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    Film - Animated 

Once I called you brother
Once I thought the chance to make you laugh
Was all I ever wanted
And even now I wish that God had chose another
Serving as your foe on his behalf
Is the last thing that I wanted

This was my home, all this pain and devastation, how it tortures me inside
All the innocent who suffer for your stubbornness and pride
Moses, The Plagues, The Prince of Egypt

    Film - Live-Action 

Sylvia (phoning in): Hi, Christof!♥ I'd just like to say one thing, you're a liar and a manipulator and what you've done to Truman is sick.
Christof: Well. We remember this voice, don't we? How could we forget?
Host: Uh, let's go to another call, what do we have—
Christof: No, no, no, no, no, it's fine, it's fine, Mike. I love to reminisce with former members of the cast.

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    Literature 

"I mean - I would like a position - to work for you, you know."
The Dean was speechless. Again he surveyed the stranger with his measuring, critical look. "You've never done any work," he said gently.
The man stood very straight before him and spoke almost defiantly. "No, I haven't, but is that any reason why I should not?"
The Dean's eyes twinkled, as they have a way of doing when you say something that he likes. "I'd say it's a better reason why you should," he returned quietly.
When A Man's A Man, by Harold Bell Wright

Arbiter: You were going to leave the Protectorate? You had to have been.
Nix: Yeah.
Arbiter: Just like that?
Nix: It's gone. Doomed. We lost Alexandria, we lost Legend and Eidolon. The new team doesn't hit half as hard. Look at Rime. Taken out of action like that. Protectorate's a shadow of what it was.

Edriss: You think you’re leaving?
Essam: Yes, Allison. I-
Edriss: I am Sub-Visser Four-hundred-nine, not ‘Allison’!
Essam: Yes, Sub-Visser. But I am no longer a member of the Empire. I have chosen death over a continuation of this despicable mission.
Edriss: Despicable? Have you gone mad, Essam? We are Yeerks!

    Live-Action TV 

She's killing people. Our people. It has to stop! I should have stopped it a long time ago. We shouldn't be here... doing these things.
Diego, Burn Notice, "Broken Rules"

In all my travelling throughout the universe I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core!

Davros: You...betrayed the Daleks.
Dalek Caan: I SAW the Daleks! What we have done! Throughout time and space! I saw the TRUTH of us, Creator, and I decreed: NO! MORE!

Elim and I were interrogating five Bajorans - they were children, Doctor! None of them were older than fourteen years old! They knew nothing! They lived in bombed-out rooms, scrounged for food on the streets! They were filthy and they stank! The room was freezing cold, the air was like ice, and suddenly the whole exercise seemed utterly meaningless. All I wanted was a hot bath and a good meal. So I let them go. I gave them whatever latinum I had in my pockets, and opened the door, and flung them back into the street!
Garak (giving one of three contradictory backstories), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "The Wire"

The Heretic: They called me the Conqueror when I was young. From sea to sea, my victories were sung. I lied. I cursed. I killed, I hurt, I maimed! Vile and cruel deeds for which I was famed. Then Thra gave urGoh and me a vision...

    Music 
Don’t come looking for me
I don’t want to be found
I just want to be free
— "To Be Free", by Tonight Alive

    Radio 

Why would I want to return here, when all my heroes are so damn disappointing? Omega, a madman, sold out by his peers; Morbius, Time Lord of the first rank, betrays his heritage; Borusa, my old friend, teacher and mentor, all he wants is immortality; and Rassilon. Oh, Rassilon. The father of our whole society: a bigoted despot so consumed by love for his own self-image that he sentences the future to death. Who's next? Hm? You, Madam President? Is that what a sniff of power on your pathetic planet does? Enjoy your corruption, Romana. I don't want to see or hear anything of Gallifrey ever again. Once, the Time Lords exiled me. Now, I exile myself.
The Eighth Doctor gives the Sixth a run for his money, Big Finish Doctor Who, "Zagreus"

    Theatre 

I am disgusted with this age of puny scribblers when I read of great men in my Plutarch.
Karl von Moor, The Robbers

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    Video Games 

Mr. Comstock, when we next meet, it won't be to parley. See, I went out to that "Hall o' Heroes" to scalp your False Shepherd for you. Turns out, though, DeWitt speaks Sioux. He helped me to swap words with this cripple child I've been looking after. Now, after hearing how the kid has fared in your city, I'm thinking, when we take your pelt... I'll let him hold the knife.
Preston E. Downs, Bioshock Infinite

You cannot judge me, I am justice itself! We were meant for more than this; to protect the innocent! But if our precious laws bind you all to inaction, then I will no longer stand as your brother.
Tyrael, Diablo III

Hetzel: Wait... I remember you... You were one of the dracoknights that fled to Daein, defying the senators... You opposed the almighty Begnion and the word of the goddess... Why? Why would you defy such power?
Haar: You could live another lifetime, and you'd still never understand.

