Quotes: Anti-Hero

"In judging policies we should consider the results that have been achieved through them rather than the means by which they have been executed."
Niccolò Machiavelli, letter to Piero Soderini

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    Anime and Manga 

"Friends or foes? That's something... you'll have to decide on your own!"
— Luffy, One Piece

Kid: What do we do, Isaac? They want to be saved.
Isaac: Those who would make good people cry... (eye twinkle with Audible Gleam)... deserve no mercy.
Braiger, first episode

    Comic Books 

"The media likes to portray me as a senseless killer. I would point out that I am a [[I Take Offense to That Last One very sensible killer."

"Back off, Pollyanna! I don't have time for fairy tales. Maybe I'm not your idea of a hero... but there's no Santa Claus, either."
Darkdevil, Spider-Girl #12: Duel With Darkdevil

    Film — Live-action 

Psychologist: [Word Association Test] "Murder."
James Bond: Employment.
Skyfall

James Gordon: Why is he running, Dad?
Commissioner Jim Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
James Gordon: He didn't do anything wrong.
Commissioner Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

"We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild... are pussies. And Kim Jong Il... is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes, assholes who just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way, but the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick. With some balls. The problem with dicks is that sometimes they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate. And it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies get so full of shit that they become assholes, themselves. Because pussies are only an inch and a half away from assholes. I don't know much in this crazy, crazy world, but I do know that if you don't let us fuck this asshole, we are going to have our dicks and our pussies... all covered in shit."
Gary Jonhston, Team America: World Police

    Literature 

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right."
Salvor Hardin, Foundation

"One of the coldest, most evil souls I have ever encountered once told me that the reason I fought so hard to do what seemed right was that I was terrified to look within me and see the desire to cease the fight and do as I would, free of conscience or remorse.

And now I could see that he had been right."

    Music 

Now, here I lie in my own blood, and strangers cry for me
I'm prepared to meet the gods, I wish they'd let me be
I don't deserve their sympathy, I know who I am
My soul is death and misery
I am an evil man
Amon Amarth, "The Hero"

    Live-action TV 

"I may be on the side of the angels, but don't think for one second that I am one of them."
Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock

Elena Gilbert: Why won't you let anyone see the good in you?
Damon Salvatore: 'Cause when people see good, they expect good. And I don't wanna live up to anyone's expectations.

    Video Games 

Whatever happened to all the heroes?
All the Shakespearoes?
They watched their Rome burn
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?
No more heroes anymore
No more heroes anymore
The Stranglers, "No More Heroes"

I see and feel the evil
My hands will crush 'em all
You think you have the answer
I'll laugh and watch you fall
Black hearted evil
Brave hearted hero
I am all, I am all I am

"We're not the good guys. We're not even close to being the good guys. But today, we're going to save the world."

That is the end of this war. That is the responsibility I took when I swore to be a superhero. It is the first price I have to pay to become my ideal. There's no need to talk about the obvious outcome. Emiya Shirou will turn his mind to steel, and become a superhero.
Shirou, Fate/stay night bad end #30: Mind of Steel

You both have childlike ideals. Believing in simplicity and shouldering the role of a criminal for the sake of that ideal. Turning yourselves into the greatest evil to eliminate all the small evils in this world. You and Kiritsugu act like the saviors we call 'anti-heroes'.
Kotomine, Fate/stay night

"Men have this idea that they can fight with dignity, that there is a proper way to kill someone...it's absurd. We need that idea, to endure the bloody horror of murder. You must destroy this idea. Show them what a messy, terrible thing it is to kill a man, and show them that you relish in it. Shoot to wound, then execute the wounded, burn them, take them in close combat. Destroy any preconceptions as to what a man is and you become their personal monster...when they fear you, you become stronger, you become better."
The Jackal, Far Cry 2

    Web Animation 

"In R-rated movies, the good guy only kills in self-defense. R-rated movies are allowed to blur the line. Man, I saw this one RR-rated movie where the good guy stepped on a rabbit. He didn't kill it, but, later on, he wished he did! The good guy! That's messed up, man!"
Strong Bad, sbemail "rated"

    Webcomics 

VRISKA: I only ever wanted to do the right thing no matter how it made people judge me, and I don't need a magic ring to do that....
VRISKA: And you don't have to 8e a good person to 8e a hero.
VRISKA: You just have to know who you are and stay true to that.
VRISKA: So I'm going to keep fighting for people the only way I ever knew how.
VRISKA: 8y 8eing me.
— Vriska, Homestuck

    Web Original 

"There has always been something of the bizarre about the Torchwood team but until now it has just been the most collection of flawed and sexually corrupt human beings ever to have been assembled in one environment. To have the man who cannot die heading the organization and the man who died and lives on as their Chief Medical Officer seems to fit somehow. A true bunch of grotesques."

    Web Video 

"It is the purpose of the anti-hero to fight against, and thus reveal the hypocrisy of humanity."
Ninja 07 Keaton, Youtube