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24th Jul '16 9:04:44 AM lolface123
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12th Jul '16 12:22:36 AM Mitis
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* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': Cross' method for forcing Vivi to reveal her true identity: accusing her of being rich, and once she confirms that, he interrogates her as to why she's hunting bounties. Pacifist that she is, she breaks when Cross accuses her of being a bounty hunter just to cause pain.

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* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': This and TheReasonYouSuckSpeech are Cross' method for forcing most frequently used weapons. The first instance of this trope was when he used it to force Vivi to reveal her true identity: accusing her of being rich, and once she confirms confirmed that, he interrogates interrogated her as to why she's she was hunting bounties. Pacifist that she is, she breaks broke when Cross accuses accused her of being a bounty hunter just to cause pain.
5th Jul '16 9:03:03 PM Kartoonkid95
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** [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] has proven time and time again to be very...''eloquent'' in her treatment of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
1st Jul '16 3:12:10 PM Gamermaster
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--->'''Mao''' So that's how you justify it in retrospect? You're nothing but a spoiled brat!\\

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--->'''Mao''' --->'''Mao:''' So that's how you justify it in retrospect? You're nothing but a spoiled brat!\\
30th Jun '16 8:59:45 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad''
** Inverted during the climactic battle between Garion and Torak. When the Dark God passes up an opportunity to kill Garion, instead demanding that he submit, Garion finally realizes that the purpose of their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him. [[spoiler:His subsequent speech shatters Torak's will and gives Garion the opening he needs to beat him.]]
** Subverted in ''[[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]]'' where Sir Bevier is sent to interrogate a prisoner and uses double-talk and open-ended questions to drag the interview out for 3 hours. [[spoiler:It turns out all he was doing was trying to annoy the guy and make him think about the things they wanted to know so that Xanetia could be invisible in the room and read his mind, gleaning the information that they knew the man wouldn't give up]].

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad''
** Inverted
In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by Creator/DavidEddings, this is inverted during the climactic battle between Garion and Torak. When the Dark God passes up an opportunity to kill Garion, instead demanding that he submit, Garion finally realizes that the purpose of their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him. [[spoiler:His subsequent speech shatters Torak's will and gives Garion the opening he needs to beat him.]]
** * Subverted in ''[[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]]'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' by Creator/DavidEddings, where Sir Bevier is sent to interrogate a prisoner and uses double-talk and open-ended questions to drag the interview out for 3 three hours. [[spoiler:It turns out all he was doing was trying to annoy the guy and make him think about the things they wanted to know so that Xanetia could be invisible in the room and read his mind, gleaning the information that they knew the man wouldn't give up]].
27th Jun '16 11:02:57 AM tromag
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* In ''Film/ActOfValor'', Senior Chief breaks Christo, the leader of the drug and weapons cartel smuggling the terrorists into the United States, by simply sitting down across from him, explaining how he's going to prison for the rest of his life, and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his daughter will grow up and and his wife will get remarried and have a life of their own without him.]] Then the Chief shows Christo a video of his family, which scares the ''crap'' out of him. All Christo can ask is to beg that Senior Chief will not harm his family, and when the Chief promises that they never would, he immediately breaks and gives all the details.

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* In ''Film/ActOfValor'', Senior Chief breaks Christo, the leader of the drug and weapons cartel smuggling the terrorists into the United States, by simply sitting down across from him, explaining how he's just lost everything: his wealth will be confiscated, he's going to prison for the rest of his life, and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his wife will marry someone else, his daughter will grow up and and his wife will get remarried and have a life of their own without him, and they'll more or less forget about him.]] Then ]]
-->"Let me explain to you how
the Chief shows Christo a video of his family, which scares the ''crap'' out of him. All Christo can ask world works. This is to beg that Senior Chief will not harm his family, and when the Chief promises that they never would, he immediately breaks and gives all the details.no longer your boat."
23rd Jun '16 6:21:38 AM Doug86
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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': [[{{Peanuts}} Lucy finally lets Charlie Brown kick the ball...]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2058 and then tells him just what the implications are.]]

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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Lucy finally lets Charlie Brown kick the ball...]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2058 and then tells him just what the implications are.]]
20th Jun '16 8:56:41 PM Onlythrice
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* A series of independent experiments carried out by a sadistic Harvard psychology professor in the 1960s could be counted as an extreme (and, as it turned out, extremely unfortunate) real-life example of Breaking Them by Talking. University students were instructed to write an essay summarizing their personal philosophy on life and underlying principles, then went into a room expecting to debate philosophy with a fellow student. They instead faced an interrogation by a far more experienced opponent, whose sole purpose was to attack and ridicule their beliefs at length. Since one of the main goals of the experiment was to induce stress and upset the subject as much as possible, it's not surprising that many students came out feeling traumatized. One of them eventually went completely over the edge (for this reason or some other) and became the Unabomber.\\

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* A series of independent experiments carried out by a sadistic Harvard psychology professor named Henry Murray in the 1960s could be counted as an extreme (and, as it turned out, extremely unfortunate) real-life example of Breaking Them by Talking. University students were instructed to write an essay summarizing their personal philosophy on life and underlying principles, then went into a room expecting to debate philosophy with a fellow student. They instead faced an interrogation by a far more experienced opponent, whose sole purpose was to attack and ridicule their beliefs at length. Since one of the main goals of the experiment was to induce stress and upset the subject as much as possible, it's not surprising that many students came out feeling traumatized. One of them eventually went completely over the edge (for this reason or some other) and became the Unabomber.\\



The professor had worked with the CIA in developing a test that tested pilots' wills, preventing them from possibly being brainwashed if captured. He decided to "fine tune" his technique using students as test subjects, but really, the guy was a sadist who got off on this sort of thing. WNYC's Radio Lab covered this story in one of their pieces titled "Oops"; you can hear it [[http://www.wnyc.org/flashplayer/player.html#/play/%2Fstream%2Fxspf%2F155556 here starting at 4:20]].

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The professor Murray had worked with the CIA in developing a test that tested pilots' wills, preventing them from possibly being brainwashed if captured. He decided to "fine tune" his technique using students as test subjects, but really, the guy was a sadist who got off on this sort of thing. WNYC's Radio Lab covered this story in one of their pieces titled "Oops"; you can hear it [[http://www.wnyc.org/flashplayer/player.html#/play/%2Fstream%2Fxspf%2F155556 here starting at 4:20]]."Oops".
3rd Jun '16 10:06:11 PM chc232323
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** Famously, the PlayerCharacter can do this to the BigBad himself multiple ways: by explaining to him the answer to what is the DrivingQuestion and ArmorPiercingQuestion of the game [[spoiler: What can change the nature of a man?]], by simply having a strong enough mind (high mental scores score), by manipulating him, or by knowing [[spoiler: your name]] while he does not.
3rd Jun '16 9:36:19 AM Doug86
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'''Baines/Son of Mine:''' [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne 1914]], sir. Because the Family has traveled far and wide looking for Mr Smith and, oh, the things we have seen. War is coming. In foreign fields, war of the whole wide world, with ''all'' your boys falling down in the mud. ''Do you think they will thank the man who taught them it was glorious?''

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'''Baines/Son of Mine:''' [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI 1914]], sir. Because the Family has traveled far and wide looking for Mr Smith and, oh, the things we have seen. War is coming. In foreign fields, war of the whole wide world, with ''all'' your boys falling down in the mud. ''Do you think they will thank the man who taught them it was glorious?''
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