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24th May '16 12:58:36 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Hans in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' tries this twice. The first one is given to [[{{Determinator}} a dying Anna]], and has less of an effect. [[spoiler: Elsa, on the other hand, goes into a HeroicBSOD]]

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* Hans [[spoiler: Hans]] in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' tries this twice. The first one is given to [[{{Determinator}} a dying Anna]], and has less of an effect. [[spoiler: Elsa, on the other hand, goes into a HeroicBSOD]]
23rd May '16 8:45:13 PM Anddrix
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* Every one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s enemies has tried it. As an action hero, he's immune, but some writers have played it as the villain being right. In [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, master manipulator that he is, convinces a meek psychoanalyst named Harleen Quinzel to go crazy and fall in love with him; she becomes Harley Quinn. During the [[{{Montages}} montage]] {{flashback}} that gives this backstory, they even trade places -- he in the chair, she on the couch -- in several of the analysis scenes.

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* Every one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s enemies has tried it. As an action hero, he's immune, but some writers have played it as the villain being right. In [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, master manipulator that he is, convinces a meek psychoanalyst named Harleen Quinzel to go crazy and fall in love with him; she becomes Harley Quinn. During the [[{{Montages}} montage]] {{flashback}} that gives this backstory, they even trade places -- he in the chair, she on the couch -- in several of the analysis scenes.



** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker gives a nihilistic speech to the scarred, disillusioned and currently helpless Harvey Dent about how chaotic the world is, convincing Dent to do a FaceHeelTurn and become [[spoiler:Two-Face]].

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker gives a nihilistic speech to the scarred, disillusioned and currently helpless Harvey Dent about how chaotic the world is, convincing Dent to do a FaceHeelTurn and become [[spoiler:Two-Face]].
18th May '16 9:53:43 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* During Creator/WarrenEllis' run on ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', he had Rahne "Wolfsbane" Sinclair confront her abusive caretaker Reverend Craig. Craig has by this time threatened a young pyrokinetic that Rahne tried to comfort, and again tries to bully Rahne, but she is ''not'' the scared fourteen-old girl that he literally had ''hunted''.
-->'''Rahne:''' All those years I spent as yuir '''ward''', never questioning getting my head filled with ''yuir'' thoughts, maybe ye '''should''' have burned me before I met Moira [=MacTaggert=]. Because she didn't fill me with thoughts, she '''showed''' me how to '''find''' information for '''myself'''. You offered nothing but '''indoctrination''', but I found '''education'''. I know the girl is a mutant, as I am a mutant, and we're nothing tae do with the devil. And in all the time I've been away, with '''you''' still in my nightmares, I knew there was only one thing that'd scare you '''away''' from me Reverend: '''information'''. I '''know''' about you. There's a big auld world outside this little town that you don't care about. But why would ye? You rule this town with the Word of God - as '''you''' hear it. But out there is information, if you know how to find it. I've been in places where you can find information through keyboards and phone lines, and I have used them. Ye haven't always been in Kinross, have ye, Reverend?
-->'''Reverend Craig:''' ''*defiant stare*''
-->'''Rahne:''' No, ye started your ministry at the port of Ullapool. And there ye met my ''mother''.
-->'''Reverend Craig:''' A dock worker's whore.
-->'''Rahne:''' So you '''say'''. You made her your special ''project'', didn't you? Och, she was a wild one, my mother, she danced on tabletops in late night bars, so you determined to '''save''' her soul with all that fire and brimstone you do so well, praying over her all '''sweaty''' and '''determined''', and then she "betrayed" you by falling ''pregnant'' with '''me.'''. My mother ''died'' in childbirth, and somehow ''you'' became my guardian. Why '''was''' that, Reverend Craig? Why bother with the child of such a woman. Unless... But you were abruptly pulled out of Ullapool by the church and relocated here in Kinross. Some '''considerable distance away'''. Why was that? Why do you hate '''me''' so much? Why do you hate that little girl, too, who also has '''red hair''' like my mother and I, I noticed. Are you '''weeping''', Reverend Craig? You will tell that poor girl's parents that you made some dreadful ''mistakes''. Your spectre has hung over me for ''years'', Reverend Craig. I have dreamt your hatred and your fiery torches for too long. This is my fiery torch, Reverend Craig: '''[[ArchnemesisDad I know about you]]'''.
10th May '16 12:36:31 AM erforce
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* AntiHero Saito Hajime from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' can do this to any villain in sight, (or anyone who just rubs him the wrong way) and he barely has to pause his beatdowns to give his lectures. Watsuki, (the mangaka who created ''Kenshin''), bemoaned the fact that evil characters he created with the intention of being {{Terminator}}-[[ImplacableMan like]] and tough fights for Saito were inevitably broken down into pieces and looked like weaklings after they actually fought Saito.

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* AntiHero Saito Hajime from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' can do this to any villain in sight, (or anyone who just rubs him the wrong way) and he barely has to pause his beatdowns to give his lectures. Watsuki, (the mangaka who created ''Kenshin''), bemoaned the fact that evil characters he created with the intention of being {{Terminator}}-[[ImplacableMan Franchise/{{Terminator}}-[[ImplacableMan like]] and tough fights for Saito were inevitably broken down into pieces and looked like weaklings after they actually fought Saito.
2nd May '16 1:01:23 PM Mitis
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* In ''[[{{FanFic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'', [[spoiler: Gilda]] does this to Rainbow Dash in chapter 11. It ends as being one of the reasons that causes a HeroicBSOD to Rainbow.

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* In ''[[{{FanFic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'', War]]'': [[spoiler: Gilda]] does this to Rainbow Dash in chapter Chapter 11. It ends as being one of the reasons that causes a HeroicBSOD to Rainbow.



* ''[[Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem A Child Shall Lead Them]]'': Unicron pulls this on Pterodactus Prime (formerly known as Swoop) during his LeaveYourQuestTest, trying to turn him against the Autobots. [[spoiler: He almost breaks him, but when Unicron tries to bring the other Dinobots into it he goes too far…]]



* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'': Hinata demands to know why Kabuto saved her during the Chunin finals (from canon):
--> "The truth?" (Kabuto) said seriously, [[ScaryShinyGlasses his eyes hidden by the sheen of his glasses]], "It was for my pride. There you were, the first daughter of the vaunted Hyuga clan. And even though the best and brightest of the Leaf Ninja Medical Corps had had over a month to fix you, all they could do was delay the inevitable. And in five minutes, I was able to diagnose and repair the damage Neji did to your heart. I wanted to show them how weak and ineffectual they were. I helped you, to prove that I was superior. That's all."
* ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'': Winston Payne tells Klavier about the bet the Prosecution Office has about the latter's departure: that he'll quit his current case and tells him that due to his experience in the Prosecution Office, Payne knows of the two ways Klavier will departure: fleeing to another country or jail.



* [[ManipulativeBitch Checker]] [[TheSociopath Monarch]] from ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', due to her special talent being manipulation, is very good at doing these, mostly to Trixie [[spoiler:who she has she's done it too since they were ''kids''. No wonder the mare is a BrokenBird.]]

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* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/215461/dont-let-the-darkness-consume-me Don't Let The Darkness Consume Me]]'': King Sombra gives one to Twilight Sparkle, but as he keeps talking it becomes increasingly more and more obvious that he's really just telling her how horrible his life has been and in the end Twilight just ends up feeling sorry for him.
* ''FanFic/DuelNature'': Backfires spectacularly. After getting dragged into a sparring match against Luna, Twilight Sparkle is too stubborn to give up (which, due to Luna's insensitive behavior would be humiliating at this point) and tries psychological warfare to weaken her opponent's concentration. Taunting the princess over her insecurities does distract her to the point that some of her shields dissipate. Unfortunately, it also enrages her to the point where the spar becomes a DuelToTheDeath, breaks through the wards that protect the audience and in the end nearly levels the building.
* ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'' has [[Manga/LoveHina Naru]] deliver one to her sister Mei, accusing her of being nothing but a SpoiledBrat who doesn't give a damn about her own family. The [[DramaticIrony bitter irony]] of this is that Mei ''does'' care about Naru; unfortunately, Naru's too [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]] and [[BelievingTheirOwnLies caught up in her own delusions]] to realize the lecture she's giving Mei would better be directed at HERSELF.
* ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'': In the first "episode", River delivers one of these to Niska's henchman Volsky, and while doing so informs Niska that Volsky [[TheStarscream was about to betray him]]. Niska promptly has him executed on the spot, [[spoiler: allowing Jayne to snatch Volsky's knife and use to free himself.]]
* ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'':
[[ManipulativeBitch Checker]] [[TheSociopath Monarch]] from ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', Monarch]], due to her special talent being manipulation, is very good at doing these, mostly to Trixie [[spoiler:who she has she's done it too since they were ''kids''. No wonder the mare is a BrokenBird.]]



* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': After [[spoiler:Kaworu's death]] Gendo has Shinji and Asuka brought before him to interrogate them about their knowledge of the future. However Shinji tells him that he and everybody else will die because his plan and Yui will not return to him. The idea that he will never see his wife again is more than Gendo can bear. His first reaction is trying to convince himself that his son is lying. When it does not work, he [[spoiler:tries to kill himself.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Whispers}}'', Celestia lectures a weakened Nightmare Moon on the virtues of the Elements of Harmony, straight on into a VillainousBreakdown.
* Backfires spectacularly in the My Little Pony fanfic ''FanFic/DuelNature'' - after getting dragged into a sparring match against Luna, Twilight Sparkle is too stubborn to give up (which, due to Luna's insensitive behavior would be humiliating at this point) and tries psychological warfare to weaken her opponent's concentration. Taunting the princess over her insecurities does distract her to the point that some of her shields dissipate. Unfortunately, it also enrages her to the point where the spar becomes a DuelToTheDeath, breaks through the wards that protect the audience and in the end nearly levels the building.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': It's repeatedly stated that the easiest way to defeat a [[MasterSwordsman bladecaster]] is to do this to them -- if they lose faith in what they're fighting for, they lose control of their blades. This is ultimately how [[CrazyAwesome Sir Unimpressive]] defeats [[MookLieutenant the Cadet]] [[spoiler: and how Twilight defeats [[BigBad Titan]]]].
* In the KatawaShoujo DivergenceFic ''FanFic/MeanTimeToBreakdown'', [[AscendedExtra Iwanako]] gives one to [[GenkiGirl Emi]] after her CrashIntoHello puts Iwanako into the hospital with a concussion and a bout of tachycardia. When Emi tries to apologize, Iwanako snaps:

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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': After [[spoiler:Kaworu's death]] Gendo has Shinji and Asuka brought before him to interrogate them about their knowledge of the future. However Shinji tells him that he and everybody else will die because his plan and Yui will not return to him. The idea that he will never see his wife again is more than Gendo can bear. His first reaction is trying to convince himself that his son is lying. When it does not work, he [[spoiler:tries to kill himself.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Whispers}}'', Celestia lectures a weakened Nightmare Moon on the virtues of the Elements of Harmony, straight on into a VillainousBreakdown.
* Backfires spectacularly in the My Little Pony fanfic ''FanFic/DuelNature'' - after getting dragged into a sparring match against Luna, Twilight Sparkle is too stubborn to give up (which, due to Luna's insensitive behavior would be humiliating at this point) and tries psychological warfare to weaken her opponent's concentration. Taunting the princess over her insecurities does distract her to the point that some of her shields dissipate. Unfortunately, it also enrages her to the point where the spar becomes a DuelToTheDeath, breaks through the wards that protect the audience and in the end nearly levels the building.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': It's repeatedly stated that the easiest way to defeat a [[MasterSwordsman bladecaster]] is to do this to them -- if they lose faith in what they're fighting for, they lose control of their blades. This is ultimately how [[CrazyAwesome Sir Unimpressive]] defeats [[MookLieutenant the Cadet]] [[spoiler: and how Twilight defeats [[BigBad Titan]]]].
* In the KatawaShoujo DivergenceFic ''FanFic/MeanTimeToBreakdown'',
''FanFic/MeanTimeToBreakdown'': [[AscendedExtra Iwanako]] gives one to [[GenkiGirl Emi]] after her CrashIntoHello puts Iwanako into the hospital with a concussion and a bout of tachycardia. When Emi tries to apologize, Iwanako snaps:



* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'s'' first "episode", River delivers one of these to Niska's henchman Volsky, and while doing so informs Niska that Volsky [[TheStarscream was about to betray him]]. Niska promptly has him executed on the spot, [[spoiler: allowing Jayne to snatch Volsky's knife and use to free himself.]]
* In ''FanFic/PrinzVonSommerhoffnung'', when Sommerhoffnung tries to pull a WhatTheHellHero on Ywiu and Romea, the two shut her down with this, centred on accusing her of being a KnowNothingKnowItAll.
* [[spoiler:GLaDOS]] uses this on [[spoiler:Wheatley]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6953776/1/Test_Of_Humanity Test Of Humanity]]''.
--> "How amusing. You're not even a real human. All you are is just a computer brain using a human as a meat puppet. That body isn't the real you. It never was. You honestly believe she would love you, anyway? After all you've done to her. She could never love you. You're nothing but a pathetic moron living a lie."
* In ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', Hinata demands to know why Kabuto saved her during the Chunin finals (from canon):
--> "The truth?" (Kabuto) said seriously, [[ScaryShinyGlasses his eyes hidden by the sheen of his glasses]], "It was for my pride. There you were, the first daughter of the vaunted Hyuga clan. And even though the best and brightest of the Leaf Ninja Medical Corps had had over a month to fix you, all they could do was delay the inevitable. And in five minutes, I was able to diagnose and repair the damage Neji did to your heart. I wanted to show them how weak and ineffectual they were. I helped you, to prove that I was superior. That's all."
* In the {{Transformers}} fanfic ''[[Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem A Child Shall Lead Them]]'', Unicron pulls this on Pterodactus Prime (formerly known as Swoop) during his LeaveYourQuestTest, trying to turn him against the Autobots. [[spoiler: He almost breaks him, but when Unicron tries to bring the other Dinobots into it he goes too far…]]
* ''Fanfic/NewGamePlusOnePiece'': A downright EPIC one in Chapter 10. After returning to the past, Luffy tricked Garp into thinking he would be a Marine in order to get him to train him. When they meet after Garp learns that Luffy gained the highest starting bounty in history, Luffy defuses his anger, though not without regret at hurting the old man, thanks in part to his future knowledge and in part due to the Voice of All Things:

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'s'' first "episode", River delivers one of these to Niska's henchman Volsky, and while doing so informs Niska that Volsky [[TheStarscream was about to betray him]]. Niska promptly has him executed on the spot, [[spoiler: allowing Jayne to snatch Volsky's knife and use to free himself.]]
* In ''FanFic/PrinzVonSommerhoffnung'', when Sommerhoffnung tries to pull a WhatTheHellHero on Ywiu and Romea, the two shut her down with this, centred on accusing her of being a KnowNothingKnowItAll.
* [[spoiler:GLaDOS]] uses this on [[spoiler:Wheatley]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6953776/1/Test_Of_Humanity Test Of Humanity]]''.
--> "How amusing. You're not even a real human. All you are is just a computer brain using a human as a meat puppet. That body isn't the real you. It never was. You honestly believe she would love you, anyway? After all you've done to her. She could never love you. You're nothing but a pathetic moron living a lie."
* In ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', Hinata demands to know why Kabuto saved her during the Chunin finals (from canon):
--> "The truth?" (Kabuto) said seriously, [[ScaryShinyGlasses his eyes hidden by the sheen of his glasses]], "It was for my pride. There you were, the first daughter of the vaunted Hyuga clan. And even though the best and brightest of the Leaf Ninja Medical Corps had had over a month to fix you, all they could do was delay the inevitable. And in five minutes, I was able to diagnose and repair the damage Neji did to your heart. I wanted to show them how weak and ineffectual they were. I helped you, to prove that I was superior. That's all."
* In the {{Transformers}} fanfic ''[[Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem A Child Shall Lead Them]]'', Unicron pulls this on Pterodactus Prime (formerly known as Swoop) during his LeaveYourQuestTest, trying to turn him against the Autobots. [[spoiler: He almost breaks him, but when Unicron tries to bring the other Dinobots into it he goes too far…]]
* ''Fanfic/NewGamePlusOnePiece'':
''[[Fanfic/NewGamePlusOnePiece New Game Plus]]'': A downright EPIC one in Chapter 10. After returning to the past, Luffy tricked Garp into thinking he would be a Marine in order to get him to train him. When they meet after Garp learns that Luffy gained the highest starting bounty in history, Luffy defuses his anger, though not without regret at hurting the old man, thanks in part to his future knowledge and in part due to the Voice of All Things:



-->'''Luffy''': I had an epiphany.
-->'''Garp''': ''(cracking his knuckles)'' Oh, really? What was it exactly?



* In ''FanFic/StarsAbove'', [[ShapeShifter Desideria]] is an expert at this. She uses her powers to read her victims' minds, then turns their greatest flaws and insecurities against them.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fanfic [[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]], [[spoiler: Veran does this to Link in chapter 33 in order to break his [[HeroicSpirit unbreakable spirit]], immediately after [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch her seem to kill Zelda mercilessly]] and it works. It also doubles as a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Suck" Speech]].]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Veran''': Do you know what I hate most about you, hero? That persistent little spirit of yours. The fact that you can live through things that would destroy others emotionally completely unscarred. But even so, everyone has a breaking point... And... I believe you've just reached yours...]]
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Winston Payne tells Klavier about the bet the Prosecution Office has about the latter's departure: that he'll quit his current case and tells him that due to his experience in the Prosecution Office, Payne knows of the two ways Klavier will departure: fleeing to another country or jail.
* ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'' has [[Manga/LoveHina Naru]] deliver one to her sister Mei, accusing her of being nothing but a SpoiledBrat who doesn't give a damn about her own family. The [[DramaticIrony bitter irony]] of this is that Mei ''does'' care about Naru; unfortunately, Naru's too [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]] and [[BelievingTheirOwnLies caught up in her own delusions]] to realize the lecture she's giving Mei would better be directed at HERSELF.
* ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': The titular character is quite good at this, most prominently [[BullyHunter doing it to Diamond Tiara]] when she's his captive and Princess Luna when [[HannibalLecture he's imprisoned in Canterlot]]. He even comments at one point that it's his one real talent.
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/215461/dont-let-the-darkness-consume-me Don't Let The Darkness Consume Me,]] King Sombra gives one to Twilight Sparkle, but as he keeps talking it becomes increasingly more and more obvious that he's really just telling her how horrible his life has been and in the end Twilight just ends up feeling sorry for him.
* ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' has, of all people, Lucrezia Noin deliver a rather harsh series of taunts to [[CharClone Zechs Merquise]] during the middle of a combat where they are on opposite sides. Ironically, her taunts are effective because Zechs truly does love Noin and her sudden belligerence and willingness to fire on him terrifies Zechs as she has always refused to before. His sudden confusion and doubt distract him so much he loses control of his damaged mobile suit in midflight, and only pure luck saved him from getting shot down before he regained control.
* Sakura's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10796885/18/Now-You-See-It Now You See It]]'' is undoubtedly utterly destroying Pain verbally. Sakura destroys a single body (Yahiko's) and then gives a speech about how Pain never really wanted Yahiko back and makes him [[HeelRealization realize what a monster he's become]].

