"'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 don’t need your advice. I’m thankful you put aside your pride to help me, but—but I don’t 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?"
"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?
"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.
"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