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[[caption-width-right:300:You should trust him. After all, he's Franchise/{{Superman}}.]]

->''"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."''
-->-- '''Christopher Robin''', ''Pooh's Grand Adventure''

Sometimes a character (usually the protagonist) feels like he is worthless, and does not belong somewhere they value and [[ThenLetMeBeEvil is fit only to be a villain]], no matter how much the idea frightens him.

Eventually, their friends or mentors learn what is troubling him and comfort him saying something along the lines of, "Don't be so hard on yourself. You are better than you think you are, and we are going to prove it."

When that challenger proves it with irrefutable evidence, the hero ends up feeling much better with the knowledge that someone he deeply respects believes in him more than he did himself.

ThePowerOfFriendship and PowerOfTrust may come into play. Sometimes, though, you'll need a MagicFeather or maybe a MotivationalLie to pull it off.

Similarly, a NaiveNewcomer and CowardlyLion may have a sager character explain that fear is not proof that they are cowards; only the FearlessFool really feels no fear. This trope may be used as a form of InterruptedSuicide.

For the opposite, see HeelRealization or ThenLetMeBeEvil, though these alternatives may be reversed by helping the victim over their guilt to facilitate a HeelFaceTurn. When a character has to be constantly reminded of this, they usually suffer from HeroicSelfDeprecation. Compare YouAreNotAlone. If handled well, such a situation can easily become a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]].

