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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."—Edmund Burke
"When an entire world changes, there are no innocent bystanders. Only those who turn the wheels and those who let them be turned."—Doug Fetterman
"We have controlWe are in control"
We keep you safe
We are your hope
—Wily's machines, The Will of One
"The crowd had gathered there to watch him fall, to watch their hopes destroyed,'We are the dead!'"
They watched them beat him, they watched them break him, they watched his last defense deployed,
There was not a man among them who would let himself be heard, but from the crowd, from their collective fear arose these broken words:
—Hope Rides Alone
"Even here, it is not safe.'HOPE RIDES ALONE!'"
Even this grave has been defaced.
Someone has written on this stone, in some angry hand...
—Mega Man, The Will Of One
"You have heard me, tell this storyEven now, there's hope for man."
Many times before you sleep.
No matter how dark this City gets,
—Dr. Light, The Will Of One
"Tell me, now,There are no heroes left in man!"
Is there a man among you here,
Is there no one who will stand up and try to fight?
Tell me, man!
Is there not one in all your ranks,
Is there not one who values courage over life?
They looked to me once,
Now they turn to you.
Do you understand now,
Do you see that the truth is
They don't want to change this!
They don't want a hero;
They just want a martyr!
A statue to raise!
I've given everything I can,
—Protoman, The Stand (Man or Machine)
"If these people...tell this story...to their children... as they sleep... then maybe someday, they'll see a hero... is just a man who knows he is free."—Protoman, The Sons Of Fate
"You will see, when this is through, mankind will fall."—Protoman, The Sons of Fate
"They've waited so long for this day,My father worked into his grave..."
Someone to take the death away!
No son would ever have to say
—Thomas Light, The Good Doctor
"They've waited so long for this day!Don't turn your back on me!"
There is no price they wouldn't pay
For someone else to lead them!
—Albert Wily, The Good Doctor
"If a shadow blocks out the sun, there will be Light!No matter how dark this City gets, there will be..."
If it stays until the sun has set, there will be Light!
If the sun never shows its face again, there will be Light!
—Emily Stanton, Father Of Death
"If you think that you can run, if you think that you can stand,Well, you forget who turned this city on, you forget who plugged this city in!
—Dr. Wily, The Hounds
Give us a grave!Give us the rope!
Give us a shovel!
Give us a marker!
Give us the doctor!
—The crowd, Give Us The Rope
We're given only what we need, only the chance to survive,So I'm breakin' out of here, tonight.
And even then, it's a coin toss, a roll of the dice,
There's gotta be somethin' better, somethin' that feels more alive,
—Joe, Breaking Out
"I will not be told where to stand! I will not be told what to say!they will know what it means to have fear dragged out into the light."
Not by man or machine, not by you, not by anyone tonight!
You've got to do better than fear.
You've got to step out of the shadows and fight!
And when they see your face again,
—Joe, Keep Quiet
"I've got this burning like my veins are filled with nothing but gasoline!And with a spark it's gonna be the biggest fire they've ever seen!"
—Joe, Light Up the Night
"We'll get back to the robot destruction. That's what Act III is for."—Commander