"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
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!"
The Persian Messenger, 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.