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Commissioner Gordon: So many are here [at Arkham Asylum]. Nearly double from when you first appeared. Not that there is a direct correlation, but... Do you give it any thought?
Batman: No.
Commissioner Gordon: Oh.
Batman: [internal monologue] I know what Gordon is implying. That my... presence... somehow attracts these men and women to my city...

"I never much liked you, Batman. You and the rest of your "Bat Family". I always figured for every psycho you guys took down, another got inspired and popped up in their place. [...] You helped a lot of my friends, a lot of guys who wouldn't stop to spit on you if you were on fire. And it wasn't the first time you done that. I've been on the police force a lotta years. Sixteen of 'em. I remember the way things were before you. Back when Loeb was commissioner, not Gordon, and everybody was crooked and everything was ugly. This Wrath guy is on us. Not you. Because of the way things used to be. At least now we got somebody fighting to make it better. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm sorry, Batman. Maybe having all these Bats around Gotham... maybe that ain't necessarily a bad thing."
Officer Wallace, Batman: The Wrath

I have a question for you. Before my arrival, this city was drowning under a tide of filth. Have you ever considered that all this is your fault? Your presence creates these animals; like germs, they spread. You created the environment that allowed the germ to mutate, to become stronger. Look at The Joker. Would he even exist if not for you? It must be depressing. All your sacrifices, and yet, you are the one to blame.
Hugo Strange, Batman: Arkham City

I used to believe Batman was responsible for you people. But now I see nearly everyone here would have ended up exactly the same, Batman or not. Oh, the gimmicks might be different, but you'd all be out there in some form or another bringing misery to Gotham. The truth is, you created him.
Janet van Dorn to a Joker Jury, Batman: The Animated Series

Sousuke Aizen: Kisuke... One rainy day, centuries ago, you wished for an equal that you could be matched against. Because you were lonely, oh so lonely, isolated by your power. And the Hogyoku heard your desire, and created me.
Kisuke Urahara: No... No!
Sousuke Aizen: I was made for you, Kisuke. All of this was done for you. I am the manifestation of your loneliness and your will to power. I am a perfect avatar of the Hogyoku, and I always have been.

This began a series of events which lasted for about a year and threw her into contact with Lawson and Captain Marvel over and over again. Cape Canaveral was targeted by aliens, monsters, rampaging androids, even the Sub-Mariner and Iron Man, with Captain Marvel the apparent reason they were there, and Carol just trying to help General Bridges keep the thing from falling apart.

Tombstone: Just listen, and I'll teach you the facts of life. The Big Man, whomever he might be, has nothing against heroes. No hero can thwart enough crime to dent his income. But you... You frighten criminals off the street entirely. Except when you're off battling the likes of the Rhino. Then the Big Man's profitable army of petty thugs think themselves... beneath the Spider-Man's notice.
Spider-Man: So... as long as I keep fighting crime, you'll keep making bigger and badder-
Tombstone: Now you're learning.
The Spectacular Spider-Man, "The Invisible Hand"

J. Jonah Jameson: Unbelievable... I understand that we have another low-information caller who thinks we're better off thanks to Spider-Man. Let's see if we can set her straight. You're on, with J. Jonah Jameson.
Caller: I just wanna say that I've never seen Manhattan so safe and peaceful. Compare what it was like when Spider-Man first showed up to now.
J. Jonah Jameson: Okay, fair enough, I will. Then, we had police and firefighters doing a wonderful job. There was crime, sure, but nothing they couldn't handle. Of course, we do have things we didn't then. Maniacs who shoot lightning out of their eyes, walking piles of sand, NAZIS MADE OF BEES!
Caller: Didn't Spider-Man put all those guys in jail?
J. Jonah Jameson: You're missing the POINT! They didn't exist before he came along! At best, he attracts them. But I've often wondered if they're in cahoots!
Caller: Wow. I've never actually heard anyone say "cahoots" before. Look, all I'm saying is, I'd hate to imagine what would've happened if all those guys showed up and Spider-Man wasn't here.
J. Jonah Jameson: Another lost cause. GOODBYE!


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