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"I don't feel any different. Me dad's still dead and I don't feel the slightest bit different."
Andy Lorimer, The Punisher MAX

"Revenge is pointless! It only leaves you with more anger!"
Yami Yugi, Yu-Gi-Oh!

"Revenge always leads to disappointment, so I can't really say I recommend it."
Bedman, Guilty Gear

"...the whole idea of revenge and punishment is a childish day-dream. Properly speaking, there is no such thing as revenge. Revenge is an act which you want to commit when you are powerless and because you are powerless: as soon as the sense of impotence is removed, the desire evaporates also."
George Orwell, "Revenge is Sour"

"Vengeance gains nothing! Vengeance means nothing! Vengeance accomplishes nothing!"
Faceless Fiend, The Tomb of Dracula

"You best stick to them books. Because mark my words on this. Vengeance is an idiot's game."
Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II

Illidan: You have won, Maiev. But the huntress is nothing without the hunt! You are nothing without me!
Maiev: He is right... I feel nothing. I am nothing.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

"This path you walk... vengeance. You will find no peace. I know."
Kratos to the Stranger/Baldur, God of War (PS4)

Bruce Wayne: So, you're willing to take a life.
Dick Grayson: Long as it's Two-Face.
Bruce Wayne: Then it will happen this way: You make the kill. But your pain doesn't die with Harvey, it grows. So you run out into the night to find another face, and another, and another. Until one terrible morning you wake up and realize that revenge has become your whole life. And you won't know why.
Dick Grayson: You can't understand. Your family wasn't killed by a maniac.
Bruce Wayne: Yes, they were. We're the same.

"Revenge...The most worthless of causes."
King Arthur, Camelot

Kakashi Hatake: Let it go. You've got to forget about revenge.
Sasuke Uchiha: What?
Kakashi Hatake: Believe me. In this work, I've met a lot of guys who feel the way you do. Trust me. For those who follow the path of revenge, it never ends well.. You'll only tear yourself apart. And even if you succeed and you get your revenge, what will you have then? Nothing. Emptiness.

Natsuki: I have to wonder- was this the moment I've been hoping and working toward all those years? Everyone involved with my mother's death is now dead. They deserved it for serving the Obsidian Lord, even if I did not have a more personal grudge against them. But my mother is still dead, and this triumph seems hollow, and I'm not sure if I got what I wanted in the end.
Nao: What do you want, Natsuki?
Natsuki: I actually don't know the answer to that question myself," Natsuki said. "Was it bringing justice to my mother's killers as the court system could not? I suppose that happened, although they didn't die because of what they did to my mother. Was it to get the personal satisfaction of ending their lives? I'll never know whether that would be enough for me, although I suspect it would not. Was it to prevent anything like this from ever happening again? I doubt I could send a message by eliminating a secret organization, and I've never been the kind of hero to save the world.
Nao: Neither am I.
Natsuki: So what about you, Nao?
Nao: Our quests may have the same motive in mind, but they're different in how we carry them out. Yours is a long journey with a disappointing ending, like playing a 30-hour role-playing game only to find that someone killed the final boss for you.
Natsuki: Are you saying it's about the journey rather than the destination?
Nao: Hell no. My quest is like one of those arcade games with the same level over and over, but without any challenge or risk of defeat. It was fun for a while but I eventually realized I was never getting anywhere. I think both of us sought our revenge to gain inner peace as a substitution for having our parents back, which is something we can never have. Unfortunately for us, this method won't soothe our pain.

"It's very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it's over, I don't know what to do with the rest of my life."
Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

"Vengeance is counterproductive, always. Not to mention the fact it gets your soul all sticky."

"I'm so sorry about your son, Jeff. But let me tell you something that I know for sure. No sentence I gave him, not 500 years, not even death, nothing would take your pain away. And vengeance doesn't solve anything. It just makes the pain greater, Jeff."
Judge Halden, Saw III

[Splinter has told Karai about his past with the Shredder]
Karai: After all this time, haven't you wanted revenge?
Splinter: After all this time, I have learned revenge only leads to more pain.

"Revenge isn’t worth it... What do I know [about revenge]? (Laughs) What don’t I know? I walked across a fucking desert, killing everything that got in my way, just to track down the man who put two holes in my skull and had me buried alive. I know more than any living being should. The burning desire consumes you, takes everything you are and destroys it. And you don’t get it back. After I killed Benny, I realized I had nothing to do. The only reason I went to Vegas was to track him down. I had no purpose. I had no reason to live... Do you think [Cadence will] want anything to do with you after this? Do you think she can love a murderer?... You’ll get court-martialed. If you’re lucky, [Canterlot]’ll give you a blindfold before they execute you... You’ll be lucky if the worst [your family does] is disown you. And there is no way Twilight would want anything to do with you after all this... This isn’t who you are... [I don't know you], but I know your type. Revenge isn’t the kind of thing men like you do."
Thomas talking down Shining Armor from murdering Chrysalis, Wayward Courier

"What good will any of this do? The more I make these Gems suffer, the more I long to see you again, Pink."
Blue Diamond's inner thoughts, Steven Universe, "Reunited"

"You think you wanted revenge a long time? I've been after it all my life. It's all I care about... and look at me. LOOK AT ME! Do you want to be like me?"

"I thought seeing the Goblin die would make me feel better about Gwen. Instead, it just makes me feel empty... washed out... and maybe a little bit more alone."

"His head was over there... His body over there... And what was the point? I was too late. I was just standing there. Some idiot with an axe."

"Revenge, as they say, is a sucker's game."
David Xanatos, Gargoyles

"...Father. At long last, I can face you again. I did as you always taught me, Father. I found a cause I could truly believe in. And I kept my faith. Since the day you were taken from me, I swore I would avenge you. And avenge you I did. And yet ... even now that my long journey has ended ... and I have done all that I set out to do ... why... why does my heart ... still ache with this hollow pain? What am I supposed to believe in now? What cause will carry me on from here? But this is something I must find for myself ... and until I do ... I will keep dancing."
Primrose Azelhart to Geoffrey Azelhart's grave, Octopath Traveler

"I won... I think? My strategy worked... I defeated my arch enemy Alaba for sure. But why does it leave such a bad aftertaste?"

Wheeljack: Congrats, kid. You’re a true Wrecker now. You did Bulkhead proud.
Miko: Then why don’t I feel any different?

"You know, I thought I'd feel different now that he's dead... but I don't. And you always told me that killing him wouldn't change anything. You were right."
Helena Bertinelli, Arrow

"Father... Mother... I have avenged your death. But, why I’m not happy about this...?"
The Daughter, Princess Maker 5

"I've been in your position! Vengeance won't help! It's not noble! It's just giving into the worst of yourself!"

"La venganza nunca es buena! Mata el alma, y la envenena!" ("Vengeance is never good! It kills the soul and poisons it!")
Don Ramón, El Chavo del ocho

"Quinn's dead. This Is the Part Where... I'm supposed to say I feel empty, right? I'd be lying to myself. I finally feel awake. Like I can breathe again. And Lena? Nothing can change her death. But maybe I can do something that will make a difference."
Aiden Pearce, Watch_Dogs

"Y'know, psychologically speaking, vengeance rarely brings the catharsis we hope for."


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