Quotes / Godzilla Threshold

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    Anime and Manga 
However, despite their, ahh, shortcomings... the facts are simple. If the terrorists do release experimental bioweapons, this planet will become a sterile desert. Whereas, with the involvement of the Dirty Pair, there is a chance - a remote possibility - that some people may be left alive. We have to play the odds, gentlemen... God help us.
Director Goldin, Dirty Pair: Biohazard

    Comic Books 
General: I don't see how we can avoid employing our Tauruses at this point.
Major: Cruise missiles? On moving targets? Sir, half the city could be destroyed.
General: Yes, major, but by morning, half the city will be destroyed anyway.
B.P.R.D.: The Warning

The Sentry: Against an opponent this powerful... The amount of energy I'd have to expend... if I... lost control, for even a millisecond...
Iron Man: It scares me, too, Robert. Every day I choose between courses of action that could affect millions, even billions of lives. With stakes that high, how dare I decide? But at this point, doing nothing is a decision in and of itself. No matter what you do or don't do, billions could die. You have the responsibility, whether you want it or not. I know you're not ready to hear this, Robert. No sane person ever really is. But it's time to play God.

    Film - Live-Action 
Loki: I have an army.
Tony Stark: We have a Hulk.

Bruce Banner: So, this all seems... horrible.
Natasha Romanov: I've seen worse.
Banner: Sorry.
Natasha: No, we could... use a little "worse."

Bruce Wayne: I knew the mob wouldn't go down without a fight, but this is different. They crossed the line.
Alfred Pennyworth: You crossed the line first, sir. You squeezed them, you hammered them to the point of desperation. And in their desperation they turned to a man they didn't fully understand.

Komuro: You're going to wake up Godzilla?... It's too dangerous. What if he destroys the world?
Gordon: There is no world left to be destroyed.

Stenz: This alpha predator of yours, doctor, do you really think he has a chance?
Serizawa: The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control... and not the other way around. Let them fight.

May our children forgive us.
President Whitmore, Independence Day

Gray: We need more teeth.
Claire: I need you to open paddock nine.

Finally found something worse than me, huh?
Riddick, Pitch Black

You must be truly desperate to come to me for help.

Deadshot: You gonna fight with us?
El Diablo: What if I lose control?
Deadshot: Then maybe we'll have a chance.

    Live-Action TV 
Lyta Alexander: You know the Vorlons used telepaths as weapons during the Shadow War, but what no one stopped to consider was that, in a war, you have a certain number of small weapons, a certain number of medium size weapons, and one or two big ones. The kind of weapons you drop when you're out of small weapons, and the medium weapons, and you've got nothing left to use.
Michael Garibldi: Someone like that would be the telepathic equivalent of a thermonuclear device. A doomsday weapon.
Lyta Alexander (eyes glowing): Pleased to meet you, Mr. Garibaldi.

It's fascinating, you know that? You've created a problem so big, the solution is to detonate an atomic bomb.
General Mansfield, Eureka

"The whole planet was flamed to get rid of me!"
Epideme virus, Red Dwarf

    Tabletop Games 

You would have me weigh the continued existence of this planet against the lives of those who defend it? Idiocy! Order them to advance. All of them.
General Karrus, Warhammer 40,000

As the war continues, Kindred elders adopt more desperate and destructive tactics. Their terrorist attacks kill hundreds of mortals, then thousands as they try to cripple and cow the nations that hunt them. From toxic chemical spills to arson to massive bombings conducted by mesmerized dupes, they try every vile assault they can imagine. Each new atrocity stiffens government and public resolve to destroy the Kindred menace... but the vast wealth and erratic powers of the elders slowly tear civilization apart nonetheless. Gradually, the elders' goal drifts from frightening humanity into leaving them alone, to imposing a new Dark Age.

    Video Games 
Nothing they've tried so far has worked - and when your back's to the wall, scorched earth is not exactly unprecedented military doctrine. A tactical airburst over Manhattan might be the only way to contain this thing. Probably won't be enough, granted, but if all else fails it's worth a shot.
Alcatraz, Crysis: Legion

We have arrived, and it is now that we perform our charge. In fealty of the God-Emperor, our undying lord, and by the grace of the Golden Throne, I declare Exterminatus on the Imperial world of Typhon Primaris. I hereby sign the death warrant of an entire world, and consign a million souls to oblivion. May Imperial justice account in all balance. The Emperor protects.
Inquisitorial Fleet Admiral, Dawn of War II: Retribution

So you walk eternally through the shadow realms, standing against evil where all others falter. May your thirst for retribution never quench, may the blood on your sword never dry, and may we never need you again.
— Corrax Entry 7:17, Doom

Commander Shepard: Do you think it's risky? Building something like this when we don't even know what it does?
Admiral Hackett: To be honest, the thing scares the hell out of me. But the Reapers have forced our hand.

