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Tick was a kind man. He was a supremely innocent person, one who had no business associating with the mafia. But he had one talent: He was very, very good at hurting and torturing people.

"So he's like a child with superhuman capabilities. And really, there's nothing more pure and cruel as a child."
Jet Black talking about Mad Pierrot, Cowboy Bebop

"You're not a grown man taking control of things! You're a child throwing a tantrum!"
Yukiko Amagi to Tohru Adachi, Persona 4: The Animation
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Comic Books

Paulie Skinner could sleep forever. This leave had been that long in coming. It'd been due after Gotham, but nooooo: they needed a napalm specialist in Honduras training Contras, and he was it. Finally then, home to Connecticut; mom; his old room; that old peach tree outside...as his mother tucks him in, the killer sighs. Slippering softly from the room, she says she'll bring him cocoa later, if he's still awake, and the killer says "Thanks, ma."
Swamp Thing #63, "Loose Ends (Reprise)"

Does it truly matter what's real anymore, Brian? Because I don't think it does. I think the real world should be more fair. More just. It should make more sense... like television. That's the world I want to live in. A world where people get what's coming to them. Starting with you.

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We're going to play, little girl. We can make-believe it's my special place. It's a small world after all... I love that song. It's so true. So true. Now, when we've finished, you mustn't tell anybody that I played with you. Especially not Mister Nimrod. He said that dirty stuff at the beginning about what we don't do where we eat. Wash his mouth out with soap, Momma. I love, you little girl. I love you to death...
Nathan "Fun Land" Diskin, The Sandman: Collectors

Fan works

Alice treated the Mad Hatter as if he were a small, silly child. Katrina was like a silly child, too, but in real life, a grown-up acting like a child was scary.
Overnight

"You are not some sort of goddess of death. You are nothing more than an egotistical brat with delusions of grandeur because you're still angry that your mommy hurt you in the past."
Dr. Watts to Cinder Fall, CRME

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I see. I see. I see how this works. Everyone gets their precious toys and DOLLS and playthings. Everyone gets what they want... except ME. Nobody likes it when I collect dolls. That's how the world works, is it? The bullies get everything and I get nothing? You just get to take and take and take AND TAKE WHAT ISN'T YOURS! Well I've had enough of things not being fair! I make things fair! You wouldn't give me back what was mine, so I forced you to share with me! I told you again and again I had your precious STUFFED LION, and you didn't care until I carved off his tail and sent it to you! And now, after I gave everything back, you're here trying to steal from me again – ME, the only good girl on the playground! YOU DON'T DESERVE DOLLS!

Film — Live-Action

Mommy... Mommy... Mommmmmyyyy! MOMMYYYY! Baby wants to FUCK! GET READY TO FUCK! YOU FUCKER'S FUCKER! YOU FUCKER! [slaps Dorothy across the face] DON'T YOU FUCKIN' LOOK AT ME!
— Frank Booth, Blue Velvet

Your butthole is ironic!
Kim Jong-un after shooting a henchman in the ass, The Interview

You're a child. That's what makes you so fucking scary.
Nicholas Garrigan to Idi Amin, The Last King of Scotland

I'll kill you all, you fucking mice! *breaks down sobbing* Dad...
Luigi Largo, Repo! The Genetic Opera

Connor Rooney: I can look after myself.
Frank Nitti: No, you can't! This is the point. You're a big baby who doesn't know his thumb from his dick!

Literature

Dressing up the judge, killing Rogers when he was chopping up sticks, drugging Mrs. Rogers so that she overslept herself, arranging for a bumblebee when Miss Brent died! It's like a horrible child playing a game.
Vera Claythorne, And Then There Were None

"I think I know you, Teatime. You're the mad kid they're all scared of, right? The giggling excitable one even the bullies never touched because if they did he went insane and kicked and bit. The kid who didn't know the difference between chucking a stone at a cat and setting it on fire."
Susan Sto Helit, Hogfather

Scarlet: Excuse me, who got attacked by her own artwork and then kidnapped by her ally and then blackmailed by her champion mid-rescue while meanwhile her daughter was stealing her throne? Who's the one with the hideous face-maiming? Whose throne is currently OCCUPIED by a PRETENDER who could NEVER have beaten me in a challenge before? Who had her whole life RUINED and demolished and shattered by those STUPID HORRIBLE DRAGONETS?! ME, THAT'S WHO! I'm the victim here! Someone should be all heroically trying to help ME right all the wrongs! Where's my rotten cavalry of loyal idiots?
Chameleon: Well...you have me.
Scarlet: You barely count. You're weird. And unreliable.
Wings of Fire: Winter Turning

If you don't tell me a story, I'll go pay your mother and father a visit. They'd entertain me. Though the visit might not be so much fun for them.
Talon, The Ruin of Kings, by Jenn Lyons

Live-Action TV

What is Space Fleet? I'll tell you what it is: it is a belief system, founded on the very best of human nature. It is a goal for us to strive towards... for the betterment of the universe - for the betterment of life itself. And you... assholes... ARE FUCKING IT UP!
Robert Daly throwing a temper-tantrum, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Bob: He's not a toy, Elle.
Elle: He COULD be.
Heroes

"I'm more powerful than you can process, and I'm enslaved to a bratty child throwing a temper tantrum.."
Death on Lucifer, Supernatural

Jim Moriarty: It has been fun, though, hasn't it? This little game of ours. Playing Jim from I.T., playing gay—did you like that little touch with the underwear?
Sherlock Holmes: People have died.
Jim Moriarty: [snaps] That's what people DOOOOOOOOOO!

Toclafane 1: The lady doesn't like us.
Toclafane 2: Silly lady. [unsheathes retractable blades] Dead lady.

Radio

The Doctor: Ludo, there's something else you should know about the Toymaker.
Ludovic Comfort: What?
The Doctor: He likes games.
Ludovic Comfort: So he's a jolly sort of chap then, is he?
The Doctor: If he wins.
Ludovic Comfort: It's the same with all children, Doctor.
The Doctor: Children tend not to kill their opponents if they beat them at snakes and ladders.

Tabletop Games

It is a playful and wreckful mind that lies behind the birdlike gaze of the Lord of Change, deeply intelligent, yet as uncaring of consequence as it is fascinated by it. The Lord of Change is like a child playing upon some gigantic anthill, poking with a stick at its inhabitants and laughing at the hopeless antics of their defence.
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Realm of Chaos - The Lost And The Damned (1st ed)

All Orcs, even the cleverest, resemble nothing so much as squabbling Human toddlers that have been magically granted enormous size, horrendous strength, and a variety of barbaric weapons.
Heinrich Malz, High Priest of Verena, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Old World Bestiary - A Compendium Of Creatures Fair And Foul

Video Games

"I've gone through time and space so many times that I haven't aged like a normal person. Who knows, I might be 1,000 years old, or even 10,000 years old. But, despite that, I'm still the same kid at heart! Is that funny? It is, isn't it? Does it make you laugh? Are you laughing at me?!"
King Porky, Mother 3

"Compared to my anger, yours is nothing but a childish tantrum!"
Goku Black to Broly, Dragon Ball Fighter Z

"Sorry Eddie, it's just that I have all these clients who aren't insecure little power-mad man children."

"Pyg happy, Pyg glad, Pyg gets to play with flesh, make it look pretty after death!"

The Lone Wanderer: Let these people go. There's no reason to keep them here.
Stanislaus Braun: Oh, but there is! They continue to amuse me. That is purpose enough for their lives, don't you think? You are serving the same purpose after all. I do enjoy having someone new to play with...

"Like I said, kids are cruel, Jack...and I'm very in touch with my inner child!"

There's old stories about gods and men, past history, into myth - where the gods, they're like children, petulant, cruel. Those were the voices of the Big Empty, the past.
Ulysses, Fallout: New Vegas: Lonesome Road

Visual Novels

"Probably not somethin' her own daughter should be sayin', but my mom's basically a nasty little kid who never grew up."
Makina Irisu describing her mother Kiyoka, Grisaia no Kajitsu

Web Comics

Thief: What's worse? That he urinates when he is angry or he calls it tinkle?
Red Mage: With Black Mage, it's really a menagerie of horror.

Oh tiny ice cream friends! Thog delay boredom driven rampage only for you!

Web Original

You could also argue that Scaramanga’s whole island lair counts as an example of his arrested development. He explicitly states that he doesn’t own the island, despite his vast fortune. Instead, he lives there rent-free in return for the odd favour for his landlords, Red China. Of course, it seems like a technicality, given the millions he has likely invested, but it’s interesting that a man of Scaramanga’s age and wealth doesn’t actually own his own property. In effect, Scaramanga is living in the Bond villain equivalent of his parents’ basement. He gets a nice pad to crash in, and in return he has to occasionally take out the trash for his folks.

I always look forward to hearing from Sil, easily the strongest villainous creation to have stepped from the Colin Baker era...Sil indignantly exclaims that he is still young and I rather liked the idea that he genuinely is a repugnant little infant that has been let loose on the universe's economy, with all the bloodlust and anger that comes with it.
Joe Ford on Big Finish Doctor Who, Antidote to Oblivion

Fajo has to hit just the right tone: he has to have a sense of menace to him, but also a sense of playfulness. He has to hit somewhere in between a Trelane and a Dukat, if you will. You need to see this... jolly sort of character, this excitable little boy, almost, who is nevertheless a very dangerous and cunning individual, and I think [Saul Rubinek] hit that note just right.

"But you don't understand! The Legendary Super Saiyan is motivated by a crying infant! He is a literal giant fucking baby!"

Western Animation

"A childhood is a terrible thing to lose, Ms. Lane. But I'm getting mine back WITH A VENGEANCE!"


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