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** A mild case of this can occur when knowing that you've disappointed someone by your actions makes you feel worse than any punishment could.

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** A mild case of this can occur when knowing that you've disappointed someone by your actions makes you feel worse than any punishment could. It's unlikely to have an effort on a sociopath, however.

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** A mild case of this can occur when knowing that you've disappointed someone by your actions makes you feel worse than any punishment could.


* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Wrestling/ShaneStorm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the color from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].

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* Vin Gerard Wrestling/VinGerard performed a number of these on Wrestling/ShaneStorm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the color from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].


* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Wrestling/ShaneStorm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].
** Then inverted when Vin tries the same thing on Jigsaw, who had removed his mask elsewhere and hadn't been seen in Chikara for a year. Vin said that he'd never seen the boys in the back as angry at anyone as they were at Jigsaw ("No matter what I did, ''I'' never had to buy a ticket!") and there was no way to get back on their good side - Jigsaw might as well join the [=UnStable=]. Jigsaw responded with superkicks.

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* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Wrestling/ShaneStorm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour color from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].
** Then inverted when Vin tries the same thing on Jigsaw, Wrestling/{{Jigsaw|Wrestling}}, who had removed his mask elsewhere and hadn't been seen in Chikara for a year. Vin said that he'd never seen the boys in the back as angry at anyone as they were at Jigsaw ("No matter what I did, ''I'' never had to buy a ticket!") and there was no way to get back on their good side - Jigsaw might as well join the [=UnStable=]. Jigsaw responded with superkicks.


* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Shane Storm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].

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* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Shane Storm Wrestling/ShaneStorm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].


For examples of ''literally'' breaking someone by talking, see WeaponsGradeVocabulary or MakeMeWannaShout.

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For examples of ''literally'' breaking someone by talking, see WeaponsGradeVocabulary or MakeMeWannaShout.
MakeMeWannaShout. Works using this trope may discuss ThePowerOfLanguage.


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** As one anyone who's experienced this can tell you, verbal and psychological abuse has this as a staple, as, more often than note, the abuser will resort to things like insults, dares, and taunts that prey on the victim's fears, insecurities, etc. As one might expect, this has the effect of the victim latching on tighter to the abuser or being near unable to form healthy relationships because of the trauma.

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** As **As one anyone who's experienced this can tell you, verbal and psychological abuse has this as a staple, as, more often than note, the abuser will resort to things like insults, dares, and taunts that prey on the victim's fears, insecurities, etc. As one might expect, this has the effect of the victim latching on tighter to the abuser or being near unable to form healthy relationships because of the trauma.


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* The Marvel Comics character [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Karnak]] has refined his powers to the point where he can do this. At first his power was just sensing the weak point in objects so he (or his stronger ally Gorgon) can smash it. Now he find personality flaws and verbally destroy an opponent.
* ComicBook/EmmaFrost of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' is incredibly good at this. A great example of this can be found when after finding Kimura sneaking around the X-Mansion getting ready to kill X-23, Emma goes up to her and says...
-->'''Emma:''' Do you ever wonder why you take such pleasure from abusing a little girl who can't hurt you, let alone defeat you? No, I thought not. You'll notice that you cannot move. I've shut down all your motor control so you can listen while I ''enlighten'' you. You are a bully, plain and simple. A product of your past. Being kicked around your whole life by an alcoholic father and an uncaring mother at home, only to find the same waiting for you from your peers in the schoolyard, day in and day out. You were born into a life you did not deserve... a life no child deserves... Someone needs to fill the role of victim and you played that part for so many... until your grandmother came to your rescue. But sadly she came too late. All the hope and good you held onto was beaten out of you long ago. After your grandmother's heart attack, you found your way to the Facility to the men that could give you what you wanted so badly... Revenge. A hollow prize, but one you begged for and once you'd gotten the best of those who wronged you, you became the very person you hated and feared growing up. And X-23 played the role of your victim. Like you, Laura didn't deserve that horrible life. No child does, remember? But you didn't care. Even though you know all too well the pain she suffered, you enjoyed inflicting it. You still enjoy it. That's why you're a bully.
-->'''Kimura:''' Why are you telling me this?\\
'''Emma:''' Because today you go back to being the victim. [[MindRape It's a shame that the people that perfected your body didn't do enough to safeguard your mind...]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Every one of Batman's enemies has tried it. As an action hero, he's immune, but some writers have played it as the villain being right. In [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], ComicBook/TheJoker, master manipulator that he is, convinces a meek psychoanalyst named Harleen Quinzel to go crazy and fall in love with him; she becomes Harley Quinn. During the [[{{Montages}} montage]] {{flashback}} that gives this backstory, they even trade places -- he in the chair, she on the couch -- in several of the analysis scenes.
** In the one shot comic ''Mad Love'' as well as the episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' based on it, Batman does this to the Joker, manipulating him into [[spoiler:freeing him from Harley Quinn's otherwise inescapable trap]] then [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/d3f86f011a236cc445c9a959b673f0f3/tumblr_inline_ne87mblRoB1qenu8a.jpg taunting him]] about [[spoiler:how she'd come closer to killing him than the Joker had ever managed.]] ''[=Puddin'=].''
** Joker also gives Batman one in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke,'' in which his plot is to drive Commissioner Gordon insane the same way he was. When Batman shows up to stop him, Joker gives him a long speech about how Batman is just as crazy as Joker is, and how the world is too hopelessly absurd for anyone to stay sane in. Batman powers through it, and, noting that Gordon was not driven mad, says that maybe Joker was the only one who couldn't take it. However, at the end, it becomes clear that Batman finds at least some truth in Joker's notion that they were both insane or, at least, absurd beings. There are also some visual hints that the Joker may have come close to breaking himself with the speech.
** Brian Azzarello's ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' graphic novel. The Joker tries this on Batman -- only to have Batman not only demolish it, but turn it into a devastating taunt right back ''with just three words'':
--->'''Joker:''' Uhh, God you disgust me. You have no charm at all, just... obviousness. Dumb, dull. Disappointing. Obvious. Shame on you. Obvious... and everybody knows. You wear your shame like a badge, because you don't have the balls to actually pin one on. Yes, just look at you. Desperate to be feared, you want to be perceived as a monster, dressed in black. And yet... you leave that little window. A glimpse at the perfection underneath. Obvious--the chiseled good looks, not the jaw, the mouth of a monster... ''why'' do you let it be seen? Tell me ''why''.\\
'''Batman:''' [[spoiler: To ''mock'' you.]]
** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', when Batman goes to confront Joker at the Ace Chemical Plant, he find Joker wearing the red hood. Joker launches into this trope by saying that having an network of allies has made Batman soft and weak, and that Joker would be doing Batman a favour by getting rid of them. Batman ends up pulling off the hood to reveal [[spoiler: Harley Quinn instead]]! And he continues to do this constantly throughout the story arc to all of the members of the Bat-Family [[spoiler:in order to shake their trust in Batman and break up the Family. And it works.]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In the "Elseworlds" (out-of-continuity) comic from DC, ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'', where Superman's pod landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States, Lex Luthor does this to Superman [[MagnificentBastard with one sentence, written down, and tucked into Lois Luthor (nee Lane)'s coat pocket]]. Stalingrad, which was shrunk and put in a "bottle" instead of Kandor, haunts Superman. Luthor, the president of the US, [[spoiler:takes advantage of this fact by questioning Superman's "perfect" totalitarian rule of most of Earth with the single written sentence, "Why don't you just put the whole world in a bottle, Superman?" He has Lois put the note in her pocket and, when his [[ThePlan plan finally spurs Superman to come to the White House personally]], she is to ask Superman to use his X-ray vision to read the note.]] Superman very nearly breaks down in despair.
** Actually Averted earlier in the same issue, Superman is perfectly willing to debate with Luthor as a way of peacefully addressing their problems (as opposed to the more violent way suggested by Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}). [[spoiler: Before Luthor can open his mouth, Brainiac wraps him up in tentacles and drags him away, pointing out how a man of Luthor's intellect could've conceivably pulled this.]]
** An issue of ''Superman'' features a military-sponsored super-villain, Atlas, attempting to deliver such a lecture to ''ComicBook/KryptoTheSuperdog'', after having delivered an almighty smackdown to Superman and caused him to temporarily withdraw, leaving Krypto the only one left to make a stand. Unfortunately for Atlas it doesn't work, for the same reason that it probably wouldn't work if you tried to verbally undermine a dog's sense of self-confidence with a lecture in real life.
* In ''ComicBook/TheEternals'' (or at least the Creator/NeilGaiman revival), there is a character whose power is the ability to know just what to say to make a certain person break. When he first discovers this power, he manages to make a cop attempting to keep him in an embassy for questioning pass out with just a few words.
-->'''Druig:''' Yes. Tell me, is it the '''SLIME''' of the tentacles that upsets you, or the way they twine bonelessly, the faceless snaking of them... Does it remind you of the way your brother forced a rubber toy into your infant mouth, '''CHOKING''' you, the wet, the...
-->''(Cop faints)''
-->'''Druig:''' ''Interesting.''
* More than one villain has tried this on ThePunisher. Emphasis on ''[[ShutUpHannibal tried]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' #8 Miranda Zero is kidnapped by a terrorist who tries to do this to her. She does it right back to him with rather more success.
-->'''Zero:''' Maybe you could rape me. That'd make you a real man. Do you think I'm scared of pain? Three years ago in Haiti, a cell of ex-Tonton Macoute fired a nail gun through my right thigh. Five years ago, radical white separatists in Maine painted an eagle on my back in paint-stripper gel. Last March Russian black marketeers took bolt cutters to my breasts. Understand, you don't frighten me. Your stupid little hands and [[GiantMook your thing with the gun]] do not frighten me. You are ignorant and gutless and '''you do not frighten me'''.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Poor John Hartigan gets it twice. The first time comes from Senator Roark who explains that Hartigan will be framed for his son's crimes and there is not a thing he can do about it. The second is from Detective Liebowitcz who chides him on being a clean cop. Both of these lectures are so that Hartigan will sign a confession... which he doesn't.
* In ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'', V does it to Lewis Prothero with elaborate props, reminding him of his role at the Larkhill concentration camp, revealing that he, V, was the man from room five, and finishing up by [[spoiler: driving him insane by burning up his precious collection of dolls in the ovens in his replica of the camp.]]
* ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' villain "The Profile" is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin profiler]] who uses his mutant [[SherlockScan observation]] powers to instantly size people up. He is also a JerkAss who likes to give Breaking Speeches to people for fun.
-->'''The Profile''': Hey, old man. I almost forgot something. That whole thing about abandoning your family and your wife dying alone and your son becoming a serial killer? You're right. It '''was''' all your fault.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Comedian gives one to Dr. Manhattan, in a flashback scene in Chapter 2. The Comedian [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon gunned down his pregnant Vietnamese girlfriend]] after she slashed his face]]. He points out how Dr. Manhattan did nothing to stop him, proving he no longer cares about humanity.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', super-villain Rebel tries to harass Kara after trying to kill her and Linda Danvers. Supergirl proceeds to tell him that he is a pathetic, insignificant nuisance with delusions of grandeur and she is a very busy and very angry PhysicalGod. He runs away.
--->'''Rebel:''' So whattaya say we just finish this off with one final dance?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not '''important'''! You '''never''' were! You were just -- something to '''do'''! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a while until people and events of '''real consequence''' came along! Look -- Here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will '''hurt''' you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't '''imagine'''. Things '''I''' can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping you '''will''' attack. And part of me is praying -- for your sake, and my '''own''' peace of mind -- that you don't. It's up to '''you'''.\\
'''Rebel:''' You doing that? Causing a storm to roll in?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Maybe.
** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'' Sakki, The Hate Furnace, delivered one to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. He mistakenly believed that she was Superman's daughter and picked at her shame at failing to live up to Superman's example. Sakki and his partner, Gakidou, were also [[EmotionEater emotion eaters]], so Supergirl's despair and other negative emotions served to make them stronger. Unfortunately for them, she [[UnstoppableRage became so angry that they nearly overloaded]], and they found out the hard way that their extra strength isn't ''nearly'' enough to deal with a Kryptonian.
* It's a popular tactic of the Black Lanterns in the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' event, in an attempt to get their victim to show emotions so their heart can be ripped out and themselves added to the Black Lanterns.
* In one issue of his comic, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} has been imprisoned by the unusual method of throwing him in a pit and shooting him constantly so he'll be too busy healing to escape and he ''still'' manages to verbally break down the guy with the gun, who eventually lets Wolverine escape in the expectation that Wolverine will ''kill him''.

