->'''Darth Sion:''' You seek to erode my will, you will not succeed.
->'''Caption:''' [You have eroded Sion's will]
-->--''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords Knights of the Old Republic II]]''

If the WarriorPoet is a master of combat who apparently also took a few philosophy courses to round out his education, the WarriorTherapist must have had a minor in psychology; how else can you explain his ability to perfectly guess his opponent's hidden desires, ambitions, marital status, and mother's maiden name just by watching them swing a sword at his head?

An evil (or TerrorHero/AntiHero) WarriorTherapist will use this knowledge to intimidate and unnerve his foes, gleefully deflating their egos and likely reminding the hero that they're really NotSoDifferent; [[BreakThemByTalking sometimes to the point of breaking their wills entirely.]] A good Warrior Therapist will deliver a lifechanging motivational speech and beat the everloving crap out of them while he's doing it. (See DefeatMeansFriendship.)

See also TalkingTheMonsterToDeath for another variation of this trope.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* RurouniKenshin makes a specialty of this. His second fights with both Aoshi and Soujiro, where he more or less mind-hacked (possibly) more powerful fighters with HeroicWillpower and virtue and wound up winning, are particularly prominent examples, but he does it a ''lot''. His string of successes goes back to ''[[TrueCompanions Sano]]'', his second feature fight, whom he drew out, analyzed, beat up, and {{Hannibal Lecture}}d into giving up his self-destructive hatred and [[DefeatMeansFriendship becoming friends]], although the latter wasn't actually on his agenda and startled Kenshin rather.
** He does this to Enishi while ''sitting still on a beach''. There is some fighting, but mostly he just talks the guy into...ripping out his own inner ear in response to emotional anguish. Yeah.
** His fight with Han'nya and his first fight with Aoshi, too, just to a lesser extent. He didn't get into Soujiro's head the first time at all, which was what made the guy so creepy, and he ''never'' managed to reach Shishio, which sets him apart as a villain. Oh, and there's Saitou, whom he ''misanalyzes'' during their first in-series fight and never really gets anywhere with. Although Saitou doesn't correct Kenshin when he lumps him in with 'his friends' during the final beach fight with Enishi.
** Saitou Hajime is of the former type, using his uncanny powers of deduction and insight to pick apart his opponents' careful strategy and leave them easy prey for his own lethal attacks.
** Another ''RurouniKenshin'' example: Hiko Seijuro. He did it both to Kenshin and to Fuji. [[GoodIsNotNice Not in the nicest way, mind you.]]
** Sagara Sanosuke pulls it on a couple of guys, clearly in imitation of Kenshin but his in own style. Particularly his own EvilMentor, whose FreudianExcuse is really quite impressive. Watsuki does a pretty good job drawing backstories from actual historical circumstances.
** Another one is Miyoujin Yahiko who does it his enemy, albeit before the fight ends. He improves a lot during one-shot chapter.
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is the good kind, but tends to be [[DunnoWhatsGoingOnBut somewhat crude]] in his methods. It seems to work well, though -- on more than one occasion, he's [[DefeatMeansFriendship turned an enemy into an ally by means of a well-timed inspirational speech and a well-placed right hook]].
** He has an even better track record with turning allies of convenience into actual friends through Warrior Therapy. It seems the writers responsible for the {{Filler}} plotlines can't do drama without having him doing this.
** Other characters wield the same methodology to varying degrees, most notably Neji, whose supernatural vision and psychology training allow him to read significantly into an enemy's body language.
** Lampshaded with a conversation between the Sand Siblings at the Kage meet.
-->'''Kankuro''': ''It's useless, Gaara, not even Naruto could reach him.''
** BigBad Tobi/[[spoiler:Obito Uchiha]], as Naruto's EvilCounterpart, is an evil one.
** [[spoiler:Senju Hashirama, the First Hokage, intends to give Sasuke some desperately needed therapy. It should be noted that Hashirama is probably the strongest Hokage of all time, and is probably history's strongest Kage, period]].
* Taken to its apotheosis in ''Anime/VariableGeo'', where the heroine's FinishingMove seems to simultaneously KO the opponent and induce a Dianetics-style audit; beating the crap out of you ''is'' the equivalent of a motivating speech ...
* In ''{{Beyblade}}'', the good guys were the first type. The bad guys were the second. Yeah. It was as much psychological as physical. No matter how much you've won, all it takes to throw off your game is a well-timed comment.
* The title character of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' starts almost every battle by asking what her opponent hopes to accomplish. Most of her enemies join her side by the end of the season unless they make a saving throw by answering that question [[DefeatMeansFriendship intelligibly]].
** Team Nanoha vs. Wolkenritter is basically [[RousseauWasRight Lawful Good vs. Chaotic Good]], except that only Nanoha realized (or rather, believed) it from just looking into her opponent's eyes. Which makes her a WarriorTherapist of the purest tint.
** In ''[[NanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'', this is how Nanoha saved Vivio. (Of course, combined with an absurdly powerful magical attack.)
* The ''MobileSuitGundam'' saga, with its love for staging [[TalkingIsAFreeAction prolonged dialogues]] during HumongousMecha duels, has many, many examples, starting with the omnipresent Char Aznable.
** Taken quite literally in ''CharsCounterattack'', where the title character and his rival spend the last few minutes of their final battle (not to mention their lives), discussing Char's oedipal issues.
** The later spin-offs, such as Gundam SEED and Gundam 00 also do this a lot, one notable example being Gundam 00 during the final battle between Setsuna and Graham Aker. They spend a minute and a half arguing whether the Gundams contradicts their own existence and if Graham really is the distortion of the world, all while chopping each others HumongousMecha to pieces and eventually blow up (though they both survive and are repaired for season 2 (Graham even gets his upgraded, while Setsuna just gets Exia's head reattached (presumably through use of duct-tape)).
** As mentioned, SEED does this as well, most notably (and commonly) with Kira and Athrun during any of their several duels.
** Not to mention the fact that the show's final boss, [[CharClone Rau]] [[FauxAffablyEvil Le]] [[OmnicidalManiac Creuset]] pulls this off ''gloriously'' in the villanous fashion with two heroes (Mu and Kira) ''in sequence''. Mu simply shrugs off Rau's words, and accepts Rau as beyond redemption and a monster that must be destroyed. Kira's idealism results in him constantly trying to do a heroic version to Rau at the same time. It doesn't work, and only after Rau [[spoiler: [[HeroicBSOD kills Flay]] ]] does Kira [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge go for the kill]] like Mu did. Until then, Kira v. Rau is a fairly straight recreation of Amuro and Char's aforementioned final dual in CCA, just substituting a different mental issue, making this double as a ShoutOut.
* This is also played straight in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', most notably in the final battle between the Chouginga Dai-Gurren-dan and the Anti-Spiral. This is taken to the extremes in the second compilation movie, where the battle is extended from approximately 10 minutes to a whooping 25-30 minutes of epic ass-kicking on a galactic scale (literally).
** "GRIT THOSE TEETH!!!"
* Dracule Mihawk from ''Manga/OnePiece'' gives one of the best Warrior Therapy sessions ever in his first fight with Rorona Zoro.
** Later, parodied on a filler ep where Sanji is on the receiving end of a therapist session from Caroline, the stand-in queen of Kamabakka Island, who convinces him he's really a transvestite.
* Izumi Curtis, Ed and Al's alchemy teacher in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', specializes in this, to the point where smackdowns with a benign [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Lecture]] on the side are her principal teaching method.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Kisuke Urahara is the EccentricMentor version of a WarriorTherapist. In his early training with Ichigo, EVERYTHING consisted of basically beating the crap out of him while spoon-feeding him some important tidbit about the facts of life and combat.
** According to Komamura, it's Aizen's specialty.
** Subverted with Zommari who thinks he's this but utterly fails to understand Byakuya.
** Ichigo Kurosaki shows that he is this in his battle with Gin Ichimaru stating, "I'm not saying I don't remember your blade. I'm saying I don't remember your heart. When you cross blades, you can tell a little of what your opponent's thinking. I'm not saying you can read their mind or anything like that, but you can tell what kind of resolve lies behind their blade, whether they respect you or look down on you. That kind of thing, you can tell. When I'm actually fighting, there's no time to think about it, so I don't usually realize until afterwards, but in general, the stronger the opponent is, the more of that "heart" seems to come across."
*** Which explains a lot about why he gets so attached to some of his enemies.
*** He shows it again after his battle with Aizen when he tells Kisuke Urahara that he believes Aizen was lonely due to his overwhelming power and skill isolating him from everyone else, and desired to find someone else like him.
* ''KannazukiNoMiko'''s Chikane counts. Although shes not always effective, and resorts to more than words.
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has racked up a fair number of {{Heel Face Turn}}s, even the Elder Master has commented on his ability. And [[TheRival Tanimoto]] has also reflected on it.
** An interesting variation happens during his epic fight with Sho Kano from YOMI. Here they both act as Warrior Therapists to each other -- Kano as an (anti-)villainous one and Kenichi as a good one. While Kano constantly points out to Kenichi how miserable Kenichi's fighting skills are compared to Kano's and concludes that the Ryozanpaku masters were "too gentle" to Kenichi, Kenichi counters by pointing out that it's exactly because of their kindness and love that he managed to persist in constantly improving his skills, [[DysfunctionJunction while those in YOMI deeply in their souls actually hate martial arts]].
*** Which has a lot of [[FridgeHorror Fridge]] [[FridgeLogic Stockholm]] when you consider how constantly and gleefully the Ryozanpaku masters ''torture'' their shared apprentice. Which leads to more FridgeHorror when you realize that YOMI methods were ''even worse'' in their own way -- deliberately indoctrinating a philosophy based on ''killing people'' into children.
* Whenever [[ShugoChara Amu]] does her speech, you know the battle is over. NO exceptions.
* Technically '[[CardGames Duelist]]' Therapy, but used heavily in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' by the protagonist Fudo Yuusei. Most of his duels in the first season tend to end up in a DefeatMeansFriendship scenario, or just as a general means of befriending people in general, including [[DarkMagicalGirl Izayoi Aki]], who has to go several rounds with Yuusei before she [[CursedWithAwesome gets]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy over]] [[PowerIncontinence her]] [[MoreThanMindControl problems]].
** This trope also certainly applies to the protagonists of the [[Anime/YuGiOh previous]] [[Anime/YuGiOhGX two]] series as well.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Rei Ayanami. [[ApocalypseMaiden Yes]], [[EmotionlessGirl that]] [[{{Kuudere}} Rei]] [[TheWoobie Ayanami]]. Even though she is intended to be creepy and cold Rei still sets out to help Shinji, Asuka, even Ritsuko this way. RebuildOfEvangelion takes it further with her convincing Gendou to get closer to his son.
* Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has a few of these moments, including in his fight against Kanzaki where he called her out on her treatment of Index, and [[spoiler: Accelerator, twice. The first time was accidental, and he became a slightly better person by using Touma as an example, but the second time was deliberate. The results are Accelerator getting over his fears that he can be nothing but a villain.]] One of his skirmishes against Misaka, when she [[spoiler: was trying to [[SuicideByCop sacrifice herself against Accelerator]] in order to stop the Experiment,]] and he stopped her by not fighting counts as well.
** He's the very image of this trope in the series, actually. [[spoiler:He is able to lecture Lessar 15 minutes straight about proper girl mannerisms that she gets literally worn out listening to it.]]
* ''{{InuYasha}}'': Shishinki, an enemy of Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru's father, is an evil example. He deliberately turns up while Sesshoumaru is emotionally vulnerable fully aware of what happened and why Sesshoumaru couldn't fully master Tenseiga. Inuyasha's arrival allows him to immediately realise the half breed younger brother was chosen over Sesshoumaru to receive Tessaiga. Most of the fight consists of Shishinki insightfully exposing every single one of Sesshoumaru's fears over the meaning of the two swords and whether it's proof his father hated him. This culminates in the AwfulTruth, causing an HeroicBSOD that lasts beyond the fight and takes a while for Sesshoumaru to recover from.
* The titular chara from {{Orphen}} has potential for this, and specially shows it in ''Revenge'' when [[spoiler: he deals with a BrainwashedAndCrazy Majik via both speaking to the kid ''and'' blasting the shit out of him. He then manages to knock off the NiceHat that [[HypnoTrinket keeps Majik under control]] and both defeats and fixes him.]].
* Dr. Tofu of the RanmaOneHalf franchise is a LITERAL Warrior Therapist: He is both a chiropractor AND a martial arts master.
* Surprisingly, ''Anime/SailorMoon'' manages to pull this off by the time the ''Stars'' season kicks off - it's how she manages to defeat [[spoiler: Nehelenia and Sailor Galaxia.]] First she [[spoiler: listens to Nehelenia's bitter DarkAndTroubledPast, redeems her via offering her own life in exchange for the freedom of the other Senshi and Mamoru, and finally manages to give her a LastSecondChance to do things over]]; then, at the end of the series [[spoiler: she refuses to kill Galaxia and keeps talking to her kindly even after the massive BreakTheCutie she has gone through, ultimately purging Galaxia from the evil within her and getting to her.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''JLA'' (1997-2006 version) had a couple of these:
** MartianManhunter, because he's telepathic and [[TheEmpath empathic.]]
** WonderWoman, who doesn't make a lot of sense until you stop to consider that her lasso forces people to tell the truth, even when they're lying to ''[[FridgeBrilliance themselves.]]''
