Genghis: Remember the name of Jelaudin, Kublai. He was a strong enemy.
Kublai: That is a good thing.
Even enemies can have honour. His father was fortunate to have such a son. Remember this day and perhaps in time you will make your own father proud.
"But there is neither East nor West, nor Border nor Breed nor Birth, when two strong men come face to face, though they come from the ends of the Earth."
"L will die this easily?"
— Light Yagami
(sounding disappointed while plotting his rival's death), Death Note
Farewell, Sonic, my admirable adversary.
: You're strong, Testarossa
: Thank you
: You and Levantine are strong as well... Signum. Levantine
: If I didn't have a goal I must achieve, I'd let my heart out a little to play in this battle, but for my allies and friends, I can no longer stay that way. I don't have the confidence to say that I'll finish this without killing you. Can you forgive my immaturity? Fate
: I couldn't care less. I will be the one to win after all.
"Not bad! I guess I chose the right guy to be my archenemy."
"The Man in the MiG. A famous hero or an unknown just starting to blossom, he was deserving of one more thing, and to this day I hope it was granted to him. I hope he died when instantly when the missile hit and did not live that last second and never, never knew that he lost the battle."
— Asher Snir, Israeli Air Force pilot, recalling a MiG-17 pilot from the 1970 War of Attrition
"Put all their other men together in one scale, and poor Castlereagh in the other –- single he plainly weighed them down... One can't help feeling a little for him, after being pitted against him for several years, pretty regularly. It is like losing a connection suddenly. Also he was a gentleman, and the only one amongst them."
— Whig politician Henry Brougham, after the death of the much-hated Tory Lord Castlereagh.
"'A man is made by the quality of his enemies.' Maric told me that once. I wonder if it's more a compliment to you or me."
"Shanedan, Hawke. I expected you. Marass toh ebra-shok. You alone are basalit-an. [Addressing nobles] This is what respect looks like, bas! Some of you will never earn it!"
"At least thou art valiant; beyond all whom I have met. And they lie who say that we of our part do not honour the valour of our foes."
— Glaurung, father of dragons
, The Silmarillion
(although he's being less than honest)
Massena: "My lord you owe me dinner for you positively made me starve."
: "You should give it to me, Marshall, for you prevented me from sleeping"
— Spoken at a diplomatic dinner in France in 1814, from The War of Wars: The Great European Conflict by Robert Harvey
The courage of your enemy honors you
— Chinese proverb
The Courier: "There is wisdom in retreat, Legate"
: "As for Wisdom... There is wisdom in your words, wo/man of the west. Know that I shall return East. I shall not remain there forever. On that day, the strength of the bear shall be tested. If the West is one day filled with ones such as you, perhaps it shall be a worthy fight indeed."
Baron von Richthoven: "Ah, and the Lord Flasheart. This is indeed an honour. Finally, the two greatest gentleman fliers in the world meet. Two men of honour, who have jousted together in the cloud-strewn glory of the skies, face to face at last. How often I have rehearsed this moment of destiny in my dreams. The panoply to encapsulate the unspoken nobility of a comradeship."
[Flasheart shoots von Richthoven]
: "What a poof!"
"Now heroes are the ones who cherish lofty designs in their bosoms and have plans to achieve them. They have all-embracing schemes, and the whole world is at their mercy...The only heroes in the world are you and I."
"These men living out here eating rice and beans, sleeping out here in the cold on these rags; these are some fucking hard men. You ladies bitch if you get an MRE without a fucking Pop-Tart."
died trying to get a round off. Combat
"You're a magnificent opponent Superman. But even you must realize it's hopeless."
Jem'hader First (captain) Ikat'ika: Prepare yourself. I've found you a worthy opponent.
Worf: ''Where is he?
Ikat'ika: Right in front of you.
"I can't defeat this Klingon. All I can do is kill him. And that no longer holds my interest."
"Farewell. Know that few creatures survive earning my hatred and my respect."
Shepard: You know who I am?
"Your idealism is...admirable, Shepard."
"From deep down in my stomach, with every inch of me, I pure, straight hate you. But goddammit do I respect you!"
If you don't respect your enemies, that's how stupid men die.
"You are brave. Balaan hokoron. note Your defeat brings me honor."
Though I can break
I cannot crush your spirit!
I will leave your planet in peace! Oh yeah!"
"It is interesting to note that in most such verse-tales of the wars between Christianity and Islam, the knightly class saw their Saracen foes virtually as mirror images of themselves; equally brave, loyal and skilled, similarly motivated. But none the less doomed simply because they fought for the wrong cause."
— David Nicolle, Medieval Warfare Sourcebook
"You may have only enemies whom you can hate, not enemies you despise. You must be proud of your enemy: then the successes of your enemy are your successes too."
You may be the enemy, but I'll remember your name til death!
"You are indeed a worthy opponent, Doctor. It's what gives your destruction its... piquancy."
Socrates 2: It's been so long since I met a worthy adversary.
You've only been alive for a few days!
"We're both fighting men. I respect that. Fighting men do not deserve to be killed like sheep. But....respect
....must be taught.
"The dragons shall never be forgotten. We knights fought valiantly, but for every one of them, we lost three score of our own. Exhilaration, pride, hatred, rage... the dragons teased out our dearest emotions. Thou will understand one day. At thy twilight, old thoughts return, in great waves of nostalgia...."
"Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly."
"So that's General Leo. He could be my friend, if he weren't my enemy."
"Know that you die with honor, which is more than can be said for most."
"I keep forgetting that he's smarter
"He is an exceedingly dangerous man. I may have to kill him. beat
Or possibly offer him a job."
on Separatist Militia Colonel Geptun, Shatterpoint
"I'm impressed. No one has ever gotten the better of me like that. It is almost a shame to purify someone so talented.
"So that's his name...Po. Finally, a worthy opponent. Our battle will be LEGENDARY!
Noble enemy: I mourn your loss as I mourned; for my first-born son.
You're incredible, Ryback. It's a shame you're not cooking for us.
Long Feng: You have beaten me at my own game.
They have a leader,
Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to 't.
I sin in envying his nobility,
And were I any thing but what I am,
I would wish me only he.
Cominius: You have fought together.
Were half to half the world by the ears and he.
Upon my party, I'ld revolt to make
Only my wars with him: he is a lion
That I am proud to hunt.
"I'd dearly love to fight you someday... and I mean that with the greatest respect."
: And the Radiant Hero
of legend. Worthy opponents, indeed!
"Any man brave enough to fight with his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day."
Able: "Different? Because, unlike you [Sumerian word, untranslated], he was a challenge, a real enemy."
Interviewing Scientist: "Why would that be good for you? Every time you have awoken you've tried to escape. He was responsible for apprehending you several times. Surely you must be glad he's dead."
: "I would hardly expect you to understand
. Do you know, he managed to shoot me in the head over [censored two-digit figure] times? A man like that deserves to die in combat, so close to his opponent he can feel his breath. Not in some [Sumerian words, untranslated] destruction ordered by cowardly kings and princes safe in their palaces."
"You are indeed the most worthy adversary."
: I find you... exciting. Like a really challenging summit. The more energy I use to best someone... The more distracting they become.
"We've underestimated the Stark boy for too long. He has a good mind for warfare, his men worship him...You've been waiting for him to fail; he is not going to fail. Not without our help."
He at least never lied to us. His words gave us hope.
Sioux Chief, Red Cloud about Indian Fighter, Indian rights activist, and peacemaker, General George Crook.