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Basic Trope: A character gives a (usually) spur-of-the-moment speech that catches the attention of others and convinces them to go with the flow.

  • Straight: Colonel Bob rallies his troops together to plot a counterattack against their enemies.
  • Exaggerated: Colonel Bob uses a megaphone to rally his troops, but is loud enough to attract the attention of squirrels and other wildlife who also volunteer.
  • Downplayed: While Colonel Bob intends to rally his troops together, he gives a speech that sounds rousing in his words, but not his voice, which sounds downright dull.
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  • Subverted: After Colonel Bob gives his speech, his troops just resign themselves entirely.
  • Double Subverted: One of the troops then asks, "Wait a minute, did you say, '[insert important detail here]?'" Only then do they decide to go with the flow.
  • Inverted: See "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Parodied: Colonel Bob gives an over-the-top, cliche-ridden speech.
  • Zig Zagged: Colonel Bob starts his speech, but then can't think of or remember what to say next, so he cuts it off there and the troops resign themselves. Then it comes to him and he resumes motivating his troops, only to again forget what to say next, prompting the troops to resign themselves again. Finally, he gets in the rest of his speech, and the troops follow him into battle.
  • Averted: Colonel Bob neither has a speech prepared nor can think of one.
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  • Lampshaded: “This Is the Part Where... the colonel fires us up with a speech.”
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  • Played For Laughs: Colonel Bob gives a speech that clearly shouldn't motivate his troops, or might not even be relevant, but his troops act seriously motivated anyway.
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