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 

May it please this honorable court, my life is an open book, I am a pillar of the church. I support all organized charities that are tax deductable. I give to all the newest and fashionable diseases.
Ragpicker, The Madwoman of Chaillot

King: Now, we were in Albany for nine months. And we made a lot of mistakes. But their sheriff, Laurie Pritchett...he never made a mistake. Kept his cool. Kept arresting us in a "humane" way. Carried people to the jail-wagons on stretchers. Day in, day out. There was no drama.
James: You mean there was no cameras.
King: Exactly.

Nigel: He donates a lot of money to worthy causes. He built a maritime museum and a new wing for the orphanage.
Bond: I'm sure he's very kind to his mother.

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.

You saw one of London's most respected citizens, and you deliberately PUSHED him into a cage!
Police Inspector after Costello locks up Mr. Hyde, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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

Lawyer: Agent, I don't quite know what you're implying. Mr. Molina's an upstanding businessman and a pillar of the c—
Reyes: "Pillar of the community"? Does anyone actually use that phrase except mob lawyers?
The X-Files, "John Doe"

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

Lord Marbury: 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.
Marbury: 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.
Marbury: 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?
Marbury: 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.

    Tabletop Games 

Pentex has insinuated itself into every aspect of modern life: it employs untold millions and gives generously to selected charities, cultural events and causes on both sides of the traditional liberal/conservative political equation. If Pentex were to disappear overnight, there would be upheaval on Wall Street and massive unemployment, despite the long-term good that its destruction would bring. [...] Pentex, through its control of the media, has created an atmosphere in which it an its good are part of the blessed status quo: any assault on a Pentex subsidiary is twisted in the public eye, becoming a direct attack on traditional values.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Monkeywrench!Pentex


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

Raiden: How the hell did you get elected?
Senator Armstrong: Well, I don't write my own speeches.

Game epilogue:... Korgan was last seen burying his axe in the gullet of a high priest of Lolth, laughing as he struck. Dwarven legend immortalized the image, and his bloodlust is now called a crusade. History, it seems, finds more heroes than madmen.

    Web Animation 

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.

    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 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?

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)

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.
Drew Magary, Make It Stop

    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!
OSW Review on Kevin Nash,Ep. 34

    Western Animation 

You see, Superman, I own Metropolis. My technology built it, my will keeps it going, and nearly two-thirds of its people work for me whether they know it or not. Even you have to admit that’s a model of efficiency.

    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