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->''"[[Franchise/{{Batman}} That man]] won't quit [[{{Determinator}} as long as he can still draw a breath]]. None of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica my teammates]] will. Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live in a '''[[TropeNamers world made of cardboard]]''', always [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength taking constant care]] not to break something, to break ''someone''. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment, or someone could ''die''. But you can take it, can't you, [[ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} big man]]? What we have here is a [[IAmNotLeftHanded rare opportunity for me to cut loose]] and [[PreAsskickingOneLiner show you just how powerful I really am]]."''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Superman}}''', ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''.

A fundamental part of telling a story is conflict: you want the hero to have their problems and, hopefully, overcome them in a satisfactory manner. In many cases that conflict is entirely external; the BigBad is plotting to TakeOverTheWorld or otherwise spill the blood of the innocent and TheHero is out to stop them. But there is also that conflict which is emotional; it exists in their mind and usually forms a mental block that they cannot break through.

A "World of Cardboard" speech is where the hero acknowledges that this mental block has been limiting them. And because of a recent personal revelation about themselves and/or their situation, they have found a way to excel past their previous limits. This trope is heavily dependent on the context of the story and the life of the character. Despite the room [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible for variation]], each speech has to follow the same pattern to be a world of cardboard speech: the hero is having trouble from an emotional/psychological viewpoint, the hero has a powerful revelation, and then they give the speech.

In effect, this is a EurekaMoment that leads to a HeroicResolve. The speech itself can vary depending on the revelation, but the crux of this trope revolves around the epiphany that the speech giver still has the power to effectively oppose their foe. Universal to all of these speeches is that realization and being subsequently empowered because of it.

Because of how dependent it is on the individual character and story, the speech can overlap with any number of tropes, due to the context, and can come in many different variations:
* The hero says IAmWhatIAm, realizing that he or she doesn't have to be ashamed.
* [[TheSummation A mild contemplation]] at the end of the story, possibly even after the BigBad has been defeated, and the hero explains the revelation long after the fact.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against the villain. In this case, the hero has a renewing of confidence ''because'' he realizes how pathetic the villain is. This may overlap with a KirkSummation.
* A ShutUpHannibal, which is short and to the point. The epiphany is still there, but they don't feel the need to illustrate their thoughts with a powerpoint presentation.
* The hero DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength (or, perhaps, [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength is all too aware of it]]), but realizes that ''now'', in this place and circumstance, [[GodzillaThreshold he shouldn't hold back]]. This is the context of the {{Trope Namer|s}} speech.
* In a ComingOfAge story, the hero accepts TheCall, rejecting immaturity, irresponsibility, and in effect, childhood.
* A loner and/or DeathSeeker, finding something WorthLivingFor.

Ultimately, the "World of Cardboard" Speech often ends up encapsulating the CharacterDevelopment of an individual, gives a powerful insight into their mind and/or verbalizing the overarching [[AnAesop moral of the story]]. Because this is an epiphany the character had, it allows them to express themselves and draw the audience into their struggles.

Named for a popular scene from ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' featuring Superman. Fans have long complained about how widely his {{power level|s}} [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe varies throughout]] Franchise/TheDCU. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl_5UwS57X8 This speech has him explaining why he occasionally takes a beating]], which is that he holds back due to fears of collateral damage.

BreakThemByTalking is essentially the opposite of this, with a villain outlining the hero's flaws and effectively using it against them.

You can expect a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Moment of Awesome]] if the villain attempts [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Them By Talking]] and the hero responds with a "World of Cardboard" Speech. The villain may respond with "ThisIsGonnaSuck."

Compare RightMakesMight, RousingSpeech, HeroicSecondWind, HesBack, FridgeBrilliance, LetsGetDangerous, PatrickStewartSpeech.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a ''literal'' [[VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet World of Cardboard]] (and other materials). Unless the person giving the speech is a struggling jail warden or something like that, chances are this will have nothing to do with a CardboardPrison. This is also not the same as the Cardboard World experienced by some LSD users according to Stanislav Grof; that would be more like a feeling that life itself is a CrappyCarnival.

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* In the finale of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the hero, Domon, does one of these combined with a love confession in one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] moments in the series, and often considered the most genuine love story in the Gundam franchise.
* Chrono of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' gets a speech like this near the end of the manga. After [[spoiler:Rosette's death]], Aion takes the chance to mock Chrono, telling him that he doesn't belong among humans and calling him "my bird that can't fly". He then gives Chrono one last chance to come back to his side, [[spoiler:offering to give him another contractor to replace Rosette]]. This is Chrono's response:
-->'''Chrono:''' Aion... you're always looking down from above, aren't you? That's why you don't understand. These people have names. Faces. A warmth that's all their own. They don't need wings. Why don't you try putting your feet on the ground and '''walking''' for once?... Once people are gone, they're gone. They can't be replaced. How '''dare''' you write off [[spoiler:Rosette]] like that? What gives you the right?! I'm on my way, Aion. And I'm going to settle this once and for all!
* In another work of Daisuke Moriyama, ''Manga/WorldEmbryo'', [[TheHero Riku]], after realizing he's being manipulated by [[spoiler:[[FakeCutie Adult!Nenee/Amane]]]] finally giving this as proof of his defiance. Being {{Seinen}}, it was much more [[ClusterFBomb unrestrained]] than above example, although the vibes are the same.
--> "'''SHUT THE HELL UP YOU FUCKING BITCH!!!''' WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT?! WHAT'S WRONG WITH PEOPLE ENTRUSTING THEIR HOPES!? SHUT UP [[spoiler:AMANE-NEE]]!! I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO YOU TALK ALL HIGH AND MIGHTY!! ACTING LIKE YOU'RE SOME SORT OF LOFTY FINAL BOSS!! THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH BY FOOLING EVERYONE!? WHAT A LOAD OF BULLSHIT!! ESSENTIALLY, WE'RE IN THIS MESS BECAUSE WE'RE BEING MANIPULATED BY THAT THING, RIGHT!? THEN DESTROYING IT WILL SOLVE EVERYTHING, WON'T IT!? I WILL DO IT MYSELF!! I'LL WRECK UP THIS WHOLE '''FUCKED UP''' DEVELOPMENT!! '''I'M GOING TO DESTROY IT ALL!!! AND I'M GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD!!!!'''"
* 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.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke tends to have a series of related revelations with a variety of BigBad's. In the climax of the Four Saint Beasts arc, Yusuke recalled his training with Genkai, where she berated him for taking the easy route and never sticking with a goal. In the Dark Tournament arc, after Toguro [[spoiler:seemingly kills Kuwabara]] ,Yusuke realized that he never gave something his full effort until the absolute last moment, and his friends would pay the price for that fault. While he had been unable to overpower Toguro's 100% form, he proved to be Toguro's superior with one last confrontation.
** In the Three Kings arc, during his fight with Yomi, Yusuke wondered if he was ever going to completely learn the lesson he had from the previous arcs. His final revelation was that he needed to see something through to the end for himself, as well as be concerned for his own future. [[spoiler: In the end, he lost just barely to Yomi. The big thing for Yusuke was the fact he really gave his all in the effort, just as his friends had in earlier bouts. He could look forward knowing he could put an honest effort into it.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' initially has difficulty fighting Gaara because he is afraid of how strong he is and he doubts whether someone who, despite being alone for much of his life, found people who could acknowledge him, can defeat someone who was always alone. When Sasuke tells Naruto to take Sakura to safety, saying that he does not want to lose everyone precious to him again, Naruto realizes that the only true strength comes from protecting others, and gains the resolve needed to fight Gaara.
-->'''Naruto:''' It's almost unbearable, isn't it? The feeling of being all alone. I know that feeling; I've been there in that dark and lonely place, but now there are others... other people who mean a lot to me. I care more about them than I do myself, and I won't let anyone hurt them. That's why I won't ever give up. I will stop you even if I have to kill you!\\
'''Gaara:''' But why... why would you do this for anyone but yourself?\\
'''Naruto:''' Because they saved me from myself. They rescued me from my loneliness; they were the first to accept me for who I am. They're my friends.
** When Tayuya insults Shikamaru's decision to let his friends stay behind and fight the rest of the Sound Four, saying that he's essentially sacrificing them, Shikamaru notes that while he should have abandoned the mission when things got dangerous, he didn't.
--->'''Shikamaru''': It's kinda funny. The world doesn't seem to play very often by the book, does it? Besides, there isn't a single person in my platoon... who would ever stop fighting and abandon a friend who'd been captured by the enemy. Not even if it meant sacrificing all of their lives. That goes for me, too. Frankly, I'm a lazy, cloud-watching oaf who's not really cut out to be a leader or bark out orders at anyone, but there is one thing I do pretty darn well for my teammates and that's believing in them. Listen, I don't look at what I've done as sacrificing my men. In fact, I don't believe that any of them are dead. Don't insult my friends, or you'll pay.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Rock, when trying to explain his motivations to Revy:
-->'''Rock:''' Back in my country, you called yourself a gun. If you're a gun, then I'm the bullet. A bullet's just a lump of lead. But once the hammer hits it, it gains the power to blow anything away; the gunpowder was always waiting to explode. [...] I'm a silver bullet that can strike anywhere, kill any monster. But use it wrong and you just end up the monster's prey. So, it's up to you to decide when to pull the trigger.
* Heero Yuy in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', gives one as he battles the {{Face Heel Turn}}ed Wu Fei. It's kind of long (since [[WarriorTherapist their entire battle is both physical and ideological]] and lasts about 1/3 of the whole film), but it concludes like this:
-->'''Heero:''' This will only make the history of human beings repeat itself. They'll be the witnesses of such miserable battles! If we don't stop right now, they'll need soldiers like us again! [[CycleOfRevenge If that happens, the same tragedy with happen all over!]] Please, Wufei, tell me... How many lives will he have to sacrifice? How... [[MyGreatestFailure how many times will I have to kill that girl and her dog]]...?
* Oddly enough, one of the most touching World of Cardboard Speeches came from an antagonist in ''Franchise/OnePiece''. Hannyabal, TheStarscream of the [[RescueArc Impel Down Arc]], explained that he couldn't let Impel Down fall because it would cause fear and chaos that would harm the weak ordinary citizens of the World Government.
-->'''Hannyabal:''' [[YouRebelScum You're nothing but pirates and rebels who became notorious for your wicked deeds!]] [[RescueArc You want to rescue your brother?!]] A ne'er-do-well like you has no right to say that!! Were you allowed to roam the seas again, law-abiding citizens would live in such fear for their loved ones they couldn't sleep at night!! This prison was constructed as a warehouse for scum like you so that decent people could live in peace!! If you were to get out, you'd terrorize the world!! [[YouShallNotPass But I'm not going to allow that to happen!!]]
* In Episode 23 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', after Subaru's device reminds her of the reason why she fights, Subaru recalls that while she is scared of hurting others, her power is not meant for destruction, but to protect others, and she manages to defeat [[spoiler:Ginga]] soon afterward. In Episode 26, Vice confesses that he's not an ace or an expert, and that ever since [[spoiler:he accidentally shot his little sister in the eye]], he's felt quite pathetic. He then notes that he's at least good enough to help open a path for Subaru and Teana to enter the cradle to rescue Nanoha, Hayate, and Vivio, and proceeds to shoot down several gadgets with perfect accuracy.
** Before that, in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate gives a totally epic one in episode 12 before going on to have her BigDamnHeroes moment.
* ''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]]).
* ''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, neither were very well liked.
