Quotes / My God, What Have I Done?

God forgive me.
Harry Dresden, Changes

"What have I done?"
Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

"The anger...It was on me like lightning...Master Vodo...what I have done?"

"And you may ask yourself
Am I right? Am I wrong?
And you may say to yourself

My God, what have I done?"

What have I done?
What have I done?
How could I...
...Be so blind?"

"And King Balor's heart grew heavy with regret."
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

"What have I done?
Though I did not pull the trigger, I built the gun
That he holds in his hand..."

"What have I done?
Sweet Jesus, what have I done?
Become a thief in the night, become a dog on the run?"
Jean Valjean, Les Misérables (the musical)

"Oh my god, what have I done?
Do it again.
All I wanted was a little fun.
Do it again."
— The Chemical Brothers, ''Do It Again''

"Then Joseph took Mary
All on his right knee:
"Oh, what have I done, Lord?
Have mercy on me."
— "The Cherry Tree Carol, Child Ballad 54"

"The awful daring of a moment's surrender
which an age of prudence can never retract."

"Oh sister, what hae I done to thee?
Hae I done this dreadful thing to thee?
Hae I done this dreadful thing to thee?
All doon by the bonnie banks o'Fordie, oh"
The Bandit, "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie", Child Ballad #14

"I've created a monster!"
Dr. Frankenstein, Frankenstein

"I didn't come to this country...to do something like this."
Klaus, Maiden Rose (OVA)

"Regrets are illuminations come too late."
Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces

"Harry sat there frozen, his life in ruins, feeling the absolute fool, and wishing wretchedly that he had made any other choices for any other reasons but the ones he had. That he had done something, anything differently before it had been too late to turn back."

"And there is one blazing moment in which you finally understand that there was no dragon. That there was no Vader. That there was only you. Only Anakin Skywalker."
Revenge of the Sith (novelization)

"It had been Tenn who'd pulled the trigger. He had sent the beam that killed at least a billion people, maybe more [...] How could a man live knowing that he, personally, had dropped the curtain on more people at once than anybody had ever done before? How could he live with all those ghosts?"
Tenn Graneet, Head Gunner on the Death Star

"It's all my fault those animals came in like that… I still can't believe I did that. I don't know why that happened, everyone, I just wanted to socialize with those animals and they ran away and I lost my temper! OH HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO CRUEL?!"

"Good God, what have we done?"

Shepard: Every time we talked about this before, you defended the genophage. Hell, I had to talk you into saving Maelon's data! How could you change your mind now?
Mordin: I MADE A MISTAKE!... I made a mistake. Focused on big picture. Big picture made of little pictures. Too many variables! Can't hide behind statistics, can't ignore new data. My responsibility!

"Please don't die, Watson, come back, you can't die! Oh God, no, this is all my fault... I'm sorry, Watson, I'm so sorry, please, Watson, come back! Come back..."

"I've seen worlds bathed in The Makers' flames. Their denizens fading without so much as a whimper. Entire planetary systems born and raised in the time that it takes your mortal hearts to beat once. Yet all throughout, my own heart, devoid of emotion, of empathy. I have felt.... NOTHING. A million, million lives wasted. Had they all held within them your tenacity, had they all loved life as you do?"
Algalon the Observer, World of Warcraft

Farnsworth: Ohhh, you've killed me! You've killed me!
Leela: Oh God, what have I done!?
Farnsworth: I just told you. You've killed me.
Futurama, "Anthology of Interest"

''"What've I done? This is a nightmare... and it's all my fault. Now because of me, we lost Alex."
Marty, Madagascar

"Does anyone else feel really, really dirty about this? And not the good kind of 'really, really dirty'?"
Tucker, after the Blues snipe Lopez, Red vs. Blue

"I tried, Shepard."
The Illusive Man before killing himself, Mass Effect 3

"I've done something... that I can never forgive myself for. I killed Lalah! Why?! Why did this have to happen?!"
Amuro Ray, after doing the aforementioned action, Mobile Suit Gundam

"Oh, my god. I'm the team-killing fucktard!"
Church, Red vs. Blue

Kirk: My god, Bones. What have I done?
Bones: What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.

He seemed to pass through lifetimes in his dreams. Through the Giant's Drink again, past the wolf-children, reliving the terrible deaths, the constant murders; he heard a voice whispering in the forest, You had to kill the children to get to the End of the World. And he tried to answer, I never wanted to kill anybody. Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to kill anybody. But the forest laughed at him.

