Have you ever been watching a hero movie and been surprised to realize that you tend to resonate a bit more with the villain than the hero? It’s not an uncommon sentiment, to think that the bad guy is actually kind of making sense.
The villains in these movies may show a darker side of humanity, but it doesn’t mean that what they are saying doesn’t echo in our own minds and thoughts.
The hero’s themselves even struggle to control their own darkness within, and the movie villain’s ability to speak the darkest thoughts that we all have, make them all the more intriguing.
So what are the quotes that these loathsome characters say that actually make a lot of sense? We’ve compiled a list of the most famous villain quotes that we can actually identify with as well.
1. Ra’s al Ghul (Batman Begins)
“A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely… a legend, Mr. Wayne.”
Originally Batman’s mentor and trainer who doubles as a villain, this quote illustrates the blurry line between the makeup of a true hero or villain. It makes so much sense because its true.
The tension between devoting yourself to your own gratification and to an ideal is what decides a hero or villain, but it’s the ideal that is chosen that separates the two.
2. Dr. Octopus (Spider-Man 2)
“He tells me you’re brilliant. Also tells me you’re lazy. Being brilliant’s not enough, young man. You have to work hard. Intelligence is not a privilege, it’s a gift, and you use it for the good of mankind.”
This quote is a bit ironic because Dr. Octopus is referring to “the good of mankind”. However, his idea of that is starkly different from Spiderman’s ideals. Those latter sentiments cannot be lost on us though, and they fit in with the original spiderman themes of power holding a responsibility.
3. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
“It’s she who holds her tongue who gets her man.”
A quote that makes sense to almost every woman out there, this snarky statement by Ursula to Ariel is something that many women feel from a young age.
Though Ursula is just trying to manipulate the little mermaid, it’s something that young women understand in our current world climate. It makes sense to us that Ariel would believe the Sea Witch in the trick.
4. Green Goblin (Spider-Man)
“But the one thing they love more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you’ve done for them, eventually, they will hate you. Why bother?”
Something that the voice in the darkest parts of our minds can understand, this insecurity of failing and being unloved is what makes this quote so powerful to the audience.
It makes sense because many of us fall victim to the simple “Why bother?” thought every day.
5. Judge Frollo (The Hunchback of Norte Dame)
“You are deformed, and you are ugly, and these are things for which the world shows little pity.”
For many people who have not been blessed with a Victoria Secret body or even typical features or abilities, this harsh quote makes a lot of sense.
The world doesn’t show much pity for disabilities or deformities, and it sure didn’t for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but that didn’t stop him from fighting for love and goodness.
6. Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
“There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth… hope.”
A dark thought and one that hits us a bit close to home, Bane has announced this out of bitterness and spite after losing hope over and over in his childhood.
Sometimes, the very thing that keeps us fighting, like hope, is the hardest and most disappointing thing, but is losing hope any easier?
7. Loki (The Avengers)
“There are no men like me.”
One of the most isolating statements, and the poison that can bring out the villain in all of us, believing that there is no one else like you can create a loneliness that drives darkness.
For Loki, it’s his self-isolation and self-centered attitude (that we all have inside of us), that creates the villain that he is.
8. Voldemort (Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone)
“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
Spoken like a truly hopeless movie villain who can’t understand goodness and love, Voldemort reveals his lack of depth in this quote. It does resonate with those enough though that have suffered in a way that we deem unjust.
If there is only power than the cruelty of the world seems a bit easier to bear.
9. The Joker (The Darke Knight)
“You see, in their last moments, people show who they really are”.
The Joker is always adding a layer of depth to the Batman movies, and The Dark Knight is no different. This is something that makes sense to us again because we can see how people really feel in moments of great stress and loss of hope.
However, generalizing these moments to the entirety of who a person is, is flawed thinking on The Jokers part.
10. Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)
“The hardest choices require the strongest wills.”
This is true, though the choices Thanos makes are not necessarily for good. This doesn’t mean that the statement is untrue. The most difficult choices to make, good and bad are the ones that only strength in the will can follow through on.
Movie Villains and Their Wisdom
Of course, we all love a good hero in the cinematic world, but the movie villain is what keeps us interested because sometimes we can even understand them more than the hero themselves.
While the villain is important to listen to because they can reveal things about the world and ourselves, it’s important to look at the work of the hero and how they defeat this darkness as well.