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"Destiny...destiny...destiny...destiny... SHUT THE HELL UP! How 'bout you save your high and mighty crap for after I've been haunted to death, skullface? Sacrifice? Offering? Destiny? Quit spoutin' out a bunch of cryptic explanations! The point is, this is war! It ain't different from any other war! The last one standing wins! Listen here! I'm beatin' all a' you back down to Hell! Tell those ugly pale-faced bastards for me! If I get hit, I will hit back! Tell 'em leavin' me half-eaten is gonna be the end of you! I'll hunt and kill all those wretched monsters...and all of you...DOWN TO THE LAST ONE! THIS IS...MY DECLARATION OF WAR!"
Guts, Berserk

"What the.. What the hell is the meaning of this...Your Majesty...Just what...JUST WHAT WERE WE TO YOU??!!"
Liltotto Lamperd, upon observing the horror of Yhwach's Auswählen (Holy Selection) upon the loyal Sternritter still in the Soul Society, Bleach

I don't wish for God's Salvation. What I wish for is revenge upon God. Shinji... I want to become God. Then I will never lose anything again.
Gendo Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion

Even if Heaven accepts your tyranny, we never will!

     Comic Strips 
Calvin: STOP THIS RIGHT NOW! I had big plans outside today and I don't want to see them ruined!
Calvin: HEY! ARE YOU LISTENING?! Stop raining! I mean it!!
Calvin: Oh HO! You want to play rough, do you?!
Calvin: FINE! It's man against the elements! Conscious being versus insentient nature! My wits against your force! WE'LL see who triumphs!
Calvin: DO YOUR WORST! C'MON! LET'S SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT! You can't crush the human spirit! On behalf of all earthly life, I defy you!!
Calvin (while naked in a puddle): Ha ha! This is just a little bath! Big deal! I think I'll take off my clothes and splash around! What do you say to THAT?!
Calvin: Are you trying to KILL me?! OW! What's wrong with you?! Ow! Ow! I'm going in! Ow! I quit! I quit!
Calvin's Mom: I'll bet there's an explanation for this, and I'll bet I don't want to hear it.
Calvin: The universe has an attitude, Mom!
     Fan Works 
"I've decided that I shall slaughter the innocent. I shall murder all who stand in my way, sparing none, until my name is synonymous with fear itself, thus cementing my status as an antihero. Then, once my reign of terror is finally ended, I shall wait patiently at the Throne of Heroes for however how long it takes until one of the infinite realities that exist that still performs the ritual of the Holy Grail War summons me forth. Then, I shall resume killing all around me until my bloodstained hands hold the Holy Grail itself. Once I have the all-powerful artifact, I shall use it to force the Root of the World, the wellspring of all creation, to assume a human male form in my presence. And then I'm going to kick it in the balls so hard that all of reality will simultaneously feel it."
Shirou, The Hill of Swords

"Allah Kedabra."
Voldermort, My Immortal.note 

"Almighty... are you out of your goddamned mind? How could you, Lord? How could you treat the innocent in such a way? It's not right at all! Luna helped save the world with us! Falla... this Falla, anyway, has been an angel as well in her life. She's protected a human boy from the monsters at the academy, she helped save Luna today as well! How could you? How canyou just condemn them like this? Damn it, monsters are no different than humans! Hokuto is plotting to destroy everything! EVERYTHING! And here you try to kill the innocent who have only tried to stop this from happening. We're fighting to save life on Earth, both human and monster alike! And you treat us like we're the evil in the world?! I've had enough, Almighty. I've had enough with your damned rules and laws. [...] If this is how he wants to be with his world... with the innocent lives that exist down below... to treat those lives with prejudice and cruelty just because they aren't human... and to allow real evil, real monsters to roam freely, I will have no part of it!!"

     Films - Animation 
"Oh, God, why are you doing this to me? Do you hear me?! Any kindness you take away. You're the one who gave me the dreams. You brought me the gift! Some gift! My dreams are lies. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?!"

