Quotes / Byronic Hero

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"No one knows what it's like
To feel these feelings
Like I do
And I blame you"

"Inwardly, Bruce Wayne is still an adolescent watching his parents being murdered. That will never leave him. And people really relate to that."

A man of wealth and a genius mind / A slave to passion and his morbid side
Robbing graves of the newly dead / Erratic tendencies, a troubled mind
"I will create in my own image / If God can then why can't I?
No thought of the consequences / I've got to know the meaning of life"

"But few people really want to see themselves as being bad or evil, whatever label they wear. I've done things I regret, I've done things I'm proud of, and I've walked the roads in between. The sliding scale is a fantasy. There's no simple answers."
Skitter, Worm

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I'm the queen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside...
Couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I've tried...
Don't let them in, don't let them see, be the good girl you always had to be,
Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know...
Well, now they know!
Let it go, let it go, can't hold me back anymore!
Let it go, let it go, turn away and slam the door!
I don't care what they're going to say!
Let the storm rage on... the cold never bothered me anyway!
Elsa, "Let it Go", Frozen

His isolation
Is conformation
Of his desperation
For healing hugs.
The Hidden Folk, "Fixer Upper", Frozen (2018)

"Mad, bad and dangerous to know."
Lady Caroline Lamb, before she started having sex with Lord Byron.

"[Orpheus] reminded me of you. A romantic fool. Self-pitying, but with a certain amount of personal charm."
Destruction sums up both Dream and his son, The Sandman

"The Byronic Hero is two pounds of thinly sliced turkey, honey-glazed ham, cannabis, salami, marijuana, and cheese on rye and is typically served with some of those cute party toothpicks with little olives on the end. It is usually characterized by rebellion and a distaste for society, yet a haughty appreciation for tasty lunchmeats and hallucinogenic drugs."
Uncyclopedia's article on Lord Byron.

"If anyone wishes to stop me, let them try! If there is anyone who can go beyond my despair..."
Lelouch vi Britannia, Code Geass

BoJack: My question is for Diane. Look, I'm sorry about all the stuff I said about you earlier. We can publish the book you wrote. You're obviously a better writer than I am, and I don't actually even really care what the world thinks about me anymore. I just hated reading that book because I hated feeling like that's how you saw me. Because I guess you know me better than anybody, and if you think that... Um, I- I guess my question is, do you... do you think it's too late for me? I mean am-am-am I just doomed to be the person I am? The-the person in that book? It's not too late for me, is it? It's — it's not too late — Diane, I need you to tell me that it's not too late... I-I-I need you to tell me that I'm a good person. I know that I can be selfish and narcissistic and self-destructive, but underneath all that, deep down, I'm a good person, and I need you to tell me that I'm good... Diane... Tell me, please, Diane. Tell me that I'm good.

Beware the man who would kill a god, the choir whispers, for he will never know peace, and he will drag the whole universe into war to keep him merry company along the way. He will stand before the throne, look the void in the eye and laugh. He cannot bear to live in a world where he is not sovereign of his own soul. He would rip his teeth into divine flesh and swallow the universe whole.
okayophelia discussing the "Godkiller" archetype

Thanos, on the other hand, is a far more ambiguous symbol. If Darkseid stands in as a metaphor for a locus of multiple dangerous and terrifying grand historical concepts, Thanos embodies something far more intimate. Thanos is a surly adolescent, forever constrained by the limitations of his Oedipal obsessions, fixated on the concept of death and defined therefore by a strange mixture of curiosity and lust. Darkseid is a fantastic villain precisely because he is so resolutely petty - he rules an entire world with ironclad discipline, embodying everything fearful in political and ideological repression. Other people matter to him on a profound level because domination matters as a goal for Darkseid in and of itself. Conversely, Thanos could not care less about domination, although he is often styled as a "conqueror." He has shown little interest in ruling the universe. He is not a tyrant, he is - or at least, he envisions himself to be, a capital-R Romantic in the vein of a Shelley or a Keats. Even when he wielded the Infinity Gauntlet and was, for all intents and purposes, the literal ruler of the universe, he didn't give one iota's thought to ruling or dominating the untold trillions of lives under his control. Rather, he was concerned with his own private passions, a slave to his emotions, unable to transcend the limitations of his self-obsession. He cared about being able to assert his own will with impunity, to live without restrictions, and to gain recognition from the object of his erotic fixation.
Timothy O'Neil on Thanos.

"What does it mean to be reborn? That isn't the life I had anymore. It's someone else's life. Everyone only gets to live life one time, and it's right here. I only get it once. This is my life. I can't entrust it to someone, I can't steal a new one, I can't force it on others, I can't forget it or erase it. I can't stomp over it, laugh at it, or beautify it! I can't anything! I'd have to accept my one shot at life no matter how cruel, merciless, or unfair I thought it was! Sir, don't you understand? That is why I must fight. I must keep on fighting! Because... because I can never accept that kind of life!"
Yuri Nakamura, Angel Beats!