Quotes: Lawful Evil

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     Anime and Manga 


The High Courts will look favorably on my conduct, and deem it the proper course of action.
Klowal after kidnapping the princess - with propriety, Crest of the Stars

Fear is freedom! Control is release! Contradiction is truth! That is the reality of this world! Listen well, you pigs in human clothing, and submit to that reality!
Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill

     Comic Books 

The people are happy and content. As I have commanded they be...

To instill fear is to instill order. Our order.

We're using the law to keep justice away!

I am not opposed to heroism. On the contrary. I honor it. But the greatest courage is acceptance of what must be. Resignation in the face of a destiny that cannot be fought or deflected or defied. This is the gospel that you must preach, now. A gospel of subservience and order. Teach the people of this world - and later, those of other worlds - that Thanos is a kind shepherd to those who obey him. While for his enemies, life will become a burden they can neither endure - nor escape.

You see, here's how it works; Civic Center and the cops do what the fuck they like, and you sit still. Your boss does what he likes. The asshole at the tollbooth, the bouncer at the local bar, the security guy who frisks you at the clinic, the paper and feedsites that lie to you for the hell of it. They do what they like... You must like it when people in authority they never earned lie to you.

You are weak, petty and lacking in purpose! You fail to grasp a universal principle—without an underpinning morality our acts would not be justice, but mere atrocity. Without order, without the rule of law, we would just be... monsters.
Judge Death, Judge Dredd

     Film - Live-Action 

It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.

Got to stick to your principles.
Harry, In Bruges

Say what you like about warlords and dictators; they always pay their bills on time.

But captain, to obey - just like that - for obedience's sake... without questioning... That's something only people like you do.
Doctor Ferreiro to Captain Vidal, Pans Labyrinth

I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire.
Darth Vader, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

The Demon Code prevents me
From denying a Rock-Off Challenge!
What are your terms?
What's the Ca-ha-hatch?


The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently.
O'Brien, 1984

— The slogan of The Party, 1984

If the virtuous are placed in positions of evidence, transgressions will remain hidden; but if the wicked are employed, crimes will be punished. In the former case the people will be stronger than the law; in the latter, the law will be stronger than the people. If the people are stronger than the law, then there is lawlessness in the state, but if the law is stronger than the people, the army will be strong. Therefore it is said: "Governing through good people leads to lawlessness and dismemberment; governing through wicked people leads to order and strength."

I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.

The Law of Jante
1. You shall not believe that you are anything.
2. You shall not believe that you are as worthy as us.
3. You shall not believe that you are wiser than us.
4. You shall not delude yourself that you are better than us.
5. You shall not believe that you know more than us.
6. You shall not believe that you are more than us.
7. You shall not believe that you are good for anything.
8. You shall not laugh at us.
9. You shall not believe that anyone cares about you.
10. You shall not believe that you can teach us anything.
Unwritten. Perhaps you think we know nothing of you?
A fugitive crosses his tracks

Prohibition is the trigger of crime.

The might of the Ministry stands behind me.

We can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all things that we have so far striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends. There need not be any real change in our designs, only in our means.
Saruman, The Lord of the Rings

If your enemy defies you, serve him steel and fire. But if he bends the knee, you must help him back to his feet, else no man will ever kneel to you.
Tywin Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

     Live-Action TV 

(bumps into inmate) 498! Interfering with a staff member in performance of duties! Didnít your boyfriend teach you how to treat a staff member, Floppy Tits? Thatís a shot! (to another inmate) Hey! Whatís on your shirt there, Pigpen? Shit? Tears? Potato chips? 330! Being unsanitary. Shot! (to another one) I donít like your face. 312. Insolence. Shot! Mendez is back, bitches.

There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality.
The Valeyard, Doctor Who, "The Ultimate Foe"

I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity, and uniformity.
Cyber-Controller, Doctor Who

Niska has his own code - twisted, though it may be. Very excited about reputation.
Zoe, Firefly

It's my duty. My duty as a complete and utter bastard!
Rimmer, Red Dwarf

Odo: There is more to life than the rule of law.
Thrax: It has been my observation that only the guilty make that kind of statement.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Things Past"

We're going to handle this shit like businessmen.
Stringer Bell, The Wire

"Bunk" Moreland: (ironically) A man must have a code.
Omar Little: (dead serious) Oh, no doubt.

     Tabletop Games 

"I have a proposal for you," [Asmodeus] continued. "You wish to see the law upheld, but you do not care to witness its ranker consequences. So to preserve your delicate sensibilities, my followers and I will take our project elsewhere. We will build a perfect Hell for you. You will gain from its existence but need never lay eyes upon it. We shall put it... there." And he pointed to an empty land, which is now called Baator.

"Yes, yes!" said all of the deities. "You must move your Hell there, forthwith!"

"Nothing would please me more," said Asmodeus. He extended his hand, and a ruby rod of power appeared in it. "But first, we must make a pact." [...]

The deities of virtuous law reveled in their newly purified celestial domains, now free of the cruel angels' degradation for the first time. It was not for many years, in mortal terms, that they discovered an alarming drop in the number of souls being transmitted to their various heavens. Upon conferring with their clergy, they realized that devils were corrupting mortals and ensuring their damnation by turning them toward evil.

The deities formed a delegation, which set off immediately for Baator. To their surprise, the once-featureless plain had been transformed into nine tiers of monstrous horror and torment. Within its confines, they found countless souls writhing in pain. They saw these souls transformed, first into crawling, mindless monsters, and eventually into an army of powerful devils.

"What goes on here?" Heironeous demanded.

"You have granted us the power to harvest souls," replied Asmodeus. "To build our Hell and gird our might for the task set before us, we naturally had to find ways to improve our yield."

The war deity drew forth his longsword of crackling lightning. "It is your job to punish transgressions, not to encourage them!" he cried.

Asmodeus smiled, and a venomous moth flew out from between his sharpened teeth. "Read the fine print," he replied.

I have heard it said evil is nothing more than good's absence, as if evil was the darkness to good's light. A comforting thought, I imagine, for those seeking redemption, but, I tell you, put such thoughts from your mind. You need only peer into a demon's eyes to know evil is not some vacuum waiting for virtue to come and fill its emptiness. Evil is a force. It is an influence in the cosmos, an agency equal to or perhaps even greater than its antithesis. There are two sides in this eternal struggle, one light and the other dark. You might find evil's works reprehensible, yet to those whose hearts belong to corruption, good deeds are equally deplorable. Understand, there is no redemption, only treason against the side you were born to serve.

The weak will always be led by the strong. Where the strong see purpose and act, the weak follow; where the strong cry out against fate, the weak bow their heads and succumb. There are many who are weak; and many are their temptations. Despise the weak for they shall flock to the call of the Daemon and the Renegade. Pity them not and scorn their cries of innocence - it is better that one hundred innocently fall before the wrath of the Emperor than one kneels before the Daemon.
The First Book of Indoctrinations, Warhammer 40,000


One day more to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys,
They will wet themselves with blood!
Inspector Javert, Les Misťrables, "One More Day"

     Video Games 

There is only room for two in this court: me, and the law! Keep the riff-raff out! Out, I say!
Kristoph Gavin, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves!
Asura, Asura's Wrath

One Vision. One Purpose. Peace Through Power.
— mantra of the Brotherhood of Nod, Command & Conquer

I like [President] Huffman. But I'll kill him in a second if I get the order.
Majestic agent's thoughts, Destroy All Humans!

You should have disposed of your fantasy and accepted me as master.

Even Devils have laws. Abiding the contract gives us power, but break it, and we're bound as slaves.
Advocate, GrimGrimoire

Pick up that can. (Gordon picks up can) Throw it in the trash can. (Gordon does) Move along. *chuckles*
A Combine guard to Gordon Freeman, Half-Life 2

You represent chaos. We represent order. Organic life must be harvested in order to bring order to the chaos. It is inevitable.
Rannoch Reaper, Mass Effect 3

If we can control it, why shouldn't it be ours?
The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 3

It is not a question of what the Law is, but rather what it is not. The Law is neither noble, nor an end in itself. It is not for the weak-minded or squeamish. The Law is simply a means for those who control it, namely me, to acquire that which I want.
Sheriff Gorman Truart, Thief II: The Metal Age


You can't make an omelet without ruthlessly crushing dozens of eggs beneath your steel boot and then publicly disemboweling the chickens that laid them as a warning to others.
General Tarquin, The Order of the Stick

Living or dead, we are all of us marching to our orders - you no less than I, Durkon. It does not matter from whence these orders come, be it man or god. Our place is as an obedient slave to those who command us. Through service, we are rewarded. That is the true natural order.

Citizens should not fear their government. This will be enforced.

     Western Animation 

Law! Order! Harp smashing! Weee've have it all!
The Earl of Lemongrab, Adventure Time

Imagine. I now possess the power to end hunger. To abolish disease. To eliminate crime. To establish a perfectly content, perfectly ordered world - all under the benevolence of MY IRON WILL!

Sure we have order...but at what price?
Milhouse Van Houten, The Simpsons

     Real Life 

If you must break the law, do it to seize power. In all other cases, observe it.

More than once I have ventured to tell me friends that this habit of deferring to law and lawful authority, good in itself, has gone with them into extremes, and would lead them, should they let it grow, into the frame of mind for yielding to the usurpation of any bold despot who may assail their liberties, like Caesar, in the name of law and order!
William Hepworth Dixon, New America

The creation of crimes after the commission of the fact, or, in other words, the subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 84

The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

However hard they try, men cannot create a social organism, they can only create an organization. In the process of trying to create an organism they will merely create a totalitarian despotism.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

My mother said that you are never supposed to break the law, but my dad said that some laws need to be broken.

Remember the truism: vagueness in legal threats is the hallmark of meritless thuggery.

To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place(d) under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

A government with deep ideological commitments to slashing social services to the poor. Outbreaks of violence, mainly among the young, in the areas most affected. A governmental response that amounts to accusing the young of being irredeemable hooligans with an entitlement problem. And, finally, arrests of the rioters and draconian sentences including, famously, a six month jail sentence for someone who stole £3.50 worth of bottled water... this resembles nothing so much as a Robert Holmes story. Indeed, it's basically the plot of "The Sunmakers", which is, all things considered, ironic.
Phil Sandifer on the 2011 England riots

It's but a law of nature, surely, that the weak should serve the strong. Besides is it not obvious in the very thickness of their hides, and the impervious quality of their skulls into which no light has ever been known to penetrate, that is was the purpose for which the Creator has intended them? To be mere hewers of wood and drawers of water?
— an unnamed British colonialist, about the Melanesians of Vanuatu

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein FŁhrer!
— Famous slogan of the Nazi Party