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"He needed killin'."
Anonymous, often attributed to a witness to the murder of Ken McElroy.

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"I — I know it's wrong, but I'm liking our killer better than our victim."
Lance Sweets, Bones

"They had it coming!
They had it coming!
They had it coming all along!
I didn't do it,
But if I'd done it
How could you tell me that I was wrong?"
— "The Cell Block Tango", Chicago

"And it turns out he was a missing person that nobody missed at all."
Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye, Earl"

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"Waiting for that? Because it's all you deserve."

Goldenface: Sorry about your friend, Scarn.
Michael Scarn: The joke's on you, Goldenface. That man was a wanted animal rapist.
The Office (US), "Threat Level Midnight"

Phil: At this time, I'd like to invite someone with an especially warm memory of Carl Robertson to come up here and share it with us.
[beat; no one moves]
Phil: Anyone with a... somewhat fond memory of Robertson?
[still no response]
Phil: Anyone with any recollection of him at all?
[one hand comes up]
Phil: Ah, yes?
"Mourner": The jerk sentenced me to six months in jail for a crime I didn't commit. I'm just here to make sure he's dead.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, "Here Comes The Judge"

"Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be destroyed. That's why any and every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die."
Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglorious Basterds

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"If you wanna be profound,
And you really gotta justify,
Take a breath and look around,
A lot of folks deserve to die!"
Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors

"As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I've got a little list — I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed — who never would be missed!"
Ko-Ko, The Mikado

Tenkaichi: However, going on the behaviour of Jirou last night it was almost like he was yelling: "Hey! I'm about to be murdered!" I couldn't bear to watch.
Banzo: When a frivolous tight wad shows up before a great detective, nine out of ten times he's going to die.

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"So I started asking myself who would want to take these guys out. And you know the first person that came to mind? Me."
Debra Morgan, Dexter

Chief Wyatt Rash: Tell me something Cubby, you notice anything odd lately?
Cubby: You mean other than the fact that no one seems to care about this woman's death?
Chief Wyatt Rash: Along those lines.
Cubby: Hell Wyatt, I've seen people more upset over losing change in a candy machine.

"I hope at least they were jerks."
Gordon Freeman, Freeman's Mind, after accidentally killing two guys

"Let's face it, Captain. Killing Jensen was a public service."
Detective Stabler, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

"Yeah, you're special! But don't be bossy! If you keep it up, you'll end up like that guy in that movie who bossed people around, and then zombies ate him. He deserved it!"
Lilo Pelekai, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, "627"

"If you're gonna spend all that time setting up some douchebag, he needs to die horribly."

Have you heard the news that you're dead?
No one ever had much nice to say / I think they never liked you anyway

"A man well hated, and in so short a space."
Hugh Beringar, The Raven in the Foregate, which turns out to be a subversion as it was not murder but divine judgment.

"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."
Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs

My doctor recommends a diet high in questionable moral fiber! It aids digestion!
Aylee, Sluggy Freelance

"Yes, they deserved to die, and I hope they burn in Hell!"
Carl Lee Hailey, A Time to Kill

"I know who he is... [...] He's dead as a doorknob and to be perfectly honest, that jerk had what was coming to him. I hope it was painful."
Cruise Control, Turnabout Storm

"Obviously I don't like the idea that even someone as despicable as him could get knifed in a prison yard. But I can't say I'm terrible sorry it happened."
Abe Laeser, prosecutor, about Charlie Street's murder in death row

Public service murder n.: the killing of a person who is perceived to be bad for a community or society.

Well, I can't take pity on men of his kind
Even though he now takes it in the behind
Sublime, "Date Rape"

"What a pity. But still, they weren't very nice."
Disney's version of The Little House

"Ah, quel animal! I cannot, cannot regret that he is dead!"

I don't think the dude deserved it or anything. I don't wish harm on stupid people or rejoice in the harm that comes upon them. But I've searched all over for a way to feel bad for him, and I just can't find it.

"I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."
Marv, Sin City

"If you searched into the lives of some of these victims, you would find out that they they, themselves were the cause of their very deaths. In those cases, the so-called "victim", at some earlier time played some part in the creation of their "killer"

No-one wept for Billington-Smith. No-one mourned his passing. During the weekend he had given everyone in his family cause to wish him dead.

Lois: But who'd want to destroy Luthor?
[Clark stares]
Lois: Well, yeah. But who'd be crazy enough to try?

Prisoner: What are you in for?
The Warden: I killed Arl Rendon Howe.
Prisoner: You call that a crime?!

Thane Krios: ...Interesting solution.
Commander Shepard: He was a racist and a criminal. Isn't that enough?
Thane Krios: For some, I suppose.
Kolyat Krios: I read your files. Isn't that what you do? Kill people who do bad things?

Emerson: The fact that he was a very, very bad man makes you feel better about what you did?
Ned: Yes. Immensely. I would have felt horrible if it was... you, for example.

If ever a man deserved to die screaming, it was Gregor Clegane.
Doran Martell, A Song of Ice and Fire

Shaw: I gotta ask, though, is this guy even worth our time?
Finch: You know, that's not a question we entertained when we saved you, Ms. Shaw.
Person of Interest, "Nothing to Hide"

"Oh, poor Roach! He didn't deserved to die-Oh wait, yes he did."
Brandon in his Demon Knight review.

Down by the docks, hot blood in the sun.
The body lay up against the reeds.
The locals said the man had it coming.
And it's time someone put him six feet in the ground.
Better Than Ezra, "Summerhouse"

Solas: We have fought living men, with loves and families, and all that they might have been is gone.
Iron Bull: Yeah, but they were assholes.

"Anyone might have killed him! I wish I'd killed him!"
Lord Peter Wimsey, The Nine Tailors

Helen: Have you ever killed anyone?
Harry: Yeah, but they were all bad.

Giles: Why would someone want to hurt Cordelia?
Willow: Maybe because they met her? [beat] Did I say that?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"

Am I supposed to feel bad about this? At least Koba has a tragic backstory, Carver was just a dick.
Decker Shado's thoughts on Carver's death in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I mean, here we are, busting a gut to find out who killed Martin Barrett, and everyone's glad he's dead!
DC Jones, Midsomer Murders, Down Among the Dead Men"

You know, I never got the chance to tell you how glad I was you were eaten by a snake.
Xander to Principal Snyder (in a dream sequence), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Restless"

Warren was a cold-blooded killer of women just warming up. You ask me, that bastard had it coming to him.

Often, at indoor homicide, evidences of a victim's unpleasant personal practices, and the victim's own victims - beaten spouses, abused children - crowd around to whisper that the dead one had it coming, and many times he did.

"What did her daddy do?
What did he put you through?
They say when Janie was arrested
They found him underneath a train
But man, he had it comin'
Now that Janie's got a gun
She ain't never gonna be the same"
Aerosmith, "Janie's Got A Gun"

Knight-Captain: Know anything about the murder of Lord Dalren?
Sand: Well, I am not one to speak badly of the dead, but Dalren most likely deserved whatever death he had coming, and deserves to be buried in the betrayer's graveyard. It was a wonder that he wasn't exiled during the war with Luskan for his questionable involvement with weapons shipments, but the matter was not brought to light, yet somehow, Nasher ended up getting a deed to his lands, a tithe against future levies, and a full company of additional soldiers.
Knight-Captain: You think Nasher secretly forgave him in exchange for more resources?
Sand: Times were difficult, and it was a necessary... oversight on Nasher's part, but Dalren never deserved to live past the war with Luskan.
Knight-Captain: So he may have been murdered justly?
Sand: I doubt any murder is truly just, but did he deserve to be tried and executed? Oh, yes.

Tell me, are any of you honestly upset that Shinguuji-chan is dead? And I don't mean generally upset that a person is dead at all, I mean him specifically. (silence) There are people in this world that are too horrible to be kept alive. From our first day here, I could tell from the look in his eye that Shinguuji-chan was off his rocker. People with blood on their hands, they have this look about them that I can recognize. It just wasn't until the video that I started to put two and two together. He's better off where he is.
Kokichi Oma, Three-Point Shot

Marion James: Looks like he got hit by a train.
Rafael Hernandez: I can't find it in my heart to have much sympathy.
— On the death of William Rawlins, The Punisher

Robbie: I only kill asesinos who deserve it. It's vengeance, chica.
Daisy: For what? You killed a detective!
Robbie: He had blood on his hands.
Daisy: A teacher!
Robbie: A pedophile.

In the meantime, private-sector contractors have been identified entering the New Annex. Presumably they're having some issues with site security - Residual Human Resources, being dead, are not on payroll and were not covered by the shutdown order - but after a couple of days, the new arrivals no longer wear body armor and body bags stop leaving in ambulances, so the GP security people must be assumed to have the free run of the building. I wish them much luck dealing with some of the more baroque and deadly non-Euclidean spaces such as Angleton's office, the eldritch singularity in Briefing Room 202, the hole where Andy's lab used to be, and so on. Babes in the wood, babes in the fucking wood - and I'm not shedding any tears over their screaming.

Thug: This bitch tricked my sister and her friends! They didn't do anything wrong! They were just teasing her, then all of a sudden... And yet they're settling out of court as if she's innocent!
Rinne: That's... what she told you? (breaks her restraints) That's what she told you?! That's not the truth. I was not friends with them. It wasn't just a little teasing. Their attacks were much more cruel and abusive. If they'd apologized for what they did to me, my grandpa and Scuderia, I'd apologize for becoming violent with them. And then, if they wanted to beat me the same way I beat them, I'd accept it without protest. But... if they've even lied to their own families... (gives a Death Glare) then I would never forgive them.

Shizuka: Hikaru... tried to kill his best friend? But why? Why would he ever do such a thing?
Ayame: I don't know! He didn't say shit when he was trying to slice and stab me!
Monokuma: Usually people have the right to remain silent, but since Nagai's already dead there's no way for him to stop me from telling you all why he went down the road of despair! (unfolds a piece of paper saying "Hikaru Nagai has cheated on every single girl he's ever dated and always got away with it.")
Kazumi: What da fuck?! Who even does dat?!
Naomi: I suddenly don't feel sorry for him now that he's dead.

Toby: Hello, Haley. It's a shame things had to end up like this for you.
Haley: Oh! Hey, Toby. Quick question, do you still run the Guild's dog fighting ring?
Toby: Sure, but I don't see what that has to do with-
Haley: Initiative! Sneak Attack! (shoots Toby with two arrows, killing him)
Celia: I thought you said this would be hard for you.
Haley: Yeah, that was before I remembered that everyone I grew up with is an asshole.

Daniel: I heard you beat up a bunch of teenagers in that parking lot out there.
Johnny: Oh, that... No, I didn't beat up any teenagers. I kicked the shit out of a bunch of assholes who deserved it.

"Once his home life had been investigated, he was removed from his mother's custody and put into care. Away from her, he seemed to improve. (...) Even in 1956, when informed of his mother’s brutal murder, he restricted his comments to one word: 'Good.'"
Dr. Malcolm Long, regarding Walter "Rorschach" Kovacs, Watchmen

"I pity Martissou and you others for the consequences ; but as for that scoundrel there, I have no pity for him at all. He has got what he deserved a hundred times over."
The husband of Mion of Puymaigre, Jacquou The Rebel

"I feel bad, kicking a guy when he's down, but... nah. I don't feel bad about this at all. My friends and a lot of innocent bystanders are dead because of you."

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