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     Anime and Manga 

Haruka Kotoura: What exactly does the ESP Society do?
Yuriko Mifune: I'm glad you asked. The objectives of the ESP Society and Research Club are to find scientific proof that Psychic Powers exist so the general populous will acknowledge them, and we protect those with Psychic Powers from the prejudiced views of society!
Haruka: Um... I don't want to prove the existence of Psychic Powers.... note 
Yuriko: (surprised) What?!
(Beat)
Dai'chi Muroto: Yuriko, you're always so impatient.
Yuriko: Well... this is my first time meeting someone with ESP. I guess I came on a little strong. I'm sorry, Kotoura-chan.
Haruka: It's fine...
Yuriko: (to Haruka) But you will agree to join the club, right?
Haruka: Are you sure? I really can read your mind!
Yuriko: That's not a problem.
— Yuriko recruiting Haruka in Kotoura-san, episode 2

You want to make it so everyone's cut from the same cloth. Guess what? I won't let it happen! 'Cause this world is better off with batshit crazy people than it is with you!
Ryuko Matoi, Kill la Kill

I don't care what I become. All those who fought against witches, who believed in hope as magical girls, I don't want to see them cry. I want them to be smiling to the end. If any rule or law stands against that, I will destroy it. I will rewrite it.
Madoka Kaname, Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Simon: Force your way down a path YOU choose to take, and do it all yourself! That's the way Team Dai-Gurren rolls!
Nia: Even when trapped by karma's cycle...
Yoko: The dreams we left behind will open the door!
Leeron: Even if the universe stands against us...
Viral: Our burning blood will cut through fate!
Simon: We'll break through heavens and the dimensions!
All: And defy all who would stop us to grab hold of our path!
Simon: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann!
All: JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!

     Comic Books 

Oh boy! Now I've heard it all... Because Soames muscled his way into authority, he's a good guy, huh? Pal, Hitler was the "boss" of Germany, remember? And there was Genghis Khan, Nero... Throughout history, cheap punks have made themselves leaders! Regardless of their titles, they were still cheap punks!
Green Arrow, Green Arrow / Green Lantern #77

Nobody's always right. Nobody's always good. But wanting to be? Wanting to do what's best so fucking much you'll change the rules to do it? That's a win in my book.

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     Film - Live-Action 

They may take our lives, but they will never take... OUR FREEDOM!!!
William Wallace, Braveheart

Rocket Raccoon: What are you? Some saint, all of a sudden? What has the galaxy ever done for you? Why would you wanna to save it?!
Peter Quill: Because I'm one of the idiots who lives in it!

You're scared because you can't control me. You can't, and you never will. But that doesn't mean I'm your enemy.

I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world... without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries; a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.
Neo, The Matrix

A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... "better." And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.
Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity

Atticus Finch: There are some things that you're not old enough to understand just yet. There's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man.
Scout Finch: If you shouldn't be defending him, then why are you doing it?
Atticus: For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up in town. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somethin' again.

Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.
Optimus Prime, Transformers

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
V, V for Vendettanote 

     Literature 

I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Bernardo de la Paz, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Is that the position of the Jedi Order? What the galaxy needs is one language, one system of measurement, one uniform, one flag? Should we just cut the word "no" out of the language and substitute "Yes sir, right away, sir" instead?
Han Solo, Betrayal

The First Ideal: Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.
The Second Ideal: I will remember those who have been forgotten.
The Third Ideal: I will listen to those who have been ignored.
— The Ideals of the Edgedancers, The Stormlight Archive

     Live-Action TV 

Bad laws were made to be broken.
The Second Doctor, Doctor Who

I am definitely a madman with a box!
The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who

Good men don't need rules.
The Eleventh Doctor again - and today is not the day to find out why he has so many

Kira: (being recalled to Bajor) You break the rules, you pay.
Odo: (incredulous laugh) Wait a minute, I want to be sure I heard that correctly. Because it doesn't sound like the Kira Nerys who has made a career out of breaking the rules.
Kira: Well, I guess I broke one too many.
Odo: Major, you've been breaking one too many for fourteen-and-a-half-years. Cardassian rules, Bajoran rules, Federation rules, they're all meaningless to you! Because you have a personal code that's always mattered more. And I'm sorry to say, you're in slim company.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "The Circle"

"Power does things to people. I ain't never met a man who had it that I favoured. So I take it from 'em, and hope they see what remains."

