Quotes: There Is No Kill Like Overkill

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    Anime and Manga 

If they can still stand, then you gotta keep pulling the trigger till they lie down.
John "Sleepy" Estes, aka Mad Bull 34

"GO All OUT?!" He ripped off my arms, then calmly proceeded to thrust my own spear into me while I was on the ground incapacitated. Is that what it means for Mega Man to "Go all out?!"
Yamato Man, Mega Man Megamix

Leyte: It disappeared.
Lordgenome: Be careful. The enemy is using a random Schr÷dinger warp to approach.
Dayakka: I'm begging you, say that in layman's terms!
Lordgenome: The Multiple Dimension probability fluctuation is controlled by them. While shifting through Space-Time, they will approach and attack.
Dayakka: Like I said, I don't understand!
Attenborough: It doesn't matter! Let's beat the crap out of them!
Lordgenome: Understood. Prepare for simultaneous decimation of all the weak points in responsive Space-Time. We will trace down the enemies.
Dayakka: The Time-Range is expanding?
Lordgenome: Calculating Space-Time for possibility of enemy existence.
Crewman: The gauge is empty... Something about Time Levels...
Leeron: Don't worry about it, just go ahead and lock onto them. It just means we can shoot randomly and it'll still hit them!
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, shortly before the Dai-Gurren Brigade makes one of the biggest overkills ever

    Comic Books 

First I'm gonna *** him, then I'm gonna kill him, then I'm gonna make a joke, then I'm gonna *** him again.
The Captain, Nextwave

    Fan Fiction 

Never do an enemy a small injury.
Takashi Shimazu quoting Niccol˛ Machiavelli, Deva Series

Cain: Says here that Penlan accidentally shot a Traitor Marine. Lustig shot it in the face with a bolter. Six times, according to this.
Jurgen: Only six?
Cain: He would have gone on, but apparently he ran out of face.

Kit: Any minute now I expect Peri Peri to walk through the door and tell us about how he miraculously survived the battle.
Ashes: He was crushed, drowned and frozen. I'm pretty sure he's dead.

    Film - Animated 

You don't know what a delightful dilemma it was: trying to decide on the most appropriate method for your demise. I had so many ingenious ideas, I didn't know which to choose. So I decided to use them all!
Prof. Ratigan, The Great Mouse Detective

    Film - Live-Action 

Overkill is underrated.
Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, The A-Team

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Ellen Ripley, Aliens

GM: Wait, you're going to backstab him with a ballista?
Rogue: Uh-huh.
GM: With a f***ing siege weapon?
Rogue: Uh-huh.
GM: Ok, there's gotta be a rule against this. (checks rulebook) Well... there's nothing against it in the rules. (sighs) I can't believe I'm doing this. (rolls a critical hit). Well, that's 264 points of damage. You splatter Hunk all over the common room. The patrons shriek in horror and run out of the inn, occasionally slipping on blood and entrails. You're now alone in a room that looks like a vat of beef stroganoff exploded in it.

AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes.

Fuck this, I'm getting the bazooka!
D'amico Family Bodyguard, Kick-Ass

Ammand: Shoot him!
Jocard: Cut out his tongue!
Jack: Shoot him and cut out his tongue, then shoot his tongue. And trim that scraggly beard.

(Raoul Silva blows up a part of subway tunnel)
James Bond: I do hope that wasn't for me.
Silva: No, but that is!
(the subway train comes crashing down where Bond is standing)

When you need it and don't have it, you'll be singing a different tune.
Burt Gummer, Tremors 2: Aftershocks


After that, I went around the warehouse and methodically put another half-dozen rounds into the head of each and every fallen [Fomor]. And I used a can of paint thinner I found in a corner to set their master on fire, just to be sure. There's no such thing as overkill.
Karrin Murphy, The Dresden Files, "Aftermath"

Dr. Wilson: George, if you were making a dinner and wanted to kill a fly, what would you use?
George Green: Probably a flyswatter or some spray.
Dr. Wilson: And what would be "overkill?"
George Green: Probably a mallet.
Dr. Wilson: And what would be "extreme overkill?"
George Green: Probably a sledge hammer.
Dr. Wilson: What Dr. Sign did goes way beyond "extreme overkill." It was the equivalent of using nuclear weapons to get rid of flies.
The Gatekeeper: The Gate Contracts

Eighth Fleet had deployed almost eight thousand pods. Those pods launched 69,984 missiles. Of that total, 7,776 were Apollo birds. Another 8,000 were electronic warfare platforms. Which meant that 54,208 carried laser heads - laser heads which homed on Genevieve Chin's ships with murderously accurate targeting.

Fifth Fleet's missile defenses did their best.

Their best was not good enough.

Fifth Fleet stopped almost thirty percent of them, which was a truly miraculous total, under the circumstances. But over thirty-seven thousand got through.

It was, she decided coldly, a case of overkill.

Sgt. Zim: If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cut its head off?
Ted Hendrick: Why... no sir!
Sgt. Zim: Of course not. You'd paddle it. There can be circumstances when it's just as foolish to hit an enemy city with an H-bomb as it would be to spank a baby with an ax.

Infantry weapons never work well against starfighters. The reverse is not true.
Wedge Antilles, X-Wing: Isard's Revenge

    Live-Action TV 

Dalton: Uh, yes, but... The Order of Taraka, I mean... isn't that overkill?
Spike: No, I think it's just enough kill.

But if you have to fight, you need to convince your opponents that you're about to bring a level of violence totally out of proportion to the situation.
Michael Westen, Burn Notice

A little collateral damage, but what the heck?
Drew Lansing/Kamen Rider Torque, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

If it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing!
Adam Savage, Mythbusters


If you're gonna do it, overdo it.
Ani DiFranco, "Puddle Dive"

    Tabletop Games 

I'm gonna stomp 'em to dust. I'm gonna grind their bones. I'm gonna burn down dere towns and cities. I'm gonna pile 'em up inna big fire and roast 'em. I'm gonna bash 'eads, break faces, and stomp on da bits dat are left. An' den I'm gonna get really mean.
Grimgor Ironhide, Black Orc Warboss, Warhammer

What is victory? Is it to defeat your enemy on the field of battle? Is it to simply repulse his armies and slay his misguided warriors? No, this is only the beginning!

True victory is to crush your foe utterly, to shatter his armoured legions and run down his fleeing troops as they scatter. Pursue them to their lairs and burn them out. Burst into his unholy temples, smash down his icons and topple his foul idols. Burn his heretical works and leave no stone upon stone. Slaughter his followers, their families and their livestock lest any of their taint remain. And when that is done, put the ruins to the torch.

Any that have dealt with them or given them succour must be obliterated, for memory is insidious and though you have crushed their will and their bodies they may yet return. Send warrior scribes to excise the records of their name, expunge their deeds from the annals of history and remove even the memory of your foe's existence. Only then have you truly won.

That is the meaning of victory.

    Video Games 

I'm going to kill you so much.

That's why I love hanging out with you guys. Why shoot something once, when you can shoot it 46 more times?
Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect 3: Citadel

I am going to kill you, and kill you, and kill you.
The Heavy, Team Fortress 2


First I will murder him and then I will kill him. Then? Then I will go to work on him.
Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater

Black Mage: I found out what zombies are weak against.
Red Mage: Oh?
Black Mage: Point blank annihilation.

Subtlety is a thing for philosophy, not combat. If you're going to kill someone, you might as well kill them a whole lot.

6. If violence wasn't your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.
34. If you're leaving scorch marks, you need a bigger gun.
37. There is no "overkill." There is only "open fire" and "I need to reload."
Schlock Mercenary, "The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries"

(as a bunch of enemy zombies are vaporized by anti-ship cannons on the Touch and Go)
Civilian: This "overwatch" of yours obviously got its "over" from "overkill."
Ennesby: "Overkill" wasn't using it, since there's no such thing.

    Web Original 

1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap; life is expensive.
7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun the caliber of which starts with anything smaller than "4".
— Drill Sergeant Joe B. Frick's Rules For A Gunfight

When you've helped blow up planets and kill gods, overkill ceases to exist.

Another [nuke] targets the city itself: high-energy x-rays are absorbed by nearby atoms, then emitted with less energy to be absorbed again and so on and so on, creating an expanding sphere of nearly-uniform high-temperature air, which is ultimately responsible for the blast wave that contains the majority of the damage. While close to the bomb, the temperature is magnitudes above that of the surface of the sun; there's not much thermal energy far from the blast point, but because the blast destroys things, buildings and the like are reduced to kindling that can be easily ignited, leading to gigantic firestorms. Various forms of radiation are released: the aforementioned gamma rays, and also high-energy neutrons, with other kinds released but inconsequential until the fallout takes place. Any three can kill in small amounts. These are all being done in overkill so excessive, it'd be funny if it wasn't so sad: this is like killing a daddy long-legs with a stick of dynamite.
SF Debris, detailing the nuclear attack in The Day After

slowbeef: That was needless, but whatever...
Diabetus: This is a farce at this point.
slowbeef: Basically, yeah.
Let's Play Dead to Rights: Retribution

Because sending a giant ancient holy war machine [Alexander], a group of religious soldiers [Crusader], a dragon the size of moon [Bahamut ZERO], a giant warship [Ark] or a chained soul... thing... [Anima] after them just isn't enough. Neither is blowing up the solar system [SuperNova]. No, you need a reality-bending Cosmic Entity that uses a planet as a gun.
YouTube commentator, on Eden

There's Befriending levels of firepower, and then there's "You made me fight my own daughter, you BITCH!" levels of firepower.
And brother, did Quattro ever fit into that second category.

    Western Animation 

Kiva: (as Coop plants one bad guy with countless targets) Coop, overkill?
Jamie: Yeah, do more!!!

Doctor Girlfriend: You should have replaced his blood with acid after this part. The sharks won't touch him.
The Monarch: Thanks, Doctor Girlfriend; now you tell me. Lower the giant hairdryer!
The Venture Bros., "The Trail of the Monarch"

    Real Life 

We attacked Japanese company positions with brigades fully supported by artillery and aircraft, platoon posts by battalions. Once when I was studying the plan for an operation of this kind submitted by the local commander, a visiting staff officer of high rank said, "Isn't that using a steam hammer to crack a walnut?"
"Well", I answered, "if you happen to have a steam hammer handy and you don't mind if there's nothing left of the walnut, it's not a bad way to crack it."
Field Marshal William Slim

There is no overkill, ever. You may need to reload on ammunition, friends, infrastructure, enemies, political goodwill, or the VIP you were supposed to protect, but a kill is not an overkill.
— Unknown