Quotes: What the Hell, Hero?

"Listen here, you despicable wench! You don't fully understand the repercussions of what you've done! Corey was, I repeat, WAS, a rare case in the entire Underworld! His light grey horns and lack of tattoos showed that he was a kind and gentle demon, unlike me! But with your selfish and jealous actions, it made Corey ascend into a higher but darker power that you won't fully understand! Corey has now lost all innocence that he once had and has turned into the very thing he hated since his understanding of where he came from! You turned your ex-lover into a demon with no remorse for anyone nor anything! You know what that means, you insufferable little bitch?! It means that if we ever see Corey again, he would slaughter everyone in sight and not have any second thoughts!"
Trina to Laney, Demon Spawns Series

"Are you out of your mind?! Orochimaru killed the Third Hokage and did everything he could to destroy the Leaf Village! Whatever it is you're expecting out of him, you think he's just gonna give it to you for free?! All he wants is to use your body like a new suit of clothes! There'll be nothing of you left! You'll never get out alive! You think I'll stand by and just let you throw away your entire life?!"
Naruto Uzumaki to Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto

"You listen to me. You don't understand a single thing about her, so don't pretend like you do. You're a little boy who can't think of anyone but himself. Consider her feelings sometime. She was crying her eyes out."
Inner Moka to Tsukune Aono, Rosario + Vampire

"You want me to find the son I've never been there for and ruin the life he's built. Ask him to go back to the Hell he grew up in because of me. For some wild goose chase. Something that's not even possible. Here I was ashamed to see you."
Angel to Willow Rosenberg, Angel & Faith, "Family Reunion, Part 1"

"Oh, let's see! Maybe it's because of YOU?! Maybe it's because the whole lot of you abandoned Twilight when she needed you most, thinking she was a jealous liar when every word she spoke was the truth?! I saw her when I sent my Eye Sentry down there to watch over her while she made her way back here, and she was a complete wreck. You completely shattered her faith in all of you! You might as well have defecated on the Elements themselves, because now that you weakened your bond of friendship with the one who holds all of you together, they are completely and totally worthless! No, we're going to get through this through the sweat of our brows, the strength of our backs, AND THE BLOOD OF OUR ENEMIES!"
Vaati to the rest of the Mane Six on why the Elements of harmony won't work on Chrysalis, The Equestrian Wind Mage

Jake: What?
Erek: I was offering you my opinion of your morals and your ethics and your sense of decency. I was speaking an ancient Mesopotamian dialect known for its wide variety of curse words.
Animorphs #53

"You are amusing, in a 'what the hell is wrong with you?' kind of way."
Jaheira, Baldur's Gate

"You ate the wall? Are you insane?!
Trill, Baten Kaitos

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
The Bible (New International Version), Matthew 7:5

"You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things."
The Bible (New International Version), Romans 2:1, warning against abuse of this trope

Jaden: Then why are you riding around on the motorcycle, wearing an evil mask, stealing people's cards and laughing like a maniac? Does that sound like a hero?
Paradox: Well, when you put like that not weally, but..

Listen to me — all of you out there! You were told by this man — your hero — that America is the greatest country in the world! He told you that Americans were the greatest people — that America could be refined like silver, could have the impurities hammered out of it, and shine more brightly! He went on about how precious America was — how you needed to make sure it remained great! And he told you anything was justified to preserve that great treasure, that pearl of great price that is America! Well, I say America is nothing!! Without its ideals — its commitment to the freedom of all men, America is a piece of trash! A nation is nothing! A flag is a piece of cloth! I fought Adolf Hitler not because America was great, but because it was fragile! I knew that liberty could be snuffed out here as in Nazi Germany! As a people, we were no different than them! When I returned, I saw that you nearly did turn America into nothing! And the only reason you're not less than nothing — is that it's still possible for you to bring freedom back to America!
Captain America, What If? #44... against the whole country of America.

"And as for you, Commander....you're a disgrace to that uniform. Tens of millions dead and your entire force killed in action. I would court-martial you myself if I could, but unfortunately your friend Boyle has convinced the media you're a hero, so I can't touch you, but you'll still have to live with yourself. Good luck with that."

"Aren't you the least bit concerned that there might be a Hell?"
Andrea to Quinn, Daria

"I think what hurts the most is that you call yourself a superhero!"

"Mr. Matsuda, please stop talking like people dying is actually a good thing."
Yamamoto, Death Note

Joan Redfern: Answer me this. Just one question, that's all. If the Doctor had never visited us, if he'd never chosen this place — on a whim — would anyone here have died?
The Doctor: ...
Joan Redfern: You can go.

"This is wrong, Doctor. I don't care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong."
Adelaide Brooke, Doctor Who, "The Waters of Mars"

"Goku, you're mistaken... Gohan isn't a fighter like you. Does Gohan know about your plan? Did you even talk to him about it before the Cell Games? Do you want to know what Gohan is thinking right now!? He isn't thinking about anger, he's thinking, 'Why isn't my father coming to rescue me from pain and death!? My father seems to value a fair manly fight more than my own life.' Never forget that even though he may be the strongest of all of us, he's still a child!! I'd rather die than wait!"
Piccolo, Dragon Ball

"Goku, you fool... We told you this would happen! We told you! But you wouldn't listen to us... Well, maybe you'll hear this! YOUR SON'S DEAD, GOKU! HE'S DEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!"
Piccolo, Dragon Ball Z

Scorpius: We had a deal. I help you rescue Aeryn Sun from the Scarrans, you give me wormholes. But obviously you betrayed our contract, yes? You had no intention of returning for my rescue, did you? You see, if my Neural Clone has returned, it is only because you have betrayed me.
Crichton: You're saying Harvey's back because of me?
Scorpius: You should honor your contracts, John.
Farscape, "La Bomba."

Cyril: I see your points but if we leave the temple unguarded, we're leaving it open to further threat. Six eggs are not worth putting the entire temple full of several hundred at risk.
Sparx: Then don't leave! You know, I might give Cynder a lot of grief, but telling her that her kid isn't worth saving? That's too much. And don't go the 'we don't want a repeat of what happened last time' route on me! You and I both know if that three-headed psycho had wanted the other eggs she'd have beaten up Pinky over here and done it then! You just don't want to admit you're wrong!


"Heartless it may be, but headless it ain't. I've never claimed to be nice, just to be sensible. No need to look like that."
Granny Weatherwax, Lords and Ladies, after using an injured teenaged girl as a body shield (simultaneously rescuing her from the clutches of the elves)

"Stop thinking like an artificer, Urza, and start thinking like a father!"
Rayne, Academy Chancellor, Magic: The Gathering, Urza's Incubator card

"Do you take pleasure from committing genocide, Shepard?!" note 
Councillor Sparatus, Mass Effect 1

"So Naruto, how come you're such a massive prick?"

"You traded our treasure chest full of coins for this? Shame on you!"
Princess Toadstool to Luigi and Yoshi, Super Mario World

"And nobody ever questioned Kirk's ability to command... except for maybe Bones... and Spock."
BFF Nella, The Nostalgia Chick

"Do you you remember the Piranha Plant you roasted in 5-1?
And were you there when his family received the news about their son?"

"You use that move...and call yourself a hero of justice?"
Brycen-Man, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 in the Brycen-Man Strikes Back 2 movie if the player uses the move Thief

"I'm a solo guy by nature, but I choose to affiliate with the both of you. Reason being, when you spend your time chasing bad guys, you want the best of the good guys in your corner. You two normally are as solid as they come because your moral compasses are always pointed at 'do the right thing'. But clearly someone's been screwing with both your magnetic fields, so I'm gonna help both of you out by personally escorting and physically escorting both of your asses out of these premises."
Emerson Codd, Pushing Daisies

Hyuga: Listen to reason, Shinji! Just stop and think about what you're doing, please!
Shinji: I know exactly what I'm doing. And you're only making me angrier. Unit 01 has 285 seconds left. That's enough time to destroy half of headquarters if I want!
Aoba: In his state of mind he might just do it...
Maya: Shinji, please just listen to us! Commander Ikari had to do it! You would've died if he hadn't made that call!
Shinji: That doesn't change anything.
Hyuga: But it's still the truth, damnit!
Shinji: I WOULD'VE RATHER DIED THAN BE A PART OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE!!! Dad tried... that BASTARD tried to kill Asuka... and he used MY HANDS TO DO IT!! (starts stomping and thrashing) Tell me why?! WHY?! Why did you do it?! You don't even understand, do you Dad?! I was so stupid to trust you! Maybe if you lose something you care about, THEN YOU'LL UNDERSTAND!!!

Konrad: You were never meant to come here.
Walker: What happened here was out of my control...
Konrad: Was it? None of this would've happened if you'd just stopped. But on you marched. And for what?
Walker: We tried to save you.
Konrad: You're no savior. Your talents lie elsewhere.
Walker: This isn't my fault.
Konrad: It takes a strong man to deny what's right in front of him. And if the truth is undeniable, you create your own. The truth, Walker, is that you're here because you wanted to feel like something you're not: A hero. I'm here because you can't accept what you've done. It broke you. You needed someone to blame, so you cast it on me, a dead man. I know the truth is hard to hear Walker, but it's time. You're all that's left and we can't live this lie forever.

Adams: Stop right there, Lugo!
Adams: We didn't have a choice!
Lugo and Adams to Martin Walker in the aftermath of the White Phosphorus incident, (where several civilians died in the crossfire), Spec Ops: The Line

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better."
— Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt

"You killed Janet! You killed Cap! HOW COULD YOU?!"
Hank Pym, Secret Invasion

Bulkhead: Come on Professor, we have to shut down the space bridge.
Professor Sumdac: Why did you make it work in the first place?! What were you thinking?!
Bulkhead: This coming from the guy that rebuilt Megatron.

Perceptor: You see, Omega Supreme was purposely designed to have a very simple processor. With it, he will be able to carry out his mission without hesitation.
Ratchet: In other words, you don't want him to think too hard about all the devastation he's gonna cause!
Ultra Magnus: We're at war, soldier. We do what we must.

Clockblocker: What I don't get is, why? Was the data from that computer really so important?
Skitter: Coil needed it, and I needed Coil happy. Either he'd like my work enough to free her on my request or he'd trust me enough that I could catch him off guard and help her escape some other way.
Clockblocker: I'm sure Dinah would be thrilled to hear that. Some other girl's life ruined for her sake. How does a supervillain warlord react to that sort of news, by the way? Finding out a heroine tried to hang herself? Do you sit in your swivel chair, stroking your tarantula and pull off your best maniacal laugh? One more enemy out of the way?
Skitter: I didn't know. Not until you told me what happened to her.
Clockblocker: That seems to be a recurring theme. You do stuff, you have reasons, like your apparent feeling that, oh, it's okay because she was a violent personality, but you don't pay attention to the ending, to everything that comes after. A whole lot of people have been screwed up and hurt in your wake, Skitter.

Skitter: There are rules, Dragon. Expectations. I fought Leviathan, I fought the Nine. I was there for the fight against the Class-S threat downtown. I don't want to sound arrogant, but I think maybe I deserve to, a little. I've done my share. You don't turn around and reveal my identity in front of a crowd.
Dragon: It wasn't by choice.
Skitter: You choose to follow them. It's not like twenty or thirty heroes haven't walked away from the Protectorate, recently.
Skitter: It's never simple. But sometimes you have to take the hard road. Sometimes you have to recognize that the people calling the shots don't know what they're doing. Because this? Picking a fight in a school? There's no way this makes sense.

Sideswipe: What have we done? What has any of us done since all this started? Kill. Destroy. All we do is go from one planet to another. Fighting. Killing. And where has it gotten us? What have we got to show for it? We take some ground, the Decepticons take some ground. We suffer losses, they suffer losses. And for what?! How many races have we put in danger? How many have we wiped out in our pursuit to kill some more?! It was a disagreement! We fought to uphold a way of life, an ideal. And now what? Our planet is in ruins along with countless others. How many have died for our war, how many "acceptable losses" have we allowed to gain a little more ground? He was fighting for an idea, fighting for a better way, and he broke. 'Streaker was a casualty of this war well before his death. If we don't uphold the sanctity of life, all life, how are we any better than the Decepticons?!

Ryan: Told ya I'd come to the game.
Samson: You think this is funny? You just endangered everyone in the zoo!
Ryan: I'm sorry...
Samson: (Cutting him off) For what?! Chasing the gazelles or costing us the game? All you do is sit up in your tree and sulk!
Ryan: If you just...
Samson: What's the problem? Is this all because you can't roar?! (Ryan flinches, and Samson looks ashamed) Ryan, I didn't mean that...
Ryan: Know what I'm doing when I'm sulking in my tree? I'm thinking how great it would be if Samson the Wild wasn't my father.
Samson: Ryan, I didn't...
Ryan: 'Cause it would make being Ryan the Lame a lot easier.
Samson: (As Ryan runs off) Ryan, I'm sorry.

"I don't know what happened at Fortree, but venting your anger out on your Pokémon is inexcusable! What's more, you blamed your Pokémon for your own mistakes as a Trainer. That's unforgivable! And before you turn on me or argue about the loss of the contest...isn't there something you should be doing right now?"
Wallace to Ruby, Pokémon Special

Stimpy: It's the Happy Helmet, Ren! Now you'll always be happy!
Ren: You sick little monkey! Why I oughta—!
The Ren & Stimpy Show, "Stimpy's Invention".

"Ya'll should be ashamed of yourselves, humiliatin' your sister 'n me like that. We don't wanna talk to any of y'all right now, so take your gossip column and your embarrassing photos and gooooo away!"
Big Macintosh to the Cutie Mark Crusaders, MLP: Friendship Is Magic S2 E23 "Ponyville Confidential"

Captain Archer: We can debate this all day. I've made my decision.
T'Pol: "We can't save humanity without holding onto what makes us human". Those were your words to me.
Archer: I'm no happier doing this than you. But we won't be making a habit of it.
T'Pol: Once you rationalize the first misstep, it's easy to fall into a pattern of behaviour!
Archer: "Rationalize"? I'm not rationalizing anything. I know full well what I'm doing!
T'Pol: I can't justify this course of action.
Archer: We don't have a choice—
Star Trek: Enterprise, "Damage"

Captain Picard: Cadet, I asked you a question. Am I correct?
Wesley Crusher: I choose not to answer, sir.
Picard: You choose not to answer? (beat) But you've already given an answer to the inquiry. That answer was a lie.
Wesley: I said the accident occurred after the loop. It did.
Picard: You told the truth up to a point, but a lie of omission is still a lie. [...] The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth! Whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth. It is the guiding principal upon which Starfleet is based, and if you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don't deserve to wear that uniform!
Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The First Duty"

Wizard: I bestowed the powers of the gods upon a mortal. it is my province to do so.
Superman: He's a little boy! You did this to a little boy!
Wizard: He is more adept, more tenacious than any—
Superman: What is wrong with you? He is a child! his life shouldn't be about '''this'''! Little boys go to school, play with their friends and go to bed at night. Their biggest concerns should be homework and school-yard crushes-- '''Not''' if their best friends are going to be murdered by assassins!!
Wizard: It is his fate to bear the mantle.
Superman: Do not talk to me about fate. All of you people of magic— you sorcerers... All your talk about fate and destiny... This is wrong. No boy should have the responsibility of the world on his shoulders. It is fate chosen by men. He is just a boy.
Superman/Shazam: First Thunder

"Stop right there, you impostor. I must say that I had placed the blindest of confidences, the solidest of hopes and the most sincere belief in you. We can well say that I have erred to the bones. But the real betrayer is rather the one who lies beyond the eye of the cat. What have you done, <Player Name>? Is the opaque mist of the sceneristic frame really your excuse for killing wife and child? You have not purified this place. You have destroyed, eradicated it. You have immersed it into a pristine nothingness."
The Judge confronting the Batter and player, OFF

"You blamed your brother for eating the donut and now you walk out on your mission companion?! You're a DICK!"
Jesus to Elder Price, The Book of Mormon, "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"

"Hey! Stop destroying everything! C'mon, act like a damn hero!"
Stan Lee to Superman, Bad Days episode #36

"All I ever wanted to do was be a part of your team. Bringing the mail and supplies is all about helping everyone. And now when somebody really needs our help, we're sitting on our butts! If this is what it means to be a mail dog...I'm not sure this is what I want to be."
Kodi, Balto 3: Wings Of Change

Avenger: How dare you stand by and do nothing while your allies use such dishonourable tactics! And you call yourself a knight?
Saber: Were I the Master and not the Servant, I would agree. However, I am neither Archer's ally nor am I his Master. I have no say in his tactics. I am my Master's weapon and nothing more.
Avenger: Then you are a coward for hiding behind that reason!

You break into my home, steal away my child, kill my servant Toby, and then return to kill me? After I befriended you and helped you? Some hero you are!
Katrina, Quest for Glory IV