     Music 

We weren't born to follow
Come on an' get up off your knees
Bon Jovi, "We Weren't Born To Follow"

Now Tom said "Mom, wherever there's a cop beatin' a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight 'gainst the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me Mom I'll be there
Wherever there's somebody fightin' for a place to stand
Or decent job or a helpin' hand
Wherever somebody's strugglin' to be free
Look in their eyes, Mom, you'll see me."
Bruce Springsteen, "The Ghost of Tom Joad"

We're not bad people
(We're not dirty, we're not mean)
We love everybody,
(But we do as we please)
Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime"

Sometimes I just want to drive
until the streets run out.
I want to burn until there's
nothing left to burn about.
This city's waiting for a better day.
When I get back there will be hell to pay.
But, if I'm the only one left standing,
I will not be afraid to fight.
I'm breaking out of here tonight.
Joe, The Protomen - Act II: The Father of Death - Breaking Out

Our freedom of speech is freedom or death. We got to fight the powers that be!
Public Enemy, "Fight The Power"

    Tabletop Games 

A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, though good, may not agree with that of society. [...] Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit.
Dungeons & Dragons: Player's Handbook, 3.5th Edition

My soul is good, but free. Laws have no conscience. Blind order promotes disorder. Goodness cannot be learned just from a book of prayer. Compassion does not wear a uniform. The smallest act of kindness is never wasted. Repay kindness with kindness. Be kind to someone in trouble — it may be you who needs kindness the next day.
— Introduction to Chaotic Good, Pathfinder: Ultimate Campaign

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     Theatre 

Whatever I thought right
seemed bad to others;
whatever seemed wrong to me,
others approved of.

     Video Games 

We are free to follow our own path. There are those who will take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it. But it is our ability to choose - whatever you think is true - that makes us human... There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the way. Choose your own way! Do not follow me, or anyone else.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Assassin's Creed II

The Kings are about an idea, you see? Where every man is free to follow his own path, do his own thing. Where every man is a king in his own right.

I never cared about justice, and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero. I've 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!
Zero, Mega Man Zero

I don't know why, I can't leave though it might be tough
But I ain't out of control, just livin' by my word
Don't ask me why, I don't need a reason
I got my way, my own way
— "It Doesn't Matter", Sonic Adventure

No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!
Sonic the Hedgehog ignores Dr. Eggman's attempt to protect his Evil Plan by invoking Digital Piracy Is Evil, Sonic Colors

The law has always been the tool of whoever happens to hold all the chips. You can't deny that lives were saved because those bastards were put down.
Yuri Lowell, Tales of Vesperia

"Agent 4 is the type of squid who goes with the flow, even when the waters are raging. This silent squid values freedom and flexibility more than anything, and while it's rumored that Agent 4 helped Marie save the world or whatever, I'm pretty sure that was mostly Marie's idea."
Splatoon's Squid Research Lab on Agent 4

     Webcomics 

Luckily for me, I've never trusted authority figures, be they kings, presidents, or party leaders. Give a man enough power, and he's bound to abuse it, no matter how noble he thinks he is.
Girard Draketooth, The Order of the Stick

Florence: I don't want to be a troublemaker.
Sam: What? You want corrupt systems to continue? Go along to get along?
Florence: Well, no.
Sam: You want justice? You're a troublemaker.
Police Chief: Those two don't have to go together.
Sam: Ah, but they so often do!

Helix: How do you know when you should break the law?
Sam: When systems evolve that crush the spirit! When the law is corrupt! When people cry out for justice! But mostly, when it's fun.

     Western Animation 

Yeah, let's break some rules!
Toph Beifong, Avatar: The Last Airbender

C'mon, I don't belong up here, fighting monsters and aliens and supervillains. I just help the little guy. And a big club like this, you tend to forget all about him. So gee whiz, I'm flattered to be asked and all. But no thanks.

     Real Life 

I tell you, no virtue can exist without breaking these ten commandments; Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules.
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
Albert Camus

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Albert Camus

It is the fundamental duty of the citizen to resist and to restrain the violence of the state.
Noam Chomsky

The more laws, the less justice.
Cicero

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least.

If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.

There is hope in the individual, in you, not in a system, not in the blueprint of a planned society, not in any religious organization, but in you, the individual.
J. Krishnamurti, Collected Works, Vol. IV

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
Laozi

Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.
Michel de Montaigne

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others, to do so would be wise, or even right.
John Stuart Mill

It's elementary that laws don't decide right and wrong. Every American should know that, in the 1950s, it was against the law in many states for a black person to sit in the front of a bus; but only racists would say sitting there was wrong.

If you're going to be crazy, you have to make sure you're getting paid for it or else they'll lock you up.

Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Why, the Government is merely a servant - merely a temporary servant: it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong... Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility... must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide it against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country - let men label you as they may.
Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth

All modes of government are failures. Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things. Oligarchies are unjust to the many, and ochlocracies are unjust to the few. High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. It has been found out.

My mother said that you are never supposed to break the law, but my dad said that some laws need to be broken.

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