Quotes / Refusal of the Call

Katara: Why didn't you tell us you were the Avatar?
Aang: Because... I never wanted to be.

"I know I'm supposed to do something heroic and badass, but I'm just not feeling it..."
Cloud Strife, an early Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children parody

"This looks like a job for... the Proper Authorities!" (walks off-screen)
The Spoony One, parodying the 1979 movie Captain America II: Death Too Soon

Gandalf: I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.
Bilbo: I should think so -— in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!

August: You're our only hope!
Emma: Then you're all screwed.

"I've got to hand it to you, you've got quite the unbreakable spirit! I mean, I'm not nearly as brave as you. If I was in your capably nimble shoes, I'd say 'To Heck with Hatty and my friends! They'll be fine!' Then I'd pack myself a nice bag lunch, show these cats my faaavourite finger, and I'd make like horse turds and hit the trail."
Narrator, BattleBlock Theater

Spottswoode: So now you see why we need you. We will disguise you as a terrorist and take you deep into the Middle East. If you acting is successful, you'll be able to get us all the information we need to stop this whole thing from happening. Of course, if you're not interested... there's the door.
Gary: Alright. Thanks.
[Gary exits]
Spottswoode: Huh.

"Very well, Zeke. You are now on a quest." Spoke the Eye’s presence. It continued to stare, not maliciously, but rather knowing and questioning at the same instant. "The Hoenn Region is about to be threatened, and YOU will protect it.”
"WHAT?!" I yelled in my head. "I’m just moving to Hoenn! I doubt that we’ve even arrived yet! HOW THE BALLS DO YOU EXPECT ME TO SAVE A PLACE THAT I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT?!"

"I am not yer Chosen, horse. Get off my farm."

Geordi: Look, Doc, we can't do this without you!
Cochrane: I don't care. I don't want to be a statue.

Pablo: You can't outrun evil, Ash!
Ash: Watch me!

"My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre," Ford muttered to himself, "and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes."


"If wearing superhero tights means sparing psychopaths, then maybe I wasn't meant to wear 'em."
Deadpool, Deadpool

Obi-Wan Kenobi: You must learn the ways of the Force if you are to come with me to Alderaan.
Luke Skywalker: Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan, I've got to get home. It's late, I'm in for it as it is.
Obi-Wan: I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.
(Obi-Wan stares at Luke)
Luke: Listen, I can't get involved, I've got work to do. It's not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it now. (sighs) It's all such a long way from here...
Obi-Wan: That's your uncle talking.
Luke: Oh, boy, my uncle... How am I ever gonna explain this?
Obi-Wan: Learn about the Force, Luke.
(Luke starts to walk away when he turns back)
Luke: Listen, I'll take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport to Mos Eisley or wherever you're going.
Obi-Wan: (nodding) You must do what you feel is right, of course.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope