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Johnny Rico (Character)
from Starship Troopers (1997)

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Starship Troopers (1997)
Johnny Rico: I wanna join up. I think I got what it takes to be a Citizen.
Jean Rasczak: Good for you! Go find out...
Johnny Rico: Well... my parents are against it... and I know it's my choice. I was wondering. What would you do if you were me?
Jean Rasczak: Figuring things out for yourself is the only freedom anyone really has. Use that freedom. Make up your own mind, Rico.

Johnny Rico: I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!

[last lines]
Newsreel announcer: We have the ships. We have the weapons. We need soldiers. Soldiers like Lieutenant Stack Lumbreiser...
Lt. Lumbreiser: Over the target area now, Captain.
Newsreel announcer: ...and Captain Carmen Ibanez.
Carmen: This is the captain speaking. All personnel prepare for drop.
Newsreel announcer: Soldiers like Private Ace Levy and Lieutenant John Rico.
Johnny Rico: Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?
Newsreel announcer: We need you all. Service guarantees citizenship.

Johnny Rico: Someone asked me once if I knew the difference between a civilian and a citizen. I know now. A citizen has the courage to make the safety of the human race their personal responsibility. Dizzy was my friend. She was a soldier. But most important, she was a citizen of the Federation.

Carl: We thought there might be a Brain Bug on 'P'.
Carmen: You knew and still you sent them?
Carl: We couldn't afford to launch an operation if there wasn't one.
[both Carmen and Johnny look at Carl with contempt]
Carl: You disapprove? Well, too bad! We're in this war for the species, boys and girls. It's simple numbers. They have more. And every day I have to make decisions that send hundreds of people like you to their deaths.
Johnny Rico: Didn't they tell you, Colonel? That's what the Mobile Infantry is good for.

Johnny Rico: You're some sort of big, fat, smart-bug, aren't you?

Dizzy: Rico, I'm dying.
Johnny Rico: No Diz, you'll be fine.
Dizzy: But it's OK, because I got to have you.

Johnny: M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying.

Johnny Rico: This is Roughneck Two-Zero-One. We are under heavy attack!
Radio operator: [voice] But we have Planet P as secure.
Johnny Rico: This place crawls, sir! I request retrieval, now!
Radio operator: [voice] What is your location?
Johnny Rico: Come down on this transmission.
Radio operator: [voice] On the outpost? That's crazy!
Johnny Rico: Well, I hope you have a crazy pilot. Out.

Johnny Rico: These are the rules. Everybody fights, nobody quits. If you don't do your job I'll kill you myself. Welcome to the Roughnecks!
Private Sugar Watkins: Rico's Roughnecks!

Johnny Rico: Who are these kids?
Ace Levy: We got reinforced. Most of them are fresh out of boot.
Johnny Rico: We're the old men, Ace.

Private Sugar Watkins: Gimme the nuke
Johnny Rico: You trying to be a hero, Watkins?
Private Sugar Watkins: Just trying to kill some bugs, sir.

Johnny Rico: I hear you got a bug problem ma'am?
Corporal Birdie: Ah, stuff it, Rico!

Jean Rasczak: You got 10 minutes to get ready and go.
Johnny Rico: Yes sir.
Jean Rasczak: Whos's in there with you?
Dizzy: Flores, sir.
Jean Rasczak: Make it 20.
Johnny Rico: We can do it.

General Owen: I had to evade capture. The lives of the Federation were at stake.
Ace Levy: [background] Fire in the Hole!
General Owen: [startled by the explosion] I have operational knowledge of what were up to out here.
Jean Rasczak: [to Diz] Dizzi, give me a status report.
Johnny Rico: [softly] She's working on it.
General Owen: [points to a dead soldier with his head hollowed out] Here, they did it to Farley, they got into his mind. They made Farley call Headquarters.
Johnny Rico: The distress call was a trap.
General Owen: They're just like us. They wanna know what makes us tick. They wanna know us, so they can KILL us!
Jean Rasczak: [into his radio] This is Rasczak, prepare for attack. I repeat, prepare for attack!

Jean Rasczak: [after Rico denies Dizzy's request to dance] Rico - you once asked me for advice, want some now?
Johnny Rico: Yes, sir!
Jean Rasczak: Never pass up a good thing.

Johnny Rico: Never surrender. Never retreat. Never give up.

Jean Rasczak: Rico. What is the moral difference, if any, between a civilian and a citizen?
Johnny Rico: A citizen accepts personal responsibility for the safety and the body politic defending it with his life. A civilian does not.
Jean Rasczak: The exact words of the textbook. But do you understand it? Do you believe it?
Johnny Rico: I don't know.
Jean Rasczak: No, of course you don't. I doubt anyone here would recognize civic virtue even if it reached up and bit you in the ass!

Carmen: Johnny, wait...
Zander: Forget it, Ensign. He's mobile infantry. When you're paid to kill it doesn't pay to be polite.
Johnny Rico: You got something to say about mobile infantry?
Zander: You heard me. You want to make something of it... private?
Johnny Rico: No, sir, not with an officer. The M.I. doesn't mint stupid troopers.
Zander: Then let's disregard rank.
[raising voice to speak to the crowd]
Zander: Everybody hear that? Rank is not an issue here.
Carmen: Zander, please, don't do this.
Zander: Come on, what's he gonna do?
[Zander turns towards Rico, who punches Zander in the jaw]

Carmen: Johnny, uh, you remember Zander, don't you?
Zander: From the game today.
[shakes Johnny's hand]
Zander: No hard feelings?
Johnny Rico: None at all. We won.

Starship Troopers (2005) (VG)
General John Rico: Come on, you apes. You want to live forever?

General John Rico: Bugs, bugs, bugs.

General John Rico: Kill em' all.

General John Rico: On the bounce!

General John Rico: Starship Troopers.

General John Rico: The only good bug is a dead bug.

General John Rico: Listen up.

General John Rico: You are a Starship Trooper.

General John Rico: Do you want to know more?

General John Rico: Saddle up!

General John Rico: Kill everything with more than two legs.

General John Rico: Marauder.

General John Rico: Way to go.

General John Rico: They sucked his brains out.

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008)
Johnny Rico: You know what to do: Get in there and kill 'em all!

Johnny Rico: Are you ready for Marauder? Join the Mobile Infantry and see if you have what it takes to be a citizen.
Johnny Rico: See you on the bounce, trooper!

Link Manion: The sky marshall's coming here?
Johnny Rico: Ask him for an autograph, Lieutenant Manion, and I will have you shot.

Johnny Rico: Situation, lieutenant.
Link Manion: Totally, ominously fucked up, sir.

Johnny Rico: Can you walk soldier?
Pvt. Slug Skinner: Yes sir.
Johnny Rico: Good. Give us a hand. Pick up that arm and find out who it belongs to.
Pvt. Slug Skinner: Yes sir!

Sgt. Kirby: You know what I think, Sir?
Johnny Rico: What's that, Sergeant?
Sgt. Kirby: I think it's a good day to die, Sir!
Johnny Rico: Outstanding!

Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012)
Johnny Rico: Are we Carl?
Dr. Carl Jenkins: Pardon?
Johnny Rico: Are we? Working together?
Dr. Carl Jenkins: Cheer up Johnny, you're a hero.
Johnny Rico: No, no I'm not. But I met one.