Sinestro: Desertion, Flash? Poor timing, don't you think?
Flash: You're right; I should have done this sooner.

I have to know who I am... I am DONE WITH THIS.
Roxas's Diary: Day 355, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you should find another flag.
— Anonymous, quoted in Modern Warfare 2

Magoichi: Nobunaga will attack Saiga Village after he takes Odami Castle. What happened to your village will happen to Saiga Village...
Jubei: Why do you care...?
Magoichi: Jubei, my mother died just after I was born. The other women in the village with children raised me as if was one of their own. I was not special. The people of this village are kind and generous to anyone. They do not deserve to be destroyed. This is why I must protect that village. Therefore, I decided to deplete Nobunaga of his funds and supplies.

As a Prince of the Valuan Empire, all of the innocent blood spilled by the Armada is on my hands. I've done all I can to convince the Empress, and Galcian, that what Valua is doing is wrong, but I cannot convince them to change their ways. Everything I have tried has failed. I am powerless to stop them. My only chance for redemption is to aid you.
Enrique, Skies of Arcadia

You think it strange that I betray my own? Let me enlighten you how it is they who are the betrayers: before I was Wampiry I was a soldier, and before I was a soldier I was a man, and that man was Transylvanian. When I lived, I fought for this land, and in battle, I gave my life for it. I have slept for a thousand years in its good grave earth. I respect it... not like the scum outside and their idiot war. They are nothing of my kind. They invade their own homeland, no better than the Mongolians, Hungarians, Turks before them! Such disgrace, and to what purpose? They have been promised a Wampiry nation under their own rule; how does such a nation sustain itself without humans? Misguided fools. We need each other, your race and mine.

"I could tell right away that Agent 8 had also been touched by the Calamari Inkantation. Once our souls have been freed, there's no way we can continue to live under the oppression of Octarian society."
Marina, Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

    Webcomics 

"'Son of Alderode.' Ha, son of Alderode! I'd rather be son of a whore. Alderode is a hell. And I've watered weeds with the blood of patriots louder and stupider than you."
Mathis Quigley, Unsounded

    Web Original 

Eventually, Superman makes it to the cave... but by that time the supercomputer has formed a Kryptonite ray, and this time the formula's right. They start blasting, and there's this great moment where Gus turns to Webster and quietly says "you’re hurting him," as though Webster just hasn't realized that this is a bad thing he's doing.
Chris Sims on Superman III

Whoopi continued to throw fists for Cosby even after we all found out that he admitted in a deposition to buying ludes to give to women. But today, the defender of anything and everything joined Jill Scott by swan diving off of Cosby's sinking ship. That leaves a confused Bill Cosby standing on a slanted deck holding a silver tray full of drinks as one of his lone supporters Phylicia Rashad throws him a look that says, "Yeah, I'm not that thirsty."
Michael K., "Satan Just Threw On a Parka"

Suddenly, our peaceful protests were being replaced with organized attacks. We were setting fire to shops that refused to serve us, hijacking cargo from companies that used Faunus labor. And the worst part was, it was working. We were being treated like equals. But not out of respect... out of fear. So, I left. I decided I no longer wanted to use my skills to aid in their violence.
Blake Belladonna, RWBY

    Western Animation 

He has no honor. No honor at all. He has forfeited my service. I stand with you, Guardian. So swears Raythor.

The day I betrayed your Empire, Governor, was the day I finally stopped betraying myself.
Alexsandr Kallus, Star Wars Rebels

    Real Life 

I am certain to be denounced as a "race-traitor" by many of my so-called "friends" for these statements. That's OK; they have a right to their opinion, as I and my Winchester have a right to mine.
Milton Klein, former neo-Nazi

I did many things as a Black Muslim that I'm sorry for now. I was a zombie then, I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. Well, I guess a man's entitled to make a fool of himself if he's ready to pay the cost. It cost me 12 years. That was a bad scene, brother. The sickness and madness of those days - I'm glad to be free of them.

Climate change warnings and EPA empowerment coming from actual Republicans. That's like being told pizza causes cancer by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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