"Okay, look. We both said a lot of things that you're going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster."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 either crossed the Moral Event Horizon in the character's eyes or just so happened to press their Berserk Button. 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. May be the cause or effect (but mostly cause) of a Villainous Breakdown. 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. This phrase is quite effective when directed towards a Complete Monster. Contrast with You Rebel Scum!, where the general populace in-story has been convinced that the protagonists are evil. See also I Am a Monster when they consider themselves to be evil or inhuman.
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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?
- Also happens quite a lot in Hellsing Ultimate.
- Nanoha from Lyrical Nanoha gets this a lot, to the point that the fandom calls her "The White Devil".
- In the second season, it's the "villains" who refer to the eponymous heroine as a devil (after she shrugs off enough magical punishment to kill a lesser being 20 times over, no less). Her reaction?
Nanoha: I'm fine with being a devil... I'll just use my hellish tools to get you to listen!
- In the third season Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 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.
- In the second season, it's the "villains" who refer to the eponymous heroine as a devil (after she shrugs off enough magical punishment to kill a lesser being 20 times over, no less). Her reaction?
- In Naruto, Sakura refers to Sasori as a monster due to his lack of empathy towards others, on account on him having a puppet body and all and being a member of the Akatsuki.
- Played with in Yu-Gi-Oh!, where Yugi says to Ghost Kaiba that he won't call an enemy a monster, since that would be an insult to the game's monster cards.
- The real Kaiba said it to Pegasus several episodes later, however. (Of course, given what Pegasus had done to Mokuba, this was not a time to make jokes.)
- 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!
Frieza: *laughs* I think the brat should go next.Goku: Y-you ruthless... heartless... BASTARD! I WILL... MAKE YOU... SUFFER!
- Dragon Ball Kai has Goku say this after Krillin's death and Frieza's subsequent threat:
Namekian: You insane bastard!Freeza: One hundred and ninety.
- And in Dragonball Z Abridged:
Piccolo: You... You're a monster!
- Android 18 yells this before attacking Cell and being absorbed.
- In a ironic twist of fate Cell who has killed more than 600,000 people, ends up calling Gohan a monster, after Gohan has turned into a sadistic Super Saiyan 2.
- And in Dragonball Z Abridged:
- Rave Master: "Grrrrrrrr — you monster!"
- Claymore: Teresa and the recently awakened Rosemary have this exchange:
Rosemary: You...damned...monster.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 dubnote .[[/note]]) 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.
- 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.
- When an amnesiac Greed kills his friend Bido, unlocking his memories, an enraged Ling calls him a monster for abandoning his nakama.
- 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: Oh, come on! 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:
- 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.
- Armin attempts to trick Bertolt by falsely claiming Annie is being tortured. Bertolt loses his temper and calls Armin a Devil-Spawn before lunging at him, dropping his guard long enough for Erwin to rescue Eren.
- Deconstructed in Kotoura-san; Haruka Kotoura was called a "monster" as a child and the memory of it is enough to cause either Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises and/or Dull Eyes of Unhappiness as she reverts into her pessimistic and broken persona. She's normally a good person; however, her always-on Telepathy often makes her look like an Innocently Insensitive mental invader towards others, hence the accusation.
- Turned upside-down and rammed in the nearest bin in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan: Sakura takes off the halo of his would-be angelic assassin Sabato-chan (who has tried ash him with lightning on several occasions), and gets 'SAKURA-KUN YOU MONSTER!!!' - on the basis that this'll give her uber-explosive diarrhea. All the funnier for the fact that previously she, with obvious glee, explained to Sakura that it's what he did to the titular protagoness - who turned up to save him from Sabato.
- In Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità, Germany and Japan call the homophobe this in their respective languages. Japan also called the bully a monster in Japanese and Germany called Japan that in English during their fight over Italy.
- Cheerilee's Garden: Applejack tells this to Cheerilee before being forced to cut her own hind leg off.
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: 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”.
- The Immortal Game: Twilight Sparkle calls Nihilius, a wicked power-hungry entity controlling her body, a monster. Nihilius' reaction?
Twilight! Calling me a monster does not do your vocabulary or my actions any justice. I’m just getting started, kiddo.
- Wisdom and Courage: During a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in chapter 33, Zelda declares that, for all of her claims of wanting to avenge her ancestors, it's clear that all Veran really is, is a power-hungry witch who steals whatever power sources she can find, just so she can cause destruction and chaos for her own amusement, outright telling Veran that she isn't the Queen of Shadows as she claims to be, but "a monster that crawled forth from them."
