Quotes: Villain with Good Publicity

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    Anime and Manga 

No one with a good public reputation is actually good, Orgullo. They’re just charlatans skilled at making themselves look good. Most people are easily fooled, so we can get away with it.
Akira Hidaka, Karakuridouji Ultimo

    Comic Books 

One is evil, but you can deal with him, because he actually harbors beliefs. The other one will tell any lie, wear any mask, to become president, and not only that, he fucking hates you, and he's doing this just so he can make your lives hell. And who do you think they vote for? Stupid.
Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan

    Film - Animated 

How bad can I be? I'm just building an economy
How bad can I be? Just look at me pettin' this puppy
How bad can I be? A portion of proceeds goes to charity
How bad can I possibly be? Let's see:
All the customers are buying
And the money's multiplying
And the PR people are lying
And the lawyers are denying
Who cares if a few trees are dying?
The Lorax, "How Bad Can I Be?"

    Film - Live-Action 

Max Shrek: "Crime Boss"? Shows what you know, Mister! To the manor born, the silver spoon! Oswald is Gotham's new golden boy. If his parents hadn't eighty-sixed him, you two might've been bunkies at prep school.
Bruce Wayne: Oswald controls the Red Triangle gang. I can't prove it yet, but-
Shrek: Wayne, I'll not stand for mudslinging in this office!

Noah Cross: Exactly what do you know about me?
J.J. Gittes: Mainly that you're rich, and too respectable to want your name in the newspapers.
Cross: 'Course I'm "respectable." I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

I have the Americans believing I am a nice guy. In their polls, I'm more popular than their President!
Mikhail Gorbachev, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad


And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.

But in calling Moriarty a criminal you are uttering libel in the eyes of the law—and there lie the glory and the wonder of it! The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every deviltry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations—that’s the man! But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those very words that you have uttered he could hale you to a court and emerge with your year’s pension as a solatium for his wounded character. Is he not the celebrated author of The Dynamics of an Asteroid, a book which ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is said that there was no man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it? Is this a man to traduce? Foulmouthed doctor and slandered professor—such would be your respective roles! That’s genius, Watson.
Sherlock Holmes, "The Valley of Fear"

    Live-Action TV 

Mudder: (singing "The Ballad of Jayne Cobb") He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor / Stood up to the man and he gave him what for / Our love for him now, ain't hard to explain / The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne! ♪
Simon: This must be what going mad feels like.
Firefly, "Jayneston"

I can't stop the horrible respect people have for me.
Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock

If the devil himself was walking this Earth, he’d definitely be working in PR.
Oswald Danes, Torchwood: Miracle Day

Lord Marlbury: You are honouring a man at your St. Patrick's Day Dinner allied with car bombers and murderers of British soldiers. This not to mention Irish men, women and children.
Toby Ziegler: Yes, sir.
Marlbury: And you are doing it to appease Democrats from New York City and Boston.
Toby He's not being honored. He's just been given an invitation.
Marlbury: He shouldn't be given a visa!
Toby: And I think we have to be careful how we use the word "terrorist"... Can I call you John?
Marlbury: I am "John", Lord Marbury, Earl of Croy Marquess of Needham and Dolby, Baronet of Brycey England's Ambassador to the United States, and a terrorist is a terrorist even if he wears a green necktie and sings Danny Boy!
The West Wing, "Dead Irish Writers"


A little camouflage and glue
To mask the evil that men do
— "Postcards From Richard Nixon", Elton John

I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
Culled the blood of the exploited working class
But they've overcome their shyness
Now they're calling me "Your Highness"
And the world screams "Kiss me, son of god"
— "Kiss Me, Son of God", They Might Be Giants

Some have harsh words for this man of renown,
But some think our attitude
Should be one of gratitude,
Like the widows and cripples in old London town
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun
— "Wernher Von Braun", Tom Lehrer

    Professional Wrestling 

Gorilla Monsoon: [cringing] Listen to that voice. Geez.
Brain: Very well-spoken! I think she went to Oxford, didn't she?
Monsoon: She reminds me of an ox.


O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables—meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least I'm sure it may be so in Denmark.

    Video Games 

Fontaine's got us out there ladling soup for the purpose of building an army — not to share the milk of human kindness.
Johnny Demarco, Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea

Your powerful GDI forces have been emasculated, and you yourself are a killer of children! Now of course it's not true, but, the world only believes what the media tells them to believe... and I tell the media what to believe, it's really quite simple.

Do you think you've won? You see, when I die, they'll build a statue. And you? The city didn't stop for your grieving family. Because you don't matter.
Lucky Quinn, Watch_Dogs

    Web Animation 

Anyway, in this case the darts landed on Claire Redfield, Chris' sister from RE2 and Barry Buttons from RE1. They're part of a new humanitarian group called TerraSave which has a long intro in the first episode going on about how nice they are and how you should totally trust them, so I'm assuming they'll turn out to be run by the Boston kitten strangler. I say 'assuming', because at time of writing, I've only played three out of the four episodes. I can only speculate as to which non-playable characters will betray us before the end; I'll put an educated guess on all of them.

    Web Original 

Prison: A fishbowl for guppies. The real sharks get to stay in the ocean, and never fall into the mariners' nets. They instead run for elected office and make fortunes on Wall Street. Never do the big fish see the inside of an aquarium.