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* The Marvel Comics character [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Karnak]] has refined Wrestling/{{Raven}} was well-known for delivering these to his powers to the point where he can do this. At first his power was just sensing the weak point opponents in objects so he (or his stronger ally Gorgon) can smash it. Now he find personality flaws and verbally destroy an opponent.
* ComicBook/EmmaFrost of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' is incredibly good at this. A great example of this can be found when after finding Kimura sneaking around the X-Mansion getting ready to kill X-23, Emma goes up to her and says...
-->'''Emma:''' Do you ever wonder why you take such pleasure from abusing a little girl who can't hurt you, let alone defeat you? No, I thought not. You'll notice that you cannot move. I've shut down all your motor control so you can listen while I ''enlighten'' you. You are a bully, plain and simple. A product of your past. Being kicked around your whole life by an alcoholic father and an uncaring mother at home, only to find the same waiting for you from your peers in the schoolyard, day in and day out. You were born into a life you did not deserve... a life no child deserves... Someone needs to fill the role of victim and you played that part for so many... until your grandmother came to your rescue. But sadly she came too late. All the hope and good you held onto was beaten out of you long ago. After your grandmother's heart attack, you found your way to the Facility to the men that could give you what you wanted so badly... Revenge. A hollow prize, but one you begged for and once you'd gotten the best of those who wronged you, you became the very person you hated and feared growing up. And X-23 played the role of your victim. Like you, Laura didn't deserve that horrible life. No child does, remember? But you didn't care. Even though you know all too well the pain she suffered, you enjoyed inflicting it. You still enjoy it. That's why you're a bully.
-->'''Kimura:''' Why are you telling me this?\\
'''Emma:''' Because today you go back to being the victim. [[MindRape It's a shame that the people that perfected your body didn't do enough to safeguard your mind...]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Every one of Batman's enemies has tried it. As an action hero, he's immune, but some writers have played it as the villain being right. In [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], ComicBook/TheJoker, master manipulator that he is, convinces a meek psychoanalyst named Harleen Quinzel to go crazy and fall in love with him; she becomes Harley Quinn. During the [[{{Montages}} montage]] {{flashback}} that gives this backstory, they even trade places -- he in the chair, she on the couch -- in several of the analysis scenes.
** In the one shot comic ''Mad Love'' as well as the episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' based on it, Batman does this to the Joker, manipulating him into [[spoiler:freeing him from Harley Quinn's otherwise inescapable trap]] then [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/d3f86f011a236cc445c9a959b673f0f3/tumblr_inline_ne87mblRoB1qenu8a.jpg taunting him]] about [[spoiler:how she'd come closer to killing him than the Joker had ever managed.]] ''[=Puddin'=].''
** Joker also gives Batman one in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke,'' in which his plot is to drive Commissioner Gordon insane the same way he was. When Batman shows up to stop him, Joker gives him a long speech about how Batman is just as crazy as Joker is, and how the world is too hopelessly absurd for anyone to stay sane in. Batman powers through it, and, noting that Gordon was not driven mad, says that maybe Joker was the only one who couldn't take it. However, at the end, it becomes clear that Batman finds at least some truth in Joker's notion that they were both insane or, at least, absurd beings. There are also some visual hints that the Joker may have come close to breaking himself with the speech.
** Brian Azzarello's ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' graphic novel. The Joker tries this on Batman -- only to have Batman not only demolish it, but turn it into a devastating taunt right back ''with just three words'':
--->'''Joker:''' Uhh, God you disgust me. You have no charm at all, just... obviousness. Dumb, dull. Disappointing. Obvious. Shame on you. Obvious... and everybody knows. You wear your shame like a badge, because you don't have the balls to actually pin one on. Yes, just look at you. Desperate to be feared, you want to be perceived as a monster, dressed in black. And yet... you leave that little window. A glimpse at the perfection underneath. Obvious--the chiseled good looks, not the jaw, the mouth of a monster... ''why'' do you let it be seen? Tell me ''why''.\\
'''Batman:''' [[spoiler: To ''mock'' you.]]
** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', when Batman goes to confront Joker at the Ace Chemical Plant, he find Joker wearing the red hood. Joker launches into this trope by saying that having an network of allies has made Batman soft and weak, and that Joker would be doing Batman a favour by getting rid of them. Batman ends up pulling off the hood to reveal [[spoiler: Harley Quinn instead]]! And he continues to do this constantly throughout the story arc to all of the members of the Bat-Family [[spoiler:in
order to shake their trust in Batman and break up the Family. And it works.]]
demoralize them.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In the "Elseworlds" (out-of-continuity) comic from DC, ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'', where Superman's pod landed
Wrestling/ShawnMichaels was a regular recipient of these speeches, particularly in the Soviet Union instead later parts of the United States, Lex Luthor does this to Superman [[MagnificentBastard his career once he turned perma-face, but he usually interrupted them with one sentence, written down, and tucked into Lois Luthor (nee Lane)'s coat pocket]]. Stalingrad, which was shrunk and put in a "bottle" instead of Kandor, haunts Superman. Luthor, the president of the US, [[spoiler:takes advantage of this fact by questioning Superman's "perfect" totalitarian rule of most of Earth with the single written sentence, "Why don't you just put the whole world in a bottle, Superman?" He has Lois put the note in her pocket and, when [[ShutUpHannibal Sweet Chin Music]]. Occasionally, after knocking his [[ThePlan plan finally spurs Superman to come to the White House personally]], she is to ask Superman to use his X-ray vision to read the note.]] Superman very nearly breaks down in despair.
** Actually Averted earlier in the same issue, Superman is perfectly willing to debate with Luthor as a way of peacefully addressing their problems (as opposed to the more violent way suggested by Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}). [[spoiler: Before Luthor can open his mouth, Brainiac wraps him up in tentacles and drags him away, pointing
lecturer out how a man of Luthor's intellect could've conceivably pulled this.]]
** An issue of ''Superman'' features a military-sponsored super-villain, Atlas, attempting to
cold, he'd deliver such a lecture to ''ComicBook/KryptoTheSuperdog'', after having delivered an almighty smackdown to Superman and caused him to temporarily withdraw, leaving Krypto the only one left to make a stand. Unfortunately for Atlas it doesn't work, for the same reason that it probably wouldn't work if you tried to verbally undermine a dog's sense of self-confidence with a lecture in real life.
* In ''ComicBook/TheEternals''
his own over their unconscious (or at least stunned) body. (If it's done to someone unconscious, it can't really qualify for the Creator/NeilGaiman revival), there is a character whose power is the ability to know just what to say to make a certain person break. When he first discovers this power, he manages to make a cop attempting to keep him in an embassy for questioning pass out with just a few words.
-->'''Druig:''' Yes. Tell me, is it the '''SLIME'''
trope.) He was particularly fond of the tentacles that upsets you, or the way they twine bonelessly, the faceless snaking of them... Does it remind you of the way your brother forced a rubber toy into your infant mouth, '''CHOKING''' you, the wet, the...
-->''(Cop faints)''
-->'''Druig:''' ''Interesting.''
* More than one villain has tried this on ThePunisher. Emphasis on ''[[ShutUpHannibal tried]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' #8 Miranda Zero is kidnapped by a terrorist who tries to do
doing this to her. She does it right back Wrestling/ChrisJericho.
** Back in his heel days, he used
to him with rather more success.
-->'''Zero:''' Maybe you
hand them out himself like party favors. Even as a face, he'd break them out occasionally, and he's the one guy ever who could rape me. That'd make you a real man. Do you think I'm scared of pain? Three years ago in Haiti, a cell of ex-Tonton Macoute fired a nail gun through my right thigh. Five years ago, radical white separatists in Maine painted an eagle on my back in paint-stripper gel. Last March Russian black marketeers took bolt cutters to my breasts. Understand, you don't frighten me. Your stupid little hands and [[GiantMook your thing get away with the gun]] do not frighten me. You are ignorant and gutless and '''you do not frighten me'''.
throwing them at Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Poor John Hartigan gets it twice. The first time comes from Senator Roark who explains that Hartigan will be framed for his son's crimes and there is not Vin Gerard performed a thing he can do about it. The second is from Detective Liebowitcz who chides him on being a clean cop. Both number of these lectures are so that Hartigan will sign a confession... which he doesn't.
* In ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'', V does it to Lewis Prothero with elaborate props, reminding him of his role at the Larkhill concentration camp, revealing that he, V, was the man from room five, and finishing up by [[spoiler: driving him insane by burning up his precious collection of dolls in the ovens in his replica
on Shane Storm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the camp.]]
* ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' villain "The Profile" is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin profiler]] who uses
technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his mutant [[SherlockScan observation]] powers to instantly size people up. He is also a JerkAss who likes to give Breaking Speeches to people world on its axis as Vin thanked him for fun.
-->'''The Profile''': Hey, old man. I almost forgot something. That whole thing about abandoning your family and your wife dying alone and your son
it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a serial killer? You're right. It '''was''' all your fault.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'',
black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the Comedian gives one to Dr. Manhattan, in a flashback scene in Chapter 2. The Comedian [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon gunned down his pregnant Vietnamese girlfriend]] after she slashed his face]]. He points out how Dr. Manhattan did nothing to stop him, proving he no longer cares about humanity.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
[=UnStable=].
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', super-villain Rebel Then inverted when Vin tries to harass Kara after trying to kill her the same thing on Jigsaw, who had removed his mask elsewhere and Linda Danvers. Supergirl proceeds hadn't been seen in Chikara for a year. Vin said that he'd never seen the boys in the back as angry at anyone as they were at Jigsaw ("No matter what I did, ''I'' never had to tell him buy a ticket!") and there was no way to get back on their good side - Jigsaw might as well join the [=UnStable=]. Jigsaw responded with superkicks.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho. Back in 2008 and early 2009 when everyone took his heel character completely seriously, Jericho would do this weekly. They rarely worked, but they were awesome.
* Wrestling/CMPunk in his Straight Edge persona. He is so awesome
that he is a pathetic, insignificant nuisance with delusions of grandeur and she is a very busy and very angry PhysicalGod. He runs away.
--->'''Rebel:''' So whattaya say we just finish this off with one final dance?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not '''important'''! You '''never''' were! You were just -- something to '''do'''! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a
can actually give these while until people and events of '''real consequence''' came along! Look -- Here's he's in the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will '''hurt''' you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't '''imagine'''. Things '''I''' can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part middle of me is hoping you '''will''' attack. And part of me is praying -- for your sake, and my '''own''' peace of mind -- that you don't. It's up to '''you'''.\\
'''Rebel:''' You doing that? Causing
a storm to roll in?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Maybe.
match.
** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'' Sakki, The Hate Furnace, Punk also delivered one brilliant ones to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. He mistakenly believed Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon after his infamous pipebomb. So much that she was Superman's daughter and picked at her shame at failing to live up to Superman's example. Sakki and his partner, Gakidou, were also [[EmotionEater emotion eaters]], so Supergirl's despair and other negative emotions served to make them stronger. Unfortunately for them, she [[UnstoppableRage became so angry that they nearly overloaded]], and they found out the hard way that their extra strength isn't ''nearly'' enough to deal Cena responded with a Kryptonian.
* It's a popular tactic of the Black Lanterns in the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' event, in an attempt to get their victim to show emotions so their heart can be ripped out
punch and themselves added Vince responded to the Black Lanterns.
* In one issue of
his comic, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} has been imprisoned by the unusual method demands in vigor.
-->-'''Vince:''' "I apologize, you [[PrecisionFStrike son
of throwing him in a pit and shooting him constantly so he'll be too busy healing to escape and he ''still'' manages to verbally break down the guy with the gun, who eventually lets Wolverine escape in the expectation that Wolverine will ''kill him''.bitch]]!"