- In a Fairy Tail fan fiction that rewrites Chapter 372 of the manga, where Erza tortures Kyouka as payback for the Cold-Blooded Torture she put her through in the actual series, Kyouka shouts "YOU'RE EVIL! YOU'RE A MONSTER! YOU'RE A SADIST!" Needless to say, Erza didn't take kindly to that, reminding her of all the torture she put Erza through, and calling her "evil," "a monster" and "a sadist," slamming Kyouka's face to the floor after using each phrase.
- A Good Compromise: Tyria calls B.S. on the Dominion's attempt to paint itself as the aggrieved party in their conflict with the Teplans.
Kilana: Yes, [the Teplans triggered the Dominion's original response] when they rejected the beneficence of the Founders and tried to warp a commandeered attack ship into the Karemma homeworld.
Tyria: Well, I don't condone that. (Death Glare) Any more than I condone the deaths of 47 million Benzites, 70 million Betazoids, and, oh yes, eight hundred million Cardassians.
Kilana: We were at war.
Tyria: What happened in the occupied territories went well beyond war and you know it. I can't speak for the Teplans, but if what I saw at Weller's Star after the Jem'Hadar came through is your idea of 'beneficence', I'd've taken my chances.
- When Shendu eventually forces his Villainous Crush Valerie Payne to assist him by possessing her body in The Ultimate Evil, she tells him that her friends in the Chan household were right about him and he is a monster. This rejection stings Shendu more than he would have ever believed.
- The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Page calls the Nightmare “horrid” for what it’s done. It roars back that its whole Purpose is to terrify others away from evil and back onto the straight and narrow path of righteousness.
- DIGIMON SAVEZ THE WROLD!!1111: When the Evil Scintist gloats about his Doomsday Device and how Digimon is too late to stop him, Digimon calls the villain a monster, vowing to destroy him.
- X-23 says this to Mystique in issue 12 of Wolverines after the latter carries out a plot to kill Fang by exposing and destroying a gland which allows his species to be cloned over and over whenever they're killed.
- The Ten-Seconders: After The Scientist saves Jennifer from Mach's attempt to rape her, she calls him a disgusting monster before delivering the finishing blow.
- Prowl deservedly gets one of these from Springer in Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers for having Kup's brain suborned while he was being repaired after the events of Spotlight: Kup, so that if desired he could take over Kup's brain and use the much-respected veteran as a literal mouthpiece for his ideas to Optimus or the Autobots at large, banking on their respect for him to make them accept an idea where it would be otherwise rejected coming from Prowl himself. Prowl responds in the most Prowl way imaginable.
Springer: You're a monster, Prowl.
Films — Animated
- In Shrek, the Gingerbread Man calls Lord Farquaad this in the form of "You're a monster!" A half-comedic example, Farquaad is still doing something pretty horrific at the time. When called this, Faarquad responds in kind.
Lord Faarquad: I'm not the monster here, you are! You and that fairy tale trash poisoning my perfect world!
- 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 when Gaston sees how much Belle loves the Beast:
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!
(at that, Gaston has a Villainous Breakdown)
- Similar to the one above, Strange Magic has Roland mocking the Bog King as a beast after Roland finds out he fell in love with Marianne, a fairy princess. Marianne call him out on it and seeing as Roland was about to forcibly use a Love Potion on her, it's obvious who the actual monster is.
- 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.
- This is later reprised at the end of the movie when Clopin asks, "Now here is a riddle to guess if you can: What makes a monster and what makes a man?"
- In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Bruce Wayne describes his old enemy The Joker as this.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, there is a minor version of this, although the subjected character isn't exactly a monster to that standard, but the effect is no less powerful. When Ralph remorsefully wrecked Vanellope's kart, the poor girl is Forced to Watch and screaming and sobbing all the time as she saw her dream wrecked by the person she just trusted and considered hero. When all said was done, she utters this word before running off heartbroken:
You really are a bad guy...
- Dave from Penguins of Madagascar doesn't deny being a monster when he's called one, saying that everyone made that clear every day of his life. So then he says he'll turn the penguins into monsters so that they'll know what he felt like.
- Parodied in Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, where Rhonda calls La Sombra a monster for refusing to give her the Wi-Fi password. This shocks La Sombra because the Wi-Fi password actually was "You Monster", so he promptly orders one of his henchmen to change it.
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."
- Grandpa Joe calls Willy Wonka this in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory after he refuses to let Charlie receive his promised reward. "You're an inhuman monster!" It was actually a Secret Test of Character.
- Mrs. Gloop calls Wonka a "terrible man" after her son, Augustus, is sent through the chocolate river's pipes to the fudge room. In the source novel she says "You monster!" instead, specifically because Wonka finds the whole situation funny and is laughing hysterically.
- 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.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has the villain do this to the hero in The Film of the Book:
Poe: You monster!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.
- X-Men Film Series:
- The Wolverine:
Wolverine: Kuzuri, what does that mean?
- Mariko tells her grandfather that he had become a monster. By this point, he was rightfully past the point of no return for redemption.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: The younger Charles considers Magneto to be a monster, which is why he initially resists Logan's suggestion that they break Erik out of the Pentagon.
- The Wolverine:
- Lolita (1962). Charlotte Haze after she's read Humbert's diary, which reveals his disdain for her and lust for her daughter.
"You're a monster! YOU'RE A DISGUSTING...DESPICABLE...LOATHSOME...CRIMINAL FRAUD!"
- Dark Blue. After Perry's partner Bobby is gunned down on the streets due to Perry's corrupting influence, Beth calls him out on his actions and blames him for Bobby's death. It's capped off with this declaration:
Beth: I hope that you burn in hell, Eldon Perry, you evil motherfucker.
- In Return to Cabin by the Lake, a mob of protestors call the (presumed dead) serial killer Stanley a twisted monster. Near the end the heroine, after earlier attempts to understand the mind of the killer, notes that he's simply an evil bastard who doesn't deserve to live.
- Natasha levels this one at Loki in The Avengers (2012) after he tells her what he has in mind for Barton and her in detail, bringing her to tears.
Natasha: You're a monster!Loki: Oh no, you brought the monster.
- What's New Pussycat? opens with Dr. Fassbender (Peter Sellers) in a shouting argument with his wife. He yells "You are a monster and a monster in that order!"
- Haunter: When Lisa talks to the ghost of Frances, the Pale Man's first victim, she says that he was simply a monster.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: When Bruno's mother finds out what's really going on at the concentration camp she starts having frequent fights with her husband (the SS commander of the camp in question), at one point stating that she married a monster whose own mother couldn't even love him.
- Babes in Toyland with Laurel and Hardy has an outraged Little Bo-Beep calling Barnaby a monster after he framed Tom-Tom for pig-napping.
- Before the final battle with Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, in response to Ren killing his own father Han Solo in cold blood, Rey says to him, "You're a monster."
- At the end of 1997 movie, Rosewood (which dramatized the lynchings in Rosewood, Florida), the main antagonist admires his accomplishment in managing to scare off the African-Americans that managed to escape being killed, when he spots his son young teenaged son with a sack on his back. When he asks what he's up to, the son tells him he's running away, his father tells to knock it off, and get back in the house, the boy calls him a monster and runs off, with his father calling him to come back.
- Justice League. Victor Stone resents his father Silas for turning him into a Half-Human Hybrid Cyborg to save his life.
Victor: Does anyone know? At the lab...does anyone know that I'm alive?Silas: I...I didn't think that you were ready to...Victor: To what? For them to see the monster?Silas: You are not a monster!Victor: It's weird that you thought I meant me.
- Parodied Percy Jackson and the Olympians fourth book, Annabeth to Geryon (who is a literal monster).
Annabeth: You're a monster.Geryon: What gave it away? Was it the three chests?
- In The Stand, Whitney Horgan protests the impending crucifixion of Larry Underwood and Ralph Bretner, having finally had enough of Flagg's evil. As Flagg prepares to kill Whitney with demonic lightning, Whitney tells him to his face that Flagg isn't a man at all but some kind of devil. Flagg agrees, then fries Whitney.
- In the Graveyard Book Scarlett calls Bod a monster after he saves her from one of the Jacks.
- In Heart of Steel, super-villain Alistair calls Cyborg Jim a monster once he discovers that Jim was directly responsible for Julia's PTSD, because he suspected she was planning on breaking up with him.
- The Dresden Files: Heinrich Kemmler, the necromancer, was apparently so completely and thoroughly evil that beings which literally have no concept of morality (Bob) or are as close to irredeemably evil as makes no difference (Mab) unironically refer to him as a monster.
- There is also the vampire Lara Raith, who is perfectly comfortable in her role as a monster, and mocks anyone who thinks her neat, efficient, habitually polite and highly attractive surface make her less of one.
- The Twilight Zone (2002): In the 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?!
- "Hell Bent" — Clara Oswald calls the Time Lords monsters for what they did to the Doctor after he spends billions of years trapped in a bespoke torture chamber.
- 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.
Sheridan: Enough is enough.
- Scene on Sesame Street:
- In the insert Monsterpiece Theaatre: Twelve Angry Men. Alistair Cookie tried to run "12 Angry Men", But ran "3 Sad Cows" and "2 Proud Pigs", And ran out of time, The 12 Angry men arrived on the studio. And scolded to Alistair Cookie about it. And one said: "You are going to hear from my agent."
- Sofia and Elmo got angry with Oscar as he was about to eat his anchovy sundae Ice Cream to celebrate that nobody on Sesame Street were sharing. Sofia went like "You are a grouchy monster, That's who you are! You need to tell us the cure for Mine-Itis!" And Oscar went "Oh yeah?!? And why would want me to do silly thing like that?" And Elmo said "Because, Nobody on Sesame Street is sharing!"
- Seen at least twice in Game of Thrones:
Tyrion: Oh, "monster". Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.
- 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, with great gravitas, that Joffrey is a monster to Olenna and Margaery Tyrell after significant prodding. Not that anyone who isn't Cersei has anything nicer to say about him.
- Joffrey has the gall to refer to Tyrion as "You little monster" during one of his rants. Tyrion snarks back nonchalantly.
- However the trope is inverted in "Mockingbird". Prince Oberyn tells Tyrion how he and his sister went to see the 'monster' that had been born to Lord Tywin. "That's not a monster, that's just a baby."
- Dexter: The eponymous Serial Killer protagonist Dexter Morgan not only believes this of himself, but occasionally directs it at other killers whose evil is not restrained by any code.
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.
- Star Trek: Voyager. In "Warlord", Innocent Flower Girl Kes is subject to a Grand Theft Me by the dictator Tieran, and gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in response to his Freudian Excuse.
"I know all about your life. I know about your suffering. It doesn't justify what you've become. You're a monster, Tieran, and I have no compassion for you."
- Played with in Forever Knight. Nick Knight vamps out while interrogating a criminal, but changes back to his human face when his partner Schanke (who doesn't know he's a vampire) enters the room. When the criminal says Nick is a monster, Schanke doesn't realise he's talking literally, and warns him not to insult his partner.
- Person of Interest. Special Agent Donnelly lambastes Detective Carter's naivety in thinking that John Reese, a former CIA assassin turned vigilante, is a good guy.
Donnelly: Your friend is nothing more or less than a highly trained murderer. You don't wind up with that job by accident. He chose that life. He chose to become the monster he is.
- Parks and Recreation: Several people in regards to Jeremy Jamm.
Ron: He is a monster. Monsters do not have souls.Leslie: Uh, have you ever seen Monsters,Inc?
- American Horror Story:
Tate: I know. I'm the last person you want to see right now.Ben: You're not a person. You're a monster.
- Murder House: Pretty much everybody believes this of Tate at some point or another.
Sister Jude: Your story about little green men? No, never will do here.Kit: They weren't human. They were monsters.Sister Jude: All monsters are human. You're a monster.
- Asylum: Sister Jude says this to Kit when he is brought into Briarcliff.
- Serial killer Bloody face aka Doctor Thredson has the audacity to call Lana a monster because she claims she aborted the child she concieved by his rapes.
- The TV's Kyle song "Snowman" is about a snowman who is upset with the existence of such beings. The song ends with a whispered "You monster" directed at the snowman's maker.
- One of the verse in the song "Mr. Grinch" from the Cartoon Animated TV adaption of Dr. Suees' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! went "You're a monster, Mr. Grinch".
- The book and record set adaptation of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock has Kirk doing this when his son David loses the fight against one of Klingons:
"You Klingon monster!You killed my son!"
- In Bayonetta, Luka says "You Bastard" when he realizes that Balder killed his father.
- 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: Snake Eater: 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.
"Witchers are known to carry two blades. A silver blade for monsters and steel for humans."
- Much eariler in the game, Geralt has this little gem
"Both are for monsters."
- Which is actually a literal truth; the steel swords utilized by Witchers are made from meteorite ore, and certain monsters are as susceptible to that as other monsters are to 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.
Shiki: "That’s inhuman... You’re inhuman, Neku. No better than those Reapers!"
- Within the first third of the game, more specifically, after Neku's utterly heartless reaction to Rhyme's erasure, we had this little gem:
- 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: What are you doing? YOU MONSTER! They're one of us... just kidding.
- GLaDOS shows this trope again in co-op, the first time you destroy a turret:
- 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?
- 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.
- Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse: 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."
- He then proceeds to fire ten more nukes.
- 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!"
- Final Fantasy XIII has Snow say this when Dysley slaughters every human in the room (that being everyone excluding the party and himself).
Snow: Monster! People are not yours to use!
- Baiken's win quote against Order-Sol in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core.
Baiken: "You monster! Don't pretend to be human!"
- In Xrd, Chipp may utter this when losing a match via knockout. The quote is not character-specific, however.
- Dragon Age II:
- This is Thrask's reaction if you blackmail him with proof his recently-dead daughter was a secret mage.
- One of Merrill's own clan calls her a monster after her mentor dies at the end of her Act 3 quest.
- 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.
- In the first episode of The Wolf Among Us, if Bigby (ie, the player) chooses to tear Gren's arm off at the end of their brawl, the Woodsman cries out, "You fucking monster!"
- In Time Crisis 5, Keith says, "Gah, you monster!" to Robert when Robert's robot goes One-Winged Angel.
- A surprising amount of Undertale. The No Mercy path is the obvious example. At the end, Asgore even says "Howdy! Erm... What kind of monster are you...? Sorry, I cannot tell.". But even in the True Pacifist path it's revealed that the whole mess was "your" fault to begin with. The original Fallen Child, who the player is naming at the start (the canonical name is Chara), killed themself and manipulated Asriel into bringing their body to the surface. In fact, if their plan had fully succeeded, Asriel-as-posessed-by-Chara would have killed all the humans on the surface and used their souls to destroy everything. The current situation is only because Asriel resisted fighting back and returned underground.
- Pretty much the remark that Dredgen Yor's Ghost had for him in Destiny...and possibly Jaren Ward's Ghost too.
- In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, the members of Class VII refer to Duke Cayenne variously as "monster" and "scum," first for using the Crown Prince Cedric to awaken the Vermillion Apocalypse, and then, when it's defeated, holding a sword to Prince Cedric's neck and trying to use him as a shield hostage to get away.
- Rhi'a Dragunel in Sands of Destruction calls the real Lacertus Rex something similar followed by "You're an unconscionable monster" near the end of the game after a lecture revealing that he intended to ascend to godhood using human beings as his infinite material to remake the world.
- In the Azure Striker Gunvolt series, Straw Character Acura (Copen in the English versions) indiscriminately calls all adeptsnote "bakemono", which is essentially how one says "(You) monster(s)." in Japanese.
- 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:
Vaarsuvius: We are all in the Monster Manual somewhere, are we not? My entry lies between Elemental and Ethereal Filcher.
- The Ancient Black Dragon's last words after Vaarsuvius uses Familicide. The subject agrees to a certain degree.
- The gold elemental on the off-hand panel here when an elf tries to pay it with gold. It tries to illustrate that gold is not an accepted currency on all planes of existence (although it is on most ones).
- 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.
- Schlock Mercenary:
- Captain Tagon is called a monster by one of the Parkata Urbatsu members, when he informs them that there will be no video of the big chase scene they were planning to sell involving them and the Toughs because all the PU cameras were destroyed before the actual pursuit began.
- Kowalski, a UNS special forces soldier responsible for countless Necessarily Evil acts, gets called one quite often.
- Minmax in Goblins does this posthumously towards Dellyn Goblinslayer, a villain who Minmax beat to a pulp after learning he was a serial rapist. This turns out to be a faux-pas since one of Minmax's comrades is a literal monster.
Minmax: Humans aren't capable of doing what he did to you. Dellyn was a monster.
Kin the Yuan-Ti: But I'm a monster.
- In Twig, when Sylvester arranges for Mary to near-fatally poison a socialite as a distraction, one of the hostages he's taken calls him this. He laughs it off, noting that at least he's aware that he's a monster, while his hostages (a doctor who regularly helps mutilate convicts and indentured servants and two members of the Deadly Decadent Court he works for) can pretend that they're not because it's happening to people beneath their notice.
- An amusing variation in Four Swords Misadventures, when the heroes encounter Dark Link:
- In Dragonzball P after Kaka Carrot Cake arrives on the scene, Virginia starts talking about how evil Freezie Pop really is.
Virginia: Kaka...Carrot...Cake...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.
Axem Red: 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 Grimm... not because they are literally monsters, but because they made her lose a strand of hair.
- 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 reference to "Frampton Comes Alive."
- In an early 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:
Burns: Oh, those wheels are squeaking a bit. Perhaps I could sell him a little oil.
- 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:
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]: D'oh!
Homer: My little Roman Polanski.Marge: Homer!Homer: What? What's wrong with being Roman Polanski.(Marge whispers in Homer's ear)Homer: He what?!? YOU MONSTER!!! (strangles Bart)
- From "Angry Dad: The Movie".
Homer: The Frame Store!? YOU MONSTER!
- From "Brother's Little Helper".
- In "Hurricane Neddy", Flanders delivers some The Reason You Suck speeches to some of Springfield's residents before turning to Homer and saying chillingly "Homer, you are the worst human being I've ever met". Homer thinks he got off lightly.
- 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.
- Wanda says this to her brother Pietro about their father Magneto when he tries to convince her to see why their father dumped her off in an asylum because she became "unmanageable" when she was seven years old. This sets her off with saying: "Monsters don't have a point of view! And you're just like him! You always were."
- 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!
- In "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" Phineas calls Mittington Random a fiend when he reveals his plan to unravel Klimpaloon and extract his life force.
- 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 and orphans."
Buzz: (comes out of hiding) You fiend!Grub: There he is!Zurg: Heh, heh. I knew that would get him.
- 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."
- In the first My Little Pony special, Megan yells "You're a monster, do you hear me?! A MONSTER!" at Scorpan after his second raid on Dream Valley.
- In The Legend of Korra:
Lin: I won't tell you anything, you monster.Zhu Li: I Regret Nothing. You're a monster.
- When Amon captures Lin Beifong and threatens to debend her if she doesn't give the location of Korra, she defiantly refuses.
- The Venture Bros. - The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend have a massive quarrel and she walks out. He later finds her at Phantom Limb's house and is appalled to see she's wearing her old Stripperiffic costume.
Dr. Girlfriend: I was wearing this when you first met me – I don’t remember you complaining then!The Monarch: That’s because I had you out of that rag within the first five minutes of meeting you. I MADE YOU THE MONARCH’S!!!Dr. Girlfriend: [crying] You are a MONSTER!The Monarch: [groaning]…alright…that was supposed to be romantic…
- Gravity Falls:
- Stan says this about Gideon upon seeing his advert for the Tent O' Telepathy. Dipper and Mabel don't believe him until they discover his yandere tendencies and telekinetic powers courtesy of the magic amulet to which Dipper says "Grunkle Stan was right about you! You ARE a monster!"
- Mabel to Bill Cipher "You leave our uncle's brain alone, you isosceles monster!" and "Get out of my brother's body, you evil triangle!"
- In the same episode, Bill in Dipper's body to Grenda: "Oh, I'll hold my horses. I'll hold them... you monster."
- Mabel calls Gideon a monster after he dressed her pig Waddles with a Gideon costume.
- Bob's Burgers:
- Louise says this of Tina in "Sliding Bobs", when she tells the story of what the Belcher children would've been like if Linda had married Hugo instead of Bob; Louise's alternate self Charlize is a cheery, loveable princess fan who is always helpful and kind. Louise is anything but.
- Linda to Bob and Louise in "Sacred Couch" after discovering that they murdered their old couch.
- In the Challenge of the GoBots episode "Clutch of Doom", the GoBots on Gobotron call Cy-Kill a monster after he supposedly destroys one fifth of Earth's population by crushing one of the globes Earth's inhabitants were condensed in.
- In the Samurai Jack episode "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess", Prince Astor reacts to Aku destroying Chitron 6 by calling him a devil, a fiend, and a villain.
- Spoofed in Underfist, a failed pilot for a Spin-Off of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, when Hoss Delgado expresses his reaction to learning Bun-Bun's Evil Plan of terrorizing everyone with an army of candy monsters.
Hoss: You monsters!Bun-Bun: No duh, Delgado!
- Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald, in his famous column "We'll Go Forward From This Moment" written the day after September 11th, 2001, calls 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."
- A write-up in People Magazine about the prison murder of Jeffrey Dahmer was titled, "Death of a Monster."