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* In ''FanFic/StarsAbove'', [[ShapeShifter Desideria]] is an expert at this. She uses her powers to read her victims' minds, then turns their greatest flaws and insecurities against them.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fanfic [[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]], [[spoiler: Veran does this to Link in chapter 33 in order to break his [[HeroicSpirit unbreakable spirit]], immediately after [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch her seem to kill Zelda mercilessly]] and it works. It also doubles as a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Suck" Speech]].]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Veran''': Do you know what I hate most about you, hero? That persistent little spirit of yours. The fact that you can live through things that would destroy others emotionally completely unscarred. But even so, everyone has a breaking point... And... I believe you've just reached yours...]]
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Winston Payne tells Klavier about the bet the Prosecution Office has about the latter's departure: that he'll quit his current case and tells him that due to his experience in the Prosecution Office, Payne knows of the two ways Klavier will departure: fleeing to another country or jail.
* ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'' has [[Manga/LoveHina Naru]] deliver one to her sister Mei, accusing her of being nothing but a SpoiledBrat who doesn't give a damn about her own family. The [[DramaticIrony bitter irony]] of this is that Mei ''does'' care about Naru; unfortunately, Naru's too [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]] and [[BelievingTheirOwnLies caught up in her own delusions]] to realize the lecture she's giving Mei would better be directed at HERSELF.
* ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': The titular character is quite good at this, most prominently [[BullyHunter doing it to Diamond Tiara]] when she's his captive and Princess Luna when [[HannibalLecture he's imprisoned in Canterlot]]. He even comments at one point that it's his one real talent.
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/215461/dont-let-the-darkness-consume-me Don't Let The Darkness Consume Me,]] King Sombra gives one to Twilight Sparkle, but as he keeps talking it becomes increasingly more and more obvious that he's really just telling her how horrible his life has been and in the end Twilight just ends up feeling sorry for him.
* ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' has, of all people, Lucrezia Noin deliver a rather harsh series of taunts to [[CharClone Zechs Merquise]] during the middle of a combat where they are on opposite sides. Ironically, her taunts are effective because Zechs truly does love Noin and her sudden belligerence and willingness to fire on him terrifies Zechs as she has always refused to before. His sudden confusion and doubt distract him so much he loses control of his damaged mobile suit in midflight, and only pure luck saved him from getting shot down before he regained control.
* Sakura's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in
''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10796885/18/Now-You-See-It Now You See It]]'' It]]'': Sakura's CrowningMomentOfAwesome is undoubtedly utterly destroying Pain verbally. Sakura destroys a single body (Yahiko's) and then gives a speech about how Pain never really wanted Yahiko back and makes him [[HeelRealization realize what a monster he's become]].become]].
* ''FanFic/PrinzVonSommerhoffnung'': when Sommerhoffnung tries to pull a WhatTheHellHero on Ywiu and Romea, the two shut her down with this, centred on accusing her of being a KnowNothingKnowItAll.


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* ''FanFic/StarsAbove'': [[ShapeShifter Desideria]] is an expert at this. She uses her powers to read her victims' minds, then turns their greatest flaws and insecurities against them.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6953776/1/Test_Of_Humanity Test Of Humanity]]'': [[spoiler:GLaDOS]] uses this on [[spoiler:Wheatley]].
--> "How amusing. You're not even a real human. All you are is just a computer brain using a human as a meat puppet. That body isn't the real you. It never was. You honestly believe she would love you, anyway? After all you've done to her. She could never love you. You're nothing but a pathetic moron living a lie."
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': It's repeatedly stated that the easiest way to defeat a [[MasterSwordsman bladecaster]] is to do this to them -- if they lose faith in what they're fighting for, they lose control of their blades. This is ultimately how [[CrazyAwesome Sir Unimpressive]] defeats [[MookLieutenant the Cadet]] [[spoiler: and how Twilight defeats [[BigBad Titan]]]].
* ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': The titular character is quite good at this, most prominently [[BullyHunter doing it to Diamond Tiara]] when she's his captive and Princess Luna when [[HannibalLecture he's imprisoned in Canterlot]]. He even comments at one point that it's his one real talent.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': After [[spoiler:Kaworu's death]] Gendo has Shinji and Asuka brought before him to interrogate them about their knowledge of the future. However Shinji tells him that he and everybody else will die because his plan and Yui will not return to him. The idea that he will never see his wife again is more than Gendo can bear. His first reaction is trying to convince himself that his son is lying. When it does not work, he [[spoiler:tries to kill himself.]]
* ''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.
* ''FanFic/{{Whispers}}'': Celestia lectures a weakened Nightmare Moon on the virtues of the Elements of Harmony, straight on into a VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' has, of all people, Lucrezia Noin deliver a rather harsh series of taunts to [[CharClone Zechs Merquise]] during the middle of a combat where they are on opposite sides. Ironically, her taunts are effective because Zechs truly does love Noin and her sudden belligerence and willingness to fire on him terrifies Zechs as she has always refused to before. His sudden confusion and doubt distract him so much he loses control of his damaged mobile suit in midflight, and only pure luck saved him from getting shot down before he regained control.
* ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]]'': [[spoiler: Veran does this to Link in chapter 33 in order to break his [[HeroicSpirit unbreakable spirit]], immediately after [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch her seem to kill Zelda mercilessly]] and it works. It also doubles as a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Suck" Speech]].]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Veran''': Do you know what I hate most about you, hero? That persistent little spirit of yours. The fact that you can live through things that would destroy others emotionally completely unscarred. But even so, everyone has a breaking point... And... I believe you've just reached yours...]]
24th Apr '16 1:19:35 PM AnotherGuy
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** In the one shot comic ''Mad Love'' as well as the episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' based on it, Batman does this to the Joker, manipulating him into [[spoiler:freeing him from Harley Quinn's otherwise inescapable trap]] then taunting him about [[spoiler:how she'd come closer to killing him than the Joker had ever managed.]]

