Megatron: Oh well, come on, let's have it. The usual "destiny and honor" speech.
So you're finally facing the villain
. He's being all smug
and trying to break you
with his words, deconstructing
your motives for fighting him and reminding you of how similar
you are to him, making you uncomfortable with his too-close-to-truths
, offering you the opportunity to join him
, etcetera etcetera... and what should your response be? Tell him the error of his ways,
and offer him a chance to join the good guys?
A measured, reasonable response, indicating your disagreement? Let the villainous argument throw you
and make you wonder if you and he are Not So Different
He's a villain
. A bad guy
. He has tried to kill you and your friends a dozen times over. He dangled your Sidekick
and your Love Interest
over a cliff, taunting you
to pick one of them
. He treats other people, including his own underlings
, like dirt. He doesn't care about people, order, or whatever he's using to justify his actions
- he just wants power. And he ran over your daughter's puppy
. You're nothing
like him. He's wrong
. So you tell it to him, spell it out if necessary, then beat the crap out of him in a manner most righteous
This happens a lot. Heroes usually use the 'fist to face' variant of this, though a hero giving a villain a verbal beatdown is not unheard of. Often done by the more practical Anti-Hero
, who doesn't really care about philosophy, and just prefers to beat up anyone who has messed with them or their stuff.
More heroes will often at least listen before coming up with a counterargument. When that fails due to the fact that the villain has rationalized their villainy with something truly depraved, the hero will often call the bad guy insane
before delivering the smackdown.
Doing this to another villain
is even dumber, as they're likely to either not be big on listening, or have an outright conflicting ideology. But it still happens every now and then.
Sometimes, The Hero
needs to be told "You Are Not Alone
" to come up with this reply.
Combining it with the "World of Cardboard" Speech
will just make it that much more badass.
Usually goes hand-in-hand with the villain having a breakdown
, either before or after this reply is delivered.
Conversely, when the hero is on the ropes, he may interrupt the villain by saying Get It Over With
. It tends to shock the villain that anyone would prefer death to listening to him.
As these occur at the conclusion of most stories, feel free to use spoiler marks if you think it gives away too much
The name is a reference to this being a response to a Hannibal Lecture
, but it would be more accurate to refer to the trope Break Them by Talking
, since Hannibal Lecture
only concerns certain interrogation scenes.
Contrast Kirk Summation
which is where the hero rebuts the villain's speech with his own. Here, the hero doesn't bother.
Compare Shut Up, Kirk!
, You Keep Telling Yourself That
, Verb This!
, and whichever variations of I Will Show You X
are said specifically to a villain. For the more... forceful version, see Talk to the Fist