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Basic Trope: A villain gloats to the hero.

  • Straight: Maximilian the Magnificently Mad captures the superhero Dr. Knight and tells him how he will blow up the city.
  • Exaggerated: Maximilian texts, emails, phones, and shouts at any hero he knows of with all the details of his plan.
  • Downplayed: Maximilian occasionally hints to a prisoner that something interesting is coming up.
  • Justified: Maximilian, if not an out-and-out narcissist, at the very least has narcissistic tendencies and as such he has a pathological need for validation. And who but Dr. Knight has the mind to appreciate the marvelous cunning of his plan? Everyone else will just think he used a bomb.
  • Inverted:
    • Dr. Knight has defeated Maximilian the Mad, and he gloats about how this victory will be beneficial to Knight and all other good people, and once he's done making this point, he goes on to describe how miserable Maximilian will be while he is locked up in jail. And he does this in the same Large Ham tones of voice that characterize so much of the Evil Gloating on part of the villains, while equally oblivious to the fact he is giving Maximilian the opportunity to escape.
    • Maximillian gives an increasingly agitated rant about all the difficulties he's encountered as he put his plan into motion.
  • Subverted:
    • Maximilian declares, "I might as well tell you my plan." And leaves.
    • Maximilian suddenly shoots Dr. Knight in the middle of his speech.
  • Double Subverted:
    • To announce it from another room, over the speaker.
    • But the bullet doesn't kill Dr. Knight outright and Maximilian continues his own speech as usual.
  • Parodied: Maximillian starts gloating evilly about stuff that has nothing to do with the current situation at all.
  • Zig-Zagged:
    • Maximillian starts gloating, then stops, makes sure Dr. Knight is fully restrained, then resumes gloating.
    • Maximillian gloats to Dr. Knight...from behind a one-way mirror, meaning the latter can't hear him. At least, that is what Maximillian assumed, not releasing Knight had bugged the room beforehand.
    • Maximilian isn't so much gloating as explaining his plan to his minion, and dismisses Dr. Knight as "A soon-to-be corpse that won't spill the beans."
  • Averted: Maximillian doesn't gloat at all.
  • Enforced: The writer needs a way to reveal what Maximillian is up to, and chooses to have the villain explain his plan while gloating to the hero.
  • Implied: Maximillian leaves a note in Dr. Knight's cell before setting off on his evil plan. We don't see what the note says, but Dr. Knight's reaction upon reading the note suggests that he knows how to put an end to the plan and escape.
  • Lampshaded: "Maximilian, you make that same speech every time you capture me. Ever notice how I always escape?"
  • Invoked: "But before I die, what was all this about in the first place?"
  • Exploited: Engineered Public Confession
  • Defied: Someone (whether the hero, or a fellow villain who finds this gloating in poor taste) tells Maximilian to Shut Up, Hannibal! before he really gets started.
  • Discussed: "The villains in the spy novels I read in high school would have given an extended, gloating speech at this point. But Maximilian simply gave a smug smile, and left the room to get on with his business."
  • Conversed: "The writers of this comic book are so old-fashioned. They actually have the villain gloat evilly and explain his plan to the hero, instead of just shooting her."
  • Deconstructed:
    • It can be just as torturous to a prisoner to be killed without knowing the details of the villain's plans or even their motives as it would be to tell them all that.
    • The villain spends so much time gloating that the hero escapes his shackles, gets his hands on a gun, and shoots him.
  • Reconstructed: But even if he could've caused torment by withholding his plan and thinking processes, the villain would have the information off his chest before he's in front of everyone, so he won't be compelled to blurt it out in public.
  • Played for Laughs: Maximillian presents his plan to Dr. Knight in the form of a sock puppet show performed by his minions.
  • Played for Drama: Maximillian presents his plan to Dr. Knight while standing together with him on the Conveyor Belt of Doom.
  • Played for Horror: The very sound of Maximillian's voice is a Brown Note that kills Dr. Knight gruesomely and painfully.

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