Quotes / Ignored Epiphany

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    Anime and Manga 

I killed two men. Those were human lives, it won't be overlooked! Besides, who am I to pass judgment on others? ...No. No, wait. Maybe I'm wrong. This is exactly what I've been thinking about lately. This world is rotting, and those who are making it rot deserve to die!
Light Yagami, Death Note

    Comic Books 

The strange thing was, he knew she was right. Without being sure exactly why, he knew he was making the wrong choice. But he dredged up what he needed to keep going. To put one leaden foot in front of the other.

Cassidy: Yeh do it an' yeh're one of the monsters... But yeh know what? Yeh wake up the next mornin' an' yer still alive... Yeh sort yerself out a bit... An' a wee tiny part've yeh starts to believe in a second chance.
Jesse: An' then you do it again.

    Film - Animated 

Po: You gotta let go of that stuff from the past cause it just doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.
Lord Shen: You're right. Then I choose THIS!! (draws knives and attacks)

Every once in a while, I sit down with myself asking,
"Onceler! Why are you a Onceler?"
And I cringe, I don't smile, as I sit there on trial asking,
"Aren't you ashamed, you old Onceler?
You ought to be locked in hoosegow, you should!
The things that you do are completely un-good!"
"Yeah? But if I didn't do them, then someone else would!"
"That's a very good point, Mr. Onceler."
The Lorax (1972 adaptation)

The things you say just might be true.
It might be time to start anew.
And maybe change my point of view.
NAAAH!
O'Hare, The Lorax (2012 adaptation)

    Film - Live-Action 

Robbie Robertson: Still no word on the whereabouts of your son's fiancée. Sorry Jonah.
J. Jonah Jameson: [sighs] It's all my fault. I drove Spider-Man away.
Hoffman: He was the only one who could have stopped Octavius.
J. Jonah Jameson: [sighs] Yes... Spider-Man... was a hero. I just... couldn't see it.
*THWIP*
J. Jonah Jameson: [turns around] He was a... A THIEF! A criminal! He stole my suit! He's a menace to the entire city! I want that wall-crawling arachnid PROSECUTED! I want him STRUNG UP BY HIS WEB—...! I WANT SPIDER-MAAANNN!!!!

Darth Vader: The Emperor has been expecting you.
Luke Skywalker: I know, father.
Vader: So, you have accepted the truth.
Luke: I've accepted the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father-
Vader: That name no longer has any meaning for me.
Luke: It is the name of your true self, you've only forgotten. I know there is good in you. The Emperor hasn't driven it from you fully. That was why you couldn't destroy me. That's why you won't bring me to your Emperor now.
Vader: ...I see you have constructed a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.
Luke: Come with me.
Vader: Obi-Wan once thought as you do. You don't know the power of The Dark Side. I must obey my master.
Luke: I will not turn. And you'll be forced to kill me.
Vader: If that is your destiny...
Luke: Search your feelings, father. You can't do this. I feel the conflict within you! Let go of your hate!
Vader: It is... too late for me, son. The Emperor will show you the true nature of the Force. He is your master now.
Luke: ...Then my father is truly dead.

    Live-Action TV 

Londo: I have made many choices lately, Vir. And today, for the first time I am not sure those choices were right.
Vir: Perhaps some good has come out of this tragedy. It's not too late to make some new choices.
Londo: No. The blood is already on my hands. Right or wrong, I must follow the path to its end.

Hilary: Will, if you have an ounce of compassion, you'll let me off the hook.
Will: That's a good point... Nah! We'll do it anyway!

Oh, my God, how can a night that's turned out so badly get even worse? Wait, don't panic. Think for a second... No, this is good, this is sensible.

    Mythology and Religion 

The light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.

