->''O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! \\
My tables--meet it is I set it down,\\
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain; \\
At least I'm sure it may be so in Denmark.''
-->--'''Hamlet''', ''{{Hamlet}}''

->''I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage\\
Culled the blood of the exploited working class\\
But they've overcome their shyness\\
Now they're calling me "Your Highness"\\
And the world screams "Kiss me, son of god"''
-->--'''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', "Kiss Me, Son of God"

->''"Some have harsh words for this man of renown,\\
But some think our attitude\\
Should be one of gratitude,\\
Like the widows and cripples in old London town\\
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun"''
-->--'''Music/TomLehrer''', "Wernher Von Braun"

->''How bad can I be? I'm just building an economy\\
How bad can I be? Just look at me [[PhotoOpWithTheDog pettin' this puppy]]\\
How bad can I be? A portion of proceeds goes to charity\\
How bad can I possibly be? Let's see:\\
All [[MegaCorp the customers are buying]]\\
And [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney the money's multiplying]]\\
And [[SlaveToPR the PR people are lying]]\\
And [[ArmyOfLawyers the lawyers are denying]]\\
Who cares if a few trees are dying?''
-->-- '''''Film/TheLorax''''', "How Bad Can I Be?"

->''"And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light."''
-->--''Literature/TheBible''

->''"But in calling Moriarty a criminal you are uttering libel in the eyes of the law—and there lie the glory and the wonder of it! The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every deviltry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations—that’s the man! But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those very words that you have uttered he could hale you to a court and [[KarmaHoudini emerge with your year’s pension]] as a solatium for his wounded character. Is he not the celebrated author of ''The Dynamics of an Asteroid'', a book which ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is said that there was no man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it? Is this a man to traduce? Foulmouthed doctor and slandered professor—such would be your respective roles! That’s genius, Watson."''
-->-- ''SherlockHolmes'', "The Valley of Fear"

->''"Do you think you've won? You see, when I die, they'll [[OurFounder build a statue]]. And you? The city didn't stop for your grieving family. Because you don't matter."''
-->--'''Lucky Quinn''', ''VideoGame/WatchDogs''

->'''Mudder''' singing "The Ballad of Jayne Cobb": He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor / Stood up to the man and he gave him what for / Our love for him now, ain't hard to explain / The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne! ♪\\
'''Simon:''' This must be what going mad feels like.
-->--'''''{{Series/Firefly}}''''' ("Jayneston")

->''"Your powerful GDI forces have been emasculated, [[HeroWithBadPublicity and you yourself are a killer of children...]] Of course it's not true, but the world only believes what the media tells them to believe... and I tell the media what to believe. It's really quite simple."''
-->-- '''[[DarkMessiah Kane]]''', ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'

->''"No one with a good public reputation is actually good, Orgullo. They’re just charlatans skilled at making themselves look good. Most people are easily fooled, so we can get away with it."''
-->--'''Akira Hidaka''', ''{{Ultimo}}''

->''"I can't stop the horrible respect people have for me."''
-->--'''Tracy Jordan''', ''Series/{{ThirtyRock}}''

->''"I have the Americans believing I am a nice guy. In their polls, I'm more popular than [[GeorgeHWBush their President!]]"''
-->--'''UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev''', Film/TheNakedGun: From the Files of Police Squad''

->'''[[VillainProtagonist Skitter]]''': I’m not taking you hostage. It’s really your choice how this plays out. I’m not sure if you heard me say it before, but I described you as a jury. Now it’s time for you to vote.
->'''[[TheCowl Defiant]]''': That’s not how it works, Skitter!
->'''Skitter''': Stand if you side with me. I won’t make any big speeches here. That’s not who I am. I won’t feed you lies or guilt you into this. It’s your call.
->''([[BadassBystander Almost one hundred students]] stand up and [[LostInACrowd stand with Skitter]])''
-->--'''Skitter''' demonstrates the effectiveness of this trope, ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/chrysalis-20-5/ Chrysalis 20.5]]

->''"Clever tyrants are never punished."''
-->--'''Creator/{{Voltaire}}''', ''Meropa''

->''"Much is now being made, among the tears, of [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon's]] foreign policy triumphs. He went to Moscow and then détente. He went to Beijing and then, later, saw the Great Wall. Other presidents could have done what he did, [[RedScare but none dared because of]]--Nixon. One could hear that solemn hollow baritone: 'I am not saying that [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson President Johnson]] is a ''card''-carrying Communist. No. I am not even saying that his presence on that wall in China mean that he ''is'' a Communist. No. [[NoExceptYes But I question...]]' As Nixon had been assigned to the part of ''the'' Nixon, there was no other Nixon to keep him from those two nice excursions, ostensibly in search of peace."''
-->--'''Creator/GoreVidal''', ''Palimpsest''

->''"And this is where the references to [[{{Series/Batman}} Batman ’66]] hit critical mass, as this entire plot is based on on an episode of the show: “Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin” ...The Penguin gets out of jail and starts to run for mayor with the intent of pretty much legalizing crime, gaining support through theatrics and charisma, while Batman runs against him, taking a beating in the polls because he’s such a [[GoodIsBoring goody-goody square]]. Like, he won’t kiss a baby because it’s really unhealthy for everyone involved, so the Penguin casts him as a dude who hates kids by kissing babies '''''[[HypocriticalHumor while smoking a cigarette.]]'''''"''
-->--'''Chris Sims''' and '''David Uzumeri''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/batman-returns-review/ on]] ''Film/BatmanReturns''
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