ScroogeMacDuck on Nov 17th 2017 at 2:03:13 PM
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AHI-3000 on Mar 13th 2018 at 3:40:52 PM
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A Evil Speech Of Evil (Evil Laugh optional) is one of the most recurring trappings of great villains, be they an irredeemable Classic Villain or a complex Anti-Villain you almost feel sorry for. They're just the place for the writers to showcase the character's warped worldview, why they believe what they believe, the motives behind their heinous deeds. A successful villain's-worldview monologue can and often will become an acclaimed signature scene.
Only, because villains are cultured and eloquent, they're often a bit too convincing. Not to the heroes themselves (that's Villain Has a Point), mind you, but to us, the audience. Especially if The Hero is (perceived as) a bland do-gooder with a childish, black-and-white worldview, it's easy to be enraptured by what the villain has to say... even if the writer did intend for his to be a flawed, warped logic.
A subtrope of Misaimed Fandom. Will naturally lead to the audience Rooting for the Empire. As mentioned earlier, compare Villain Has a Point when the work itself acknowledges the villain isn't all wrong.
- The most famous example of a Villain Monologue Backfire is probably the Joker's psychoanalysis of Batman and himself in The Killing Joke, wherein he sees himself and "Batsy" as two sides of the same coin —Â two men who were Driven to Madness by the trauma they went through, as anyone else would have been in their place. This interpretation of Batman as being just as insane as the Joker but just refusing to admit it has become a very popular Alternate Character Interpretation for the Dark Knightnote ... never mind that the Joker's argument is very thoroughly, very convincingly deconstructed at the end of the comic by Batman himself.
- In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Professor Quirrell's mournful, bleak monologue where he laments that he wasn't born someplace not populated by idiots, which was intended to showcase the worldview of a depressed sadistic sociopath, ended up one of the most memorable and oft-quoted speeches in the story.
- As he himself recounts in his Evil Gloating, the Start of Darkness of Syndrome in The Incredibles was when superhero Mr Incredible dismissed him and his newly-invented rocket-boots on the sole grounds that "Mr Incredible works alone". Even if one glosses over the arguable hypocrisy of this statement note , it's hard not to agree with Syndrome that it was rather callous of Incredible to back-handedly such an obviously talented boy's dreams.
- There have been several online examples of people posting quotes from the villain's manifesto from the novel Chasing Vermeer as 'inspirational quotes', even though In-Universe, the manifesto is the villain's own attempt to misdirect investigators and the public about their motives and create sympathy by presenting their art theft as the result of love for art, when it actually turns out to have been a normal theft for money.
- While few people agree with the philosophy of Harry Potter Big Bad Lord Voldemort, in his last monologue (just before his death), he derides Harry as only a "lucky pawn" whose victories are all either the result of of Dumbledore's schemes or sheer dumb luck. Many readers think on that point, Voldemort was quite right, and cite this very thing as one of the series' main flaws. In truth, it was meant to be an ultimate demonstration of Voldemort's clinical inability to comprehend teamwork and selflessness.
- A large flaw in the premise of The Dreamstone is having the Big Bad's minions rather outspoken about being The Drag-Along and only going through with ruining dreams because their masters shanghai, torture or execute them for disobedience, with which the heroes are reliant on completely ignoring and insisting they are villainous and evil without offering any real counter argument. There is even a point they outright show them the grizzly form of execution Zordrak often prepares for them. The heroes just continue beating them up and screaming blue murder at them for trying to give them nightmares.
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