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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day!"
King Henry V, Act 4 Scene iii, by William Shakespeare, giving us the Trope Codifier

La Résistance is about to be crushed by The Empire. The Ragtag Bunch of Misfits sports team is way behind at halftime. The Dork Horse Candidate has just seen their opponent make a strong point in the political debate, to enthusiastic applause. The opposing attorney in the courtroom drama has just made their argument with laser-like precision. The MacGuffin was seized by the Mooks, and the team sees no way to recover it or succeed without it.

In short, everything looks hopelessly lost.

And this is when the hero will step forward and make a pithy speech including at least one noteworthy One-Liner (similar to a "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner), to the effect of (or the specific phrase) "It's time to take the fight to them," (often followed by a One-Liner Echo or a Dramatic Gun Cock). This sometimes happens right after a sidekick has joined the choir invisible via a Heroic Sacrifice. Sometimes the characters are going Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!.


In TV and movies, there's no situation so desperate that it can't be turned completely around with a brilliant one-minute rant. This speech means that the heroes are going to (finally) move to a proactive posture, despite the overwhelming odds and very real chance that they'll all end up dead.

The background music usually swells to a rousing, if not outright majestic climax as the hero drives his point home. The Slow Clap or other ovation followup is practically essential, followed by a Misfit Mobilization Moment (or a Miracle Rally for sports-based works). But if a Grand Finale does not result, the whole thing will often backfire leaving the heroes badly battered. A Sedgwick Speech often looks like one of these at the beginning. When it's the whole damn human race that's getting the Rousing Speech, that's Last Stand. When the Rousing Speech is delivered by the leader of a nation or world, it is an example of Emergency Presidential Address.


Usually, it's the leader of the heroes who delivers the Rousing Speech signaling this transition, but a common variation is to have whichever character is typically most cautious (even cowardly) deliver it.

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  • Balcony Speech: A big speech or announcement conducted from a balcony/overhang, but not necessarily a pep talk.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: When the villain is about to annihilate civilization as we know it, a heroic figure will stand up and admit that in spite of its flaws and vices, humanity still has its good qualities and doesn't necessarily deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Hero gives himself a Rousing Speech, possibly for the benefit of anyone else who may be listening.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: Sometimes actions can take the place of the Rousing Speech.
  • Tired of Running: A Rousing Speech about fighting back after losing for too long.
  • It Has Been an Honor: A Rousing Speech about the general awesomeness of one's comrades.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Not giving in to despair.
  • Dare to Be Badass: You're Awesome! Act like it!
  • Music for Courage: When a song provides the same purpose.

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Compare and contrast with:

  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: The speaker is perhaps a little too anxious to see the heroes march off to heroic, noble, horribly painful, lingering death. To a Martyrdom Culture, a perfectly rousing speech. Otherwise, not so much.

Because of the sheer volume of memorable Real Life Rousing Speeches that exist, please do not add them to this page, add them to the Quotes page.


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  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The first comes in episode eight, and things just grow from there. The best definitely goes to Simon once he overcomes Kamina's death. His speech and his Theme Music Power-Up together are extremely rousing. Essentially every line Simon has in the last three episodes is one of these.
    Kamina: Simon...never forget. Believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in. Not in the Kamina that you believe in. Believe in the Simon...who believes in you!
    • Near the end of the show, everyone else in the crew joins in and recite the Dai-Gurren Brigade's Badass Creed. For the last few episodes, EVERY motivating speech they give can be summed up as "We're about to Punch Out Cthulhu." That's an awesome creed right there.
  • In Death Note, L gives a rousing speech to the task force right at the beginning of the show.
    We are going to show Kira that we are willing to give our lives if that's what it takes. *smiles* And that justice will prevail no matter what.
  • In Hellsing, right before Captain Pip Berdanotte leads his ragtag band of mercenaries into what is most definitely a suicidal close-quarters battle against an army of Nazi vampires after Seras goes on the offensive, he lets out a short but brutally simplistic speech about their fates.
    "To let such a sweet girl die befits a death worse than hell, am I right? [...] And if it comes down to that, all of your lives must be sacrificed. This is the place you shall be buried. Your fortress will become your grave. [...] You fellas came here to kill for chump change, same as me. You all chose the life of a mercenary. Let's go die like mangy dogs. Let's die, screaming "Fuck! Fuck!" Taking gut shots, and writhing on the ground in agony. Heh, heh, heh. What do you boys say to that?"
    "Sounds great to me."
    • Anderson's speech to the entire Iscariot Orginization while saving Integra also definitely qualifies.
    • But by far the most famous Rousing Speech to come out of Hellsing is the Major's "I Love War" speech to the Last Battalion. Sure, a Nazi says it, but it's still rousing.
    "My friends, it has often been said that I like war. My friends, I like war. My friends, I love war."
  • Pokémon. Mewtwo plus an army of genetically altered (read: enhanced) Pokemon. Imminent extermination of the human race. Enter Ash Ketchum with dozens of "ordinary" Pokemon in tow. Horribly outnumbered and outgunned. "You can't do this. I won't let you."
  • In the last episode of Last Exile, between the overwhelming enemy forces and indiscriminate attacks of Exile, the final battle threatens to turn into a war of attrition. Sophia responds that this is a war of attrition, and lays out in no uncertain terms that no matter how much they have to throw into this battle, no matter how much they have to sacrifice, this is their last chance to overthrow the Guild. "TARGET: MAESTRO DELPHINE!"
  • Parodied in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu when Kaname inspires her fellow students to assault the booby-trapped hill where Sousuke is hiding because they need him as an artist's model. "For the sake of our lost comrades! For the sake of our own human dignity! And above all, for the sake of everybody's grades!" Kurz gives a similar speech when inspiring his comrades to assault a Sousuke-protected order to perv on the girls while they're naked in a hot spring.
    • Done straight in the rugby episode, where Sousuke bravely encourages the school rugby team as they're about to take the field. Well, played *sort* of straight...
    Sousuke: Listen up! As of this moment, you people are no longer lowly maggots! You are rugger men, do you understand?
    Rugby team: SIR, YES SIR!
    Sousuke: Now you are about to confront the greatest ordeal. The critical moment where you either win it all or fall to hell! So, ARE YOU HAVING FUN?!
    Team: SIR, YES SIR!
    Sousuke: NOW PREPARE FOR COMBAT!!! (team discard their clothing, changing into the team uniform) So, what's our specialty, ladies?!
    Team: KILL! KILL! KILL!
    Sousuke: And what is our goal in this game?!
    Team: KILL! KILL! KILL!
    Sousuke: Do we love our high scool?! Do we love our high school rugby club?!
    Sousuke: Then let's go! (team cheers and rushes onto the playing field)
  • Eyeshield 21: In the regional championship game, Deimon is behind by 17 points when their seemingly invincible leader/quarterback gets crushed by one of the opposing players and is taken off the field with a broken arm. With no back-up quarterback, their strongest lineman in minute two of his 10-Minute Retirement and the rest of the team totally shaken, the opposition asks if they're ready to forfiet the game. After a brief team meeting, the Devil Bats declare their decision in unison, "We will KILL them!"
  • General Revil's unforgettable "Zeon is exhausted!" speech in Mobile Suit Gundam, when The Federation was on the brink of total surrender.
    • On the Zeon side, Gihren Zabi had two of his own: once after his brother Garma is killed, and another before the Federation's final assault on the Zeonic space fortress A Baoa Qu.
  • Kaiji gives a few of these to Furuhata and Andou on the many occasions when things look hopeless on the Espoir.
  • In quite possibly the most unorthodox example of the trope ever, an episode of Gintama features Gintoki giving the now-fandom-infamous "truth of the strawberry milk" speech to justify going to find a missing person. Said speech is basically about how people that drink strawberry milk will wet the bed in their sleep, and everyone cheers him on for this. It's that kind of show. You can watch it in all its glory here.
  • A favorite pastime of the title character on Naruto, usually concerning the power of friendship and never giving up. Ironically, one of the most memorable of the show's speeches was much more cynical, given by not-exactly-main character Shikamaru.
    Shikamaru: For as long as I've known him, Sasuke and I haven't exactly been close buddies. In fact, I don't really like him at all. All the same, Sasuke is a ninja belonging to the Hidden Leaf Village; he's a comrade, and I'll put my life on the line to help him. That's the way of our village. I know I usually seem like a pretty lazy guy, but not today... because now I'm responsible for your lives, too.
    • Now that the series has been going towards end game territory (with The End of the World as We Know It at hand), in Chapter 516, former Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Gaara has been given supreme command of the entire Shinobi Alliance Army. So how does he defuse xenophobia- and racism generations of animosity fueled conflict between the united shinobi? Well, of course, by this gem:
    ''Three times now... we've fought world wars for our own nations, our own villages. We've hurt one another, we've hated one another. That hatred bred a lust for power, and that lust for power created ME. I was a jinchūriki, the embodiment of hatred and power. And I hated this world, and all the people in it... I wanted to destroy it with my own hands. The exact same thing Akatsuki is trying to do today. But one man, one ninja from Konohagakure stopped me. I was his enemy, yet he wept for me! I hurt him, yet he called me his friend! He saved me! My enemy, my fellow jinchuriki... he suffered the same pain as me, yet bore me no ill will!
    There are no enemies here because we've all suffered at Akatsuki's hand! So there is no Suna, no Iwa, no Konoha, no Kiri, and no Kumo! There are only "shinobi!" And if you still hold a grudge against Suna, then when this war is over, come and take my head instead! Our enemies are after the friend who saved my life! If they take him, if we hand him over, our world is finished! I want to protect him, and I want to protect our world! But I'm too young to protect it all on my own! All of you, lend me your aid! Everyone who's with me, let's go!''
    • Chapter 615 brought around arguably the most astonishing one of all, from Hinata, in her attempt to snap Naruto out of a severe Heroic BSoD. Made all the more impressive in that after being the Shrinking Violet who could barely talk to Naruto at all (although that was mostly in Part I, since she grew out of that by Part II), she steps up and delivers it without a single stutter.
    "Do you understand what Neji said, Naruto? That your life is not the only one? Your words and your beliefs, that you won't let your friends die...they're not a lie! It's because of them that he was able to come this far! It's not only you. Everyone kept those words and feelings at heart, and that's how their lives are all connected. That's why they are comrades. If you give up on those words, then what Neji did would become pointless. They wouldn't be comrades any more. I think...that would be the real way to kill your friends. So let's stand together, Naruto. Always moving ahead and not going back on one's words... That's my way of the ninja too!
    • In Chapter 630, as the Juubi prepares to undergo another transformation and Naruto is low on chakra, shinobi start wondering how they're going to manage without him. Sakura, who is healing Naruto back to full strength, has this to say.
    "We can't just hesitate now after all that's happened! Naruto is doing everything he can! It was clear from his words (...) He's making us realise that he considers all of us his comrades! I'm going to make Naruto have a full recovery. Every one of us must do what's within their power. If we're gonna die anyway, then it's better to die fighting than to do nothing!"
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Keiichi's rousing speech to Rena in Atonement Chapter, which not only helps her regain her sanity, but gives Rika hope and renews her will to fight against fate and break the cycle of tragedy.
    • Later arcs make it clear that Rousing Speeches are Keiichi's specialty. Mion doesn't call him "The Magician of Words" for nothing!
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, Dorothy Catalonia rouses the citizenry to openly protest Marimaia's coup d'etat. This can only be seen in the theatrical, not the 3-episode OVA cut.
  • A villainous example by Seiji in the Shin Hokuto no Ken OAVs. His speech regarding the madness of living and of combat is so effective it turns his milquetoast mercenaries who were about to break into crazed supersoldiers. He's like Evil Kamina or something. (And the milquetoastiest of them all, Chess, is instantly granted several hundred levels in badass by the speech alone, suddenly becoming as effective in combat as his master.) It turns the entire battle against the religious fanatics completely on its head. One wonders the kinds of world shaking power it would have upon being used on people who were empowered in some fashion, or already at sociopath level. (And make no mistake that's what he sees himself as too.)
  • Happens a few times in Monster, notably when Tenma has to talk Nina out of her suicidal BSOD, and when he needs to impress upon the Turkish immigrants to secure the neighborhood or else face the wrath of the pyromaniacal Neo-Nazis.
  • Happens every now and then in Legend of Galactic Heroes, with varying levels of cynicism, demagogy and good old stupidity. The undisputed king is Yang Wen-li, whose first Rousing Speech goes something like this:
    "Er... Giving our life for the fatherland... and stuff... um, I guess it's just that we can only drink good tea while we're alive so let's fight and not die!"
  • Goku gives a surprisingly potent Rousing Speech in Dragon Ball Z episode 253, Union of Rivals, in which he tells Vegeta that they've got to forget about their past histories and start fighting as one to protect their new race from Majin Buu.
    "Wake up! Majin Buu's eaten everyone we care about! Everyone is gone, even Bulma! They've become part of Buu, they can't even die! I just thought the least we could do is put our old differences aside, just this once, and really work together. We owe that to our teammates, our families Vegeta, our friends! Look, you've always talked about our Saiyan race, how we're the last of a mighty people. Well it's time to accept we're starting a new race, one that can be just as strong, just as proud! But not if we're caught up in so much of our old birthrights to see what we have right in front of us! We've lost our old race Vegeta... let's not lose this one, too!"
  • Like the games it was based on, in Pokémon Special, Team Plasma gives one to convince the people that humans and Pokemon should be separated as Pokemon should not be used for tools of battle. While most people ignore them, amazingly enough however, a few actually take the speech to heart, one old man breaking down and crying how he abused many Pokemon over the years and some others immediately releasing their Pokemon.
  • Fleet Admiral Sengoku gives one in One Piece, after Blackbeard stole Whitebeard's quake powers and threatened to sink the Navy HQ island Marineford with them. This is especially rousing in the anime, which shows the Marines' spirits rising from it.
    A fortress... can always be rebuilt. But the island of Marineford is the hub of our world! To the people of the world, who live in fear of evildoers coming and going amongst them... this is an ominous day! But justice and righteousness will never be defeated! Don't you dare speak lightly of sinking this island, you fiend!!
    • A rather husky pirate gives one to the Straw Hat pirates in One Piece after Luffy and Zoro let themselves be beaten up by some other pirates berating their ideals. The pirate assures them that dreams will never die no matter what others say or do, and aren't worth fretting over. That pirate was Blackbeard.
  • Natsu gives an epic one in Fairy Tail that is not nakama-related, for once.
    Can EVERYBODY HEAR ME!!?? Dragon Slaying magic can DEFEAT DRAGONS!!! SEVEN DRAGON SLAYERS!! SEVEN DRAGONS!!!. Our Magic was created for this day!!! The Dragon Slayers exist to FIGHT NOW!!!. Let's GO!! It's time to hunt some Dragons!!!
  • Played with in Attack on Titan where in episode 7, after everyone's morale is down, Sasha tries to get everyone together with a "If we all work together..." speech but she clearly doesn't believe it herself and it fails to make any impact. Later on, Mikasa is distraught after finding out Eren was eaten but instead of a speech, she insults the remaining terrified soldiers and heads off to kill more Titans. It works.
  • Anytime Riki from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin appears onscreen, he's bound to use this speech for his pack.
  • In Claymore, Teresa gives one of these to an Awakened and partially Assimilated-by-the-Big Bad Cassandra, with shades of Dare to Be Badass. Beyond goading Cassandra into summoning the willpower to break away from the Big Bad, it's actually enough to reawaken her human side to face Teresa in battle so that Cassandra can die as a human rather than a monster.
    Teresa: CASSANDRA! As a former Number One... just how long do you intend to be used in such an idiotic fashion?! Don't forget the pride of being the absolute figure of that age! What it means to stand at the top of 47 people! Remember the fighting spirit of being Number One!
  • Bleach: Rukia has given several of these to Ichigo.
    • After his Inner Hollow interferes in his fight with Yammy, Ichigo has lost his will to fight as a Shinigami and can't even fight a regular Hollow. In Chapter 196, Rukia drags him off and snaps him out of it:
    Rukia: Are you afraid of being defeated? Are you afraid of failing to save your friends? Or are you afraid of the Hollow inside you? If it's defeat, then you just need to train harder. If it's about your friends, then you just need to reseal those promises after becoming a more virtuous man. If it's about the Hollow inside you, then just become strong enough until you can shatter it in an instant. Even if you can't rely on anyone else, just pull yourself together and roar! The "you" that still lives on in my heart, Ichigo, would do exactly that!!"
    • In chapter 460, after she returns his Shinigami powers to him after Ginjo steals his Fullbring:
    Rukia: ...Urahara told me all about Tsukishima's power. To "be able to change people's past"... No matter how you look at it, it's a horrendous ability. I ask you, does that even matter? No matter how much of your past he changes, he cannot change your future! Those bonds that you lost can be rebuilt! (...) Ichigo! These fools don't understand that this isn't nearly enough to make you despair! They don't know the caliber of despair that you have already conquered! Show them, Ichigo! Despair cannot ever hope to stop you!
    • Rukia likes doing this so much that the anime made fun of it in an episode revolving around the cast making their own movies. Ichigo doesn't want to do it and is ready to quit the whole thing, until Rukia gives him a speech about being the best actor he can be, delievered with as much heart and conviction as her other speeches. Again, they're just making a movie.
  • In the tenth episode of Log Horizon's Second Season, William Underwood Delivers a grand speech to his defeated guild. They're all ready to quit. The game has betrayed them. It set them the impossible task of fighting three raid bosses at once. Can't win. No way. Then He gets talking. He acknowledges their points, then tells them screw it. Are they gamers or not? They didn't do this because of anybody else but themselves. Because they love it. This is who they are. This is what they do. He backed off once from an impossible task... and then somebody made it succeed anyways. Well that same guy came to him, asked HIM for help. He can't back off now.

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    Comic Books 
  • Ultimate Captain America in The Ultimates #1. World War II, and Cap's soldiers are assaulting a Nazi superscience bunker. They're being slaughtered by defenses ... until Captain America crashes the transport plane into it - and survives. As he climbs out, he waves the troops forward, proclaiming "What are you ladies waiting for - Christmas?!"
    • "Cap says parachutes are for girls"
  • This happens with the X-Men in the Fall of the Mutants storyline. They know full well they will not survive the encounter with the Adversary, but go on to fight him anyway after Wolverine gives some rousing words to the people watching at home (a cameraman was accompanying them).
  • Many readers were surprised when Surge gave one when her team was about to take on Nimrod. Given what had happened prior to this, it was amazing anyone on her team could even function. She also gets points for doing the whole thing in her underwear without it looking stupid.
  • Subverted in Asterix And The Laurel Wreath where Asterix gives the courtroom a rousing speech that drives the entire courtroom to tears... in order to get themselves thrown to the lions in the hopes that Caesar will attend in order to obtain the titular laurel wreath.
  • Bron gives one of these in Scion to his army after the Heron army invades the Raven Kingdom.
  • In the mini-series Tales of the Green Lantern Corps, Krona, in service of the death god, Nekron, had defeated the bulk of the Corps and shattered their morale. While most of the Corps was ready to go and wait for death as the Universe is destroyed, Hal overcomes the temptation and remembers his vows. At that, Jordan addresses the Corps that he is a Green Lantern and he will not await death on his knees, but will fight to the last, alone if necessary. As he takes off, he finds first his best friends are joining and then the entire Corps as they join the fight noting the Corps has never surrendered and they will not now. Ultimately, they save the Universe.
  • Hal gives a similar speech in the Crisis Crossover mini series, JLA/Avengers. Where at the end of third issue, he discovers his future actions. Despite knowing he has the furthest to fall, he argues the hardest to Save Both Worlds.
    Hal: There are millions, maybe billions dead or dying in the worlds as they are. Can we choose their deaths, because they're easier to bear? The reality we saw—It's the truth. Good, bad, love, pain—It's real. It's the one we're pledged to protect. Not to play God with.
  • At the end of volume one of Kill Shakespeare, Juliet gives a long one to the rebellion as they go to take down Richard III.
  • For DC, Superman is THE guy to go to for these. There are more than a few noteworthy examples when things seems lost only for big blue to deliver a serious dose of verbal encouragement to other heroes or just the populous in general.
  • Zipi y Zape: Combined with flashbacks for hilarious effect in the Ramis-Cera age story Olimpiadas escolares. The twins, Peloto, Sapientín and Bolete are in Brazil to play a futsal match against some members of Brazil's national soccer team. At halftime, the Brazilian squad is curb-stomping them 5-0 and Pantuflo decides to step in:
    Pantuflo: You, Bolete, aren't a great goalkeeper, but at the school playground, I've seen you pull off impossible saves... You remember?
    Bolete: That's true! [flashback of Bolete using sheer strength to lean the goal so that the ball won't go in]
    Pantuflo: You, Zape, know how to distract defenders...
    Zape: I sure do... [flashback of Zape distracting a defender with a Playboy centerfold]
    Pantuflo: ...and Peloto knows how to stop an opposing striker... [flashback of Peloto raising his leg during a match so that his loosened boot goes right into the mouth of the opponent]
    I've seen Sapientín do incredible things playing as a defender... [flashback of Sapientín burying himself in the pitch and pulling his hand out so that the opposing striker can't pass]
    ... and I've never seen anyone faster with the ball than Zipi. [flashback of Zipi running for his life after a Broken Glass Penalty]

    Fan Works 
  • A running gag in RWBY fic Substitute Actor, where someone gets Ash on a topic related to killing Grimm and he goes off. The joke is, his delivery is rude enough that even Weiss tells him to tone it down.
    • The General also pokes fun at Ozpin's canon speech to the new students, noting that he keeps slurping smugly from his mug as he's talking.
  • Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race has ProtoMan give such a speech to the Robot Masters in episode 9, motivating them to become better fighters.
  • Worldwar: War of Equals:
    • For a villainous example, Atvar gives one to the Shiplords of the Conquest Fleet to get them ready for the fight against the Humans:
    Atvar: "The Emperor has ordered that we take Tosev 3 and prepare it for colonization. The task will be difficult; this I admit, but we are males of the Race! Our intelligence have shown that we outnumber the natives by at least six folds! Victory can still be attained if we strike hard and without mercy. And so I say, we do not retreat, we do not give way, we proceed."
    • While we don't get to hear the whole thing, President Obama also gives one, his "The Union will hold" speech, to the American people after the Race nuke dropped on Washington D.C. It was so rousing, that it goes down in history alongside Franklin Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech.
    Barack Obama: "America has never come under the yoke of a foreign king, and never will."
  • The God Empress of Ponykind:
    • Dawn Sparkle gives one to her Legion at the beginning of the Siege of Manehattan:
    "Remember, you are Daughters of Manehattan. You helped to defeat the Diamond Dogs. You stood against Discord and the Changelings. And now these traitors want to come and destroy what we hold most dear. Well, they will try. And if today is the day that Manehattan falls, then let it be known that we fought to our last breath, and they did not get the satisfaction of our surrender! Let’s show these traitors that they cannot march upon Manehattan that easily! Siege Units! Fire at will!"
    • Celestia gives one to her forces just before the Siege of Canterlot:
    "Take heart, my Legions! The enemy before us is numerous and strong, but the division of Chaos runs deep and can be broken! Smite the enemy with bolt and sword; show them no mercy, for you shall receive none in return. Do not allow the deception of Chaos to make you weak and cowardly! Fortify yourself, and know that our stand here will see the breaking of Chaos in Equestria, and your children shall see dawn return to this land! Now, my comrades! For Equestria!"
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door, Rarity, of all ponies, delivers an epic speech to rally Applejack and Rainbow Dash, who are balking in the face of the last challenge of their quest, a massive World Snake:
    "We have come too far- we have seen and done too much- to be turned aside now!" She stared hard at them, her deep blue eyes sparkling not with charm or delight but with barely-restrained fury. "We are not going to be turned aside! Not after everything we've been through! Haven't we crossed over mountains and plains, through rivers and forests? We have! We've won the praise of the Lady of the Shimmerwood! We'll have our names etched in the Stone of Gildedale!" She fixed Applejack with a stare. "Applejack! You faced the King of Gildedale in all his pomp, in all his pride and told him he was wrong! And you proved it!" She swiveled her gaze to Dash. "Rainbow Dash! You entered the Dreaming with the pronghorns and you mastered their lightning magic, something only one other pony has ever done! And you mastered yourself!" She took a deep breath. "And I! I looked into Lady Falalauria's eyes when they burned with fury and I told her to trust me! And she did!" She was panting. "We! Are! Not! GOING!"
  • The one Twilight Sparkle delivers in chapter 17 of Ace Combat: The Equestrian War is also glorious:
    Twilight Sparkle: We have to stand together once more, but this time, not as earth ponies. Not as unicorns. Or pegasi. We must stand together as the ponies of Equestria! It’s true that, on the outside, each of us is different. We live in different parts of Equestria, we have different names, we look differently. But... we have fought, suffered and died together! Deep inside, in our hearts and souls, we are all children of this land! We cannot ignore the time when our land is in danger. We must fight! We must have courage! I don’t know if you will decide to follow me or not, but I want to live in Equestria with my friends! That’s why I will keep fighting! To the bitter end, if it must be! [...] Everypony, we’re gonna take back Canterlot today! Let us make haste! The sun and the moon will lead our way to victory! Know that this is not the day we will surrender! This is not the day we fall! This day we fight! FOR EQUESTRIA!!!
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, at the darkest moment of the Equestrian Civil War, when their already tired forces are about to face an charge of Nightmare forces three times their number in the Battle of Canterlot, Celestia makes a touching one to restore hope in her soldiers' hearts.
    Celestia: I know the darkest hour is upon us, and I know it may seem that all times are lost. But we can’t fall here. Not one of us will fall here. For it is because of that promise we made. That we would take back Equestria together. And we will take our nation back together. And until that promise is fulfilled, we can’t fall here. We won’t fall here.
  • In the fanfic Zulu Squad No Tsukaima Colonel Konrad delivers one that is a callback to the video game:
    Col. John Konrad: Gentlemen, I don’t need to remind you of the events that have led us here, to this moment. We’ve all had demons that we’ve left behind in our old life, and for a while, it seemed as if we would know peace. Now, once again, we’re asked to fight someone else’s battle. Once again we’re asked to fight in some bizarre world so far from our own, to fight against a fanatical enemy that wants nothing less than complete annihilation this country and everything in it. I don’t know about you, gentlemen, but I’m not about to let that happen. It’s true, the deck is stacked against us, and we face incredible odds, but this is nothing new to us. The 33rd Battalion has never been one to take the easy path. As your commander I know you will prevail, we can win this, and we will. This time, we will be the heroes. Therefore, this is the only order I give; I want you to give it your all, I want you to hold the line and I want you to make sure that every Reconquista soldier quiver in his boots at the mere mention of the ‘Damned 33rd’! Let’s send those Reconquista bastards broken and battered back to Albion!
  • From the third chapter of Neon Genesis Evangelion Alternate Universe Mega Crossover fanfic Neon Knights, we have one from Shinji Ikari that crosses this with Do Not Go Gentle and Dare to Be Badass delivered to his Original Generation mecha while starting it up:
    "So you're the first of the Neon Knights. Zero-One. Or should I call you John Henry? I don't know if you can understand me, but Earth is in danger. And the hope of the world rests firmly on our shoulders. I can try, but I know I won't be able to keep it up on my own. And that's why I'm asking you, John Henry, to join me. In the name of mankind, let us fight the evil aliens that are coming to purge us from the universe! Together, we will stand against the forces of darkness, you and I. And united, we will emerge VICTORIOUS! JOHN HENRY! BORN OF STEEL AND BUILT BY HOPE! FIGHT ALONGSIDE ME FOR OUR FUTURE! My name… is Shinji Ikari! With our strength, let's wipe away the tears of mankind and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow! WAKE UP! JOHN HENRY! AWAKEN AND BEAR WITNESS TO THE BIRTH OF EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HERO! ON THIS DAY IS BORN THE KING OF BRAVES! JUST WHO ON EARTH.... 'DO YOU THINK WE ARE?"
  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf novel, Empath gives one to his fellow Smurfs before they collectively take on Gargamel, with his speech being a Call-Back to Papa Smurf's when all his fellow Smurfs were just Smurflings that lost their parents to The Plague.
  • Aurora has Celestia give one to her forces just before the Final Battle with Dawnbringer:
    "Ponies! Many times have I made speeches such as this. I had hoped never to have to make another. For centuries, Equestria has known peace. And yet, when war came upon you, sudden and unexpected, you rose to the challenge! Our enemy thinks you weak. He thinks that since peace is all you have known, fighting is beyond you. But he does not understand. He does not understand that peace is a far greater reward than power ever could be, and that is why today, he will fall. Against us, he will fall! To Canterlot, and victory!"
  • The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum and its various side stories are filled with these. Of particular note, there is TCB!Lyra Heartstrings' Final Speech (which heavily references The Great Dictator), King William of Windsor's address in The King's Speech, Enitan Adebayo's rallying cry for the War Refugees, and Princess Celestia's welcoming back the Crystal Ponies to give them the drive to power up the Crystal Heart and defeat Sombra once and for all.
  • The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds has Blueblood give one to the Royal Guard while preparing for Tirac's attack on Canterlot.
    "That is my ancestral home. I can trace my lineage all the way back to the original founders, mere weeks before King Invincible I founded the Ancient Kingdom of Ponyland. In all that time, through griffin invasions, Tirac killing Majesty, the dissolution of Ponyland, Discord and Nightmare Moon, the city has never fallen. And upon my horn, it will not fall to Tirac on this day! You are the Royal Guard, reborn and ready to do your duty in defense of this city and of Equestria! Stand proud and tall, ponies!"
    • Shining Armor gives a briefer speech to his own troops when they arrive in Ponyville to drive back Tirac's forces there.
  • A Taste of the Good Life has this speech, given to the staff of a restaurant (despite Pinkie not actually outranking anyone):
    Pinkie: Alright, listen up maggots and mag-ettes! When you walked through that door twenty minutes ago, you were strangers from different walks of life. All of you have your own reasons for being here, but for the rest of your shift, your plots belong to me! When those doors open, a horde of ravenously hungry ponies is going to come streaming in here, expecting to be seated and served food. It will be up to you, and you alone, to make sure that happens. Nopony is backing you up. Nopony is coming to help you. Unless, you know, if one of you happens to have fewer ponies in your assigned section and want to help the others out that would be the friendly thing to do. But other than that, you. Are. On. Your. Own. And do you know what will happen if you fail? They might only tip twelve percent.
    (Most of the staff shudder. One mare chuckles.)
    Pinkie: You! Is something about what I just said amusing? Do you think you’re here to have fun?
    Mare: Ma’am, no ma’am!
    Pinkie: Wrong answer! The Grassy Knoll supports a playful and relaxed atmosphere as long as the work gets done efficiently! You will have fun working here and you will like it!
    Mare: Ma’am, yes ma’am!
    Pinkie: Some of you might want to give up. You might think it’s all over when a table of twelve with three coliccy foals gets seated in your section. Or you may think it’s over when the customer who ordered the raw tofu chunks complains that they’re undercooked. Nothing is over until we decide it is! Or I guess until we close for the night. Or your shift ends. Or you have some sort of family emergency and have to leave after letting your supervisor know. But other than that stuff, it’s not over! Was it over when the gryphons bombed Yearling Harbor?
    Staff: NO!
    Pinkie: Then let’s feed some ponies!
  • In Wonderful!, Taylor used one to encourage civilians to fight Leviathan:
    “So this… this is what I ask of you. It is a lot to take, especially in this moment. I know that you could run. I know that. This is scary and terrifying. I wouldn’t blame you for it. With the device you… might be able to escape. Maybe. What I’m asking for you, is to stay here... and fight.
    “Fight against the monster. Fight against the flood. Fight alongside me, because I will NOT ask you to do this without putting myself in the line of fire. You will know who I am, the device will tell you. It is unfair for me to ask this. I wish this hadn’t happened, that the fight would be over and you could just go back home, I wish I could have had more time to do this PROPERLY.
    She sounded progressively more desperate as she spoke… but when her voice came again, it was strong once more.
    “… so I beg of you… fight with me. I cannot do this alone. We all cannot do this alone. But together, we WILL be able to drive the beast back. We WILL save everybody else in the shelter. We WILL save everybody else in the city. Together, we can be mighty. Together, we can be invincible. Together…”
    “… We can be WONDERFUL.”
  • In This Bites!, during his fight with Lucci, Luffy gets one not only from Cross but also from people all over the world, including all the Supernovas, Aisa, Dadan, Bartolomeo, Hancock, and Gol D. Roger himself.
  • Played for Laughs in My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap, when DWK, the show's creator and narrator, makes one towards Big Mac for trying to get laid of all things.
    DWK: You cannot... no, you MUST not fuck this up! Because if you do, we are all of us damned!
  • Earth's Alien History:
    • Admiral Yagami gives a brief one prior to the Battle of Nical during the Mekon War.
    "Once more, we face bitter enemies of our peoples on the field of battle.

    This will be a hard fight. Our enemies, though cruel, are no novices at the art of war. And their technological prowess is great. But they are slaves, and masters of slaves. Their will is weak. We are a free alliance of peoples, and we cannot be opposed by slaves.

    The eyes of our homeworlds are on us. Many of us will not survive this day. But our children, our grandchildren, and our worlds will thrive because of our actions today.

    Tennoheika Banzai!"
    • Shepard gives one to rally the troops when it seems the Reapers are getting the upper hand in the Second Battle of Sol.
    “I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Right now we are all that stands between the Reapers and Earth and you know what the Reapers will do if they land on Earth. So I have something to ask of all of you.” Shepard said, her voice broadcasting to everyone in her ragtag fleet. “I ask of you your lives, and your courage. I ask of you your faith, and your honor—your strength, and your compassion. For today, I lead you to die. I will not ask you to welcome this event. I will not insult you by calling it well, or just, or even glorious. But I will say this.

    “Each moment you fight is a gift to those on that planet. Each second we fight is a second longer that billions of people can draw breath. Each blast of a skelk cannon, each Reaper felled, each breath earned is a victory! It is a person protected for a moment longer, a life extended, an enemy frustrated!”

    There was a brief pause. “In the end, they will kill us,” Shepard said, voice loud, ringing across the fleet. “But first, they shall fear us!”
    • Sky Marshal Rantalon gives one to the allied expeditionary force right before they commence their assault on the Reapers' Dark Space base.
    “My fellow Men and Women of TeTO, before us stands a hive of abominations. Abominations that have been responsible for the deaths of more sentient beings than anyone could ever count. For over two years now they have been engaged in a war of extermination with out peoples. It is our duty to defeat them here and end their threat for all time." He paused for a moment, seemingly choked with emotion before recovering and saying, "I know many of you have feared for friends and family back in the Milky Way. I too have worried for my mother, my father, and all my siblings who are serving in the military. We don’t know what has happened with the invasion there. But I believe, no, I know that these mechanical monstrosities could not have succeeded. After we were freed from the Mekon, my people swore we would never again be dominated. The Tenctonese and the Prawn swore the same after being freed from the Overseers. The people of Earth have resisted invasion after invasion. We the races of TeTO are indomitable and unbreakable! Today we destroy the Reapers and end their threat forever! All ships, prepare for battle!”
  • In Freakin Gensokyo, Mokou gets to deliver one before she and Brad's little gang set off to clean up the Human Village:
    Mokou: [...] This is our opportunity to show these bastards what the hell some of us are made of. And, supposin' we don't even find anything today, we've got tomorrow, the day after, and we've got plenty of time to do the fucking right thing for a change, and make this village safe. I hope you're all fucking ready to earn your dinky Youkai Exterminator badges, or medals or whatever the hell it is they give you for getting something done. We're gonna do our damndest.
  • In Infinity Crisis, Bruce Banner delivers one to the Hulk (his other persona still 'hiding' after his confrontation with Thanos) by addressing a mirror;
    Bruce: "Okay. I know we've had… issues over the years. I know I've treated you like a burden and something I've wanted to destroy but… I was fooling myself. You…You're part of me. You always have been. You always will be. I know you. And that's how I know what's happening. You got scared. You finally fought someone strong as you, someone who could beat you, someone who hurt you. That's never happened and you got scared of it. Well guess what, that happens. Fear is part of life to anyone, even you. Right now, the guy who did it is out there and we're needed. So it's time you and me stopped fighting each other and fought together. It's time we prove who's the strongest there is. What do you say?"
  • Parodied in Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!. Izuku panics when he's asked to give a speech to his entire freshman class on his first day at U.A. He gets some quick advice from All Might, who tells him to call the crowd the real winners, say something about justice, and end with a Plus Ultra. Izuku follows that advice to the letter and delivers the most cliche-ridden speech imaginable with his shaky and stuttering voice. It somehow manages to earn thunderous applause and the respect of everyone present.
    Izuku:H-Hello. M-My name's Izuku Midoriya. [stops as the audience cheers] S-So! I, um, I did good-did well on the exam, really, really well. I'm not trying to rub it in, or anything! I-I'm just still really surprised by the whole thing! For the longest time, I never thought that I'd be able to go to U.A., and then I find out that I did a better job of getting in than everybody else. That-That's crazy!
    Random Audience Member: You're so humble!
    Izuku: T-To be honest, I'm surprised that I got in, at all. No one told us about Rescue Points, so I thought that I only managed to earn fifteen points. The whole time the exam was going on, I thought I was doing a terrible job, but I couldn't bring myself to change that. I-If someone had gotten hurt, and I knew that I could have stopped it, I, well, I don't know what I would have done. So even though you're all acting like I've done something great, I-I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all of you. That's why, if you ask me, you're the ones who are really great! You're… the real winners!
    Random Audience Member #2: He's right! We are awesome! [more cheers and applause]
    Izuku: Y-Yeah, that's right! It's not just about me, it's about all of us. We're all in this together; once we know that we are, we'll all be stars. All of us can show off Wisdom, Wonder, Mystery, and Entropy if we just put our minds to it. A-And if you ever think that justice isn't working, then all you have to do is… is justice harder!
    Random Audience Member #3: I love it! [even more applause and cheering]
    Izuku: [shaky] Plus… Ultra? [crowd absolutely explodes with applause]

    Films — Animated 
  • Beavis humorously inverts this in Beavis And Butthead Do America. The whole thing is played as a rousing speech complete with a motivational music in the background:
    Bus Driver: ALRIGHT!!! THAT'S IT!!! * tackles Beavis to the floor*
  • In Toy Story 2, Buzz Lightyear inspires the other toys to press on in their search for Woody, while working in a few continuity nods:
    Buzz: Come on, fellas. Did Woody give up when Sid had me strapped to a rocket? No! And did he give up when you threw him out of the back of that moving van? No, he didn't! We have a friend in need, and we're not going to rest until he's safe in Andy's room! Now, let's move out!
  • Transformers: The Movie. Twice. With Theme Music Power-Up. "AUTOBOTS! Transform and roll out!"
  • Played with a lot in Chicken Run. Ginger, a chicken at a chicken farm, constantly makes speeches about her dreams of freedom to the others in an attempt to convince them to go along with her plans to escape. Sometimes they work, sometimes they're met with clueless responses or sarcastic jibes. In one scene this trope is subverted, when after one of Ginger's speeches a more cynical chicken, Bunty, responds with an 'enlightened' look on her face "In all my years, I've never heard such a fantastic load of tripe!"
    Ginger: We either die free chickens, or die trying!
    Babs: Are those the only choices?
  • Subverted in Ratatouille where Linguini finally confesses he is really a front for a rat, Remy, who is the real cook who has revived the restaurant's fortunes. In the face of the staff's stunned disbelief, Linguini eloquently tells them that if they have faith in this rat's culinary genius, they will all have a glorious future. Unfortunately at the conclusion, the entire staff reacts to this seemingly insane proposal by immediately quitting.
    • Yet that speech is simultaneously played straight in that while the humans are not impressed, Remy's rat family is so moved in part by Linguini's efforts, that they step up to be the new kitchen crew.
      • Which is then subverted when the restaurant is closed down for good because of its rat infestation.
  • Subverted in the 2008 Horton Hears a Who! where Horton tries to Shame the mob with a rousing speech explaining why he is so devoted to protecting a speck on a clover which contains a microscopic community on it. At the end, even the Sour Kangaroo notes that the speech is moving, but immediately orders Horton bound and caged anyway.
  • In Disney's 1995 Pocahontas, both the white settlers and Pocahontas' tribe have rousing speeches at the same time leading up to the battle between them. This being Disney, it's done in song. This is a subversion, since the audience can see just how distorted each speech is in demonizing the other side.
    • Quite a bit of both speeches are identical, so the two sides can say them together. Oddly, both contain a lot of focus on race, while the issue had been pretty much ignored in favor of culture clash for the rest of the movie (the settlers had been referring to the natives as 'savages' the whole time, but until the song no-one was saying 'red-skin' or anything like that).
      • Later releases changed "red-skin" to "shrieking".
  • Gaston does this to everyone in Belle's village near the end of Beauty and the Beast so that they will "kill the Beast!"
  • In The Book of Life, Maria gives one to the entire town of San Angel, who have all been mostly cowering from Chakal the entire time.
  • At the climax of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phoebus gives a big rousing speech for the Gypsies and citizens to fight back and put and end to Frollo's tyranny once and for all.
    Phoebus: Citizens of Paris! Frollo has persecuted our people! Ransacked our city! And now, he has declared war on Notre Dame herself! WILL WE ALLOW IT?!!?
    Crowd: (charging) NOOOOO!!!!
  • In Zootopia, Judy delivers one to the new police cadets at the end.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Subverted in 300, as Leonidas does not seek to lead his men to victory, knowing full well that their defeat is inevitable, but encourages them to meet it with courage. Additionally, played straight at the very end of the film, at the Battle of Platea.
  • In The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension - the alien leader of the Red Lectroids (inhabiting the body of Italian scientist Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) gives a rousing pre-invasion speech to his men, complete with the mannerism of Benito Mussolini. It ends with a rousing call to arms:
    Lord John Whorfin: Where are we going?
    The Red Lectroids: Planet Ten!
    Lord John Whorfin: When?
    The Red Lectroids: Real soon!
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God ends with Aguirre giving one of these, combined with his mad vision to conquer the Spanish Empire, to his crew - who are either dead or insane - himself, and a swarm of tiny monkeys. There is also a Rousing Speech (or at least one intendend to be rousing) in the first phase of the movie, when Aguirre goads the soldiers to mutiny. But both speeches are subversions of the trope, because 1. Aguirre is the evil guy, 2. his speeches make no effort to hide or euphemize his and his listeners' selfish and non-sublime motives (they all are only out for money and fame), and 3. many of the soldiers are not actually "roused", but only follow Aguirre out of fear of him and his accomplices. The last "speech" is actually partly an inner monologue, partly an address to monkeys instead of people, which leads the trope to absurdity.
  • Played straight in Airplane!! and subverted in Airplane II: The Sequel.
  • The Alamo: Sam Houston gives a brief but effective one prior to the battle of San Jacinto:
    Gen. Sam Houston: You will remember this battle! You will remember each minute of it! Each second! 'Til the day that you die! But that is for tomorrow, gentlemen! For today... REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
  • Alexander rides before his phalanx at the Battle of Gaugamela, pointing out individual soldiers and reminding them of their past heroic deeds. Then he addresses the army as a whole.
    "Some of you, perhaps myself, will not live to see the sun set over these mountains today. But I tell you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time. Conquer your fear, and I promise you, you will conquer death!"
  • In Animal House:
    • Bluto's (John Belushi's) speech leading to the sabotage of the parade, is an almost perfect parody of this trope, laced with fiery rhetoric, cliches that were already hackneyed by the 1960's, and garbled historical references.
    Bluto: Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell No!
    Otter: Germans?
    Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
    • And then when the other Delta members are less than roused:
    Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh?! This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst! [mockingly] "Oh, we're afraid to go with you, Bluto! We might get in trouble!" Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this! Wormer - he's a dead man! Marmalard - dead! Neidermeyer-
    Boon: Dead! Bluto's right! Psychotic, but absolutely right. We've gotta take these bastards! Now, we could fight 'em with conventional weaponry, but that would take years and cost millions of lives. No. No, in this case, I think we have to go all out. I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!
    Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
    • A less-famous example from the same movie is Otter's address to the disciplinary council, which inspires the entire gang to walk out of the proceedings, ignore the closure of their fraternity, and hum the Star Spangled Banner:
    Otter: Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests. We did. But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
  • The "inches" speech in Any Given Sunday, spoken by the team coach (Al Pacino) just before their playoff game.
    Tony D'Amato: You know when you get old in life, things get taken from you. That's part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life's this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small. I half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast, you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when we add up all those inches, that's gonna make the FUCKIN' DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING! BETWEEN LIVING AND DYING! I'll tell you this - in any fight, it's the guy who's willing to die who's gonna win that inch. And I know if I'm going to have any life anymore, it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch. Because THAT'S WHAT LIVING IS! THE SIX INCHES IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE!
  • Apollo 13:
    Gene Kranz: I want you guys to find every engineer who designed every switch, every circuit, every transistor and every light bulb that's up there. Then I want you to talk to the guy in the assembly line who actually built the thing. Find out how to squeeze every amp out of both of these goddamn machines. I want this mark all the way back to Earth with time to spare. We never lost an American in space, we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option!
    • This is such a rousing speech that even though the real Gene Kranz didn't say "Failure is not an option" during Apollo 13, he used the line as the title of his 2000 autobiography.
  • Avatar: Jake's speech to the Omatikaya to unite the clans, with Tsu'tey translating for those who don't speak English. The film also implies similar speeches at the other clans, although they aren't heard.
    Jake: The Skypeople have sent us a message; that they can take whatever they want, and no one can stop them. But we will send them a message. You ride out as fast as the wind can carry you. You tell the other clans to come. You tell them Toruk Makto calls to them. You fly now, with me, my brothers, my sisters, and we will show the skypeople that they can not take whatever they want, and that this... THIS IS OUR LAND!note 
  • Back to School has Rodney Dangerfield reciting the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" from memory after almost giving up during his oral exams. He then goes on to (barely) pass.
  • In Blazing Saddles Gabby Johnson gives one of these which is almost completely incomprehensible, but nevertheless succeeds in rallying the townsfolk to not flee Hedley Lamarr's thugs.
    "Now who can argue with that?"
  • Dan Aykroyd, in Blues Brothers 2000, launches into a semi-inspiring speech (mostly about the many reasons that the Russian Mafia was not, in fact, going to blow up Willy's Strip Club) — but it consisted almost entirely of a history lecture on Russian politics that left everyone else entirely perplexed.
    • Another one after they've run out of gas in the middle of nowhere, and all but the main three are thinking of just giving up -
    Elwood Blues: [addressing the rest if the band] You may go if you wish. But remember this...walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louie Jordon, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonnyboy Williamson I and II, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss.
    Donald "Duck" Dunn: Who is Robert K. Weiss?
    [the rest of the band shrug]
    Elwood Blues: Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Blues, R&B and Soul, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the music which has moved mankind through seven decades leading to the millennium will whither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect.
    • They eventually follow, except for the saxophonist (Blue Lou Marini) who wanders off to get gas.
  • Braveheart
    William Wallace: Sons of Scotland! I'm William Wallace!
    (the Scottish army laughs)
    William Wallace: I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny! You've come to fight as free men. And free men you are... What will you do with that freedom? (beat) Will you fight?!
    Scottish Army: No! No!
    Old soldier: Against that?! No! We will run. And we will live.
    William Wallace: Aye. Fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... At least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, JUST ONE CHANCE, to come back here, and tell our enemies... that they make take our lives... BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE... OUR FREEDOM!!!!
    (the Scottish army cheers)
    William Wallace: ALBA GU BRATH!!! note 
  • The Cannonball Run showed that Rousing Speeches can be funny:
    Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to welcome you to what's sometimes been called an automotive counterpart to the Bay of Pigs. I'd just like to say that you are easily the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place. Of course you know that certain skeptics note that as soon as we begin, thirty thousand of the nation's most alert highway patrolmen will be out there waiting to stop you guys. But let's stay positive. Think of the fact that not one state of the fifty has the death penalty for speeding...although I'm not so sure about Ohio. You'll be given a card like this. You'll punch out when you start and you'll punch in when you reach the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach. The difference between those two times will be your time across the country. The record stands at thirty-two hours, fifty-one minutes, and believe it or not, those guys did break the fifty-five mile an hour limit. Now let's get that first car up here and let's get this show on the road.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Steve gives one to SHIELD at the film's climax, wherein he reveals HYDRA's infiltration and how close they are to victory, and implores the rest of the organization to stand with him, no matter the risk. It works.
    "The price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it's a price I'm willing to pay. If I'm the only one, so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not."
  • In Dead Again in Tombstone, Alicia delivers one to the townsfolk of Silver River in an attempt to persuade them to join her in opposing Boomer. It falls flat until Guerrero returns to back her play.
  • Deep Blue Sea:
  • In Deep Impact, the president gives a speech to restore hope to the world after the impact of a comet with Earth:
    The President: We watched as the bombs shattered the second comet into a million pieces of ice and rock that burned harmlessly in our atmosphere and lit up the sky for an hour. Still, we were left with the devastation of the first. The waters reached as far inland as the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. It washed away farms and towns, forests and skyscrapers. But, the water receded. The wave hit Europe and Africa too. Millions were lost, and countless more left homeless. But the waters receded. Cities fall, but they are rebuilt. And heroes die, but they are remembered. We honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, With every child we comfort, and then teach to rejoice in what we have been re-given. Our planet. Our home. So now, let us begin.
  • Parodied in the Norm MacDonald movie Dirty Work: after screwing over the residents of an apartment block by trashing their building, Norm's character and his accomplice are themselves screwed over by the slimy businessman who hired them to do so. Norm appeals to the residents to join him in a scheme that will enable everyone to get their revenge on the businessman with a stirring speech that climaxes with him yelling "Are you with me?"... and the response is a stony, hostile silence. He then tries "Okay, are you with me on the assumption that if we fail, you get to kick my ass?" — and the crowd goes wild.
  • Parodied in Dr. Strangelove. To the crew of a B-52 on a nuclear bombing run into Soviet territory:
    Major Kong: "(... ) [T]his thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions an' personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for every last one of ya, regardless of your race, color, or your creed. Now, let's get this thing on the hump. We got some flyin' to do."
  • Parodied (naturally) by Groucho Marx in Duck Soup: "And remember, while you're out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in here thinking what a sucker you are!"
  • Subverted in Erik the Viking, where Erik thoroughly botches it. "And... we may not die HORRIBLE deaths...")
  • Subverted in Glengarry Glen Ross. "Coffee's for closers only."
  • The Goonies. The Hero, Mikey, gives a speech convincing the Goonies to continue following the Treasure Map after the Jerk Jock offers them a chance to be rescued.
    Mikey: Chester Copperpot! Don't you guys see? Don't you realize? He was a pro. He never made it this far. Look how far we've come. We've got a chance.
  • Charlie Chaplin's incredible speech at the end of The Great Dictator. Made even stronger in that it's Chaplin, a man not known for his verbosity. It becomes even more powerful and moving with appropriate music and context.
  • Played almost completely straight in The Great Muppet Caper in Fozzie's speech to the residents of the Happiness Hotel.
  • Stonewall Jackson from Gods and Generals.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Star Lord gives one to the rest of his team near the movie's climax in order to motivate them to take on Ronan and stop him from destroying Xandar, even though due to him now possessing the Infinity Stone it seems like a hopeless prospect, something Rocket points out. However, one by one, they all do agree to stand and fight beside him.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Neville gives a rousing speech after Voldemort's apparent victory. The speech replaces his much-beloved Pre Ass Kicking One Liner ("I'll join you when hell freezes over! Dumbledore's Army!) from the book.
  • One of the finest examples of this trope is found in Sir Kenneth Branagh's 1989 live-action adaptation of Henry V. The music and cinematography blend together fantastically. See for yourself.
    ''...And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves acursed they were not here! and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks! that fought with us! upon St. Crispin's day!
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
    • Coin gives one near the end of the film, in contrast to her concise and utilitarian pronouncements at the start. You can see Plutarch mouthing along; clearly the one who wrote it.
    • Subverted by Katniss, who butchers a propaganda ad on a greenscreen. Played straight after the Capitol bombing the hospital in District 8.
  • Subverted in Idle Hands when Seth Green's character said "No more Kevin Costner speeches, let's just go!"
  • The movie Immortals, for all of the liberties it takes with the story of Theseus, does two things wonderfully right: make the fights more gorgeous than the scenery, and make Theseus rallying a troop of defending Greeks so epic that the audience in the theater is tempted to stomp and shout along with the front-line shieldbearers.
  • In Independence Day, President Whitmore gives such a speech before he and the other pilots get into their planes for their battle. His speech ends like this:
    President Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will be joining others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind," that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, or oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live - to exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared with one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We are going to live on! We are going to survive! Today! We celebrate! Our Independence Day!
  • Parodied in Johnny English:
    Lorna Campbell: What are you going to do, Johnny? Sit in this grotty flat feeling sorry for yourself, or are you gonna get out there and save your country?
    Johnny English: I'm gonna sit in the flat.
  • Knute Rockne, All American:
    Rockne: And the last thing he said to me, "Rock," he said, "sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock", he said - "but I'll know about it - and I'll be happy."
    Player # 12: Well, what are we waiting for?
    • And the team rushes out of the locker room to win the game.
    • Parodied in Airplane! where Dr. Rumack gives Ted Stryker almost the exact same speech, except that it's about George Zipp so it ends "...and win just one for the Zipper."
      • " 'I don't know where I'll be then, Doc,' he said, 'But I won't smell too good, that's for sure.' "
  • Selections from the Lord of the Rings trilogy:
    • From Return of the King, when Théoden, prior to the charge of the Rohirrim, effectively tells his men, "You wanna live forever? I thought not! Let's go kill some bad guys and get our throats cut!" See Northern Heroism under Mythology below.
      Théoden: Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered - a sword day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now! Ride now! Ride! Ride to ruin, and the world's ending! Death! Death! DEATH! FORTH ÉORLINGAS!
    • And from that same scene, a very short but very powerful speech from Éowyn to Merry.
      Éowyn: "Courage, Merry. Courage for our friends.
    • And from Aragorn at the final battle:
      Aragorn: Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand! Men! of the West!
    • Arguably, he says all of that again, with greater eloquence and impact, just a moment after he's done with the speech above; when he quietly says to the Hobbits "For Frodo."
    • Likewise from The Two Towers:
      Théoden: Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath! Now for ruin! And a red dawn! FORTH ÉORLINGAS!
    • Sean Astin from Two Towers on is an absolute master of these speeches.
      Frodo: "I can't do this, Sam."
      Sam: "I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand! I know now! Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't! They kept going! Because they were holding on to something."
      Frodo: "What are we holding onto, Sam?"
      Sam: "That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!"
  • Lampshaded, sort of, in Major League II. Beloved manager Lou Brown is talking to head coach Jake Taylor while lying in a hospital bed, scheduled for heart surgery first thing in the morning. Taylor promises Brown that the team will "win this one for you", referring to that night's decisive playoff game. Brown sits up and warns him "not to give one of those corny 'Let's Win It For Lou' speechs". Guess what Taylor does, with loads of Narm and not a shred of visible guilt.
  • Master and Commander: "This Ship is England..."
  • Bill Murray's terrific "it just doesn't matter" rant in Meatballs roused the entire camp to victory, even while emphasizing the superiority of their opponents and underscoring the pointlessness of the game.
  • The locker room speech from Miracle:
    Coach Herb Brooks: If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world. I'm sick and tired of hearing what a great hockey team the Soviets have! Screw 'em! This is your time! Now go out there and take it!
    • USA! USA!
  • Subverted in Muppet Treasure Island, when the rat with the toothpick-sized sword tries to put his life on the line and stand up to Long John Silver, but fails miserably:
    Jim Hawkins: "Kill Captain Smollett and you'll have to kill me."
    Gonzo: "Kill Jim and you'll have to kill me!"
    Squire Trelawney: "Kill Gonzo and you'll have to kill me! (to his imaginary friend) Oh, and you too, Mr. Bimbo!"
    Rizzo the Rat: "Kill Mr. Bimbo and the bear, and you'll have to, um... negotiate strenuously!"
  • Played nearly straight in Mystery Men. "Or will I eat this sandwich?"
  • Jason has a minor one to convince his friends to solve a murder in Mystery Team.
  • In Napoléon, the title character gives one to his troops before the Battle of Montenotte.
  • Newsies has a pretty epic one at the point when everything has fallen and the Newboys felt they had been betrayed by Cowboy and abandoned by Denton. You can watch it here. It is delivered as a pamphlet rather than a speech.
  • The movie version of On the Town has Claire, Hildy and Ivy giving speeches to the police passionately justifying their actions as just doing their patriotic duty to the Navy.
  • Pacific Rim: Marshal Stacker Pentecost gives one at the climax, just before the final, last-ditch attempt to seal the Breach and stop all future Kaiju attacks.
    "Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today, there's not a man or woman in here who shall stand alone. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door and take the fight to them! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse!"
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    "Then what shall we die for? Now you will listen to me... LISTEN! The Brethren will still be looking here, to us, to the Black Pearl to lead. And what will they see? Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No. No, they will see free men! And freedom! And what the enemy will see, they will see the flash of our cannons, they will hear the ring of our swords, and they will know what we can do! By the sweat of our brows, and the strength of our backs, and the courage of our hearts! Gentlemen...hoist the colors."
    • Barbossa gets one in On Stranger Tides, acknowledging the very real danger of where they're going (Whitecap Bay), but gets the men rallied by saying:
    "Are we not King's Men? I did not notice any fear in the hearts of the Spanish as they passed us by. So I ask you: are we not King's Men?!"
  • The movie The Replacements (2000) plays with this. The quarterback calls for the last huddle and specifically states that he's not good with the type of speeches they're expecting, so he just makes a one-liner. It seems to be more motivational that if he'd actually tried making the speech.
    • Played straight earlier in the film with coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman), where he tells the players to take their fear of failure and put it into the other team.
  • Subverted and played straight (in that order) in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, where a Rousing Speech by Robin (done in the style of Winston Churchill) bores the villagers to tears, by a Rousing Speech done by Achoo (bless you!) in the style of Malcolm X succeeds.
  • The locker room speech before the seniors' final game in Rudy.
    Coach Dan Devine: No one—and I mean, no one—comes into our house and pushes us around.
  • A surrealistic variant occurs in the big fight scene at the end of The Rundown, where the Scottish pilot, in the midst of a battle, sits down and puts his feet up and has one of the villagers get him a beer. While Beck is pinned down. He then recents the trope name in a weirdly fascinating tone, and adds a couple of religious allusions as well, at which point Beck breaks his "no guns" rule and goes to town.
    • He's reciting a poem. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" by Dylan Thomas. The name speaks for itself; it's a Rousing Speech in poem format.
      • It gets even more surreal than that. Imagine a guy reciting that poem in a Celtic accent so thick you could break lumber across it. Then having have him conclude that recitation with "boom shakalaka!" when the guy unleashes his guns.
  • In Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino gives a speech in defense of a prep school student threatened with expulsion if he won't reveal the culprits behind a prank. You can see the whole thing here, but here's a highlight:
    Headmaster Trask: Sir, you're out of order.
    Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Out of order, I show you out of order. You don't know what out of order is, Mr. Trask. I'd show you, but I'm too old, I'm too tired, I'm too fuckin' blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a FLAMETHROWER to this place! Out of order? Who the hell do you think you're talkin' to? I've been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn't nothin' like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are... executin' his SOUL! And why? Because he's not a Bairdman. Bairdmen. You hurt this boy, you're gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are out there, FUCK YOU TOO!
  • Serenity contains two versions of this trope: Once after The Operative destroys the group's safe havens, and once after the secret is found out. The latter is punctuated by Mal's Catch-Phrase, "I aim to misbehave".
    Mal: You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all came to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. 'Cause as sure as I know anything, I know this: they will try again. Maybe on another world. Maybe on this very ground, swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... (looks directly at River) better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.
  • Near the end of Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White rallies the Duke's soldiers with a Rousing Speech before they attack the queen's castle.
  • As a whole, Dan Aykroyd seems to like these kinds of speeches. Spies Like Us also features a rousing speech given by Karen Boyer (played by Donna Dixon) to Austin Millbarge (Dan) and Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) just as they're prepared to pack up and go home rather than face the Russians and their Fantastic Nuke. Karen busts their chops, and tells them she's been preparing for this mission for months and even had to bury her partner that day, after the Russians killed him, and she's not about to let it all be for nothing.
  • Star Trek: First Contact: Picard's "The line must be drawn here!" speech (though partial subversion, as this move ultimately has more to do with Picard's personal relationship with the Borg than with the importance of doing what's right).
  • Used memorably in the Street Fighter movie when Guile decides to shirk his (more weaksauce than usual) Allied Nations orders and lead his strike force against Bison as originally planned.
    Guile: "Troopers! I have just received new orders. Our superiors say the war is canceled, and we can all go home. Bison is getting paid off for his crimes, and our friends who have died here... will have died for nothing. But... we can all go home. Meanwhile, ideals like peace, freedom, and justice... they get packed up. But... we can all go home. Well... I'm not going home. I'm gonna get on my boat, and I'm going up-river, and I'm going to kick that son-of-a-bitch Bison's ass so HARD... that the next Bison wanna-be is gonna FEEL it. Now who wants to go home... and who wants to go with ME?!"
  • Another great Bill Murray example in Stripes. Having lost their sergeant temporarily to an artillery accident, the platoon of army privates stays up all night studying for their march display the next day. Despondent, they begin to give up until Murray launches into a speech about the stick-to-it attitude of Americans:
    Cut it out! Cut it out! Cut it out! The hell's the matter with you? Stupid! We're all very different people. We're not Watusi. We're not Spartans. We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts! Here's proof: his nose is cold! But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt. Who saw "Old Yeller?" Who cried when Old Yeller got shot at the end? I cried my eyes out. So we're all dogfaces, we're all very, very different, but there is one thing that we all have in common: we were all stupid enough to enlist in the Army. We're mutants. There's something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us - we're soldiers. But we're American soldiers! We've been kicking ass for 200 years! We're 10 and 1! Now we don't have to worry about whether or not we practiced. We don't have to worry about whether Captain Stillman wants to have us hung. All we have to do is to be the great American fighting soldier that is inside each one of us. Now do what I do, and say what I say. And make me proud!
  • Mercilessly played for laughs in Team America: World Police, when Gary convinces the audience to rise up against Kim-Jong Il by with a rousing speech about naughty bits.
    Lisa: You had me at dicks fuck assholes.
  • In Trading Places, Winthorpe gives a pep talk before going into the Exchange building:
    Louis Winthorpe III: Think big, think positive, never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That's the other guy's problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series - they don't know what pressure is. In this building, it's either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners. One minute you're up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don't go to college and they've repossessed your Bentley. Are you with me?
    Billy Ray Valentine: Yeah, we got to kill the motherf... - we got to kill 'em!
  • In one of the Transformers films, Optimus gives a speech on their obligation to help the humans, before they do the car equivalent of the Power Walk. The Decepticons have a team-up montage at the same time, so you know it's on.
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans has Lucien's magnificent speech, rallying his fellow slaves to rebel against the vampires:
    Lucien: Is this what you want? To be their entertainment, their playthings, their pets? Cowering under their whip and then fighting among ourselves. Is this what you want? I've lived by their rules my entire life. I've protected them. envied them. And for what? To be treated like an animal? We are not animals! We do have a choice! We can choose to be more than this! We can be slaves... or we can be... LYCANS!
  • Jordan Belfort's speech in The Wolf of Wall Street where he welshes on his deal with the SEC to leave the firm and the securities business in exchange for pleading guilty to a few violations of their regulations.
  • Of all people, Wolverine gives one of these to the X-Men just before the team heads out to the final battle in X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes is a Rousing Speech constructed by cutting together parts of famous monologues from many films (most of them Rousing Speeches in themselves).

