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Jor-El (Character)
from Superman (1978)

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Man of Steel (2013)
Jor-El: You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.

Jor-El: Goodbye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you.
Lara Lor-Van: He will be an outcast. They'll kill him.
Jor-El: How? He'll be a god to them.

[from TV spot]
Jor-El: You can save them... You can save all of them.

Lara Lor-Van: I can't do it... I thought I could, but...
Jor-El: Lara, Krypton is doomed. This is the only chance of safety he has.

Jor-El: To see you standing there having grown into an adult... if only Lara could have witnessed this.
Clark Kent: Who are you?
Jor-El: I am your father, Kal, or at least a shadow of him. His consciousness. My name is Jor-El
Clark Kent: Kal? That's my name?
Jor-El: Kal-El, it is.
Clark Kent: I have so many questions. Where do I come from? Why did you send me here?
Jor-El: You came from Krypton, a world with a much harsher environment than Earth's. Long ago, in an era of expansion, our race spread out through the stars, seeking new worlds to settle upon. This scout ship was one of thousands launched into the void. We built outposts on other planets, using great machines to reshape environments to our needs. For 100 thousand years our civilization flourished, accomplishing wonders.
Clark Kent: What happened?
Jor-El: Artificial population control was established. The outposts and space exploration were abandoned. We exhausted our natural resources. As a result, our planet's core became unstable. Eventually, our military leader, General Zod, attempted a coup, but by then it was too late. Your mother and I foresaw the coming calamity and we took certain steps to ensure your survival. This is a genesis chamber. All Kryptonians were conceived in chambers such as this. Every child was designed to perform a predetermined role in our society as a worker, a warrior, a leader, and so on. Your mother and I believed Krypton lost something precious, the element of choice, of chance. What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater? You were the embodiment of that belief Kal. Krypton's first natural birth in centuries. That's why we risked so much to save you.
Clark Kent: Why didn't you come with me?
Jor-El: We couldn't, Kal. No matter how much we wanted to. No matter how we loved you. Your mother, Lara, and I were a product of the failures of our world as much as Zod was. It's hard to explain.
Clark Kent: So I'm alone?
Jor-El: No, you are as much a child of Earth now as you are of Krypton. You can embody the best of both worlds. The dream your mother and I dedicated our lives to preserve.
[He reveals to him the Superman suit]
Jor-El: The people of Earth are different from us, it's true, but ultimately I believe that is a good thing. They won't necessarily make the same mistakes we did, but if you guide them, Kal, if you give them hope, that's what this symbol means. The symbol of the House of El means hope. Embodied within that hope is the fundamental belief the potential of every person to be a force for good. That's what you can bring them.

[first lines]
Jor-El: Will you not understand? Krypton's core is collapsing! We may only have a matter of weeks! I warned you, harvesting the core was suicide! It has accelerated the process of implosion!
Lor-Em: Our energy reserves were exhausted. What would you have us do, El?
Jor-El: Look to the stars, like our ancestors did! There are habitable worlds within reach. We can begin by using the old outposts.
Ro-Zar: Are you seriously suggesting that we evacuate the entire planet?
Jor-El: No, everybody here is already dead. Give me control of the Codex. I will ensure the survival of our race. There is still hope. I have held that hope in my hands...

General Zod: This council has been disbanded!
Ro-Zar: On whose authority?
General Zod: Mine.
[Zod shoots and kills Ro-Zar]
General Zod: The rest of you will be tried and punished accordingly.
Jor-El: What are you doing, Zod? This is madness!
General Zod: What I should have done years ago! These lawmakers with their endless debates have led Krypton to ruin!
Jor-El: And if your forces prevail? You'll be the leader of nothing!
General Zod: Then join me. Help me save our race. We'll start anew. We'll sever the degenerative bloodlines that led us to this state.
Jor-El: And who will decide which bloodlines survive, Zod?... You?
[pause]
General Zod: Don't do this, El. The last thing I want is for us to be enemies.
Jor-El: You have abandoned the principles that bound us together. You've taken up the sword against your own people. I will honor the man you once were, Zod, not this monster you have become.

General Zod: What have you done?
Jor-El: We've had a child, Zod. A boy child. Krypton's first natural birth in centuries, and he will be free, free to forge his own destiny.
General Zod: Heresy! Destroy it!

Jor-El: Our people can co-exist.
General Zod: So we can suffer through years of pain, trying to adapt like your son has?
Jor-El: You're talking about genocide.
General Zod: Yes! And I'm arguing its merits with a ghost.

