Quotes / Freudian Excuse

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    Comic Books 

"All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day."
The Joker, The Killing Joke

Becky Albright: You're crazy. That's not the way to deal with it. That's not the way I'm going to deal with it!
The Scarecrow: I am not crazy! This is a perfectly sane and rational response to my traumatic experiences. And if you don't believe me... I'll kill you!

Verity: What makes hate easy?
Valeria: Mommy and daddy.
Loki: Harsh! But yes.

You've got to understand, Kara, Cat's been to Hell and back with Toyman. You didn't know Cat before her son was killed. She was a different woman back then. Heck, we all were. [...] Her son Adam was killed rescuing a group of children who were kidnapped by one of Toyman's malfunctioning robots. The robot cut his throat. Cat changed after that. She didn't grieve. Instead, she turned hard. She moved to L.A. and started writing for tabloids, tearing down anyone she could. The more teen stars and starlets she saw parading around town, the angrier and angrier her writing became. [...] Clark thinks Cat became angry that those teens were still alive to make messes of their lives... and her son wasn't.
Lana Lang, Supergirl (2005), Day of the Dollmaker

I have a complicated relationship with Justice. Slaving under the Duke, knowing awaited after a short life of torment... I didn't fear Justice, I longed for it. Supergirl and her dynasty patrolled the universe, but when salvation came for me, it did not wear an "S". It was an Eye. Supergirl ignored my suffering. But once I was free of it, pillaging the galaxy in service to my eye, she had no problem standing against me.
Emerald Empress, Supergirl (Rebirth), The Girl of No Tomorrow

    Fan Works 

The Beyond Birthday case made so much more sense now, BB wasn't a megalomaniac he was L's spurned and neglected lover. Clearly the jam was just the aftershock of being forced into sex with someone that looked vaguely like a crack head. And she had prevented him from burning himself alive, if she had to have sex with L she might have tried to burn herself alive too. Naomi noted to herself that perhaps it was a good time to go to L.A.'s prison and apologize to that poor madman.

Pit: Why are you doing this?!
Pyrrhon: Why?! I'll tell you why! Everyone knows who Palutena is. Everyone knows who Viridi is. Everyone even knows who Hades is!. But what about me, huh? Does anyone even recognize me? Anyone worship me? Anyone even acknowledge me?! No. Well, that's all about to change. Now it's Pyrrhon's time to shine! I'll make everyone remember me! Even if I've gotta carve my name into the very fabric of this planet!

For years, you thought the supercilious face he put on was a facade that he wore for everyone else, that he was only cruel because society wanted him to be and when he was with you, that’s what was real.
It took six years of knowing him to realize you were wrong. You had it backwards.
The first time he yells at you, you cry.
Feferi about Eridan in the Homestuck fic "Insurgency"

“Why? Because you have everything and we have nothing! Just look around, the dragon kingdom is practically a wasteland while Equestria is a paradise! You ponies also have control over most of the planet, while we dragons don’t even have pillows!”
Garble, when Princess Luna asks him why he hates ponies so much, The Fallen

“Sunny…when I brought you up…I always told myself that I would do what was best for you. And that, in my mind…was to make you as great as I knew you could be. So I worked you, oftentimes harder than others, because I knew you could do it. I knew you could be the best that Crystal Prep, that any school, could ever hope to have.”
After a while, she finally opened her eyes again.
“When the days started to come when you were no longer the best…I will fully admit that my attitude towards you was…not what it should have been.”
Sunny looked away, a look of anger now crossing her. But Cinch was not angry in return, and instead let out another sigh.
“But my disappointment, and it was disappointment…was not with you…it was with myself.”

    Film - Animated 

It's not my fault that I'm so evil, it's society, society. You see, my parents were sometimes abusive and it made a prick of me.

Donkey: Hey, what's your problem, Shrek? What what you got against the whole world anyway?
Shrek: Look, I'm not the one with the problem, okay? It's the world that seems to have a problem with me! People take one look at me and go "Aagh! Help! Run! A big, stupid, ugly, ogre!" [sighs] They judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone.

    Film - Live-Action 

He's a font of misplaced rage. Name your cliché; Mother held him too much or not enough, last picked at kickball, late night sneaky uncle, whatever. Now he's so angry moments of levity actually cause him pain; gives him headaches. Happiness, for that gentleman, hurts.
Garland Greene on Billy Bedlam, Con Air

You wanna know how I got these scars? My father was a drinker, and a fiend. One night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. He takes the knife to her, laughing as he does it. Then he turns to me, and says "Why... so... serious?" He comes at me with the knife. "Why... so... serious?" He sticks the knife in my mouth. "Let's put a smile on that face!" And... why so serious?

Father. I would have butchered the whole world... if you would only love me!
Commodus before smothering his father, Gladiator

No Thorny, I barely had a job before! "Farva, get the coffee, Farva, hit the radio, Farva, clean the cells!" I'm a cop, goddammit!
Rod Farva, Super Troopers

Baxter, I have been trying to get back at my father, but I think I've a good reason for it. Dad's a prick.

