To provide a highly professional and confidential military advisory service to legitimate governments.
To provide sound military and strategic advice.
To provide the most professional military training packages currently available to armed forces, covering aspects related to sea, air, and land warfare.
To provide advice to armed forces on weapon and weapon platform selection.
To provide a total apolitical service based on confidentiality, professionalism, and dedication.
—Mission Statement of Executive Outcomes
Snipin's a good job, mate! Challenging work... out of doors... I guarantee you'll not go hungry, 'cause at the end of the day, 'long as there's two people left on the planet, someone is going to want someone dead.
— The Sniper, Team Fortress 2
You people do well at war because you treat it as a religion. We do well because we treat it as a business. It is just a matter of outlook.
Back on Earth, these guys were Army dogs, Marines, fighting for freedom. Out here they're hired guns, taking the company's money.
— Jake Sully, Avatar
We're not something wriggling with too many legs that you found in your sleeping bag. The proper tone of voice is Mercenaries! - with a glad cry.
— Miles Vorkosigan, "The Borders of Infinity"
What has the games industry have against PMCs? Is it the "murder for profit" thing? Oh, like you're perfect, games industry.
Ryder Stahl: "We're security consultants, not mercenaries."
Subtitles: "RYDER STAHL — MERCENARY"
— "Breaking and Entering", Burn Notice
Mercenaries don't care about sides or politics, they care about getting paid.
— MechCommander 2 intro cutscene