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Donnie Darko (Character)
from Donnie Darko (2001)

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Donnie Darko (2001)
[to Cherita Chen]
Donnie: I promise that one day, everything's gonna be better for you.
Cherita Chen: [with accent] Shut up!

Ronald Fisher: Beer and pussy. That's all I need.
Sean Smith: We gotta find ourselves a Smurfette.
Ronald Fisher: Smurfette?
Sean Smith: Mm-hmm. Not some, like, tight-ass Middlesex chick, you know? Like, this cute little blonde that will get down and dirty with the guys. Like Smurfette does.
Donnie: Smurfette doesn't fuck.
Sean Smith: That's bullshit. Smurfette fucks all the other Smurfs. Why do you think Papa Smurf made her? Because all the other Smurfs were getting too horny.
Ronald Fisher: No, no, no, not Vanity. I heard he was a homosexual.
Sean Smith: Okay, well, you know what? Then she fucks them while Vanity watches. Okay?
Ronald Fisher: What about Papa Smurf? I mean, he must get in on all the action.
Sean Smith: Yeah, what he does, he films the gang-bang. Later on, he beats off to the tape.
Donnie: [matter-of-factly] First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village. But the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario - It just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants. That's what's so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. What's the point of living... if you don't have a dick?
Ronald Fisher: [pause] Damn it, Donnie. Why do you gotta get so smart on us?

Samantha Darko: Why do I have to sleep with Donnie? He stinks.
Donnie: When you fall asleep tonight, I'm gonna fart in your face.

Donnie: How can you do that?
Frank: I can do anything I want. And so can you.

[At the school assembly speaking out against Jim Cunningham]
Donnie: You want your sister to lose weight? Tell her to get off the couch, stop eating Twinkies and maybe go out for field hockey. You know what? No one ever knows what they want to be when they grow up. You know, it takes a little, little while to find that out. Right, Jim? And you. Yeah, you. Sick of some jerk shoving your head down the toilet? Well, you know what? Maybe you should lift some weights or take a karate lesson. And the next time he tries to do it, you kick him in the balls.

Donnie: Where did you come from?
Frank: Do you believe in time travel?

Donnie: What happened to your eye?
Frank: I'm so sorry.

Donnie: So, what do I tell the other kids when they ask about you?
Karen Pommeroy: Tell them that everything is gonna be just fine.

Gretchen: My mom had to get a restraining order against my stepdad. He has emotional problems.
Donnie: Oh, I have those, too. What kind of emotional problems does your dad have?
Gretchen: He stabbed my mom four times in the chest.
Donnie: Oh.

Donnie: I made a new friend.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Real or imaginary?
Donnie: Imaginary.

Frank: 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds. That is when the world will end.
Donnie: Why?

Gretchen: You're weird.
Donnie: Sorry.
Gretchen: No, that was a compliment actually.

[from the Extended and Deleted Scenes. The class is discussing "Watership Down"]
Karen Pommeroy: When the other rabbits hear of Fiver's vision, do they believe him?
Donnie: Why should we care?
Karen Pommeroy: Because the rabbits are us, Donnie.
Donnie: Why should I mourn for a rabbit like it was human?
Karen Pommeroy: Are you saying that the death of one species is less tragic than another?
Donnie: Of course. The rabbit's not like us. It has no history books, no photographs, no knowledge of sorrow or regret. I mean, I'm sorry, Miss Pommeroy. Don't get me wrong. You know, I like rabbits and all. They're cute and they're horny. And if you're cute and you're horny, then you're probably happy that you don't know who you are or why you're even alive. You just wanna have sex as many times as possible before you die. I just don't see the point in crying over a dead rabbit, you know, who never even feared death to begin with.

Donnie: Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

Gretchen: "Donnie Darko." What the hell kind of name is that? It's like some sort of superhero or something.
Donnie: What makes you think I'm not?

Donnie: [in a letter] Dear Roberta Sparrow, I have reached the end of your book and there are so many things that I need to ask you. Sometimes I'm afraid of what you might tell me. Sometimes I'm afraid that you'll tell me that this is not a work of fiction. I can only hope that the answers will come to me in my sleep. I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.

Dr. Lilian Thurman: Donnie, what did Roberta Sparrow say to you?
Donnie: She said that every living creature on Earth dies alone.

Donnie: [to his mother] How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?
Rose Darko: It feels wonderful.

Donnie: You're such a fuck-ass!
Rose Darko: Please.
Elizabeth: What? Did you just call me a "fuck-ass"?
Rose Darko: Elizabeth, that's enough.
Elizabeth: You can go suck a fuck.
Donnie: Oh, please, tell me, Elizabeth, how exactly does one suck a fuck?
Elizabeth: You want me to tell you?
Donnie: Please, tell me.
Rose Darko: We will not have this at the dinner table.
Donnie: [Mouthing] I'm all ears!

Donnie: Frank. When's this gonna stop?
Frank: You should already know that.

Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you feel alone right now?
Donnie: Oh, I don't know. I mean, I'd like to believe I'm not, but I just... I've just never seen any proof, so I... I just don't debate it anymore, you know? It's like I could spend my whole life debating it over and over again, weighing the pros and cons. And in the end, I still wouldn't have any proof. So I just... I just don't debate it anymore. It's absurd.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: The search for God is absurd?
Donnie: It is if everyone dies alone.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Does that scare you?
Donnie: I don't want to be alone.

Jim Cunningham: Son... Do you see this?
Donnie: Right?
Jim Cunningham: This is an anger prisoner. A textbook example.
Donnie: Anger prisoner.
Jim Cunningham: Do you see the fear, people? This boy is scared to death of the truth. Son, it breaks my heart to say this, but I believe you are a very troubled and confused young man. I believe you are searching for the answers in all the wrong places.
Donnie: You're right, actually. I am pretty... I'm pretty troubled and I'm pretty confused, but I... And I'm afraid. Really, really afraid. Really afraid. But I-I think you're the fucking Antichrist.

Donnie: [Talking about portals through space-time] Well, could these portals, um... Could these portals just appear anywhere, anytime?
Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: I think that's highly unlikely. No, I think what you're talking about is an act of God.
Donnie: Well, if God controls time, then all time is pre-decided.
Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: I'm not following you.
Donnie: Every living thing follows along a set path. And if you could see your path or channel, then you could see into the future, right? Like, uh... It's a form of time travel.
Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: Well, you're-you're contradicting yourself there, Donnie. If we were able to see our destinies manifest themselves visually, then we would be given a choice to betray our chosen destinies. And the mere fact that this choice exists would make all preformed destiny, uh, come to an end.
Donnie: Not if you travel within God's channel.
Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: Um, I'm not going to be able to continue this conversation.
Donnie: Why?
Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: I could lose my job.
Donnie: Okay.

Donnie: Well, look... You want to go with me?
Gretchen: Where do you want to go?
Donnie: I mean, like, "go" with me. Like, you know... Like, it's what we call it here. "Going together."
Gretchen: Sure.
[pauses for a moment, turns and walks away]
Donnie: Okay. Hey, where are you going?
Gretchen: I'm going home.

[Donnie tries to kiss Gretchen and she pulls away]
Donnie: I - I'm sorry. I...
Gretchen: Look, Donnie, wait.
Donnie: I like you a lot.
Gretchen: I just want it to be at a time when it...
Donnie: When what?
Gretchen: When it reminds me just...
Donnie: When it reminds you how beautiful the world can be?
Gretchen: Yeah.
[turns her head]
Gretchen: And right now there's some fat guy over there staring at us.

Donnie: [reading lifeline card] "Ling Ling finds a wallet on the ground filled with money. She takes the wallet to the address on the driver's license but keeps the money inside the wallet."
Donnie: I'm... I'm sorry, Mrs. Farmer. I don't get this.

Donnie: Well, life isn't that simple. I mean, who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love.
Kitty Farmer: Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions.
Donnie: Okay. But you're not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can't just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else.

Donnie: [discussing his parents] They didn't buy me what I wanted for Christmas.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: What did you want for Christmas that year?
Donnie: Hungry, Hungry Hippos.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: And how did you feel, being denied these Hungry, Hungry Hippos?
Donnie: Regret.

Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you still think about girls a lot?
Donnie: [Under hypnosis] Yeah.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: How are things going at school?
Donnie: I think about girls a lot.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: I asked you about school, Donnie.
Donnie: I think about fucking a lot during school.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: What else do you think about during school?
Donnie: Married with Children.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you think about your family?
Donnie: I just turn down the volume and think about fucking Christina Applegate.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: I asked you about your family, Donnie.
Donnie: [Chuckling] No. I don't think about fucking my family. That's gross.

Donnie: [taking a cigarette] What happens if tell Mom and Dad about this, Sam?
Samantha Darko: You'll put Ariel in the garbage disposal.
Donnie: Goddamn right I will.

[Seth is holding a knife to Donnie's throat as a car approaches along the road]
Seth Devlin: Did you call the fucking cops?
Donnie: Deus ex machina.
Seth Devlin: What did you just say? What the fuck did you just say?
Donnie: Our savior.

Donnie: [reading poem in class] "'A storm is coming,' Frank says. 'A storm that will swallow the children. And I will deliver them from the kingdom of Bane. I'll deliver the children back to their doorsteps. I'll send the monsters back to the underground. I'll send them back to a place where no one else can see them except for me, 'cause I am Donnie Darko.'"

Donnie: [to Pommeroy, about the Graham Greene story] Well, they say it right when they flood the house, and they tear it to shreds that, like, uh, destruction is a form of creation. So the fact that they burn the money is ironic. They just want to see what happens when they tear the world apart. They want to change things.

Dr. Lilian Thurman: What is going to happen?
Donnie: [crying] Frank is gonna kill.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Who is he going to kill? Who is he going to kill, Donnie?
Donnie: [sees Frank] I can see him right now!

Elizabeth: You can go suck a fuck.
Donnie: Oh, please, tell me, Elizabeth, how exactly does one suck a fuck?

Sean Smith: [at the bus stop ] That's some good shit, huh?
Donnie: It's a fucking cigarette.

Donnie: I'm going home.

Donnie: The sky's gonna open up.

Donnie: I have to obey him. He saved my life. I have to obey him, or I'll be left all alone. And then... And then I won't be able to figure out what this is all about. I won't be able to know his master plan.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you mean *God's* master plan? Do you now believe in God?
Donnie: I have the power to build a time machine.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: How is that possible? How is time travel possible? Donnie?
Donnie: Time's up, Frank said.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: When is this going to happen?
Donnie: S-S-Soon.

Donnie: I was in jail once. I mean I accidentally burned down this house. It was abandoned, but still, I got held back in school and I can't drive until I'm 21. But I'm over all of that. I... I... I'm painting and stuff. Writing. I want to be a writer, or maybe a painter, I don't know, or maybe both. I'll write a book and draw the pictures. Then maybe people will understand me. I don't know, change things.

Frank: Is she dead?... What were you guys doing in the middle of the road, huh? What are you thinking?
[Donnie shoots Frank]
Donnie: [Close to tears, to Frank's passenger] Go home! Go home and tell your parents everything's going to be OK. Go!

Donnie: [to Jim Cunningham] I think you're the fucking anti-Christ.

Donnie: I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.

Samantha Darko: [not understanding the conversation] When will *I* "squeeze one out?"
Donnie: Not until 8th grade.