A Stock Phrase
often directed towards a Big Bad
or other particularly evil character. If a character is saying this, it's a good indication that whoever the statement is directed towards has crossed the Moral Event Horizon
in the character's eyes. Variations exist (such as "You're a monster" or "You're rotten to the core!").
See You're Insane!
for when a character is calling another crazy rather than evil. This can also lead to an Insult Backfire
if a particularly wicked villain takes pride in this label
This trope can also be used to point out how powerful the character is. Characters who possess that much power are considered monsters by others because of their immense power. Similarly, it can be used in a show of amazement when somebody does something that incredible.
In dramatic situations, this carries the same weight as the Japanese This Is Unforgivable
. Unrelated to You Bastard
, but there may be overlap if the work's being fairly Anvilicious
This often shows up in What Measure Is a Non-Human?
scenarios, often targeted at a character who either is or is trying to be human.
Compare Complete Monster
, in which the audience feels that the character is irredeemable.
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Anime and Manga
- Black Lagoon. Janet Bhai is running away from gangsters, while Sister Eda is driving next to her in a car.
Sister Eda: Do you want us to save you? Think hard. If you don't want to hand over the plates, I guess we don't have a choice. You'd better run to a mosque next time. What do you think? [snip]
Janet Bhai: 30,000 dollars!
Sister Eda: Rock, it's almost my bedtime. I'm going back to the church.
Janet Bhai: You monster! 100,000!
- In the TV series of Hellsing, there's this exchange:
Alexander Anderson: You monster.
Alucard: I get that a lot.
- Also happens quite a lot in Hellsing Ultimate.
Alucard: Come on, get up! Attack me! You've only suffered the loss of your legs. Summon up your familiars, transform your body, heal your severed legs and stand! The evening is still so young. Come on! Hurry, Hurry! HURRY!!! Pull yourself together, the fun has just begun. Come on, HURRY!
Luke Valentine: MONSTER!!!
SWAT member: No! You're a monster!
Alucard: Yes, people keep telling me that. And what does that make you who would stand against me, Soldier? A man? A dog? A monster?
- Nanoha from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha gets this a lot.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's In the second season, it's the "villains" who refer to the eponymous heroine as a demon (after she shrugs off enough magical punishment to kill a lesser being 20 times over, no less). Her reaction? See that page's opening quote.
- In the third season StrikerS, Dieci wonders if Nanoha is human after being quickly defeated and seeing the amount of power Nanoha had at the start of the battle — ironic, seeing how she is one of the few mages of her level who actually are.
- Signum also comments "Good grief, you monster. I thought I was going to die back there." to Nanoha in the last chapter of the StrikerS manga after their mock battle concludes in a draw. Kind of hypocritical of her, as she probably came closer to killing Nanoha with her fiery explosions.
- Played with in Yu-Gi-Oh!, where Yugi says that he won't call an enemy a monster, since that would be an insult to the game's monster cards.
- Dragon Ball Z: Possibly the most often-quoted dialogue exchange in the saga comes from the eighth movie, Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, though it is more of a variation, wherein Broly verbally upgrades himself. To recap, the titular villain is completely curbstomping the heroes and has just roughed up Gohan, when Piccolo shows up. The dialogue is usually translated along these lines:
Broly: So, another little bug has come to die!
Piccolo: Hmph. Do as you like, you monster.
Broly: A monster? No, you're wrong, I'm THE DEVIL!
- Dragon Ball Kai has Goku say this after Krillin's death and Frieza's subsequent threat:
Frieza: *laughs* I think the brat should go next.
: Y-you ruthless... heartless... MONSTER/BASTARD
Namekian: You insane bastard!
- Android 18 yells this before attacking Cell and being absorbed.
- Rave Master: "Grrrrrrrr — you monster!"
- Claymore: Teresa and the recently awakened Rosemary have this exchange:
Teresa: Monster... That makes two of us.
- Gunslinger Girl. Cyborg assassin Triela calls Badass Normal terrorist Pinocchio this during their Final Battle, because he doesn't just keel over and die like all her other targets. After Pinocchio throws her out a window, only to have Triela smash through another plate-glass window after him, Pinocchio can only comment dryly, "Who's the monster now?"
- Darker Than Black: The line shows up several times, but it's usually as much due to Fantastic Racism as to actually evil behavior. Though given the nature of supers in this show, there's some intersect there.
