->''"You're just a microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan\\
Designed and directed by his RedRightHand"''
-->-- '''Music/NickCave''', ''Red Right Hand''

->We all have our keepers, you see.
-->--'''Emperor Mollari''', ''Series/BabylonFive'' ("War Without End Pt. 2")

->Who controls the would-be King?
-->-- '''Thor''', ''Film/TheAvengers2012''

->It's like I said. I'm just one small part in a great machine.
-->--'''Knox''', ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ("A Hole in the World")

->Every single time I think I have killed the person responsible for usurping my command, I find there's someone else higher up, still fighting me.
--> '''Martellus "Tweedle" von Blitzengaard''', ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''

->'''Max:''' ''(V.O.)'' Punchinello was a pushover. The moment I stepped into the room, [[AintTooProudToBeg he folded like a Deuce before a Royal Flush.]]\\
'''Angelo Punchinello:''' No...wait! I was just doin' what I was told! ''Couldn't'' refuse! ...She's someone high up, government maybe, I don't know!

->'''Fortune''': Speaking of manipulation, it's time for me to steal Arsenal since I've been manipulating you from the start!\\
'''Solidus''': Actually, I tricked Ocelot into manipulating you into manipulating me!\\
'''Ocelot''': [[YouFOOL Fools!]] I've been manipulating everything from behind the scenes!\\
'''Magic Hand''': But actually, I've been manipulating you!\\
'''Raiden''': Alright, this has officially become a load of crap.
-->-- ''[[http://www.gamespite.net/toastywiki/index.php/Site/ThumbnailMetalGearSolid2-05 Thumbnail Threatre: Metal Gear Solid 2: Part 5]]''

->[[color:#004183:"Tavros, at this point it should 8e o8vious. I am the unseen hand 8ehind every major event in their session, and to some extent, their whole lives. At least those events not happening 8y the volition of their own natural incompetence! Don't you think this is how it should 8e? Shouldn't the greatest player leave her fingerprints on every step of the rise to power of her ultim8 nemesis?"]]
-->-- '''[[Characters/HomestuckTrollsFour Vriska Serket]]''', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''

->''outer body is cosmetc only. why? because he supposed to scare us. [[OmnicidalManiac behemoth]] [[CreatingLife was fashioned.]] unnatural life.''
-->'''[[AwesomenessByAnalysis Tattletale]]''', ''Literature/{{Worm}}''

->'''Falcon''': You are from [[BewareTheSuperman Hyperion]]'s old team, the Squadron Supreme!\\
'''Nighthawk''': Correction: The Squadron Supreme was ''my'' old team. Hyperion was [[TheBrute a hammer]]. [[TheChessmaster I am an architect]].
-->--''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', "Nighthawk"

->''And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known \\
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone) \\
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time\\
Just controls their operations\\
The Napoleon of crime!''
-->-- ''Literature/OldPossumsBookOfPracticalCats'': "Macavity, the Mystery Cat"

->'''Susan:''' There are paintings in the presidential office, pictures of investitures going right back... and he's there. [...] Sometimes, he's only a shadow, but he's in ''all'' of them. Always, dark robes just behind the new president, as if he's whispering in the president's ear.
->'''[[spoiler: Quences]]:''' ''[[EvilWearsBlack Robes of night that drink the light]].'' And my name?
->'''Susan:''' Your name is ''[[AncientConspiracy Auld Mortality]].''
-->--''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' "Auld Mortality"

->We were almost never lords and masters. [[WeakenedByTheLight The torchlight was too intense, too bright]]; it has always been our way to rule under the light of our Moon. Why rule openly, when one can direct the lords with [[MadOracle whispers and riddles]] and even [[TheJester jests]]?
-->--''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade - Clanbook: Malkavian (Revised)''

->This... is not good news. Some mysterious powerful force has been behind Talzo's group this entire time?
-->--'''Kirby''', ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure''