- .hack//SIGN features multiple iterations of this trope during the last episode, when Morganna's "shadow" versions of Tsukasa, Subaru, and Mimiru lecture each real version about how worthless s/he is.
- Shalott to Agito in chapter 279 of Air Gear: "All you've done so far is bully the weaklings which is what makes you so weak."
- Akagi, Washizu... pretty much all the talented mahjong players are fond of explaining how their opponents' hidden character flaws naturally led to their humiliating defeat.
- In Akame ga Kill!, Mine gets to confront Seryu for a second showdown several chapters after Sheele's death at her hands. When Seryu states to Mine that she plans to have her fed to Hekatonkheires (or Coro, as she calls him) like she did with Sheele and Chelsea's headless body (after the latter her head was severed by Kurome through Natala), this only prompts Mine to state that she couldn't see the evil within Dr. Stylish and Captain Ogre, pointing out her twisted laugh, and even admitting how broken Seryu herself really is, all for someone who always talks about justice. Overlaps with Sympathy for the Devil, as there is definite pity in Mine's face and voice when she says "You're insane".
- In Attack on Titan, Eren gives a big one to Reiner, and to a lesser degree Bertolt after learning that he is a Titan Shifter, pointing out the sickening hypocrisy of him whining about his life as a Shifter and acting like he's the victim despite all the lives he and his fellow Shifters have destroyed. Eren gets an Armor-Piercing Question in response from them, and a brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Ymir, whom although isn't affiliated with Reiner and Bertolt, thinks Eren's worldview is too simplistic.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, the usually quiet and unassuming Canada delivers one of these to America that clocks in at 3 hours and ranges from economic imperialism to bad diet. England finally has to call him off out of pity.
- In Bakuman。, upon declaring war on Nanamine, Mashiro tells him that manga is produced by desperate effort by the authors in collaboration with the editor, and they won't lose to a manga that's patched together from other people's ideas.
- Later on, Kosugi tells Nanamine just where he went wrong with his manga when he fails in his second and final attempt at getting serialized.
Kosugi: But something was missing, Nanamine, something more important than anything else. In fact, I'd say it's the one thing any story in a shonen magazine can't do without. That would be the heart of your characters. You can never express their feelings if you can't sympathize with others in the first place.
- Near the end of the series, in response to the backlash over Azuki and Mashiro's relationship coming to light, Fukuda shares his thoughts on the radio.
: The voice actress you like has a boyfriend... Sure, I understand that some of you would be depressed to hear that. That's the fan spirit. (yelling)
But even so... using that as an excuse to post all kinds of stupid crap on the Internet is something I can never forgive
! Voice actresses and manga artists are humans, too. There's nothing wrong with them having a relationship!
- Corkus gives Guts some of these in episode 19 of Berserk.
- Uzuki to Yuki in Betrayal Knows My Name in episode 2 "You're a nuisance. I hate your goody two-shoes, know-it-all act. I'm not your friend. I felt bad for you, so I thought I'd try being nice, but you misunderstood. No one needs you."
- Schwarzwald of The Big O delivers one from beyond the grave! As Big Duo devours Alan Gabriel.
You! You possess the foolishness of both man and machine. Alan: Shut Up! Schwarzwald:
It chooses one who wields the power of God created by man. One who can commit to a single truth. That is Not the case with you! Big Duo:
appears on cockpit]
- Black Lagoon:
- Rock gives one to Revy when he for the first time had enough of her behavior. It was so effective, it almost made her cry. Even more impressive considering her initial response was to pull a gun on him, and he just pulled it away before she put one between his eyes.
- Revy gets to deliver one to Chaka during their second fight.
- Hansel pulls a Would You Like to Hear How They Died? speech on Balalaika midway through episode 15, which, like the true Magnificent Bitch that she is, she stoically endures; long enough for Boris to line up a good shot on Hansel with his sniper rifle. She then proceeds to deliver an utterly devastating speech to the dying Hansel.
As I said, the end of the line. If you were able to think rationally it would have been obvious to you, that as you pursued us you were being led to your death. Take a look at yourself now: a pathetic little brat who's beyond all repair. And like it or not, this is where you're gonna die. Hansel/Gretel:
...Heh. You're funny, lady. But what are you talking about? I'm not going to die. I can't die. Because... I killed so many people in my life. We've killed many... Many... Many... Many people. It means we get to live on for... That much longer. We can add on to our lives... So we're never going to die. That's right. We are eternal. Balalaika:
That's quite the interesting religion. It's a wonderful thought, I suppose. However, I'm afraid that Oingo Boingo
said it best: "No One Lives Forever", that's just the way it goes. Now then, I suppose I could be cruel and torture you before I kill you — considering what you did to my comrade, there's no question that it would be appropriate. But unfortunately, I am not as vulgar as you; it would bring me no satisfaction. So I think I'll sit here and watch until you've taken your last miserable breath. Judging by your wounds, you have about ten minutes at best. I dedicate these last few minutes before you leave this Earth to Sahalov and Menshof's souls, may they rest in peace... Although I'm certain you wouldn't be able to understand.
[Hansel/Gretel starts crying in pain
Don't cry, you fool.
- Mayuri to Szayel Aporro Granz:
"Immaculate being, was it? In this secular existence, perfection is an illusion. Regardless of all those who utter the contrary, this is the reality. Common man seeks it out. They aspire to achieve it, as if it were some tangible thing. But the fact of the matter is perfection is a hollow shell. It is devoid of any substance. I spit on perfection! Perfection, after all, implies you've reached the summit: no trial and error...no ability to conceptualize. An omniscient being would have no need for such superfluous things. Am I making myself clear? For those who dabble in the sciences, such as ourselves, perfection would render us obsolete. Many magnificent things have been, and will continue to come into existence, and yet every last one of them will fall short of perfection's finish line. Our function as men of science relies on their many shortcomings. Then, and only then, can we apply the fruits of our labour. To put it simply, as soon as you began spouting that nonsense about being an immaculate being, your fate was sealed. HOW DARE YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAN OF SCIENCE!"
- Isshin Kurosaki's short explanation to Grand Fisher about why he had to lose.
- Gin gives one to Ichigo in chapter 406 when the latter seems to be in Heroic B.S.O.D. and/or easily distracted, which disgusts Gin. It was actually a Stealth Mentor's advice. Gin wanted Ichigo to break out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. to fight Aizen.
Gin: "Sure it's okay to be looking behind when I'm standing in front of you like this? That's it for you, man. You aren't a warrior anymore. Not a shinigami, nor a Hollow. Not even a person. You think you, standing here in such a half-assed state like that, are gonna be able to stand up to an opponent that those three have lost to?"
