- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
- At the end of "Yes Men", after Sif has managed to defeat Lorelei, Lorelei (perhaps trying to commit Suicide by Cop) starts taunting Sif about her lover who Lorelei once brainwashed into being her slave, only to be cut off when Sif slaps a Power Nullifier collar on her neck, literally shutting her up.
Sif: You were saying?
- In "End of the Beginning", the team finally confronts The Clairvoyant (or rather, his decoy), who starts ranting about how his people will kill them all and take Skye, and there's nothing they can do to stop it... and is then silenced when Ward shoots him dead.
- "Turn, Turn, Turn" combines this with Kirk Summation when Garrett is revealed as the true Clairvoyant and a HYDRA mole, and explains his motives to the less than impressed heroes.
Garrett: Come on, this is me being honest, Phil.
Coulson: No, John. This is you being a psychopath.
- In "Beginning of the End", after May beats Ward by nailing his feet to the ground, he starts to plead with her, only for her to punch him in the throat, cracking his larynx and literally shutting him up.
- In the same episode, while a now-insane Garrett starts ranting about his power and purpose, Coulson and Fury just ignore him and snark on how crazy he is.
Fury: You didn't say he'd gone this crazy.
Coulson: He's definitely taken it up a notch.
- Angel: In the final episode when Hamilton gains the upper hand over the vampire, he begins to boast about his own awesomeness, ending with: "The power of the Senior Partners runs through my blood!" Angel picks himself up, and smiles almost pitying at him before saying "Can you pick out the one word you probably shouldn't have said?" and proceeding to drink from him, gaining a massive power boost. And then, with his Game Face still on, he gets another perfect one-liner after draining him. "Wow, you really are full of it." (licks his finger). There is one final one at the end of their fight, when Hamilton boasts: "We are legion. We are forever." Angel breaks Hamilton's grip, and proceeds to pound him saying "Then I guess forever, just got a hell of a lot shorter" ending it with one final punch that break's Hamilton's neck.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Lee is confronting Phelan, the head of the fleet's Black Market. The black market gets things such as food and medical supplies to people who need them. But Phelan has also pressured people into giving up their children to be child prostitutes as payment. Often for the medicines. Phelan gives Lee a Motive Rant ("It's hard to see the high ground when we're all standing in the mud...") and Lee points a gun at him. Phelan is completely unfazed, convinced that Lee won't shoot as they are not alike... and Lee shoots him in the chest. He then tells Phelan's cronies that the child prostitution and the withholding of medicines stops NOW. If it doesn't, he'll know. And he'll be back.
- Blackadder Goes Forth:
- Done very bluntly in "Private Plane": on being caught by Baron von Richthoven, Captain Flashheart appears to listen to the Baron's gloating speech for about a minute before suddenly shooting him dead mid-sentence with the observation "What a poof!"
- Possibly to the point of being a subversion, since the Baron's speech is more along the lines of "Wow, I finally get to meet the great Lord Flashheart! As men of honour, we'll surely have so much in common and will have a glorious and dignified duel with each other!" than a Break Them by Talking, not having realised that Flashheart is in it for England, not for personal glory or the love of combat.
- Blue Bloods: In one episode, a serial rapist is holding Erin hostage at gunpoint and tells Frank to Put Down His Gun and Step Away. Frank shoots him in the head in mid-sentence.
- A double Shut Up, Hannibal! from the "Man in the Bear" episode involving, appropriately enough, a cannibal:
Cannibal: (to Booth) You don't understand; it's a spiritual right to share the life force...
Booth: Look, you're nuts, okay? We get it. We don't need to hear the rambling psycho speech on why you did it.
Cannibal: (to Bones) You're an anthropologist. You know that ancient civilizations would sacrifice some in order to preserve the strength...
(Bones knocks him out with a bedpan)
Booth: What'd you do that for?
Bones: Nobody wants to hear that rambling psycho speech.
- Also Bones. In the episode The Man in the Morgue, set in New Orleans, the killer starts going into a harangue about the power of Voodoo. Bones shuts him up by poking him in the eye.
Bones: I've noticed that very few people are scary once they've been poked in the eye.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In the episode "Lie to Me", Buffy's old friend is going to hand her and a bunch of innocent people over to Spike in exchange for being made a vampire. He gives Buffy a long speech about how he's dying and in pain. Buffy listens, and tells him she feels sorry for him... but if he goes through with it, she'll kill him herself. Commence ass-kicking.
- This is something of a speciality of Buffy's. Buffy's sass has won out over even the most carefully constructed Break Them by Talking.
- Season Three, "Amends":
The First: I’m not a demon, little girl. I am something you cannot even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin, beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You’ll never see me but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate -
Buffy: All right, I get it. You're evil. Do we have to chat about it all day?
- One of her boyfriends picks up on it too. Recurring human villain Ethan Rayne walks away while delivering a lecture on why Buffy can't kill him. He walks straight into Riley, who arrests him.
- A villain to newly minted villain when Willow cuts Warren's excuses short, saying "Bored now." before flaying him alive and leaving him to die in the dirt.
- Buffy's speech to the Turok-Han before fighting it. Notably, the Turok isn't even capable of speech, but it represents the First, and in any case, the speech is more for the sake of raising morale among the Potentials, who are bearing witness.
"Looks good, doesn't it? They're trapped in here. Terrified, meat for the beast, and there's nothing they can do but wait. That's all they've been doing for days, waiting to be picked off, having nightmares about monsters that can't be killed. But I don't believe in that. I always find a way. I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about. And right now, you and me are gonna show 'em why.
- Criminal Minds: At the end of "100", partway through the epic final fight between Hotch and George Foyet, they've reached the living room, and Foyet has Hotch dazed on the floor. He pulls out his knife, but then menaces, "When I'm finished with you, I'm going to find that little bastard son of yours, and show him both of his dead parents. And tell him it's all your fault, and-" That's Foyet's last conjunction, as Hotch leaps off the floor and tackles him, Morgan-style, mid-sentence. Which is a preamble to the show's ultimate What You Are in the Dark moment: Hotch beating Foyet to death with his bare hands.
- CSI: Miami:
- Dark Angel: Max ("452") cuts short an opponent's pre-fight monologue in the series finale:
Genetically Engineered Thug: 452...
Max: Just bring it!
- Doctor Who:
- In "Remembrance of the Daleks" the Doctor got what may be the greatest example of this yet:
I will transform Skaro's sun into a source of unimaginable power and with that power at my disposal the Daleks shall sweep away Gallifrey and its impotent quorum of Time Lords! The Daleks shall become lords of time! We shall become all- The Doctor:
Powerful! Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding!
Et cetera, et cetera!
- There's another funny one in Ghostlight when Josiah Smith is explaining how he will rule the British Empire after he's assassinated Queen Victoria:
Josiah Smith: The British Empire's an anarchic mess. There's no clear directive from the throne, no discipline. Result? Confusion, wastage. I can provide a new order. Wealth, prosperity...
The Doctor:... confusion, wastage, tyranny, burnt toast, till all the atlas is pink (hums Rule Britannia and salutes.)
- Another one between the Doctor and Davros is in "Journey's End", the last episode of season four of the new series:
It is time we talked, Doctor, after so very long... The Doctor:
No no no no no, we're not doing the nostalgia tour! I want to know what's happening right here, right now.
- And earlier, after Davros tries another lecture:
The Doctor: After all this time, after everything we saw, everything we lost, I have only one thing to say to you... BYE!
- "Planet of Fire" features this wonderful exchange when Peri first encounters the Master:
: So what? I'm Perpugilliam Brown and I can shout just as loud as you can.
- Another example is in the episode, "The Long Game", when the Ninth Doctor is captured by the Editor of an evil news channel, secretly controlling the thoughts of every single human.
The Editor: Well, now, there's an interesting point. Is a slave a slave, if he doesn't know he's enslaved?
The Doctor: Yes.
The Editor: Oh, I was hoping for a philosophical debate. Is that all I'm going to get, "yes"?
The Doctor: Yes.
