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-> ''"The perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality."''
-->-- '''Ash''' from ''Film/{{Alien}}'', describing the Xenomorph

TheDreaded [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killemall]] rises from the deep and stomps through Manhattan, squishing everything in its path! [[TheChick Alice]] starts to panic. [[TheLancer Sir Charlie]] braces himself for a futile last stand. And [[TheSmartGuy Ed]] is.... grinning like a loon?

"It's the rare Purple Killemall! I knew they existed! It can generate enough force per square foot to crush iron. It could destroy us and never even notice! ''It's as glorious as I dreamed it would be!''"

Alice and Sir Charlie exchange worried glances, terrified that their best friend has gone off the deep end... but no. Ed has spent his lifetime researching Killemalls. Or he has the only copy of a book that describes them and has always wanted to see them. Or he risked his reputation on the fact that they exist and now is vindicated.

Never fear, viewers: Edward's fanboy trance will last only a moment and then he will swiftly come up with a plan to defeat the Killemall because knows its one weakness--or demonstrate that it is only enraged because [[RampageFromANail of the large branch trapped under a scale on its highly sensitive dorsal crest]]. In more comedic works or works in which ItCanThink, the sincere flattery can even lead to a full-fledged FluffyTamer situation.

Obviously this trope can apply to more mundane threats, usually natural (like tornadoes, or sharks).

Compare VillainRespect, MisaimedFandom, NightmareFetishist, InLoveWithYourCarnage, MeasuringTheMarigolds, UglyCute and TheXenophile. Contrast WowingCthulhu.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Hange Zoe from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has an unhealthy fascination with Titans and her response to seeing [[spoiler: Eren's partially transformed arm]] is to beg to touch it.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' gives us [[MadScientist Dae]], who becomes obsessed with seeing Priscilla in all her glory after discovering her severed arm, which still held an insane amount of power. When he finally does find her, he spends the entire time gushing about her, creeping out his companion Rubel in the process.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He only takes on cases that interest him and though understated he finds his Kira suspect, Light Yagami, [[NightmareFetishist to be quite fascinating]] and regards him as a WorthyOpponent (FoeRomanceSubtext [[HilarityEnsues Ensues]]). L gets very annoyed at the appearance of a [[JackTheRipoff Second Kira, a copycat killer,]] because it's not ''HIS'' Kira and not [[EvenEvilHasStandards playing by the same rules.]] [[TheMovie In the live action movies]] he's clearly entertained to watch Light manipulate Naomi Misora on the monitors.
-->'''Souichiro Yagami:''' We have to stop this!\\
'''L:''' We're ''just'' getting to the good part.
* A in installment ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' TheMovie that takes part at the bottom of the ocean has this happen. Nobita, who up until that point has been ridiculed by his friends for telling them of the existence of giant octopus (and he did see it), is overjoyed when the monster appears and smash their undersea camp. The other kids lampshade his improper rejoicing.
* A {{Filler}} scene in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' has Ginyu ([[GrandTheftMe In Bulma's body]]) watching Freezer's last transformation and fighting with Goku, commenting on how great and powerful he was and confusing the hell out of Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' gives us the [[MadScientist Doctor's]] reacting to Alucard summoning an army of hundreds of thousands of familiars with a combination of euphoria and excitement.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' gives us Yoriko Yasaka, who treats the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] deities living in her house as normal guests, and even considers their actions adorable, mainly because their job is to protect her beloved son Mahiro (and they've saved both his and her lives already). She even gives her approval to Nyarko (Nyarlathotep)'s romantic pursuit of Mahiro. However, she makes it [[MamaBear VERY]] [[ActionGirl clear]] that if any lines are crossed, deities or not, the [[ImprobableWeaponUser forks]] are coming out -- and she has them scared shitless.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/DoctorStrange has one of these moments in a ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' title. ("Such ''magnificent'' power. It could destroy us at ''whim''.")
* Fluttershy's comment that [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/518183-nature-is-so-fascinating "Nature is so fascinating!"]] from a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' comic book has achieved [[MemeticMutation memetic]] status on the internet. Now people are posting it combined with all kinds of abhorrent nature facts.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' story ''The Shooting Star'', Prof. Phostle is excited about the upcoming end-of-the-world meteor, saying such absurdities as "It will destroy the world tonight. Tomorrow, everyone will know my name for discovering it!"
* In ''Comicbook/TotallyAwesomeHulk'', Lady Hellbender is a CollectorOfTheStrange who is upset that the heroes have shrunk down the various {{Kaiju}} they've defeated. She is also in complete awe of Fin Fang Foom (a massive, evil dragon) when it appears and wants to add it to her collection. And once the Hulk proves himself to be as strong as he boasts he is? She immediately captures him and tries to take him away.
* In ''Comicbook/SinCity'', Manute worships his mistress Ava Lord as a goddess precisely ''because'' she's such a cold-blooded manipulative sociopath.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' features Lt. Wood, a Delta Force officer tasked with bringing the Punisher in. He openly admires his ruthless vigilantism, even quoting the below ''Film/{{Alien}}'' line.

* Discussed in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[=/=]''Series/{{Angel}}'' fic ''FanFic/BringMeToLife''' Angel reflects that Dark Willow's [[FlayingAlive flaying Warren Mears alive]] is an act that [[EnemyWithin Angelus]] would have truly admired.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': When [[TheDreaded the Winter Soldier]] first shows up, practically everyone in the HYDRA/Death Eater alliance is scared silent... except for [[OmnicidalManiac Gravemoss]], who practically ''squees''.
* Johanna Smith-Rhodes' attitude to the most dangerous creatures on the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. It is commented of her that were they aware of each others' existence, she would get fan-mail from Creator/SteveIrwin. Witness her animal-handling abilities in ''Fanfic/NatureStudies'' and ''Fanfic/SlippingBetweenWorlds''.

* Several in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies.
** In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Science officer Ash acts like this toward the title creature.
-->'''Ash''': The [[UltimateLifeform perfect organism]]. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.\\
'''Lambert''': [[DiscussedTrope You admire it]].\\
'''Ash''': I admire its purity.
** Bishop displays this sort of behavior in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' when studying a Facehugger carcass, [[spoiler:implying that he'll turn bad by drawing parallels to how Ash, the ''other'' synthetic person that once came into contact with the Aliens, reacted to the creature. It's a RedHerring; Bishop remains a good guy.]]
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'':
*** Dr. Gediman admires the Newborn, as well as the normal Aliens.
*** Ripley 8 has an odd fascination with the Xenomorphs as well due to being a hybrid clone.
** The comics are no better, either. Every single villain is quite willing to escalate from waxing poetic about the Xenos to have many people killed in order to admire the Alien's complete lack of pity as they kill. It is somewhat implied that this is one of the side effects of the Xenomorphs' innate psionic capabilities, but many of them were also established to be sociopathic bastards beforehand.
* In ''Film/DevilGirlFromMars'': when Nyah unleashes her giant robot and gives a demonstration of its powers, everybody runs away, but Prof. Hennessey hesitates before doing so as he is clearly fascinated by the mechanical monster.
* In the film and the ExpandedUniverse material, Ray Stantz of the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' gets boyishly excited by a lot of the weird, gross, terrifying stuff they encounter.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''
** In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'', [[spoiler:after Godzilla wipes out both the Millennians, and Orga]], AntiVillain [[WellIntentionedExtremist Katagiri]], the head of CCI and main human baddie who had spent the entire movie trying to kill Godzilla (and the main human hero) just stares up at Godzilla, allowing the Monster King to kill him. Best described as both a VillainousBSOD and a DyingMomentOfAwesome
** Doctors Ichiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham of ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' have a quasi-religious attitude towards Godzilla, with Dr. Graham even calling him "a god, for all intents and purposes." Serizawa believes that Godzilla is essentially the personification of the balance of nature and the only hope humanity has of neutralizing the M.U.T.O.s, even if he has to kill people and destroy cities in the process. Admiral Stenz understandably thinks them naive for this.
* In the film ''Film/{{The Incredible Hulk}}'' Dr. Samuel Sterns becomes enamored of the power and potential of Bruce Banner's mutation, in spite of the danger. Rather humorously, the actual Abomination (the character) he's quite terrified of.
* Matt Hooper in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' when he talks about the shark: "...what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution." There are many quick lines like this in the boat with both Hooper and Quint marveling at this particular shark's incredible strength, tenacity, intelligence, and unpredictability.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** Muldoon from ''Film/JurassicPark'' sees the ''Velociraptors'' as {{Worthy Opponent}}s, to the point [[spoiler: his last words are complimenting them for sneaking up on him.]]
-->"Clever girl."
** In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', Simon Masrani is both terrified and captivated by the ''Indominus rex''. And although Hoskins sees Owen's ''Velociraptors'' as mere tools of war, he's also shown to be rather awe-inspired by them. He tentatively asks Barry if he can touch a [[AnimalNemesis restrained Delta]], which he does with all the jittery excitement of a little boy.
