"All my enemies are becoming my teachers"
I was born of the womb of a poisonous spell
Beaten and broken and chased from the land
But I rise up above it, high up above it and see
I was hung from the tree made of tongues of the weak
The branches, the bones of the liars, the thieves
Rise up above it, high up above it and see
Pray to your God, open your heart
Whatever you do, don't be afraid of the dark
Cover your eyes, the devil's inside
One night of the hunter
One day I will get revenge
One night to remember
One day it'll all just end, oh
Blessed by a bitch from a bastard's seed
Pleasure to meet you, prepare to bleed
Rise, I'll rise, I'll rise
Skinned her alive, ripped her apart
Scattered her ashes, buried her heart
Rise up above it, high up above it and see
Grab the bull by the horns the old adage goes
Nobody tells you where to go from there
Seems like fate's pulling you
Decisions have to be made
The best path is the hardest earned
Back and forth the struggle consumes us all
Trying to keep a level head
In the most unsettling of times
Today I'll become the bull.
So far forever now alone, a greater punishment on me has been imposed
A killer falling from the light, I'll miss my family, I'll never be alright
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you
I'm about to do it your way
I will make your world unsafe
I never thought you'd get this far
In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
—"My Back Pages", Bob Dylan
I wanna go home.
Take off this uniform
And leave the show.
But I'm waiting in this cell
“'Fool that I am,' said he, 'that I did not tear out my heart the day I resolved to revenge myself.'”
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
— Animal Farm by George Orwell
"I'm afraid that the Joker may be right about me. Sometimes I.... question the rationality of my actions. And I'm afraid that when I walk through those asylum gates... when I walk into Arkham and the doors close behind me... It'll be just like coming home."
"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
— Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight
"As long as there is hatred, anyone can become a demon."
—Oersted aka Odio, Live A Live
"You're here because John Mostow stole three years of your life. Every day and every night for three years you lived and breathed the horror show that was in his head, and I'm sorry. Imagining everything that he imagined. Sinking deeper and deeper into the ugliness like you taught us to do. When you finally caught him, it didn't just go away. And the violence... it stayed alive inside you. 'Til it had to come out."
—The X-Files "Grotesque"
"No matter how strong, for a human to fight a monster means he has submerged his humanity and transformed himself into a greater monster."
— Schierke, Berserk
"Who could have foreseen this in their wildest imaginings? Of all the Green Lanterns, of all the protectors of the universe... it is their brightest who turns rogue."
—Sinestro, Green Lantern #49
"You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things."
— Paul, The Bible (New International Version), Romans 2:1
"It's nice to know that, in battling a monster, the Americans didn't become monsters themselves"
—Charlie Brooker on the death of Osama bin Laden, 2011 Wipe
Awakened Being: You know... you're the monster... here...
Ophelia: Heh. [Kills the Awakened Being]
"This is the horror. In reaction to the foul and insidious prejudice one begins to act like a fascist."
— Roger Mitton, The Cost of Casual Racism
...And what about my team? How many more times will they be able to look into the abyss? How many more times before they won’t ever recover the pieces of themselves that this job takes?...
—Part of Hotch's voiceover in the final scene, Criminal Minds, "...And Back" (season four finale)
Dalek: I am alone in the universe.
The Doctor: Yep. (bitter smile)
Dalek: So are you. (the Doctor's smile fades) We are the same.
The Doctor: We're not the same! I'm not... no, wait. Maybe we are. You're right, yeah, okay. You've got a point. Because I know what to do. I know what should happen. I know what you deserve. (sadistic grin) Exterminate! (yanks down the shock lever)
Dalek: AAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH! Have pity!
The Doctor: Why should I? You never did! (turns it up further)
9th Doctor: The Daleks have failed. Now finish what I started and make your race extinct. Rid the universe of your filth! WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE!?
Dalek: ...You would make a good Dalek...
"No, John. You are the demons."
— Unknown Radio Voice, Doom: Repercussions of Evil
"You can't break a man the way you break a dog or a horse. The harder you beat a man, the taller he stands. To break a man's will, to break his spirit, you gotta break his mind. Men have this idea that we can fight with dignity, that there's a proper way to kill someone. It's absurd, it's an aesthetic: we need it to endure the bloody horror of murder. You must destroy that idea: show 'em what a terrible, messy thing it is to kill a man, and then show 'em that you relish in it. Shoot to wound then execute the wounded, burn 'em, take them in close combat; destroy their pre-conceptions of what a man is and you'll become their personal monster. When they fear you, you become stronger, you become better, but let's never forget that it's a display, it's a posture, like a lion's roar or a gorilla thumping at his chest. If you lose yourself in the display, if you succumb to the horror, then you become the monster. You become reduced, not more than a man, but less... And that can be fatal."
— The Jackal, Far Cry 2
"What was that Nietzsche said? 'He who fights drummers should see to it that in the process he does not become a drummer.' Or was it monsters? I dunno, same thing really."
— Gordon Freeman, Freemans Mind
"No it had to be drummers, [the tentacles'] a monster, and there's no way I'll end up looking like that thing."
—Gordon Freeman again, Freemans Mind
"I have become the beast."
—Cole MacGrath, inFamous 2
"The appalling thing about fascism is that you've got to use fascist methods to get rid of it. We've all got a bit of it in us, and it doesn't take a lot to bring it to the surface."
— Doctor Fletcher, It Happened Here
Knuckle Joe: He wasn't a father. He was a weakling.
Meta Knight: Good. I am glad. That way, he will not have to see what a monster you have become.
Knuckle Joe: What? I am not a monster!
Meta Knight: Anyone who abandons his reason, and lives only by hatred, is a monster!
Knuckle Joe: Grrr...
Tiff: What we do makes us all monsters. Look what you did to Kirby.
Knuckle Joe: But I am not a monster!
Meta Knight: But you lived by hatred. And hatred is what eNeMeE (Nightmare) loves.
— Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Episode 19/17
"The meek shall inherit sweet fuck-all. That's what I learned from them sadistic little shits, the Jesuits."
— Lincoln Red Crow, Scalped
"And what are we left with? Monsters killing monsters?"
"Nah. I'd say it's more a case of a straightforward, honest guy being twisted into a monster by the pressures of society. You know, the old become-the-very-thing-you're-trying-to-fight deal."
— Haruna, Mahou Sensei Negima!
"Be careful out there Liara. Don't turn into the thing you're hunting."
—Commander Shepard to Liara T'Soni during her hunt for the Shadow Broker, Mass Effect 2
But please, bear one thing in mind for me. What have you become, when even nightmares fear you?
Number Two: It doesn't matter which "side" runs the Village.
Number Six: It's run by one side or the other.
Number Two: Oh, certainly, but both sides are becoming identical. What in fact has been created is an international community — a perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other suddenly realize that they're looking into a mirror, they will see that this is the pattern for the future.
Number Six: The whole world as the Village?
Number Two: That is my dream. What's yours?
Number Six: I'd like to be the first man on the moon.
—The Prisoner, "The Chimes of Big Ben"
If you stare into the dark, the dark will stare back
back into your SOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUL
—"Bangers and Mash", Radiohead
Trixie: “But you’re the princess! You don’t need any kind of justification! That’s your Night Court! The nobility are supposed to be an extension of your will! What they’re doing reflects back on you!”
Luna: “So what you are suggesting is that I should trot out there and begin rounding up ponies I suspect to be corrupt?”
Luna: “And then charge them with the crimes I all but know they have committed, but for which I have no direct evidence?”
Trixie: “Yes! Because you’re the princess! It’s your job to protect Ponyville from things like this, but right now you don’t seem to be doing all that much, and this…this cycle thing…!”
Luna: “Shall I pass judgment upon them too? After all, I am the highest authority in the land, on parchment anyway. Perhaps this should be true in reality as well? I am an alicorn, an immortal. For millennia have I looked upon the world and seen its course and learned good from evil, right from wrong. Who better to pass judgment than I?”
Trixie: “N…well, no, probably not… I mean…just round them up, but send them to courts and give them trials…”
Luna: “Ah, but Trixie. Within the courts would not the nobles have a chance to fabricate evidence in their favor, to simply weasel out of any sentence and so continue to corrupt and debase my Night Court? We are speaking of the richest and most influential ponies in Equestria. No, it would be far better if I, in my immortal wisdom, were to pass judgment. Exiles and dungeons for the lot of them. But wherefore should I replace them? Wherefore should I allow the cycle to continue? I can do everything they can do, wouldst thou not agree? Wherefore should I leave it to them? Mayhaps the Night Court be abolished altogether? Perhaps I should instead reign, as is my right, as no mere Princess. What sayest thee to that? Should I crown myself as Equestria’s unchallenged, uncompromised, undimmed Queen?”
Trixie: “You’re not your sister.”
Luna: “But what you are suggesting is the path that lead Celestia to becoming Corona. And it is not merely one step on that path, but rather a headlong gallop down its length.”
—At the Grand Galloping Gala, The Lunaverse
"And then there are those who operate on the fringes of society. Unburdened by the confines of morality and conscience. A ruthless breed of monsters whose deadliest weapon is the ability to hide in plain sight. If the people I've come to bring justice to cannot be bound by the quest of absolution, then neither will I."
— Emily Thorne, Revenge
"Revenge is like a poison. It can - It can take you over. Before you know it, turn us into something ugly."
— Aunt May, Spider-Man 3
"There will always be those who mean to do us harm. To stop them, we risk awakening the same evil within ourselves..."
Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek Into Darkness
"You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind until now you have become the very thing you swore to destroy."
"There is blood on my hands, how long till it lies on my heart?"
— Denam Pavel, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
We're going about this the wrong way, all of us! After countless centuries of fighting ... the Autobots are a step away from what we were when all this started. And us—the Decepticons have become something worse than any of us could have imagined.
—Drift, Transformers Spotlight: Drift
"Kill the spiders and save the butterflies... it's rational until you realize that by striving for it, you become a spider yourself."
—Vash the Stampede, Trigun
How do you fight a monster without becoming one?
—Stefan Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries
"The future fascists will call themselves anti-fascists."
"Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause."
— Chris Hedges
"So that's the Republican's plan: to fight socialism, we must become communists."
— Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."
"Systems in conflict become more similar over time."
— Herman Kahn, Thinking About the Unthinkable
Miller: Cipher sent us to hell - but we're going even deeper - take back everything that we've lost!
I rambled with the worst of them, fell in love with a harlequin
Saw the darkest hearts of men
And I saw myself staring back again
—"Bartholomew", The Silent Comedy
Maybe he was a good man once. But you fight any war long enough and in the end it's going to be hard to remember who you are. He's had too much blood. And maybe too much sand. I'd say he's become everything he set out to defeat.
— Richard about Tarik, Oblivion
“You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit."
— Edward Said
"Justice." Thoros smiled wanly. "I remember justice. It had a pleasant taste. Justice was what we were about when Beric led us, or so we told ourselves. We were King's men, knights, and heroes . . . but some knights are dark and full of terror, my lady. War makes monsters of us all."
"Are you saying you are monsters?"
"I am saying we are human."
— Thoros of Myr, A Feast for Crows
“You can't change anything unless you can discard part of yourself too. To surpass monsters, you must be willing to abandon your humanity”
— Armin Arlert, Attack on Titan