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Creed Vs. Greed

"Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember:
Nothing is true.
Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember:
Everything is permitted.
We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.
Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."

Sometimes, the badass doesn't need a longcoat, or a motorcycle, or a pair of shades. Sometimes, you just need the right words. Maybe you're a badass who's part of an order of badasses with similar goals. Or maybe you're a lone badass, and you've come up with a credo that explains who you are to others. Either way, you've got a Badass Creed, that sums up everything you are and what you believe in.

See also In the Name of the Moon. If it only gets said once, it's probably a Badass Boast instead. Saying it to reinforce your goal or similar can have the same effect as a Survival Mantra or a Theme Music Powerup, and can precede or punctuate a Moment of Awesome.

Not related to the guy from Black Cat, even though he is a badass Big Bad. Or the four-star badass General Ursakar E. Creed from Warhammer 40,000. Or either of the championship boxers from the Rocky franchise.

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  • From Mythodea
    • The Black Ice as a call/response series:
      "We live.."
      "We fight..."
      "We die.."
    • And one for all "Verfemte" (Condemned), also call/response and usually repeated 3 times:
      "He is the eye..."

Italian LARP "Battle for Vilegis" has scores of 'em

House Brandis "senza meta, nessuna speranza!" (No hope without a goal)

House Altea "padroni del nostro destino! " (masters of our own fate!)

House Soldraconis "Nessuna carne verrĂ  risparmiata!" (No flesh shall be spared)

House Radiant "dalle ceneri alla vittoria!" (From ashes to victory!)

House Martes "Nostro il volere, nostro il potere" (ours the will;ours the power.)

House Laocoonte"insegna a soffrire, vivi a morire" (teach to suffer, live to die [lit. for the sake of dying].)

House Argantis "conquista e domina!" (To conquer and dominate)

House Vassago "Trema il forte, Ariete alle porte!" (literally "the Stronghold trembles, the ram is at the door" but (since the ram is their araldic animal) can also be read as "Strong men tremble at the ram's (our) approach")

House Valerian "Scuoti la terra, lacera la notte" (shake the ground, shred the night)

House Devoras "Scende la tenebra, reclama l'abisso" (Darkness falls, the abyss beckons)

House Gregoria "equo il verdetto, affonda l'artiglio" (the verdict is just, the claw sunders)

House Lynxia "chiama il fulmine, urla il tuono" (lightning calls, thunder screams)

...and more yet.

Also, the lesser houses. To name but some....

Lesser house Verania "osa il volo o taci al suolo" (dare to fly or shut up on the ground)

Lesser house Cerberus "poni fine e non inizio" (put an end, not a start)

  • The Lone Ranger's Creed, from his original radio show and all other versions:
    I believe:
    That to have a friend, a man must be one.
    That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
    That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
    In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
    That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
    That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.
    That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
    That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
    That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.
    I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
  • Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

  • The Book of Mormon: Captain Moroni writes an oath on a flag made out of his own torn clothing; "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." He then proceeds to march out with this flag, calling on everyone who will support the "title of liberty" to take up their weapons and armour and gather to him to put down the rebel Amalickiah. Why the torn clothing? Because they vow that if they fail to live their creed, God can "rend them even as they had rent their garments." Not only does Moroni's campaign gather enough recruits to outnumber Amalickiah, it also makes many of Amalickiah's soldiers start second-guessing themselves.


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Jessica Dealing With Her Fears

After Jaune and Jessica are trapped inside a closet, the walls starts closing in and Jessica starts having an anxiety attack. After Jaune helps her calm down and shows he believes in her, Jessica gets them out from there while reciting the Green Lantern Oath.

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