Quotes / Just Following Orders

Elvis: The Virgin Mary herself could come waltzin' up in here with her fine ass, titties hangin' out and everything, and if she tells me your name is Jesus Christ, I still gotta take you to see the Boss. You know why?
Slevin: No.
Elvis: Orders.

Haven Hive customs official: ...I'm just doing my job.
Schlock: [in mock panic] You did NOT just say that. When a firefighter pulls a baby out of a burning house and says "I'm just doing my job," the guy gets a medal. [grabs the official] But when a tin-pot burro-crat says "I'm just doing my job," he gets filled with metal. Little pieces, moving very fast.

Krupp: All I do is carry out orders, carry out orders. I don't know what the idea is behind the order. Who it's for, or who it's against, or why. All I do is carry it out.
McCarthy: You don't read enough.

Charles Xavier: There are thousands of men on those ships! Good, honest, innocent men! They're just following orders! (Then expresses an Oh Crap! face when he realizes what he just said)
Erik Lensherr: (frowns and turns) I've been at the mercy of men who were "just following orders". Never again.

A fine pack of puppets, you lot. Not a thought of your own, so eager to obey. Because obeying is so easy, hmm? You're never responsible when you're only following orders. And who would doubt what seems so obvious? Who bears the courage to disobey? Precious few. Not one human in a thousand. Now, my lambs, to slaughter!
Airy, Bravely Default

The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.
Principle IV of the Nuremberg principles.

Befehl ist Befehl. ("An order is an order.")
—Common saying in the Wehrmacht

The distinguishing mark of a manifestly illegal order is that above such an order should fly, like a black flag, a warning saying: 'Prohibited!'
Benjamin Halevy

[A]ll civilized nations recognize the principle that a subordinate is covered by the orders of his superiors

Just following orders is an coward's excuse, Dorothea!
Dorn Il-Khan, Baldur's Gate

A good way to get a decent person to do something horrible is to convince them that they're not responsible for their actions.