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The original, Alan Scott, had a rather pithy and poetic oath:
The 1959 retool established the somewhat more impressive and much better-known oath, used by most of the Green Lantern Corps:
This one has a number of known variants
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!"
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
When taken over by Atrocitus, this was changed to:
No guardian escapes the Manhunters!
And the Alpha Lanterns also have a motto that combines that of the Corps and the Manhunters:
The Yellow Lantern/Sinestro Corps Oath:
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:
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.
The Power of Love becomes somewhat more impressive with the Star Sapphire/Violet Lantern Corps:
The Blue Lanterns:
The Indigo Tribe's is in Fictionary but it still sounds poetically badass:
And with the Blackest Night, we now have a creed for the Black Lanterns:
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:
"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."
"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!
Krypto the Superdog was part of the Space Canine Patrol Agency, whose slogan is as follows: " 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 Shout-Out to the Yale chorus ("Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow...")
" Darkseid is." Understated, but given 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 Badass Boast.
Turpin: In a pig's eye!
In , Darkseid gets a new Final Crisis Badass Creed. 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!
The Flash: "My name is
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 series: "None can escape the Sandman's dark dream."
Sandman Mystery Theatre 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 , Jaime Reyes, has a short one when he goes off to Blue Beetle show what happens when you mess with his planet: " Escarabajo vamonos!"
note Jeph Loeb's version of Batman has: "I made a promise on the graves of my parents to rid this city of the evil that took their lives."
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.
Spider-Man has the rather thoughtful "With great power comes great responsibility."
In "The Oath", Doctor Strange 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.' "
Judge Dredd, " I am the Law!"
Matt Wagner's " Grendels" have this Oath of Obedience (taking at least one riff from one of the other Badass Creeds 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"
The Wreckers from :
The Transformers IDW
Wreck and Rule!.
Lost cause? Of course it's a lost cause! That's why we're here! .
: "A Ninja's duty in life is death!"
Usagi Yojimbo "I am the 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."
Jesse Custer learned his from his father, cribbed from John Wayne;
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.
In the 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" 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.
Sonic the Hedgehog 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 , 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 Metabarons The Oath of the Skull from 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."