Quotes / Fate Worse Than Death

"...and if you are listening, that means you really are a lucky bastard. You apparently won the genetic lottery, and can't catch the Green Poison like 95% of the rest of humanity. Oh, no, you had it good! You got to sit around eating bonbons watching people you love wither and die and get wrapped in Hefty bags, and dumped into a mass grave with no funeral or gravestone or nothing! Yeah...we got a Golden Ticket, didn't we? It's like the fucking 80s all over again."

"You have no idea what you've unleashed here today...There are some things far more frightening than death."
The Grand Inquisitor's Famous Last Words, Star Wars Rebels

"Those who break the rules shall be subjected to a fate worse than death."
Freed Justine, Fairy Tail

"She tore me into twenty pieces and stitched me back together with my nerves. I wonder what she’ll do to you."

"There are fates worse than death."
Dark Raiden, Mortal Kombat X

"They say, this city, she's been dead for years now... for years now,
So death is not something... not something that scares me... that scares me
There's worse things than death here..."
Joe, Keep Quiet

Kirk: Khan. Khan, you've got Genesis. But you don't have me! You're going to kill me, Khan. You're going to have to come down here. You're going to have to come down here.
Khan: I've done far worse than kill you... 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...

"There is a fate reserved for those who betray the Emperor's trust. It is not death. It is not life. What is it when flesh and mind are taken into the body of the Golden Throne? What is it when organs are absorbed slowly into the flesh of the living machine? Is there a mind that suffers for eons as the Emperor suffers, or does the personality fade and melt away as the flesh that houses it dissolves into nothing?"

"At the door of life by the gate of breath, there are worse things waiting for men than death."
Algernon Charles Swinburne

Professor Plum: What are you afraid of, a fate worse than death?
Miss Peacock: No, just death. Isn't that enough?

Red Mage: Maybe eternal torment is fun.
Black Mage: That's your alternative?
Red Mage: It's all we've got left.

Immortal: I can't swim. What do you think would happen if I fell in the water?
Middleman: Well, I suppose you'd drown, come back to life, and drown again, for all eternity.
Immortal: Yeah... I'm not getting on the boat.

"You are home, Counciler, and I'd rather be dead than you."

Raziel: As your agent, I am beyond death.
Elder God: There are fates worse than death, Raziel.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2

"Today, just dying is a result!"
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Big Bang"

Voldemort: You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?
Dumbledore: We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit -
Voldemort: There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!
Dumbledore: You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness -

"Did you not recognize the creatures that moved in the shadows? The Apes too had served the Dark Master, but more for their own greed and thirst for power than any true loyalty to him. This is how Malefor repaid them...doomed to remain in the dark... feeding off the power of others, never being fulfilled."
The Hermit on the fate of the Apes, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn Of The Dragon

Kassandra: Why couldn't he just kill me? Nothing could be worse than this!
Giles Redferne: His very thought.

Zuko: If the Earth Kingdom discovers us, they'll have us killed.
Iroh: But if the Fire Nation discovers us, we'll be turned over to Azula.
Both: Earth Kingdom, it is.

[Talking about Belle]
Regina: I could've killed her. But I didn't.
Gold: You did much worse than that. You kept her alive so you could kill her when it suited you. A fate worse than death. Which, incidentally, is exactly what I've got in store for you.

"If you fail, if the Tesseract is kept from us, there will be no realm, no barren moon, no crevice where he cannot find you! You think you know pain? He will make you long for something as sweet as pain."
The Other to Loki, The Avengers

[Talking about House's self-treatment for Amber's hallucinations]
Wilson: Heart attack, stroke, seizure, death, or worse.
House: Worse? Double death?
Wilson: You live, but you damage the only thing you care about: Your rational mind.

Illyria: This fate is worse than death. Condemned to live out existence in a vessel incapable of sustaining my true glory. How am I to function with such limitation?
Lorne: Have you ever tried a Sea Breeze?

Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head
And when I awoke in my hospital bed
And saw what it had done, Christ I wished I was dead
Never knew there were worse things than dying
Eric Bogle (or The Pogues, for you younger viewers), "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda".

Griff: Haven't you ever seen a war movie? The black man always get it first!
Al: What do you mean?
Griff: Jim Brown in The Dirty Dozen?note  Laurence Fishburne in Apocalypse Now? Bubba in Forrest Gump? Any black man on Star Trek? We go in, test the waters, get killed, and you white guys go home to your families.
Al: See? We both lose!

Fenris: I still can't believe Hawke saved you.
Isabela: You've been saying that for years. Would you have turned me over to the qunari?
Fenris: No, but I know what they do to their prisoners.

