[[folder:Comic Books]]

->''"All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day."''
-->--'''The Joker''', ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''

->'''Becky Albright:''' You're ''crazy''. That's not the way to deal with it. That's not the way ''I'm'' going to deal with it!\\
'''The Scarecrow:''' I am ''not crazy!'' This is a perfectly sane and rational response to my traumatic experiences. And if you don't believe me... I'll ''kill'' you!
-->-- ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}''

->'''Verity''': What makes hate easy?\\
'''[[Comicbook/FantasticFour Valeria]]''': Mommy and daddy.\\
'''Loki''': Harsh! But yes.
-->-- ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' issue 7

->You've got to understand, [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]], Cat's been to '''Hell''' and back with Toyman. You didn't know Cat before her son was killed. She was a '''different''' woman back then. Heck, we all were. [...] Her son Adam was killed rescuing a group of children who were kidnapped by one of Toyman's malfunctioning robots. The robot cut his throat. Cat '''changed''' after that. She didn't '''grieve'''. Instead, she turned '''hard'''. She moved to L.A. and started writing for '''tabloids''', tearing down anyone she could. The more teen stars and starlets she saw parading around town, the angrier and angrier her writing became. [...] Clark thinks Cat became angry that those teens were still alive to make messes of their lives... and her son '''wasn't'''.
-->-- '''ComicBook/LanaLang''', ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'', ''Day of the Dollmaker''

->I have a '''complicated''' relationship with Justice. Slaving under the '''Duke''', knowing awaited after a short life of torment... I didn't fear Justice, I '''longed''' for it. ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and her dynasty patrolled the universe, but when salvation came for '''me''', it did not wear an "'''S'''". It was an '''Eye'''. Supergirl '''ignored''' my suffering. But once I was '''free''' of it, pillaging the galaxy in service to my eye, she had no problem standing '''against''' me.
-->-- '''[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Emerald Empress]]''', ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth'', ''The Girl of No Tomorrow''

[[folder:Fan Works]]

->The [[Manga/DeathNote Beyond Birthday]] case made so much more sense now, BB wasn't a megalomaniac he was [[FoeRomanceSubtext L's spurned and neglected lover.]] Clearly the jam was just the aftershock of being forced into sex with someone that looked vaguely like a crack head. And she had prevented him from burning himself alive, if she had to have sex with L she might have tried to burn herself alive too. Naomi noted to herself that perhaps it was a good time to go to L.A.'s prison and apologize to that poor madman.
-->-- ''FanFic/AllYouNeedIsLove''

->'''Pit''': Why are you doing this?!\\
'''Pyrrhon''': Why?! I'll ''tell'' you why! ''Everyone'' knows who Palutena is. ''Everyone'' knows who Viridi is. Everyone even knows who ''Hades'' is!. But what about ''me'', huh? Does anyone even ''recognize'' me? Anyone ''worship'' me? Anyone even '''''acknowledge me?!''''' No. Well, that's all about to change. Now it's ''Pyrrhon's'' time to shine! I'll ''make'' everyone remember me! Even if I've gotta carve my name into the very ''fabric'' of this planet!
-->-- ''FanFic/KidIcarusUprisingTheNovelization''

->''For years, you thought the supercilious face he put on was a facade that he wore for everyone else, that he was only cruel because society [[ProudWarriorRace wanted him to be]] and when he was with [[MoralityPet you]], that’s what was real.\\
It took six years of knowing him to realize you were wrong. You had it backwards.\\
The first time he [[DomesticAbuse yells at you]], you cry.''
-->-- '''Feferi''' about '''Eridan''' in the Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} fic "[[http://sonicsymphony.tumblr.com/post/123489059269/if-its-not-too-spoilery-some-young-eridan-and-fef Insurgency]]"

->“Why? Because you have everything and we have nothing! Just look around, the dragon kingdom is practically a wasteland while Equestria is a paradise! You ponies also have control over most of the planet, while we dragons don’t even have pillows!”
-->-- '''Garble''', when '''Princess Luna''' asks him why he hates ponies so much, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/344471/the-fallen The Fallen]]

->“Sunny…when I brought you up…I always told myself that I would do what was best for you. And that, in my mind…was to make you as great as I knew you could be. So I worked you, oftentimes harder than others, because I knew you could do it. I knew you could be the best that Crystal Prep, that ''any'' school, could ever hope to have.”
->After a while, she finally opened her eyes again.
->“When the days started to come when you were no longer the best…I will fully admit that my attitude towards you was…not what it should have been.”
->Sunny looked away, a look of anger now crossing her. But Cinch was not angry in return, and instead let out another sigh.
->“But my disappointment, and it ''was'' disappointment…was not with ''you''…it was with ''myself''.”
-->-- [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/290571/of-wondercolts-and-shadowbolts Of Wondercolts and Shadowbolts]]

