The Kirk: Spreading The Virus across the planet to kill 90% of humanity won't help save the planet from ecological disaster! Humans are part of nature, too! And if we all work together, we can still stop the pollution, and... The Villain:What are you talking about? I was just going to spread the virus so that my Evil Incorporate would be able to sell the vaccine — and name our own price! That whole "save the planet" line was just something I fed those silly eco-terrorists so they'd work for me for free. The Kirk: Oh... well... well, that's bad too!
When, Johnathan, Zeppeli, and Speedwagon confront the vampire Dio in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1, Zeppeli notices Dio has healed his wounds from his previous fight with Johnathan and asks him how many lives he's "sucked away" to heal his wounds. Dio coolly asks Zeppeli if he remembers how many breads he's eaten in a day. In Part II, the Caesar swears revenge after Whamuu casually kills his friend by walking into him while not even noticing him. The Pillarmen start laughing, remarking that this is hardly the first time someone swore revenge against them.
In Pokémon Special, a pissed off Cyrus tells Dia that a stupid kid could never understand the concepts of time and space. Dia responds with a small but heartfelt speech about what time and space mean to him. Cyrus doesn't like Dia's answer (not to mention pissed that Dialga and Palkia seem to like the kid's answer over his), so he smacks the boy across the face with the Red Chain.
From Pokémon: The First Movie, Pikachu tries to convince Mewtwo that Ash views him (Pikachu) as a friend, not a slave. Mewtwo is not convinced and hurls him against Ash.
Wrath/Fuhrer Bradley of Fullmetal Alchemist gives one of these as he lies dying and Lan Fan asks if he has any dying words. He dies content with the life he had led, no matter how horrid his enemies found it.
Kimblee has his moment of this too, listening to Al's declaration that he will Take a Third Option that will allow them to save everyone and regain their bodies. Kimblee then reasons there must exist a fourth option where both brothers fail completely.
In Bakuman。, after Nanamine outlines his plan, Mashiro and Takagi disapprove of it. He then says he's disappointed because he thought they would understand, and they respond by saying that they're disappointed that he would waste his talent and throw away his pride. Nanamine then says that professionals do whatever it takes to succeed, and anyone whose pride comes before that has yet to learn what it takes to be a professional.
In Bokurano, the following exchange occurs when Chizu, who knows she and her baby are going to die after her battle, since she's Zearth's pilot, starts firing Zearth's lasers to take revenge on the men who raped her, causing collateral damage.
Chizu: Constitutional government? Then go ahead and make a world with a perfect government. However, I don't have the time to wait for that to happen.
In Muhyo And Roji, after Page angrily tells Enchu that Yoichi, whom he had looked at dismissively, had gone to great lengths to bring Enchu back, and implies that he himself feels somewhat responsible, Enchu responds by saying "You talk too much, as always."
In Girls und Panzer, when Erika shows up to mock Miho, who was her teammate and predecessor as vice-captain before she switched schools, Miho's friends step up to defend her.
Erika: I think someone needs to mind their own business.
Yukari: (chastened) I'm sorry.
In the Little Army manga, when Miho asks her mother if it was necessary for Maho to shoot the enemy's flag tank when it went to rescue one of her team's tanks, she gets this response.
Shiho: What a foolish question. For one who carries the name of the Nishizumi family to say such a foolish thing... it's plainly embarrassing.
Anchovy, after losing to Miho, accuses her of having thrown away victory in the last tournament. Miho responds by saying that there are more important things to her than victory. Anchovy begins to walk away, but pauses to tell Miho that she thinks that the commander of a team has a responsibility to her subordinates to win, especially for Miho, who says she values her comrades. Anchovy ends up being vindicated in the next round, in which Miho learns that if she loses, she will be disinherited and her school will be shut down.
Rurouni Kenshin. Kenshin's always being mocked for being a Technical Pacifist, but the hardest burn comes in the form of Saitou, who visited the house where he was living in his civilian identity as a police officer while Kenshin was out and waited for Kenshin to come back, all to point out that he could have slaughtered everyone there if he felt like it and Kenshin wouldn't have been able to stop him.
In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Chrono confronts Admiral Graham and his familiars regarding their plan to deal with the Book of Darkness by sealing away its master for eternity, and says that because the master is innocent of any wrongdoing, it's illegal. Aria then launches into a tirade about how following the law only led to many victims being created, among them Chrono's father, although Graham, apparently not caring for her doing so, silences her.
Lampshaded in Peanuts, when Charlie Brown is being attacked by Lucy, and he begins to explain to her how violence is never the answer to anything. Lucy just slugs him and says "I had to hit him quick— he was starting to make sense!"
A non-villainous example in the Avatar: The Last Airbender fic Fullmetal Bitch. A 22 year old Toph refuses to train Aang who then calls her a coward for refusing to help fight the Fire Nation. Toph responds by taking off her shirt and showing all the scars she earned fighting on the wall of Ba Sing Se, ending it with, "I fought the Fire Nation for four years; where were you during all that time?"
When confronting Bachiko and Meiko regarding their plan to alter everyone's personalities and relationships as they please, Mai calls them out on their plan not respecting people's right to make their own decisions, to which Bachiko responds that they cannot be trusted to make these decisions on their own.
Jerry: "Jesses Christ is my saviour. HE will pretext me in my lime of need. Where is your false gods now? I know perfumery well that your gods is not real but is a lie created by Stalin (which s secretly demon processed by the Satan, the worse demon of them all! And he is not a god!)"
Books: "Laugh out loud."
Earlier on, when Jerry first tries to convert Percy Jackson, he gets this response.
Percy: No I will never. I will always fool you by worshiping a false set of gods, Zeus the bastard king, and will secret preying to the lord of the darkness, Satan himself,"
Annabeth tries this on Jerry at one point, saying ""Those ways are old and tired. Our way is much better", but he responds with "But at least our way works! Amen" before killing her.
When Jerry prays to God for forgiveness for killing the "demonprocessed" Grover, Stalin tells him "Pray as much as you want, your God will not save you."
In Boys Und Sensha-do (found here), after Shiho disowns Miho, Akio tells Shiho that Miho is far more talented than Shiho realizes, and that Sensha-do is about friendship and camaraderie, not just victory. Shiho responds by saying "That is not what Sensha-do is about, little boy!"
When Celestia angrily calls Discord out on how his vision of chaos caused untold amounts of pain and damage to the ponies and Equestria, Discord retorts that her "harmony" has caused its own damage by causing pony civilization to become stagnant and the ponies themselves complacent.
In chapter 15 when Luna calls Spykoran a murderer for destroying Dream Valley, Discord reminds her that she herself would have killed the world as Nightmare Moon.
In Frozen Hearts, during an argument between Hans' brothers regarding Hans, Heins tries to remind Harald of what makes a prince.
Harald: Don't recite those time-old rhymes to me! God knows we spent half our childhoods reciting them back to the king whenever he asked like a bunch of trained parrots!
In System Restore, Monobear does this at the end of the first trial, after a speech describing what could have been done to prevent the murder.
Monobear: “Ugh! Why do you keep assaulting my ears with all these speeches speeches speeches speeches! It’s as if you actually think you’re an important character or talent or human being! Nope, I’m done, I’ve decided. Done listening to people who think they’re in charge. I think it’s time I showed you bastards who really was.”
Jeb: So, you seek to one-up him by becoming a god. Do you seriously think your plan will work?
Jalie: Why shouldn't it work?
Jeb(Visibly frustrated): Jalie, there's a book that's been popular on Earth for a few thousand years… In one part of it…
Jalie: Belmont, please, If you're going to quote from the Bible, I should tell you, I've memorized that dumb book! When a devil gets as far advanced as I have, it helps to know mortal religious tracts by heart.
