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    Anime and Manga 
The Sternritters exist for the sake of His Majesty! His Majesty despises lies. There is not an ounce of falsity in the reason for your existence. Sternritters who are deemed unnecessary... become fodder for His Majesty's Auswählen!
Robert Accutorne moments before he is Stripped to the Bone, Bleach

"Give your lives to the cursed dragon!"
Aichi Sendou, Cardfight!! Vanguard

Sampson: Come on, Vincent, I did everything you said!
Vincent: Did you say your prayers?
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door

"I have no more use for my old girlfriends, Alektra."
Embryo, Cross Ange

"Looks like you've reached the end of your usefulness. Too bad."
Emperor (to Catalina), Cyborg 009: Call of Justice

This has been a magnificent battle! It would be a shame to see it end over something so trivial as going out of bounds. From now on, we won't count that as a disqualifying factor - which means the ring has outlived its usefulness.
(vaporises the ring from low orbit)
Perfect Cell, Dragon Ball Kai

"You have outlived your usefulness..."
Lust (to The Founder/Cornello), Fullmetal Alchemist, manga volume 1

" Kurumi, take a good look at him! This is the fate destined to those who aren't useful to Hakuron anymore!"
Reilan, Haou Airen''

"You have served my purpose well, little worm. But You Have Outlived Your Usefulness!"
Anubis (to Seto Kaiba), Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

"Dares! You Have Outlived Your Usefulness! I should have killed you when the Tower of Darm fell!"
Darm (to Dares), Ys II OVA (English Dub)

"Now I'm telling you. You've outlived your usefulness. And I don't care to listen to your stupid nonsense anymore."
Calaveras (to Koan and Berthier), Sailor Moon (Viz dub of the 90s anime)

    Comic Books 
"You'll serve the Dark Egg Legion and the Eggman Empire until the day you die! Or I grow tired of you. Same thing in the end."
Eggman (to the Grandmasters), Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog

General Rasga: Darkhell, what are you doing ? We are allies!
Darkhell: You should have listened the warrior Shaki... I have no ally. Just tools I throw away when they are of no more use to me.

Stuart: You know his henchmen retire after every job?
[Nemesis shoots him in the head]
Nemesis: Well, that's one way of putting it.

Vez: Is that a fucking android?!
Quain: This good man is Dengo, and he's no friend of the Robot Kingdom. He single-handedly disposed of their late Princess, and —
Vez: I don't care if he killed the King himself, Quain, my people are never negotiating with one of those death machines.
Quain: All due respect, madam, but you're not negotiating with him, you're negotiating with the Last Revolution.
Vez: A prospect my superiors and I find abhorrent, though tenable. But I assure you we would sooner scuttle this entire arrangement than do business while a souless object like that is involved.
Quain: ...So be it. Julep. I'm afraid Mister Dengo's services will no longer be needed.

Mr Tammuz, I'm afraid your work is here is done. Twelve pints of seed will be all I'll be needing. So I'm afraid your usefulness is now at an end. Children, if you please, dispose of your biological father.

Starfire: And what are you going to do with all that loot, Derek?
Derek: What else? Wine, women and song! Bright lights—
* gunshot*
Starfire: That was the wrong answer, Derek— I can't have my plans ruined by someone who— while under the influence— might talk— and ruin my organization just as I'm getting started!


    Fan Works 
Gendo:"Each Child has one use and only one. The Second will soon be useless when everything is finished."
Fuyutsuki:"You mean...she'll be killed."
Gendo:"You know she's the only one capable of giving birth. And that's one of the reasons she has been designated as the Second Child. Her death is only a detail. I'm sure she'll be proud of her role in humankind's evolution."
The Child of Love, chapter 5

She might have to watch out for him, as well. If she were viewed as a tool, he might intend to simply use her and destroy her once the job was finished. How could she guard against that?

...He betrayed me. I don't know why, and I demanded to know, but...he simply bid me away as if I was nothing more than a tool for him to what he always saw me as I suppose.
Arturia Pendragon, A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor

"The Kree are very functionalistic. You're only good to them until they can get somebody better. Once they do, or they think they do, they'll see you as nothing but meat for the grinder. And somebody else will be using you as a hamburger."

    Film — Animated 
Aladdin: What are you doing?!
Jafar: Giving you your reward! Your eternal reward...

Helga: You said we were in this together! You promised me a percentage!
Rourke: Next time, get it in writing. [throws Helga off the ledge to her impending doom]

Medical books aren't written about losers!
Thrax as he burns his thugs, Osmosis Jones

Get with the program! I used you! It's kinda what I do...
The Storm King to Tempest Shadow, My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

    Film — Live Action 
"Well, John, it's been fun, but I gotta go. I have a date with six-year-old boy... and you have a date with death!"
Chucky, Child's Play

Grumpy: Where's the alarm guy?
Happy: Boss told me, when the guy was done, I should take him out. One less share, right?
Grumpy: Funny, he told me somethin' similar.

Bane: [to Stryver] Leave us.
Dagget: No! You stay here. I'm in charge!
[Bane gently places his hand on Dagget's shoulder]
Bane: Do you feel in charge?
Dagget: [slowly realizing just how screwed he is] ...I've paid you a small fortune.
Bane: [disapprovingly] And this gives you power over me?
Dagget: ...What is this?
Bane: Your money and infrastructure have been important. Till now.

"You've been a good and faithful servant, Severus, but only I can live forever."

"Your services are no longer required."
Obadiah Stane to Pepper Pots, Iron Man

"Your son, Mr. Thorn. The Son of the Devil. He will kill the unborn child. Then he will kill your wife. And then, when he is certain to inherit all that is yours, then, Mr. Thorn... he will kill you."
Father Brennan (referring to Damien), The Omen (1976)

Holmes: Whatever Reordan was working on, he clearly succeeded.
Watson: How so?
Holmes: Otherwise, he'd still be alive.

"He put her on an airplane with a bomb in her suitcase. If the security hadn't found it she would have gone up with everything else. The song says there must be 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover — make that 51."
Jack Shaw, The Assignment (1997)

"Thank you for your hospitality, friend Powell... (to Dropkick) He's all yours."
Shatter, Bumblebee

Turnball's smile never wavered, and he kept it bright by promising himself that he would dispose of this fool the second he was no longer of any use.
Artemis Fowl, "The Atlantis Complex, Chapter 5 Onward and Outward"

Commander Barsina: My lady, I don't know what you think you know, but—
Scribe: Everything. I know everything there is to know about you, Barsina. I know the name you had before you disfigured your sister in Satus for marrying the man you wanted. I know whose horse you stole to make your way to Ater. I know the amount and provenance of every bribe you’ve taken since you began patrolling these streets. I know what rivals you had beaten and by whom to get to the post you hold. This was allowed, because you served as a counterweight for the two commanders owned by the Truebloods. It seems, however, that you have finally folded to the pressure.
Barsina How dare you!
Scribe: You are of no more use to us. Captain Jarad. Congratulations, you are now a commander of the Ater city guard.
Jarad: *salutes nervously* What is to happen to Comm— former Commander Barsina?
Scribe: I know of no such individual.
*a guard takes the hint and kills Barsina*

"We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty."
Old Major, Animal Farm, about the evils of Man.

"Hurry up, man," said Holman. "I'm thinking that fucker is gonna leave us out here."
"No, he won't," said Kaz. "He don't dare leave us here, 'cause we know he ran this whole operation. Plus which, even if he did try to leave, Rebar'd shoot him."
Kaz had no way of knowing that, at that exact moment, a bullet was passing through Rebar's brain, Rebar having served his purpose as far as Tark was concerned.

    Live Action TV 
Rose: You didn't need to kill him!
Dalek Caan: Neither did we need him alive.
Doctor Who, "Doomsday"

"Your use-ful-ness has en-ded."
A Dalek dropping the servant façade in The Power of the Daleks

"Blimey. What do you do to the ones who mess up?"
The Doctor, Victory of the Daleks

"Nathan Ingram outlived his usefulness. And he was dealt with accordingly. You might consider him a cautionary tale."
Control, Person of Interest, "RAM"

"Hello, doctor! So good to see you again. No, no, quite the contrary, really: my cooling apparatus is just as functional as the day you installed it. Eternal thanks. Oh, I am so sorry to disturb the sterility of your theatre, but... you no longer serve a purpose!"

"Who was born in a house full of pain?
Who was trained not to spit in the fan?
Who was told what to do by the Man?
Who was picked out by trained personnel?
Who was fitted with collar and chain?
Who was given a pat on the back?
Who was breaking away from the pack?
Who was only a stranger at home?
Who was ground down in the end?
Who was found dead by the phone?
Who was dragged down by the stone?"
Dogs, Pink Floyd

    Tabletop Games 
You look at people the way mortals study a goldfish: with detached interest. You've already decided how to kill them; it isn't a matter of whether someone should live or die, but when you plan to dispose of them. It all depends on how long they prove useful to you. Your mindset is no psychotic fantasy, however, but a pure, analytical observation. You are a scientist at heart: practical, thorough, and detached.
—Roleplaying notes for Sascha Vykos, Vampire: The Masquerade - Children Of The Night

Baba Yaga is sly. She can see how these others, the Black Spiral Dancers, want to lay waste to the land. That is not her goal; the Hag wants the people prepared for her ultimate goal, not destroyed or contaminated by whatever it is that has tainted the land in her absence. She will use them until they cannot be used anymore. Then they will be destroyed.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Rage Across Russia

    Video Games 
No. When assets are no longer needed, I remove them. Like your government did with you.
Conrad Marburg, Alpha Protocol

Commissioner Loeb: What's this all about, Sionis? Haven't I always come through for you?
Black Mask: You may have, Gillian. But things have changed. We're starting with a clean slate. And you're not on it.
Commissioner Loeb: What are you talking about? I'm not on it?! After all I've done for you! You can't do this! I'm the Police Commissioner, dammit!

"Thank you Commander, for so thoroughly and brutally dispatching my enemies. But now I'm afraid, you have outlived your usefulness. You know just too much to be a threat to me and with that the future of the Soviet Republic. I will not say da svedanya commander, for I can assure you... we will never meet... again!"
Premier Anatoly Cherdenko (to the player), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

"For your meritorious deed, you have been honored to be selected as the target of the last EOS test. Congratulations! After your death, you will advance two classes and be awarded a serious declaration. Glory with the Moon. Mercy on the Earth."
Hyperion, Einhänder

"The Keyhole is now complete, you have served your purpose. But now it's over."

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

Kain: And now, Moebius, it is time!
Moebius: To kill me? Again? Your only solution for every problem - kill-
Kain: This is not a debate. You see, this time, you have nothing that I want.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance

"All units be advised, this is Gold Eagle. I am executing directive one-one-six-bravo. If you're still inside, your service will be honored. Shepherd out."
General Shepherd, Modern Warfare 2

"You are a flawed device, and we need you no longer."
Mr. Blonde (to NSA director Trent Easton), Perfect Dark

Spiritia: But why the Count? He was your father!
Iris: Oh, you mean Mister Martyr there? He was useless, for sure, but he was certainly entertaining.

"Thanks for the assistance, Commander. You're no longer useful to me. Sorry to leave you hanging."

"First come, first serve they say, and you served me too well for your own good."'
Dr. Robotnik, Sonic Adventure

"You have served me well, but your usefulness is at an end."
Darth Vader (to Galen Marek), The Force Unleashed

Mars: Ohhh... The Ancient King Dhaos is free. O mighty Dhaos, Ancient King... Heed my command. I am Mars... Mars Uldole...
Dhaos: Heh heh... Fool! Do you not realize it is fate that controls you?
Mars: What are you talking about? I broke the spell that imprisoned you. I am your master!
Dhaos: I shall kill those who imprisoned me. As for the key that freed me... was I who made you steal it. Shall I remind you? You recall what happened three months ago when you visited me?
Mars: How d-dare you!!!
Dhaos: (starts gathering energy)
Morrison: Uh-oh! Look out!!!
Dhaos: (kills both of Mars' soldiers)
Mars: What the!?
Dhaos: I have no further use for you.
Mars: No... Nooooooooo!!!
Dhaos: (kills Mars with an energy wave)

"Victoria, are you prepared to give Mr. Garret his... compensation?"
Constantine, Thief: The Dark Project

"A simple job, I was told. Silence a big mouth. Get a big payout. And no one was going to be the wiser. Tidy. Except for one loose end. Me.
I would have kept my mouth shut. Professional integrity, it's called. Unfortunately not something my employers believed in.
They raised a toast to a job well done. I drank and next thing I know I'm on this stinking crate bound for exile."

"Have you ever asked yourself where the Marines source their weapons? We're old friends, the Corps and I. In fact, you might say I own it. That means I own you. And when a corporate asset is no longer of use, I dispose of it. Deal with him."
Karl Bishop Weyland, Aliens vs. Predator (2010)

"Remember how the old contractor had their head popped off? That wasn't a coincidence. It popped off the moment he stopped being useful to me. And guess who else just became obsolete? That's right. You."
The Snatcher, A Hat in Time, to Hat Kid just before his Boss Battle

Palutena: Medusa? But we defeated you. Why are you helping us?
Medusa: Hades keeps reviving me, but I won't play the puppet anymore!
Hades: I am your master Medusa and I will revive you as many times as I desire. But you worn out your usefulness!

"Count Bleck! You look so tattered and pathetic, I nearly forgot about you. I'll squeeze the life out of you later. Just wait over in that dimension, OK? Great."

Chinese Supercomputer: You have done well again, human.
Russian Supercomputer: With the Ego under our control, we can now dominate AM.
Chinese Supercomputer: Now we no longer have a need for you.
Russian Supercomputer: We will let our fallen brother choose a suitable reward...

I was to be Sofia Lamb's greatest achievement: a living composite of all Rapture's genius in the body of a single man, unfettered by self-interest. Now, I am nothing more to her than a failed experiment. My scores on tests of intelligence and moral reasoning are still noteworthy... but declining sharply. She has abandoned me, and I do not have long before psychosis takes me.
Gilbert Alexander, Bioshock 2

If you had just died, this would've all gone according to plan.
Robert Baxter, Time Crisis 5: True Mastermind Edition

Maybe when Inbeda has used up his usefulness, we'll slice him down for bacon, but until then, I just pat him on the head and say, "That'll do, demon. That'll do."
Kirsten Geary, The Secret World

"The game is over, puppet! Time to cut your strings!"
Sadoul, Vay, right before he kills Emperor Jeal

"So, Mr. Hannay, for your role in this, I commend you. For your part in this, I applaud you. And for your help in this, I grant you a gift..." [Flash Steps forward] "...A quick death."

    Visual Novels 
"As such, I no longer need you. Henceforth, the stage shall belong to the Goddess - actors with their roles finished ought to relinquish the stage."
Mercurius, Dies Irae

    Web Comics 
"But my point is: Another one of [the Scarecrows] came back and he wasn't able to use any of his powers. Do you know what we did to him? He was killed. Permanently. Because he wasn't of any use to us."

"Kevin... you're a prat."
Lola Lamb, Genocide Man, just before opening fire

Thrym: Is that all I am to you? A resource to be used in your scheme?
Hel: Yes! And I explicitly told you that from the start!
Thrym: Yeah, but I didn't think you meant it.

"To a villain, other people are just... things. They get used, manipulated, exploited, and when they're no longer needed, they just get thrown away."
Jane, Everyday Heroes


    Web Original 
"You've all done your work. Now it's time to feast!"
Clarota betraying Vox Machina, Critical Role
"I mean, there really doesn't have to be two of us at this point though, does there?"
Ryan Haywood, Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V "(Geoff's) Heist"

    Western Animation 
Vilgax: Only this timeline will be left intact, while all others will cease to exist. So every Ben Tennyson not from this timeline will be destroyed!
Eon: But I am an alternate Ben Tennyson not from this timeline! Wha-What happens to me?
Vilgax: Thank you for your help, Eon. Your assistance is no longer required.
Ben 10: Omniverse, And Then There Were None

Slade: You are merely the portal, an insignificant pawn in Trigon's game.
Raven: Then I guess we have that in common. And once he gets what he wants, you'll be insignificant, too.
Teen Titans, "The End, Part 2"

"Thank you all for your dedication and a lifetime of service. But I now seem more suited to keep the exclusive company... of titans." *ZAP*

"Us? Who said anything about us?"

Dreadbane: Welcome home, my Queen! I bow before your dark radiance! It has been too long! Far too long! (hands her over her necklace)
Necrafa: Yes, Dreadbane. Far too long. (shoots him)
Dreadbane: What are you doing?!
Necrafa: You should have freed me sooner.
Dreadbane: WAIT, NO! (Necrafa throws him in the portal) I LOVE YOU!
Necrafa: I love you... not.
Mysticons, All Hail Necrafa

"Thanks, Rick. I'll try to to remember to shut off the Brainalyzer. Actually, I think it shuts off automatically once your brain is liquid. Don't know, don't care."
Cornvelious Daniel, Rick and Morty, "The Rickshank Redemption"

"Bloom is my main witch now. As for you three... consider yourselves DUMPED."
Lord Darkar (to the Trix), Winx Club, episode 51 4Kids dub

Dr. Robotnik: Ah, excellent work, Fumfer. You're fired!
Fumfer: Fired? Why? I did my job perfectly!
Dr. Robotnik: Exactly! That's why...(reaches over the split-screen to point at him) I don't need you anymore!

    Real Life 
"To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss."


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