->''"As long as there is man, there will be violence."\\
"As long as there is violence, there will be war."\\
"And as long as there is war... we will always have a job."''
-->-- '''Anonymous'''

->To provide a highly professional and confidential military advisory service to [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial legitimate governments]].\\
To provide sound military and strategic advice.\\
To provide the most professional military training packages currently available to armed forces, covering aspects related to sea, air, and land warfare.\\
To provide advice to armed forces on weapon and weapon platform selection.\\
To provide a total apolitical service based on confidentiality, professionalism, and dedication.
-->-- '''Mission Statement of Executive Outcomes'''

->''"Snipin's a good job, mate! Challenging work... out of doors... I guarantee you'll not go hungry, 'cause at the end of the day, 'long as there's two people left on the planet, someone is going to want '''someone''' dead."''
-->-- '''The Sniper''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

->''"You people do well at war because you treat it as a religion. We do well because we treat it as a business. It is just a matter of outlook."''
-->-- '''Grungi, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Squat]] [[BadassBiker Biker Lord]]''' ([[OldShame No, Really]]) ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

->''"Back on Earth, these guys were Army dogs, Marines, fighting for freedom. Out here they're hired guns, taking the company's money."''
-->-- '''Jake Sully''', ''Film/{{Avatar}}''

->''"We're not something wriggling with too many legs that you found in your sleeping bag. The proper tone of voice is ''Mercenaries!'' -- with a glad cry."''
-->-- '''Miles Vorkosigan''', "Literature/TheBordersOfInfinity"

->''"I wouldn't say I'm mean, I just get paid to do mean things."''
-->-- '''[[SuperSoldier Freelancer]] [[SamusIsAGirl Tex]]''', ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''

->''"What has the games industry have against [=PMCs=]? Is it the 'murder for profit' thing? Oh, like '''you're''' perfect, games industry."''
-->-- ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''

-> '''Ryder Stahl:''' We're security consultants, not mercenaries.\\
'''[[FunWithSubtitles Subtitles:]]''' RYDER STAHL -- MERCENARY
-->-- "Breaking and Entering", ''Series/BurnNotice''

->''"Mercenaries don't care about sides or politics, they care about getting '''paid'''."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/{{MechCommander}} 2'' intro cutscene

->''"So what's wrong with being a mercenary? Is your war worth fighting? If it is, then why does it matter who fights it for you? Aren't we imbued with the righteousness of your cause when we take up arms for you? Would you rather your own men and women died to make the point? And if your war is so noble, so necessary—why aren't you fighting it for yourself? Think of all that before you spit on us, '''aruetii'''."''
-->-- Jaster Mereel, [[Literature/RepublicCommandoSeries Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel]]

->''"Occasionally, Uncle Sam needed something doing in a place where Uncle Sam shouldn't be, and you answered your country's call... or anyone else's country, for that matter, [[OnlyInItForTheMoney so long as the money was good]]. The mercenary's creed: In Gold We Trust. You made some fun friends, too -- you can call in favors from tinpot generals and two-bit dictators from Cambodia to Columbia, and you have [[{{Blackmail}} enough dirt on the great and the good]] back home to ensure a peaceful retirement if you ever get old and tired."''
-->-- The '''Mercenary''' character template, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade -- Clanbook: Assamite''

->These, in the day when heaven was falling,\\
The hour when earth's foundations fled, \\
Followed their mercenary calling, \\
And took their wages, and are dead.

->Their shoulders held the sky suspended; \\
They stood, and earth's foundations stay; \\
What God abandoned, these defended, \\
And saved the sum of things for pay.
-->-- '''Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries''', by A.E. Housman

->'''Tagon:''' Mister Grizzly, my men and I may not be nice people, but we're not bad people. We're hardworking, honest, and true to our word.\\
'''Ozvegan Griz:''' And sometimes you're bound by your word to kill people.\\
'''Tagon:''' But they're almost always bad guys and we only do it for the money.
-->-- ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''