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For the sake of the island, the Eldians... No, it wasn't just that... What was really beyond the walls... it was different from what I dreamed of... From what I saw in Armin's book... it was different... When I learned that humanity lived outside the walls... I was disappointed. I... I wished... for everything to somehow disappear. I'm sorry... I'm sorry... I'm so sorry...

"ALLLLLL! Dammit, this can't be happening! Nooooooo! He's gone, what have I done?!"

"Wh... Why...? Why don't you guys stop me?! She's gonna die if I keep hitting her! My God, how can you just sit there and watch while I'm trying to kill her?! WHAT KIND OF PARENTS ARE YOU?!? [...] When I got to be president... I thought our lives were better because everyone looked so happy. It was like the whole family was glowing with happiness... but it was all a lie! None of it was real at all! We let ourselves be blinded by greed! That's what the glow was... it was plain old greed, burning inside us! We're evil! Mom, Dad, everyone... AND SO AM I!"
Mako Mankanshoku calling out her family for not stopping her fight with her best friend Ryuko, Kill la Kill

"I didn't come to this country...to do something like this."
Klaus, Maiden Rose (OVA)

"Oh no... Fulfilling my mother's dream... How could that be wrong?"
Damon in Pokémon the Movie: Black/White when he realizes that his plan will destroy the world.

"I've done something... that I can never forgive myself for. I killed Lalah! Why?! Why did this have to happen?!"
Amuro Ray, after doing the aforementioned action, Mobile Suit Gundam

    Comic Books 
"The anger...It was on me like lightning...Master Vodo...what have I done?"

Wait! — Look! The flames... the cracks...! I can't see any sign of life — anywhere! Oh, dear Lord... What have we done? For our own selfish ends, we've destroyed — everything! Forgive me, forgive me...

Oh, what have I done? My meddling has destroyed Lena's whole life, and I called myself her best friend!

I stood in that room and watched my mother torture that man for information. A man I'd taken back to New Krypton. A man I'd... I'd illegally extradited for his crimes. [...] I thought I was doing the right thing. I was "Supergirl", right? I always do the right thing. The man I took back, his name was Reactron. He was the end of my people. Because of me, they're gone.

I used to... before... I saved people, you know. I did... what's happened to me... what has become of my life? It wasn't supposed to happen like this. Why? Why did this happen... when all I ever wanted to do was help?
Alternate Curt Connors, Exiles #17: Wildlife Reserve

"I...I was wrong about Nam-Ek! He's gone— But Lois still fell ill with the plague! Then...If...If Nam-El didn't cause the disease... He can cure it! My god! The woman I love is dying...and I've just killed the only one in the universe who can save her!!"

Before beginning this latest chapter, I reread my journals. The first entry I wrote after the war is in a childlike scrawl and reads simply "what have I done?" What have I done? That is the question I must answer. I have loosed the Tygers upon the world. I have swept away the old order. I have cast down the towers of the cities of men... and laid the foundation stones of the New Jerusalem.
—Extracts from "Seizing The Fire," by Dr. Michael Peyne, Zenith

"No. No, what have I done! I know that face. That voice. Zillo Valla?"
—Dax Novu after accidentally killing his ex-lover Zillo Valla, Final Crisis
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    Fan Works 
Harry sat there frozen, his life in ruins, feeling the absolute fool, and wishing wretchedly that he had made any other choices for any other reasons but the ones he had. That he had done something, anything differently before it had been too late to turn back.

"Please don't die, Watson, come back, you can't die! Oh God, no, this is all my fault... I'm sorry, Watson, I'm so sorry, please, Watson, come back! Come back..."

"It's all my fault those animals came in like that… I still can't believe I did that. I don't know why that happened, everyone, I just wanted to socialize with those animals and they ran away and I lost my temper! OH HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO CRUEL?!"
Fluttershy, After The Gala.

    Film — Animated 
What have I done?
What have I done?
How could I...
...Be so blind?"

...Johnny. It's Johnny! That's my son! (suddenly remembers what happened earlier) ...My son.
Marcus, Sing

"What've I done? This is a nightmare... and it's all my fault. Now because of me, we lost Alex."
Marty, Madagascar

Bo Peep: It is Buzz! Woody was telling the truth!
Slinky: What have we done!?
Rex: Great! Now I have guilt.

"What...have I done?"
Wolf W. Wolf, Hoodwinked!

    Film — Live-Action 
"What have I done?"
Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

"And King Balor's heart grew heavy with regret."

"I've created a monster!"
Dr. Frankenstein, Frankenstein

"I see your mind. You will take the Ring to Sauron! You will betray us! You go to your death and the death of us all! Curse you! Curse you, and all the Halflings!"
(trips suddenly and slams his head against the ground)
"...Frodo ...Frodo ...What have I done ...(murmurs) Please... (shouts) Frodo, I'm sorry!"

"There's blood on my hands, and mud on my name
My id threw a party and everyone came
My innocence ravaged, my virtue devoured
I can't count the strangers with whom I have showered!"
Jimmy Harper, Reefer Madness: The Musical

Politician: Oh my God...what have I done?
Sir Nigel: You've betrayed your country. You've passed untold numbers of secrets to Moscow, and endangered the lives of British men and women. And I'd say you've weakened NATO, perhaps irretrievably. Just you, and your schoolboy politics, and your idiotically conceited faith in your own importance.

Kirk: My god, Bones. What have I done?
Bones: What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.

"God damn me to Hell, I slept with my brother's wife! And not just once, but time and time again!"
Frank Aldin, Children of the Night

"The General Hua you see before you is actually terrified of battle. I had been afraid and hiding all along. But I never thought my fear and hiding would cause the loss of the most important friend in my life. His departure lets me understand fleeing from the endless battles only makes us lose even more!"

"My pride broke it. My rage broke it! This excellent knight, who fought with fairness and grace, was meant to win. I used Excalibur to change that verdict. I've lost, for all time, the ancient sword of my fathers, whose power was meant to unite all men... not to serve the vanity of a single man. I am... nothing."
King Arthur Pendragon, Excalibur

"What... have... I... done? I've turned that bloody maniac loose upon Utopia!"

    Literature 
I used the knife.
I saved a child.
I won a war.
God forgive me.
Harry Dresden, Changes

"Then Joseph took Mary
All on his right knee:
"Oh, what have I done, Lord?
Have mercy on me."
— The Cherry Tree Carol, Child Ballad 54

"The awful daring of a moment's surrender
which an age of prudence can never retract."

"Oh sister, what hae I done to thee?
Hae I done this dreadful thing to thee?
Hae I done this dreadful thing to thee?
All doon by the bonnie banks o'Fordie, oh"
The Bandit, "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie", Child Ballad #14

The pain of the Hunger is nothing compared to the Horror. The howling, shrieking agony that comes from knowing you are not just dead, but truly in Hell. I try to scream, but all that comes out is a low, wheezing moan, like wind rushing down the pipe organ I play at our church.
Oh God! Monica! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, what have I done? Holy God, somebody help me! Help meee!

"And there is one blazing moment in which you finally understand that there was no dragon. That there was no Vader. That there was only you. Only Anakin Skywalker."
Revenge of the Sith (novelization)

He seemed to pass through lifetimes in his dreams. Through the Giant's Drink again, past the wolf-children, reliving the terrible deaths, the constant murders; he heard a voice whispering in the forest, You had to kill the children to get to the End of the World. And he tried to answer, I never wanted to kill anybody. Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to kill anybody. But the forest laughed at him.

Teela was beyond shaken. She was appalled. Horrified. She could have been on that world-she had been on that world, and if not for an ability the Empire had decided it needed, she would have still been down there when Despayre was shattered.
She'd had nothing to do with the weapons aspect of building the station. She designed and built housing and recreation and living space. And she'd had no real choice, had she? After all, she was still a prisoner.
Right?
Her inner self could have a fine old time saying I told you so along about now, she knew. Instead, it was uncharacteristically silent.
Teela Kaarz, architect and former political prisoner on the Death Star

"It had been Tenn who'd pulled the trigger. He had sent the beam that killed at least a billion people, maybe more [...] How could a man live knowing that he, personally, had dropped the curtain on more people at once than anybody had ever done before? How could he live with all those ghosts?"
Tenn Graneet, Head Gunner on the Death Star

Something is not right. I am used to hearing the Muse's voice in my head on occasion But now suddenly I hear whispers. The murmuring voices of beasts. The echoing howls of lost souls. This is not right at all. It is almost as though my Muse is contacting others. Ghouls from another world. The more I listen, the more I am convinced it is NOT my imagination. My head throbs. My right eye burns. I heard my Muse say something...
"The door is open..."
What have I done?

"I told him not to go to that chat room again. I told him..." Her lip quivered suddenly. "I told him not to talk to his father about Yeerks. Told him not to..." Her voice was strangled. She gritted her teeth and squeezed out the last few words. "I told that little boy not to trust his father."
There were tears running down her face. I guess they were running down my face, too. One of the things Cassie and I share is that we trust our parents, unlike some people, I guess.
"What a terrible thing for me to do," Cassie said. "What a filthy, disgusting thing for me to do..."
Animorphs #16: The Warning

    Live-Action TV 
Fitz: What have I done?
Coulson: Don't blame yourself. The Framework messes with everybody's head.
Fitz: N-no, but I-but I killed people.
Coulson: No. They weren't real.
Fitz: Agnes was real. And M-Mace... I ordered the airstrike that killed Director Mace.
...
Coulson: Listen to me, Fitz. None of that is your fault.
Fitz: I wanted to do those things; it felt natural. I think that I'm a bad person.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Farewell, Cruel World!"

