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"There is no introspection. No philosophical meanderings. His characters simply aren't capable and until recently, most of them don't progress. There is no transformation into a better person or just punishment for the wicked. Everyone is wicked and the majority of them either get away with it or get gobbled up by those who are even more malicious."
Tom Waters on Bret Easton Ellis, Interesting Motherfuckers

"Having Mulder sit in a motel room and declare that he has failed in pretty much every respect is a really downbeat way to end the series. Given his crusade has cost him so much it would have been nice to have seen him exit with something to show for all of his efforts. Instead he is a wanted fugitive, a man with a suspended death sentence and he has lost everything (including his son) because of his pursuit of the truth. The ultimate question is was it worth it? The definitive answer is no. God I'm depressed."
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "The Truth"

Life is funny. You start out with limitless potential, but time is always shaving away the possibilities. Every choice you make is the choice not to do a thousand other things. What's important, when all is said and done, is that you made a difference. Your choices, and everything undone, have to mean something. Otherwise, what was the point? I'm lucky that way. My path was already there. I had only to walk it. I often thought even if no one knew of the good I had done with my life, it didn't matter. That it was done is all that counts in the end. But then I died. And I hadn't gotten to do any of it yet.
Black Belt, 8-Bit Theater

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, final lines

Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men died in the blink of an eye. And the world just fuckin' watched.
General Shepherd, Modern Warfare 2

Once, there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The end.

Kevin loved his wheel. But one day, it broke! Kevin grew bored...and died.
— The infamous "Kevin The Hamster" ad for Levi's

Once you beat the big badasses and clear out the moon base, you're supposed to win, aren't you? Aren't you? Where's your fat reward and ticket home? What the hell is this? It's not supposed to end this way!
— The ending text for the first episode of DOOM

This doesn't change anything. It doesn't change anything at all.
Batman, Under The Red Hood

...Here the Kid of the title (Abdul) becomes a monster and becomes the kind of man that, in another world, might have been one of the agressors that abused Precious. So, in essence, EVERYTHING Precious worked for in Push from her writings to her child, have been for naught. Here, that book's legacy has been stomped upon. Spit upon. Trounced. It's sickening, it really is.
— An review of The Kid, sequel to Push

Earth and Secilia have vanished. Likewise, those that developed the "RAY" technology and all evidence of its existence have been wiped away. No record of R-GRAY craft was found, and no R-GRAY craft has ever returned.
RayStorm's 13-Ship mode ending

"OF COURSE THIS IS WHAT WE GET! No justice, no revenge, no fucking CLOSURE! Just THIS!"

"These brave youths fought to change the world for the better, yet now their unfulfilled dreams lie dead with them on the battlefield... Was their sacrifice in vain? What were they fighting for all along? And what of the light...?"

"Everything I've done up until now... It was all for nothing..."

Archer: Lana, that is the third saddest thing I've heard today.
Archer: Pam... told me about a little girl who drowned trying to save a puppy.
Lana: Jesus! What was the second saddest?
Archer: The puppy drowned too.


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