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This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
RawPower on May 11th 2010 at 5:13:49 AM
Last Edited By:
RawPower on May 11th 2010 at 3:39:55 PM
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The Villain, thinking he has already won and that Nothing Can Stop Us Now!, may gloat about his victory, thus revealing himself to his opponents. This proves to be his undoing, either because of Unspoken Plan Guarrantee or because Finagle's Law allows them to find a last-minute crack in his ploy. Maybe a subtrope of Hoistby His Own Petard, since the villain's defeat is entirely his fault.


  • In Death Note, if Light Yagami had just known when to shut up, things might have ended very differently.

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May 11th 2010 at 6:38:06 AM

It technically is, but if it was Nothing Can Stop Us Now then the heroes/protagonists/whomever may have fallen into this ploy will have to actually think instead of having the solution thrown at them with an explained and perfectly executed plan until the finale of it all, which is when their plan is taken apart and used against them.

At least that is how I would see it playing out.

May 11th 2010 at 2:26:10 PM

I don't think I understand the distinction.

May 11th 2010 at 2:40:03 PM

^^ I don't get it.

In Nothing Can Stop Us Now, the gloating is a form of Tempting Fate, while here it is exactly what makes the villain fail (Subtrope?). Perhaps he revealed himself as the villain too early, especially if he is The Mole. Or perhaps the very fact of explaining that "All tasks are cleared" or "All conditions are met" will make the heroes realize exactly what those conditions are without further explanation, and allow them to thwart the villain's plan in a way he couldn't possibly have imagined.

In Code Geass, this trope is touched upon in Charles and Marianne's Reveal. If only they had distracted Lelouch with some irrelevant stuff meanwhile, such as at least feigning remorse, their plan would have succeeded without a hitch.

Related to Just Between You And Me, and can ovelrap with Engineered Public Confession.