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    Anime and Manga 

Don't you lowlifes forget... that I have the authority and the power to execute every one of you right here if I see fit...!!!
Chief Gaoler Magellan, One Piece

    Film — Live-Action 

Captain America: You need men in these buildings! There are people inside and they're gonna be running right into the line of fire. You take them through the basement, or through the subway; you keep them off the streets. I need a perimeter as far back as 39th.
Police Sergeant: Why the hell should I take orders from you—
(three Chitauri leap down, but Captain America beats them senseless in seconds)
Police Sergeant: I need men in those buildings! Lead the people down and away from the streets. We're going to set up a perimeter all the way down to 39th street....

Apes seek strongest branch.

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    Literature 

Join, hide, or die. That's all you can do when The Wild Hunt comes to call. Well, tonight, the Hunt is joining me.
Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files

No man recognizes leadership without the challenge of combat.
Stilgar, Dune

Force, my friends, is violence, the supreme authority from which all other authority is derived.

I receive, in Alethkar, only what I have demanded. In taking the throne by force, we implied — no we screamed — that strength is the right of rule. If Sadeas thinks he is stronger than I am, then it is his duty to try to take the throne from me. These are the fruits of my youth, Wit. It is why we need more than tyranny, even the benevolent kind, to transform this kingdom. That is what Nohadon was teaching. And that is what I've been missing all along.
Dalinar Kholin deconstructing the trope, Words of Radiance (book two of The Stormlight Archive)

Weaver: You hurt people. And the way you reacted to me, on that night where the Undersiders kidnapped you, trying to slash my throat... you've killed.
Shadow Stalker: Yes. So have you. You might have a body count higher than mine.
Weaver: I might.
Shadow Stalker: You hurt people too.
Weaver: I did.
Shadow Stalker: A lot more than I did.
Weaver: Probably.
Shadow Stalker: And you weren't even subtle about it. Taking over a city, robbing banks, attacking the fundraiser, attacking the headquarters...
Weaver: Extorting the mayor. Unlawfully imprisoning people, a lot of other stuff.
Shadow Stalker: Yet you're out there and I'm in here. Funny how that all works out. It all comes down to strength in the end.
Worm

    Live-Action TV 

Do you understand what the chain of command is? It's the chain that I go beat you with until you understand who's in ruttin' command here!
Jayne Cobb, Firefly

K'Temang: I'm confiscating your ship and its cargo.
Dukat: On whose authority?
K'Temang: (slasher smile) On the authority of the Klingon Empire, and the disruptors I have pointed at your vessel.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Return to Grace"

    Music 

They try to poison me in my wine
They try to kill me in my chambers at night
But I was a MAN before a king!
By this axe I rule!
Cauldron Born - "By This Axe I Rule"

    Tabletop Games 

Here's a story for you, maybe help you understand. Orks got a hierarchy, like us, but it's not about what medals you got or how many stripes're on your shoulder. It's about the size of your tusks and how many other greens you can kick to crap. First firefight I was ever in, we saw this deformed bugger down in their trench. Nothing major: half his face had no skin, so his skull's showing through. We often saw him, so we called him Boneyface.

That day we watched old Boneyface get lucky. Killed a Space Marine all on his tod, then grabbed the poor bastard's melta and wasted another four when their backs were turned. Nasty stuff.

The point is, a couple of days later we're back on watch, and who should we see? Boneyface, shouting and yelling - but now he's bloody huge. Like, extra body mass, darker skin, bloody great tusks. That's the orks all over, see? They don't need intellect: when they do well their bodies reward them, bulking them up, filling them out. Like a promotion. And when they don't do well, they're dead.
Armageddon: A Trooper's Memoir by Sergeant Aggamem Breska, Warhammer 40,000: Xenology

    Video Games 

Oy! You boyz folla me, or I'll give ya a thump!
Ork Big Mek, Dawn of War

Dem orks got a Mek fer a boss! Dat's jus' sad, dat is.
Kaptin Bluddflagg, Dawn of War II: Retribution

By the rite of Rak'shir, I am Highlord!

Mercy is weakness. If your leader shows weakness, it is your duty to kill him and show true authority... true power. That is why the Sith are strong.

Grunt: Nothing in the tank imprint indicated that humans could be so forceful. You command as though you've earned it.
Shepard: My enemies threaten galaxies. Everyone on my crew has earned their place.

Garrus: (to Wrex) Figured you'd gone soft sitting on your throne, forgot how to hold a gun.
Javik: He wouldn't be King then, would he?

There was a time I was forbidden from fighting students... so I defeated the principal. Now I can do whatever I want!
King, Namco High

Megatron: You forget, Starscream! It was in this gladiatorial arena I proved myself worthy to lead!
Starscream: That day has long passed, Megatron!
Megatron: That day will live forever!

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    Webcomics 

Frans Rayner: I shall kill the President... thereby becoming the president...
Gordito: That's... uh... not how our government works.
Frans Rayner: I know. But by that point, I'll be dangerously close to convincing them that it is.

"You smoked my boss... where I'm from, that puts you at the top of the food chain."

MAXIM 69: Sometimes rank is a function of firepower

"See, that's the thing, kid. We're princes of the world. We take what we like. We break. We kill. We conquer. Imagine, if you will, actually trying to rule."
Incubus on his fellow God-Emperors, Kill Six Billion Demons

    Western Animation 

Being smart won't help you win this Gauntlet! It was designed for a big, strong dragon to win, because it takes a big, strong dragon to lead!

Darksteel: And who made you boss?
Predaking: I am not your boss. I am your KING!
(Predaking kicks both of their asses and pins them to the ground, ready to kill if necessary)
Skylynx: (weakly) All hail Predaking...


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