"This film is dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who had enough of the Man"
"The Man, oh, you don't know the Man. He's everywhere. In the White House... down the hall... Ms. Mullins, she's the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock 'n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV! So don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome 'cause the Man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favour and just GIVE UP!"
— Dewey Finn, School of Rock
"The Man is a nebulous paranoid concept from the 1960s regarding governmental authority."
— R2-D2, Darths & Droids
"Sometimes people, mostly white people, make things happen... That's where we come in and our never-ending struggle against The Man, aka Whitey, aka Mr. Charlie, aka Honky McGee..."
— Consipracy Brotha, Undercover Brother
Maybe you've got talent. Maybe you learned a few tricks. These people have you beat - they move mountains, fry brain cells long-distance, and travel to dimensions you've never even heard of.
They're The Man in magician's robes, stormtroopers at the gates of reality, and they want you, want me, want anyone who dares to Awaken and think for herself. Here's the third and largest devil's barb: the so-called Traditions, cults, Technocracies and Orders of the magickal underworld. To them, as I said, we are orphans and they want to play Big Brother - or feed us to the rats.
FUCK THEM ALL!
—Mage: The Ascension - The Orphan's Survival Guide