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Quotes: You Can't Thwart Stage One
In the movies, there always has to be a plot twist. That means things always go wrong once before you get to the happy ending!
Viewtiful Joe, explaining why the villains are in good shape now.

No figuring out the plot and killing the actual villain five minutes into the adventure.

Cucumber: If the bad guys need these stones to resurrect the Nightmare Knight, then wouldn't it make a lot more sense to get rid of them, and prevent any of this from happening at all?
Cabbage: What? No! What? That's IMPOSSIBLE!
Cucumber: ...But they're right here.
Cabbage: It's boring, then! You don't want to go down as the most boring legendary hero in history, do you?

Tarquin: You're a bard right? How many stories have you heard in which a single hero vanquishes a wicked empire?
Elan: I dunno... dozens, I guess.
Tarquin: What is the one thing they all have in common? The one fact that they all share?
Elan: The hero always wins!
Tarquin: Arguable. No, the one thing they all have in common is this : The wicked empire exists. It has existed for some time, and it will continue to exist if no hero intervenes.
Tarquin: Don't you see Elan? The rules of drama to which you subscribe as a bard tell us that such tyrannies can exist — indeed, MUST exist — and persist long enough that no one realistically thinks that they can be defeated. Else, where is the drama in a hero opposing them?

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