Favourite Fictional Speeches (Spoilers Aplenty)
Source (Form of Source): Example "Quotation" Explanation of Speech
- •To Kill a Mockingbird (Book/Film): Atticus Finch's speech during the trial"This case is as simple as black and white." A powerful closing argument from one of the greatest heroes in the history of fiction.
- •Daredevil (Television): Matt Murdoch's speech to the jury"A man is dead. And my client, John Healy... took his life. This is not in dispute. It is a matter of record... of fact... and facts have no moral judgement." A compelling argument of self-defence and the nature of law itself.
- •Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney - Justice For All (Video Game): Miles Edgeworth and the meaning of being a servant of the law"It doesn't matter how many underhanded tricks a person uses... The truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one... It's never easy... We claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you. That's the reason why prosecutors and defence lawyers exist." A testament of truth and justice from an experienced man.
- •Ghost Trick - Phantom Detective (Video Game): Yomiel's Confession"It was the twisted wish of a mind poisoned by infinite loneliness." The true story of Ghost Trick is revealed, and Yomiel's emotions are shown to the player as exponentially more sympathetic than ever thought before.
- •V for Vendetta (Film): "V speech""Verily this Vichyssoise of Verbiage Veers most Verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you many call me V." The introduction of the dramatic vigilante and revolutionary, the use of alliteration adds to his grandeur and cements V's entire character in his first minutes on screen.
- •Batman - The Killing Joke (Comic): The Joker and the virtues of madness"Madness is... the emergency exit!" A frightening display of true insanity, Alan Moore gives the reader insight into the most twisted mind ever put to paper.
- •American Gods (Book): Shadow saves the world"Either you've been forgotten, or you're scared you're going to be rendered obsolete, or maybe you're just getting tired of existing in the whim of people." Usually a man of few words, Shadow speaks to the gods, old and new, to show what Odin and Loki planned to do with their dead brethren.
- •Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Film): Holy Hand Grenade"Three shall be the number you shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three..." "...Right! One... Two... Five!" Just pure hilarity, the prayer and instructions for the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch are brilliantly worded, perfectly delivered, and are infinitely quotable.
- •Breaking Bad (Television): I am the one who knocksNo, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger!" When Walt's obsession with power is shown to take precedence over his initial motives, he solidifies himself as one of televisions greatest villains, treating the audience to the highest quality psycho-analysis of a character to be had on cable.
- •Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations (Video Game): Godot's tragic statement of defeat"The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over." This speech produces so many emotions, it's hard to begin. Godot is my favourite character of all time, and his tale of loss and failure comes to its climactic end with these reminiscent words. Coming to terms with the errors of his past, Diego Armando is finally free from his mental prison, with the understanding that Phoenix will be able to carry Mia's legacy, that of the only woman he truly loved, in court with honour and skill.
- •Doctor Who (Televison): Time Lord Victorious"For a long time, I thought I was just a survivor., but in not. I'm the winner. That's who I am. The Time Lord Victorious." A display of authority, even power , from the Doctor over his attempt to change the course of time, the viewer is given a glimpse into what truly could happen if someone with the capabilities of the Doctor really wanted to show the world who's boss.
- •Bob's Burgers (Television): Bob and the Turkey Baster"That's classic you, turkey baster! Classic you. Not fitting in the drawer. Deliberately not! That's great." Another great comedic speech, this time just a man and his turkey baster in a cold and lonely Thanksgiving. A testament to H Jon Benjamin's voice acting skill, the oddly convincing emotion over this kitchen utensil is a joy to watch.
- •Scrubs (Television): That's why we make jokes"We don't do it because it's fun, we do it so that we can get by." Probably the most impactful moment in Scrubs, it shows an aspect of medicine that is never really covered by other shows of his genre. The work done by the doctors is emotionally destructive, and these words from Dr. Cox exemplify this perfectly.