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    Anime and Manga 
Emperor Pilaf: Your Majesty, please! This is a terrible misunderstanding! We worked hard for you! Don't forget, I'm the one who brought you back to life! I'm your savior!
King Piccolo: You're nothing but an inept clown surrounded by amateurs.

    Comic Books 
Emperor Zombie: You went on and on about how sweet the candy was, then told me not to put it in my mouth, and got mad at me when I did!
Screw-On Head: If by "candy," you mean ancient forbidden evil, then yes, I did tell you not to put it in your mouth.

Supergirl: What happened to Bizarro World, Lex? And what is the Godship?
Bizarro Lex Luthor: Godship am Big Bad. And it came because of me. Me was trying to find worstest way to hurt Bizarro #1, my worstest enemy, so me sent signal into core of the planet, hoping to find someone to come out and help. But signal went opposite direction into space and it attracted—

Landis Pope: The Old Ones are touching my soul! The power of Katha-Hem shall be MINE!
Frog: Katha-Hem is the power of Katha-Hem! His power is our deliverance. His power is the future of us all! Your voice awakens him, your flame a beacon for his long dim eyes. He will find us through you, and so you are here. What may become of you is his will.
Pope: What...
B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame

Darrio Agger: Oh, God! No! No! You can't do this -
Xemnu: Our deal was satisfactory, Mr. Agger. But not satisfactory enough. Business demands winners and losers, Mr. Agger. The strong and the weak. You know how the sausage is made...

Anyway. What to do with the minotaur? The crass little billionaire who thought the four winds would forever bow to him. So he summoned them... and in they have blown.
The Leader to Darrio Agger (or what's left of him) when Xemnu is done with him, Immortal Hulk

You thought you had complete control of Ra Moon. And Gamma. And King. The Stardroids, Roboenza—Bass? You've toyed with things you cannot handle for years, and Mega Man had to save you from yourself. And from what I've heard, you're no different, Doctor Eggman. Chaos? The ARK? Emerl? The Time Eater? If not for Sonic, you wouldn't have a world to conquer. Altering its reality and history won't change that.

    Fan Works 
Still refusing to look at the big picture. Of course, how CAN you when you can't even see past your own nose? Vortex... the Infi-Map... Pariah Dark. Time and again, you've tried to seize control of powers beyond your meager understanding and time and again, you've met with failure. And now you come into my domain with all the forethought of a teenager looking to steal a car for a joyride and brazenly declare that you will take MY power from ME? It would seem that Danny Fenton is quite correct when he calls you... what is that term again? A "fruit loop?"
Clockwork, lecturing Vlad Plasmius on doing this thing constantly, Facing the Future Series

Grandpa: Yugi! Are you trying to summon the forces of darkness in your room again?
Yugi: No, Gramps!

My only arguable accomplishment was transforming Gru's daughters into supervillains, and even then, I forgot to make them obedient to me. I was lucky to survive my last encounter with them.

    Film — Animated 
I'm afraid I overestimated my abilities to control The Joker, just as I underestimated his madness.
Ra's al Ghul, Batman: Under the Red Hood

Sarah: Thou has freed me, so now I can punish the world for my long imprisonment. I shall create an era of darkness over this land!
Ben: This isn't how I envisioned it. We were supposed to rule the world together, not destroy it!
Sarah: I care not for thy whims. Cross my path and I shall destroy thee along with thy world!

    Film — Live-Action 
Maroni: This craziness... it's too much.
Gordon: You should've thought about that before you let the clown out of the box.

Bane: Leave us.
Daggett: No, stay here! I'm in charge.
(Bane casually places his hand on Daggett's shoulder)
Bane: Do you feel in charge?
Daggett: ...I've paid you a small fortune.
Bane: And this gives you power over me?

Oh, that's right! Everyone forgot! That's why they weren't afraid anymore! That's why I needed Jason to kill for me to get them to remember. But now he just won't stop...

"You should have let me SLEEP!"
Khan before crushing the skull of the man who let him out, Star Trek Into Darkness

(after Kaellicus and his zealots are banished to the Dark Dimension)
Dr. Strange: Yeah, you know, you really should have stolen the whole book because the warnings...
(Wong and Karl look at Strange perplexedly)
Dr. Strange: The warnings come after the spells.
(Wong breaks out laughing)

"Look at me! And understand, you don't negotiate with a tiger. You admire a tiger until he turns on you and you feel its true fucking nature!"
Andrei Sator, Tenet

The SS necromancers are exultant: their demons harrow the Earth in stolen bodies, scouring it clean of enemy forces, eating the souls of the untermenschen and spitting up their bones. Snow falls early as fimbulwinter sets in, for the ice giants of legend have returned to do the bidding of the thousand-year Reich, and the Führer's every dream shall be made real. A pale sun that warms nothing gazes down across a wilderness of ice and fire, ravaged by the triumph of the will.
They only realize how badly they've miscalculated some months later as the daylight hours shorten, and shorten further — until the equinox passes, the temperature continues to fall as the sunlight dims, and the giants cease to do their bidding.
Gotterdammerung has come for the victorious Third Reich...

The mistake others made in the past was to overreach themselves. Our brother who is lost summoned an elemental and trapped it in a great bear. Of course he couldn't control it. It was a magnificent madness.
Seshru, Soul Eater

Any wizard bright enough to survive for five minutes was also bright enough to realise that if there was any power in demonology, then it lay with the demons. Using it for your own purposes would be like trying to beat mice to death with a rattlesnake.
Eric on why wizards don't summon demons

I say to you againe, doe not call up Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, Any that can in Turne call up somewhat against you, whereby your Powerfullest Devices may not be of use. Ask of the Lesser, lest the Greater shall not wish to Answer, and shall commande more than you.

For that which I saw and touched was no longer a human being but an ebon statue, whose face and brow and fingers were black as the Faust-like raiment or the sullen curtains. Charred as by sable fire, or frozen by black cold, the features bore the eternal ecstasy and pain of Lucifer in his ultimate hell of ice. For an instant, the supreme evil which Averaud had worshipped so madly, which he had summoned from the vaults of incalculable space, had made him one with itself; and passing, it had left him petrified into an image of its own essence.

Others had tried to control it before, to steer it in the general direction of their enemies. Warlords, villains, masterminds. It rarely worked for long. When working with power on this scale, chaos had a way of trumping order.

    Live-Action TV 
Maggie Walsh's vision was brilliant, but ultimately insupportable. The demons cannot be harnessed, cannot be controlled.

Giles: Think what you've done to Buffy.
Willow: I brought her back.
Giles: At incredible risk!
Willow: Risk? Of what? Making her deader?
Giles: Of killing us all, unleashing Hell on Earth. Shall I go on?

Just how dumb are you? Who did you think would be left standing the minute Sylar got bored? You?
Noah Bennet to Emile Danko, Heroes

If the Continuum has told you once, they have told you a thousand times: DON'T PROVOKE THE BORG!
Q reprimanding his son, Star Trek: Voyager

Are you seriously telling me you called up the Devil and expected him to behave?!
Fox Mulder, The X-Files

I had a little Shoggoth
I conjured up one day.
I used an Elder Sigil
So Shoggoth and I play.
Shoggoth, Shoggoth, Shoggoth
With mouths and psuedopods.
Shoggoth, Shoggoth, Shoggoth,
Foul creature of the gods.
One day while we were playing
My monstrous pal broke free.
I'd dropped the Elder Sigil,
Lil' Shoggy turned on me.
Shoggoth, Shoggoth, Shoggoth
He ripped me to a shred
Shoggoth, Shoggoth, Shoggoth,
We played and now I'm dead.
"The Shoggoth Song", lyrics by Sean Branney, sung to the tune of The Dreidel Song, A Very Scary Solstice

The Master: I stole it, Doctor, but I had not anticipated its reaction. It was recuperating, resting, and I had disturbed its rest!
The Doctor: Like prodding a sleeping tiger.
The Master: Yes, and like a tiger, it toyed with me. That useless body I had obtained on Traken was just not strong enough to withstand such energies: it shredded me, stole away the power given to me by the Traken source, and then just rolled over and went back to sleep.
The Doctor: Leaving you just as you were before - scarred, damaged, and unable to regenerate... I'm sorry.
The Master: Sorry? It was magnificent! And it is that power that I intend to possess!

Sancreda: Your petty ambitions are of no interest to me. Your drain on my psionic field has already caused me pain, anger and delay! And now it is time for you to settle your account.
Sir Archibald: What have I to account for? I am Archibald Flint, 13th Baronet! I have only to flick a switch, and you will be my creature!
Sancreda: "Flick a switch." How quaint. I have only to release a psionic pulse...
[Cue massive explosion]
Sancreda: ...And you will find that your switches are no longer in any condition to perform their primitive mechanical function!

    Tabletop Games 
Which is the greater folly, summoning the demon or expecting gratitude from it?

By playing with these cursed names, the first tribe made the Children more aware of the world outside of their dreams. The only thing that tethered the Children to reality was their names, and each time a name was called, that tether pulled a Child closer to wakefulness. Eventually, the first tribe realized their servitude was worthless: because of their actions, soon the ancient masters would awaken and stride the world like colossi; plagues would spread in the wake of each titan step, and the tribe's service would not protect them from death and darkness.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Baali

Yet, for all a Daemonhost's power, only the most self-assured Inquisitor will even consider creating one, let alone allow it near to the anarchy of the battlefield. Daemons do not serve willingly, and the wards that control them are fickle. Worse, no matter how servile such a being may appear, by their very nature a Daemon’s every action will be bent towards the destruction of those things that even the most radical Inquisitor holds dear. Should the Daemon break free of its binding, it takes great delight in avenging itself upon any souls unfortunate enough to be nearby - which inevitably includes the Inquisitor who thought to fetter it.
Warhammer 40,000: Codex - Inquisition

    Video Games 
Star Breaker: Hahahaha! Burn! Burn! I'm burning everything!
Sweet Breaker: Please explain, Tomomo. Why is someone that dangerous here?
Tomomo: Well, I kind of thought it'd be fun to have someone crazy like her around.

Celia Fortner: Wh-Why? I brought you back into this world...
Dracula: Shut up. You annoy me. That's all the reason I need.

It's the same old tune. "Let's play with magic we don't understand, it will make us incredibly powerful!" Evidently it doesn't matter if you rip apart the fabric of time in the process.
Dorian Pavus remarking on his Tevinter countrymen's inability to grasp this trope, Dragon Age: Inquisition

Demigra: Look! Even Beerus has his weaknesses. Now, he is my puppet. Now... can you stop his power?
Goku: No! STOOOOOP!!
Trunks: I-It's all over!
Demigra: After everything has been destroyed, Demon God Demigra shall rule!
(Demigra lets out an evil laugh, only for Beerus to throw his Sphere of Destruction at him rather than the Earth)
Demigra: What?! Impossible!
Beerus: By the way, I knew you were there. You see, my friend, I faked being hit by you. Trying to control me? That's blasphemous.
Trunks: Amazing, Lord Beerus! The tables have turned!
Beerus: Demigra, was it? I guess... I'll just destroy you instead.

Our boss is an idiot, he threw in his lot with the Dread Purpleonians because he thought he could use their power for his research. [...] But something must have gone south because there was this huge explosion and the whole tower was just tentacles and portals everywhere!
Desperate Bandit, Dungeonmans

Astor: This Guardian is possessed by Calamity Ganon, harbinger of destruction. With it, I will bring this world to its knees. (starts laughing)
Sooga: (whispering to himself) You are blind, "seer." Calamity not for mortals to control.

Are you really controlling the Aurum, Pyrrhon? Or are they controlling you?!
Pit to Aurum Pyrrhon, Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kan-Ra: You are my prize... (Evil Laugh) You were the only one to challenge him, and now here you lie, divided. How do you feel about... second chances? (laughs again) Now, rise, and serve me! Rise! And! SERVE!
Eyedol: I... serve... NO ONE!!
Kan-Ra: No...! You must OBEY! (Eyedol starts beating the stuffing out of him)
Eyedol's trailer, Killer Instinct (2013)

Like Scorpion, Jason Voorhees was a revenant: a vengeful spirit returned to life. Hundreds had fallen victim to his bloodlust. Liu Kang, now ruler of the Netherrealm, took notice. An immortal killer like Jason would be useful in his plan for konquest. He drew Jason into the Netherrealm and offered him an endless bounty of slaughter... in return for his allegiance. Jason's simple reply was to destroy Liu Kang.
— Jason's arcade mode ending, Mortal Kombat X

Grodus: Yes, my glorious witch queen... Destroy these impudent fools!
Shadow Queen: Who are you that would command me? What sort of being are you?
Grodus: Huh? What do you mean?!? I thought you were bound to obey the one who woke you! Enough of this prattle! Do as I say!!! NOW! Or I will send you back to the depths...
(The Shadow Queen strikes him with a flash of lightning, destroying everything but his head)
Shadow Queen: You would do well to learn your proper place, slave. No one commands me.

She almost realised her dream. Came so close. She raised a Dreaming One from its prison. It whispered to her directly. It made such promises, claimed it willingly powered the city. LIES. It promised the impossible could be accomplished if all of its fellows were freed. LIES. Lilith was smart. Lilith was clever. She knew there was treachery in the whispers. But she went ahead anyway, thinking she could control the pandemonium. She thought she could betray an event horizon. That age collapsed in screams under tentacular skies.
The Buzzing, The Secret World

Absolution: I ANSWER TO NO ONE!

Valerian Mengsk: Kerrigan, this isn't a game!
Sarah Kerrigan: It never is with the Zerg, Valerian.

Such hubris. To think that they could control what they did not understand. Oh, it's always hubris with the Terrans. Get too close to a black hole, and it will crush you.
Alarak regarding the Terrans' habit of being on the receiving end of this trope, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Mengsk was a fool to think he could control them!
Alexei Stukov on the Hybrids, Starcraft II Legacy Of The Void Co-op Mode

Our time is up. For fifty years, we have benefited from the immense power given to us by the End of the Cycle. We knew there would be a price to pay, but we thought it might be one we could bear, or that we could find some way to avoid paying it.
It was not, and we could not.
The price we have paid is everything. In an instant, so fast there is no time to react, let alone respond, our empire is... gone. Where once there was thriving colonies, there is now only death. Where once mighty fleets crossed the void, there is only ghosts and debris. All devoured by the End. All taken by the Shroud.
Stellaris, "The End of the Cycle - Reckoning" event

Isador: "But Gabriel, there is much to learn from here. We should not be too eager to -
Gabriel: "Learn what? Chaos does not teach, it misleads and it betrays. There is nothing to learn here save for our next course."
Dawn of War, "A New Lead" ending cutscene

Powerful fools seek to control it, but it too is powerful. Too powerful for anyone to control.
Magda on the Dark One, Quest for Glory IV

Wilfred Fizzlebang: A-ha! I have done it! Behold the absolute power of Wilfred Fizzlebang, master summoner! You are bound to me, demon!
Wilfred Fizzlebang: But I'm in charge here...!
(Jaraxxus kills him)

    Web Original 
You came and knocked on my door, Vinny... You called me.

You awaken once more to stop the Hell on Mars yet again, all because some idiots thought Hell would make a good source of renewable energy! You know, if you have to program your computer to warn you about demon invasions, maybe you should just stop whatever it is you're doing!
Honest Trailers regarding DOOM

He gave me a lamp that had the Devil in it! I was expecting a happy genie who sings little songs and grants wishes, not the Devil! What kind of weird shit is Headmaster Cid into? I mean, I know he told me it was cursed and I should be careful, but when you give someone a lamp with the Devil in it, you don't say "Oh, be careful, it's a little dangerous," you say "Here's a lamp, and it has the Devil in it!!"
Noah 'The Spoony One' Antwiler, on Final Fantasy VIII and the Diabolos guardian force

Dr. Eggman: A few years back I got Chaos to do my bidding but he betrayed me, then I got Biolizard who betrayed me, then I got Metal Sonic who betrayed me, then I got Ifrit who betrayed me, and then I got Solaris who betrayed me, but I'm sure Dark Gaia will never betray-
Dark Gaia: (uppercuts Eggman and sends him flying)

Kosuzu: Hi, I'm Kosuzu! My family owns a bookstore. Which is good because I love books!] (pulls out a book with a skull on its cover and the words "Do not open! There be some seriously bad &!%@ in here!") Here's a book! Let's open it!
Mamizou: Yo, Kosuzu! Dude you shouldn't open up that book man! It's totally evil and stuff!
Kosuzu: I'm sure it can't be that evil! (opens book and an explosion comes out)
Evil Spirit: Ha ha ha! You have freed me. An evil spirit!
Kosuzu: Oh no it totally was an evil book!
Mamizou: Man, I gotta stop smoking all this funny stuff.

    Western Animation 
Uli: It is I who summoned you back from the Netherworld, unt I who arranged the opening of the portal.
Bloodwolf: Yes. Yes, I can see in your mind, all you have done. And I should be... grateful?

— A sand monster before betraying his amateur of a boss, Aladdin: The Series

Grandfather: Thank you, son! Thank you for reawakening the pure evil that lay dormant within me for these many years!
Father: My pleasure... [sniffles] Dad.
Grandfather: And now, GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!!
Father: Um... excuse me?
Grandfather: You've only reawakened me because you cannot destroy those irksome Kids Next Door by yourself!
Father: B-But-
Grandfather: Bah! Why do I even bother? I always liked his older brother more anyway, even if he did destroy me powers. Kids, what can you do? What, are you still here?! BEAT IT!!! I have business with real villains!
Father: [storming off] Dumb old Recommissioning Module. I had to put my finger up Numbuh One's nose for this poopol?!

Taurus: I see I am expected to show you gratitude. After all you allowed me to be part of your great experiment without annoying me with petty nuisances like, getting my permission.
Steelbeak: Er, I think we might have a slight problemo here.
Taurus: So what if I have to drink motor-oil cocktails for the rest of my LIFE?
Steelbeak: Oh, boy. [Bulba blasts him with a laser that leaves him burned and in his underwear] Yipe.
Taurus: I would have the honor of being the chief agent of F.O.W.L, to humbly serve the rightful masters of the world. [evil laugh] I think not. Taurus Bulba works for no one but himself! [Proceeds to use his new weapons to start destroying the F.O.W.L base he was revived in]
Darkwing Duck, "Steerminator"

Metron: In my travels through the myriad paths of infinity, I have seen the first and the last. But what you do here today threatens the entire universe. Past. Present. And Future.
Luthor: I should hope it does. Look, I didn't catch the name?
Metron: Metron. Scientist and chronicler.
Luthor: Well, "Metron", I'll soon be ready to handle anything the universe throws at me. I'm about to become a god.
Metron: You don't know what a god is. Or what you are unleashing.
Luthor: Tampering with forces beyond my ken and so forth? Nice try. If you want my power, make your move. Otherwise, you can get lost.
Metron: You will regret your decision. We all will.
Justice League Unlimited, "Alive!"

Moon: This wasn't supposed to happen!
Star: What did you expect, Mom?! You teamed up with Mina!

The moral of the story: never make a deal with an interdimensional demon without a little protection.
Slade on his deal with Trigon, Teen Titans

Mortal! You dare call upon Kavaxas, Lord of the Demodragons, Ruler of the Netherworld?! I will burn you and the rest of these abominations to ASH!
Kavaxas to Tiger Claw, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)