** Shinji spends much of ''[[RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild 2.0]]'' trying to find a reason to fight. The world is too big and his father too distant, but when he finally finds a reason to fight and gives up his fears of failure and death, he surpasses all limits.
---> '''Shinji''': I don't care what happens to me. I don't even care what happens to the world. But I'm [[spoiler:bringing Rei back. I promise I'll save you Rei]], even if it's the last thing I do!
* 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.
** And in the final scene (doubling as BookEnds, as nearly every episode began with first the four sentences of this speech):
---> '''Alphonse:''' Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one and only truth. But the world isn't perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equivalent Exchange doesn't encompass everything that goes on here, but I still choose to believe in its principle, that all things do come at a price, that there's an ebb, and a flow. A cycle, that the pain we went through did have a reward, and that anyone who's determined and perseveres, will get something of value, even if it's not what they expected. I don't think of Equivalent Exchange as a law of the world anymore. I think of it as a promise, between my brother and me. A promise that [[spoiler:some day, we'll see each other again.]]
** Roy Mustang also gives one to Ed, Al, and Winry when he tracks the brothers down after [[spoiler:Ed and Al escape from Lior]]. It's about the difficulties he has as a veteran of Ishbal [[spoiler:including killing Winry's parents]], and how he came to Ed and Al not to bring them back to the military, but of his own volition in order to protect them.
* In part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Jotaro is on the losing end of his battle against Kakyoin, but keeps getting back up in spite of being heavily wounded. He then gives a speech about [[ThisIsUnforgivable his motivations to fight]], and the difference between [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold him]] and his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy opponent]]. This promptly turns the fight around, leaving Kakyoin almost dead in the end.
-->'''Kakyoin''': And so still you rise... like a punching bag in front of a boxer! You like being beaten... is that it?\\
'''Jotaro''': ...[[GoodIsNotNice No one ever said Jotaro Kujo was a nice guy.]] I beat the crap out of people more than I have to. Some are still in the hospital. There's plenty of teachers who got on my bad side and never came back to class. And hey, I make it a policy not to pay the check if I didn't like the meal. But even a guy like me can spot evil when he sees it! Evil means to use the weak for your own gain and then stomp on them when it's over! And that's what you've done! To a woman and a doctor, even! And your [[PsychicPowers Stand]] gets to hide from the victim... the law... the consequences! But NOT... while I'm here!
* 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."''
* Detective Ikari does this in the last episode of ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''. As one of the characters who has gotten some of the worst of it: [[spoiler:he lost his job, his wife died, and he was too old to learn any new skills]]. His WorldOfCardboardSpeech comes when he [[spoiler:destroys the 2-D fantasy world with a baseball bat, claiming that the real world has no place for an old man like him, but that he would rather face that harsh reality than live in a fantasy world]]. It is truly epic to watch.
* In the first few ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' books and pretty much the entire anime, Kyon is just trying to get by, to do what he needs to do to deal with Haruhi and little more, relying on Nagato to handle any really serious issues. Then the whole world changes, so that he could go back to a normal life. In the end, he decides (In a World of Cardboard Monologue) that he much prefers the old world, and is willing to go back and enjoy it head on, and no longer [[spoiler:rely on Yuki so much, whom had caused the events of the story as part of a nervous breakdown.]] TheMovie version of this is epic.
* 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.]]
** During the hunt for their [[UpgradeArtifact crests]], which allow their digimon to evolve into more powerful forms, they found that each crest represented something special and unique about them and it would only work when they were exibiting those attributes. Tai's crest was Courage, but he tried to force Agumon to evolve by putting himself in harm's way, which caused a warped evolution into [=SkullGreymon=], a violent [[TheBerserker berserker]]. A very traumatizing mistake, but Tai learned that courage wasn't rushing into a battle, but standing up against evil, allowing Agumon to evolve into his proper form, [=MetalGreymon=]. Each digidestined had to go through something similar (although not with warped evolutions) through the remainder of the season.
** The original gives Agumon one about the strength of his bond with his friends in the 50th episode, at the climax of his fight with Mugendramon. The dub, [[LullDestruction being the dub]], turns it into him reminding Machinedramon of [[ForMassiveDamage exactly what it is his claws do]] to Digimon of his type.
* Occurs in ''Anime/TheSoulTaker'' when the protagonist, suffering from repressed guilt about Maya's death, allows the Soul Anubis to pummel him... until he comes to a realization.
-->'''Kyōsuke:''' I wanted to feel the pain Maya suffered, even just for a moment. I felt that I should know that pain. But right now, no matter how many times I'm hit, I'm not able to feel the pain. So now, I'm ''ending it''.
* In ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', Kai gives a awesome one before defeating Brooklyn.
-->'''Kai:''' [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya Kai. That's my name.]] And I'm a Beyblader. And you might think you are, but you're not. You learned from the best but you forgot a very important lesson. Beyblading isn't just about overpowering your opponent with fancy moves. That's only part of the game. There's more to it than that. Much more. That's why I have something you don't. I have learned from every battle I fought. Every friend, enemy, and spectator always had something to offer me. And I'm a student to this game. And I always will be. With the hardships of training, competitions, the wins and the losses, they all taught me something. And I've taken that knowledge and used it to my advantage. That's why I can say, that I'm a true beyblader. That's what keeps me going. And that's my strength. I don't think you ever will (understand). Because you're not a true beyblader. You have the power and the skill, but something is missing from inside you. You don't have the beyblading spirit! That's why I have to win this battle! Because beyblading means more to me than you could ever understand! IT'S NOT JUST A GAME TO ME! FINISH HIM NOW DRANZER!"
* 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!]]'''"
** And then there's the speech to the Anti-Spiral, which is on the quotes page.
* Tsukasa from ''Anime/DotHackSign'' has a revelation about [[spoiler:not needing to fear reality anymore]], a la this trope, [[spoiler:which enables his escape from "The World."]] In the process, he gives this speech.
* At the end of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Kotetsu gives one when [[spoiler:he returns from his TenMinuteRetirement]].
-->'''Kotetsu:''' And you know what? I realized you don't get to set your own limits. Even after I [[spoiler:lose my powers]] and get mocked by everyone or look ridiculous, I'm not going to let that stop me. I'm going to stay a hero to the very end. I'm not going to give up. Besides, it doesn't hurt to have a hero who's uncool, right?
* The Final Trials in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' were pretty much this: the four Cures are set against their Mirage selves, embodying their own hang-ups (Tsubomi's insecurity, Erika's jealousy towards her sister, Itsuki's denial of being herself, and Yuri's regrets and failures). As each Cure fights, they come to realize that that's what makes them who they are and they'll use it to become stronger. It takes Tsubomi the longest since she isn't sure if she can confront that part of herself, but she does. It helps unlock their SuperMode in the end, so that's a plus.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', during the final battle with Kid Buu, Vegeta has a long internal monologue in which he comes to terms with Goku being better than him. After spending most of the series resenting Goku for this and trying to surpass him by any means, Vegeta finally lets go of his grudge:
--> '''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. 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'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!'''"
*** The DragonballKai version is even ''better'':
---> '''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!'''"
* In the manga version of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', Takami "Komo" Komoda, who was lonely and detached from the world for much of her childhood, plays the piano [[spoiler:as part of a plan to lure out the enemy pilot, who has fled from his robot]]. She gives an internal monologue about everything she has noticed about the world, and how she considers it beautiful and something that could only come about as a result of a miracle.
-->'''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."
* Rolo of ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' overcomes his training as a tool due to his feelings of brotherly love for Lelouch, enabling him to utilize his Geass so effectively he wipes out entire squadrons of Knightmares. Even as the strain is killing him, he's happily explaining how Lelouch has finally made it possible for him to feel like a human.
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* BuffySeasonEight has this gem from Dracula after he loses his extra abilities. Toru intercepts his thrown sword, and Dracula takes it from him and slices him up while they exchange these words.
-->'''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.
** A more straightforward example would be in "Season of Mists", when he battles Azazel for the lives of Nada and Choronzon. Azazel reneges on his bargain to release them if he loses, only for Dream to explain that while they are in his realm, reality conforms to his wishes. He was [[SacredHospitality honor-bound to treat Azazel (and his prisoners) as a guest]] when he entered the Dreaming, but after Azazel renounced Dream's hospitality, he had no such protection. As soon as Azazel reveals his intentions, he finds himself in a bottle in Dream's hands without his powers or prisoners.
* ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' shows Scrooge getting his NumberOneDime. When he realizes that he's been paid with an American coin (useless in Scotland), he makes this speech:
-->"Wait! This is an American Coin! A Dime! That sharpie tricked me! And after that tough job too! This should be a lesson! Life is full of tough jobs and there'll always be sharpies to cheat me! Well, I'll be tougher than the toughies and sharper than the sharpies... [[SelfMadeMan and I'll make my money]] [[HonestCorporateExecutive square!]] I have the feeling this is the start of something big!"
* Thor Volume 3 Issue 3 has Thor searching for lost Asgardians after resetting Ragnarok. While in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, Iron Man approaches him about having to register with the government... this being several months after Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic unleashed the robotic Thor clone that killed the second Goliath. Thor then decides to show just how insulted he was by initiating a CurbStompBattle with Iron Man.
--->''(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)''
* In [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel's]] ''ComicBook/IncredibleHercules'', Ares spends a good few pages beating the tar out of Hercules, pointing out how he's a mess and doesn't deserve people's respect. Herc agrees. Yeah, he is a mess, but that's why people like him more than Ares (that and Ares is a total dick), because he is more like a person than a god. When Ares calls them all idiots, Herc finally decides to punch his big bro into a bunch of incoming missiles.
* Another one for the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]], doubling as a ShutUpHannibal to Manchester Black (a NinetiesAntiHero pastiche), who's trashed his values and told him he's "living in a bloody dream world":
-->'''Superman:''' I wouldn't have it any other way. Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear... until my dream of a world where dignity, honor, and justice becomes the reality we all share - I'll never stop fighting. Ever.
** Superman could be considered the king of this trope easily. His speeches at the end of the White Martian Invasion arc and the arc wherein Preus is introduced are damn near {{Tear Jerker}}s due to awesomeness alone.
*** Another example from Superman comes when General Zod brings up his [[ThouShaltNotKill code against killing]].
---->'''Superman:''' I can't take your life, much as I'm tempted. But my code doesn't say a damn thing about not battering you to within an inch of it, ''murderer''! ''(and proceeds to do just that)''
*** Yet another is from FrankMiller's ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''. Admittedly, it's a somewhat darker take on this trope, since the implication following is that Superman abandons his "no killing" policy:
---->'''Superman:''' Ma. Pa. You were wrong. I will always love you... but you were wrong. It took [[spoiler:my own daughter]], my most despised rival, to teach me: I am '''no man.''' I will '''not be ruled by the laws of men.''' I am '''Superman.'''
* Little over halfway through ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider learns that [[spoiler:he's suffering from some sort of brain disease which will leave him unable to even write in less than a year]]. Upon hearing this, he simply jumps back to work, and when asked why, he responds:
--> ''So we've got a deadline. We can do deadlines.''
* 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 past the speed of sound. 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 the sound 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.
** A less intense example comes from The Flash: Rebirth, when Barry is running around, and Superman chases him.
-->'''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)
* {{Supergirl}} does this after managing to resist a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and an attempt to [[RetGone erase her from existence]] from The Dark Angel.
-->'''Supergirl''': I am messed up. I make mistakes all the time. I feel stupid and ugly and insecure, just like everybody else. But when I blow it, I don't shrivel up and die. I get myself up. I ''try'' to do better. ''I always try again''. And no half-baked barbie doll is going to tell me different.
* Hal Jordan gives one at the end of ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''. When faced with a BreakingSpeech by the BigBad Nekron, who tells him that he only came BackFromTheDead because [[FirstLawOfResurrection he allowed it]], Jordan declares that it's not Nekron who deserves the credit for bringing them back from death, but him, [[ComicBookDeath and all the other superheroes who came back from the dead]], for choosing life when given the chance. This speech culminates in Jordan and all the other heroes who came back from the dead [[spoiler: becoming White Lanterns.]]
* Syndablokk from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' gets one when he explains that his power causes nothing ''but'' collateral damage (he has elemental command of masonry and stonework). Being one of the (very) few decent heroes in this 'verse, he's extremely reluctant to use his ability unless the villain's already wrecked everything around him.
** Empowered herself gives an epic one to [[spoiler: dWARF/Fleshmaster]] after he tried to kill her friends and the Superhomies during the Caped Justice Awards, all while handing him his ass in a no-holds-barred beatdown, showing just what she can do when properly motivated, and just how powerful she really is.
-->'''Emp:''' Yes, our peers are assholes! '''No''', they don't deserve to die because they didn't kiss your ass enough! I've taken a hundred times as much **** as you ever did, '''crybaby'''! But you don't see me murdering people 'cause they didn't make me "Queen of Capes"! 'Cause unlike you, I'm not an unhinged little attention '''whore!''' I don't do this stupid job because I want to be liked or accepted or whatever-- though that '''would''' be ****ing '''NICE'''! I do this stupid job because I'm ****ing driven to do it! Unlike you, *****, I do this stupid, '''STUPID''' job because-- [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Because. This. Is. What. I. AM!]] (cue [[spoiler: dWARF/Fleshmaster]] getting PunchedAcrossTheRoom and down for the count.)
* Not a speech, but when the Sentry finally showed up to face [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in ''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...LIKE THIS!!!
* An older example. Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}, who was trying to take a break, gets annoyed when Ox of the Enforcers picked up the car he was in and tried to shake him out of it. Spider-Man explained how he usually pulls his punches to not kill people, but just realized Ox could probably take it [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom before he punched him out.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Cade gives a brief but powerful one during his FinalBattle with [[BigBad Darth Krayt]] which acts as the culmination of his CharacterDevelopment during the entire series.
-->'''Cade''': I know who I am, Krayt.
-->''Cade effortlessly cuts down Krayt''
-->'''Cade''': I am a Jedi.
* In ''[[NewMutants New X-Men]]'' --- Surge facing Nimrod a mechanical juggernaut said this speech to rally the troops: Surge: "No. This has to end. We have to end it. Forty-seven of us are dead. Jay is dead. Max is dead. Laurie is dead. Brian is dead. John went insane, and who knows where Kevin is. The X-Men can't save us. The O* N* E and their Sentinels are a sick joke. They'll probably be coming after us next. And the Avengers don't care. It's up to us. The X-Men are half a world away. We can't wait for them. Forge could still be alive, and if he's not, then Nimrod is coming for us next. This thing was involved with Stryker. It helped him kill our friends. So we'll save Forge. And we'll take this thing down." And they did it.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'':
-->'''[[spoiler:Mikuru (big)]]:''' So... in a roundabout way, you and I, together, even though I still stumble a little bit, are forging towards a brighter future. One that isn't predetermined to you, that doesn't damage the future I come from. If you understand what I said earlier... you have the power to change me. Not my past self, so directly... but your influence ends up helping me become the person I am. I could tell you everything, try to make it predetermined... I could say things were better or worse then they truly will be, and try to trick you into changing things for me. Once, I did - sort of - tell you about the goals of the people I work for. Instead, though, this time I'll do what Yuki-chan did. I'll tell you nothing, even if you would believe me. But I'm not trying to keep you in the dark because I want to manipulate you... I'm telling you as little as possible because I believe in you. I have absolute confidence that if I don't limit you, you will achieve something wonderful. And maybe, just in small, selfish bits... I might lead you towards something that I think we both would like...
* From [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5433094/26/The_Doorstop chapter 26]] of ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5433094/1/The_Doorstop The Doorstop]]'', [[spoiler:[[LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]]] gives a truly epic one to a Chaos Assassin.
--> '''[[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?"
* Faren Brosca sort of gives one in ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns while'' [[spoiler:[[CurbstompBattle curbstomping]] the most powerful form of the demon that trapped them in the fade.]] Then again, it's not so much him letting loose as saying he's actually ''not'' under the influence of any empowering emotion or whatnot.
--> "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."
* This concept is somewhat referenced in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''/''JusticeLeague'' Crossover ''FanFic/ConnectingTheDots'' Superman has to teach all about ''not blowing stuff up'' when he's stopping crime.
* From ''Fanfic/{{Shadowchasers}}: Torment'' ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6611580/45/Shadowchasers_Torment Chapter 45]]'':
-->'''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!"
* In ''Time Braid'': (after Sakura has finally tapped into her full potential)
-->'''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."
* ''FanFic/MyLittleAvengers'': During the FinalBattle, all of the Avengers (except Firebird, who settles for a simple ShutUpHannibal) deliver one of these when fighting their Dark Avenger opponents. First, when Captain Equestria is fighting off the effects of the Ghost Flyer's [[MindRape Penance Stare]]:
-->'''Captain Equestria''': '''''No! I will not give up! I will not give in! I am not a failure! I am Captain [[PrecisionFStrike bucking]] Equestria! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis And you! ARE UNDER! ARREST!]]'''''
-->'''Ghost Flyer''': [[ThisCannotBe I-IMPOSSIBLE!]] NOPONY CAN RESIST THE PENANCE STARE!
-->'''Captain Equestria''': Call me nopony then. Because I never give up. No matter what. Even if I know I'll just screw up again, I keep trying. Because every once in a while, I get a day like today. A day when I ''win.''
** Then, when the Red Skull is giving Iron Pony a BreakingSpeech about destiny and greatness:
-->'''Iron Pony''': Stop. That's not greatness. That's just vanity. I got the two mixed up before. But let me tell you something. I never did anything. All I ever did was [[PrinceCharmless sit around lazily, devour food, complain, and treat everypony like dirt]]. ''That'' was my destiny. To be a burden until the day I died, and then forgotten by everypony save those who hated me. And had I clung to that stupid, selfish destiny, I'd be dead now. Pierced through the heart by a piece of masonry, my entire life bereft of meaning. [...] But I cast aside that destiny. I cast aside my idiotic 'superiority'. I got down on my knees and begged a pony I had once thought beneath me, not even worthy of my notice, to help me. And now? I'm here. [...] So I've decided. If destiny means being a selfish bully, blind to the needs of those around me... I want no part of it!
** And finally, after Big Macintosh has regained Thor's power, and [[BigBad Loki]] is [[VillainousBreakdown refusing to accept]] that Thor isn't his WorthyOpponent brother, but rather a "mere" earth pony tapping into his powers and memories:
-->"Ah used t'think like that too. Ah thought me'n Thor were separate. Like he was some alien force that got himself stuck in mah noggin. But it don't work that way, Loki. Ah ''am'' Thor. Thor and Big Mac, we're the same pony, now. That thought would'a scared me once. Ah was afraid'a losin' mahself. But now Ah know Ah won't. Cause Thor's just me, not another pony tryin' t'take over. And if Ah ever ferget it... well, that's what mah friends are for."
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': When [[spoiler: Celestia]] regains her power after weeks of being depowered and tortured, she delivers a speech in a similar vein as the TropeNamer:
-->"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/{{Reconciliation}}, Hanako, [[spoiler:having received an angry TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Lilly, who is grieving over the loss of her husband Hisao and rejecting Hanako's attempts to console her]], talks about her past, including the loss of her parents, her isolation, becoming friends with Lilly and Hisao, being upset by being pitied, and finally lashing out at them. Hanako says the loss of her friendship with Hisao and Lilly was worst of all because she knew it was her fault, and as such, [[spoiler:asks Lilly to accept the support of those closest to her]].
* In chapter 20 of ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', Rainbow Dash delivers a speech to [[spoiler: Gilda]] during their second confrontation after the war has already ended.
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': I hate to break it to you, G, but you’ve lost this battle the moment you attacked Firefly. No... actually, even back when you hurt Medley. But I’ve got to thank you for one thing. For challenging me! Thanks to you, I still have one more reason to fight and live! We may not be so different after all, but I can clearly see who is who. And you’re not yourself! But since there is nopony else in the sky besides us, now you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see just how fast I really am!
* 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!
** [[spoiler:This also activates the Element of Magic ''without'' the crown she normally needs. The others follow suit, activiating their own Elements with their own {{World Of Cardboard Speech}}s and finishing with Fluttercruel earning her Cutie Mark and realizing what it, and Fluttershy's, ''really'' mean, giving a speech of her own and summoning the Element Of Kindness.]]
** In the [[BadFuture Epilogue/Dark World timeline]], Twilight and the rest of the the Element bearers have spent the last thousand years as Discord's [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed enforcers]], stuck between being his playthings and carrying out his will. When Twilight suffers a VillainousBSOD following a meeting with [[CheerfulChild Apple Pie]] (whose ability to find joy even in [[CrapsackWorld this world]] completely [[EvilCannotComprehendGood baffles her]]), she withdraws into her mind and, after much debate with other aspects of her personality [[spoiler: and Cadence's spirit]], decides not to give up hope, which finally frees her from Discord's taint. Upon awakening, she states the following:
--->"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!"
** Rarity had been greatly traumatized by her time under Discord's control, and ashamed and terrified of both her Cutie Mark and her Element of Generosity, because Discord had corrupted them to corrupt her. She has an epiphany after [[spoiler: helping Diamond Tiara make a dress for her mother]] and breaks out of her funk. She gives this internal monologue:
-->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 gives one at the climax of her ''7 Dreams/Nightmares'' story, when she realizes that [[spoiler:she's fighting [[BigBad Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow]] in her own mind and has been stupid letting ''him'' make the rules]] and is able to overcome the fear he's been causing her the entire time. [[spoiler:She promptly uses the control over her mind this gives to reconfigure her weapon and give her the opening needed to finish him off.]]
--> '''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!]]
** Celestia gives one at the end of her Reharmonizing side story after realizing that while her subjects do fear her, they don't hate her as she had feared, allowing her to let go of the guilt she's had ever since the Day of Chaos.
-->"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."
* ''Another'' great MLP example is Nyx's [[TheSummation after-the-fact]] speech toward the end of ''Fanfic/PastSins'' about why she threw herself between the ponies of Ponyville and a horde of monsters from the Everfree forest.
-->'''Nyx''': As an alicorn, I can bear the burdens no other pony can. I threw myself in the way of a Lupus Major to protect Twilight because, while the beast wounded me, it could have easily killed Twilight. The pain I endured saved not just one life but lives all over Ponyville. It's far better for me to be wounded if it means somepony, anypony, can continue to live and be happy. I can be bruised, battered and beaten but, as long as there is still breath in my lungs, I will continue to protect ponies. I will protect them, because what can kill them I can survive, because what hurts them is but a scratch for me, because it's the one thing I've been able to do right.
* An interesting variation, delivered ''to'' the protagonist, from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' (after Calvin had nearly gone insane from trying to avoid LaserGuidedKarma):
--> '''Susie:''' Calvin, you live by your own rules! [[BadassBoast You make things up! You create! You destroy! You tease temptation!]] You do all sorts of horrible things, most of them to me, yes, [[PetTheDog but then there are days you do good all on your own!]] You shouldn't let something like Karma run your life! You need to be rude and nasty and gross and weird, so that you can be good on your own accord.
** Also counts as DareToBeBadass.
* Another MLP story, the AU ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'', goes directly to the source and has Twilight Sparkle (who's been repressing her power ever since her [[BreakTheCutie traumatic entrance exam]]) paraphrase the TropeNamer when fighting [[TheDragon Blackened Armor]] [[spoiler: (aka her BrainwashedAndCrazy brother)]].
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic[=/=]TheDresdenFiles crossover ''FanFic/TheDresdenFillies'' Bon Bon delivers one summarizing who Harry Dresden is.
--> '''Bon Bon:''' You’re a man of iron and blood, stone and fire. Touched by darkness, but not overcome by it. Beaten and damaged, but unbowed. Unrelenting in word and deed, in thought and creed. You would lay siege to Tartarus itself if that’s where [[spoiler: Twilight]] had been taken. And all because she’s your friend. Because you would do anything to keep her safe. Because you ''care''.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Twilight says this [[spoiler: after Blair throws her off the edge of Neighagra Falls in an [[DieOrFly attempt to make her use her powers]].]]
--> '''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!
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse'', Fluttercruel gives one during the FinalBattle right before [[spoiler: using chaos to fight back against [[BigBad Nightmare Phobia]] and gaining her own cutie mark.]]
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', before the final confrontation with [[BigBad The Usurper]], Nagi and [[ParodySue the remaining SUEs]], the [[MaiHime Himes]] reject his offer of a perfect world, speaking of how they have overcome their flaws while their opponents did not.
-->'''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!"
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsShowtime'' has [[Series/KamenRiderWizard Haru]] spend several chapters in a HeroicBSOD induced by his SuperpoweredEvilSide [[spoiler:nearly killed Twilight.]] The mane cast finally help him out of it by telling him YouAreNotAlone, [[spoiler:restraining the Dragon Phantom with the Elements and]] allowing him to access [[MidSeasonUpgrade Flame Dragon]] against Phoenix. He proceeds to give a version of the TropeNamer speech as he {{Curbstomp|Battle}}s Phoenix.
--> '''Haru''': Phoenix – You’re strong, and [[BloodKnight you seek to find strong opponents to fill that void of yours.]] Me? I’ve got a different problem. Ever since I got these powers, I felt like I lived in a world made of cardboard. Taking care not to not break something, break somepony. Never allowing myself to slip to [[EnemyWithin Dragon’s]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide control]], even for a moment otherwise somepony could get hurt. But you can take it, Phoenix. What we have here is a new opportunity for me to cut loose and show you a real SHOWTIME!
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': Rainbow Dash/Supermare gives one at the climax of the first arc of ''Mare of Steel'', during her final fight with [[BigBad General Zod]]:
-->'''Zod''': You could have been more than some costumed fool. You could have been a great leader. You could have been a god! [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Why are you throwing this away for mere weaklings?]]\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': Because I love them! They raised me from when I was a foal! They showed me all the good that’s in this world, and they were by my side throughout my life, encouraging and comforting me as I grew! They never abandoned me, or said I wasn’t worth it; not when I failed my first flight exam, not when my father died, not when I fought against Nightmare Moon and Discord, never! They made me the mare I am today, and I am grateful that I have such great ponies surrounding me! And you know what? They accept me for who I am; I don’t love them because they see me as a god, I love them because they see me as Rainbow Dash!\\
'''Zod''': Then you are just as weak as they are!\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': I’m not weak. I am Supermare! (''punches Zod'')
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': After [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] finally gets the much needed lead he needed to find a way to the truth behind the mystery, and after a much needed realization regarding [[IdenticalStranger the eerily similar to his mentor]] Sonata, he delivers to himself a short but effective inner speech before stepping back into the courtroom:
-->'''Phoenix''': I was given one more chance, one more chance to find the truth. It's either sink or swim. [[spoiler:Even if she tries to have me arrested for intrusion]]. I got her on the stand; it doesn't matter anymore. It's time she pays her dues for all she's done... Including the murder...
* A variation where the character giving the speech is not the one who delivers the imminent beatdown: in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6373544/22/A-Certain-Destined-Introduction A Certain Destined Introduction]], [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun Misaka Mikoto]] is feeling alone, hated, and guilty; her power seems like it's useless, she's beginning to think she only ever destroys things, and she's about to give up... and then Kuroko steps up and makes it perfectly clear just who the Railgun is, to the villains and Mikoto herself.
-->'''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!'''''

* In the [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Fairly Oddparents]] fanfic, ''[[Fanfic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe Never Had a Friend Like Me]]'', [[JerkassGenie Norm]] is still mostly a sarcastic individual, but vaguely nicer since meeting his newest master. After he [[spoiler: saves Timmy, [[OriginalCharacter Amanda]], and Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof from the Pixies and Anti-Fairies, he banishes them, except for HP and Anti-Cosmo, whom he restrains, and delivers an awesome speech to them, detailing how being a genie grants him powers beyond comprehension, and how after performing wishes for all kinds of masters has removed any restraint he would otherwise have. The two can only quiver in fear. :]]

--->'''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." ''

* ''{{Fanfic/Anthropology}}'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Lyra]] and her [[spoiler: human]] friends have put on the Elements of Harmony in an attempt to stop Discord from wiping out humanity. [[spoiler: When Discord corners them, Lyra and her friends find themselves at a loose end, while he gloats and claim that humanity is just begging for the end to come. Lyra starts talking about how when she first came to Earth, Lyra was lost and didn't know what she was doing, thanks to the friends she's made, and all the help they gave her, she not only knows she can be a human, but she as well as the rest of humanity can accomplish anything. The Elements thought it was awesome speech, because they activated and defeated Discord.]]
--> '''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)''.]]
* [[http://www.reddit.com/r/AskScienceFiction/comments/1zae6m/star_trek_why_do_you_resist_us/cfrx8uu This]] post from r/AskScienceFiction answers the question "Why do you resist us?" with a literal PatrickStewartSpeech about how the Borg's self-proclaimed "perfection" is a fallacy.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Po learned that the duty of TheChosenOne was to fight [[BigBad Tai Lung]] and was terrified, as despite all the strides he made as a martial artist he didn't believe in himself. The Dragon Scroll was revealed to be blank but shiny, a reveal that took Po some time to comprehend. There is no "secret ingredient," your strength comes from your own effort and not some outside power. Since Tai Lung spent his life desiring the secret of the scroll and became a bad guy over it, it becomes a BreakingSpeech that lets Po get the upper hand against him.
-->'''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.
* Tiana's speech to Facilier in ''PrincessAndTheFrog'' when he tries to lure her by material want rather than the love she always had.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': "Let It Go" serves as one for Elsa expressed through CrowningMusicOfAwesome. Having spent most of her life concealing [[AnIcePerson her ice powers]], she is discovered and runs from her kingdom. Once she realizes she has nothing to fear and no one to accidentally hurt, "Let It Go" comes on and she starts using her powers to their full extent, creating snow creatures, a new wardrobe and an enormous castle. In some ways it is a subversion, though, as even when using the full range of her powers she still did not have full control and traded one form of isolation for another, and accidentally injured her sister Anna. [[spoiler: When Anna sacrificed herself to save Elsa, and in turn her love for her sister was enough to reverse the effects of the frozen heart, Elsa realized that "Love can melt the coldest heart" and she gained full control of her powers, finally able to reverse the eternal winter at will]].
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* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' has Harold's tirade to his coworkers at the end.
* ''Film/TheHustler'' makes it clear from the beginning that although Fast Eddie is a talented pool player, his attitude is holding him back. It's no surprise that he eventually gets his World of Cardboard Speech. Now, how he gets it, on the other hand...
* At the end of ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', River admits to Simon as he lies dying from a gunshot to the stomach that she understands that she's always relied on him and the rest of the crew to [[TheCaretaker take care of her]] through her helpless madness. Then, she adds that now, it is [[LetsGetDangerous her turn]] to [[YouShallNotPass take care of them.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Cue awesome.]]
* Jules' coffee-shop speech near the end of ''Film/PulpFiction'':
* Uncle Charlie's unspeakably evil [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX6s3LTds3s "this world is a hell"]] speech in ''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.
** [[spoiler: This speech is actually pretty tragic, because of Uncle Charlie's optimistic youth; it is also a turning point for [[OneSteveLimit Little Charlie]], as she goes from optimism to seeing the world as a foul, hypocritical place.]]
* In ''Film/TheKarateKid'' Daniel took an injury to his leg, leaving him out of the final match. Everyone said that Daniel did great and shouldn't think that removing himself because of such an injury is a sign of weakness. Daniel makes a plea to Miyagi that even though he almost made it to the tournament finals if he didn't face Johnny in the final match he would never have balance with the Cobra guys or in his relationship with Ally. This was an effective lesson to Miyagi that his student finally understood his training.
* In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Neo gives a rather brief, but effective, one to Smith, when the latter demands to know '''''why''''' Neo persists in fighting him.
-->'''Neo''': Because I choose to.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. "For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great -- ''You have no power over me!''"
* Jack Skellington sings one of these near the end of ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', in the song "Poor Jack." He is having a HeroicBSOD about his failure to bring about Christmas, starts reprising Jack's Lament, starting with the line "I, Jack, the Pumpkin King"... then remembers that, yes, he is the Pumpkin King, and will work hard on making next Halloween even better.
** It also has Jack realizing while what happened didn't go as planned, he gave it his all and there were still good parts to it. Basically, while he screwed up he wouldn't regret what he did because it was still worth the problems.
* Mark "Rent" Renton gets one at the end of the adaptation of ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''. It's the closing monologue to the film that closely mirrors his opening monologue.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film series:
** ''The Two Towers'':
---> '''Sam''': I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo; the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end... because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going... because they were holding on to something\\
'''Frodo''': What are we holding on to, Sam?\\
'''Sam''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.]]
** And at the climax of ''The Return of the King'', given by Sam:
--->'''Sam:''' Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries? \\
'''Frodo:''' No, Sam. I can't recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass. I'm naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil between me and the wheel of fire! I can see him... with my waking eyes! \\
'''Sam:''' Then let us be rid of it, once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but [[TheDeterminator I can]] [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming carry you!]]
* [[VinDiesel Taylor Reese]] has one in ''Knockaround Guys'':
-->"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]''
* Villainous example in ''Film/LastActionHero''.
-->'''Benedict:''' Gentlemen. Since you are about to die anyway, I may as well tell you the entire plot. Think of villains Jack. You want {{Dracula}}? Dra-cool-la? Hang on, (''takes out the [[PlotCoupon ticket]]'') I'll fetch him. Dracula? Huh. I can get Film/KingKong! We'll have a [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet nightmare with Freddy Krueger]], have a surprise party for AdolfHitler; [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] can do the catering, and then we'll have a christening for RosemarysBaby! All I have to do is snap my fingers and they'll be here. They're lining up to get here, and do you know why Jack? Should I tell you why? Hmm? Because here, in this world, the bad guys can win!
* The final battle in ''Film/EightMile'' is B. Rabbit making one giant WorldOfCardboardSpeech in free style form.
