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Ra's al Ghul (Character)
from Batman Begins (2005)

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Batman Begins (2005)
Henri Ducard: Are you ready to begin?
Bruce Wayne: I-I can barely stand...
Henri Ducard: [kicks him] Death does not wait for you to be ready! Death is not considerate, or fair! And make no mistake: here, you face Death.

[from trailer]
Henri Ducard: You traveled the world... Now you must journey inwards... to what you really fear... it's inside you... there is no turning back. Your parents' death was not your fault. Your training is nothing. The will is everything. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely. Are you ready to begin?

Henri Ducard: You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent.

Bruce Wayne: I will go back to Gotham and I will fight men like this, but I will not become an executioner.
Henri Ducard: Bruce, please! For your own sake. There is no turning back.

Soldier: Get in!
Henri Ducard: Are you so desperate to fight criminals that you lock yourself in to take them on one at a time?
Bruce Wayne: Actually, there were uh, seven of them.
Henri Ducard: I counted six, Mr. Wayne.
Bruce Wayne: How do you know my name?
Henri Ducard: The world is too small for someone like Bruce Wayne to disappear, no matter how deep he chooses to sink.
Bruce Wayne: Who are you?
Henri Ducard: My name is merely Ducard, but I speak for Ra's al Ghul, a man greatly feared by the criminal underworld. A man who could offer you a path.

Henri Ducard: Your parents' death was not your fault.
[Bruce attacks Ducard with his sword]
Henri Ducard: It was your father's.
[Bruce furiously attacks Ducard, but is easily defeated]
Henri Ducard: Anger does not change the fact that your father failed to act.
Bruce Wayne: The man had a gun!
Henri Ducard: Would that stop you?
Bruce Wayne: I've had training!
Henri Ducard: The training is nothing! The will is everything!
[Ducard bests Bruce once again]
Henri Ducard: The will to act.

Bruce Wayne: You're vigilantes.
Henri Ducard: No, no, no. A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely.
Bruce Wayne: Which is?
Henri Ducard: Legend, Mr. Wayne.

Henri Ducard: But a criminal is not complicated. What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger, the drive to do great or terrible things.

Henri Ducard: You have learned to bury your guilt with anger. I will teach you to confront it, and to face the truth. You know how to fight six men. We can teach you how to engage six hundred. You know how to disappear. We can teach you to become truly invisible.
Bruce Wayne: Invisible?
Henri Ducard: [Ducard shouts in a different language and 2 people dressed in black flip down from the ceiling] A Ninja understands that invisibility is a matter of patience... and agility.

Henri Ducard: When you lived among the criminals, did you start to pity them?
Bruce Wayne: The first time I stole so that I wouldn't starve, yes. I lost many assumptions about the simple nature of right and wrong. And when I traveled, I learned the fear before a crime and the thrill of success. But I never became one of them.

Henri Ducard: Men fear most what they cannot see.

Henri Ducard: [to Bruce] Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding.

Henri Ducard: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
Bruce Wayne: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them.

[Bruce Wayne begins to burn down Ra's Al Ghul's temple]
Henri Ducard: What are you doing?
Bruce Wayne: What is necessary, my friend.

[meeting someone introduced as Ra's al Ghul]
Bruce Wayne: You're not Ra's al Ghul. I watched him die.
Henri Ducard: [from behind Bruce Wayne] But is Ra's al Ghul immortal?
[Bruce turns around to face Ducard]
Henri Ducard: Are his methods supernatural?
Bruce Wayne: [to Ducard] Or cheap parlor tricks to conceal your true identity, "Ra's"?
Henri Ducard: Surely, a man who spends his nights scrambling over the rooftops of Gotham wouldn't begrudge me dual identities?
Bruce Wayne: I saved your life.
Henri Ducard: I warned you about compassion, Bruce.

Henri Ducard: Theatricality and deception are powerful agents.

Henri Ducard: But I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief, until the memory of your loved one is just... poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed, so you would be spared your pain.

