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  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War: Gilda does this to Rainbow Dash in Chapter 11. It ends as being one of the reasons that causes a Heroic BSoD to Rainbow.
    • However, it comes back to bite her hard in the butt during their second confrontation.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Unicron pulls this on Pterodactus Prime (formerly known as Swoop) during his "Leave Your Quest" Test, trying to turn him against the Autobots. He almost breaks him, but when Unicron tries to bring the other Dinobots into it he goes too far…
  • A Crown of Stars:
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    • Yui had a long talk with Gendo about his actions and how he had treated their children after her death. When she explained that Asuka was to their son what she was to him, Gendo sat staring wordlessly at a wall for a hour before start crying.
    • Several characters do this to Shinji and Asuka -especially the latter- several times: they pointed out their flaws and their mistakes to goad them to confront their personal demons, and both pilots often reacted... badly.
  • A Growing Affection: Hinata demands to know why Kabuto saved her during the Chunin finals (from canon):
    "The truth?" (Kabuto) said seriously, his eyes hidden by the sheen of his glasses, "It was for my pride. There you were, the first daughter of the vaunted Hyuga clan. And even though the best and brightest of the Leaf Ninja Medical Corps had had over a month to fix you, all they could do was delay the inevitable. And in five minutes, I was able to diagnose and repair the damage Neji did to your heart. I wanted to show them how weak and ineffectual they were. I helped you, to prove that I was superior. That's all."
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  • Dirty Sympathy: Winston Payne tells Klavier about the bet the Prosecution Office has about the latter's departure: that he'll quit his current case and tells him that due to his experience in the Prosecution Office, Payne knows of the two ways Klavier will departure: fleeing to another country or jail.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Rei broke Gendo by telling him all of his plotting, scheming and manipulating would amount to nothing, and he would fail.
    Shinji:"How much did you actually tell my father, anyway?"
    Rei:"Few details. Only that everything he had worked towards and everything he had put myself and his only son through had been for nothing, and that he would die alone and unmourned, rejected by the only person he had ever truly loved."
  • Don't Let The Darkness Consume Me: King Sombra gives one to Twilight Sparkle, but as he keeps talking it becomes increasingly more and more obvious that he's really just telling her how horrible his life has been and in the end Twilight just ends up feeling sorry for him.
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  • Duel Nature: Backfires spectacularly. After getting dragged into a sparring match against Luna, Twilight Sparkle is too stubborn to give up (which, due to Luna's insensitive behavior would be humiliating at this point) and tries psychological warfare to weaken her opponent's concentration. Taunting the princess over her insecurities does distract her to the point that some of her shields dissipate. Unfortunately, it also enrages her to the point where the spar becomes a Duel to the Death, breaks through the wards that protect the audience and in the end nearly levels the building.
  • For His Own Sake has Naru deliver one to her sister Mei, accusing her of being nothing but a Spoiled Brat who doesn't give a damn about her own family. The bitter irony of this is that Mei does care about Naru; unfortunately, Naru's too self-absorbed and caught up in her own delusions to realize the lecture she's giving Mei would better be directed at HERSELF.
  • Forward: In the first "episode", River delivers one of these to Niska's henchman Volsky, and while doing so informs Niska that Volsky was about to betray him. Niska promptly has him executed on the spot, allowing Jayne to snatch Volsky's knife and use to free himself.
  • Getting Back on Your Hooves: Checker Monarch, due to her special talent being manipulation, is very good at doing these, mostly to Trixie who she has she's done it too since they were kids. No wonder the mare is a Broken Bird.
  • HERZ: Asuka did this to Shinji accidentally seven years before the beginning of the story. She wanted to go back to Germany. He pleaded her staying and told he needed her. Unfortunately Asuka thought he was mocking her, so she called him out on everything he had done and said she hated him. It broke him down, but she did not know it at the time.
