"THAT DOES IT!! Who gave you the right to tell her what she can or can't be?! Go on, Hinata! Show this guy he's wrong!"
"There are laws. Laws of Time, and once upon a time there were people in charge of those laws, but they died. They all died. Do you know who that leaves? Me! It's taken me all these years to realize the Laws of Time are mine, and they will obey me!"
— The Doctor, Doctor Who
"The future is not to be seen... the future is to be made!"
—Aya, WeiŖ Kreuz
"May those that accept their fate be granted happiness; may those who defy it be granted glory."
"Okay, I have a theory. It's called: I never knew it was possible to care less about time travel."
— Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater "Episode 1136"
"Life's like a movie, write your own ending."
"Destiny...destiny...destiny...destiny...SHUT THE HELL UP! How 'bout you save your high and mighty crap for after I've been haunted to death, skullface? Sacrifice? Offering? Destiny? Quit spoutin' out a bunch of cryptic explanations! The point is, this is war! It ain't different from any other war! The last one standing wins! Listen here! I'm beatin' all a' you back down to Hell! Tell those ugly pale-faced bastards for me! If I get hit, I will hit back! Tell 'em leavin' me half-eaten is gonna be the end of you! I'll hunt and kill all those wretched monsters...and all of you...DOWN TO THE LAST ONE! THIS IS...MY DECLARATION OF WAR!"
— Guts from the Berserk manga, declaring war against the Apostles and the Godhand.
"Dear Celia. I don't know your last name and I don't know where you live, but I know you have two young boys — twins, I believe. And I know you didn't have a Flash Forward. I understand how terrifying that is and how powerless you must be feeling. But I want you to know that you are not alone and that your situation is not as hopeless as you think. Our paths were meant to cross. I didn't know how. I didn't know when. But things have changed now. Things are no longer going to unfold as I had feared. My gift to you is release from that dread... From the feeling that you're no longer in control. We will never meet. I will never know you. So live your life. Live every day. And know that the future is unwritten. Make the most of that."
— Al Gough, FlashForward (2009)
"I see in you the power to defy fate itself."
—The Fortuneteller, Shadow Of Destiny
Spatch II: You will not speak of Spatch like that. In his book, it is prophesied. It will happen now.
Rice Boy: Who are you to say which prophesies are true and which are false? They are just written words! They know nothing more than we do!
"The question that has haunted my being has been answered: The future is not fixed. My choices are my own. And yet, how ironic, for I now find I have no choice at all. I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined."
— Dinobot, Beast Wars
Richie:(Both men are hanging from a Ferris Wheel) Hey Eddie, if we killed ourselves, we could cheat Fate!
Eddie: I don't think we want to piss Fate off at the moment.
In 13 the beast is rising
The Frenchman did surmise
Through earthquakes and starvation
The warlord will arise
Terror, death, destruction
Pour from the eastern sands
But the truth of all predictions
Is always in your hands
If you're gonna die, die with your boots on
If you're gonna try, just stick around
Gonna cry, just move along
There's no reason
There's no compromise
Change in seasons
Living the high life
I don't know you
So don't freak on me
I can't control you
You're not my destiny
Straight out of line
I can't find a reason
Why I should justify my ways
Straight out of line
I don't need a reason
You don't need to lie to me
"For the PMDs, prophecy is merely soothsaying, augury, prediction of implacable destiny and inevitable doom. They do not believe prophecy is ever conditional, and thus fail to see that it is — always and foremost — a call to act."
A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
"The stars aren't aligned,
Or the gods are malign..."
Blame is better to give than receive.
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill.
"Fuck destiny! I am Seto Kaiba! I make my own fate!"
Seto Kaiba, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
"What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?"
—"Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, The Dresden Files, Dead Beat
"Do you know why I stopped being Delight, my brother? I do. There are things not in your book. There are paths outside this garden. You would do well to remember that."
— Delirum to Destiny in "Brief Lives", The Sandman
"Nothing is written."
T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia
Einstein: From the moment the Ancients implanted that knowledge, you exist to serve a larger...
John Crichton: NO! No. That's what you want. My name is John Crichton. I'm not your pawn.
—Farscape, "Unrealised Realities"
"I am not playing by the rules anymore. I will fly around this candy-coated rock and comb the white sands until I find answers. No one can tell me our fate can't be repaired."
— Rose Lalonde, Homestuck
Garland (facing the Warrior of Light): We will never come to accept one another. We shall always be IN CONFLICT!
