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Quotes from Aquaman

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    • Orm: People of Atlantis, hear me! My brother has come from the surface... to challenge me for the throne! Let us settle this in the ancient way: by bloodshed do the gods make known their will!
    • [introduces Arthur to Atlantis]
    • Mera: Welcome home.
    • Arthur Curry: This is bad-ass!
    • [Mera jumps from a plane into a desert]
    • Cargo Pilot: She jumped! She didn't have a parachute!
    • Arthur Curry: Redheads! You gotta love 'em.
    • [jumps after her]
    • [Aquaman smashes into a submarine captured by pirates]
    • Arthur Curry: Permission to come aboard.
    • Mera: Atlantis has always had a king. Now it needs something more.
    • Arthur Curry: Well, what could be greater than a king?
    • Queen Atlanna: A hero. A king fights only for his own nation. You fight for everyone.
    • [Mera and Arthur find an Atlantean device in the desert]
    • [can't activate it]
    • Mera: Nothing.
    • Arthur Curry: Of course it's not working. It's been sitting here gathering dust since before the Sahara was a desert!
    • Mera: Before the Sahara was a desert... You do your best thinking when you're not thinking at all. Hold still.
    • [extracts sweat from Arthur]
    • Mera: We need water. You're the closest source.
    • [uses the water to get the device working]
    • Arthur Curry: Show-off. I could've just peed on it.
    • [Mera destroys the device]
    • Arthur Curry: WAIT! Shouldn't we have written it down?
    • Mera: I memorized it. Didn't you?
    • Arthur Curry: Uh, yeah.
    • Mera: What did it say?
    • Arthur Curry: Something something trident.
    • [transmission]
    • King Atlan: In this trident resides the power of Atlantis. In the wrong hands, it would bring destruction. In the hands of the true heir, it will unite all our kingdoms above and below. If you seek my power, you must prove your worth. Journey beyond the edge of the world to the hidden sea. Look inside the bottle for the chartered path. Only in the hands of the true king can he truly see.
    • Orm: The time has come for Atlantis to rise again.
    • Cue Ball: Hey, buddy. You the Fish Boy from the TV?
    • Arthur Curry: It's "fish man." What do you want?
    • [menacing]
    • Cue Ball: I'll tell you what I want...
    • [friendly]
    • Cue Ball: Could we get a picture with you?
    • Young Arthur (13): I already know how to swim.
    • Nuidis Vulko: Not even close. You have to forget all the teaching of the surface world, go deeper to discover your Atlantean instincts.
    • [from trailer]
    • [to young Arthur]
    • Queen Atlanna: Legend has it that one day... a new king will come. Who will use the power of the trident to put Atlantis back together again.
    • [from trailer]
    • [to Mera]
    • Arthur Curry: This is the exact spot where Vulko gave me my first swimming lesson.
    • Manta: I think I'm gonna need a bigger helmet.
    • [holds up a dagger to his son]
    • Jesse Kane: Here.
    • David Kane: I can't take that piece of junk. It's the love of your life.
    • Jesse Kane: I never told you the story behind it. This was your grandfather's. He was one of the Navy's first frogmen during World War II. He was so stealthy in the water, his unit nicknamed him Manta. But after the war, his country forgot about him, so he went back to the sea, scavenging and surviving with his wit and this knife. He gave it to me when I was your age. And now it's yours, son.
    • [Jesse Kane is trapped under a missile]
    • David Kane: Wait! You can't leave him here! Help me! Please!
    • Arthur Curry: You killed innocent people! Ask the sea for mercy!
    • King Nereus: Violence has always plagued the surface. They will destroy themselves.
    • Orm: Not before destroying us first. We have been hiding long enough. The time has come for Atlantis to rise again.
    • [browsing a bookstall on Sicily]
    • Mera: I just learned something very interesting.
    • [holds up a copy of "Pinocchio"]
    • Mera: "Pinocchio." You risked our lives based on something you read in a *children's book*?
    • Arthur Curry: Wait, it's a book? How about that? I got it from a movie.
    • [in a plane for the first time]
    • Mera: I've never been this high before... or this far away from home.
    • Mera: Atlanteans are many wonderful things, but forgiving is not one of them.
    • David Kane: I scavenge the high seas. You're the Aquaman. We were bound to meet at some point!
    • Arthur Curry: Let's not make it a habit.
    • [Orm and Arthur tap their tridents together, to begin their duel]
    • Orm: You wield our mother's trident. Powerful, but flawed. Like her. I wield my father's, and it has never known defeat!
