"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 we’d burned down. Our silhouettes were visible as we stood on the street with dozens of ABB members strewn around us. The headline? ‘VILLAINS STEP IN’."
— 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 from Person of Interest to Officer Simmons before having him killed
"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."
"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."