Across many works, you will hear the same quotations over and over. These quotes are so well known that most people will recognize them right away, but not all of them will be aware where the quote originated from. Popular sources include Creator/WilliamShakespeare, historical figures, and classic literature. This will often be because of SmallReferencePools - either the author isn't familiar with less famous quotes, or they are afraid the [[ViewersAreMorons the audience won't be]].

Predictably, [[BeamMeUpScotty they will often be mangled]], both deliberately and not.

May overlap with AsTheGoodBookSays if the memorable quote is from Literature/TheBible. When used to title a work, it is a LiteraryAllusionTitle. Not to be confused with BeamMeUpScotty, which is when a quote is popularly attributed to a source but was never actually said, or played for laughs when a stock quote is misidentified InTheOriginalKlingon (many of these are also misidentified with the bible quotes when [[ZerothLaw Shakespeare said it first]]). See also StockPhrases, which can't be attributed to a single source but also show up time and again.

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->''"HeWhoFightsMonsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."''
-->'''Creator/FriedrichNietzsche''', ''Jenseits von Gut und Böse''

This quote is hardly ever used together. Instead, the first and second parts often appear alone.

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* ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}.

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* Put on screen before the director's cut of ''TheAbyss''; they wanted it on the theatrical cut, but another movie had just used it (the commentary didn't say which).

* Referenced in the JimCarrey version of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'':
-->'''The Grinch''': The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there - on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn't allow it. 4:00, wallow in self pity; 4:30, '''stare into the abyss'''; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me - I can't cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing... I'm booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?

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* Quoted word-for-word in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' -- When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss shouldn't wave to you.
** Mentioned again in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.
* Used repeatedly in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures, with the increasingly manipulative and distant Seventh Doctor worrying that fighting monsters has indeed led to him becoming a monster.

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* The second part of the quote is used at the end of the pilot episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', "Extreme Aggressor." Five seasons later, the quote is ([[ContinuityNod deliberately]]) reused in its entirety at the beginning of the aptly named 100th episode "100."
* Referenced in ''Series/DoctorWho'' finale, "The Parting of the Ways".
--> '''[[spoiler:Rose]]''': [[BigDamnHeroes I looked into the TARDIS...]] [[MySkullRunnethOver and the TARDIS looked into me.]]

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* Used in the ''BaldursGate'' series.
* Used in the box art (but not in it's entirety) for the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Wrath of the Lich King''.

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* ''SomethingPositive'' [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03032009.shtml applies it to the internet]]: "Battle not with stupid, lest ye become stupid, and when you gaze into the Internet, the Internet gazes also into you."
* In ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', when Lancelot worries that Elaine isn't taking her religious vocation seriously enough, she replies that "When you gaze into the abbess, the abbess also gazes at you". He doesn't look reassured.
* Subverted in ''{{Webcomic/Sinfest}}'' in a [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-07-20 charming way]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', the second part of the quote was used.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', Batman alludes to the second part when he point out the difference between him and his Evil Counterpart:
-->'''Batman:''' There is a difference between you and me. We both looked into the abyss, but when it looked back at us... you blinked.
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->''"Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war."''
-->'''Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s''' ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar''

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* "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war" is used by General Chang in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' as he's kicking the ass of Enterprise with his cloaked Bird of Prey.
* Creator/KevinCostner delivered this line in ''Film/ThePostman'' (film version only).
* Lord Humongous of [[Main/MadMax The Road Warrior]] clearly references this quote, in his sort of pretentious way, as he reproaches the town he's laying to by saying "Look at what you have done! You have made me unleash my dogs of war!"

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* Used as the {{Epigraph}} for one chapter in ''WatershipDown''. Needless to say, war ensues. And a dog.
* FrederickForsyth wrote a book about a troop of mercenaries in Africa called ''The Dogs of War''.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Dogs Of War"

* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "The Dogs of War."

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* Music/PinkFloyd have a song called "''The Dogs of War''," though it could be a reference to the Forsyth example.

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* Music/{{Disturbed}}, ''Indestructible''. The band's singer has been known to open concerts with the phrase as well.

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* ''AmericanMcGeesAlice'': Cheshire says, "Time to raise some havoc. The dogs of war are loose!" when Alice finds her first ragebox.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dragonfable}}'' has "Cry havoc and let loose the togs of war (I'm sure you'll find some use for them)" on a letter the hero recieves along with a bunch of creatures [[CaptainObvious called togs]].
* In later versions of ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'', a worm team using the Thespians sound pack will sometimes say this at the start of a round.

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* CryHavoc has it in the title, then uses parts of it once or twice in the dialog

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* The Spoony One uses this quote to mock the heroes' plan to defeat Sin. "If I was assembling a team to go kill God, this is not the force that would make me cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war."

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* Megatron used the phrase in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* {{Archer}} mangled this when about to go on a RAMPAAAGE.
-->'''Archer''': Cry havoc and let slip the hogs of war.
-->'''Lana''': ''Dogs'' of war.
-->'''Archer''': Whatever farm animal of war, Lana, sheesh!
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->''"What a piece of work is man!"''
-->'''Creator/{{Shakespeare}}''', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''

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* Darian Ashoka, the male lead in Joseph Michael Linsner's ''Dawn: Lucifer's Halo'', at one point misquoted Hamlet's speech, jokingly saying, [[IncrediblyLamePun "The paramour of animals,"]] not "the ''paragon'' of animals".

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* The speech is quoted during the Other World theater performance in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.

* Mr. Newberry starts the quote in ''GrossePointeBlank'', but loses his train of thought halfway through and opts to go get a beer instead.
* Appears at the end of ''Film/WithnailAndI''. In fact, Withnail recites the entire soliloquy. Turns out he's a pretty good actor.

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* Rincewind reads the speech in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld II: The Globe'', and is amazed it was written by someone in a city that still put its enemies heads on spikes. The title of the chapter is "The Paragon of Animals".

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Captain Picard gives the full quote as part of his PatrickStewartSpeech in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V--v5Ba_cx8 Hide and Q]]".

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* In [[TheSixties the 60s]] musical ''{{Hair}}'', there's a song called "What A Piece of Work Is Man".\\
The lyrics are the entire quote ([[GratuitousIambicPentameter in iambic pentameter]]) from which the stock phrase is taken.
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->''"Shuffle off this mortal coil."''
-->'''Creator/{{Shakespeare}}''', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''

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* The fifth book in the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series is called ''Mortal Coil''.

* There's a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel called ''Mortal Coils''.

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* The phrase is used verbatim in the dead parrot sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has a three-parter episode titled "This Mortal Coil", "Be All My Sins Remember'd" and "Spoils of War" in the fourth season. The first two are Hamlet quotes from the same scene, same act.

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* DuranDuran used the phrase in their hit, "Breath After Breath".
* "This Mortal Coil" is a series of albums from the British indie label 4AD.
* There's a band called This Mortal Coil.

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* There's a "Vortal Coil" chapter in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', a reference to this phrase.
* Ascension, in ''KingdomOfLoathing'', works this way.
** The Council also says "I don't suppose you'd bugger off this mortal coil, would you?" when you're able to ascend.
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->''"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."''
-->''Literature/BhagavadGita''

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* Used in an ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' story, quoting Oppenheimer as below; see PersonOfMassDestruction for details.

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* One of its most famous appearances (the first half anyway) is on Animal Mother's helmet in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. Red Oktober's political officer reads this quote from a book owned by Captain Ramius -- it's used to imply that the latter might have gone insane and intends to start WorldWarIII. Oppenheimer is specifically mentioned as giving the quote.
** The original source is mentioned, as well as Oppenheimer's use of the quote.
* J Robert Oppenheimer's original speech with this line is used to a [[NightmareFuel downright haunting effect]] in the original teaser trailer for ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''. Notably, the part of the quote about how Vishnu "takes on his multi-armed form" is said right as the camera pans over the MultiArmedAndDangerous Muto monster, while the pivotal "destroyer of worlds" part is said right before the first glimpse of the [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} King of the Monsters]] himself.

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* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''. Dylan Hunt uses this quote when he kills 100.000 Nietzscheans.

