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    Anime and Manga 

Zeref: Mard Geer, you did well. You were just about to revive E.N.D. You can sleep now.
Mard Geer: Mard Geer can... realize... what you wish...
Zeref: You can't.

How regrettable. How very regrettable, Inspector Akane Tsunemori. You disappointed me. So I have to give you a punishment. Regret your helplessness and feel despair.
Shogo Makishima, Psycho-Pass

You allowed Sailor Moon, the Sailor Guardians, and the Rabbit note  to escape. And now you want me to save you? You're a truly pathetic specimen. Our glorious clan really has no use for an incompetent man who has failed in his mission. Do us all a favor and vanish with this ship. (mockingly laughs as she teleports away, leaving Crimson Rubeus to die on his exploding ship)
Green Esmeraude, Sailor Moon R Episode 74

You will leave for New York immediate to take care of Cammy and Vega, if he's not dead already. He'll soon learn that Shadowlaw does not forgive mistakes.

    Comic Books 

General: I beg you, my lord! I will bring her back!
Darkhell: I sometimes happen to give a second chance...
General: T-Thanks, master...
Darkhell: ...Never a third one. (let him fall to his death)
Les Légendaires: Origines

Dark Jadina: Lo-Lord Anathos... I didn't succeed... forgive me...
Anathos: Don't worry, my love. I forgive you. (blows her head off)

Flores: I thought I was dead.
Geoffrey Wilder: And for once, you were right. *shotgun*

Drake: Th-The Chairman! Then it... It, ah... Is her— er... SHE?!
Chairman: Supergirl! Who you swore to me would die before before she could return here and interfere again! You realize what this means, Drake? Not only have your clones failed— our entire operation has been put in dire jeopardy!
Drake: I... Ah, I...
Chairman: Say nothing! You failed me... And that I will not tolerate! You were given a chance— and one is all I will allow!


    Fan Works 

"The Crawling Chaos will devour you all!" The King shouted. "The Outer Gods cannot be mocked! I have gazed upon the Throne of Azathoth! I have..."
"You have failed. And the Herald of the Outer Gods has no patience for those who fail him."

"You have failed, and failed badly, Iva Kann[...]You will have one chance to redeem yourself, Iva Kann.[...]Should you fail, Agent Kann, and should she choose not to destroy you, I will see to your execution myself. Personally. Is this understood?"
Ronan the Accuser, A Prize For Three Empires

    Film - Live-Action 

I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry. And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!
Dr. Evil, Austin Powers

HYDRA Officer: I'm sorry, Herr Schmidt. We fought to the last man!
Red Skull: Evidently not.

Yazneg: The Dwarves, master... we lost them. Ambushed by Elvish filth, we were-
Azog: I don't want excuses. I want the head of the Dwarf King!
Yazneg: We were outnumbered... there was nothing we could do. I barely escaped with my life.
Azog: Far better you had paid with it. (throws Yazneg to the wargs)

This organization does not tolerate failure.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, You Only Live Twice

The Operative: You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.
Dr. Mathias: Well, unfortunately, I forgot to bring a sword.
(The Operative produces one)
Dr. Mathias: ...I would put that down right now if I were you.
The Operative: Would you be killed in your sleep, like an ailing pet?

I don't blame you. I blame myself. It's been apparent to me for some time that you had succumbed to your feelings for him, and this isn't the first occasion that Mr. Holmes has inconvenienced me in recent months. The question is, what to do about it? But that's my problem to solve now. I no longer require your services.
Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Darth Vader: What is it, General?
General Veers: My lord, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed. Comscan has detected an energy field protecting the sixth planet of the Hoth System. The field is strong enough to deflect any bombardment.
Vader: The rebels are alerted to our presence. Admiral Ozzel came out of lightspeed too close to the system.
Veers: H-he felt surprise was wiser—
Vader: He is as clumsy as he is stupid. General, prepare your troops for a surface attack.
Veers: Yes, my lord. (bows, and leaves the room while Vader turns on a viewscreen)
Admiral Ozzel: (on screen) Lord Vader. The fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we're preparing to — ack!
Vader: You have failed me for the last time, Admiral. (to Piett) Captain Piett.
Captain Piett: (trying not to look at his choking superior) Yes, my lord?
Vader: Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field, and deploy the fleet so that nothing gets off the system. You are in command now, Admiral Piett.
(Ozzel collapses)
Captain-Now-Admiral Piett: Thank you, Lord Vader. (gulp)