Jor-El: Goodbye, Miss Lane. I do not think we shall ever meet again.

Jor-El: My son is twice the man you were, and he will finish what we started. I can promise you that.
General Zod: Tell me, you have Jor-El's memories; his conscience. Can you experience his pain? I will harvest the codex from your son's corpse, and I will rebuild Krypton atop his bones.

Jor-El: Can you see the Codex?
Kelex: It's just beneath the central hub, sir. But I'm compelled to warn you, breaching the genesis chamber is a Class B crime punishable...
Jor-El: Nobody cares anymore, Kelex. The world is about to come to an end.

Jor-El: [to Lara] Out there, amongst the stars, he will be free.

Jor-El: Born on Krypton and raised on Earth, you had the best of both and were meant to be the bridge between two worlds.

Superman: [about Earth's people] Why am I so different from them?
Jor-El: Earth's sun is younger and brighter than Krypton's was. Your cells have drunk in its radiation, strengthening your muscles, your skin, your senses. Earth's gravity is weaker, yet its atmosphere is more nourishing. You've grown stronger here than I ever could have imagined. The only way to know how strong, is to keep testing your limits.

Lois Lane: Where did you come from?
Jor-El: The command key, Miss Lane. Thanks to you, I'm uploading to this ship's mainframe.
Lois Lane: Who are you?
Jor-El: I am Kal's father.
Lois Lane: Can you help us?
Jor-El: I designed this ship. I can modify its atmospheric composition to human compatibility. We can stop them. We can send them back to the Phantom Zone.
Lois Lane: How?
Jor-El: I can teach you. And in turn, you can teach Kal. Will you help me?

Jor-El: Look.
Superman: Lois.
Jor-El: You can save her, Kal. You can save all of them.

Lois Lane: [Jor-El's image appears behind Lois] Where did you come from?
Jor-El: The command key Miss Lane; thanks to you, I'm uploading into the ship's mainframe.
Lois Lane: Who are you?
Jor-El: I am Kal's father.
Lois Lane: Can you help us?
Lois Lane: I designed this ship, I can modify its atmospheric composition to human compatibility. We can stop them, we can send them back to the phantom zone.
Lois Lane: How?
Jor-El: I can teach you; and in turn you can teach Kal. Will you help me?
[Scene cuts to ships flying through clouds, and then approaching Earth's surface]
Jor-El: The Ship's crew are alerted. We need to move quickly. Retrieve the command key.
[Lois retrieves the key, and Jor uses power to open door, they are ambushed a moment later by a female guard, Jor uses power to slam the door on her arm]
Lois Lane: Did you do that?
Jor-El: Yes, pick up her sidearm.
Jor-El: [Lois retrieves the weapon then begins to follow Jor down the corridor, scene cuts to Kal escaping from Zod's chambers, then to Earth where spaceships can be seen flying overhead, then returns to the corridors aboard the command ship] To your right, fire. Behind you.
[uses power to slam door. Then guides Lois to escape pod chamber, using power to open the door]
Jor-El: Secure yourself inside the open pod. Safe travels Miss Lane, it's highly unlikely we'll be seeing each other again. Remember, the phantom drives are essential in stopping them... Move your head to the left.


Superman (1978)
Jor-El: [at the Fortress of Solitude] So, my son. Speak.
Young Clark Kent: Who am I?
Jor-El: Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you've been raised as a human, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have as yet discovered.

[first lines]
Jor-El: This is no fantasy - no careless product of wild imagination. No, my friends. These indictments that I have brought to you today, specific charges herein against the individuals. Their acts of treason, their ultimate aim of sedition. These... are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgement on those accused.

[as Clark discovers his heritage, this is his father's final message to him]
Jor-El: Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. But always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son.

First Elder: [following the trial and sentencing of General Zod] An unpleasant duty has been masterly performed, Jor-El. They have received the fate they deserve: isolation in the Phantom Zone, an eternal living death.
Jor-El: A chance for life, nonetheless... as opposed to us. It's suicide! No, it's worse. It's GENOCIDE!
First Elder: Be warned, Jor-El. The Council has already evaluated this outlandish theory of yours.
Jor-El: My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive. I'm not given to wild, unsupported statements. And I tell you that we must evacuate this planet immediately!

2nd Elder: [after Jor-El has told all of them how the Red Sun will destabilize and burst, causing Krypton to do the same] Jor-El, be REASONABLE.
Jor-El: My friend, I've never been otherwise. This madness is yours.

First Elder: [after the Council of Elders has voted unanimously against Jor-El's desperate proposal] Any attempt by you to create a climate of fear and panic among the populace must be deemed by us an act of insurrection.
Jor-El: You would accuse me of insurrection? Has it now become a crime to cherish life?
First Elder: You would be banished to endless imprisonment in the Phantom Zone: the eternal void, which you yourself discovered.

Jor-El: [bidding his son farewell, as Lara looks on] You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you... even in the face of our death. The richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that I've learned, everything I feel... all this, and more, I... I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you, all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father the son. This is all I... all I can send you, Kal-El.

Jor-El: Krypton!

[as Jor-El is preparing to send his son to Earth before the destruction of Krypton, Lara enters the room with the infant, Kal-El]
Lara: Have you finished?
Jor-El: Nearly. It's the only answer, Lara. If he remains here with us... he will die as surely as we will.
Lara: But why Earth, Jor-El? They're primitives, thousands of years behind us.
Jor-El: He will need that advantage to survive. Their atmosphere will... sustain him.
[He looks at his son and walks over to the area where the ship that will carry Kal-El lies. There are information crystals placed in slots on the edges]
Lara: He will defy their gravity.
Jor-El: He will look like one of them.
Lara: He won't *be* one of them.
Jor-El: No. His dense molecular structure will make him strong.
Lara: He'll be odd. Different.
Jor-El: He'll be fast. Virtually invulnerable.
Lara: Isolated. Alone.
Jor-El: He will not be alone.
[He holds up a clear crystal and takes a long look at it]
Jor-El: He will never be alone.
[He places it in one of the slots along with the other crystals in the ship]

Jor-El: [in the Fortress of Solitude] You... enjoyed it.
Superman: I don't know what to say, Father. I'm afraid I just got carried away.
Jor-El: I anticipated this, my son. I...
Superman: [surprised] You couldn't have! You couldn't have imagined...
Jor-El: ...How good it felt.
[Clark nods]
Jor-El: You are revealed to the world. Very well, so be it. But you must still keep your secret identity.
Superman: But why?
Jor-El: The reasons are two. First, you cannot serve humanity twenty-eight hours a day.
Superman: Twenty-four.
Jor-El: Or twenty-four, as it is in Earth time. Your help would be called for endlessly, even for those problems which human beings could solve themselves. It is their habit to abuse their resources in such a way.
Superman: And, secondly?
Jor-El: Secondly, your enemies will discover their only way to hurt you: by hurting the people you care for.
Superman: Thank you, Father.
Jor-El: Lastly... Do not punish yourself for your feelings of vanity. Simply learn to control them. It is an affliction common to all, even on Krypton. Our destruction could have been avoided had it not been for the vanity of some who considered us indestructible. Were it not for vanity, why... at this very moment...
[sadly]
Jor-El: I could embrace you in my arms. My son.
[Kal-El reaches yearningly toward his father's image; Jor-El fades, leaving Kal-El alone]

Jor-El: [echo of the past] It is forbidden for you to interfere with human history.

Jor-El: [to Kal-El] The early history of our universe was a bloody mosaic of interplanetary war.


"Superman: The Last Son of Krypton: Part I (#1.1)" (1996)
Lara-El: Did everything go all right out there?
Jor-El: Oh yeah, I encountered a very nasty shoggot. All in all, I prefer your arms.

Sul-Van: Send Kal-El to another world? That's madness!
Jor-El: The ship will get him there. I know, I built it. That was the plan: save everyone in the Phantom Zone, travel to Earth and then release them. Now it's only good for a lifeboat. And the passenger will be my son. The last son of Krypton.

[Brainiac is downloading himself into a satellite to escape Krypton]
Brainiac: If the Council knew the truth of Krypton's fate, they woudl frantically put me to work on an escape plan. A futile gesture, given the time remaining.
Jor-El: How long?
Brainiac: Hours. This world has seen its last sunrise.

Brainiac: Good afternoon, Jor-El.
Jor-El: Brainiac. What an unpleasant surprise.
Brainiac: I'm awaiting your data.
Jor-El: Have you been spying on me with your satellites again?
Brainiac: The Planetary Council demands that I analyze your data as soon as you obtain it.
Jor-El: You know, Brainiac, somewhere in all those trillions of files clusters there's got to be one that says "people don't like to be spied upon."
Brainiac: Then why would they create me?
Jor-El: [sotto] A question I often ask myself.

Jor-El: You know, Brainiac, somewhere in all those trillions of file clusters, there's got to be *one* that says people don't like to be spied upon.
Brainiac: Then why did they create me?
Jor-El: A question I often ask myself.


