Quotes: Magnetic Hero

"MI6 says he's 'difficult to control' - a nice way of saying that everything he touches seems to... wither and die."
Dominic Greene on James Bond, Quantum of Solace

"I don't have what you do. That fire that makes someone willing to follow you into hell itself."
Miranda Lawson to Shepard, Mass Effect 2

Hackett: Shepard, let me tell you something that I've learned the hard way. You can pay a soldier to fire a gun. You can pay him to charge the enemy and take a hill. But you can't pay him to believe.
Shepard: ...I don't follow, sir.
Hackett: When you went up against Sovereign, there was no good reason to believe you'd win. But your crew didn't seem to care — they went along anyway. Your trip through the Omega 4 relay? That was a suicide mission if there ever was one. Yet there your crew was there, standing beside you, proud to serve. With all you're facing out there, one thing impresses me most: you inspire confidence. I know everything hasn't gone as well as you'd hoped. Every war has its disagreements, so to speak. But... Your crew has done things no one else would even try — simply because you asked them to. Why? Because they believed in you. Their leader. That's what I need now.

"The Doctor sort of travels through time and space and picks people up. God, I make us sound like stray dogs."
Martha, Doctor Who, "Utopia"

"You take ordinary people and you fashion them into weapons."
Davros to the Doctor, Doctor Who, "Journey's End"

"Friends? Is that really the right word for the people you acquire? Friends are people you stay in touch with. Your friends never see you again once they've grown up. The old man prefers the company of the young, does he not?"
The Dream Lord, aka the Doctor's self-loathing to the Doctor, "Amy's Choice"

"An army with Battousai in it will not break. Will not lose morale. Will not stop."
Koubai , Shadows in Starlight

Did you feed strays when you were small, Scott? I can see you doing that. Scott Summers. Anointed savior of the alley cats of Anchorage, Alaska!
Emma Frost, X-Men

It's not some kind of special power, but he has the ability to make allies of everyone he meets. And that is the most fearsome power on these high seas!
"Hawkeye" Mihawk , One Piece

Hawke: I never wanted to mess up your life like this.
Aveline: I think it's something that just sort of happens to friends of yours. (smiles) Hawke? It's worth it. Let's bust some heads like the old days.
Dragon Age II, right before the Final Battle

Daerred: Now, I know you didn't have any jobs for an adventurer last time in Neverwinter. But we searched the city for opportunities. After that we took to the road, and I found an old lady and rescued a cat. We each got an apple.
Khelgar: Aye... well, I guess you have to start somewhere.
Sand: I'm sure this old woman was as delighted by your actions as we are.
Shandra: Well, if it had been the Captain doing it, the cat would be lost, the tree burned down, and the old lady would be traveling with us now.

...There are, however, rare figures in human history who inspire such loyalty in the people around them that they can achieve what seems impossible. Sometimes they are military leaders, sometimes leaders in government, sometimes cult figures. Deborah seems to have been such a person. She had the charisma needed to convince people they could take extraordinary risks and succeed. The force of her personality and her complete faith in God gave Barak the courage to face odds that he knew to be overwhelming.
— Religious blog Women In The Bible, describing Deborah