  • In Lessons From The Mountain, Maedhros falls on his knees when Manwe and Varda point out that he did exactly what Morgoth wanted him to.
    Manwe: Stand. It grieves me that you did not make use of the reprieve I granted you. Even after you saw so clearly what fate awaited you. There are indeed many chances in the world, but we had hoped you would have turned away from the path you chose.
    Varda: You fought so valiantly to avoid becoming Morgoth’s thrall. But did you not see that only a thrall of Morgoth would have kept your blasphemous Oath?
    Manwe: Neither we, nor Taniquetil, nor Ilúvatar ever accepted your Oath. The only Vala who would keep such blasphemy… is your Enemy. In the end, you chose the fate you feared in your captivity. In keeping your Oath, you became the thrall of Morgoth that led each of your brothers to death and torment, and robbed us all of the Light of the Silmarils.
  • Lulu's Bizarre Rebellion: A favorite tactic of Mao, who uses his mind reading to find the best way to push people's buttons. After He acquires Anubis, the resulting geass-stand combination weaponizes this by causing his words to phyisically wound people proportionally to how much he hurt them emotionally.
  • Mean Time To Breakdown: Iwanako gives one to Emi after her Crash-Into Hello puts Iwanako into the hospital with a concussion and a bout of tachycardia. When Emi tries to apologize, Iwanako snaps:
    Look, what the hell is it you want from me?! Is it forgiveness? You may as well hit the road, because that’s never going to happen. Do you seriously think I’m okay? You nearly killed me, do you understand that? Why the hell would I ever forgive you for that? I’m not the goddamned Pope. I don’t have to grant you a tabula rasa just because you only almost ruined my whole goddamn life. And you’re seriously telling me that this isn’t even the first time that this has happened? You go to a school for the disabled and you just, what, ignored a dozen warnings? What kind of freaking idiot are you? Yes, you’re remorseful. Good for you. I don’t give a damn. How are you any different from some drunk driver who only feels bad after he finally spins out and murders half a family? And, yes, I’m not dead, thanks for noticing, though maybe you’ve knocked ten years off my life, for all I even know. And that’s not even mentioning the concussion you gave me, thanks for that. And I didn’t tell the school to do a single goddamn thing, so don’t blame me for whatever they did. Sorry, not my problem. You should have thought of that before you went sprinting through the halls. You want me to feel better? You want to make things right? You can start by getting out of my life. God knows it’s short enough already without you in it! What the hell are you waiting for? Get out. Get! Out!"
  • New Game Plus: A downright EPIC one in Chapter 10. After returning to the past, Luffy tricked Garp into thinking he would be a Marine in order to get him to train him. When they meet after Garp learns that Luffy gained the highest starting bounty in history, Luffy defuses his anger, though not without regret at hurting the old man, thanks in part to his future knowledge and in part due to the Voice of All Things:
    Garp: (livid, with a Death Glare) Luffy.
    (everyone begins retreating from Garp)
    Luffy: (calmly) Hey, Gramps. Wow, I can see your veins from here. Have you been taking your blood pressure medicine? You know Boggart wouldn't bug you if it weren't important.
    Garp: Brat. I'm going to give you one chance, one chance, to explain yourself. If I don't like your answer, I'm throwing you into Impel Down myself until I think you've learned your lesson.
    Luffy: I had an epiphany.
    Garp: (cracking his knuckles) Oh, really? What was it exactly?
    Luffy: If I became a Marine, I would surely perish.
    Garp: (gritting his teeth so hard that they crack) That's your excuse? You were afraid to get killed? Marines lead a dangerous life, I told you that from day one. You telling me I trained a coward?!
    Luffy: You misunderstand. I did not say I would die in battle. I said I would perish. Disappear. Or maybe, if they wanted to make a point of it, executed.
    Garp: What the hell are you talking about?
