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.
- 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.