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    Anime and Manga 
If they can still stand, then you gotta keep pulling the trigger till they lie down.
John "Sleepy" Estes, aka Mad Bull 34

"GO All OUT?!" He ripped off my arms, then calmly proceeded to thrust my own spear into me while I was on the ground incapacitated. Is that what it means for Mega Man to "Go all out?!"
Yamato Man, Mega Man Megamix

Leyte: It disappeared.
Lordgenome: Be careful. The enemy is using a random Schrödinger warp to approach.
Dayakka: I'm begging you, say that in layman's terms!
Lordgenome: The Multiple Dimension probability fluctuation is controlled by them. While shifting through Space-Time, they will approach and attack.
Dayakka: Like I said, I don't understand!
Attenborough: It doesn't matter! Let's beat the crap out of them!
Lordgenome: Understood. Prepare for simultaneous decimation of all the weak points in responsive Space-Time. We will trace down the enemies.
Dayakka: The Time-Range is expanding?
Lordgenome: Calculating Space-Time for possibility of enemy existence.
Crewman: The gauge is empty... Something about Time Levels...
Leeron: Don't worry about it, just go ahead and lock onto them. It just means we can shoot randomly and it'll still hit them!
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, shortly before the Dai-Gurren Brigade makes one of the biggest overkills ever

"You told me I couldn't kill you, but I'd like to try and prove you wrong! So let's see, how many times is it gonna take?!
Roy Mustang, Fullmetal Alchemist

    Comic Books 
First I'm gonna *** him, then I'm gonna kill him, then I'm gonna make a joke, then I'm gonna *** him again.
The Captain, Nextwave

    Fan Fiction 
Never do an enemy a small injury.
Takashi Shimazu quoting Niccolò Machiavelli, Deva Series

Cain: Says here that Penlan accidentally shot a Traitor Marine. Lustig shot it in the face with a bolter. Six times, according to this.
Jurgen: Only six?
Cain: He would have gone on, but apparently he ran out of face.

Kit: Any minute now I expect Peri Peri to walk through the door and tell us about how he miraculously survived the battle.
Ashes: He was crushed, drowned and frozen. I'm pretty sure he's dead.

Voldemort: First Harry Potter shall be stunned, then his limbs severed and the wounds cauterized. Mr. Friendly and Mr. Honor will examine him for any trace of unusual magics. One of you shall shoot the boy many times with my Muggle weapon, and then as many of you as can shall strike him with the Killing Curse. Only then will Mr. Grim crush his skull and brains with the mundane substance of a tombstone. I shall verify his corpse, then his corpse shall be burned with Fiendfyre, then we will exorcise the surrounding area in case he has left a ghost. I myself will guard this place until six hours have passed, for I do not fully trust the wards I have set against Time's looping; and four of you shall search the surroundings for signs of anything noteworthy. Even after that we must remain vigilant for any sign of Harry Potter's renewed presence, in case Dumbledore has left some unimagined trick in play.

    Film - Animated 
You don't know what a delightful dilemma it was: trying to decide on the most appropriate method for your demise. I had so many ingenious ideas, I didn't know which to choose. So, I decided to use them all!
Prof. Ratigan, The Great Mouse Detective

    Film - Live-Action 
Overkill is underrated.
Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, The A-Team


GM: Wait, you're going to backstab him with a ballista?
Rogue: Uh-huh.
GM: With a f***ing siege weapon?
Rogue: Uh-huh.
GM: Ok, there's gotta be a rule against this. (checks rulebook) Well... there's nothing against it in the rules. (sighs) I can't believe I'm doing this. (rolls a critical hit). Well, that's 264 points of damage. You splatter Hunk all over the common room. The patrons shriek in horror and run out of the inn, occasionally slipping on blood and entrails. You're now alone in a room that looks like a vat of beef stroganoff exploded in it.

AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room, accept no substitutes.

Fuck this, I'm getting the bazooka!
D'amico Family Bodyguard, Kick-Ass

Ammand: Shoot him!
Jocard: Cut out his tongue!
Jack: Shoot him and cut out his tongue, then shoot his tongue. And trim that scraggly beard.

(Raoul Silva blows up a part of subway tunnel)
James Bond: I do hope that wasn't for me.
Silva: No, but that is!
(the subway train comes crashing down where Bond is standing)

When you need it and don't have it, you'll be singing a different tune.
Burt Gummer, Tremors 2: Aftershocks

I want every gun we have to fire on that man.
Kylo Ren, The Last Jedi

Do you think you got him?
General Hux in response to the above (as it turns out, no they didn't), The Last Jedi

After that, I went around the warehouse and methodically put another half-dozen rounds into the head of each and every fallen [Fomor]. And I used a can of paint thinner I found in a corner to set their master on fire, just to be sure. There's no such thing as overkill.
Karrin Murphy, The Dresden Files, "Aftermath"

Dr. Wilson: George, if you were making a dinner and wanted to kill a fly, what would you use?
George Green: Probably a flyswatter or some spray.
Dr. Wilson: And what would be "overkill?"
George Green: Probably a mallet.
Dr. Wilson: And what would be "extreme overkill?"
George Green: Probably a sledge hammer.
Dr. Wilson: What Dr. Sign did goes way beyond "extreme overkill." It was the equivalent of using nuclear weapons to get rid of flies.
The Gatekeeper: The Gate Contracts

Eighth Fleet had deployed almost eight thousand pods. Those pods launched 69,984 missiles. Of that total, 7,776 were Apollo birds. Another 8,000 were electronic warfare platforms. Which meant that 54,208 carried laser heads - laser heads which homed on Genevieve Chin's ships with murderously accurate targeting.

Fifth Fleet's missile defenses did their best.

Their best was not good enough.

Fifth Fleet stopped almost thirty percent of them, which was a truly miraculous total, under the circumstances. But over thirty-seven thousand got through.

It was, she decided coldly, a case of overkill.

Sgt. Zim: If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cut its head off?
Ted Hendrick: Why... no sir!
Sgt. Zim: Of course not. You'd paddle it. There can be circumstances when it's just as foolish to hit an enemy city with an H-bomb as it would be to spank a baby with an ax.

Infantry weapons never work well against starfighters. The reverse is not true.
Wedge Antilles, X-Wing: Isard's Revenge

"You think that's all we've got, beastie?" she heard Pawn Kirkcaldie say over her headset. "Checquy, bring that thing down." And the Pawns let loose.
It was madness. Trails of green smoke wound over its body, raising blisters and bubbling skin. Frost spread in fern patterns on the monster's chest. The grass underfoot grew longer and twisted around the creature's feet, then a squealing scraped through the air as veins of copper spread through the vegetation and turned to rigid metal cuffs shackling its ankles. Patches of colour were leached from its skin. A pair of razor-sharp hatchets whirled down from a nearby rooftop, buried themselves in its shoulder blades, then whipped through the air back to the hands of their owner, who threw them again and again. And not all of the Pawns' powers could be seen. For a few moments, for no apparent reason, the creature frantically clawed at its face. Then it was slapping at the air, at things no one else could see. Meanwhile, bullets continued to spray it, and Felicity fired her own weapon into its chest. Another bolt of reddish-yellow lightning erupted, and the creature went to its knees. Finally, it fell backward, feet still locked in its metal shackles.
The echoes from the attack died away. I will never use the word overkill again, thought Felicity weakly.

    Live-Action TV 
Dalton: Uh, yes, but... The Order of Taraka, I mean... isn't that overkill?
Spike: No, I think it's just enough kill.

But if you have to fight, you need to convince your opponents that you're about to bring a level of violence totally out of proportion to the situation.
Michael Westen, Burn Notice

A little collateral damage, but what the heck?
Drew Lansing/Kamen Rider Torque, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

If it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing!
Adam Savage, Mythbusters

If you're gonna do it, overdo it.
Ani DiFranco, "Puddle Dive"

Well, there's "dead," and there's "that's sick."
Glenn Beck, after proposing mounting a chainsaw to a rifle

    Tabletop Games 
"Overkill? This isn't a game of Kick-the-Ouphe."

