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

    Literature 

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 

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.)

    Music 

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

    Webcomics 

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 video 

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

    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 

...Ladies and Gentlemen? Our hero.

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!'

"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

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.

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

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"

"You seriously expect me to go through space and time looking for a lost girl and her trinket? Give me one good reason why I should." There’s a woman lost in time and space, and the Doctor can help. That should be reason enough.
Darren Mooney on Doctor Who, "Timelash"

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 Curves"

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

Clark delivering his attempt at a Superman voice while chastising Aquaman was quite possibly the worst execution of an archetype I've ever heard. That wasn't the voice of a leader commanding respect, that was a bellow of great whininess and minimal import...This was just a weak and misguided attempt to tap into what past actors have done with the role and Welling doesn't have the chops for it.
Julian Finn on Smallville, "Patriot"

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. All of this makes him despicable, but then the movie lets him off the hook by saying he has (deep breath) “dragon-sickness”. He’s just come down with an unfortunate ailment, and it’s not really his fault, so we can’t hold him too accountable for his actions; actions that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. Additionally, splitting the movies from two installments to three becomes a serious liability because instead of at least watching Thorin fall into this terrible behavior, this is where he begins at Battle of the Five Armies, and we have to sit and wait for him to get better— not redeemed, because redemption implies recognizing personal wrongdoing.

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

"Um, writers, here's a crash course on morality. Something you are clearly blind to, and that concerns me dearly. The guy who pays his employees in phony money, enslaves wild animals, spreads vicious rumors, counterfeits, forces his employees to work 24/7, and knowingly attempts to drive someone to suicide is usually considered the bad guy. Meanwhile we've got the other guy that does... Uh... Attempted thievery. I don't know. If I had to pick one or the other, I think I'd go with the thief in a heartbeat."

"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?"

So there's the prologue of our book: Teenage sexual slavery and sexualized crucifixions.

Our. Fucking. Hero.

"This is the first and probably the most serious problem with the movie. [Inset name here], our supposed hero and protagonist, is an asshole! I mean (s)he doesn't listen to anyone, (s)he's not very nice, (s)he treats everyone around him/her like shit, and (s)he cares only about him/herself!"
Confused Matthew's stock description for the type. So far includes Simba, Anakin Skywaker, and Lyra.

Anyways, with the Drake Phantom dead, Magic Land starts to crumble while Haruto tells Maya they’ll meet again in the real world. 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! In fact, when Haruto wakes up in the real world and sees his new best buddy with his own happy family, he declares, ad verbatim, that “this was worth destroying a world for”. Yeah, that totally happened, kids. Our great hero destroyed a beautiful utopia to help a latent mass murderer escape the law. Did you think I was joking when I said Haruto is a complete psychopath when he lied to a woman about her best friend’s death, because it would be too much of a hassle? Or when he assisted a man suspected of arson in escaping the law when the guy could have easily proven his innocence? Or when he ditched all of his friends to go sulk on abandoned beaches and talk sweet nothings to a ring? What a hero, guys. Haruto Souma truly is an example for us all. Holy Gaim, this movie sucks.
— 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.

So here we have Merida, the “hero” commit the act of a villain. With full consciousness and intention she gives her mother the cake to brainwash Elinor, to take away Elinor's own independent thought and free will, and change it to Merida's.
This isn't like Merida, at the height of her anger wishing that she could change her Mother that some passing by witch/star/ancient family ancestor decides to grant. No, Merida thinks about doing it, plans on doing it, and does it. I can't stress it enough that this wasn't an accident, it was deliberate and premeditated decision to harm her mother.
This isn't Merida bravely standing up and fighting for her own rights, this is Merida cowardly deciding to get her way by violating her own mother. She wants to get her own freedom by taking another person's away.
After taking a bite of the cake Elinor becomes violently ill. She starts groaning in pain, coughing, and acting completely unlike herself. How does Merida react to this disturbing behavior from her mother? She keeps asking if her mother has changed her mind.
Even when Elinor is laying down, writhing in pain to the point of falling off the bed and onto the ground Merida doesn’t show any concern. All she does is tell her mother that she'll go tell the tribes that the wedding is off. Merida accepted an unknown spell from a strange witch, now her mother is in immense pain, and all Merida cares about is making sure her arranged marriage is off. She doesn’t show one drop of concern, or remorse, or panic to this having been a bad idea. This is horrifying!
Cafcow, on Brave

"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!

    Western Animation