Dr. Anton Arcane
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Dr. Anton Arcane (Character)
from Swamp Thing (1982)

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"Swamp Thing: The Specter of Death (#3.27)" (1993)
Dr. Anton Arcane: This could be one of my most astonishing discoveries to date. Life after death!
Graham: Well, actually Doctor, I was kind of hoping, well, that we, well, might, well, that we might share the credit on this, well, after all, I did do all the preliminary work on this, on my own, unsupervised, and...
Dr. Anton Arcane: You heard him, Graham. He didn't say Graham, did he Graham, he said Arcane, I want you. It is me they're trying to contact. Graham. And to hell with this bloody experiment! If I'm to be denied the secrets of immortality, so be it! I shall contact General Sunderland, get instructions for mastering the hereafter. This is marvelous, Graham! Absolutely bloody marvelous!
Graham: Yeah, marvelous.

Swamp Thing: For once listen to me! The energies of life and death are out of balance. I sense something violent waiting for you.
Dr. Anton Arcane: Really? Something violent? Well, perhaps I'll call Graham and have him check it out.

Dr. Anton Arcane: Don't do this, General. All I want to do is be your ally! What did I ever do to you but give you loyal service and brilliant performance?
General Sunderland: You lived and I didn't.
Dr. Anton Arcane: Well, you kidnapped my wife, and all I ever wanted was to have her back.
General Sunderland: I wanted her for myself. I deserved her.
Dr. Anton Arcane: That's unrealistic ambition on your part. You can hardly hold that against me.

Swamp Thing: Once again the swamp is in balance.
Dr. Anton Arcane: Thanks to me!
Swamp Thing: Once again your ego claims deeds done by others.


Swamp Thing (1982)
Dr. Anton Arcane: A man who loves, gives hostages to fortune.

Doctor Alec Holland: No, Ritter. Not you.
Harry Ritter: No, Dr. Holland, not Ritter.
[voice changes]
Harry Ritter: Ritter, poor fellow, is long dead.
[removes his mask, showing that was Arcane all along]
Dr. Anton Arcane: You've heard of but never seen me, so I'll introduce myself. My name is Arcane.

Dr. Anton Arcane: Why doesn't Bruno have your strength?
Swamp Thing: Because he never had it.

Swamp Thing: What Bruno took was what changed me; it only amplifies your essence. It simply makes you more of what you already are.
Dr. Anton Arcane: Bruno's essence was stupidity.


"Swamp Thing: Hide in the Night (#3.15)" (1992)
Graham: You killed Stella!
Dr. Anton Arcane: Then the experiment worked? Fantastic!

Dr. Anton Arcane: Oh, Stella's dead, what a shame! She was a good assistant. Fairly attractive in an odd sort of way.


"Swamp Thing: Mist Demeanor (#2.3)" (1992)
Dr. Anton Arcane: I don't mind telling you I'm buzzed. Why'd you sneak this past the FDA? It'd put the coffee makers out of business, and make a bloody fortune.

Dr. Anton Arcane: I figured that one out while you were doing your... swamp thing.


"Swamp Thing: Heart of the Mantis (#3.38)" (1993)
Dr. Anton Arcane: It's cologne, Graham. I do wear cologne.
Graham: Maybe it's just the intensity.


"Swamp Thing: Tatania (#3.8)" (1992)
Dr. Anton Arcane: That loud-mouth whore desecrates the memory of my wife!


"Swamp Thing: Night of the Dying (#2.1)" (1992)
Dr. Anton Arcane: At last! The incredible secrets of voodoo!


The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
Abby Arcane: Immortality? Yuk! What did you do, sell your soul to the devil?
Dr. Anton Arcane: More like a lease with an option to buy.