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Chris: I really hate the idea that Superman only becomes Superman when he has to. Superman shouldn’t become Superman because some grand cosmic evil forces him to. He should become Superman because it’s the right thing to do with his powers. When that grand evil comes, he should already be there ready to stand up for it, not forced to do so. That’s not what he’s about. Or at least, that’s my take on how he works, but I think it’s more of a valid one than Clark Kent standing around waiting for something to happen.
David: He was also kept grounded by Jor-El, forcibly it seemed, which makes no sense. Why does Jor-El have control over Clark’s powers?
Chris: It’s almost literal Deus ex Machina designed to prevent the show from evolving. Jor-Ex Machina.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Finale")

John Doe: You should be thanking me.
Det. Mills: Why is that, John?
John Doe: Because you're going to be remembered after this. Realize, detective, the only reason that I'm here right now is that I wanted to be.
Mills: No, no, we would have got you eventually.
John Doe: Oh, really? So, what were you doing? Biding your time? Toying with me? Allowing five 'innocent' people to die until you felt like springing your trap? Tell me, what was the indisputable evidence you were going to use on me right before I walked up to you and put my hands in the air?!

"I’m sorry if this offends you, but you fellows really need us. Oh, yes. We’re the only ones who know how to make things work. You see, the only thing the good people are good at is overthrowing the bad people. And you’re good at that, I’ll grant you. But the trouble is that it’s the only thing you’re good at. One day it’s the ringing of bells and the casting down of the evil tyrant, and the next it’s everyone sitting around complaining that ever since the tyrant was overthrown no one’s been taking out the trash. Because the bad people know how to plan. It’s part of the specification, you might say. Every evil tyrant has a plan to rule the world. The good people don’t seem to have the knack."
The Patrician, Guards! Guards!

59. It is always better to interrupt a plan than carry one out. Your finest successes will always be the failures of your enemy.
The Two Hundred Heroic Axioms, A Practical Guide To Evil

"Gee, it sure is boring around here. I just wonder what Ganon's up to."

"Damn it! If they would just do something, we could fight back!"
Raimei, Nabari no Ou

"If the man wishes to become the hero, the serpent must first become the dragon. Lest he lack the proper enemy."
Friedrich Nietzche

"Villains are much more pro-active than heroes. Heroes, by their nature, are purely reactionary forces. The villain is, in all ways, an agent of change. A catalyst."

"[Spider-Man] emulates the creatures he names himself after in some respects: he is purely reactive. A spider will often not bother to seek prey, preferring to weave a web and wait for the prey to come to it; then it acts. Spider-Man is the same. He cannot anticipate my actions — he cannot ever hope to. He can but react when I make my move."
Doctor Otto Octavius, Untold Tales of Spider-Man, "Arms and the Man"

Chief Aramaki: I'm not like you scum.
Director Nakamura: No, Aramaki, you are. We've been fighting the dark forces of this world with the Puppet Master and with finance. You've been fighting with tanks and guns. That's the only difference between you and me. What make you think you're any better?
Chief Aramaki: Because I've been fighting against criminals while you've only been fighting for power. Take him away, boys.

"Good things come to an end, bad things have to be stopped."
Charles Beauregard, Anno Dracula

"The police? You're putting your faith in the police!? You guys, seriously... Do you understand what role the police exist to fill? All they're good for is being a foil, playing against a villain or anti-hero or evil organization. The bad guys come along and destroy them, and that shows just how badass they really are. Are you sure you wanna rely on such an unreliable group of losers?"

"Heroes wouldn't even exist if there were no villains to shake things up!"
Marina, Splatoon 2

"Darkness rises — and light to meet it. I warned my young apprentice that as he grew stronger, his equal in the light would rise."
Supreme Leader Snoke, The Last Jedi

Being behind the ball is something one expects of the Templars, but not us. Our business model is built on anticipating and profiting from coming events.
Kirsten Geary, The Secret World


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