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Tom Manning (Character)
from Hellboy (2004)

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Hellboy (2004)
Tom Manning: Let me tell you - let me tell you something about the Bureau of...
Television Host: Paranormal Research and Defense.
Tom Manning: ...of Paranormal Research and Defense: there is no such thing.
[cut to BPRD headquarters in New Jersey]

Tom Manning: Have you found them yet?
Hellboy: I got 'em right below me. Matter of minutes.
Tom Manning: Okay, good. Could you hurry up, because it's a... it's a little spooky in here.

[in a large cemetery, searching for Rasputin's mausoleum]
Tom Manning: Where are you going?
Hellboy: To ask for directions.
[opens an amulet]
Hellboy: Come on, find me a talker...

[on TV, Manning is confronted with the latest picture of Hellboy]
Tom Manning: I have a question. Why is it, in these pictures, pictures of aliens, UFOs, the yeti, Hellboy, why is it they're always out of focus?
[audience laughs]

Tom Manning: So, how many escapes, this year alone? Five!
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: Tom, he's our guest, not a prisoner!
Tom Manning: Yeah, well, your guest happens to be six-foot five, bright red, has a tail, and is government funded.

Hellboy: Are you okay?
[manning nods weakly. Hellboy brings out a cigar and fires up his Zippo]
Hellboy: You'd better stay here. I'll find a way out. We'll come back for you.
Tom Manning: You call that thing a cigar?
Hellboy: Yup.
Tom Manning: You never, ever light a cigar that way.
Tom Manning: [he digs out one of his fine cigars, cuts it and hands it to Hellboy] Use a wooden match. It preserves the flavor.
Hellboy: [he lights it for him and Hellboy grins] Thank you.
Tom Manning: [smiles] My job.

Tom Manning: [two government agents have died under Hellboy's command and Manning is displeased] You know what my problem with you is? You're reckless. Those two men trusted you to lead them as a team. Where were you?
Hellboy: I knew those men better than you did.
Tom Manning: Ah, I see. That makes it all right then.
Hellboy: No, it doesn't make it all right, but I stopped that thing, didn't I?
Tom Manning: Yeah, that's what you do. That's why we need you. You have an insight. You know monsters.
Hellboy: What are you trying to say?
Tom Manning: This whole thing is a farce, because in the end, after you've killed and captured every freak out there - there's still one left: you.
Hellboy: [sighs and acts natural] Manning, I wish I could be more gracious, but...
[furiously pulls a machine from off the floor, lifts it and heaves it in Manning's direction]

Tom Manning: Hey, fish stick. Don't touch anything.
Abe Sapien: I need to touch it to see.
Tom Manning: See what?
Abe Sapien: Past, future. Whatever this object holds.

Hellboy: Let me ask her directions...
Tom Manning: What did it say?


Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Tom Manning: "Undercover." Can't he get the meaning of the word? I mean, we are still government-funded, we are still a secret, although a dirty secret, if you ask me. Officially, we-do-not-exist. So, you see, that's the problem when we get these.
[shows Abe a series of photos]
Tom Manning: Subway... highway... ah, park.
[holds up one, showing Hellboy giving a "peace" sign with his stone hand]
Tom Manning: And he posed for this one, and gave an autograph. I suppress each photo, cell phone videos, they cost me a fortune, and then they show up on Youtube... God, I hate Youtube!

Tom Manning: [talking about Krauss] I like the way he takes charge.
Liz Sherman: You think?
Tom Manning: He's efficient, and precise.
Liz Sherman: Add resistant to that and you got yourself a new watch.

[about Johann]
Tom Manning: No fingerprints, no photos. But they say, and I'm translating, "he has a nice, open face."
[Johann's head turns out to be a clear, open bowl of glass]

Tom Manning: [very upset] You've murdered me. You've murdered me and ridiculed me. And... you've brought this onto yourself.
Hellboy: [uninterested] What?
Tom Manning: Washington is sending down a BPRD agent.
Hellboy: [now caring] A new guy? Why?
Tom Manning: [sneering] To look after you!

Tom Manning: What are these things?
Liz Sherman: We normally can't see fairy folk and trolls. They emit a cloaking aura of "glamour." But in 1838, Emil Schuffstein designed these. Four crystal diopters that allows you to see things as they really are. Keep an eye on her.
[Manning sees the team following a bag lady pushing a shopping cart full of kittens]
Tom Manning: That little old lady? Come on!
Liz Sherman: It's a Fragglewump. An ugly Scottish troll. They're afraid of canaries.
[Manning puts on the glasses and looks again]
Tom Manning: Oh, my God! Canaries, huh? What about the kittens?
Liz Sherman: She feeds on them.
Tom Manning: That thing is a "she?"

Tom Manning: What's going on? What's going on?
Hellboy: I quit.
[gives Manning his belt and weapon]
Tom Manning: What? Are you serious?
Liz Sherman: Looks that way doesn't it?
[gives Manning her belt and weapon]
Tom Manning: What's wrong with you? You can't all just quit.
Abe Sapien: [gives Manning his belt and weapons] Watch us.
[pats Manning on the cheek and walks past him]
Hellboy: [comes back] On second thought...
[pulls out the Samaritan]
Hellboy: I think I'll keep this!
[walks away]
Tom Manning: Come on. Come on! Johann, they can't do this. Stop them.
Johann Krauss: Dr. Manning, suck my ectoplasmic schwanzstucker!


Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) (TV)
Tom Manning: Ms. Sherman, Mr. Sapien, you'll be going to British Columbia.
Professor Kate Corrigan: Ogopogo has been sighted again on Lake Okanagan. This time it's apparently flipped a couple of houseboats.
Abe Sapien: Think I'm being typecast?
Liz Sherman: Ha, aren't we all?