"I am being generous," [said Belisarius] "The Emperor may forgive the idiots if he decides they are just being stupid."
Mention of the Emperor caused all three of the Chiliarchs to draw back a bit.
Belisarius Series: An Oblique Approach

The Revolutionary Government gives you this chance of redeeming your failure, but this one only; if you fail again, your outraged country will know neither pardon nor mercy. Whether you return to France or remain in England, whether you travel North, South, East or West, cross the oceans, or traverse the Alps, the hand of an avenging People will be upon you. Your second failure will be punished by death, wherever you may be, either by the guillotine, if you are in France, or if you seek refuge elsewhere, then by the hand of an assassin. Look to it, Citizen Chauvelin! For there will be no escape this time, not even if the mightiest tyrant on earth tried to protect you, not even if you succeed in building up an empire and placing yourself upon a throne.

A number of Cetagandan senior officers have been recalled to their capital, to explain their "unauthorized adventure" to their emperor. Their apologies are expected to be fatal.

    Live-Action TV 

Adam: You failed.
Spike: Well, hey, you're supposed to be so smart... you let me plan this thing. Okay, let's not quibble about who failed who-
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Primeval"

Mick: You idiot! We're in the clear!
Snart's Replacement: He was going after us.
Mick: On foot! You shot him and wasted ammo.
Snart's Replacement: Cops are comin'. You wanna yell at me some more or should we both get out of here?
Mick: Neither. (kills the idiot)

Rita: I will not fail again!
Lord Zedd: QUIET! Those Power Rangers are nothing but mere infants. You were defeated by children! You dare call yourself an Empress of Evil? You are not fit to destroy a cockroach!
Goldar: I have always said that, my lord.

Grizzaka: Only three Crystal Eyes?! Keep looking!
Jellica: But we've looked everywhere! Somebody else must've found them! There's no more time! Tonight the stars-
Grizzaka: I know what tonight is!
Dai Shi: (enters throne room alongside Camille) Go ahead. Destroy Jellica. That's always been your problem, Grizzaka. You destroy what you cannot have. I'm here to take back my throne before you destroy that, too.
Grizzaka: You DARE to lecture ME?! Your incompetence cost us the great Beast War!

You returned with nothing. Therefore, you shall be nothing. (Beat) I need another.
Emperor Grumm, Power Rangers S.P.D.

I wanna turn this little mistake into a big, fat teachable moment. Will you help me with that?
Dick Roman, Supernatural, "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters"

    Tabletop Games 

The fall will give you time to think on your failure.

Only a single recorded instance exists of someone failing to fulfill [Anne of Lilies'] demands. The man in question was found in his office in broad daylight, covered in beautiful lilies that had apparently sprung from deep within his body. The office smelled of clean, fresh earth and the sweet lilies. Those who found the man felt happy and relaxed at the sight; some even took the time to smell the flowers. Only after they left the area were they struck by the horror of what they had witnessed.

Waits himself was quickly replaced and nobody's ever heard anything about "the Big Pig" since. A particularly nasty rumor among Pentex employees "in the know" is that Waits had a... prominent place in the celebratory luau that Riegel held shortly after the takeover.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Subsidiaries: A Guide To Pentex

However, there is a very high failure rate at the school. Children of privilege who fail out are returned home in disgrace, or discreetly steered to less rigorous schools. Scholarship students who don't make the cut are presumably returned to their humble origins, never to be heard from again. Those who endure simply assume that their former classmates are simply too embarrassed to keep in touch. They couldn't be more wrong.
Mage: The Ascension - The Book Of Madness

Many Dreadlords owe their positions of power to their bloodlines, cruel and dashing exploits of favour at Malekith's court. Others are granted temporary power by means of a writ of iron - an edict granted by one of the six rulers of the great cities of Naggaroth or, occasionally, by the Witch King himself. A Dark Elf with a writ carries the power and authority of his sponsor and any who question the iron edict are subject to the wrath of his patron. Should a Druchii fail in his appointed task or show cowardice whilst acting in their sponsor's name, the writ is melted down and the molten remains poured down the noble's throat. Such is the price of failure in Naggaroth.
Warhammer: Dark Elves Army Book (7th Edition)