Henri Ducard: Your anger gives you great power. But if you let it, it will destroy you. As it almost did me.
Bruce Wayne: What stopped it?
Henri Ducard: Vengeance.

Henri Ducard: Always mind your surroundings.

Bruce Wayne: Yield.
Henri Ducard: You haven't beaten me. You've sacrificed sure footing for a killing stroke.
[he taps the ice with his sword, plunging Bruce into the water]

Henri Ducard: You are stronger than your father.
Bruce Wayne: You didn't know my father.
Henri Ducard: But I know the rage that drives you.

Henri Ducard: You've traveled the world to understand the criminal mind and conquer your fears.

Henri Ducard: And do you still feel responsible for your parents' death?
Bruce Wayne: My anger outweighs my guilt.
Henri Ducard: Come.

Bruce Wayne: I thought the point of solitary confinement was the solitary part.
Henri Ducard: These men have mistaken you for a criminal, Mr. Wayne...

Bruce Wayne: Who is he?
[implying the man imprisoned in a wooden cage]
Henri Ducard: He was a farmer. Then he tried to take his neighbor's land and became a murderer. Now he is a prisoner.
Bruce Wayne: What'll happen to him?
Henri Ducard: Justice. Crime can not be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding.

[Bruce is refusing to demonstrate his commitment to justice by executing a criminal]
Ra's Al Ghul: You cannot lead these men unless you are prepared to do what is necessary to defeat evil.
Bruce Wayne: And where would I be leading these men?
Ra's Al Ghul: Gotham. As Gotham's favored son you will be ideally placed to strike at the heart of criminality.
Bruce Wayne: How?
Ra's Al Ghul: Gotham's time has come. Like Constantinople or Rome before it the city has become a breeding ground for suffering and injustice. It is beyond saving and must be allowed to die. This is the most important function of the League of Shadows. It is one we've performed for centuries. Gotham... must be destroyed.

[watching Bruce defeat Ducard]
Ra's Al Ghul: Impressive.

Ra's Al Ghul: [to Batman] You will never learn.


"Batman: The Animated Series: The Demon's Quest: Part I (#1.57)" (1993)
Ra's Al Ghul: So, they know your identity, detective.
Batman: Who are you? How did you get in here?
[Batman starts to approach, but Ubu tosses a dagger at Batman's feet, stopping him]
Ra's Al Ghul: You must forgive Ubu, detective. He is well trained. Allow me to introduce myself. I am he who is called Ra's al Ghul.
Batman: "The Demon's Head". I thought you were only a legend.
Ra's Al Ghul: I am quite real. And as I'm sure you realize by now, my reputation for resourcefulness is well-deserved.
[Handing Batman a photo displaying a captured Robin and Talia]
Ra's Al Ghul: As you can see why have a common problem. Your ward was abducted on the same night as my daughter. You do remember my daughter?
Batman: You're Talia's father?
Ra's Al Ghul: Yes, but surely you would not expect her to mention me by name.
[Ra's begins coughing uncontrollably, Batman moves to intervene but Ra's raises his arm]
Ra's Al Ghul: Keep your distance! I am merely old. Older, perhaps, than you can imagine. But not so old that I cannot assist you in your search.
Batman: I get the message.

Ra's Al Ghul: As Napoleon once told me, a strong mind can fuel a frail body.

Ra's Al Ghul: Look at it, detective. One of the last of the rain forests. The world depends upon it's oxygen, yet the rich see only profit in it's destruction. You, who belong to the over-class have much to answer for.
Batman: Bruce Wayne donates millions of dollars a year to preserve these forests.
Ra's Al Ghul: Which are being depleted at the rate of 120,000 acres a day. Does your money solve this problem? No! It will take more than wealth. It will take power, and I fear, ruthlessness. Humankind must be forced to serve the planet instead of its own appetites.
Batman: And you're the one who'll do the forcing?
Ra's Al Ghul: I am... qualified, yes. But I may not have sufficient lifetimes left to me.

