"Imitations, faker, huh? Yeah, that doesn't sound too bad. I certainly am a faker... I had the wrong idea. My magic isn't creating swords. First of all, I can't do such a skillful thing. That's right. There's only one thing I can do, and that is to put shape to my mind...
I am the bone of my sword
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood
I have created over a thousand blades
Unaware of loss, nor aware of gain
I have withstood pain to create many weapons
Waiting for one's arrival
I have no regrets, this is the only path
My whole life was Unlimited Blade Works
... That's right. I don't create swords. I create a world that contains infinite swords. This is the only magic allowed for Emiya Shirou... There's no need to be surprised. These are all imitations. As you say, these are all trifling swords. But there is no rule that an imitation cannot defeat the original. If you say you are the original, I shall surpass every one of your weapons and destroy your existence.
"What you and I see are totally different, SHIKI.
All you're seeing is life. You don't understand death at all. That's why you can't kill me, and you're only able to kill a weakened woman.
If you could see death, you couldn't maintain your sanity. All you can perceive is the part which keeps things alive.
If you could see death——you couldn't even manage to stand.
... Being able to see the 'death' of things mean you're forced to see the world's fragility and uncertainty.
The ground is like it's not there, and the sky seems about to fall at any moment.
... You don't know of the illusion that the whole world could perish in an instant.
That is what it means to see death. These eyes, this power isn't something you can boast about like you did.
That's your mistake, vampire. Life and death may be back to back, but they shall never face each other.
Amazing. How do you do it, Kakarot? You've always been like this, ever since the day I first met you, always ready to meet the next challenge, even if it's bigger than you are. It was the same on Namek. You had improved so much that it made Recoome look like he was standing still! Your power had increased so dramatically since our battle on Earth that I thought you had done it. I thought... that you had become... a Super Saiyan! It tore me apart! How could a low class soldier accomplish so easily what I, I had struggled my whole life to achieve? After three millenia, it has finally happened! A new Super Saiyan has emerged! And somehow, I have become this pauper's witness! Then, at last, it happened. I too, transformed. After living every moment of every day for the singular purpose of surpassing you, I finally became a Super Saiyan myself. The prince had reclaimed his throne and fulfilled his destiny! But no matter how strong I became, your power still exceeded mine. At first I thought it was your loved ones, that it was your instinct to protect them that spurred you on, and pushed you beyond your limits. But then I found myself with a family of my own. And my power didn't increase at all... I used to fight for the sheer pleasure of it, for the thrill of the hunt! Oh, I had the strength unmeasurable. I spared no one. And yet, you showed mercy to everyone, even your fiercest enemies... even me! Yet you never fought to kill, or for revenge, only to test your limits, and to push yourself beyond them, to become the strongest you could possibly be. How can a Saiyan fight like that and at the same time be so gentle that he wouldn't hurt a fly? Oh, it makes me angry just thinking about it! But, perhaps it is my anger that has made me blind to the truth for so long. I see it now, this day has made it all too clear. You're better than me, Kakarot. You are the best.
— Vegeta (to himself, while Goku is fighting against Kid Buu), Dragon Ball Z
Anti-Spiral: How can this be?! Where are you drawing all of this power from?!?
Simon: We evolve. Beyond the person we were a minute before. Little by little, we advance a bit further with each turn. That's how a drill works!
Anti-Spiral: That is the path that leads to extinction. Why can't you see the pathetic limitation of the Spiral race?!
Simon: No, that's your limitation! You sit here closed off, locking away other life forms like some kind of king! That's nobody's limitation but your own!
Yoko: He's right! We humans used to have somebody much greater than us! For his sake alone, we'll keep on moving forward!
Nia: I've staked everything on the greatness of the human spirit, too!
