Quotes: Designated Hero

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    Film - Live-action 

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: Drakes 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.

    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.

Weíve reached the inevitable stage in any Spider-Man plot where our protagonist decides that 'hmmm, wouldnít it be easier and more lucrative for someone else to do my job? And if I were to let them, wouldnít 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 ĎWantedí 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 Phdís 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? WEíRE 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 Greyís other personality, the one Professor X actually created by putting psychic blocks in Jeanís mind. Itís less crazy, I guess, but it makes Xavier kind of not someone the audience should like anymore? Wolverine even says so.
Chris: And Professor Xís response is, in essence, ďNuh uh, shut up.Ē 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.

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

By gently tweaking a famous saying of Hitlerís 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, heís 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 weíre 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. Donít worry, kids, if youíre 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.

    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"

"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

    Western Animation 

    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, ďIím going to put you in the airlock and Iím going to kill you. Iím going to torture you if you donít give me the information that I need, because the survival of my species is at stake.Ē It essentially argued that the ends justify the means. And IÖ I had a hard time with that. That, of all the episodes, was the one where it was like, ďItís not my place to call, and itís not my place to say anything, but I feel a little soiled being in this episode.Ē
John Billingsley on Star Trek: Enterprise