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Quotes: Humans Are the Real Monsters

Fiction

"You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage."

"Imprisoned, chained and drugged: welcome to planet Earth."

"The world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us."
Holland Manners, Angel

"I made you do nothing, Jonathan. You did it because you wanted to. No one can make you do evil. You had evil inside you, and you indulged it. Men will always indulge it."

"Have I ever given you my 'Humans are the real monsters' speech yet? No? Seems fitting."

Koda: Why do they hate us, Kenai?
Kenai: We're bears.
Koda: So?
Kenai: So...you know how they are. They're...they're killers.
Koda: Wait a minute, who's the killers?
Kenai: Bears.
Koda: What? Which bears? I'm not like that, and you're not like that.
Kenai: Well, obviously not all bears. I mean, you're okay, but most bears...most bears will look for any excuse to attack a human.
Koda: But Kenai, he attacked us.

"Poor Pit. Ever the idealist even when in the cosmic scheme of things, nothing you do has the least bit of significance. Even if you defeat me, so what? It's in human nature to go to war. And though you might be able to defeat me, you'll never be able to beat human nature. I merely gave them a reason to fight. They didn't have to listen to me. But, like I said, humans will fight for any damn reason. A dispute over territory, an assassination of a ruler, or just because they want to. Yet here you are, desperately trying to see the good in humanity. It'd be admirable if it wasn't so pathetic."

What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.

"This is a group of social criminals, these people in the space program. NAS(A)holes, I call them. In case you haven't heard, the latest disaster for the rest of the universe is that the United States is gonna go to Mars. Okay? Ah, yeah. We're gonna go to Mars. And then of course we're gonna colonize deep space. With our microwave hot dogs and plastic vomit, fake dog shit and cinnamon dental floss, lemon-scented toilet paper and sneakers with lights in the heels. And all these other impressive things we've done down here. But let me ask you this: what are we gonna tell the intergalactic council of ministers the first time one of our teenage mothers throws their newborn baby into a dumpster? How are we gonna explain that to the space people? How are we gonna let them know that our ambassador was only late for the meeting because his breakfast was cold and he had to spend half an hour punching his wife around the kitchen? And what are they gonna think when they find out, it's just a local custom, that over 80 million women in the Third world have had their clitorises forcibly removed in order to reduce their sexual pleasure so they won't cheat on their husbands? Can't you just sense how eager the rest of the universe is for us to show up?"
George Carlin, Complaints and Grievances

Us? 'Monsters'? Oh I think not. There is a far nastier, far uglier monster around than us. Go home and look in the mirror. You'll find it there.

Higuchi: ...which brings us to the topic of tonight's meeting. Gentlemen, who shall we kill?
Rem: Humans are...such disgusting creatures.

""Freedom? And what would they do with that "freedom"? Humans were free before. And what did they do? War, murder, betrayal."

Nobody talk to me. Nobody human has ANYTHING TO SAY TO ME TODAY!
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Beast Below"

The human race. Greatest monsters of them all.
The Master, Doctor Who, "Last of the Time Lords"

...a crime...Their very existence is an insult...an abomination...a crime...Such selfishness. But such is the nature of mortals...Selfish beings one and all...Their very existence is an insult...an abomination...a crime...And who shall punish these sinners? If there is no other who is equal to the task then it falls to me. I, Corvus, who was once called "Celestrian"!

"You know who isn't human? You know who isn't human?! PEOPLE LIKE YOU!"
Lucy, Elfen Lied

No, no! There are no good men! They're all bad! They're all the same! Animals are good creatures. But humans... humans are evil animals.
Claudandus, Felidae

We were dragons. We were supposed to be cruel, cunning, heartless and terrible. But this much I can tell you, you ape: We never burned and tortured and ripped one another apart and called it morality.
The Dragon, Guards! Guards!

There was a time when they cared nothing for Miss...Vance. When their only experience of humanity was a crowbar coming at them down a steel corridor.
The G-Man on the Vortigaunts, Half-Life 2 - Episode Two

Monster (in movie, while being shot): Maybe you should look at yourselves (breathes) before you take it out on me! I'm just one monster (breathes) and when I'm gone you'll remember me! Ow, ow, ow! and then you'll have to look at yourselves (breathes) and own up to what you've done. (breathes) For isn't every man a monster?
General: I guess he's right. I guess we're all —
Monster: You're damn right I'm right!
General: I, nyah, I know!
Monster: So stop shooting!
General: Okay! Hey, guys! Stop!
Monster: Don't you realize that if you stop now I might be able to get surgery?
General: Yeah, um, blum, I'mma tell 'em! Hold on! Stop the shooting!
Monster: I mean, hell-o?!
General:Hey (incoherent) stop! Please stop shooting!
Monster: Oh, forget it, leave it alone, I'll just die.

"It was humans! They ARE the real monsters!"
Dracula talking about his wife Martha's death in Hotel Transylvania

Lies! The human core is lies! / We wiped their minds, cleaned the slate
The Clouding did divide / Fate, we sealed human fate!
Now they're ours throughout all time / To manipulate!
Never trust in the motives of man / They failed to evolve in Mother Nature's plan
And though they seem safe / In this early clouded state
The nature of their heresy / Has proven quite innate!

A man's best friend is his gun.
Pauly Cracker, Kimba the White Lion

"WAKE UP. These humans have besmirched everything He's bestowed upon them. They were given Paradise; they threw it away. They were given this planet; they destroyed it. They were favored best among all His endeavors; and some of them don't even believe He exists! And in spite of it all, He has shown them infinite fucking patience at every turn."
Bartleby, Dogma

"I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species; I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply. And multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. And the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague. And we are the cure."
Agent Smith, The Matrix

Fantastic, the Horror from Beyond the Stars has gazed upon our species, and decided the worst parts are worth emulating. I suppose we should be proud.
Zelretch in Lunatique, a Nasuverse fanfiction.

"You blindly put yourselves at the center of the universe, every last one of you. Envious! Malicious! And even after all that you still think you're in the right! Jealousy. Hatred. Arrogance. Betrayal. Insolence. Deception. Those are the true natures of human beings! You're sickening. Even thinking about it now makes me physically ill! You're all hypocritical fakes! Every last one of you: useless. And that's why I've decided to kill you all."
Phantom, MÄR

Yeh, they trained me to be a fighting dog. Fight to the death. No mercy, no reason, just senseless, mindless violence... a MONSTER. I didn't ask for this. Look what I've become... just like them.
Mutts

I am in no doubt now, this miserable planet needs destroying... a planet so riddled with fear and superstition, it can spawn not just Torquemada but a series of monsters like him... such a world is better off obliterated!

The fate of a world isn't determined by its best examples, but by its worst. It takes a few to destroy the many-'specially when even the best of you can be dragged down into the mire. Judging by your example-brother against brother, friend against friend-your people have such a potential for violence, for sheer unvarished wickedness- I've got every confidence you'll destroy yourselves before you develop your first interstellar engine. We've got nothin' to fear from you.
Alien scout, The Outer Limits, "Heart's Desire"

Will it be those seeking redemption who shall decide the future, or will those driven only by greed and envy shape our destiny? Even a hundred years later, the outcome is still very much in doubt.
Closing narration, The Outer Limits, "Heart's Desire"

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust, or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."

Uxie eventually discarded his faith in humanity. They would never learn from the mistakes of their forefathers, and although Azelf argued someone could break the cycle, history had yet to show any sign that Azelf might be right.

Uxie often wondered whether humanity was just a mixture of sadism and masochism, doomed to fall into the same bloody rituals for all of eternity. Mesprit vehemently argued they were not, but failed to convince her analytical brother when all the facts were laid out on the table.
Poké Wars: The Defervescence

"On internet messageboards, there is no subject so vile or indefensible that someone won't post positively/in defense of it."
Skarka's Law, RPG.net

Humans, willing to sacrifice their own when overcome by greed. They are a foolish race.
Black Doom, Shadow the Hedgehog

Ratatosk: Awaken, Centurions! Restore the bond with your monsters, and repair the mana of the world! And then go and eradicate mankind who destroyed my tree!
Aster: What are you doing?!
Ratatosk: You want to save the world, right?
Aster: Yes, but you don't have to kill everyone to do that!
Ratatosk: Who destroyed the Giant Kharlan Tree? It was the humans and the half-elves!That's why they deserve the same treatment themselves.
Aster: But a new World Tree has been born in the world!
Ratatosk: "And it's just a matter of time before you humans and half-elves destroy that one as well. Don't you understand? You "people" are nothing more than parasites on this world!

Zak: Don't those squares know they're on your side?
Michaelangelo: Aw, humans don't know anything when it comes to turtles.
April: Ahem!
Michaelangelo: Uh, present company excluded.

There is one thing I always meant to ask Jack. Back in the old days. I wanted to know about that Doctor of his. The man who appear out of nowhere and saves the world, except sometimes he doesn't. All these times in history when there was no sign of him. I wanted to know why not. But I don't need to ask anymore. I know the answer now. Sometimes the Doctor must look on this planet, and turn away in shame.
Gwen Cooper, Torchwood: Children of Earth

Zoltan: "Witchers are known to carry two blades. A silver blade for monsters and steel for humans."
Geralt: "Both are for monsters."

Sooner or later, humans will kill off all Aen Seidhe, all dwarves and all gnomes. Then they'll start murdering each other. Your kind knows no other way, it's in your genes. You'll keep killing each other until only one remains: the strongest among you. A thousand years from now, a dim-witted human barbarian will climb to the top of a pile of bones, sit down and proclaim: "I win!"
Iorveth and his view on humanity, The Witcher II: Assassin of Kings

Hatred... Lies... Even killing their own kind.... [humans] can never be considered a perfect life form.
Computer Doll No. 8, Zambot 3

Frightened people. Give me a Dalek any day.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "A Town Called Mercy"

You think this makes you look strong? Your worst doesn’t even compare to what petty humans do to each other!
Blake Thorburn, to Conquest, Pact

Real Life

When E.T. came here, all he wanted to do is eat candy and cure the sick. And we said good luck with that when you're dead, you filthy alien. Here on Earth, we don't care if you're adorable or benevolent. If you create a magical friendship bond with a young boy, we'll put you in separate rooms and kill Santa in front of him just to see if his sadness can pass through walls. We will cut you open because learning how your stupid space liver processes Reese's Pieces is more important to us than your gurgling talking noises or the suburban family that fell in love with you. Our worst doctors will mutilate your body, cover it up and release chunks of you into the retail market as Velcro. We've done it before. If you truly wanted to be a friend to the Earthlings, you should have thought about that before you were born in filthy outer space."

“People speak sometimes about the 'bestial' cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed."

"It sets one dreaming—to interchange thoughts with beings whose thinking had an organic background wholly different from ours (other senses, other appetites), to be unenviously humbled by intellects possibly superior to our own yet able for that very reason to descend to our level, to descend lovingly ourselves if met innocent and childlike creatures who could never be as strong or as clever as we, to exchange with the inhabitants of other worlds that especially keen and rich affection which exists between unlikes; it is a glorious dream. But make no mistake. It is a dream. We are fallen. We know what our race does to strangers. Man destroys or enslaves every species he can. Civilized man murders, enslaves, cheats, and corrupts savage man. Even inanimate nature he turns into dust bowls and slag-heaps. There are individuals who don't. But they are not the sort who are likely to be our pioneers in space. Our ambassador to new worlds will be the needy and greedy adventurer or the ruthless technical expert. They will do as their kind has always done. What that will be if they meet things weaker than themselves, the black man and the red man can tell. If they meet things stronger, they will be, very properly, destroyed."
C. S. Lewis, 'Religion and Rocketry'

"One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth. That is the presumed cause for the ending of the age of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for small mammals to proliferate, and ultimately modern humans. Today, it is humans who are the asteroid, condemning much of life to extinction."
Noam Chomsky


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