NOOOOO! I've taken a life. I've killed a man. My people. My city. What have I done?! AAAAAAAARGH!
HARDAC-Batman, Batman: The Animated Series

Politician: Oh my God...what have I done?
Sir Nigel: You've betrayed your country. You've passed untold numbers of secrets to Moscow, and endangered the lives of British men and women. And I'd say you've weakened NATO, perhaps irretrievably. Just you, and your schoolboy politics, and your idiotically conceited faith in your own importance.
The Fourth Protocol (1987)

I know I'd better stop trying
You know that there's no denying
I won't show mercy on you now
I know, should stop believing
I know, there's no retrieving
It's over now, what have you done?

"I killed my only friends in the zombie apocalypse...I killed my only friends! ...I can't live with my shame! I can't live with my shame! ...I can live with my shame."

"NOOOOOOOOO! This isn't happening! There's no reason for me to go on! What... WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOR?!"
Zero, after killing his girlfriend, Mega Man X4


"There's blood on my hands, and mud on my name
My id threw a party and everyone came
My innocence ravaged, my virtue devoured
I can't count the strangers with whom I have showered!"
Jimmy Harper, Reefer Madness: The Musical

"Oh no... Fulfilling my mother's dream... How could that be wrong?"
Damon in Pokémon the Movie: Black/White when he realizes that his plan will destroy the world.

"I see your mind. You will take the Ring to Sauron! You will betray us! You go to your death and the death of us all! Curse you! Curse you, and all the Halflings!"
(trips suddenly and slams his head against the ground)
"...Frodo ...Frodo ...What have I done ...(murmurs) Please... (shouts) Frodo, I'm sorry!"

(Chloe wakes up naked in Lucifer's penthouse after a night drinking and draws the wrong conclusion)
Chloe: On no...no...no...oh god, what have I done?
Lucifer: Don't worry, my father's the forgiving sort. Well, except when it comes to me.

Wait! — Look! The flames... the cracks...! I can't see any sign of life — anywhere! Oh, dear Lord... What have we done? For our own selfish ends, we've destroyed — everything! Forgive me, forgive me...

Oh, what have I done? My meddling has destroyed Lena's whole life, and I called myself her best friend!

I stood in that room and watched my mother torture that man for information. A man I'd taken back to New Krypton. A man I'd... I'd illegally extradited for his crimes. [...] I thought I was doing the right thing. I was "Supergirl", right? I always do the right thing. The man I took back, his name was Reactron. He was the end of my people. Because of me, they're gone.

Everything that we've done, the lives we've taken...if there is a god, may he have mercy on us all.
Brian Virgil, Fallout 4

...Johnny. It's Johnny! That's my son! (suddenly remembers what happened earlier) ...My son.
Marcus, Sing

Fitz: What have I done?
Coulson: Don't blame yourself. The Framework messes with everybody's head.
Fitz: N-no, but I-but I killed people.
Coulson: No. They weren't real.
Fitz: Agnes was real. And M-Mace... I ordered the airstrike that killed Director Mace.
Coulson: Listen to me, Fitz. None of that is your fault.
Fitz: I wanted to do those things; it felt natural. I think that I'm a bad person.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Farewell, Cruel World!"

That face... I remember that face! (flashback to letting the crook get away and his nonchalant "Eh, whatever" to it.) ...what have I done? (drops to his knees and smashes at ground) WHAT HAVE I DONE?!
Spider-Man, Marvel's Spider-Man, "Origin 6"

Now we are all sons of bitches.
Kenneth Bainbridge to Robert J. Oppenheimer, after witnessing the first atomic bomb test at Trinity

Here lies George Johnson, hanged by mistake 1882. He was right, we was wrong, but we strung him up and now he's gone.
— Epitaph on the headstone of George Johnson, who was hanged after being falsely accused of stealing a horse

What's that?
Can you hear something... whispering? You try to close your ears as you stumble back to your ship. You shiver, and it feels like a thousand snakes wriggling their mirror-bodies just under your skin. What have the Neathers done? What have you done?

The pain of the Hunger is nothing compared to the Horror. The howling, shrieking agony that comes from knowing you are not just dead, but truly in Hell. I try to scream, but all that comes out is a low, wheezing moan, like wind rushing down the pipe organ I play at our church.
Oh God! Monica! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, what have I done? Holy God, somebody help me! Help meee!
At First Only Darkness, by Nancy A Collins