    Music 

And for what?
I've killed and I've shot
And reddened the cold tears of children with blood
And If I could go back and make my amends
I'd make all those mistakes again
I'd kill every last one of those bastards, my friend
Alestorm, "Pirate Song"

Since I was no bigger than a weevil,
They've been saying I was evil
That if bad was a boot, that I'd fit it
That I'm a wicked young lady,
But I've been trying hard lately
Oh fuck it! I'm a monster! I admit it!
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "The Curse of Millhaven"

I am not a bad man
Even though I do bad things
Very bad things
Such horrible things
But it's not quite what it seems
(Not quite what he seems)
Not quite what I seem...
Ah, Hell...
It's exactly what it seems.
Creature Feature, "Such Horrible Things"

    Tabletop Games 

Eventually, though, your acquaintances grew disgusted and eschewed your company - or followed in your tracks and died trying to keep up. Looking back upon your life, you see that you have accomplished little in the way of lasting import beyond spending your family's lucre. Now that you're dead...
Oh, fuck it. You may change some night, but it won't be tonight.
Driver! On to the senator's party!
The Degenerate, Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Giovanni (Revised)

    Video Games 

Could I have made mistakes? One does not build cities if one is guided by doubt. But can one govern in absolute certainty? I know that my beliefs have elevated me, just as I know that the things I have rejected would have destroyed me. But the city... it's collapsing before my... have I become so convinced by my own beliefs, that I have stopped seeing the truth? ...Perhaps. But, Atlas is out there, and he aims to destroy me, and destroy my city! To question is to surrender! I will not question!
Andrew Ryan, BioShock, "Mistakes" audio diary

The Lord forgives everything... but I'm just a prophet. So I don't have to. Amen.
Father Zachary Hale Comstock, BioShock Infinite

You know, being Caroline taught me a valuable lesson. I thought you were my greatest enemy, but all along, you were my best friend. The surge of emotion that shot through me when I saved your life taught me an even more valuable lesson: where Caroline lives in my brain. Caroline deleted. Goodbye, Caroline.
GLaDOS, Portal 2

    Webcomics 

Weary of being a slave to these homicidal impulses, Butch seriously considered getting a lobotomy. But for that he'd need a referral from his Primary Care Physician, whom he'd buried under the back porch last Tuesday. Damn HMO.

Oh dear Lord, I actually have zombie minions. Yep, I guess I really am evil now.
Ian, Errant Story

    Web Original 

Since that day, my life has changed forever. I could no longer go back to the way I was. I had become a bloodthirsty monster, killing innocents in order to achieve my true, ultimate goal. Awesome!

He's... really just leaving me here! He gave me his energy and... left me! Maybe this is a sign... Maybe I should change... Maybe this is my second... and last... chance... Maybe... I was wrong. (beat) NAAAAH!!

In "Let It Go", the line "Let the storm rage on" is followed by "The cold never bothered me anyway" - a line many people remember, as it's said twice, sung in a different style, and is the last line of the song. Of course, as the Snow Queen, Elsa is not bothered by low temperatures in the literal sense. But in the other senses of the word "cold", she is still frightened of it. Uncontrolled release of her powers still remains the primary problem in the story, and after building her ice palace she is never again happy while using her powers, until the end of the movie.

Most importantly, "cold" as in isolation from other people, is still bothering her to the core. Think about what she does after she finishes her song, right after she sings that last line "the cold never bothered me anyway": she turns around and slams shut the doors to her new castle, as she had done in Arendelle. Her way of dealing with her problem is still the same as it was before her coronation: she thinks as long as she shuts people out - and if that doesn't work, as long as she's far enough away and isolated and alone - she'll be okay. But this is diametrically opposed to the central message of the film - that instead of not being bothered by the cold of isolation, she needs to be embraced by the warmth of love.
NaClhv analysing Frozen's usage of this trope

Narrator: He puzzled and he puzzled til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grump thought of something he hadn't before.
Just because he hates something doesn't mean others should. He could share, not force, his opinions like others would.
For it's our different outlooks that can make people grow, and everyone is different like every flake of snow.
For different points of view can exist for a reason: to learn about one another and to make each other decent.
The Grump: Naw, I'm right. They're wrong.
Narrator: Well, fuck you, then!

Later on, Weiss is storming away and Ruby comes to catch up to her. Ruby asks why Weiss has reverted back to Ep 5-7 era Weiss after getting her hopes up in Ep 8...
Matt the Mammoth Rider, RWBY Recaps episode 10

    Western Animation 

My own mother thought I was a monster... She was right, of course, but it still hurt.

Harleen Quinzel: (in the hospital after The Joker threw her out a window) Never again. No more obsession, no more craziness, no more Joker. I finally see that slime for what he is: a murderous, manipulative, irredeemable...
(she notices the flower and "Feel better soon" note on her nightstand)
Harley Quinn: ...Angel!


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