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"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."
Jesus, The Four Gospels, Matthew 7:6

"I saved you," cried the woman, "and you bit me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm gonna die."
"Oh, shut up, silly woman," said the reptile with a grin,
"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in."
The Snake

Ismael Cruz: Mikey! I was good to you, Mikey...!
Michael Myers: [Holds his head underwater repeatedly, then tosses him on the floor]
Ismael Cruz: Mikey, please don't, buddy please, I was good to you, please, I'm your friend.
Michael Myers: [Tears a TV off its hinges, hesitates, then smashes Ismael]

"I remember what Sonic said about me. He thought I'd turn back into an evil demon the moment I absorbed the Chaos Energy. Only you had any faith in me, Ebony... only you trusted me. But you know what...? You should have listened to Sonic!"

"Seasons change, tastes change... but people? People never change, and you delude yourself believing otherwise..."

"The greatest thing the devil ever did was make you people believe he didn't exist...and you're looking at him right now! I AM THE DEVIL HIMSELF! And all of you stupid, mindless people fell for it! You all believed in the same make-believe superhero that the legendary Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat saw some year ago today. No, you see, you don't know anything. You followed me hook-line and sinker, all of you did, and I'm not mad at you...I just feel sorry for you."

"A scorpion was wandering along the bank of the river, wondering how to get to the other side. Suddenly he saw a fox. He asked the fox to take him on his back across the river.
The fox said, 'No. If I do that, you'll sting me and I'll drown.'
The scorpion assured him, 'If I did that, we'd both drown.'
So the fox thought about it and finally agreed. So the scorpion climbed up on his back and the fox began to swim. But halfway across the river, the scorpion stung him.
As the poison filled his veins, the fox turned to the scorpion and said, 'Why did you do that? Now you'll drown too.'
'I couldn't help it,' said the scorpion. 'It's my nature.'"
Chakotay gives his opinion on working with the Borg, Star Trek: Voyager

"Brothers, the white people are like poisonous serpents: when chilled they are feeble and harmless, but invigorate them with warmth and they sting their benefactors to death."

"It had all been a ruse. Luthor was evil as ever, and this was his chance of a lifetime. The man had cured cancer, just to lull Superman into a false sense of security. That, my friends, is evil."
Comic 101 on Superman (Volume 1) #149: The Death of Superman!

"One day the Baron was out a-walking, when by the side of the road, he found two injured constructs.
They possessed the faces and torsos of beautiful women, and the bodies of deadly serpents.
'Help us, kind sir,' the creatures begged.
'Of course,' said the Baron. He took them to his castle, and patiently nursed them back to health.
And when they were both once again sleek and strong, the first one bit him with her deadly, poisonous fangs.
'Why did you do that?' screamed the second construct. 'He helped us!'
The first construct shrugged. 'He shouldn't be surprised. He knew we were monsters when he took us in.'
'But we don't have to act like monsters,' said the second. 'I have chosen not to!'
'And that,' said the Baron to the second construct as he revealed the armor beneath his clothing and drew forth his terrible sword, 'Is why you will live.'"

"I hate to gloat, but there's a lesson here on the virtue of mercy. Its only value is to your foe."
Freeza, immediately after guilting Goku into saving his life, Dragon Ball Z Kai

"It was my fault, Angel. I felt sorry for [Darla]. She looked so helpless, like a mother, that I forgot what she really was."
Cordelia Chase, Angel, "Offspring"

"So, like the poor hen-thrush we shall feed and nurture the monster, and betray our own species. Odd, don't you think? We could drown a litter of kittens that is no sort of threat to us—but these creatures we shall carefully rear."
Gordon Zellaby, The Midwich Cuckoos

"Mages born with inverted Avatars have absolutely no compunction about using their enemies' weaknesses against them, and in dealing with widderslainte, compassion is definitely a weakness. There have been too many cases when a cabal on the verge of destroying a Nephandus was sweet-talked into showing pity because their would-be target "had been raised wrong" or "had never been shown what being good could be like." Showing mercy in circumstances like this is invariably repaid with blood and treachery. Widderslainte cannot be redeemed by anything short of an Oracle or an Archmage, and maybe not even by them - but there's always another sucker willing to try.
For that, the widderslainte and their hungry masters are quite thankful."
Mage: The Ascension - The Book Of Madness

Emperor Tachyon: Welcome home, my furry friend! The last time I saw Lombaxes on Fastoon, they were running with their tails between their legs!
Ratchet: The Lombaxes raised you! How could you do this to them?
Emperor Tachyon: Those filthy creatures had the gall to pity me! I spent years building an army large enough to lay waste to this infernal planet!

Hiccup: What happened here?
Mulch: Well, we thought the Berserkers had hit an iceberg and so we came in to help... (deadpan) They attacked us.

"As I climb onto your back, I will promise not to sting
I will tell you what you want to hear, and not mean anything
Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
You pretend you didn't know that I am a scorpion."
Megadeth, "The Scorpion"

Flash: You gave me your word!
Captain Cold: Ha-ha it's true I did, but here's the thing, I'm a criminal, and a liar, and I hurt people and I rob them.

"Formori were human... once. That means they might try to appeal to your humanity. And that hurts, especially if you're homid. You know what it's like to become a monster. You remember what happened when you lost your normal life and got drafted into a war you didn't want. You can sympathize. Well, if you take that moment to consider, that formor might just pull out a silver knife and cut your throat, or whip out some new power and kill you with it, or escape and return with backup. I know it may sound cruel, but even if the formor wants to regain his humanity, as far as I know there ain't a way to do it. You want to be humane? Kill the bastard quickly."
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Possessed: A Player's Guide

Rogue: Aw shucks, Mama, again?!
Mystique: You know how it is, dear.
Floating Hands: Messiah Complex

Kratos: There was a young man who was caught stealing and condemned to die. His mother came to visit him in his prison. She was a kind woman who could only give love. But her son, the thief, met her with rage and bit off her ear.
Atreus: What? Why?
Kratos: Because the boy had always been a thief, and his mother had taught him only love, and nothing of consequences.

James Bond: [stunned that "Janus" is none other than Trevelyan] Alec?
Alec Trevelyan: Back from the dead. No longer just an anonymous star on the memorial wall at MI6. What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?
Bond: Why?
Trevelyan: Hilarious question, particularly from you. Did you ever ask why? Why we toppled all those dictators, undermined all those regimes? Only to come home - "Well done, good job, but sorry, old boy, everything you risked your life and limb for has changed."
Bond: It was the job we were chosen for.
Trevelyan: [scoffs] Of course you would say that. James Bond, Her Majesty's loyal terrier, defender of the so-called faith. [Bond draws his gun] Oh, please, James, put it away. It's insulting to think I haven't anticipated your every move.
Bond: [slowly lowers weapon] Yes. I trusted you, Alec.
Trevelyan: Trust — what a quaint idea.
Bond: How did MI6's screening miss that your parents were Lienz Cossacks?
Trevelyan: Once again, your faith is misplaced. They knew. We're both orphans, James. But where your parents had the luxury of dying in a climbing accident, mine survived the British betrayal and Stalin's execution squads, but my father couldn't let himself or my mother live with the shame of it. MI6 figured I was too young to remember, and in one of life's little ironies, the son went to work for the government whose betrayal caused the father to kill himself and his wife.
Bond: Hence "Janus," the two-faced Roman god come to life.
Trevelyan: [gestures to his scars] It wasn't God who gave me this face. It was you, setting the timers for three minutes instead of six.
Bond: Am I supposed to feel sorry for you?
Trevelyan: No. You're supposed to die for me. By the way, I did think of asking you to join my little scheme, but somehow I knew that 007's loyalty was always to the mission — never to his friend. Closing time, James. Last call.

"When I was young, I found an orphaned wolf cub in the forest behind our farm. Dad said it was too dangerous, he told me to get rid of it. I fed that cub, I named him, I even watched him play with my beloved dog, Darwin. I felt if I could instill rules, the proper boundaries, I could harness the raw power of that beast. A few months later while hunting, the adolescent cub turned on me...snarling, frothing at the mouth...Darwin bought me a few precious seconds to call for help. My dad shot the wolf...but it was too late...Darwin had been torn to pieces."

"Like the gullible fools they are, the people of this village nursed me back to health when they should have killed me as the agent of the Anti-God that I had sworn to become. Only these fools had seen me weak and helpless, and so I paid them back for their kindness... by summoning forth the great poisonous serpents which were mine to control."
Lord Satanis, Two for the Death of One

Catie: i won't do it. take the mask back. this isn't how our fight should end.
Boxxyfan: What? I don't understand... You had me at your mercy, so why didn't you finish it?
Catie: listen, boxxyfan... i know that i've hurt you, but i never wanted to. nothing i did back then was out of malice. ...but if i smash this mask, then i'll finally be the monster you think i am. so please, just take it back...
Boxxyfan: This must be a trick. You're just trying to disarm me with false friendship, like you did when we first met...
Catie: that's not true! i may have made you into this... tragic villain figure, but i refuse to push you any further. we don't have to keep fighting. we can work together to save the ones we love. it can be a second chance... for both of us.
Boxxyfan: A second chance... Thank you, Catie. I'm truly grateful that you'd do this for me. Maybe I've been misjudging you... But there's just one thing... (stabs her) I'm not as 'tragic' as you think. Whatever your intentions were, you're still the one who ruined my life. I can't just forgive and forget, and even if I did, what makes you think this wouldn't happen all over again? After all these years, I'm going to fulfill my destiny, by ridding the world of you. ...Now die.
—The bad ending if you choose to spare Boxxyfan, Boxxyquest The Gathering Storm

Antares: "Fucking why?!"
Raven: "You let your guard down. I had to give it a shot."
Antares: "I held back. I gave you a second chance and saved you from giant spiders. From being executed even!"
Raven: "Ya. Thanks."
Antares: "Fuck you."


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