You say you wanna save humanity
But it's people that you just can't stand
—John Lennon, "I Don't Wanna Face It"
"The Lord forgives everything, but I'm just the prophet... So I don't have to."
"Father" Zachary Hale Comstock, Bioshock Infinite
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
Rule of thumb, Hassan: You can't kill the Messiah.
— Kane, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
"I hate people more than anything. And Iím going to be PresidentÖ. 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.Ē
—Gary Callahan, Transmetropolitan
And he cried in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" And Lazarus did arise from the grave. I have always believed that faith was measured in deeds, not words, and while many of my children worshipped 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. Now, my son, I must ask you to once more bring glory to the Brotherhood. I have seen that GDI has grown vulnerable, bloated by arrogance and complacency. Now is the time to strike! While they congratulate themselves on Tiberium advancements Nod made decades ago, we will expose their weaknesses for all the world to see!
"I am Gotham's reckoning."
Bane, The Dark Knight Rises
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
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
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
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'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
"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.
— The Last Church, Warhammer 40,000
"In a dying civilization, political prestige is the reward not of the shrewdest diagnostician, but of the man with the best bedside manner.Ē
— Eric Ambler
The real message isnít, in other words, that the world is broken by incompetent buffoons in power, but rather that it is held together, desperately and by the skin of its teeth, by complete and raving madmen like Malcolm Tucker. The other characters are dunces, but Tucker is actually completely mad. And yet itís 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, itís 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.