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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

->L will die this easily?
-->-- '''Light Yagami''', sounding disappointed while plotting his rival's death, ''Manga/DeathNote''

->'''Signum''': You're strong, [[LastNameBasis Testarossa]].\\
'''Bardiche''': [[GratuitousEnglish Thank you.]]\\
'''Fate''': You and Levantine are strong as well... Signum.\\
'''Levantine''': [[GratuitousGerman Danke.]]\\
'''Signum''': If I didn't have a goal I must achieve, I'd let my heart out a little to play in this battle, but for my allies and friends, I can no longer stay that way. I don't have the confidence to say that I'll finish this without killing you. Can you forgive my immaturity?\\
'''Fate''': I couldn't care less. I will be the one to win after all.
-->-- ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]

->'''Socrates 2''': It's been so long since I met a worthy adversary.\\
'''Socrates 1''': You've only been alive for a few days!
-->-- ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''

->I find you... exciting. Like a really challenging summit. The more energy I use to best someone... the more distracting they become.
-->-- '''Mari''' to Asuka, ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'' [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/2056817/024/ chapter 15]]

->You knew her the best. You knew all of her strengths and weaknesses, you’d been in her head enough times to know the moves she would make before she did. If anyone would be able(worthy) to match her in combat, it would be you- damned if you would let anyone else lay a hand on her. If she was going to be stopped, and she needed to be stopped, it was going to be by you or it was not going to happen at all. Her pride was yours, too.
-->-- '''[[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Eridan]]''' about Feferi, ''[[http://spadefish.tumblr.com/post/115892613072/keepsake Gemstuck]]''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film - Animated]]

->So that's his name... Po. Finally, a worthy opponent. Our battle will be [[EvilIsHammy LEGENDARY]]!
-->-- '''Tai Lung''', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

->From deep down in my stomach, with every inch of me, I pure, straight hate you. But goddammit do I respect you!
-->-- '''Wes Mantooth''', ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''

->Any man brave enough to fight with his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day.
-->-- '''[[ColonelKilgore Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore]]''', ''Film/ApocalypseNow''

->We're both fighting men. I respect that. Fighting men do not deserve to be killed like sheep. But... ''respect''... must be ''[[KickTheDog taught]]''.
-->-- '''[[BigBad Jean Vilain]]''', ''Film/TheExpendables 2''

->Rommel, you MagnificentBastard, I read your book!
-->-- '''Gen. George S. Film/{{Patton}} Jr.'''

->You're incredible, Ryback. It's a shame you're not cooking for us.
-->-- '''Daumer''', ''Film/UnderSiege''

->Finally, gentlemen... many misinformed Japanese believe that America is a nation divided... isolationist... and that Americans are only interested in enjoying a life of luxury, and are spiritually and morally corrupt. But that is a great mistake. If war becomes inevitable, America would be the most formidable foe that we have ever fought. I've lived in Washington and studied at Harvard, so I know that the Americans are a proud and just people.
-->-- '''Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto''', ''Film/ToraToraTora''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]

->You may have only enemies whom you can hate, not enemies you despise. You must be proud of your enemy: then the successes of your enemy are your successes too.
-->-- '''Zarathustra''', ''Literature/AlsoSprachZarathustra''

->'''UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan''': Remember the name of Jelaudin, Kublai. He was a strong enemy.\\
'''Kublai''': That is a good thing.\\
'''Genghis''': Even enemies can have honour. His father was fortunate to have such a son. Remember this day and perhaps in time you will make your own father proud.
-->-- ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''

->'But there is neither East nor West, nor Border nor Breed nor Birth,\\
when two strong men come face to face, though they come from the ends of the Earth.
-->-- [[Creator/RudyardKipling "The Ballad of East and West"]]

->Now heroes are the ones who cherish lofty designs in their bosoms and have plans to achieve them. They have all-embracing schemes, and the whole world is at their mercy... The only heroes in the world are you and I.
-->-- '''Cao Cao''' to Liu Bei, ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''

->At least thou art valiant; beyond all whom I have met. And they lie who say that we of our part do not honour the valour of our foes.
-->-- '''Glaurung''', [[MonsterProgenitor Father of Dragons]], ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' (although he's being less than honest)

->I keep forgetting that he's ''[[TheChessmaster smarter]]'' than me. [...] He is an exceedingly dangerous man. I may have to kill him. (''{{beat}}'') Or possibly offer him a job.
-->-- '''Mace Windu''' on Separatist Militia Colonel Geptun, ''Franchise/StarWars: Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->[[HumansAreWarriors [The humans] fight bravely]]. They cannot harm our ships, but [[DoNotGoGentle they continue to try]].
-->-- '''Delenn''', ''Series/BabylonFive''

->I've never thought higher of her than I do at this moment. She lost, but she played to win.
-->--'''Frank Underwood''' following Linda's resignation, ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''

->'''Baron von Richthoven''': Ah, and the Lord Flasheart. This is indeed an honour. Finally, the two greatest gentleman fliers in the world meet. Two men of honour, who have jousted together in the cloud-strewn glory of the skies, face to face at last. How often I have rehearsed this moment of destiny in my dreams. The panoply to encapsulate the unspoken nobility of a comradeship.\\
(''[[CombatPragmatist Flasheart shoots von Richthoven]]'')\\
'''Lord Flasheart''': What a poof!
-->-- ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder Goes Forth]]''

->That's what makes you dangerous. It's not the mask. It's not the skills. It's your ideology. The lone man who thinks he can make a difference. I'm glad we could talk. I...I respect your conviction even if it runs counter with with my own.
-->-- '''Wilson Fisk''', ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''

->If you don't respect your enemies, that's how stupid men die.
-->-- '''Sonny Puzikas''', ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''

->You are indeed a worthy opponent, Doctor. It's what gives your destruction its... piquancy.
-->-- '''The Master''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Mark of the Rani"

->We've underestimated the Stark boy for too long. He has a good mind for warfare, his men worship him...You've been waiting for him to fail; he is not going to fail. Not without our help.
-->-- '''Tywin Lannister''', ''Series/GameOfThrones''

->These men living out here eating rice and beans, sleeping out here in the cold on these rags; these are some fucking hard men. You ladies bitch if you get an MRE without a fucking Pop-Tart.
-->-- '''Pappy''', ''Series/GenerationKill''

->Motherfucker ''died'' trying to get a round off. Combat ''discipline.''
-->-- '''Espera''', ''Series/GenerationKill''

->'''Jem'hader First [Captain] Ikat'ika''': Prepare yourself. I've found you a worthy opponent.\\
'''Worf''': Where is he?\\
'''Ikat'ika''': Right in front of you.\\
(''later'')\\
'''Ikat'ika:''' I can't defeat this Klingon. All I can do is kill him. And that no longer holds my interest.
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

->The only enemy worth your admiration is one who has accepted the superiority of mankind and knelt before you to be executed. All others are to be despised. [[DefiedTrope Honor means nothing when it is used to oppose the Emperor's will.]]
-->-- ''The Catechisms Martial'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

->We crushed da stunties on Golgotha, an' we caught [[BadassGrandpa old one-eye]] when da speed freeks blew da humies' big tanks ta bits. I let 'im go 'cause good enemies iz 'ard to find, an' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Orks]] [[BloodKnight need enemies ta fight like they need meat ta eat an' grog ta drink]].
-->-- '''Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]

->'''Coriolanus''': They have a leader,\\
Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to 't.\\
I sin in envying his nobility,\\
And were I any thing but what I am,\\
I would wish me only he.\\
'''Cominius''': You have fought together.\\
'''Coriolanus''': Were half to half the world by the ears and he.\\
Upon my party, I'ld revolt to make\\
Only my wars with him: he is a lion\\
That I am proud to hunt.
-->-- ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]

->Know that you die with honor, which is more than can be said for most.
-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}''' [[HaveANiceDeath game over line]], ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins''

->The dragons shall never be forgotten. We knights fought valiantly, but for every one of them, we lost three score of our own. Exhilaration, pride, hatred, rage... the dragons teased out our dearest emotions. Thou will understand one day. At thy twilight, old thoughts return, in great waves of nostalgia...
-->-- '''Hawkeye Gough''', ''Videogame/DarkSouls''

->"A man is made by the quality of his enemies." Maric told me that once. I wonder if it's more a compliment to you or me.
-->-- '''Loghain Mac Tir''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''

->''Shanedan'', Hawke. I expected you. ''Marass toh ebra-shok''. You alone are ''[[WorthyOpponent basalit-an]]''. (''to nobles'') This is what respect looks like, ''bas!'' Some of you will never earn it!
-->-- '''The Arishok''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''

->You are brave. ''Balaan hokoron.'' [[note]]Worthy enemies.[[/note]] Your defeat brings me honor.
-->-- '''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Mirmulnir]]''', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

->'''The Courier''': There is wisdom in retreat, Legate\\
'''Legate Lanius''': As for Wisdom... There is wisdom in your words, wo/man of the west. Know that I shall return East. I shall not remain there forever. On that day, the strength of [[TheFederation the bear]] shall be tested. If the West is one day filled with ones such as you, perhaps it shall be a worthy fight indeed.
-->-- ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''

->So that's General Leo. He could be my friend, if he weren't my enemy.
-->-- '''Sabin Rene Figaro''', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''

->I'd dearly love to fight you someday... and I mean that with the greatest respect.
-->-- '''Master-at-Arms Ollie Madsen''' to the Fateless One, ''VideoGames/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning''

->You make a good other.
-->-- '''[[spoiler: Roxas]]''', ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''

->Your enemies are my enemies! [[BloodKnight We''ll shove the Collectors' claws where a dark sun can't shine.]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil And they will deserve it.]] I won't disrespect their strength by doing less than the worst to them.
-->-- '''Grunt''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

->'''Dying [[EldritchAbomination Reaper]]''': ''[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Shepard. ]]
''\\
'''Shepard''': You know who I am?\\
'''Dying Reaper''': [[/folder]]

[[folder: [[Big Bad Harbinger ]]
[[TheDreaded speaks of you.]]]]
-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

->Your idealism is... admirable, Shepard.
-->-- '''The Illusive Man''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

->I am Liquid's doppleganger. And you are His. Just like your father... [[CatchPhrase you're pretty good.]]
-->-- '''Revolver Ocelot''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''

->You may be the enemy, but I'll remember your name til death!
-->-- '''Might Guy''' to his formerly-UnknownRival, ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm3''

->Farewell, Sonic, my admirable adversary.
-->-- '''Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik''', ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''

->Farewell. Know that few creatures survive earning my hatred and my respect.
-->-- [[spoiler:'''Darth Jadus''']] to Cipher 9, ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''

->Not bad! I guess I chose the right guy to be my {{archenemy}}.
-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}}''', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''

->'''Lucina''': Is that... the Hero-King himself?\\
'''Robin''': And the Radiant Hero of legend. Worthy opponents, indeed!
-->-- '''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Lucina and Robin]]''' on [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]], ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Wii U / 3DS''

->Noble enemy: I mourn your loss as I mourned; for my first-born son.
-->-- ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2''

->Tenacious little hedgehog. I'd respect you if I didn't HATE you so much.
-->-- '''Zavok''', ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]

->You're a quick thinker ''and'' spiteful. I can respect that. [[YouWillBeSpared You won't be killed, Bikke.]]
-->-- '''Sarda''', ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]

->You are indeed the most worthy adversary.
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' to WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd

->'''Interviewing Scientist''': Why does his death bother you? [[OneManArmy You've killed many humans before]], why is he so-\\
'''Able''': Different? Because, unlike you [Sumerian word, untranslated], he was a challenge, a real enemy.\\
'''Interviewing Scientist''': Why would that be good for you? Every time you have awoken you've tried to escape. He was responsible for apprehending you several times. Surely you must be glad he's dead.\\
'''Able''': [[BlueAndOrangeMorality I would hardly expect you to understand]]. Do you know, he managed to shoot me in the head over [censored two-digit figure] times? A man like that deserves to die in combat, so close to his opponent he can feel his breath. Not in some [Sumerian words, untranslated] destruction ordered by cowardly kings and princes safe in their palaces.
-->-- ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]

->'''Long Feng''': You have beaten me at my own game.\\
'''[[MagnificentBastard Azula]]''': [[PretenderDiss Don't flatter yourself.]] [[SubvertedTrope You were never even a player.]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

->I'm impressed. No one has ever gotten the better of me like that. It is almost a shame to [[DePower purify]] someone so talented. ''Almost.''
-->-- '''Amon''' to Mako, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''

->Little monkey! Though I can ''break'' your ''bones,'' I ''[[{{Determinator}} cannot crush your spirit!]]'' I will leave your planet in ''peace!'' ''[[CatchPhrase Oh yeah!]]''
-->-- '''[[Wrestling/RandySavage Wrest-Lor]]''', ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dial M for Monkey]]''

->Farewell, Kim Possible. You were a worthy adversary. [[SubvertedCatchPhrase You were indeed All That.]]
-->-- '''Drakken''', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', "Graduation"

->You're a magnificent opponent Franchise/{{Superman}}. But even you must realize it's hopeless.
-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}''', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]

->[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives]]; You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines between]] [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships the]] [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Johnnies]] and [[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops the Mehmets]] where they lie side by side here [[UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}} in this country of ours]]; You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. [[TearJerker Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.]]
-->-- '''Mustafa Kemal Ataturk''', carved on the Australian war memorial at ANZAC Cove

->Put all their other men together in one scale, and poor Castlereagh in the other - single he plainly weighed them down... One can't help feeling a little for him, after being pitted against him for several years, pretty regularly. It is like losing a connection suddenly. Also he was a gentleman, and the only one amongst them.
-->-- Whig politician '''Henry Brougham''', after the death of the much-hated Tory Lord Castlereagh.

->'''André Masséna:''' My lord, you owe me dinner for you positively made me starve.\\
'''The Duke of Wellington:''' You should give it to me, Marshall, for you prevented me from sleeping.
-->-- Spoken at a diplomatic dinner in France in 1814, from ''The War of Wars: The Great European Conflict'' by Robert Harvey

->It is interesting to note that in most such verse-tales of the wars between Christianity and Islam, the knightly class saw their Saracen foes virtually as [[NotSoDifferent mirror images]] of themselves; equally [[{{Badass}} brave, loyal and skilled]], similarly [[{{Determinator}} motivated]]. But none the less [[TragicHero doomed]] simply because they fought for the wrong cause.
-->-- ''Medieval Warfare Sourcebook'' by David Nicolle

->Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.
-->-- '''Philip of Macedon''' on seeing the corpses of the [[BadassGay Theban Sacred Band]] at [[LastStand Chaerona]]

->He at least never lied to us. His words gave us hope.
-->-- Sioux Chief '''Red Cloud''', on Indian Fighter, Indian rights activist, and peacemaker General George Crook

->The Man in the [=MiG=]. A famous hero or an unknown just starting to blossom, he was deserving of one more thing, and to this day I hope it was granted to him. I hope he died when instantly when the missile hit and did not live that last second and never, never knew that he lost the battle.
-->-- Israeli Air Force pilot '''Asher Snir''', recalling a [=MiG=]-17 pilot from the 1970 War of Attrition

->The courage of your enemy honors you.
-->-- Chinese proverb

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