[[folder:Comic Books]]

-> Call it paranoia if you want. But I've come to trust that nagging itch at the base of my skull.
-->-- '''Frank Castle''', ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX''

->[[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Where I come from]], paranoia is just another word for "not dead yet."
-->-- '''Kremlin''', ''ComicBook/ExMachina''

->Remember: A Paranoid is simply someone in possession of all the facts.
-->-- '''Spider Jerusalem''', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''


-> Mad-Eye Moody had once worked out how long it had taken him, in retrospect, to achieve what he now considered a decent level of caution - weighed up how much experience it had taken him to get ''good'' instead of ''lucky'' - and had begun to suspect that most people died before they got there. Moody had once expressed this thought to Lyall, who had done some ciphering and figuring, and told him that a typical Dark Wizard hunter would die, on average, eight and a half times along the way to becoming 'paranoid'. This explained a great deal, assuming Lyall wasn't lying.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

->Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
-->-- '''Spike Logan''', ''Film/KillerElite''

->I ''always'' think ''everything'' could be a trap. Which is why I'm still alive.
-->-- '''Prince Humperdinck''', ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

->Paranoia is just reality on a finer scale.
-->-- '''Philo Gant''', ''Film/StrangeDays''

->You know what, Grady? Some people think I'm [[CrazyPrepared overly prepared]], paranoid, maybe even [[CrazyAwesome a little bit crazy]]... but they never met any pre-Cambrian lifeforms, did they?
-->-- '''[[CrazySurvivalist Burt Gummer]]''', ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks''



->I live in a paranoid world. But just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean I don't have enemies. I have ''real'' enemies. Enemies that would freeze your blood if you only knew.
-->-- '''Marco''', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}: The Predator''

->Some people think this is paranoia, but it isn't. Paranoids only think everyone is out to get them. Wizards ''know'' it.
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}''

->"Why?" Gareth bleated. "What's wrong? For three days you've been running away from your own shadows..."\\
"That's right," John agreed, and there was a dangerous edge to his quiet voice. "You ever think what might happen to you if your own shadow caught you? Now ride - and ride silent."
-->-- ''Dragon's Bane''

->Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.
-->-- '''Harry Dresden''', ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Storm Front]]''

->[[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Hastur]] was paranoid, which was simply a sensible and well-adjusted reaction to living in {{Hell}}, where they really ''were'' all out to get you.
-->-- ''Literature/GoodOmens''

->'''Aunt Josephine''': Mr. Poe told me to be on the watch for [[BigBad Count]] [[MasterOfDisguise Olaf]], but he did also say you children tended to see him everywhere.\\
'''Klaus''': We see him everywhere because he ''is'' everywhere.

->''[[CatchPhrase Constant Vigilance!]]''
-->-- '''Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody[[spoiler:/Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise]]''', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''

->'''Leif:''' You're the most paranoid man I've ever met.\\
'''Atticus:''' I'm also the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld longest-lived]] man you've ever met.
-->-- ''[[Literature/IronDruidChronicles Hounded]]''

->A paranoiac, my friend... is a person who has gone crazy in the most intelligent, well-informed way, the world being what it is.
-->-- ''[[Creator/KurtVonnegut Look At The Birdie]]''

->Fear is what keeps a man alive in this world of treachery and deceit.
-->-- '''Roose Bolton''', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

->It's one thing to believe that everyone is out to get you. Quite another when it's actually true.
-->-- ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide''

->You've got to learn to cross the line and live your life outside society, shut yourself away from people, cut yourself off. Values are different out there. Let a man show friendship for you and you've got to deny him, mistrust him, suspect him, and nine times out of ten you'll be wrong but it's the tenth time that'll save you from a dirty death in a cheap hotel because you'd opened the door to a man you thought was a friend. Out there you'll be alone and you'll have no one you can trust, not even the people who are running you. Not even me. If you make the wrong kind of mistake at the wrong time in the wrong place, and it looks like you're fouling up the mission or exposing the Bureau, they'll throw you to the dogs. And so will I.
-->-- '''Literature/{{Quiller}}''', "The Warsaw Document"

->''Survival...is an infinite capacity for suspicion.''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->'''Garibaldi''': For starters, I don't know you, therefore I don't trust you.\\
'''Lochley''': The world's full of people you don't know.\\
'''Garibaldi''': I worry about that all the time.
-->-- ''Series/BabylonFive'', "Strange Relations"

->'''Michael:''' Even paranoids have enemies.\\
'''Sam:''' [[BackhandedCompliment Yeah, you're living proof of that!]] (''Mike glares at him'') [-Well, you know, a little.-]
-->-- ''Series/BurnNotice'', "Wanted Man"

->'''Cole:''' Don't you think you're being a little paranoid?\\
'''Phoebe:''' With my demon ex-husband from hell? [[SarcasmMode No, Cole, I don't.]]
-->-- ''Series/{{Charmed}}''

->'''TheBrigadier:''' [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells Armor piercing, solid core with Teflon coating.]] Go through a Dalek. UNIT's been very busy, Doctor. We also got high-explosive rounds for Yetis and very efficient armour-piercing rounds for Robots. And we even got gold-tipped bullets for you-know-what.\\
'''The Doctor:''' No silver?\\
'''Brigadier:''' ''Silver'' bullets?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Well, you never know.\\
'''Brigadier:''' Quartermaster Sergeant! Silver bullets, have we any?[[note]]Yes, they have, and guess what end up saving the day?[[/note]]
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]]

->Done the things I've done, there's no such thing as paranoia.
-->-- '''Eliot, ''Series/{{Leverage}}'''''

->Only the paranoid survive.
-->-- '''[[TheSpook Harold]] [[IHaveManyNames Finch]]''', ''Series/PersonOfInterest''

->Give me a man that's not paranoid in ''this'' company and I will show you a man [[DangerousWorkplace with twelve knives in his back.]]
-->-- ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives''

->Paranoid is what they call people who ''imagine'' threats against their life. I ''have'' threats against my life.
-->-- '''Garak''', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', "For the Cause"

->When everybody is out to get you, paranoia is just straight thinking.
-->-- '''Dr. Johnny Fever''', ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati''

->No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough.
-->-- '''[[DoomedByCanon Suzanne Modeski]]''', ''Series/TheXFiles'

->'''Weyoun:''' (...) Let's just say I left Cardassia because my life was in danger.
->'''Odo:''' From whom?
->'''Weyoun:''' Everyone.
->'''Odo:''' Aren't you being a little paranoid?
->'''Weyoun:''' Of course I'm paranoid, everyone's trying to kill me.
-->'''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''', [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E06TreacheryFaithAndTheGreatRiver "Treachery, Faith And The Great River"]]

->'''Egrorian:''' You are a cautious man, Avon.
->'''Avon:''' Well that's a habit I hope to live with.
-->-- ''Series/BlakesSeven'', "Orbit"



->Are there any paranoids in the audience tonight?! Is there anyone here who's ''weak?'' Heheheheh, pathetic. This song's called "Run Like Hell."
-->-- '''Music/RogerWaters''', OnceAnEpisode during live performances of ''Music/TheWall'' in TheEighties


[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]

->How can I be paranoid... when the paranoid mother-fuckers who are making me paranoid are really out there?
-->-- '''Creator/DavidCross'''


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

->They are used to ease irrational fears (which is silly; in Alpha Complex there ''are'' no irrational fears.)
-->-- ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''

->I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?
-->-- ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Illuminati'', [[{{Gaslighting}} written on the cover in dark grey text on a black background]]

->[[TheCorrupter Lead a]] [[TheGrotesque Nosferatu]] [[TheCorrupter slowly and gently]]: of all their habits of thought, I find their suspicion the hardest to break, because it is so often justified.
-->--''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade - Clanbook: Followers of Set (revised)''