* On ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Walternate uses it after comparing what he is trying to do [[spoiler: by using the machine to destroy our universe]] to what Oppenheimer did (see RealLife example below).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' uses "I am Become Death" as an episode title.
* Parodied in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' with MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds.
** Mike also spoofed the line in ''RidingWithDeath'': "I am become Death, destroyer of small radios."

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* A mad necromancer in ''BaldursGate'' uses a number of quotes, including "I am death incarnate! Destroyer of worlds!" He also quotes Hannibal Lecter.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II'' has an EasterEgg/experience bonus about a third of the way through the game, in the area with the ginormous horses chained to the island. [[GuideDangIt By activating a few particular spots where nothing actually seems to happen,]] the last one by a tree on an island gives Kratos a huge experience boost--while the camera turns skyward to observe "Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" writing itself in the clouds.
** And and in an arguably more epic case, in the end of ''Ghost of Sparta'', [[spoiler: Kratos stands alone in the Suicidal Cliffs from the first game, having finally killed Thanatos, but lost his brother and his mother, pretty much severing any ties to humanity he had. As he looks down the cliff he tried jumping from the first game, he wonders horrified "By the Gods, What have I become?" once again. The Grave Digger from the first game, who is actually Zeus in disguise, stops digging his brother's grave and answers "Death. The Destroyer of Worlds]]. Which in a meta sense seems to be literally true, given everything Kratos does following it all.

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* Reportedly said by J. Robert Oppenheimer after witnessing the first nuclear bomb test.
** In fact many uses of this quote are [[TropeCodifier actually quoting Oppenheimer]] [[OlderThanTheyThink quoting Gita]]. The meaning is frequently taken to be "I have the power!"... but that's [[MisaimedFandom not what Oppenheimer meant at all]]. The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between the god Krishna and the prince Arjuna, as Arjuna is about to go into battle against his cousins, his guru, the people who raised him, to secure the kingdom. Arjuna questions the rightness of such violence, and in response, Krishna transforms into his [[OneWingedAngel terrible, multi-armed aspect]], telling him that doing his moral duty is more important than anything else. Oppenheimer felt that he had done a terrible thing, that "the world would not be the same", but he thought of it as [[IDidWhatIHadToDo his duty]].


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* The quote appears multiple times, literally or alluded in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', both in the Oppenheimer acception (related to atomic bombs or experiments of similar disruptive power, like in the supplement The Fallen Tower: Las Vegas) and in the original Gita meaning (in Tradition book: Euthanatos Revised and in the metaplot-heavy Ascension campaign, in particular)
* ''PrometheanTheCreated'' makes ample use of this line as quoted by Oppenheimer, chiefly as regards the [[ILoveNuclearPower Zeky]] the section on "the Nuclear Promethean" in the corebook opens with Oppenheimer's quote including the quote from the Gita, and their chapter in ''Saturnine Night'' is entitled, "Destroyer of Worlds." [[PersonOfMassDestruction It's]][[PelagianVillain quite ]][[MaddenIntoMisanthropy appropriate.]]
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* Paraphrased in ''ReBoot'':
--> '''Gigabyte''': I am become Gigabyte, destroyer of Systems!
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->The poem ''The Second Coming'', by Creator/WilliamButlerYeats, is frequently quoted, particularly the last line:
-->''"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"''

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* At least one issue of a Franchise/{{Batman}} mini-series is subtitled ''The Widening Gyre''.
** Batman also has a miniseries with the same title, written by KevinSmith.
* The poem is quoted in both ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} 70'' and ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk 425'', both written by PeterDavid.
* Keith Giffen's last arc on ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Europe]]'', the individual issue titles were taken from Yeats' "Second Coming", at least the first stanza: "Turning and Turning", "The Widening Gyre", "Things Fall Apart", et cetera.

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* In ''NeonExodusEvangelion'', the two chapters "Ceremony of Innocence" and "The Blood-Dimmed Tide". The entire poem is also quoted in its entirety as the trailer for Chapter 2-8, Dies Irae.

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* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007). The sheriff quotes this to the protagonist (accused of raping and murdering a child) claiming to be the round beast himself. As it turns out, there are far worse [[FishPeople beasts out there]].

* ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' (1996)

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand''
* Loki quotes extensively from the poem in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', in the scene at the geographical center of the United States.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has Adam "slouching hopefully towards Tadfield" at the end of the book.
* The novel ''Things Fall Apart'' by Chinua Achebe is a reference to this poem.
* Astrid ominously remembers this quote in Michael Grant's ''Hunger'', after the adult-less city of teenagers and children is devolving into a ''LordOfTheFlies''-esque situation.
* Used heavily in the book ''Armageddon Rag'', about a 60's rock band making a comeback in the 80's. The poetry of Yeats is heavily used in some of their song lyrics.
* Used heavily (possibly even more than the titular poem) in ''[[Literature/HyperionCantos The Fall of Hyperion]]'' by Dan Simmons.
* At the end of "[[TheDresdenFiles Storm Front]]", Harry Dresden comments on how the world is getting stranger and he sees it as his job to maintain some control in his corner of the world:
-->"Things are spinning around faster and faster, and threatening to go completely awry. Falcons and falconers. The center cannot hold."
* The middle book of HarryTurtledove's ''American Empire'' trilogy (the second trilogy of his {{Timeline-191}}) chronicles the ominous ascent of the Freedom Party. It's called ''The Center Cannot Hold''.
* Joan Didion published a collection of essays in 1968 under the title ''Slouching Towards Bethlehem''. It's mainly about her experiences in California during the 1960s.

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* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Slouching Towards Bethlehem".

* ''Series/BabylonFive'' (by G'Kar about the coming of the Shadows)
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' ("The Plan"). The nonsense babbled by a [[MadOracle Hybrid]] as they're about to nuke the 12 Colonies includes the line, "The centre holds; the falcon hears the falconer." (the actual Yeats line is "the centre cannot hold" and "the falcon cannot hear the falconer"). Presumably a statement that, for the Cylons at least, their plan is coming together, as opposed to things falling apart (which happens later on).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Mohinder recites this at the end of the episode titled, appropriately, ''The Second Coming''.
** Bonus points for doing the ''whole'' poem, and not skipping the first two lines (as people are wont to do). See Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}, below.
* The first episode of ''Series/{{Millennium}}''

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* Referenced in Bright Eyes' 'Four Winds'

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* The inspiration of the title of the InteractiveFiction work ''SlouchingTowardsBedlam''. The full quote appears in [[MultipleEndings at least one of the endings.]]
* In ''Videogame/WingCommander IV'', [[GeneralRipper Admiral Tolwyn]] quotes from the first verse, in a discussion about how the post-war Terran Confederation seems to be falling apart without an enemy for humanity to focus on.

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* Stephen Reyes of ''ShadowUnit'' quotes the line "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold," and the other characters fill in the next few lines for him.
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->''"And behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it, his name was Death. And Hell followed with him."''
-->'''The Literature/BookOfRevelation'''

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* Used in the film ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''
* In the Creator/ClintEastwood film ''Film/PaleRider'', it is quoted near the beginning of the film, as Eastwood's character is shown riding into the camp.
** The title itself is likely a reference, though not a quote.
* Used several times in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'', either all or part.

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* PiersAnthony's novel ''On A Pale Horse'' is named after the quote from Revelation.
* Appears in Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand''.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's novel ''The Pale Horse''.

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* Appears (though not as an epigraph) in "The Big Game," the Super Bowl episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* The title of the episode "The Fourth Horseman" in ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* Referenced in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Death Takes A Holiday", where the demon Alistair tells Sam and Dean he got the magical sickle from "a friend" who "doesn't actually ride a pale horse, but he does have three amigos..."

* In the episode "Lord John Marbury" of ''TheWestWing'', Bartlet is trying to remember this quote as he feels it pertains to the India-Pakistan crisis. Lord John comes out with it at the end of the episode all on his own, simultaneously tying up the loose end that was left dangling for him and signifying his character's worthiness to be adopted into POTUS's crack team of allusion ninjas.

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* Used in the JohnnyCash song "When the Man Comes Around."
** Which is in turn used for the climactic gunbattle between the FBI and the Terminator in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' "What We Beheld", and the title montage in the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake.
* The soundtracks for ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' and ''{{Halo 3}}'' have songs titled "On a Pale Horse" and "Behold a Pale Horse" respectively.
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->''Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.''
-->'''Literature/TheBible (King James Version)''' -- [[Literature/TheFourGospels John]] 15:13.

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* Bagheera in {{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' quotes this (or a version of it) [[spoiler:regarding Baloo's assumed HeroicSacrifice after the battle with Shere Khan.]] (This scene is not in [[Literature/TheJungleBook the book]].)

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* A version of this quote is used in the lyrics of the Thrice song "For Miles":
-->And there's no greater love\\
Than that one shed his blood for his friends.
* KrisKristofferson references this quote in the introduction for the BigAndRich song "8th of November", about a veteran of the VietnamWar remembering his fallen comrades.

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* The Reverend in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' quotes the line [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20020331.html at the funeral of]] [[AnyoneCanDie one major character]].
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->''"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."''
--> ''SherlockHolmes''

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* Quoted by Spock in both ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|TheUndiscoveredCountry}}'' and ''[[Film/StarTrek XI]]'' (and attributed by him, in the former, to "an ancestor of mine"!)

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* Discussed in ''The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul''.
* Referenced in "Discworld/FeetOfClay"
-->"It wasn't by eliminating the impossible that you got at the truth, however improbable..."

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The kid from the Silurian two-parter of the 2010 season.

* Data referenced this line in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Lonely Among Us". Somewhat lampshaded in that Data had just absorbed all of Doyle's SherlockHolmes novels and was essentially channeling the famed detective.

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* Said by Godot in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations''.

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* Used by [[TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron,]] complete with official Holmes attire, during a search for Sheen's missing Ultra Lord action figure
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->''"Abandon hope, all ye who enter here."''
-->''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' by Dante, written on the gates of Hell

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* ''Comicbook/CloakAndDagger'' (1983) has Cloak telling some drug dealer: "All of eternity is contained within my cloak of darkness! Abandon all hope if you chance to enter it!"
* Spoofed in an issue of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comic book where Homer is sent to prison: "Abandon shivs all ye who enter here!"
* A ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT]]'' comic involving the turtles fighting skeletal pirates
* In ComicBook/TheSandman issue, "Hope in Hell", Morpheus goes to hell to reclaim one of his artifacts of power. When he ends up in a shapeshifting/reality-warping contest of wits with the demon who has his property, he tricks the demon into becoming a universe-ending force and beats him by becoming "Hope" (the only thing that can remain after such a force). The assembled devils and demons agree that Morpheus has won the duel and even allow him safe passage out after he threatens to remove the only hope remaining to those in hell (specifically the ability to dream of ''heaven'').

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* ''TheBoondockSaints'': Printed on the wall over the entrance to a strip club after the Saints [[AndZoidberg and Rocco]] go to kill Vincenzo Lapazzi, one of [[TheMafia "Papa Joe" Yakavetta's]] underbosses.
* In ''Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical'', there is the chant "Open the gate and abandon hope! We're the ghosts of the kids that got hooked on dope"
* The film adaptation of ''Film/{{Jarhead}}'' has this printed, humorously, on the human waste disposal bin that Private Swofford has to burn and stir.

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* This quote in full is the opening line to the novel ''AmericanPsycho''.
* Used in PiersAnthony's ''Bio Of A Space Tyrant'', where a character named Hope uses "Abandon '''Hope''', All Ye Who Enter Here" as a message to himself.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Bunnicula}} Howliday Inn]]'', Howard spots a sign outside pet hotel Chateau Bow-Wow, and Chester sarcastically asks if it says "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

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* David Rossi of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' quotes this in the original Italian in one of his first episodes. (Not as an epigraph. In conversation.)
* Referenced with [[NomDeGuerre Chiggy]] [[TheDreaded Von]] [[RedBaron Richtoffen's]] NoseArt: "Abandon All Hope", and in turn referenced by a BadassBoast by [[TheBrigadier Commodore Ross]] when the humans set out to find him and kill him:
-->Abandon all hope, my ass!

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* Spoofed in the ''XXXenophile'' short "Demonstration of Affection". The main character uses magic to enter hell. A [[CantYouReadTheSign background sign]] reads "Abandon all dope, ye who enter. A drug-free hell is a happy hell".

