshaded}} OnceAnEpisode in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' when Perry the Platypus is captured by Dr. Doofenshmirtz in his lair. Sometimes Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz act as good friends, though Perry never fails to thwart the villain anyway. The EvilGloating thing seems to be part of the Secret Agent[=/=]Evil Scientist contract. Doofensmirtz even says that since Perry's his nemesis, he has to tell him everything. Sometimes with visual presentations, pop-up books or musical numbers [[SummonBackupDancers complete with backing dancers]].
* Exploited in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' crossover episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', where Brainiac explains his plans to Static and Gear to distract them until his robot can attack them from behind.
* Used repeatedly -- and {{Lampshaded}} at least once -- in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'':
-->'''Chairface Chippendale:''' ''(with the Tick, Arthur and American Maid at his mercy)'' Ah, [[ThisIsThePartWhere this must be the part where]] I reveal my sinister plot!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "The Saboteurs". The {{villain}} "The Chief" tells Comicbook/LoisLane and Clark Kent his plan after he captures them.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', a {{mook}} comes up with a plan to become an AscendedExtra. When he captures the heroes by sheer luck, he decides to get back to his master plan. Upon seeing the Storm Hawks' eager faces, he adds, "Which I ''won't'' discuss in front of ''you''!"
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Jihad". After Charr is revealed as TheMole, he reveals his plan to start a holy war between his people, the Skorr, and the rest of the galaxy.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]], Fugate left a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat speech where he outlines his Evil Plan (the DeathTrap) to Batman ''including information on how to stop it exactly when Batman needs to hear it''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "La Petite Tourette", Cartman explains his master plan to Kyle while dressed in a purple bathrobe and serving him Scotch...well, actually apple juice. Basically, he behaves like a Bond villain.
* ''Young Samson & Goliath'' episode "The Terrible Doctor Desto". After the title villain captures Samson he gives him a demonstration of his Time Shield in action.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' episode "The Wild Weird West". After Birdman is captured by Dr. Kordo and Jesse Johns (a descendant of Jesse James), Johns tells Birdman that their next job will be kidnapping the state governor and holding him as a hostage. Dr. Kordo {{Lampshades}} it by telling Jesse that he talks too much.
* Subverted in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' when Ludo and his minions surround Star and Marco.
-->'''Star:''' Ludo! How did you know I was here?\\
'''Ludo:''' ''[chuckling]'' Wouldn't you like to know?\\
'''Star:''' [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Yes. That's why I asked]].\\
'''Ludo:''' Well, Buff Frog-- Hey! I don't have to tell you anything! Get her!
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'': Zurg tries [[EvilGloating gloating]] without giving Buzz any specific information he could use to foil his EvilPlan.
-->'''Zurg:''' There's this place, and I'm going to destroy it, in a way they would never expect.\\
'''Buzz:''' Sweet mother of Venus! [[BatDeduction You're going to destroy Capital Planet with a secret attack fleet launched through a trans-spacial warp!]]\\
'''Zurg:''' [[OhCrap No! How did you do that?]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' has Julien's self-proclaimed arch nemesis Karl, who wants to defeat Julien to show to the world how brilliant he is, and thus has an addiction to complicated plans that he needs to go over in great detail to make sure everyone understands how smart he is.
-->'''Karl:''' I bet you're wondering how I came up with such an ingenious, uber-complicated plan such as this.\\
'''Julien:''' No, not really.\\
'''Karl:''' Good, because I'm going to tell you.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' when [[spoiler:Obi-Wan Kenobi finally kills Darth Maul. Obi-Wan informs Maul that he is guarding TheChosenOne on Tatooine, and Maul dies content with the knowledge that Luke will eventually avenge them both.]]