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It's like I said. I'm just one small part in a great machine.
Knox, Angel ("A Hole in the World")

Loki: I have seen the true power of the Tesseract, and when I wield it —
Thor: Who showed you this power? Who controls the would-be King?

Falcon: You are from Hyperion's old team, the Squadron Supreme!
Nighthawk: Correction: The Squadron Supreme was my old team. Hyperion was a hammer. I am an architect.
Avengers, Assemble!, "Nighthawk"

We all have our keepers, you see.
Emperor Mollari, Babylon 5 ("War Without End Pt. 2")

Susan: There are paintings in the presidential office, pictures of investitures going right back... and he's there. [...] Sometimes, he's only a shadow, but he's in all of them. Always, dark robes just behind the new president, as if he's whispering in the president's ear.
Quences: Robes of night that drink the light. And my name?
Susan: Your name is Auld Mortality.
Big Finish Doctor Who "Auld Mortality"

Every single time I think I have killed the person responsible for usurping my command, I find there's someone else higher up, still fighting me.
Martellus "Tweedle" von Blitzengaard, Girl Genius

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This... is not good news. Some mysterious powerful force has been behind Talzo's group this entire time?
Kirby, Kirby Adventure

"You thought you were using me? ME?! Buddy, I was playing you like a bat fiddle!"
Bowser to Antasma, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Max: (V.O.) Punchinello was a pushover. The moment I stepped into the room, he folded like a Deuce before a Royal Flush.
Angelo Punchinello: No...wait! I was just doin' what I was told! Couldn't refuse! ...She's someone high up, government maybe, I don't know!

And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations
The Napoleon of crime!
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: "Macavity, the Mystery Cat"

"You're just a microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by his Red Right Hand"
Nick Cave, Red Right Hand

Fortune: Speaking of manipulation, it's time for me to steal Arsenal since I've been manipulating you from the start!
Solidus: Actually, I tricked Ocelot into manipulating you into manipulating me!
Ocelot: Fools! I've been manipulating everything from behind the scenes!
Magic Hand: But actually, I've been manipulating you!
Raiden: Alright, this has officially become a load of crap.

Hot Shot: You're saying Sideways is out there?
Optimus Prime: I am, Hot Shot. But that's not who the Mini-Cons are warning us about. Our real enemy lies even further beyond Sideways; and that's why they want to protect us."
Transformers Armada, "Uprising"

We all work for someone.

outer body is cosmetc only. why? because he supposed to scare us. behemoth was fashioned. unnatural life.

We were almost never lords and masters. The torchlight was too intense, too bright; it has always been our way to rule under the light of our Moon. Why rule openly, when one can direct the lords with whispers and riddles and even jests?
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Malkavian (Revised)

As firemaster, shaman and head chef, Butchers wield an amount of influence within each Ogre Kingdom second only to the Tyrant himself. Twinned with their malign intellect, it is not uncommon for the hoarse whispers of a tribe's Butcher to dictate the bellowed commands of his Tyrant.
Warhammer: Ogre Kingdoms Army Book (6th edition)

The leader of leaders, he is the one who pulls the strings, yet prefers to remain in the shadows as the good puppeteer he is.
The Overseer's bio in Xionic Madness 3

Someone has been pulling the strings from behind the entire time. Even the Overseer ended up being just a puppet.
Xero, Xionic Madness 4 Part 3

Sam: Stuffed shirt over there is Erik Luna. He's on every local political board with an extra chair. He's a big deal down at the docks. I guess he even owns part of this golf club. He's a sorry excuse for a man, but he's got a lot of friends. The guy that worries me, though — he's at the bar. Gray suit. That's his brother Quinn. He built this little empire. He does all the heavy lifting, but none of it means anything without Erik's pretty face and clean record. So, he's a little protective.
Michael: The guy behind the guy.
Sam: You got it.
Burn Notice, "Shot in the Dark", discussing the two Villains of the Week

Palutena: Hades?!
Pit: Who's Hades?
Palutena: The true master of the Underworld.
Hades: Sorry to keep you waiting. But now that I'm here, let's get this party started. Welcome to MY Underworld, Pitty Pat. You too, pretty Palutena.
Palutena: I'm...honored you know who I am.
Hades: So this little angel took down big, bad Medusa all by himself. What an accomplishment! Goodness, you should put this on your resume!
Pit: Uh, what's with this guy?
Hades: But before you do, you should know that I whipped up that Medusa especially for you.
Palutena: Wait, how?!
Hades: Add a pinch of memories to a ton of souls. Put them in a blender, and hit frappé!
Pit: Explain yourself!
Hades: Her thirst for revenge was so great, it seemed a shame to let it go to waste. Oh, pretty must have done a real number on her.
Palutena: I won't deny that.
Hades: But she's old news, and old news bores me. We must look to the future, and that future is me, the true leader of the Underworld! Next to me, little miss Medusa's going to look like a sweet, cuddly bunny.
Palutena: No! This can't be happening!
Hades: I must bid you adieu.

Politicians and law enforcement think they rule society. They cannot see their own puppet holes or the desiccated hands jammed inside. Civic planning, excavation rights, gambling, prostitution, black market trade - all of these belong to the Kingdom, and they offer access to it for the right price.
The Buzzing, The Secret World

From the very beginning, you had been at my side like a shadow; staying ever a step behind, always pushing me into the limelight. But who was the true conductor of this opera, I ask? 'Tis a foolish question that needs no answering.
Reinhard Heydrich, Dies Irae

"You get to the top and then you find out that it's only the middle."
Prime Minister Dawkins, Secret State

Franz Oberhauser: You came across me so many times and yet you never saw me. Le Chiffre, Greene, Silva...
James Bond: All dead.
Franz Oberhuaser: Yeah, that's right. A nice pattern developed, you interfered in my world, I destroyed yours. Or did you think it was coincidence that all the women in your life ended up dead? Vesper Lynd for example, she was the big one, has he told you about her? And then of course, your beloved M, gone forever. Me. It was all me, James. It's always been me. The author of all your pain.


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