Quotes / Designated Hero

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I only mention it because sometimes there's a man... I won't say a hero, 'cause, what's a hero? But sometimes, there's a man.
The Stranger on The Dude, The Big Lebowski


Beating people up in little room... he knew where that led. And if you did it for a good reason, you'd do it for a bad one. You couldn't say 'we're the good guys' and do bad-guy things.

    Live-Action TV 

Interesting. You saved the day by destroying the world.
Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Our Man Bashir")

And our brave hero roasts the disabled man!

What's the fucking point of you?
Gwen to Jack, Torchwood ("End of Days")

Clara: What do you keep in here? Why have you got zombie creatures? Good guys do not have zombie creatures. Rule one basic storytelling.
Doctor: (Not in front of the guests.)


But don't you know that no one alive
Can always be an angel
When things go wrong I seem to be bad
But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood
— "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", The Animals

Took a shot in the dark
Though the aim was true,
Still it missed the mark
As we wait for a hero we can't find
Now I know, now I realize
It's a hard line
Once you cross you're on your own
— "No More Heroes", Slash

    Video games 

We need someone who can look into this... someone brave and fearless who can get the job done! But all we have is Crash, so he'll have to do.

I'm starting to wonder which side is supposed to be the bad guys...
Haken, Endless Frontier


According to a loose enough definition of 'hero', we qualify. Well, more or less. The point is that good deeds were done and we were nearby.

Legolas: We defeated a balrog, you know.
DM: You didn't defeat it.
Legolas: Well, we faced a balrog.
DM: You ran away from it!
Legolas: Okay, fine. We were near a balrog. For several seconds.
DM: Wow, you guys must be so proud. Maybe you guys can find a bard and have your story of heroic balrog proximity put into verse.

    web animation 

There are games for all kinds of people: there are games for rappers and games for graffiti artists and games for people who feel up girls on Japanese subway trains, but there have never been any decent games for white supremacists. That is, until Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a rip-snorting adventure in which a waspish manly man runs around slaughtering everyone who had the poor judgement to not be born white.

"Isn't there a third faction I could root for? Preferably one that's not composed primarily of dicks?"

[Aiden Pearce] was a hacker who did any work for hire and stole money from bank accounts, but then accidentally targeted someone powerful who killed his six-year-old niece, which gave him a little Spiderman moment and he declared that from this day forth he would use his powers to… continue working for hire and stealing money from bank accounts, but also fight crime! In-between. If he can be arsed. Not stealing-money crime, or property-damage crime, or murdering-policemen crime; just, you know, all the bad crimes, the ones committed by people other than himself.

    Web original 

Magneto blows up his own asteroid because his plan of peaceful isolation from the racist humans has been FUBARed.

Good job, X-Men!
ComicsAlliance on ''X-Men, "Sanctuary, Part 2"

Shinji runs off, finally this series could get interesting! We spend forever watching him 'Run away'. This basically consists of watching him ride the train and listen to his headphones. His emo is complete. His travels basically get him fired, rehired... Am I supposed to feel his frustration here, or is this sinking feeling in my gut going to get the better of me?

This is supposed to be some cute story, but if you had a 10-year-old daughter with an alcoholic boyfriend, this is no different from the educational pamphlet her therapist would give her.

We’ve reached the inevitable stage in any Spider-Man plot where our protagonist decides that 'hmmm, wouldn’t it be easier and more lucrative for someone else to do my job? And if I were to let them, wouldn’t I be the real hero? Sure, probably!'

Another weakness of the storytelling is its indecidedness about the personality of Simon Jarrett, the protagonist. Within instances, he can go from completely freaking out about the circumstances he finds himself in to a cold, problem-solving approach. In general, though, he is a stupid jerk, the kind of character you'd root for to die in a horror film. In a way it is consistent with the game's message, but being forced into his skin becomes rather uncomfortable every time he opens his mouth to spout his thick-headed opinions.

This song should always be softly playing in Squall's dorm room. During any of the sequences in which Squall is sulking on his bed, the volume should progressively rise until it becomes unbearable. As far as I'm concerned, Squall's gunblade case should be sitting beneath an OK Computer poster.

This is our hero, ladies and gentlemen. She just decided in the span of thirty seconds to eradicate virtually the entire human race.

They show a ‘Wanted’ mugshot of Louise (it was nice of the police to let her get her hair done first) and identify her. MacLeod comments 'Pretty girl.' Yep, for all he knows, she may have been trying to sabotage a facility that keeps life on the planet alive, but she has a nice smile and a great body, so who cares, right?
Jabootu on Highlander II: The Quickening

Norman is supposed to be the logical grounding the crew needs. He may not be brilliant like all the Phd’s that come on the expedition, but he brings common sense and he is the voice of reason among the crew who is becoming increasingly more paranoid. In the movie he is an incompetent dipshit who freaks out the most and is terrible at his profession. For being the best psychologist for crises situations, his idea of comforting people is condescending and talking to them like they are infants. For being someone grounded in logical thinking, whenever he is put in a dangerous situation he is practically running around the room flailing his arms going 'BLLLAAAARGH WHAT DO WE DO? WHAT DO WE DO? WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!'.

A chopper lands and our hero finally makes his entrance. He's shot in the shadows and... holy mother of god. I thought wearing black was supposed to have a slimming effect!
The Agony Booth on Submerged (2005)

Matt: So rather than being a bird made of fire from space, Phoenix is Jean Grey’s other personality, the one Professor X actually created by putting psychic blocks in Jean’s mind. It’s less crazy, I guess, but it makes Xavier kind of not someone the audience should like anymore? Wolverine even says so.
Chris: And Professor X’s response is, in essence, “Nuh uh, shut up.” And then Wolverine leaves.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men 3: The Last Stand

There is a certain accidental subversion in the depiction of M (Judi Dench) and her agents (Bond included) as ludicrous incompetents — really, they fuck everything up from start to finish, which is quite accurate as a depiction of the British 'security services'...M gets to smack down the sneering bitchqueen MP at the inquiry (who has the temerity to accurately point out what a clusterfuck M's reign has been and suggest that she ought to be held accountable to the taxpayer) with stirring words about the dangerous world in which we live now and the need for MI6 to protect the Realm and Tennyson and stuff and whatnot and blah.

Baker’s Doctor isn’t just unlikable here. He’s intolerable. He’s an overtly bad person who any reasonable audience should actively dislike and want to see get his comeuppance. Whereas the series still visibly thinks he’s the hero. It’s not just that Baker’s Doctor is prickly and hard to like, it’s that he's a bad guy.
Dr. Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The Twin Dilemma"

By gently tweaking a famous saying of Hitler’s we can see Janeway in a new dictatorial light: 'My magnificent crew! Are there finer ones anywhere in the world? What material! With them I can make the Delta Quadrant conform to Starfleet rules of conduct!' Seig Heil! Heil Janeway!
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Learning Curve"

Clark is such a douchebag toward Lex Luthor we actually feel sorry for the murdering prick.

The Desolation of Smaug made Thorin a sympathetic, heroic character... Here, he’s just a dick whose selfishness unleashes Smaug, which results in Lake-town getting destroyed, but then he refuses to provide them sanctuary. He somehow thinks that he and his 13 cohorts can fend off gigantic armies because he needs more gold than he could ever use.

Although I was a teen-age misanthrope, anti-hero Holden Caulfield is more dysfunctional than I ever was.
Bryan Caplan, "What to Learn From The Catcher in the Rye

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold the fuck on. Medusa was a woman who turned down the sexual advances of a god, who then raped her, which caused another god to put a curse on her that turns anyone to stone when they look at her. Now we’re going to track down this poor woman who did nothing wrong and just wants to be left alone, then cut off her fucking head to use it as a weapon? There were like fifty writers on this screenplay and nobody realized the main characters are total wangholes?"

Yes, you read that correctly, our hero willingly destroys a beautiful utopia just to appease one dude whose petty jealousy lead him to attempting mass genocide. And that makes him supposed to a be a tragic figure. Don’t worry, kids, if you’re jealous, just try to kill everyone and Kamen Rider will be your friend!
— The Glorio Blog on Kamen Rider Wizard In Magic Land

Yeah... NO PRESSURE TORY — just FORCING you to do something you don't want to so I can fulfil my selfish dreams of fighting this guy who I barely know... I'M SUCH A GREAT HERO.

"A recurring tragicomic element of Sonichu is how Chris tries to characterize the protagonists of his comic as badass, insightful, and heroic yet instead unfailingly depicts his heroes as immature, maladroit, and at times nigh on morally bankrupt. Over time, the characters have engaged in enough unintentional buffoonery and villainy to easily fill an entire list of unheroic protagonist actions. While any protagonist worth reading about will have some flaws, from Donald Duck's temper to Sonic the Hedgehog's hyperactivity, the number of vices the Sonichu characters possess are too numerable to shrug them off as portrayals of flawed but ultimately heroic characters, but rather show them as obliviously yet undeniably evil."

At one point in the opening mission, a cutscene shows an enemy mercenary surrender. Then the player is forced back in control of Ryu, but all that can be done is slowly walking towards the enemy, who continues to advance backwards, pulling off his mask, talking about his family and begging for his life. Then you can either turn off the game or commit cold-blooded murder. Yosuke Hayashi frequently talked about how Team Ninja wanted to make Ryu a "Japanese Dark Hero" who "sometimes has to do bad things in order to do good" and to try to teach a moral lesson by "getting blood on the player's hands," but it all feels just dishonest and mean-spirited and sick. Ryu is not a "Japanese Dark Hero" in these scenes, he is a cold-blooded murderer with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It makes the later scenes, where he bonds with Mizuki and Canna, seem like no more than calculating deceptions of a psychopath, or simply like a completely different character with no continuity to his previous actions.

''Not to mention, and we’ll see this with Cersei in a few scenes, the implications here is that what makes a particular instance of sexual manipulation bad is whether it was committed by an Evil Woman - rather than instances of sexual manipulation reflecting on the character of the perpetrator. This is why the show has spotted Melisandre’s abuse of Gendry and harassment of Jon, and Cersei’s callousness towards Lancel. Melisandre and Cersei are Evil. Margaery and Ygritte, however, are basically Good - so their abominable treatment of their partners/victims is totally ignored. We are deep into designated hero territory here, folks.

    Web video 

Now, I'm not too sure if I'm the bad guy or the good guy. Because I kind of look like the bad guy right now. (But then again, bad guys don't go left to right!)
JonTron on Samurai Zombie Nation

Your hero is stealing from a hospital? Do you think that would sound good on a movie poster? ''Patch Adams: He steals from hospitals. I WOULDN'T SEE THAT!

Now, I know that Jaden's character has spent the whole movie running away from his enemies, making a series of bad decisions, and just crying. But... that's what a twist is! It subverts your expectations! You all just assumed that Jaden was gonna die at the hands of this creature, 'cause that's what should have happened. And that's how you just got Shyamalan'ed!

If there were any justice in Trek, she would be confined to a mining colony with the important task of turning big rocks into small ones.
SFDebris on Star Trek: Voyager, "Caretaker"

What kind of hero goes around punching women in the face?!
— Mike Mattei, Street Fighter commentary

"The reason the fans liked Rose was because the script liked Rose."
Mr Tardis Reviews on Rose in his video Is Doctor Who too sexy? Discuss!

"Yes, ladies and gentlemen, our heroes, SUPERHEROES, emphasis on the heroes, are trying to destroy their friends' fulfilled lives, SPECIFICALLY to shirk responsibility"

"With Grover, he has to ace his project if he wants to steal someone else's girlfriend. Wait, that makes him sound like a terrible person. He's supposed to be the good guy protagonist we're supposed to root for, right?"
The Mysterious Mr. Enter, reviewing Legends of Chamberlain Heights

"Let's see: We've got vandalism, destruction of property, endangering innocent bystanders— It's official! Our heroes are douchebags!"
—Il Neige, What We Had To Watch

"Bubba was playing a psychotic male predator obsessed with the thoughts of crippling women so naturally he was the babyface in this scenario."
—Adam, What A Culture.com

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    Real Life 

The psychological machinations of Aloha Slater wouldn't be out of place on the tit-filled stages of r-rated cable; in fact, the character Zack most resembles is Ryan O'Reilly from the HBO prison show Oz, treating the other inmates of Bayside as pawns in a continual series of moves to maintain his position on the social ladder, and to manipulate the popular girl into loving him back. He's even got a brain-damaged sidekick.
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective

I was bothered by aspects of the Xindi arc, crystalised to me in one episode in which the captain essentially says, “I’m going to put you in the airlock and I’m going to kill you. I’m going to torture you if you don’t give me the information that I need, because the survival of my species is at stake.” It essentially argued that the ends justify the means. And I… I had a hard time with that. That, of all the episodes, was the one where it was like, “It’s not my place to call, and it’s not my place to say anything, but I feel a little soiled being in this episode.”
John Billingsley on Star Trek: Enterprise

I would cross the road not to be on the same street as these people, but the movie wants to be with them. The movie is like some awful hanger-on that has found its way into some hideous celebrity party and can't believe it's there and doesn't want to annoy anyone.