Have You Come to Gloat?

When someone is captured, and then one of the captors goes to visit the captive. The captive says the name of this trope. But usually, if it's shown, then he hasn't come to gloat, and it's just Exposition. Sometimes he gloats anyway, though. Not limited to captures, either - it can be spoken any time when there are two longtime rivals and one of them suffers a misfortune. Sometimes the rival makes an unethical offer. For example, he may offer to buy the other partner's half of their business (the price is good, but it'll still mean they're out of business), or offer to pay the other partner's debts in exchange for getting the Love Interest, etc.


Comic Books
  • Happened in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic. The turtles were being held prison by a crazed whaler who was essentially a Japanese Captain Ahab. When his first mate visits them in the brig, they start cursing at him and one of them shouts, "Come to gloat?" Subverted in that the whaler has actually come down to free them.
  • Played for tragedy in Empowered, when Empowered walks in on Sistah Spooky moments after the death of the latter's ex-lover Mindf**k. Unusually; within seconds Emp is bound, blindfolded, and surrounded by far too many levitating sharp objects as a grief-maddened mage demands to be gloated at.

Fan Fic
  • A Different Lesson: At the very start of the story, when Shifu comes to visit Tai Lung's cell at the Jade Palace after the Wuxi Finger Hold, the snow leopard accuses his father of this.
  • A Captive Light: Kari to Ken. To her confusion, he hasnít.
  • Shadowchasers: Hebi-Na says this to Ember when she (Ember) approaches Hebi-Na after she loses to Wilhelm while in her weakened state. Ember doesn't.


  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Several times.
  • In The Pillars of the Earth, Remigius asks this to Philip when he finds him begging. Instead of that, Philip invites him back to Kingsbridge.
  • At the end of Spock's World, the Big Bad asks if Spock has the desire to make fun, because of the obvious slipping in said character's capabilities. Spock answers, "If that was my thought, there is nothing in it to do me ill credit." But he doesn't.
  • Yellowfang from Warrior Cats asks Molepelt this after she kills Brokenstar, since she had been feeling very guilty about it. To her surprise, he says he would never gloat. ShadowClan was his Clan too.

Live-Action TV
  • In Blackadder II (episode "Head"), the gang finds out that Lord Farrow (whom Edmund is trying to impersonate) was missing an arm. Edmund sends Percy to speak with Lady Farrow and find out which arm her husband lacked, which results in Percy demanding proof that she's not just a "gloater" pretending to be a relative so she can mock the condemned man.
    Blackadder: "Gloaters"...you really are a prat, aren't you Percy?

Video Games
  • Edgeworth says it to Phoenix in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney after being arrested. Of course, Phoenix isn't there to gloat, but rather to defend Edgeworth.
  • Loghain from Dragon Age: Origins invokes this trope the first time the Warden speaks to him at camp. He'll ask whether the Warden is planning on insulting him or keeping him as a trophy. You have an array of dialogue options.
  • In Starcraft II Legacy Of The Void this is said by Narud to the infested Stukov. Stukov's reply is he's there to say "goodnight you son of a bitch!"

Web Comics

Western Animation