Word for "bad guy gets caught, but that was the plan all along"?
May 31, 2014 7:49 AM Subscribe
Sometime in the last few months there was a thread about a movie or something, and in that thread someone said something like "Boy, I'm tired of this _________ trope". I didn't recognize the word and looked it up, but now I can't remember it, and it was a really good word.
posted by sidereal to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Basically it goes like this:
* Bad guy does bad things
* Good guys chase him down and capture him
* Bad guy cackles gleefully and says, "You have fallen into my trap!" - it was Bad Guy's intent to be captured all along.
* Phase 2 of Evil begins
* Good guys thwart Phase 2 and bad guy(s) cackle gleefully, "You have fallen into my trap again!" and Phase 3 of Evil begins
I'm pretty sure this is an Anime trope (Dragonball Z maybe?), and the word was a Japanese word OR it was the name of a character who routinely does this. Basically, the all-knowing evil genius puppet master who repeatedly triumphs over seeming defeat thing.
Does anyone know what that word is?