Simon: Mark my words. This drill will open a hole in the universe. And that hole will be a path for those behind us. The dreams of those who have fallen. The hopes of those who will follow. Those two sets of dreams weave together into a double helix, drilling a path towards tomorrow! And that's Tengen Toppa! That's Gurren Lagann! My drill is the drill... that CREATES THE HEAVEEEEENNNNNSSSS!!!
Domon: Rain, can you hear me? Rain. You don't need to answer me. I just want you to hear me out. Dr. Mikamura is gone now. Leaving behind the words "Everything is my fault". But none of that matters to me now. None of that matters. Did you seriously think I blame you for what happens to me? Rain. What did we go through? What happened to us this past year? What meaning did this year have for us? We haven't even come up with an answer to these questions. You remember? When we met for the first time in ten years, at my mom's resting place. The guys up above had already decided to involve us in the Gundam Fight, and before we knew it, we were thrown into the ring on earth. I fought with everything I had in me! But once the battle was over, those above us thought of nothing but their own interests. But that's no reason why our one year together should end all of a sudden. It's true, I did win the Gundam Fight. But I won... only because you were always by my side. That's right. This victory was achieved by the two of us, Rain. And that's why it wouldn't make any sense if we didn't stay together. Hey Rain. Remember on the morning of the finals, when we were alone? I said there was something I wanted to talk to you about. I'm a guy that's ill at ease, and knows only how to fight. That's why it's been hard for me to say this. Honestly. I.. I.. I love you! I want to be with you! RAIN!
Naruto: Sasuke, I always knew that you were alone. At first, when I realized there was someone else like me around, I was relieved...and happy, too, to tell the truth. I wanted to approach you right off the bat,... but I just couldn't work up the nerve. You were always able to do everything, and everyone was always fawning over you. You were so far ahead of me, and I didn't want to admit it, so I started to see you as my rival. I didn't want to lose to you, and with everyone calling me a loser it just made things worse. Even when we became Squad 7, I never stopped feeling that way. I was stubborn, and I couldn't express what I really felt. The truth was I really just wanted to be like you. You were... you were eveything I aspired to. That's why... (flashback Sasuke: "You're one of the ones I wanna fight the most.") You have no idea how happy you made me that day. It was the first time you ever said anything acknowledging me. You and I don't need to come to blows to know each other's thoughts, anyway. Ever since that day even though we've never said it... the truth is... you and I are friends. (voiceover Sasuke: It's not insignificant to me; there's no question...you're my closest friend.) But now... you're seriously trying to take me out, and I don't really know... if you meant what you said before or not. Maybe I was the only one... who thought... who thought that we were friends. If that's the case, then... then how stupid am I... Sasuke?! I dont know why. I don't know why! But... but I... I just can't bear the thought... of seeing you taken away by someone like Orochimaru!
Leo: My father was strong, right? He was a real Jungle Emperor, right? But I'm different from Father. I'm small, weak, I'm afraid of heights, I'm really just a cowardly lion. But... Father said, I was strong. That's why... That's why, I'm going!
Rolo: I won't stop brother, because of this... All throughout my life, people have used me like a tool... I was used by the Order... and then you used me, big brother. Yeah, maybe you've been using me for your own ends, right from the very start. But... only the time I spent with you seemed real... It was those memories that finally made me human... That's why I'm not... I'm not... I'm not a tool. I do this... of my own free will... as a human being!Comic Books
"But do ya know what it's like to lose yer temper an' then discover that yer as strong as a hundred men?!? Everything breaks when ya touch it... Like the whole world wuz made of cardboard!"
— The Thing, Marvel's What If, Volume 1, Issue 37
Nekron: Death is your destiny, Sinestro. As it is yours, Hal Jordan. Like the others who came Back from the Dead, you did so because I allowed it. No more. I want peace again.
Hal Jordan: You still want to take credit for bringing me back to life, Nekron? You might have opened the door, but I was the one who walked through it.
Hal Jordan: I may have some kind morbid connection to you, Nekron, but I have a stronger connection to life.
Hal Jordan: You do too, Superman. Doomsday put you down, but you got back up. Everyone you think you brought back did it themselves, Nekron. We all chose life when given the chance. We're all connected. If anyone's part of a White Lantern Corps, it's us!
Shadow: I am Shadow the Hedgehog. I am the union of ideals dark and benign but ultimately built in the name of love. I am the ultimate lifeform. I am the protector of Mobius. Run home to your master and tell him. This is who I am.Fanfiction
I have spent the last century boiling tea when I could have been boiling oceans. Signing treaties and laws when I could have been signing other leaderís names with their own blood as I wrote their obituaries. Breaking seals of wax when I could have been breaking continents.Film
—Celestia, Wandering Moon
"Well, there's this passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you." I been saying that shit for years. And if you heard it, that meant your ass. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a mother fucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. See, now I'm thinkin', maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he's the shepherd protectin' my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. Now I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo, I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd."
— Jules Winfield, Pulp Fiction
Lockett: You gettin' us out too, Staff Sergeant? Or are we expendable? Hm?
Nantz: Alright, Lockett. You want to go there? Let's go there. I commanded men, and men died. Kids. Nineteen years old. The best men I ever led. Do you think for one second that I wouldn't rather trade places with them? I know you think I got my men killed. They're dead. I'm here, like the punchline to some bad joke. You think I like that? You think a minute goes by that those faces aren't right here, seared into my brain? Dante, Thomas T. Corporal. 156509386. Ambruster, William r. Private. 876662354. Wharton, Jeffery H. Lance Corporal. 874273993. Lockett. Duane G. Corporal. 1568709...
Nantz: Your brother was an outstanding Marine. He was my friend. And I miss him every day.Literature
"I look out my window each day. I look out my window at people who live and breathe. At people who have not been devoured by civil war. At people who have not been ravaged by disease. At people who have not starved to death, who have not been hacked apart by enemies of humanity, at people who are free to lie and steal and plot and complain and accuse and behave in all manner of repugnant ways because the Realm stands. Because law and order stands. Because something other than simple violence shapes the course of their lives. And I look, wife of my son, mother of my heir, at a very few decent people who have had the luxury of living their lives without being called upon to make hideous decisions I would not wish upon my worst enemies, and who consequently find such matters morally appalling when they consider them — because they have not been the ones who dealt with them. (...) Feh. Aquitane thinks me his enemy. The fool. If I truly hated him, I'd give him the Crown."
—First Lord Gaius Sextus, Princeps' Fury
"I am not asking. (...) You want to fuck with me, Tyburn, you had better know who you're messing with. (...) I am a sworn constable, and that makes me an officer of the law. I am also an apprentice, which makes a keeper of the sacred flame, but most of all I am a free man of London and that makes me a Prince of the City!"
—Detective Constable Peter Grant utterly owning River Goddess Tyburn in Rivers of London.
"There is much I do not understand, I have never pretended elsewise. I know the seas and rivers, the shapes of the coast, where the rocks and shoals lie. I know hidden coves where a boat can land unseen and I know a king protects his people or he is no king at all."
— Ser Davos Seaworth, Hand of the King, A Song of Ice and Fire
"Lord Seaworth is a man of humble birth, but he reminded me of my duty, when all I could think of was my rights. I had the cart before the horse, Davos said. I was trying to win the throne to save the kingdom, when I should have been trying to save the kingdom to win the throne."Live-Action TV
— King Stannis Baratheon, A Song of Ice and Fire
"Did the defendant make mistakes? Sure he did, serious mistakes, but did he actually commit any crimes? Did he commit treason? No. It was an impossible situation. When the Cylons arrived, what could he possibly do? What could anyone have done? I mean, ask yourself, what would you have done? What would you have done? If he had refused to surrender, the Cylons would've probably nuked the planet, right then and there. So did he appear to co-operate with the Cylons? Sure, so did hundreds of others. What's the difference between him and them? The President issued a blanket pardon. They were all forgiven, no questions asked. Colonel Tigh? Colonel Tigh used suicide bombers, killed dozens of people. Forgiven. Lieutenant Agathon and chief Tyrol murdered an officer on the Pegasus. Forgiven. The admiral? The admiral instituted a military coup d'etat against the President. Forgiven. And me? Well, where do I begin? I shot down a civilian passenger ship, the Olympic Carrier, over a thousand people on board. Forgiven. I raised my weapon to a superior officer, committed an act of mutiny. Forgiven. And then on the very day when Baltar surrendered to those Cylons, I, as commander of Pegasus, jumped away! I left everybody on that planet, alone, undefended for months. I even tried to persuade the admiral never to return, to abandon you all there for good. If I'd had my way nobody would have made it off that planet. I'm the coward. I'm the traitor. I'm forgiven. I'd say we're very forgiving of mistakes. We make our own laws now, our own justice, and we've been pretty creative with ways to let people off the hook. For everything from theft to murder. And we've had to be, because... we're not a civilization anymore! We are a gang! And we're on the run, and we have to fight to survive. We have to break rules, we have to bend laws, we have to improvise! But not this time, no, not this time, not for Gaius Baltar. No, you, you have to die! You have to die, because, well, because we don't like you very much. Because you're arrogant, because you're weak, because you're a coward, and we, the mob, want to throw you out the airlock because you didn't stand up to the Cylons and get yourself killed in the process! That's justice now! You should've been killed back on New Caprica, but since you had the temerity to live, we're going to execute you now. That's justice! This case, this case is built on emotion, on anger, bitterness, but most of all it's built on shame. It's about the shame of what we did to ourselves back on that planet. It's about the guilt of those of us who ran away, who ran away. And we are trying to dump all of that guilt and all that shame onto one man, and then flush him out the airlock, and just hope that that gets rid of it all. So that we can live with ourselves. But that won't work. That won't work. That's not justice, not to me. Not to me."Video Games
— Lee Adama, Battlestar Galactica.
Dalek: The Dalek strategem nears completion. The fleet is almost ready. You will not intervene.
The Doctor: Oh really? Why is that then?
Dalek: We have your associate. You will obey or she will be exterminated.
The Doctor: No.
Dalek: Explain yourself.
The Doctor: I said no.
Dalek: What is the meaning of this negative?
The Doctor: It means no.
Dalek: But she will be destroyed!
The Doctor: No! Because this is what I'm going to do: I'm gonna rescue her. I'm going to save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet and then I'm going to save the Earth and then, just to finish off, I'm going wipe every last stinking Dalek out of the sky!
The Doctor: Yeah! And doesn't that scare you to death?
Terra: Yes! Love!
Locke: A person worth protecting.
Edgar: A peaceful kingdom.
Sabin: A loving big brother who always looks after me! Gah-ha-ha-ha!
Celes: Someone willing to accept me for who I am.
Strago: An adorable little granddaughter!
Relm: An obnoxious grandpa... who I couldn't live without!
Setzer: Wings from a dead old friend!
Gau: These people! All them!
Kefka: Bleh! You people make me sick! You sound like lines from a self-help book!
— Final Fantasy VI (Advance translation)
"You see, someone in SOLDIER isn't simply exposed to Mako energy. Their bodies are actually injected with Jenova cells... For better or for worse, only the strong can enter SOLDIER. It has nothing to do with the Jenova Reunion. But weak people... like me, get lost in the whole thing. The combination of Jenova cells, Sephiroth's strong will, and my own weaknesses are what created me. Everyone knew that. I'm... Cloud. ...the master of my own illusionary world. But I can't remain trapped in an illusion any more... I'm going to live my life without pretending."
— Cloud, Final Fantasy VII
Lady Yunalesca: Now choose. Who will be your fayth? Who will be the one to renew Spira's Hope?
Yuna: No one. I would have gladly died. I live for the people of Spira and would have gladly died for them. But no more. The Final Summoning is a false tradition that should be thrown away.
Lady Yunalesca: No. It is our only hope. Your father sacrificed himself to give that hope to the people! So they would forget sorrow!
Yuna: Wrong. My father - my father wanted to make Spira's sorrow go away! Not just cover it up with lies!
Lady Yunalesca: Sorrow cannot be abolished. It is meaningless to try.
Yuna: My father - I loved him. So I will live with my sorrow. I will live my own life. I will defeat sorrow in his place. I will stand my ground and be strong. I don't know when it will be, but someday I will conquer it. And I will do it without false hope.
"The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on Earth. But I think that's a luxury. Not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take... inventory. Outgunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and the rocks here, stained with thousands of years of warfare... They will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares, this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the Earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: We. Will. Kill him."
— Captain John Price, Modern Warfare 2
Dark Prince: What now then? Gather up enough sand, perform another grand rewind? Or perhaps you can return to the Island and travel back to a time when he might still be saved. Maybe rescue a Damsel in Distress along the way!
Prince: NO! You are right. I have been like a child. Naive and arrogant; always rushing to undo my mistakes. Never facing the consequences of my actions. No more. I accept what I have done, and all that it implies. (transforms back, without water)
Dark Prince: What is this?! You have no water! How did you—?
Prince: You hold no power over me now! Be gone! Retreat to whatever dark hole spawned you, and do not trouble me again.
Zero: If I destroy Weil's core, the explosion will take Ragnarok out with it... If Ragnarok is blown apart, it no longer poses a threat!
Weil: Are you even capable of it? The Reploid hero, protecting justice and humanity! I am one of those humans you have sworn to protect! Do you have it in you to defeat me?! (cue One-Winged Angel)
Zero: I never cared about justice, and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears in front of me, I will destroy it!
— Mega Man Zero 4
"If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear ó whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I have seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag's heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me."
— The Nameless One, Planescape: Torment
Asura: I understand it all now! The true reason for my wrath!
Chakravartin: You are not worthy!
Asura: I could not stand it! There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves!
Chakravartin: How can he, be so powerful!? I Am, the only, God!
Asura: That, is why... I pray to no one! Nor will I be prayed to! And above all else... I will never forgive you... for making MY DAUGHTER CRY!
I fight for all creatures living and breathing! I fight for all departed souls still hanging in limbo! But most of all, I fight for Lady Palutena, the goddess of light! And it's in all their names that I will crush you, lord of the Underworld! I won't let you desecrate another soul!
— Pit, Kid Icarus: Uprising
Naomi: ...I'm just surprised you're willing to sacrifice yourself... you've got the genes of a soldier, not a savior...
Snake: Trying to say I'm only interested in saving my own skin?
Naomi: I wouldn't go that far, but...
Snake: I don't know what the hell my genes look like, and I don't care. I operate on instinct.
Naomi: Like an animal?
Snake: I'm going to save Meryl. I don't need an excuse.
Snake: And I'm not doing it for someone else either. I'm saving Meryl for myself. Colonel, don't worry!
Colonel: Snake, thanks.
Daphnes: My children... Listen to me. I have lived regretting the past. And I have faced those regrets. If only I could do things over again... Not a day of my life has gone by without my thoughts turning to my kingdom of old. I have lived bound to Hyrule. In that sense, I was the same as Ganondorf.
But you... I want you to live for the future. There may be nothing left for you... But despite that, you must look forward and walk a path of hope, trusting that it will sustain you when darkness comes.
Farewell... This is the only world that your ancestors were able to leave you. Please... forgive us.
Zelda: W-Wait! You could... You could come with us! Yes, of course... We have a ship! We can find it. We WILL find it! The land that will be the next Hyrule! SoÖ
Daphnes: ...Ah, but child... That land will not be Hyrule. It will be YOUR land!Web Comics
Lucca: Do you know what the worst moment of my life was?