(Chloe wakes up naked in Lucifer's penthouse after a night drinking and draws the wrong conclusion)
Chloe: On no...no...no...oh god, what have I done?
Lucifer: Don't worry, my father's the forgiving sort. Well, except when it comes to me.

Jarod: I found out the real application of my simulations, Sydney. South Pacific Fleet Simulation 118? You took my results and blew a ship out of the water. 133 people were onboard. My outbreak simulation? You used it in the field. 46 people died of the Ebola Virus, Sydney! Simulation 27! Simulation 16! Simulation 42!
Sydney: Jarod, these were military contracts. I had no way of finding out about their ultimate application.
Jarod: How many people died because of what I thought up?
The Pretender, "Pilot"

"Drat! Drat! Now why did I do that?! And why did I feel overcome and act so dumb? Drat!"
Luis after offending Big Bird, Sesame Street

"I'm sorry...I'm so sorry...No, please stay. Please....stay! I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!"
Joe Goldberg hallucinating Beck's ghost, You (2018)

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    Machinima 
"Oh, my god. I'm the team-killing fucktard!"
Church, Red vs. Blue

"Does anyone else feel really, really dirty about this? And not the good kind of 'really, really dirty'?"
Tucker, after the Blues snipe Lopez, Red vs. Blue

    Music 
"And you may ask yourself
Am I right? Am I wrong?
And you may say to yourself

My God, what have I done?"

"Oh my god, what have I done?
Do it again.
All I wanted was a little fun.
Do it again."

"She could have been a doctor, nigga, I'm sorry
Could have been a actor and won that Oscar, said, I'm sorry
I sold that soap
and I killed black folk, I'm sorry
But I got a nice car, put my sister through school
While my momma all cool, I'm sorry
I'm in too deep
and I can't see the shore
I'm sorry"

I know I'd better stop trying
You know that there's no denying
I won't show mercy on you now
I know, should stop believing
I know, there's no retrieving
It's over now, what have you done?
'

Oh, if he could see me now
He'd be ashamed of what I wrought
I've been a terrible king
To make his wish for naught...
King Olly, Juno Songs, "The Final Fold (King Olly Suite) WITH LYRICS", after finding out the writing on his body is the Origami Craftsman wishing for him to be a good king

     Mythology and Religion 
Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
The Bible, Matthew 26:74-75 (English Standard Version)

    Theatre 
"What have I done?
Sweet Jesus, what have I done?
Become a thief in the night, become a dog on the run?"
Jean Valjean, Les Misérables

"What have I done?
Though I did not pull the trigger, I built the gun
That he holds in his hand..."

    Video Games 
"No! I DIDN'T KILL HER! T'WAS AN ACCIDENT!"
The Highwayman, Darkest Dungeon

Everything that we've done, the lives we've taken...if there is a god, may he have mercy on us all.
Brian Virgil, Fallout 4

"Such devastation... This was not my intention..."
Gaius van Baelsar, Final Fantasy XIV

"No, wait! Emperor Rudolf! Were you truly my father? Then I've just... Oh, gods... What have I done? Aah... AAAAAAAUGH!"

"By the gods, what have I become?"
Kratos having a rare moment of clarity, God of War

Shepard: Every time we talked about this before, you defended the genophage. Hell, I had to talk you into saving Maelon's data! How could you change your mind now?
Mordin: I MADE A MISTAKE!... I made a mistake. Focused on big picture. Big picture made of little pictures. Too many variables! Can't hide behind statistics, can't ignore new data. My responsibility!

"I tried, Shepard."
The Illusive Man before killing himself, Mass Effect 3

"NOOOOOOOOO! This isn't happening! There's no reason for me to go on! What... WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOR?!"
Zero, after killing his girlfriend, Mega Man X4

"By the gods, no! ...No. This was not meant to happen. Liu Kang, forgive me..."
Raiden after accidentally killing Liu Kang, Mortal Kombat 9

"Erasing a Palace essentially means forcing the owner to have a change of heart. However, even though their warped wants disappear, the crimes they committed remain... Kamoshida will be unable to bear the weight of those crimes, and he'll confess them himself!"
Morgana, Persona 5

"N-no! What have I... what have I done?!"
Yun-seong after apparently killing Seong Mi-na while under the influence of Soul Edge, Soulcalibur IV

What's that?
Can you hear something... whispering? You try to close your ears as you stumble back to your ship. You shiver, and it feels like a thousand snakes wriggling their mirror-bodies just under your skin. What have the Neathers done? What have you done?

