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->''"We're like sharks right now."''
-->-- '''[[BetaBitch Silver Spoon]]''', ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft''

While a foe is {{Monologuing}}, they'll be circling the hero like a wolf circles a lamb, hoping to ensnare the hero with their arguments and offers like a python hugs its victims. Spiraling ever inwards as their CreepyMonotone reaches deeper and deeper to the core of the hero's motivation. The hero will usually have the facial expression of a deer in the headlights of an eighteen wheeler, or seem deeply conflicted, confused, or about to [[HeroicBSOD have a nervous breakdown.]] This is made all the creepier when the hero is bound and can't turn to face the villain, as they go behind the hero, [[BreakThemByTalking monologuing the hero's flaws]] and how easily they could backstab them, or ''will'' if it's a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment.

It's rare, but sometimes the hero will do this. In this case, the hero usually isn't the ideological predator, but a flexible thinker, offering a LastSecondChance while the villain remains dead set in their ways, immovable and proud before their [[KarmicDeath impending fall]]. Some examples are both of these at once, where the hero and villain circle ''each other'' while trying to convert each other.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the very first episode of the animated adaption of ''Literature/FateZero'', both Tohsaka Tokiomi and Kotomine Risei circle Kirei while they explain their {{plan}} to him in an effort to convince him to join them. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7rZDAojXNY here]] for an example.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime Light Yagami does this with Misa and Rem when convincing Rem that for Misa to be happy [[spoiler: L has to die.]]
* This happens between Shun and Aria in Episode 6 of ''LightNovel/OcculticNine'', though unlike most examples, the ''camera itself'' spins as the two talk.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', an AlternateUniverseFic about the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', this is done during the [[RewritingReality Demon]] [[VillainWorld World]] part. Right before Hsi Wu is banished back to the Netherworld, Jade appears before him to exchange arguments about what has happened between them and their statuses as [[spoiler:[[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Others]] to each other]]. They circle each other at first, but then it turns into a classical villainous example when Hsi Wu reminds Jade of the [[DealWithTheDevil deal]] they made in the original timeline, which included [[spoiler:her being bound to him through blood]], causing her to stop in her tracks. He then tries to apprehend her, but is banished instead.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Pitch -- or more accurately, his [[CastingAShadow shadows]] -- circle Jack while taunting him with his deepest fears.
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Dr. Facilier does this to [[spoiler: Tiana near the end, when he offers to make her dreams come true in exchange for his talisman. He shows her illusions of her restaurant while circling her and making his offer.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' has this where Rameses' two priests circle Moses during their VillainSong.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** Scar does this to Simba as he confronts him for being responsible for Mufasa's death.
** Earlier, the hyenas briefly surround Simba, Nala, and Zazu.
** Also done in ''The Lion King II'', in an odd example, Zira is ''talking'' to Simba, but ''[[MamaBear cir]][[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen cling]]'' Kovu.
* Jim does the heroic version in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet,'' but it's mainly to tell Silver that he won't be fooled a second time, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech condemning him]] for what Jim thought was a BastardlySpeech, and letting him know that he won't let Silver ever get ahold of the treasure which serves as both characters' motivation.
* Frollo in the Disney version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' offers [[spoiler:Esmeralda a way out when she's about to be burned at the stake. He tells her, 'I can save you from the flames of this world and the next. Choose me, or the fire,' and Esmeralda promtly [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spits in his face]] before giving him an epic KubrickStare.]]
* Gothel's favorite choreography in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. She circles Rapunzel semi-affectionately at the start of her VillainSong, "Mother Knows Best." However, in the ''reprise'' of this song, she takes it UpToEleven, not only circling Rapunzel affectionately, but with mockery, derision, and she even does a semi-circle that has a ''seductive'' twist. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a9yJMItIJ8 Just watch for yourself.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' has the scene where the evil owl and his henchowls are shown threatening the farm animals as the barn starts to fill up with water by singing [[VillainSong "No Batteries!"]] (which for some reason contained the lyrics "Twiddly-dee, twiddly-dee") while marching around them in a circle.
* The Singing Cat Gang actually do this to WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry during the BigLippedAlligatorMoment from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': The mayor is trying to convince Flint to make more food fall from the sky, and uses OffscreenTeleportation to great and hilarious effect. First he whispers in one ear, then the other, then somehow from ''above.'' While driving a Rascal scooter.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Syndrome starts this when confronting Mr. Incredible after the TimeSkip, but is interrupted by a thrown tree trunk to the face.
-->'''Syndrome:''' You sly dog, [[LampshadeHanging you got me monologuing]]!
* Grendel's mother in the 2007 movie of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' does this to the eponymous hero. She promises the trifecta of Sex, Money, and Power, strumming every chord of this flawed hero's heart and pride as she circles him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** The original movie has Sunset Shimmer circles Princess Twilight Sparkle when she confronts her in a dimly lit hallway of the school. Telling her she might have followed her to the human world, but Sunset already rules the school and Twilight doesn't know the first thing about how to fit in.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze do this to Sunset Shimmer while telling her they've learned of her reputation and putting her friendship with the Rainbooms to doubt. Note that there is obviously little space between Sunset and the wall corner, yet they still walk around her for the sake of the trope. Sonata Dusk joins in too, although she doesn't exactly master the concept of "circling".
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Principal Cinch and the Crystal Prep students circle around Twilight Sparkle during the VillainSong to convince her to "Unleash the Magic".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' there's an example of a heroic, well, ''[[AntiHero Anti]]''-heroic circle. Anakin rounds Palpatine as the latter calmly and matter-of-factly lays out his motivations and plans, doing his best to convince Anakin that [[LoveMakesYouEvil it's best for Padme.]]
** The same happens between Anakin and Obi-Wan before their fight on Mustafar.
** And in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Count Dooku was circling and tempting a captive Obi-Wan.
%%* Done in the ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie.
%%* The climax of ''Film/BigFatLiar''.
%%* Adria when talking to Vala in ''Film/TheArkOfTruth''.
* Wormtongue does this to Éowyn in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'', during his "Who knows what you've spoken to the darkness..." speech.
* Smaug does this to Bilbo in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', regarding how Thorin views him. Given Smaug is the size of a fortress, this is impressive.
* In the climax of ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', Jareth circles Sarah in this manner as he explains how, while he's capable of cruelty, he has been "generous" to her all along. Her response is the heroine's speech from the play that inspired her adventure in the first place, and a battle of wills ensues.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' at a party scene ComicBook/TheJoker circles around Rachel and appears to [[PervertedSniffing sniff her]] while calling her "beautiful."
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' plays with the trope as Agent Smith clones surround Neo, each one of them speaking a part of the monologue while the camera pans. It gives the impression he's circling, when they're mostly just standing still or walking towards Neo.
* Teatime does this to Susan in the movie version of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.
* At the start of ''Film/ShootEmUp'', Smith outshoots several gunmen trying to kill a pregnant woman. When his pistol runs out he grabs a Desert Eagle off the last man standing, demanding to know why they want to kill her. Instead of answering, the man [[DissonantSerenity tells a rude limerick instead]] while circling Smith. This lets the audience know he's the main antagonist.
* Mephistopheles in Film/GhostRider does this twice to Johnny Blaze, once when he imbues him with the Ghost Rider's powers, and again when he reawakens them years later.

* Harry and Voldemort's final battle in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' starts with them circling each other, debating who will triumph. Harry is level-headed, assured that he has the upper hand, while Voldemort is arrogant and dismissive, refusing to believe he can be beaten.
* In ''Literature/WhosAfraidOfBeowulf'' by Creator/TomHolt, the last viking king, Hrolf Earthstar circles the evil Sorcerer King before battle, determined to break his attempt to rule the world. Unusually, the mighty but doomed villain ''accepts'' the LastSecondChance given by the hero. After all, someone could have got ''killed''.
* This happens at least twice in Creator/MadeleineLEngle's books -- ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor'' and ''Literature/ManyWaters'', to be precise (although this is more of forcible-possession than monologuing, in both cases).
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** A hero-to-villain example occurs in ''Literature/TheVorGame''. Cavilo is in a suit of PoweredArmor that's been depowered and acts as a TailorMadePrison, leaving only her head able to move. As Miles and Gregor pressure her for information, Miles repeatedly paces behind her because he can see it makes her nervous.
** Baron Ryoval does this to Mark in ''Literature/MirrorDance''; it does not turn out well for the Baron.
* A variant appears in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series. The villain is circling closer to the protagonist because he's got to be close enough for his ranged attack to work, but he's not absolutely certain what that range actually ''is''. The antagonist's attack involves mind control and is invisible, so he's hoping the conversation will distract the protagonist as he keeps moving a bit closer and trying again.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', episode "The Family Ewing" (first of the "[[AllJustADream Dream]] Season"), Sue Ellen comes home the night Bobby Ewing, having been out all day with Dusty Farlow. Her chipper attitude was all J.R., who was openly ([[MenDontCry as much as a proud Texan man could]]) mourning the death of Bobby, could take. He circles her, berating her for not (never) being there, before driving her off.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had this, particularly with the Doctor and the Master.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival "Survival"]], the part-cheetah Master stalks around the Doctor.
** The scene at the beginning of part two of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] has even more stalking, but it's the Doctor doing the pleading.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]] had something like this, but with the Doctor and a Dalek.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has an example in the first episode of the seventh season when the First Evil delivers a BreakThemByTalking to Spike while circling him... and while shifting forms between the BigBad of each earlier season and, at the end, Buffy herself.
* A different use of circling than usual, but Dr Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a tendency to circle people during his rants. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB1F86_U96M In one memorable scene]], he and J.D. actually take turns on who's playing what role.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', in the climatic three-way showdown between [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Vorlons, Shadows]] and the Army of Light each one of the former two pick a general of the Army and try to reason him/her into following them. Shadows do this with Delenn by having impersonations of her friends and even of herself circle around her while setting forth the Shadows' doctrines. Meanwhile, the Vorlon representative manifests as a woman frozen inside a block of ice, and Sheridan circles ''her'' while she argues the Vorlon point of view.
* In a Season Three episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', [=McKenas=] Cole pulls this on Sark. However, Sark makes it a point to keep shifting so Cole's never given the opportunity to stab him in the back.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kes]] does this to the BodySurf dictator Tieran during their BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.

* In ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'', the song "Wenn Ich Tanzen Will" ("If I Want to Dance") frequently turns into Elisabeth and Death circling each other.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Ash and Giovanni circle each other as they sing/fight in "You Just Can't Win."
** Rocket Grunts also circle Ash and Giovanni as the latter gets the upper hand.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Transcendent One in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' does this almost every time he appears; first to Ravel, then to any of the Nameless One's companions.
* Done in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' both with [[TheDragon Garius]] and the [[BigBad King of Shadows]]. The verbal duel with Garius is important both for plot and gameplay reasons.
* Used by a race of ScaryDogmaticAliens in ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. With a spaceship. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eL7scjcj6A&feature=player_detailpage#t=51s Circling another spaceship.]]
* Used in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' during the battle with [[spoiler: Ra's al-Ghul. As Batman holds a sword to Ra's' throat, Talia circles around them both, urging him to kill Ra's and take his place as leader of the League Of Assassins.]]
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter2'' between Gabe and [[spoiler:Chance.]]
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary'': Jacqueline Natla does this to Lara just before the final level, delivering a WeCanRuleTogether [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse offer she can't refuse]]. [[spoiler:Lara elects to shoot at the artefact instead, resulting in a CollapsingLair]].
* [[TheDragon Reala]] gives one to Helen in ''[[VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams Nights: Journey of Dreams]]'' while revealing to her that [=NiGHTS=] is also a Nightmaren to break their trust. It's also pragmatic because [[spoiler:Reala creates and opens a portal to send Helen away while he's circling her]].
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'': When Max goes to enter her Dorm [[AlphaBitch Victoria]] begins to analyze Max fairly accurately including stating that Max could barely say the answer she used her powers to take from Victoria before sitting back down impeding her process.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140209192702/http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2385 This]] ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' comic.
* And [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0633.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' comic.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has [[http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-5-page-190 Max and the Student Council guy.]]
-->'''Max:''' I like this circling thing we're doing. Very fun, very Lion King.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' provides the page quote. In a parody of the same scene from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', both Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon circle around Apple Bloom and Twist while delivering a monologue, although Silver Spoon's contributions are less than helpful.
* ''WebVideoEpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_uOtAkEf6U Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali]]": Jordan responds with one of these when Ali accuses him of being a sell out, pointing out that Ali is hardly one to talk when it comes to sponsorship deals.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', as Ozai circles Zuko while extolling his accomplishments in Ba Sing Se. Zuko still seems very nervous to be there, especially when he finds out that [[spoiler: Azula gave him all the credit for Aang's supposed death.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the episode "Call of the Cutie", Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon circle around Apple Bloom and Twist while delivering a mocking monologue.
* ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'': Invoked when the [[spoiler:Helenists have Kaz captured and prepped for a demonic sacrifice - Helena arrives on the scene and begins to monologue about how Kaz represents everything that's wrong with Neo Yokio, circling him as he's tied to a crude wooden altar.]] Subverted immediately afterward when [[spoiler:she knocks down one of the Helenists with a giant candy bar, revealing that she was only using the monologue as a distraction to get in position to attack.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' do this to Terra after she betrays them for the last time. Not to give her another chance, but to clarify that they won't be giving her any more chances.