I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog o' war
And I don't give a damn what the killing is for
— Dire Straits, Ride Across the River
I don't play for keeps, I play for blood
I don't play for your soul, I play for blood
I don't play to win, I play for blood
I don't play for it all, I play for blood
Full moon's light is calling me
My kingdom lies within
The mystic soul and lion's heart
Brought by the talisman.
The ecstasy of battle takes me
Where the falcons fly
Immortal youth was granted me
I will never die
Manowar, "Black Wind, Fire, and Steel"
War is my profession, war is my obsession
There's nothing I like better than a violent intercession
Blood must be spilled, deep enough to swim in
As I hear the lamentations of my conquered foe's women!
WAR! It's good for me!
What's my name? THUNDERCLESE!!!
''The last head falls to the ground
No-one is left alive
They thought that they could take me down
But it's not my time to die
I wipe the blood from my sword
And slide it in my belt
This is the sweetest of rewards
The best rush I have felt!
Damn it all! all this our South stinks peace.
You whoreson dog, Papiols, come! Let's to music!
I have no life save when the swords clash.
But ah! when I see the standards gold, vair, purple opposing
And the broad fields beneath them turn crimson,
Then howl I my heart nigh mad with rejoicing.
— Ezra Pound, "Sestina: Altaforte"
"My friends, it has often been said that I like war.
My friends, I like war. No, friends, I LOVE war!
I love holocausts. I love blitzkriegs. I love defensive lines. I love sieges. Charges. I love mop-up operations and retreats.
Wars across prairies, in streets, in trenches, in grasslands, in frozen tundras, through deserts, on the sea, in the air.
I love every act of war that can occur upon this earth!
I love blasting the enemy to smithereens with artillery salvos that thunder across the lines of battle.
My heart leaps with joy whenever a soldier is tossed high into the air and cut to pieces by well placed sniper rounds!"
"I. Love. War. Through my life I have discovered so many forms of war. You wake up in the morning, you get into your shitty car, and you see a rich CEO who works half as hard as you do drive down the street in his Porsche. Class war! You get to work and you find out that the annual drug test is today. And you just so happen to take a puff of your one hitter a couple nights ago before dinner with your wife's awful parents. Drug war! But then you find out the only ones being called in for testing are your black and Hispanic coworkers. Race war! And you try to post about it on your Facebook but then all of your friends start arguing about what's right and what's wrong. Flame war! You finally get home, and you decide to relax by watching a program about "who gets the box? What's in the box? How much is what's in the box worth?" Storage Wars! [chuckles to himself] What I am telling you my Nazi army of one-thousand vampires is that I am a purveyor of war. And with your help over the years we are now at the precipice of our true goal! You see I want a simple war. No class wars, no drug wars, no race wars, no flame wars, and certainly NO Cold Wars! Blue balled for forty years... What I want is a war that only we can bring. A true war! A German war! The sequel you've all been waiting for! I! WANT! WORLD! WAR! THREE!!"'
— The Major, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged
"Dear Frederick, thank you for your nice letter. But I'm actually a US Marine who was born to kill, where you have clearly mistaken me for some sort of wine sipping communist dick suck. And although peace probably appeals to tree-loving-bisexuals like you and your parents, I happen to be a death-dealing, blood-crazed warrior who wakes up everyday just hoping for the chance to dismember my enemies and defile their civilizations. Peace sucks a hairy asshole, Freddie. War is the mother-fucking answer."
"Rip and tear! Rip and tear your guts! You are huge! That means you have HUGE GUTS! RIP AND TEAR!"
— The Marine, the comic
"Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose. You don't ask why a plague spreads or a field burns. Don't ask why I fight."
"His is the fury of the wildfire, the boiling blood of the volcano. He fights you not because you've wronged him, but because you're there."
"War. At last."
Mayor Prentiss from the Chaos Walking trilogy reveling at the impending scourge of war.
There is no meaning in this world. I seek naught but blood and carnage.
— Tsukuyomi, Mahou Sensei Negima!
"You seek to get rid of the nightmares? They never go away Snake. Once you have been on the battlefield, tasted the thrills, the exhilaration, the tension... It all becomes part of you. Once you've awakened the warrior within it never sleeps again. You crave ever bigger tensions, ever bigger thrills. As a mercenary I think that you would have realized all of this by now Snake. People like you and I, we care nothing for power, money, or even sex... only WAR!"
— Big Boss, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
"Smell that? You smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory."
General Omar N. Bradley: There's one big difference between you and me, George. I do this job because I've been trained to do it. You do it because you LOVE it.
George S. Patton: I love it. God help me, I love it. I love it more than my life.
""Kill when you can kill." That's bullshit. All I wanna do is fight someone better than me."
— Travis Touchdown, No More Heroes
"What's wrong with me? There's something wrong with you! How can you be so strong and not love fighting?! Revel in it... the death and the pain!! Those are the rewards of battle!!!"