-->'''Claire:''' Think it'll scare the kids?
-->'''Masrani:''' The kids? This'll give the parents nightmares.
-->'''Claire:''' Is that ... good?
-->'''Masrani:''' It's ''fantastic.''
* In ''Film/{{Komodo}}'', Oates expresses admiration for the komodos, calling them beautiful animals from a scientific standpoint.
* Dr. Newton Geizsler in ''Film/PacificRim'' has an absorbing love for {{Kaiju}} as biological masterpieces. So gushing is his admiration that he refers to a Kaiju as "twenty-five hundred tons of awesome" in front of a Jaeger pilot whose brother, as Newt is well aware, was ''killed by a Kaiju''. His lab partner, Dr. Hermann Gottlieb, refers to Newt as a "Kaiju groupie", implying his attitude isn't actually that uncommon.
** There's also at least one cult who worship the Kaiju, even making their temple inside one's skull. They believe that the Kaiju are TheScourgeOfGod sent to punish them for their sins.
** In ''Film/PacificRimUprising'', the Kaiju-worshipping cult has grown large enough to stage a rather nasty demonstration at PPDC Headquarters, [[spoiler:and Newt has a kaiju brain in his room that he treats like a girlfriend and drifts with on a regular basis, leading to the Precursors controlling his mind and making him nearly destroy the world.]]
* ''Film/PitchBlack'': Upon seeing the huge swarms of vicious night-dwelling flying monsters emerging from underground, [[SociopathicHero Riddick]] can only whisper: "Beautiful".
* Keyes in ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'':
-->'''Harrigan''': You admire the damn thing.\\
'''Keyes''': Not for what it ''does'', Harrigan. For what it ''is''. For what we can learn from it.
* Mr Robinson in ''Film/{{Predestination}}'' speaks kindly of the terrorist called the Fizzle Bomber and how he helped their organization become better at saving lives. Lampshaded by The Barkeeper: "You sound as if you admire him".
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', [[TheCaptain Picard]] has a healthy level of respect and fear for the ''very'' heavily armed Reman warbird ''Scimitar''.
--> "She's a predator."
* Dr. Clayton Forrester from 1953's ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}'' could be one of the earliest modern examples. He says of the Fighting-Machine, "This is amazing!"
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': How Bolivar Trask views the mutants.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': At the end, [[spoiler:Apocalypse is in awe of Phoenix's powers as she vaporizes him]].
* Dr. Okun in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' can barely contain his enthusiasm for the aliens' technology and anatomy.
-->'''Okum:''' The last twenty-four hours have been really exciting!
-->'''President Whitmore:''' "Exciting"? People are dying out there! I don't think "exciting" is the word I'd choose to describe it!
* ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'': Dr. Carrington's attitude regarding the Thing, in a nutshell. Unfortunately, he is so astonished at seeing an actual alien that he assumes the Thing is a being with great knowledge that it could share with mankind (instead of [[AliensAreBastards a homicidal brute]], which it actually is and all the other characters note), and pulls a number of dastardly acts in an attempt to understand it (and make contact with it).
* ''Film/{{Resurrection}}'': Detective John Prudhomme expresses admiration about the killer's intellect to avoid detection while his more inexperienced partner is just disturbed by how insane such a person would have to be. John changes his opinion after his partner becomes another victim.

* In the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Caves Of Ice'', the [[DeusEstMachina Omnissiah]] worshiping [[{{Cyborg}} enginseer]] who accompanies Cain when he discovers a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Necron]] tomb while searching the mines below the processing plant his unit's guarding can't understand why Cain wants to blow up the entrance to it and call in the navy to bomb the place into oblivion. [[spoiler: He changes his mind after he's the only survivor of a group of "Cogboys" who entered the tomb; he eventually gleefully helps drown the tomb in [[KillItWithFire promethium]].]]
* ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' The protagonist attracts a gaggle of of attractive women, despite being a flesh-eating mimic.
* Dragon expert Lady Sybil has this reaction to the Noble Dragon in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''.
-->'''Sybil''': Do you realise we're very probably seeing something no-one has seen for centuries?
-->'''Vimes''': Yes, it's a bloody flying alligator setting fire to my city!
* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', according to Van Helsing, the Count "must indeed have been that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turk, over the great river on the very frontier of Turkey-land. If it be so, then was he no common man: for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and the most cunning, as well as the bravest of the sons of the 'land beyond the forest'".
