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15th Jun '16 6:58:46 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* John Osborne's ''The Entertainer'' features its protagonist, music hall comedian Archie Rice, musing over the emptiness of his profession:
--> "You see this face? This face can split open with warmth and humanity. It can sing, tell the worst, un-funniest stories in the world to a great mob of dead, drab irks. And it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because look, look in my eyes. I'm dead behind these eyes. I'm dead, just like the whole, dumb, shoddy lot out there."
5th Jun '16 3:46:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''PushingDaisies'' featured quite a lot of these, many of which were aided by the [[LemonyNarrator narrator]].

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* ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' featured quite a lot of these, many of which were aided by the [[LemonyNarrator narrator]].
29th May '16 9:04:46 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Silence'' by Shusako Endo is a HistoricalFiction novel dealing with persecutions of JapaneseChristian in the 1600s by the Shogunate. The lead character, Fr. Rodrigo is wracked by the "silence of God" in the face of the sufferings undergone by the faithful and the ineffectiveness of any attempts at martyrdom. Eventually, [[spoiler:he apostasizes to prevent the sufferings of other captives and yet another apostate comes to him and treats him like a priest, insisting that they apostasized because they were weak and not strong, but they did not suffer the less for being so. This leads him to an epiphany where the act of compassion towards other people's sufferings and the capacity to share other people's pain is by itself proof of God]]:
--> '''Fr. Rodrigo''': ''Even now I am the last priest in this land. But Our Lord was not silent. Even if he had been silent, my life until this day would have spoken of him.''
17th May '16 1:21:42 PM Willbyr
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* Towards the end of the first ''KingdomHearts'' game, Sora is all about these.

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* Towards the end of the first ''KingdomHearts'' game, ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', Sora is all about these.
14th May '16 11:31:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/1/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]]'', Qiáng Wang decides to lure Ranma into a confrontation, thinking has a good idea of the young martial artist's skills. But Ranma explains that the whole reason he was fighting in Kowloon Walled City was because his Guru wanted to teach him restraint, and he's kept himself at that level out of habit. But since he's fighting relatively tough opponents, and doesn't have to worry about his surroundings, he won't hold back.
11th May '16 10:39:02 AM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter," John Connor gives a truly ''awesome'' speech to Jesse about exactly ''why'' he is mankind's leader. In one scene, John goes from being a whiny, lovestruck emo kid to being ''the'' John Connor who will lead mankind.

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter," John Connor gives a truly ''awesome'' speech to Jesse about exactly ''why'' he is mankind's leader. In one scene, John goes from being a whiny, lovestruck emo kid to being ''the'' John Connor who will lead mankind.
3rd May '16 9:44:04 AM Discar
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--> '''Armin:''' ''(earlier) Someone who can't sacrifice anything can never hope to change anything.''
--> '''Eren:''' ''(internal monologue) I know that... that's why I failed. I clung to my companions and my ties to them, and I failed. [I need to] remember... *flashbacks of fallen Survey Corps members and his mother getting eaten* (angrily) [[ThePowerOfHate I'll wipe you all out...]] [[IllKillYou no, I'll kill you!]] There's no time to figure out if this is the right thing to do! [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Don't try to keep your hands clean!]] That's right... this world... [[IronicEcho is cruel]]!!! *cue UnstoppableRage and [[spoiler: Titan transformation]]*.''

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--> '''Armin:''' ''(earlier) Someone who can't sacrifice anything can never hope to change anything.''
-->
''\\
'''Eren:''' ''(internal monologue) ''[internal monologue]'' I know that... that's why I failed. I clung to my companions and my ties to them, and I failed. [I need to] remember... *flashbacks ''[flashbacks of fallen Survey Corps members and his mother getting eaten* (angrily) [[ThePowerOfHate I'll wipe you all out...]] [[IllKillYou no, I'll kill you!]] There's no time to figure out if this is the right thing to do! [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Don't try to keep your hands clean!]] That's right... this world... [[IronicEcho is cruel]]!!! *cue ''[cue UnstoppableRage and [[spoiler: Titan transformation]]*.''transformation]]]''



* Sakura of ''Manga/PenguinMusumeHeart'' gives one to Marie, talking about her strength from the PowerOfFriendship. The weird thing was, that at this point, Sakura was gigantic and Marie wasn't. There was no real point to start a battle of wills that ultimately evened the scales after Marie gave her own World of Cardboard Speech where she said she didn't ''need'' her friends.
** And ironically, it was Marie saying she didn't need her friends that provoked them to give her their love and even the scales.

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* Sakura of ''Manga/PenguinMusumeHeart'' gives one to Marie, talking about her strength from the PowerOfFriendship. The weird thing was, that at this point, Sakura was gigantic and Marie wasn't. There was no real point to start a battle of wills that ultimately evened the scales after Marie gave her own World of Cardboard Speech where she said she didn't ''need'' her friends.
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friends. And ironically, it was Marie saying she didn't need her friends that provoked them to give her their love and even the scales.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Ichigo tells Ishida about losing his mother, and after seeing his father and sisters suffer as a result, not wanting anyone else to feel the same. He states that he can't save everyone, but wants to protect as many people as he can, which makes Ishida reflect on his grandfather's teachings and accept his offer to fight the Hollows together.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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Ichigo tells Ishida about losing his mother, and after seeing his father and sisters suffer as a result, not wanting anyone else to feel the same. He states that he can't save everyone, but wants to protect as many people as he can, which makes Ishida reflect on his grandfather's teachings and accept his offer to fight the Hollows together.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' ended this way. In both the final episode of the series and in the movie. Of course, due to all of the MindScrew it took to get to that epiphany, the audience reception was unique for this kind of moment.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** The first anime
ended this way. In both the final episode of the series and in the movie. Of course, due to all of the MindScrew it took to get to that epiphany, the audience reception was unique for this kind of moment.



* In first anime of of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'':
--> '''Edward:''' Even after I became a soldier, war still seemed like something that happened in a far off land, where I couldn't see it... or someone else fought and died. It didn't seem real... I thought war had nothing to do with me... But now that... I learned there's someone who's willing to start war, who's going to start war, just for the Stone... I know that as long as there are people who seek the Stone's forbidden power, that bloodshed will keep happening... And I know the desire for that power, lurks somewhere in all of us... [[spoiler:The Homunculi]] may throw fuel on the fire of war... But didn't the desire to bring back people we love, create them?... And if they're nothing more than products of our hearts and minds, no matter how pure our intentions... Then there will never be... a war, that isn't at least in some part, caused by all of us... ever.

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* In first anime of of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'':
--> ** In the first anime:
--->
'''Edward:''' Even after I became a soldier, war still seemed like something that happened in a far off land, where I couldn't see it... or someone else fought and died. It didn't seem real... I thought war had nothing to do with me... But now that... I learned there's someone who's willing to start war, who's going to start war, just for the Stone... I know that as long as there are people who seek the Stone's forbidden power, that bloodshed will keep happening... And I know the desire for that power, lurks somewhere in all of us... [[spoiler:The Homunculi]] may throw fuel on the fire of war... But didn't the desire to bring back people we love, create them?... And if they're nothing more than products of our hearts and minds, no matter how pure our intentions... Then there will never be... a war, that isn't at least in some part, caused by all of us... ever.



* Spike Spiegel of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' gives one of these to Jet before he leaves for his final confrontation with Vicious. After spending the entire series running from his past, he's finally going to face it.
--> '''Spike:''' ''There once was a tiger-striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, was revived, and lived a million lives, and he was owned by various people who he really didn't care for. The cat wasn't afraid to die. Then one day the cat became a stray cat which meant he was free. He met a white female cat and the two of them spent their days together happily. Well, years passed and the white cat grew weak and died of old age. The tiger-striped cat cried a million times, and then he died too. Except this time, he didn't come back to life.''\\
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--> '''Faye:''' ''"Is that it? You're just going to throw your life away?"''\\
'''Spike:''' ''"I'm not going there to die. I'm going there to see if I was ever really alive."''

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
**
Spike Spiegel of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' gives one of these to Jet before he leaves for his final confrontation with Vicious. After spending the entire series running from his past, he's finally going to face it.
--> ---> '''Spike:''' ''There There once was a tiger-striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, was revived, and lived a million lives, and he was owned by various people who he really didn't care for. The cat wasn't afraid to die. Then one day the cat became a stray cat which meant he was free. He met a white female cat and the two of them spent their days together happily. Well, years passed and the white cat grew weak and died of old age. The tiger-striped cat cried a million times, and then he died too. Except this time, he didn't come back to life.''\\
--
-->
life.
** Discussed a bit with Faye.
--->
'''Faye:''' ''"Is Is that it? You're just going to throw your life away?"''\\
away?\\
'''Spike:''' ''"I'm I'm not going there to die. I'm going there to see if I was ever really alive."''



* In the finale of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', [[spoiler:the Digidestined and their Digimon have been digitized by [[TrueFinalBoss Apocalymon]], their Digimon were reverted to their base forms, and their [[UpgradeArtifact crests]] are destroyed. They realize that their crests were powered by their own spirits and thus [[MagicFeather they didn't need the physical items]], and they return to face Apocalymon with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech and proceed to battle him.]]

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'':
**
In the finale of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', finale, [[spoiler:the Digidestined and their Digimon have been digitized by [[TrueFinalBoss Apocalymon]], their Digimon were reverted to their base forms, and their [[UpgradeArtifact crests]] are destroyed. They realize that their crests were powered by their own spirits and thus [[MagicFeather they didn't need the physical items]], and they return to face Apocalymon with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech and proceed to battle him.]]



* Simon gets an ''awesome'' speech in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' when he breaks out of his HeroicBSOD and comes to accept his own strengths and weaknesses instead of measuring himself against Kamina. Then he [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown drills General Guame a new one]].
--> "[[spoiler:My bro is dead. He's gone! But he's right there on my back, and here in my heart! He lives on as a part of me!]] If you're gonna dig, dig to the heavens. No matter what's in my way, I won't stop! Once I've dug through -- it means that I've won! Just who the hell do you think I am? I'm Simon. I'm not my Bro! I'M ME!! '''[[TheMagnificent Simon the Digger!]]'''"

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
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Simon gets an ''awesome'' speech in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' when he breaks out of his HeroicBSOD and comes to accept his own strengths and weaknesses instead of measuring himself against Kamina. Then he [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown drills General Guame a new one]].
--> "[[spoiler:My --->'''Simon:''' [[spoiler:My bro is dead. He's gone! But he's right there on my back, and here in my heart! He lives on as a part of me!]] If you're gonna dig, dig to the heavens. No matter what's in my way, I won't stop! Once I've dug through -- it means that I've won! Just who the hell do you think I am? I'm Simon. I'm not my Bro! I'M ME!! '''[[TheMagnificent Simon the Digger!]]'''"Digger!]]'''



--> '''Vegeta:''' "Amazing. How do you do it, Kakarot? [[{{Determinator}} You've always been like this, ever since the day I first met you; always ready to meet the next challenge, even if it's bigger than you are.]] It was the same on Namek, [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours you had improved so much that it made Recoome like he was standing still. Your power had increased so dramatically since our battle on Earth that I thought you had done it, I thought that you had become a Super Saiyan!]] It tore me apart! How could a low-class soldier accomplish so easily what I... I had to struggle my whole life to achieve!? [[TheProphecy After three millennia, it has finally happened; a new Super Saiyan has emerged]], and, somehow, I have become this pauper's witness. Then at last, it happened. I too transformed. After living every moment of every day for the singular purpose of surpassing you, I finally became a Super Saiyan myself, the Prince had reclaimed his throne and fulfilled his destiny. [[CantCatchUp But no matter how strong I became, your power still exceeded mine.]] [[HeroicResolve At first, I though it was your loved ones; that it was your instinct to protect them that spurred you on and pushed you beyond your limits.]] But then I found myself with a family of my own, and my power... didn't increase at all. [[BloodKnight I used to fight for the sheer of pleasure of it; for the thrill of the hunt, oh I had the strength unmeasurable... I spared no one.]] [[EasilyForgiven And yet, you showed mercy to everyone, even your fiercest enemies, even me!]] [[TechnicalPacifist Yet, you never fought to kill, or for revenge.]] [[SpiritedCompetitor Only to test your limits and to push yourself beyond them, to become the strongest you could possibly be.]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality How can a Saiyan fight like that and at the same time be so gentle that he wouldn't hurt a fly? It makes me angry just thinking about it!]] But, perhaps it is my anger that has made me blind to the truth for so long. I see it now, this day has made it all too clear. [[WorthyOpponent You're better than me Kakarot. You are the best.]]"

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--> ---> '''Vegeta:''' "Amazing.Amazing. How do you do it, Kakarot? [[{{Determinator}} You've always been like this, ever since the day I first met you; always ready to meet the next challenge, even if it's bigger than you are.]] It was the same on Namek, [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours you had improved so much that it made Recoome like he was standing still. Your power had increased so dramatically since our battle on Earth that I thought you had done it, I thought that you had become a Super Saiyan!]] It tore me apart! How could a low-class soldier accomplish so easily what I... I had to struggle my whole life to achieve!? [[TheProphecy After three millennia, it has finally happened; a new Super Saiyan has emerged]], and, somehow, I have become this pauper's witness. Then at last, it happened. I too transformed. After living every moment of every day for the singular purpose of surpassing you, I finally became a Super Saiyan myself, the Prince had reclaimed his throne and fulfilled his destiny. [[CantCatchUp But no matter how strong I became, your power still exceeded mine.]] [[HeroicResolve At first, I though it was your loved ones; that it was your instinct to protect them that spurred you on and pushed you beyond your limits.]] But then I found myself with a family of my own, and my power... didn't increase at all. [[BloodKnight I used to fight for the sheer of pleasure of it; for the thrill of the hunt, oh I had the strength unmeasurable... I spared no one.]] [[EasilyForgiven And yet, you showed mercy to everyone, even your fiercest enemies, even me!]] [[TechnicalPacifist Yet, you never fought to kill, or for revenge.]] [[SpiritedCompetitor Only to test your limits and to push yourself beyond them, to become the strongest you could possibly be.]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality How can a Saiyan fight like that and at the same time be so gentle that he wouldn't hurt a fly? It makes me angry just thinking about it!]] But, perhaps it is my anger that has made me blind to the truth for so long. I see it now, this day has made it all too clear. [[WorthyOpponent You're better than me Kakarot. You are the best.]]"]]



--> '''Goku:''' "[[AdaptationalHeroism I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth!]] '''[[AdaptationalHeroism Ally to good, nightmare to you!]]'''"

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--> ---> '''Goku:''' "[[AdaptationalHeroism [[AdaptationalHeroism I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth!]] '''[[AdaptationalHeroism Ally to good, nightmare to you!]]'''"you!]]'''



--> '''Goku:''' "I'm a proud Saiyan who calls Earth home, and I'm here to defeat you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legend, pure of heart and awakened by fury, that's what I am. '''I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!'''"

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--> ---> '''Goku:''' "I'm I'm a proud Saiyan who calls Earth home, and I'm here to defeat you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legend, pure of heart and awakened by fury, that's what I am. '''I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!'''"GOKU!'''



-->'''Komo''': "Thank you everyone. If only I had noticed what exactly surrounds me sooner. But it's okay, now that I have noticed. Noticed the world."

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-->'''Komo''': "Thank Thank you everyone. If only I had noticed what exactly surrounds me sooner. But it's okay, now that I have noticed. Noticed the world."



* A major TearJerker example with Licenseless Riders speech in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'':
->"''No one expects much from me... They think [[CListFodder a C-Class hero]] won't be much help. I know that better than anyone. I'm not good enough for Class B. I'm weak. I know that much. No one has to tell me I have no chance of beating you. I already... know that! And yet, I must try. It's not about winning or losing! It's about me [[HoldTheLine taking you on right here, right now!]]''"
-->--'''An outmatched Licenseless Rider, facing the Sea King''

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* A major TearJerker example with Licenseless Riders Rider's speech in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'':
->"''No -->'''Licenseless Rider:''' No one expects much from me... They think [[CListFodder a C-Class hero]] won't be much help. I know that better than anyone. I'm not good enough for Class B. I'm weak. I know that much. No one has to tell me I have no chance of beating you. I already... know that! And yet, I must try. It's not about winning or losing! It's about me [[HoldTheLine taking you on right here, right now!]]''"
-->--'''An outmatched Licenseless Rider, facing the Sea King''
now!]]



-->'''Toru''': Just like an old man. He needs his cane to stand. Doesn't know what to do with himself now that he's an ordinary vampire. Like the rest of us.
-->'''Dracula''': My boy...I was ''never'' an ordinary vampire. Or did you forget who I used to be? I've killed more men than God's plagues combined. And that was before I started eating people for fun. The fields of Europe used to steam with the blood of my enemies. Trust me...the vampire's the least of your concerns. It's the old man you need to worry about.
* [[TragicHero Dream]] from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' delivers one towards the end of ''The Kindly Ones'', but it's an inversion: Dream does realize and vocalize his FatalFlaw, but he's unable to do anything about it. It doesn't lead to CharacterDevelopment, nor does it lead to Asskickery (even though, or perhaps especially because [[AnthropomorphicPersonification it]] [[PhysicalGod could]]), and he knows it. [[spoiler:Shortly after delivering the speech, Dream is dead because he can't break free of his own responsibility.]]
-->'''Dream:''' Rules and responsibilities: these are the ties that bind us. We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. I will do what I have to do. And I will do what I must.

