Quotes from fictional characters that made you stop and think or have stuck with you.

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"You're right, it is too much work. Here have a hat."

Jake the dog

"I'm too modest to boast."

Lex Luthor

"Do you understand what you've done!?"
"Not really."

Between Billy and Daddy Elf

"Why?"

-someone in Geneforge

No game has made me stop and think of my actions and their consequences like Geneforge did. When some servile in the game suddenly asked me "WHY?", which was pretty much an absolute insult to come from a servile, I had to stop and ask WHY I picked the choice I did.

Geneforge is also the one game that has the honor of me taking one side of the main conflict and then having me switch as time went on with no prodding from the story.

[quote="Craorach" post="18.361804.14207448"]We never paid any heed to the ancient prophecies...like fools we clung to the old hatreds...and fought as we had for generations. Until the day the sky rained fire, and a new enemy came upon us. We stand now, upon the brink of destruction, for the reign of chaos has come at last.

The opening sequence of Warcraft 3[/quoteI

I couldn't remember this one but yes most definitely this. This quote describes 80% of RPGs and human society.

Edit: messed up forget this post

Craorach:
We never paid any heed to the ancient prophecies...like fools we clung to the old hatreds...and fought as we had for generations. Until the day the sky rained fire, and a new enemy came upon us. We stand now, upon the brink of destruction, for the reign of chaos has come at last.

The opening sequence of Warcraft 3

I couldn't remember this one but most definitely this. This quote is like the principle of human civilization and 90% of RPGs

"I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply. I seek not beyond death. It may be the blackness averred by the Nemedian skeptics, or Crom's realm of ice and cloud, or the snowy plains and vaulted halls of the Nordheimer's Valhalla.

I know not, nor do I care.

Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion.

I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me.

I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content."

- Conan in Queen of the Black Coast

Conan is my favorite fantasy character and I think this quote describes him the best.

Of course, the first movie is still badass :

"Conan! What is best in life?"
"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

RobDaBank:
Could somebody please post the poem Ashley says at Huerta Hospital in ME3? The one about not giving up. I can't find it anywhere...

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

'Invictus' - William Ernest Henley

There you go.

OT: "All warfare is based on deception. For years, Western hypocrisy has made the world a battlefield. The corrupt talk, while our brothers and sons spill their own blood. But the silk cuts both ways. The bigger the lie, the more people believe it. And when a nation cries for vengeance, the lie spreads like a wildfire. The fire builds, devouring everything in its path. Our enemies believe that they alone dictate the course of history. But all it takes is the will of a single man." - Makarov, Modern Warfare 3. An insightful and chilling speech to start a game on.

"War. War never changes. Since the dawn of humankind, when our ancestors discovered the killing power of rock and bone, blood has been spilled in the name of everything, from God, to justice, to simple psychotic rage." - Ron Perlman, Fallout 3

"In a world filled with misery and uncertainty, it is a great comfort to know that, in the end, there is a light in darkness." - Joshua Graham, Fallout: New Vegas (Honest Hearts DLC)

I, too, love that Gandalf quote. I also love the line from Alice in Wonderland- Can't remember which character, but I think it's the Red Queen, who says "I do my best to imagine at least six impossible things before breakfast." From the sublime to the ridiculous, but there you are.

"...our Creed does not command us to be free; it commands us to be wise." and much of what precedes it in that scene from the first Assassin's Creed can provoke some very valuable contemplation on the nature of morality and law.

Goku "I am the hope of the Universe. I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace. I am protector of the innocent. I am the light in the darkness. I am truth."
Spoken like a true superhero.

Optimus Prime "Freedom is the right for all sentient beings." "You who are without mercy now plea for it? I thought you were made of sterner stuff"

Kamina "Don't believe in yourself. Believe in the Kamina who believes in you!"

Listen up! I don't care if that thing is God's own anti-son-of-a-bitch machine, or a giant hula hoop. We're not gonna let them have it. What we will let them have is a belly full of lead, and a pool of their own blood to drown in. Am I right marines? "Yes Sir!" Damn right i am.

