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Number Six (Character)
from "The Prisoner" (1967)

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"The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man (#1.4)" (1967)
Number Six: Is there any event you haven't entered?
Alison: Only the pole vault, but I might.

[Alison knocks over a bottle, giving Number Six a bruise under his fingernail]
Number Six: A mortal injury, wounded for life.

Number Two: You have a unique physical advantage.
Number Six: Physical advantage of growing a mustache overnight?

Number Twelve: Where'd they get you, a people's copying service, or are you one of those double agents we hear so much about these days?

Number Twelve: When they come to film my life story, you've got the part.

[Number Six picks up a cigar with his left hand]
Number Twelve: You'll have to learn how to smoke it right handed first.
[offers Number Six a lighter]
Number Six: And you how to light a cigar.
[lights the cigar with a match]

Number Twelve: Why don't we settle this like gentlemen?
Number Six: You're claiming to be a gentleman too?
Number Twelve: Very good, very good indeed. That line is worthy of me.

Number Twelve: If ever you do challenge me to a duel, your safest bet will be battle axes in a very dark cellar.

Number Twelve: Make up your mind, are you orthodox or southpaw?

Number Twelve: Must be confusing for it, not knowing which one of us to bite.

Number Two: What was your purpose in coming here?
Number Twelve: I had none. I'll go away again if you like.

Number Two: What were you doing in the recreation room?
Number Twelve: Teaching that synthetic twin of mine how to shoot and fence.

Number Six: Your boy is dedicated to his work.
Number Two: I told you he's a tough nut, Number Twelve.
Number Six: Number Six.

Number Twelve: The trouble with science is that it can be perverted.

Number Six: I am the original. He is the economy pack.

Number Two: The general's not going to behead you.
Number Six: We won't know until I've reported to the general, will we?
Number Two: Report to the general? That's a new one.
Number Six: Well I don't mean report to him personally. For Pete's sake, you know what I mean.

Alison: It's not often one gets a second chance.
Number Six: There are no second chances.
Alison: There are sometimes, for the lucky ones. If I had a second chance, I want you to know that I wouldn't do it again.

[Number Six, who was convinced by Number Two that he is in fact Number Twelve and that he should impersonate Number Six, is waiting in Number Six's house for "Number Six" - actually, Number Twelve. Number Twelve enters the house, whistling a tune, and pretends to be stunned to see "Number Twelve" - actually, Number Six - waiting for him, since they look exactly alike]
Number Twelve: What the devil...?
[Number Six approaches Number Twelve]
Number Twelve: [chuckles] Oh, very good. Very good indeed. One of Number Two's little ideas, I suppose? Where did they get you? A people's copying service, or you're one of those double agents we hear so much about these days?
Number Six: [not amused] Since you've gone through so much trouble, the least I can do is... offer you a drink.
Number Twelve: Scotch.
[they enter the lounge]
Number Twelve: I take it, I'm supposed to go all fuzzy around the edges and run off into the distance, screaming "who am I"?
Number Six: Probably, I have no idea.


"The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben (#1.1)" (1967)
Number Two: Do you still think you can escape, Number Six?
Number Six: Oh, I'll do even better than that.
Number Two: Oh?
Number Six: Going to escape and come back.
Number Two: Come back?
Number Six: Escape, come back, wipe this place off the face of the Earth, obliterate it, and you with it.

Number Six: You Russian?
Nadia: Estonian.
Number Six: Russian.
Nadia: We don't think so.

Number Two: If I turn her over to you, you'll do some woodwork for me, is that your deal?
Number Six: The best you'll get.
Number Two: Ha ha! You really are the limit, Number Six!

Nadia: You really know what I want? To hear the chimes of Big Bill.
Number Six: Big Ben.
Nadia: I'll never call you anything else.
Number Six: Good night, Nadia.
Nadia: Good night, Big Ben.
Number Six: Big Bill.

Number Six: I risked my life and hers to come back here, home, because I thought it was different. It is, isn't it? A bit different?

Colonel J.: Let's start at square one, shall we? First, why did you resign?
Number Six: It was a matter of conscience.

[Big Ben is chiming]
Colonel J.: Question one, why did you resign?
Number Six: I resigned because, for a very long time I s... Just a minute. Eight o'clock.

Number Six: Would you like to explain to me how a man in Poland came to have a watch showing English time when there's one hour's difference?
Colonel J.: Maybe he was slow.
Number Six: I'll bet he was.

[Number 2 is describing the Village]
Number Two: What in fact has been created? An international community. A perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other suddenly realize that they're looking into a mirror, they'll see that this is the pattern for the future.
Number 6: The whole world as the Village?
Number Two: That is my dream. What's yours?
Number 6: To be the first man on the moon.

Number 6: I'm going to escape, come back, wipe this place off the face of the Earth, obliterate it and you with it

Number Two: [they are having tea in Number Two's office] I can never remember... one lump or two?
Number Six: It's in the file.
Number Two: Yes, as a matter of fact yes! But it would save time if you would just answer the question!
Number Six: Why, are you running out of time?


"The Prisoner: Hammer Into Anvil (#1.9)" (1967)
Number Two: You shouldn't have interfered, Number Six. You'll pay for this.
Number Six: No. You will.

Number Two: Du musst amboss oder Hammer sein.
Number Six: You must be anvil or hammer.
Number Two: I see you know your Goethe.
Number Six: And you see me as the anvil?
Number Two: Precisely. I am going to hammer you.

Number Two: You shouldn't have interfered, No.6. You'll pay for this.
Number 6: No. You will.

Number Six: These records. I'd like to hear L'arlesienne.
Shop Assistant: Ah yes, the Davier recording. There's no-one to touch him for Bizet. It takes a Frenchman.
Number Six: I'd like to hear them all. How many have you got?
Shop Assistant: Six.
Number Six: May I have them?
Shop Assistant: Very well, but they're all the same.
Number Six: I doubt it.

Number Six: [Number 6's bogus note to his superiors] To: XO4. Ref your enquiry via Bizet record. N° 2's instability confirmed. Detailed report to follow. D6.

Number Six: [On phone] Hospital. Psychiatrics. Head of Department, please.
Psychiatric Director: Yes?
Number Six: Ah doctor. What's the status on our friend?
Psychiatric Director: What friend?
Number Six: Your report on Number Two?
Psychiatric Director: Number Two? What are you talking about? Who is this?
Number Six: I understand. You don't want to talk on the telephone? Probably very wise. Never mind. I'll be seeing you later, hm?

Number Two: I know who you are.
Number Six: I'm Number Six.
Number Two: No. D6.
Number Six: D6?
Number Two: Sent here by our masters to spy on me.
Number Six: Sorry, I don't follow.
Number Two: Oh yes. I've been on to you from the beginning. You didn't fool me.
Number Six: Perhaps you fooled yourself?
Number Two: What do you mean?
Number Six: Just supposing for argument's sake that I was planted here?
Number Two: By XO4.
Number Six: XO4? Very well, by XO4. What would have been your first duty as a loyal citizen? Not to interfere. But you did interfere. You have admitted it yourself. There is a word for that. Sabotage.
Number Two: No!
Number Six: Who are you working for, Number Two?
Number Two: For us, for us!
Number Six: That is not the way it's going to sound to XO4.
Number Two: I swear to you...
Number Six: You could be working for the enemy or you could be a blunderer who's lost his head. Either way you've failed.

Shop Kiosk Girl: Good day sir.
Number Six: Yes, I'd like to insert a personal ad in the next edition.
Shop Kiosk Girl: Certainly. What is it?
Number Six: I have it here. "Hay mas mal en el aldea que se sueña". It's a sort of private joke between myself and a friend.
Shop Kiosk Girl: Nine words. That will be three units please. That word "el aldea". Doesn't it mean "village"?

Number Six: You were saying? Something about a hammer?


"The Prisoner: Free for All (#1.3)" (1967)
Number 6: Elections? In this place?
Number Two: Of course. We make our choice every 12 months. Every citizen has a choice. Are you going to run?
Number 6: Like blazes, the first chance I get.
Number Two: I meant run for office.

Number 6: They say, "Six of one and half a dozen of the other." Not here. It's Six for Two and Two for nothing, and Six for free for all for free for all! Vote! Vote!

Number 6: You don't approve.
Number Two: Of the Village?
Number 6: Yeah.
Number Two: To Hell with the Village. Cheers.
Number 6: Cheers.

Number 6: I am in command, obey me and be free!

Number Two: Good people, it is my pleasure to present to you the one and only Number Six!
Crowd: Rah!
Number 6: I am not a number. I am a person.
Crowd: [laughs]
Number 6: In some place, at some time, all of you held positions of a secret nature, and had knowledge that was invaluable to an enemy. Like me, you are here to have that knowledge protected or extracted.
Number Two: That's the stuff to give them.
Number 6: Unlike me, many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment and will die here like rotten cabbages.
Number Two: Keep going. They love it.
Number 6: The rest of you have gone over to the side of our keepers. Which is which? How many of each? Who's standing beside you now? I intend to discover who are the prisoners and who are the warders. I shall be running for office in this election.

[Number 113 is interviewing Number 6 for the Tally Ho newspaper. Number 113b is taking pictures]
Reporter: How are you going to handle your campaign?
Number 6: No comment.
Reporter: [writing] "Intends to fight for freedom at all...
Photographer: Smile!
Reporter: ...costs." How about your internal policy?
Number 6: No comment.
Reporter: "Will tighten up on Village security."
Photographer: Smile!
Reporter: How about your external policy?
Number 6: No comment.
Reporter: "Our exports will operate in every corner of the globe." How do you feel about life and death?
Number 6: Mind your own business.
Reporter: "No comment."

Number Two: [on Number Six's phone and TV screen] Do you fancy a chat?
Number 6: The mountain can come to Mahomet!
[his front door opens to reveal Number Two]
Number Two: Mahomet?
Number 6: Everest, I presume.
Number Two: I've never had a head for heights.


"The Prisoner: Dance of the Dead (#1.7)" (1967)
Number 6: Never trust a woman, even the four-legged variety.

Observer: You're a wicked man.
Number 6: Wicked?
Observer: You have no values.
Number 6: Different values!
Observer: You won't be helped.
Number 6: Destroyed!
Observer: You want to spoil things.
Number 6: I won't be a goldfish in a bowl!

Observer: [discussing The Village] This place has been going for a long time.
Number 6: Since the war? Before the war? WHICH... WAR?

Maid: [the Prisoner's costume for a fancy dress ball - picked by others - is delivered] What is it?
Number 6: My own suit, specially delivered for the occasion.
Maid: What does that mean?
Number 6: That I am still... myself.


"The Prisoner: The General (#1.5)" (1967)
Number Twelve: What was the Treaty of Adrianople?
Number Six: [looks a bit puzzled, but answers automatically] September... 1829.
Number Twelve: Wrong. I said "What," not "When." You need some special coaching.

Number Two: What was the question?
Number Six: It's insoluble by man or machine.
Number Two: What was it?
Number Six: W, H, Y, question mark.

Number Twelve: You don't believe it? A University-level degree in three minutes.
Number Six: It's improbable.
Number Twelve: But not impossible.
Number Six: Nothing's impossible in this place.

Number Twelve: Number Two offered you a deal. Don't you trust him?
Number Six: I don't trust Number Two. I don't trust you. I don't trust your tame Professor.
Number Twelve: Who do you trust, Number Six?
Number Six: I trust me.
Number Twelve: Join the club.


"The Prisoner: A. B. and C. (#1.2)" (1967)
[Number Six lets Number Two see a track mark on his wrist. Number Two does not react]
Number Six: Anyone who had nothing to hide would ask where I got it.
Number Two: Where did you get it, Number Six?
Number Six: In my sleep.
Number Six: Oh, you must be restless. Perhaps you need a checkup.
Number Six: I have a favorite doctor.
Number Two: Really?
Number Six: Number Fourteen.