    Luffy: A healthy tree may bear a bad apple, but the tree is still seen as healthy. That one bad apple is just bad luck. But only a bad seed may grow from bad soil. Its nature is decided for it by the circumstances of its creation. (looks Garp in the eye, regretfully) I may be your beloved grandson, Gramps. But nothing you do, nothing you say, nothing I say or do will change the fact that I'm his son.
    (Garp looks down in shame)
    Luffy: I'm not saying it would happen right away. It might take weeks; it might take months. Hell, it might be years. But sooner or later, they'll start to think it. That I'm a sleeper agent. Or that I'm leaking information. Or that my goddamn blood is just dirty. And it wouldn't matter if I was the Commander-in-Chief when it happened. They would kill me without a second thought, 'for the good of the world'. And there wouldn't be anything I could do to defend myself. For my sin, is existing.
    Garp: (shaking his head in denial) No, no, they wouldn't do that!
    Luffy: (hardening his heart) Baterilla! (Garp looks up in shock) Based on the rumor of a rumor, Marines spent over a year scouring the island for a sign, any at all, of a child of the Pirate King. Pregnant women were kidnapped to be put through blood tests. Infants were put through the most invasive, comprehensive battery of exams available. Any who resisted were executed. And if they had found such a child, he would have been murdered in his cradle. In the womb. This is how much stock the Government puts in a person's bloodline. Do you deny it?
    Garp: (fighting tears of anger, frustration, and guilt) Luffy, you fool! I thought of all that! I cleared everything with Sengoku! You would have had a fair chance!
    Luffy: Ah, but Sengoku isn't the top of the food chain, is he? Even he must bow to orders from Kong or the Gorosei. And it's not like he'll be Fleet Admiral forever. Can you imagine how Sakazuki would react to news of his son in the Marine ranks? His first order after being promoted would be my death warrant.
    Garp: Luffy, Kong's a good man. And I know people don't always understand why they do what they do, but the Gorosei are just. They wouldn't kill you just because—
    Luffy: Ohara. And Nico Robin. (smiles sadly at Garp's surprise) The Voice told me a lot, Gramps.
    Garp: Sakazuki isn't the only one who could take Sengoku's place! He might never find out!
    Luffy: Ah, yes. I might be spared from 'Absolute Justice.' But that doesn't mean I'm safe. Kuzan and his 'Lazy Justice' would wait a decade after he heard the truth, but eventually he would act. And with that 'Unclear Justice' of Borsalino's, he might not even go for me. He would go for Dadan and Foosha for not lynching me when I was young. (shakes his head) I'm sorry, Gramps. I know you believe in redemption, but your superiors don't. They only understand corruption. And there's not a single future where if I became a Marine I would not die.
    Garp: (desperately) Luffy...
    Luffy: I like to think I'm a decent guy, Gramps. But I'm not so selfless as to knowingly go to my death just so I might be able to save people. So, if the path of a Marine was barred from me, what else could I do? How could I live my life, in a world that does not want me to survive? (grins) That's when I remembered an old dream.
    Garp: No...don't say it...
    Luffy: I WILL BECOME THE PIRATE KING!
  • Now You See It: Sakura is undoubtedly awesome by utterly destroying Pain verbally. Sakura destroys a single body (Yahiko's) and then gives a speech about how Pain never really wanted Yahiko back and makes him realize what a monster he's become.
  • Prinz Von Sommerhoffnung: when Sommerhoffnung tries to pull a What the Hell, Hero? on Ywiu and Romea, the two shut her down with this, centred on accusing her of being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: The final antagonist of "The Hero of Oaton" tries to give one of these to Trixie, Picturesque and her husband, but it doesn't work, partly because Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, but also because they're ignoring it really hard.
  • RWBY: Reckoning has a mysterious enemy give a simple, yet scathing one to Darrel during the events of "No Brakes".