* ''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.\\
'''Mal''': I'm the only thing you do believe in anymore.\\
'''Cobb''': I wish...I wish more than anything, but I can't imagine you with all your complexity, all your perfection, all your imperfection. Look at you, you're just a shade. You're just a shade of my real wife. You're the best I could do, but...I'm sorry, you're just not good enough.
* At the climax of ''Film/ThePrestige'', Angier delivers one of these, [[spoiler:also a FinalSpeech]].
--> ''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.''
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' has Dr. Manhattan recite one to Ozymandias towards the end after Ozymandias [[spoiler: attempted to kill him by tricking him into going through the same accident that turned him into Dr. Manhattan in the first place, and thought he succeeded.]]
--> "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."
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984''. "I take back every bit of energy I ever gave you. You're nothing, Freddy. You're ''shit''."
--> [[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.
** Vader gets his own after saving his son by killing the Emperor, finally returning to the good man Anakin.
--->'''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.]]"''
* Batman gets one at the end of ''Film/BatmanForever''.
-->'''Batman''': I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. Now, because I choose to be.
* At the end of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' Sarah Conner gave an epilogue that showed where both her and John Conner had changed over the course of the movie. The entire time they were thinking that Judgement Day was inevitable and that all machines were the enemy, when they were surprised by the compassion shown by [[TerminatorTwosome the terminator sent to protect them]]. It ends up overlapping with a PatrickStewartSpeech.
-->''"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."''
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Neville Longbottom gets a particularly Badass one in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the eighth movie]] when he's invoking AsLongAsThereIsOneMan:
-->'''Neville Longbottom''':'' It doesn't matter that Harry's gone. People die everyday! 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!''
* Hal Jordan in the ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie has one when he talks to the Guardians just before the climax. He was told that he was given the ring because he embodies the Corp ideal of being fearless, but he constantly doubts himself because he knows full well what he is afraid of and refuses to share them. When confronted with Parallax coming to destroy Earth, Carol told him that he isn't fearless, but courageous. He can overcome fear. This made him realize why the Corp had so much trouble with Parallax, they were "too afraid to admit they were afraid." Talking to the Guardians, he confessed his human weakness and explained that overcoming fear is the key to beat Parallax.
* This one from ''BillyJack'':
-->'''Billy''': Bernard, I want you to know... that I try. When Jean and the kids at the school tell me that I'm supposed to control my violent temper, and be passive and nonviolent like they are, I try. I really try. Though when I see this girl... of such a beautiful spirit... so degraded... and this boy... that I love... sprawled out by this big ape here... and this little girl, who is so special to us we call her "God's little gift of sunshine"... and I think of the number of years that she's going to have to carry in her memory... the savagery of this idiotic moment of yours... I just go BERSERK!''(cue CurbStompBattle)''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sondra Marshak's published ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Prometheus Design'' is ''all'' about Spock doing the "shouldn't hold back" type, encouraged by the legendary Vulcan explorer Savaj to accept and embrace his inner Badass. It seems that Vulcans have all kindsa SuperPowers and {{Badass}} abilities, but Spock, living among PunyEarthlings as he does, [[WillfullyWeak doesn't want to acknowledge his]]. Canon Spock was an extremely watered-down version of what he and Vulcans are really capable of. Pick up a copy of -- well, any of Marshak's published Star Trek novels, or [[http://www.simegen.com/fandom/startrek/kraith/ go read anything in the ''Kraith'' series starting with Volume Four]]. [[AuthorAppeal She just loves this trope.]]
* In ''HarrisonBergeron'', Harrison goes down to the TV station, and before he takes off his handicaps, says "even as I stand here -- crippled, hobbled, sickened -- I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become!" And then it's all [[CrapsackWorld heavily subverted]] when he promptly becomes [[spoiler: a corpse, thanks to a dictatorial surgeon general armed with a shotgun]].
* In ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl'' gives one to as a reason of why she doesn't kill-and thus is better then him. Shes glad her very conservative Uncle isn't present though.
* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Granny Weatherwax gives the [[spoiler:Queen of the Elves]] one of these when she explains why she's better than her.
** Even closer example: the all-powerful Coin, from ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', describes living in the fragile world of non-sourcerers as "like trying to sleep on a bed of eggs". It's implied that all such sourcerers eventually feel obliged to leave the Discworld's reality to avert living in a World of Cardboard.
*** 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.
* Bill Fitzhugh's ''Pest Control'' has this when Bob and Klaus are cornered by an armed assassin. Klaus says they need a weapon. Then a lightbulb goes off in Bob's head, and Klaus actually watches his shoulders square with HeroicResolve as he declares that [[spoiler:the entire city of New York is a weapon, and then proves it by killing their pursuer by running through a few restauraunts.]] Any further detail would spoil the book, so I'll just say it makes Jason Bourne look like a putz.
* While not a Villain per se, Tyburn in ''RiversOfLondon'' was an interfering bitch who was determined to crush the protagonist for her own political ends. When she gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech about how useless he is and how easy it was to stop him, Peter Grant's comeback is awesome. Made doubly so because he totally owns her in front of her entire family of river spirits causing matriarch Mama Thames to applaud him for doing so.
* In the ''VampireTheRequiem'' supplement "Danse Macabre," a ''wonderful'' story of the Chicago vampires running in bits between the chapters climaxes with an antiheroic version of this. Prince Maxwell Clarke confesses to [[spoiler:the diablerie of Norris Spiegel]] in a scene that's half WorldOfCardboardSpeech and half ReasonYouSuckSpeech adding up to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome as he shares a recent revelation: He's truly sick of pushing himself to his limits keeping the city safe for a bunch of ingrates who use that safety to plot against him and abuse and mock him for his efforts to keep the peace. The speech goes on a while and is interrupted a couple of times, but this excerpt sums it up nicely:
-->"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."
* In ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', although he doesn't actually make a speech, Ransom gets physical on the Un-Man, once a fellow professor before he was posessed by a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]]. The realization that he can actively ''hate'' this enemy (being ultimately a thoroughly evil superhuman being) without the usual guilt or conflicted feeling unexpectedly makes him capable of terrible things.
* In ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', Dave becomes determined to save Amy, a girl being victimized by the same supernatural forces that he is. After a narrow escape from the [[LivingShadow shadow men]] pursuing her, and after opening up to her about his DarkAndTroubledPast, he puts his foot down:
-->"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."
* In ''TheHollows'' novel ''The Undead Pool'', the elf community has turned on Trent, and his businesses are taking a hit due to his ex-fiance Ellasbeth leaking information about them. She attempts to forcibly take custody of their daughters, and it doesn't go at all well for her. In the aftermath:
-->'''Trent''': Birthright is given. Power is earned. I still have it, and it is growing, not failing. This lost wealth will strip the dross from me and show what I am. This union between me and demons proves my foresight and courage. The girls are ''mine''. I'm still willing to allow you to see them because I have felt the pain of being apart and it was almost too much to bear, but if you try to take them again, I will come down on you with everything I have. Do not push it, Ellasbeth. You've not seen the depths of what I'm capable of.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the series finale of ''{{Series/Extras}}'', after taking a role on ''BigBrother'', Andy finally realizes the absurdity of the measures he's taken to be famous and that none of it is making him any more happy, culminating in one of the most heartfelt and effective on-camera indictments of celebrity culture.
--> '''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."
* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "Summer of our Discontent" had Zack go to summer school. He can cope with the work, but this brings resentment from the other students who go on to give him a wedgie every time he impresses the teacher, until he learns to keep his mouth shut. He finally gets tired of pretending to be less intelligent than he is and gives a speech that doubles as both this trope and a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]]
-->''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.
** Season Five's ''[[MilestoneCelebration You're Welcome]]'' was a world of cardboard episode. Angel had been losing his hero spirit dealing with Wolfram and Hart machinations. Cordelia woke from her coma to restore that resolve and to warn him of a plot against him by Lindsay. In the climactic mano-a-mano, Angel beat the snot out of him saying, "All those tattoos, all those new tricks you've learned... just don't matter. Doesn't matter what you try. Doesn't matter where I am or how badass you think you've become. 'Cause you know what? I'm Angel. I beat the bad guys."
* ''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.
** Used again in the GrandFinale. The speech was instigated by the [[BigBad First Evil]] mocking her for being the lone Slayer. Buffy then had an epiphany regarding the Slayer legend given from the beginning of the series, and she decided to ignore that limitation.
--->'''Buffy:''' So here's the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman... (Willow) is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power... should be ''our'' power.
** And used again in the Season Seven episode, ''Bring On The Night''. Buffy, after spending an episode fleeing, with her friends, from a supposedly unkillable, prehistoric "uber-vampire," finally meets him face-to-face, in front of her friends, and gives a speech:
---> "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 the rebooted ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'', gets at least two of these per season.
** There were two in the season 3 finale. One by Lee Adama (which is too long to put here, but is in the quotes page), and a short one by:
---> 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.
* A particularly dark use, and inversion, of this trope in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. The "in"famous episode "In the Pale Moonlight" had Sisko [[WholeEpisodeFlashback relate his story]] in a computer log about his efforts to convince the Romulans to participate in the Dominion War. Finding that simple logic wouldn't work, he sought the help of Garak and [[RecruitingTheCriminal other criminals]] to falsify evidence. He struggled with the serious moral and ethical compromises he had to go through to achieve this. By the end he stood up and instead of being morally untouchable he stated with growing conviction that the benefits ''outweighed'' the moral standing of one officer, even himself... and then erased the log.
--->"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/{{Farscape}}'': Crichton [[spoiler:who makes the wormhole weapon and decides to go and tell everyone that they suck for wanting it, and threatening to let them all die. He explains why he shouldn't have made it in the first place]]. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''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.
** Which is then capped off by:
--->'''River:''' Also? I can kill you with my brain.
* ''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.
** In ''Movie Wars'', Decade unknowingly delivers a WorldOfCardboardSpeech ''simultaneously'' with ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', seconds before they cross over. What's notable about this is that the subject of their speeches are almost the same, even culminating in the two of them alternately declaring their respective {{catchphrase}}s.
* ''PushingDaisies'' featured quite a lot of these, many of which were aided by the [[LemonyNarrator narrator]].
* 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 2005 episode, "Bad Wolf" holds an exchange between the Doctor and a Dalek and features quite an impressive BadassBoast.
** Much later on, the newly minted Doctor (XI) in Series 5 has just saved the world and so forth, as usual, but is a bit cheesed with the alien [[PoliceAreUseless police force that failed to do anything]]. So he calls them back to Earth. [[spoiler: At which point he gives a [[SuitUpOfDestiny bow-tie choosing,]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoA]] speech, culminating with the police seeing every villain the Doctor has ever faced - and noticing that Earth, a world even the aliens think is Made of Cardboard, is still here: "But you're not the first lot to have come here. Oh, there have been so many. And what you've got to ask is... [[ArmorPiercingQuestion what happened to them?]] - Hello. I'm the Doctor. [[BadassBoast Basically...]] [[TheDreaded run]]."]]
** Still later, in the episode "A Good Man Goes to War", a villain calls the Doctor a "good man". He responds, "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."
* In ''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.
* 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.
-->'''[[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Green Ranger]]:''' You passed the test.\\
'''Tommy:''' Test? What are you talking about?\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Red Zeo Ranger]]:''' You haven't been fighting us... you've been fighting for your life.\\
'''[[MightyMorphinPowerRangers White Ranger]]:''' And you've proven the will to live is stronger than any Ranger power.
** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] in his WebOriginal/HistoryOfPowerRangers reviews talks extensively about this episode. He points out that the superficial reading is a meaningless lesson because Tommy has never shown anything but [[TheDeterminator rigid determination]] in his Power Ranger career. But taking the entire season into account and knowing his history holding ''six'' different powers and four colors, he speculated that Tommy came to view himself as only worthwhile when holding a Ranger power. Thus his lesson was that it was his spirit and effort that made the Ranger power worthwhile and that his name was Tommy Oliver, not "Green/White/Red/Black Ranger."
* In ''RescueMe'', Needles delivers one to his crew in season 5. He's been the consummate nice guy and something of a doormat up to this point, but he realizes after breaking up a fight that his crew will never respect him unless he's a hardass.
* In the 2005 ''Hercules'' MiniSeries, Hercules becomes a bit demoralized when he finds out that [[spoiler: his father is the villain Antaeus, not Zeus]], but he immediately bounces back with:
-->'''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.'')
* Jack [=McCoy=] tends to give these at least once a season in ''LawAndOrder'', generally when the defense lawyer is going for Jury Nullification. Sometimes it works. Other times, not so much.
* Clark Kent gives one in the Season 10 premiere of ''{{Smallville}}'' when he finds himself in the afterlife after being stabbed by a kryptonite dagger.
-->'''Clark''': [[HeroicSacrifice I died]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to save the world.]]\\
'''Jor-El''': [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Evil never ends. By sacrificing yourself, you have left the humans vulnerable to future threats.]]\\
'''Clark''': [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning I left a]] [[JusticeLeague team of heroes]] [[WeHelpTheHelpless behind to protect them]]. \\
'''Jor-El''': You were meant to be [[{{Superman}} Earth's greatest protector.]] Now, they are about to face the [[BiggerBad greatest evil]] without you. \\
'''Clark''': [[DeathIsCheap Then send me back!]] [[BecauseDestinySaysSo I know my fate! To step into the light! To be a symbol of hope for them.]]\\
'''Jor-El''': [[ContinuityNod I told you to rule with strength.]] [[RefusalOfTheCall But you chose the martyr's path.]] [[TakeThat What makes you think you deserve a second chance?]]\\
'''Clark''': [[ShutUpHannibal I can do it.]] [[HeroicWillpower I CAN BE THEIR HERO!]]
** Appropriately, considering the trope namer, during the FinalBattle in the GrandFinale, [[spoiler:Darkseid quickly overpowers Clark, at which point Jor-El gives Clark a vision that helps him realize that every battle he's fought over the course of the series, every life he's saved, have all been tests along his journey to fulfilling his [[{{Superman}} destiny]]. This grants Clark the clarity to fully embrace his powers (namely flight, which he hadn't been able to use at all during the show's run); Clark then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] Darkseid.]]
** Martian Manhunter, aka John Jones, also gets one in the episode "Absolute Justice" during Season 9. He had spent the majority of the eighth season and the first half of the ninth as a normal human after sacrificing his powers to save Clark's life. While hunting for a villain named Icicle with Doctor Fate, they are ambushed. Fate sacrifices himself, using all of his energy to restore John's powers. Icicle takes Doctor Fate's helmet and uses all of its (impressive) powers to attack Clark, Hawkman, Chloe, Green Arrow, and Star-Spangled Kid. Just as he is about to finish off the latter, the John Jones flies through the window and hits him with a burst of energy, throwing him across the room. Icicle stands up and incredulously declares, "I killed you!" At this point, Jones gives his speech (followed by an epic beat-down):
--->'''Martian Manhunter''': I am Mars' sole survivor. There's a reason for that.
* A rather dark variation in ''Series/{{Once Upon A Time}}'', as Snow White is finally driven to renounce her {{Incorruptible Pure Pureness}} and declares that she's going to kill her nemesis Cora. It ends horribly. For everyone.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' plays with the concept in the GrandFinale. Q outright TELLS Picard what the purpose of the test was and the reasons why he put HumanityOnTrial. Picard, tired of Q's games, just wants it to be over and doesn't fully understand what he is told, but he does listen.
-->'''Picard:''' ''I sincerely hope this is the last time [[HumanityOnTrial I find myself here]].''\\
'''Q:''' ''You just don't get it, Jean Luc. The trial never ends. We wanted to see if you could expand your mind and your horizons and for a brief moment, you did.''\\
'''Picard:''' ''When I realized [[TemporalParadox the paradox]].''\\
'''Q:''' ''Exactly. For that brief fraction of a second, you were open to options you'd never considered. THAT is the exploration that awaits you. Not mapping stars or studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.''\\
'''Picard:''' ''Q, what is it you are trying to tell me?''\\
'''Q:''' (leans in to whisper something, but pulls away) ''You'll find out. In any case I'll be watching. And if you're really lucky I'll drop in to say hi, from time to time.''
* In the episode ''Something Old,'' of HowIMetYourMother, Ted decides he's had enough of relying on the Universe giving him signs and decides to take matters into his own hands.
--> '''Ted:''' Maybe it’s dumb to look for signs from the Universe. Maybe the Universe has better things to do—dear God, I hope it does. Do you know how many signs I’ve gotten that I should or shouldn’t be with somebody, and where has it gotten me? Maybe there aren’t any signs. Maybe a locket is just a locket, a chair is just a chair. Maybe we don’t have to give meaning to every little thing. Maybe we don’t need the Universe to tell us what we really want. Maybe we already know that deep down.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The last verse in {{Eminem}}'s "Lose Yourself":
-->''No more games, I'ma change what you call rage''\\
''Tear this motherfucking roof off like two dogs caged''\\
''I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed''\\
''I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage''
** "Not Afraid":
-->''And I just can't keep living this way''\\
''So starting today, I'm breaking out of this cage''\\
''I'm standing up, Imma face my demons''\\
''I'm manning up, Imma hold my ground''\\
''I've had enough, now I'm so fed up''\\
''Time to put my life back together right now''
* The title song from {{Kamelot}}'s concept album ''The Black Halo''. Ariel finally defies Mephisto and declares that he no longer fears damnation. This leads him to finally come to the realization that he is the master of his own destiny, and that love is the truth he had been searching for all along.
* WithinTemptation- Stand My Ground and Why Not Me?

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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to Wrestling/ChrisJericho, ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERAW}} WWE RAW]]'', 1-Sep-2008:
-->"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!"
* On the 1-Aug-2008 episode of ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown WWE SmackDown!]]'', Wrestling/{{Edge}} managed to give a World of Cardboard Speech in two words... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPLlRO8noRs&fmt=18 "I understand!"]] All the more impressive considering he pulled off the entire World Of Cardboard motif as a {{Heel}}.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] last promo at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDO9l506-B8 Wrestlemania XIX]].
* From Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s 12/2/10 episode.
-->'''Winter''': (''to Angelina Love'') There's nothing wrong with you Angelina. In fact, you're perfect. But you don't have to worry. Now that we're together, we will never have to lose again. I guarantee that. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WE. WILL. NEVER. LOSE.]]
* On Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s April 14, 2011 edition, Mickie James confronts her archenemy Madison Rayne, who the previous week hit her with a motorcycle. She gives her own speech, telling Madison that while she has been making her life a living hell, the previous week she went too far and tried to take the [[DirtyCoward coward's way out]] of their match. She then states that ''nothing'', including her dislocated shoulder, will stop her from beating Madison to within an inch of her life at ''Lockdown''. And she meant every word, ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown completely destroying]]'' Madison at ''Lockdown'' in [[CurbStompBattle 36 seconds]]. Deserves special mention for Mickie's completely {{Badass}} delivery of the speech.
* Wrestling/KellyKelly of all people delivered one to [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidheart Natalya]] at the commentary table. Natalya and Wrestling/BethPhoenix had vowed to destroy her because they felt she and the rest of the model Divas weren't worthy of being in WWE. Kelly responded by asking Natalya what she was saving the WWE Universe from, and that she had already proved herself by beating Beth at [=SummerSlam=] and would do so again if Beth became the #1 contender (Beth did and Kelly did).
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'', after J. Bowden Hapgood refused to help Nurse Faye Apple tackle the corrupt town administration and reveal that the "miracle" was a fake, she admitted her limitations - and her intention of overcoming them - in "See What It Gets You:"
-->"And when the hero quits,\\
Then you're left on your own.\\
And when you want things done,\\
You have to do them yourself alone!\\
And if I'm not ready\\
And lightheaded,\\
I can't stand here dumb.\\
So, ready or not, here - I hope - I come!"
* "Rose's Turn" from ''Gypsy'' is the definitive musical theater example. It isn't addressed to any visible character, but with lyrics like these, an on-stage audience isn't necessary:
-->''Well, someone tell me when is it my turn?\\
Don't I get a dream for myself?\\
Startin' now it's gonna be my turn!\\
Gangway, world, get off-a my runway!\\
Startin' now, I bat a thousand!\\
This time, boys, I'm taking the bows -- and\\
Ev'rything's coming up Rose!\\
Ev'rything's coming up roses!\\
Ev'rything's coming up roses, this time for me!''
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' has not one but ''two'' dark versions of this: the first, "My Friends", when Todd rediscovers his razors and formulates his exact revenge upon the Judge; and the second, "Epiphany", when Todd's mind cracks and he becomes the mass-murdering pie-meat supplier of legend.
* Elphaba's ''Defying Gravity'' from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' overlaps with IAmWhatIAm.
* ''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.
* ''Being Alive'' from ''{{Company}}'' can be seen as this for Bobby, as he finally admits that "alone is alone, not alive" and becomes ready to commit.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* From ''{{Bionicle}}'', after Takanuva develops a SuperpoweredEvilSide:
-->'''Takanuva''': But I'm not my "kind", not anymore — your shadow leeches saw to that. I'm half Toa of Light, half Toa of Shadow. This was what you wanted, wasn't it? Toa consumed by darkness, Toa not hampered by things like mercy or morality. Well, now you can choke on it.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has several per ''game.''
* One of the possible endings for ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has the Nameless One making a World of Cardboard Speech... and ''[[spoiler:disbelieving the final boss out of existence.]]''
-->'''The Nameless One:''' If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear -- whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I've seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag's heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' had [[NoNameGiven the Prince]] discovering [[spoiler:his slain father]] in a deep cavern. Being taunted by his evil side, he had a revelation that gave him the mental fortitude to reject his SuperpoweredEvilSide.
-->'''Dark Prince''': What now then? Gather up enough sand, perform another [[ResetButton grand rewind]]? Or perhaps you can return to the Island and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong travel back to a time when he might still be saved.]] Maybe rescue a DamselInDistress along the way!\\
'''Prince''': '''''NO!''''' You are right. I ''have'' been like a child. Naive and arrogant; always rushing to undo my mistakes. Never facing the consequences of my actions. No more. I accept what I have done, and ''all'' that it implies. (''transforms back, without water'')\\
'''Dark Prince''': What is this?! You have no water! How did you--?\\
'''Prince''': You hold no power over me now! Be gone! Retreat to whatever dark hole spawned you, and do not trouble me again.
* Delivered collectively by the heroes at the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' as they're about to fight NietzscheWannabe Kefka. See [[Quotes/WorldOfCardboardSpeech the quote page]] for the whole thing, including the villain's hilarious reply.
* Yuna delivers a good one to Lady Yunalesca in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', when she announces her intention to TakeAThirdOption rather than [[spoiler: complete the Final Summoning.]]
* ''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!"
