"So honor the valiant who die 'neath your sword
But pity the warrior who slays all his foes
—The Fall of Kang, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Second Sight")
When we finally caught you, I was expecting you'd put up more of a fight. Oh well...victory is boring.
I had a vision of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so... boring.
This is what I envisioned, but not what I truly wanted. I feel as if I am a child on Christmas morning. All of the presents have been opened and now I feel only disappointment that the excitement is over and done. Don't you see Lucius, for one such as I, it is not the crown or the glory of victory, but the blood and the battle. I am not like you, I cannot find satisfaction in being king.
May all your dreams but one come true, for what is life without dreams?
— David Gemmell
Link: Gee, it sure is boring around here!
We seek rest in a struggle against some obstacles. And when we have overcome these, rest proves unbearable because of the boredom it produces.
— Blaise Pascal, Pensées
This was all fun and games, but even I was growing tired at how easy it was to have the great detective L in the palm of my hand. Seeing him powerless to stop me was a thrill; but like all thrills, it was losing its edge. Even having his name, the name I wanted so badly to know—was all nothing now that I knew it. I felt like it was game over. It was the same thing as beating the final boss in a video game and seeing the end cut scenes. It was not satisfying once the task was actually completed. Was the hunt truly over? I wanted to win, but did it have to be so quickly? I was hoping to play a tad longer.
I WIN!!! [beat] I always win...
— General Zod, Superman II
"Floki! Why don't you ask King Sweyn a question for me? Ask him if it's so fun always being the winner!"
— Thorkell the Tall, Vinland Saga