I'm gonna stomp 'em to dust. I'm gonna grind their bones. I'm gonna burn down dere towns and cities. I'm gonna pile 'em up inna big fire and roast 'em. I'm gonna bash 'eads, break faces, and stomp on da bits dat are left. An' den I'm gonna get really mean.
Grimgor Ironhide, Black Orc Warboss, Warhammer

What is victory? Is it to defeat your enemy on the field of battle? Is it to simply repulse his armies and slay his misguided warriors? No, this is only the beginning!

True victory is to crush your foe utterly, to shatter his armoured legions and run down his fleeing troops as they scatter. Pursue them to their lairs and burn them out. Burst into his unholy temples, smash down his icons and topple his foul idols. Burn his heretical works and leave no stone upon stone. Slaughter his followers, their families and their livestock lest any of their taint remain. And when that is done, put the ruins to the torch.

Any that have dealt with them or given them succour must be obliterated, for memory is insidious and though you have crushed their will and their bodies they may yet return. Send warrior scribes to excise the records of their name, expunge their deeds from the annals of history and remove even the memory of your foe's existence. Only then have you truly won.

That is the meaning of victory.

When new, experimental technology proves to be wildly successful as a weapon, the most natural progression is to then build the biggest gun one can possibly make out of it. The simply named "Linear Rail Accelerator Cannon" is just that; a heavy weapons platform borne out of mankind's instinctive desire to push the limits of practicality in the name of overkill.
— The description for the Linear Rail Accelerator Cannon, ''Adeptus Evangelion

    Video Games 
I'm going to kill you so much.

That's why I love hanging out with you guys. Why shoot something once, when you can shoot it 46 more times?
Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect 3: Citadel

I am going to kill you, and kill you, and kill you.
The Heavy, Team Fortress 2

A letter from Mr. Osaka asks, "How do I rid my house of these nasty roaches?" Easy, just burn your house down!
DJ Professor K, Jet Set Radio

First I will murder him and then I will kill him. Then? Then I will go to work on him.
Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater

Black Mage: I found out what zombies are weak against.
Red Mage: Oh?
Black Mage: Point blank annihilation.

Subtlety is a thing for philosophy, not combat. If you're going to kill someone, you might as well kill them a whole lot.

6. If violence wasn't your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.
34. If you're leaving scorch marks, you need a bigger gun.
37. There is no "overkill." There is only "open fire" and "I need to reload."
Schlock Mercenary, "The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries"

(as a bunch of enemy zombies are vaporized by anti-ship cannons on the Touch and Go)
Civilian: This "overwatch" of yours obviously got its "over" from "overkill."
Ennesby: "Overkill" wasn't using it, since there's no such thing.

    Web Original 
1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap; life is expensive.
7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun the caliber of which starts with anything smaller than "4".
— Drill Sergeant Joe B. Frick's Rules For A Gunfight

When you've helped blow up planets and kill gods, overkill ceases to exist.

Is this too big of a gun to use on bugs? No. No gun is too big to use on bugs. It's like: oh, there's a spider in my house. Better nuke that from orbit.
Nerd³ Voyager Elite Force Part 16, after using what amounts to a personal photon torpedo launcher to kill a cockroach. He doesn't like bugs.

(Draws huge missile luncher) Hey, what's this? (Fires it. It utterly obliterates his target.) Overkill, apparently, was what that was.
Nerd³ again, on Just Cause 3's Fire Leech.

I'm going to kill you... And then kill you again!
Dr. Eggman to Shadow, Real-Time Fandub: Sonic Adventure 2

Another [nuke] targets the city itself: high-energy x-rays are absorbed by nearby atoms, then emitted with less energy to be absorbed again and so on and so on, creating an expanding sphere of nearly-uniform high-temperature air, which is ultimately responsible for the blast wave that contains the majority of the damage. While close to the bomb, the temperature is magnitudes above that of the surface of the sun; there's not much thermal energy far from the blast point, but because the blast destroys things, buildings and the like are reduced to kindling that can be easily ignited, leading to gigantic firestorms. Various forms of radiation are released: the aforementioned gamma rays, and also high-energy neutrons, with other kinds released but inconsequential until the fallout takes place. Any three can kill in small amounts. These are all being done in overkill so excessive, it'd be funny if it wasn't so sad: this is like killing a daddy long-legs with a stick of dynamite.
SF Debris, detailing the nuclear attack in The Day After

slowbeef: That was needless, but whatever...
Diabetus: This is a farce at this point.
slowbeef: Basically, yeah.
Let's Play Dead to Rights: Retribution

I think a measured response is in order, wouldn’t you say? Say, something on the order of Orbital Bombardment?
Dr. Diabolik, when discussing how to respond to a violation of school neutrality with Headmistress Carson, Whateley Universe

You have been captured...with napalm.
Daniel Avidan of Game Grumps from Episode 42 of their Dead Rising playthrough

"If you were standing in the path of the beam, you would obviously die pretty quickly. You wouldn't really die of anything, in the traditional sense. You would just stop being biology and start being physics."

"The first ladder you see drops you into a pit where you get killed by a bird, or bat, whatever it is. And even if it wasn't there, I'd fall in the spikes. So it's basically death insurance. Let's put every kind of obstacle we could possibly think of in the very beginning of the game. [...] Could there have been lava on top of the spikes? With fire-sharks swimming in it? Could there be more spikes coming from the sides, ready to close and then squash me while stabbing at the same time? How 'bout some laser cannons and upside-down volcanoes? You wanna be even more efficient? Why even have the ladder? Why not just start the game falling down the pit? Fucking assholes."
The Angry Video Game Nerd on the beginner's trap in Super Pitfall

(An enemy Dung Beetle is defeated by a bomb) JESUS. [Fassad] would nuke his house to get rid of a spider on the wall, I swear.

    Western Animation 
Kiva: (as Coop plants one bad guy with countless targets) Coop, overkill?
Jamie: Yeah, do more!!!

Doctor Girlfriend: You should have replaced his blood with acid after this part. The sharks won't touch him.
The Monarch: Thanks, Doctor Girlfriend; now you tell me. Lower the giant hairdryer!
The Venture Bros., "The Trail of the Monarch"

STOP! STO-O-O-OOOP! He's already dead!
Unnamed child, The Simpsons episode "Homie the Clown"

Megatron: Prepare for a full attack!
Silverbolt: What?! We outnumber them more than two to one.
Megatron: (annoyed) Yes...
Silverbolt: We have twice their firepower.
Megatron: (more annoyed) Yes...
Silverbolt: We should give them a chance to surrender!
Megatron: (hits Silverbolt)
Beast Wars, "Coming of the Fuzors: Part II"

Rule number one in a sportin' event: ALWAYS bring a tank!
Principal General Barrage, Detentionaire

    Real Life 
We attacked Japanese company positions with brigades fully supported by artillery and aircraft, platoon posts by battalions. Once when I was studying the plan for an operation of this kind submitted by the local commander, a visiting staff officer of high rank said, "Isn't that using a steam hammer to crack a walnut?"
"Well", I answered, "if you happen to have a steam hammer handy and you don't mind if there's nothing left of the walnut, it's not a bad way to crack it."
Field Marshal William Slim

If you were standing in the path of the beam [focusing all of the Sun's energy output into a cross-section of about 1 meter], you would obviously die pretty quickly. You wouldn't really die of anything, in the traditional sense. You would just stop being biology and start being physics.

There is no overkill, ever. You may need to reload on ammunition, friends, infrastructure, enemies, political goodwill, or the VIP you were supposed to protect, but a kill is not an overkill.
— Unknown


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