The Emperor Ming: I'd much rather see you on my side, than scattered into... atoms. Kala: Open fire. All weapons. Dispatch war rocket 'Ajax' to bring back his body. Flash Gordon: This Ming is a psycho! Robot: This Ming is a psycho. Klytus: Who said that? Robot: The fair-haired prisoner. Klytus: Who are you? Flash Gordon: Flash Gordon. Quarterback. New York Jets. Dale Arden: Dale Arden, your highness. Live and let live, that's my motto. Colonel of Battle Control Room: General Kala! Flash Gordon approaching! Kala: What do you mean, "Flash Gordon approaching"? Colonel of Battle Control Room: On a Hawkman rocket-cycle. Shall I inform His Majesty? Kala: Imbecile! The Emperor would shoot you for interrupting his wedding with this news! Fire when Gordon's in range! Klytus: Who are you? Flash Gordon: Flash Gordon: Quarterback, New York Jets. The Emperor Ming: 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. Klytus: Most effective, Your Majesty. Will you destroy this Earth? The Emperor Ming: Later. I like to play with things a while before annihilation. Dale Arden: Flash, Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth! Klytus: Bring me... the bore worms! Princess Aura: No! Not the bore worms! Flash Gordon: Prince Barin! I'm not your enemy, Ming is! Let's all team up and fight him. 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. Zarkov: We are only interested in friendship. Why do you attack us? The Emperor Ming: Why not? Prince Vultan: Onward my brave Hawkmen! Let this be known forever as Flash Gordon's Day! 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! Dale Arden: I'm a New York City girl. It's a little too quiet around here for me. Princess Aura: But my father has never kept a vow in his life! Dale Arden: I can't help that, Aura. Keeping our word is one of the things that make us... better than you. Prince Barin: Freeze! Yer bloody bastards! Prince Vultan: GORDON'S ALIVE! Prince Vultan: Thanks Flash. Flash Gordon: What for? Prince Vultan: For giving an old bird a second chance! Prince Vultan: Do you want to live forever. Hawkmen... DIIIIIIVVE! Prince Barin: Tell me more about this man, "Houdini". The Emperor Ming: Klytus, I'm BOOOORED. Prince Barin: [to Flash] Welcome back from the grave. [to Princess Aura] Prince Barin: I knew you were up to something, though I'll confess I hadn't thought of necrophilia? Munson: Dr. Zarkov! There's no sun! It's 8:24 in the morning, and there's no sun! Doctor Hans Zarkov: What do you find? The moon out of orbit? Munson: By more than 12 degrees. This must be some sort of mistake. Doctor Hans Zarkov: No, it's no mistake... IT'S AN ATTACK! I've been right all these years! Dale Arden: Just hold me two seconds, then drop me so I can kiss the ground. Doctor Hans Zarkov: Get your toothbrush and whatever! [Munson refuses to go aboard Zarkov's space ship] Doctor Hans Zarkov: I swear, Munson, I'll shoot! Munson: Get shot or go up in that thing? What's the difference? Doctor Hans Zarkov:
This way, you'll be giving your life to save the Earth! Haven't you any spirit at all?
Munson: NO! Doctor Hans Zarkov: [to dead Munson] Sorry, Munson. Missed your opportunity. [Flash is in chains and with a helmet over his head] Flash Gordon: I demand to see the governor! I can hardly breathe in this thing! Klytus: Yes... you don't look well. I'm told you refused your final meal. The chef will be upset... Flash Gordon: Tell 'em to go to hell! Klytus: Maybe just as well. Gas works more quickly on an empty stomach. Klytus: No one - but NO ONE - dies in the Palace without a command from the Emperor. Flash Gordon: This isn't happening, Dale. We're not here. It's just a bad dream. Dale Arden: Oh, I agree completely. We'll wake up in any minute in Dock Harbor and have a laugh about this. Flash Gordon: Only this time I won't just ask the maitre d' your name. I'll walk over and talk to you. Dale Arden: You promise? Flash Gordon: I promise. Cross my heart and hope to... Doctor Hans Zarkov: Look at them! The poor wretches are just waiting for someone to lead them in revolt...! Flash Gordon: [annoyed] Oh, are you looking at ME, Zarkov? Klytus: Any final requests? Flash Gordon: Yes. Let me see Dale. Right away. Klytus: Oh, dear. How pathetic. Yes, I anticipated that. Flash Gordon: Where am I? Princess Aura: Back from the dead. I've saved you. Flash Gordon: My God! How? Princess Aura: By magic, of course. With a kiss, because I like you. 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! Kala: We're going to empty your memory as we might empty your pockets... 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.