Batman: You still have me at a loss, Ra's al Ghul. Just how did you learn who I am?
Ra's Al Ghul: I control a vast global organization, detective. Obviously Batman's activities require certain costly implements. It was a simple matter for my people to learn which wealthy Americans were amassing what Batman might require. The one who matched my daughter's description of you was Bruce Wayne.
Batman: Next time I'll have to glue my mask on.

Batman: [studying the picture] Look at the blade. It's used by a cult of mercenaries based in Calcutta. Even the rope appears to be made of a hemp indigenous to that area.
Ra's Al Ghul: Well done, detective. You are worthy of your reputation. To India, then! Come. I have an aircraft waiting.
[Batman walks in front of Ra's and gets shoved back roughly by Ubu]
Ubu: Infidel!
Ra's Al Ghul: Forgive my servant. He feels that no one should precede me. Call it over-zealousness.
Batman: I think I'll call it "strike one".

Ra's Al Ghul: So, how long have you known, detective, that I planned your ward's capture?
Batman: Almost from the beginning. How could you have known Robin and your daughter were abducted on the same night?
Ra's Al Ghul: Unless I had done the abducting?
Batman: Exactly. And do you think I'd have let you take me anywhere in your place unless I suspected you meant to lead me somewhere? For one thing, there were all those would-be assassins. They knew where we'd be and when. Someone had to be tipping them off, and that someone had to be you. Then there was Ubu, always by his master's side. Always very picky about letting you go ahead of everyone else. Except in Malaysia, where you knew there was danger waiting.
Ra's Al Ghul: I'm deeply impressed.

Talia Al Ghul: Wait, I can't let you leave like this. My father meant you no harm.
Batman: He had a funny way of showing it.
Ra's Al Ghul: My time is short. I have no sons. I need a man to assume my position when I am gone.
Batman: Then it was a test? But why me?
Ra's Al Ghul: Because you are most worthy. That is now proven beyond any doubt. And because my precious daughter loves you.
[Batman is taken back by the comment]
Batman: Forget it.
Ra's Al Ghul: Then this means we must be enemies. You will regret this insult, detective!


"Arrow: The Climb (#3.9)" (2014)
Ra's al Ghul: You're just a boy. Well, Mr. Queen, you failed to protect the city you love. Now you will watch it bleed.
Oliver Queen: Nobody in my city will die tonight.
Ra's al Ghul: Well, there was only one way to prevent that. You were to produce for me the one who killed Ta-Er Al-Sahfer. And yet you've come alone.
Oliver Queen: Because it was me. I killed Sara.
Nyssa al Ghul: Why would you kill a woman you once professed to love?
Oliver Queen: Because she begged me to.
Nyssa al Ghul: You lie.
Oliver Queen: It wasn't the first time Sara chose death over a life in the league. And meeting you now, I can see why.
Ra's al Ghul: I should have Sarab cleave your head off your shoulders. Not for killing my daughter's beloved, but for thinking me a fool.
Oliver Queen: By league law, I have the right to challenge you to a trail by combat.
Ra's al Ghul: It's been 67 years since a man challenged me. You covet death that much?
Oliver Queen: Do you accept?
Ra's al Ghul: Oh, yes.

Ra's al Ghul: I was 11 years old when I killed my first man. I remember the look in his face when the light went out behind his eyes. Such a sudden change, almost imperceptible, between life and death. And I felt ashamed. I had stolen from that man the most precious gift of all - life. But I also felt something else - pride, because I had taken up arms against someone who sought to do ill against my family. And I realized what I had done was necessary. You see... I have replaced evil with death. And that... is what the league exists to do. And I have killed several thousand more men since then. And the world is better for it.
Oliver Queen: You've taken your last life.
Ra's al Ghul: No. You have lived your last day. We are ready.
Nyssa al Ghul: I am envious of you. You will see her before I do.
Ra's al Ghul: Fight me, boy.
Oliver Queen: You're unarmed.
Ra's al Ghul: I'll take your blades from you once you are through with them.