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', when Ward sees a [[spoiler: Basilisk]], he admires its beauty, so fascinated that he hardly notices anything else. [[spoiler: Luckily, ''he'' is not the one about to be fed to the monster, and he does manage to avoid it's gaze.]] A much milder example occurs when Ward sees a live dragon for the first time ... but of course, protecting dragons is his family's (woefully neglected for the past few centuries) ''job'', and the dragons are benevolent, usually.
* Near the end of ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'', the main characters are captured by the Leviathan, a [[{{Kaiju}} mountain-sized]], [[EldritchAbomination aeons-old]] [[MegaMicrobes unicelluar life-form]].
-->"Let it come closer for a while," Hagbard said. "I want to get a good close look. I've never had a chance like this before, and I may never see this creature again."
-->"You'll be seeing it from the inside with that attitude," said Dillinger.
* In ''Literature/{{Meg}}'', almost everyone who encounters the Megalodon has a mix of this and gut-wrenching fear. The fear usually becomes dominant since being that close to the Meg usually means it's going to try to eat you.
* In ''Literature/{{Momo}}'', when the kids play explorers in the South Pacific. The smart boy playing the professor does this with the "schum-schum gummilastikum" (as it's called in the original German text) and protests when the captain wants to shoot it. Someone knows his tropes.
* At one point in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', one of the heroes notes that as evil and twisted as [[BigBad Jongleur]] is, there is something magnificent about a man who's set out to [[ImmortalitySeeker defeat death itself.]]
* In ''Literature/PresidentsVampire'' Konrad flat-out admires the nauseating and {{Squick}}y effects his poisons and viruses have on people, even going as far as pausing his evil plan for a few minutes so that he can admire their effect on one unlucky visitor. He generally loves viruses, and the worse the effects, the more he appreciates them.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** Shardbearers are even more dangerous than usual against soldiers who have never seen one before because they are often tempted to just stand and stare, even as they are cut down.
** Shallan has this reaction to the chasmfiends, house-sized crustaceans that [[SuperPersistentPredator eat humans]] and [[LightningBruiser move far faster than should be possible]]. When she and Kaladin find one in the chasms, he keeps having to drag her away when she tries to get a better look at it.
* David from ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' is at once an Epic-killing Reckoner and a massive Epic fanboy, frequently gushing over how cool some Epic's powers are while plotting how to assassinate him. At one point, he enthusiastically compliments an Epic on her abilities while they're fighting each other to the death, and shortly thereafter tops that by asking her for an autograph. She's... nonplussed.
-->'''Loophole:''' "What is ''wrong'' with you?"
* Done by a biologist during a river cruise in ''Literature/BloodOfElves''. Geralt tells him to name the creature after an annoying brat that traveled with them.
-->"What a specimen, what a specimen," Pitt quickly noted, thrilled no end. "Prehensile cephalic limbs, four pairs of chelae... Strong tail-fan... Sharp claws..."
* In Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/XCom'' novel, one of the base scientists talks admiringly about the biology of the Ethereal aliens, to the point of suggesting that humans could modify their own genetics in similar ways. [[spoiler: This is a tip-off that he's a traitor.]]
* Inverted in the Literature/TheDresdenFiles as the FallenAngel Anduriel actually admires how horribly, terribly evil its human host Nicodemus is. Most of the Fallen hosts end up being puppets to their demonic "partners", but Nicky is mostly human still because the eldritch monster he's partnered with for centuries honestly doesn't think it can do a better job.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Raina in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' gives this impression. She appears to work in her incredibly unethical, extremely illegal, and very dangerous field primarily to get the opportunity to be close to and create super beings. She's thrilled at the chance to get to talk to [[BigBad The Clairvoyant]], even though the reason is because he just [[YouHaveFailedMe killed her predecessor]], [[spoiler: and is very disappointed when he turns out to be just a very well informed person without superpowers, especially because he doesn't share her interests.]]
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': When Ash brings the ''Necronomicon'' to occult book dealer Lionel Hawkins, the man can barely contain his glee. And when Ash comes up with his rather moronic plan to summon a demon for interrogation, Lionel is thrilled at the prospect.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Giles occasionally gets excited over the MonsterOfTheWeek. "A werewolf! One of the classics!"
-->'''Giles''': Grave robbing? That's new. Interesting.
-->'''Buffy''': I ''know'' you meant to say "gross and disturbing."
-->'''Giles''': ...Yes, yes, yes of course. Uh, terrible thing. Must... must put a stop to it. Damn it.
** In the episode "Bad Eggs", Tector Gorch (a vampire) makes the mistake of stopping to admire the Bezoar, thinking it's cute. It eats him.