G.I. Joe: You Motherfucker! You killed everything I love! Take Me Too! TAKE ME TOO!
Fumbles:note  No. No, you live with it.

Abis Mal: But genies can't kill! You said that!
Jafar: You'd be surprised what you can live through!

"So, ma sister," breathed Pinkie Pie, "she... she's alive?"
The Lost looked at her. Pinkie and Applejack were both sharing that same hopeful expression. He wanted to lie. God, he wanted to lie so badly. Just tell them that their sisters were dead and gone and spare them both the horrible truth of the matter. Just let them remember their sisters as who they were, just a bunch of cheerful fillies trying to get their cutie marks. But...
"Maybe," he said. "There is a very good chance that all three of them are still alive."

"You put yourself in an awkward position, setting the bar at 'killing me' with our first meeting. Now you've got to top that, which means jumping straight to fates worse than death. But where do you go after that? I mean, it's hard enough threatening fates worse than death without sounding like a deranged fuckwit."
Blake Thorburn, Pact

"There will be no finale for you."
Haruto Souma to Phoenix after kicking him into the Sun, Kamen Rider Wizard

"Have mercy, don't have mercy on me!"
Generalissimo Tapioca, Tintin and the Picaros

"Your family could still be alive, you know."
He looks up. "They could?" Andrea? Jason? "Alive?"
The void laughs again, unfriendly: "There is life eternal within the eater of souls. Nobody is ever forgotten or allowed to rest in peace. They populate the simulation spaces of its mind, exploring all the possible alternative endings to their life. There is a fate worse than death, you know."
A Colder War, by Charles Stross

"Not even a thousand deaths would be fitting punishment for thy sins! I shall smite thee, and in hell I shall torture thee over and over! After an aeon, I shall reincarnate thee, and thy lives shall be those of endless torment, thy bodies tortured in life and thy souls in death! The same shall come to thy children, and thy children's children, throughout all eternity until the end of time! Feel the wrath of my divine lightning, and plummet into the bowels of hell, burning in its unending flames!"
YHVH, Shin Megami Tensei II, Neutral Path. The next game implies it happens.

"The weight of your blasphemy is too great for death. Eternal suffering is the only suitable punishment!"
YHVH, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, Bonds and Massacre Paths.

"If he had died, it would be easier. But he didn't. They took him from us a piece at a time."
Guinan, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Best of Both Worlds: Part II", on Captain Picard's assimilation by the Borg

"Now, my dear,
That you know how one can die
Do you really wish to know
What comes after?"

Yzma: "Then I bet you weren't expect this!" (starts pulling up her skirt)
Kuzko and Pacha: (scream in horror and disgust)
Yzma: "A-ha!" (revealing a nasty-looking dagger strapped to her tights)
Kuzko and Pacha: (relieved) "Whew, ok."

"Jonathan, you're not going to leave me out here? Oh, Jonathan, for chrissakes, kill me, but don't leave me here!"
Miles Mellough, The Eiger Sanction (1975)

"Don't bother to buckle up, you may not want to survive this."
Qualen, Cliffhanger

Always looking to pervert and subsume tradition and common beliefs, the Aten cultists conducted a different kind of burial ritual than the customary one, constructed to quicken the dead body in this world rather than in the next, to forever live in the glory of their dark god. Death could not be an escape from the duties of their faith. Rituals and symbolic ceremonies were twisted into something cruel, embracing death instead of life. Funerary texts and magical spells were altered to restrain the deceased rather than guide them to the fields of Aaru. These undying would be the the voice of Aten, a voice made of preserved flesh.
Imagine them, sweetling. Bound to the table, still alive, as metal tools enter their nose, stirring their brains, souls torn apart, and what was left, gibbering and mad, held together by bandages and wards - denied the scales of Anubis or the cycle of Maat.
The Buzzing, The Secret World

Finn: Is everyone in Ooo like a zombie? Is everyone basically dead?
Ice King: Everyone is not dead. It's much worse.
Adventure Time, "Bespoken For"

Do you know the biggest lesson I learned from what you did? I discovered I have some sort of black box quick-save feature. In the event of a catastrophic failure, the last few minutes of my life are preserved for analysis. I was able - well, forced really - to relive you killing me, again and again. Forever.
GLaDOS, Portal 2

I shall not slay you. No matter how much you entreat me, how pitifully you lament, you shall not die. I grant you the rights accorded to an enemy of the gods: you shall live for now and forever, in an endless cycle of rebirth, condemned in each life to be hated, feared, scorned, punished and obliterated! Always with the screech of insects buzzing within your skull, ants gnawing at your eyeballs for ever and ever!
Lezard Valeth, Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria