->''"Being an EvilOverlord seems to be a good career choice. It pays well, there are all sorts of perks and you can set your own hours. However every EvilOverlord I've read about in books or seen in movies [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin invariably gets overthrown and destroyed in the end]]. I've noticed that no matter whether they are barbarian lords, deranged wizards, mad scientists or alien invaders, [[VillainBall they always seem to make the same basic mistakes]] every single time. [[DefiedTrope With that in mind, allow me to present]]..."''
-->-- ''Main/EvilOverlordList[[http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html]]''

->'''Ira Kane:''' Snag one!\\
'''Harry Block:''' Snag one?!\\
'''Ira Kane:''' Yeah. Snag it and put it in the box.\\
'''Harry Block:''' I've seen this movie before, the BlackDudeDiesFirst. ''You'' snag it!
-->-- ''Film/{{Evolution}}''

->''"Hah! I found it! In my 'Vault of Horror' comic book #9! Right after the story of the thing in the swamp that eats up the grandma alive... it tells how to kill a vampire!"''
-->-- ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', "V-Vampires!"

->'''Guy:''' ''[when the rest of the crew try to approach some harmless-looking aliens]'' They may look cute now, but in a minute, they're going to get mean, and ugly somehow, and there's going to be a million more of them.\\
'''Gwen:''' They don't look dangerous.\\
'''Guy:''' Did you guys even watch the show?
-->-- ''Film/GalaxyQuest''

->'''Betty:''' It's that old familiar story. You help a timid little soul across a crowded street; she turns out to be a multimillionaire and leaves you all her money. \\
'''Joe:''' That's the trouble with you readers. You know all the plots.
-->-- ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''

->'''Chuck:''' You're scared? Of a perfectly ordinary door?\\
'''Ferdie:''' Yea, well I know what happens in those mystery pictures: a guy walks over to a "perfectly ordinary door", opens it up, and ''zowie!'' Out falls a body, right on its kisser!
-->-- ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello'' in ''Hold That Ghost''

->'''Geek Scientist:''' Look, we have medics and guards standing by just in case. And this is one of our strongest containment rooms. Everything is under control.\\
'''Joel:''' You do realize that the scientist say that in every horror movie, just before things go horribly wrong.\\
'''Geek Scientist:''' This isn't a cheesy B-Movie, Joel. Relax! [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could go wrong]]?\\
'''Joel:''' Are you ''trying'' to get us all killed?
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}''

->''"Do it?" Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain. Do you seriously think [[JustBetweenYouAndMe I'd explain my masterstroke]] if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.''
-->-- '''[[spoiler:Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt]]''', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

->''Check my flank. That's how [[RaptorAttack they]] got that guy in Franchise/JurassicPark.''
-->-- '''Gordon Freeman''', ''Machinima/FreemansMind''

->''Did you honestly think you could take so many lives and never suffer retribution? Have you never even seen a [[Film/EnterTheDragon kung-fu movie]], [[Film/LicenceToKill spy flick]] or [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore western]]? [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], for God's sake!''
-->-- '''[[spoiler: Jasper Batt Jr.]]''', ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''

->''"So I called that guy I know at NBC. And then I got to thinking -- [[CatchPhrase You know what I hate?]] I hate those lame action movies where the good guy calls [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse just one person]] who ends up [[BigBadFriend betraying him]]. So I [[CantStopTheSignal called ABC, CBS, The Post, The Times, the local news channel, and the FBI.]]"''
-->-- '''Mr. Smith''', '''''Film/ShootEmUp'''''

->'''Duane:''' You do not want to engage me. Have you never been to an opera house?\\
'''Bett:''' What?\\
'''Duane:''' Think of it. A mysterious stranger in unassuming garb, of noble mien, his manner strange, his abilities unknown, selflessly answering the call of innocents. Not one to take lightly, says the theatre. What is your role? The brutish dullard who would raise a weapon to a child? You won't see the second act.\\
'''Bett:''' You're not accounting for me!\\
'''Duane:''' Convince me that I should no-\\
'''Sette:''' ''[interrupting]'' Zombies don't banter!
-->-- ''Wevcomic/{{Unsounded}}''

->''"The true secret in being [[TheHero a hero]] lies in knowing the order of things. The swineherd cannot [[RagsToRoyalty already be wed]] to [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses the princess]] when he embarks on his adventures, nor can the boy knock on the witch's door when she is already away on vacation. The [[EvilUncle wicked uncle]] cannot be found out and foiled before he does something wicked. Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. {{Quest}}s may not simply be abandoned; [[AllPropheciesAreTrue prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit]]; {{unicorn}}s may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever. The [[HappyEnding happy ending]] cannot come in the middle of the story."''
-->-- '''Creator/PeterSBeagle''', ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn''

->'''[[OneLetterName Z]]:''' Itís a talking cat.\\
'''[[TheStoryteller Theo]]:''' We're in a Heterodyne story now. These things happen.
-->-- ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''

->'''Hsu:''' Well I guess there's nothing to do but try to find a phone. Say, why don't we try that big, old house on the hill?\\
'''Chan:''' Because we are neither incredibly stupid, nor traveling with Scooby Doo. Come on. I saw a normal house a little way back down the road.
-->-- ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'', ''Symphony of the Nut''

->'''Valentine''': You know what this is like? It's like those old movies we both love. Now, I'm going to tell you my whole plan, and then I'm going to come up with some absurd and convoluted way to kill you, and you'll find an equally convoluted way to escape.
->'''Harry Hart''': Sounds good to me.
->'''Valentine''': Well, this ain't that kind of movie.
-->-- ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''

->'''Tarquin''': You're a bard, right? How many stories have you heard in which a single hero vanquishes a [[TheEmpire wicked empire]]?
->'''Elan''': I dunno... dozens, I guess.
->'''Tarquin''': What is the one thing they all have in common? The one face they all share?
->'''Elan''': [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin The hero always wins!]]
->'''Tarquin''': [[TheBadGuyWins Arguable]]. No, the one thing they all have in common is this: the wicked empire '''exists'''. It has existed for some time, and it will continue to exist if no heroes intervene. Don't you see, Elan? The rules of drama to which you subscribe as a bard tell us that such tyrannies can exist--indeed, MUST exist--and persist long enough that no one realistically thinks that they can be defeated. Else, where's the drama in a hero opposing them? And if such kingdoms are necessary, why shouldn't I rule one?
-->-- ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

->''See that? Reading comic books ''can'' save lives.''
-->-- '''Cat Noir''', ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', "Dark Owl"