- Ichigo himself gives a few early in the series. One example is an exchange between him and Grand Fisher.
- Renji delivers one to Ichigo during their first encounter. At one point during the speech, Renji closes his eyes as he mentions that Ichigo couldn't hope to put a scratch on a real Soul Reaper. Ichigo takes the opportunity to place a small scratch on Renji's chin.
- Tenjiro Kirinji, a member of Squad 0, gives one to Soifon when she calls him out on not helping them against the Quincy attack.
"Quit fucking around? You took the words right out of my mouth. Remember what you are? YOU'RE a part of the Gotei 13. That ring a bell? The imperial Special Forces' job is to protect the Spirit Palace. The Gotei 13's job is to protect Soul Society. As someone who bears the name Gotei... don't come crying to us 'bout how help didn't come because you couldn't do shit. You're a disgrace to your title!"
- Yhwach delivers one to Yamamoto after killing him.
Yhwach: Shigekuni Yamamoto. You halfwit. You probably couldn't understand why you weren't one of the five I was concerned about. Why didn't you heal your left arm? You could've done so if you'd ordered that human to do so. Why didn't you? I'll tell you why. It's because you didn't want to exploit humans. I know... even with the battle against Aizen, you were apprehensive about getting Ichigo Kurosaki involved. And even now, you put not only the Soul Society, but the world of the living as well on your back, stood in front of me... and lost. You've gotten weak, Shigekuni Yamamoto. You were different before. The original Thirteen Court Guard Companies that you founded... were only court guards in name. They were a group of cold-hearted killers. But because of that... they were to be greatly feared. And it was you who kept them in line. You were truly a beast with the sword. You used everything and anything to slay an enemy. The lives of your men weighed only as much as ash to you. But all that changed once you killed us Quincies off. Once you people had peace, you had more to protect, more to love. You became a hesitant and gutless bunch over some sense of foolish justice and pride. You died... not realizing this but I'll tell you now. The Soul Society is about to die... but the Thirteen Court Guard Companies... died with us a thousand years ago.
- In Blood+, Kai gives David one of these after the latter becomes a depressed alcoholic following the destruction of Red Shield's headquarters. Kai states he isn't as tough as he claimed to be at the beginning of the series.
- In Brave10:
- Anastasia will gladly tell you while you are helpless how being sentimental and idealistic makes you weak and only power matters.
- Hanzo loves to tease opponents about how they fail to live up to the hype or victims about how they're the cause of everyone's trouble.
- Canaan: Played with in episode 10 when Hakko tries twice to kill Liang Qi with one of these (which she can actually do due to her superpower) only to have Liang Qi troll her on both accounts and then deliver her own Reason You Suck Speech right back at Hakko each time; to add insult to injury, Hakko finds to her dismay that she accidentally killed Santana with her second speech, which Liang Qi all too gleefully informs her of during her second speech.
- And Alphard gives a minor one earlier in the series to Canaan as she defeats her in the women's restroom at the formal dinner. She says that now Canaan is acting out of hatred like she has but Alphard has gotten over that or at least learned to control herself. Canaan ends up so physically and mentally beaten her normal grace deserts her and as she flees she slips and collapses on a roof top.
- In A Certain Magical Index, Touma at several points gives one of these, one as early as the 4th episode to Kanzaki Kaori, who just trashed him. He points out that their 'new policy' towards Index is incredibly selfish and that, well, she sucks.
- Last Order takes this trope and reverses it, by giving Accelerator a "the reason you don't suck" speech. Accelerator himself isn't sure how to respond to that.
- Choujin Sensen: FEE taunts Tomobiki for his failed attempts at using telekinesis on a baseball.
- Code Geass:
- Bismarck gives a short one of these to Suzaku, basically calling him out on his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and Motive Decay, pointing out that the very things he's abandoned in his quest for power were what made him strong in the first place. Predictably, Bismarck won that fight, even if Suzaku escaped thanks to a coincidental distraction from Lelouch.
- The Emperor also does it several times, once when Lelouch was a kid and twice after, though at least the latter two times Lelouch knows enough to shoot it down.
- Lelouch, being frustrated for the last failed attempt to kill him, also gives one to Rollo, and it's particularly dramatic since Rollo ends up being really shocked by it, in spite of the fact that he would still be able to kill Lelouch in that very instant.
- Lelouch gives one to his parents as they are being absorbed by the Collective Unconscious. He calls them out on turning their back on the future by pursuing the Ragnarok Connection and their selfishness in choosing to sacrifice their children, content with the belief that Utopia Justifies the Means.
- Cross Ange has the titular character giving one of these to group of Mana people after begging for her to save them, followed by shooting one of them in the head.
- Jeremy from A Cruel God Reigns gives these to Ian constantly, telling Ian that he is exactly like his father, Greg. Which considering what Greg did to Jeremy and the effects it's had on him, is the worst thing Jeremy could say to Ian. Additionally, Ian seems to love Jeremy more than anyone else he's been with over the series, and since this is the first time he's been seriously interested in another boy, he tends to take it pretty hard each time.
- As part of a He's Back moment in the second season of Darker Than Black, Hei delivers one to Reprin, an FSB officer. Reprin invites Hei to a meal on the train they are both on and pressures him into working for him by threatening to blow up the train. Reprin justifies this by talking about the evil of Contractors, citing one who is a monster(who works for him). Hei tells Reprin that he wouldn't have the guts to do it and is a hypocrite who has all of the moral cowardice he accuses Contractors of having. Hei then pins his hand to the table by stabbing him with a carving knife.
- Death Note:
- Near's final speech to Light Yagami also doubles as a Kirk Summation, as he responds to Light's claim that he is God of the new world and that no one else could carry out justice like he does by saying that he's nothing more than a murderer, and in believing himself a god who can decide what is just and what is not, he is arguably even worse than those who would use the notebook for personal gain.
- Arguably, L's first talk with Light through that television broadcast was pretty insulting, too.
- L's most revolted speech is probably the one directed at himself in Relight 2
"Lying monsters are a real nuisance: They are much more cunning than others. They pose as humans even though they have no understanding of the human heart; they eat even though they've never experienced hunger; they study even though they have no interest in academics; they seek friendship even though they do not know how to love. If I were to encounter such monsters, I would likely be eaten by them... because in truth, I am that monster.'"''
- Basically every case in Detective Conan ends with this trope, with Conan rejecting the culprits' Motive Rants, no matter if they are sympathetic or not.
- Of special note is this one by Ran, given to a suspect who claimed that the murder he committed took a lot of courage:
Ran: "Courage is a word of justice. It means the quality of mind that enables one to face apprehension with confidence and resolution. It is not right to use it as an excuse to kill someone."
- Much later, Shiratori is revealed to have give two of these at critical moments of his life. The first came when he was a little boy and basically recited laws about theft to two delinquents who had mistreated a girl who caught them trying to steal manga. The second took place when the same girl was targeted by a killer years later for witnessing his crime and said killer tried to claim that his original murder fit as self-defense...
: "Criminal Law, Article #36. An act unavoidably performed to protect the rights of oneself or any other person against imminent and unlawful infringement is not punishable. An act exceeding the limits of self-defense may lead to the punishment being reduced or may exculpate the offender in light of circumstances. These are the provisions of self-defense. At the time of the crime, you used a bladed weapon with the intent to kill. So none of these circumstances apply. Not to mention, turning a bat which fulfills dreams into a weapon to silence people
earns you no right to talk about dreams at all."
- Wormmon from Digimon Adventure 02 gives out one to the Digimon Emperor in episode 21 when he's about had enough of his treatment towards him and the other Digimon:
Wormmon: I hope you're finally proud of yourself. You've officially become worse than the monster you created. Whatever happened to that sweet kid I met a long time ago who had a dream of taking over the Digital World? Okay, so it was a sick and twisted dream, but we still had a lot of laughs together! What happened to the boy I was proud to call master? Of course, you MADE me call you that. You've changed, Ken. But it's not too late for you. For some reason, you started capturing Digimon and you turned them into your slaves instead of into your friends. I didn't agree, but I stuck by your side because I was your Digimon. And then, you started being cruel to me. The one who knows the true you. The others way know and fear you as the Digimon Emperor, but never forget I know the real you. I'll always think of you for your kindness, Ken. No matter what happens. One day I hope you'll realize that the real Ken isn't the Digimon Emperor, but the Ken that's my friend. And only a real friend would do this!
- Dragon Ball:
- Goku gave a scanting speech to Frieza:
Goku: It's done. Your power is decreasing with every blow, in fact, you're not even a challenge to me anymore. It wouldn't be fair for me to keep fighting you. I'm satisfied now, your pride has been torn to shreds. You challenged and lost to a fighter who is superior to you and to make it worse, he was just a monkey, right? It would be meaningless to fight you now, you're too scared and ashamed. Live with the shock, keep it bottled up inside you, silently.
- Goku gives another one to Frieza after he is cut in half by his own attack and is lying dying on the ground.
Although you brought this all on yourself, it's a shame that your life has to end in such a miserable way. I wanted to save you, Frieza, but you wouldn't let me. Now share the fate of the Planet Namek, which you yourself destroyed. I'm tired of fighting. I'm going home.
- When Future Trunks, who Took a Level in Badass due to his experiences in the past, returns to his Bad Future to confront the Androids 17 and 18 of his time, he effortlessly kicks their asses while calling them out on all the innocent people they killed without mercy, telling them that now they know what it feels like to be completely outmatched and powerless, just as all of their people on Earth feel against them:
Future Trunks: You hate the fact that you're powerless to stop me, that you're completely outmatched. Well, imagine feeling the way you do now all of the time like the people of this planet do. Fools! How do you think my master Gohan felt when you ganged up on him in the rain and he had no way out? Well, now it's your turn. I hope you enjoy it.
: You think this life is all about you
, don't you? What about the others? The ones that you two killed?!
- In Dragon Ball Super after beating Black Goku to the ground after an intense training, Vegeta gives Black a big one on why he is nothing more than a fake who simply used Goku's Saiyan body to become stronger:
Shall I tell you where you miscalculated? Black:
Miscalculated!? Vegeta: That body...down to the very corners of its cells...was made by Kakarot's long, fierce history of combat! For you, it's just a borrowed vessel! Only a true numbskull like him can use the Saiyan cells within it to their fullest! Black:
Why is there such a difference in strength...? Vegeta:
Would you like to know? It's because you're a fake
. And I'm the Saiyan prince, Vegeta!
- Another one from Super when actor Barry Khan, upset that Videl snubbed him, attempts to break up her relationship with Gohan by getting an actress working on a Great Saiyaman movie to kiss him to make it look like Gohan was cheating on her. When offered the incriminating photos, she averts the possible drama with gusto:
How pitiful (rips up the photos
) Did it sting that much to be told I don't need your autograph? Does seeing Gohan stand out sting that badly? You get treated like royalty but you have no self-confidence. How pitiful. Barry:
This picture is solid proof that— Videl:
Gohan isn't like that. I'm sure there's a reason. Gohan:
(smiling and relieved
) Videl...! Videl:
) If you're done, then leave.
- Durarara!!: Simon punches Izaya in the face and gives him one.
- Izaya's mental messing with Rio in episode 2 of the anime.
- In Endride, Louise tries to deliver one to Demetrio when they betray the Ignauts, calling him out on his naivety and foolishness for tolerating their presence even though he knew they were The Mole, but their resolve ends up breaking down in the middle of it because they've long since become the mask.
- Iggy really lets loose on Re-l for her Ice Queen attitude in Ergo Proxy. Due to the nature of the speech, however, in that Iggy was infected with the Cogito virus at the time and felt extremely unappreciated for all he did for Re-l the amount of it being actual reasons that she sucks is up to interpretation.
- Dewey Novak gives one to Holland in Eureka Seven that ranges from how he's utterly failed at what he was trying to accomplish to that no one reads the Gekko State's self-published magazine ray=out. Immediately followed by a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment when Dewey is shocked by the sight of Renton and Eureka piloting Nirvash, and Holland points out Renton has accomplished what he and Dewey failed to do.
- In Volume 11 of the The Familiar of Zero manga, after his memories are restored, Saito gives one to Louise:
"What's so good about you? No one would take notice of you - you are haughty like hell, you kick around when you sleep, you do not wear panties, one only can say 'I love you' to you out of pity for the bust-handicapped girl, really. There's nothing else to praise you for. When I ignore you, you try to provoke me calling it a familiar's 'reward', but when I misunderstand and drool about it, you put me down with insults. Your head is as much of a zero as your chest is, idiot. Realize the reality, peach-haired fool."
- Of course, this had zero effect on Louise, being who she is. She continues to make Saito's life hell after these events.
- Louise is also given a more minor one by Derf, that mirrors complaints many people have had about her relationship to Saito:
Derf: "I see. You acted coldly to him again didn't you? And then Partner went away with a bitter face... He says he loves you. Partner gave up on going home and joined the war to follow you, though he doesn't want to get involved in it. Why do you think that is? Because he loves you. Have you ever responded to his feelings, even once? While he devotes himself to you, isn't whipping the only thing you do to him?"
- In Fate/Zero Rider (Alexander the Great) delivers a rather polite one to Saber (King Arthur). Rider notes that Saber's nobility of spirit cut her off from the subjects and probably led to her kingdom's downfall. When Saber tries to argue that Rider was a greedy tyrant he agrees but points out that it gave him the passion and vision to truly lead a nation, something Saber never really did.
- In fact Saber is so destroyed that Archer (Gilgamesh), who despises everyone, steps in twice to prevent her from completely falling apart.
- Shin of Fist of the North Star coolly chastises Kenshiro after crippling him and taking the love of his life away: "The thing you lacked that caused your defeat at my hands? It's desire and ambition."
- Louise tries one of these on Kazukya in Freezing, explaining why the boy is unfit to be near Louise's sister. It fails.
- Akito of Fruits Basket simply loves handing these out, most notably to Tohru and Kana.
- Black Haru to Kyo, often.
- In the manga, Rin gives a rather harsh (and mostly undeserved) one of these to Yuki.
- In chapter 106 of Fullmetal Alchemist Kimblee gives one to Pride:
Pride: Why are you interfering
, Kimblee?! Kimblee:
Not by choice. I was perfectly content, but when you threw away your honor as a homunculus I decided to step in. You speak of your prescience pride, that quality for which you are named, but then you suddenly find yourself in grave danger and you decide to escape in to the body of a human
, a lower lifeform which you so despise. It's pathetic.
You're a disgrace.
- And the Truth gives one to Father/Homunculus right before having its own gate swallow it.
- Father gives a rather harsh one to Hohenheim in Brotherhood.
- One from Ling to Greed after Greed kills one of the previous Greed's friends
"If you turn your back on something you wanted, then you don't deserve to call yourself 'Greed'!"
- Also one from Hohenheim to Father. It backfires, as Father decides to show how he can "give birth" by releasing the people of Xerxes and then unleashing an attack while Hohenheim, the brothers and Izumi are distracted with horror and disgust.
Hohenheim: Why do you look down on us so much? Philosopher's stones are born from humans and homunculi are born from those stones. But what can be made from homunculi? What do they give birth to? Can a being that can only destroy truly be called a god? You think you're the ultimate being, but you're actually just a dead end.
- Edward inadvertently gives one to Envy. Ironically, Edward was trying to sympathize with Envy, not insult him. This proves to be Envy's Despair Event Horizon and he commits suicide right afterwards.
Ed: Now I see. You're Jealous... You're jealous of humans aren't you? ...According to you, humans are supposed to be a lot weaker than Homunculi. And yet, even if they get discouraged after being beaten, and even if they get close to falling down after losing their paths, they continue to get up and fight. Everyone around them helps them get back up. And you're envious of that.
- Sousuke gives one to a Lonely Rich Kid with a crush on Kaname in episode 3 of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, after said rich kid yells at Kaname for tricking him.
- Sousuke attempts to give one to Takuma during the Behemoth Arc in the Full Metal Panic! novels. Takuma failed his overall mission, had his Humongous Mecha destroyed, was slowly dying a painful death, and his only sister that he loved died. When he bemoaned his fate and asked why he failed, Sousuke took the question literally and tactlessly started telling him why he sucked. Kaname tells him to shut up, and Tessa resumes comforting Takuma.
- In chapter 50 of Future Diary Kousaka gives one of these to Yukiteru right before Yukiteru shoots him.
"Yukiteru, do you know just why I hate you so much? It's because your crying face resembles my stupid dog at home! Even now...! [punches Yukiteru] That face your making right now! Don't go crying when you made this choice yourself! You're just a damn lowlife who killed his friends for his own convenience! You don't have a right to cry!"
- Heroic example: In GaoGaiGar Final, after Guy powers up the Genesic GaoGaiGar, while beating the shit out of Palparepa, he delivers this speech, saying that the reason the 11 Soul Masters: tried to immobilize GGG, destroyed Gao Figh Gar, didn't attack them on Earth, was because they feared their power.
- Girls Bravo: Kirie to Yukinari in the first episode:
"You've always been a midget, a klutz and a blockhead. Not to mention slow in the head and slow on the uptake... I mean, I knew you were a hopelessly lame and worthless shell of a man, but to peep at me just because you can't get a girl..."
- In HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, the Mirage Precure fire one towards their respective selves over their own hangups as part of the final Secret Test of Character. The Cures counter with their own, allowing them to pass the test. It takes Tsubomi the longest because of her own doubts.
- Many of the banishment scenes in Hell Girl include the main characters doing this before Ai ferries the target to hell.
- Alucard from Hellsing does this to people/vampires who make him sick due to their pretentiousness and how pathetic they are.
- Often when they failed to kill him and just realize that they probably just can't. Though he is much more pissed in certain circumstances.
- He also recalled when he got one of these from Abraham Van Helsing.
- Delivers a lengthy one towards Walter, who got turned into an artificial vampire, that made him young again. This way he could fight Alucard at the peak at his power, but the process didn't hold very long and seemed to be rushed. He even changes to a child himself, to prove that this is all just childsplay, since he isn't very fond of traitors.
- High School D×D: Issei gives one to Shalba Beelzebub the second time he curb stomped him. He claims that Sirzechs and Vali are superior than him because they have what it takes to be a lord of hell, while Shalba just wants to wage war. Take note, Issei is the protagonist here.
- In episode 16 of Higurashi: When They Cry, Shion gives one of these to Satoko.
Shion: (to Satoko, after throwing her against some lockers) "Can't you understand what he's (Satoshi) going through?
Satoko: Help! Help me, nii-nii!
Shion: [kicks Satoko] It's because you're like that! [throws books at Satoko] If you want to cry, cry! But you know, you're not going to solve anything by crying! Why are you crying? Because you think that by crying someone will help you? And that person who helps you, will take however much pain there is in your place? Do you realize just how unthinkable that is?! You understand?! Your sins, that is! He'd be better off if you weren't here. If things are painful for you, just die! Don't make things painful for Satoshi-kun! Suffer alone, and die alone! You'd be better off dead!
Shion: Don't think it's okay to cry! Don't just think you can always cling to Satoshi-kun! If only...If only you weren't here!!!
- And then a "World of Cardboard" Speech occurs later in the same arc, where Satoko admits that she's been depending on her brother for too long, and now that she's being tortured to death, she won't cry anymore so that she can prove how strong she's become. Bonus points for making Shion realize how much she sucks for not realizing that torturing Satoko isn't what Satoshi wanted her to do.
- A rare villain-to-villain speech is given in the second season from Okonogi to Takano Miyo after she refuses to surrender.
- In Initial D Second Stage, Seiji of Team Emperor, after his defeat at the hands of Takumi, gets slapped by Kyouichi, who follows it up with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- InuYasha gives a rather good one to Naraku during the Final Battle:
InuYasha: You and I may be nothing alike but we are both half demons. That means that, in both of us, there is a human heart and a demon heart Naraku but you have betrayed that. We were both given the freedom to choose, to follow our human heart or our demon heart and you chose to live as a demon, ignoring all that was human in you. You chose to hurt others, to curse them with misery and suffering, but your days of hurting my friends are over, you miserable bastard!
- A minor instance in Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger, when Nyorori lets his jealousy get the better of him upon meeting Fractured!Peter Pan and learning exactly what it was that was fractured about him.
Nyorori: D-Don't make me laugh nyorori!
I want to fly in the sky so much that I worked hard to build a flying machinenote
Hey, Nyoro-kun, don't get too carried away... Nyorori: Shut up nyorori!
*turns back towards Peter* But you... but you!
With the ability to fly, you are scared of heights?! Don't joke!
- Kaiji and the other losers in the anime/manga have to endure The Reason You're A Sucker speeches almost constantly. A fair number of these speeches come from Kaiji himself.
- Kara no Kyoukai movie 5. Araya Souren delivers an dreadfully cutting one to Tomoe Enjou as he kills him, explaining that all Enjou has done was because Araya programmed him to do it, and that Enjou will never accomplish anything due to having an origin of 'worthlessness'. Despite this, and while disintegrating Enjou manages to get a tear-jerking last line, saying that despite everything Araya says being true, he "was still here".
- Katekyō Hitman Reborn!: Both Byakuran and Mukuro gave Tsuna some of these during their respective battles with him.
- In Kill la Kill, Lady Satsuki gives one to Ryuko after she was deafeted by the Captain of the Boxing Club, Takaharu Fukuroda.
Satsuki: I thought you might prove slightly amusing but you're just a fool who has no idea how to wield that scissor properly. How Dull.
- Ragyo performs one on Satsuki while beating her up brutally and it crosses with her own Badass Boast.
Ragyo: Wearing Junketsu to this battle was your second huge mistake! Though I'm sure you wouldn't of been able to stand before me without it's power!
- Lovely Complex: Risa likes to hand these out after punching people to get them to calm down and think more rationally. She's done this to Otani and Mimi.
- In Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, Hakuryuu Ren gives a scathing one to Alibaba Saluja while they were fighting, after Alibaba claimed that despite everyone's differences, the world can be united in peace with compromise. Hakuryuu rebuffs his statement with this sentence,
Hakuryuu: Those are nothing but empty dreams, because you are... nothing more than a King's Vessel who always worked under someone else, never able to accomplish anything on your own.
- Fates Averruncus of Mahou Sensei Negima! tends to do this to the main hero Negi.
- The best one was actually aimed at Quintum.
Fate: ...Jack Rakan. Even now I do not understand his words, but, I do understand that your fist is not as heavy as his. Why is it, Quintum? Why is your fist, so very light?
- After Negi starts to crack after one of Fate's speeches, Asuna gives Negi her own "The Reason You Suck" Speech, the point being that he's an idiot for even considering what Fate is saying. The next time Fate attempts one of these, he gets a punch in the gut and a Shut Up, Hannibal! for his trouble.
- Yue also gave one to Kotarou in the school festival arc.
- In Mai-HiME, Nao gives two to Mai, accusing her of priding herself on being a "good sister" and being overprotective of Takumi and Mikoto. Both of them hit quite hard.
- Episode 7, when Mai finds Mikoto working with Nao in luring perverts out for her to rob.
Nao: Plus, I hate people like you. Acting like "I'm innocent, I'm a good sister, I'm having lots of trouble..." I've heard so much of that I'm getting calluses in my ears from listening. "Mai-chan is so great at working hard." You retarded or what? Makes me want to puke.
- Episode 20, when Nao calls Mai to taunt her as she plans on harming Takumi in revenge for losing her eye.
Mai: Please stop, Takumi is my-
Nao: Precious brother? Don't you hate him in reality? Don't you wish he would just disappear?
Mai: How could I ever...?
Nao: I wouldn't be so sure about that. You just like being a hard-working sister. Mikoto was saying it too. "I'm always being treated like a kid or her servant." Well, I'm gonna pounce now, deceitful sister. [hangs up on Mai]
- The end of the Mai-Otome manga has one of these, in which the protagonist "Manshiro" tells the Big Bad that he does not love anyone, not even himself.
- Mazinger Z: In the manga episodes penned by Gosaku Ota, during the final battle Big Bad Dr. Hell orders Count Brocken (one of his CoDragons) to go and battle Mazinger... despite Brocken being a normal-sized human with no weapons to take down a Humongous Mecha! Brocken reluctantly agrees... but before leaving he tells Hell EXACTLY what he thinks of him, calling him out on all his failures and flaws, blaming him for their defeats, bitterly stating he does not care his troops risk their lives everyday, and making very clear he served Hell out of gratitude for saving his life but considers Hell an incompetent not worth serving. Then he announces if he survives he will return to Germany before leaving to fight. Hell threw a fit.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: When Amuro refuses to fight the Zeon enemies while his friends are under heavy fire, Bright enters his room and gives one such lecture - an acquaintance/friend-to-acquaintance/friend variant - to him, which, coupled with his Bright Slap and followed up by another "The Reason You Suck" Speech from his childhood friend Frau Bow, is what wakes up Amuro's withdrawn fighting spirits.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack: Amuro Ray delivers a heroic one onto the evil Char Aznable, condemning him for using other people like Quess Paraya as if they are mere expendable pieces of chess to achieve his own ambition.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Wufei defeats Noin in combat, then proceeds to tell her exactly why she lost, then refuses to kill her solely because because she's a woman. Which kind this is depends on your interpretation of the After Colony era, but given Wufei had essentially committed a terrorist attack on a military barracks, it could easily be construed as a villainous delivery.
Chang Wufei: Are you listening, woman? Huh? You saw that I was a kid, and you underestimated me. You're a weak soldier. I don't kill bleeding hearts or women.
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Kio Asuno, tired of his grandfather Flit's obsession with revenge against the Unknown Enemies/Vagans, delivers one into his sense when Flit is arguing with Kio's father, Asemu, about what to do with the spaceborne enemies threatening Earth, calling him out for his motivation by pure hatred that denies him the seat of the "Savior".
- Possibly in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 this was delivered from Nena Trinity to Wang Liu Mei, telling the latter about how she was becoming an overly greedy, high and mighty Smug Snake, thus robbing her off her soul and the former thinks people like that are better off dead. Cue to Evil Laugh as the former shoots down the ship where the latter was located, with all the controls and maneuver locked by the former, as the latter had an epic Oh, Crap! planted on her face.
from the final episode:
"You're all so dependent on Veda! YOU DON'T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BEAT US ANYMORE!"
- A few come up in Muhyo and Roji, mainly given by Muhyo himself.
- Deep in the Arcanum, Muhyo encounters the spirit of Imai's subordinate Fujiwara, and sentences him to the Styx, remarking that if he got killed against a rain dog, he was either incompetent or negligent. The rest of the group comments on his apparent reckless overuse of magical law.
Roji: That was your third sentencing in one day! Isn't that a lot? Have you reached your limit?
Muhyo: Well... what'd you want me to do? Wait for your lousy pen to work? I've had about enough of you. You too, Rio. (to Biko) And how long do you plan on sniveling? Idiots, all of you!
- When Page finds Enchu, Enchu is standing over the unconscious body of his old friend Yoichi, and Enchu casually asks what Yoichi is doing there. Page then grows angry, saying Yoichi dedicated two years of his life to finding Enchu even though Enchu was doing so much evil.
Page: A 100-point penalty
! You say that knowing who lies here? Yoichi... for two years he's given up study and free time. He works tirelessly on the investigation. For you, Enchu. And what were you doing? Forging rotten friendships. Plunging the Association into fear. I visited your mother's grave. But what could I tell her? What could I say about her son? Should I have apologized, maybe? Sorry for not making him an executor?
- Being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series, Muteki Kanban Musume has The Rival Megumi constantly making Malicious Slander and sending Cut And Paste Notes to Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up protagonist Miki, exposing the truth about Miki's various character flaws. Is it slander when they told the truth?
- Shigaraki gets one from rival villain Overhaul in My Hero Academia, who tells him how little he thinks of him. Now only for failing to eliminate heroes-in-training, despite the help of several first class villains. But for lacking any real direction or purpose with All Might retired, and being so immature that Overhaul doesn't even consider him a threat to his plans.
- Neji, before his Heel–Face Turn, enjoyed telling his opponents (Hinata and Naruto respectively) exactly how much they sucked just because they didn't fit his view of following fate. In both cases they pretty much turned it back on him completely. Kabuto also did this to Naruto during their fight right before Naruto drove a Rasengan into his stomach.
- Neji also gives some to Lee, saying someone without ninjutsu cannot surpass him as a ninja. Lee isn't as good at retorting as Naruto and Hinata.
Neji: You nitwit. If you can't use ninjutsu or genjutsu, then you can hardly call yourself a ninja, can you? Do you remember when they told you you were the first person to graduate who could only use taijutsu? They weren't saying that because it was impressive. They only meant that it was unusual.
- Kin gives one of these to Sakura as she's keeping her restrained by the hair. "My my, what soft and shiny hair. But you know what? If you spent a little less time shampooing, and a little more time practicing your jutsu, you might not be in this fix! Hey Zaku, I know what would be fun. Let's make Ms. Beauty Queen watch while you finish off that Sasuke guy!"
- Sakura then has a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment shortly thereafter, where she cuts her own hair off to free herself.
- Shikamaru gives one of these to Hidan shortly before blowing him up.
Shikamaru: You and your god don't frighten me
. You see, you and I believe in different things. You wanna know what I believe in? The Will of Fire. Right now, the god you should be worried about isn't your stupid Jashin or anyone else. It's me... because I'm the one who's about to pass judgement!"
- Sasuke gives two of these to Orochimaru after he betrays him, stating that his attempts at achieving power are revolting and cannot put him on the same level as the Uchiha, whose power he covets.
"What do you hope to accomplish? Scurrying from one hideout to the next, conducting your pathetic experiments, using up people's lives one after the other, trying to unlock the mysteries of nature. You toy with people's lives for the sake of this vain and ridiculous cause of yours. You disgust me!"
- Sasuke much later gets one directed at himself by Danzo, telling him that he's just trying to take out of his hate on someone even if it makes his clan's and especially his brother's death completely meaningless. It acts as something of an Ironic Echo of his earlier speech, highlighting the Motive Decay that both fell to.
"Two brothers whose abilities are identical; how can what your eyes perceive be so different? Just admit it. The truth about Itachi isn't important to you at all. Instead, you simply want to destroy everything with your hatred. All you're doing is making the sacrifice of the Uchiha clan meaningless."
- A rather harsh speech from a pupil to a teacher:
Obito: Are you trying to lecture me now? Isn't it a bit too late... sensei? You're always too late when it's important. I'm glad that my teacher was the Hokage. It helped me give up on my dream to become the same. [...] You didn't realise it was me despite being my teacher. In the end you're not that great. I pity you. You died a hero and now you're showing your son how shameful your life was. Yes... Hokage look pathetic compared to what I am now.
- Before his Face–Heel Turn, Sasuke gives out one towards Sakura, which makes her take her training more seriously.
Sasuke: I swear, you're just as bad as Naruto. Instead of flirting, why don't you work on your jutsu and make the team stronger? Let's face it, you're actually worse than Naruto.
- In No Game No Life, Sora faces Kurami, a challenger to the throne who wants Elkia, Imanity's last remaining city, to become a Protectorate of the Elves. While Kurami ultimately has Imanity's interests in mind, Sora doesn't think much of her lack of faith in humanity (particularly when she insists that the only way Sora could have won was if he was also collaborating with another race), and gives her a speech that reduces her to tears.
Sora: (interrupting) But I don't like the way you think. Doesn't the idea that we can't survive without the elves' protection seem a bit self-deprecating to you?
Sora: Imanity have their own ways of doing things. Just like how we were able to win because you were convinced to the very end that we were enemy spies.
: That can't be
. There's no way a mere human can defeat magic!
- Much later on, Sora, trying to win the queen of the Sirens' game by making her fall in love with him so that she will awaken after sleeping for 800 years, finally loses it and tells her what he thinks of her. Surprisingly enough, this makes her wake up, since she wanted someone who didn't love her.
: Don’t you know how old you are, sleepwalking around, prattling like a goddamn moron? I mean, who the hell do you think you are, dumbass? What? You think, ‘It’s only natural for everyone to be nice to me’? Even kindergartners these days are quicker on the uptake than you, bitch! Seriously, do even know how many years you’ve been asleep? Eight hundred years, bitch— eight hundred years! You think, ‘Ohh, I’m, like, such a princess, waiting for my prince for years and years’? You’re over eight hundred years old, Grandma! You wanna know how old you are? You’re too friggin’ old! Sure, I love those characters with ridiculous ages
, but they’re cool because they’ve got the brains, right?! And, anyway, you’re like, ‘There’s no man who wouldn’t fall for me’— but look at yourself, man. It pisses me off! You call yourself a woman, then show some grace! Sexiness only means something if it’s bundled with humility! Are you one of those? You know, the ones who think if a guy tells them to take their clothes off, they can just drop ’em? Or one of the others?! Those typical, so-called cosplay or glasses-porno actresses who take off their costumes or glasses when they have sex, those dumbasses with a romance quotient in, like, the tenth percentile at best! If you think the more skin you show the better, then stop being half-assed about it and just go live as a freakin’ nudist! Dude, why should I even have to try to pick up some bitch I don’t even like? Think about it, man— it’s a waste of my goddamn time and effort! I might as well just hit on some 2-D girls! I’d get way more out of it, especially in terms of cost performance, all while protecting my heart and wallet! Oh yeah, and just let me add one more thing before I wrap up— You got these water spirits or whatever, I dunno, but something granting you charm from the shadows— but honestly, your face score is barely above average, and it’s the worst among all the chicks I hang with, so would you look in a damn mirror and figure that out, you sponge-brain?!
- Occult Academy: Subverted because Ami gives Fumiaki one in a very casual manner and didn't think about its significance, but Fumiaki took it seriously enough.
- In One Piece, Bellamy... tries to give one of these to Luffy when the two actually fight. He gets a face full of fist for his trouble.
- Akainu gives one regarding Whitebeard, saying that he is a failure of a pirate who couldn't become King of the Pirates and that his "family" is worthless, especially considering that he is going to die to protect one of his "sons" who was tricked into stabbing him (as part of Akainu's plan).
- Luffy gives them to Kuro and Wapol, saying that they don't have what it takes to be real pirates, as the former tried to escape his reputation as a pirate while the latter had no respect for Hiruluk's Jolly Roger and only pretended to be a pirate.
- Hell, Luffy does this just about every time he fights the main villain of an arc.
- Luffy gives himself one while fighting Arlong, listing all the things his crew could do that he couldn't. He finishes though, by stating the one thing he could do... kick Arlong's ass.
- Franky and the rest of his Family give Usopp one after stealing his money, ridiculing him as weak and ridiculing the crew for having him protect the money. It ultimately influences his decision to temporarily quit the crew.
- Kizaru gives Luffy one during the Paramount War, where it's revealed that Luffy is out of his depth compared to the many powerful enemies there, some of whom had curb stomped him and his crew in the past.
You have to have more than just courage. Willpower alone means nothing without strength. Strawhat, without enough strength, you cannot save anyone no matter how hard you try.
- Crocodile gives several to Luffy and Vivi over the course of the Alabasta arc, dismissing the former as a weakling and mocking the latter about how she will be unable to save anyone, let alone everyone.
- Crocodile also gives one to Tashigi after her defeat at Robin's (many) hands, decrying her as a weakling. While Tashigi is the one who places Crocodile under arrest after Luffy defeats him, his words definitely get through to her.
- Osomatsu-san: In "Todomatsu and the Five Demons", Totty gives one to his five NEET brothers after he gets a job at Sutabaa.
Fine. I'll tell you the truth. (Beat)
I'm embarrassed by you guys. (his brothers gasp)
Look around you. This is Sutabaa. You're as different as chalk and cheese to these celestial beings! (arrows strike them)
No... more like angels and crap. (more arrows strike them)
I finally obtained some status by working here. If they find out I have crap for brothers, it will be all for nothing. (even more arrows strike them)
Sorry... I really didn't want to say that.
Choromatsu: (angrily rips out an arrow and throws it onto the ground) Then don't! We almost died!
- In Pandora Hearts, Elliot viciously calls Oz out as a Martyr Without a Cause when he tries to trade his life to the Baskervilles for his sister's.
- Paprika: Chiba gives one to Tokita calling him out on his immaturity and only doing what he wants instead of what needs to be done. This unfortunately and leads Tokita to go into Himuro's dream to figure his motive for stealing the DC Mini. It doesn't go well.
- A dying woman gives one to the eponymous Paranoia Agent, Lil Slugger. He can't take it, busts a wall and a bunch of stuff, and runs. The point of the series, however, is that there's only one person who can talk him down, and the dying woman's not it - getting this speech leads ultimately to large portions of Tokyo being destroyed.
- In The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Rita gives Mashiro a scathing one in episode 10, when she rants about how the latter's talent overshadowed all of the other kids in their art class, and eventually Rita's grandfather told her to just give up since she would never be as good as Mashiro. Rita also says she planted the idea of drawing manga as a means to have Mashiro humiliate herself and see what the other kids felt towards her, but is angered to see her having a debut for that as well. She then tells Mashiro she hates her.
- In the Pokémon anime Paul delivers a particularly scathing one to Maylene after curbstomping her in their gym battle. He tells her that she's the weakest Gym Leader he has ever fought (he had fought at least 25 others by that time) and that the "lightweight" badge she gave him (the prize for winning a gym battle) is just like her. The result is Maylene losing all confidence to continue as a gym leader. Her Lucario is not pleased.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: In episode 8, Sayaka delivers a rather scathing one to Madoka, of all people. After slowly transitioning from an idealist Cape to full-blown Ax-Crazy due to learning the Awful Truth that becoming a magical girl is equivalent to becoming a lich, Madoka tearfully says she only wants to help her, getting a (rather undeserved) speech about her own selfishness in return:
Sayaka: If you really want to help me, you should try putting in my shoes for a change. But you can't, of course not. You won't give up your humanity out of pity for a friend. (...) You can't do anything but you won't, you just sit there 'cause it's okay I'm the one who's suffering. Don't act like you care, it's obviously you don't.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena has one delivered by Anthy to her brother Akio, the Big Bad of the show: By all means, stay in this cozy coffin of yours and continue to play prince. But I have to go now. She isn't gone at all, she's merely vanished from your world.
- And Touga gives one to Utena in episode 12 after defeating her. "Even though you fancied yourself to be a prince in the end you were just a girl. Despite what you may have hoped for your hopes didn't become reality."
- "Inner" Moka from Rosario + Vampire hands out one to Tsukune after getting his ass kicked yet again in training.
"Tsukune, I'll give you my judgement. This is no good at all. You have vampire blood, so you must have the 'aptitude' to become stronger. You were dutiful originally, so you are a fast learner. However...They're light. I'm speaking about your weakness, your fists. The things needed to win, you have no 'will', nor do you have 'killing intent'. So who on earth are you planning to defeat?
- In Rozen Maiden, Suigintou delivers one to Jun trying to drive him and Shinku further apart so he can't help her during the fight later. It works, leaving Jun almost suicidal, until Nori finally snaps him out of it.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Every time Kenshin fights an opponent, the opponent gives him this, mainly for being on the Imperialist's side. But Kenshin always manages to prove them wrong, or at least prove that he may not agree with them but doesn't suck like they say he does.
- Kenshin himself gets a rather scathing one from his old master, Hiko Seijuurou XIII, who was more than a little bitter about Kenshin abandoning his training to help the Imperialists. He helps him anyway though.
- Saito hits Blind Weaponmaster Usui with a devastating one during the course of their fight, and keeps it going after mortally wounding Usui. Santo telling him how much he sucks basically becomes the last things Usui ever hears.
- 3-gatsu no Lion: Friend and rival Nikaidou, in his zealous and infuriated commentary of Rei's MHK Cup match, attempts to tell the protagonist Rei exactly why he's been doing poorly in shogi at the time.
- Seraph of the End: In response to Yuu's rhetorical question about why he is not strong enough to defeat him, Crowley gives one to him.
Crowley: That's easy. 'Cause you're just livestock. You humans eat cows and pigs. Do you live in fear of them revolting someday? No. In the end... No matter what you do, we will never fear you.
- Skip Beat!: Near the end of episode 12 Moko delivers an epic one to Erika.
- Sonic X has Eggman giving one to Chris when he thinks he's lying about not being responsible for the time freeze.
Eggman: You're the one who's lying to yourself. You don't wanna accept the truth. Deep down, you know once Sonic is gone, your life will have to go back to the way it was before. Your days of adventure are at an end, boy, just like your friendship with that hyper-annoying hedgehog. All your dreams have been shattered, haven't they? Life is like that, kiddo. Take it from somebody who knows! Whenever you reach too high, life smacks you down! But on the bright side, at least you and I won't have to see each other ever again.
- Soul Eater: More like a Reason You Suck Debate near the end of the anime between Lord Death and Asura:
This is how you've been as long as I've known you. Hiding cowardice behind cunning. You were always riddled with insecurities and plagued by fears, unable to relax until you'd hidden them all! In an effort to escape your petty fear, you partnered with Vajra. You should have fought alongside me, but you were too weak for that! In the end, you betrayed not only innocent humans, but your own Weapon Partner as well! Asura:
Ya know, for a Grim Reaper you're impressively naive. Following the rules doesn't guarantee and escape from fea—- Lord Death:
And insanity does?! Even if you bury your fears and madness, new fears will only surface!! Are you truly so lost already that you can't understand that simple fact!?! If you continue along the path you've chosen, the world will sink into despair!! Even a child would see the heartless evil in that!! Asura:
Don't you see how empty and meaningless the authority you impose is? That's not how the truth is found. You make your followers feel safe by offering white lies and comforting words. Don't you know that only harms them more? Lord Death:
There's no hope for you!! You are behind saving!! Asura:
Do you find creating the illusion of peace for people that noble of a job? Lord Death:
It's far more noble than seeking to destroy them with blind insanity like you intend to!! Asura:
Have you even listened to a word I've said old man!?! What's wrong with surrendering to madness? That's where the true peace is... Lord Death:
So you keep saying; but that's because you're not strong enough for sanity!!! Asura: I'm plenty strong. You'll find out soon enough that YOU'RE the weak one Reaper.
- In chapter 74 of the manga, the Envy Chapter of the Book of Eibon delivers a harsh one to Maka. It's enough to reduce her to tears.
- Spirit Circle: Fuuta Okeya delivers an epic one to Fortuna, upsetting a character to the core that to this point has kept aloof of everything.
- In Strawberry 100%, Misuzu is quite good ad delivering them, leaving the school's banchou in tears and even warning Junpei that "My words are like stones! They can kill!".
- Sword Art Online has one in the "Murder Case In The Area" arc. After Kirito and Asuna investigate several staged murders that supposedly stemmed from the murder of a guildmaster over the decision to sell a rare ring rather than use it, the culprit behind the original incident is revealed to be Grimlock, the victim's husband. Grimlock then gives a Motive Rant about how the ring had nothing to do with it- he was disturbed by how much more confident and assertive his wife became, and wanted to kill her while she was still his wife, so that he wouldn't have to deal with the "disgrace" of her asking for a divorce once they escaped.
Grimlock: Just for that? It was plenty enough for what I did. Someday you will understand, Detective, once you have found love and are about to lose it.
Asuna: No, Grimlock. You're wrong about that. What you felt for Griselda wasn't love. It was possession. If you still love her, then take off your left glove. But I'm sure that you've already cast aside the wedding ring that Griselda never removed even to the moment of her murder.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: It turns out that the Antispiral's method of dealing with potentially reality-rending amounts of accumulating Spiral Energy without outright killing its hosts (at least initially) is to simply suppress their fighting spirit by making them live hopeless lives. In Simon and crew's last battle against the Antispiral King, said Big Bad constantly taunts them with the potential implications of their actions, and debates out loud if they truly have the ambition, determination, and resolve to go through with their plans. He does so while beating the shit out of them, saying they've reached their limit.
- Togainu no Chi: Akira to Keisuke in the fifth episode.
- Towards the end of Transformers Armada, Thrust rants at length about how Galvatron is weak, lacks ambition, lost control of the Decepticons, and is pathetic for joining forces with Optimus Prime. Then he gets killed by a random piece of Unicron.
- Zero in Vampire Knight gives one to Yuuki when he found out she's a Pureblood vampire all along.
Zero: Coming here to talk? You don't really think that would make a difference, do you? Discussing things like turning humans into vampires. But of course you transformed from a vampire into a human. On the other side of this door, I sense an arrogant Pureblood who does nothing but torment people.
- Askeladd gives this to Thorfinn at least once in Vinland Saga. He basically tells him that his whole quest is pointless, and that he always loses because he's too thickheaded and stubborn in battle. He is also too thickheaded and stubborn to listen to this advice.
- In The World God Only Knows, Haqua delivers one to Keima for all his manipulations. In a subversion, she doesn't actually mean it, and immediately begins to try and wave her words off when she thinks it might have actually affected him.