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     Anime and Manga 
"If you feel like a broken man, and want to run away from the problems you face, if you think you can’t fight for yourself any longer, then the answer is simple. Don’t fight for yourself. Fight for someone else."
Alsyd Closer, Hyde and Closer

"In a ninja's world, those who violate the rules and fail to follow orders are garbage. However, those who do not care for and support their fellows... are even lower than garbage!"
Kakashi (and previously Obito), Naruto

"To a doctor, there's no such thing as good guys or bad guys. A doctor's job is to heal, not to judge."
Doctor Proctor, Pokémon

     Comic Book 
"It's a good tonic, altruism. Nothing keeps one's problems in perspective like allegiance to a higher cause."
Batman

"When the system works, use it. When it doesn't... that's what we are there for."

"I'm loyal to nothing, General... except the Dream."

"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — "No, you move."
Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man #537

Kitty Pryde: Mister Jardine, this is going to sound funny, but — why are you helping Pete [Wisdom]? He doesn't exactly seem the type to inspire loyalty, if you know what I mean.
Jardine: If you mean he's a rude, unpleasant toerag, then say so, he is. He also saved my daughter's life in China four years ago, and took three bullets doing it. And when I asked him why he did that for a complete stranger — which she was — he said "It needed doing." Remember big fat Doyle from the pub? Pete stole a Black Air chopper to get him to the hospital when his appendix ruptured. "Needed doing," he said.

"'Cause I knew I was a hero and I didn't give a a good damn what anybody else thought. To me, bein' a hero means doin' the right thing, no matter the odds or anyone else's opinion. You do what you gotta do."
Guy Gardner in one of his only heartfelt monologues, Final Night
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     Fan Works 
"The system is not perfect, Niijima-San. Even in small towns, the police overlook true villainy and harass innocents for trivial reasons. I do not like the idea of a vigilante working outside of the law, but if it ultimately accomplishes good, I will abide it."

     Film — Live-Action 
"I wish we agreed on the Accords, I really do. I know you're doing what you believe in, and that's all any of us can do. That's all any of us should."
Captain America, Captain America: Civil War

Green Goblin: But the one thing [people] love more than a hero, is to see a hero fall, fail, die trying. In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually they will hate you. Why bother?
Spider-Man: Because it's right.

     Literature 
Here Lies Harry Dresden
He Died Doing The Right Thing
— The tombstone of Harry Dresden, Grave Peril note 

"Never confront evil directly; lest in doing so one should fall to evil."
The I Ching

"Deserves death? I daresay [Gollum] does. Many who live deserve death. And some who die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment."

"The people of the Imperium have to live with a corrupt regime that would see them dying before admitting it was wrong. They don't deserve Tellos butchering his way through them as well."
Chapter Master Sarpedon, Crimson Tears

"Governments and entire planets are important, Threepio. But when you sift everything down, they're all just made up of people."
Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

The First Ideal: Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination.
The Second Ideal: I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.
The Third Ideal: I will protect even those I hate, so long as it is right.
— Ideals of the Windrunners, The Stormlight Archive

     Live-Action TV 
Sebastian: You would trade your life for his? I thought you had a destiny? Is that destiny not worth one life? But your great cause...?
Delenn: This is my cause! Life! One life or a billion, it is all the same!
Sebastian: Then you make the sacrifice willingly? No fame, no armies, or banners, or cities to celebrate your name? You will die alone, and unremarked... And forgotten.
Delenn: This body is only a shell. You cannot touch me. You cannot harm me. I am not afraid.
Babylon 5, "Comes the Inquisitor"

"Someone, somewhere out there, is saying the three most beautiful words in any language — 'Let me help.'"
Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series, "City on the Edge of Forever"

Data: Captain, I wish to submit myself for disciplinary action. I have disobeyed a direct order from a superior officer. Although the result of my actions proved positive, the ends cannot justify the means.
Picard: No, they can't. However, the claim "I was only following orders" has been used to justify too many tragedies in our history. Starfleet doesn't want officers who will blindly follow orders without analyzing the situation. Your actions were appropriate for the circumstances. And I have noted that in your record. (Data starts to exit) Mr. Data? (Data turns around) Nicely done!
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Redemption: Part II"

Ezekiel: I'm sorry.
Carol: Sorry for what?
Ezekiel: For whatever bad you've been through. There's so much of it out there now, you know?
The Walking Dead, "The Well"

     Mythology and Religion 
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?" He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."
— Mark 2:23-27, The Bible
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    Tabletop Games 
"A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. [...] Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order."
Dungeons & Dragons: Player's Handbook, 3.5th Edition

"Do the best I can. See the good in everyone. Help others. Work toward the greater good. My soul is good, regardless of how I look. Never judge a book by its cover. Devotion to the goodness in life does not require approval. Charity begins at home. Be kind."
— Introduction to Neutral Good, Pathfinder Ultimate Campaign

     Video Games 
"You don't need a reason to help people."
Zidane Tribal, Final Fantasy IX

"There is no meaning in strength only used to hurt others. I have dreams... dreams worth dying for!"

"Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. Soldiers defend and protect the innocent, usually from warriors."

"You push back. You want a list of people who give in, look at the assholes we end up fighting. You don't let anything get in the way of what you need to do."
Jacob Taylor, Mass Effect 2

"I saw someone in a bind and I helped him out. It's as simple as that."

"Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling... makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary. The definitions blurred. If I'm to choose between one evil and another, I'd rather not choose at all."
Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

     Webcomics 
"It was a sweet day when I realised legal and illegal had nothing to do with right and wrong."

     Web Original 
"Sometimes, you have to make a choice between doing what's necessary, and doing what's right. But if you're doing what's right anyway, that question doesn't come up too often."

     Western Animation 
"I'll slay anything that's evil. That's my deal."
Finn, Adventure Time

"I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me!"

Skullmaster: You FOOL! You can't save the world!
Max: I can die trying!

"I'm sorry, I cannot just follow orders when I know they're wrong. Especially when lives are at stake."

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."
Optimus Prime, Transformers
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     Real Life 
"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right."

"The most pointed is V's belief: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." I am not sure V has it right; surely in the ideal state governments and their people should exist happily together. Fear in either direction must lead to violence."

"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."

"Our headlines are splashed with crime yet for every criminal there are ten thousand honest, decent, kindly men. If it were not so, no child would live to grow up. Business could not go on from day to day. Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime. I believe in the patient gallantry of nurses and the tedious sacrifices of teachers. I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land."

"Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them – even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero."

"Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong."

"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."

"Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are."

"The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free."

"Remember this, take this to heart, live by it, die for it if necessary: that our patriotism is medieval, outworn, obsolete; that the modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it."

"Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place that you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as you ever can."
John Wesley


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