* The late Steve Irwin (aka ''The Series/CrocodileHunter'') always reacted to wild animals, particularly the very dangerous ones, with a blend of respect and boyish glee. Ironically, he was killed by a creature that's largely harmless.
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' featured a MadArtist SerialKiller that killed people and used rigor mortis to pose their corpses. At one point the team interrogate another artist played by Jeffrey Tambor who had met the killer at some point. While he thought the killer's regular sketches were trash, when he is shown the photos of the corpses he is in awe at their artistic value. Never the less, he helps them catch the killer.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' does this practically OnceAnEpisode -- the Doctor is sort of an intergalactic Crocodile Hunter. This is deconstructed in the episode "Tooth and Claw" when Queen Victoria (ItMakesSenseInContext) declares The Doctor to be ''persona non grata'' in the British Empire due to his flippant treatment of horrible monsters.
** In the old series story "The Green Death," after he kills the giant insect [[spoiler: that the giant maggot has evolved into]], he says that it's beautiful.
** In "Asylum of the Daleks" the leader of the Daleks explains that they don't simply destroy the aberrant (and therefore imperfect) Daleks because they find the hatred born of their insanity to be beautiful.
** While battling a robot intent on killing him in "Robot", the Doctor is able to disable it by putting his hat over its eyes. It suddenly stops moving, and he {{Hubris}}tically goes right up to it, smiling and whispering to himself, "Extraordinary. Extraordinary." Of course, this just leads to the robot karate chopping him in the neck.
** In "The Girl In the Fireplace", [[TheNthDoctor Ten]] examines the delicate clockwork an elaborately costumed (18th Century French Versailles) killer SteamPunk robots, and exclaims "You are beautiful!"
** In "The Beast Below", Eleven does this to a SpaceWhale ''while standing in its mouth.'' He even says he'd love to see the stomach, then hastily adds "but not right now".
** In "The God Complex", Eleven simply cannot help but sneak a glimpse of the homicidal Minotaur, even while he and his companions are hiding from it.
* A big part of Walter Bishop's character in ''{{Series/Fringe}}''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Cersei seems quite impressed with Gregor Clegane's killing power in Season 4 and is keen to ensure he retains it after his near death. She's also very curious about Qyburn's MadDoctor talents, giving him the patronage the Citadel so emphatically refused, and she's obviously very pleased by the results: Ser Robert Strong.
** Cersei seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* In a similar vein, [[Series/TheJeffCorwinExperience Jeff Corwin]] clearly has a lot of respect and admiration for venomous snakes and dangerous reptiles. However, despite displaying a similar level of ManChild glee, Jeff also tended to be much more cautious than Steve Irwin when it came to the overall handling of certain animals or situations.
* In ''Series/RipperStreet'', Inspector Reid's fascination with technological progress often leads him to express admiration even when said technology has been used for evil purposes. Case in point, the episode ''I Need Light'' where the bad guy is exploiting the (anachronistically early) invention of the motion picture camera in order to make snuff films. Reid takes time to point out that the technology is amazing.
* Teppei from ''Series/UltramanMebius'' tends to burst out in admiration of any historical MonsterOfTheWeek.
* A downplayed example from ''Series/{{Psych}}'', but in the Season 4 finale, Mary Lightly finally meets Mr. Yang, the infamous murderer he spent several years tracking when [[spoiler: he accompanies Shawn and Gus to get answers out of her regarding Mr. Yin at the asylum. When she acknowledges his presence when he points out someone had to be working with her, he has this gleeful admiration on his face.]]
* [[Series/SledgeHammer Sledge Hammer]]'s glorification of violence sometimes leads him to approve of the villain's ways, played for laughs. Such as in "To Sledge, With Love":
-->'''Captain Trunk''': These [[GangOfBullies animals]] are violent and destructive, with no respect for authority.
-->'''Hammer''': Don't worry, Captain. I won't be suckered in by their virtues.
* In an early episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the station is afflicted by an engineered virus a Bajoran geneticist had intended to use against the Cardassians, which first afflicted victims with aphasia and then gave them a deadly fever. It was designed to be adaptable and very hard to treat, and Dr. Bashir calls it a work of genius while he's trying to find a cure.
* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the Doctor has a brief moment of this while examining Borg nanoprobes. "They're efficient little assimilators. One can't help but admire the workmanship."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Urza from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' spent millenia preparing for the war against Phyrexia. But the longer he fought them, the more his methods began to emulate Phyrexia's and the more he came to admire Phyrexian technology. This eventually reached a head when he and his allies ventured into Phyrexia itself to destroy it. As they ventured deeper into Phyrexia, Urza realized that it embodied everything he ever wanted the world to be. When Urza finally entered the heart of Phyrexia, Yawgmoth asked him what he desired. Urza then betrayed his allies and everything he once fought for by bowing down to Yawgmoth, claiming that he only wished to stand by his side.
* The Cult of the Beast God in the ''Mecha vs {{Kaiju}}'' setting revere the giant monsters, and attempt to placate them with prayer and offerings. [[spoiler:It's a PathOfInspiration -- the ''real'' objects of its veneration, known only to the inner circle, are the Oni, who are pretty much the bad guys of the entire setting.]]
* The [[MachineCult Adeptus Mechanicus]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have a [[ShmuckBait notoriously poor record]] when it comes to uncovering [[SealedEvilInACan Necron Tomb Worlds]]. They become awed by all the shiny, advanced technology, poke a little too far, [[RobotWar wake the Necrons up]], and die horribly.
** Also, radical Inqusitors tend to end up this way. Often used to highlight just how far they've fallen into heresy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2'' has Jacob Hargreave admiring the Ceph bioweapon currently ''decimating humanity'':
-->'''Hargreave''': Cleaning up -- it's ingenious, isn't it. Think of the Argentine Cattle Crisis two years ago. Or the British BSE outbreak in the last century. The issue was not slaughtering the animals, that was easily done. The problem was disposal. What do you do with the millions of rotting corpses? Well, there you see the answer the Ceph have evolved. They wipe us out, they break us down, they reduce the environmental impact almost to zero. ''Exemplary''.
* General Castor of ''Videogame/DawnOfWar 2: Retribution'' openly admires the Tyranid Hive Tyrant, mostly because its head will look perfect on his trophy wall.
---> '''Castor:''' Aim low.
* While she's not studying a monster per se, Merrill in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has a moment in the Legacy DLC where she expresses fascination over the magical powers of an altar dedicated to the Old God Dumat. Keep in mind that Merrill is a Dalish elf and the Old Gods were the deities of the Tevinter Imperium, which once crushed the elven civilization of Arlathan and turned them into slaves.
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Iron Bull reveals that the Qunari revere dragons for their power and believe that their horns are due to the Qunari having some kind of connection to dragons. At the same time, the Qunari do not hesitate to slay dragons because they embody raw chaotic fury, and the Qun abhors chaos. Bringing Iron Bull with you to fight high dragons is one way to gain approval from him.
* Pokey Minch from ''Videogame/EarthBound'' speaks highly of the universal cosmic destroyer Giygas, [[spoiler:and eventually becomes his right-hand man. This admiration is short-lived, however, as he pulls the plug on the machine sustaining Giygas's mind and proceeds to [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu call him an "almighty idiot."]]]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Mages Guild Master Wizard Skink-in-Tree's-Shade offers a quest in which he asks you to [[YourSoulIsMine trap the soul]] of an [[EldritchAbomination Ash Ghoul]] for study. Additionally, he offers several quests related to vampires. While not quite a NightmareFetishist, he does have a healthy respect for these creatures.
** Hermaeus Mora, [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of Knowledge, in ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' practically lures the player into believing this towards him. Sure he's shifty, malevolent, and downright creepy, but in the end he helps you like a best friend.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'', Aphrodite and her handmaidens react this way to Kratos, who has been in a god-slaying rampage across Mount Olympus, yet the [[EatingTheEyeCandy look on their faces]] upon seeing them with Aphrodite proceeding to invite him into her bed.
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' has Egon admiring Ivo Shandor's work from time to time. He's quick to add that he was completely evil. Ray reminds Egon to "stick to the Light Side." "It's hard."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' has both Liara and Shiala expressing regret over the destruction of the Thorian as it was an unique and ancient life-form.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler: The Illusive Man wants you to preserve the Collector Base for Cerberus, in order to study its technology. A base that was liquefying kidnapped humans to turn into a Reaper]]. One of your followup dialogue options reads 'This place is an abomination'.
** Much later, in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' Garrus explains to [[TheWatson a handy crewman]] how perfect the Reapers are as EldritchAbomination killing machines. When the crewman is horrified, Garrus adds that [[DiscussedTrope if you can't respect your enemy's strengths]], [[JustifiedTrope you'll never truly understand them]].
*** Similarly, the turian primarch remarks to Shepard that the soldier in him admires the Reapers' proficiency at warfare (in particular, that they're better at turian tactics than the turians are). The turian in him knows he's watching the death of 14,000 years of civilization.
