"One of the recurring themes in this column that pops up whenever I write about Batman is the idea that Batman’s presence causes a fundamental change in Gotham City...by virtue of his existence as the hero that he is, Batman essentially ends Crime as we know it, and the only way that Crime survives is by evolving into something else. Criminals become Arch-Criminals. Bad guys become Super-Villains."
"You destroyed the demon! Yin and yang! Now the world is out of balance, nobody told you to destroy the demon!"
— Uncle, Jackie Chan Adventures
"Think how many entertaining movies there are thanks to Hitler. Without him, would Sophie have a choice? Would Schindler have a list? Would Jurassic have a park?"
— Gunter, Bullet in the Face
“Le Chiffre was serving a wonderful purpose, a really vital purpose, perhaps the best and highest purpose of all. By his evil existence, which foolishly I have helped to destroy, he was creating a norm of badness by which, and by which alone, an opposite norm of goodness could exist. We were privileged, in our short knowledge of him, to see and estimate his wickedness and we emerge from the acquaintanceship better and more virtuous men.”
Luficer: Just try to imagine, Philip, a world without evil. A world without anger, hate, war, disease, destruction, and all the other terrible things you can think of. The sun shines, the bird whistle, and so do all the nice and friendly people. They are having a really good time. They greet each other, they take care of each other, and they help each other. Can you imagine that Philip?
Philip: Yes... but it is hard.
Luficer: Of course it is. And now it gets even harder. No ruthlessness, laziness, or egoism. No envy, and therefore no sports or competition. The drive to compete has died, because if you lose, you never feel aggrieved or angry, only happy for your opponent. And when the joy of winning and losing is equally great, why even play at all? Books and film are about nothing at all, because in this world there are no bad guys to capture, and therefore no heroes. The newspapers are just as empty as the books, because there is nothing to write about, no crime, no scandals, fraud, political corruption, nothing at all. The unemployment rate will rise dramatically. If only you knew, Philip, how many people have jobs because mankind is unable to behave itself.
—The Great Devilwar
Rose "No! There must be balance! The cycle must be maintained.
Gnarl "I think what that wench is ranting about is that when a force gets out of control, another must rise to stop it."
Rose "There cannot be light without darkness!"
Gnarl "And that darkness would be you, Master!"
There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.
— The Sirens of Titan
‘Why? Why is there a balance? Why not just have everything good and nothing evil? What’s actually wrong with that?’
‘I...’ He licked his lips and squinted. The golden light seemed to be bothering him. ‘The balance is beyond human understanding, beyond the mere...’
‘You don’t know, do you?’ I let the question hang. ‘You were going to send me back into that volcano, to almost certain death, and you’ve absolutely no idea why.’
— How To Write Badly Well: Base Your Plot on Unsupported Assertions
"I have heard it said evil is nothing more than good's absence, as if evil was the darkness to good's light. A comforting thought, I imagine, for those seeking redemption, but, I tell you, put such thoughts from your mind. You need only peer into a demon's eyes to know evil is not some vacuum waiting for virtue to come and fill its emptiness. Evil is a force. It is an influence in the cosmos, an agency equal to or perhaps even greater than its antithesis. There are two sides in this eternal struggle, one light and the other dark. You might find evil's works reprehensible, yet to those whose hearts belong to corruption, good deeds are equally deplorable. Understand, there is no redemption, only treason against the side you were born to serve."
"As soon as you appeared on this roof you made yourself ridiculous. It was your tone of voice. You spoke your words as though you denied the very existence of the shadows or of evil. Think, now : where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow? Shadows are thrown by people and things. There's the shadow of my sword, for instance. But shadows are also cast by trees and living things. Do you want to strip the whole globe by removing every tree and every creature to satisfy your fantasy of a bare world? You're stupid."
"Ben and I assumed that you can label any stance you want as 'preserving the balance' as long as some sort of eerily knowledgeable character is the one making the proclamations."