Ra's al Ghul: You should take pride. You survived longer than most. Don't be afraid, my son. Death comes for us all. We can only evade it so long. Consider this an honorable exit.
[stabs Oliver in his chest, speaks in Arabic]
Ra's al Ghul: Forgive and have mercy upon him... Excuse him and pardon him... Make honorable his reception... Protect him from the punishment of the grave... And the torment of fire.


Batman Begins (2005) (VG)
Henri Ducard: Have you finally learned to do what's necessary?
Batman: [punches Ducard] I told you! There's only one man, I'll let you kill!
Henri Ducard: If not murder, what do you call this?
Batman: [throws Ducard to the ground of the train, leaving him unconscious] Justice...

Ra's al Ghul: You must have the strength to do what is necessary or you cannot lead these men into Gotham.
Batman: Gotham?
Ra's al Ghul: As Gotham's favourite son, you would be ideally placed to strike at the heart of criminality.
Batman: You can't believe this.
[he grabs a red hot poker]
Henri Ducard: Wayne, what are you doing?
Batman: What's needs to be done.
[he throws the poker at some explosives]
Ra's al Ghul: You are a fool Wayne! You will be destroyed!


The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Bruce Wayne: I watched you die.
Ra's al Ghul: I told you I was immortal.

Ra's al Ghul: You, yourself fought the decadence of Gotham for years with all your strength, all your resources, all your moral authority and the only victory you achieved was a lie. Now you understand Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die.


"Arrow: Nanda Parbat (#3.15)" (2015)
Malcolm Merlyn: Please. I was your horseman. Let me hunt for you once more. Allow me to prove to you my reborn loyalty.
Ra's al Ghul: Al Sa-Her, face your death with honor. Or at least dignity.
Malcolm Merlyn: Please don't do this.
Ra's al Ghul: There is a price you must pay for your crimes that can only be measured in agony and blood, but know I will take no pleasure in this. Take him away.

Ra's al Ghul: You tasted death, and you wanted more, but the truth is everyone and everything must come to an end. Even from one such as me.
Oliver Queen: Kill me, but spare John Diggle's life. Let him go. I will beg for it.
Ra's al Ghul: You have shown tremendous strength, fortitude, power. No, Mr. Queen, I do not want to kill you. I want you take my place. I want you to become the next Ra's al Ghul.


Batman: Arkham City (2011) (VG)
Ra's al Ghul: You cannot defeat us!

Ra's al Ghul: You should have killed me.


"Batman Beyond: Out of the Past (#3.5)" (2000)
Bruce Wayne: I should have known you'd cheat death again, Ra's.
Ra's Al Ghul: I don't cheat death, I master it. Though, I assure you, this time my longevity comes at a price most dear.
Bruce Wayne: Talia.

Ra's Al Ghul: But now this youthful form has served its purpose. It is time for me to move on to a new body: yours.
Bruce Wayne: [sarcastic] Sure, Ra's, why not? Anything to hold off the Grim Reaper another few seconds.
[contemptuous]
Bruce Wayne: I take it back. You don't cheat death, you whimper in fear of it.
Ra's Al Ghul: [backhands him] Silence!
Bruce Wayne: And you hit like a girl.


"Young Justice: Targets (#1.10)" (2011)
Ra's al Ghul: The evening's agenda was to create strife between nations -not my assasins.
Cheshire: [Chesire kneels before Ra's al Ghul] Master.
Ra's al Ghul: And client. So twice disappointed in your failure.


"Young Justice: Infiltrator (#1.6)" (2011)
L-2: Once again the young... heroes interfere. So it's fortunate that we have an operative... on the inside.


