I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
“I’ll admit that much of the groundwork was laid by you, but it was I who had the will and the vision to complete what you were too spineless to dare!”
“You do realize that certain insults don’t translate into invertebrate culture?” I asked.
He scowled. “You get the idea.”
“I do. You’ve taken science you don’t understand and are now making terrible mistakes with it.”
Emperor Mollusk does disdain well.
Also, typing this stuff out made me realize how weirdly written some of the sentences are. "The groundwork was laid by you"?