Reverend Shooter: Stop! Please stop this mindless violence! Nicholas, I know that you're not a man of God, but surely you're a man of peace. Nicholas Angel: I may not be a man of God, Reverend. But I know right, and I know wrong. And I have the good grace to know which is which. Reverend Shooter: Oh, fuck off, grasshopper. (draws two guns and shoots at him)
Monk: Citizens of the Five Points! Mr. Bill Cutting is attempting to draw me into an argument that would no doubt end in bloodshed and the compromising of my office! What do ya think? Should I engage and silence this relic of the ancient law? Or shall I be your chosen voice, in a new testament, in the New World! (a long pause) There you are, Bill. The people have spoken: the very notion of violent reprisal benumbs them. Come on up; let's see if we can resolve our differences the democratic way. (Bill begins climbing the hill towards the barbershop, and Monk turns his back to enter; a split second later, Bill's cleaver lands square in Monk's back; he goes crashing to the ground, dropping his club in the process) Bill: That, my friends, is the minority vote. (to Monk) Now you've tasted my mutton, how d'you like it, huh? Look. I want you to see this... (he takes up Monk's club, carves another notch into it and shows it to him) Bill: This is you, right here: notch forty-five, you Irish bog bastard. (he brings the club down on Monk's head with a sickening thud)
Magneto delivers a very effective one to Xavier at the climax of X-Men: First Class. It probably didn't help that Xavier tried to finish off his speech by invoking the Nuremberg Defence on a Holocaust survivor.
A more literal example in the 2009 Star Trek, Kirk is trying to drive Spock into a blind rage to prove he is emotionally compromised by talking trash about his recently deceased mother. Spock, in the ensuing beat-down, grabs Kirk by the throat and slams him down onto a console.
Picard: What you're doing is just as bad as when the Borg destroyed your world. They killed millions, too. Including your wife and children.
Soran: Nice try. There was a time when I wouldn't hurt a fly. Then the Borg came. They showed me that there is one constant in this universe ... death. We're all going to die sometime. It's just a question of how and when.
The Chronicles of Riddick: The Lord Marshal does this to an outspoken prisoner trying to rally the others against conversion by ripping out his opposition's soul. Considering that Helion's essentially a religion melting pot world, this is actually the perfect way to get to them.
In Dragonheart, Bowen hunted dragons because he mistakenly believed being given a dragon's heart corrupted Einon. When they clash for the first time, Bowen begs Einon to remember the Old Code. Einon's response makes it painfully clear to Bowen that Einon was Evil All Along.
Bowen: But... you spoke the words...
Einon: I vomited them up because I couldn't stomach them! Because I knew it was what you wanted to hear!
In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the Judge walks in on his ward Johanna (for whom he is harbouring a paedophilic crush) packing to elope with her lover Anthony. Knowing she's been caught, Johanna nevertheless tells him contemptuously that "a gentleman knocks before entering a lady's room". His response?
Turpin: Indeed he does, but I see no lady.
In Lincoln, the amendment is passed and Lincoln finally sits down with the Confederate delegation to discuss terms of surrender. Confident he can talk them into rejoining the union, he starts talking about individual freedoms:
Abraham Lincoln: Slavery, sir, it's done. If we submit ourselves to law, Alex, even submit to losing freedoms — the freedom to oppress, for instance — we may discover other freedoms previously unknown to us. Had you kept faith with democratic process, as frustrating as that can be—
John Campbell: Come, sir, spare us at least these pieties. Did you defeat us with ballots?!
Alexander Stephens: How have you held your union together? Through democracy? How many hundreds of thousands have died during your administration? Your Union, sir, is bonded in cannon fire and death.
Older Than Print: In the 11th century Chanson de Roland, Charlemagne calls on the Pagan leader Baligant to repent and be baptized, and then the Emperor his "first friend will be." Baligant tells him, "Your sermon's but ill preached." Of course, the medieval belief that being non-Christian necessarily makes Baligant the villain of the piece hits modern Values Dissonance.
Done by O'Brien to Winston. When torturing Winston at the end, O'Brien asks why the Party goes to the lengths it does to keep power. Winston says that it's for the good of the people. O'Brien rebukes him and tells him flat out, the Party seeks and keeps power for power's sake.
Doctor: Count, do you realize what would happen if you try to go back to a time before history began? Scarlioni: Yes, yes I do. And I don't care one jot.
