'''Basic Trope''': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A villain is tricked into making a public confession]].
* '''Straight''': C.C. Executive [[EvilGloating 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 VillainWithGoodPublicity, 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 [[IKnowYoureWatchingMe 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.
** The recording is destroyed before anyone can hear it.
** Turns out [[EverybodyKnewAlready everybody already knew about C.C.'s plan]].
* '''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 VillainWithGoodPublicity, 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 TrueCompanions 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, [[IAmNotLeftHanded breaks into his]] CompellingVoice 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 BigBad would've turned off his microphone before gloating."
Back to EngineeredPublicConfession, and you're caught, sucker!
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