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Will Graham (Character)
from "Hannibal" (2013)

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Red Dragon (2002)
Will Graham: I might not have time.
Hannibal Lecter: I do. I have oodles.

Lloyd Bowman: What about sweating Lecter?
Will Graham: We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princeton student; he gave them a recipe for dip.

Will Graham: I thought you might enjoy the challenge. Find out if you're smarter than the person I'm looking for.
Hannibal Lecter: Then, by implication, you think you're smarter than I am, since it was you who caught me.
Will Graham: No, I know I'm not smarter than you.
Hannibal Lecter: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had... disadvantages.
Hannibal Lecter: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

Will Graham: [to Reba] There's nothing wrong with you... except your hair. Your hair is a train wreck.

Will Graham: I need your opinion now.
Hannibal Lecter: Then here's one... you stink of fear under that cheap lotion. You stink of fear Will, but you're not a coward. You fear me, but still you came here. You fear this shy boy, yet still you seek him out. Don't you understand, Will? You caught me because we're very much alike. Without our imaginations, we'd be like all those other poor... dullards. Fear... is the price of our instrument. But I can help you bear it.

Will Graham: He's not collecting body parts. He's eating them.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Tell me, when you saw Lecter's murders, their style, so to speak, were you able perhaps to reconstruct his fantasies? And, if so, did you jot down any impressions?
Will Graham: No.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Let me be frank, Mr. Graham. The first definitive analysis of Lecter will be a publisher's wet dream. I'd give you full credit, of course
[Graham towards cell door]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Dammit, man, you must have some advice. You caught him. What was your trick?
Will Graham: I let him kill me.

Will Graham: What is taking him so long?
Molly: Are you kidding? It takes him 20 minutes to get out of bed in the morning.
Will Graham: Yeah, but now I have a serious marshmallow jones.

Will Graham: He's not going to stop.
Woman Detective: Why not?
Will Graham: Because it makes him God. Would *you* give that up?

[Chilton is explaining the difficulty he's had with Lecter]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: So, you can imagine the stir your little visit is causing among my staff. If you'd care to share some insights...?
Will Graham: Dr. Chilton, I'm sorry. I've got a 4:17 flight back to Atlanta.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: [irritated] Of course.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: There's no paper clips in there. No staples, brads, or ring-binders.
Will Graham: No, I read the security protocols, Dr. Chilton.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Then see you observe them. Though, it is perhaps gratuitous to warn you of all people about how dangerous he can be.

Francis Dolarhyde: Drop it. Do it now gumshoe. Your son is about to change. Then your wife. You can watch, then I'll take care of you.
[Will drops knife]
Will Graham: [to Josh] Look at you! I have never seen a child as disgusting as you! You pissed your pants? How dare you! You want me to cut it off? Is that what you want me to do, you little freak? Don't cry at me you little faggot. Apologize! Say "I'm sorry daddy, I'm a dirty little beast, I'm a freak!... " Say it!
Josh Graham: No.
Will Graham: Say it!
Josh Graham: No, daddy.
Will Graham: Say it or I will cut it off! "... I'm a dirty little beast, freak, hare lip, and no one will ever love me!"

Jack Crawford: How much do you know?
Will Graham: Just what was in the Miami Herald and the Times. Two families killed a month apart in their homes... Birmingham and Atlanta. Circumstances were similar.
Jack Crawford: Not similar, the same.

Byron Metcalf: Son, just tell me you're going to nail that son of a bitch.
Will Graham: We're doing our best.

Jack Crawford: If that painting meant so much to him, why destroy it? And why didn't he kill those two women at the museum? They both got a good look at him.
Will Graham: Maybe he's trying to stop.

Will Graham: This guy's very strong. He's possibly a bodybuilder. He might have some kind of facial disfigurement. He drives a van or a panel truck.
Mr. Fisk: [to the secretary] Sounds like Mr. D.
Chromalux Secretary: Oh, my God.
Jack Crawford: Who's Mr. D?
Mr. Fisk: [to Jack] It's Francis Dolarhyde. He's our manager and technical supervisor.

Hannibal Lecter: That's the same atrocious aftershave you wore in court.
Will Graham: I keep getting it for Christmas.
Hannibal Lecter: Christmas, yes. Did you get my card?

Will Graham: [mocking Hannibal] Your cell looks bigger with no books in it.

Will Graham: [consoling Reba] You didn't draw a freak, you drew a man with a freak on his back.

Jack Crawford: [after Will's visit to Lecter] What do you suppose he meant by "see them living"?
Will Graham: I don't know. I don't know, maybe nothing. It's hard to separate his bullshit.

Will Graham: Jack, there's only one way to carry on a conversation that's one-way blind.
Jack Crawford: Publication.

Manhunter (1986)
Will Graham: I know that I'm not smarter than you.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had disadvantages.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

Will Graham: It's just you and me now, sport. And I'm going to find you, God damn it.

Will Graham: This started from an abused kid, a battered infant... There's something terrible about...
Jack Crawford: What are you, sympathizing with this guy?
Will Graham: Absolutely... My heart bleeds for him, as a child. Someone took a kid and manufactured a monster. At the same time, as an adult, he's irredeemable. He butchers whole families to pursue trivial fantasies... As an adult, someone should blow the sick fuck out of his socks...
Will Graham: Do you think that's a contradiction, Jack? Does this kind of understanding make you uncomfortable?

Molly: You're talking - about doing exactly what you said you'd...
Will Graham: This killing... it's gotta stop.
Molly: William... you're gonna make yourself sick or get yourself killed.

Freddy Lounds: How does working on this case affect your sex life?
Will Graham: Mine? It doesn't affect mine, it affects yours. Go fuck yourself!

Will Graham: l'm sick of you, Lecktor. If you've got something to say, say it!
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: l want to help you, Will. You'd be more comfortable if you relaxed with yourself! We don't invent our natures, they're issued to us with our lungs and pancreas and everything else. Why fight it?
Will Graham: Fight what?
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Did you really feel depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbes to death? l think you probably did. But it wasn't the act that got to you. Didn't you feel so bad, because killing him felt so good? And why shouldn't it feel good? lt must feel good to God. He does it all the time. God's terrific! He dropped a church roof on 34 of his worshippers in Texas last Wednesday night, just as they were groveling through a hymn to his majesty. Don't you think that felt good?
Will Graham: Why does it feel good, Dr. Lecktor?
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: lt feels good because God has power. lf one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is. God's a champ. He always stays ahead. He got 140 Phillipinos in one plane crash last year. Remember that earthquake in ltaly last spring?

Kevin Graham: When are you gonna kill him?
Will Graham: I'm not. It's only my job to find him.

Lloyd Bowman: What about sweating Lecktor?
Will Graham: We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princeton student; he gave 'em a recipe for potato chip dip.

[to Jack, about the Tooth Fairy]
Will Graham: You think I'm gonna see him standing in the street and say "there he is"? That's Houdini you're thinking of.

Jack Crawford: Look, admit we struck out this month. The lear jet is standing by. The basic lab stuff is on it. You, Zeller, Jimmy Price, the photographer. Anywhere he hits, we can be there in an hour and fifteen minutes. We get the call, we roll. The scene will be fresh. Fresher then we've ever had it.
Will Graham: It's not over yet.
Jack Crawford: Oh, for Christ's sake, it's a foregone conclusion! It's 11:30 P.M., the full moon is happening tonight. Give it up. Forget this month. It's too damn late.
Will Graham: I gave it up! Till you showed up with pictures of two dead families, knowing God damn well that I'd imagine families three, four, five and six. Right?
Jack Crawford: You're fucking right I did! And I'd do it again!
Will Graham: Great! But don't talk to me about late, pal! I'll tell you when it's too fucking late! Until then, we go as late as I wanna take it!

[Will remembers the recording on the Leeds' answering machine]
Mrs. Leeds: [recording] Hi, this is Valerie Leeds. Sorry, I can't come to the phone right now.
Will Graham: I'm sorry, too.

[the subject of Hannibal Lector has been brought up]
Kevin Graham: What happened?
Will Graham: Well, Lector was attacking college girls, and he killed them.
Kevin Graham: How?
Will Graham: In bad ways.

Jack Crawford: Listen, Will, have you seen this week's Tattler?
Will Graham: [scoffs] It's not on my preferred reading list, Jack.
Jack Crawford: Yeah, well, uh... your picture's all over the front page.
Will Graham: Who the hell was it? Lounds?
Jack Crawford: Of course. Who else?
Will Graham: Damn it, Jack! I promised Molly. I promised her!

[first lines]
Jack Crawford: We should have talked at the boatyard. You don't wanna talk about it here.
Will Graham: I'm not fallin' all over myself to talk about much anywhere, Jack.

[last lines]
Molly: [looking at the turtles in the hatchery] Hom many of 'em made it!
Will Graham: Most of 'em... Most of 'em made it!

Jack Crawford: So what are we doing?
Will Graham: The dream. He dreams about being wanted and desired. So he changes people into beings who want and desire him.
Jack Crawford: Changes?
Will Graham: It's a word. Killing and arranging the people to imitate it. And Lecktor told me something: "If one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is." You put it together, you get: If our boy imitates being wanted and desired enough times, he believes he will become one who is wanted and desired and accepted. It'll all come true.

Will Graham: He never regained consciousness. Did you hear the tape?
Jack Crawford: Yeah. Listen, Bowman just broke the code that Lektor used in the Tattler personal ad. It was the State of Maryland statutes. You need to know what it said right now?
Will Graham: What?
Jack Crawford: Listen to me, everything's OK, I've taken care of it.
Will Graham: What is it, Jack?
Jack Crawford: [angry] Bastard gave him your home address. It said 'Graham home, 3860 DeSoto Highway, Cativa, Florida. Save yourself, kill them all.'

Will Graham: [watching the Leeds and Jacobi films side by side] And you know you need a bolt-cutter and every other Goddamn thing... Because everything with you is seeing, isn't it? Your primary sensory intake that makes your dream live is seeing... Reflections... Mirrors... Images...
Will Graham: [stunned realization] You've seen these films! Haven't you, my man?

"Hannibal: Coquilles (#1.5)" (2013)
Will Graham: I'm sorry it's so early.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Never apologize for coming to me. Office hours are for patients. My kitchen is always open to friends.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You entered into a devil's bargain with Jack Crawford. It takes a toll.
Will Graham: No, Jack isn't the devil.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When it comes to how far he's willing to push you to get what he wants, he's certainly no saint.

Jack Crawford: There are no jurisdictional rivalries here. The local police begged us to take this. Where's your head?
Will Graham: It's on my pillow. I didn't sleep.
Jack Crawford: Got just the thing to wake you up.
[Will and Jack enter the grisly crime scene]
Will Graham: Okay, I'm awake.

Will Graham: Did you just smell me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Difficult to avoid. I really must introduce you to a finer aftershave. That smells like something with a ship on the bottle.
Will Graham: Well, I keep getting it for Christmas.

Beverly Katz: "Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven's claws."
Brian Zeller: Robert Frost.
Will Graham: Jim Morrison.
Beverly Katz: Even a drunk with a flair for the dramatic can convince himself he's God. Or the Lizard King.
Jimmy Price: God makes angels. Jesus was fond of fishermen. Are we talking hardcore Judeo Christian upsetting, or just upsetting in general?
Will Graham: This is a very specific upsetting.
Brian Zeller: Increased serotonin in the wounds is much higher than the free histamines, so, uh... she lived for about fifteen minutes after she was skinned.
Jimmy Price: Powder residue on the neck of the soda bottle shows Vecuronium - scotch and soda and a paralytic agent.
Brian Zeller: Kneeling in supplication at the feet of G-dash-D.
Jimmy Price: Supplication is the most common form of prayer. "Gimme, gimme, gimme."
Will Graham: They weren't praying to him. They were praying for him. He's afraid.
Beverly Katz: What is somebody who could do something like this afraid of?
Will Graham: What's in his vomit?
Jimmy Price: Uh... dexamethosone...
Brian Zeller: That's used for patients with tumors.
Jimmy Price: ...Keppra...
Brian Zeller: He was epileptic. Radiation?
Jimmy Price: Gamma four.
Brian Zeller: Steroids for the inflammation, anticonvulsants for the seizures, radiation for the chemotherapy. Our guy has a brain tumor.
Will Graham: He's afraid of dying in his sleep. He's making angels to watch over him.

"Hannibal: Apéritif (#1.1)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: I don't find you very interesting.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.

Will Graham: Don't psychoanalyze me. You won't like me when I'm psychoanalyzed.

Special Agent Will Graham: This is my design.

"Hannibal: Oeuf (#1.4)" (2013)
Will Graham: Captor bonding. It's a passive psychological response to a new master. Been an essential survival tool for a million years. You bond with your captor, you survive. You don't, you're breakfast.

Will Graham: Capture bonding. It's a passive psychological response to a new master. Been an essential survival tool for a million years. You bond with your capture, you survive. You don't, you're breakfast.

"Hannibal: Su-zakana (#2.8)" (2014)
Will Graham: I prefer sins of omission to outright lies, Dr. Lecter. Don't lie to me.

Will Graham: I don't want to kill you, Dr. Lecter. Not now that I finally find you interesting.

"Hannibal: Mizumono (#2.13)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I have let you know me, see me. I gave you a rare gift, but you didn't want it.
Will Graham: Didn't I?

Will Graham: I already did.

"Hannibal: Amuse-Bouche (#1.2)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: Therapy is an acquired taste I have yet to acquire.

"Hannibal: Savoureux (#1.13)" (2013)
[evidence suggests Will murdered Abigail Hobbs]
Will Graham: Hi.
Dr. Alana Bloom: Hi.
Will Graham: You look flushed. Have you been yelling?
Dr. Alana Bloom: Screaming is more like it.

"Hannibal: Potage (#1.3)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: It isn't very smart to piss off a guy who thinks about killing people for a living.