And done by Davros in "Genesis of the Daleks":
The Doctor: Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life; would you allow its use? Davros: It is an interesting conjecture. The Doctor: Would you do it? Davros: The only living thing... The microscopic organism... reigning supreme... A fascinating idea. The Doctor: But would you do it? Davros: Yes; yes. To hold in my hand, a capsule that contained such power. To know that life and death on such a scale was my choice. To know that the tiny pressure on my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything. Yes! I would do it! That power would set me up above the gods! And through the Daleks I shall have that power!
Star Trek: The Borg have a tendency to do this, deeming pretty much anything that opposes them and their philosophy "irrelevant" out of hand. Though they never got to tell it to Kirk, ironically.
Kirk is irrelevant. You will be assimilated.
Q does perhaps the pithiest version of this ever in "Q Who?", when Riker takes him to task for throwing them to the Borg: "Oh, please."
An even better example from Q Who:
Picard: I understand what you've done here, Q. But I think the lesson could have been learned without the loss of 18 members of my crew.
Q:(darkly) If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid.
In the Babylon 5 episode "Comes the Inquisitor". After a lengthy questioning/torture/Secret Test of Character by the eponymous inquisitor, his interviewee Delenn decides to feed him some of his own medicine and deconstruct his cruel and nihilistic performance. It doesn't come out too well (or perhaps it does come out too well, it's just that he is not inclined to allow it to pass).
Delenn: You are a creature who has received pain and given pain, and taken too much joy in its application. You have aspired to dreams and been disappointed because you are not strong enough, or worthy enough, or righteous enough, so you lash out at anyone who believes they can make a difference, because it reminds you of your own failure. You have to prove they're just as bad, just as flawed as you are. Am I close, Mr. Sebastian?
Inquisitor [hits his Magi Tech cane on the floor, electrocuting Delenn]: Bang!
JAG: In "Scimitar", Lt. Dumai tells off Lt. Austin for her attitude towards Iraqi gender attitudes:
Lt. Dumai: Your country is like a child who has learned nothing yet thinks it knows everything. Let your civilization survive its first thousand years; then perhaps we'll begin to listen.
In the season 2 finale of Once Upon a Time Regina admits her plan was to use a bean to transport herself and Henry back to the Enchanted Forest, while leaving behind a trigger to kill everyone else. Prince Charming starts to get righteously indignant, only for Regina to blow him off, pointing out (1) their plan was to use the bean to travel back to the Enchanted Forest and leave her behind anyway, and (2) they have much more pressing matters. Namely someone else has both, and is planning on using the trigger to kill everyone.
Mythology and Religion
In The Bible, John 9, the Pharisees excommunicate a man healed of blindness by Jesus for daring to question them.
Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. A fantastic exchange between Tau leader Shas O'Kais and Space Marine leader Force Commander Davian Thule. Of course, since the setting runs on Black and Grey Morality, and both the Tau Empire and the Imperium are firmly in the grey portion, who exactly is a hero and a villain here is up to the player.
Kais;: Do the deaths of your soldiers mean so little to you? Are you that mad?
Thule: Do the deaths of yours mean so much to you, alien? Are you that weak?
Manny: Is this where you tell me all about your secret plan, Hector? How you stole Double N tickets from innocent souls, pretended to sell them but secretly hoarded them all to yourself in a desperate attempt to get out of the Land of the Dead?
Hector: This is where you writhe around in excruciating pain because that idiot Bowsley ran off with the quick-acting sproutella. This slow stuff will sprout you, but it'll take a long time, I'm sorry to say.
Lecture me again when you are on the verge of death!
Final Fantasy Tactics: Just about everyone in the Crapsack World that is Ivalice have accepted the status quo and just want to be at the top of the heap. For daring to express a different opinion, Ramza is called variants of naive and foolish. (For example, in the battle against Gafgarion when he makes his Face-Heel Turn, one of the things he can say to Ramza is: "Stop being such a child!") This rarely helps, as Ramza ends up killing most of them. And most of the rest end up being killed by the scheming Delita instead.
Mass Effect. Don't complain to Executor Pallin that humans, whom he thinks are becoming too powerful too quickly, have to fight for everything they need.
Pallin: Then fight for it, but don't expect the rest of us to just sit back and let you take it.
