Quotes / Don't You Dare Pity Me!

"'I pity you!' is usually offensive. People don't like to be pitied. Where sympathy is alongside you, pity stands above and looks down. Sympathy is for equals, pity for underlings."
G. Little, 1999, The Public Emotions, p.107

Shatterstorm: I don't need your sympathy. I don't need your pity. I donít need your advice. I'm thankful you put aside your pride to help me, butóbut I donít need you to feel sorry for me.
Rainbow Dash: I'm not...
Shatterstorm: Don't lie. It's written all over your face. 'Oh, the poor soldier boy, he's had a rough life, how dare that awful mare hurt him like that.' I'm not having any of that bullshit, especially not from you!

"And by the way, just for future reference, don't you ever not care for someone just because you're afraid they might get hurt in the process. Especially not me. You got that?"
Mara Jade Skywalker, Star Wars: Vision of the Future

"Go away!! I don't need pity from the enemy...!!"
Private Tamama, Encounter 107: The True Prophecy Of The Apocalypse

"Why won't she say she needs me?"
"I know she's not as strong as she seems..."
Rick Astley, Cry for help

"This body only hinders me. It doesn't curse me. I don't need pity."
Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist

"I can take the looks and laughs and people who make remarks behind my back... even if my hearing is better than most. But I can't stand when people feel sorry for me."
Beast Boy, Teen Titans

"Do I need a reason to help someone? Or is my help...not good enough for you?"
Zidane, to Kuja, Dissidia: Final Fantasy

"I think it's rather an impertinence to pity people," said the Dean.
"Hear, hear!" said Harriet. "Nobody likes being pitied. Most of us enjoy self-pity, but that's another thing."
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

"I thought: "Are you making fun of me!?" (laughs) When we had the hint block appearing from the beginning, I just felt like: "I don't need this!"
Shigeru Miyamoto on developing the Super Guide system to be used in first- and second-party Nintendo games.

Saeko: I didn't think the inheritor of my genes would be so foolish, Natsuki. Can a guy that gave you the cold shoulder really be so important? Tate, whom you like so much, he has probably already kissed Miss Tokiha, right? Are you happy to be rescued by that kind of man who does so out of pity...?
Yuuichi: It is nothing like .... pity. There's no doubt that I did kiss Tokiha. However-
Natsuki: (thinks) Don...don't tell me it's going to be... (thinks of Yuuichi saying "The one I truly love is Kuga!")
Yuuichi: Do you have any objections about me helping out Kuga!!!
Natsuki: (punches Yuuichi)I do!!! That IS called "pity"! Can't you come up with something more refined than that!!
Mai-HiME manga.

"The pity—ah, that was the hardest part. For a race of ambitious folk whose lives were validated by a masterful command of the scientific laws of the universe, to be pitied was unbearable. To be pitied was to be insulted. Gelbin chafed under the sympathy, and he knew that his people did too: as a leader, he had learned that it was wise to spare some thought for his own emotions since they often reflected what the rest of the gnomes felt, to some degree.
World of Warcraft, Gelbin Mekkatorque's short story, "Cut Short"

Undyne, Undertale

"You pity me...hmm...you pity me [...] I hope you die...I HOPE YOU FUCKIN' DIE!"
Jack Nicholson, The Crossing Guard

Hanako: I know I need help! I know I'm broken! I don't need you to tell me that!
Hisao: I never said you were broken, or anything like that!
Hanako: It's written on your face, it's written on Lilly's face, it's written on everybody's faces! I see a therapist every week, Lilly dotes on me as if I were her child, and now... even you! Nothing's changed, nothing at all! I hate Lilly and I... I hate you, more than anyone...!
Hanako's bad ending, Katawa Shoujo

Shepard: (romance path) We've come far enough to get a little deeper, to talk about your problems. That's how it works.
Jacob: How little do you get me if that's what you think will make everything better? Even if you were right, how small would my problems be if you could "fix" them with high-school psych and a crying jag?

"I do not want your pity, Shepard. I do not accept it."
Samara, Mass Effect 2

"All my life I've seen my father disgracing himself in the sight of the whole kingdom, and all my life I've had to listen to the people around me trying not to speak of it where they think I can hear. Even the Tories have been kind to me. They... pity me." She spoke this last through clenched teeth, then turned to look at Brougham squarely.
"I have had my fill and more of pity, Henry," she said. "Do your worst. Spare nothing and no one, myself least of all. I insist."
Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Wales, The Dead Skunk

"Don't you look at me like that, Battousai. Your eyes were much better before, when you said you were going to kill me."
Udo Jin-E, Rurouni Kenshin

"Pity, Jane, from some people is a noxious and insulting sort of tribute, which one is justified in hurtling back in the teeth of those who offer it; but that is a sort of pity native to callous, selfish hearts; it is a hybrid, egotistical pain at hearing of woes, crossed with ignorant contempt for those who have endured them."
Rochester, Jane Eyre

''I don't need pity, and more importantly, I don't want it. I've dealt with having Asperger's for 10 years, so having [attention deficit disorder] garnered the following reaction (word-for-word):
I blinked, trying to say something as the clone throws me a somewhat sympathetic look before apologizing and going back to her music. She just pitied me... no one fucking pities ME!
Daken, Family Bonding an X-Men fanfic

Figures stood behind him, reaching up as if to help him but he shoved them away. My fight. His voice resonated in the room. My struggle. My war.

"I'll spit his mercy right back in his face!"
Inspector Javert, "Javert's Suicide"

"I don't want your pity,"

"Don't give me that look! The last thing I want is your pity, Third Children!"
Asuka, The One I Love Is, chapter 9

"The next person that offers me charity or pity will be mentioned — by name — in my suicide note."
Jeff Winger, Community

'I wished to be loved by another,' she answered. 'But I desire no man's pity.'
'That I know,' he said. 'You desired to have the love of the Lord Aragorn. Because he was high and puissant, and you wished to have renown and glory and to be lifted far above the mean things that crawl on the earth. And as a great captain may to a young soldier he seemed to you admirable. For so he is, a lord among men, the greatest that now is. But when he gave you only understanding and pity, then you desired to have nothing, unless a brave death in battle. Look at me, Eowyn!'
And Eowyn looked at Faramir long and steadily; and Faramir said: 'Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart, Eowyn! But I do not offer you my pity. For you are a lady high and valiant and have yourself won renown that shall not be forgotten; and you are a lady beautiful, I deem, beyond even the words of the Elven-tongue to tell.

By the way, I've been homeless for the past two years.
Some of you may think, Aww, how sad. Others may think, Ha ha, loser! But if you saw me on the street, ninety-nine percent of you would walk right past me like I'm invisible. You'd pray Don't let him ask me for money. You'd wonder if I'm older than I look, because surely a teenager wouldn't be wrapped in a stinky old sleeping bag, stuck outside in the middle of a Boston winter. Somebody should help that poor boy!
Then you'd keep walking.
Whatever. I don't need your sympathy. I'm used to being laughed at. I'm definitely used to being ignored.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword Of Summer

"Let's get one thing straight, Third Child. The last thing I want—the absolutely last thing I want—is pity from the likes of you. Nothing she said, and nothing you said got me here. I'm here for myself."

Supergirl: I'm... I'm sorry, Rebel. I could... try to fight back. If it'd make you feel better.
Rebel: Oh, please. I don't want your pity.

Naria: (after Genis strikes her with a deadly blow when she decides to protect him from the Zyuohgers) L-Lord Genis... Why...?
Genis: The greatest insult you could have directed to me... Is compassion.
Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Final Episode: "Earth Is Our Home"

"Hmph! I lost, so don't play games with me! I don't want your pity, nor do I need it!" (angrily thrusts the MacGuffin back)
Jet the Hawk after Sonic hands him back Memento MacGuffin after beating him in a race and taking down Dr. Eggman to get it back, Sonic Riders