"Time makes all things possible. I can wait."
— The original Starscream, The Transformers, to Megatron, on getting his job.
"In your... absence, someone had to take command."
— Starscream, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, to (the formerly dead) Megatron, after getting his job.
"You could mark your letters "All hail Starscream!" so long as you make it clear this is in no way a reflection on our glorious leader or a prelude to some sort of coup. Just so that we're clear on that."
"Yes! Right then... Solemn face, solemn face..."
"Megatron? Did you just say Megatron? Did he just say Megatron? THERE IS NO MEGATRON! Megatron is offline, terminated, I did it myse— saw it myself."
— Starscream, Transformers Animated
"Everyone believes you are deceased. Who am I to disappoint them... Master? And this time, stay dead!"
— Starscream, Transformers Prime
"Why? That's what they all asked me. Why him... Why Starscream? Why, of all the Decepticons, did I decide to revitalise the one whose record of deceit and betrayal is legend? Because I'm an idiot, that's why!"
— Megatron, Transformers Generation 2
Seth: "You see, power shifts quickly in the Brotherhood. Kane has been loathe to attack America, but I think now is the time, and you are the one to do it. This is the Pentagon. A full-scale attack with your strongest forces should render the military control center ino—"
Kane: "Yes. Power shifts more quickly than some people think."
— Command & Conquer: Tiberium Dawn
"Isard won't live forever. Nor will I, but if I live longer than she does, the Emperor's throne might well be open to me."
— Kirtan Loor, X-Wing Series.
"No. Don't you see? We don't have to run away anymore! We no longer have to hide our love for each other. I am more powerful than the Chancellor, I... I can overthrow him! And together, you and I can rule the galaxy! We can make things the way we want them to be! "
— Anakin/Darth Vader, Star Wars .
(Female voice) "The real Master Org died 3,000 years ago and is never coming back!" (Male voice) "Which makes me, Mandilok, the most powerful Org alive!"
— Mandilok, Power Rangers Wild Force
"No human gives me orders. 10,000 years ago, you ruled us, and we were destroyed! Now you're human — even weaker. From now on, I'm in charge."
Dai Shi: "Go ahead. Destroy Jellica. That's always been your problem, Grizzaka. You destroy what you cannot have. I'm here to take back my throne before you destroy that, too."
Grizzaka: "...You dare to lecture ME?! Your incompetence cost us the great Beast War!"
Ledgermayne: (to Drakath) "You will not be allowed to harm this form. This form was a mass of mana in the para-elemental plane of magic when your chaotic influence accidentally caused this form to be self-aware. This form is grateful for that gift, but this form is not one of the master's Chaos Lord puppets whom you have gifted with living magic. This form is living magic. Even your powerful Chaos magic... is still just magic, which this form can control. This form has no desire to destroy you. Stay out of our way." (teleports out of the Realm of Chaos)
Lex Luthor: Since there's only one monkey left around here, I'm assuming the Justice League found a way to stop the carrier wave.
Gorilla Grodd: There's more than one way to peel a banana. Next time -
Luthor: I wasn't going to do this for another few weeks, but seriously. (pulls a gun) Turning all of humanity into apes? That was your master plan?
"You'll do anything to please the Shredder. It's digusting, pathetic!."
— Baxter Stockman to Hun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
"It would seem we have lost the Lost Treasure of Ching-Su Hai. On the bright side however, Jackie Chan has done me a tremendous favor by eliminating my albatross."
Gilgamesh: You'll come with me. You'll make a fine lackey.
Captain Vole: Vot? Iz you krezy? Hy vill rip hyu heart out!
Gilgamesh: (bash!) Oh, you'll try. You'll try again and again! Won't you?
Captain Vole: Hyu...hyu iz krezy! Hyu iz talkink like hyu vants me to keel hyu!
Gilgamesh: No, no! I want you to try! After all, I have to show that I am strong enough to rule the empire! We'll make it a game: "Who's The Scariest Monster?"
Captain Vole: Urg...mebee hyu could just keel me instead?
Gilgamesh: Oh, no! Just think how impressive it will be when word gets out that I keep a pet Jager around just to keep me sharp!
Wash: [As Stegosaurus]: "Yes... Yes. This is a fertile land, and we will thrive. We shall rule over all this land, and we shall call it... 'This Land'".
[As Allosaurus]: "I think we should call it YOUR GRAVE!"
[Stegosaurus]: "Aaaah! Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"
And Josef, you were supposed to be my right hand man! But your loyalty shriveled up like your right hand, man!
"Himmler... Of all people, Himmler! The truest of the true... This is the worst betrayal of all! Göring, yeah; he was always corrupt, of course. Speer, yeah: an idealistic, unpredictable artist. All the others, YA YA YA YA YA! But not Himmler. Has he gone crazy? He claimed authority by saying I was sick, perhaps already dead!"
"Although Nixon is the one who will be remembered for ending, four years too late, the Vietnam War, he is currently obliged to share some of the glory with a curious little man called Henry Kissinger. In the war of the books now going on between Nixon and Kissinger, Kissinger is trying hard to close the fame gap. The Kissinger books give the impression that while Nixon was holed up in the Executive Office Building, swilling martinis and listening to the emetic strains of Richard Roger's "Victory at Sea", the American Metternich was leading the free world out of the Valley of the Shadow. But, ultimately, a Kissinger is just a Kissinger, something the burglar uses to jimmy a lock. While Nixon allowed the Vietnam War to drag on for four years, hoping that something would turn up, Kissinger did as he was told."
"Megatron, seriously. We're starting to think that the problem is you. Why the hell would you jump into Starscream's hands? The one guy on your team who consistently undermines your authority and attempts to overthrow your leadership?"
"Here's how it usually plays out in Final Fantasy: the Main Villain gets carried away and tampers with some secret cosmic power or other, and is eventually destroyed and/or controlled by said power. The Emperor and Exdeath were both devoured and possessed by the forces they sought to possess. Zande was being manipulated by the Cloud of Darkness all along. It is strongly suggested that Jenova is the one pulling Sephiroth's strings in Final Fantasy VII, despite what later retcons might claim. But Kekfa is nobody's clown. He's always in charge. He gets the best of his boss, masters the Statues, and lords over the world as an insane death-god, and all for the sheer fun of it."
— Pat R., "The World Is Square"
"Dangerous"? GOOD! Galasso welcomes it. Starscream. Destro. Joe Biden. All great leaders have dangerous subordinates who keep their wits sharp with treachery.
— Galasso, Shortpacked!