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Apollo Creed (Character)
from Rocky (1976)

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Rocky III (1982)
[During Rocky's training with Apollo, he's in an another world, haunted by the first Balboa-Lang fight; Apollo lands some practice hooks]
Apollo Creed: He's hooking. He's hooking. He's hooking! Damn, Rock, Come on! What's the matter with you?
Rocky Balboa: Tomorrow. Let's do it tomorrow.
Apollo Creed: [Screaming] There is no tomorrow! THERE IS NO TOMORROW! THERE IS NO TOMORROW!

Apollo Creed: Now, when we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man; the edge! And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning. You know what I mean?

Apollo Creed: See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man.

Apollo Creed: You thought I was tough? This chump will kill you!

Apollo Creed: You know Stallion?
Rocky Balboa: What?
Apollo Creed: It's too bad we've got to get old.

Apollo Creed: You know, Stallion? It's too bad we gotta get old, huh?
Rocky Balboa: Ah, just keep punchin', Apollo... you want to ring the bell?
Apollo Creed: Alright... Ding Ding.

Apollo Creed: Now, when you beat me, you beat me by one... ONE... second. Now do you know what something like that does to a man of my intelligence?
Rocky Balboa: I thought you said you got over it.
Apollo Creed: I lied.

Apollo Creed: Can he swim?
Paulie: With a name like "Rock"!

Paulie: Don't listen to it, Rocky.
Apollo Creed: No, do listen to it Rock. Because when it's over, everybody's gonna owe you an engraved apology. And you're gonna owe me a favor.
Rocky Balboa: What favor?
Apollo Creed: When it's over Rock.

Apollo Creed: [during the rematch with Lang] He's gettin' killed out there!
Paulie: No, no, no! He ain't gettin' killed; he's gettin' mad!

Apollo Creed: If you stand toe-to-toe with this bum, he'll kill you. It doesn't take a man to stand there and get your head beat off...! He's just a man, Rock, so be MORE man than him! Go get him; Eye Of the Tiger!

Clubber Lang: [before the rematch with Rocky] Hey, boy. Hey, boy. After I crucify him, you next.
Apollo Creed: Just stay outta my face, chump.
[turns his back on Clubber]
Clubber Lang: Don't turn your back on me, sucka!
[he shoves Apollo and a melee breaks out]
Rocky Balboa: [after the scuffle is broken up] I thought you said be cool!
Apollo Creed: That *was* cool!

Apollo Creed: So I predict that the champ's gonna take this one.
Sportscaster: Now wait a minute! Do you really think the champ can hit that hard?
Apollo Creed: Why do you think I'm sitting out here with you?

Title announcer: We'd like to announce the presence at ringside of a true champion; the Master of Disaster, the Count of Monte Fisto, the one, the only Apollo Creed!
[Creed enters the ring and walks over to Lang]
Clubber Lang: [slaps Creed's hand away] Get out of my face! I don't need no has-beens in my corner. And you better wipe that look off your face before I knock it off. You wanna jump, JUMP! Come on! Come on, Creed! Come on!
Apollo Creed: [Creed walks away to speak to Rocky] Do everybody a favor and knock this chump out.

Title rematch commentator: Do you have any predictions on this fight? How do you see this fight going?
Apollo Creed: Well, I feel that strength would have to go to the challenger, while experience and the WORLD'S HARDEST HEAD would HAVE to go to Rocky Balboa, and you know I know about that!


Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky: Champ, look this fight's over. I gotta stop it.
Apollo: No, no.
Rocky: Look, you can't do no more out there!
Apollo: I'm here to fight.
Rocky: He's killing ya. I gotta stop this thing.
Apollo: I'm here to fight, promise me you're not gonna stop this fight.
Commentator #1: Boy I'll tell ya that was a pulverizing round for the ex-champion.
Commentator #2 in Las Vegas: Hey guys, Ivan Drago is definitely for real!
Apollo: [His last words] I want you to promise me you're not gonna stop this fight, no matter what. No matter what!

Apollo: We always have to be in the middle of the action 'cause we're the warriors. And without some challenge, without some damn war to fight then the warriors might as well be dead, Stallion. Now I'm asking you - as a friend - stand by my side this one last time.

Apollo: Without some damn war to fight, then the warrior may as well be dead, Stallion!

Apollo: Maybe you don't know what I'm talking about now, but believe me you will when it's over. You will when it's over.

Apollo: Nah, I'm not angry with him. I just wanna show the whole world that RUSSIA doesn't have all the best athletes!
Apollo: Well, I've been with the best, and I've BEAT the best! I've retired more men than Social Security!

Nicoli Koloff: [at the Creed-Drago press conference] You are not very realistic, are you, Mr. Creed?
Apollo: Now who is this guy? Where did you come from?
Nicoli Koloff: You can box, yes. But you are far too old to think that you can beat Drago.
Apollo: Is that a fact?
Nicoli Koloff: Yes. And it could be a painful one!

Apollo: [In the dining room] His just an amateur, his big and stronger but his clumsy I know I can beat him
Adrian: Why do you want to fight him?
Apollo: Let's just say it's something I believe in
Adrian: [to Rocky Jr] Go finish your homework
Rocky Jr.: Ok, later dad later uncle Paulie later Apollo.
Paulie: [to as he Rocky Jr. leaves] later big man
Paulie: Don't you think people expect Rocky to whack this bum out first?
Apollo: Yeah and he will this is just an exhibition bout, its kids' stuff
Adrian: What's the purpose? What's it worth getting hurt at this point in your life?
Adrian: I don't want that chump coming over here with all that hype, they're trying to make us look bad, they tried every other way, with Rock's help we'd get great media coverage and make them look bad for a change
Adrian: I think it's wrong
Apollo: No it's never been right
Adrian: You're a great fighter but you've been retired for nearly five years don't you think it's time to start thinking about something else? How much more can you take? Either of you?


Rocky II (1979)
[At a press conference for fight]
Paulie: His lungs he's gonna punch out.
Apollo: Now who is that? Al Capone?
Paulie: I don't sweat you.

Apollo: [Apollo is reading fan mail] Mary Anne, you listen to this. "You didn't beat nobody and anybody who knows boxing knows the fight was fixed." This one came from London. "You call yourself the champ? You're a fake! The fight was a fake. Go kill yourself!"
Mary Anne Creed: Wouldn't you rather play with the children than read hate mail?
Apollo: "How much did you get to carry that bum for 15 rounds? You are a disgrace to your people."
Mary Anne Creed: Why can't you ignore it?
Apollo: Are you serious?
[Tosses the mail away in anger]

Apollo: Do you think I beat him the last time?
Duke: You got the decision.
Apollo: Man, I won! But I didn't beat him!

Apollo: [outside after the first fight] Come on! Right here! Let's finish this fight!
Rocky Balboa: Is he serious?

Ring Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen! In a stunning upset, scoring the win by a knockout, the new Heavyweight Champion of the World...
Rocky Balboa: You're great.
Ring Announcer: Rocky Balboa!
[Cheering grows louder]
Apollo: Good luck.

Duke: [after round 1 of rematch with Balboa who is fighting right handed] Alright, did the switching bother ya?
Apollo: Nothin' bothered me, man, nothin' bothered me.
Duke: Well then, you should've had him! Now don't let up on this man. This man is dangerous. This man is DANGEROUS!
Apollo: This man is dangerous? I'm dangerous! I'm dangerous!

Rocky Balboa: [Just outside doorway of Apollo's hospital room after first fight] Yo, Apollo?
Apollo: [In hospital bed] Yeah, who is it?
Rocky Balboa: Its just me, Rocky. Listen, could you answer me one question?
Apollo: Yeah, sure
Rocky Balboa: Did you give me your best?
Apollo: Yeah... yeah.
Rocky Balboa: Thank you.


Rocky (1976)
Apollo Creed: Stay in school and use your brain. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather briefcase. Forget about sports as a profession. Sports make ya grunt and smell. See, be a thinker, not a stinker.

Apollo Creed: Ain't gonna be no rematch.
Rocky: Don't want one.

Apollo Creed: Apollo Creed vs. the Italian Stallion. Sounds like a damn monster movie.

Apollo Creed: You'd better stop this fight! You ain't nothin' but a bum!

Apollo's Trainer: Hey, champ, you oughta come and look at this boy you're gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business.
Apollo Creed: Yeah, yeah. I mean business too.

[Apollo is looking thru a book of Philadelphia fighters]
Jergens: What exactly are you looking for Apollo?
Apollo Creed: This is who I'm looking for. The Italian Stallion.
Jergens: Rocky Balboa? Never heard of him.
Apollo Creed: Look it's the name man. The I-talian Stallion. The media will eat it up. Now who discovered America? An Italian right? What better way to get it on than with one of its descendants?
Apollo's Trainer: He's a southpaw. I don't want you messing with southpaws. They do everything backwards
Apollo Creed: Southpaw nothing. I'll drop him in three. Apollo Creed meets the Italian Stallion. Now that sounds like a damn monster movie.