** And here's [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight's]]. Bit of backstory. Throughout his Destiny Oddyssey, Onion Knight acted as a bit of a StrawVulcan, arrogantly trusting only his intelligence, running from every encounter with people that he thought he "can't defeat", and pushing Terra to go to the source of a strange power, to prove that he wasn't "without valor" despite that. So, after that backfires horribly, he's learned a little more about how to be a hero, and faces the Cloud Of Darkness, who multiple people said is too powerful for him:
--->'''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!"
* There's a really, ''really'' [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] version in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' when Yuri reveals why he's become a VigilanteMan. It's definitely a case of the hero breaking past his limits and taking action, but as Flynn points out, that's not necessarily a good thing.
--->'''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!\\
'''Weil:''' Are you even capable of it? The Reploid hero, protecting justice and humanity! I am one of those humans you have sworn to protect! Do you have it in you to defeat me?!\\
(cue OneWingedAngel)\\
'''Zero:''' I never cared about justice and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero...I have always only fought for the people I believe in. I won't hesitate...If an enemy appears in front of me, I will destroy it!
** The best part about it is, Zero has finally learned what he was really fighting for, a question that has [[HeroicBSOD plagued him]] since [[spoiler:Iris' death]] in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'' series, proceeding to kick the BigBad's ass, save the world ''again'', and ''finally'' end the '''''centuries'''''-long RobotWar.
** He has another one in a flashback from the [[AllThereInTheManual Drama Tracks]], delivered to Omega. This one more or less speaks for his earlier incarnation and says more or less the same stuff.
---> '''Zero:''' Omega, I finally knew because I fought with myself… What kind of fighting I have done so far? What exactly my hesitation has been so far? Now I can say that my power is not for destruction. It's for my friends; my power is to protect my friends' beliefs! Be gone, my nightmare!
** At the end of ''X8'', Zero delivers one ''again'':
--->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.
* In one of the bonus maps of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'', [[TheAtoner Kurtis]] faces an army of clones of his old AntiHero self, seeking to eliminate him for being an "outdated" kind of hero. Seeing them as incarnations of his previous mistakes, he gives a lengthy speech about true heroism and proceeds to kick ass.
* Alicia of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has one when she's standing against an enemy battleship fortress [[spoiler:as an activated Valkyria]], stating that she knows how to give her life [[spoiler:as a Valkyria]] meaning. [[spoiler:Her impending HeroicSacrifice is stopped by a 1-2-3 punch from Welkin consisting of a confession of love, a marriage proposal, and a [[CooldownHug Cooldown Kiss]].]]
* In ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', Marche, after being captured, accidentally gets teleported into the fourth crystal room. While the totema cannot defend the crystal, Babus stands in Marche's way and Cid reminds him that he's alone, asking him if he believes he can do it. Marche notes that he hasn't always been confident in himself, but while he enjoys the world, it isn't real and he must destroy the crystal to go back home.
-->'''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?
* In ''ModernWarfare 2'', [[spoiler: Captain Price]] gets two ''epic'' such speeches, back to back, in the final two levels.
-->'''[[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: 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
* In the freeware RPG ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', what was meant to be a RousingSpeech takes the form of one of these. Prince Wilhelm delivers a speech to his disheartened troops, explaining how selfish he's been while people like the protagonists risked their lives to see him rise to the throne. Until then, he was bitter about the new responsibilities thrust on him, and never realized how much his people were sacrificing while he did nothing. He promises that he'll finally become the leader they've idealized him as if they'll just keep fighting a little longer. [[spoiler:The speech alone is enough to convince the enemy commander to order a retreat, since his entire plan hinged on getting the soldiers to give up on their weak-willed leader.]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2''.
-->'''Kratos''': If all on Olympus will deny me my vengance, then all on Olympus will die. I have lived in the shadow of the gods for long enough. The time of the gods has come to an end!
* In the final battle of ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', what starts with the protagonist extends to ''all of humanity'' delivering a speech about how they should stop relying on heroes to do all their fighting and making [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifices]]. They promise to fight together to protect the world... while the protagonist is fighting alone in the one place they can never physically reach. Cue CombinedEnergyAttack and CrowningMusicOfAwesome. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y37qRomvY6Y It starts around 2:50 and extends through the entire fight.]]
* ''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:
--->'''Starkiller''':[[spoiler: (''to Vader who has been captured by the rebels'')]] I let you live. You tell me I'm a clone but I ''chose'' to spare you. (''*beat*'') Maybe Kota's right. Maybe this is all a trick --a way to get me so confused... that I'd forget who I really am and become your slave again. But either way... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I.]]'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Let. You. Live.]] I've finally broken your hold over me.
* In the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' Bonfire of the Vanities DLC, Ezio delivers one of these after Savonarola is killed, coupled with a bit of ShamingTheMob.
-->''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.''
* Towards the end of the first ''KingdomHearts'' game, Sora is all about these.
* The PSP remake of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' (''The Dracula X Chronicles'') has Richter give one after beating the TrueFinalBoss.
-->'''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.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', when Asura is finally facing down Chakravartin in the final DLC chapter, he lays it all out in his [[PunctuatedPounding distinctive]] [[TalkToTheFist way]]:
-->'''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!
** Freddy Beaumont delivers a rare villainous example during the confrontation in the Illuminati Archives.
--> 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' has Cortana give a very simple speech to Master Chief [[spoiler: as she explains how she sacrificed herself to ensure that he survived the destruction of the Didact's ship]]. Much of the game shows how Chief is so involved with being the hero that he has lost much of what it means to be a regular person.
-->'''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.''
* ''SilentHill2'' has the final fight with [[ImplacableMan Pyramid Head]] begin with James realizing why it existed.
-->'''James:''' I was weak. That's why I needed you. Needed someone to punish me for my sins. But that's all over now. I know the truth. Now it's time to end this.
* After beating Alkaid, the Shura King in the final scenario of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3'', Alkaid asks, "Folka Albark, you say that the old ways of our worlds were wrong and searched for an answer, is that so? What is the difference between our people and these people?" Folka answers, "I have fought alongside the people of these worlds and learned from them the answers to my question, the people of this world and us are exactly the same." Keita is surprised at Folka's answer but Folka continues, "Do you GET that, Shura King? We are like they are, we just have to find a way to live without fighting, that's all. We just didn't know HOW. It's not just about fighting; we have to learn how to build a new Shura World with our own hands." Van asks, "So that is your answer, Folka?" Alkaid says that ideals alone will not make it a reality, but Folka retorts that they can do it. Alkaid says again that anyone can SAY they can do it and Folka says that he and the remaining Shura will find a way. Alkaid says that it is time then that he joined his beloved Generals in the great beyond and says "Folka, I leave the Shura World in your hands."
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Near the end of the last case in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', [[spoiler:after discovering that his client is guilty,]] Phoenix begins to question what it means to be a lawyer. Edgeworth reveals what he learned in his time overseas. It's not about "winning", it's about revealing the truth.
-->'''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 the final case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', as Phoenix, Apollo, and Athena deliver the final key piece of evidence that proves identity of the culprit, they also deliver a lecture about the power of trust that [[NotSoStoic punches a hole in the villain's unemotional facade]] and prompts a massive VillainousBreakdown.
* 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)]].
** [[spoiler: Shirou's version of]] the prayer that activates [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]] also carries tones of this:
--->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.
* In ''KatawaShoujo'', near the end of Shizune's route, Hisao takes Misha on a tour of a campus, showing her places where they spent time during their days together, and how he started out as depressed and unwilling to do anything, but became more engaged over time. He ultimately concludes by telling her that he had to face the painful truth that he essentially pushed away all his friends during his time in the hospital and he [[spoiler:does not want her to do the same to Shizune]].
* 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:
-->'''Shiki:''' You don't understand death at all. That's why you can't kill me, and why you're only able to kill a weakened woman. If you could see death, you couldn't maintain your sanity. All you can perceive is the part which keeps things alive. If you could see death, you wouldn't be able to even stand... It's like the world on the moon, a desolate wasteland. Being able to see the "death" of things means you are forced to see the world's uncertainty and fragility. The ground is like it's not there, and the sky seems about to fall at any moment. You don't know of the illusion that the whole world could perish in an instant. That is what it means to see death. These eyes, this power isn't something you can boast about like you did. Do you see your mistake, now, vampire? Life and death may be back to back, but they will never face each other. I'll show you. This is what it means to kill something.
** 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.]]
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* ''BrokenSaints'': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Raimi's speech to Shandala in Chapter 21 about how much she has meant to him.]]
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* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' gets a couple:
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060306 This one's to Wooster]], who thinks he can use Gil's one true love as a bargaining chip.
--->'''Gil:''' Couldn't?! Couldn't?! I am '''Gilgamesh Wulfenbach''', little man--and there is '''nothing''' I couldn't do, had I cause! And '''now… Now I have one'''. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Do. You.]] '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Understand?]]'''
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080229 And]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080303 this]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080305 one]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080307 here?]] Well, it speaks for itself, really.
*** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071203 one leading up to those]] may be Gil's ''defining'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* Torg from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' gets one of these [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=041122 at the end]] of the "That Which Redeems" arc (doubling as his CrowningMomentOfAwesome).
-->'''Torg:''' Redemption is overrated.
* ''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.
** In the prequel ''Start of Darkness'', Xykon [[spoiler:gives Dorukan a brutal one as he's killing him, about how much he resents being looked down upon by wizards, something that has happened frequently during the book]]:
--->'''Xykon:''' Hey, you know what really gets under my skin? Proverbially, of course? A century of wizards looking down their damn noses at me. I know people think I'm stupid. Because I'm not a wizard. Because I get bored easily. Because I have no interest in strategy or tactics or contingency planning. But see, I've learned a lot over the years since I died. A lot more than I learned during my life. And now I see planning doesn't matter. Strategy doesn't matter. Only two things matter: Force in as great a concentration as you can manage, and style. And in a pinch, style can slide. In any battle, there's always a level of force against which no tactics can succeed. For example, all I need to do is keep smacking you with Energy Drains, and eventually you won't be able to cast any of your fancy spells at all. Because yes, I am a sorcerer -- and this magic is in my bones, not cribbed-off "Magic for Dummies". And I can keep casting the same friggin' spell at you until you roll over and die. [[IronicEcho You can have your finely-tuned watch -- give me the sledgehammer to the face any day.]]
*** 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.
** Then a short one, but a good one, from Elan to [[spoiler:Tarquin]]:
--->'''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]].
* 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.''
** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Liquid is ''wrong''; Big Boss manipulated his emotions not to cripple him out of jealousy, but to ''strengthen'' him by giving him a relentless drive to overcome his perceived inferiority to Solid Snake, thus allowing him to continue on Big Boss' goals.]]
* In ''AntiBunny'', main(ish) charecter Nailbat gives one of these, pointing out that he is a blackbelt, bullets dodge HIM, he can't be killed until the day he dies in about six months, knows that whatever he does he won't have to face the consequences of because he'll irrevocably die, and has the power to defy fate. He doesn't chose his lifestyle and code of honor because of labels or societies demands, he does it because it's the right thing to do. I mean, when you cannot die until the clock hits zero and you know if you do something with horrible consequences it won't matter for you in the long run, it takes a very strong sense of right and wrong to not abuse that.
* Smoke from ''Webcomic/WTFComics'' unloads one of these onto Nikisha after she attacks Anna with a poisoned throwing star in order to get to him. Oh, and while giving this Smoke is also ''beating her to an inch of her life'' her
--> '''Smoke:''' It's always the same… wherever I go, it's the same. People like you have no problem hurting the innocent to get at others… can't just come after who you really want. NO! You try to kill a kid who's only mistake was being a friend! Just leverage! A tool! Just like before, just like her! Well not again!
* From ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Rumisiel delivers [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=986 this]] speech:
--> '''Rumisiel:''' You want to see spirits? You want to look into the eyes of the beings who will watch over the end of days? I have seen the fall of empires and the murder of millions! I have shoved that data into files like so many numbers! I have seen a great many things, but little as ignorant and dangerous as a conceited little girl who has used so called "spiritual devices" to turn her own unbridled ID into a demon capable of killing the one she's too stupid to realize she loves!
* In ''[[http://bobandgeorge.com/comics/gamer/14 Captain Gamer]]'', while he's fighting a mind-controlled [[KingOfFighters Mai Shiranui]], who tells him that [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil there will always be evil and he'll never change that]], Captain Gamer responds that she's right--there will always be evil, but there will ''also'' always be good, and ''that'' is why he continues to fight.
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lucca]] gives a truly memorable one to the Eater of Dreams in [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2011/03/14/647-playing-with-fire/ comic 647]].
--> '''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!'''
* Melna Durnaxe of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' gets a very special moment of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-10-06 closure]] during the 'March Across Maltak' Arc.
* Alison, the superhero title character of ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist'', gets an extremely disturbing one as part of a NotSoDifferent speech [[http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-3/page-74/ when she visits a villain in prison]].
-->'''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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* In the last episode of Season 5 of ArbyNTheChief Arbitur gives one to Trent Donnovich in response to a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Trent had delivered earlier in the season.
--> '''Arbiter''': It doesn’t surprise me that a dose of emotion would have a toxic effect on an emotion-deprived cretin like you. Who’s really the plastic one here? Your bleak outlook on life is poisonous. Maybe the world is a big sinking ship. But we can’t accept that as an inevitability and use it as an excuse to act like shitheads. We have to be the change we seek. We have to build something better for ourselves.
* A big one comes from ''Erika's Old Big Sister'', the sequel to ''ErikasNewPerfume'', in which Marie gets the FountainOfYouth effects on her undone and proceeds to become the ultimate [[BigBrotherBully Big Sister Bully]] while trying (and failing) to rebuild her teenage social status. The speech comes in the climax, when Marie tries to [[spoiler:undo Sarah's PlotRelevantAgeUp, causing Erika to [[BewareTheNiceOnes snap]] and lay into Marie that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech all her problems stem from her own jealousy and self-loathing, that her bratty nature better suits the lifestyle of a three-year-old than a 16-year-old]], and that [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore she is now strong enough to handle whatever Marie can dish out]]. Marie is hit ''hard'' by this and, realizing that Erika is right, requests to return to toddlerhood.]]
* Machinima/RedVsBlue has a few, almost invariably with Church. There's a joke one at the end of season 5, which is more a send-up of the first episode than anything else.
** There's the one in the last episode of season 6, which pull triple-duty as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a TearJerker. YMMV, depending on whether you believe he come to accept the revelation for which the season is named.
-->[[spoiler:'''Wash''': But when the EMP goes off-]]\\
[[spoiler: '''Church''': When it goes off, I'll be fine. It only effects AI, remember? And I am a ''mother fucking '''ghost'''.'']]
** [[spoiler: Reborn]] Tex has one of these in Avalanche when she's telling [[spoiler: Epsilon]] Church that she's going to find out why she's there. Then she shoots him in the foot. Because Tex.
** Wash has one to accompany his FaceHeelTurn.
** Church has a truly memorable and brilliant one of these at the end of season 8, where he accepts the realities of a situation [[spoiler: that he's an AI and that he's going to try and find Tex inside the dying Epsilon Capture Unit]]. It turns a truly crushing DownerEnding into a BittersweetEnding, because he's hopeful that he'll find Tex and that they will be able to be together, after all. He even makes very touching comments on the nature of love and relationships, and somehow made it not inimical to the absolute silliness of the world. Swiftly and thoroughly deconstructed in the next season, mainly for laughs. Finally resolved with a ''second'' WorldOfCardboardSpeech to round out, of all things, the "Memory is the Key" arc, that left anyone with a ''soul'' absolutely speech''less''.
* [[http://vi.sualize.us/neil_patrick_harris_smirk_dr_horrible_smirk_motivational_poster_evil_picture_4eGh.html This]] is what the moment of revelation looks like for Dr. Horrible, who proceeds to enlighten us with ''Brand New Day,'' a World of Cardboard ''Song''.
* With Doug Walker of ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' there had been multiple videos that touch upon the fact that he is portraying a lot of characters and sometimes there is a conflict between his desire to move on to new projects and sticking with the founding WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. Doug eventually retired the Critic within fiction in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' and gives something of a GrandFinale in the last review so he could move on to new projects. A few months later he realized that his discomfort with the Critic was a matter of being burnt out on all the different projects and not a matter of not having anything more to say. "The Review Must Go On" depicts Doug conversing with the Critic over the terms of his return.
-->'''Doug Walker:''' ''"One last condition... (holds up copy of ''TheOddLifeOfTimothyGreen'') this must be the first review."''\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:''' ''"Why?"''\\
'''Doug:''' ''"Because this is the movie that brought you back, that made me realize I can do this again. I feel like I owe it."''\\
'''NC:''' ''"But nobody saw it, I don't know how many people remember it."''\\
'''Doug:''' ''"Maybe it's to show that something that's regarded as terrible or forgettable can still inspire something creative."''
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':[[CallingTheOldManOut Zuko confronts his Dad]] during the Day of Black Sun. He unfolds his life and what he went through to please his [[AbusiveParents father]], deconstructing his own [[LoveMartyr life]] and [[WellDoneSonGuy motivations]], topping it off with a rejection of his nation's goals and summary of how they are viewed by others before finally [[spoiler: telling Ozai that he's [[HeelFaceTurn leaving to join the Avatar]]]]. See the [[Quotes/WorldOfCardboardSpeech quotes page]] for the entire exchange.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Terry was always being chided by the Joker for not being "the real Batman". At the climax, Terry found himself slightly outmatched but came to realize that the original Batman was unable to fully beat the Joker at his mind games. To counter this, Terry turned the tables through an [[BreakingSpeech epic verbal beatdown]] that actually got [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the Joker to stop smiling.]] He got the Joker to finally lose his cool by doing exactly what Joker had wanted Batman to do ever since they started fighting: laugh. Terry makes the Joker ''flip out'' by ''laughing'' at him. Granted, the [[AxCrazy immediate result]] was not what Terry had in mind, but it was to show that Terry had a quality that allowed him to combat the Joker better than the original Batman ever could. It can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LikMS5gDDI&NR=1 here]].
-->''"...wait. [[EurekaMoment I like to talk too]]."''
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' villain Spectra [[PoweredByAForsakenChild uses the misery of children to permanently appear young]]; naturally, she would go out of her way to traumatize her victims to provide enough angst to maintain her appearance. Danny's humiliation and psychological breakdown at her hands gave Spectra and her servant the upper hand during their earlier fights with Danny, until Danny realizes that [[AnAesop being hard on himself only makes things worse.]]
-->''"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 ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' while fighting with {{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.]]
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' combines this with ShutUpHannibal against Discord [[spoiler:after confronting him with her restored friends and the Elements Of Harmony.]]
-->'''Discord''': Will you ever learn?
-->'''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!
* ''ReBoot'': Enzo had spent a lifetime trying to become strong enough to live up to Bob's standard, but in doing so he realized he was becoming more like Megabyte, merciless and violent. In their climactic fight in the final storyline of season 3, [[spoiler:he spared Megabyte's life at the last moment, deciding that killing Megabyte would make him NotSoDifferent and that [[CruelMercy sparing Megabyte would be a far better insult]] to the smug MagnificentBastard. He declared that Mainframe deserved a better hero than that]].
** He gives a similar speech after a revelation that he was just letting the games control him. While he couldn't control where the games took him, he decided to refuse to [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard play by their rules,]] and they eventually made it to their destination.
* At the climax of the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' movie, Plankton has beaten the heroes, and states in his BreakingSpeech that Spongebob was doomed from the beginning because he was a kid. His response?
-->''"I guess you're right Plankton. I am just a kid. And ya know, I've been through a lot in the past six days, five minutes, twenty seven and a half seconds, and if I've learned anything during that time, it's that you are who you are. And no amount of mermaid magic, or managerial promotion, or [[RuleofThree some other third thing]], can make me anything more than what I really am inside, a kid. But that's okay! Cause I did what everyone said a kid couldn't do! I made it to Shell City, and I beat the cyclops, and I rode the [[Creator/DavidHasselhoff Hasselhoff]], and I brought the crown back! So yeah I'm a kid, and I'm also [[MeaningfulEcho a goofball, and a wingnut, and a knucklehead mcspazzetron!]] But most of all... I'm... I'm... I'm... [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome I'M A GOOFY GOOBER, ROCK!]]"''
** However, one of the episodes of the same series has a rather hilarious subversion of the trope; Mermaid seems to be making such a speech, but it soon spirals into nonsense:
-->''"Hey, little hero, this reminds me of Episode 912. We were surrounded. The Kelp-Thing was to our right and there was broccoli on the side. But if there was one thing I remember, it was how to forget. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the... space! The final countdown. Stick to the... stick to the... Lou, my darling! Lou! Now go out there and finish this movie, kid."''
** In the fan favorite episode "Band Geeks" Squidward needed to put together a marching band in a week to play for a halftime show. He enlisted the help of Bikini Bottom but despite his best efforts no one really gave it a good try and the last day a petty fight broke out among the band members. Squidward chews them out for crushing his dream and leaves depressed. Spongebob then told the crowd about how he was ashamed that they didn't step up to help Squidward when he needed them, and Spongebob rallies the band to actually give Squidward something to be proud of.
* In episode 2 of ''The Legend of PrinceValiant'', Valiant has been trying to find Camelot, but everybody thinks it's a mere myth or has never heard of it. A witch, in an effort to break Valiant's spirit, shows him a horrifying vision of Camelot being destroyed and of King Arthur and his knights being slaughtered. While the vision does shake him up, it gives Valiant the epiphany that Camelot ''is'' real and he's not just chasing a dream, because "for something to be destroyed, it has to exist in the first place". His determination to find the legendary kingdom is renewed, and he vows to prevent it from being destroyed when he gets there.
* Blue Beetle gives one in the series finale of ''{{WesternAnimation/Young Justice}}''. After spending the entire series fighting with the Scarab (and it fighting with him) [[spoiler:being stuck inside Jaime's body with each other]] for a few months turned them into equals and partners, united against any outside threat.
* [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] says something similar to the JLU example in the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' episode "Hulked Out Heroes". After Gamma-poisoning turns the rest of the Avengers (save for Comicbook/BlackWidow) into monsters, Hulk advises TheFalcon to treat "everything like an egg" in order to avoid breaking things. During the finale, Hulk gleefully states that he always has to hold back to avoid killing his opponents, but now that he's up against a group of Hulked-out monsters, he no longer has to worry about that.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]]. Finding out that Batman had not killed SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker to avenge the death of [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] sets Red Hood out to find out why, causing a wave of crime and chaos to follow. Batman's response to him is that he has yearned for the opportunity to make The Joker pay for what he did but does not out of fear for what it will bring about in him with regards to the rest of his rogues gallery. [[spoiler:The twist comes when the critical moment arrives and he has the opportunity, in the end still choosing not to and not straying from what he had said earlier.]]
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