Quotes / The Man Behind the Man

"You're just a microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by his Red Right Hand"
Nick Cave, Red Right Hand

We all have our keepers, you see.
Emperor Mollari, Babylon 5 ("War Without End Pt. 2")

Who controls the would-be King?

It's like I said. I'm just one small part in a great machine.
Knox, Angel ("A Hole in the World")

Every single time I think I have killed the person responsible for usurping my command, I find there's someone else higher up, still fighting me.
Martellus "Tweedle" von Blitzengaard, Girl Genius

Max: (V.O.) Punchinello was a pushover. The moment I stepped into the room, he folded like a Deuce before a Royal Flush.
Angelo Punchinello: No...wait! I was just doin' what I was told! Couldn't refuse! ...She's someone high up, government maybe, I don't know!

Fortune: Speaking of manipulation, it's time for me to steal Arsenal since I've been manipulating you from the start!
Solidus: Actually, I tricked Ocelot into manipulating you into manipulating me!
Ocelot: Fools! I've been manipulating everything from behind the scenes!
Magic Hand: But actually, I've been manipulating you!
Raiden: Alright, this has officially become a load of crap.

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outer body is cosmetc only. why? because he supposed to scare us. behemoth was fashioned. unnatural life.

Falcon: You are from Hyperion's old team, the Squadron Supreme!
Nighthawk: Correction: The Squadron Supreme was my old team. Hyperion was a hammer. I am an architect.
Avengers Assemble, "Nighthawk"

And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations
The Napoleon of crime!
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: "Macavity, the Mystery Cat"

Susan: There are paintings in the presidential office, pictures of investitures going right back... and he's there. [...] Sometimes, he's only a shadow, but he's in all of them. Always, dark robes just behind the new president, as if he's whispering in the president's ear.
Quences: Robes of night that drink the light. And my name?
Susan: Your name is Auld Mortality.
Big Finish Doctor Who "Auld Mortality"

We were almost never lords and masters. The torchlight was too intense, too bright; it has always been our way to rule under the light of our Moon. Why rule openly, when one can direct the lords with whispers and riddles and even jests?
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Malkavian (Revised)

This... is not good news. Some mysterious powerful force has been behind Talzo's group this entire time?
Kirby, Kirby Adventure

Hot Shot: You're saying Sideways is out there?
Optimus Prime: I am, Hot Shot. But that's not who the Mini-Cons are warning us about. Our real enemy lies even further beyond Sideways and that's why they want to protect us."
Transformers Armada, "Uprising"