- There's a very good one in 'Dalek':
: If you want orders, follow this one. Kill yourself. Dalek
: The Daleks must survive!! The Doctor
: (literally foaming at the mouth)
The Daleks have failed
! Now why don't you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct?! Rid the universe of your filth! WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE?! Dalek
: (Beat) You would make a good Dalek.
- A non-verbal villain-on-villain one occurs in "End of Time Part 2". The Master is gloating about how his Turn-Every-Human-Into-The-Master machine can now be used as a Transform-The-Returned-Time-Lords-Into-The-Master machine... and upon hearing this, Rassilon silently uses his Glowing Metal Gauntlet to undo the machine's effect, returning every human to their original state.
- In episode 6 of The Reign of Terror, Robespierre is arrested. He is about to make a speech when he is shot in the jaw.
- Let's not forget the first confrontation with the Dalek Emperor in The Parting of the Ways. The Daleks begin shouting at the Doctor after he 'blasphemes' to which he turns round, shouts 'SHUT UP!' and says 'Sorry about that, where were me?'
- The Headmaster delivers a good one to Son of Mine in Family of Blood. It ends the discussion and Son of Mine has to pull out his weapon.
Son of Mine: War is coming. In foreign fields, war of the whole wide world, with all your boys falling down in the mud. Do you think they will thank the man who taught them it was glorious?
Headmaster: Don't you forget, boy, I've been a soldier; I was in South Africa. I used my dead mates for sandbags. I fought with the butt of my rifle when the bullets ran out and I would go back there tomorrow! For King and Country!
- Rory Williams gets A Shut Up Hitler moment. Then puts him in a cupboard.
- There are probably a lot of examples, but this one from "The Train Job" stands out:
Crow: Keep the money. Use it to buy a funeral. It doesn't matter where you go or how far you fly. I will hunt you down, and the last thing you see will be my blade.
(kicks Crow into Serenity's engine)
- Also in "Train Job"
Lund: The In'e'pen'ents were a bunch of inbred, cowardly piss-pots. Should've been killed off of every world spinnin'.
Mal: [turns] Say that to my face.
Lund: I said you're a coward and a piss-pot. Now what are you gonna do about it?
Mal: [smiles] Nothing. I just wanted you to face me so she could get behind you.
[Lund turns, and Zoe knocks him out with the butt of her rifle]
- Similarly, in "War Stories", when Zoe deprives Niska of his speech when she chooses to save Wash instead of Mal.
Him. Oh, I'm sorry, you were going to ask me to choose
, right? Do you want to finish?
- In the pilot, where Dobson is holding a gun to River's head, the Fed starts in on what he's going to do if anyone moves. Mal, who is just heading aboard the ship, ends the speech by shooting him in the head. Without even breaking stride.
- The Following: At the end of the pilot, Joe Carroll's been recaptured, only for the existence of his cult to be revealed. When Hardy asks what their plan is, Carroll responds that they're going to "write a sequel" (to the book Hardy wrote about Carroll's original killing spree and capture), and Hardy's going to help. Hardy's response?
- Glee: Will gets a moment after Sue bursts into the Glee club's room with a trophy in her hand, loudly talking about how she'll turn it into a trophy room. After she gives a little rant about how they have no chance at Regionals, Will walks up to her, grabs the trophy out of her hands, then throws it against the room's wall, smashing it to pieces. Shut Up, Hannibal!! at its finest.
- Heroes: In the third volume finale, Sylar takes over the Company building in one long, drawn-out attempt to push its few remaining inhabitants over the edge and prove that they're all as bad as he is. It eventually reaches the point where makes an over-the-phone offer to let them go free if Claire will just be a dear and shoot Angela. Claire, enraged, threatens to kill him if she gets out alive:
Sylar: (feigning shock) From cheerleader to stone-cold killer! Who's the monster now?
(Claire pauses. She pumps the shotgun, looks at Angela, then suddenly turns and blows the phone away. Sylar stares at his cell phone as it beeps a busy signal at him.)
Claire: You are.
- House: Cole finally earns House's respect when he counters House's mind games by punching him in the jaw.
- Justified: The increasingly unstable mobster Quarles approaches Raylan in a bar and tells him that he is going to kill him sometime in the future when Raylan least expects him. Raylan's response is to pull out his gun and fire a shot into the ceiling:
Raylan: Why wait?
- Kamen Rider Decade: Tsukasa is a master of this, to the point it happens at least once per story arc, normally leading to his Catch Phrase "I'm just a passing through Kamen Rider, remember that!"
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Det. Robert Goren's archnemesis Nicole Wallace taunts Goren about his schizophrenic mother and his neglectful, philandering father on various occasions, only to have Goren turn the tables on her each time. In "Anti-Thesis" and "A Person of Interest", Goren switches the topic to Nicole's sexually abusive father. In "Great Barrier", the following exchange takes place when Goren accuses Nicole of murdering her own daughter:
Who helped you concoct that theory, your mother
In her wildest delusions she never spawned anything like you, Nicole.
- M*A*S*H: In one episode, army psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman does this (sort of) to Colonel Flagg when Flagg refuses to believe his claim that a combat-fatigued pilot is a victim:
Freedman: You're a victim too, Flagg, except you're such an example of walking fertilizer, it's hard for me to care.
- The Mentalist:
- Watching Patrick Jane in action has made his colleagues less awed by others doing a Sherlock Scan:
Dr. Daniel: You're ambitious, more than you let anyone see. A girl from nowheresville, desperate to make it big, but you're worried that you'll always be smalltown, smalltime. You haven't got what it takes, and that's why you're so shut down to everything but this job.
Van Pelt: Dr. Daniel, no offense, but I've been working with Patrick Jane for nine months now. You wanna get under my skin, you're gonna have to up your game.
- Funny, because Daniel's speech closely mirrors the original Hannibal Lecture.
- When Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John, this little exchange takes place:
Red John: You probably have a lot of questions for me, huh? We have time, if you want.
Patrick Jane: I have no questions. You're an evil, sexually perverted sociopath with pathetic delusions of grandeur. The rest is just details.
Red John: Evil, sexually perverted sociopath? Well, I guess I have to own that, but... Delusions of grandeur? No. I have no delusions. I built a secret empire, I control the lives of thousands of people; my word is life and death... And nobody knows who I am. Now, if that's not grandeur, I don't know what you call it!
Patrick Jane: ...I call it the ravings of a squalid egomaniac.
- Monk: At the end of the episode "Mr. Monk is on the Run", Monk confronts his arch-nemesis Dale the Whale, who is in prison due to Monk's actions. Dale gloats at Monk, telling him that while he (Dale) is in jail, it's Monk who is a prisoner, trapped by is own hang-ups and neurosis. Monk looks at Dale, then simply turns his back and walks away:
Dale: Hey! Come back here! I'm not finished!
Monk: (quietly) Oh yes, you are.
- The Nanny: The episode "Sunday in the Park with Fran", Maxwell Sheffield and C.C. Babcock, his business partner, try to curry favor with theatre critic Frank Bradley by having Maxwell's daughter Gracie go on a play-date with the critic's son, Frank Jr., even though Gracie insists she doesn't like him and Fran supports her. During the play-date, Fran hits Frank Jr. with a baguette because he was bullying Gracie, so Maxwell arranges for a meeting with Frank Sr. for Fran to apologize. But when he becomes incredibly hostile towards Fran, Maxwell decides enough is enough:
Maxwell: You know, Frank, I'm getting bloody tired of kissing up to you...
C.C.: (interrupting) I'm not. Let me do it...
Miss Fine was right from the beginning. I should never have forced my little girl to play with your son. Quite clearly, he deserved everything he got.
And I don't care for what you think of my play, and frankly, I don't care much for you, either. Now, let me show you the door. (gesturing behind him without turning
) It's over there.
- Delivered a very effective one to Abby's Stalker with a Crush without saying a word. As he's being interrogated at the end, the stalker keeps addressing the two-way mirror, taunting Abby with claims that they're drawn to each other — "Right now, you can't take your eyes off me, can you?" Gibbs responds to this by leaving the interrogation room, reaching into the other, and flipping on the lights, revealing that nobody's there watching. Loser stalker doesn't take it well.
- A particularly interesting variant since the intended recipient of the lecture was Abby and not Gibbs, making this a Shut Up, Hannibal! by never having been there in the first place.
- Neighbours: A recent storyline had Susan stalked by someone who turned out to be her University lecturer, who blamed her for failing him when he was a student teacher at Erinsborough High. Despite the hell he had put her in recent weeks, Susan refused to take any crap from him, telling him that he had no one to blame but himself for repeated failures to learn from his mistakes.
- Prison Break: After Mahone's Heel-Face Turn his son is killed out of retribution. Mahone captures the man who did it, gets insanely brutal in torturing him until he calls Mahone's wife and apologizes, then leads him to a dock tied to a bunch of weights. The killer starts a speech to Mahone about how they aren't any different, only for Mahone to push him into the water after just a few words.
- Revolution: Danny has given this to Captain Tom Neville in "Chained Heat" and "Soul Train", and Neville is not happy about it. At all. Fortunately, Neville is under orders to keep Danny alive, so Danny is not worried about being harmed or killed as a result.
- Cox's therapist gave him a Break Them by Talking after Cox constantly made fun of him instead of listening. It went about something like why Cox is how he is and how pathetic and sad he really is behind his Jerkass Façade. Dr. Cox replied with crying like a baby in an overly sarcastic manner, saying "Give me a break" and leaving.
- Later Laverne gives Cox one, so it goes both ways.
- Cox also gave one to Chief of Medicine Dr. Kelso. Cox comes upon Kelso giving a Breaking Speech to Naïve Newcomer Dr. Reid. Cox interrupts by punching out Kelso, telling Reid that she's doing a great job, then goes home to spend some time with his baby son.
- Cox is also on the receiving end when, after a case-study J.D has conducted is selected by Kelso to be delivered at an important medical conference, Cox delivers a nasty "The Reason You Suck" Speech to J.D about how this basically makes him Kelso's bitch. Visibly hurt, J.D retorts that there's nothing wrong with playing the game every so often, and that while he respects and admires Cox, he also wants to be more successful than he is. Cox is left visibly taken aback not just by J.D standing up to him for once, but by J.D's implication that Cox's own stubbornness and anti-authoritarian streak, which he's always been proud about, has stalled and perhaps even destroyed his career.
- In the episode "Lara", Clark Kent gets exposed to kryptonite and falls on his face. A government agent approaches him with handcuffs and rants about how aliens are all dangers to national security, only for Clark to pop up and deck him.
Lex: Don't let your mother make you do something you will later reg-
- In the episode "Spell", the evil witch Isobel mocks Clark, ranting about how his powers are nothing compared to her reality-bending magic, only for Clark to incinerate her spellbook with a shot of heat vision.
- Lionel Luthor gets at least one too. In one Saw-like episode, called "Mercy", a crazy employee is forcing Lionel to go through an obstacle course to fight for his life while boasting over a loudspeaker about how Lionel will probably die instead of escaping. At one point, Lionel's captor asks "So have you learned anything yet?", to which Lionel sneers "Yeah. You talk too much. Shut up," right before successfully completing the task at hand and moving to the next stage of the obstacle course.
- Subverted Trope in the episode "Supergirl". Gordon Godfrey is giving a villainous speech about how humans are frail and pathetic and that heroes cannot accomplish anything when Clark tells him to cut the crap and tell him where Lois Lane is being held prisoner. Godfrey ignores him and continues where he left off, causing Clark to lose his temper.
- Earth-2 Lionel Luthor spends half of season ten tormenting the E-1 counterpart of his daughter Tess, saying that she's worth nothing and the only good she is to him is as a necessary sacrifice so that her heart can be put into the body of the Lex clone. Tess, who couldn't bring herself to kill her own father, alternate version or not, finally snaps when he actively tries to murder her, and shuts him up quite effectively by shooting him in the chest.
- Stargate SG-1:
- In the episode "Prometheus", there is a wonderful exchange between Simmons and Conrad after they stole the Prometheus:
Simmons: Bridge to engine room, come in.
Conrad: What is it?
Simmons: Are we gonna get into hyperdrive any time soon, here?
