"Matt Smith is lovely and all, but he'd snap like a twig. Eccleston, on the other hand, could Glasgow kiss you into the next century without using a time machine."
"I think that's the coolest thing I've ever done in my life"
"Picard is not used to seeing an unsatisfactory rating on a member of his crew, after all his ship is a refuge for the best of the best. I would have loved for somebody to have mentioned that back in season one when this bunch of misfits were always making daft mistakes."
"It is true, I'm slipping. Earlier, I only used to lie... Now, I can actually do those things..."
—Usopp, One Piece
"Reg Barclay, who has been a recurring guest star in the show's final years, gets to take part in the celebration, and I credit them the subtle gesture: Reg asks everyone's attention and makes a toast, which shows that he has, over the years, managed to grow from the awkward, bumbling genius into a more self-assured man...now more capable of socializing without discomfort. Congratulations, Reg: You got more character growth as a minor recurring character than Chakotay and Harry combined."
"Well, it seems like Garrus has finally worked that stick out of his butt, but now he's trying to beat guys to death with it."
"Why aren't you a joke anymore?"
—Spider-Man to second-string villain Hammerhead after just getting beat up by him, The Amazing Spider-Man
I strike fear into the hearts of all who oppose me. The only thing that could possibly make me less frightening is if someone made three movies about my childhood, pointing out how much of a retarded, non-threatening pussy I used to be.
Okay, It's Ma-Ti and-HOLY CRAP Look at that! Ma-Ti is friggin' leading an army of animals with his ring!
Fanty: "Do you know that girl?"
Malcolm Reynolds: "....I really don't."
—Serenity, Maidenhead bar fight scene
"Danny-boy, you've changed considerably... into a badass, if I may!"
—Curtis Blackburn, Killer7
Generally, when Disney has brought characters like Cinderella out of mothballs after decades in storage, they don't act the same way they used to due to changes in society. In 1950 Cinderella could just sit around, cry, and have animals and Fairy Godmothers do all her work for her, and nobody would think that was a bad lesson to pass on. In Cinderella III she fully takes charge, organizes her rodent army, and pulls herself out of Tremaine's latest trap. "Steal MY Godmother's wand? NOT ON MY WATCH, %#$@!"
Male Researcher: I hear you were able to deactivate Atlas. You're stronger than any of the troops out there.
Serah: I just... I've always been protected by others, and I knew that had to change.
Researcher: Well, that's good to hear. Resolve can sometimes be a powerful weapon.
"I haven't slept for days now. I've been gathering things, working, studying, reading, running around like a lunatic, going everywhere I could to find what I was looking for. I've been cramming for this confrontation with you...and with her. I'm so loaded on uppers, I have to wear lead weights on my belt to keep my feet on the floor." "Oh dear." "You bet your ass, 'Oh dear.'" The demon regarded her with open curiosity. Gwen had pulled her strawberry blonde hair back in a tight bun,. She wore a tight-fitting black sweater, black slacks, and black shoes. "You're not at all the way I remember you, or the way Morgan described you. You were a cream puff." "Cream puffs get stale fast."
"For too many years, humanity was on the backfoot. Reacting to threats, rather than preventing them. Rest of the galaxy was bigger than us. Stronger than us. We were mice, hiding in the shadows, hoping the giants would not see us. No more. Humanity is no longer on the defense. We are the giants now."
—The intro to the Infinity mode of Halo 4
"So, you like, kill things now? 'Cause last time I saw you, you just kind of fainted in front of them."
—Cordelia re Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Angel
It just figures. You used to be the loser with no PSI. Now you have more than me.
—Mook NPC to Alinivar, Mother: Cognitive Dissonance
I will not stand idly by! When Hyrule is threatened, we all must answer the call!
—Princess Zelda, Hyrule Warriors
Can I just say that I love being high level? We used to run away from goblins! Regular goblins, not even evil high priest goblins!
"You’ve all had difficulties on this journey, but you’ve never been alone before, not like this. You never knew that weight. and Lucretia lived with it, along with all the other challenges that this world threw at her, every day for a year – and she was different after that, in a way that made the rest of you proud. She never volunteered to stay back with the ship again. She spent less time chronicling your journey and more time participating in it. She became fierce and confident and decisive. She wouldn’t go on to found the Bureau of Balance for decades still, but this, this horrible, lonely year… this is when Lucretia became Madame Director."
He went from zero to hero!
—The Muses about Hercules, Hercules