What are the Best Evil Mastermind Monologues? (Bonus if Killer vs Psych)
November 23, 2021 5:25 PM   Subscribe

Obviously, Silence of the Lambs, but what else? Youtube links appreciated!
posted by gzimmer to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Richard III's speech to open Shakespeare's play:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days...
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:32 PM on November 23 [2 favorites]

Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter: "You are very tan, Will..."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:40 PM on November 23 [1 favorite]

I'm partial to Orson Welles as Harry Lime in The Third Man.
posted by rodlymight at 6:00 PM on November 23 [7 favorites]

Ned Beatty's rant in Network
posted by thelonius at 6:05 PM on November 23 [4 favorites]

Roy Cohn in Angels in America:

What the fuck do you think this is, Sunday school? This is -- this is gastric juices churning, this is enzymes and acids, this is intestinal is what this is, bowel movement and blood-red meat! This stinks. This is politics, Joe, the game of being alive. And you think you’re. . . . what? Above that? Above alive is what? Dead! In the clouds! You’re on earth, goddammit! Plant a foot, stay a while. I'm sick. They smell I'm weak. They want blood this time. I must have eyes and justice.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:23 PM on November 23 [3 favorites]

There's a good one in Primal Fear, but it would be a spolier if I said who it was...

Brad Pitt in Fight Club has several monologues and is so persuasive that he doesn't even register as a villain to many viewers.

True Lies is not a good movie (misogyny, racism), but there's a pretty surprising monologue towards the end where the villain, who until now has just been a mindless stereotype, explains how he was motivated by America's cynical manipulation of his own country, and points out that by demonstrating his nuclear weapon in an unpopulated area he's showing far more humanity than the U.S. has ever shown to his people. Kind of pulls the rug out from under the whole movie (a good thing!).
posted by equalpants at 6:54 PM on November 23

"If I were creating a world, I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, day one!"
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 9:30 PM on November 23 [4 favorites]

"You sly dog! You got me monologuing!"

Syndrome from "The Incredibles"
posted by alchemist at 11:07 PM on November 23 [2 favorites]

I like the scene towards the end of The Dark Knight in which the Joker monologues (mostly, with a couple of comments from Batman thrown in) about his goals, mainly for the way that the speech and camera movement strengthen one another.
posted by chaiyai at 1:28 AM on November 24

Wilson Fisk Samaritan story
posted by fullerine at 5:14 AM on November 24

John Doe's in Se7en comes to mind.
posted by warriorqueen at 8:29 AM on November 24

TV Tropes: Evil Gloating, with all the subtropes listed.
posted by WCityMike2 at 5:56 PM on November 24

Mickey Rourke in Sin City

- How do you suppose I square this with the board?
There ain't no squaring it, not this time. This isn't some barroom brawl, or some creep with a gas can trying to torch some wino.
Hey, this is big.
- Settle down Marv, take another pill.
Hey, there is no settling down! This is blood for blood and by the gallons. This is the old days, and the bad days. The all or nothing days. They are back, there is no choices left. And I am ready for war.

The video clip makes me shiver every time I watch it, it's a great piece of acting.
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 12:52 AM on November 26

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