- Andrew Ryan lays it all out for you.
"The assassin has overcome my final defense. And now he's come to murder me. In the end, what separates a man from a slave? Money? Power? No. A man chooses, a slave obeys. You think you have memories. A farm, a family, an airplane, a crash. And this place. Was there really a family? Did that airplane crash, or was it hijacked? Forced down, forced down by something less than a man. Something bred to sleepwalk through life until they are activated by a simple phrase, spoken by their kindly master. Was a man sent to kill, or a slave? A man chooses. A slave obeys. Come in. Stop....would you kindly? Would you kindly? Powerful phrase. Familiar phrase? Sit, would you kindly? Stand... would you kindly? Run. Stop. Turn. A man chooses. A slave obeys. Kill! A man... chooses... a slave... obeys. OBEY!"
- Then, as if you didn't get the message the first time, Frank Fontaine himself tells it to you even more.
"I gotta say, I had a lot of business partners in my life, but you ... 'Course, the fact that you were genetically conditioned to bark like a cocker-spaniel when I said 'Would you kindly' might have had something to do with it. Ah, well. Now, as soon as that machine finished processing the genetic key you just fished off Ryan, I'm gonna run Rapture, tits to toes. You've been a pal, but you know what they say. Never mix business with friendship. Thanks for everything, kid. Don't forget to say hi to Ryan for me."
- At the very end, if you have done terrible things on at least one - or ALL of the Little Sisters, Dr. Tannenbaum will deliver one to you for your crime.
[sad tone] "They offered you everything, yes...? And in return, you gave them what you always did - brutality. You took what you wanted. All the ADAM. All the power. And Rapture trembled. But in the end, even Rapture was not enough for you. Your father was terrified that the world would try to steal the secrets of the city, for you now have stolen the terrible secrets of the world."
[angry tone] "They offered you everything, yes??? And in return, you gave them what I've come to expect of you - brutality!! You took what you wanted. All the ADAM! All the power!! And Rapture trembled. But in the end, even Rapture was not enough for you. Your father was terrified that the world would try to steal the secrets of his city, but not you, for now you have stolen the terrible secrets of the world!"
- Archer of Fate/stay night is pretty good at these. He even got Saber to give up on her wish to appoint a new king in the good end of UBW and stay with Shirou/Tohsaka with two lines plus lots more for Shirou.
- Zouken Matou gives one to his grandson Shinji after the latter's Servant got curb stomped by Saber.
: Fool. I did not expect victory from a failure like you. What I expected was enough pride to challenge others in spite of your powerlessness. But you failed miserably. You disgraced the name of Makiri. Hmph, you and your father
are both disgraces to our family.
- Tohsaka Rin drops a pretty good one on Shinji during the Heaven's Feel route, mainly made awesome by how bad Shinji is.
: Then I'll say it for you. You just wanted to act like a magus. You're a failure and can't be a magus, so you wanted the Holy Grail to make you one. You have no other goal. You're a coward that wanted proof to hide your powerlessness. Shinji
: Tohsaka, you...! Rin:
: Am I wrong? You didn't have a Magic Circuit even though you were born to the Matou family. But that's not your fault. The Matou blood was fading away anyway. The duty of the Matou family as the seeker was fading away from the time you people came here. But you persisted. You thought it was special to be special
, and you demanded something you didn't need. You can't be a magus even if you obtained a Magic Circuit like that, but you clung to the special right that should've been given to you.
- Half-Life 2: Dr. Breen spends a good portion of the game trying to inferiorize Gordon Freeman to the eyes of the citizens through the several screens spread around City 17. "You have destroyed so much. What is it, exactly, that you have created? Can you even name one thing? (pause) I thought not". True, seeing that the only thing we see Gordon do is shoot things. However, it can also be seen as kind of backfiring, as his accusations show that he doesn't understand anything why the rebels started the uprising against him and tear down his little empire.
- The real beauty is that you can say Shut Up, Hannibal! simply by not hanging around to listen to his BS.
- And once you get the powered up Gravity Gun, you can rip off the screens from the walls and chuck it away to make Breen shut up sooner.
- Sabres Of Infinity
- You can deliver a brief one to the incompetent Lieutenant Carrecort to inspire his troops to rebel against him and rally to you.
- If Cazarosta leads the boarding party, he receives an especially cruel one from Captain Walken:
Captain Walken: Half a dozen of my marines are dead including my best sergeant, another eight wounded. All because some entitled death-born idiot wanted to play officer! Good men are dead because you did not know your place. It is my opinion that the rotten fruit of such hideous miscegenation should have no place in His Majesty's Army!
- Ace Attorney:
- In the last case of the last game in the set that features Phoenix as protagonist, Mia Fey in Pearl's body delivers one of these to Dahlia Hawthorne in Maya's body. The speech is so awesome that not only does the witness break down, she is exorcised from Maya's body and forced to wander the afterlife forever with the knowledge of her failure. The Judge is very impressed. Also, Phoenix joins in on the speech as well. In fact, he's the one who painstakingly outlines exactly why the witness is such a failure.