[[folder:Video Games]]

->Every time I think I'm paranoid enough, my enemies find a new way to show me different.
-->-- '''Crimson''', ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''

->''"Roman's always been paranoid. It's probably why he's lasted this long."''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins''

->''With every failed time spell, the magister grows a bit more paranoid - or perhaps it's not paranoia, since the Elder One really ''will'' [[YouHaveFailedMe kill him for his failures.]]''
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''



->Isn't that the nice part of going mad? You realize you weren't paranoid after all.
-->-- '''Helen Narbon''', ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''

->Paranoia? I rule a city where I have to [[ObfuscatingInsanity fake senility]] [[DeadlyDecadentCourt just to avoid being assassinated.]] [[RPGMechanicsVerse I took Improved Paranoia like 5 levels ago.]]
-->-- '''Lord Shojo''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

->Whatever happened to basic adventurer paranoia, though? It's like these people have never had a ceiling come to life and try to smother them before!
-->-- '''Belkar''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

->'''Tagon:''' Kevyn, Thurl, I need to be one hundred percent sure that nobody else has a back-door into this artificial intelligence you're installing for the ship.\\
'''Kevyn:''' Sir, it's all commercial hardware, from six different vendors with three completely unique value chains. The only way for there to be out-of-spec back doors or faults common to all these systems is if there were a secret cabal or conspiracy among ''all'' the manufacturers and vendors we used. Of course, if there were such a cabal, they probably wouldn't have ''our'' best interests in mind...\\
'''Tagon:''' Welcome to my world, Kevyn.
-->-- ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''

->'''Sploorfix:''' Vexxarr, why do you always have to be so cynical?\\
'''Vexxarr:''' Oh, I dunno... always being ''right'' might have something to do with it...
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->I do not know what is more terrible, that I have begun to take every possible precaution for the slightest action, or that I have been proven perfectly justified in doing so.
-->-- '''Polo of Sealock''', ''[[Roleplay/AsteroidQuest Polo Quest]]''

->Everyone's always told me that I'm paranoid and need to calm down, but guess what? I'm '''alive''', and everyone who told me that is ''dead!'' That's the ultimate proof that someone doesn't know what the hell they're talking about. "Aliens aren't invading, Freeman. You're just being paranoid." [[SubvertedTrope "The mailman's not spying on you, Freeman. You're just being paranoid."]] What else... [[CloudCuckoolander "There's no society of anthropomorphic frog people living in the sewer, Freeman. You're just being paranoid." "Owls can't read your thoughts, Freeman. You're just being paranoid."]] Bet you wouldn't call me paranoid now if you were still alive!
-->-- '''[[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Gordon Freeman]]''', ''Machinima/FreemansMind''

->79. Fear everything, it's safer.
-->-- ''[[http://monsterlibrarian.com/horrorsurvive.htm Horror Survival List]]''


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->You know, the lesson here might be that fear and paranoia is a bad thing, except that's what saved us.
-->-- '''Ron Stoppable,''' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->Even paranoids have enemies.
-->-- '''Joseph Berke''', psychotherapist

->A paranoiac is a guy who knows a ''little'' of what's going on.
-->-- '''Creator/WilliamSBurroughs'''

->Even a paranoid can have enemies.
-->-- Allegedly '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golda_Meir Golda Meir]]''' to '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger Henry Kissinger]]''' during the 1973 Sinai talks, after he accused her of being paranoid for refusing to grant the Palestinians additional concessions

->It's not paranoia when [[ANaziByAnyOtherName they]] really are out to get you.
-->-- '''Martin Willett'''

->Paranoia: You only have to be right once for it to be worthwhile.
-->-- '''Anonymous'''

->Paranoids are only people who imagine responsibly.
-->-- '''New Old Saying'''