Quotes / Chronic Backstabbing Disorder

"The enemy of my enemy dies next."
— Unattributed

Anime & Manga

"Who could be foolish enough to relax his guard with a man who constantly betrays everyone around him?"
Sir Bismarck Waldstein, Code Geass

Fan Works

"We knew that he was unreliable. What we did not know was that he was a fool. His betrayal was as inevitable as Tirek's, yet he did not see it coming."
Princess Luna, The Stars Ascendant

"But fortunately I anticipated your anticipation of my anticipation of your anticipation of my anticipation of your anticipation of my treachery!"
Dr. Zarkendorf, Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space

I have technically never betrayed the X-Men as I hold no loyalty to you people whatsoever.
Sunfire, Apocalypse Anonymous


"You're letting her keep [a blaster]? Do you want know the odds of her using it on you? [pause] It's high. [pause] It's very high."
K2SO, Rogue One

"I know I've betrayed you many times before, but this time, it's truly nothing personal."
Loki to Thor, Thor: Ragnarok


"He is what they call in the thrillers a double agent, a triple agent in this case, and agent to infinite regression..."
Sol, Hyperion

"I did warn you not to trust me, you know."
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, A Song of Ice and Fire

"Some of his former colleagues said you could not turn your back on him. The truth is, he would happily look you right in the eyes while stabbing you in the back."
The Shadowed One on Hakann, BIONICLE

Ha! And I bet you didnít even see it coming!
Treason is more art than act.
Thereís nothing better in life than the look on your enemyís face when they realize youíve played them every step of the way. Why do you think I keep starting secret cabals trying to overthrow me?
Dread Emperor Traitorous, A Practical Guide To Evil

Gentlemen, there is no need to worry: our plan is flawless. The Emperor will never see it coming.
Grandmaster Ouroboros of the Order of Unholy Obsidian, later revealed to have been Dread Emperor Traitorous all along, A Practical Guide To Evil

My dear friends, I have a confession to make. Some creative reframing of the truth may have taken place during the planning of this coup.
Dread Emperor Traitorous, addressing the Order of the Unholy Obsidian upon successfully usurping the throne from himself, A Practical Guide To Evil

Catherine: I donít get why Traitorous was so popular. I mean, he betrayed pretty much everyone that ever dealt with him.
Ratface: Admittedly he was quite insane. But as far as Dread Emperors go he was one of the better ones.
Catherine: I donít recall him actually accomplishing anything. And after something like the War of Thirteen Tyrants and One there must have been a lot of rebuilding to do.
Hakram: Itís the same reason westerners are fond of Bards. He was hilariously ineffective.
Ratface: He managed to betray a villain called Ďthe Betrayerí, Squire. You have to hand it to him: he might have had only one trick but he was great at it.


Live-Action TV

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"
Wash, Firefly

"I don't think much of blind loyalty, but I think a lot less of blind betrayal."
President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing

"Only a fool would trust Littlefinger."
Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones

"You see, Missy, this is where we've always been going! This is our perfect ending! We shoot ourselves... in the back!"
The Master, Doctor Who, "The Doctor Falls"

Tabletop games

"I know to whom I owe the most loyalty, and I see him in the mirror every day."

"From eight centuries of experience, I may tell you, do not permit a Lasombra at your back: he probably has a sharpened stake ready."
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Followers Of Set

"The idea of a 'loyal Tremere' seems, after some consideration, a contradiction in terms."
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tremere (Revised)

Video Games

"If nothing, you can always trust that you can't trust Sliske."
Wahisietel, RuneScape

"And here I thought I'd had my quota of betrayal and attempted murder this year...."
Garrus, Mass Effect 2

"What? Naesala and the ravens of Kilvas betrayed us? Again?"

"Stupid Arpeggio. I double-crossed the Cooper Gang, Interpol and Carmelita. What made you think I wouldn't do the same to you?"

Niko: That is the plan, Jacob. I will put a bullet in his heart for every life he ruined, for every agreement he went back on, for every friend he betrayed.
Jacob: Dat be a whole heap of teeth, ya know, Niko. I don't tink we have enough ammo fe shoot him dat many times, ya know.

"Trust not a man who has betrayed his master, nor take him into your own service, lest he betray you too."

"You're going to say I'm making a habit of turning on my masters."
Mendicant Bias, Halo 3

"Orks are not unpredictable. Quite the contrary, you can rely on them to turn against you. But they will honour our agreement as long as we provide them with enemies to satiate their battlelust."
Sindri, Dawn of War


"If his treachery could ever hurt anyone more than himself, I'd have to stop him."

Web original

"Amazingly, Batman does not coldcock the Joker and throw him in jail at that moment. Instead, he grudgingly decides to team up and investigate alongside his deadliest foe... Sure enough, Joker tries to kill him by running him over with a taxi four panels later. To be fair, though, as the Joker says, trying to kill Batman every time you see him is kind of a tough habit to break."
Chris Sims on Batman: The Brave and the Bold #191

"He's precisely the sort that you want on your side during a conflict, somebody who is willing to do anything to get the job done and leave his personal feelings at the door. He is exactly the wrong person you want on your side during peace time though, he would stab you in the back sooner than look at you."
Joe Ford on Avon, Blake's 7 ("Blake")

Jobe: Iíve spoken with the Imperial Parental Unit over a secured video link. He knows all about this, and heís given me his word that heíll stand right behind me.
Nacht: Isnít standing right behind someone the perfect place to stab them in the back?
Kate demonstrates that she understands Gizmatic better than his child does, "Saks and Violence", Whateley Universe (for the record, Kate was right)

Web video

Pegasus: Well, when we first met, you took out my eyeball and replaced it with a cursed artifact. But I'm sure this time you have only the best intentions for me.
Shadi: Yes, I screw you up good.

Western animation

"Treachery keeps the wits sharp."
Megatron, Beast Wars

Gwen: Kevin? Why would you tell this to Argit? He's a con man who would sell his mother for lunch money!
Kevin: I happen to know he got top dollar for his mom.
Ben 10: Alien Force, "Con of Rath"

"Is it my fault that you are so trusting?"
Mozenrath, Aladdin: The Series

"I may be a noble dragon, but I'm also a Demon Sorcerer. And not known for keeping promises."

Real Life

"Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat."
Winston Churchill