23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here.
Fighter: I'm surprised. I mean, if I was in your shoes, I'd feel personally responsible for being unable to stop or at least heal all of this needless devastation.
White Mage: (Collapsing to knees) Personally responsible.
Fighter: The total obliteration of a city under your protection, I dunno. To me, that sounds like the kind of thing that changes a person. And then it makes you kill everyone else in your order to steal their power and use it to destroy the world so that these things don't ever happen in the first place.
Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer's day with a hot wind in your face and a warm hand to hold. Oh, yes, I'd kill for that.
— Mr. Freeze, Batman: The Animated Series
Mr. Freeze: There's enough energy here to destroy the whole compound, Batman. I suggest you find a way out.
Batman: Freeze, think! This can't be what you want. You'll only cause more pain, more suffering.
Mr. Freeze: No. I end it. When this goes... I go too.
She is in love with the devil, she's in love with Lucifer,
this is her revenge for all the years of pain and tears.
Fire is falling from the sky, she's burning down her past.
She starts a new life, to hell with Jesus Christ
They...The mortals art ignorant, prideful animals... They doth lie to one another, injure themselves and their fellows, and kill each other and all around them for sport! Their folly is immeasurable.
...I knoweth full very well that 'tis our duty as a god to protect the mortals. But they be not worthy of that protection! They are beyond salvation!
— Fou-lu, Breath of Fire IV
There are people in this world that are driven to evil because of what their life has forced them to endure.
— Rich Burlew, author of The Order of the Stick
It was bad, Mama. They laughed at me.
— Carrie White, Carrie
So we're left with a kid who has superpowers, gross genetic defects, and a good reason to hate Superman. We're betting that he's going to end up a supervillain, and you know what? If he takes on Superman we think we're rooting for the kid.
You're just two people who have thrown their toys out of their cot because they feel injured.
You wouldn't dare try to justify yourself if you knew what I'd lost.
— Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight
"Evil must be confronted." [Many years of abuse later...] "Evil must be deleted."
— Teru Mikami, Death Note
Why create when it will only be destroyed? Why cling to life, knowing that you have to die? None of it will have meant anything once you do...
Now Dr. Horrible is here!
To make you quake with fear!
To make the whole world kneel,
And I won't feel...
"You know who isn't human? You know who isn't human?! PEOPLE LIKE YOU!"
— Lucy, Elfen Lied
Is it okay if I exist? (silence) .... PLEASE CARE ABOUT ME! ... Nobody cares about me... Everyone can just die.
— Shinji Ikari, The End of Evangelion
She sits in her corner
Singing herself to sleep
Wrapped in all of the promises
That no one seems to keep
She no longer cries to herself,
No tears left to wash away
Just diaries of empty pages,
Feelings gone astray
But she will sing
'Till everything burns,
While everyone screams,
Burning their lies
Burning my dreams
All of this hate
And all of this pain
I'll burn it all down
As my anger reigns
'Till everything burns
— "Everything Burns" by Ben Moody and Anastacia
She was a very disturbed child. Terrible, debilitating nightmares. Hallucinations. Hysteria. She never had a chance for a normal life. It was Disler who realized she was telepathic. He speculated that she was extremely sensitive to the negative emotions of people around her. We only removed her from that chamber twice. She was fifteen when the first prototype was born. She was supposed to be comatose, but she started screaming when we induced labor, and didn't stop until the liquid filled her lungs. There are any number of plausible scientific explanations for what followed, but it was really just a question of hatred. It is the way of men to create monsters... and it is the nature of monsters to destroy their makers.
— Harlan Wade, about Alma, FEAR
Alright, so maybe I am killing everyone in the school because nobody loves me! Let's face it, alright. The only place where different social types can genuinely get along with each other is in heaven.
— J.D., Heathers
He gave his life for his people, but he did not die. [...] That was the truth behind this terrible, burning thing. No creature in all the cosmos deserved what had happened to the Storm King.
"I'm sorry... you should not have suffered so."
— Seoman Snowlock, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
I joined this group of revolutionaries to take my revenge on the world.
— Sniper Wolf, Metal Gear Solid
In those days when I was used
Like a decorative doll
I was already broken a long time ago
So I wanted to destroy it all
It's a very powerful medicine
Its' effects will stay inside you forever
Now it's finally time for me to go to sleep
I'll turn from Princess Sandman into Sleeping Beauty...
—Margarita Blankenheim, Gift From The Princess Who Brought Sleep
This world rejects me
This world threw me away
This world never gave me a chance
This world gonna have to pay
— "Burn," Nine Inch Nails
No! You have to let me install the firewall to stop it! Or Venjix will spread beyond Alphabet Soup! No! I just wanted to go outside! No, please, it could infect the entire world!
— Dr. K, Power Rangers RPM
When I lost her, I promised myself retribution. And for twenty five years I planned my revenge against the Federation, and forgot what it was like to live a normal life. But I did not forget the pain. It's a pain that every surviving Vulcan now shares. My purpose, Christopher, is to not simply avoid the destruction of the home that I love, but to create a Romulus that exists free of the Federation. You see, only then will she be truly saved. That is why I will destroy all the remaining Federation planets, starting with yours.
— Nero, Star Trek
Say, how about we put an end to all of this? The two of us could become Witches and destroy everything! Everything in this world that has ever made us hate, everything that has ever made us cry, will turn to ashes until nothing is left, like it was all just a bad dream! We'd have no worries! Isn't that nice?
— Akemi Homura, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Aside from Timpani, no treasure mattered in the least to me...
— Count Bleck, Super Paper Mario
We all deserve to die
Tell you why, Mrs. Lovett, tell you why.
Because in all of the whole human race, Mrs. Lovett
There are two kinds of men and only two
There's the one staying put in his proper place
And the one with his foot in the other one's face
Look at me, Mrs. Lovett, look at you
No, we all deserve to die
Even you, Mrs. Lovett, even I
Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief
For the rest of us death will be a relief
We all deserve to die.
And I'll never see Johanna
No ,I'll never hug my girl to me - finished!
Alright! You sir, you sir, how about a shave?
Come and visit your good friend Sweeney.
You sir, too sir? Welcome to the grave.
Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.
Once, there was an Ugly Barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The End.
— Patrick Star, narrator of "The Ugly Barnacle"
Please don't go
I want you to stay
I'm begging you please
Oh please don't leave here
I don't want you to hate
For all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion
trying to change you...''
— "Illusion," VNV Nation
People are all held in balance by what they stand to lose and what they stand to gain. The most dangerous of those men are those who have nothing to lose and nothing to gain. When you have nothing to risk, not even your future.
There was one SOLDIER named Sephiroth, who was better than the rest. But when he found out about the terrible experiments that made him, he began to hate Shinra. And then, over time, he began to hate everything. Shinra, and the people against them. Sephiroth, who hated the planet so much that he wanted to make it go away. And the people who tried to stop him.
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
My retribution is eternal, spirit, as is my pain. This is justice, no more.
—Zathrian, Dragon Age: Origins