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Listing The Forms Of Degenerates
All the animals come out at night — whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.
— Travis Bickle, from Taxi Driver.

This is when a character; or group of characters; gives a list of categories of people they consider degenerates, often in the context of describing something similar about them. Due to the often judgmental tone associated with this, sometimes it's used to indicate that the character listing these is a Knight Templar; other times, a good character may use this kind of a list as part of a Good Is Not Nice characterization.

Often this has fairly specific examples earlier in the list but ends with a more general one; alternatively, this may follow an Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking or Department of Redundancy Department pattern.

Examples:

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    Comics 
  • Judge Dredd - "Give me your perps, your muties, your psychos..."
  • In Batman: Shaman, an arc that chronologically takes place during Batman: Year One, Batman tells a random punk to spread the word about him.
    Tell them. Tell everyone. All the punks, junkies, gunsels, enforcers...All the wise guys, leg-breakers, muscle boys...Tell them they're finished. Tell them the streets belong to the Batman.

    Film 
  • Taxi Driver. Really, Travis Bickle does this a lot during the movie, but the quotation above is the most famous.
  • Frollo's description of the feast of fools, from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
    Thieves, cutpurses, the dregs of humanity, all gathered together in one big shallow drunken stupor...
  • Hedley, from Blazing Saddles:
    I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists!
  • From Watchmen:
    "The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!'... and I'll look down, and whisper 'No.'"
  • Edie "Grace" McClurg's line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
    Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.
  • Joe Clark from Lean on Me does this a few times:
    I've got thugs, drug dealers, and deviants of all kinds trying to get into my school.
    I want the name of every hoodlum, drug dealer, and miscreant who's done nothing but take this place apart on my desk by noon today.
  • Harry Russo in Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler:
    Top of the fucking world, Rubberneck! I'll fucking kill all you motherfuckers! Chinks, spics, blacks, cunts, fags! No holds fucking barred!
  • In both the film and the song titled Alices Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie presents a list of the people he met in prison: "mother rapers... father stabbers... father rapers", before reminding the audience that he was simply there for littering.
  • Early in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a house-elf by the name of Kreacher rants about how Sirius Black is not as strict about the company he keeps as Walburga Black was.
    Mudblood, werewolves, traitors, thieves. If my poor mistress knew the scum they let into her house, what would she say to old Kreacher?
  • In Full Metal Jacket, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman informs the recruits that there is no racial bigotry under his command, he does not look down on "niggers, kikes, wops or greasers". They are all equally worthless.
  • In V for Vendetta (film only) Prothero makes such a list and specifically calls them degenerates afterwards.

    Literature 
  • The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul has "the muggers and pushers and pimps and hamburger salesmen" who hang around King's Cross Station.
  • Frequently used in The Bible, but an especially well-known example is 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • In the Temps story "Pitbull Britain" by Kim Newman, a satire based on assuming everything the Daily Mail says is actually true, the forces of evil behind the miners' strike are a "Consortium of South American dictators, Marxist idealogues, organised crime figures, Irish Republicans, hippie drug-fiends, Japanese businessmen, KGB hardliners, French pastry-chefs, Middle Eastern Mullahs, Nazi mad scientists, shapechanging vampire paranorms, Labour Party politicians and anarchist agitators".

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin has Jimmy is explaining to Reggie what kinds of people his secret army will be against:
    Jimmy Anderson: Wreckers of law and order. Communists, Maoists, Trotskyists, neo-Trotskyists, crypto-Trotskyists, union leaders, Communist union leaders, atheists, agnostics, long-haired weirdos, short-haired weirdos, vandals, hooligans, football supporters, namby-pamby probation officers, rapists, papists, papist rapists, foreign surgeons - headshrinkers, who ought to be locked up, Wedgwood Benn, keg bitter, punk rock, glue-sniffers, "Play For Today", Clive Jenkins, Roy Jenkins, Up Jenkins, up everybody's, Chinese restaurants - why do you think Windsor Castle is ringed with Chinese restaurants?
    Reginald Perrin: You realise the sort of people you're going to attract, don't you, Jimmy? Thugs, bully-boys, psychopaths, sacked policemen, security guards, sacked security guards, racialists, Paki-bashers, queer-bashers, Chink-bashers, anybody-bashers, rear Admirals, queer admirals, Vice Admirals, fascists, neo-fascists, crypto-fascists, loyalists, neo-loyalists, crypto-loyalists.
    Jimmy Anderson: Do you think so? I thought recruitment might be difficult.

  • From Scrubs:
    Dr. Kelso: I am sick and tired of listening to people complain about being called fatties, dummies, boozers, losers, winos, tubbos, tokers, smokers, and jamokers. Whatever the hell "jamokers" means.
    Dr. Cox: I was actually saying "jokers" and I had coffee cake in my mouth.

    Music 
  • From God's Away on Business by Tom Waits...
    There's a leak, there's a leak in the boiler room.
    The poor, the lame, the blind.
    Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
    Killers, thieves, and lawyers.
  • Dream On by Christian Falk is mostly this:
    Thugs and badmen
    Punks and liars
    Fucked-up interns
    Pigs and snitches
    Rest your weary heads, all is well...
  • In both the film and the song titled Alices Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie presents a list of the people he met in prison: "mother rapers... father stabbers... father rapers", before reminding the audience that he was simply there for littering.
  • The Clash's "Red Angel Dragnet" borrows heavily from Taxi Driver, including Travis' famous speech.
  • Merle Haggard's mainly serious ode to mid-western redneck values, I'm an Okie From Muskogee, lists all the cultural bete-noires of middle America in the late 1960's:
    "We don't smoke no maruijuana in Muskogee,
    We don't take no trips on LS Dl
    We don't burn no draft cards down on Main Street;
    We like livin' right, and bein' free!

    I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee
    A place where even squares can have a ball...

    We don't make a party out of lovin',
    We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
    We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy;
    Like the hippies out in San Francisco do!

    Tabletop Games 
  • Burn the heretic, kill the alien, purge the unclean. (Sometimes mutant replaces unclean).
    • From Dark Crusade, Aun'el's speech to his troops: "Soldiers of the fire caste , Kroot and Vespid allies! Today, we stand as a bulwark against the selfish, the soulless and the mad! "
    • A variation in Do WII: Retribution that lists the generate as well, courtesy of Chapter Master Azariah Kyras: "In mere hours, billions will die: innocent, guilty, strong and weak, honest and deceitful, ALL OF THEM!!"

    Theatre 
  • The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan had the air "if someday it should happen" aka "I've Got A Little List", which lists all the kinds of people who can be executed without public protest. Most productions customize the list for the audience.

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons references the Sweeney Todd example (see "Other" folder) in the Affectionate Parody episode "A Streetcar Named Marge."
    Cast: New Orleeeans... Home of pirates, drunks, and whores! New Orleeeans... Tacky, overpriced, souvenir stores!
    • Also on The Simpsons, Mr. Burns refers to his employees as "jackanapes ... LOLLIGAGGERS ... NOODLEHEADS!" Or "goldbrickers ... LAYABOUTS ... SLUGABEDS!"
  • Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond.
  • Robin in the Teen Titans episode Fear Itself.

    Real Life 
  • George Carlin uses this in groups that gotta go routine.
    Predators, degenerates, crackheads, and fruitcakes; 900 miles of fence separating them.
  • Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell's in-depth forensic examination of the causes of 9/11, on live network TV two days after the attack:
    Well, I totally concur." –Rev. Pat Robertson to the Rev. Jerry Falwell following the Sept. 11 attacks, after Falwell said, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say: "You helped this happen."


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