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"Most mercenaries won't do certain things no matter how much you offer to pay them.
Most Patriots won't do certain things no matter how much they love their country.
But sociopaths ... they'll accept any justification for the chance to do things nobody else can stomach."
"I've got a boner for murder!"
— Sarge, Red vs. Blue
"See, he's not even trying to plant a gun on him or hide the body. That's a bad sign. Like this is just another day at work for him."
"There are four types of people who join the military. For some, it's family trade. Others are patriots, eager to serve. Next you have those who just need a job. Then there's the kind who want the legal means of killing other people."
"Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But I'm actually a US Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some sort of wine sipping communist dick suck. And although peace probably appeals to tree-loving-bisexuals like you and your parents, I happen to be a death-dealing, blood-crazed warrior who wakes up everyday just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. War is the mother-fucking answer."
— Corporal Ray Person, Generation Kill
Takeshi Kovacs: "See, the thing is, [the UN Envoy corps]'re looking for borderline psychopathic tendencies. That's why they do most of their recruiting from the military in the first place."
Trepp: "I've got borderline psychopathic tendencies."
Kovacs: "Yeah, I don't doubt it, but the point is, the number of civilians with those tendencies and a sense of team spirit is pretty limited. They're opposing values. The chances of them both arising naturally in the same person are almost nil. Military training takes the natural order and fucks with it. It breaks down any resistance to psychopathic behavior at the same time as it builds fanatical loyalties to the group. Package deal. Soldiers are perfect Envoy material."
— Altered Carbon
Heat of the desert, dust settles on my face
Without a compass, the soldier knows no disgrace
Out of the ashes, the eagle rises still
Freedom is calling to all men who bend their will
—Lyrics to The Hot Wind Blowing, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance