Without your schemes,
My life, it seems, is empty
I'd spend all my time keeping you from doing wrong
You were my only nemesis
I'd foil your plans, but still I miss
The moments when we didn't get along
—"The Moments When We Didn't Get Along", "It's About Time", Phineas and Ferb
She was my enemy,
One of the best of them.
Would she come back to me,
God damn the rest of them!
— Stephen Vincent Benet, Elegy for an Enemy
"This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators, save only he,
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He only, in a general-honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle; and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man!"
—Antony eulogizes Brutus, Julius Caesar
Heatwave:Flash was creative. He'd have run circles around us, spinning away our oxygen
Weather Wizard: Ha! All you do is punch and kick like a child throwing a tantrum!
Captain Cold: The old Scarlet Speedster would vibrate his molecules right outta that bronze.
Weather Wizard: With a smile and an "Aw, shucks" that just made you wanna... rip him to shreds, you know?
Heatwave: Is that-?
Captain Cold: He's back!
Weather Wizard: (wipes away tears) I promised myself I wouldn't cry!
— Batman: The Brave and the Bold, "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!"
Antony: This was the noblest Roman of them all...
Legionary: Was he? ...Should we be angry with you now he's dead?
Antony: What? No! No. Fuck no.
—Hark! A Vagrant: Julius Caesar part two.
"Dear friends...today is the day that the Clown cried. And he cries not for the passing of one man, but for the death of a dream. The dream that he would someday taste the ultimate victory over his hated enemy. For it was the Batman who made me the happy soul I am today. How I agonized over the perfect way to thank him for that. Perhaps with a cyanide Pie in the Face? Or an exploding whoopie-cushion, playfully planted in the Batmobile? But those dreams were dashed by the weaselly little gunsel sitting there in our midst. The cowardly, insignificant gonif who probably got lucky when Batman slipped on the slime trail this LOSER left behind him! This mound of diseased hyena filth who's NOT FIT TO LICK THE DIRT FROM MY SPATS!'...But I digress. The time for sorrow has passed. It's time to look to a future filled with smiles. And I'll be smiling again just as soon as we take that man THERE...and slap him in that box THERE...(points to Batman's coffin)...and roll him into that vat of acid THERE!"
- Joker, Batman: The Animated Series, "The Man Who Killed Batman"
Budd: ...So, now you ain't gonna have to face your enemy on the battlefield no more, which "R" you filled with: Relief or Regret?
Elle Driver: A little bit of both.
Budd: Horseshit. I'm sure you do feel a little bit of both. But I know damn well you feel one more than you feel the other. The question was, which one?
Elle Driver: ...Regret.
(Later, after the Black Mamba bites Budd)
Elle Driver: Now, in these last agonizing minutes of life you have left, let me answer the question you asked earlier more thoroughly. Right at this moment, the biggest "R" I feel is Regret. Regret that maybe the greatest warrior I have ever known met her end at the hands of a bushwhackin', scrub, alky piece of shit like you. That woman deserved better.
Slash: I miss Bob!
Slash: Bob always stopped us before we could do anything really bad. Now nobody does.
Hack: Hey, I never thought of it like that before.
"It reminds me of the time my dog actually caught a squirrel, after all those years of trying...He looked sad. Like he'd ruined something for himself."
Dee-Jay: [Upon learning that Guile had died] That is great news General, Congratulations!
Bison: On the contrary, I mourn.
Dee-Jay: [At a loss] Okay...
Bison: I was hoping to face Guile face-to-face on the battlefield, one gentleman warrior to another. In respectful combat. Then I would snap his spine. Ah... the road not taken.
Is this what happens to us? A life of conflict with no time for friends...So that when it is done, only our enemies leave roses.
— Rorschach, Watchmen
"I've hated his name for almost 30 years. I've dreamt of the moment when I would finally see him stripped of his rank and title - when he would suddenly find himself without a friend in the world, without the power of his birthright...Well I've had that moment now - and I took no joy from it."
— Martok, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Once More Unto The Breach")
"In a strange way, you come to like your enemies rather better than your friends."
"There was a kind of sadness. The finality of it hit me pretty hard and it was Christmastime, and holiday time, and I felt that a friend was hurt — and I wasn't happy about that."