** DoctorFate is an interesting inversion, in that, while he's a psychiatrist (or was) in his civilian identity, he ''never'' plays therapist while in costume.
* Parodied in ''{{Deadpool}}'' #27, wherein Deadpool, on the recommendation of his psychiatrist, seeks out and picks a fight with Wolverine for just this effect.
* Dr. Leonard Samson, who treats [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} X-Factor]] and the {{Thunderbolts}}, and is gamma-powered himself without turning into a mindless freak.
** Since TalkingIsAFreeAction in comic books his fights with the Hulk are multiple-page slugfests with psychological analysis often being spouted the whole time.
* At times, the Mad Thinker falls into this category, depending on who's writing him.
* Karla Sofen, aka Moonstone, is also a trained psychiatrist; she traded in her practice for the life of a supervillain (at least at first; things got more complicated later), but she's always on the lookout for psychological weaknesses to exploit in her enemies, and she's never quite so happy as when she's screwing with the minds of all around her.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' gets tons of opportunities to practice this, since most of his enemies are actual mental patients. Harley Quinn and Scarecrow, both former psychiatrists themselves, are particularly likely to fall victim to Bat-psychoanalysis.
** Scarecrow can also use it back, though. (Harley ... [[CloudCuckoolander can't]].)
* Franchise/{{Superman}} has spent a good number of his battles simultaneously talking ''and'' beating some sense into his opponents. It's turned more than a few villains to a less destructive path.
* SpiderMan has done this as a way to help villains such as The Lizard or Vermin. More often than not, he actually uses this in a way that is normally reserved for villains or anti-heroes: he humiliates them verbally, making them reckless. It has been revealed that a number of his foes have actually suffered some mental trauma because of this (then again, many of them were crazy already, so...)
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* A ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' fanfiction once gave a ''Klingon'' Counselor to a starbase captain. (This was a bit of a TakeThat to the character in question, who had once been highly against being commanded by [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Data]] for the reason that computers don't make good captains, just like Klingons wouldn't make good counselors.)
* In ''LyricalNanoha'' fanfiction ''{{Fanfic/Infinity}}'', Nanoha manages to combine in with CombatPragmatist and taken it UpToEleven. She knows she had practically zero chance defeating [[PhysicalGod Tsukuyomi]] in direct combat, so she's digging personal information from her sister, Amaterasu, to practically force her coinsience to acknowledge her.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Wood Man is this. He helps Robert sort out his anger in the midst of battle.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Liam Neeson's character Henri Ducard a.k.a. [[spoiler:the ''real'' Ra's Al Ghul]] not only trains proto-Batman Bruce Wayne at the monastery of the sinister Brotherhood called the "League of Shadows", but also lectures him during training fights on the importance of overcoming his fears and making fear his ally, using it against his enemies. This evolves into full-blown {{Hannibal Lecture}}s later on when they're fighting each other as enemies; NietzscheWannabe Ducard frequently makes snide comments about Bruce's emotional "weaknesses" (hope for a better world, compassion and mercy) and claims that he and Franchise/{{Batman}} are NotSoDifferent. Unfortunately for him, Bruce has the last word.... Probably.
*** Bane is one too.
* [[StarWars Luke Skywalker]] proves to be something of an impressive WarriorTherapist, able to talk his father--[[ItWasHisSled who happens to be Darth frickin' Vader]]--into [[HeelFaceTurn turning good]].
** Well, he tried. Vader didn't turn until the Emperor [[PapaWolf tried to kill Luke]] [[TooDumbToLive right in front of him]]. Then again, Luke planted the seeds...
** The [[BigBad Emperor]] gets to play this part on Luke as he feels whatever is going on inside Luke and brings it up to goad him. [[spoiler:Fortunately for the good guys Luke doesn't give in.]]
* Endearingly enough, Maxwell Smart Agent 86 in the 2008 film ''Film/GetSmart'' embodies this trope in a simultaneous CrowningMomentOfFunny and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming where he [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath reaches out to the feelings]] of [[TheDragon the giant henchman]], empathizes with his troubled family life, [[CoolDownHug hugs him]] and [[HeelFaceTurn (possibly) turns him into a good guy.]]
* [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Dr. Lecter]]. Literally.
* Both Li Mubai and Shu-Lien from ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* Rafiki from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' might qualify, although he's far more Therapist/Mentor than Warrior. (But he can still kick your ass when required.)
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] [[UnreliableNarrator (possibly)]] in ''Film/{{Hero}}'', in which Nameless claims to be able to understand Broken Sword's swordsmanship by studying his calligraphy.
* In ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', Jack Sparrow tries this on Will Turner the first time they meet.
* Done with much {{Narm}} by StevenSeagal in ''OnDeadlyGround'':
-->''Seagal as Forrest Taft beats the ever-lovin' shit out of a bigot in a bar''
-->'''Forrest Taft:''' What does it take to change the essence of a man?
-->'''"Big Mike":''' Time. ''(sobs)'' [[EpiphanyTherapy I need time.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Literature/TheEmperorsSoul, Shai figures out a huge amount about the BloodMagic using guard her captors employ. After beating up his minions, Shai tells him that he should go back home, because his [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes girlfriend]] misses him and cares more about his company than the money he is making. JustifiedTrope in that her magic relies of understanding herself, and she needed to expand that to understanding others to reforge them emperor.
* TimothyZahn's ''StarWars'' books, which jump started the fandom way before the second trilogy, had the inverted ScienceFiction version of this. Grand Admiral Thrawn knew how an entire species would fight by simply examining their artwork. Specifically, he looks for conceptual blind spots and exploitable patterns of thinking. The first example we're shown is attacking a stronger strike force by using a chaotic attack from multiple directions that the enemy commander couldn't psychologically deal with in time, leading to him using a completely useless fleet formation and being effortlessly defeated.
** Zahn's fond of this character, as Talon Karrde is a more limited variant of the Warrior Therapist, capable of using his vast information-gathering empire and turbolasers where turbolasers alone wouldn't work.
** That's because "[[AlCapone You can get further with a kind word and a gun]]."
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' series features numerous characters trying to pull this on each other, mostly professional therapists and FBI criminal profilers, and they all usually end up being spectacularly outdone by Dr. Hannibal Lecter, arguably the most definitive and iconic WarriorTherapist in existence.
* Both Cordelia [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Vorkosigan]] and her son Miles make a habit out of this in the [[LoisMcMasterBujold Vorkosigan novels]].
** Perhaps the crowning example of this is in ''Shards of Honor'', the first novel Cordelia makes an appearance in. While a POW, the sadistic enemy CO ties her to the bed and then turns loose his deranged orderly on her - and from this helpless position she still manages to successfully diagnose and empathize with ''her own attempted rapist''. To the point where he decides not to go through with it after all - and then turn right around and kill his commanding officer, so he can finally be free.
** Cordelia is actually so good at this that she is eventually able to drop the Warrior part entirely and rely entirely on her ability to emotionally dissect someone. Of course, the planetful of security guards might help.
*** She also passes this skill along to the Emperor Gregor, to the point that he uses it on her in ''Mirror Dance''.
* This is one of the many abilities of Anasurimbor Kellhus from ''SecondApocalypse''. He can completely analyse and deconstruct someone's personality by observing their movements and facial expressions. He can then use his own voice and movements to send subliminal cues and manipulate people into doing nearly anything.
* In R.A. Salvatore's ''{{The Legend of Drizzt}}'' series, Drizzt Do'Urden is this to Artemis Entreri and vice versa, except one is a Good Warrior Therapist while the other is an Evil one, obviously.
* [[EndersGame Ender Wiggin.]]
** He specializes in knowing his enemies. Knowing them ''completely'', at least as well as they know themselves. In the moment that he achieves this level of understanding, he naturally loves them. [[MoodWhiplash And then he destroys them.]] It's not good for him, emotionally. So he loses the 'warrior' part once they discharge him as {{tykebomb}} grand admiral.
* Rider in ''FateZero''. Within one {{drinking contest}}/conversation on the right way to be king, he manages what took Shirou and Archer two weeks. Irisviel hits the {{reset button}} by telling her that even if she sucked as a king, at least she is essentially the embodiment of (self sacrificing) ideals. Since this is a prequel, it's not like she's going to magically get better ''now'' right?
