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    Anime & Manga 
Roto: You believe in mercy, don't you?
Kurama: No. [causes a plant to bloom and erupt from Roto's body]

    Comic Books 
"You're right! Taking lives is something I definitely find offensive! But roughing up criminal terrorists a bit doesn't faze me at all!"

    Fan Works 
"It's a common mistake among the rough and cruel to mistake kindness for weakness, Spike," Celestia said. "I think it escapes some people's attention that in a world full of dragons, hydras, minotaurs and gryphons, one does not oversee a millennium of peace by being weak."
Princess Celestia, The Rise of Darth Vulcan

"That was exactly what I was afraid she’d say. It took all the willpower I could muster to suppress a shudder. Celestia claimed to care about me, sure, but I knew from experience that she wouldn’t hesitate to hurt me if she really believed it was the right thing to do. If she decided killing me was the best way to free her only family, there was no doubt in my mind that she’d do it."
Sunset Shimmer's evil half, My Little Planeswalker: Shattered Sunset

"Do not mistake our kind nature for weakness, Emperor."
Princess Celestia, Just Before The Dawn

The Spectre looked into Trigon's eyes, let him glimpse the skulls that served him for pupils, and thrust a hand into and through his chest. It protruded from Trigon's back, in ghastly fashion. Trigon's left hand went limp, and Raven flew to freedom.
Then the Guardian Ghost sent a surge of white energy through his arm, at full power.
Trigon exploded.
It was hard for the nonmystics to see or perceive. For those who could see it, bits of red psychomatter radiated away from the Spectre's outstretched arm, and Trigon's face, for the second time in a lifetime, held an expression of terror before it disintegrated. There was little audible noise, but a psychic roar for those who were attuned to hear it.

"You really only need to hang mean bastards, but mean bastards you need to hang!"
John "The Hangman" Ruth, The Hateful 8

"Why is it that people like you always think you're more ruthless than people like me?"
Sir Commodore Aivars Terekhov, Honor Harrington

Harry Dresden: I gave you a chance.
Quintus Cassius: Wait.
Harry Dresden: Mouse. Kill him.
Mouse does so.

    Live-Action TV 
"No second chances. I'm that sort of a man."
The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who

"Good men don't need rules. Today's not the day to find out why I have so many."
The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who

Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are a associate of the Doctor's.
River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
Dalek: ...Mercy.
River: Say it again.
Dalek: Mercy!
River: One more time.
Dalek: MERCY!!!

"Never start a fight, but always finish it."
John Sheridan, Babylon 5

"I believe in second chances. I don't believe in third chances."
Doran Martell, Game of Thrones

"Scary. I'll tell you something though, there are a lot scarier things than you. And I'm one of them."
Buffy Summers to a abusive baseball coach, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nightmares

"You guys research the Polgara demon. I want to know where it is. When I find it, I'm going to make it pay for taking that kid's life. I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine."
The Slayer shows exactly where her priorities lie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Goodbye Iowa

"If you want her, Mr. Maclay, you can go ahead and take her. You just gotta go through me."
Buffy Summers when Tara's father tries to take her by force, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family

"He took the freedom to choose away from you. But he's going to pay for it. And I promise you...we'll make sure he never gets the chance to hurt anyone else."
Buffy to a rape victim, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targeryan, of the blood of Old Viserys I am The Dragon's Daughter. And I swear to you, that those who would harm you will die screaming."
Daenerys Stormborn, Game of Thrones, showing just why she is The Dreaded

Capt. Picard: Maxwell was right. Those ships weren't carrying scientific equipment, were they? A 'research' station within arm's reach of three Federation sectors? Cargo ships running with high energy subspace fields that jam sensors?
Gul Macet: If you believed the transport ship carried weapons, why didn't you board it as Maxwell requested?
Picard: I was here to protect the peace, a peace I firmly believe is in the interests of both our peoples. But if I had attempted to board that ship, I am quite certain that you and I would not be sitting here now. And that ships on both sides would be arming for war. Take a message to your leaders, Gul Macet: We know. We'll be watching. We'll be ready.

Will's so nice I'd let him date my daughter
Like he was a white guy
He's not like the rest, he's a private flight guy
Why if I were gay on Friday night I'd
Larry Elder (uncle Tom)
You lucky I didn't make you the whole damn rhyme
Wendy Williams, you don't know me
I'm not your punching bag
You gonna blow me up girl you better leave me alone
Before I buy your radio station and send you home
Yo this is a warning shot over the bawl
Truth be told this ain't my style
You gotta understand some stuff a man can't allow
You better chill before you climb a tree you can't get down
Nice Guy by Will Smith

    Religion & Mythology 
"I will bless those that bless thee, and I will curse those who curse thee."

"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

"Renan even represented Jesus' righteous anger at Jerusalem as a mere nervous breakdown after the idyllic expectations of Galilee. As if there were any inconsistency between having a love for humanity and having a hatred for inhumanity!"
G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

"If someone asks you 'What would Jesus do?' remind them that flipping over tables and chasing people with a whip is within the realm of possibilities."

    Video Games 
"I fly under the code of knighthood. It's no surprise, since we soldiers are the descendants of the Belkan knights. We protect the meek and give our lives for honor... but that does not mean we are generous."
Dmitri Heinrich (Indigo Heron), Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"You offer one hand, and arm the other. Wise, Shepard."
Grunt, Mass Effect 2

"Speak when spoken to, Uvenk. I'll drag your clan to glory whether it likes it or not."
Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect 2

Paragon Shepard: What if you and I make a deal? You let him set his own prices, and I won't break your legs.
Harrot: With barely contained terror: You drive a hard bargain, human.
Paragon Shepard: [cracking knuckles] I haven't even started yet.
Harrot: Resignation: Very well. I will release the Quarian from his promise.

"You even think about coming after your brother and this bullet will be waiting for you! Then we'll see who's valuable."
Paragon Shepard to Gavin Archer in the Paragon ending to Overlord, Mass Effect 2

Gerrard: What's the point of being out here if we can't even keep one little girl safe?
Shepard: To make those who do things pay. It's not the severity of punishment that deters crime. It's the certainty.
Paragon Shepard on slavery, Mass Effect.

Shepard: You know who and what I am. If I want Narali Batia I can get her.
Bosker: Even if the body was here would you really risk going in shooting to get it?
Shepard: How do you think I feel about people mistreating the dead?

Paragon Shepard: Don't let us meet again.
Maya Brooks: What's this? The great Commander Shepard pleading for his/her life?
Paragon Shepard: [Kubrick glare] I'm pleading for yours.

Smiling Jack: You're a monster, now, make no mistake; one of the damned and all. You need to hold on any last thread of humanity you have.
The Fledgling: So I can't kill anyone? Seems a little, uh, restrictive.
Smiling Jack: I said innocent humans. If some asshole levels a 12 in your way, you drain him, skin him and bash his skull. Self-Preservation is a vital part of humanity, after all. My favourite part, in fact.

"You were warned not to mistake grace for mercy."
The tagline for Aion

"The Milk of Human Kindness: Take the willingness to forgive and the will to be forceful. Mix the blood of innocents and the anger of the wronged."

"A ray of sunshine illuminated this cold and gray place - a ray in the form of a woman. I heard her before I saw her, a voice, more beautiful than I had encountered in some time, came drifting through the trees. While a lament might have been more suited to this sepulchral locale, she sang a song of joy, of hope and family. Her warm smile greeted any that joined her at the campfire and, just for moment, they were able to forget which realm they inhabited. As quick as she was to make friends, I got the feeling that to cross her would be a mistake. To remain so positive and upbeat in such a place would require a will of iron. Perhaps less a ray of sunshine then, but a bolt of lightning? Brilliant light and great power that could split the world in two.."
Unknown, talking about Kate Denson, Dead by Daylight

"You know what happens to nice people who aren't rich? They get killed. They get kidnapped. They get taken advantage of and shoved in a dark hole that they can't climb out of, just because it saves a few pennies for somebody who already has wealth beyond measure...So I figure the moral thing to do is to put an iron spike right in every one of those bastards' foreheads - the corporate bigwigs, the corrupt cops, the slave traders."
Spider Shen on the topic of being a "good" monk in Shadowrun: Hong Kong

"[Emmeryn] represents the best part of the halidom—the part most worth protecting. She IS peace. But some men would take advantage of that. Men like King Gangrel. The day he understands peace will be the day death gives it to him. ...So perhaps I must be death's agent. Emmeryn would never order him killed, nor would I wish her to."

    Web Comics 
"My version of hope has calluses and dirt under the fingernails and isn't above bringing brass knuckles to a fight."
Max Post, Freefall

Nigeriaball: Boko Haram, less us to be civil now. Less bombing, no talking.
Boko Haramball: Oh sure, Nigeria pigdog. We stop bombing you.
Boko Haramball 2: We promise we will become of negotiations and peaceful from now on.
Nigeriaball: That is...surprisingly reasona-
Boko Haramball 3: SURPRISE JIHAD!
Boko Haramball: Such good prank! Nigeria pigdog never saw it coming!
Boko Haramball 2: Agreed! Now, let us go back to talkings with infidel.

    Web Video 

"He's the champion of the downtrodden and the meek, but that doesn't mean he has to be a pussy about it. Sometimes, the permanent solution is the best solution."

    Real Life 
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."

"I define manhood simply: Men should be tough, fair and courageous, never petty. Never looking for a fight but never backing from one either."

"We are a purely idealistic nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness."
Jimmy Carter, 1977 Inaugural Address

"Strength and wisdom are not opposing values."
Bill Clinton, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals."

"I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all."


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