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* Quoth [=NTom64=] at the beginning of the HellfireCommentaries playthrough of [[VideoGame.SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 06]]: "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here, for this is the Sonic 06 playthrough." [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Co-commentator Fastest Thing Alive promptly follows it up with "You poor, poor, poor, poor bastards."]]

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* The quote is used several times in VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations.
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->''"I am Legion, for we are many."''
-->Literature/TheBible ([[Literature/TheFourGospels Gospel of Mark]], 5:9)

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* In ''I Am Legion'', Legion is a child who is able to control the minds of men.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'', the hero Spawn absorbs the souls of thousands of murdered people, who thereby become Spawns themselves, and he utters the phrase, "I am Legion, for we are many."
* In ''NewMutants'', Professor Xavier's son Daniel, a mutant with several distinct personalities, each one controlling a separate mutant power, calls himself Legion in reference to this quote.

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* In ''Film/GhostRider'', when Blackheart reads the contract of San Venganza, he absorbs all 1,000 of the damned souls who signed their names to the contract. After the process is complete, he proclaims, "My Name... Is Legion, For We Are... Many."

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* Referenced in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' with the line "We are Myria [=LeJean=]."
* Quoted in Creator/StephenKing's ''{{It}}'', when a character says she heard this quote from her sink during the 1957 incident.
** In fact, many of Stephen King's baddies ends up quoting that or just simply call themself Legion. Examples include [[TheStand Randall Flagg]], [[NeedfulThings Leland Gaut]], [[{{It}} Pennywise the Clown]], and many more. When Franchise/TheDarkTower started to bind all the universes together many speculated that all these creature were in fact different aspects of one being. They were sadly {{Jossed}}.
* Quoted in ''TheExorcist''.
** And is the title for the next novel by the same author.
* Alluded to in ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' when the character Dave is confronted by a human, Justin, whose body is being controlled by a swarm of tiny, supernatural parasites. When Justin rejects his old name and Dave asks what he should call him instead, his reply is "Just call me 'Shitload.' Because there's a shitload of us in here."
* In ''The Taking'' by DeanKoontz, an extra-terrestrial being utters the lines "Yimaman see noygel, see refacull, see nod a bah, see naytoss, retee fo sellos. "My name is Legion, is Lucifer, is Abbadon, is Satan, eater of souls.
* ''My Name Is Legion'' by RogerZelazny, in which the protagonist is a secret agent with an inexhaustible supply of false identities.
* ''{{Declare}}'' by TimPowers. The dijinn at Ash Shaq says "My name is legion. [[KneelBeforeZod Worship us]]."

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* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Marcus Hamilton uses the quote, "We Are Legion. We are Forever." to describe himself.
* In ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' in the episode "The Judge", a serial killer employs delinquents and ex-convicts to brutally murder, and carry out his "justice". When arrested and interviewed by former FBI Agent Frank Black, he follows Frank's question of "What should I call you?" with "My name is Legion".
* Legion appears in ''Series/RedDwarf'' in the episode "Legion". He is a being composed of many separate minds like the biblical text and also uses the biblical quote "My Name is Legion, for we are many".
* "I am Legion, for we are many" is also quoted by one of the demons of the Seven Deadly Sins in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* In the series ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'' a suspect named Edward Noland yells in the alley, "My name is Legion, for we are many."

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* The Greek band Rotting Christ has a song on its album "Genesis" entitled "Under The Name of Legion."
* The black metal band Marduk wrote a song entitled "Legion" using the line "My name is legion, for we are many in here."
* The quote 'My name is Legion' and two lines later 'We are many' is used in the song 'Ghost in the Firewall' by Progressive Rock band Arena.
* "My Name is Legion" is a song by Electric Hellfire Club from the album "Witness The Millennium". There is a line stating, "My name is Legion: for I'm many".
* The death metal band Arch Enemy made a song called "Nemesis" with the line "We are legion, Voice of anarchy This is revolution Creating new disorder"
* In a Music/BlackSabbath song called "I" appears a line, "I am Legion, strength in numbers a lie, the number is one"
* The Demons & Wizards song "Crimson King" contains the line, "I am Legion."
* Breakage released a song entitled 'The 9th Hand' which contained the sample, "My name is Legion, for we are many."
* Power metal band Hammerfall has a song titled legion, in which Joacim Can sings; "My name is Legion, for we are many spirits inside of one."
* AllThatRemains has an album entitled ''For We Are Many.''

