If you try not to get anybody killed, you wind up getting everyone killed.
— Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Angel
Clark Kent: Why are you so determined to see Davis Bloome die?
Tess Mercer: That's simple, Clark. An entire civilization's survival depends on it.
If you're gonna be bad, be bad with purpose. Otherwise, you're just not worth forgiving.
— Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries
Even if I am to carry "all the evils of this world," it won't matter. If that can save the world, then I'd gladly accept it.
— Kiritsugu Emiya, Fate/Zero
You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough.
— Batman, The Dark Knight
My first priority is and always has been protecting people. If itís a question between abandoning the security the Birdcage offers the world at large or requesting the assistance of a scoundrel-a known murderer, even-I will take security without question.
But he [Lord Vetinari] was popular, in a fashion. Under his rule, for the first time in ages, Ankh-Morpork worked. It may not have been particularly fair or just or democratic, but it operated.
—Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
"There's a saying I like: 'One sword keeps another in the sheath.' Sometimes, the threat of violence alone is a deterrent. Sometimes, by taking a life, others can be preserved. It's the code the samurai lived by..."
— Raiden, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
"If I am forced to make a choice between saving a friend/lover or fulfilling my mission, I will remind myself that failing to accomplish the mission will probably result in the friend/lover's death anyway, and go on with the mission."
"I thought you were a hero. Heroes don't do things like this. I wish I'd never met you."
Skuntank: I thought you guild chumps were supposed to fight fair and square!
Nate: What? You think I'm a person of principle, like Martha? No. You saw me playing nice for appearances. Where I come from, you do whatever it takes to defeat the opponent, or you lose your life.
"About the whole no guns thing... I'm not sure I feel as strongly about it as you do. "
—Catwoman, The Dark Knight Rises
"Someone needs helping, we help 'em. Someone needs hurting, we hurt 'em. It's not hard."
—Hancock, Fallout 4
"Okay, guys, if you're bothered by cheating, either loosen your moral code or stop hinging the fate of the world ON DEATHMATCHES!"
—Trunks, Dragon Ball Z Abridged
Rebecca: "He's not dead, just unconscious for awhile."
Chris: "How long is "awhile"?"
Rebecca: "Anywhere from 15min., to 2 hours."
Chris: "I hate to be "that guy," but... this place is absolutely cawling with zombies, and carrying him around is only going to hamper our own chances of survival. Soo...."
Rebecca: (shocked) "Are you suggesting we just LEAVE HIM HERE??"
Chris: "I don't know if I'd use exactly those words, but—"
Rebecca: "Oh, Thank God. I was afraid I was gonna have to suggest it. Come on, let's book it."