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    Anime and Manga 

I will find my own purpose and purge this planet of all who oppose me, human and Pokémon alike. The world will heed my warning! The reign of Mewtwo will soon begin!
Mewtwo, Pokémon: The First Movie (English dub)

Attention, entire world! Hear my proclamation! I am Lelouch vi Brittania, Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire and your only ruler! Schneizel has surrendered to me. As a result of this, I am now in control of both the Damocles and the F.L.E.I.J.A. weapons, and even the Black Knights no longer possess the strength to oppose me now. If anyone dares to resist my supreme authority, they shall know the devastating power of the F.L.E.I.J.A.s! Those who could challenge my military rule no longer exist. Yes, from this day, from this moment forward, the world belongs to me! Lelouch vi Britannia commands you: obey me, subjects! Obey me, world!
Lelouch vi Britannia, Code Geass

    Film - Animated 

I, Mojo Jojo, have a town to take over! I have a world to rule! I need to seize control of an area, and force its inhabitants to follow my way of thinking!

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    Film - Live-Action 

But Scott, who's going to take over the world when I die?

President of India: What is it you want?
Cobra Commander: ...I want it all.

Aut Caesar aut nullus. Emperor of the world. My world.
Adenoid Hynkel, The Great Dictator

With a ring like that I could, dare I say it? Rule the world!
Professor Foot, Help!

World Domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they're Napoleon. Or God.

"You're missing the point. There is no 'throne'; there is no version of this where you come out on top!"
Tony Stark on Loki's Alien Invasion, The Avengers (2012)

    Literature 
So what's this all about, Cudgeon? And please don't say world domination.
Foaly, Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident

Sauron desired to be a God-King, and was held to be this by his servants; if he had been victorious he would have demanded divine honour from all rational creatures and absolute temporal power over the whole world.
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

#203: "To conquer the earth with an army of flying monkeys" is a bad long-term goal to give to the re-enlistment NCO.

What does it mean to conquer the world? Is there really a way to do it? Do you have to be the richest one, or the smartest one, or to beat everyone in a fight? Or just to know you could? Is it to be invincible? ... Does it just mean to get the girl you really wanted?

    Live-Action TV 

Adolf Hitler wants to take the world, and keep it. All for himself.
— Trailer for Danger5

Ahh, after ten thousand years I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!

All the others before me have failed! Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, Hitler, Lee Kuan, Krotus! ALL OF THEM ARE DUST! But I will triumph! I will make THE ULTIMATE CONQUEST!

    Music 

And I want to conquer the world,
Give all the idiots a brand new religion,
Put an end to poverty, uncleanliness and toil,
Promote equality in all my decisions
With a quick wink of the eye
And a "God you must be joking!"

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world"
Coldplay, "Viva la Vida"

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world
Tears for Fears, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"

    Tabletop Games 

It is said that no one man can command the world, Dimitri, but I say nothing is impossible...
Tsar Vladimir I Nikolaievich to the Grand Prince of Kiev, St Petersburg, 1866, Dystopian Wars

"So, Wilson, how in the frack did you know the fileset was secret plans for world domination?"
"'Cause it was labeled Secret Plans for World Domination."
Netrunner, "World Domination"

We shall inherit the earth, have no doubt of that. When the last twitching Garou has been made into a rug to rest in front of a crackling fireplace; when the last mage has been burned alive, the pages of his grimoires serving as kindling; when the last restless ghost has been laid in its grave - then will the earth belong to our kind.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Lasombra

There are countless worlds beyond the void of Chaos, endless kingdoms to conquer, cities to sack, forests to burn, warriors to slay in their millions. But by Khorne, I have chosen this world to conquer, and conquer it I shall, even if it takes a thousand millennia.
Khastarax, Daemon Prince of Khorne, Warhammer

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    Video Games 

There is always some fool who wants to rule the world!
Asura, Asura's Wrath

Nonsense; it makes me feel great! Smarter! More aggressive! I feel like I could... like I could... like I could... TAKE ON THE WORLD!
Purple Tentacle, Day of the Tentacle

Mr. Zero: Tell us why you want to control the world.
Zoda: It's every bad guy's dream, of course!

Rulin' the world sounds like it would just a huge pain in the neck to me, man. I mean, have you ever seen the world? It's freakin' huge! Seems like a lot of responsibility to shoulder.
Rufus win-quote against M. Bison, Street Fighter IV

I will summon Set, the great chaos god who slew his brother Osiris with this very weapon! With Set's power and the Beast Armies of the Netherworld, I will enslave or destroy the people of the land of the living and rule this whole world!
Magus, telling Mathayus his plans after he acquires the Sword of Osiris, The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian

    Web Original 

The world is a mess, and I just need to rule it!

    Western Animation 

Every villain needs an evil plot. Take Drakken. His plot? Always taking over the world. Always.
Shego, Kim Possible

(If I ruled the world)
I would make sure my clones don't give any slack
(If I ruled the world)
I would treat people bad,
That's well known fact
Imagine that!
Evil Doctor Carver Clone, The Proud Family Movie

Marco: What kind of madman are you?
Sparks: Oh, you know, the regular kind. World domination, the usual.
Sealab 2021, "Happy Cake"

Just as the world will be reborn in fire, I shall be reborn as the supreme ruler of the world. From this moment on, I will be known as the Phoenix King!
Fire Lord Ozai, Avatar: The Last Airbender

I have a world to conquer!
Master Cyclonis, Storm Hawks

    Real Life 

I wanted to rule the world - who wouldn't have, in my place?

The Führer has expressed his firm belief that the Reich will one day control all of Europe. From there the road to world rule is practically laid bare. He who owns Europe has leadership of the world within his grasp.

With Heaven's aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you.
Genghis Khan's last address to his successors

Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard.
Yelu Chucai to the above


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