Carnahan: What about the guys that were convicted of rape? Can we rape them?
Stan: Rape the rapists; seems appropriate, punishment fitting the crime and all; go ahead.
— Big Stan
"We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?"
— Aldo Raine, Inglourious Basterds"
What goes around comes around. Sometimes you get what's coming. And sometimes you are what's coming.
"Men get arrested... dogs get put down!"
— Rorschach, Watchmen
"Later on, she told me the whole story. About the day she left her village. About the old man, about Cristu and Vera. About the thing her father said. About her baby. When she was done, I knew a lot of men would have to die."
— Frank Castle, The Punisher MAX
Хлеб для хлеба, кровь за кровь *
— Russian proverb
"Thieves that steal from thieves are pardoned for a hundred years."
— Portuguese proverb
Helen: Have you ever killed anyone?
Harry: Yes, but they were all bad.
He had it coming!
He had it coming!
He only had himself to blame!
If you had been there,
If you had seen it,
I betcha you would have done the same!
— Chorus of "Cell Block Tango," Chicago
"Maybe now you know what it feels like to plan something and then have it ruined by someone else!"
— Jade West, Victorious episode "Prom Wrecker"
In one game I ran, there was a troll child that witnessed the murder of her parents by the party. They picked her up as spoils of war and sold her to the butcher: since she regenerated, they could keep cutting meat out of her for eating, flay her skin over and over again to make leather armor from, and have wizards vivisect her for their students to show off troll biology.
But trolls are always evil, so it's okay.
"To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is barbarity."
"I know the politically correct types half a century later expect me to get all teary-eyed when I hear about Hiroshima or Dresden. Well, you say 'Hiroshima,' I say 'Nanjing.' You say 'Dresden,' I say 'the London Blitz.'"
— Killer Jill McMillan, David Isaak's Shock And Awe
"Evil shall with evil be expelled."
— Logline of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
"You kill my dog, you better hide your cat."
"You humans have a saying: 'An eye for an eye, a life for a life.' He owes me ten lives and I plan to collect."
— Garrus Vakarian, Mass Effect 2
"We just stopped a group of bandits that were preying on a small town. Does that mean we've done one of those 'Good deeds through multiple acts of violent murder' things that adventurers always do in books?"
— Meji, Errant Story
"When Frank Castle pays evil, he pays in fuel."
— The Punisher, The Punisher MAX, former trope image note
"As [Jones] adjusted his combat goggles and moved quickly to the vehicle, he tried not to think about the open pit in the town square, full of rotting bodies. Three more had been left at the edge: a Japanese captain and two lieutenants who had commanded the small garrison in this town.
"Jones could see their corpses clearly in the harsh tropical light. A small group of enemy soldiers had been forced to watch the field punishment, and an Australian squad was leading them away to a truck. They would be taken to the rear and held, pending further investigation. If any were found to have been directly involved in the murder of the town's population, they would be trucked right back to the edge of the pit and shot in the head in exactly the same fashion as their superiors. Unless they were transferred into the custody of the contemporary forces, in which case, they'd probably be hanged in Brisbane in about six or seven months, after a court-martial.
"As far as Jones was concerned, it made no difference, one way or the other."
— John Birmingham, Designated Targets
"Aku Soku Zan."Translation
— motto of the Shinsengumi, Rurouni Kenshin
"Thus die those who attack the innocent. Death's harvest is rich with the blood of cowards, and the virtuous have the strength to reap it. The claimer is here. Take heed..."
— calling card of The Claimer, EV Nova
Shadow Stalker: Why?
Regent: You fucked with my teammate.
"All I know is that I will answer malice... with violence."
— Kamishiro Yuu, Holyland
''"We Do Bad Things to Bad People"
—One of The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) mottoes
The Courier: Your crimes are unforgivable.
Vulpes Inculta: As are all crimes. If you feel strongly about it, attack us and soon you won't feel anything at all.
"Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement."
— Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring
"When I kill, it is on the specific orders of my Government. And those I kill are themselves killers."