They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
—Leonard Cohen, "First We Take Manhattan"
When I began, my Charmander was level five
Fighting in grass, I hardly made it out alive
Pidgey hurt me with Gust and Sand-Attack
His Fire Blast is going to roast all of you
“Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”
—Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
"People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance."
"You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There’s an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind."
—Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dune
"In love, you take leave of your senses, but in hate, you must be present to calculate your actions."
"So, sailor boy finally came back for a yo-ho-ho, did he? Took him long enough. I know revenge is best served cold and all, but his must've been frozen solid."
—Spike, Angel ("Why We Fight")
"I loved my father. So naturally, I challenged his murderer to a duel. I failed. But he gave me these. (points to facial scars) I was eleven years old. And when I was strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of fencing, so the next time we meet, I will not fail."
—Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
Ilsa: Richard, we loved each other once. If those days meant anything at all to you—
Rick: I wouldn't bring up Paris if I were you. It's poor salesmanship.
Grissom: Are you a terrorist?
Walter Gordon: Depends. Are you terrified?
Grissom: Look, I really don't want to talk to you. Where is my guy?
Gordon: Oh, so ... he is 'your guy', huh?
Grissom: Yes, he is. Where is he buried?
Gordon: Are you two close?
Grissom: That's none of your business.
Gordon: What does Nick Stokes mean to you? How do you feel when you see him in that coffin? Does your soul die every time you push that button? How do you feel, knowing that there's nothing you can do to get him out of that hell? Helpless? Useless? Impotent? Good. Welcome to my world.
—CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Grave Danger"
"He brought us to this land of freedom , this America. But then he and my brother went back to Africa to continue the war. And that's when it happened... You killed my benefactor and sent my brother home a cripple. I vowed revenge and joined FOX-HOUND. I knew it was my best chance to meet you, and I prayed for the day that I would."
—Dr. Naomi Hunter, Metal Gear Solid
At long last it ended. Halaster Blackcloak lay panting and drenched with sweat. He stared up into dusty darkness.The rags of his shredded robes clung to him.
"Revenge" he announced calmly, as he forced his last shudders into oblivion,"will now commence."
He did not, however, move for a long time, even when the cold made him shiver. He lay still, remembering every last detail of Nergal's movements, words, and reactions, the archdevil's precise appearance... and what spells would make the best weapons against such a one.
Just as patiently, he recalled the drawbacks and precise effects of each suitable spell and his best tactics for using them in Avernus. At length, he smiled coldly and told the darkness, "It seems Halaster Blackcloak would make a good devil himself."
— Elminster in Hell by Ed Greenwood (Elminster Saga, book 4)
"Cros Treewind, your ass is mine!"
— An EverQuest fan comic with the caption that "Revenge is a dish best served 40 levels later."
Sergei:Perhaps it was the haste of a man who longed to take his revenge like is vodka, in one dreadful swallow. But I see now I must take my time. I will plant seeds of revenge and let them grow. Then I'll harvest the vegetables of revenge. And from those vegetables, I will plant more seeds.
Stan: And then you'll get your revenge?
Sergei:No, Smith. From the third or perhaps fourth harvest renge-plants, I will make a vegetable stew, and season it perfectly. With revenge!
Sarda: I made you what you are today so you'd know exactly how insignificant you are when all that power fails to stop me from killing you.
Black Mage: That's messed up, Sarda.
Sarda: Oh? The thought of it kept me warm for billions of years.
You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes its time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones. That's the knife that cuts deepest.
—Talia al Ghul, The Dark Knight Rises
Devon: You know, revenge is a dish best served cold. Like sashimi or pizza.
Jack: You prefer cold pizza?
Devon: The morning after? It's the best.
Jack: Better than hot pizza? That's insane.
Devon: You don't tell me what kind of pizza to like! You don't tell me anything anymore, Jack!
— 30 Rock