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the race of undead alien robots called Necrons have a quote in their Codex source book: "Their number is legion, their name is death". The warriors of Thousand Sons legion of Chaos Space Marines, essentially possessed suits of armour, have a special rule called "we are legion", indicating their lack of individuality. Chaos Daemons have a daemonic gift called "we are legion", which represents the daemon having multiple souls trapped inside its body, and allows it to fire at multiple targets.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}} 2'', a gang named The Legion, sometimes say "Our Name is Legion, for we are many", this can also be heard in the beginning of one of the trailers for the game.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' the Prometheus model robots, from the robot wars level, say the phrase "We are legion."
* In ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Soul Reaver'', Kain states: "But each of us is so much more than we once were. Do you not feel with all your soul how we have become like gods? And as such, are we not indivisible? As long as a single one of us stands, we are legion..." It is requoted in the ''Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2'' introduction movie.
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' ExpansionPack, ''Kane's Wrath'', the player plays the role of an AI called LEGION who, in the third act of game is ordered to command army of cyborgs. Kane states (a double entendre): "You are LEGION"
* The Legion is the name of the alien race and main antagonists of the video game ''Epoch Star''. Whenever the player engages Legion forces, they will say, "We are the Legion, for we are many."
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', when the player chooses to use the Chaos Space Marines, selecting a Chaos Marine squad may result in the response "We are legion" as the squad's aknowledgement of the player's selection - this is a double reference as following the Horus Heresy loyalist Space Marines were divided into Chapters, whereas Chaos Space Marines have retained their original designations of "Legions".
* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: City Folk'', while playing hide and seek with townsfolk, after finding one, they might say "We are legion, for we are many." Given the otherwise idyllic nature of the games, this is a little disturbing.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the Character Sovereign (the vanguard of a race of sentient machines bent on wiping out all organic life) declares "We are Legion."
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' this is also how the geth squadmate Legion receives its AppropriatedAppellation - upon being asked its name, it replies simply "geth," and futher explains that it is a robotic platform containing slightly more than eleven hundred individual geth. This prompts the ship's AI to pipe up with the quotation, and the construct immediately recognizes and acknowledges Mark 5:9 as an appropriate metaphor for its state of existence.
* In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'': Father Wales, when locking one of the doors in Siren Alley, shouts 'We are Legion' before summoning a horde of splicers.
* In "VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem": there's a character NAMED Legion who speaks in the plural state!
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* Anonymous intentionally mutated this to become their heralding phrase: "We are Anonymous. We are Legion."

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* The title of the episode "Legion" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is an allusion to the Biblical quotation. The episode features a cyborg (Coldstone) possessed by multiple spirits of dead Gargoyles.
* The third season premiere of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' is titled "I Am Legion". The episode sees the first appearance of the multi-villain team, the Legion of Doom. Also, during the episode, LexLuthor appears to be sharing his body with Brainiac effectively making him possessed.
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->''"O, brave new world that hath such people in it."''
-->'''Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s''' ''Theatre/TheTempest''

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho''/''SherlockHolmes'' crossover ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures All-Consuming Fire]]'', Watson uses the line sarcastically, to describe a future "that has such people" as BerniceSummerfield.

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* In the movie ''TimeAfterTime'', [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy time-travelling H. G. Wells]] says "O brave new world that hath such people in it" as he observed 1980s Los Angeles.

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* Miranda's speech is, in fact, the TitleDrop in ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''. The Savage really knows his Shakespeare.
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->''"God's in His heaven--\\
All's right with the world!"''
-->'''Creator/RobertBrowning''', ''Pippa Passes'', "The year's at the spring"

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' uses this quote as the motto of NERV.

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* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' alters this quote in accordance with the new religion:
-->"Ford's in his flivver," murmured the D.H.C. "All's well with the world."
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