Duke: The lights are growing dim, Otto. I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate... and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.
Otto: That's bullshit. You're a white suburban punk just like me.
Duke: Yeah... but it still hurts.

Our Billy wasn't born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse.
Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs


Nothing made him that way. No matter what terrible things happened in his life, no matter what dreadful hungers rose up from his soul, he chose to act on those desires, he chose to do the things he did. He's responsible for his own actions, and no one else.

People cling to their rotten memories, to all their misfortunes, and you can't pry them loose. These things keep them busy. They avenge themselves for the injustice of the present by smearing the future inside them with this shit. They're cowards deep down, and just. That's their nature.
Journey to the End of the Night, by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

My heart bleeds for him, as a child. Someone took a kid and manufactured a monster. At the same time, as an adult, he's irredeemable. As an adult, someone should blow the sick fuck out of his socks.
Will Graham, Red Dragon

Every man has his excuses, and the more vile the man becomes, the more touching the story has to be. What is my story now, I wonder?
Sand dan Glokta, The First Law

    Live-Action TV 

...but I'm afraid you have me confused with somebody who gives a crap. And it's okay, you don't need to be embarrassed. Turns out it happens all the time. For instance, my father actually made the same mistake on his deathbed.
Dr. Cox, Scrubs ("My Brother, Where Art Thou?")

Spike: The tingling in my forearms tells me she's too far gone to help. She's one of us now. She's a monster.
Angel: She's an innocent victim.
Spike: So were we, once upon a time.
Angel, "Damage"

It doesn't justify it... but it might explain it.
Detective Olivia Benson, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

No. Please. I had a terrible childhood.
Crow T. Robot as Donald Pleasence when it appears that Pumaman might actually beat his ass

What else could I have been? My father was a half-crazed military failure, my mother was a bitch-queen from hell. Yes, I admit I'm nothing. But from what I started with, nothing is up.
Arnold Rimmer, Red Dwarf

What'd I do wrong? I did everything you asked me to. I hurt people. Killed people. For you.
Jason Neville, Revolution

Prince Ludwig: With your information, gentlemen, I intend to kill your queen and take over your country. The Master of Disguise shall become the Master... of ze world! [Evil Laugh]
Edmund Blackadder: Oh, just one thing Ludwig, before you go.
Prince Ludwig: What?
Edmund Blackadder: Were you ever bullied at school?
Prince Ludwig: [Suddenly tense] What do you mean?
Edmund Blackadder: Well, all this ranting and raving about power. There must be some reason for it.
Prince Ludwig: Nonsense, no. At my school, having dirty hair and spots was a sign of maturity.
Edmund Blackadder: I thought so, and I bet your mother made you wear shorts right up to your final year!
Prince Ludwig: Shut up! Shut up! When I am King of England, no one will call me "Shorty Greasy Spot-Spot" again!


If they'd called him a brother
Or a neighbor or a cousin
Then the world would be less
One angry young man
But they called him little nigger boy
When he was but a tike
So he grew up to be
An angry young man''
Les Claypool, "Ding Dang"

I grew up in a wild hood, as a hazardous youth
with a fucked up childhood, that I used as an excuse
Eminem, "Bad Influence"

I was born in the rotten part of the town
The biggest trap I've seen
herever you'll go and wherever you'll get to
Evil is all around
My mother's a bitch, my father's a killer
Gettin' paid for a murder
Fightin' and strugglin' the whole day
The only way to survive
Wanted from law but they'll never catch me
I'd much rather die in this bloody war

And I've looked at it from your side
And I've looked at it from mine
And I know you had a hard time, when you were only nine
But that was long ago, and now there's just no denyin'
You're an asshole
Jim's Big Ego, "Asshole"

Why do you treat me this way?
And why do you try so hard to break my spirit?
I think someone was mean to you,
When you were little,
That's what I think
I think someone was mean to you
The Mountain Goats, "Pseudothryum Song"

It's not his fault that he can't behave
Society's made him go astray
Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away...
Oingo Boingo, "Only A Lad"

I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me!
(He's just a poor boy from a poor family!
Spare him his life from this monstrosity)
Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody"

This world may have failed you
It doesn't give you a reason why
You could have chosen a different path in life
Within Temptation, "Angels"

When you were young, and your heart was an open book
You used to say, "Live and let live"
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did...)
But if this ever-changing world, in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry...

...say live and let die...

They fuck you up, your mum and dad;
They might not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had,
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.
Philip Larkin, "This Be the Verse"


My daddy is a bastard
My ma's an SOB
My grandad's always plastered
My granny pushes tea
My sister wears a moustache
My brother wears a dress
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!

    Video Games 

I'm sorry, I had a difficult childhood!

Look, this is all I've got, alright? I had a tough upbringing. My daddy was not nice to me!

My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came the wind carried the same thing... Death. But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin. I... coveted that wind, I suppose.

All assassins are fucked up somehow, or we wouldn't be in this profession.


