Quotes / Despair Event Horizon

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    Anime and Manga 

"All my days were happy, fun and cheerful. I liked that world and peace in that we had. In that world, there was only thieves who stole wallets and we played who would get him first. But one day they came... that thing came. My friends are dead! My family was killed in front of me! My happy world fell into darkness and despair!
Hitori explaining his life after DEM oppression, Date A Live

I didn't understand all the difficult words but... I did understand that all the pain I had suffered was supposed to have been yours, Ganta. Ganta wasn't Ace Man... but rather the cause of my suffering.
Shiro, reflecting on the day she found out that she was a replacement subject for Ganta in Deadman Wonderland

Shinji: Nobody wants me. So, everybody just die.
Rei: Then, what are those hands for?
Shinji: Nobody cares whether I exist or not. Nothing will change. So, everybody just die.
Rei: Then, what is that heart for?
Shinji: It'd be better if I wasn't here either. So I should just die, too.
Rei: Then, why are you here?
Shinji: Is it okay for me to be here?

Dammit! Why... By letting myself be worshipped as an emissary of God, I was meant to lead everyone... but I can't even save one girl?
Kugel, after Linaria succumbs to her illness in the second OVA for Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Some savior I am... I couldn't even save Yurin. I... I...!!!
Flit Asuno, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

So this is a Witch. My emotions have all come back to haunt me. I can't remember anything but glimmers of light and regret. Ah, so this is my... despair.

The world... is a dark and lonely place.
Ryouga Hibiki, Ranma 1/2

    Comic Books 

Jack Hawksmoor: Is that all you can do? Make cheap, tasteless jokes when your friend dies? Have you given up? Have you given up completely?
The Doctor: It wasn't a joke. But yes, I have given up. Sort of. Look around, Jack. Look at what's happened. Look at what's happening. Face it - no matter what I saw - we're not getting out of this in one piece. Jenny really was the spirit of the twenty-first century. If she's dead, that means the century - and everyone living in it - dies with her. It's time you did what I did, Jack. Not give up. Not exactly. But accept the inevitable. If these are the last moments of the universe, do you really want to spend them whining and fighting?
Hawksmoor: No.

Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night. Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world. Was Rorschach. Does that answer your questions, Doctor?
Rorschach, Watchmen

    Fan Works 

It was too much for her. She'd never wanted any of this. The flame washed out of her like a torrent; she heard the people behind her burst into flames and die, but she didn't care. If this was the world, she wanted to destroy it. Better that nothing exist, if the Outer Gods were all there was. Humanity would be better off dead.
Nylarathotep tried to speak, but her flames rushed through him, charring him to ash in an instant. But he wasn't dead. He would rise again, she knew, and that knowing infuriated her more.
She gathered her strength. This world would burn. Burn, burn, burn. If it burned hot enough, maybe she would die herself, and not have to live in it.

He knew, somewhere deep inside, that Asuka was not answering because she couldn't. His dreams, his hopes, and everything else he wished for the future simply ebbed away, leaving behind only an empty vacuum.

All those who had meant something to me, all those I had cared for... they were all dead. I had nothing, nothing left. Nothing to expect. No hope.
Shinji, The One I Love Is, chapter 12

I went into the bathroom and cried my eyes out. The whole affair had been an elaborate hoax! The two of them probably planned the whole thing just to get back at me. I was devastated, crushed out of any hope. I had nothing to live for. But if I wasn't ever going to be happy again, then I would make sure that they wouldn't be alive to enjoy their happiness.

Someday for sure, I will bring death upon her.
— From Yuyuko Saigyouji's final diary entry, Touhou Tonari

    Film - Animated 

Beavis: Dammit, this always happens! I think I'm gonna score, and then I never score! It's not fair! We've traveled, um, a hundred miles 'cause we thought we were gonna score! But now it's not gonna happen! Dammit!
Bus Driver: Hey, buddy, sit down!
Beavis: Shut up, ass-wipe! I'm sick and tired of this! We're never gonna score! It's just not gonna happen! We're just gonna get old like these people, but they've probably scored!
Bus Driver: Hey, I'm warning you! SIT DOWN!
Beavis: It's like, this chick's a slut! And look at this guy - he's old, but he's probably scored a million times!
Old Guy: Oh, yeah!
Beavis: But not us! We're never gonna score! We're never gonna score! WE'RE NEVER GONNA SCORE!

    Film - Live-Action 

It's over. Everything, I did everything wrong. I want my life back. I want it back before everything got fucked up. I want to be a baby again. I want to be new. I want to be new.
Susan Orlean, Adaptation.

They look like big, good, strong hands. Don't they? I always thought that's what they were. My little friends. The little man with his racing snail, the Nighthob, even the stupid bat. I couldn't hold on to them. The Nothing... pulled them right out of my hands. I failed.
Rockbiter, The Neverending Story

There was a time I could see. And I have seen... boys like these - younger even - their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothing like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that.
Colonel Slade, Scent of a Woman


Sitting there on the floor, Louis put his face in his hands and began to weep. He had lost all interest in his father-in-law, in the MX missile, in permanent versus dissolving sutures, in the heat death of the universe. At that moment, Louis Creed wished he were dead.

It wasn't just the baby that died that day; something inside Sick Boy was lost and never returned. It seemed that he had no theory with which to explain a moment like this. Nor did I. Our only response was to keep on going and fuck everything: pile misery upon misery, heap it up on a spoon and dissolve it with a drop of bile, then squirt it into a stinking, prurient vein and do it all over again; keep on going, getting up, going out, robbing, stealing, fucking people over, propelling ourselves with longing towards the day that it would all go wrong, because no matter how much you stash, or how much you steal, you never have enough. No matter how often you go out and rob and fuck people over, you always need to get up and do it all over again.
Renton, Trainspotting

"Let the months and years come, they can take nothing from me, they can take nothing more. I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear."

    Live-Action TV 

"I would like to see my brother."
"I'm sure he's very busy."

You know, apart from the fact that I'll never again experience joy in my life, I don't think Red Zone Cuba had any kind of negative effect on me.

Once hope is gone, dying is just a formality.
"John Smith", Cold Case, "The Road"


Now I can't go on, I can't even start
I got nothing left, just an empty heart
I'm a soldier, wounded so I must give up the fight
There's nothing more for me, lead me away
Or leave me lying here

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can't find.
I can't see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind.
Black Sabbath, "Paranoid"

Don't push me,
Cuz I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to lose my head...

Saw all of the saints
Lock up the gates
I could not enter
Walked into the flames
Called out your name
But there was no answer...
Adam Lambert, "Ghost Town"

That little boy quit trying.
He just walked away.
There were teardrops on his face.
Tell me, how would you feel?
You'd probably give up too,
If nobody believed in you.
Joe Nichols, "If Nobody Believed In You"

This cruel country has driven me down.
Teased me and lied.
Teased me and lied.
I've only sad stories to tell to this town.
My dreams have withered and died.
Richard Thompson, "Withered And Died"

    Tabletop Games 
Unwanted by both Bishop and Koba, Blotto's clowns are the rejects and outcasts of the circus hierarchy: the Midnight Circus has ground them down and is about to devour them. They are skeletal scarecrows stripped of all desire; many turn to mind-numbing drugs or alcohol provided by other circus personnel. Within their tent, they can be seen sleeping and nodding off, aware of their fate but unable to fight it.


And now I'm on my own
Never again to wonder what's out there
Let it remain unknown
And my one human eye
Will evermore be dry
Until the day I die
As if I
Were made of stone
Quasimodo, Der Glockner Von Notre Dame, "Made of Stone"

I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die no soul shall pity me.
Nay, wherefore should they? Since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself.

    Video Games 

My... son. Murdered in the heart of the Chantry, by those who held a sacred trust. What hope for this city, when we fail our own so completely?
Viscount Dumar, Dragon Age II

Look at it all. Why don't they just drown us as infants? Why wait? Why give us the illusion of hope?
First Enchanter Orsino, Dragon Age II

Doesn't really care about anything anymore.
— Appears in the profile of any sufficiently traumatized character in Dwarf Fortressnote 

My name is Oerba Dia Vanille. I'm a L'Cie, from Gran Pulse, and to everyone on Cocoon, evil. Shoot me! For your son!
Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII

I have taught you many ways to kill a mortal, Kratos; flesh that burns, bones that break. But to break a man's spirit, is to truly destroy him!
Ares, God of War

The gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now there is no hope.
Kratos, God of War

They... They fucking killed her! Oh, Xiu...
Lynch, Kane and Lynch: Dog Days

Cynder: Fight back!... Why won't you fight back!
Spyro: Because you've left me nothing to fight for...
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, after Malefor turns Spyro's girlfriend Cynder against him

There's nothing left for me. No place to return to, nobody to love, and nothing to believe in...
Oersted, Live A Live

But it cannot be! This would mean that all my work has been for nothing! Everything that I've tried to- A FAILURE! It can't be! Be! BE! Be... I... don't think that I can continue. Continue? To have done the things I have done... in the name of progress... and healing... It was madness. I can see it now, madness. Madness? There is no hope. Leave now. Leave... while you still have hope...

The day I killed The Boss... with my own hands... I... was already dead.

Five years ago, I lost thirty thousand men in the blink of an eye....and the world just fucking watched. Tomorrow, there will be no shortage of volunteers, no shortage of patriots. I know you understand.
General Shepherd, Modern Warfare 2

The moment when someone loses all hope... I really do love to watch that moment.

Our time has passed, John.

It seems in the end... that I... was the greatest fool of all...

I... Used to be so beautiful...

I looked into the eyes of the dragon... and despaired.
Archibishop Benedictus, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm


Homestuck sums it up in a single word

As the Prince of Hope, I am uniquely qualified to recognize wwhen all hope is lost.
Eridan Ampora, Homestuck

    Web Original 

Well, Nietzsche was right. Dead as a doornail.
Mike Nelson in the Rifftrax for The Star Wars Holiday Special

You need to be just pessimistic enough to keep your guard up for a sucker punch but just optimistic enough to keep lowering your guard at the worst possible time.
The Sports Guy explains what it takes to be a "fully tortured" team

(weary sigh) Remember when shooters were about killing demons from hell? Those were good days. Perhaps this is an inevitable part of gaming growing up as our childish fantasies are torn from us, and we are forced to confront consequences in an unfair, uncaring and unavoidable world of hatred, misery, and death. (farts)
Yahtzee reviews Spec Ops: The Line, Zero Punctuation

In the event of an unsuccessful Action 10-Israfil-B, no further action will be necessary.
SCP Foundation

''"Nothing will make me feel better! Even the victory will be bittersweet!"

    Western Animation 

I can't keep pushing this down any deeper
Why do I keep trying if I can't keep her?
Finn singing "All Gummed Up Inside," Adventure Time

"There's no way home! There's nothing to fight for!"
Jack, Samurai Jack

''"I'm sorry, Master, but I'm not coming back..."
Ahsoka Tano, declining Anakin's offer to rejoin the Jedi Order, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, S 5 E 20, The Last Jedi