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Cicero: It looks like a list of every rascal in the city.
Antony: Very droll. It is a list of candidates for next year's elections drawn up by our beloved Caesar just before he was taken from us. Posca found it among his papers.
Cicero: Isn't that being just a little too brazen? Who will believe that Caesar chose such wretches?
Antony: Surely you don't believe those men paid me to put their names on the list?
Cicero: Not at all. [beat] I expect they've paid Posca.
Rome

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"Typical politician... big promises, but all talk. 'Jump-start the economy'? What a load of bullshit! All you care about is lining your own pockets. That and your approval ratings! You've got no principles, just like all the rest. If America's gone to shit, you're just another maggot crawling in the pile."
Raiden to Senator Steven Armstrong, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (As it turns out, Armstrong is really a Visionary Villain.)

"I smeared my opponent, bribed the press to be on my side, and threatened to torture the electorate if we lost. I fail to see what more a decent politician could have done!"
Pitt the Even Younger, Blackadder

Spider-Man: My point is, you smell like rat, Congressman. And when I find out exactly what flavor of rat you are, I'm going to send you to the papers so they can have a bowl of rat soup.
Bradley Miles: Why should anyone believe the word of a vigilante in red spandex?
Spider-Man: Because I'm not a politician.
Peter Parker: Spider-Man, issue 39

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"He's manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or really anything the job requires. He doesn't have any depth about any subject. And he's also using the office of the presidency as a way to make money with himself with his businesses, so he's corrupt. I can't say anything nice about the guy, I think he's one of the worst people I've ever encountered in public life."
John Legend on Donald Trump

Abraham Reyes: I have to know. What did you think of Agustin Allende, John?
John Marston: I saw enough to know he ain't a good man.
Reyes: It is bad enough he beats the people he swore to protect. But it is worse that he enjoys it.
Marston: Something must have made him that way.
Reyes: Cowardice is what made him that way, my friend. He talks about economic reform, about how this is a new golden age for Mexican people. But look around you! The people are poorer than ever.
—On the cruelty of Colonel Agustin Allende, Red Dead Redemption

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The press has been trying to nail me to the cross for years, but the good people of Michigan won't hear of it. As long as nobody can prove anything, I'll dial up the midwestern charm to eleven and stick to the story: "it wasn't me!" And there's my god-given gift. They believe me, every fuckin' time. I own public opinion, and I can make anyone believe anything... as long as there's no actual proof of the contrary. And that, my friend, is why you guys need me around. You'll get away with anything, with murder - quite literally. So let's you and I set up another meeting sometime: we can talk about favours I might need, and how when it's all over we'll stand victorious, still loved and adored by our constituents.
Senator Henry Cicero, The Secret World
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