We're not retreating, we're advancing! Towards future victory.
— Sarge, Red vs. Blue
Initiate... a tactical withdrawal!
— Morale Break for a Space Marine Squad, Dawn of War
There is no glory in pointless defeat!
— Line said when Space Marines are ordered to retreat, Dawn of War 2
Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction.
— Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, during the retreat from the Chinese trap at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, December 1950
We're not retreating, we're advancing in reverse
— China Sorrows, Skulduggery Pleasant
"Orkses is never defeated in battle. If we win we win, if we die we die fighting so it don't count. If we runs for it we don't die neither, cos we can come back for annuver go, see!"
—Recurring Ork catchphrase, Warhammer 40,000.
Pompey: We must make... a tactical retreat to the south — a tactical retreat, mind you.
Cato: Leave the city! Juno's cunt, have you gone mad?!
Pompey: You cannot speak to me in that tone.
Cicero: My friends let us cleave to the matter at hand. Is there no... alternative to retreat, then?
Pompey: None. We shall withdrawal to Corfinium, and rally my legions there. Once they are gathered and in good order we will simply retake the city. Caesar has no hope of reinforcement until spring. The towns of Italy will close their gates to him. We will have, an unassailable advantage in men and resources.
Pompey: Calm yourself, Cato. You lack understanding of things military, else you would see that my actions have been perfectly correct at all times.
Cato: You have lost Rome without unsheathing your sword! You have lost Rome!
— Rome, "An Owl in a Thornbush"
Tarrant: You going to tell us what we've got planned, Avon?
Vila: We know what we've got planned. Running away is what we've got planned.
Dayna: A strategic withdrawal is what we've got planned.
Vila: There's a difference?
Tarrant: Oh, yes. A strategic withdrawal is running away, but with dignity.
— Blake's 7, "Blake"