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Ashitaka (Character)
from Princess Mononoke (1997)

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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Lady Eboshi: What exactly are you here for?
Prince Ashitaka: To see with eyes unclouded by hate.

Toki: Thanks, stranger. My husband's an idiot, but I'm glad he's safe and sound.
Prince Ashitaka: That's a relief. I was starting to think I'd done something wrong by bringing him back home.

Lady Eboshi: [Ashitaka interrupts the fight] What do you think you're doing, boy?
Prince Ashitaka: Stay your hand. The girl's life is now mine.
[San viciously bites Ashitaka's arm]
Lady Eboshi: I'm sure she'll make a lovely wife for you.
Prince Ashitaka: There's a demon inside you. It's inside both of you.
[the curse remanifests as a mass of worm-like tendrils, shocking everyone]
Prince Ashitaka: [to the crowd] Look, everyone! *This* is what hatred looks like! This is what it does when it catches hold of you! It's eating me alive, and very soon it will kill me!
[San tries to make the curse leave her alone]
Prince Ashitaka: Fear and anger only makeit grow faster!
Lady Eboshi: I'm getting a little bored of this curse of yours, Ashitaka. Let me just cut the damn thing - *off!*
[swings her needle at Ashitaka]

San, The Princess Mononoke: Even if all the trees grow back, it won't be his forest anymore. The Forest Spirit is dead.
Prince Ashitaka: Never. He is life itself. He isn't dead, San. He is here with us now, telling us, it's time for both of us to live.

Lady Eboshi: Stay here. Help me kill the Forest Spirit, Ashitaka.
Prince Ashitaka: You would do that? Kill the very heart of the forest?
Lady Eboshi: Without that ancient god, the animals here would be nothing but dumb beasts once again. Once the forest has been cleared and the wolves wiped out, this desolate place will become the richest land in the world... and Princess Mononoke will become human.
Prince Ashitaka: "Princess Mononoke"?
Lady Eboshi: Princess of the spirits of ghouls, beasts, and ancient gods. The wolf stole her soul, and now she lives to kill me.

Kaya: Ashitaka!
Prince Ashitaka: Kaya, what are you doing here? You know it's forbidden!
Kaya: [holding out her crystal dagger] Do you think I care about that? I came to give you this, so you won't forget your little sister.
Prince Ashitaka: [taking the dagger] Your crystal dagger. Kaya, I can't take this.
Kaya: Please keep it with you, brother, to protect you. You *must* take it with you. Please, I want you to have it, so you won't... forget.
Prince Ashitaka: Kaya, you know I could never forget you.

Gonza: [as Ashitaka approaches the fight between San and Eboshi] Huh?
[Ashitaka walks forward, the curse manifesting on his arm]
Gonza: [draws sword] Traitor... *You're a spy for the wolves, aren't you?*
[Ashitaka continue to approach, grabbing Gonza's sword by the blade]
Gonza: [as Ashitaka bends the sword away] Stay back...! Uh... Halt - !
Prince Ashitaka: Step aside.
[Ashitaka walks past him, leaving traces of the curse on Gonza's sword; Gonza suddenly holds it at a distance, whimpering]

San, The Princess Mononoke: Why did you stop me from killing her? Tell me while you're still alive!
Prince Ashitaka: I didn't want them to kill you. That's why.
San, The Princess Mononoke: I'm not afraid to die. I'd do anything to get you humans out of my forest!
Prince Ashitaka: I knew that... from the first moment I saw you.
San, The Princess Mononoke: And I'm not afraid of you! I should *kill* you for saving her!
[San turns Ashitaka around, takes out his sword, and aims it inches over his neck]
San, The Princess Mononoke: That woman is evil, and there's no one who can stop me from killing her.
Prince Ashitaka: No... Live...
San, The Princess Mononoke: That's enough! I'm not listening to you anymore!
[presses tip to throat]
Prince Ashitaka: [opening his eyes] You're... beautiful...
[San gasps, jumps back]
San's Wolf Brother: What is it, San? Want me to crunch his face off?
[all stare at Ashitaka for a moment... until a rock sails in and breaks the moment]

Hii-sama: My prince, are you prepared to learn what fate the stones have foretold you?
Prince Ashitaka: Yes. I was prepared the very moment that I let my arrow fly.

San, The Princess Mononoke: Ashitaka, you mean so much to me, but I can't forgive the humans for what they've done.
Prince Ashitaka: I understand. You'll live in the forest, and I'll help rebuild Irontown.

Prince Ashitaka: Well, they say that happy women make a happy village.

Lady Eboshi: [as Ashitaka tries to keep his arm from drawing his sword] Does that right hand of yours wish to kill me, Ashitaka?
Prince Ashitaka: [struggling] If it would lift the curse, I'd let it tear you apart. But even that wouldn't end the killing now, would it?
Lady Eboshi: No, it wouldn't. It would have to kill all of us to be at peace.

Prince Ashitaka: [Sees riflemen readying guns] It's a trap. No, wait! Princess of the wolf-gods, don't go down there! Go back to the forest! Listen to me, please, don't throw your life away!
Gonza: [Turns to Lady Eboshi] Shall I stop him?
Lady Eboshi: [Stares at wolf-girl and Ashitaka on the roof] Leave him be. Let him do as he likes.
San, The Princess Mononoke: [Wolf howls in distance, readies knife and charges down roof towards Lady Eboshi]