- In an earlier case, he'd delivered a scathing assessment of Luke Atmey. It's a bit over-the-top, and ignores some of that person's actual brilliance...but that was sort of the point.
- In Justice For All, Phoenix gives one to Edgeworth, letting out all his anger over Edgeworth's sudden disappearance, as well as being blackmailed into defending Engarde despite having realized that he is the killer. On the other hand, it eventually turns out that Phoenix is mistaken about Edgeworth's real reasons for his departure.
: People like you and Franziska von Karma
are always using all you have to pin me down. You fight to the very end, even when you know the truth is not with you. But I'm not like you. I can't fight for a false verdict — for a man I clearly know to be guilty
Edgeworth: ... Franziska... She fights for herself. The only thing she fights for is her perfect win record. That's all.
Phoenix: And!? Isn't that the same as you!? Isn't that why you ran away a year ago? Because your precious win record was destroyed!? You are so petty!
Edgeworth: ... I see... Now I understand why you despise me so. However, you are mistaken.
- Toward the end of the last case of Justice for All, the Judge gives one to Matt Engarde; at that point, it appears that Engarde will get off, but in the process, his past wrongdoing has been exposed.
- In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, late in the second case, as Alita Tiala is getting close to being outed as the real killer, Wocky, the defendant, tries to defend her, only for her to tell him that he's a fool for not figuring her out when the evidence was "so obvious. Even for a brainless, spoiled brat such as (Wocky)."
- At the end of the last case in Apollo Justice, Klavier and the Judge deliver one to Kristoph, as he rants about how the law is absolute and the new Jurist System cannot be allowed.
Klavier: The law is "absolute"...? You can't be serious.
Klavier: Odd. I thought you spent your life looking for loopholes? The law isn't absolute. It's filled with contradictions.
Judge: The law is the end product of many years of history... the fruit of human knowledge! Like a gem, polished to a gleam through trials... and errors. It is this fruit we receive, and pass on, and face in our time. And it is always changing, growing. Nurturing it is our task as human beings.
Klavier: Except for you, Kristoph. You aren't changing. You've stopped. You're not needed anymore.
- In Dual Destinies, Athena gives one to Aristotle Means, saying that for all his claims of having good intentions, (namely, teaching students how to effectively defend their clients in the dark age of the law), he's nothing more than a hypocrite, given his trying to ensure that Juniper gets convicted for murder. The point is driven home even further when it later turns out that Means killed Constance Courte when she found out he was taking bribes.
Athena: They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but not yours! You never had good intentions, only lies to protect yourself with while blaming another. You, professor, are the embodiment of the dark age of the law!
- In Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Kreia has already been established as a master of the Hannibal Lecture many times over the course of the story; however, it's not until Bao-Dur claims that Kreia is becoming a bad influence on the PC (during the Dark Side playthrough, naturally) that she unleashes her own "The Reason You Suck" Speech in the form of a vitriolic little rant:
There is a world on the Outer Rim surrounded by mass shadows. Past the graveyard of Mandalorian warships, this planet suffers, crushed in gravity's fist. To walk on its surface is to feel it crushing every cell of your being. It is like being buried alive until it seems you will never breathe again. What manner of creature would have birthed such a thing? Nothing human, to be sure.
If you dare voice your opinions again, Iridonian, you will forget yourself for a time. Return to your machines, and trouble me no more. Serve the Exile until it is your time to die, and it will be enough.
- Kreia delivers one to the player in the Dark Side path - as a combination of Stupid Evil decisions and world-ending hatred don't sit well with her.
I have taught you to feel the Force again, shown you the contrast, and yet still you do not understand! This is what you have wrought: countless murderers, slayers, assassins, born of war that has, as always, taught the wrong lesson. You showed them life without the Force, and instead of showing them truth, power, all you showed them was how the galaxy may die. You are responsible for all of this; even now, events spiral towards destruction, and there is nothing that can be done because you refuse to listen, to understand! You have seen the effects you have on those close to you, heard the echoes scream across dead planets, and watched as your strength has grown, yet it is for nothing. To have the Jedi Council brought low by such a failure, there is no victory in that. You have not heard a thing I have taught, and for all I have said, you have never learned to listen.
- If you choose the light side path, Kreia ends up giving one to the Jedi Masters instead after they try to cut the exile off from the force.
- More specifically, her issue with the Jedi Masters is that at no point have they actually attempted to understand what happened to the Exile, nor what s/he witnessed during the war- and when they finally feel the effects of that war, they're content to claim the Exile is a liability, rather than investigate the cause and see it for what it is. Their dogmatism to the Jedi Code is something Kreia finds irredeemably ignorant, and so she kills the Jedi Masters before they can cut the Exile off from the Force, which would have killed him/her.
- She also gives this to you even if you're Light Side, claiming that even after all the good you've done, all the lives you've saved and improved, the galaxy will still be a bad place. This is foreshadowed on Nar Shaddaa after you give a man five credits. She will show you the guy getting mugged, simply because what you did made him rise above his station, and be hated for it.
- The game lets you deliver one yourself to Atris. And it is glorious.
