I saw an opening that screamed "attack"... so I did!
There's no such thing as fair or unfair in battle. There is only victory or, in your case, defeat.
All's fair in a fight to the death.
Are you stupid? In a match to the death, there's no such thing as fair or foul!
Damn you! How dare the righteous protagonist do something so dirty! You sure about this? The fans will cry, you know. Kouji:
Shut up! Take it like a man! Don't try play innocent with me!
You know that above all I detest sentimental tripe like "Honor" or "Mercy." This is war! All that matters is victory!
Do you think I'm a coward? There's nothing wrong with that. This is the strongest weapon of a seasoned warrior... it is called "cunning."
There is no such thing as a fair fight. There's only the fight and who's left standing.
You don't win fights by being a strong man or a clever boxer. You win by being more willing to permanently fuck up the other guy.
There is no fairness, no grace, no nobility in the Wolfriders' method of combat. They obey but one rule: survive by any means, no matter how cruel or bloody.
Did I just see you cheating? Batman:
When you're on your own, behind enemy lines, no artillery, no air strikes, no hope of an evac, you don't fight dirty. You do things that make dirty look good.
Can you run? You should run... Seriously, you want to run... Okay. What do you know? What do you have? No, lose the swords. Sai trump swords... Flock tactics. She attacks, you back off. Don't engage until someone can lock down the sai with a chain, then go en masse
. (beat, shocked expression
) En masse
means everyone at once
... I know you're a ninja but... Just do it! (frustrated
) Listen to me: you have a choice... strictly following the ancient code of ninjutsu and being a dead ninja or going in like I say and maybe
being a live ninja.
You want to kill a man like me, you better stab me in the back. That's the catch. See, honorable men, they die hard. But they still die. It's men like me that survive and conquer.
Now, you're gonna want to poke the guy's eyes out so he can't see the fight... Mentor:
Dude, the kid is in high school. Inmate: Oh
. Then you're gonna have to fight dirty
The point of warfare is not to die for your country, but make the other bastard die for his!
You ignored the rules of engagement. In a fair fight, I'd kill you. Captain Jack Sparrow:
Then that's not much incentive for me to fight fair, now is it?
You cheated! Captain Jack Sparrow: Pirate.
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
— Dark Helmet
after cheating two times in a row in a fight against Lone Star, Spaceballs
Now wait a minute, this ain't a fair fight. Archie:
There's six of you; only two of us. Harry:
And you've got knives, and we've got nothing. Gang leader:
But that's how we win. Archie:
You know when we lived in this neighborhood, there were rules
to streetfighting. Gang leader:
Rules? What kind of rules? Archie:
Well for one thing, you couldn't do this!
) Or this! (Eye Scream
) Or this! (right cross with a fistful of quarters
) Now does everyone understand the rules? (Other gangbangers flee
) Those guys don't know shit about streetfighting.
— Tough Guys
You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?
British Major Fairbairn, who had been chief of police in Shanghai before the Japanese capture of the city, taught the Fairbairn method of assault and murder. His course was not restricted to Camp X, but later given at OSS camps in the United States. All of us who were taught by Major Fairbairn soon realized that he had an honest dislike for anything that smacked of decency in fighting.
— Richard Dunlop, Behind Japanese Lines
Foolish boy, do you not understand what is at stake when you cross blades with another? You may win a hundred fights, a thousand, ten thousand, but you can only lose once!
— Zaknafein Do'Urden
The Assassins’ Guild was easy to outwit. They had strict rules, which they followed quite honourably, and this was fine by Vimes, who, in certain practical areas, had no rules whatsoever.
Fair fights are too easy to lose.
It was just him and me. He fought with honor
. If it weren't for his honor, he and the others would have beaten me together. They might have killed me, then. His sense of honor saved my life. I didn't fight with honor... I fought to win.
The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.
Few indeed are the maiming tricks of foul combat unknown to even the rank and file of the highly efficient Secret Service of the Triplanetary League; and Costigan, a Sector Chief of that unknown organization, knew them all. Not for pleasure, sportsmanship, nor million-dollar purses do these secret agents use Nature's weapons. They come to grips only when it cannot possibly be avoided, but when they are forced to fight in that fashion, they go into it with but one grim purpose - to kill, and to kill in the shortest possible space of time.
Timothy, "fair" means I bring all my people home alive. Fuck the others.
Verily, thou art not paid for thy methods, but for thy results, by which meaneth thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available. Thou shalt, in thy Warrior's Mind and Soul, always remember My Ultimate and Final Commandment: There Are No Rules - Thou Shalt Win At All Cost.
— The Ten Commandments of SpecWar, Red Cell
I fight with the weapons I have. It's the only sensible way.
No such thing as fighting dirty, really, Jimmy
. There's just fighting to win. Use whatever you like, you can forget about rules; you’ve got to kick, scratch, bite, punch, claw with your nails... What you've got to do, see, is hurt your enemy as bad as you can as quick as you can, before he hurts you. Go for the soft bits, the eyes
, armpits, belly and, of course... well, you know where a bloke hurts worst
Only a heathen would bring a gun to a swordfight. Skulduggery Pleasant:
And only a moron would bring a sword to a gunfight.
In kendo, you can get a good solid hit on your opponent and still not get credit for it, because the judges feel you didn't possess the right amount of zanshin. Hiro doesn't have any zanshin at all. He just wants this over with.
I didn't bother to say, "Don't fight fair." In the world we share, that's the air we breathe.
This isn't dueling pistols at dawn, this is war. You never wanna fight fair. You wanna sneak up behind your enemy, and club 'em over the head. You see, Scar understands that. And so do I. So, that's why I'm gonna kill him.
One of the things a covert operative has to give up is the idea of a fair fight. Spies are not trained to fight fair. Spies are trained to win.
(holds up bullet pulled from wall
) Hey, Gris, who brings a gun to a knife fight? Gil Grissom:
I'd kill a man in a fair fight... or if I thought he was gonna start
a fair fight...
Brave man you are, attacking a man when his guard is down. Bronn:
Best time to attack a man.
: You mean you could happily kill him if he was asleep? Rimmer
: I could happily kill him if he was on the job. Gloop him.
There are rules, Garak, even in a war! Garak:
have rules in war. Rules that make victory a little harder to achieve, in my opinion.
You'd shoot a man in the back? Garak:
Well, it's the safest way, isn't it?
We fight dirty.
If an enemy is facing us, we might consider our options, and even slip away if his sword looks too big. If his back is to us, however, I personally favor knocking him down, and then jumping on his neck where the bones snap with a gratifying crunch. Of course, it is up to you and your personal style.
If you don't draw first, you don't get to draw at all.
Stealth is just as important in victory as courage. Dante:
What's that supposed to mean? Solid Snake:
Well, picture this: You're surrounded in a room, and the enemy knows you're there, but doesn't know your exact location. Good luck charging at them to win. Now, let's apply some tactics: If you sneak around and take them out one at a time, eventually you'll defeat enough of them that you safety make your escape, all while keeping them looking for you. Dante:
Whatever man. You're still a coward. Solid Snake
: Call me what you will. In the end I'll be the one who survives.
I don't pick fights I can't win.
I don't care how it's done... All that matters is that you're dead!
Victory goes not to the loudest, but to the most effective.
I don't know, attacking enemies from behind when they're not looking seems kind of cowardly. Palutena:
Every warrior knows that cowardice is the foundation upon which victory is built. Pit:
You just totally made that up, didn't you?
A beautiful loss is still a loss, and an ugly win is still a win!
Did you really think you could match my skill? The Boss:
) I'm gonna cheat.
Wild dogs - also called fucking wolves - are inquisitive, intelligent predators that travel in packs. Which means there are several of them and they all think "fair fight" means "we outnumber the hell out of you."
If you think I won't shoot you in the back, you're mistaken. (BLAM
That was not the honorable way! Nostalgia Critic:
But it was the effective way, can't argue with results.
Ah, you fucking camping bitch! Blue Soldier:
It's a legitimate strategy!
: So who wishes to fight me?
(Fido kicks Latias in the face the instant his/her sentence is finished. Hard enough to send a normal man through the wall.
: ...If Eve doesn't mind, I guess I'd like to. Latias
: Always a Dark Type's tactics. Fido
: Hey, that's racist. Latias
: Not when you literally used a Dark Type move. Fido
: No, I didn't. It's called "strategy". This
would be a "Dark" type move.
(Fido tries to bite into Latias's wing. Hard. In other words, " Fido used Crunch!"
It's called cheating. Deal with it!
I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgiving by the hand, lead him to a quiet place and kill him.
I don't know what Queensberry Rules are, but the Oscar Wilde Rule is to shoot on sight.
If it's worth fighting for, it's worth fighting dirty for.
— Murphy's Laws of Military Operations
The first rule of American combat doctrine appears to be to disregard all other rules of American combat doctrine if it is advantageous to do so.
— Unknown Soviet general
When lives are on the line, there is no such thing as a fair fight.
If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck!
— T-shirt quote