Quotes: From Nobody to Nightmare

"Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven."

"I never asked for this
Or planned it in advance
I was merely blown here
By the winds of chance
I never saw myself
As a Solomon or Socrates
I knew who I was:
One of your dime-a-dozen
Mediocrities
Then suddenly I'm here
Respected - worshipped, even
Just because the folks in Oz
Needed someone to believe in"
The Wizard, Wicked

Illyria: The Wolf, Ram, and Hart? In my time, they were weak. Barely above the vampire.
Knox: Huh. I guess they beefed up.
Angel, "Shells"

"Don't make me laugh. Just because someone joins the police force doesn't make them some kinda 'agent of justice'. Know why I applied? So I could legally carry a gun. That's all. You'd be surprised how many are like that. I thought it would be fun, but it was a wash: Everyone around me was such an idiot. I make one tiny mistake and they ship me out here to Nowheresville as punishment. I was bored shitless and wondering what to do next...And that's when I discovered this power."
Det. Tohru Adachi, Persona 4

"I believe in them. I was one of them before I turned tiger. They can all turn uncommon if they're kicked awake like I was."
Gully Foyle, The Stars My Destination

"Look at you, Jen. You were a sweet kid. Look at you now. The stuff of nightmares. I don't want my world populated by monsters."
Ganger Cleaves, Doctor Who

"I was just a paper hanger; no-one more obscurer. Got a phone call from the Reichstag, told me I was Führer! Germany was blue, oh, what oh what to do? Hitched up my pants, and conquered France — Now Deutschland's smiling through!"

''"Turns out, mess with someone's head enough, you can turn a scared little kid into an all powerful bitch.
Jack, Mass Effect 2

"No-one cared who I was 'til I put on the mask."

Megamind: Who is this man we've infused with god-like powers?
Minion: Well sir, his name is Hal Stewart. He's 28 years old, no criminal records... Actually, no records at all. Apparently this man hasn't accomplished anything.
Megamind: Not yet, Minion. Not yet!

"Influence is largely a matter of patience, I find. Once I had served the sorcerer's purpose, he threw me out of his house to die. I resolved to live, to spite him: I begged; I sold what parts of my body remained to me; I became an excellent thief... and soon learned that the contents of a man's letters are more valuable than the contents of his purse. Step by step, one distasteful task after another, I made my way from the slums of Myr to the Small Council Chamber. Influence grows like a weed: I tended mine patiently, until its tendrils reached from the Red Keep all the way to the far side of the world..."

Real Life

"In other words, this guy didn't so much become a villain as the villain was finally given means of expression."

"'Pusher' is another of season three’s excellent villains, but for his own very unique reasons. Modell is a mesmerizing man with the ability to twist your powers of perception and uses this to disguise the fact that he is actually a bit of a failure in life. He contacts the police to get them on his scent because without their interest he would be a nobody, an obscure little man with nothing to make him stand out in a crowd. He wanted to be a somebody and tried to enlist for the FBI but his obvious character deficiencies stood in the way of that life goal (described as acutely egocentric) ever being realised, so instead he dreams of being a rogue Samurai warrior on a vengeance kick. It’s a child's mentality, somebody who is completely forgettable going to any lengths to make himself get noticed. He’s rather pathetic, and because of his most childish of motives I found him one of the most unpredictable X-Files bad guys. He always seems to be one step ahead of the FBI and delights in pointing out that fact."
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Pusher"

"EarthBound's Giygas just swirls around and says awful, confusing things. He's the endboss, but not the antagonist. The real conflict here isn't between Ness and Giygas, but Ness and Pokey...We can't follow Pokey's odyssey in full, but we can make some guesses as to how it transpires. Sometime during Ness's adventures in Onett, Pokey is contacted by Giygas. We never see it happen; we don't know how it happens. We don't know if Giygas directly communicates with Pokey or flips some switch in his personality, subtly changing his behavior and thoughts. What's clear is that Pokey is not being mind-controlled. Wherever Giygas's Mani Mani Statue appears, we find Pokey. Whereas the people the statue empowers and possesses − Carpainter and Monotoli − snap out of it and act as though they aren't wholly certain about what forces they had been dealing with, Pokey doesn't revert to normal, and moreover seems to have a grip on what's actually going on. The question becomes whether he began hating Ness before or after Giygas found him. Maybe all Giygas offered Pokey was the promise of making Ness envy him for once."

"That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions — that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come."
Konrad Heiden, Der Fuhrer: Hitler's Rise to Power

"Shortly before his last birthday, in a 'last ditch effort of desperation' to lose his virginity, Rodger crashed a party, alone and drunk. There he tried to pick fights with various people, including trying to push girls off a ledge with a ten-foot drop. This resulted in him being pushed over the ledge himself, breaking his leg. When he returned to demand what had happened to his Gucci sunglasses, he wandered into the wrong house, got kicked out and beaten up. The broken leg delayed his 'Day of Retribution' for several months."
Rational Wiki on mass murderer Elliot Roger

"Back in the 70s Moonies were Hare Krishna-like fluffdolls who recruited stoned hippies (earlier it was more or less probably a sex cult back in Korea). But the organization was, and has become more overtly, hardcore rightwing. Among the teachings is the standard crap: anti-gay (Moon has called homosexuals “dung eating dogs”), that the victims of the Holocaust were paying indemnity for the crucifixion of Jesus...However, the scary part isn’t only that Moon has millions of followers in the US; he also has billions and billions of dollars, and his Moonies own and run a long row of businesses and media (in the US and elsewhere): His Saelio Inc. owns the Kahr Arms Company; he owns the United Press International, Washington Times, the New World Encyclopedia, Insight magazine , runs the Universal Peace Federation and CAUSA International, and owns the True World Group (if you are eating sushi anywhere in the US chances are you’re paying Revd. Moon). The Moonies have also more or less absorbed Jerry Falwell’s empire... Moon himself is a messianic fascist and utterly delusional Sauron-wannabe; absolutely everything about this man is wrong."

"With a violent criminal record and considerable fighting skills, he was already on their radar as a potentially dangerous threat to society, and now, he had a growing number of devotees, utterly convinced that their leader possessed superhuman abilities...As James Hydrick is introduced (under his real, Western name), the most startling thing is the sub-normal level of charisma on display. The man with hundreds of disciples back home is vague, awkward and mumbly, and when he finally tells [That's Incredible! host Bob] Barker 'I’m gonna move a pencil for ya,' you might be forgiven for being a thousand miles back from the edge of your seat."
Stuart Millard, "Fifteen-minute Messiah"