Quotes / From Nobody to Nightmare

There was so much I did not know. The world was and is a cruel place. Life was only as precious as one valued it. I would soon discover a terrible fact. Not all changelings are created equal. Not all hives are viewed with the same respect, deserved or otherwise. Not all colonies had equal power. Those who had power ruled over others.
I was born into one of the weaker colonies, despite Mother being the Queen. I would discover, as I grew older, there were only two choices for Lesser changelings. Serve or die. Sometimes, death was the only answer to the question. Those who ruled were not kind. Those who ruled wielded their power without mercy.
I was born a slave.
Queen Chrysalis, I, Chrysalis

Films — Animation
Mr Incredible: I was wrong to treat you that way. I'm sorry...
Syndrome: See? Now you respect me, because I'm a threat.

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!

Films — Live-Action
"No-one cared who I was 'til I put on the mask."

"Once a poor orphan from a starving village, now I stand ready to reshape the global map."
Scolopendra, Heads You Die

"Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven."
Satan, Paradise Lost

"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

Whedon Ripper Fan: (On an internet message board) "Anyone else find it really funny that were talking about Skitter being powerful like we used to talk about Kaiser and Lung? If youd told me the gawky bug girl was going to be one of the scariest motherfuckers in town, I wouldnt have believed you."

If you look back to the dawn of Bernard's career, there were few hints that he would rise so high. When he first joined the Liberal Party, his local branch was the federal seat of Streeton, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Streeton being a safe Liberal electorate, the branch membership boasted some of the party's brightest young talent - but, take my word for it, Bernard wasn't one of them. He was so dry, so dour, so flat, that the only role anyone could see for him was as branch treasurer. And as branch treasurer he remained, apparently content, working away quietly at the books for nearly ten years. Hardly a stellar beginning.
Still, it was a fatal appointment on the part of his colleagues. You don't give a devious operator like Bernard any sort of position - however mundane it might appear - without grave risk. Especially an administration position, because it's in the details that real power often lies.
Underground, by Andrew McGahan

Live-Action TV
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"

"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

"Influence is largely a matter of patience, I find [...] 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..."

Brennan: Who was he, Booth?
Sweets: Nobody. Am I right? He was nobody. An invisible man, angry at history for not seeing him.
Angela: Yeah, for a "nobody", he sure wrecked a lot of lives.
Bones, on The Gormogon


"Damn, you Johnny, you paved the way
For other madmen to make us pay
Lots of madmen have had their say
But only for a day."
— "Ballad of Booth", Assassins

"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!"

"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

Video Games
"Evolution's a funny thing. No matter how many obstacles get in its way, the strongest always survives. Still, you know what they say about evolution? Even amoebas can do it."
Henry Adams, Batman: Arkham Knight

Tifany Ambrose: Who is the Joker?
Roman Sionis: Nobody that matters.

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

A man enters the subway in Kaidan. A man desperate for worth. A nothing that would become the fulcrum of so much. He carries an artifact. A dirty bomb. A Filthy bomb. It was brought from far away by ship. Intrigues, bribes, double-crosses and treachery brought it here. There was a plan, but he never makes it there. He is stopped. He panics. He presses the button.
But who was he?
Initiate scan. Seeking name.
Signal disruption! Our particle wings tear! Something corrupts our broadcast. The Black Signal! The Black!@#!@$%#$...
The Buzzing, The Secret World

Web Comics
"You know that man in the ambulance right now? The man capable of, and having already done, absolutely horrible things? There is nothing special about him. He's just an average jerk who, when younger, stumbled on a way to gain use of magic that almost anyone on the planet could use. You want a real-life, non-hypothetical example of why there's so much secrecy? It's lying in the back of that ambulance."

Web Original

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

"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...Its a child's mentality, somebody who is completely forgettable going to any lengths to make himself get noticed. Hes rather pathetic, and because of his most childish of motives I found him one of the most unpredictable X-Files bad guys."
Joe Ford on The X-Files episode "Pusher"

Real Life

"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

"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 'Im 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"

"One of the most brutal things in the world is your average 19-year-old American boy."
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War