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-->'''Toru''': Just like an old man. He needs his cane to stand. Doesn't know what to do with himself now that he's an ordinary vampire. Like the rest of us.
-->'''Dracula''':
us.\\
'''Dracula''':
My boy...boy... I was ''never'' an ordinary vampire. Or did you forget who I used to be? I've killed more men than God's plagues combined. And that was before I started eating people for fun. The fields of Europe used to steam with the blood of my enemies. Trust me... the vampire's the least of your concerns. It's the old man you need to worry about.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'':
**
[[TragicHero Dream]] from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' delivers one towards the end of ''The Kindly Ones'', but it's an inversion: Dream does realize and vocalize his FatalFlaw, but he's unable to do anything about it. It doesn't lead to CharacterDevelopment, nor does it lead to Asskickery (even though, or perhaps especially because [[AnthropomorphicPersonification it]] [[PhysicalGod could]]), and he knows it. [[spoiler:Shortly after delivering the speech, Dream is dead because he can't break free of his own responsibility.]]
-->'''Dream:''' --->'''Dream:''' Rules and responsibilities: these are the ties that bind us. We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. I will do what I have to do. And I will do what I must.



--->''(after Thor Mjolnirs Iron Man through a few buildings in one strike)''
--->'''Iron Man''': Damn, that really...damn. You've...been...working out.
--->'''Thor''': No, there is only one difference. In this ''time'' and ''this'' place, I am no longer holding '''''back'''''.
--->''(cue giant lightning bolt frying Iron Man's armor and Thor's {{BringIt}} speech)''

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--->''(after -->''(after Thor Mjolnirs Iron Man through a few buildings in one strike)''
--->'''Iron
strike)''\\
'''Iron
Man''': Damn, that really...damn. You've...been...working out.
--->'''Thor''':
out.\\
'''Thor''':
No, there is only one difference. In this ''time'' and ''this'' place, I am no longer holding '''''back'''''.
--->''(cue
'''''back''''''\\
''(cue
giant lightning bolt frying Iron Man's armor and Thor's {{BringIt}} speech)''



* TheFlash had one of these during the classic "Return of Barry Allen" storyline. Up until then, the current Flash, Wally West, had been unable to run as fast as Barry Allen, his predecessor. He assumed it was just a natural limitation of his powers, even though he had run faster in the past, and other super-speedsters easily ran much faster than him. But when faced with an impostor who had impersonated his late mentor Barry Allen and ruined his good name, Flash broke his barrier in order to take the villain down. As it turned out, his speed limit had been subconscious; he was so scared of surpassing Barry (and thus replacing him) that he had throttled his own speed. After realizing this, Wally never had problems with speed limitations again.

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* TheFlash ''TheFlash:''
** The series
had one of these during the classic "Return of Barry Allen" storyline. Up until then, the current Flash, Wally West, had been unable to run as fast as Barry Allen, his predecessor. He assumed it was just a natural limitation of his powers, even though he had run faster in the past, and other super-speedsters easily ran much faster than him. But when faced with an impostor who had impersonated his late mentor Barry Allen and ruined his good name, Flash broke his barrier in order to take the villain down. As it turned out, his speed limit had been subconscious; he was so scared of surpassing Barry (and thus replacing him) that he had throttled his own speed. After realizing this, Wally never had problems with speed limitations again.



-->'''Superman:''' I've raced you before. I've even won some of those races.
-->'''The Flash:''' Those were for charity, Clark. (Takes off in a sonic boom)

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-->'''Superman:''' --->'''Superman:''' I've raced you before. I've even won some of those races.
-->'''The
races.\\
'''The
Flash:''' Those were for charity, Clark. (Takes off in a sonic boom)



* Not a speech, but when the Sentry finally showed up to face [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'', we get this exchange;
-->'''Hulk:''' You don't want this fight, Sentry.
-->'''Sentry:''' Yes. God help me, I do. Because you're the only one I can hit... [[MegatonPunch LIKE THIS!]]
** And just before, when the Hulk is about to give the thumbs up/thumbs down, the Sentry, on the other side of the country, listens, mimics the gesture and comments:
--> You hear that, Bruce? ''It's time to play God.''

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* ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'':
**
Not a speech, but when the Sentry finally showed up to face [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'', Hulk]], we get this exchange;
-->'''Hulk:''' --->'''Hulk:''' You don't want this fight, Sentry.
-->'''Sentry:'''
Sentry.\\
'''Sentry:'''
Yes. God help me, I do. Because you're the only one I can hit... [[MegatonPunch LIKE THIS!]]
** And just before, when the Hulk is about to give the thumbs up/thumbs down, the Sentry, on the other side of the country, listens, mimics the gesture and comments:
-->
gesture.
--->'''Sentry:'''
You hear that, Bruce? ''It's time to play God.''



** Whenever ComicBook/TheKingpin was the featured villain of a story in the Silver Age, he usually gave one explaining his hidden muscle mass after someone mocked him for being "fat"; these speeches often came with demonstrations of power, with Fisk cracking his desk in half with one blow or soundly thrashing the person who'd laughed at him.

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** * Whenever ComicBook/TheKingpin was the featured villain of a story in the Silver Age, he usually gave one explaining his hidden muscle mass after someone mocked him for being "fat"; these speeches often came with demonstrations of power, with Fisk cracking his desk in half with one blow or soundly thrashing the person who'd laughed at him.



-->'''Cade''': I know who I am, Krayt.
-->''Cade effortlessly cuts down Krayt''
-->'''Cade''': I am a Jedi.

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-->'''Cade''': I know who I am, Krayt.
-->''Cade
Krayt.\\
''[Cade
effortlessly cuts down Krayt''
-->'''Cade''':
Krayt]''\\
'''Cade''':
I am a Jedi.



--> '''[[spoiler:Nanoha Takamachi]]:''' "The day before yesterday was the first time I killed. Six of them were valued employees, men and women with loving families and excellent career prospects who I had nothing but the utmost personal and professional respect for. [[spoiler:The last two were my own adoptive children. Erio and Caro]] came from backgrounds that would have broken any lesser individual, and they came out happy, caring, and the finest recruits I have ever had the privilege of training. They battled against monsters and criminals, protected the innocent, and saved the life of the woman I love most in the world. Your animals, your killing machines? They do not deserve it." [...] "Here is what I am going to do, assassin. I am going to make sure the Hellhounds get the help they need, that they are given the chance to become productive members of society. I am going to stand against your gods' forces, no matter what strange powers or arcane technologies they might wield, and I am going to cleanse their masters' taint from their hearts, their minds, and their souls. Then, once all else is done, once the war is over and the universe is at peace once more, I shall go to your gods and I shall forgive them, for they have strayed far from their path and know not what they do. I shall forgive them, and I shall grant them what healing and redemption I can muster. People die in war. I can accept that. I am only one amongst billions. I can accept that. But even if this is impossible, even if I fail, this is the path I shall strive to walk. This is the will of [[spoiler:Nanoha Takamachi]]. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?"

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--> '''[[spoiler:Nanoha Takamachi]]:''' "The The day before yesterday was the first time I killed. Six of them were valued employees, men and women with loving families and excellent career prospects who I had nothing but the utmost personal and professional respect for. [[spoiler:The last two were my own adoptive children. Erio and Caro]] came from backgrounds that would have broken any lesser individual, and they came out happy, caring, and the finest recruits I have ever had the privilege of training. They battled against monsters and criminals, protected the innocent, and saved the life of the woman I love most in the world. Your animals, your killing machines? They do not deserve it." [...] "Here is what I am going to do, assassin. I am going to make sure the Hellhounds get the help they need, that they are given the chance to become productive members of society. I am going to stand against your gods' forces, no matter what strange powers or arcane technologies they might wield, and I am going to cleanse their masters' taint from their hearts, their minds, and their souls. Then, once all else is done, once the war is over and the universe is at peace once more, I shall go to your gods and I shall forgive them, for they have strayed far from their path and know not what they do. I shall forgive them, and I shall grant them what healing and redemption I can muster. People die in war. I can accept that. I am only one amongst billions. I can accept that. But even if this is impossible, even if I fail, this is the path I shall strive to walk. This is the will of [[spoiler:Nanoha Takamachi]]. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?"ME?



--> "You know, I could say I'm doing this because I don't plan on letting those important to me die. I could say it's because I'm in a hurry to get out of this Fade thing and find out what happened to Kallian. I could say it's because I had a sort of revelation that ever so epically opened my eyes to a sort of higher calling. And I could also start a long, pointless monologue about true strength and a heap of other stuff, during which, truth be told, I may not even know what I'd be talking about half the time. I could babble for hours about nonsense, but the truth is that, right now, I am simply kicking your ass because I just don't like you."

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--> "You -->'''Faren:''' You know, I could say I'm doing this because I don't plan on letting those important to me die. I could say it's because I'm in a hurry to get out of this Fade thing and find out what happened to Kallian. I could say it's because I had a sort of revelation that ever so epically opened my eyes to a sort of higher calling. And I could also start a long, pointless monologue about true strength and a heap of other stuff, during which, truth be told, I may not even know what I'd be talking about half the time. I could babble for hours about nonsense, but the truth is that, right now, I am simply kicking your ass because I just don't like you."



-->'''Ben''': "It does seem like I've been gotten pretty full of myself hasn't it?" he finally said. "It's funny, but hearing you talk about how everything in the universe hinges on the balance between Light and Darkness, Chaos and Order, it made me realize something. I've..." He paused before sighing as he started again.
-->"I've been way too inwardly focused, ever since I woke up in that morgue. At first, all I cared about was getting my memories back… With every clue to my past I chomped at the bit rushing from one lead to another… Everyone I met, friends, foes, they seemed so small...so unimportant. The Dread Emperor, Willy, Kesto, even poor Ravel. I started treating everyone I fought as beneath me, thinking it would all be worth it once I regained my memories, and discovered my true self."
-->"It seems that whoever I was before I met Ravel the first time… He was an arrogant son of a bitch… Maybe that's how I got into this whole mess…
-->"But now…" His right hand clenched into a fist.
-->"Now I know that getting my memories back, that finding my true self… it all doesn't mean shit if I only end up looking back with shame at what I was willing to become to get there! I'm not the only one with a stake in this fight… The people who took me in and treated me like family are risking their lives for something bigger then who's right or wrong, or who's more powerful. We're fighting to protect all of creation… Every human, every Shadow... Every resident of Heaven, Hell, and every realm in-between… If Tharizdun returns nobody will be spared, so I can't keep on acting like some petty little child and act like I'm above it all!" He drew the top card off his deck.
-->"So I'll use the strength all of my opponents have given me, good or evil, strong or weak, and the lessons taught to me by everyone who's helped me when I needed them the most, and I'll take down you, Tiberius, and everyone else involved in this mad plan!"

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-->'''Ben''': "It -->"It does seem like I've been gotten pretty full of myself hasn't it?" he finally said. "It's funny, but hearing you talk about how everything in the universe hinges on the balance between Light and Darkness, Chaos and Order, it made me realize something. I've..." He paused before sighing as he started again.
-->"I've
again.\\
"I've
been way too inwardly focused, ever since I woke up in that morgue. At first, all I cared about was getting my memories back… With every clue to my past I chomped at the bit rushing from one lead to another… Everyone I met, friends, foes, they seemed so small...so unimportant. The Dread Emperor, Willy, Kesto, even poor Ravel. I started treating everyone I fought as beneath me, thinking it would all be worth it once I regained my memories, and discovered my true self."
-->"It
"\\
"It
seems that whoever I was before I met Ravel the first time… He was an arrogant son of a bitch… Maybe that's how I got into this whole mess…
-->"But
mess...\\
"But
now…" His right hand clenched into a fist.
-->"Now
fist.\\
"Now
I know that getting my memories back, that finding my true self… it all doesn't mean shit if I only end up looking back with shame at what I was willing to become to get there! I'm not the only one with a stake in this fight… The people who took me in and treated me like family are risking their lives for something bigger then who's right or wrong, or who's more powerful. We're fighting to protect all of creation… Every human, every Shadow... Every resident of Heaven, Hell, and every realm in-between… If Tharizdun returns nobody will be spared, so I can't keep on acting like some petty little child and act like I'm above it all!" He drew the top card off his deck.
-->"So
deck.\\
"So
I'll use the strength all of my opponents have given me, good or evil, strong or weak, and the lessons taught to me by everyone who's helped me when I needed them the most, and I'll take down you, Tiberius, and everyone else involved in this mad plan!"



-->'''Hidan''': "You'll run out of chakra soon, but Jashin won't. He's a god, but you're just a fancy medic-nin."
-->'''Sakura''': My injury healed as instantly as his, and I chuckled. "You know, I've been telling myself that for years. But as long as my Heaven Seal is active I can't fool myself. I see too much, and I can't miss the implications. I'm not just a medic-nin, Hidan. I'm the last native kami of this demon-haunted world, and my domains are insight and mystery. Not to mention that I just took about [[TookALevelInBadass six levels of badass]]. Don't make me fight you, or you'll lose."

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-->'''Hidan''': "You'll You'll run out of chakra soon, but Jashin won't. He's a god, but you're just a fancy medic-nin."
-->'''Sakura''': My injury healed as instantly as his, and I chuckled. "You
\\
'''Sakura''': ''[injury heals, chuckles]'' You
know, I've been telling myself that for years. But as long as my Heaven Seal is active I can't fool myself. I see too much, and I can't miss the implications. I'm not just a medic-nin, Hidan. I'm the last native kami of this demon-haunted world, and my domains are insight and mystery. Not to mention that I just took about [[TookALevelInBadass six levels of badass]]. Don't make me fight you, or you'll lose."



-->"Centuries of boiling water for tea when I knew that I could boil the seas. Of lifting quills when I could lift mountains. Of breaking wax seals when I could break ''anything I please.'' My power is too much for this world. But it isn't too much for you, is it, [[EvilMatriarch Terra]]? Now I get to find out what I'm really capable of. No lives to save, no plans to make, ''nothing'' to hold me back. I am divinity unleashed."

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-->"Centuries -->'''[[spoiler:Celestia]]:''' Centuries of boiling water for tea when I knew that I could boil the seas. Of lifting quills when I could lift mountains. Of breaking wax seals when I could break ''anything I please.'' My power is too much for this world. But it isn't too much for you, is it, [[EvilMatriarch Terra]]? Now I get to find out what I'm really capable of. No lives to save, no plans to make, ''nothing'' to hold me back. I am divinity unleashed."



* In ''[[FanFic/PonyPOVSeries Reharmonized Ponies]]'' Twilight has one after [[spoiler:Fluttercruel makes her realize Fluttershy's motivation for becoming Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper,]] breaking her out of her mental block that'd plagued her the entire battle.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle''':You... you're doing this… not because you want to force yourself on others, you're not really doing this because you're scared of truth. You're doing this, you want to make the world fair, BECAUSE YOU'RE OUR FRIEND! And we're doing this BECAUSE WE'RE YOUR FRIENDS! We can't escape it! OUR FRIENDS CHANGE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT! I HATE IT! Discord showed me what I didn't want to see! That we could all grow into ponies different from the ones we made friends with! Ponies that may well drift away from each other! . . . THAT'S THE PRICE OF HAVING FRIENDS AND- It's-worth-it! It will ALWAYS be worth it! Because if that pony was ever really your friend, then before or after doesn't matter, friendship is now! It doesn't have a future or past! No matter how distant, a friend is a friend! And my heart is more free BECAUSE I accept that!

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* In ''[[FanFic/PonyPOVSeries Reharmonized Ponies]]'' Ponies]]'':
**
Twilight has one after [[spoiler:Fluttercruel makes her realize Fluttershy's motivation for becoming Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper,]] breaking her out of her mental block that'd plagued her the entire battle.
--> ---> '''Twilight Sparkle''':You...Sparkle''': You... you're doing this… not because you want to force yourself on others, you're not really doing this because you're scared of truth. You're doing this, you want to make the world fair, BECAUSE YOU'RE OUR FRIEND! And we're doing this BECAUSE WE'RE YOUR FRIENDS! We can't escape it! OUR FRIENDS CHANGE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT! I HATE IT! Discord showed me what I didn't want to see! That we could all grow into ponies different from the ones we made friends with! Ponies that may well drift away from each other! . . . THAT'S THE PRICE OF HAVING FRIENDS AND- It's-worth-it! It will ALWAYS be worth it! Because if that pony was ever really your friend, then before or after doesn't matter, friendship is now! It doesn't have a future or past! No matter how distant, a friend is a friend! And my heart is more free BECAUSE I accept that!



--->"I leave behind [[TheDragon Tragedy]], Master's tool, I leave behind [[NietzscheWannabe Sparkle]], Discord's toy, I am simply Twilight The Unicorn. I am me. I have magic to do and tragedies to face. I'm done hiding in the cage I've made for myself and those around me...I'm finally free. And I have some friends to make."
*** Similarly, when Liarjack is restored to Applejack after a VisionQuest [[spoiler: and talking to Applebloom's spirit and the [[GodOfGood Father Of Alicorns]]]], she gives a speech of her own:
--->"Ah made a PROMISE TO APPLEBLOOM to look after her family an' it's 'bout time Ah kept it the right way! Ah'm done hidin' in lies. They work fer me, not the other way 'round. The Apple family. The Pie family... little Apple Pie, who'd laughed. Ah'm there fer ya all."
*** And ''again'' when Twilight and Applejack manage to restore Rarigreed to Rarity. We should probably just accept that this is going to be a staple of Dark World.
--->"I am ugly. Inside and out. I'm a horrid creature. I won't hide from that any more! Desire has its own beauty, desire fuels progress. Without it, nothing can move forwards because nothing wants to move forwards. My desire for Tom to be real created something beautiful because I nurtured that desire for so very long! But I have been ugly. Divorced from reality for a thousand years. I've grown so strong, in some respects... but so much else about who I am has... stagnated. No longer. Desire is supposed to be honest. Desire is supposed to be straightforward, desire in its pure form doesn't hide its intent. I'm done hiding from truth. I'm still... desirous. I still want it all. And SINCE I want it all, then I'll ACCEPT it all, beauty and ugliness, in equal measure."
*** Justified, as awakening one's Element without the physical Elements seems to ''require'' a personal epiphany in order to happen.
*** We get another one when Spike awakes as the new Element of Generosity. His gets bonus points for also being a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech aimed at Discord (who isn't even there).
*** And now Pinkie Pie's had one after her own HeelFaceTurn:
--->"What do I decide? What should I do? It's like I can think clearly again, all I could see for a zillion years was bullies were my friends were supposed to be. …I could try to make them up give the Elements…save my foals…but they've suffered enough…I can see that now…I was wrong…Twilight was right…I made them killers…I can only hope whoever's out there had mercy on them…And if they are in Pony Heaven, anything I give them in Equestria could never hold a candle to whatever Paradise provides them. But what if they're in Pony Hell like Twilight said? But how could I save them, if I brought them back by going back into the fog? I could just…quit…curl up and cry, let guilt crush me…but that'd hurt my friends. After all they did to save me, it'd be wasting this second chance I've been given…It's like they told Dashie…laying down and dying doesn't fix what I did… My friends…my…my niece…they're all here…they cared for me…they suffered to save me…they protected me…They cared for me…And I tried to throw them away…I can't make up for much…but I can make up for that… I'm sorry for what I've done…But I don't have time to let it crush me…I love my foals…but I can only pray their souls are in Pony Heaven…I love my friends…and they're right here…I'm free.
*** Rainbow Dash's is a bit delayed, but she does eventually give one that shows she's done tearing herself up over the choices she's made.
--->"Yeah, I'm glad you didn't kill me, I'm glad until I got my head on straight you had me tied to a bed and set that mare to keep an eye on me so I couldn't try to rip my own Element to pull the plug. But I'm tired of 'what ifs', what if I'd chosen to turn right around and Sonic Rainboomed Discord into the ground a thousand years ago? Maybe it'd have killed him, maybe I'd have shattered every bone in my body and not left a scratch on him. It doesn't MATTER. I've spent the last THOUSAND YEARS obsessing myself with 'what if'. What if I'd made the other choice? What if I'd not turned down Grogar's offer to take out Discord? What if, what if, what if. Buck 'what if'! I didn't [[spoiler: rip my heart out and show it to you]] so you'd be thinking about what ifs."
*** Twilight gives one during the FinalBattle after [[spoiler:hijacking [[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Paradox]]'s time travel spell and combining it with her connection to Minty Pie, summoning the [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, and G4 Mane Casts]] to the present.]]
---> "You have power over time? The magic between friends transcends time, space, reality, death, beyond all barriers! Friendship doesn't just pierce the barrier between life and death, but all barriers, everywhere! This is a friendship that pierces the walls between worlds! We've been made, unmade, and remade, but the links we've forged between our souls are all still here! You have [[spoiler: six Elements of Harmony]] that are absolute? We have six sets of hearts beating together in harmony! You have a [[spoiler: gallery of Nightmares]]? We have a herd of FRIENDS! I'm not scared. Not with all of you by my side. And neither are they scared by my side!"

to:

--->"I --->'''Twilight:''' I leave behind [[TheDragon Tragedy]], Master's tool, I leave behind [[NietzscheWannabe Sparkle]], Discord's toy, I am simply Twilight The Unicorn. I am me. I have magic to do and tragedies to face. I'm done hiding in the cage I've made for myself and those around me...I'm finally free. And I have some friends to make."
***
make.
**
Similarly, when Liarjack is restored to Applejack after a VisionQuest [[spoiler: and talking to Applebloom's spirit and the [[GodOfGood Father Of Alicorns]]]], she gives a speech of her own:
--->"Ah --->'''Applejack:''' Ah made a PROMISE TO APPLEBLOOM to look after her family an' it's 'bout time Ah kept it the right way! Ah'm done hidin' in lies. They work fer me, not the other way 'round. The Apple family. The Pie family... little Apple Pie, who'd laughed. Ah'm there fer ya all."
***
all.
**
And ''again'' when Twilight and Applejack manage to restore Rarigreed to Rarity. We should probably just accept that this is going to be a staple of Dark World.
--->"I --->'''Rarity:''' I am ugly. Inside and out. I'm a horrid creature. I won't hide from that any more! Desire has its own beauty, desire fuels progress. Without it, nothing can move forwards because nothing wants to move forwards. My desire for Tom to be real created something beautiful because I nurtured that desire for so very long! But I have been ugly. Divorced from reality for a thousand years. I've grown so strong, in some respects... but so much else about who I am has... stagnated. No longer. Desire is supposed to be honest. Desire is supposed to be straightforward, desire in its pure form doesn't hide its intent. I'm done hiding from truth. I'm still... desirous. I still want it all. And SINCE I want it all, then I'll ACCEPT it all, beauty and ugliness, in equal measure."
***
measure.
**
Justified, as awakening one's Element without the physical Elements seems to ''require'' a personal epiphany in order to happen.
*** ** We get another one when Spike awakes as the new Element of Generosity. His gets bonus points for also being a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech aimed at Discord (who isn't even there).
*** ** And now Pinkie Pie's had one after her own HeelFaceTurn:
--->"What --->'''Pinkie Pie:''' What do I decide? What should I do? It's like I can think clearly again, all I could see for a zillion years was bullies were my friends were supposed to be. …I could try to make them up give the Elements…save my foals…but they've suffered enough…I can see that now…I was wrong…Twilight was right…I made them killers…I can only hope whoever's out there had mercy on them…And if they are in Pony Heaven, anything I give them in Equestria could never hold a candle to whatever Paradise provides them. But what if they're in Pony Hell like Twilight said? But how could I save them, if I brought them back by going back into the fog? I could just…quit…curl up and cry, let guilt crush me…but that'd hurt my friends. After all they did to save me, it'd be wasting this second chance I've been given…It's like they told Dashie…laying down and dying doesn't fix what I did… My friends…my…my niece…they're all here…they cared for me…they suffered to save me…they protected me…They cared for me…And I tried to throw them away…I can't make up for much…but I can make up for that… I'm sorry for what I've done…But I don't have time to let it crush me…I love my foals…but I can only pray their souls are in Pony Heaven…I love my friends…and they're right here…I'm free.
*** ** Rainbow Dash's is a bit delayed, but she does eventually give one that shows she's done tearing herself up over the choices she's made.
--->"Yeah, --->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Yeah, I'm glad you didn't kill me, I'm glad until I got my head on straight you had me tied to a bed and set that mare to keep an eye on me so I couldn't try to rip my own Element to pull the plug. But I'm tired of 'what ifs', what if I'd chosen to turn right around and Sonic Rainboomed Discord into the ground a thousand years ago? Maybe it'd have killed him, maybe I'd have shattered every bone in my body and not left a scratch on him. It doesn't MATTER. I've spent the last THOUSAND YEARS obsessing myself with 'what if'. What if I'd made the other choice? What if I'd not turned down Grogar's offer to take out Discord? What if, what if, what if. Buck 'what if'! I didn't [[spoiler: rip my heart out and show it to you]] so you'd be thinking about what ifs."
***
ifs.
**
Twilight gives one during the FinalBattle after [[spoiler:hijacking [[TrueFinalBoss Nightmare Paradox]]'s time travel spell and combining it with her connection to Minty Pie, summoning the [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, and G4 Mane Casts]] to the present.]]
---> "You --->'''Twilight:''' You have power over time? The magic between friends transcends time, space, reality, death, beyond all barriers! Friendship doesn't just pierce the barrier between life and death, but all barriers, everywhere! This is a friendship that pierces the walls between worlds! We've been made, unmade, and remade, but the links we've forged between our souls are all still here! You have [[spoiler: six Elements of Harmony]] that are absolute? We have six sets of hearts beating together in harmony! You have a [[spoiler: gallery of Nightmares]]? We have a herd of FRIENDS! I'm not scared. Not with all of you by my side. And neither are they scared by my side!"side!



-->I managed a smile. Maybe I was being foolish. But I knew this wasn't pointless... or at least, I didn't believe it was. And I think I finally understand. Making things beautiful and making beautiful things is simply what I am good at. A pony is not a slave to their cutie mark no matter what they teach you in school. It's your guide, not your master. My Element and my Cutie Mark are not the same thing, have never been the same thing, and I was a foal for believing they were. If making beautiful things and making things beautiful are what I'm good at, and my Element is to be generous towards others, of course I'll share my talent with them. But that isn't the only thing I can share. Letting my sister help, spending time with others: those are generosities too, not just giving away THINGS. And I should have remembered that when Twilight's spell made me relive those moments I had been true to that inner spirit. But I was too scared of what I had done. I'll never know how much of what I did was Discord's taint or my own choices, but I'm not ashamed anymore. Not as long as I remember that no matter what riches cross my path, my greatest treasure is at home, and she is waiting for me. And whether I find someone to live my life with is up to me. For the first time in weeks, I finally feel free.

to:

-->I --->'''Rarity:''' I managed a smile. Maybe I was being foolish. But I knew this wasn't pointless... or at least, I didn't believe it was. And I think I finally understand. Making things beautiful and making beautiful things is simply what I am good at. A pony is not a slave to their cutie mark no matter what they teach you in school. It's your guide, not your master. My Element and my Cutie Mark are not the same thing, have never been the same thing, and I was a foal for believing they were. If making beautiful things and making things beautiful are what I'm good at, and my Element is to be generous towards others, of course I'll share my talent with them. But that isn't the only thing I can share. Letting my sister help, spending time with others: those are generosities too, not just giving away THINGS. And I should have remembered that when Twilight's spell made me relive those moments I had been true to that inner spirit. But I was too scared of what I had done. I'll never know how much of what I did was Discord's taint or my own choices, but I'm not ashamed anymore. Not as long as I remember that no matter what riches cross my path, my greatest treasure is at home, and she is waiting for me. And whether I find someone to live my life with is up to me. For the first time in weeks, I finally feel free.



--> '''Bright Eyes''': And I'm an idiot! I've been letting YOU set the rules and what goes and what doesn't here. You've had me so caught up in this mess I hadn't thought this through! [[spoiler:[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind This is all in MY head? MY mind? MY soul? That means I can do anything I WANT!]]]] And I've always had with me the lance that pierces the darkness! [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore And now that I've realized that, I've got no reason to be afraid of you anymore!]]

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--> ---> '''Bright Eyes''': And I'm an idiot! I've been letting YOU set the rules and what goes and what doesn't here. You've had me so caught up in this mess I hadn't thought this through! [[spoiler:[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind This is all in MY head? MY mind? MY soul? That means I can do anything I WANT!]]]] And I've always had with me the lance that pierces the darkness! [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore And now that I've realized that, I've got no reason to be afraid of you anymore!]]



-->"I am Princess Celestia. [[TimeAbyss I remember the big bang]]. I have seen things ponies can never comprehend. I am the Day itself…and my subjects fear me. But they do not hate me. They fear me as child fears their mother. I have guilt I must live with, but what a chaotic tyrant made me do is not among the things I should be ashamed of.

-->I now know that I am both feared and loved by my subjects as their ruler and their mother. And I both love and fear for them the same way. I am free."

to:

-->"I --->'''Celestia:''' I am Princess Celestia. [[TimeAbyss I remember the big bang]]. I have seen things ponies can never comprehend. I am the Day itself…and my subjects fear me. But they do not hate me. They fear me as child fears their mother. I have guilt I must live with, but what a chaotic tyrant made me do is not among the things I should be ashamed of. \n\n-->I I now know that I am both feared and loved by my subjects as their ruler and their mother. And I both love and fear for them the same way. I am free."



** Also counts as DareToBeBadass.



--> '''Twilight Sparkle''': For ten years I've felt restless, like I'm stuck in a tiny box that's pushing in on me from all sides. I feel a constant pressure on my font at all times, like a wild animal pulling on it's chains just begging for release. It's only gotten worse since this magical growth spurt started, and now I feel a constant tingling in my horn, like my magic is trying to spill out. I've desperately wanted to let go, to just start firing off as much magic as I can, but I haven't because of what happened the last time I did that. When I had that Flare ten years ago, I experienced a sensation like nothing I've ever had before, nor since. Not only was I completely immersed in my own magic, but all the magic around me, as well. I could see the safety wards in the room and all around the castle, the magic being cast by students in the school, and even all the magic out in Canterlot itself. For the briefest of moments I was connected to all the unicorns around me, and when I saw all of that, it was a simple matter to unravel the spell surrounding one little dragon egg. It felt good—no, it felt amazing. In that instant I had access to more magic than I'd ever dreamed, and I wanted it all. I wanted to learn every single spell I saw, and then I wanted to learn every other spell there is, as well. Since then I've dedicated my life to understanding as much about magic as I can, but it’s never enough because there’s just so much. Equestria is huge, the world is huger still, and the universe is of a size and scale that’s beyond comprehension. We haven’t even scratched the surface of how magic works, and all I want is to learn and see as much of it as I can. I know my work will never be finished, but that’s comforting in a way, because the saddest day of my life would be the day there’s nothing left to learn.
--> '''Blair:''' So why have you been holding back? Your Absorption power will help you achieve more than you could ever dream.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' Because I won't able to stop. Back then, I just wanted to keep having that feeling of immersion and connection with all the magic around me, and I tried to take all of the magic around me into myself. I didn't know what I was doing, and instead of absorbing the magic, I redirected it to the ponies around me. It's a small miracle nopony was hurt, and didn't want to take that chance again. And you want me to return to that. I stood at the edge of a terrible precipice that I was only barely able to turn away from, and you'd have me take a running leap off the edge?! You'd force me to release something I know I won't be able to control because I couldn't even handle it's shadow?! I only have one thing to say to that! Be careful what you wish for!

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--> '''Twilight Sparkle''': For ten years I've felt restless, like I'm stuck in a tiny box that's pushing in on me from all sides. I feel a constant pressure on my font at all times, like a wild animal pulling on it's chains just begging for release. It's only gotten worse since this magical growth spurt started, and now I feel a constant tingling in my horn, like my magic is trying to spill out. I've desperately wanted to let go, to just start firing off as much magic as I can, but I haven't because of what happened the last time I did that. When I had that Flare ten years ago, I experienced a sensation like nothing I've ever had before, nor since. Not only was I completely immersed in my own magic, but all the magic around me, as well. I could see the safety wards in the room and all around the castle, the magic being cast by students in the school, and even all the magic out in Canterlot itself. For the briefest of moments I was connected to all the unicorns around me, and when I saw all of that, it was a simple matter to unravel the spell surrounding one little dragon egg. It felt good—no, it felt amazing. In that instant I had access to more magic than I'd ever dreamed, and I wanted it all. I wanted to learn every single spell I saw, and then I wanted to learn every other spell there is, as well. Since then I've dedicated my life to understanding as much about magic as I can, but it’s never enough because there’s just so much. Equestria is huge, the world is huger still, and the universe is of a size and scale that’s beyond comprehension. We haven’t even scratched the surface of how magic works, and all I want is to learn and see as much of it as I can. I know my work will never be finished, but that’s comforting in a way, because the saddest day of my life would be the day there’s nothing left to learn.
-->
learn.\\
'''Blair:''' So why have you been holding back? Your Absorption power will help you achieve more than you could ever dream.
-->
dream.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Because I won't able to stop. Back then, I just wanted to keep having that feeling of immersion and connection with all the magic around me, and I tried to take all of the magic around me into myself. I didn't know what I was doing, and instead of absorbing the magic, I redirected it to the ponies around me. It's a small miracle nopony was hurt, and didn't want to take that chance again. And you want me to return to that. I stood at the edge of a terrible precipice that I was only barely able to turn away from, and you'd have me take a running leap off the edge?! You'd force me to release something I know I won't be able to control because I couldn't even handle it's shadow?! I only have one thing to say to that! Be careful what you wish for!



-->'''Yukino''': "All of us were once powerless. We've had to struggle against everyday difficulties, as well as those unique to our own lives, and change and grow stronger to continue on in life, even before we became Himes. With these new powers, we've had to question ourselves, do things we never even thought possible and face odds that were against us even with our powers! But when have things ever been difficult for you or the SUEs before now? Have any of your problems been significant enough that success was not guaranteed? Because you haven't faced adversity, you don't have what it takes to win!"
-->'''Midori''':"Getting this far was impossible for us at the beginning, even once we'd awakened our powers. It might sound like I'm ripping off an anime, but we've had to become better fighters, grow as people and survive multiple battles in order to be able to face you, without being handed any of that on a silver platter like you were! If your [=SUEs=] had become stronger, they might have been able to defeat us, but they couldn't grow, and so were defeated because we surpassed them! Our victory will be one we have earned ourselves!"
-->'''Nao''':''(when the Usurper asks if they wish to keep the world the way it is in spite of its flaws)'' "Nothing is perfect! Bad things happen to us in life, some of which happen without reason and some of which are our own faults! This world is, to some degree, the one we deserve! But people can change, and they can improve themselves! They might not ever achieve 'perfection,' but whatever world they make would damn well be better than whatever you come up with if your SUEs are any indication of what you consider perfect!"
-->'''[[spoiler:Shiho]]''': "Life doesn't always give you what you want. Sometimes the object of your dreams or the person you desire is beyond your reach no matter how hard you try. Sometimes your goal is impossible before you even begin. But life goes on, and you can find new reasons for living, new goals, new people to cherish, and sometimes you may even find that your old goal was not what you truly wanted! You could never realize any of this if you simply got what you wanted all the time!"
-->'''Shizuru''': "Imagination and reality are two separate things. Often, things you'd hoped for don't quite measure up in reality. But sometimes, something or someone defies your expectations and yet is wonderful in its own unique way. An endless fulfillment of all your fantasies would deny you this satisfaction, and render all the times your wishes were granted meaningless!"
-->'''Natsuki''': "[[spoiler:I was offered [[LotusEaterMachine such a world]] once. But I realized that it was just that, a reflection of my deepest desires that could not ever become true, and chose to continue to stay in this one]]! If I [[spoiler:rejected a world based on]] my own personal desires, what makes you think I would accept one based on yours? I would never sacrifice the joys and sorrows of my own life to become a mindless slave for your pleasure!"
-->'''Mai''': "Each one of us has a person that is special in their own way. We've spent time with them, bonded with them, allowed them to become important to us, and become a part of each other's lives. We can name a few ways in which those people fall short of perfection, but many others in which they've touched our hearts, influenced us, and made us happy. They will never be perfect and I'm not sure how close they are to being as good as they can be, but they're precious to us and they've become irreplaceable parts of our lives. If we were to accept your world, we'd give up all of who we are and who they are, and that's why you must be stopped!"

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-->'''Yukino''': "All All of us were once powerless. We've had to struggle against everyday difficulties, as well as those unique to our own lives, and change and grow stronger to continue on in life, even before we became Himes. With these new powers, we've had to question ourselves, do things we never even thought possible and face odds that were against us even with our powers! But when have things ever been difficult for you or the SUEs before now? Have any of your problems been significant enough that success was not guaranteed? Because you haven't faced adversity, you don't have what it takes to win!"
-->'''Midori''':"Getting
win!\\
'''Midori''': Getting
this far was impossible for us at the beginning, even once we'd awakened our powers. It might sound like I'm ripping off an anime, but we've had to become better fighters, grow as people and survive multiple battles in order to be able to face you, without being handed any of that on a silver platter like you were! If your [=SUEs=] had become stronger, they might have been able to defeat us, but they couldn't grow, and so were defeated because we surpassed them! Our victory will be one we have earned ourselves!"
-->'''Nao''':''(when
ourselves!\\
'''Nao''': ''[when
the Usurper asks if they wish to keep the world the way it is in spite of its flaws)'' "Nothing flaws]'' Nothing is perfect! Bad things happen to us in life, some of which happen without reason and some of which are our own faults! This world is, to some degree, the one we deserve! But people can change, and they can improve themselves! They might not ever achieve 'perfection,' but whatever world they make would damn well be better than whatever you come up with if your SUEs are any indication of what you consider perfect!"
-->'''[[spoiler:Shiho]]''': "Life
perfect!\\
'''[[spoiler:Shiho]]''': Life
doesn't always give you what you want. Sometimes the object of your dreams or the person you desire is beyond your reach no matter how hard you try. Sometimes your goal is impossible before you even begin. But life goes on, and you can find new reasons for living, new goals, new people to cherish, and sometimes you may even find that your old goal was not what you truly wanted! You could never realize any of this if you simply got what you wanted all the time!"
-->'''Shizuru''': "Imagination
time!\\
'''Shizuru''': Imagination
and reality are two separate things. Often, things you'd hoped for don't quite measure up in reality. But sometimes, something or someone defies your expectations and yet is wonderful in its own unique way. An endless fulfillment of all your fantasies would deny you this satisfaction, and render all the times your wishes were granted meaningless!"
-->'''Natsuki''': "[[spoiler:I
meaningless!\\
'''Natsuki''': [[spoiler:I
was offered [[LotusEaterMachine such a world]] once. But I realized that it was just that, a reflection of my deepest desires that could not ever become true, and chose to continue to stay in this one]]! If I [[spoiler:rejected a world based on]] my own personal desires, what makes you think I would accept one based on yours? I would never sacrifice the joys and sorrows of my own life to become a mindless slave for your pleasure!"
-->'''Mai''': "Each
pleasure!\\
'''Mai''': Each
one of us has a person that is special in their own way. We've spent time with them, bonded with them, allowed them to become important to us, and become a part of each other's lives. We can name a few ways in which those people fall short of perfection, but many others in which they've touched our hearts, influenced us, and made us happy. They will never be perfect and I'm not sure how close they are to being as good as they can be, but they're precious to us and they've become irreplaceable parts of our lives. If we were to accept your world, we'd give up all of who we are and who they are, and that's why you must be stopped!"stopped!



-->'''Kuroko''': Indeed, she is a criminal. Taking the law into her own hands, reading manga without paying for it, mistreating public vending machines, electrifying people indiscriminately just because they annoy her; even stealing game arcade coins without a second thought. To be honest, she's the picture-perfect law-breaking delinquent.\\
'''Kuroko''': But, so what? She might be a criminal, but you are ten times worse! You trick others into doing your dirty work for you, hurt our students and threaten Hitomi-san with their lives, and spread horrible rumors while hiding behind your status at school -- while you're a coward, Onee-sama is noble and brave, and she helps anyone no matter who they are! ''It doesn't matter what you say!'' The truth is still the truth, ''AND THE TRUTH IS THAT MISAKA MIKOTO-ONEE-SAMA IS A '''TRULY AMAZING HUMAN BEING!'''''

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-->'''Kuroko''': Indeed, she is a criminal. Taking the law into her own hands, reading manga without paying for it, mistreating public vending machines, electrifying people indiscriminately just because they annoy her; even stealing game arcade coins without a second thought. To be honest, she's the picture-perfect law-breaking delinquent.\\
'''Kuroko''':
But, so what? She might be a criminal, but you are ten times worse! You trick others into doing your dirty work for you, hurt our students and threaten Hitomi-san with their lives, and spread horrible rumors while hiding behind your status at school -- while you're a coward, Onee-sama is noble and brave, and she helps anyone no matter who they are! ''It doesn't matter what you say!'' The truth is still the truth, ''AND THE TRUTH IS THAT MISAKA MIKOTO-ONEE-SAMA IS A '''TRULY AMAZING HUMAN BEING!'''''



--->'''Norm:''' "That's an understatement. Maybe you and your buddies are starting to think your little magic tricks make you invincible. Maybe you think you're actually powerful enough to withstand any obstacle. I think you're just a bunch of idiots who've forgotten exactly who you're dealing with. There is a reason why genies spend most of the time [[GenieInABottle locked up]]. We're famous for being tricky to deal with, but that because you don't want to deal with us when [[LetsGetDangerous we're done playing around]]. We have no rules or real limitations on what wish we can grant. Do you have any idea what that means? Anything we want to do is possible as long as someone wishes for it. Da Rules, [[ChaoticEvil bad luck]], and [[LawfulEvil trying to achieve perfect order]] limits what you can do. Not a genie. And we have the raw magic power to back up that sort of limitless potential. I want you to imagine for a moment exactly what that means about the kind of wishes I've dealt with in the past. Not every master I've had was a saint. I've dealt with thieves, warriors, spies, murderers, psychopaths, and politicians. I've heard every warped idea they've ever considered to the point where I find any wish practically predictable. Even with the amount of twisting I can do to a wish, I have to grant some rather distasteful desires at times. I can honestly say that I've granted some wishes that would give you nightmares. Me and morality parted ways a long time ago. I need you to consider what this all means for you. I need you to consider exactly what it truly means when you've manage to make a genie, someone with enough magic to make you look like a second-rate stage magician and a history of granting wishes regardless of how unthinkable they might be ethically, completely furious with you." ''

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--->'''Norm:''' "That's -->'''Norm:''' That's an understatement. Maybe you and your buddies are starting to think your little magic tricks make you invincible. Maybe you think you're actually powerful enough to withstand any obstacle. I think you're just a bunch of idiots who've forgotten exactly who you're dealing with. There is a reason why genies spend most of the time [[GenieInABottle locked up]]. We're famous for being tricky to deal with, but that because you don't want to deal with us when [[LetsGetDangerous we're done playing around]]. We have no rules or real limitations on what wish we can grant. Do you have any idea what that means? Anything we want to do is possible as long as someone wishes for it. Da Rules, [[ChaoticEvil bad luck]], and [[LawfulEvil trying to achieve perfect order]] limits what you can do. Not a genie. And we have the raw magic power to back up that sort of limitless potential. I want you to imagine for a moment exactly what that means about the kind of wishes I've dealt with in the past. Not every master I've had was a saint. I've dealt with thieves, warriors, spies, murderers, psychopaths, and politicians. I've heard every warped idea they've ever considered to the point where I find any wish practically predictable. Even with the amount of twisting I can do to a wish, I have to grant some rather distasteful desires at times. I can honestly say that I've granted some wishes that would give you nightmares. Me and morality parted ways a long time ago. I need you to consider what this all means for you. I need you to consider exactly what it truly means when you've manage to make a genie, someone with enough magic to make you look like a second-rate stage magician and a history of granting wishes regardless of how unthinkable they might be ethically, completely furious with you." ''



--> '''Lyra''': [[spoiler: “I’d only just gotten here when I met Audrey, and she was my first friend. She let me stay with her. Without her kindness, I would have been lost in this world. And then I met Nathan, and he gave me something – just a guitar, but it meant so much. I finally found what I was meant to do as a human. It’s one of the most generous gifts I’ve ever gotten. And Randall welcomed me into his band. I got to perform music with real humans. And he even helped me find my parents. Even now... He's always shown some real loyalty. Even if he thought I was crazy. Out of all the weird new things I experienced in the human world, that airplane was the strangest… But I wasn’t afraid, because you (Paul) shared your laughter with me. You helped me overcome one of the hardest challenges of all, Monica. All this time I’d been lying to everyone. But you… You convinced me that I had to be honest. To my family. To all of you. To myself. And I’m so much happier now that everyone knows the truth about me.Of course we can. Magic has nothing to do with this… The important thing is that I realized that all these humans were the best friends I’d ever had, and that I belonged here in this world with them. I thought I’d never be a normal human, but thanks to them…” Lyra realized that she was probably feeling overconfident at this point, but might as well go all the way. “I know that we can accomplish anything.” ''(the Elements activate)''.]]

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--> '''Lyra''': [[spoiler: “I’d I’d only just gotten here when I met Audrey, and she was my first friend. She let me stay with her. Without her kindness, I would have been lost in this world. And then I met Nathan, and he gave me something – just a guitar, but it meant so much. I finally found what I was meant to do as a human. It’s one of the most generous gifts I’ve ever gotten. And Randall welcomed me into his band. I got to perform music with real humans. And he even helped me find my parents. Even now... He's always shown some real loyalty. Even if he thought I was crazy. Out of all the weird new things I experienced in the human world, that airplane was the strangest… But I wasn’t afraid, because you (Paul) shared your laughter with me. You helped me overcome one of the hardest challenges of all, Monica. All this time I’d been lying to everyone. But you… You convinced me that I had to be honest. To my family. To all of you. To myself. And I’m so much happier now that everyone knows the truth about me.Of course we can. Magic has nothing to do with this… The important thing is that I realized that all these humans were the best friends I’d ever had, and that I belonged here in this world with them. I thought I’d never be a normal human, but thanks to them…” Lyra realized that she was probably feeling overconfident at this point, but might as well go all the way. “I know that we can accomplish anything. ''(the Elements activate)''.]]



-->'''Tai Lung''': You cannot defeat me. You... you're just a big... fat... panda!
-->'''Po''': I'm not a big fat panda. I'm '''the''' big fat panda.

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-->'''Tai Lung''': You cannot defeat me. You... you're just a big... fat... panda!
-->'''Po''':
panda!\\
'''Po''':
I'm not a big fat panda. I'm '''the''' big fat panda.



* Uncle Charlie's unspeakably evil [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX6s3LTds3s "this world is a hell"]] speech in ''Film/ShadowOfADoubt'':
--> You think you know something, don't you? You think you're the clever little girl who knows something. There's so much you don't know, so much. What do you know, really? You're just an ordinary little girl, living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there's nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did I? Or was it a silly, inexpert little lie? You live in a dream. You're a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie. Use your wits. Learn something.

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* ''Film/ShadowOfADoubt'':
**
Uncle Charlie's unspeakably evil [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX6s3LTds3s "this world is a hell"]] speech in ''Film/ShadowOfADoubt'':
-->
speech:
--->'''Charlie:'''
You think you know something, don't you? You think you're the clever little girl who knows something. There's so much you don't know, so much. What do you know, really? You're just an ordinary little girl, living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there's nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did I? Or was it a silly, inexpert little lie? You live in a dream. You're a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie. Use your wits. Learn something.



-->"500 fights. That's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are. You learn a lot of things on the way to 500. None more important than this." ''[headbutt]''

to:

-->"500 -->'''Taylor:''' Five hundred fights. That's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 Five hundred street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are. You learn a lot of things on the way to 500.five hundred. None more important than this." ''[headbutt]''



* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' has an interesting version of this, in that [[spoiler:the emotional conflict and the physical conflict are the same thing, through the character of Mal.]]
** It is an interesting version of the relationship between the physical/emotional conflict, but the WorldOfCardboardSpeech comes in this dialog:
---> '''Cobb''': I can't stay with her anymore because she doesn't exist.\\

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' has an interesting version of this, in that [[spoiler:the emotional conflict and the physical conflict are the same thing, through the character of Mal.]]
**
]] It is an interesting version of the relationship between the physical/emotional conflict, but the WorldOfCardboardSpeech comes in this dialog:
---> --> '''Cobb''': I can't stay with her anymore because she doesn't exist.\\



--> ''You never understood... why we did this. The audience knows the truth. The world is simple, miserable, solid all the way through. But if you can fool them, even for a second... then you can make them wonder. And you get to see something very special. ... You really don't know. ... It was the look on their faces.''

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--> ''You -->'''Angier:''' You never understood... why we did this. The audience knows the truth. The world is simple, miserable, solid all the way through. But if you can fool them, even for a second... then you can make them wonder. And you get to see something very special. ... You really don't know. ... It was the look on their faces.''



--> "I'm disappointed in you, Adrian. Do you really think you can kill ''me''? Reassembling myself was the first trick I learned. It didn't kill Osterman... did you really think it would kill me? I have walked across the surface of the Sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast they can hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you, Adrian, you're just a man. The world's smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite."

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--> "I'm -->'''Manhattan:''' I'm disappointed in you, Adrian. Do you really think you can kill ''me''? Reassembling myself was the first trick I learned. It didn't kill Osterman... did you really think it would kill me? I have walked across the surface of the Sun. I have witnessed events so tiny and so fast they can hardly be said to have occurred at all. But you, Adrian, you're just a man. The world's smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite."