"Smallville: Kandor (#9.7)" (2009)
Jor-El: Why are you involved in our affairs?
Tess Mercer: Well, your Kryptonian instincts must be on the fritz because I am not the enemy here. Major Zod has been turning this planet upside-down looking for a man who we call "The Blur." Now, Because I see. I see what mankind is doing to this planet. The Earth is doomed. And your race is the only answer to saving it. That's why I released you all from that Orb.
Jor-El: You shouldn't have done that! We are abominations that should have never been created. If the Kandorians get their powers, then what you've done will not save this planet. It may, in fact, destroy it.
Tess Mercer: Not if they turn out like your son.
Jor-El: You are mistaken to think that we are so different from humans. Our sacred book of Rao teaches that wherever there is light, there is darkness.
Tess Mercer: Which is why I want you to help me protect Kal-El. If not, Zod will find out about him.
Jor-El: And he may very well kill my son. Zod is a foe not to be taken lightly... with or without his powers.
Tess Mercer: If you want to save your son, you have to make a sacrifice. You must convince the Kandorians that you are The Blur.

Zod: [punches Jor-El] Defend yourself!
Jor-El: I have no powers. I used the blue Kryptonite to take them away, the same way I corrupted the Orb so none of you could rule this planet as gods.
Zod: But you did have it. You came with us in the orb, yet you harnessed the powers of the yellow sun for yourself. How?
Jor-El: I shall never tell you.

1st Elder: Jor-El, you stand before the ruling council charged with treason.
Jor-El: The technology I created was intended to heal those afflicted by wars and disease, not to resurrect the dead through cloning.
2nd Elder: The orb will ensure that Krypton's strongest will endure if our planet is ever destroyed.
Jor-El: But if we send the orb to Earth and it is opened, the clone's inside will develop extraordinary abilities under their yellow sun. The humans will be powerless against them. We cannot doom another planet's future to preserve our past.
2nd Elder: Perhaps you should've had more faith in your own race. You leave us no choice. The punishment for treason is death.
Zod: Council.
1st Elder: Major Zod. Your presence is an honor, but this is a closed trial.
Zod: Well, I demand to be heard. I may have driven Black Zero back into the ice, decimating his ranks, but my accomplishments pale in comparison to this man's. Jor-El... he's the truest hero I have ever known. He has dedicated his life's work not to death... or war... but to creation. When Kandor fell, many of our brightest and most promising citizens perished in an instant. Krypton lost mothers... fathers... daughters... sons. What good will come if you extinguish another life unnecessary? I implore you... let Jor-El live.
2nd Elder: Your passion is noted major.
1st Elder: It is agreed. Jor-El, the council will spare your life. But you are ordered to complete the orb. You must include Major Zod's DNA and your own. If that fateful day of judgment ever comes to Krypton, our survivors on Earth will be lead by two of our planet's greatest heroes.
Jor-El: I, Zod, am in your debt.
Zod: Never forget that, my friend.

Zod: Jor-El. I'm guessing you're not here to cheer on the troops.
Jor-El: Call it a mission of redemption. I'll need all those blood samples. I can't let this project go on.
Medic: My orders come the ruling council itself. You have no authority here.
Zod: Medic, when the most renowned scientist in Krypton tells you to stop, then you stop.
Jor-El: Thank you.
Zod: If the ruling council wants my blood, let them find it on the battlefield! Let Black Zero feel the bite of your weapons and the bravery of your hearts! SOLDIERS, MOVE OUT!


"Smallville: Prophecy (#10.20)" (2011)
Jor-El: [voice] Kal-El, my son, you have returned.
Clark Kent: Jor-El, I come here today as a Kryptonian, as a member of your house, and your son. In honor of our home, I'm here to declare my desire to start a life bond with this woman... Lois Lane.
Jor-El: Lois Lane, do you truly intend to initiate a life union with my son?
Lois Lane: I do.
Jor-El: [voice] Your pledge is observed. If your lives are to be joined, then you must both understand.

Jor-El: [voice] There are two paths laid before you, Kara. You can leave Earth now and allow Kal-El to embrace his destiny, or you can stay and help him, risking the future of this planet.
Kara: Kal-El and I have fought Darkseid before.
Jor-El: [voice] You involved Kal-El against my wishes. He was too weak then, and he was almost overcome by darkness. You have grown strong. Your will is no longer at the mercy of my command. You will need that strength to forge your own path. It is in your hands to choose.
Kara: You want me to just walk away?
Jor-El: [voice] Kara, your own destiny is written. It is in another place and time. But this is Kal-El's battle, and he must fight it alone. Even though a time will come when he turns away from me, in the end, he will make the right decision. He is ready. This is his time.
Kara: He's the only family I have left. I have to at least warn him.
Jor-El: [voice] Sometimes the greatest sacrifice a person can make is to give up what they hold most dear.

