Playing With / Engineered Public Confession

Basic Trope: A villain is tricked into making a public confession.
  • Straight: C.C. Executive gloats about their plan to Bob, only to find out too late his microphone was on the entire time.
  • Exaggerated: C.C. gloats to Bob about his plan, only to remember too late he's on national television in front of a live studio audience.
  • Downplayed: C.C. Has an argument with Bob, careful not to reveal any of his plans, but the recording of him does make his investors doubt him.
  • Justified: C.C. is a Villain with Good Publicity, the only way to defeat them is to give evidence right from the horse's mouth.
  • Inverted:
    • C.C. tricks Bob into confessing to a crime he didn't do and has it played to his allies.
    • Bob is a (in)famous gang kingpin. C.C. tricks Bob into confessing on tape that he hasn't committed (or caused to be committed) even a tiny fraction of the crimes he's reputed for.
  • Subverted:
    • C.C. secretly knows he is being recorded, and so he lies to Bob about his plan.
    • C.C.'s confession is recorded, or he's on national television in front of a live studio audience, but nothing comes of the confession.
    • C.C.'s confession is recorded by Bob, and Bob is punished for recording the confession.
  • Double Subverted: Even though he managed to stop himself from confessing his plan, the recording was enough to make C.C. lose face, and without the people's support, his plan wouldn't work anyway.
  • Parodied: Bob tricks C.C. into admitting he stole candy from a baby and C.C. is instantly discredited.
  • Zig Zagged: C.C. turns his microphone off the moment he sees Bob, but Bob was wearing one too. He also rips Bob's microphone apart.
  • Averted: C.C. is not defeated by being tricked into confessing publicly.
  • Enforced: "C.C. is a Villain with Good Publicity, Bob can't just run up and kill him. We need to have him trick C.C. into revealing his true nature first.
  • Lampshaded: "I can't believe I left my microphone on!"
  • Invoked: Bob and his True Companions set up an elaborate trap with the expressed purpose of tricking C.C. into revealing himself.
  • Exploited: C.C.'s confession is brought live, and C.C., realizing this, breaks into his Compelling Voice to turn every member of the audience into an instant army of Mooks.
  • Defied:
    • C.C. turns his microphone off the moment he sees Bob.
    • Engineered Public Confessions are criminalized.
  • Discussed:
    • "The only way we're going to take C.C. down is if we have evidence, and what better evidence than a confession from his own mouth!"
    • "Bob is such a jerkass for tricking poor C.C. into embarrassment."
  • Conversed: "You'd think the Big Bad would've turned off his microphone before gloating."

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