"From birth we're taught
How to survive
We're taught how war is waged
And there are no men now alive
Who stop our wild rampage"
— Amon Amarth - "Live Without Regrets"
"Saiyan Blood! Get you down! (Get you down!)
Get you down! (Get you down!)
I was born to fight!
Saiyan Blood! Beat you down! (Beat you down!)
Beat you down! (Beat you down!)
I am about to become legend!"
"We're the children of Skyrim, and we fight all our lives
And when Sovngarde beckons everyone of us dies
But this land is ours and we'll see it wiped clean
Of the scourge that has sullied our hopes and our dreams"
—Age of Aggression/Oppression (Nordic folk song), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim note
"Hear! Sons of Kahless. Hear! Daughters too.
The blood of battle washes clean
The warrior brave and true.
We fight, we love, and then we kill.
Our lives burn short and bright.
Then we die with honor and
Join our fathers in the black fleet,
Where we battle, forever battling, on
Through the eternal fight."
"You ask a krogan if he'd rather find a cure for the genophage, or fight for credits, and he'll choose fighting — every time. It's just who we are, Shepard. I can't change that. No one can."
— Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect 1
"We iz gonna stomp da ‘ooniverse flat an’ kill anyfing that fights back. We iz gonna do this coz’ we’re Orks an’ we was made ta fight an’ win!"
— Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, Warhammer 40,000
"The Saiyans are a true warrior race! Don't underestimate us!"
—Vegeta, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
"My home, Thanagar, is a war-like world. There one must strike first or die."
— Hawkgirl, Justice League
"To defeat you in such a manner would be lacking in honor. I prefer to beat my opponents the old-fashioned way... brutally!"
— Dinobot, Beast Wars
Quickstrike: So, what's a warrior without weapons?
Dinobot: A warrior, STILL!
"We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship... Ah, young sir, the Szekelys, and the Dracula as their heart's blood, their brains, and their swords, can boast a record that mushroom growths like the Hapsburgs and the Romanoffs can never reach. The warlike days are over. Blood is too precious a thing in these days of dishonourable peace, and the glories of the great races are as a tale that is told."
—Count Dracula, Dracula
"You think you know glory, whelp, just because you have survived a single day of battle? To feel the thunder of munitions like the fury of the gods as the ground tears apart around you, to wet your blade with the blood of kings, to be the first man on a planet crawling with alien terrors; that is to know true glory. Mark it well."
Tazendra and Ibronka: I will remain until the last.
Tazendra: Your name, madam?
Ibronka: I am Ibronka, my lady.
Tazendra: Well, I perceive you are a Dzur.
Ibronka: I have that honor, my lady. And I observe that you are, as well.
Tazendra: That is true. Therefore, let these others go up the ropes, and, if there is a last defense to be done on this spot, well, we shall do it, you and I.
—The Lord of Castle Black, Dragaera
Other races go to colonize new planets. We're not settlers — we're warriors. We want to fight. A lot of krogan leave... and most never come back.
—Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect
Marcus: Greetings to clan leader Zatuk, whose father is Movar, the Comet Spitter, whose father is Raghir, the Lash of a Thousand Barbs. I'm honored by your presence.
Zatuk: Greetings to the Marcus from the Cromwell clan, whose father is Richard, the Settler. We come in peace. Chief Marcus, we Gorgs do not like wasting words on false pleasantries. We both know why we are here: we want to put an end to this war. Do you find anything objectionable in my words?
Marcus: Your words are clear and wise, Chief Zatuk. We have only to agree on the conditions.
Zatuk: Very well. Our conditions are as follows...
(three hours later)
Sweetwater: Looks like you owe me a drink, Commodore. Gorg ships are closing on us.
Marcus: Chief Zatuk, what is the meaning of this? Is your word worth so little?
Zatuk: Pale, cadaverous human! How dare you question my honor?! The word of a Zordon is a bond! If I desired, I could crush you in an instant - I have no need for cowardly tricks.
Marcus: Commander Sweetwater, can you determine which clan these ships belong to?
Sweetwater: Their marking indicate they are affiliated with the Raggra clan.
Marcus: Chief Zatuk, eight of the Raggra clan's vessels are approaching. If you had no foreknowledge of this, then I apologize for my previous words.
Zatuk: I have been betrayed! Someone must have told them the location of this meeting. Well... if it's a battle they desire, THEY SHALL HAVE IT! Warcry, Red Alert! Chief Marcus - this is our battle. You stay out of this.
