"Asok, the company isn't growing and no one is quitting in this economy. Your only hope of promotion is if a senior engineer died."
"I shall kill the president... thereby becoming the president..."
— Frans, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
"To be king, Numsgil did in Blog, who did in Unkful, who did in Viddle, who did in Loll, who did in Alrok..."
"Hell, anything happens to me, everyone gets an instant promotion!"
— John Sheridan, Babylon 5
"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."