The Penguin gets out of jail and starts to run for mayor with the intent of pretty much legalizing crime, gaining support through theatrics and charisma, while Batman runs against him, taking a beating in the polls because he’s such a goody-goody square. Like, he won’t kiss a baby because it’s really unhealthy for everyone involved, so the Penguin casts him as a dude who hates kids by kissing babies while smoking a cigarette.
Chris Sims on Batman (“Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin”)

What I also enjoyed about his character was that none of the other wizards in the wise elder council ever suspect that he's evil. The guy walks in to dark, wicked music, has narrow shifty eyes, and even gives low evil mastermind laughs when he says innocuous and threatening things. "Hmm-hm-hm-hm...haaa ha ha ha!!" He's SO OBVIOUSLY EVIL, and the rest of the wizards are sticking up for his reputation, stunned at the accusation that the velvet cloak-wearing weirdo with heavy eyeliner and shadowed eyes could possibly be wicked and set on world domination. I mean hello, Know Alignment spell anyone? Zone of Truth? Anything? These are high level archmages!

Skitter: I'm not taking you hostage. It's really your choice how this plays out. I'm not sure if you heard me say it before, but I described you as a jury. Now it's time for you to vote.
Defiant: That's not how it works, Skitter!
Skitter: Stand if you side with me. I won't make any big speeches here. That's not who I am. I won't feed you lies or guilt you into this. It's your call.
(almost one hundred students stand up and stand with Skitter)

In Forbes and Fortune and CNBC, we still have a business media culture in which wealth is its own validation for everything. Oh, he's rich! THAT MEANS HE'S IMPORTANT! And that, of course, isn't true at all. Many people on the Forbes 400 got their money simply by the luck of birth. Others almost certainly got their place on the list through ill-gotten and/or dubious means. Donald Trump, arguably the grossest person in America, gets his mug plastered on the list as well, with Forbes describing the current massive fraud suit against him as part of his "circus". OH YES, WHAT A FUN RIDE IT IS TO FUCK PEOPLE OVER. This is an episode of Cribs stretched out to 500 pages.
Drew Magary, Make It Stop

Heather Mills promised to donate $20,000 to a disabled mother in Russia to pay for her artificial legs. Of course, the hag never came through...The couple finally found a company to provide Maria with free artificial legs and now she can walk again. No thanks to Heather!

In her recent divorce case, Heather told the judge she needed over $1 million a year for her charitable work.
Michael K., "Yup, Heather is still the most vile cunt in the world"

Operation Blessing is advertised as helping people in need in 3rd world countries. That, however, is just for telethon purposes. In reality, Operation Blessing is a front for Robertson's multifarious crimes against humanity in Africa. In the 1990s, for instance, Operation Blessing used money collected to help refugees in Rwanda to finance planes transporting diamond-mining equipment for the Robertson-owned African Development Corporation, a venture Robertson had established in cooperation with Zaire's then-dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko. Seko was an old friend of Robertson's - as was Liberia's dictator Charles Taylor, whom Robertson tried to help by swaying the American government because Robertson owns a gold mine in Liberia. Robertson also supported Gbagbo, by the way, presumably because he was of the right religion.
Encyclopedia of American Loons on Pat Robertson

It doesn't matter to them that, thanks to the dogged investigation and intrepid reporting of investigative journalist Brian Deer, we now know that Andrew Wakefield was in the pocket of trial lawyers who were interested in suing vaccine manufacturers and wanted research to cite in lawsuits. Nor does it matter to them that, as a result of research misconduct, Andrew Wakefield was stripped of his U.K. medical license (or, as the Brits like to call it, "struck off"). It doesn’t matter that two years ago it was revealed that Wakefield had almost certainly committed research fraud in gathering the data he later published in The Lancet... Nor does it matter that The Lancet, in an apparent effort to atone for the massive mistake it had made in even publishing Wakefield’s case series in the first place, retracted the paper and that ultimately even the quack clinic that Wakefield had helped found decided to give him the boot. Wakefield has fallen into about as much disrepute as it's possible to fall, short of becoming a Nazi or a pedophile... Even after how utterly he's been discredited, Wakefield still has acolytes who still believe that he is a hero when he is about as far from a hero as you can imagine.
Orac, "Respectful Insolence"

    Web Video 

OOC: Do you hear the fuckin' reaction he got when he came out? Who's still cheering this fuckin' guy? after all he's done? I just...I just don't understand it. He clearly hates every single person sitting in this crowd, and you are cheering.
V1: He hates wrestling!
OOC: It's just incredible.
OSW Review on Kevin Nash,Ep. 34

    Real Life 

The soul of wit may become the very body of untruth.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

A culture is made — or destroyed — by its articulate voices.
Ayn Rand, The Voice of Reason

Much is now being made, among the tears, of Nixon's foreign policy triumphs. He went to Moscow and then détente. He went to Beijing and then, later, saw the Great Wall. Other presidents could have done what he did, but none dared because of—Nixon. One could hear that solemn hollow baritone: 'I am not saying that President Johnson is a card-carrying Communist. No. I am not even saying that his presence on that wall in China mean that he is a Communist. No. But I question...' As Nixon had been assigned to the part of the Nixon, there was no other Nixon to keep him from those two nice excursions, ostensibly in search of peace.
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest

If a fraction of what they said about me was true—a fraction—I wouldn't be here. I've not only not been convicted of anything, I've never been indicted for anything. Now I think that's where you finally have to look at the, quote, critics and say, "Hey. Put up or shut up. Let's see some evidence."
David Miscavige, Chairman of the Church of Scientology

The military junta that ruled Argentina, and was responsible for killing 20,000 of its own citizens during the "Dirty War," in 1982 invaded the Falkland Islands, which the Argentinas called the Malvinas. The junta, which had been on the verge of collapse and beset by violent street demonstrations and nationwide strikes in the weeks before the war, instantly became the saviors of the country. Labor union and opposition leaders, some of whom were still visibly bruised from beatings, were hauled out of jail cells before cameras to repeat what was a collective mantra: "Las Malvinas son Argentinas"... Stories of the heroism of the Argentine military — whose singular recent accomplishment was the savage repression of its own people — filled the airwaves.
Chris Hedges on The Falklands War, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning