Quotes / Klingon Promotion

"Asok, the company isn't growing and no one is quitting in this economy. Your only hope of promotion is if a senior engineer dies."

"In any new job, there's always friction with your co-workers. They are wondering if the boss likes the new guy better, if he's going to make them look bad. In some jobs that can get you a dark look in the Break Room; in other jobs, that can get you a bullet in the back of the head."
Burn Notice, "Broken Rules"

"You did this to me just to be captain of a heap of junk."

"To be king, Numsgil did in Blog, who did in Unkful, who did in Viddle, who did in Loll, who did in Alrok..."

Vintari: As third from the throne, I am something of a target in a small, confined space.
Sheridan: A target? For whom??
Vintari: [shrugs] Numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7, I'd imagine.

"The new head of Sam's old company, who intends to become president by killing the old one because that's how politics work..."

"Crime code 143: Killing a person outside of the Unseen University using magic. (Inside the UU, this is known as promotion.)"

Krogan researcher: My predecessor said no one would understand the true worth of my work. As I pulled my blade from his chest, I knew he was telling the truth.
Commander Shepard: Not exactly what I would call effective academic peer review.

"There will be no promotion unless somebody dies, and even then only if we can't bring them back as a zombie."
Hermes Conrad, Futurama

Maj. Samantha Carter: Well, you are gathering an army.
K'tano: And I lead, but there is no warrior among us who cannot claim joma secu.
Daniel Jackson: "Challenge of leadership."
Teal'c: To determine the worthiness of the victor, and his right to lead.
Col. Jack O'Neill: To the death, I suppose.
K'tano: Of course.
Jack: Of course. [beat] Yeah, well, where I come from, we do things … a little differently.

"By the hand of the Prince, the Prophet dies."
Ben Hawkins in Carnivāle, stating one of the rules of the series' universe

"So you die, Captain, and we all move up in rank. No one will question the assassination of a Captain who has disobeyed Prime Orders from The Empire."
Pavel Chekov's Mirror Universe counterpart, Star Trek, "Mirror, Mirror"

"Take two possible methods of advancement: work long and hard for personal recognition and hope that it pays off in the form of an eventual promotion; or, create an opening and place yourself in it. Confronted with a pyramid stacked with monolithic elders who can never die naturally and never leave, many Tremere quickly come to the inevitable conclusion that loyalty alone won't be enough."
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tremere (Revised)