When I was young, I was the smallest and the weakest. They never let me play in all their halfling games, like Throw the Rock, or Throw the Stick, or Throw the Rock and Then the Stick Shortly Thereafter. All I wanted was to grow up to be a big strong adventurer and go out into the world where I would be accepted. And then, some day, I could return to my home village... and brutally murder them in their dreamless sleep.

In order to realistically portray such a comfort zone, then, try creating a reason why the character has whatever emotional response you are giving him. The single best way to do this is through childhood experience

Such a tortured past, such a tortured past,
So much disappointment, happiness never lasts
Day after day with nothing going my way
This tortured past is how a monster is made.

An ice cream cone dropped at my feet
A game of tic-tac-toe that ended in defeat
A beloved goldfish that ended up dying
An under-heated hot-pocket, so unsatisfying
A girl I loved in college didn't love me back
Walking in my socks and I stepped on a tack

That's how a monster is made.

    Web Original 

Chris: Lionel lies to his son about where Clark was while the holding facility was being blown up and then literally tells his son that there are dozens of people in the world that are out to get him. PARENTING!
Chris: Isn't there something we read about how Ollie used to bully him at school, too?
David: Yeah, and he was really bullying and dismissive towards Lex in this episode as well for basically no reason. He’s had an absolutely terrible life, and superheroes have constantly been picking on him basically for no reason.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville, "Justice"

Cop: So, I pulled you over, because there’s five bloody limbs hanging out of your trunk, you were driving 150 mph in a stolen car, you mowed down a litter of kittens, your backseat is filled with weed you stole from a medical marijuana dispensary, you reek of a Lohan and [worst of all, you’re blasting a Carly Rae Jepsen song.
OctoKid: My mom is OctoMom and I watched her porn when I was 11.
Cop: Have a good night, sir. Drive safe. Do you need a police escort to the strip club?
Michael K., "That 11-year-old kid just won a free pass to do whatever the hell he wants"

Here's a nice amuse-bouche:
take a poor abused youth,
Set a thirty-year timer,
voila! Huge douche!

    Western Animation 

"Not even in this order, you shot me, shattered both my femurs, cornholed both my fiancees, got me turned into a robot, left to me to die in outer freakin' space, and also, blew me up in a grain elevator!"
Barry Dylan, Archer

Backstory! Backstory! Backstory! The backstory is what drives an evil scientist. It is the "Why does he do what he does?" of the "What does he do?"
Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb

Announcer: Lord Darkar. The malevolent ruler of the UnderRealm. What makes him so evil?
Bloom: I think he's just misunderstood.
Lord Darkar: There's no misunderstanding. It's just... I'm pure evil!
Stella: I think what Darkar needs is a girlfriend!
Lord Darkar: Ok, first of all, I have a girlfriend, but she lives far away. And second, I'm EVIL!
Winx Club, Lord Darkar advertisement

Stripperella: Why do you hate models so much?
Dr. Cesarian: Why? Because my whole life beautiful girls have spurned my advances. I vowed that one day I would make them all pay.
Stripperella: So just because-
Dr. Cesarian: Also, my mother was a model, she ran off when I was five; I declared then and there that I would make all models pay.
Stripperella: But what are-
Dr. Cesarian: Also, I once had a promising career as a model. I had a scholarship to go to modeling college and everything, but then I became horribly disfigured in a modeling accident and they said I would never model again and I vowed to make them all pay! Oh-also, my grandparents were killed by models.
Stripperella: I'll admit, you defiantly have some valid reasons for not liking models.
Stripperella, "Beauty and the Obese Part II"

I'm just saying, considering [Zuko's] messed-up family and the way he was raised, he could have turned out a lot worse.

    Real Life 

For the last eight years of my life, ever since I hit puberty, I've been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires all because girls have never been attracted to me. Girls gave their affection, and sex and love to other men, but never to me.
Elliot Rodger, before committing the Isla Vista massacre

The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.
Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom

Wherever an inferiority complex exists, there is a good reason for it.
Carl Jung

I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no, don't... say, "Well that's your fault," because it isn't, you people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no. No no no don't let the weird-looking Eric KID come along.
Eric Harris, before committing the Columbine High School massacre with Dylan Klebold

Life has wronged me, sir.
Luke Woodham, after being asked why he committed a school shooting

Why did you beat me so hard?
Josef Stalin to his mother in her later years (her response was "That's why you turned out so well")

A tiny child with a high voice, he can be seen silently mouthing the other player's lines like Sheep #4 in the school nativity while he waits his turn. During this first season, Dustin Diamond was 12 to Elizabeth Berkley's 17. At that age, with the yawning bridge of puberty between them, that's effectively a million years. I think to how otherworldly and grown-up the sixth-form girls seemed when I was a curly headed little fuck in my first year of senior school. This dark undercurrent of Dustin Diamond as the gurning outsider of an older, heart-throb cast will return, time and again, as we move on through the years.
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared: The Saved by the Bell Retrospective