--> [[spoiler: "It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream. You're not alive. This whole thing is just a dream...I want my mother and friends again."]]
* ''ReturnOfTheJedi'': A [[TheHerosJourney farmboy grows]] into a [[LaResistance rebel hero]] to defeat TheEmpire, and distraught when he discovered that his [[IAmYourFather father was his sworn enemy]]. He's tempted with TheDarkSide in order to defeat them only to realize that he was falling down the same [[NotSoDifferent path as his father]]. Teetering on the edge, Luke Skywalker defied the [[ThePlan plans and foresight]] of the Emperor and said:
--> '''Luke:''' You failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.

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--> [[spoiler: "It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream. You're not alive. This whole thing is just a dream...I want my mother and friends again."]]
* ''ReturnOfTheJedi'': ''ReturnOfTheJedi'':
**
A [[TheHerosJourney farmboy grows]] into a [[LaResistance rebel hero]] to defeat TheEmpire, and distraught when he discovered that his [[IAmYourFather father was his sworn enemy]]. He's tempted with TheDarkSide in order to defeat them only to realize that he was falling down the same [[NotSoDifferent path as his father]]. Teetering on the edge, Luke Skywalker defied the [[ThePlan plans and foresight]] of the Emperor and said:
--> ---> '''Luke:''' You failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.



--->'''Luke:''' ''"I'll not leave you here, I've got to save you."''\\
'''Anakin:''' ''"[[RedemptionEqualsDeath You already have, Luke...]] You were [[TheChosenOne right about me.]]"''

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--->'''Luke:''' ''"I'll I'll not leave you here, I've got to save you."''\\
\\
'''Anakin:''' ''"[[RedemptionEqualsDeath [[RedemptionEqualsDeath You already have, Luke...]] You were [[TheChosenOne right about me.]]"'']]



-->''"The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope... because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life... maybe we can too."''

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-->''"The -->'''Sarah:''' The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope... because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life... maybe we can too."''



-->'''Neville Longbottom''':'' It doesn't matter that Harry's gone. People die every day! Friends, family. Yeah, we lost Harry tonight. He's still with us, in here. So's Fred, Remus. Tonks, all of them. They didn't die in vain. But you will! Because you're wrong! Harry's heart did beat for us! For all of us! It's not over!''

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-->'''Neville Longbottom''':'' Longbottom''': It doesn't matter that Harry's gone. People die every day! Friends, family. Yeah, we lost Harry tonight. He's still with us, in here. So's Fred, Remus. Tonks, all of them. They didn't die in vain. But you will! Because you're wrong! Harry's heart did beat for us! For all of us! It's not over!''over!



-->'''O'Neil:''' You cannot escape the field, Whitehead!
-->'''Whitehead:''' Then I shall ''become'' it! I shall ''consume'' all the ill fortune which you are set to unleash. I shall chew up all the selfish scheming and ill intentions that men like you force upon men like me, and bury it in the stomach of this place!

to:

-->'''O'Neil:''' You cannot escape the field, Whitehead!
-->'''Whitehead:'''
Whitehead!\\
'''Whitehead:'''
Then I shall ''become'' it! I shall ''consume'' all the ill fortune which you are set to unleash. I shall chew up all the selfish scheming and ill intentions that men like you force upon men like me, and bury it in the stomach of this place!



* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Granny Weatherwax gives the [[spoiler:Queen of the Elves]] one of these when she explains why she's better than her.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
**
In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Granny Weatherwax gives the [[spoiler:Queen of the Elves]] one of these when she explains why she's better than her.



*** The same applies (though not nearly to the same extent) to wizards in general. The average wizard has so much protection from magical attack that trying to kill them magically would be like trying to kill a fish by holding it under water. Unfortunately for the rest of the non-magical world, in the days when wizards didn't spend their days confined within Universities generally being lazy, they ''would'' use magic to battle one another, and it nearly tore the Discworld apart. Especially under Ridcully's administration, people outside the University are frequently reminded that the "rule" that forbids wizards from using magic on non-wizards in anything but self-defense is just a self-imposed guideline. With special emphasis on the ''self''-imposed.

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*** ** The same applies (though not nearly to the same extent) to wizards in general. The average wizard has so much protection from magical attack that trying to kill them magically would be like trying to kill a fish by holding it under water. Unfortunately for the rest of the non-magical world, in the days when wizards didn't spend their days confined within Universities generally being lazy, they ''would'' use magic to battle one another, and it nearly tore the Discworld apart. Especially under Ridcully's administration, people outside the University are frequently reminded that the "rule" that forbids wizards from using magic on non-wizards in anything but self-defense is just a self-imposed guideline. With special emphasis on the ''self''-imposed.



-->"I'm tired of being lobbied, taken for granted and schemed against. I am now, officially, a ''tyrant''. You all knew I'd ignore my own laws, Persephone here proved that, and I'm sick of the pretense. I get to do whatever I want. You don't. You don't Embrace, you don't kill one another, you sure as hell don't commit diablerie, but if I feel like it, ''I can do any of that.'' I think you'll put up with it, I really do. Because the alternatives are worse. Because in my tenure, I've run this city better than any Prince anyone can remember. Because with me, Chicago ''works''. If you don't agree? Think you can do better? All right, try to upset the apple cart. Just remember [[spoiler:Norris]]. He had half of us blackmailed, he was old and smart and had a legion of spies behind him. Look where ''he'' ended up."

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-->"I'm -->'''Prince Clarke:''' I'm tired of being lobbied, taken for granted and schemed against. I am now, officially, a ''tyrant''. You all knew I'd ignore my own laws, Persephone here proved that, and I'm sick of the pretense. I get to do whatever I want. You don't. You don't Embrace, you don't kill one another, you sure as hell don't commit diablerie, but if I feel like it, ''I can do any of that.'' I think you'll put up with it, I really do. Because the alternatives are worse. Because in my tenure, I've run this city better than any Prince anyone can remember. Because with me, Chicago ''works''. If you don't agree? Think you can do better? All right, try to upset the apple cart. Just remember [[spoiler:Norris]]. He had half of us blackmailed, he was old and smart and had a legion of spies behind him. Look where ''he'' ended up."



-->"We have no idea what they were doing to you, Amy, when those things took you all of those times. But they're not going to do it again. This being scared bullshit, it's exhausting for me. And you know, I reach a point where I say, you can kill me or tear off my arms or soak me in gasoline and set me on fire, but you won't keep me like this, imprisoned by fear. Now, after everything I've seen, I'm not really scared of monsters and demons and whatever they are. I'm only scared of one thing and that's the fear. Living with that fear, that intimidation. A boot on my neck. I won't live like that. I won't. I wouldn't then and I won't now."

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-->"We -->'''Dave:''' We have no idea what they were doing to you, Amy, when those things took you all of those times. But they're not going to do it again. This being scared bullshit, it's exhausting for me. And you know, I reach a point where I say, you can kill me or tear off my arms or soak me in gasoline and set me on fire, but you won't keep me like this, imprisoned by fear. Now, after everything I've seen, I'm not really scared of monsters and demons and whatever they are. I'm only scared of one thing and that's the fear. Living with that fear, that intimidation. A boot on my neck. I won't live like that. I won't. I wouldn't then and I won't now."



-->'''Eric''': "I don't need your power. I don't need your encouragement. I don't need ''you''. Now begone."

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-->'''Eric''': "I --->'''Eric''': I don't need your power. I don't need your encouragement. I don't need ''you''. Now begone."



--> ''From the dark horizon of my future a sort of slow, persistent breeze had been blowing toward me, all my life long, from the years that were to come. And on its way that breeze had leveled out all the ideas that people tried to foist on me in the equally unreal years I then was living through. What difference could they make to me, the deaths of others, or a mother's love, or his God; or the way a man decides to live, the fate he thinks he chooses, since one and the same fate was bound to “choose” not only me but thousands of millions of privileged people who, like him, called themselves my brothers. Surely, surely he must see that? Every man alive was privileged; there was only one class of men, the privileged class. All alike would be condemned to die one day; his turn, too, would come like the others.''

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--> ''From -->'''Meursault:''' From the dark horizon of my future a sort of slow, persistent breeze had been blowing toward me, all my life long, from the years that were to come. And on its way that breeze had leveled out all the ideas that people tried to foist on me in the equally unreal years I then was living through. What difference could they make to me, the deaths of others, or a mother's love, or his God; or the way a man decides to live, the fate he thinks he chooses, since one and the same fate was bound to “choose” not only me but thousands of millions of privileged people who, like him, called themselves my brothers. Surely, surely he must see that? Every man alive was privileged; there was only one class of men, the privileged class. All alike would be condemned to die one day; his turn, too, would come like the others.''



--> '''Andy:''' You are literally the gutter press. And fuck you, the makers of this show as well. You can't wash your hands of this. You can't keep going 'Oh, it's exploitation but it's what the public wants.' No, the Victorian freakshow never went away. Now it's called ''Big Brother'' or ''X-Factor,'' where in the preliminary rounds, we wheel out the bewildered to be sniggered at by multimillionaires. And fuck you for watching this at home. Shame on you, and shame on me. I'm the worst of all because I'm one of these people who goes 'I'm an entertainer. It's in my blood.' Yeah, it's in my blood because a real job's too hard...Someone once said that I'll never be happy because I'll never be famous enough, and they were right."

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--> '''Andy:''' You are literally the gutter press. And fuck you, the makers of this show as well. You can't wash your hands of this. You can't keep going 'Oh, it's exploitation but it's what the public wants.' No, the Victorian freakshow never went away. Now it's called ''Big Brother'' or ''X-Factor,'' where in the preliminary rounds, we wheel out the bewildered to be sniggered at by multimillionaires. And fuck you for watching this at home. Shame on you, and shame on me. I'm the worst of all because I'm one of these people who goes 'I'm an entertainer. It's in my blood.' Yeah, it's in my blood because a real job's too hard...Someone once said that I'll never be happy because I'll never be famous enough, and they were right."



-->''Zack: You know what? That's it. There's nothing wrong with being smart. In fact, and this'll probably shock you, but outside these walls it's considered a ''good'' thing. So go ahead, call me a nerd. But next year, when you're all here, I won't be. I'll be taking The Road Less Traveled right to the beach!''
* It wasn't followed by a "Crowning Moment", but ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had one of these in the appropriately titled episode ''Epiphany''. In the previous handful of episodes he had managed to alienate his [[TrueCompanions entire team]] because he was under the impression that there would be some sort of GrandFinale where the forces of evil are defeated forever. After having a morally devastating realization on the universality of evil, he resolved that all he could do was simply [[WeHelpTheHelpless help the innocent]]. This epiphany wavered as his life kept taking turns for the worse, but he regained it right before the end; he even referenced it in his RousingSpeech three seasons later, just before the series' GrandFinale.
** It's all the more awesome as, in the previous episode, "Reprise", Holland Manners delivers Angel his version of the speech about evil's implacability, which causes Angel's brief HeroicBSOD.

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-->''Zack: -->'''Zack:''' You know what? That's it. There's nothing wrong with being smart. In fact, and this'll probably shock you, but outside these walls it's considered a ''good'' thing. So go ahead, call me a nerd. But next year, when you're all here, I won't be. I'll be taking The Road Less Traveled right to the beach!''
beach!
* It wasn't followed by a "Crowning Moment", but ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The series
had one of these in the appropriately titled episode ''Epiphany''. In the previous handful of episodes he had managed to alienate his [[TrueCompanions entire team]] because he was under the impression that there would be some sort of GrandFinale where the forces of evil are defeated forever. After having a morally devastating realization on the universality of evil, he resolved that all he could do was simply [[WeHelpTheHelpless help the innocent]]. This epiphany wavered as his life kept taking turns for the worse, but he regained it right before the end; he even referenced it in his RousingSpeech three seasons later, just before the series' GrandFinale.
**
GrandFinale. It's all the more awesome as, in the previous episode, "Reprise", Holland Manners delivers Angel his version of the speech about evil's implacability, which causes Angel's brief HeroicBSOD.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' also had one when she asked for help from the Watchers Council about learning exactly what Glory was (The BigBad of the season). The council subjected her to a long series of tests to prove her worth, but she eventually refused, explaining her own epiphany. Glory actually respected Buffy because she was the Slayer, that she had power. The Watchers Council didn't have the power to stop Glory, so their tests on Buffy were pointless and only an exercise to make them believe they had some control. This speech left the Watchers council dumbfounded. Of course Buffy was also dumbfounded when the Watchers relented and revealed that Glory was a hell demon god.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' also ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The series
had one when she asked for help from the Watchers Council about learning exactly what Glory was (The BigBad of the season). The council subjected her to a long series of tests to prove her worth, but she eventually refused, explaining her own epiphany. Glory actually respected Buffy because she was the Slayer, that she had power. The Watchers Council didn't have the power to stop Glory, so their tests on Buffy were pointless and only an exercise to make them believe they had some control. This speech left the Watchers council dumbfounded. Of course Buffy was also dumbfounded when the Watchers relented and revealed that Glory was a hell demon god.



---> "Look at them. They're terrified. Meat for the beast. You're going to kill them, and there's no way I can stop you. You can't be killed. But, see, here's the thing: I don't believe that. I ''always'' find a way. [[TheDreaded I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about.]] And right now, you and me are going to show them why."
* Admiral Adama, from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', gets at least two of these per season.

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---> "Look --->'''Buffy:''' Look at them. They're terrified. Meat for the beast. You're going to kill them, and there's no way I can stop you. You can't be killed. But, see, here's the thing: I don't believe that. I ''always'' find a way. [[TheDreaded I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about.]] And right now, you and me are going to show them why."
why.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
**
Admiral Adama, from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Adama gets at least two of these per season.



---> My name is '''Saul Tigh'''. I am an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Whatever else I am, whatever else it means, that's the man I want to be. And if I die today, that's the man I'll be.

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---> --->'''Saul:''' My name is '''Saul Tigh'''.''Saul Tigh''. I am an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Whatever else I am, whatever else it means, that's the man I want to be. And if I die today, that's the man I'll be.



--->"At oh-eight-hundred hours, station time... the Romulan Empire formally declared war against the Dominion. They've already struck fifteen bases along the Cardassian border. So, this is a huge victory for the good guys! This may even be the turning point of the entire war! There's even a "Welcome to the Fight" party tonight in the wardroom!... So... I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover up the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But most damning of all... I think [[ICanLiveWithThat I can live with it]]... And if I had to do it all over again... I would. Garak was right about one thing – a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant. So I will learn to live with it...Because I can live with it...I can live with it. Computer – erase that entire personal log."

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--->"At -->'''Sisko:''' At oh-eight-hundred hours, station time... the Romulan Empire formally declared war against the Dominion. They've already struck fifteen bases along the Cardassian border. So, this is a huge victory for the good guys! This may even be the turning point of the entire war! There's even a "Welcome to the Fight" party tonight in the wardroom!... So... I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover up the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But most damning of all... I think [[ICanLiveWithThat I can live with it]]... And if I had to do it all over again... I would. Garak was right about one thing – a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant. So I will learn to live with it...Because I can live with it...I can live with it. Computer – erase that entire personal log."



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': the speech that Simon gives Jayne at the end of ''Trash'', where Jayne suffered an accidental neck injury immediately after Simon [[spoiler: learned that Jayne tried and failed to collect on their bounty in a previous episode]]:
-->'''Simon:''' No matter what you do, or say or plot, no matter how you come down on us... I will never, ever harm you. You're on this table, you're safe. 'Cause I'm your [[TheMedic medic]], and however little we may like or trust each other, [[TrueCompanions we're on the same crew]]. Got the same troubles, same enemies, and more than enough of both. Now, we could circle each other and growl, or sleep with one eye open, but that thought ''wearies'' me. I don't care what you've done, I don't know what you're planning on doing, but I'm trusting you. I think you should do the same. 'Cause I don't see this working any other way.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** The
speech that Simon gives Jayne at the end of ''Trash'', where Jayne suffered an accidental neck injury immediately after Simon [[spoiler: learned that Jayne tried and failed to collect on their bounty in a previous episode]]:
-->'''Simon:''' --->'''Simon:''' No matter what you do, or say or plot, no matter how you come down on us... I will never, ever harm you. You're on this table, you're safe. 'Cause I'm your [[TheMedic medic]], and however little we may like or trust each other, [[TrueCompanions we're on the same crew]]. Got the same troubles, same enemies, and more than enough of both. Now, we could circle each other and growl, or sleep with one eye open, but that thought ''wearies'' me. I don't care what you've done, I don't know what you're planning on doing, but I'm trusting you. I think you should do the same. 'Cause I don't see this working any other way.



* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' features a slight twist on this. During the final confrontation in each world, the BigBad will deliver a BreakingSpeech to Tsukasa and that world's primary Kamen Rider. Tsukasa will counter with a World of Cardboard Speech, not for himself, but for his current partner, explaining their motivation and how that makes them a real hero - which is typically the main point of the other Rider's original TV series, as Decade is an anniversary show. This is also typically the point where Tsukasa gains access to his partner's powers as per Decade's conceit of PowerCopying.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''
** The series
features a slight twist on this. During the final confrontation in each world, the BigBad will deliver a BreakingSpeech to Tsukasa and that world's primary Kamen Rider. Tsukasa will counter with a World of Cardboard Speech, not for himself, but for his current partner, explaining their motivation and how that makes them a real hero - which is typically the main point of the other Rider's original TV series, as Decade is an anniversary show. This is also typically the point where Tsukasa gains access to his partner's powers as per Decade's conceit of PowerCopying.



* Inverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Waters of Mars" when the Doctor has the epiphany that [[spoiler: he doesn't have to follow the rules anymore because he is [[LastOfHisKind the last of the Time Lords]] and [[AGodAmI the laws of time belong to him]].]] But when he tries to act on this epiphany [[spoiler: and save the remaining crew of Bowie Base One, Captain Brooke ''[[HeroicSacrifice shoots herself]]'' rather than allow him to play with the future chain of events he himself told her was immutable.]] He realizes he has a mental block, says the speech, attempts to kick ass fueled by the power of his new outlook, but [[YouCantFightFate mostly fails]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
Inverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Waters of Mars" when the Doctor has the epiphany that [[spoiler: he doesn't have to follow the rules anymore because he is [[LastOfHisKind the last of the Time Lords]] and [[AGodAmI the laws of time belong to him]].]] But when he tries to act on this epiphany [[spoiler: and save the remaining crew of Bowie Base One, Captain Brooke ''[[HeroicSacrifice shoots herself]]'' rather than allow him to play with the future chain of events he himself told her was immutable.]] He realizes he has a mental block, says the speech, attempts to kick ass fueled by the power of his new outlook, but [[YouCantFightFate mostly fails]].



-->'''The Doctor:''' "I tried to talk, I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly. And I think that you just don’t care! And I don’t know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don’t suppose it really matters now, you are monsters! That is the role you seem determined to play, so it seems that I must play mine! [[HeWhoFightsMonsters The man that stops the monsters]]! I’m sending you back to your own dimension. Who knows? [[GoodIsNotNice Some of you may even survive the trip]], and if you do, remember this: you are not welcome here! This plane is protected! [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am the Doctor]]!" *Clara tosses him the Sonic Screwdriver* And I name you '''''THE BONELESS!!!''''' *uses the Screwdriver to create a force field, blowing the Boneless away*

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-->'''The --->'''The Doctor:''' "I I tried to talk, I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly. And I think that you just don’t care! And I don’t know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don’t suppose it really matters now, you are monsters! That is the role you seem determined to play, so it seems that I must play mine! [[HeWhoFightsMonsters The man that stops the monsters]]! I’m sending you back to your own dimension. Who knows? [[GoodIsNotNice Some of you may even survive the trip]], and if you do, remember this: you are not welcome here! This plane is protected! [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am the Doctor]]!" *Clara Doctor]]! ''[Clara tosses him the Sonic Screwdriver* Screwdriver]'' And I name you '''''THE BONELESS!!!''''' *uses ''[uses the Screwdriver to create a force field, blowing the Boneless away*away]''



---> "I am not a good man! And I'm not a bad man. I am not a hero. I'm definitely not a president. And no, I'm not an officer. You know what I am? [[BeYourself I... am... an idiot. With a box and a screwdriver, passing through, helping out, learning.]] I don't need an army, I never have. ''(gestures towards Clara)'' [[ThePowerOfFriendship Because I've got them. Always them.]] [[ThePowerOfLove Because love, it's not an emotion. Love is a promise.]]"

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---> "I --->'''The Doctor:''' I am not a good man! And I'm not a bad man. I am not a hero. I'm definitely not a president. And no, I'm not an officer. You know what I am? [[BeYourself I... am... an idiot. With a box and a screwdriver, passing through, helping out, learning.]] I don't need an army, I never have. ''(gestures towards Clara)'' [[ThePowerOfFriendship Because I've got them. Always them.]] [[ThePowerOfLove Because love, it's not an emotion. Love is a promise.]]"]]



-->"I know where I got this face, and I know what it's for. OK, what's it for? To remind me. To hold me to the mark. [[IAmWhatIAm I'm the Doctor, and I save people.]] And if [[RageAgainstTheHeavens anyone happens to be listening, and you've got any kind of a problem with that, to HELL with you!]]"

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-->"I --->'''The Doctor:''' I know where I got this face, and I know what it's for. OK, what's it for? To remind me. To hold me to the mark. [[IAmWhatIAm I'm the Doctor, and I save people.]] And if [[RageAgainstTheHeavens anyone happens to be listening, and you've got any kind of a problem with that, to HELL with you!]]"you!]]



--> '''Twelve:''' I don't understand? Are you kidding? Me? Of course I understand. I mean, do you call this a war, this funny little thing? ''This'' is not a war! ''I'' fought in a bigger war than ''you'' will ever know! I did ''worse'' things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes... I hear more screams than anyone could ''ever'' be able to count! And you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it? You hold it ''tight'', till it burns your hand! And you say this: No one else will ''ever'' have to live like this! No one else will ever have to ''feel'' this pain! Not on my watch!

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--> ---> '''Twelve:''' I don't understand? Are you kidding? Me? Of course I understand. I mean, do you call this a war, this funny little thing? ''This'' is not a war! ''I'' fought in a bigger war than ''you'' will ever know! I did ''worse'' things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes... I hear more screams than anyone could ''ever'' be able to count! And you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it? You hold it ''tight'', till it burns your hand! And you say this: No one else will ''ever'' have to live like this! No one else will ever have to ''feel'' this pain! Not on my watch!



* In the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "Fighting Spirit," Tommy had spent the last dozen episodes either [[ItMakesSenseInContext trapped in amber, trapped in his morphed form or trapped in an invisible form]] (the reason being that [[FakeShemp Jason David Frank]] had [[RealLifeWritesThePlot other commitments to attend to]]). But they made his return to normalcy in a suitably epic and ContinuityNod filled method. Tommy tried to use his Ranger Powers to return to normal but he was stuck in a dream-coma. Here, in his mind, he had to fight his past Ranger forms who continually overpower him. Progressing to his time as the Green Ranger, he is beaten down but refuses to give up, which was what his past ranger incarnations [[SecretTestOfCharacter wanted to teach him.]] This in turn lead to him awakening from the coma and unlocking his current Ranger form's SuperMode.
-->'''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Green Ranger]]:''' You passed the test.\\

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* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'':
**
In the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "Fighting Spirit," Tommy had spent the last dozen episodes either [[ItMakesSenseInContext trapped in amber, trapped in his morphed form or trapped in an invisible form]] (the reason being that [[FakeShemp Jason David Frank]] had [[RealLifeWritesThePlot other commitments to attend to]]). But they made his return to normalcy in a suitably epic and ContinuityNod filled method. Tommy tried to use his Ranger Powers to return to normal but he was stuck in a dream-coma. Here, in his mind, he had to fight his past Ranger forms who continually overpower him. Progressing to his time as the Green Ranger, he is beaten down but refuses to give up, which was what his past ranger incarnations [[SecretTestOfCharacter wanted to teach him.]] This in turn lead to him awakening from the coma and unlocking his current Ranger form's SuperMode.
-->'''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers --->'''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Green Ranger]]:''' You passed the test.\\



-->'''Hercules''': It doesn't matter who my father is: Zeus, Amphitryon, or the Cretan Bull! (''Tackles Antaeus through a pillar.'') It doesn't matter! I AM NOT MY FATHER! (''Antaeus rubs dirt on himself to replenish his strength.'') Yes, Antaeus, seek the Mother's strength. I rely on my own. My birth doesn't matter, only my life! I make it have meaning. No one else. (''Antaeus tries to shove Hercules into a bonfire, but burns his own hand and flinches. Hercules looks at his own wounds.'') We are not gods, Antaeus, only men. Only very strong men! (''Knocks Antaeus far away.'')

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-->'''Hercules''': It doesn't matter who my father is: Zeus, Amphitryon, or the Cretan Bull! (''Tackles ''[tackles Antaeus through a pillar.'') pillar]'' It doesn't matter! I AM NOT MY FATHER! (''Antaeus ''[Antaeus rubs dirt on himself to replenish his strength.'') strength]'' Yes, Antaeus, seek the Mother's strength. I rely on my own. My birth doesn't matter, only my life! I make it have meaning. No one else. (''Antaeus ''[Antaeus tries to shove Hercules into a bonfire, but burns his own hand and flinches. Hercules looks at his own wounds.'') wounds]'' We are not gods, Antaeus, only men. Only very strong men! (''Knocks ''[knocks Antaeus far away.'')away]''



* Clark Kent gives one in the Season 10 premiere of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' when he finds himself in the afterlife after being stabbed by a kryptonite dagger.
-->'''Clark''': [[HeroicSacrifice I died]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to save the world.]]\\

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
**
Clark Kent gives one in the Season 10 premiere of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' when he finds himself in the afterlife after being stabbed by a kryptonite dagger.
-->'''Clark''': --->'''Clark''': [[HeroicSacrifice I died]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to save the world.]]\\



* A rather dark variation in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', as Snow White is finally driven to renounce her {{Incorruptible Pure Pureness}} and declares that she's going to kill her nemesis Cora. It mixes with DespairSpeech and a dash of ShutUpKirk as her husband tries to console her and try to steer her away from the dark side:
--> ''I've followed the same rule my entire life... "Hold onto goodness". It's what my mother taught me. How many more lives is following that lesson going to take away from me? [...] I made the 'right' decision when I stopped Regina's execution all those years ago when it could have saved us all this heartache. I made the 'right' decision when I sent Emma through that wardrobe alone, and we didn't see her first steps. I made the 'right' decision when I let my own mother die from Cora's poison. [...] All I want is our happy ending. It's time. We've earned it. No more lives lost. No more hearts broken. [...] I don't care about justice anymore. We keep thinking people will change. What if that's wrong? What if ''I'm'' the one who has to change? [...] [[WhamLine I'm going to kill Cora]].''

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* A rather dark variation in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', as Snow White is finally driven to renounce her {{Incorruptible Pure Pureness}} IncorruptiblePurePureness and declares that she's going to kill her nemesis Cora. It mixes with DespairSpeech and a dash of ShutUpKirk as her husband tries to console her and try to steer her away from the dark side:
--> ''I've -->'''Snow:''' I've followed the same rule my entire life... "Hold onto goodness". It's what my mother taught me. How many more lives is following that lesson going to take away from me? [...] I made the 'right' decision when I stopped Regina's execution all those years ago when it could have saved us all this heartache. I made the 'right' decision when I sent Emma through that wardrobe alone, and we didn't see her first steps. I made the 'right' decision when I let my own mother die from Cora's poison. [...] All I want is our happy ending. It's time. We've earned it. No more lives lost. No more hearts broken. [...] I don't care about justice anymore. We keep thinking people will change. What if that's wrong? What if ''I'm'' the one who has to change? [...] [[WhamLine I'm going to kill Cora]].''



* The last verse in Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Lose Yourself":
-->''No more games, I'ma change what you call rage''\\

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* Music/{{Eminem}}:
**
The last verse in Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Lose Yourself":
-->''No --->''No more games, I'ma change what you call rage''\\



-->''And I just can't keep living this way''\\

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-->''And --->''And I just can't keep living this way''\\



-->"I take comfort in the fact that your wife and children won't be watching. Mine won't, either. But someday... someday I'm gonna tell them about all of this. I'm gonna tell them of the day when their father was ''this'' close to walking away... and, although it's considered a strength to turn the other cheek, sometimes you've got to look evil right in the face and spit in its eye! All the pain, all the suffering that you have put me through is gonna rain down on you at Unforgiven, and it is gonna rain down on you with absolutely no remorse. I will never apologize for the man that I am or the life that I have lived. And I'm going to have no regrets about what happens to you. Unforgiven... it's an appropriate name, isn't it Chris? Because [[ThisIsUnforgivable I will]] ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable never]]'' [[ThisIsUnforgivable forgive you]] for what you've done to me. My only hope is that, someday, God can forgive me for what I do to you!"

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-->"I -->'''Shawn Michaels:''' I take comfort in the fact that your wife and children won't be watching. Mine won't, either. But someday... someday I'm gonna tell them about all of this. I'm gonna tell them of the day when their father was ''this'' close to walking away... and, although it's considered a strength to turn the other cheek, sometimes you've got to look evil right in the face and spit in its eye! All the pain, all the suffering that you have put me through is gonna rain down on you at Unforgiven, and it is gonna rain down on you with absolutely no remorse. I will never apologize for the man that I am or the life that I have lived. And I'm going to have no regrets about what happens to you. Unforgiven... it's an appropriate name, isn't it Chris? Because [[ThisIsUnforgivable I will]] ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable never]]'' [[ThisIsUnforgivable forgive you]] for what you've done to me. My only hope is that, someday, God can forgive me for what I do to you!"you!



* ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter''. About halfway through the play Prince Philip has a NoMisterBondIExpectYouToDine moment with King Henry -- and three other people who [[ExactEavesdropping happen to be listening in]]--revealing he is ''nowhere'' near as delicate or naive as he looks, seemingly proving himself a cunning adversary. Just when you think Philip's achieved his CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Henry promptly demonstrates [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech why Philip sucks.]]
--> '''Henry:''' I found out the way your mind works and the kind of man you are. I know your plans and expectations - you've burbled every bit of strategy you've got. I know exactly what you will do, and exactly what you won't, and I've told you exactly nothing. To these aged eyes, boy, that's what WINNING looks like!
::Henry has the upper hand, right? Wrong. Philip launches into his WorldOfCardboardSpeech and plays the people hiding in the room against him.

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* ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter''. ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'':
**
About halfway through the play Prince Philip has a NoMisterBondIExpectYouToDine moment with King Henry -- and three other people who [[ExactEavesdropping happen to be listening in]]--revealing he is ''nowhere'' near as delicate or naive as he looks, seemingly proving himself a cunning adversary. Just when you think Philip's achieved his CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Henry promptly demonstrates [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech why Philip sucks.]]
--> ---> '''Henry:''' I found out the way your mind works and the kind of man you are. I know your plans and expectations - you've burbled every bit of strategy you've got. I know exactly what you will do, and exactly what you won't, and I've told you exactly nothing. To these aged eyes, boy, that's what WINNING looks like!
::Henry ** Henry has the upper hand, right? Wrong. Philip launches into his WorldOfCardboardSpeech and plays the people hiding in the room against him.



* ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is full of these, often combined with a HeroicSecondWind moment. In fact, pretty much all of the cutscenes in the ten Destiny Odyssey storylines before the battle with the villain, consists of the hero giving one of these: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] refuses to let Sephiroth psyche him out, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] learns not to let her powers define who she is, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] decides to fight for what he really cares about, etc. Here's [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion's]] for an example:
-->'''Emperor''': "You should have disposed of your fantasy and accepted me as master."\\
'''Firion''': "There is no meaning in strength only used to hurt others! I have dreams... dreams worth dying for!"\\
'''Emperor''': "What will an insect like you do?"\\
'''Firion''': "Believe in the future! And persist in the present! That's what I'll do!"

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* ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'':
** The game
is full of these, often combined with a HeroicSecondWind moment. In fact, pretty much all of the cutscenes in the ten Destiny Odyssey storylines before the battle with the villain, consists of the hero giving one of these: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] refuses to let Sephiroth psyche him out, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] learns not to let her powers define who she is, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] decides to fight for what he really cares about, etc. Here's [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion's]] for an example:
-->'''Emperor''': "You --->'''Emperor''': You should have disposed of your fantasy and accepted me as master."\\
\\
'''Firion''': "There There is no meaning in strength only used to hurt others! I have dreams... dreams worth dying for!"\\
for!\\
'''Emperor''': "What What will an insect like you do?"\\
do?\\
'''Firion''': "Believe Believe in the future! And persist in the present! That's what I'll do!"do!



--->'''Onion Knight:''' "I finally got it. I was a fool to defy my heart, just to bind myself to reason. I will protect Terra with my own strength. That's what's most imporant to me! Don't get me wrong--I still won't fight against anyone I can't beat. But I've decided in my heart to fight. That's why I'm going to beat you!"

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--->'''Onion Knight:''' "I I finally got it. I was a fool to defy my heart, just to bind myself to reason. I will protect Terra with my own strength. That's what's most imporant to me! Don't get me wrong--I still won't fight against anyone I can't beat. But I've decided in my heart to fight. That's why I'm going to beat you!"you!