->'''Carol:''' Good, now that we're alone. I'm asking you to try to be a little nicer to Bruno, okay? I know it's not an easy task and he's not the most pleasant person you'll ever meet. Bruno's not a bad kid Scott. Yes, I know he's a bully, but he's only acting out what he knows. What his father taught him.\\
'''[[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]]:''' So? That makes it okay for him to threaten to hurt Bobby? That makes it okay for him to threaten to hurt someone younger than he is?\\
'''Carol:''' No, of course not. But Bruno has only threatened, and he actually hasn't made a move to hurt Bobby. That leaves a lot of room for you to let it slide off your back and compromise until he actually tries something. If Bruno tries to hurt Bobby, you won't be the first one to trounce him. Trust me.\\
'''Scott:''' Compromise, in my experience, has always been another word for lose.\\
'''Carol:''' You are so wrong, Scott. Compromise most times is the only way everyone wins. Bruno is acting out the lessons that his drunken, abusive father taught him. Don't act out the lessons that Jack taught you. Don't let Jack win like that.
-->-- ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYears''


[[folder:Film - Animated]]

->It's not my fault that I'm so evil, it's society, society. You see, my parents were sometimes abusive and it made a prick of me.
-->-- '''Saddam Hussein''', ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''

->'''Donkey''': Hey, what's your problem, Shrek? What you got against the whole world anyway?\\
'''Shrek''': Look, I'm not the one with the problem, okay? It's the ''world'' that seems to have a problem with ''me''! People take one look at me and go "Aagh! Help! Run! A big, stupid, ugly, ogre!" [''sighs''] They judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone.


[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

->He's a font of misplaced rage. Name your cliché; Mother held him too much or not enough, last picked at kickball, late night sneaky uncle, whatever. Now he's so angry moments of levity actually [[ItBurns cause him pain; gives him headaches]]. Happiness, for that gentleman, hurts.
-->-- '''Garland Greene''' on Billy Bedlam, ''Film/ConAir''

->[[MultipleChoicePast You wanna know how I got]] [[GlasgowGrin these scars?]] My father was a drinker, and a fiend. One night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. He takes the knife to her, laughing as he does it. Then he turns to me, and says "Why... so... serious?" He comes at me with the knife. "Why... so... serious?" He sticks the knife in my mouth. "Let's put a ''smile'' on that face!" And... why so serious?
-->-- '''ComicBook/TheJoker''', ''Film/TheDarkKnight''

->Father. I would have butchered the whole world... if you would only love me!
-->-- '''Commodus''' before smothering his father, ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''

->No Thorny, I barely had a job before! "Farva, get the coffee, Farva, hit the radio, Farva, clean the cells!" I'm a cop, goddammit!
-->-- '''Rod Farva''', ''Film/SuperTroopers''

->For as long as I can remember, people have hated me. They looked at my face and my body and they ran away in horror. In my loneliness I decided that if I could not inspire love, which is my deepest hope, I would instead cause FEAR!
-->-- '''The Monster''', ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''

->Baxter, I ''have'' been trying to get back at my father, but I think I've a good reason for it. Dad's a prick.
-->-- '''[[GranolaGirl Pamela Weintraub]]''', ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''

->'''Duke:''' [[LastWords The lights are growing dim, Otto.]] I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate... and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.\\
'''Otto:''' That's bullshit. You're a white suburban punk just like me.\\
'''Duke:''' Yeah... but it still hurts.
-->-- ''Film/RepoMan''

->Our Billy wasn't born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse.
-->-- '''Hannibal Lecter''', ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''



->Nothing ''made'' him that way. No matter what terrible things happened in his life, no matter what dreadful hungers rose up from his soul, he chose to act on those desires, he chose to do the things he did. ''He's'' responsible for his own actions, and no one else.
-->-- '''Bean''', ''Literature/ShadowOfTheHegemon''

->People cling to their rotten memories, to all their misfortunes, and you can't pry them loose. These things keep them busy. They avenge themselves for the injustice of the present by smearing the future inside them with this shit. They're cowards deep down, and just. That's their nature.
-->-- ''Journey to the End of the Night'', by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

->My heart bleeds for him, as a child. Someone took a kid and manufactured a monster. At the same time, as an adult, he's irredeemable. As an adult, someone should blow the sick fuck out of his socks.
-->-- '''Will Graham''', ''Literature/RedDragon''

->Every man has his excuses, and the more vile the man becomes, the more touching the story has to be. What is my story now, I wonder?
-->-- '''Sand dan Glokta''', ''Literature/TheFirstLaw''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->'''Charles:''' You must understand, he had a very terrible childhood.\\
'''Klaus:''' I understand. [[OrphansOrdeal I'm having a very terrible childhood right now.]]

->...but I'm afraid you have me confused with somebody who gives a crap. And it's okay, you don't need to be embarrassed. Turns out it happens all the time. For instance, my father actually made the same mistake on his deathbed.
-->--'''Dr. Cox''', ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' ("My Brother, Where Art Thou?")

->'''Spike:''' The [[AnArmAndALeg tingling in my forearms]] tells me she's too far gone to help. She's one of us now. She's a monster.\\
'''Angel''': She's an innocent victim.\\
'''Spike:''' So were we, once upon a time.
-->-- ''{{Series/Angel}}'', "Damage"

->Mother? May I call you mother? ''My'' mother was a person with no self-respect of her own, so she tried to take mine. Ten years old, she had the scissors, you wouldn't believe what she did with those...(chuckling) She's dead to me now. Mostly 'cause [[ImAHumanitarian I killed and ate her]].
-->-- '''Kralik''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

->My relationship with my daughter is going to affect her relationships with men for the rest of her life. Every man in here has dated a woman with some daddy issues. That shit ain't fun. She givin' you a hard time over something that her daddy did in 1969.
-->--'''Creator/ChrisRock''', ''Never Scared''

->[[AvertedTrope You'd think it was because my parents didn't love me, but actually, they loved me a great deal.]]
-->-- '''Raj''', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

->It doesn't justify it... but it might explain it.
-->-- '''Detective Olivia Benson''', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''

->No. Please. I had a terrible childhood.
-->-- '''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow T. Robot]]''' as Donald Pleasence when it appears that Film/{{Pumaman}} might actually beat his ass

->What else could I have been? My father was a half-crazed military failure, my mother was a bitch-queen from hell. Yes, I admit I'm nothing. But from what I started with, nothing is up.
-->-- '''Arnold Rimmer''', ''Series/RedDwarf''

->What'd I do wrong? I did everything you asked me to. I hurt people. Killed people. For you.
-->-- '''Jason Neville''', ''Series/{{Revolution}}''

->'''Prince Ludwig:''' With your information, gentlemen, I intend to kill your queen and take over your country. The MasterOfDisguise shall become the Master... of ze world! ''[EvilLaugh]''\\
'''Edmund Blackadder:''' Oh, just one thing Ludwig, before you go.\\
'''Prince Ludwig:''' What?\\
'''Edmund Blackadder:''' Were you ever bullied at school?\\
'''Prince Ludwig:''' ''[Suddenly tense]'' What do you mean?\\
'''Edmund Blackadder:''' Well, all this ranting and raving about power. There must be ''some'' reason for it.\\
'''Prince Ludwig:''' Nonsense, no. At my school, [[BlatantLies having dirty hair and spots was a sign of maturity.]]\\
'''Edmund Blackadder:''' I ''thought'' so, and I bet your mother made you wear shorts right up to your final year!\\
'''Prince Ludwig:''' Shut up! ''Shut up!'' When I am King of England, ''no one'' will call me "Shorty Greasy Spot-Spot" again!
-->-- ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''


->If they'd called him a brother\\
Or a neighbor or a cousin\\
Then the world would be less\\
One angry young man\\
But they called him little nigger boy\\
When he was but a tike\\
So he grew up to be\\
An angry young man''
-->-- '''Les Claypool''', "Ding Dang"

->I grew up in a wild hood, as a hazardous youth\\
with a fucked up childhood, that I used as an excuse
-->-- '''Music/{{Eminem}}''', "Bad Influence"

->I was born in the rotten part of the town\\
The biggest trap I've seen\\
herever you'll go and wherever you'll get to\\
Evil is all around\\
My mother's a bitch, my father's a killer\\
Gettin' paid for a murder\\
Fightin' and strugglin' the whole day\\
The only way to survive\\
Wanted from law but they'll never catch me\\
I'd much rather die in this bloody war
-->-- '''Music/{{Helloween}}''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToWpMiN5a3Y Victim of Fate]]"

->And I've looked at it from your side\\
And I've looked at it from mine\\
And I know you had a hard time, when you were only nine\\
But that was long ago, and now there's just no denyin'\\
You're an asshole
-->-- '''Jim's Big Ego''', "Asshole"

->Why do you treat me this way?\\
And why do you try so hard to break my spirit?\\
I think someone was mean to you,\\
When you were little,\\
That's what I think\\
I think someone was mean to you
-->-- '''Music/TheMountainGoats''', "Pseudothryum Song"

->It's not his fault that he can't behave\\
Society's made him go astray\\
Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away...
-->-- '''Music/OingoBoingo''', "Only A Lad"

->I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me!\\
(He's just a poor boy from a poor family!\\
Spare him his life from this monstrosity)
-->-- '''{{Music/Queen}}''', "Bohemian Rhapsody"

->This world may have failed you\\
It doesn't give you a reason why\\
[[ForWantOfANail You could have chosen a different path in life]]
-->-- '''Music/WithinTemptation''', "Angels"

->''When you were young, and your heart was an open book\\
You used to say, "Live and let live"\\
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did...)\\
But if this ever-changing world, [[MemeticMutation in which we live in]]\\
Makes you give in and cry...\\
...say live and let die...''
-->-- ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''


->They fuck you up, your mum and dad;\\
They might not mean to, but they do.\\
They fill you with the faults they had,\\
And add some extra, just for you.\\
But they were fucked up in their turn\\
By fools in old-style hats and coats,\\
Who half the time were soppy-stern\\
And half at one another's throats.\\
Man hands on misery to man.\\
It deepens like a coastal shelf.\\
Get out as early as you can,\\
And don't have any kids yourself.
-->-- '''Creator/PhilipLarkin''', "This Be the Verse"



->My daddy is a bastard\\
My ma's an SOB\\
My grandad's always plastered\\
My granny pushes tea\\
My sister wears a moustache\\
My brother wears a dress\\
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!
-->-- ''Theatre/WestSideStory''


[[folder:Video Games]]

->I'm sorry, I had a difficult childhood!
-->-- '''Carl "CJ" Johnson''' when [[BlackComedy performing a carjacking]], ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''

->Look, this is all I've got, alright? I had a tough upbringing. My daddy was not nice to me!
-->--'''[[AxCrazy Trevor Phillips]]''', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''

->My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came the wind carried the same thing... Death. But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin. I... coveted that wind, I suppose.
-->--'''Ganondorf''', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''

->All assassins are fucked up somehow, or we wouldn't be in this profession.
-->-- '''Travis Touchdown,''' ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''



->When I was young, I was the smallest and the weakest. They never let me play in all their halfling games, like Throw the Rock, or Throw the Stick, or Throw the Rock and Then the Stick Shortly Thereafter. All I wanted was to grow up to be a big strong adventurer and go out into the world where I would be accepted. And then, some day, I could return to my home village... and brutally murder them in their dreamless sleep.
-->-- '''Belkar Bitterleaf''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0125.html fakes a tragic backstory for roleplaying xp]], ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

->In order to realistically portray such a comfort zone, then, try creating a reason why the character has whatever emotional response you are giving him. The single best way to do this is through childhood experience
-->-- '''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Rich Burlew]]''', [[http://www.giantitp.com/articles/XbsQgS9YYu9g3HZBAGE.html "Emotional Response"]]

->''Such a tortured past, such a tortured past,\\
So much disappointment, happiness never lasts\\
Day after day with nothing going my way\\
This tortured past is how a monster is made.\\
An ice cream cone dropped at my feet\\
A game of tic-tac-toe that ended in defeat\\
A beloved goldfish that ended up dying\\
An under-heated hot-pocket, so unsatisfying\\
A girl I loved in college didn't love me back\\
Walking in my socks and I stepped on a tack\\
That's how a monster is made.''

-->-- ''WebComic/AxeCop'', [[http://axecop.com/comic/tortured-past-songster-page-17/ "Tortured Past"]]

[[folder:Web Original]]

->'''Chris''': Lionel lies to his son about where Clark was while the holding facility was being blown up and then literally tells his son that there are [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica dozens of people in the world]] that are out to get him. PARENTING!\\
'''Chris''': Isn't there something we read about how [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Ollie]] used to bully him at school, too?\\
'''David''': Yeah, and he was really bullying and dismissive towards Lex in this episode as well for basically no reason. He’s had an [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds absolutely terrible life]], and superheroes have constantly been picking on him basically for no reason.
-->-- '''Chris Sims''' and '''David Uzumeri''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/recap-smallville-episode-6-11-justice/ on]] ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', "Justice"

