"If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans."
"Infeno blow up, Wazzpinator must salvage! Wazzpinator blow up, nobody salvage! Why univerze hate Wazzpinator?"
—Waspinator, Beast Wars, "Deep Metal".
Follow the rainbow, my lucky omen
There ain't no pot of gold, just copper tokens
I found the key to life, the lock was broken
All my accomplishments, are best left unspoken
I dug a hole so deep
I'm gonna drown in my mistakes
Can't even sell my soul
'Cause it ain't worth shit to take
"As private parts to the gods are we, they play with us for their sport!"
"The world had suddenly decided to take a joyride on the road of irony and not to take me with it."
My brief flash of relief and confidence melted away. Good thing it did, too. I'm sure the world would come to an end if I were allowed to feel a sense of relief and well being for any length of time.
—Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files
When you're rife with devastation
There's a simple explanation,
You're a toymaker's creation,
Trapped inside a crystal ball.
— Pinkie Pie, Friendship is Witchcraft
I AM WHAT THE GODS HAVE MADE ME!
—Kratos, God of War II
"Why does the universe keep doing these insanely bewildering things to me?"
— Arthur Dent The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"Why should I die, oh, why should I die? Can You show me NOW, that I will not be killed in vain? Show me, just a little, of your omnipresent reign! Show me there's a reason for you wanting me to die! You're far too keen on where and how, but not so hot on WHY!"
—Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar
God used me as a hammer, boys
To beat His weary drum today
—Tom Waits, "Hoist That Rag"
"We're all fate's bitch. You might as well go ahead and bend over for destiny now."
—Jaye Tyler, Wonderfalls
"Damn it! You know what? I'm sick of this crap. I'm sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis. As of this moment, it's over. I'm finished being everybody's butt monkey!"
—Xander Harris Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"Sometimes I feel that God doesn't want me to be happy."
—Edith Crawley, Downton Abbey
"I was the happiest guy in the world, but fate likes to play a little game called 'Up Yours, Moe'."
— Moe Szylak, The Simpsons
The cogs that operate in the background take to grinding you up instead. Funds, treasured belongings, friendships, love, they are all harder to find and easier to lose. Enemies, danger, chaos, and disruption find you more readily. In looser terms, all Others, spirits and practitioners get the sense, innate or otherwise, that they can and should work against your interests. Things start to fall apart, and the pieces fall down in the least convenient arrangements for you. The universe conspires against you.