Quotes: Moral Event Horizon

There can be multiple levels of a dick move. Level one is something minor and insignificant (i.e: Like throwing someone's external HD into the bathtub). Level two is something like that asshole in charge of the Titanic who let it sink, and level three is on par with 9/11.

Some argue that the Holocaust was a Level 4 dick move, but others argue that is was just plain a shitty thing to do.

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"I'm falling and I can't turn back"

"I am in blood
Stepped in so far that should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er."
Macbeth, Act III, Scene 4

"Do you ever feel evil?"
Jacob, ''A Simple Plan

"If you open that box... there will be no redemption for you, no redemption. Ever."
Lionel Luthor, Smallville, "Descent"

"Lord Galcian, so many innocent people died by your hand. Women and children...bled to death in the streets...as an Admiral in the Armada, I feel that I am responsible for their deaths...as much as you are."
Belleza, Skies of Arcadia

Niles: I don't know my way home.
David: That's okay. Neither do I.

Beat cop: You think there's been others?
Det. Will Dormer: No, but there's gonna be. This guy crossed the line...and he didn't even blink. You don't come back from that.

"This Colonel guy? He's wacko, man! He's worse than crazy. He's evil. It's fuckin' pagan idolatry. Look around you. Shit! He's loco... I ain't afraid of all them fuckin' skulls and altars and shit. I used to think if I died in an evil place, then my soul wouldn't be able to make it to Heaven. But now? Fuck! I mean, I don't care where it goes, as long as it ain't here. So whaddya wanna do? I'll kill the fuck."
Chef, Apocalypse Now

"That's why I should quit this journey. Before I do something terrible. But I am going... he destroyed my hometown five years ago, killed Aeris and and is now trying to destroy the Planet. I'll never forgive... Sephiroth."
Cloud, Final Fantasy VII

"I guess if you have to top Santa Claus raping someone's mother, this is the way to go. I mean, if you HAVE to. And no one needs to do that, really."
Jared von Hindman, Head Injury Theater

"Well, if THAT doesn't get us into Hell, nothing will."
Max, in Sam & Max: What's New, Beelzebub?

"You are about to cross a terrible threshold, Krom'gar. May the Earth Mother have mercy on your soul."
High Chieftain Cliffwalker, to Overlord Krom'gar before he blows up a Night Elf settlement, World of Warcraft

"Sam tried to apologize. I'll give him credit for seeming sincere. But I warned him that he crossed a line that was extremely difficult and doubtful I could ever forgive. I promptly returned the ring and we officially broke up."

"We are past the point of peace. Past hope for their redemption. The only mercy we have left to offer the black flight is the oblivion that they so passionately pursue."
Lirastraza, "Blackout" quest description, World of Warcraft

"You've gone too far this time, Carl!"
"What's that? It's hard to hear you over the sound of melting city!"

"What Mercer did is beyond forgiveness."
The Blacklight Virus, Prototype, about how the real Alex Mercer unleashed the Blacklight Virus in New York.

"This is the life we chose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee: none of us will see heaven."
John Rooney, Road to Perdition

"Wily's really gone over the edge this time!"
Mega Man, Ruby Spears' Megaman

Lizard: I feel strange. What's that feeling?
Spider-Man: It's called shame. You killed a child. Get used to it.
Shed

"There isn't anything you could say that would make me feel sorry for you."
McCoy, chewing out a Pedophile Priest in Law & Order

"I always knew the Fire Lord was a bad guy, but his plan is just pure evil!"

"May the gods have mercy on you, Theon Greyjoy, for you are well and truly lost."
Ser Rodrik Cassel, Game of Thrones

"Princess, you have gone and worked my last nerve! I have no other choice. You are so rotten, so despicable, so naughty, I'm putting you on the... PERMANENT! NAUGHTY! PLAQUE! Bum bum bummmmmmmmm!"
Santa Claus, The Powerpuff Girls "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas"

"What kind of whackjob waterboards Chip 'n Dale? That makes Guyliner here like, the most uncoolest dude ever!"
Juliet Starling, in response to the previous screen, which lists one of Zed's influences as "torturing small animals."

"[A] person is almost always forgivable...'Almost' being the key word here. But you have passed that point of no return now, and I will never forgive you for what you've done here tonight. Trying to kill an innocent person out of greed... You are incapable of redemption."
Mitch Marks, Suicide for Hire

"Once you've fallen that far, there's almost no coming back."
Riku, after Frollo explains his plan to use the Wargoyle Dream Eater to pass judgment onto the Gypsies, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Lilith: What kind of person would do this to their own daughter?
Roland: The kind of guy who deserves to die.

"This is not a time for mourning, this is a time to dry our tears and draw our weapons! There can be no pity for the pitiless! Save redemption for those that seek it!"
Brother Malachi the Healer, Diablo III, following the death of Deckard Cain at Maghda's hands.

"Betrayer...Akachi wore that title unfairly. You, however, have earned it!"
Safiya, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, after the Player Character chooses to become a soul-devouring deity

Mabel: Hey, but we can still be makeover buddies, right? Wouldn't you like that?
Gideon: Really?'
Mabel: No, not really! You were like, attacking my brother, what the heck?!
Mabel to Gideon, Gravity Falls, in The Hand that Rocks the Mabel.

Stanley Pines: Please don't press that shutdown button, you gotta trust me.
Dipper: And I should trust you why?! After you stole radioactive waste?! After you lied to us all summer?! I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
Dipper to Stan, Gravity Falls, in Not What He Seems.

Pearl: Please! Tell me! How can I make you forgive me!?
Garnet: You can't! You lied to me! You need to learn that there are consequences to your actions!
Garnet to Pearl, Steven Universe, in Friend Ship.

    real life 

"All evils are equal when they are extreme."
Pierre Corneille

"He can be charming. He can be generous. He can do the right thing. All of that somehow makes his 'evil' actions all the more despicable, because we know that there was the potential in there for him to be a better person. But sometimes the clichés are true: Hitler loved his dog. No human being (and by extension, no Cardassian) is one hundred percent pure evil. But there is a 'critical mass', if you will, where the dark deeds attributed to one person become so overwhelming that they swamp all the redeeming characteristics."
Ron D. Moore on Gul Dukat, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"This is a very important episode in the South Park library because it did definitely change Cartman. I mean, it took him from kind of a little shithead to probably the most evil kid in the world."
Trey Parker on Cartman's victory in "Scott Tenorman Must Die".

"So all that really happened in this ending is that Anakin shows he's really just a murderous crazy person and he needs to be in a mental hospital. He even tries to choke pregnant Padme, the whole reason he turned to the Dark Side. If I were Obi-Wan, I'd definitely not look back on Anakin with any kinda reverence or longing for the 'good ol' days'. I would be uncomfortable talking about him, actually, and filled with regret that I didn't decapitate him when I had the chance."

"There's a sort of...moral event horizon that unlikely heroes have. They need to have bad qualities in order to be considered an unlikely hero, but if they go too far, then you lose your audience and you're stuck with an unlikeable asshole for your protagonist. Whipping up your manchowder over a comatose girl in a hospital bed is not the mark of an unlikely hero. That's the mark of a repressed douchebag."
Bennett the Sage on the infamous "hospital scene" in The End of Evangelion