Number Six: This is a dreamy party.

Number Six: I wasn't selling out. That wasn't the reason I resigned.


"The Prisoner: Checkmate (#1.8)" (1967)
Number 6: You still have an independent mind... There are very few of us left.

2nd Psychiatrist: Cat
Number 6: Dog
2nd Psychiatrist: Rain
Number 6: Shine
2nd Psychiatrist: Desk
Number 6: Work
2nd Psychiatrist: Hope
Number 6: Anchor
2nd Psychiatrist: Anchor?
Number 6: The Hope and Anchor. It's a pub I used to drink at.
2nd Psychiatrist: Tree
Number 6: Leaf
2nd Psychiatrist: Home
Number 6: Away
2nd Psychiatrist: Return
Number 6: Game
2nd Psychiatrist: Love
Number 6: Game
2nd Psychiatrist: Game?
Number 6: Tennis
2nd Psychiatrist: Table
Number 6: Chair
2nd Psychiatrist: Ship
Number 6: Shape
2nd Psychiatrist: Red
Number 6: Sail
2nd Psychiatrist: Free
Number 6: For all

Number 6: [referring to the chess game] Why do you use people?
Chessmaster: Some psychiatrists say it satisfies the desire for power. 'the only opportunity one gets here.
Number 6: That depends what side you're on.
Chessmaster: [quickly] I'm on my side.
Number 6: [quickly] Aren't we all.
Chessmaster: You must be new here. In time, most of us join the enemy - against ourselves.


"The Prisoner: Arrival (#1.0)" (1967)
Number Two: I suppose you're wondering what you're doing here.
Number 6: It had crossed my mind.

The New Number Two: Good day, Number Six.
Number 6: Number what?
The New Number Two: Six. For official purposes, everyone has a number. Yours is number six.
Number 6: I am not a number. I am a person.
The New Number Two: Six of one, half a dozen of another.

[over the opening of each episode - Number 2 played by various actors]
Number 6: Where am I?
Number 2: In the Village.
Number 6: What do you want?
Number 2: Information.
Number 6: Whose side are you on?
Number 2: That would be telling. We want information... information... information.
Number 6: You won't get it.
Number 2: By hook or by crook, we will.
Number 6: Who are you?
Number 2: The new Number 2.
Number 6: Who is Number 1?
Number 2: You are Number 6.
Number 6: I am not a number, I am a free man.


"The Prisoner: Fall Out (#1.16)" (1968)
Number Six: Young man!
Number Forty Eight: Give it to me again.
Number Six: Don't knock yourself out.
Number Forty Eight: Give me the rest.
Number Six: Young man.
Number Forty Eight: I'm born all over.

Number Six: I...
assembly: [drowning out Number Six] I, I, I!
Number Six: [stops, slams the gavel, waits, then starts over] I...
assembly: [again drowning out Number Six] I, I, I! I, I, I!
Number Six: [again slams the gavel, waits, and starts over] I...
assembly: [again drowning out Number Six] I, I, I! I, I, I! I, I, I!
Number Six: [again slams the gavel, waits, and starts over] I...
[This time Number Six presses on with his speech for about 30 seconds, and the assembly drowns him out the entire time with chants of "I, I, I!"]


"The Simpsons: The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (#12.6)" (2000)
[number 6 shows Homer the boat he built]
Number Six: I fashioned it out of toilet paper rolls, toothpicks, plastic forks, scabs, and dynamite, its small but it can carry both of us to...
[Homer pushes him, steals his boat & sails off]
Number Six: that's the third time that's happened.


"The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns (#1.6)" (1967)
Number 6: I know every nut and bolt and cog, I built it with my own hands!


"The Prisoner: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (#1.12)" (1968)
Number Six: Who else could have given you that message?
Janet: Nobody but...
Number Six: Couldn't you say, "Nobody but you"? I need your faith.
Janet: Nobody but you.