  • In Ruled Britannia, Shakespeare's entire play of the story of Boudicca, the final two lines of which inspire his audience to rise up and throw out the Spanish occupiers:
    "No epilogue here, unless you make it;
    If you want your freedom, go and take it."
  • The unnamed U.S. President (implied to be Colin Powell) in World War Z gives one of these with a less then lukewarm reception. It still gets the job done.
  • Tyrion Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire gets a few of these. They may not be masterpieces, but since he's a dwarf, the fact that he makes the effort at all is nothing less than phenomenal.
    • Consider also he was doing this for people who hated his guts, treated him like garbage, and lopped off his nose for his trouble in saving their sorry asses...
  • Subverted in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow when Bonzo is out to kill Ender and Bean gives a speech about how anyone who's against Ender is on the Buggers' side. When he finishes, someone tells him Ender's alone and Bonzo and his gang are already after him.
  • Parodied in Robert Graves's I, Claudius, where Claudius meets historians Livy and Pollio. Pollio criticizes Livy for writing that generals gave rousing speeches before battles, and tells that Julius Caesar before the decisive battle with Pompey (where Pollio was present) didn't do anything of the sort; instead, he did funny skits involving a radish. In the sequel, Claudius The God, Claudius gives a similar speech before an important battle in Britain (without a radish though).
  • Spoofed repeatedly by Cleolinda Jones, author of Movies in 15 Minutes, who enjoys using the titular poem as a substitute for inspirational moments in the movies she parodies. Of note is the spoof of Independence Day, when the President begins to give his speech... and then, seeing that his audience doesn't get it, switches to a more contemporary reference - Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".
  • Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time has the Aiel oath:
    Till shade is gone, till water is gone
    Into the Shadow with teeth bared
    Screaming defiance with the last breath
    To spit in Sightblinder's eye on the last day.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld, naturally enough, plays with this trope in a variety of ways.
    • In Lords and Ladies, Shawn Ogg attempts and fails to give a St. Crispin's Day speech, after which his mother calmly informs the unimpressed crowd that anyone who doesn't follow him will have her to deal with.
    • Nanny also uses one of these to enlist the aid of the Elf king, after a fashion - except she only means for humanity to not go gentle into that good night. In helping her he's merely ensuring that there'll be room for him on the day they do, when finally even the iron in the head is rusty.
    • In Jingo Carrot leads his small group against two battling armies with the cry "If we succeed, no-one will remember! And if we fail, no-one will forget!" (double subverted in that they're still behind him). We are told of the only worse attempt, General Pidley's famous 'Let's all get our throats cut, boys'
    • In Interesting Times Rincewind gives a passionate speech against the concept, claiming the leaders making such speeches are usually the only ones with decent armour.
    • In The Last Hero the heroes who are going to the Hub to intercept Cohen have patches made up with a slogan in actually rather good Latin: Morituri Nolumus Mori. Rincewind thought them up. With something between amusement and disdain, Lord Vetinari prompts him to translate: "We who are about to die, don't want to." (literally, "{the}About-To-Die We-Do-Not-Want To-Die")
    • Night Watch also parodies Braveheart by taking the most remembered line—"They may take our lives", etc.—and having people react to it as if the speaker had just said something profoundly stupid. It does turn out be literally true for Reg Shoe, who is the one who used it.
      • On the other hand, Night Watch also included two example of Vimes playing this completely straight- first during the 'Keel and the Line' scene where he tells his men that their duty is simply to keep the peace and keep as many people from getting hurt as possible, and again later when Carcer and the palace guard are trying to kill him when his men are already resolved to following him to the death, so he simply tells them that it's important that they win because if they don't, things will be very bad. That's pure Sam Vimes.
    • In Wyrd Sisters, Hwel, the dramatist, thinks that Tomjon, who's the greatest actor in the world, could make a bunch of drunkards in a pub to storm the Patrician's palace by giving a speech - and they'd probably succeed.
    • Played straight in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents when Darktan is about to lead a counterattack against the mysterious menace lurking under the town.
      There's something new down here. Something that no one's ever seen before. Something tough. Something strong. Something fearsome. Something new. Something sudden. And it's you.
  • In J. K. Rowling's first three Harry Potter books, Gryffindor Quidditch captain Oliver Wood was fond of these. His team, not so much.
  • Played with in Raiders of Gor, where Tarl/Bosk manages it with a few lines and a Rousing Rock. ("It is the Home Stone of Port Kar.... If you wish it, it shall be so.")
  • Yukiko gave one in the epilogue to Stormdancer.
  • Both King Théoden and Aragorn in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, prior to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The speech Théoden gave in the movie, however, is given by Éomer in the novel, in despair after he sees Éowyn wounded.
    • The Tolkien metal band Battlelore based the song The Great Gathering off of a Rousing Speech for the Last Alliance of Men, Elves and Dwarves.
      • One of the speeches is a subversion known by some fans as the "Let's All Go and Get Killed" speech. Namely Éomer's speech when he sees Théoden and his sister fallen, believes both are dead, is surrounded buy a bunch of oliphants, together with his whole army, and his solution is to lead a suicide charge at the enemy, much to the dismay of Imrahil who was coming to support him with the Knights of Dol Amroth. Luckily the Cavalry doesn't get Abandoned By The Cavalry, and Aragorn saves their ass.
  • In The Silmarillion, Fëanor manages to convince almost all of the Noldor to boldly go where no elf has gone before.
    • Subverted with his sons Celegorm and Curufin. They too are great orators -their speeches are compared to Fëanor's-, but they manage to convince a whole city not to follow their king, and make them so afraid that they refuse to go into open battle until a few decades later.
  • Commissar Genadey Novobazky delivers one of these at the end of the Warhammer 40,000 Gaunt's Ghosts novel His Last Command. Colonel Wilder, Novobazky and A Company of the 81/1st (Recon) stay behind during the retreat from Sparshad Mons to fight a rearguard action and allow Imperial forces to withdraw from the city before it gets bombarded from orbit. This example is a Bolivian Army Ending. We never see what happens, but there are only two possible outcomes. The Belladon either get slaughtered by the Blood Pact, or vaporised by the orbital bombardment.
    • It's also a convenient way for Gaunt to get command of the regiment again. Wilder is out of the picture, and most of the Belladon soldiers are dead.
  • The Novel We Few by John Ringo and David Weber is named after the Saint Crispian's day speech. Much thought is given to the problems when a King establishes a great deal of personal loyalty by surviving a Bolivian Army Ending with his own troops.
    "The safety of the Empire? Admiral, I'm sworn to serve the Empire, we both are, but I serve Master Rog. We all do. You'd have to have been there to understand. He's not... who he was. None of us are. We're Prince Roger's Own. Period. They call aides 'dog-robbers' because they'll rob a dog of its bone, if that's what the admiral wants. We're... we're pig-robbers. We'll steal slop, if that's what Roger wants. Or conquer the Caravaz 'I don't know where I'll be then, Doc,' he said, 'But I won't smell too good, that's for sure.' an Empire. Or set him up as a pirate king. Maybe Pahner wasn't that way, maybe he fought for the Empire, even to the last. But the rest of us are, we few who survive. We're Roger's dogs. And if he wants to save the Empire, well, we'll save the Empire. And if he'd told me to come in here and assassinate you, well, Admiral, you'd be dead."
  • Another novel by David Weber, coauthored by Steve White, Crusade, has a corrupt alien religion based around the "Holy Mother Terra". The main headquarters of this religion on the alien home planet has been targeted for invasion/destruction by the Terran fleet that's laboriously fought its way through several other conquered systems, because capturing it will open a small hole in the planetary defenses, allowing the Terrans to force terms of peace. The problem? Said base has been constructed into a mountain, under two hundred meters of rock, the ground defenses are forty kilometers deep, there's four fighter squadrons based there, and countless rocket launchers, anti-shuttle weapons, minefields, auto-cannon, pillboxes, and mortar pits. It's described as being not so much a fortress as a weapon designed to drown the attackers in their own blood. The icing on the cake? A two hundred megaton suicide charge underneath the base proper. The reply from the back row, after all this has been explained to the troops?
    "Question, Commander. What do we do after lunch?"
    • This book also features a very different kind of speech from the old and wizened Admiral, where he convinces the Terran Navy's High Command not to exterminate the religious fanatics entirely.
  • In Lords of the Bow, Genghis Khan gives a very impressive speech after gathering the steppe tribes together, which motivates them to cross the Gobi desert and attack the Chinese nations.
  • In Russell Kirk's novel A Creature Of The Twilight, Manfred Arcane gives his army of African Traditionalists a tour de force plaigiaring everyone from Napoleon ("Men of Kalidu, the centuries look down upon you!") to Kennedy.
  • From the Able Team (spin-off of The Executioner series) novel Ironman.
    "He had village assemblies. Set up loudspeakers. Preached 'beans and bullets'. The duty of the people to the nation. The evil of neutrality. The evil of communism. Promised schools and electricity. New roads. Should have saved his breath."
    "Everyone knew the facts. Fight or get shit on."
  • Used by Roran in the Inheritance Cycle to the entire village of Carvahall in order to persuade them to abandon the town and join the Varden in Surda. Subverted later on when the town needs to steal a boat. They turn to Roran, expecting another rousing speech, but he simply delivers the One-Liner "It's either this or walk," and goes to sleep.
  • In the League of Peoples 'Verse novel Expendable, the drunken old former Explorer Phylar Tobit manages to get a bunch of indolent aliens to help him out by firing them up with a rousing speech (which he then admits to loosely translating from Henry V).
  • Wedge Antilles gives one in Starfighters of Adumar, before launching the united Adumari nation. The Adumari hat is Proud Warrior Race Guy, but that just gets them killed, so he speaks about keeping their minds on the task at hand, not on glory. Before he starts, he thinks that he's not one of those people who needs a rousing speech to fight at his best, and he's a little iffy on the idea of someone who does.
    • He also said something in Iron Fist before the Wraiths started a particularly important mission.
    "I'm not going to give you some sort of stirring, half-witted speech about why we're here. They're for crowds, not for fighter pilots."
  • François Villon in If I Were King:
    "Herald of Burgundy, in God's name and the king's, I bid you go back to your master and say this: Kings are great in the eyes of their people, but the people are great in the eyes of God, and it is the people of France who answer you in the name of this epitome. The people of Paris are not so poor of spirit that they fear the croak of the Burgundian ravens. We are well victualled, we are well armed; we lie snug and warm behind our stout walls; we laugh at your leaguer. But when we who eat are hungry, when we who drink are dry, when we who glow are frozen, when there is neither bite on the board nor sup in the pitcher nor spark upon the hearth, our answer to rebellious Burgundy will be the same. You are knocking at our doors, beware lest we open them and come forth to speak with our enemy at the gate. We give you back defiance for defiance, menace for menace, blow for blow. This is our answer—this and the drawn sword. God and St. Denis for the King of France!"
  • Robert "Bobby" Pendragon in Pendragon 10: The Soldiers of Halla, before the final fight, says "This is the beginning of a new history... The way it was meant to be."
  • In James Swallow's Deus Sanguinius, at the climax, Rafen gives a rousing speech, reminding his fellow Blood Angels that their primarch died at the hands of Chaos and calling on them to renounce their allegiance to the false Reborn Angel.
  • Subverted in Chesapeake by James Michener. John Smith (the one that was linked with Pocahontas) sends his men out with a few orders. They come back, having been utterly victorious, and he writes it up in his diary with a rousing speech at the beginning that never happened.
  • Jiaan gives one at the end of Fall of a Kingdom, the first book in the Farsala Trilogy. The entire deghan army has just been destroyed, leaving Farsala with no defenders, and he only speaks a few lines, but we can assume they work. By the next book, he has assembled a ragtag but effective army.
  • Deeba gives one in Chapter 81 of Un Lun Dun.
  • Tavi gets an amazing one to his entire country via watercrafting in First Lord's Fury of the Codex Alera series.
  • In The Pale King, one is given by a substitute teacher on the final review day of the Advanced Tax class. It motivates Chris to clean up his life.
    • Gentlemen, you are called to account.
  • Sharpe
    "You don't see a battle. You hear it. Black powder blasting by the ton on all sides. Black smoke blinding you and choking you and making you vomit. Then the French come out of the smoke - not in a line, but in a column. And they march towards our thin line, kettledrums hammering like hell and a golden eagle blazing overhead. They march slowly, and it takes them a long time to reach you, and you can't see them in smoke. But you can hear the drums. They march out of the smoke, and you fire a volley. And the front rank of the column falls, and the next rank steps over them, with drums hammering, and the column smashes your line like a hammer breaking glass... and Napoleon has won another battle. But if you don't run - if you stand until you can smell the garlic, and fire volley after volley, three rounds a minute - then they slow down. They stop. And then they run away. All you've got to do is stand, and fire three rounds a minute. Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?"
  • Dracula contains a speech from the Count himself. Though the context is wrong for this trope, the content is certainly worthy of a particularly good one. Plus, after the discovery that Dracula used to be a human lord who was also a great general, one can very easily imagine him giving a true Rousing Speech that could have said many of the same things.
  • Alfred the Great in Bernard Cornwell's The Pale Horseman before the Battle of Ethandun. It starts out as a typical (for Alfred) homily to God to grant victory, but Alfred quickly remembers Uhtred's advice and changes this to a speech appealing to his warriors' desire to kill as many Danes as possible.
  • In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Beezelbub gives one to the fallen angels just after the fall, concluding, "Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n." and they are abashed and stand.
  • In Hugo's Les Misérables, the men at the barricade of the Rue de Chanvrerie are aware they will probably not get out of it alive. That doesn't stop Enjolras from giving a speech about progress and a more idealistic republic. The speech literally takes up one chapter of the book.
  • In Julie Kagawa's The Iron Queen, when Glitch and the others are about to hide from the false king again, Meghan gives a speech to inspire them to fight. Puck even calls it a rousing speech.
  • Hero of Ages: Elend delivers one in full Determined Defeatist style. He asks his men to fight even though there's absolutely no question that they will die if they do. He says that every second they're able to keep going is a second longer the people they're protecting will stay alive.
  • Of Fear and Faith: North delivers one to a group of haggard soldiers at the end of one chapter. It works out well for him and the soldiers, as they finally agree to escape alongside North and his party from the hellhole they've been refusing to leave, but it doesn't go as well for Phenix, who feels like a complete failure after three straight chapters of trying and failing to do the same thing, only to have North come in and rally them all in a second.
  • In Jeramey Kraatz's The Cloak Society, Guardian, though incapable of coherent speech after years in the Gloom, is capable of communicating with the others trapped there. He touches the Rangers' starburst on his tattered uniform, and the two other superheroes get up to help get others to safety, so the gestures apparently were this.
  • At the climax of The Ballad of the White Horse, Alfred's army is routing, his heroes are dead, and the enemy has given up chasing them to just loot, sacrificing all discipline to do. This is the trigger for him failing to give into despair and instead making an epic rousing speech, starting with, "Brothers in arms, on *this* side lies the foe," before turning into a speech that amounts to "we'll die whatever we do, so let's kill a lot of them before we do." It works.
  • The Hunger Games: In Catching Fire Katniss makes a beautiful speech in District 11, about her ally Rue. Then in Mockingjay, she has a couple; Her "If we burn, you burn with us" speech implied to be received well, but when she tries to give one in the middle of a firefight in District 2, she gets shot.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Shallan gives a speech to a group of deserters that inspires them and reminds them of the men they could have been, causing them to go from planning to kill her to fighting for her.
  • Kings of the Wyld: Gabe gives one at the War Fair to convince every mercenary present—and therefore nearly all of the mercenaries in the world—to follow him through a portal to Castia to save the city and his daughter. And he gives this speech through a pinecone.
  • Near-future military thriller Victoria, chronicling a second American civil war, has several, for example that by General LeMieux before one of the decisive battles. Here is an excerpt:
    "What are we fighting for? Everything. Our lives, our families, our homes, our culture, and our God. If we lose, we lose all of them."

