Quotes: Hurting Hero

But now, I realize that this is my life. That there's no going back. That the "gift" of these powers will be my burden until the day I die. The people here love me. How long will that last? What if they need me to be there for them when for some reason I'm not? I don't know who to trust. Moya's running around planning God-knows-what, and Zeke? I don't know what to think. I've never been more alone...
Cole McGrarath, inFamous (Good Ending)

I see the sadness behind your eyes. It tells a story that makes me want to weep. Pain and loss. But it drives you, makes you strong. It is that strength that people are drawn to. It is why you lead and others follow without question. You will need that leadership in the battles to come.
Sha'ira, Mass Effect 1

"You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy."'
John McClane, Live Free or Die Hard

Honestly, it's quite astonishing how much misery this movie manages to pack into two hours of mostly action sequences and espionage subplots, particularly since Captain America is supposedly one of the "lighter" superheroes, compared to the unending grimdarkness of Batman. I guess this is the difference between "manpain" and "a man in legitimate emotional pain."

I lay alone awake at night
Sorrow fills my eyes
But I'm not strong enough to cry
Despite of my disguise
I'm left with no shoulder
But everyone wants to lean on me
I guess I'm their soldier
Well, who's gonna be mine?
Who's there to save the hero
When she's left all alone?
Save the Hero by Beyoncé

No exceptions to the rule that says
That heroes suffer best
Well, who suffers for the hero
Who suffers for the rest?
Walkabout by Julia Ecklar

"I saved a city...saved the girl...but I couldn't save myself."
Cody Travers, Street Fighter

I had to think with my mind. My heart was too broken to be reliable.
Molly Carpenter, Bombshells

You will not be great. You will not be admired. You will hold no sway over the souls of this world. You will be used, abused, impotent, struggling to make your way – as most of us are. But in the darkness, it makes it clearer to see what you really are – a candle, a flame, burning bright, standing tall, a beacon of light through all the wasted horror of the years.
You will be the Sun in the lives of those around you.
A light and a warmth and a comfort.
— The seer Destiny, in Arrow of Time

It may sound absurd . . . but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed . . . but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It's not easy to be me.
Five For Fighting, Superman

All the hurt, all the lies
All the tears that they cry
When the moment is just right
You see fire in their eyes
'Cause he's stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow...
— "Superheroes" by The Script