Jor-El: [voice] Kal-El, I trust you found my gift to the both of you illuminating.
Clark Kent: It wasn't a gift. It was a trial. And it wasn't about Lois appreciating what it was like to have my abilities or me realizing what it was like to be human. It was about control.
Jor-El: [voice] Your trials are not a riddle, Kal-El. They are a stepping stone on a long path.
Clark Kent: A path that I have blindly walked forever, but I understand now. This whole time, it's been up to me to decide when to take control of my own destiny. The trials end when I'm ready for them to end.
Jor-El: [voice] Your journey is far from over.
Clark Kent: But I can only be only what the world needs when I can finally admit that I am no longer just the son of Jor-El or Jonathan Kent. And you knew the time would come when neither of you can guide me anymore, and that time... is now. Goodbye, Jor-El.


"Smallville: Exodus (#2.23)" (2003)
Jor-El: Kal-El... it is time.

Jor-El: You will obey me, Kal-El.


Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (1996) (TV)
Jor-El: You know, Brainiac, somewhere in all those trillions of file clusters, there's got to be *one* that says people don't like to be spied upon.
Brainiac: Then why did they create me?
Jor-El: A question I often ask myself.

Brainiac: [on Krypton's imminent destruction] If the council knew the truth, they would put me to work on an evacuation plan, a meaningless effort given the time remaining.
Jor-El: How long?
Brainiac: Hours... this world has seen its last sunrise.


"Smallville: Abyss (#8.9)" (2008)
Clark Kent: I know that we defeated Brainiac, but we may have another problem. When Chloe was losing her memory, she kept seeing the Kryptonian symbol for doom in her mind.
Jor-El: The symbol for doom represents the ultimate destroyer. A Kryptonian creature bred for a single purpose - to kill. It adapts and evolves to any attack. It is virtually unstoppable. And it appears it's made its way to Earth.
Clark Kent: So Brainaic was trying to contact this thing using Chloe as a vessel.
Jor-El: If that is true, then it is likely the creature will find her soon.
Clark Kent: I don't care how powerful it is. I'll take it on, like I have everything else.
Jor-El: I am here for you, as well, my son.
Clark Kent: Thank you... father.

Jor-El: Welcome home, my son.
Clark Kent: Home? I wanted to see it that way, Jor-El. I wanted to learn more about my family, about my destiny. And then you tore it all away.
Jor-El: I programmed the fortress to remove your powers and self-destruct if you became a danger to the planet.
Clark Kent: When you sent me here, you had no way of knowing how I would use my abilities. You trusted me. When I betrayed that trust, you were willing to sacrifice your only son to save this planet. But now I know what it truly means to protect people, not just my family and friends.
Jor-El: You've made great progress my son.
Clark Kent: One thing needs to change. You call me your son, but you treat me like your enemy. I think it's time you stop punishing me and start trusting me again.
Jor-El: You've grown up, Kal-El. Your trails have matured you.
Clark Kent: My trails aren't over, Jor-El. Brainiac was not destroyed. He managed to infect one of my friends, and how he's taken her over. I need your help.
Jor-El: I can translate the Kryptonian code corrupting your friend's mine back into human memories, however, the being you call "Brainiac" is highly unpredictable. It poses a tremendous threat to all of us. There is no way of knowing what the outcome will be. Are you willing to take that risk?


"Smallville: Lazarus (#10.1)" (2010)
Clark Kent: I defeated Lex. I refused to let him win! And I pushed myself harder than before! For a second... I thought I was flying. But I saved everyone. I don't know how, I saved them all. I've finally become the hero you sent me to be.
Jor-El: [voice] Pride, vanity. You almost took a man's life, and you dare tell "me" you're following the path "I" set out for "you"?
Clark Kent: You told me I had unfinished business here, an evil here I had to face! And Lex...
Jor-El: The evil is "you", Kal-El. The greatest threat Earth will face is coming. It prays on wavering souls like yours. Once this darkness consumes you, you will be Earth's greatest enemy.
Clark Kent: That's not my fate.
Jor-El: You cannot be a beacon of hope when you have darkness in your heart.
Clark Kent: Then why did you send me back? Why did you give me a second chance?
Jor-El: "I" didn't. I was not "my" decision to give you back your life.
Clark Kent: You may not see me as a hero, but the rest of the world does! And I decide my fate!
Jor-El: I regret as a father, my faith in you blinded me to the truth. You will "never" be Earth's savior.

Clark Kent: I died to save the world.
Jor-El: [voice] Evil never ends. By sacrificing yourself, you've left the humans vulnerable to future threats.
Clark Kent: I left a team of heroes behind to protect them.
Jor-El: You were meant to be Earth's greatest protector. Now they're about to face the greatest evil without you.
Clark Kent: Then send me back. I know my fate! To step into the light. To be a symbol of hope for them.
Jor-El: I told you to rule with strength, but you chose the martyr's path. What makes you think you "deserve" a second chance?
Clark Kent: I can do it. I can be their hero!


"Smallville: Finale (#10.21)" (2011)
Clark Kent: These were my trials.
Jor-El: Your final trial is upon you, my son. You are ready. Seize your destiny.

Jor-El: Your journey has come to an end, Kal-El.
Clark Kent: I shouldn't have tried to push away my Kryptonian side. My strength is accepting it - accepting you.
Jor-El: You honor me. A father's pride cannot be measured in words, but know that I'm proud of you, son.
Clark Kent: You have no idea how long I've waited to hear you say that.
Jor-El: We have been down our long road, Kal-El - one paved with difficult trials. Those trials are behind you now. Any father can only hope that he is one day humbled by the feats of his son. But it is your soul, Kal-El, of which I am most proud. You - and you alone - possess the courage, the determination, and the compassion that will be required of you to life the darkness from the Earth. I ask you to remember one thing. Your abilities may be of my blood, but it is your time in Smallville, with Jonathan and Martha Kent and all the people there, that made you a hero, Kal-El.
Jonathan Kent: Always hold onto Smallville.


"Smallville: Savior (#9.1)" (2009)
Jor-El: Kal-El, my son, you are distracted. When you decided to return to your training, I assumed you were ready.
Clark Kent: I've been coming here for weeks. I've done everything you've asked. Why are you questioning me now?
Jor-El: Until today, you had focus. You had cleared your mind and heart of those who had kept you tethered from your human realm.
Clark Kent: If there's anything that's keeping me tethered, it's that I still can't fly. Have I not earned the same powers that Kara has?
Jor-El: Your powers lie within you, Kal-El. Your physical composition is no different than your cousin's.
Clark Kent: You're saying it's all in my head?
Jor-El: You still see yourself as a human.
Clark Kent: You're wrong. I gave up everyone I cared about. I gave up everyone who was important to me. I wear the symbol of our family everyday to remind me that I have a different destiny.
Jor-El: Perhaps you tried to move on too quickly. The test of a true hero is to struggle with feelings of loss and to overcome them, not to avoid them. Something or *someone* is holding you back.
Clark Kent: No. I've come this far, and I'm not looking back. I can do this.

Clark Kent: Isn't it time to move beyond these mental trials?
Jor-El: Your determination is strong, my son, but just as your passion will be your greatest strength, so, too, will it be your greatest obstacle.
Clark Kent: Jimmy died because of me, and I can't afford to let another mistake like that happen. You sent me here to fulfill a destiny. Tell me what you need from me.
Jor-El: Kal-El, you do not need me to tell you what's standing in your way. You already know, and you know what you need to do.
Clark Kent: [refers to Lois] I have to say goodbye to her.


"Super Friends: The Planet Splitter (#1.15)" (1973)
Lara: I've only been working on it two weeks.
Jor-El: It iddn't take you that long to get me a proposed marriage.
Lara: You were less of a problem.

Jor-El: Let's not fear what we have no knowledge of yet.


"Smallville: Arrival (#5.1)" (2005)
Clark Kent: [inside the Fortress of Solitude] I thought Krypton was destroyed.
Jor-El: It was, but here in your Fortress of Solitude, the geography of our planet has been replicated for your training.
Clark Kent: I know there's a lot I can learn from you, but I have to get home. That's where I'm needed.
Jor-El: The meteor shower is only the precursor. A dark force from Krypton has been awakened, Kal-El, and its sights have been set on Earth.
Clark Kent: What do you want me to do?
[a massive column of energy surrounds Clark with images of Krypton's history]
Jor-El: You must do as I tell you. Study with diligence, for that is the only way to save this planet.

Jor-El: Kal-El, you have traveled far. One journey has ended. A new journey is about to begin. Welcome, my son.


