How could one man have slipped through your force's fingers time and time again? How is it possible? This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing. Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident. I have good reason to believe that in the intervening years, he was in a state that precluded further development of covert skills. The man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that: an ordinary man. How can you have failed to apprehend him? Well... I will leave the upbraiding for another time, to the extent it proves necessary. Now is the moment to redeem yourselves.
— Dr. Breen, Half-Life 2
Grant: You're the wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time!
John McClane: Story of my life.
— Die Hard 2: Die Harder
"Listen, I'm just a bio-chemist. Most of the time I work in a glass jar and lead a very uneventful life. I drive a Volvo. A beige one. But what I'm dealing with here, is one of the deadliest substances the earth has ever known so whaddaya say you cut me some friggin' slack?"
—Stanley Goodspeed, The Rock
Anders: You know, I've been meaning to thank you. You don't need to stick your neck out for the mages here, but you have.
Hawke: I'm really not trying to make a stand; I just...keep ending up in these situations.
Anders: I know. That's what makes it matter.