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    Anime & Manga 
Ali Baba: Cassim... what are you doing? The monarchy is finished. There's no need for more bloodshed. So why are you doing this? Answer me, Cassim!!!
Cassim: I'd like to know... what you're doing. Equality? No king? When did I ever say I wanted that? [...] Listen, Ali Baba. Do you think royal brats should live like royalty? And slum brats should spend their lives in the slums? Well, I don't. We're all human. That's why... Anyone has the right to be the king!
Ali Baba: So you're saying... you just wanted to be king? I won't let you destroy anything else for your personal ambition!!
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    Comic Books 
Luthor: I saw how to save the world!note  I could have made everyone see. I could have saved the world if it wasn't for you!
(Superman knocks Luthor out)
Superman: You could have saved the world years ago if it mattered to you, Luthor.

    Fan Fiction 
Besides, he preferred not to share knowledge of any sort, as the more his ants knew, the more complicated they made things, and the more trouble they were to manipulate 'For The Greater Good.'
He'd never quite completed that phrase out in public. People always imagined the tag line 'for the greater good of the world', or 'society in general', but every time he spoke it he completed it in the privacy of his own mind the way he actually meant it, 'for the greater good of Albus Dumbledore.
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Starlight Glimmer: You...you dare say that to me?!
Twilight Sparkle: I do. And do you know why? Because what you did...they're not the actions of somepony who tried to fight against an injustice. They're the actions...of a child. A child who never learned how to grow up! A child loses her friend, and in the sadness that follows, she shuts herself away. She tells herself that what happened was the fault of the cutie marks, that they must have something wrong with them. She never stops to consider the prospect of making new friends, or by trying to contact her old one. She brings her misery and isolation on herself. She tried to make everypony else feel worse, just to make herself feel better.

"All you seek is power, Veran. You steal raw power to use as your own and then reap the harvest of the destruction you sow with it. You say that you sought to avenge your fallen people, but in reality all you want is to satisfy your own bloodlust!"
Zelda to Veran, Wisdom and Courage

    Films — Animation 
Drago: You see, I know what it is to live in fear. To see my village burned, my family taken. But even as a boy, left with nothing, I vowed to rise above the fear of dragons and liberate the people of this world.
Hiccup: Then why a dragon army?
Drago: Well, you need dragons to conquer other dragons.
Hiccup: Or maybe you need dragons to conquer people. To control those who follow you... and to get rid of those who won't.
Drago: [chuckles] Clever boy.

Judy: So that's it? Predators fear prey and you stay in power?
Bellweather: Yeah, pretty much.

    Literature 
"You can stop pretending you're killing me for a cause. You're not. You're killing me because you like it, Dean. You're not a vampire; you're worse. They're like tigers. You're a cannibal."
Claire Danvers to Dean, Morganville Vampires : Carpe Corpus

    Live-Action TV 
Clifford DeVoe: Within a day, all soldiers will lay down their arms. Every nuclear weapon will be disarmed within six months. Poverty, famine, disease...eradicated. We will clean up the streets. People will put down their idiot phones and become curious again, and I will be there to teach them. I, not you, will save this godforsaken world.
Barry Allen: No. You'll just control it. You wanna take away free will.
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    Video Games 
Lysandra: How much is enough, Kratos? When will it end?!
Kratos: When the glory of Sparta is known throughout the world.
Lysandra: The "glory of Sparta"? You did this for yourself!

Dimentio: I have been watching you. You are the only ones who can stand up to Count Bleck. So...I have a favor to ask. Will you help me...destroy the count?
Luigi: What are you talking about?! You want to betray him?!
Dimentio: Betray him? Ah ha ha ha. Oh, no. It is Count Bleck who has betrayed ME! He said he would destroy all worlds and create a new, perfect world in their place. But he was lying! He plans to obliterate every world, and then keep them all in ruin.
Tippi: ......!
Dimentio: I have always known about his nefarious goal. But I could never hope to stop him on my own. I feigned loyalty to him as I searched for someone who could defeat him with me! Well, you see... That is why...I rescued the princess from brainwashing. It's also why I sent you to The Underwhere to fix the broken Pure Heart. And why I freed a man to be reunited with his brother... Now do you see?
Tippi: You've...been helping us all this time?
Dimentio: Ahhh, you've got me pegged. Now, how about you return the favor? I'll give you the power you need to crush Count Bleck... Just fight by my side!
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Super Dimentio: Now the Chaos Heart is mine! I will use this to destroy all worlds...and create perfect new ones! So, shall we get started? Now I have all I need...to become the king of all worlds!

    Visual Novels 
"They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but not yours! You never had good intentions, only lies to protect yourself with while blaming another. You, professor, are the embodiment of the dark age of the law!"
Athena Cykes to Aristotle Means, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

    Web Animation 
Adam: This could've been our day! Can't you see that!?
Blake: I never wanted this! I wanted equality! I wanted peace!
Adam: What you want is impossible! But I understand because all I want is you, Blake. And as I set out upon this world and deliver the justice mankind so greatly deserves, I will make it my mission to destroy everything you love.

    Western Animation 
Lex Luthor: I don't expect everyone to understand what I'm doing at first, but in the end... we'll have a single worldwide army! One that will ensure protection against aliens! No one will dominate the Earth again.
Batman: Except for you.
Lex Luthor: Well someone has to be in charge...

Cartman: I'm going around making the world a better place!
Kenny: For you! You're making the world a better place for YOU!
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