Check and Mate
"Oh, I think the explanation might be that you've been fooled by a simple olfactory misdirection. It's a little bit like ventriloquism of the nose. It's an elementary trick in certain parts of the galaxy. But it has got to be said, I don't like the look of that hydrokilominator. It seems to be indicating that you've got energy feedback all the way through the retro-stabilisers, feeding back into the primary heat converters. OOH! 'Cos if there's one thing you shouldn't have done, you shouldn't have let me press all those buttons. But, to be fair, I will give you one word of advice. RUN!"The battle's over and you've lost, you just don't know it yet. Let me tell you how, and maybe why. May or may not involve actual Chess Motifs. It's a speech that may include elements of Out-Gambitted, Last-Second Chance, Kirk Summation, Breaking Speech, and maybe "The Reason You Suck" Speech, but supersedes all of that in ways likely to mark it as a Crowning Moment of Awesome. It's the Hero letting the Villain know exactly how they have already been defeated. This can also apply to Chessmasters whose plans are not only going exactly how they planned it but also made sure to take account spanners to make sure it stays that way and succeed. Please note that actually saying this in a chess match with serious players is considered poor manners, as it implies your opponent is too stupid to recognize that he has lost.
— The Doctor, "Family of Blood"
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- Happens in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Sherlock explains to Moriarty how he's stolen and decoded his notebook and used it to seize every penny he's made from his war-profiteering scheme. As an added bonus, the two are actually playing a verbal chess game during his explanation, and Holmes wins that too.
- Holmes: Bishop to bishop eight. Discovered check. And, incidentally... mate.
- Double bonus: right at that moment, Dr Watson (Holmes' right hand, who could be considered his bishop) foils Moran's (Moriarty's "bishop") attack at the meeting.
- The final confrontation between Voldermort and Harry Potter is this. Harry calmly explains why all of the Death Eaters' curses are failing, why Snape wasn't on his side, why Voldy's killing curse failed and will continue to do so. Harry then gives the Dark Lord one last chance to repent. He doesn't, and is Hoist by His Own Petard.
- Subverted for laughs in the first book of the Mediochre Q Seth Series. Mediochre, being a smug git, sets things up to let him pull one of these on the Big Bad - but forgets to factor in the fact that he has the body of a scrawny teenager and the Big Bad is capable of cutting off his airway before he can finish.
Mediochre: You made me ruin it, you moron. It was gonna be so good, like one of those smug moments in a film. You were gonna say 'what?' and I was gonna... look, letís try that again: Kiwi?Kiwi: What?!Mediochre: The CCTVís still on.Kiwi: WHAT?
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who is chock full of these. While it's been suggested it's because the Doctor can easily go back in time to fix it so that he wins, it's an option he rarely takes because of the Timey-Wimey Ball. note . More often than not, it's because he's already out-thought and out-witted the enemy of the story.
- Legacy of Kain has several instances of this, unsurprisingly, and the actual phrase is said in Defiance by Mortanius when Raziel realizes that he would need to kill Kain to retrieve the Heart of Darkness, since the Heart was in Kain and was what brought him back as a vampire.
- Phoenix Wright is fond of delivering these speeches once he has the defining evidence in place to prove the real killer guilty. It's almost invariably followed by a Villainous Breakdown on behalf of the accused.
- Naturally parodied in The Simpsons, but that doesn't makes the example less valid. In the chapter in which Homer befriends Ray Magini(Imaginary) the contractor, everyone is convinced that he's an imaginary friend invented by Homer due to him feeling unappreciated, so they send him to an insane asylum to be treated with shock therapy by Dr. Hibbert, Played for Laughs of course. When it's revealed that Ray Magini is in fact real, the following exchange takes place:
- Dr. Hibbert: Uh-oh. Well, I'm not worried. You already agreed not to sue me for anything.
Marge: When did I agreed to that?
Dr. Hibbert: You did when I validated your parking.
Marge:(Shows her parking ticket} You didn't validate my parking.
Dr. Hibbert:(Quickly validates the ticket) Check and Mate.