: I really hate the idea that Superman only becomes Superman when he has to. Superman shouldnt become Superman because some grand cosmic evil forces him to. He should become Superman because its 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. Thats not what hes about. Or at least, thats my take on how he works, but I think its 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 Clarks powers? Chris
: Its almost literal Deus ex Machina
designed to prevent the show from evolving.
: 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?!
"Im sorry if this offends you, but you fellows really need us. Oh, yes. Were 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 youre good at that, Ill grant you. But the trouble is that its the only thing youre good at. One day its the ringing of bells and the casting down of the evil tyrant, and the next its everyone sitting around complaining that ever since the tyrant was overthrown no ones been taking out the trash. Because the bad people know how to plan. Its part of the specification, you might say. Every evil tyrant has a plan to rule the world. The good people dont seem to have the knack.
59. It is always better to interrupt a plan than carry one out. Your finest successes will always be the failures of your enemy. "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!"
"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." 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."
"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!" "Darkness rises and light to meet it. I warned my young apprentice that as he grew stronger, his equal in the light would rise."
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.