Quotes: Broken Pedestal

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    Fiction 
"The gilding on the mask had cracked to reveal the rot underneath."
Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

"It tore me apart, but I learned an important lesson: you can't count on anyone. Especially your heroes."
Syndrome/Buddy Pine, The Incredibles

Vince: That's your hero?
Howard: Yeah. He's gone a bit wrong.

"Don't remember me like this."
—Det. Superintendent Harry Woolf, Life on Mars

"The higher you place your faith in one man, the farther it has to fall. Farnham has lost his soul, but not to any demon. It was lost when he saw his fellow townspeople betrayed by the Archbishop Lazarus."
Adria, Diablo

"You want to know my 'vision'? Dollar signs. Money. I want to retire on some tropical island filled with naked women. THAT'S my vision. THAT'S Zefram Cochrane. This other guy you keep talking about, this historical figure? I never met him. Can't imagine I ever will."
Zefram Cochrane, Star Trek: First Contact

"I used to kiss the ground you walked on, Blandy. But after seeing this... I wouldn't even spit in your direction!"
Mr. Krabs, Spongebob Squarepants

"You're pathetic, Qwark! I can't believe I used to look up to you!"

"Damn it, I've had enough of this girl. She's not the angel my Dark spoke of. She's not the angel I gave my thanks to at night. She's a fucking nightmare!!"
Mizore Shirayuki on Arial Kuyumaya, Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI

"To think we used to respect you both."
Inner Moka to Akua and Kahlua, Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act IV

"It's true what they say though, isn't it? You should never meet your heroes. You'll only be disappointed."
Dougal, Father Ted

Horus was weak. Horus was a fool. He had the whole Galaxy in his grasp and he let it slip away.
Abaddon, the Despoiler, Warhammer 40,000

Even so, I won't be able to regard this person with the same esteem I had before, but then he'll never again see me as just another freshman, either. I guess that's a part of growing up; finding that one's idols are just people after all.
Funny...in my whole life only one authority figure has never let me down: Dad. Make that two: Dad and Kell.
Lindesfarne, The Virtual Quill, Kevin & Kell

"If you can make God bleed, the people will cease to believe in Him."
Ivan Vanko, Iron Man 2

"I looked up to you. I wanted to be like you. But Redtail was my mentor. I owe him more than any cat. And you killed him. You killed him and betrayed the Clan. I'd rather die than follow you."
Dustpelt, Forest of Secrets

Gren: We fought that bloody war together. We were comrades. We risked everything shoulder to shoulder on the battleground. I looked up to you. I believed in you.
Vicious: There is nothing to believe in. There is no need to believe.

Nicholas Angel: It all started with my Uncle Derek. He was a Sergeant in the Met. He bought me a police pedal car when I was five. I rode around in it every second I was awake — arresting kids twice my size for littering and spitting. I got beaten up a lot when I was young, but it didn't stop me. I wanted to be like Uncle Derek.
Danny Butterman: He sounds like a good bloke.
Nicholas Angel: Actually, he was arrested for selling drugs to students.
Danny Butterman: What a cunt.

"This is crazy. I finally meet my childhood hero and he's trying to kill us. What a joke."
Carl Fredricksen, Up

Rudy: (icily) Hello... Dad.
Randy: I'm sorry, Rudy.
Rudy: Mom is the person you should apologize to! How could you?? How many half-siblings do I have??
Randy: Just the one.
Rudy: Which is bad enough. So who do I turn to now for a moral, ethical, male role model?

James Vega: You know the Commander?
Ashley/Kaidan: I used to.

Fiona: How do you know this guy who hired you?
Michael: We worked together in the Balkans, 'ninety-one, 'ninety-two. It was a crazy time. He seemed somewhat sane in comparison.
Fiona: And now he kills people for a living.

"You didn't betray me. You betrayed yourself."
Optimus Prime to Sentinel Prime, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

"You TRAITOR! I dedicated my life to you!"

Robert Ford: I can't believe I woke up this morning wondering if my Daddy would loan me his overcoat, and here it is just past midnight and I've already robbed a railroad train and I'm sitting in a rocking chair chatting with none other than Jesse James. ... Many's the night I've stayed up with my mouth opens and my eyes open, reading about your escapades in the Wide Awake Library.
Jesse James: They're all lies, you know.

Defiant: Dragon, Miss Militia and I have each worked directly under Alexandria at some point. It’s something of an unofficial policy to have anyone that’s being considered for a leadership position working under each member of the triumvirate for a time.
Skitter: Must have been real fun for you guys when you found out what they’re really like, last month.
Miss Militia: Not fun at all.

