[[folder:Anime & Manga]]

-> The home visit, the fireworks, the birthday, and the moon-viewing. How do you explain all these events and ''still not make any progress?''
-->--'''Hayasaka''', ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''


[[folder:Comic Books]]

->'''Batroc:''' So you believe you're in a fictional world... some sort of FairyTale?\\
'''Gwen:''' Sure.\\
'''Batroc:''' Ah. But fairy tales mean [[HappilyEverAfter happy endings]]. They do not exist here. I will tell you. I have known my share of defeat and disappointment.\\
'''Gwen:''' Oh Batroc... that's because you're the [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin bad guy in the stories]].\\
'''Batroc:''' Indeed? So, you would say I am just a villain in Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's ongoing tale? (...) He has fought for decades, with only [[StatusQuoIsGod ze illusion of meaningful victory]]. Ze world is [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed no safer place]] [[CrapsackWorld because of him]]. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption He struggles for]] ''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption nothing]]''. (...)
-->-- ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool

-> Say, it ever occurs to you guys how that thing happens every year? Some kinda [[CrisisCrossover crazy big emergency the superguys gotta stop from destroyin' the world]], an' then everything just goes back to normal?
-->--'''Tommy Monaghan''', ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}''



->''But the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. No matter what happened, Status Quo was an immortal god enthroned on a hill of skulls, drinking the blood of virgins from a chalice of razor-faceted obsidian. Many brave fools had tried to slay it, but it was not something you could fell.''
-->--'''[=EvilFuzzy9=]''', ''FanFic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain''


[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]

->''Stick to the stuff you know\\
If you wanna be cool\\
Follow one simple rule\\
Don't mess with the flow, no no\\
Stick to the status quo\\
Stick to the stuff you know\\
It is better by far\\
To keep things as they are\\
Don't mess with the flow, no no\\
Stick to the status quo''
-->--'''''Film/HighSchoolMusical''''', "Stick to the Status Quo"

-> "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play."
-->--Joshua/W.O.P.R, ''Film/WarGames''



->''"Those heavily invested in the status quo had difficulty [[HeadInTheSandManagement thinking outside of it]]--and were often tainted by it."''
-->--'''Daniel Suarez''', ''Influx''



->''It feels like I only go backwards baby\\
Every part of me says go ahead\\
I got my hopes up again, [[YankTheDogsChain oh no... not again]]\\
Feels like we only go backwards darling''
-->--'''Music/TameImpala''', "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"


[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]

->''"Large corporations welcome innovation and individualism in the same way the dinosaurs welcomed large meteors."''
-->-- '''Creator/ScottAdams''', ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->'''Monk:''' There's an old saying: don't change anything--ever.\\
'''Natalie:''' ''That's'' an old saying?\\
'''Monk:''' I've been saying it for years.
-->-- ''Series/{{Monk}}''



->'''Jay:''' The fact that nobody believes in ghosts anymore? That makes ''no'' sense. After all the events of the first movie? [[WeirdnessCensor A giant marshmallow man walked down the city streets,]] but nobody believes in anything supernatural anymore? Did everybody ''forget''?\\
'''Rich:''' Because proof of the existence of ghosts would change the world too much. You still wanna ground the movie in reality--\\
'''Mike:''' That's the thing, though, ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' wasn't specifically ''ghosts''; it was more interdimensional beings. Especially the ending: [[LovecraftLite an interdimensional god was attacking the Earth.]] It wasn't dead humans coming back to life, it was more an alien kinda thing. But you're right, it would change society dramatically. And writing that kinda thing into a sequel would be complex.\\
'''Jay:''' [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot But that would make it interesting]]. I mean, there ''is'' a certain science element to these movies, too.\\
'''Mike:''' Ehh, they went and threw it all into the garbage. And listened to the people at the boardroom table who said, "This is the best way to make a buncha money."\\
'''Rich:''' "Look, Jay: You make a plot about slime [[MerchandiseDriven so you can sell jars of slime to kids.]] And you can also make a new backpack that they wear that kids'll wanna buy that ''shoots'' slime!"
-->-- ''[[WebVideo/HalfInTheBag Half in the Bag]]'' riffs ''Film/GhostbustersII''