"I've seen worlds bathed in The Makers' flames. Their denizens fading without so much as a whimper. Entire planetary systems born and raised in the time that it takes your mortal hearts to beat once. Yet all throughout, my own heart, devoid of emotion, of empathy. I have felt.... NOTHING. A million, million lives wasted. Had they all held within them your tenacity, had they all loved life as you do?"
Algalon the Observer, World of Warcraft

Create-A-Bot: Awesome, we did it! You missed a few, but don't worry, I took care of them.
(suddenly, the Sector 7 SUV's continue their pursuit of Bumblebee in larger numbers)
Create-A-Bot: OH NO! They must have followed me here! I'm sorry, I just wanted to help.
Bumblebee (radio broadcast): In the current conflict, sacrifices must be made. We must protect our children and ensure their freedom.
Create-A-Bot: What are you talking about?!
(Sector 7 vehicles shoot Bumblebee, who tries to fend them off to no avail as he gets surrounded)
Sector 7 officer 1: Control, we've located the subject!
Sector 7 officer 2: Maintain distance.
(Bumblebee gestures Create-A-Bot to leave)
Sector 7 officer 2: Open fire as soon as you have target in position.
Bumblebee: GO NOW!
Sector 7 officer 1: Let's try to take him alive!
(the Sector 7 militants successfully shoot down Bumblebee)
Sector 7 officer 2: Let's bring it back to base for study.
(Sector 7 captures Bumblebee)
Create-A-Bot: What have I done?
Transformers Autobots, "Driven to Distraction"
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    Web Video 
Goku: ...I've made a terrible mistake.
Piccolo: (sarcastically) "OH, I'VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE!!" That's you.
Dragon Ball Z Abridged after Piccolo calls out on Goku's Batman Gambit regarding Gohan

"Stupid, selfish, impulsive HYPOCRITE! (punches the ground) You had one job: get angry and KILL CELL! But no, you didn't just take a page from Vegeta! You wrote a sequel to his fricking book! Chapter 1: Kill Your Own Goddamn Dad!"

    Western Animation 
That face... I remember that face! (flashback to letting the crook get away and his nonchalant "Eh, whatever" to it.) ...what have I done? (drops to his knees and smashes at ground) WHAT HAVE I DONE?!
Spider-Man, Marvel's Spider-Man, "Origin 6", after finding out that his selfishness in letting the crook get away cost him the life of Uncle Ben.

"What have I done... I've killed da wabbit..."

NOOOOO! I've taken a life. I've killed a man. My people. My city. What have I done?! AAAAAAAARGH!
HARDAC-Batman, Batman: The Animated Series

Farnsworth: Ohhh, you've killed me! You've killed me!
Leela: Oh God, what have I done!?
Farnsworth: I just told you. You've killed me.
Futurama, "Anthology of Interest"

Pearl: Is everything alright, my Diamond? You seem troubled.
Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond: All this life that's been growing wild here on Earth...none of it will survive [the] invasion. We're not creating life from nothing. We're taking life, and leaving nothing behind.
Pearl: Forgive me, my Diamond, I shouldn't have brought you to such a place!
Rose: No. I needed to see this.

Fergy: Franklin, I eh… with the gems smelled so… gemolicious! I-I couldn’t resist! I AM SHAMED! I am a shamed Fudgehog! I am a Fudgehog of SHAME!
Franklin: So it was you last night too??
Fergy: Oh, you can’t spell “shame” without M-E!
Viva Piñata, "Chewnicorn in the Garden"

"Your greatest gift to me... and I'm killing him. I must already be dead."
Dracula, Castlevania (2017)

Sure, feelings got hurt, and the tree took a dunk,
But it's all Santa's fault, him and his holiday bunk!
If he'd just given me the presents I craved,
I never would have acted the way I behaved...!
(Beat)
No... that's wrong, isn't it?
Can I really blame someone else for me being bad?
I caused property damage and I made my sister sad.
I drove her away, I was self-centered and mean.
Another dark tally for your list, Cricket Green.
Cricket Green singing "No Christmas At All", Big City Greens, "Green Christmas"

Owen: You mean that creature is still out there, it has the money, it's as powerful as Goliath... and it's smarter than you?
Xanatos: Owen... I think I've created a monster.

    Real Life 
Here lies George Johnson, hanged by mistake 1882. He was right, we was wrong, but we strung him up and now he's gone.
— Epitaph on the headstone of George Johnson, who was hanged after being falsely accused of stealing a horse

I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
Robert Oppenheimer, reminiscing about the first atomic bomb test

Now we are all sons of bitches.
Kenneth Bainbridge to Robert J. Oppenheimer, after witnessing the first atomic bomb test at Trinity

May I be damned! I've killed my son! I've killed my son!
Ivan IV Vasilyevich "the Terrible"


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