You wanna put out an oil fire, sir, you set off a bigger explosion right next to it. Sucks away the oxygen. Snuffs the flame. [...] We've got a pretty big fire. We're going to need a huge bang...
John Price, Modern Warfare 2

Stephen: We're infected. It's killed all the birds and now it's in us. It's trying to leave the valley any way it can. The quarantine is not enough: you've got to remove the carriers; you've got to cut off it's energy source, it's food.
Clive: I've already told you, Stephen, I'm not going to order an air strike-
Stephen: You have to! Now it knows we're onto it, it's going to keep on spreading as fast as it can.
Clive: The quarantine and blackout will hold it in check; they've cut all the phones out of the valley, so it's only you communicating out now-
Stephen: Weren't you listening? It's figured out ways around it - radio waves, something! All the lines are cut but the phones are working anyway! You've done all the right things, but it's not enough: you've got to stop it before it adapts again.
Stephen: You know perfectly well what you've got to do.
Clive: I can't do it. Don't ask me to do it... you're asking me to sign their death warrant - my own family!
Stephen: Dammit, don't you think I'm aware of that? I'll still be here when you drop the fucking stuff! Don't you lecture me about sacrifice, you spineless little shit! If you're so full of ideas, you come here and try dealing with it! (Beat) Tell them the time when we had a choice is over. Tell them to do it. You've got to do it, now.

Stand by for CRITERIA:
If VOLUSPA is ACTIVE and in FAILURE [[synapse to FENRIR::SURTR]]
If AI-COM has granted PERMISSIVE POTENTIATION to outboard resilient instances
If a CIVILIZATION KILL EVENT is underway [[all flexions]]
If tactical morality is built at MIDNIGHT

Stand by for DECISION POINT:
If available ISR and WARWATCH indicates imminent [O] departure
>then [O] departure compromises human/neohuman survival and epoch strategy

Perform deniable authorization: full caedometric and noetic release
Prevent [O] departure by any means available

Stand by for effect assessment criteria:
Coerce pseudoaltruistic [O] defensive action.
Defer civilization kill.
Ghost Fragment: Rasputin 5, Destiny

Carmen: Now... Floyd, it's time for you to learn a spell that may get you out of this mess.
Floyd: Um, Carmen? You said that me casting spells was a bad idea!
Carmen: It is, but you two being eaten is marginally worse.

    Web Original 
So the good news is that Godzilla's back. The bad news is GODZILLA'S BACK.
Cinemassacre, Godzillathon #18

In the first battle Godzilla blows his head off and fucking fries that bastard!
So now that they got Ghidorah taken care of, the only problem is getting rid of Godzilla too, and the only thing that can stop him is Ghidorah so hey, it's like they fucked themselves!
Cinemassacre, Godzillathon #18

I don't give a damn about your committee or its opinions on my work. Have you forgotten, Sir, that we were at war? A fight with an alien race for the very survival of our species? I feel I must remind you that it is an undeniable, and may I say a fundamental quality of man, that when faced with extinction, every alternative is preferable.
The Director of Project Freelancer, Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction

Weaver: You're going to kill people, kill bystanders, on a gamble.
Phir Sē: What chances would you give this gamble?
Weaver: One in three?
Phir Sē: One in three. That is... perhaps unfair. No matter. If I'm wrong, we lose this city. If I'm right, we kill Behemoth. I would take those odds, Weaver. I would take them, I would watch this city be wiped from the earth, knowing that people I am fond of would die. I live in a civilian guise most days, waiting until I have a task from those more powerful than I. I would perhaps be killing the butcher I talk to every day when I walk to the store for food. I would kill the widow who lives next door to me, her child, if they have not evacuated. I have mentioned my daughter, much like you in her abundance of faith in people. I will take this gamble and perhaps kill those people in the process. I will kill those people who can make me smile and feel more human than I am, I will grieve their deaths, and then I will take that gamble again. Because one city, however grand, is worth that chance.

    Western Animation 
Well, old Mr. Johnson had troubles of his own.
Still the yellow cat wouldn't leave his home!
Steps were needed to remove the little curse.
The old man knew it couldn't get any worse.
— Alternate verse of "The Cat Came Back" from the Canadian animated short film, sung just as Mr. Johnson is about to blow up his house with piles upon piles of dynamite

Green Arrow: Still got your quantum arrow?
Speedy: Yeah. But you said -
Green Arrow: This is an emergency!
Justice League Unlimited, "Patriot Act"

"So... just how desperate are we?"
Zatara and Kid Flash, respectively, looking at the helmet of Dr. Fate from a world where every child has disappeared and one where every adult has disappeared, "Misplaced", Young Justice