Quotes: Worthy Opponent

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    Anime and Manga 

L will die this easily?
Light Yagami, sounding disappointed while plotting his rival's death, Death Note

Signum: You're strong, Testarossa.
Bardiche: Thank you.
Fate: You and Levantine are strong as well... Signum.
Levantine: Danke.
Signum: 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.

    Fan Fiction 

Socrates 2: It's been so long since I met a worthy adversary.
Socrates 1: You've only been alive for a few days!

I find you... exciting. Like a really challenging summit. The more energy I use to best someone... the more distracting they become.
Mari to Asuka, Evangelion 303 chapter 15

You knew her the best. You knew all of her strengths and weaknesses, you’d been in her head enough times to know the moves she would make before she did. If anyone would be able(worthy) to match her in combat, it would be you- damned if you would let anyone else lay a hand on her. If she was going to be stopped, and she needed to be stopped, it was going to be by you or it was not going to happen at all. Her pride was yours, too.
Eridan about Feferi, Gemstuck

    Film - Animated 

So that's his name... Po. Finally, a worthy opponent. Our battle will be LEGENDARY!
Tai Lung, Kung Fu Panda

    Film - Live-Action 

From deep down in my stomach, with every inch of me, I pure, straight hate you. But goddammit do I respect you!

Any man brave enough to fight with his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day.

We're both fighting men. I respect that. Fighting men do not deserve to be killed like sheep. But... respect... must be taught.

Rommel, you Magnificent Bastard, I read your book!
Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

You're incredible, Ryback. It's a shame you're not cooking for us.
Daumer, Under Siege

Finally, gentlemen... many misinformed Japanese believe that America is a nation divided... isolationist... and that Americans are only interested in enjoying a life of luxury, and are spiritually and morally corrupt. But that is a great mistake. If war becomes inevitable, America would be the most formidable foe that we have ever fought. I've lived in Washington and studied at Harvard, so I know that the Americans are a proud and just people.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Literature 

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.
Zarathustra, Also Sprach Zarathustra

Genghis Khan: Remember the name of Jelaudin, Kublai. He was a strong enemy.
Kublai: That is a good thing.
Genghis: 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.

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.
Cao Cao to Liu Bei, Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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)

I keep forgetting that he's smarter than me. [...] He is an exceedingly dangerous man. I may have to kill him. (beat) Or possibly offer him a job.
Mace Windu on Separatist Militia Colonel Geptun, Star Wars: Shatterpoint

    Live-Action TV 

[The humans] fight bravely. They cannot harm our ships, but they continue to try.
Delenn, Babylon 5

I've never thought higher of her than I do at this moment. She lost, but she played to win.
Frank Underwood following Linda's resignation, House of Cards (US)

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)
Lord Flasheart: What a poof!

That's what makes you dangerous. It's not the mask. It's not the skills. It's your ideology. The lone man who thinks he can make a difference. I'm glad we could talk. I...I respect your conviction even if it runs counter with with my own.
Wilson Fisk, Daredevil

If you don't respect your enemies, that's how stupid men die.
Sonny Puzikas, Deadliest Warrior

You are indeed a worthy opponent, Doctor. It's what gives your destruction its... piquancy.
The Master, Doctor Who, "The Mark of the Rani"

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.
Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones

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.
Pappy, Generation Kill

Motherfucker died trying to get a round off. Combat discipline.
Espera, Generation Kill

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.
(later)
Ikat'ika: I can't defeat this Klingon. All I can do is kill him. And that no longer holds my interest.

    Tabletop Games 

The only enemy worth your admiration is one who has accepted the superiority of mankind and knelt before you to be executed. All others are to be despised. Honor means nothing when it is used to oppose the Emperor's will.
The Catechisms Martial, Warhammer 40,000

We crushed da stunties on Golgotha, an' we caught old one-eye when da speed freeks blew da humies' big tanks ta bits. I let 'im go 'cause good enemies iz 'ard to find, an' Orks need enemies ta fight like they need meat ta eat an' grog ta drink.
Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, Warhammer 40,000

    Theatre 

Coriolanus: 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.
Coriolanus: 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.

    Video Games 

Know that you die with honor, which is more than can be said for most.

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...
Hawkeye Gough, Dark Souls

"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.
Loghain Mac Tir, Dragon Age: Origins

Shanedan, Hawke. I expected you. Marass toh ebra-shok. You alone are basalit-an. (to nobles) This is what respect looks like, bas! Some of you will never earn it!
The Arishok, Dragon Age II

You are brave. Balaan hokoron. note  Your defeat brings me honor.

The Courier: There is wisdom in retreat, Legate
Legate Lanius: 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.

So that's General Leo. He could be my friend, if he weren't my enemy.
Sabin Rene Figaro, Final Fantasy VI

I'd dearly love to fight you someday... and I mean that with the greatest respect.
Master-at-Arms Ollie Madsen to the Fateless One, Kingdoms Of Amalur Reckoning

You make a good other.
Roxas, Kingdom Hearts II

Your enemies are my enemies! We''ll shove the Collectors' claws where a dark sun can't shine. And they will deserve it. I won't disrespect their strength by doing less than the worst to them.
Grunt, Mass Effect 2

Dying Reaper: Shepard.
Shepard: You know who I am?
Dying Reaper: Harbinger speaks of you.

Your idealism is... admirable, Shepard.
The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 3

I am Liquid's doppleganger. And you are His. Just like your father... you're pretty good.

You may be the enemy, but I'll remember your name til death!

Farewell, Sonic, my admirable adversary.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, Sonic Adventure 2

Farewell. Know that few creatures survive earning my hatred and my respect.
Darth Jadus to Cipher 9, Star Wars: The Old Republic

Not bad! I guess I chose the right guy to be my archenemy.

Lucina: Is that... the Hero-King himself?
Robin: And the Radiant Hero of legend. Worthy opponents, indeed!
Lucina and Robin on Marth and Ike, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS

Noble enemy: I mourn your loss as I mourned; for my first-born son.

Tenacious little hedgehog. I'd respect you if I didn't HATE you so much.
Zavok, Sonic Lost World

    Webcomics 

You're a quick thinker and spiteful. I can respect that. You won't be killed, Bikke.
Sarda, Eight Bit Theater

    Web Original 

You are indeed the most worthy adversary.

Interviewing Scientist: Why does his death bother you? You've killed many humans before, why is he so-
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.
Able: 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.

    Western Animation 

I'm impressed. No one has ever gotten the better of me like that. It is almost a shame to purify someone so talented. Almost.
Amon to Mako, The Legend of Korra

Little monkey! Though I can break your bones, I cannot crush your spirit! I will leave your planet in peace! Oh yeah!

Farewell, Kim Possible. You were a worthy adversary. You were indeed All That.
Drakken, Kim Possible, "Graduation"

You're a magnificent opponent Superman. But even you must realize it's hopeless.

    Real Life 

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives; You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets where they lie side by side here in this country of ours; You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, carved on the Australian war memorial at ANZAC Cove

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.

André Masséna: My lord, you owe me dinner for you positively made me starve.
The Duke of Wellington: 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

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.
Medieval Warfare Sourcebook by David Nicolle

Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.
Philip of Macedon on seeing the corpses of the Theban Sacred Band at Chaerona

He at least never lied to us. His words gave us hope.
— Sioux Chief Red Cloud, on Indian Fighter, Indian rights activist, and peacemaker General George Crook

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.
— Israeli Air Force pilot Asher Snir, recalling a MiG-17 pilot from the 1970 War of Attrition

The courage of your enemy honors you.
— Chinese proverb