Quotes / Dude, Where's My Respect?

Anime and Manga

I... want to stand beside him [Griffith]... by attaining something of my own. He's... the only one I can't stand looking down on me.
Guts, Berserk

"[Guts] You're just like Griffith: your dream means everything; you think of nothing but yourself! You don't give a damn whether I'm around or not, do you?!"
Casca, Berserk

Comic Books

Let me tell you the kind of world I live in. It is a world of miserable, bitter, ungrateful paramecium who lash out at you in a state of perpetual rage for not solving their problems fast enough. You do astonishing things for them a hundred times a day. You bring wonder to the lives of ordinary people. And in the end, you realize it's like doing magic tricks for a dog.

What's the matter? Didn't you people hear what I said? I come to you with the first good news the world has had in weeks and this is how you react? Why aren't you thanking me? Why aren't you CHEERING?
Charybdis/The Survivor, Irredeemable

I used to be a player. Funny how it can all go up the Swanee, ennit? I mean, my name used to stand for something around here. People respected me... or at least were wary enough to fake it. Nowadays? I'm just the bloke who cleans up other people's mess. I'm the fucking plumber. Dunno why I even bother. It's not like I ever get a word of gratitude. You try and do a favor for a mate, and where does it get you? Waist-deep in shit with the tide coming in, every fucking time.
John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Undiscovered Gothic

Fan works

Who always cleans up every pony's mess!? It's me! Who was left out of Gummy's birthday party? Who was left abandoned at The Grand Galloping Gala and wound up at Pony's Joe? Who nearly drowned and froze to death at the end of Winter Wrap Up while some certain ponies were laughing at me? Who is always cleaning up messes from all night studying? Who was left behind to take a book home when I really wanted to be with you all? Me! ME! ME! ME! ME!
Spike, finally being fed up by the way the Mane Six treat him, "Circus Days"


“Fame you'll be famous, as famous as can be,
with everyone watching you win on TV,
Except when they don't because sometimes they won't.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Live-action TV

George Clooney married Amal Allamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip. So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.
Tina Fey, 2015 Golden Globes ceremony

"You know, I come to Sunnydale. I'm the Slayer. I do my job kicking ass better than anyone. But what do I hear about everywhere I go? Buffy. So I slay, I behave, I do the good little girl routine. And who's everybody thank? Buffy."
Faith Lehane, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

No fame, no armies, no banners, no cities to celebrate your name. You will die alone, unremarked, and forgotten.

I am doing something! I'm keeping this group together. Alive! I've been doing that all along, no matter what; I didn't ask for this! I killed my best friend for you people, for Christ sake! You saw how he was like. How he pushed me, how he compromised us, how he threatened us. He staged the whole Randall thing, led me out to put a bullet in my back. He gave me no choice! He was my friend, but he came after me. My hands are clean. Maybe you people are better off without me. Go ahead. I say there's a place for us, but maybe — maybe it's just another pipe dream. Maybe — Maybe I'm fooling myself again. Why don't -- why don't you go out and find yourself. Send me a postcard! Go on, there's the door. You can do better. Lets see how far you get. No takers? Fine. But get one thing straight... you're staying. This isn't a democracy anymore.


"I've done the best I can
I want my crown."
Kevin Coyne, "I Want My Crown"

"If you're wondering why
All the love that you long for eludes you
And people are rude and cruel to you
I'll tell you why
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You just haven't earned it, son
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You must suffer and cry for a longer time"

Tabletop Games

Shit, who's the most prominent Kindred faction in Boston now, with fucking Camarilla recognition? The Giovanni. But who handed it to them?
The Milliners.
They've given the Giovanni money, contracts, muscle - not to mention a string of prisons and Urgent Care centers nationwide that might as well be named "McVampires." Not bad for a family whose elder is at least two generations removed from the anziani and two centuries younger than their childer. Do the Giovanni notice? Doesn't seem like it. No "nice job" out of Venice. No increased money note . Permission to Embrace cut back. Permission to diablerize Camarilla and Sabbat enemies denied for those not blood-bound to a Giovanni. Francis Milliner publicly dressed down by Diego Giovanni, practically in front of the whole family.
The Milliners give and give and give to the Giovanni, and what do they get? The boss gets a promotion. They get remedial Necromancy lessons from Diego's pet freak-childe... and demands for more souls to make up for what was lost during the Great Spirit Shake-Out.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Giovanni (Revised)


Adams: Benjamin Franklin smote the ground, and out sprang... George Washington. Fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified them with his miraculous lightning rod, and the three of them—Franklin, Washington, and the horse—conducted the entire Revolution all by themselves.
Franklin: I like it.

Video Games


What's it like to walk through life without any sense of personal responsibility? To think nothing of expecting an elite cadre of warriors to attend to your every whim and worry no matter its insignificance. Tasks so important that they must delay the work of men responsible for ensuring that the sun will rise again — yet they are tasks that you cannot be bothered with personally as it may interfere with your schedule of rigorous masturbation!?
Thief, 8-Bit Theater

WHAT'VE I GOTTA DO TO GET SOME RESPECT AROUND HERE?! I've fought bandits and monsters, slain wights, I even bested The Wild Hunt, and still everywhere I go I have to start all over again, as a laughingstock! I'm a Questor, this is what I do—go on quests, rescue maidens and slay monsters! I can't put up with this—I won't put up with this—every time I go someplace new!

Rory: It's not fair, y'know. Every Thanksgiving I wash all of the dishes and you do nothing.
Davan: Nothing, huh? I spent all of yesterday making the desserts you enjoyed. I got up at five this morning and started cooking the food- food I went and bought, by the way. I spent all day in the kitchen working but I did nothing.
Rory: Yeah, but that's your job, right? You're s'posed to do that. I had to do dishes.
Davan: I can't wait to have memory problems so when I ask what I did to deserve you I don't immediately remember all the dumb shit I said as a teen.

Web Animation

Oh yes, spoiler alert: turns out Cortana’s dramatic death scene in the last game wasn’t for realsies...But despite Mr. Chuffy knowing Cortana best and his grief affecting his work—'cos they had to install little windscreen wipers to get all the tears off his face plate—he is inexplicably disinvited from the mission. (I guess his superiors thought they were playing XCom and wanted to level up some of their rookies.)

Web Original

Janeway: Hello, Jean-Luc. I'm an Admiral, and you're not.
Picard: Fuck off, bitch. I saved Earth a half-dozen times and all you did was find your way back there after getting lost.

Erik: Your latest success has really impressed everyone here. Some agents have even asked if zey could go on missions vith you. But... Caroline von't let zem. I don't think she completely trusts you yet. But, she vill soon.
Ross: Oh, she doesn't trust me yet, huh?! Wow, this is some great writing! I'm B.J. Blaskowicz! I've killed 300 fucking Nazis in this game alone! That's not good enough for her?! Hey, this is a sequel to Wolfenstein 3D! Did you tell her I killed Hitler?! I killed Adolf Fucking Hitler?! I put a bullet in his head as he was facing me down with twin chainguns! What does she want?! Does she need me to kill two Hitlers?!

Web Video

Mikami: ... and I was class president. I like to think I was tough but fair and respected by all...
Bullies: Nerd! He's wearing glasses, kill him! Burn the Witch!
Mikami: Of course, people showed respect differently back then...

Spoony!Avatar: ...What, seriously? You don't know who I am? The motherfucker who saved the world no less than six times already?
Baron Horrible Von Voice Actor: Stories tell of the coming of the Avatar, but years have passed since he last visited here.
Spoony!Avatar: I am LITERALLY the Christ Figure of your fucking religion. There are museums dedicated to my great feats stretching back through hundreds of years of your recorded history. I should be the most recognizable bastard on the face of this planet, and this cock hydrant doesn't know who I am?
(Stupefied faces stare back)
Spoony!Avatar: None of you guys know who I am?!?
(more stupefied faces)
Spoony!Avatar: READ A BOOK, people! I know that humility is one of the eight virtues, but I'm the Goddamned Avatar! Hello??
Noah Antwiler plays Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

Western Animation

I get no respect!

"You know what I think is 'compassionate?' Saving the village from Eggman! Like, every week! But do I get any props for that? No! Everyone just goes around gasping at me whenever I call a guy a 'guy,' or people 'people!'"
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Boom

Leonardo: Raph thinks he can lead the team better than me, so I let him.
Splinter: That is not your decision to make.
Leonardo: Why not, Sensei? I've had to make every other decision and I'm tired of it! Those guys have no idea what kind of pressure I'm under, and all they do is complain! Is it too much to ask for a simple "Thank you?"

"What's so special about your friends?! How can a group of ponies that are so different be so important?!"
Starlight Glimmer, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Zarya: You know what's frustrating? This! (show the Wanted Posters of their Mysticon selves) We put our butts on the line for them, and this is the thanks we get?!
Em: We are heroes, Zarya! We do it for the honor, not for the glory!
Zarya: You're saying this doesn't bug you? (Em just sighs) Exactly! It's a bunch of garbage!

Real Life

By 1960 Sinatra was once again political. He had been a playmate of Jack Kennedy during his senatorial days; he was also gung-ho to help out his conservative but attractive fellow Catholic friend. But some Kennedy advisers thought the Red Mafioso should be avoided at all costs...for those who have wondered what dinner might have been like for Falstaff when Prince Hal—now King—snubbed him, I can report that after Kennedy was nominated in Los Angeles at the convention where I was a delegate, Tony Curtis and Janet Lee gave a movie-star party for the nominee. I was placed, along with Sinatra, at the table where Kennedy would sit. We waited. And waited. Sinatra looked edgy; started to drink heavily. Dinner began. Then one of the toothy sisters of the nominee said, casually, 'Oh, Jack's sorry. He can't come. He's gone to the movies.' Opposite me, Falstaff deflated and spoke no more that evening.

Another odd turn, in my opinion, was the non-promotion of Ensign Kim. I mean, come on people! Kim was probed, beaten, tortured and held the distinction of being the first Voyager crew member to die and come back to life. What more does a guy have to do to get promoted to Lieutenant for frak’s sake?
Garret Wang on Star Trek: Voyager