— Kenpachi Zaraki, Bleach
"You mean you need a reason to fight? Why don't you just accept it Ichigo? You enjoy fighting as much as I do. You crave power, isn't that right? And anyone who truly loves power loves to measure that power in battle. That's a simple fact. The question is: Do we fight in order to gain more power, or do we gain more power in order to fight? I still haven't figured it out yet. ...But honestly, who cares? Because one thing is for certain: There is no reason we should ever deny it or try to change because we were born this way! You have always wanted to fight, and you always will Ichigo! It's part of you, you do it instinctively. You have no choice but to fight, because it is the only way to gain power. Fight Ichigo! If you want to control that power then take your sword and cut down your enemies! There is no other path, no way to move forward... or back. All you can do is fight Ichigo!"
"I am power made flesh. Feel how weak you truly are!"
— Akuma, Street Fighter
(sung) "I looove hurtin' people! I looove beatin' people up!"
— Guts, Berserk Abridged
Bismarck Waldstein: Are you really here just to buff your reputation?
Luciano Bradley: No. I'm here to take an uncommon pleasure in destruction!
Code Geass R2
"What I seek is destruction and domination. I don't care about anything else. I'm only interested in how much I can dance in the pit of Hell when it's all over...see you there one day."
— Balalaika, Black Lagoon
"He carried on the war not for the sake of personal gain or power nor through anger, but for the sake of warlike deeds in themselves; hence he was accounted at once a lover of war and a master of war."
— Cassius Dio on Viriathus
"There's something rather comforting about facing death like this, wouldn't you agree? It's all I can think about. Rank. Personal history, and birth. Race. Sex. The name given to you...it's all meaningless. This is the only thing that's real. To fight on behalf of my own life and nothing more."
"And they sang as they slew, and the sound of their singing which was fair and terrible came even to the city."
"Because I like weapons. Each one is unique, with its own little quirks and flaws. Each one of them- mace, axe, sword, spear- have their own special manner of wreaking bloody havoc. And for someone who thrives off slaughter like I do, that is the beauty of the well-stocked arsenal."
"I don't fight for good, and I don't fight for evil. I just fight!"
—Augus, Asura's Wrath
"Relax son. Enjoy every moment. You fight, and eat good food. You fight, and drink fine wine. You fight, and sleep with beautiful women. Hell, fight with Beautiful women! That's what it means to live."
"I don't recall joining your group. And I don't care what you plan to do. All I want is to fight someone strong. Is there someone like that right now?"
Tsuchi-Gumo, Nurarihyon No Mago
"All I want is to fight... until even my marrow turns into dust."
Fuwa Juzo, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
Maxim: Come on hyu keeds! Hyu gots to fight like hyu means it!
Oggie: (sweeping triple poleaxe) Lots ov monster for evryvun! Voo hoo!
Jšger General Gkika: My boyz tell me dere's more trouble on de vay— und Hy haven't seen any decent trouble in ages. Dis iz gonna be fun.
"What do you think a knight is for, girl? You think it's all taking favors from ladies and looking fine in a gold plate? Knights are for killing. I killed my first man at twelve. I've lost count of how many I've killed since then. High lords with old names, fat rich men dressed in velvet, knights puffed up like bladders with their honors, yes, and women and children, too—they're all meat, and I'm the butcher. Let them have their lands and their gods and their gold. Let them have their sers."
Sandor Clegane, A Song of Ice and Fire
Sandor: "Brave"? A dog doesn't need courage to chase off rats.
Sansa: Does it give you joy to scare people?
Sandor: No, it gives me joy to kill people. Spare me. You can't tell me that Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell never killed a man.
Sansa: It was his duty. He never liked it.
Sandor: Is that what he told you? He lied. Killing is the sweetest thing there is.
Spike: When was the last time you unleashed it? All-out fight in a mob, back against the wall, nothing but fists and fangs? Don't you ever get tired of fights you know you're going to win?
Angelus: No. A real kill, a good kill - it takes pure artistry. Without that, we're just animals.
Citizen V: This fight is completely unnecessary.
Deadpool: BLASPHEMY! All fights are necessary!
War is honest. There's no lying to it. You don't have to say sorry here. Don't have to hide. You cannot. If you die? So what? You die among friends. Among worthy foes. You die looking the Great Leveller in the eye. If you live? Well, lad that's living, isn't it? A man isn't truly alive until he's facing death. I love war!
—Whirrun of Bligh, The Heroes
Wrex: What's taking so long, Shepard?
Shepard: THERE'S A REAPER IN MY WAY, WREX!
Wrex: I know! You get to have all the fun!
"Its been too long since I had a good fight! This is glorious!"
Serrator, Power Rangers Samurai
Palutena: Pittoo just isn't happy unless he's fighting someone.
Dark Pit: You say that like it's a bad thing!
"I don't know why people think I'm psychotic. I'm not psychotic. I just have a PASSION for my job!"
—Bill "Razor" Lamont, Jagged Alliance 2 note
Riev: "Ah, Valter... You're a beast. You're bound to no country. You care nothing for friend or foe. Kill a man, claim a woman... You live for nothing more, you wretched beast. That's your strength. That's what makes you stronger than any man alive. A beast acts without remorse. Man's morality cannot win. It's nature's way..."
"The only question left is how long you will manage to remain standing before I take your life. Try to keep it interesting for me, would you?"
—Demise, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
*Gormlaith just killed her fourth dragon within that day*
Gormlaith: Hakon! A glorious day, is it not?
Hakon: Have you no thought beyond the blooding of your blade?
Gormlaith: What else is there?
"Fightin's like breathin', Mac!"
— Aran Ryan, Punch-Out!!
"Ya see, the way I look at it, the moment yer born inta this world, yer dyin. It's slow and subtle, but it's happenin'. I watched people avoid all the risks in life, just so they could make it safely ta death. I watched people waste their lives day-by-day, year-by-year, an' not enjoy a single moment of it. When I made it through my first days of battle, I was so hopped up on adrenaline that nothin' compared after it. I was pumped. I was happy. But most of all, I felt alive... Thing was, whenever I thought I was gonna die, every time I got hurt on the frontlines, the pain just reminded me that I was still livin', cause dead guys don't feel nothin'. It's when I'm on that brink, when I'm balancing on that string, and the slightest thing can make me tip onto either side, that I feel the most alive. Every drop of blood, every tear, and every bead of sweat means somethin' to me. I don't go out there ta fight and dieÖ" Surge trailed off, pointing a large finger into the distance. "I fight out there ta feel alive."
—Pokť Wars: The Convalescence
"SHOOTING THINGS IS FUN!"
—Salvador, Borderlands 2
Golem: I hear you guys talking about it, and youíre right there, in your element. This is something that youíve been working on for a long time, and thereís almost an excitement to you. Like youíve been in a kind of stasis for the entire time Iíve known you, and only now are you really coming back to life.
Weaver: Itís not like that.
Golem: No. I mean, Iím not blaming you, or saying youíre a bad person. Youíre good at this, at taking a challenge head on, finding workarounds, manipulating the system to our advantage. Youíre doing it for good reasons, to help, to stop bad people. I saw glimmers of that excitement, of the real Weaver, while you were dealing with our bosses, and making connections, offering deals to the bad guys you thought you could bring to our side. But Iíve spent a long time thinking about Jack and watching old footage of him, and figuring out my enemy, my nemesis, and itís likeÖ thatís you.
Golem: Youíre his nemesis, Weaver. Iím the reason heís here, the reason these people died like this. But youíre his counterpart, his mirror. Youíve got that same excitement Jack has, you think along the same lines, in strategy and counter-strategy. You thrive on conflict, just like he does. And IÖ Iím not like that.
— Golem and Weaver at the end of the world, Worm
Nora: (excitedly) Let's break his legs!
"...the most fun you can have with your pants on."
—American fighter pilot's description of combat, from "The Culture of War" by Martin van Crevald.
44. I will only employ bounty hunters who work for money. Those who work for the pleasure of the hunt tend to do dumb things like even the odds to give the other guy a sporting chance.
—The Evil Overlord List
"Tyson may be crazier than a coked-up honey badger, but he's also the goddamn Mozart of punching."
— Cracked on Mike Tyson
"Fedor is known for his calm, some might say terrifying, lack of emotions. He was born to destroy so he simply does, and after his "loss" to TK, Fedor dispatched 16 men without a grimace or a snarl. If he hadn't been punching their heads into comas, you would have no idea that he meant the men harm. Glorious violence was only a side effect of the talent given to him by God."
There is no place for me, other than the battlefield. To live as I please, and die a senseless death. That is who I am, not a mere man of flesh. War... is part of my existence.
The perfect weapon does not need its master's will to drive it to further carnage. The perfect warrior does not need a reason to kill, does not need a cause to follow. The perfect commander does not heed such petty distinctions as victory and defeat. Kill, for killing's sake. Destroy, for destruction's sake.
—Kargos Bloodspitter, Champion of Khorne
"Attack" is the only order worth remembering.
— Kharn the Betrayer
Victory? What use is victory? Let me have a battle of annihilation.
— Fleet Commissar Drussos
Make war upon the Imperium of Man? What is it you think the Legions have been doing for the last ten thousand years? War does not end with a single victory or a single planet. It is an eternal creature that outlives men and their tiny triumphs.
— Arzyn the Silencebringer, warrior of the World Eaters
"BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD ! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE !"
Travellin' through space is boring. Well, boring unless da hulk yer on is full of dem gene-sneakers, or a base fer da chaos lads wiv da spikes, or already has Boyz on it. Or if humie lootas come callin', that's always good fer a bit a sport. Or unless yer have a mutiny or two to pass da time, or unless strange fings start happenin', which dey usually do when yer out in da warp. One time we had some bloody great ugly fing come straight out of Weird Lugwort's 'ed! It butchered half da lads, that was pretty entertainin'. Come ter fink of it, space is a pretty good larf. And that's before yer find yerself a nice world ta crush!
— Bigmaw, Ork Runtherd
We don't fight fer food, or fer teef, or guns, or cos we's told to fight. We fight cos we woz born to fight. And win.
— Grukk, Ork Boy