- In the Darkside ending to the original Knights of the Old Republic, you can give one of these to Darth Malak, or he can do it to himself. It basically consists of rubbing it in his face that everything he did was countinuing on what Darth Revan started. In the Light Side ending, after Malak is shocked by his defeat, you can say to him "This is the way of the Dark Side, Malak; all things end in death."
- In Tales of Rebirth, Tytree Crowe delivers one to Saleh: "Someone like you who takes pleasure in trampling on the hearts of others will never ever understand! The human heart... the feelings that people have are stronger than anything else!! Remember that!!". However, Saleh runs on For the Evulz thus stuck with 'joy of trampling people's hearts', remaining irritating and never even beating the heroes or getting more powerful.
- In Tales of the Abyss you get a lot of brief the Reason You Suck comments from every other party member after Luke destroys Akzeriuth. But it's Asch (of course) who delivers the most armor-piercing one. In fact, he actually gives you the real reason why you do indeed suck:
Asch: And you! Why didn't you think before using your hyperresonance?
Luke: So you're saying it's my fault too?
Of course it's your fault! Don't even try to deny it!
...Are all replica brains
this defective?...You still haven't figured it out? Is this someone's idea of a joke?!...That's right! You're a second-rate copy of me! A mere replica!
- From Portal:
GLaDOS: I'd just like to point out that you were given every chance to succeed. There was even going to be a party for you. A big party. That all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend the Companion Cube, but of course, he couldn't come because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn't come either because you don't have any other friends because of how unlikable you are. It says so right here in your personnel file: Unlikable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikable loner, whose passing shall not be mourned. 'Shall not be mourned.' That's exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted, so that's funny, too.
GLaDOS: Oh, it's you. It's been a long time. How have you been? I've been really busy being dead. You know... after you murdered me? Okay look, we both said a lot of things that you are going to regret. But I think we should put our differences behind us. For science. You monster.
GLaDOS: You know what my days used to be like? I just tested. Nobody murdered me. Or put me in a potato. Or fed me to birds. I had a pretty good life. And then you showed up. You dangerous. Mute. Lunatic. So you know what? You win. Just go. (Soft laughter) It's been fun. Don't come back.
- She gives one to Wheatley, too, which serves to hit his Berserk Button at the worst possible moment.
GLaDOS: Yes, you're the tumor! You're not just a regular moron. You were designed to be a moron.
- Almost the entirety of the beginning of the game is GLaDOS giving these repeatedly to Chell.
- Dominate opponents with some of the characters in Team Fortress 2, and they will deliver examples of these:
Scout: Nice hustle tons of fun, next time eat a salad.
Spy: I'm looking at your X-ray! And I'm afraid you SUCK!
Spy: Here's what I have that you don't! A functioning liver, depth perception, and a pulse!
Sniper: You're making this so easy. I'm actually getting worse.
- The Administrator is also an unpleasable dictator, so when you do poorly, she'll let you know exactly how poorly.
- No More Heroes 2 features The Reason You Suck Song with the Rank #4 theme, insulting Travis at every opportunity.. Here, listen to it.
- Sylvia gives one to Travis right after he beats him. Travis gives one to Sylvia two or three times as well.
- From the first game, Sylvia gives Travis another one right before the Rank 1 fight.
"Now be honest. Did you really think I would let you do me if you hit number one? You really are an idiot, aren't you, Travis? Come back to reality! I mean, look at yourself! You are a dopy, otaku assassin. The bottom of the barrel. No woman would be caught dead with you... unless she was a desperate bitch! Where in the world could you find a woman who could fall in love with someone like you?"
- Die Hard Vendetta features this in the last level, before the showdown with the Big Bad, which also doubles as a Shout-Out to the classic movie On the Waterfront:
You don't understand! I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody. Instead of a bum. Which is what I am. Let's face it... it was you McClane... It... was...YOU!
- The defeat cutscene for the Forces of Chaos in Dawn of War. Eliphias blames his subordinates for his defeat, a Daemon Prince offers one of these as he disagrees.
- Intimidate speech options allow the player to deliver these in Mass Effect.
- Paragon Shepard gives an awesome one to the annoying reporter, Al-Jilani, when she accuses him/her of not respecting the sacrifice s/he had humans make in the battle of the Citadel.
Shepard: "The Alliance lost eight cruisers during the battle: Shenyang. Emden. Jakarta. Cairo. Seoul. Cape Town. Warsaw. Madrid. And yes, I remember them all. Everyone in the 5th Fleet is a damn hero. The Alliance owes them all medals. The Council owes them a lot more than that. And so do you."
- Try a neutral dialogue path for the ending to Overlord. Shepard is utterly pissed.
You told me that David volunteered. I saw his memories. He begged you not to do this. Who gave you the right to play god? I saw enough of your atrocities to know your brother will never be free of it. David's coming with me. You even think about coming after him and this bullet will be waiting for you.
- One is delivered to SHEPARD (particularly Renegade Shepard) in the "Lair of the Shadow Broker" by Tela Vasir as she's dying with a critically flawed and notably hollow Shut Up, Kirk! speech calling out the hypocrisy of Shepard criticizing her when s/he's working with Cerberus, a terrorist organization. The flaw in her argument is that you don't work for Cerberus, you are temporarily working WITH them, to take down a mutual foe that threatens millions. Most notably, YOU DON'T TAKE ORDERS FROM CERBERUS. This means that, unlike Shepard, Tela Vasir follows an order from the Shadow Broker without question, even when said order is "massacre hundreds of innocent people, murder and fellow Spectre, murder said Spectre's friend, and kill anyone who gets in your way without hesitation". She even takes an innocent bystander hostage, taunting her when she reveals that she's a mother, sarcastically telling her how her son would be so traumatized to grow up without her. It becomes rather jarring and obvious when the game purposefully leaves out any dialogue option to tell Vasir that you don't work for Cerberus at all, you're temporarily working WITH them to take down a dangerous enemy to everyone, calling her out for the complete hypocrite and monster she is. Even Renegade Shepard can say this, as she/he never kills or harms anyone because anyone in Cerberus tells her to.
- Paragon Shepard also frequently does this in a subtle, yet highly effective way: s/he points out not why they suck, but how they could be awesome, but they're hesitating for petty reasons that would be more than made up for by being awesome. This often results in guilt-tripping or daring them to be good/trustworthy/heroic/mature, and thus, success. Renegade Shepard goes straight to this trope, or To the Pain.
- Shepard can give this type of speech to the Quarian Admiralty Board during Tali's trial.
- And he/she does so again on Rannoch in Mass Effect 3, culminating in an impossibly epic rant (here, major spoilers).
- Throughout an entire game, where not even a renegade Shepard being able to call Miranda out on her bitchiness, if Jack dies before the suicide mission, Garrus gets a short but sweet one proclaiming that Miranda can't lead the second fire team as half the squad doesn't even trust her. Which is subverted, however, because it turns out there are three good choices to lead the fire team, and Miranda is in fact one of them, so Miranda does not in fact suck in the manner Garrus was describing.
- Your clone gives you one in the Citadel DLC, berating you for, um, not being as huge a racist as they think you should have been (with even Renegade Shepard not being racist enough!) and saving more alien lives than human. Shepard eventually gets to fire back in style during the final boss fight.
"You know where I got these scars? [lists every plot-relevant location across three games] I earned these scars protecting the galaxy! You got yours from a petri dish!''"
- In Neverwinter Nights 2, the boss of the first chapter is a Githyanki named Zeearie. After defeating her, she lingers long enough to rant at you about how you destroyed any chance the Githyanki have of helping you against the true enemy. Also an example of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
- Which is funny since it was all her fault and even if you return her accusations to her she refuses to listen.
- Playing as a Toreador in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines and being just as petulant as the clan stereotype will result in a segmented but impressively derisive speech from Gary Golden.
You're used to getting what you want
, aren't you, handsome? People just love your charisma, your face
; they eat your words up like the rats eat the cheese in the trap! Oh, boss
- where do you think you are?
(After he reveals himself)
En Guard, Toreador! You vainglorious, narcissistic poser! How I loathe that determination of your kind to belie your true nature with Paris Fashions and pomp! You are a dead thing, a creature of the shadows... start acting like one.
You don't get it, do you? Sit and look pretty. Pretend you never died. Do some finger-painting. What a pathetic waste of blood...
- In Alpha Protocol, if Mike has chosen more suave stances than aggressive or professional ones, he can give Conrad Marburg one. It's one of three ways to kill him and the only way to do so in Rome.
: No, you're the one who's messed up. Maybe Leland
should put your octogenarian ass out to pasture with the other cattle. He will anyway eventually, if only to bury his dirty little secrets.
Marburg: You understand nothing Thorton. Just the way the U.S. trains all their agents.
: Does Leland send you out for dry cleaning, too? Maybe shoot your chauffeur on the way? Chief of Security for Halbech - talk about a joke
. Yeah, I know all about Deus Vult and that abortion of an op in the Middle East. Poor Agent Marburg believed dead...maybe wishing he was dead. Boo. Fucking. Hoo. And what has you life been since then: setting bombs for Halbech and murdering bystanders in museums.
How fucked up and empty do you have to be to lower yourself to that level? [Mike continues, as Marburg begins to look more and more upset]
You know what, Marburg, at the end of the day - at least I'm not somebody's lapdog. Enjoy living off Leland's scraps. You don't even know what trust and loyalty are. Or does the fact that I didn't go that same route when I was abandoned really get under your skin, Conrad
: ... I will end you, Thorton.
- No One Lives Forever. In a similar Not So Different scene, Cate Archer lets the Baroness have it, using the fact they had the same background, but while Cate got over it (despite becoming a cat burglar), the Baroness just became a hateful, bitter woman who wanted nothing but revenge at any cost.
- In the bad ending of The Force Unleashed, Palpatine gives this to Starkiller.
Palpatine: (Casually blocks a lightsaber strike from Starkiller) You have betrayed your masters and your allies both. I knew that one day you would betray me too. And now you have doomed yourself and your friends. (Knocks him through a wall and drops the Rogue Shadow on him. Starkiller wakes up turned half-machine like Darth Vader) You had such promise. You could have been my successor, my equal. But now... But, I may still have some small use for you. I still have enemies to find and destroy. You will do my bidding until I find a new apprentice. And then, like Vader, you will be cast aside. (To the surgical robots) Finish him.
