A villainous staple of dramatic movies is the part where the sadist villain is heard in the act of “evil gloating” over the hero, rubbing it in, taking credit, and monologuing. The villain taunts the hero one last time before attempting to finish him off for good.
“Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers, and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.” Molly Ball wrote recently, in a creepy sort of evil gloating.
Has this ever experienced evil gloating that sounds like this?:
“If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you’re going to die. So they’ll talk. They’ll gloat. They’ll watch you squirm. They’ll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar. So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word.”—Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld.
Are you thinking of the Time Magazine Confession yet?
This is like the OJ book “if I did it”, confession in plain sight, with plausible deniability
— Ryder13 (@rryder13) February 5, 2021
Consider what Ranker said about a famous evil gloater:
trastea trastea!!!! (feeling like Sidious) pic.twitter.com/Ou6Ml7YTKw
— Darth Gonher (@Sidius_) February 6, 2021
“When Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) tries to turn Luke (Mark Hamill) to the dark side of the Force, he makes the fatal mistake of monologuing instead of just taking action.
Sidious grows upset because he feels he had Luke in his grasp. He was even willing to slay Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) to gain a new apprentice. When Luke rejects his plan and refuses to end his father, Sidious uses his fun lightning powers to shock his prey. He zaps Luke, again and again, giving Vader plenty of time to get to his feet. He then continues to taunt Luke, explaining that Luke’s power is nothing compared to the dark side. He keeps talking and talking, telling Luke what a failure he is until Vader finally has enough and throws Sidious to his doom. ”
WE ARE BEING TAUNTED BY THE DARK SIDE- AREN’T WE?
That is some seriously evil gloating.
TV Tropes.com, people who study these things, says it never works out well for the villain though. “As any villain caught gloating is sure to be either killed or foiled, as in the end his gloating always ends up giving the hero that little bit of extra time or information that helps him counter the villain’s Evil Plan. In their defense, it’s really fun and gives you that warm evil feeling in the black pit of your soul when you utterly grind your opponent’s face into the dirt. Unfortunately, most villains fail to grind hard enough. But how could anyone appreciate the brilliance of your scheme unless you explained it to them?”
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“Another way this could easily backfire is that it goes hand in hand with Engineered Public Confession. A savvy hero can use it as an easy way to reveal the Chessmaster or Manipulative Bastard to the world and bring their plan crumbling around them.”
Well, if our hero really is into 4-D Chess, hopefully, we will find out about it very soon.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776