Anyone who is watching Doctor Who in any spirit based on the idea that the Doctor might not save the day is simply being televisually illiterate.
—Phillip Sandifer, TARDIS Eruditorum
"So you can kill a man and take a machete like a champ. A concrete block can do that! But you can't kick one out of a moving truck and call that a character arc."
"The most exciting thing to happen in the second one, the most implausible thing, was that he lights a trail of gasoline coming out of a jet that blows up. Now, he throws jets at people."
"These fight scenes are so one-sided they're lame to watch. Not one person has laid a blow on Forrest in the whole movie. Not one."
"In movies they do this all the time to raise the tension. The hero needs weaknesses, otherwise we start to think of them as invincible and thus boring. You need to see Iron Man with his suit disabled, or Bruce Wayne attacked by the villain while out of his Batman costume."
— 5 Plot Devices That Make Good Video Games Suck, Cracked.com
"Why should I care about this guy? He feels no pain and nothing can kill him, so therefore he's essentially a story device for action sequences."
"There is no greater bore than perfection."
— General Zaroff, The Most Dangerous Game
"And some of them end up dying because I write military fiction and in military fiction, good people die as well as bad people. Military fiction in which only bad people — the ones the readers want to die — die and the heroes don't suffer agonizing personal losses isn't military fiction: it's military pornography."
"And at no point does Scott get so much as a scratch on him. Despite weighing about 110 pounds, Scott effortlessly defeats every ex he goes up against, and he can even take on 12 guys at once without breaking a sweat. And I ask you, is there anything more boring than a fight scene where you know the hero can't possibly get hurt?"
"I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are."
— Jose Saramago
"No one wants to look up to you anymore, Superman. They don't want to strain their necks."