    Live Action TV 
  • Angel in the last two episodes.
  • Played with in the first episode of Generation Kill.
    Sgt. Maj. John Sixta:
    "Yo president... is watchin'! Amerike... is watchin. But more important... Godfather is watchin'. There will be no FUCK! UPS!"
    • Averted heavily with Encino Man's speech in episode 4. He tries to use the loss of a supply truck (which was lost due to his own incompetence, taking with it most of the troops' food and a lot of weapons) to rally his men. It works out about as well as everything else he does.
      Encino Man: [The enemy] took your food from you. That's the important thing to remember. It was the enemy who stole your food from you and you should be really, really mad at them. Before we step off on this next mission, I'm reminding you of who your enemy is... the enemy.
  • Babylon 5 practically uses rousing speeches as motor fuel.
    • When Sheridan decided to attack Earth to get our government back.
    • "No more! NOT ON MY WATCH!"
    • "We can end this. Not just for now, not just for the next thousand years, but forever!"
    • Right before the Battle of the Line — the last, desperate battle in the Earth-Minbari war — the Earth President gives one.
      • The series likes to point out that this is humanity's trademark: Any other race gives in to despair, but humans fight to the end.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) has a lot of these, as you can imagine. Most of them go to Commander (and later, Admiral) Adama, but a notable one goes to Colonel Saul Tigh - not usually the guy you look to for reassurance - in the season two opener, "Scattered". Adama is lying in sickbay, with two bullets in his chest, and the Galactica has apparently lost the rest of the Fleet after a jump. Tigh admits that "This is Bill Adama's command. His orders are still the word of the Gods on board this ship. Just so we're clear. This will be Adama's command until the day he dies. And we are not going to let him die. So say we all." He then makes the call to network Galactica's computers together (something Bill would never do, and thus forcing him to deviate from his usual default setting of "follow Bill's lead").
    • Adama also does this after Earth is revealed to be just a nuked cinder in space.
  • The finale of Blackadder Goes Forth - the whole series is set in the trenches of World War One, so it has a more serious overtone than the preceding three seasons/series of Blackadder. At the end of the final episode, the characters admit they're scared, decide to follow their orders, leave their trench and charge into a hopeless battle, where they are shot dead. Probably.
    Blackadder "I'm afraid not. The guns have stopped because we're about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shell their own men. They think it's far more sporting to let the Germans do it."
    George "So we are in fact, going over? This is, as they say, 'it'? "
    Blackadder "Afraid so. Unless I can think of something very quickly..."
    From offscreen: "Company. One! Face, Forward!"
    Baldrick: "Why there's a nasty splinter on that ladder sir, a bloke could hurt himself on that!"
    From offscreen: "Company, stand ready!"
    Baldrick: "I have...a plan, sir."
    Blackadder: "Really Baldrick? A cunning and subtle one?"
    Baldrick: "Yes sir."
    Blackadder: "As cunning as a fox who was just appointed professor of Cunning at Oxford University?"
    Baldrick: "Yes sir."
    From offscreen: "On the signal, company will advance!"
    Blackadder: "Well I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here?"
    Whistle from offscreen
    Blackadder "...Good luck everyone."
  • The first episode of Blackadder has a parody, where Richard the Third gives a speech before the Battle of Bosworth Field which is largely cribbed from Henry V's speech in the eponymous play, with smaller speeches offered by Prince Harry and the future King Richard IV (played by BRIAN BLESSED)
    Harry: Now, I'm afraid there's going to have to be a bit of (unhappily) violence. (Brightly) But at least we all know its for a good cause.
  • Every single episode of Boston Legal. However, the cases they take on are so incredibly far-fetched, that, prior to each Rousing Speech, you can't help but thinking "How are they going to get out of that one?" Lampshaded in one episode where Shore actually brings a soapbox to court.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Just about one per season, along with a spectacular backfire or two in season 7.
    • Subverted in "Doomed" (Season 4, Episode 11): Spike's sudden unexpected outburst of enthusiasm for "fighting the good fight" (after he realized that the implanted behavioral modification chip didn't punish him for killing demons) meets with helpless silent protestation from Xander and Willow that, and after a long exhausting day of monster-slaying, Spike was blocking their view of the TV box. The irony of course lies in the fact that Spike is a vampire, and used to be Buffy's enemy until that point.
    What's this? Sittin' around watching the telly while there's evil still afoot? It's not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass! What? Can't go without your Buffy, is that it? Too chicken? Let's find her. She is the chosen one, after all. Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Let's annihilate them, for justice, and for... the safety of puppies... and Christmas, right? Let's fight that evil! Let's kill something! [Credits start running.] Oh, come on!
    • Subverted in "The Gift" (season 5), in which Buffy gives an unimpressive speech before the final battle, and Spike and Giles have the following exchange referencing Henry V:
    Buffy: Hey, everybody knows their jobs. Remember, the ritual starts, we all die. And I'll kill anyone who comes near Dawn.
    Spike: Well, not exactly the St. Crispin's Day speech, was it?
    Giles: (Wryly) "We few, we happy few..."
    Spike: We band of buggered.
    • The greatest has to be Buffy's speech to the Potentials in "Bring On The Night" where she declares war against the source of all evil.
    • Also occasionally lampshaded.
    Buffy: Hello! All I do is look at the big picture. The other day, I gave an inspirational speech to the telephone repair man.
    Giles: It takes more than rousing speeches to lead, Buffy.
  • Doctor Who contains a memorable one in the story 'Earthshock', in which the Doctor confronts the completely emotionless Cyberleader with the limitations of their existence, pointing out that small, beautiful things - which they cannot appreciate - are what make life worth living.
    • The Tenth Doctor takes control in "Voyage of the Damned" by stating he's going to save "your lives and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?"
    • How about Colonel Alan Mace's speech in front of the Atmos facility in "The Poison Sky"? The whole planet is covered in soon-to-be toxic gas, and there's an alien invasion underway, but he finds time to give his men a speech, before proceeding to kick the Sontarans' cloned asses back to space with a Airborne Aircraft Carrier
    Col. Mace: The Sontarans might think of us as primitive, as does every passing species with an axe to grind. They make a mockery of our weapons, our soldiers, our ideals, but no more. From this point on it stops. From this point on, the people of Earth fight back. And we show them, we show the warriors of Sontar what the human race can do.
    • Subversion: The Tenth Doctor starts a Rousing Speech "From the day they arrive on the planet and blinking, step into the sun, there is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than..." but abruptly stopps himself realizing that his speech was in fact a quote from The Lion King.
    • The Ninth Doctor was fond of a gentle, understated, individualised version of this. And unlike with Ten, it usually didn't involve himself but was solely aimed at building up the other's self-confidence. (Exception: the "World of Cardboard" Speech at the end of "Bad Wolf".) It had more impact because he could be quite cynical about humanity as a whole, whereas Ten sometimes seemed unrealistically idealistic in his constant gushing.
    Ninth Doctor: Right now, not very far from here, the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country after country, falling like dominoes. Nothing can stop it. Nothing. Until one, tiny, damp little island says 'no'. 'No'. Not here. A mouse in front of a lion. *smiles* You're amazing, the lot of you. Dunno what you do to Hitler, but you frighten the hell out of me. Off you go then... do what you've gotta do. Save the world.
  • Sent up with Buck Frobisher's "March 11th" speech in the final episode of Due South, which, while only truly appreciable onscreen, deserves to be reprinted in full:
    Frobisher: They have called this day the eleventh of March. And whom-so-ever of you gets through this day, unless you are shot in the head or somehow slain, you will stand a hipnal when e'er you hear the name again, and you will get excited at the name March the eleventh. We happy few, we few, we band of brothers our names will be as like household names. Those who are not here be they sleeping or doing something else, they will feel themselves - sort of crappy. Because they are not here to, to join the fight. On this day, March the eleventh!
  • While Farscape didn't have any speeches in the direct sense, a good portion of the final season had Crichton convincing his alien friends (and often himself) that this was the only course of action left: Stop running, make a stand, end this madness once and for all. In the final episode, Crichton goes back to Earth one last time, calls his father from the moon and tells him that he's sealing up the wormhole to Earth (to keep it safe from the Scarrans) and isn't coming back. The 'speech' ends with an endearing father/son moment.
    Jack:"You tell my grandkids about me."
    John:"Ha, that's a no-brainer. They gotta know who my hero is."
    Jack:"You're going to find, when you have your own, you want them to surpass you. Be better. Climb higher. I guess if that's the measure, I'm the greatest Dad on Earth."
    John:"I love you, Dad."
    Jack:"You're the heart and soul of my life, son. I love you."
    John:(with a definite tone of finality)"Goodbye."
  • Lexx: "Brigadoom". Usually cowardly Stan delivers the relevant speech, with the One-Liner delivered as the last line of a song: "If this should be our final stand / Then we stand together with pride / We will honor the past / And fight to the last / It will be a good way to die."
  • Common two or three episodes before the finale to any season of Power Rangers.
    • In the season finale of Power Rangers in Space, there's an interesting (and plain ol' inspirational) variant, where resident bumbling comic relief characters Bulk and Skull declare that everyone in the crowd full of unarmed civilians facing down a superpowered alien threat is a Power Ranger themselves, and that they'll fight the aliens without the "real" Power Rangers show up, because they're just that heroic. The real Rangers do come, but not before Bulk and Skull deliver an Ensemble Dark Horse kind of ass-kicking.
    • A similar variant happens in the finale of Power Rangers S.P.D.. The Ranger team has been captured by Emperor Grumm, and Grumm is making a final assault on SPD headquarters. Boom, an academy washout who works as the resident guinea pig for new Ranger gear, stands up and tells the demoralized cadets that he will stay and fight. Not because he thinks that they'll win, but because that's what Power Rangers do.
    • Jason delivers a pretty good one in Green With Evil, rallying the Rangers to not give up in spite of their losses. Tommy gives a speech to in the third season about even if Ninjor won't give them the Ninja Powers, they're still Rangers at heart, and Zedd can never take that away. They'll keep on fighting to protect the world. This is the confirmation Ninjor needs that they are indeed truly heroic.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • "Out of Time". Shocked at the decadent attitude of their future selves, the crew refuse to hand over the Time Drive to them, and are delivered an ultimatum: hand it over or be destroyed.
    Rimmer: Do we have any chance of winning?
    Kryten: Their craft is greatly upgraded. We have no chance whatsoever.
    Rimmer: Then I say fight.
    Kryten: (shocked) Sir?
    Rimmer: Better dead than smeg.
    Lister: All right! Cat?
    Cat: Better dead than sofa-sized butt.
    Lister: Kryten?
    Kryten: Better anything than that toupee!
    • Red Dwarf X, breaking news: Rimmer grows a spine. The other three are so shocked at this that he has to carry on shouting for a bit until it sinks in.
  • Star Trek: Whenever a Klingon is around for one of these, he gets the Catch-Phrase, "Today is a good day to die."
    • Facing an overwhelming Klingon force in an alternate timeline, The Next Generation's captain gives the speech, ending,
    Picard: "Let us make sure history never forgets... the name... Enterprise."
    • In the Deep Space Nine episode "Sacrifice of Angels", the Federation manages to retake the eponymous space station - partly because of Sisko's Rousing Speech to the Prophets:
    Sisko: (...) We all know that's exactly what's going to happen if the Dominion takes over the Alpha Quadrant!...You say you don't want me to sacrifice my life - well FINE! Neither do I. You want to be gods? Then BE gods!...I need a miracle. Bajor needs a miracle...STOP THOSE SHIPS!!!"
    • Deep Space Nine: Having failed to succeed militarily, Damar gives a rousing speech to Cardassian civilians calling for them to revolt against the Dominion. It works.
    • One Deep Space Nine episode had:
    Omet'iklan: I am First Omet'iklan, and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We got into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember, Victory is Life!
    Assembled Jem'Hadar: Victory is Life!
    O'Brien: I am Chief Miles Edward O'Brien. I'm very much alive and I intend to stay that way!
    • Deep Space Nine S2 episode The Siege had this one, given by a reluctant war hero coming to embrace his role:
    Li Nalas: "Where are you running to? This is Bajor. We are Bajorans. We fought a war to regain our homeland, how can you abandon it like frightened Cardassian voles? These ships are for our guests, who must leave because it is no longer safe for them here! However, we are Bajorans, and I say that we stay and we solve our own problems together. Are you willing to join me?"
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun episode "36! 24! 36! Dick!". After a group of hot Venusian women fail in their plot to steal everything of value from Earth, Dick cheers them up by telling them how they can make something of their lives by becoming supermodels.
  • Quoted and used as the theme in an episode of Titus. It involved getting closer to death to make you feel alive. "Erin makes me not want to splatter myself on the rocks. Great! Now I'm boring!"
  • In Torchwood, medic Owen Harper, trapped in a nuclear bunker which will shortly fill with radiation, begins to shout and run around and smash things, insisting that he will "rage his way to oblivion". He stops, though- it wasn't accomplishing anything except hurting Tosh's feelings.
  • Dramatic example: The West Wing: "Shutdown", when President Bartlet decides to stand up to Congress (also a He's Back moment). The speech was more impressive, but the context less seasons earlier when something similar happened in "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet", which employed a One-Liner Echo with "I serve at the pleasure of the President."
  • Firefly ruthlessly subverts this in the pilot episode, where Mal delivers a quick, rousing speech to his troops, only to have one of them clam up in terror, another gets killed while trying to call in air support, and at the end of the entire scene, The Cavalry pulls out and Command says they need to surrender, and the Alliance comes in to obliterate the entire Independent army, utterly crushing both the Browncoats and Mal's spirit. And the last surviving non-Zoe guy he gave the speech to is shot while Mal is in his Heroic BSoD.
  • Peter gives one to his fellow mutants superhumans "people with abilities" when they're being pursued by the government in the Heroes episode "Trust and Blood."
  • Subverted in the season 5 premiere of Supernatural. Dean delivers a rousing-yet-typically-Dean speech to Sam and Bobby about how, in this apocalyptic and collateral damage-heavy war between Lucifer and the angels, they're gonna win the war for humanity... only, once Bobby is out of earshot, Dean admits to Sam that he was just talking shit to keep Bobby's spirits up, and they don't have a chance in hell of winning.
    • Sam gives an epic one in the penultimate episode of Season 12, to rally the other American hunters for a showdown with the British Men of Letters:
    Sam: I called you here because people, um, our people are being slaughtered and we're next. The British Men of Letters -— they came here because they thought they could do our job better than we could. And they helped us with their flashy gear and their tech. Most of you had the good sense to turn them down. They said they wanted the same thing we wanted, you know? A world free of monsters. That's not what they really wanted. They want control. They wanna live in a world where they can sit in some office and decide who gets to live and who gets to die. And they've killed people, they've killed innocent people, just because they got in the way. They think the ends justify the means, but we know better. We know hunting isn't just about killing. It's about doing what's right, even when it's hard. So we go by our gut, right? We play by our own rules. And that scares them. That's why they want us dead—because we're the one thing they can't control.
    Roy: So what do you want from us?
    Sam: I want you to follow me. Take the fight to them, to hit them before they hit us. We go in fast and hard and we fight. And we beat them down until they give up or until they're dead. Look, they are well-trained and well-armed; some of us might not make it back. But we will win. We will take down the bad guys because that's what we do. They're scared of us -— yeah, good. They should be.
  • On The Daily Show John Oliver cuts off Jon Stewart's mockery of a British politican using public funds to clean his moat to deliver a grand speech about the pride the British take in their moats, no matter how they're funded. A lampshade is properly hung:
    Jon Stewart: You're going Richard II on us?
    John Oliver: F—k yeah, strap in!
  • Abby likes to deliver these on Survivors, especially when her groups cohesion is hanging by a shred.
  • In Merlin, Arthur, being the future King Arthur, occasionly gets to do a Rousing Speech. The first example of this is to the villagers in The Moment of Truth, and the best so far has to be the one he gives to the soon-to-be Knights of the Round Table in The Coming of Arthur, part two.
    • Arthur's best speech may be the last on the show, in 5x12. Watch it here.
    Arthur: Tonight...we do battle. Tonight we end this war, we end a war as old as the land itself. War against tyranny, greed, and spite. Not all will greet the dawn, some will live, some will die. But each and every one of you fights with honour, and with pride. For not only do we fight for our lives, we fight for the future. The future of Camelot. The future of Albion. The future of the united kingdoms. [He lifts Excalibur into the air.] For the love of Camelot!
  • Robin Hood loves doing that, some of which are also episode titles, such as "Will You Tolerate This?" and "We Are Robin Hood".
  • On Community when something needs to get done, Jeff usually relies on one of these to rally the study group. In fact Jeff uses this trope so much it could be called "Winger Speech" in his honour.
    Troy: Citizens of Blanketsburg, I ask you now, to prepare for war. And I ask Garrett, to please fix the microphone on my laptop. It's doing that thing again!
  • Stargate SG-1 has a notable subversion of this trope in "The Serpent's Lair":
    O'Neill: I suppose now is the time for me to say something profound. [pauses] Nothing comes to mind. Let's do it.
  • What happens when one person writes the Rousing Speech, and somebody else ends up reading it out (from The Legend of Dick and Dom)
    Prince Dick:Be brave, Blah Blah Blah, never take our freedom, blah blah blah, two lemons, a pint of milk and some loo roll, blah blah blah, zero chance of success- don't read that bit out, blah blah blah, good luck. Let's go!
    Audience: Yaaaay!
  • In Game of Thrones:
    • Theon Greyjoy gives one when defending Winterfell from an army of northerners with his 20 men. Subverted, as when he is finished, one of his soldiers knocks him out, because they've been planning to surrender and still are.
    Soldier 1: Thought he'd never shut up.
    Soldier 2: It was a good speech. Didn't want to interrupt.
    • Tyrion Lannister gives a particularly cynical (and accurate) one during a desperate moment of the battle for the Mud Gate, but it works:
      Tyrion: Don't fight for the king. Don't fight for his kingdoms. Don't fight for honor. Don't fight for glory. Don't fight for riches, because you won't get any. (background laughter) This is your city Stannis means to sack. That's your gate he's ramming. If he gets in, it will be your houses he burns. Your gold he steals. Your women he will rape. Those are brave men knocking at our door. *beat* Let's go kill them!
      I'll lead the attack... I'll lead the attack! They say I am half a man, but what does that make the lot of you?
    • Sandor's brief but memorable one to his men as he charges out of the gates at Blackwater.
    "Any man dies with a clean sword, I'l rape his fucking corpse!"
    • For succinct speeches, look no further than the one Stannis Baratheon gives at the Blackwater. It's rather short, but gets the job done.
    Stannis: Come with me and take this city!
    • The normally taciturn and quiet Grey Worm gives a short, simple but great one to motivate the slaves who are debating whether or not to turn on their masters in Meereen in "Oathkeeper":
      Grey Worm: (drops bag of weapons in front of slaves) This one is called Grey Worm. I was taken as a baby by the Masters of Astapor, raised and trained as Unsullied. Now I fight for Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains...there are three slaves in this city for every Master. No one can give you your freedom, brothers. If you want it, you must take it.
    • Alliser Thorne give one in "Watchers on the Wall" in order to rally the badly outnumbered Night's Watch against the attacking Wildlings:
    "Brothers! One hundred generations have held this castle. She's never fallen before. She will not fall tonight. Those are Thenns at our walls. They eat the flesh of the men they kill. Do you want to end up filling the belly of a Thenn tonight? [...] Tonight we fight! And when the sun rises, I promise you, Castle Black will stand! The Night's Watch will stand! With me now! Now, with me!"
    • Played for Laughs when Tyrion gives one to the hill tribes before battle in "Baelor", only get knocked unconscious and trampled on when they rush into battle.
    • Daenerys gives one to her khalasar. Reality Ensues when some choose to leave anyway.
  • In Teen Wolf the lacrosse coach always gives the speech from Independence Day before a big game. No one is quite sure why.
  • In The Thick of It, after Malcolm convinced the PM to call a snap election, both he and his opposite number, Cal "The Fucker" Richards give their own inspiring speeches. Cal's falls flat on it's face. Malcolm's? Well...
    Let's get out there, and let's fucking kill them, let's SET FIRE TO TEARS! Let's go!
  • In Retro Game Master, Arino puts on his living shame mask to give up the Ghouls 'n Ghosts challenge, only to receive a letter from a boy which encourages him to keep fighting.
  • Ash Morgan gives one about the beauty of football and what it means to Britain at the start of the Hustle episode "The Fall of Railton FC". It noticeably fails to inspire the rest of crew until he adds that it will also involve "Lolly. Lots of lolly".
  • In Frasier's mind EVERY speech and piece of advice he has given fits, but often other chracters will just tell him to be quiet. Sometimes played straight.
    • It's played especially straight in the last episode.
  • Rome. Julius Caesar shows how this is done when he needs to take his elite 13th Legion into Italy, an illegal act. First Caesar informs them the Senate has declared him a Public Enemy. His soldiers are shocked and outraged. He adds that by standing with him, the Senate is declaring all of them outlaws as well. Caesar then whips up their fervor by denouncing the treacherous attack by a thousand Pompey supporters on Marc Antony and the fifty 13th Legion men who were protecting him. Antony is standing there with blood on his face (which Caesar had instructed him not to wash off) as evidence of this. Caesar declares his intention to march on Rome and save it from these Corrupt Politicians who have such contempt for Roman values. The kicker comes when Caesar calls out Legionary Titus Pullo from the ranks and publicly rewards him with a bag of silver for killing the first attacker (ironically Pullo set the whole incident in motion, as his attacker had a personal grudge against him).
    Caesar: Are you with me, Titus Pullo? Will you come with me to Rome?
    Pullo: Yes... Yes sir! Certainly!
    Caesar: Titus Pullo is with me. And you — are you with me?!
    (Entire legion roars their assent)
  • Defiance:
    • At the climax of the pilot, Mayor Amanda gives one to rally the citizens of Defiance to stay and fight to protect their home from the Volge.
    • In the Season 3 episode "The Beauty Of Our Weapons", Nolan gives one to encourage the faltering citizens of Defiance to stand and face Rahm Tak's pending invasion of the town.
  • A rather twisted one from the the finale of The Librarians (2007), after Frances decides to stand up to Xavier Fisher over the cutbacks at the library, which would force her to fire three of the staff. The thing is, all of them were quite willing to be fired, each believing that they could find work elsewhere easier than the rest (and some of them were probably right). As such, her motive for taking action seems to be wanting them all to remain under her thumb if possible, since she wouldn't be able to get any satisfaction out of firing any of them - but none of them seem to pick up on this in the end.
    Frances: Gather round, everyone, please. I've made my decision. None of you will be vacating your position at the library.
    Neil: Are you going?
    Frances: No, I'm not going. Nobody's going.
    Christine: But Franny, how?
    Frances: None of you are leaving this library. I will not see one position, let alone three, discarded. You are highly-trained and highly-skilled... in your different ways, dedicated librarians ...and cleaners. I will not stand by for a moment longer while this library is undermined and its resources diminished. They think we can't do that for ourselves? Yes, the library is a drain on the public purse and, well, it should be because it's the public who use it - the... the students, the families, the elderly, the poor, the nutcases. I mean, where would the nutcases go if they didn't come in here to wee on our chairs while they read a big-print novel? Mr Fisher is not interested in anything that doesn't make money. Well, that's too bad, because the library is the last free public space and it's going to stay that way. I will not see a single member of my staff laid off to satisfy the corporate bullying of a government staffer. I do the bullying around here! You are librarians and, by God, you are going to stay librarians in this library!
    (The others rise and applaud her as she walks out.)
  • Legends of Tomorrow: In the Season 3 finale, Sara gives a brief one to the rest of the team and their allies just before the showdown with Mallus and his army.
    Sara: All right. We're facing an army of Romans, Vikings, and pirates. But you know what today is? Today is the day that we prove that Rip did not sacrifice his life in vain. And today is the day that we prove that we are NOT losers. And today... is the day that we earn the name "Legends."
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: Brandy gives one to Ash in "The Mettle of Man", doubling as Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    Brandy: Enough! I don't know much about this Evil Dead crap, and I know even less about why it chose you, but it did. You're the Savior of Humanity, so get on your damn feet and own up to who you are! In the short time that I have known you, I have seen things that I never thought existed. Seen you do things that I never thought possible. You taught me to trust you. You taught me to believe in you, and I do. Please, don't let me down now.

