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Ming the Merciless (Character)
from Flash Gordon (1936)

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Flash Gordon (1980)
The Emperor Ming: I'd much rather see you on my side, than scattered into... atoms.

Princess Aura: Look! Water is leaking from her eyes.
The Emperor Ming: It's what they call tears, it's a sign of their weakness.

Dr. Hans Zarkov: We are only interested in friendship. Why do you attack us?
The Emperor Ming: Why not? Pathetic earthlings. Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out here. If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would've hidden from it in terror.

Zogi, the High Priest: Do you, Ming the Merciless, Ruler of the Universe, take this Earthling Dale Arden, to be your Empress of the Hour?
The Emperor Ming: Of the hour, yes.
Zogi, the High Priest: Do you promise to use her as you will?
The Emperor Ming: Certainly!
Zogi, the High Priest: Not to blast her into space?
[Ming glares at Zogi]
Zogi, the High Priest: Uh, until such time as you grow weary of her.
The Emperor Ming: I do.
Dale Arden: I do NOT!

The Emperor Ming: Every thousand years, I test each life system in the Universe. I visit it with mysteries, earthquakes, unpredicted eclipses, strange craters in the wilderness... If these are taken as natural, I judge that system ignorant and harmless - I spare it. But if the Hand of Ming is recognized in these events, I judge that system dangerous to us. I call upon the great god Dyzan, and for his greater glory...
[leans forward, smiling]
The Emperor Ming: ... and for our mutual pleasure...
[leans back again]
The Emperor Ming: ... I destroy it utterly.
Doctor Hans Zarkov: You're saying... it's my fault the Earth is being destroyed?
The Emperor Ming: [grinning] Precisely... Doctor!

The Emperor Ming: Did you enjoy yourselves in Sibaria? I understand you flew the doctor there last week. Klytus kindly fed me the information.
Princess Aura: Klytus? He wants me himself. His agents are always making up lies about me.

The Emperor Ming: Klytus! Are your men on the right pills? Maybe you should execute their trainer!

Klytus: Should we stop the torture?
The Emperor Ming: No.
Princess Aura: Father! Damn you, Father!

[first lines]
The Emperor Ming: Klytus, I'm bored. What play thing can you offer me today?
Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K System, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet Earth.
The Emperor Ming: How peaceful it looks.
[He activates a console, and watches as earthquakes, floods, etc. start to occur. They both get a good laugh out of it]
Klytus: Most effective, Your Majesty. Will you destroy this Earth?
The Emperor Ming: Later. I like to play with thing a while before annihilation.
[laughs evilly]

Flash Gordon: The game's lost, Ming! Stop your attack on Earth and I'll spare your life!
The Emperor Ming: You pitiful fool! My life is not for any Earthling to give or take!
[Ming attempts to hold back Flash with the power of his ring. Flash approaches unaffected and menaces Ming with his sword. Ming cowers]
Flash Gordon: Your power is fading, Ming!

[Flash is using football moves to fight Ming's soldiers]
The Emperor Ming: Klytus! What is he doing?
Klytus: I don't know, sir! It looks like some kind of barbaric sport!

Klytus: Now the tributes from Ardentia.
Prince Thun: Your Majesty, we, the people of Ardentia, we have suffered since you blasted our kingdom. I can offer you nothing this year, except my loyalty.
Klytus: Prince Thun, we prize nothing more highly. And tell us, how great is this loyalty to your emperor?
Prince Thun: Without measure.
The Emperor Ming: We are delighted to hear it; fall on your sword.
The Emperor Ming: Show us this loyalty, throw yourself onto your sword.
Prince Thun: [Prince Thun unsheathes his sword] May this deed of Prince Thun be an example to all the kingdoms of Mongo; death to Ming!
[Prince Thun is stopped by a freeze beam from Ming's servant]
Prince Thun: [Ming disembowels and slays Prince Thun with his own sword]
Dale Arden: Ugh!


"Flash Gordon: Revolution: Part 2 (#1.21)" (2008)
Ming: I took this planet with my own hands and I will defend it in the same way.

Ming: You are no daughter of mine!
Aura: I have stood by you, supported you, defended you, and you have treated me with scorn, murdered people I care about and yet somehow I still love you! How is that not enough?
Ming: If you truly love me, why did you desert me? Betray me?
Aura: Because you have become something dark and terrible.

Steven 'Flash' Gordon: You're not worth me killing.
Ming: I find no honor in being spared by a coward.

Steven 'Flash' Gordon: You don't get to decide anymore. It's over!
Ming: No, not while I breathe! This is my planet to shape in my own image!
Steven 'Flash' Gordon: You're right about that. All the hatred and brutality that you've created is flooding back and you're gonna drown in it.

Ming: Oh, I wish you never came here.
Steven 'Flash' Gordon: Then you never should have taken my father.

Ming: Get off my planet!
Steven 'Flash' Gordon: The sooner, the better.


Flash Gordon (1936)
Ming the Merciless: [observing Flash wrestling with the Orangupoid] He fights well, the Earth man.

Princess Aura: A bargain, Father! If he survives, he's mine!
Ming the Merciless: [contemptuously] If...?

Ming the Merciless: I will destroy your earth in my owm way!
Dr. Alexis Zarkov: Why destroy the Earth? Why not conquer it?
Ming the Merciless: [envisioning the suggestion] Why not?
Ming the Merciless: How did you enter my kingdom?
Dr. Alexis Zarkov: On a rocket ship of my own design.
Ming the Merciless: You are a remarkable man! I can use you.
Ming the Merciless: [directing his guards] Take him to a laboratory. Give him everything he requires... except his freedom!

Ming the Merciless: [Obviously lusting after the nubile blonde Dale] Your eyes! Your hair! Your skin! I've never seen one like you before. You are beautiful!
Flash Gordon: You keep your slimy hands off her.

Ming the Merciless: [watching Flash defeat the animal men] He fights well, the Earthman. He shall not escape the pit!
Princess Aura: [terrified] No, Father, not that!


Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1982) (TV)
Flash Gordon: You can't get away with this!
Ming the Merciless: If your strength is as great as your insolence, you may survive a while... in the mines. You will be chained with Thun. Earthman and mutant of Mongo!
[laughs evilly]

Ming the Merciless: Bring forth the Princess Aura. If she has been harmed, Vultan, you will burn through a thousand flaming hells, I promise you.

Ming the Merciless: Did you think any laws would apply to me? Enjoy your victory, Flash Gordon, for we will meet again.
[evil laughter]

Princess Aura: I am your daughter, Ming!
Ming the Merciless: Well said, daughter of mine.
[cackles with laughter]


"Flash Gordon: Secrets and Lies (#1.12)" (2007)
Ming: Her people are as mad as she is.
Rankol: Indeed. But doesn't that make them all the more dangerous?

Rankol: Source water production is decreasing faster than we had predicted. We may not have enough to meet our guarantees.
Ming: Yes, I'm aware of the problem.
Rankol: Might I suggest a reduction in rations?
Ming: We will do nothing of the sort. Because if we do, then people will know there is a shortage.
Rankol: Which there is.
Ming: No, Rankol, there is no shortage - and I will see to it that there never is!
Rankol: Yes, but until our agenda succeeds, the problem of a shortfall remains!
Ming: Enough! There is no shortage, there never will be a shortage, and you mention it again and I will rip that ridiculous plate from your skull and dig out your brains until I find the part that makes you so supremely annoying! We will meet our demands.

[as a show of power, Ming makes a small slice in Drav's throat]
Ming: And don't drip on your way out. I'm tired of cleaning up your mess.


"Flash Gordon: Chapter Fifteen: Revolt of the Power Men (#1.15)" (1979)
Ming the Merciless: There are no impossible tasks, only weak-willed fools who are unable to do their work.

Princess Aura: So father, Flash Gordon has defeated you again!
Ming the Merciless: You try my benevolent patience once too often, Aura. Take care or you may suffer the same fate as your Earth friends.

Princess Aura: All of Mongo believes in Flash Gordon and Barin. You cannot win against such odds.
Ming the Merciless: I am Ming the merciless! I will rule Mongo and the universe! No one will deny me my destiny, not even Flash Gordon!


"Flash Gordon: Beware of Gifts/The Memory Bank of Ming (#2.7)" (1982)
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden: Ming!
[Gremlin exclaims and flies off]
Ming the Merciless: Good evening, Flash and Dale.
Dale Arden: What do you want from us, Ming?
Ming the Merciless: I want the people of Arboria to know I intend to stop this senseless warring on Mongo. I have had a change of heart.
Flash Gordon: I didn't know you had a heart.

Ming the Merciless: It seems I have underestimated you. But still, your valiant efforts have come to naught.


"Flash Gordon: Chapter Six: Into the Water World (#1.6)" (1979)
Ming the Merciless: [alone in his chambers] Pray no harm befalls you, Flash Gordon. I want your destruction to be at my hands alone...

Ming the Merciless: Soon, soon my dear Undina, your undersea city will be one more jewel to be added to my collection of conquests.
[chuckles wickedly]


"Flash Gordon: Alliances (#1.7)" (2007)
Ming: If the Verden need water, then join me.
Barin: We are not yet that thirsty.

Ming: I'm feeling generous today - and I think I know a way to make my generosity cost them dearly.


"Flash Gordon: Witch Woman/Micro Menace (#2.4)" (1982)
Ming the Merciless: Soon you'll be the size of mice, then insects and finally... dust in the wind.
[evil laughter]
Flash Gordon: Great. Maybe when we're dust, we can get stuck in Ming's eye.

Ming the Merciless: I want the pleasure of watching Flash Gordon vanish into microscopic infinity.


"Flash Gordon: Flash Back/The Warrior (#2.5)" (1982)
Ming the Merciless: You flatter me, Flash Gordon, but I can't take credit for this bit of trickery, evil though it may be.

Ming the Merciless: It's lonely at the top and I intend to keep it that way.


"Flash Gordon: Gremlin the Dragon/Royal Wedding (#2.1)" (1982)
Ming the Merciless: Today, my enemies have gathered to celebrate the marriage of the rebel Barin to my once beloved daughter, Aura. It would be rude of me not to send the happy couple a wedding present...

Ming the Merciless: [after capturing Dale and Aura] How ironic, daughter. in most weddings the father gives away the bride.


"Flash Gordon: Pilot (#1.1)" (2007)
Ming: The state of Omadrian commerce is not my concern.
Luna: Well, the state of your people should be. I will remind you that if they are all dead you will have no one to tax.

Ming: If you were not my daughter, I would have you stripped and I would hunt you for sport.


"Flash Gordon: Sir Gremlin/Deadly Double (#2.2)" (1982)
Ming the Merciless: Too long has Flash Gordon meddled in my affairs!. Every time we have met he has foiled my most carefully devised traps. But not this time. I realize now that the way to strike at Gordon is through his friends. And most particularly at the one he calls Gremlin...

Ming the Merciless: It's taken a long time, but my revenge on Flash Gordon will be sweet indeed.


"Flash Gordon: Chapter Four: To Save Earth (#1.4)" (1979)
Dr. Hans Zarkov: Hear me, Ming!
Ming the Merciless: Speak, Earthling...
Dr. Hans Zarkov: You prove only your own fear by using your will-beam on a defenceless girl, Ming.
Ming the Merciless: What you think does not matter.

Ming the Merciless: Get on with it, priest!
Priest: The great god Taos cannot be hurried, even for the mightiest.
Ming the Merciless: Shall we put it to the test, priest?


"Flash Gordon: Chapter Five: The Beast Men's Prey (#1.5)" (1979)
Ming the Merciless: I am your god, Ming. Obey me!


Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
Emperor Ming: Take him to the Disintegrating Room.


"Flash Gordon: Chapter Sixteen: Ming's Last Battle (#1.16)" (1980)
Ming the Merciless: Enjoy your victory, Flash Gordon, for we will meet again!


"Flash Gordon: Chapter Three: Vultan - King of the Hawkmen (#1.3)" (1979)
Ming the Merciless: No man calls Ming a fool! I suggest you watch your words, Doctor, or you may find yourself sharing the same fate as your reckless companion, Flash Gordon.
Dr. Hans Zarkov: Flash! You know where he is?
Ming the Merciless: At the moment he enjoys the tender mercy of Vultan, something I would wish on only my worst enemy.


"Flash Gordon: Pride (#1.2)" (2007)
Ming the Merciless: We can't have Verdin running all over Earth. Until the time comes, the less they know of us the better.


"Flash Gordon: Revolution: Part 1 (#1.20)" (2008)
Dolan of the Celetroph: I cannot give council on political matters. I'm a man of faith, not war.
Ming: Well, I am a man of war!