"Well, damn. I was gonna just kill you, but now I think it might be more evil to let you stew on that for a while."
"Every breath that you take from this day, is by my mercy. Every bite that you eat, is by Harra's charity. By charity and mercy, such as you did not give, so you shall live, Dead Woman."
Travis: All right, Blake, if you're man enough, kill me now.
Blake: Our quarrel is with the Federation, not with you.
Jenna: Give me the gun, then.
Blake: That would be mercy. Are you feeling particularly merciful?
— Blake's 7, "Gambit"
"You've Got To Be Kind To Be Cruel"
— Folk saying
"I quit. You hit your peak. You've burned out your power, so your chi is dropping fast... I don't see any point in fighting you anymore. I'm satisfied; your pride's been shredded. You've met someone who surpasses the supposedly unsurpassable Freeza... and he was "only" a Saiyan."
— Super Saiyan Son Goku, Dragon Ball Z
''"The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel"
— The Bible, Proverbs 12:10
Who is this man?
What sort of devil is he
To have me caught in a trap
And choose to let me go free?
It was his hour at last
To put a seal on my fate -
Wipe out the past
And wash me clean off the slate!
All it would take
Was a flick of his knife!
Vengeance was his,
And he gave me back my life!
Damned if I'll live
In the debt of a thief!
Damned if I'll yield
At the end of the chase!
I am the law
And the law is not mocked!
I'll spit his pity
Right back in his face!
There is nothing on Earth that we share.
It is either Valjean or Javert.
... How can I now allow this man
To hold dominion over me?
This desperate man
That I have hunted ...
He gave me my life.
He gave me freedom.
I should have perished by his hand ...
It was his right ...
It was my right to die, as well.
Instead I live, but live in Hell.
And my thoughts fly apart -
Can this man be believed?
Shall his sins be forgiven?
Shall his crimes be reprieved?
And must I now begin to doubt -
Who never doubted, all those years?
My heart is stone,
And still it trembles!
The world I have known
Is lost in shadows.
Is he from Heaven, or from Hell?
And does he know
That granting me my life today,
This man has killed me, even so?
Alp Arslan: What would you do if I were brought before you as a prisoner?
Romanos: Perhaps I'd kill you, or exhibit you in the streets of Constantinople.
Alp Arslan: My punishment is far heavier. I forgive you, and set you free.
— In the aftermath of the Battle of Manzikert
Duke Onkled: Please, your omnipotence, have mercy!
The King: After you've scrubbed all the floors in Hyrule, then we can talk about mercy! Take him away!
"Where's the pleasure in bein' the winner if the loser ain't alive to know they've lost?"
— Granny Weatherwax, Witches Abroad
Kalus: Go ahead and finish this. I'm not afraid.
Grimian: And let you go out a hero? I think not. I'd rather you spend the rest of your life in SHAME!
"We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure that we did."
— Son of Mine, Doctor Who, "The Family of Blood"
Master: You can't do this! You can't do - IT'S NOT FAIR!
Doctor: And you know what happens now.
Master: No! (backing away) No!
Doctor: You wouldn't listen, 'cause you know what I'm going to say.
Master: No! (backs away until he's scrabbling against a wall.)
Doctor: (wraps his arms around him) I forgive you.
— Doctor Who, "Last of the Time Lords"
Doctor: No. Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men "run away."
Colonel Manton: What?
Doctor: Those words. "Run away." I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door, 'cause they've found the house of Colonel Runaway. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the people I love! (composes himself)...is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name.
— Doctor Who, "A Good Man Goes To War"
The Moment: And you're going to use me to end it. By killing them all, Daleks and Time Lords alike. I could... but there will be consequences for you.
War Doctor: I have no desire to survive this.
The Moment: Then that's your punishment. If you do this, if you kill them all, then that's the consequence. You. Live. Gallifrey... you're going to burn it. And all those Daleks with it, but all those children too. How many children on Gallifrey right now?
War Doctor: [weakly] I don't know.
The Moment: One day you will count them. One terrible night. Do you want to see what that would turn you into?
— Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor"
Knave of Hearts: No! Kill me! Your Majesty, please kill me! I beg you, kill me!
The White Queen: But I do not owe you a kindness.
— Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Kirk: You were going to kill me, Khan! You're going to have to come here! You're going to have to come here!
Khan: I've done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on...hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me. As you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive... Buried alive...
Kirk: (screaming) KHAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNN! KHAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN!
Megatron: What are you waiting for, Autobot? Finish me.
Optimus Prime: That would be the easy way out, Megatron. (Brings out handcuffs) You don't deserve it.
"You have grown, Halfling," he said. "Yes, you have grown very much. You are wise, and cruel. You have robbed my revenge of sweetness, and now I must go hence in bitterness, in debt to your mercy. I hate it and you!"
— The Lord of the Rings: The Scouring of the Shire
(Pauley Cracker and the other birds carry a huge boulder to drop on a wounded Claw)
Kimba: Wait Pauley, don't drop it on him!
Pauley Cracker: But Kimba, you mean you don't want us to punish the tyrant after all of the terrible things he's done to everybody?
Kimba: He's lost all of his power and for him that's the worst punishment!
Niko, come on, let's go. Let him suffer... he knows what he did. He doesn't look like he enjoys life too much.
— Roman Bellic, Grand Theft Auto IV
Instead, Harry would live on, just so that Draco could tell him that it had all been for Harry's own good, really, he ought to be grateful -
And with a sudden twitch of surprised pleasure, Draco realized that it actually was for Harry's own good. If Harry tried to carry out his plan of playing Dumbledore and Father for fools, he would die.
That made it perfect.
Kaga: If you do not kill me, I will kill you. I will find a way. For as long as I have left to live.
Cyclops: No, you won't. And I won't kill you. I'm going to do something worse. I'm going to see to it that Mutantes Sans Frontieres medical funding is used to take the best possible care of you until you die of natural causes. Do you understand? We're going to care for you. Forever.
Kaga: You bastard.
Ahmad Damour: And the price is... you killing me me with this virus?
Agent Pearce: No. There is no virus. We have the information you murdered Gene for. We have your son. And we have you. I'm not killing you, Ahmad, but believe me, your life is over.
Duke: You motherfucker! You killed everyone I loved! Take me too! Take me too!
"Fumbles": No... No, you live with it.
Tears of regret? That's what you're going to be from now on. Live the rest of your life with that body, to understand the pain of others. If you do that, the feelings of others will sink in, and you'll be more honest with yourself...go south. There are more rats there. You should be able to catch rats even without your fangs.
— Hiro, Ginga Densetsu Weed
Frank Woods: The dead don't suffer. That's why you and I are still here.
Raul Menendez: Your life will be consumed by absolute loss. Then and only then will you understand what you have done to me. I will not kill you, boy. Now like Woods, you suffer with me.
You've cost me much, and I do not suffer disappointment well. I condemn you, John Crichton...to live. So that your thirst for unfulfilled revenge...will consume you.
— Scorpius, Farscape