The phrase: "I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee."
Yes, we mentioned this phrase in this article's headline, but that's because it's one of the most notorious examples out there. The first time you hear a random NPC in Skyrim tell you he was an accomplished adventurer up until he got shot in the knee with an arrow, it's no big deal. Hell, you feel bad for the dude considering you've been pelted by hundreds of the things, none of which apparently found a fleshy home in your knee cap. After you hear this same sob story for the 20th time, you start to wonder if maybe there's some sort of serial knee shooter holed up somewhere in Skyrim. But once you meet 297 people, all of them tragically ruined by knee-seeking arrows, it's enough to drive you to madness. Overcome by rage, you run from town to town, destroying every living being before they even have a chance to tell you about why they aren't out adventuring anymore. You already know, anyway.