Conrad: I'm working on it. The design is incredibly crude. It amazes me that a race as backward as yours could even think of attempting interstellar travel.
Simmons: Spare me the super-villain riff. We're on the clock here.
- There's also this exchange between Heru'ur and O'Neill:
Heru'ur: You DARE
DEFY ME? O'Neill:
I was thinkin' about it. (throws knife into Heru'ur's ribbon device)
- O'Neill is fond of these.
Ba'al: "You dare MOCK me?"
"Come on, Ba'al, you know me
. Of course
I dare mock you!"
- Stargate Verse: The heroes are way too Genre Savvy to put up with the hammy villains. O'Neill is probably the exemplar here.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the episode "Skin of Evil", Picard gives an epic speech to Armus, the malicious being who murdered Tasha Yar and tortured Riker and gloated about it to a trapped Counselor Troi:
Picard: You say you are true evil? Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity, instead of defying you.
Armus: I will kill you and those in there.
Picard: But you will still be in this place. Forever, alone, immortal. (Armus begins growling) That's your real fear, never to die. Never again to be united with those who left you here. (Armus begins screaming) I'm not taking you anywhere.
- Star Trek: Voyager: Had an Evil vs. Evil variant with two Borg cubes hailing Species 8472 in one of the shortest (and funniest) teaser openings ever:
: "We are the Borg. Existence as you know it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is fu
- In "Nothing Human", The Doctor does this to a hologram of Crell Moset when he, a Cardassian physician who used questionable methods in his medical research, tries to defend his work, which The Doctor made use of.
Crell Moset: "You can erase my program Doctor, but you can never change the fact that you've already used some of my research. Where was your conscience when B'Elanna was dying on that table? Ethics, Morality, conscience — funny how they all go out the airlock when we need something. Are you and I really so different?"
The Doctor: "Computer, delete medical consultant program and all related files."
- Dean Winchester isn't about to fall for "that sympathy-for-the-devil crap," not even when the actual Devil tries it on him. But then, Dean is a simple man and figures that if someone unleashes a supernatural plague that turns people into monsters and thereby causes the complete collapse of civilisation as we know it, then no matter how much he tries to argue that Humans Are Bastards and that God was unfair to him, he's still what is commonly known as "the bad guy."
- Jessie, the anti-anti-christ tells the Demon who is possessing his mom to sit down and shut up, who was in the process of telling him that everyone he ever knew lied to him. This is after Sam tried telling the truth. After Sam tells him the truth, Jessie banishes the demon from his mother. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the little guy too.
- The Vampire Diaries: It's pretty common, particularly where Stefan is concerned. The vampires like to tell each other how much they suck, to the point that some of them just get sick of it. One particular moment is when Katherine asks Stefan and Damon how Elena feels about having them both worship her. Stefan tells her that she's really desperate if she's going for that.
- The Walking Dead: The Season 5 episode "Coda" opens with Rick chasing down the cop they were holding hostage, who had attacked Sasha and escaped. He warns him to stop; when he doesn't, he rans him over with a car. Then this exchange occurs:
You'll die! You'll all- (Rick shoots him
- The Wire:
- In the final episode, when Cheese is making a speech about how the Prop Joe and Marlo had had "their time" and now it is his time to take over. Well, he would have got to that part had Slim Charles not decided to make "his time" quite short.
- Also well done much earlier, when Omar, a stick-up man who robs drug dealers (but has never harmed anyone not involved in the drug game) is testifying at the trial of a drug enforcer accused of murdering a state's witness. Drug Lawyer Levy tries to first undermine Omar's credibility by hinting that he's only testifying to get out of some other charge, (which is untrue) then attempts to paint Omar as an amoral parasite who feeds off the violence, death, and corruption of the drug world. Omar shuts him down by casually pointing out that description applies to Levy too:
You are amoral, are you not? You are feeding off the violence and the despair of the drug trade. You are stealing from those who themselves are stealing the lifeblood from our city. You are a parasite who leeches off... Omar:
Just like you, man. Levy:
...the culture of drugs... excuse me? What? Omar: I've got the shotgun, you've got the briefcase. It's all in the game though