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Italian LARP "Battle for Vilegis" has scores of 'em

House Brandis "senza meta, nessuna speranza!" (No hope without a goal)
House Altea "padroni del nostro destino! " (masters of our own fate!)
House Soldraconis "Nessuna carne verrà risparmiata!" (No flesh shall be spared)
House Radiant "dalle ceneri alla vittoria!" (From ashes to victory!)
House Martes "Nostro il volere, nostro il potere" (ours the will;ours the power.)
House Laocoonte"insegna a soffrire, vivi a morire" (teach one to suffer, live for death.)
House Argantis "conquista e domina!" (To conquer and dominate)
...and many more.


Also, the lesser houses. To name but some....

Lesser house Verania "osa il volo o taci al suolo" (dare to fly or shut up on the ground)
Lesser house Cerberus "poni fine e non inizio" (put an end, not a start)

9th Mar '16 11:54:15 AM StFan
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* BadassCreed/LiveActionTV
* BadassCreed/{{Music}}
* BadassCreed/ProfessionalWrestling
* BadassCreed/TabletopGames
* BadassCreed/VideoGames
* BadassCreed/WebComics
* BadassCreed/WebOriginal
* BadassCreed/WesternAnimation
* BadassCreed/RealLife
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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Oh, boy... [[MemeticMutation WHERE THE HELL DO WE EVEN START?]]
** "Go BeyondTheImpossible and kick reason to the curb! That's the Gurren-dan way!"
** Even the show's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic most recognized insert anthem]], ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic 'Libera Me' from Hell]]'' has this in the lyrics:
--->"Do the impossible \\
See the invisible \\
ROW! ROW! FIGHT THE POWER!\\
Touch the untouchable \\
Break the unbreakable! \\
ROW! ROW! FIGHT THE POWER!"
** "Who the hell do you think I am?"
** The entirety of [[BadassArmy Dai Gurren-dan]] in the beginning of the final episode, each one contributing a line, with the entire ensemble joining in during the last few lines:
--->'''Nia''': [[YouCantFightFate Even when trapped by karma's cycle...]]\\
'''Yoko''': [[ThePowerOfLove ...The dreams we left behind]] [[RousingSpeech will open the door!]]\\
'''Leeron''': [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Even if the Universe stands in our way...]]\\
'''[[spoiler: Viral]]''': [[HotBlooded ...our seething blood]] [[ScrewDestiny will determine what will be!]]\\
'''Simon''': [[RefugeInAudacity We'll break through time and space!]]\\
'''All''': [[TheDeterminator And defy all who would stop us,]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding to grab hold of our path!]]\\
'''Simon''': [[TitleDrop Tengen Toppa...]] [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann!]]\\
'''All''': '''[[ArcWords JUST WHO]] [[CatchPhrase THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!]]'''
** Similarly, Episode 8 - the series' most bittersweet - has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgYHvywOsB0 this]]:
--->'''Kamina:''' We brawlers are sustained by willpower! Even when mocked as reckless and crazy!\\
'''Simon:''' If there's a wall in our way, then we smash it down! If there isn't a path, then we carve it out ourselves!\\
'''Both:''' The magma of our souls burns with a mighty flame! Super Ultra Combining, Gurren Lagann! \\
'''Simon:''' JUST WHO!\\
'''Kamina:''' IN THE HELL!\\
'''Both:''' ...DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!
*** Bonus points to Kamina for [[spoiler:having ''badassed himself back to life'' in order to deliver this speech]]. A nearby volcano spontaneously explodes right after they finish their speech, as if saying, "Word."
** Also, "My drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens." By the last episode, it decides to create them instead for some reason.
* Every time Roger Smith powers up Anime/TheBigO, the internal display flashes the message "Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty".
** This also applies to the other Megadeuses (Big Duo and Big Fau); when the message changes, something's gone wrong. Most notably, [[spoiler:when Big Duo rejects and kills Alan Gabriel]], the message is simply "YE GUILTY".
* The titular ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko''
-->'' "I hold no enmity against those coerced into evil, but to those vile beings who toy with the hearts and souls of men, since the time of ancient gods, we have been your destroyers! Now the 108th Devil Hunter Yohko is here!" ''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** Madoka's wish.
--> [[spoiler:"If any rule or law stands in the way of that...I will destroy it. I will rewrite it. That is my prayer...That is my wish. Now! Grant my wish... ...Incubator!"]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' 'Ninja Way'
--> ''I never give up, and I never go back on my word. That's my ninja way!''
-->-- '''Naruto'''
--> ''In Root, you have no name. You have no feelings. You have no past. You have no future. There is only the mission.
-->-- '''ANBU Root'''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Fate Stay Night}}''
** Archer's aria to call forth Unlimited Blade Works:
--->I am the bone of my sword. \\
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. \\
I have created over a thousand blades. \\
Unknown to death. \\
Nor known to life. \\
Have withstood pain to create many weapons. \\
Yet, those hands will never hold anything. \\
So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works.
** Then there's the literal translation as opposed to the official {{Engrish}}:
--->His body is made out of swords. \\
His blood is of iron and his heart of glass. \\
He survived through countless battles. \\
Not even once retreating, \\
Not even once being understood. \\
He was always alone. \\
Intoxicated with victory in a hill of swords. \\
Thus, his life has no meaning. \\
That body was certainly made out of swords.
** Later [[spoiler:adopted by Shirou]]:
--->I am the bone of my sword. \\
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. \\
I have created over a thousand blades. \\
Unaware of loss. \\
Nor aware of gain. \\
Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival. \\
I have no regrets, this is the only path. \\
My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works.
*** Non-Engrish
----> His body is made out of swords. \\
His blood is of iron and his heart of glass. \\
He survived through countless battles. \\
Not even once retreating. \\
Not even once being victorious. \\
The bearer lies here alone. \\
Forging iron in a hill of swords. \\
Thus, my life needs no meaning. \\
This body is made out of infinite swords.
** Also, [[spoiler:Kotomine]] has one as a spell invocation:
--->I will kill. I will let live. I will harm and heal. None will escape me. None will escape my sight.\\
Be crushed.\\
I welcome those who have grown old and those who have lost.\\
Devote yourself to me, learn from me, and obey me.\\
Rest. Do not forget song, do not forget prayer, and do not forget me.\\
I am light and relieve you of all your burdens.\\
Do not pretend. Retribution for {{forgiveness}}, [[BetrayalTropes betrayal]] for [[PowerOfTrust trust]], [[DespairEventHorizon despair]] for hope, [[DarkIsEvil darkness]] for [[LightIsGood light]], dark death for the living.\\
Relief is in my hands. I will add oil to your sins and leave a mark.\\
Eternal life is given through death.\\
Ask for forgiveness here. I, the incarnation, will swear.\\
-- '''Kyrie Eleison'''
** The chant to Archer's ultimate technique:
--->Spirit and technique, flawless and firm,\\
Our strength rips the mountains,\\
Our swords split the water,\\
Our names reach the imperial villa,\\
The two of us cannot hold heavens together\\
Two great men, sharing a life!
* The creed of the Lovelace family from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
-->Una bendición por los vivos, una rama de flor por los muertos. \\
Con una espada por la justicia, un castigo de muerte para los malvados. \\
Así llegaremos en el altar de los santos.
** Roughly:
-->''A blessing for the living, [[DueToTheDead a bunch of flowers for the dead]]. \\
With a sword of justice, a punishment of death for the wicked. \\
Thus shall we arrive at the altar of the saints.''
** Roberta's oath as the Bloodhound of Florencia:
-->"In the name of Santa Maria, a hammer blow of righteousness to all injustice."
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** A chapter-length example from the manga:
--->''We ask o' thee: Whit art thou''?\\
We are Iscariot, the Zealot Judas! \\
''In that case, Iscariot, we ask o' thee: Whit dost thou hold in thy right hand''? \\
Daggers and poisons! \\
''In that case, Iscariot, we ask o' thee: Whit dost thou hold in thy left hand?'' \\
Thirty silver pieces and a rope! \\
''In that case, Iscariot'', whit art thou? \\
As apostles, yet not as apostles. \\
As adherents, yet not as adherents. \\
As believers, yet not as believers. \\
As traitors, yet not as traitors. \\
We are disciples of death, the Death Disciple Group, \\
Only bowing and praying forgiveness of the Lord; \\
Only bowing and defeating the enemies of the Lord. \\
Wielding our dagger in the night and poisoning the evening meal, \\
We are assassins; the Assassin Judas. \\
When the time comes, we shall cast our thirty silver pieces at the altar \\
And hang thy head from our rope. \\
Thereby we shall fall to Hell in cabal. \\
Lined up in square formation, we seek to do battle with the 7405926 demons of Hell. \\
APOCALYPSE NOW!
** Rip van Winkle also uses one:
--> Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.\\
My bullets punish all without distinction!
** The creed of Hellsing themselves:
---> In the name of God, impure souls of the living dead shall be banished into eternal damnation. Amen.
** The title quote of ''Anime/HellsingUltimate'', which later turns out to be one of these. Though it makes little sense out of context (and only half IN context), it probably still counts.
---> The bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' gives us a badass creed for a rather pathetic organization, the L.X.E. In call-and-response form, as it's also the sign-countersign password:
-->"From the earth?"\\
"A base metal."\\
"From the sky?"\\
"Fire."\\
"From my veins?"\\
[[HotBlooded "Hot blood."]]\\
"The fate of the world..."\\
''[Dramatic pose]'' "Is on my back!"
** [[ActionGirl Tokiko Tsumura]] has one as her catchphrase.
---> ''"I'll splatter your guts!"''
* [[Manga/SoulEater Justin Law]] has one that gets recited before his Law Abiding Silver Gun attack:
-->"We, the people of the city of death, beseech you, our God, as Christ is just\\
Oh God, let me be an instrument of your peace\\
I am a pillar of justice\\
A blade of faith\\
In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit\\
"Law Abiding Silver Gun"
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Sanji has these from time to time... [[ChivalrousPervert at least when]] [[ButtMonkey he's in battle.]]
-->''"Cooking is a gift from Heaven, Spices are a gift from Hell. Looks like the meal was too spicy for you."''
** Two things: He's a chef, and he's just learned to battle with a flaming leg when he says this.
* The titular creed from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'':
-->''"Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. The peace of the newly born, their black hands protect.\\
Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. To the depths of Hell's fire, their black souls lure the lost children.\\
Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. To ward the darkness from the nursing babes, their black robes serve as shields."''
* ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' features an awesome one from [[spoiler: The Magius Council]]:
-->[[spoiler:''"We are the Magius. We govern the world from the shadows."'']]
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' used an interesting one in the promos and trailers of the English dub, taken from the Chin Yisou episodes. It's an explanation of "muichimotsu," "hold nothing," and something Sanzo's master taught him.
-->''"If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If you meet your father, kill your father. Free of everything, you are bound by nothing. Live the life that is given to you."''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mayuri created Nemu with the mission to learn and develop, and to never act outside his orders. When Mayuri struggles in battle against Pernida, she enters the fight without waiting for his orders and saves his life. She dismisses his anger and disobeying his orders and putting his research (her creation and existence) at risk, by stating she's realised what her mission really is: the only way she can truly prove to Mayuri how much she's learned and developed is by using all of her abilities to protect his life. After this declaration, Mayuri reluctantly accepts he has to let her fight Pernida on his behalf.
-->'''Mayuri''': Nemu!! You... How do you have this level of power?!
-->'''Nemu''': It is the power you bestowed upon me, Mayuri-sama. This body, this shinigami body that Mayuri-sama has entrusted me with... I have drawn this out by pushing my system to within 0.8% of its threshold.
-->'''Mayuri''': Why, you little...
-->'''Nemu''': Do not worry. I can continue this level of power output for another 400 seconds.
-->'''Mayuri''': Don't you dare get flippant with me! I don't recall ever giving you this kind of order!
-->'''Nemu''': It wasn't an order. It is my purpose. My purpose is to protect Mayuri-sama.
-->'''Mayuri''': Wrong!! Your purpose is to mature and develop!!
-->'''Nemu''': And by protecting Mayuri-sama, I can show you just how much I've matured and developed.
* They're only badass if they mean it. In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Saitoh Hajime has one of these:
-->''"Aku Soku Zan" ["Swift Death to Evil."]''
* The Wolkenritter from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', after [[spoiler:their resurrection]].
-->'''Signum''': We are the the guardian knights who gather before our mistress, she of the night sky.
-->'''Shamal''': As long as our mistress exists, our souls will never extinguish.
-->'''Zafira''': As long as we have life in our bodies, we will stand by each other.
-->'''Vita''': We will always exist before our mistress, Queen of the Night Sky, Yagami Hayate.
-->'''Hayate''': Light of the Night Sky, come to my hand! Blessed Wind Reinforce! Set Up!
** Said creed also serves as an extremely epic announcement of the Queen of the Night Sky's (that is, [[PersonOfMassDestruction Post-Unison Hayate]]) first arrival to the material plane, which also doubles as her AwesomeMomentOfCrowning of sorts. A bit of FridgeBrilliance there, as royalty usually send heralds before them to announce their presence.
** Nanoha, herself, has a creed. It was assumed at the beginning of the series that she had to say it as a password in order to activate Raising Heart and don her barrier jacket, but soon her talent allows her to activate it without a password. Nevertheless, here it is:
--->''"I am the one who has been given a mission.\\
Under the contract, release those powers onto me.\\
Winds to the sky, stars to the heavens.\\
And, the unyielding soul, to this heart!\\
Magic to these hands. Raising Heart, set up!"''
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
** VICTORY GOES.....TO THOSE WITH COURAGE!!!
** The Oath Sworn through Courage, which was the heart of FINAL
** Also... LET'S BREAK STUFF!!!
** Hana's "Kowakunai, Kowakunai..." ("I'm not scared, I'm not scared...")
* Anime/CaptainHarlock's declaration in ''ArcadiaOfMyYouth'':
-->"We will never surrender. We will never beg aid from others. And we will never fight under any other flag than this!"
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': "InTheNameOfTheMoon, I shall punish you!"
* The Devil Bats of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' keep it simple. "WE'RE GONNA KILL 'EM...! YA-HA!" The White Knights have the much more subtle, "Glory on the kingdom!"
* From the ''[[VideoGame/SakuraWars Sakura Taisen]]'' theme
-->[Sakura] [[ForGreatJustice "We will fight for justice!"]]
-->[Maria] "Even if we have to risk our lives for the sake of this war!"
-->[Kanna] "We will stand our ground!"
-->[Iris] "Someday, this imperial capital ..."
-->[Kouran] "Till the day the evil disappears ..."
-->[Sumire] "We will continue to fight in this war!"
-->[All] "We are the Imperial Flower Attack Group
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' gives us few, most memorable one:
-->[Daiya] "You don't get it do you? You dont win because you strong. The ones [[{{Determinator}} who don't give up]] win in the end! That's why in the end the winners... Are we!!"
** Not giving up part doubles as ArcWords to be later used by Nouza.
* ''Anime/LeChevalierdEon'': When D'Eon de Beaumont is possessed by his deceased, secret agent sister Lia (it is a long story), she tends to drop some variant of this little gem from her inital post-mortem appearance:
-->'''Lia:''' Deliver my soul.\\
Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.\\
In the beginning was the Word; deliver my soul.\\
The Lord brings my soul out of trouble.\\
He cuts off my enemies, and destroys all those that afflict my soul.\\
In the name of that truth and loyalty, I shall take my vengeance.
* ''For the world and for the people, Anime/{{Daitarn 3}} is here to smash evil ambitions. If you do not fear the shine of the Sun, then come and bring it!''
* [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]] has one that he says every time he is about to use a FinishingMove. The most famous one is the one he uses to unleash Shining Finger.
-->[[PowerGlows This hand of mine glows with an awesome power!]]
-->Its burning grip tells me to defeat you.
-->Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow!
-->[[CallingYourAttacks SHINING FINGER SWORD!!!]]
-->Go! Go! GO!
** Eventually when he gets his MidSeasonUpgrade, the chant is changed to reflect the new attack.
-->This hand of mine is burning red!
-->Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory!
-->[[CallingYourAttacks Erupting!]] [[LargeHam Burning!]] [[RefugeInAudacity FINGER!]]
-->And now... HEAT END!
** This is only to be expected, being a technique from...
--> The School of the Undefeated of the East!
--> The Winds of the King!
--> Zenshin!
--> Keiretsu!
--> Tenpa Kyouran!
--> '''LOOK! THE EAST IS BURNING RED!'''
** In the finale, when Domon and Rain prepare to defeat the Devil Gundam:
--> These hands of ours are burning red!
--> '''Domon''': Their loud cry tells us -
-->'''Rain''': -to grasp happiness!
* The anime ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' had a few examples. "Never Give Up!" being one of the most memorable. Aqune had the very {{Badass}} "Oracle's Light!".
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
--> '''Goku:''' You can destroy whole planets but you can ''never'' destroy what I am, friend!
--> '''Freiza:''' You... what are you?!
--> '''Goku:''' I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth! '''Ally to good, nightmare to you!'''
** The version in the redub ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' is better (and also the first time Goku uses his full name in an English dub):
--->'''Goku:''' I'm a proud Saiyan who calls Earth home, and I'm here to defeat you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legend, pure of heart and awakened by fury, that's what I am. '''I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!'''
** Goku is pretty good at handing these out throughout a battle when he's fighting the BigBad of the season. Here's an abridged version [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged (no relation)]] from ''Anime/DragonBallGT'':
--> '''Goku:''' The killing stops here. All you can see is the light shining through the cracks around the edges of the door, Baby. And you just don't think that little bit of light can overcome your dark plans. But what you can't see is what's behind the door. That's what I am. ... Light breaks the darkness. This form is my instrument. I have no limits.
--> '''Baby:''' What ARE you?
--> '''Goku:''' I am the answer. The answer to all that is evil.
* In ''Manga/CodeBreaker'', each member of the eponymous group has their own personal version of the Code of Hammurabi, which they all use as their Creed, and also gives insight to each of their personalities
** Oogami's [[spoiler: as well as the ones the Angels use later on in the manga to seduce those that'd lost loved ones to evil]]
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and Evil for Evil
** Toki's
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Steel Hammer of Justice for Evil
** Yuuki's
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Requiem of Fury for Evil
** Heike's two
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Eternal Shackles for Evil
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Eternal Sleep for the Dead
** Prince's two
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Punishment of Death for Evil
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Image of Retribution for Evil
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' has Vincent Law's, said by [[spoiler: Proxy One]] near the beginning of the series, and then finally by [[IronicEcho Vincent himself]] as the last line of the series:
--> [[spoiler: I am Ergo Proxy - the agent of death. ]]
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Shiho Nishizumi, mother of [[TheHero Miho]] and Maho, sums up her family's philosophy on tankery.
-->'''Shiho''': "If you shoot, you hit, if you defend, you defend strong, if you advance, you advance without falter. Iron rules and a heart of steel. That is what defines the Nishizumi school."
** In a flashback in the ''Little Army'' prequel manga, Maho tells this to Miho.
-->'''Maho''': Nishizumi-ryuu Panzer-kraft means [[{{Determinator}} always finding a way to move forward]].
** Toward the end of the final battle, as Maho [[spoiler:is trapped fighting Miho's tank one-on-one]], she has this to say.
-->'''Maho''': The Nishizumis do not withdraw from battles.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Right there in the first line of the theme: "Are you the prey? No, we are the hunters!"
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' has Issei and Vali's chants to unleash Juggernaut Drive
** Issei's is:
---> I, who is about to awaken,\\
Am the Heavenly Dragon who has stolen the principles of domination from God\\
I laugh at the "infinite", and I grieve at the "dream"\\
I shall become the Red Dragon of Domination\\
And I shall sink you to the depths of the crimson purgatory!
** Vali's is:
---> I, who is about to awaken,\\
Am the Heavenly Dragon who has taken the principles of supremacy from God\\
I envy the "infinite" and I pursue the "dream"\\
I shall become the White Dragon of Supremacy\\
And I shall take you to the limits of white paradise.

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[[folder:LARP]]
* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Oh, boy... [[MemeticMutation WHERE THE HELL DO WE EVEN START?]]
** "Go BeyondTheImpossible and kick reason to the curb! That's the Gurren-dan way!"
** Even the show's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic most recognized insert anthem]], ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic 'Libera Me' from Hell]]'' has this in the lyrics:
--->"Do the impossible \\
See the invisible \\
ROW! ROW! FIGHT THE POWER!\\
Touch the untouchable \\
Break the unbreakable! \\
ROW! ROW! FIGHT THE POWER!"
** "Who the hell do you think I am?"
From Mythodea
** The entirety of [[BadassArmy Dai Gurren-dan]] in the beginning of the final episode, each one contributing a line, with the entire ensemble joining in during the last few lines:
--->'''Nia''': [[YouCantFightFate Even when trapped by karma's cycle...]]\\
'''Yoko''': [[ThePowerOfLove ...The dreams we left behind]] [[RousingSpeech will open the door!]]\\
'''Leeron''': [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Even if the Universe stands in our way...]]\\
'''[[spoiler: Viral]]''': [[HotBlooded ...our seething blood]] [[ScrewDestiny will determine what will be!]]\\
'''Simon''': [[RefugeInAudacity We'll break through time and space!]]\\
'''All''': [[TheDeterminator And defy all who would stop us,]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding to grab hold of our path!]]\\
'''Simon''': [[TitleDrop Tengen Toppa...]] [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann!]]\\
'''All''': '''[[ArcWords JUST WHO]] [[CatchPhrase THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!]]'''
** Similarly, Episode 8 - the series' most bittersweet - has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgYHvywOsB0 this]]:
--->'''Kamina:''' We brawlers are sustained by willpower! Even when mocked as reckless and crazy!\\
'''Simon:''' If there's a wall in our way, then we smash it down! If there isn't a path, then we carve it out ourselves!\\
'''Both:''' The magma of our souls burns with a mighty flame! Super Ultra Combining, Gurren Lagann! \\
'''Simon:''' JUST WHO!\\
'''Kamina:''' IN THE HELL!\\
'''Both:''' ...DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!
*** Bonus points to Kamina for [[spoiler:having ''badassed himself back to life'' in order to deliver this speech]]. A nearby volcano spontaneously explodes right after they finish their speech, as if saying, "Word."
** Also, "My drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens." By the last episode, it decides to create them instead for some reason.
* Every time Roger Smith powers up Anime/TheBigO, the internal display flashes the message "Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty".
** This also applies to the other Megadeuses (Big Duo and Big Fau); when the message changes, something's gone wrong. Most notably, [[spoiler:when Big Duo rejects and kills Alan Gabriel]], the message is simply "YE GUILTY".
* The titular ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko''
-->'' "I hold no enmity against those coerced into evil, but to those vile beings who toy with the hearts and souls of men, since the time of ancient gods, we have been your destroyers! Now the 108th Devil Hunter Yohko is here!" ''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** Madoka's wish.
--> [[spoiler:"If any rule or law stands in the way of that...I will destroy it. I will rewrite it. That is my prayer...That is my wish. Now! Grant my wish... ...Incubator!"]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' 'Ninja Way'
--> ''I never give up, and I never go back on my word. That's my ninja way!''
-->-- '''Naruto'''
--> ''In Root, you have no name. You have no feelings. You have no past. You have no future. There is only the mission.
-->-- '''ANBU Root'''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Fate Stay Night}}''
** Archer's aria to call forth Unlimited Blade Works:
--->I am the bone of my sword. \\
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. \\
I have created over a thousand blades. \\
Unknown to death. \\
Nor known to life. \\
Have withstood pain to create many weapons. \\
Yet, those hands will never hold anything. \\
So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works.
** Then there's the literal translation as opposed to the official {{Engrish}}:
--->His body is made out of swords. \\
His blood is of iron and his heart of glass. \\
He survived through countless battles. \\
Not even once retreating, \\
Not even once being understood. \\
He was always alone. \\
Intoxicated with victory in a hill of swords. \\
Thus, his life has no meaning. \\
That body was certainly made out of swords.
** Later [[spoiler:adopted by Shirou]]:
--->I am the bone of my sword. \\
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. \\
I have created over a thousand blades. \\
Unaware of loss. \\
Nor aware of gain. \\
Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival. \\
I have no regrets, this is the only path. \\
My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works.
*** Non-Engrish
----> His body is made out of swords. \\
His blood is of iron and his heart of glass. \\
He survived through countless battles. \\
Not even once retreating. \\
Not even once being victorious. \\
The bearer lies here alone. \\
Forging iron in a hill of swords. \\
Thus, my life needs no meaning. \\
This body is made out of infinite swords.
** Also, [[spoiler:Kotomine]] has one
Black Ice as a spell invocation:
--->I will kill. I will let live. I will harm and heal. None will escape me. None will escape my sight.\\
Be crushed.\\
I welcome those who have grown old and those who have lost.\\
Devote yourself to me, learn from me, and obey me.\\
Rest. Do not forget song, do not forget prayer, and do not forget me.\\
I am light and relieve you of all your burdens.\\
Do not pretend. Retribution for {{forgiveness}}, [[BetrayalTropes betrayal]] for [[PowerOfTrust trust]], [[DespairEventHorizon despair]] for hope, [[DarkIsEvil darkness]] for [[LightIsGood light]], dark death for the living.\\
Relief is in my hands. I will add oil to your sins and leave a mark.\\
Eternal life is given through death.\\
Ask for forgiveness here. I, the incarnation, will swear.\\
-- '''Kyrie Eleison'''
** The chant to Archer's ultimate technique:
--->Spirit and technique, flawless and firm,\\
Our strength rips the mountains,\\
Our swords split the water,\\
Our names reach the imperial villa,\\
The two of us cannot hold heavens together\\
Two great men, sharing a life!
* The creed of the Lovelace family from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
-->Una bendición por los vivos, una rama de flor por los muertos. \\
Con una espada por la justicia, un castigo de muerte para los malvados. \\
Así llegaremos en el altar de los santos.
** Roughly:
-->''A blessing for the living, [[DueToTheDead a bunch of flowers for the dead]]. \\
With a sword of justice, a punishment of death for the wicked. \\
Thus shall we arrive at the altar of the saints.''
** Roberta's oath as the Bloodhound of Florencia:
-->"In the name of Santa Maria, a hammer blow of righteousness to all injustice."
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** A chapter-length example from the manga:
--->''We ask o' thee: Whit art thou''?\\
We are Iscariot, the Zealot Judas! \\
''In that case, Iscariot, we ask o' thee: Whit dost thou hold in thy right hand''? \\
Daggers and poisons! \\
''In that case, Iscariot, we ask o' thee: Whit dost thou hold in thy left hand?'' \\
Thirty silver pieces and a rope! \\
''In that case, Iscariot'', whit art thou? \\
As apostles, yet not as apostles. \\
As adherents, yet not as adherents. \\
As believers, yet not as believers. \\
As traitors, yet not as traitors. \\
We are disciples of death, the Death Disciple Group, \\
Only bowing and praying forgiveness of the Lord; \\
Only bowing and defeating the enemies of the Lord. \\
Wielding our dagger in the night and poisoning the evening meal, \\
We are assassins; the Assassin Judas. \\
When the time comes, we shall cast our thirty silver pieces at the altar \\
And hang thy head from our rope. \\
Thereby we shall fall to Hell in cabal. \\
Lined up in square formation, we seek to do battle with the 7405926 demons of Hell. \\
APOCALYPSE NOW!
** Rip van Winkle also uses one:
--> Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.\\
My bullets punish all without distinction!
** The creed of Hellsing themselves:
---> In the name of God, impure souls of the living dead shall be banished into eternal damnation. Amen.
** The title quote of ''Anime/HellsingUltimate'', which later turns out to be one of these. Though it makes little sense out of context (and only half IN context), it probably still counts.
---> The bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' gives us a badass creed for a rather pathetic organization, the L.X.E. In call-and-response form, as it's also the sign-countersign password:
-->"From the earth?"\\
"A base metal.
call/response series:
--->"We live..
"\\
"From the sky?"\\
"Fire.
''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''\\
"We fight...
"\\
"From my veins?"\\
[[HotBlooded "Hot blood."]]\\
"The fate of the world...
''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''\\
"We die..
"\\
''[Dramatic pose]'' "Is on my back!"
''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
** [[ActionGirl Tokiko Tsumura]] has And one as her catchphrase.
---> ''"I'll splatter your guts!"''
* [[Manga/SoulEater Justin Law]] has one that gets recited before his Law Abiding Silver Gun attack:
-->"We, the people of the city of death, beseech you, our God, as Christ is just\\
Oh God, let me be an instrument of your peace\\
I am a pillar of justice\\
A blade of faith\\
In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit\\
"Law Abiding Silver Gun"
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Sanji has these from time to time... [[ChivalrousPervert at least when]] [[ButtMonkey he's in battle.]]
-->''"Cooking is a gift from Heaven, Spices are a gift from Hell. Looks like the meal was too spicy
for you."''
** Two things: He's a chef, and he's just learned to battle with a flaming leg when he says this.
* The titular creed from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'':
-->''"Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. The peace of the newly born, their black hands protect.\\
Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. To the depths of Hell's fire, their black souls lure the lost children.\\
Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. To ward the darkness from the nursing babes, their black robes serve as shields."''
* ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' features an awesome one from [[spoiler: The Magius Council]]:
-->[[spoiler:''"We are the Magius. We govern the world from the shadows."'']]
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' used an interesting one in the promos and trailers of the English dub, taken from the Chin Yisou episodes. It's an explanation of "muichimotsu," "hold nothing," and something Sanzo's master taught him.
-->''"If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If you meet your father, kill your father. Free of everything, you are bound by nothing. Live the life that is given to you."''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mayuri created Nemu with the mission to learn and develop, and to never act outside his orders. When Mayuri struggles in battle against Pernida, she enters the fight without waiting for his orders and saves his life. She dismisses his anger and disobeying his orders and putting his research (her creation and existence) at risk, by stating she's realised what her mission really is: the only way she can truly prove to Mayuri how much she's learned and developed is by using
all of her abilities to protect his life. After this declaration, Mayuri reluctantly accepts he has to let her fight Pernida on his behalf.
-->'''Mayuri''': Nemu!! You... How do you have this level of power?!
-->'''Nemu''': It is the power you bestowed upon me, Mayuri-sama. This body, this shinigami body that Mayuri-sama has entrusted me with... I have drawn this out by pushing my system to within 0.8% of its threshold.
-->'''Mayuri''': Why, you little...
-->'''Nemu''': Do not worry. I can continue this level of power output for another 400 seconds.
-->'''Mayuri''': Don't you dare get flippant with me! I don't recall ever giving you this kind of order!
-->'''Nemu''': It wasn't an order. It is my purpose. My purpose is to protect Mayuri-sama.
-->'''Mayuri''': Wrong!! Your purpose is to mature and develop!!
-->'''Nemu''': And by protecting Mayuri-sama, I can show you just how much I've matured and developed.
* They're only badass if they mean it. In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Saitoh Hajime has one of these:
-->''"Aku Soku Zan" ["Swift Death to Evil."]''
* The Wolkenritter from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', after [[spoiler:their resurrection]].
-->'''Signum''': We are the the guardian knights who gather before our mistress, she of the night sky.
-->'''Shamal''': As long as our mistress exists, our souls will never extinguish.
-->'''Zafira''': As long as we have life in our bodies, we will stand by each other.
-->'''Vita''': We will always exist before our mistress, Queen of the Night Sky, Yagami Hayate.
-->'''Hayate''': Light of the Night Sky, come to my hand! Blessed Wind Reinforce! Set Up!
** Said creed
"Verfemte" (Condemned), also serves as an extremely epic announcement of the Queen of the Night Sky's (that is, [[PersonOfMassDestruction Post-Unison Hayate]]) first arrival to the material plane, which also doubles as her AwesomeMomentOfCrowning of sorts. A bit of FridgeBrilliance there, as royalty call/response and usually send heralds before them to announce their presence.
** Nanoha, herself, has a creed. It was assumed at the beginning of the series that she had to say it as a password in order to activate Raising Heart and don her barrier jacket, but soon her talent allows her to activate it without a password. Nevertheless, here it is:
--->''"I am the one who has been given a mission.\\
Under the contract, release those powers onto me.\\
Winds to the sky, stars to the heavens.\\
And, the unyielding soul, to this heart!\\
Magic to these hands. Raising Heart, set up!"''
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
** VICTORY GOES.....TO THOSE WITH COURAGE!!!
** The Oath Sworn through Courage, which was the heart of FINAL
** Also... LET'S BREAK STUFF!!!
** Hana's "Kowakunai, Kowakunai..." ("I'm not scared, I'm not scared...")
* Anime/CaptainHarlock's declaration in ''ArcadiaOfMyYouth'':
-->"We will never surrender. We will never beg aid from others. And we will never fight under any other flag than this!"
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': "InTheNameOfTheMoon, I shall punish you!"
* The Devil Bats of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' keep it simple. "WE'RE GONNA KILL 'EM...! YA-HA!" The White Knights have the much more subtle, "Glory on the kingdom!"
* From the ''[[VideoGame/SakuraWars Sakura Taisen]]'' theme
-->[Sakura] [[ForGreatJustice "We will fight for justice!"]]
-->[Maria] "Even if we have to risk our lives for the sake of this war!"
-->[Kanna] "We will stand our ground!"
-->[Iris] "Someday, this imperial capital ..."
-->[Kouran] "Till the day the evil disappears ..."
-->[Sumire] "We will continue to fight in this war!"
-->[All] "We are the Imperial Flower Attack Group
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' gives us few, most memorable one:
-->[Daiya] "You don't get it do you? You dont win because you strong. The ones [[{{Determinator}} who don't give up]] win in the end! That's why in the end the winners... Are we!!"
** Not giving up part doubles as ArcWords to be later used by Nouza.
* ''Anime/LeChevalierdEon'': When D'Eon de Beaumont is possessed by his deceased, secret agent sister Lia (it is a long story), she tends to drop some variant of this little gem from her inital post-mortem appearance:
-->'''Lia:''' Deliver my soul.\\
Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.\\
In the beginning was the Word; deliver my soul.\\
The Lord brings my soul out of trouble.\\
He cuts off my enemies, and destroys all those that afflict my soul.\\
In the name of that truth and loyalty, I shall take my vengeance.
* ''For the world and for the people, Anime/{{Daitarn 3}} is here to smash evil ambitions. If you do not fear the shine of the Sun, then come and bring it!''
* [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]] has one that he says every time he is about to use a FinishingMove. The most famous one
repeated 3 times:
--->"He
is the one he uses to unleash Shining Finger.
-->[[PowerGlows This hand of mine glows with an awesome power!]]
-->Its burning grip tells me to defeat you.
-->Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow!
-->[[CallingYourAttacks SHINING FINGER SWORD!!!]]
-->Go! Go! GO!
** Eventually when he gets his MidSeasonUpgrade, the chant is changed to reflect the new attack.
-->This hand of mine is burning red!
-->Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory!
-->[[CallingYourAttacks Erupting!]] [[LargeHam Burning!]] [[RefugeInAudacity FINGER!]]
-->And now... HEAT END!
** This is only to be expected, being a technique from...
--> The School of the Undefeated of the East!
--> The Winds of the King!
--> Zenshin!
--> Keiretsu!
--> Tenpa Kyouran!
--> '''LOOK!
eye..."\\
''"WE ARE
THE EAST IS BURNING RED!'''
** In the finale, when Domon and Rain prepare to defeat the Devil Gundam:
--> These hands of ours are burning red!
--> '''Domon''': Their loud cry tells us -
-->'''Rain''': -to grasp happiness!
* The anime ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' had a few examples. "Never Give Up!" being one of the most memorable. Aqune had the very {{Badass}} "Oracle's Light!".
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
--> '''Goku:''' You can destroy whole planets but you can ''never'' destroy what I am, friend!
--> '''Freiza:''' You... what are you?!
--> '''Goku:''' I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth! '''Ally to good, nightmare to you!'''
** The version in the redub ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' is better (and also the first time Goku uses his full name in an English dub):
--->'''Goku:''' I'm a proud Saiyan who calls Earth home, and I'm here to defeat you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legend, pure of heart and awakened by fury, that's what I am. '''I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!'''
** Goku is pretty good at handing these out throughout a battle when he's fighting the BigBad of the season. Here's an abridged version [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged (no relation)]] from ''Anime/DragonBallGT'':
--> '''Goku:''' The killing stops here. All you can see is the light shining through the cracks around the edges of the door, Baby. And you just don't think that little bit of light can overcome your dark plans. But what you can't see is what's behind the door. That's what I am. ... Light breaks the darkness. This form is my instrument. I have no limits.
--> '''Baby:''' What ARE you?
--> '''Goku:''' I am the answer. The answer to all that is evil.
* In ''Manga/CodeBreaker'', each member of the eponymous group has their own personal version of the Code of Hammurabi, which they all use as their Creed, and also gives insight to each of their personalities
** Oogami's [[spoiler: as well as the ones the Angels use later on in the manga to seduce those that'd lost loved ones to evil]]
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and Evil for Evil
** Toki's
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Steel Hammer of Justice for Evil
** Yuuki's
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Requiem of Fury for Evil
** Heike's two
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Eternal Shackles for Evil
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Eternal Sleep for the Dead
** Prince's two
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Punishment of Death for Evil
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Image of Retribution for Evil
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' has Vincent Law's, said by [[spoiler: Proxy One]] near the beginning of the series, and then finally by [[IronicEcho Vincent himself]] as the last line of the series:
--> [[spoiler: I am Ergo Proxy - the agent of death. ]]
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Shiho Nishizumi, mother of [[TheHero Miho]] and Maho, sums up her family's philosophy on tankery.
-->'''Shiho''': "If you shoot, you hit, if you defend, you defend strong, if you advance, you advance without falter. Iron rules and a heart of steel. That is what defines the Nishizumi school."
** In a flashback in the ''Little Army'' prequel manga, Maho tells this to Miho.
-->'''Maho''': Nishizumi-ryuu Panzer-kraft means [[{{Determinator}} always finding a way to move forward]].
** Toward the end of the final battle, as Maho [[spoiler:is trapped fighting Miho's tank one-on-one]], she has this to say.
-->'''Maho''': The Nishizumis do not withdraw from battles.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Right there in the first line of the theme: "Are you the prey? No, we are the hunters!"
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' has Issei and Vali's chants to unleash Juggernaut Drive
** Issei's is:
---> I, who is about to awaken,\\
Am the Heavenly Dragon who has stolen the principles of domination from God\\
I laugh at the "infinite", and I grieve at the "dream"\\
I shall become the Red Dragon of Domination\\
And I shall sink you to the depths of the crimson purgatory!
** Vali's is:
---> I, who is about to awaken,\\
Am the Heavenly Dragon who has taken the principles of supremacy from God\\
I envy the "infinite" and I pursue the "dream"\\
I shall become the White Dragon of Supremacy\\
And I shall take you to the limits of white paradise.
STORM!"''



[[folder:Comic Books]]
[[AC:Green Lantern]]
* The original, Alan Scott, had a rather pithy and poetic oath:
-->And I will shed [[LightIsGood my light]] over [[DarkIsEvil dark evil]],\\
[[GoodHurtsEvil For the dark things cannot stand the light,]]\\
The light of the Green Lantern!
* The 1959 {{retool}} established the somewhat more impressive and much better-known oath, used by most of the Green Lantern Corps:
-->"''[[CueTheSun In brightest day]], [[DarkestHour in blackest night]]\\
[[DetectEvil No evil shall escape my sight]]\\
[[SuperVillain Let those who worship evil's might]]\\
[[HolyHandGrenade Beware my power]]--[[LightIsGood Green Lantern's light!]]''"
::This one has a number of known variants:
** [[http://www.dcuguide.com/glcorps/profile.php?name=rotlopfan Rot Lop Fan]], whose species has no eyes and thus no concept of light or colour, chants an oath based around sounds and tones:
-->"In loudest din or hush profound
-->My ears catch evil's slightest sound.
-->Let those who toll out evil's knell
-->Beware my power-- the F-Sharp Bell!"
** [[PlantAliens Medphyll:]]
--->"[[TheLostWoods In forest dark or glade beferned,]]\\
[[{{Determinator}} No blade of grass shall go unturned.]]\\
[[EvilIsNotWellLit Let those that have the daylight spurned]],\\
[[LightIsGood tread not where this green lamp has burned."]]
** Jack T. Chance:
-->[[WretchedHive You who are wicked, evil, and mean]] -
-->[[BloodKnight I'm the nastiest creep you've]] ''[[BloodKnight ever]]'' [[BloodKnight seen]]!
-->[[BringIt Come one, come all; put up a fight]];
-->[[BadassBoast I'll pound your butts with Green Lantern's light.]]
-->Yowza.
** Kho, member of a genocidal race turned good and too {{badass}} for a last name:
--->"[[{{Turncoat}} Against dishonor and traitor's flight]]\\
[[ThickerThanWater I stand beside my clan to fight]].\\
[[{{Determinator}} With dying breath I claw and bite]]\\
[[LightIsGood Beware my power-- Green Lantern's Light!]]"
** Sodam Yat, a Daxamite ([[ComicBook/{{Superman}} who are like Kryptonians, but with a weakness to lead instead of Kryptonite]]) combines the Green Lantern and Sinestro oaths as the last suviving Green Lantern (and from the sounds of it, the last surviving Lantern of ''any'' colour) in [[ComicBook/{{LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} the 30th century]]:
--->In brightest day, through blackest night!
--->[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne No other Corps shall spread its light!]]
--->Let those who try to stop what's right,
--->Burn like my power-- Green Lantern's light!
** WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfO5S1Iu_VU (no, really)]]:
--->In blackest day or brightest night
--->Watermelon, cantaloupe, yadda yadda
--->Erm...[[Franchise/{{Batman}} superstitious and cowardly lot]]
--->[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance With liberty and justice for all!]]
** Hal Jordan is the [[Franchise/CareBears Green Carebear]]
-->[[PettingZooPeople With itchy fur and curly hair,]]
-->[[PowerOfFriendship I make good friends most everywhere.]]
-->[[TastesLikeDiabetes I hug and smile; I skip and share]]
-->[[PowerOfLove Feel the love:]]
-->[[CareBearStare My Care Bear Stare!]]
** Before the Corps was a thing, there was the ominous creed of the Manhunters:
--> Our enemies fear the face of steel
--> The will to this cold visage anneals
--> Ours is the face of justice revealed
--> [[SternChase No man escapes]] [[{{Determinator}} the Manhunters]]!
** When taken over by Atrocitus, this was changed to:
--> No guardian escapes the Manhunters!
** The [[{{Internal Affairs}} Alpha Lanterns]], who police the rank and file members:
-->"''[[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower In days of peace]], [[ForeverWar in nights of war]],\\
[[LawfulNeutral Obey the laws forever more]],\\
[[AllCrimesAreEqual Misconduct must be answered for]],\\
[[TheChosenMany Swear us the Chosen]] - [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner the Alpha Corps]]!''"
** And the Alpha Lanterns also have a motto that combines that of the Corps and the Manhunters:
-->"No Lantern escapes [[InternalAffairs The Alpha Lanterns]]!"
* The Yellow Lantern/Sinestro Corps Oath:
-->"''[[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad In blackest day, in brightest night,]]\\
[[LightIsNotGood Beware your fears made into light]]\\
[[KnightTemplar Let those who try to stop what's right]]\\
[[KillItWithFire Burn like his power]] -- [[MagnificentBastard Sinestro's might!]]''"
:: Naturally enough, Sinestro himself ends with "Burn like ''my'' power..." Later on, when Arkillo takes command, he replaces with last part with "Arkillo's might!"
* The Red Lanterns' oath:
-->"''[[ThePowerOfBlood With blood and]] [[TheBerserker rage of]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience crimson red]]\\
[[TakeUpMySword Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead]]\\
[[ThePowerOfHate Together with our hellish hate]]\\
[[UnstoppableRage We'll burn you all]]--[[CycleOfRevenge that is]] [[RevengeBeforeReason your fate!]]''"
** ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' tweaks it:
-->''[[ThePowerOfBlood With blood]] [[TheBerserker and rage]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience of crimson red]],\\
[[ThePowerOfHate We fill men's souls with darkest dread]],\\
[[RevengeBeforeReason And twist your minds to pain and hate]].\\
[[KillItWithFire We'll burn you all--that is your fate!]]''
** Aya later tries to modify it so Razer won't feel bad about having to use the oath to recharge his ring. It doesn't work, but it's a good try.
-->''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience The power of the crimson red]],\\
[[TookALevelInKindness Can lead your soul away from dread]],\\
[[InvertedTrope And heal the deepest wounds of hate]],\\
[[ScrewDestiny Let no one else decide your fate]].''
* The Power of Love [[TookALevelInBadass becomes somewhat more impressive]] with the Star Sapphire/Violet Lantern Corps:
-->"''[[BrokenBird For hearts long lost and]] [[{{Angst}} full of fright,]]\\
[[SolitaryTropes For those alone in blackest night]],\\
[[YouAreNotAlone Accept our ring and join our fight,]]\\
[[PowerOfLove Love Conquers All]]-- [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience with violet light]]!''"
* The Blue Lanterns:
-->"''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed In fearful day, in raging night,]]\\
[[HeroicResolve With strong hearts full our souls ignite,]]\\
[[DarkestHour When all seems lost in the War of Light]],\\
[[HopeSpringsEternal Look to the stars—for hope burns bright!]]''"
* The Indigo Tribe's is in {{Fictionary}} but it still sounds poetically badass:
-->"''[[TheUnintelligible Tor lorek san bor nakka mur.]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Natromo faan tornek wot ur.]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Taan lek lek nok-- formorrow Sur!]]''"
* And with the ComicBook/BlackestNight, we now have a creed for the Black Lanterns:
-->"''[[TheStarsAreGoingOut The blackest night falls from the skies,]]\\
[[DarkIsEvil The darkness grows, as all light dies]],\\
[[TheHeartless We crave your hearts and your demise,]]\\
[[{{Necromancer}} By my black hand]]-- [[ZombieApocalypse the dead shall rise]]!"''
* During ''Blackest Night'' Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) looks surprised when the other Lantern Corps are saying their oaths, as he hadn't thought of using one. So he creates his own oath:
-->"[[{{Greed}} What's]] ''[[{{Greed}} mine is mine]]''\\
[[{{Greed}} and mine and mine,]]\\
''[[OverlyLongGag And mine, and mine, and mine!]]\\
[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Not yours!]]''

[[AC:Other DC]]
* Comicbook/{{Superman}}:
** "Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear -- until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share -- I'll never stop fighting. Ever."
** [[ComicBook/KingdomCome "There is a right and a wrong in this universe. And that distinction is not hard to make."]]
** The iconic "I fight for Truth, Justice and The American Way."
** The Pledge of a Superman, from ''World's Finest Comics'' #213:
--->''I will use this power for all the good that can be done...''\\
''To work for peace...''\\
''To encourage virtue...''\\
''And above all, to preserve life, in all its forms...''\\
''Or failing in that, to give up this power...forever!''
* KryptoTheSuperdog was part of the Space Canine Patrol Agency, whose slogan is as follows: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius Big Dog! Big Dog!]] Bow wow wow! We'll crush evil... Now, now, now!" If "big dog, big dog, bow wow wow" sounds anticlimactic, it's because it's a ShoutOut to the Yale chorus ("Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow...")
* "{{ComicBook/Darkseid}} is." Understated, but given [[GodIsEvil everything that it implies]], it's pretty effective. Introduced in the JLA book ''Rock of Ages''.
--> '''Announcer''' On your knees for the Master!
-->The hour has come! HE has come!
-->Who is beyond good and evil?
-->Who is the prophet of Anti-Life?
-->Who is the Rock and the Chain and the Lightning?
-->All powerful! All unforgiving! All conquering!
-->WHO IS YOUR NEW GOD NOW AND FOREVER?
-->'''Darkseid''': Darkseid is.
** Darkseid tried something similar in the {{DCAU}}. Dan Turpin kinda took the wind out of his BadassBoast.
--> '''Turpin''': [[spoiler:In a pig's eye!]]
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Darkseid gets a new BadassCreed. He only uses it once, but it qualifies because he says it using the possessed bodies of ''billions of people''.
--> '''Darkseid:''' I. Am. The. New. God.
--> All is one in Darkseid. This mighty body is my church.
--> When I command your surrender, I speak with three billion voices.
--> When I make a fist to crush your resistance. It is with three billion hands.
--> When I stare into your eyes and shatter your dreams. And break your heart. It is with six billion eyes!
--> Nothing like Darkseid has ever come among you: Nothing will again.
--> I will take you to a hell without exit or end. And there I will murder your souls!
--> And make you crawl and beg! And die! Die! Die for Darkseid!
* TheFlash: ''"My name is [[LegacyCharacter Jay Garrick/Barry Allen/Wally West/Bart Allen]]. Who am I? I'm the Flash, the Fastest Man Alive."''
** Barry declares what it means to be The Flash as he runs himself to death saving the entire multiverse in JLA Incarnations #5:
-->"Light calling to me...drawing me forward...what is it? I hear it in my heart.
-->The essence of what I am. The source and the end. Speed itself.
-->It reminds me. What I stand for. What the League stands for.
-->My life doesn’t matter. I can save them. If I just let go...
-->and then I am in it and I am a part of it and I am everywhere.
-->I am the lightning and I am reaching out.
-->And there are no accidents!''
* The Golden Age Sandman, as revived in the 1990's ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre'' series: "None can escape the Sandman's dark dream."
** He also used to leave a poem on his defeated opponents: "There is no land beyond the law / Where tyrants rule with unshakable power! / 'Tis but a dream from which the evil wake / To face their fate, their terrifying hour!"
* The third ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'', Jaime Reyes, has a short one when he goes off to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge show what happens when you mess with his planet]]: "[[GratuitousSpanish Escarabajo vamonos!]]" [[note]]Let's go, Beetle![[/note]]
* Creator/JephLoeb's version of Franchise/{{Batman}} has: "I made a [[HeroicVow promise]] on the graves of my parents to rid this city of the evil that took their lives."
* Creator/FrankMiller creates one for ComicBook/TheQuestion, in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''. The Question describes the problems facing the world, [[ConspiracyTheorist the threat of the conspiracy at the heart of it,]] and his intention to "document every foul lie", so that the truth will one day be exposed and mankind will be saved...ending with this little gem:
--> ''It is not in my power to effect the change. I haven't the might. I am not the answer.''
--> ''I am only The Question.''
* WonderWoman, during GailSimone's run:
--> "Keep faith. Trust to love. Fight with honor. But fight to win."

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* {{Wolverine}}'s "I'm the best there is at what I do -- but what I do best isn't very nice." The second part is frequently dropped.
* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} has the rather thoughtful "With great power {{comes great responsibility}}."
* In "The Oath", Comicbook/DoctorStrange manages to make the Hippocratic Oath badass:
-->"I have sworn many oaths in my day, to every being from Hoggoth to Watoomb. But the first oath I swore was the Hippocratic. 'I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients, according to my judgement and ability, and I will do so at any cost.' "

[[AC:Others]]
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd, "[[{{I Am The Noun}} I am the Law!]]"
* "We are the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles. We strike hard, and fade away... into the night."
* Matt Wagner's "ComicBook/{{Grendel}}s" have this Oath of Obedience (taking at least one riff from one of the other {{Badass Creed}}s on this page):
-->"With Orion's sword the hunter arose and conquered the world with fury and grace
-->In him was I born, in him shall I die, in him shall I lose name, station and face
-->Death over weakness, death over despair, death over personal gain
-->Death over dishonor, death over undeath, death over the fire with no flame
-->All this I pledge thee O Grendel, Great Khan, to serve and protect over death's endless tide
-->With your word in my heart, your eyes in my face and your tooth in my hand, by my side"
-->''Vivat Grendel!''
* [[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers The Wreckers]] from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'':
--> '''Wreck and Rule!'''.
--> ''Lost cause? Of course it's a lost cause! That's why ''we're here!''.''
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': "A Ninja's duty in life is death!"
* "I am the [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]. I stand before the unstoppable hordes...and I hold them back. That's what I do. What I've always done. I am the Iron Fist. I hold back the storm...When nothing else can."
* [[ComicBook/{{Preacher}} Jesse Custer]] learned his from his father, cribbed from JohnWayne;
-->'''John Custer''': ''Don't take no shit off fools. Judge a person by what's in 'em, not how they look. An' you do the '''right thing'''. Be one of the good guys. 'Cause there's way too many of the bad.''
* Frank Drake of the Nightstalkers distills the entirety of Silver Age Superhero philosophy into four words. Do good. Fight evil.
* Archie Adventure Hero "The Fly" featured this promise: I, The Fly, do solemnly swear that nothing shall keep me from fulfilling my sacred vow...to erase crime from the face of the earth!
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series, but most commonly the Archie comics, theres always a badass creed used to summon upon the power of one of the emeralds, usually the Master Emerald, for a specific request, usually along the lines of "The servers are the seven chaos emerald, chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller is the one who unifies the chaos." followed by the request. The badass-ness of this is shown in its full height at the end of the Enerjak arc, as Knuckles and Doctor Finitevus both channel the energy of the Master Emerald and prepare to strike the other down with one energy charged punch, in a way that seems to invoke the feeling of a battle between Hal Jordan and Sinestro.
-->'''Knuckles''': The servers are the seven chaos...
-->'''Finitevus''': The servants are the seven chaos...
-->'''Knuckles''': Chaos is power, enriched by the heart...
-->'''Finitevus''': Chaos is power, controlled by my will..
-->'''Knuckles''': The controller exists to unify the chaos!
-->'''Finitevus''': The controller exists to enslave the chaos!
* In ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons'', Bushitaka, the Castaka family code. It allows victory, or death in pursuit of victory as the only possible choices for a warrior. At any cost.
* The Oath of the Skull from ''ComicBook/ThePhantom'' is an iconic classic in the genre.
--> "I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty, and injustice, in all their forms, and my sons and their sons shall follow me."

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
[[AC:Green Lantern]]
[[folder:Radio]]
* The original, Alan Scott, had a rather pithy TheLoneRanger's Creed, from his original radio show and poetic oath:
-->And I will shed [[LightIsGood my light]] over [[DarkIsEvil dark evil]],\\
[[GoodHurtsEvil For the dark things cannot stand the light,]]\\
The light of the Green Lantern!
* The 1959 {{retool}} established the somewhat more impressive and much better-known oath, used by most of the Green Lantern Corps:
-->"''[[CueTheSun In brightest day]], [[DarkestHour in blackest night]]\\
[[DetectEvil No evil shall escape my sight]]\\
[[SuperVillain Let those who worship evil's might]]\\
[[HolyHandGrenade Beware my power]]--[[LightIsGood Green Lantern's light!]]''"
::This one has a number of known variants:
** [[http://www.dcuguide.com/glcorps/profile.php?name=rotlopfan Rot Lop Fan]], whose species has no eyes and thus no concept of light or colour, chants an oath based around sounds and tones:
-->"In loudest din or hush profound
-->My ears catch evil's slightest sound.
-->Let those who toll out evil's knell
-->Beware my power-- the F-Sharp Bell!"
** [[PlantAliens Medphyll:]]
--->"[[TheLostWoods In forest dark or glade beferned,]]\\
[[{{Determinator}} No blade of grass shall go unturned.]]\\
[[EvilIsNotWellLit Let those that
all other versions:
-->I believe:
-->That to
have the daylight spurned]],\\
[[LightIsGood tread not where this green lamp has burned."]]
** Jack T. Chance:
-->[[WretchedHive You who are wicked, evil, and mean]] -
-->[[BloodKnight I'm the nastiest creep you've]] ''[[BloodKnight ever]]'' [[BloodKnight seen]]!
-->[[BringIt Come one, come all; put up
a fight]];
-->[[BadassBoast I'll pound your butts with Green Lantern's light.]]
-->Yowza.
** Kho, member of
friend, a genocidal race turned good and too {{badass}} for a last name:
--->"[[{{Turncoat}} Against dishonor and traitor's flight]]\\
[[ThickerThanWater I stand beside my clan to fight]].
man must be one.\\
[[{{Determinator}} With dying breath I claw That all men are created equal and bite]]\\
[[LightIsGood Beware my power-- Green Lantern's Light!]]"
** Sodam Yat, a Daxamite ([[ComicBook/{{Superman}} who are like Kryptonians, but with a weakness to lead instead of Kryptonite]]) combines the Green Lantern and Sinestro oaths as the last suviving Green Lantern (and from the sounds of it, the last surviving Lantern of ''any'' colour) in [[ComicBook/{{LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} the 30th century]]:
--->In brightest day, through blackest night!
--->[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne No other Corps shall spread its light!]]
--->Let those who try to stop what's right,
--->Burn like my power-- Green Lantern's light!
** WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfO5S1Iu_VU (no, really)]]:
--->In blackest day or brightest night
--->Watermelon, cantaloupe, yadda yadda
--->Erm...[[Franchise/{{Batman}} superstitious and cowardly lot]]
--->[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance With liberty and justice for all!]]
** Hal Jordan is the [[Franchise/CareBears Green Carebear]]
-->[[PettingZooPeople With itchy fur and curly hair,]]
-->[[PowerOfFriendship I make good friends most everywhere.]]
-->[[TastesLikeDiabetes I hug and smile; I skip and share]]
-->[[PowerOfLove Feel the love:]]
-->[[CareBearStare My Care Bear Stare!]]
** Before the Corps was a thing, there was the ominous creed of the Manhunters:
--> Our enemies fear the face of steel
--> The will to this cold visage anneals
--> Ours is the face of justice revealed
--> [[SternChase No man escapes]] [[{{Determinator}} the Manhunters]]!
** When taken over by Atrocitus, this was changed to:
--> No guardian escapes the Manhunters!
** The [[{{Internal Affairs}} Alpha Lanterns]], who police the rank and file members:
-->"''[[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower In days of peace]], [[ForeverWar in nights of war]],\\
[[LawfulNeutral Obey the laws forever more]],\\
[[AllCrimesAreEqual Misconduct must be answered for]],\\
[[TheChosenMany Swear us the Chosen]] - [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner the Alpha Corps]]!''"
** And the Alpha Lanterns also have a motto
that combines that of the Corps and the Manhunters:
-->"No Lantern escapes [[InternalAffairs The Alpha Lanterns]]!"
* The Yellow Lantern/Sinestro Corps Oath:
-->"''[[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad In blackest day, in brightest night,]]\\
[[LightIsNotGood Beware your fears made into light]]\\
[[KnightTemplar Let those who try to stop what's right]]\\
[[KillItWithFire Burn like his power]] -- [[MagnificentBastard Sinestro's might!]]''"
:: Naturally enough, Sinestro
everyone has within himself ends with "Burn like ''my'' power..." Later on, when Arkillo takes command, he replaces with last part with "Arkillo's might!"
* The Red Lanterns' oath:
-->"''[[ThePowerOfBlood With blood and]] [[TheBerserker rage of]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience crimson red]]\\
[[TakeUpMySword Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead]]\\
[[ThePowerOfHate Together with our hellish hate]]\\
[[UnstoppableRage We'll burn you all]]--[[CycleOfRevenge that is]] [[RevengeBeforeReason your fate!]]''"
** ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' tweaks it:
-->''[[ThePowerOfBlood With blood]] [[TheBerserker and rage]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience of crimson red]],\\
[[ThePowerOfHate We fill men's souls with darkest dread]],\\
[[RevengeBeforeReason And twist your minds
the power to pain and hate]].make this a better world.\\
[[KillItWithFire We'll burn you all--that is your fate!]]''
** Aya later tries to modify it so Razer won't feel bad about having to use
That God put the oath to recharge his ring. It doesn't work, firewood there, but it's that every man must gather and light it himself.\\
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.\\
That
a good try.
-->''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience The power
man should make the most of what equipment he has.\\
That "this government,
of the crimson red]],\\
[[TookALevelInKindness Can lead your soul away from dread]],\\
[[InvertedTrope And heal
people, by the deepest wounds people, and for the people," shall live always.\\
That men should live by the rule
of hate]],\\
[[ScrewDestiny Let no one else decide your fate]].''
* The Power of Love [[TookALevelInBadass becomes somewhat more impressive]]
what is best for the greatest number.\\
That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle
with the Star Sapphire/Violet Lantern Corps:
-->"''[[BrokenBird For hearts long lost and]] [[{{Angst}} full of fright,]]\\
[[SolitaryTropes For those alone in blackest night]],\\
[[YouAreNotAlone Accept our ring and join our fight,]]\\
[[PowerOfLove Love Conquers All]]-- [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience with violet light]]!''"
* The Blue Lanterns:
-->"''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed In fearful day, in raging night,]]\\
[[HeroicResolve With strong hearts full our souls ignite,]]\\
[[DarkestHour When all seems lost in the War of Light]],\\
[[HopeSpringsEternal Look to the stars—for hope burns bright!]]''"
* The Indigo Tribe's is in {{Fictionary}} but it still sounds poetically badass:
-->"''[[TheUnintelligible Tor lorek san bor nakka mur.]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Natromo faan tornek wot ur.]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Taan lek lek nok-- formorrow Sur!]]''"
* And with the ComicBook/BlackestNight, we now have a creed for the Black Lanterns:
-->"''[[TheStarsAreGoingOut The blackest night falls from the skies,]]\\
[[DarkIsEvil The darkness grows, as all light dies]],\\
[[TheHeartless We crave your hearts and your demise,]]\\
[[{{Necromancer}} By my black hand]]-- [[ZombieApocalypse the dead shall rise]]!"''
* During ''Blackest Night'' Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) looks surprised when the other Lantern Corps are saying their oaths, as he hadn't thought of using one. So he creates his own oath:
-->"[[{{Greed}} What's]] ''[[{{Greed}} mine is mine]]''\\
[[{{Greed}} and mine and mine,]]\\
''[[OverlyLongGag And mine, and mine, and mine!]]\\
[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Not yours!]]''

[[AC:Other DC]]
* Comicbook/{{Superman}}:
** "Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear -- until my dream of a
world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share -- I'll never stop fighting. Ever."
** [[ComicBook/KingdomCome "There is a right and a wrong in this universe. And that distinction is not hard to make."]]
** The iconic "I fight for Truth, Justice and The American Way."
** The Pledge of a Superman, from ''World's Finest Comics'' #213:
--->''I will use this power for all the good that can be done...''\\
''To work for peace...''\\
''To encourage virtue...''\\
''And above all, to preserve life, in all its forms...''\\
''Or failing in that, to give up this power...forever!''
* KryptoTheSuperdog was part of the Space Canine Patrol Agency, whose slogan is as follows: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius Big Dog! Big Dog!]] Bow wow wow! We'll crush evil... Now, now, now!" If "big dog, big dog, bow wow wow" sounds anticlimactic, it's because it's a ShoutOut to the Yale chorus ("Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow...")
* "{{ComicBook/Darkseid}} is." Understated, but given [[GodIsEvil everything that it implies]], it's pretty effective. Introduced in the JLA book ''Rock of Ages''.
--> '''Announcer''' On your knees for the Master!
-->The hour has come! HE has come!
-->Who is beyond good and evil?
-->Who is the prophet of Anti-Life?
-->Who is the Rock and the Chain and the Lightning?
-->All powerful! All unforgiving! All conquering!
-->WHO IS YOUR NEW GOD NOW AND FOREVER?
-->'''Darkseid''': Darkseid is.
** Darkseid tried something similar in the {{DCAU}}. Dan Turpin kinda took the wind out of his BadassBoast.
--> '''Turpin''': [[spoiler:In a pig's eye!]]
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Darkseid gets a new BadassCreed. He only uses it once, but it qualifies because he says it using the possessed bodies of ''billions of people''.
--> '''Darkseid:''' I. Am. The. New. God.
--> All is one in Darkseid. This mighty body is my church.
--> When I command your surrender, I speak with three billion voices.
--> When I
make a fist to crush your resistance. It is with three billion hands.
--> When I stare into your eyes and shatter your dreams. And break your heart. It is with six billion eyes!
--> Nothing like Darkseid has ever come among you: Nothing will again.
--> I will take you to a hell without exit or end. And there I will murder your souls!
--> And make you crawl and beg! And die! Die! Die
payment for Darkseid!
* TheFlash: ''"My name is [[LegacyCharacter Jay Garrick/Barry Allen/Wally West/Bart Allen]]. Who am I? I'm the Flash, the Fastest Man Alive."''
** Barry declares
what it means to be The Flash as he runs himself to death saving we have taken.\\
That all things change, but
the entire multiverse in JLA Incarnations #5:
-->"Light calling to me...drawing me forward...what is it? I hear it in my heart.
-->The essence of what I am. The source
truth, and the end. Speed itself.
-->It reminds me. What I stand for. What the League stands for.
-->My life doesn’t matter. I can save them. If I just let go...
-->and then I am in it and I am a part of it and I am everywhere.
-->I am the lightning and I am reaching out.
-->And there are no accidents!''
* The Golden Age Sandman, as revived in the 1990's ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre'' series: "None can escape the Sandman's dark dream."
** He also used to leave a poem on his defeated opponents: "There is no land beyond the law / Where tyrants rule with unshakable power! / 'Tis but a dream from which the evil wake / To face their fate, their terrifying hour!"
* The third ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'', Jaime Reyes, has a short one when he goes off to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge show what happens when you mess with his planet]]: "[[GratuitousSpanish Escarabajo vamonos!]]" [[note]]Let's go, Beetle![[/note]]
* Creator/JephLoeb's version of Franchise/{{Batman}} has: "I made a [[HeroicVow promise]] on the graves of my parents to rid this city of the evil that took their lives."
* Creator/FrankMiller creates one for ComicBook/TheQuestion, in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''. The Question describes the problems facing the world, [[ConspiracyTheorist the threat of the conspiracy at the heart of it,]] and his intention to "document every foul lie", so that
the truth will one day be exposed and mankind will be saved...ending with this little gem:
--> ''It is not
alone lives on forever.\\
I believe
in my power to effect the change. I haven't the might. I am not the answer.''
--> ''I am only The Question.''
Creator, my country, my fellow man.\\
* WonderWoman, during GailSimone's run:
--> "Keep faith. Trust to love. Fight with honor. But fight to win."

[[AC:Marvel]]
* {{Wolverine}}'s "I'm the best there is at
Who knows what I do -- but what I do best isn't very nice." The second part is frequently dropped.
* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} has the rather thoughtful "With great power {{comes great responsibility}}."
* In "The Oath", Comicbook/DoctorStrange manages to make the Hippocratic Oath badass:
-->"I have sworn many oaths in my day, to every being from Hoggoth to Watoomb. But the first oath I swore was the Hippocratic. 'I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients, according to my judgement and ability, and I will do so at any cost.' "

[[AC:Others]]
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd, "[[{{I Am The Noun}} I am the Law!]]"
* "We are the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles. We strike hard, and fade away... into the night."
* Matt Wagner's "ComicBook/{{Grendel}}s" have this Oath of Obedience (taking at least one riff from one of the other {{Badass Creed}}s on this page):
-->"With Orion's sword the hunter arose and conquered the world with fury and grace
-->In him was I born, in him shall I die, in him shall I lose name, station and face
-->Death over weakness, death over despair, death over personal gain
-->Death over dishonor, death over undeath, death over the fire with no flame
-->All this I pledge thee O Grendel, Great Khan, to serve and protect over death's endless tide
-->With your word in my heart, your eyes in my face and your tooth in my hand, by my side"
-->''Vivat Grendel!''
* [[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers The Wreckers]] from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'':
--> '''Wreck and Rule!'''.
--> ''Lost cause? Of course it's a lost cause! That's why ''we're here!''.''
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': "A Ninja's duty in life is death!"
* "I am the [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]. I stand before the unstoppable hordes...and I hold them back. That's what I do. What I've always done. I am the Iron Fist. I hold back the storm...When nothing else can."
* [[ComicBook/{{Preacher}} Jesse Custer]] learned his from his father, cribbed from JohnWayne;
-->'''John Custer''': ''Don't take no shit off fools. Judge a person by what's in 'em, not how they look. An' you do the '''right thing'''. Be one of the good guys. 'Cause there's way too many of the bad.''
* Frank Drake of the Nightstalkers distills the entirety of Silver Age Superhero philosophy into four words. Do good. Fight evil.
* Archie Adventure Hero "The Fly" featured this promise: I, The Fly, do solemnly swear that nothing shall keep me from fulfilling my sacred vow...to erase crime from the face of the earth!
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series, but most commonly the Archie comics, theres always a badass creed used to summon upon the power of one of the emeralds, usually the Master Emerald, for a specific request, usually along the lines of "The servers are the seven chaos emerald, chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller is the one who unifies the chaos." followed by the request. The badass-ness of this is shown in its full height at the end of the Enerjak arc, as Knuckles and Doctor Finitevus both channel the energy of the Master Emerald and prepare to strike the other down with one energy charged punch, in a way that seems to invoke the feeling of a battle between Hal Jordan and Sinestro.
-->'''Knuckles''': The servers are the seven chaos...
-->'''Finitevus''': The servants are the seven chaos...
-->'''Knuckles''': Chaos is power, enriched by the heart...
-->'''Finitevus''': Chaos is power, controlled by my will..
-->'''Knuckles''': The controller exists to unify the chaos!
-->'''Finitevus''': The controller exists to enslave the chaos!
* In ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons'', Bushitaka, the Castaka family code. It allows victory, or death in pursuit of victory as the only possible choices for a warrior. At any cost.
* The Oath of the Skull from ''ComicBook/ThePhantom'' is an iconic classic
evil lurks in the genre.
--> "I swear to devote my life to the destruction
hearts of piracy, greed, cruelty, and injustice, in all their forms, and my sons and their sons shall follow me."men? The Shadow knows-- [mwahahahahahahahaha]




[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In the {{Daria}} ExpandedUniverse FanFic series ' ''Tales of the Ringbearers'' ', ''The Ringbearer's Creed:''
-->We are the Ringbearers\\
We are [[LightIsGood the light]] [[GoodHurtsEvil that drives back]] [[DarkIsEvil the darkness]]\\
We are [[YouShallNotPass the wall that no evil can breach]]\\
We are the staff and the sword that shall defend life\\
We are the fire that will light the way to tomorrow\\
Our Rings are Forever. We are Forever.
** Not to be outdone, those who wear the corrupted versions of the Rings - the ''Ringwraiths'' - have their own creed, which is infinitely more BadAss:
-->Our enemies fall, from low and high\\
To salted earth, through burning sky\\
And all shall know our Ringwraith's cry\\
Let Vengeance Ring - and all hope die!
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'':
** The motto of the crew of HMS Asuka Langley Sohryu, the Red Devils:
--->''"I Will Fight Beyond Death"''
** The motto of the Clan Guards: "Morior Invictus" (I Die Unconquered)
** The Avalonian prayer before deploying for a mission:
--->'''‘Lord and Lady with us\\
To watch over us\\
And stand beside us\\
As we fight for the right,\\
Without question or pause\\
Willing to march into Hell,\\
For a Heavenly cause\\
Be with us this hour\\
From the first brightness of the sun\\
To the last dying of the light\\
Until the day we all rise up\\
So mote it be.’'''
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': The Evangelion pilots' motto -chosen by themselves- is:
-->Forget the taxpayer,\\
We got Hell to pay.
* The [[BetterThanCanon Epic]] [[FanFic/TiberiumWars Tiberium Wars]] FanFic has this from a Mammoth Tank crewman:
-->Yea verily, though I charge through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am driving a house-sized mass of "fuck you."
** The Black Hand have their own, more solemn creed:
-->''We have sworn our lives in the service of the Brotherhood.''\\
''In Brotherhood, we are all equal.''\\
''Within our Brotherhood, we are united.''\\
''Within unity, we are victorious.''\\
''By attaining unity, we strive for peace.''\\
''With our lives, we sacrifice to bring peace to the Brotherhood.''\\
''Through our lives, we bring power to the Brotherhood. With power, the Brotherhood brings peace.''\\
''Peace through power.''\\
''In the name of Kane.''
* From Chapter 35 of Diashi Prime's MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha FanFic [[FanFic/DevaSeries "Endless Waltz"]] comes what will become the Creed and Oaths of the Twilight Paladins:
-->"I stand between the Light and the Darkness, between the Innocent and the Monstrous, between the Just and the Vile. I dwell at the edge of Darkness, that others may live in the Light. I am a Twilight Paladin. As such, I hereby take these oaths:
-->"Upon my honor, upon my soul, upon my magic and my hope for redemption, I swear to never again kill a thinking being.
-->"Upon my honor, upon my soul, upon my magic and my hope for redemption, I swear to seek and serve justice to the limit of my capacity and the best of my understanding.
-->"Lastly, I swear my magic, my skills, and my life to your defense and your service."
* Chapter 12 of CSS.Stravag's "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4513907/12/Legend_Of_The_Jokers_Wild_Revised Legend Of The Jokers Wild Revised]]" has this:
-->"I am the Archangel of Solace, bound forever to those who wish not to go quietly into the night. I will not rest until it is assured that Existence is not damned to annihilation in the days of Ragnarok. So is my duty written, so shall it be."
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/849822/Shadow_Crystal_Mage Shadow Crystal Mage's]] {{FanFic/Takamachi Nanoha of 2814}} has the Wolkenritter Oath, [[strike:though so far only in the omake material and polls]] finally appearing in chapter 15:
-->“In days of peace, in times of war,
-->Protect our Queen forever more!
-->The five Clouds stand, we are her Knights!
-->To guard Hayate, our delight!”
** Also, an altered Red Lantern Oath:
-->"With Blood and Rage of crimson red,
-->Ripped from a Corpse so freshly dead.
-->Together with my hellish hate,
-->I swear none other shall share my fate!"
** [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6095074/15/Takamachi_Nanoha_of_2814 Nanoha's transformation aria has taken a Level in Badass:]]
-->"I am the one who has been given a mission. Under the contract, release these powers. The winds are in the sky, the stars are in the heavens, the light is in my hands and the power is in my heart! And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light, the light of the Green Lantern! Raging Heart Emerald Excelion, Set Up!"
-->*pose*
-->"Magical Girl Green Lantern, Zenryoku Zen''kai''! Ready for action!"
* A Fanfiction by the name of "Standing Tall" from the now defunct site Second Impact hosted, is delivered by [[MagnificentBastard Gendo Ikari]] to the face of a newly-restored Adam, describing human determination.
-->"Bring your thousands, I have my axe."
-->"Bring your cannons, I have my armor."
-->"Bring your mighty... I am my own champion."
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Cue Unit-01 ramming half the Lance of Longinus down Adam's head and a bemused Gendo, "Wrong end, son."]]
** Also, Rei reverse-mindfucking Lilith, when the skinny girl [[MindHug literally thrusts her belief in life into Lilith's core in addition to the Lance of Longinus]].
-->"If I am alone, why can I hear their voices?"
-->"If I am a doll, why do I feel their tears?"
-->"I am not alone. Shinji is my brother."
-->"I am not a doll. Asuka is my sister."
-->[[{{Determinator}} "My name is Rei."]]
-->[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "A.YA.NA.MI. REI!"]]
* ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' has this gem from a [[strike:SpaceMarine]] in a world of Warhammer 40,000, [[spoiler: just as he activates a wall of gatling guns to shred a pack of advancing daemons]]:
-->"THOUGH I FACE THE [[EldritchAbomination SHADOWS OF THE WARP]],
-->I SHALL FEAR NO EVIL, I SHALL FEAR NO FOE!
-->FOR I HAVE [[MoreDakka MOAR DAKKA]] THAN YOU, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCHES]]!"
** One of the SpaceMarine battle-brothers, though, does call out on the lack of sense of that last line.
* From the [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]][=/=]Anime/SailorMoon fanfic, [[http://jusenkyo.wikia.com/wiki/Paragon Paragon]]
-->From out of darkness comes a light.
-->From out of Chaos comes a champion.
-->To attack the innocent for your dark ambitions can never be forgiven.
-->Judgment has been made-- and you are found wanting.
* The author of {{FanFic/ZeroShock}} has posted a pair of BadassCreeds in the style of Archer's Unlimited Blade Works chant based around Jack's [[BeeBeeGun Bee Plasmid]]. They can be found [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showpost.php?p=5611029&postcount=704 here]], for the first one that would be in the centerpiece of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showpost.php?p=5611064&postcount=705 here]], which is a CrowningMomentOfFunny in itself.
* From the {{Series/TinMan}} fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7313302/1/Tin "Tin,"]] there's the Tin Man Oath of Service:
-->I swear to defend with my axe
-->And to shield with my tin,
-->The safety of the innocent that is more dear than my own,
-->From the smallest insect to the greatest monarch.
-->I protect the good from the wicked; so I must be pure of heart
-->I defend the truth; so I must never lie.
-->Standing guard so others may rest, I work and do not tire.
-->I am prepared at any moment to give my life for those I protect.
-->Despite the hardships this vow may bring,
-->I take this oath freely, and with all my heart.
-->I serve and protect the Land of Oz.
-->I am a Tin Man.
* "[[FanFic/PowerRangersGPX We're Power Rangers! We don't quit, we don't surrender, and most importantly, WE DON'T LOSE!!]]"
* There is a fic where the main character's creed is "(I am) a fallen angel, a risen demon, a gargoyle guarding a church of sin and despair. I am vengeance made manifest. Nox Denticula. Night's fang. Dammed lot, stained with the blood of the innocent. I pronounce you guilty. And the guilty shall be punished for their crimes!"
* Not literally from a fanfic, but the hypothetical Orange Lantern oath:
-->This Power is mine, this is my light,
-->No-one can take what gives me Might,
-->I claim to all within my Sight
-->I want, I take, that is my Right.
* ''Fanfic/AHero'' has the Dalek Creed, said while slaughtering 400+ familiars. (This is the ''actual'' Dalek Creed as written by Terry Nation, actually.)
-->DE-STROY WITH-OUT MER-CY!
-->A-TTACK WITH-OUT FEAR!
-->LIVE WITH-OUT CON-SCIENCE!
-->EX-TER-MIN-ATE WITH-OUT PI-TY!
-->KILL!
-->KILL!
-->KILL!
-->''KILL!''
* [[HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Godric Gryffindor]]:
-->Non est salvatori salvator,
-->neque defensori dominus,
-->nec pater nec mater,
-->nihil supernum.
-->(No rescuer hath the rescuer.
-->No Lord hath the champion,
-->no mother and no father,
-->only nothingness above.)
* A lost ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' fanfic had one recorded by [[spoiler:Parma]] who had been transformed into [[spoiler:a guardian of the Core.]]
-->I close my eyes and all I can see is utter darkness, the same darkness I saw when awake.
-->And then the [[LightIsNotGood light]] came in, and with it came our death, [[CameBackWrong and rebirth.]]
-->Far beyond the ashes of [[LethalLavaLand the castle.]]
-->We wait within the core and we wait for those who would take it from us.
-->They will not succeed.
* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Prince Hans]] recites this list of what a prince must be. The last part becomes his SurvivalMantra.
-->'''Hans''': "A prince [[TurnTheOtherCheek forgets the trespasses against him]], no matter how terrible. He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices for others]], even to the expense of his soul. He forgives until he forfeits breath. He is strong, he is compassionate, and the sum of these things makes him complete... a prince I am and a prince I will be."
* The Legio Terminatus in FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K recite their creed as they go to battle:
-->'''"THIS CITY IS TAINTED. PURGE IT! WITH BOLT AND SWORD AND FIRE!'''
-->'''THERE IS ONLY THE LAST RITES, THE BLESSING OF PURITY'''
-->'''WE ANOINT YOU WITH FIRE, GO IN PEACE TO YOUR REST'''
-->'''WE ARE SWORN TO PROTECT, WE ARE GIVEN TO PRESERVE...'''
-->'''WE RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR TORTURED THRALL...'''
-->'''TO ALLIES WE GIVE HONOR, TO ENEMIES OF MAN, RUIN!'''
-->'''KNOW THAT WE ARE TERMINATUS LEGIO, HERAKLITUS,'''
-->'''THE FINAL WORD IS HERE, WE SHALL END YOU'''
-->'''OUR DUTY IS HONOR, AND DEATH IS OUR REWARD,'''
-->'''FOR WE ARE THE CHOSEN, AND WE SHALL KNOW NO FEAR'''
-->'''WE CARRY THE LIGHTNING, WE BRING THE THUNDER!'''
-->'''WE HOLD THE STRENGTH TO LET HUMANITY PROSPER'''
-->'''WE CARRY THE VIRTUE TO SMASH ITS ENEMIES INTO DUST!'''
-->'''THERE IS NO ENEMY BEYOND OUR MIGHT!'''
-->'''THERE IS NO SAFETY AGAINST OUR WRATH!'''
-->'''WE ARE PROUD TO LIVE, WE ARE PROUD TO DIE!'''
-->'''WE ARE FORGED IN WAR, WE ARE TEMPERED IN BLOOD'''
-->'''IN OUR SOULS WE CRAFT THE VICTORY OF ALL MANKIND!'''
-->'''BURN, HERETIC! BURN IN CLEANSING FLAME!'''
-->'''REJOICE IN THE FIRES OF YOUR ABSOLUTION!'''
-->'''TO THE DARKNESS, WE BRING FIRE!'''
-->'''TO THE IGNORANT WE BRING FAITH!'''
-->'''TO THE HELPLESS WE GIVE OUR HAND,'''
-->'''TO THE CORRUPT WE GIVE OUR FIST!" '''
* ''[[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationKnowFear MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!]]'': When Starburst becomes the Fear Lantern, she uses the Sinestro Corps oath, though tweaked to replace "Sinestro's might" with "Fear Lantern's light". At the climax, however, she retools it completely during her HeroicSecondWind moment in her rematch against [[TheStarscream Nox/Shadow Wing]]:
-->“In twilight’s dusk, in moonlit night,
-->Evil shall cower before my might!
-->When darkness comes to cloud my sight,
-->I’ll shine like my power – Fear Lantern’s light!!!”
** In [[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationLoveConquersAllAvariceTakesItAll the sequel]], as the Orange Corps has no known oath, Nidra creates one on the spot [[spoiler:after finally giving in and subsequently wiping the floor with Luna, and stealing her powers.]]
-->“To take what I want, that is my right,
-->I’ll steal your heart in the black of my night!
-->See my moon glow that is my sign,
-->The Night, the Stars, and the Light…ARE MINE!!!”
** Annie keeps to the Star Sapphires' traditional oath for most of the story, but coins a new one when [[spoiler: escaping from the Sensory Deprivation dimension Nidra put her in]]:
-->"From the warm embrace of Celestia's light,
-->"To the cool breeze of Luna's night,
-->"I bring many wonders from my ring of light,
-->"My love gives me strength... from my sapphire light!"
* In the MLP / GreenLantern crossover; ''FanFic/InBrightestDay'', anyone with a ring has one. However they all tend to change it to their liking:
** Nightmare Moon and her Black Lanterns:
-->''My Blackest Night spreads through the skies,\\
Let darkness grow as all light dies,\\
We'll crave your hearts and your demise,\\
By my dark will...The dead shall rise!"''
** Green Lantern Applejack:
-->''In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night,\\
I will not flee from evil’s sight!\\
When evil rises and wields it's might,\\
Beware my power - Green Lantern’s light!''
** Yellow Lantern Corps Twilight Sparkle:
-->''In Blackest Day, In Brightest Night,\\
Beware your fears made by my light,\\
To those who dare challenge my might,\\
Burn like my power... Fear's vengeful Light!''
** Red Lantern Rainbow Dash:
-->''"With blazing flames of raging red,\\
From Tartarus depths we bring great dread.\\
With crimson storms of burning hate,\\
We'll burn you all...That is your fate!!''
* From the ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2538001/1/Blackest-Night Emerald Flame Series]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] has a modified version of the Green Lantern creed.
--> "In any hell, on any Earth,
--> Nothing's changed since this oath's birth,
--> Let all who would try to end this Earth
--> Run now, run fast, for all they're worth.
--> It won't help them anyway."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9760357/33/The-Hell-er-Nator-Chaos-Machine The Hell-er-Nator]]'', the Sunnydale Irregulars have a simple one.
--> "We're Tech-Comm, North American Resistance Command, ''the'' First Sunnydale Irregulars, and ''we don't lose''. ''Ever''."
* In the Assassin's Creed II Novelization, the authors of the series expand on the creed by adding stanza's that complement the role of the Assassin order in society. They punctuate the fact that Assassin's are the silent sentinels of human liberty.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fanfic ''FanFic/WithThisRing'', the [[SelfInsertFic Self Insert]] Orange Lantern has a couple of different oaths to fit his state of mind or the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism moral alignment.]]
** Orange Lantern's initial oath:
-->''This is my power''\\
''This is my light.''\\
''Be it bright of day or black of night.''\\
''I claim all that lies within my sight.''\\
'''TO TAKE WHAT I WANT, THAT IS MY RIGHT!'''
** Paragon!Orange Lantern's oath [[spoiler: post- Orange Enlightenment.]]
-->''This is '''my''' cause, this is '''my''' fight!''\\
''Shine through the void with orange light!''\\
''I've claimed all within my sight!''\\
''To keep what is mine, that is my right!''
** Renegade!Orange Lantern's oath
-->''This is my '''power''', this is my '''might'''!''\\
''I stand alone in darkest night!''\\
''With this ring, my foes I smite!''\\
''I '''conquer all with orange light'''!''
* Not fanfics per se, but fans seem to have fun coming up with crossover versions of the Green Lantern Oath:
** This one for [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]:
--> ''Freedom is a sacred right''\\
''All sentient beings are for who I fight''\\
''Let only evil know fear and doubt''\\
''Green Lantern Corps: TRANSFORM AND ROLL OUT!''
** This one for ''TengenToppaGurrenLagaan'':
--> ''Spiral power shining bright!''\\
''Anti-Spirals flee from sight!''\\
''Piercing heavens near and far''\\
''WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?''
** ''LyricalNanoha'''s Star Sapphire Oath:
--> ''For hearts long lost and full of fright''\\
''Those who caused the blackest night''\\
''Listen to me, or meet your maker''\\
''[[DefeatMeansFriendship I'll befriend them all...]] '''[[WaveMotionGun STARLIGHT BREAKER!]]'''
* From the story ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' comes the traditional motto of the [[BadassCrew 22nd Preventer Space Mobile Suit Squadron]] aka Lightning Squadron:
--> '''Dyer:''' We're Lightning. We strike.
* In ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'', there is Shirou's [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited]] [[StormOfBlades Blade]] [[LimitBreak Works]] aria:
-->I am the bone of my sword.
-->Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.
-->I have created over a thousand blades.
-->Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain.
-->Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.
-->I have no regrets; this is the only path.
-->My whole life was [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' fic ''Fanfic/AVoiceInTheWilderness'' puts a twist on the BadassCreed of the Borg Collective [[spoiler:because the ships in question have been taken over by the ''original'' Borg Queen, One of One]]:
-->"Surrender your vessel. Your technological and biological distinctiveness are immaterial. You will be assimilated into the whole and perfected. I am the Borg. Resistance is futile."
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [[spoiler: Carol]] gets one during the FinalBattle when she becomes the new Comicbook/GreenLantern:
-->''No matter your power, no matter your might,''\\
''I shatter the dark with the brightest light,''\\
''And I swear that before I am done,''\\
''Darkness will flee and [[Series/DoctorWho demons will run!]]''
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' has something known as the Old Code. It was apparently the creed that King Arthur's knights lived by:
-->''A Knight is sworn to Valor.\\
His Heart knows only Virtue.\\
His Blade Defends the Helpless.\\
His Strength Upholds the Weak.\\
His Word speaks only Truth.\\
His Wrath Undoes the Wicked!''
** It also has an oath of service:
-->''Call when you've need of me.\\
Ask what you will of me.\\
My sword -- and my service -- are yours.''
** In the novelization, the Code in full is revealed:
-->''Inside the Table's circle,\\
Under the Sacred Sword,\\
A Knight must vow to follow\\
The Code that is unending.\\
Unending as the Table -\\
A Ring by Honour bound.''\\

-->''A Knight is sworn to Valour.\\
His Heart knows only Virtue.\\
His Blade defends the Helpless.\\
His Might upholds the Weak.\\
His Word speaks only Truth.\\
His Wrath undoes the Wicked.''\\


-->''The Right can never die\\
If one man still recalls.\\
The Words are not forgot\\
If one voice speaks them clear.\\
The Code forever shines\\
If one heart holds it bright.''

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Toy Story}}'' In every Toy Story Film Buzz Lightyear always says "To Infinity! And Beyond!"


* ''Film/PulpFiction'': "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyrannies of evil men..." However, Jules chose it just because it sounds cool, and he's still trying to figure out whether he's the man described in it.
** This was cribbed from the Sonny Chiba classic "The Bodyguard," one of Tarantino's favorite grindhouse flicks.
* "At other schools, they send young girls unprepared into a cold merciless world. But here at StTrinians, it is the merciless world which must be prepared."
** Arguably, the school songs also qualify. The version from 1954:
-->''Maidens of St Trinian's, gird your armour on.\\
Grab the nearest weapon; never mind which one.\\
The battle's to the strongest; might is always right.\\
Trample on the weakest; glory in their plight.\\
\\
St Trinian's! St Trinian's! Our battle cry.\\
St Trinian's! St Trinian's! Will never die.\\
\\
Stride towards your fortune boldly on your way,\\
Never once forgetting there's one born every day.\\
Let our motto be broadcast: "get your blow in first!"\\
She who draws the sword last always comes off worst.''
** And the chorus and tag of the song from the 2007 film:
-->''We are the best\\
So screw the rest\\
We do as we damn well please\\
Until the end\\
St. Trinian's\\
Defenders of anarchy\\
\\
Victorious\\
Rebellious\\
We do as we damn well please\\
Until the end\\
St. Trinian's\\
Defenders of anarchy''
* ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (this is actually a prayer for the dead but they use it like this trope):
-->Lo, there do I see [[ThickerThanWater my father]]
-->Lo, there do I see [[ThickerThanWater my mother and my sisters and my brothers]]
-->Lo, there do I see [[ThickerThanWater the line of my people]], back to the beginning
-->Lo, they do call to me
-->They bid me take my place among them
-->[[WarriorHeaven In the halls of Valhalla]]
-->Where the brave
-->May live
-->Forever!
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' used the [[TruthInTelevision actual Spartan creed]] of: "Come home with this shield or upon it." Dead soldiers were carried home on their shields, and victorious ones would carry their shields back, but cowards who ran from battle would throw their heavy shields away.
** "No retreat! No surrender!"
* In his last film role in ''Film/TheShootist'' John Wayne's character is a gunfighter with this creed:
--> "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same of them!"
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': "I fight for the users!"
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Code of the Jedi...
-->[[TheStoic There is no emotion, there is peace.]]
-->There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
-->There is no passion, there is serenity.
-->There is no chaos, there is harmony.
-->There is no death, there is the Force.
** ... and of the [[EvilCounterpart Sith]].
-->Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
-->Through passion, I gain strength.
-->Through strength, I gain power.
-->Through power, I gain victory.
-->Through victory, my chains are broken.
-->The Force shall free me.
** Upon reestablishing the Jedi Order, Luke Skywalker had this creed:
-->Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.
-->Jedi use their powers to defend and to protect.
-->Jedi respect all life, in any form.
-->Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy.
-->Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
** An unofficial, rarely used creed for constructing a new lightsaber:
-->The crystal is the heart of the blade.
-->The heart is the crystal of the Jedi.
-->The Jedi is the crystal of the Force.
-->The Force is the blade of the heart.
-->All are intertwined.
-->The crystal, the blade, the Jedi.
-->We are one.
** The members of the [[LaResistance Rebel Alliance]] get to crib from the Continental Congress for the Declaration of Rebellion:
-->We, the Rebel Alliance, do therefore in the name--and by the authority--of the free beings of the Galaxy, solemnly publish and declare our intentions:
--->To fight and oppose you and your forces, by any and all means at our disposal;
--->To refuse any Imperial law contrary to the rights of free beings;
--->To bring about your destruction and the destruction of the Galactic Empire;
--->To make forever free all beings in the galaxy.
-->To these ends, we pledge our property, our honor, and our lives.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!" Though typically played for comedy (rightfully, as the catchphrase of a [[ShowWithinAShow cheesy TV show]]), it's used very well during a certain dramatic point in the movie. The film's ersatz Federation's motto is "Never give up! Never surrender!", which is also intentionally cheesy.
* In the crime thriller ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', the main characters would give a little prayer before executing a mafioso:
-->"And Shepherds we shall be\\
For thee, my Lord, for thee.\\
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand\\
Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.\\
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee\\
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.\\
In Nomine Patri, Et Fili, Et Spiritus Sancti."
** In addition, the movie's Dragon combines his prayer with a LukeIAmYourFather, and a HeelFaceTurn:
--->"And when I raise my flashing sword\\
And my hand takes hold in judgment,\\
I will take vengeance upon mine enemies\\
And I will repay those who hate me.\\
O Lord, raise me to Thy right hand\\
And count me among Thy saints."
** And another:
--->"Whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God made he man."\\
"Destroy that which is evil. So that which is good may flourish."\\
"And I shall count thee among my favored sheep. And you shall have the protection of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent all the angels in heaven]]."\\
"Never shall innocent blood be shed. Yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of God."
** And in the sequel, two characters end a speech on manliness with this golden nugget of badassitude:
--> '''[[spoiler: Rocco]]:''' ''Men do not cry. Men do not pout. Men check you on the fucking jaw, AND SAY...''
--> '''[[spoiler: Det. Greenly]]:''' Thanks for coming out! *whack!*
* From the ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' series, a set of [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct Prime Directives]] that for all intents and purposes acts like a Badass Creed:
--> ''Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law.''
* [[Film/{{Zombieland}} "Nut up or shut up."]]
* Does the opening song from [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean At World's End]] count? Probably not the first couple of lines, but...
--> The king and his men, stole the queen from her bed,\\
And bound her in her bones.\\
The seas be ours, and by the powers\\
[[WalkingTheEarth Where we will, we'll roam.]]\\
Yo, ho, altogether,\\
Hoist the colors high.\\
Heave, ho, thieves and beggars,\\
Never shall we die!
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' has a more humorous one:
-->"Los Locos kick your ass!"\\
"Los Locos kick your face!"\\
"Los Locos kick your balls into ou-ter SPAAAAAACE!"
* This one:
-->Anonymity is your name,\\
Silence your native tongue.\\
You're no longer part of the System.\\
You're ''above'' the System.\\
Over it.\\
Beyond it.\\
We are "Them."\\
We are "They."\\
We are the Film/MenInBlack.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'' has one, sorta.
-->'''Ramsey:''' You're aware of the name of this ship [sic], aren't you Mister COB?
-->'''Walters:''' Very aware, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' It bears a proud name, doesn't it Mister COB?
-->'''Walters:''' Very proud, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' It represents fine people!
-->'''Walters:''' Very fine people, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' Who live in a fine, outstanding state!
-->'''Walters:''' Out''standing'', sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' In the greatest country in the entire world!
-->'''Walters:''' In the entire world, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' And what is that name, Mister COB?
-->'''Walters:''' Alabama, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' And what do we say?
-->'''Ramsey/Walters:''' Go Bama!
-->'''Crew:''' Roll Tide!
* ''The Beast Of War''. Sitting in a dead tank in the middle of Afghanistan, with a grenade in his hand:
--> '''Daskal''': Out of commission, become a pillbox. Out of ammo, become a bunker. Out of time, become heroes.
* [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail ''O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.'']]
* From ''Tall Tales'': "Protect the land, defend the defenseless, and never spit in front of women or children." *spits*
* From ''Men of Honor'': "The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it. If he's lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he'll ever get to being a hero. Hell, I don't know why anybody'd want to be a Navy diver."
* In ''HolyWeapon'', [[BigBad Super Sword]] cites one at the beginning of the climax:
--> "I am the master of Liu Sang School of martial arts. Now, I make a sincere wish. Hope all the Gods and Evils listen to me. From now on, I will rule over the whole world of martial arts. And I will devote myself to my beloved country. Until our country conquer China. If anyone wants to stop me, I will terminate it with no mercy. I will keep my promise."
* From ''Battle: Los Angeles'', the 2/5 Marines quote a WWI captain. "Retreat? Hell!"
* ''Film/GhostRider:''
-->'''Johnny Blaze:''' [''to Mephistopheles after he attempts to take the power of the Ghost Rider from him''] No. I'm gonna own this curse... and I'm gonna use it against you. Whenever innocent blood is spilt, it'll be my father's blood... and you'll find me there. A spirit of vengeance... fighting fire with fire.
* From ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', as Balian is being knighted:
-->'''Godfrey of Ibelin:''' Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath.
-->[''cuffs Balian with the back of his hand'']
-->And that's so you remember it.
* In ''Film/WreckItRalph'', the pledge of Bad Guys Anonymous:
-->"I'm bad and that's good. I'll never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me."
** [[spoiler: When Ralph attempts a HeroicSacrifice, he [[MeaningfulEcho utters this pledge]], thinking it'll be his [[FamousLastWords last words]].]]
* From ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
-->Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto "[[PretentiousLatinMotto Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc]]" translates into [[ImAHumanitarian "We gladly feast on those who would subdue us"]]. Doubles as BrickJoke when in the second movie two school camp counselors try to subdue Wednesday and Pugsley and are last seen being cooked by Wednesday's accomplices.
* In ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'', the chorus of "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" is a creed.
-->Be a Man!\\
We must be swift as a coursing river\\
Be a Man!\\
With all the force of a great typhoon\\
Be a Man!\\
With all the strength of a raging fire\\
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon!
* [[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad "I LIVE! I DIE! I LIVE AGAIN!"]]
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* The catchphrase of the [[Literature/HonorHarrington Audubon Ballroom]], "''Shall we dance?''" Though, admittedly, you could say ''anything'' and it would be badass if you happen to do it while charging head-on into a squad of SuperSoldiers with GunsAkimbo.
** "''Sneer and be damned,''" indeed! Though Victor Cachat never actually says it out loud, and, again, anything said while in the process of turning super-solders into blood pudding is almost guaranteed to be badass.
* Weber's good at this. One of the treecats, recognizing that the 'cats who adopt humans will have shorter-than-normal lifespans, says: "Perhaps our time will be short, but oh, how we shall blaze against the night!" (''Worlds of Honor'', "What Price Dreams")
* Djan Seriy Anaplian, Matter:
-->"Firing, not admiring"
* The [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Gunslinger's]] Creed:
-->I do not aim with my hand;
-->He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
-->I aim with my eye.
-->I do not shoot with my hand;
-->He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
-->I shoot with my mind.
-->I do not kill with my gun;
-->He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
-->I kill with my heart.
* "RepublicCommandoSeries":
** The Mandalorian Resol'nare, or Six Actions.
--->Ba'jur bal beskar'gam,\\
Ara'nov, aliit,\\
Mando'a bal Mand'alor\\
An vencuyan mhi.
** Doesn't sound quite as badass in English, but it translates to:
--->Education and armor,\\
Self-defense, our tribe,\\
Our language and our leader,\\
All help us survive.
* ''TheWheelOfTime'':
** [[ProudWarriorRace The Aiel]]: "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."
** [[TheUnfettered The Asha'man]]: "The Black Tower protects. Always."
** And the Borderlanders stole the Bushido quote: Death is lighter than a feather, Duty heavier than a mountain
** "Attack on ground where your enemy believes you will not, from an unexpected direction at an unexpected time. Defend where your enemy believes you are not, and when he believes you will run. Surprise is the key to victory, and speed is the key to surprise. For the soldier, speed is life." ''--Comadrin''
** A Kandori oath taken when a boy is first given a sword (at age 14):
---> Why do you draw your sword?\\
In defense of my honor, my family or my homeland\\
How long do you fight?\\
Until my last breath joins the northern wind.\\
When do you stop watching?\\
(whispered) Never.\\
Speak it louder!\\
(shouted) ''Never!''
** The oath of the Malkieri warriors:
---> ''"My arm will be the sword, my breast itself a shield, to defend the seven towers, to hold back the darkness. I will stand when all others fall. For my sweet land Malkier."''
** The Oath of the Malkieri kings:
---> ''"To stand against the Shadow so long as iron is hard and stone abides. To defend the Malkieri while one drop of blood remains. To avenge what cannot be defended."''
** The creed of the [[BadassArmy Band of the Red Hand]]: ''Dovie'andi se tovya sagain"'': [[LetsGetDangerous It's time to toss the dice]].
** Mathrim Cauthon, usually when charging into danger to save someone: ''"I'm no bloody hero!"''
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** The oath of the Night's Watch.
---> Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall [[CelibateHero take no wife]], hold no lands, father no children. [[OfferedTheCrown I shall wear no crowns]] and [[GlorySeeker win no glory]]. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, [[YouShallNotPass the shield that guards the realms of men]]. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
** The motto of the Faceless Men: ''Valar morghulis; valar dohaeris''. (All men must die; all men must serve.)
** Arya's "Fear cuts deeper than swords."
** The various houses all have their own mottoes of a self-aggrandizing boast, but the Starks have the enigmatic and ominous, "[[AStormIsComing Winter Is Coming]]."
** In addition to their official motto, the Lannisters also have the unofficial motto, "A Lannister always pays his debts." This is usually a threat, but if the Lannisters actually do owe you money, you'll be paid, and probably with interest.
** The Boltons have the saying: "A naked man has few secrets, a flayed man none." Also not their official motto.
** "There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: '''Not today.'''"
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'':
** The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear: "I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
** And from [[Film/{{Dune}} the movie]], more of an entertaining psycho creed from the mentats... ''It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning...''
* Several examples Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Subverted in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', with the creed (suggested by [[LovableCoward Rincewind]]) for the expedition to stop Cohen the Barbarian being ''Morituri Nolumus Mori'', translated from Latin to English it reads as "We who are about to die don't want to." Vetinari still lets it stand because it's an appropriate motto for a mission to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
** The Nac Mac Feegle in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'': "Nae king, nae queen, nae laird, nae master. WE [[Music/TheWho WILLNA BE FOOLED AGAIN!]]" In fact, the Feegle have several Badass Creeds, and a habit of shouting them all out at once in a confused mess.
** LaResistance in ''Discworld/NightWatch'': "Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! And a hard-boiled egg!"[[note]]The [[BandOfBrothels Seamstresses Guild]] objected to "Free" love, and Vimes added the bit about the Hard-Boiled Egg because while the appearance of the others seemed unlikely to him, the Hard-Boiled Egg at least stood a chance of showing up. It did, but it got shredded before he had a chance to eat it.[[/note]]
** [[ProfessionalKiller The Assassin's Guild]] motto: "Nil mortifi, sine lucre" (No killing, without payment).
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]]:
*** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'': [[AC: There is no hope but us. There is no mercy but us. There is no justice. There is just us.]]
*** On another occasion, he muses: [[AC:[[Radio/TheShadow "Who knows what Evil lurks in the Hearts of Men?"]]]]. Then The Death Of Rats squeaks a comment, and Death adds, [[AC: "Well, yes, obviously me. I just wondered if there was anyone else."]]
*** [[AC: "What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the [[TitleDrop Reaper Man]]?]]
** The City Watch motto:
*** "[[Film/DirtyHarry Fabricati diem, pvnc]]", an abbreviated form of the old motto "Fabricati Diem, Pvncti Agvnt Celeriter," [[note]]"Make the Day, the Moments Pass Quickly."[[/note]].
*** The Watch oath is pretty badass as well, for all it's HelloInsertNameHere-ishness:
---->I, [recruit's name], do solemnly swear [[OhMyGods by [recruit's deity of choice]]] to [[LawfulGood uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork]], [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} serve the public trust]], and [[WeHelpTheHelpless defend the subjects]] of [[RoyalBlood His/Her [delete whichever is inappropriate] Majesty [name of reigning monarch]]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness without fear, favour, or thought of personal safety]]; to [[TheyFightCrime pursue evil-doers]] and [[InnocentBystanders protect the innocent]], [[HeroicSacrifice laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty]], so help me [aforesaid deity]. Gods Save the King/Queen [delete which is inappropriate].
*** Note that it's traditional to ''say it literally''. "I comma bracket recruit's name end-bracket comma..."
*** Vimes has noted that the Oath is a treacherous, slippery thing. It allows the alert, considerate Watchman almost complete freedom of action to do good things. Of particular note is the single reference to upholding the actual laws of the city, numerous references to protecting and serving the best interested of the people of the city, and the ''total absence of any promise of loyalty to the ruler''.
*** Dorfl lives this at the end of ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''.
---->'''Vimes:''' What are your duties?\\
'''Dorfl:''' To Serve The Public Trust, Protect The Innocent, And Seriously Prod Buttock, Sir.
*** A few lines later:
---->'''Nobby:''' 'S not going to be popular, a golem as a Watchman.\\
'''Dorfl:''' What Better Work For One Who Loves Freedom Than The Job Of A Watchman. Law Is The Servant Of Freedom. Freedom Without Limits Is Just A Word.
*** And later, talking about his plan to free the golems: "We Are Bought And Sold. So We Will Buy Ourselves Free. By Our Labor. No One Else Will Do It For Us. We Will Do It By Ourselves.
*** This gets reformulated on the legend above the door of the Golem Trust in later books: "By our own hand, or none."
** The fearsome [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarfish]] warcry in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'': T'dr'duzk b'hazg t't! ([[Franchise/StarTrek Today is a good day]] [[SubvertedCatchphrase for someone else to die!]])
** The millennia-old messenger golem Anghammarad remembers a BadAss version of the A-M Post Office motto from the dawn of time: "Neither Deluge Nor Ice Storm Nor The Black Silence Of The Netherhells Shall Stay These Messengers About Their Sacred Business. Do Not Ask Us About Sabre-Tooth Tigers, Tar Pits, Big Green Things With Teeth Or The Goddess Czol."
---> '''Inevitable question:''' The Goddess Czol?\\
'''Anghammarad:''' Do not ask.
** Based on the inscription from Creator/{{Herodotus}} on the New York Post Office (which ''isn't'' an official motto): "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds".
** Tiffany Aching in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'': "This I choose to do. [[EquivalentExchange If there is a price, this I choose to pay]]. [[HeroicSacrifice If it is my death, then I choose to die]]. Where this takes me, there I choose to go. I choose. This I choose to do."
* The Iron Code of ''Druss the Legend'':
--> [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Never violate a woman]], [[WouldntHurtAChild nor harm a child]].\\
Do not lie, cheat or steal.\\
These things are for lesser men.\\
[[WeHelpTheHelpless Protect the weak against the evil strong]].\\
And never allow [[{{Greed}} thoughts of gain]] to lead you into the pursuit of evil.\\
Never back away from an enemy. Either fight or surrender.\\
[[LawfulGood It is not enough to say "I will not be evil." Evil must be fought wherever it is found.]]
* Also from Creator/DavidGemmell, The Nadir Chant:
--> Nadir We, \\
Youth Born, \\
Blood Letters, \\
Axe Wielders, \\
Victors Still.
* The song of the hawks in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'':
-->Life is blood, shed and offered. \\
The eagle's eye can face this dree. \\
To beasts of chase the lie is proffered: \\
''Timor Mortis'' (the fear of death) ''Conturbat Me''.\\

-->The beast of foot sings Holdfast only, \\
For flesh is bruckle and foot is slee. \\
Strength to the strong and the lordly and lonely. \\
''Timor Mortis Exsultat Me.'' \\

-->Shame to the slothful and woe to the weak one, \\
Death to the dreadful who turn to flee. \\
Blood to the tearing, the talon'd, the beaked one. \\
Timor Mortis are ''We''.
* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'':
** The battle-song of the Men of the Tusk.
---> A' warring we have come.\\
A' reaving we shall work.\\
And when the day is done,\\
In our eyes the gods shall lurk!
** Also, a theme throughout the series is various characters giving their definition of warfare. "War is strength." "War is intellect." etc. Kellhus eventually settles on "War is conviction."
* The creed of the Raven, from both the ''Chronicles of the Raven'' and the ''Legends of the Raven''
--> "Kill but never murder."
* From Literature/YoungWizards:
** The Wizard's Oath:
---> In Life's name and for Life's sake, I say that I will use the Art for nothing but the service of that Life. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened. To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death for life, when it is right to do so -- till Universe's end.
** The version of the Oath for [[spoiler:saurian wizards]]:
---> The Fire is at the heart, and the Fire is the heart; for its sake, all fires whatever are sacred to me. I shall kindle them small and safe where there are none, for the wayfinding of those who come after: I will breathe on those fires about to die in dark places, and in passing, feed those that burn without harm to any; the fire that burns and warms those who gather about it, in no wise shall I meddle with it save that it seems about to consume its confocals, or to die. To these ends, as the Kindling requireth, I shall ever thrust my claw into the flames to shift the darkening ember or feed the failing coal, looking always toward that inmost Hearth from which all flames rise together, and all fires burn undevouring, in and of That Which first set light to the world, and burns in it ever more...
** The meditation of the Feline Worldgate Team:
--->I will meet the cruel and the cowardly today, liars and the envious, the uncaring and unknowing: they will be all around. But their numbers and their carelessness do not mean I have to be like them. For my own part, I know my job; my commission comes from Those Who Are. My paw raised is Their paw on the neck of the Serpent, now and always. I shall walk through Their worlds as do the Powers that Be, seeing and knowing with Them and for Them, tending Their worlds as if they were mine: for so indeed they are. Silently shall I strive to go my way, as They do, doing my work unseen; the light needs no reminding by me of good deeds done by night. And in this long progress through all that is, though I will know doubt and fear in the strange places where I must walk, I will put these both aside, as the Oath requires, and hold myself to my work ... for if They and I together cannot mend what is marred, who can? And having done my work aright, though I may know weariness at day's end, come awakening I shall rise up and say again, with Them, as if surprised, "behold, the world is made new ... !"
** And when the Cat-Wizard in question is feeling particularly cynical:
--->I will meet the terminally clueless today, idiots, and those with hairballs for brains, and those whose ears need a good shredding before you can even get their attention. I do not have to be like them, even though I would dearly love to hit them hard enough to make the empty places in their heads echo ...
* The code of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', which only appears twice in the original story: "One for all and all for one!"
* Conan the Barbarian.
** "I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply. I seek not beyond death. It may be the blackness averred by the Nemedian skeptics, or Crom's realm of ice and cloud, or the snowy plains and vaulted halls of the Nordheimer's Valhalla. I know not, nor do I care. Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content." From ''Literature/TheQueenOfTheBlackCoast''.
** "Conan, what is best in life?" "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women." From the movie.
*** From ''[[OlderThanTheyThink Genghis Khan]]''.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'':
** The Rohirrim get a few, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy which makes sense]]:
--->''Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
--->Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter!
--->spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
--->a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
--->Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!''

--->''Death! Ride, ride to ruin and the world's ending!''

--->''Out of dark, out of doubt, to the day's rising
--->I rode, singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.
--->To hope's end I rode, and to heart's breaking,
--->now for wrath, now for ruin, and [[CueTheSun a red nightfall]].''

** Don't forget Sam in Minas Morgul:
---> Though here at journey's end I lie
---> [[DarkestHour In darkness buried deep]]
---> Beyond all towers strong and high,
---> Beyond all mountains steep.
---> Above all shadows rides the Sun,
---> And stars forever dwell
---> I will not say this day is done,
---> Nor bid the stars farewell.

** Then there's the [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Oath of Fëanor]]:
---> Be he foe or friend, be he foul or clean\\
Brood of Morgoth or bright Vala,\\
Elda or Maia or Aftercomer,\\
Man yet unborn upon Middle-earth,\\
Neither law, nor love, nor league of swords,\\
Dread nor danger, not Doom itself\\
Shall defend him from Fëanáro, and Fëanáro's kin,\\
Whoso hideth or hoardeth, or in hand taketh,\\
Finding keepeth or afar casteth\\
A Silmaril. This swear we all...\\
Death we will deal him ere Day's ending,\\
Woe unto world's end! Our word hear thou,\\
Eru Allfather! To the everlasting\\
Darkness doom us if our deed faileth...\\
On the holy mountain hear in witness\\
and our vow remember,\\
Manwë and Varda!
* From DavidWeber's ''Literature/HellsGate'' series. Translated, it means "I am your son/daughter, Halian. I remember." Anytime a Calirath says this, they're about to make a HeroicSacrifice, and they're not letting anyone talk them out of it.
--->"''Chunika/Chanaka s'hari, Halian. Sho warak.''"
* SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}:
** The Clan [=MacKenzie=]'s battle chant:
--->We are the point!
--->We are the edge!
--->We are the wolves
--->That Hecate fed!
--->We are the bow!
--->We are the shaft!
--->We are the bolts
--->That Hecate cast!
** Not as poetic but to the point and definitely badass, the warcry of House Gervais:
--->Face Gervais, face Death!
** Also the Bearkillers battle cry, "hakkaa päälle!", translated from the Finnish: "Cut them down!"
* From ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'':
--> WAR IS PEACE\\
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY\\
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** "I Am that I Am."
** Psalms 144:1-2 "Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress: my high tower, and my deliverer: my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
** This creed might not seem all that badass now, but picture what it must have been like 2000 years ago: "You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!"
* From W. E. Henley: [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/invictus/ Invictus]]
--> It matters not how strait the gate,\\
How charged with punishments the scroll.\\
I am the master of my fate:\\
I am the captain of my soul.
* MadeleineLEngle's ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' adapts a portion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Breastplate "St. Patrick's Breastplate"]] for use as a BadassCreed:
--> At Tara in this fateful hour,\\
I place all Heaven with its power,\\
And the sun with its brightness,\\
And the snow with its whiteness,\\
And the fire with all the strength it hath,\\
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,\\
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,\\
And the sea with its deepness,\\
And the rocks with their steepness,\\
And the earth with its starkness,\\
All these I place\\
By God's almighty help and grace\\
''Between myself and the powers of darkness!''
* ''{{Dragonlance}}'' The oath of the Knights of Solamnia:
--> Est Sularus Oth Mithas\\
My Honor Is My Life
* ''The Road of Kings'' a poem written by Creator/RobertEHoward that tells things from [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan's]] perspective after he becomes king of Aquilonia.
--> Gleaming shell of an outworn lie, fable of Right Divine.
--> You gained your crowns by heritage, but Blood was the price of mine.
--> The throne that I won by blood and sweat, by Crom, I will not sell
--> For promise of valleys filled with gold or threat of the Halls of Hell!

--> When I was a fighting man, the kettle-drums they beat.
--> The people scattered gold dust before my horse's feet.
--> But now I am a great king; the people hound my track,
--> With poison in my wine cup, and daggers at my back.

--> What do I know of cultured ways; the gilt, the craft and the lie?
--> I, who was born in a naked land, and bred in the open sky?
--> The subtle tongue, the sophist guile; they fail when the broadswords sing.
--> Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king!

* The First Horn (Heavy Infantry) form Richard Schwartz's series ''Das Geheimnis von Askir'' (translated):
--> Who are we?
--> ''The first horn of the bull!''
--> What are we?
--> ''Steadfast!''
--> Where do we stand?
--> ''On the ground from which we will not retreat!''
--> Where do we go?
--> ''To the gods, with Askir, the emperor, our honour and our duty!''
* Literature/TheDraka
--> Service to the State. Glory to the Race.
* ''The Night Angel Trilogy'':
** First:
--->'''Durzo Blint:''' Life is nothing in itself. It's a place marker that proves who's winning, and we are the winners. We are always the winners. There is nothing but the winning. Even winning means nothing. We win because it's an insult to lose.
** And that's not even the real creed. The true creed of the Night Angels goes as follows:
--->I am Sa'kage, a lord of shadows.\\
I claim the shadows so that the Shadow may not.\\
I am the strong arm of deliverance.\\
I am Shadowstrider.\\
I am the Scales of Justice.\\
I am He-Who-Guards-Unseen.\\
I am Shadowslayer.\\
I am Nameless.\\
The coranti shall not go unpunished.\\
My way is hard, but I serve unbroken.\\
In ignobility, nobility.\\
In shame, honor.\\
In darkness, light.\\
I will do justice and love mercy.\\
Until the king returns, I shall not lay my burden down.
* From ''The Simple Art of Murder'' by Creator/RaymondChandler
-->...down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor--by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
* Tennyson:
** "Sir Gallahad":
---> ''My good blade carves the casques of men,''\\
''My tough lance thrusteth sure,''\\
''My strength is as the strength of ten,''\\
''Because my heart is pure.''
** Tennyson again, "Ulysses"
--->Though much is taken, much abides; and though\\
We are not now that strength which in old days\\
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;\\
One equal temper of heroic hearts,\\
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will\\
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
** And again, in "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
--->Theirs not to make reply\\
Theirs not to reason why\\
Theirs but to do and die
* [[http://www.bartleby.com/103/6.html "Ode"]] by Arthur O'Shaughnessy.
* ''Literature/TheSparrow'':
** "We are many. They are few."
** Even prior to this, Sofia's internal mantra of ''"I am Mendes"'', in reference to her Sephardic family's history of endurance as well as her own.
* Keith Laumer:
** The dying words of many an heroic Bolo have been the Dinochrome Brigade's motto, "For the Honour of the Regiment!"
** One particular sub-command of the Dinochrome Brigade has a PretentiousLatinMotto that doubles as a creed for the Bolos and a challenge to their enemies; translated, it simply says ''Stand and be judged.''
** From the same story, the Bolos in particular are units DBC and DBQ, nicknamed 'Chains' and 'Quarter' respectively. What does the DB stand for, you ask?
--->'''Colonel Ishida:''' Death By Chains.\\
'''Unit DBC:''' So judged.
* From the novella A Dry, Quiet War, by Tony Daniels:
-->They sucked down my heart
-->to a little black hole
-->You cannot stab me.

-->They wrote down my brain
-->on a hard knot of space,
-->You cannot turn me.

-->Icicle spike
-->from the eye of a star
-->I've come to kill you.
* Creator/RudyardKipling:
** His poem "The Overland Mail" shows that native postmen in India were BadAss. The poem specifically states he's doing all this ''at night ... in the jungle ... '''uphill''''':
--->Is the torrent in spate? He must ford it or swim.\\
Has the rain wrecked the road? He must climb by the cliff.\\
Does the tempest cry halt? What are tempests to him?\\
The service admits not a "but" or an "if."\\
While the breath's in his mouth, he must bear without fail,\\
In the Name of the Empress, the Overland Mail.
** His poem [[http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_if.htm "If"]] is a BadassCreed in instructional format. Read it.
** Also, the [[http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_lawofjungle.htm "Law of the Jungle"]], which starts:
--->Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;\\
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.\\
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --\\
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
** And from ''The Sons of Martha''
--->They do not preach that their God will rouse them a little before the nuts work loose.\\
They do not teach that His pity allows them to leave their work when they damn well chose.\\
As in the thronged and the lighted ways, so in the dark and the desert they stand,\\
wary and watchful all of their days, that their brethren's days may be long in the land.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the Knights Radiant have oaths (called Ideals) that represent their bonds to their [[BondCreature spren]], and grant them their powers.
** The first is the same for every Order:
--->[[MartialPacifist Life before death]], [[ComesGreatResponsibility strength before weakness]], [[HonorBeforeReason journey before destination]].
** The Second Ideal of the Windrunners:
--->[[WeHelpTheHelpless I will protect those who cannot protect themselves]].
** The Third Ideal of the Windrunners:
--->[[SaveTheVillain I will protect even those I hate]] [[NeutralGood so long as it is right.]]
** The Second Ideal of the Skybreakers:
--->I will put the law before all else.
** The Second Ideal of the Edgedancers:
--->I will remember those who have been forgotten.
** Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first, and only need to speak truths (especially about themselves) to advance.
** The Second Ideal of the Bondsmiths:
--->I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together.
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookoftheFallen'', the Bridgeburners keep it simple:
-->First in, last out.
* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga (''A Civil Campaign), Aral Vorkosigan gives this cogent life advice to his son Miles:
-->Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'':
** John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom, is fond of defying his opponents with: "I still live!" (Also counts as a SurvivalMantra)
** There's also the oft-repeated Thark motto: "Leave to a Thark his head and one hand, and he may yet prevail"
* [=RiverClan=] ''fish''! [=RiverClan=] ''swim''! [=RiverClan=] [[Literature/WarriorCats warriors]] use water to ''win''!
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone's]] battlecry; "Blood and souls! Blood and souls for my Lord Arioch!"
* From The Last Hero, a poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. The whole poem is one long BadassBoast, but the third stanza is the biggie:
-->[[InMediasRes The wind blew out from Bergen to the dawning of the day]],
-->[[OneManArmy They ride and run with fifty spears to break and bar my way]],
-->[[AGodAmI I shall not die alone, alone, but kin to all the powers]],
-->[[WarIsGlorious As merry as the ancient sun and fighting like the flowers.]]
-->[[WarriorPoet How white their steel, how bright their eyes! I love each laughing knave]],
-->[[CurbStompBattle Cry high and bid him welcome to the banquet of the brave.]]
-->[[WorthyOpponent Yea, I will bless them as they bend and love them where they lie,]]
-->[[KillEmAll When on their skulls the sword I swing falls shattering from the sky.]]
-->[[BloodKnight The hour when death is like a light and blood is like a rose,]]
-->[[GlorySeeker You never loved your friends, my friends, as I shall love my foes.]]
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has several:
--> The world is getting weirder. Darker every single day. Things are spinning around faster and faster, and threatening to go completely awry. Falcons and falconers. The center cannot hold. \\
But in my corner of the country, I'm trying to nail things down. [...] I don't want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower. I'd rather make a place where things are a little quieter. Where trolls stay the hell under their bridges, and where elves don't come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles. Where vampires respect the limits, and where the faeries mind their p's and q's. \\
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I'm in the book.
* The motto of [[Literature/LiadenUniverse Clan Korval]] keeps it short:
--> I Dare
* "I was made for [[Literature/OldKingdom Abhorsen]] to slay those already dead. The Clayr saw me. The Wallmaker made me. Abhorsen wields me so that no Dead my walk in life, for this is not their path."
* The [[PulpMagazine Pulp]] incarnation of Radio/TheShadow had "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. The Shadow never fails", in addition to the Radio Shadow's "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
* Two of them in ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'': "It's about rockin', not remembering" and “That’s what Rock and Roll really is, you know – beneath all the motorcycles and cars and leather jackets – it’s about being young and being brave. Young leaves us all, but you have to let Brave go of your own free will.
* The Dauntless manifesto from the extra materials of ''Literature/{{Divergent}}''.
--> We believe that peace is hard-won,
--> that sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace.
--> But more than that:
--> We believe that justice is more important than peace.
--> We believe in freedom from fear, in denying fear the power to influence our decisions.
--> We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
--> We believe in acknowledging fear and the extent to which it rules us.
--> We believe in facing that fear no matter what the cost to our comfort, our happiness, or even our sanity.
--> We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.
--> We believe, not just in bold words but in bold deeds to match them.
--> We believe that pain and death are better than cowardice and inaction because
--> We believe in action.

--> We do not believe in living comfortable lives.
--> We do not believe that silence is useful.
--> We do not believe in good manners.
--> We do not believe in empty heads, empty mouths, or empty hands.
--> We do not believe that learning to master violence encourages unnecessary violence.
--> We do not believe that we should be allowed to stand idly by.
--> We do not believe that any other virtue is more important than bravery.
* The Oath taken by the residents of [[{{utopia}} Atlantis]] in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'': "I swear--by my life and my love of it--that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
* The creed used by the agents in Ari Bach's ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' is simple yet very effective:
--> "Don't fuck shit up."
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', the Rainlords of Sair have a motto summing up their take on enemies and danger.
-->The rain fears not the torch.
* From Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles:
--> I swear before my God and these witnesses that I will stay true to the right and good, that my magic will be used to protect, not to enslave, that all my strength and wisdom must always shield the innocent. I swear to fight for liberty though it cost my life. The Society will be my blood and its knights my brothers, and that I will always heed the wisdom of the elders’ council. I willingly pledge my magic, my knowledge, my resources, and my life to uphold these things.
* From Literature/TheParasolProtectorate:
--> I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and all. Pursuit of truth is my passion. This I vow by the great parasol.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' brings us The Ranger Oath:
-->''"We are Rangers.\\
We walk in [[EvilIsNotWellLit the dark places]] [[DarknessEqualsDeath no others will enter]].\\
We stand on the bridge, and [[YouShallNotPass no one may pass]]. \\
We live for the One - we die for the One."''
** In the Spinoff ''Legend of the Rangers'', one ranger starship captain amends the above creed to end, "We Live for the one, we die for the one...but we don't die stupidly."
*** Also, let's not the PSI Corps and their motto: ''"The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father."''
*** Don't forget the Grey Council: "I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and the light."
** A more informal example comes in the form of the first lesson multiple generations of Sheridans taught their sons.
-->'''Sheridan:''' Never start a fight. Always finish it.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Night's Watch oath:
--> "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."
** And the customary eulogy for a black brother?
--> "And now his watch is ended."
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Any Klingon, any time, anywhere: "Today is a good day to die."
** The Jem'Haddar battle cry is pretty BadAss:
--->''"I am First [name of Jem'Hadar First], and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We go into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember: Victory is Life!"''
** And then Miles O'Brien turns to his men and says:
--->''I am Chief Miles Edward O'Brien. I am very much alive and I intend to stay that way.''
** While not designed to intimidate as such, the opening narration detailing the mission of the Enterprise (and Starfleet in general) is pretty BadAss:
--->''"Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before."''
** The Cardassian Resistance only needs two words:
--->''For Cardassia!''
** [[TheVirus The Borg]]'s introductory speech, while not exactly BadAss in the traditional sense, is intimidating just in its sheer matter-of-factness, delivered in a CreepyMonotone VoiceOfTheLegion:
--->''"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. [[TheAssimilator We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own]]. Your culture will adapt to service us. [[ResistanceIsFutile Resistance is futile]]."''
*** And now they've kicked it up a notch in the ExpandedUniverse
---->[[spoiler:"We are the Borg. You will be ''annihilated''. Your biological and technological distinctiveness have become irrelevant. Resistance is futile...but welcome."]]
*** And then you have this version.... (What?)
---->"We are the Canadian Borg. Resistance would be impolite. Please wait to be assimilated. Pour l'assimilation en francais, veuillez appuyer sur deux." [[labelnote:trans.]] "For assimilation in French, please press two."[[/labelnote]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Possibly the motto of the Serenity Valley soldiers: "When you can't run, you walk. When you can't walk, you crawl. And when you can't do that, you [[spoiler:find someone to carry you]]."
** "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': "What do we do now, Captain?" Starbuck: "Same thing we always do: fight 'em till we can't."
** "What do you hear?" "Nothing but the rain" (The sound of the debris of enemy craft hitting the hull)
** Let's not forget Commander Adama's favorite "We've got to roll the hard six."
** "So say we all!"
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The Jaffa rebels' "I die free."
** ''Shel kek nem ron!''
** When they show up for the first time, the Ori battleships are quick to announce their intentions: "And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made unto dust."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': From both the novels during the hiatus era and "Girl in the Fireplace".
-->Doctor: "Even monsters have nightmares."
-->Scared Little Girl: "What of?"
-->Doctor: "Me!"
** The whole of Creator/JonPertwee's "Who is the Doctor" spoken word single counts as an ''extended'' Badass Creed for the Doctor.
** The entire speech at Stonehenge in "The Pandorica Opens".
** Colonel Mace's speech just before UNIT counterattacks ([[CurbstompBattle and wipes the floor with]]) the Sontarans.
-->'''Colonel 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.
** The Dalek creed, from Creator/TerryNation fluff:
--->''[[EarthShatteringKaboom Destroy without mercy!]]\\
[[BloodKnight Attack without fear!]]\\
[[AlwaysChaoticEvil Live without conscience!]]\\
[[OmnicidalManiac Exterminate without pity!]]\\
[[UnstoppableRage KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL!]]\\
[[AbsoluteXenophobe The Daleks are supreme!]] [[GalacticConqueror The Daleks are supreme!]] [[TheSocialDarwinist The Daleks are supreme!]]''
** The overhead announcement on a ship of Sontaran troops: "Battlestations... Rejoice."
** In "The Name of the Doctor" we are told that the name Doctor was a promise he had made. We find out in "The Day of the Doctor" what that promise was. "Never cruel, nor cowardly. Never give up, never give in."
* The Brunnen-G battle hymn in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' probably qualifies:
-->''Yo Way Yo''
-->''Home Va Ya Ray''
-->''Yo Way Rah''
-->''Jerhume Brunnen-G''
-->Fighters of the fight
-->For their home and their heart
-->We fighters will win or die
-->Forever we are Brunnen-G
* The titular Series/KamenRiderStronger proves just how badass he is every time he shows up on screen with his creed.
-->"The heavens call!
-->The earth cries out!
-->The crowds roar!
-->All calling on me to strike back against evil!
-->now listen up, villains!
-->I am the warrior of justice!
-->The Kamen Rider...Stronger!"
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' provides: "Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth and arming the human race against the future. The 21st Century is when everything changes. And you've gotta be ready."
** Which, in series 2, becomes: "Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st Century is when everything changes. And Torchwood is ready."
* Parodied on ''Series/HeyDude!''. Mr. Ernst tries to psych Jake up for a fight by telling him to remember the Ernst family motto. "[[HollywoodNerd We like math]]?" Mr. Ernst then tells him it's: "An Ernst never backs down!" To which Jake tells him he's never heard of that one before.
* "The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you. Sometimes bad guys make the best good guys. We provide...Series/{{Leverage}}."
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[[folder:Live Action Roleplaying]]
* From Mythodea
** The Black Ice as a call/response series:
-->"We live.."
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We fight..."
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We die.."
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
** And one for all "Verfemte" (Condemned), also call/response and usually repeated 3 times:
-->"He is the eye..."
-->''"WE ARE THE STORM!"''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* The StanRogers song ''Mary Ellen Carter'', which actually saved the life of a shipwreck victim who sang it to stay awake in the icy water.
--> All you to whom adversity has dealt a mortal blow,
--> With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go,
--> Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
--> Rise again! Rise again!
--> Though your heart may be broken, and life about to end,
--> No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
* ''Die Gedanken Sind Frei'', German for "My Thoughts are Free." An old folksong sung by WWII prisoners, Cold War protestors, and modern freethinkers.
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts freely flower
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts give me power
--> No scholar can map them, no hunter can trap them,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> I think as I please, and this gives me pleasure
--> My conscience decrees this right I must treasure
--> My thoughts do not cater to duke or dictator,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> And should tyrants take me, and cast me in prison,
--> My thoughts shall burst free, like blossoms in season
--> Foundations will crumble, and structures will tumble,
--> and free men will cry, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!
* Heather Alexander's ''March of Cambreadth''
--> Midnight mare and blood-red roan
--> Fight to keep these lands your own
--> Sound the horn and call the cry
--> '''How many of them can we make die?'''
* ''Slipknot'' on (sic) has "You can't kill me cause I'm already INSIDE YOU!"
* ''The Switch and the Spur'' by The Raconteurs
--> Any poor souls, who trespass against us
--> Whether it be beast or man
--> Will suffer the bite, or be stung dead on sight
--> By those who inhabit this land
--> For theirs is the power and this is their kingdom
--> As sure as the sun does burn
--> So enter this path, but heed these four words:
--> '''You shall never return'''
* "Sophia" by the Cruxshadows
--> Do not injustice to another
--> Defend the weak and innocent
--> Let truth and honor always guide you
--> Let courage find a life within
--> Stand up when no-one else is willing
--> Act not in hatred or in spite
--> Be to this world as a perfect knight
--> Even if it means your life
* [[Theatre/ManOfLaMancha The Impossible Dream:]]
--> To dream the impossible dream
--> To fight the unbeatable foe
--> To bear with unbearable sorrow
--> To run where the brave dare not go
** In fact, the whole song is his Badass Creed.
*** As are the opening and the finale.
*** One might say the whole musical is.
* It loses its rhyme in translation to English, but there's an old children's rhyme for the holiday of Hannukah:
--> We have come to expel darkness.
--> In our hands are light and flame.
--> Every one of us is a small light.
--> And all of us are a firm light.
--> Fight darkness, drive back blackness!
--> Fight for the cause of the light!
* The electronic dance song "Stop the Revolution" by D. Ramirez and Meat Katie:
--> You cannot restrain or tame an idea with idle threats.
--> Once it has crept into the mind, the mouth will not bite the tongue to keep it in silence.
--> The sheer promise of bondage and whips will not be enough to apprehend a thought as it travels from ear to misinformed ear.
--> We ''will'' protest, because ''you'' cannot tell a concept not to raise its fist in anger!
--> You cannot censor that which only exists in theory!
--> You cannot tell anarchy to stop in its tracks, when its feet only exist in the minds of the oppressed!
--> There is a force out there, greater than the media, greater than right or left, greater than empty lies or promises!
--> You can try all night to stop the noise... but you'll never stop the Revolution.
* "Prisoner of Our Time", "Branded and Exiled", "Chains and Leather"... Like many old school metal bands, Music/RunningWild had many of these on it's earlier releases. Here's a example from "Branded and Exiled":
--> Many relocated all across the land
--> Together we've got the power in our hands
--> We are strong enough to fight mendacious laws
--> We've got the wrath, 'cause we are
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!

* The Incredible String Band -- ''My Name is Death''
--> I am the question that cannot be answered,
--> I am the lover that cannot be lost,
--> Yet small are the gifts of my servant; the soldier,
--> For time is my offspring; pray, what is my name?

--> My name is Death.

** Justifying note: Far from being a harsh metal song, this is a rather unsettling Folk song.

* Music/IronMaiden has many:
** One of note is "Die With Your Boots On,"
-->No point asking when it is,
-->No point asking who's to go,
-->No point asking what's the game,
-->No point asking who's to blame,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, die with your boots on,
-->If you're gonna try, well stick around,
-->Gonna cry, just move along,
-->If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.
** Then, from "Sun and Steel,"
-->Sunlight, falling on your steel,
-->Death in life is your ideal,
-->Life is like a wheel.
** And, from "Flash of the Blade,"
-->You'll die as you lived
-->In a flash of the blade
-->In a corner forgotten by no-one
-->You lived for the touch
-->For the feel of the steel
-->One man, and his Honour.
** And of course The Trooper
-->
-->You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
-->You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
-->So when you're waiting for the next attack
-->You'd better stand there's no turning back

-->The bugle sounds as the charge begins
-->But on this battlefield no one wins
-->The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
-->As you plunge into a certain death

-->The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
-->The mighty roar of the Russian guns
-->And as we race towards the human wall
-->The screams of pain as my comrades fall

-->We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
-->And as the Russians fire another round
-->We get so near yet so far away
-->We won't live to fight another day

-->We get so close near enough to fight
-->When a Russian gets me in his sights
-->He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
-->A burst of rounds takes my horse below

-->And as I lay there gazing at the sky
-->My body's numb and my throat is dry
-->And as I lay forgotten and alone
-->Without a tear I draw my parting groan


* Victory Song -- ''Ensiferum''

--> Ei urhot kaukaisen pohjolan
--> Uhan eessä taipuneet
--> Jälleen pauhaa kansi taivahan
--> Veri valuu maahan lumiseen
--> Moni nähdä ei saa enää huomista
--> Moni jää heitä kaipaamaan
--> Jälkipolville jää maa rauhaisa
--> Voiton laulut soi ainiaan

--> Translated:
--> The warriors of the north
--> Stood strong against aggression
--> Again the thunder rumbles
--> Blood stains the snow
--> Many will not see tomorrow
--> Many will be missed
--> But the land remains safe for our children
--> And songs of victory will sound forever

** For that matter, most Finnish marching music; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y&feature=related The Jaeger March]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUpIhG0VsE&feature=related The Pori Regiment's march]], just to name a few.

* The Show Must Go On, by {{Queen}}.

-->The Show must go on!
-->The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah!
-->Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
-->My make-up may be flaking...
-->But my smile, still, stays on!
-->Yeah! oh oh oh

-->My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
-->Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
-->I can fly, my friends!

-->The Show must go on! Yeah!
-->The Show must go on!
-->I'll face it with a grin!
-->I'm never giving in!
-->On with the show!

-->I'll top the bill!
-->I'll overkill!
-->I have to find the will to carry on!
-->On with the,
-->On with the show!

-->The Show must go on.

And the kicker? Brian May wrote this for Freddie Mercury, when people questioned if he could 'go on', considering his health was failing because of his battle with AIDS. Acording to [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], May wasn't sure that Freddie would be able to sing the song, his health was so bad. Freddie's response? He took a swig of vodka and said [[PrecisionFStrike 'I'll fucking do it, darling!']]. May says he considers this [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of Mercury's best performances]]. [[SandInMyEyes 'Scuse me, I have something in my eye..]]

** Also from that same album (Freddie went out Badass!), the song "Innuendo". The whole song was a BadassCreed, like "Show Must Go On". Just the first verse:
--->While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand,
--->While the waves crash from the sea to meet the land,
--->While there's the wind and the stars and the rainbow,
--->'Til the mountains crumble into the plains,
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Tread that fine line
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Just passing our time.

* The Fire Dawn, by Oh Sleeper, exudes this trope. IN SPADES!

-->Stand up, we'll be more than kings.
-->Show no mercy when the gates swing.
-->I've said it before but without accepting that my body
-->Was the only thing keeping me from living.
-->I wouldn't even let the surgeon touch me.
-->Though facing death, I dined on flesh...
-->But now I live to fight out-numbered.
-->I live to fight out-numbered at the fire dawn to live in rebellious honor.
-->I'll stand, you'll see me over all of your fallen.
-->I'll be knee-deep, knee-deep in a sea of their organs.
-->Send me all of hell and I'll face them,
-->I'll face them one on one-thousand.

* Most, if not all, ProfessionalWrestling ThemeMusic.

* EnterShikari's {{Badass Creed}} in "Juggernauts" also acts as a complete {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}:
-->We'll do what we've always done
-->Shut our eyes and hope for the best...
-->NO! We're gonna face this
-->And step out onto the tracks
-->Stare it right in the face
-->THOU SHALL NOT PASS!

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfs_-tyJH9w Army of the Dead Part I]]/[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV-BmFUoVt8 II]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguJyPOlOoE Odin]] by Manowar.

-->Raise thy weapons on this day
-->Ye shall not die alone

-->Fight and die let Valkyries fly
-->For they shall take thee home

-->I promise thee that on this night
-->Ye shall be by my side

-->Asgard's halls await with heroes
-->Brothers that have died

-->For thee we wait at Asgard's gates
-->Come join us by our side

-->Valhalla waits so choose thy fate
-->For all of us must die!

* This excerpt that appears in the Manowar songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb46TxwEaZw The Warrior's Prayer]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diLCzRJEJRg Glory, Majesty, Unity]] :

-->Gods of war I call You. My sword is by my side.
-->I seek a life of honor, free from all false pride.
-->I will crack the whip with a bold mighty hail.
-->Cover me with death if I should ever fail.

-->Glory, Majesty, Unity
-->Hail, Hail, Hail

* Pretty much any Manowar song, actually. Here's one from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=431ghP7AWf0 Sons of Odin]] :

-->Glory and fame
-->Blood is our name
-->Souls full of thunder, hearts of steel

-->Killers of men!
-->A warrior's friend!
-->Sworn to avenge our fallen brothers, to the end!

** Even more to the point, the band itself has one: "Death to false metal".

* "Morituri", by Robin Wayne Bailey:
-->Let us live short lives of glory
-->Let us burn bright like a flame
-->And when the gods call, let the poets remember our names!

* [[WorldOfWarcraft Level 70/80 Elite Tauren Chieftain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGROC4USto 'The Power of the Horde']]
--> Surrounded by the enemy
--> The wolf among the hounds
--> Thunder turns to silence, it took...
--> A hundred to bring me down
--> Wolf-brothers falling at my side
--> With honor I will die
--> Upon the altar of the storms
--> I will be reborn
(Rest of the lyrics: [[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/l70etc/#share]] )
* AllThatRemains has several, but the song "Some of the People , All of the Time" exeplifies it:
--> When all seems lost we count the cost
--> We still remain connected
--> We'll be made strong we are not wrong
--> we will not be neglected
--> Now Wake this doubt and cast it out
--> Weakness will be rejected
--> And through all wrongs we must stay strong
--> We will not be neglected

* "The Gears" by Dethklok
--> We fear not our mortality
--> We'll serve to the best of our ability
--> We give our lives to our masters
--> We vow to smite our enemies

* Andrew W.K.'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBnJ0egT_4 "Get Ready to die"]] is one massive Badass Creed combined with a Badass Boast.
-->This is your time to pay,
-->This is your judgement day,
-->We made a sacrifice,
-->And now we get to take your life.

-->We shoot without a gun,
-->We'll take on anyone,
-->It's really nothing new,
-->It's just a thing we like to do.

** Andrew gets another crazy-awesome one that encompasses the ending of "Totally Stupid". Might double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for some.
-->If we wait until tomorrow
-->Will tomorrow ever come?
-->This is where we're coming from
-->And we're not the only ones

-->When we find ourselves in trouble
-->We can find outselves a way
-->You can find a place to stay
-->And the place is always safe

-->If you have a heart that's in pain
-->Don't be afraid
-->You're not to blame
-->There's a better world inside of us
-->Where we always thought it was
-->You don't need to hide
-->You can open up your eyes
-->And you'll discover
-->That there is another world.

* “Indestructible” by Music/{{Disturbed}} - the whole song is one big BadassCreed

* Music/TheProtomen provide one to VideoGame/MegaMan in "The Will of One". [[spoiler:It gets a ''lot'' darker in "The Sons of Fate".]]
-->And as I live\\
There is no evil that will stand\\
And I will finish\\
What was started\\
The fight of Protoman!

* One from WithinTemptation: "Why Not Me."

-->Some may call it a curse\\
A life like mine\\
But others, a blessing\\
It's certainly a lonely life\\
But a fulfilling one and the best\\
It's my cross to bear\\
And I'll bear it gladly\\
Someone has to take a stand against evil\\
Why should it not be me?

* Music/{{Clutch}} has many songs that qualify, but "High Caliber Consecrator" is a particularly straightforward example:

-->We'll thresh the psyche, and till the pride\\
Distill the blood, proclaim the gun divine\\
Damn the foul ego, praise the promised swarm\\
We are the ploughshare, and yet we are the sword

* The entire song of Otherwise's song 'Soldiers' could count, but especially the chorus:
--> We are the one who will never be broken\\
With our final breath, we'll fight to the death\\
We are soldiers, we are soldiers\\

** Especially:
--> You can't erase us\\
You'll just have to face us\

* TheOffspring has "Defy you":
--> You may push me around\\
But you cannot win\\
You may throw me down\\
But I'll rise again\\
The more you say\\
The more I defy you\\
So get out of my face\\
\\
You cannot stop us\\
You cannot bring us down\\
Never give up\\
We go on and on\\
You'll never break us\\
Never bring us down\\
We are alive! \\

* Coheed and Cambria's "The Crowing" has:
--> I fought the decisions that called and lost.
--> My mark is the relevant piece in this,
--> I will come reformed.
--> In short, for the murders of those I court,
--> I bless the hour that holds your fall.
--> I will kill you all!

* Shinedown has a pretty good one at the beginning of their music video for "Unity"
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have each other,
--> We will not fall
--> Because we are brothers.
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have love,
--> We will not fall,
--> Because we will rise above.

* Slayer's Jihad is frighteningly inspiring.
--> Be optomistic, happy, and calm
--> show no fear, or anxiety
--> smile at the face of God
--> and your reward will be eternity
--> Holy Warriors, your patience will be justified
--> Everything is for Him
--> You must not comfort the animal before you kill it
--> Strike as champions at the heart of the non-believers!
--> Strike above the neck, and at all extremities!
--> For it is the point of no return for Almighty God!
--> GOD will give victory to his faithful!
--> When you reach Ground Zero, you will have KILLED the enemy:
--> THE GREAT SATAN!!!


* PowerMetal band Bloodbound has one in their song, Together we Fight
--> I pledge allegiance,
--> To goblins and heathens,
--> March by my side,
--> Together we fight.
--> Join my battalion,
--> And serve the medallion,
--> Slay by my side,
--> Together we fight.

* [[Music/DragonForce Through the fire and the flames we carry onnnn!!!!!!]]

* BlueOysterCult did one for the Tarachian warriors in [[WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal Heavy Metal the Movie]]:
--> To defend, this is the Pact!
--> But when life's scorned, and damage done
--> To avenge, this is the Pact!

* The badass opening to "The Devil's Deadly Weapon" by British heavy metallers Hell:
--> Who live by the sword shall likewise die, and in their bloody beds shall lie
--> I pledge myself to slay this beast, and when this deed is done shall I
--> In noble death or glory rest, when breath has fled its savage breast
--> This loathsome task I must perform, and thus my earthly fate is sworn
--> God's hideous carnage wrought upon - The Devil's Deadly Weapon!

* American metal band Oteps song 'Run for Cover'
--> Even Jesus worships me
--> I bow down to none
--> Your little light is like a candle
--> trying to outshine the sun

* Otherwise's "Soldiers" is one in total.
--> We are the ones who will never be broken
--> With our final breath
--> We'll fight to the death
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
--> We are the ones who will not go unspoken
--> No, we will not sleep
--> We are not sheep
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]: "I'm the man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour. The women's pet, the men's regret. What you see is what you get. And what you don't see is better yet"
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling's motto: "Victory Through Guts"
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: "We snack on danger and we dine on death!"
* "[[Wrestling/ArnAnderson Adversity introduces a man to himself.]]"
* [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels I am the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event… I am Mr. Wrestlemania!]]
** I will give you a show like you have ''never'' seen before.
** Shawn Michaels has never been outperformed in a big match situation!
* [[Wrestling/TripleH I am the Game]] and I Am...THAT. DAMN. GOOD.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho I am]] the best at what I do.
* [[SmugStraightEdge Straight edge]] means [[Wrestling/CMPunk I'm]] better than you.
* What'cha gonna do when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] runs wild on you?!
** [[Wrestling/HulkHogan *points to one open palm with the index finger of opposite hand* "THIS IS WHERE THE POWER LIES!"]]
* Wrestling/BretHart: The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be.
* Wrestling/MattHardy: I am Matt Hardy and I will not die.
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: It's not about how many times you knock me down. It's about how many times DDP gets back up.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: You WILL Rest. In. Peace.
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]: Everybody's got a price. Everybody's got to pay. But the Million Dollar Man always gets his way.
* [[Wrestling/RicFlair To be The Man]] - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - you gotta beat The Man!
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}: WHO'S NEXT?
* "And that's the bottom line, because [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin STONE COLD]] SAYS SO!"
* [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Eastern Championship Wrestling]]: "It's not for everyone."
* Beat me if you can, survive [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} if I let you]]
* "[[Wrestling/MsChif No more repined bastard nation! A generous gesture to a people so blind! No more repined bastard nation fumbling, descending, away from the light! It takes a non-poisoned creature to withstand a monster that has grown and spawned, a darkness, I can not tolerate. A darkness we must bury.]]"
* Perros Del Mal: "Dios perdona, los Perros no."
* Generation Next: "[[Film/TheBoondockSaints This was a fucking bomb]]. For a few seconds, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor this place]] was [[DarkestHour Armageddon]]...[[HostileShowTakeover AND THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT]]!!!!"
* "You're either [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] or you're against us!"
* "We're not renegades, we're not mercenaries. We're not Wrestling/TheNexus, if you're lookin' for the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo, go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we're a shield from injustice. We are Wrestling/TheShield."
* [[Wrestling/AcesAndEights The Aces & Eights]]: "When you ride with the Aces & Eights, you never walk alone."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* TheLoneRanger's Creed, from his original radio show and all other versions:
-->I believe:
-->That to have a friend, a man must be one.\\
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.\\
That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.\\
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.\\
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.\\
That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.\\
That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.\\
That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.\\
That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.\\
I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.\\
* Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows-- [mwahahahahahahahaha]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking of the creation of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
--> They are my Space Marines and ''they shall know no fear''.
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one on the same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear."
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
** The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete."
---->"What is the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done."
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat is to blaspheme."
*** From the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin' than a Grot an' more killy dan a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: we die standing.
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.\\
That which threaten, I will destroy.\\
For my holy wrath will knows no bound..."''
* ''Every one'' of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. To whit:
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. The Supernal Is The Self. Service Is Mastery."
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets. Destroy the followers of the Lie."
** The Guardians of the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to the Awakened. Merit must guide the Fallen World."
*** Those are just the Exoteric Tenets that other Mages are allowed to know about. Their Esoteric Tenets, the secret mottos of the Order, are significantly more frightening. To whit: All Thrones Are False Thrones, All Souls are Flawed. There Is a Secret Hierarchy of Souls. The Heiromagus Will Fulfill the Diamond Wheel
** The Mysterium: "Knowledge is power. Knowledge must be preserved. Knowledge has a price."
** The Silver Ladder: "The Awakened are one Nation. Imperium is the right of humanity. The Silver Ladder is the path to victory. The Sleepers follow."
** While the Pentacle hope to Awaken humanity to higher truth, the Seers of the Throne wish humanity to stay Sleeping while hoarding higher truths for themselves: "True Power Requires Obedience. True Power Requires Sacrifice. True Power Requires Vigilance. True Power Requires Discipline. True Power Requires Understanding. True Power Requires Courage."
* In ''{{Traveller}}: Interstellar Wars'' the Vilani "Legion of the Frontier" has the motto, "We are here to die." (Lifted shamelessly from the French Foreign Legion, see below.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Grimgor Ironhide has a pretty good one:
-->I'm gonna stomp em to dust. I'm gonna burn all der cities and towns. I'm gonna roast em up inna big fire. I'm gonna grind der bones and jump up an down on the rest of da bits. An den, I'm gonna get really mean.
** The Shadow Elves have the fairly restrained:
-->Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is forgiven.
* MOAR DAKKA! and Red Wunz Go Fasta
* One happened in a ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' game. While loading on their DropShip to fight a rebelling squad of Space Marines, the following dialogue happens.
-->'''Ioustinos:''' "Emperor protect us and forgive those we're against"
-->'''Xavier:''' "For we certainly have no intention to."
* ''TheWayOfTheTiger'' gamebook series has two. The first is the "Ninja No Chigiri" learnt by all ninjas of the Way of the Tiger including your character :-
-->"I will vanish into the night; change my body to wood or stone; sink into the earth and walk through walls and locked doors. I will be killed many times, yet will not die; change my face and become invisible, able to walk among men without being seen."
** The second is the Litany of the Ninja Grandmaster which can only be learned if you answer two questions correctly at the very start of the series :-
-->"I AM NINJA
-->My parents are the Heaven and Earth
-->My Home is my Body
-->My Power is Loyalty
-->My Magic is Training
-->My Life and my Death is Breathing
-->My Body is Control
-->My Eyes are the Sun and Moon
-->My Ears are Sensitivity
-->My Laws are Self-Protection
-->My Strength is Adaptability
-->My Ambition is taking every Opportunity with Fullness
-->My Friend is my Mind
-->My Enemy is Carelessness
-->My Protection is Right Action
-->My Weapons are Everything that Exists
-->My Strategy is One Foot in front of the Other
-->My Trust is in Kwon
-->MY WAY IS THE WAY OF THE TIGER"
----
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* From the flavor text of ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' we get this poem, "Long Road's End" by C. Vincent Metzen:
-->“What fires burn within my heart and force me to contend
-->With the perils that await me at this tragic journey’s end?
-->I have walked the roads that lead to Hell, I have challenged all but Fate.
-->I have fought and bled and carried on just to reach this final gate.
-->And now the task before me looms, this dire deed undone;
-->I shall make my stand against the Three until the battle's won.
-->What fear or wound could ever still this last defiant cry,
-->As I stand against the Shadow 'neath the endless burning sky?”
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
-->'''Morgan Everett:''' We are the Invisible Hand. We are the Illuminati. We come before and after. We are forever. And eventually... eventually we will lead them into the day.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a number of these.
** The creed of the Grey Wardens: "In war, victory. In peace, vigilance. In death, [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]]."
** The Warden Oath, spoken at the Joining:
-->Join us brothers and sisters.\\
Join us in the shadows where we stand vigilant.\\
Join us as we carry the duty that can not be forsworn.\\
And should you perish, know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten.\\
And that one day we shall join you.
** The Dalish Elves have the "Oath of the Dales";
--> We are the Dalish.\\
Keepers of the lost lore, walkers of the lonely path.\\
We are the last of the Elvhenan,\\
And ''never'' again shall we submit.
* "Death before dishonour," the creed of the Orlesian chevaliers.
** From the Chant of Light, notably spoken by Knight-Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
--> Blessed are the peacekeepers, the champions of the just. Blessed are those who stand before the corrupt and the wicked and do not falter.
** The Qunari have their own, as well;
-->"Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls, but the sea is changeless. There is nothing to struggle against. Victory is in the Qun."
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' DLC quest ''Legacy'', Malcolm Hawke, the protagonist's father, also made one into a Badass Prayer:
--> "Be bound here for eternity, hunger stilled, rage smothered, desire dampened, pride crushed. In the name of the Maker, so let it be."
** Malcolm Hawke's own personal creed:
--> "Magic will serve that which is best in me. Not that which is most base".
** In the DLC ''Mark of the Assassin,'' Hawke proves that badass creeds run in the family, stating their primary motivation for their actions;
--> "I ''have'' a purpose. '''I protect Kirkwall.'''"
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios also has his own.
-->''Amonkira. Lord of Hunters. Grant that my hands be steady, my aim be true, and my feet swift. And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness.''
** Paragon Shepard gives their character defining line in ''2'', while invoking it in [[spoiler: the Refusal Ending]] in ''3''.
---> '''Shepard''': I won't let fear compromise who I am.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'': "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted." It's the main quote on the Badass Creed page and was [[TruthInTelevision in fact the actual creed]] of the historical Hashashin sect, led by Hassan al-Sabbah, from the name of which we get the word "assassin".
** Note that the ''[=AC1=]'' version has three tenets in addition to this motto: stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent, discretion in all things, and never compromise the Brotherhood. This is a major plot point, as Altaïr's violation of all three at Solomon's Temple led to his demotion, hence his starting as a Novice and having to literally kill his way back to Master Assassin.
** It is expanded in [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII the sequel]], in the scene where [[spoiler:Ezio is formally sworn into the ranks of the Assassins]]. It sounds even cooler that way, once you know exactly ''what'' it means... although the "three tenets" are now nowhere to be seen, possibly due to Altaïr's reforms. (Amusingly, it's also how to solve the last of Subject 16's Glyph puzzles.)
-->"Laa shaya waq'in moutlaq bale kouloun mounkine." (Arabic, literally "Nothing is absolute; Everything is permitted.")
--> [[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Nothing is true."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Everything is permitted."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins."\\
'''All:''' "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."
** The central tenet of the Creed is even more impressive when you consider that it's essentially the answer to an existential crisis, an individual's realization that there exists no rational force governing nature: If there is no universal truth, nothing limits what you can do. And all of this centuries before philosophers would assemble the actual school of thought.
---> '''Altair:''' I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free. It commands us to be ''wise''.
** Ezio delivers his own explanation at the end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', after living the Creed for almost thirty years.
---> '''Ezio:''' To say that nothing is true, is to recognize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
* While most of the cast in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' carry a BadassBoast in their "Meet the..." videos, the Sniper has a code. "Professionals have ''standards''. Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
*** "Have a plan to kill everyone you meet," became the official slogan for US Marine India Company's Forward Operations Center, out of Fallujah, Iraq.
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Kim]] [[TheCape Kaphwan]] [[JusticeWillPrevail would like to remind you]] that [[DetectEvil evil]] [[HotBlooded is]] '''''[[ThisIsUnforgivable UNFORGIVABLE.]]'''''
* ''TooHuman'', in a sendup to the Klingon example:
-->'''Berserker:''' It's a good day to die!
-->'''Soldier:''' You always say that.
-->'''Berserker:''' It always is.
* Richter Belmont from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': "I'm a Belmont. That's my job."
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Elites have one in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' that is chanted as a call/response series:
-->"When we joined the Covenant, we took an oath."
-->''"According to our station, all without exception."''
-->"On the blood of our fathers. On the blood of our sons. We swore to uphold the Covenant."
-->''"Even to our dying breath!"''
-->"Those who would break this oath are heretics, worth of neither pity nor mercy. Even now they use our Lord's creations to broadcast their lies."
-->''"We shall grind them into dust--"''
-->"--And continue our march to glorious salvation!"
** There's one for the Spartan-[=IIs=] and [=IIIs=] too:
-->"Spartans never die. They just go to Hell and regroup."
** Don't forget the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th Shock Troops Division:
-->"Jump Feet First into Hell."
** The [=ODSTs=] get an even more badass one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IklqPx3unjs We Are ODST]] trailer. The song lyrics, translated from Welsh:
-->"We cheat Death from his rightful victory. No one can defeat us, we are glad to plunge feet first into hell in the knowledge that we will rise."
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''
--> ''[[MagnificentBastard I've]] twice been conquered-
--> Three times more,
--> [[AIIsACrapShoot Never again shall humanity purge me]],
--> And never the Pfhor.''
* [[BaldursGate Swords, not words!]]
-->"Jump on your swords while you can, villainy, for I won't be as gentle!."
* "[[MetalWolfChaos Nothing is pointless!]] And the reason is... '''''[[RuleOfCool because]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking I'm the President of]] [[{{Eagleland}} the United States of America]]!'''''"
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and the rest of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise has a good number.
** [[BlackKnight The Knights of the Ebon Blade]] seem to have a couple; "Suffer well" among others.
*** "Harness your hate. Make it useful."
** Not to mention Varok Saurfang, also from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
-->"I am he who watches they. I am the fist of retribution. That which does quell the recalcitrant. Dare you defy the Warchief? Dare you face my merciless judgement?"
** The Horde in general has: "Lok'Tar Ogar! Blood and Thunder! My life for the Horde!", although the entire creed is rarely ever spoken in its entirety, except during a quest to grant the Taunka membership in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft.''.
*** ''Lok'tar Ogar'' translates as ''Victory or Death''!
---> '''For The Horde!'''
** The Blood Elves have the straight-to-the-point
--> ''Death to those who oppose us!''
** [[ThePaladin The Knights of the Silver Hand]] have "Esarus thar no'Darador", translated as "By blood and honor we serve".
** The Alliance's [[BadassArmy 7th legion]] has one:
-->'''High Commander [[AwesomeMcCoolname Halford Wyrmbane]]''': Through the valleys and peaks of Mount Hyjal, across the shifting sands of Silithus, against the Legion's dread armies - we have fought. We are the nameless, faceless, sons and daughters of the Alliance. By the Light and by the might of the Alliance, the first strike belongs to us and the last strike is all that our enemies see. ''We are 7th Legion''.
* From ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' the code of ''[[FictionalDocument Carlson & Peeters]]''... kinda. While it does contain such statements of solidarity and strength as "W.W.T.A.O.: [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind We Work Together As One!]]," the book's designated mouthpiece, Double H, seems to have... ''trouble'' separating the genuinely awesome from the mundane, [[MundaneMadeAwesome treating both with equal gravitas.]]
* Reversal from ''Hitman 2'', and possibly Real Life: "I don't know anything, I didn't see anything, I wasn't there, and if I was there I was asleep." A reversal because, rather than pointing out that people should be afraid of the speaker, it's pointing out that ''he'' should be afraid of other people.
* The Brotherhood of Nod from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' has plenty, being a [[ChurchMilitant Army loyal to]] [[DarkMessiah Kane]], the most prominent being:
--> ''Brotherhood. Unity. Peace.''
--> ''One vision. One purpose.''
--> ''Peace through Power.'' (Sometimes combined with the previous one)
--> ''You can't kill the Messiah.'' (Kane's personal motto.)
** And, in one scene from ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Tiberian Sun]]'':
---> '''Slavik''': In the name of Kane!
---> '''Army of Nod Troops''': Kane lives in death!
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of Kane!''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in death!''
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of'' '''Kane!'''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in-''
---> '''Kane''': '''KANE... LIVES!'''
* VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'s Blackwatch:
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMV2uVhdO8 "WHEN WE HUNT WE KILL. NO ONE IS SAFE. NOTHING IS SACRED. WE ARE BLACKWATCH. WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. WE WILL BURN OUR OWN TO HOLD THE REDLINE. IT IS THE LAST LINE TO EVER HOLD."]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen. The end has come!]]
** The N.O.L. has their own:
-->''"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are knights of the blue flame!"''
** And three more, though the second is a parody.
-->"Hailed by the heavens, earth, and people, the one and only '''''Bang Shishigami''''' is now here!"\\
"''The heavens, the earth, '''and a million squirrels''' call to me!'' *{{beat}}* Huh? What? They don't?"
-->Upon activating his [[MemeticMutation Bang Install]] super: "'''Quicker than the Winds and as Still as the Forest! Hotter than Flames and more Magnificent than a Mountain!'''"
** Several characters use one during their Astral Finishes. For Example:
*** Nu-13's
-->''Oh silver blade, forged in the depths of the beyond, heed my summons and purge those who stand in my way! Lay waste.''
*** Better yet, her other Astral quote:
-->''From beyond the realm of souls and birth; I call upon the Ur-Sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish''
*** That's right. The UR-SWORD. The original blade.
*** Tsubaki's
-->''White feathers for innocence. Black feathers for darkest sin. We are the message endeavors of God, come to deliver righteous justice! Let sinners be punished. Let justice be done!''
*** Mu-12's
-->''This world was created by the hands of the Gods. Every thing is false. Everything is a lie! The final days have come. And now,'' '''''LET EVERYTHING BE DESTROYED!!!'''''
*** [[{{DLC}} Valkenhayn]].
--> ''Allow me to show you the power... Of the full moon! Night has now fallen... The moon shines bright! '''The play is now through!'''''
*** Ragna the Bloodedge
--> ''I'll show you there is no hell. Only Darkness! This is the power of the Azure!''
*** Occasionally [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by [[GeniusDitz Makoto]], who sometimes does the N.O.L creed, but gets halfway through saying it and then forgets the rest. Of course, played straight when she does it correctly.
--> ''Dispatched in mankind's darkest... Uh... *mumbling* [[Funny/BlazBlue Oh, forget it]]!''
* The BonusBoss of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'':
--> I am matter.
--> I am antimatter.
--> I can see your past.
--> I can see your future.
--> I consume time...
--> And I will consume you!
** The evil {{Sentai}} team you face in Barrel Volcano:
---> [[color:red:We fight for evil!]]\\
We live for disorder!\\
[[color:green:We like what we do!]]\\
[[color:pink:We struggle for chaos!]]\\
[[color:yellow:We are...]]\\
[[color:red:.]].[[color:green:.]][[color:pink:t]][[color:yellow:h]][[color:red:e]] [[color:green:A]][[color:pink:X]][[color:yellow:E]][[color:red:M]] [[color:green:R]][[color:pink:A]][[color:yellow:N]][[color:red:G]]E[[color:green:R]][[color:pink:S]][[color:yellow:!]][[color:red:!]]
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' with Dante [[spoiler: when he receives Lucifer]].
-->[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything First I whip it out! Then I thrust it! With great force! Every angle...! It penetrates! Until...! With great strength! I... ram it in! In the end... We are all satisfied... And you are set free!]]
** Also some kind of an oath (of Holy Knights of the Order of the Sword?) from "Shall Never Surrender":
--> My honoured brethren
--> we come together
--> to unite as one
--> against those that are damned
--> we show no mercy
--> for we have none.
--> Our enemies shall fall
--> as we uprise
--> to claim our fate
--> now and forever
--> we'll be together
--> in love and hate.
* Here's one in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', said by Judas:
--> ''Majiwara zarishi inochi ni, ima mo tarasaren setsuna no kiseki/Instant miracles are not brought to mix with life now''
--> ''Toki wo hete...Koko ni yuugou seshi mirai he no taidou!/Time passes... Unite here and rise to the future!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks GISHOU KEN!!]]''' [[spoiler:* mask breaks, revealing Leon Magnus* ]]''
--> ''Boku wa... kako wo tachikiru. Chire!/I cut off the past... Scatter!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks MAJIN RENGOKUSATSU!!!/INFERNAL SUFFERING!!!]]'''''
** This BadassCreed is so badass, it has subtitles:
--> ''Blood rejects blood, heart breaks heart,''
--> ''Miracles won't come true, therefore, they don't exist...''
--> ''You resist?''
** Similarly, Videogame/TalesOfVesperia gives us Yuri Lowell's [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]]:
---> ''[[HeroesPreferSwords O brilliant blade]] [[AnAxeToGrind of coldest steel,]]''
---> ''[[FlashStep Rend the infinite darkness,]]''
---> ''[[SpamAttack And crush my enemies to nothing!]]''
---> ''[[CallingYourAttacks SAVAGE WOLF FURY!]]''
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI My name is Ultima... I am power both ancient and unrivaled... I do not bleed, for I am but strength given form... Feeble creatures of flesh... Your time is nigh!]]
** Or, as we used to know it, "My name is Atma... I am pure energy... and as ancient as the cosmos. Feeble creatures, GO!"
* The title character of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' gives us this little gem, said at the end of the fourth and final game (of the series):
--> Zero: "I never cared about justice, and I don't ever recall calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people that I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears before me, I ''will'' destroy it!"
** Copy X's Guardian Hidden Phantom has one as well.
--> '''Phantom''': Give light to people. Give death to Mavericks. No one shall disgrace master X. Your termination will now commence!
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:Captain Price]] gives an epicly poetic-awesome speech in response to [[spoiler:General Shepherd betraying him & Soap]]:
-->"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."
* The only line not chosen by the player, from the Demifiend/Hitoshura from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
-->Dying message: "Death's vastness holds no peace. I come at the end of the long road. Neither human, nor devil... all bends to my will."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
--> 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!
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has Dak'kon with this:
-->Know that when death comes for you,
-->know that I shall meet its blade with mine.
-->Know that when all dies around you,
-->Know I shall live for your sake.
** What about: "Endure. In enduring grow strong."?
* [[{{Tekken}} Devil Jin]] starts every fight with "Kyoufu o oshiete yarou." ("I will teach you how to fear.")
* Sanger Zonvolt would like to remind you that HE IS THE SWORD THAT SMITES EVIL!
* [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas NCR 1st Recon: The last thing you never see.]]
** "It was pretty accurate, and so were we."
** And boy do they live up to it. Sending a single squad of these guys was considered a major military asset.
* [[SuperSoldier The Zuul]] from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' have the species-wide creed, which also finishes its leader's BadassBoast in the intro:
-->Born of fire! Born of steel! Born of science! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Born! Of! Blood!]]
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', for the eponymous organization: Quo Nemi Sequi Potest. "Where No One Can Follow."
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'':
** The Ushra'Khan alliance: "We come for our people."
** Those who fly Minmatar ships: "In Rust We Trust."
** The Amarr loyalists have their age-old BattleCry "Amarr Victor!"
*** When the Empyrean War broke out, some Minmatar loyalists adopted the rejoinder "Matar Victor!"
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' has the Legionaires and their motto "Acta Non Verba" which literally means in Latin "Action, Not Words."
* What about [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Andrew Ryan's]] personal motto?
--> "A man chooses. A slave obeys..."
** From ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' "We will be reborn in the cold womb of the ocean."
* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'': "From the hate-scorched sky / With righteous anger in our hearts / We draw forth the sword that smites Evil / Thou art the innocent blade--Demonbane!"
* From {{Fire Emblem}} the guild of assassins knows as [[{{AntiVillain}} The Black Fang]] "The Fang lets none escape"
* The Midnight Squad in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
-->We gather in moonlight
-->when the clock strikes midnight,
-->With intellect our torch
-->and humanity our compass.
-->Quill or sword in hand,
-->we move through the mysteries of the night,
-->Despite what horrors we face
-->or dark lore we uncover.
-->We shall press on.
-->For this is the oath
-->and the burden of the Midnighter.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Samurai Shodown}}''
--> It is a Bushi's nature
--> To fight and die
--> I will be a victorious devil
--> And all of my enemies will be
--> Cut into pieces
** And also:
--->To have no fear
--->To slice and kill
--->To survive
* The Orders of Tyria in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' each have one (or several, in the case of the Whispers):
-->'''Order of Whispers:''' "Fight what cannot be fought." / "Know what cannot be known." / "Kill what cannot be killed."
-->'''The Vigil:''' "Some must fight, so that all may be free."
-->'''Durmand Priory:''' "Your power is only equal to the sum of your knowledge."
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Naegi's]] "I'm more optimistic than most people" becomes this by the end of the game.
* From ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' we have the creed of the [[BadassBookworm Blood Raven Chapter's Chaplain]]:
--> "Pain now; reward in the afterlife."
** Another one that is said by just about all the Adeptus Astartes:
--> "Only in death does duty end."
** Or for those chosen to be interred in Dreadnoughts:
--> Duty does not end in death; death is only the beginning.
** After the Aurelian Crusade, we get this gem from the Blood Ravens:
--> "None shall find us wanting."
** The Dark Eldar has one that is (appropriately) equal parts inspiring and terrifying: "No death!" Heartening, until you realize they mean no death ''for their enemies''. The longer version is "Death [[ColdBloodedTorture only after great pain.]]"
* A meta example in VideoGame/DwarfFortress: "Losing is fun." Translated to the common man, this would read a bit more like "We entertain ourselves through fire and death".
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', the five rulers of the AncientConspiracy each have their own rote phrase to describe their job in metaphorical terms. ("I am the fire...", "I am the blade...", etc.). One of them later becomes a SurvivalMantra after one member is nearly killed by another.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there is Archer's [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited]] [[StormOfBlades Blade]] [[LimitBreak Works]] aria, delivered in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unknown to Death, nor known to Life.''
-->''Have withstood pain to create many weapons.''
-->''Yet, those hands will never hold anything.''
-->''So as I pray, [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
** [[spoiler: Shirou]] gets their own version:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain.''
-->''Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.''
-->''I have no regrets; this is the only path.''
-->''My whole life was [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
* In the minecraft game Dwarves Vs Zombies, when the mobs get released, Old Man Wilikers shouts the dwaves:
-->''I AM A DWARF! AND THIS IS MY SHRINE!''
-->''WE FEAR NOT DEATH, WE FEAR NOT TIME,''
-->''FOR WHEN THE SHRINE RUNS LOW,''
-->''AND THE ALE RUNS DRY,''
-->''KNOW THAT DEATH DID NOT CHOOSE ME,''
-->''I CHOSE THIS NIGHT!''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' did a short story called the Lookouts, which had a Badass-in-Training Creed in the form of the Lookout's motto:
--> "The Eyrewood reaches top to toe,
--> And through this wood we all must go.
--> Let Winter freeze, and Summer burn.
--> What men must know, a boy must learn."
** Their credo is concise but also awesome: "May We Die in the Forest".
* From the FBI agents in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
-->[[WaxingLyrical Every move you make]]
-->[[Music/ThePolice Every breath you take]]
-->Every law you break...
-->[[BigBrotherIsWatching I'll be watching you]]
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' (This is actually a well known [[Literature/TheBible bible]] passage, so it doubles as AsTheGoodBookSays)
-->The lord is my shepherd;
-->I shall not want.
-->He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
-->he leadeth me beside the still waters.
-->He restoreth my soul;
-->He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
-->Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
-->I will fear no evil, for thou art with me,
-->thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
-->Thou preparedst a table for me in the presence of mine enemies;
-->thou anointest my head with oil;
-->my cup runneth over.
-->Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
-->and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
* From this ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' strip [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page505.html]], the 115th Infantry Division of the Galactic Defense Force.
** "No one's fought like we're about to"
** [[spoiler: Adapted at the end by the HookerWithAHeartOfGold, "No one's fucked like we're about to."]]
* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strips : "Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable."
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0277.html
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0449.html
** It would be just MeaningfulEcho otherwise, but it has enough impact, and applies to all of the Azure Guard's paladins, embodying the true paladin mindset as a whole, that it can be considered a rallying cry for the Azure Guard ghost-martyrs.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the [[UnstoppableMailman Peregrine Mendicant's]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002796 creed]]. It's PlayedForLaughs, but when you think about it it's badass as hell.
-->The mail is the one final hope for resurrecting a dead planet from its ashes, and the letter carriers are the brave soldiers of God in this righteous crusade. They are the defenders of the light of knowledge, free communication, and the exchange of ideas. They are the bold toters of all those little papery conduits of freedom, the white postmarked angels that whisper a message on their deliverance, a promise to the yearning: "There is hope yet."
-->Liberty. Reason. Justice. Civility. Edification. Perfection.
-->'''MAIL.'''
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Wiki/SCPFoundation: "We [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Secure]]. We [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse Contain]]. We [[SaveTheWorld Protect]]."
** Also: [[RedshirtArmy "We]] [[HeroicSacrifice die]] [[CrapsackWorld in the dark]] [[{{Masquerade}} so you can live in the light."]]
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum: "[[ShoutOut Do not meddle in the affairs]] of assassins, for we are heavily armed and quick to anger. And not noticeably subtle."
* The ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' version of the Ginyu Force has one.
--> '''Burter:''' "Speed of light and strength of all."
-->'''Recoome:''' "The Ginyu Force shall make them fall!"
-->'''Jeice:''' "We're King Cold’s army’s strongest force."
-->'''Guldo:''' "We’ll beat them all, secure the course!"
-->'''Ginyu:''' "If trouble meet us as we pass..."
-->'''Ginyu Force:''' "WE’LL SHOVE OUR FIST RIGHT UP THEIR ASS!"
** Goku even has one during his fight against Freeza:
--> '''Goku:''' I am the hope of the omniverse! I am the light-bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger! I am the Alpha, and the Amiga! [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck I am the terror... that flaps in the night!]] '''I... AM SON GOKU! AND I AM A SUPER-''' *Gets hit by Freeza's finger laser*.....Saiyan.
* "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "None of us are as cruel as all of us."
* Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls. There is nothing to struggle against. [[WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption Victory lies in the Qun]].
* Alexander Anderson and his posse give the following in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' (set to Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping up to Boston"):
-->'''Anderson''': Who are we?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': [[NecessaryEvil A necessary evil]]!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are we necessary?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': To purge the world from evil worse than man!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are God's chosen few, ordained to undertake this unholy task?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': Because no one else will!\\
'''Anderson''': ''([[AssKickingPose brandishes bayonets]])'' [[BloodKnight And because it's fucking fun]]! [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter AHAHAHAHAHHAHAA]][[ReligiousBruiser AAAAAAAAAAMEEEEN!]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "One shall stand, one shall fall."]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0_vJUc3o4 Optimus Prime versus Megatron]]. More than just a one-liner, it has been cropping up in the new movies as well as video games.
** It was used first in the original Transformers movie (in the 1980s), at the beginning of the final battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime, and the one who died was ''Prime''. To anyone for whom this was a pivotal moment in Transformers, and perhaps storytelling in general, the phrase retains the capacity to terrify the hell out of you. Its use in the 2007 Transformers movie was especially effective for creating actual tension.
** To be fair, Prime won the fight, and Megatron only "survived" because Unicron remade him as Galvatron. Plus Megatron used EXTREMELY dirty tricks to wound Prime.
** This can be considered a MutualKill.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime "Wreckers don't call for backup. They call for]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime cleanup.]]''"
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck has two. One is his [[InTheNameOfTheMoon introduction speech]], with variations on "I am the terror that flaps in the night...I am Darkwing Duck.", and the other is far more badass "LetsGetDangerous."
* Arguably, the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic opening sequence]] [[http://www.burbler.com/marion-raven-we-are-witch-lyrics.html lyrics]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''
* The Justice Guild "Let Justice Prevail."
* Just five little words: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "We. Are.]] [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids! Next! Door!"]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes'', we have the Legion Oath, which first appeared when Timberwolf was inducted into the fold, and later in Season 2, as recited by the Legion as a whole.
--> To the Legion of Super Heroes, I make this solemn pledge:
--> To use my powers for good,
--> To fight for justice and protect the innocent,
--> To aid my fellow Legionnaires in times of peril,
--> And to keep their secrets safe.
--> We are the Legion of Super Heroes. Long Live the Legion!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' has a hell of a badass creed as his theme song - particularly the second verse.
-->When in this world the headlines read
-->Of those whose hearts are filled with greed
-->Who rob and steal from those who need
-->To right this wrong with blinding speed
-->Goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
-->[[Main/LightningBruiser Speed of lightning!]] [[Main/MadeOfExplodium Roar of thunder!]]
-->[[Main/TheCape Fighting all who rob or plunder!]]
-->Underdog... Underdog!
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[[folder:Real Life]]
[[AC: Real Life-- Military]]

-->'' You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be.''
-->'''WinstonChurchill''' - ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''
* This is Older Than They Think: The Romans had one. ''Vae Victis'', literally meaning "Way of the victor". In practice, it meant 'woe to the conquered' (or 'I won, so I get what I want. You lost, so you've got nothing to say about it'). Appropriately, they stole it from a would-be conqueror who coined the phrase after temporarily occupying the city (when they tried paying him to go away).
** More colloquially, "Go to hell." They'd shout it as they ran into battle.
* The personal creed of Dick Winters and every infantry officer, summing up infantry leadership: "Follow me!"
* The [[SemperFi U.S. Marines']] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifleman%27s_Creed Rifleman's Creed]]:
-->"This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.\\
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.\\
Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...\\
My rifle and I know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...\\
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...\\
Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life.\\
So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."
** "Semper Fi!", which is shortened from ''Semper Fidelis'' (Latin for "Always Faithful").
** "Forgiveness is between them and God. It's our job to arrange the meeting."
** "Once A Marine, '''Always A Marine'''."
** "To err is human; to forgive, divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy."
** "On bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps".
** "No better friend, no worse enemy."
** From 1st Recon: "Swift, silent, deadly."
** The Marines also have the more light hearted, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kU0XCVey_U This is my rifle/ This is my gun.]]/ One is for killing/ The other's for fun." Three guesses what the "gun" is.
** "Warrior by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, Marine by the grace of God."
** "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Boy, these guys have a lot of creeds.
*** That one gets bonus points for being a lyric in the Marine Corps Hymn.
** A much more understated one from the Marines: every Marine a rifleman. And it's true. Unlike any of the other American service branches, the Marines make everyone in their uniform go through full basic and qualify as an infantryman. That includes the lawyers who work for JAG, the musicians who play for the band, the doctors, everyone. They all went through TrainingFromHell to become combat soldiers, even if what they do has nothing to do with combat.
*** The saying is "You join the Army to learn a specialization. You join the Navy to hang out in Pattaya. You join the Air Force to go to computing college. You join the Marine Corps to fight." [[note]]As usual, the Coast Guard doesn't get a look in.[[/note]]
*** In their training, every Marine must memorize and be able to recite verbatim "The mission of the Marine rifle squad is to LOCATE, CLOSE WITH, and DESTROY the enemy by fire and maneuver, or to repel his assault by fire and close combat." -- even the doctrine can be a badass creed.
** Also: "Hard things we can do right away. Impossible things may take a bit longer."
*** Although [[InterserviceRivalry that last one was stolen from US Navy shipyard workers]].
** 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division: "Retreat, Hell!" (as in: "Retreat? Like Hell we will!")
* The US Navy's Sailor's Creed:
-->"I am a United States Sailor.\\
I will support the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.\\
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who came before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.\\
I proudly serve my country's naval combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.\\
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."
** They have a pair of unofficial mottoes: "Strength and Honor" and ''Non sibi sed patriae'' ("Not for self but for country")
** US Navy Operations Specialist motto: "In God We Trust, All Others We Track"
** The Office of Naval Research has a wing devoted to bringing [[http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/railgun.jpg railguns]] out of the realm of science fiction. Their motto: ''Velocitas Eradico'' ("Speed Destroys")
** From a US Navy recruitment campaign: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of all who threaten it."
** US Navy [=SEALs=] don't advertise, but they are fond of saying "The only easy day was yesterday."
** From Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen: "[[BigDamnHeroes On time]]! On target! [[TheDeterminator Never quit]]!" Their job? Providing MoreDakka and GunshipRescue when the [=SEALs=] need both.
*** A more formalised creed: "I will close and engage the enemy with the power of my craft. I will never quit, and I will leave no one behind."
* The US UsefulNotes/CoastGuard's Coast Guard Ethos:
-->"I am a Coast Guardsman.\\
I serve the people of the United States.\\
I will protect them.\\
I will defend them.\\
I will save them.\\
I am their shield.\\
For them I am always ready.\\
I live the Coast Guard core values.\\
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.\\
We are the United States Coast Guard."
** The official motto is ''Semper Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Always Ready]]")--for drug smugglers, for hurricanes, for burning oil slicks, for swimming in seas one degree above ice, etc.
** While the Coast Guard as a whole may have a motto, their rescue swimmers also have one that they are proud of: ''"So Others May Live"''
** How long have you been in the Coast Guard?
--->All me bloomin' life, shipmate!
--->Me father was King Neptune, me mother was a mermaid
--->I was born on de crest of a wave, and rocked in de cradle of the deep!
--->Me eyes is stars, me teeth is spars, me hair is hemp and seaweed
--->and when I spits *spit* I spits tar!
--->I's tough, I is, I am, I are, shipmate!
** There's also the unofficial mottoes [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the Coast Guard's frequent lack of funding: "Do more with less," ''Semper Gumby'' (always flexible), "Adapt, improvise, and overcome"
** More to the point, considering what they do: "You have to go out. You ''don't'' have to come back."[[labelnote:*]]This is actually part of Coast Guard regulations, specifically that conditions at sea being unsafe is never considered a justification for failure to send a rescue mission to a ship in distress. The rescue must ''always'' be attempted, no matter how unlikely it is that the Coast Guardsmen will actually reach the ship.[[/labelnote]]
* The [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Army's]] U.S. Soldier's Creed[[labelnote:*]]See also: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvrirQIK0y0 this video]].[[/labelnote]]:
-->"I am an American Soldier.\\
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.\\
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.\\
''I will always place the mission first.\\
[[{{Determinator}} I will never accept defeat.\\
I will never quit.]]\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave a fallen comrade.]]''[[labelnote:*]]These four sentences are known as the "Warrior Ethos" and are often quoted by themselves as a separate creed unto itself.[[/labelnote]]\\
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.\\
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.\\
I am an expert and I am a professional.\\
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.\\
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.\\
I am an American Soldier."\\
''[[{{Kiai}} Hooah]]'' (Common, though not part of the creed itself)
** The Army motto, from the seal: "This We'll Defend."
*** There's the very first one that they ever used: "Don't Tread On Me."
** The Infantryman's Creed:
-->"I am the Infantry. I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight -- wherever, whenever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be -- the best trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country's trust. Always I fight on -- through the foe, to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, for I am mentally tough,physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!"
** US Army Combat Arms training:
-->"Men? We're not men, we're ''animals'', and ''you'' made us this way! We don't eat; we don't sleep; all we do is dress-right-dress-right-dress! Straight between the second and third ribs -- kill!" Also said in response to being called 'soldiers' or 'ladies'.
** 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment: ''Allons'' ("Let's Go")
** 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment: ''Toujours Prêt'' ("Always Ready")
** US Army Corps of Engineers: ''Essayons'' ("Let Us Try")
*** Also "Rangers lead the way... after Engineers clear it."
** Special Forces (the "Green Berets"): ''De oppresso liber'' ("To Liberate the Oppressed")
** 10th Mountain Division: "Climb to Glory". Nowadays, their specialty is [[ItsRainingMen airborne assault]].
** 3rd Infantry Division: ''Nous Resterons La'' ("We're staying here"). Said in response to an ally's suggestion that the division should retreat during [[WorldWarOne the Battle of the Marne]]. After the battle, the 3rd would be known as "[[YouShallNotPass The Rock of the Marne.]]"
** 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Night Stalkers" have two: "[[{{Determinator}} Night Stalkers Don't Quit]]" and "[[DarknessEqualsDeath Death Waits in in the Dark]]".
** Also "We Own The Night."
** US Army {{Ranger}}s: "Rangers Lead The Way!"
*** 75th Ranger Regiment: ''Sua Sponte'' ("Of Their Own Accord")
*** The Ranger's Creed:
-->'''R'''ecognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.\\
'''A'''cknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.\\
'''N'''ever shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.\\
'''G'''allantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.\\
'''E'''nergetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.\\
'''R'''eadily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.\\
Rangers Lead The Way!!!
** [[ItsRainingMen 101st Airborne Division]]: "Rendezvous With Destiny"
** Military Police Corps: "Of the troops, For the troops. Assist, Protect, Defend."
* The Code of Conduct governing American military personnel as [=POWs=]:
-->"I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause. I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America."
* The U.S. Air Force's Airman's Creed:
-->I am an American Airman.\\
I am a Warrior.\\
I have answered my Nation's call.\\
I am an American Airman.\\
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.\\
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,\\
A Tradition of Honor,\\
And a Legacy of Valor.\\
I am an American Airman,\\
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,\\
My nation's sword and shield,\\
Its sentry and avenger.\\
I defend my country with my life.\\
I am an American Airman;\\
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave an Airman behind]],\\
[[TheDeterminator I will never falter,\\
And I will not fail]].
** Their motto: "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"
** Pararescue: "That Others May Live."
*** The whole thing: "It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, that others may live."
** USAF 7th Bomb Wing: ''Mors Ab Alto'' ("DeathFromAbove")
** 22d Air Refueling Wing: ''Ducemus'' ("We Lead")
** 8th Fighter Wing: ''Attaquez Et Conquerez'' ("Attack and Conquer")
* [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] unofficial motto: "In God we Trust. All Others we monitor."
** {{CIA}}'s counterintelligence division has a variant: "In God we trust, all others we polygraph."
* From the US Merchant Marine: ''acta, non verba'' ("act, don't talk")
* Informally, various US special operations units have had their personnel adopt this adaptation of a well-known psalm:
--> Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for I am the baddest motherfucker in the whole damn valley.
** A [[CoolPlane SR-71]] base in Kadena, Japan had a different variation on this at their entrance:
-->Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.
* Soviet and then Russian Marines: "Where we are, there's victory."
** Also "We're few in number, but we wear ''telnyashkas''!" (telnyashka being a striped sailor shirt)
* Soviet and then Russian Airborne Forces: "Nobody but us!"
* Soviet war cry in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "For the Motherland! For Stalin!"
* The 11th and 12th Century Crusaders: ''Deus le vult'' ("God wills it"). Since they regularly pulled off victories that should have been impossible, they may have felt this was justified.
* The motto of certifiable {{Badass}}, Richard the Lionheart: ''Dieu et Mon Droit''. It is translated many ways, one of which is "God and my right hand". Basically, [[OneManArmy all I need is my right hand]] and God. Sometimes translated as "God and my right", meaning that the speaker has a God given right to rule. It is the current motto of the British Royal Family.
* William III's slogan of the Glorious Revolution of 1689 (in England): "For the Protestant Religion and the Liberty of England ''I Will Maintain.''"
* The [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] has gone through a fair few of these:
** The Royal Navy of England has ever been her greatest defence and ornament - its ancient and natural strength, the floating bulwarks of our island.
** Hearts of oak are our ships, hearts of oak are our men.
*** Which is a line from the Royal Navy's official march, dating back to [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen the 18th century]].
** Britain's best bulwarks are her wooden walls.
** The current one is ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' ("If you wish for peace, prepare for war")
** SBS (the SAS but on the sea): "By Strength and Guile"
** The Sea Cadet Corps: "Ready, Aye Ready"
* SAS: "Who Dares, Wins."
** The DC comic book ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' by Garth Ennis actually used ''Who Dares Wins'' as the title of one of its trade paperbacks, where a squad of British SAS soldiers is hired to kill the titular character and his friend (because of a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War).
** This creed has been parodied multiple times, notably in the title of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMDvGaDDSY staff training video]] from TheOffice.
* The RAF: "Rise Above The Rest". Simple and to the point.
** Another RAF one: ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'' ("Through Adversity to the Stars")
** The Royal Air Force Regiment: ''Per Ardua'' ("Through Adversity")
** 617 Squadron "The Dambusters": ''Après Moi Le Déluge'' ("After Me the Flood")
** Air Training Corps (ATC): "Venture Adventure"
* The British Army: "Be The Best".
** The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding): ''Virtutis Fortuna Comes'' ("Fortune Favours The Bold"). Considering this regiment was so {{Badass}} that the Duke, himself no slacker in the {{Badass}} rankings, once said of them "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me", it's safe to say they were seriously fucking {{Badass}}.
** The Rifles: ''Celer et Audax'' ("Swift and Bold"). Since they almost always march at 140 paces per minute, 20 more than the rest of the British Army, they may have a point.
*** Originally from the 95th Rifle Regiment of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars: "First on the field, and last off it."
** The Parachute Regiment: ''Utrinque Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Ready For Anything]]")
** Royal Irish Rangers: ''Faugh A Ballagh'' ("Clear the way")
** Royal Regiment of Artillery and Royal Engineers: ''Ubique'' ("Everywhere") and ''Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt'' ("Where Duty and Glory lead")
** Royal Tank Regiment: "Fear Naught"
** King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry: ''Cede Nullis'' ("Yield to none")
** Queen's Royal Lancers: "Death or Glory"
** The Prince of Wale's own Regiment of Yorkshire and the King's Regiment (Liverpool): ''Nec aspera terrent'' ("Difficulties be damned")
** Durham Light Infantry: "Faithful"
** The Worcestershire Regiment: "Firm"
** Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: ''Sans Peur, Ne Obliviscaris'' ("Without fear, do not forget")
** 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars: ''Merebimur'' ("We shall be worthy")
** 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars: ''Pristinae virtutis memores'' ("Mindful of former valour")
** The Coldstream Guards: ''Nulli Secundus'' ("Second to None")
** Army Cadet Force (ACF): "To inspire, to achieve"
** The [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Royal Gurkha Rifles]]: ''Kaatar Hunnu Bhanda Marnu Ramro'' ("Better to die than be a coward")
** The Special Air Service: "Who dares, wins."
* The motto of the Royal Marines is wonderfully simple and understated: ''Per Mare, Per Terram'' ("By Sea, By Land"). Referring to where you will be fucked up from.
** Also, unofficially "first in, last out", which has proven accurate because of both their amphibious role and lately their role as one of the British "spearhead" units that rotate 24 hour worldwide notice to move between them, the Paras and the Rifles.
** ''Your mind is a weapon. A blanket against cold. A shield against fear. It can beat heat, overcome hunger, eradicate pain. You can train your body, turn soft flesh into hard muscle. But if you want to know what it takes to earn the green beret...start with what's under it.''
* [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canada's]] Black Watch uses the classic ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("No one provokes me with impunity")
** It's worth noting that this is because the Black Watch are a Scots regiment, and this is the motto of Scotland itself - most frequently rendered as "Wha daur meddle wi' me?"
*** This particular BadassCreed is inscribed around the edge of Scottish-issue [[OldMoney pound coins]], along with various others from the other nations making up the UK on their respective versions.
*** This particular BadassCreed was employed in Poe's "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado": Montresor reminds Fortunato of this, his family's motto, before bricking him into a niche as revenge for an insult.
** Their elite Special forces, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JTF2 Joint Task Force 2]] has ''Facta Non Verba'' AKA "Deeds, not words." Considering these guys are considered rather secretive special forces groups.
* While we're on the topic of the Canadian Military, let us not forget the motto of the Canadian Forces' Intelligence Branch: ''E Tenebris Lux'' ("From the Darkness, Light").
* During UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, at the outset of the ReignOfTerror, when France was about to be invaded on all sides and faced Civil War by royalists, the government [[http://lafautearousseau.hautetfort.com/media/00/00/1684753825.jpg printed a rather popular poster and leaflet]] around France that declared what it wants and what it will do "the enemies of the republic":
--> ''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified Unité, Indivisibilité de la République]]; '''Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité''' '''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized ou la mort]]''' '' [[note]]Unity, Indivisibility of the Republic; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity or Death.''[[/note]]
* SS motto: "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!". In English it's "My Honour is Loyalty".
* The code of bushido practiced by the {{samurai}} of ancient Japan.
-->"Death is lighter than a feather. Duty is heavier than a mountain."
** The Samurai Creed, written by an anonymous 13th century samurai:
--->I have no parents; I make Heaven and Earth my parents.\\
I have no home; I make the Tan T'ien my home.\\
I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.\\
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.\\
I have no means; I make understanding my means.\\
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret.\\
I have no body; I make endurance my body.\\
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes.\\
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears.\\
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs.\\
I have no strategy; I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy\\
I have no designs; I make opportunity my design.\\
I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle.\\
I have no principles; I make adaptability my principles.\\
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.\\
I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent.\\
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.\\
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy.\\
I have no armor; I make Benevolence my armor.\\
I have no castle; I make Immovable Mind my castle.\\
I have no sword; I make No Mind my sword.
* [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Mossad]]: [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 11:4]]: "Where there is no guidance a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."
** Formerly [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 24:6]]: "Through misdirection/wise guidance, thou shalt do war."
** The unofficial motto of the Israeli anti-aircraft units (supposedly full of flight school dropouts): "If I don't get to fly, NO ONE gets to fly."
* The BadassBoast "Come and take them" of Leonidas at Thermopylae, when asked to give up his weapons, is currently the BadassCreed of the [[UsefulNotes/ThisIsHellas Greek First Army Corps]], and is also the motto of United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT).
** In a similar vein, the epitaph above a World War I trench where the Devonshire Regiment fought a particularly fierce battle, and which was subsequently used as a mass grave for them:
---> The Devonshires held this trench.\\
The Devonshires hold it still.
* Sri Lankan Special Forces: "Determined, Dared and Done"
* [[UsefulNotes/SingaporeansWithStealthFrigates Singapore Guards Formation]]: "Ready to Strike", Commando Formation: "Honour & Glory", Singapore Combat Engineers: "Advance and Overcome"
** As a former British colony, Singapore's Special Operations Force's (SOF) creed also [[CallBack answers the SAS' creed]]: "We Dare".
* The Dahomey Amazons, an [[AmazonBrigade all-female army]] that kicked ass for almost three centuries:
-->''"We are men not women.\\
Those coming back from war without having conquered must die.\\
If we beat a retreat our life is at the king's mercy.\\
Whatever town is to be attacked we must overcome it or we bury ourselves in its ruins.\\
[Current ruler] is the king of kings.\\
As long as he lives we have nothing to fear."''
* The 1st Sount Ranger Regiment, the [[UsefulNotes/FilipinosWithFirearms Philippine Army's]] primary special forces unit, has a very blunt and simple motto: "We Strike". It has better impact in Filipino, though.
** Its airborne equivalent, the The 1st Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), has "Strike Anywhere". Philippine special forces men are apparently men of few words.
* The Philippine Constabulary and The Army 1st infantry division(TABAK), Back when constables were still attached to the unit Had a saying "Always Outnumbered! Never Outfought!"the chinese learned this the hard way
* The Rats of Tobruk, the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australian]] soldiers who held Tobruk for eight months against Rommel during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "No surrender".
* Inspired by the Maori, the [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines New Zealand Army]] got a Haka composed specifically for them. ''Tu Taua a Tumatauenga.''
** The New Zealand Army as a whole has a Badass Creed: ''Ngāti Tumatauenga'' ("The Tribe of the [[WarGod God of War]]")
* 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force: ''Ki Te Mutunga'' (Maori for "Staying Until it Ends")
* The battle cry of the Almogavars, a group of Spanish mercenaries that were around during the 13th and 14th centuries, which translated as:
-->Listen! listen! Wake up, O iron! Help us God!...[[BadassBoast Just seeing us coming the villages are already ablaze. Just seeing us passing the crows are wiping their beaks]]. [[BloodKnight War and plunder, there are no greater pleasures]]. Forward Almogavars! Let them call the gravediggers! The voice of the somatent is calling us to war. Weariness, rains, snow and heat we shall endure. And if sleep overtakes us, we will use the earth as our bed. And if we get hungry, we shall eat raw meat. Wake up, O iron! Forward! Fast as the lightning let us fall over their camp! Forward Almogavars! Let us go there to make flesh, the wild beasts are hungry!
* In [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finland]], there was "One Finn stands for ten Russians!" which was in wide use during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Famously featured on Literature/TheUnknownSoldier.
** HilariousInHindsight, as the Russian invasion of Finland was stalled by excessive casualties. 2.5 Russians died for every fallen Finn.
** Even more badass is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y The Jäger March]], written by one of the Jägers in WorldWarI. Goes something like this:
--->Deep is our blow, our wrath invincible\\
we have no mercy, no homeland\\
Our fortunes are at the tip of our swords\\
our hearts may not give in\\
Our war cry rings, enchanting the country\\
which is severing its chains\\
Our defiance may not tire\\
until the nation of Finland is free.
** Here's it in Finnish::
--->Syvä iskumme on, viha voittamaton,\\
meil' armoa ei kotimaata.\\
Koko onnemme kalpamme kärjessä on,\\
ei rintamme heltyä saata.\\
Sotahuutomme hurmaten maalle soi,\\
mi katkovi kahleitansa.\\
::Ei ennen uhmamme uupua voi,\\
kuin vapaa on Suomen kansa.
** "[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind No friend is left behind.]]" This motto was used during the Winter and the Continuation Wars. It applied both in life and in death - Finns never used any mass graves, all the dead were sent back to their hometowns. No friend was left behind, not even a dead one.
* "One Shot, One Kill" - Almost every sniper who has ever lived works to uphold this.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NeutralAustriansWithNoNavy Austrian Jagdkommando]]: ''Numquam Retro'' ("Never back")
* The 17th century [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Winged Hussars]]: "Kill First, calculate later."
* The Royal Motto of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden: "With God and Victorius Arms." There is also his "War-Psalm" called "Förfäras ej du lilla hop" (Fear not ye little herd):
--->Fear not ye little herd\\
Although the noise and clamour of thine enemies\\
from all directions, echo!\\
They rejoice at your Destruction\\
but their Mirth will not last long\\
for your courage will not falter.\\
Your cause is Gods, answer the call\\
give yourself over to him, and no harm will befall you\\
the prophecy of Gideon will come true\\
and the word and people of the lord\\
will manfully defend it.\\
In the name of Jesus our hope is high\\
that the violence and cunning of the Heathens\\
will be their own downfall\\
let them suffer humiliation\\
God is with us and we with him\\
victory belongs to us!\\
* Genghis Khan: "I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you."
** The same quote has also been attributed to Attila The Hun.
* Chilean Army Engineers: "Obstacles exist to be overcome"
* Old but good: Louis XIV of France had ''Ultima Ratio Regum'' ("last argument of kings") cast on the cannons of his armies.
* The Paris Fire Brigade (a French army unit, despite the name): ''Sauver ou périr'' ("Save or perish")
* The [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]]: "You are in the Legion to die and we will send you where you can die."
** Also ''La Legion meurt, elle ne se rend pas'' ("The Legion dies, it does not surrender")
** And unofficial, ''Marche ou crève!'' ("March or die!"). It seems these FFL guys are pretty fatalistic.
** And officially, ''Legio Patria Nostra''. This can be translated as either "The Legion is my Country" or "The Legion is my Father".
* [[UsefulNotes/NewRomanLegions Italian forces]], despite having been thought as little more of comic relief during WW2 (mostly because of inept high officers or insufficient logistical structure), have a long story of desperate battles where they were defeated to the last man, or where they snatched away victory with daring awesomeness, crazy manly bravery, or innovative thinking. They have their share of badass creeds:
** The Carabinieri (one of the four Italian armed forces): ''Nei secoli fedele'' ("Faithful through the centuries").
** The Aeronautica Militare (another of the four armed Forces): ''Virtute Siderum Tenus'' (Latin for: "With bravery, [we go] until we'll reach the stars" or "With bravery, the stars are our only limit")
** The two Mountain Brigades, the Alpini: ''Di qui non si passa!'' ("From here, [[YouShallNotPass none shall pass!]]" - a reference to the Alpini's role in guarding the Alps, the only way to reach Italy overland)
** The ''Folgore'' ("Thunderbolt") Airborne Brigade: ''Come folgore dal cielo, come nembo di tempesta'' ("Like lightning from the skies, like storming clouds").
* Each warrior society of the Sioux Nations had their own BadassCreed. The Kit Fox one loses nothing in the translation to English...
--> I am a Fox.
--> I am supposed to die.
--> If there is anything difficult, if there is anything dangerous,
--> That is ''mine'' to do.
* The motto of the Elliots, a Scottish reiver clan, is simply "Wha' daur meddle wi' me?" (Who dares meddle with me?)
* Spartans going off to battle were told to return "...with your shield or on it." The idea is that someone who ran from battle would drop their shield to run faster, so returning with the shield meant they fought bravely and survived. Returning on it, means they were killed and are carried home on the shield by their comrades.
* The motto of the Chasseurs Ardennais, a Belgian unit whose, despite being outgunned and outnumbered, stalled the German invasion of Belgium until they were out of ammo : ''Résiste et mords !'' ("Resist and Bite !). They got their nickname, ''Les Loups Verts'' ("The Green Wolfs"), from Rommel itself.
* Anarchist militiat leader Durruti's overlaps with badass boast:
** "It is possible that only a hundred of us will survive, but with that hundred we shall enter Saragossa, beat Fascism and proclaim libertarian communism. I will be the first to enter Saragossa; I will proclaim the free commune. We shall subordinate ourselves neither at Madrid nor Barcelona, neither to Azaña nor Companys. If they wish, they can live in peace with us; if not, we shall go to Madrid … We shall show you, bolsheviks, how to make a revolution."

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* ''"Am Yisrael Chai!"'' - "The children of Israel still liveth!". Can be anything; a boast, a threat, a prayer, though generally it means "we're still here, despite everything the world throws at us". Famously shouted by the Jewish chaplain of the British 2nd Army as he concluded his service for the Jewish prisoners of the newly-liberated Bergen-Belsen.
* "The Mountie always gets his man."
** Also, "One riot, one Mountie".
*** And ''that'' one was either appropriated from or by the Texas Rangers: "OneRiotOneRanger."
** Note that the ''actual'' motto of the RCMP is ''Maintiens le droit'' ("Maintain that which is right"), which is also a pretty badass creed in and of itself.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}: [[Film/{{Apollo13}} Failure is not an option.]]
** Parodied with [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage's]] motto, "Failure is ''[[FailsafeFailure always]]'' an option".
** Officially: ''[[FriendToAllLivingThings For the Benefit of All.]]'' Despite its badassery NASA never used it except in the most obscure material, and even then it is usually tacked with "mankind" or "people" to make it less prideful.
** Unofficially: ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Ad Astra Per Aspera]]'' ("Through Hardships to the Stars").
* The United States Postal Service: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." [[note]]This motto is carved on the facade of the central post office in New York City. Someone once climbed up there with a spray can and wrote underneath "So what ''is'' it, then?"[[/note]]
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Three thousand years ago, this was the motto of the courier service of the Persian Empire.]]
*** "They say neither snow nor sleet will stop the Postman. Who the hell do you think gets him to his rounds?? New. York. City. F---in'. Transit. Going YOUR way."
** "Come hell or high water, the mail ''must go through!''" Certainly not official, but ''much'' more {{Badass}}.
* While the mottos of Canada and most of the provinces are sweeping and boastful (Canada: ''A Mari Usque Ad Mare'', rendered in English as "From Sea to Shining Sea"; British Columbia: ''Splendor Sine Occasu'', best translated as "Splendor Undiminished") Quebec's motto is the chilling ''Je me souviens'': "I Remember".
** For any who are confused by this, the full line is ''Je me souviens / que né sous le lys / je croîs sous la rose'', which translates as "I remember that born under the lily ''(France)'' I grew under the rose ''(England)''." The intended meaning was [[ShrugOfGod never fully explained]] by its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne-%C3%89tienne_Tach%C3%A9 original author]]. Probably just a neutral summation of the history of Quebec... but it could be taken as implying that the English (and English Canada) are still viewed as conquerors, and possibly enemies.
** Which leads to another Canadian motto: "Get over it already."
** Which is reminiscent of the former Confederate boast "The South shall rise again," and the less known Yankee rejoinder: "And the North shall slap you down – Again!"
* TheMafia, on the topic of assassination: "Only blood can wash away blood."
* [[TheMafia Omerta]]: "If I live, I'll kill you. If I die, I forgive you". Legend says this were the words that a wounded man uttered to his assailant.
* "Never say die, say '''kill!'''"
* The code of combat between masters of Irish stick-fighting includes the standard stuff - never back down, announce the name of your clan without fear, and so on - but the real chilling line is how a shillelagh fighter explains his intent to avoid mortal injury.
-->"The only fear I have is the fear of killing you."
* The Irish National Anthem, ''Amhrán na bFhian'' ("A Soldier's Song") has some kickass moments, like in the chorus:
--> "Tonight we man the breach\\
For Ireland's cause, live or die\\
'Mid cannon's roar and rifle's peal\\
We'll sing a soldier's song".
** It sounds arguably cooler in Irish (Gaeilge), since the language sounds like something a fantasy race would speak (if you can pronounce it):
-->Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,\\
Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,\\
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,\\
Seo libh canaídh amhrán na bhfiann.
* ''Gott zur Ehr, dem Nächsten zur Wehr''. Traditional motto of German firefighters, meaning: "To the glory of God and the protection of our neighbours".
* ''[[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku naritai!]]'' is Japanese for "I want to become stronger", something EliezerYudkowsky considers a motto for aspiring rationalists.
-->''Tsuyoku naritai'' is Japanese. ''Tsuyoku'' is "strong"; ''naru'' is "becoming" and the form ''naritai'' is "want to become". Together it means "I want to become stronger" and it expresses a sentiment embodied more intensely in Japanese works than in any Western literature I've read. You might say it when expressing your determination to become a professional Go player - or after you lose an important match, but you haven't given up - or after you win an important match, but you're not a ninth-dan player yet - or after you've become the greatest Go player of all time, but you still think you can do better. That is ''tsuyoku naritai'', the will to transcendence.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYIUdVNFgU The All Blacks Haka]].
-->"All Blacks, let me become one with the land! This is our land that rumbles! It’s my time! It’s my moment! This defines us as the All Blacks! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Our dominance, Our supremacy will triumph! And be placed on high Silver fern! All Blacks! Silver fern! All Blacks!"
* A simple, yet poignant one for actors since at least the time of Creator/WilliamShakespeare: TheShowMustGoOn.
** [[Film/GalaxyQuest "Damn You!"]]
* It is also a PretentiousLatinMotto, but the motto of the New South Wales Police Force is ''culpam poena premit comes'', which translates to "Punishment closely follows guilt," also quite accurately translated as "Vengeance follows guilt swiftly."
* "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "Anonymous: Because none of us is as cruel as all of us."
* The Habsburgs used for centuries the A.E.I.O.U acronym as a motto, first introduced in the 15th century. There were several interpretations but most of them as badass as anything:
** ''Alles Erdreich ist Oesterreich untertan'' (German: All the world is subject to Austria)
** ''Austria est imperio optime unita'' (Latin: Austria is the empire best united)
** ''Austria erit in orbe ultima'' (Latin: Austria will be the last [surviving] in the world)
** ''Austriae est imperare orbi universo'' (Latin: It is Austria's destiny to rule the whole world)
* Noble bloodlines and families tend to have badass mottoes in general. Friend of mine comes from a relatively minor line whose motto (ripped from Virgil, apparently) is ''Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos'' ("Forgive the weak, vanquish the proud"). Pretty metal no matter how you choose to interpret it.
* "Somerville girls can take care of themselves." The unofficial motto of Somerville College, Oxford University. 'Somerville girls' include the first female Prime Ministers of India (Indira Gandhi) and Britain (Margaret Thatcher)(both of whom were 'wartime' [=PMs=]), the first-ever Indian woman lawyer (in 1892!), and several Nobel-winners, that's a deliberately-massive understatement.
* Firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch used to use "In a world of compromise some men don't." This was later amended to "In a world of compromise some don't." Reasonably badass either way. They also used "When lives are at stake, leave nothing to chance."
** Speaking of firearms manufacturers, Colt had one of their own: "God created all men equal; Sam Colt made them so."
* FBI Hostage Rescue Team: ''Servare Vitas'' ("To Save Lives").
* A few of the USA states have some badass mottoes:
** New Hampshire's is probably the most famous: "Live Free or Die."
** West Virginia's is similar: ''Montani Semper Liberi'' ("Mountaineers are Always Free")
** Virginia's qualifies, too: ''Sic Semper Tyranis'' ("Thus always to tyrants"), especially if you also consider the state's seal (which appears on its flag): [[http://www.50states.com/flag/image/nunst075.gif the figure of Virtus standing over the defeated figure of Tyranny]]
*** Even more so when you remember that those were the words Booth said after killing Lincoln. Virginia has kept the same motto since 1776.
** North Carolina's qualifies, too. ''Esse Quam Videri'' ("To Be, Rather than to Seem")
** New York's might be familiar to readers of Marvel Comics: ''Excelsior'' or, as it's usually translated, "Ever Upward" (though more colloquially it just means "Higher"). That's a motto that New York City has taken to heart.
** Maryland's state motto also qualifies. It translates to "Manly deeds, womanly words," but that's out-of-date. A more modern translation is "Strong deeds, gentle words." Meaning Marylanders are very polite people - who also get things done.
* The city of San Francisco has a pretty good one too: ''oro en paz, fiero en guerra'' ("gold in peace, iron in war").
* Small, but still used. In the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, when the militias from Lexington and Concord asked Acton's (who had bayonets) to lead the charge on the Old North Bridge, Captain Isaac Davis was heard to say "[[http://www.actonminutemen.org/ I haven't a man who is afraid to go.]]" (There are different recorded versions, but they're all just as powerful.)
* The various branches of the [[ScoutOut Scouts]] have a number of mottoes but the one most fitting is the Scout Promise (called the "Scout Oath" by some organisations, most notably the "Boyscouts of America"), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Promise different branches of the movement have different variations]], but the original was (given while making the scouting salute[[labelnote:*]]Described thus as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-finger_salute_(Scouts) right hand raised level with his shoulder, palm to the front, thumb resting on the nail of the digitus minimus (little finger) and the other three fingers upright, pointing upwards]]"[[/labelnote]]);
-->On my honour I promise that--
--->1.[[LawfulGood I will do my duty to God and the King]].
--->2.[[ChronicHeroSyndrome I will do my best to help others, whatever it costs me]].
--->3.[[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules I know the scout law, and will obey it]].
** "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle"
* The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, depending on where you are, are even more hard core about honour, honesty, trust and sisterhood. The Girl Guides of Canada have the Guiding Promise, as an example:
--> I promise to do my best,
--> To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.
--> I will take action for a better world
--> And respect the Guiding Law.
* Several Las Vegas Security departments have the unofficial motto "First In, Last Out", pointing out that they are there dealing with stuff before the police, fire department, or paramedics. And are often the last to leave after tying up all the loose ends.
* Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, labor activist (primarily anti-child labor), suffragette, anarchist, general hellraiser, and "The most dangerous woman in America" charged in with the motto:
-->"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!"
** Other Labor Slogans are also pretty badass
--> "An injury to one is an injury to all."
--> "kick the Bosses in the ass, power to the working class."
--> "When worker's rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back."
* Scotland, as you might expect, also has one: ''Nemo me impune lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity"). It has a rather more direct, official translation into Scots: "Who daur meddle wi' me?" Its unofficial translation, much beloved of [[BritsWithBattleships Scottish soldiers]], is "No-one fucks wi' me an' gets awa' wi' it."
** The Latin form was appropriated by EdgarAllanPoe for "The Cask of Amontillado."
* The WHO AM I speech by Coach Flowers, it's just... awesome
* Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, America as a whole has adopted a few. The most prominent mottoes are "United We Stand" and "Let's Roll", the latter after Todd Beamer's DyingMomentOfAwesome on United Airlines Flight 93.
* The motto of the Olympics has been ''Citius, Altius, Fortius'' ("Faster, Higher, Stronger") since 1924. A pretty BadassCreed for a sporting event.
* The creed of the Special Olympics is pretty badass:
-->"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be courageous in the attempt."
* Many national anthems, but especially [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16735_6-national-anthems-that-will-make-you-tremble-with-fear.html those 6 ones.]] Several of them were originally military songs.
* British pound coins have BadassCreed inscribed:
-->'''England:''' ''Decus et Tutamen'' ("A shield and an ornament")
-->'''Scotland:''' ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity")
-->'''Wales:''' ''Pleidol wyf I'm gwylad'' ("True am I to my country")
* There is also the war-cry of international socialism. Whatever one's opinion of that particular idology, that chant is awesome:
-->"Workers of the World, UNITE!"
** When it was motto of the U.S.S.R, it sounded even better (Russian is like that):
-->"Proletariy vsekh stran, soyedinyaytes!"
* According to Herodatus, the training practice for Persian nobles: "To ride, to shoot, and to speak the truth."
* The historical motto of the Spanish Empire: ''Plus Ultra'' ("Further Beyond"), This is in direct contrast from the supposed inscription on the mythical Pillars of Hercules at the Straights of Gibraltar, marking the end of the Mediterranean and of the ancient world: ''Non Plus Ultra'', No Further, a warning against the dangers of the unknown open sea. Spain went beyond and conquered.
* The first lines of the Polish national anthem: Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła, / Kiedy my żyjemy. (Poland has not yet perished,/ So long as we still live.) Even more impressive when you remember that Poland [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partitions_of_Poland didn't exist]] for circa 200 years...
* The Tough Mudder challenge, a series of obstacle courses that emphasize teamwork over personal records, has the Tough Mudder Pledge:
-->As a Tough Mudder I pledge that…\\
- I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.\\
- I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.\\
- I do not whine – kids whine.\\
- I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.\\
- I overcome all fears.
* "Never again." Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
** The Germans have also taken this to heart as ''Nie wieder''.
* The Scottish Clan Sutherland (who lent their name to the Thin Red Line) has the motto "Sans Peur" meaning simply "without fear".
* The Norwegian national anthem, after eight verses of Norwegian history told in brief:
---> Oh, as the struggle of our forefathers has raised the country from need to victory, ''we too'', when it is needed, shall secure the country`s peace.
* [[http://starmen.net/ Starmen.net]]'s motto is "Do not underestimate us," adapted from a similar phrase spoken by Starman Deluxe in VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. This may seem overly dramatic, but not every fandom is as fiercely dedicated as Earthbound's.
* Lajos Kossuth, a [=XIXth=] century Hungarian politician who was a leading figure of the [[LaResistance 1848 Hungarian Revolution]] and has become a MemeticBadass in Hungarian culture, had plenty of these. They are too numerous to list, but some of the most badass are:
** "Mindent a népért, mindent a néppel együtt, semmit a népről a nép feje felett. Ez a demokrácia." (All actions for the people, all actions with the people, no actions about the people over the heads of the people. This is democracy.)
** "Ezredéves történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk gyermek nemzet; 1848-i történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk elaggott nemzet." (Our millenial history proves we're not a juvenile nation; our 1848 history proves we're not a decrepit nation.)
** "Magyarországot a poklok kapui sem fogják megdönteni." ([[BlasphemousBoast Hungary will not be toppled by even the Gates of Hell.]])
** "Revolúciókat sem rózsavízzel, sem glaszékesztűkben nem lehet csinálni." ([[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized We cannot raise revolutions with rosewater or wearing guanti glassati.]])
* Whatever your standpoint on the system itself is, Soviet Union propaganda had some pretty kickass mottos. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg/438px-Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg SMOKE OF CHIMNEYS IS THE BREATH OF SOVIET RUSSIA]]
* The British Labour Party's official anthem The Red Flag has this stanza:
-->With heads uncovered swear we all.\\
To bear it onward till we fall;.\\
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim.\\
This song shall be our parting hymn.
* Irish Socialist and Nationalist leader James Connolly wrote We Only Want the Earth to declare the socialist movements principles. It is badasss all the way through, but the last two Stanzas are the most intense:
-->The “labour fakir” full of guile.\\
Base doctrine ever preaches.\\
And whilst he bleeds the rank and file.\\
Tame moderation teaches.\\
Yet, in despite, we’ll see the day.\\
When, with sword in its girth.\\
Labour shall march in war array.\\
To realize its own, the earth.\\
For labour long, with sighs and tears.\\
To its oppressors knelt..\\
But never yet, to aught save fears,.\\
Did the heart of tyrant melt..\\
We need not kneel, our cause no dearth.\\
Of loyal soldiers’ needs.\\
And our victorious rallying cry.\\
Shall be we want the earth!
* The UK Anti Fascist Action organization was founded as a militant answer to the perceived timidity of moderate anti fascism. They declared their basic principles as follows: "We aren't in the business of complaining about Nazis, we're in the business of stopping them."
* The second part of the New Zealand national anthem.
-->Peace not war shall be our boast\\
But should foes asail our coast\\
Make us then a mighty host.
* You don't usually hear expect one of these from a financier, but this advice from Baron Rothschild, which became an unofficial motto of the Rothschild family and investors everywhere, certainly qualifies:
-->"Buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own."
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** While the Coast Guard as a whole may have a motto, their rescue swimmers also have one that they are proud of: ''"So Others May Live"''
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* From Mythodea
** The Black Ice as a call/response series:
-->"We live.."
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We fight..."
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We die.."
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
** And one for all "Verfemte" (Condemned), also call/response and usually repeated 3 times:
-->"He is the eye..."
-->''"WE ARE THE STORM!"''

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* From Mythodea
''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Oh, boy... [[MemeticMutation WHERE THE HELL DO WE EVEN START?]]
** "Go BeyondTheImpossible and kick reason to the curb! That's the Gurren-dan way!"
** Even the show's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic most recognized insert anthem]], ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic 'Libera Me' from Hell]]'' has this in the lyrics:
--->"Do the impossible \\
See the invisible \\
ROW! ROW! FIGHT THE POWER!\\
Touch the untouchable \\
Break the unbreakable! \\
ROW! ROW! FIGHT THE POWER!"
** "Who the hell do you think I am?"
** The Black Ice entirety of [[BadassArmy Dai Gurren-dan]] in the beginning of the final episode, each one contributing a line, with the entire ensemble joining in during the last few lines:
--->'''Nia''': [[YouCantFightFate Even when trapped by karma's cycle...]]\\
'''Yoko''': [[ThePowerOfLove ...The dreams we left behind]] [[RousingSpeech will open the door!]]\\
'''Leeron''': [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Even if the Universe stands in our way...]]\\
'''[[spoiler: Viral]]''': [[HotBlooded ...our seething blood]] [[ScrewDestiny will determine what will be!]]\\
'''Simon''': [[RefugeInAudacity We'll break through time and space!]]\\
'''All''': [[TheDeterminator And defy all who would stop us,]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding to grab hold of our path!]]\\
'''Simon''': [[TitleDrop Tengen Toppa...]] [[HumongousMecha Gurren Lagann!]]\\
'''All''': '''[[ArcWords JUST WHO]] [[CatchPhrase THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!]]'''
** Similarly, Episode 8 - the series' most bittersweet - has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgYHvywOsB0 this]]:
--->'''Kamina:''' We brawlers are sustained by willpower! Even when mocked
as reckless and crazy!\\
'''Simon:''' If there's
a call/response series:
-->"We live..
wall in our way, then we smash it down! If there isn't a path, then we carve it out ourselves!\\
'''Both:''' The magma of our souls burns with a mighty flame! Super Ultra Combining, Gurren Lagann! \\
'''Simon:''' JUST WHO!\\
'''Kamina:''' IN THE HELL!\\
'''Both:''' ...DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!
*** Bonus points to Kamina for [[spoiler:having ''badassed himself back to life'' in order to deliver this speech]]. A nearby volcano spontaneously explodes right after they finish their speech, as if saying, "Word.
"
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We fight...
** Also, "My drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens." By the last episode, it decides to create them instead for some reason.
* Every time Roger Smith powers up Anime/TheBigO, the internal display flashes the message "Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty".
** This also applies to the other Megadeuses (Big Duo and Big Fau); when the message changes, something's gone wrong. Most notably, [[spoiler:when Big Duo rejects and kills Alan Gabriel]], the message is simply "YE GUILTY".
* The titular ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko''
-->'' "I hold no enmity against those coerced into evil, but to those vile beings who toy with the hearts and souls of men, since the time of ancient gods, we have been your destroyers! Now the 108th Devil Hunter Yohko is here!" ''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** Madoka's wish.
--> [[spoiler:"If any rule or law stands in the way of that...I will destroy it. I will rewrite it. That is my prayer...That is my wish. Now! Grant my wish... ...Incubator!"]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' 'Ninja Way'
--> ''I never give up, and I never go back on my word. That's my ninja way!''
-->-- '''Naruto'''
--> ''In Root, you have no name. You have no feelings. You have no past. You have no future. There is only the mission.
-->-- '''ANBU Root'''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Fate Stay Night}}''
** Archer's aria to call forth Unlimited Blade Works:
--->I am the bone of my sword. \\
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. \\
I have created over a thousand blades. \\
Unknown to death. \\
Nor known to life. \\
Have withstood pain to create many weapons. \\
Yet, those hands will never hold anything. \\
So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works.
** Then there's the literal translation as opposed to the official {{Engrish}}:
--->His body is made out of swords. \\
His blood is of iron and his heart of glass. \\
He survived through countless battles. \\
Not even once retreating, \\
Not even once being understood. \\
He was always alone. \\
Intoxicated with victory in a hill of swords. \\
Thus, his life has no meaning. \\
That body was certainly made out of swords.
** Later [[spoiler:adopted by Shirou]]:
--->I am the bone of my sword. \\
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood. \\
I have created over a thousand blades. \\
Unaware of loss. \\
Nor aware of gain. \\
Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival. \\
I have no regrets, this is the only path. \\
My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works.
*** Non-Engrish
----> His body is made out of swords. \\
His blood is of iron and his heart of glass. \\
He survived through countless battles. \\
Not even once retreating. \\
Not even once being victorious. \\
The bearer lies here alone. \\
Forging iron in a hill of swords. \\
Thus, my life needs no meaning. \\
This body is made out of infinite swords.
** Also, [[spoiler:Kotomine]] has one as a spell invocation:
--->I will kill. I will let live. I will harm and heal. None will escape me. None will escape my sight.\\
Be crushed.\\
I welcome those who have grown old and those who have lost.\\
Devote yourself to me, learn from me, and obey me.\\
Rest. Do not forget song, do not forget prayer, and do not forget me.\\
I am light and relieve you of all your burdens.\\
Do not pretend. Retribution for {{forgiveness}}, [[BetrayalTropes betrayal]] for [[PowerOfTrust trust]], [[DespairEventHorizon despair]] for hope, [[DarkIsEvil darkness]] for [[LightIsGood light]], dark death for the living.\\
Relief is in my hands. I will add oil to your sins and leave a mark.\\
Eternal life is given through death.\\
Ask for forgiveness here. I, the incarnation, will swear.\\
-- '''Kyrie Eleison'''
** The chant to Archer's ultimate technique:
--->Spirit and technique, flawless and firm,\\
Our strength rips the mountains,\\
Our swords split the water,\\
Our names reach the imperial villa,\\
The two of us cannot hold heavens together\\
Two great men, sharing a life!
* The creed of the Lovelace family from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
-->Una bendición por los vivos, una rama de flor por los muertos. \\
Con una espada por la justicia, un castigo de muerte para los malvados. \\
Así llegaremos en el altar de los santos.
** Roughly:
-->''A blessing for the living, [[DueToTheDead a bunch of flowers for the dead]]. \\
With a sword of justice, a punishment of death for the wicked. \\
Thus shall we arrive at the altar of the saints.''
** Roberta's oath as the Bloodhound of Florencia:
-->"In the name of Santa Maria, a hammer blow of righteousness to all injustice.
"
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** A chapter-length example from the manga:
--->''We ask o' thee: Whit art thou''?\\
We are Iscariot, the Zealot Judas! \\
''In that case, Iscariot, we ask o' thee: Whit dost thou hold in thy right hand''? \\
Daggers and poisons! \\
''In that case, Iscariot, we ask o' thee: Whit dost thou hold in thy left hand?'' \\
Thirty silver pieces and a rope! \\
''In that case, Iscariot'', whit art thou? \\
As apostles, yet not as apostles. \\
As adherents, yet not as adherents. \\
As believers, yet not as believers. \\
As traitors, yet not as traitors. \\
We are disciples of death, the Death Disciple Group, \\
Only bowing and praying forgiveness of the Lord; \\
Only bowing and defeating the enemies of the Lord. \\
Wielding our dagger in the night and poisoning the evening meal, \\
We are assassins; the Assassin Judas. \\
When the time comes, we shall cast our thirty silver pieces at the altar \\
And hang thy head from our rope. \\
Thereby we shall fall to Hell in cabal. \\
Lined up in square formation, we seek to do battle with the 7405926 demons of Hell. \\
APOCALYPSE NOW!
** Rip van Winkle also uses one:
--> Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.\\
My bullets punish all without distinction!
** The creed of Hellsing themselves:
---> In the name of God, impure souls of the living dead shall be banished into eternal damnation. Amen.
** The title quote of ''Anime/HellsingUltimate'', which later turns out to be one of these. Though it makes little sense out of context (and only half IN context), it probably still counts.
---> The bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' gives us a badass creed for a rather pathetic organization, the L.X.E. In call-and-response form, as it's also the sign-countersign password:
-->"From the earth?"\\
"A base metal."\\
"From the sky?"\\
"Fire."\\
"From my veins?"\\
[[HotBlooded "Hot blood."]]\\
"The fate of the world..."\\
''[Dramatic pose]'' "Is on my back!"
** [[ActionGirl Tokiko Tsumura]] has one as her catchphrase.
---> ''"I'll splatter your guts!"''
* [[Manga/SoulEater Justin Law]] has one that gets recited before his Law Abiding Silver Gun attack:
-->"We, the people of the city of death, beseech you, our God, as Christ is just\\
Oh God, let me be an instrument of your peace\\
I am a pillar of justice\\
A blade of faith\\
In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit\\
"Law Abiding Silver Gun"
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Sanji has these from time to time... [[ChivalrousPervert at least when]] [[ButtMonkey he's in battle.]]
-->''"Cooking is a gift from Heaven, Spices are a gift from Hell. Looks like the meal was too spicy for you."''
** Two things: He's a chef, and he's just learned to battle with a flaming leg when he says this.
* The titular creed from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'':
-->''"Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. The peace of the newly born, their black hands protect.\\
Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. To the depths of Hell's fire, their black souls lure the lost children.\\
Noir. It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. To ward the darkness from the nursing babes, their black robes serve as shields."''
* ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' features an awesome one from [[spoiler: The Magius Council]]:
-->[[spoiler:''"We are the Magius. We govern the world from the shadows."'']]
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' used an interesting one in the promos and trailers of the English dub, taken from the Chin Yisou episodes. It's an explanation of "muichimotsu," "hold nothing," and something Sanzo's master taught him.
-->''"If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If you meet your father, kill your father. Free of everything, you are bound by nothing. Live the life that is given to you."''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mayuri created Nemu with the mission to learn and develop, and to never act outside his orders. When Mayuri struggles in battle against Pernida, she enters the fight without waiting for his orders and saves his life. She dismisses his anger and disobeying his orders and putting his research (her creation and existence) at risk, by stating she's realised what her mission really is: the only way she can truly prove to Mayuri how much she's learned and developed is by using all of her abilities to protect his life. After this declaration, Mayuri reluctantly accepts he has to let her fight Pernida on his behalf.
-->'''Mayuri''': Nemu!! You... How do you have this level of power?!
-->'''Nemu''': It is the power you bestowed upon me, Mayuri-sama. This body, this shinigami body that Mayuri-sama has entrusted me with... I have drawn this out by pushing my system to within 0.8% of its threshold.
-->'''Mayuri''': Why, you little...
-->'''Nemu''': Do not worry. I can continue this level of power output for another 400 seconds.
-->'''Mayuri''': Don't you dare get flippant with me! I don't recall ever giving you this kind of order!
-->'''Nemu''': It wasn't an order. It is my purpose. My purpose is to protect Mayuri-sama.
-->'''Mayuri''': Wrong!! Your purpose is to mature and develop!!
-->'''Nemu''': And by protecting Mayuri-sama, I can show you just how much I've matured and developed.
* They're only badass if they mean it. In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Saitoh Hajime has one of these:
-->''"Aku Soku Zan" ["Swift Death to Evil."]''
* The Wolkenritter from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', after [[spoiler:their resurrection]].
-->'''Signum''': We are the the guardian knights who gather before our mistress, she of the night sky.
-->'''Shamal''': As long as our mistress exists, our souls will never extinguish.
-->'''Zafira''': As long as we have life in our bodies, we will stand by each other.
-->'''Vita''': We will always exist before our mistress, Queen of the Night Sky, Yagami Hayate.
-->'''Hayate''': Light of the Night Sky, come to my hand! Blessed Wind Reinforce! Set Up!
** Said creed also serves as an extremely epic announcement of the Queen of the Night Sky's (that is, [[PersonOfMassDestruction Post-Unison Hayate]]) first arrival to the material plane, which also doubles as her AwesomeMomentOfCrowning of sorts. A bit of FridgeBrilliance there, as royalty usually send heralds before them to announce their presence.
** Nanoha, herself, has a creed. It was assumed at the beginning of the series that she had to say it as a password in order to activate Raising Heart and don her barrier jacket, but soon her talent allows her to activate it without a password. Nevertheless, here it is:
--->''"I am the one who has been given a mission.\\
Under the contract, release those powers onto me.\\
Winds to the sky, stars to the heavens.\\
And, the unyielding soul, to this heart!\\
Magic to these hands. Raising Heart, set up!"''
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
** VICTORY GOES.....TO THOSE WITH COURAGE!!!
** The Oath Sworn through Courage, which was the heart of FINAL
** Also... LET'S BREAK STUFF!!!
** Hana's "Kowakunai, Kowakunai..." ("I'm not scared, I'm not scared...")
* Anime/CaptainHarlock's declaration in ''ArcadiaOfMyYouth'':
-->"We die..will never surrender. We will never beg aid from others. And we will never fight under any other flag than this!"
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': "InTheNameOfTheMoon, I shall punish you!"
* The Devil Bats of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' keep it simple. "WE'RE GONNA KILL 'EM...! YA-HA!" The White Knights have the much more subtle, "Glory on the kingdom!"
* From the ''[[VideoGame/SakuraWars Sakura Taisen]]'' theme
-->[Sakura] [[ForGreatJustice "We will fight for justice!"]]
-->[Maria] "Even if we have to risk our lives for the sake of this war!"
-->[Kanna] "We will stand our ground!"
-->[Iris] "Someday, this imperial capital ...
"
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
** And one for all "Verfemte" (Condemned), also call/response and usually repeated 3 times:
-->"He is
-->[Kouran] "Till the eye...day the evil disappears ..."
-->''"WE -->[Sumire] "We will continue to fight in this war!"
-->[All] "We are the Imperial Flower Attack Group
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' gives us few, most memorable one:
-->[Daiya] "You don't get it do you? You dont win because you strong. The ones [[{{Determinator}} who don't give up]] win in the end! That's why in the end the winners... Are we!!"
** Not giving up part doubles as ArcWords to be later used by Nouza.
* ''Anime/LeChevalierdEon'': When D'Eon de Beaumont is possessed by his deceased, secret agent sister Lia (it is a long story), she tends to drop some variant of this little gem from her inital post-mortem appearance:
-->'''Lia:''' Deliver my soul.\\
Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.\\
In the beginning was the Word; deliver my soul.\\
The Lord brings my soul out of trouble.\\
He cuts off my enemies, and destroys all those that afflict my soul.\\
In the name of that truth and loyalty, I shall take my vengeance.
* ''For the world and for the people, Anime/{{Daitarn 3}} is here to smash evil ambitions. If you do not fear the shine of the Sun, then come and bring it!''
* [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]] has one that he says every time he is about to use a FinishingMove. The most famous one is the one he uses to unleash Shining Finger.
-->[[PowerGlows This hand of mine glows with an awesome power!]]
-->Its burning grip tells me to defeat you.
-->Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow!
-->[[CallingYourAttacks SHINING FINGER SWORD!!!]]
-->Go! Go! GO!
** Eventually when he gets his MidSeasonUpgrade, the chant is changed to reflect the new attack.
-->This hand of mine is burning red!
-->Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory!
-->[[CallingYourAttacks Erupting!]] [[LargeHam Burning!]] [[RefugeInAudacity FINGER!]]
-->And now... HEAT END!
** This is only to be expected, being a technique from...
--> The School of the Undefeated of the East!
--> The Winds of the King!
--> Zenshin!
--> Keiretsu!
--> Tenpa Kyouran!
--> '''LOOK! THE EAST IS BURNING RED!'''
** In the finale, when Domon and Rain prepare to defeat the Devil Gundam:
--> These hands of ours are burning red!
--> '''Domon''': Their loud cry tells us -
-->'''Rain''': -to grasp happiness!
* The anime ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' had a few examples. "Never Give Up!" being one of the most memorable. Aqune had the very {{Badass}} "Oracle's Light!".
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
--> '''Goku:''' You can destroy whole planets but you can ''never'' destroy what I am, friend!
--> '''Freiza:''' You... what are you?!
--> '''Goku:''' I am the hope of the universe! I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace! I am protector of the innocent! I am the light in the darkness! I am Truth! '''Ally to good, nightmare to you!'''
** The version in the redub ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' is better (and also the first time Goku uses his full name in an English dub):
--->'''Goku:''' I'm a proud Saiyan who calls Earth home, and I'm here to defeat you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legend, pure of heart and awakened by fury, that's what I am. '''I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!'''
** Goku is pretty good at handing these out throughout a battle when he's fighting the BigBad of the season. Here's an abridged version [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged (no relation)]] from ''Anime/DragonBallGT'':
--> '''Goku:''' The killing stops here. All you can see is the light shining through the cracks around the edges of the door, Baby. And you just don't think that little bit of light can overcome your dark plans. But what you can't see is what's behind the door. That's what I am. ... Light breaks the darkness. This form is my instrument. I have no limits.
--> '''Baby:''' What
ARE THE STORM!"''you?
--> '''Goku:''' I am the answer. The answer to all that is evil.
* In ''Manga/CodeBreaker'', each member of the eponymous group has their own personal version of the Code of Hammurabi, which they all use as their Creed, and also gives insight to each of their personalities
** Oogami's [[spoiler: as well as the ones the Angels use later on in the manga to seduce those that'd lost loved ones to evil]]
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and Evil for Evil
** Toki's
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Steel Hammer of Justice for Evil
** Yuuki's
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Requiem of Fury for Evil
** Heike's two
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Eternal Shackles for Evil
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Eternal Sleep for the Dead
** Prince's two
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Punishment of Death for Evil
--> An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Image of Retribution for Evil
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' has Vincent Law's, said by [[spoiler: Proxy One]] near the beginning of the series, and then finally by [[IronicEcho Vincent himself]] as the last line of the series:
--> [[spoiler: I am Ergo Proxy - the agent of death. ]]
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Shiho Nishizumi, mother of [[TheHero Miho]] and Maho, sums up her family's philosophy on tankery.
-->'''Shiho''': "If you shoot, you hit, if you defend, you defend strong, if you advance, you advance without falter. Iron rules and a heart of steel. That is what defines the Nishizumi school."
** In a flashback in the ''Little Army'' prequel manga, Maho tells this to Miho.
-->'''Maho''': Nishizumi-ryuu Panzer-kraft means [[{{Determinator}} always finding a way to move forward]].
** Toward the end of the final battle, as Maho [[spoiler:is trapped fighting Miho's tank one-on-one]], she has this to say.
-->'''Maho''': The Nishizumis do not withdraw from battles.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Right there in the first line of the theme: "Are you the prey? No, we are the hunters!"
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' has Issei and Vali's chants to unleash Juggernaut Drive
** Issei's is:
---> I, who is about to awaken,\\
Am the Heavenly Dragon who has stolen the principles of domination from God\\
I laugh at the "infinite", and I grieve at the "dream"\\
I shall become the Red Dragon of Domination\\
And I shall sink you to the depths of the crimson purgatory!
** Vali's is:
---> I, who is about to awaken,\\
Am the Heavenly Dragon who has taken the principles of supremacy from God\\
I envy the "infinite" and I pursue the "dream"\\
I shall become the White Dragon of Supremacy\\
And I shall take you to the limits of white paradise.