Warrior of Light: Destiny...ends here!
"I don't see why it matters what is written. Not when it's about people. It can always be crossed out."
Xavien: As you say, we do not posses the ability to change ourselves to utterly.
Zal: We have infinite choice, and that has to do.
"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it's a matter of choice!"
—Shane Gooseman, Galaxy Rangers
Giro: Don't tell me you forgot your promise already. You did mean it, right?
Aile: Giro!? But, the blood that flows in me...
Giro: Is just blood. Are you going to let some man you don't even know decide your destiny for you? Destiny is not something that is given to us by others. Destiny comes from the concept of "destine," or directing something towards a given end. Be the one doing the directing. Only you can decide your destiny.
Aile: Only I can decide my destiny...
Giro: Yes. Forget the past. It means nothing. The power you contain within is the key to creating your future.
Aile: I decided to become a Mega Man because I wanted to help people. You're fighting because you're trying to find out who you are, but don't forget. Only you can decide your own destiny. No matter what anyone says you are. The power you contain within is the key to creating your future. That's what a special person said to me.
Grey: My destiny... My future.
Grey: Yeah, you're right, I am Defective. I'm just a person named Grey. You couldn't even change the destiny of a regular boy like me. This is the destiny that I've chosen... To live together with the people of this world!
Albert: Is that what the "other me" would have said...? Goodbye, ultimate Defective! You can have your gentle peace... and leisurely rot in it! (explodes)
—Mega Man ZX Advent
Granny Weatherwax:Destiny is important, see, but people go wrong when they think it controls them. It's the other way around.
Nanny Ogg: Bugger destiny.
"I don't think there's such a thing as "Destiny", my opinion on those words? They're just there to try and restrict one's decisions, I say screw them."
"The power of believing cuts open destiny and starts miracles! That's right, that's what everyone taught me."
—-Hanyuu, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Dear You - Bond
Knykos: That is my destiny.
Travis: (Shooting Knykos several times in the back) Know that word. Seventh grade. Last day of school, ever. Teacher said I'd never amount to nothing, ever. Was my destiny. Always thought: destiny can go @#$% itself.''
"What else had the old monk said? History finds a way? Well, it was going to have to come up with something good, because it was up against Sam Vimes now."
—Vimes's internal monologue, Night Watch
"Fate may command I die before the answers are discovered, but an Assassin takes orders from no one."
"But.. even if I knew for certain, I still wouldn't blindly accept my fate. I will not simply succumb to what others claim is my destiny. I fight for control over my own life. And I will win."
— Ragna the Bloodedge, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
Tidus: "This is my story. It'll go the way I want... or I'll end it here."
Yuna: "Wait. You say it's your story, but it's my story, too, you know? It would be so easy... to let my fate just carry me away... following this same path my whole life through. But I know... I can't. What I do, I do... with no regrets."
"...sometimes knowing your own future enables you to change it, especially if you're bloody-minded, contradictory and completely unpredictable."
— The Doctor, Doctor Who
"So screw destiny, right in the face. I say we take the fight to them, and do it our way."
— Dean Winchester, Supernatural
Baofu: Ahh, shut up. You can take this fate of yours and stick it up your ass! Listen up, Tatsuya. Fate is...
Katsuya: No different than a prediction too late. If something happens, all you have to say is...
Ulala: "It's was all fate"!
— Persona 2 Eternal Punishment, one of the ways to flip Nyarlathotep off.
"Anything can change."
— Chrom, Fire Emblem Awakening
"I do believe in destiny ó but I donít think of it as some mysterious force from the stars that governs everybody from outside according to some prearranged scheme. I think of it as something that comes from inside, thatís built into people. Itís what happens when people act like the sort of people they are, when they do what comes most naturally. And itís not all-powerful, you can fight it, but itís tricky, because it means fighting your own natureÖ doing what youíre least inclined to do."
— Lucy Thames, Locksmith's Closet
But don't give up.
Doc: Marty, I've made a decision. I'm not going with you tomorrow. I'm staying here.
Marty: What are you talkin' about, Doc?
Doc: There's no point in denying it. I'm in love with Clara.
Marty: Oh, man. Doc, we don't belong here! Neither one of us! You know, it could still be you that gets shot tomorrow! (shows the photograph of Doc's tombstone) This tombstone could still be in your future!
Doc: Marty, the future isn't written. It can be changed. You know that. Anyone can make their future whatever they want it to be. I can't let this one little photograph determine my entire destiny. I have to live my life according to what I believe is right in my heart.