  • The Robert Burns song Scots Wha Hae is written as a fictional Rousing Speech given by Robert the Bruce before the Battle Of Bannockburn. It also acts as a rousing speech for the radicals and Scottish nationalists of Burns' day, invoking (arguably anachronistic) ideas of liberty and national self-determination.
    • The song, particularly the opening lines, are referenced in Bruce's very brief speech at Bannockburn during the final scene of Braveheart.
  • Slipknot's "Pulse of the Maggots"
  • Ludo's amazing Zombie Apocalypse song. There's a time to pray, there's a time to fight. Anything can be a weapon if you're holding it right...
  • VNV Nation's "Honour" has verses which are of this trope.
  • The Decemberists' "This is Why We Fight" is one of these in the most plain and simple terms. And when we die, we will die with our arms unbound. This is why, this is why we fight.
  • Symphony X on Iconoclast (the song): "We Are Strong! We will stand and fight!"
  • "Rise" and "Ten Thousand Fists" by Disturbed. The band's concerts sometimes contain sections in the set reserved for speeches by the lead-singer designed with this in mind (that and getting the crowd more pumped up).

  • Our Miss Brooks: Several, played for laughs, in "School on Saturday". Miss Brooks persuades the angry students to go to school, or to go home, as Mr. Conklin repeatedly changes his mind.

  • In college football, the annual University of Miami vs. Florida State University games have been among the most heated, competitive and exciting of any given year. In 2001, after a relatively disappointing 2000 season in which they considered themselves robbed of a chance to play for the national championship in spite of their 11-1 record, undefeated #2 Miami went to Doak Campbell Stadium to face #14 Florida State, the defending champions and the team chosen to play for the title in Miami's place. Miami's star defensive player Ed Reed plays the first half injured. At half-time, Miami leads 21-13, but isn't showing the level of play its coach and players expect from themselves. Coach Larry Coker, gives them an encouraging locker-room speech. Afterwards, with Reed refusing to be taken out, and heading to the tunnel for the second half, he is approached by another player who asked him if he was alright. The following exchange ensues. The team responds by scoring four touchdowns in the third quarter. Miami went on to trash FSU, 49-27, end the season undefeated and win the national championship.
  • During the 2012 National League Division Series, the San Francisco Giants were already down two games against the Cincinnati Reds. Before the third game, Hunter Pence went into the Giants dugout and apparently made this speech: Get in here, everyone get in here...Look into each other! Look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it's the most fun, the best team I have ever been on. And no matter what happens, we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind Vogelsong because he's never been to the for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it's all we have left.
  • During the 2011 regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 1/2 games back from the wild card spot in the standings when ace pitcher Chris Carpenter held a players-only meeting and gave them a speech to urge everyone to turn things around. Slightly subverted in that the speech's Exact Words have not been made public, but played straight in that after that meeting, the Cardinals not only earned the wild card spot, but also beating the heavily favored Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Texas Rangers to win the 2011 World Series. They had .006% chance of doing so. Way to go, Darth Carp!
    • The next year, Carpenter did it again when the Cardinals were down 6-0 in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. He told everyone in the dugout, "This is going to be such a great comeback..." And then the Cardinals won 9-6 against the heavily favored Washington Nationals.
  • On the weekend of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 in one of their tensest matches of the season, bringing them ever closer to winning the League for the first time since 1990. For Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, whose cousin died at Hillsborough, it was an emotional moment, and after the match, he made the following speech to his team mates:
    "Hey! This does not fucking slip now! This is it! This does not fucking slip now! Listen! Listen. This is gone! We go Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again!"
  • On the first season of The Ultimate Fighter(i.e. before anyone knew what a success it would be), several of the fighters began to complain that while they were being given high-level training from professional coaching staffs, they weren't going to get paid for fighting on the show. UFC President Dana White heard about this, came down to the gym, and let the guys have it.
    "Gather round, guys. Get closer over here. To be honest with you, I didn't want to do this on, on camera, but...I'm not happy right now. I haven't been happy all day. I have the feeling that there's some guys here who don't wanna fight. I don't know if that's true, or not true, or whatever, but I don't know what the fuck everybody thought they were coming here for. Does anybody here not wanna fight? Did anybody come here thinking that they would not fight? No? Speak up. Anybody who, who came here thinking they weren't gonna fight, speak up, let me hear it...Let me explain something to everybody. This is a very - and when I say very, I can't explain to you what a unique opportunity this is - if you've ever wanted to really be a fighter, and when I say a real fighter, you wanna be like him(*points to Randy Couture*), you wanna be like him(*points to Chuck Liddell*), you wanna be like some of the guys on the wall in here? This is fucking unbelievable. This is an amazing opportunity, right? You don't have to worry about paying your fucking bills, you really don't have to worry about whatever's going on out in the real world right now, you train with your trainers, we've gotten some of the best grappling, boxing, muay thai coaches there are, you have nothing to fucking worry about, everyday, except coming in and getting better at what, supposedly, you wanna do for a living...Big deal, the guy sleeping next to you fucking stinks, you know, he doesn't take care of things, you know, he's drunk all night, making noise, you can't sleep. You got fucking roommates. We picked who we believe are the best guys in the country right now. We did, and you guys are it. Fucking act like it, man. You're gonna fight in front of a lot of people, a lot of people. And it depends on pay-per-view. We're not scumbag promoters. We're not. We're not Don King, we're not any of these other guys, you make us money, we'll make you money. That's the way it works, that's the way the entire industry works. If you draw and sell tickets, if you draw and sell pay-per-view, you make a lot of fucking money. The show is the opportunity for that to click for one of you guys, you know...You never know what's gonna click with somebody. You have no fucking clue the opportunity that you have here. Any questions? Does anybody not wanna be here? Does anybody not wanna win this fucking thing? Does anybody not wanna fight? Do you wanna be a fucking fighter? Do you wanna be a fighter? That's the question. It's not about cutting weight, it's not about living in a fucking house, it's about do you wanna be a fighter? It's not all, fucking, you know, signing autographs and banging broads when you get outta here. It's not. It's no fucking fun, man, it's a job, just like any other job. Being a fighter isn't all fucking girls and signing autographs. It's fucking hard work. But you have the opportunity to fucking make money, be famous, and do something for the sport here. That's what this is all about. So the question is not did you think you had to make weight, not did you think you had to do this, do you wanna be a fucking fighter?! That is my question. And only you know that. Anybody who says they don't, I don't fucking want you here, and I'll throw you the fuck out of this gym so fucking fast your head'll spin. You'll be sitting over at the other fucking house playing checkers. It's up to you, I don't care. Cool? I love you all, that's why you're here. Every guy that's in this room right now, your coaches dig, they believe in you. I just wanna make sure you all wanna be fucking fighters. That's it, that's all I wanna know. Cool? Have a good night, gentlemen.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The flavor text of the Magic: The Gathering card Awakening.
    • Going one step further, the flavor text of the card Primal Rage shows just how rousing that speech was.
    • Gideon gets to deliver one at the end of "The Survivors of Sky Rock", during the Battle for Zendikar storyline.
  • Apply this concept to entire species, and you'll have an idea what life for the Eldar and Imperium of Man in Warhammer 40,000 is like. As one might expect, such speeches are commonplace.
    • This also applies to its sister setting in Warhammer. The dwarfs have lost their empire, their numbers are dwindling, the craftsmanship and skills of the past are being lost, and one by one their last remaining strongholds are falling to the grobi or rat-men or other nasties that inhabit the Warhammer world. But they keep fighting, out of sheer, stubborn, dwarfish bloody-mindedness. The high elves have a similar situation regarding their dark kin and the forces of Chaos, but are naturally more stuck-up about it. Oddly enough, the human Empire is a bit more optimistic, due to spanking Chaos in a campaign a few years back.
      • The Orc warlord Morglum Necksnapper deserves mention for combining brevity, inspiration, and a structured explanation of his tactical projections for the battle ahead in terms his troops can understand and connect to.
    "If it ain't green, belt it 'til it stops moving. Then belt it again, just to be sure."
  • This is one of the character schticks of the Warlord class (the "Martial Leader") in the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Like a number of other classes, the Warlord can choose between several "motifs" at character creation; two motifs focus towards manipulating their allies in the fight (Tactical and Resourceful), while the other two focus towards inspiring allies to fight harder. The Inspirational Warlord is the more likely of these latter motifs to make use of Rousing Speeches — the Bravura Warlord prefers inspiring through example. Beyond being part of the theme, a number of the Warlord's powers actually take the form of particular speeches and battle cries.
    • A bard in D&D 3rd edition who specializes in oration provides combat or skill buffs through rousing speeches. There's even a feat in an issue of Dragon magazine named "We Few, We Happy Few" that enhances this ability.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse puts a pretty badass one in the mouth of Margrave Konietzko in the final battle against the Wyrm:
    Know this, warriors of our Mother! There is nothing after this. Our ancestors have been butchered twice over, once in body and once in spirit. There is no Heaven, there will be no Hell, Valhalla does not exist. All that is will be destroyed if we fall here today. And many of you will. The enemy is mighty and fearsome, and we march forward into the mouth of death. Do not fight for an afterlife reward for your bravery, for it will not come. Fight instead, for Gaia. Fight for all that you know and love. Fight with every last ounce of Rage left inside you, so that even should the Wyrm destroy us, he will be awestruck by your mighty fury. Prove your arms so mighty, prove your anger so terrible, prove your love so pure and your passion so encompassing, prove your minds so resourceful, and your zeal and courage so overwhelming that even should every last one of us fall today, the armies of the Wyrm will never rest easy. In their reign of Oblivion, every one of their soldiers will look over their shoulders and sleep — with one eye open. They will live in fear...fear that one day, we will find a way back!!!
  • The New World of Darkness has the "Inspiring" Merit for all character types, which allows the character to make a speech which allows others to regain a point of Willpower. Combine this with the Hope Virtue, and the character can gain all their Willpower back as well.

  • While the "St. Crispin's Day" speech tends to be more famous, King Henry's "Once more unto the breach, dear friends!" speech from William Shakespeare's Henry V definitely falls under this category.
  • Subverted in Antony and Cleopatra. Before one of the battles, Mark Antony gives an incredibly depressing speech ("Haply you shall not see me more; or if,/A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow/You'll serve another master.") This is the only battle in the play that Antony actually wins.
  • In Julius Caesar, he manages to entirely turn the public opinion about Caesar with a speech that he gives on his funeral, and makes the people revolt against Caesar's killers.
  • Rather surprisingly, despite his Designated Villain status, Richard III gives a very good one in the play Richard III, while his opponent, Henry Tudor, gives a rather lackluster speech at best.
    • The play also has an offstage subversion: Buckingham relates to an angry Richard how he completely failed to engage a crowd to accept Richard as king, with even the people he'd planted in the audience to cheer him not helping at all.

    Video Games 
  • Gray Fox towards the finale of Metal Gear Solid. "We're not tools of the government, or anyone else. Fighting was the one thing, the only thing that I was good at, but at least I always fought for what I believed in. Snake... farewell." Inspired this player, anyway, to strap on body armour and just spam missiles at the Big Bad and ignore any damage being taken. Echoed in the sequel by the Older and Wiser hero.
    • "One must die and one must live. No victory, no defeat. The survivor will carry on the fight. It is our destiny. The one who survives will inherit the title of Boss, and the one who inherits the title of Boss will face an existence of endless battle. I'll give you ten minutes. In ten minutes, MiGs will come and bomb the hell out of this place. If you can beat me in less than ten minutes, you'll be able to escape in time. Jack, let's make this the greatest ten minutes of our lives!"
  • In the end of both games of Danganronpa, the player must give one at the last minute to the other survivors, convince them that there's still hope and that they'll fight together until the very end. This is mixed with a Shut Up, Hannibal! to the Mastermind and Dare to Be Badass sidelines.
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Martin Septim gives a rousing speech to his assembled soldiers before a giant portal to hell opens and legions of demons begin to pour out. The player then gets to go inside and close it.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Ulfric Stormcloak possesses "the power of The Voice" in more than one sense; he specializes in dramatic, inspirational speeches that are punctuated for emphasis and liberally sprinkled with testosterone, and it doesn't hurt that they're delivered in Vladimir Kulich's voice. General Tullius, Ulfric's opposite number in the civil war, gives quite a speech himself when the time is right. Finally, if you've sided with the Imperials, Jarl Balgruuf will give a speech after the Battle of Whiterun.
    Balgruuf: "Revel in your victory here today, even as the gods revel in your honor! They already sing of your valor and skill! The halls of Sovngarde are no doubt ringing with your praises! In defeating these Stormcloak traitors, you have proven the hollowness of their cause and the fullness of your hearts. The citizens of Whiterun are forever in your debt! But Ulfric will not stop here. No, he will continue to strike out against any true Nord who remains faithful to the Empire. He will continue to sow discord and chaos wherever he can. And so, we must each one of us, continue to fight this insurrection, lest our fallen brothers have died for naught! Lest our honor be lessened should we allow these bloodthirsty beasts to prowl our lands! Carry on men, my gratitude and blessings go with you! For Whiterun! For the Empire!"
    • Tullius can give a pretty impressive pep-talk when he has to.
      Tullius: "All right. It's time to deliver the final blow to the Stormcloak rebellion. You have all fought bravely, and sacrificed much to bring us to this point. Ulfric thinks he can hide behind the walls of his castle. But we will fight our way in and drag him out through the rubble to face justice. Because this is the end for them, the Stormcloaks will fight like cornered rats. They will be fierce and crafty. But they are no match for Legionnaires. You are the best and the brightest warriors in Tamriel. Professional soldiers, fearless and devastating. The Emperor will be paying close attention to what happens here today. Men who distinguish themselves will be well rewarded. Ready now! Everyone, with me! For the Empire! For the Legion!"
    • Ulfric isn't half bad either. The only problem as such with him is Values Dissonance, since he wants a Skyrim only for Nords, which to modern sensibilities, has quite a few Unfortunate Implications.
      Ulfric: "I fight for the men I've held in my arms, dying on foreign soil! I fight for their wives and children, whose names I heard whispered in their last breath. I fight for we few who did come home, only to find our country full of strangers wearing familiar faces. I fight for my people impoverished to pay the debts of an Empire too weak to rule them, yet brands them criminals for wanting to rule themselves! I fight so that all the fighting I've already done hasn't been for nothing! I fight...because I must."
  • Commander Shepard of the Mass Effect series has a penchant for rousing speeches, such as the one given upon taking command of the Normandy in Mass Effect, which was real nifty since you choose your speech piece by piece, and unlike Knights of the Old Republic, your character does talk. You also give one in Mass Effect 2, at two stages during the Suicide Mission. Again, you choose how the speech unfolds, and it really takes on a different tone in the second speech—at that point, more than half Shepard's team can have been killed. It's either "one final effort, and then we can all go home" or "don't let their sacrifices be in vain". In Mass Effect 3, Admiral Hackett gives one to the entire multi-species fleet before the final battle, while Shepard gives one to their personal squad before the last push.
    • Additionally, in the first game, Captain Kirrahe of the Salarian special forces gives a pretty good Do Not Go Gentle speech on Virmire. Made even better by the fact that it's impressive to the (obviously human) player, despite Kirrahe being an alien that refers to events that the player had never heard of before. Even more impressive as a it comes from a salarian, whose hat throughout the game has been Mad Science. A nice little subversion there. Lampshaded in the sequel by Mordin, who mentions Capt. Kirrahe briefly and says he always went a little heavy on the dramatic speeches, specifically mentioning "hold the line" as an example. Of course, Mordin also mentions that he liked the speech, but doesn't exactly see the need for them himself. And then calls back to it if he's killed during the suicide mission. "Tell them... I held the line..."
    • In the Omega DLC for Mass Effect 3, Aria T'Loak gives one to every lowlife on the titular station, which is currently in the hands of Cerberus, inspiring them to join her in retaking the station.
  • Saints Row provides us with an epic speech by [1] Julius.
    Julius: Every mothafucka here knows what we need to do. Now those bitches be ridin' around thinkin' they own these streets. I don't care what flags they flyin'; Rollerz, Carnales, Vice Kings, nobody's making this nigga scared to walk the Row. We got to lock this shit down, right now!
  • Saints Row IV provides a Rousing Speech that is, at the same time, a Badass Boast.
    Boss: "I know over the years, you've heard this speech a hundred time..."
    Ben King: "Heard it? Bitch, I wrote it!"
    Boss: "...but we need to remember why we do what we do, and today the stakes are even higher. Earth is gone. It's not coming back, and nothing we do today is going to change that. But one thing we can do is get Revenge, and you better believe we're showing this motherfucker humanity isn't dead, because we're still alive! This isn't about hope, or faith, or even about winning. Kinzie's right: those things died on Earth. This is about will. This is about saying 'I don't give a shit how many times you knock me down, if I'm still breathing, I'm standing back up, and you know what?! You can hit as hard as you want, 'cause when I hit back, I'm gonna lay your ass out, bitch!' It's our time now! Let's get this shit started!"
  • Auron, from Final Fantasy X: "Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain, or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands!"
  • StarCraft: "...because some things, are just worth fighting for."
    • "You represent what is greatest in us all, and all our hopes go with you. En Taro Adun, brave sons of Aiur!"
  • Raynor delivers one prior to the final battle of Starcraft II Wings Of Liberty. It is played out in the cinematic entitled "Fire and Fury". Ironically, Raynor may not have intended to give a speech, but the troops were all listening to him anyway as he delivered his badass lines.
    • Zeratul and the other protoss commanders give several speeches through "In Utter Darkness", a vision of a Bad Future where the protoss are exterminated by the Dark Voice. Artanis takes the cake, though - even his incidental lines sound like they're part of his speech:
    Strength in unity!
    Faith before fear!
    Dawn will come!
    • In Legacy Of The Void, Artanis gives a few throughout the campaign, the biggest one before the final mission, similar to his In utter Darkness speech.
    "...Trust each other in the fight ahead! Strike as one will! Let our last stand burn a memory so bright, we will be remembered throughout eternity!"
  • Call of Duty: "Remember Great Comrade Stalin's order - not one step backwards!" Subverted in that the speechmaker is not exactly heroic, and the soldiers first try to escape and then get killed en masse.
    "The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on Earth. But I think that's a luxury. Not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take . . . inventory. Outgunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and the rocks here, stained with thousands of years of warfare . . . They will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares, this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the Earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: We. Will. Kill him."
    "This is for the record. History is written by the victor. History is filled with liars. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written, and ours is lost. Shepherd will be a hero, 'cause all you need to change the world is one good lie and a river of blood. He's about to complete the biggest trick a liar ever played on history. His truth will be the truth. But only if he lives, and we die."
    • A speech along the lines of the first, but a bit more heroic, comes from Call of Duty: Finest Hour. As our rookie protagonist looks on at the hell that is Stalingrad, Commissar Viktor Durasov speaks to his men, accompanied by some serious Awesome Music:
    "Welcome to Stalingrad. You're about to begin the greatest moment of your life. The Germans have lost hundreds of tanks and planes. Hitler's brutalized hordes are now advancing toward Stalingrad over mountains of their own dead bodies! Our Bolshevik party, our nation, our great country, have given us the task not to let the enemy reach the Volga, and to defend the city of Stalingrad. Forward against the enemy! Up into the unremitting battle, comrades! For Stalingrad, for our great country, not one step back! Cowards and traitors will be shot! Do not count days, do not count miles; count only the number of Germans you have killed! Kill the German; this is your mother's prayer! Kill the German; this is the cry of your Russian earth! Do not waver! Do not let up! Kill! Death the the German invader!"
    "Brave comrades of Vorkuta, the time has come to rise against our oppressors! Today, we show them the hearts of true Russians! We have all given our blood for the Motherland. We have answered her calls without question. We gave our youth, our hearts, our very souls for her protection..As brothers, we fought side by side against the German fascists. We crawled through dirt and blood and sand to achieve our glorious victory..Not for medals, or glory...but for what was right. We fought for revenge...When Berlin fell, how did our leaders repay us? We returned not to the rapturous welcome...but to suspicion and persecution. In the eyes of our leaders we were already tainted by the capitalist West. Torn from the arms of our loved ones, we found ourselves here... this place... this, this terrible place. Here we have languished, with no hope for release... No hope for justice. We have toiled in Dragovich's mines until the flesh peeled from our bones... We have watched our comrades succumb to sickness and disease... We have been starved. We have been beaten. But we will not be broken! Today, we will send a message to our corrupt and arrogant leaders. Today, my comrades... Vorkuta - BURNS!!!"
  • Squall, of all people, gives one of these speeches during the Battle Between the Gardens in Final Fantasy VIII:
    "SeeD was formed to fight the sorceress; at least, that's what I heard. And Garden was created to train SeeDs. So this battle is Garden's destiny and also our destiny. It's a grueling battle, and I'm sure you guys are all exhausted. But I don't want to have any regrets. I don't want anyone to look back and regret this day. So just this once, I want you guys to give everything you've got! For yourselves and for me!"
  • Knights of the Old Republic 2 allows the player to choose from one of four rousing speeches before a climactic battle on Dantooine. It loses something since the player character can't, you know, talk, but the reaction from your soldiers if you choose the right speech is pretty nifty.
    • Also a partial subversion, since you can twist it around give a huge bummer of a speech and utterly destroy their morale to make it easier for the invading army to kill them. You know, if you're a Jerk Ass.
    • Interestingly enough, when you give that speech, the militia leader comments that you shouldn't worry, as they always react like that after a rousing speech... at least, after his. In unrelated news, La Résistance has about five members.
  • In Lost Planet 2, the EX-NEVEC commander gives a rousing speech unifying the snow pirates of EDN III against a massive Akrid that threatens to drive the planet into an even worse ice age than the one before.
  • Before the final chapter of Fire Emblem 9 Ike gives one of these speeches, one noteable bit is he states that he finaly understands the meaning behind True Companions.
  • Malfurion Stormrage, just before the last mission of the regular game in Warcraft III, sounds a battle call to the allied forces — the Horde, the human Alliance, and the Night Elves — as they face down an endless army of undead and demons, not even trying to win, just trying to hold them back.
  • Command & Conquer: General Sheppard, the GDI commander (not to be confused with Mass Effect's Commander Shepard), gives one of these as the final mission briefing.
    We've found it, Commander - Kane's temple and base of operations. This field operative's covert transmission came to us live just five minutes ago, so there's no doubt that Kane's inside. He's surrounded himself with his own crack militia. Getting to him... won't be easy. Ironic, isn't it? Kane's planted his temple just outside of Sarajevo. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's where another madman started World War I. And here we are, trying to stop this madman from doing it again. Commander, there is to be no quarter given. No leniency in dealing with Kane and his zealots. Wipe his temple off the face of the earth. Destroy the bastard!... Or prepare to die trying.
    • The restate (a text summary of the briefing) is also rather inspiring, ending with the following words:
    "Nod is rumored to have developed its own nuclear weapons, so it's do or die this time. Let's do it."
  • In Gears of War 2, Chairman Prescott launches into one as he sends the gears on an offensive against the Locust. See for yourself.
  • At the end of Final Fantasy XII, Vayne gives a very rare villainous Do Not Go Gentle speech as he faces the protagonists in battle, realising that he will probably not live through this.
  • World of Warcraft: behold the pure awesome that is High Overlord Saurfang:
    I am Saurfang. Brother of Broxigar. You know me to be the Supreme Commander of the Might of Kalimdor. An orc - a true orc warrior - wishes for one thing: To die in the glory of battle against a hated enemy. Some of you have fought in battles. Peace has been with us for many years. Many years we sat idle but many years we battled. In those years - where strife the land and Legion and Scourge sacked our homes, killed our families - these insects dwelled beneath us. Beneath our homes - waiting. Waiting to crush the life from our little ones. To slay all in their path. This they do for their god. And for our gods? We defend. We stand. We show that as one. United. We destroy. Their god will fall. To die today, on this field of battle, us to die an orcish death. To die today is to die for our little ones. Our old ones. Our... loved ones. Would any of you deny yourselves such a death? Such an honor?
    -High Overlord Saurfang, address to the combined forces of the Horde and the Alliance, during the Ahn'Qiraj War
    • Highlord Tirion Fordring gives a similar speech in Icecrown Citadel as the raid engages the first of the trash:
    This is our final stand. What happens here will echo through the ages. Regardless of outcome, they will know that we fought with honor. That we fought for the freedom and safety of our people. Remember, heroes, fear is your greatest enemy in these befouled halls. Steel your heart and your soul will shine brighter than a thousand suns. The enemy will falter at the sight of you. They will fall as the light of righteousness envelops them! Our march upon Icecrown Citadel begins now!
    • In Operation Gnomeregan, one quest required players to consult various NPCs on a speech to give to the troops. The finished result referenced several movies.
    • In Mount Hyjal, the player can give one to the Twilight Hammer cultists in order to encourage them to riot against the ogres of the cult.
    • The prince of Gilneas, Liam Greymane, delivers a voiced speech before launching an attack that liberates three quarters of his capital city:
    The Forsaken think we're weak, a broken people. They think we'll roll over like a scared dog... how wrong they are. We will fight them in the fields until the last trench collapses and the last cannon is silenced. We will fight them on the streets until the last shot is fired, and when there is no more ammunition, we'll crush their skulls with the stones that pave our city. We will fight them in the alleys until our knuckles are skinned and bloodied, and our rapiers lay on the ground, shattered. And if we find ourselves surrounded and disarmed, wounded and without hope; we will lift our heads in defiance and spit in their faces. But we will never surrender! FOR GILNEAS!
    • Owing to the Victorian theme of the Gilneans overall, it's fairly obvious that Greymane's speech is a Shout-Out to Winston Churchill...
  • Gre Nade of Evolution personifies his trope, not only in how he speaks to his charge, Mag Launcher, but in that his combat abilities which heal, boost stats, and even revive from death, are all various forms of rousing speeches.
  • Ezio delivers a combination of this, "World of Cardboard" Speech and The War Has Just Begun to the people of Florence at the end of the War of the Vanities DLC of Assassin's Creed II.
    "Don't follow me. Don't follow anyone!"
  • Scolar Visari, the leader of the Helghast in the Killzone games is very adept at making hair-raising, inspiring speeches. His truly epic speech in the intro to Killzone 2 has inspired many a player to fight for cause of the Helghast.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has several, the most notable being Governor-Militant Lucas Alexander's speech when an army invades Victory Bay in Dark Crusade. If Chaos is the attacker, Chaos Lord Eliphas the Inheritor even notes "What a rousing little speech, Governor..."
    • Likewise, when Eliphas attacks the Blood Raven stronghold in North Vandia he comments "Such inspiring courage. Perhaps we'll mount your corpse on a golden chair and make an idol out of you as well."
    • Subverted in Soulstorm, with Indrick Boreale's infamous:
  • Downplayed in Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. One of these is made near the end as you select your plane for the final mission. Here's the transcribed version.
    "Good morning, troops. I have an important announcement. In one hour, each one of you will take part in the most important mission in our history. A mission that will result in the defeat of the vile enemy who has brought chaos to our continent. Although we are from different nations, and of different races, we have fought, suffered and died together, fighting for what we believe in, fighting for freedom! Today, we shall gather for our final battle, to liberate our beautiful continent and restore freedom to our people, our friends, and our families. Our victory will herald the beginning of a new era of prosperity for the Usean continent. Victory will be ours! We shall return peace to our people, and win back our freedom, and our future! The skies belong to everyone! Now, let us take back our Shattered Skies!"
  • Played straight in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. The president of Osea and the prime minister of Yuktobania broadcast a joint one worldwide on TV, which gives you some reinforcements for the second-to-last mission.
  • Prior to the Final Battle of Dragon Age: Origins, depending on how you resolved the Landsmeet, either Alistair or Anora will deliver a Rousing Speech to the army you gathered. A speech that uses you as a source of inspiration.
    • There's also Sophia Dryden's rousing speech. Faced with the prospect of death as the entire Fereldan army is sieging the fortress — and there were only maybe one hundred Wardens in Soldier's Peak — with very little food left over, she manages to turn their morale from piss-poor to shouts believing in victory, all while fighting against the tyrant king. Even if it went against what the Wardens stand for by being neutral — which is funny, considering the events of the game — she deserves credit for being a great leader. Although the idea of summoning demons was definitely not a good thing to do and backfired horribly.
    Men, I won't lie to you. The situation is grim. Our forces outnumbered, our bellies empty, and our hearts are sagging. But WE ARE WARDENS! Darkspawn flee when they hear our horns, Archdemons die when they taste our blades. So are we to bend knee to a mere human despot? NO! I for one will never give up! I for one will never surrender just to dance on Arland's gallows. So I propose, here and now, in these hallowed halls where generations of our brothers stood vigil against Darkspawn and evil... that we send a message to that fat bastard! In this sacred place, proud men, strong men, stood defiant and would rather DIE then submit to tyranny!
  • In Dragon Age II, Hawke gives an inspiring speech to his/her compatriots prior to the final battle. Silly!Hawke's memorable subversion includes the line "I can fight harder scared than they can angry!"
    • "We're getting out, and I'm buying when we do!"
  • While it's not exactly at a moment where all hope seems lost, when Dashell is obtained in Super Paper Mario, he gives quite the rousing speech, including the line "You! Must! Treasure! Life! You've got to! Got to! GOT TO!"
  • In the Total War series you general will, depending on the game, give an inspiring speech before the start of a battle. The content alters depending on the enemy, troop types present and the commander's personal traits. The content ranges from Do Not Go Gentle oratory, through insults of the opposing faction and tactical insight, to complete non-sequiturs, if your general's either mad or drunk.
    • Some speeches actually praise the enemy but acknowledge that they must still die. This is especially evident in Total War: Shogun 2.
  • From The Force Unleashed''.
    Senator Bail Organa: It is settled then. My wealth will fund the Rebellion, while Garm provides our fleet, and Mon Mothma our soldiers. And with you leading us, we have the power of the Force on our side. Therefore let this be an official declaration of rebellion! Today, we all vow to change the galaxy, and one day the galaxy will indeed be free!
  • City of Heroes: In Grandville, Lord Recluse has a villainous Rousing Speech on loop in the main courtyard.
    Lord Recluse: "I must therefore rely on all of you to spread the word of Lord Recluse's vision. A vision of a glorious future, in which man is not encumbered by the desire for truth, peace, or justice. A future where you no longer must obey others, where you must no longer bow down to those who deem themselves your superiors, a world in which you can finally say "No more." No longer will you have to listen to those who tell you that you must earn what you wish, that you must work hard to achieve your goals. You will have the strength to take what you desire. Through my way, the way of villainy, you can have what you want now. You can leave the weak lying in your wake as you grasp with both hands the glorious future of havok. The heroes are doomed! Join me now, or you will suffer the same fate that awaits all those who defy me. I, Lord Recluse, shall cover this world in darkness!"
  • In Disgaea 4, Valvatorez has a habit of giving these, whether they be about the importance of keeping one's word, the strength of comradery, or... sardines.
  • In Freedom Fighters, after the rebels take the Soviet-controlled tv studio.
    Chris Stone: New Yorkers, fellow Americans...I am Chris Stone, the so-called "Freedom Phantom". I stand before you today a free man and I vow to die a free man. Like you, my world was shattered eight long months ago. I watched as my family and friends were tortured, captured, and killed. I have nothing left of my former life...except the hope for a better future...a better future for our children - the American dream. I for one still believe in that dream. We've read this in our schoolbooks as children, now is the time for us to embrace those ideals and stand up against the weight of tyranny. We have a duty to ourselves to throw off our oppressors. When I look around this city, I do not see smoldering, instead I see a sleeping army, ready to awaken. The world is watching us we respond will prove our claim. I stand before you now to reaffirm the pledge our forefathers made to each other, and for each of us - to protect our lives, our fortunes, and our self-worth. So I ask you now to take up arms against the evil invaders and yell in their faces that they will never take our freedom!
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn has a villainous Rousing Speech, given by Disc-One Final Boss Jarod as your troops close in on his position.
    “Listen up, all of you. This is our last chance to die as we've lived. As proud soldiers of the empire. If we survive this fight, imprisonment and a hushed-up execution await us. If we run from this fight, dishonor and pursuit will dog our miserable days. So I say, let's give those Daein curs a fight to remember, and let the glory of our deaths light our way! We've lived as proud soldiers of the empire! Let us die as proud soldiers of the empire! Now GO!”
  • Who can forget Sergeant Johnson from the Halo games?
    Johnson: Dear humanity, we regret being alien bastards, We regret coming to earth, and we most definitely regret that the Corps just blew up our raggedy-ass fleet!
    Pilots: Oorah!
    Cutter: We are just one ship, and an old one at that. But here we are, thirty years past what anyone could ask of us. Our war is gone. The lives we had are gone. The worlds we knew have moved on. And now, all that we may have left are those standing beside us, and the duty that defines us, battle after battle, fighting side-by-side, together. Where you see half a crew, Isabel, I see family. Courage. And a thousand heroes who swore to fight their way through Hell before they ever, ever turned their backs and run. And where you see one old ship, I see home. And that is always worth fighting for!
    Crew: Oorah!
    Cutter: If we don't stop Atriox now, we leave the galaxy at the mercy of a monster! So no, Isabel, we won't be running anywhere today!
  • Skies of Arcadia's Vyse loves these, being the adventurous optimist incarnate.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, President Aaron Kimball of the New California Republic gives one before the battle of Hoover Dam. Depending on which faction you side with, your mission is to either assassinate or protect him. If you let him finish his speech, he will also have a is this thing still on-moment.
    "Okay, let's get the fuck out of here. What the hell are you waiting for – do you think I want to get shot? Let's go."
  • In Fallout4, Arthur Maxson gives one to all of the new Brotherhood of Steel recruits. Unfortunately, it quickly turns into a Kick the Dog moment as he declares that all Synths need to be killed, and you've probably already befriended at least one synth by this point.
  • Goodbye Deponia: Rufus (disguised as Argus, disguised as Cletus) accidentally calls Argus an ass on the microphone and then has to hastily construct an inspirational speech based on this slip-up. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Colonel and General deliver this to Repliforce in Mega Man X4. While General's speech is more of a New Era Speech, Colonel's speech following General's is more of this trope.
    General: Brave soldiers of Repliforce, we have all been wrongfully judged as Mavericks by the humans. We cannot suffer this indignity and live in disgrace. We will build our own nation of Reploids. But remember, this is neither about insurrection, or rebellion against our human creators. This is about our liberty and security. We must battle for our own individual rights, and our own survival. Together we will build our own nation, a sanctuary for all Reploids, our own Utopia. Let us forge onward towards a new golden era for the Repliforce.
    Colonel: I, too, share the General's sentiment. Take heed, we have no other choice. Let us fight vehemently, with courage and pride, without fear—for we are the Repliforce. The most powerful army in history!
  • Rean Schwarzer in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel has a habit of delivering these that his friends and classmates wonder how he even manages to even put on a straight face whenever he says these things.
  • Dave Miller gives one to his team at the start of Maniac Mansion:
    Okay, this is the old mansion. I'm sure I saw Doctor Fred take Sandy here. And it's up to us to get her out. This could be real dangerous. If anyone wants to back out..
    • The responses (from the kids chosen):
    Sid: Let's do it!
    Wendy:(says nothing)
    Michael: Hey, did you guys see that movie on television last night? These four kids went into this strange house and...uh, never mind.
    Razor: I heard Doctor Fred was kinda cute.
    Bernard: Okay, I'm outta here! (goes to leave), Dave: Bernard, don't be a tunahead! This is Sandy we're talking about! (Beat), Bernard: Okay.
    Jeff: I thought we were going to the beach.
    • "Alright, let's go rescue Sandy!"

