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Playing With: Break Them by Talking
Basic Trope: A character is emotionally damaged just by another character's words.
  • Straight: After receiving a Breaking Speech from Alice about his behavior, Bob suffers from a Heroic BSOD.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is Driven to Suicide just by a few insults from Alice.
  • Downplayed: While not causing emotional harm, Bob manages to make Alice unsettled and rethink her beliefs with a few words.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is proud that Alice made the speech, and returns the favor by giving her one.
    • The speech makes Bob proud for some reason.
    • Alice's speech makes HER have a Heroic BSOD.
  • Subverted: Alice's speech affects Bob, but he's not broken by it.
  • Double Subverted: Bob just managed to keep a clam composure because he was in public. His Heroic BSOD first hits him the moment he is alone.
  • Parodied: Alice calls Bob a "big stupid doodoo head" (or something to that effect). This causes Bob to go through a major (and very melodramatic) existential crisis.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob tells Alice why she sucks, and Alice is harmed, only for her to recover and give Bob a similar speech that he shrugs off, and he replies with another speech that actually has the unfortunate affect of fixing what damage he had done to Alice.
  • Averted: Alice's speech doesn't even faze Bob.
  • Enforced: "We've been getting complaints that Bob is too violent to be a good role model. Let's have him solve this next problem with words for some better ratings."
  • Lampshaded: "You're telling me you hurt him by just speaking?"
  • Invoked: Alice falsely offers to join Bob's side if he tells her why she should, and then uses his reasons and motivations to Sherlock Scan him and pick him apart.
  • Exploited: Alice knows that Bob likes doing this to people, so she feeds him false information about herself to goad him into giving an ineffective talk.
  • Defied: Shut Up, Hannibal!
  • Discussed: "Can't you talk her down like you usually do?"
  • Conversed: ???

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