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->''"The never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way."''
-->-- ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''

A stock reason given in the opening/narration of a show. This is why the good guys in some shows (particularly {{Anime}}, {{Kaiju}}, and {{Toku}}) fight against evil. It's for justice, righteousness, principles and values that depend more on what people deserve than [[ForHappiness on what they enjoy]], or some other term that seems like a good reason to [[FighterLaunchingSequence launch all your fighters]] or HumongousMecha and beat the stuffings out of rubber suit monsters. Justice especially seems to apply to anything in relation to these series.

This seems like ConceptsAreCheap, but these shows can have fully developed plots. This is just mainly applied to the trailers, narration, and theme songs. Then again, [[JustHereForGodzilla much of the audience is here to watch giant monsters and robots fight]], so [[RuleOfCool why worry about deep motives]]?

This trope has become somewhat anachronistic since the 1990s, with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles arguably being one of the last pure examples of it. Most heroes nowadays tend to have more complex motivations than simple, unblemished goodness or altruism, and some aren't necessarily that much more morally desirable than the villains they fight.

Compare ForScience, CaptainGeographic, CaptainPatriotic, CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth, ForHappiness.

The EvilCounterpart is ForTheEvulz. Do NOT confuse with JusticeWillPrevail, a more complicated topic to say the least.

This is OlderThanPrint, with early examples going all the way back to Đe Fađer of Engelish Lytterature hymselfe, Creator/GeoffreyChaucer.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* America in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
-->'''America''': Should we not fight in the name of justice? \\
'''America''': Let the hammer of righteousness strike deep into the heart of evil!
* ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'': This is [[CuteClumsyGirl Princess Amelia Seiryuun's]] schtick throughout the series, [[DaddysGirl which she gets from her father]], [[BigHam Prince Phil.]] In addition to suffering form ChronicHeroSyndrome (which annoys Lina, to no end), she proudly proclaims herself to be a champion of love, peace, and justice and will smite the hell out of evil [[WrestlerInAllOfUs with dropkicks, suplexes]], and [[CuteBruiser really big, EXTREMELY HEAVY blunt objects.]]
* Many Go Nagai works have or at the very least lampshade this.
* ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet'': "This is Agent White reporting! Keeping the peace, doing my best to fight the bad guys, wherever they may be. Over and out."
* [[KnightTemplar Light and L]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' shout "[[IAmTheNoun I AM JUSTICE!]]" and variations ("Justice will prevail", "I have become Justice," etc.)... and it is thoroughly {{deconstructed|Trope}}.
* ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'': Meow will fight anyone for this reason. She even calls herself 'The Beauty of Justice'
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Mami's {{Leitmotif}} is "Credens Justitiam" (Believe In Justice). Sayaka also has this philosophy, [[KnightTemplar but goes WAY too far with it]].
* The World Government Marines in ''Manga/OnePiece'' have a bit of a thing for justice. Aside from having the characters for justice printed on captain-rank officer's coats, several prominent personnel tend to have their own take on the concept; [[BrilliantButLazy Admiral Aokiji]] has "Lazy Justice," [[GeneralRipper Admiral Akainu]] has [[KnightTemplar "Absolute Justice,"]] [[BloodKnight Rob Lucci]] has "Dark Justice," etc.
** It is even discussed during the Whitebeard War arc when Doflamingo laughed when Marines were crying out they were fighting for "Justice." Doflamingo pointed out how history will be written by the winner and if the Marines win, it will be a just win and if the pirates win, it too will be just.
* Invoked by [[spoiler:the less-dead-than-advertised Maria Ross]] in her stirring radio address during the Promised Day, in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. She {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it when speaking to Breda afterward. "Everyone cares about justice. So I used it."
* StudentCouncilPresident Els Tasmin of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has this as her world-view, what with having a Barrier Jacket called Black Justice, a Device that takes the form of handcuffs, and lines such as "bad students will be punished" and "Justice will prevail". Naturally, she sees [[JapaneseDelinquents gang leader]] Harry Tribeca as TheRival.