In the DLC Lair of the Shadow BrokerAsari Spectre, Tela Vasir, gives a particularly powerful one when Shepard calls her out for working with the Shadow Broker. She tells Shepard that they're no better than she is when they start working for the terrorist group Cerberus.
That instance of this trope became even more powerful with The Arrival DLC.
This may fall flat for some players however, given that the series forces you to work for Cerberus even though it has beforehand characterized them as mustache-twirlingly evil and moronic chuckleheads to boot. If you already resented the game for not letting you take another option, like trying to go back to the Alliance, Vasir throwing it in your face is just adding insult to injury. Also, you know that you are working with evil for a greater good, but cannot be certain this is true of Vasir - so she may have a point, but she might not, diminishing the impact of her statement.
Done amusingly in the first Baldur's Gate. Having defeated a group of evil cultists, you burst in to try and stop their leader from summoning a demon, at which point this exchange can take place:
Charname: By all that is right and holy, you will not succeed! Cult Leader: By all that is loud and windy, will you please shut up!
The player character also has the option to respond to nearly every attempt to appeal to their better nature or call them out on the deaths they've caused with a response of this sort.
In the original Ratchet & Clank, Clank is telling Chairman Drek that he does not have to go about destroying other planets in order to save the Blarg's. Drek laughs it off, revealing that he was going to pollute his people's next planet and so-on because they pay him to do so.
Dracula: What is a man?! A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, have at you!
In Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd tries to convince Yggdrasil to give up his insane scheme, but Yggdrasil simply spits back that Lloyd, as a human, has no right to tell him what's right or wrong after everything humanity has done to both himself and his people (half elves).
During the final confrontation with the Big Bad, the various party members take turns telling him where he's gone wrong and how he's wrong about people's nature. The Big Bad gets off a "Don't make me laugh" when Lloyd tries to convince him that his people can live anywhere they like, and after Lloyd tells him that they should live in the open if they aren't doing anything wrong, says his plan is precisely because they couldn't do just that. After a few more speeches, capped off by Colette saying that the Big Bad has the goddess known as conscience in his heart, he says "Do you think I'm going to beg for forgiveness? Ridiculous!" and attacks the party.
In the sequel, during the final battle, Marta and Emil try to convince Richter that Aster wouldn't want to come back to life in a world ruled by demons. (Richter's plan was to create permanent link to the demon world in order to revive Aster). Richter sharply retorts that his methods are his own business and he doesn't need other people telling him what he should and should not do, especially not a terrorist's daughter and the demon who originally slew Aster and took his form to mock him.
Starkiller: (on Juno Eclipse's death) You've taken everything from me!
Darth Vader: Your feelings for her are not real.
During Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, the assembled heroes attempt to deliver a speech on unification, hope and justice to a villain who is trying to destroy the world, and even offer a Last-Second Chancewhich you can't take even if you choose the option indicating you are willing. And if you choose to take the other option: The response?
Both Selbium and Lobelia pull these when the good guys try to talk them down in Duel Savior Destiny. The latter is to be expected, but Selbium is normally not a villainous figure and so the refusal to listen seems quite jarring, especially considering the overall outcome.
Engarde: Because I'm a grown-up, and I can. Good enough of an answer for you, little girl?
In Pokemon: Platinum, after the player character quiets Giratina, Cyrus asks them what was important enough for them to stop him from destroying reality, and immediately screams that he won't accept such a deluded answer... even though the player character didn't say anything.