[[folder:Music]]
* The StanRogers song ''Mary Ellen Carter'', which actually saved the life of a shipwreck victim who sang it to stay awake in the icy water.
--> All you to whom adversity has dealt a mortal blow,
--> With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go,
--> Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
--> Rise again! Rise again!
--> Though your heart may be broken, and life about to end,
--> No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
* ''Die Gedanken Sind Frei'', German for "My Thoughts are Free." An old folksong sung by WWII prisoners, Cold War protestors, and modern freethinkers.
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts freely flower
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts give me power
--> No scholar can map them, no hunter can trap them,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> I think as I please, and this gives me pleasure
--> My conscience decrees this right I must treasure
--> My thoughts do not cater to duke or dictator,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> And should tyrants take me, and cast me in prison,
--> My thoughts shall burst free, like blossoms in season
--> Foundations will crumble, and structures will tumble,
--> and free men will cry, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!
* Heather Alexander's ''March of Cambreadth''
--> Midnight mare and blood-red roan
--> Fight to keep these lands your own
--> Sound the horn and call the cry
--> '''How many of them can we make die?'''
* ''Slipknot'' on (sic) has "You can't kill me cause I'm already INSIDE YOU!"
* ''The Switch and the Spur'' by The Raconteurs
--> Any poor souls, who trespass against us
--> Whether it be beast or man
--> Will suffer the bite, or be stung dead on sight
--> By those who inhabit this land
--> For theirs is the power and this is their kingdom
--> As sure as the sun does burn
--> So enter this path, but heed these four words:
--> '''You shall never return'''
* "Sophia" by the Cruxshadows
--> Do not injustice to another
--> Defend the weak and innocent
--> Let truth and honor always guide you
--> Let courage find a life within
--> Stand up when no-one else is willing
--> Act not in hatred or in spite
--> Be to this world as a perfect knight
--> Even if it means your life
* [[Theatre/ManOfLaMancha The Impossible Dream:]]
--> To dream the impossible dream
--> To fight the unbeatable foe
--> To bear with unbearable sorrow
--> To run where the brave dare not go
** In fact, the whole song is his Badass Creed.
*** As are the opening and the finale.
*** One might say the whole musical is.
* It loses its rhyme in translation to English, but there's an old children's rhyme for the holiday of Hannukah:
--> We have come to expel darkness.
--> In our hands are light and flame.
--> Every one of us is a small light.
--> And all of us are a firm light.
--> Fight darkness, drive back blackness!
--> Fight for the cause of the light!
* The electronic dance song "Stop the Revolution" by D. Ramirez and Meat Katie:
--> You cannot restrain or tame an idea with idle threats.
--> Once it has crept into the mind, the mouth will not bite the tongue to keep it in silence.
--> The sheer promise of bondage and whips will not be enough to apprehend a thought as it travels from ear to misinformed ear.
--> We ''will'' protest, because ''you'' cannot tell a concept not to raise its fist in anger!
--> You cannot censor that which only exists in theory!
--> You cannot tell anarchy to stop in its tracks, when its feet only exist in the minds of the oppressed!
--> There is a force out there, greater than the media, greater than right or left, greater than empty lies or promises!
--> You can try all night to stop the noise... but you'll never stop the Revolution.
* "Prisoner of Our Time", "Branded and Exiled", "Chains and Leather"... Like many old school metal bands, Music/RunningWild had many of these on it's earlier releases. Here's a example from "Branded and Exiled":
--> Many relocated all across the land
--> Together we've got the power in our hands
--> We are strong enough to fight mendacious laws
--> We've got the wrath, 'cause we are
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!

* The Incredible String Band -- ''My Name is Death''
--> I am the question that cannot be answered,
--> I am the lover that cannot be lost,
--> Yet small are the gifts of my servant; the soldier,
--> For time is my offspring; pray, what is my name?

--> My name is Death.

** Justifying note: Far from being a harsh metal song, this is a rather unsettling Folk song.

* Music/IronMaiden has many:
** One of note is "Die With Your Boots On,"
-->No point asking when it is,
-->No point asking who's to go,
-->No point asking what's the game,
-->No point asking who's to blame,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, die with your boots on,
-->If you're gonna try, well stick around,
-->Gonna cry, just move along,
-->If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.
** Then, from "Sun and Steel,"
-->Sunlight, falling on your steel,
-->Death in life is your ideal,
-->Life is like a wheel.
** And, from "Flash of the Blade,"
-->You'll die as you lived
-->In a flash of the blade
-->In a corner forgotten by no-one
-->You lived for the touch
-->For the feel of the steel
-->One man, and his Honour.
** And of course The Trooper
-->
-->You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
-->You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
-->So when you're waiting for the next attack
-->You'd better stand there's no turning back

-->The bugle sounds as the charge begins
-->But on this battlefield no one wins
-->The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
-->As you plunge into a certain death

-->The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
-->The mighty roar of the Russian guns
-->And as we race towards the human wall
-->The screams of pain as my comrades fall

-->We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
-->And as the Russians fire another round
-->We get so near yet so far away
-->We won't live to fight another day

-->We get so close near enough to fight
-->When a Russian gets me in his sights
-->He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
-->A burst of rounds takes my horse below

-->And as I lay there gazing at the sky
-->My body's numb and my throat is dry
-->And as I lay forgotten and alone
-->Without a tear I draw my parting groan


* Victory Song -- ''Ensiferum''

--> Ei urhot kaukaisen pohjolan
--> Uhan eessä taipuneet
--> Jälleen pauhaa kansi taivahan
--> Veri valuu maahan lumiseen
--> Moni nähdä ei saa enää huomista
--> Moni jää heitä kaipaamaan
--> Jälkipolville jää maa rauhaisa
--> Voiton laulut soi ainiaan

--> Translated:
--> The warriors of the north
--> Stood strong against aggression
--> Again the thunder rumbles
--> Blood stains the snow
--> Many will not see tomorrow
--> Many will be missed
--> But the land remains safe for our children
--> And songs of victory will sound forever

** For that matter, most Finnish marching music; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y&feature=related The Jaeger March]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUpIhG0VsE&feature=related The Pori Regiment's march]], just to name a few.

* The Show Must Go On, by {{Queen}}.

-->The Show must go on!
-->The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah!
-->Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
-->My make-up may be flaking...
-->But my smile, still, stays on!
-->Yeah! oh oh oh

-->My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
-->Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
-->I can fly, my friends!

-->The Show must go on! Yeah!
-->The Show must go on!
-->I'll face it with a grin!
-->I'm never giving in!
-->On with the show!

-->I'll top the bill!
-->I'll overkill!
-->I have to find the will to carry on!
-->On with the,
-->On with the show!

-->The Show must go on.

And the kicker? Brian May wrote this for Freddie Mercury, when people questioned if he could 'go on', considering his health was failing because of his battle with AIDS. Acording to [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], May wasn't sure that Freddie would be able to sing the song, his health was so bad. Freddie's response? He took a swig of vodka and said [[PrecisionFStrike 'I'll fucking do it, darling!']]. May says he considers this [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of Mercury's best performances]]. [[SandInMyEyes 'Scuse me, I have something in my eye..]]

** Also from that same album (Freddie went out Badass!), the song "Innuendo". The whole song was a BadassCreed, like "Show Must Go On". Just the first verse:
--->While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand,
--->While the waves crash from the sea to meet the land,
--->While there's the wind and the stars and the rainbow,
--->'Til the mountains crumble into the plains,
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Tread that fine line
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Just passing our time.

* The Fire Dawn, by Oh Sleeper, exudes this trope. IN SPADES!

-->Stand up, we'll be more than kings.
-->Show no mercy when the gates swing.
-->I've said it before but without accepting that my body
-->Was the only thing keeping me from living.
-->I wouldn't even let the surgeon touch me.
-->Though facing death, I dined on flesh...
-->But now I live to fight out-numbered.
-->I live to fight out-numbered at the fire dawn to live in rebellious honor.
-->I'll stand, you'll see me over all of your fallen.
-->I'll be knee-deep, knee-deep in a sea of their organs.
-->Send me all of hell and I'll face them,
-->I'll face them one on one-thousand.

* Most, if not all, ProfessionalWrestling ThemeMusic.

* EnterShikari's {{Badass Creed}} in "Juggernauts" also acts as a complete {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}:
-->We'll do what we've always done
-->Shut our eyes and hope for the best...
-->NO! We're gonna face this
-->And step out onto the tracks
-->Stare it right in the face
-->THOU SHALL NOT PASS!

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfs_-tyJH9w Army of the Dead Part I]]/[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV-BmFUoVt8 II]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguJyPOlOoE Odin]] by Manowar.

-->Raise thy weapons on this day
-->Ye shall not die alone

-->Fight and die let Valkyries fly
-->For they shall take thee home

-->I promise thee that on this night
-->Ye shall be by my side

-->Asgard's halls await with heroes
-->Brothers that have died

-->For thee we wait at Asgard's gates
-->Come join us by our side

-->Valhalla waits so choose thy fate
-->For all of us must die!

* This excerpt that appears in the Manowar songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb46TxwEaZw The Warrior's Prayer]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diLCzRJEJRg Glory, Majesty, Unity]] :

-->Gods of war I call You. My sword is by my side.
-->I seek a life of honor, free from all false pride.
-->I will crack the whip with a bold mighty hail.
-->Cover me with death if I should ever fail.

-->Glory, Majesty, Unity
-->Hail, Hail, Hail

* Pretty much any Manowar song, actually. Here's one from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=431ghP7AWf0 Sons of Odin]] :

-->Glory and fame
-->Blood is our name
-->Souls full of thunder, hearts of steel

-->Killers of men!
-->A warrior's friend!
-->Sworn to avenge our fallen brothers, to the end!

** Even more to the point, the band itself has one: "Death to false metal".

* "Morituri", by Robin Wayne Bailey:
-->Let us live short lives of glory
-->Let us burn bright like a flame
-->And when the gods call, let the poets remember our names!

* [[WorldOfWarcraft Level 70/80 Elite Tauren Chieftain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGROC4USto 'The Power of the Horde']]
--> Surrounded by the enemy
--> The wolf among the hounds
--> Thunder turns to silence, it took...
--> A hundred to bring me down
--> Wolf-brothers falling at my side
--> With honor I will die
--> Upon the altar of the storms
--> I will be reborn
(Rest of the lyrics: [[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/l70etc/#share]] )
* AllThatRemains has several, but the song "Some of the People , All of the Time" exeplifies it:
--> When all seems lost we count the cost
--> We still remain connected
--> We'll be made strong we are not wrong
--> we will not be neglected
--> Now Wake this doubt and cast it out
--> Weakness will be rejected
--> And through all wrongs we must stay strong
--> We will not be neglected

* "The Gears" by Dethklok
--> We fear not our mortality
--> We'll serve to the best of our ability
--> We give our lives to our masters
--> We vow to smite our enemies

* Andrew W.K.'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBnJ0egT_4 "Get Ready to die"]] is one massive Badass Creed combined with a Badass Boast.
-->This is your time to pay,
-->This is your judgement day,
-->We made a sacrifice,
-->And now we get to take your life.

-->We shoot without a gun,
-->We'll take on anyone,
-->It's really nothing new,
-->It's just a thing we like to do.

** Andrew gets another crazy-awesome one that encompasses the ending of "Totally Stupid". Might double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for some.
-->If we wait until tomorrow
-->Will tomorrow ever come?
-->This is where we're coming from
-->And we're not the only ones

-->When we find ourselves in trouble
-->We can find outselves a way
-->You can find a place to stay
-->And the place is always safe

-->If you have a heart that's in pain
-->Don't be afraid
-->You're not to blame
-->There's a better world inside of us
-->Where we always thought it was
-->You don't need to hide
-->You can open up your eyes
-->And you'll discover
-->That there is another world.

* “Indestructible” by Music/{{Disturbed}} - the whole song is one big BadassCreed

* Music/TheProtomen provide one to VideoGame/MegaMan in "The Will of One". [[spoiler:It gets a ''lot'' darker in "The Sons of Fate".]]
-->And as I live\\
There is no evil that will stand\\
And I will finish\\
What was started\\
The fight of Protoman!

* One from WithinTemptation: "Why Not Me."

-->Some may call it a curse\\
A life like mine\\
But others, a blessing\\
It's certainly a lonely life\\
But a fulfilling one and the best\\
It's my cross to bear\\
And I'll bear it gladly\\
Someone has to take a stand against evil\\
Why should it not be me?

* Music/{{Clutch}} has many songs that qualify, but "High Caliber Consecrator" is a particularly straightforward example:

-->We'll thresh the psyche, and till the pride\\
Distill the blood, proclaim the gun divine\\
Damn the foul ego, praise the promised swarm\\
We are the ploughshare, and yet we are the sword

* The entire song of Otherwise's song 'Soldiers' could count, but especially the chorus:
--> We are the one who will never be broken\\
With our final breath, we'll fight to the death\\
We are soldiers, we are soldiers\\

** Especially:
--> You can't erase us\\
You'll just have to face us\

* TheOffspring has "Defy you":
--> You may push me around\\
But you cannot win\\
You may throw me down\\
But I'll rise again\\
The more you say\\
The more I defy you\\
So get out of my face\\
\\
You cannot stop us\\
You cannot bring us down\\
Never give up\\
We go on and on\\
You'll never break us\\
Never bring us down\\
We are alive! \\

* Coheed and Cambria's "The Crowing" has:
--> I fought the decisions that called and lost.
--> My mark is the relevant piece in this,
--> I will come reformed.
--> In short, for the murders of those I court,
--> I bless the hour that holds your fall.
--> I will kill you all!

* Shinedown has a pretty good one at the beginning of their music video for "Unity"
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have each other,
--> We will not fall
--> Because we are brothers.
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have love,
--> We will not fall,
--> Because we will rise above.

* Slayer's Jihad is frighteningly inspiring.
--> Be optomistic, happy, and calm
--> show no fear, or anxiety
--> smile at the face of God
--> and your reward will be eternity
--> Holy Warriors, your patience will be justified
--> Everything is for Him
--> You must not comfort the animal before you kill it
--> Strike as champions at the heart of the non-believers!
--> Strike above the neck, and at all extremities!
--> For it is the point of no return for Almighty God!
--> GOD will give victory to his faithful!
--> When you reach Ground Zero, you will have KILLED the enemy:
--> THE GREAT SATAN!!!


* PowerMetal band Bloodbound has one in their song, Together we Fight
--> I pledge allegiance,
--> To goblins and heathens,
--> March by my side,
--> Together we fight.
--> Join my battalion,
--> And serve the medallion,
--> Slay by my side,
--> Together we fight.

* [[Music/DragonForce Through the fire and the flames we carry onnnn!!!!!!]]

* BlueOysterCult did one for the Tarachian warriors in [[WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal Heavy Metal the Movie]]:
--> To defend, this is the Pact!
--> But when life's scorned, and damage done
--> To avenge, this is the Pact!

* The badass opening to "The Devil's Deadly Weapon" by British heavy metallers Hell:
--> Who live by the sword shall likewise die, and in their bloody beds shall lie
--> I pledge myself to slay this beast, and when this deed is done shall I
--> In noble death or glory rest, when breath has fled its savage breast
--> This loathsome task I must perform, and thus my earthly fate is sworn
--> God's hideous carnage wrought upon - The Devil's Deadly Weapon!

* American metal band Oteps song 'Run for Cover'
--> Even Jesus worships me
--> I bow down to none
--> Your little light is like a candle
--> trying to outshine the sun

* Otherwise's "Soldiers" is one in total.
--> We are the ones who will never be broken
--> With our final breath
--> We'll fight to the death
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
--> We are the ones who will not go unspoken
--> No, we will not sleep
--> We are not sheep
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers

to:

[[folder:Music]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]
[[AC:Green Lantern]]
* The StanRogers song ''Mary Ellen Carter'', which actually saved original, Alan Scott, had a rather pithy and poetic oath:
-->And I will shed [[LightIsGood my light]] over [[DarkIsEvil dark evil]],\\
[[GoodHurtsEvil For
the life of a shipwreck victim who sang it to stay awake in dark things cannot stand the icy water.
--> All you to whom adversity has dealt a mortal blow,
--> With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go,
--> Turn to,
light,]]\\
The light of the Green Lantern!
* The 1959 {{retool}} established the somewhat more impressive
and put out all your strength much better-known oath, used by most of arm and heart and brain,
--> Like
the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
--> Rise again! Rise again!
--> Though your heart may be broken, and life about to end,
-->
Green Lantern Corps:
-->"''[[CueTheSun In brightest day]], [[DarkestHour in blackest night]]\\
[[DetectEvil
No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
* ''Die Gedanken Sind Frei'', German for "My Thoughts are Free." An old folksong sung by WWII prisoners, Cold War protestors, and modern freethinkers.
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts freely flower
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts give me power
--> No scholar can map them, no hunter can trap them,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> I think as I please, and this gives me pleasure
--> My conscience decrees this right I must treasure
--> My thoughts do not cater to duke or dictator,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> And should tyrants take me, and cast me in prison,
--> My thoughts
evil shall burst free, like blossoms in season
--> Foundations will crumble, and structures will tumble,
--> and free men will cry, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!
* Heather Alexander's ''March of Cambreadth''
--> Midnight mare and blood-red roan
--> Fight to keep these lands your own
--> Sound the horn and call the cry
--> '''How many of them can we make die?'''
* ''Slipknot'' on (sic) has "You can't kill me cause I'm already INSIDE YOU!"
* ''The Switch and the Spur'' by The Raconteurs
--> Any poor souls, who trespass against us
--> Whether it be beast or man
--> Will suffer the bite, or be stung dead on sight
--> By
escape my sight]]\\
[[SuperVillain Let
those who inhabit this land
--> For theirs is the power and this is their kingdom
--> As sure as the sun does burn
--> So enter this path, but heed these four words:
--> '''You shall never return'''
* "Sophia" by the Cruxshadows
--> Do not injustice to another
--> Defend the weak and innocent
--> Let truth and honor always guide you
--> Let courage find a life within
--> Stand up when no-one else is willing
--> Act not in hatred or in spite
--> Be to this world as a perfect knight
--> Even if it means your life
* [[Theatre/ManOfLaMancha The Impossible Dream:]]
--> To dream the impossible dream
--> To fight the unbeatable foe
--> To bear with unbearable sorrow
--> To run where the brave dare not go
** In fact, the whole song is his Badass Creed.
*** As are the opening and the finale.
*** One might say the whole musical is.
* It loses its rhyme in translation to English, but there's an old children's rhyme for the holiday of Hannukah:
--> We have come to expel darkness.
--> In our hands are light and flame.
--> Every
worship evil's might]]\\
[[HolyHandGrenade Beware my power]]--[[LightIsGood Green Lantern's light!]]''"
::This
one of us is a small light.
--> And all of us are a firm light.
--> Fight darkness, drive back blackness!
--> Fight for the cause of the light!
* The electronic dance song "Stop the Revolution" by D. Ramirez and Meat Katie:
--> You cannot restrain or tame an idea with idle threats.
--> Once it
has crept into the mind, the mouth will not bite the tongue to keep it in silence.
--> The sheer promise
a number of bondage and whips will not be enough to apprehend a thought as it travels from ear to misinformed ear.
--> We ''will'' protest, because ''you'' cannot tell a concept not to raise its fist in anger!
--> You cannot censor that which only exists in theory!
--> You cannot tell anarchy to stop in its tracks, when its feet only exist in the minds of the oppressed!
--> There is a force out there, greater than the media, greater than right or left, greater than empty lies or promises!
--> You can try all night to stop the noise... but you'll never stop the Revolution.
* "Prisoner of Our Time", "Branded and Exiled", "Chains and Leather"... Like many old school metal bands, Music/RunningWild had many of these on it's earlier releases. Here's a example from "Branded and Exiled":
--> Many relocated all across the land
--> Together we've got the power in our hands
--> We are strong enough to fight mendacious laws
--> We've got the wrath, 'cause we are
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!

* The Incredible String Band -- ''My Name is Death''
--> I am the question that cannot be answered,
--> I am the lover that cannot be lost,
--> Yet small are the gifts of my servant; the soldier,
--> For time is my offspring; pray, what is my name?

--> My name is Death.

known variants:
** Justifying note: Far from being a harsh metal song, this is a rather unsettling Folk song.

* Music/IronMaiden has many:
** One of note is "Die With Your Boots On,"
-->No point asking when it is,
-->No point asking who's to go,
-->No point asking what's the game,
-->No point asking who's to blame,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, die with your boots on,
-->If you're gonna try, well stick around,
-->Gonna cry, just move along,
-->If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.
** Then, from "Sun and Steel,"
-->Sunlight, falling on your steel,
-->Death in life is your ideal,
-->Life is like a wheel.
** And, from "Flash of the Blade,"
-->You'll die as you lived
-->In a flash of the blade
-->In a corner forgotten by no-one
-->You lived for the touch
-->For the feel of the steel
-->One man, and his Honour.
** And of course The Trooper
-->
-->You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
-->You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
-->So when you're waiting for the next attack
-->You'd better stand there's no turning back

-->The bugle sounds as the charge begins
-->But on this battlefield no one wins
-->The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
-->As you plunge into a certain death

-->The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
-->The mighty roar of the Russian guns
-->And as we race towards the human wall
-->The screams of pain as my comrades fall

-->We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
-->And as the Russians fire another round
-->We get so near yet so far away
-->We won't live to fight another day

-->We get so close near enough to fight
-->When a Russian gets me in his sights
-->He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
-->A burst of rounds takes my horse below

-->And as I lay there gazing at the sky
-->My body's numb and my throat is dry
-->And as I lay forgotten and alone
-->Without a tear I draw my parting groan


* Victory Song -- ''Ensiferum''

--> Ei urhot kaukaisen pohjolan
--> Uhan eessä taipuneet
--> Jälleen pauhaa kansi taivahan
--> Veri valuu maahan lumiseen
--> Moni nähdä ei saa enää huomista
--> Moni jää heitä kaipaamaan
--> Jälkipolville jää maa rauhaisa
--> Voiton laulut soi ainiaan

--> Translated:
--> The warriors of the north
--> Stood strong against aggression
--> Again the thunder rumbles
--> Blood stains the snow
--> Many will not see tomorrow
--> Many will be missed
--> But the land remains safe for our children
--> And songs of victory will sound forever

** For that matter, most Finnish marching music;
[[http://www.dcuguide.com/glcorps/profile.php?name=rotlopfan Rot Lop Fan]], whose species has no eyes and thus no concept of light or colour, chants an oath based around sounds and tones:
-->"In loudest din or hush profound
-->My ears catch evil's slightest sound.
-->Let those who toll out evil's knell
-->Beware my power-- the F-Sharp Bell!"
** [[PlantAliens Medphyll:]]
--->"[[TheLostWoods In forest dark or glade beferned,]]\\
[[{{Determinator}} No blade of grass shall go unturned.]]\\
[[EvilIsNotWellLit Let those that have the daylight spurned]],\\
[[LightIsGood tread not where this green lamp has burned."]]
** Jack T. Chance:
-->[[WretchedHive You who are wicked, evil, and mean]] -
-->[[BloodKnight I'm the nastiest creep you've]] ''[[BloodKnight ever]]'' [[BloodKnight seen]]!
-->[[BringIt Come one, come all; put up a fight]];
-->[[BadassBoast I'll pound your butts with Green Lantern's light.]]
-->Yowza.
** Kho, member of a genocidal race turned good and too {{badass}} for a last name:
--->"[[{{Turncoat}} Against dishonor and traitor's flight]]\\
[[ThickerThanWater I stand beside my clan to fight]].\\
[[{{Determinator}} With dying breath I claw and bite]]\\
[[LightIsGood Beware my power-- Green Lantern's Light!]]"
** Sodam Yat, a Daxamite ([[ComicBook/{{Superman}} who are like Kryptonians, but with a weakness to lead instead of Kryptonite]]) combines the Green Lantern and Sinestro oaths as the last suviving Green Lantern (and from the sounds of it, the last surviving Lantern of ''any'' colour) in [[ComicBook/{{LegionOfSuper-Heroes}} the 30th century]]:
--->In brightest day, through blackest night!
--->[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne No other Corps shall spread its light!]]
--->Let those who try to stop what's right,
--->Burn like my power-- Green Lantern's light!
** WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers [[https://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y&feature=related The Jaeger March]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUpIhG0VsE&feature=related The Pori Regiment's march]], just to name a few.

* The Show Must Go On, by {{Queen}}.

-->The Show must go on!
-->The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah!
-->Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
-->My make-up may be flaking...
-->But my smile, still, stays on!
-->Yeah! oh oh oh

-->My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
-->Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
-->I can fly, my friends!

-->The Show must go on! Yeah!
-->The Show must go on!
-->I'll face it with a grin!
-->I'm never giving in!
-->On with the show!

-->I'll top the bill!
-->I'll overkill!
-->I have to find the will to carry on!
-->On with the,
-->On with the show!

-->The Show must go on.

And the kicker? Brian May wrote this for Freddie Mercury, when people questioned if he could 'go on', considering his health was failing because of his battle with AIDS. Acording to [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], May wasn't sure that Freddie would be able to sing the song, his health was so bad. Freddie's response? He took a swig of vodka and said [[PrecisionFStrike 'I'll fucking do it, darling!']]. May says he considers this [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of Mercury's best performances]]. [[SandInMyEyes 'Scuse me, I have something in my eye..]]

** Also from that same album (Freddie went out Badass!), the song "Innuendo". The whole song was a BadassCreed, like "Show Must Go On". Just the first verse:
--->While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand,
--->While the waves crash from the sea to meet the land,
--->While there's the wind and the stars and the rainbow,
--->'Til the mountains crumble into the plains,
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Tread that fine line
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Just passing our time.

* The Fire Dawn, by Oh Sleeper, exudes this trope. IN SPADES!

-->Stand up, we'll be more than kings.
-->Show no mercy when the gates swing.
-->I've said it before but without accepting that my body
-->Was the only thing keeping me from living.
-->I wouldn't even let the surgeon touch me.
-->Though facing death, I dined on flesh...
-->But now I live to fight out-numbered.
-->I live to fight out-numbered at the fire dawn to live in rebellious honor.
-->I'll stand, you'll see me over all of your fallen.
-->I'll be knee-deep, knee-deep in a sea of their organs.
-->Send me all of hell and I'll face them,
-->I'll face them one on one-thousand.

* Most, if not all, ProfessionalWrestling ThemeMusic.

* EnterShikari's {{Badass Creed}} in "Juggernauts" also acts as a complete {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}:
-->We'll do what we've always done
-->Shut our eyes and hope for the best...
-->NO! We're gonna face this
-->And step out onto the tracks
-->Stare it right in the face
-->THOU SHALL NOT PASS!

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfs_-tyJH9w Army of the Dead Part I]]/[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV-BmFUoVt8 II]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguJyPOlOoE Odin]] by Manowar.

-->Raise thy weapons on this day
-->Ye shall not die alone

-->Fight and die let Valkyries fly
-->For they shall take thee home

-->I promise thee that on this
com/watch?v=OfO5S1Iu_VU (no, really)]]:
--->In blackest day or brightest
night
-->Ye shall be by my side

-->Asgard's halls await with heroes
-->Brothers that have died

-->For thee we wait at Asgard's gates
-->Come join us by our side

-->Valhalla waits so choose thy fate
-->For all of us must die!

* This excerpt that appears in the Manowar songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb46TxwEaZw The Warrior's Prayer]]
--->Watermelon, cantaloupe, yadda yadda
--->Erm...[[Franchise/{{Batman}} superstitious
and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diLCzRJEJRg Glory, Majesty, Unity]] :

-->Gods of war I call You. My sword is by my side.
-->I seek a life of honor, free from all false pride.
-->I will crack the whip with a bold mighty hail.
-->Cover me with death if I should ever fail.

-->Glory, Majesty, Unity
-->Hail, Hail, Hail

* Pretty much any Manowar song, actually. Here's one from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=431ghP7AWf0 Sons of Odin]] :

-->Glory and fame
-->Blood is our name
-->Souls full of thunder, hearts of steel

-->Killers of men!
-->A warrior's friend!
-->Sworn to avenge our fallen brothers, to the end!

** Even more to the point, the band itself has one: "Death to false metal".

* "Morituri", by Robin Wayne Bailey:
-->Let us live short lives of glory
-->Let us burn bright like a flame
-->And when the gods call, let the poets remember our names!

* [[WorldOfWarcraft Level 70/80 Elite Tauren Chieftain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGROC4USto 'The Power of the Horde']]
--> Surrounded by the enemy
--> The wolf among the hounds
--> Thunder turns to silence, it took...
--> A hundred to bring me down
--> Wolf-brothers falling at my side
-->
cowardly lot]]
--->[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance
With honor I will die
--> Upon
liberty and justice for all!]]
** Hal Jordan is
the altar of the storms
--> I will be reborn
(Rest of the lyrics: [[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/l70etc/#share]] )
* AllThatRemains has several, but the song "Some of the People , All of the Time" exeplifies it:
--> When all seems lost we count the cost
--> We still remain connected
--> We'll be made strong we are not wrong
--> we will not be neglected
--> Now Wake this doubt
[[Franchise/CareBears Green Carebear]]
-->[[PettingZooPeople With itchy fur
and cast it out
--> Weakness will be rejected
--> And through all wrongs we must stay strong
--> We will not be neglected

* "The Gears" by Dethklok
--> We fear not our mortality
--> We'll serve to the best of our ability
--> We give our lives to our masters
--> We vow to smite our enemies

* Andrew W.K.'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBnJ0egT_4 "Get Ready to die"]] is one massive Badass Creed combined with a Badass Boast.
-->This is your time to pay,
-->This is your judgement day,
-->We made a sacrifice,
-->And now we get to take your life.

-->We shoot without a gun,
-->We'll take on anyone,
-->It's really nothing new,
-->It's just a thing we like to do.

** Andrew gets another crazy-awesome one that encompasses the ending of "Totally Stupid". Might double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for some.
-->If we wait until tomorrow
-->Will tomorrow ever come?
-->This is where we're coming from
-->And we're not the only ones

-->When we find ourselves in trouble
-->We can find outselves a way
-->You can find a place to stay
-->And the place is always safe

-->If you have a heart that's in pain
-->Don't be afraid
-->You're not to blame
-->There's a better world inside of us
-->Where we always thought it was
-->You don't need to hide
-->You can open up your eyes
-->And you'll discover
-->That there is another world.

* “Indestructible” by Music/{{Disturbed}} - the whole song is one big BadassCreed

* Music/TheProtomen provide one to VideoGame/MegaMan in "The Will of One". [[spoiler:It gets a ''lot'' darker in "The Sons of Fate".
curly hair,]]
-->[[PowerOfFriendship I make good friends most everywhere.
]]
-->[[TastesLikeDiabetes I hug and smile; I skip and share]]
-->[[PowerOfLove Feel the love:]]
-->[[CareBearStare My Care Bear Stare!]]
** Before the Corps was a thing, there was the ominous creed of the Manhunters:
--> Our enemies fear the face of steel
--> The will to this cold visage anneals
--> Ours is the face of justice revealed
--> [[SternChase No man escapes]] [[{{Determinator}} the Manhunters]]!
** When taken over by Atrocitus, this was changed to:
--> No guardian escapes the Manhunters!
** The [[{{Internal Affairs}} Alpha Lanterns]], who police the rank and file members:
-->"''[[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower In days of peace]], [[ForeverWar in nights of war]],\\
[[LawfulNeutral Obey the laws forever more]],\\
[[AllCrimesAreEqual Misconduct must be answered for]],\\
[[TheChosenMany Swear us the Chosen]] - [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner the Alpha Corps]]!''"
** And the Alpha Lanterns also have a motto that combines that of the Corps and the Manhunters:
-->"No Lantern escapes [[InternalAffairs The Alpha Lanterns]]!"
* The Yellow Lantern/Sinestro Corps Oath:
-->"''[[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad In blackest day, in brightest night,]]\\
[[LightIsNotGood Beware your fears made into light]]\\
[[KnightTemplar Let those who try to stop what's right]]\\
[[KillItWithFire Burn like his power]] -- [[MagnificentBastard Sinestro's might!]]''"
:: Naturally enough, Sinestro himself ends with "Burn like ''my'' power..." Later on, when Arkillo takes command, he replaces with last part with "Arkillo's might!"
* The Red Lanterns' oath:
-->"''[[ThePowerOfBlood With blood and]] [[TheBerserker rage of]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience crimson red]]\\
[[TakeUpMySword Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead]]\\
[[ThePowerOfHate Together with our hellish hate]]\\
[[UnstoppableRage We'll burn you all]]--[[CycleOfRevenge that is]] [[RevengeBeforeReason your fate!]]''"
** ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' tweaks it:
-->''[[ThePowerOfBlood With blood]] [[TheBerserker and rage]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience of crimson red]],\\
[[ThePowerOfHate We fill men's souls with darkest dread]],\\
[[RevengeBeforeReason And twist your minds to pain and hate]].\\
[[KillItWithFire We'll burn you all--that is your fate!]]''
** Aya later tries to modify it so Razer won't feel bad about having to use the oath to recharge his ring. It doesn't work, but it's a good try.
-->''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience The power of the crimson red]],\\
[[TookALevelInKindness Can lead your soul away from dread]],\\
[[InvertedTrope And heal the deepest wounds of hate]],\\
[[ScrewDestiny Let no one else decide your fate]].''
* The Power of Love [[TookALevelInBadass becomes somewhat more impressive]] with the Star Sapphire/Violet Lantern Corps:
-->"''[[BrokenBird For hearts long lost and]] [[{{Angst}} full of fright,]]\\
[[SolitaryTropes For those alone in blackest night]],\\
[[YouAreNotAlone Accept our ring and join our fight,]]\\
[[PowerOfLove Love Conquers All]]-- [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience with violet light]]!''"
* The Blue Lanterns:
-->"''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed In fearful day, in raging night,]]\\
[[HeroicResolve With strong hearts full our souls ignite,]]\\
[[DarkestHour When all seems lost in the War of Light]],\\
[[HopeSpringsEternal Look to the stars—for hope burns bright!]]''"
* The Indigo Tribe's is in {{Fictionary}} but it still sounds poetically badass:
-->"''[[TheUnintelligible Tor lorek san bor nakka mur.]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Natromo faan tornek wot ur.]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur]]''
-->''[[TheUnintelligible Taan lek lek nok-- formorrow Sur!]]''"
* And with the ComicBook/BlackestNight, we now have a creed for the Black Lanterns:
-->"''[[TheStarsAreGoingOut The blackest night falls from the skies,]]\\
[[DarkIsEvil The darkness grows, as all light dies]],\\
[[TheHeartless We crave your hearts and your demise,]]\\
[[{{Necromancer}} By my black hand]]-- [[ZombieApocalypse the dead shall rise]]!"''
* During ''Blackest Night'' Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) looks surprised when the other Lantern Corps are saying their oaths, as he hadn't thought of using one. So he creates his own oath:
-->"[[{{Greed}} What's]] ''[[{{Greed}} mine is mine]]''\\
[[{{Greed}} and mine and mine,]]\\
''[[OverlyLongGag And mine, and mine, and mine!]]\\
[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Not yours!]]''

[[AC:Other DC]]
* Comicbook/{{Superman}}:
** "Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear -- until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share -- I'll never stop fighting. Ever."
** [[ComicBook/KingdomCome "There is a right and a wrong in this universe. And that distinction is not hard to make."]]
** The iconic "I fight for Truth, Justice and The American Way."
** The Pledge of a Superman, from ''World's Finest Comics'' #213:
--->''I will use this power for all the good that can be done...''\\
''To work for peace...''\\
''To encourage virtue...''\\
''And above all, to preserve life, in all its forms...''\\
''Or failing in that, to give up this power...forever!''
* KryptoTheSuperdog was part of the Space Canine Patrol Agency, whose slogan is as follows: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius Big Dog! Big Dog!]] Bow wow wow! We'll crush evil... Now, now, now!" If "big dog, big dog, bow wow wow" sounds anticlimactic, it's because it's a ShoutOut to the Yale chorus ("Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow...")
* "{{ComicBook/Darkseid}} is." Understated, but given [[GodIsEvil everything that it implies]], it's pretty effective. Introduced in the JLA book ''Rock of Ages''.
--> '''Announcer''' On your knees for the Master!
-->The hour has come! HE has come!
-->Who is beyond good and evil?
-->Who is the prophet of Anti-Life?
-->Who is the Rock and the Chain and the Lightning?
-->All powerful! All unforgiving! All conquering!
-->WHO IS YOUR NEW GOD NOW AND FOREVER?
-->'''Darkseid''': Darkseid is.
** Darkseid tried something similar in the {{DCAU}}. Dan Turpin kinda took the wind out of his BadassBoast.
--> '''Turpin''': [[spoiler:In a pig's eye!]]
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Darkseid gets a new BadassCreed. He only uses it once, but it qualifies because he says it using the possessed bodies of ''billions of people''.
--> '''Darkseid:''' I. Am. The. New. God.
--> All is one in Darkseid. This mighty body is my church.
--> When I command your surrender, I speak with three billion voices.
--> When I make a fist to crush your resistance. It is with three billion hands.
--> When I stare into your eyes and shatter your dreams. And break your heart. It is with six billion eyes!
--> Nothing like Darkseid has ever come among you: Nothing will again.
--> I will take you to a hell without exit or end. And there I will murder your souls!
--> And make you crawl and beg! And die! Die! Die for Darkseid!
* TheFlash: ''"My name is [[LegacyCharacter Jay Garrick/Barry Allen/Wally West/Bart Allen]]. Who am I? I'm the Flash, the Fastest Man Alive."''
** Barry declares what it means to be The Flash as he runs himself to death saving the entire multiverse in JLA Incarnations #5:
-->"Light calling to me...drawing me forward...what is it? I hear it in my heart.
-->The essence of what I am. The source and the end. Speed itself.
-->It reminds me. What I stand for. What the League stands for.
-->My life doesn’t matter. I can save them. If I just let go...
-->and then I am in it and I am a part of it and I am everywhere.
-->I am the lightning and I am reaching out.
-->And there are no accidents!''
* The Golden Age Sandman,
as I live\\
There
revived in the 1990's ''ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre'' series: "None can escape the Sandman's dark dream."
** He also used to leave a poem on his defeated opponents: "There
is no land beyond the law / Where tyrants rule with unshakable power! / 'Tis but a dream from which the evil wake / To face their fate, their terrifying hour!"
* The third ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'', Jaime Reyes, has a short one when he goes off to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge show what happens when you mess with his planet]]: "[[GratuitousSpanish Escarabajo vamonos!]]" [[note]]Let's go, Beetle![[/note]]
* Creator/JephLoeb's version of Franchise/{{Batman}} has: "I made a [[HeroicVow promise]] on the graves of my parents to rid this city of the
evil that took their lives."
* Creator/FrankMiller creates one for ComicBook/TheQuestion, in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''. The Question describes the problems facing the world, [[ConspiracyTheorist the threat of the conspiracy at the heart of it,]] and his intention to "document every foul lie", so that the truth
will stand\\
And I
one day be exposed and mankind will finish\\
What was started\\
be saved...ending with this little gem:
--> ''It is not in my power to effect the change. I haven't the might. I am not the answer.''
--> ''I am only
The Question.''
* WonderWoman, during GailSimone's run:
--> "Keep faith. Trust to love. Fight with honor. But
fight of Protoman!

* One from WithinTemptation: "Why Not Me.
to win."

-->Some may call it [[AC:Marvel]]
* {{Wolverine}}'s "I'm the best there is at what I do -- but what I do best isn't very nice." The second part is frequently dropped.
* Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} has the rather thoughtful "With great power {{comes great responsibility}}."
* In "The Oath", Comicbook/DoctorStrange manages to make the Hippocratic Oath badass:
-->"I have sworn many oaths in my day, to every being from Hoggoth to Watoomb. But the first oath I swore was the Hippocratic. 'I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients, according to my judgement and ability, and I will do so at any cost.' "

[[AC:Others]]
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd, "[[{{I Am The Noun}} I am the Law!]]"
* "We are the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles. We strike hard, and fade away... into the night."
* Matt Wagner's "ComicBook/{{Grendel}}s" have this Oath of Obedience (taking at least one riff from one of the other {{Badass Creed}}s on this page):
-->"With Orion's sword the hunter arose and conquered the world with fury and grace
-->In him was I born, in him shall I die, in him shall I lose name, station and face
-->Death over weakness, death over despair, death over personal gain
-->Death over dishonor, death over undeath, death over the fire with no flame
-->All this I pledge thee O Grendel, Great Khan, to serve and protect over death's endless tide
-->With your word in my heart, your eyes in my face and your tooth in my hand, by my side"
-->''Vivat Grendel!''
* [[ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers The Wreckers]] from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'':
--> '''Wreck and Rule!'''.
--> ''Lost cause? Of course it's
a curse\\
A
lost cause! That's why ''we're here!''.''
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': "A Ninja's duty in
life like mine\\
But others,
is death!"
* "I am the [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]. I stand before the unstoppable hordes...and I hold them back. That's what I do. What I've always done. I am the Iron Fist. I hold back the storm...When nothing else can."
* [[ComicBook/{{Preacher}} Jesse Custer]] learned his from his father, cribbed from JohnWayne;
-->'''John Custer''': ''Don't take no shit off fools. Judge
a blessing\\
It's certainly a lonely life\\
But a
person by what's in 'em, not how they look. An' you do the '''right thing'''. Be one of the good guys. 'Cause there's way too many of the bad.''
* Frank Drake of the Nightstalkers distills the entirety of Silver Age Superhero philosophy into four words. Do good. Fight evil.
* Archie Adventure Hero "The Fly" featured this promise: I, The Fly, do solemnly swear that nothing shall keep me from
fulfilling my sacred vow...to erase crime from the face of the earth!
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series, but most commonly the Archie comics, theres always a badass creed used to summon upon the power of
one and of the best\\
It's my cross to bear\\
And I'll bear it gladly\\
Someone has to take a stand against evil\\
Why should it not be me?

* Music/{{Clutch}} has many songs that qualify, but "High Caliber Consecrator" is a particularly straightforward example:

-->We'll thresh
emeralds, usually the psyche, and till Master Emerald, for a specific request, usually along the pride\\
Distill the blood, proclaim the gun divine\\
Damn the foul ego, praise the promised swarm\\
We
lines of "The servers are the ploughshare, and yet we are seven chaos emerald, chaos is power, enriched by the sword

*
heart. The entire song of Otherwise's song 'Soldiers' could count, but especially the chorus:
--> We are
controller is the one who will never be broken\\
With our final breath, we'll fight to
unifies the death\\
We are soldiers, we are soldiers\\

** Especially:
--> You can't erase us\\
You'll just have to face us\

* TheOffspring has "Defy you":
--> You may push me around\\
But you cannot win\\
You may throw me down\\
But I'll rise again\\
chaos." followed by the request. The more you say\\
The more I defy you\\
So get out
badass-ness of my face\\
\\
You cannot stop us\\
You cannot bring us down\\
Never give up\\
We go on and on\\
You'll never break us\\
Never bring us down\\
We are alive! \\

* Coheed and Cambria's "The Crowing" has:
--> I fought the decisions that called and lost.
--> My mark
this is the relevant piece shown in this,
--> I will come reformed.
--> In short, for the murders of those I court,
--> I bless the hour that holds your fall.
--> I will kill you all!

* Shinedown has a pretty good one
its full height at the beginning of their music video for "Unity"
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have each other,
--> We will not fall
--> Because we are brothers.
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have love,
--> We will not fall,
--> Because we will rise above.

* Slayer's Jihad is frighteningly inspiring.
--> Be optomistic, happy, and calm
--> show no fear, or anxiety
--> smile at the face of God
--> and your reward will be eternity
--> Holy Warriors, your patience will be justified
--> Everything is for Him
--> You must not comfort the animal before you kill it
--> Strike as champions at the heart
end of the non-believers!
--> Strike above
Enerjak arc, as Knuckles and Doctor Finitevus both channel the neck, energy of the Master Emerald and at all extremities!
--> For it is
prepare to strike the point other down with one energy charged punch, in a way that seems to invoke the feeling of no return for Almighty God!
--> GOD will give
a battle between Hal Jordan and Sinestro.
-->'''Knuckles''': The servers are the seven chaos...
-->'''Finitevus''': The servants are the seven chaos...
-->'''Knuckles''': Chaos is power, enriched by the heart...
-->'''Finitevus''': Chaos is power, controlled by my will..
-->'''Knuckles''': The controller exists to unify the chaos!
-->'''Finitevus''': The controller exists to enslave the chaos!
* In ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons'', Bushitaka, the Castaka family code. It allows victory, or death in pursuit of
victory to his faithful!
as the only possible choices for a warrior. At any cost.
* The Oath of the Skull from ''ComicBook/ThePhantom'' is an iconic classic in the genre.
--> When you reach Ground Zero, you will have KILLED the enemy:
--> THE GREAT SATAN!!!


* PowerMetal band Bloodbound has one in their song, Together we Fight
--> I pledge allegiance,
--> To goblins and heathens,
--> March by
"I swear to devote my side,
--> Together we fight.
--> Join my battalion,
--> And serve the medallion,
--> Slay by my side,
--> Together we fight.

* [[Music/DragonForce Through the fire and the flames we carry onnnn!!!!!!]]

* BlueOysterCult did one for the Tarachian warriors in [[WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal Heavy Metal the Movie]]:
--> To defend, this is the Pact!
--> But when life's scorned, and damage done
--> To avenge, this is the Pact!

* The badass opening to "The Devil's Deadly Weapon" by British heavy metallers Hell:
--> Who live by the sword shall likewise die, and in their bloody beds shall lie
--> I pledge myself to slay this beast, and when this deed is done shall I
--> In noble death or glory rest, when breath has fled its savage breast
--> This loathsome task I must perform, and thus my earthly fate is sworn
--> God's hideous carnage wrought upon - The Devil's Deadly Weapon!

* American metal band Oteps song 'Run for Cover'
--> Even Jesus worships me
--> I bow down to none
--> Your little light is like a candle
--> trying to outshine the sun

* Otherwise's "Soldiers" is one in total.
--> We are the ones who will never be broken
--> With our final breath
--> We'll fight
life to the death
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
--> We are the ones who will not go unspoken
--> No, we will not sleep
--> We are not sheep
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty, and injustice, in all their forms, and my sons and their sons shall follow me."



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]: "I'm the man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour. The women's pet, the men's regret. What you see is what you get. And what you don't see is better yet"
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling's motto: "Victory Through Guts"
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: "We snack on danger and we dine on death!"
* "[[Wrestling/ArnAnderson Adversity introduces a man to himself.]]"
* [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels I am the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event… I am Mr. Wrestlemania!]]
** I will give you a show like you have ''never'' seen before.
** Shawn Michaels has never been outperformed in a big match situation!
* [[Wrestling/TripleH I am the Game]] and I Am...THAT. DAMN. GOOD.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho I am]] the best at what I do.
* [[SmugStraightEdge Straight edge]] means [[Wrestling/CMPunk I'm]] better than you.
* What'cha gonna do when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] runs wild on you?!
** [[Wrestling/HulkHogan *points to one open palm with the index finger of opposite hand* "THIS IS WHERE THE POWER LIES!"]]
* Wrestling/BretHart: The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be.
* Wrestling/MattHardy: I am Matt Hardy and I will not die.
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: It's not about how many times you knock me down. It's about how many times DDP gets back up.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: You WILL Rest. In. Peace.
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]: Everybody's got a price. Everybody's got to pay. But the Million Dollar Man always gets his way.
* [[Wrestling/RicFlair To be The Man]] - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - you gotta beat The Man!
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}: WHO'S NEXT?
* "And that's the bottom line, because [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin STONE COLD]] SAYS SO!"
* [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Eastern Championship Wrestling]]: "It's not for everyone."
* Beat me if you can, survive [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} if I let you]]
* "[[Wrestling/MsChif No more repined bastard nation! A generous gesture to a people so blind! No more repined bastard nation fumbling, descending, away from the light! It takes a non-poisoned creature to withstand a monster that has grown and spawned, a darkness, I can not tolerate. A darkness we must bury.]]"
* Perros Del Mal: "Dios perdona, los Perros no."
* Generation Next: "[[Film/TheBoondockSaints This was a fucking bomb]]. For a few seconds, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor this place]] was [[DarkestHour Armageddon]]...[[HostileShowTakeover AND THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT]]!!!!"
* "You're either [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] or you're against us!"
* "We're not renegades, we're not mercenaries. We're not Wrestling/TheNexus, if you're lookin' for the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo, go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we're a shield from injustice. We are Wrestling/TheShield."
* [[Wrestling/AcesAndEights The Aces & Eights]]: "When you ride with the Aces & Eights, you never walk alone."

to:

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]: "I'm In the man {{Daria}} ExpandedUniverse FanFic series ' ''Tales of the hour, Ringbearers'' ', ''The Ringbearer's Creed:''
-->We are
the man with Ringbearers\\
We are [[LightIsGood
the power, too sweet light]] [[GoodHurtsEvil that drives back]] [[DarkIsEvil the darkness]]\\
We are [[YouShallNotPass the wall that no evil can breach]]\\
We are the staff and the sword that shall defend life\\
We are the fire that will light the way to tomorrow\\
Our Rings are Forever. We are Forever.
** Not
to be sour. outdone, those who wear the corrupted versions of the Rings - the ''Ringwraiths'' - have their own creed, which is infinitely more BadAss:
-->Our enemies fall, from low and high\\
To salted earth, through burning sky\\
And all shall know our Ringwraith's cry\\
Let Vengeance Ring - and all hope die!
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'':
**
The women's pet, motto of the men's regret. What you see is what you get. crew of HMS Asuka Langley Sohryu, the Red Devils:
--->''"I Will Fight Beyond Death"''
** The motto of the Clan Guards: "Morior Invictus" (I Die Unconquered)
** The Avalonian prayer before deploying for a mission:
--->'''‘Lord and Lady with us\\
To watch over us\\
And what you don't see is better yet"
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling's motto: "Victory Through Guts"
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: "We snack on danger and
stand beside us\\
As
we dine on death!"
* "[[Wrestling/ArnAnderson Adversity introduces a man
fight for the right,\\
Without question or pause\\
Willing
to himself.]]"
march into Hell,\\
For a Heavenly cause\\
Be with us this hour\\
From the first brightness of the sun\\
To the last dying of the light\\
Until the day we all rise up\\
So mote it be.’'''
* [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': The Evangelion pilots' motto -chosen by themselves- is:
-->Forget the taxpayer,\\
We got Hell to pay.
* The [[BetterThanCanon Epic]] [[FanFic/TiberiumWars Tiberium Wars]] FanFic has this from a Mammoth Tank crewman:
-->Yea verily, though I charge through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for
I am the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event… I am Mr. Wrestlemania!]]
** I will give you
driving a show like you have ''never'' seen before.
** Shawn Michaels has never been outperformed in a big match situation!
* [[Wrestling/TripleH I am the Game]] and I Am...THAT. DAMN. GOOD.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho I am]] the best at what I do.
* [[SmugStraightEdge Straight edge]] means [[Wrestling/CMPunk I'm]] better than you.
* What'cha gonna do when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] runs wild on you?!
** [[Wrestling/HulkHogan *points to one open palm with the index finger
house-sized mass of opposite hand* "THIS IS WHERE THE POWER LIES!"]]
* Wrestling/BretHart: The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be.
* Wrestling/MattHardy: I am Matt Hardy and I will not die.
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: It's not about how many times you knock me down. It's about how many times DDP gets back up.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: You WILL Rest. In. Peace.
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]: Everybody's got a price. Everybody's got to pay. But the Million Dollar Man always gets his way.
* [[Wrestling/RicFlair To be The Man]] - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - you gotta beat The Man!
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}: WHO'S NEXT?
* "And that's the bottom line, because [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin STONE COLD]] SAYS SO!"
* [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Eastern Championship Wrestling]]: "It's not for everyone.
"fuck you."
* Beat me if you can, survive [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} if I let you]]
* "[[Wrestling/MsChif No
** The Black Hand have their own, more repined bastard nation! A generous gesture to a people so blind! No more repined bastard nation fumbling, descending, away from solemn creed:
-->''We have sworn our lives in
the light! It takes a non-poisoned creature service of the Brotherhood.''\\
''In Brotherhood, we are all equal.''\\
''Within our Brotherhood, we are united.''\\
''Within unity, we are victorious.''\\
''By attaining unity, we strive for peace.''\\
''With our lives, we sacrifice
to withstand a monster bring peace to the Brotherhood.''\\
''Through our lives, we bring power to the Brotherhood. With power, the Brotherhood brings peace.''\\
''Peace through power.''\\
''In the name of Kane.''
* From Chapter 35 of Diashi Prime's MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha FanFic [[FanFic/DevaSeries "Endless Waltz"]] comes what will become the Creed and Oaths of the Twilight Paladins:
-->"I stand between the Light and the Darkness, between the Innocent and the Monstrous, between the Just and the Vile. I dwell at the edge of Darkness,
that has grown others may live in the Light. I am a Twilight Paladin. As such, I hereby take these oaths:
-->"Upon my honor, upon my soul, upon my magic
and spawned, my hope for redemption, I swear to never again kill a darkness, thinking being.
-->"Upon my honor, upon my soul, upon my magic and my hope for redemption,
I can not tolerate. A darkness we must bury.]]"
* Perros Del Mal: "Dios perdona, los Perros no.
swear to seek and serve justice to the limit of my capacity and the best of my understanding.
-->"Lastly, I swear my magic, my skills, and my life to your defense and your service.
"
* Generation Next: "[[Film/TheBoondockSaints This was a fucking bomb]]. For a few seconds, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor this place]] was [[DarkestHour Armageddon]]...[[HostileShowTakeover AND THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT]]!!!!"
* "You're either [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] or you're against us!"
* "We're
Chapter 12 of CSS.Stravag's "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4513907/12/Legend_Of_The_Jokers_Wild_Revised Legend Of The Jokers Wild Revised]]" has this:
-->"I am the Archangel of Solace, bound forever to those who wish
not renegades, we're to go quietly into the night. I will not mercenaries. We're rest until it is assured that Existence is not Wrestling/TheNexus, if you're lookin' for damned to annihilation in the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo, go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we're a shield from injustice. We are Wrestling/TheShield.days of Ragnarok. So is my duty written, so shall it be."
* [[Wrestling/AcesAndEights [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/849822/Shadow_Crystal_Mage Shadow Crystal Mage's]] {{FanFic/Takamachi Nanoha of 2814}} has the Wolkenritter Oath, [[strike:though so far only in the omake material and polls]] finally appearing in chapter 15:
-->“In days of peace, in times of war,
-->Protect our Queen forever more!
-->The five Clouds stand, we are her Knights!
-->To guard Hayate, our delight!”
** Also, an altered Red Lantern Oath:
-->"With Blood and Rage of crimson red,
-->Ripped from a Corpse so freshly dead.
-->Together with my hellish hate,
-->I swear none other shall share my fate!"
** [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6095074/15/Takamachi_Nanoha_of_2814 Nanoha's transformation aria has taken a Level in Badass:]]
-->"I am the one who has been given a mission. Under the contract, release these powers.
The Aces & Eights]]: "When winds are in the sky, the stars are in the heavens, the light is in my hands and the power is in my heart! And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light, the light of the Green Lantern! Raging Heart Emerald Excelion, Set Up!"
-->*pose*
-->"Magical Girl Green Lantern, Zenryoku Zen''kai''! Ready for action!"
* A Fanfiction by the name of "Standing Tall" from the now defunct site Second Impact hosted, is delivered by [[MagnificentBastard Gendo Ikari]] to the face of a newly-restored Adam, describing human determination.
-->"Bring your thousands, I have my axe."
-->"Bring your cannons, I have my armor."
-->"Bring your mighty... I am my own champion."
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Cue Unit-01 ramming half the Lance of Longinus down Adam's head and a bemused Gendo, "Wrong end, son."]]
** Also, Rei reverse-mindfucking Lilith, when the skinny girl [[MindHug literally thrusts her belief in life into Lilith's core in addition to the Lance of Longinus]].
-->"If I am alone, why can I hear their voices?"
-->"If I am a doll, why do I feel their tears?"
-->"I am not alone. Shinji is my brother."
-->"I am not a doll. Asuka is my sister."
-->[[{{Determinator}} "My name is Rei."]]
-->[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "A.YA.NA.MI. REI!"]]
* ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' has this gem from a [[strike:SpaceMarine]] in a world of Warhammer 40,000, [[spoiler: just as he activates a wall of gatling guns to shred a pack of advancing daemons]]:
-->"THOUGH I FACE THE [[EldritchAbomination SHADOWS OF THE WARP]],
-->I SHALL FEAR NO EVIL, I SHALL FEAR NO FOE!
-->FOR I HAVE [[MoreDakka MOAR DAKKA]] THAN YOU, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCHES]]!"
** One of the SpaceMarine battle-brothers, though, does call out on the lack of sense of that last line.
* From the [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]][=/=]Anime/SailorMoon fanfic, [[http://jusenkyo.wikia.com/wiki/Paragon Paragon]]
-->From out of darkness comes a light.
-->From out of Chaos comes a champion.
-->To attack the innocent for your dark ambitions can never be forgiven.
-->Judgment has been made-- and
you ride are found wanting.
* The author of {{FanFic/ZeroShock}} has posted a pair of BadassCreeds in the style of Archer's Unlimited Blade Works chant based around Jack's [[BeeBeeGun Bee Plasmid]]. They can be found [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showpost.php?p=5611029&postcount=704 here]], for the first one that would be in the centerpiece of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showpost.php?p=5611064&postcount=705 here]], which is a CrowningMomentOfFunny in itself.
* From the {{Series/TinMan}} fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7313302/1/Tin "Tin,"]] there's the Tin Man Oath of Service:
-->I swear to defend with my axe
-->And to shield with my tin,
-->The safety of the innocent that is more dear than my own,
-->From the smallest insect to the greatest monarch.
-->I protect the good from the wicked; so I must be pure of heart
-->I defend the truth; so I must never lie.
-->Standing guard so others may rest, I work and do not tire.
-->I am prepared at any moment to give my life for those I protect.
-->Despite the hardships this vow may bring,
-->I take this oath freely, and with all my heart.
-->I serve and protect the Land of Oz.
-->I am a Tin Man.
* "[[FanFic/PowerRangersGPX We're Power Rangers! We don't quit, we don't surrender, and most importantly, WE DON'T LOSE!!]]"
* There is a fic where the main character's creed is "(I am) a fallen angel, a risen demon, a gargoyle guarding a church of sin and despair. I am vengeance made manifest. Nox Denticula. Night's fang. Dammed lot, stained
with the Aces & Eights, blood of the innocent. I pronounce you never walk alone."guilty. And the guilty shall be punished for their crimes!"
* Not literally from a fanfic, but the hypothetical Orange Lantern oath:
-->This Power is mine, this is my light,
-->No-one can take what gives me Might,
-->I claim to all within my Sight
-->I want, I take, that is my Right.
* ''Fanfic/AHero'' has the Dalek Creed, said while slaughtering 400+ familiars. (This is the ''actual'' Dalek Creed as written by Terry Nation, actually.)
-->DE-STROY WITH-OUT MER-CY!
-->A-TTACK WITH-OUT FEAR!
-->LIVE WITH-OUT CON-SCIENCE!
-->EX-TER-MIN-ATE WITH-OUT PI-TY!
-->KILL!
-->KILL!
-->KILL!
-->''KILL!''
* [[HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Godric Gryffindor]]:
-->Non est salvatori salvator,
-->neque defensori dominus,
-->nec pater nec mater,
-->nihil supernum.
-->(No rescuer hath the rescuer.
-->No Lord hath the champion,
-->no mother and no father,
-->only nothingness above.)
* A lost ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' fanfic had one recorded by [[spoiler:Parma]] who had been transformed into [[spoiler:a guardian of the Core.]]
-->I close my eyes and all I can see is utter darkness, the same darkness I saw when awake.
-->And then the [[LightIsNotGood light]] came in, and with it came our death, [[CameBackWrong and rebirth.]]
-->Far beyond the ashes of [[LethalLavaLand the castle.]]
-->We wait within the core and we wait for those who would take it from us.
-->They will not succeed.
* In ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Prince Hans]] recites this list of what a prince must be. The last part becomes his SurvivalMantra.
-->'''Hans''': "A prince [[TurnTheOtherCheek forgets the trespasses against him]], no matter how terrible. He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices for others]], even to the expense of his soul. He forgives until he forfeits breath. He is strong, he is compassionate, and the sum of these things makes him complete... a prince I am and a prince I will be."
* The Legio Terminatus in FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K recite their creed as they go to battle:
-->'''"THIS CITY IS TAINTED. PURGE IT! WITH BOLT AND SWORD AND FIRE!'''
-->'''THERE IS ONLY THE LAST RITES, THE BLESSING OF PURITY'''
-->'''WE ANOINT YOU WITH FIRE, GO IN PEACE TO YOUR REST'''
-->'''WE ARE SWORN TO PROTECT, WE ARE GIVEN TO PRESERVE...'''
-->'''WE RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR TORTURED THRALL...'''
-->'''TO ALLIES WE GIVE HONOR, TO ENEMIES OF MAN, RUIN!'''
-->'''KNOW THAT WE ARE TERMINATUS LEGIO, HERAKLITUS,'''
-->'''THE FINAL WORD IS HERE, WE SHALL END YOU'''
-->'''OUR DUTY IS HONOR, AND DEATH IS OUR REWARD,'''
-->'''FOR WE ARE THE CHOSEN, AND WE SHALL KNOW NO FEAR'''
-->'''WE CARRY THE LIGHTNING, WE BRING THE THUNDER!'''
-->'''WE HOLD THE STRENGTH TO LET HUMANITY PROSPER'''
-->'''WE CARRY THE VIRTUE TO SMASH ITS ENEMIES INTO DUST!'''
-->'''THERE IS NO ENEMY BEYOND OUR MIGHT!'''
-->'''THERE IS NO SAFETY AGAINST OUR WRATH!'''
-->'''WE ARE PROUD TO LIVE, WE ARE PROUD TO DIE!'''
-->'''WE ARE FORGED IN WAR, WE ARE TEMPERED IN BLOOD'''
-->'''IN OUR SOULS WE CRAFT THE VICTORY OF ALL MANKIND!'''
-->'''BURN, HERETIC! BURN IN CLEANSING FLAME!'''
-->'''REJOICE IN THE FIRES OF YOUR ABSOLUTION!'''
-->'''TO THE DARKNESS, WE BRING FIRE!'''
-->'''TO THE IGNORANT WE BRING FAITH!'''
-->'''TO THE HELPLESS WE GIVE OUR HAND,'''
-->'''TO THE CORRUPT WE GIVE OUR FIST!" '''
* ''[[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationKnowFear MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!]]'': When Starburst becomes the Fear Lantern, she uses the Sinestro Corps oath, though tweaked to replace "Sinestro's might" with "Fear Lantern's light". At the climax, however, she retools it completely during her HeroicSecondWind moment in her rematch against [[TheStarscream Nox/Shadow Wing]]:
-->“In twilight’s dusk, in moonlit night,
-->Evil shall cower before my might!
-->When darkness comes to cloud my sight,
-->I’ll shine like my power – Fear Lantern’s light!!!”
** In [[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationLoveConquersAllAvariceTakesItAll the sequel]], as the Orange Corps has no known oath, Nidra creates one on the spot [[spoiler:after finally giving in and subsequently wiping the floor with Luna, and stealing her powers.]]
-->“To take what I want, that is my right,
-->I’ll steal your heart in the black of my night!
-->See my moon glow that is my sign,
-->The Night, the Stars, and the Light…ARE MINE!!!”
** Annie keeps to the Star Sapphires' traditional oath for most of the story, but coins a new one when [[spoiler: escaping from the Sensory Deprivation dimension Nidra put her in]]:
-->"From the warm embrace of Celestia's light,
-->"To the cool breeze of Luna's night,
-->"I bring many wonders from my ring of light,
-->"My love gives me strength... from my sapphire light!"
* In the MLP / GreenLantern crossover; ''FanFic/InBrightestDay'', anyone with a ring has one. However they all tend to change it to their liking:
** Nightmare Moon and her Black Lanterns:
-->''My Blackest Night spreads through the skies,\\
Let darkness grow as all light dies,\\
We'll crave your hearts and your demise,\\
By my dark will...The dead shall rise!"''
** Green Lantern Applejack:
-->''In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night,\\
I will not flee from evil’s sight!\\
When evil rises and wields it's might,\\
Beware my power - Green Lantern’s light!''
** Yellow Lantern Corps Twilight Sparkle:
-->''In Blackest Day, In Brightest Night,\\
Beware your fears made by my light,\\
To those who dare challenge my might,\\
Burn like my power... Fear's vengeful Light!''
** Red Lantern Rainbow Dash:
-->''"With blazing flames of raging red,\\
From Tartarus depths we bring great dread.\\
With crimson storms of burning hate,\\
We'll burn you all...That is your fate!!''
* From the ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2538001/1/Blackest-Night Emerald Flame Series]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] has a modified version of the Green Lantern creed.
--> "In any hell, on any Earth,
--> Nothing's changed since this oath's birth,
--> Let all who would try to end this Earth
--> Run now, run fast, for all they're worth.
--> It won't help them anyway."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9760357/33/The-Hell-er-Nator-Chaos-Machine The Hell-er-Nator]]'', the Sunnydale Irregulars have a simple one.
--> "We're Tech-Comm, North American Resistance Command, ''the'' First Sunnydale Irregulars, and ''we don't lose''. ''Ever''."
* In the Assassin's Creed II Novelization, the authors of the series expand on the creed by adding stanza's that complement the role of the Assassin order in society. They punctuate the fact that Assassin's are the silent sentinels of human liberty.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fanfic ''FanFic/WithThisRing'', the [[SelfInsertFic Self Insert]] Orange Lantern has a couple of different oaths to fit his state of mind or the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism moral alignment.]]
** Orange Lantern's initial oath:
-->''This is my power''\\
''This is my light.''\\
''Be it bright of day or black of night.''\\
''I claim all that lies within my sight.''\\
'''TO TAKE WHAT I WANT, THAT IS MY RIGHT!'''
** Paragon!Orange Lantern's oath [[spoiler: post- Orange Enlightenment.]]
-->''This is '''my''' cause, this is '''my''' fight!''\\
''Shine through the void with orange light!''\\
''I've claimed all within my sight!''\\
''To keep what is mine, that is my right!''
** Renegade!Orange Lantern's oath
-->''This is my '''power''', this is my '''might'''!''\\
''I stand alone in darkest night!''\\
''With this ring, my foes I smite!''\\
''I '''conquer all with orange light'''!''
* Not fanfics per se, but fans seem to have fun coming up with crossover versions of the Green Lantern Oath:
** This one for [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]:
--> ''Freedom is a sacred right''\\
''All sentient beings are for who I fight''\\
''Let only evil know fear and doubt''\\
''Green Lantern Corps: TRANSFORM AND ROLL OUT!''
** This one for ''TengenToppaGurrenLagaan'':
--> ''Spiral power shining bright!''\\
''Anti-Spirals flee from sight!''\\
''Piercing heavens near and far''\\
''WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?''
** ''LyricalNanoha'''s Star Sapphire Oath:
--> ''For hearts long lost and full of fright''\\
''Those who caused the blackest night''\\
''Listen to me, or meet your maker''\\
''[[DefeatMeansFriendship I'll befriend them all...]] '''[[WaveMotionGun STARLIGHT BREAKER!]]'''
* From the story ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' comes the traditional motto of the [[BadassCrew 22nd Preventer Space Mobile Suit Squadron]] aka Lightning Squadron:
--> '''Dyer:''' We're Lightning. We strike.
* In ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'', there is Shirou's [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited]] [[StormOfBlades Blade]] [[LimitBreak Works]] aria:
-->I am the bone of my sword.
-->Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.
-->I have created over a thousand blades.
-->Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain.
-->Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.
-->I have no regrets; this is the only path.
-->My whole life was [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' fic ''Fanfic/AVoiceInTheWilderness'' puts a twist on the BadassCreed of the Borg Collective [[spoiler:because the ships in question have been taken over by the ''original'' Borg Queen, One of One]]:
-->"Surrender your vessel. Your technological and biological distinctiveness are immaterial. You will be assimilated into the whole and perfected. I am the Borg. Resistance is futile."
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [[spoiler: Carol]] gets one during the FinalBattle when she becomes the new Comicbook/GreenLantern:
-->''No matter your power, no matter your might,''\\
''I shatter the dark with the brightest light,''\\
''And I swear that before I am done,''\\
''Darkness will flee and [[Series/DoctorWho demons will run!]]''