- Fist of the North Star: In response to a demand for his name from one of the early bad guys, Kenshiro replies "I don't give my name to monsters." Said early bad guy had just forced a villager to try to shoot a can off the head of his little boy who was tied to a stake, William Tell style.
- Kirby of the Stars: "Anyone who abandons his reason, and lives only by hatred, is a monster!" Interestingly, in the Japanese version, the term "Demon Beast" (which was replaced by "monster" in the dub) is used to describe someone who is consumed by hatred. And, in fact, anyone who has been so not only is considered a monster, it's also possible for that someone to turn into one.
- Vash the Stampede gets this periodically, even for just his skills and reputation. When things about his...special body come out this trope gets cranked up, such as the shooting-a-hole-in-the-moon thing. The single saddest example is when he saves a town in the Maximum manga shortly after being forcibly introduced to just how flexible he is, and winds up reflexively catching a bullet with a 'feather' from his arm. The townspeople stone him.
- On the other hand, if you try this on his Evil Twin he'll just smile.
- I think Wolfwood got this at least once, too. Although no one was harder on Wolfwood than Wolfwood, except maybe Lazlo and Master C.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed calls his sadistic brother Pride a beast, and shortly before that, tells human allies that even he (a Humanoid Abomination) considers Pride (more of an Eldritch Abomination) a monster.
- From the first episode of Tenchi Muyo!, during the title character's fight with Ryoko:
Tenchi: If I had my way, I wouldn't be fighting a monster like you!
Ryoko: Monster? Tell me, just exactly what makes you call a pretty young lady like me A MONSTER?!
Tenchi: You walk through fire, you walk through walls, you rip holes in the roof and you can even fly!
Ryoko: Very good reasons, but not good enough!
- In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons manga, Link hits Onox with this in outrage after Onox kills Pyoko.
- Attack on Titan provides a very interesting (and complicated) example when Eren confronts Reiner and Bertolt concerning their crimes. As enemy agents, they've been responsible for the majority of death and destruction in the series, by destroying the Walls and providing information for Annie's attack on the 57th Expedition. Ironically, Eren's rant specifically condemns them for expressing remorse over their actions, calling them inhuman monsters that have no right to even feel guilt after learning that Reiner's crushing guilt over his actions has caused him to begin blocking out his true memories in order to continue functioning. Ymir immediately calls Eren out as well, making it clear that his overly-simple worldview makes him unreliable and unable to grasp the bigger picture. Considering one of the major themes of the series is He Who Fights Monsters, accusations about exactly who is a monster are common and rarely simple.
- Cheerilee's Garden: Applejack tells this to Cheerilee before being forced to cut her own hind leg off.
- Super Mario Bros. Z:
: You...you monster! How could you do such a thing? Mecha Sonic
: Monster? I'm not a monster, I am a god!
- Turnabout Substitution: Apollo yells this to Rhea once she confesses to him that she was the one who did all the killings that Enlemeyer was accused of.
- In the Facing The Future Series, Maddie made one of these comments when she learned how Vlad violated Danny's DNA in his cloning experiments.
- In The Swarm of War, these are Elegas’ final words to Elric. Elric’s reply is “Well, I am a monster now, Elegas”.
Films — Animated
- In Shrek, one of the characters calls the Big Bad this in the form of "You're a monster!" A half-comedic example, the Big Bad is still doing something pretty horrific at the time.
- The Simpsons Movie: Lisa shouts it at Homer, after learning that it was he who caused the ecological disaster that got Springfield placed under a dome.
- The King and I has this in the scene when the king is about to kill the servant girl.
- In The Little Mermaid, Ariel calls Ursula a monster when she turns King Triton, her father, into a polyp.
- Beauty and the Beast: This little exchange;
Gaston: Belle, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you had feelings for this monster.
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. You are!
- In Kung Fu Panda 2, Mantis states this in amazement as Po manages to fit a whopping forty dumplings in his mouth and set a new record.
- An indirect version in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In the opening song, narrator Clopin asks "Now here is a riddle to guess if you can: Who is the monster and who is the man?" Frollo does call baby Quasimodo a monster when he sees that the child is misformed, and tries to kill him for it. You can probably figure out on your own to which character the riddle alludes.
- In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Bruce Wayne describes his old enemy The Joker as this.
It's funny, I know about all your other major enemies but you never mentioned him. He was the biggest, wasn't he
? Bruce Wayne:
It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath
, a monster.
Films — Live-Action
- In the original ending of Little Shop of Horrors when Seymour finally confronts Audrey II.
Seymour: You're a monster, and so am I! It's gotta end, it's gotta stop right here!.
- In The Fifth Element, Priest Vito Cornelius tells Zorg "You're a monster", to which Zorg replies "I know."
- Lost in Space: when told "You're a monster." Smith responds with a terse "Yes."
- The Dark Knight: Batman, in regards to having the ferries blow each other up, says "What were you trying to prove, Joker? That deep down, everybody's just as ugly as you? You're alone."
- "You are a walking holocaust" - Used against an appropriately ruthless, borderline psychopathic target in indie creature-feature/body horror flick The Item.
- In the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, Daisy says this to Koopa in the form of "You murderer!" out of blame towards him for seeing to her mother's death and turning her father into fungus.
- Grandpa Joe calls Willy Wonka this in the original Willy Wonka movie after he refuses to let his son get his promised reward. "You're an inhuman monster!" It was actually a Secret Test of Character.
- In Die Hard With A Vengeance, Simon actively attempts to avoid this trope when he reveals he lied about planting a bomb in a school.
- The Ghost Rider movie inverts this when the titular character, Johnny Blaze, After putting an end to Legion by using the penance stare on every single soul he absorbed, refers to himself as a monster when his love interest approaches him, feeling that he is absolutely unworthy of her love due to feeling shame about the form he has to take on.
- Natasha levels this one at Loki in The Avengers after he tells her what he has in mind for Barton. It's just part of her very effective Wounded Gazelle Gambit, though.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has the villain do this to the hero in The Film of the Book:
Count Olaf: I'm the monster? You're the monster.
- In Air Force One, Alice says this to Korshunov.
Alice Marshall: You are a monster. And my father is a great man. You're nothing like my father.
- In The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Frederick Chilton, the head of the insane asylum that houses the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, describes Lecter as a monster.
Chilton: [to Clarice Starling] Oh, he's a monster. Pure psychopath. So rare to capture one alive. From a research point of view, Lecter is our most prized asset.
- In Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, Chad believes this about Tucker and Dale, saying "I've never been so close to pure evil". He's technically right with that statement, though not in the way he thinks.
- In There's Something About Mary, the cops mistake Ted for a Serial Killer who gruesomely hacks up his victims and carries their corpses around in body bags, who happened to catch a ride with Ted. During his Mistaken Confession Ted is talking about hitchhikers, but the cops think this is a Deadly Euphemism for his "victims". When Ted casually says that he may have had up to 50 hitchhikers in his life, one of the horrified detectives loses it, simply says "You son of a bitch... you're gonna fry.", and slams Ted's head into the table repeatedly.
- In The Wolverine Mariko tells her grandfather this by stating he had become a monster. By this point, he was rightfully past the point of no return to be redeemable.
- In The Matrix Revolutions, Smith meets the Oracle near the end of his viral rampage in the Matrix. He cracks a sick joke about the little machine girl he just assimilated when asked what happened to her, and the Oracle simply replies "You are a bastard".
- The Twilight Zone: In the 2003 revival, Anthony's own mother calls him a monster after all the years she had to suffer under her son's godlike powers.
- Doctor Who: "The End of Time" — Wilfred Mott to the Master after he turns the entire human race into doppelgangers of himself.
"What have you done, you monster?!
- YOU BASTARD!!
- The highlight of the Monty Python "Dirty fork sketch".
- Supernatural: In 5.22 "Swan Song", Michael has this retort to Lucifer when his younger brother tries to persuade him to join him one last time.
Michael: You are a monster, Lucifer. And I have to kill you.
- Babylon 5: For most of seasons three and four, Earth President Clark had been committing various atrocities against various Earth colonies, but one particularly vile act has Commander Ivanova burst into Captain Sheridan's quarters with these words: Bastards! Those cold-hearted rat BASTARDS! The outburst is caused by receiving news that two EarthForce destroyers jump out of hyperspace and, completely unprovoked, destroy five commercial liners packed with 10,000 civilian refugees. When Sheridan lets it sink in, he assumes the same mood if not the same words. He sums up his sentiment in a terse log entry seen in the beginning of the next episode.
- Seen at least twice in Game of Thrones:
- Jon Snow calls Craster a monster to Commander Mormont, for marrying his daughters and daughters/granddaughters, and because he sacrifices all his baby sons to the White Walkers. Mormont agrees with him, but states that they have other fights to worry about.
- Cersei opens a conversation with Tyrion with "You monster!" because he is sending her daughter Myrcella away to Dorne.
- Joffrey is casually called a monster by Loras in Season 1. In Season 3, Sansa admits that Joffrey is a monster to Olenna and Margaery Tyrell after significant prodding.
- Joffrey has the gall to refer to Tyrion as "You little monster" during one of his rants. Tyrion snarks back nonchalantly.
- This is a prominent theme in Dexter. The Serial Killer protagonist Dexter Morgan directs this at himself, considering himself a monster because he's compelled to murder. He has managed to cope all this time by only killing other killers. He claims that what sets him apart from them is that he is aware of this fact (which they are not), and the code he lives by. He calls them "unchecked versions of myself" and often refers to them as monsters as well.
Dexter: [to George King aka "The Skinner"] Oh I have my excuses and justifications, but really I just... need to. Like you. You have your excuses, finding Freebo, getting your money. But you know he's dead. You know there's no money, so really you're just... a killer. A monster. The stuff of nightmares.
Dexter: [to Arthur Mitchell aka "The Trinity Killer"] You were a very special kind of monster. You destroyed your own family.
- In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Terra says this to Braig regarding the kidnapping of Xehanort. Of course, the whole thing was a plot of Xehanort's, but nobody told Terra that..
Braig: The old coot certainly knows how to take punishment. Just like I know how to deal it out.
Terra: You monster! What are you after?!
- Metal Gear Solid 3: EVA says this to Volgin during his torture of Sokolov.
- The Witcher: The Big Bad accidentally does this to himself. In response to Geralt preparing to kill him with his silver, beast-killing sword (having been disarmed of his steel human fighting one), he utters "That sword is for monsters!" Geralt's response is pretty much a silent "Yeah, I'll let you puzzle it out Sherlock", as he stabs him through the chest.
- Much eariler in the game, Geralt has this little gem
"Witchers are known to carry two blades. A silver blade for monsters and steel for humans."
"Both are for monsters."
- Which is actually a literal truth, as the steel swords utilized by Witchers are made from meteorite ore, and certain monsters are as susceptible to that as other monsters are for silver.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: "Die, monster! You don't belong in this world!"
- The World Ends with You: Neku says this to Joshua after the latter's identity as the Composer and plan to destroy Shibuya are revealed.
- Within the first third of the game, more specifically, after Neku's utterly heartless reaction to Rhyme's erasure, we had this little gem:
Shiki: "That’s inhuman... You’re inhuman, Neku. No better than those Reapers!"
- Paper Mario: "You inhuman beast! How could you?"
- Portal 2: "I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster." For bonus points, the Achievement for this scene is named "You Monster".
- GLaDOS shows this trope again in co-op, the first time you destroy a turret:
GLaDOS: What are you doing? YOU MONSTER! They're one of us... just kidding.
- In a similar vein, GLaDOS stars in the Defense Grid: The Awakening DLC appropriately titled You Monster.
- Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast - Goku to Frieza in story mode, once he snaps and starts going SSJ.
"I won't let you get away with that
, you...you monster!
- Crisis Core: Sephiroth, Angeal, and Genesis are all described by themselves and others as monsters. Sephiroth is the only one of the three who truly fits this trope. Interestingly enough, Sephiroth tends to call Cloud and Zack traitors in such a venomous tone as to suggest that he's the bad guy.
Cloud: I've got some things...to settle with you.
Sephiroth: You ignorant traitor!
- Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert: Grolla to Michael Sepperin because she blames him for disrupting her grandfather and master's peaceful slumber.
Grolla: Michael Zeppelin!
Sepperin: ...Grolla. Such a rude entrance... how ludicrously fitting for a traitor.
Grolla: Silence, demon! Know that the price for toying with the souls of the dead is high!
- She calls him such a thing again when she asks him for any last words after she defeats him, just before Iris comes and obliterates him into a burst of flames.
Grolla: Any last words, Devil?
- Also, during the beginning scene way earlier in said mode, after Iris attacks Grolla with her immensely powerful magic, Grolla begins to fear her from her attack and wonders what in the world she is (probably suggesting that she's describing her as a monster.)
Grolla: What in the...!? How did she obtain such powerful magic? Iris, what are you?
- Sam & Max: They stole Max's Brain when Sam threatened to shoot Carol before the scanner complied, much to Curt and Bob's worry.
Bob: Audiences across the country say: "You're a monster, Sam!"
Curt: "What have you become?"
- Beautifully lampshaded in Supreme Commander 2. Gage, the game's resident Big Bad, has just nuked a city. The player character utters the phrase, and Gage responds with this:
"Come now, was that really monstrous? This, now this is monstrous."
- In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, one of Frelia's red shirts, having been cut down by Caellach (one of Grado's six top-ranking generals), calls his killer a monster. Caellach's response?
Caellach: Hmm... You waste your last breath on insults, and feeble ones at that. Die then, fool of Frelia.
- Final Fantasy VI: Kefka is referred to as such in the Advance remake. Well, sort of. The exact words are "You're Inhuman" when Shadow and Sabin reveal themselves to Kefka shortly after Kefka demands to get the poison ready so he could proceed to dump it into Doma's water supply, the message is still just as clear.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, Squall tells Seifer that he's just another enemy to the party, like one of the monsters that they regularly encounter. Seifer replies that the party is the monsters for attacking in a swarm like they do and begins the battle with "Let's go after them monsters!"
- Baiken's win quote against Order-Sol in Guilty Gear.
Baiken: You monster! Don't pretend to be human!
- Dragon Age II: The first diplomatic dialogue option when confronting Meredith before the Final Boss Battle in the mage campaign of The Last Straw is "You're a monster".
- Being dismissive of the destruction of Taris in Knights of the Old Republic to Juhami will cause her to flip out at you, calling you "a beast". She has a similar but even more scary reaction to a vile man looking for cathar slaves.
- In The Reconstruction, this is Dehl's response to learning that Havan tortured Donz to death.
- In Dark Souls, Eingyi will call you a monster if you kill his mistress the Daughter of Chaos. Since she's one of the most kind-hearted and sympathetic characters in the game and is totally defenseless and non-hostile, it's hard to disagree.
- In Legacy of Kain, Kain gets called this by Vorador after he kills Umah in cold blood. Kain responds (possibly correctly) that Vorador would have done the same in his place, but the incident is still shocking because it was starting to look as if Kain might have found a Morality Pet.
- Bishop Doplin of Legaia II: Duel Saga gets called "garbage" and a "truly evil person". After you defeat Elliot and Marienne for the final time, the party confronts Doplin in order to obtain the Pyrolith. After he learns the duo is dead, he remarks that he never cared about them, and was just using them for their power. The party goes ballistic on hearing this, and call him out for it.
Maya: I used to think that there was no such thing as a truly evil person. but... I guess I was wrong.
Kazan: I've never met anyone as rotten to the core... This is not a man, he's garbage.
- Done in NieR during the New Game+; now that you understand what the shades are saying and considering you are cutting down children and innocent shades it isn't entirely un-justified.
- Tsukihime: near the end of Arcueid's route, Roa says this to Shiki after he shows him how to kill things.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: You'll hear a lot of this when you choose dark side options. And the whole Sith Warrior storyline is essentially written for these moments.
- Inverted hilariously fairly early on in the Sith Warrior storyline: the player has been sent by their new master to ensure that a shipment of goods that are delivered safely. Naturally two teams of enemies show up and in the ensuing conversation, the player eventually comes to the option where they can a) Convince the opponents to attack each other and wipe themselves out, b) Attack them both at once, or c) chose the option entitled simply "I'm a monster." Choosing this gives you a scene with your Sith Warrior ranting about how he is going to slaughter and eat them involving such gems as threatening to drink their marrow, which causes the enemies to flee in terror.
- Upon defeating Tiberius in Hard Corps: Uprising: "Go to hell, you monster!"
- Shi-Long Lang to Quercus Alba in the final case of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, after uncovering his crimes, including a serious blow to Lang's home country's economy through the use of counterfeit currency:
"Quercus Alba! You bastard!"
- Bionic Commando for the original NES had the Narm Charm-ingly appropriate "Your number's up! Monster!" directed to the game's final boss Master-D AKA Hitler, after he hijacks the scheme from Killt. Right before Hitler's head explodes. Given who it is, it's an unusual instance where calling them a monster is probably an understatement.
- At the end of The Last of Us, when Joel kills the surgeon about to operate on Ellie, one of the surgeon's assistants calls him a "fucking animal". You're given the option to kill her for this.
- An amusing variation in Four Swords Misadventures, when the heroes encounter Dark Link:
: What have you done with Princess Zelda? Dark Link
: Heheh... What haven't
I done with Princess Zelda? Green Link
: You monster! Blue Link
: You fiend! Red Link
: You lucky bastard! Uh... I, uh, mean, how could you.
- Another humerous example was in the Oney G YouTube Video Dragonzball PeePee was after Goku (Kaka Carrot Cake) arrived on the scene, and Vegeta (Virginia) starting talking about how evil Frieza (Freezie Pop) really was.
Virginia When I... When I was just a little boy... He... HE DIDN'T INVITE ME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!
Kaka Carrot Cake YOU MONSTER FRISBEE!
Freezie Pop The cake was delicious.
Virginia Kaka Carmen Electra. Show him what forth it mean to be... Super Sand Legend. EHHH. I'M DEAD!
Kaka Carrot Cake FREEZIE PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWP!!!
- Super Mario Bros. Z: Axem Red of the Axem Rangers to Mecha Sonic, after he destroys the other four.
You...you monster! How could you do such a thing? Mecha Sonic:
Monster? I'm not a monster. I'm a god!
- This Threadless T-Shirt.
- In the 5 Second Films video "Lemons", a sentient lemon accidentally kills another lemon. He decides to process the carcas as lemon juice. This trope is the response he gets from the horrified neighbors when the cops arrest him.
- Yang from RWBY exclaims this to a pair of Grim... not because they are literally monsters, but because they made her lose a strand of hair.
- Aeris of VG Cats has this reaction to Leo's sadistic treatment of his Sims in one of the comic strips.
Leo: Do you think Sims feel pain?
Aeris: You're a monster, and you're going straight to hell!
- In RPG Comics Hero says it to Gaaralion.
- The Order of the Stick has this as the Ancient Black Dragon's last words after Vaarsuvius uses Familicide. The subject agrees to a certain degree.
Vaarsuvius: We are all in the Monster Manual somewhere, are we not? My entry lies between Elemental and Ethereal Filcher.
- Done subtly in El Goonish Shive:
Abraham: You don't understand. I'm here about a monster.
Raven: There are many unusual beings in this school, but none among them are monsters. Except, perhaps, the man who now stands before me.
- Kevin & Kell While Rudy and Wendell are delivering Easter Eggs they find find that the quality control isn't what it should be and some are hatching. Rudy decides to eat the chick leading to Wendell cry this out.
- Count Duckula episode "The Great Ducktective"
Von Goosewing: Duckula! Your days are numbered! Soon, you monster, you will be no more!
- Gargoyles, episode "City of Stone: Part 3"
Young Canmore [to Demona]: You are the cause of all this! You - you monster!
- Family Guy
- Said to Peter after he tricks Dr. Hartman into giving him a flu shot that was in short supply and needed for the elderly. He responds with a pop culture refrence.
- In another episode Peter gets called one by both Brian and Lois, after using his son as a prop to get a canceled TV show back on air via the make a wish foundation. It Makes Sense in Context?
- In "Brian And Stewie", Brian calls Stewie this when he discovers Stewie made him eat his own shit for the hell of it.
- The Simpsons: In "Who Shot Mr. Burns", when Burns steals a well of oil from Springfield Elementary, this destroys the old folks' home, gets Moe's bar closed down and causes Bart's pet dog to be badly injured. He later begins a project to block sunlight from reaching Springfield, as a means of maintaining his monopoly over local heat and light. When a town hall meeting is called about this project, people are discussing their various grievances against Burns, who just so happens to come in right when Bart is talking about his injured pet dog:
Oh, those wheels are squeaking a bit. Perhaps I could sell him a little oil. Bart:
You twisted old MONSTER! [Bart runs at Burns, as if about to attack him, until he sees that Burns brought a gun] Burns:
I have decided to protect myself ever since I was attacked in my office by an unidentified assailant
. Homer [from the crowd]:
- From "Angry Dad: The Movie".
Homer: What? What's wrong with being Roman Polanski.
(Marge whispers in Homer's ear)
Homer: He what?!? YOU MONSTER!!! (strangles Bart)
- From "Brother's Little Helper".
- Played for laughs in Transformers: Animated. Scrapper uses the exact words to call out Sari after she smacks the slag out of him and Mixmaster using some heavy industrial equipment.
- Blaineley, in Total Drama World Tour. When Geoff calls her a monster, she dismissively replies, "Meh. Been called worse."
- Darkwing Duck: Towards the end of the pilot, Gosalyn (not yet his daughter) is held hostage and essentially tossed off the top of Saint Canard's tallest building, rescued when Darkwing gives the Big Bad what he wants. In exchange, Taurus Bulba declares that Gosalyn has outlived her usefulness, has her raised even higher, and drops her. Darkwing's answer? 'You butcher!', a cheap shot, and Bulba being worried for the first time in his criminal career.
- A flashback on X-Men: Evolution showed a castle, Mystique's voice screaming "Monster! What have you done to him?" and Mystique running out of the castle with an infant Nightcrawler in her arms with Magneto in pursuit. It's hinted that Magneto is somehow responsible for Kurt's fuzzy blue appearance. Or maybe he just circumcised him.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, Leonardo, while going to stop Baxter Stockman from transplanting Bishop's brain into himself, explains the true meaning of being a monster as well as the differences between a monster and a man, and asks him whether he was either one and whether he would like to use his power to create or destroy.
Leonardo: (about Bishop) He owed a lot of people, Baxter. But he's been paying it back by changing the world. Bishop's work is actually united people of all races, earthlings or otherwise. I mean, we can walk the streets in daylight... because in Bishop's world, no one's considered a monster based on how they look, only by how they act. Are you a monster or a man? Do you wanna use your skills to destroy? Or like Bishop, can you see a way to create something?
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Beak" has this, after the villain drops water on the people of Danville:
Guy: You monster! Now I'm wet!
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius calls Jimmy a monster...because he's nice and kind and helpful.
- Spongebob Squarepants says this in Patrick's imagination in "Donut of Shame" when Spongebob steps on the donut Patrick stole from him.
Spongebob: Donut! (Yelling to Patrick while the donut's remnants are in his hands) You Monster!
- American Dad!: Steve calls Stan this after Roger appears to die and Stan callously asks Steve to burn all evidence of Roger's existence. Stan sadly refutes this after Steve leaves, only for a human skull to drop out of the furnace, which he kicks back in.
- Twilight Sparkle to the fake Cadence in the second part of "A Canterlot Wedding" on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. "Don't you dare do anything to my brother, you, you monster!"
- In the pilot movie of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, during the climatic battle, Zurg aims his mind control cannon at the 'planet of widows of and orphans'.
Buzz: (comes out of hiding) You fiend!
Grub: There he is!
- Stimpy says this to Ren in the Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon episode "Ren Seeks Help" after doing something terrible to him.
- Mr. E tells calls Professor Pericles this on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated after he orders the death of everyone in Crystal Cove, stating that they have outlived their usefulness .
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: In the episode "Jet", when Katara finds out that Jet is fully willing to blow up a dam and wipe out an entire Earth Kingdom village just to take a few Fire Nation soldiers with it, she says, "You're a monster, Jet."
- This is an all-too-common reaction when A learns that B disagrees with them on a controversial matter. No matter what the issue, you will find people on each side who consider it a Moral Event Horizon not to be on Their Side. This reaction may stem from at least one of any number of things such as: belief in one's own infallibility, bad experiences one has had in the past, or plain old naïveté where one honestly does not understand how intelligent, decent people can fail to see things a certain way. Way too many people write off those who disagree with them as Complete Monsters. This is why some families declare family gatherings to be politics-free occasions, why some really opinionated authors have tried (and sometimes succeeded) to keep their views out of every single thing they write, and why This Very Wiki has the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment.
- Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald, the day after the horror of September 11th, 2001, famously called out the unknown author of the tragedy of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with these words: "You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard."