"Because seriously, nobody wants to be Batman. Neal Stephenson observes the crux of the problem: 'Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.' The joke, of course, is that nobody does. Why? Because nobody wants a fatal disease, to move to a monastery in China, or, as is perhaps most applicable to Batman, to have their entire families wiped out. The price of ontological supremacy is just too high. "
Andy: You get visions... of people about to die? [Sam nods]... That's impossible.
Sam: A lot of people would say the same thing about what you do.
Andy: [pause] But death visions? Dude, that sucks.
Doyle: They're messages I get, you know from the higher powers, whoever they may be. Y'know, it's my "gift"!
Cordelia: If that was my gift, I'd return it. I mean you get those headaches, and you do this 'bleh' thing with your face.
—Angel, "Lonely Hearts"
"Imagine there was a door to the realm of Daemons, and the slightest inattention on your behalf would see them batter it down and rip you to shreds. Now imagine that door is inside your head. That is what being a Psyker is like."
— Castus Lupa, Savant Adjunct, Warhammer 40,000
Every morning my body forgets all wounds, all hurts. And makes itself again exactly as it was when the gods first cursed me. I have had the same miscarriage every day for four thousand years.
— Erishad, Lucifer
Human Kite (Kyle): I think it'd be pretty cool not be able to die.
Mysterion (Kenny): PRETTY COOL!? Do you know what it feels like to be stabbed? To be shot? Decapitated!? Torn apart!? Burned!? Run over!
Toolshed (Stan): Kenny, calm down!
Mysterion (Kenny): It's not "pretty cool", Kyle! It fucking hurts!
"Hate my power, hate my power, hate it, hate it, hate it."