Probably grating, but Lucius Vorenus also deserves one after taking over the Aventine collegia of Erastes Fulmen (as mentioned, a predecessor to the Italian mafia). Having gone from being an honorable centurion, to magistrate, and the first Plebeian senator, his "honorable background" makes the other "collegians" disdain his call to unite their forces. The proceedings were watched by priests of the goddess Concordia/Concord. Desirous to make an impression that he is now "bad to the bone" with enough "street cred," Vorenus calmly takes the image of Concord and smashes it on the wall, followed by this gem:
- No less Awesome Vorenus' actual killing of Fulman. The mob boss is relaxing in a steam room when he hears the sound of fighting in the adjoining part of the tavern. After repeatedly shouting at his men to throw whoever is making the racket out, a blood drenched Vorenus walks in. Fulman tries to run away to his men only to find that every single member of his crew has been slaughtered by Lucius and Pullo.
(fighting in the other room)
Erastes: Flavio, tell those damn scurras to shut that up. They wanna fight, take it outside. (fight sounds continue)
Erastes: Flavio! Fucking useless. (fight sounds gradually stop and Erastes lies back down)
Vorenus: (comes into view covered in blood) You have my children.
(Erastes sits the hell up, slightly panicked now)
Vorenus: You have my children.
Erastes: Eh? The fuck you talkin' about?
Erastes: Someone's misled you, friend.
Vorenus: Where are they?
Erastes: I dunno.
: (instantly gives a scary smile, enhanced by all the blood on his face) Flavio's not coming.
- Fulman refusing to beg for his life in the face of this slaughter is pretty awesome in itself.
Erastes: You're not a bad sort of man, Vorenus. You just have too much anger in you.
Pullo: TELL HIM!!
Erastes: I took your children in payment for your many slights to me. I fucked them. Then I killed them. And then I threw them in the river.
Lucius Vorenus: [chops Erastes Fulmens head off]
Cicero's "The Reason You Suck" Speech Take That against Antony. The man has Antony pegged down perfectly, right down to the last comment to make him lose control.
Clerk (holding up a scroll for all to see): These being the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero... "I address you directly, Antony. Please listen as if you... as if you..."
Antony: Go on...
Clerk (shaken): "...please listen, as if you were sober and intelligent, and not a drink-sodden, sex-addled wreck." [Senators start fleeing the hall]
Clerk: "You are certainly not without accomplishments: it is a rare man who can boast of becoming a bankrupt before even coming of age. You have brought upon us war, pestilence and destruction. You are Rome's Helen of Troy. But then... but then..."
Antony (fuming): Go on... GO ON!
Clerk: "...a woman's role has always suited you best." [[Antony grabs the scroll and beats the clerk to death with it]]
- Cicero's death scene is Face Death with Dignity at it finest. A worthy death to one of the finest men in Rome.
- Cicero was not, in real life or in the show, a particularly brave man. His actor can portray the pants soiling terror of death in Cicero's last moments, but you can see his deliberate refusal to cave in to his fear. It's brilliant.