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Oliver: You know, Libby, you missed a lot — not knowing Norman Maine.
Libby: Not knowing him? I spent my life knowing him! I knew what he was going to do before he did it! I knew him backwards!
Oliver: You didn't know him at all. He was quite a guy.

No one here is entirely what he appears. If I surprised you, so much the better.
G'Kar, Babylon 5 ("Mind War")

You know, consciously, you may control it, but subconsciously, I bet that's another story.
Major Glenn Talbot, Hulk

I've got a dream, I've got a dream
See, I ain't as cruel and vicious as I seem!
Though I do like breaking femurs
You can count me with the dreamers
Like everybody else, I've got a dream!
Hook-Hand, Tangled, "I've Got a Dream"

Who knew the ramen guy had so much backstory?

Urk: Urk speak six languages.
Donovan: And none of them have use personal pronouns?
Urk: None!
Donovan and Urk, MSF High

Yes, I've read a poem; try not to faint.
Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity

Imp screamed again as he directed another wave of flame her way. It was a scream of pain this time.

Foil shot him, but he didn’t turn away from Imp and the Yàngban member. Instead, one hand stretched out, casting flame towards her. The cloth goats blocked it, and were promptly set aflame. He maintained two columns of flame from his hands, one directed at Imp, one at Foil and Parian.

"Fuck it," Regent said, his voice almost inaudible. He was looking at Imp.

"Regent," I said. When he rose to his feet, I raised my voice, “Regent!”

Behemoth dropped the flame attack. I could see Yàngban members raising forcefields as he reached out, casting a bolt of lightning in Regent’s direction. The forcefields did nothing, not even softening the blow in any measurable way.

Regent was snuffed out, dead.

So, Richard Belding, a man so fated to become a highschool principal that his very name is a gag about the onomatopoeic sound of a bell, reveals that he served in Vietnam. And quite probably killed people. Mr. Belding joins the ranks of other fictional characters who served in wars prior to the adventures we knew them for, such as Herman Munster, a WWII vet, and Home and Away's Alf Stewart, who was also in Nam, possibly mowing down innocent villagers alongside Belding, in fan fiction that I'm going to write the second I've finished this chapter.
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective

It was a battle to get an interview with him in the first place, but once we began talking he was so responsive. Most people who interview him ask him questions about the latest action movie, which he couldn't give a damn about, or about his girl trouble, or make fun of him. But he's a much more complicated character, and he had a lot to say.
— Feminist writer Katherine Viner on Sylvester Stallone

He had surprised her. She didn't know he played the violoncello. About his hidden talents.
Asuka on Shinji, HERZ, chapter 7

Matt was beginning to suspect that Silva was the sort of person who rose to meet expectations. All his life he'd been expected to be a screwup—so he was. Now everyone, himself included, expected more, and so far he'd delivered.

Emily: People tell me I'm weird, or spacy, or "random," whatever that means. At first it hurt my feelings. People were saying I'm not like them, and it was a bad thing. But then I realized people use those words because they're lazy. They call me weird so they can dismiss me. "Don't mind Emily, she's just weird." "Oh Emily, you're so random." It's like, screw you for thinking I'm "random." As if being myself is a calculated act. A defense mechanism. I'm happy with who I am, and with how my brain works, and if that makes you uncomfortable it's your problem, not mine.
Clinton: Wow.
Emily: And when I explain this to people they're like "ooh, she has hidden depths." No I don't! My depths aren't hidden! I'm weird all the way down! You just can't handle it!
Clinton and Emily, Questionable Content

You don't know the things I dream. No one does, no one ever cared enough to find out.
Perturabo, Horus Heresy

Riff-raff, street rat. I don't buy that.
If only they'd look closer.
Would they see a poor boy?
No, siree.
They'd find out
there's so much more to me.
Aladdin, Aladdin, "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)"

Onions have layers.

"My wisdom comes from experience. My passion comes from pain. My confidence hides my insecurities. My weakness makes me stronger. My past does not define me. My strength is an illusion. My calm masks a storm. My innocence is not ignorance."
—- Unknown


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