** Most of Paragon Shepard's teammates repeatedly think that they must have gone off their rocker, since Shepard seems to have a consistant need to seek out, befriend and then earn the loyalty of every ridiculously scary alien race in the Galaxy. Highlights include having a ''[[RobotBuddy Geth]]'' wearing part of Shepard's former armour as a tribute to them, having an OddFriendship with the ''[[BeePeople Rachni]]'' Queen and semi-adopting a teenage ''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]]''.
** Inverted with the Reapers, who freely acknowledge that they have come to admire Shepard's [[WorthyOpponent uncanny knack]] of being able to repeatedly thwart them. In the second game, after Shepard was temporarily killed, the Reapers even ordered that Collectors to try to retrieve their body for study, simply because they couldn't fathom how a ''[[PunyEarthling single human]]'' could be so utterly ''dangerous!''
--> '''Harbinger''': [[AC: Shepard! You have become an ''[[TheDreaded annoyance!]]'']]
** A more straightforward inversion comes in the form of [[spoiler:the Leviathans, an EldritchAbomination race that admires Shepard for being the first thing in any cycle to scare the Reapers. It is due to this that they agree to help them in this cycle]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Leviathan]]''': None have possessed the strength in [[ViciousCycle previous Cycles]]. Your own [[PunyEarthlings species]] could be destroyed with a single thought. But ''you'' are different. I have witnessed your actions in this Cycle: the [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destruction of Sovereign]]; the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs fall of the Collectors]]. The Reapers perceive [[WorthyOpponent you]] as [[TheDreaded a threat]]. And I ''must'' understand '''[[WhatTheHellAreYou WHY.]]'''
* Cynthia, from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl,'' loves learning and teaching new facts about the [[OlympusMons Creation Trio.]] Especially, [[{{Dracolich}} Giratina.]]
* Blitz in ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns Dragonfall'' is downright ''impressed'' by [[spoiler:the MKVI, a massively cyber-modified troll that's had its [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul sentience and humanity surgically removed by all the chrome]]]] and [[ImTakingHerhomeWithMe wants you to keep it]]. All your other party members are disgusted and want it dead.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter 4'' and ''4 Ultimate'' has the Guildmarm, who crushes hard on monsters. She especially treats the Brachydios as if it was the man of her dreams.
--> '''Guildmarm:''' "Those strong arms! That explosive personality! And he's right there in the Volcanic Hollow...Oh, I could faint! Be a dear, Doodle, and give him a wink for me, okay?"

* ''CurseQuest'' An owl-bear hybrid (ulvorn) attacks Walrus, and Avalon seems to be excited to see the fight. After the Owl Hunter kills the ulvorn, Avalon can visibly be seen crying. In a similar fashion he cheers on the ulvorn creatures at the end of the chapter that fight Mogarth.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Sparks are known to do things like open city gates so they can take a closer look at the enemy war machines/mutants/etc. that are attacking them at the time.
* ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists''' main character admires all forms of abominations, be it zombie dogs or werewolves and crusades to make others see them the same way he does, even succeeding at times.
* In ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', when Sweetheart [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/it-was-supposed/ describes]] the Necropolis to her teammates and Officially Not A MadScientist Virginia Lee:
-->'''Sweetheart''': Over the decades, various zombie plagues have spread there, producing its current population of over one million undead. It's an empire of flesh-eating horrors. Any questions?
-->'''Dr Lee''': Are all the pathogens biological or has nanotech been introduced? What happens when plagues interact? Have new strains evolved?
-->'''Sweetheart''': Do that thing again where you convince us you're not mad.
* From ''WebComic/{{XKCD}}'': Okay, never mind, what's wrong with scientists is that you ''do'' see wonder and [[http://xkcd.com/877/ beauty in everything]]. Oh god, it's ''moving!''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied by Website/TheOnion: "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/cop-grudgingly-admits-suspect-is-the-best-goddamn,28215/ Cop Grudgingly Admits Suspect Is The Best Goddamn Pedophile He's Seen In 30 Years On The Force]]"
* When the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' play the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' {{UsefulNotes/SNES}} LicensedGame and catch sight of [[EyesDoNotBelongThere Eye Guy]]:
'''Arin''': Aw, that's cute!
* Invoked and discussed in the ''Podcast/TheLastPodcastOnTheLeft'' three-parter about Carl Panzram, a serial rapist and mass murderer from the early 1900s. Marcus Parks says that true-crime authors ''love'' Panzram due to his AffablyEvil tendencies and well-written confessions. By the end of the series, Henry Zebrowski decides that Panzram is his favorite Heavy Hitter.