"Smallville: Vessel (#5.22)" (2006)
Jor-El: I know you are still angered by the loss of Jonathan Kent.
Clark Kent: He *was* my father.
Jor-El: *I* am your father. Pain is a part of life, Kal-El, but you cannot let it blind you.

Jor-El: Zod was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for crimes that lead to the destruction of our planet.
Clark Kent: Zod killed you.
Jor-El: And your mother and our entire race, just as he will do on Earth.
Clark Kent: I won't let that happen.


"Justice League: For the Man Who Has Everything (#3.2)" (2004)
Van-El: Can we go up to the room, Grandpa?
Kal-El: Somebody wants to see the Macroscope.
Jor-El: Go on up with your father, Van.
Jonathan Kent: [Jor-El's voice changes to Jonathan Kent's] I'll be along in a few minutes.
[Superman eyes grow big and he notices something wrong]

Jor-El: Something's bothering you.
Kal-El: [pointing to areas of seismic activity on a map] Here, and here, and here.
Jor-El: A series of mild tremors. Not unusual. I don't see...
Kal-El: Something's wrong, Dad. Something's going to happen, I can feel it and...
Jor-El: Oh, so you're a scientist now.
Kal-El: Dad...
Jor-El: Do I have to remind you on a certain prediction of my own? Made, I'm embarrassed to say, when you were only a few days old? I announced to the world that Krypton was going to explode. And it took me years to salvage my reputation.
Kal-El: But maybe you were right. Maybe...
[Notices Van-El listening in on the conversation]
Kal-El: ...Maybe I've just been working too hard.
Jor-El: The past is dead. Focus on the future.


"Smallville: Abandoned (#10.8)" (2010)
Lara: My son, I only had the joy for knowing you a few weeks. I wish I could be with you always to guide you and protect you.
Jor-El: We don't have much time.
Lara: My dearest Kal-El, our love will always be with you. I can already see you carry within your father's independent spirit.
Jor-El: But more importantly, your mother's never-ending bravery and her compassionate heart.
Lara: Your father tells me the new world you're journeying to, Earth, is full of complicated beings capable of great emotion. My wish is for you to live a full and wonderful life, but I need you to know, you were born of a great love. And your brilliant father was devised a way for you to carry on that love without us.
Jor-El: The ship I designed to carry you to your destiny can only hold one Kryptonian - one who has so much potential - so unlike your father.
Lara: No.
Jor-El: Your mother and I cannot come with you. To do so would burden your innocent soul with our frailties and failures. But you have within you the best of both of us. And I am sending you all of my knowledge and none of my ego or regrets. They will die with me here on Krypton. Whatever trials I put you through, I will never lose faith in you.
Lara: [whispers to Jor-El] Quickly, before it's too late. We may not have been able to save our planet...
Jor-El: But we are confident you will become Earth's greatest savior. And never doubt that, just as you're a part of us, we will always be a part of you. Farewell, my son.


"Smallville: Memoria (#3.19)" (2004)
Jor-El: Put him inside, Lara. Our time has passed. The hourglass is empty.
Lara: What if they don't love him?
Jor-El: Lara, his destiny is set, as is ours.
Lara: Good-bye, my sweet, Kal-El.


"Smallville: Persona (#7.10)" (2008)
Bizarro: Jor-El? I'm searching for something. I think Kara may have brought it here.
Jor-El: [voice-over] Leave here at once, Phantom.
Bizarro: And what if I don't? You're just a voice, Jor-El. An echo from the past. What are you gonna do? Lecture me to death?
Jor-El: You are not welcome here.


"Smallville: Reckoning (#5.12)" (2006)
Clark: [Inside the Fortress of Solitude with tears in his eyes standing there as a broken man because of the loss of his true love, Lana] HOW COULD YOU TAKE HER AWAY FROM ME!
Jor-El: Human life is fragile, my son. You knew a life would be exchanged for yours.
Clark: Don't make her pay for my mistake. If I hadn't told her the truth about me she'd still be alive! You have to let me fix it.
Jor-El: Your powers on earth may seem extraordinary Kal-El, but we are not gods.
Clark: This was not HER DESTINY, AND YOU KNOW THAT! There has to be a way... there has to be a way to fix it.
Jor-El: There is one trial you have yet to experience, but you must heed my warning. The tide of fate is impossible to stop. Even if you succeed in altering one course of events, the universe will find a balance.
[a glowing crystal rises from the control panel]
Jor-El: There is only ONE crystal. Once you make this choice, there is no second chance. Decide carefully.
Clark: I have to save her.


"Smallville: Echo (#9.4)" (2009)
Clark Kent: Jor-El. Reading people's thoughts. You said my trails had begun. Is this one of them?
Jor-El: I've planted within you the seeds for this trial, designed to self-manifest when most needed. An event must have happened to trigger it, some kind of error or mistake in judgment.
Clark Kent: I don't understand. I saved everyone in that factory.
Jor-El: Assumptions are flaws inherent in the human instincts you have adopted, but they are beneath you. What you have yet to nurture is your Kryptonian intuition.
Clark Kent: You shouldn't underestimate humans.
Jor-El: Neither should *you*. Being to discern why humans truly behave as they do will help you to better protect them. This ability is only temporary. You must learn to focus, Kal-El. Perception can be the difference between life and death.


"Smallville: Exile (#3.1)" (2003)
Jor-El: [Jonathan screams as a tri-phasic beam of light strikes him surrounding him in an intense column of light and the light begins to speak] I am Jor-El, the true father of Kal-El.
Jonathan Kent: His name is Clark Kent! I am his father, I raised him.
Jor-El: You have fulfilled your function in Kal-El's destiny.
Jonathan Kent: His destiny is whatever he makes of it.
Jor-El: His destiny is too great for you to comprehend. This was Kal-El's first test to see if he was ready to begin his journey.
Jonathan Kent: He's too young! He needs more time!
Jor-El: This phase of Kal-El's journey is almost complete. It will be of no consequence if he returns to you... for now.
Jonathan Kent: You'll bring him home?
Jor-El: If you want him, you must retrieve him yourself.
Jonathan Kent: I can't. He's too powerful.
Jor-El: Are you willing to sacrifice anything to get him back?
Jonathan Kent: Yes! For my son I'll do anything.
Jonathan Kent: [the light widens and becomes more powerful as Jonathan cries out in pain] Aaah! Aaah!


Superman (1948)
Ro-Zon, leader of Krypton [Ch. 1]: [after vote to remain on Krypton] The counsel has spoken, Jor-El.
Jor-El, father of Superman [Ch. 1]: Not spoken, Ro-Zon. It has pronounced the death sentence for all Krypton.


"Smallville: Zod (#6.1)" (2006)
Martha Kent: What happened to my son, Jor-El?
Jor-El: Banished forever by Zod.
Martha Kent: Bring him back. You have to bring him home.
Jor-El: Not within my power. His destiny is now his own.
Martha Kent: I've lost my husband and now my son because of your games.
Jor-El: We have both lost much, Martha Kent. But you must put aside your anguish if you wish to save your world. Kal-El's mission must be completed. Retrieve the dagger and kill Zod's vessel Lex Luthor.
Martha Kent: You want me to murder Lex?
Jor-El: Zod has taken over his body and given him all the powers of a true Kryptonian.
Martha Kent: How am I supposed to do that?
Jor-El: You must find a way or all is lost.
Martha Kent: All right. Send me back.
Jor-El: Everything you will have done for Kal-El you have my deepest gratitude. I could not have wished for a brighter light to guide my son. Farewell, Martha Kent.


"Smallville: Calling (#2.22)" (2003)
Jor-El: Kal-El, it is time.


"Smallville: Apocalypse (#7.18)" (2008)
Jor-El: [voice-over] You disappoint me, my son. You cannot question your destiny on this planet.
Clark Kent: It was you! You wanted to show me what the world would be like if I wasn't here.
Jor-El: The disc in your hand revealed your misguided intentions. I was forced to show you the error of your ways. I sent you to Earth for a purpose, Kal-El. One that cannot be taken lightly.
Clark Kent: Send me back!
Jor-El: You must stop the Brain InterActive Construct from altering history and taking your life. You cannot fail. This time, there will be no second chances.


"Smallville: Covenant (#3.22)" (2004)
Jor-El: Go with Kara, Kal-El.
Clark Kent: I'm not going anywhere! I'll never be who you want me to be!
[Kara disappears in a flash of light]
Jonathan Kent: What did you do to her?
Jor-El: She served her purpose as has Jonathan Kent.
[a beam of light shoots from the cave wall and grips Jonathan around the neck]
Clark Kent: Dad! Leave my father alone!
Jor-El: Come forward, or he will die. Come to me, Kal-El.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, I've lived a full life, son. Jor-El can do whatever he wants to do me, as long you're free.
Clark Kent: I'll never be free.
Jonathan Kent: Clark! No!
[Clark is whisked away into the cave's wall; Jonathan falls the ground unconscious]