- Palpatine is the master of these. He gives another one in the non-canon Endor DLC.
Palpatine: A Great Day, Lord Vader. Today marks the death of the Rebellion and the birth of a new era of peace for the Empire. There is but one last detail to take care of. Do you take me for a fool? Your feeble schemes to overthrow me using that pathetic clone of your former apprentice were pitifully obvious from their inception. Now Skywalker… you will die. (Fries Vader with Force Lightning)
- Final Fantasy Tactics: Anyone opposing Ramza in the Crapsack World that is Ivalice thinks Ramza is a deluded fool to stick to his Neutral Good ways, and thus every boss battle is a Hannibal Lecture in which Ramza and the villain trade both Shut Up, Hannibal! and Shut Up, Kirk! moments.
- The final chapter of Max Payne 2 is an extended one of these to Max and Woden, from Vladimir Lem.
Vladimir: What the fuck is wrong with you, Max? Why don't you just die? You hate life, you're miserable all the time, afraid to enjoy yourself even a little! Face it, you might as well be dead already. Do yourself a favor, give up!
- In Prototype, Cross gives a short one to Alex Mercer, who at this point is pretty much being led around on a leash (not that this changes much, mind you, but Alex is particularly naive at this stage).
(To Alex grinning in triumph.
) You think you've won
? You don't even know what fucking game you're playing! Well, I can tell you all you need to know...about Penn Station
. (Alex yells and collapses in pain from memory recall, Cross watching dispassionately.)
...In a way, I feel sorry for you. (He injects Alex with a Power Nullifier parasite, rendering him unconscious.)
- In Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage, Rita combines this with What the Hell, Hero? by delivering the following speech after she and Casca almost get killed by Balzac's men while he's not there.
: (slaps Guts) What the hell do you think you're doing? You blew it! You think you're so tough with that big hunk of metal
hanging on your back! But you can't even protect one woman! Some hero...
- Pretty much the entirety of Evil Mentor and Big Bad of Sharin No Kuni's Masaomi Houzuki's dialogue consists of verbally destroying everything somebody believes in or being a Reasonable Authority Figure, doing a one man Good Cop/Bad Cop routine. Übermensch that he is, he's really, really good at it.
- The final boss of Mega Man ZX Advent tells you "You're not a god. You aren't even a Mega Man. You're a mere mortal".
- Vindictus NPC Gallagher is fond of giving these to the player character, for no real good reason. He gets a few from other NPCs, who clearly dislike the guy.
- Many of the gods in God of War III raise the valid point that Kratos is blinded by vengeance, and is little more than a bloodthirsty monster who destroys everything he touches. Zeus, however, really piles it on at the climax, saying, "After all you have sought, all you have sacrificed, all you have accomplished is another STUNNING FAILURE!"
- The Big Bad of BlazBlue, Hazama/Terumi Yuuki, seems to have a raging hard-on for this trope, as evidenced by the great enjoyment he gets from the very long and very brutal speeches he gives to the Anti-Hero... Heck, he doesn't limit this treatment to the Anti-Hero alone, either. To Hazama, ANYONE with convictions, ideologies and/or goals to deconstruct, ridicule, reconstruct and ridicule even worse, is fair game, be they emotional, misled teenagers; hawt, mature but desperate doctors; eldritch abominations or even children. And yet, even with his track record, there are three people he learned this doesn't work on:
- In Rachel's bad ending, after a prolonged fight with her, he proceeds to sink her into the ground and lecture her in his own inimitable fashion. Rather than sit there and take it, she snarks back - and hits something sensitive when she says that Ragna, for all his faults, is a more interesting man than Terumi. He responds by kicking her teeth in.
- In Taokaka's CS ending, Tao shows up to save Good Guy (the aforementioned Ragna), only to find him bleeding out near Terumi. Terumi does his best to troll her, oh does he, but she literally has no idea what he's talking about, and all his effort is flat out wasted. Driven to frustration, he decides to troll the "damned cat" in a language she can understand.
- In Makoto's CS Arcade ending, Terumi tries to troll Makoto in an attempt to break her after they fight to a stalemate - she has no way of destroying him, but she just refuses to die - only for her to retort his efforts with inquiries about his designs for Noel. He eventually gets around to mocking Noel's humanity as well as her own, but all it earns him is a "Shut the hell up!" This doesn't stop him from talking, but since he can't finish the job, he evokes Mu-12 to do it for him. The last we see of Makoto is her bracing herself to face off against her best friend Noel.
- The Big Bad of Planescape: Torment attempts to give a few. The Nameless One, if he has sufficiently high mental stats, can hand out these speeches like candy when not playing the Warrior Therapist. The best is given right back to the Big Bad.
The Nameless One: If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear - whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I’ve seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag's heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me.
- Shao Kahn fires one of these at Raiden and at the Elder Gods in the prologue (And final chapter) of Mortal Kombat 9
Shao Kahn: Where are the Elder Gods, Raiden? Their pathetic Mortal Kombat shackles me no longer! They masquerade as dragons but are mere toothless worms! My venom spreads... it is the end of all things. Armageddon.
Shao Kahn: It is done. Your time has passed. Ages wasted in foolish resistance. Now is the dawn of MY rule! Yes...pray to the worms, Raiden. As your world ends...
- Liu Kang also turns on Raiden after he and Raiden leave the gang to visit the Elder Gods, and everyone but Johnny and Sonya are killed by Sindel saying that everything that happened to them is his fault
- Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel Batman: Arkham City combine this quite liberally with Have a Nice Death, wherein dying during a confrontation with one of the supervillains results in them mocking you at the Game Over screen.
- The person you choose to confront in the penultimate mission of Saints Row: The Third gives you one. Considering the Sadistic Choice involved, they're both right. Interestingly, each speech is more directed towards the other choice.
Killbane: You were a fucking clown, selling energy drinks and lunch boxes. You didn’t care about the crowd, just the paycheck.
Kia: Lin. Carlos. Aisha. Johnny... all you do is let your friends die.
Jon: You sit around all day playing a video game and listening to fake radio stations. What are you doing with your life? Don't you want to get a girlfriend and maybe learn something new?
- At the end of the second dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Impa gives one to Link when he didn't reach Zelda before the villains got her:
Impa: If I had not come when I did, your Zelda would already have fallen into the hands of the enemy. The truth of it is you were late. You were late, and you failed to protect her.
- After the end of the next dungeon, one of the Dialogue Tree options when saving Impa calls back to the speech with "Am I late?"
- In Monster Girl Quest, Luka gives two of these, one in the first chapter of the game and one in the second.
- The first one is directed at Lily, a girl who responded to her village ostracizing her for her magic by raping her family to death and then started a series of witch hunts. When she tries to justify her actions with her Freudian Excuse, Luka explains that he has the exact same background, but he decided to be a hero. While beating the crap out of her.
- The second is at the end of the second game, and is directed at Alice, Luka's friend and also the Monster Lord. Luka refuses to let her get herself killed to fulfill her mother's dream (which was exactly what her mother did, until Alice slaughtered her killers and screwed everything up), and also points out that her mother's plan was wrong in the first place, since any plan that can fall apart because you underestimated one little girl clearly wasn't ever going to work.
- In RosenkreuzStilette Grollschwert, Grolla gets the chance to confront Graf Michael Sepperin, the one who revived her grandfather and mentor as a Grim Reaper-esque entity who wished to test Grolla's skills earlier to see if she was truly worthy of wielding the original Grollschwert. Grolla was angry at the Count for disrupting her grandfather's peaceful slumber and wanted to punish him for having caused her such a grievous sin. The Count believed Grolla was an assassin hired by the Orthodox Church to murder Iris, whom he didn't know was manipulating him all along. Grolla delivered a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him out of pity towards him for being deceived by his own flesh and blood, and, thinking he wants to believe nobody but his daughter, no matter what, and therefore assuming what a fool she was for having respected him, began wondering what those who shared his ideals would think of him if they found out that he was using the forbidden arts.
- Katawa Shoujo has a few.
- In Rin's route, Nomiya gives her a lengthy one after she flees the exhibition, accusing her of embarrassing him and Sae, the curator (who was actually willing to let her leave, as she believed the exhibit would not suffer). He claims the entire exhibit was a waste of time, and that Rin does not have the resolve to be an artist.
- Jigoro gives one to Hisao while complaining about today's youth.
: Look at yourself. An amoral, directionless glue-huffer, with a complete lack of etiquette and absolutely no fashion sense
. You are tomorrow's Japan. Disgraceful. Is this the future of this once-great country?
- When Hisao tries to argue against Jigoro regarding his disdain for his daughter Shizune's work on the Student Council and not visiting her, and fails, Jigoro gives another.
Jigoro: You are very persistent. If only it was about something that mattered. I can't see what you may have learned from my daughter aside from that and how to backtalk people. Is that it?
- G-Senjou no Maou- Absolutely epic one from Gonzou to Maou, after the later shot him in the lung with an explosive bullet with a high-powered sniper rifle.
"Listen up, ‘Maou’! Evil owes its very existence to the vestigial remnants of mankind’s bestial nature! Someone who seeks salvation through revenge, someone such as who you attempts to save his pathetic existence through misdeeds will soon realize the fragility of his own evil! Join me in laughter!”
- Before and after the final boss fight of Syndicate (2012), Jack Denham lectures your Player Character on your delusions of morality, the fact that you're just a tool and calls you out on the damage you've done.
- In the The Secret World mission "Life Imitating Art," horror writer Sam Krieg drops a massive one on the player; how much of it is accurate and how much of it is just drunken rambling is up to interpretation, but the fact that you can't answer back doesn't help.
You know, you're just like one of my characters: you love evil
. You don't run from it, you don't try to avoid it; you welcome it, you crave it. You invite the pain and cherish the suffering. You dive right into the Filth
and you make no attempt to wash it off, and when you finally climb back out, it doesn't matter how bad it smells, how the stench and the taint cling to you, you just can't wait to dive back in.
Like a dope fiend hankering for a fix, you don't want it to ever end. You need
it. Your entire identity, your raison d'etre is at stake. Think about it: who would you be, what
would you be, without this- without your precious war on evil, without your Secret World, without your sacred brotherhoods, your ranks and titles and rituals? You'd be just another rat stuck in the race with a dead-end job, living for a paycheck and the weekends, one long booze-soaked downhill slide towards the dark and cold grave. But you probably believe in what you do, believe it's right, that it's good. You soak in it so others don't have to. You take one for the team, you bend over and spread your legs and let the darkness inside... and somehow you justify it all with utilitarian pragmatism. You're a bona fide American hero!
Get the hell outta here. Go find an abyss to jump into, go soak yourself in Filth! Maybe it'll be different this time: maybe you'll save 'em all, maybe you'll finally find some goddamn peace... some closure... You're just like every single character I've ever written:
- Spec Ops: The Line: The imaginary Col. John Konrad delivers one to Capt. Martin Walker, the protagonist, and in a Leaning on the Fourth Wall fashion, the player at the same time, calling out both on their power fantasy and desire to be a hero through fantastical achievements and imagined righteousness. The game outright tells the player that their desire to be badass in a virtual world is pathetic. Loading screens ask, "How many Americans did you kill today?" "Do you feel like a hero yet?" and "Can you even remember why you're here?" By the end of the game, the imaginary Konrad calls the protagonist out for it, pointing out that he was Dead All Along.
Col. John Konrad: The truth, Walker, is that you're here because you wanted to feel like something you're not...a hero.... You needed someone to blame, so you cast it on me, a dead man.
- RuneScape's Botfinder General spends his whole life delivering these to players who get banned for using bots.
- Persona 4:
- The Investigation Team has plenty of these to give to Tohru Adachi in their final confrontation, but Naoto's final one is by far the most scathing:
Naoto: People can't live alone. If you give in and sever your ties to human society, it will naturally become hard to live in it. Yet you refuse to face life and admit your fault, running away from your humanity like a coward. And though you claim to find life troublesome, you caused nothing but trouble for many others! Your twisted logic is that of an immature, egotistic brat!
- Bowser seems to like giving these to his arch-nemesis in the 3D games. "Look at you, running around like a flea on a puny planetoid. Know what isn't puny? My massive new power... The power to flatten you like a space pancake!" Of course, this doesn't stop him from being defeated once again.
- Dr. Andonuts delivers one to Varik before the final battle in The Halloween Hack, claiming that Varik is not a hero and that Varik should leave Dr. Andonuts alone.
- Suikoden V has a very short one given to Sialeeds, who has defected to Godwin by Lucretia.
Lucretia: I know what you were trying to do, but in the end, your logic was no different from Godwin's.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: The Stormcloaks are currently rebelling against the Empire because it was forced by the Aldmeri Dominion to outlaw Talos worship after losing the Great War. Sybille Stentor, the Court Wizard of Solitude, delivers a magnificent one to the Dragonborn aimed at the Stormcloaks as a whole when asked why Skyrim's previous High King refused to support them.
Sybille Stentor: "Because the Dominion is a sleeping beast that Skyrim cannot slay alone. Because many Nords are part of the Imperial army even now. Because the food and resources we get from the Empire are important to our people. Because even if we can't openly worship him, Talos the god was once Tiber Septim the man, and this is his Empire."
- The Dawnguard extension's main questline end with the Dragonborn and Serana confronting her father Lord Harkon. Before the fight, Harkon blames Serana for betraying her to the Dragonborn after everything he provided for her. Her answer is the following:
Serana: "Provided for me? Are you insane? You've destroyed our family. You've killed other vampires. All over some prophecy that we barely understand. No more. I'm done with you. You will not touch him/her."
- Dante in Devil May Cry gives one out to Trish when he learns she's created by Mundus to kill him.
Dante: Don’t come any closer you Devil! You may look like my mother but you're nowhere close to her. You have no soul! You have the face but you'll never have her fire!
- If you support the Corpus against General Sargas Ruk and the Grineer during the Gravidus Dilemma, Ruk will call you out as willing to sacrifice your own and die for a worthless cause.
- On the flipside, if you support the Grineer against Alad V and the Corpus, Alad will call you out as hypocrites.
- In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, if you manage to recruit Loki as a hero, he delivers one of these to the player character: "While you ponder that, ask yourself… why continue this fight? This endless, pointless crusade against the so-called powers of evil? You’ll never win, so why try? The answer, of course, is because you need the fight. Crave it. Just like my boorish ox of a brother. It defines you, as surely as chaos defines me. Oh, you posture and bluster and call yourself hero. But deep down, all your efforts, all your supposed sacrifice, is just the begging of a child for his candy." Considering that you're actually just a person playing a video game, he has a point: your crusade against the powers of evil isn't doing much.
- Connor from Assassins Creed III gives out one to both Haytham for hiding the information that George Washington is responsible for the attack on his village and hiding the fact that he intends on doing it again and on Washington himself for what happened.
Connor: Enough! Who did what and why must wait. My people come first.
Haytham: Then let's be off.
Connor: No! You and I are finished.
Connor: Do you think me so soft that by calling me son I might change my mind? How long did you sit on this information? Or am I to believe you discovered it now? My mother's blood may stain another's hands, but Charles Lee is no less a monster, and all he does, he does by your command. A warning to you both — choose to follow me or oppose me and I will kill you.
- Lilli from Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes delivers the speech (though more like a rant) in the Contradict ending (if picked) when she finally snaps.
Lilli: STOOOOOOOP! SHUT UP ALREADY!!
Edna: Very good, Lilli! Let him have it!
Lilli: That goes for everyone! You've just been bossing me around this whole time! "Lilli do this! Lilli do that!" But get this: I'm NOT your lap dog! And you, Doc, if you want to hypnotize me, you'll have to walk first, because that's what I'm going to do now! Your therapy is garbage! Why don't you worry about yourself, grandpa?!
Narrator: Lilli kept wailing until she was hoarse. Finally, exhausted, yet relieved, she started heading back. For the first time in her life, she was doing what she herself thought was right. Maybe this wasn't the happy end you were expecting, but the moral of the story is-
Lilli: And you shut up too! There's no moral here, got it?! THE END!
- The Stranger to Lee Everett in The Walking Dead. Every single choice you've made in the game, no matter what, has negative repercussions. And he points out every single one along with every single mistake you've ever made.
- Heavy Rain has it with Ethan finding out Madison is a journalist all this time.
Ethan: I thought I MEANT something to you!
Madison: Listen, I...
Ethan: You're a pretty good nurse for a fucking journalist!
Madison: Ethan, I wanted to tell you, but...
Ethan: What kind of article were you going to write? "My Life With a Serial Killer"? No, no, "How I caught the Origami Killer"? Maybe you'll get a book deal. I hope it was fucking worth it!
Madison: Ethan, it's not what you think! I...
Ethan: You lied to me, Madison! All this time you fucking lied to me! I thought you wanted to help me, but you're only thinking of writing a fucking book?!
- Hakumen gives one towards his past self, Jin Kisaragi, after defeating him in his BlazBlue Continuum Shift story.
Hakumen: This is the best you can muster? Did you really think to beat me with such a grievous wound?
Jin: Are you... really Hakumen of the Six Heroes? Gah.
Hakumen: You still seem unaware of your true strength.
Jin: My... true strength?
Hakumen: No, perhaps you do sense it, but you choose to turn it only to selfish deeds. You shame both of us with your actions.
Jin: Are you talking about the Power of Order? That Jubei guy was going on about all of that as well, but it means nothing to me. Order? Balance? Why the hell should I give a damn?!
- In the New Grounds game, Pico's School, there are a few.
: Go eat dick, Cyclops. No one is impressed by you teen angst
. I seem to remember you being a big Pearl Jam
fan. (Cyclops has an ! reacton)
But then you were runnin' with the G-Squad for a while. Now you're a punk. What the fuck? Pick a trend & stick with it.
- Just before the final battle, when Big Bad Cassandra delivers a Motive Rant about why she did the school shooting.
Pico: Society sucks, but you don't have to kill your classmates to stand out. Try making the music instead of just listening to it. Better yet, make a crazy website that lets you kill pop-icons. It doesn't matter anyway. You have failed the test of life, and I will take you all on if I must!
- Dr. Wily has been on the receiving end of a few of these from Mega Man himself, such as in Mega Man 7 when Mega Man contemplated just killing Wily and in Mega Man 10 when Mega Man showed Wily images of every single one of his past defeats, all of which end in Wily begging for mercy.
- Far Cry 4 has a fair few of its characters give these out in the final chapters of the story, including but not limited to:
- Amita and Sabal, the rival leaders of the Golden Path, will give you one when you side with their rival during certain missions in the story. And they give a grand one near the end when you decide who will go on to lead the Golden Path. These final speeches are directed to Ajay and the player, but also apply to their rival. They are also delivered with the knowledge that you are there to kill them, and no one is around to stop you but you.
- Pagan Min nails you with one when you confront him at the very end, and if you let him live he even expands upon it into a full blown Hannibal Lecture. He details exactly what is wrong with the people you've been fighting for and now given control over the country to, how you screwed everything up for not listening to his request at the very beginning, your poor justification for mindless violence and destruction, and even his own poor justifications for his behavior. By the end of it, its more of a "Reason We All Suck" speech. Prepared and attentive players can get a begrudging Shut up, Hannibal! if they happen to have brought a weapon that can hit a helicopter.
- In Dragon Age II the Arishok eventuallly gives one to the nobles of Kirkwall, in which he calls them out on their selfish, foolish and shallow nature, vowing to make them see the truth.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has the Nightmare Demon, which thrives on people's fears and doubts. The entire time he's in the game he's giving these to the different companions and others that you have with you. Given the insecurity that s/he had already been visibly showing in the story, the one he gives to Hawke is particularly harsh.
Nightmare: Did you think you mattered, Hawke? Did you think anything you ever did mattered? You couldn't even save your city. How could you expect to strike down a god? Anders/Fenris/Isabela/Merril/Sebastian is going to die, just like your family, and anyone you ever cared about.