Villainous Taunts

You sly dog! You got me monologuing!
~ Syndrome to Mr. Incredible.

In any story, there are times when the villain taunts someone (usually the hero/heroine or someone he/she loves) for these reasons:

  • Challenging the hero.
  • Shattering a bond.
  • Sadistic pleasure, especially when holding someone captive.
  • Making a fool out of the hero.
  • Giving the hero a reality check, especially if the hero made a reckless choice or is a former villain.

These taunts can range from mildly annoying and silly to dark and devastating. Some of them can come off as hurtful stereotypes.

But like Evil Gloating 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 Chessmasters or Manipulative Bastard to the world and bring their plan crumbling around them upon their misdeeds exposed.

Heroes tend to not gloat like villains, which is why every evildoer have the dreaded feeling of facing a sword over their head will usually either be allowed to live or killed without (much) fanfare. Instead, gooddoers expect the evildoers to do this, so there may be a "Have You Come to Gloat?" moment afterwards.

Examples

Literature

  • The Wicked Witch of the West taunts Dorothy Gale after taking her captive.
  • Draco Malfoy taunts Harry Potter for being an orphan, Hermione for her Muggle-born heritage, along with other characters.

Live-Action

  • Johnny Lawrence and the Cobra Kai dojo students taunting Daniel LaRusso before pushing him down a hill, setting The Karate Kid's plot in motion.
  • Scut Farkus taunting Ralphie Parker when confronting him.
  • Draco Malfoy taunts Harry Potter for being an orphan, Hermione for her Muggle-born heritage, along with other characters.
  • Darth Maul taunting Obi-Wan Kenobi about the fate of Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • In the 2003 movie Peter Pan, Captain Hook taunts Peter Pan that Wendy Darling was leaving him in an attempt to bring him down.
  • Abdullah taunts Duma by starving her after she fails her running tests.
  • The Wicked Witch of the West taunts Dorothy Gale after taking her captive.
  • King Stefan taunts Maleficent for having no wings.

Cartoons

  • Darla Dimple taunts Pudge after capturing him and before flooding Mammoth Studios.
  • Harley Quinn taunting Catwoman after she captures her and prepares to grind her alive.
  • Steele and his thugs insult Balto for his wolf heritage.
  • Ernesto de la Cruz taunts Héctor after tossing Miguel off the roof.
  • The Joker making fun of Batman's history while showing how he tortured Robin.
  • Snake Jafar taunts Aladdin after he squeezes him and tells him that he thought Aladdin is going to defeat the most powerful being on Earth.
  • Syndrome taunts Mr. Incredible after blowing up a jet plane with Bob's wife and children on it.
  • Gaston taunts the Beast during their fight.
  • Clayton mocks Tarzan to go ahead and blast him with his own gun. Realizing that doing it would only make him no better than Clayton, Tarzan instead mimics a loud gunshot, then smashes the gun into a million pieces.
  • Shere Khan taunts Mowgli about murdering the latter's mother during their final fight.
  • Grimmel taunts Hiccup after capturing Toothless, the Light Fury, and all of Berk's dragons.
  • Kai taunts Po for trying to defeat him and his attempt to use the Wuxi Finger Hold on him, as the move only works on mortals, not on spirit warriors like Kai himself.

Anime/Manga

  • Baby Vegeta taunting Uub about the demise of his mentor and friend, Goku.

Videogames

  • Andross taunting Fox McCloud to fight him alone.
  • The Mountain Lion taunts Shadow and Chance and scares them.

Quotes

Well, looky here! Don't panic, eco-pest! Get a grip!
~ Hoggish Greedly taunting Gi when he captures her.
I can't be enough for Little. How much you need, Little? (Chiron, firmly: Don't call me that.) (Mr. Pierce, sternly: All right, Terrel, that's it.) Hey, what you gonna do, Chiron?
~ Terrel picking on Chiron.
I'll give you Auntie Em, my pretty.
~ The Wicked Witch of the West taunting Dorothy Gale.
Sorry, penguin, but into each life, a little rain must fall.
~ Darla Dimple taunting Pudge when she takes him captive.
Apologies, old friend, but the show must go on.
~ Ernesto de la Cruz taunting Héctor.
Don't worry, little girl. I'll make sure Arthur gets it back. Or gets it in the back.
~ Ruber taunting Kayley as he takes her captive.
What's the matter, Beast? (laughs) Too kind and gentle to fight BACK?
~ Gaston LeGume taunting the Beast.
I had a kitty once. You know, they don't always land on their feet. Look on the bright side. Tomorrow, you'll be feeding HUNDREDS of hungry cats. The fun starts as soon as Mr. J. comes back.
~ Harley Quinn taunting Catwoman as she prepares to grind her alive.
I've been waiting for you, Star Fox. You know that I control the galaxy. It's foolish to come against me. You will die just like your father.
~ Andross taunting Fox McCloud to come and face him alone.
Hey, Sully. How does it feel to betray your own race?
~ Miles Quaritch taunting Jake Sully as he challenges him.
Well, this is a pity. What will you do now, bowman? You are forsaken! No help will come! Is that your child? You cannot save him from the fire! He will BURN!
~ Smaug taunting Bard and Bain as he burns Laketown.
Is our little prince uncomfortable? Does he want his pillow fluffed? Special treatment for the special boy! Isn't THAT what you wanted?
~ Ginarrbrik taunting Edmund Pevensie while holding him captive.
What up, fellas! Man, I wanna kill y'all right now! Hahaha! But I'mma kill ya later! Definitely gonna kill you mofos later! Hahaha!
~ Mohawk taunting the TRF as he is released from their custody to join Megatron's "crew".
(Patrick: What happened?) (SpongeBob: Plankton cheated.) Cheated? Hold on there, baldy. Oh, grow up. What, you think this is a game of kickball on the playground? You never had a chance to defeat me, fool! And you know why? (SpongeBob: Because you cheated?) No, not because I cheated! Because I'm an evil genius. And you're just a kid. A stupid kid!
~ Plankton taunting SpongeBob as he surrounds him, Patrick, and Princess Mindy with his army of mind-controlled slaves.
(Daniel LaRusso is taking his bike home when Johnny and the Cobra Kai ride up to him.) (Dutch: Looking for a shortcut back to Newark, Daniel?) No, he wants to learn karate! Well, here's your first lesson: How to take a fall! (Daniel: What are you doing?!) (Dutch: Don't think about the pain!) (With that, Johnny and his goons shove Daniel down a hill, causing him to fall off his bike.)
~ Johnny Lawrence and his gang of Cobra Kai students taunting Daniel LaRusso.
That's it? Pathetic! Trouble with you Autobots... you always hold back!
~ Crankstart mocking Bumblebee, Hubcap, and Slap Dash before being destroyed by the former.
Where's your kid now, Sheriff?
~ Lotso taunting Woody, Buzz and the other toys before betraying them and leaving them in the incinerator.
(Balto is talking to Boris when a growly voice rings out.) Didn't make the team, Bingo? (Boris, to Balto: Don't listen to him. Don't look at him. Live a long life.) (Balto, turning to face Steele: My name's BALTO.) (Boris: But you can call him "idiot.") I'm sorry, Balto. Balto the half-breed. (Steele's thugs begin to agree as he turns to Boris.) Hey, old goose? You half-breed, too, huh? Part turkey? (Boris, terrified, falls onto a huge plate, the dome trapping him.) (Nikki: Wow, good wordplay there, boss.) (Kaltag: You are the wittiest, the drollest, the cleverest, the sharpest! You are the hilariousest!) (Star: You crack me up!) (He laughs, but Kaltag knocks him out with a single blow. Balto glares at his rival.) (Balto: Steele, just leave him out of this.) (Steele's goons jeer at Balto.) Oh, Balto. I've got a message for your mother. (As soon as he says this, he and his thugs raise their muzzles to the sky and howl.) (Nikki: Hey, Balto, translate for me, would you?) (Balto's eyes narrow with rage and he walks up to Steele and his cronies; Boris tries to pull him away by his tail.) (Star: What's wolf for "Go chase your tail?") (Boris: Balto, stop!) (Balto approaches Steele and his goons, who stop howling.) Get him. (Steele's thugs ferociously bark at Balto.) Get out of her, wolf-dog. You better get back to your pack. (Boris, trying to lead his friend away: Maybe it's the unrelenting fear, but I'm seeing wisdom in this advice. Maybe we go now, huh? Now!) (Steele and his gang, laughing, kick snow at Balto.) (Kaltag: I think Balto's friend got his feathers ruffled!) (Star, cackling: Goose! Ha! I get it!) (Steele's men knock down Balto with a stone.) (Nikki: Half-wolf in the side pocket there!) (Kaltag: That was the most dead-center, on-target, down-the-middle...) (Star, with a laugh: Ya hit him!) (But then, noticing Kaltag, he sighs and gulps before a big box to the jaw. Steele walks off, chuckling evilly.)
~ Steele taunting Balto for his part-wolf heritage.
Okay, wolf. Come on. I want you to get mad! I want you to win! Do you understand me!?! Do you understand!?!
~ Beauty Smith taunting White Fang and training him to fight.
That's the point. If she's angry, and she's hungry, then she chases the rabbit better. Like some food, cat? Too bad. You gotta earn it.
~ Abdullah taunting Duma with a bowl of meat while arguing with Patel.
Listen, jerk! When I tell you to come, you better come! (Ralphie starts quivering in anger.) What, are you gonna cry now? Come on, crybaby, cry for me! Come on, CRY, HA HA!!! (Ralphie as an Adult: Deep under the recesses of my brain, a tiny red hot little flame began to growl.) (Scut continues laughing at Ralphie before he is pushed to his breaking point.)
~ Scut Farkus taunting Ralphie Parker and challenging him.
(Akela: You have no right to be here, Shere Khan!) Well, I think you'll find I stay where I please. (Tabaqui laughs) (Akela sees a dead cattle): You kill man's cattle. You poison the jungle. You're the reason man is here!) But you permitted man to live among you! You pretend that he is a wolf! But we both know that is the one thing he will never be! He will always be a man! You poisoned the jungle! But you are no longer leader now, are you? You missed your kill. And by your law, your pack must challenge you. (Tabaqui laughs): Akela's missed his kill! Akela's missed his kill!)
~ Shere Khan taunts at Akela, that he missed the kill and tell to him he poison the Jungle taking Mowgli in wolf pack.
Free at last! Thank Megatron I'm free at last! Thank you! I'm gonna miss you, Tim! Thank you for your hospitality, Brad! I know where you live, Enrique, say hello to your wife for me!
~ Nitro Zeus "thanking" the TRF as he is released from their custody to join Megatron's "crew".
(Clayton scans the mossy trees looking for Tarzan. Suddenly, Tarzan jumps onto Clayton's shoulders, causing him to drop his gun. The two men wrestle each other as they tumble from branch to branch. Clayton spots his gun in some nearby vines and reaches for it, but Tarzan pulls him back and retrieves the gun himself. He points it at Clayton.) Go ahead, shoot me. (Tarzan hesitates, Clayton laughs) Be a man! (Tarzan presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat...and mimics the sound of a loud gunshot.) (Tarzan: Not a man like YOU!) (Tarzan breaks the gun. Clayton watches in horror as the remains of his gun fall to the jungle floor.)
~ Tarzan snatches Clayton's gun and aims it at him. Clayton taunts Tarzan to pull the trigger. Tarzan instead imitates a gunshot, then smashes the gun to pieces.
(Dag has his pack attack Otis.) That should do. That should do. (His pack scatter, and Dag walks up to the weak, injured bovine lying on the ground.) Well, look at the hero! You thought you could come into my den! Now why don't you lay there and watch while we eat your friends. (laughs evilly)
~ After sicking his pack on Otis, Dag sadistically mocks the weak, injured bovine to helplessly watch his friends be devoured by the coyote's pack.
What's the matter, Batman? No witty comeback? No threat? Then I'll provide the narration... [the screen flickers to life, showing "Our Family Memories"] I'll begin with how I peeled back the layers of the boy's mind. [In the edited version, he says, "I'll begin with how I affected young Robin's makeover."] Oh, he bravely tried to fight it at first. You would've been proud to see him so strong - but all too soon, the serums and the shocks took their toll... and the dear lad began to share such secrets with me. [In the edited cut, "the serums and the shocks took their toll... and" was cut] Secrets that are mine alone to know... Bruce. It's true, Batsy! I know everything. And kinda like the kid who peeks at his Christmas presents, I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm and batarang, you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. [pause] Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway! HA HA HA HA HA HAA!
~ The Joker taunting Batman on who he really is.
(Alex hears a shriek of distress. He makes his way to the crowd. The animals see that the watering hole has dried up. A fish flops limply on the dry riverbed.) (Giraffe: The water! It's gone!) (Hippo: The watering hole has never gone dry before!) (Giraffe: We'll need a lot more dying holes!) (Gazelle: How'd this happen?) (Makunga makes his way through the crowd.) Out of my way! What is going on here?! (Gazelle: The watering hole's dried up! There's barely enough water for one of us!) Yes, good observation, Shirley. (Gazelle: I'm Bobby!) (Giraffe: Makunga, what do we do?) (The animals clamor) QUIET! (The crowd falls silent) Listen up! I'm afraid there is only one solution to this horrible crisis: We'll all have to fight for it. (Lioness: Fight for it?) (Buffalo: That's crazy!) (Bobby: Well, that's not fair! You'd win!) Exactly, Shirley. (Bobby: I'm Bob--) (Makunga kicks Bobby away.) Sorry, folks, but life isn't fair. I'm in charge now! Thanks to Alakay, the dancing lion. (Baby Giraffe: Please, Makunga! This is the only water on the reserve!) If you're thirsty, you'll have to look for water off the reserve! (Elephant: Off the reserve?) (Rhino: It's too dangerous!) (Lioness: Hunters would shoot us!) (Giraffe: No one leaves the reserve and survives!) (Alex: I left the reserve! [the animals turn their heads toward him] And survived! I can do something about this. Looks like a clogged pipe--like we get in New York all the time. I'll just travel upriver.) (Elephant: Upriver? Off the reserve?) You? (Makunga laughs) (Alex: Yeah, me! I'll unclog the pipe and bring back your water!) Great! I'd help you pack, but by the looks of that hat, I see you're all set! (laughs even harder) (Alex: Fine! Go ahead, laugh. Laugh your mane off! I'm gonna prove you wrong!) (Alex turns to leave on his quest.) Maybe you should try a little rain dance! (vocalizes, then laughs uproariously) (Giraffe: Zuba would know what to do! Where's Zuba?) (Elephant: You don't care about us!) (Hippo: Zuba should be in charge, not you!) (Makunga growls with fury.) ALRIGHT! Fine! As an added measure, I will consult with Zuba! Grr!
~ Makunga insulting Alex when he volunteers to leave the reserve to restore the watering hole. Determined to prove the pompous Makunga wrong, Alex sets off on his quest and Makunga continues to insult and mock him as he leaves. Realizing Makunga has no regard for anybody but himself, the animals criticize his leadership and demand Zuba back, making Makunga seethe with fury.
Your size is meaningless compared to the greatness of Megatron! Ha!
~ Lugnut mocking Omega Supreme.
Well, I have to hand it to you. You're a bigger pain in the neck than I would've ever thought possible! I consider myself an even-tempered man! Takes a lot to get under my skin. But congratulations! You just won the solid gold kewpie doll!