->''"I'm the last living thing on the planet! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Uh... I should have this fixed by next week, folks...]]"''
-->-- '''Webcomic/PrincessPi''', "Princess Pi vs. Everything"


[[folder:Web Original]]

->''"Two years, folks. Thatís how long the death of the DC Multiverse, the entire stated reason for ''[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]'', managed to last."''
-->--'''[[http://www.businessinsider.com/dc-copies-marvel-2014-6 Chris Sims]]'''

->''"Batman has either reached [[{{Postmodernism}} self parody]] or is doing its closest modern interpretation of Sisyphus. Instead of being destined to pushing a boulder uphill for all eternity, Batman [[JokerImmunity has to catch the Joker again and again and again]] to the end of time."''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/iron-man-3-shane-black-no-spoilers/ on]] ''Film/IronMan3''

->''"What this does is simply recycle old ideas even more and more, not allowing these characters to grow and change. This has led to [[AssPull dubious editorial decisions]], like [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay Peter Parker making a deal with Satan to destroy his marriage]]. Characters that occasionally changed and struck out on their own (Scott Summers leaving the ComicBook/XMen after Jean Grey died, for instance) are now locked into their positions, calcified and stagnant. The flip side to this is that new characters [[CListFodder get strangled in the crib.]]"''
-->-- '''Greg Burgas''', "[[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/03/22/how-kurt-busiek-unwittingly-ruined-marvel-and-dc-superhero-comics/ How Kurt Busiek (unwittingly) ruined Marvel and DC superhero comics!]]"

->''"There is no ending. There is no release. Nothing ever changes except the iconography. Because change is death, and the show refuses death."''
-->--'''El Sandifer''' [[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2014/03/a-split-in-skin-of-world-end-of-time.html on]] ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]

->''"We've been told that this next episode will [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore change the series forever]], and [[GrowingTheBeard put it on the right track]]. Take it from a guy that's read a ton of comic books in his time. When they say that, they're trying to sell comic books, and it's only true one time in ten after a few weeks have passed."''
-->--'''Neal Bailey''' [[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/tv/tv.php?topic=reviews/smallville5-ep11 on]] ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' ("[[Recap/SmallvilleS05E11Lockdown Lockdown]]")

->''"Worf is also back, '''''also''''' with no explanation -- but after three films, that's given. For the record, when we last saw him on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', he had just been appointed Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. Now he's back to [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities pushing buttons on a console.]]"''
-->--'''''Website/TheAgonyBooth''''' on ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''

->''"When ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' was under siege at the end of season five and [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs the Dominion took over]], the writers took the bold step to have a six-episode arc where Starfleet was no longer in charge of the station. Unfortunately, the writers of ''Voyager'' are nowhere near as bold. The Kazon in control of ''Voyager'' is so ineptly handled Ė they walk around with tricorders talking {{technobabble}}Ö It's like the Starfleet crew isnít even away!"''
-->--'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/voyager-season-three.html Joe Ford]]''' on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E26S3E1Basics}} Basics]]"

->''"He has [[TheManyDeathsOfYou burned to death in hot lava. He has been eaten by giant flying fish. He has fallen to death.]] Oh, God, [[PlatformHell has he fallen to death]]. And each time, he's been resurrected by magic he can't possibly begin to understand with his CUNY Brooklyn associate's degree in plumbing.\\\
Only to be rewarded with [[DudeWheresMyReward a kiss on the cheek.]]"''
-->--'''''Gamespy''''', [[http://www.gamespy.com/articles/100/1005645p1.html "Princess Peach: The Worst Woman in Videogames"]]

->''"I believe that the very first Super Mario Bros represented the only time when Bowser was genuinely kidnapping the princess to pursue his goals, presumably the attainment of power and influence. And he succeeded. From that point on, he is occasionally seen wearing a crown and being identified as 'King of the Koopas'. He lives in a castle and employs most of the land's monster workforce. [[CutLexLuthorACheck Why does he need to keep kidnapping her?]] He's already a king. I don't see [[SugarBowl the saccharine lands she rules]] appealing to [[{{Mordor}} his taste for lava and perpetual twilight]]. It must just be some regular ceremony recreating the original successful revolt, like a friendly game between [[GoKartingWithBowser two rival footballing nations.]]"''
-->-- '''[[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee Croshaw]]''', "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/10515-Of-Metaphors-and-Mario-RPGs Of Metaphors and Mario RPGs]]"


[[folder:Web Video]]

->''"Guys come to the door for dates and Phoebe [[IHaveToIronMyDog has to make excuses]], one or both of the sisters [[ShippingTorpedo is disapproving and says to slow things down,]] and Phoebe must learn to [[OneTrueLove find true love.]] There, I just nutshelled nearly a decade of television for you."''
-->--'''Creator/AllisonPregler''' on ''{{Series/Charmed}}''

->'''Annorax:''' When I first encountered your vessel, it was badly damaged - barely functioning. What if I told you in a blink of an eye, I can restore her to its former condition?\\
'''Chuck!Annorax''': All we have to do is... ''let the episode end'', and you'll be right as rain next week. Trust me, I know it doesn't make any sense but it ''always'' works that way for you.
-->-- '''{{Website/SFDebris}}''' on ''Star Trek: Voyager: "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E8YearOfHell}} Year of Hell]]"

-> "It's fine, guys. All you need to know is that everything went back to normal at the end of the episode."
--> [=OutsideXbox=]


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->''"It's just a matter of knowing the secret of ''all'' TV shows; At the end of the episode, everything is always right back to normal."''
-->-- '''Fry''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

->'''Judge:''' And I further decree that everything will be just like it was before all this happened! And no one will ever mention it again... under penalty of torture. [The townspeople cheer.]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper]]"

->'''Peter:''' Yeah, how did you lose your job anyway, Lois?\\
'''Lois:''' Ah, I don't know, Peter. Do you really care? Does anyone really care?\\
'''Peter:''' I guess you're right. The story's over, everything's back to normal 'til next week, so who gives a damn?

->'''Stan''': Jeff?! I thought you drowned!\\
'''Jeff''': [[UnexplainedRecovery Nope!]]\\
'''([[{{Beat}} pregnant pause]])'''\\
'''Stan''': ''Alright!''
-->--''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad: "Season's Beatings"''

->''"Oh, put that thing [Jack's sword] away, Samurai. [[LampshadeHanging We all know what's going to happen]]. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like, '[[WeWillMeetAgain I'll be back, Samurai!]]' And then I'll flutter off over the horizon, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall we won't see each other for about a week]]. And then, we'll do the same thing all over again."''
-->--'''[[BigBad Aku]]''', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->''"We protect the status quo, and [[TallPoppySyndrome make steady war]] on revision and improvement."''

->''"Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan'''

->''"Without deviation, progress is not possible."''
-->--''Zen Masters: The Wisdom of Music/FrankZappa''

->''"How many times has the bridge been destroyed? How many shuttlecrafts have vanished, and [[InfiniteSupplies another one just comes out of the oven?]] That kind of bullshitting the audience, I think, takes its toll. At some point the audience stops taking it seriously, because they know that this is not really the way this would happen."''
-->--'''Ron D. Moore''' on exiting ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''

->''"If you take a look at a current ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' comic, youíll find that heís maybe twenty years old, he worries a lot about whats right and whatís wrong, and he has a lot of trouble with his girlfriends.\\\
Do you know what Spider-Man was doing fifteen years ago? Well, [[ComicBookTime he was about nineteen years old, he worried a lot about what was right and what was wrong and he had a lot of trouble with his girlfriends.]]"''

->''"Here's a secret -- when I finally okayed the clone saga, I told ''[co-writer] ''Danny Fingeroth [[ResetButton to build a backdoor into it]]. I said that I wanted to be able to bring Peter back as the real deal...I believe that both comic book creators and comic book fans are a cowardly and superstitious lot. While the fans claim they want change, they tend [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks react negatively to it.]] So do [[ArmedWithCanon most creators!]]"''
-->--'''Editor [=Tom DeFalco=]''' on ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''