See DontSaySuchStupidThings for a rougher version, and for the inverse, see TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. This is also a sort-of inversion of the DeclarationOfPersonalIndependence, in which the character assures others that they are strong.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk&feature=player_embedded In this Dove ad,]] a forensic sketch artist for the FBI asks a series of women to describe themselves while he sketches them. Then, with the women never having seen the sketch, they leave and the sketch artist asks another person to describe the same woman. Both sketches are placed side by side and put on display. Cue images of the women looking amazed at how much more attractive the second sketch makes them look. Tagline: "You are more beautiful than you think."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Episode 9 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', where after various incidents begat by Teana's feelings of inadequacy from being the [[BadassNormal normal one]] in the team which drove a fanatical need to prove herself, [[{{Mentor}} Nanoha]] goes to have a talk with Teana, explaining to her that her skills which she felt were mediocre were powerful when used correctly, and that Nanoha did feel that Teana can stand on her own as an enforcer and had already planned to eventually train her in that direction after she had mastered the skills she specialized in and gained enough confidence in them. After this realization, Teana would go on to become [[TookALevelInBadass one of the most effective members of the team]].
** Also, in the last episodes, after Fate nearly suffers a HeroicBSOD at the hands of the BigBad (who attempts to prove that she is NotSoDifferent from her EvilMatriarch mother), her adoptive kids Erio and Caro explain to her just what exactly makes her awesome, putting her right back into the fight.
* Happens over and over in ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'', where the protagonist has a serious problem with being overshadowed by his older brother.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** Simon has ''zero'' self-confidence. Kamina supplements Simon's lack of confidence by telling him to "believe in the me who believes in you" over and over through the first third of the series. [[spoiler:Later on when Kamina is dying, he tells Simon to "believe in you, who believes in yourself", citing all the great things Simon did.]]
** Also, in-between those he told him: "Believe in yourself, who believes in me."
** Basically, he's trying to tell Simon that Simon needs to believe that Kamina sees something in him that even Simon doesn't. Going by the flipped versions of the Cave-In story, told first from Simon's POV and then from Kamina's POV, Kamina clearly takes this as fact.
*** Hell, Kamina's entire relationship with Simon is a crowning achievement of this trope. Throughout the show he is constantly singing Simon's praises and telling him that he's better than how he portrays himself.
* Shizuo's main character arc throughout ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' (particularly in the {{Light Novel}}s) is learning that although he may be a [[HairTriggerTemper very]] [[UnstoppableRage messed-up]] [[HeroWithAnFInGood individual]], he isn't quite the inhuman monster he's [[IAmAMonster resigned himself to be]]. Once that actually gets through his head, Shizuo starts gradually learning how to restrain himself and channel his violent impulses in more heroic ([[DestructiveSavior if still destructive]]) ways.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. When Usopp is going through an emotional crisis because he sees himself as the weakest Straw Hat, Sanji, who is known not to hand out compliments to the male crew mates, is quick to point out that everyone has something that only they can do and things they cannot do. When Usopp shoots Spadam, giving Robin a chance to escape, Sanji shouts out, "Look! Our sharpshooter rules!"
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Jackie Chun, having been revealed to be a disguised Master Roshi, gives one of these speeches to Tenshinhan during their fight in the series' second world martial arts tournament. It leads to the latter's HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa.'' Kurosawa attempts to convince Kitahara that she's strong enough to fight through her troubles on the train home from their school trip. He's [[BreakTheCutie not exactly correct]], but then again, he's not exactly ''wrong,'' either. She just needs [[YouAreNotAlone a little help.]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', an early episode is about a young [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual NEXT]] boy who used his powers to go on a rampage, because [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer his classmates]] [[BullyingADragon bullied him]]. By the end of the episode, though, [[TheParagon Kotetsu]] is able to convince the boy that his powers are meant to protect people. It ends up working, just as it did on Kotetsu himself when he was around the boy's age, and his childhood hero, Mr. Legend, encouraged him to be a hero.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** When Ichigo and his friends are defeated by Yammy because Ichigo's too afraid of his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide inner Hollow]] taking control of him to fight properly, he is inconsolable. Rukia forces him to fight a {{mook|s}} Hollow and lectures him to overcome his fear by getting stronger. When she declares her belief in his ability to become strong enough to protect his friends, and also himself from his inner demons, he regains his resolve. Soon after (partially forced by Rukia), he apologizes to Orihime and vows to get stronger.
** Rukia being able to fix Ichigo's resolve breaks Orihime's confidence. As the person who ended up most badly damaged, she is unable to ease Ichigo's guilt and feels completely useless when Rukia succeeds. Feeling mortified by her own jealousy, especially because she likes Rukia, she finally caves to pressure from Rangiku and confesses how she's feeling. Rangiku resolves the situation by explaining that she's wrong because Ichigo needs both her and Rukia equally, but in different ways; Rukia herself comforts Orihime as well, telling her how valorous she is and thanking her for the role she had in her rescue.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Euphemia for a time feels like she's completely useless in this world. She realizes that she ''has'' the power to try making a better world after getting a "you're fabulous" speech from her PsychoLesbian fangirl.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''. While waiting for the next day to fight the villains on Galuna Island, Lucy summons the harp Celestial Spirit to pass the time. Said spirit starts singing this trope in musical form, which helps Gray, who was plagued with doubt over the death of his teacher years before.
-->'''Lyra:''' You are stronger than you were yesterday.
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' uses these liberally. Basically any time a hero is facing down his or her shadow (essentially the personification of his/her flaws, as well as the parts about him/herself (s)he does not want to admit to him/herself or show to others), another character gives him/her either one of these or a YouAreNotAlone.
* The message behind the lyrics of ''Manga/KOn'''s first ED.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has Tomoe say this to Nanami when she is trying and failing to perform a holy ceremonial dance ''after'' being an all around asshole and a DrillSergeantNasty towards her from literally the first minute he met her.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' said this to Hinata in Chapter 559 when [[HeroicSelfDeprecation she felt bad about him having to rescue her in the Fourth Shinobi War]], despite having vowed to herself that she'd protect him. He reassures her that she already did protect him, by proudly referencing how she defended him against Pain, and even acknowledges that she's strong.
** It doubles as a MeaningfulEcho: in Chapter 98, Naruto admitted to Hinata that [[BeneathTheMask he wasn't sure he could defeat Neji in the finals]]. Hinata reassured him that he is strong because no matter how many times he falls, he always gets back up; in her eyes, he's a "proud failure."
*** Naruto immediately returned the favor by telling her that, at first, he thought she was "a plain-looking, dark weirdo," but [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he has since realized that she was a person he really liked]]. You can bet they both needed that.
** For that matter, it was with a speech to this affect that Naruto managed to break through [[TheFatalist Neji's cynical fatalism]] and convert him to the good guys' side; by pointing out to Neji that if a failure of a ninja could overcome his destiny as a failure by defeating a recognized genius like Neji, then Neji should be able to overcome his own destiny as well since, unlike Naruto, he wasn't a failure.
* At the resolution of ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' climax {{deprogram}}ming scene, Ian reaffirms this to Jeremy.
-->'''Jeremy:''' ''[crying]'' I smell, don't I? I smell like I'm rotting, right?\\
'''Ian:''' Even though he raped you, and you prostituted yourself, you don't smell rotten. What happened to you was an incident. It doesn't change you into something else.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Kyousuke and occasionally other characters often think this towards Riki and Rin, but the thought is rarely vocalised. However, there's a good example at the end of the first season where Kyousuke insists on making Riki captain of their baseball team, and when Riki rejects the title and insists that he'd be happy just following Kyousuke forever, Kyousuke tells him firmly that he knows he can do it and become so much stronger if he tries.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Othinus manages to temporarily defeat [[TheHero Touma]] by warping reality to create a perfect world where everybody is happy and alive, but nobody remembers him. He falls into despair, because Othinus has made him irrelevant, and reasoning that he's become the villain because only a truly selfish person would want his old life back at the expense of the smiles of everybody in this world, and attempts suicide. The Will of the Sisters Network, who [[RippleEffectProofMemory retained her memory of the original world]], stops him and says he matters. She also points out that Othinus "cheated": if she hadn't made everybody forget about Touma, they would have rejected the new world and wanted the one with him in it. The Will also says it is okay to be selfish, because he has a life he deserves to be happy in too. This restores his resolve to oppose Othinus and get the world back to normal.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei, near the end of his first year in high school, begins feel as if he's accomplished nothing in the year he's moved out of Kouda's house. Mr. Hayashida quickly counters with exactly why that's not the case, pointing out that Rei's learned to take care of himself, pay his own bills, and other things, achieving a level of independency uncommon among people his age.
* A lot between Noi, Yuuhi, and Sami in ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'', and even from Hangetsu to Yuuhi. Yuuhi has no confidence in himself whatsoever at the start, but the trust and belief others put in him lets him grow immeasurably. Meanwhile, Yuuhi starts to use it to pay back the others' belief and help them get over their own insecurities.
-->'''Yuuhi:''' Princess... do you love this world?\\
'''Sami:''' ...yeah.\\
'''Yuuhi:''' Then the world definitely loves you back. You are not damaged goods.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Mami says if she had never met her friend Bebe, she would have given up long ago. Homura, who knows Bebe had not existed until recently and everybody's memories had been tampered with, says Mami is a lot braver and stronger than she thinks.
* In Act 6 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', while the rest of the Sailor Guardians are fighting an enemy, Usagi nearly passes out on the street from having her energy drained and is woken up by Tuxedo Mask. She muses about [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway having no real powers like other Guardians]] despite supposedly being the leader (apparently without realizing that this is a clue to her identity as Sailor Moon), and when Tuxedo Mask tells her to transform, she complains about this again. Tuxedo Mask hugs her and reminds her that she was the one who made the rest of the team realize their purpose as Sailor Guardians, and thus she is the ideal leader.
-->''"[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower You have the special power to make everyone smile]]."''
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Marco says this to Jean, who is feeling guilty about [[spoiler: his orders getting people killed during the battle in Trost.]] Marco tells Jean that his understanding of weakness makes him a good leader, as it helps him to clearly judge a situation. Marco credits Jean with saving his life.
** Marco also defends Jean's leadership skills to Eren at the end of OVA 3.75.
** Eren, Mikasa and Armin feel this way about Hannes, particularly after the Fall of Shinganshina, where he elects to run away with the former two rather than go back to rescue Carla Yeager. He blames himself so much that he looks to have sworn off of alcohol and devoted himself to getting better. That said, the kids hold him in high regard and place the blame for the whole situation solely on the Titans.
* In ''[[LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} Koimonogatari]]'' [[spoiler:[[ConMan Kaiki]] is hired by Senjougahara to deceive the recently-made Snake God Nadeko in order to save her and Araragi's lives.]] When she finds out he's been tricking her and attacks him, he tells her in a rather roundabout way that she's got more to live for than just jealousy of Senjougahara.
* In ''Manga/WanderingSon'' Makoto laments that she isn't pretty or cute like Nitori, which causes Nitori to retaliate and tell her she is. This only deepens Mako's crush on her friend.
* Latvia of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' lacks [[FeeFiFauxPas social tact]], is [[CloudCuckooLander somewhat spacey]] and is [[FragileFlower prone to tears]], but he's ''[[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass amazing at things]]'' when he actually puts forth the effort. Of course, as he lacks confidence and [[TheSlacker doesn't work hard unless he's ordered (and threatened)]], he never seems to realize it. One instance of him building an entire working railroad without any experience doing so [[BaitAndSwitch seems to trigger this realization]] within him:
-->'''Latvia:''' ''[completes the railroad]'' Whoa, it worked?!\\
'''Latvia:''' ''[trembling in excitement]'' A-Amazing...! To think that I made it by imitation and succeeded in one shot! All these talents and powers have always been hidden inside me!\\
'''Latvia:''' ''[calms down immediately]'' Not a chance, right? I'm really no good, getting that puffed up over this.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': This is pretty much the central point of the entire plot. The titular Yuri, having anxiety, hardly thinks much of himself, despite the fact he is technically the sixth best skater in the world by the start of the plot and Japan's pride. He gets a lot of confidence when his main inspiration, the LivingLegend Victor Nikiforov becomes his coach and shows him what an amazing skater he is.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pictured above: ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' has Franchise/{{Superman}} express this sentiment to a [[http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv205/haven_bucket/1245822166636.jpg?t=1246328571 suicidal teenager.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': Kara has sometimes got the speech, usually from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]]:
** During ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'' arc:
--->'''Franchise/{{Superman}}:''' I'll handle him. You need to do something else. Brainiac's fired some kind of weapon at the Sun. Kara. Whatever is heading towards the Sun, you need to stop it. If it gets there, it's going to trigger a supernova. And that fire will engulf the Earth.\\
'''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:''' I-I'm not fast enough.\\
'''Superman:''' Yes, you are.\\
'''Supergirl:''' I can't do it.\\
'''Superman:''' Yes, you can.\\
'''Supergirl:''' I'm scared.\\
'''Superman:''' It's okay to be scared.
** At the beginning of the ''ComicBook/TheFinalDaysOfSuperman'' storyline, Superman asks her to take over when he's gone.
--->'''Superman:''' You can do this. You're so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. Sure, our family shield can be a target. But it's also a badge of honor that I know you wear proudly each and every day.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', when [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] is trying to talk Kara into leave the Red Lantern Corps, she argues that she can't stop being a Red Lantern, and she doesn't belong anywhere else. Guy replies she can find her way because she's stronger than them and stronger than she thinks.
--->'''Supergirl:''' But even if I do go... the Ring... I can't take it off. I'm a Red forever. Without you and the others, how will I -- What am I supposed to do?\\
'''Guy:''' You'll find your way. You're strong, Kara. You didn't choose this life, but I've seen enough in our time together to know that you can make something of it. You're better than all of us.
** ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'': Darkseid kidnaps and brainwashes Kara to become his servant. After being rescued Kara fears that her brain-washed, evil self is her real self. His cousin insists he ''knows'' that she's a good person.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Honestly...? I'm... torn. I remember what Darkseid turned me into —\\
'''Superman:''' ... We've been over this, Kara. Darkseid lives for manipulation. He has magics at his disposal. Hypnotists. Scientists whose only function is to break your spirit. Ask Barda if you want to hear the horror stories she and Scott suffered through. Darkseid IS evil.\\
'''Supergirl:''' But... Did he influence me... or bring out a darkness that is already there?\\
'''Superman:''' I already know that answer.
** In ''[[http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/back-issue-holiday-box-dcu-infinite.html DCU Infinite Holiday Special issue #1]]'', Supergirl must reunite a little girl with her father. Though the man is a jerkass drunk who doesn't want to see his daughter because doesn't want her to realize her father is a screw-up. Supergirl convinces him maybe he can fix things, but only if he tries.
--->'''Supergirl:''' You know the cliché, Fred. Everyone does. "When you're about to die, your life flashes in front of your eyes." But I've been there, and it's crap... isn't it? You see '''something''', though. You see the '''holes'''... the '''missing bits'''. And all of the things that '''would''' have made your life '''complete''', if you had one more year... a day... a '''second'''. I don't know what you saw, Fred, but considering you were in free fall for a solid minute, I bet it was an eyeful. Maybe you are a screw-up. A loser. A '''drunk'''. But maybe, the piece you're missing... can make you something better. But only if you go to her, and try. Merry Christmas, Fred. Hope it's a good one.
** In ''ComicBook/Injustice2'' issue #26, Damian thinks he's become nothing but a soldier following orders of his madman of a grandfather. Kara disagrees.
-->'''Damian:''' Kara. I'm... not a good person.\\
'''Kara:''' Nonsense.\\
'''Damian:''' You don't know me. You don't know--\\
'''Kara:''' Your grandfather wants to kill millions. Your father is the Batman-- evil incarnate as I understand it. Your mother?\\
'''Damian:''' She's an assassin.\\
'''Kara:''' Of course she is. Damian. Your family sounds like pure evil. But I've known you for less than a day, and in that time I've already seen you willing to sacrifice your life for a stranger. You don't have to go back to them.
** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl (Volume 5]]'' #34, after reading Cat Grant's slander, Kara wonders if that woman may be right and [[http://s179.photobucket.com/user/airhikec001/media/blog/comics/pages/Supergirl34_worthy.jpg.html she is worthy of the S-shield]]. [[http://s179.photobucket.com/user/airhikec001/media/blog/comics/pages/Supergirl34_coffeegrin.jpg.html Superman's reply is automatic]]:
--->'''Supergirl:''' Is she right, Kal? Am I "a tarted-up teenager in a short skirt and cape with some to prove"? Am I "not worthy of the legacy of Superman"?\\
'''Superman:''' I think you're more than worthy.
* In ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', Dove tells Boston Brand (the now alive Deadman) this after he deflects her questions about his past life with claims that he wasn't anyone special.
* ''ComicBook/IKillGiants'' has the central message that "We're stronger than we think".
* Comicbook/TheTransformersIDW comic has the noble Wing from ''Spotlight: Drift'' try to teach this to the Decepticon [[{{Mook}} Deadlock]]. It eventually worked, and Deadlock became Drift.
** A later issue has Optimus himself suffering doubt about whether he deserved the Matrix, due to a particularly nasty TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Megatron. After two issues of agnonising, he talks with Ratchet about this. Ratchet just smiles and says that if Optimus had wanted to know so badly, he could've asked him.
** In an issue of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', Cyclonus tells Swerve, in no uncertain terms, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that he's kind of a dick]].[[note]]"Your humor is cruel and usually at other people's expense. You're a passive-aggressive rumormonger who avoids meaningful work, and your 'pranks' are foolish and often dangerous."[[/note]] However, he then notes that when it was discovered that [[spoiler:he was locked in a self-imposed LotusEaterMachine]], ''everyone came looking for him'', so he must be doing ''something'' right, even if that something is as simple as "[[TheBartender he knows where the keys to the bar are kept]]".
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' has Kid Devil, who tried desperately to be a good superhero but always felt like the weakest link of the team because of a string of losses. It came to a head when Clock King kidnapped and brainwashed him into fighting in a teenage superhero bloodsport and almost killing someone. Miss Martian managed to snap him out of it by reminding him of his dream to be a hero and what a sweet, earnest person he truly is.
* Interactions between Nightcrawler and Wolverine in ''ComicBook/XMen'' and Wolverine had this nuance. At one point, Nightcrawler told the manageress of a bar "the only thing that is hard is Logan's skeleton and claws, the rest is an honorable man ..." Logan is there.
* This is what Buzzard tells ComicBook/TheGoon in the issue Buzzard first appears
-->'''Buzzard:''' You are better than you think you are.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Here's an interesting take on it: After ComicBook/DoctorOctopus severely injured the Black Cat, Spider-Man gives the villain the beating of his life. Doc Ock loses his confidence as a result, becoming a cowardly shell of his former self, unable to fight, with a bad case of arachnophobia. Eventually, Octopus tries to kill his foe indirectly, sabotaging a nuclear reactor -- which would kill everyone in New York, unfortunately. But after his out-of-control tentacles let him defeat the hero -- by accident -- Spidey convinces him to shut the reactor down so that there'd be witnesses to know of his "great triumph". And it works. Ock gains his confidence back, thinking he is letting the hero live with the humiliation by sparing him. (To Spider-Man, pride isn't an issue when the whole city is at stake.)
** Years later, Doc Ock would do the reverse to Spidey in ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Earlier, he had convinced [[spoiler:the remains of Peter's "spirit"]] that he was unsuited to be Spider-Man for endangering a child. Some time later, thanks to the Goblin King, Ock encountered that same child and was ready to abandon her [[spoiler:before the spirit came roaring back]], forcing Otto to save her, telling him that when there's trouble, you don't plan, you just do the thing you think is right. Otto comes to realize that the real Superior Spider-Man really was Peter Parker because, while Otto was an arrogant man who overcompensated for his failings, Peter was a man who sabotaged himself because he never felt himself worthy of the greatness he could have deserved. [[spoiler:He then erases his memories and personality from Peter's mind, giving him control once more and asking him to save the woman he fell in love with.]]
* This from the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comics, in a shoutout to Music/TheMegas:
--> '''Dr. Light''': I made you in my image. I built your heart and gave you eyes. I gave you power and a sense of justice beyond any compare... I gave you hands, a child's face... Heh... Robot hair. But this burden, the burning in your heart, I did not put there.
* ''ComicBook/ThePowerpuffGirls'' #20, "Bow Jest" (DC run) has Blossom's psyche and confidence shattered when she loses her hair bow. Mojo steals it, thinking it possesses some type of power if losing it can turn Blossom into a sobbing mess. Suddenly, Bubbles (of all people) clocks Mojo, slams the bow back on Blossom's head and dresses her down:
-->'''Bubbles:''' It's just a stupid bow! You're ''still'' a Powerpuff Girl whether you have it or not!
* ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' did a scene similar to the one from ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''. When the Superman from ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' ends up in the main DCU, he tries to leave the Justice Society's headquarters. The Society believes Superman is trying to escape, even throwing off Starman's gravity powers, when in reality he can hear a suicidal teenager about to kill herself. He's not able to stop the girl from jumping off the building, but he does catch her in his arms and tells her it does no good to give up.
* Marvel has an unusual example in the ComicBook/RedSkull's origin story. Depending on your point of view, the trope is either played totally straight or ''very'' darkly subverted. As a young man, before he joined the Nazis, the Skull was a miserable loner who had failed at everything he tried and felt completely worthless, to the point of considering suicide. But then he met Hitler, who saw in him a "man of worth" and persuaded him that the new Germany he was building needed men like him. It was the great turning point of his life.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Several characters tell this to Asuka since she thinks she is horrible, worthless and nobody can ever love her.
** In chapter 16 Ching gives this speech to Asuka right before showing her a moon-sized space-ship named after her to prove that she is loved:
--->''"Deep down, the worst part of your heart hates yourself. The loss of your mother hit you when you weren't even four, and deep inside you concluded that if your mother doesn't want you, you must be a terrible person not deserving of love. You hate yourself for being unlovable, and you keep everyone away from your heart because you are utterly convinced that if anyone knew the 'real you' they'd agree you're as repulsive as you're convinced you are and leave you. You hate yourself for betraying yourself by giving up, both for wanting to die with your mother but still living. You hate yourself for failing as a Pilot, letting Shinji and even Ayanami surpass you towards the end of the war. You hate yourself for ever having gone to Winthrop, selling out another piece of your soul to keep on living. You hate yourself so much it made me weep last night, Asuka. Sweet Lord and Lady, I wish you'd let me or someone hug you."\\
Asuka gave her only a frigid silence in return. Her glare through the comm window could have melted steel.\\
"You have to forgive yourself, Asuka. You are not unlovable. You are brilliant, strong, fierce, you fought with your friends against terrible odds to protect your whole world... You're a hero, Asuka." Ching said sincerely. She worked at the mecha's controls for a moment. Asuka maintained her silence. "You’re not unlovable. And I'm going to show you proof." Ching paused for a second, then highlighted something on the screen. The ship they’d launched from was swelling as they rapidly vectored towards it.''
** And in chapter 25 she hears it from [[LoveInterest Shinji]]:
--->''"I rejected you. Even at that price. The whole of humanity's survival wasn’t enough to overcome my pride." Asuka’s voice was as dry as ash. "I'd rather see everyone lost than unbend enough to help even someone as low as you. ...so why are you still here? I’m terrible. I sold myself to Winthrop rather than talk to you. Why... why are you still looking at me? I've never given you anything. Your whole life would be better without me. Why do you keep coming back? Why are you still looking at me?" When Shinji raised his head again, it was her this time that couldn't meet his gaze. He could see her starting to shake. "I'm filthy. I call you stupid and yell at you for trying to protect people. I hurt you without even thinking. Why did you hold me? Why did you call me beautiful? Why did you... kiss me?" Her eyes snapped back to his. "Tell me why," she said, her voice barely audible.\\
"You... you're not terrible, Asuka. I called you beautiful because... because you are. I spent I don't know how long after I woke up just staring at your smile, because it was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in years. I held you because I felt more... happy, more alive when I did it than any other time in my life. I kissed you because..." He closed his eyes to pen in the tears that threatened to escape. 'Because I've wanted to for years. Because I dream about it all the time. Because a world without you lacks any other meaning for me. Because I think I love you. Say something, Ikari!' "Because I thought I was dreaming a good dream, and I wanted to make you happy. I know I was awake now... and I would still do it again."''
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] both give this to each other often, and [[TrueCompanions both give it to Rei at various points]]. Shinji, in particular, continually reassures Asuka of this to help assuage her fairly massive insecurity and self-image issues. Comes to a head when [[spoiler:Gendo fires both Shinji and Asuka for defying orders in the Bardiel fight, thinking the Dummy Plug system will suffice as a replacement]], at which point the effects of Shinji's ongoing use of this trope become apparent to both of them, and Shinji has his biggest challenge in pulling off this trope yet.
** In chapter 7:
--->'''Asuka:''' "You're just like me", [...] But... not this time. I know you never wanted to be a Pilot, or even heard of it at all before you arrived here... but being a Pilot has been my entire life since I was four years old. What's left of me if you take that away?\\
'''Shinji:''' You're still the stunningly beautiful girl I'm in love with, the brilliant genius who finished a college degree before she was 14, and the fearless warrior who defeated alien monsters out of nightmare time after time, [...] My father, [...] Can't take any of that away from you. There's a lot more to you than just being a Pilot, Asuka. Even without that, you're still the most vibrant, alive, wonderful person I know. And we've still got each other. "Together, forever and always," I promised you. Nothing says we have to be Eva Pilots for that.
* Steven invokes this trope very often, [[spoiler: all to Bill]], in ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars''. The most major one (of two) is the one in Chapter Forty-Four, where this particular snippet ultimately [[spoiler: talks and shocks the demon down from suicide, because he never actually thought he was a good person, much less better than a ''human being''.]]
--> "Because you're a good person, [[spoiler: Bill]]. You try. That's more than someone like Lars can say. So please... don't do anything. Prove that you really have changed..."
** The first major one is in Chapter Thirty-Two:
--> "Then you're not worse. You're awesome, you know? you might have made some mistakes but just by making an effort to get better you're fixing them. And that's awesome."
* ''Manga/Evangelion303'': In chapter 12, after [[spoiler:[[InterruptedSuicide Shinji stopped her suicide attempt]]]], [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] reveals that she had spent five hours trying to find a way to do it, but she had been unable to go through with it. Then she grumbles that [[BrokenAce she is not only a failure]] but also a weakling because she was too weak to pull the trigger and spare herself [[CruelToBeKind and everyone else]] of more pain. Shinji angrily replied that is not weakness, and she was the only person that he has ever known who had the courage to NOT kill herself [[BreakTheHaughty after going through what she had been through]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Doctor Strange say this to Carol, who has struggled with self-worth issues all of her life, in chapter 75 as the short RousingSpeech he gives to each of the teens. [[spoiler: This is underlined, and his words given a double meaning, when it's revealed that the enchanted ring he gives her is, in fact, the Green Lantern Ring of the late Alan Scott.]]
-->'''Strange:''' Miss Danvers: your courage is without doubt, your strength of will without equal. ''You'' are worth more than you think.
** And in chapter 78, when he [[spoiler: reclaims the Ring]] and she assumes that she did something wrong and [[spoiler: that she's not worthy to wield it full time]], he gently but firmly corrects her - something made especially notable since he's normally a GoodIsNotNice MagnificentBastard, but this time [[PetTheDog he's actually being nice for the sake of it.]] Just this once, there's absolutely no angle to work and no manipulation in what he's saying.
-->'''Strange''': Quite the contrary. I could not have picked a better [[spoiler: wielder]] if I had searched for years. [[spoiler: The ring]] chose you, and if you were a few years older, we would not be having this conversation. However, [[spoiler: the ring]] and I both feel that you will have quite enough to do getting the hang of [[SuperSoldier your other abilities.]] ... [[spoiler: The ring]] doesn't usually take teenage wielders.
** Strange also gives a speech along these lines to [[spoiler: Jason Todd]] when offering him the Sword of Faith for temporary use and remarking, "Faith can be something that someone has in you."
** Harry gives a speech along these lines to [[spoiler: Maddie]], when she's [[ParanoiaFuel doubting that anything she's doing that's apparently against]] [[spoiler: Essex/Sinister's interests]] after all and that she's still his pawn, saying that he believes in her. When she says that he doesn't know what she's done, he replies that a lot of the people he knows have done terrible things. So has he, if you think about it. [[TheAtoner What matters is that she's trying to be better.]]
** Later, it's [[spoiler: Harry's turn]] to get one of these, combined with YouAreNotAlone. Having suffered physical and psychic assaults, including flat-out MindRape, and been completely and utterly broken, he snaps and becomes a monster, giving a ThenLetMeBeEvil speech to his assembled friends and family. But he's reminded (in epic fashion) that he's not the only one who's suffered, he has loved ones who are there for him, know what's he's going through, and will not give up on him, as well as the fact that while he's hurting, he is not truly a monster at heart.
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Haruhi learns about her powers, meaning she also learns that the world is in constant threat of destruction because of closed spaces and how hard times Kyon has lived because of her. All of this makes her worry if she's forcing Kyon against her will if not outright breaking him. Kyon counters by mentioning her own growth and whatever trouble she's causing, it isn't intentional on her part.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Shinji gives the speech twice:
** To Ritsuko in chapter 8 of the rewrite:
--->'''Ritsuko''':''"If you knew the things I mean… I'm a horrible, horrible person."''\\
'''Shinji''':''"You may have done something wrong, but you're still a human being, and there is good in you. I can see it, even if you can't."''\\
'''Ritsuko''':''"Bullshit, [...] Get out, I don't want to hear this. I told you, if you knew half of what I've done, you'd want to kill me yourself."''\\
'''Shinji''':''"That's not true."''\\
'''Ritsuko''':''"I'm scum. I deserve everything Gendo does to me and more."''\\
'''Shinji''':''"You're better than you think you are."''
** And to Asuka in chapter 9:
--->'''Asuka''':''"D-don't, [...] D-d-don't you like me?"''\\
'''Shinji''':''"I do, [...] You're the bravest person I know. You're smart and talented and kinder than you think you are."''
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': When Asuka tells she deserves being alone because she's horrible, and [[EldritchAbomination Arael]] showed her that during her MindRape, her friend Hikari disagrees.
-->'''Hikari:''' Come on, Asuka. Everything can't be so bad. You have to believe that things will work out. You'll go back to pilot your Eva. Maybe have a talk with Shinji.\\
'''Asuka:''' It's... I'm used to it. I deserve it.\\
'''Hikari:''' No, Asuka…\\
'''Asuka:''' That day … that day I got in the Eva, the Angel showed me what I was like. It made me realize … that I deserved it.\\
'''Hikari:''' Nobody deserves to be hurt like that.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In chapter 17 Asuka confesses that she feels bad because she thinks she has done nothing but look like a bumbling idiot next to Shinji in the eyes of the Committee." Misato told her ignore them:
-->'''Misato:''' So don't give a damn about those armchair Generals second guessing you either Asuka. You're a hell of a pilot - today was the toughest battle we've ever been in and you handled yourself incredibly well. Regardless of our motives going into this, you rose to the challenge today. I'm proud of you - and Rei of course.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': In a chapter Asuka is feeling morose and sullen and says to Shinji that he is stronger than her. Shinji disagrees and replies that he broke after his mother died and his father abandoned him, whereas her reaction was the opposite one: "You were the kid, the one in a million, who chose to become strong instead of break in response to such monumental adversity".
* In ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'', [[spoiler:Frandlin Ivo gets one from the dwarven noble protagonist and does a HeelFaceTurn]] that ultimately enables the latter to successfully pull off his [[spoiler:ZeroApprovalGambit.]] The ironic part is that the DN [[spoiler:somehow manages to maximize the effect by giving the speech just after a HannibalLecture.]]
* Invoked in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Earlier on the quest for the third piece of the Vasyn, Ringo had been down on himself because he was a physical wreck after a few days of hard travel and little sleep, while the others were all fine. Though they try to convince him he's not useless, he doesn't really believe them. However, when the formerly hostile Hunter says that Ringo's mindsight is the single most valuable ability among the four, Ringo is a lot more convinced. Later, after the battle on the Plains of Death, where Ringo more than proves his worth, the Hunter claps him on the shoulder and says “Never disparage yourself again.”
** The scene is briefly referenced in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World.'' Ringo is upset that he's not very useful because his mindsight is mostly being blocked, but he reassures John that he knows he's not useless. He notes that in the Hunter's world he was crazy exhausted and not thinking straight.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Reconciliation}}'', Hanako learns that Hisao and Lilly had found and kept around the chess set Hisao gave her, even though she parted ways with them for eight years after her bad ending. Hanako suggests that they did it as a reminder of how awful she was, but Lilly then forcefully tells Hanako that she is not an awful person and they kept it because they missed her.
* One of Shepard's favorite social attacks in ''FanFic/GloriousShotgunPrincess'', where thanks to becoming a Solar Exalted, the already-charismatic hero can convert opponents to her side with a single phrase. Most often "You can be better."
* ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'': When Pipsqueak slips into a HeroicBSOD over his self-perceived cowardice during the fight with the [=LaFish=] brothers, compounded by having previously failed at all his other goals in life, Soarin' is able to pull him out of it by giving him a speech along the lines of this trope.
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has this happen in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] to help Twilight and Applejack complete their {{Heel Face Turn}}s, Twilight from [[spoiler:Cadence's spirit]] and Applejack from [[spoiler:her little sister and the pony equivalent of ''God'' (well, one of them anyway).]] Later on the two of them and their group [[spoiler:do the same for Rainbow Dash, telling her they made the same mistakes she did, forgive her, and tell her they know she can make up for what she's done.]]
* In ''Fanfic/AddressUnknown'', Derpy gets one from Twilight after breaking down in the library over her latest screwup (actually Twilight's fault) with the mail. "Derpy. You are not a failure or a featherbrain. I can tell deep down that you are a very kind and intelligent pony. Trust me, Derpy. Most ponies out there don’t look at you for who you are. They see what they feel like seeing and then go on with the rest of their lives, oblivious to what hurt they may be causing. You need to look past that, because the ponies who don’t take the time to care, don’t deserve the satisfaction of making your life miserable."
** Later, Twilight invokes [[InAnotherMansShoes In Another Mare's Shoes]] by taking a potion designed to temporarily mimic Derpy's eye problems. "For a pony with normal sight to suddenly see like you do, it's entirely debilitating. I could barely stand, let alone walk; I knocked over everything in my path, and I nearly gagged from the intense vertigo it caused. But you... You may be slightly clumsy, and not fly entirely straight, but you've adapted to it enough to function as well as anypony else. Right now, I can truthfully grasp how amazing you really are. Not only have you adjusted to your condition, you've come close to nullifying its effects while enduring agonizing emotions all the while."
** Derpy also gets this from her boss at the Ponyville Post Office, after she tries to preemptively apologise for the screwups she's likely to cause sooner or later. “Mistakes happen. They can be small; they can be large. They can be ignored, or they can be overreacted to. It is bound to happen now and again, and things have a tendency to work out when they do. And when they don’t work out right, I personally make sure to take care of our staff if the need arises. If and when you make mistakes, we’ll make sure that everything works out right. Until then, I ask that you not doubt yourself. You are a wonderful mailpony regardless of what anypony says, and I will do anything I can to help you when problems arise."
* The ''VideoGame/BlazBlue[=/=]VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/ShadowsOfTheAzure'' has the purpose of doing this to the VideoGame/BlazBlue characters, who were [[DysfunctionJunction mirred with tons of issues]] [[ThereAreNoTherapists with no one to care for those issues]], by getting them to a [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Midnight Channel-esque]] place called 'Shadow Labyrinth', face their Shadows, and the Persona characters, with some other VideoGame/BlazBlue characters, came in and remind them that they're better than what they think about their flaws.
* In the story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/121985/100-move-50-fire 100% Move= 50% Fire]]'' within the {{Fanfic/Triptych Continuum}}, Twilight tearfully admits her fear of screwing up and ruining her friendships permanently. The other five assure her that even though she'll screw up sometimes and they'll screw up sometimes, it won't matter because their friendship is stronger than that and that they'll love her anyway, no matter what.
* ''FanFic/ANewChanceSeries'': In the second story of the series [[spoiler: The Pokemon poacher Rico successfully steals Weezing, Meowth, and Arbok from Jessie and James. After Ash saves Team Rocket's Pokemon from Rico, Brock, [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech after laying into them about how their criminal career has been nothing but a failure]] tells them they are perfectly capable of being decent people, but only if they give up working for Team Rocket. By chapter 13, they've tossed their uniforms aside, and have gone straight]]
* ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'': When Tucker was concerned about the Scarab Scepter of King Duulaman possessing him again, Danny and Sam gave him a RousingSpeech that he wasn't the same person he was when he first had it.
* ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'': ''[[JerkassGenie Norm]]'' gives a speech like this to his master Amanda. [[spoiler: Amanda learned about Norm's past from Timmy, who told her that Norm was using her. Amanda, who lacks self-esteem, is distraught, and decides to use her second wish to set Norm free.]] Norm tells her that she is the best human he has ever known, and even if he was free, there was nothing to prevent him from spending time with her.
* [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Headmaster Kirigiri]] tells Naegi this while explaining why he was put through the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation D-course simulation]], insisting that he proved himself a capable leader. Naegi can't bring himself to believe this, feeling like he let too many of his friends die.
* In ''Fanfic/ATasteOfTheGoodLife'', Ebby almost falls OffTheWagon at her daughter's birthday party, after accidentally tasting some of Applejack's hard cider. Main Course manages to persuade her that she's strong enough not to let one accidental mouthful push her over the edge.
* Multiple characters tell Cassandra Cain this over the course of Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat when they learn part of the reason she wants to become religious is to feel like she can forgive herself for evils she committed years before, under the influence of her father. But it reaches its extreme when, after falling asleep in a Catholic adoration, Cassandra dreams of meeting Jesus and he personally tells her (well, sort of, he [[TheSilentBob "doesn't use words"]] as Tim puts it) that she doesn't need to ask for forgiveness anymore, and that he loves her no matter what.
* In Fanfic/WithThisRing the Renegade is feeling down about how he's never acted like a stereotypical hero and he doesn't fit in with the rest. He's being tempted into joining The Light, when M'Gann talks him down.
-->'''Renegade:''' I don't know, M'gann. Sometimes I feel like a supervillain who accidentally walked into the wrong lobby… And only stayed because the restaurant was better than the one the Legion of Doom had. When the four of us confronted Ocean Master I didn't hesitate to kill him. You did, Kon did, even Kaldur did and he had far better cause than I. I'm ruthless and hard in ways you're just not. The League... just doesn't do stuff that I think... we need to. And if the Light do…
-->'''M'Gann:''' I don't care what you say, you're not like a dictator who mind controlled an eight year old boy and threatened him to make me obey her. You're not. Now open a boom tube back to Earth so we can sort this mess out.
-->'''Renegade:''' ... Well. ...That's me told.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/71487/fallout-equestria-snowfall Fallout: Equestria: Snowfall,]]'' Sleet Gray gets this a lot due to her bitterness and lack of self-confidence. Sadly, she doesn't seem to be getting any better.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-7497-7/Nycorson+Teal+c+s+Wish.htm Teal'c's Wish,]]'' Xander still thinks he's the TheTeamNormal after nearly a decade of fighting demons but Faith insists that he's a BadassNormal and outright tells him this trope verbatim.
* Xander gives an inadvertent one to Cordelia in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6446195/3/It-s-a-stretch The Cat Came Back]]'' while he spars with Angel, not knowing the girls are listening in. According to him, she's everything he saw in Buffy with one major difference: Cordelia never tried to run away from the fight despite not having any powers, whereas Buffy tried to leave a few times and constantly complained about being the Slayer.
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'': [[TheHero Taylor]] gives her best friend Emma the speech after she was attacked by several thugs.
-->“Taylor… I…” Emma gulped, and looked straight at her. “I don’t want to ever feel like that anymore. I… I want to be strong… I can’t—“\\
“You ARE strong!” Taylor’s voice rang loud and clear. Emma’s mouth closed as Taylor moved past Sophia and towards her. “Emma… if you hadn’t been there for me when dad died, I’d… I would be here now.”\\
Her friend’s gaze fell, and Taylor stopped. “… Somebody can be another person’s strength.” She whipped around and pointed to the interloper. “There is NOTHING wrong with helping others when they are down! And in FACT…” She slowly grinned. “… I’m going to demonstrate it to you.”
* Fairly common in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fanfiction, which tends to portray Marinette as having a poor image of Marinette's worth (as opposed to Ladybug's). Typically, these speeches will be given by Adrien post-reveal, though there are examples from Tikki or from other characters who have become her SecretKeeper.
** A standout can be found in this [[http://ferisae.tumblr.com/post/141629184516/au-comic-based-on-the-ending-to-volpina-it-left untitled reveal comic,]] an alternate ending to the episode "Volpina":
-->'''Adrien''': Hey... A-are you disappointed it was me?
-->'''Marinette''': Seriously?! Disappointed? Why would I be disappointed!? It just turns out my partner all this time was this incredible, nice, smart, handsome boy who I had the biggest crush on at school and is just so perfect and God now I'm rambling hahaha (Kill me). And me... I just... I messed up so bad. I caused an Akuma. I gave up my Miraculous. I nearly got myself killed. Under this mask I'm just this rash, careless, clumsy girl... I'm probably not the Ladybug you expected.
-->'''Adrien''': Hm... Brave? Check. Witty? Check. Amazing? Check. Righteous? Check. Selfless? Check. Beautiful? Oh boy, check. Talented? Check. Kind? Check.
-->'''Marinette''': What are you doing?
-->'''Adrien''': Curious? Check. Adorable freckles? Definite check. I'm describing Ladybug, using the exact same words I would use to describe you, Marinette. Because, you see, with or without that mask it's the same person underneath! It's this incredibly kindhearted, beautiful, smart girl, whether she wears a red suit or a white, flower-printed shirt.
** In ''Fanfic/SpotsOff'', Marinette is publicly exposed as Ladybug after being caught transforming on Alya's livestream. When she sees the next morning's news bulletin, she's hit hard by a reporter asking if a middle-schooler is really fit to protect them, as if that detail was enough to devalue her entire track record as Ladybug. But Tikki is quick to remind her that she was given her Miraculous for a reason, and when Chat Noir shows up, he assures her that she ''is'' a hero, in and out of costume.
** ''Fanfic/PowersOfInvisibility'' has an example from Juleka, when she asks why Marinette is scared of telling Chat Noir who she is.
-->'''Marinette''': I’m not like Ladybug is. He goes to our school; he probably knows what Marinette is like. What if he’s disappointed?
-->'''Juleka''': But… that’s ridiculous. No, it’s just that you are Ladybug.
-->'''Marinette''': Technically, yeah, but I’m better as Ladybug. I act differently.
-->'''Juleka''': No, you don’t.
-->'''Marinette''': Yes, I-
-->'''Juleka''': No. You are Ladybug, Marinette, with or without a mask. It’s so obvious. You’re both strong. You’re both independent. You’re both smart. In fact, it’s one of the things that convinced me it was you. The way you acted. You basically go full superhero any time you have to deal with Chloe.
-->'''Marinette''': Really?
-->'''Juleka''': (''nods, along with Tikki'') Chat won’t be disappointed. It’s pretty much impossible.
*** It comes up again during the Christmas Eve sleepover, when Marinette opens up about how seeing Juleka and Chat together on the roof that day really hit home for her. "You know him and it’s okay. And you know me and it’s okay and we could know each other and it’d probably be great, but I’m too damn scared to do anything even though he wants to know so badly, I know he does. We’re so close to each other all the time and yet we’re so far and it’s my fault and I just- I just don’t know what to do, Jules." In response, Juleka goes to her bag and gets out a painting she'd been planning to give her in private for Christmas: a watercolour of Marinette/Ladybug mid-transformation, a fierce and determined expression on her unmasked face.
-->'''Juleka''': This is how I see you. As both. You are stronger than you think you are.
-->'''Marinette''': (''Hugging her'') Thank you. It’s beautiful. Thank you so much.
-->'''Juleka''': I can’t really tell you what to do. But you’ll figure it out. I know you will.
*** Turned around in a later chapter when [[spoiler:Tikki and Plagg try to convince Juleka that she has the skills to become the Guardian if she wants to, pointing out that she's already basically doing the job by advising and encouraging Adrien and Marinette as much as she does.]]
** Similarly common are scenes in which Ladybug defends Chat Noir's worth as her partner, which is often presented as a sore spot for him because while Ladybug is seen as indispensable, being the only one of the two who can purify Akumatised butterflies or repair damage with her WorldHealingWave, it's harder to argue the same for Chat. Quite a few of these stories involve Marinette standing up for Chat out of costume, in Adrien's presence.
* In ''Blog/ThePredespairKids,'' [[OriginalCharacter Kyoji]] (who is masquerading as a teacher named Mr. Otashi) seems to be doing everything in his power to help [[ShrinkingViolet Mikan's]] self-esteem improve.
--> '''Kyoji:''' If you spend all your time criticizing yourself for your flaws, you'll never be able to appreciate your strengths. Growing up, I wasn't kind to myself either, which is why I said we're alike. Ms. Tsumiki, I couldn't care less about what kind of flaws you might have. You're much better than you think you are, and I...well...I want to help you see that. Because I believe in you and I want you to be happy. Like I said before, I want to help you.
--> '''Mikan:''' I...I...[[LuminescentBlush Th-thank you]]...
* In ''[[FanFic/TheNuptialverse Post-Nuptials]]:''
** Rainbow Dash is in shambles knowing that she and her friends [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 turned their backs on Twilight over a misunderstanding at the wedding rehearsal]], and that Twilight [[EasilyForgiven forgave them easily]] as a YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 when they were found out]]. When she tells Soarin about everything and calls herself a bad friend, he tells her that she is nothing of the sort.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' I'm supposed to wield the Element of Loyalty, but I turned my back on a friend for someone I just met! And then that friend proved that she was more loyal than me! I thought I knew what loyalty was, but now...\\
'''Soarin:''' It sounds like... It sounds like you're embarrassed by how you acted.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' I am.\\
'''Soarin:''' Well, that's all the proof I need that you're a good friend.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' W-What?\\
'''Soarin:''' I wouldn't trust anyone who was never ashamed of anything they did. It means they're not learning anything. A terrible friend would be pinning the blame on Twilight and none on herself. Look, think of it as your flight training, because I know you've trained for the Wonderbolts. You've crashed when you were trying to perform several of the more advanced movies, several times, I'm guessing.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Of course.\\
'''Soarin:''' It didn't make you a bad flyer to make those mistakes, it just meant your technique needed work. Now look, you can do the Sonic Rainbow on command, if your performance after the ceremony was any indication. Well, your friendships work the same way. Today, you crashed, but that doesn't mean you're a bad friend. It just means your technique needs a little work.
** Later on, Twilight said this to her and the rest of Mane Six, Celestia, and Shining Armor, by pointing out that even though they made one bad mistake, they themselves are not bad ponies.
** They in turn gave this to Twilight, [[spoiler: on the grounds that they would've forgiven her if she had been wrong.]]
* In ''When Things Go Wrong'', [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride Simba]], [[CallingTheOldManOut his daughter having ripped him for banishing Kovu]], asks Nala if that is really true that he "will never be Mufasa". Nala answers that he is not, and also that he should stop trying and be his own lion, the way he was when he first ascended to the throne.
-->'''Simba:''' I want to know the truth. Do you think Kiara is right? That I'll never be like Dad was.
-->'''Nala:''' No, Simba. You are not Mufasa. ''(beat)'' You're ''Simba'', not your dad. Let him guide you, but don't ''be'' him. I don't want you to be Mufasa. I believe that you are a great king. You brought these lands back to life after Scar. You kept the Outsiders at bay. Even now, they still wait to attack.
-->'''Simba:''' Will I ''never'' be like him?
-->'''Nala:''' Why ''should'' you be? You didn't live his life, and he didn't live yours. I married ''you'', Simba, not your father. He never experienced "Hakuna Matata", ''you'' did. I would say that it brought a fresh life to the monotonous task of being king. Ease up, Simba. Every family goes through trouble at one point or another. Just walk your way through it, head tall and proud, knowing that you are you. Not your father, ''definitely'' not your uncle. You're a great king, Simba.
* ''FanFic/TheDifferentverse'': [[spoiler: The last portion of chapter 5 reveals that Limestone's apparently been subtly trying to encourage Marble to come out of her shell for quite some time. When Marble finally stands up to her, Limestone is thrilled.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/51/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'', Hinata's psychiatrist manages to get through to her that she's not an incompetent fuckup like she thinks. Not only has she made tremendous strides in the last couple months, but after the attack on the village, she's considered an outright hero for her actions in fighting off the threat.
* ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'': Sci-Twi struggles with the guilt of having been turned into Midnight Sparkle, and feels she deserves to be punished like (Ex) Principal Cinch was. The Rainbooms and several other characters set her straight.
--> '''Sci-Twi''': “It... it doesn’t seem right. I...”
--> '''Sunset''': “Twilight, stop. I understand how you feel, but beating yourself up like that isn’t going to solve anything. Just be grateful you’re getting your second chance so easily.”
--> '''Sci-Twi''': "But, why should Cinch get all the punishment for something I did?"
--> '''Rarity''': "Darling, Cinch bullied you into everything. And unlike you, she doesn't care that she almost got so many people hurt. Maybe you did make a decision to use that magic, but you also made the decision to be yourself again."
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Godzilla Junior has a very low opinion of himself, despite all the good deeds he's done over the decades; seeing himself as a monster. His [[GoodParents mother]] [[MuggleFosterParents Azusa Gojo]] begs to differ. Turns out routinely stopping kaiju attacks on major cities for years on end tends to result in millions of people still alive thanks to Junior.


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Simba is reminded by the ghost of his late father that "you are more than what you have become."
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', when Shifu realizes the way to train Po, he all but says "You have had the potential all along and you ''will'' become better than you think you are."
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': Flik's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Hopper doubles as this trope to his colony, and how the ants are not as weak and low-class as Hopper proclaims. In fact, it's because the ants are so much stronger that the grasshoppers depend on them for food in the first place.
** Earlier in the film, Flik suffers a HeroicBSOD on the circus wagon when he's banished from the colony for having lied about the circus bugs being warrior bugs, lamenting that the fake bird that he and the colony worked together to build was doomed to fail, as was he. Manny's the first to speak up.
--->'''Manny:''' "You listen to me, my boy. I've made a living out of being a failure, and you, sir, are NOT a failure!"
** Manny's initial speech doesn't work, and Flik remains deep in his funk. Then, Dot arrives and informs Flik that Hopper plans on squishing the Queen. When she realizes Flik has lost his motivation, she brings him a pebble and tells him to, [[IronicEcho "Pretend it's a seed, okay?"]]. It works.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin]]'': "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'':
** Astrid says this in a roundabout way to Hiccup when she explains why she asked her ArmorPiercingQuestion, "Because I want to remember what you say, RIGHT NOW." Translated: "Because you are a powerful Viking warrior of legend in your own way, and what you say now is likely going to be the stuff of a great saga."
** And:
--->'''Hiccup:''' 300 years and I'm the first Viking who wouldn't kill a dragon!\\
'''Astrid:''' [[spoiler:...First to RIDE one, though.]]
* The main theme and message in ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' involving the three central characters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', Mike realizes that he cannot overcome his shortcomings, that is, his lack of natural Scarer talent, despite his lifelong love and desire for Scaring. Sulley has this to say.
-->'''Sulley:''' Mike, you're not scary, not even a little bit, but you are fearless.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** When Elsa is about to kill one of the soldiers (who just tried to kill ''her''), Prince Hans uses this to call her out and stop her from stepping over the MoralEventHorizon.
--->'''Prince Hans:''' Don't be the monster they fear you are.
** Also her sister Anna tries to convince her that she actually can control her powers and end the winter. [[spoiler: At the end of the film, this happens to be true and Anna says "I knew you could do it."]]
** "Frozen Heart" at the beginning of the film says as much as well: "This icy force both foul and fair / Has a frozen heart worth mining."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': Despite successfully [[TheAtoner earning everybody's trust back]] in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks previous film]], Sunset Shimmer needs to be reassured several times by her friends of her worth.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'', Charlie Brown thinks that [[spoiler:The Little Red Haired Girl]] chose him as their summer pen pal out of pity because he's "an insecure, wishy-washy failure". Linus tells him that he should consider the possibility that he's a good person and people like him. [[spoiler: When he finally talks to her about it, she tells him it wasn't out of pity and that's not what he is at all. She wanted to be his pen pal because he's a good, honest, kind, brave person, citing all the things she's seen him do over the school year such as doing their book report by himself while she was away taking care of her grandmother, helping Sally salvage her act at the talent show, and confessing to everyone about the his state exam getting mixed up with Peppermint Patty's.]]
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': When Nick tells Judy [[ThenLetMeBeEvil he became a shifty and untrustworthy fox]] because [[FantasticRacism that's what society expects him to be and there's no point in trying to be anything else]], Judy tells him she can see he's much more than that.
* The song "Through Heaven's Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' is one long version of this, sung by Jethro to Moses to knock him out of his depression.
* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana delivers one of these to Maui after [[spoiler:he explains the story of how his parents abandoned him as a baby, and he feels like he'd be worthless without his powers]]. She encourages him by saying that the gods must've seen something about Maui himself that was worthwhile, and this marks a turning point in their relationship.
** [[spoiler: She does it again in the climax, with Te Ka\Te Fiti:]]
-->[[IWillFindYou I have crossed the horizon to find you]]\\
I know your name\\
[[EmptyShell They have stolen the heart from inside you]]\\
[[DefiedTrope But this does not define you]]\\
This is not who you are\\
You know who you are

