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, Attack on Titan

"I really looked up to you, Ken. I dreamed of being just like you. And now that I know you're my sworn enemy, all I can say is...and I mean this: YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CRUMMY AUTOGRAPH!"


"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, Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI

"To think we used to respect you both."

    Film — Animated 

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

"Tell me, "friend", when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness?"
Gandalf the Grey, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

"You know, Bill Boss, I used to look up to you. I used to idol-worship you! I worked 10 years for you, and I grew this stupid mustache to look like you! But I know what you are. You are a sadistic vile asshole!"
Dwight, The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence


"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. 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.

    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 (2006)

"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 believed that I could resurrect a god. But instead, I freed the devil."
Gideon Malick, ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (3.17 "The Team")


"It's not a question of age
That's one thing we know for sure
It's a question of realization
'Cause we're not kids no more
When you find that your heroes are all assholes
You'll put that pedestal away
When you find that your heroes are all assholes
You'll try to make it all make sense some way"
The Copyrights, "My Heroes Are All Assholes"

"Say it ain't so, Joe, please, say it ain't so
That's not what I wanna hear Joe
And I got a right to know
Say it ain't so, Joe, please, say it ain't so
I'm sure they're telling us lies Joe,
Please tell us it ain't so."
Murray Head, "Say It Ain't So Joe"

    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

"Death to the False Emperor!"
— Common Battle Cry of Chaos Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000


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.
All My Sons

    Video Games 

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

"I thought Andrew Ryan was a great man... I was a fool."
Diane McClintock, BioShock

Davian Thule: You pile heresy upon heresy, traitor! How could the Emperor ever have trusted trash like you?!
Eliphas the Inheritor: Wonder instead how we could ever have trusted one such as him, brother.
Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

"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 once looked up to you!"

Mordin: No! But... assumed... never argued with necessity of Genophage.
Maelon: How was I supposed to disagree with the great Dr. Solus? I was your student! I LOOKED 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've known better..."
A NPC calling out the Divine Crusader with infamy, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

"I knew you as you used to be, long ago. You were once a fine investigator, and an example to others on the force. I'm sorry to learn than you are no longer that person."

"Heroes? In the end, You can only depend on your self."


"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 

"If the section marked Bill Cosby’s Defenders” still has people in it after reading this cover story and the gross shit he said in his leaked deposition, there’s no hope for them. Bill Cosby himself could say, “I dippity dop dop did it,” and they would still cover their ears while screaming, "Not TV’s beloved father!""

"Congratulations, Tampa! You just won yourself 10 years of getting defensive whenever someone mentions collegiate rape accusations! ...You won’t even realize what’s happened until you’ve got yourself an egg avatar and you’re beefing with everyone in sight. “This girl can’t keep her story straight GET THE FACTS!”
Drew Magary, "Why Your Team Sucks 2015!: Tampa Bay Buccaneers"

    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'."

Stanley Pines: Please don't press that shutdown button, you gotta trust me.
Dipper: And I should trust you why?! After you stole radioactive waste?! After you lied to us all summer?! I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
Gravity Falls, "Not What He Seems"