11:46:20 AM Jun 21st 2014
I think a bunch of the examples on the page misunderstand the trope. A lot of people put down examples of: 1) Someone newly realizing something important about themselves and giving an awesome speech right before they Took a Level in Badass and save the day 2) Someone deciding to try a new strategy in a fight and giving an awesome speech to the villain before the fight resumes 3) A villain having a change of heart and giving a rousing speech right before their Heel–Face Turn The trope is about someone who has phenomenal cosmic power and actively chooses not to use it most of the time. And a bunch of these examples don't really fit the bill.
06:04:25 PM Feb 8th 2015
I actually made an account to say something like this. Many of the examples don't seem to fit the actual speech the trope is named after. Furthermore, the speech is well known enough that anyone who was a fan of the DCU knows The World of Cardboard Speech well enough that naming a trope after may be somewhat confusing. If anything this trope should be called Heroic Gloating as a counter to Evil Gloating since it entails a hero countering the villain's boasts by pointing out how they never had a chance to win. Even the beginning of the speech isn't about how powerful Superman is but about how Darkseid can never stop Batman without killing him because Batman will never give up.
04:07:45 PM Apr 24th 2017
Yeah, this page seems to be about 4 distinct types of speeches (and therefore 4 different tropes) mashed together. Only the "you, villain, are screwed because I've been holding back the whole time so no one gets hurt" speeches count. Ones where the hero realizes they've been holding back when they didn't think they were are related, but not world of cardboard speeches. Others here are just "reason you suck" speaches, and don't belong at all.
11:45:15 PM Sep 1st 2013
I think the title definitely needs to be changed. The title seems to suggest that the character is discussing living in a world of cardboard; that isn't what it means at all. It could not be any more opaque.
12:19:44 AM Sep 10th 2012
Before I just go and add it, would the ending narration from American Psycho count?
11:44:23 AM Apr 29th 2012
Does "World of Cardboard" as its own trope exist? As in a character who is so crazy over-powered that they almost have to avoid people?
08:28:16 PM Apr 2nd 2012
To try and put an end to the argument that Terry's speech to the Joker isn't a "World of Cardboard" Speech, here is the reasons why. The Speech is a personal epiphany about yourself or the situation, Terry realizes that, unlike Bruce, he enjoys mocking his enemy. Regardless, Terry's revelation was not on how pathetic the Joker is, otherwise the dialogue would have gone "He's tough, any advice?" "Joker's vain and likes to talk, ignore it and power on through." "Wait, that's the reason he keeps coming back!" instead of "Wait, I like to talk too." The Speech takes on different forms, sometimes it is a Rousing Speech, other times a Bond One-Liner, maybe a Shut Up, Hannibal! and yet others is a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, they are not exclusive. In this particular instance, what is significant is not what Terry is actually telling the Joker but the fact that Terry is out-trash talking the Joker. From there that equates the "Revelation -> Power" that the WOC Speech is about.
09:45:08 PM Dec 7th 2010
While I think the current title is great and should stay as the primary link, a redirect or two might not be a bad idea for the newbies here. Something like Breakthrough Epiphany Speech, which is nice and descriptive, but boring.
11:54:44 AM Jan 8th 2011
Redirects Are Free, so long as it isn't simply plural forms of the original title or too nonsensical.
02:42:02 AM Nov 16th 2010
I've noticed that too. But it is a dialogue heavy trope and a lot of people feel that merely summarizing it does it an injustice. Some of the longer ones I will take to the quotes page.