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"But, Scott, who's going to take over the world when I die?"
— Dr. Evil, trying to convince his son, Scott, into pursuing this, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
And I want to conquer the world,
Give all the idiots a brand new religion,
Put an end to poverty, uncleanliness and toil,
With a quick wink of the eye
"Nonsense; it makes me feel great! Smarter! More aggressive! I feel like I could... like I could... like I could... TAKE ON THE WORLD!"
— Purple Tentacle, Day Of The Tentacle
"It is said that no one man can command the world, Dimitri, but I say nothing is impossible…"
—Tsar Vladimir I Nikolaievich to the Grand Prince of Kiev, St Petersburg, 1866, Dystopian Wars
"World Domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they're Napoleon. Or God."
"With Heaven's aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you."
— The Last Words of Genghis Khan, addressing his successors
"Aut Caesar aut nullus. Emperor of the world. My world."
— Adenoid Hynkel, The Great Dictator
"With a ring like that I could, dare I say it? Rule the world!"
—Professor Foot, Help!
"I will find my own purpose and purge this planet of all who oppose me, human and Pokémon alike. The world will heed my warning! The reign of Mewtwo will soon begin!"
—Mewtwo, Pokémon: The First Movie (English dub)
"I will conquer, I will rule; I will seize political control of an area, and force its inhabitants to follow my way of thinking!"
Marco: What kind of madman are you?
Sparks: Oh, you know, the regular kind. World domination, the usual.
— Sealab 2021, "Happy Cake"
"All the others before me have failed! Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, Hitler, Lee Kuan, Krotus! ALL OF THEM ARE DUST! But I will triumph! I will make THE ULTIMATE CONQUEST!"
All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world
— Tears For Fears, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
Sauron desired to be a God-King, and was held to be this by his servants; if he had been victorious he would have demanded divine honour from all rational creatures and absolute temporal power over the whole world.
— The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world
— Viva La Vida
#203: "To conquer the earth with an army of flying monkeys" is a bad long-term goal to give to the re-enlistment NCO.
— '''Skippy's List