"When the battle is over, your work is not done. Your duty is not a destination. It is a journey. Victory is merely a landmark on that road, you will never reach a point where your work is done and you can leave the fighting to others. You will die with the road still to be walked."
— Daenyathos, Warhammer 40,000, "The Bullet and the Skull"
"Oh, we're doomed! Every year, we're doomed!"
— Professor Farnsworth, Futurama
"No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved, y'know? For a little bit? I - I feel like the maid! 'I just cleaned up this mess, can we keep it clean for - for ten minutes?! (laughs) Please?'"
— Mr. Incredible, The Incredibles
Oh God, is the world ending? I have to research a paper on Bosnia for tomorrow, but if the world's ending, I'm not gonna bother.
— Cordelia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Helpless"
Giles: It's the end of the world.
"Buffy. When I saw you stop the world from, you know, ending, I just assumed that was a big week for you. It turns out I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of apocalypse."
— Riley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "A New Man"
Buffy: This is how many apocalypses now?
Giles: Oh, well...uh, six at least. Feels like a hundred.
— "The Gift"
Jean: Bob, she's not here to warn us about some kind of... impending apocalypse again, is she?
Bob: Uh, no! No. I asked! I think it's something nice this time.
Richard Nixon: So we're safe again?
The Doctor: Safe?! No, of course you're not safe. There's about a billion other things out there just waiting to burn your whole world. But, if you want to pretend you're safe just so you can sleep at night, okay - you're safe. But not really.
— Doctor Who, "Day of the Moon"
Dean: This is stupid. Our quality of life is crap, we've got Purgatory's Least Wanted everywhere and we're on our third 'the world is screwed' issue in, what, three years? When we've steered the bus away from the cliff twice already?
Sam: Someone's gotta do it.
Dean: What if the bus wants to go over the cliff?
Sam: You think the world wants to end?
Dean: I think that if we hadn't taken its belt and all its pens each year that, yeah, the whole enchilada woulda offed itself already.
— Supernatural, "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters"
Trillions of lives are always at risk.
— Vendetta, Mass Effect 3
For some reason, every other week it was freaking Ragnarok in Ponyland, with some big baddie trying to enslave the ponies, steal some magical artifact, or wipe everything off the maps so they could just Take Over the World.
I watched the world nearly die in a thousand thousand terrible ways. Sometimes we would have had time to scream.
I'm alive to write about it. You want happy endings? Fuck you.
You're alive to read it.
God help us all.
Secure. Contain. Protect.
J: Man, we ain't got time for this cover-up bullshit! I don't know whether or not you've forgotten, but there's an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that's about to—
K: There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corellian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do not know about it!
—Men In Black (1997)