Eater of Dreams: Obviously it would be now—
Lucca: No. This was about a year ago. Crono, Marle, and I had jumped through a gate into a strange new world. A world where humanity lived in near hopeless desperation, never knowing when the end would come. To our horror, we discovered it was the future. Our future. I can't even describe how I felt when I found out the truth. It threatened to swallow me up. But then I realized something.
Eater of Dreams: Some trite bit about the power of hope, I'm cer—
Lucca: That when there is no hope... there's nothing to lose by trying. Maybe I am destined to become a puppet. Maybe there's nothing I can do to stop what's coming. But I'll be DAMNED if I go down quietly. Even if I have to twist the very fabric of reality... I WON'T LOSE!
Captain Gamer: You are right. There... ngh... There will always be evil, and those who combat it will perhaps never see a world without it. Those who truly combat evil know and accept this tragic truth. Evil is an aspect of sentient nature... not a boss to be defeated and done with. The collective forces of evil will never be extinguished, so it is up to those who are able to stop it! When they are no longer able, the torch of justice is passed on. Just like how evil never dies, so do the ideals of good! As long as I know this, any intimidation from your point does not affect me. The only inevitability is your actions being lost in time, and the world's continued harmony! It's game time!!
Reynardine: When I had taken Sivo's body, Eglamore eventually managed to capture me and trap me in one of their holding cells. I was there for a long time... I became desperate. I wanted to see the stars again. So I broke free one night, and that's where I met Antimony. Alone, out there on that rooftop. But then I knew Surma had passed away. The world had moved on... So much time had passed and there I was, a wasted life clinging to her memory. It was my next day, when Antimony visited me in my cell, that I realised my chance to to escape. A chance to have a new body, with access to her hidden power. I was going to kill her.
Hetty: Yes! You should have! You were so stupid to let the opportunity slip by!
Reynardine: It was Eglamore. He intervened before I could take Antimony's body and I was forced into this one.
Hetty: And such a shame it is, my darling.
Reynardine: It is a shame. (throws her "tools" on the ground) I said I will always regret that day, but it's my actions that I regret. Not the outcome.
Reynardine: I had already taken a life, and I was prepared to do it again. This body is my shame. And when she smiles at me, I feel the shame of that moment anew! (stomps on the can of lighter fluid and douses Hetty)
Hetty: What are you- (Reynardine lights a match) You wouldn't dare! (Reynardine throws the match, setting Hetty's body on fire) GRAAAARGH! You idiot! How could you?!
Reynardine: (in wolf form) And when I wear this symbol, I wear it with pride. (Tears Hetty's real form in half)
—Gunnerkrigg Court, "Chapter 43: Quicksilver"
NO FUCKING SHIT I KILL PEOPLE! I put holes in mountains! I break shit constantly without even trying! I saved the world on no less than seven fucking occasions, and guess what, super-accuracy is not one of my anomalies! Am I supposed to be impressed that you've never killed anybody? What a bold moral choice from someone who's terrified of violence and scared shitless of going to jail! It's like, have you ever had the option of murdering a bunch of people? Okay, then why the FUCK am I listening to your opinion on the matter? Every day I don't kill a thousand fucking people, they should throw me a god-damned tickertape parade!Web Original
—Alison, Strong Female Protagonist
"Ever since my dad left and my mom passed on, I've been... lost. I know this now. That's years of pointless drifting — anchored only to paycheques and vices, and my hatred of life... When there's no connection — when there's no sense of purpose — what else is there to feel? But in the last month — with my brain getting fried and the sky crashing down and the faces from my dreams being real... in that sliver of time it all changed... Because my parents, my job, my things, my failures... they couldn't define me anymore. They just didn't matter. What I do now is real — who I touch now is real. You have all opened my eyes, Shandala — helped me to find my truth. Maybe, if you let us, we can help you find yours."
— Raimi Matthews, Broken Saints Chapter 21, Act 3
"Hell no. It's not gonna end crime, but rampages like yours are more bound to cause crime. Is that really a world we should live in? Where crimes should pile on top of crimes on top of crimes on top of... Should we really live in a world where everybody is an asshole who kills to survive? Do you sincerely, really believe in that type of world? Man that speech was cheesy".Western Animation
—Boy Lightning, We Are Our Avatars
Spongebob: I guess you're right, Plankton. I am just a kid. You know, I've been through a lot in the last 6 days, 5 minutes, 27 and a half seconds; and if I've learned anything during that time, it's you are who you are. And no amount of mermaid magic, managerial promotion, or some other third thing can make me any more than what I really am inside, a kid; but that's okay! Cause I did what everyone said a kid couldn't do! I made it to Shell City, and I beat the Cyclops, and I rode the Hasslehoff, and I brought the crown back! So, yeah, I'm a kid, and I'm also a goofball, and a wingnut, and knuckleheadmcspazzatron, but most of all... I'm... I'm... I'm... I'M A GOOFY GOOBER! ROCK!
Zuko: For so long, all I wanted was for you to love me, to accept me. I thought it was my honor I wanted. But really, I was just trying to please you. You, my father, who banished me, just for talking out of turn. My father, who challenged me, a 13-year-old boy, to an Agni Kai. How can you possibly justify a duel with a child?
Fire Lord Ozai: It was to teach you respect.
Zuko: It was cruel! And it was wrong.
Fire Lord Ozai: Then you have learned nothing.
Zuko: No, Iíve learned everything! And I've had to learn it on my own. Growing up, we were taught that the Fire Nation was the greatest civilization in history. And somehow, the war was our way of sharing our greatness with the rest of the world. What an amazing lie that was. The people of the world are terrified by the Fire Nation! They donít see our greatness, they hate us! And we deserve it. Weíve created an era of fear in the world. And if we donít want the world to destroy itself, we need to replace it with an era of peace and kindness.
Fire Lord Ozai: *laughs contemptuously* Your Uncle has gotten to you, hasnít he?
Zuko: *closes his eyes, then opens them again and smiles* Yes. He has.
Megabyte: You can't do this. It goes against everything you stand for.
Matrix: You took away my life. Destroyed my home. Caused nothing but pain and suffering to everyone I held dear.
(brings down a trident, but misses on purpose)
Matrix: Surprised? Don't be. You're not worth it. Mainframe will always endure. Remember this defeat, this humiliation. Remember you can never win.
(Megabyte pushes himself off the building)
Megabyte: No, you remember, boy. How I turned defeat into victory. How I left you with a dying system.
Optimus Prime: I have been foolish not to see what history has proven over and over again. That Autobots and Decepticons will never mend their ways. If there can be no diplomatic solution to this... perpetual conflict, then I must not allow more darkness to fall on this or any other planet. Megatron must be destroyed!
Wyldstyle: Hey, everybody. You don't know me, but I'm on TV, so you can trust me. I know things seem kind of bad right now, but there is a way out of this. (shows footage of Emmet) This is Emmet. And he was just like all of you: a face in the crowd, following the same instructions as you. He was so good at fitting in, no one ever saw him. And I owe you an apology, because I used to look down on people like that.
Knight: (reading transcription of Wyldstyle's speech) I used to think they were followers, with no ideas or vi-si-on.
Wyldstyle: Because it turns out Emmet had great ideas. And even though they seemed weird, and kind of pointless, they actually came closer than anyone else to saving the universe. And now we have to finish what he started by making whatever weird thing pops into our heads. All of you have the ability inside of you to be a groundbreaker. And I mean literally, break the ground! Peel off the pieces, tear apart your walls! Build things only you could build, defend yourselves! We need to fight back against President Business's plans to freeze us! Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday. It will be known... as Freedom Friday!
Wyldstyle: But still... on a Tuesday!