"You said you'd always be there for me! But you're not..."
Simba, The Lion King

     Films - Live Action 
Bartleby: My eyes are open. For the first time, I get it. When that little innocent girl let her mission slip, I had an epiphany. See, in the beginning, it was just us and Him. Angels and God. Then he created humans. Ours was designed to be a life of servitude, and worship, and bowing, and scraping, and adoration. He gave them more than He ever gave us; He gave them a choice. They choose to acknowledge God or choose to ignore Him. All this time we've been down here, I've felt the absence of the Divine Presence, and it's pained me, as I'm sure it must have pained you. And why? Because of the way He made us. Had we been given free will, we could choose to ignore the pain as they do, but no! We're servants!
Loki: [Nervous] Okay... all I'm saying here is, one of us might need a little nap.
Bartleby: Wake up! These humans have besmirched everything He has bestowed upon them. He gave them paradise; they threw it away. He gave them this planet; they destroyed it. They were favored best among all His endeavors, and some of them don't even believe he exists! And in spite of it all, He has shown them infinite fucking patience at every turn. What about us? I asked you, once, to lay down the sword — because I felt sorry for them. What was the result? Our expulsion from paradise! Where was his infinite fucking patience then?! It's not right! It's not FAIR! We've paid our debt! Don't you think it's time?

Do something. ... Do something. ... You phony... prick... fraudulent motherfucker. DO SOMETHING! Come on! Prove it! Fuck faith! Earn it! Show me something real! I need it now! Not later! Now! [breaking down] Show me...and I'll believe in you until the day I die. I swear. I'm calling on you. I'M CALLIN' ON YA!
Ottway, The Grey

Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one's senses? Why does he hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can't I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way... despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can't be rid of?

"Is this what you want from me?! Is this who I am?!"
Magneto, X-Men: Apocalypse

Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? Because He kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days? Because in His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death? How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in the furnaces? Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar? [...] But now, I no longer pleaded for anything. I was no longer able to lament. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man.
Eliezer, Night

Tis' better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
Satan, Paradise Lost

"Oh, dearest Lord...(beat)...I'M GOING TO SLICE YOU INTO TINY CHUNKS OF FLESH AND FEED YOU TO THE DOGS!!! We don't need a God! The battlefield's no place for that shit, so let's cut God out and take over His glorious work ourselves! We soldiers are going to take His place! We're going to put that arrogant asshole out of a job! Do you understand me, men? ARE ALL OF YOU WITH ME?! Let's make peace with our maker...It's time for us to go to war!"
Tanya Degurachaff, Youjo Senki

     Live-Action TV 
Wilf: Just leave me.
The Doctor: (near tears) Alright then, I will. 'Cause you had to go in there, didn't you? You had to go and get stuck, oh yes! 'Cause that's who you are, Wilfred. You were always this. Waiting for me, all this time.
Wilf: No, really, just leave me. I'm an old man, Doctor. I've had my time.
The Doctor: Well exactly, look at you! Not remotely important! But ME?! I could do so much more! SO MUCH MORE! But this is what I get. My reward. AND IT'S NOT FAIR!!
Doctor Who, "The End of Time - Part 2"

"You're a son-of-a-bitch, You know that? She bought her first new car and You hit her with a drunk driver. What, was that supposed to be funny? "You can't conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God," says Graham Greene. I don't know whose ass he was kissing there 'cause I think You're just vindictive. What was Josh Lyman? A warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to Yours except praise His glory and praise His name? There's a tropical storm that's gaining speed and power. They say we haven't had a storm this bad since You took out that tender ship of mine in the north Atlantic last year, 68 crew. Do You know what a tender ship does? Fixes the other ships. Doesn't even carry guns, just goes around, fixes the other ships and delivers the mail, that's all it can do. Gratias Tibi ago, domine (I give thanks to You, O Lord). Yes, I lied. It was a sin. I've committed many sins. Have I displeased You, You feckless thug? Three point eight million new jobs, that wasn't good? Bailed out Mexico, increased foreign trade, 30 million new acres of land for conservation, put Mendoza on the bench, we're not fighting a war, I've raised three children... that's not enough to buy me out of the doghouse? Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem! (Am I to believe those were the acts of a loving God? A just God? A wise God? To hell with Your punishments! I was Your servant on Earth - I spread Your word and did Your work. To hell with your punishments! To hell with You!) [walks away from the altar, lights a cigarette, takes one puff, throws it to the ground, puts it out with his foot and proceeds to leave] You get Hoynes!"
President Bartlett, The West Wing

Even the heavens shall burn when we are gathered!
Bathory, "Dies Irae"

Is this my reward
For serving God's own war?
The blood I've spilled
For faith fulfilled
To damn her, a disgrace
You spit back in my face
I served you loyally
And you spew blasphemy
Iced Earth, "Dracula"

He drives to desert, fires his rifle in the sky
And says God, if I have to die you will have to die.
Modest Mouse, "Cowboy Dan"

What is the meaning of this?
And the stars look down
What are you trying to do?
And the stars look down
Was it something I said?
And the stars look down
Something you'd like me to do?
And the stars look down
Rush, "The Stars Look Down"

"When the world is getting you down, there's nobody else to blame/Raise your middle finger to the sky, and curse his rotten name!"
The Book of Mormon, "Hasa Diga Eebowai (Fuck You God)."
     Video Games 

There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves! That is why I pray to no one! Nor will I be prayed to!
Asura, Asura's Wrath

(Upon discovering/remembering they're actually in Hell in a "Groundhog Day" Loop)
Sal: So this is my punchline. The universe taking its grand revenge for all my misdeeds. Well, I ain't taking it. You hear me? I ain't playing anymore. I don't regret a damn thing. If I had my time over, I'd do it all again. Every fucking part of it. So universe, you wanna know what I think? I think, you can go fuck yourself!
Finn: This is all just a game isn't it? A big, twisted, fucked-up game. What am I supposed to do, come to some great realization about my life? Throw myself to the ground, beg for forgiveness? Well I got news for you, not gonna happen.
Billy: Am I stuck here until I see the error of my ways?! Until I repent? Well you're gonna have to wait a long time. Because I don't regret a damn thing!
Three of the four mobsters, Call of Duty: Zombies, Mob of the dead

Dracula: You were deceived, Marie! Tell me... is this God's reward for the devoted and the foolish?
Marie: You are no fool, Gabriel.
Dracula: I am no longer Gabriel, woman! I am the dragon, Dracul! I am the Prince of Darkness! I am and will be, forever, a thorn in His side! That... is my vengeance!

"Now you deign to answer our prayers!? I will suffer this farce no longer!"
Arbert, Final Fantasy XIV

The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me...
Kratos, God of War

If all of Olympus would deny me vengeance, then all of Olympus must die.
Kratos, God of War II

"Alright, I've been thinking... When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I DON'T WANT YOUR DAMN LEMONS! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THESE?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?! I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!"
Cave Johnson, Portal 2

Thunderclaps echo across the Blue Kingdom. Celestial machinery crumbles beneath the fury of your artillery. You punch holes through language. Pillars tumble. Chains shatter.
But you are in the heart of a star's power, and your rebellion cannot last more than an instant. Light washes over you. You are no longer permitted to exist. You cease.
After you are eradicated, one of the King's servants opens a ledger. A small note is made in a margin. Your complaint on behalf of all mortals has been registered.

     Web Animation 
"And so conclude the adventures of Kratos, the ancient world's most dedicated atheist."
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Zero Punctuation

By the way, if God showed up and introduced Himself, I really think someone should bring up his responsibility for the mess the planet is in. Unless someone already did, and then God erased him from existence, in which case no one would ever remember him, so we'd never know what he did. So, on second thought, maybe pointing out flaws in God's creation is a bad idea.

     Web Original 
Now we come to the next point of the agenda. How do we blow Heaven up?
Vladamir Putin, discussing the ongoing war between Earth, Hell, and Heaven, The Salvation War.

I disagree. On every count. I was the one who made me, who defined myself. This creator is no god, only a cruel, shortsighted man.

     Western Animation 
Army of the Damned, prepare to board Heaven!
Bender, Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs

"Why me, Lord? Where have I gone wrong? I've always been good. I don't drink or dance or swear. I've even kept kosher just to be on the safe side. I've done everything the Bible says! Even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff! What more can I do? I...I...I feel like I wanna yell out, but I just can't dang-darn-diddly-darn-dang-ding-dong-diddly-darned do it! I just...I..." (sigh)
Ned Flanders, The Simpsons: "Hurricane Neddy"

Marge: And Lord, if you think I'm making lemon bars for your bake sale Sunday, you better stop killing our cats!
Lisa: Mom, I'm not sure God responds to threats and intimidation.
Marge: It's the only way to talk to bullies.
The Simpsons: "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot"

"If there is a God, he will have to beg for my forgiveness."
Graffiti found inside the Mauthausen concentration camp.

I dare not speak like life, lest Heaven's fell King
Should hear, and link me to some wheel of pain
More torturing than the one whereon I roll
...[you are] more than God, being wise and kind
Gaia, Prometheus Unbound (Percy Shelley)

In the unlikely event of losing Pascal's Wager, I intend to saunter in to Judgement Day with a bookshelf full of grievances, a flaming sword of my own devising, and a serious attitude problem.
Rick Moen, rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, 1997

And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries...
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 29"

What wonder if yon torn and naked throng
Should doubt a Heaven that seems to wink and nod,
And having mourned at noontide, "Lord, how long?"
Should cry, "Where hidest Thou?" at evenfall,
At midnight, "Is He deaf and blind, our God?"
And ere day dawn, "Is He indeed at all?"
William Watson, A Trial of Orthodoxy (Sonnet on Armenia)


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