    • [Orm defeats Arthur]
    • Orm: I am the one true king!
    • [Arthur defeats Orm]
    • Orm: KILL ME!
    • Queen Atlanna: NO! That is enough killing!
    • Orm: ...Mother?
    • Orm: Finish it!
    • Arthur Curry: Yield the throne.
    • Orm: Mercy is not our way.
    • Arthur Curry: Maybe you haven't noticed, brother...
    • [lowers the trident]
    • Arthur Curry: ... but I'm not one of you.
    • Orm: Do it!
    • [tears off his helmet]
    • Arthur Curry: Who the hell are you?
    • Manta: Maybe this will jog your memory.
    • [extends his sleeve knife]
    • Queen Atlanna: I am Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis.
    • Thomas Curry: I am Thomas, Keeper of Lighthouse.
    • [narrates]
    • Arthur Curry: My mother had fled an arranged marriage, left her whole world behind, but in my father's lighthouse, she had found something unexpected. And my father found the love of his life.
    • [last lines]
    • [narrates]
    • Arthur Curry: My father was a lighthouse keeper. My mother was a queen. They were never meant to meet. But their love saved the world. They made me what I am: a son of the land, a king of the seas. I am the protector of the deep. I am... Aquaman.
    • [sees Arthur in action]
    • Fisherman Princess: The Trench! He commands the Trench!
    • King Nereus: Impossible!
    • [underwater training]
    • Nuidis Vulko: The ocean is not just our home, it is who we are.
    • Young Arthur (Nine Years Old): You can talk underwater!... Wait, I can talk underwater too! This is awesome!
    • Nuidis Vulko: We can do so much more than talk. Being Atlantean is more than just being able to breathe under water, your body is equipped to survive in the extreme cold and pressure, and your eyes adjust to see in the darkness.
    • Orm: The Trident doesn't change what you are! You're a half-breed bastard! Atlantis will never accept you as its king!
    • Arthur Curry: Then by bloodshed, do the gods make known their will!
    • [to Thomas]
    • Queen Atlanna: I will return to you when it's safe. One day, right here, at sunrise, we'll be together again.
    • Nuidis Vulko: Your mother loved you more than anything in the world, but she had to return to Atlantis to keep you safe. Her marriage to King Orvax was arranged a long time ago so she had to marry him and bear him a son, Prince Orm. But Orvax eventually found out about you, he became overwhelmed with jealousy and sacrificed her to the creatures of the Trench.
    • Young Arthur (Sixteen Years Old): Are you saying they executed her because she had me?
    • [Atlanna keeps her promise, and meets Thomas at sunrise]
    • Thomas Curry: You came back! You're back!
    • Arthur Curry: We got a bogey on our tail!
    • Mera: What does that even mean?
    • Arthur Curry: Bad guys behind us!
    • Mera: Why didn't you just say that?
    • Arthur Curry: Bad guys behind us!
    • Arthur Curry: I don't even know your name.
    • Mera: It's Y'Mera-Xebella-Challa. You may call me Mera.
    • [a tidal wave levels the coast]
    • Mera: This was Orm's doing. Worse is to come.
    • Orm: Today we unite our kingdoms. Tomorrow we scorch the surface! RISE, ATLANTIS!
    • [to Aquaman]
    • Manta: You can't run. You owe me blood!
    • [first lines]
    • [narrates]
    • Arthur Curry: Jules Verne once wrote: "Put two ships in the open sea, without wind or tide... they will come together". That's how my parents met: like two ships destined for each other.
    • David Kane: I'll make you a deal: you don't tell me how to pirate, and I don't tell you how to captain.
    • Queen Atlanna: You must forgive me, for everything.
    • Arthur Curry: This happened because of me.
    • Queen Atlanna: Not because of you. None of this is your fault.
    • [quotes Lovecraft]
    • Manta: Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men!
    • [Arthur knocks down Jesse Kane]
    • David Kane: DAD!
    • Arthur Curry: Dad?
    • [to Jesse]
    • Arthur Curry: That's your kid? Shame on you.
    • Orm: Join me or die!
    • Brine King: And you expect me to address you as Your Highness?
    • Orm: Not Highness. Call me... Ocean Master.
    • Brine King: You can take my army, you soft-bellied slug, but you will never have my allegiance!
    • Orm: So be it!
    • Arthur Curry: You're the guy from the sub!
    • Manta: That's right!
