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Odysseus (Character)
from Troy (2004)

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Troy (2004)
Odysseus: [Achilles throws his spear into a nearby tree] Your reputation for hospitality is fast becoming legend.

Achilles: Why? Are the Greeks tired of fighting each other?
Odysseus: For now.

Eudorus: We were going to sail home today.
Odysseus: I don't think anyone's sailing home now.

Achilles: If you sailed any slower the war would be over.
Odysseus: I'll miss the start as long as I'm here at the end.

Odysseus: This war will never be forgotten, nor will the heroes who fight in it.

Patroclus: Prince Hector, is he as good a warrior as they say?
Odysseus: The best of all the Trojans. Some would say...
[sidelong glance at Achilles]
Odysseus: ...he's better than all the Greeks.
[Achilles snorts]
Odysseus: Even if your cousin doesn't come, I hope you'll join us, Patroclus. We could use a strong arm like yours.
Achilles: Play your tricks on me. But not on my cousin.

Odysseus: [to Achilles] War is young men dying and old men talking. You know this. Ignore the politics.

Odysseus: It's no insult to say a dead man is dead.

[last lines]
Odysseus: [voiceover] If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.

Odysseus: Then fight for me. My wife will feel much better knowing you're riding beside me. I'll feel much better.

Odysseus: We need you. Greece needs you.
Achilles: Greece got along fine before I was born. And Greece will remain Greece long after I am gone.

[first lines]
Odysseus: [voiceover] Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

Agamemnon: Achilles is one man!
Odysseus: Hector is one man! Look what he did to us today!
Agamemnon: Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!
Odysseus: I don't care about the man's alliegence, I care about his ability to win battles!

Achilles: Play your tricks on me. But not on my cousin.
Odysseus: You have your swords. I have my tricks. We play with the toys the gods give us.

Achilles: Things are less simple today.
Odysseus: Women have a way of complicating things.

Odysseus: The men believe we came here for Menelaus' wife, he won't be needing her anymore.

Achilles: Of all the kings of Greece, I respect you most. But in this war you're a servant. And I refuse to be a servant any longer.
Odysseus: Sometimes you need to serve in order to lead. I hope you understand that one day.


"The Odyssey" (1997)
Poseidon: My goal is not to kill you. You must understand.
Odysseus: What? What?
[shouts]
Odysseus: What do you want me to understand?
Poseidon: That without the gods, man is nothing.

Eurymachus: [Odysseus has started to kill the suitors who are locked in a room with him] Wait, wait! What is our crime? We treated your wife as a queen. We lived off you're land, that can be replaced. We did not kill anybody.
Odysseus: Your crime is that you tried to steal my world. The world I built with my hands, and my sweat...
Eurymachus: Now, anyone...
Odysseus: And my blood. The world that I shared with a woman who bore me my son, and no one will ever take that from me. Now you will die to a man in a river of blood.

Odysseus: Do you see, you gods of sea and sky? I conquered Troy. Me Odysseus, a mortal man of flesh and blood and bone and mind! I do not need you now, I can do anything.
Poseidon: Odysseus, why do you defy me?
Odysseus: Who are you?
Poseidon: It is I Poseidon, god of the wine dark sea. You have forfeited for forgetting how I helped you.
Odysseus: Help me? For ten years you played with us as toys. For ten years you let blood spill to your shores.
Poseidon: But it was my serpent who silenced Laocoon or your horse was doomed, yet you refuse to give thanks. You forget, a man is nothing without the gods. You will suffer for this offense. For your arrogance, you will drift on my sea for an eternity, never again will you reach the shores of Ithaca.
Odysseus: You cannot stop me!
Poseidon: You will suffer.

Cyclops: What is it?
Odysseus: It's wine, that's the drink of the gods. Here. Try.
Cyclops: I like it. Another. What is your name?
Odysseus: My name?
Polites: He is the lord of
[is silenced before he can reveal Odysseus's identity]
Odysseus: My name is Nobody. No body.
Cyclops: Alright Nobody, in the morning you will tell me more secrets after I eat.

Aeolus: Ha ha ha! Are you surprised? Admit it! Ha ha! I can see you're surprised.
Odysseus: Who are you?
Aeolus: I am Aeolus, God of Wind. This is my island where soft breezes and raging tempests all begin.
Odysseus: Well, I'm honored, but why do you not allow me to drink?
Aeolus: Because I know you, Odysseus, Lord of Ithaca. Do not be afraid. Step through the water. I have something for you. Come along!
Odysseus: You know me?
Aeolus: Everyone knows of Odysseus, the great hero who built the Trojan Horse. But, few Greeks know that you're the only one who can't go home.
Odysseus: Poseidon thinks he can stop me.
Aeolus: Poseidon, Poseidon! Poseidon this, Poseidon that! Poseidon's a bully! He's my cousin, he's arrogant, he's selfish! He forgets that the sea is nothing without the wind, and who's the God of the Wind? Guess who's the God of the Wind... I am.

Odysseus: Is easy to be angry!


"Doctor Who: Small Prophet, Quick Return (#3.7)" (1965)
[first lines]
Odysseus: [about the Tardis] Your temple, as you call it, has disappeared!
Dr. Who: Disappeared?
Odysseus: Vanished... into thin air.

Steven Taylor: So, really, you see, we arrived in your time entirely by accident. It's just another miscalculation by the Doctor.
Dr. Who: Well, I would hardly call it a miscalculation, my boy.
Steven Taylor: Well, then, what would you call it?
Dr. Who: Well, I think with all eternity to choose from, I did rather well to get us back to Earth. Hmm, hmm, hmm.
Steven Taylor: Ah! I'm very glad you're pleased with yourself! I suppose I should be grateful for standing here, trussed like a chicken, ready to have me throat cut!
Odysseus: No one mentioned cutting throats...
Dr. Who: No, they didn't.
Odysseus: [laughs] I had... I had something more lingering in mind.
Dr. Who: Yes. Yes, I dare say. I suppose some kind of, ah, ritual death, I presume? Hmm, hmm.


Hercules (1958)
Ulysses: My father said you put strength ahead of everything, but I know you want us to use our forces only to serve our intelligence.
Ercole: And you are right. Alright. Now, you will stay by my side and I'll teach you to fight. But not only with your hands. And some day, your friends and enemies will honor you and name you the wise.

Ulysses: That's very good, a fine jump. But next time, try to end up on your feet.
Ercole: I wanted you to notice me. I want to be like you, Hercules.
Ulysses: And you will, my boy, because you have a strong will.


"Doctor Who: Temple of Secrets (#3.6)" (1965)
[last lines]
Odysseus: [about the Tardis] Your temple, as you call it, has disappeared!
Dr. Who: Disappeared?
Odysseus: Vanished... into thin air.


"Ulysses 31" (1981)
Nestor: Go on! Escape! We will cover you!
Ulysses: Nestor! Companions! No, stop! Without the light of the Cyclops they are quite harmless!


Ulisse contro Ercole (1962)
Ercole: These accursed ropes. They seem to be bewitched. The more I struggle, the tighter they get.
Ulisse: Then you had better stop struggling.
Ercole: Stop struggling? Have you gone mad? I am not going to let myself be eaten by a sacred vulture.


Dante's Inferno (2007)
Ulysses - Strom Thurmond: I'm not Mrs. Butterworth, God Dammit. I'm Senator Strom Thurmond.


Age of Mythology (2002) (VG)
Odysseus: A horse... Yes! A big wooden horse.
Ajax: I don't understand... will it fight?


Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)
Ercole: [discussing whether Ulysses's arrow hit Hercules's discus dead center] Sorry, you missed it, Ulysses.
Ulysses: It was a bulls-eye. Ask Penolope.
Ercole: No, you missed it.
Ulysses: I'll go find the discus and prove I'm right.
Penelope: You'd have to make half a day's journey to look for it.


Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
Agamemnon: Odysseus, what news do you bring?
Odysseus: Someone left this for us.
Agamemnon: A present. Nice. It looks just like *our* horse.
Odysseus: Should I bring it inside?
Agamemnon: It'd be rude not to.
[Odysseus lays down the horse and Peabody pops out]
Agamemnon: [laughs] I did *not* see that coming!