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

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

"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

"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

"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've never met him. Can't imagine I ever will."
Zefram Cochrane, Star Trek: First Contact

"I Beg you. Pilot it. I believe in you. I love you.
If you hear those words, will you pilot it, Shinji? But, I can't bring myself to love you. For you, I... have never felt love."
Gendo Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion

"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. 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

"But to you? I bet that son of a bitch looked like a hard-working family man. That was all an act."
Jeane, No More Heroes

"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.

"I owe Mr. Amano a debt of gratitude. But he must pay his debt to society."
Miles Edgeworth, Ace Attorney Investigations

"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, 91-92. It was a crazy time. He seemed somewhat sane in comparison.
Fiona: And now he kills people for a living.

"The gilding on the mask had cracked to reveal the rot underneath."

"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. Itís something of an unofficial policy to have anyone thatís 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 theyíre 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

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

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

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

"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."

"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 [George] 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 didnít want to watch it and be depressed."
Miles Antwiler on Survival of the Dead (2008)

"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"

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