[[folder:Radio]]
* TheLoneRanger's Creed, from his original radio show and all other versions:
-->I believe:
-->That to have a friend, a man must be one.\\
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.\\
That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.\\
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.\\
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.\\
That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.\\
That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.\\
That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.\\
That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.\\
I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.\\
* Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows-- [mwahahahahahahahaha]

to:

[[folder:Radio]]
[[folder:Film]]
* TheLoneRanger's Creed, from his original radio show and all other versions:
-->I believe:
-->That
''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' has something known as the Old Code. It was apparently the creed that King Arthur's knights lived by:
-->''A Knight is sworn
to have a friend, a man must be one.Valor.\\
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.His Heart knows only Virtue.\\
That God put His Blade Defends the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.Helpless.\\
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.His Strength Upholds the Weak.\\
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.His Word speaks only Truth.\\
That "this government, of His Wrath Undoes the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.Wicked!''
** It also has an oath of service:
-->''Call when you've need of me.
\\
That men should live by the rule of Ask what is best for the greatest number.you will of me.\\
That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we My sword -- and my service -- are yours.''
** In the novelization, the Code in full is revealed:
-->''Inside the Table's circle,\\
Under the Sacred Sword,\\
A Knight
must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.vow to follow\\
The Code that is unending.
\\
That all things change, but Unending as the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.Table -\\
A Ring by Honour bound.''\\

-->''A Knight is sworn to Valour.
\\
I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.His Heart knows only Virtue.\\
His Blade defends the Helpless.\\
His Might upholds the Weak.\\
His Word speaks only Truth.\\
His Wrath undoes the Wicked.''\\


-->''The Right can never die\\
If one man still recalls.\\
The Words are not forgot\\
If one voice speaks them clear.\\
The Code forever shines\\
If one heart holds it bright.''

* Who knows what ''WesternAnimation/{{Toy Story}}'' In every Toy Story Film Buzz Lightyear always says "To Infinity! And Beyond!"


* ''Film/PulpFiction'': "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyrannies of
evil lurks men..." However, Jules chose it just because it sounds cool, and he's still trying to figure out whether he's the man described in it.
** This was cribbed from the Sonny Chiba classic "The Bodyguard," one of Tarantino's favorite grindhouse flicks.
* "At other schools, they send young girls unprepared into a cold merciless world. But here at StTrinians, it is the merciless world which must be prepared."
** Arguably, the school songs also qualify. The version from 1954:
-->''Maidens of St Trinian's, gird your armour on.\\
Grab the nearest weapon; never mind which one.\\
The battle's to the strongest; might is always right.\\
Trample on the weakest; glory in their plight.\\
\\
St Trinian's! St Trinian's! Our battle cry.\\
St Trinian's! St Trinian's! Will never die.\\
\\
Stride towards your fortune boldly on your way,\\
Never once forgetting there's one born every day.\\
Let our motto be broadcast: "get your blow in first!"\\
She who draws the sword last always comes off worst.''
** And the chorus and tag of the song from the 2007 film:
-->''We are the best\\
So screw the rest\\
We do as we damn well please\\
Until the end\\
St. Trinian's\\
Defenders of anarchy\\
\\
Victorious\\
Rebellious\\
We do as we damn well please\\
Until the end\\
St. Trinian's\\
Defenders of anarchy''
* ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (this is actually a prayer for the dead but they use it like this trope):
-->Lo, there do I see [[ThickerThanWater my father]]
-->Lo, there do I see [[ThickerThanWater my mother and my sisters and my brothers]]
-->Lo, there do I see [[ThickerThanWater the line of my people]], back to the beginning
-->Lo, they do call to me
-->They bid me take my place among them
-->[[WarriorHeaven In the halls of Valhalla]]
-->Where the brave
-->May live
-->Forever!
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' used the [[TruthInTelevision actual Spartan creed]] of: "Come home with this shield or upon it." Dead soldiers were carried home on their shields, and victorious ones would carry their shields back, but cowards who ran from battle would throw their heavy shields away.
** "No retreat! No surrender!"
* In his last film role in ''Film/TheShootist'' John Wayne's character is a gunfighter with this creed:
--> "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same of them!"
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': "I fight for the users!"
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Code of the Jedi...
-->[[TheStoic There is no emotion, there is peace.]]
-->There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
-->There is no passion, there is serenity.
-->There is no chaos, there is harmony.
-->There is no death, there is the Force.
** ... and of the [[EvilCounterpart Sith]].
-->Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
-->Through passion, I gain strength.
-->Through strength, I gain power.
-->Through power, I gain victory.
-->Through victory, my chains are broken.
-->The Force shall free me.
** Upon reestablishing the Jedi Order, Luke Skywalker had this creed:
-->Jedi are the guardians of peace
in the hearts galaxy.
-->Jedi use their powers to defend and to protect.
-->Jedi respect all life, in any form.
-->Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good
of men? the galaxy.
-->Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
** An unofficial, rarely used creed for constructing a new lightsaber:
-->The crystal is the heart of the blade.
-->The heart is the crystal of the Jedi.
-->The Jedi is the crystal of the Force.
-->The Force is the blade of the heart.
-->All are intertwined.
-->The crystal, the blade, the Jedi.
-->We are one.
**
The Shadow knows-- [mwahahahahahahahaha]members of the [[LaResistance Rebel Alliance]] get to crib from the Continental Congress for the Declaration of Rebellion:
-->We, the Rebel Alliance, do therefore in the name--and by the authority--of the free beings of the Galaxy, solemnly publish and declare our intentions:
--->To fight and oppose you and your forces, by any and all means at our disposal;
--->To refuse any Imperial law contrary to the rights of free beings;
--->To bring about your destruction and the destruction of the Galactic Empire;
--->To make forever free all beings in the galaxy.
-->To these ends, we pledge our property, our honor, and our lives.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!" Though typically played for comedy (rightfully, as the catchphrase of a [[ShowWithinAShow cheesy TV show]]), it's used very well during a certain dramatic point in the movie. The film's ersatz Federation's motto is "Never give up! Never surrender!", which is also intentionally cheesy.
* In the crime thriller ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', the main characters would give a little prayer before executing a mafioso:
-->"And Shepherds we shall be\\
For thee, my Lord, for thee.\\
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand\\
Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.\\
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee\\
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.\\
In Nomine Patri, Et Fili, Et Spiritus Sancti."
** In addition, the movie's Dragon combines his prayer with a LukeIAmYourFather, and a HeelFaceTurn:
--->"And when I raise my flashing sword\\
And my hand takes hold in judgment,\\
I will take vengeance upon mine enemies\\
And I will repay those who hate me.\\
O Lord, raise me to Thy right hand\\
And count me among Thy saints."
** And another:
--->"Whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God made he man."\\
"Destroy that which is evil. So that which is good may flourish."\\
"And I shall count thee among my favored sheep. And you shall have the protection of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent all the angels in heaven]]."\\
"Never shall innocent blood be shed. Yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of God."
** And in the sequel, two characters end a speech on manliness with this golden nugget of badassitude:
--> '''[[spoiler: Rocco]]:''' ''Men do not cry. Men do not pout. Men check you on the fucking jaw, AND SAY...''
--> '''[[spoiler: Det. Greenly]]:''' Thanks for coming out! *whack!*
* From the ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' series, a set of [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct Prime Directives]] that for all intents and purposes acts like a Badass Creed:
--> ''Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law.''
* [[Film/{{Zombieland}} "Nut up or shut up."]]
* Does the opening song from [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean At World's End]] count? Probably not the first couple of lines, but...
--> The king and his men, stole the queen from her bed,\\
And bound her in her bones.\\
The seas be ours, and by the powers\\
[[WalkingTheEarth Where we will, we'll roam.]]\\
Yo, ho, altogether,\\
Hoist the colors high.\\
Heave, ho, thieves and beggars,\\
Never shall we die!
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' has a more humorous one:
-->"Los Locos kick your ass!"\\
"Los Locos kick your face!"\\
"Los Locos kick your balls into ou-ter SPAAAAAACE!"
* This one:
-->Anonymity is your name,\\
Silence your native tongue.\\
You're no longer part of the System.\\
You're ''above'' the System.\\
Over it.\\
Beyond it.\\
We are "Them."\\
We are "They."\\
We are the Film/MenInBlack.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'' has one, sorta.
-->'''Ramsey:''' You're aware of the name of this ship [sic], aren't you Mister COB?
-->'''Walters:''' Very aware, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' It bears a proud name, doesn't it Mister COB?
-->'''Walters:''' Very proud, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' It represents fine people!
-->'''Walters:''' Very fine people, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' Who live in a fine, outstanding state!
-->'''Walters:''' Out''standing'', sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' In the greatest country in the entire world!
-->'''Walters:''' In the entire world, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' And what is that name, Mister COB?
-->'''Walters:''' Alabama, sir!
-->'''Ramsey:''' And what do we say?
-->'''Ramsey/Walters:''' Go Bama!
-->'''Crew:''' Roll Tide!
* ''The Beast Of War''. Sitting in a dead tank in the middle of Afghanistan, with a grenade in his hand:
--> '''Daskal''': Out of commission, become a pillbox. Out of ammo, become a bunker. Out of time, become heroes.
* [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail ''O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.'']]
* From ''Tall Tales'': "Protect the land, defend the defenseless, and never spit in front of women or children." *spits*
* From ''Men of Honor'': "The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it. If he's lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he'll ever get to being a hero. Hell, I don't know why anybody'd want to be a Navy diver."
* In ''HolyWeapon'', [[BigBad Super Sword]] cites one at the beginning of the climax:
--> "I am the master of Liu Sang School of martial arts. Now, I make a sincere wish. Hope all the Gods and Evils listen to me. From now on, I will rule over the whole world of martial arts. And I will devote myself to my beloved country. Until our country conquer China. If anyone wants to stop me, I will terminate it with no mercy. I will keep my promise."
* From ''Battle: Los Angeles'', the 2/5 Marines quote a WWI captain. "Retreat? Hell!"
* ''Film/GhostRider:''
-->'''Johnny Blaze:''' [''to Mephistopheles after he attempts to take the power of the Ghost Rider from him''] No. I'm gonna own this curse... and I'm gonna use it against you. Whenever innocent blood is spilt, it'll be my father's blood... and you'll find me there. A spirit of vengeance... fighting fire with fire.
* From ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', as Balian is being knighted:
-->'''Godfrey of Ibelin:''' Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath.
-->[''cuffs Balian with the back of his hand'']
-->And that's so you remember it.
* In ''Film/WreckItRalph'', the pledge of Bad Guys Anonymous:
-->"I'm bad and that's good. I'll never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me."
** [[spoiler: When Ralph attempts a HeroicSacrifice, he [[MeaningfulEcho utters this pledge]], thinking it'll be his [[FamousLastWords last words]].]]
* From ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
-->Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' motto "[[PretentiousLatinMotto Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc]]" translates into [[ImAHumanitarian "We gladly feast on those who would subdue us"]]. Doubles as BrickJoke when in the second movie two school camp counselors try to subdue Wednesday and Pugsley and are last seen being cooked by Wednesday's accomplices.
* In ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'', the chorus of "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" is a creed.
-->Be a Man!\\
We must be swift as a coursing river\\
Be a Man!\\
With all the force of a great typhoon\\
Be a Man!\\
With all the strength of a raging fire\\
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon!
* [[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad "I LIVE! I DIE! I LIVE AGAIN!"]]



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking of the creation of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
--> They are my Space Marines and ''they shall know no fear''.
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one on the same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear."
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
** The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete."
---->"What is the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done."
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat is to blaspheme."
*** From the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin' than a Grot an' more killy dan a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: we die standing.
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.\\
That which threaten, I will destroy.\\
For my holy wrath will knows no bound..."''
* ''Every one'' of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. To whit:
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. The Supernal Is The Self. Service Is Mastery."
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets. Destroy the followers of the Lie."
** The Guardians of the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to the Awakened. Merit must guide the Fallen World."
*** Those are just the Exoteric Tenets that other Mages are allowed to know about. Their Esoteric Tenets, the secret mottos of the Order, are significantly more frightening. To whit: All Thrones Are False Thrones, All Souls are Flawed. There Is a Secret Hierarchy of Souls. The Heiromagus Will Fulfill the Diamond Wheel
** The Mysterium: "Knowledge is power. Knowledge must be preserved. Knowledge has a price."
** The Silver Ladder: "The Awakened are one Nation. Imperium is the right of humanity. The Silver Ladder is the path to victory. The Sleepers follow."
** While the Pentacle hope to Awaken humanity to higher truth, the Seers of the Throne wish humanity to stay Sleeping while hoarding higher truths for themselves: "True Power Requires Obedience. True Power Requires Sacrifice. True Power Requires Vigilance. True Power Requires Discipline. True Power Requires Understanding. True Power Requires Courage."
* In ''{{Traveller}}: Interstellar Wars'' the Vilani "Legion of the Frontier" has the motto, "We are here to die." (Lifted shamelessly from the French Foreign Legion, see below.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Grimgor Ironhide has a pretty good one:
-->I'm gonna stomp em to dust. I'm gonna burn all der cities and towns. I'm gonna roast em up inna big fire. I'm gonna grind der bones and jump up an down on the rest of da bits. An den, I'm gonna get really mean.
** The Shadow Elves have the fairly restrained:
-->Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is forgiven.
* MOAR DAKKA! and Red Wunz Go Fasta
* One happened in a ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' game. While loading on their DropShip to fight a rebelling squad of Space Marines, the following dialogue happens.
-->'''Ioustinos:''' "Emperor protect us and forgive those we're against"
-->'''Xavier:''' "For we certainly have no intention to."
* ''TheWayOfTheTiger'' gamebook series has two. The first is the "Ninja No Chigiri" learnt by all ninjas of the Way of the Tiger including your character :-
-->"I will vanish into the night; change my body to wood or stone; sink into the earth and walk through walls and locked doors. I will be killed many times, yet will not die; change my face and become invisible, able to walk among men without being seen."
** The second is the Litany of the Ninja Grandmaster which can only be learned if you answer two questions correctly at the very start of the series :-
-->"I AM NINJA
-->My parents are the Heaven and Earth
-->My Home is my Body
-->My Power is Loyalty
-->My Magic is Training
-->My Life and my Death is Breathing
-->My Body is Control
-->My Eyes are the Sun and Moon
-->My Ears are Sensitivity
-->My Laws are Self-Protection
-->My Strength is Adaptability
-->My Ambition is taking every Opportunity with Fullness
-->My Friend is my Mind
-->My Enemy is Carelessness
-->My Protection is Right Action
-->My Weapons are Everything that Exists
-->My Strategy is One Foot in front of the Other
-->My Trust is in Kwon
-->MY WAY IS THE WAY OF THE TIGER"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking The catchphrase of the creation [[Literature/HonorHarrington Audubon Ballroom]], "''Shall we dance?''" Though, admittedly, you could say ''anything'' and it would be badass if you happen to do it while charging head-on into a squad of SuperSoldiers with GunsAkimbo.
** "''Sneer and be damned,''" indeed! Though Victor Cachat never actually says it out loud, and, again, anything said while in the process of turning super-solders into blood pudding is almost guaranteed to be badass.
* Weber's good at this. One
of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men
treecats, recognizing that the 'cats who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They adopt humans will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark shorter-than-normal lifespans, says: "Perhaps our time will be short, but oh, how we shall blaze against the Terror. They are night!" (''Worlds of Honor'', "What Price Dreams")
* Djan Seriy Anaplian, Matter:
-->"Firing, not admiring"
* The [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Gunslinger's]] Creed:
-->I do not aim with my hand;
-->He who aims with his hand has forgotten
the Defenders face of Humanity.
--> They are
his father.
-->I aim with
my Space Marines eye.
-->I do not shoot with my hand;
-->He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
-->I shoot with my mind.
-->I do not kill with my gun;
-->He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
-->I kill with my heart.
* "RepublicCommandoSeries":
** The Mandalorian Resol'nare, or Six Actions.
--->Ba'jur bal beskar'gam,\\
Ara'nov, aliit,\\
Mando'a bal Mand'alor\\
An vencuyan mhi.
** Doesn't sound quite as badass in English, but it translates to:
--->Education
and ''they shall know no fear''.
armor,\\
Self-defense, our tribe,\\
Our language and our leader,\\
All help us survive.
* ''TheWheelOfTime'':
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one [[ProudWarriorRace The Aiel]]: "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 same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear.
Last Day."
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
**
[[TheUnfettered The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the
Asha'man]]: "The Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete.
Tower protects. Always."
---->"What is ** And the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done."
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat is to blaspheme."
*** From
Borderlanders stole the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery
Bushido quote: Death is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin'
lighter than a Grot an' more killy dan feather, Duty heavier than a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti
mountain
** "Attack
on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am
ground where your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He
enemy believes his gods you will not, from an unexpected direction at an unexpected time. Defend where your enemy believes you are on his side. Let him believe what not, and when he will. We have believes you will run. Surprise is the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all
key to victory, and speed is the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen key to surprise. For the soldier, speed is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It life." ''--Comadrin''
** A Kandori oath taken when a boy
is what we do best: we die standing.
first given a sword (at age 14):
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint
Why do you draw your sword?\\
In defense
of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take
my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside
honor, my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so
family or my homeland\\
How
long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in do you fight?\\
Until my last breath joins
the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.
northern wind.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.When do you stop watching?\\
(whispered) Never.
\\
That which threaten, Speak it louder!\\
(shouted) ''Never!''
** The oath of the Malkieri warriors:
---> ''"My arm will be the sword, my breast itself a shield, to defend the seven towers, to hold back the darkness.
I will destroy.\\
stand when all others fall. For my holy wrath will knows no bound...sweet land Malkier."''
* ''Every one'' ** The Oath of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. Malkieri kings:
---> ''"To stand against the Shadow so long as iron is hard and stone abides.
To whit:
defend the Malkieri while one drop of blood remains. To avenge what cannot be defended."''
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. creed of the [[BadassArmy Band of the Red Hand]]: ''Dovie'andi se tovya sagain"'': [[LetsGetDangerous It's time to toss the dice]].
** Mathrim Cauthon, usually when charging into danger to save someone: ''"I'm no bloody hero!"''
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
**
The Supernal Is oath of the Night's Watch.
---> Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall [[CelibateHero take no wife]], hold no lands, father no children. [[OfferedTheCrown I shall wear no crowns]] and [[GlorySeeker win no glory]]. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, [[YouShallNotPass the shield that guards the realms of men]]. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
**
The Self. Service Is Mastery.motto of the Faceless Men: ''Valar morghulis; valar dohaeris''. (All men must die; all men must serve.)
** Arya's "Fear cuts deeper than swords.
"
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works various houses all have arcane secrets. Destroy their own mottoes of a self-aggrandizing boast, but the followers of Starks have the Lie.enigmatic and ominous, "[[AStormIsComing Winter Is Coming]]."
** In addition to their official motto, the Lannisters also have the unofficial motto, "A Lannister always pays his debts." This is usually a threat, but if the Lannisters actually do owe you money, you'll be paid, and probably with interest.
** The Guardians of Boltons have the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen saying: "A naked man has few secrets, a flayed man none." Also not their official motto.
** "There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: '''Not today.'''"
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'':
** The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear: "I will not fear. Fear is
the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to mind-killer. Fear is the Awakened. Merit must guide little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the Fallen World.inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
*** Those are just ** And from [[Film/{{Dune}} the Exoteric Tenets movie]], more of an entertaining psycho creed from the mentats... ''It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that other Mages thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning...''
* Several examples Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Subverted in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', with the creed (suggested by [[LovableCoward Rincewind]]) for the expedition to stop Cohen the Barbarian being ''Morituri Nolumus Mori'', translated from Latin to English it reads as "We who
are allowed about to know about. Their Esoteric Tenets, die don't want to." Vetinari still lets it stand because it's an appropriate motto for a mission to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
** The Nac Mac Feegle in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'': "Nae king, nae queen, nae laird, nae master. WE [[Music/TheWho WILLNA BE FOOLED AGAIN!]]" In fact,
the secret mottos Feegle have several Badass Creeds, and a habit of shouting them all out at once in a confused mess.
** LaResistance in ''Discworld/NightWatch'': "Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! And a hard-boiled egg!"[[note]]The [[BandOfBrothels Seamstresses Guild]] objected to "Free" love, and Vimes added the bit about the Hard-Boiled Egg because while the appearance
of the Order, are significantly more frightening. To whit: All Thrones Are False Thrones, All Souls are Flawed. others seemed unlikely to him, the Hard-Boiled Egg at least stood a chance of showing up. It did, but it got shredded before he had a chance to eat it.[[/note]]
** [[ProfessionalKiller The Assassin's Guild]] motto: "Nil mortifi, sine lucre" (No killing, without payment).
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]]:
*** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'': [[AC:
There Is a Secret Hierarchy is no hope but us. There is no mercy but us. There is no justice. There is just us.]]
*** On another occasion, he muses: [[AC:[[Radio/TheShadow "Who knows what Evil lurks in the Hearts
of Souls. Men?"]]]]. Then The Heiromagus Will Fulfill Death Of Rats squeaks a comment, and Death adds, [[AC: "Well, yes, obviously me. I just wondered if there was anyone else."]]
*** [[AC: "What can
the Diamond Wheel
harvest hope for, if not for the care of the [[TitleDrop Reaper Man]]?]]
** The Mysterium: "Knowledge City Watch motto:
*** "[[Film/DirtyHarry Fabricati diem, pvnc]]", an abbreviated form of the old motto "Fabricati Diem, Pvncti Agvnt Celeriter," [[note]]"Make the Day, the Moments Pass Quickly."[[/note]].
*** The Watch oath
is power. Knowledge must be preserved. Knowledge has a price.pretty badass as well, for all it's HelloInsertNameHere-ishness:
---->I, [recruit's name], do solemnly swear [[OhMyGods by [recruit's deity of choice]]] to [[LawfulGood uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork]], [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} serve the public trust]], and [[WeHelpTheHelpless defend the subjects]] of [[RoyalBlood His/Her [delete whichever is inappropriate] Majesty [name of reigning monarch]]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness without fear, favour, or thought of personal safety]]; to [[TheyFightCrime pursue evil-doers]] and [[InnocentBystanders protect the innocent]], [[HeroicSacrifice laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty]], so help me [aforesaid deity]. Gods Save the King/Queen [delete which is inappropriate].
*** Note that it's traditional to ''say it literally''. "I comma bracket recruit's name end-bracket comma...
"
** The Silver Ladder: "The Awakened are one Nation. Imperium *** Vimes has noted that the Oath is a treacherous, slippery thing. It allows the alert, considerate Watchman almost complete freedom of action to do good things. Of particular note is the right single reference to upholding the actual laws of humanity. the city, numerous references to protecting and serving the best interested of the people of the city, and the ''total absence of any promise of loyalty to the ruler''.
*** Dorfl lives this at the end of ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''.
---->'''Vimes:''' What are your duties?\\
'''Dorfl:''' To Serve
The Silver Ladder is Public Trust, Protect The Innocent, And Seriously Prod Buttock, Sir.
*** A few lines later:
---->'''Nobby:''' 'S not going to be popular, a golem as a Watchman.\\
'''Dorfl:''' What Better Work For One Who Loves Freedom Than The Job Of A Watchman. Law Is The Servant Of Freedom. Freedom Without Limits Is Just A Word.
*** And later, talking about his plan to free
the path to victory. The Sleepers follow.golems: "We Are Bought And Sold. So We Will Buy Ourselves Free. By Our Labor. No One Else Will Do It For Us. We Will Do It By Ourselves.
*** This gets reformulated on the legend above the door of the Golem Trust in later books: "By our own hand, or none.
"
** While the Pentacle hope The fearsome [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarfish]] warcry in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'': T'dr'duzk b'hazg t't! ([[Franchise/StarTrek Today is a good day]] [[SubvertedCatchphrase for someone else to Awaken humanity to higher truth, the Seers die!]])
** The millennia-old messenger golem Anghammarad remembers a BadAss version
of the Throne wish humanity to stay Sleeping while hoarding higher truths for themselves: "True Power Requires Obedience. True Power Requires Sacrifice. True Power Requires Vigilance. True Power Requires Discipline. True Power Requires Understanding. True Power Requires Courage.A-M Post Office motto from the dawn of time: "Neither Deluge Nor Ice Storm Nor The Black Silence Of The Netherhells Shall Stay These Messengers About Their Sacred Business. Do Not Ask Us About Sabre-Tooth Tigers, Tar Pits, Big Green Things With Teeth Or The Goddess Czol."
* In ''{{Traveller}}: Interstellar Wars'' ---> '''Inevitable question:''' The Goddess Czol?\\
'''Anghammarad:''' Do not ask.
** Based on
the Vilani "Legion of inscription from Creator/{{Herodotus}} on the Frontier" has the motto, "We are here to die." (Lifted shamelessly New York Post Office (which ''isn't'' an official motto): "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the French Foreign Legion, see below.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Grimgor Ironhide has a pretty good one:
-->I'm gonna stomp em to dust. I'm gonna burn all der cities and towns. I'm gonna roast em up inna big fire. I'm gonna grind der bones and jump up an down on the rest
swift completion of da bits. An den, I'm gonna get really mean.
** The Shadow Elves have the fairly restrained:
-->Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is forgiven.
* MOAR DAKKA! and Red Wunz Go Fasta
* One happened in a ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' game. While loading on
their DropShip appointed rounds".
** Tiffany Aching in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'': "This I choose
to fight do. [[EquivalentExchange If there is a rebelling squad of Space Marines, the following dialogue happens.
-->'''Ioustinos:''' "Emperor protect us and forgive those we're against"
-->'''Xavier:''' "For we certainly have no intention to.
price, this I choose to pay]]. [[HeroicSacrifice If it is my death, then I choose to die]]. Where this takes me, there I choose to go. I choose. This I choose to do."
* ''TheWayOfTheTiger'' gamebook series has two. The first is Iron Code of ''Druss the "Ninja No Chigiri" learnt by all ninjas of Legend'':
--> [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Never violate a woman]], [[WouldntHurtAChild nor harm a child]].\\
Do not lie, cheat or steal.\\
These things are for lesser men.\\
[[WeHelpTheHelpless Protect
the Way of weak against the Tiger including your character :-
-->"I will vanish
evil strong]].\\
And never allow [[{{Greed}} thoughts of gain]] to lead you
into the night; change my body pursuit of evil.\\
Never back away from an enemy. Either fight or surrender.\\
[[LawfulGood It is not enough
to wood or stone; sink into the earth and walk through walls and locked doors. I will be killed many times, yet say "I will not die; change my be evil." Evil must be fought wherever it is found.]]
* Also from Creator/DavidGemmell, The Nadir Chant:
--> Nadir We, \\
Youth Born, \\
Blood Letters, \\
Axe Wielders, \\
Victors Still.
* The song of the hawks in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'':
-->Life is blood, shed and offered. \\
The eagle's eye can
face this dree. \\
To beasts of chase the lie is proffered: \\
''Timor Mortis'' (the fear of death) ''Conturbat Me''.\\

-->The beast of foot sings Holdfast only, \\
For flesh is bruckle
and become invisible, able foot is slee. \\
Strength
to walk among men without being seen.the strong and the lordly and lonely. \\
''Timor Mortis Exsultat Me.'' \\

-->Shame to the slothful and woe to the weak one, \\
Death to the dreadful who turn to flee. \\
Blood to the tearing, the talon'd, the beaked one. \\
Timor Mortis are ''We''.
* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'':
** The battle-song of the Men of the Tusk.
---> A' warring we have come.\\
A' reaving we shall work.\\
And when the day is done,\\
In our eyes the gods shall lurk!
** Also, a theme throughout the series is various characters giving their definition of warfare. "War is strength." "War is intellect." etc. Kellhus eventually settles on "War is conviction.
"
* The creed of the Raven, from both the ''Chronicles of the Raven'' and the ''Legends of the Raven''
--> "Kill but never murder."
* From Literature/YoungWizards:
** The second Wizard's Oath:
---> In Life's name and for Life's sake, I say that I will use the Art for nothing but the service of that Life. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened. To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death for life, when it is right to do so -- till Universe's end.
** The version of the Oath for [[spoiler:saurian wizards]]:
---> The Fire is at the heart, and the Fire
is the Litany heart; for its sake, all fires whatever are sacred to me. I shall kindle them small and safe where there are none, for the wayfinding of those who come after: I will breathe on those fires about to die in dark places, and in passing, feed those that burn without harm to any; the fire that burns and warms those who gather about it, in no wise shall I meddle with it save that it seems about to consume its confocals, or to die. To these ends, as the Kindling requireth, I shall ever thrust my claw into the flames to shift the darkening ember or feed the failing coal, looking always toward that inmost Hearth from which all flames rise together, and all fires burn undevouring, in and of That Which first set light to the world, and burns in it ever more...
** The meditation
of the Ninja Grandmaster Feline Worldgate Team:
--->I will meet the cruel and the cowardly today, liars and the envious, the uncaring and unknowing: they will be all around. But their numbers and their carelessness do not mean I have to be like them. For my own part, I know my job; my commission comes from Those Who Are. My paw raised is Their paw on the neck of the Serpent, now and always. I shall walk through Their worlds as do the Powers that Be, seeing and knowing with Them and for Them, tending Their worlds as if they were mine: for so indeed they are. Silently shall I strive to go my way, as They do, doing my work unseen; the light needs no reminding by me of good deeds done by night. And in this long progress through all that is, though I will know doubt and fear in the strange places where I must walk, I will put these both aside, as the Oath requires, and hold myself to my work ... for if They and I together cannot mend what is marred, who can? And having done my work aright, though I may know weariness at day's end, come awakening I shall rise up and say again, with Them, as if surprised, "behold, the world is made new ... !"
** And when the Cat-Wizard in question is feeling particularly cynical:
--->I will meet the terminally clueless today, idiots, and those with hairballs for brains, and those whose ears need a good shredding before you can even get their attention. I do not have to be like them, even though I would dearly love to hit them hard enough to make the empty places in their heads echo ...
* The code of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'',
which can only appears twice in the original story: "One for all and all for one!"
* Conan the Barbarian.
** "I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply. I seek not beyond death. It may
be learned if you answer two the blackness averred by the Nemedian skeptics, or Crom's realm of ice and cloud, or the snowy plains and vaulted halls of the Nordheimer's Valhalla. I know not, nor do I care. Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions correctly at of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the very start of illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content." From ''Literature/TheQueenOfTheBlackCoast''.
** "Conan, what is best in life?" "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear
the series :-
-->"I AM NINJA
-->My parents
lamentations of their women." From the movie.
*** From ''[[OlderThanTheyThink Genghis Khan]]''.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'':
** The Rohirrim get a few, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy which makes sense]]:
--->''Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
--->Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter!
--->spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
--->a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
--->Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!''

--->''Death! Ride, ride to ruin and the world's ending!''

--->''Out of dark, out of doubt, to the day's rising
--->I rode, singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.
--->To hope's end I rode, and to heart's breaking,
--->now for wrath, now for ruin, and [[CueTheSun a red nightfall]].''

** Don't forget Sam in Minas Morgul:
---> Though here at journey's end I lie
---> [[DarkestHour In darkness buried deep]]
---> Beyond all towers strong and high,
---> Beyond all mountains steep.
---> Above all shadows rides the Sun,
---> And stars forever dwell
---> I will not say this day is done,
---> Nor bid the stars farewell.

** Then there's the [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Oath of Fëanor]]:
---> Be he foe or friend, be he foul or clean\\
Brood of Morgoth or bright Vala,\\
Elda or Maia or Aftercomer,\\
Man yet unborn upon Middle-earth,\\
Neither law, nor love, nor league of swords,\\
Dread nor danger, not Doom itself\\
Shall defend him from Fëanáro, and Fëanáro's kin,\\
Whoso hideth or hoardeth, or in hand taketh,\\
Finding keepeth or afar casteth\\
A Silmaril. This swear we all...\\
Death we will deal him ere Day's ending,\\
Woe unto world's end! Our word hear thou,\\
Eru Allfather! To the everlasting\\
Darkness doom us if our deed faileth...\\
On the holy mountain hear in witness\\
and our vow remember,\\
Manwë and Varda!
* From DavidWeber's ''Literature/HellsGate'' series. Translated, it means "I am your son/daughter, Halian. I remember." Anytime a Calirath says this, they're about to make a HeroicSacrifice, and they're not letting anyone talk them out of it.
--->"''Chunika/Chanaka s'hari, Halian. Sho warak.''"
* SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}:
** The Clan [=MacKenzie=]'s battle chant:
--->We
are the Heaven and Earth
-->My Home is my Body
-->My Power is Loyalty
-->My Magic is Training
-->My Life and my Death is Breathing
-->My Body is Control
-->My Eyes
point!
--->We
are the Sun edge!
--->We are the wolves
--->That Hecate fed!
--->We are the bow!
--->We are the shaft!
--->We are the bolts
--->That Hecate cast!
** Not as poetic but to the point
and Moon
-->My Ears are Sensitivity
-->My Laws are Self-Protection
-->My Strength is Adaptability
-->My Ambition is taking every Opportunity
definitely badass, the warcry of House Gervais:
--->Face Gervais, face Death!
** Also the Bearkillers battle cry, "hakkaa päälle!", translated from the Finnish: "Cut them down!"
* From ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'':
--> WAR IS PEACE\\
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY\\
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** "I Am that I Am."
** Psalms 144:1-2 "Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress: my high tower, and my deliverer: my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
** This creed might not seem all that badass now, but picture what it must have been like 2000 years ago: "You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!"
* From W. E. Henley: [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/invictus/ Invictus]]
--> It matters not how strait the gate,\\
How charged
with Fullness
-->My Friend is
punishments the scroll.\\
I am the master of
my Mind
-->My Enemy is Carelessness
-->My Protection is Right Action
-->My Weapons are Everything that Exists
-->My Strategy is One Foot
fate:\\
I am the captain of my soul.
* MadeleineLEngle's ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' adapts a portion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Breastplate "St. Patrick's Breastplate"]] for use as a BadassCreed:
--> At Tara
in front this fateful hour,\\
I place all Heaven with its power,\\
And the sun with its brightness,\\
And the snow with its whiteness,\\
And the fire with all the strength it hath,\\
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,\\
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,\\
And the sea with its deepness,\\
And the rocks with their steepness,\\
And the earth with its starkness,\\
All these I place\\
By God's almighty help and grace\\
''Between myself and the powers of darkness!''
* ''{{Dragonlance}}'' The oath
of the Other
-->My Trust
Knights of Solamnia:
--> Est Sularus Oth Mithas\\
My Honor Is My Life
* ''The Road of Kings'' a poem written by Creator/RobertEHoward that tells things from [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan's]] perspective after he becomes king of Aquilonia.
--> Gleaming shell of an outworn lie, fable of Right Divine.
--> You gained your crowns by heritage, but Blood was the price of mine.
--> The throne that I won by blood and sweat, by Crom, I will not sell
--> For promise of valleys filled with gold or threat of the Halls of Hell!

--> When I was a fighting man, the kettle-drums they beat.
--> The people scattered gold dust before my horse's feet.
--> But now I am a great king; the people hound my track,
--> With poison in my wine cup, and daggers at my back.

--> What do I know of cultured ways; the gilt, the craft and the lie?
--> I, who was born in a naked land, and bred in the open sky?
--> The subtle tongue, the sophist guile; they fail when the broadswords sing.
--> Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king!

* The First Horn (Heavy Infantry) form Richard Schwartz's series ''Das Geheimnis von Askir'' (translated):
--> Who are we?
--> ''The first horn of the bull!''
--> What are we?
--> ''Steadfast!''
--> Where do we stand?
--> ''On the ground from which we will not retreat!''
--> Where do we go?
--> ''To the gods, with Askir, the emperor, our honour and our duty!''
* Literature/TheDraka
--> Service to the State. Glory to the Race.
* ''The Night Angel Trilogy'':
** First:
--->'''Durzo Blint:''' Life
is nothing in Kwon
-->MY WAY IS THE WAY OF THE TIGER"
----
itself. It's a place marker that proves who's winning, and we are the winners. We are always the winners. There is nothing but the winning. Even winning means nothing. We win because it's an insult to lose.
** And that's not even the real creed. The true creed of the Night Angels goes as follows:
--->I am Sa'kage, a lord of shadows.\\
I claim the shadows so that the Shadow may not.\\
I am the strong arm of deliverance.\\
I am Shadowstrider.\\
I am the Scales of Justice.\\
I am He-Who-Guards-Unseen.\\
I am Shadowslayer.\\
I am Nameless.\\
The coranti shall not go unpunished.\\
My way is hard, but I serve unbroken.\\
In ignobility, nobility.\\
In shame, honor.\\
In darkness, light.\\
I will do justice and love mercy.\\
Until the king returns, I shall not lay my burden down.
* From ''The Simple Art of Murder'' by Creator/RaymondChandler
-->...down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor--by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
* Tennyson:
** "Sir Gallahad":
---> ''My good blade carves the casques of men,''\\
''My tough lance thrusteth sure,''\\
''My strength is as the strength of ten,''\\
''Because my heart is pure.''
** Tennyson again, "Ulysses"
--->Though much is taken, much abides; and though\\
We are not now that strength which in old days\\
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;\\
One equal temper of heroic hearts,\\
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will\\
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
** And again, in "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
--->Theirs not to make reply\\
Theirs not to reason why\\
Theirs but to do and die
* [[http://www.bartleby.com/103/6.html "Ode"]] by Arthur O'Shaughnessy.
* ''Literature/TheSparrow'':
** "We are many. They are few."
** Even prior to this, Sofia's internal mantra of ''"I am Mendes"'', in reference to her Sephardic family's history of endurance as well as her own.
* Keith Laumer:
** The dying words of many an heroic Bolo have been the Dinochrome Brigade's motto, "For the Honour of the Regiment!"
** One particular sub-command of the Dinochrome Brigade has a PretentiousLatinMotto that doubles as a creed for the Bolos and a challenge to their enemies; translated, it simply says ''Stand and be judged.''
** From the same story, the Bolos in particular are units DBC and DBQ, nicknamed 'Chains' and 'Quarter' respectively. What does the DB stand for, you ask?
--->'''Colonel Ishida:''' Death By Chains.\\
'''Unit DBC:''' So judged.
* From the novella A Dry, Quiet War, by Tony Daniels:
-->They sucked down my heart
-->to a little black hole
-->You cannot stab me.

-->They wrote down my brain
-->on a hard knot of space,
-->You cannot turn me.

-->Icicle spike
-->from the eye of a star
-->I've come to kill you.
* Creator/RudyardKipling:
** His poem "The Overland Mail" shows that native postmen in India were BadAss. The poem specifically states he's doing all this ''at night ... in the jungle ... '''uphill''''':
--->Is the torrent in spate? He must ford it or swim.\\
Has the rain wrecked the road? He must climb by the cliff.\\
Does the tempest cry halt? What are tempests to him?\\
The service admits not a "but" or an "if."\\
While the breath's in his mouth, he must bear without fail,\\
In the Name of the Empress, the Overland Mail.
** His poem [[http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_if.htm "If"]] is a BadassCreed in instructional format. Read it.
** Also, the [[http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_lawofjungle.htm "Law of the Jungle"]], which starts:
--->Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;\\
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.\\
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --\\
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
** And from ''The Sons of Martha''
--->They do not preach that their God will rouse them a little before the nuts work loose.\\
They do not teach that His pity allows them to leave their work when they damn well chose.\\
As in the thronged and the lighted ways, so in the dark and the desert they stand,\\
wary and watchful all of their days, that their brethren's days may be long in the land.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the Knights Radiant have oaths (called Ideals) that represent their bonds to their [[BondCreature spren]], and grant them their powers.
** The first is the same for every Order:
--->[[MartialPacifist Life before death]], [[ComesGreatResponsibility strength before weakness]], [[HonorBeforeReason journey before destination]].
** The Second Ideal of the Windrunners:
--->[[WeHelpTheHelpless I will protect those who cannot protect themselves]].
** The Third Ideal of the Windrunners:
--->[[SaveTheVillain I will protect even those I hate]] [[NeutralGood so long as it is right.]]
** The Second Ideal of the Skybreakers:
--->I will put the law before all else.
** The Second Ideal of the Edgedancers:
--->I will remember those who have been forgotten.
** Lightweavers make no oaths beyond the first, and only need to speak truths (especially about themselves) to advance.
** The Second Ideal of the Bondsmiths:
--->I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together.
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookoftheFallen'', the Bridgeburners keep it simple:
-->First in, last out.
* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga (''A Civil Campaign), Aral Vorkosigan gives this cogent life advice to his son Miles:
-->Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'':
** John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom, is fond of defying his opponents with: "I still live!" (Also counts as a SurvivalMantra)
** There's also the oft-repeated Thark motto: "Leave to a Thark his head and one hand, and he may yet prevail"
* [=RiverClan=] ''fish''! [=RiverClan=] ''swim''! [=RiverClan=] [[Literature/WarriorCats warriors]] use water to ''win''!
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone's]] battlecry; "Blood and souls! Blood and souls for my Lord Arioch!"
* From The Last Hero, a poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. The whole poem is one long BadassBoast, but the third stanza is the biggie:
-->[[InMediasRes The wind blew out from Bergen to the dawning of the day]],
-->[[OneManArmy They ride and run with fifty spears to break and bar my way]],
-->[[AGodAmI I shall not die alone, alone, but kin to all the powers]],
-->[[WarIsGlorious As merry as the ancient sun and fighting like the flowers.]]
-->[[WarriorPoet How white their steel, how bright their eyes! I love each laughing knave]],
-->[[CurbStompBattle Cry high and bid him welcome to the banquet of the brave.]]
-->[[WorthyOpponent Yea, I will bless them as they bend and love them where they lie,]]
-->[[KillEmAll When on their skulls the sword I swing falls shattering from the sky.]]
-->[[BloodKnight The hour when death is like a light and blood is like a rose,]]
-->[[GlorySeeker You never loved your friends, my friends, as I shall love my foes.]]
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has several:
--> The world is getting weirder. Darker every single day. Things are spinning around faster and faster, and threatening to go completely awry. Falcons and falconers. The center cannot hold. \\
But in my corner of the country, I'm trying to nail things down. [...] I don't want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower. I'd rather make a place where things are a little quieter. Where trolls stay the hell under their bridges, and where elves don't come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles. Where vampires respect the limits, and where the faeries mind their p's and q's. \\
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I'm in the book.
* The motto of [[Literature/LiadenUniverse Clan Korval]] keeps it short:
--> I Dare
* "I was made for [[Literature/OldKingdom Abhorsen]] to slay those already dead. The Clayr saw me. The Wallmaker made me. Abhorsen wields me so that no Dead my walk in life, for this is not their path."
* The [[PulpMagazine Pulp]] incarnation of Radio/TheShadow had "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. The Shadow never fails", in addition to the Radio Shadow's "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
* Two of them in ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'': "It's about rockin', not remembering" and “That’s what Rock and Roll really is, you know – beneath all the motorcycles and cars and leather jackets – it’s about being young and being brave. Young leaves us all, but you have to let Brave go of your own free will.
* The Dauntless manifesto from the extra materials of ''Literature/{{Divergent}}''.
--> We believe that peace is hard-won,
--> that sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace.
--> But more than that:
--> We believe that justice is more important than peace.
--> We believe in freedom from fear, in denying fear the power to influence our decisions.
--> We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
--> We believe in acknowledging fear and the extent to which it rules us.
--> We believe in facing that fear no matter what the cost to our comfort, our happiness, or even our sanity.
--> We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.
--> We believe, not just in bold words but in bold deeds to match them.
--> We believe that pain and death are better than cowardice and inaction because
--> We believe in action.

--> We do not believe in living comfortable lives.
--> We do not believe that silence is useful.
--> We do not believe in good manners.
--> We do not believe in empty heads, empty mouths, or empty hands.
--> We do not believe that learning to master violence encourages unnecessary violence.
--> We do not believe that we should be allowed to stand idly by.
--> We do not believe that any other virtue is more important than bravery.
* The Oath taken by the residents of [[{{utopia}} Atlantis]] in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'': "I swear--by my life and my love of it--that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
* The creed used by the agents in Ari Bach's ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' is simple yet very effective:
--> "Don't fuck shit up."
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', the Rainlords of Sair have a motto summing up their take on enemies and danger.
-->The rain fears not the torch.
* From Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles:
--> I swear before my God and these witnesses that I will stay true to the right and good, that my magic will be used to protect, not to enslave, that all my strength and wisdom must always shield the innocent. I swear to fight for liberty though it cost my life. The Society will be my blood and its knights my brothers, and that I will always heed the wisdom of the elders’ council. I willingly pledge my magic, my knowledge, my resources, and my life to uphold these things.
* From Literature/TheParasolProtectorate:
--> I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and all. Pursuit of truth is my passion. This I vow by the great parasol.



[[folder:Video Games]]
* From the flavor text of ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' we get this poem, "Long Road's End" by C. Vincent Metzen:
-->“What fires burn within my heart and force me to contend
-->With the perils that await me at this tragic journey’s end?
-->I have walked the roads that lead to Hell, I have challenged all but Fate.
-->I have fought and bled and carried on just to reach this final gate.
-->And now the task before me looms, this dire deed undone;
-->I shall make my stand against the Three until the battle's won.
-->What fear or wound could ever still this last defiant cry,
-->As I stand against the Shadow 'neath the endless burning sky?”
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
-->'''Morgan Everett:''' We are the Invisible Hand. We are the Illuminati. We come before and after. We are forever. And eventually... eventually we will lead them into the day.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a number of these.
** The creed of the Grey Wardens: "In war, victory. In peace, vigilance. In death, [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]]."
** The Warden Oath, spoken at the Joining:
-->Join us brothers and sisters.\\
Join us in the shadows where we stand vigilant.\\
Join us as we carry the duty that can not be forsworn.\\
And should you perish, know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten.\\
And that one day we shall join you.
** The Dalish Elves have the "Oath of the Dales";
--> We are the Dalish.\\
Keepers of the lost lore, walkers of the lonely path.\\
We are the last of the Elvhenan,\\
And ''never'' again shall we submit.
* "Death before dishonour," the creed of the Orlesian chevaliers.
** From the Chant of Light, notably spoken by Knight-Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
--> Blessed are the peacekeepers, the champions of the just. Blessed are those who stand before the corrupt and the wicked and do not falter.
** The Qunari have their own, as well;
-->"Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls, but the sea is changeless. There is nothing to struggle against. Victory is in the Qun."
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' DLC quest ''Legacy'', Malcolm Hawke, the protagonist's father, also made one into a Badass Prayer:
--> "Be bound here for eternity, hunger stilled, rage smothered, desire dampened, pride crushed. In the name of the Maker, so let it be."
** Malcolm Hawke's own personal creed:
--> "Magic will serve that which is best in me. Not that which is most base".
** In the DLC ''Mark of the Assassin,'' Hawke proves that badass creeds run in the family, stating their primary motivation for their actions;
--> "I ''have'' a purpose. '''I protect Kirkwall.'''"
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios also has his own.
-->''Amonkira. Lord of Hunters. Grant that my hands be steady, my aim be true, and my feet swift. And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness.''
** Paragon Shepard gives their character defining line in ''2'', while invoking it in [[spoiler: the Refusal Ending]] in ''3''.
---> '''Shepard''': I won't let fear compromise who I am.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'': "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted." It's the main quote on the Badass Creed page and was [[TruthInTelevision in fact the actual creed]] of the historical Hashashin sect, led by Hassan al-Sabbah, from the name of which we get the word "assassin".
** Note that the ''[=AC1=]'' version has three tenets in addition to this motto: stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent, discretion in all things, and never compromise the Brotherhood. This is a major plot point, as Altaïr's violation of all three at Solomon's Temple led to his demotion, hence his starting as a Novice and having to literally kill his way back to Master Assassin.
** It is expanded in [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII the sequel]], in the scene where [[spoiler:Ezio is formally sworn into the ranks of the Assassins]]. It sounds even cooler that way, once you know exactly ''what'' it means... although the "three tenets" are now nowhere to be seen, possibly due to Altaïr's reforms. (Amusingly, it's also how to solve the last of Subject 16's Glyph puzzles.)
-->"Laa shaya waq'in moutlaq bale kouloun mounkine." (Arabic, literally "Nothing is absolute; Everything is permitted.")
--> [[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Nothing is true."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Everything is permitted."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins."\\
'''All:''' "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."
** The central tenet of the Creed is even more impressive when you consider that it's essentially the answer to an existential crisis, an individual's realization that there exists no rational force governing nature: If there is no universal truth, nothing limits what you can do. And all of this centuries before philosophers would assemble the actual school of thought.
---> '''Altair:''' I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free. It commands us to be ''wise''.
** Ezio delivers his own explanation at the end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', after living the Creed for almost thirty years.
---> '''Ezio:''' To say that nothing is true, is to recognize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
* While most of the cast in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' carry a BadassBoast in their "Meet the..." videos, the Sniper has a code. "Professionals have ''standards''. Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
*** "Have a plan to kill everyone you meet," became the official slogan for US Marine India Company's Forward Operations Center, out of Fallujah, Iraq.
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Kim]] [[TheCape Kaphwan]] [[JusticeWillPrevail would like to remind you]] that [[DetectEvil evil]] [[HotBlooded is]] '''''[[ThisIsUnforgivable UNFORGIVABLE.]]'''''
* ''TooHuman'', in a sendup to the Klingon example:
-->'''Berserker:''' It's a good day to die!
-->'''Soldier:''' You always say that.
-->'''Berserker:''' It always is.
* Richter Belmont from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': "I'm a Belmont. That's my job."
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Elites have one in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' that is chanted as a call/response series:
-->"When we joined the Covenant, we took an oath."
-->''"According to our station, all without exception."''
-->"On the blood of our fathers. On the blood of our sons. We swore to uphold the Covenant."
-->''"Even to our dying breath!"''
-->"Those who would break this oath are heretics, worth of neither pity nor mercy. Even now they use our Lord's creations to broadcast their lies."
-->''"We shall grind them into dust--"''
-->"--And continue our march to glorious salvation!"
** There's one for the Spartan-[=IIs=] and [=IIIs=] too:
-->"Spartans never die. They just go to Hell and regroup."
** Don't forget the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th Shock Troops Division:
-->"Jump Feet First into Hell."
** The [=ODSTs=] get an even more badass one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IklqPx3unjs We Are ODST]] trailer. The song lyrics, translated from Welsh:
-->"We cheat Death from his rightful victory. No one can defeat us, we are glad to plunge feet first into hell in the knowledge that we will rise."
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''
--> ''[[MagnificentBastard I've]] twice been conquered-
--> Three times more,
--> [[AIIsACrapShoot Never again shall humanity purge me]],
--> And never the Pfhor.''
* [[BaldursGate Swords, not words!]]
-->"Jump on your swords while you can, villainy, for I won't be as gentle!."
* "[[MetalWolfChaos Nothing is pointless!]] And the reason is... '''''[[RuleOfCool because]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking I'm the President of]] [[{{Eagleland}} the United States of America]]!'''''"
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and the rest of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise has a good number.
** [[BlackKnight The Knights of the Ebon Blade]] seem to have a couple; "Suffer well" among others.
*** "Harness your hate. Make it useful."
** Not to mention Varok Saurfang, also from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
-->"I am he who watches they. I am the fist of retribution. That which does quell the recalcitrant. Dare you defy the Warchief? Dare you face my merciless judgement?"
** The Horde in general has: "Lok'Tar Ogar! Blood and Thunder! My life for the Horde!", although the entire creed is rarely ever spoken in its entirety, except during a quest to grant the Taunka membership in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft.''.
*** ''Lok'tar Ogar'' translates as ''Victory or Death''!
---> '''For The Horde!'''
** The Blood Elves have the straight-to-the-point
--> ''Death to those who oppose us!''
** [[ThePaladin The Knights of the Silver Hand]] have "Esarus thar no'Darador", translated as "By blood and honor we serve".
** The Alliance's [[BadassArmy 7th legion]] has one:
-->'''High Commander [[AwesomeMcCoolname Halford Wyrmbane]]''': Through the valleys and peaks of Mount Hyjal, across the shifting sands of Silithus, against the Legion's dread armies - we have fought. We are the nameless, faceless, sons and daughters of the Alliance. By the Light and by the might of the Alliance, the first strike belongs to us and the last strike is all that our enemies see. ''We are 7th Legion''.
* From ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' the code of ''[[FictionalDocument Carlson & Peeters]]''... kinda. While it does contain such statements of solidarity and strength as "W.W.T.A.O.: [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind We Work Together As One!]]," the book's designated mouthpiece, Double H, seems to have... ''trouble'' separating the genuinely awesome from the mundane, [[MundaneMadeAwesome treating both with equal gravitas.]]
* Reversal from ''Hitman 2'', and possibly Real Life: "I don't know anything, I didn't see anything, I wasn't there, and if I was there I was asleep." A reversal because, rather than pointing out that people should be afraid of the speaker, it's pointing out that ''he'' should be afraid of other people.
* The Brotherhood of Nod from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' has plenty, being a [[ChurchMilitant Army loyal to]] [[DarkMessiah Kane]], the most prominent being:
--> ''Brotherhood. Unity. Peace.''
--> ''One vision. One purpose.''
--> ''Peace through Power.'' (Sometimes combined with the previous one)
--> ''You can't kill the Messiah.'' (Kane's personal motto.)
** And, in one scene from ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Tiberian Sun]]'':
---> '''Slavik''': In the name of Kane!
---> '''Army of Nod Troops''': Kane lives in death!
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of Kane!''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in death!''
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of'' '''Kane!'''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in-''
---> '''Kane''': '''KANE... LIVES!'''
* VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'s Blackwatch:
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMV2uVhdO8 "WHEN WE HUNT WE KILL. NO ONE IS SAFE. NOTHING IS SACRED. WE ARE BLACKWATCH. WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. WE WILL BURN OUR OWN TO HOLD THE REDLINE. IT IS THE LAST LINE TO EVER HOLD."]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen. The end has come!]]
** The N.O.L. has their own:
-->''"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are knights of the blue flame!"''
** And three more, though the second is a parody.
-->"Hailed by the heavens, earth, and people, the one and only '''''Bang Shishigami''''' is now here!"\\
"''The heavens, the earth, '''and a million squirrels''' call to me!'' *{{beat}}* Huh? What? They don't?"
-->Upon activating his [[MemeticMutation Bang Install]] super: "'''Quicker than the Winds and as Still as the Forest! Hotter than Flames and more Magnificent than a Mountain!'''"
** Several characters use one during their Astral Finishes. For Example:
*** Nu-13's
-->''Oh silver blade, forged in the depths of the beyond, heed my summons and purge those who stand in my way! Lay waste.''
*** Better yet, her other Astral quote:
-->''From beyond the realm of souls and birth; I call upon the Ur-Sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish''
*** That's right. The UR-SWORD. The original blade.
*** Tsubaki's
-->''White feathers for innocence. Black feathers for darkest sin. We are the message endeavors of God, come to deliver righteous justice! Let sinners be punished. Let justice be done!''
*** Mu-12's
-->''This world was created by the hands of the Gods. Every thing is false. Everything is a lie! The final days have come. And now,'' '''''LET EVERYTHING BE DESTROYED!!!'''''
*** [[{{DLC}} Valkenhayn]].
--> ''Allow me to show you the power... Of the full moon! Night has now fallen... The moon shines bright! '''The play is now through!'''''
*** Ragna the Bloodedge
--> ''I'll show you there is no hell. Only Darkness! This is the power of the Azure!''
*** Occasionally [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by [[GeniusDitz Makoto]], who sometimes does the N.O.L creed, but gets halfway through saying it and then forgets the rest. Of course, played straight when she does it correctly.
--> ''Dispatched in mankind's darkest... Uh... *mumbling* [[Funny/BlazBlue Oh, forget it]]!''
* The BonusBoss of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'':
--> I am matter.
--> I am antimatter.
--> I can see your past.
--> I can see your future.
--> I consume time...
--> And I will consume you!
** The evil {{Sentai}} team you face in Barrel Volcano:
---> [[color:red:We fight for evil!]]\\
We live for disorder!\\
[[color:green:We like what we do!]]\\
[[color:pink:We struggle for chaos!]]\\
[[color:yellow:We are...]]\\
[[color:red:.]].[[color:green:.]][[color:pink:t]][[color:yellow:h]][[color:red:e]] [[color:green:A]][[color:pink:X]][[color:yellow:E]][[color:red:M]] [[color:green:R]][[color:pink:A]][[color:yellow:N]][[color:red:G]]E[[color:green:R]][[color:pink:S]][[color:yellow:!]][[color:red:!]]
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' with Dante [[spoiler: when he receives Lucifer]].
-->[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything First I whip it out! Then I thrust it! With great force! Every angle...! It penetrates! Until...! With great strength! I... ram it in! In the end... We are all satisfied... And you are set free!]]
** Also some kind of an oath (of Holy Knights of the Order of the Sword?) from "Shall Never Surrender":
--> My honoured brethren
--> we come together
--> to unite as one
--> against those that are damned
--> we show no mercy
--> for we have none.
--> Our enemies shall fall
--> as we uprise
--> to claim our fate
--> now and forever
--> we'll be together
--> in love and hate.
* Here's one in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', said by Judas:
--> ''Majiwara zarishi inochi ni, ima mo tarasaren setsuna no kiseki/Instant miracles are not brought to mix with life now''
--> ''Toki wo hete...Koko ni yuugou seshi mirai he no taidou!/Time passes... Unite here and rise to the future!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks GISHOU KEN!!]]''' [[spoiler:* mask breaks, revealing Leon Magnus* ]]''
--> ''Boku wa... kako wo tachikiru. Chire!/I cut off the past... Scatter!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks MAJIN RENGOKUSATSU!!!/INFERNAL SUFFERING!!!]]'''''
** This BadassCreed is so badass, it has subtitles:
--> ''Blood rejects blood, heart breaks heart,''
--> ''Miracles won't come true, therefore, they don't exist...''
--> ''You resist?''
** Similarly, Videogame/TalesOfVesperia gives us Yuri Lowell's [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]]:
---> ''[[HeroesPreferSwords O brilliant blade]] [[AnAxeToGrind of coldest steel,]]''
---> ''[[FlashStep Rend the infinite darkness,]]''
---> ''[[SpamAttack And crush my enemies to nothing!]]''
---> ''[[CallingYourAttacks SAVAGE WOLF FURY!]]''
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI My name is Ultima... I am power both ancient and unrivaled... I do not bleed, for I am but strength given form... Feeble creatures of flesh... Your time is nigh!]]
** Or, as we used to know it, "My name is Atma... I am pure energy... and as ancient as the cosmos. Feeble creatures, GO!"
* The title character of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' gives us this little gem, said at the end of the fourth and final game (of the series):
--> Zero: "I never cared about justice, and I don't ever recall calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people that I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears before me, I ''will'' destroy it!"
** Copy X's Guardian Hidden Phantom has one as well.
--> '''Phantom''': Give light to people. Give death to Mavericks. No one shall disgrace master X. Your termination will now commence!
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:Captain Price]] gives an epicly poetic-awesome speech in response to [[spoiler:General Shepherd betraying him & Soap]]:
-->"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."
* The only line not chosen by the player, from the Demifiend/Hitoshura from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
-->Dying message: "Death's vastness holds no peace. I come at the end of the long road. Neither human, nor devil... all bends to my will."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
--> 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!
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has Dak'kon with this:
-->Know that when death comes for you,
-->know that I shall meet its blade with mine.
-->Know that when all dies around you,
-->Know I shall live for your sake.
** What about: "Endure. In enduring grow strong."?
* [[{{Tekken}} Devil Jin]] starts every fight with "Kyoufu o oshiete yarou." ("I will teach you how to fear.")
* Sanger Zonvolt would like to remind you that HE IS THE SWORD THAT SMITES EVIL!
* [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas NCR 1st Recon: The last thing you never see.]]
** "It was pretty accurate, and so were we."
** And boy do they live up to it. Sending a single squad of these guys was considered a major military asset.
* [[SuperSoldier The Zuul]] from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' have the species-wide creed, which also finishes its leader's BadassBoast in the intro:
-->Born of fire! Born of steel! Born of science! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Born! Of! Blood!]]
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', for the eponymous organization: Quo Nemi Sequi Potest. "Where No One Can Follow."
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'':
** The Ushra'Khan alliance: "We come for our people."
** Those who fly Minmatar ships: "In Rust We Trust."
** The Amarr loyalists have their age-old BattleCry "Amarr Victor!"
*** When the Empyrean War broke out, some Minmatar loyalists adopted the rejoinder "Matar Victor!"
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' has the Legionaires and their motto "Acta Non Verba" which literally means in Latin "Action, Not Words."
* What about [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Andrew Ryan's]] personal motto?
--> "A man chooses. A slave obeys..."
** From ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' "We will be reborn in the cold womb of the ocean."
* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'': "From the hate-scorched sky / With righteous anger in our hearts / We draw forth the sword that smites Evil / Thou art the innocent blade--Demonbane!"
* From {{Fire Emblem}} the guild of assassins knows as [[{{AntiVillain}} The Black Fang]] "The Fang lets none escape"
* The Midnight Squad in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
-->We gather in moonlight
-->when the clock strikes midnight,
-->With intellect our torch
-->and humanity our compass.
-->Quill or sword in hand,
-->we move through the mysteries of the night,
-->Despite what horrors we face
-->or dark lore we uncover.
-->We shall press on.
-->For this is the oath
-->and the burden of the Midnighter.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Samurai Shodown}}''
--> It is a Bushi's nature
--> To fight and die
--> I will be a victorious devil
--> And all of my enemies will be
--> Cut into pieces
** And also:
--->To have no fear
--->To slice and kill
--->To survive
* The Orders of Tyria in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' each have one (or several, in the case of the Whispers):
-->'''Order of Whispers:''' "Fight what cannot be fought." / "Know what cannot be known." / "Kill what cannot be killed."
-->'''The Vigil:''' "Some must fight, so that all may be free."
-->'''Durmand Priory:''' "Your power is only equal to the sum of your knowledge."
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Naegi's]] "I'm more optimistic than most people" becomes this by the end of the game.
* From ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' we have the creed of the [[BadassBookworm Blood Raven Chapter's Chaplain]]:
--> "Pain now; reward in the afterlife."
** Another one that is said by just about all the Adeptus Astartes:
--> "Only in death does duty end."
** Or for those chosen to be interred in Dreadnoughts:
--> Duty does not end in death; death is only the beginning.
** After the Aurelian Crusade, we get this gem from the Blood Ravens:
--> "None shall find us wanting."
** The Dark Eldar has one that is (appropriately) equal parts inspiring and terrifying: "No death!" Heartening, until you realize they mean no death ''for their enemies''. The longer version is "Death [[ColdBloodedTorture only after great pain.]]"
* A meta example in VideoGame/DwarfFortress: "Losing is fun." Translated to the common man, this would read a bit more like "We entertain ourselves through fire and death".
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', the five rulers of the AncientConspiracy each have their own rote phrase to describe their job in metaphorical terms. ("I am the fire...", "I am the blade...", etc.). One of them later becomes a SurvivalMantra after one member is nearly killed by another.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there is Archer's [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited]] [[StormOfBlades Blade]] [[LimitBreak Works]] aria, delivered in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unknown to Death, nor known to Life.''
-->''Have withstood pain to create many weapons.''
-->''Yet, those hands will never hold anything.''
-->''So as I pray, [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
** [[spoiler: Shirou]] gets their own version:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain.''
-->''Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.''
-->''I have no regrets; this is the only path.''
-->''My whole life was [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
* In the minecraft game Dwarves Vs Zombies, when the mobs get released, Old Man Wilikers shouts the dwaves:
-->''I AM A DWARF! AND THIS IS MY SHRINE!''
-->''WE FEAR NOT DEATH, WE FEAR NOT TIME,''
-->''FOR WHEN THE SHRINE RUNS LOW,''
-->''AND THE ALE RUNS DRY,''
-->''KNOW THAT DEATH DID NOT CHOOSE ME,''
-->''I CHOSE THIS NIGHT!''

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* From the flavor text of ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' we get this poem, "Long Road's End" by C. Vincent Metzen:
-->“What fires burn within my heart and force me to contend
-->With the perils that await me at this tragic journey’s end?
-->I have walked the roads that lead to Hell, I have challenged all but Fate.
-->I have fought and bled and carried on just to reach this final gate.
-->And now the task before me looms, this dire deed undone;
-->I shall make my stand against the Three until the battle's won.
-->What fear or wound could ever still this last defiant cry,
-->As I stand against the Shadow 'neath the endless burning sky?”
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
-->'''Morgan Everett:''' We
''Series/BabylonFive'' brings us The Ranger Oath:
-->''"We
are the Invisible Hand. We are the Illuminati. We come before and after. We are forever. And eventually... eventually we will lead them into the day.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a number of these.
** The creed of the Grey Wardens: "In war, victory. In peace, vigilance. In death, [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]]."
** The Warden Oath, spoken at the Joining:
-->Join us brothers and sisters.
Rangers.\\
Join us We walk in [[EvilIsNotWellLit the shadows where we stand vigilant.dark places]] [[DarknessEqualsDeath no others will enter]].\\
Join us as we carry the duty that can not be forsworn.\\
And should you perish, know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten.\\
And that one day we shall join you.
** The Dalish Elves have the "Oath of the Dales";
-->
We are the Dalish.\\
Keepers of the lost lore, walkers of the lonely path.\\
We are the last of the Elvhenan,\\
And ''never'' again shall we submit.
* "Death before dishonour," the creed of the Orlesian chevaliers.
** From the Chant of Light, notably spoken by Knight-Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
--> Blessed are the peacekeepers, the champions of the just. Blessed are those who
stand before the corrupt and the wicked and do not falter.
** The Qunari have their own, as well;
-->"Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls, but the sea is changeless. There is nothing to struggle against. Victory is in the Qun."
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' DLC quest ''Legacy'', Malcolm Hawke, the protagonist's father, also made one into a Badass Prayer:
--> "Be bound here for eternity, hunger stilled, rage smothered, desire dampened, pride crushed. In the name of the Maker, so let it be."
** Malcolm Hawke's own personal creed:
--> "Magic will serve that which is best in me. Not that which is most base".
** In the DLC ''Mark of the Assassin,'' Hawke proves that badass creeds run in the family, stating their primary motivation for their actions;
--> "I ''have'' a purpose. '''I protect Kirkwall.'''"
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios also has his own.
-->''Amonkira. Lord of Hunters. Grant that my hands be steady, my aim be true, and my feet swift. And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness.''
** Paragon Shepard gives their character defining line in ''2'', while invoking it in [[spoiler: the Refusal Ending]] in ''3''.
---> '''Shepard''': I won't let fear compromise who I am.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'': "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted." It's the main quote
on the Badass Creed page bridge, and was [[TruthInTelevision in fact the actual creed]] of the historical Hashashin sect, led by Hassan al-Sabbah, from the name of which we get the word "assassin".
** Note that the ''[=AC1=]'' version has three tenets in addition to this motto: stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent, discretion in all things, and never compromise the Brotherhood. This is a major plot point, as Altaïr's violation of all three at Solomon's Temple led to his demotion, hence his starting as a Novice and having to literally kill his way back to Master Assassin.
** It is expanded in [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII the sequel]], in the scene where [[spoiler:Ezio is formally sworn into the ranks of the Assassins]]. It sounds even cooler that way, once you know exactly ''what'' it means... although the "three tenets" are now nowhere to be seen, possibly due to Altaïr's reforms. (Amusingly, it's also how to solve the last of Subject 16's Glyph puzzles.)
-->"Laa shaya waq'in moutlaq bale kouloun mounkine." (Arabic, literally "Nothing is absolute; Everything is permitted.")
--> [[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Nothing is true."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Everything is permitted."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "We work in the dark to serve the light.
[[YouShallNotPass no one may pass]]. \\
We are assassins."\\
'''All:''' "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."
** The central tenet of the Creed is even more impressive when you consider that it's essentially the answer to an existential crisis, an individual's realization that there exists no rational force governing nature: If there is no universal truth, nothing limits what you can do. And all of this centuries before philosophers would assemble the actual school of thought.
---> '''Altair:''' I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free. It commands us to be ''wise''.
** Ezio delivers his own explanation at the end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', after living the Creed for almost thirty years.
---> '''Ezio:''' To say that nothing is true, is to recognize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must
live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
* While most of
for the cast in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' carry a BadassBoast in their "Meet the..." videos, One - we die for the Sniper has a code. "Professionals have ''standards''. Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
*** "Have a plan to kill everyone you meet," became the official slogan for US Marine India Company's Forward Operations Center, out of Fallujah, Iraq.
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Kim]] [[TheCape Kaphwan]] [[JusticeWillPrevail would like to remind you]] that [[DetectEvil evil]] [[HotBlooded is]] '''''[[ThisIsUnforgivable UNFORGIVABLE.]]'''''
* ''TooHuman'', in a sendup to the Klingon example:
-->'''Berserker:''' It's a good day to die!
-->'''Soldier:''' You always say that.
-->'''Berserker:''' It always is.
* Richter Belmont from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': "I'm a Belmont. That's my job."
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Elites have one in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' that is chanted as a call/response series:
-->"When we joined the Covenant, we took an oath."
-->''"According to our station, all without exception.
One."''
-->"On ** In the blood Spinoff ''Legend of our fathers. On the blood of our sons. We swore to uphold Rangers'', one ranger starship captain amends the Covenant.above creed to end, "We Live for the one, we die for the one...but we don't die stupidly."
-->''"Even to our dying breath!"''
-->"Those who would break this oath are heretics, worth of neither pity nor mercy. Even now they use our Lord's creations to broadcast
*** Also, let's not the PSI Corps and their lies.motto: ''"The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father."''
*** Don't forget the Grey Council: "I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and the light.
"
-->''"We ** A more informal example comes in the form of the first lesson multiple generations of Sheridans taught their sons.
-->'''Sheridan:''' Never start a fight. Always finish it.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Night's Watch oath:
--> "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It
shall grind them into dust--"''
-->"--And continue our march
not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to glorious salvation!"
** There's one
the Night's Watch, for this night and all the Spartan-[=IIs=] and [=IIIs=] too:
-->"Spartans never die. They just go
nights to Hell and regroup.come."
** Don't forget And the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th Shock Troops Division:
-->"Jump Feet First into Hell.
customary eulogy for a black brother?
--> "And now his watch is ended.
"
** The [=ODSTs=] get an even more badass one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IklqPx3unjs We Are ODST]] trailer. The song lyrics, translated from Welsh:
-->"We cheat Death from his rightful victory. No one can defeat us, we are glad
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Any Klingon, any time, anywhere: "Today is a good day to plunge feet first into hell in the knowledge that we will rise.die."
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''
--> ''[[MagnificentBastard I've]] twice been conquered-
--> Three times more,
--> [[AIIsACrapShoot Never again shall humanity purge me]],
-->
** The Jem'Haddar battle cry is pretty BadAss:
--->''"I am First [name of Jem'Hadar First], and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We go into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember: Victory is Life!"''
**
And never the Pfhor.then Miles O'Brien turns to his men and says:
--->''I am Chief Miles Edward O'Brien. I am very much alive and I intend to stay that way.
''
* [[BaldursGate Swords, ** While not words!]]
-->"Jump on your swords while you can, villainy, for I won't be
designed to intimidate as gentle!."
* "[[MetalWolfChaos Nothing is pointless!]] And
such, the reason is... '''''[[RuleOfCool because]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking I'm opening narration detailing the President of]] [[{{Eagleland}} the United States of America]]!'''''"
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and the rest
mission of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise has a good number.
** [[BlackKnight The Knights of
Enterprise (and Starfleet in general) is pretty BadAss:
--->''"Space...
the Ebon Blade]] seem to have a couple; "Suffer well" among others.
*** "Harness your hate. Make it useful."
** Not to mention Varok Saurfang, also from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
-->"I am he who watches they. I am the fist of retribution. That which does quell the recalcitrant. Dare you defy the Warchief? Dare you face my merciless judgement?"
** The Horde in general has: "Lok'Tar Ogar! Blood and Thunder! My life for the Horde!", although the entire creed is rarely ever spoken in its entirety, except during a quest to grant the Taunka membership in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft.''.
*** ''Lok'tar Ogar'' translates as ''Victory or Death''!
---> '''For The Horde!'''
** The Blood Elves have the straight-to-the-point
--> ''Death to those who oppose us!''
** [[ThePaladin The Knights of the Silver Hand]] have "Esarus thar no'Darador", translated as "By blood and honor we serve".
** The Alliance's [[BadassArmy 7th legion]] has one:
-->'''High Commander [[AwesomeMcCoolname Halford Wyrmbane]]''': Through the valleys and peaks of Mount Hyjal, across the shifting sands of Silithus, against the Legion's dread armies - we have fought. We
Final Frontier. These are the nameless, faceless, sons and daughters voyages of the Alliance. By Starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before."''
** The Cardassian Resistance only needs two words:
--->''For Cardassia!''
** [[TheVirus The Borg]]'s introductory speech, while not exactly BadAss in
the Light traditional sense, is intimidating just in its sheer matter-of-factness, delivered in a CreepyMonotone VoiceOfTheLegion:
--->''"We are the Borg. Lower your shields
and by surrender your ships. [[TheAssimilator We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own]]. Your culture will adapt to service us. [[ResistanceIsFutile Resistance is futile]]."''
*** And now they've kicked it up a notch in
the might of ExpandedUniverse
---->[[spoiler:"We are
the Alliance, the first strike belongs to us Borg. You will be ''annihilated''. Your biological and the last strike technological distinctiveness have become irrelevant. Resistance is all that our enemies see. ''We are 7th Legion''.
* From ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' the code of ''[[FictionalDocument Carlson & Peeters]]''... kinda. While it does contain such statements of solidarity and strength as "W.W.T.A.O.: [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind We Work Together As One!]]," the book's designated mouthpiece, Double H, seems to have... ''trouble'' separating the genuinely awesome from the mundane, [[MundaneMadeAwesome treating both with equal gravitas.]]
* Reversal from ''Hitman 2'', and possibly Real Life: "I don't know anything, I didn't see anything, I wasn't there, and if I was there I was asleep." A reversal because, rather than pointing out that people should be afraid of the speaker, it's pointing out that ''he'' should be afraid of other people.
* The Brotherhood of Nod from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' has plenty, being a [[ChurchMilitant Army loyal to]] [[DarkMessiah Kane]], the most prominent being:
--> ''Brotherhood. Unity. Peace.''
--> ''One vision. One purpose.''
--> ''Peace through Power.'' (Sometimes combined with the previous one)
--> ''You can't kill the Messiah.'' (Kane's personal motto.)
** And, in one scene from ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Tiberian Sun]]'':
---> '''Slavik''': In the name of Kane!
---> '''Army of Nod Troops''': Kane lives in death!
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of Kane!''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in death!''
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of'' '''Kane!'''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in-''
---> '''Kane''': '''KANE... LIVES!'''
* VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'s Blackwatch:
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMV2uVhdO8 "WHEN WE HUNT WE KILL. NO ONE IS SAFE. NOTHING IS SACRED. WE ARE BLACKWATCH. WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. WE WILL BURN OUR OWN TO HOLD THE REDLINE. IT IS THE LAST LINE TO EVER HOLD.
futile...but welcome."]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of *** And then you have this world and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen. The end has come!]]
** The N.O.L. has their own:
-->''"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are knights of the blue flame!"''
** And three more, though the second is a parody.
-->"Hailed by the heavens, earth, and people, the one and only '''''Bang Shishigami''''' is now here!"\\
"''The heavens, the earth, '''and a million squirrels''' call to me!'' *{{beat}}* Huh? What? They don't?"
-->Upon activating his [[MemeticMutation Bang Install]] super: "'''Quicker than the Winds and as Still as the Forest! Hotter than Flames and more Magnificent than a Mountain!'''"
** Several characters use one during their Astral Finishes. For Example:
*** Nu-13's
-->''Oh silver blade, forged in the depths of the beyond, heed my summons and purge those who stand in my way! Lay waste.''
*** Better yet, her other Astral quote:
-->''From beyond the realm of souls and birth; I call upon the Ur-Sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish''
*** That's right. The UR-SWORD. The original blade.
*** Tsubaki's
-->''White feathers for innocence. Black feathers for darkest sin. We
version.... (What?)
---->"We
are the message endeavors of God, come Canadian Borg. Resistance would be impolite. Please wait to deliver righteous justice! Let sinners be punished. Let justice be done!''
*** Mu-12's
-->''This world was created by
assimilated. Pour l'assimilation en francais, veuillez appuyer sur deux." [[labelnote:trans.]] "For assimilation in French, please press two."[[/labelnote]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Possibly
the hands motto of the Gods. Every thing is false. Everything is a lie! The final days have come. Serenity Valley soldiers: "When you can't run, you walk. When you can't walk, you crawl. And now,'' '''''LET EVERYTHING BE DESTROYED!!!'''''
*** [[{{DLC}} Valkenhayn]].
--> ''Allow me to show you the power... Of the full moon! Night has now fallen... The moon shines bright! '''The play is now through!'''''
*** Ragna the Bloodedge
--> ''I'll show you there is no hell. Only Darkness! This is the power of the Azure!''
*** Occasionally [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by [[GeniusDitz Makoto]], who sometimes does the N.O.L creed, but gets halfway through saying it and then forgets the rest. Of course, played straight
when she does it correctly.
--> ''Dispatched in mankind's darkest... Uh... *mumbling* [[Funny/BlazBlue Oh, forget it]]!''
* The BonusBoss of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'':
--> I am matter.
--> I am antimatter.
--> I can see your past.
--> I can see your future.
--> I consume time...
--> And I will consume you!
** The evil {{Sentai}} team
you face in Barrel Volcano:
---> [[color:red:We fight for evil!]]\\
We live for disorder!\\
[[color:green:We like what we do!]]\\
[[color:pink:We struggle for chaos!]]\\
[[color:yellow:We are...]]\\
[[color:red:.]].[[color:green:.]][[color:pink:t]][[color:yellow:h]][[color:red:e]] [[color:green:A]][[color:pink:X]][[color:yellow:E]][[color:red:M]] [[color:green:R]][[color:pink:A]][[color:yellow:N]][[color:red:G]]E[[color:green:R]][[color:pink:S]][[color:yellow:!]][[color:red:!]]
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' with Dante [[spoiler: when he receives Lucifer]].
-->[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything First I whip it out! Then I thrust it! With great force! Every angle...! It penetrates! Until...! With great strength! I... ram it in! In the end... We are all satisfied... And
can't do that, you are set free!]]
** Also some kind of an oath (of Holy Knights of the Order of the Sword?) from "Shall Never Surrender":
--> My honoured brethren
--> we come together
-->
[[spoiler:find someone to unite as one
--> against those that are damned
--> we show no mercy
--> for we have none.
--> Our enemies shall fall
--> as we uprise
--> to claim our fate
--> now and forever
--> we'll be together
--> in love and hate.
* Here's one in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', said by Judas:
--> ''Majiwara zarishi inochi ni, ima mo tarasaren setsuna no kiseki/Instant miracles are not brought to mix with life now''
--> ''Toki wo hete...Koko ni yuugou seshi mirai he no taidou!/Time passes... Unite here and rise to the future!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks GISHOU KEN!!]]''' [[spoiler:* mask breaks, revealing Leon Magnus* ]]''
--> ''Boku wa... kako wo tachikiru. Chire!/I cut off the past... Scatter!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks MAJIN RENGOKUSATSU!!!/INFERNAL SUFFERING!!!]]'''''
** This BadassCreed is so badass, it has subtitles:
--> ''Blood rejects blood, heart breaks heart,''
--> ''Miracles won't come true, therefore, they don't exist...''
--> ''You resist?''
** Similarly, Videogame/TalesOfVesperia gives us Yuri Lowell's [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]]:
---> ''[[HeroesPreferSwords O brilliant blade]] [[AnAxeToGrind of coldest steel,]]''
---> ''[[FlashStep Rend the infinite darkness,]]''
---> ''[[SpamAttack And crush my enemies to nothing!]]''
---> ''[[CallingYourAttacks SAVAGE WOLF FURY!]]''
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI My name is Ultima... I am power both ancient and unrivaled... I do not bleed, for I am but strength given form... Feeble creatures of flesh... Your time is nigh!]]
** Or, as we used to know it, "My name is Atma... I am pure energy... and as ancient as the cosmos. Feeble creatures, GO!"
* The title character of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' gives us this little gem, said at the end of the fourth and final game (of the series):
--> Zero: "I never cared about justice, and I don't ever recall calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people that I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears before me, I ''will'' destroy it!"
** Copy X's Guardian Hidden Phantom has one as well.
--> '''Phantom''': Give light to people. Give death to Mavericks. No one shall disgrace master X. Your termination will now commence!
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:Captain Price]] gives an epicly poetic-awesome speech in response to [[spoiler:General Shepherd betraying him & Soap]]:
-->"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.
carry you]]."
* The only line not chosen by ** "I am a leaf on the player, from the Demifiend/Hitoshura from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
-->Dying message: "Death's vastness holds no peace.
wind. Watch how I come at the end of the long road. Neither human, nor devil... all bends to my will.soar."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
--> Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain - or live and
''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': "What do we do now, Captain?" Starbuck: "Same thing we always do: fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands!
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has Dak'kon with this:
-->Know that when death comes for you,
-->know that I shall meet its blade with mine.
-->Know that when all dies around you,
-->Know I shall live for your sake.
** What about: "Endure. In enduring grow strong."?
* [[{{Tekken}} Devil Jin]] starts every fight with "Kyoufu o oshiete yarou." ("I will teach you how to fear.")
* Sanger Zonvolt would like to remind you that HE IS THE SWORD THAT SMITES EVIL!
* [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas NCR 1st Recon: The last thing you never see.]]
** "It was pretty accurate, and so were we.
'em till we can't."
** And boy "What do they live up to it. Sending a single squad of these guys was considered a major military asset.
* [[SuperSoldier The Zuul]] from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' have
you hear?" "Nothing but the species-wide creed, which also finishes its leader's BadassBoast in rain" (The sound of the intro:
-->Born
debris of fire! Born of steel! Born of science! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Born! Of! Blood!]]
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', for
enemy craft hitting the eponymous organization: Quo Nemi Sequi Potest. "Where No One Can Follow.hull)
** Let's not forget Commander Adama's favorite "We've got to roll the hard six.
"
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'':
** "So say we all!"
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
The Ushra'Khan alliance: "We come for our people.Jaffa rebels' "I die free."
** Those ''Shel kek nem ron!''
** When they show up for the first time, the Ori battleships are quick to announce their intentions: "And those
who fly Minmatar ships: "In Rust We Trust.are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made unto dust."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': From both the novels during the hiatus era and "Girl in the Fireplace".
-->Doctor: "Even monsters have nightmares."
-->Scared Little Girl: "What of?"
-->Doctor: "Me!"
** The Amarr loyalists have their age-old BattleCry "Amarr Victor!"
*** When
whole of Creator/JonPertwee's "Who is the Empyrean War broke out, some Minmatar loyalists adopted Doctor" spoken word single counts as an ''extended'' Badass Creed for the rejoinder "Matar Victor!"
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' has
Doctor.
** The entire speech at Stonehenge in "The Pandorica Opens".
** Colonel Mace's speech just before UNIT counterattacks ([[CurbstompBattle and wipes
the Legionaires and their motto "Acta Non Verba" which literally means in Latin "Action, Not Words.floor with]]) the Sontarans.
-->'''Colonel 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.
** The Dalek creed, from Creator/TerryNation fluff:
--->''[[EarthShatteringKaboom Destroy without mercy!]]\\
[[BloodKnight Attack without fear!]]\\
[[AlwaysChaoticEvil Live without conscience!]]\\
[[OmnicidalManiac Exterminate without pity!]]\\
[[UnstoppableRage KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL!]]\\
[[AbsoluteXenophobe The Daleks are supreme!]] [[GalacticConqueror The Daleks are supreme!]] [[TheSocialDarwinist The Daleks are supreme!]]''
** The overhead announcement on a ship of Sontaran troops: "Battlestations... Rejoice.
"
* What about [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Andrew Ryan's]] personal motto?
--> "A man chooses. A slave obeys...
** In "The Name of the Doctor" we are told that the name Doctor was a promise he had made. We find out in "The Day of the Doctor" what that promise was. "Never cruel, nor cowardly. Never give up, never give in."
** From ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' "We will be reborn * The Brunnen-G battle hymn in the cold womb ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' probably qualifies:
-->''Yo Way Yo''
-->''Home Va Ya Ray''
-->''Yo Way Rah''
-->''Jerhume Brunnen-G''
-->Fighters
of the ocean.fight
-->For their home and their heart
-->We fighters will win or die
-->Forever we are Brunnen-G
* The titular Series/KamenRiderStronger proves just how badass he is every time he shows up on screen with his creed.
-->"The heavens call!
-->The earth cries out!
-->The crowds roar!
-->All calling on me to strike back against evil!
-->now listen up, villains!
-->I am the warrior of justice!
-->The Kamen Rider...Stronger!"
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' provides: "Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth and arming the human race against the future. The 21st Century is when everything changes. And you've gotta be ready."
** Which, in series 2, becomes: "Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st Century is when everything changes. And Torchwood is ready.
"
* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'': "From Parodied on ''Series/HeyDude!''. Mr. Ernst tries to psych Jake up for a fight by telling him to remember the hate-scorched sky / With righteous anger in our hearts / Ernst family motto. "[[HollywoodNerd We draw forth the sword like math]]?" Mr. Ernst then tells him it's: "An Ernst never backs down!" To which Jake tells him he's never heard of that smites Evil / Thou art the innocent blade--Demonbane!"
one before.
* From {{Fire Emblem}} the guild of assassins knows as [[{{AntiVillain}} The Black Fang]] "The Fang lets none escape"
* The Midnight Squad in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
-->We gather in moonlight
-->when the clock strikes midnight,
-->With intellect our torch
-->and humanity our compass.
-->Quill or sword in hand,
-->we move through the mysteries of the night,
-->Despite
rich and powerful take what horrors we face
-->or dark lore we uncover.
-->We shall press on.
-->For this is the oath
-->and the burden of the Midnighter.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Samurai Shodown}}''
--> It is a Bushi's nature
--> To fight and die
--> I will be a victorious devil
--> And all of my enemies will be
--> Cut into pieces
** And also:
--->To have no fear
--->To slice and kill
--->To survive
* The Orders of Tyria in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' each have one (or several, in the case of the Whispers):
-->'''Order of Whispers:''' "Fight what cannot be fought." / "Know what cannot be known." / "Kill what cannot be killed."
-->'''The Vigil:''' "Some must fight, so that all may be free."
-->'''Durmand Priory:''' "Your power is only equal to the sum of your knowledge."
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Naegi's]] "I'm more optimistic than most people" becomes this by the end of the game.
* From ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' we have the creed of the [[BadassBookworm Blood Raven Chapter's Chaplain]]:
--> "Pain now; reward in the afterlife."
** Another one that is said by just about all the Adeptus Astartes:
--> "Only in death does duty end."
** Or for those chosen to be interred in Dreadnoughts:
--> Duty does not end in death; death is only the beginning.
** After the Aurelian Crusade, we get this gem from the Blood Ravens:
--> "None shall find us wanting."
** The Dark Eldar has one that is (appropriately) equal parts inspiring and terrifying: "No death!" Heartening, until you realize
they mean no death ''for their enemies''. The longer version is "Death [[ColdBloodedTorture only after great pain.]]"
* A meta example in VideoGame/DwarfFortress: "Losing is fun." Translated to
want. We steal it back for you. Sometimes bad guys make the common man, this would read a bit more like "We entertain ourselves through fire and death".
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', the five rulers of the AncientConspiracy each have their own rote phrase to describe their job in metaphorical terms. ("I am the fire...", "I am the blade...", etc.). One of them later becomes a SurvivalMantra after one member is nearly killed by another.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there is Archer's [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited]] [[StormOfBlades Blade]] [[LimitBreak Works]] aria, delivered in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unknown to Death, nor known to Life.''
-->''Have withstood pain to create many weapons.''
-->''Yet, those hands will never hold anything.''
-->''So as I pray, [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
** [[spoiler: Shirou]] gets their own version:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain.''
-->''Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.''
-->''I have no regrets; this is the only path.''
-->''My whole life was [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
* In the minecraft game Dwarves Vs Zombies, when the mobs get released, Old Man Wilikers shouts the dwaves:
-->''I AM A DWARF! AND THIS IS MY SHRINE!''
-->''WE FEAR NOT DEATH, WE FEAR NOT TIME,''
-->''FOR WHEN THE SHRINE RUNS LOW,''
-->''AND THE ALE RUNS DRY,''
-->''KNOW THAT DEATH DID NOT CHOOSE ME,''
-->''I CHOSE THIS NIGHT!''
best good guys. We provide...Series/{{Leverage}}."