** Speaking of Shirou and Archer, their match in the Unlimited Blade Works route has them both fall into this route. However, [[spoiler: the sheer mechanics of fighting your cynical future self over ideals is... complicated. Would that be considered extreme introspection?]] Suffice to say there are pages upon pages of philosophical debate, and in the NasuVerse, your conviction equates directly to how much ass you kick.
* Used by Tavi in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. In particular in ''Captain's Fury'' he manages to defeat a ''vastly'' superior (but [[AxCrazy mentally unbalanced]]) opponent in a swordfight by attacking her psychological weak points during a BladeLock, allowing him to defeat her because SanityHasAdvantages.
** This is one of the darker expressions of this trope. He uses what is in essence a ''HannibalLecture'' to ruthlessly assault her fragile mindset and then exploits ensuing reaction by impaling her.
*** It's especially dark because the weakness he exploits in her is something he shares. Tavi is almost Mary Sue-like in his compassion for the fallen and eagerness to make allies, so to see him dredging up someone else's worst memories to get the advantage of them in a fight, especially considering that he can only do so because he has the same problem, was jarring.
** Also used by Isana in ''Princeps' Fury.'' She challenges Antillus Raucus to the ''[[DuelToTheDeath juris macto]]'' and proceeds to wear down his mental walls and reasoning in order to get him to agree to a truce against the foes he's been fighting and commit his Legions to a greater enemy. She's very nearly killed before finally succeeding.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Conversations With Dead People", Buffy tangles with a rather literal version of the trope - a vampire who had been a Psychology major prior to being sired. He was at least as, if not more, interested in analyzing Buffy as in fighting her.
** Also in ''Buffy'', the vampire Spike shows an extraordinary talent for analyzing the motivations people don't want to admit to. "Lovers Walk" - Buffy: I can't lie to myself, or Spike for some reason. In "A Fool for Love," he implies that this talent was [[spoiler:at least partly responsible for his having defeated two Slayers in the past; according to Spike, every Slayer has a death wish]].
** Exactly. Spike knows exactly how to demoralize an enemy. He even uses this to his advantage when he has the chip that keeps him from hurting humans - he still knows the exact hot buttons that will make the Scoobies implode over the course of a day. Longer-term planning is [[DidntThinkThisThrough still a bit beyond him,]] though.
* Locke on Series/{{Lost}} has shown warrior therapist tendencies, although he's more likely to restrain or intimidate someone than actually fight them.
** Hello? Benjamin Linus!
* ''Series/LieToMe'' is in general an action psychology show. Its main character, Cal Lightman, is a tooth and nails sort of psychoanalyst/interrogator, combining interrogation technique with the science of facial expressions he developed (in real life this science was developed by Paul Eckman). Lightman occasionally goes up against the odd Hannibal Lecter character, and ends up winning the inevitable game of XanatosSpeedChess that results.
** And has his own WarriorTherapist in Gillian Foster, who was his shrink at the DOD before they went into business together.
* This is the core of CriminalMinds, being that the main characters are an elite squad of criminal profilers, which [[RuleOfCool in context]] means "forensic psychologists ''with guns''." They're bought in by local law enforcement to psychoanalyze the villain of the week and predict his or her next move.
* Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent: Once an episode, if not more often. Det. Goren specialises in this trope and will talk master criminals from silence into confession by hitting the right combination of buttons. Of course, the show's name is ''criminal intent'', and the focus was always more on the ''why'' than the ''who'' and ''how.''
* Sean Burns in ''{{Series/Highlander}}''. He was an immortal psychiatrist who helped other immortals-lucky thing, since the immortal mind would be way beyond most mortal therapists. Unfortunately, Duncan took his head during his Dark Quickening induced FaceHeelTurn.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In SavageWorlds, a generic action-oriented RPG, the Intimidation and Taunt skills can be used in combat to gain a temporary but significant edge over an opponent, or even render them functionally incapacitated. A good WarriorTherapist can basically induce a HeroicBSOD or VillainousBreakdown at will.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', Dak'kon, in addition to being a formidable swordsman, is a mystic and teacher. If the player character's stats are high enough, [[spoiler:you can end up analyzing and teaching ''him''.]]
** You can also discover that [[spoiler: one of your previous incarnations is the one who taught him most of what he knows to begin with.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'''s Commander Shepard, when played as a Paragon, can end up spending about as much time counseling people as he or she does fighting. Renegade Shepard, meanwhile, is far more likely to [[KillHimAlready just shoot people]], but can sometimes act as a much more cynical variety of WarriorTherapist. Either way, bullets appear to be quite integral to their therapeutic method.