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* Zhuge Liang does this at least two or three times (depending on how you count) in classic Chinese novel Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms. First, he causes the death of Zhou Yu, the capable but pompous chief adviser of the nominal ally Wu kingdom by causing a series of humiliating events. Second, he causes the death of Cao Zhen, the commander-in-chief of the enemy Wei kingdom, by sending him a humiliating letter. Finally, he causes the death of Wei minister Wang Lang by humiliating him in a debate in front of both armies.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'':
** In ''The Bad Beginning, ''Olaf reveals to the audience that he has just legally married Violet and played everyone for a sap. When Mr. Poe demands that the Chief of Police arrest him, Olaf calls Poe and everyone out on how the kids had repeatedly tried to warn the adults and asked for help, but they wouldn't listen to them. "No one ever listens to children".
** There's a zig-zagged and ultimately subverted example in ''The Penultimate Peril,'' which extends on the previous example. Olaf points out to the children that each and every adult they've ever met has failed them and left them to the mercy of an incredibly cruel world, and that as a result the Baudelaires have strayed increasingly towards BlackAndGreyMorality. This badly shakes the Baudelaires, but they decide to put their faith in their adult allies one last time...[[spoiler: and are failed yet ''again''. After this, they promptly throw deference to the wind and join Count Olaf]]--only to finally subvert the trope, as they accept that while to an extent Count Olaf is right, he's not completely right, and they choose instead to ally only with the adults that have proven themselves worthy of the Baudelaires' trust.
--> '''Violet:''' We can rely on our friends more than you can rely on yours.
--> '''Count Olaf:''' Is that so? Have you learned nothing after all your adventures? Every noble person has failed you, Baudelaires. Why, look at the idiots standing next to you! A judge who let me marry you, a man who gave up on you altogether, and a sub-sub-librarian who spends his life sneaking around taking notes. They're hardly a noble bunch...And every second, more associates of mine get closer and closer.
--> '''Violet:''' So do our friends.
--> '''Count Olaf:''' Only if they've managed to survive my eagles.
--> '''Klaus:''' They will. Just like we've survived you.
--> '''Count Olaf:''' And how did you survive me? ''The Daily Punctilio'' is full of your crimes. You lied to people. You stole. You abandoned people in danger. You set fires. Time after time you've relied on treachery to survive, just like everyone else. There are no truly noble people in this world.
* The murderer X in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'' is very good at this, manages to manipulate people using seeming simple but manipulative comments, gesture and words, to provokes his target to murder their source of hatred. However, he didn't like to kill directly himself, instead enjoying the process of their target murders.
* An example in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when SixthRangerTraitor David does this in his attempt to break Rachel's will to fight. It fails, because it only sends Rachel further into TheUnfettered territory when she has time to mull over his words.
* A heroic example appears in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', where Susan uses this on PsychopathicManchild Jonathan Teatime -- the first time anyone's managed to shake him up even a little bit.
-->'''Susan''': I think I know you, Teatime. You're the mad kid they're all scared of, right? The giggling excitable one even the bullies never touched because if they did he went insane and kicked and bit. The one who didn't know the difference between chucking a stone at a cat and setting it on fire. I bet no one wanted to play with you. Not the kid with no friends. Kids know a mind like yours even if they don't know the right words for it. The kind of little boy who looks up dolls' dresses...\\
'''Teatime''': I ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne didn't!]]''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Saruman, using his enchanted voice, can persuade unsuspecting enemies to join and serve him -- ''even after they defeat him in war''. In the chapter "The Voice of Saruman" in ''The Two Towers,'' Saruman gives the speech to all of his triumphant enemies, and nearly all are swayed by the power of his voice; the Riders of Rohan are wholly overcome by it, while Pippin is particularly shamed. It doesn't work on Gandalf the White, however, and only vaguely troubles Theoden.
** Grí­ma Wormtongue is a student of Saruman's, and uses similar non-magical techniques on Théoden to render him helpless and hopeless against Saruman, and on Éowyn in order to break her resolve and drive her to desperation.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Glaurung [[TheDragon father of dragons]] delivered one combined neatly with a MindScrew to Túrin having paralyzed him with his hypnotic glare until he "saw himself as in a mirror misshapen by malice, and loathed that which he saw".
* Euthyphro, from Plato's ''Socratian Dialogs'' seems to fit this one rather nicely. Socrates attempts to get a description of piety from Euthyphro, but continues to twist every argument Euthyphro offers to his own needs, making this OlderThanFeudalism.
* From the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novel ''The Eyre Affair''. The BigBad, Acheron Hades, can talk most people into anything. Several times he has escaped by convincing cops to hand over their guns, which are then used on the cops. When Hades needs a lackey, he simply convinces a suitably fit civillain to be one. Fortunately Next can resist to the extent of keeping her wits (and gun), but Hades is still far more clever.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: In the book ''Under the Radar'', the Prophet Harold Evanrod tries to tell his followers of the pedophile polygamist sect Heaven On Earth, "You see, this is the Devil at work! I told you the people on the outside would try to drive us away from our homes and our religion because they don't understand it. They will be forever damned, and there will be no salvation for any of them. I want you all to be strong because we will prevail." However, the Vigilantes give an effective ShutUpHannibal response to that.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by Creator/DavidEddings, this is inverted during the climactic battle between Garion and Torak. When the Dark God passes up an opportunity to kill Garion, instead demanding that he submit, Garion finally realizes that the purpose of their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him. [[spoiler:His subsequent speech shatters Torak's will and gives Garion the opening he needs to beat him.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheTamuli'' by Creator/DavidEddings, where Sir Bevier is sent to interrogate a prisoner and uses double-talk and open-ended questions to drag the interview out for three hours. [[spoiler:It turns out all he was doing was trying to annoy the guy and make him think about the things they wanted to know so that Xanetia could be invisible in the room and read his mind, gleaning the information that they knew the man wouldn't give up]].
* Fanny Price, the heroine of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', frequently gets these from her aunt, Mrs. Norris (no, not ''[[Literature/HarryPotter that]]'' Mrs. Norris), due to being TheUnfavorite.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', Harry Dresden on the book's BigBad Lord Raith. By the end of it, Raith is incredibly furious that Dresden deconstructed him so well.
** In ''Literature/DeathMasks'' the ubervillain Nicodemus tried to do something along these lines to Harry in an effort to corrupt him over to his side, and scores some hits, though Harry ends up resisting it.
** On a later occasion, Harry does a version of this on the shadow of the manipulative FallenAngel Lasciel in an attempt to turn her away from evil, [[spoiler:and, unlike the immutible true fallen, the shadow is just as malleable as the medium she lived in: Harry's mind. In the end, Harry succeeded and changed the shadow back to a benign force. However, soon after the change, she sacrificed herself and took a powerful mental attack, allowing Harry a chance to fight the telepathic monster they were fighting]].
** Harry gives an ''epic'' one in ''Literature/SkinGame'', where he [[spoiler: hammers Deirdre's death at her father's hands into Nicodemus over and over again until he snaps and orders Harry be killed, something that breaks his word of cooperation and allows Harry to fight back. It actually works ''too'' well, as it reveals to Nicodemus that only someone with a child of his own could be so effective at such a tactic. ]]
* [[OmnicidalManiac Ruin]] of ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' loves doing this to [[TheHero Vin]] by consistently pointing out that Vin causes destruction wherever she goes, and therefore has been serving his purposes all along. In the end, though, she gets Ruin back by pointing out that as a human being she has the power to protect and destroy at the same time, unlike the much more limited gods such as Ruin. [[spoiler: She them proves it by killing Ruin via HeroicSacrifice]].
* Henry does this to Dorian in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''.
* From the Literature/{{Deryni}} works by Creator/KatherineKurtz:
** Kelson's speech to Sicard [=MacArdry=] at their final confrontation in ''The King's Justice'', when Kelson tries to get Sicard to surrender. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech He reminds Sicard of the crimes he and his forces have committed]], and he informs the rebel leader that his other son and heir is dead. When the effort fails, [[GoodIsNotSoft Kelson uses a bow and arrow to kill Sicard]].
** Edmund Loris is apt to indulge in this, using [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech lengthy and vitriolic diatribes on his target's failings]]. Two notable instances are his efforts to make Henry Istelyn cooperate with Judhael's illegal enthronement as a bishop in ''The Bishop's Heir'' and while physically torturing Duncan [=McLain=] in ''The King's Justice''.
* In ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'', Ivanov believes he can break Rubashov just by talking to him, but Gletkin insists that only physical pain will work. As it turns out, Ivanov was right.
* Inverted in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII French novella ''Literature/LeSilenceDeLaMer'', wherein the unwilling hosts of a German officer resolve to resist by never speaking a word to him. He is eventually broken by the unrelenting silence - and by his own HeelRealisation.
* ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'': BigBad Dr. Emmenberger and TheHero Inspector Bärlach try and fail to do this to each other. Emmenberger doesn't care about what will happen to him while Bärlach after a while simply refuses to talk or listen to Emmenberger.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Peeta Mellark manages this in his Quarter Quell interview. He is highly skilled when it comes to manipulating a crowd with his words and in this case he claims to have married Katniss and that she is pregnant with their love child in order to win her support in the Games. He accomplishes not only that but gets ''the Capitol audience'' so upset that some of them cry for the Games to be stopped.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', Man in Suit is scarily good at this.
-->''I will answer any question you have, because by merely being honest, I will defeat you.''
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'': [[spoiler: Simon encounters the Lord of the Flies in a vision, who tells him that evil is within all the boys, and it is only growing stronger, and he'll be a fool if he continues his righteous path.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Zeroes}}'', this is one of the applications of Scam's power, the Voice which says whatever necessary to accomplish what he desires. Prior to the story, he used his Voice in anger to deliver such a speech to the other Zeroes, resulting in the group splitting up.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' has plenty of this, courtesy of the Flood Gravemind and [[spoiler:(and its Precursor ancestors]].
** The Didact is on the receiving end of one on the tail end of the [[AdvancedAncientHumans Human]]-[[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] War, given by an imprisoned being on the human capital world [[spoiler:claiming to be the last of the Precursors, the very race that created the Forerunners, but who now swear vengeance against them for killing almost all of their creators]]. It thoroughly traumatizes the Didact, breaking apart the beliefs and perceived truths for which he had fought and sacrificed his entire life (with his own children being among the casualties), and he spends the next 10,000 years burying the revelation deep in his memories and refusing to reveal them even to his beloved wife, for fear of their implications.
** This goes UpToEleven in ''Literature/HaloSilentium'', when the Flood turn [[spoiler:the Ur-Didact]] into a host through which to deliver several {{Breaking Speech}}es once (causing him to go mad from MindRape as a bonus); one to the Forerunners as a whole, expanding on the above-mentioned speech given to the Didact 10,000 years before, and one to the Master Builder, using [[spoiler:the Ur-Didact]] as a conduit through which the Master Builder's infected wives and children could accuse and taunt him. The latter act effectively turns the Master Builder from a MagnificentBastard extraordinaire into a broken, despairing, nigh-suicidial wreck.
* In the ''Literature/HomecomingSaga'', Hushidh, a [[TheEmpath "raveler"]] manages to verbally destroy the standing of Rashgallavik, the commander of the army occupying [[LadyLand the city state of Basillica]]. She can do this because he was merely standing in for the recently slain Gaballufix, the army's true leader[[note]]Though he took over for the disgraced and exiled Volemak[[/note]], so their loyalty to him was tenuous at best. Her guardian and mentor Raza immediately tells her [[NiceJobBreakingItHero how badly she just screwed up]].[[note]]By breaking Rashgallavik, she removed the only thing keeping the occupying army under control. Said army starts looting and pillaging withing hours.[[/note]]
* The Creator/MarquisDeSade frequently has libertine characters do this. If anyone objects to their acts of murder, rape, torture etc. the libertines calmly deconstruct every objection and tell them [[WhatIsEvil morality is subjective, just an illusion]], or what they do [[AppealToNature dictated by Nature]]. Of course, once that is done the objector usually gets the same treatment they had objected against to begin with, so it goes beyond simply breaking lectures.

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[[folder:Literature]]
[[folder:Radio]]
* Zhuge Liang does this at least two or three times (depending on how you count) in classic Chinese novel Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms. First, he causes the death of Zhou Yu, the capable but pompous chief adviser of the nominal ally Wu kingdom by causing a series of humiliating events. Second, he causes the death of Cao Zhen, the commander-in-chief of the enemy Wei kingdom, by sending him a humiliating letter. Finally, he causes the death of Wei minister Wang Lang by humiliating him in a debate in front of both armies.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'':
** In ''The Bad Beginning, ''Olaf reveals to the audience that he has just legally married Violet and played everyone for a sap. When Mr. Poe demands that the Chief of Police arrest him, Olaf calls Poe and everyone out on how the kids had repeatedly tried to warn the adults and asked for help, but they wouldn't listen to them. "No one ever listens to children".
** There's a zig-zagged and ultimately subverted example in ''The Penultimate Peril,'' which extends on the previous example. Olaf points out to the children that each and every adult they've ever met has failed them and left them to the mercy of an incredibly cruel world, and that as a result the Baudelaires have strayed increasingly towards BlackAndGreyMorality. This badly shakes the Baudelaires, but they decide to put their faith in their adult allies one last time...[[spoiler: and are failed yet ''again''. After this, they promptly throw deference to the wind and join Count Olaf]]--only to finally subvert the trope, as they accept that while to an extent Count Olaf is right, he's not completely right, and they choose instead to ally only with the adults that have proven themselves worthy of the Baudelaires' trust.
--> '''Violet:''' We can rely on our friends more than you can rely on yours.
--> '''Count Olaf:''' Is that so? Have you learned nothing after all your adventures? Every noble person has failed you, Baudelaires. Why, look at the idiots standing next to you! A judge who let me marry you, a man who gave up on you altogether, and a sub-sub-librarian who spends his life sneaking around taking notes. They're hardly a noble bunch...And every second, more associates of mine get closer and closer.
--> '''Violet:''' So do our friends.
--> '''Count Olaf:''' Only if they've managed to survive my eagles.
--> '''Klaus:''' They will. Just like we've survived you.
--> '''Count Olaf:''' And how did you survive me? ''The Daily Punctilio'' is full of your crimes. You lied to people. You stole. You abandoned people in danger. You set fires. Time after time you've relied on treachery to survive, just like everyone else. There are no truly noble people in this world.
* The murderer X in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'' is very good at this, manages to manipulate people using seeming simple but manipulative comments, gesture and words, to provokes his target to murder their source of hatred. However, he didn't like to kill directly himself, instead enjoying the process of their target murders.
* An example in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' when SixthRangerTraitor David does this in his attempt to break Rachel's will to fight. It fails, because it only sends Rachel further into TheUnfettered territory when she has time to mull over his words.
* A heroic example appears in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', where Susan uses this on PsychopathicManchild Jonathan Teatime -- the first time anyone's managed to shake him up even a little bit.
-->'''Susan''': I think I know you, Teatime. You're the mad kid they're all scared of, right? The giggling excitable one even the bullies never touched because if they did he went insane and kicked and bit. The one who didn't know the difference between chucking a stone at a cat and setting it on fire. I bet no one wanted to play with you. Not the kid with no friends. Kids know a mind like yours even if they don't know the right words for it. The kind of little boy who looks up dolls' dresses...\\
'''Teatime''': I ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne didn't!]]''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Saruman, using his enchanted voice, can persuade unsuspecting enemies to join and serve him -- ''even after they defeat him in war''. In the chapter "The Voice of Saruman" in ''The Two Towers,'' Saruman gives the speech to all of his triumphant enemies, and nearly all are swayed by the power of his voice; the Riders of Rohan are wholly overcome by it, while Pippin is particularly shamed. It doesn't work on Gandalf the White, however, and only vaguely troubles Theoden.
** Grí­ma Wormtongue is a student of Saruman's, and uses similar non-magical techniques on Théoden to render him helpless and hopeless against Saruman, and on Éowyn in order to break her resolve and drive her to desperation.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Glaurung [[TheDragon father of dragons]] delivered one combined neatly with a MindScrew to Túrin having paralyzed him with his hypnotic glare until he "saw himself as in a mirror misshapen by malice, and loathed that which he saw".
* Euthyphro, from Plato's ''Socratian Dialogs'' seems to fit this one rather nicely. Socrates attempts to get a description of piety from Euthyphro, but continues to twist every argument Euthyphro offers to his own needs, making this OlderThanFeudalism.
* From the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novel ''The Eyre Affair''. The BigBad, Acheron Hades, can talk most people into anything. Several times he has escaped by convincing cops to hand over their guns, which are then
Brilliantly used on the cops. When Hades needs a lackey, he simply convinces a suitably fit civillain to be one. Fortunately Next can resist to the extent of keeping her wits (and gun), but Hades is still far more clever.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: In the book ''Under the Radar'', the Prophet Harold Evanrod tries to tell his followers of the pedophile polygamist sect Heaven On Earth, "You see, this is the Devil at work! I told you the people on the outside would try to drive us away from our homes
in ''That Mitchell and our religion because they don't understand it. They will be forever damned, and there will be no salvation for any of them. I want you all to be strong because we will prevail." However, the Vigilantes give an effective ShutUpHannibal response to that.
*
Webb Sound'', a radio programme. In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by Creator/DavidEddings, this is inverted during the climactic battle between Garion and Torak. When the Dark God passes up an opportunity to kill Garion, instead demanding that he submit, Garion finally realizes that the purpose of their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him. [[spoiler:His subsequent speech shatters Torak's will and gives Garion the opening he needs to beat him.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheTamuli'' by Creator/DavidEddings, where Sir Bevier is sent to interrogate
multiple segments, Webb's character insults a prisoner and uses double-talk and open-ended questions to drag the interview out for three hours. [[spoiler:It turns out all he was doing was trying to annoy the guy and make him think about the things they wanted to know so that Xanetia could be invisible in the room and read his mind, gleaning the information that they knew the man wouldn't give up]].
* Fanny Price, the heroine of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', frequently gets these from her aunt, Mrs. Norris (no, not ''[[Literature/HarryPotter that]]'' Mrs. Norris), due to being TheUnfavorite.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/BloodRites'', Harry Dresden on the book's BigBad Lord Raith. By the end of it, Raith is incredibly furious that Dresden deconstructed him so well.
** In ''Literature/DeathMasks'' the ubervillain Nicodemus tried to do something along these lines to Harry in an effort to corrupt him over to his side, and scores some hits, though Harry ends up resisting it.
** On a later occasion, Harry does a version of this on the shadow of the manipulative FallenAngel Lasciel in an attempt to turn her away from evil, [[spoiler:and, unlike the immutible true fallen, the shadow is just as malleable as the medium she lived in: Harry's mind. In the end, Harry succeeded and changed the shadow back to a benign force. However, soon after the change, she sacrificed herself and took a powerful mental attack, allowing Harry a chance to fight the telepathic monster they were fighting]].
** Harry gives an ''epic'' one in ''Literature/SkinGame'', where he [[spoiler: hammers Deirdre's death at her father's hands into Nicodemus over and over again until he snaps and orders Harry be killed, something that breaks his word of cooperation and allows Harry to fight back. It actually works ''too'' well, as it reveals to Nicodemus that only someone with a child of his own could be so effective at such a tactic. ]]
* [[OmnicidalManiac Ruin]] of ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' loves doing this to [[TheHero Vin]] by consistently pointing out that Vin causes destruction wherever she goes, and therefore has been serving his purposes all along. In the end, though, she gets Ruin back by pointing out that as a human being she has the power to protect and destroy at the same time, unlike the much more limited gods such as Ruin. [[spoiler: She them proves it by killing Ruin via HeroicSacrifice]].
* Henry does this to Dorian in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''.
* From the Literature/{{Deryni}} works by Creator/KatherineKurtz:
** Kelson's speech to Sicard [=MacArdry=] at their final confrontation in ''The King's Justice'', when Kelson tries to get Sicard to surrender. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech He reminds Sicard of the crimes he and his forces have committed]], and he informs the rebel leader that his other son and heir is dead. When the effort fails, [[GoodIsNotSoft Kelson uses a bow and arrow to kill Sicard]].
** Edmund Loris is apt to indulge in this, using [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech lengthy and vitriolic diatribes on his target's failings]]. Two notable instances are his efforts to make Henry Istelyn cooperate with Judhael's illegal enthronement as a bishop in ''The Bishop's Heir'' and while physically torturing Duncan [=McLain=] in ''The King's Justice''.
* In ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'', Ivanov believes he can break Rubashov just by talking to him, but Gletkin insists that only physical pain will work. As it turns out, Ivanov was right.
* Inverted in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII French novella ''Literature/LeSilenceDeLaMer'', wherein the unwilling hosts of a German officer resolve to resist by never speaking a word to him. He is
woman's dress sense, weight or intelligence, eventually broken by the unrelenting silence - and by his own HeelRealisation.
* ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'': BigBad Dr. Emmenberger and TheHero Inspector Bärlach try and fail to do this to each other. Emmenberger doesn't care about what will happen to him while Bärlach after a while simply refuses to talk or listen to Emmenberger.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Peeta Mellark manages this in his Quarter Quell interview. He is highly skilled when it comes to manipulating a crowd with his words and in this case he claims to have married Katniss and that she is pregnant with their love child in order to win her support in the Games. He accomplishes not only that but gets ''the Capitol audience'' so upset that some of them cry for the Games to be stopped.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', Man in Suit is scarily good at this.
-->''I will answer any question you have, because by merely being honest, I will defeat you.''
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'': [[spoiler: Simon encounters the Lord of the Flies in a vision, who tells him that evil is within all the boys, and it is only growing stronger, and he'll be a fool if he continues his righteous path.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Zeroes}}'', this is one of the applications of Scam's power, the Voice which says whatever necessary to accomplish what he desires. Prior to the story, he used his Voice in anger to deliver such a speech to the other Zeroes, resulting in the group splitting up.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' has plenty of this, courtesy of the Flood Gravemind and [[spoiler:(and its Precursor ancestors]].
** The Didact is on the receiving end of one on the tail end of the [[AdvancedAncientHumans Human]]-[[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] War, given by an imprisoned being on the human capital world [[spoiler:claiming to be the last of the Precursors, the very race that created the Forerunners, but who now swear vengeance against them for killing almost all of their creators]]. It thoroughly traumatizes the Didact, breaking apart the beliefs and perceived truths for which he had fought and sacrificed his entire life (with his own children being among the casualties), and he spends the next 10,000 years burying the revelation deep in his memories and refusing to reveal them even to his beloved wife, for fear of their implications.
** This goes UpToEleven in ''Literature/HaloSilentium'', when the Flood turn [[spoiler:the Ur-Didact]]
turning into a host through which to deliver several {{Breaking Speech}}es once (causing him to go mad from MindRape as a bonus); one to full-blown Breaking Speech. When the Forerunners as woman has been reduced to a whole, expanding on wreck, Webb asks for a date, to cheer the above-mentioned speech given to the Didact 10,000 years before, and one to the Master Builder, using [[spoiler:the Ur-Didact]] as a conduit through which the Master Builder's infected wives and children could accuse and taunt him. The latter act effectively turns the Master Builder from a MagnificentBastard extraordinaire into a broken, despairing, nigh-suicidial wreck.
* In the ''Literature/HomecomingSaga'', Hushidh, a [[TheEmpath "raveler"]] manages to verbally destroy the standing of Rashgallavik, the commander of the army occupying [[LadyLand the city state of Basillica]]. She can do this because he was merely standing in for the recently slain Gaballufix, the army's true leader[[note]]Though he took over for the disgraced and exiled Volemak[[/note]], so their loyalty to him was tenuous at best. Her guardian and mentor Raza immediately tells her [[NiceJobBreakingItHero how badly she just screwed up]].[[note]]By breaking Rashgallavik, she removed the only thing keeping the occupying army under control. Said army starts looting and pillaging withing hours.[[/note]]
* The Creator/MarquisDeSade frequently has libertine characters do this. If anyone objects to their acts of murder, rape, torture etc. the libertines calmly deconstruct every objection and tell them [[WhatIsEvil morality is subjective, just an illusion]], or what they do [[AppealToNature dictated by Nature]]. Of course, once that is done the objector usually gets the same treatment they had objected against to begin with, so it goes beyond simply breaking lectures.
woman up.



[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Raven}} was well-known for delivering these to his opponents in order to demoralize them.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels was a regular recipient of these speeches, particularly in the later parts of his career once he turned perma-face, but he usually interrupted them with [[ShutUpHannibal Sweet Chin Music]]. Occasionally, after knocking his lecturer out cold, he'd deliver his own over their unconscious (or at least stunned) body. (If it's done to someone unconscious, it can't really qualify for the trope.) He was particularly fond of doing this to Wrestling/ChrisJericho.
** Back in his heel days, he used to hand them out himself like party favors. Even as a face, he'd break them out occasionally, and he's the one guy ever who could get away with throwing them at Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Shane Storm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].
** Then inverted when Vin tries the same thing on Jigsaw, who had removed his mask elsewhere and hadn't been seen in Chikara for a year. Vin said that he'd never seen the boys in the back as angry at anyone as they were at Jigsaw ("No matter what I did, ''I'' never had to buy a ticket!") and there was no way to get back on their good side - Jigsaw might as well join the [=UnStable=]. Jigsaw responded with superkicks.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho. Back in 2008 and early 2009 when everyone took his heel character completely seriously, Jericho would do this weekly. They rarely worked, but they were awesome.
* Wrestling/CMPunk in his Straight Edge persona. He is so awesome that he can actually give these while he's in the middle of a match.
** Punk also delivered brilliant ones to Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon after his infamous pipebomb. So much that Cena responded with a punch and Vince responded to his demands in vigor.
-->-'''Vince:''' "I apologize, you [[PrecisionFStrike son of a bitch]]!"

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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Wrestling/{{Raven}} was well-known for delivering these to his opponents in order to demoralize them.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels was a regular recipient of these speeches, particularly in
On the later parts (very) few occasions when the Dark Powers of his career once he turned perma-face, but he usually interrupted them with [[ShutUpHannibal Sweet Chin Music]]. Occasionally, after knocking his lecturer out cold, he'd deliver his own over their unconscious (or at least stunned) body. (If ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' have apparently communicated directly to anyone, it's done been to someone unconscious, it can't really qualify for the trope.) He was particularly fond of doing do this to Wrestling/ChrisJericho.
** Back in his heel days, he used to hand them out himself like party favors. Even as
a face, he'd break them out occasionally, and he's the one guy ever who could get away with throwing them at Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* Vin Gerard performed a number of these on Shane Storm -- playing off Storm's betrayal of the technicos by selling out the counter to the Chikara Special (a Chikara MoralEventHorizon if there ever was one) and then twisting his world on its axis as Vin thanked him for it. Ended with Storm 'transforming' into the rudo STIGMA, dropping the colour from his outfits, the bright mullet becoming a black mohawk and joining with Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney to become the [=UnStable=].
** Then inverted when Vin tries the same thing on Jigsaw, who had removed his mask elsewhere and hadn't been seen in Chikara for a year. Vin said that he'd never seen the boys in the back as angry at anyone as they were at Jigsaw ("No matter what I did, ''I'' never had to buy a ticket!") and there was no way to get back on their good side - Jigsaw might as well join the [=UnStable=]. Jigsaw responded with superkicks.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho. Back in 2008 and early 2009 when everyone took his heel character completely seriously, Jericho would do this weekly. They rarely worked, but they were awesome.
* Wrestling/CMPunk in his Straight Edge persona. He is so awesome that he can actually give these while he's in the middle of a match.
** Punk also
potential darklord, delivered brilliant ones to Wrestling/JohnCena in familiar voices. Strahd heard the voices of Tatyana and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon after Sergei taunting him, while Azalin heard the voices of his infamous pipebomb. So much that Cena responded son and his mentor in wizardry.
* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'' sourcebook ''Slasher'' (which deals
with [[SlasherMovie exactly what you think it does]]) has this as a punch talent of the Genius Undertaking and Vince responded its natural progression, the Maniac. The Genius has the ability to instinctively profile anyone and learn what facts they'd ''hate'' to have revealed. The Maniac uses this knowledge to ''always'' have advantage over a certain target, and, with time, to convert the target to his demands point of view (a la [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Jigsaw]]).
* Sith Lords
in vigor.
-->-'''Vince:''' "I apologize, you [[PrecisionFStrike son of
the ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'' game have a bitch]]!"power that lets them do this more effectively.



[[folder:Radio]]
* Brilliantly used in ''That Mitchell and Webb Sound'', a radio programme. In multiple segments, Webb's character insults a woman's dress sense, weight or intelligence, eventually turning into a full-blown Breaking Speech. When the woman has been reduced to a wreck, Webb asks for a date, to cheer the woman up.

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[[folder:Theater]]
* Brilliantly used ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand''. Harold destroys Michael with a thorough undressing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end.
* In ''Man of La Mancha'' the Knight of the Mirrors does this to Don Quixote, explaining to him
in ''That Mitchell unpleasant terms how the world sees him and Webb Sound'', using a radio programme. number of minions carrying full length mirrors to prove it. (It is worth noting that he does not do this in the book, which is why this entry appears in the theater section)
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'': Rutledge breaks them by singing. "Molasses to Rum" has him vividly act out the process of the slave trade from Boston to Africa to the Caribbean and plantations, highlighting both the horrors of it and the hypocrisy of the Northern states in decrying it when their own citizens profit considerably. When he leaves (with all the Southern states), the independence faction is devastated and have no choice but to accept the deletion of the anti-slavery clause despite Adams' prediction that it would [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar come back to haunt them]].
*
In multiple segments, Webb's ''Theatre/{{JB}}'', Nickles/Satan's last attempt to corrupt Job is to paint the bit at the end -- where J.B. gets all his fortunes back -- as actually the cruelest torment of all; that God could ruin his life, and then just put it all back together again because the whole "Take away your fortunes, kill your children and cover you in boils" thing was just a bit of a lark. When J.B. points out that his children are ''dead'', Satan dismissively says, "You'll have better ones!", mocking the notion that everything could really be put right just like that.
* The ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: In part V: ''Mrs. Frost'', what the titular
character insults a woman's dress sense, weight or intelligence, eventually turning into a full-blown Breaking Speech. When the woman tries to do after she's captured Nathaniel. She has been reduced done enough research to a wreck, Webb asks for a date, to cheer the woman up.probe all his fears and insecurities.



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* On the (very) few occasions when the Dark Powers of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' have apparently communicated directly to anyone, it's been to do this to a potential darklord, delivered in familiar voices. Strahd heard the voices of Tatyana and Sergei taunting him, while Azalin heard the voices of his son and his mentor in wizardry.
* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'' sourcebook ''Slasher'' (which deals with [[SlasherMovie exactly what you think it does]]) has this as a talent of the Genius Undertaking and its natural progression, the Maniac. The Genius has the ability to instinctively profile anyone and learn what facts they'd ''hate'' to have revealed. The Maniac uses this knowledge to ''always'' have advantage over a certain target, and, with time, to convert the target to his point of view (a la [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Jigsaw]]).
* Sith Lords in the ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'' game have a power that lets them do this more effectively.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* On the (very) few occasions when the Dark Powers of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' have apparently communicated directly to anyone, it's been to In {{Literature/Worm}} Tattletale can do this due to a potential darklord, delivered in familiar voices. Strahd heard the voices of Tatyana and Sergei taunting him, while Azalin heard the voices her power. It doesn't matter who your are, if you can hear her, she will get to you. For this reason Armsmaster has some of his son team wear earplugs when fighting her and his mentor she's frequently targeted first in wizardry.
* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'' sourcebook ''Slasher'' (which deals
fights.
** Contessa and [[spoiler: Scion]] are even more capable at this. Contessa made [[spoiler: Bonesaw perform a HeelFaceTurn
with [[SlasherMovie exactly what you think it does]]) has this as a talent of short conversation]].[[spoiler: Scion]] made [[spoiler: Eidolon]] depressed to the Genius Undertaking point where he let himself be killed with 4 words.
* In Literature/SagaOfSoul, [[LegionsOfHell Downfall]] does it to [[MagicalGirl Eriko]]. [[spoiler:[[EpiphanyTherapy To put it mildly]], it [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfired]].]]
* The Auditor's favourite tactic in ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}''. She's only had the chance to use it on two people - A_J, repeatedly,
and its natural progression, the Maniac. The Genius has the ability to instinctively profile anyone and learn what facts they'd ''hate'' to have revealed. The Maniac Egg - but she left both in tears. Until that point, A_J had ''never'' been seen weeping.
* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', [[spoiler:The Mad King]]
uses this knowledge to ''always'' rattle the bonds between our heroes. While it seems that Vav isn't too bothered by it, X-Ray is frightened, thinking that Vav is going to focus everything on his reporter LoveInterest.
* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', Rosalia does this to Kirito as a pre-battle tactic. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately for her, it backfires spectacularly]]; while it indeed gets to him, it changes him from JerkAss DeadpanSnarker to a LaughingMad PsychoticManchild... and he's a long time player of the videogame they're trapped in, so he's waaaaaay past her level in terms of sheer stats. [[CurbStompBattle It ends quickly after that.]]
* In the WebAnimation/CampCamp Season 1 finale, it seems as though David's overly happy-go-lucky spirit has finally been shattered, to Max's absolute delight. As he desperately tries to light a symbolic bonfire that's important to him in the middle of a thunderstorm, Max goes in to lay the final blow
--> '''Max''': Do you really think a big campfire and some outdated, honestly kind of racist tradition is going to make anyone care about anything? No one gives a shit, David. Nobody want to be here! It's like you live in this stupid make-believe world where "everything's great!" The universe doesn't work that way, idiot! Just look around! It's what I've been trying to show you since day one! Life sucks. And we live in a world of desensitized, apathetic assholes. Why don't you just get with the program and stop giving a shit....
* In Episode 81 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries,'' Dartz calls Yami out for his callous treatment of his friends. [[spoiler: It works as Yami almost succumbs to the Seal of Orichalcos.]]
--> '''Dartz:''' Look at youwself! Look at everything you've dooone! You got a second chance at wahf! Oh! And how do you choose to spend it? Beating people in games y'already good at, and telling them how much they soock.
--> '''Yami:''' It's not my fault if they refuse to git gud.
--> '''Dartz:''' I know you're wight, but what is your fauwt is the way you take your fwends for gwanted or, oh, oh, do you even think of them as your fwewends?
--> '''Yami:''' Of course I—
--> '''Dartz:''' Oh, right, you can't even defend yoursewf! Not once
have advantage over a certain target, and, with time, to convert you taken the target tahm to his appweciate everything they've done for you, how patient dey' been. You're too busy calling Twistan stupaad, or Téa a slooot, or insulting the person whose body you now inhabit.
--> '''Yami:''' Yugi...
--> '''Dartz:''' Aww, that's the truth, though, Phawowoaoh. No Orichalcamalos magic, no bullshit powers. You're no hewo. You don't even deserve those fwends you surround yourself with. And you certainly don't deserve to keep wiving in Yugaay Muh-to's body. Just give it up. It's easier than fightin' the twuth.
* This is how [[spoiler: Elias Bouchard]] operates in ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives''. He peers into people's minds to find what would disturb and hurt them the most, then tortures them by speaking of it as cruely as possible before directly planting feelings and images in their heads. His victim's are often to the
point of view (a la [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Jigsaw]]).
breaking before he ever plants anything in their mind.
* Sith Lords A hilarious example from {{Website/Tumblr}} [[http://www.strangebeaver.com/2013/10/tumblr-tuesday-10-8/ in the ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'' game have comments of a power that lets them do this more effectively.photo of]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext someone drinking Diet Coke out of a bag]]:
-->'''totheinternetandbeyond:''' I lost the cap to a soda bottle\\
'''wecanbreatheinouterspace:''' [[TemptingFate Then you're fucking stupid. If you can't drink a soda without a cap, then you're fucking stupid.]]\\
'''totheinternetandbeyond:''' [[SuddenlyShouting LISTEN HERE YOU LITTLE SHIT.]] I COULDN'T FIND THE CAP TO AN ALMOST FULL 2 LITER BOTTLE OF DIET COKE. I WASN'T ABOUT TO DRINK THE WHOLE GOD DAMN THING ON THE SPOT. I DON'T EVEN LIKE DIET COKE THAT MUCH. IF I PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE IN THE BOTTLE IT WOULD HAVE GONE FLAT [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech SO DON'T FUCKING CALL ME STUPID.]] [[BadassBoast I AM THE FUTURE.]]



[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand''. Harold destroys Michael with a thorough undressing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end.
* In ''Man of La Mancha'' the Knight of the Mirrors does this to Don Quixote, explaining to him in unpleasant terms how the world sees him and using a number of minions carrying full length mirrors to prove it. (It is worth noting that he does not do this in the book, which is why this entry appears in the theater section)
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'': Rutledge breaks them by singing. "Molasses to Rum" has him vividly act out the process of the slave trade from Boston to Africa to the Caribbean and plantations, highlighting both the horrors of it and the hypocrisy of the Northern states in decrying it when their own citizens profit considerably. When he leaves (with all the Southern states), the independence faction is devastated and have no choice but to accept the deletion of the anti-slavery clause despite Adams' prediction that it would [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar come back to haunt them]].
* In ''Theatre/{{JB}}'', Nickles/Satan's last attempt to corrupt Job is to paint the bit at the end -- where J.B. gets all his fortunes back -- as actually the cruelest torment of all; that God could ruin his life, and then just put it all back together again because the whole "Take away your fortunes, kill your children and cover you in boils" thing was just a bit of a lark. When J.B. points out that his children are ''dead'', Satan dismissively says, "You'll have better ones!", mocking the notion that everything could really be put right just like that.
* The ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: In part V: ''Mrs. Frost'', what the titular character tries to do after she's captured Nathaniel. She has done enough research to probe all his fears and insecurities.

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[[folder:Theater]]
[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand''. Harold destroys Michael A series of independent experiments carried out by a sadistic Harvard psychology professor named Henry Murray in the 1960s could be counted as an extreme (and, as it turned out, extremely unfortunate) real-life example of Breaking Them by Talking. University students were instructed to write an essay summarizing their personal philosophy on life and underlying principles, then went into a room expecting to debate philosophy with a thorough undressing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech fellow student. They instead faced an interrogation by a far more experienced opponent, whose sole purpose was to attack and ridicule their beliefs at the end.
* In ''Man of La Mancha'' the Knight
length. Since one of the Mirrors does main goals of the experiment was to induce stress and upset the subject as much as possible, it's not surprising that many students came out feeling traumatized. One of them eventually went completely over the edge (for this to Don Quixote, explaining to him in unpleasant terms how reason or some other) and became the world sees him and Unabomber.\\\
Murray had worked with the CIA in developing a test that tested pilots' wills, preventing them from possibly being brainwashed if captured. He decided to "fine tune" his technique
using students as test subjects, but really, the guy was a number of minions carrying full length mirrors to prove it. (It is worth noting that he does not do sadist who [[ForTheEvulz got off on this in the book, which is why sort of thing]]. WNYC's Radio Lab covered this entry appears story in one of their pieces titled "Oops".
* A favorite technique of many {{Troll}}s is to hurt people in chatrooms and
the theater section)
like with offensive language.
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'': Rutledge breaks In the documentary, ''I, Psychopath'', diagnosed {{Narcissist}} Sam Vaknin subjects the filmmaker to these during most of the filming. The [[TheWoobie filmmaker]] almost has a nervous breakdown.
* Many gay men, especially drag queens, have perfected the XanatosSpeedChess variation of this called "[[https://www.nextmagazine.com/content/art-read the read]]", being able to assess someone quickly and jab
them by singing. "Molasses to Rum" has him vividly act out precisely.
** Creator/MargaretCho describes
the process of the slave trade from Boston to Africa to the Caribbean and plantations, highlighting both the horrors of it and the hypocrisy of the Northern states in decrying it when their own citizens profit considerably. on her album ''Assassin'':
--> (sassy voice)
When he leaves (with all the Southern states), the independence faction you read somebody, what you are doing is devastated and you slowly chip away at they self esteem, but you do so in such a subtle manner they have no choice but idea what is happening to accept them; they are simply overwhelmed by a sense of dread.
* Sadly, some parents, teachers, and caregivers (i.e., at daycare centers, or even babysitters) have done this to their offspring / students / charges, in some cases, when they don't mean to...
**As one anyone who's experienced this can tell you, verbal and psychological abuse has this as a staple, as, more often than note,
the deletion abuser will resort to things like insults, dares, and taunts that prey on the victim's fears, insecurities, etc. As one might expect, this has the effect of the anti-slavery clause despite Adams' prediction that it would [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar come back victim latching on tighter to haunt them]].
* In ''Theatre/{{JB}}'', Nickles/Satan's last attempt to corrupt Job is to paint
the bit at the end -- where J.B. gets all his fortunes back -- as actually the cruelest torment of all; that God could ruin his life, and then just put it all back together again abuser or being near unable to form healthy relationships because of the whole "Take away your fortunes, kill your children and cover you in boils" thing was just a bit of a lark. When J.B. points out that his children are ''dead'', Satan dismissively says, "You'll have better ones!", mocking the notion that everything could really be put right just like that.
* The ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: In part V: ''Mrs. Frost'', what the titular character tries to do after she's captured Nathaniel. She has done enough research to probe all his fears and insecurities.
trauma.




[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'':
** In the sequence of mysterious dreams in the first game, the sinister presence lurking behind the PlayerCharacter's soul makes itself known and tries to bend them to its will, sometimes in words but just as often in images. The last dream ends with the equivalent of a WorldOfCardboardSpeech, where the protagonist recognises they can control their own fate.
** In ''BG II: Shadows of Amn'', there is a similar but less focused sequence of dreams where [[spoiler: something that looks like the BigBad]] lectures you.
-->"Why do you stand for this!? Why do you submit to the flesh when death is bred in your bones?"
** Turns out though that it isn't quite what it seems. By the point the lecturer is replaced by [[spoiler:your sister]] you'll have figured out the origin...
--->"What does an eternity of nothingness matter when you can defeat all your opponents as easily as one... two... three... four... FIVE!"
** In ''BG II: Throne of Bhaal'', this is done by some wraiths to both the protagonist and their possible love interest by taking the forms of their lost loved ones and making hurtful accusations. It's a ploy to make the victims break down and become easy prey.
* Before the final battle in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'', BigBad [[spoiler: Mephistopheles]] does this to [[spoiler: each of your party members in turn]], turning them to his side unless you can talk them back out of it.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'':
** Ravel, a mid-way adversary, confronts any and all characters in the party with a (de)moralizing tirade about how their particular history of suffering, self-deception, and misdeeds have shaped them, noting that in the end it was these things that led them to follow the lead character on his quest, so ensnared in circumstances that the choice never truly was their own. Though she is promptly defeated after this, the things she alludes to usually cast the pasts of both the [=NPCs=] and the PlayerCharacter in a new (and usually less pretty) light.
** The [[PlayerCharacter Nameless One]] himself can use the technique on the resident KnightTemplar, which convinces him to pass on as there's nothing worth holding on to in his unlife any longer.
** Famously, the PlayerCharacter can do this to the BigBad himself multiple ways: by explaining to him the answer to what is the DrivingQuestion and ArmorPiercingQuestion of the game [[spoiler: What can change the nature of a man?]], by simply having a strong enough mind (high mental scores score), by manipulating him, or by knowing [[spoiler: your name]] while he does not.
** The previous [[ManipulativeBastard Practical Incarnation]] does this literally to a member of the society Sign of One, who believe that only one's own self is real and the rest of the people are imaginary. The incarnation proves to the member that actually, he is the one who doesn't exist – making him speechless and vanishing him from existence.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', as you progress through the questline to create Shadowmourne, a legendary weapon to match the [[BigBad The Lich King's]] own, he whispers to you about how you and he both harvest souls for your own ends, he too once sought a weapon of great power, how he commands powers beyond you, et cetera.
* Archer in the visual novel VisualNovel/FateStayNight ''hammers'' Shirou. And considering [[spoiler: Archer IS Shirou from the future]], he knows ''exactly'' how to reduce him to complete HeroicBSOD.
--> "You need to become a hero. That is your only emotion, and it's not even your own. You knew. Yes, but you kept that from yourself. I remember, it's not that you felt [[SurvivorGuilt guilty]] for being the SoleSurvivor. You just admired your Kiritsugu; he looked so happy when he saved you. But you went too far. It would have been fine to admire him. But he left you a curse. I don't even need to say it. That is everything for you. Your ideal is borrowed. You are only imitating what Kiritsugu wanted, what Kiritsugu thought was right. A superhero? Don't make me laugh. Over and over you said you wished to help people, but that's not even your wish. It's conceited to think you could help anyone! That's right! You admired his desire to save people because it was beautiful! But none of that feeling was your own! What else can you call that but hypocrisy!? Driven by your need to help someone, you don't notice how wrong you are! But it's all fake. You can't save anything. You don't even know what you wanted to save in the first place! That ideal is a failure. It's all fantasy. If you can only live holding on to that, drown in your ideals."
---> [[ShutUpHannibal "...Shut up."]]
** The worst part about Archer's speech is that, unlike the modified version above, halfway through it [[spoiler: he starts to talk about himself, using "I" instead of "you."]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Far Cry 3}}:'' Our protagonist, Jason Brody, accidentally landed on an island that turned out to be a pirate stronghold and his friends brothers were immediately kidnapped as hostages. Eventually, he's captured and their leader, Vaas, asks a simple question as Jason is waking up, "Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?" Vaas goes on a tangent about how insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, expecting different results. If you think about it, says Vaas, life is composed of little everyday moments of madness, like "a bunch of pricks doing the same thing over and over again expecting shit to change!" Yet for some reason, despite Vaas already having "killed" Jason, here he is about to kill him again, and it's not like Vaas is crazy. He then drops Jason into deep water weighed down with a cinderblock...and when Jason survives ''that'', Vaas finds him ''again'', and says one thing before simply shooting Jason in the chest. "Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?"
* AM from ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' does this to his captives at the beginning of the game.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Hazama/Terumi doesn't always try to break people in order to [[ManipulativeBastard further his own maniacal ends]], but just as often, if not even more so, [[ForTheEvulz simply does it for the sheer hell of it]]. [[spoiler: It's [[JustifiedTrope justified]], though, since he's a ghost who anchors his own existence in the world with other people's hatred of him, and [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly if he stopped being hated]] he'd [[RetGone cease to exist]]. He still has no redeeming shades of IDidWhatIHadToDo, and has openly admitted that he primarily {{mind rape}}s people for the sheer enjoyment of seeing them cross the DespairEventHorizon, all for his twisted vision of truth where he thinks the only truth is despair, everything else are lies.]]
** His [[BigBadDuumvirate partner in crime]], [[MadScientist Relius]] [[ArchnemesisDad Clover]], is no less proficient at this, [[MoralEventHorizon as evidenced]] [[TearJerker by the]] [[AndIMustScream very]] [[BreakTheCutie effective]], [[FateWorseThanDeath and also]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything severely]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil disturbing]], "therapy session" he put [[LittleBitBeastly Makoto]] [[GenkiGirl Nanaya]] through in her BadEnding.
** Phantom attempts to do this to Hakumen, legendary hero of [[TheGreatOffscreenWar the Dark War]], by showing him illusory versions of his comrades. Trinity accuses him of using the war to atone for his personal guilt instead of genuinely doing the right thing, Valkenhayn says that after Hakumen inspired humanity he gave them no choice but to struggle to bitter end, Jubei says that after the war the planet was in such a state that losing might actually have been nature's will and Celica says that they worked so hard to try and win, [[TearJerker and she's tired of working so hard...]] Ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], though, in that Hakumen is having none of it and just cuts his way into Phantom's domain.
* In ''Neo VideoGame/{{Contra}}'', [[BigBad Master Contra]] does this to Bill Rizer in Stage 5 of the game [[spoiler: as he reveals that he's the real Bill Rizer the whole time and that Bill Rizer [[CloningBlues is actually a clone of the original Bill Rizer]].]] He also goes as far as to taunt Bill about remembering personal memories, as well as his memories being pieced together by a military database. This drives Bill into a brief HeroicBSOD until [[spoiler: Mystery G pulls a HeroicSacrifice to save Bill and Jaguar from being killed and [[YouAreNotAlone tells Bill that he's the real Bill if he lives by the original Bill's ideals regardless of being a clone or not]].]]
* Several enemies in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' ''fight'' this way. They will tell the player character something so hurtful, disgusting, or frightening that it does physical damage. For instance, nearly all the normal enemies in a 2013 sidequest zone attack by pointing out the player's [[AdultFear fears]], like death, loneliness, and poverty.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Sam and Monsoon attempt to do this to Raiden to prove he's NotSoDifferent from them. They succeed, [[GoneHorriblyRight but not in a way they intended]], as [[spoiler:Raiden reawakens his "Jack the Ripper" personality and becomes far more bloodthirsty.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII: The Sith Lords'' Kreia uses these in conjunction with her [[MindRape mind invasion techniques]] to inflict this upon the [[PlayerCharacter Exile's]] companions, breaking them into his/her service.
* Every single boss in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. The tougher the boss, the more MindScrew they pour on in the BossBanter. Justified in that every boss represents a self-destructive component of her own psyche (the Jabberwock in particular is Alice's guilt over [[spoiler:surviving the fire that killed her family]]).
* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', Kaido delivers a particularly blunt one to [[spoiler: Keisuke if you don't prevent their confrontation. Then he kills him and follows this up by calling Atsuro out over ''his'' anger.]]
* Malefor from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: Dawn of the Dragon'' is able to make Spyro and Cynder doubt everything they've done in three games, though Cynder gets the worst of it. [[spoiler: He makes her doubt herself to such a point he can retake her mind and turn her evil again, then continues to lecture Spyro as the poor guy is getting beaten down by his brainwashed girlfriend.]] Even though [[spoiler: Sypro saves Cynder with the PowerOfLove]], the shocker comes from the fact the fact we, and they, have no idea just how much of what Malefor said is true. His menacing VoiceOfTheLegion also helps.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', many of the Foxhound members but in particular Liquid would enjoy lecturing Snake on how he is honestly no different than them, and how his superiors continually use him to further their own ends while screwing him over. Their speeches ultimately fail not because Snake figures out they're lying, but because he decides it ultimately doesn't matter: he has a mission, it's a good mission, and he's going to finish it. [[spoiler:Their accusations come back to haunt him later in his life.]]
* Eve from ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' really enjoyed giving these, usually combined with {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es to MindScrew Aya into either giving up or joining her.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations'', [[spoiler:Mia Fey]] delivers one of these to [[spoiler: the possessing spirit of Dahlia Hawthorne, pointing out that every single EvilPlan she's made has resulted in failure and shame, including the one that she made ''from beyond the grave''. The Fey/Wright clan has always been there to stop her and as a ghost she's doomed to eternal failure.]] This revelation horrifies her so much that [[spoiler: it winds up exorcising Dahlia from Maya's body completely.]]
* In case 3 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: Aristotle Means]] delivers one of these to Athena for thinking she could get her childhood friend Juniper Woods found innocent, calling Athena out as an amateur lawyer who doesn't have what it takes. Athena [[HeroicBSOD nearly gives in to despair]] until [[ThePowerOfFriendship Juniper and her friends chime in to back up Athena]].
* In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', Takaya does this to the S.E.E.S. on several ocassions such as calling their endeavors to end the Dark Hour futile, and especially on Ken, who he mentions to that if the boy does not [[spoiler:get his revenge now, Shinjiro will die sooner or later due to the side-effects of the latter's drugs]].
* The {{Shadow Archetype}}s in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' have this as part of their nature: As they are the {{anthropomorphic personification}}s of their originators' repressed feelings and fears, they will relentlessly hound their owners with the knowledge they are made of [[spoiler:in an attempt to make their owners face up to their fears and accept them as part of themselves, becoming personas instead.]] Trying a ShutUpHannibal on them is ''not'' a good idea.
** The BigBad does this too (see the series page), as does the Normal ending's FinalBoss, but he gets ShutUpHannibal'd so hard his persona reverts into a shadow and possesses him.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'': The Ragnarok ColonyDrop has gone completely out of control, and Zero thought he destroyed the one behind it all. Until:
-->'''Dr. Weil:''' I told you... I can't die! No one can stop Ragnarok now.
-->'''Zero:''' If I destroy Weil's core, the explosion will take Ragnarok out with it... If Ragnarok is blown apart, it no longer poses a threat!
-->'''Dr. Weil:''' Are you even capable of it? The Reploid hero, protecting justice and humanity! I am one of those humans you have sworn to protect! Do you have it in you to defeat me?!
** He is talking to Zero. Cue his WorldOfCardboardSpeech, which is also his ShutUpHannibal!
** In the ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'', [[BigBad Sigma]] delivers a brutal one while holding your character by the face.
--->'''Sigma:''' [[LargeHam Wallow in despair and hopelessness! The plan to destroy the world you so love is finally coming to fruition! I shed no tears for you and your kind! Ha ha ha ha ha! It will all be over soon!]]
* Happens three times in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. First, [[spoiler:Phaeroh explains how Estelle's power is killing the world, that killing her, while morally wrong, is the only way to prevent it, and finding an alternative is pointless.]] Later on, [[spoiler:Alexei details how the world has become an utter crapsack and that its only hope is to be "reborn" (under his totalitarian rule)]]. Finally, at the end, [[spoiler:Duke explains why sacrificing humanity is the only way to destroy the Adephagos, and also why he beieves humanity deserves to die for the various atrocities they've committed throughout history.]] All three times, Yuri tells the speaker to [[ShutUpHannibal stow it]].
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'': Aeon does this as part of his hyper attack. He's got one for every possible opponent, including [[MirrorMatch himself]].
-->'''against Simon Belmont''': Not even the storied Belmont clan can stand against the power of time.
-->'''against Alucard''': You, who bear a heavy cross: what does eternity hold for you?
-->'''against Trevor Belmont''': Even a man named "Legend" is but a babe in the face of time.
-->'''against Grant Danasty''': You live for the sake of others. Your tale will be passed down for eternity.
-->'''against Sypha Belnades''': No matter how powerful the magic you wield, you will never surpass time.
-->'''against Eric Lacarde''': Jealousy of the whip does not excuse your arrogance with the lance.
-->'''against Maria Renard''': You are fated to walk a difficult path. Enjoy yourself while you can.
-->'''against Shanoa''': You seek a dangerous power. It, too, is governed by time.
-->'''against Carmilla''': Your quest for eternal beauty is doomed. Nothing withstands time.
-->'''against Cornell''': Everything resolves in its own time, regardless of your desires.
-->'''against the Golem''': Even artificial life is subject to the laws of time.
-->'''against Death''': You govern the fate of Death, but even fate is a truth bound by time.
-->'''against Dracula''': Even the Lord of Darkness cannot escape time.
-->'''against himself''': Mimicking my form will not allow you to rule time.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}: Episode I'', Virgil gives a brief one to Shion just before he detonates a group of Realians in an attempt to stop a Gnosis invasion:
-->'''Shion:''' Stop it! You have no right to play god with their lives! Using them as bombs... I won't let you do this!
-->'''Virgil:''' So whaddya gonna do about it? Tell me, why haven't you disabled that function? Sure it's factory-loaded, but you of all people shouldn't have any trouble removing it. Since you care about them so much, all it would take is a little tweak, and they’d be free as birds... And yet you don't. Why not?
-->'''Shion:''' Because...company protocol dictate...
-->'''Virgil:''' Exactly! It's protocol! In other words, you’re just like me, bound by that protocol. We're the ones that give them a reason to live. Am I wrong?!
-->'''Shion:''' But I --
-->'''Virgil:''' That’s the difference between us and them! Am I wrong?! So, why not give it to them? A meaning to their pitiful existence!
* [=GLaDOS=] of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' gives some pretty solid speeches through the course of both games, but they're usually so ridden with [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] and [[AxeCrazy crazy]] that most players find them more funny than frightening.
-->[[AC:Do you know the biggest lesson I learned from what you did?]]
-->[[AC:[[NotSoDifferent We're a lot alike, you and I.]] ]]
-->[[AC:You tested me. I tested you. You killed me. I —]]
-->[[AC: - oh, no, wait. I guess I haven't killed you. [[ImpliedDeathThreat Yet]].]]
-->[[AC:Food for thought.]]
-->[[AC:You've been wrong about every single thing you've ever done. Including this thing.]]
-->[[AC:You're not smart, you're not a doctor, you're not a scientist, you're not even a full time employee. Where did your life go so wrong?]]
** Cut content of the second game has [=GLaDOS=] delivering some pretty [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE0zP5QNoRk devastating]] ones. It makes you wonder if they were cut simply for being too nasty compared to the generally humourous tone of the game.
* Several of the patient interview tapes in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' series count. The ones in the first game are largely the patients trying to break their therapists, while in the second game, they are mostly Doctor Hugo Strange trying to break the inmates.
* Monokuma tries to do this frequently in ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''. "ShutUpHannibal" is the typical response. [[spoiler:The true identity behind Monokuma, Junko Enoshima, is a master of this, and will frequently add a SadisticChoice, complete with an AwfulTruth, to further break her victims]].
* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': [[LaResistance the Stormcloaks]] are currently rebelling against [[TheEmpire the Imperials]] (which, despite their name, are not at all villainous) because it was forced by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Aldmeri Dominion]] to outlaw Talos worship after losing [[GreatOffscreenWar the Great War]]. Sybille Stentor, the Court Wizard of Solitude, delivers a magnificent one to the [[PlayerCharacter 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.
** While both factions have GreyAndGreyMorality, the Stormcloaks generally come off as [[ValuesDissonance somewhat difficult to empathise with]], especially if someone has come through Morrowind and Oblivion. After fighting for a unified Tamriel for the better part of four games, it can be more than a bit hard to side with a bunch of pretentious, racist Nords. [[spoiler: Especially when the leader of the Stormcloaks is revealed to be a ManchurianAgent under Thalmor control.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', the Courier can do this to a captured Legionnaire if s/he has a high enough Speech skill.
** In the original ''[[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} Fallout]]'', the Vault Dweller can do this to the Master if s/he has proof that the Master's plan to replace humanity with mutants is doomed to failure.
* In the "Bad" Ending of ''[[VideoGame/ThunderForce Thunder Force VI]]'', a message from ORN Faust is played calling for Earth's surrender. It contains many parallels to Guardian's Last Message from ''V'', albeit using bleaker analogies to make its points.
* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'': A rather brutal one is delivered to [[spoiler: Captain Walker, and by extension the player]] by [[spoiler: Colonel Konrad/Walker's subconcious]]
-->[[spoiler: Konrad: The truth, Walker, is that you're here because you wanted to feel like something you're not. A hero.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' DLC, "The Lair of the Shadow Broker", [[KnowledgeBroker The Shadow Broker]] attempts to give one to Liara T'Soni, noting that he knows ''everything'' about her and she knows nothing about him, and is simply "fumbling in the dark". She turns it right back around on him, with some obscure facts about his species and educated guesses about ''him'' specifically, [[BerserkButton driving]] him into an ''epic'' VillainousBreakdown and UnstoppableRage.
* The Super Famicom ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has the 'Talk' as one of the main functions. When used, a character trash talks an enemy to lower its MP. Once the target's MP reaches 0, it faints. This works rather well if you don't want to figure out the [[PuzzleBoss Puzzle Bosses]] that you can't hurt physically, like Death 13.
* A particularly devastating one hits at the end of the First Chapter of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' when [[spoiler:Professor Alba/Weissmann the Faceless]] reveals himself to [[spoiler:Joshua]].
* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'': Brevon tries this on Lilac, pointing out that her headstrong attempts to thwart his plans have only succeeded in putting her friends in harm's way, and since his master plan is just to get off Avalice (sure, he's taking the [[MineralMacGuffin Kingdom Stone]], a major source of energy for Avalice, with him, but still) she's just ensuring that he stays on the planet longer and causes more damage. Torque eventually reminds her that Brevon is an intergalactic warlord, and even if he got off the planet, there's no guarantee his campaign of conquest wouldn't affect Avalice down the line.
* The Flood Gravemind/[[spoiler:Precursors]] of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' take particular joy in this tactic. During the Forerunner-Flood War, their secondary tactic was delivering these to key Forerunner figures in galactic defense; a few excellent examples of such are noted in the "Literature" section.
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'', this is how The Ancestor finally manages to get rid of a deranged, prophesying homeless man that somehow knew of nearly scheme and project he was plotting. After several failed murder attempts [[MadeOfIron ranging from starving him out in a stockade, clamping ball-and-chains on him and leaving him to drown in the water, and multiple knife stabbings,]] he finally found success in luring him towards the excavation in progress of digging out the HellGate and personally telling him every detail of his plans, shredding the last of his sanity apart and driving him to [[EyeScream tear his eyes out]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation in maniacal panic.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'', [[spoiler:[[BigBad Frank Fontaine]]]] delivers several of these to Jack after TheReveal that Jack [[spoiler: is just a ManchurianAgent he personally crafted to help him take over Rapture]].
* For ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' We have [[BigBad Lord Recluse]] whose, intellect, wits and charisma are so potent he can frequently do more damage with a well worded speech so single sentence than the laser mounted spider talons grafted to his spine. Aside from winning over nearly every evil meta-human he has all of a minute to talk to he manages to utterly destroy the self-esteem and/or confidence of opponents like [[{{Antihero}} Manticore]] and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Tyrant]]; If you are lucky like the former he will just make you second-guess yourself then strike while you are consumed with doubt, if he really wants to cut deep like he did to the latter though, he can and will send you into full mental-break-down mode.
* Used by Miss Talmage in the SocialFu final boss battle of ''VideoGame/BlackCloset''. It can cause your student council party members to abandon you if their Loyalty stats aren't high enough. When she tries it on the player, though, you shrug it off pretty easily.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'': The Bad Future theme of Metallic Madness in the JP soundtrack attempts to do this to [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the player]] by featuring a robotic voice saying some demotivational words:
--> "You can't do anything, so don't even try. Get some help. Don't do what Sonic does. ...Sonic, dead or alive, is m-m-mine!"[[note]]This is an inversion of a line from the theme song "You Can Do Anything": "...'cause if you try, you can do anything!"[[/note]]
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* A "good" version appears in ''[[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0192.html this]]'' ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', though it is used by one protagonist convincing another to [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim destroy the Trade Federation ship]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0127.html Vaarsuvius does it to Elan]] ''accidentally''. Sure, [[AmbiguousGender they]] were giving him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how stupid his attempt at being a wizard was, but they were quite shocked and shamed when he broke down crying, especially when he went on to say he just wanted to be powerful and smart like they are.
** Redcloak telling Miko how she's just as unnatural as an undead creature [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0372.html here]]. It doesn't work, though, since almost nothing can get through her conviction that she's always in the right. Plus, Redcloak's being a hypocrite in that speech.
** Xykon, often, just after having handed his opponents their asses. Also to Roy in trying to make Roy accept a mulligan, but Roy [[ShutUpHannibal throws it right back in his face]] with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech. [[spoiler:Xykon kills him for it.]]
** [[spoiler:Right-Eye]] gives one to Redcloak in ''StartOfDarkness'', when the latter claims to have spent his life on The Plan.
-->'''Redcloak:''' Look, i've spent my whole life...
-->[[spoiler:'''Right-Eye:''']] Your ''life?'' Your '''''life?!''''' [[spoiler: Brother,]] you may have had a life''time'', but you haven't had a '''''life''''' since the day you put on that cloak. Life is about growing -- growing older, growing wiser, growing closer to your loved ones. [[ImmortalImmaturity But you, you're frozen in time. You're the same angry kid who took that artifact off of your master's corpse that day]].
-->'''Redcloak:''' Oh, so now you've gained some insight on the universe by letting your body and mind deteriorate?
-->[[spoiler:'''Right-Eye:''']] ''Yes!'' When you're faced with your own mortality, you have no choice but to consider what's best for the next generation. And this deal with Xykon is killing our spirit as fast as it's killing our bodies. You don't know what it is you're trying to better, because you don't know what it's like not to serve an undead overlord, or a petty spiteful god.
-->'''Redcloak:''' ...What did you just say to me?
-->[[spoiler:'''Right-Eye:''']] Come on. You have to realize that the Dark One doesn't care about us. Why else would he let you throw goblin lives away on this plan?
-->'''Redcloak:''' Throw away lives? How dare you?! Every goblin that has died since I've been high priest has been to further The Plan! Their deaths were a necessary sacrifice! They were ''not'' my fault!
-->[[spoiler:'''Right-Eye:''']] Wait... that's it, isn't it? It's all about whose fault it is... If I kill Xykon now, then it was all a waste. You ordered goblins to their deaths believing in the Plan - so if we abandon it now, then you were wrong. You let them die for nothing. You're willing to [[SunkCostFallacy throw good lives after bad]] so that you don't have to admit that we were wrong to work with Xykon in the first place, much less help him cheat death.
** Redcloak receives another one shortly after this from Xykon, saying that [[spoiler: he let Redcloak kill his brother so he would never betray Xykon. If he did, he would have killed his brother for nothing. And as his brother pointed out, it would mean everything he's done has not just been in vain, but ''wrong''.]]
** [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] delivers a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0881.html brutal]] one to [[TheHero Roy]] after they find out that [[spoiler:Durkon has been turned into a vampire]]. It works.
** [[MagnificentBastard Tarquin]] does it quite by accident to Elan in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html #763]]. He explains happily what a great story their exploits will make by the force of NarrativeCausality, but since this involves a seemingly incontrovertible and slightly mind-bending argument that evil will inevitably triumph on both personal and large scale even though good will "win" in the story, it sends Elan running away in terror.
** [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1009.html attempts this on Roy]] after the 'reveal' of his supposed FaceHeelTurn (in fact, he's been EvilAllAlong, but is masquerading as [[spoiler:the original Durkon]] to get under Roy's skin). [[spoiler:Then he takes it a bit too far, pushing Roy to realize that this isn't the Durkon he knows in an epic ShutUpHannibal moment.]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Lucy finally lets Charlie Brown kick the ball...]] [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2058 and then tells him just what the implications are.]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** In "Oceans Unmoving", Bun-bun does this to Calix [[YouFightLikeACow while duelling]] (and beating) him, explaining to him how he doomed his own people by encouraging them to mutiny on a high-tech ship they were subsequently unable to steer. Also {{lampshaded}}:
--> '''Bun-bun''': When we first shanghaied you, I thought I saw something in you that I liked. Now that I have the opportunity to crush your soul, I like you even more.
** In "A Time for Healing", the zombie Jane gives Gwynn a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at least bordering on this about how annoying and shallow she finds her and how someone like her couldn't use real magic. Unfortunately for Jane, her last taunts makes Gwynn angry enough that she's finally able to show that yes, she does have access to about a hundred times more powerful magic than Jane does.
** In "bROKEN", Bun-bun traps Oasis in a sauna and, after berating her for stupidity, starts verbally tormenting her with images of her "beloved" with another woman. It ends up almost as badly for him as in Jane's case.
* A particularly long version shows up in ''Webcomic/SoulSymphony'' [[http://soulsymphonycomic.com/comics/here-for-you/ here]]. So long in fact, that it takes up multiple pages, and so severe, that it causes the target to faint out of stress.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'':
** During the first meeting of Black Hat Guy and his girlfriend. [[http://xkcd.com/374/ Here]] and [[http://xkcd.com/377/ here.]]
** And [[http://xkcd.com/1027/ later]], by the same character, when someone tries "negging: you belittle chicks to undermine their self-confidence so they'll be more vulnerable and seek your approval" on her. She gives a speech that's so generic it could apply to anyone but still effective. AltText: "Son, don't try to play 'make you feel bad' with the Michael Jordan of making you feel bad."
** [[http://xkcd.com/1139/ Young Black Hat Guy manages to send some bullies running away screaming]] by verbally extrapolating "I am rubber, you are glue" into AndIMustScream for them.[[note]]The "uncomfortable things claimed" in this case are imaginary images, which can't just be denied as such because they're too powerful.[[/note]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''
** Dellyn figures out that Thaco has taken levels as though he were a PlayerCharacter, he calls it the 'most perverse thing he's ever heard of', and points out that by doing so, Thaco has admitted that goblins will always be inferior to humans.
** Thaco then gives as good as he gets by disabling and then refusing to kill Dellyn, rightly realizing that the sadistic bastard is more than a little obsessed with revenge on the one goblin ever to escape him, and dismissing the fight as "Just a random encounter at the start of my adventuring career".
* [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20031214.html This]] strip of ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', in which the main villain -- who has a tendency to do this to certain heroes and play on their insecurities and the secrets he's learnt about them -- finds his ability hampered when faced with members of the team that he knows next-to-nothing about, and what little he ''does'' know doesn't bother them in the slightest when he tries to throw it back at them. Frustrated, he curses himself for 'playing favorites'.
* Hunter Ravenwood of ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' sometimes does this to people who annoy him. He can even drive others to suicide by doing it, at least provided he can find someone who's already totally suicidal as well as willing to listen to what amounts to an evil prank call for ten minutes.
--> [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20100104.html "I still got it"]]
* This is a ''power'' of Thrawn, demon of half-truths, from ''Shades'' – whenever somebody gets caught in his tentacles, he can see victim's dearest ideals and describe them through dark, twisted point of view. The worst part? What he says is ''always'' at least [[FromACertainPointOfView partly true]].
* ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'', [[http://tf2.skyscrapersoup.com/2011/03/24/136-sympathy-for-the-devil/ page 136]]. [[spoiler:Rojo attempted to backstab Bleu, and for his efforts he received a broken nose and a vicious beating from Jeremy's crutch. While lying defenseless on the ground, Rojo attempts to appeal to Bleu's pacifistic nature:]] "Put down the gun...How many people have you [[spoiler:killed]] today? Too many, right? Why add another?" Too bad [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim it]] [[BoomHeadshot didn't]] [[GoryDiscretionShot work]].
* A [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] version in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' since seemingly every single prisoner that Rikk ever dealt with has attempted to [[http://www.faans.com/books1-6/index.php?p=1839 do this on him]]
* Boneclaw Mother in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' is very old, has lived with her tribe for all her years and knows every last one of their closeted skeletons and how to flash them using the best possible words. She's so good at it most of her tribe thinks she's telepathic. [[spoiler:When egged on to try it on Jhalm in the climax she wisely points out it doesn't work on people you hardly know -- but nonetheless manages to wing it sufficiently to make Jhalm step off.]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': After a rather notable blast of obnoxiousness from Pintsize, Bubbles (one half of the target of said obnoxiousness)[[note]]Bubbles and Faye had just went through a RelationshipUpgrade, and Pintsize had quietly left the apartment to give them privacy. An uncharacteristically mature act that Pintsize was presumably announcing wasn't happening again.[[/note]] grabs Pintsize [[NeckLift by the neck]] and [[TranquilFury calmly breaks down]] Pintsize's actions and the motivations behind them. She concludes with the fact that she pities Pintsize's self-esteem issues and that she's sorry said pity will probably just fuel said issues. Pintsize is reduced to weakly pleading "''please make her stop.''"
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* In {{Literature/Worm}} Tattletale can do this due to her power. It doesn't matter who your are, if you can hear her, she will get to you. For this reason Armsmaster has some of his team wear earplugs when fighting her and she's frequently targeted first in fights.
** Contessa and [[spoiler: Scion]] are even more capable at this. Contessa made [[spoiler: Bonesaw perform a HeelFaceTurn with a short conversation]].[[spoiler: Scion]] made [[spoiler: Eidolon]] depressed to the point where he let himself be killed with 4 words.
* In Literature/SagaOfSoul, [[LegionsOfHell Downfall]] does it to [[MagicalGirl Eriko]]. [[spoiler:[[EpiphanyTherapy To put it mildly]], it [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfired]].]]
* The Auditor's favourite tactic in ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}''. She's only had the chance to use it on two people - A_J, repeatedly, and Egg - but she left both in tears. Until that point, A_J had ''never'' been seen weeping.
* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', [[spoiler:The Mad King]] uses this to rattle the bonds between our heroes. While it seems that Vav isn't too bothered by it, X-Ray is frightened, thinking that Vav is going to focus everything on his reporter LoveInterest.
* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', Rosalia does this to Kirito as a pre-battle tactic. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately for her, it backfires spectacularly]]; while it indeed gets to him, it changes him from JerkAss DeadpanSnarker to a LaughingMad PsychoticManchild... and he's a long time player of the videogame they're trapped in, so he's waaaaaay past her level in terms of sheer stats. [[CurbStompBattle It ends quickly after that.]]
* In the WebAnimation/CampCamp Season 1 finale, it seems as though David's overly happy-go-lucky spirit has finally been shattered, to Max's absolute delight. As he desperately tries to light a symbolic bonfire that's important to him in the middle of a thunderstorm, Max goes in to lay the final blow
--> '''Max''': Do you really think a big campfire and some outdated, honestly kind of racist tradition is going to make anyone care about anything? No one gives a shit, David. Nobody want to be here! It's like you live in this stupid make-believe world where "everything's great!" The universe doesn't work that way, idiot! Just look around! It's what I've been trying to show you since day one! Life sucks. And we live in a world of desensitized, apathetic assholes. Why don't you just get with the program and stop giving a shit....
* In Episode 81 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries,'' Dartz calls Yami out for his callous treatment of his friends. [[spoiler: It works as Yami almost succumbs to the Seal of Orichalcos.]]
--> '''Dartz:''' Look at youwself! Look at everything you've dooone! You got a second chance at wahf! Oh! And how do you choose to spend it? Beating people in games y'already good at, and telling them how much they soock.
--> '''Yami:''' It's not my fault if they refuse to git gud.
--> '''Dartz:''' I know you're wight, but what is your fauwt is the way you take your fwends for gwanted or, oh, oh, do you even think of them as your fwewends?
--> '''Yami:''' Of course I—
--> '''Dartz:''' Oh, right, you can't even defend yoursewf! Not once have you taken the tahm to appweciate everything they've done for you, how patient dey' been. You're too busy calling Twistan stupaad, or Téa a slooot, or insulting the person whose body you now inhabit.
--> '''Yami:''' Yugi...
--> '''Dartz:''' Aww, that's the truth, though, Phawowoaoh. No Orichalcamalos magic, no bullshit powers. You're no hewo. You don't even deserve those fwends you surround yourself with. And you certainly don't deserve to keep wiving in Yugaay Muh-to's body. Just give it up. It's easier than fightin' the twuth.
* This is how [[spoiler: Elias Bouchard]] operates in ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives''. He peers into people's minds to find what would disturb and hurt them the most, then tortures them by speaking of it as cruely as possible before directly planting feelings and images in their heads. His victim's are often to the point of breaking before he ever plants anything in their mind.
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* Megatron tries this on Optimus Primal in their climactic battle in the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. He even quotes scripture from the Covenant of Primus (a book of truthful prophecies) to prove that Optimus would fail. Then Optimus turns it against him in a ShutUpHannibal moment.
--> '''Megatron''': 'And there came a hero who said, 'Hurt not the earth, nor the trees, nor the seas, nor the very fabric of time.' But the hero would not prevail!'
--> '''Optimus''': Finish the quote, Megatron! 'NOR WOULD HE SURRENDER!'
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Seahorse Seashell Party", Meg finally breaks down and points out all of their hypocritical acts of ganging up on her and puting her down making her feel awful, and how they raised her specifically for that purpose. Her Lecture is harsh enough to send Lois into tears, and then makes all of the members of the family turn onto one another, ending with Peter crying and fleeing upstairs where Lois goes to look for him. Brian and she later realise that if the family didn't have someone to act as a lightning rod for their worst behavior then they'd end up destroying each other and themselves.
** Another example is when Connie D'Amico casually insults Meg at the prom in front of her (very intoxicated) date Brian Griffin:
--> '''Brian:''' Connie, I think I have a theory about why you're such a bitch. You see, Connie, you're popular because you developed early and started putting out when you were 12, but now, you can't stand to look at yourself in the mirror because all you see is a whore. So you pick on Meg to avoid the inevitable realization that once your body is used up by age 19, you're gonna be a worn-out, chalky skin, burlap sack that even your stepdad won't want. How's that? Am I in the ball park? ''(Connie runs off in tears)''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In the episode "A Better World", the MirrorUniverse President Lex Luthor uses one of these on his version of Superman. It partially succeeds. Superman does indeed break down as a result...[[KillItWithFire just not in the way Luthor wanted]].
** In the same episode, Batman also pulls one of these...[[spoiler:on ''himself''.]]
*** And he won. When you think about it, [[spoiler:Lord!Batman]] manages to win the first one ([[spoiler:"And with that power, we've made a world where no eight year old boy will ever lose his parents...because of some punk with a gun."]]) and Batman does this later while driving in the Batmobile ([[spoiler:"They'd love it here, Mom and Dad. They'd be so proud of you."]]).\\
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The commentary states that the scene was created by one half of the production team debating the other from Batman's point of view. And to actually keep the viewer in the dark, neither [[spoiler:Batman]] nor [[spoiler:Lord!Batman faced the audience while talking, thus allowing a one sided conversation that either Batman could have been winning until the reveal.]]
** In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Divided We Fall", several of the robotic {{evil knockoff}}s created by [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Brainithor]] (Lex Luthor merged with Brainiac)]] use this technique. It works against Franchise/{{Superman}} due to his fears of being NotSoDifferent from his AlternateUniverse EvilCounterpart, but Evil Flash has what might be the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P88Iz3N4cfs&feature=plcp least successful attempt]] in history:
-->'''Evil Flash''': [[IdiotHero Slacker]]! [[TheFool Child]]! [[FunPersonified Clown!]] We have no place here among the world's greatest heroes!
-->'''Flash''': Says you! I've got a seat at the big conference table. I'm gonna paint my logo on it! ''[punches through Evil Flash's chest]''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Voice in the Night" Korra challenges BigBad Amon to a one-on-one duel, only to be ambushed by his army of [[PowerNullifier Chi]]-[[TheParalyzer blockers]]. With her restrained, Amon reaches out threateningly, only to take her by the chin, and announce that while he could [[DePower strip her of her]] ElementalPowers and kill her then and there, he [[YouWillBeSpared won't]], because she'll merely [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou become a martyr]] for her cause. He tells her she'll get her duel when the time is right before knocking her out. When her [[TheMentor mentor]] Tenzin comes to rescue her, she breaks down [[CryIntoChest crying into his chest]].
** Season 3; Zaheer gives a chilling one to the Earth Queen [[spoiler:while he's in the process of killing her.]]
** Also in the series predecessor ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[TheChick Katara]] gives a rousing speech to the Earthbending prisoners about being strong people. But the warden there nastily tells her that their spirits were broken long ago, and she failed in her mission. This is enough to make her feel sad... and for Haru and the Earthbenders to strike back.
** There's Princess Azula's unforgettable breaking speech to Long Feng when they both decide to betray each other, where she mentions that he had to connive and scheme to rule, whereas she was born with the right to rule. It's so good that she doesn't even have to fight him to take control of the Dai Li from him. He ''knows'' he's lost and immediately surrenders to her.
-->'''Long Feng:''' You've beaten me at my own game.
-->'''Azula:''' Don't flatter yourself. [[MagnificentBastard You were never even a player.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': An interesting variation of this happens in the season 5 finale; [[spoiler: after The Monarch makes half-hearted attempts to physically torture Dr. Venture, he eventually breaks down and openly admits how pathetic he and Dr. Venture had become, eventually leading to Dr. Venture to simply walking away despondently. [[MagnificentBastard This was apparently all part of The Monarch's plan to break Dr. Venture's spirit.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "The Return of Harmony", the especially vicious FauxAffablyEvil villain Discord corrupts each of the main ponies to keep them from using the Elements of Harmony that they represent against him. Ultimately he just brainwashes each of them with magic (aside from Twilight Sparkle), but he also takes the trouble to break each down before that, usually by talking. In Applejack's case, he manipulates her to doubt the value of honesty (her element) by showing her a terrible "[[SelfFulfillingProphecy truth]]" that she can't accept, before turning her into a liar. For Pinkie Pie (laughter), he makes her think her friends laugh ''at'' her all the time, before turning her unhappy and hostile. Fluttershy (kindness) is the only one on whom his speech doesn't work, because she's too trusting, and accepting of her own flaws... [[spoiler:So he just zaps her into being cruel anyway.]]
--> '''Discord''': Well, it must be so upsetting to know how weak and helpless they think you are.
--> '''Fluttershy''': Not at all! I ''am'' weak and helpless, and I appreciate their understanding.
** In "Putting Your Hoof Down", of all ponies to deliver one, [[spoiler:Fluttershy]] does it to [[spoiler:both Pinkie Pie and Rarity, calling their interests frivolous and driving them both to tears.]] Yikes. [[spoiler:It's enough to make her realize [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what a bully she has become]] and locks herself away in her cottage out of fear she'll insult others.]]
** After coming to the realization that she can't beat Starlight Glimmer in a head-on confrontation, Twilight Sparkle resorts to trying to talk her out of the battle. It's effective enough that, rather than defeating her, Twilight is able to actually [[HeelFaceTurn swing her to the side of good]] instead.
** [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] has proven time and time again to be very...''eloquent'' in her treatment of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
* Mojo has a one in his final battle with ''WesternAnimation/{{The Powerpuff Girls|Movie}}'' in TheMovie, until they [[ShutUpHannibal Fight back]].
* Slade from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is a master at this trope. Especially when Robin is the victim because they are NotSoDifferent and that ticks Robin off.
* [[VainSorceress Spectra]] pulled this on Danny in their first appearances in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
-->"Look at you... What are you? A ghost trying to fit in with humans? Or some creepy little boy with creepy little powers? You’re a freak! Not a ghost, not a boy! Who cares for a thing like you?"
** Being an psychologist, who secretly uses people's misery to keep herself young and beautiful, Spectra did that to almost every student in Danny's highschool (althought most of it was done offscreen).
* The evil wizard in ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'' gives Alice one of these, over how neither he nor she thinks she can pass for a princess.
* The symbiote in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' combines this with JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind to get Peter Parker to bond with it permenantly, mainly by pointing out that he's living in a CrapsackWorld and has gotten nothing in return for his heroics. Thankfully his memory of his uncle and friends snaps him out of it.
* Eric Cartman in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' gives a Breaking Speech to a British super-nanny, of all people. He starts off asking her innocent questions about her job, which turn into [[ArmorPiercingQuestion biting remarks]] about how she'll die alone because "no one wanted to have babies with her". After realizing that Cartman is more than just an EnfantTerrible, she leaves. Later in the episode, he apparently gives a Breaking Speech to [[Series/{{Supernanny}} another nanny]] that's so bad is causes her to [[SanitySlippage have a mental breakdown]].
* Often subverted with Jasper from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', who regularly attempts this but fails due to the victim being too self-confident to listen to her or too clueless to understand what she is talking about. The only time it does work is in her first fight with Amethyst, whom she not only [[CurbStompBattle utterly curb-stomps without letting her land a single hit]], but also shatters her already fragile self-esteem by telling her that she is a failure of a quartz soldier, because she came out small. This breaks her spirit to the point where she stops fighting and takes a final hit without dodging. This isn't helped by the fact that, when she recovers from her brief breakdown upon [[AdultFear realizing she left two children to face a super-soldier alone]], she discovers that they took her on with no problem, casing her into depression for the next few episodes.
-->'''Amethyst:''' ''(shakily gets up)'' Rose said... I'm perfect... The way I am...\\
'''Jasper:''' Then she had low standards.\\
''(After the battle)''\\
'''Steven''': We WON! I can't wait to tell the others!\\
''(Steven and Connie run off laughing)''\\
'''Amethyst''': Oh, good! ''(Beat, she looks down)'' You didn't need me at all...
* In the ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' episode "Crystal Venom". Commander Sendak is accidentally awoken from cryo-sleep by Shiro. Sendak tears into Shiro, claiming that the two of them are more alike than Shiro will admit. Shiro has a nervous breakdown and launches Sendak's cryo-pod into space as a result.
--> '''Sendak''': We're connected, you and me. Both part of the Galra Empire.
--> '''Shiro''': No! I'm not like you.
--> '''Sendak''': You've been broken and reformed. Just look at your hand.
--> '''Shiro''': That's not me!
--> '''Sendak''': It's the strongest part of you. Embrace it. The others don't know what you know. They haven't seen what you've seen. Face it. You'll never beat Zarkon. He's already defeated you.
--> '''Shiro''': I'm not listening to you!
--> '''Sendak''': Did you really think a monster like you could ever be a Voltron Paladin?!
--> '''Shiro''': Stop it!
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* A series of independent experiments carried out by a sadistic Harvard psychology professor named Henry Murray in the 1960s could be counted as an extreme (and, as it turned out, extremely unfortunate) real-life example of Breaking Them by Talking. University students were instructed to write an essay summarizing their personal philosophy on life and underlying principles, then went into a room expecting to debate philosophy with a fellow student. They instead faced an interrogation by a far more experienced opponent, whose sole purpose was to attack and ridicule their beliefs at length. Since one of the main goals of the experiment was to induce stress and upset the subject as much as possible, it's not surprising that many students came out feeling traumatized. One of them eventually went completely over the edge (for this reason or some other) and became the Unabomber.\\\
Murray had worked with the CIA in developing a test that tested pilots' wills, preventing them from possibly being brainwashed if captured. He decided to "fine tune" his technique using students as test subjects, but really, the guy was a sadist who [[ForTheEvulz got off on this sort of thing]]. WNYC's Radio Lab covered this story in one of their pieces titled "Oops".
* A favorite technique of many {{Troll}}s is to hurt people in chatrooms and the like with offensive language.
* In the documentary, ''I, Psychopath'', diagnosed {{Narcissist}} Sam Vaknin subjects the filmmaker to these during most of the filming. The [[TheWoobie filmmaker]] almost has a nervous breakdown.
* Many gay men, especially drag queens, have perfected the XanatosSpeedChess variation of this called "[[https://www.nextmagazine.com/content/art-read the read]]", being able to assess someone quickly and jab them precisely.
** Creator/MargaretCho describes the process on her album ''Assassin'':
--> (sassy voice) When you read somebody, what you are doing is you slowly chip away at they self esteem, but you do so in such a subtle manner they have no idea what is happening to them; they are simply overwhelmed by a sense of dread.
* Sadly, some parents, teachers, and caregivers (i.e., at daycare centers, or even babysitters) have done this to their offspring / students / charges, in some cases, when they don't mean to...
* A hilarious example from {{Website/Tumblr}} [[http://www.strangebeaver.com/2013/10/tumblr-tuesday-10-8/ in the comments of a photo of]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext someone drinking Diet Coke out of a bag]]:
-->'''totheinternetandbeyond:''' I lost the cap to a soda bottle\\
'''wecanbreatheinouterspace:''' [[TemptingFate Then you're fucking stupid. If you can't drink a soda without a cap, then you're fucking stupid.]]\\
'''totheinternetandbeyond:''' [[SuddenlyShouting LISTEN HERE YOU LITTLE SHIT.]] I COULDN'T FIND THE CAP TO AN ALMOST FULL 2 LITER BOTTLE OF DIET COKE. I WASN'T ABOUT TO DRINK THE WHOLE GOD DAMN THING ON THE SPOT. I DON'T EVEN LIKE DIET COKE THAT MUCH. IF I PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE IN THE BOTTLE IT WOULD HAVE GONE FLAT [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech SO DON'T FUCKING CALL ME STUPID.]] [[BadassBoast I AM THE FUTURE.]]
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* Monokuma tries to do this frequently in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''. "ShutUpHannibal" is the typical response. [[spoiler:The true identity behind Monokuma, Junko Enoshima, is a master of this, and will frequently add a SadisticChoice, complete with an AwfulTruth, to further break her victims]].

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* Monokuma tries to do this frequently in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''.''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''. "ShutUpHannibal" is the typical response. [[spoiler:The true identity behind Monokuma, Junko Enoshima, is a master of this, and will frequently add a SadisticChoice, complete with an AwfulTruth, to further break her victims]].


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* A particularly devastating one hits at the end of the First Chapter of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' when [[spoiler: Professor Alba/Weissmann the Faceless]] reveals himself to [[spoiler: Joshua]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'', [[spoiler: [[BigBad Frank Fontaine]]]] delivers several of these to Jack after TheReveal that Jack [[spoiler: is just a ManchurianAgent he personally crafted to help him take over Rapture]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'', [[spoiler: [[BigBad [[spoiler:[[BigBad Frank Fontaine]]]] delivers several of these to Jack after TheReveal that Jack [[spoiler: is just a ManchurianAgent he personally crafted to help him take over Rapture]].


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* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'': The Bad Future theme of Metallic Madness in the JP soundtrack attempts to do this to [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the player]] by featuring a robotic voice saying some demotivational words:
--> "You can't do anything, so don't even try. Get some help. Don't do what Sonic does. ...Sonic, dead or alive, is m-m-mine!"[[note]]This is an inversion of a line from the theme song "You Can Do Anything": "...'cause if you try, you can do anything!"[[/note]]

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* The Creator/MarquisDeSade frequently has libertine characters do this. If anyone objects to their acts of murder, rape, torture etc. the libertines calmly deconstruct every objection and tell them [[WhatIsEvil morality is subjective, just an illusion]], or what they do [[AppealToNature dictated by Nature]]. Of course, once that is done the objector usually gets the same treatment they had objected against to begin with, so it goes beyond simply breaking lectures.

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* Used by Miss Talmage in the SocialFu final boss battle of ''VideoGame/BlackCloset''. It can cause your student council party members to abandon you if their Loyalty stats aren't high enough. When she tries it on the player, though, you shrug it off pretty easily.

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* This is how [[spoiler: Elias Bouchard]] operates in ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives''. He peers into people's minds to find what would disturb and hurt them the most, then tortures them by speaking of it as cruely as possible before directly planting feelings and images in their heads. His victim's are often to the point of breaking before he ever plants anything in their mind.

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** The previous [[ManipulativeBastard Practical Incarnation]] does this literally to a member of the society Sign of One, who believe that only one's own self is real and the rest of the people are imaginary. The incarnation proves to the member that actually, he is the one who doesn't exist – making him speechless and vanishing him from existence.

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