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.
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"
—They Might Be Giants, "Kiss Me, Son of God"
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?"
"But in calling Moriarty a criminal you are uttering libel in the eyes of the lawóand 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 nationsóthatís 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 yearís 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 professorósuch would be your respective roles! Thatís genius, Watson."
— Sherlock Holmes, "The Valley of Fear"
"Your powerful GDI forces have been emasculated, and you yourself are a killer of children... 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."
No one with a good public reputation is actually good, Orgullo. Theyíre just charlatans skilled at making themselves look good. Most people are easily fooled, so we can get away with it.
—Akira Hidaka, Ultimo
And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
I can't stop the horrible respect people have for me.
—Tracy Jordan, ThirtyRock
What? And spoil three years of good public relations? I have the Americans believing I am a nice guy. On some of their polls, I'm more popular than their President!
—"Gorbachev", The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad
Skitter: Iím not taking you hostage. Itís really your choice how this plays out. Iím not sure if you heard me say it before, but I described you as a jury. Now itís time for you to vote.
Defiant: Thatís not how it works, Skitter!
Skitter: Stand if you side with me. I wonít make any big speeches here. Thatís not who I am. I wonít feed you lies or guilt you into this. Itís your call.
(Almost one hundred students stand up and stand with Skitter)