Quotes: Mad Artist

Anime and Manga

Like I always say, destruction is the purest form of art.
Kato, a.k.a. Rainbow Parakeet, Astro Boy

Art is a bang!
Deidara, Naruto

Comic Books

That's why some days [The Joker]'s a mischievous clown and others a psychopathic killer. He has no real personality. He creates himself each day. He sees himself as the lord of misrule and the world as a theater of the absurd.

Film - Live-Action

I do what other people only dream. I make art until someone dies. (giggles) I am the world's first fully-functioning homicidal artist.
The Joker, Batman

This guy must have 500, maybe 600 bodies down there. Stuck up on the walls like some psycho version of the Sistine Chapel!
Darry Jenner, Jeepers Creepers

Think beyond splattering blood on canvas. When our masterpiece is complete and the coroner's report is back in it will read "the cause of death... art."
Alexander, Murder Party


The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.

The MM is the Matter Manipulator - flesh sculptor. Old forgotten art form practised by certain sick fucks in the Middle Ages, only back then they usually used dead bodies. The MM made the freaks what they are. Nasty shit - small guy, shifty eyes, wears a hat. Lives in the funhouses, which between you and me ain't no funhouse, and hardly ever comes out except when someone's been actin' up and the boss wants to scare 'em straight.

Live-Action TV

Marcus is an expert. (Some say "artist," but I've never been very comfortable with labels.) He's a bloody king of torture, he is. Humans, demons, politicians, makes no difference. They say he invented some of the classics, but he won't tell me which ones.
Spike, Angel, "In the Dark"

Using Gilbert and Sullivan for genocide is very creative. Me, I'm more of a jazz artist. Like Miles Davis with 12-gauge.
Gunter, Bullet in the Face

Dr. Crusher: (observes sketches) You should be drawing, not killing people.
Finn: I can do both.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The High Ground"

We're his canvas, his blocks of marble. With us he practices his ghastly art.
Star Trek: Voyager, "The Thaw"


"They say your ship was sinking, John
You'd started missing cues
They say it wasn't Lincoln, John
You'd merely had a slew of bad reviews"
—"Ballad of Booth", Assassins

Video Games

When Picasso became bored of painting people, he started representing them as cubes and other abstract forms. The world called him a genius! I've spent my entire surgical career creating the same tired shapes over and over again: the upturned nose, the cleft chin, the ample bosom. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could do with a knife what that old Spaniard did with a brush?
Dr. Steinman, Bioshock

Critical Killing
Is an art unto itself
And I am Rembrandt
Zer0, Borderlands 2

Urist McArtist cancels task: taken by mood.
Urist McArtist looses a roaring laughter, fell and terrible!
(Urist McArtist drags Urist McVictim into the nearest butcher shop or tanner shop, brutally murders McVictim and makes a random object out of the leather or bone.)
— A possible scenario in Dwarf Fortress

All architects before me only knew how to build... create... only I am bold enough to destroy! Let's start... with that little school over there!
Mr. Mechanical, Freedom Force

I've sold almost a hundred million books. That number baffles even me; I'm not what you would call a populist. Murder, rape, incest, infanticide, sick twisted and cruel characters suffering similar fates; monsters - human and inhuman - haunting desolate spaces; a world controlled by misanthropes torn asunder, reduced to bodily fluids... And still people keep reading. Says a whole lot about the state of the world, doesn't it? My head isn't a good place for a visit, but you read one of my novels, that's exactly where you're going.
Sam Krieg, The Secret World


"Torture" is such an inelegant word. I'm an artist. Their testicles are my canvas.
Revolver Ocelot, The Last Days of FOXHOUND

Web Original

The Joker isn't a criminal. And he isn't even really a terrorist. He's more like a... terror-philosopher. And The Dark Knight is his Republic. He commits crimes like grad school students write dissertations, planned out to direct the reader or, in his case, society to their way of thinking. His endgame isn't to rule Gotham, it's to create more people like him. He's like a self-replicating idea-virus.

UTILIZE the canvas! Expose the people to Art reality. Art is for the people & people are for Art. Mourn the loss as a cochineal or spent paint.
One of many different manifestos from the "art terrorist" group Are We Cool Yet?, as cataloged by the SCP Foundation

Real Life

Poetry implies either a happy gift of nature or a strain of madness.

In 1971 H.H. found a second home at the White House, assigned with G. Gordon Liddy to "the Room 16 project" where the administration prepared its crimes. Room 16 marks the high point of H.H.'s career; his art and arts were now perfected. Masterfully, he forged; he burglarized; he conspired. The Shakespeare of the CIA had found, as it were, his Globe Theatre. Nothing was beyond him - including tragedy.
Gore Vidal, "The Art and Arts of E. Howard Hunt"