If you don't know who said this, I will have to slap you.

That one has stuck with me over the years, but just because it's badass. however, for a more thought provoking quote...

"You have enemies? Good. It means you've stood up for something in your life"

-Winston Churchill

"Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain't nothing fair."

~John Marston

In fact, John probably has most of my favourite quotes. That game was beautifully written.

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personaitor:
Listen up! I don't care if that thing is God's own anti-son-of-a-bitch machine, or a giant hula hoop. We're not gonna let them have it. What we will let them have is a belly full of lead, and a pool of their own blood to drown in. Am I right marines? "Yes Sir!" Damn right i am.

I'd recognize that anywhere; its Sergeant Avery Johnson!

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - Men In Black

"If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember."
― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

"Did you think to kill me? There's no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There is only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof."
-V, V for Vendetta

Honestly, just about any of his lines in that book would work, but this one in particular has always stood out to me.

Also:
Shepard: "How did you manage to piss off every major merc organization in the Terminus Systems?"
Garrus: "It wasn't easy. I really had to work at it."
-Mass Effect 2

"False tears bring pain to those around you, a false smile brings pain to oneself."

-C2, Code Geass

What was she like?
Ordinary. The kind of beautiful, dangerous ordinary that you just can't leave alone. Like an angel from the underworld. Or a demon from paradise

You're gonna carry that weight.

I feel like I should be quoting a novel, but nothing comes to mind right now.

RobDaBank:
Could somebody please post the poem Ashley says at Huerta Hospital in ME3? The one about not giving up. I can't find it anywhere...

It is part of a larger poem:

Out of the darkeness that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole
I thank what ever Gods may be
for my unconquerable soul

In the fell clutches of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried out loud
under the blugenings of fate
my head is bloodied but unbowed

and beyond this land of wrath and tears
looms but the horror of the shade
and yet the menace of the years
finds and shall find me unafraid

it matters not how strait the gate
how wrought with punishment the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul

the poem is called invictus, it's the one poem i know by hart

I like Frodo's, "here, at the end of all things" quote. I was kind of hoping they'd steal it for something towards the end of ME3, actually.

"A man chooses, a slave obeys! *Thwack* OBEY!"
Jesus christ, that scene stuck with me.

"You keep your head down, you get on with it and then you die... if your lucky"
Such a depressing line for a child's game and from the exact same game

"Sirryh idiot you breayk my bodeh"

"Show me a mortal who is not pursued, and I'll show you a corpse. Every hunter is hunted, every mind that knows itself has stalkers.
We drive and are driven. The unknown pursues the ignorant, the truth assails every scholar wise enough to know his own ignorance.
We do naught but scratch the surface of the world, frail and fraught.
Every vast drama of civilizations, of people with their certainties and gestures, means nothing, affects nothing. Life crawls on, ever on.
It's the ignorant who find a cause and cling to it, for within that is the illusion of significance. Faith, king, queen, Empire, or vengeance... All the bastion of fools."

The soul knows no greater anguish than to take a breath that begins with love and ends with grief. But there are other anguishes, many others. They unfold as they will, and to dwell within them is to understand nothing.
"Except, perhaps, this. In love, grief is a promise. As sure as Death's nod. There will be many gardens, but this last one to visit is so very still. Not meant for lovers. Not meant for dreamers. Meant only for a single figure, there in the dark, standing alone.
"Taking a single breath."

I forget who but they're both from the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

"History is just like an endless waltz: the first three beats of War, Peace and Revolution continue on forever" -Marie Mea (Endless Waltz)

"Lots of ways to help people. Sometimes heal patients; sometimes execute dangerous people. Either way helps." -Mordin Solus (Mass Effect 2)

"Had to be me, someone else may have gotten it wrong." - Mordin Solus (Mass Effect 3) Mordin was always my favorite companion in the ME series, when he said that right before he died it made me damn near cry.

"Fight on, my men," Sir Andrew said, "I am hurt, but I am not slain; I'll lay me down and bleed a while, And then I'll rise and fight again." - Ballad of Andrew Barton

"Idiot, You kill or you die" - Aoba (End of Evangelion)

"The fate of destruction is also the joy of rebirth" -Leader of Seele (End of Evangelion)

"That is merely logic. People are not moved by logic." -Mithos (Tales of Symphonia)

"That's why war is so tragic. To win means to make victims of your opponents and give birth to hatred." -Kratos (Tales of Symphonia)

Last one I swear guys, but this is one everyone need to listen to, or at least read.

"I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness - not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think or what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural!
Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.
Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!" -The Great Dictator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IvPIWzQcUY

"Men know their doom, but not the hour"
- Uriel Septim VII in Oblivion

It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all outta gum

from duke 3d ('96). it's not memorable, but it has stuck nonetheless.

"I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil." Gandalf always makes me think, when I feel I need a squirt, if I deserve to or not. I haven't truly cried in years.

"Oh NO!" Rainbow Dash (Teehee). You said quotes that stuck with me and that two word expression definetly has. That show is just too adorable.

"And you, a Stormcloak? I thought better of you."

Jarl Balgruuf of Whiterun.

I don't think I've ever felt so... guilty in a game as when I helped overthrow a good ruler and all round friendly guy. I made sure to make a no-kills run of the mission, but my god, finishing up I just felt... bad.

"Define 'interesting.'" "Oh, god; oh, god, we're all going to die?"
-Malcolm Reynolds to Hoban Washburne, Serenity (2005)

Lot of things from Doctor Who (especially David Tennant's run) have stuck in my head.

BaronIveagh:
"And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?" - The Puppetmaster Ghost in the Shell

This one, it suddenly made that guys claim that it was not life seem really empty in an instant, perfect comeback.

'I'M COVERED IN BEES!'

'My father was a bee keeper, like his father before him, and I want to walk in their footsteps and their footsteps went like this. I'M COVERED IN BEES!'

'I like my coffee like I like my women. In a plastic cup.'

'I like my coffee like I like my women. COVERED IN BEES!'

Captcha - hugger-mugger

Didn't Cameron advise us to do that back in 2010? How'd that work out Dave?

Alpha Centuri... a game full of quotes that rival that of any other work of fiction in any medium. Of those, this stands out as the most memorable and shiver-inducing.

"I imagine I'll die quite soon. It's strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and I apologized to nobody.

I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one.

An inch. It's small and it's fragile and it's the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us. "

-Valerie - V For Vendetta

The whole letter is chilling, and beautifully written, but that bit right there at the end always gives me goosebumps.

"When are you people going to realize? I'm not stuck in here with you, YOU ARE STUCK IN HERE WITH ME!"

"I...am Andrew Ryan and I'm here to ask you a question:

Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?

No, says the man in Washington. It belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican. It belongs to god.
No, says the man in Moscow. It belongs to everyone.

I...rejected these answers. Instead I chose something different, I chose the impossible, I chose...Rapture."

No gods or kings, only man. -Andrew Ryan
"In what country is there a place for people like me"-Andrew Ryan

"I'm a dishonest man. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly, it's the honest ones you've got to watch out for because you can never tell when they'll do something completely stupid." -Jack Sparrow

"What is the Truth?"

"We see the world for what it truly is, and hope that, one day, mankind might see the same."

"What is the World then?"

"An illusion, one which we can submit to, as most do, or transcend."

"What is it to transcend?"

"To recognize nothing is true, and everything is permitted. That laws arise not from divinity but from reason."
-Dialogue between Altair and Al'Mualim

Not really a quote, but a speel from Fahrenheit 451.


This really disturbed me, as this book was written about 60 years ago.

Chiasm:
Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. Hate.

AM- I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

It's amazing how much that one paragraph alone can set the story for the rest of the game to follow.

Oh, and you can't beat AM's Hate Speech. Thanks for posting that, for some reason that didn't come to mind.
Also, as someone else said:
MAJOR BIOSHOCK SPOILERS

Joker: "How do you know when a Turian is out of ammo?"
Garrus: "He switches to the stick up his ass as a backup weapon."

I lol'd. I seriously lol'd.

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