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Evil hides in dark places
Now I find it in familiar faces
Just Got To Be by The Black Keys

And [Japan] invades Manchuria.
And the League of Nations is like 'No, don't do that, if you're in the league of nations you're not supposed to take over the world.'
And Japan is like 'How 'bout I do anyway?'
History Of Japan, by Bill Wurtz

He fought the darkness, the darkness won.
Dr. Light, Unrest in the House of Light by The Protomen

"After some the army dudes who 'brutally occupied' Magneto's country show up and attack the hospital, he and Xavier reveal their powers to each other in a big fight. After they've won, however, Magneto stays on the attack, blasting them with both magnet rings and a SCARY ANGRY FACE... Professor X stops Magneto from killing the soldiers, but Magneto walks off and then instantly becomes a supervillain. Like, while he is walking away. It escalates quickly."
Chris Sims on X-Men, "Enter Magneto"

"Actually... Why do we have to leave right now?"
Wheatley, Portal 2

"If you are not my ally, then you are my enemy."
Demona, Gargoyles

Drizz'l: Hold it. What do you think you are doing here?
Black Mage: I'd say I was joining the winning team, but that would imply there existed a time where I wasn't on Team Evil.

"If his treachery could ever hurt anyone more than himself, I'd have to stop him."
Thief, on Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater

"Roach! Ghost! Can you hear me? We're under attack by Shepherd's men! Do NOT trust Shepherd! I repeat, do not trust Shepherd!"
Captain Price, Modern Warfare 2

"Goodbye, 'friends'!"
Elyon Brown, W.I.T.C.H.

"People are like milk - They can turn bad."
Cody Hida, Digimon Adventure 02 (English dub)

"You have officially gone grimdark."
The Narrator, Homestuck, regarding Rose Lalonde note 

Mal: How come you didn't turn on me, Jayne?
Jayne: Money wasn't good enough.
Mal: What happens when it is?
Jayne: Well... that'll be an interesting day.

Aurora: (visibly shocked) What are you doing? Family first, now and forever?!
Norah: I am sorry, Aurora. We are not together.

"There's nothing left for me. No place to return to, nobody to love, nothing to believe in... Nothing but Demons...... I will become a demon. In doing so, I shall teach humanity the folly of their selfishness! From now on, I am no longer Oersted... I am... the Demon King... Odio!!"

"When angels are forced out of heaven, they become devils. You agree, don't you Spike?"
Vicious, Cowboy Bebop, "Ballad of the Fallen Angels"

"I've had it with being Honest Abe! Always doing the right thing. I wanna have fun! From this day forward, I shall be known as... DISHONEST ABE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
Abraham Lincoln, Time Squad, "Dishonest Abe"

"Carmen Sandiego was once an ACME detective. Yes, that's right, Time Sleuth. Carmen was one of our brightest stars, rising from a gumshoe to a master detective faster than any agent in ACME history. Unfortunately, catching crooks became too easy for Carmen. She needed greater intellectual challenge, and what could be more challenging than outsmarting ACME? Her personal dossier reports the sad tale of how Carmen turned from our best agent to our most formidable opponent!"

Just like that her smile vanishes. You take the time to look at her arms, her legs, her eyes-all there and intact. All intents an' purposes, she's the same Fef you were arguin' with yesterday. But she ain't. There's ice in the way she looks at you now, like you ain't anythin' but a tool to her endgame, like you're an ornamental chess piece, a pawn.

"As far as I'm concerned, all of this crap in the ring represents these fans out here. For two years, brother, for two years, I held my head high. I did everything for the charities, I did everything for the kids, and the reception I got when I came out here... you fans can stick it, brother. If it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, you people wouldn't be here. If it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff would be still selling meat from a truck in Minneapolis. And if it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, all these Johnny-Come-Lately's that you see out here wrestling wouldn't be here. I was selling out the world, brother, while they were bumming gas to put in the car to get to high school. So the way that it is now, brother, with Hulk Hogan and the New World Organization of Wrestling, brother, me and the new blood by my side... whatcha gonna do when the New World Organization runs wild on you? Whatcha gonna do? What are you gonna do?!"
Hulk Hogan, during his infamous heel turn at Bash at the Beach 1996.

"You became the boss! You are great!"