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** In the one shot comic ''Mad Love'' as well as the episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' based on it, Batman does this to the Joker, manipulating him into [[spoiler:freeing him from Harley Quinn's otherwise inescapable trap]] then [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/d3f86f011a236cc445c9a959b673f0f3/tumblr_inline_ne87mblRoB1qenu8a.jpg taunting him him]] about [[spoiler:how she'd come closer to killing him than the Joker had ever managed.]]]] ''[=Puddin'=].''
9th Apr '16 1:36:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* At times, Frank Pembleton from ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' edges from ''PerpSweating'' to this. In one episode, he talked someone into confessing proudly to a crime they BOTH knew he didn't do, just to keep an investigation open.

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* At times, Frank Pembleton from ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' edges from ''PerpSweating'' PerpSweating to this. In one episode, he talked someone into confessing proudly to a crime they BOTH knew he didn't do, just to keep an investigation open.
5th Apr '16 10:54:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SinCity'': Poor John Hartigan gets it twice. The first time comes from Senator Roark who explains that Hartigan will be framed for his son's crimes and there is not a thing he can do about it. The second is from Detective Liebowitcz who chides him on being a clean cop. Both of these lectures are so that Hartigan will sign a confession... which he doesn't.

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* ''SinCity'': ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Poor John Hartigan gets it twice. The first time comes from Senator Roark who explains that Hartigan will be framed for his son's crimes and there is not a thing he can do about it. The second is from Detective Liebowitcz who chides him on being a clean cop. Both of these lectures are so that Hartigan will sign a confession... which he doesn't.
4th Apr '16 8:31:08 PM NOYB
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* On the (very) few occasions when the Dark Powers of TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} have apparently communicated directly to anyone, it's been to do this to a potential darklord, delivered in familiar voices. Strahd heard the voices of Tatyana and Sergei taunting him, while Azalin heard the voices of his son and his mentor in wizardry.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' sourcebook ''Slasher'' (which deals with [[SlasherMovie exactly what you think it does]]) has this as a talent of the Genius Undertaking and its natural progression, the Maniac. The Genius has the ability to instinctively profile anyone and learn what facts they'd ''hate'' to have revealed. The Maniac uses this knowledge to ''always'' have advantage over a certain target, and, with time, to convert the target to his point of view (a la [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Jigsaw]]).

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* On the (very) few occasions when the Dark Powers of TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' have apparently communicated directly to anyone, it's been to do this to a potential darklord, delivered in familiar voices. Strahd heard the voices of Tatyana and Sergei taunting him, while Azalin heard the voices of his son and his mentor in wizardry.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'' sourcebook ''Slasher'' (which deals with [[SlasherMovie exactly what you think it does]]) has this as a talent of the Genius Undertaking and its natural progression, the Maniac. The Genius has the ability to instinctively profile anyone and learn what facts they'd ''hate'' to have revealed. The Maniac uses this knowledge to ''always'' have advantage over a certain target, and, with time, to convert the target to his point of view (a la [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Jigsaw]]).
3rd Apr '16 10:43:34 PM bobwolf
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Nick attempts this when he first meets Judy by playing on her fear that she'll fail to be accepted as a cop and have to return home in shame. While she is seriously hurt by it, her fundamental desire to help people ends up driving her to challenge him at wits again to get his help with a case, [[spoiler: and then blackmailing him with his recorded boasts of tax dodging to force his cooperation.]]
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