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ALL HAIL BRITANNIA!

The High Courts will look favorably on my conduct, and deem it the proper course of action.
Klowal after kidnapping the princess - with propriety, Crest of the Stars

Fear is freedom! Control is release! Contradiction is truth! That is the reality of this world! Listen well, you pigs in human clothing, and submit to that reality!
Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill

    Comic Books 
The people are happy and content. As I have commanded they be...

You are weak, petty and lacking in purpose! You fail to grasp a universal principle - without an underpinning morality our acts would not be justice, but mere atrocity. Without order, without the rule of law, we would just be... monsters.
Judge Death, Judge Dredd

Cruelty is an admirable trait, gentlemen. But when it lacks context - when no law is upheld or lesson learned - it is a blunt and ineffectual tool. A basic mistake, but understandable.
Judge Death, Judge Dredd

To instill fear is to instill order. Our order.
Sinestro

I am not opposed to heroism. On the contrary. I honor it. But the greatest courage is acceptance of what must be. Resignation in the face of a destiny that cannot be fought or deflected or defied. This is the gospel that you must preach, now. A gospel of subservience and order. Teach the people of this world - and later, those of other worlds - that Thanos is a kind shepherd to those who obey him. While for his enemies, life will become a burden they can neither endure - nor escape.

You see, here's how it works; Civic Center and the cops do what the fuck they like, and you sit still. Your boss does what he likes. The asshole at the tollbooth, the bouncer at the local bar, the security guy who frisks you at the clinic, the paper and feedsites that lie to you for the hell of it. They do what they like... You must like it when people in authority they never earned lie to you.
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    Fan Works 
So, for the first century I'll go easy on them, lure them into a false sense of security, and then when they think I'm not so bad, BAM! I'll go full tyrant on them in the second century. Then I'll disappear for a millennia and make them wonder if I even existed to begin with, just to come back and kill them all.

    Film - Live-Action 
Everyone exists under the Table.

It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.

The man who pulls the lever that breaks your neck will be a dispassionate man. And that dispassion is the very essence of justice. For justice delivered without dispassion, is always in danger of not being justice.
Oswaldo, The Hateful 8

Got to stick to your principles.
Harry, In Bruges

As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is – I collect your fucking head.
O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill

Say what you like about warlords and dictators; they always pay their bills on time.

But captain, to obey - just like that - for obedience's sake... without questioning... That's something only people like you do.
Doctor Ferreiro to Captain Vidal, Pan's Labyrinth

Memnon: I will bring order after centuries of chaos. An order which will last for a thousand years.
Cassandra: Rivers of blood can never bring peace.
Memnon: But they can bring obedience. That will suffice for now.

I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire.
Darth Vader, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.
Grand Moff Tarkin, Star Wars: A New Hope

Galen Erso: What is it you want?
Orson Krennic: The work has stalled. I need you to come back.
Erso: I won't do it, Krennic.
Krennic: We were on the verge of greatness. We were (gestures with pinched fingers) this close to providing peace and security for the galaxy.
Erso: You're confusing peace... with terror.
Krennic: Well, you have to start somewhere.

Data: As you seem to know so much about me, you must be aware that I am programmed to evolve and better myself.
Borg Queen: We too are on a quest to better ourselves. Evolving toward a state of perfection.
Data: Forgive me. The Borg do not evolve. They conquer.
Borg Queen: By assimilating other beings into our collective, we are bringing them closer to perfection.

Satan: Yes you are fucked! Shit out of luck! Now I'm complete and my cock you will suck! This world will be mine, and you're first in line. You brought the pick and now you. Shall. Both. Die!
JB: Wa-ait! Wa-ait! Wa-ait you motherfucker! We challenge you, to a rock-off! Give us one chance to rock your socks off.
Satan: FUCK! FUCK! Fuck, the demon code prevents me from declining a rock-off challenge. What are your terms? What's the catch?

    Literature 
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently.

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
— The slogan of The Party, Nineteen Eighty-Four

[Wargrave] had great power with a jury — it was said he could make their minds up for them any day of the week. He'd got one or two unlikely convictions out of them. A hanging judge, some people said.

If the virtuous are placed in positions of evidence, transgressions will remain hidden; but if the wicked are employed, crimes will be punished. In the former case the people will be stronger than the law; in the latter, the law will be stronger than the people. If the people are stronger than the law, then there is lawlessness in the state, but if the law is stronger than the people, the army will be strong. Therefore it is said: "Governing through good people leads to lawlessness and dismemberment; governing through wicked people leads to order and strength."

I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.

The Law of Jante
1. You shall not believe that you are anything.
2. You shall not believe that you are as worthy as us.
3. You shall not believe that you are wiser than us.
4. You shall not delude yourself that you are better than us.
5. You shall not believe that you know more than us.
6. You shall not believe that you are more than us.
7. You shall not believe that you are good for anything.
8. You shall not laugh at us.
9. You shall not believe that anyone cares about you.
10. You shall not believe that you can teach us anything.
Unwritten. Perhaps you think we know nothing of you?
A fugitive crosses his tracks

Prohibition is the trigger of crime.

The might of the Ministry stands behind me.

We can bide our time, we can keep our thoughts in our hearts, deploring maybe evils done by the way, but approving the high and ultimate purpose: Knowledge, Rule, Order; all things that we have so far striven in vain to accomplish, hindered rather than helped by our weak or idle friends. There need not be any real change in our designs, only in our means.

The first conspiracy will bloom before the ink is dry.
We will twist around the spirit of every rule while obeying the letter. We will lie and cheat and hide our sins, while dragging into light those of our foes and rivals. We will seek to twist the laws as a tool for our ambitions and a sword to slay our enemies. We will hide behind every protection afforded and make red art of the details that save or slay. We will defend our advantages and seek to unmake yours, never once faltering in our callous greed.
And yet we will uphold the Liesse Accords, you broken old thing, and wage war on any that would unmake them. Merciless Gods, you think they tip the scale in your favor? Your entire breed are servants of stillness, shaped from the clay of recoil. You came out victors of the Age of Wonders, but this... Age of Order will be ours body and soul.
Amadeus of the Green Stretch, former Black Knight of Praes, A Practical Guide To Evil

When your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you.
Tywin Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

A peaceful land, a quiet people. That has always been my rule.
Roose Bolton, A Song of Ice and Fire

    Live-Action TV 
If we're gonna kill hundreds of innocent people, we're gonna do it by the book.
Marcus Kane, The 100

Lochley: They're wanted on a variety of charges by the Psi Corps.
Sheridan: Otherwise known as Fascists "R" Us.
Babylon 5, "Strange Relations"

Jesse: What's the point of being an outlaw when you've got responsibilities?
Badger: Darth Vader had responsibilities. He was responsible for the Death Star.

You see, that's what separates me from other politicians, Mr. Trick. I keep my campaign promises.
Mayor Richard Wilkins III, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality.
The Valeyard, Doctor Who, "The Ultimate Foe"

John: You know me? My race?
Jool: Sebecean. Intellectually suited to carry weapons and die marching in formation.
Farscape, "Could'a, Would'a, Should'a"

Niska has his own code - twisted, though it may be. Very excited about reputation.
Zoe, Firefly

Last week I gave a fire safety talk. And nobody paid any attention. It's my own fault for using PowerPoint. PowerPoint is boring. People learn in a lot of different ways, but experience is the best teacher. (lights a cigarette) Today, smoking is gonna save lives. (throws cigarette into garbage can filled with paper and lighter fluid)
Dwight Schrute, The Office

(bumps into inmate) 498! Interfering with a staff member in performance of duties! Didn’t your boyfriend teach you how to treat a staff member, Floppy Tits? That's a shot! (to another inmate) Hey! What's on your shirt there, Pigpen? Shit? Tears? Potato chips? 330! Being unsanitary. Shot! (to another one) I don't like your face. 312. Insolence. Shot! Mendez is back, bitches.

It's my duty. My duty as a complete and utter bastard!
Rimmer, Red Dwarf

All is indeed peace and tranquillity. The peace of the factory. The tranquility of the machine. All parts working in unison.
Spock, Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Return of the Archons"

You know, Cardassian rule may have been oppressive, but at least it was ... simple.

Odo: There is more to life than the rule of law.
Thrax: It has been my observation that only the guilty make that kind of statement.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Things Past"

You never saw Gallitep at its height! For a labor camp it was the very model of order and efficiency! And why? For that you have to look to the top! To me! My word, my very glance was law. And the verdict was always the same: guilty!
Gul Darhe'el, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Duet"

We're going to handle this shit like businessmen.
Stringer Bell, The Wire

"Bunk" Moreland: (ironically) A man must have a code.
Omar Little: (dead serious) Oh, no doubt.

    Music 
There's a taste of fear (Hail, hail, hail!)
When the henchmen call (Hail, hail, hail!)
Iron fist to tame the land (Hail, hail, hail!)
Iron fist to claim it all!
Avenged Sevenfold, "Hail to the King"

You know evil, is an exact science. Be carefully correctly wrong
— Shriekback- "Nemesis".
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    Newspaper Comics 

We're using the law to keep justice away!

    Tabletop Games 
A lawful evil villain methodically takes what he wants within the limits of his code of conduct without regard for whom it hurts. He cares about tradition, loyalty and order, but not about freedom, dignity or life. He plays by the rules but without mercy or compassion. He is comfortable in a hierarchy and would like to rule, but is willing to serve. He condemns others, not according to their actions but according to race, religion, homeland or social rank. He is loath to break laws or promises. This reluctance comes partly from his nature and partly because he depends on order to protect himself from those who oppose him on moral grounds. Some lawful evil villains have particular taboos, such as not killing in cold blood (but having underlings do it) or not letting children come to harm (if it can be helped). They imagine that these compunctions put them above unprincipled villains. [...] Some lawful evil people and creatures commit themselves to evil with a zeal like those of a crusader committed to good. Beyond being willing to hurt others for their own ends, they take pleasure in spreading evil as an end unto itself. They may also see doing evil as part of a duty to an evil deity or master. [...] Lawful evil is the most dangerous alignment because it represents methodical, intentional, and frequently successful evil.
Dungeons & Dragons: Player's Handbook, 3.5th Edition

"What goes on here?" Heironeous demanded.
"You have granted us the power to harvest souls," replied Asmodeus. "To build our Hell and gird our might for the task set before us, we naturally had to find ways to improve our yield."
The war deity drew forth his longsword of crackling lightning. "It is your job to punish transgressions, not to encourage them!" he cried.
Asmodeus smiled, and a venomous moth flew out from between his sharpened teeth. "Read the fine print," he replied.

I have heard it said evil is nothing more than good's absence, as if evil was the darkness to good's light. A comforting thought, I imagine, for those seeking redemption, but, I tell you, put such thoughts from your mind. You need only peer into a demon's eyes to know evil is not some vacuum waiting for virtue to come and fill its emptiness. Evil is a force. It is an influence in the cosmos, an agency equal to or perhaps even greater than its antithesis. There are two sides in this eternal struggle, one light and the other dark. You might find evil's works reprehensible, yet to those whose hearts belong to corruption, good deeds are equally deplorable. Understand, there is no redemption, only treason against the side you were born to serve.

We are a single entity. Dissenters must be sutured into the Orthodoxy.
Elesh Norn, Magic: The Gathering

Our Purpose? Experiment. We are the engine that furthers Phyrexian progress by developing new life, new tools, and new methods that seek to attain sublime completion. Our Structure? We are an integrated network of facilities each in pursuit of perfection.
Jin-Gitaxias, Magic: The Gathering

One day, I will rule. A strong leader is admired, a weak leader overthrown. I have principles and I am right. Chaos brings death. In this world there is only order or oblivion. Rank must be respected and feared. The weak will follow sure leaders. Sin is satisfaction. Everyone has vices.
— Introduction to Lawful Evil, Ultimate Campaign

The dead do not squabble as this land’s rulers do. The dead do not fight one another. The dead have no desires, no petty jealousies or ambitions. A world of the dead is a world at peace...
Nagash, Warhammer

The weak will always be led by the strong. Where the strong see purpose and act, the weak follow; where the strong cry out against fate, the weak bow their heads and succumb. There are many who are weak; and many are their temptations. Despise the weak for they shall flock to the call of the Daemon and the Renegade. Pity them not and scorn their cries of innocence - it is better that one hundred innocently fall before the wrath of the Emperor than one kneels before the Daemon.
The First Book of Indoctrinations, Warhammer 40,000

Frozen essences are drawn to a perfect, motionless harmony utterly devoid of any sort of dynamism whatsoever. The Void is the ideal they serve and they strive to cultivate it within themselves. They prefer dead systems, dissecting magic the way a high school student might dissect a frog. They abhor wildness in all its forms, and devote themselves to reining in and breaking that sort of dynamic chaos. Frozen Avatars belong to plotters and planners, those widderslainte with long-term goals and the patience to achieve them. Mages with this sort of Avatar are cold, deliberate and patient, and often give even their fellow widderslainte the creeps. Their magical styles are subtle and swift, and they rarely invest in visible effects when they can avoid it.
Mage: The Ascension - The Book Of Madness

    Theatre 
One day more to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys,
They will wet themselves with blood!
Inspector Javert, Les Misérables, "One More Day"

    Video Games 
There is always some fool who wants to rule the world! Always forcing others to do what they cannot do for themselves!
Asura, Asura's Wrath

One Vision. One Purpose. Peace Through Power.
— Mantra of the Brotherhood of Nod, Command & Conquer

I like [President] Huffman. But I'll kill him in a second if I get the order.
Majestic agent's thoughts, Destroy All Humans!

Long-term stability at all costs. The individual has no value beyond his utility to the state, whether as an instrument of war, or production.
Caesar, Fallout: New Vegas

You should have disposed of your fantasy and accepted me as master.

Even Devils have laws. Abiding the contract gives us power, but break it, and we're bound as slaves.
Advocate, GrimGrimoire

Pick up that can. (Gordon picks up can) Throw it in the trash can. (Gordon does) Move along. (chuckles)
— A Combine guard to Gordon Freeman, Half-Life 2

You represent chaos. We represent order. Organic life must be harvested in order to bring order to the chaos. It is inevitable.
Rannoch Reaper, Mass Effect 3

If we can control it, why shouldn't it be ours?
The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 3

It's all about power: grabbing it, keeping it, using it... Power is our currency, our DNA, our God. We control the world. We provide the blueprint and we give the instructions. We're the people in grainy photos on grassy knolls; we're the shadowy faces in smoky backrooms and darkened boardrooms. We're right here, hiding in plain sight, buying and selling favours: blackmail, treason, deceit- these are our stock in trade. We work the magic of the drunken evenings with senators and chiefs of staff. We shake down demons, and negotiate with sorcerers. We have stocks in Hell, and compromising photos of Angels. We use any means necessary regardless of the cost, because the world is a bad place, and you can either do or get done. We're the Illuminati... and we're not done.
— Illuminati introduction, The Secret World

The Empire is on the verge of success. Soon, peace and order will be restored throughout the galaxy. Even now, our capable forces led by Darth Vader are striking back at the Rebel insurgents!
Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars: TIE Fighter

It is not a question of what the Law is, but rather what it is not. The Law is neither noble, nor an end in itself. It is not for the weak-minded or squeamish. The Law is simply a means for those who control it, namely me, to acquire that which I want.
Sheriff Gorman Truart, Thief II: The Metal Age

Olgierd: O'Dimm. What do you want?
O'Dimm: What do you mean, "what?" Your soul.
Olgierd: You forget. The pact states you can only take it once you've fulfilled three wishes and-
O'Dimm: -and we stand together on the Moon. ...Well, what do you know.... (makes a gesture at the ground, and the dirt blows away to reveal a moon mosaic)
Olgierd: What? No. We... had a pact. The moon is there. (points to the sky) THERE! Not... here....
O'Dimm: I gave you what you wished for. Here, on the moon, our contract you fulfill.
Olgierd: You... whoreson. You cheated me!
O'Dimm: I never cheat. (seizes Olgierd) It is done. Your soul belongs to me.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone

He's one of the most devious and ruthless men in the colonies. He uses the letter of the law to serve his purposes, and when the law does not bend to him, he gets lawmakers to bend it for him. Mark my words, Shay: James Wardrop is a bureaucrat, and doesn't care how his actions affect others.

For me, in everything there must be doubt. Otherwise there is no room to question. To learn. This place is the fruit of unquestioned conviction. This is where absolute certainty leads.

If we assume that chaos already reigns and that order needs to be restored, who decides what "order" actually looks like? These two likely have their own opinions on that subject, and they probably don't include the words "free" or "will."
Splatoon's official Tumblr on the Telephone & C. Q. Cumber

    Visual Novels 
There is only room for two in this court: me, and the law! Keep the riff-raff out! Out, I say!
Kristoph Gavin, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
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    Web Animation 
Don't think. Obey.
Cinder Fall, RWBY

    Web Comics 
You can't make an omelet without ruthlessly crushing dozens of eggs beneath your steel boot and then publicly disemboweling the chickens that laid them as a warning to others.
General Tarquin, The Order of the Stick

Living or dead, we are all of us marching to our orders - you no less than I, Durkon. It does not matter from whence these orders come, be it man or god. Our place is as an obedient slave to those who command us. Through service, we are rewarded. That is the true natural order.

Citizens should not fear their government. This will be enforced.

    Western Animation 
Law! Order! Harp smashing! Weee've have it all!
The Earl of Lemongrab, Adventure Time

Imagine. I now possess the power to end hunger. To abolish disease. To eliminate crime. To establish a perfectly content, perfectly ordered world - all under the benevolence of MY IRON WILL!
Doctor Doom, Fantastic Four (90s cartoon)

You see, sometimes... the people in authority, the ones giving the orders and making the laws? Well... they're the ones that are the real criminals.

Sure we have order... but at what price?
Milhouse Van Houten, The Simpsons, "Separate Vocations"

Because you need me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may force you to vote Democratic, but deep down inside, you secretly long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king. That's why I did this: to protect you from yourselves.
Sideshow Bob, The Simpsons, "Sideshow Bob Roberts"

We're going to use you. To set the world on fire. When the [troll trace] servers go online, there will be panic, chaos, and war. And from the ashes a new world will rise — A world where everyone is happy and a-singing and has no secrets. Like Denmark!
Lennart Bedrager, South Park

Before a society can move forward, all must agree on the rules. Now kneel!
Galvatron, The Transformers

    Real Life 
If you must break the law, do it to seize power. In all other cases, observe it.

More than once I have ventured to tell me friends that this habit of deferring to law and lawful authority, good in itself, has gone with them into extremes, and would lead them, should they let it grow, into the frame of mind for yielding to the usurpation of any bold despot who may assail their liberties, like Caesar, in the name of law and order!
William Hepworth Dixon, New America

The creation of crimes after the commission of the fact, or, in other words, the subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 84

The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.

Truth and goodness had no intrinsic meaning for him; they were instruments to be used for the gaining of more and more power. To debate whether any action was of itself right appeared so stupid to him that it was certainly a question he never asked himself.
Wilhelm Höttl on Reinhard Heydrich, architect of the Endlösung ("final solution to the Jewish problem")

However hard they try, men cannot create a social organism, they can only create an organization. In the process of trying to create an organism they will merely create a totalitarian despotism.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

My mother said that you are never supposed to break the law, but my dad said that some laws need to be broken.

Thus, the order that the rational reactionary seeks to preserve and/or restore is arbitrary. Perhaps it can be justified on some moral basis. But probably not. It is good simply because it is order, and the alternative to order is violence at worst and politics at best. If the Bourbons do not rule France, someone will — Robespierre, or Napoleon, or Corner Man.
Mencius Moldbug on Neoreaction

Remember the truism: vagueness in legal threats is the hallmark of meritless thuggery.

To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place(d) under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

It's but a law of nature, surely, that the weak should serve the strong. Besides is it not obvious in the very thickness of their hides, and the impervious quality of their skulls into which no light has ever been known to penetrate, that is was the purpose for which the Creator has intended them? To be mere hewers of wood and drawers of water?
— an unnamed British colonialist, about the Melanesians of Vanuatu


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