Quotes / Dark Messiah

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    Anime and Manga 

Even messiahs need to perform miracles if they are to be acknowledged. Therefore, we have to produce our own miracle, don't we?
Lelouch Lamperouge, Code Geass

Even wicked people... need a saviour.

    Comic Books 

As for David Sorrel, I don't think he exists anymore; he hasn't for some time. I am Their Instrument, Their Deliverance... I AM THE LIGHT AND THE WAY!
David Sorrel, Stone Island

I hate you all, you know? All you scum. I want to be President because I hate you. I want to fuck with you. I want to make you shut up and do things properly. Get through your doomed little lives quietly.
Gary Callahan, Transmetropolitan

    Fan Works 

I'd heard the stories. I always suspected they were lies. We would not be abandoned, not by our shepherd. But I always suspected, perhaps had a little kernel of doubt in me that maybe, just maybe, even he was mortal. When I saw his face, when I looked into his eyes, and I heard his proclamation, there was no doubt left. There was only hope, vengeance, and victory.
Private Mari Marona, Brotherhood of Nod, Strike Division Babylon, Tiberium Wars

    Film - Live-Action 

The heads. You're looking at the heads. Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it.
— The Photojournalist, Apocalypse Now

I am Gotham's reckoning.

Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels? ...You want to be a legend, Tyler, man, I'll make you a legend. I've been here from the beginning. I remember everything.
— The Narrator, Fight Club

[If what I plan to do for the people makes me a dictator, then it is a dictatorship based on Jefferson's definition of democracy! A government of the greatest good for the greatest number of people!
President Judd Hammond, Gabriel Over the White House

"The country is in danger. We will march out of the shadows. We will go forward." Forward is the great password. And history tells how well we succeeded, your honor. We succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
Ernst Janning, Judgment at Nuremberg


In a dying civilization, political prestige is the reward not of the shrewdest diagnostician, but of the man with the best bedside manner.
Eric Ambler, A Coffin For Dimitrios

"Didn't you just tell me about the bloody slaughter perpetrated by crusaders?" said Uriah. "Doesn't that make you no different from these holy men you were telling me about?"
"The difference is that I am right," said the Emperor.

Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before, and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth at his rebirth. In sackcloth and ashes shall he clothe the people, and he shall break the world again by his coming, tearing apart all ties that bind. Like the unfettered dawn shall he bind us, and burn us, yet shall the Dragon Reborn confront the Shadow at the Last Battle, and his blood shall give us the Light. Let tears flow, O ye people of the world. Weep for your salvation.

    Live-Action TV 

Elric: As I look at you, Ambassador, I see a great hand reaching out of the stars. The hand is your hand. I hear the sound of millions of people calling your name.
Londo: (pleased) My followers?
Elric: Your victims.

Looking at you, Doctor, is like looking into a mirror — almost. There's rage there, like me. Guilt, like me. Solitude. Everything but the nerve to do what needs to be done. Thank the gods my people weren't relying on you to save them.

Kirk: All I understand is that four thousand people were needlessly butchered.
Karidian: In order to save four thousand others! And if the supply ships hadn't come earlier than expected, this Kodos of yours might have gone down in history as a great hero!
Star Trek: The Original Series, "Conscience of a King"


So sleep soundly in your beds tonight
Judgement falls on you at first light
I'm the hand of God!
I'm the Dark Messiah!
I'm the Vengeful one!
(look inside and see what you're becoming)
In the blackest moment, of a dying world
What have you become?
(look inside and see what you're becoming)
Disturbed, "The Vengeful One"

I am the wicked, the dealer of fate
Harbinger of sorrow
I'm the assassin, the dealer of fate
Framing man's tomorrow
Kingdoms will fall, empires crumble
Seizing on the politics of hate
I am the one, the devil in the details
The hand of god, the harbinger of fate

You say you wanna save humanity
But it's people that you just can't stand
John Lennon, "I Don't Wanna Face It"

I can't stand this indecision
Married to a lack of vision
Everybody wants to the rule the world

Redeemer - the righteous shepherd or the reaper of souls?
Redeemer - a maniac practicing mass control.
Terrorwheel, "Redeemer"

    Tabletop Games 

I'm da hand of Gork and Mork, dey sent me to rouse up da boyz to crush and kill 'cos da boyz forgot what dere 'ere for. I woz one of da boyz till da godz smashed me in da 'ead an' I 'membered dat Orks is meant to conquer and make slaves of everyfing they don't kill.
I'm da profit of da Waaagh an' whole worlds burn in my boot prints. On Armour-Geddem, I led da boyz through da fire deserts and smashed da humies' metal cities to scrap. I fought Yarik, old one-eye at Tarturus, an' he fought good but we smashed 'iz city too.
I'm death to anyfing dat walks or crawls, where I go nothin' stands in my way. We crushed da stunties on Golgotha, an' we caught old one-eye when da speed freeks blew da humies' big tanks ta bits. I let 'im go 'cause good enemies iz 'ard to find, an Orks need enemies ta fight like they need meat ta eat an' grog ta drink.
I iz more cunnin' than a grot an' more killy than a dread, da boyz dat follow me canít be beat. On Pissenah we jumped da marine-boyz an' our bosspoles was covered in da helmets we took from da dead 'uns. We burned dere port an' killed dere bosses an' left nothin' but ruins behind.
I'm Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka an' I speak wiv da word of da gods. We iz gonna stomp da 'ooniverse flat an' kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz' weíre Orks an' we was made ta fight an' win!

    Video Games 

The Lord forgives everything. But I'm just a prophet... so I don't have to. Amen.
Zachary Hale Comstock, Bioshock Infinite

It used to be such a thrill to hear Ryan speak! "Parasites" this and "the exaltation of man" that. Sure, it could all get a bit of a bore, but the old bear sure knew how to enunciate!

Anton Slavik: In the name of Kane!
Crowd: Kane lives in death!
Slavik: In the name of Kane!
Crowd: Kane lives in death!
Slavik: In the name of KANE!
(Kane appears on the viewscreen)
Crowd: (ecstatic cheering)
Kane: (to a captive traitor) Rule of thumb, Hassan — you can't kill the messiah.
(Slavik slits Hassan's throat as the crowd chants "KANE! KANE!")
Kane: Rise, my people. I have returned, never to leave your side again. GDI sought to destroy me, but they have only made me stronger. Today, we march forward into our future, a stronger people. A divine people, enhanced for the Tiberium world. The time has come to claim this world as our own! The time has come to DESTROY GDI! ONE VISION, ONE PURPOSE!

I have always believed that faith was measured in deeds, not words, and while many of my children worshiped my name, their deeds betrayed them. In my absence, they strayed from the path, but you, my son, your faith never wavered. Not in Honduras or Jericho, or in the great Rio Insurrection. You risked your life countless times to topple GDI, to perpetuate our cause... to honor my name.

Listen... learn your true purpose. The Tiberium Control Network and your implant, both are from the Tacitus. Both are from me. Your implant is the key to the portal. There were others... but Gideon took them from me. You are all I have left now. Only you, your implant, your energy, can activate the Scrin portal. With that, you can save this planet and I can finally leave this Earth! For me... Ascension is real. Deny me, if you must... but do so knowing that you'll doom this planet to an endless cycle of war.

If thatís what it takes to be just, then I want nothing to do with justice. Iíd rather be hated and feared like Mad King Ashnard. I'd rather the dark god take my soul. Iím going to save my people, Sothe. If the rest of the world paints me as a beast to be reviled and hated, so be it.
Micaiah, Fire Emblem Tellius

I am Gauldoth Half-Dead, your savior.

Human, you've changed nothing. Your species has the attention of those infinitely their greater. That which you know as Reapers are your salvation through destruction.
Harbinger, Mass Effect 2

    Web Original 

You know why ISIS rose to power? Because they swept into regions with no strong central government and quickly organized one — ISIS will establish a police force, pay municipal workers, and even direct traffic. They're filling a vacuum.
Cracked, "Four Reasons The Walking Dead Hates Humans More Than Zombies"

I donít think it is any great surprise that Jaro is behind the Circle, and in fact I would have been disappointed had it been anybody else but this most intimidating of Bajorans. His speech about not being victims and bringing art and architecture to so many worlds really strikes a chord Ė he isn't just a one-note villain, but a thoughtful man who refuses to be cowed any longer. He wants to rebuild his world with an iron fist because 50 years of terror have taught the Bajorans that that is how things get done.
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "The Circle"

Interestingly, this allows the show to position the Master as the logical end-point of Social Darwinism. Heís a character who does all these horrible things simply because he can and very few people have the power to stop him. Heís "might makes right" writ large... Certainly, the speech that the Master has Midge deliver at the youth club reflects this world view. "Get rid of the deadwood, let the wasters go to the wall, and the strong will inherit the earth. You and me." And mostly him.

The other characters are dunces, but Tucker is actually completely mad. And yet it's hard to treat this as a particularly pleasurable fantasy. One hardly wants to live in a world run by Malcolm Tucker; it seems scarcely more satisfying or comfortable than one run by idiots. Nevertheless, it's the then reed of salvation and hope the show offers — that in the face of the right kind of bastard we might somehow all be OK.

    Real Life 

We are headed for a Malthusian crisis. Plankton levels are dropping. Bees are dying. There are tortilla riots in Mexico, the highest wheat prices in 30-odd years. The question we have to answer is: how do we kill four of the world's six billion people in the most just way possible?
— Hacktivist/white supremacist Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, as reported by Mattathias Schwartz

Leninist doctrine holds that a vanguard Party should assume state power and drive the population to economic development, and, by some miracle that is unexplained, to freedom and justice. It is an ideology that naturally appeals greatly to the radical intelligentsia, to whom it affords a justification for their role as state managers.

I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work.
Adolf Hitler, Speech before the Reichstag, 1936

What you need to believe in is what you can see [...] If you see me as your friend, I'll be your friend. As you see me as your father, I'll be your father, for those of you that don't have a father [...] If you see me as your savior, I'll be your savior. If you see me as your God, I'll be your God.
Pastor Jim Jones

We even have to be able to re-evaluate Fascism and recognize the service that philosophy made 30 years ago when it freed the Earth from the weight of tens of millions of overeating Europeans, six million of them by an almost ideally painless, environment-preserving means.
Pentti Linkola

The press blew the ritual aspect out of proportion and suddenly started playing Manson's game. The guy was not a first-time killer — he'd already spent a large part of his life in jail, but he assumed most of the attributes of the hippies, starting with his long hair and a Christ-like beard. He was also clever enough to have shrouded his crime behind an ideology — an evil one to be sure — but which transformed it into a mythical event. Actually I think his motive was purely material: he wanted money and revenge. It was probably no coincidence that this frustrated artist sent his "family" to look for money in our house. Before we moved in Terry Melcher, a music producer who had rejected Manson's musical compositions, had been renting it.
Roman Polanski, Interviews, 108-109, on Charles Manson and his attack on Sharon Tate

We will burn the old grass and the new will grow.
[[Useful Notes/Cambodia Pol Pot]]