Quotes / Sociopathic Soldier

"You kill because you like it, Frank. Maybe it was in you all along, but... I believe you got a taste for it in Vietnam. I know about all that scout sniper work on your second tour, I know something happened on your third, you see I believe some... darkness... reached out to you, Frank. And I believe you told it yes. After that, all it would take was a catastrophe of some kind, just to drive you over the edge. And now you use your family as an excuse for something dreadful."
Microchip, The Punisher MAX #3, "In the Beginning"

"Most mercenaries won't do certain things no matter how much you offer to pay them.
Most patriots won't do certain things no matter how much they love their country.
But sociopaths ... they'll accept any justification for the chance to do things nobody else can stomach."
General Karl Tagon (Ret.), Schlock Mercenary (October 7, 2010)

"I've got a boner for murder!"
Sarge, Red vs. Blue

Michael: We worked together in the Balkans, 'ninety-one, 'ninety-two. It was a crazy time. He seemed somewhat sane in comparison.
Fiona: And now he kills people for a living.

"See, he's not even trying to plant a gun on him or hide the body. That's a bad sign. Like this is just another day at work for him."
Gordon Freeman, Freeman's Mind, after witnessing a soldier gun down an unarmed civilian

"There are four types of people who join the military. For some, it's family trade. Others are patriots, eager to serve. Next you have those who just need a job. Then there's the kind who want the legal means of killing other people."
Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher

"Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But I'm actually a US Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some sort of wine sipping communist dick suck. And although peace probably appeals to tree-loving-bisexuals like you and your parents, I happen to be a death-dealing, blood-crazed warrior who wakes up everyday just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. War is the mother-fucking answer."
Corporal Ray Person, Generation Kill

Takeshi Kovacs: See, the thing is, [the UN Envoy corps]'re looking for borderline psychopathic tendencies. That's why they do most of their recruiting from the military in the first place.
Trepp: I've got borderline psychopathic tendencies.
Kovacs: Yeah, I don't doubt it, but the point is, the number of civilians with those tendencies and a sense of team spirit is pretty limited. They're opposing values. The chances of them both arising naturally in the same person are almost nil. Military training takes the natural order and fucks with it. It breaks down any resistance to psychopathic behavior at the same time as it builds fanatical loyalties to the group. Package deal. Soldiers are perfect Envoy material.

Heat of the desert, dust settles on my face
Without a compass, the soldier knows no disgrace
Out of the ashes, the eagle rises still
Freedom is calling to all men who bend their will
— Lyrics to "The Hot Wind Blowing", Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

When Pete was only in the seventh grade, he stabbed a cop.
He's real R.A. material and he was glad to swap,
His switchblade and his old zip gun,
For a bayonet and a new M-1.
It makes a fella proud to be a soldier
— "It Makes a Fella Proud to Be a Soldier", An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer

Tom Jumbo-Grumbo: Well, BoJack, surely, even you would agree that the troops are heroes.
BoJack Horseman: I don't agree to that. Maybe some of the troops are heroes but not automatically. I'm sure a lot of the troops are jerks. Most people are jerks already, and it's not like giving a jerk a gun and telling him it's okay to kill people suddenly turns that jerk into a hero.
Bojack Horseman, "BoJack Hates The Troops"

Pvt. Joker: How can you shoot women and children?
Door Gunner: Easy— you just don't lead 'em as much! Ain't war hell?

Kill a man off the battlefield and you're a murderer. Kill a man on the battlefield and you're a hero!
Luciano Bradley, Code Geass

And they gave me a piece of paper that said "Kid, see the Army psychiatrist in Room 604", so I went up there and said "Shrink, I wanna kill. Now I wanna— I wanna kill, kill, I wanna see blood 'n' guts 'n' gore 'n' veins in my teeth. I wanna eat dead, burnt bodies, I mean. Kill. KILL! KILL!" And I started jumpin' up and down yellin' "KILL, KILL, KILL" and he started jumpin' up and down and we was both jumpin' up and down yellin' "KILL! KILL! KILL! KILL!" And the sergeant came over to me, pinned a medal on me, sent me down the hall, and said "You're our boy."
— "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree", Alice's Restaurant

There was no need to confuse her by pointing out that they had all been stoned, most of the grunts smoked up well on Cambodian Red, and their West Point lieutenant - who was only one step away from the checkpoint between the lands of sanity and madness - on the peyote buttons that he chewed whenever they were on patrol. Rainbird had once seen this looey shoot a pregnant woman with a semiautomatic rifle, had seen the woman's six-month fetus ripped from her body in disintegrating pieces; that, the looey had told them later, was a West Point Abortion.