    Video Games 

Are you scared? Lonely? Good. I said protect Medical and you have failed me.
The Joker, to his henchmen, Batman: Arkham Asylum

I give you one simple task: stick up a couple of freaking machines. And what, you couldn't even get that right? I hope Batman broke every bone in your stupid bodies. I hope you lie in there, desperately trying to breathe through fractured ribs and punctured lungs. And if you're not, you better summon whatever strength you've got left and RUN, 'cause after I'm done with the Bat, YOU'RE ALL NEXT!
The Penguin, to his henchmen, Batman: Arkham City

Hugo Strange: [after being literally and figuratively stabbed in the back by R'as Al Ghul] Why...? I did everything you wanted!
R'as Al Ghul: Indeed. You clearly demonstrated that Batman is better than you. [to Batman] Let him die, Detective.
Hugo Strange: You said I could replace you...! This was our vision!
R'as Al Ghul: And you failed to see it through.
Hugo Strange: But...
R'as Al Ghul: When you came to me with Batman's identity, I gave you this chance to prove your worth, providing you with limitless resources for your plan. You came close...but you have failed me.

Hey, Batman! Make sure you make this last one hurt. For me!
Black Mask, Batman: Arkham Origins

I despise incompetence.

Eliphas the Inheritor: They reject the Word of Chaos, my lord. The faithful here are not strong enough...
Daemon Prince: It is a poor shepherd who blames his flock, Apostle. This failure is yours and yours alone!
Eliphas: No! I will not go back to the Basilica of Torments again!
Daemon: Fear not, Apostle. The Basilica is reserved for those who may redeem themselves...
Eliphas: No... NO!
Daemon: You will have no such chance...
Dawn of War: Dark Crusade Although Abbadon had a different mindset

[Prosecutor Ito reveals himself to be a member of the "organization"note ]
Lan Hikari: N-No... Then why did you sentence Captain Blackbeard...?
Prosecutor Ito: Ah, that was because he failed in his mission. Failure is not tolerated in our organization. Anyone who fails is removed. That is our rule.

On charges of cowardice, you are sentenced to death!
If you will not serve in combat, then you will serve on the firing line!
Imperial Guard Commissar using Execute, Dawn of War

Emperor, forgive me... for I have failed you.
Imperial Guard Commissar when broken, Dawn of War

Behold the price of failure!
Imperial Guard Commissar using Execute, Dawn of War II

Nuncio: No-one fails the Crows and lives!
Zevran: Ah, poor, stupid Nuncio. The Crows do like that saying, but I am living proof it's a lie.

Drakath: My lord Sepulchure, I have returned with the White Dragon Box as you demanded. The priests at the Temple of the Four Winds were no match for your undead soldiers under my command. Please, grant me the power of the Necrotic Blade of Doom as you promised.
Sepulchure: Prince Drakath, you are a FOOL!
Drakath: My... my lord?
Sepulchure: Our agreement was BOTH dragon Boxes! Black AND White! I only see the White Dragon Box before me.
Drakath: There were... complications... with the Black Dragon Box. If you would simply grant me to power I'm certain that I could...
Sepulchure: I think, perhaps, that you are still focusing too much on your energy taking on King Alteon's throne...
Drakath: My throne! The royal seat is mine by birthright!
Sepulchure: BE SILENT! As I have promised, bring me BOTH boxes and the power... and the throne... will be yours. Do not interrupt me... or return here without both dragon boxes... ever again. Do not fail me a second time, Prince Drakath.
Drakath: Yes... my lord.

Gilgamesh! You worthless fool! For your continued bungling, I banish you from this dimension!

Aversa: So, Captain, let me be certain I understand your report... Not only did you NOT confirm that the Ylissean party carries the Fire Emblem... But you can't even be certain Prince Chrom is even among them? ...Is that the gist of it?
Generic Plegian Soldier: Y-yes milady! The air was thick with sand—even their number was difficult to ascertain.
Aversa: Perhaps if you had gotten closer, Captain. Here, let me show you...
Generic Plegian Soldier: N-no! I'm sorry, I—Huargh!
Aversa: Apology accepted.

Yokian Fleet Commander: This is not the correct human boy, you idiots! Does he look like this?
Yokian Lieutenant: We're sorry, sir. All of the humans look alike to us.
Yokian Fleet Commander: Sorry is not good enough. You have failed me for the last time, lieutenant!

Pitiful, Taranza... I have no use for a fool who cannot follow orders.
Queen Sectonia, Kirby: Triple Deluxe

You have failed. We will find another way. Releasing control.
Harbinger to the Collector General, Mass Effect 2

Grodus: You blew it again, Lord Crump. You sicken me.
Lord Crump: Look, I'm sorry. Seriously. We thought... We thought we had the guy cornered, but...
Grodus: Stop talking, Lord Crump. You just stand by until my next order. And, Lord Crump? Think of this as your last chance. Understand?
Lord Crump: Roger that.

Starscream: Stratosphere's shipment was but one of many to the humans. I had the foresight to salvage a piece of the MechTech for study. From this, we can develop countermeasures, perhaps even use this technology against the Autobots.
Megatron: Starscream...! You IMBECILE! The Autobots are sure to have implemented a tracking system in their MechTech! YOU HAVE LED THEM STRAIGHT TO ME!!!
Starscream: But... Megatron...
Megatron: At least your life won't have been a total waste — I will enjoy draining your Energon to replenish my own!

Megatron: Trypticon, if you can hear me, understand this is not a rescue mission. Despite your great power you failed to destroy the Autobots. You failed me. Henceforth, your chassis will be altered and redesigned to my specifications.
Soundwave: Megatron, in his damaged state, Trypticon's alternate form will become permanent.
Megatron: All the better. Soundwave, initiate the Nemesis Protocol.

Majordomo Executus: These mortal infidels, my lord! They have invaded your sanctum and seek to steal your secrets!


Admiral Motti: We've had to replace half our workforce in [the last six years]!
Darth Vader: The half who failed me.
Motti: Look, staff competence will never improve as long as you keep killing people for making mistakes. This Moon could have been running ten years ago if I'd been- (force choked!)
Vader: Hmm. Good point. I could just choke all of the incompetents half to death. Thank you ever so much. I'll send out a memo.

Snowtrooper: Sorry, sir. They got away.
Darth Vader: I shall lead the pursuit. All ground personnel shall remain here to man our new base. Congratulations.
Snowtrooper: Oh, thank you, sir. What shall we call it?
Vader: "Orbital Bombardment Practice Range Omega".

    Western Animation 

"No... Enoch has failed me one time too many. From now on, I will personally deal with the Tennysons."
Forever King Driscoll leaving Enoch in the Lotus-Eater Machine, Ben 10, "Perfect Day"

Seneschal: Master, the boy, Raiden, summoned me to gain access to the ship.
Choten: Well, I guess that makes you a bit of a... liability. (summons a shark-like creature to eat him)

Aku: You have failed me, Demongo...
Demongo: No, Master! Please forgive me!
Aku: Hmmm... (crushes Demongo) No.

Do you know what the definition of failure is, Force Captain? Failure... is when something ceases to serve a purpose, when that happens it becomes worthless to me, and thus far, your performance has been lacking.

Stockman: The Mousers will be ready when I decide they're ready. My first field test was-
Shredder: Was a complete failure. I do not tolerate failure.
Stockman: Which is why you'd make a lousy scientist.

The Hood: It's not that I can't help you...
Imposter Janus: Hood!
The Hood: I simply believe it's bad policy to reward incompetence.
Imposter Janus: But... I did as you asked.
The Hood: Oh, really? You disrupted the Global Defence Force from within, dismantled International Rescue, and then delivered all of their vehicles, as well as their island base, to me?
Imposter Janus: I saw an opportunity to grab Thunderbird 2, and I took it!
The Hood: And how has that worked out for you?
Imposter Janus: The Colonel will cut me a deal! If you leave me here, I'll talk!
The Hood: And if she frees you, do you really believe there's any place you can hide that's beyond my reach? Think about it.

Knock Out: [while trapped in a wall] I beg you, my liege, release me from this absurd predicament!
Megatron: No, you shall serve as a constant reminder to those who dare fail me.

Keller: To serve Clu is a privilege. I won't let you down again, sir. I won't...
Tesler: I know you won't. (powers up gloves)

    Real Life 

Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral Pour Encourager Les Autres.
(In this country, it is a good idea to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.)
Voltaire, on the execution of John Byng for "failure to do his utmost" to defend Minorca.


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