    • [stabs him]
    • Manta: But now I have Atlantean steel! Call me... Black Manta!
    • [to Orm]
    • Mera: Your Highness, there is no victory in vanquishing the foolish! Your brother is clearly an imbecile!
    • Mera: You must defeat Orm.
    • Arthur Curry: And what if I can't?
    • Mera: Last time you fought him on his ground. This time, fight him on yours.
    • [Mera kisses Arthur]
    • [stunned]
    • Arthur Curry: What was the plan again?
    • [smiles]
    • Mera: The plan is not to get killed.
    • Queen Atlanna: You're afraid.
    • Arthur Curry: Yes.
    • Queen Atlanna: Good. You're ready.
    • Orm: You will lead my finest commandos as your personal army to hunt down that half-breed abomination. I can't touch him, but you can. He's fled to your world. Kill him, and the woman he's with, and you will be rewarded.
    • David Kane: Killing him IS my reward.
    • [Arthur finds Thomas at the pier at sunrise]
    • Arthur Curry: I always know where to find you.
    • Thomas Curry: Old habits.
    • Mera: Those were Orm's elite commandoes. The one who led them, he wasn't Atlantean; I've never seen him before.
    • Arthur Curry: Yeah, I have. He and his father were pirates. And he blames me for his father's death.
    • Mera: They picked a dangerous line of trade. It's not your fault.
    • Arthur Curry: That's not how it feels. It was up to me, and I let him die. I could've saved him, but I didn't. And now I've made an enemy. And he could have hurt you. And that would have been my fault.
    • Mera: Well, he's behind us now. It's what lies ahead that should concern us.
    • Mera: My obligation isn't to love; it's to my family and my nation, and I've turned my back on both. Sometimes we have to do what's right, even if our heart aches against it.
    • Orm: Vulko, my trusted vizier, you have stood by the throne since my father sat upon it. Have you any advice for me, as this war begins?
    • Nuidis Vulko: I have already given it, my king. But I will stand by your decision, as always.
    • Orm: My decision. To protect it... while you betray it? You think I do not know of your treachery, that you were ever loyal to my mother's bastard son, that you have spent years training him to take the throne from me. Do not deny it!
    • [guards surround Vulko]
    • Nuidis Vulko: I do not.
    • Orm: Why? I am pure of blood! I have dedicated my entire life to Atlantis! He wanted nothing to do with it! You swore to serve the throne!
    • Nuidis Vulko: I do serve it! Arthur may only be half-Atlantean, but he's already twice the king you'll ever be!
    • [to guards]
    • Orm: Take him. But make sure he gets a view.
    • [Arthur appears at the Brine, riding the Karathen]
    • Nuidis Vulko: The king is risen.
    • [Orm is arrested]
    • [to guards]
    • Nuidis Vulko: Take him. But make sure he gets a view.
    • [Orm smiles ruefully]
    • [as Orm is led past him]
    • Arthur Curry: When you're ready... let's talk.
    • [Tom brings an unconscious Atlanna in from the storm]
    • TV commercial: We are something else. Try Arthur Treacher's!
    • [Thomas sets up a camera to take a picture of himself, Atlanna, and their newborn son]
    • Radio Newscaster: Category 4 Hurricane Arthur is due to make landfall sometime after 2pm...
    • Thomas Curry: How about... "Arthur"?
    • Queen Atlanna: After the hurricane?
    • Thomas Curry: After a legend! He's a king, isn't he?
    • Queen Atlanna: He's more than that. He's living proof our people can co-exist.
    • [cuddles her baby]
    • Queen Atlanna: You could unite our worlds some day.
    • [Atlanna reunites with Orm]
    • Orm: I don't understand... we thought you...
    • Queen Atlanna: I know. Arthur saved me.
    • Orm: You're with him?
    • Queen Atlanna: I am. You're both my children, and I love you so much. But you have been misguided. Your father told you that there were two worlds. He was wrong. The land and the sea are one.
    • [in a bar]
    • Arthur Curry: How is it that I can breathe underwater, but you can still drink me under the table?
    • Thomas Curry: That's *my* superpower.
    • [they laugh]
    • [telling a story to baby Arthur]
    • Queen Atlanna: ... and the Trident could only be wielded by the strongest Atlantean. And it gave the king master of the Seven Seas. It made him so powerful, that the ocean became so jealous, and sent a terrible earthquake to destroy Atlantis. Down it fell, to the bottom of the ocean. But legend has it that one day, a new king will come who will use the power of the Trident to put Atlantis back together again.
    • [narrates]
    • Arthur Curry: Their two worlds were never meant to meet, and I was a product of a love that never should have been.
    • Queen Atlanna: Where I come from, the sea carries our tears away.
    • Thomas Curry: Not here. Here, you feel them.
    • [watching TV]
    • Thomas Curry: Son, one day you're going to have to stop blaming yourself.
    • Thomas Curry: I knew you couldn't stand on the sidelines forever. Your mother always knew you were special.
    • Arthur Curry: Don't even start.
    • Thomas Curry: She believed you'd be the one to unite our two worlds.
    • Arthur Curry: Please stop.
    • Thomas Curry: Whatever Atlantis's problem are, you're bigger than them.
    • Arthur Curry: Atlantis murdered my mother.
    • Thomas Curry: You don't know that for sure.
    • Arthur Curry: Yes, I do. They killed her, for loving you and having me, and you know it.
    • Mera: Your half-brother, King Orm, is about to declare war upon the surface world. Billions will die, your people and mine. We must stop him.
    • Arthur Curry: My birthright? It died with my mother. But I'll promise you this: if Orm attacks, I'll treat him the same way your people treated her, with no mercy.
    • Arthur Curry: And how do you propose we do that?
    • Mera: You are the firstborn son of Queen Atlanna. The throne is yours by birthright. The only way to stop this war and save both worlds is for you to take your rightful place as King.
    • [laughs]
    • Arthur Curry: You think if I just show up, Orm will give up the throne? I'm the bastard son of a queen your people executed. Trust me, I'm no king.
    • Mera: I agree.
    • Arthur Curry: That's awesome.
    • Mera: But, Vulko seems to believe in you for some reason, and that's why I'm here. Vulko has learned of the location of the lost Trident of Atlantis.
    • Arthur Curry: Fairy tales. It's a myth.
    • Mera: It's not a myth. With the sacred Trident, people will listen to you. You can then claim your birthright and dethrone Orm.
    • Nuidis Vulko: If we're going to prevent this war, you must dethrone him now.
    • Nuidis Vulko: It's more than a story, it's real. It was forged by the greatest weapon masters in history. Crafted from Poseidon's steel for King Atlan, the first ruler of Atlantis. Legend says, the Trident was built with the power to command the sea.
    • Arthur Curry: So what happened to it?
    • Nuidis Vulko: To know that, is to go back to the time before the Great Fall, when King Atlan ruled over all that was, the Kingdoms of Atlantis were one. It was a time of great prosperity and technological advancement. We had unlocked the secret to unlimited energy at a time when the rest of the world still thought the earth was flat. But we became too ambitious, too hungry for power. The ocean swallowed us and Atlantis sank. But the very power that collapsed our civilization also paved the way to our future. It gave us ability to breathe underwater. And so, we evolved. Others regressed, became savage. And the king lived out the remainder of his days in self imposed exile. Neither he, nor the Trident were ever seen again.
    • [holds up a device]
    • Nuidis Vulko: One of our archaeological teams uncovered this a few months ago. It's an ancient recording dating back to the first dynasty. I believe it contains Atlan's final message to his people and the whereabouts of the sacred Trident.
    • Arthur Curry: So what does it say?
    • Mera: We don't know. The technology's too old.
    • Nuidis Vulko: The cylinder bears the marking of the Deserter Kingdom. You must take it there and retrieve the message. The clue to Atlan's final resting place is inside this.
    • Arthur Curry: I've already told you, I don't want to be king!
    • Mera: You don't understand! Once he is named Ocean Master, it'll be too late! The power at his disposal will be unlike anything you've ever seen.
    • Arthur Curry: I'm from the surface, no one's going to take me seriously. I don't even know where to begin!
    • Nuidis Vulko: By winning the hearts and minds of the people, by proving to them that you're worthy! And retrieving this.
    • [opens a scroll showing a drawing of a trident]
    • [shows off his trident]
    • Arthur Curry: I already got one of those.
    • Nuidis Vulko: Not like this one you don't. This is the lost Trident of Atlantis.
    • Arthur Curry: Oh, another fairytale?
    • Nuidis Vulko: How could you be so foolish as to let Orm bait you into a fight?
    • Arthur Curry: It seems to me that'll solve all our problems. I beat him in battle, the war's over, I'm getting home.
    • Nuidis Vulko: You're a formidable fighter on land, but here you're out of your element, literally.
