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"Okay, look. We both said a lot of things that you're going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster."
GLaDOS, Portal 2

A Stock Phrase often directed towards a Big Bad or other particularly evil character. If a character is saying this, it's a good indication that whoever the statement is directed towards has either crossed the Moral Event Horizon in the character's eyes or just so happened to press their Berserk Button.

See You're Insane! for when a character is calling another crazy rather than evil. This can also lead to an Insult Backfire if a particularly wicked villain takes pride in this label.

This trope can also be used to point out how powerful the addressee is. A monster that doesn't have the capacity to do harm isn't much of a monster, after all, so calling someone a monster incorporates an admission that they're a force to be reckoned with. If the addressee is a tragic character, being powerful may be all it takes for them to be called a monster no matter how kind and pacifistic they are.

In dramatic situations, this carries the same weight as the Japanese This Is Unforgivable!. Unrelated to You Bastard!, but there may be overlap if the work's being fairly Anvilicious. May be the cause or effect (but mostly cause) of a Villainous Breakdown.

This often shows up in What Measure Is a Non-Human? scenarios, often targeted at a character who either is or is trying to be human.

Villains who use this can invoke Even Evil Has Standards, especially when someone does an evil act that they consider more atrocious.

Compare Complete Monster, in which the audience feels that the character is irredeemable. This phrase is quite effective when directed towards a Complete Monster. Also compare Cowardice Callout, which is when someone is called out on their shortcomings related to a lack of courage, and What the Hell, Hero? when a protagonist rather than a villain is called out for un-heroic behavior. Contrast with You Rebel Scum!, where the general populace in-story has been convinced that the protagonists are evil. See also I Am a Monster when they consider themselves to be evil or inhuman. Note that this trope is not meant to call out someone who betrayed the heroes. That would be Et Tu, Brute?


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  • Black Lagoon. Janet Bhai is running away from gangsters, while Sister Eda is driving next to her in a car.
    Sister Eda: Do you want us to save you? Think hard. If you don't want to hand over the plates, I guess we don't have a choice. You'd better run to a mosque next time. What do you think? [snip]
    Janet Bhai: 30,000 dollars!
    Sister Eda: Rock, it's almost my bedtime. I'm going back to the church.
    Janet Bhai: You monster! 100,000!
  • In the TV series of Hellsing, there's this exchange:
    Alexander Anderson: You monster.
    Alucard: I get that a lot.
    • Also happens quite a lot in Hellsing Ultimate.
      Alucard: Come on, get up! Attack me! You've only suffered the loss of your legs. Summon up your familiars, transform your body, heal your severed legs and stand! The evening is still so young. Come on! Hurry, Hurry! HURRY!!! Pull yourself together, the fun has just begun. Come on, HURRY!
      Luke Valentine: MONSTER!!!

      SWAT member: No! You're a monster!
      Alucard: Yes, people keep telling me that. And what does that make you who would stand against me, Soldier? A man? A dog? A monster?
  • Nanoha from Lyrical Nanoha gets this a lot.
    • In the second season, it's the "villains" who refer to the eponymous heroine as a devil (after she shrugs off enough magical punishment to kill a lesser being 20 times over, no less). Her reaction?
      Nanoha: I'm fine with being a devil... I'll just use my hellish tools to get you to listen!
    • In the third season Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Dieci wonders if Nanoha is human after being quickly defeated and seeing the amount of power Nanoha had at the start of the battle — ironic, seeing how she is one of the few mages of her level who actually are.
    • Signum also comments "Good grief, you monster. I thought I was going to die back there." to Nanoha in the last chapter of the StrikerS manga after their mock battle concludes in a draw. Kind of hypocritical of her, as she probably came closer to killing Nanoha with her fiery explosions.
  • In Naruto, Sakura refers to Sasori as a monster due to his lack of empathy towards others, on account on him having a puppet body and all and being a member of the Akatsuki.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the original series, during the King Piccolo Saga, the titular villain calls Goku a monster when he starts noticing Goku's incredible strength. Unflappably, Goku replies the same goes for Piccolo.
      King Piccolo: You... You're a monster!
      Son Goku: That makes two of us!
    • Possibly the most often-quoted dialogue exchange in Dragon Ball Z comes from the eighth movie, Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, though it is more of a variation. The titular villain is completely curbstomping the heroes and has just roughed up Gohan, when Piccolo shows up. The dialogue is usually translated along these lines:
      Broly: So, another little bug has come to die!
      Piccolo: Hmph. Do as you like, you monster.
      Broly: A monster? No, you're wrong, I'm THE DEVIL!
    • Dragon Ball Z Kai has Goku say this after Krillin's death and Frieza's subsequent threat:
      Frieza: *laughs* I think the brat should go next.
      Goku: Y-You ruthless... heartless... BASTARD! I WILL... MAKE YOU... SUFFER!
    • Android 18 yells this before attacking Cell and being absorbed.
    • In an ironic twist of fate, Cell, who has killed more than 600,000 people, ends up calling Gohan a monster, after Gohan has turned into a sadistic Super Saiyan 2.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku yells this after Goku Black tells him that after swapping bodies with Goku in another timeline, he murdered Goku in front of Chi-Chi and Goten and then killed them as well.
  • Rave Master: "Grrrrrrrr — you monster!"
  • Claymore: Teresa and the recently awakened Rosemary have this exchange:
    Teresa: Monster... That makes two of us.
  • Gunslinger Girl. Cyborg assassin Triela calls Badass Normal terrorist Pinocchio this during their Final Battle, because he doesn't just keel over and die like all her other targets. After Pinocchio throws her out a window, only to have Triela smash through another plate-glass window after him, Pinocchio can only comment dryly, "Who's the monster now?"
  • Darker than Black: The line shows up several times, but it's usually as much due to Fantastic Racism as to actually evil behavior. Though given the nature of supers in this show, there's some intersect there.
  • Fist of the North Star: In response to a demand for his name from one of the early bad guys, Kenshiro replies "I don't give my name to monsters." Said early bad guy had just forced a villager to try to shoot a can off the head of his little boy who was tied to a stake, William Tell style.
  • Kill la Kill: Ryuko Matoi is blown away by the sudden info in Episode 11 when she learns that Nui Harime is the one who killed her father. After giving it a minute to sink in, she flies into a terrifying rage, punctuated by the furious scream of "YOU BITCH!" directed towards the murderer.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: "Anyone who abandons his reason, and lives only by hatred, is a monster!" Interestingly, in the Japanese version, the term "Demon Beast" (which was replaced by "monster" in the dubnote ) is used to describe someone who is consumed by hatred. And, in fact, anyone who has been so not only is considered a monster, it's also possible for that someone to turn into one.
  • Trigun: Vash the Stampede gets this periodically, even for just his skills and reputation. When things about his... special body come out this trope gets cranked up, such as the shooting-a-hole-in-the-moon thing. The single saddest example is when he saves a town in the Maximum manga shortly after being forcibly introduced to just how flexible he is, and winds up reflexively catching a bullet with a 'feather' from his arm. The townspeople stone him.
    • On the other hand, if you try this on his Evil Twin he'll just smile.
    • Wolfwood got this at least once, too. Although no one was harder on Wolfwood than Wolfwood, except maybe Lazlo and Master C.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed calls his sadistic brother Pride a beast, and shortly before that, tells human allies that even he (a Humanoid Abomination) considers Pride (more of an Eldritch Abomination) a monster.
    • When an amnesiac Greed kills his friend Bido, unlocking his memories, an enraged Ling calls him a monster for abandoning his friend.
    • Upon seeing Scar and hearing from Ed that he killed her parents, Winry undergoes a breakdown on the spot, questions why he would do such a thing after they saved his life and uses this quote before she picks up a gun dropped by a soldier.
  • From the first episode of Tenchi Muyo!, during the title character's fight with Ryoko:
    Tenchi: If I had my way, I wouldn't be fighting a monster like you!
    Ryoko: Monster? Tell me, just exactly what makes you call a pretty young lady like me A MONSTER?!
    Tenchi: Oh, come on! You walk through fire, you walk through walls, you rip holes in the roof and you can even fly!
    Ryoko: Very good reasons, but not good enough!
  • In the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games, Link hits Onox with this in outrage after Onox kills Pyoko.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • A very interesting (and complicated) example when Eren confronts Reiner and Bertolt concerning their crimes. As enemy agents, they've been responsible for the majority of death and destruction in the series, by destroying the Walls and providing information for Annie's attack on the 57th Expedition. Ironically, Eren's rant specifically condemns them for expressing remorse over their actions, calling them inhuman monsters that have no right to even feel guilt after learning that Reiner's crushing guilt over his actions has caused him to begin blocking out his true memories in order to continue functioning. Ymir immediately calls Eren out as well, making it clear that his overly-simple worldview makes him unreliable and unable to grasp the bigger picture. Considering one of the major themes of the series is He Who Fights Monsters, accusations about exactly who is a monster are common and rarely simple.
    • Armin attempts to trick Bertolt by falsely claiming Annie is being tortured. Bertolt loses his temper and calls Armin a Devil-Spawn before lunging at him, dropping his guard long enough for Erwin to rescue Eren.
  • Deconstructed in Kotoura-san; Haruka Kotoura was called a "monster" as a child and the memory of it is enough to cause either Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises and/or Dull Eyes of Unhappiness as she reverts into her pessimistic and broken persona. She's normally a good person; however, her always-on Telepathy often makes her look like an Innocently Insensitive mental invader towards others, hence the accusation.
  • Turned upside-down and rammed in the nearest bin in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan: Sakura takes off the halo of his would-be angelic assassin Sabato-chan (who has tried ash him with lightning on several occasions), and gets 'SAKURA-KUN YOU MONSTER!!!' — on the basis that this'll give her uber-explosive diarrhea. All the funnier for the fact that previously she, with obvious glee, explained to Sakura that it's what he did to the titular protagonist — who turned up to save him from Sabato.
  • Variation in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. Robert. E. O. Speedwagon doesn't tell Dio Brando that he's a monster so much as he lets Jonathan Joestar know just how vile Dio is.
    Speedwagon:"I like you, Jonathan, so I'm gonna offer up this little tidbit pro bono: living in the gutter, you learn to spot lowlifes pretty quick if you want to see tomorrow. I've trained my nose to sort out the bad ones from the good just from a sniff. This fellow reeks of brimstone and blood worse than anyone I've ever laid eyes on!"
  • Spriggan. Played for laughs in "Forest of No Return", when Yu Ominae and Yoshino Somei capture a mook fleeing the Monster of the Week.
    Yoshino: We just have a few questions for you. What exactly, are the things you're fighting?
    Mook: M-Monsters!
    Yoshino: (punches him) Hey! We're no monsters!
    Mook: No, monsters! Monsters are coming!
  • In the season finale of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, after Suletta splatters a terrorist in front of Miorine, all Miorine can do is call Suletta a murderer.

    Comic Books 
  • Used in a Samurai Jack story from the 17th issue of Cartoon Network Action Block. An Animal Wrongs Group deceives Jack into setting free a bunch of large and vicious predators, telling him that the beasts are being unfairly imprisoned when their true intention is to allow the creatures to kill everyone in the city that their imprisonment was protecting. After Jack kills all the beasts to save the city and has the trio of insane animal rights activists locked up in the cage that once held the creatures, one of the activists laments the demises of "those poor beautiful monsters".
    Jack: No, they were pitiful. You are the monsters.
  • In Superman storyline The Hunt for Reactron, Lois Lane calls Reactron a monster when he is beating Supergirl and Nightwing ruthlessly and gleefully. Reactron replies she does not know one man when she sees one, prompting Lois to reply she definitely does, and Reactron is no man at all.
    Lois Lane: Monster!
    Reactron: Monster? Your problem, lady, is that you don't know a real man when you meet one.
    Lois: Sure I do [Karate chop to the neck]
    Reactron: AAAHHH!
    Lois: —You're just NOT him!
  • Prowl deservedly gets one of these from Springer in The Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers for having Kup's brain suborned while he was being repaired after the events of Spotlight: Kup, so that if desired he could take over Kup's brain and use the much-respected veteran as a literal mouthpiece for his ideas to Optimus or the Autobots at large, banking on their respect for him to make them accept an idea where it would be otherwise rejected coming from Prowl himself. Prowl responds in the most Prowl way imaginable.
    Springer: You're a monster, Prowl.
    Prowl: Noted.
  • Ultimate Vision: "Gah Lak Tus was the very definition of "monster" to me. But then I met you, doctor Tarleton. Definition — amended."
  • The Walking Dead: One of the Governor's goons, Lilly, calls him a monster with a Precision F-Strike after he makes her kill a woman along with her infant daughter. Then she blows his brains out.
  • X-23 says this to Mystique in issue 12 of Wolverines after the latter carries out a plot to kill Fang by exposing and destroying a gland which allows his species to be cloned over and over whenever they're killed.

    Fan Works 
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: Turnabout Substitution: Apollo yells this to Rhea once she confesses to him that she was the one who did all the killings that Enlemeyer was accused of.
  • In Batman: Melody for a Mockingbird, this trope is a combination of Berserk Button and Trauma Button for the Big Bad, Tommy Elliot, because they were the last words his mother said to him before he killed her. Not that he doesn't tick every single box on a monster criteria list.
  • Wisdom and Courage: During a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in chapter 33, Zelda declares that, for all of her claims of wanting to avenge her ancestors, it's clear that all Veran really is, is a power-hungry witch who steals whatever power sources she can find, just so she can cause destruction and chaos for her own amusement, outright telling Veran that she isn't the Queen of Shadows as she claims to be, but "a monster that crawled forth from them."
  • Cheerilee's Garden: Applejack tells this to Cheerilee before being forced to cut her own hind leg off.
  • Code Prime has CC call Megatron a monster, demon, and the Devil incarnate in quick succession. Megatron let her know he viewed her words as a compliment.
    Megatron: "Foolish girl. You only realize that now?"
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 7 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, Pharynx calls the Storm King one for petrifying Tempest Shadow and laughing at it.
    The Storm King (sarcastically): "Really, what gave it away? Was it the face, the army, the cloven hooves?"
  • In the Hasbroverse's story The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand, Optimus Prime calls Queen Celestia this after she reveals that she turned her own sister Luna and her niece Cadence into her mindless pawns.
  • In the Facing the Future Series, Maddie made one of these comments when she learned how Vlad violated Danny's DNA in his cloning experiments.
  • In Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità, Germany and Japan call the homophobe this in their respective languages. Japan also called the bully a monster in Japanese and Germany called Japan that in English during their fight over Italy.
  • The Immortal Game: Twilight Sparkle calls Nihilius, a wicked power-hungry entity controlling her body, a monster. Nihilius' reaction?
    Twilight! Calling me a monster does not do your vocabulary or my actions any justice. I’m just getting started, kiddo.
  • The Night Unfurls has this often directed towards the anti-heroic protagonist of the story.
    • Original version:
      • Chapter 8: Kyril notices an anonymous mook he eviscerated, barely alive. He calls Kyril a monster as he approaches the mortally wounded man to interrogate him. His statement proves to be spot-on, given how Kyril suddenly has tendrils coming out of his hand...
      • Chapter 20: A thug is on the receiving end of Chloe's Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique. Now a wailing mess tied to a chair, he screams, "You can't do this to me, you damned monster!"
      • Chapter 23: Claudia is appalled at Kyril's suggestion that the prisoners taken from Scathlocke are to be executed. She highlights that he has become a monster via a rhetorical question ("And so you would become a monster in order to win this war?"). Kyril replies, "I am a monster, Lady Claudia, in case you haven't noticed."
      • Chapter 25: Claudia, livid about Kyril putting her husband Klaus under protective custody due to suspicions about Klaus being a traitor, calls him an "insolent cur". Kyril insists that this measure is for Klaus's safety, in case he gets silenced.
    • Remastered version:
      • Chapter 2: Kyril is called a "knave"note  by Alicia when she sees Prim and the Hunter together, angry that a dangerous person like him is with her cousin. As he makes his way back to his own campsite, Kendra, one of Alicia's seconds, says behind his back, "A monster. No way around it."
      • Chapter 2: After fending off an ambush from an orc war band, Kyril suggests that Alicia's group should head to a safer area as soon as possible, having no time to pay respect to their dead. Vera, one of Alicia's seconds, calls him out.
        Vera: You are a heartless bastard! Let us grieve our dead, for pity's sake!
        Kyril: The orcs will come back. If we're still here we all die. Who will grieve then?
      • Chapter 7: Olga calls Kyril "an unfeeling, accursed wretch", believing that Kyril is indifferent to the fate of her people. Kyril agrees.
      • Chapter 9: Morgan calls Kyril a bastard when he notices his camp is attacked by the Hunter.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Page calls the Nightmare “horrid” for what it’s done. It roars back that its whole Purpose is to terrify others away from evil and back onto the straight and narrow path of righteousness.
  • DIGIMON SAVEZ THE WROLD!!1111: When the Evil Scintist gloats about his Doomsday Device and how Digimon is too late to stop him, Digimon calls the villain a monster, vowing to destroy him.
  • In The Swarm of War, these are Elegas’ final words to Elric. Elric’s reply is “Well, I am a monster now, Elegas”.
  • The Ultimate Evil: When Shendu eventually forces Valerie Payne to assist him by possessing her body, she feels betrayed by him and tells him that her friends in the Chan household were right about him being a monster. The rejection of his Morality Pet and the target of his Villainous Crush stings Shendu more than he would have ever believed.
  • In a Fairy Tail fan fiction that rewrites Chapter 372 of the manga, where Erza tortures Kyouka as payback for the Cold-Blooded Torture she put her through in the actual series, Kyouka shouts "YOU'RE EVIL! YOU'RE A MONSTER! YOU'RE A SADIST!" Needless to say, Erza didn't take kindly to that, reminding her of all the torture she put Erza through, and calling her "evil," "a monster" and "a sadist," slamming Kyouka's face to the floor after using each phrase.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Shrek, the Gingerbread Man calls Lord Farquaad this in the form of "You're a monster!" A half-comedic example, Farquaad is still doing something pretty horrific at the time. When called this, Faarquad responds in kind.
    Lord Faarquad: I'm not the monster here, YOU are! You and that fairy tale trash, poisoning my perfect world!
  • The Simpsons Movie: Lisa shouts it at Homer, after learning that it was he who caused the ecological disaster that got Springfield placed under a dome.
  • The King and I has this in the scene when the king is about to kill the servant girl.
  • In The Little Mermaid (1989), Ariel calls Ursula a monster when she turns King Triton, her father, into a polyp.
  • Beauty and the Beast: This little exchange when Gaston sees how much Belle loves the Beast:
    Gaston: Belle, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you had feelings for this monster.
    Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. You are!
    [at that, Gaston has a Villainous Breakdown]
  • Similar to the one above, Strange Magic has Roland mocking the Bog King as a beast after Roland finds out he fell in love with Marianne, a fairy princess. Marianne call him out on it and seeing as Roland was about to forcibly use a Love Potion on her, it's obvious who the actual monster is.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Mantis states this in amazement as Po manages to fit a whopping forty dumplings in his mouth and set a new record.
  • An indirect version in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In the opening song, narrator Clopin asks "Now here is a riddle to guess if you can: Who is the monster and who is the man?" Frollo does call baby Quasimodo a monster when he sees that the child is misformed, and tries to kill him for it. You can probably figure out on your own to which character the riddle alludes. This is later reprised at the end of the movie when Clopin asks, "Now here is a riddle to guess if you can: What makes a monster and what makes a man?"
  • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Bruce Wayne describes his old enemy The Joker as this.
    Terry McGinnis: It's funny, I know about all your other major enemies but you never mentioned him. He was the biggest, wasn't he?
    Bruce Wayne: It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath, a monster.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, there is a minor version of this, although the subjected character isn't exactly a monster to that standard, but the effect is no less powerful. When Ralph remorsefully wrecks Vanellope's kart, the poor girl is Forced to Watch and screaming and sobbing all the time as she sees her dream wrecked by the person she just trusted and considered a hero. When all said was done, she utters this word before running off heartbroken:
    Vanellope: You really are a bad guy...
  • Dave from Penguins of Madagascar doesn't deny being a monster when he's called one, saying that everyone made that clear every day of his life. So then he says he'll turn the penguins into monsters so that they'll know what he felt like.
  • Parodied in Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, where Rhonda calls La Sombra a monster for refusing to give her the Wi-Fi password. This shocks La Sombra because the Wi-Fi password actually was "You Monster", so he promptly orders one of his henchmen to change it.
  • The Ethical Bug from Puss in Boots: The Last Wish calls Big Jack Horner an "irredeemable monster" after he realizes he's really just a cruel, selfish person who doesn’t care about the lives of his men and who wants to use his wish to gain incredible magic power and Take Over the World to satisfy his own fragile ego. Jack's response is to mockingly ask what took him so long to notice.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Air Force One, Alice says this to Korshunov.
    Alice Marshall: You are a monster. And my father is a great man. You're nothing like my father.
  • Babes in Toyland (1934) with Laurel and Hardy has an outraged Little Bo-Beep calling Barnaby a monster after he framed Tom-Tom for pig-napping.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: When Bruno's mother finds out what's really going on at the concentration camp she starts having frequent fights with her husband (the SS commander of the camp in question), at one point stating that she married a monster whose own mother couldn't even love him.
  • Dark Blue. After Perry's partner Bobby is gunned down on the streets due to Perry's corrupting influence, Beth calls him out on his actions and blames him for Bobby's death. It's capped off with this declaration:
    Beth: I hope that you burn in hell, Eldon Perry, you evil motherfucker.
  • In Die Hard with a Vengeance, Simon actively attempts to avoid this trope when he reveals he lied about planting a bomb in a school.
    Simon: I'm a soldier, not a monster. Even though I sometimes work for monsters.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Man of Steel: Early on, Jor-El condemns General Zod and his military coup;
      Jor-El: You abandoned the principles that bound us together. You have taken up the sword against your own people. I will honor the man you once were, not this monster you've become.
    • Justice League (2017): Victor Stone resents his father Silas for turning him into a Half-Human Hybrid Cyborg to save his life.
      Victor: Does anyone know? At the lab.. does anyone know that I'm alive?
      Silas: I...I didn't think that you were ready to...
      Victor: To what? For them to see the monster?
      Silas: You are not a monster!
      Victor: It's weird that you thought I meant me.
    • Zack Snyder's Justice League: Victor accuses his father of having "created a monster" this time around.
  • In The Fifth Element, Priest Vito Cornelius tells Zorg "You're a monster", to which Zorg replies "I know."
  • Ghost Rider (2007) inverts this when the titular character, Johnny Blaze, After putting an end to Legion by using the penance stare on every single soul he absorbed, refers to himself as a monster when his love interest approaches him, feeling that he is absolutely unworthy of her love due to feeling shame about the form he has to take on.
  • Godzilla King Of The Monsters: After witnessing the destruction that all the Titans left, Madison coldly (and full of tears) chews her mother out for causing said destruction.
    Madison: You're a monster...
  • Haunter: When Lisa talks to the ghost of Frances, the Pale Man's first victim, she says that he was simply a monster.
  • In the original ending of Little Shop of Horrors when Seymour finally confronts Audrey II.
    Seymour: You're a monster, and so am I! It's gotta end, it's gotta stop right here!.
  • Lolita (1962). Charlotte Haze after she's read Humbert's diary, which reveals his disdain for her and lust for her daughter.
  • Lost in Space: when told "You're a monster." Smith responds with a terse "Yes."
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Natasha levels this one at Loki in The Avengers after he tells her what he has in mind for Barton and her in detail, bringing her to tears.
      Natasha: You're a monster!
      Loki: Oh no, you brought the monster.
      Natasha: [turns calmly to look at him] So, Banner. That's your play.
    • Thor: The Dark World: Loki calls Kurse, who is the one who killed his mother Frigga, a monster right before killing him with one of his own black hole grenades.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Janet turns against Kang, who she just thinks is a scientist trapped in the Quantum Realm like her, when she has a glimpse of his mind and learns how he has erased countless timelines and killed and killed many, many people — and will kill trillions more if he escapes the Quantum Realm. When they meet up again in the present day, Kang asks what she saw, and she only replies that she saw a monster.
  • In Murder by Decree, Watson and Holmes give different views on Foxborough and his willingness to sacrifice Mary Kelly for the sake of radical change.
    Watson: He is out of his senses. He doesn’t know what he is saying.
    Holmes: Oh Yes he does, Watson. He knows full well. He knows exactly what he is doing. A man devoid of conscience. As guilty as the murderer himself.
  • Orphan: First Kill: After finally learning Leena is not actually Esther when her dentures slip out as he caresses her face, Allen rejects her by calling her a monster. Leena kills him for it, ending the Albright family. The only member of the Albright family that Leena did not cause the death of through her actions was the real Esther Albright.
  • In Rampage (2018), before George devours Claire Wyden:
    Claire Wyden: What are you doing?
    Dr. Kate Caldwell: Feeding the monster to the gorilla!
  • In Return to Cabin by the Lake, a mob of protestors call the (presumed dead) serial killer Stanley a twisted monster. Near the end the heroine, after earlier attempts to understand the mind of the killer, notes that he's simply an evil bastard who doesn't deserve to live.
  • At the end of 1997 movie, Rosewood (which dramatized the lynchings in Rosewood, Florida), the main antagonist admires his accomplishment in managing to scare off the African-Americans that managed to escape being killed, when he spots his young teenaged son with a sack on his back. When he asks what he's up to, the son tells him he's running away; his father tells to knock it off and get back in the house, but the boy calls him a monster and runs off, with his father calling him to come back.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events has the villain do this to the hero in The Film of the Book:
    Count Olaf: I'm the monster? You're the monster.
  • In The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Frederick Chilton, the head of the insane asylum that houses the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, describes Lecter as a monster.
    Chilton: [to Clarice Starling] Oh, he's a monster. Pure psychopath. So rare to capture one alive. From a research point of view, Lecter is our most prized asset.
  • Averted in Sputnik. Tatyana discovers that the alien monster is being fed with live prisoners. The doctor studying the alien protests that it's the military doing this and not him.
    Rigel: What, do you think I'm a monster?
    Tatyana: You're not a monster, you're a coward. A highly adaptive and hardy specimen.
  • The book and record set adaptation of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock has Kirk doing this when his son David loses the fight against one of Klingons:
    Kirk: You Klingon monster! You killed my son!
  • Star Wars:
  • In Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Chad believes this about Tucker and Dale, saying "I've never been so close to pure evil." He's technically right with that statement, though not in the way he thinks.
  • What's New Pussycat? opens with Dr. Fassbender (Peter Sellers) in a shouting argument with his wife. He yells: "You are a monster and a monster in that order!"
  • Grandpa Joe calls Willy Wonka this in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory after he refuses to let Charlie receive his promised reward. "You're an inhuman monster!" It was actually a Secret Test of Character.
    • Mrs. Gloop calls Wonka a "terrible man" after her son, Augustus, is sent through the chocolate river's pipes to the fudge room. In the source novel she says "You monster!" instead, specifically because Wonka finds the whole situation funny and is laughing hysterically.
  • Wolves: Cayden's first transformation is triggered when he and his high school girlfriend are gettin' busy in his car. She gets badly hurt, with slashes across her back, and runs away screaming that he's a monster. He finds it hard to argue as he wakes up in his house, covered in blood, next to his parents' savaged bodies.
  • X-Men Film Series:

  • The Empirium Trilogy: Remy calls Eliana a monster upon finding out that she killed their mother.
  • Parodied Percy Jackson and the Olympians fourth book, Annabeth to Geryon (who is a literal monster).
    Annabeth: You're a monster.
    Geryon: What gave it away? Was it the three chests?
  • In The Stand, Whitney Horgan protests the impending crucifixion of Larry Underwood and Ralph Bretner, having finally had enough of Flagg's evil. As Flagg prepares to kill Whitney with demonic lightning, Whitney tells him to his face that Flagg isn't a man at all but some kind of devil. Flagg agrees, then fries Whitney.
  • In the Graveyard Book Scarlett calls Bod a monster after he saves her from one of the Jacks.
  • In Heart of Steel, super-villain Alistair calls Cyborg Jim a monster once he discovers that Jim was directly responsible for Julia's PTSD, because he suspected she was planning on breaking up with him.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Heinrich Kemmler, the necromancer, was apparently so completely and thoroughly evil that beings which literally have no concept of morality (Bob) or are as close to irredeemably evil as makes no difference (Mab) unironically refer to him as a monster.
    • There is also the vampire Lara Raith, who is perfectly comfortable in her role as a monster, and mocks anyone who thinks her neat, efficient, habitually polite and highly attractive surface makes her less of one.
  • Moonraker: James Bond concludes his "Reason You Suck" Speech to Hugo Drax/Graf Hugo von der Drache in an effort to drive him into a Villainous Breakdown by calling him a "great hairy-faced lunatic." It works.
    Bond: It's a remarkable case-history. Galloping paranoia. Delusions of jealousy and persecution. Megalomaniac hatred and desire for revenge. Curiously enough, it may have something to do with your teeth. Diastema, they call it. Comes from sucking your thumb when you're a child. Yes. I expect that's what the psychologists will say when they get you into the lunatic asylum. "Ogre's teeth." Being bullied at school and so on. Extraordinary the effect it has on a child. Then Nazism helped to fan the flames and then came the crack on your ugly head. The crack you engineered yourself. I expect that settled it. From then on you were really mad. Same sort of thing as people who think they're God. Extraordinary what tenacity they have. Absolute fanatics. You're almost a genius. Lombroso would have been delighted with you. As it is you're just a mad dog that'll have to be shot. Or else you'll commit suicide. Paranoiacs generally do. Too bad. Sad business. And now let's get on with this farce, you great hairy-faced lunatic.
  • In Twig, when Sylvester arranges for Mary to near-fatally poison a socialite as a distraction, one of the hostages he's taken calls him this. He laughs it off, noting that at least he's aware that he's a monster, while his hostages (a doctor who regularly helps mutilate convicts and indentured servants and two members of the Decadent Court he works for) can pretend that they're not because it's happening to people beneath their notice.
  • At the end of The Way Of Kings, the assassin Szeth meets his secret master Taravangian for the first time. After he explains a bit about the scope of his plans and the deaths he has caused (including the murders he's had Szeth commit for him), Szeth bluntly calls him a monster. Taravangian admits that he is a monster... but that he is the monster who intends to save the world.
  • In My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, Keith has already been insulted as Son of a Whore by his birth father's family, since he was, indeed, born from his father sleeping with a prostitute. However, after he activated his magic at fivenote , he gained this as his extra insult, as the activation itself was a case of Power Incontinence which seriously injured some of his legitimate half-siblings.

    Live-Action TV 
  • American Horror Story:
    • Murder House: Pretty much everybody believes this of Tate at some point or another.
      Tate: I know. I'm the last person you want to see right now.
      Ben: You're not a person. You're a monster.
    • Asylum: Sister Jude says this to Kit when he is brought into Briarcliff.
      Sister Jude: Your story about little green men? No, never will do here.
      Kit: They weren't human. They were monsters.
      Sister Jude: All monsters are human. You're a monster.
    • Serial killer Bloody face a.k.a Doctor Thredson has the audacity to call Lana a monster because she claims she aborted the child she conceived by his rapes.
  • Wes calls the Pyleans bastards when Angel says they made Cordelia scream.
  • Babylon 5: For most of seasons three and four, Earth President Clark had been committing various atrocities against various Earth colonies, but one particularly vile act has Commander Ivanova burst into Captain Sheridan's quarters with these words: Bastards! Those cold-hearted rat BASTARDS! The outburst is caused by receiving news that two EarthForce destroyers jump out of hyperspace and, completely unprovoked, destroy five commercial liners packed with 10,000 civilian refugees. When Sheridan lets it sink in, he assumes the same mood if not the same words. He sums up his sentiment in a terse log entry seen in the beginning of the next episode:
    Sheridan: Enough is enough.
  • Dexter: The eponymous Serial Killer protagonist Dexter Morgan not only believes this of himself, but occasionally directs it at other killers whose evil is not restrained by any code.
    Dexter: [to George King a.k.a. "The Skinner"] Oh, I have my excuses and justifications, but really I just... need to. Like you. You have your excuses, finding Freebo, getting your money. But you know he's dead. You know there's no money, so really you're just... a killer. A monster. The stuff of nightmares.

    Dexter: [to Arthur Mitchell aka "The Trinity Killer"] You were a very special kind of monster. You destroyed your own family.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Next Doctor": When Miss Hartigan and the Cybermen gatecrash a funeral and kill most of the attendees:
    • "The End of Time": Wilfred Mott to the Master after he turns the entire human race into doppelgängers of himself.
      Wilfred: What have you done, you monster?!
    • "Hell Bent": Clara Oswald calls the Time Lords monsters for what they did to the Doctor after he spent billions of years trapped in a bespoke torture chamber.
    • Played for Laughs in "Resolution" when the Monster of the Week diverts all the power in the UK for its Evil Plan, shutting down the internet in the process.
      Graham: What, on New Year's Day; when everything's shut and everyone's hung over?
      Ryan: What a monster!
  • Forever Knight
    • Played with in "Last Act", Nick Knight vamps out while interrogating a criminal, but changes back to his human face when his partner Schanke (who doesn't know he's a vampire) enters the room. When the criminal says Nick is a monster, Schanke doesn't realise he's talking literally, and warns him not to insult his partner.
    • In "Dying to Know You", Nick is working with a Police Psychic who keeps seeing visions of his past. When he tries to explain that she's actually seeing his true nature, she cries that This Cannot Be! as "I saw a monster that kills!" Later the psychic confronts the Villain of the Week as he's about to murder his own daughter and cries, "You cold-blooded monster!"
  • Seen at least twice in Game of Thrones:
    • Jon Snow calls Craster a monster to Commander Mormont, for marrying his daughters and daughters/granddaughters, and because he sacrifices all his baby sons to the White Walkers. Mormont agrees with him, but states that they have other fights to worry about.
    • Cersei opens a conversation with Tyrion with "You monster!" because he is sending her daughter Myrcella away to Dorne.
    • Joffrey is casually called a monster by Loras in Season 1. In Season 3, Sansa admits, with great gravitas, that Joffrey is a monster to Olenna and Margaery Tyrell after significant prodding. Not that anyone who isn't Cersei has anything nicer to say about him.
    • Joffrey has the gall to refer to Tyrion as "You little monster" during one of his rants. Tyrion snarks back nonchalantly.
      Tyrion: Oh, "monster". Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.
    • However the trope is inverted in "Mockingbird". Prince Oberyn tells Tyrion how he and his sister went to see the 'monster' that had been born to Lord Tywin. "That's not a monster, that's just a baby."
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!: The sad and drunked Geoffrey the Giraffe rants and calls the audience Monsters who buys toys on Amazon in sketch about the closure of Toys R Us.
  • Legion:
    • In "Chapter 22", Charles Xavier considers Amahl Farouk to be an immoral monster and a "some sort of devil."
    • In "Chapter 27", Legion repeatedly calls the Shadow King a monster before their psychic battle.
  • The L Word: Bette, when Fae Buckley brings up Tina's stillborn child in a debate and claims that God killed Tina's unborn child, because they were lesbians and God wanted to spare it from being raised by lesbians. This is what provoked Bette into pulling out a video cassette with a porno video, where the 17-year-old Fae Buckley a.k.a. "China" starred. She ran away from an abusive home and survived as a prostitute and porn actress. Tina also states the trope name word for word right before the end.
  • Parks and Recreation: Several people in regards to Jeremy Jamm.
    Ron: He is a monster. Monsters do not have souls.
    Leslie: Uh, have you ever seen Monsters, Inc.?
  • Person of Interest. Special Agent Donnelly lambastes Detective Carter's naivety in thinking that John Reese, a former CIA assassin turned vigilante, is a good guy.
    Donnelly: Your friend is nothing more or less than a highly trained murderer. You don't wind up with that job by accident. He chose that life. He chose to become the monster he is.
  • Resident Alien:
    • In "Welcome Aliens," Peter Bach shouts "You're a monster!" at Harry for cutting the tracking device that The Greys implanted in him, robbing him of his last, ableit misguided, hope that they would return for him and he would get to see his child. For his part, Harry seems nonplussed, thinking to himself that there are no monsters and that beings do what they must to survive.
    • In "Radio Harry," Harry threatens to tell his people to save everyone but Max and Sahar and then freeze them and make snwocones out of their eyes when they are dead. Sahar threatens to do something to him. Whatever it is, we don't hear because the camera angle cuts to the outside and the sounds of traffic and birdsong, but she makes some sort of thrusting and punching motions. Harry's response? "You are a monster! You will bring me my alien ball, you sick, broken child."
  • Saturday Night Live: In the sketch "Lobster Diner" Pete Davidson's character orders the lobster special, horrifying the diner's staff as the lobster in their tank has lived their for forty years. The staff and lobster sing a homage to Les Misérables that involves Cecily Strong's waitress character declaring Davidson's character a monster.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Warlord", Innocent Flower Girl Kes is subject to a Grand Theft Me by the dictator Tieran, and gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in response to his Freudian Excuse.
    "I know all about your life. I know about your suffering. It doesn't justify what you've become. You're a monster, Tieran, and I have no compassion for you."
  • Supergirl (2015). In the Elseworlds Crossover episode, Dr. John Deegan has used the Book of Destiny to turn himself into Superman.
    Kara: You're a monster!
    Deegan: No, I'm Superman.
  • Supernatural: In 5.22 "Swan Song", Michael has this retort to Lucifer when his younger brother tries to persuade him to join him one last time.
    Michael: You are a monster, Lucifer. And I have to kill you.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In the episode "It's a Good Life", Anthony Fremont, a Reality Warping child with a nasty habit of "wishing away" people who upset him, is confronted by one of the adults who lives under his thumb, who calls him a "dirty little monster".
  • Two Sentence Horror Stories: In "Teeth" Cara angrily tells Olivia this after learning she's a vampire, which nearly drives the latter to suicide.
  • The White Queen: Anne Neville and Richard of Gloucester describe Edward of Lancaster as a monster.

  • The TV's Kyle song "Snowman" is about a snowman who is upset with the existence of such beings. The song ends with a whispered "You monster" directed at the snowman's maker.
  • One of the verse in the song "Mr. Grinch" from the Cartoon Animated TV adaption of Dr. Suees' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! went "You're a monster, Mr. Grinch".

    Puppet Shows 
  • Scene on Sesame Street:
    • In the insert Monsterpiece Theaatre: Twelve Angry Men. Alistair Cookie tried to run "12 Angry Men", But ran "3 Sad Cows" and "2 Proud Pigs", And ran out of time, The 12 Angry men arrived on the studio. And scolded to Alistair Cookie about it. And one said: "You are going to hear from my agent."
    • Sofia and Elmo got angry with Oscar as he was about to eat his anchovy sundae Ice Cream to celebrate that nobody on Sesame Street were sharing. Sofia went like "You are a grouchy monster, That's who you are! You need to tell us the cure for Mine-Itis!" And Oscar went "Oh yeah?!? And why would want me to do silly thing like that?" And Elmo said "Because, Nobody on Sesame Street is sharing!"

  • Belle in the stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast during the song "Home":
    Yes, I made the choice.
    For Papa, I will stay.
    But I don't deserve to lose my freedom in this way,
    You monster!
  • In The Rose Tattoo, after Serafina starts physically assaulting the priest for refusing to break Sacred Confidentiality, he first tries appealing to her sense of respectability, and when that proves absent, tells her she is not a woman but an animal. Serafina accepts this insult in Gratuitous Italian: "Si, si, animale! Sono animale!"
  • The Mrs. Hawking play series:
    • In part IV: Gilded Cages, Victoria calls her father Governor Stanton this when she discovers he is the one responsible for the policies that are starving the locals in Singapore.
    • In part VI: Fallen Women, Clara says it to Mrs. Frost.

    Video Games 
  • In Bayonetta, Luka says "You Bastard" when he realizes that Balder killed his father.
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Terra says this to Braig regarding the kidnapping of Xehanort. Of course, the whole thing was a plot of Xehanort's, but nobody told Terra that..
    Braig: The old coot certainly knows how to take punishment. Just like I know how to deal it out.
    Terra: You monster! What are you after?!
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: EVA says this to Volgin during his torture of Sokolov.
  • The Witcher:
    • The Big Bad accidentally does this to himself. In response to Geralt preparing to kill him with his silver, beast-killing sword (having been disarmed of his steel human fighting one), he utters "That sword is for monsters!" Geralt's response is pretty much a silent "Yeah, I'll let you puzzle it out Sherlock", as he stabs him through the chest.
    • Much earlier in the game, Geralt has this little gem:
      Geralt: Witchers are known to carry two blades. A silver blade for monsters and steel for humans.
      Both are for monsters.
    • Which is actually a literal truth; the steel swords utilized by Witchers are made from meteorite ore, and certain monsters are as susceptible to that as other monsters are to silver.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: "Die, monster! You don't belong in this world!"
  • The World Ends with You:
    • Neku says this to Joshua after the latter's identity as the Composer and plan to destroy Shibuya are revealed.
    • Within the first third of the game, more specifically, after Neku's utterly heartless reaction to Rhyme's erasure, we had this little gem:
      Shiki: That’s inhuman... You’re inhuman, Neku. No better than those Reapers!
  • Portal 2: "I think we can put our differences behind us. For Science!. You monster." For bonus points, the Achievement for this scene is named "You Monster".
    • GLaDOS shows this trope again in co-op, the first time you destroy a turret:
      GLaDOS: What are you doing? YOU MONSTER! They're one of us... I'm kidding. Destroying them is part of the test. They are no more important to you than you are to me.
  • In a similar vein, GLaDOS stars in the Defense Grid: The Awakening DLC appropriately titled You Monster.
  • Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast: Goku to Frieza in story mode, once he snaps and starts going SSJ.
    "I won't let you get away with that, monster!"
  • Enemy Front: Josephine Aubrac, the captured La Résistance leader, lets out the "You bastard!" variant of this trope when she saw the Krauts massacre the civilians of a village in a cutscene.
  • RosenkreuzStilette Grollschwert: Grolla to Michael Zeppelin because she blames him for disrupting her grandfather and master's peaceful slumber.
    Grolla: Michael Zeppelin!
    Sepperin: ...Grolla. Such a rude entrance... how ludicrously fitting for a traitor.
    Grolla: Silence, demon! Know that the price for toying with the souls of the dead is high!
    • She calls him the same thing again when she asks him for any last words after she defeats him, just before Iris comes and obliterates him into a burst of flames.
      Grolla: Any last words, Devil?
    • Also, during the beginning scene way earlier in said mode, after Iris Sepperin attacks Grolla with her immensely powerful magic, Grolla begins to fear her from her attack and wonders what in the world she is (probably suggesting that she's describing her as a monster.)
      Grolla: What in the...!? How did she obtain such powerful magic? Iris, what are you?
  • Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse: They stole Max's Brain when Sam threatened to shoot Carol before the scanner complied, much to Curt and Bob's worry.
    Bob: Audiences across the country say: "You're a monster, Sam!"
    Curt: "What have you become?"
  • Beautifully lampshaded in Supreme Commander 2. Gage, the game's resident Big Bad, has just nuked a city. The player character utters the phrase, and Gage responds with this:
    "Come now, was that really monstrous? This, now this is monstrous."
  • In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, one of Frelia's red shirts, having been cut down by Caellach (one of Grado's six top-ranking generals), calls his killer a monster. Caellach's response?
    Caellach: Hmm... You waste your last breath on insults, and feeble ones at that. Die then, fool of Frelia.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, this is Played for Laughs in Saizo and Setsuna's supports. Saizo, learning that Setsuna not only does not do basic retainer duties for her liege Hinoka, but makes her do those things for Setsuna, becomes enraged and yells, "You monster! That's the kind of service you should be performing for Lady Hinoka!"
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the third chapter involves putting down a rebellion led by Lord Lonato, a lord of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus who is leading a civilian militia to avenge his son Christophe's death at the hands of the Church of Seiros. On the Black Eagles route, Ferdinand, an Adrestian noble who takes great pride in his nobility, is appalled at Lonato forcing his citizens to risk their lives, and declares, "That man was not a noble, but a monster."
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy VI: Kefka is referred to as such in the Advance remake. Well, sort of. The exact words are "You're Inhuman" when Shadow and Sabin reveal themselves to Kefka shortly after Kefka demands to get the poison ready so he could proceed to dump it into Doma's water supply, the message is still just as clear.
    • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: Sephiroth, Angeal, and Genesis are all described by themselves and others as monsters. Sephiroth is the only one of the three who truly fits this trope. Interestingly enough, Sephiroth tends to call Cloud and Zack traitors in such a venomous tone as to suggest that he's the bad guy.
      Cloud: I've got some settle with you.
      Sephiroth: You ignorant traitor!
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, Squall tells Seifer that he's just another enemy to the party, like one of the monsters that they regularly encounter. Seifer replies that the party is the monsters for attacking in a swarm like they do and begins the battle with "Let's go after them monsters!"
    • Final Fantasy XIII has Snow say this when Dysley slaughters every human in the room (that being everyone excluding the party and himself).
      Snow: Monster! People are not yours to use!
  • Baiken's win quote against Order-Sol in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core.
    Baiken: You monster! Don't pretend to be human!
    • In Xrd, Chipp may utter this when losing a match via knockout. The quote is not character-specific, however.
  • Dragon Age II:
    • This is Thrask's reaction if you blackmail him with proof his recently-dead daughter was a secret mage.
    • One of Merrill's own clan calls her a monster after her mentor dies at the end of her Act 3 quest.
    • The first diplomatic dialogue option when confronting Meredith before the Final Boss Battle in the mage campaign of The Last Straw is "You're a monster."
  • Being dismissive of the destruction of Taris in Knights of the Old Republic to Juhani will cause her to flip out at you, calling you "a beast". She has a similar but even more scary reaction to a vile man looking for cathar slaves.
  • In The Reconstruction, this is Dehl's response to learning that Havan tortured Donz to death.
  • In Dark Souls, Eingyi will call you a monster if you kill his mistress the Daughter of Chaos. Since she's one of the most kind-hearted and sympathetic characters in the game and is totally defenseless and non-hostile, it's hard to disagree.
  • In Legacy of Kain, Kain gets called this by Vorador after he kills Umah in cold blood. Kain responds (possibly correctly) that Vorador would have done the same in his place, but the incident is still shocking because it was starting to look as if Kain might have found a Morality Pet.
  • Bishop Doplin of Legaia II: Duel Saga gets called "garbage" and a "truly evil person". After you defeat Elliot and Marienne for the final time, the party confronts Doplin in order to obtain the Pyrolith. After he learns the duo is dead, he remarks that he never cared about them, and was just using them for their power. The party goes ballistic on hearing this, and call him out for it.
    Maya: I used to think that there was no such thing as a truly evil person, but... I guess I was wrong.
    Kazan: I've never met anyone as rotten to the core... This is not a man, he's garbage.
  • In Furi, the last jailer is the least experienced of the bunch and she tells you the others told her that you, the Stranger, are a monster. As you chase her down to kill her so you can escape, she can confirm you really ARE a monster. Considering you're a Walking Wasteland sent to scout the planet for assimilation, she's right.
  • Done in NieR during the New Game Plus; now that you understand what the shades are saying and considering you are cutting down children and innocent shades it isn't entirely un-justified.
  • Tsukihime: near the end of Arcueid's route, Roa says this to Shiki after he shows him how to kill things.
  • Shadowverse: In the English translation, Isabelle blurted this variation of this trope to Rowen when she discovered that the dragon that killed Kyle was Rowen. Averted in the Japanese script.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: You'll hear a lot of this when you choose dark side options. And the whole Sith Warrior storyline is essentially written for these moments.
    • Inverted fairly early on in the Sith Warrior storyline: the player has been sent by their new master to ensure that a shipment of goods that are delivered safely. Naturally two teams of enemies show up and in the ensuing conversation, the player eventually comes to the option where they can a) Convince the opponents to attack each other and wipe themselves out, b) Attack them both at once, or c) chose the option entitled simply "I'm a monster." Choosing this gives you a scene with your Sith Warrior ranting about how he is going to slaughter and eat them involving such gems as threatening to drink their marrow, which causes the enemies to flee in terror.
  • Upon defeating Tiberius in Hard Corps: Uprising: "Go to hell, you monster!"
  • Shi-Long Lang to Big Bad Quercus Alba in the final case of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, after uncovering his crimes, including a serious blow to Lang's home country's economy through the use of counterfeit currency:
    "Quercus Alba! You bastard!"
  • Bionic Commando for the original NES had the Narm Charm-ingly appropriate "Your number's up! Monster!" directed to the game's final boss Master-D AKA Hitler, after he hijacks the scheme from Killt. Right before Hitler's head explodes. Given who it is, it's an unusual instance where calling them a monster is probably an understatement.
  • At the end of The Last of Us, when Joel kills the surgeon about to operate on Ellie, one of the surgeon's assistants calls him a "fucking animal". You're given the option to kill her for this.
  • In the first episode of The Wolf Among Us, if Bigby (ie, the player) chooses to tear Gren's arm off at the end of their brawl, the Woodsman cries out, "You fucking monster!"
  • In Time Crisis 5, Keith says, "Gah, you monster!" to Robert when Robert's robot goes One-Winged Angel.
  • A surprising amount of Undertale. The Genocide path is the obvious example. At the end, Asgore even says "Howdy! Erm... What kind of monster are you...? Sorry, I cannot tell.". But even in the True Pacifist path it's revealed that the whole mess was "your" fault to begin with. The original Fallen Child, who the player is naming at the start (the canonical name is Chara), killed themself and manipulated Asriel into bringing their body to the surface. In fact, if their plan had fully succeeded, Asriel-as-possessed-by-Chara would have killed all the humans on the surface and used their SOULs to destroy everything. The current situation is only because Asriel resisted, took back control, and returned underground to die from the wounds the humans inflicted.
  • Pretty much the remark that Dredgen Yor's Ghost had for him in Destiny...and possibly Jaren Ward's Ghost too.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, the members of Class VII refer to Duke Cayenne variously as "monster" and "scum," first for using the Crown Prince Cedric to awaken the Vermillion Apocalypse, and then, when it's defeated, holding a sword to Prince Cedric's neck and trying to use him as a shield hostage to get away.
  • Rhi'a Dragunel in Sands of Destruction calls the Big Bad (the real Lacertus Rex) something similar followed by "You're an unconscionable monster" near the end of the game after a lecture revealing that he intended to ascend to godhood using human beings as his infinite material to remake the world.
  • In the Azure Striker Gunvolt series, Straw Character Acura (Copen in the English versions) indiscriminately calls all adeptsnote  "bakemono", which is essentially how one says "(You) monster(s)." in Japanese. In Luminous Avenger iX he especially refers to Asimov as this after learning he killed Gunvolt and Joule and manipulated several more adepts to take over the world, which is of note because by then he Took A Love In Kindness.
  • At the end of Sin and Punishment: Star Successor:
    Deko: How can this be? You've defied the will of the creators! Your allegiance to that monster will destroy this entire universe!
    Isa: There's only one monster here... And that's you, Deko!
  • MARDEK: Qualna says this to Rohoph after the latter refuses to keep his promise of letting his soul go into the afterlife and trapping him into a Soul Jewel.
  • Played for laughs in Fallout: New Vegas DLC Old World Blues. The Courier finds his/her brain who they must talk into getting back in their head, and can threaten it by saying they'll watch lots of television followed by alcohol.
    Courier's Brain: You're a monster! A deranged, self-destructive monster.
  • A 14th-century variant was used in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time by Sir Galleth in regards to Bentley's wicked ex-girlfriend Penelope, who had humiliated him out of sadism earlier.
    Galleth: I'll sally forth and smash that mechanical monstrosity!
  • Whenever Nohman is around Dingo in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Dingo always calls him a "devil".
  • Saints Row IV: After Zinyak makes good on his threat to destroy the Earth if the Boss should escape, the Boss calls him a "fucking monster."
  • Sol Cresta: Sho constantly refers to Mandler as a "demon". Mandler actually likes the sound of that.
  • In Iron Man 3: The Official Game, Tony calls Ezekiel a "sick monster" after he reveals that he plans to torture Pepper to death by hooking her up to an electric chair.

    Web Animation 
  • An amusing variation in Four Swords Misadventures, when the heroes encounter Dark Link:
    Green Link: What have you done with Princess Zelda?
    Dark Link: Heheh... What haven't I done with Princess Zelda?
    Green Link: You monster!
    Blue Link: You fiend!
    Red Link: You lucky bastard! Uh... I, uh, mean, how could you.
  • Homestar Runner: in the 2018 fan costume compilation, Strong Bad thinks that one sender's The Cheat costume makes her look like she actually skinned The Cheat alive, and he cries out "You inhuman monster!"
  • In Dragonzball P, after Kaka Carrot Cake arrives on the scene, Virginia starts talking about how evil Freezie Pop really is.
    Virginia: Kaka...Carrot...Cake...
    Kaka Carrot Cake: [derp face]
    Virginia: When I... When I was just a little boy... He... HE DIDN'T INVITE ME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!
    Kaka Carrot Cake: YOU MONSTER FRISBEE!
    Freezie Pop: The cake was delicious.
    Virginia: Kaka Carmen Electra. Show him what forth it mean to be... Super Sand Legend. EHHH. I'M DEAD!
  • Super Mario Bros. Z: Axem Red of the Axem Rangers to Mecha Sonic, after he destroys the other four.
    Axem Red: You... you monster! How could you do such a thing?
    Mecha Sonic: Monster? I'm not a monster. I'm a god!
  • Yang from RWBY exclaims this to a pair of Grimm... not because they are literally monsters, but because they made her lose a strand of hair.
  • In Red vs. Blue Locus combines this with I Am a Monster when calling out his "partner" Felix. It's surprisingly satisfying, with the Ironic Echo adding a nice touch.
    Locus: I'm not a soldier. I'm a monster. Like you.
  • In the first Caillou the Grown Up short, Caillou's dad calls his son a monster after Caillou very blatantly starts to threaten his dad with beating him if he doesn't stop telling him to get a job.

  • Aeris of VG Cats has this reaction to Leo's sadistic treatment of his Sims in one of the comic strips.
    Leo: Do you think Sims feel pain?
    Aeris: You're a monster and you're going straight to Hell.
  • In RPG Comics Hero says it to Gaaralion.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The Ancient Black Dragon's last words after Vaarsuvius uses Familicide, a spell that wipes out everyone related to the target, resulting in the death of a quarter of the black dragon race, as well as beings descended from dragons. The subject agrees to a certain degree.
      Vaarsuvius: We are all in the Monster Manual somewhere, are we not? My entry lies between Elemental and Ethereal Filcher.
    • The gold elemental on the off-hand panel here when an elf tries to pay it with gold. It tries to illustrate that gold is not an accepted currency on all planes of existence (although it is on most ones).
  • Done subtly in El Goonish Shive:
    Abraham: You don't understand. I'm here about a monster.
    Raven: There are many unusual beings in this school, but none among them are monsters. Except, perhaps, the man who now stands before me.
  • Kevin & Kell: While Rudy and Wendell are delivering Easter Eggs they find find that the quality control isn't what it should be and some are hatching. Rudy decides to eat the chick leading to Wendell cry this out.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • Captain Tagon is called a monster by one of the Parkata Urbatsu members, when he informs them that there will be no video of the big chase scene they were planning to sell involving them and the Toughs because all the PU cameras were destroyed before the actual pursuit began.
    • Kowalski, a UNS special forces soldier responsible for countless Necessarily Evil acts, gets called one quite often.
  • Minmax in Goblins does this posthumously towards Dellyn Goblinslayer, a villain who Minmax beat to a pulp after learning he was a serial rapist. This turns out to be a faux-pas since one of Minmax's comrades is a literal monster.
    Minmax: Humans aren't capable of doing what he did to you. Dellyn was a monster.
    Kin the Yuan-Ti: But I'm a monster.
  • In Archipelago captain Snow, who really deserves that, is nevertheless only called a monster twice: by Credenza after he stabs Raven, her not-really-boyfriend-yet, and by Uru in a flashback, as he prepares to do something highly unpleasant and bloody to Uru For Science!

    Web Original 
  • Looming Gaia: When Isaac sees all the people that Disgrace keeps imprisoned in the Wretched Forge, he says to him:
    “You don’t have a soul, do you? A person would never do this to other people. A beast wouldn’t even do this to people! You must be a monster! A wicked, evil, monster with no soul!”

    Web Videos 
  • In the 5 Second Films video "Lemons", a sentient lemon accidentally kills another lemon. He decides to process the carcas as lemon juice. This trope is the response he gets from the horrified neighbors when the cops arrest him.
  • This short film about a douchebag and his psychiatrist being stalked and haunted, from the perspective of the ghost. The douche stood by and streamed the ghost when she committed suicide, while the psychiatrist is clearly pretending to listen for the money. Except nobody calls them monsters - because the video itself, through the title, is calling you a monster for literally staring at the characters, driving them to paranoia, and watching the 'camerawoman' kill them herself.note 

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: Steve calls Stan this after Roger appears to die and Stan callously asks Steve to burn all evidence of Roger's existence. Stan sadly refutes this after Steve leaves, only for a human skull to drop out of the furnace, which he kicks back in.
  • Polly says this to King Andrias in the season 2 finale of Amphibia when Andrias destroys her robot friend Frobo.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
      • In the episode "Jet", when Katara finds out that Jet is fully willing to blow up a dam and wipe out an entire Earth Kingdom village just to take a few Fire Nation soldiers with it, she says, "You're a monster, Jet."
      • Azula believes that her mother Ursa thought of her as a monster.
    • The Legend of Korra:
      • When Amon captures Lin Beifong and threatens to debend her if she doesn't give the location of Korra, she defiantly refuses.
        Lin: I won't tell you anything, you monster.
      • After Kuvira discovers Zhu Li's betrayal.
        Zhu Li: I Regret Nothing. You're a monster.
  • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Terry McGinnis asks Bruce about the Joker after his first encounter with him in years. For Terry, Joker is similar to how we, the audience, would view him: Scary, sure, but definitely as famous as Batman. But Bruce has absolutely no time for that romanticization of the past. And when we find out just what the psycho clown did to Tim Drake, there is no question why Bruce feels this way.
    Terry: It's funny. I know about all your other major enemies, but you never mentioned him. He was the biggest, wasn't he?
    Bruce: It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath, a monster.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • Louise says this of Tina in "Sliding Bobs", when she tells the story of what the Belcher children would've been like if Linda had married Hugo instead of Bob; Louise's alternate self Charlize is a cheery, lovable princess fan who is always helpful and kind. Louise is anything but.
    • Linda to Bob and Louise in "Sacred Couch" after discovering that they murdered their old couch.
    • Gene in "Sleeping With the Frenemy" when Dr. Yap shows him a box of old, yellow teeth. "What have you done with the rest of Michael Caine, you monster!"
  • In the pilot movie of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, during the climatic battle, Zurg aims his mind control cannon at the "planet of widows and orphans."
    Buzz: [comes out of hiding] You fiend!
    Grub: There he is!
    Zurg: Heh, heh. I knew that would get him.
  • Comes up on Captain Planet and the Planeteers in the "Mission to Save Earth" two-parter, where Commander Clash refers to the Eco-Villains as monsters while explaining to the soldiers that they are aiding in the destruction of the planet by siding with the Eco-Villains.
    Looten Plunder: Who are you calling "monsters"?
  • In the Challenge Of The Gobots episode "Clutch of Doom", the GoBots on Gobotron call Cy-Kill a monster after he supposedly destroys one fifth of Earth's population by crushing one of the globes Earth's inhabitants were condensed in.
  • Count Duckula episode "The Great Ducktective"
    Von Goosewing: Duckula! Your days are numbered! Soon, you monster, you will be no more!
  • Darkwing Duck: Towards the end of the pilot, Gosalyn is held hostage to be tossed off the top of Saint Canard's tallest building. Darkwing gives the Big Bad what he wants to save her. In exchange, Taurus Bulba declares that Gosalyn has outlived her usefulness and has her raised even higher before she is dropped. Darkwing's answer? "You butcher!," a cheap shot that actually has Bulba worried.
  • Family Guy
    • Said to Peter by an old woman after he tricks Dr. Hartman into giving him a flu shot that was in short supply and needed for the elderly. He responds with a reference to "Frampton Comes Alive."
    • In "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'", Peter gets called one by both Brian and Lois, after using his son as a prop to get a canceled TV show back on air via the make-a-wish foundation.
    • In "Brian And Stewie", Brian calls Stewie this when he discovers Stewie made him eat his own shit for the hell of it.
  • This classic from Futurama:
    Fry: Zoidberg, you're an inhuman monster!
  • Gargoyles, episode "City of Stone: Part 3"
    Young Canmore [to Demona]: You are the cause of all this! You — you monster!
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Stan says this about Gideon upon seeing his advert for the Tent O' Telepathy. Dipper and Mabel don't believe him until they discover his yandere tendencies and telekinetic powers courtesy of the magic amulet to which Dipper says "Grunkle Stan was right about you! You ARE a monster!"
    • Mabel to Bill Cipher "You leave our uncle's brain alone, you isosceles monster!" and "Get out of my brother's body, you evil triangle!"
    • In the same episode, Bill in Dipper's body to Grenda: "Oh, I'll hold my horses. I'll hold them... you monster."
    • Mabel calls Gideon a monster after he dressed her pig Waddles with a Gideon costume.
  • The House of Mouse episode "Halloween with Hades" has Panic yell "You monsters" in response to Mickey Mouse helping Hades become nicer and having the God of the Underworld switch to Mickey's kind of wardrobe.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius calls Jimmy a monster... Because he's nice and kind and helpful.
  • Kaeloo:
    • One episode had Mr. Cat the cat convince Stumpy the squirrel and Quack Quack the duck that cats are better than any other species. Not only does he cement this ideology deeply into their minds, making them feel inferior, but he takes it a step further by convincing them to get surgery to change their appearances so they look like cats. When Kaeloo sees just how much damage has happened, she is not happy with Mr. Cat.
    Kaeloo: I know what species you are, Mr. Cat. You're a monster!
    • In a different episode, Mr. Cat manages to get hold of a magic wand which makes insults applicable to the person who said them (for example, someone who calls another person "stupid" will be turned into an idiot). He persuades Stumpy to use the wand on him by calling him things like "millionaire" so Mr. Cat himself gains money, power, and authority, which he uses to abuse others. Whenever the people around him criticize him for his behavior, he uses the wand on them. When Kaeloo sees Mr. Cat abusing the entire population of Smileyland with his newfound power, she calls him a "monster".
  • My Little Pony:
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The episode "The Beak" has this, after the villain drops water on the people of Danville:
      Guy: You monster! Now I'm wet!
    • In "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" Phineas calls Mittington Random a fiend when he reveals his plan to unravel Klimpaloon and extract his life force.
  • Stimpy says this to Ren in the Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon episode "Ren Seeks Help" after doing something terrible to him.
  • Rick and Morty: In "the Ricks must be Crazy", after being stranded for months inside the "teenyverse," Rick and Morty scramble to beat Zeep (basically and Expy of Rick) out of Zeep's "miniverse" with the intent of destroying it, ideally with the other one inside it. When they reach Rick's "microverse", Rick grabs the miniverse and smashes it on the floor of Zeep's lab propting him to yell, "Noo!! You monster!" as Rick and Morty run out.
  • In the Samurai Jack episode "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess", Prince Astor reacts to Aku destroying Chitron 6 by calling him a devil, a fiend, and a villain.
  • Samson’s mother in the English dub of Samson and Sally says “leave the children alone you monster!” as she’s trying to get Samson away from a whaling ship.
  • Mr. E tells calls Professor Pericles this on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated after he orders the death of everyone in Crystal Cove, stating that they have outlived their usefulness .
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Who Shot Mr. Burns", when Burns steals a well of oil from Springfield Elementary, this destroys the old folks' home, gets Moe's bar closed down and causes Bart's pet dog to be badly injured. He later begins a project to block sunlight from reaching Springfield, as a means of maintaining his monopoly over local heat and light. When a town hall meeting is called about this project, people are discussing their various grievances against Burns, who just so happens to come in right when Bart is talking about his injured pet dog:
      Burns: Oh, those wheels are squeaking a bit. Perhaps I could sell him a little oil.
      Bart: You twisted old MONSTER!
      [Bart runs at Burns, as if about to attack him, until he sees that Burns brought a gun]
      Burns: I have decided to protect myself ever since I was attacked in my office by an unidentified assailant.
      Homer [from the crowd]: D'oh!
    • From "Angry Dad: The Movie".
      Homer: My little Roman Polański.
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: What? What's wrong with being Roman Polanski.
      [Marge whispers in Homer's ear]
      Homer: He what?!? YOU MONSTER!!! [strangles Bart]
    • From "Brother's Little Helper".
      Homer: The Frame Store!? YOU MONSTER!
    • In "Hurricane Neddy", Flanders delivers some The Reason You Suck speeches to some of Springfield's residents before turning to Homer and saying chillingly "Homer, you are the worst human being I've ever met". Homer thinks he got off lightly.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants says this in Patrick's imagination in "Donut of Shame" when Spongebob steps on the donut Patrick stole from him.
    SpongeBob: Donut! (Yelling to Patrick while the donut's remnants are in his hands) You Monster!
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, Leonardo, while going to stop Baxter Stockman from transplanting Bishop's brain into himself, explains the true meaning of being a monster as well as the differences between a monster and a man, and asks him whether he was either one and whether he would like to use his power to create or destroy.
    Leonardo: [about Bishop] He owed a lot of people, Baxter. But he's been paying it back by changing the world. Bishop's work has actually united people of all races, earthlings or otherwise. I mean, we can walk the streets in daylight... Because in Bishop's world, no one's considered a monster based on how they look, only by how they act. Are you a monster or a man? Do you wanna use your skills to destroy? Or like Bishop, can you see a way to create something?
    • When Darius Dunn tries to have his own nephew Cody killed for learning about his arms trading to the Triceratons, Splinter is anything but happy with his shit.
      Splinter: I have met many monsters in my time, Dunn...but it takes a special breed to direct such bile and hatred towards a child!
  • Total Drama:
    • Duncan and Courtney get into a fight over who should be driving the bus in "Celebrity Manhunt's TDA Reunion Show". He calls her insane and she retorts that he's a monster. Then they kiss.
    • In "Aftermath III: Aftermath Aftermayhem", Blaineley gets Bridgette to take her place on a trip to Siberia with force and trickery. Geoff learns of this and sees Bridgette on camera being terrified of another bear encounter just before she gets covered by layers of snow. Blaineley has zero remorse, leaving Geoff with nothing but to hatefully call her a monster. She dismissively replies that she's been called worse.
  • Played for laughs in Transformers: Animated. Scrapper uses the exact words to call out Sari after she smacks the slag out of him and Mixmaster using some heavy industrial equipment.
  • Spoofed in Underfist, a failed pilot for a Spin-Off of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, when Hoss Delgado expresses his reaction to learning Bun-Bun's Evil Plan of terrorizing everyone with an army of candy monsters.
    Hoss: You monsters!
    Bun-Bun: No duh, Delgado!
  • The Venture Bros.: The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend have a massive quarrel and she walks out. He later finds her at Phantom Limb's house and is appalled to see she's wearing her old Stripperiffic costume.
    Dr. Girlfriend: I was wearing this when you first met me — I don't remember you complaining then!
    The Monarch: That's because I had you out of that rag within the first five minutes of meeting you. I MADE YOU THE MONARCH'S!!!
    Dr. Girlfriend: [crying] You are a MONSTER!
    The Monarch: [groaning] ...alright... that was supposed to be romantic...
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • A flashback showed a castle, Mystique's voice screaming: "Monster! What have you done to him?" and Mystique running out of the castle with an infant Nightcrawler in her arms with Magneto in pursuit. It's hinted that Magneto is somehow responsible for Kurt's fuzzy blue appearance. Or maybe he just circumcised him.
    • Wanda says this to her brother Pietro about their father Magneto when he tries to convince her to see why their father dumped her off in an asylum because she became "unmanageable" when she was seven years old. This sets her off with saying: "Monsters don't have a point of view! And you're just like him! You always were."

    Real Life 
  • Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald, in his famous column "We'll Go Forward From This Moment" written the day after September 11th, 2001, calls out the unknown author of the tragedy of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (now known to be Osama bin Laden) with these words: "You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard."
  • A write-up in People Magazine about the prison murder of Jeffrey Dahmer was titled "Death of a Monster".

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Discovered on the asteroid remains of a destroyed planet, and named Helios by the warlord Ares, this ancient, deadly, weapon was used to keep his prisoners in line by threatening their homes, and destroying them should they dare defy him.

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