Quotes: Broken Pedestal

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    Anime and Manga 

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

    Fanfiction 

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

    Film — Animated 

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

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

    Film — Live-action 

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

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

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.

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

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.

    Literature 

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

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.

    Live-action TV 

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

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

    Tabletop Games 

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

    Theatre 

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.

    Video Games 

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

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

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

I used to think you were a hero. A holy knight and all that. I guess I should of known better...
A NPC calling out the Divine Crusader with infamy,"The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion"

    Webcomics 

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

    Web Original 

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.

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 hadnít figured out that Ric Flair was old, he showed up in a wheel chair.

    Western Animation 

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 TRAITOR! I dedicated my life to you!

I never asked to be your 'hero'.