"People aren't very bright, you know. They say they want freedom, but when they get the chance, they pass up Nietzsche and choose Hitler, because he would march into a room and music and lights would come on at strategic moments. It was rather like a rock 'n' roll concert."
— David Bowie as The Thin White Duke.
Feminist women love Eminem
chicka chicka chicka slim shady,
"I'm sick of him, look it him, walkin around, grabbin his you know what, flippin' to you know who"
"Yeah, but he's so cute though"
— Eminem, "The Real Slim Shady"
"Fandom ruins villains. Every single one. Forever and ever, amen. It doesn't matter what they've done, what they'd do, how bad it was, how much they enjoyed it and how much they want to do it again -- you best believe somebody out there reckons Rapist McNazi is Lord Sexington."
— A comment from a Fandom Secrets post.
"No matter what I may do... whether I kick a kitten, tear off your ears, even slaughter innocent people... the world will never cease to forgive my actions. Why, you ask? Why, it is because I am beautiful!!!"
— Boa Hancock explains a startlingly high percentage of this page.
"It's weird, no matter how many people [Thog] kills, the audience still thinks he's lovable."
"I'm trying to clearly distinguish between Tom Felton, who is a good looking young boy, and Draco, who, whatever he looks like, is not a nice man. It’s a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion of girls...it actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character...I mean, I understand the psychology of it, but it is pretty unhealthy."
— J. K. Rowling, expressing her very deep concerns about the pervasiveness of this trope.
"Of course I like Jane. I like Tony Soprano and Hannibal Lecter, too. But liking someone doesn't change what they are. The key to dispelling the glamor of evil is to not confuse charisma with virtue."
— Matt Ruff, discussing his Villain Protagonist.
"[Mulder] meets up with this lovely Englishman who is part of the Conspiracy, but he's not all slimy and ugly like the rest of them. He's actually very nice and well-spoken. He may have sold the human race down the river, but I would still kind of like him as my grandpa."
"While I’m not a huge Randall fan or anything, I have been in more than one fandom where I was focused on the villain. (Duh, I’m writing this from a Turbo RP account.) Inevitably with the popular baddies, you see people writing off the really terrible things that they’d done either with 'poor tortured baby!' or 'the good guys MADE them do it!' or 'they’re way cooler than the good guys so they deserve to win and be happy!' or, worst of all, 'who cares if he murdered someone omg he’s totally hot' (this happens more often with male villains)."
Ann: Describe your ideal man.
Ann: I think you just described the Phantom of the Opera.
Leslie: (Pleased) Mmmm...
— Dating advice conversation from Parks and Recreation.