** This trope is taken to its logical extreme when, if Shepard consistently attempts to reason with the BigBad Saren during combat, [[spoiler: Saren will acknowledge Shepard as correct and [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath shoot himself in the head!]]]]
** Even moreso in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', where to EarnYourHappyEnding you have to solve your entire crew's problems, which range from dealing with an odd form of puberty to various forms of rescuing.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where Shepard will ask EDI if she has any issues "like an imperfect creator you could view as a twisted father figure or anything." When EDI asks why on Earth Shepard's asking those sorts of questions, Shepard'll comment that s/he's learned it's just easier to ask them sooner or later.
*** The role is also reversed many times in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', as the strain and responsibility Shepard has finally starts to grind him/her down, even becoming a borderline DeathSeeker. Everyone worries about him/her and do everything they can to ease the burden that s/he has and keep him/her sane to get the job done.
--->'''Garrus:''' How about you Commander? How are you holding up?
--->'''Shepard:''' [[ShellShockedVeteran There's only so much fight in a person, only so much death you can take,]] [[DeathSeeker before...]]
--->'''Garrus:''' [[TrueCompanions Before your friend picks you up, dusts you off and reminds you that you're the best damn soldier he's ever served with.]]
* This is an informed ability of the Handmaiden and Echani culture in general in {{Knights of the Old Republic}} 2.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'': If you're persuasive enough you can convince the lead scientist in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon to see the error in his ways, and in a RedemptionEqualsDeath moment, he releases the DepopulationBomb plague they were planning to release into the world inside their own airtight base instead.
* Gouken comes off this way in his victory quotes in ''[[StreetFighter Street Fighter IV]]''
** Same goes to Rose, Guy and, surprisingly, ''Sagat.''
** Zangief parodies this when he meets Abel as he believes that Battle is Therapy and is the perfect remedy for the man's amnesiac melancholy. Poor Abel is totally dumbfounded.
** '''Ryu:''' No need to speak. Your fists told me everything I need to know about you.
* Kain R. Heinlein of ''FatalFury'' fame enjoys [[HannibalLecture picking at his opponents]] with his victory quotes.
* Several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' villains are good at this. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] gives a nihilistic speech before you face him, talking to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Seymour]] about his "spiral of death" plan is a core feature of the battles with him, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] gave Cloud a mental breakdown. Mind you, he only ever talks while fighting in newer titles.
** And [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]] from ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' acts as the therapist for the heroes. Meaning he [[spoiler: is simulateously backstabbing EVERY other villain in the franchise and the ''god of discord''.]] All to make sure [[spoiler:his younger brother]] Cecil survives. Best. Brother. Ever.
* Due to the incredible importance of the target's emotional state to their plans, in ''KingdomHearts'' "Ansem," as well as most of Organization XIII have this as their M.O.
* You ''can'' choose to be a [[JerkAss Jerkass]] to your companions in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', but helping them through their various issues rewards you with stat bonuses for them, the occasional unique (and sometimes useful) item, [[spoiler: and in Zevran's case, taking the effort to be friendly and supportive of him will avert his FaceHeelTurn later in the game]]. The "Warrior" part comes into play since a few of your companions' Personal Quests, specifically Morrigan, Shale, and potentially Leiliana, involve combat. In Morrigan's case, [[spoiler: you have to fight a freaking DRAGON]]. The "Therapist" part usually comes in the conversations you hold with your companions right after the quests are completed. You can actually make [[spoiler: Alistair and Leiliana]] more cynical people right after their quests, depending on what you say to them.
* [[KnightTemplar Hakumen]], of all people, takes up this role, at least in regards to [[spoiler: his younger, time-displaced self, AKA]] Jin in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift''.
* The {{Player Character}}s of both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' derive [[ThePowerOfFriendship power from friendships]] they make in their everyday lives, called [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Social Links]]. The setting of either game happens to be a big DysfunctionJunction, so unlocking your truest combat potential demands that you be one of these.
* A uniquely literal example comes in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' during a quest for the [[MadGod Daedric Prince of Madness]], Sheogorath. The player character is sent inside the mind of the long-dead [[TheCaligula Emperor Pelagius the Mad]], where you must do battle with his self-doubt and paranoia to render him sane.
