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

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

->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''

->'''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 [[JusticeLeague dozens of people in the world]] that are out to get him. PARENTING!\\
'''Chris''': Isn’t there something we read about how [[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"


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

->''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"

->''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...''
--->-- '''Oingo Boingo''', "Only A Lad"

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

->''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.''
-->--'''PhilipLarkin''', "This Be The Verse"

->''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''
-->-- '''TheMountainGoats''', ''Pseudothryum Song''

->''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 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''
-->-- '''Helloween''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToWpMiN5a3Y Victim of Fate]]"

->''"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!"''

->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

->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]]

->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''

->You wanna know how I got 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?
-->--'''[[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]]'''

->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.
-->-- '''[[EndersGame Bean]]'''

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

->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/SouthPark: [[TheMovie Bigger, Longer, and Uncut]]''

->'''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"

->No. Please. I had a terrible childhood.
-->- '''[[{{MST3K}} Crow T. Robot]]''' imitating Donald Pleasence when it appears that {{Pumaman}} might actually beat his ass.

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

->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

->"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''

->'''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!

->"You're ''crazy''. That's not the way to deal with it. That's not the way ''I'm'' going to deal with it!"
->"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!"
-->--'''Becky Albright and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Scarecrow]]'''

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

->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''', ''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

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

->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''

->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}}''

->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''

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