Quotes / Shoot the Messenger

"When I wake up in the afternoon
Which it pleases me to do
Donít nobody bring me no bad news
'Cause I wake up already negative
And Iíve wired up my fuse
So donít nobody bring me no bad news
If weíre going to be buddies
Better bone up on the rules
'Cause donít nobody bring me no bad news
We can be the best of friends
As opposed to paying dues
'Cause donít nobody bring me no bad news"
Evillene, The Wiz

"Speak not into the ears of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of your words.Ē
Proverbs 23:9

I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me bad news just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers are hard to come by.
Evil Overlord List Rule 32

"Message for you, sir!"

"When the messenger appears and says 'Don't shoot the messenger,' it's a good idea to be ready to shoot the messenger, just in case."

"No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger!"
"You bring the crowns and heads of conquered kings to my city steps. You insult my queen. You threaten my people with slavery and death! Oh, I've chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same."
The Persian Messenger and King Leonidas, 300

Yago: [carrying a small bag] Our emissary has returned from Umateal. They have replied to our ultimatum.
Sador: And? ...What's this?
Yago: It WAS our emissary, sir. That is their reply to our ultimatum. They've...powdered him!
[Sador throws the bag in a rage. A squicked Yago quickly brushes the powder off himself.]
Yago: They are a proud form!
Sador: In an hour they'll be an EXTINCT one! There'll not be a trace of them left... Not even their dust.

Bale: Dispose of this idiot.
Cultist: Why? How have I failed?
Sindri: You were stupid enough to personally deliver ill news to Lord Bale. And we cannot abide stupidity.

Spike: Look, I'm not the one who got you into this. Don't kill the messenger.
(Riley shoves a stake into Spike's heart)
Riley: Why the hell not?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Into the Woods"

"Well, then I guess it's time to shoot the messenger. Or, you know, chop the messenger into little bitty pieces."
Angel, "Sacrifice"

"Look, if he didn't want to be fed to my acid-spewing crocodiles he shouldn't have brought me bad news."
Dread Emperor Malignant II, the Particularly Petty, A Practical Guide To Evil