"Batman: The Animated Series: Showdown (#4.2)" (1995)
[Ra's reveals the identity of his captive]
Batman: Duvall.
Robin: It can't be! He'd be over a hundred years old!
Ra's Al Ghul: He was sentenced to fifty years at hard labor. Of course no one expected him to survive that sentence. No one but me.
Batman: The Lazarus Pit.
Ra's Al Ghul: When he was a young man. Though even its powers cannot restore him now. When his sentence was completed, Arkady simply wandered away. The privations he had suffered had left his mind shattered. I had lost track of him until I found him in that rest home.
Batman: You left Duvall to his fate a century ago. Why come back for him now?
Ra's Al Ghul: Did you really imagine, Detective, that in my six-hundred years of life, that I had sired only one offspring? Even before the Phoenix debacle I realized that Arkady was too mentally unbalanced and cruel to wisely rule my empire.
Batman: But you didn't forget him.
Ra's Al Ghul: What father can ever forget his son? Come Detective, I've still a few good years left. We will cross swords some other time. But for now... let me take my boy home.


"Batman: The Animated Series: The Demon's Quest: Part II (#1.58)" (1993)
Ubu: [Batman, in disguise, fights Ubu and knocks him to the ground, keeping him there with multiple punches. Batman is then restrained by several of Ra's Al Ghul's henchmen. Ubu grunts as he stands back up] For this indignity I will see you suffer!
[Raises hand to strike Batman]
Ra's Al Ghul: Enough! What is the meaning of this disturbance, Ubu?
Ubu: Forgive me, master. But I discovered this most unworthy one spying.
Ra's Al Ghul: Oh. I believe I would have a closer look at one so foolish... or so brave.
Ubu: [Ra's Al Ghul unmasks Batman's disguise revealing his cowl] You?
Ra's Al Ghul: My admiration for you was well-founded, detective.
Batman: Too bad I can't say the same.
Ubu: [Batman is relived of the rest of his disguise] Shall I dispatch him, master?
Ra's Al Ghul: No. For now, just relive him of that cumbersome belt.
[Belt is removed]
Ra's Al Ghul: Oh, and search him. Make certain that he conceals no surprises which might enable him to escape.
Batman: You have nothing to lose by telling me what you're doing here!
Ra's Al Ghul: [Batman is stripped of his gloves, cape, and shirt by the henchmen] Yes, I suppose I do owe you that much, detective, since in many ways you are responsible for it. You see, I had hoped to achieve my vision of an earthly utopia gradually over time, with my heir carrying on my work after I was gone. But your refusal to become my heir has left me no other choice.
Ubu: [Ubu reaches for Batman's cowl] His mask, master?
Ra's Al Ghul: No, leave it. It is a mark of honor. Even though because of him I must now use what I call the 'Lazarus Effect' to achieve my utopia in one bold stroke.
Batman: [is escorted to Ra's Al Ghul's command center] How?
Ra's Al Ghul: The material of the pit is an unknown chemical stew that bubbles to the earth's surface only at certain key places. Even now my people are placing bombs such as that one over the various Lazarus pits around the world. These bombs are electronically linked to a private satellite already in Earth orbit.
Batman: Morpheus!
Ra's Al Ghul: Precisely! And at the moment when sun and moon are in proper alignment to cause the greatest upheaval in earth's geomagnetic field, I shall send a signal to that satellite beginning a countdown. Precisely! And at the moment when sun and moon are in proper alignment to cause the greatest upheaval in earth's geomagnetic field, I shall send a signal to that satellite beginning a countdown.
[Collage of images showing what will happen]
Ra's Al Ghul: Five minutes thereafter one bomb will be lowered deep into the heart of each pit. The satellite will in turn relay a microwave signal that will detonate all the bombs simultaneously. The multiple explosions will result in a global chain reaction. All the Lazarus pits throughout the world will overflow. The globe will be saturated with their chemical solution and when the resultant cataclysm has abated there will come a blessed peace. And this poor defiled planet shall find itself restored to its former pristine glory.
Batman: But that will cost countless lives!
Ra's Al Ghul: Actually, detective, we have counted. 2,56,986,000. A most impressing plan, would you not agree?


"Arrow: The Magician (#3.4)" (2014)
Ra's al Ghul: There is a sadness in your voice.
Nyssa al Ghul: Ta-er al-Sahfer. She has fallen
Ra's al Ghul: Sara Lance is dead?