* Invoked in ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'', on a episode about serial killers Burke and Hare, when Janel clarifies that she is not impressed by the number of victims they killed in the space of a year, merely surprised.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A RunningGag on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
-->'''Ron:''' That would be so cool if it wasn't going to hurt us.
* From ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Cartman only works with Cthulhu because of his ability to strike terror and misery into people he hates... and his friends.
** Actually, it's implied that ''Cthulhu'' is the one admiring ''Cartman''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** When Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Luminara are captured by Genosian zombies and about to be [[PuppeteerParasite mind-controlled by brain slugs]], Obi-Wan is far too interested in the process.
--->'''Obi-Wan''': No, wait, I want to see how it works!\\
'''Anakin''': I don't think Luminara wants to see how it works.\\
'''Luminara''': No, I don't.\\
'''Obi-Wan''': I'm curious. The more we know, the better!\\
'''Luminara''': ''[recoiling as the worm is brought to her]'' I disagree!\\
'''Anakin''': So do I.\\
'''Obi-Wan''': Come now, the ear or the nose? Which will it enter?\\
'''Anakin''': ''[sigh]'' I'd say the nose.
** Captain Tarkin admires the design of the Citadel, a brutal Separatist maximum-security prison, even as the Jedi are helping him escape from it. Ahsoka calls him out on it, but Anakin concedes that he has a point.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "Alone at Sea", [[spoiler:Jasper points out that Lapis's treatment of her was quite inhumane, though since Jasper only appreciated strength, she actually ''admires'' it.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Jasper''':]] ''(to [[spoiler:Lapis]])'' I thought ''I'' was a brute, but ''you''... you're a ''[[YouMonster monster.]]''
* From ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'': [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 The original animated incarnation of the Shredder]] absolutely ''gushes'' with unrestrained admiration as he watches a video file on the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 much more powerful and deadly Utrom Shredder, Ch'rell, from the then-current version of TMNT.]] Then he actually gets to ''meet'' [[AxCrazy Ch'rell]]. Let's just say it doesn't bode well for 1987 Shredder. In fact, by the end of the movie, it's not good for [[spoiler: every single existing universe within the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle multiverse.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' incarnation of ComicBook/NormanOsborn is in awe when seeing [[spoiler:his son]] turning into ComicBook/{{Venom}} and trying to kill him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Biologists LOVE finding new and creepy things. They also love finding OLD and creepy things. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelacanth This is not an attractive fish]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalopod This is not an alien. It is a squid.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh_HUIJkRzU This is not a xenomorph, it is a shark with detachable jaws.]]
** It is fun to go on a walk with a group of biologists. If someone mentions that there's a ''really'' big spider in that bush over there, everyone will come running and admire it -- about the opposite of the reaction you get from the average person.
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill had this attitude towards UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler for his role in Germany's economic recovery.
* Storm chasers can often do this (and it's even gotten the derisory nicknames "stormgasm" and "tornadogasm" from their almost-orgasmic sounds on seeing a tornado). The reason for it is from the storm chaser's perspective is that they have invested time, money, and more into getting the perfect video of a tornado + the adrenaline rush of seeing one, especially a historic one = this reaction. Unfortunately, however, it's often taken for/seen as self-indulgent disrespect to the victims of tornadoes and severe storms, even if no disrespect is intended.
** Similarly, volcanologist David Johnston's FamousLastWords before being killed in the eruption of Mount St. Helens-- [[ApocalypticLog "Vancouver! This is it! This is it!"]] have been described as being said with as much awe and excitement as shock.
* Expect to be looked at as if you're doing this if you like spiders, and are called upon to remove some particularly big and beautiful specimen. Especially weird if you live in Europe and there are no spider species venomous enough to really endanger humans. (Of course, a biologist may have this attitude to a real dangerous animal, too, see above.)
* For some longtime residents of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, its time as the BigRottenApple is missed since since the cost of living was lower then and the proliferation of corporate domination of its public space has robbed the city of some of its singular character.
* Why do movie villains like PuttingOnTheReich? Of course it is a very easy shorthand to show how ObviouslyEvil they are, but there has to be some admiration for the Nazi aesthetic, even if only for the ForbiddenFruit aspects of it. Everybody knows Nazis are evil, but ''damn'' those uniforms tailored by the actual Hugo Boss.
* "Rubber-necking" while passing an accident scene can be considered this.