"If only I could stand and stare in the mirror, could I see
One fallen hero with a face like me?
And if I scream, could anybody hear me?
If I smash the silence, you'll see what fame has done to me"
— W.A.S.P., "The Idol"
For the last time I've been betrayed
Never again will I subject myself to this hypocrisy
Something is drawing me to the other side
Only time will tell my true destiny
"Those who have tasted the light of goodness and justice and turned away make the foulest villains."
Green Arrow: Green Lantern!
Hal Jordan: Not Green Lantern, Arrow. Not anymore. I've taken the name Parallax. I've seen the universe from many different directions, and I know how to fix it—even if it means destroying it!
Let me tell you the kind of world I live in. It is a world of miserable, bitter, ungrateful paramecium who lash out at you in a state of perpetual rage for not solving their problems fast enough. You do astonishing things for them a hundred times a day. You bring wonder to the lives of ordinary people. And in the end, you realize it's like doing magic tricks for a dog. So you build a home out of a volcano and you hope the noise drowns them out.
—The Plutonian, Irredeemable
"I did love being a hero. But if this is where it leads... I'm done with it."
— Superman, Justice League, moments before killing Lex Luthor. Of course, it's the Superman of an alternate universe.
"It is such a quiet thing, to fall. But far more terrible is to admit it."
— Kreia, Knights of the Old Republic II
"In troubled times, there are few greater sorrows than a wayward savior."
"I once thought that I was impervious to the allure of the Dark Side. I was mistaken."
— Ulic Qel-Droma, Tales of the Jedi
Armsmaster: What do you want, monster? Little point in coming after me. I donít have much of a life to look forward to. Iíve already lost everything!
Armsmaster: Youíd be doing me a fucking favor! Come on! Come get me, you freak!
Dragon: Oh, Colin.
Dragon: The PRT got a tip from one of the villain teams. The Slaughterhouse Nine is in town.
Armsmaster: So I gathered.
Dragon: They ran it by some of the experts. Colin, the consensus they came to was that Slaughterhouse Nine are in Brockton Bay to replace their ninth member.
"...and when it all came to pass, the name Hulk Hogan, the man Hulk Hogan, got bigger than the sport of professional wrestling brother!"
"I think always that, with Johnson, the boyhood formed his character. Being poor in the Hill Country, humiliated, the son of the town's laughing stock-that fire was so hot that it formed him into a shape so hard it would never change. He has a hunger for power. Heís gotta get it. The first two books are really about him getting power. In the book Iím writing now, my third volume, he has power. Heís Majority Leader of the Senate, so you see him start doing wonderful things. Now in the part I just finished writing, 1957, heís passing the first civil rights legislation since the Civil War. Itís an act of sheer genius, but the character of the man does not change...The B-52s used to fly so high that you couldnít hear them from the ground, and in the villages that were obliterated the people didnít even know the bombs were coming until they hit. You really want to show the effect of power on the powerless."
—Historian Robert Caro on Lyndon Johnson