In Shin Super Robot Wars, Londo Bell receives an unexpected communiqué from, of all people, the Neo Zeon - in particular, from Char Aznable! Gomez takes the call, asking whether the rumors of Char's turning traitor on mankind are true. Char allows that he's aiding the aliens, but says that he hasn't sold out humanity. Romelo doesn't buy that, but Char asks the Londo Bell what they think awaits at the end of this fight. After all, the Ze Balmary Empire possesses such incredible technology that they've been able to come all this way just to take over the Earth. He figures that Londo Bell's foolish resistance is only going to enrage the more, which is why Neo Zeon jumped at the chance to help the Balmarians, as the one and only means to ensure a future for mankind. Amuro Rayinterjects and tells Char to shut up. Amuro points out how Char loves to prattle on about justice based solely on his own narrow views. He asks what value a peace founded on the sacrifice of numerous human lives could have, and challenges Char to stop treating other people's lives like toys for once. Char thinks Amuro is full of it, claiming that mankind's history shows that people are happiest when ruled by the strongest leader. He thinks Amuro is incapable of grasping the larger picture, accusing him of myopically leading people even deeper into danger and then having the gall to question his lofty perspective. Amuro fires back that capitulating to the aliens and therefore making human kill human cannot be correct. Char asks whether Amuro thinks that fighting until no one is left can really make mankind happy, and Amuro points out that mankind's defeat is not yet a foregone conclusion. Kouji Kabuto finally interrupts, pointing out that there's no way to know that until they try. Shinobu Fujiwara goes further, angry beyond measure at people like Char who debate outcomes without lifting a finger on their own. Char figures that there's no common ground between Londo Bell, and informs them that he'll show them no mercy, which is just fine with Shinobu.
In World of Warcraft at the end of Wrathion's questline, an innkeeper berates Wrathion for missing the lessons of Pandaria due to his certainty in his own plans. Wrathion calls him an innkeeper and leaves in a huff.
Torg: You've lost sight of the fact that it is our weenieness that makes us human! Cloney (nonhuman): The defense rests! Torg: OK, I totally didn't think that one through.
While the person being shut up is not exactly a hero, it may count in an episode of Happy Hour where the Joker electrocuted the Green Goblin when the latter is lecturing him on why his plan on turning every superhero Darker and Edgier is not a good thing.
Batman: If we're really alike, you know this is wrong. You must have been a good man once. Owlman: No. Not good. Never good. After all, I'm only human.
This happens in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Question Authority". Question goes to kill Lex Luthor to prevent him from becoming President and creating a Stable Time Loop which causes Superman and the Justice League to become totalitarians. Long story short, Luthor laughs at him, beats him up, and tells him he has no intention of being president, because his real goal is to get superpowers by putting himself in another Amazo body that he designed after seeing the blueprints for the original.
In one episode on Ozzy and Drix, the villain Stephfinger corners Ozzy in part of the lung with a gun (well, what passes for a gun in this place) Ozzy shouts at him not to fire it, because if he misses, he'll blow a hole in the fall and they'll be sucked outside (and the place they're in the equivalent of the top of a skyscraper). The villain simply says, "Well then... I'd better not miss..." before trying to shoot him anyway. You can probably guess what happens...
Hego: No, I don't believe it. You may be a cranky smart mouth, prone to excessive violence, but deep down, you are still a member of Team Go... a hero. Shego: Hego, I quit your stupid team years ago and after I quit, I went to work for a guy who wants to Take Over the World. Kim: It's true. Hego: But deep down... Shego:I. Am. Evil.Have I made myself clear?
In Drawn Together, as Spanky comes face to face with Mickey Mouse, who is erasing politically incorrect cartoons from the past, including Foxxy, he gives a speech saying that the cartoons are part of their history, and while they are not a part that they're particularly proud of, denying them is "as dangerous as denying the Holocaust, or slavery, or the playful advances of your shop teacher.
Mickey: (soberly) Gosh, you've really given me something to think about, Spanky... (reverts to his typical evil and maniacal voice) WHILE I KILL THESE POLITICALLY INCORRECT FREAKS! AH-HA HA HA HA!
In the Aladdin series, a dialogue like this happens after Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie are taken captive by the titanic Al-Muddie Sultan, a villain who apparently knows a lot of tricks used by humans (Keep in mind, Aladdin's true intent here is to stall for time, and it ultimately works.):
Aladdin: Wait! Wait!
Sultan(annoyed) Oh, you aren't going to beg, are you? I hate begging. 'Don't eat me! Oh, don't cook me!' I swear, all you people talk about is yourselves!"
Aladdin: But I'm not begging! It's an honor to be consumed by such a great... personage as yourself.
Sultan(sarcastically): Flattery? Oh, that's novel. Stick to begging.