~ Commander Rourke mocking Milo Thatch as he easily overpowers him in their confrontation.
Jedi! I have been waiting for you. (Obi-Wan, feigning ignorance: I'm not sure I've made your acquaintance.) I am surprised you could have forgotten me so easily, after I killed your master, and you left me for dead on Naboo! (Obi-Wan, horrified: It is you.) You may have forgotten me, but I will never forget you. You can not imagine the depths I would go to to stay alive, fueled by my singular hatred...for you. (Obi-Wan: That may be so, but I defeated you before, and I will defeat you again.) Don't be so certain.
~ Darth Maul meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi again and taunting him about Qui-Gon Jinn's death.
(The Desert Wolf grabs Malia in a choke-hold and squeezes her throat tightly, causing Malia to gasp and choke for breath.) You don't have a name. Talia Hale took you away from me before I could give you one. (The Desert Wolf rears her hand back, still gripping Braeden's shotgun, and slams the butt of it in the center of Malia's forehead with such force that she's thrown flat on her back. Deaton looks horrified and desperate as he continues to fight to break out of his restraints as the Desert Wolf throws the gun aside.) What you do have is power-- strength, speed, and the capacity to heal, and you know where you got it from, Malia? You know who you stole it from? Me. (Standing erect, the Desert Wolf slams her boot-clad foot into Malia's stomach, causing her to grab her mother's foot with a grunt.) Tell me when it hurts. (She starts grinding her heel deep into her daughter's abdomen.) Tell me when it really hurts. (The Desert Wolf grinds her heel even deeper into Malia's stomach and smirks when Malia screams in pain.)
~ The Desert Wolf taunting Malia Tate about how she stole her power just by being born.
You should... you... you should have gone for the HEAD.
~ Thanos taunting Thor after the latter severely wounded him in the chest with Stormbreaker, moments before he unleashes his full power of the Infinity Gauntlet.
How does it feel? Hm? To be a fairy creature without wings... IN A WORLD WHERE YOU DON'T BELONG?!
~ Stefan mocking Maleficent for being wingless.
You little fool! You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on Earth!
~ Snake Jafar taunting Aladdin as he squeezes him and tells him that he thought that Aladdin was going defeat him.
You're nothing without your dragon.
~ Grimmel taunts Hiccup.
So, you're sitting down over there instead of working! (Idrees grabbed Shauzia's arms behind her back and pushes her head.) (Idrees' Uncle: Idrees, stop now. Make me some tea.) (Parvana pulls Idrees' arms to stop him from bullying her friend. Idrees saw Parvana pulling him, he grabs her arms and drags her to the ground.) Let me see how feeble YOU are, little one! (Parvana struggled her arms trying to get up.) He can't even lift his hands! (Idrees lets go of her arms and stood up.) Get up and make us tea! (to his uncle) Uncle! I think you need new workers. These ones are no good. (Idrees' Uncle: Enough, Idrees. Leave the poor kids alone.) (Idrees grabs Parvana's left arm and cheeks) They're a LITTLE undercooked.)
~ Idrees taunts and picks on Parvana and Shauzia as boys by wrestling them.
You know, I can still hear... your mother's screams... the night I took... her life!
~ Shere Khan taunting Mowgli about killing the latter's mother during their final fight.
You're weak, just like the rest of your people! They did not deserve to exist in this world — in my world! Prepare to join them. Prepare to die!
~ Fire Lord Ozai taunting Avatar Aang.
I always come back!
~ William Afton taunts his son Michael Afton.
So Uub, I hear that Goku was your mentor. Is dashing through the sky to escape the only thing he had taught you? I killed the teacher so I can certainly defeat the student. Nothing can save you now.
~ Baby Vegeta taunting the young warrior Uub about the demise of his mentor Goku.
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