"You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

Spend too much of my life now
Trying to play fair
Throw my better self overboard
Shoot at him when he comes up for air
Come unhinged
Get revenge
I don't want to die in here
the Mountain Goats, "Heel Turn 2"

Anakin Skywalker: ...What have I done?!
Darth Sidious: You're fulfilling your destiny, Anakin... Become my apprentice. Learn to use the dark side of the Force.
Anakin: I will do whatever you a—ask.
Sidious: Good...
Anakin: Just help me save Padmé's life. I can't live without her...
Sidious: To cheat death is a power only one has achieved, but if we work together, I know we can discover the secret.
Anakin: I pledge myself... to your teachings.
Sidious: Good... good... The Force is strong with you... A powerful Sith you will become... Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth... Vader.
Darth Vader: Thank you... my master.

Anakin: I am happy.
Sidious: No, you're not.
Darth Vader: You're right.

Barnacle Boy: I'm tired of playing second-banana to a man who wears a bra. From now on, I want to be called Barnacle Man! And I'm through with protecting citizens that don't respect me.
SpongeBob: I respect you, Barnacle Man.
Barnacle Boy: That's Barnacle Boy! I mean, Man! I mean— oh, forget you people. I say, if you're not going to give me any respect as a hero, then maybe you'll give me respect as a villain! A villain who is... EVIL!
SpongeBob: Evil?!
Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs: Evil?!
(Mermaid Man just stands there until Mr. Krabs slaps him)
Barnacle Boy: I'm crossing over to the dark side!
(The other side is dimly lit)
Mr. Krabs: Why should I waste money lightin' the whole restaurant?
SpongeBob SquarePants, "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V"

"Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, all of a sudden, age — what, sixty? He's just gonna break bad?"
Jesse Pinkman to Walter White, Breaking Bad

Jon Snow: Olly...note 
Olly: *drives a blade through his heart* For the Watch.

Mother was right about one thing. I have been watching you, Father, studying the way you have treated others. And now I know who I am...
I survive, no matter the cost - just as you have. My new sisters trusted you, but you took what you needed and disposed of them. It wasn't personal: it was the law of nature.
So this... what I'm about to do... is perfectly natural.
Eleanor Lamb, in the evil ending of Bioshock 2

The Ruinous Powers whispered into the hearts of even the best of the Primarchs. Silken words and promises of ultimate power exploited the innate characteristics of each, and soon the taint was spreading through entire Legions. Martial vigour was twisted into bloodlust, perfection into obsession, cunning into guile and resolution into morbidity. Beings that had been created for conquest refused to accept any other existence, and at the very moment of the Emperor’s triumph, the nascent Imperium standing at the threshold of a golden age, all was brought crashing down, burned to ashes and trampled beneath the cloven hooves of the fiends of the warp.
Deathwatch: First Founding

"You know, if I had an ounce of humanity left in me, this would be a very touching little reunion. But of course, I surrendered my human half a long time ago."

"It was all a setup. That hack put my fan in danger to steal the glory and humiliate me! They want "grim and gritty", huh? Happy to play the part..."
Jim Starling/Negaduck, DuckTales (2017), "The Duck Knight Returns!"

Fifty-three: a trusted companion who, after a string of personal disappointments, begins to dress in darker colours should no longer be considered a trusted companion.
Two Hundred Heroic Axioms, A Practical Guide To Evil

For those who are not currently aware of our existence, we represent the organization known as the SCP Foundation. Our previous mission centered around the containment and study of anomalous objects, entities and other assorted phenomena. This mission was the focus of our organization for more than one-hundred years. Due to circumstances outside of our control, this directive has now changed. Our new mission will be the extermination of the human race.

There will be no further communication.
SCP 5000: "Why?"

I tried to warn you, have to be careful who you trust.
Cassandra, Tangled: The Series

John Stewart: "So what made you side with the enemy, Gardner? I never liked you, but I thought you had more class than that."
Guy Gardner: "The enemy I've got is Jordan. I lost a woman because of him. I lost a mind because of him. Now I've got a new mind... and I like it just fine."

Chairman: Agent Washington, when you find these Blue soldiers that you're talking about, what makes you think that they are just going to give you the Epsilon unit when you ask them for it?
Washington: [mirthless chuckle] For as long as I can remember, I've been lied to, taken advantage of, shot in the back, and left for dead. And now, I have a way out of all of this. What in the hell, makes you think, that I'm going to ask for it?


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