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Why do they still call me a warlord? And "mad"? All I want to do is create the perfect genetic soldier!
M. Bison, Street Fighter

Wily: The world called me mad! Insane, Proto!
Protoman: Sounds right to me.
Mega Man animated series

Oh, mad, am I? Yes, that's what they all say, hee hee hee! But I'll show you who's mad! Yes! For when I rule the world, then you'll see who's mad! Yes!
Caractacus P. Doom, Avenger Penguins

Dr. Nefarious: "To think, they called me insane, Lawrence. Well we'll see who's insane when my pet [mutant armies] have exterminated all life on this miserable planet!"
Lawrence: "That should clear things right up, sir."

I wanted things I saw only dimly— fluids that glowed, and electricity that danced like a living thing. I wanted science inside of me, changing me, my body as a generator, as a reactor, a crucible. Transformation, transcendence. And so, of course, They Called Me Mad!. They laughed at me, and that I would never forgive and forget. I would, to use the old phrase, show them.

"I AM NOT MAD!" cried Zarkendorf, his eyes bulging madly. "For years people like you laughed at my name! They called me a nerd — they said I should get out of my mother's basement and get a life! I swore that one day I would make them all pay! The world will soon tremble at the name Heinrich Dorfmenstein Zarkendorf!"
"Yeah; probably at the thought of having to spell it," said Buster.
Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space

They say madness runs in our family. Some even dared call me mad. Do you know why? Because I dared to dream of my own race of atomic monsters, atomic supermen! With octagonal shaped bodies that suck blood out of —- [unintelligible gibberish] —- with straws...
Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Futurama

From earliest childhood you were ridiculed and ostracized by your so-called "peers" - sniveling cretins who refused to recognize your genius. Your classmates, your teachers, your family, the whole damnable human species - all of them mocked you, taunted you, belittled you. Curled up in your parents basement, with The Origin of Species under one arm and Where the Wild Things Are under the other, you vowed to show them all. You grew up and received your doctorate in genetics. But were you respected? Did a Nobel Prize adorn your dingy little campus cubicle? Were the fruits of your labors lauded in the halls of science? No, oh no. "Crackpot," they called you. "Half-baked," they called your ideas. "Professor Bug-Eyes," they whispered behind your back. But you were right. There were monsters in the world, and you would find them. You would be their tyrant king!
The Monster Maker, Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tzimisce

Your theories will be attacked, and if they are unassailable, your character will be attacked. They will stop at nothing to halt your progress, to prevent wonder from again entering the human vocabulary. Indeed, they will call you mad. Yes, mad. But wisdom waits in the eye of the storm. Only by passing through the hail of their insults and navigating the treacherous paths they have built through Knowledge will you feel the caress of volatile energy in your bodies and minds, the spinning dynamos of invention in your Selves and the sparks of intent rising to the thunderous sky of night towards Ascension. Only then will you be truly Awake.
Mage: The Ascension - Tradition Book: Sons of Ether note 

That's what they called me at the Masters' and Joshson's clinic. Mad! Because I had visions of explorations in sexual areas undreamed of by lesser human beings! It was I who first discovered how to make a man impotent by hiding his hat. I was the first one to explain the connection between excessive masturbation and entering politics. It was I who first said that clitoral orgasm should not be only for women. They laughed at me, ridiculed me, said I was mad! Ha-ha! But I show them! Ha-ha! They threw me out of Master' and Johnson's. No severance pay. And I had it coming! But I showed them!
Dr. Bernardo, Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask

Thanos: Titan was like most planets - too many mouths, not enough to go around. And when we faced extinction, I offered a solution.
Doctor Strange: Genocide.
Thanos: At random. Dispassionate. Fair for rich and poor alike. They called me a madman, and what I predicted came to pass.

They called me crazy! They called me insane! They called me looney! And, boy, were they right.
Megavolt, Darkwing Duck

    Real Life 
You are inferior — mentally, spiritually and most probably physically. You will pay a price for that when this house-of-cards comes crashing down... and soon.

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fultonnote , they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

White doesn't necessarily practice film criticism, although what he writes is almost always based on his real or imagined characterization of what other critics have already written. The movie itself sometimes gets lost in White's internal monologue as he rages against some chimerical critical consensus.
Jim Emerson on film critic Armond White

There’s a huge clue in the book The Man who Heard Voices, which is devoted to the production of Lady in the Water. The book covers, in great detail, how blown away Night is by a Disney executive who unthinkably failed to ‘get’ his script, and the soul-searching, sweaty-sheeted introspection about just what was wrong with other people, that they couldn’t see how incredible his story was.
Stuart Millard, "The Self-Destruction of M. Night Shyamalan"

The reason we don’t believe Ray is correct is because our educational system is a conspiracy to make us stupid. Ray knows. He is the wisest person in the universe — at least he repeatedly asserts so on his websites and when “explaining” the hypothesis (often instead of explaining the hypothesis, in fact).
Encyclopedia of American Loons, "Gene Ray Is A Legend"

They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me.
Nathaniel Lee


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