— The Gorg, Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
"You are no Kavalar. You do not understand Kavalars, I would guess, yet you stand here and I see judgment in your eyes. By what right? Who are you to judge us? You scarcely know us."
— Garse Janecek, The Dying of the Light
"To make a Thraddash your friend, kill him — but then of course, he's dead so what's the point?"
— Melnorme saying, Star Control II
"Killing you will bring me honour!"
—Dremora, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Barbarian: Conan, what is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!
"Gay palaces and music and poetry were well enough for Egyptians and Syrians and Greeks; but a Roman set the quick eye, the hard hand, and the sharp sword above these pleasures. With the sword came land and sea, harvests and fishing, the vine and the wheat crop, the flax for making linen, the wood for building a house or a ship, the iron and the copper and the bronze and the gold for making weapons and cauldrons and a coinage that would buy anything, in any market in the world. Give a man these things, and he could employ others-Syrians and Greeks-to make music and poetry for him. But first came the sword..."
Fighting Men: How men have fought through the ages by Ewart Oakeshaft and Henry Treece
"Only on Barrayar, Miles reflected, would pulling a loaded needler start a stampede toward one..."
"We Tarka are a simple people, when all is said and done. We cleave the universe in clean, straight lines. We show our faces in battle, rather than our tails. And we want what is ours, by right of superior arms and tactics. If that is the universe? Well, so be it. Have at you, and join the fray as joyously as we do; after all, my friends, war is nothing personal."'
— The Tarka, Sword of the Stars
"Their loyalty was rarely in doubt, their ferocity proverbial, and their habit of collecting the heads of slain foes never seriously discouraged."
— Description of Balkan warriors in Venetian service, from Fighting for the Faith by David Nicolle
"Let the weeping be for cowards: but you child, I bury without a tear; you are my son, and Sparta's too."
"Cattle die kinsmen die all men are mortal.
Words of praise will never perish nor a noble name."
— Viking proverb
"Heaven grew weary of the excessive pride and luxury of China....I am from the Barbaric North. I wear the same clothing and eat the same food as the cowherds and horse-herders. We make the same sacrifices and we share our riches. I look upon the nation as a new-born child and I care for my soldiers as though they were my brothers."
—Genghis Khan after 75,000 Mongols defeated 600,000 Chinese and sacked Beijing.
"Born to be a soldier, from his youth he hears of nothing else. The farmer who bears arms tells to his son his adventures, and the lad, eager to tread in the footsteps of his elder, trains his feeble arms early to the use of formidable weapons; so when he has reached a size necessary to take a place in the valiant ranks, he is quickly formed into a soldier."
Military Experience in the Age of Reason by Christopher Duffy
"Now it chanced when the old King-the Queens son- completed his days, the four who stood in his presence were Goorkhas. Neither Sikhs, alas, nor Pathans, Rajputs, nor Jats. Goorkhas, my Father."
— Rudyard Kipling, In the presence
"But on the frontier, in the clear light of morning, when the mountain side is dotted with smoke puffs, and every ridge sparkles with sword blades, the spectator may observe and completely appreciate all grades of human courage-the wild fanaticism of the Ghazi, the composed fatalism of the Sikh, the stubbornness of the British soldier, and the jaunty daring of his officers."
— Winston Churchill, Story of the Malakand Field Force
Jay: Do the Predators do anything else with their existence but go to other planets and hunt things? That's all we've ever seen them do!
Rich: We don't know. These could just be elite, rich Predators. Weekend warriors.
Mike: Literally. Predators back home, they wear suits, monocles and top hats.
"There seems to be some kind of rule of science fiction. When you have no idea what to do, make the aliens space warriors with their code and all that crap."
"I have studied Terran history. Many Terran cultures have similarities to the Klingon culture." Ezra sighed. "I do have to admit, sometimes they take it to extremes".
Raphael! That is a rash, foolhardy and extremely dangerous act! Count me in.
- Traximus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
Player Character: Do you believe that the goal you are attempting to achieve was worth killing civilians?
Tran: I didn't want to attack this ship.
There is a nobility to being a soldier. When I enter battle, I know I could be killed. I know that others will die at my hands. But that is what we must do. It is part of being a soldier.
Civilians are not part of this unspoken agreement. They do not wake up each day and know in their hearts it could be their last. They should be out of bounds as targets for people like you and me. There is no honor in fighting someone who is unprepared to fight back.
I regret that I had orders to kill these civilians. More than that, I regret that I carried out those orders.
— Episode "Breen Invasion", mission "Cold Comfort", Star Trek Online