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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' did a short story called the Lookouts, which had a Badass-in-Training Creed in the form of the Lookout's motto:
--> "The Eyrewood reaches top to toe,
--> And through this wood we all must go.
--> Let Winter freeze, and Summer burn.
--> What men must know, a boy must learn."
** Their credo is concise but also awesome: "May We Die in the Forest".
* From the FBI agents in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
-->[[WaxingLyrical Every move you make]]
-->[[Music/ThePolice Every breath you take]]
-->Every law you break...
-->[[BigBrotherIsWatching I'll be watching you]]
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' (This is actually a well known [[Literature/TheBible bible]] passage, so it doubles as AsTheGoodBookSays)
-->The lord is my shepherd;
-->I shall not want.
-->He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
-->he leadeth me beside the still waters.
-->He restoreth my soul;
-->He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
-->Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
-->I will fear no evil, for thou art with me,
-->thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
-->Thou preparedst a table for me in the presence of mine enemies;
-->thou anointest my head with oil;
-->my cup runneth over.
-->Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
-->and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
* From this ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' strip [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page505.html]], the 115th Infantry Division of the Galactic Defense Force.
** "No one's fought like we're about to"
** [[spoiler: Adapted at the end by the HookerWithAHeartOfGold, "No one's fucked like we're about to."]]
* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strips : "Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable."
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0277.html
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0449.html
** It would be just MeaningfulEcho otherwise, but it has enough impact, and applies to all of the Azure Guard's paladins, embodying the true paladin mindset as a whole, that it can be considered a rallying cry for the Azure Guard ghost-martyrs.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the [[UnstoppableMailman Peregrine Mendicant's]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002796 creed]]. It's PlayedForLaughs, but when you think about it it's badass as hell.
-->The mail is the one final hope for resurrecting a dead planet from its ashes, and the letter carriers are the brave soldiers of God in this righteous crusade. They are the defenders of the light of knowledge, free communication, and the exchange of ideas. They are the bold toters of all those little papery conduits of freedom, the white postmarked angels that whisper a message on their deliverance, a promise to the yearning: "There is hope yet."
-->Liberty. Reason. Justice. Civility. Edification. Perfection.
-->'''MAIL.'''

to:

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[[folder:Live Action Roleplaying]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' did From Mythodea
** The Black Ice as
a short story called the Lookouts, which had a Badass-in-Training Creed in the form of the Lookout's motto:
--> "The Eyrewood reaches top to toe,
--> And through this wood we all must go.
--> Let Winter freeze, and Summer burn.
--> What men must know, a boy must learn.
call/response series:
-->"We live..
"
** Their credo is concise but also awesome: "May We Die in the Forest".
* From the FBI agents in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
-->[[WaxingLyrical Every move you make]]
-->[[Music/ThePolice Every breath you take]]
-->Every law you break...
-->[[BigBrotherIsWatching I'll be watching you]]
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' (This is actually a well known [[Literature/TheBible bible]] passage, so it doubles as AsTheGoodBookSays)
-->The lord is my shepherd;
-->I shall not want.
-->He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
-->he leadeth me beside the still waters.
-->He restoreth my soul;
-->He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
-->Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
-->I will fear no evil, for thou art with me,
-->thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
-->Thou preparedst a table for me in the presence of mine enemies;
-->thou anointest my head with oil;
-->my cup runneth over.
-->Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
-->and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
* From this ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' strip [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page505.html]], the 115th Infantry Division of the Galactic Defense Force.
** "No one's fought like we're about to"
** [[spoiler: Adapted at the end by the HookerWithAHeartOfGold, "No one's fucked like we're about to."]]
* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strips : "Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable.
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We fight...
"
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0277.html
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0449.html
** It would be just MeaningfulEcho otherwise, but it has enough impact, and applies to all of the Azure Guard's paladins, embodying the true paladin mindset as a whole, that it can be considered a rallying cry for the Azure Guard ghost-martyrs.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the [[UnstoppableMailman Peregrine Mendicant's]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002796 creed]]. It's PlayedForLaughs, but when you think about it it's badass as hell.
-->The mail is the one final hope for resurrecting a dead planet from its ashes, and the letter carriers are the brave soldiers of God in this righteous crusade. They are the defenders of the light of knowledge, free communication, and the exchange of ideas. They are the bold toters of all those little papery conduits of freedom, the white postmarked angels that whisper a message on their deliverance, a promise to the yearning: "There is hope yet.
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We die..
"
-->Liberty. Reason. Justice. Civility. Edification. Perfection.
-->'''MAIL.'''
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
** And one for all "Verfemte" (Condemned), also call/response and usually repeated 3 times:
-->"He is the eye..."
-->''"WE ARE THE STORM!"''



[[folder:Web Original]]
* Wiki/SCPFoundation: "We [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Secure]]. We [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse Contain]]. We [[SaveTheWorld Protect]]."
** Also: [[RedshirtArmy "We]] [[HeroicSacrifice die]] [[CrapsackWorld in the dark]] [[{{Masquerade}} so you can live in the light."]]
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum: "[[ShoutOut Do not meddle in the affairs]] of assassins, for we are heavily armed and quick to anger. And not noticeably subtle."
* The ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' version of the Ginyu Force has one.
--> '''Burter:''' "Speed of light and strength of all."
-->'''Recoome:''' "The Ginyu Force shall make them fall!"
-->'''Jeice:''' "We're King Cold’s army’s strongest force."
-->'''Guldo:''' "We’ll beat them all, secure the course!"
-->'''Ginyu:''' "If trouble meet us as we pass..."
-->'''Ginyu Force:''' "WE’LL SHOVE OUR FIST RIGHT UP THEIR ASS!"
** Goku even has one during his fight against Freeza:
--> '''Goku:''' I am the hope of the omniverse! I am the light-bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger! I am the Alpha, and the Amiga! [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck I am the terror... that flaps in the night!]] '''I... AM SON GOKU! AND I AM A SUPER-''' *Gets hit by Freeza's finger laser*.....Saiyan.
* "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "None of us are as cruel as all of us."
* Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls. There is nothing to struggle against. [[WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption Victory lies in the Qun]].
* Alexander Anderson and his posse give the following in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' (set to Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping up to Boston"):
-->'''Anderson''': Who are we?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': [[NecessaryEvil A necessary evil]]!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are we necessary?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': To purge the world from evil worse than man!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are God's chosen few, ordained to undertake this unholy task?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': Because no one else will!\\
'''Anderson''': ''([[AssKickingPose brandishes bayonets]])'' [[BloodKnight And because it's fucking fun]]! [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter AHAHAHAHAHHAHAA]][[ReligiousBruiser AAAAAAAAAAMEEEEN!]]

to:

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* Wiki/SCPFoundation: "We [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Secure]]. We [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse Contain]]. We [[SaveTheWorld Protect]]."
** Also: [[RedshirtArmy "We]] [[HeroicSacrifice die]] [[CrapsackWorld
The StanRogers song ''Mary Ellen Carter'', which actually saved the life of a shipwreck victim who sang it to stay awake in the dark]] [[{{Masquerade}} so you can live in the light."]]
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum: "[[ShoutOut Do not meddle in the affairs]] of assassins, for we are heavily armed and quick to anger. And not noticeably subtle."
* The ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' version of the Ginyu Force has one.
icy water.
--> '''Burter:''' "Speed of light All you to whom adversity has dealt a mortal blow,
--> With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go,
--> Turn to,
and put out all your strength of all."
-->'''Recoome:'''
arm and heart and brain,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
--> Rise again! Rise again!
--> Though your heart may be broken, and life about to end,
--> No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
* ''Die Gedanken Sind Frei'', German for "My Thoughts are Free." An old folksong sung by WWII prisoners, Cold War protestors, and modern freethinkers.
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts freely flower
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts give me power
--> No scholar can map them, no hunter can trap them,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> I think as I please, and this gives me pleasure
--> My conscience decrees this right I must treasure
--> My thoughts do not cater to duke or dictator,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> And should tyrants take me, and cast me in prison,
--> My thoughts shall burst free, like blossoms in season
--> Foundations will crumble, and structures will tumble,
--> and free men will cry, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!
* Heather Alexander's ''March of Cambreadth''
--> Midnight mare and blood-red roan
--> Fight to keep these lands your own
--> Sound the horn and call the cry
--> '''How many of them can we make die?'''
* ''Slipknot'' on (sic) has "You can't kill me cause I'm already INSIDE YOU!"
* ''The Switch and the Spur'' by The Raconteurs
--> Any poor souls, who trespass against us
--> Whether it be beast or man
--> Will suffer the bite, or be stung dead on sight
--> By those who inhabit this land
--> For theirs is the power and this is their kingdom
--> As sure as the sun does burn
--> So enter this path, but heed these four words:
--> '''You shall never return'''
* "Sophia" by the Cruxshadows
--> Do not injustice to another
--> Defend the weak and innocent
--> Let truth and honor always guide you
--> Let courage find a life within
--> Stand up when no-one else is willing
--> Act not in hatred or in spite
--> Be to this world as a perfect knight
--> Even if it means your life
* [[Theatre/ManOfLaMancha The Impossible Dream:]]
--> To dream the impossible dream
--> To fight the unbeatable foe
--> To bear with unbearable sorrow
--> To run where the brave dare not go
** In fact, the whole song is his Badass Creed.
*** As are the opening and the finale.
*** One might say the whole musical is.
* It loses its rhyme in translation to English, but there's an old children's rhyme for the holiday of Hannukah:
--> We have come to expel darkness.
--> In our hands are light and flame.
--> Every one of us is a small light.
--> And all of us are a firm light.
--> Fight darkness, drive back blackness!
--> Fight for the cause of the light!
* The electronic dance song "Stop the Revolution" by D. Ramirez and Meat Katie:
--> You cannot restrain or tame an idea with idle threats.
--> Once it has crept into the mind, the mouth will not bite the tongue to keep it in silence.
--> The sheer promise of bondage and whips will not be enough to apprehend a thought as it travels from ear to misinformed ear.
--> We ''will'' protest, because ''you'' cannot tell a concept not to raise its fist in anger!
--> You cannot censor that which only exists in theory!
--> You cannot tell anarchy to stop in its tracks, when its feet only exist in the minds of the oppressed!
--> There is a force out there, greater than the media, greater than right or left, greater than empty lies or promises!
--> You can try all night to stop the noise... but you'll never stop the Revolution.
* "Prisoner of Our Time", "Branded and Exiled", "Chains and Leather"... Like many old school metal bands, Music/RunningWild had many of these on it's earlier releases. Here's a example from "Branded and Exiled":
--> Many relocated all across the land
--> Together we've got the power in our hands
--> We are strong enough to fight mendacious laws
--> We've got the wrath, 'cause we are
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!

* The Incredible String Band -- ''My Name is Death''
--> I am the question that cannot be answered,
--> I am the lover that cannot be lost,
--> Yet small are the gifts of my servant; the soldier,
--> For time is my offspring; pray, what is my name?

--> My name is Death.

** Justifying note: Far from being a harsh metal song, this is a rather unsettling Folk song.

* Music/IronMaiden has many:
** One of note is "Die With Your Boots On,"
-->No point asking when it is,
-->No point asking who's to go,
-->No point asking what's the game,
-->No point asking who's to blame,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, die with your boots on,
-->If you're gonna try, well stick around,
-->Gonna cry, just move along,
-->If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.
** Then, from "Sun and Steel,"
-->Sunlight, falling on your steel,
-->Death in life is your ideal,
-->Life is like a wheel.
** And, from "Flash of the Blade,"
-->You'll die as you lived
-->In a flash of the blade
-->In a corner forgotten by no-one
-->You lived for the touch
-->For the feel of the steel
-->One man, and his Honour.
** And of course The Trooper
-->
-->You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
-->You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
-->So when you're waiting for the next attack
-->You'd better stand there's no turning back

-->The bugle sounds as the charge begins
-->But on this battlefield no one wins
-->The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
-->As you plunge into a certain death

-->The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
-->The mighty roar of the Russian guns
-->And as we race towards the human wall
-->The screams of pain as my comrades fall

-->We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
-->And as the Russians fire another round
-->We get so near yet so far away
-->We won't live to fight another day

-->We get so close near enough to fight
-->When a Russian gets me in his sights
-->He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
-->A burst of rounds takes my horse below

-->And as I lay there gazing at the sky
-->My body's numb and my throat is dry
-->And as I lay forgotten and alone
-->Without a tear I draw my parting groan


* Victory Song -- ''Ensiferum''

--> Ei urhot kaukaisen pohjolan
--> Uhan eessä taipuneet
--> Jälleen pauhaa kansi taivahan
--> Veri valuu maahan lumiseen
--> Moni nähdä ei saa enää huomista
--> Moni jää heitä kaipaamaan
--> Jälkipolville jää maa rauhaisa
--> Voiton laulut soi ainiaan

--> Translated:
--> The warriors of the north
--> Stood strong against aggression
--> Again the thunder rumbles
--> Blood stains the snow
--> Many will not see tomorrow
--> Many will be missed
--> But the land remains safe for our children
--> And songs of victory will sound forever

** For that matter, most Finnish marching music; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y&feature=related The Jaeger March]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUpIhG0VsE&feature=related The Pori Regiment's march]], just to name a few.

* The Show Must Go On, by {{Queen}}.

-->The Show must go on!
-->The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah!
-->Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
-->My make-up may be flaking...
-->But my smile, still, stays on!
-->Yeah! oh oh oh

-->My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
-->Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
-->I can fly, my friends!

-->The Show must go on! Yeah!
-->The Show must go on!
-->I'll face it with a grin!
-->I'm never giving in!
-->On with the show!

-->I'll top the bill!
-->I'll overkill!
-->I have to find the will to carry on!
-->On with the,
-->On with the show!

-->The Show must go on.

And the kicker? Brian May wrote this for Freddie Mercury, when people questioned if he could 'go on', considering his health was failing because of his battle with AIDS. Acording to [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], May wasn't sure that Freddie would be able to sing the song, his health was so bad. Freddie's response? He took a swig of vodka and said [[PrecisionFStrike 'I'll fucking do it, darling!']]. May says he considers this [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of Mercury's best performances]]. [[SandInMyEyes 'Scuse me, I have something in my eye..]]

** Also from that same album (Freddie went out Badass!), the song "Innuendo". The whole song was a BadassCreed, like "Show Must Go On". Just the first verse:
--->While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand,
--->While the waves crash from the sea to meet the land,
--->While there's the wind and the stars and the rainbow,
--->'Til the mountains crumble into the plains,
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Tread that fine line
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Just passing our time.

* The Fire Dawn, by Oh Sleeper, exudes this trope. IN SPADES!

-->Stand up, we'll be more than kings.
-->Show no mercy when the gates swing.
-->I've said it before but without accepting that my body
-->Was the only thing keeping me from living.
-->I wouldn't even let the surgeon touch me.
-->Though facing death, I dined on flesh...
-->But now I live to fight out-numbered.
-->I live to fight out-numbered at the fire dawn to live in rebellious honor.
-->I'll stand, you'll see me over all of your fallen.
-->I'll be knee-deep, knee-deep in a sea of their organs.
-->Send me all of hell and I'll face them,
-->I'll face them one on one-thousand.

* Most, if not all, ProfessionalWrestling ThemeMusic.

* EnterShikari's {{Badass Creed}} in "Juggernauts" also acts as a complete {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}:
-->We'll do what we've always done
-->Shut our eyes and hope for the best...
-->NO! We're gonna face this
-->And step out onto the tracks
-->Stare it right in the face
-->THOU SHALL NOT PASS!

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfs_-tyJH9w Army of the Dead Part I]]/[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV-BmFUoVt8 II]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguJyPOlOoE Odin]] by Manowar.

-->Raise thy weapons on this day
-->Ye shall not die alone

-->Fight and die let Valkyries fly
-->For they shall take thee home

-->I promise thee that on this night
-->Ye shall be by my side

-->Asgard's halls await with heroes
-->Brothers that have died

-->For thee we wait at Asgard's gates
-->Come join us by our side

-->Valhalla waits so choose thy fate
-->For all of us must die!

* This excerpt that appears in the Manowar songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb46TxwEaZw The Warrior's Prayer]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diLCzRJEJRg Glory, Majesty, Unity]] :

-->Gods of war I call You. My sword is by my side.
-->I seek a life of honor, free from all false pride.
-->I will crack the whip with a bold mighty hail.
-->Cover me with death if I should ever fail.

-->Glory, Majesty, Unity
-->Hail, Hail, Hail

* Pretty much any Manowar song, actually. Here's one from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=431ghP7AWf0 Sons of Odin]] :

-->Glory and fame
-->Blood is our name
-->Souls full of thunder, hearts of steel

-->Killers of men!
-->A warrior's friend!
-->Sworn to avenge our fallen brothers, to the end!

** Even more to the point, the band itself has one: "Death to false metal".

* "Morituri", by Robin Wayne Bailey:
-->Let us live short lives of glory
-->Let us burn bright like a flame
-->And when the gods call, let the poets remember our names!

* [[WorldOfWarcraft Level 70/80 Elite Tauren Chieftain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGROC4USto 'The Power of the Horde']]
--> Surrounded by the enemy
--> The wolf among the hounds
--> Thunder turns to silence, it took...
--> A hundred to bring me down
--> Wolf-brothers falling at my side
--> With honor I will die
--> Upon the altar of the storms
--> I will be reborn
(Rest of the lyrics: [[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/l70etc/#share]] )
* AllThatRemains has several, but the song "Some of the People , All of the Time" exeplifies it:
--> When all seems lost we count the cost
--> We still remain connected
--> We'll be made strong we are not wrong
--> we will not be neglected
--> Now Wake this doubt and cast it out
--> Weakness will be rejected
--> And through all wrongs we must stay strong
--> We will not be neglected

*
"The Ginyu Force shall make them fall!"
-->'''Jeice:''' "We're King Cold’s army’s strongest force."
-->'''Guldo:''' "We’ll beat them all, secure the course!"
-->'''Ginyu:''' "If trouble meet us as we pass..."
-->'''Ginyu Force:''' "WE’LL SHOVE OUR FIST RIGHT UP THEIR ASS!"
** Goku even has one during his fight against Freeza:
Gears" by Dethklok
--> '''Goku:''' I am We fear not our mortality
--> We'll serve to
the hope best of the omniverse! I am the light-bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things our ability
--> We give our lives to our masters
--> We vow to smite our enemies

* Andrew W.K.'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBnJ0egT_4 "Get Ready to die"]] is one massive Badass Creed combined with a Badass Boast.
-->This is your time to pay,
-->This is your judgement day,
-->We made a sacrifice,
-->And now we get to take your life.

-->We shoot without a gun,
-->We'll take on anyone,
-->It's really nothing new,
-->It's just a thing we like to do.

** Andrew gets another crazy-awesome one
that cry out in hunger! I am encompasses the Alpha, and ending of "Totally Stupid". Might double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for some.
-->If we wait until tomorrow
-->Will tomorrow ever come?
-->This is where we're coming from
-->And we're not
the Amiga! [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck I am only ones

-->When we find ourselves in trouble
-->We can find outselves a way
-->You can find a place to stay
-->And
the terror... that flaps place is always safe

-->If you have a heart that's
in pain
-->Don't be afraid
-->You're not to blame
-->There's a better world inside of us
-->Where we always thought it was
-->You don't need to hide
-->You can open up your eyes
-->And you'll discover
-->That there is another world.

* “Indestructible” by Music/{{Disturbed}} -
the night!]] '''I... AM SON GOKU! AND I AM A SUPER-''' *Gets hit by Freeza's finger laser*.....Saiyan.
whole song is one big BadassCreed

* "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "None
Music/TheProtomen provide one to VideoGame/MegaMan in "The Will of us are One". [[spoiler:It gets a ''lot'' darker in "The Sons of Fate".]]
-->And
as cruel as all of us."
* Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls.
I live\\
There is nothing to struggle against. [[WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption Victory lies in no evil that will stand\\
And I will finish\\
What was started\\
The fight of Protoman!

* One from WithinTemptation: "Why Not Me."

-->Some may call it a curse\\
A life like mine\\
But others, a blessing\\
It's certainly a lonely life\\
But a fulfilling one and
the Qun]].
best\\
It's my cross to bear\\
And I'll bear it gladly\\
Someone has to take a stand against evil\\
Why should it not be me?

* Alexander Anderson Music/{{Clutch}} has many songs that qualify, but "High Caliber Consecrator" is a particularly straightforward example:

-->We'll thresh the psyche,
and his posse till the pride\\
Distill the blood, proclaim the gun divine\\
Damn the foul ego, praise the promised swarm\\
We are the ploughshare, and yet we are the sword

* The entire song of Otherwise's song 'Soldiers' could count, but especially the chorus:
--> We are the one who will never be broken\\
With our final breath, we'll fight to the death\\
We are soldiers, we are soldiers\\

** Especially:
--> You can't erase us\\
You'll just have to face us\

* TheOffspring has "Defy you":
--> You may push me around\\
But you cannot win\\
You may throw me down\\
But I'll rise again\\
The more you say\\
The more I defy you\\
So get out of my face\\
\\
You cannot stop us\\
You cannot bring us down\\
Never
give up\\
We go on and on\\
You'll never break us\\
Never bring us down\\
We are alive! \\

* Coheed and Cambria's "The Crowing" has:
--> I fought
the following decisions that called and lost.
--> My mark is the relevant piece
in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' (set this,
--> I will come reformed.
--> In short, for the murders of those I court,
--> I bless the hour that holds your fall.
--> I will kill you all!

* Shinedown has a pretty good one at the beginning of their music video for "Unity"
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have each other,
--> We will not fall
--> Because we are brothers.
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have love,
--> We will not fall,
--> Because we will rise above.

* Slayer's Jihad is frighteningly inspiring.
--> Be optomistic, happy, and calm
--> show no fear, or anxiety
--> smile at the face of God
--> and your reward will be eternity
--> Holy Warriors, your patience will be justified
--> Everything is for Him
--> You must not comfort the animal before you kill it
--> Strike as champions at the heart of the non-believers!
--> Strike above the neck, and at all extremities!
--> For it is the point of no return for Almighty God!
--> GOD will give victory
to Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping up his faithful!
--> When you reach Ground Zero, you will have KILLED the enemy:
--> THE GREAT SATAN!!!


* PowerMetal band Bloodbound has one in their song, Together we Fight
--> I pledge allegiance,
--> To goblins and heathens,
--> March by my side,
--> Together we fight.
--> Join my battalion,
--> And serve the medallion,
--> Slay by my side,
--> Together we fight.

* [[Music/DragonForce Through the fire and the flames we carry onnnn!!!!!!]]

* BlueOysterCult did one for the Tarachian warriors in [[WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal Heavy Metal the Movie]]:
--> To defend, this is the Pact!
--> But when life's scorned, and damage done
--> To avenge, this is the Pact!

* The badass opening
to Boston"):
-->'''Anderson''':
"The Devil's Deadly Weapon" by British heavy metallers Hell:
-->
Who are we?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': [[NecessaryEvil A necessary evil]]!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are we necessary?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': To purge
live by the world from evil worse than man!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are
sword shall likewise die, and in their bloody beds shall lie
--> I pledge myself to slay this beast, and when this deed is done shall I
--> In noble death or glory rest, when breath has fled its savage breast
--> This loathsome task I must perform, and thus my earthly fate is sworn
-->
God's chosen few, ordained hideous carnage wrought upon - The Devil's Deadly Weapon!

* American metal band Oteps song 'Run for Cover'
--> Even Jesus worships me
--> I bow down
to undertake this unholy task?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': Because no
none
--> Your little light is like a candle
--> trying to outshine the sun

* Otherwise's "Soldiers" is
one else will!\\
'''Anderson''': ''([[AssKickingPose brandishes bayonets]])'' [[BloodKnight And because it's fucking fun]]! [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter AHAHAHAHAHHAHAA]][[ReligiousBruiser AAAAAAAAAAMEEEEN!]]
in total.
--> We are the ones who will never be broken
--> With our final breath
--> We'll fight to the death
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
--> We are the ones who will not go unspoken
--> No, we will not sleep
--> We are not sheep
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers



[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "One shall stand, one shall fall."]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0_vJUc3o4 Optimus Prime versus Megatron]]. More than just a one-liner, it has been cropping up in the new movies as well as video games.
** It was used first in the original Transformers movie (in the 1980s), at the beginning of the final battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime, and the one who died was ''Prime''. To anyone for whom this was a pivotal moment in Transformers, and perhaps storytelling in general, the phrase retains the capacity to terrify the hell out of you. Its use in the 2007 Transformers movie was especially effective for creating actual tension.
** To be fair, Prime won the fight, and Megatron only "survived" because Unicron remade him as Galvatron. Plus Megatron used EXTREMELY dirty tricks to wound Prime.
** This can be considered a MutualKill.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime "Wreckers don't call for backup. They call for]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime cleanup.]]''"
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck has two. One is his [[InTheNameOfTheMoon introduction speech]], with variations on "I am the terror that flaps in the night...I am Darkwing Duck.", and the other is far more badass "LetsGetDangerous."
* Arguably, the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic opening sequence]] [[http://www.burbler.com/marion-raven-we-are-witch-lyrics.html lyrics]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''
* The Justice Guild "Let Justice Prevail."
* Just five little words: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "We. Are.]] [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids! Next! Door!"]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes'', we have the Legion Oath, which first appeared when Timberwolf was inducted into the fold, and later in Season 2, as recited by the Legion as a whole.
--> To the Legion of Super Heroes, I make this solemn pledge:
--> To use my powers for good,
--> To fight for justice and protect the innocent,
--> To aid my fellow Legionnaires in times of peril,
--> And to keep their secrets safe.
--> We are the Legion of Super Heroes. Long Live the Legion!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' has a hell of a badass creed as his theme song - particularly the second verse.
-->When in this world the headlines read
-->Of those whose hearts are filled with greed
-->Who rob and steal from those who need
-->To right this wrong with blinding speed
-->Goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
-->[[Main/LightningBruiser Speed of lightning!]] [[Main/MadeOfExplodium Roar of thunder!]]
-->[[Main/TheCape Fighting all who rob or plunder!]]
-->Underdog... Underdog!

to:

[[folder:Western Animation]]
[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "One shall stand, one shall fall."]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0_vJUc3o4 Optimus Prime versus Megatron]]. More than just a one-liner, it has been cropping up in [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]: "I'm the new movies as well as video games.
** It was used first in the original Transformers movie (in the 1980s), at the beginning
man of the final battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime, and hour, the one who died was ''Prime''. To anyone for whom this was a pivotal moment in Transformers, and perhaps storytelling in general, man with the phrase retains power, too sweet to be sour. The women's pet, the capacity to terrify the hell out of you. Its use in the 2007 Transformers movie was especially effective for creating actual tension.
** To be fair, Prime won the fight, and Megatron only "survived" because Unicron remade him as Galvatron. Plus Megatron used EXTREMELY dirty tricks to wound Prime.
** This can be considered a MutualKill.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime "Wreckers
men's regret. What you see is what you get. And what you don't call for backup. They call for]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime cleanup.]]''"
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck has two. One
see is his [[InTheNameOfTheMoon introduction speech]], with variations better yet"
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling's motto: "Victory Through Guts"
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: "We snack
on "I danger and we dine on death!"
* "[[Wrestling/ArnAnderson Adversity introduces a man to himself.]]"
* [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels I
am the terror that flaps in Icon, the night...Showstopper, the Main Event… I am Darkwing Duck.", Mr. Wrestlemania!]]
** I will give you a show like you have ''never'' seen before.
** Shawn Michaels has never been outperformed in a big match situation!
* [[Wrestling/TripleH I am the Game]]
and I Am...THAT. DAMN. GOOD.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho I am]]
the other is far more badass "LetsGetDangerous.best at what I do.
* [[SmugStraightEdge Straight edge]] means [[Wrestling/CMPunk I'm]] better than you.
* What'cha gonna do when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] runs wild on you?!
** [[Wrestling/HulkHogan *points to one open palm with the index finger of opposite hand* "THIS IS WHERE THE POWER LIES!"]]
* Wrestling/BretHart: The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be.
* Wrestling/MattHardy: I am Matt Hardy and I will not die.
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: It's not about how many times you knock me down. It's about how many times DDP gets back up.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: You WILL Rest. In. Peace.
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]: Everybody's got a price. Everybody's got to pay. But the Million Dollar Man always gets his way.
* [[Wrestling/RicFlair To be The Man]] - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - you gotta beat The Man!
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}: WHO'S NEXT?
* "And that's the bottom line, because [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin STONE COLD]] SAYS SO!"
* [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Eastern Championship Wrestling]]: "It's not for everyone.
"
* Arguably, Beat me if you can, survive [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} if I let you]]
* "[[Wrestling/MsChif No more repined bastard nation! A generous gesture to a people so blind! No more repined bastard nation fumbling, descending, away from
the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic opening sequence]] [[http://www.burbler.com/marion-raven-we-are-witch-lyrics.html lyrics]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''
light! It takes a non-poisoned creature to withstand a monster that has grown and spawned, a darkness, I can not tolerate. A darkness we must bury.]]"
* The Justice Guild "Let Justice Prevail.Perros Del Mal: "Dios perdona, los Perros no."
* Just five little words: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "We. Are.]] [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids! Next! Door!"]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes'', we have the Legion Oath, which first appeared when Timberwolf
Generation Next: "[[Film/TheBoondockSaints This was inducted into the fold, and later in Season 2, as recited by the Legion as a whole.
--> To the Legion of Super Heroes, I make
fucking bomb]]. For a few seconds, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor this solemn pledge:
--> To use my powers
place]] was [[DarkestHour Armageddon]]...[[HostileShowTakeover AND THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT]]!!!!"
* "You're either [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] or you're against us!"
* "We're not renegades, we're not mercenaries. We're not Wrestling/TheNexus, if you're lookin'
for good,
--> To fight for justice and protect
the innocent,
--> To aid my fellow Legionnaires in times of peril,
--> And
Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo, go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to keep their secrets safe.
-->
step in. We're a shield from injustice... we're a shield from injustice. We are the Legion of Super Heroes. Long Live the Legion!
Wrestling/TheShield."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' has a hell of a badass creed as his theme song - particularly the second verse.
-->When in this world the headlines read
-->Of those whose hearts are filled
[[Wrestling/AcesAndEights The Aces & Eights]]: "When you ride with greed
-->Who rob and steal from those who need
-->To right this wrong with blinding speed
-->Goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
-->[[Main/LightningBruiser Speed of lightning!]] [[Main/MadeOfExplodium Roar of thunder!]]
-->[[Main/TheCape Fighting all who rob or plunder!]]
-->Underdog... Underdog!
the Aces & Eights, you never walk alone."



[[folder:Real Life]]
[[AC: Real Life-- Military]]

-->'' You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be.''
-->'''WinstonChurchill''' - ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''
* This is Older Than They Think: The Romans had one. ''Vae Victis'', literally meaning "Way of the victor". In practice, it meant 'woe to the conquered' (or 'I won, so I get what I want. You lost, so you've got nothing to say about it'). Appropriately, they stole it from a would-be conqueror who coined the phrase after temporarily occupying the city (when they tried paying him to go away).
** More colloquially, "Go to hell." They'd shout it as they ran into battle.
* The personal creed of Dick Winters and every infantry officer, summing up infantry leadership: "Follow me!"
* The [[SemperFi U.S. Marines']] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifleman%27s_Creed Rifleman's Creed]]:
-->"This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.\\
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.\\
Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...\\
My rifle and I know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...\\
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...\\
Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life.\\
So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."
** "Semper Fi!", which is shortened from ''Semper Fidelis'' (Latin for "Always Faithful").
** "Forgiveness is between them and God. It's our job to arrange the meeting."
** "Once A Marine, '''Always A Marine'''."
** "To err is human; to forgive, divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy."
** "On bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps".
** "No better friend, no worse enemy."
** From 1st Recon: "Swift, silent, deadly."
** The Marines also have the more light hearted, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kU0XCVey_U This is my rifle/ This is my gun.]]/ One is for killing/ The other's for fun." Three guesses what the "gun" is.
** "Warrior by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, Marine by the grace of God."
** "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Boy, these guys have a lot of creeds.
*** That one gets bonus points for being a lyric in the Marine Corps Hymn.
** A much more understated one from the Marines: every Marine a rifleman. And it's true. Unlike any of the other American service branches, the Marines make everyone in their uniform go through full basic and qualify as an infantryman. That includes the lawyers who work for JAG, the musicians who play for the band, the doctors, everyone. They all went through TrainingFromHell to become combat soldiers, even if what they do has nothing to do with combat.
*** The saying is "You join the Army to learn a specialization. You join the Navy to hang out in Pattaya. You join the Air Force to go to computing college. You join the Marine Corps to fight." [[note]]As usual, the Coast Guard doesn't get a look in.[[/note]]
*** In their training, every Marine must memorize and be able to recite verbatim "The mission of the Marine rifle squad is to LOCATE, CLOSE WITH, and DESTROY the enemy by fire and maneuver, or to repel his assault by fire and close combat." -- even the doctrine can be a badass creed.
** Also: "Hard things we can do right away. Impossible things may take a bit longer."
*** Although [[InterserviceRivalry that last one was stolen from US Navy shipyard workers]].
** 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division: "Retreat, Hell!" (as in: "Retreat? Like Hell we will!")
* The US Navy's Sailor's Creed:
-->"I am a United States Sailor.\\
I will support the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.\\
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who came before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.\\
I proudly serve my country's naval combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.\\
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."
** They have a pair of unofficial mottoes: "Strength and Honor" and ''Non sibi sed patriae'' ("Not for self but for country")
** US Navy Operations Specialist motto: "In God We Trust, All Others We Track"
** The Office of Naval Research has a wing devoted to bringing [[http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/railgun.jpg railguns]] out of the realm of science fiction. Their motto: ''Velocitas Eradico'' ("Speed Destroys")
** From a US Navy recruitment campaign: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of all who threaten it."
** US Navy [=SEALs=] don't advertise, but they are fond of saying "The only easy day was yesterday."
** From Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen: "[[BigDamnHeroes On time]]! On target! [[TheDeterminator Never quit]]!" Their job? Providing MoreDakka and GunshipRescue when the [=SEALs=] need both.
*** A more formalised creed: "I will close and engage the enemy with the power of my craft. I will never quit, and I will leave no one behind."
* The US UsefulNotes/CoastGuard's Coast Guard Ethos:
-->"I am a Coast Guardsman.\\
I serve the people of the United States.\\
I will protect them.\\
I will defend them.\\
I will save them.\\
I am their shield.\\
For them I am always ready.\\
I live the Coast Guard core values.\\
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.\\
We are the United States Coast Guard."
** The official motto is ''Semper Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Always Ready]]")--for drug smugglers, for hurricanes, for burning oil slicks, for swimming in seas one degree above ice, etc.
** How long have you been in the Coast Guard?
--->All me bloomin' life, shipmate!
--->Me father was King Neptune, me mother was a mermaid
--->I was born on de crest of a wave, and rocked in de cradle of the deep!
--->Me eyes is stars, me teeth is spars, me hair is hemp and seaweed
--->and when I spits *spit* I spits tar!
--->I's tough, I is, I am, I are, shipmate!
** There's also the unofficial mottoes [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the Coast Guard's frequent lack of funding: "Do more with less," ''Semper Gumby'' (always flexible), "Adapt, improvise, and overcome"
** More to the point, considering what they do: "You have to go out. You ''don't'' have to come back."[[labelnote:*]]This is actually part of Coast Guard regulations, specifically that conditions at sea being unsafe is never considered a justification for failure to send a rescue mission to a ship in distress. The rescue must ''always'' be attempted, no matter how unlikely it is that the Coast Guardsmen will actually reach the ship.[[/labelnote]]
* The [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Army's]] U.S. Soldier's Creed[[labelnote:*]]See also: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvrirQIK0y0 this video]].[[/labelnote]]:
-->"I am an American Soldier.\\
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.\\
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.\\
''I will always place the mission first.\\
[[{{Determinator}} I will never accept defeat.\\
I will never quit.]]\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave a fallen comrade.]]''[[labelnote:*]]These four sentences are known as the "Warrior Ethos" and are often quoted by themselves as a separate creed unto itself.[[/labelnote]]\\
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.\\
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.\\
I am an expert and I am a professional.\\
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.\\
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.\\
I am an American Soldier."\\
''[[{{Kiai}} Hooah]]'' (Common, though not part of the creed itself)
** The Army motto, from the seal: "This We'll Defend."
*** There's the very first one that they ever used: "Don't Tread On Me."
** The Infantryman's Creed:
-->"I am the Infantry. I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight -- wherever, whenever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be -- the best trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country's trust. Always I fight on -- through the foe, to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, for I am mentally tough,physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!"
** US Army Combat Arms training:
-->"Men? We're not men, we're ''animals'', and ''you'' made us this way! We don't eat; we don't sleep; all we do is dress-right-dress-right-dress! Straight between the second and third ribs -- kill!" Also said in response to being called 'soldiers' or 'ladies'.
** 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment: ''Allons'' ("Let's Go")
** 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment: ''Toujours Prêt'' ("Always Ready")
** US Army Corps of Engineers: ''Essayons'' ("Let Us Try")
*** Also "Rangers lead the way... after Engineers clear it."
** Special Forces (the "Green Berets"): ''De oppresso liber'' ("To Liberate the Oppressed")
** 10th Mountain Division: "Climb to Glory". Nowadays, their specialty is [[ItsRainingMen airborne assault]].
** 3rd Infantry Division: ''Nous Resterons La'' ("We're staying here"). Said in response to an ally's suggestion that the division should retreat during [[WorldWarOne the Battle of the Marne]]. After the battle, the 3rd would be known as "[[YouShallNotPass The Rock of the Marne.]]"
** 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Night Stalkers" have two: "[[{{Determinator}} Night Stalkers Don't Quit]]" and "[[DarknessEqualsDeath Death Waits in in the Dark]]".
** Also "We Own The Night."
** US Army {{Ranger}}s: "Rangers Lead The Way!"
*** 75th Ranger Regiment: ''Sua Sponte'' ("Of Their Own Accord")
*** The Ranger's Creed:
-->'''R'''ecognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.\\
'''A'''cknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.\\
'''N'''ever shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.\\
'''G'''allantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.\\
'''E'''nergetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.\\
'''R'''eadily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.\\
Rangers Lead The Way!!!
** [[ItsRainingMen 101st Airborne Division]]: "Rendezvous With Destiny"
** Military Police Corps: "Of the troops, For the troops. Assist, Protect, Defend."
* The Code of Conduct governing American military personnel as [=POWs=]:
-->"I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause. I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America."
* The U.S. Air Force's Airman's Creed:
-->I am an American Airman.\\
I am a Warrior.\\
I have answered my Nation's call.\\
I am an American Airman.\\
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.\\
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,\\
A Tradition of Honor,\\
And a Legacy of Valor.\\
I am an American Airman,\\
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,\\
My nation's sword and shield,\\
Its sentry and avenger.\\
I defend my country with my life.\\
I am an American Airman;\\
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave an Airman behind]],\\
[[TheDeterminator I will never falter,\\
And I will not fail]].
** Their motto: "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"
** Pararescue: "That Others May Live."
*** The whole thing: "It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, that others may live."
** USAF 7th Bomb Wing: ''Mors Ab Alto'' ("DeathFromAbove")
** 22d Air Refueling Wing: ''Ducemus'' ("We Lead")
** 8th Fighter Wing: ''Attaquez Et Conquerez'' ("Attack and Conquer")
* [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] unofficial motto: "In God we Trust. All Others we monitor."
** {{CIA}}'s counterintelligence division has a variant: "In God we trust, all others we polygraph."
* From the US Merchant Marine: ''acta, non verba'' ("act, don't talk")
* Informally, various US special operations units have had their personnel adopt this adaptation of a well-known psalm:
--> Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for I am the baddest motherfucker in the whole damn valley.
** A [[CoolPlane SR-71]] base in Kadena, Japan had a different variation on this at their entrance:
-->Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.
* Soviet and then Russian Marines: "Where we are, there's victory."
** Also "We're few in number, but we wear ''telnyashkas''!" (telnyashka being a striped sailor shirt)
* Soviet and then Russian Airborne Forces: "Nobody but us!"
* Soviet war cry in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "For the Motherland! For Stalin!"
* The 11th and 12th Century Crusaders: ''Deus le vult'' ("God wills it"). Since they regularly pulled off victories that should have been impossible, they may have felt this was justified.
* The motto of certifiable {{Badass}}, Richard the Lionheart: ''Dieu et Mon Droit''. It is translated many ways, one of which is "God and my right hand". Basically, [[OneManArmy all I need is my right hand]] and God. Sometimes translated as "God and my right", meaning that the speaker has a God given right to rule. It is the current motto of the British Royal Family.
* William III's slogan of the Glorious Revolution of 1689 (in England): "For the Protestant Religion and the Liberty of England ''I Will Maintain.''"
* The [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] has gone through a fair few of these:
** The Royal Navy of England has ever been her greatest defence and ornament - its ancient and natural strength, the floating bulwarks of our island.
** Hearts of oak are our ships, hearts of oak are our men.
*** Which is a line from the Royal Navy's official march, dating back to [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen the 18th century]].
** Britain's best bulwarks are her wooden walls.
** The current one is ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' ("If you wish for peace, prepare for war")
** SBS (the SAS but on the sea): "By Strength and Guile"
** The Sea Cadet Corps: "Ready, Aye Ready"
* SAS: "Who Dares, Wins."
** The DC comic book ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' by Garth Ennis actually used ''Who Dares Wins'' as the title of one of its trade paperbacks, where a squad of British SAS soldiers is hired to kill the titular character and his friend (because of a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War).
** This creed has been parodied multiple times, notably in the title of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMDvGaDDSY staff training video]] from TheOffice.
* The RAF: "Rise Above The Rest". Simple and to the point.
** Another RAF one: ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'' ("Through Adversity to the Stars")
** The Royal Air Force Regiment: ''Per Ardua'' ("Through Adversity")
** 617 Squadron "The Dambusters": ''Après Moi Le Déluge'' ("After Me the Flood")
** Air Training Corps (ATC): "Venture Adventure"
* The British Army: "Be The Best".
** The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding): ''Virtutis Fortuna Comes'' ("Fortune Favours The Bold"). Considering this regiment was so {{Badass}} that the Duke, himself no slacker in the {{Badass}} rankings, once said of them "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me", it's safe to say they were seriously fucking {{Badass}}.
** The Rifles: ''Celer et Audax'' ("Swift and Bold"). Since they almost always march at 140 paces per minute, 20 more than the rest of the British Army, they may have a point.
*** Originally from the 95th Rifle Regiment of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars: "First on the field, and last off it."
** The Parachute Regiment: ''Utrinque Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Ready For Anything]]")
** Royal Irish Rangers: ''Faugh A Ballagh'' ("Clear the way")
** Royal Regiment of Artillery and Royal Engineers: ''Ubique'' ("Everywhere") and ''Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt'' ("Where Duty and Glory lead")
** Royal Tank Regiment: "Fear Naught"
** King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry: ''Cede Nullis'' ("Yield to none")
** Queen's Royal Lancers: "Death or Glory"
** The Prince of Wale's own Regiment of Yorkshire and the King's Regiment (Liverpool): ''Nec aspera terrent'' ("Difficulties be damned")
** Durham Light Infantry: "Faithful"
** The Worcestershire Regiment: "Firm"
** Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: ''Sans Peur, Ne Obliviscaris'' ("Without fear, do not forget")
** 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars: ''Merebimur'' ("We shall be worthy")
** 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars: ''Pristinae virtutis memores'' ("Mindful of former valour")
** The Coldstream Guards: ''Nulli Secundus'' ("Second to None")
** Army Cadet Force (ACF): "To inspire, to achieve"
** The [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Royal Gurkha Rifles]]: ''Kaatar Hunnu Bhanda Marnu Ramro'' ("Better to die than be a coward")
** The Special Air Service: "Who dares, wins."
* The motto of the Royal Marines is wonderfully simple and understated: ''Per Mare, Per Terram'' ("By Sea, By Land"). Referring to where you will be fucked up from.
** Also, unofficially "first in, last out", which has proven accurate because of both their amphibious role and lately their role as one of the British "spearhead" units that rotate 24 hour worldwide notice to move between them, the Paras and the Rifles.
** ''Your mind is a weapon. A blanket against cold. A shield against fear. It can beat heat, overcome hunger, eradicate pain. You can train your body, turn soft flesh into hard muscle. But if you want to know what it takes to earn the green beret...start with what's under it.''
* [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canada's]] Black Watch uses the classic ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("No one provokes me with impunity")
** It's worth noting that this is because the Black Watch are a Scots regiment, and this is the motto of Scotland itself - most frequently rendered as "Wha daur meddle wi' me?"
*** This particular BadassCreed is inscribed around the edge of Scottish-issue [[OldMoney pound coins]], along with various others from the other nations making up the UK on their respective versions.
*** This particular BadassCreed was employed in Poe's "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado": Montresor reminds Fortunato of this, his family's motto, before bricking him into a niche as revenge for an insult.
** Their elite Special forces, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JTF2 Joint Task Force 2]] has ''Facta Non Verba'' AKA "Deeds, not words." Considering these guys are considered rather secretive special forces groups.
* While we're on the topic of the Canadian Military, let us not forget the motto of the Canadian Forces' Intelligence Branch: ''E Tenebris Lux'' ("From the Darkness, Light").
* During UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, at the outset of the ReignOfTerror, when France was about to be invaded on all sides and faced Civil War by royalists, the government [[http://lafautearousseau.hautetfort.com/media/00/00/1684753825.jpg printed a rather popular poster and leaflet]] around France that declared what it wants and what it will do "the enemies of the republic":
--> ''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified Unité, Indivisibilité de la République]]; '''Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité''' '''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized ou la mort]]''' '' [[note]]Unity, Indivisibility of the Republic; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity or Death.''[[/note]]
* SS motto: "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!". In English it's "My Honour is Loyalty".
* The code of bushido practiced by the {{samurai}} of ancient Japan.
-->"Death is lighter than a feather. Duty is heavier than a mountain."
** The Samurai Creed, written by an anonymous 13th century samurai:
--->I have no parents; I make Heaven and Earth my parents.\\
I have no home; I make the Tan T'ien my home.\\
I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.\\
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.\\
I have no means; I make understanding my means.\\
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret.\\
I have no body; I make endurance my body.\\
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes.\\
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears.\\
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs.\\
I have no strategy; I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy\\
I have no designs; I make opportunity my design.\\
I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle.\\
I have no principles; I make adaptability my principles.\\
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.\\
I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent.\\
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.\\
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy.\\
I have no armor; I make Benevolence my armor.\\
I have no castle; I make Immovable Mind my castle.\\
I have no sword; I make No Mind my sword.
* [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Mossad]]: [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 11:4]]: "Where there is no guidance a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."
** Formerly [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 24:6]]: "Through misdirection/wise guidance, thou shalt do war."
** The unofficial motto of the Israeli anti-aircraft units (supposedly full of flight school dropouts): "If I don't get to fly, NO ONE gets to fly."
* The BadassBoast "Come and take them" of Leonidas at Thermopylae, when asked to give up his weapons, is currently the BadassCreed of the [[UsefulNotes/ThisIsHellas Greek First Army Corps]], and is also the motto of United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT).
** In a similar vein, the epitaph above a World War I trench where the Devonshire Regiment fought a particularly fierce battle, and which was subsequently used as a mass grave for them:
---> The Devonshires held this trench.\\
The Devonshires hold it still.
* Sri Lankan Special Forces: "Determined, Dared and Done"
* [[UsefulNotes/SingaporeansWithStealthFrigates Singapore Guards Formation]]: "Ready to Strike", Commando Formation: "Honour & Glory", Singapore Combat Engineers: "Advance and Overcome"
** As a former British colony, Singapore's Special Operations Force's (SOF) creed also [[CallBack answers the SAS' creed]]: "We Dare".
* The Dahomey Amazons, an [[AmazonBrigade all-female army]] that kicked ass for almost three centuries:
-->''"We are men not women.\\
Those coming back from war without having conquered must die.\\
If we beat a retreat our life is at the king's mercy.\\
Whatever town is to be attacked we must overcome it or we bury ourselves in its ruins.\\
[Current ruler] is the king of kings.\\
As long as he lives we have nothing to fear."''
* The 1st Sount Ranger Regiment, the [[UsefulNotes/FilipinosWithFirearms Philippine Army's]] primary special forces unit, has a very blunt and simple motto: "We Strike". It has better impact in Filipino, though.
** Its airborne equivalent, the The 1st Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), has "Strike Anywhere". Philippine special forces men are apparently men of few words.
* The Philippine Constabulary and The Army 1st infantry division(TABAK), Back when constables were still attached to the unit Had a saying "Always Outnumbered! Never Outfought!"the chinese learned this the hard way
* The Rats of Tobruk, the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australian]] soldiers who held Tobruk for eight months against Rommel during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "No surrender".
* Inspired by the Maori, the [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines New Zealand Army]] got a Haka composed specifically for them. ''Tu Taua a Tumatauenga.''
** The New Zealand Army as a whole has a Badass Creed: ''Ngāti Tumatauenga'' ("The Tribe of the [[WarGod God of War]]")
* 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force: ''Ki Te Mutunga'' (Maori for "Staying Until it Ends")
* The battle cry of the Almogavars, a group of Spanish mercenaries that were around during the 13th and 14th centuries, which translated as:
-->Listen! listen! Wake up, O iron! Help us God!...[[BadassBoast Just seeing us coming the villages are already ablaze. Just seeing us passing the crows are wiping their beaks]]. [[BloodKnight War and plunder, there are no greater pleasures]]. Forward Almogavars! Let them call the gravediggers! The voice of the somatent is calling us to war. Weariness, rains, snow and heat we shall endure. And if sleep overtakes us, we will use the earth as our bed. And if we get hungry, we shall eat raw meat. Wake up, O iron! Forward! Fast as the lightning let us fall over their camp! Forward Almogavars! Let us go there to make flesh, the wild beasts are hungry!
* In [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finland]], there was "One Finn stands for ten Russians!" which was in wide use during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Famously featured on Literature/TheUnknownSoldier.
** HilariousInHindsight, as the Russian invasion of Finland was stalled by excessive casualties. 2.5 Russians died for every fallen Finn.
** Even more badass is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y The Jäger March]], written by one of the Jägers in WorldWarI. Goes something like this:
--->Deep is our blow, our wrath invincible\\
we have no mercy, no homeland\\
Our fortunes are at the tip of our swords\\
our hearts may not give in\\
Our war cry rings, enchanting the country\\
which is severing its chains\\
Our defiance may not tire\\
until the nation of Finland is free.
** Here's it in Finnish::
--->Syvä iskumme on, viha voittamaton,\\
meil' armoa ei kotimaata.\\
Koko onnemme kalpamme kärjessä on,\\
ei rintamme heltyä saata.\\
Sotahuutomme hurmaten maalle soi,\\
mi katkovi kahleitansa.\\
::Ei ennen uhmamme uupua voi,\\
kuin vapaa on Suomen kansa.
** "[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind No friend is left behind.]]" This motto was used during the Winter and the Continuation Wars. It applied both in life and in death - Finns never used any mass graves, all the dead were sent back to their hometowns. No friend was left behind, not even a dead one.
* "One Shot, One Kill" - Almost every sniper who has ever lived works to uphold this.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NeutralAustriansWithNoNavy Austrian Jagdkommando]]: ''Numquam Retro'' ("Never back")
* The 17th century [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Winged Hussars]]: "Kill First, calculate later."
* The Royal Motto of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden: "With God and Victorius Arms." There is also his "War-Psalm" called "Förfäras ej du lilla hop" (Fear not ye little herd):
--->Fear not ye little herd\\
Although the noise and clamour of thine enemies\\
from all directions, echo!\\
They rejoice at your Destruction\\
but their Mirth will not last long\\
for your courage will not falter.\\
Your cause is Gods, answer the call\\
give yourself over to him, and no harm will befall you\\
the prophecy of Gideon will come true\\
and the word and people of the lord\\
will manfully defend it.\\
In the name of Jesus our hope is high\\
that the violence and cunning of the Heathens\\
will be their own downfall\\
let them suffer humiliation\\
God is with us and we with him\\
victory belongs to us!\\
* Genghis Khan: "I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you."
** The same quote has also been attributed to Attila The Hun.
* Chilean Army Engineers: "Obstacles exist to be overcome"
* Old but good: Louis XIV of France had ''Ultima Ratio Regum'' ("last argument of kings") cast on the cannons of his armies.
* The Paris Fire Brigade (a French army unit, despite the name): ''Sauver ou périr'' ("Save or perish")
* The [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]]: "You are in the Legion to die and we will send you where you can die."
** Also ''La Legion meurt, elle ne se rend pas'' ("The Legion dies, it does not surrender")
** And unofficial, ''Marche ou crève!'' ("March or die!"). It seems these FFL guys are pretty fatalistic.
** And officially, ''Legio Patria Nostra''. This can be translated as either "The Legion is my Country" or "The Legion is my Father".
* [[UsefulNotes/NewRomanLegions Italian forces]], despite having been thought as little more of comic relief during WW2 (mostly because of inept high officers or insufficient logistical structure), have a long story of desperate battles where they were defeated to the last man, or where they snatched away victory with daring awesomeness, crazy manly bravery, or innovative thinking. They have their share of badass creeds:
** The Carabinieri (one of the four Italian armed forces): ''Nei secoli fedele'' ("Faithful through the centuries").
** The Aeronautica Militare (another of the four armed Forces): ''Virtute Siderum Tenus'' (Latin for: "With bravery, [we go] until we'll reach the stars" or "With bravery, the stars are our only limit")
** The two Mountain Brigades, the Alpini: ''Di qui non si passa!'' ("From here, [[YouShallNotPass none shall pass!]]" - a reference to the Alpini's role in guarding the Alps, the only way to reach Italy overland)
** The ''Folgore'' ("Thunderbolt") Airborne Brigade: ''Come folgore dal cielo, come nembo di tempesta'' ("Like lightning from the skies, like storming clouds").
* Each warrior society of the Sioux Nations had their own BadassCreed. The Kit Fox one loses nothing in the translation to English...
--> I am a Fox.
--> I am supposed to die.
--> If there is anything difficult, if there is anything dangerous,
--> That is ''mine'' to do.
* The motto of the Elliots, a Scottish reiver clan, is simply "Wha' daur meddle wi' me?" (Who dares meddle with me?)
* Spartans going off to battle were told to return "...with your shield or on it." The idea is that someone who ran from battle would drop their shield to run faster, so returning with the shield meant they fought bravely and survived. Returning on it, means they were killed and are carried home on the shield by their comrades.
* The motto of the Chasseurs Ardennais, a Belgian unit whose, despite being outgunned and outnumbered, stalled the German invasion of Belgium until they were out of ammo : ''Résiste et mords !'' ("Resist and Bite !). They got their nickname, ''Les Loups Verts'' ("The Green Wolfs"), from Rommel itself.
* Anarchist militiat leader Durruti's overlaps with badass boast:
** "It is possible that only a hundred of us will survive, but with that hundred we shall enter Saragossa, beat Fascism and proclaim libertarian communism. I will be the first to enter Saragossa; I will proclaim the free commune. We shall subordinate ourselves neither at Madrid nor Barcelona, neither to Azaña nor Companys. If they wish, they can live in peace with us; if not, we shall go to Madrid … We shall show you, bolsheviks, how to make a revolution."

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* ''"Am Yisrael Chai!"'' - "The children of Israel still liveth!". Can be anything; a boast, a threat, a prayer, though generally it means "we're still here, despite everything the world throws at us". Famously shouted by the Jewish chaplain of the British 2nd Army as he concluded his service for the Jewish prisoners of the newly-liberated Bergen-Belsen.
* "The Mountie always gets his man."
** Also, "One riot, one Mountie".
*** And ''that'' one was either appropriated from or by the Texas Rangers: "OneRiotOneRanger."
** Note that the ''actual'' motto of the RCMP is ''Maintiens le droit'' ("Maintain that which is right"), which is also a pretty badass creed in and of itself.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}: [[Film/{{Apollo13}} Failure is not an option.]]
** Parodied with [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage's]] motto, "Failure is ''[[FailsafeFailure always]]'' an option".
** Officially: ''[[FriendToAllLivingThings For the Benefit of All.]]'' Despite its badassery NASA never used it except in the most obscure material, and even then it is usually tacked with "mankind" or "people" to make it less prideful.
** Unofficially: ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Ad Astra Per Aspera]]'' ("Through Hardships to the Stars").
* The United States Postal Service: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." [[note]]This motto is carved on the facade of the central post office in New York City. Someone once climbed up there with a spray can and wrote underneath "So what ''is'' it, then?"[[/note]]
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Three thousand years ago, this was the motto of the courier service of the Persian Empire.]]
*** "They say neither snow nor sleet will stop the Postman. Who the hell do you think gets him to his rounds?? New. York. City. F---in'. Transit. Going YOUR way."
** "Come hell or high water, the mail ''must go through!''" Certainly not official, but ''much'' more {{Badass}}.
* While the mottos of Canada and most of the provinces are sweeping and boastful (Canada: ''A Mari Usque Ad Mare'', rendered in English as "From Sea to Shining Sea"; British Columbia: ''Splendor Sine Occasu'', best translated as "Splendor Undiminished") Quebec's motto is the chilling ''Je me souviens'': "I Remember".
** For any who are confused by this, the full line is ''Je me souviens / que né sous le lys / je croîs sous la rose'', which translates as "I remember that born under the lily ''(France)'' I grew under the rose ''(England)''." The intended meaning was [[ShrugOfGod never fully explained]] by its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne-%C3%89tienne_Tach%C3%A9 original author]]. Probably just a neutral summation of the history of Quebec... but it could be taken as implying that the English (and English Canada) are still viewed as conquerors, and possibly enemies.
** Which leads to another Canadian motto: "Get over it already."
** Which is reminiscent of the former Confederate boast "The South shall rise again," and the less known Yankee rejoinder: "And the North shall slap you down – Again!"
* TheMafia, on the topic of assassination: "Only blood can wash away blood."
* [[TheMafia Omerta]]: "If I live, I'll kill you. If I die, I forgive you". Legend says this were the words that a wounded man uttered to his assailant.
* "Never say die, say '''kill!'''"
* The code of combat between masters of Irish stick-fighting includes the standard stuff - never back down, announce the name of your clan without fear, and so on - but the real chilling line is how a shillelagh fighter explains his intent to avoid mortal injury.
-->"The only fear I have is the fear of killing you."
* The Irish National Anthem, ''Amhrán na bFhian'' ("A Soldier's Song") has some kickass moments, like in the chorus:
--> "Tonight we man the breach\\
For Ireland's cause, live or die\\
'Mid cannon's roar and rifle's peal\\
We'll sing a soldier's song".
** It sounds arguably cooler in Irish (Gaeilge), since the language sounds like something a fantasy race would speak (if you can pronounce it):
-->Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,\\
Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,\\
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,\\
Seo libh canaídh amhrán na bhfiann.
* ''Gott zur Ehr, dem Nächsten zur Wehr''. Traditional motto of German firefighters, meaning: "To the glory of God and the protection of our neighbours".
* ''[[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku naritai!]]'' is Japanese for "I want to become stronger", something EliezerYudkowsky considers a motto for aspiring rationalists.
-->''Tsuyoku naritai'' is Japanese. ''Tsuyoku'' is "strong"; ''naru'' is "becoming" and the form ''naritai'' is "want to become". Together it means "I want to become stronger" and it expresses a sentiment embodied more intensely in Japanese works than in any Western literature I've read. You might say it when expressing your determination to become a professional Go player - or after you lose an important match, but you haven't given up - or after you win an important match, but you're not a ninth-dan player yet - or after you've become the greatest Go player of all time, but you still think you can do better. That is ''tsuyoku naritai'', the will to transcendence.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYIUdVNFgU The All Blacks Haka]].
-->"All Blacks, let me become one with the land! This is our land that rumbles! It’s my time! It’s my moment! This defines us as the All Blacks! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Our dominance, Our supremacy will triumph! And be placed on high Silver fern! All Blacks! Silver fern! All Blacks!"
* A simple, yet poignant one for actors since at least the time of Creator/WilliamShakespeare: TheShowMustGoOn.
** [[Film/GalaxyQuest "Damn You!"]]
* It is also a PretentiousLatinMotto, but the motto of the New South Wales Police Force is ''culpam poena premit comes'', which translates to "Punishment closely follows guilt," also quite accurately translated as "Vengeance follows guilt swiftly."
* "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "Anonymous: Because none of us is as cruel as all of us."
* The Habsburgs used for centuries the A.E.I.O.U acronym as a motto, first introduced in the 15th century. There were several interpretations but most of them as badass as anything:
** ''Alles Erdreich ist Oesterreich untertan'' (German: All the world is subject to Austria)
** ''Austria est imperio optime unita'' (Latin: Austria is the empire best united)
** ''Austria erit in orbe ultima'' (Latin: Austria will be the last [surviving] in the world)
** ''Austriae est imperare orbi universo'' (Latin: It is Austria's destiny to rule the whole world)
* Noble bloodlines and families tend to have badass mottoes in general. Friend of mine comes from a relatively minor line whose motto (ripped from Virgil, apparently) is ''Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos'' ("Forgive the weak, vanquish the proud"). Pretty metal no matter how you choose to interpret it.
* "Somerville girls can take care of themselves." The unofficial motto of Somerville College, Oxford University. 'Somerville girls' include the first female Prime Ministers of India (Indira Gandhi) and Britain (Margaret Thatcher)(both of whom were 'wartime' [=PMs=]), the first-ever Indian woman lawyer (in 1892!), and several Nobel-winners, that's a deliberately-massive understatement.
* Firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch used to use "In a world of compromise some men don't." This was later amended to "In a world of compromise some don't." Reasonably badass either way. They also used "When lives are at stake, leave nothing to chance."
** Speaking of firearms manufacturers, Colt had one of their own: "God created all men equal; Sam Colt made them so."
* FBI Hostage Rescue Team: ''Servare Vitas'' ("To Save Lives").
* A few of the USA states have some badass mottoes:
** New Hampshire's is probably the most famous: "Live Free or Die."
** West Virginia's is similar: ''Montani Semper Liberi'' ("Mountaineers are Always Free")
** Virginia's qualifies, too: ''Sic Semper Tyranis'' ("Thus always to tyrants"), especially if you also consider the state's seal (which appears on its flag): [[http://www.50states.com/flag/image/nunst075.gif the figure of Virtus standing over the defeated figure of Tyranny]]
*** Even more so when you remember that those were the words Booth said after killing Lincoln. Virginia has kept the same motto since 1776.
** North Carolina's qualifies, too. ''Esse Quam Videri'' ("To Be, Rather than to Seem")
** New York's might be familiar to readers of Marvel Comics: ''Excelsior'' or, as it's usually translated, "Ever Upward" (though more colloquially it just means "Higher"). That's a motto that New York City has taken to heart.
** Maryland's state motto also qualifies. It translates to "Manly deeds, womanly words," but that's out-of-date. A more modern translation is "Strong deeds, gentle words." Meaning Marylanders are very polite people - who also get things done.
* The city of San Francisco has a pretty good one too: ''oro en paz, fiero en guerra'' ("gold in peace, iron in war").
* Small, but still used. In the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, when the militias from Lexington and Concord asked Acton's (who had bayonets) to lead the charge on the Old North Bridge, Captain Isaac Davis was heard to say "[[http://www.actonminutemen.org/ I haven't a man who is afraid to go.]]" (There are different recorded versions, but they're all just as powerful.)
* The various branches of the [[ScoutOut Scouts]] have a number of mottoes but the one most fitting is the Scout Promise (called the "Scout Oath" by some organisations, most notably the "Boyscouts of America"), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Promise different branches of the movement have different variations]], but the original was (given while making the scouting salute[[labelnote:*]]Described thus as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-finger_salute_(Scouts) right hand raised level with his shoulder, palm to the front, thumb resting on the nail of the digitus minimus (little finger) and the other three fingers upright, pointing upwards]]"[[/labelnote]]);
-->On my honour I promise that--
--->1.[[LawfulGood I will do my duty to God and the King]].
--->2.[[ChronicHeroSyndrome I will do my best to help others, whatever it costs me]].
--->3.[[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules I know the scout law, and will obey it]].
** "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle"
* The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, depending on where you are, are even more hard core about honour, honesty, trust and sisterhood. The Girl Guides of Canada have the Guiding Promise, as an example:
--> I promise to do my best,
--> To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.
--> I will take action for a better world
--> And respect the Guiding Law.
* Several Las Vegas Security departments have the unofficial motto "First In, Last Out", pointing out that they are there dealing with stuff before the police, fire department, or paramedics. And are often the last to leave after tying up all the loose ends.
* Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, labor activist (primarily anti-child labor), suffragette, anarchist, general hellraiser, and "The most dangerous woman in America" charged in with the motto:
-->"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!"
** Other Labor Slogans are also pretty badass
--> "An injury to one is an injury to all."
--> "kick the Bosses in the ass, power to the working class."
--> "When worker's rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back."
* Scotland, as you might expect, also has one: ''Nemo me impune lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity"). It has a rather more direct, official translation into Scots: "Who daur meddle wi' me?" Its unofficial translation, much beloved of [[BritsWithBattleships Scottish soldiers]], is "No-one fucks wi' me an' gets awa' wi' it."
** The Latin form was appropriated by EdgarAllanPoe for "The Cask of Amontillado."
* The WHO AM I speech by Coach Flowers, it's just... awesome
* Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, America as a whole has adopted a few. The most prominent mottoes are "United We Stand" and "Let's Roll", the latter after Todd Beamer's DyingMomentOfAwesome on United Airlines Flight 93.
* The motto of the Olympics has been ''Citius, Altius, Fortius'' ("Faster, Higher, Stronger") since 1924. A pretty BadassCreed for a sporting event.
* The creed of the Special Olympics is pretty badass:
-->"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be courageous in the attempt."
* Many national anthems, but especially [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16735_6-national-anthems-that-will-make-you-tremble-with-fear.html those 6 ones.]] Several of them were originally military songs.
* British pound coins have BadassCreed inscribed:
-->'''England:''' ''Decus et Tutamen'' ("A shield and an ornament")
-->'''Scotland:''' ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity")
-->'''Wales:''' ''Pleidol wyf I'm gwylad'' ("True am I to my country")
* There is also the war-cry of international socialism. Whatever one's opinion of that particular idology, that chant is awesome:
-->"Workers of the World, UNITE!"
** When it was motto of the U.S.S.R, it sounded even better (Russian is like that):
-->"Proletariy vsekh stran, soyedinyaytes!"
* According to Herodatus, the training practice for Persian nobles: "To ride, to shoot, and to speak the truth."
* The historical motto of the Spanish Empire: ''Plus Ultra'' ("Further Beyond"), This is in direct contrast from the supposed inscription on the mythical Pillars of Hercules at the Straights of Gibraltar, marking the end of the Mediterranean and of the ancient world: ''Non Plus Ultra'', No Further, a warning against the dangers of the unknown open sea. Spain went beyond and conquered.
* The first lines of the Polish national anthem: Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła, / Kiedy my żyjemy. (Poland has not yet perished,/ So long as we still live.) Even more impressive when you remember that Poland [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partitions_of_Poland didn't exist]] for circa 200 years...
* The Tough Mudder challenge, a series of obstacle courses that emphasize teamwork over personal records, has the Tough Mudder Pledge:
-->As a Tough Mudder I pledge that…\\
- I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.\\
- I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.\\
- I do not whine – kids whine.\\
- I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.\\
- I overcome all fears.
* "Never again." Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
** The Germans have also taken this to heart as ''Nie wieder''.
* The Scottish Clan Sutherland (who lent their name to the Thin Red Line) has the motto "Sans Peur" meaning simply "without fear".
* The Norwegian national anthem, after eight verses of Norwegian history told in brief:
---> Oh, as the struggle of our forefathers has raised the country from need to victory, ''we too'', when it is needed, shall secure the country`s peace.
* [[http://starmen.net/ Starmen.net]]'s motto is "Do not underestimate us," adapted from a similar phrase spoken by Starman Deluxe in VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. This may seem overly dramatic, but not every fandom is as fiercely dedicated as Earthbound's.
* Lajos Kossuth, a [=XIXth=] century Hungarian politician who was a leading figure of the [[LaResistance 1848 Hungarian Revolution]] and has become a MemeticBadass in Hungarian culture, had plenty of these. They are too numerous to list, but some of the most badass are:
** "Mindent a népért, mindent a néppel együtt, semmit a népről a nép feje felett. Ez a demokrácia." (All actions for the people, all actions with the people, no actions about the people over the heads of the people. This is democracy.)
** "Ezredéves történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk gyermek nemzet; 1848-i történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk elaggott nemzet." (Our millenial history proves we're not a juvenile nation; our 1848 history proves we're not a decrepit nation.)
** "Magyarországot a poklok kapui sem fogják megdönteni." ([[BlasphemousBoast Hungary will not be toppled by even the Gates of Hell.]])
** "Revolúciókat sem rózsavízzel, sem glaszékesztűkben nem lehet csinálni." ([[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized We cannot raise revolutions with rosewater or wearing guanti glassati.]])
* Whatever your standpoint on the system itself is, Soviet Union propaganda had some pretty kickass mottos. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg/438px-Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg SMOKE OF CHIMNEYS IS THE BREATH OF SOVIET RUSSIA]]
* The British Labour Party's official anthem The Red Flag has this stanza:
-->With heads uncovered swear we all.\\
To bear it onward till we fall;.\\
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim.\\
This song shall be our parting hymn.
* Irish Socialist and Nationalist leader James Connolly wrote We Only Want the Earth to declare the socialist movements principles. It is badasss all the way through, but the last two Stanzas are the most intense:
-->The “labour fakir” full of guile.\\
Base doctrine ever preaches.\\
And whilst he bleeds the rank and file.\\
Tame moderation teaches.\\
Yet, in despite, we’ll see the day.\\
When, with sword in its girth.\\
Labour shall march in war array.\\
To realize its own, the earth.\\
For labour long, with sighs and tears.\\
To its oppressors knelt..\\
But never yet, to aught save fears,.\\
Did the heart of tyrant melt..\\
We need not kneel, our cause no dearth.\\
Of loyal soldiers’ needs.\\
And our victorious rallying cry.\\
Shall be we want the earth!
* The UK Anti Fascist Action organization was founded as a militant answer to the perceived timidity of moderate anti fascism. They declared their basic principles as follows: "We aren't in the business of complaining about Nazis, we're in the business of stopping them."
* The second part of the New Zealand national anthem.
-->Peace not war shall be our boast\\
But should foes asail our coast\\
Make us then a mighty host.
* You don't usually hear expect one of these from a financier, but this advice from Baron Rothschild, which became an unofficial motto of the Rothschild family and investors everywhere, certainly qualifies:
-->"Buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own."

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[[AC: Real Life-- Military]]

-->'' You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be.''
-->'''WinstonChurchill''' - ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''
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* This is Older Than They Think: The Romans had one. ''Vae Victis'', literally meaning "Way of the victor". In practice, it meant 'woe to the conquered' (or 'I won, so I get what I want. You lost, so you've got nothing to say about it'). Appropriately, they stole it TheLoneRanger's Creed, from a would-be conqueror who coined the phrase after temporarily occupying the city (when they tried paying him to go away).
** More colloquially, "Go to hell." They'd shout it as they ran into battle.
* The personal creed of Dick Winters
his original radio show and every infantry officer, summing up infantry leadership: "Follow me!"
* The [[SemperFi U.S. Marines']] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifleman%27s_Creed Rifleman's Creed]]:
-->"This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.
all other versions:
-->I believe:
-->That to have a friend, a man must be one.
\\
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.\\
Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I That God put the firewood there, but that every man must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...gather and light it himself.\\
My rifle In being prepared physically, mentally, and I know morally to fight when necessary for that what counts in this war which is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...right.\\
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as That a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part man should make the most of each other. We will...what equipment he has.\\
Before God I swear this creed: my rifle That "this government, of the people, by the people, and myself are defenders of my country, we are for the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life.people," shall live always.\\
So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."
** "Semper Fi!", which is shortened from ''Semper Fidelis'' (Latin for "Always Faithful").
** "Forgiveness is between them and God. It's our job to arrange the meeting."
** "Once A Marine, '''Always A Marine'''."
** "To err is human; to forgive, divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy."
** "On bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps".
** "No better friend, no worse enemy."
** From 1st Recon: "Swift, silent, deadly."
** The Marines also have the more light hearted, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kU0XCVey_U This is my rifle/ This is my gun.]]/ One is for killing/ The other's for fun." Three guesses what the "gun" is.
** "Warrior by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, Marine
That men should live by the grace rule of God."
** "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Boy, these guys have a lot of creeds.
*** That one gets bonus points for being a lyric in the Marine Corps Hymn.
** A much more understated one from the Marines: every Marine a rifleman. And it's true. Unlike any of the other American service branches, the Marines make everyone in their uniform go through full basic and qualify as an infantryman. That includes the lawyers who work for JAG, the musicians who play
what is best for the band, the doctors, everyone. They all went through TrainingFromHell to become combat soldiers, even if what they do has nothing to do with combat.
*** The saying is "You join the Army to learn a specialization. You join the Navy to hang out in Pattaya. You join the Air Force to go to computing college. You join the Marine Corps to fight." [[note]]As usual, the Coast Guard doesn't get a look in.[[/note]]
*** In their training, every Marine must memorize and be able to recite verbatim "The mission of the Marine rifle squad is to LOCATE, CLOSE WITH, and DESTROY the enemy by fire and maneuver, or to repel his assault by fire and close combat." -- even the doctrine can be a badass creed.
** Also: "Hard things we can do right away. Impossible things may take a bit longer."
*** Although [[InterserviceRivalry that last one was stolen from US Navy shipyard workers]].
** 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division: "Retreat, Hell!" (as in: "Retreat? Like Hell we will!")
* The US Navy's Sailor's Creed:
-->"I am a United States Sailor.
greatest number.\\
I will support That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the Constitution of the United States of America world and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.make payment for what we have taken.\\
I represent That all things change, but the fighting spirit of truth, and the Navy and those who came before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.truth alone lives on forever.\\
I proudly serve believe in my country's naval combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.Creator, my country, my fellow man.\\
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."
** They have a pair of unofficial mottoes: "Strength and Honor" and ''Non sibi sed patriae'' ("Not for self but for country")
** US Navy Operations Specialist motto: "In God We Trust, All Others We Track"
** The Office of Naval Research has a wing devoted to bringing [[http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/railgun.jpg railguns]] out of the realm of science fiction. Their motto: ''Velocitas Eradico'' ("Speed Destroys")
** From a US Navy recruitment campaign: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of all who threaten it."
** US Navy [=SEALs=] don't advertise, but they are fond of saying "The only easy day was yesterday."
** From Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen: "[[BigDamnHeroes On time]]! On target! [[TheDeterminator Never quit]]!" Their job? Providing MoreDakka and GunshipRescue when the [=SEALs=] need both.
*** A more formalised creed: "I will close and engage the enemy with the power of my craft. I will never quit, and I will leave no one behind."
* The US UsefulNotes/CoastGuard's Coast Guard Ethos:
-->"I am a Coast Guardsman.\\
I serve the people of the United States.\\
I will protect them.\\
I will defend them.\\
I will save them.\\
I am their shield.\\
For them I am always ready.\\
I live the Coast Guard core values.\\
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.\\
We are the United States Coast Guard."
** The official motto is ''Semper Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Always Ready]]")--for drug smugglers, for hurricanes, for burning oil slicks, for swimming in seas one degree above ice, etc.
** How long have you been
Who knows what evil lurks in the Coast Guard?
--->All me bloomin' life, shipmate!
--->Me father was King Neptune, me mother was a mermaid
--->I was born on de crest of a wave, and rocked in de cradle of the deep!
--->Me eyes is stars, me teeth is spars, me hair is hemp and seaweed
--->and when I spits *spit* I spits tar!
--->I's tough, I is, I am, I are, shipmate!
** There's also the unofficial mottoes [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the Coast Guard's frequent lack of funding: "Do more with less," ''Semper Gumby'' (always flexible), "Adapt, improvise, and overcome"
** More to the point, considering what they do: "You have to go out. You ''don't'' have to come back."[[labelnote:*]]This is actually part of Coast Guard regulations, specifically that conditions at sea being unsafe is never considered a justification for failure to send a rescue mission to a ship in distress. The rescue must ''always'' be attempted, no matter how unlikely it is that the Coast Guardsmen will actually reach the ship.[[/labelnote]]
* The [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Army's]] U.S. Soldier's Creed[[labelnote:*]]See also: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvrirQIK0y0 this video]].[[/labelnote]]:
-->"I am an American Soldier.\\
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.\\
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.\\
''I will always place the mission first.\\
[[{{Determinator}} I will never accept defeat.\\
I will never quit.]]\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave a fallen comrade.]]''[[labelnote:*]]These four sentences are known as the "Warrior Ethos" and are often quoted by themselves as a separate creed unto itself.[[/labelnote]]\\
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.\\
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.\\
I am an expert and I am a professional.\\
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.\\
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.\\
I am an American Soldier."\\
''[[{{Kiai}} Hooah]]'' (Common, though not part of the creed itself)
** The Army motto, from the seal: "This We'll Defend."
*** There's the very first one that they ever used: "Don't Tread On Me."
** The Infantryman's Creed:
-->"I am the Infantry. I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight -- wherever, whenever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be -- the best trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country's trust. Always I fight on -- through the foe, to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, for I am mentally tough,physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!"
** US Army Combat Arms training:
-->"Men? We're not men, we're ''animals'', and ''you'' made us this way! We don't eat; we don't sleep; all we do is dress-right-dress-right-dress! Straight between the second and third ribs -- kill!" Also said in response to being called 'soldiers' or 'ladies'.
** 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment: ''Allons'' ("Let's Go")
** 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment: ''Toujours Prêt'' ("Always Ready")
** US Army Corps of Engineers: ''Essayons'' ("Let Us Try")
*** Also "Rangers lead the way... after Engineers clear it."
** Special Forces (the "Green Berets"): ''De oppresso liber'' ("To Liberate the Oppressed")
** 10th Mountain Division: "Climb to Glory". Nowadays, their specialty is [[ItsRainingMen airborne assault]].
** 3rd Infantry Division: ''Nous Resterons La'' ("We're staying here"). Said in response to an ally's suggestion that the division should retreat during [[WorldWarOne the Battle of the Marne]]. After the battle, the 3rd would be known as "[[YouShallNotPass The Rock of the Marne.]]"
** 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Night Stalkers" have two: "[[{{Determinator}} Night Stalkers Don't Quit]]" and "[[DarknessEqualsDeath Death Waits in in the Dark]]".
** Also "We Own The Night."
** US Army {{Ranger}}s: "Rangers Lead The Way!"
*** 75th Ranger Regiment: ''Sua Sponte'' ("Of Their Own Accord")
*** The Ranger's Creed:
-->'''R'''ecognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.\\
'''A'''cknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.\\
'''N'''ever shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.\\
'''G'''allantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.\\
'''E'''nergetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.\\
'''R'''eadily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.\\
Rangers Lead The Way!!!
** [[ItsRainingMen 101st Airborne Division]]: "Rendezvous With Destiny"
** Military Police Corps: "Of the troops, For the troops. Assist, Protect, Defend."
* The Code of Conduct governing American military personnel as [=POWs=]:
-->"I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause. I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America."
* The U.S. Air Force's Airman's Creed:
-->I am an American Airman.\\
I am a Warrior.\\
I have answered my Nation's call.\\
I am an American Airman.\\
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.\\
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,\\
A Tradition of Honor,\\
And a Legacy of Valor.\\
I am an American Airman,\\
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,\\
My nation's sword and shield,\\
Its sentry and avenger.\\
I defend my country with my life.\\
I am an American Airman;\\
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave an Airman behind]],\\
[[TheDeterminator I will never falter,\\
And I will not fail]].
** Their motto: "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"
** Pararescue: "That Others May Live."
*** The whole thing: "It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, that others may live."
** USAF 7th Bomb Wing: ''Mors Ab Alto'' ("DeathFromAbove")
** 22d Air Refueling Wing: ''Ducemus'' ("We Lead")
** 8th Fighter Wing: ''Attaquez Et Conquerez'' ("Attack and Conquer")
* [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] unofficial motto: "In God we Trust. All Others we monitor."
** {{CIA}}'s counterintelligence division has a variant: "In God we trust, all others we polygraph."
* From the US Merchant Marine: ''acta, non verba'' ("act, don't talk")
* Informally, various US special operations units have had their personnel adopt this adaptation of a well-known psalm:
--> Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for I am the baddest motherfucker in the whole damn valley.
** A [[CoolPlane SR-71]] base in Kadena, Japan had a different variation on this at their entrance:
-->Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.
* Soviet and then Russian Marines: "Where we are, there's victory."
** Also "We're few in number, but we wear ''telnyashkas''!" (telnyashka being a striped sailor shirt)
* Soviet and then Russian Airborne Forces: "Nobody but us!"
* Soviet war cry in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "For the Motherland! For Stalin!"
* The 11th and 12th Century Crusaders: ''Deus le vult'' ("God wills it"). Since they regularly pulled off victories that should have been impossible, they may have felt this was justified.
* The motto of certifiable {{Badass}}, Richard the Lionheart: ''Dieu et Mon Droit''. It is translated many ways, one of which is "God and my right hand". Basically, [[OneManArmy all I need is my right hand]] and God. Sometimes translated as "God and my right", meaning that the speaker has a God given right to rule. It is the current motto of the British Royal Family.
* William III's slogan of the Glorious Revolution of 1689 (in England): "For the Protestant Religion and the Liberty of England ''I Will Maintain.''"
* The [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] has gone through a fair few of these:
** The Royal Navy of England has ever been her greatest defence and ornament - its ancient and natural strength, the floating bulwarks of our island.
** Hearts of oak are our ships,
hearts of oak are our men.
*** Which is a line from the Royal Navy's official march, dating back to [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen the 18th century]].
** Britain's best bulwarks are her wooden walls.
**
men? The current one is ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' ("If you wish for peace, prepare for war")
** SBS (the SAS but on the sea): "By Strength and Guile"
** The Sea Cadet Corps: "Ready, Aye Ready"
* SAS: "Who Dares, Wins."
** The DC comic book ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' by Garth Ennis actually used ''Who Dares Wins'' as the title of one of its trade paperbacks, where a squad of British SAS soldiers is hired to kill the titular character and his friend (because of a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War).
** This creed has been parodied multiple times, notably in the title of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMDvGaDDSY staff training video]] from TheOffice.
* The RAF: "Rise Above The Rest". Simple and to the point.
** Another RAF one: ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'' ("Through Adversity to the Stars")
** The Royal Air Force Regiment: ''Per Ardua'' ("Through Adversity")
** 617 Squadron "The Dambusters": ''Après Moi Le Déluge'' ("After Me the Flood")
** Air Training Corps (ATC): "Venture Adventure"
* The British Army: "Be The Best".
** The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding): ''Virtutis Fortuna Comes'' ("Fortune Favours The Bold"). Considering this regiment was so {{Badass}} that the Duke, himself no slacker in the {{Badass}} rankings, once said of them "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me", it's safe to say they were seriously fucking {{Badass}}.
** The Rifles: ''Celer et Audax'' ("Swift and Bold"). Since they almost always march at 140 paces per minute, 20 more than the rest of the British Army, they may have a point.
*** Originally from the 95th Rifle Regiment of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars: "First on the field, and last off it."
** The Parachute Regiment: ''Utrinque Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Ready For Anything]]")
** Royal Irish Rangers: ''Faugh A Ballagh'' ("Clear the way")
** Royal Regiment of Artillery and Royal Engineers: ''Ubique'' ("Everywhere") and ''Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt'' ("Where Duty and Glory lead")
** Royal Tank Regiment: "Fear Naught"
** King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry: ''Cede Nullis'' ("Yield to none")
** Queen's Royal Lancers: "Death or Glory"
** The Prince of Wale's own Regiment of Yorkshire and the King's Regiment (Liverpool): ''Nec aspera terrent'' ("Difficulties be damned")
** Durham Light Infantry: "Faithful"
** The Worcestershire Regiment: "Firm"
** Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: ''Sans Peur, Ne Obliviscaris'' ("Without fear, do not forget")
** 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars: ''Merebimur'' ("We shall be worthy")
** 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars: ''Pristinae virtutis memores'' ("Mindful of former valour")
** The Coldstream Guards: ''Nulli Secundus'' ("Second to None")
** Army Cadet Force (ACF): "To inspire, to achieve"
** The [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Royal Gurkha Rifles]]: ''Kaatar Hunnu Bhanda Marnu Ramro'' ("Better to die than be a coward")
** The Special Air Service: "Who dares, wins."
* The motto of the Royal Marines is wonderfully simple and understated: ''Per Mare, Per Terram'' ("By Sea, By Land"). Referring to where you will be fucked up from.
** Also, unofficially "first in, last out", which has proven accurate because of both their amphibious role and lately their role as one of the British "spearhead" units that rotate 24 hour worldwide notice to move between them, the Paras and the Rifles.
** ''Your mind is a weapon. A blanket against cold. A shield against fear. It can beat heat, overcome hunger, eradicate pain. You can train your body, turn soft flesh into hard muscle. But if you want to know what it takes to earn the green beret...start with what's under it.''
* [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canada's]] Black Watch uses the classic ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("No one provokes me with impunity")
** It's worth noting that this is because the Black Watch are a Scots regiment, and this is the motto of Scotland itself - most frequently rendered as "Wha daur meddle wi' me?"
*** This particular BadassCreed is inscribed around the edge of Scottish-issue [[OldMoney pound coins]], along with various others from the other nations making up the UK on their respective versions.
*** This particular BadassCreed was employed in Poe's "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado": Montresor reminds Fortunato of this, his family's motto, before bricking him into a niche as revenge for an insult.
** Their elite Special forces, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JTF2 Joint Task Force 2]] has ''Facta Non Verba'' AKA "Deeds, not words." Considering these guys are considered rather secretive special forces groups.
* While we're on the topic of the Canadian Military, let us not forget the motto of the Canadian Forces' Intelligence Branch: ''E Tenebris Lux'' ("From the Darkness, Light").
* During UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, at the outset of the ReignOfTerror, when France was about to be invaded on all sides and faced Civil War by royalists, the government [[http://lafautearousseau.hautetfort.com/media/00/00/1684753825.jpg printed a rather popular poster and leaflet]] around France that declared what it wants and what it will do "the enemies of the republic":
--> ''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified Unité, Indivisibilité de la République]]; '''Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité''' '''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized ou la mort]]''' '' [[note]]Unity, Indivisibility of the Republic; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity or Death.''[[/note]]
* SS motto: "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!". In English it's "My Honour is Loyalty".
* The code of bushido practiced by the {{samurai}} of ancient Japan.
-->"Death is lighter than a feather. Duty is heavier than a mountain."
** The Samurai Creed, written by an anonymous 13th century samurai:
--->I have no parents; I make Heaven and Earth my parents.\\
I have no home; I make the Tan T'ien my home.\\
I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.\\
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.\\
I have no means; I make understanding my means.\\
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret.\\
I have no body; I make endurance my body.\\
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes.\\
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears.\\
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs.\\
I have no strategy; I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy\\
I have no designs; I make opportunity my design.\\
I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle.\\
I have no principles; I make adaptability my principles.\\
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.\\
I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent.\\
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.\\
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy.\\
I have no armor; I make Benevolence my armor.\\
I have no castle; I make Immovable Mind my castle.\\
I have no sword; I make No Mind my sword.
* [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Mossad]]: [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 11:4]]: "Where there is no guidance a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."
** Formerly [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 24:6]]: "Through misdirection/wise guidance, thou shalt do war."
** The unofficial motto of the Israeli anti-aircraft units (supposedly full of flight school dropouts): "If I don't get to fly, NO ONE gets to fly."
* The BadassBoast "Come and take them" of Leonidas at Thermopylae, when asked to give up his weapons, is currently the BadassCreed of the [[UsefulNotes/ThisIsHellas Greek First Army Corps]], and is also the motto of United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT).
** In a similar vein, the epitaph above a World War I trench where the Devonshire Regiment fought a particularly fierce battle, and which was subsequently used as a mass grave for them:
---> The Devonshires held this trench.\\
The Devonshires hold it still.
* Sri Lankan Special Forces: "Determined, Dared and Done"
* [[UsefulNotes/SingaporeansWithStealthFrigates Singapore Guards Formation]]: "Ready to Strike", Commando Formation: "Honour & Glory", Singapore Combat Engineers: "Advance and Overcome"
** As a former British colony, Singapore's Special Operations Force's (SOF) creed also [[CallBack answers the SAS' creed]]: "We Dare".
* The Dahomey Amazons, an [[AmazonBrigade all-female army]] that kicked ass for almost three centuries:
-->''"We are men not women.\\
Those coming back from war without having conquered must die.\\
If we beat a retreat our life is at the king's mercy.\\
Whatever town is to be attacked we must overcome it or we bury ourselves in its ruins.\\
[Current ruler] is the king of kings.\\
As long as he lives we have nothing to fear."''
* The 1st Sount Ranger Regiment, the [[UsefulNotes/FilipinosWithFirearms Philippine Army's]] primary special forces unit, has a very blunt and simple motto: "We Strike". It has better impact in Filipino, though.
** Its airborne equivalent, the The 1st Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), has "Strike Anywhere". Philippine special forces men are apparently men of few words.
* The Philippine Constabulary and The Army 1st infantry division(TABAK), Back when constables were still attached to the unit Had a saying "Always Outnumbered! Never Outfought!"the chinese learned this the hard way
* The Rats of Tobruk, the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australian]] soldiers who held Tobruk for eight months against Rommel during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "No surrender".
* Inspired by the Maori, the [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines New Zealand Army]] got a Haka composed specifically for them. ''Tu Taua a Tumatauenga.''
** The New Zealand Army as a whole has a Badass Creed: ''Ngāti Tumatauenga'' ("The Tribe of the [[WarGod God of War]]")
* 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force: ''Ki Te Mutunga'' (Maori for "Staying Until it Ends")
* The battle cry of the Almogavars, a group of Spanish mercenaries that were around during the 13th and 14th centuries, which translated as:
-->Listen! listen! Wake up, O iron! Help us God!...[[BadassBoast Just seeing us coming the villages are already ablaze. Just seeing us passing the crows are wiping their beaks]]. [[BloodKnight War and plunder, there are no greater pleasures]]. Forward Almogavars! Let them call the gravediggers! The voice of the somatent is calling us to war. Weariness, rains, snow and heat we shall endure. And if sleep overtakes us, we will use the earth as our bed. And if we get hungry, we shall eat raw meat. Wake up, O iron! Forward! Fast as the lightning let us fall over their camp! Forward Almogavars! Let us go there to make flesh, the wild beasts are hungry!
* In [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finland]], there was "One Finn stands for ten Russians!" which was in wide use during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Famously featured on Literature/TheUnknownSoldier.
** HilariousInHindsight, as the Russian invasion of Finland was stalled by excessive casualties. 2.5 Russians died for every fallen Finn.
** Even more badass is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y The Jäger March]], written by one of the Jägers in WorldWarI. Goes something like this:
--->Deep is our blow, our wrath invincible\\
we have no mercy, no homeland\\
Our fortunes are at the tip of our swords\\
our hearts may not give in\\
Our war cry rings, enchanting the country\\
which is severing its chains\\
Our defiance may not tire\\
until the nation of Finland is free.
** Here's it in Finnish::
--->Syvä iskumme on, viha voittamaton,\\
meil' armoa ei kotimaata.\\
Koko onnemme kalpamme kärjessä on,\\
ei rintamme heltyä saata.\\
Sotahuutomme hurmaten maalle soi,\\
mi katkovi kahleitansa.\\
::Ei ennen uhmamme uupua voi,\\
kuin vapaa on Suomen kansa.
** "[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind No friend is left behind.]]" This motto was used during the Winter and the Continuation Wars. It applied both in life and in death - Finns never used any mass graves, all the dead were sent back to their hometowns. No friend was left behind, not even a dead one.
* "One Shot, One Kill" - Almost every sniper who has ever lived works to uphold this.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NeutralAustriansWithNoNavy Austrian Jagdkommando]]: ''Numquam Retro'' ("Never back")
* The 17th century [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Winged Hussars]]: "Kill First, calculate later."
* The Royal Motto of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden: "With God and Victorius Arms." There is also his "War-Psalm" called "Förfäras ej du lilla hop" (Fear not ye little herd):
--->Fear not ye little herd\\
Although the noise and clamour of thine enemies\\
from all directions, echo!\\
They rejoice at your Destruction\\
but their Mirth will not last long\\
for your courage will not falter.\\
Your cause is Gods, answer the call\\
give yourself over to him, and no harm will befall you\\
the prophecy of Gideon will come true\\
and the word and people of the lord\\
will manfully defend it.\\
In the name of Jesus our hope is high\\
that the violence and cunning of the Heathens\\
will be their own downfall\\
let them suffer humiliation\\
God is with us and we with him\\
victory belongs to us!\\
* Genghis Khan: "I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you."
** The same quote has also been attributed to Attila The Hun.
* Chilean Army Engineers: "Obstacles exist to be overcome"
* Old but good: Louis XIV of France had ''Ultima Ratio Regum'' ("last argument of kings") cast on the cannons of his armies.
* The Paris Fire Brigade (a French army unit, despite the name): ''Sauver ou périr'' ("Save or perish")
* The [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]]: "You are in the Legion to die and we will send you where you can die."
** Also ''La Legion meurt, elle ne se rend pas'' ("The Legion dies, it does not surrender")
** And unofficial, ''Marche ou crève!'' ("March or die!"). It seems these FFL guys are pretty fatalistic.
** And officially, ''Legio Patria Nostra''. This can be translated as either "The Legion is my Country" or "The Legion is my Father".
* [[UsefulNotes/NewRomanLegions Italian forces]], despite having been thought as little more of comic relief during WW2 (mostly because of inept high officers or insufficient logistical structure), have a long story of desperate battles where they were defeated to the last man, or where they snatched away victory with daring awesomeness, crazy manly bravery, or innovative thinking. They have their share of badass creeds:
** The Carabinieri (one of the four Italian armed forces): ''Nei secoli fedele'' ("Faithful through the centuries").
** The Aeronautica Militare (another of the four armed Forces): ''Virtute Siderum Tenus'' (Latin for: "With bravery, [we go] until we'll reach the stars" or "With bravery, the stars are our only limit")
** The two Mountain Brigades, the Alpini: ''Di qui non si passa!'' ("From here, [[YouShallNotPass none shall pass!]]" - a reference to the Alpini's role in guarding the Alps, the only way to reach Italy overland)
** The ''Folgore'' ("Thunderbolt") Airborne Brigade: ''Come folgore dal cielo, come nembo di tempesta'' ("Like lightning from the skies, like storming clouds").
* Each warrior society of the Sioux Nations had their own BadassCreed. The Kit Fox one loses nothing in the translation to English...
--> I am a Fox.
--> I am supposed to die.
--> If there is anything difficult, if there is anything dangerous,
--> That is ''mine'' to do.
* The motto of the Elliots, a Scottish reiver clan, is simply "Wha' daur meddle wi' me?" (Who dares meddle with me?)
* Spartans going off to battle were told to return "...with your shield or on it." The idea is that someone who ran from battle would drop their shield to run faster, so returning with the shield meant they fought bravely and survived. Returning on it, means they were killed and are carried home on the shield by their comrades.
* The motto of the Chasseurs Ardennais, a Belgian unit whose, despite being outgunned and outnumbered, stalled the German invasion of Belgium until they were out of ammo : ''Résiste et mords !'' ("Resist and Bite !). They got their nickname, ''Les Loups Verts'' ("The Green Wolfs"), from Rommel itself.
* Anarchist militiat leader Durruti's overlaps with badass boast:
** "It is possible that only a hundred of us will survive, but with that hundred we shall enter Saragossa, beat Fascism and proclaim libertarian communism. I will be the first to enter Saragossa; I will proclaim the free commune. We shall subordinate ourselves neither at Madrid nor Barcelona, neither to Azaña nor Companys. If they wish, they can live in peace with us; if not, we shall go to Madrid … We shall show you, bolsheviks, how to make a revolution."

[[AC: Real Life -- Civilian]]
* ''"Am Yisrael Chai!"'' - "The children of Israel still liveth!". Can be anything; a boast, a threat, a prayer, though generally it means "we're still here, despite everything the world throws at us". Famously shouted by the Jewish chaplain of the British 2nd Army as he concluded his service for the Jewish prisoners of the newly-liberated Bergen-Belsen.
* "The Mountie always gets his man."
** Also, "One riot, one Mountie".
*** And ''that'' one was either appropriated from or by the Texas Rangers: "OneRiotOneRanger."
** Note that the ''actual'' motto of the RCMP is ''Maintiens le droit'' ("Maintain that which is right"), which is also a pretty badass creed in and of itself.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}: [[Film/{{Apollo13}} Failure is not an option.]]
** Parodied with [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage's]] motto, "Failure is ''[[FailsafeFailure always]]'' an option".
** Officially: ''[[FriendToAllLivingThings For the Benefit of All.]]'' Despite its badassery NASA never used it except in the most obscure material, and even then it is usually tacked with "mankind" or "people" to make it less prideful.
** Unofficially: ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Ad Astra Per Aspera]]'' ("Through Hardships to the Stars").
* The United States Postal Service: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." [[note]]This motto is carved on the facade of the central post office in New York City. Someone once climbed up there with a spray can and wrote underneath "So what ''is'' it, then?"[[/note]]
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Three thousand years ago, this was the motto of the courier service of the Persian Empire.]]
*** "They say neither snow nor sleet will stop the Postman. Who the hell do you think gets him to his rounds?? New. York. City. F---in'. Transit. Going YOUR way."
** "Come hell or high water, the mail ''must go through!''" Certainly not official, but ''much'' more {{Badass}}.
* While the mottos of Canada and most of the provinces are sweeping and boastful (Canada: ''A Mari Usque Ad Mare'', rendered in English as "From Sea to Shining Sea"; British Columbia: ''Splendor Sine Occasu'', best translated as "Splendor Undiminished") Quebec's motto is the chilling ''Je me souviens'': "I Remember".
** For any who are confused by this, the full line is ''Je me souviens / que né sous le lys / je croîs sous la rose'', which translates as "I remember that born under the lily ''(France)'' I grew under the rose ''(England)''." The intended meaning was [[ShrugOfGod never fully explained]] by its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne-%C3%89tienne_Tach%C3%A9 original author]]. Probably just a neutral summation of the history of Quebec... but it could be taken as implying that the English (and English Canada) are still viewed as conquerors, and possibly enemies.
** Which leads to another Canadian motto: "Get over it already."
** Which is reminiscent of the former Confederate boast "The South shall rise again," and the less known Yankee rejoinder: "And the North shall slap you down – Again!"
* TheMafia, on the topic of assassination: "Only blood can wash away blood."
* [[TheMafia Omerta]]: "If I live, I'll kill you. If I die, I forgive you". Legend says this were the words that a wounded man uttered to his assailant.
* "Never say die, say '''kill!'''"
* The code of combat between masters of Irish stick-fighting includes the standard stuff - never back down, announce the name of your clan without fear, and so on - but the real chilling line is how a shillelagh fighter explains his intent to avoid mortal injury.
-->"The only fear I have is the fear of killing you."
* The Irish National Anthem, ''Amhrán na bFhian'' ("A Soldier's Song") has some kickass moments, like in the chorus:
--> "Tonight we man the breach\\
For Ireland's cause, live or die\\
'Mid cannon's roar and rifle's peal\\
We'll sing a soldier's song".
** It sounds arguably cooler in Irish (Gaeilge), since the language sounds like something a fantasy race would speak (if you can pronounce it):
-->Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,\\
Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,\\
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,\\
Seo libh canaídh amhrán na bhfiann.
* ''Gott zur Ehr, dem Nächsten zur Wehr''. Traditional motto of German firefighters, meaning: "To the glory of God and the protection of our neighbours".
* ''[[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku naritai!]]'' is Japanese for "I want to become stronger", something EliezerYudkowsky considers a motto for aspiring rationalists.
-->''Tsuyoku naritai'' is Japanese. ''Tsuyoku'' is "strong"; ''naru'' is "becoming" and the form ''naritai'' is "want to become". Together it means "I want to become stronger" and it expresses a sentiment embodied more intensely in Japanese works than in any Western literature I've read. You might say it when expressing your determination to become a professional Go player - or after you lose an important match, but you haven't given up - or after you win an important match, but you're not a ninth-dan player yet - or after you've become the greatest Go player of all time, but you still think you can do better. That is ''tsuyoku naritai'', the will to transcendence.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYIUdVNFgU The All Blacks Haka]].
-->"All Blacks, let me become one with the land! This is our land that rumbles! It’s my time! It’s my moment! This defines us as the All Blacks! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Our dominance, Our supremacy will triumph! And be placed on high Silver fern! All Blacks! Silver fern! All Blacks!"
* A simple, yet poignant one for actors since at least the time of Creator/WilliamShakespeare: TheShowMustGoOn.
** [[Film/GalaxyQuest "Damn You!"]]
* It is also a PretentiousLatinMotto, but the motto of the New South Wales Police Force is ''culpam poena premit comes'', which translates to "Punishment closely follows guilt," also quite accurately translated as "Vengeance follows guilt swiftly."
* "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "Anonymous: Because none of us is as cruel as all of us."
* The Habsburgs used for centuries the A.E.I.O.U acronym as a motto, first introduced in the 15th century. There were several interpretations but most of them as badass as anything:
** ''Alles Erdreich ist Oesterreich untertan'' (German: All the world is subject to Austria)
** ''Austria est imperio optime unita'' (Latin: Austria is the empire best united)
** ''Austria erit in orbe ultima'' (Latin: Austria will be the last [surviving] in the world)
** ''Austriae est imperare orbi universo'' (Latin: It is Austria's destiny to rule the whole world)
* Noble bloodlines and families tend to have badass mottoes in general. Friend of mine comes from a relatively minor line whose motto (ripped from Virgil, apparently) is ''Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos'' ("Forgive the weak, vanquish the proud"). Pretty metal no matter how you choose to interpret it.
* "Somerville girls can take care of themselves." The unofficial motto of Somerville College, Oxford University. 'Somerville girls' include the first female Prime Ministers of India (Indira Gandhi) and Britain (Margaret Thatcher)(both of whom were 'wartime' [=PMs=]), the first-ever Indian woman lawyer (in 1892!), and several Nobel-winners, that's a deliberately-massive understatement.
* Firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch used to use "In a world of compromise some men don't." This was later amended to "In a world of compromise some don't." Reasonably badass either way. They also used "When lives are at stake, leave nothing to chance."
** Speaking of firearms manufacturers, Colt had one of their own: "God created all men equal; Sam Colt made them so."
* FBI Hostage Rescue Team: ''Servare Vitas'' ("To Save Lives").
* A few of the USA states have some badass mottoes:
** New Hampshire's is probably the most famous: "Live Free or Die."
** West Virginia's is similar: ''Montani Semper Liberi'' ("Mountaineers are Always Free")
** Virginia's qualifies, too: ''Sic Semper Tyranis'' ("Thus always to tyrants"), especially if you also consider the state's seal (which appears on its flag): [[http://www.50states.com/flag/image/nunst075.gif the figure of Virtus standing over the defeated figure of Tyranny]]
*** Even more so when you remember that those were the words Booth said after killing Lincoln. Virginia has kept the same motto since 1776.
** North Carolina's qualifies, too. ''Esse Quam Videri'' ("To Be, Rather than to Seem")
** New York's might be familiar to readers of Marvel Comics: ''Excelsior'' or, as it's usually translated, "Ever Upward" (though more colloquially it just means "Higher"). That's a motto that New York City has taken to heart.
** Maryland's state motto also qualifies. It translates to "Manly deeds, womanly words," but that's out-of-date. A more modern translation is "Strong deeds, gentle words." Meaning Marylanders are very polite people - who also get things done.
* The city of San Francisco has a pretty good one too: ''oro en paz, fiero en guerra'' ("gold in peace, iron in war").
* Small, but still used. In the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, when the militias from Lexington and Concord asked Acton's (who had bayonets) to lead the charge on the Old North Bridge, Captain Isaac Davis was heard to say "[[http://www.actonminutemen.org/ I haven't a man who is afraid to go.]]" (There are different recorded versions, but they're all just as powerful.)
* The various branches of the [[ScoutOut Scouts]] have a number of mottoes but the one most fitting is the Scout Promise (called the "Scout Oath" by some organisations, most notably the "Boyscouts of America"), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Promise different branches of the movement have different variations]], but the original was (given while making the scouting salute[[labelnote:*]]Described thus as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-finger_salute_(Scouts) right hand raised level with his shoulder, palm to the front, thumb resting on the nail of the digitus minimus (little finger) and the other three fingers upright, pointing upwards]]"[[/labelnote]]);
-->On my honour I promise that--
--->1.[[LawfulGood I will do my duty to God and the King]].
--->2.[[ChronicHeroSyndrome I will do my best to help others, whatever it costs me]].
--->3.[[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules I know the scout law, and will obey it]].
** "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle"
* The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, depending on where you are, are even more hard core about honour, honesty, trust and sisterhood. The Girl Guides of Canada have the Guiding Promise, as an example:
--> I promise to do my best,
--> To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.
--> I will take action for a better world
--> And respect the Guiding Law.
* Several Las Vegas Security departments have the unofficial motto "First In, Last Out", pointing out that they are there dealing with stuff before the police, fire department, or paramedics. And are often the last to leave after tying up all the loose ends.
* Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, labor activist (primarily anti-child labor), suffragette, anarchist, general hellraiser, and "The most dangerous woman in America" charged in with the motto:
-->"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!"
** Other Labor Slogans are also pretty badass
--> "An injury to one is an injury to all."
--> "kick the Bosses in the ass, power to the working class."
--> "When worker's rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back."
* Scotland, as you might expect, also has one: ''Nemo me impune lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity"). It has a rather more direct, official translation into Scots: "Who daur meddle wi' me?" Its unofficial translation, much beloved of [[BritsWithBattleships Scottish soldiers]], is "No-one fucks wi' me an' gets awa' wi' it."
** The Latin form was appropriated by EdgarAllanPoe for "The Cask of Amontillado."
* The WHO AM I speech by Coach Flowers, it's just... awesome
* Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, America as a whole has adopted a few. The most prominent mottoes are "United We Stand" and "Let's Roll", the latter after Todd Beamer's DyingMomentOfAwesome on United Airlines Flight 93.
* The motto of the Olympics has been ''Citius, Altius, Fortius'' ("Faster, Higher, Stronger") since 1924. A pretty BadassCreed for a sporting event.
* The creed of the Special Olympics is pretty badass:
-->"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be courageous in the attempt."
* Many national anthems, but especially [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16735_6-national-anthems-that-will-make-you-tremble-with-fear.html those 6 ones.]] Several of them were originally military songs.
* British pound coins have BadassCreed inscribed:
-->'''England:''' ''Decus et Tutamen'' ("A shield and an ornament")
-->'''Scotland:''' ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity")
-->'''Wales:''' ''Pleidol wyf I'm gwylad'' ("True am I to my country")
* There is also the war-cry of international socialism. Whatever one's opinion of that particular idology, that chant is awesome:
-->"Workers of the World, UNITE!"
** When it was motto of the U.S.S.R, it sounded even better (Russian is like that):
-->"Proletariy vsekh stran, soyedinyaytes!"
* According to Herodatus, the training practice for Persian nobles: "To ride, to shoot, and to speak the truth."
* The historical motto of the Spanish Empire: ''Plus Ultra'' ("Further Beyond"), This is in direct contrast from the supposed inscription on the mythical Pillars of Hercules at the Straights of Gibraltar, marking the end of the Mediterranean and of the ancient world: ''Non Plus Ultra'', No Further, a warning against the dangers of the unknown open sea. Spain went beyond and conquered.
* The first lines of the Polish national anthem: Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła, / Kiedy my żyjemy. (Poland has not yet perished,/ So long as we still live.) Even more impressive when you remember that Poland [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partitions_of_Poland didn't exist]] for circa 200 years...
* The Tough Mudder challenge, a series of obstacle courses that emphasize teamwork over personal records, has the Tough Mudder Pledge:
-->As a Tough Mudder I pledge that…\\
- I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.\\
- I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.\\
- I do not whine – kids whine.\\
- I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.\\
- I overcome all fears.
* "Never again." Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
** The Germans have also taken this to heart as ''Nie wieder''.
* The Scottish Clan Sutherland (who lent their name to the Thin Red Line) has the motto "Sans Peur" meaning simply "without fear".
* The Norwegian national anthem, after eight verses of Norwegian history told in brief:
---> Oh, as the struggle of our forefathers has raised the country from need to victory, ''we too'', when it is needed, shall secure the country`s peace.
* [[http://starmen.net/ Starmen.net]]'s motto is "Do not underestimate us," adapted from a similar phrase spoken by Starman Deluxe in VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. This may seem overly dramatic, but not every fandom is as fiercely dedicated as Earthbound's.
* Lajos Kossuth, a [=XIXth=] century Hungarian politician who was a leading figure of the [[LaResistance 1848 Hungarian Revolution]] and has become a MemeticBadass in Hungarian culture, had plenty of these. They are too numerous to list, but some of the most badass are:
** "Mindent a népért, mindent a néppel együtt, semmit a népről a nép feje felett. Ez a demokrácia." (All actions for the people, all actions with the people, no actions about the people over the heads of the people. This is democracy.)
** "Ezredéves történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk gyermek nemzet; 1848-i történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk elaggott nemzet." (Our millenial history proves we're not a juvenile nation; our 1848 history proves we're not a decrepit nation.)
** "Magyarországot a poklok kapui sem fogják megdönteni." ([[BlasphemousBoast Hungary will not be toppled by even the Gates of Hell.]])
** "Revolúciókat sem rózsavízzel, sem glaszékesztűkben nem lehet csinálni." ([[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized We cannot raise revolutions with rosewater or wearing guanti glassati.]])
* Whatever your standpoint on the system itself is, Soviet Union propaganda had some pretty kickass mottos. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg/438px-Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg SMOKE OF CHIMNEYS IS THE BREATH OF SOVIET RUSSIA]]
* The British Labour Party's official anthem The Red Flag has this stanza:
-->With heads uncovered swear we all.\\
To bear it onward till we fall;.\\
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim.\\
This song shall be our parting hymn.
* Irish Socialist and Nationalist leader James Connolly wrote We Only Want the Earth to declare the socialist movements principles. It is badasss all the way through, but the last two Stanzas are the most intense:
-->The “labour fakir” full of guile.\\
Base doctrine ever preaches.\\
And whilst he bleeds the rank and file.\\
Tame moderation teaches.\\
Yet, in despite, we’ll see the day.\\
When, with sword in its girth.\\
Labour shall march in war array.\\
To realize its own, the earth.\\
For labour long, with sighs and tears.\\
To its oppressors knelt..\\
But never yet, to aught save fears,.\\
Did the heart of tyrant melt..\\
We need not kneel, our cause no dearth.\\
Of loyal soldiers’ needs.\\
And our victorious rallying cry.\\
Shall be we want the earth!
* The UK Anti Fascist Action organization was founded as a militant answer to the perceived timidity of moderate anti fascism. They declared their basic principles as follows: "We aren't in the business of complaining about Nazis, we're in the business of stopping them."
* The second part of the New Zealand national anthem.
-->Peace not war shall be our boast\\
But should foes asail our coast\\
Make us then a mighty host.
* You don't usually hear expect one of these from a financier, but this advice from Baron Rothschild, which became an unofficial motto of the Rothschild family and investors everywhere, certainly qualifies:
-->"Buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own."
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking of the creation of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
--> They are my Space Marines and ''they shall know no fear''.
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one on the same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear."
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
** The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete."
---->"What is the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done."
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat is to blaspheme."
*** From the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin' than a Grot an' more killy dan a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: we die standing.
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.\\
That which threaten, I will destroy.\\
For my holy wrath will knows no bound..."''
* ''Every one'' of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. To whit:
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. The Supernal Is The Self. Service Is Mastery."
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets. Destroy the followers of the Lie."
** The Guardians of the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to the Awakened. Merit must guide the Fallen World."
*** Those are just the Exoteric Tenets that other Mages are allowed to know about. Their Esoteric Tenets, the secret mottos of the Order, are significantly more frightening. To whit: All Thrones Are False Thrones, All Souls are Flawed. There Is a Secret Hierarchy of Souls. The Heiromagus Will Fulfill the Diamond Wheel
** The Mysterium: "Knowledge is power. Knowledge must be preserved. Knowledge has a price."
** The Silver Ladder: "The Awakened are one Nation. Imperium is the right of humanity. The Silver Ladder is the path to victory. The Sleepers follow."
** While the Pentacle hope to Awaken humanity to higher truth, the Seers of the Throne wish humanity to stay Sleeping while hoarding higher truths for themselves: "True Power Requires Obedience. True Power Requires Sacrifice. True Power Requires Vigilance. True Power Requires Discipline. True Power Requires Understanding. True Power Requires Courage."
* In ''{{Traveller}}: Interstellar Wars'' the Vilani "Legion of the Frontier" has the motto, "We are here to die." (Lifted shamelessly from the French Foreign Legion, see below.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Grimgor Ironhide has a pretty good one:
-->I'm gonna stomp em to dust. I'm gonna burn all der cities and towns. I'm gonna roast em up inna big fire. I'm gonna grind der bones and jump up an down on the rest of da bits. An den, I'm gonna get really mean.
** The Shadow Elves have the fairly restrained:
-->Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is forgiven.
* MOAR DAKKA! and Red Wunz Go Fasta
* One happened in a ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' game. While loading on their DropShip to fight a rebelling squad of Space Marines, the following dialogue happens.
-->'''Ioustinos:''' "Emperor protect us and forgive those we're against"
-->'''Xavier:''' "For we certainly have no intention to."
* ''TheWayOfTheTiger'' gamebook series has two. The first is the "Ninja No Chigiri" learnt by all ninjas of the Way of the Tiger including your character :-
-->"I will vanish into the night; change my body to wood or stone; sink into the earth and walk through walls and locked doors. I will be killed many times, yet will not die; change my face and become invisible, able to walk among men without being seen."
** The second is the Litany of the Ninja Grandmaster which can only be learned if you answer two questions correctly at the very start of the series :-
-->"I AM NINJA
-->My parents are the Heaven and Earth
-->My Home is my Body
-->My Power is Loyalty
-->My Magic is Training
-->My Life and my Death is Breathing
-->My Body is Control
-->My Eyes are the Sun and Moon
-->My Ears are Sensitivity
-->My Laws are Self-Protection
-->My Strength is Adaptability
-->My Ambition is taking every Opportunity with Fullness
-->My Friend is my Mind
-->My Enemy is Carelessness
-->My Protection is Right Action
-->My Weapons are Everything that Exists
-->My Strategy is One Foot in front of the Other
-->My Trust is in Kwon
-->MY WAY IS THE WAY OF THE TIGER"
----
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* From the flavor text of ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' we get this poem, "Long Road's End" by C. Vincent Metzen:
-->“What fires burn within my heart and force me to contend
-->With the perils that await me at this tragic journey’s end?
-->I have walked the roads that lead to Hell, I have challenged all but Fate.
-->I have fought and bled and carried on just to reach this final gate.
-->And now the task before me looms, this dire deed undone;
-->I shall make my stand against the Three until the battle's won.
-->What fear or wound could ever still this last defiant cry,
-->As I stand against the Shadow 'neath the endless burning sky?”
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
-->'''Morgan Everett:''' We are the Invisible Hand. We are the Illuminati. We come before and after. We are forever. And eventually... eventually we will lead them into the day.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a number of these.
** The creed of the Grey Wardens: "In war, victory. In peace, vigilance. In death, [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]]."
** The Warden Oath, spoken at the Joining:
-->Join us brothers and sisters.\\
Join us in the shadows where we stand vigilant.\\
Join us as we carry the duty that can not be forsworn.\\
And should you perish, know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten.\\
And that one day we shall join you.
** The Dalish Elves have the "Oath of the Dales";
--> We are the Dalish.\\
Keepers of the lost lore, walkers of the lonely path.\\
We are the last of the Elvhenan,\\
And ''never'' again shall we submit.
* "Death before dishonour," the creed of the Orlesian chevaliers.
** From the Chant of Light, notably spoken by Knight-Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
--> Blessed are the peacekeepers, the champions of the just. Blessed are those who stand before the corrupt and the wicked and do not falter.
** The Qunari have their own, as well;
-->"Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls, but the sea is changeless. There is nothing to struggle against. Victory is in the Qun."
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' DLC quest ''Legacy'', Malcolm Hawke, the protagonist's father, also made one into a Badass Prayer:
--> "Be bound here for eternity, hunger stilled, rage smothered, desire dampened, pride crushed. In the name of the Maker, so let it be."
** Malcolm Hawke's own personal creed:
--> "Magic will serve that which is best in me. Not that which is most base".
** In the DLC ''Mark of the Assassin,'' Hawke proves that badass creeds run in the family, stating their primary motivation for their actions;
--> "I ''have'' a purpose. '''I protect Kirkwall.'''"
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios also has his own.
-->''Amonkira. Lord of Hunters. Grant that my hands be steady, my aim be true, and my feet swift. And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness.''
** Paragon Shepard gives their character defining line in ''2'', while invoking it in [[spoiler: the Refusal Ending]] in ''3''.
---> '''Shepard''': I won't let fear compromise who I am.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'': "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted." It's the main quote on the Badass Creed page and was [[TruthInTelevision in fact the actual creed]] of the historical Hashashin sect, led by Hassan al-Sabbah, from the name of which we get the word "assassin".
** Note that the ''[=AC1=]'' version has three tenets in addition to this motto: stay your blade from the flesh of an innocent, discretion in all things, and never compromise the Brotherhood. This is a major plot point, as Altaïr's violation of all three at Solomon's Temple led to his demotion, hence his starting as a Novice and having to literally kill his way back to Master Assassin.
** It is expanded in [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII the sequel]], in the scene where [[spoiler:Ezio is formally sworn into the ranks of the Assassins]]. It sounds even cooler that way, once you know exactly ''what'' it means... although the "three tenets" are now nowhere to be seen, possibly due to Altaïr's reforms. (Amusingly, it's also how to solve the last of Subject 16's Glyph puzzles.)
-->"Laa shaya waq'in moutlaq bale kouloun mounkine." (Arabic, literally "Nothing is absolute; Everything is permitted.")
--> [[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Nothing is true."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember:"\\
'''Ezio:''' "Everything is permitted."\\
[[spoiler:'''Machiavelli''']]: "We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins."\\
'''All:''' "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."
** The central tenet of the Creed is even more impressive when you consider that it's essentially the answer to an existential crisis, an individual's realization that there exists no rational force governing nature: If there is no universal truth, nothing limits what you can do. And all of this centuries before philosophers would assemble the actual school of thought.
---> '''Altair:''' I understand now that our Creed does not command us to be free. It commands us to be ''wise''.
** Ezio delivers his own explanation at the end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', after living the Creed for almost thirty years.
---> '''Ezio:''' To say that nothing is true, is to recognize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
* While most of the cast in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' carry a BadassBoast in their "Meet the..." videos, the Sniper has a code. "Professionals have ''standards''. Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
*** "Have a plan to kill everyone you meet," became the official slogan for US Marine India Company's Forward Operations Center, out of Fallujah, Iraq.
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Kim]] [[TheCape Kaphwan]] [[JusticeWillPrevail would like to remind you]] that [[DetectEvil evil]] [[HotBlooded is]] '''''[[ThisIsUnforgivable UNFORGIVABLE.]]'''''
* ''TooHuman'', in a sendup to the Klingon example:
-->'''Berserker:''' It's a good day to die!
-->'''Soldier:''' You always say that.
-->'''Berserker:''' It always is.
* Richter Belmont from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': "I'm a Belmont. That's my job."
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Elites have one in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' that is chanted as a call/response series:
-->"When we joined the Covenant, we took an oath."
-->''"According to our station, all without exception."''
-->"On the blood of our fathers. On the blood of our sons. We swore to uphold the Covenant."
-->''"Even to our dying breath!"''
-->"Those who would break this oath are heretics, worth of neither pity nor mercy. Even now they use our Lord's creations to broadcast their lies."
-->''"We shall grind them into dust--"''
-->"--And continue our march to glorious salvation!"
** There's one for the Spartan-[=IIs=] and [=IIIs=] too:
-->"Spartans never die. They just go to Hell and regroup."
** Don't forget the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th Shock Troops Division:
-->"Jump Feet First into Hell."
** The [=ODSTs=] get an even more badass one in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IklqPx3unjs We Are ODST]] trailer. The song lyrics, translated from Welsh:
-->"We cheat Death from his rightful victory. No one can defeat us, we are glad to plunge feet first into hell in the knowledge that we will rise."
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''
--> ''[[MagnificentBastard I've]] twice been conquered-
--> Three times more,
--> [[AIIsACrapShoot Never again shall humanity purge me]],
--> And never the Pfhor.''
* [[BaldursGate Swords, not words!]]
-->"Jump on your swords while you can, villainy, for I won't be as gentle!."
* "[[MetalWolfChaos Nothing is pointless!]] And the reason is... '''''[[RuleOfCool because]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking I'm the President of]] [[{{Eagleland}} the United States of America]]!'''''"
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and the rest of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise has a good number.
** [[BlackKnight The Knights of the Ebon Blade]] seem to have a couple; "Suffer well" among others.
*** "Harness your hate. Make it useful."
** Not to mention Varok Saurfang, also from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
-->"I am he who watches they. I am the fist of retribution. That which does quell the recalcitrant. Dare you defy the Warchief? Dare you face my merciless judgement?"
** The Horde in general has: "Lok'Tar Ogar! Blood and Thunder! My life for the Horde!", although the entire creed is rarely ever spoken in its entirety, except during a quest to grant the Taunka membership in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft.''.
*** ''Lok'tar Ogar'' translates as ''Victory or Death''!
---> '''For The Horde!'''
** The Blood Elves have the straight-to-the-point
--> ''Death to those who oppose us!''
** [[ThePaladin The Knights of the Silver Hand]] have "Esarus thar no'Darador", translated as "By blood and honor we serve".
** The Alliance's [[BadassArmy 7th legion]] has one:
-->'''High Commander [[AwesomeMcCoolname Halford Wyrmbane]]''': Through the valleys and peaks of Mount Hyjal, across the shifting sands of Silithus, against the Legion's dread armies - we have fought. We are the nameless, faceless, sons and daughters of the Alliance. By the Light and by the might of the Alliance, the first strike belongs to us and the last strike is all that our enemies see. ''We are 7th Legion''.
* From ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' the code of ''[[FictionalDocument Carlson & Peeters]]''... kinda. While it does contain such statements of solidarity and strength as "W.W.T.A.O.: [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind We Work Together As One!]]," the book's designated mouthpiece, Double H, seems to have... ''trouble'' separating the genuinely awesome from the mundane, [[MundaneMadeAwesome treating both with equal gravitas.]]
* Reversal from ''Hitman 2'', and possibly Real Life: "I don't know anything, I didn't see anything, I wasn't there, and if I was there I was asleep." A reversal because, rather than pointing out that people should be afraid of the speaker, it's pointing out that ''he'' should be afraid of other people.
* The Brotherhood of Nod from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' has plenty, being a [[ChurchMilitant Army loyal to]] [[DarkMessiah Kane]], the most prominent being:
--> ''Brotherhood. Unity. Peace.''
--> ''One vision. One purpose.''
--> ''Peace through Power.'' (Sometimes combined with the previous one)
--> ''You can't kill the Messiah.'' (Kane's personal motto.)
** And, in one scene from ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Tiberian Sun]]'':
---> '''Slavik''': In the name of Kane!
---> '''Army of Nod Troops''': Kane lives in death!
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of Kane!''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in death!''
---> '''Slavik''': ''In the name of'' '''Kane!'''
---> '''Army''': ''Kane lives in-''
---> '''Kane''': '''KANE... LIVES!'''
* VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'s Blackwatch:
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMV2uVhdO8 "WHEN WE HUNT WE KILL. NO ONE IS SAFE. NOTHING IS SACRED. WE ARE BLACKWATCH. WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. WE WILL BURN OUR OWN TO HOLD THE REDLINE. IT IS THE LAST LINE TO EVER HOLD."]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen. The end has come!]]
** The N.O.L. has their own:
-->''"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are knights of the blue flame!"''
** And three more, though the second is a parody.
-->"Hailed by the heavens, earth, and people, the one and only '''''Bang Shishigami''''' is now here!"\\
"''The heavens, the earth, '''and a million squirrels''' call to me!'' *{{beat}}* Huh? What? They don't?"
-->Upon activating his [[MemeticMutation Bang Install]] super: "'''Quicker than the Winds and as Still as the Forest! Hotter than Flames and more Magnificent than a Mountain!'''"
** Several characters use one during their Astral Finishes. For Example:
*** Nu-13's
-->''Oh silver blade, forged in the depths of the beyond, heed my summons and purge those who stand in my way! Lay waste.''
*** Better yet, her other Astral quote:
-->''From beyond the realm of souls and birth; I call upon the Ur-Sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish''
*** That's right. The UR-SWORD. The original blade.
*** Tsubaki's
-->''White feathers for innocence. Black feathers for darkest sin. We are the message endeavors of God, come to deliver righteous justice! Let sinners be punished. Let justice be done!''
*** Mu-12's
-->''This world was created by the hands of the Gods. Every thing is false. Everything is a lie! The final days have come. And now,'' '''''LET EVERYTHING BE DESTROYED!!!'''''
*** [[{{DLC}} Valkenhayn]].
--> ''Allow me to show you the power... Of the full moon! Night has now fallen... The moon shines bright! '''The play is now through!'''''
*** Ragna the Bloodedge
--> ''I'll show you there is no hell. Only Darkness! This is the power of the Azure!''
*** Occasionally [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by [[GeniusDitz Makoto]], who sometimes does the N.O.L creed, but gets halfway through saying it and then forgets the rest. Of course, played straight when she does it correctly.
--> ''Dispatched in mankind's darkest... Uh... *mumbling* [[Funny/BlazBlue Oh, forget it]]!''
* The BonusBoss of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'':
--> I am matter.
--> I am antimatter.
--> I can see your past.
--> I can see your future.
--> I consume time...
--> And I will consume you!
** The evil {{Sentai}} team you face in Barrel Volcano:
---> [[color:red:We fight for evil!]]\\
We live for disorder!\\
[[color:green:We like what we do!]]\\
[[color:pink:We struggle for chaos!]]\\
[[color:yellow:We are...]]\\
[[color:red:.]].[[color:green:.]][[color:pink:t]][[color:yellow:h]][[color:red:e]] [[color:green:A]][[color:pink:X]][[color:yellow:E]][[color:red:M]] [[color:green:R]][[color:pink:A]][[color:yellow:N]][[color:red:G]]E[[color:green:R]][[color:pink:S]][[color:yellow:!]][[color:red:!]]
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' with Dante [[spoiler: when he receives Lucifer]].
-->[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything First I whip it out! Then I thrust it! With great force! Every angle...! It penetrates! Until...! With great strength! I... ram it in! In the end... We are all satisfied... And you are set free!]]
** Also some kind of an oath (of Holy Knights of the Order of the Sword?) from "Shall Never Surrender":
--> My honoured brethren
--> we come together
--> to unite as one
--> against those that are damned
--> we show no mercy
--> for we have none.
--> Our enemies shall fall
--> as we uprise
--> to claim our fate
--> now and forever
--> we'll be together
--> in love and hate.
* Here's one in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', said by Judas:
--> ''Majiwara zarishi inochi ni, ima mo tarasaren setsuna no kiseki/Instant miracles are not brought to mix with life now''
--> ''Toki wo hete...Koko ni yuugou seshi mirai he no taidou!/Time passes... Unite here and rise to the future!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks GISHOU KEN!!]]''' [[spoiler:* mask breaks, revealing Leon Magnus* ]]''
--> ''Boku wa... kako wo tachikiru. Chire!/I cut off the past... Scatter!''
--> '''''[[CallingYourAttacks MAJIN RENGOKUSATSU!!!/INFERNAL SUFFERING!!!]]'''''
** This BadassCreed is so badass, it has subtitles:
--> ''Blood rejects blood, heart breaks heart,''
--> ''Miracles won't come true, therefore, they don't exist...''
--> ''You resist?''
** Similarly, Videogame/TalesOfVesperia gives us Yuri Lowell's [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]]:
---> ''[[HeroesPreferSwords O brilliant blade]] [[AnAxeToGrind of coldest steel,]]''
---> ''[[FlashStep Rend the infinite darkness,]]''
---> ''[[SpamAttack And crush my enemies to nothing!]]''
---> ''[[CallingYourAttacks SAVAGE WOLF FURY!]]''
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI My name is Ultima... I am power both ancient and unrivaled... I do not bleed, for I am but strength given form... Feeble creatures of flesh... Your time is nigh!]]
** Or, as we used to know it, "My name is Atma... I am pure energy... and as ancient as the cosmos. Feeble creatures, GO!"
* The title character of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' gives us this little gem, said at the end of the fourth and final game (of the series):
--> Zero: "I never cared about justice, and I don't ever recall calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people that I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears before me, I ''will'' destroy it!"
** Copy X's Guardian Hidden Phantom has one as well.
--> '''Phantom''': Give light to people. Give death to Mavericks. No one shall disgrace master X. Your termination will now commence!
* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[spoiler:Captain Price]] gives an epicly poetic-awesome speech in response to [[spoiler:General Shepherd betraying him & Soap]]:
-->"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."
* The only line not chosen by the player, from the Demifiend/Hitoshura from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
-->Dying message: "Death's vastness holds no peace. I come at the end of the long road. Neither human, nor devil... all bends to my will."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
--> 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!
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has Dak'kon with this:
-->Know that when death comes for you,
-->know that I shall meet its blade with mine.
-->Know that when all dies around you,
-->Know I shall live for your sake.
** What about: "Endure. In enduring grow strong."?
* [[{{Tekken}} Devil Jin]] starts every fight with "Kyoufu o oshiete yarou." ("I will teach you how to fear.")
* Sanger Zonvolt would like to remind you that HE IS THE SWORD THAT SMITES EVIL!
* [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas NCR 1st Recon: The last thing you never see.]]
** "It was pretty accurate, and so were we."
** And boy do they live up to it. Sending a single squad of these guys was considered a major military asset.
* [[SuperSoldier The Zuul]] from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' have the species-wide creed, which also finishes its leader's BadassBoast in the intro:
-->Born of fire! Born of steel! Born of science! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Born! Of! Blood!]]
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', for the eponymous organization: Quo Nemi Sequi Potest. "Where No One Can Follow."
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'':
** The Ushra'Khan alliance: "We come for our people."
** Those who fly Minmatar ships: "In Rust We Trust."
** The Amarr loyalists have their age-old BattleCry "Amarr Victor!"
*** When the Empyrean War broke out, some Minmatar loyalists adopted the rejoinder "Matar Victor!"
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' has the Legionaires and their motto "Acta Non Verba" which literally means in Latin "Action, Not Words."
* What about [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Andrew Ryan's]] personal motto?
--> "A man chooses. A slave obeys..."
** From ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' "We will be reborn in the cold womb of the ocean."
* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'': "From the hate-scorched sky / With righteous anger in our hearts / We draw forth the sword that smites Evil / Thou art the innocent blade--Demonbane!"
* From {{Fire Emblem}} the guild of assassins knows as [[{{AntiVillain}} The Black Fang]] "The Fang lets none escape"
* The Midnight Squad in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
-->We gather in moonlight
-->when the clock strikes midnight,
-->With intellect our torch
-->and humanity our compass.
-->Quill or sword in hand,
-->we move through the mysteries of the night,
-->Despite what horrors we face
-->or dark lore we uncover.
-->We shall press on.
-->For this is the oath
-->and the burden of the Midnighter.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Samurai Shodown}}''
--> It is a Bushi's nature
--> To fight and die
--> I will be a victorious devil
--> And all of my enemies will be
--> Cut into pieces
** And also:
--->To have no fear
--->To slice and kill
--->To survive
* The Orders of Tyria in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' each have one (or several, in the case of the Whispers):
-->'''Order of Whispers:''' "Fight what cannot be fought." / "Know what cannot be known." / "Kill what cannot be killed."
-->'''The Vigil:''' "Some must fight, so that all may be free."
-->'''Durmand Priory:''' "Your power is only equal to the sum of your knowledge."
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Naegi's]] "I'm more optimistic than most people" becomes this by the end of the game.
* From ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' we have the creed of the [[BadassBookworm Blood Raven Chapter's Chaplain]]:
--> "Pain now; reward in the afterlife."
** Another one that is said by just about all the Adeptus Astartes:
--> "Only in death does duty end."
** Or for those chosen to be interred in Dreadnoughts:
--> Duty does not end in death; death is only the beginning.
** After the Aurelian Crusade, we get this gem from the Blood Ravens:
--> "None shall find us wanting."
** The Dark Eldar has one that is (appropriately) equal parts inspiring and terrifying: "No death!" Heartening, until you realize they mean no death ''for their enemies''. The longer version is "Death [[ColdBloodedTorture only after great pain.]]"
* A meta example in VideoGame/DwarfFortress: "Losing is fun." Translated to the common man, this would read a bit more like "We entertain ourselves through fire and death".
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', the five rulers of the AncientConspiracy each have their own rote phrase to describe their job in metaphorical terms. ("I am the fire...", "I am the blade...", etc.). One of them later becomes a SurvivalMantra after one member is nearly killed by another.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there is Archer's [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited]] [[StormOfBlades Blade]] [[LimitBreak Works]] aria, delivered in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unknown to Death, nor known to Life.''
-->''Have withstood pain to create many weapons.''
-->''Yet, those hands will never hold anything.''
-->''So as I pray, [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
** [[spoiler: Shirou]] gets their own version:
-->''I am the bone of my sword.''
-->''Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.''
-->''I have created over a thousand blades.''
-->''Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain.''
-->''Withstood pain to create weapons, waiting for one's arrival.''
-->''I have no regrets; this is the only path.''
-->''My whole life was [[CallingYourAttacks Unlimited Blade Works!]]''
* In the minecraft game Dwarves Vs Zombies, when the mobs get released, Old Man Wilikers shouts the dwaves:
-->''I AM A DWARF! AND THIS IS MY SHRINE!''
-->''WE FEAR NOT DEATH, WE FEAR NOT TIME,''
-->''FOR WHEN THE SHRINE RUNS LOW,''
-->''AND THE ALE RUNS DRY,''
-->''KNOW THAT DEATH DID NOT CHOOSE ME,''
-->''I CHOSE THIS NIGHT!''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' did a short story called the Lookouts, which had a Badass-in-Training Creed in the form of the Lookout's motto:
--> "The Eyrewood reaches top to toe,
--> And through this wood we all must go.
--> Let Winter freeze, and Summer burn.
--> What men must know, a boy must learn."
** Their credo is concise but also awesome: "May We Die in the Forest".
* From the FBI agents in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
-->[[WaxingLyrical Every move you make]]
-->[[Music/ThePolice Every breath you take]]
-->Every law you break...
-->[[BigBrotherIsWatching I'll be watching you]]
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' (This is actually a well known [[Literature/TheBible bible]] passage, so it doubles as AsTheGoodBookSays)
-->The lord is my shepherd;
-->I shall not want.
-->He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
-->he leadeth me beside the still waters.
-->He restoreth my soul;
-->He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
-->Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
-->I will fear no evil, for thou art with me,
-->thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
-->Thou preparedst a table for me in the presence of mine enemies;
-->thou anointest my head with oil;
-->my cup runneth over.
-->Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
-->and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
* From this ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' strip [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page505.html]], the 115th Infantry Division of the Galactic Defense Force.
** "No one's fought like we're about to"
** [[spoiler: Adapted at the end by the HookerWithAHeartOfGold, "No one's fucked like we're about to."]]
* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strips : "Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable."
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0277.html
** http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0449.html
** It would be just MeaningfulEcho otherwise, but it has enough impact, and applies to all of the Azure Guard's paladins, embodying the true paladin mindset as a whole, that it can be considered a rallying cry for the Azure Guard ghost-martyrs.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the [[UnstoppableMailman Peregrine Mendicant's]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002796 creed]]. It's PlayedForLaughs, but when you think about it it's badass as hell.
-->The mail is the one final hope for resurrecting a dead planet from its ashes, and the letter carriers are the brave soldiers of God in this righteous crusade. They are the defenders of the light of knowledge, free communication, and the exchange of ideas. They are the bold toters of all those little papery conduits of freedom, the white postmarked angels that whisper a message on their deliverance, a promise to the yearning: "There is hope yet."
-->Liberty. Reason. Justice. Civility. Edification. Perfection.
-->'''MAIL.'''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Wiki/SCPFoundation: "We [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Secure]]. We [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse Contain]]. We [[SaveTheWorld Protect]]."
** Also: [[RedshirtArmy "We]] [[HeroicSacrifice die]] [[CrapsackWorld in the dark]] [[{{Masquerade}} so you can live in the light."]]
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum: "[[ShoutOut Do not meddle in the affairs]] of assassins, for we are heavily armed and quick to anger. And not noticeably subtle."
* The ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' version of the Ginyu Force has one.
--> '''Burter:''' "Speed of light and strength of all."
-->'''Recoome:''' "The Ginyu Force shall make them fall!"
-->'''Jeice:''' "We're King Cold’s army’s strongest force."
-->'''Guldo:''' "We’ll beat them all, secure the course!"
-->'''Ginyu:''' "If trouble meet us as we pass..."
-->'''Ginyu Force:''' "WE’LL SHOVE OUR FIST RIGHT UP THEIR ASS!"
** Goku even has one during his fight against Freeza:
--> '''Goku:''' I am the hope of the omniverse! I am the light-bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger! I am the Alpha, and the Amiga! [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck I am the terror... that flaps in the night!]] '''I... AM SON GOKU! AND I AM A SUPER-''' *Gets hit by Freeza's finger laser*.....Saiyan.
* "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "None of us are as cruel as all of us."
* Struggle is an illusion. The tide rises, the tide falls. There is nothing to struggle against. [[WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption Victory lies in the Qun]].
* Alexander Anderson and his posse give the following in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' (set to Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping up to Boston"):
-->'''Anderson''': Who are we?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': [[NecessaryEvil A necessary evil]]!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are we necessary?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': To purge the world from evil worse than man!\\
'''Anderson''': And why are God's chosen few, ordained to undertake this unholy task?\\
'''Iscariotis Soldiers''': Because no one else will!\\
'''Anderson''': ''([[AssKickingPose brandishes bayonets]])'' [[BloodKnight And because it's fucking fun]]! [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter AHAHAHAHAHHAHAA]][[ReligiousBruiser AAAAAAAAAAMEEEEN!]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "One shall stand, one shall fall."]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0_vJUc3o4 Optimus Prime versus Megatron]]. More than just a one-liner, it has been cropping up in the new movies as well as video games.
** It was used first in the original Transformers movie (in the 1980s), at the beginning of the final battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime, and the one who died was ''Prime''. To anyone for whom this was a pivotal moment in Transformers, and perhaps storytelling in general, the phrase retains the capacity to terrify the hell out of you. Its use in the 2007 Transformers movie was especially effective for creating actual tension.
** To be fair, Prime won the fight, and Megatron only "survived" because Unicron remade him as Galvatron. Plus Megatron used EXTREMELY dirty tricks to wound Prime.
** This can be considered a MutualKill.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime "Wreckers don't call for backup. They call for]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime cleanup.]]''"
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck has two. One is his [[InTheNameOfTheMoon introduction speech]], with variations on "I am the terror that flaps in the night...I am Darkwing Duck.", and the other is far more badass "LetsGetDangerous."
* Arguably, the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic opening sequence]] [[http://www.burbler.com/marion-raven-we-are-witch-lyrics.html lyrics]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''
* The Justice Guild "Let Justice Prevail."
* Just five little words: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "We. Are.]] [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids! Next! Door!"]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes'', we have the Legion Oath, which first appeared when Timberwolf was inducted into the fold, and later in Season 2, as recited by the Legion as a whole.
--> To the Legion of Super Heroes, I make this solemn pledge:
--> To use my powers for good,
--> To fight for justice and protect the innocent,
--> To aid my fellow Legionnaires in times of peril,
--> And to keep their secrets safe.
--> We are the Legion of Super Heroes. Long Live the Legion!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' has a hell of a badass creed as his theme song - particularly the second verse.
-->When in this world the headlines read
-->Of those whose hearts are filled with greed
-->Who rob and steal from those who need
-->To right this wrong with blinding speed
-->Goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
-->[[Main/LightningBruiser Speed of lightning!]] [[Main/MadeOfExplodium Roar of thunder!]]
-->[[Main/TheCape Fighting all who rob or plunder!]]
-->Underdog... Underdog!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
[[AC: Real Life-- Military]]

-->'' You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be.''
-->'''WinstonChurchill''' - ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''
* This is Older Than They Think: The Romans had one. ''Vae Victis'', literally meaning "Way of the victor". In practice, it meant 'woe to the conquered' (or 'I won, so I get what I want. You lost, so you've got nothing to say about it'). Appropriately, they stole it from a would-be conqueror who coined the phrase after temporarily occupying the city (when they tried paying him to go away).
** More colloquially, "Go to hell." They'd shout it as they ran into battle.
* The personal creed of Dick Winters and every infantry officer, summing up infantry leadership: "Follow me!"
* The [[SemperFi U.S. Marines']] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifleman%27s_Creed Rifleman's Creed]]:
-->"This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.\\
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.\\
Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...\\
My rifle and I know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...\\
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...\\
Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life.\\
So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."
** "Semper Fi!", which is shortened from ''Semper Fidelis'' (Latin for "Always Faithful").
** "Forgiveness is between them and God. It's our job to arrange the meeting."
** "Once A Marine, '''Always A Marine'''."
** "To err is human; to forgive, divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy."
** "On bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps".
** "No better friend, no worse enemy."
** From 1st Recon: "Swift, silent, deadly."
** The Marines also have the more light hearted, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kU0XCVey_U This is my rifle/ This is my gun.]]/ One is for killing/ The other's for fun." Three guesses what the "gun" is.
** "Warrior by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, Marine by the grace of God."
** "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Boy, these guys have a lot of creeds.
*** That one gets bonus points for being a lyric in the Marine Corps Hymn.
** A much more understated one from the Marines: every Marine a rifleman. And it's true. Unlike any of the other American service branches, the Marines make everyone in their uniform go through full basic and qualify as an infantryman. That includes the lawyers who work for JAG, the musicians who play for the band, the doctors, everyone. They all went through TrainingFromHell to become combat soldiers, even if what they do has nothing to do with combat.
*** The saying is "You join the Army to learn a specialization. You join the Navy to hang out in Pattaya. You join the Air Force to go to computing college. You join the Marine Corps to fight." [[note]]As usual, the Coast Guard doesn't get a look in.[[/note]]
*** In their training, every Marine must memorize and be able to recite verbatim "The mission of the Marine rifle squad is to LOCATE, CLOSE WITH, and DESTROY the enemy by fire and maneuver, or to repel his assault by fire and close combat." -- even the doctrine can be a badass creed.
** Also: "Hard things we can do right away. Impossible things may take a bit longer."
*** Although [[InterserviceRivalry that last one was stolen from US Navy shipyard workers]].
** 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division: "Retreat, Hell!" (as in: "Retreat? Like Hell we will!")
* The US Navy's Sailor's Creed:
-->"I am a United States Sailor.\\
I will support the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.\\
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who came before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.\\
I proudly serve my country's naval combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.\\
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all."
** They have a pair of unofficial mottoes: "Strength and Honor" and ''Non sibi sed patriae'' ("Not for self but for country")
** US Navy Operations Specialist motto: "In God We Trust, All Others We Track"
** The Office of Naval Research has a wing devoted to bringing [[http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/railgun.jpg railguns]] out of the realm of science fiction. Their motto: ''Velocitas Eradico'' ("Speed Destroys")
** From a US Navy recruitment campaign: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of all who threaten it."
** US Navy [=SEALs=] don't advertise, but they are fond of saying "The only easy day was yesterday."
** From Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen: "[[BigDamnHeroes On time]]! On target! [[TheDeterminator Never quit]]!" Their job? Providing MoreDakka and GunshipRescue when the [=SEALs=] need both.
*** A more formalised creed: "I will close and engage the enemy with the power of my craft. I will never quit, and I will leave no one behind."
* The US UsefulNotes/CoastGuard's Coast Guard Ethos:
-->"I am a Coast Guardsman.\\
I serve the people of the United States.\\
I will protect them.\\
I will defend them.\\
I will save them.\\
I am their shield.\\
For them I am always ready.\\
I live the Coast Guard core values.\\
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.\\
We are the United States Coast Guard."
** The official motto is ''Semper Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Always Ready]]")--for drug smugglers, for hurricanes, for burning oil slicks, for swimming in seas one degree above ice, etc.
** How long have you been in the Coast Guard?
--->All me bloomin' life, shipmate!
--->Me father was King Neptune, me mother was a mermaid
--->I was born on de crest of a wave, and rocked in de cradle of the deep!
--->Me eyes is stars, me teeth is spars, me hair is hemp and seaweed
--->and when I spits *spit* I spits tar!
--->I's tough, I is, I am, I are, shipmate!
** There's also the unofficial mottoes [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the Coast Guard's frequent lack of funding: "Do more with less," ''Semper Gumby'' (always flexible), "Adapt, improvise, and overcome"
** More to the point, considering what they do: "You have to go out. You ''don't'' have to come back."[[labelnote:*]]This is actually part of Coast Guard regulations, specifically that conditions at sea being unsafe is never considered a justification for failure to send a rescue mission to a ship in distress. The rescue must ''always'' be attempted, no matter how unlikely it is that the Coast Guardsmen will actually reach the ship.[[/labelnote]]
* The [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Army's]] U.S. Soldier's Creed[[labelnote:*]]See also: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvrirQIK0y0 this video]].[[/labelnote]]:
-->"I am an American Soldier.\\
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.\\
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.\\
''I will always place the mission first.\\
[[{{Determinator}} I will never accept defeat.\\
I will never quit.]]\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave a fallen comrade.]]''[[labelnote:*]]These four sentences are known as the "Warrior Ethos" and are often quoted by themselves as a separate creed unto itself.[[/labelnote]]\\
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.\\
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.\\
I am an expert and I am a professional.\\
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.\\
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.\\
I am an American Soldier."\\
''[[{{Kiai}} Hooah]]'' (Common, though not part of the creed itself)
** The Army motto, from the seal: "This We'll Defend."
*** There's the very first one that they ever used: "Don't Tread On Me."
** The Infantryman's Creed:
-->"I am the Infantry. I am my country's strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight -- wherever, whenever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be -- the best trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country's trust. Always I fight on -- through the foe, to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, for I am mentally tough,physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!"
** US Army Combat Arms training:
-->"Men? We're not men, we're ''animals'', and ''you'' made us this way! We don't eat; we don't sleep; all we do is dress-right-dress-right-dress! Straight between the second and third ribs -- kill!" Also said in response to being called 'soldiers' or 'ladies'.
** 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment: ''Allons'' ("Let's Go")
** 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment: ''Toujours Prêt'' ("Always Ready")
** US Army Corps of Engineers: ''Essayons'' ("Let Us Try")
*** Also "Rangers lead the way... after Engineers clear it."
** Special Forces (the "Green Berets"): ''De oppresso liber'' ("To Liberate the Oppressed")
** 10th Mountain Division: "Climb to Glory". Nowadays, their specialty is [[ItsRainingMen airborne assault]].
** 3rd Infantry Division: ''Nous Resterons La'' ("We're staying here"). Said in response to an ally's suggestion that the division should retreat during [[WorldWarOne the Battle of the Marne]]. After the battle, the 3rd would be known as "[[YouShallNotPass The Rock of the Marne.]]"
** 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Night Stalkers" have two: "[[{{Determinator}} Night Stalkers Don't Quit]]" and "[[DarknessEqualsDeath Death Waits in in the Dark]]".
** Also "We Own The Night."
** US Army {{Ranger}}s: "Rangers Lead The Way!"
*** 75th Ranger Regiment: ''Sua Sponte'' ("Of Their Own Accord")
*** The Ranger's Creed:
-->'''R'''ecognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.\\
'''A'''cknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.\\
'''N'''ever shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.\\
'''G'''allantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.\\
'''E'''nergetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.\\
'''R'''eadily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.\\
Rangers Lead The Way!!!
** [[ItsRainingMen 101st Airborne Division]]: "Rendezvous With Destiny"
** Military Police Corps: "Of the troops, For the troops. Assist, Protect, Defend."
* The Code of Conduct governing American military personnel as [=POWs=]:
-->"I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause. I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America."
* The U.S. Air Force's Airman's Creed:
-->I am an American Airman.\\
I am a Warrior.\\
I have answered my Nation's call.\\
I am an American Airman.\\
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.\\
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,\\
A Tradition of Honor,\\
And a Legacy of Valor.\\
I am an American Airman,\\
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,\\
My nation's sword and shield,\\
Its sentry and avenger.\\
I defend my country with my life.\\
I am an American Airman;\\
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.\\
[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind I will never leave an Airman behind]],\\
[[TheDeterminator I will never falter,\\
And I will not fail]].
** Their motto: "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"
** Pararescue: "That Others May Live."
*** The whole thing: "It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, that others may live."
** USAF 7th Bomb Wing: ''Mors Ab Alto'' ("DeathFromAbove")
** 22d Air Refueling Wing: ''Ducemus'' ("We Lead")
** 8th Fighter Wing: ''Attaquez Et Conquerez'' ("Attack and Conquer")
* [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] unofficial motto: "In God we Trust. All Others we monitor."
** {{CIA}}'s counterintelligence division has a variant: "In God we trust, all others we polygraph."
* From the US Merchant Marine: ''acta, non verba'' ("act, don't talk")
* Informally, various US special operations units have had their personnel adopt this adaptation of a well-known psalm:
--> Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for I am the baddest motherfucker in the whole damn valley.
** A [[CoolPlane SR-71]] base in Kadena, Japan had a different variation on this at their entrance:
-->Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.
* Soviet and then Russian Marines: "Where we are, there's victory."
** Also "We're few in number, but we wear ''telnyashkas''!" (telnyashka being a striped sailor shirt)
* Soviet and then Russian Airborne Forces: "Nobody but us!"
* Soviet war cry in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "For the Motherland! For Stalin!"
* The 11th and 12th Century Crusaders: ''Deus le vult'' ("God wills it"). Since they regularly pulled off victories that should have been impossible, they may have felt this was justified.
* The motto of certifiable {{Badass}}, Richard the Lionheart: ''Dieu et Mon Droit''. It is translated many ways, one of which is "God and my right hand". Basically, [[OneManArmy all I need is my right hand]] and God. Sometimes translated as "God and my right", meaning that the speaker has a God given right to rule. It is the current motto of the British Royal Family.
* William III's slogan of the Glorious Revolution of 1689 (in England): "For the Protestant Religion and the Liberty of England ''I Will Maintain.''"
* The [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] has gone through a fair few of these:
** The Royal Navy of England has ever been her greatest defence and ornament - its ancient and natural strength, the floating bulwarks of our island.
** Hearts of oak are our ships, hearts of oak are our men.
*** Which is a line from the Royal Navy's official march, dating back to [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen the 18th century]].
** Britain's best bulwarks are her wooden walls.
** The current one is ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' ("If you wish for peace, prepare for war")
** SBS (the SAS but on the sea): "By Strength and Guile"
** The Sea Cadet Corps: "Ready, Aye Ready"
* SAS: "Who Dares, Wins."
** The DC comic book ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' by Garth Ennis actually used ''Who Dares Wins'' as the title of one of its trade paperbacks, where a squad of British SAS soldiers is hired to kill the titular character and his friend (because of a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War).
** This creed has been parodied multiple times, notably in the title of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMDvGaDDSY staff training video]] from TheOffice.
* The RAF: "Rise Above The Rest". Simple and to the point.
** Another RAF one: ''Per Ardua Ad Astra'' ("Through Adversity to the Stars")
** The Royal Air Force Regiment: ''Per Ardua'' ("Through Adversity")
** 617 Squadron "The Dambusters": ''Après Moi Le Déluge'' ("After Me the Flood")
** Air Training Corps (ATC): "Venture Adventure"
* The British Army: "Be The Best".
** The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding): ''Virtutis Fortuna Comes'' ("Fortune Favours The Bold"). Considering this regiment was so {{Badass}} that the Duke, himself no slacker in the {{Badass}} rankings, once said of them "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me", it's safe to say they were seriously fucking {{Badass}}.
** The Rifles: ''Celer et Audax'' ("Swift and Bold"). Since they almost always march at 140 paces per minute, 20 more than the rest of the British Army, they may have a point.
*** Originally from the 95th Rifle Regiment of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars: "First on the field, and last off it."
** The Parachute Regiment: ''Utrinque Paratus'' ("[[CrazyPrepared Ready For Anything]]")
** Royal Irish Rangers: ''Faugh A Ballagh'' ("Clear the way")
** Royal Regiment of Artillery and Royal Engineers: ''Ubique'' ("Everywhere") and ''Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt'' ("Where Duty and Glory lead")
** Royal Tank Regiment: "Fear Naught"
** King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry: ''Cede Nullis'' ("Yield to none")
** Queen's Royal Lancers: "Death or Glory"
** The Prince of Wale's own Regiment of Yorkshire and the King's Regiment (Liverpool): ''Nec aspera terrent'' ("Difficulties be damned")
** Durham Light Infantry: "Faithful"
** The Worcestershire Regiment: "Firm"
** Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: ''Sans Peur, Ne Obliviscaris'' ("Without fear, do not forget")
** 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars: ''Merebimur'' ("We shall be worthy")
** 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars: ''Pristinae virtutis memores'' ("Mindful of former valour")
** The Coldstream Guards: ''Nulli Secundus'' ("Second to None")
** Army Cadet Force (ACF): "To inspire, to achieve"
** The [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Royal Gurkha Rifles]]: ''Kaatar Hunnu Bhanda Marnu Ramro'' ("Better to die than be a coward")
** The Special Air Service: "Who dares, wins."
* The motto of the Royal Marines is wonderfully simple and understated: ''Per Mare, Per Terram'' ("By Sea, By Land"). Referring to where you will be fucked up from.
** Also, unofficially "first in, last out", which has proven accurate because of both their amphibious role and lately their role as one of the British "spearhead" units that rotate 24 hour worldwide notice to move between them, the Paras and the Rifles.
** ''Your mind is a weapon. A blanket against cold. A shield against fear. It can beat heat, overcome hunger, eradicate pain. You can train your body, turn soft flesh into hard muscle. But if you want to know what it takes to earn the green beret...start with what's under it.''
* [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canada's]] Black Watch uses the classic ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("No one provokes me with impunity")
** It's worth noting that this is because the Black Watch are a Scots regiment, and this is the motto of Scotland itself - most frequently rendered as "Wha daur meddle wi' me?"
*** This particular BadassCreed is inscribed around the edge of Scottish-issue [[OldMoney pound coins]], along with various others from the other nations making up the UK on their respective versions.
*** This particular BadassCreed was employed in Poe's "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado": Montresor reminds Fortunato of this, his family's motto, before bricking him into a niche as revenge for an insult.
** Their elite Special forces, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JTF2 Joint Task Force 2]] has ''Facta Non Verba'' AKA "Deeds, not words." Considering these guys are considered rather secretive special forces groups.
* While we're on the topic of the Canadian Military, let us not forget the motto of the Canadian Forces' Intelligence Branch: ''E Tenebris Lux'' ("From the Darkness, Light").
* During UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, at the outset of the ReignOfTerror, when France was about to be invaded on all sides and faced Civil War by royalists, the government [[http://lafautearousseau.hautetfort.com/media/00/00/1684753825.jpg printed a rather popular poster and leaflet]] around France that declared what it wants and what it will do "the enemies of the republic":
--> ''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified Unité, Indivisibilité de la République]]; '''Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité''' '''[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized ou la mort]]''' '' [[note]]Unity, Indivisibility of the Republic; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity or Death.''[[/note]]
* SS motto: "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!". In English it's "My Honour is Loyalty".
* The code of bushido practiced by the {{samurai}} of ancient Japan.
-->"Death is lighter than a feather. Duty is heavier than a mountain."
** The Samurai Creed, written by an anonymous 13th century samurai:
--->I have no parents; I make Heaven and Earth my parents.\\
I have no home; I make the Tan T'ien my home.\\
I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.\\
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.\\
I have no means; I make understanding my means.\\
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret.\\
I have no body; I make endurance my body.\\
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes.\\
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears.\\
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs.\\
I have no strategy; I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy\\
I have no designs; I make opportunity my design.\\
I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle.\\
I have no principles; I make adaptability my principles.\\
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.\\
I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent.\\
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.\\
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy.\\
I have no armor; I make Benevolence my armor.\\
I have no castle; I make Immovable Mind my castle.\\
I have no sword; I make No Mind my sword.
* [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Mossad]]: [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 11:4]]: "Where there is no guidance a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."
** Formerly [[Literature/TheBible Proverbs 24:6]]: "Through misdirection/wise guidance, thou shalt do war."
** The unofficial motto of the Israeli anti-aircraft units (supposedly full of flight school dropouts): "If I don't get to fly, NO ONE gets to fly."
* The BadassBoast "Come and take them" of Leonidas at Thermopylae, when asked to give up his weapons, is currently the BadassCreed of the [[UsefulNotes/ThisIsHellas Greek First Army Corps]], and is also the motto of United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT).
** In a similar vein, the epitaph above a World War I trench where the Devonshire Regiment fought a particularly fierce battle, and which was subsequently used as a mass grave for them:
---> The Devonshires held this trench.\\
The Devonshires hold it still.
* Sri Lankan Special Forces: "Determined, Dared and Done"
* [[UsefulNotes/SingaporeansWithStealthFrigates Singapore Guards Formation]]: "Ready to Strike", Commando Formation: "Honour & Glory", Singapore Combat Engineers: "Advance and Overcome"
** As a former British colony, Singapore's Special Operations Force's (SOF) creed also [[CallBack answers the SAS' creed]]: "We Dare".
* The Dahomey Amazons, an [[AmazonBrigade all-female army]] that kicked ass for almost three centuries:
-->''"We are men not women.\\
Those coming back from war without having conquered must die.\\
If we beat a retreat our life is at the king's mercy.\\
Whatever town is to be attacked we must overcome it or we bury ourselves in its ruins.\\
[Current ruler] is the king of kings.\\
As long as he lives we have nothing to fear."''
* The 1st Sount Ranger Regiment, the [[UsefulNotes/FilipinosWithFirearms Philippine Army's]] primary special forces unit, has a very blunt and simple motto: "We Strike". It has better impact in Filipino, though.
** Its airborne equivalent, the The 1st Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), has "Strike Anywhere". Philippine special forces men are apparently men of few words.
* The Philippine Constabulary and The Army 1st infantry division(TABAK), Back when constables were still attached to the unit Had a saying "Always Outnumbered! Never Outfought!"the chinese learned this the hard way
* The Rats of Tobruk, the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australian]] soldiers who held Tobruk for eight months against Rommel during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "No surrender".
* Inspired by the Maori, the [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines New Zealand Army]] got a Haka composed specifically for them. ''Tu Taua a Tumatauenga.''
** The New Zealand Army as a whole has a Badass Creed: ''Ngāti Tumatauenga'' ("The Tribe of the [[WarGod God of War]]")
* 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force: ''Ki Te Mutunga'' (Maori for "Staying Until it Ends")
* The battle cry of the Almogavars, a group of Spanish mercenaries that were around during the 13th and 14th centuries, which translated as:
-->Listen! listen! Wake up, O iron! Help us God!...[[BadassBoast Just seeing us coming the villages are already ablaze. Just seeing us passing the crows are wiping their beaks]]. [[BloodKnight War and plunder, there are no greater pleasures]]. Forward Almogavars! Let them call the gravediggers! The voice of the somatent is calling us to war. Weariness, rains, snow and heat we shall endure. And if sleep overtakes us, we will use the earth as our bed. And if we get hungry, we shall eat raw meat. Wake up, O iron! Forward! Fast as the lightning let us fall over their camp! Forward Almogavars! Let us go there to make flesh, the wild beasts are hungry!
* In [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finland]], there was "One Finn stands for ten Russians!" which was in wide use during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Famously featured on Literature/TheUnknownSoldier.
** HilariousInHindsight, as the Russian invasion of Finland was stalled by excessive casualties. 2.5 Russians died for every fallen Finn.
** Even more badass is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y The Jäger March]], written by one of the Jägers in WorldWarI. Goes something like this:
--->Deep is our blow, our wrath invincible\\
we have no mercy, no homeland\\
Our fortunes are at the tip of our swords\\
our hearts may not give in\\
Our war cry rings, enchanting the country\\
which is severing its chains\\
Our defiance may not tire\\
until the nation of Finland is free.
** Here's it in Finnish::
--->Syvä iskumme on, viha voittamaton,\\
meil' armoa ei kotimaata.\\
Koko onnemme kalpamme kärjessä on,\\
ei rintamme heltyä saata.\\
Sotahuutomme hurmaten maalle soi,\\
mi katkovi kahleitansa.\\
::Ei ennen uhmamme uupua voi,\\
kuin vapaa on Suomen kansa.
** "[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind No friend is left behind.]]" This motto was used during the Winter and the Continuation Wars. It applied both in life and in death - Finns never used any mass graves, all the dead were sent back to their hometowns. No friend was left behind, not even a dead one.
* "One Shot, One Kill" - Almost every sniper who has ever lived works to uphold this.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NeutralAustriansWithNoNavy Austrian Jagdkommando]]: ''Numquam Retro'' ("Never back")
* The 17th century [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Winged Hussars]]: "Kill First, calculate later."
* The Royal Motto of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden: "With God and Victorius Arms." There is also his "War-Psalm" called "Förfäras ej du lilla hop" (Fear not ye little herd):
--->Fear not ye little herd\\
Although the noise and clamour of thine enemies\\
from all directions, echo!\\
They rejoice at your Destruction\\
but their Mirth will not last long\\
for your courage will not falter.\\
Your cause is Gods, answer the call\\
give yourself over to him, and no harm will befall you\\
the prophecy of Gideon will come true\\
and the word and people of the lord\\
will manfully defend it.\\
In the name of Jesus our hope is high\\
that the violence and cunning of the Heathens\\
will be their own downfall\\
let them suffer humiliation\\
God is with us and we with him\\
victory belongs to us!\\
* Genghis Khan: "I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you."
** The same quote has also been attributed to Attila The Hun.
* Chilean Army Engineers: "Obstacles exist to be overcome"
* Old but good: Louis XIV of France had ''Ultima Ratio Regum'' ("last argument of kings") cast on the cannons of his armies.
* The Paris Fire Brigade (a French army unit, despite the name): ''Sauver ou périr'' ("Save or perish")
* The [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]]: "You are in the Legion to die and we will send you where you can die."
** Also ''La Legion meurt, elle ne se rend pas'' ("The Legion dies, it does not surrender")
** And unofficial, ''Marche ou crève!'' ("March or die!"). It seems these FFL guys are pretty fatalistic.
** And officially, ''Legio Patria Nostra''. This can be translated as either "The Legion is my Country" or "The Legion is my Father".
* [[UsefulNotes/NewRomanLegions Italian forces]], despite having been thought as little more of comic relief during WW2 (mostly because of inept high officers or insufficient logistical structure), have a long story of desperate battles where they were defeated to the last man, or where they snatched away victory with daring awesomeness, crazy manly bravery, or innovative thinking. They have their share of badass creeds:
** The Carabinieri (one of the four Italian armed forces): ''Nei secoli fedele'' ("Faithful through the centuries").
** The Aeronautica Militare (another of the four armed Forces): ''Virtute Siderum Tenus'' (Latin for: "With bravery, [we go] until we'll reach the stars" or "With bravery, the stars are our only limit")
** The two Mountain Brigades, the Alpini: ''Di qui non si passa!'' ("From here, [[YouShallNotPass none shall pass!]]" - a reference to the Alpini's role in guarding the Alps, the only way to reach Italy overland)
** The ''Folgore'' ("Thunderbolt") Airborne Brigade: ''Come folgore dal cielo, come nembo di tempesta'' ("Like lightning from the skies, like storming clouds").
* Each warrior society of the Sioux Nations had their own BadassCreed. The Kit Fox one loses nothing in the translation to English...
--> I am a Fox.
--> I am supposed to die.
--> If there is anything difficult, if there is anything dangerous,
--> That is ''mine'' to do.
* The motto of the Elliots, a Scottish reiver clan, is simply "Wha' daur meddle wi' me?" (Who dares meddle with me?)
* Spartans going off to battle were told to return "...with your shield or on it." The idea is that someone who ran from battle would drop their shield to run faster, so returning with the shield meant they fought bravely and survived. Returning on it, means they were killed and are carried home on the shield by their comrades.
* The motto of the Chasseurs Ardennais, a Belgian unit whose, despite being outgunned and outnumbered, stalled the German invasion of Belgium until they were out of ammo : ''Résiste et mords !'' ("Resist and Bite !). They got their nickname, ''Les Loups Verts'' ("The Green Wolfs"), from Rommel itself.
* Anarchist militiat leader Durruti's overlaps with badass boast:
** "It is possible that only a hundred of us will survive, but with that hundred we shall enter Saragossa, beat Fascism and proclaim libertarian communism. I will be the first to enter Saragossa; I will proclaim the free commune. We shall subordinate ourselves neither at Madrid nor Barcelona, neither to Azaña nor Companys. If they wish, they can live in peace with us; if not, we shall go to Madrid … We shall show you, bolsheviks, how to make a revolution."

[[AC: Real Life -- Civilian]]
* ''"Am Yisrael Chai!"'' - "The children of Israel still liveth!". Can be anything; a boast, a threat, a prayer, though generally it means "we're still here, despite everything the world throws at us". Famously shouted by the Jewish chaplain of the British 2nd Army as he concluded his service for the Jewish prisoners of the newly-liberated Bergen-Belsen.
* "The Mountie always gets his man."
** Also, "One riot, one Mountie".
*** And ''that'' one was either appropriated from or by the Texas Rangers: "OneRiotOneRanger."
** Note that the ''actual'' motto of the RCMP is ''Maintiens le droit'' ("Maintain that which is right"), which is also a pretty badass creed in and of itself.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}: [[Film/{{Apollo13}} Failure is not an option.]]
** Parodied with [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage's]] motto, "Failure is ''[[FailsafeFailure always]]'' an option".
** Officially: ''[[FriendToAllLivingThings For the Benefit of All.]]'' Despite its badassery NASA never used it except in the most obscure material, and even then it is usually tacked with "mankind" or "people" to make it less prideful.
** Unofficially: ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Ad Astra Per Aspera]]'' ("Through Hardships to the Stars").
* The United States Postal Service: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." [[note]]This motto is carved on the facade of the central post office in New York City. Someone once climbed up there with a spray can and wrote underneath "So what ''is'' it, then?"[[/note]]
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Three thousand years ago, this was the motto of the courier service of the Persian Empire.]]
*** "They say neither snow nor sleet will stop the Postman. Who the hell do you think gets him to his rounds?? New. York. City. F---in'. Transit. Going YOUR way."
** "Come hell or high water, the mail ''must go through!''" Certainly not official, but ''much'' more {{Badass}}.
* While the mottos of Canada and most of the provinces are sweeping and boastful (Canada: ''A Mari Usque Ad Mare'', rendered in English as "From Sea to Shining Sea"; British Columbia: ''Splendor Sine Occasu'', best translated as "Splendor Undiminished") Quebec's motto is the chilling ''Je me souviens'': "I Remember".
** For any who are confused by this, the full line is ''Je me souviens / que né sous le lys / je croîs sous la rose'', which translates as "I remember that born under the lily ''(France)'' I grew under the rose ''(England)''." The intended meaning was [[ShrugOfGod never fully explained]] by its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne-%C3%89tienne_Tach%C3%A9 original author]]. Probably just a neutral summation of the history of Quebec... but it could be taken as implying that the English (and English Canada) are still viewed as conquerors, and possibly enemies.
** Which leads to another Canadian motto: "Get over it already."
** Which is reminiscent of the former Confederate boast "The South shall rise again," and the less known Yankee rejoinder: "And the North shall slap you down – Again!"
* TheMafia, on the topic of assassination: "Only blood can wash away blood."
* [[TheMafia Omerta]]: "If I live, I'll kill you. If I die, I forgive you". Legend says this were the words that a wounded man uttered to his assailant.
* "Never say die, say '''kill!'''"
* The code of combat between masters of Irish stick-fighting includes the standard stuff - never back down, announce the name of your clan without fear, and so on - but the real chilling line is how a shillelagh fighter explains his intent to avoid mortal injury.
-->"The only fear I have is the fear of killing you."
* The Irish National Anthem, ''Amhrán na bFhian'' ("A Soldier's Song") has some kickass moments, like in the chorus:
--> "Tonight we man the breach\\
For Ireland's cause, live or die\\
'Mid cannon's roar and rifle's peal\\
We'll sing a soldier's song".
** It sounds arguably cooler in Irish (Gaeilge), since the language sounds like something a fantasy race would speak (if you can pronounce it):
-->Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,\\
Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,\\
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,\\
Seo libh canaídh amhrán na bhfiann.
* ''Gott zur Ehr, dem Nächsten zur Wehr''. Traditional motto of German firefighters, meaning: "To the glory of God and the protection of our neighbours".
* ''[[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku naritai!]]'' is Japanese for "I want to become stronger", something EliezerYudkowsky considers a motto for aspiring rationalists.
-->''Tsuyoku naritai'' is Japanese. ''Tsuyoku'' is "strong"; ''naru'' is "becoming" and the form ''naritai'' is "want to become". Together it means "I want to become stronger" and it expresses a sentiment embodied more intensely in Japanese works than in any Western literature I've read. You might say it when expressing your determination to become a professional Go player - or after you lose an important match, but you haven't given up - or after you win an important match, but you're not a ninth-dan player yet - or after you've become the greatest Go player of all time, but you still think you can do better. That is ''tsuyoku naritai'', the will to transcendence.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYIUdVNFgU The All Blacks Haka]].
-->"All Blacks, let me become one with the land! This is our land that rumbles! It’s my time! It’s my moment! This defines us as the All Blacks! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Our dominance, Our supremacy will triumph! And be placed on high Silver fern! All Blacks! Silver fern! All Blacks!"
* A simple, yet poignant one for actors since at least the time of Creator/WilliamShakespeare: TheShowMustGoOn.
** [[Film/GalaxyQuest "Damn You!"]]
* It is also a PretentiousLatinMotto, but the motto of the New South Wales Police Force is ''culpam poena premit comes'', which translates to "Punishment closely follows guilt," also quite accurately translated as "Vengeance follows guilt swiftly."
* "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
** "Anonymous: Because none of us is as cruel as all of us."
* The Habsburgs used for centuries the A.E.I.O.U acronym as a motto, first introduced in the 15th century. There were several interpretations but most of them as badass as anything:
** ''Alles Erdreich ist Oesterreich untertan'' (German: All the world is subject to Austria)
** ''Austria est imperio optime unita'' (Latin: Austria is the empire best united)
** ''Austria erit in orbe ultima'' (Latin: Austria will be the last [surviving] in the world)
** ''Austriae est imperare orbi universo'' (Latin: It is Austria's destiny to rule the whole world)
* Noble bloodlines and families tend to have badass mottoes in general. Friend of mine comes from a relatively minor line whose motto (ripped from Virgil, apparently) is ''Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos'' ("Forgive the weak, vanquish the proud"). Pretty metal no matter how you choose to interpret it.
* "Somerville girls can take care of themselves." The unofficial motto of Somerville College, Oxford University. 'Somerville girls' include the first female Prime Ministers of India (Indira Gandhi) and Britain (Margaret Thatcher)(both of whom were 'wartime' [=PMs=]), the first-ever Indian woman lawyer (in 1892!), and several Nobel-winners, that's a deliberately-massive understatement.
* Firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch used to use "In a world of compromise some men don't." This was later amended to "In a world of compromise some don't." Reasonably badass either way. They also used "When lives are at stake, leave nothing to chance."
** Speaking of firearms manufacturers, Colt had one of their own: "God created all men equal; Sam Colt made them so."
* FBI Hostage Rescue Team: ''Servare Vitas'' ("To Save Lives").
* A few of the USA states have some badass mottoes:
** New Hampshire's is probably the most famous: "Live Free or Die."
** West Virginia's is similar: ''Montani Semper Liberi'' ("Mountaineers are Always Free")
** Virginia's qualifies, too: ''Sic Semper Tyranis'' ("Thus always to tyrants"), especially if you also consider the state's seal (which appears on its flag): [[http://www.50states.com/flag/image/nunst075.gif the figure of Virtus standing over the defeated figure of Tyranny]]
*** Even more so when you remember that those were the words Booth said after killing Lincoln. Virginia has kept the same motto since 1776.
** North Carolina's qualifies, too. ''Esse Quam Videri'' ("To Be, Rather than to Seem")
** New York's might be familiar to readers of Marvel Comics: ''Excelsior'' or, as it's usually translated, "Ever Upward" (though more colloquially it just means "Higher"). That's a motto that New York City has taken to heart.
** Maryland's state motto also qualifies. It translates to "Manly deeds, womanly words," but that's out-of-date. A more modern translation is "Strong deeds, gentle words." Meaning Marylanders are very polite people - who also get things done.
* The city of San Francisco has a pretty good one too: ''oro en paz, fiero en guerra'' ("gold in peace, iron in war").
* Small, but still used. In the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, when the militias from Lexington and Concord asked Acton's (who had bayonets) to lead the charge on the Old North Bridge, Captain Isaac Davis was heard to say "[[http://www.actonminutemen.org/ I haven't a man who is afraid to go.]]" (There are different recorded versions, but they're all just as powerful.)
* The various branches of the [[ScoutOut Scouts]] have a number of mottoes but the one most fitting is the Scout Promise (called the "Scout Oath" by some organisations, most notably the "Boyscouts of America"), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Promise different branches of the movement have different variations]], but the original was (given while making the scouting salute[[labelnote:*]]Described thus as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-finger_salute_(Scouts) right hand raised level with his shoulder, palm to the front, thumb resting on the nail of the digitus minimus (little finger) and the other three fingers upright, pointing upwards]]"[[/labelnote]]);
-->On my honour I promise that--
--->1.[[LawfulGood I will do my duty to God and the King]].
--->2.[[ChronicHeroSyndrome I will do my best to help others, whatever it costs me]].
--->3.[[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules I know the scout law, and will obey it]].
** "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle"
* The Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, depending on where you are, are even more hard core about honour, honesty, trust and sisterhood. The Girl Guides of Canada have the Guiding Promise, as an example:
--> I promise to do my best,
--> To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.
--> I will take action for a better world
--> And respect the Guiding Law.
* Several Las Vegas Security departments have the unofficial motto "First In, Last Out", pointing out that they are there dealing with stuff before the police, fire department, or paramedics. And are often the last to leave after tying up all the loose ends.
* Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, labor activist (primarily anti-child labor), suffragette, anarchist, general hellraiser, and "The most dangerous woman in America" charged in with the motto:
-->"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!"
** Other Labor Slogans are also pretty badass
--> "An injury to one is an injury to all."
--> "kick the Bosses in the ass, power to the working class."
--> "When worker's rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back."
* Scotland, as you might expect, also has one: ''Nemo me impune lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity"). It has a rather more direct, official translation into Scots: "Who daur meddle wi' me?" Its unofficial translation, much beloved of [[BritsWithBattleships Scottish soldiers]], is "No-one fucks wi' me an' gets awa' wi' it."
** The Latin form was appropriated by EdgarAllanPoe for "The Cask of Amontillado."
* The WHO AM I speech by Coach Flowers, it's just... awesome
* Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, America as a whole has adopted a few. The most prominent mottoes are "United We Stand" and "Let's Roll", the latter after Todd Beamer's DyingMomentOfAwesome on United Airlines Flight 93.
* The motto of the Olympics has been ''Citius, Altius, Fortius'' ("Faster, Higher, Stronger") since 1924. A pretty BadassCreed for a sporting event.
* The creed of the Special Olympics is pretty badass:
-->"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be courageous in the attempt."
* Many national anthems, but especially [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16735_6-national-anthems-that-will-make-you-tremble-with-fear.html those 6 ones.]] Several of them were originally military songs.
* British pound coins have BadassCreed inscribed:
-->'''England:''' ''Decus et Tutamen'' ("A shield and an ornament")
-->'''Scotland:''' ''Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'' ("Nobody injures me with impunity")
-->'''Wales:''' ''Pleidol wyf I'm gwylad'' ("True am I to my country")
* There is also the war-cry of international socialism. Whatever one's opinion of that particular idology, that chant is awesome:
-->"Workers of the World, UNITE!"
** When it was motto of the U.S.S.R, it sounded even better (Russian is like that):
-->"Proletariy vsekh stran, soyedinyaytes!"
* According to Herodatus, the training practice for Persian nobles: "To ride, to shoot, and to speak the truth."
* The historical motto of the Spanish Empire: ''Plus Ultra'' ("Further Beyond"), This is in direct contrast from the supposed inscription on the mythical Pillars of Hercules at the Straights of Gibraltar, marking the end of the Mediterranean and of the ancient world: ''Non Plus Ultra'', No Further, a warning against the dangers of the unknown open sea. Spain went beyond and conquered.
* The first lines of the Polish national anthem: Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła, / Kiedy my żyjemy. (Poland has not yet perished,/ So long as we still live.) Even more impressive when you remember that Poland [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partitions_of_Poland didn't exist]] for circa 200 years...
* The Tough Mudder challenge, a series of obstacle courses that emphasize teamwork over personal records, has the Tough Mudder Pledge:
-->As a Tough Mudder I pledge that…\\
- I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.\\
- I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.\\
- I do not whine – kids whine.\\
- I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.\\
- I overcome all fears.
* "Never again." Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
** The Germans have also taken this to heart as ''Nie wieder''.
* The Scottish Clan Sutherland (who lent their name to the Thin Red Line) has the motto "Sans Peur" meaning simply "without fear".
* The Norwegian national anthem, after eight verses of Norwegian history told in brief:
---> Oh, as the struggle of our forefathers has raised the country from need to victory, ''we too'', when it is needed, shall secure the country`s peace.
* [[http://starmen.net/ Starmen.net]]'s motto is "Do not underestimate us," adapted from a similar phrase spoken by Starman Deluxe in VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}. This may seem overly dramatic, but not every fandom is as fiercely dedicated as Earthbound's.
* Lajos Kossuth, a [=XIXth=] century Hungarian politician who was a leading figure of the [[LaResistance 1848 Hungarian Revolution]] and has become a MemeticBadass in Hungarian culture, had plenty of these. They are too numerous to list, but some of the most badass are:
** "Mindent a népért, mindent a néppel együtt, semmit a népről a nép feje felett. Ez a demokrácia." (All actions for the people, all actions with the people, no actions about the people over the heads of the people. This is democracy.)
** "Ezredéves történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk gyermek nemzet; 1848-i történelmünk bizonyságul szolgál, hogy nem vagyunk elaggott nemzet." (Our millenial history proves we're not a juvenile nation; our 1848 history proves we're not a decrepit nation.)
** "Magyarországot a poklok kapui sem fogják megdönteni." ([[BlasphemousBoast Hungary will not be toppled by even the Gates of Hell.]])
** "Revolúciókat sem rózsavízzel, sem glaszékesztűkben nem lehet csinálni." ([[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized We cannot raise revolutions with rosewater or wearing guanti glassati.]])
* Whatever your standpoint on the system itself is, Soviet Union propaganda had some pretty kickass mottos. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg/438px-Smoke_of_chimneys_is_the_breath_of_Soviet_Russia.jpg SMOKE OF CHIMNEYS IS THE BREATH OF SOVIET RUSSIA]]
* The British Labour Party's official anthem The Red Flag has this stanza:
-->With heads uncovered swear we all.\\
To bear it onward till we fall;.\\
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim.\\
This song shall be our parting hymn.
* Irish Socialist and Nationalist leader James Connolly wrote We Only Want the Earth to declare the socialist movements principles. It is badasss all the way through, but the last two Stanzas are the most intense:
-->The “labour fakir” full of guile.\\
Base doctrine ever preaches.\\
And whilst he bleeds the rank and file.\\
Tame moderation teaches.\\
Yet, in despite, we’ll see the day.\\
When, with sword in its girth.\\
Labour shall march in war array.\\
To realize its own, the earth.\\
For labour long, with sighs and tears.\\
To its oppressors knelt..\\
But never yet, to aught save fears,.\\
Did the heart of tyrant melt..\\
We need not kneel, our cause no dearth.\\
Of loyal soldiers’ needs.\\
And our victorious rallying cry.\\
Shall be we want the earth!
* The UK Anti Fascist Action organization was founded as a militant answer to the perceived timidity of moderate anti fascism. They declared their basic principles as follows: "We aren't in the business of complaining about Nazis, we're in the business of stopping them."
* The second part of the New Zealand national anthem.
-->Peace not war shall be our boast\\
But should foes asail our coast\\
Make us then a mighty host.
* You don't usually hear expect one of these from a financier, but this advice from Baron Rothschild, which became an unofficial motto of the Rothschild family and investors everywhere, certainly qualifies:
-->"Buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own."
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking of the creation of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
--> They are my Space Marines and ''they shall know no fear''.
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one on the same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear."
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
** The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete."
---->"What is the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done."
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat is to blaspheme."
*** From the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin' than a Grot an' more killy dan a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: we die standing.
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.\\
That which threaten, I will destroy.\\
For my holy wrath will knows no bound..."''
* ''Every one'' of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. To whit:
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. The Supernal Is The Self. Service Is Mastery."
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets. Destroy the followers of the Lie."
** The Guardians of the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to the Awakened. Merit must guide the Fallen World."
*** Those are just the Exoteric Tenets that other Mages are allowed to know about. Their Esoteric Tenets, the secret mottos of the Order, are significantly more frightening. To whit: All Thrones Are False Thrones, All Souls are Flawed. There Is a Secret Hierarchy of Souls. The Heiromagus Will Fulfill the Diamond Wheel
** The Mysterium: "Knowledge is power. Knowledge must be preserved. Knowledge has a price."
** The Silver Ladder: "The Awakened are one Nation. Imperium is the right of humanity. The Silver Ladder is the path to victory. The Sleepers follow."
** While the Pentacle hope to Awaken humanity to higher truth, the Seers of the Throne wish humanity to stay Sleeping while hoarding higher truths for themselves: "True Power Requires Obedience. True Power Requires Sacrifice. True Power Requires Vigilance. True Power Requires Discipline. True Power Requires Understanding. True Power Requires Courage."
* In ''{{Traveller}}: Interstellar Wars'' the Vilani "Legion of the Frontier" has the motto, "We are here to die." (Lifted shamelessly from the French Foreign Legion, see below.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Grimgor Ironhide has a pretty good one:
-->I'm gonna stomp em to dust. I'm gonna burn all der cities and towns. I'm gonna roast em up inna big fire. I'm gonna grind der bones and jump up an down on the rest of da bits. An den, I'm gonna get really mean.
** The Shadow Elves have the fairly restrained:
-->Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is forgiven.
* MOAR DAKKA! and Red Wunz Go Fasta
* One happened in a ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' game. While loading on their DropShip to fight a rebelling squad of Space Marines, the following dialogue happens.
-->'''Ioustinos:''' "Emperor protect us and forgive those we're against"
-->'''Xavier:''' "For we certainly have no intention to."
* ''TheWayOfTheTiger'' gamebook series has two. The first is the "Ninja No Chigiri" learnt by all ninjas of the Way of the Tiger including your character :-
-->"I will vanish into the night; change my body to wood or stone; sink into the earth and walk through walls and locked doors. I will be killed many times, yet will not die; change my face and become invisible, able to walk among men without being seen."
** The second is the Litany of the Ninja Grandmaster which can only be learned if you answer two questions correctly at the very start of the series :-
-->"I AM NINJA
-->My parents are the Heaven and Earth
-->My Home is my Body
-->My Power is Loyalty
-->My Magic is Training
-->My Life and my Death is Breathing
-->My Body is Control
-->My Eyes are the Sun and Moon
-->My Ears are Sensitivity
-->My Laws are Self-Protection
-->My Strength is Adaptability
-->My Ambition is taking every Opportunity with Fullness
-->My Friend is my Mind
-->My Enemy is Carelessness
-->My Protection is Right Action
-->My Weapons are Everything that Exists
-->My Strategy is One Foot in front of the Other
-->My Trust is in Kwon
-->MY WAY IS THE WAY OF THE TIGER"
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to:

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[[folder:Live Action Roleplaying]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking of the creation of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
--> They are my Space Marines and ''they shall know no fear''.
From Mythodea
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one on the same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour
The Black Ice as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear.a call/response series:
-->"We live..
"
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
** The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete.
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We fight...
"
---->"What is the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done.
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
-->"We die..
"
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
-->''"FOR THE ESSENCE!"''
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage
And one for all "Verfemte" (Condemned), also call/response and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat
usually repeated 3 times:
-->"He
is to blaspheme.the eye..."
*** From the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin' than a Grot an' more killy dan a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN
-->''"WE ARE THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: we die standing.
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.\\
That which threaten, I will destroy.\\
For my holy wrath will knows no bound..."''
* ''Every one'' of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. To whit:
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. The Supernal Is The Self. Service Is Mastery."
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets. Destroy the followers of the Lie."
** The Guardians of the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to the Awakened. Merit must guide the Fallen World."
*** Those are just the Exoteric Tenets that other Mages are allowed to know about. Their Esoteric Tenets, the secret mottos of the Order, are significantly more frightening. To whit: All Thrones Are False Thrones, All Souls are Flawed. There Is a Secret Hierarchy of Souls. The Heiromagus Will Fulfill the Diamond Wheel
** The Mysterium: "Knowledge is power. Knowledge must be preserved. Knowledge has a price."
** The Silver Ladder: "The Awakened are one Nation. Imperium is the right of humanity. The Silver Ladder is the path to victory. The Sleepers follow."
** While the Pentacle hope to Awaken humanity to higher truth, the Seers of the Throne wish humanity to stay Sleeping while hoarding higher truths for themselves: "True Power Requires Obedience. True Power Requires Sacrifice. True Power Requires Vigilance. True Power Requires Discipline. True Power Requires Understanding. True Power Requires Courage."
* In ''{{Traveller}}: Interstellar Wars'' the Vilani "Legion of the Frontier" has the motto, "We are here to die." (Lifted shamelessly from the French Foreign Legion, see below.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Grimgor Ironhide has a pretty good one:
-->I'm gonna stomp em to dust. I'm gonna burn all der cities and towns. I'm gonna roast em up inna big fire. I'm gonna grind der bones and jump up an down on the rest of da bits. An den, I'm gonna get really mean.
** The Shadow Elves have the fairly restrained:
-->Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is forgiven.
* MOAR DAKKA! and Red Wunz Go Fasta
* One happened in a ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' game. While loading on their DropShip to fight a rebelling squad of Space Marines, the following dialogue happens.
-->'''Ioustinos:''' "Emperor protect us and forgive those we're against"
-->'''Xavier:''' "For we certainly have no intention to."
* ''TheWayOfTheTiger'' gamebook series has two. The first is the "Ninja No Chigiri" learnt by all ninjas of the Way of the Tiger including your character :-
-->"I will vanish into the night; change my body to wood or stone; sink into the earth and walk through walls and locked doors. I will be killed many times, yet will not die; change my face and become invisible, able to walk among men without being seen."
** The second is the Litany of the Ninja Grandmaster which can only be learned if you answer two questions correctly at the very start of the series :-
-->"I AM NINJA
-->My parents are the Heaven and Earth
-->My Home is my Body
-->My Power is Loyalty
-->My Magic is Training
-->My Life and my Death is Breathing
-->My Body is Control
-->My Eyes are the Sun and Moon
-->My Ears are Sensitivity
-->My Laws are Self-Protection
-->My Strength is Adaptability
-->My Ambition is taking every Opportunity with Fullness
-->My Friend is my Mind
-->My Enemy is Carelessness
-->My Protection is Right Action
-->My Weapons are Everything that Exists
-->My Strategy is One Foot in front of the Other
-->My Trust is in Kwon
-->MY WAY IS THE WAY OF THE TIGER"
----
STORM!"''


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[[folder:Music]]
* The StanRogers song ''Mary Ellen Carter'', which actually saved the life of a shipwreck victim who sang it to stay awake in the icy water.
--> All you to whom adversity has dealt a mortal blow,
--> With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go,
--> Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
--> Rise again! Rise again!
--> Though your heart may be broken, and life about to end,
--> No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
--> Like the ''Mary Ellen Carter'', rise again!
* ''Die Gedanken Sind Frei'', German for "My Thoughts are Free." An old folksong sung by WWII prisoners, Cold War protestors, and modern freethinkers.
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts freely flower
--> Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts give me power
--> No scholar can map them, no hunter can trap them,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> I think as I please, and this gives me pleasure
--> My conscience decrees this right I must treasure
--> My thoughts do not cater to duke or dictator,
--> No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

--> And should tyrants take me, and cast me in prison,
--> My thoughts shall burst free, like blossoms in season
--> Foundations will crumble, and structures will tumble,
--> and free men will cry, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!
* Heather Alexander's ''March of Cambreadth''
--> Midnight mare and blood-red roan
--> Fight to keep these lands your own
--> Sound the horn and call the cry
--> '''How many of them can we make die?'''
* ''Slipknot'' on (sic) has "You can't kill me cause I'm already INSIDE YOU!"
* ''The Switch and the Spur'' by The Raconteurs
--> Any poor souls, who trespass against us
--> Whether it be beast or man
--> Will suffer the bite, or be stung dead on sight
--> By those who inhabit this land
--> For theirs is the power and this is their kingdom
--> As sure as the sun does burn
--> So enter this path, but heed these four words:
--> '''You shall never return'''
* "Sophia" by the Cruxshadows
--> Do not injustice to another
--> Defend the weak and innocent
--> Let truth and honor always guide you
--> Let courage find a life within
--> Stand up when no-one else is willing
--> Act not in hatred or in spite
--> Be to this world as a perfect knight
--> Even if it means your life
* [[Theatre/ManOfLaMancha The Impossible Dream:]]
--> To dream the impossible dream
--> To fight the unbeatable foe
--> To bear with unbearable sorrow
--> To run where the brave dare not go
** In fact, the whole song is his Badass Creed.
*** As are the opening and the finale.
*** One might say the whole musical is.
* It loses its rhyme in translation to English, but there's an old children's rhyme for the holiday of Hannukah:
--> We have come to expel darkness.
--> In our hands are light and flame.
--> Every one of us is a small light.
--> And all of us are a firm light.
--> Fight darkness, drive back blackness!
--> Fight for the cause of the light!
* The electronic dance song "Stop the Revolution" by D. Ramirez and Meat Katie:
--> You cannot restrain or tame an idea with idle threats.
--> Once it has crept into the mind, the mouth will not bite the tongue to keep it in silence.
--> The sheer promise of bondage and whips will not be enough to apprehend a thought as it travels from ear to misinformed ear.
--> We ''will'' protest, because ''you'' cannot tell a concept not to raise its fist in anger!
--> You cannot censor that which only exists in theory!
--> You cannot tell anarchy to stop in its tracks, when its feet only exist in the minds of the oppressed!
--> There is a force out there, greater than the media, greater than right or left, greater than empty lies or promises!
--> You can try all night to stop the noise... but you'll never stop the Revolution.
* "Prisoner of Our Time", "Branded and Exiled", "Chains and Leather"... Like many old school metal bands, Music/RunningWild had many of these on it's earlier releases. Here's a example from "Branded and Exiled":
--> Many relocated all across the land
--> Together we've got the power in our hands
--> We are strong enough to fight mendacious laws
--> We've got the wrath, 'cause we are
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!
--> Branded and exiled
--> Together, we can stand the night!

* The Incredible String Band -- ''My Name is Death''
--> I am the question that cannot be answered,
--> I am the lover that cannot be lost,
--> Yet small are the gifts of my servant; the soldier,
--> For time is my offspring; pray, what is my name?

--> My name is Death.

** Justifying note: Far from being a harsh metal song, this is a rather unsettling Folk song.

* Music/IronMaiden has many:
** One of note is "Die With Your Boots On,"
-->No point asking when it is,
-->No point asking who's to go,
-->No point asking what's the game,
-->No point asking who's to blame,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
-->If you're gonna die, die with your boots on,
-->If you're gonna try, well stick around,
-->Gonna cry, just move along,
-->If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.
** Then, from "Sun and Steel,"
-->Sunlight, falling on your steel,
-->Death in life is your ideal,
-->Life is like a wheel.
** And, from "Flash of the Blade,"
-->You'll die as you lived
-->In a flash of the blade
-->In a corner forgotten by no-one
-->You lived for the touch
-->For the feel of the steel
-->One man, and his Honour.
** And of course The Trooper
-->
-->You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
-->You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
-->So when you're waiting for the next attack
-->You'd better stand there's no turning back

-->The bugle sounds as the charge begins
-->But on this battlefield no one wins
-->The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
-->As you plunge into a certain death

-->The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
-->The mighty roar of the Russian guns
-->And as we race towards the human wall
-->The screams of pain as my comrades fall

-->We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
-->And as the Russians fire another round
-->We get so near yet so far away
-->We won't live to fight another day

-->We get so close near enough to fight
-->When a Russian gets me in his sights
-->He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
-->A burst of rounds takes my horse below

-->And as I lay there gazing at the sky
-->My body's numb and my throat is dry
-->And as I lay forgotten and alone
-->Without a tear I draw my parting groan


* Victory Song -- ''Ensiferum''

--> Ei urhot kaukaisen pohjolan
--> Uhan eessä taipuneet
--> Jälleen pauhaa kansi taivahan
--> Veri valuu maahan lumiseen
--> Moni nähdä ei saa enää huomista
--> Moni jää heitä kaipaamaan
--> Jälkipolville jää maa rauhaisa
--> Voiton laulut soi ainiaan

--> Translated:
--> The warriors of the north
--> Stood strong against aggression
--> Again the thunder rumbles
--> Blood stains the snow
--> Many will not see tomorrow
--> Many will be missed
--> But the land remains safe for our children
--> And songs of victory will sound forever

** For that matter, most Finnish marching music; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6VqLkqxp7Y&feature=related The Jaeger March]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUpIhG0VsE&feature=related The Pori Regiment's march]], just to name a few.

* The Show Must Go On, by {{Queen}}.

-->The Show must go on!
-->The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah!
-->Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
-->My make-up may be flaking...
-->But my smile, still, stays on!
-->Yeah! oh oh oh

-->My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
-->Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
-->I can fly, my friends!

-->The Show must go on! Yeah!
-->The Show must go on!
-->I'll face it with a grin!
-->I'm never giving in!
-->On with the show!

-->I'll top the bill!
-->I'll overkill!
-->I have to find the will to carry on!
-->On with the,
-->On with the show!

-->The Show must go on.

And the kicker? Brian May wrote this for Freddie Mercury, when people questioned if he could 'go on', considering his health was failing because of his battle with AIDS. Acording to [[{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], May wasn't sure that Freddie would be able to sing the song, his health was so bad. Freddie's response? He took a swig of vodka and said [[PrecisionFStrike 'I'll fucking do it, darling!']]. May says he considers this [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of Mercury's best performances]]. [[SandInMyEyes 'Scuse me, I have something in my eye..]]

** Also from that same album (Freddie went out Badass!), the song "Innuendo". The whole song was a BadassCreed, like "Show Must Go On". Just the first verse:
--->While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand,
--->While the waves crash from the sea to meet the land,
--->While there's the wind and the stars and the rainbow,
--->'Til the mountains crumble into the plains,
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Tread that fine line
--->Yeah, we'll keep on trying,
--->Just passing our time.

* The Fire Dawn, by Oh Sleeper, exudes this trope. IN SPADES!

-->Stand up, we'll be more than kings.
-->Show no mercy when the gates swing.
-->I've said it before but without accepting that my body
-->Was the only thing keeping me from living.
-->I wouldn't even let the surgeon touch me.
-->Though facing death, I dined on flesh...
-->But now I live to fight out-numbered.
-->I live to fight out-numbered at the fire dawn to live in rebellious honor.
-->I'll stand, you'll see me over all of your fallen.
-->I'll be knee-deep, knee-deep in a sea of their organs.
-->Send me all of hell and I'll face them,
-->I'll face them one on one-thousand.

* Most, if not all, ProfessionalWrestling ThemeMusic.

* EnterShikari's {{Badass Creed}} in "Juggernauts" also acts as a complete {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}:
-->We'll do what we've always done
-->Shut our eyes and hope for the best...
-->NO! We're gonna face this
-->And step out onto the tracks
-->Stare it right in the face
-->THOU SHALL NOT PASS!

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfs_-tyJH9w Army of the Dead Part I]]/[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV-BmFUoVt8 II]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguJyPOlOoE Odin]] by Manowar.

-->Raise thy weapons on this day
-->Ye shall not die alone

-->Fight and die let Valkyries fly
-->For they shall take thee home

-->I promise thee that on this night
-->Ye shall be by my side

-->Asgard's halls await with heroes
-->Brothers that have died

-->For thee we wait at Asgard's gates
-->Come join us by our side

-->Valhalla waits so choose thy fate
-->For all of us must die!

* This excerpt that appears in the Manowar songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb46TxwEaZw The Warrior's Prayer]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diLCzRJEJRg Glory, Majesty, Unity]] :

-->Gods of war I call You. My sword is by my side.
-->I seek a life of honor, free from all false pride.
-->I will crack the whip with a bold mighty hail.
-->Cover me with death if I should ever fail.

-->Glory, Majesty, Unity
-->Hail, Hail, Hail

* Pretty much any Manowar song, actually. Here's one from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=431ghP7AWf0 Sons of Odin]] :

-->Glory and fame
-->Blood is our name
-->Souls full of thunder, hearts of steel

-->Killers of men!
-->A warrior's friend!
-->Sworn to avenge our fallen brothers, to the end!

** Even more to the point, the band itself has one: "Death to false metal".

* "Morituri", by Robin Wayne Bailey:
-->Let us live short lives of glory
-->Let us burn bright like a flame
-->And when the gods call, let the poets remember our names!

* [[WorldOfWarcraft Level 70/80 Elite Tauren Chieftain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGROC4USto 'The Power of the Horde']]
--> Surrounded by the enemy
--> The wolf among the hounds
--> Thunder turns to silence, it took...
--> A hundred to bring me down
--> Wolf-brothers falling at my side
--> With honor I will die
--> Upon the altar of the storms
--> I will be reborn
(Rest of the lyrics: [[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/l70etc/#share]] )
* AllThatRemains has several, but the song "Some of the People , All of the Time" exeplifies it:
--> When all seems lost we count the cost
--> We still remain connected
--> We'll be made strong we are not wrong
--> we will not be neglected
--> Now Wake this doubt and cast it out
--> Weakness will be rejected
--> And through all wrongs we must stay strong
--> We will not be neglected

* "The Gears" by Dethklok
--> We fear not our mortality
--> We'll serve to the best of our ability
--> We give our lives to our masters
--> We vow to smite our enemies

* Andrew W.K.'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBnJ0egT_4 "Get Ready to die"]] is one massive Badass Creed combined with a Badass Boast.
-->This is your time to pay,
-->This is your judgement day,
-->We made a sacrifice,
-->And now we get to take your life.

-->We shoot without a gun,
-->We'll take on anyone,
-->It's really nothing new,
-->It's just a thing we like to do.

** Andrew gets another crazy-awesome one that encompasses the ending of "Totally Stupid". Might double as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for some.
-->If we wait until tomorrow
-->Will tomorrow ever come?
-->This is where we're coming from
-->And we're not the only ones

-->When we find ourselves in trouble
-->We can find outselves a way
-->You can find a place to stay
-->And the place is always safe

-->If you have a heart that's in pain
-->Don't be afraid
-->You're not to blame
-->There's a better world inside of us
-->Where we always thought it was
-->You don't need to hide
-->You can open up your eyes
-->And you'll discover
-->That there is another world.

* “Indestructible” by Music/{{Disturbed}} - the whole song is one big BadassCreed

* Music/TheProtomen provide one to VideoGame/MegaMan in "The Will of One". [[spoiler:It gets a ''lot'' darker in "The Sons of Fate".]]
-->And as I live\\
There is no evil that will stand\\
And I will finish\\
What was started\\
The fight of Protoman!

* One from WithinTemptation: "Why Not Me."

-->Some may call it a curse\\
A life like mine\\
But others, a blessing\\
It's certainly a lonely life\\
But a fulfilling one and the best\\
It's my cross to bear\\
And I'll bear it gladly\\
Someone has to take a stand against evil\\
Why should it not be me?

* Music/{{Clutch}} has many songs that qualify, but "High Caliber Consecrator" is a particularly straightforward example:

-->We'll thresh the psyche, and till the pride\\
Distill the blood, proclaim the gun divine\\
Damn the foul ego, praise the promised swarm\\
We are the ploughshare, and yet we are the sword

* The entire song of Otherwise's song 'Soldiers' could count, but especially the chorus:
--> We are the one who will never be broken\\
With our final breath, we'll fight to the death\\
We are soldiers, we are soldiers\\

** Especially:
--> You can't erase us\\
You'll just have to face us\

* TheOffspring has "Defy you":
--> You may push me around\\
But you cannot win\\
You may throw me down\\
But I'll rise again\\
The more you say\\
The more I defy you\\
So get out of my face\\
\\
You cannot stop us\\
You cannot bring us down\\
Never give up\\
We go on and on\\
You'll never break us\\
Never bring us down\\
We are alive! \\

* Coheed and Cambria's "The Crowing" has:
--> I fought the decisions that called and lost.
--> My mark is the relevant piece in this,
--> I will come reformed.
--> In short, for the murders of those I court,
--> I bless the hour that holds your fall.
--> I will kill you all!

* Shinedown has a pretty good one at the beginning of their music video for "Unity"
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have each other,
--> We will not fall
--> Because we are brothers.
--> We will not fall
--> Because we have love,
--> We will not fall,
--> Because we will rise above.

* Slayer's Jihad is frighteningly inspiring.
--> Be optomistic, happy, and calm
--> show no fear, or anxiety
--> smile at the face of God
--> and your reward will be eternity
--> Holy Warriors, your patience will be justified
--> Everything is for Him
--> You must not comfort the animal before you kill it
--> Strike as champions at the heart of the non-believers!
--> Strike above the neck, and at all extremities!
--> For it is the point of no return for Almighty God!
--> GOD will give victory to his faithful!
--> When you reach Ground Zero, you will have KILLED the enemy:
--> THE GREAT SATAN!!!


* PowerMetal band Bloodbound has one in their song, Together we Fight
--> I pledge allegiance,
--> To goblins and heathens,
--> March by my side,
--> Together we fight.
--> Join my battalion,
--> And serve the medallion,
--> Slay by my side,
--> Together we fight.

* [[Music/DragonForce Through the fire and the flames we carry onnnn!!!!!!]]

* BlueOysterCult did one for the Tarachian warriors in [[WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal Heavy Metal the Movie]]:
--> To defend, this is the Pact!
--> But when life's scorned, and damage done
--> To avenge, this is the Pact!

* The badass opening to "The Devil's Deadly Weapon" by British heavy metallers Hell:
--> Who live by the sword shall likewise die, and in their bloody beds shall lie
--> I pledge myself to slay this beast, and when this deed is done shall I
--> In noble death or glory rest, when breath has fled its savage breast
--> This loathsome task I must perform, and thus my earthly fate is sworn
--> God's hideous carnage wrought upon - The Devil's Deadly Weapon!

* American metal band Oteps song 'Run for Cover'
--> Even Jesus worships me
--> I bow down to none
--> Your little light is like a candle
--> trying to outshine the sun

* Otherwise's "Soldiers" is one in total.
--> We are the ones who will never be broken
--> With our final breath
--> We'll fight to the death
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
--> We are the ones who will not go unspoken
--> No, we will not sleep
--> We are not sheep
--> We are soldiers, we are soldiers
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]: "I'm the man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour. The women's pet, the men's regret. What you see is what you get. And what you don't see is better yet"
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling's motto: "Victory Through Guts"
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: "We snack on danger and we dine on death!"
* "[[Wrestling/ArnAnderson Adversity introduces a man to himself.]]"
* [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels I am the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event… I am Mr. Wrestlemania!]]
** I will give you a show like you have ''never'' seen before.
** Shawn Michaels has never been outperformed in a big match situation!
* [[Wrestling/TripleH I am the Game]] and I Am...THAT. DAMN. GOOD.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho I am]] the best at what I do.
* [[SmugStraightEdge Straight edge]] means [[Wrestling/CMPunk I'm]] better than you.
* What'cha gonna do when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] runs wild on you?!
** [[Wrestling/HulkHogan *points to one open palm with the index finger of opposite hand* "THIS IS WHERE THE POWER LIES!"]]
* Wrestling/BretHart: The best there is. The best there was. The best there ever will be.
* Wrestling/MattHardy: I am Matt Hardy and I will not die.
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: It's not about how many times you knock me down. It's about how many times DDP gets back up.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: You WILL Rest. In. Peace.
* [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]: Everybody's got a price. Everybody's got to pay. But the Million Dollar Man always gets his way.
* [[Wrestling/RicFlair To be The Man]] - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - you gotta beat The Man!
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}: WHO'S NEXT?
* "And that's the bottom line, because [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin STONE COLD]] SAYS SO!"
* [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Eastern Championship Wrestling]]: "It's not for everyone."
* Beat me if you can, survive [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} if I let you]]
* "[[Wrestling/MsChif No more repined bastard nation! A generous gesture to a people so blind! No more repined bastard nation fumbling, descending, away from the light! It takes a non-poisoned creature to withstand a monster that has grown and spawned, a darkness, I can not tolerate. A darkness we must bury.]]"
* Perros Del Mal: "Dios perdona, los Perros no."
* Generation Next: "[[Film/TheBoondockSaints This was a fucking bomb]]. For a few seconds, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor this place]] was [[DarkestHour Armageddon]]...[[HostileShowTakeover AND THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT]]!!!!"
* "You're either [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] or you're against us!"
* "We're not renegades, we're not mercenaries. We're not Wrestling/TheNexus, if you're lookin' for the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo, go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we're a shield from injustice. We are Wrestling/TheShield."
* [[Wrestling/AcesAndEights The Aces & Eights]]: "When you ride with the Aces & Eights, you never walk alone."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* TheLoneRanger's Creed, from his original radio show and all other versions:
-->I believe:
-->That to have a friend, a man must be one.\\
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.\\
That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.\\
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.\\
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.\\
That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.\\
That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.\\
That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.\\
That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.\\
I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.\\
* Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows-- [mwahahahahahahahaha]
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has dozens of these, but the Emperor speaking of the creation of the Astartes stands above all others:
-->They shall be my [[SpaceMarine finest warriors]], these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies and machines so that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
--> They are my Space Marines and ''they shall know no fear''.
** Roboute Guilliman has a great one on the same subject:
--> They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, unsullied by doubt and untainted by self-aggrandizement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of death whose swift wings bring extermination to the enemies of man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh.
** Also, this one about honor:
--> "The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death - if it is honourable - is a reward and can be no failure, for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you will know no fear."
** Also by the Emperor
---> No world beyond my rule. No foe beyond my wrath.
** The six most badass syllables in the whole series, uttered by virtually every character:
---> '''The Emperor Protects.'''
** The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter:
--->"Never Forgive! Never Forget!"
--->"Repent, for tomorrow you die!"
** Or the Black Templars:
---->"What is the terror of death?"
---->"That we die, our work incomplete."
---->"What is the joy of life?"
---->"To die, knowing our task is done."
---->
---->and also
---->
---->"Your Honour is your life. Let none dispute it"
** Iron Hands:
---> "The flesh is weak!"
** Ultramarines:
---> "Courage and honor!"
---> "To admit defeat is to blaspheme."
*** From the [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} film]]:
---> "We are STEEL! We are DOOM! We march for Macragge! '''And we shall know no fear!'''
** Someone called Chaplain Gonzago: "Bravery is stronger than Adamantium. One is the stuff of the soul-forges, the other an illusion of safety created by fools. Adamantium walls cannot keep us out! We have the courage of the Emperor! And in the Emperor's name... ATTACK!! ATTACK!! NO PRISONERS!!"
** The Soul Drinkers:
--->"Purity through hate. Dignity through rage. Let the fire within light the fires without."
--->"Cold and Fast!"
** The battle-prayer of the Grey Knights:
---> I am the Hammer.
---> I am the Hate.
---> I am the tip of the Spear wielded in ''His'' hands!
---> I am the Hammer!
---> I am the Hate!
---> I am the woes of Daemonkind!
---> I am the '''Hammer'''!
---> I am the '''Hate'''!
---> I am the '''END'''!
*** Particularly badass because that's also used to focus a psyker power that requires a squad working together... which causes an explosion of white-hot daemon-obliterating flames.
*** Don't forget the [[NumberOfTheBeast Six Hundred and Sixty Six Words]] [[http://fallfromgrace78.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/the-canticle-of-absolution-of-the-grey-knights/ of the Canticles of Absolution]]. Including "Nothing shall escape our cleansing fire/Not daemon or spawn or renegade/For we are mankind's divine blade."
*** [[SergeantRock Justicar Alaric]] has his way with words too:
---->"We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[DueToTheDead No one will remember us now and we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won."
** The Blood Raven Oath:
---> ''My armour is Contempt''
---> ''My shield is Disgust''
---> ''My sword is Hatred''
---> ''In the Emperor's Name''
---> ''Let none survive''
*** And their other chapter motto:
----> ''Knowledge is power''
----> ''Guard it well''
*** And their later motto:
----> ''None shall find us wanting.''
** The White Scars' Assault Hymn:
---> Walls of Stone, Walls of Iron,
---> Fall down all the same.
---> They may delay, but never prevent
---> The hail of death and pain.
** The Salamanders battle-cry:
---> Into the fires of battle!
---> Unto the anvil of war!
** The Raven Guard is quite restrained, simply stating "Vinctorus aut Mortis" as their creed (Victory or Death).
** Black Templars:
---> No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
** "[[TheDeterminator None can stand in our way, for we are the Space Marines]]."
** We are the Space Marines! The Emperors' chosen warriors! For every one of us that falls in battle, ONE THOUSAND ENEMIES SHALL DIE!"
** Warlord [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka]] got in a pretty good one, too:
--->"I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 're for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everything they don't kill. I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. I'm death to anyfing dat walks, where I go nothin' stands in my way. I iz more cunnin' than a Grot an' more killy dan a Dread. I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' we're Orks an' we was made to fight an' win."
---->(Graffiti on [[HumongousMecha Warlord Titan]] wreckage, found by Dark Angels at Westerisle, Piscina IV.)
** Legio Ignatum has a notable one:
--->"The enemies of man shall ''die''. By my hand they will be ''broken''.
*** It has this one as well:
---->"''Inveniam viam aut faciam''(I will either find a way, or I shall make one)."
** The different Temples of the Officio Assassinorum ("A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords at dawn") don't ''need'' huge paragraphs to terrify.
--->Dictatus [[ColdSniper Vindicare]]: "Exitus Actas Probat - the Outcome Justifies the Deed."
--->Dictatus [[MageKiller Culexus]]: "That which is unknown and unseen always commands the greatest fear."
--->Dictatus [[ShapeShifter Callidus]]: "To assume the shape of the accursed and deliver death from the purity within you."
--->Dictatus [[TheBerserker Eversor]]: "Fear me, for I am your apocalypse."
** Also for the Officio Assassinorum, not the creed, but still badass sounding: "Ask not for whom they seek, lest it be thyself."
*** Or their motto, "Pain is an illusion of the senses, despair an illusion of the mind."
*** And an unofficial and slightly tongue-in-cheek Vindicare creed: "Three things matter in marksmanship: Location, location, location."
** The Inquisition. Three words: "Innocentia Nihil Probat."
*** Or, for those of you who don't speak [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]], "Innocence Proves Nothing".
*** BURN THE HERETIC! KILL THE MUTANT! PURGE THE UNCLEAN!
*** Inquisitor Lord Karamazov had a particularly memorable one: "A plea of Innocence is Guilty of wasting my time! GUILTY!"
** The ordinary human mooks of the Imperial Guard also get one in Dawn of War: Winter Assault
---> We die ''standing''.
*** The fluff has dozens for the Guard -
---> We are the Imperial Guard. We are are the Hammer of the Emperor, by the virtue of fighting wars as unforgivingly as a Hammer strike to the face.
** As of their fifth edition codex, even the most common of redshirts--the Cadian army--get their own;
--->"We are Cadians. We bar the gates to hell! If they are flung open, it is we who will slam them shut."
** Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.
*** To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: we die standing.
---> [[FamedInStory For every hero commemorated]], [[WhatYouAreInTheDark a thousand martyrs die unmourned and unremembered.]]
---> [[WeHaveReserves MORE MEN]]! [[MoreDakka MORE TANKS]]!
*** The legend says that the Ollanius Pius, the patron saint of the Imperial Guard delivered this line while standing between the Horus and battered Emperor.
---> "Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!"
** What, no love for Chaos? Here:
---> "This is our galaxy. Ours to corrupt. Ours to enslave. The gods will not be denied their prize."
*** And here:
---> Hate shall be our weapon.
---> Impurity shall be our armor.
---> Immortality shall be our reward.
*** Chaos in a nutshell: SANITY IS FOR THE WEAK!
*** Or here:
---> "BLESSED BE THE AXE THAT MAIMS AND THE BLOOD IT BRINGS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE OF KHORNE!"
*** And the fan-made parody for the [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi cultists]]: "PORN FOR THE PORN GOD!"
*** Black Legion:
---> "Kill for the living, Kill for the dead."
*** That was their slogan even when they were the Luna Wolves.
*** IronWarriors:
---> "IRON WITHIN, IRON WITHOUT!"
*** Also, their Unbreakable Litany:
---> ''From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron.''
*** Thousand Sons:
---> "All is dust."
*** Literature/NightLords:
---> "We have come for you!"
*** and of course Kharn's mantra: KILL! MAIM! BURN!
** Said of, as opposed to by, the Tyranids, doubling as both a BadassCreed and scary as ''fuck'':
---> They are coming! I feel them scratching inside my mind, scratching, screaming, running, so many- so, so many voices. ''They're coming for us - flesh, body and soul!''"
** Tau heroes have come up with plenty, but the best is from Commander [[strike: [[FanNickname Sha]][[MemeticMutation dow]]{{Tsundere}}]] Shadowsun:
---> ''To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us.''
*** Tau Commander Shas'O Sa'cea Dre'koran Ta'ar's FamousLastWords to the Ultramarines.
---> ''I do not fear death. Death fears'' '''''ME!'''''
** The Space Wolves Ragnar Blackmane gives one that best sums up the Chapter:
---> ''We may be few, and our enemies many, yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope.''
*** "For Russ and the Allfather!"
** The Eldar battlecry:
---> ''Blood runs. Anger rises. Death wakes. War calls!''
** [[TheJuggernaut Maugan Ra's]] personal creed:
--> ''War is my master, Death my mistress.''
** "Feel the rush of the wind against your skin and hear her cry keening in your ears. Listen to her call well, for are we not Wild Riders, the children of the storm?"
** How can you forget [[MemeticMutation CREEEEEEEEEED!]]
** Perhaps the one that sums up the entirety of the Space Marines in ten, brutal words -
---> "I shall know no fear, for I am fear incarnate!"
** What, no love for the Death Korps?
--->"In life, war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement."
** Tyrannids:
--->Om nom nom
* Don't forget Warhammer Fantasy - it has its moments too. From WFBattle rulebook, we have this quote by a Greater Deamon of Khorne (unfortunately, from memory, so may be incorrect): "There are countless worlds in the Void [...] But I have chosen this world to conquer, and by Khorne, I'll do so even if it takes a thousand years!"
** And, of course, Khorne's other followers- [[NoIndoorVoice BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]]
** The knights of Bretonnia take up several awesome vows, but the Grail vow is just made of win:
-->''"...That which is sacrosanct I shall preserve.\\
That which is sublime, I will protect.\\
That which threaten, I will destroy.\\
For my holy wrath will knows no bound..."''
* ''Every one'' of the Pentacle Orders from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' gets a BadassCreed. To whit:
** The Adamantine Arrow: "Existence Is War. Enlightenment Is Honour. Adaptability Is Strength. The Supernal Is The Self. Service Is Mastery."
** The Free Council: "Democracy seeks the truth; hierarchy fosters the Lie. Humanity is magical; human works have arcane secrets. Destroy the followers of the Lie."
** The Guardians of the Veil: "Paradoxes strengthen the Abyss as punishment answers pride. Sins for a just end grant Wisdom to the Awakened. Mer