"I'm glad I chose kickin' butt as a career."
— Tom Servo, Mystery Science Theater 3000
"Why? I'll tell you why! Because I'm brave! Because I crave adventure! Because I need to go where no bobcat has ever gone before! And because I'm a hero for crying out loud!"
— Bubsy, Bubsy cartoon pilot
"If there is one thing I've learned it's that when destiny calls, you answer the phone!"
— Hiro, Heroes
"John Freeman who was Gordon Freeman's brother was one day in an office typing on a computer. He got an email from his brother that said that aliens and monsters were attacking his place and asked him for help so he went."
"What's your dream? To become First, is it?"
"No. To become a hero."
—Director Lazard and Zack Fair, Crisis Core
Sherlock: Seen a bit of trouble too, I bet.
John: Of course, yes. Enough for a lifetime, far too much.
Sherlock: Want to see some more?
John: Oh God yes.
—A Study in Pink, Sherlock
"The Kool-Aid Guy tells you the timeless conflict between
the forces of the Jello (the good guys) and the Spam (the bad
guys) is beginning once again, and that only you, the legendary
hero, can defeat the forces of the Spam. Dullard thinks this is
cool because he always wanted to be a legendary hero."
—Fritz Fraundorf, Beath of Flams
Finn: You know what time it is, buddy?
Jake: Aaaad-VENTURE TIME??
Finn: (fist bump) YEAH, MAN!
He chose us to save the world. I say we do it.
—Jason, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Dave: You think they'll come?
Mindy: These comic book geeks have been waiting their whole lives for a call like this. They'll come.
One can persuade brave people to participate in an action by representing it as being more dangerous than it is.