Quotes: Worthy Opponent

'"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, Warhammer40000

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

Genghis: 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.

"You're a quick thinker and spiteful. I can respect that. You won't be killed, Bikke."
Sarda, 8-Bit Theater

"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."
Rudyard Kipling Ballad of East and West.

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

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

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

You make a good other.
Roxas, Kingdom Hearts II

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.

"Not bad! I guess I chose the right guy to be my archenemy."
Bowser, Super Mario Galaxy

"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."
Loghain Mac Tir, Dragon Age: Origins

"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!"
The Arishok, Dragon Age II

"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)

"They fight bravely. They cannot harm our ships, but they continue to try."
Delenn describing humans, Babylon 5

Massena: "My lord you owe me dinner for you positively made me starve."
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

The courage of your enemy honors you
— Chinese proverb

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."

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!"

"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

"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

"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."
Jem'hader First (captain) Ikat'ika, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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

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

"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.
Sonny Puzikas, Deadliest Warrior

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

"Little monkey! Though I can break your bones, I cannot crush your spirit! I will leave your planet in peace! Oh yeah!"
Wrest-Lor, Dexter's Laboratory

"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."
Zarathustra, Thus Spake Zarathustra

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

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

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

Socrates 2: It's been so long since I met a worthy adversary.
Socrates 1: 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...."
Hawkeye Gough, Dark Souls

"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.

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

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

"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, 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. Almost."
Amon, to Mako, The Legend of Korra

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

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

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

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

Long Feng: You have beaten me at my own game.
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.
— Shakespeare, Coriolanus

"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

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

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.

"Any man brave enough to fight with his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day."
Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

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."

"You are indeed the most worthy adversary."
The Nostalgia Critic, speaking about the Nerd during their feud.

Mari: 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."
Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones

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.