Quotes / Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work

John: No... no, I can't.
Scorpius: (sigh) I can. (grabs pistol in John's hand, and fires)

"We had come late to Robert's cause. It was necessary to demonstrate our loyalty. When I laid those bodies before the throne no man could doubt that we had forsaken House Targaryen forever. And Robert's relief was palpable. As stupid as he was even he knew Rhaegar's children had to die if his throne was ever to be secure. Yet he saw himself as a hero and heroes do not kill children."
Tywin Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire explains why he ordered the murder of two children, both 5 years old or less.

"The big front page scoop of the morning was a picture someone had taken with his cell phone from one of the buildings on the same street as the building weíd burned down. Our silhouettes were visible as we stood on the street with dozens of ABB members strewn around us. The headline? ĎVILLAINS STEP INí."
— A newspaper in Worm, following the local supervillains attacking a gang that had gone on a bombing spree.

"Civilization rests on the principle that we treat our criminals better than they treated their victims. That we not stoop to their level. But you and I are outliers. We're not really a part of civilization. We're something... older. Which means, of course, that we can do the things that civilized people can't."
Carl Elias to Officer Simmons before having him killed, Person of Interest

"Let's face it, I've done more in two nights than you've done in two years! Sionis? Gone! Loeb! Whoa, corrupt to the core! Killed him! The Warden? Pretty sure he'll be facing charges after what I made him do tonight."
Joker to Batman, Batman: Arkham Origins

"Now zat is how a supervillain does it. Quick and efficient."
Greta Gravity, Spinnerette, after concussing a rampaging cerberus with a pair of levitated cinderblocks

"That's why you came to me, isn't it, Captain? Because you knew I could do those things that you weren't capable of doing. Well, it worked. And you'll get what you wanted: a war between the Romulans and the Dominion. And if your conscience is bothering you, you should soothe it with the knowledge that you may have just saved the entire Alpha Quadrant, and all it cost was the life of one Romulan senator, one criminal... and the self-respect of one Starfleet officer. I don't know about you, but I'd call that a bargain."

"I am not a good man. A good man would regret a lot of the things I've done, I think. But I've known good people. Or at least, people who deserved a lot better than what they got. And I figured that I could do things that good people can't."

Payne: For all we know, those things are some new form of revenant - and the only thing to do is kill them. Could you burn down people - women and children - even if you knew they had become monsters?
Agatha: I... no... I don't know.
Payne: The Baron can - the Baron has. I respect him for that, but I don't want to be him. No sane man would.

Agent Sitwell: Is this little display meant to insinuate that you're gonna throw me off the roof? Because it's really not your style, Rogers.
Captain America: You're right. It's not. It's hers.
Black Widow: [throws Agent Sitwell off the roof]

"Why don't you just be a good cop, and leave the killing to me."

"Thereís one thing thatís really grating with you heroes. You keep saying sorry. Oh, you guys are sorry your top members were kidnapping people and turning them into freaks. You guys are sorry that some of your members bought their powers. Youíre sorry that your bosses crossed a line, trying to drop bombs on our team members after we did the grunt work of facing the Slaughterhouse Nine. Youíre sorry that you went to such extremes to rehabilitate your groupís sociopath that you let her get away scott-free with the abuse she was inflicting on a bystander. But you donít change. You donít do anything about it."