* Athrun Zala's general theme and goal in ''GundamSeedDestiny'' is seeking a correct, fair justice for the universe, contrasting Kira Yamato's goal for everlasting freedom, and Shinn's defending of a predetermined destiny.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'': The first quote is the modified form of [[Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the radio intro]] which was used on [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the first television series]]. It might have been the TropeMaker.
** Superman is actually a subversion of this though. He's mainly concerned with ForHappiness, spending most of his time doing random acts of kindness like stopping floods, chasing off supervillains, and plucking kittens out of trees. He doesn't much care what supervillains do as long as they're not hurting anyone (or being [[ItsPersonal Lex Luthor]]). Writers have him bandy the term "justice" around a lot, but crimefighters like {{Franchise/Batman}} and TheFlash are a lot more focused on criminal justice than Superman is.
** It would be more accurate to say that Superman maintains a balance between For Great Justice and ForHappiness, for the most part. Over the years, Superman's motivations to do good have changed. In some stories, he wants people to be happy. In others, he wants to bring evildoers to justice. It's all DependingOnTheWriter.
* In ''PS238'', an elementary school for the children of superheroes (and villains), some of the superkids have picked up an odd habit:
-->'''Kid #1''': To the cafeteria!
-->'''Rest of the class''': FOR JUSTICE!
* The much criticized ''CryForJustice'' has a lot of the characters saying that they "Want Justice!" despite the fact that they are really just out for revenge.
* While the {{ComicBook/X-Men}} have a somewhat more original concept, and had some of the first [[AntiVillain antivillains]] in American comics, the promos for the cartoons would talk about using mutant powers "for the benefit of mankind."
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. While he can often come across as an uncompromising {{jerk|ass}}, people too often forget that the Judge really does embody the ''Lawful'' half of LawfulNeutral, and his primary motivation in doing so, is his conviction that his society will not survive without it.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Film/TheGodfather is all about this.
** Amerigo Bonasera, at the start of the movie, tells Vito Corleone that ''great justice'' is the reason for his visit. Justice, in Bonasera's view, meant killing the two young men who hurt his daughter. The Don agrees to grant a favor of justice (but not to kill) in return for Bonasera's "friendship" and the respectful address of "Godfather."
--> '''Bonasera''': ''Then I said to my wife, "For justice, we must go to Don Corleone."
-->(...)
--> '''Don Corleone''': I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you didn't need a friend like me. Now you come and say "Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me "Godfather." You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money.
--> '''Bonasera''': I ask you for justice.
--> '''Don Corleone''': That is not justice. Your daughter is alive.
--> '''Bonasera''': Let them suffer then, as she suffers!

* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Obi-Wan described the Jedi as "the guardians of peace and justice". Of course, he was talking to a young-for-his-age twenty-ish rube with stars in his eyes.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This is the driving force behind the Knights of the Cross in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. No matter what their background, the Knights are driven by the sole purpose of righting wrongs, fighting evil, and protecting the innocent. In a setting that at best runs on GreyAndGrayMorality, they are unquestionably the Good Guys.
** Shifts a little later when it's revealed that they're Heaven's mortal players in preserving free will by redeeming the hosts of the Denarians at swordpoint. Any other good they do is more a result of judicious recruitment than being in the job description.
** Harry fights bullies. It takes him a little while to figure it out - but in the flashback to his formative duel with He Who Walks Behind, it's violence against the helpless that he wont run from.
--> ''It.''
--> ''Wasn't.''
--> ''Right.''
--> No, it wasn't. But the world wasn't a fair place, was it? And I had more reason to know it than most people twice my age. The world wasn't nice, and it wasn't fair. People who didn't deserve it suffered and died every single day.
--> So what? ''So somebody ought to do something about it.''
** Murphy upholds the law. She's not a terribly devout Christian, but she has Faith in the law, and it's more than enough to give her a standing job offer among the Knights of the Cross.
* Tom Joad's famous speech at the end of ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''. "Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there..."
