Quotes / Humans Are the Real Monsters

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    Anime and Manga 

Rin Okumura: Are you a demon...?
Dr. Gedouin: Nope. I'm human.

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.
— A werewolf to Takeda, Dance in the Vampire Bund

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

Humans are often worse than demons.

You guys are the ones who are demons. Go to hell, you mortals!
Akira Fudo, DEVILMAN crybaby, moments before incinerating a crowd after seeing them parade around Miki's brutal murder.

Humans are petty-minded creatures. They're selfish and lazy! They betray! They lie, cheat and steal! And they hurt other living things without a second thought!

You know who isn't human? You know who isn't human?! PEOPLE LIKE YOU!
Lucy, Elfen Lied, moments before murdering the horrifically cruel kids of her orphanage.

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

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

Shinichi, I looked up the concept of demons. I believe that, among all life, humans are the closest creatures to it. Humans kill and eat a wide variety of life forms. My kind eats merely one or two kinds, at most. We are quite frugal in comparison.
Migi, Parasyte

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

    Comic Books 

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!

    Fan Fiction 

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.

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, Lunatique, a Nasuverse fanfic

"You're inhuman!" cried Proton. "Of course you are; what am I saying... that's not the point! What matters is you'll kill vast numbers of innocent people!"
"But you humans do that all the time!" replied D'Ork indignantly.
Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space, a Captain Proton fanfic

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

Share the earth? With humans? All they do is squabble over everything they can. You've seen how they spread over the world like a disease. I don't understand why you would want to coexist with them when they are more barbaric than most monsters.

    Film - Animated 

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.

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

It was humans! They ARE the real monsters!
Dracula on his wife Martha's death, Hotel Transylvania

    Film - Live-Action 

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

I'm not scared of the birds. They're not the dangerous animals. It's the human species that's the dangerous, menacing, and terrifying animal.
Dr. Jones, Birdemic

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

We're going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They are currently in alien terrain, surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet: humans.

Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven, to the Dwarf Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine... nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else desire power.
Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings

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

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.

Are we worth saving? You tell me.
— Final line of Diary of the Dead


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.

I am haunted by humans.

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!

Oh, [Crowley] did his best to make their short lives miserable, because that was his job, but nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff they thought up themselves. They seemed to have a talent for it. It was built into the design, somehow. They were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies to making it worse. Over the years Crowley had found it increasingly difficult to find anything demonic to do which showed up against the natural background of generalized nastiness. There had been times, over the past millennium, when he'd felt like sending a message back Below saying "Look, we may as well give up right now, we might as well shut down Dis and Pandemonium and everywhere and move up here, there's nothing we can do to them that they don't do themselves and they do things we've never even thought of, often involving electrodes. They've got what we lack. They've got imagination. And electricity, of course."

One of them had written it, hadn't he... "Hell is empty, and all the devils are here."

Crowley had got a commendation for the Spanish Inquisition. He had been in Spain then, mainly hanging around cantinas in the nicer parts, and hadn't even known about it until the commendation arrived. He'd gone to have a look, and had come back and got drunk for a week.

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

    Live-Action TV 

All monsters are human.

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

Buffy: We need to find Willow.
Xander: Yeah, she's off the wagon big-time. Warren's a dead man if she finds him.
Dawn: Good.
Buffy: Dawn, don't say that.
Dawn: Why not? I'd do it myself if I could.
Buffy: Because you don't really feel that way.
Dawn: Yes, I do. And you should, too. He killed Tara, and he nearly killed you. He needs to pay.
Xander: Out of the mouths of babes.
Buffy: Xander!
Xander: I'm just saying, he's just as bad as any vampire you've sent to Dustville.

I gave [the Sychorax] the wrong warning. I should have told them to run. Run and hide, because the monsters are coming. The human race.
The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Christmas Invasion"

Nobody talk to me. Nobody HUMAN HAS ANYTHING TO SAY TO ME TODAY!
The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Beast Below"

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

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

The Twelfth Doctor: I preferred it when you were alien.
Sutcliffe: When I was...?
The Twelfth Doctor: Well, that would explain the lack of humanity.
Doctor Who, "Thin Ice"

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 (1995), "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 (1995), "Heart's Desire"

Imprisoned, chained and drugged: welcome to planet Earth.

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 appears 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


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!

    Newspaper Comics 

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.

    Stand-Up Comedy 

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

    Tabletop Games 

The Camarilla's dandies - and even our own shovelheads - believe we are responsible for the city's often murderous state of affairs. Truthfully, though, el D.F. affects us more than we do it. You won't find too many Sons and Daughters of Caine who'll admit that, but it's truth. We boast we're 500 strong in a city of seventeen million cattle, but are we actually impacting anything when the authorities arrest 443 criminals a day in Mexico City? Or when they respond to 700 crimes each day, of which 182 are violent? Or 15000 murders each year? Or 70000 car thefts? Or the one million muggings? Do you really think Cainites are the source of all these ills? Guess what... we're a drop in the bucket compared to what mortals are doing to themselves. We're just the jackals following in their bloody wake, because we have neither the scope nor the imagination to measure up to mortal ingenuity.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Mexico City By Night

    Video Games 

Have I ever given you my "man is the real monster" speech? No? Comes to mind.

What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets. But enough talk... Have at you!

Ha! Mankind. A cesspit of hatred and lies. Fight for them, then, and die for their sins!
Dracula, the Dracula X Chronicles retranslation of the above

Freedom? And what would they do with that "freedom?" Humans were free before. And what did they do? They fought. They killed. They starved.

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.

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

You know, as bad as those things are, at least they're predictable. It's the normal people that scare me.

No, that's the zombies
Have you been outside JACKASS!!
I miss the internet.
— Safe Room wall graffiti, Left 4 Dead

The desire for power. The joy of making everything work for you. You have no way of experiencing this without a human brain. It's the ultimate joy! No mere Reploid could ever understand!
Dr. Weil, Mega Man Zero 3

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

What do you think of Danu's precious humans now, kid? Human sympathy is the reason malice and animosity spread like a disease. Your true nature is a contagion. At this point, you're all too far gone to reason with... Don't you think?

Humans massacre Earth's creatures, decimate the trees, and exploit the land. They're the twisted ones. They're enemies of life itself!

Please don't be concerned by any screaming aliens. The screams are how they communicate. Really, I promise.
— Eggman Amusement Park P.A. system, Sonic Colors

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!

Love, hope, compassion... This is what people say monster SOULs are made of. But the absolute nature of "SOUL" is unknown. After all, humans have proven their SOULs don't need these things to exist.
— Library Book, Undertale

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!"

Black One: Wh-wh-what are you doing?!

    Web Original 

For example, I was an elf, and every now and again characters would say, "Hello, you are an elf!" If I were a human presumably they'd say, "Hello, you are an asshole!"

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

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.

    Western Animation 

Mad Scientist: I have combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals to make the most evil creature of them all!
(the cloning machine opens, and out steps...)
Man: It turns out it's Man.
(Scare Chord)
Futurama, a Scary Door short

Monster: (while getting shot in the home movie) 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.

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.

    Real Life 

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

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

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

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"

Thus they let their anger and fury take from them the sense of humanity, and demonstrated that no beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
Plutarch, "The Life of Cicero"

Of all the creatures that were made, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood he is the only one - the solitary one - that possesses malice. That is the basest of all instincts, passions, vices - the most hateful. He is the only creature that has pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. Also - in all the list he is the only creature that has a nasty mind.

"Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster. Wisdom is understanding that Frankenstein is the monster."

"Scooby-Doo taught us that the real monsters are always humans."