    • [Arthur approaches the Trident of Atlan]
    • [withdraws]
    • Karathen: No man has ever freed the Trident from Atlan's grip. Should he deem you unworthy... well, I haven't feasted in eons, and I am famished.
    • Karathen: You do not belong here. I have guarded the Trident against false kings since the beginning and for a thousand years. I have seen the greatest champions try and failed, but never have I sensed one as unworthy as you. You dare to come here with your tainted mongrel blood to claim Atlantis's greatest treasure?
    • [Arthur goes for the Trident, but is swatted away]
    • Karathen: So be it. Half-breed! You thought yourself worthy? You thought yourself king? You dishonor this place with your presence!
    • Arthur Curry: Stop! You're right, I am a half-breed mongrel. But I did not come here because I thought I was worthy. I know I'm not.
    • [surprised]
    • Karathen: You understand me?
    • Arthur Curry: I do.
    • Karathen: No mortal has conversed with me since King Atlan. Who are you?
    • Arthur Curry: I'm nobody. I came because I have no choice. I came to save my home, and the people that I love. I came because the Trident is our only hope. And if that's not good enough... then screw you!
    • [as Arthur communicates with a whale]
    • Mera: What are you doing?
    • Arthur Curry: Listen, it worked for Pinocchio.
    • Mera: Who?
    • Arthur Curry: Never mind, come here, get in. Come on!
    • [the whale opens its mouth, they swim inside]
    • Mera: Great, so we're getting eaten.
    • [inside a whale's gullet]
    • Mera: How are you even doing this anyway?
    • Arthur Curry: I don't know. I can hear them sometimes, and they can hear me.
    • Mera: Right, because you're both big, dumb animals.
    • Arthur Curry: Hey, I saved your life!
    • Mera: I saved yours first!
    • [in the middle of the Sahara desert, Mera checks her tracker again]
    • Arthur Curry: No, no, no, no! Will you just stop it with that? No!
    • [slaps it out of her hand]
    • Arthur Curry: Your stupid Atlantean GPS just told you to jump out of an airplane over the middle of a desert, and now we are stranded...!
    • [a sinkhole opens beneath him, and he falls in with a yell]
    • [sighs]
    • Mera: If you're the next true king, we're doomed.
    • [jumps in after him]
    • [after falling down a sinkhole and finding the entrance to the Kingdom of the Deserters]
    • [laughs]
    • Arthur Curry: That was awesome. Oh, look what I found.
    • [raised eyebrows]
    • Mera: What *you* found?
    • Arthur Curry: Yeah.
    • Nuidis Vulko: We invite you, King Nereus, to be the first to join King Orm's alliance!
    • King Nereus: As if we had a choice, Vulko! By law, you need four of the Seven Kingdoms to ascend and attack. The Lost Nation of the Deserters have long perished, the Trench nothing but animals, the Brine will never join you, and the Fishermen are cowards - without me and my army to convince them, your plans are stillborn. But I know what you really want. Once you've obtained the friendship of four kingdoms, you will be renamed... Ocean Master.
    • Orm: That is merely a title.
    • King Nereus: I'm no fool, King Orm. As Ocean Master, you will be commander of the greatest military might on this planet!
    • Orm: I am the natural choice to lead.
    • King Nereus: Are you? What of the rumors that there is another? An Atlantean living amongst the surface? One of royal blood?... You may sit on the throne of Atlantis, but your claim to it is weak. How can you possibly hope to unite the empire?
    • Orm: My mother's bastard has never even been to Atlantis! His loyalty is to the surf...
    • [explosion]
    • Nuidis Vulko: Surface dwellers! TO ARMS!
    • Orm: You were defeated the last time because your surface weapons failed you. Ours will not.
    • Orm: That submarine was barely operational. But it served its purpose.
    • [seething]
    • David Kane: One of your kind intervened.
    • Orm: HE is not one of us.
    • Arthur Curry: Where to?
    • Mera: To that ocean of sand your people call the Sahara.
    • [Arthur is brought in chains to the royal court]
    • King Orm: Welcome to Atlantis, brother. I can't believe you're finally here. I've heard so many stories about you. All these years, I've been ashamed of our mother for defiling herself with a surface-dweller, ashamed of the fact that I have a half-breed brother whose heart I wanted to run my trident through. But now that you're finally here before me, I must admit... I'm conflicted.
    • [Arthur emerges with Atlan's trident]
    • Atlanna: The one true king.
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