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But now, I realize that this is my life. That there's no going back. That the "gift" of these powers will be my burden until the day I die. The people here love me. How long will that last? What if they need me to be there for them when for some reason I'm not? I don't know who to trust. Moya's running around planning God-knows-what, and Zeke? I don't know what to think. I've never been more alone...
Cole McGrarath, inFamous (Good Ending)

I see the sadness behind your eyes. It tells a story that makes me want to weep. Pain and loss. But it drives you, makes you strong. It is that strength that people are drawn to. It is why you lead and others follow without question. You will need that leadership in the battles to come.
Sha'ira, Mass Effect

"You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy."'
John McClane, Live Free or Die Hard

Honestly, it's quite astonishing how much misery this movie manages to pack into two hours of mostly action sequences and espionage subplots, particularly since Captain America is supposedly one of the "lighter" superheroes, compared to the unending grimdarkness of Batman. I guess this is the difference between "manpain" and "a man in legitimate emotional pain."

I lay alone awake at night
Sorrow fills my eyes
But I'm not strong enough to cry
Despite of my disguise
I'm left with no shoulder
But everyone wants to lean on me
I guess I'm their soldier
Well, who's gonna be mine?
Who's there to save the hero
When she's left all alone?
Save the Hero by Beyoncé

No exceptions to the rule that says
That heroes suffer best
Well, who suffers for the hero
Who suffers for the rest?
Walkabout by Julia Ecklar

"I saved a city...saved the girl...but I couldn't save myself."
Cody Travers, Street Fighter

I had to think with my mind. My heart was too broken to be reliable.
Molly Carpenter, Bombshells

You will not be great. You will not be admired. You will hold no sway over the souls of this world. You will be used, abused, impotent, struggling to make your way – as most of us are. But in the darkness, it makes it clearer to see what you really are – a candle, a flame, burning bright, standing tall, a beacon of light through all the wasted horror of the years.
You will be the Sun in the lives of those around you.
A light and a warmth and a comfort.
— The seer Destiny, in Arrow of Time

It may sound absurd . . . but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed . . . but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It's not easy to be me.
Five For Fighting, Superman

All the hurt, all the lies
All the tears that they cry
When the moment is just right
You see fire in their eyes
'Cause he's stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow...
— "Superheroes" by The Script

"Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose."

I can't keep doing this, Clara. I can't! Why is it always me? Why isn't it anyone else's turn? Can't I just lose? Just this once? Easy. It would be easy. It would be so easy. Just tell them. Just tell them, whoever wants to know, all about the Hybrid. I can’t keep doing this. I can't... I can't always do this! It's not fair! Clara, it’s just not fair! WHY CAN'T I JUST LOSE?!
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Heaven Sent" note 

You do what you think is best, Doc. It's all any of us can. Even when it hurts like Hell.
Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Spider-Man (PS4)

I always made a mess of it - every book I ever tried to write unfinished, every business deal half done. My marriage surviving by sheer momentum. Both of us just staying together because that’s the way it’s supposed to be. But Sometimes late at night - it all seems so clear. I glimpse those labyrinths of half-hidden facts in the back columns of the newspapers. I know I can make sense of it - it’s what I was put here for.
But that’s how I lost Cindy, isn’t it? Chasing the shadows... When you stare into the face of the abyss the abyss stares back. The facts don't add up it all leads to notighn menas nothingh means
Mark Meltzer, Bioshock 2: There's Something In The Sea

Mine is the sad song. I guess it always was. You... you are all my father said you would be, and yet nothing like I imagined. It's hard to base a perception on a word... and it's wrong to chain someone to one place for all eternity. I see you here, now, and it fills me with relief and horror, joy and sadness. Relief that this, the longest wait, is almost over. Horror you can see all around you: the voice from the deep is drowning my song in its noise as the catacombs fill with the slaves of darkness. Joy that my personal nightmare... is perhaps coming to an end. [...] And sadness for my little brother. He never knew anything but this half-life, and now even that is being stolen away from him. We are all that he has. If it weren't for him, I would just... let go. I would let the deep voices in, and allow them to still my song. I would rest. I would sleep... but I would miss him too much.
Moutemouia, The Secret World


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