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' in a nutshell, especially in ''TheManFromLaMancha''.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. ''"We live as though the world is as it should be, in order to show it what it can be."'' Angel initially thinks that he does what he does, in order to gain redemption and avoid going to Hell; but he eventually realizes that he helps people simply because doing the right thing is an inherent part of his identity.
* Angel's evil alter-ego, Angelus, made light of this trope several years earlier on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.''
-->'''Angelus:''' [[IncomingHam Wherever there's injustice in the world]], wherever scum like you is out walking-- ''(notices wheelchair)'' --well, [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain rolling]] the streets, look over your shoulder. I'll be there.
** Spike, hilariously, when he discovers his chip only prevents him from hurting humans. Demons are fair game.
--->'''Spike''': What’s this? Sitting around watching the telly while there’s evil still afoot. That’s not very industrious of you. I say we go out there (Rubs his hands together) and kick a little demon ass! What, can’t go without your Buffy, is that it? Too chicken? Let’s find her! She is the Chosen One after all. – Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Let’s annihilate them. For justice - and for - the safety of puppies – and Christmas, right? Let’s ''fight'' that evil! - Let’s ''kill'' something!
** Buffy had her moments of this, as at least later in this series she opposed [[ForHappiness consequential ethics]], and this is the trope of deontological opposition to it. Her big moment of rejecting a very persuasive consequential argument was over whether it was acceptable to kill Dawn to prevent Glory from killing all of earth's life, ''including Dawn,'' as Giles pointed out was the alternative. She managed to TakeAThirdOption in the end, but she still preferred to let everyone on Earth die rather than kill one innocent, who would have died anyway.
* Odo in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was motivated by what he described as an inborn need for justice. Law was a secondary thing. He used to theorize that a need for justice may have been an inborn trait of his unknown species...too bad it turned out [[ScaryDogmaticAliens not to be the case]].
** Their natural tendency is only to enforce order and obedience. While Odo justifies the need for both with Justice (no pun intended), the rest of the species is only interested in domination (ostensibly to protect themselves from [[NeverBeHurtAgain ever being victims again]]). Odo's experience working as chief of security under the Cardassians, witnessing the atrocities and the oppression of the innocent Bajorans, is implied to have taught him the value of Justice over pure order. He still takes the Lawful part of LawfulGood very seriously though (so long as the Law in question is itself "Good", like when he allowed several Cardassian dissidents to escape because their crimes did not warrant the death penalty they would have received otherwise).
* ''Series/TokusouRoboJanperson'': "Janperson fights for justice!"
* "The Earth calls out! The Heavens call out! The People call out! They are calling on me to defeat evil! Listen well, evildoers! I am the warrior for justice...Series/KamenRiderStronger!"
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* "Real American", HulkHogan's iconic Wrestling/{{WWE}} entrance theme:
-->I am a [[TitleDrop real American]]\\
Fight for the rights of every man\\
I am a real American\\
Fight for what's right\\
Fight for your life!
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Paladins in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' often have this creed.
** The ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting has the Mercykillers faction, whose goals and philosophy are centered around the pursuit of perfect justice. [[SubvertedTrope Their concept of justice usually involves punishment via hard labor and/or execution.]] One of their founding organizations, the Sons of Mercy, were much more about the traditional construction of this trope, and they became so again when the Mercykillers split up following the Faction War.
* As do the Tau Empire in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, with their ubiquitous catchphrase, "For the Greater Good!" This has the effect of making newcomers to the series believe and latch onto the idea that the Tau are the [[BlackandGreyMorality "Good Guys"]], prompting others to mock them with the phrase "Good for the Good God!"
** The Tau ''were'' this in their original incarnation. At first, the Tau were a MarySuetopia whose White morality clashed terribly with the setting's [[BlackAndBlackMorality charcoal-grey-on-black-on-event-horizon-of-a-black-hole morality.]] Fan reaction was fairly negative. The Tau got a bit of character development and started doing rather questionable things that would make them ScaryDogmaticAliens in most settings, but by 40k's absurd StealthParody standards, the Tau are downright nice guys. The Tau may not be in it ForGreatJustice, but they're amongst the ''least'' evil. By now, with the Tau adopting a GunboatDiplomacy manifest destiny motive, the Tau have been accepted by ''most'' of the fandom. However, the fanbase is so broken and vocal that everything is hated by a good chunk of the fanbase.
* The first paragraph of the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' Core Rulebook states that the world is being gangbanged from all directions by [[ZombieApocalypse the Deathlords]], [[LegionsOfHell the Yozis]], {{The Fair Folk}}s, and other ultra-nasty beings. But the Solars (you) are returning, ''For Great Justice !!!111''. [[spoiler:[[{{Deconstruction}} The rest of the chapter is spent hammering into your head that it's the Solar's own Unconquered-Sun-damned fault that they got bumped off in ages past, and you've got a lot of work to do if you're going to prove that you're indeed doing it]] For Great Justice.]]
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[TropeNamers Named]] for one of the lines in ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'', which also fits this trope.
* "For Great Justice" is actually the motto of the Steel Samurai in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.
** Which is a ShoutOut, given how the series loves those.
** Then we have [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo Justice]], as in "Justice is literally '''his last name'''", and his CatchPhrase is "Here comes Justice!"
** ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' gives us Detective Fulbright. His MO is basically this trope, with his own CatchPhrase of "In justice we trust!". [[spoiler: Partially subverted when it is discovered that the Fulbright who the characters meet is actually a murderous, emotionless sociopath (and final villain of the game) impersonating the now-deceased real Fulbright, but the original presumably used the phrase honestly.]]
* The end of ''VideoGame/MegaMan1''.
--> FIGHT, MEGA MAN! FOR EVERLASTING PEACE!
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'', a remake of the original ''Mega Man'' game, this is Fire Man's personality quirk, as he perceives himself as a HotBlooded robot hero of justice. He constantly veers into nonsensical non-sequiturs about fire, justice, vanquishing evil, and sometimes all three at once.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'', the Joke program causes [=MegaMan.EXE=] to {{lampshade|Hanging}} this line during a joke. When that fails, he tries to [[UpToEleven one-up]] it into "For Great''er'' Justice?" Lan is not amused.
* '''[[MetalWolfChaos Believe in your own justice!]]'''
* Justice is pretty much what the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series' [[KnightInShiningArmor Maximillian Knights]] are all about.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' [[ShoutOut actually each have a skill called]] "For Great Justice!"
** The skill in question actually has your character shout the line. It sounds hilarious from [[LargeHam male norn]] or pretty much any asura. Female norn and male sylvari manage to sound deadly serious.
* [[VideoGame/BaldursGate "Stand back... FOR JUSTICE!"]]
** "Feel the backhand of JUSTICE!"
* A very, very twisted version is KnightTemplar Vhailor from ''PlanescapeTorment''.
* Probably ''the'' most common character trait found in hero profiles in {{JRPG}}s. It isn't unusual to find an entire team of characters with no similarities apart from having "a strong sense of justice."
** Although in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and its sequel it's discussed a lot, in that Lloyd realizes it's a Meaningless Meaningful Word and doesn't resort to just calling it out as a motivator (and gets [[BerserkButton pissed]] if someone else does, particularly when used by {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s like the BigBad for both games).
** And completely inverted in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', when the in the gap between the penultimate and ultimate battle, the BigBad [[{{Satan}} Luther's]] world comes crashing around him and he goes rather mad. In a rather {{Narm}}y fashion, he screeches at the party that "RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL PREVAIL!" before attacking.
* "''VideoGame/SpaceAce'', defender of truth, justice and the planet Earth! ...[[AlwaysSaveTheGirl and his girlfriend, Kimberly]]."
* ''VideoGame/VoltageFighterGowcaizer'': [[http://zanyvgquotes.com/gowcaizer/gow-justice.png "I AM THE JUSTICE, NOT YOU."]] [[http://zanyvgquotes.com/gowcaizer/gow-justice2.png "THE JUSTICE ALWAYS WINS. NEVER FORGET IT."]] [[http://zanyvgquotes.com/gowcaizer/gow-winsjustice.png "NOTHING WINS THE JUSTICE."]] [[http://zanyvgquotes.com/gowcaizer/gow-together.png "LET'S FIGHT TOGETHER FOR JUSTICE!"]] All courtesy of Brider, who can only be described as a bastard lovechild of ''Kamen Rider'' and ''Gundam'', with the former's passion for fighting evil and defending justice dialed UpToEleven.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a twist with [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mordekaiser]], a selectable champion who likes to say "For great TORMENT!"
