Shut UP, Hannibal

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    Megatron: Oh well, come on, let's have it! The usual "destiny and honor" speech!
    Optimus Primal: Speech this. (POW)

    Beast Wars, "Nemesis, Part 2"

    So you're finally facing the villain. He's being all smug and trying to break you with his words, deconstructing your motives for fighting him and reminding you of how similar you are to him, making you uncomfortable with his too-close-to-truths, offering you the opportunity to join him, etcetera etcetera... and what should your response be? Tell him the error of his ways, and offer him a chance to join the good guys? A measured, reasonable response, indicating your disagreement? Let the villainous argument throw you and make you wonder if you and him are Not So Different?


    Shut UP, Hannibal.

    You don't want to hear it. He's a villain. A bad guy. He has tried to kill you and your friends a dozen times over. He dangled your Sidekick and your Love Interest over a cliff, taunting you to pick one of them. He treats other people, including his own underlings, like dirt. He doesn't care about people, order, or whatever he's using to justify his actions - he just wants power. And he ran over your daughter's puppy. You're nothing like him. He's wrong. So you tell it to him, spell it out if necessary, then beat the crap out of him in a manner most righteous.

    This happens a lot. Heroes usually use the 'fist to face' variant of this, though a hero giving a villain a verbal beatdown is not unheard of. Often done by the more practical Anti-Hero, who doesn't really care about philosophy, and just prefers to beat up anyone who has messed with the them or their stuff.

    More heroes will often at least listen before coming up with a counterargument. When that fails due to the fact that the villain has rationalized their villainy with something truly depraved, the hero will often call the bad guy insane before delivering the smackdown.

    Doing this to another villain is even dumber, as they're likely to either not be big on listening, or have an outright conflicting ideology. But it still happens every now and then.

    Sometimes, The Hero needs to be told "You Are Not Alone" to come up with this reply.

    Combining it with the "World of Cardboard" Speech will just make it that much more badass.

    Conversely, one way to be Defiant to the End is to interrupt the villain by saying Get It Over With. It tends to shock the villain that anyone would prefer death to listening to him.

    As these occur at the conclusion of most stories, feel free to use spoiler marks if you think it gives away too much.

    The name is a reference to this being a response to a Hannibal Lecture, but it would be more accurate to refer to the trope Break Them by Talking, since Hannibal Lecture only concerns certain interrogation scenes.

    Compare Book'em, Danno, Shut Up, Kirk, You Keep Telling Yourself That, Verb This, and whichever variations of I Will Show You X are said specifically to a villain. For the more... forceful version, see Talk to the Fist.

    Inverse of Kirk Summation, where the hero delivers a devastating rhetorical rebuttal to the villain's Motive Rant.

    Has nothing to do with The A-Team, or the Punic Wars.

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