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' had this as its central premise, to the point that [[ItsAWonderfulPlot the plot]] is often referenced by other works [[WholePlotReference in its entirety]].
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'': Kermit attempts to convince this of Doc Hopper. It fails.
* The 2004 ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie had an exchange between the newcomer to the team, John Myers, and TheEmpath Abe Sapien:
-->'''Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm:''' In medieval stories, there is often a young knight who is inexperienced, but pure of heart.
-->'''John Myers:''' Oh, come on. I am not pure of heart.
-->'''Abe Sapien''' (helpfully): Yes, you are.
* There's a lovely moment in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'', just after her fiance's embarrassing baptism, where the main character worries that "Any second now, he's gonna say, 'Yeah, you're so not worth this,'" Only for her brother to pipe in, "Yeah you are."
* After Kirk Lazarus had a breakdown in ''Film/TropicThunder'', new actor, Kevin Sandusky managed to boost his self esteem.
--> '''Kevin''': You are Kirk Lazarus. You are the whole reason I went into acting in the first place. I memorized every monologue that you had ever been in while I was in theater school.
--> '''Kirk''': Really?
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': It has a repeated line where Charles urges Erik to "be the better man" and work for more than just [[ItsPersonal revenge]]. Erik interprets this somewhat differently than Xavier intended.
--->'''Charles''': There is so much more to you than you know. Not just pain and anger. There is good, too. I felt it. When you can access all of that, you will possess a power no one can match. Not even me.
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': Colossus keeps handing out speeches to this effect almost every time he speaks to Deadpool throughout the movie, [[ShutUpKirk but Deadpool is having]] [[KillHimAlready none of it.]]
** While not in those exact words, the spirit of the trope comes up twice in ''Film/{{Logan}}'':
*** The first time Charles chides Logan when he swears in front of Laura. When Logan points out that she had just slaughtered several heavily-armed soldiers so should be able to handle a few curse words, Charles retorts that she can learn to be ''better'' than that.
--->'''Logan''': Better than me?\\
'''Charles''': Actually, yes!
*** The second time is [[spoiler:Logan's dying message to Laura. He tells her "Don't be what they made you," implying she can be a better person than the cold killer Transigen wanted her to be]].
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', Papa Smurf delivers this type of speech to Brainy Smurf to help convince him that he's up to the task of deciphering the spell that can get the Smurfs back home.
* In ''Film/RaisingArizona'', Nathan Arizona gives a speech of this kind to Ed and Hi when they declare that they're planning to split up because they're immature and unrealistic people who are bad for each other.
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Picard attempts to use speeches of this message to persuade Shinzon.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Tony Stark tells Bruce Banner that he is not a monster, he can control the Hulk better than he thinks, the Hulk is not necessarily a curse, but a gift as well, and that Bruce can use him for good. He turns out to be right, as the Hulk not only follows Captain America's orders and provides crucial manpower in the final battle, but [[spoiler:''remembers'' Tony and consciously saves his life during the climax.]]
* The effects are subverted in ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks''. When Tim finally explains to [[CloudCuckoolander Barry]] that the dinner's trophy is actually to be awarded to the most pathetic person there, Barry mistakes his You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech [[ComicallyMissingThePoint as telling him he's failed at being the biggest loser]] and thus winning the contest.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', when Spider-Man rescues bullied geek Max Dillon at the beginning, Max is amazed and asks why the hero would bother saving a nobody like him. Spider-Man replies that he's not a nobody, he's a somebody. Unfortunately, Max is a stalker, and this furthers his obsession with Spider-Man, having deluded himself into thinking he's Spider-Man's best friend.
* In ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'', the "Samwise the Brave" scene includes Frodo reassuring Sam that he is an important part of the story.
-->'''Sam''': I wonder if anyone will ever say, "Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring!" "Yes, that's one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn't he, Dad?" "Yes, m'boy, the most famousest of hobbits, and that's saying a lot."
-->'''Frodo''' ''(laughs)'': Why, you've left out one of the chief characters -- Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. Frodo wouldn't have gotten far without Sam.
-->'''Sam''': Now, Mr. Frodo. You shouldn't make fun. I was being serious.
-->'''Frodo''': So was I.
* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Violet tells Sam that with his brain, he shouldn't be installing hardware - he should be ''making'' it.
* ''Film/{{Greedy}}'': After discovering that [[spoiler: Uncle Joe was flat broke]], [[HeelRealization Danny regrets having stooped to his cousins' level for an old man's money]]. Robin, who left Danny for this reason, consoles him by reminding him of how he felt genuine concern for Joe, when he claimed to be losing his mind. Danny retorts that Joe was putting on an act that anyone would have fallen for. She then asks him:
--> '''Robin''': Even your [[BigScrewedUpFamily cousins]]?
* At the end of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke turns to the Emperor and states "I am a Jedi, like my father before me." You'd better believe [[HeelFaceTurn Vader heard that.]]
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': [[spoiler:Han Solo tries to impart the same to his son, Kylo Ren. This time it doesn't work, and the former Ben Solo gives himself fully to the Dark Side by striking down his father.]]
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Peggy gives a speech of this variety to Stanley. And [[spoiler:despite it immediately leading to her FaceHeelTurn reveal, and it was very likely that she was lying through her teeth the entire time,]] in the end... She was ''right''.
-->'''Peggy:''' Look, I don't know what's happening to you, Stanley... but I do know this; that letter that you sent my column? That was from a guy with more ''guts''... and more ''heart'', than any of the creeps that I've met in this city. Whatever that mask is... ''you don't need it''. You, Stanley Ipkiss, are already all you'll ever need to be.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The character arc of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. At the end, Dumbledore learns that Harry felt unworthy of the House of Gryffindor, in part because of his [[BadPowersBadPeople ability to communicate with snakes]] and because he asked to be placed there, rather than letting himself be chosen. Dumbledore tells Harry that character is shown through one's choices and asks him to examine the sword he used to slay the Basilisk. When he sees it is Godric Gryffindor's sword, Harry has all the proof he needs that he truly belongs in that house.
** Near the end of the series in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry returns the favor when he meets [[spoiler:Dumbledore again in a place between life and death. When Dumbledore bitterly states that his search for the Deathly Hallows in his bid to become a Master of Death meant that he was ultimately NotSoDifferent from [[BigBad Voldemort]], Harry quickly refutes the claim. He mentions that at least Dumbledore didn't consider using Horcruxes. Dumbledore is able to draw a small measure of comfort from that.]]
** Harry constantly tells Ron this, due to Ron's massive inferiority complexes about his Quidditch skills, his perceived status as the family's {{Unfavorite}}, his concerns that Hermione loves Harry more than him, and that he will always live in the shadow of his far cooler best friend. This really comes out in ''Deathly Hallows'', when [[spoiler:Ron destroys a horcrux, as it tries to make him believe all of the aforementioned things.]]
--->'''Harry:''' You've sort of made up for it tonight. [[spoiler:Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcux. Saving my life.]]\\
'''Ron:''' That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was.\\
'''Harry:''' Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
** Also happens throughout the series with Neville. When Dumbledore called him brave for standing up to his friends at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' and in books [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix five]] and [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows seven]], Neville begins to really come into his own as a wizard and realise that, despite the troubles he has doing magic, he's not a bad wizard or a coward at all.
* Often said by Michael and the other Knights of the Cross to ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' lead Harry Dresden. Dresden thinks of himself as more of an antihero, but his friends all know that he is a good man. Actually, Dresden ''is'' a bit of an AntiHero-- when it really comes down to it he can be fairly [[TheUnfettered extreme]] if someone important to him is at stake. [[spoiler: (This is evidenced in ''Changes'', where Dresden was more than willing to use the Darkhallow or become one of the Denarians if Mab hadn't been willing to help him save his daughter. Although picking her was morally grey at best, it was still the option with the most acceptable outcome, and he ''did'' go through with killing Susan.)]] However, Harry is still a better man than he thinks, and he isn't about to turn into a mustache twirling villain any second.
** Likewise, Harry spends a good part of ''Literature/GhostStory'' trying to convince a StreetUrchin that he's more than he thinks it is. He hasn't been back in the series since then, so it's hard to say how well he took Harry's words to heart. Interestingly, the boy has [[OrphansOrdeal a number]] of [[EvilMentor similarities]] with Harry at that age.
* Invoked in Terry Pratchett's ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Snuff]]''. Vimes is constantly watching himself, because he thinks that if he loses control of the darkness inside him, he will become as bad as the villains he chases. His butler Willikins tells the latest villain that Vimes is, in fact, "a choirboy" -- unfortunately for the villain, Willikins is not.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'', Fawn's family, which has consistently undervalued her, asks Dag "But why ever would you want to marry Fawn in the first place?" Dag's answer, which sums up what we've come to know about the character through the story thus far, is also an awesome moment:
-->For the courage of her heart, which I saw face down the greatest horrors I know without breaking. For the high and hungry intelligence of her mind, which never stops asking questions, nor thinking about the answers. For the spark of her spirit, which could teach bonfires how to burn. That's three. Enough for going on with.
* The mantra of ''Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care'', the iconic reference book for mothers afraid of accidentally killing their infants, is "You know more than you think you do."
* In the Creator/DaleBrown book ''A Time for Patriots'', Ken Phoenix is told that he should stop beating himself up over the violence and deaths caused by {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s.
* In the Henry James novel ''Literature/ThePortraitOfALady'' Ralph tries to convince Isabelle of this.
* Towards the end of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Zak Arranda has been feeling more and more overshadowed by his studious, Force-Sensitive sister Tash, feeling like he's TheLoad these days. On Dagobah, Yoda [[MyNewGiftIsLame gives him a meat flower]] and has him solve something [[HelpingWouldBeKillstealing himself]] to help teach him that he isn't.
* Subtle example in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' books. Skeeve takes a D-Hopper to escape to another dimension from Klah, asking for the setting for Klah and Deva. He says that he's running, and Masha responds: "You asked for both settings. You only need one to run."
* ''Literature/{{Croak}}'': Lex comes to the town of Croak after a two-year run of absolutely no one treating her with respect. Her uncle suggesting to her that she's not as bad as people think nearly brings her to tears, because she'd been doubting that.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
--> [[DarkAndTroubledPast "No man can walk so long in the Shadow]] [[HeelFaceTurn that he cannot come again to the Light"]]
* In ''Literature/WhyWeTookTheCar'', Maik breaks down and tells Tschick just how boring he actually is and how he sees himself. Tschick responds by telling Maik how much of a great person he is, and that the week they spent together was the best of his life, which was something Maik probably really needed to hear.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Kirbie urges this on Alex, to get him to leave Cloak.
* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''), when two bands of deserters are bearing down on her caravan, Shallan Davar--a shipwrecked minor noble girl dressed in rags--rides up to one of the bands and convinces them to defend them instead of rob them, despite having absolutely nothing to offer but her word.
-->'''Shallan:''' What would you do, Vathah, to erase the past? Would you protect instead of kill, if you had the choice? Would you rescue instead of rob if you could do it over again? Good people are dying as we speak here. You can stop it.\\
'''Vathah:''' We can't change the past.\\
'''Shallan:''' I can change your future.\\
'''Vathah:''' We are wanted men.\\
'''Shallan:''' Yes, I came here wanting men. Hoping to find ''men''. You are offered the chance to be soldiers again. Come with me. I will see to it you have new lives. Those lives start by saving instead of killing.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Evraine and Leopold try to tell Aeduen this on different occassion, as he considers himself to be little more than a human-shaped weapon. Unfortunately, Aeduen isn't exactly willing to listen.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** An ascended Daniel tells this to an imprisoned Jack in the episode "Abyss" after Jack outright admits to him that deep down he thinks he's just not worthy of ascension.
** Just as Jonas is about to leave the SGC for home, Jack tells him this in no uncertain terms.
--->'''Jack:''' You ''earned'' it.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Despite those [[NoSocialSkills bloody-awful social skills]] Sherlock had to tell John ''twice'' that he was awesome, and it took a freaking speech for John to realize just how awesome he was.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', other than the page quote, in ''Fracture'', Clark tells Alexander/Lex's good side that he is stronger than he thinks.
* Series/{{Chuck}}: Said to Chuck in the second season finale when he feels he doesn't have what it takes to be a spy and save the world on a full time basis:
--->'''Chuck:''' You belong out there, saving the world. I'm just... I'm just not that guy.\\
'''Sarah:''' How many times do you have to be a hero to realize that you ''are'' that guy?
* Parodied and subverted in the first episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', where AmoralAttorney Jeff Winger uses a speech like this to manipulate his fellow students in the study group.
* In a ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode, Gilligan sees his likeness on a native totem pole and comes to believe that he is descended from headhunters and is doomed to become a headhunter himself. The Professor convinces him otherwise by offering up his own head as Gilligan's first prize; when Gilligan cannot bring himself to do the deed, he realizes he doesn't have the headhunting instinct after all and returns to normal.
* In the classic James Newcomer ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, "The Measure of a Man," Riker is forced to argue that Data should be considered Starfleet's property, lest [[{{Jerkass}} the judge]] rule summarily against the android. Riker gives an excellent argument for his side. Despite losing the case, Riker feels like a traitor for arguing against his friend. However, in an extremely heartwarming moment, Data explains that he is deeply grateful to him for agreeing to prosecute, since if he had not, Data would have had no chance of victory.
-->'''Data:''' That action injured you and saved me. I will not forget it.
** Picard gives a speech like this to Wesley at the end of "Coming of Age" after Wesley fails his Starfleet Entrance exam, going so far as to confide in Wesley that even ''he'' didn't pass the first time. More than likely, this conversation went a long way towards convincing him to reapply.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' Donna Noble has always had a bit of low self-esteem. She had a perfectly normal life as a temp in Chiswick until the whole teleported to the TARDIS to fight the Racnoss on her wedding day thing. Later, after she joins the Doctor, she still believes herself to be normal but gets cocky. However she is still unwilling to accept that [[spoiler:she is the most important person ever. Rose Tyler crosses dimensions to tell her this and yet she continues to deny it. After she is reborn as The Doctor-Donna she gets a new level of confidence. Sadly, after Donna saves all reality... not an exaggeration... she can not recall her time with the Doctor or she will die.]]
** Even the Doctor gets one of these. After having destroyed his entire species to save the universe, seen countless friends and family die, and come to the conclusion that the universe is better off without him, he tries to distance himself from everyone. River Song tells him that he's being stupid, and there are literally billions of people throughout time and space who think the universe is better because of him.
** The [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama]] "The Chimes at Midnight" rests its climax on one of these. [[spoiler: The villain of the piece is a sentient time loop generated from the suicide of Edith Thompson, a scullery maid who served the Doctor's companion, Charley. Edith had a very poor life of being told she was "nothing and no one" by her employers and considered Charley her only friend, so when Charley died in an airship crash, Edith killed herself - only the Doctor saved Charley from said crash, creating the paradox. Charley manages to vanquish the villain by convincing the time-locked Edith that she ''is'' important and ''will'' be remembered, preventing the suicide from ever happening.]]
** The episode "Listen", where the Doctor gives a quietly rousing speech to a scared little boy about how [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped fear makes you stronger than you could imagine]].[[spoiler: We find out at the end of the episode that Clara gave him that speech when he was a little boy who didn't have the grades to become a Time Lord, inspiring him to become the universe's greatest hero.]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** In Season 5 Chandler tries to apologize to Monica after a fight but almost gives up admitting how bad he is with relationships. She kisses him, quotes the trope word for word and their fight is forgotten.
** In Season 8 Rachel panics during her baby shower when she realizes she doesn't know a single thing about raising a baby, and is worried that she'll be a terrible mother. Ross relates how worried he was when his first child was born and how he was able to grow into taking care of him and likewise quotes this trope word for word for Rachel to tell her she that she's underestimating herself, reminding her of how how she went from being a spoiled DaddysGirl to an independent woman with a career.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' gets several of these from Buffy, Wesley and others across the course of his run on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and his own show. A notable one comes in "Somnambulist", when Cordelia convinces him he's better than Angelus or Penn, while cheerfully agreeing to "kill [him] dead" if he ever does become Angelus again.
** A rather dark version comes from Wesley when he assures Angel that he's a man with a demon inside him, not the other way around, and can come back from the transformation he'll need to make to win the fight Wesley is sending him into (due to the dimension they're in he becomes the demon itself instead of just getting a GameFace). Once Angel is gone Gunn asks him if he's really sure about that, and Wesley replies that he "needs him to think it." It's true though.
* In season five of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', Deborah cries and claims that Dexter has always been the strong one of the family. Her coworker protests, telling her he thinks it's the opposite.
** Deb also tries to assure Dexter that he's a good person despite his protests to the contrary. Of course, she doesn't know the [[SerialKiller real reason]] he is saying this...
* Though it's never explicit, this trope's subtext is definitely present in ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' where it's hinted that Arthur, despite his arrogance, suffers from low self-esteem thanks to the high expectations of his father. It's usually Merlin and Guinevere who provide the moral support needed for him to really embrace his role as a leader and future king.
* In episode 3 of ''Series/TheGleeProject'', [[http://video.oxygen.com/shows/the_glee_project/bonus_footage_16/cameron-tells-alex-hes-proud-of-him/v1336044 Cameron tells Alex he's proud of him]].
* Buffy tells Spike this in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Never Leave Me":
-->You faced the monster inside of you and you fought back. You risked everything to be a better man. And you can be. You are. You may not see it, but I do. I do. I believe in you, Spike.
** Later on, towards the series finale, Spike returns the speech, comforting a very demotivated Buffy:
--> When I say, 'I love you', it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman.
-->I don't exactly have the reputation of being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my head. So I've made a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred-plus years, only one thing I've ever been sure of. You.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode 1 has John telling Aeryn that she can be more than just a mindless soldier
* In the second part of the second season finale of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Bobby says this the Dean after he revealed that he [[spoiler: made a DealWithTheDevil in order to bring Sam back to life that would [[DraggedOffToHell drag him to hell]] in a year's time]] saying that he believed that his life actually had a meaning at that point since [[spoiler: his dad John had made the same deal to save his life earlier in the season.]] Bobby's response to Dean was how he could possibly have such a low opinion of himself.
** Dean gets this again in season eight, when he insists that he be the one to go through a set of trials to close the gates of Hell forever, a task that he imagines will be dangerous and potentially deadly. His reasoning is that Sam is smarter than he is and more capable of having a normal life, so he's the one who should get away from everything and survive, and that will make Dean happy. Sam tells him he's a genius who should want to live, and that Sam [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming believes in him.]]
** Castiel also gets a taste of this in season nine, courtesy of some fellow angels. [[spoiler:With the angels locked out of Heaven and multiple factions engaging in brutal feuds with each other]], Castiel wants the fighting to stop, but is severely disheartened by the actions of his kin and deeply regretful of his own past actions, some of which are actually being used as the current villains' inspiration. Castiel outright states that he is nothing, and when an angel approaches and wants to follow him, he says he's not a leader. He is told that he ''is'' a leader, and more than one angel has shown up wanting to join him.
* A literal version in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''; Carol comes to thank Darryl for his efforts to find Sophia.
-->'''Carol:''' You're every bit as good as them. Every bit.
* Rachel tells Quinn this in ''Series/{{Glee}}'', most notably during prom.
** Quinn also tells Rachel this in original song, implying that they may not hate each other quite as much as they make out to. ([[CoughSnarkCough cough]] {{les yay}} [[CoughSnarkCough cough cough]])
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma eventually comes to realize her role in breaking the Dark Curse was all according to Rumplestiltskin's plan. When she talks to Rumplestiltskin about that, he denies credit for what she's done, saying he simply knew what she would be able to do and planned accordingly. And her recent victory over Cora was all her doing.
* Jennifer Morrison was on the other end of such exchanges when she played [[MoralityPet Cameron]] on ''{{Series/House}}''. As part of House's [[TheHeart conscience]], she did her best to keep him from pulling [[RefugeInAudacity crazy stunts]], but she also tried to lift him up when he ran himself down unnecessarily. To take one memorable example: halfway through season three, Eve, a [[RapeAsDrama rape victim]], comes into the clinic and insists that House be her physician. Discussing the matter with his team, House avers that he's "useless at this sort of thing." Without missing a beat, Cameron responds "No, you're not." And while House looks confused, and even a bit scared, to hear that, he looks more than a little angry when Chase disagrees. Incidentally, Cameron's right: the episode ends with Eve opening up to House about the rape, which she had earlier refused to talk about even to a trained psychiatrist.
* Oliver, her father, and finally Laurel try to convince Sara on ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' that she's not a bad person, but she refuses to believe them until she overhears a cop referring to her as a hero for going into a burning building to rescue a child.
** When Oliver is skirting the DespairEventHorizon in "Streets of Fire," the penultimate episode of season two, Felicity snaps him out of it with a combination of YouAreNotAlone and this trope:
-->'''Felicity''': Malcolm Merlyn, the Count, the Clock King, the triad, everyone who has tried to hurt this city, you stopped them! And you will stop Slade.
** In the Season 5 episode "Disbanded", Oliver has soared past the DespairEventHorizon due to [[BigBad Prometheus']] physical and psychological torture in the previous episode convincing him that he's a monster. [[TheLancer Diggle]] refuses to let him wallow in this:
-->'''Dig''': You can tell me that you're a serial killer, or that you're crazy, or you're whatever [[spoiler: Chase]] has shoved into your head, but I'm not believing that, even if you do. And that is because I know the kind of man you are Oliver. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I know! And you don't need to punish yourself, or isolate yourself. But what you need to do is stop pushing me away. [[TrueCompanions Because I am NOT going anywhere Oliver!]] Do you get that?!
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Barry, when he meets Magenta, manages to talk her out of [[spoiler: killing her abusive dad and everyone else in the hospital]] with one of these.
-->'''Barry:''' This isn't the way. Your [[spoiler: foster father]] never forgave himself for his mistakes, that's why he took them out on you, he couldn't face who he is, he couldn't move forward. But you can.
* Series/{{Supergirl 2015}} has a [[BroughtDownToNormal depowered]] Kara doing this in order to get a looter to disarm himself during the aftermath of an earthquake.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': In "Not With My Pig, You Don't", Phil's mother Patty visits and tells Will stories about "Zeke's" life on their farm in Yamacraw, and Will tells them to a reporter who is writing a story about Phil's life in honor of him receiving an Urban Spirit Award. Phil is angry at him for spoiling his image those embarrassing stories, but Patty overhears them and is furious that he'd be ashamed of his upbringing. At the reception, a depressed Phil goes into the bathroom and Will goes to tell him that some of those stories were really great, such as him being the first black president of the Young Farmer's Association, and he gets him to realize that he had a fine boyhood.

* Music/BillyJoel's "You're Only Human (Second Wind)". The music video is even more explicit.
* Music/DavidBowie's "[[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Rock and Roll Suicide]]", perhaps surprisingly given the title:
-->''[[YouAreNotAlone Oh, no, love, you're not alone!]]\\
You're watching yourself, but you're too unfair!\\
You've got your head all tangled up, but if I could only make you care!\\
Oh, no, love, you're not alone!\\
No matter what or who you've been,\\
No matter when or where you've failed...''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpRUEsZoTyI Invisible]] by Disciple.
-->''You wish you were someone else\\
Every night you fall to pieces\\
Knowing you can't save yourself\\
I can see you, I can hear you\\
There's a place where the broken go\\
There's a room full of second chances\\
You're not stranded on your own\\
You're not invisible''
* "Firework" by Music/KatyPerry
* "Beautiful" by Music/ChristinaAguilera
* Another "Beautiful", by Music/{{Eminem}}
-->''And to the rest of the world:\\
God gave you shoes to fit you, so put 'em on and wear 'em\\
Be yourself, man\\
Be proud of who you are\\
Even if it sounds corny\\
Don't ever let anyone tell you you ain't beautiful''
* Eminem to Dr. Dre in "I Need A Doctor" by the latter
-->''Can't make a decision, you keep questionin' yourself\\
Second-guessin' and it's almost like you're beggin' for my help\\
Like I'm your leader, you're supposed to fuckin' be my mentor\\
I can endure no more, I demand you remember who you are!!''
* "Who Says" by Music/SelenaGomez
* "F**kin' Perfect" by P!nk
-->''Pretty, pretty please\\
Don't you ever, ever feel\\
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect\\
Pretty, pretty please\\
If you ever, ever feel\\
Like you're nothing\\
You are perfect, to me''
* "[[Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico I'll Be Your Mirror]]" by the Music/VelvetUnderground.
-->''I find it hard to believe you don't know\\
The beauty that you are\\
But if you don't, let me be your eyes\\
A hand in your darkness so you won't be afraid\\
When you think the night has seen your mind\\
That inside you're twisted and unkind\\
Let me stand to show that you are blind\\
Please put down your hands, 'cause I see you\\
I'll be your mirror''
* "Low Self-Opinion" by Music/HenryRollins:
--> ''If you could see the you that I see\\
When I see you seeing me\\
You'd see yourself so differently\\
Believe me''
* "Kill Your Heroes" by Music/{{AWOLNATION}}
-->''Well, I met an old man dying on a train\\
No more destination, no more pain\\
Well, he said one thing, before I graduate\\
Never let your fear decide your fate.''
* "You're Worth More Than Gold" by Brit Nicole.
* "Carry You" by Music/VNVNation
--> ''Truth defined by your adversities will defend you,\\
As your powers and all your energies conspire to carry you.''
* "Beautiful Freak" by Eels, in which somebody is comforted for being not like the others, yet that makes him/her great.
--> ''Some people think you have a problem\\
But that problem lies only with them\\
Just 'cause you are not like the others\\
And that is why I love you, beautiful freak''
* "Super Trouper" by ''Music/{{Superchick}}'' is about urging a friend to stop settling for the easy things in life and stop being afraid to take risks, and start living up to his or her potential.
* "Every Little Thing" by Music/TheBeatles, from ''Music/BeatlesForSale''.
* "Jojo", a moving tribute by Jacques Brel about his best friend Jojo who died of cancer. He tells him what a great friend he was and adds the iconic message:
--> Six feet below the ground, Jojo, you are not dead
--> six feet below the ground: I adore you still.
** Brel would die of the same illness only one year later.
* "Simply The Best" by Music/TinaTurner about a partner she considers superlative to all the others.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvwo8f3SXKA What Are You Waiting For?]]'' by Music/{{Disturbed}} is pulling double duty as this and a SelfEmpowermentAnthem.
--> ''Don't let them undermine\\
Your dreams can never be stolen\\
Don't leave them stagnant, rotting on the vine\\
Say goodbye to anyone who tries\\
To bleed you dry, you will show them\\
You're blessed with an unlimited supply\\
Leave nothing left behind\\
So what you waiting for, tell me what you're waiting for?\\
Don't stand by and deny it\\
So what you waiting for, tell me what you're waiting for?\\
Break new ground and defy it\\
Don't let the world outside\\
Leave you cornered and alone\\
So what you waiting for, tell me what you waiting for\\
Let them all be reminded''
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBdsO4bOIns "Porcelain"]] by Music/MarianasTrench
-->''You thought by now you'd have it figured out\\
You can't erase the way it pulls when seasons change\\
It hurts sometimes to find where you begin\\
You are perfect porcelain\\
The slow and simple melody\\
Of tears you cannot keep from me\\
It's alright if you don't know what you need''
* Parts of "By Your Side" by Music/{{Sade}}.
* "Priceless" by KING & COUNTRY, a song directed at women who, [[ImNotPretty for one reason]] [[DefiledForever or another]], feel unworthy of love. Towards the end, it adds in [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped no matter who you are, no matter what your past, you are a priceless and irreplaceable thing of beauty because you are you.]]
--> ''I see you [[FairytaleWeddingDress dressed in white]], every wrong made right\\
I see [[SomethingAboutARose a rose in bloom]] at the sight of you\\

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In one story in Myth/NorseMythology, Thor, along with Loki and Thor's servant Pjálfi, are challenged to several contests by the giant lord Utgard-Loki. Pjálfi competes against one of Utgard-Loki's men in a footrace, but only makes it halfway before his opponent finishes. Loki competes in an eating contest where he and his opponent have to start at opposing ends of a long trough full of meat and eat their way to the center, but while Loki reaches the center at the same time as his opponent, his opponent eats the bones and trough as well, so Loki loses. Thor himself has to drain a drinking mug, lift a cat, and wrestle an old woman, but he is only able to slightly lower the capacity of the cup, only manages to lift the cat's paw, and cannot defeat the old woman. [[BreakTheHaughty Having been humbled]], Thor and his companions [[SacredHospitality are treated as honored guests]], but the next morning, before they leave, Utgard-Loki tells Thor that while he had ''wanted'' to utterly humiliate him, he had actually done ''much'' better than he had thought. (The giant lord had used illusions in each contest to fool them; Pjálfi had been racing against the personification of Thought, and Loki had been competing against Fire; the cup that Thor tried to drink from was actually the sea, the cat was actually the Midgard Serpent, and the old woman was Old Age personified. Utgard-Loki admits that the fact that Thor and his companions did as well as they did scared the hell out of him and his court.)

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', there is a particular Social Charm for the Solar Exalted that acts as a literal gameplay effect of this trope: ''You Can Be More'', allowing a Solar to mend the broken spirits of those around them. With sufficient power behind it, the Charm can even literally cause a mortal to be more by making them become a Heroic Mortal and greatly increasing their own chances to Exalt.

* This is the essential crux of the "Starlight Sequence" song in the musical ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'', where the Starlight Express, a [[CrystalDragonJesus godlike entity]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext worshipped by the anthropomorphic representations of the trains in a child's train set]], shows up to tell the main character that he can win the race that all the trains are competing in if he just believes in himself.
* William Finn's song "You're Even Better Than You Think You Are" from ''Make Me A Song'', is an autobiographical story about people saying this to him when he was first starting out writing bad musicals, so he persevered into writing good musicals.
* In the final stretch of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (the 2013 stage musical), Charlie worries that he can't take over the titular factory from Willy Wonka because he has no experience in being a chocolatier. Wonka explains in the song "A Little Me" that Charlie may be inexperienced in that ''now'', but that means he's capable of learning and becoming a unique talent in the process; moreover, he's "not just any careless child", but a bright, imaginative, kind, unspoiled, and disciplined one, "So aren't you glad upon review/That Charlie Bucket I chose you!"
* ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'':
-->'''Hapgood:''' I can't stop being crazy. But that's my own affair.\\
'''Fay:''' No, it isn't. You're the hope of the world.\\
'''Hapgood:''' I don't think you can possibly repeat that sentence without laughing.\\
'''Fay:''' You're the hope of the world. You and all the crazy people like you.\\
'''Hapgood:''' From the first moment, you've been trying to put me on a white horse. Now stop it!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, [[spoiler:Sora gives this to Riku's replica after slaying Marluxia when he calls himself a fake]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Sora:''' Wait! Who cares if someone created you? You are you and nobody else. You have your own heart inside you! Those feelings and memories are yours and yours alone! They're special!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Riku:''' Sora, you're a good guy. I don't have to be real to see how real your feelings are.]]\\

* Turning [[spoiler:Aribeth]] [[LoveRedeems back from the dark side]] in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' revolves around this trope.
** There even is a fan-made expansion giving some closure to [[spoiler:Aribeth]]'s story in which the first chapter consists almost entirely of this trope.
* The Jedi Exile can say this to [[BrokenBird Visas]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''. And near the end, after being told by the Jedi Council that they're [[spoiler:actually a living "Force wound" leeching power off of their friends who are only there because of the Exile's unusual ability to Force-bond]], either Visas or the Disciple (depending on the Exile's gender) will tell them that the Council is full of it and their friends there because they ''believe'' in the Exile.
* In ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity: Nova'', the entire Mu'hari caste among the Polaris are this. They train for decades to gain aptitude in all forms of combat, commerce, sciences, engineering, diplomacy, espionage and more; their chief jobs (beside all-round assistants) are as elite covert operatives and judges. However, they are culturally conditioned to feel great shame about their failure to specialize (with the Mu'hari acting as a sort of "caste-less" caste). This may be an intentional way to prevent them from rising above their peers.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': [[spoiler:After [[ObliviouslyEvil N]] has his HeelRealization, he takes it pretty badly. However, he is soon reminded that Reshiram/Zekrom still recognized him as a hero by allowing itself to be caught by him.]]
** Even better since [[spoiler: Ghetsis]]'s plan was banking on the first realization to [[DespairEventHorizon break his spirit completely]].
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'', this is, in essence, the line that definitely snaps Kaori Yae out of her HeroicBSOD, in her mandatory event:
-->'''[[BrokenBird Kaori]]:''' That's why... That's why, I'm like this cherry tree. Unable to bloom... Just a bothersome being...\\
'''[[{{AFGNCAAP}} Protagonist]]:''' That's not true ! After all, that tree is blooming. It's just blooming a little later than the others.\\
'''Kaori:''' But... Even if it's blooming...\\
'''Protagonist:''' It's fine if it's blooming late. Even if it were to hurry and bloom, if it doesn't produce a nice color and smell, it would mean nothing.\\
'''Kaori:''' ...(Ah!)\\
'''Protagonist:''' Yae-san, it's fine if you bloom at your pace.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', [[BrokenHero Garlot]] is often given this kind of encouragement by Siskier and Nessiah. As he's an abused kid with low self-confidence, he needs it desperately.
* A fair bit of the Paragon choices in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' revolve around this concept:
** Jack in the second game, to whom Shepard repeatedly tries to convince there is more than just anger and violence.
** Wrex is the best example: in the first game some of the conversations, and a critical decision on Virmire, revolve around his despair about the future of his people and attempting rekindle his (once held) belief their society could be reborn through the krogan's own efforts. Assuming he lives at Virmire, you meet him again in the second game and discover that your efforts succeeded; he's become the most powerful leader on the planet and will drag his people out of the darkness kicking and screaming.
** Garrus is another example. When he lets his quest for revenge begin to get in the way of his morals, Shepard continuously tries to pull him back, even standing in between Garrus' sniper scope and his target, essentially implying that he'll have to shoot him/her in order to get his revenge.
** In the third game, Paragon Shepard invokes this about the geth's decision to ally with the ''Reapers'' and go to war with the Quarians.
--->'''Shepard:''' How did we get here? The geth are better than this.\\
'''Legion:''' No. Based on empirical evidence, they are not.\\
'''Shepard:''' ''[sighs]'' Yeah.
** Again in the third game, many of Shepard's conversations with EDI revolve around supporting her goal to find her own version of humanity by convincing her she's more than just circuits and software.
** Ironically, in the third game conversations with others, especially near the endgame, are people trying to help ''Shepard'' believe that s/he deserves the faith being placed in him/her to keep him/her from going completely past the DespairEventHorizon. Liara and Garrus in particular really try to keep Shepard's spirits up.
--->'''Shepard:''' There's only so much death and destruction you can take before...\\
'''Garrus:''' Before your friend picks you up, dusts you off, and reminds you that you're the best damn soldier he's ever served with.
* The player characters in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' also get moments like these with their party members, especially in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. They also have different ways to do it, depending on Hawke's dominant personality and whether you're a Friend or a Rival.
** From [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Origins]], we have this gem, should you choose not to Harden Leliana:
--->'''Leliana:''' What we're doing... what we've done -- hunted men down, killed them -- part of me loves it. It invigorates me and this scares me. I... I feel myself slipping.\\
'''[[PlayerCharacter The Warden]]''': "Evil doesn't worry about not being good."
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[spoiler:Blackwall/Thom Rainier]] is this in spades. [[spoiler:Once a well-respected Orlesian army captian, he accepted a bribe from a noble to assasinate one of the noble's rivals...and his entire family. When the truth came out, he ran, abandoning his men to be punished in his stead, and became a drifter until he was recruited by a Grey Warden named Blackwall. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Plagued by guilt of what he did to the noble's family, and to his men,]] he joined up, only for Blackwall to be killed while escorting him to the Wardens for his joining. Since he was afraid that the other Wardens would thing he'd murdered Blackwall, he took Blackwall's identity and became a "Grey Warden" himself, dedicating himself to the Wardens' cause of protecting the innocent. The trope comes into play when the truth is finally let out, as this is one of the things you can say to him after he turns himself in. If you have Blackwall released and pardon him for his crimes, he takes up the trope's banner and [[WalkTheEarth travels around Thedas]] using his story as inspiration for others who also found themselves in his position.]]
* The basic premise of ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' is that the titular characters help give people the self-confidence they need to power through a seemingly impossible situation...by dancing. Moments where this trope is most notable include "[[Music/GoodCharlotte The Anthem]]", which revolves around a past-his-prime baseball star trying to regain his spark by fighting a fire-breathing golem in an amusement park. [[WidgetSeries It's that kind of game.]]
* In one random dialogue, Lyndon the Scoundrel from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' questions whether killing the Lords of Hell would be enough to make him a good person. The hero of the game says no. He already is.
-->'''Lyndon:''' If I keep killing demons, I might actually become a good person, right?\\
'''PC:''' I don't think so.\\
'''Lyndon:''' Seriously?\\
'''PC:''' You already are a good person.
* In ''VideoGame/Portal2'', Aperture Science CEO Cave Johnson spends several scenes telling his secretary, Caroline, that she shouldn't be so modest, and means it when he says that, without Caroline, Aperture would have sunk long ago. [[spoiler:This later becomes tragic as, when it becomes clear to Cave that his illness is going to kill him before the completion of the GLADOS project, which would allow him to store his body in a computer and continue to run Aperture after his death. Believing Caroline to be the only other person who could run the company, he orders the scientists to put her in the GLADOS mainframe instead, after his death. Cave, unfortunately, had lived with Caroline's modesty for so long that he believed that anything Caroline may have said about not wanting to be sealed inside a computer forever was just more modesty.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'', Arf suggests that Fate might have turned out like her EvilCounterpart, the AxCrazy Material-L, if Nanoha and the others had not been there for her. Nanoha disagrees, saying that because Fate has Arf, she is not alone, and she is a stronger person than Material-L. [[HeartwarmingMoments Arf and Fate are touched by hearing that]].
* Batman, of all people, gives one to Victor Fries/Dr. Freeze in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Batman: Arkham City]]''. It's made all the more surprising/touching by the fact that Batman has otherwise [[TookALevelInJerkass taken a level in jerkass]] since the last game.
-->'''Batman:''' ''[to Fries]'' [[FindTheCure Fix]] [[[TheLostLenore Nora]]] and [[ReformedCriminal quit]] this life. You're ''better'' than this.
* ''Everybody'' does this for Luke in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss,'' mostly because after finding out [[spoiler: he's Asch's clone,]] he spends the rest of the game with a massive inferiority complex. Some instances are absolutely [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], including when Jade admits he's learned a lot [[MoralSociopathy about humanity]] by watching Luke grow, or any of the ''dozens'' of time Guy declares his UndyingLoyalty to Luke, damn the fact that [[spoiler: Luke's a replica.]] And some examples are more heart''breaking'', including when Asch, of all people, yells at him for putting himself down all the time.
* Ryan gives a memorable version of this lecture to Princess Carranya, who feels oppressed by her responsibilities as royalty, in Act II of VideoGame/LoveAndWar, ending with:
-->'''Ryan:''' "And for what it's worth, I think you make a great Princess. I'd be proud to be your subject when you become Queen."
* "[[Franchise/DevilMayCry Devils never cry.]]" A recurring phrase in the games, given to emphasize a character's humanity despite their demonic [[HalfHumanHybrid heritage]] or [[ArtificialHuman creation]], and puncutating [[spoiler:Trish's HeelFaceTurn]] in the first game and [[spoiler:Lucia's TomatoInTheMirror moment]] from the second. Even Dante gets a slight variant in the third game, when [[spoiler:Vergil is trapped in the demon world]].
-->'''Dante:''' [[SandInMyEyes Devils never cry]].\\
'''Lady:''' I see. Maybe somewhere out there even a [[TitleDrop devil may cry]] when he loses a loved one. Don't you think?
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'': In the ending, [[spoiler: the two Entities tell the player "Everything you need is already within you. [[YouAreNotAlone You are never alone]]. You are stronger than you know"]]
* Should you do a [[KillEmAll Genocide]] run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: Papyrus will try to stave you off your destructive path by assuring you that you're a great person at heart and, if you just try, no matter how little effort you put into it, the great person you are will shine through. Should you kill him anyway, despite his speech, he'll even use his last breath to promise you that he knows you can do better, even if you don't think so yourself]]. The faith he puts in you has proven to be just as effective as [[WakeUpCallBoss Undyne's]] and [[SNKBoss Sans]]' beatdowns when it comes to making people abort their Genocide runs.
* In ''Videogame/{{Super Smash Bros}} Brawl: Videogame/{{The Subspace Emissary}}'', King Dedede grabs Ness and [[{{story branching}} Peach or Zelda]] as a matter of convenience due to them already being trophified. However, the one character he specifically seeks out to be his ace in the hole, his last chance backup for when everything goes to crud... is Luigi.
* In one of the endings of ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' ([[spoiler:the "Leave" ending]]), James is having a conversation with [[spoiler:his dead wife, Mary, for the last time]]. During the course of his conversation, he first states [[spoiler:he killed her to end the pain for her.]]...then states that wasn't quite true; that he also did so [[spoiler:because on some level he hated her and wanted his life back]]. The reply comes:
--->''James... if that were true, then why do you look so sad?''
* When ''VideoGame/{{Hiveswap}}'' protagonist Joey Claire travels to the [[OurTrollsAreDifferent troll]] planet Alternia and meets [[ExtremeDoormat Xefros]] [[ApologisesALot Tritoh]], the latter constantly [[InternalizedCategorism puts himself and his blood caste down]] due to the low expectations of their end of the [[AlienBlood Hemospectrum]]. Regardless, Joey regards him as a [[CowardlyLion brave if humble]] companion who put himself at considerable risk throughout Act 1 to help her out of her predicament. She then vows to show him [[ThePowerOfFriendship what true friendship is]] and assure him that [[YouAreNotAlone she's with him]] in his fight to end the blood caste discrimination.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the fourth case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'', Edgeworth [[spoiler: does this to an amnesiac Kay who thinks she killed someone and just doesn't remember.]]
* VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend: After Yuuya makes several self- deriding comments about himself (if you choose to meet with him at the Shrine in Holiday Star), Hiyoko more or less says this to him word for word.
--> "I think you're a better person than you think you are, Yuuya! Sakuya and the doctor are always chewing you out, but you shouldn't let that get you down. Just do your thing and be yourself."

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the season 7 episode of ''Machinima/ArbyNTheChief'' entitled "''Greenlit''", there's this exchange between [[JerkAss Master Chief]] and [[spoiler:a Hallucination of Cortana]].
-->'''CHIEF:''' [[spoiler:u has 2 b a ghosts / u cant b a figment newton of my imaginations]] / look -- as much as i hated 2 admit it -- ur sort of smarter than i am / k? / so how can u knew shit that i doesnt, and thot about stuff on ur own, and get all pissy @ me [[spoiler:if ur in my brains?]] / i doesnt get it / u could only knew whatever things i knew or sumthing, rite?\\
'''CORTANA:''' Maybe, somewhere deep within your mind, you're a lot smarter and have a much clearer understanding of right from wrong than you think.
* Foamy, the normally {{Jerkass}} squirrel in ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'', gives Germaine a second chance at life with a reset button, basically telling her that he thinks she can do a lot better than how she is right now and can change her life.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In "A Much Needed Talk," Blake, believing that she betrayed her family by leaving them to follow the White Fang's new leader, no longer considers herself worthy of their love. Her father tells her that her eventually leaving and setting herself back onto the right path proves she is a far stronger person than most people ever manage.
* The nameless, reclining nude person in the memetically weird claymation short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHH2DFDcpH8 "Hi Stranger"]] (NSFW if your workplace doesn't like nudity, otherwise pretty wholesome, but weird) tells the viewer this toward the end. It's actually quite touching, all things considered.
-->'''Unnamed Character:''' I've been thinking about you a lot, lately. I see you trying to do so many things at once. Worrying about a decision you made, or worried that you said the wrong thing to someone. You're so hard on yourself. But you're ''wonderful'', and worthy of being loved. You really are. You just have to let yourself believe it. Well, I know you're really busy and probably have to go. [[SincerityMode But I'm glad I got to see you for a minute]]. I love you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0073/ Quentyn shamefully flees the successful conclusion of his first case]] thinking that he blundered through it and succeeded only through dumb luck. However, just before he takes off, the local sheriff asks what he is doing and the young Racoonan confesses. At that, the Sheriff firmly tells Quentyn that he is not stupid nor a failure, but a hero who showed admirable guile, skill and courage to save the day. As Quentyn's mood lifts, the Sheriff gives him his hat noting wryly that the young Questor's career has had an excellent start. Repeated after [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0213 a heroic charge]] and in this case the one doing the reassuring is an ''angel'' or close to it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'': Amber thinks she's useless, 'til Robin and Ethan both play a role in turning her around.
* ''Webcomic/GreyIs'': Black thinks of himself as weak and not able to help other people, White who admires Blacks emotional strength disagrees and says something to this effect
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Grace is a genius, but when things go wrong, she always blames herself, and she thinks she's stupid. She also moped about "whether she deserves this power" and refused to shapeshift after the fight. Until one of her siblings told her in no uncertain terms both to grow back a fluffy tail and where to stick such concerns.
** A very young alternate universe Tedd felt that he was "no good," and not just at kickball. When Ellen woke up from dreaming about that universe, almost the first thing she did was ring the doorbell, hug this universe's Tedd and tell him he's "plenty good," and abruptly leaving without any explanation.
* ''Webcomic/ShadowGirls'': Becka has to be told this after hesitating to SaveTheVillain. Which, given that said villain [[spoiler: tried to have her raped [[KickTheDog as a prank]]]] roughly a week before ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation maybe]]) [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac trying to unmake the universe]]]], says [[MessianicArchetype quite a bit.]]
* In [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/722 these]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/723 two]] consecutive ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' strips, Piro finally gets some sense talked into him.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', because Florence is a carnivore, and Sam is a scavenger, Florence thinks that the captain sneaking to steal her food is low-ranking, and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00637.htm she needs to apply this trope.]]
** Florence has been trying to help the robots of planet Jean achieve independence and avoid being mass-mindwiped by a brutal safeguard program. She begins to have second thoughts upon meeting Dr. Bowman, who created the robots' neural architecture, and learning that he is a high-functioning sociopath with impulse control problems [[spoiler:(by virtue of being an uplifted chimpanzee)]]. She knows, of course, that Bowman also created ''her'' neural architecture, and he points out that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02476.htm if HER first thought was for the safety of humans]], the robots would probably react similarly to the idea that their safeguards can be broken.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Dave is on the receiving end of this after [[spoiler:he finds his Bro's corpse]], concluding that he's done nothing heroic and that his closest friend is better than he is, while Terezi tries to convince him that he is actually a heroic badass and not just an [[ItMakesSenseInContext alligator swindler]]. Of course, the trial for characters of the Knight class -- like Dave -- usually involves self-esteem in some way. Terezi, despite being a Seer instead of a Knight, gets a turn in the trope crosshairs when she's having a self-esteem crisis about her alternate universe counterpart being so popular and [[TotallyRadical radical]], and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Karkat]] [[HairTriggerTemper of all people]] tells her that she doesn't ''need'' to put on a [[LargeHam ridiculously over-the-top act]] to be likeable and that when she withdraws she's just hiding someone who's already beautiful.
** When Dirk is feeling down on himself after finding out what an asshole his alternate universe counterpart was, Dave tells him that he doesn't seem like a bad person and that he shouldn't beat himself up over the things his other self did.
* When a major WhamEpisode of ''Webcomic/{{Rain}}'' hit a little too close to home for some people, the author wrote an apology on her Website/DeviantArt journal, assuring the readers that Rain will make it through this.
--> ''Same goes for you, Rain Beaus. You are stronger than you may realize. Don't let anyone hold anything over you. And if you think you're alone, [[YouAreNotAlone remember that we're ALL friends here]]. Myself and 2,000+ other people watching this page want to see you and everyone else here live positively in the way you want to.''
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Becky, one of the vampires who turned on Zandra, is undergoing StagesOfMonsterGrief and [[DrivenToSuicide wishing she was dead]]. Zandra notes how some of the other vampires follow her, and tells her she's stronger than she thinks she is.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'':
** Done in a subtle way in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when Ma-Ti is trying to get WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to stop being a douchebag. He tells him that he's strong and loyal, but Critic's still on his "a president has no friends" kick.
** Film Brain tries very hard to get the Critic to believe this in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', but by then the Critic is just too depressed to listen. Not even a "you've evolved beyond my writing" speech from [[spoiler: Creator/DougWalker]] helped. [[PeacefulInDeath Finally dying did though]].
** More downbeat in the review of ''Film/ChristmasWithTheKranks'', as Critic talks about people changing sometimes not always for the best, and you'll/he'll fuck up, but don't hate yourself too much.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Tattletale and Skitter]] try to convince [[spoiler:Panacea]] of this, unsuccessfully.
* In episode 44 of ''Podcast/{{WelcomeToNightVale}}'', [[spoiler:Dana, or her double,]] talks about meeting their future self, and expresses disappointment at having to wait until they get older before becoming important. Cecil's response?
--> "You have always been important. You have always been something. Age just reveals the facts that always were. Experience uncovers the you that always was."
* ''[[WebOriginal/{{Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]]'' is a pretty upfront tagline: Cord Cai is a [[GenericEthnicCrimeGang Chinese-American gangster,]] who's normally a ''villain.'' His backstory is a metric ton of shit: His parents are in prison, he was frequently gay-bashed (which is worse since he's ''bisexual,'' not gay), and joined a street gang in high school to cope. While he and his fiance Roland are trying to go clean, [[PlotTriggeringDeath Roland gets shot in a carjacking.]] The PoliceAreUseless, so Cord tracks the carjacker down and shoots him because [[TragicVillain he feels like it's his only choice.]] The [[AllThereInTheManual author's notes]] state that this is his long journey back from the DespairEventHorizon to acknowledge that he's a superhero.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' episode "The Weak Component", Rattrap, feeling inadequate due to his robot mode not possessing any offensive weapons or capabilities (which is constantly remarked to him, contemptuously, by his fellow Maximals) in a moment of desperation, strikes a deal with Megatron, who will give him "noise-makers" in exchange for protection during one night of crucial repairs. When the rest of the Maximals find out about the deal, they confront Rattrap, who they accuse of traitor (not without reason). Rattrap replies by stating that ''"You never believed in me. Ever"'' to which Optimus, who just arrived on the scene, replies ''"I believe in you"'' and ''"You don't need these weapons. You're stronger than you know. Stronger than ANY OF YOU know'' [referring to the other Maximals]". With renewed self-confidence, Rattrap ceases his attack on his teammates and leaves peacefully, having fulfilled his promise to Megatron as the sun rises and he was not touched by Maximal hands.
* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** "In Blackest Night": Green Lantern John Stewart is convinced that he inadvertently destroyed an inhabited world and submits to a trial and execution. However, his fellow Leaguers don't buy it and conduct their own investigation and eventually prove to John and his judges that he was framed.
** "Wake the Dead": Several bystanders jeer and denounce Shayera for her role as TheMole during the Thanagarian invasion. Green Lantern snaps that she doesn't deserve that, but she sadly says that she does. Then, another bystander thanks her for saving her life, and Green Lantern tells her "You deserve that, too."
* Two different cases in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'':
** After Mekanek saves the day by helping defeat Count Marzo after feeling a lack of self-worth over his rather lame powers in one episode, He-Man tells him he's "kind of special", and it helps Mek get his confidence back.
** In another episode, after Orko causes a rather big accident at the palace, he goes to Castle Greyskull to beg the Sorceress to send him back to his home dimension, where he never made mistakes and was respected. The Sorceress agrees to do so, but while Orko is waiting in the library, he's approached by a mysterious "visitor" [[spoiler:(actually the Sorceress in disguise)]] who shows him several occasions where he's made a difference on ''this'' world, including a ShoutOut to his origin in the original series. Later, Orko is able to help defend the Castle when Skeletor uses the Ram-Stone to break in, the pep-talk having worked.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Iroh tries to tell Zuko this, though he's too busy wallowing in his WellDoneSonGuy syndrome to notice.
** Until his HeelRealization, that is.
** Also from ''Avatar'', we have two examples from "The Firebending Masters," known by some as one of the series' Crowning Episodes of Heartwarming.
-->'''Aang''' (holding some fire): But what if I can't control it?\\
'''Zuko''': You can do it. I know you can. You're a talented kid.
** And:
-->'''Aang''': You know, Zuko, [[DamnedByFaintPraise I don't care what everyone else says.]] You're pretty smart!
** In "Sozin's Comet: The Old Masters", when Zuko hesitates to enter his Uncle Iroh's tent because he doesn't think he'll be able to forgive him after his betrayal and what he put him through, Katara confidently assures him that Iroh will forgive him because he's sorry for everything he did. She is more confident in his redemption than he is his own, because she knows his remorse is genuine, especially considering that only two episodes ago was "The Southern Raiders", when Zuko selflessly aided Katara in tracking down her mother's killer.
** Later on, when Iroh tells Zuko he must be the one to become Fire Lord after Aang defeats Ozai, Zuko doesn't think he can because of all the mistakes he's made. Iroh tells him that, yes, he made mistakes, but he battled through his struggles and suffering to find his own path and restore his honor on his own, making him the perfect candidate to do the same for the Fire Nation.
* In SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra is suffering questioning the necessity of the Avatar and Asami reminds her of all of the important things she did to save the world. When she still has problems, Korra confronts [[ArchEnemy Zaheer]], [[VillainRespect who praises her for her strength and says that Korra has more power than she could possibly imagine]], the only stumbling block is her own doubt. This is what finally gets Korra to reach her full spiritual potential and overcome her PTSD.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', as the Magus dies, Goliath thanks him. The Magus can't believe that, since he was the one who cursed the clan in the first place, but Goliath insists that saving the clan's children more than makes up for it.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'' episode "Omens Part One" has a nice little moment between Lion-O and Jaga.
--> '''Lion-O''': It's official, they think I'm a failure. And they always will unless I can prove I'm not chasing a childish dream... But how can I do that when even Grune said there wasn't tech out there?!\\
'''Jaga''': Don't let what Grune failed to see stand in the way of what you believe.
** Comes back in the season finale after [[spoiler: Mumm-Ra gets the Tech stone and his LoveInterest Pumyra is revealed to be little more than his puppet]] Lion-O is reduced to a huddled wreck utterly convinced of his own failure until Kit reminds him that his actions saved countless lives and united the various races of Third Earth for perhaps the first time in history.
%%* Subverted in JusticeLeagueDoom.
* While not outright stated, the sense of this trope is there in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', when Flynn Rider tells Rapunzel why he changed his name from [[spoiler:Eugene Fitzherbert]]: He was a lonely kid in an orphanage, and wanted to be a cool LoveableRogue thief, like his favorite character. Rapunzel tells him she likes his real name better, and she is implied to be the first person who liked him for himself.
** He repays her by [[spoiler: cutting her hair, ruining its rejuvenating magic and freeing her of it.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Satisfaction", Ollie is crushed with guilt after a harrowing RageAgainstTheMentor tirade from [[spoiler:the original Roy Harper]]. He thinks that he utterly failed at being a mentor for all three of his sidekicks: [[spoiler:original Roy who was kidnapped, cloned, maimed, and kept on ice for years, clone Roy who fell into depression over CloningBlues, and Artemis who was "killed".]] Red Arrow reassures Ollie that he wasn't a terrible mentor. Especially poignant since Red Arrow spent most of the series resenting Ollie for one reason or another.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Bruce Wayne says this to Terry [=McGinnis=] at the end.
-->"Terry, I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The parody of Literature/GreatExpectations involved Pip invoking this trope on his love interest. She snaps ''dozens'' of adorable little rabbits' necks before she gets bored of it, which he convinces her is proof enough that she's not the evil monster she considers herself. She was willing to try killing another one, but he insists his point is proven anyways.
** Played straight in the episode "Tweek x Craig". After the town is convinced the two are in a relationship, Craig comes up with a plan to stage a fake break-up. When Tweek protests that he's a terrible actor, Craig tells him that he is "capable of more than [he thinks]". This ends up working so well that Tweek [[GoneHorriblyRight gets caught up in the act and unintentionally makes Craig look like a manipulative cheater]]. He later admits that Craig made him believe in himself like he never had before.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]", Clark Kent does this to Jimmy Olsen while the latter is suffering from an [[IJustWantToBeSpecial inferiority complex]]. At the end of the episode he does it again as Superman.
-->'''Clark''': You're selling yourself short.
* Octus gives this to Kimmy in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' after she has tried the entire time to seduce him to get him to do her work for her. She eventually breaks down and claims that since she is a cheerleader and popular she cannot be "smart". Octus flat out tells her that if she put the same kind of energy in her studies that she does in her cheer-leading she can do anything. With that she finally gets the confidences and passes it on her own skills. And because of this Kimmy starts to date Octus.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Flight to The Finish", has Scootaloo, a young pegasus who can't fly (a situation that, in fanon, is considered equivalent to a kid being handicapped), getting mocked and bullied for this, and ends locking herself in her room, extremely depressed. Her surrogate CoolBigSister, Rainbow Dash, gives her a speech after she loses all faith in herself, getting her out of her HeroicBSOD.
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': Listen, Scootaloo. Maybe you'll fly someday, or maybe you won't. You're all kinds of awesome anyway. Who's the toughest little pony in town?
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'s'' [[AnAesop aesop]], and Spike's character arc for the episode, revolve around him learning this.
** The basic idea behind [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v29NtMcW03s the Princesses song to Twilight]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1]]".
-->'''Cadence:''' ''You stand here for a reason,\\
You are gifted and you are strong,\\
That crown is upon your head because you belong!''
** Princess Luna needed one as well in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep Do Princesses Dream Of Magic Sheep?]]" - it turns out the [[MonsterOfTheWeek nightmare-inducing Tantabus]] was created by Luna to punish herself every night for what she did as Nightmare Moon, not believing that she deserved forgiveness; that the Tantabus escaped and started giving the Mane Six then all of Ponyville nightmares and threatened to escape into the waking world just made her guilt worse and in turn made the Tantabus even stronger. Twilight points out that all the effort and work Luna's done to try to stop shows that Luna is not the pony Nightmare Moon was, since Nightmare Moon would have gleefully let the Tantabus wreak havoc.
** This is a recurring trope for Starlight Glimmer:
*** "The Cutie Re-Mark": Being defeated once again, giving up her ideals for good, on top of witnessing the dire consequences of her actions, Starlight is left guilt-stricken and broken. She doesn't know what to do with herself anymore and is ready to face whatever punishment awaits her. Twilight and the others decide to bring her in, so they can show her the true benefits of Friendship. Twilight in particular seeing and noting Starlight's amazing talent and even greater potential that Starlight herself never noticed or realized. Starlight Glimmer is now Twilight's new pupil, effectively becoming a SixthRanger to the Mane Six.
*** "The Crystalling – Part 2", Starlight expresses disappointment after her initial attempts to reconcile with Sunburst don't work out and questions whether or not Twilight Sparkle was right in considering her worthy of friendship and giving her another chance as her pupil. Spike tells Starlight she is worth being friends with and encourages her to keep trying to reconcile with Sunburst. [[spoiler: Which she manages in the end.]]
*** "To Where and Back Again", Trixie assures Starlight that she is a good leader, and that she must embrace her talent for it, despite her own fears. This pep talk is enough to convince Starlight to press on with the rescue mission.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "On the Run", it comes to light that Amethyst views herself as [[IAmAMonster a mistake and a parasite]], due to where and why she was created. After a VerbalBackspace or two, Pearl is eventually able to get through to her (see the quotes page).
** In "Sworn to the Sword", Connie begins to display the view that as [[WeAreAsMayflies an ordinary human]], she's nothing compared to Steven's legacy and power (a byproduct of learning from Pearl, who unwittingly projects her own self-esteem issues onto Connie). Steven shuts that down right away, reminding her how they work best as a team, and how much he admires her.
** In "Friend Ship", Pearl breaks down and admits to Garnet that [[LivingEmotionalCrutch she depends on her for strength]] and that, being "just a pearl", she feels useless without someone else telling her what do. Garnet responds with this:
--->'''Garnet:''' It's not easy being in control. I have weaknesses too. But I choose not to let them consume me. I struggle to stay strong because I know the impact I have on everyone. ''Please'' understand, Pearl. You have an impact too. There are times when I look up to you for strength. ''You are your own gem.'' You control your destiny. Not me, not Rose, not Steven. But you must choose to be strong, so we can move forward.
** In "Too Short To Ride", Amethyst reassures Peridot after the other gem is shown to be insecure about herself and her lack of Gem abilities, saying that they like Peridot for who she is. It's nice because Amethyst's had to deal with the same sort of self-esteem issues herself, and now she's helping others with them.
--->'''Amethyst:''' ''(to Peridot)'' This whole time we’ve been here you’ve just been focusing on what you can’t do, of course you’re not having any fun. You think that all you are is what you could be. But we don’t hang out with you because of who you COULD be! We like YOU.
* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Vanessa tells her father this, pointing out that he's a decent human being who's terrible at being evil and doesn't need to let his [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood past]] determine his future.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''/''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[Recap/FamilyGuyS13E1TheSimpsonsGuy crossover]], Lisa interrupts Meg's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about herself with a very gentle [[IronicEcho "Shut up, Meg."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' Dipper Pines, despite going up trumping supernatural menaces on a weekly basis, has severe self-esteem issues. He's such a bundle of anxiety (Not helped by the teasing he gets) that he thinks of himself as this noodle-armed wimp whose only saving grace is having a BigBookOfEverything. He gets these sorts of speeches from three characters on separate occasions.
-->"Dipper, you don't need that book. On your own you defeated a giant robot with nothing but your bare hands! You're a hero whether you've got that Journal or not!" '''-Mabel, "Gideon Rises"'''\\
"This summer was super boring until you showed up. I have more fun with you than anybody else, and if you ever stopped being my friend, I would, like, throw myself into the Bottomless Pit!" - '''Wendy, after giving the BetterAsFriends talk, "Into The Bunker"'''\\
"This is what I was talking about. How many other twelve-year-olds do you think are capable of doing what you've done?" '''-[[spoiler: The Author, Stanford Pines]], "Dipper and Mabel vs the Future"'''

[[folder: Real Life]]
* You. Oh sure, you faced all of yesterday just to get to today, and tomorrow probably won't be any better. And all you have to do is browse TV Tropes at 3AM. But you're here because you want to know, and learn, and share. And aren't those things worthwhile too?
* As noted in the laconic version of this trope, the statement "you are better than you think you are" is backed up with an explanation or motivation ''why'' the person making this speech believes this (something which isn't reflected in the Superman picture atop this page and some entries). To borrow the example with the disabled person, this motivation would come in pointing out that while he or she might never walk again (in case of wheelchair bound people), they have gotten amazing victories in chess, are very talented in singing, drawing, writing inspirational speeches, or what-have-you. They can't walk, but they're ''not'' worthless. Without this sort of motivation, "yes you can" or "you are better than you think you are" falls flat and can come over insulting or condescending. Or give the impulse to look at the first entry of this page's Real Life examples and ask "''why?''".
** ''But'' it's also important to remember, as some forget, that a person with a disability is (generally) capable of things that people don't realize they're capable of - that sometimes the person themselves doesn't realize they could do. There are countless examples of people with disabilities breaking through barriers, starting with the Special Olympics and including a Down's Syndrome woman graduating from college, an Autistic teenager writing a book about her experiences[[hottip:*:after learning to type and proving to her surprised parents that she actually had a fully-functional mind in there despite being unable to talk or control much of her body]], and a kid born without arms growing up to become a motivational speaker. Having a disability ''usually'' doesn't mean you can't leave a mark on the world and ''definitely'' doesn't mean you're worthless.
* People often start physical training and the like vastly underestimating their own abilities, especially if their lifestyle doesn't really involve strenuous work. A part of the trainer's job isn't just building them up physically, but showing their client just how strong they are when they're pushed.
* In a more tragic, TearJerker real life example of this, [[WebVideo/YouCanPlayThis Justin Carmical]] made a speech along these lines during a livestream, telling everyone watching that they are not stupid, no matter what they think or what people tell them, only to commit suicide almost one year later.
* Herb Brooks's speech to his US hockey team right before the famed "Miracle on Ice" game, when the amateur squad beat the four-time defending champs from the USSR in the 1980 Olympic semifinals, arguably the greatest sports upset ever:
-->''One game; if we played them ten times, they might win nine. But not this game, not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight we stay with them, and we shut them down because we can. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world.''
* In Psychology, the Imposter Effect is something a lot of people whose talent outstrips their confidence suffer from. It is essentially the opposite of the Dunning-Krueger effect (where somebody is too incompetent to make a fair assessment of their own competency and overestimate their own abilities), the upshot is that somebody who is actually pretty good at what they do believe that they are below average. This causes people who could do better to not seek promotions, pay rises, etc, believing that they aren't deserving of such things, or in extreme cases somebody will realise that they've been faking it all this time and firing them instead. These kinds of fears are almost never true and can hold people who could handle higher positions and more responsibility back from achieving their full potential.