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Ozzel: Lord Vader. The fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we're preparing to - (Force-choke!)
Vader: You have failed me for the last time, Admiral. Captain Piett?
Piett: (trying not to look at his choking superior) Yes, my Lord?
Vader: Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field, and deploy the fleet so that nothing gets off the system. You are in command now, Admiral Piett. (Ozzel collapses)
Piett: Thank you, Lord Vader. (swallows)
Vader: Apology accepted, Captain Needa.
— Right after the second time Vader does this
Motti: We've had to replace half our workforce in [the last six years]!
Vader: The half who failed me.
Motti: Look, staff competence will never improve as long as you keep killing people for making mistakes. This Moon could have been running ten years ago if I'd been -
Vader: (force-choking him) Hmm. Good point. I could just choke all of the incompetents half to death. Thank you ever so much. I'll send out a memo.
Snowtrooper: Sorry, sir. They got away.
Darth Vader: I shall lead the pursuit. All ground personnel shall remain here to man our new base. Congratulations.
Snowtrooper: Oh, thank you, sir. What shall we call it?
Darth Vader: "Orbital Bombardment Practice Range Omega".
The Operative: You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.
Dr. Mathias: Well, unfortunately, I forgot to bring a sword.
**The Operative produces one**
Dr. Mathias: ...I would put that down right now if I were you.
The Operative: Would you be killed in your sleep, like an ailing pet?
"Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral Pour Encourager Les Autres". (In this country, it is a good idea to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others)
— Voltaire, on the execution of John Byng for "failure to do his utmost" to defend Minorca.
"The Revolutionary Government gives you this chance of redeeming your failure, but this one only; if you fail again, your outraged country will know neither pardon nor mercy. Whether you return to France or remain in England, whether you travel North, South, East or West, cross the oceans, or traverse the Alps, the hand of an avenging People will be upon you. Your second failure will be punished by death, wherever you may be, either by the guillotine, if you are in France, or if you seek refuge elsewhere, then by the hand of an assassin. Look to it, Citizen Chauvelin! For there will be no escape this time, not even if the mightiest tyrant on earth tried to protect you, not even if you succeed in building up an empire and placing yourself upon a throne."
"This organization does not tolerate failure."
— Ernst Stavro Blofeld, You Only Live Twice
Stockman: The Mousers will be ready when I decide they're ready. My first field test was...
Shredder: ...Was a complete failure. I do not tolerate failure.
Stockman: Which is why you'd make a lousy scientist.
You have failed. We will find another way. Releasing control.
— Harbinger to the Collector General, Mass Effect 2
Grodus: You blew it again, Lord Crump. You sicken me.
Lord Crump: Look, I'm sorry. Seriously. We thought... We thought we had the guy cornered, but...
Grodus: Stop talking, Lord Crump. You just stand by until my next order. And, Lord Crump? Think of this as your last chance. Understand?
Lord Crump: Roger that.
Rita: I will not fail again!
Lord Zedd: Quiet! The Power Rangers are nothing but mere infants. You were beaten by children. You dare call yourself an Empress of Evil? You are not fit to destroy a cockroach!
Goldar: I have always said that, my lord.
Grizzaka: Only three Crystal Eyes?! Keep looking!
Jellica: But we've looked everywhere! Somebody else must've found them! There's no more time! Tonight the stars—
Grizzaka: I know what tonight is!
Dai Shi: (enters throne room alongside Camille) 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!
Belisarius: I am being generous. The Emperor may forgive the idiots if he decides they are just being stupid.
Mention of the Emperor caused all three of the Chiliarchs to draw back a bit.
Drakath: My lord Sepulchure, I have returned with the White Dragon Box as you demanded. The priests at the Temple of the Four Winds were no match for your undead soldiers under my command. Please, grant me the power of the Necrotic Blade of Doom as you promised.
Necrotic Blade of Doom: HAHAHAHAHAH! YOU ARE VERY EAGER TO EMBRACE THE DARKNESS, DRAKATH!
Sepulchure: Prince Drakath, you are a FOOL!
Drakath: My... my lord?
Sepulchure: Our agreement was BOTH dragon Boxes! Black AND White! I only see the White Dragon Box before me.
Drakath: There were... complications... with the Black Dragon Box. If you would simply grant me to power I'm certain that I could...
Sepulchure: I think, perhaps, that you are still focusing too much on your energy taking on King Alteon's throne...
Drakath: My throne! The royal seat is mine by birthright!
Sepulchure: BE SILENT! As I have promised, bring me BOTH boxes and the power... and the throne... will be yours. Do not interrupt me... or return here without both dragon boxes... ever again. Do not fail me a second time, Prince Drakath.
Drakath: Yes... my lord.
I wanna turn this little mistake into a big, fat teachable moment. Will you help me with that?
— Dick Roman, Supernatural, "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters"
HYDRA Officer: We fought to the last man!
Red Skull: Evidently not. [shoots the officer]
How regrettable. How very regrettable, Inspector Akane Tsunemori. You disappointed me. So I have to give you a punishment. Regret your helplessness and feel despair.
— Shogo Makishima, Psycho-Pass
I don't blame you. I blame myself. It's been apparent to me for some time that you had succumbed to your feelings for him, and this isn't the first occasion that Mr. Holmes has inconvenienced me in recent months. The question is, what to do about it? But that's my problem to solve now. I no longer require your services.
— Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
"I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry. And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!"
— Dr. Evil, Austin Powers
A number of Cetagandan senior officers have been recalled to their capital, to explain their 'unauthorized adventure' to their emperor. Their apologies are expected to be fatal.
Yazneg: The Dwarves, Master... we lost them. Ambushed by Elvish filth, we were-
Azog: I don't want excuses. I want the head of the Dwarf King!
Yazneg: We were outnumbered... there was nothing we could do. I barely escaped with my life.
Azog: Far better you had paid with it. [throws Yazneg to the wargs]
—The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Nuncio: No-one fails the Crows and lives!
Zevran: Ah, poor, stupid Nuncio. The Crows do like that saying, but I am living proof it's a lie.
Daemon: It is a poor shepherd that blames his flock, apostle. This failure is yours and yours alone!
Eliphas: No! I will not go back to the Basilica of Torments again!
Daemon: Fear not, apostle. The Basilica is reserved for those who may redeem themselves...
Daemon: You will have no such chance...
— Dawn of War: Dark Crusade
Keller: To serve Clu is a privilege. I won't let you down again, sir. I won't...
Tesler: I know you won't. (Powers up gloves)
General: I beg you, my lord! I will bring her back!
Darkhell: I sometimes happen to give a second chance...
General: T-Thanks, master...