    What you've done… is nothing. Your accomplishments are minimal, your skills are lacking. You blunder along, believing that you further your wretched cause… but you're just a boy swinging tiny knives taped to your wrists. You think yourself a warrior… You call yourself a hero… You dub yourself a champion… You are nothing. Nothing, but a child. Nothing, but a coward. Nothing, but a waste. Nothing, but…
    [The unknown foe crushes Darrel's weapon with his bare hand.]
    ...a failure.
  • Stand Up, the LRIG! has Ulith deal a crushing one to Aichi, noting that his efforts to battle his way through to Mayu in order to save Takuto and the aftermath of each battle will more often than not cause great harm to his opponents. Leon even notes that hurting people with his own hands in any way possible goes against everything Aichi stands for, essentially making it so that appears that he must break his own morals if he wants to save the WIXOSS world. Then to make the 'truth' much more horrifying for him, Ulith conjures up a hallucination of a possible future caused by Aichi's hands, by using his own PSY Qualia, leading to this exchange.
    Ulith: Wonderful isn't it? After all, a similar result will be bound to happen with you, soon enough.
    Aichi: Why...? What good can come from harming other Selectors?!
    Ulith: My, you really are persistant aren't you? I already told you. This is what I live for in the Selector Battles. I'm surprised you haven't felt the same, considering you were all too willing to sell out a friend's memories just to save a meaningless world. If I recall correctly from the person who told me, Kourin was her name. That must be easy for someone whose cardfighting life has had practically no consequences on the world there.
    Aichi: B... But...
    Ulith: Oh that's right, I almost forgot. You have felt the need for breaking others before, just as I have. The first time you felt PSY Qualia enter your life, you were completely unstoppable, everyone you fought broke down before your superior might.
    Aichi gasps in horror, wondering how Ulith knew about his PSY Qualia incident from Season 1 of Cardfight!! Vanguard
    Aichi: H... How did you...?!
    Ulith: I know everything about you. It's truely a shame that Kai Toshiki had to ruin your fun back then, otherwise I'd been more than happy to take you under my wing. Much like a certain lap dog (Aoi Akira)
    Aichi: N... No! I won't hurt the people around me again! I'm no longer that same person!
    Ulith: It appears that your 2 years outside of breaking others through PSY Qualia has taken its toll on you. Perhaps this will change your mind.
    Ulith snaps her fingers, causing the girls in Aichi's hallucination to scream loudly as their cries of despair become too much for him to handle.
    Aichi: Stop it...!
    Ulith continues to laugh into his right ear as the screams and the sight of the girls crying in agony become engraved into his mind.
    Aichi: STOP IT!
    The halluciantion is dispelled after that, but it leads to Aichi misplaying and leaving himself wide open for more attacks the following turn as he goes into a state of depression by the end of the chapter.
  • Stars Above: Desideria is an expert at this. She uses her powers to read her victims' minds, then turns their greatest flaws and insecurities against them.
  • Test Of Humanity: GLaDOS uses this on Wheatley.
    "How amusing. You're not even a real human. All you are is just a computer brain using a human as a meat puppet. That body isn't the real you. It never was. You honestly believe she would love you, anyway? After all you've done to her. She could never love you. You're nothing but a pathetic moron living a lie."
  • The Immortal Game: It's repeatedly stated that the easiest way to defeat a bladecaster is to do this to them — if they lose faith in what they're fighting for, they lose control of their blades. This is ultimately how Sir Unimpressive defeats the Cadet and how Twilight defeats Titan.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
    • The Nightmare tries to do this to the Bearers. Page is the closest to being affected due to what it reveals, but the others aren’t buying it and she recovers soon as well.
    • The Nightmare tries again by taunting Page about how her family line came about. This time, she doesn't buy it at all.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has an unusual variation: Sabrina attempts to push Ash past the Rage Breaking Point in order to force him to use his Super Empowering abilities against her (he refuses to do so on the grounds that it's cheating to use them in competitive battling) by revealing what she knows about Ash's father and the circumstances of his birth. It almost works, but fortunately, Muk gives him a Cooldown Hug before he snaps.
  • The Rise of Darth Vulcan: The titular character is quite good at this, most prominently doing it to Diamond Tiara when she's his captive and Princess Luna when he's imprisoned in Canterlot. He even comments at one point that it's his one real talent.
  • The Second Try: After Kaworu's death Gendo has Shinji and Asuka brought before him to interrogate them about their knowledge of the future. However Shinji tells him that he and everybody else will die because his plan and Yui will not return to him. The idea that he will never see his wife again is more than Gendo can bear. His first reaction is trying to convince himself that his son is lying. When it does not work, he tries to kill himself.
  • This Bites!: This and "The Reason You Suck" Speech are Cross' most frequently used weapons. The first instance of this trope was when he used it to force Vivi to reveal her true identity: accusing her of being rich, and once she confirmed that, he interrogated her as to why she was hunting bounties. Pacifist that she is, she broke when Cross accused her of being a bounty hunter just to cause pain.
    • Cross' words are undoubtedly his most dangerous weapon; every time someone allows him to open his mouth, it proves to be more than they can handle. Vivi's masquerade as Miss Wednesday? Broken. Smoker and Tashigi's faith in the Marine Corps' justice? Broken. Aokiji's unflappably nonchalant demeanor? Broken. Kaku and Kalifa's flawless masquerades? Broken. And those are just the ones he did on purpose.
    • Aokiji's canon lecture to Robin still counts, but it's the last words he says to Robin that really count, as they shatter Robin's faith in the crew she had found.
      Aokiji: You've found people who will protect you, Nico Robin. They're willing to take on the world for you, of that I have no doubt. But can they win? I seriously doubt that.
    • They manage to repair the damage some, but ultimately, Enies still happens.
    • Robin utilizes this against Spandam to slow him down on the Bridge of Hesitation. It doesn't turn out well for her.
  • Whispers: Celestia lectures a weakened Nightmare Moon on the virtues of the Elements of Harmony, straight on into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Wings To Fly has, of all people, Lucrezia Noin deliver a rather harsh series of taunts to Zechs Merquise during the middle of a combat where they are on opposite sides. Ironically, her taunts are effective because Zechs truly does love Noin and her sudden belligerence and willingness to fire on him terrifies Zechs as she has always refused to before. His sudden confusion and doubt distract him so much he loses control of his damaged mobile suit in midflight, and only pure luck saved him from getting shot down before he regained control.
  • Wisdom and Courage: Veran does this to Link in chapter 33 in order to break his unbreakable spirit, immediately after forcing him to watch her seem to kill Zelda mercilessly and it works. It also doubles as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    Veran: Do you know what I hate most about you, hero? That persistent little spirit of yours. The fact that you can live through things that would destroy others emotionally completely unscarred. But even so, everyone has a breaking point... And... I believe you've just reached yours...
  • In With This Ring, this is what Father Matias' exorcism of Paulphidian consists of, deconstructing their motives so Paul would kick the Ophidian out.
  • With some help from Saito (who wrote down the questions then had Louise look through his eyes), Louise breaks Henrietta in Soldier of Zero to find out if she truly needed Louise for a mission or if she was abusing Louise's Undying Loyalty to use her as an expendable pawn. Interestingly, Louise does it in part by degrading herself, noting that she's not the best mage, wisest scholar, or most experienced soldier under Henrietta's command. She's not even the only one she trusts absolutely, so why her? Henrietta responds by slapping her and insisting she will not tolerate her childhood friend degrading herself so.
  • In Loxare Hinder, right after learning Red Hood is actually Jason, Nightwing pleads him to come home, swearing they can "clear his name" from the many counts of murder and torture the Hood is charged with... only for Jason to brutally claim Dick never was family to him and owning to each and every murder, right before threatening the Batfamily with death if they try to talk to him again.
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