Quotes / Shadow Archetype

"You know you're just one bad day away from being me."

The brighter the picture, the darker the negative.
Rupert Thorne, Batman: The Animated Series

It is purpose that created us. Purpose that connects us. Purpose that pulls us. That guides. That drives us. It is purpose that defines. Purpose that binds us.
Agent Smith, The Matrix

When there's light, there are also shadows. It's a casual relationship in life.
Madara Uchiha, Naruto

"She's me, Asami. She's me if I fell a little too far. If I grew up angry. If I didn't have anyone around who loved me." She gazed up at Asami with a terrified look in her eyes. "She's a living, breathing, example of what happens if I lose control, okay? If I ever lost sight of who I was, and where the line is."
Korra about Kuvira, Repairs, Retrofits and Upgrades

I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light.

Scourge the Hedgehog: I've got you figured out. I know why you hate me. I know... And it's just not the Fiona thing or that I'm better looking... It's that all it takes is one bad day and you'd be just like me.
Sonic the Hedgehog: No, that's not it, Scourge. It's because all it would take is a little bit of selflessness... a little bit of decency... And you'd be just like me.

Farewell, my shadow. You who stand at the end of the path I chose not to follow.
Mithos to Lloyd after the final boss battle, Tales of Symphonia

I tried to be someone else
But nothing seemed to change
I know now, this is who I really am inside
I've finally found myself
Fighting for a chance
I know now, this is who I really am

All of us got a shadow
Who knows what lurks in the hearts of men?
The shadow knows
We become what we do, not what we pretend

Between the intention and the expression
Between the emotion and the response
Falls the shadow
Devo, "The Shadow"

Sometimes... sometimes I think the Asylum is a head. We’re inside a huge head that dreams us all into being. Perhaps it’s your head, Batman. Arkham is a looking glass. And we are you.

You are who you are on you very worst day Durkon. Anything less is a comforting lie you tell yourself to numb the pain. And that's who I am, your worst day personified. Hel may have created me, but she shaped me perfectly to fit in the hole in your heart.
Vampire Durkon, The Order of the Stick

That was it. Pinkamina Diane was, in some way, a physical reflection of Pinkie Pie. The reflection of Pinkie's element, Laughter, wasn't the absence of the action. It was the absence of the joy. Despair. A fear for tomorrow.
But, if Pinkamina was a physical reflection of Pinkie, it stood to reason that other physical reflections might exist. Thinking back, Twilight realized that past all the grime and sweat, Temperament shared a startling resemblance to Rarity. The purple mane, the white though soot-stained coat, the three-diamond cutie mark, a seemingly random symbol for a lowly blacksmith.
Rarity was the Element of Generosity. The reflection must be Avarice. Yes. That was it. Temperament had seemed rather off-put by their request, as if she didn't want to help them despite it being a simple question. Then she went and cheated them out of some money. And now, she realized that Temperament had started to greet Pinkie, or rather Pinkamina, as if she recognized her. But she had stopped as if she remembered something, or saw something that cut her off. And then Temperament had directed them to Spectral Slash.
Ah. Spectral Slash. It was then Twilight began to see this world for what it was; a mirror to Reality. But she had been thrown off the trail by Slash's outgoing demeanor. She had seemed friendly, helpful, almost like an old friend. But it went with her Element. The reflection of Loyalty, Rainbow's Element, was Betrayal. It had all been a setup. An elaborate scheme. Which had ended...
Here. Twilight looked up. “You're us. In some way, you're a twisted form of our mentality, our body, our Element.”

"Teddy watched as Jake beat the life out of his father. Jake didn't care that I saw the killer in him set to work. No matter the fact I'm glad the piece of shit is dead, he murdered someone right in front of me and my son. He showed us how easy it was. How good it felt... He showed me what I could easily become..."
An uneven silence fell over the room. Of course, Beans knew nothing of the darker aspects of Grace's life, and so the whispered comment was more for Grace's own benefit. The confession made her feel lighter somehow, to speak the realised words and know they were true. The bulk of the reason she now kept Jake out. He didn't terrify her. She terrified herself. She'd seen him murder someone with absolute conviction and sense of righteousness. Hell, a small coherent part of her had even relished it... and that had frightened her.