* Tharja from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a strange example. She's {{Yandere}}, a StalkerWithACrush, most of the others in the army consider her CreepyGood at best, and yet, in her supports, she is willing to listen to other people's problems and traumatic pasts without judging them for it. While much of this ear-lending is done out of self-interest, mostly to advance her curses and hexes, there's no denying the positive effect it has on troubled characters such as [[spoiler:Lon'qu]] and [[spoiler:Libra]].
* ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'': [[ActionGirl Magoichi]] becomes one for Mitsunari if you side with him in her story in the third game. Since she's someone Mitsunari can't intimidate, he is forced to talk to her about his problems. She eventually finds that beneath the AxCrazy, {{Revenge}} hungry man with NoSocialSkills, Mitsunari values his allies (betrayal is a BerserkButton) but the lack of people skills makes it very hard to see.
** In the fourth game, Kenshin tries to play this to Matabe in the latter's drama route. Unfortunately, Matabe is too much of a broken wretch of a man for this to work, especially when it comes to his second most-hated enemy. As such, Kenshin's last words are him lamenting his failure while Matabe laughs wildly to himself.
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* Taken to its logical [[UpToEleven extreme]] [[http://www.nobodylikesonions.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10736 here.]] (WARNING: contains some gore)
* ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'''s Maytag demonstrates early on in the comic that she can do this to people.
* Considering [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters its massive cast]] and the way most of them interact with eachother, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a few of them:
** Almost half the cast is playing at therapist in ''Homestuck'' but by far Karkat, and to a lesser extent John, is the best.
** Rose claims that psychology is one of her hobbies and makes attempts at psychoanalyzing her friends early on, [[SubvertedTrope but as it turns out she's either not very good at it]] or has since lost interest.
** As the [[spoiler:Sylph of Light]], this is pretty much [[spoiler:Aranea's]] main ability; she can heal others by helping them see how to heal themselves.
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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Nappa claims that he majored in Child Psychology (WITH A MINOR IN PAIN!) and goes on about how the values of healthy communication... right before pounding the crap out of the guy he was talking about because they had interrupted him while he was talking to Vegeta.
** On a less literal note, Vegeta becomes something like this, though only to himself. During his finale of Episode 10 he remarks about the possible reason behind his TranquilFury, and later on, after revealing the depths of his humiliation to Cui and then blowing him up to ensure that he would never tell anyone of it, Vegeta says that he loves therapy, and later on deliberately represses the memory of Dodoria's revelations. Considering that his anger seemed to have broke in Episode 18, his self-therapy doesn't really seem to be working very well.
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* Slade of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is the master of the evil version of this skill.
** [[strike: Slade]] Deathstroke does it in [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the comics]] too.
* Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a good master of this, offering advice on how to improve and find his enemies way in life even as he fights them. Of course, when he gives up on talk and gets to fighting, [[TranquilFury that's when you know you're in trouble.]]
** To the point that when he's mugged, he teaches the mugger a better stance and fixes him a cup of tea in "Tales of Ba Sing Se."
-->'''Mugger:''' Give me all your money!
-->''[{{beat}}]''
-->'''Iroh:''' What are you doing?
-->'''Mugger:''' I'm mugging you!
-->'''Iroh:''' [[DoWrongRight With that stance?]]
* Spellbinder of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is another villainous example. He was an actual psychiatrist who turned to villainy because he felt undercompensated for dealing with unruly teenagers while their parents paid their garbage men more money. He uses illusions and his knowledge of the human psyche to manipulate people by giving them what they think they want and what they want to believe. In one episode he frames Terry for murder by showing Commissioner Barbara Gordon an illusion of Terry beating Mad Stan to death. When he is eventually discovered and captured, he calls her out for being an InspectorJavert towards Terry, an accusation which seems to leave an impression on her.
--->'''Spellbinder:''' You were so ready to believe the worst. It was easy.
* Black Canary in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Not only is she the team's trainer, she is also their therapist and had individual sessions with all of them, as seen in "Disordered" to help them deal with the events in "Failsafe".
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' , the Martian Manhunter seems to act as this for Justice Leaguers who need help. Wildcat in particular was seen being sent to him on Superman's suggestion, after he believed he had killed the Green Arrow in a fight since he had become addicted to ring fighting in an underground tournament run by an evil, greedy woman, who encouraged him to kill. Wildcat stated that talking to the Manhunter and trying to work through his addiction would easily be the hardest thing he'd ever done.
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