** The nation of Demacia is devoted to the pursuit of justice, especially against rival nation Noxus. [[ExcusePlot Not that you'd know if]] [[AllThereInTheManual you didn't read into the lore.]]
** Don't forget Heimerdinger. [[ForScience "FOR GREAT SCIENCE!]]"
* ''FreedomForce'''s Minuteman lives by this creed.
* ''Videogame/DeathSpank'' is a self-described Dispenser of Justice.
* Tsubaki gets in on this in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. She's a fan of historical dramas, and in the "Help Me, Professor Kokonoe!" segments, it's shown that it's the source for her battle quotes.
** Her achievement/trophy is actually named after this trope.
** This is also [[LargeHam Bang]] [[HotBlooded Shishigami's]] schtick.
* "I FIGHT IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE!" ~ Ma Chao of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''
* Forms one of the major themes in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' in which two of the main characters are primarily motivated by ideals of justice but have [[{{Foil}} very different ways]] of going about doing it, and both run into problems when they take their respective viewpoints too far. Per the trope's "playing with" examples, [[VigilanteMan Yuri]] toes the line between subversion and double-subversion of this trope (and narrowly avoids SlowlySlippingIntoEvil), while [[InternalReformist Flynn]] borders {{Deconstruction}} and ends up in {{Reconstruction}} territory by the end. The game's characteristic genre name is ''to enforce "justice"'' (yes, with the word placed in quote marks) playing this trope completely straight while at the same time highlighting that it is a difficult concept to define.
** Vesperia's successor, ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' also features a much more minor, less serious version of this. In the [[AMinorKidroduction childhood arc]], [[TheHero Asbe]]l will go into battle shouting "I fight for justice!" for no readily apparent reason. This is probably to highlight that he's still too young and immature to know what he's fighting for at all, and is just saying this because it sounds cool.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Valis}} III'', whenever Yuko is asked what her aims are, says she's fighting for justice.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' the sun god Pyrrhon, who helps you against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Aurum]] claims that, "Pyrrhon has a delivery, and its return address is JUSTICE!!!
** Subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler: [[EvilAllAlong he was just helping Pit and company so that he could take over the Aurum.]] [[EvilIsNotAToy After he hijacks them, it comes back to bite him about four minutes later.]]]]
* Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is a firm believer of this, as long as he use his sword. However, this need not apply [[ExactWords when holding somebody else's sword]].
* The description of Twin Justice in ''RuneFactory4'' reads: "Justice now comes in two. Twice the justice, twice the power. Mete it upon your foes for... Uh...great justice!"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': [[GeniusDitz Tiffany]] tries to invoke this with mixed results. She's Artemis Academy's self-appointed champion: the MMAA[[note]]"Mysterious Masked Academy Avenger"[[/note]], who fights against the school's social injustices, which basically means [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/now_is_for_running she pesters Faith.]] On the other hand, while she's had [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/feat_of_derring-do some success]], she's still [[FailedDramaticExit really, REALLY]], [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/i_am_okay! bad at it.]]
** She's bad at fooling anyone. She's pretty good at the action heroine bit.
* A dark, off-hand reference in ''Webcomic/DrowTales'': [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=392 "My blood will be spilled for great justice."]]
* Ten Winds, the BadassGrandpa in the comic ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', (which is set in the RoleplayingGameVerse of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'',) has a habit of leaping in from off-panel to punch or kick an enemy with a triumphant cry of ''"'''JUSTICE!!'''"''
* Miko from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' uses this for most of her actions. Of course, she's actually a LawfulStupid KnightTemplar, so she's not the most self-aware person that you're going to run into.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] review of ''Justice League: Cry For Justice'' issues 3 and 4 has him beginning the review with the inevitable joke of, "So, let's review issues 3 and 4 of ''Justice League: Cry For Justice''. For great justice."
* ''{{Podcast/Harmontown}}'': In the Dungeons and Dragons section of the show, Erin [=McGathy=]'s character, Dignity Sarsgaard, has the rather baffling catchphrase, "Let's jazz for truth!" The game screeches to a halt when she first unveils it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Enduring_Freedom "Operation Enduring Freedom"]], the [[GeorgeWBush military response]] to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, was initially planned to be named '''"Operation Infinite Justice"'''.
* "No Justice, No Peace" an old rally cry against unfair trials etc.
* Tomonobu Itakagi, formerly of Tecmo (and ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' fame) used these words [[http://www.joystiq.com/2008/07/24/itagaki-practices-legal-ninjitsu-in-case-against-tecmo/ almost exactly]] in a lawsuit against the [[ExecutiveMeddling suits]] he used to work for.
* This is the basis of the ethical theories grouped under [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deontology Deontology]].
* Many national mottos (official or otherwise) follow a formula that combines shades of "For Great Justice" with RuleOfThree. While many of these mottos seem quite vague, they are often popular rallying cries amongst the people, as well as being the basis for the outlook that country usually has on how the society should be run (usually reflected in its laws).
** The highly unofficial United States motto "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is probably the most famous example in the English-speaking world.[[note]]The official United States motto is "In God We Trust", adopted in TheFifties to show the atheist DirtyCommies that ''America'' still believes. An unofficial-official motto--dating back to the Revolution and used on the Great Seal and on virtually all US currency--is ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto E pluribus unum]]'', "Out of many, one"; this originally referred to [[AmericanFederalism a single union out of many states]], but it has also gained connotations of [[MeltingPot the formation of a single American people out of immigrants from around the world]].[[/note]] Almost directly derived from the works of John Locke (having "pursuit of happiness" stand in for the rather crasser-sounding "property" of Locke's original), it reflects America's "rugged individualism", particularly its rigid stance on individual rights and more laissez-faire attitude towards economics.
*** The Constitution is a bit more verbose: ''"... to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty ..."''
** A close second in English-speaking countries and probably more famous over all is France's "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). French democracy places a great deal of emphasis on social equality and solidarity, which often together trump the idea of personal freedom; the French have never forgotten the indignities of the ''[[LEtatCestMoi ancien régime]]''. This is how France justifies many policies which Americans (and, truth be told, Britons) would find repulsive, such as banning religious clothing and symbols in public places or the heavily-regulated and state-directed French economy.
** In some parts of TheBritishEmpire (notably, the colonies that became the Commonwealth Realms), the motto "Peace, Welfare, and Good Government" (with "Welfare" referring to the general "Greater Good" rather than to it's modern, narrower meaning) was popular amongst the political class of the day, typically being in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_title long titles]] or preambles of the various Acts of Parliament creating [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsible_government responsible governments]] in the colonies/dominions.
*** It eventually morphed into Canada's current unofficial motto "Peace, Order, and Good Government", or POGG (as Canadian wags are liable to call it).[[note]]The official motto is ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto A mare usque ad mare]]'', meaning "From sea to sea".[[/note]] This is often used in contradistinction to its southern neighbor, emphasizing Canadian deference to law, legitimate authority, and tradition, and Canada's generally more socially-oriented mindset (even in ultraconservative Alberta, universal public healthcare is seen as an unquestioned if problematic good).
** Germany has "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" (Unity and Justice and Liberty).[[note]]Perhaps it's worth mentioning that this phrase most famously occurs in the third stanza of the Song of the Germans (Das Lied der Deutschen). You know, the song whose first stanza starts with "Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles." The third stanza (only) is the modern national anthem of Germany.[[/note]] Modern Germany, as one might recall, had a very hard time in getting to where it is now. Its legal system is noted for trying to strike a balance between the extremes of France and Britain in substance (in format, it's all French) and is ''very'' concerned with ensuring that the rule of law is applied consistently and fairly.
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