The Hero at the Mercy of the Villain Scene

In the Hero At the Mercy of the Villain scene, the villain likes to give the hero a choice. That choice becomes the scene’s climax.

Cliche choices:

  • Join me or die (typical 007)
  • Beg or die slow
  • Tell me I’m right or die
  • Recognize my genius or die

A somewhat fresh one happened in the Netflix series Frontier. The villain tortures his foster son and tried to make him say, “Forgive me, father, for I wronged you.”

That’s quite a complex psychological maneuver.

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