-->'''Warrior''': [[ShutUpHannibal Garland, I pity you]].\\

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-->'''Warrior''': --->'''Warrior''': [[ShutUpHannibal Garland, I pity you]].\\



--->'''Yuri''': The laws have always been the tools of whoever happens to hold all the chips...You can't deny that lives were saved because those bastards were put down. You'd rather tell those people, "sorry you have to die today, I promise we'll change things soon?"...They're out there, you know. People so bad they'll just go on hurting others. What can the average person do but be victimized by people like that? You know it was the same way with our people in the lower quarter.
--->'''Flynn''': Even so, Yuri, what you're doing isn't right. Do you intend to rain down your justice on all the villains of the world? That's the behavior of a common criminal!
--->'''Yuri''': I recognize it for what it is and I've made my choices. Murder is a crime.
--->'''Flynn''': And even knowing that, you intend to dirty your hands.
--->'''Yuri''': [[ShutUpKirk Intend to? I already have.]]
* Before the FinalBoss battle of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' (in a GrandFinale, to boot), Zero delivers this speech as a ShutUpHannibal to [[BigBad Dr. Weil's]] attempt at a BreakingSpeech. It is [[strike:one of]] '''''the''''' [[Awesome/MegaMan best moment]] in the ''entire'' series:
-->'''Zero:''' If I destroy Weil's core, the explosion will take [[ColonyDrop Ragnarok]] out with it... If Ragnarok is blown apart, it no longer poses a threat!\\

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--->'''Yuri''': -->'''Yuri''': The laws have always been the tools of whoever happens to hold all the chips...You can't deny that lives were saved because those bastards were put down. You'd rather tell those people, "sorry you have to die today, I promise we'll change things soon?"...They're out there, you know. People so bad they'll just go on hurting others. What can the average person do but be victimized by people like that? You know it was the same way with our people in the lower quarter. \n--->'''Flynn''': \\
'''Flynn''':
Even so, Yuri, what you're doing isn't right. Do you intend to rain down your justice on all the villains of the world? That's the behavior of a common criminal!
--->'''Yuri''':
criminal!\\
'''Yuri''':
I recognize it for what it is and I've made my choices. Murder is a crime.
--->'''Flynn''':
crime.\\
'''Flynn''':
And even knowing that, you intend to dirty your hands.
--->'''Yuri''':
hands.\\
'''Yuri''':
[[ShutUpKirk Intend to? I already have.]]
* Before the FinalBoss battle of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' 4'':
** Before the FinalBoss battle
(in a GrandFinale, to boot), Zero delivers this speech as a ShutUpHannibal to [[BigBad Dr. Weil's]] attempt at a BreakingSpeech. It is [[strike:one of]] '''''the''''' [[Awesome/MegaMan best moment]] in the ''entire'' series:
-->'''Zero:''' --->'''Zero:''' If I destroy Weil's core, the explosion will take [[ColonyDrop Ragnarok]] out with it... If Ragnarok is blown apart, it no longer poses a threat!\\



--->Even if we Reploids are destined to join the scrap heap when that evolutionary step does come about...we still have to fight...Not only against Mavericks, but against our own destiny as well.

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--->Even --->'''Zero:''' Even if we Reploids are destined to join the scrap heap when that evolutionary step does come about...we still have to fight...Not only against Mavericks, but against our own destiny as well.



-->'''Cid''': You're alone now. None of your friends can help you. You would fight even with the odds stacked against you? Are you so sure of your abilities?
-->'''Marche''': Not at all. I'm always nervous. But... I can't afford to let that stop me. I love this world... there's magic and the clan is fun. Sometimes, I'm not sure I really want to go home. But I am sure that this place isn't real. It's a game! It's just a dream-- an escape from the real world! But you can't just avoid problems forever... I have to go back! I have to destroy the crystals!
-->'''Babus''': And I suppose you think we're just going to stand here?

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-->'''Cid''': You're alone now. None of your friends can help you. You would fight even with the odds stacked against you? Are you so sure of your abilities?
-->'''Marche''':
abilities?\\
'''Marche''':
Not at all. I'm always nervous. But... I can't afford to let that stop me. I love this world... there's magic and the clan is fun. Sometimes, I'm not sure I really want to go home. But I am sure that this place isn't real. It's a game! It's just a dream-- an escape from the real world! But you can't just avoid problems forever... I have to go back! I have to destroy the crystals!
-->'''Babus''':
crystals!\\
'''Babus''':
And I suppose you think we're just going to stand here?



-->'''[[spoiler: Price:]]''' "The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on earth. But I think that's a luxury, not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take... inventory. Out-gunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and rocks here stained with thousands of years of warfare... they will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: [[TranquilFury We. Will. Kill him.]]"
-->'''[[spoiler: Price:]]''' "This is for the record... [[WrittenByTheWinners History is written by the victor]]. ''History is filled with liars''. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written, and ours is lost. [[spoiler: Shepherd]] will be a hero, 'cause all you need to change the world is one good lie and a river of blood. He's about to complete the biggest trick a liar ever played on history. His truth will be the truth. But only if he lives, and we die "
* Short and to the point:
--> "What you see is what you get: just a guy that loves adventure. I'm SonicTheHedgehog!"
* StarCraft: "You speak of knowledge Judicator? You speak of experience? I have journeyed through the darkness between the most distant stars. I have beheld the births of negative-suns and borne witness to the entropy of entire realities. Unto my experience, Aldaris, all that you have built here on Aiur is but a fleeting dream, a dream to which you will only wake up to an even greater nightmare." - Zeratul

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-->'''[[spoiler: Price:]]''' "The The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on earth. But I think that's a luxury, not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take... inventory. Out-gunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and rocks here stained with thousands of years of warfare... they will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: [[TranquilFury We. Will. Kill him.]]"
-->'''[[spoiler:
]]\\
'''[[spoiler:
Price:]]''' "This This is for the record... [[WrittenByTheWinners History is written by the victor]]. ''History is filled with liars''. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written, and ours is lost. [[spoiler: Shepherd]] will be a hero, 'cause all you need to change the world is one good lie and a river of blood. He's about to complete the biggest trick a liar ever played on history. His truth will be the truth. But only if he lives, and we die "
die
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'': Short and to the point:
--> "What -->'''Sonic:''' What you see is what you get: just a guy that loves adventure. I'm SonicTheHedgehog!"
Sonic the Hedgehog!
* StarCraft: "You ''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
-->'''Zeratul:''' You
speak of knowledge Judicator? You speak of experience? I have journeyed through the darkness between the most distant stars. I have beheld the births of negative-suns and borne witness to the entropy of entire realities. Unto my experience, Aldaris, all that you have built here on Aiur is but a fleeting dream, a dream to which you will only wake up to an even greater nightmare." - Zeratul



* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2''.
-->'''Starkiller''': (''narrating while slaughtering stormtroopers and droids'') Betrayed by Vader for the ''last'' time. A new journey begins... With something worth fighting for... ''Someone'' worth dying for... And I will not stop... I will not rest. Vader can't stop me now! (''quietly'') Vader can't stop me now. Nothing can.
** That's just in the trailer. There's one in the actual game too at the very end:

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* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2''.
-->'''Starkiller''':
2'':
** In the trailer:
--->'''Starkiller''':
(''narrating while slaughtering stormtroopers and droids'') Betrayed by Vader for the ''last'' time. A new journey begins... With something worth fighting for... ''Someone'' worth dying for... And I will not stop... I will not rest. Vader can't stop me now! (''quietly'') Vader can't stop me now. Nothing can.
** That's just in the trailer. There's one in the actual game too at the very end:



-->''Silencio! Silencio! Twenty-two years ago, I stood where I stand now... and watched my loved ones die, betrayed by those I called friends. Vengeance clouded my mind, and it would have consumed me, were it not for the wisdom of a few strangers, who taught me to look past my instincts. They never preached answers, but guided me to learn for myself. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do. Not Savonarola, nor the Medici. We are free to follow our own path. There are those who would take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it up. But it is our ability to choose - whatever ''you'' think is true - that makes us human. There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the path. Choose your own way. Do not follow me, or anyone else.''

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-->''Silencio! -->'''Ezio:''' Silencio! Silencio! Twenty-two years ago, I stood where I stand now... and watched my loved ones die, betrayed by those I called friends. Vengeance clouded my mind, and it would have consumed me, were it not for the wisdom of a few strangers, who taught me to look past my instincts. They never preached answers, but guided me to learn for myself. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do. Not Savonarola, nor the Medici. We are free to follow our own path. There are those who would take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it up. But it is our ability to choose - whatever ''you'' think is true - that makes us human. There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the path. Choose your own way. Do not follow me, or anyone else.''



-->'''Black Bart:''' ''In honest service there are thin commons, low wages, and hard labour. Yet as gentlemen of fortune we enjoy plenty and satisfaction, pleasure and ease, liberty and power... so what man with a sensible mind would choose the former life, when the only hasard we pirates run is a sour look from those without strength or splendour! Now, I have been among you six weeks, and in that time I have adopted your outlook as my own, and with so fierce a conviction that it may frighten you to see your passions reflected from me in so stark a light. But... if it's a captain you see in me now, aye then... I'll be your bloody captain! For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and withdrawing them find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!''

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-->'''Black Bart:''' ''In In honest service there are thin commons, low wages, and hard labour. Yet as gentlemen of fortune we enjoy plenty and satisfaction, pleasure and ease, liberty and power... so what man with a sensible mind would choose the former life, when the only hasard we pirates run is a sour look from those without strength or splendour! Now, I have been among you six weeks, and in that time I have adopted your outlook as my own, and with so fierce a conviction that it may frighten you to see your passions reflected from me in so stark a light. But... if it's a captain you see in me now, aye then... I'll be your bloody captain! For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and withdrawing them find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!''man!



-->'''Richter:''' I'm a Belmont. That's my job.
-->'''Dracula:''' Humanity will call me back.
-->'''Richter:''' You're right. We never learn. But one day, we'll have to. And if you return, someone like me will be waiting for you.

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-->'''Richter:''' I'm a Belmont. That's my job.
-->'''Dracula:'''
job.\\
'''Dracula:'''
Humanity will call me back.
-->'''Richter:'''
back.\\
'''Richter:'''
You're right. We never learn. But one day, we'll have to. And if you return, someone like me will be waiting for you.



-->'''Asura''': I understand it all now! [[UnstoppableRage The true reason for my wrath!]]
-->'''Chakravartin''': You are not worthy!
-->'''Asura''': I could not stand it! There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves!
-->'''Chakravartin''': How can he, be so powerful!? [[AGodAmI I am the only God]]!
-->'''Asura''': [[GodIsEvil That, is why... I pray to no one!]] [[AGodIAmNot Nor will I be prayed to!]] And above all else... [[ThisIsUnforgivable I will]] ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable never]]'' '''''[[ThisIsUnforgivable forgive]] [[{{God}} you]]'''''... ''for making '''[[PapaWolf MY DAUGHTER CRY!]]'''''
* In ''Videogame/TheSecretWorld'', Carter spends most of her time [[IJustWantToBeNormal wishing she was normal]] and fearing her magical powers for their [[PersonOfMassDestruction sheer destructive potential]]; however, in "Carter Unleashed," she finally decides to cut loose on the Familiars swarming up from the basement.
--> Miss Usher and Mr Montag want me on the bench for this game, and I know it's to keep their star player from being injured mid-season, but it feels more like being put in the penalty box. I want to step up to bat... I mean, I want to help out! I can use my powers- the really freaky ones. ({{Beat}}) You know they warded this school from the inside because of me? ({{Beat}}) I'm tired of being scared of it, being made sick by it; maybe that's how my powers want to be used- for me to just say the words and tear it all down!

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-->'''Asura''': I understand it all now! [[UnstoppableRage The true reason for my wrath!]]
-->'''Chakravartin''':
wrath!]]\\
'''Chakravartin''':
You are not worthy!
-->'''Asura''':
worthy!\\
'''Asura''':
I could not stand it! There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves!
-->'''Chakravartin''':
themselves! \\
'''Chakravartin''':
How can he, be so powerful!? [[AGodAmI I am the only God]]!
-->'''Asura''':
God]]!\\
'''Asura''':
[[GodIsEvil That, is why... I pray to no one!]] [[AGodIAmNot Nor will I be prayed to!]] And above all else... [[ThisIsUnforgivable I will]] ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable never]]'' '''''[[ThisIsUnforgivable forgive]] [[{{God}} you]]'''''... ''for making '''[[PapaWolf MY DAUGHTER CRY!]]'''''
* In ''Videogame/TheSecretWorld'', ''Videogame/TheSecretWorld'':
**
Carter spends most of her time [[IJustWantToBeNormal wishing she was normal]] and fearing her magical powers for their [[PersonOfMassDestruction sheer destructive potential]]; however, in "Carter Unleashed," she finally decides to cut loose on the Familiars swarming up from the basement.
--> --->'''Carter:''' Miss Usher and Mr Montag want me on the bench for this game, and I know it's to keep their star player from being injured mid-season, but it feels more like being put in the penalty box. I want to step up to bat... I mean, I want to help out! I can use my powers- the really freaky ones. ({{Beat}}) You know they warded this school from the inside because of me? ({{Beat}}) I'm tired of being scared of it, being made sick by it; maybe that's how my powers want to be used- for me to just say the words and tear it all down!



--> I've been in exile for a very long time. I was forced by false prophets to flee my homeland in disguise, degrade myself by pretending to be something I'm not, to be much less than I truly am. I spent a long time cursing my kind, planning my revenge and victorious return. Eventually, I got on with my life, and now, ''they're'' all dead and forgotten by those who once worshipped them! There's a lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure. Thing is, I'm ready to be myself once again; no more disguises. ''Their'' false prophecies perished with the White God. I'm free... and I don't plan on anything... or ''anyone'' changing that.

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--> --->'''Freddy:''' I've been in exile for a very long time. I was forced by false prophets to flee my homeland in disguise, degrade myself by pretending to be something I'm not, to be much less than I truly am. I spent a long time cursing my kind, planning my revenge and victorious return. Eventually, I got on with my life, and now, ''they're'' all dead and forgotten by those who once worshipped them! There's a lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure. Thing is, I'm ready to be myself once again; no more disguises. ''Their'' false prophecies perished with the White God. I'm free... and I don't plan on anything... or ''anyone'' changing that.



-->'''Master Chief:''' ''It was my job to take care of you.''\\
'''Cortana:''' ''[[YouAreNotAlone We were supposed to take care of each other]]... and we did.''

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-->'''Master Chief:''' ''It It was my job to take care of you.''\\
\\
'''Cortana:''' ''[[YouAreNotAlone [[YouAreNotAlone We were supposed to take care of each other]]... and we did.''



-->'''Edgeworth:''' We prosecutors use anything we can to attack the defendant. But [...] It doesn't matter how many underhanded tricks a person uses... the truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one... it's never easy... we claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you. That's the reason why prosecutors and defense lawyers exist.

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-->'''Edgeworth:''' --->'''Edgeworth:''' We prosecutors use anything we can to attack the defendant. But [...] It doesn't matter how many underhanded tricks a person uses... the truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one... it's never easy... we claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you. That's the reason why prosecutors and defense lawyers exist.



* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou delivers a World of Cardboard Speech in the Unlimited Blade Works route on how, even if he knows it's only because he's selfish and naive and knowing where he may end up if he keeps it, he'll still try to work towards his ideal of saving everyone to [[spoiler:Archer]] -- who can't hear a word of the speech because Shirou is busy fighting him and can't speak loudly enough to be heard. The trope also shows up in Heaven's Feel, [[spoiler:where Kotomine lays out his own convictions on letting Angra Manyu loose on the world, which opposes Shirou's equally selfish and NotSoDifferent ideal to destroy it to save Sakura (of course, one of these selfish ideals ''won't'' also eradicate humanity, but that's not really the issue here)]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
**
Shirou delivers a World of Cardboard Speech in the Unlimited Blade Works route on how, even if he knows it's only because he's selfish and naive and knowing where he may end up if he keeps it, he'll still try to work towards his ideal of saving everyone to [[spoiler:Archer]] -- who can't hear a word of the speech because Shirou is busy fighting him and can't speak loudly enough to be heard. The trope also shows up in Heaven's Feel, [[spoiler:where Kotomine lays out his own convictions on letting Angra Manyu loose on the world, which opposes Shirou's equally selfish and NotSoDifferent ideal to destroy it to save Sakura (of course, one of these selfish ideals ''won't'' also eradicate humanity, but that's not really the issue here)]].



--->I have created over a thousand blades/ Unaware of loss, Nor aware of gain/ Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival/ I have no regrets. This is the only path/ My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works.

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--->I have created over a thousand blades/ blades\\
Unaware of loss, Nor aware of gain/ gain\\
Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival/ arrival\\
I have no regrets. This is the only path/ path\\
My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works.



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Shiki's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment of Awesome]] comes when he manages to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu scare Roa shitless]] with one of these: [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that to him, the world '''really is''' as flimsy as cardboard:

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Shiki's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment of Awesome]] comes when he manages to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu scare Roa shitless]] with one of these: [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that to him, the world '''really is''' as flimsy as cardboard:cardboard. For context, [[spoiler:Roa has previously believed Shiki and he [[MagicalEye share the power to see death]]. He even goes as far as to thank Shiki for teaching him how to use it. Turns out, what Roa sees are actually the lifelines of living things. Shiki, on the other hand, can see the point of end for all things, including inanimate objects and even the universe itself. The speech is him really drilling in the difference.]]



** For context, [[spoiler:Roa has previously believed Shiki and he [[MagicalEye share the power to see death]]. He even goes as far as to thank Shiki for teaching him how to use it. Turns out, what Roa sees are actually the lifelines of living things. Shiki, on the other hand, can see the point of end for all things, including inanimate objects and even the universe itself. The speech is him really drilling in the difference.]]



* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' gets a couple:

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
**
Gilgamesh Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' gets a couple:



*** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071203 one leading up to those]] may be Gil's ''defining'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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*** ** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071203 one leading up to those]] may be Gil's ''defining'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Roy Greenhilt's response to Xykon after the lich asks him to stand down and come back later, immediately after Xykon suggests that he's still trying to impress Daddy. Roy manages to prove just how far he's come, and that he's no longer the same college kid who swore to kill Xykon just because his dad thought he couldn't.
-->'''Roy:''' I'll be the first to admit that I got into this quest for all the wrong reasons, but none of that matters now. You're a threat to the entire world, not just me and my family. But like it or not, you're still MY responsibility. Because I'm the only one here who's willing to be responsible. You may not be out to destroy the physical planet, but living under the heel of a walking villain cliché like you will destroy its soul. If I don't beat you here and now, then soon this screwed-up nonsensical world won't exist anymore. There won't be any place left for introverted dwarves. Or androgynous elves. Or [[TheDitz idiotic bards]] or greedy rogues... or sexy sylphes. Or hell, [[KnightTemplar even raging narcissistic paladins]]. [-Bloodthirsty halflings will probably get along fine, though.-] So, in summary, it's a dirty job, but some PC has to do it. Enough with the speeches. Let's get down to brass tacks.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
**
Roy Greenhilt's response to Xykon after the lich asks him to stand down and come back later, immediately after Xykon suggests that he's still trying to impress Daddy. Roy manages to prove just how far he's come, and that he's no longer the same college kid who swore to kill Xykon just because his dad thought he couldn't.
-->'''Roy:''' --->'''Roy:''' I'll be the first to admit that I got into this quest for all the wrong reasons, but none of that matters now. You're a threat to the entire world, not just me and my family. But like it or not, you're still MY responsibility. Because I'm the only one here who's willing to be responsible. You may not be out to destroy the physical planet, but living under the heel of a walking villain cliché like you will destroy its soul. If I don't beat you here and now, then soon this screwed-up nonsensical world won't exist anymore. There won't be any place left for introverted dwarves. Or androgynous elves. Or [[TheDitz idiotic bards]] or greedy rogues... or sexy sylphes. Or hell, [[KnightTemplar even raging narcissistic paladins]]. [-Bloodthirsty halflings will probably get along fine, though.-] So, in summary, it's a dirty job, but some PC has to do it. Enough with the speeches. Let's get down to brass tacks.



*** Ironically enough, a later fight against Xykon by [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius]] shows that simply possessing greater power than one's opponent, even greater magical power, isn't enough. On the other hand, Xykon explains that power isn't ''just'' having a lot of powerful magic spells; it's whatever resources you have at your disposal, and a knowledge of how to put them to good use. In Xykon's case, sometimes it is magic, sometimes it's a +8 racial bonus to listen checks and sometimes it's having the strength to crush your opponent's windpipe with your bare hands.

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*** ** Ironically enough, a later fight against Xykon by [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius]] shows that simply possessing greater power than one's opponent, even greater magical power, isn't enough. On the other hand, Xykon explains that power isn't ''just'' having a lot of powerful magic spells; it's whatever resources you have at your disposal, and a knowledge of how to put them to good use. In Xykon's case, sometimes it is magic, sometimes it's a +8 racial bonus to listen checks and sometimes it's having the strength to crush your opponent's windpipe with your bare hands.



-->'''Redcloak''': Not too long ago, that would have been a very effective taunt. But you can thank one of your "brothers" for its futility now. What I have lost in depth perception, I have gained in perspective. Stupid risks are just that: stupid. Crush him.

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-->'''Redcloak''': --->'''Redcloak''': Not too long ago, that would have been a very effective taunt. But you can thank one of your "brothers" for its futility now. What I have lost in depth perception, I have gained in perspective. Stupid risks are just that: stupid. Crush him.



--->'''Elan:''' You know, the first time I met [[EvilTwin Nale]], we ended up in [[LiteralCliffHanger almost the exact same situation]]. He wound up hanging over a pit of monsters, and I pulled him up. He didn't understand why I did it. I told him it was because I was the good twin, not the neutral twin.
--->'''[[spoiler:Tarquin]]:''' Good, good, glad to hear it. Now pull me up, I think my fingers are slipping.
--->'''Elan:''' But see, [[spoiler:dad]], that's the thing. [[spoiler:I'm not a twin anymore. And you're not the '''real''' villain]].
--->''([[spoiler:Tarquin]], shocked, falls off)''
--->'''Elan:''' Don't worry. [[IronicEcho You'll live]].
** Roy gives one to Vamp!Durkon during their fight to save/destroy the world (which doubles as a ShutUpHannibal):
--->'''Roy:''' Oh...I understand. '''''YOU'RE NOT DURKON AT ALL!''''' You are just some undead ''thing'' hiding behind his face. I don't know whether you started out as Durkon and turned into this, or you're just squatting in his corpse--but I was stupid to think it even matters! ''How many different levels of denial was I in, anyway?!?'' I am going to stop you, and if that means I never get my friend back because he was twisted into being you, then I will be sad, but ''you will be'' '''''DEAD!!'''''
* Liquid Snake in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' makes a combination of the World of Cardboard Speech and CallingTheOldManOut when he echews his earlier IdiotHero tendencies for a more practical outlook, [[spoiler:and pulls a gun on Big Boss during their final fistfight.]]
--> '''Liquid:''' Oh no. That was the old Liquid. The ''dumbass'' Liquid. The Liquid who'd cut his arm off to prove he could get by without it. I realized something while I was dead. My entire life I've been obsessed with proving you wrong. Proving that I'm not garbage, that I can be the best in spite of all my recessive genes. But I've figured you out, old man. I know why you always told me I was worthless. Why you destroyed my self-confidence, made me think I had to do everything the hard way to earn any respect. I'm better than you. And you know it. If you hadn't turned me into such an insecure showoff, history would only remember you as ''Liquid Snake's father.''

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--->'''Elan:''' You know, the first time I met [[EvilTwin Nale]], we ended up in [[LiteralCliffHanger almost the exact same situation]]. He wound up hanging over a pit of monsters, and I pulled him up. He didn't understand why I did it. I told him it was because I was the good twin, not the neutral twin.
--->'''[[spoiler:Tarquin]]:'''
twin.\\
'''[[spoiler:Tarquin]]:'''
Good, good, glad to hear it. Now pull me up, I think my fingers are slipping.
--->'''Elan:'''
slipping.\\
'''Elan:'''
But see, [[spoiler:dad]], that's the thing. [[spoiler:I'm not a twin anymore. And you're not the '''real''' villain]].
--->''([[spoiler:Tarquin]],
villain]].\\
''([[spoiler:Tarquin]],
shocked, falls off)''
--->'''Elan:'''
off)''\\
'''Elan:'''
Don't worry. [[IronicEcho You'll live]].
** Roy gives one to Vamp!Durkon [[spoiler:Vamp!Durkon]] during their fight to save/destroy the world (which doubles as a ShutUpHannibal):
--->'''Roy:''' Oh...I understand. '''''YOU'RE [[spoiler:'''''YOU'RE NOT DURKON AT ALL!''''' ALL!''''']] You are just some undead ''thing'' hiding behind his face. I don't know whether you started [[spoiler:started out as Durkon Durkon]] and turned into this, or you're just squatting in his corpse--but I was stupid to think it even matters! ''How many different levels of denial was I in, anyway?!?'' I am going to stop you, and if that means I never get my friend back because he was twisted into being you, then I will be sad, but ''you will be'' '''''DEAD!!'''''
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'':
**
Liquid Snake in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' makes a combination of the World of Cardboard Speech and CallingTheOldManOut when he echews his earlier IdiotHero tendencies for a more practical outlook, [[spoiler:and pulls a gun on Big Boss during their final fistfight.]]
--> ---> '''Liquid:''' Oh no. That was the old Liquid. The ''dumbass'' Liquid. The Liquid who'd cut his arm off to prove he could get by without it. I realized something while I was dead. My entire life I've been obsessed with proving you wrong. Proving that I'm not garbage, that I can be the best in spite of all my recessive genes. But I've figured you out, old man. I know why you always told me I was worthless. Why you destroyed my self-confidence, made me think I had to do everything the hard way to earn any respect. I'm better than you. And you know it. If you hadn't turned me into such an insecure showoff, history would only remember you as ''Liquid Snake's father.''



--> '''Lucca:''' When there is no hope… there's nothing to lose by trying. Maybe I am [[spoiler:destined to become a puppet]]. Maybe there's nothing I can do to stop what's coming. BUT I'LL BE '''DAMNED''' IF I GO DOWN QUIETLY. Even if I have to [[spoiler:twist the very fabric of reality]]... '''I won't lose!'''

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--> '''Lucca:''' When there is no hope… hope... there's nothing to lose by trying. Maybe I am [[spoiler:destined to become a puppet]]. Maybe there's nothing I can do to stop what's coming. BUT I'LL BE '''DAMNED''' IF I GO DOWN QUIETLY. Even if I have to [[spoiler:twist the very fabric of reality]]... '''I won't lose!'''



-->'''Alison:''' I fantasize about killing people all the time.
-->'''Cleaver:''' ...What?
-->'''Alison:''' I think about how easy it would be. What if I just started showing up to Klan rallies with an I-beam? Knock down the capitol building, force them to pass Universal Health Care, stuff every Ayn Rand fanatic into a big mason jar and hurl them into the sun. I could do it, you know. I really could. And then there's these people with their fucking sneers going "You're a monster! You're a thug! You kill people!"
-->'''Alison:''' NO FUCKING ''SHIT'' I KILL PEOPLE! I put holes in mountains! I break shit constantly without even trying! I saved the world on no less than seven fucking occasions, and guess what, super-accuracy is not one of my anomalies! Am I supposed to be impressed that you've never killed anybody? What a bold moral choice from someone who's terrified of violence and scared shitless of going to jail! It's like, have you ever had the option of murdering a bunch of people? Okay, then why the FUCK am I listening to your opinion on the matter? Every day I ''don't'' kill a thousand fucking people, they should throw me a god-damned tickertape parade!

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-->'''Alison:''' I fantasize about killing people all the time.
-->'''Cleaver:''' ...What?
-->'''Alison:'''
time.\\
'''Cleaver:''' ...What?\\
'''Alison:'''
I think about how easy it would be. What if I just started showing up to Klan rallies with an I-beam? Knock down the capitol building, force them to pass Universal Health Care, stuff every Ayn Rand fanatic into a big mason jar and hurl them into the sun. I could do it, you know. I really could. And then there's these people with their fucking sneers going "You're a monster! You're a thug! You kill people!"
-->'''Alison:'''
people!" NO FUCKING ''SHIT'' I KILL PEOPLE! I put holes in mountains! I break shit constantly without even trying! I saved the world on no less than seven fucking occasions, and guess what, super-accuracy is not one of my anomalies! Am I supposed to be impressed that you've never killed anybody? What a bold moral choice from someone who's terrified of violence and scared shitless of going to jail! It's like, have you ever had the option of murdering a bunch of people? Okay, then why the FUCK am I listening to your opinion on the matter? Every day I ''don't'' kill a thousand fucking people, they should throw me a god-damned tickertape parade!



-->''"...wait. [[EurekaMoment I like to talk too]]."''



-->''"Man, I'm so tired of you dumping on me, and I'm so tired of dumping on myself. [[BrotherSisterTeam Jazz]] never did that, even when I was mad at her, [[AndThisIsFor and I won't let her DOWN!]]"''
* The TropeNamer, which you can watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl_5UwS57X8 here]], is Superman's speech in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' while fighting with {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} during the GrandFinale. The specific moment that inspired him was Batman selflessly and fearlessly jumping onto the tyrant's back and even managing to dodge his Omega Blast, something ''no one'' has ever been able to do, as well as Darkseid declaring "[[NothingCanStopUsNow Can't you see that it's hopeless?"]] Superman, of course, decided to prove Batman right and Darkseid wrong.
** [[spoiler: It's worth noting that, despite the speech, Superman ''lost'' that fight. Darkseid resorted to an AgonyBeam when it became clear Superman would win a straight fight.]]

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-->''"Man, -->'''Danny:''' Man, I'm so tired of you dumping on me, and I'm so tired of dumping on myself. [[BrotherSisterTeam Jazz]] never did that, even when I was mad at her, [[AndThisIsFor and I won't let her DOWN!]]"''
DOWN!]]
* The TropeNamer, which you can watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl_5UwS57X8 here]], is Superman's speech in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' while fighting with {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} during the GrandFinale. The specific moment that inspired him was Batman selflessly and fearlessly jumping onto the tyrant's back and even managing to dodge his Omega Blast, something ''no one'' has ever been able to do, as well as Darkseid declaring "[[NothingCanStopUsNow Can't you see that it's hopeless?"]] Superman, of course, decided to prove Batman right and Darkseid wrong.
**
wrong. [[spoiler: It's worth noting that, despite the speech, Superman ''lost'' that fight. Darkseid resorted to an AgonyBeam when it became clear Superman would win a straight fight.]]



-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' "I'll tell you what we've learned, Discord! We've learned that friendship isn't always easy, but there's no doubt it's worth fighting for!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Sterling Archer gets a {{Badass}} one in "Sitting"/
-->''So here's the thing, Farooq. I don't know about any stories, but whatever badass shit that you heard I did? You really need some context, because pretty much my whole life, pretty much right up until this minute my default setting has been half-assed. (cracks knuckles) But that was before I had [[spoiler:a child. A child]] you threatened to harm. [[spoiler:A child]], I just realised, who's probably on her way up to the roof so [[spoiler:Aunt]] Pam can swat at biplanes! So imagine, as I literally beat you to death - Hang on... Yeah, literally - that a giant hand has turned my dial from half-assed to quadruple-assed!''

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-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' "I'll I'll tell you what we've learned, Discord! We've learned that friendship isn't always easy, but there's no doubt it's worth fighting for!"
for!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Sterling Archer gets a {{Badass}} one in "Sitting"/
-->''So
"Sitting".
-->'''Archer:''' So
here's the thing, Farooq. I don't know about any stories, but whatever badass shit that you heard I did? You really need some context, because pretty much my whole life, pretty much right up until this minute my default setting has been half-assed. (cracks knuckles) But that was before I had [[spoiler:a child. A child]] you threatened to harm. [[spoiler:A child]], I just realised, who's probably on her way up to the roof so [[spoiler:Aunt]] Pam can swat at biplanes! So imagine, as I literally beat you to death - Hang on... Yeah, literally - that a giant hand has turned my dial from half-assed to quadruple-assed!''quadruple-assed!
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Ichigo tells Uryu about losing his mother, and after seeing his father and sisters suffer as a result, not wanting anyone else to feel the same. He states that he can't save everyone, but wants to protect as many people as he can, which makes Uryu reflect on his grandfather's teachings and accept his offer to fight the hollows together.
** Ichigo again at the end of the [[MeaningfulName Deicide Arc]] having attained full control of his power after properly communing with his zanpakutou. Able to literally wipe out mountains with a casual sword swing, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he calmly tells Aizen that he has surpassed him in strength]] [[ShutUpHannibal and is tired of Aizen's speeches.]] Made all the more awesome given at this point, Aizen and Ichigo are the two most powerful characters in the series, even surpassing Yamamoto ([[spoiler:pre-bankai]]).

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Ichigo tells Uryu Ishida about losing his mother, and after seeing his father and sisters suffer as a result, not wanting anyone else to feel the same. He states that he can't save everyone, but wants to protect as many people as he can, which makes Uryu Ishida reflect on his grandfather's teachings and accept his offer to fight the hollows Hollows together.
** Ichigo again at the end of the [[MeaningfulName Deicide Arc]] having attained full control of his power after properly communing with his zanpakutou.Zanpakutou. Able to literally wipe out mountains with a casual sword swing, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he calmly tells Aizen that he has surpassed him in strength]] [[ShutUpHannibal and is tired of Aizen's speeches.]] Made all the more awesome given at this point, Aizen and Ichigo are the two most powerful characters in the series, even surpassing Yamamoto ([[spoiler:pre-bankai]]).([[spoiler:pre-Bankai]]).
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** Goku's famous line to Frieza after he'd transformed into a Super Saiyan for the first time:
--> '''Goku:''' "I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth! '''Ally to good, nightmare to you!'''"

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** Goku's famous dub line to Frieza Freeza after he'd transformed into a Super Saiyan for the first time:
--> '''Goku:''' "I "[[AdaptationalHeroism I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth! '''Ally Truth!]] '''[[AdaptationalHeroism Ally to good, nightmare to you!'''"you!]]'''"
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