"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