Quotes / Protagonist-Centered Morality

Film - Animated

We've done a lot of things we're not proud of—robbin' graves, plunderin' tombs, double parking...But nobody got hurt! (Beat) Well, maybe somebody got hurt, but nobody we knew..."


It was so dark when I entered the Coach that I could not distinguish the Number of my Fellow-travellers; I could only perceive that they were Many...'What an illiterate villain must that Man be! (thought I to myself) What a total want of delicate refinement must he have, who can thus shock our senses by such a brutal Noise! He must, I am certain, be capable of every bad action! There is no crime too black for such a Character!' Thus reasoned I within myself, and doubtless such were the reflections of my fellow travelers.

Web Animation

He was a hacker who did any work for hire and stole money from bank accounts, but then accidentally targeted someone powerful who killed his six-year-old niece, which gave him a little Spider-Man moment and he declared that from this day forth he would use his powers to—! ...continue working for hire and stealing money from bank accounts. But also fight crime! ...In-between. If he can be arsed. Not stealing-money crime, or property-damage crime, or murdering-policemen crime; just, you know, all the bad crimes, the ones committed by people other than himself.

Video Games

Sam: (holding a time bomb) Max, where should I put this so it doesn't hurt anyone we know or care about?
Max: Out the window, Sam! There's nothing but strangers out there.
(Sam throws the bomb out the window; shortly thereafter, it explodes)
Sam: ...I hope there was nobody on that bus.
Max: Nobody we know at least.

Web Original

Is it acceptable to kill people to save more people? The answer, of course, is that it depends on whether itís the hero doing it or the villain.
Dr. El Sandifer on Torchwood, "Reset"

Did you ever read Rick Veitchís Question mini that was part of Superstorm? It had a lot of flaws, but there was this great bit where all Metropolis drug deals and stuff took place in bathrooms, since Superman is too good a guy to ever look. Itís like moral lead. This is not that Superman.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Superman Returns

Ray testifies against Ned and gets him thrown out of the CIA, before resigning himself... it would seem heís been making a living by taking gun-for-hire jobs over the web. You know, because thatís totally different from killing people for the government. Heíll grumble out an explanation for this later, but itís still dumb.

Usual practice for Moffat-era Who is to suggest extremely crude, superficially worrying moral equivalences in dialogue which are then papered-over by the actual behaviour of the Doctor and his gang (whom we might want to start calling 'Our Boys and Girls', since it is assumed that they deserve 'our' support whatever they do).

Archerís position is very stereotypically Star Trek. Itís a philosophy that argues humanity are fundamentally brilliant, and so should behave in a manner that befits being so fundamentally brilliant. Itís a philosophy that comes dangerously close to evoking Gene Roddenberryís simplistic utopianism, indicating that mankind is wired with a fundamental decency that is almost unique in the entire cosmos.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "Fortunate Son"

I know she is duped but lets not forget that Janeway willingly wakes up a battalion of an aggressive, homicidal species and inflicts them upon the Quadrant in order to get a handful of light years closer to home...This looks like the perfect opportunity for the First Officer to question his Captainís decision but instead he is falling asleep on the Bridge.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Dragon's Teeth"

Lana is at best a dark 'hero' character using the word hero loosely. She kills, she kidnaps, she tortures, and she has plotted and schemed in a way that even caught Lex Luthor off guard. She is basically what I would call a reformed villain AT BEST and honestly I think her character works better as a villain. Maybe a tragic villain but still the 'bad guy'. To put her in a position where she is the one lecturing an iconic DC superhero about how to be a superhero is just insulting.
Douglas Trumble on Smallville ("Bride")

Web Video

Janeway: A long time ago, I made a decision that stranded this crew in the Delta Quadrant. I don't regret that decision.
Chuck: (as Janeway) Carey, Hagan, Jonas, and a few others might, but they're not here to complain.
SFDebris on Star Trek: Voyager, "Endgame"

Real Life

The ultimate hypocrisy at the heart of the Doctor, which is fun to poke a stick at, is that heís so nasty about soldiers and about people who carry guns, yet look at him — always in the middle of the fight, usually taking command, and Iím not so impressed at his refusal to pick up a gun when heís inclined, occasionally, to blow up entire planets!