->'''Cop''': So, I pulled you over, because there’s five bloody limbs hanging out of your trunk, you were driving 150 mph in a stolen car, you mowed down a litter of kittens, your backseat is filled with weed you stole from [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain a medical marijuana dispensary]], you reek of a [[Creator/LindsayLohan Lohan]] and [worst of all, you’re blasting a Music/CarlyRaeJepsen song.\\
'''[=OctoKid=]''': My mom is [=OctoMom=] and I watched her porn when I was 11.\\
'''Cop''': Have a good night, sir. Drive safe. Do you need a police escort to the strip club?
-->-- '''[[http://dlisted.com/2012/10/30/octomoms-son-watched-her-self-love-porn/ Michael K.]]''', "That 11-year-old kid just won a free pass to do whatever the hell he wants"

->Here's a nice amuse-bouche:\\
take a poor abused youth,\\
Set a thirty-year timer,\\
voila! [[Creator/GordonRamsay Huge douche!]]
-->-- '''Creator/JuliaChild''', ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->"Not even in this order, you shot me, shattered both my femurs, cornholed ''both'' my fiancees, got me turned into a robot, left to me to die in outer freakin' space, and also, blew me up in a grain elevator!"
-->-- '''Barry Dylan''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''

->Backstory! Backstory! Backstory! The backstory is what drives an evil scientist. It is the "Why does he do what he does?" of the "What does he do?"
-->-- '''Dr. Doofenshmirtz''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

->'''Announcer''': Lord Darkar. The malevolent ruler of the [=UnderRealm=]. What makes him so evil?\\
'''Bloom''': I think he's just misunderstood.\\
'''Lord Darkar''': There's no misunderstanding. It's just... I'm pure evil!\\
'''Stella''': I think what Darkar needs is a girlfriend!\\
'''Lord Darkar''': Ok, first of all, I have a girlfriend, but she lives far away. And second, I'm EVIL!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Lord Darkar advertisement

->'''Stripperella:''' Why do you hate models so much?
->'''Dr. Cesarian:''' Why? Because my whole life beautiful girls have spurned my advances. I vowed that one day I would make them all pay.
->'''Stripperella:''' So just because-
->'''Dr. Cesarian:''' Also, my mother was a model, she ran off when I was five; I declared then and there that I would make all models pay.
->'''Stripperella:''' But what are-
->'''Dr. Cesarian:''' ''Also,'' I once had a promising career as a model. I had a scholarship to go to modeling college and everything, but then I became horribly disfigured in a modeling accident and they said I would never model again and I vowed to make them all pay! Oh-also, my grandparents were killed by models.
->'''Stripperella:''' I'll admit, you defiantly have some valid reasons for not liking models.
-->'''--WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}''', "Beauty and the Obese Part II"

-> I'm just saying, considering [[[AntiVillain Zuko's]]] messed-up family and the way he was raised, he could have turned out a lot worse.
-->--'''Toph''', ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

[[folder:Real Life]]

->For the last eight years of my life, ever since I hit puberty, I've been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires all because girls have never been attracted to me. Girls gave their affection, and sex and love to other men, but never to me.
-->-- '''Elliot Rodger''', before committing the Isla Vista massacre

->The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.
-->-- '''Erich Fromm''', ''Escape from Freedom''

->Wherever an inferiority complex exists, [[HeelRealization there is a good reason for it.]]
-->-- '''Carl Jung'''

->I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no, don't... say, "Well that's your fault," because it isn't, you people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no. No no no don't let the weird-looking Eric KID come along.
-->-- '''Eric Harris''', before committing the Columbine High School massacre with Dylan Klebold

->Life has wronged me, sir.
-->-- '''Luke Woodham''', after being asked why he committed a school shooting

->Why did you beat me so hard?
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/JosefStalin''' to his mother in her later years (her response was "That's why you turned out so well")

->''A tiny child with a high voice, he can be seen silently mouthing the other player's lines like Sheep #4 in the school nativity while he waits his turn. During this first season, Dustin Diamond was 12 to Elizabeth Berkley's 17. At that age, with the yawning bridge of puberty between them, that's effectively a million years. I think to how otherworldly and grown-up the sixth-form girls seemed when I was a curly headed little fuck in my first year of senior school. This dark undercurrent of Dustin Diamond as [[UsedToBeASweetKid the gurning outsider of an older, heart-throb cast]] will return, time and again, as we move on through the years.''
-->--'''Stuart Millard''', ''So Excited, So Scared: The ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' Retrospective''