    Web Comics 
  • In The Order of the Stick, the Order's bard Elan gives a speech to Azure City's troops before battle, an act he calls a Bardic Right of Passage. The speech conglomerates most well known quotes in this entry, each time examining the statement a bit too closely . It works...until the last phrase, when Fridge Logic ruins it.
    Elan: They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom! Unless...Unless they kill us and animate our corpses as zombies to fight for them. Then I suppose they've taken our lives and our freedom. (Awkward pause)
    Elan: Fight, fight, fight, fight the-
    Soldier: You suck!
  • Goblins a guard gives this speech to a lynch mob.
    Guard: But above all else...they are a level 1 encounter. And we will not allow our city to fall to a level 1 encounter!
  • At the end of the main story of the first run of Fans!, Rikk, Kath and the assembled geek armies of the world recite Aragorn's speech in unison, to each other, before going to war with the God Machine.
  • During GPF's mammoth 'To Thine One Self...' arc, the Grey Drone, Pi, attempts to rouse his fellow aliens into revolt against The Empire, in a classic Rousing Speech playing on morality and justice. And fails utterly. Then his comedic sidekick, Planck, steps up, after having serendipitously ended up with a fairly decent Braveheart costume through a series of improbable mishaps - and successfully rouses the drones into revolt with a mishmashed speech combined from various real and fictional Rousing Speeches, and some general-purpose silliness. (Though the ending isn't as crazy at it would appear to the uninitiated - earlier comics revealed that the Greys find cheese to be both delicious and addictive.)
  • In Punch an' Pie, right after one of the employees at the toy shop quits, another gives a speech along these lines:
    Aaron (wrapping up): And we all knew that one day, one of us would crack under the pressure. So her time was now. So what? The rest of us are here, for you, and we will continue to fight for our cause till we cease to be!!!
    Angela: ...and this cause would be?
    Aaron: Money.
  • Remember the Major's "I Love War" speech mentioned in Anime and Manga? And Shine Heaven Now cranks it Up to Eleven. Gentlemen, the fandom version.
  • Bug gives us an example of this... kinda.
  • Agents of the Realm has Norah deliver a short, conscise, but successful speech to the rest of her team after The Reveal leaves them absolutely terrified here. Made even more impressive when you consider that Norah has social anxiety.
    No. No. We are not going to sit and spiral like this. There's five of us. Or... well... there's going to be. We all have to go and talk to her - to Jordan - and just get this massive mess sorted.
  • Freefall parodied this sort of speech with Sam Starfall "the larcenous squid" addressing several thousands of crickets he was going to send into an attack. DoS attack on an alarm system.
  • Penny and Aggie: Penny gave Aggie this speech, which results in the two former adversaries becoming friends in order to take on Karen and her clique.
    "Ready to save the world, you post-ironic, post-yuppie?"
  • The Cirbozoid leader in Starslip Crisis gives on here however the fact that most proper nounds in the Cirozoid language are Cirbozoid is comes out rather strange.
  • El Goonish Shive got one delivered by Grace here. The first line forms a pretty neat summary:
    Grace: Someone has to try.
    • Susan after getting Elliot a job gives him speech on the importance of movie renting, with serious face and her trademark Dramatic Wind.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court had Ysengrin, of all people, occasionally giving rather concise and efficient motivational speeches to bewildered Antimony. That manage to steer her right even though she wasn't used to heed anyone at all in better circumstances, except her parents and to a lesser degree Psychopomps.
  • In Commander Kitty, CK tries to deliver one of these to Fluffy. She gets bored and walks off before he's done.
  • xkcd parodies the halftime pep talk with a clueless coach who takes time out to deliver a speech during the game, allowing the opposing team to score at will.
    • Another one subverts the standard pep-rally version, by having members of the audience question the standard "we're the best" slogans and invoke matters that make the upcoming game fade into insignificance.
  • Played for laughs in Homestuck when John attempts one of these and Rose suggests that he hire a speechwriter.
  • At one point in Girl Genius, Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!) gives one of these which almost convinces Gil's employee Oglavia Spüdna to stop spying on people. "Fortunately" she comes to her senses.
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel delivers one as a pep talk to Lovelace in The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, to convince her to team up with Babbage again and get the Difference Engine running. The level of ham increases as it goes on.
    Brunel: I'd be able to build gigantic iron ships, certainly–but could they FLY?
    Lovelace: It would indeed be difficult...
    Brunel: Would Darwin be able to mess around with his..uh, barnacles he won't talk about?
    Lovelace: Um, that one I'm not sure about...
    Lovelace: NO! NO HE WOULD NOT!

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd both parodied these speeches in the TGWTG Team Brawl video. Nostalgia Critic tells he's not good at speeches... and he really isn't, because he's simply reminding everyone which movies DID have good speeches while they look on bored. Angry Video Game Nerd simply spews out a bunch of swear words sprinkled in with lip service about how they're gonna kick ass, but at least he can get his side roused up.
    • The Critic improves on this by Kickassia. Granted it's about Nazis, but it worked.
      • Precisely, it was something like this:
    Nostalgia Critic: Are you Nazis?
    Everyone: *boos*
    Nostalgia Critic: OR ARE YOU NAZIS?!
    Everyone: *cheers*
    Critics, reviewers, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. Unlike all the other times we've ever done this, this time we're really fighting for something! A day may come when a dark mage threatens to throw us back into the stone age. A day may come when the cult of an unwitty hack actually allows him to do it. A day may come when the courage of critcs fails, and we break our oath of snark and irony. But it is not this day! Sure, we may have abused science. Really abused it! But that doesn't mean we still can't learn from it! There may be no more shows, when the age of technology comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! So by all the cool gizmos and technological toys that you hold dear on this good earth, stand, reviewers of the Internet!
  • The Flash cartoon Arfenhouse Teh Movie Too contains the immortal line, spelled here as in the subtitles: "TEY MAY KIK R AZZ BUT TELL NEVFR KIK R FREEDUM!!!!!!!!"
  • Played straight in Hero House, with Robin delivering a motivational speech to Nightwing after Batman's death.
  • Parodied in the web video series Knob Hockey, with several caricatures of real-life hockey players giving out some... interesting motivational speeches. "Ryan Smyth" rambles on about being an Edmonton Oiler, while "Rod Brind'amour" rips off Braveheart much to the disdain of his Carolina Hurricane teammates ("Oh god, it's the f* cking Braveheart speech."). The second season has "Daniel Alfredsson" taking a cue from Brind'amour, much to the confusion of his teammates, and "Chris Pronger" inspiring his teammates by reminding them what city they play for ("We are bringing the Cup to the home of hockey, the twelfth-largest hockey market in the continental United States... I am talking about Anaheim, California!").
  • This topic on starts out as a Hot-Blooded parody of American patriotism, but ends with a legitimately moving speech on what it means to be an American.
  • 40 Inspirational Speeches In 2 Minutes.
  • A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever
    "Inspiring final lines of a speech that douchebags will quote in their Facebook profiles!"
  • Red vs. Blue: Revelation sees Sarge, of all people, give a legitimately stirring one that begins with an Meaningful Echo of the first line of the series: "You ever wonder why we're here?" It was, in fact, SO rousing, that it even pushes Grif into action, albeit reluctantly: "*sigh* I'll go get my car keys."
    • Sarge gives another one at the climax of Season 12, convincing Washington to come with them in helping Carolina & Church.
    • In Ep. 17 of Season 13, Chorus New Republic leader Vanessa Kimball gives one that unites the Federal Army and New Republic soldiers in the wake of Federal General Doyle's Heroic Sacrifice in the previous episode, convincing them to set aside their long-standing feud and focus all their energy against Charon Industries' mercenary army.
  • From A Very Potter Sequel, when everything looks bad and the Power Trio Power Quartet can't even summon a single happy thought to fight off the army of Dementors, and as Ron says, "there is absolutely no way we can win!"
    Harry: No way? You listen to me now! For eleven years, I was a Muggle douchebag living under some stairs. But this year, I found out I'm a wizard! I'm famous! I can fly, turn invisible, and I just travelled the fuck back in time! So fuck you, Draco, how's that for a happy thought! There is absolutely no way that there's no way! [cue The Eleven O'Clock Number]
  • One episode of Dragon Ball Z Abridged has Yamcha show up for the epic battle against Vegata, Nappa, and their Saibamen, and tell with heroic music playing, tell the Z-Fighters present how they trained almost to death for this battle, and they'll win if they stick together...just before a Saibaman grabs him and self-destructs.
    Goku: Gohan, I wanna tell you something. If you don't do this... Piccolo, is gonna die. Your mom is gonna die. Everyone is gonna die. But before all that, Gohan, if you don't do this, you're gonna die. And you're better than that! You're better than him! Your better than me!
    Goku: See what I mean! I'm nowhere near that strong (yet)! You are more than just my son! You are Son Gohan! Now. Plant your feet. Grit your teeth! And eat! That! HOOOORSE!
  • In The Codex, one of the early Halo 2 machinimas, there was a stunningly good one of these. Massive bonus points for overlaying two such speeches, by the (sympathetic) opposing commanders.
  • In one epic play-through of the Quest for Glory computer game series...
    Nike: Great, well, at least the gang’s all here now. So now what?
    Katrina: According to the Sybil, there needs to be a willing sacrifice before the Dragon of Doom can die. But who…
    Gort: I—
    Katrina: I have already died for—
    Toro: Toro—
    Nike: NO! No more deaths! No more sacrifices!
    Elsa: But the prophecy—
    Nike: Fuck prophecy! And fuck the Sybil while I’m at it! I swear, by the gods of Silmaria, by the river Styx, by the souls of Erana and Toby, the only one who dies here tonight will be the dragon!
  • In The Falcon Cannot Hear, Upton Sinclair gives one (which goes down in history as the "We Shall Defeat" speech) in response to the Japanese invasion of the West Coast.
    “No enemy has dared to trespass on American soil since the British in 1812. We defeated the British then, and we will defeat Japan now. We shall defeat them on the land, for there are no men braver or more committed to the cause of freedom than our soldiers. We shall defeat them in the air, for there are none so skilled or fearless as our pilots. We shall defeat them at sea, for America’s naval might is questioned only by our allies. We shall defeat them on any battlefield of any type where they may choose to meet us, and should they even briefly gain a temporary advantage then we shall water the tree of liberty with our blood to take it back.”
  • A More Personal Union has a few, most notably those by Francis II on the steps of Notre Dame when he founds the Gallican Church, and Henri III's to his men right before the Battle of Toledo.
  • Dreamscape: Given by Keela of all people to pull Dylan out of his Despair Event Horizon in a flashback in "Over and Under".
    Keela: The Overlord of Evil just may be more powerful than the Master of the Dammed, but when has that stopped you? You inspired me to escape from the Unworld when I gave up. Please dont let me down. Dont let the WORLD down.

    Western Animation 
  • Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Katara gives a dramatic speech encouraging a group of prisoners to revolt... and they all pretty much ignore her, unconvinced they can win. Thankfully, the second attempt goes better all thanks due to the one prisoner who actually knew Katara and had only been in the prison for a day.
  • The Braveheart example is spoofed in an episode of South Park - as Thanksgiving turkeys are attacking the town, Chef rides in front of the townsfolk in Braveheart face-paint and gives them the Braveheart speech to inspire the town to fight. The scene then cuts to the turkey army, where a turkey - complete with facepaint - is doing the exact same thing, only in turkey-speak ("Puck-puck puckpuck puck puck puck-puck-puck!")
  • The Spongebob Squarepants episode "Band Geeks" parodies this when Squidward gives up in despair of his Zany Scheme to impress his high-school rival by getting his friends and neighbors to form a marching band, and Spongebob delivers the following speech after Squidward has walked out:
    Spongebob: What kind of monsters are we? That poor creature came to us in his hour of need, and we failed him. Squidward's always been there for us when it was convenient for him. Evelyn, when your little Jimmy was trapped in a fire, who rescued him?
    Evelyn: A fireman.
    Spongebob: And Larry, when your heart gave out from all those tanning pills, who revived you?
    Larry: Some guy in an ambulance.
    Spongebob: Right! So, if we can all just pretend that Squidward was a fireman, or a guy in an ambulance, then I'm sure that we can all pull together and discover what it truly means to be in a marching band.
    Harold: Yeah, for the fireman!
    All: Hooray!
    • In the episode "Stuck In the Wringer", upon getting trapped in his wringer, SpongeBob feels he'll never be able to do anything anymore. Patrick (whose stupidity is the reason he's stuck in it) gives a speech saying he can go on despite the adversity. Subverted in the fact that SpongBob's life really was ruined.
  • Towards the end of Teen Titans, Beast Boy has managed to avoid being captured by the Brotherhood of Evil, but the only apparent other "survivors" have rather lame powers and don't see the point in trying to fight back. He manages to rally everyone together to go save the day.
    • Starfire gives one to the other Titans in "Revolution" (sans Robin who has been captured by Mad Mod), which enables the team to come up with a successful strategy to defeat the villain, utilizing bits and pieces of the methods they'd already tried before.
    • Robin gives one in "The End Part Two" in order to rally Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Starfire to keep fighting Trigon, even though Raven is apparently dead and it's literally the end of the world.
    • In one episode, after Cyborg loses a match against Atlas and fails to rescue his friends, Cyborg then decides to give up, until his reflection in a mirror gives him a rousing speech.
  • In Mission Hill, just after Andy has given a rousing speech in defense of his brother:
    The Judge: The man in the hot pants speaks the truth. Case dismissed!
    Mr. Bang: But they rob my store!
    The Judge: Well, maybe you should have given a rousing speech.
  • In Futurama, Zapp Brannigan responds to being court-martialed (viewers would know that it's bullshit):
    Zapp: I'd like to make one final statement. Kif, come here and hold up the flag. And wave it a little, for God's sakes. My friends, you can take away a man's title and his uniform but you can never take away his integrity or his honour. Plus, it was mostly Kif's fault.
    • In "Benderama", when the unattractive giant monster is trying to ruin the world and Bender is the only one left to stop it:
      Bender: Legion of Benders, come onto me. We have one thing to do!
      Legion of Benders: Screw that.
      Bender: Oh, come on, you lazy jerks. If we all pitch in, we each only have to do one quintillionth of a thing.
      Legion of Benders: (Sigh) Alright.
  • In the Duckman episode "Vuuck, as in Duck", Duckman gives a speech to his women's baseball team that parodies the famous Knute Rockne "Win One for the Gipper" speech, and culminates in "... or I swear I'll go beat that legless bastard."
  • Optimus Primal delivers one at the end of Beast Machines right before facing Megatron's final onslaught.
  • Near the end of the Phineas and Ferb special, "Summer Belongs to You", Phineas gives up while he and his friends are on a deserted island, but Isabella tells him he can't give up with a speech, which motivated him to continue finding out a way to get off the island.
    • In "The Lizard Whisperer", Ferb gives one to Danville, when his pet chameleon, Steve, goes missing.
    • In "Meatloaf Surprise", Phineas gives one with a giant fan blowing for added effect.
  • While in the mall security holding cell, Invader Zim notices an air vent on the ceiling and gives a rousing speech on how if all the inmates use teamwork, he can reach the vent and then he leaves them behind.
  • Happens a few times on Recess, usually given by T.J.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Aquaman's Rousing Song of Heroism is a particularly hammy and catchy version of this trope.
    • Plastic Man leads a sing-along of (his version of) "Yankee Doodle" to evoke the spirit of freedom and restore Uncle Sam, setting the stage for the heroes' victory.
  • In Family Guy, Lois starts talking about how together Peter and herself can accomplish anything, that Peter quickly changes into a meaningless rousing speech.
    Lois: Together we can do anything: face any foe, overcome any obstacle.
    Peter: Yeah, climb any mountain, rent any video, dial any phone. And not just our phone, Lois, other people's phones. Decent phones, God-fearing phones, phones that everybody else gave up on, but we knew better because we were a team!
    Brian: What the hell are you talking about?
  • Tommy from Rugrats has been know to give these on occasion. Chuckie even admitted in one episode that he loved when Tommy would give these big speeches.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle delivers one of these in "The Return of Harmony, Part 2":
      Twilight Sparkle: Do you remember what I said the first day we arrived in Ponyville? I told you that the future of Equestria didn't rest on me making friends. But the opposite is true! The friendships I've made since I've been here are what saved Equestria from Nightmare Moon. And now they need to save it from Discord! [...] I've got to fight for my friendships. For them. For ME. For EQUESTRIA!
    • In Equestria Games, Rainbow Dash gives one to the other Ponyville competitors at the start. When it comes to her team, however, she acknowledges that being pitted against the Wonderbolts doesn't put the odds in their favour.
    • Double Subverted in "To Change a Changeling": Starlight gives one to the changelings to convince them to help Thorax in aiding Pharynx, exhorting them to rise and help their leader not because they're being forced to do it, but because they can choose to do it. While none of the changelings come to help them at first, they all still come along afterwards after having had time to think about it.
  • Lydia's speech in the Beetlejuice episode "The Unnatural" when an umpire is about to make a play-at-the-plate ruling (which would send the loser to a virtual Hell) wasn't so much a rousing speech as it was an impassioned treatise about sportsmanship. It brings the whole stadium to tears, resulting in the game being rained out.
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: "Sky-Hi I.Q." has Dastardly invoking it then dismissing it:
    Dastardly: Fearless flyers of the Vulture Squadron, it's up to us to stop that pigeon! Let's Go! Go! Go! (the others zoom by him, with their entrails leaving Dastardly and his plane singed; to us) I've got to knock off those pep talks!
  • The Cleveland Show: When the Browns go to Comic-Con, Junior becomes disgusted with all the Hollywood crap that's overtaken the convention from its sci-fi/fantasy/comicbook roots. Eventually he gives a speech rallying all the cosplaying true fans into fighting to take Comic-Con back for themselves.

  • A joke:
    A sports team is losing badly to their opponents. Displeased with their distress, the team captain decides to instill in them some good old fashioned team spirit:
    Team Captain: What's with the long faces? Aren't we the Everyschool Teamnames?
    Team: Yeah!
    Team Captain: Don't we have the best team of the season?!
    Team: YEAH!!!
    Team Captain: And don't you have me as your captain!?!
    Team: * gloom*
  • Invoked in a commercial for Netflix. A hockey coach motivates his team by saying, "Do you remember that scene from that movie on Netflix? The team was down, and the coach, he gave that speech. Yeah yeah, you remember that scene? Remember what he said? Well that, gentlemen, is what I’m saying!" Judging by the players' wild applause, this worked.

...Now go out there and do something awesome! Chaaaaaaaaaarge!!!!!!!!!

Alternative Title(s): Never Give Up Speech