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Marcus Cole (Character)
from "Babylon 5" (1994)

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"Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon (#3.13)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

Dr. Stephen Franklin: We can't just let him wonder around the rest of his life thinking he's King Arthur.
Marcus Cole: Why not?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Because this is the truth.
Marcus Cole: "Better the illusions that exalt us than 10,000 truths."
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Aleksandr Pushkin, yes.
Marcus Cole: Let this one truth die, Stephen! Let him be Arthur, let him be anyone he wants.

[last lines]
[Marcus and Dr. Franklin have just seen 'Arthur' off]
Marcus Cole: Where my people come from, his story has great power. I'll miss him.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Even if he wasn't Arthur?
Marcus Cole: [as Kosh appears] Now, now! Next thing you'll be saying is he's not Merlin! - Merlin was a great teacher, you know!
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I'm not hearing this.
Marcus Cole: They say he aged backwards. That was how he was able to foretell the future - by remembering it! Which means he came from the future! Maybe he had Arthur form the Round Table by remembering us! We're forming one of our own, after all. Which makes you Percival. I'm Galahad, him being sinless and all. Sheridan is Arthur. Ivanova, perhaps Gawain. I think we both know who Mordred is. So the question is - who is Morgana le Fay?

Marcus Cole: The Minbari say the only way to understand the battle is to understand the language. War is as much concept as execution.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: What else did they teach you?
Marcus Cole: Delight, respect, compassion. That for your actions to be pure they must proceed from direction, determination, patience and strength. I'm afraid I'm still working on patience. They taught me how to live, how to breathe, how to fight and how to die. And they taught me terror. How to use it. And how to face it.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I think I'd like to hear more about that.
Marcus Cole: No. You wouldn't.

Marcus Cole: The two figures on either side: one Human the other Mimbari. They blend together in the middle to signify the two halves of our souls uniting against a common enemy.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: This jewel?
Marcus Cole: Mimbari call it Isil'zha. Means the future, birth, beginnings, dawn of a new age.

[after G'Kar passes out in front of them]
David 'Arthur' McIntyre: Sir Gawain had the same problem, you know.
Marcus Cole: Did he?
David 'Arthur' McIntyre: Oh, yes. Come the morning we'd often take one look at him and called him the Green Knight.

Marcus Cole: I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

"Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark (#3.11)" (1996)
[Marcus has just cleared out a bar, single-handedly]
Lennier: I see they trained you well back home.
Marcus Cole: Well, they said I was carrying around a lot of repressed anger.
Lennier: And?
Marcus Cole: I'm not repressed anymore!

Marcus Cole: [after beating someone for information] It's like I always say, you get more with a kind word and a two-by-four than with just a kind word.

Delenn: Yes, you have lost much, endured much, sacrificed greatly but you cling to the memory of your sacrifices of all the things you have lost or left behind. They drag behind you like chains of your own making. They can have a terrible power over you, Marcus: the power of grief, and loss, and of regret. Yes, you can let go of the people, places and things, but you have not let go of the pain. You have not forgiven yourself.
Marcus Cole: For what?
Delenn: Being alive.

Delenn: The rebirth ceremony was part of your training on Minbar.
Marcus Cole: I missed it. I overslept.
Delenn: It lasts all day!
Marcus Cole: Oh, yes. I was ill.

Thug #1: We don't talk to security. Why should we talk to you?
Marcus Cole: Because if you don't, then in five minutes, I will be the only person at this table still standing.
[Thug starts laughing]
Marcus Cole: . Five minutes after that, I'll be the only person in this room still standing.

Marcus Cole: [to the last two conscious people in the room] Where... is... she?
Thug: I - I -I don't know! I'd tell you if I knew.
Marcus Cole: Then you know someone who knows someone who knows something! ANSWER ME!
[one thug tries to attack, Marcus knocks both of them out]
Marcus Cole: Bugger! Now I have to wait for someone to wake up.

"Babylon 5: Grey 17 Is Missing (#3.19)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: I am a Ranger. We walk in the dark places no others may enter. We stand on the bridge, and no one may pass. We live for the One! We DIE for the ONE!

[Neroon visits Marcus in Medlab to honor him]
Neroon: Denn-Shar, you said. To the death- and death there was. The death was mine. To see a Human invoke the name of Valen. To be willing to die for one of my kind when I was intent upon killing one of my own. The rightness of my cause disappeared. Strange, that a human in his last moments would be more Minbari than I. Perhaps it is true what Delenn said: That we are not of the same blood, but we are of the same heart.
[Neroon turns to leave]
Marcus Cole: The next time - the next time you want a revelation - could you possibly find a way - that isn't quite so - uncomfortable?
[Neroon laughs out loud]

Neroon: Why? Why all this? Pride? Duty? You've been trained well, but you must've known you couldn't win! So why do it?
Marcus Cole: For her... We live for the one, we die for the one. Isil'zha sendi, in Valen's name.

Lennier: I'm trying to avoid breaking a promise, by breaking a promise. I promised Delenn that I would not speak of this to the captain or let him know. She did not mention you by name, but that was implicit. If I tell the others in the chain of command then Sheridan will find out and I will have broken the promise. But if I break my promise by telling you, since you are not in the chain of command, he may not find out about this and I will not have broken the promise.
Marcus Cole: I:m in awe, Lennier. The way you can take a straightforward, logical proposition and turn it inside out so that in the end it says what you want it to say, instead of what it actually means. Did this come naturally, or did you attend some special martial arts class for the philosophically inclined?

"Babylon 5: Voices of Authority (#3.5)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: The Minbari taught me: Claim victory in your heart and the universe will follow.

Captain Susan Ivanova: [about the First Ones leaving] I'm not letting them leave here without saying yes.
Marcus Cole: Really? But how do you propose stopping them - perhaps a big red-and-white sign with the word 'stop' on it? I'll put a bucket on my head and pretend to be the Vorlon god Boogee.
Captain Susan Ivanova: That's it!
Marcus Cole: Fine. I'll get a bucket.

[about the first ones]
Captain Susan Ivanova: At least it tells us they understand our language. They're just not willing to speak to us in it.
Marcus Cole: Who knew they were French.

"Babylon 5: Exogenesis (#3.7)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: ...Well thank you, Mr. Garibaldi, one of the leading minds of the 14th century.
[goes on and on... ]
Michael Garibaldi: Don't you ever shut up?
Marcus Cole: Not until I get what I want. Why? Do you think silent meditation would work better?

[last lines]
[walking past Marcus, Ivanova throws the roses which actually Lt. Corwin had bought for her to him]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Keep them!
Marcus Cole: Thank you. I will. Well, guess there's hope for us after all.

Dr. Stephen Franklin: There are three of them with guns against two of us with nothing. They'll cut us down before we get halfway across the room.
Marcus Cole: All we need is for one of them to leave the room. Then there'll be only one man with a gun.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Excuse me, where I come from, one man from three leaves two.
Marcus Cole: Where I come from is a far more interesting place.

"Babylon 5: Endgame (#4.20)" (1997)
[last lines]
Ranger Marcus Cole: [as he's giving up his life energy to save Ivanova] I love you.

[first lines]
Delenn: Marcus. Marcus. The transport has arrived. We have to send her back to Babylon 5. It's dangerous to keep her here. We're almost at Mars.
Ranger Marcus Cole: [at Ivanova's bedside] She would want to be here for the battle, conscious or otherwise.
Delenn: I know. But we must do what's best for her.
Ranger Marcus Cole: She's dying. What is there to do?
Delenn: Make her comfortable in her last hours. We cannot do that here. On Babylon 5, they will see to all her needs - as long as she has them.

Ranger Marcus Cole: We've all been through six kinds of hell in the last few years.

"Babylon 5: Lines of Communication (#4.11)" (1997)
Marcus Cole: Touch passion when it comes your way, Stephen. It's rare enough as it is. Don't walk away when it calls you by name.

Marcus Cole: [Number One has just come on to Dr. Franklin, who is skeptical] Ask me, I think she likes you.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Ah, c'mon, nah... it's just business, that's all.
Marcus Cole: Stephen...
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Look, I was just helping her out of a difficult situation, that's all...
Marcus Cole: Fifty credits says that's not all she wants you to help her out of.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Oh, c'mon, Marcus you're such a...
Marcus Cole: ...romantic?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Yeah.
Marcus Cole: We're still in a war here, Stephen. Only now it's a different kind of war, maybe the worst of the two. It's hard to know who to trust; a situation like this makes you afraid, makes you want to reach out to someone who may just feel the same way as you do about things, who might be willing to risk this much to help you when the rest of the world couldn't give a damn.
Number One: Oh, Franklin, I almost forgot; since it was your hotel that was bombed this morning you're on your own. Maybe you'd like to join me for dinner tonight? I can't promise much, but it'll be the best we can pull together.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: [shrugs] Sure.
Number One: [to Marcus] We're a little short-handed on guard duty tonight. If you could help out...
Marcus Cole: Love to!
[Number One leaves]
Marcus Cole: That'll be fifty credits...
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Now don't you start with me, Marcus. Don't.
Marcus Cole: C'mon, you cheap bastard...
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Marcus, look...
Marcus Cole: Sorry, gotta go. Guard duty. - Touch passion when it comes your way, Stephen. It's rare enough as it is. Don't walk away when it calls you by name.
[... ]
Number One: [much later, as Marcus is keeping watch] Ohhhh. Stephen...

[Number One just had a loud confrontation with Phillippe and storms past Stephen and Marcus]
Number One: Whatever you've got to say, it damn well better be worth it.
Marcus Cole: [to Stephen] Looks upset.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Think it's something we said?
Marcus Cole: Hope not. I'd sooner face an entire Shadow fleet than what just walked past us.

"Babylon 5: Atonement (#4.9)" (1997)
[last lines]
[Franklin and Marcus are on their way to Mars, in a cargo shuttle]
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Is this really the best ship you could find?
Marcus Cole: Yes.
[he flicks his pike open, then closes it just as quickly]
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Smells like the inside of a Martian pleasure dome on Sunday morning.
Marcus Cole: Wouldn't know about that.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Don't make me come over there and take that thing from you.
Marcus Cole: Helps me relax.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Marcus, this is the kind of conversation that can only end with a gunshot!
Marcus Cole: Would you like me to sing instead?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: No.
Marcus Cole: You haven't heard me!
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Marcus, please!
[the episode ends with Marcus singing the Major-General's Song by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Dr. Franklin screaming]

Marcus Cole: [singing] I am the very model of a modern major general / I've information vegetable, animal and mineral / I know the kings of England and I quote the facts historical / From Marathon to Waterloo in order categorical / I'm very well acquainted, too with matters mathematical / I understand equations both the simple and the quadratical / About binomial theorem / I'm teeming with a lot of news with many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse / Many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse / Many cheerful facts...
Dr. Stephen Franklin: AAH!
Marcus Cole: ...about the square of the hypotenuse
[director calls out "Take it back"]
Marcus Cole: I'm very well acquainted to - with - what?
[beep, beep]
Marcus Cole: [laughter]

"Babylon 5: Racing Mars (#4.10)" (1997)
Marcus Cole: I spy with my little eye something beginning with "B."
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Boxes.
Marcus Cole: Right. I spy with my little eye something beginning with "M."
Dr. Stephen Franklin: More boxes.
Marcus Cole: Two in a row.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: And that's when I shot him your honor.
Marcus Cole: I spy with my little eye something beginning with "E."
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I-I give up.
Marcus Cole: Oh come on.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: This better not be what I -
Marcus Cole, Dr. Stephen Franklin: Even MORE boxes!

[Marcus and Stephen travel undercover as a gay couple on their honeymoon, they find out nobody on Mars knows about the shadow war]
Captain Jack: Who won?
Dr. Stephen Franklin: We did. We all did.
Captain Jack: Ah, yes, well, good for us.
Marcus Cole: Just my luck. First time in my life I'm a war hero and nobody knows about it. And worst of all, I'm married to you.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Well, that's not my idea.
Marcus Cole: Oh, you say that now. Tell that to your mother. She never stopped calling us about it. "So when's the big day, I've got to pick out patterns. Your father isn't going to live forever," and on and on and on and on.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I hate this. I really hate this.
Marcus Cole: You're just nervous, that's all. You'll get used to it.
[to Captain Jack]
Marcus Cole: Next thing, he'll be locking himself in the bathroom all night.

"Babylon 5: War Without End: Part One (#3.16)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: There was a saying on Minbar, anyone who wanted to get a straight answer out of Ranger One was to look at every reply in a mirror while hanging upside down from the ceiling.
Captain John Sheridan: Did it work?
Marcus Cole: Oddly enough, yes! Or after a while you passed out and had a vision. Either way the result was pretty much the same.

Sinclair: She's telling the truth, Captain. If we don't go along with this, we'll change history; and the Shadows will come out of the last war stronger than they should be. We won't stand a chance against odds like that.
Captain John Sheridan: Would you like to tell me what you base that on?
Sinclair: Let's just say that my information comes from a... very reliable source.
Captain John Sheridan: So you believe this?
Sinclair: I believe it.
Marcus Cole: If Entil'Zha believes it, I believe it.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'll be in the car.

"Babylon 5: The Summoning (#4.3)" (1996)
[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Delenn, I need a favor.
Delenn: Only ask.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I need to borrow one of the White Star ships. I heard what you have in mind. I'll get it back to you before the deadline.
Marcus Cole: We can spare the ship. May I ask why?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: If you attack Z'Ha'Dum, you're gonna need all the help you can get. There may be still some First Ones out there we haven't found yet.

Marcus Cole: At least a dozen ships have reported seeing something rather godlike in the area and since neither you nor I were there, it must be one of the First Ones.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: You're having delusions of grandeur again.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Well, if you're going to have delusions, may as well go for the really satisfying ones.

"Babylon 5: Into the Fire (#4.6)" (1997)
Marcus Cole: Did we just win?
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Don't jinx it.

Lyta Alexander: I've heard that some of the Vorlons would be within striking distance of Centauri Prime about the same time we reach Coriana 6. So... why are we here instead of there?
Marcus Cole: 6 billion lives on Coriana. 3 billion lives on Centauri Prime. We have enough ships to make a stand at one of them, so which do you choose? It's numbers - cold, unsympathetic numbers. Let's just hope we pulled enough of the Vorlons away to give the Centauri a chance, or if they've gotten rid of any Shadow influences by now. Otherwise, I wouldn't give you 2 cents for their chances.

"Babylon 5: Matters of Honor (#3.1)" (1995)
Large Man: This is my part of Downbelow. You wanna do business here, you gotta pay.
Marcus Cole: I don't like extortion.
Large Man: And I don't like insults.
Marcus Cole: Funny, with a face like yours, I'd have thought you'd be used to it by now.

Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: [Walking over to where Marcus is sitting at a console on the White Star] You haven't said much since we came aboard.
Marcus Cole: I don't usually speak unless I have something to say.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Then we have something in common. How did you become involved with the Rangers?
Marcus Cole: My brother joined six months before I did. I said he was being a fool... chasing legends, fighting monsters. My brother came back to warn me of a Shadow attack on the mining colony where I was working. I didn't listen. I got back just in time to see him die.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I'm sorry.
Marcus Cole: Before he died he asked me to finish what he'd started. I keep my promises.

"Babylon 5: Between the Darkness and the Light (#4.19)" (1997)
Marcus Cole: Well, let me put it to you this way: you could either either have four hours and 59 minutes rest or four hours and 59 minutes of me bothering you about it.
Susan Ivanova: You wouldn't.
Marcus Cole: Rangers... never... bluff.

Marcus Cole: [Waking Ivanova from her nap on a Minbari bed] You slept well? Last time out you couldn't sleep at all on these things.
Susan Ivanova: I still hate them. How long was I asleep?
Marcus Cole: Four hours.
Susan Ivanova: Four hours?
Marcus Cole: We're still 45 minutes away from the target, plenty of time for you to get ready. You needed the rest.
Susan Ivanova: That's the last time I'll ever trust you.
Marcus Cole: Also the first.
Susan Ivanova: Hey. The last time we were in this room together you said something to me in Minbari. I happen to have an eidetic memory. It went:
Susan Ivanova: [speaking in Minbari] "You are the most beautiful woman I have ever met."
Susan Ivanova: You told me it was just a greeting.
Marcus Cole: [Somewhat stunned] Yes.
Susan Ivanova: Well in case you hadn't noticed I've uh... learned a little Minbari since then. Thank you.
Marcus Cole: [In Minbari] You're welcome.

"Babylon 5: War Without End: Part Two (#3.17)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: He's quite mad you know. He actually thinks that Sheridan's gonna materialize in there.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Marcus, we're stealing a station to fight in a war that was over 1000 years ago. We're all mad.

Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: How'd you know they were coming?
Marcus Cole: Didn't, but right now would be the worst time to be discovered so it was logical it'd happen now. Like I said, I don't believe in luck.
[in that moment he accidentally opens an unsealed access panel - that's what they have been looking for]

"Babylon 5: The Face of the Enemy (#4.17)" (1997)
[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Commander's personal log. The war to liberate Earth and her colonies continues. We have more Earth ships on our side than ever before but the battles are becoming more desperate the closer we get to home.
Marcus Cole: Near-proximity hit, 10% damage to the hull. Auto-repair systems are moving as fast as they can to keep up.

"Babylon 5: Rumors, Bargains and Lies (#4.13)" (1997)
[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Good morning, captain.
Zack Allan: Top of the morning, captain.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: Captain.
Marcus Cole: Morning.
Zack Allan: So, captain, Ivanova tells me you convinced Londo and G'Kar to go along with your idea about putting White Star ships along their borders as a peacekeeping force.

"Babylon 5: No Surrender, No Retreat (#4.15)" (1997)
Capt. John Sheridan: The hostiles might be splitting up so they can be with both groups to keep them in line.
Marcus Cole: Unless they're all hostile, and some are just more hostile that others.
Capt. John Sheridan: Well thank you for that ray of sunshine, Marcus. Next time I feel the need to be depressed, I'll remember to give you a call.

"Babylon 5: Messages from Earth (#3.8)" (1996)
Marcus Cole: [giving his report to Ivanova] And according to one of our units on the border of Centauri space, they've continued massing their fleet. We don't know why. Maybe they expect a counterattack. It's hard to say.
[notices she's not listening]
Marcus Cole: And they have much to be concerned about. There's always the threat of an attack by, say, a giant space dragon, the kind that eats the sun once a month. It's a nuisance, but what can you expect from reptiles? Did I mention my nose is on fire, and that I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers?
[she gives him a look]
Marcus Cole: I'm sorry, would you prefer ferrets?

"Babylon 5: Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi? (#4.2)" (1996)
G'Kar: If you're going to be worried every time the universe doesn't make sense you'll be worried every moment of every day for the rest of your natural life.
Marcus Cole: Your point being?