Plea of Personal Necessity
After a long and desperate struggle, our hero stands triumphant. The evil tyrant has been cast down from his throne and our heroís swordpoint is at his throat. As our hero gets ready to make that fateful swing, the villain tells him, "No, you canít do this. You need me!"
The nature of this plea can vary greatly. It may just refer to the hero(es) personally (such as villain being the only thing keeping their lair intact
), or it may involve the world as a whole (when removing the villain will result in an Evil Power Vacuum
, for example). The reality
of the claim varies as well; it may just be a villainous ploy to throw the hero off his game. In any case, these pleas are rarely successful.
If the villain really is directly responsible in some sense for the well-being of the world, he is a Load-Bearing Boss
. If, after he is cast down, worse forces arise, it may be a case of Better The Devil You Know
, or the chaos of an Evil Power Vacuum
. Whatever the reason, if he's telling the truth, killing him would be a clear case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
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- In the second Superman versus Spider-Man crossover, Doctor Doom discovers that the reactor he invented as part of his master plan is about to explode, and tries to flee, only to be caught by Superman. He then shouts "Let me go! My genius must be preserved!!" (Superman didn't know about the incoming explosion at the time.)
- In The Simpsons, after Bart and Lisa proved Sideshow Bob rigged the election to win his Engineered Public Rant ends with one of these. Essentially making this statement the source of his downfall.
Sideshow Bob: Because you need me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may move you to vote Democratic, but deep down you long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king. That's why I did this, to save you from yourselves. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a city to run.
Judge: Arrest the mayor.
Bob: *is handcuffed* What!? ...oh yes, all those things I did.