Doctor: Genius. He's a genius. The genius. The most human human there's ever been. Now — we're gonna hear him speak! Always, he chooses the best words. New, beautiful, brilliant words.
William Shakespeare: Ah, SHUT YOUR BIG FAT MOUTHS!
Doctor: ...Oh, well.
Martha: You should never meet your heroes.
Doctor Who, "The Shakespeare Code"

Keller: ...why am I bad?
Chris: I know you're no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father.

"The law no more...."
Sayer of the Law, Island of Lost Souls

"Damn it...that piece of shit...That asshole went on about being a soldier and responsibility...so all that time in hand-to-hand training, you were going easy on me?! You're pretty damn strong. I can't even move. You were seriously talented. You could stay calm and see the big picture in any situation. You put your comrades ahead of yourself. I can't believe I wished that one day, I could be as strong as you."
Eren Yeager regarding Reiner Braun, while fighting against him and losing, Attack on Titan

"You were supposed to understand. I'll make you understand."
Edward Nygma after Bruce Wayne rejects his box, Batman Forever

    Real Life 
I really disliked Forster. Worse, I really liked his books... Avoid admirable writers. Avoid writers.
Gore Vidal on meeting E.M. Forster, Palimpsest

"I have met some famous people and they turned out to not be the nicest people which is a bit heartbreaking."
Patrick Dempsey's comment in an interview on ABC News

"I’m trying to give my sons an education about movies as well. You sit there and watch a comedy, let’s say Meet the Fockers, and it’s Robert De Niro. You tell them this guy was at one time considered the greatest living actor. My boys look at me and say, 'Really? This guy?'"

After Eli won his second Super Bowl, I made a point of not complaining about him again, given that he has brought me more joy than just about any other athlete in my life.
Eli is aware of this and is testing me.

No matter how many homers he hit, (Babe) Ruth would have never become a Great American Hero in the television age. On the radio and in the newspapers, maybe he came across as quite a guy. But to see and hear him — at least as he is portrayed in this movie — is to cringe... It shows him as an overgrown, recalcitrant kid who had one skill. He could hit the ball. And then it shows him growing up into a human pig who wenched and cheated on those who loved him, who was drunk during many of his games, who was small-minded and jealous, who wasn't much of a team player, who lost his temper and screamed at the fans, and whose little trot around the bases looked like the gait of a constipated alderman.
Roger Ebert on The Babe (1992)

"Here you've got a 46-year-old bald movie star wannabe who looks like Uncle Creepy with a good build taking on a guy with an artificial hip that hadn't wrestled a full schedule in ten years. It's a tribute to the massive egotism, in my mind, of both men and indictment of WCW's promotional policies that this match even took place, much less being the main event, when the card was probably the best that WCW's capable of having. By the ten minute mark, they were sucking wind so bad the first three rows passed out of oxygen deprivation–would've been funny if it wasn't so sad. Well, I'm sick and damn tired of guys claim to be the 'icon,' especially when it usually comes from guys who just didn't know when to quit. Roddy Piper was my idol when I was a teenager, but that was twenty years ago. Hulk Hogan during his best years was 50% media creation...The Undertaker, Ric Flair, and Steve Austin have never claimed to be icons, which means they're big candidates to be just that. And on a personal note to Hulk Hogan: you are a household word, but so is garbage; and it stinks when it gets old, too."
Jim Cornette on Halloween Havoc

And speaking of Hogan, we got him in the main event of the evening, taking on Ric Flair for the first time in many, many years.
And it was really sad.
It was sad to watch these two incredible legends, two men that meant more to the business than all but a handful of people ever had, moving about in slow motion and bleeding like stuck pigs...And just in case you hadn’t figured out that Ric Flair was old, he showed up in a wheel chair.

Before anyone knew who Gene Simmons was, KISS was the shit. KISS was the musical version of humping on a roller coaster on the back of a dragon, or whatever it is the kids think is cool these days. And then Gene Simmons and his helmet-like hair got a reality show, and you found out he would brand urns and cancer drugs with the KISS logo if he could make a buck off of it, and he became sad. And then, even more disturbing, someone released a video of Simmons having sex in a hotel room and it was so devoid of life, it made the Paris Hilton sex tape look like a meth-and coke-fueled passion circus. Gene Simmons has Brillo pad hair and humps like an ottoman that someone put in the freezer. He's a disgrace.

Bret Michaels was in the best band of the 80s... On his show, Rock of Love, it's pretty clear that fucking his way through the 80s has destroyed the part of the brain that can distinguish between hot and dude-in-a-tube-top. Most of the girls on this show are reasons to stop drinking. And then there are the inane activities they all have to do—I mean, this is a guy who filmed himself getting off with Pamela Anderson, and now he's making busted strippers with 5 o'clock shadows go-kart against each other to win miniature golf time with him.

And now we’re once again being reminded that actors are not the characters they play on TV. Bill Cosby is definitely not Cliff Huxtable and Phylicia Rashad is not Clair Huxtable. Because Clair Huxtable would never, but Phylicia Rashad would.
Michael K., "Phylicia Rashad Thinks The Bill Cosby Allegations Are Part Of An Orchestrated Takedown"

Meat Loaf went and hit that crazy, crazy button, and hit it hard... Accusing (Gary) Busey of stealing his craft supplies (the celebrities had been instructed to make 'art' for a charity auction), "Meat" proceeded to suffer an Incredible Hulk attack on camera. His neck veins bulged below his jutting chin; his eyes bugged out; his face turned sirloin red. The star of the album "Bat out of Hell" began shouting obscenities and threatening to beat up on Busey, whose habitual air of disorientation seemed suddenly apt. Before things came to blows, the missing art supplies were discovered hiding in the shadows. Meat Loaf visibly deflated as he began to see himself as the television audience was seeing him: as a joke.
Psychology Today, "The Crazy Button"

Figures heavily on the Religious Right and a moralist. Has attacked homosexuality. Thinks equality isn't an American value, but a pinko European one... Counts as one of his fans Mike J. Nelson of MST3K and Rifftrax fame—heartbreaking.
Rational Wiki on conspiracy theorist Dennis Prager

Kill your idols. That's what they say. Never meet your heroes, they'll only disappoint you. All I know is this: Johnny, I have loved you for so long. Decades. But it's like I don't even know who you are anymore... Why would you, the anti-establishment, anti-celebrity celebrity slash wannabe-rebel, be making these choices, the kind of choices that make you seem like every other mediocre-talent middle-aged constant mid-life crisis man in Hollywood? Did you do Lone Ranger for the money? Because you already own your own Caribbean island, my love, you can't possibly need more money. Did you really have to fall for the leggy blonde from the craptastic CW show Hidden Palms? I'm sure she is very nice but it is just so typical.
Jezebel, "Dear Johnny Depp, You are Ruining Everything and Breaking Our Hearts"

As with the wrestling matches of Chris Benoit, or serial pram-botherer Gary Glitter’s fist-pumping anthems, there’s no way to watch Cruise without mentally flashing to that Scientology video where they hang a medal the size of a hubcap around his neck, as a reward for being the best crazy cult member of all the crazy cult members. The acting’s irrelevant, when you know that he’s utterly, utterly insane; a Stepford automaton with a public face of smiles and autographs, but fanatical beliefs that even Charles Manson would describe as 'a bit much.'

Tom Cruise is an odd instance in popular culture. He is as iconic as it is possible for a pop star to be, and to some extent deservedly so, as he is, on his day, a damn fine actor.
Unfortunately, he has made one key decision that has undermined that, which is joining an abusive cult worshipping a space god. This has left other decisions that, in the hands of other stars, are just lovable cheek, as signs of complete insanity. For instance, when other celebrities divorce their wives and marry people wildly outside their socially acceptable dating range, they are more or less charming. When members of insane cults who believe that Xenu the Space Conquerer is chained up under the Pyrenees do it, it's creepy.
Actually, the real problem is that Scientologists are inherently creepy. Always. Everything they do is really, really creepy. As Tom Cruise has become more and more associated with being a Scientologist, he has, by direct and causal extension, become more and more creepy. The boyish smile that once screamed 'I'm a loveable rebel' now screams 'I want to lick your engrams.'

Survival of the Dead scared me, and not in the good way. Every time I would pass it in my Blockbuster (and yes, I still go to an actual Blockbuster store) I almost flinch as if the box will give me some electroshock if I picked it up. Diary of the Dead was so atrocious and showed how far Romero had fallen that I honestly did not want to see him fall any lower. It is not about seeing Survival and being pissed off, I didn’t want to watch it and be depressed.
Miles Antwiler on Survival of the Dead (2008)

To read Doctor Who Magazine in the last few years has allowed us to glean hints about Patrick Troughton's extra-marital activities, how Tom thought Pertwee was tight, Nick Courtney's last hours and how Sylvester spent most of his time as part of Ken Campbell's troupe shagging his way around London... Elsewhere we now know about Hartnell's racism, Nick Courtney's crippling depression, Tom's womanising and boozing, Mathew Waterhouse's sexual awakenings while at the Beeb, the alcoholism of certain guest stars and which companion has supposedly slept with three Doctors — the latter, rightly, earning [the Editor] a stern rebuke from Colin Baker... Barry Letts might have had a thing or two to say about where our selfish pursuit for knowledge may lead us.