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  • Babylon 5 brings us The Ranger Oath:
    "We are Rangers.
    We walk in the dark places no others will enter.
    We stand on the bridge, and no one may pass.
    We live for the One - we die for the One."
    • In the Spinoff Legend of the Rangers, one ranger starship captain amends the above creed to end, "We Live for the one, we die for the one...but we don't die stupidly."
      • Also, let's not the PSI Corps and their motto: "The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father."
      • Don't forget the Grey Council: "I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and the light."
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    • A more informal example comes in the form of the first lesson multiple generations of Sheridans taught their sons.
      Sheridan: Never start a fight. Always finish it.
  • Battlestar Galactica: "What do we do now, Captain?" Starbuck: "Same thing we always do: fight 'em till we can't."
    • "What do you hear?" "Nothing but the rain" (The sound of the debris of enemy craft hitting the hull)
    • Let's not forget Commander Adama's favorite "We've got to roll the hard six."
    • "So say we all!"
  • Doctor Who:
  • The Expanse: Bobbie Draper leads the chant (though probably not the official creed) of the Martian Marine Corps:
    Who's going to feast on Earth's sky and drink their rivers dry?
    Who's going to stomp their mountains into fine Martian dust?
    Till the rains fall hard on Olympus Mons, who are we?
    I can't hear you!
    Who are we?
  • Firefly: Possibly the motto of the Serenity Valley soldiers: "When you can't run, you walk. When you can't walk, you crawl. And when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you."
    • "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The Night's Watch oath:
      "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."
    • And the customary eulogy for a black brother?
      "We shall never see his like again. And now his watch is ended."
    • The ironborn express their faith in the Drowned God with the refrain, "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."
    • House Hornwood's motto, "Righteous In Wrath" turns out to be true. They're one of the two Houses in "righteous wrath" for the Starks' death, who rise against the Boltons.
  • Parodied on Hey Dude! Mr. Ernst tries to psych Jake up for a fight by telling him to remember the Ernst family motto. "We like math?" Mr. Ernst then tells him it's: "An Ernst never backs down!" To which Jake tells him he's never heard of that one before.
  • The titular Kamen Rider Stronger proves just how badass he is every time he shows up on screen with his creed.
    "The heavens call!
    The earth cries out!
    The crowds roar!
    All calling on me to strike back against evil!
    now listen up, villains!
    I am the warrior of justice!
    The Kamen Rider...Stronger!"
  • "The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you. Sometimes bad guys make the best good guys. We provide... Leverage."
  • The Brunnen-G battle hymn in Lexx probably qualifies:
    Yo Way Yo
    Home Va Ya Ray
    Yo Way Rah
    Jerhume Brunnen-G
    Fighters of the fight
    For their home and their heart
    We fighters will win or die
    Forever we are Brunnen-G
  • Stargate SG-1: The Jaffa rebels' "I die free."
    • Shel kek nem ron!
    • When they show up for the first time, the Ori battleships are quick to announce their intentions: "And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made unto dust."
  • Star Trek: Any Klingon, any time, anywhere: "Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!"note 
    • The Jem'Hadar battle cry is pretty badass:
      "I am First [name of Jem'Hadar First], and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We go into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember: Victory is Life!"
    • And then Miles O'Brien turns to his men and says:
      I am Chief Miles Edward O'Brien. I am very much alive and I intend to stay that way.
    • While not designed to intimidate as such, the opening narration detailing the mission of the Enterprise (and Starfleet in general) is pretty badass:
      "Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before."
    • The Cardassian Resistance only needs two words:
      For Cardassia!
    • The Borg's introductory speech, while not exactly badass in the traditional sense, is intimidating just in its sheer matter-of-factness, delivered in a Creepy Monotone Voice of the Legion:
      "We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."
      • And now they've kicked it up a notch in the Expanded Universe
        "We are the Borg. You will be annihilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness have become irrelevant. Resistance is futile...but welcome."
      • And then you have this version.... (What?)
        "We are the Canadian Borg. Resistance would be impolite. Please wait to be assimilated. Pour l'assimilation en francais, veuillez appuyer sur deux." trans. 
  • Torchwood provides: "Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth and arming the human race against the future. The 21st Century is when everything changes. And you've gotta be ready."
    • Which, in series 2, becomes: "Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st Century is when everything changes. And Torchwood is ready."


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