Maximilien de Robespierre
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Maximilien de Robespierre (Character)
from Danton (1983)

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Reign of Terror (1949)
Maximilian Robespierre: That's *my* chair you're sitting in, Fouche.
Fouché: I just wanted to see how it fits.
Maximilian Robespierre: Danton liked to sit in that chair, too.
Fouché: And to think that he had supper with us only last night. It's amazing how fast you lose friends these days.
Maximilian Robespierre: And you never know who's next on the list, Fouche.
Fouché: It must be quite a thrill, making out your death list every night.

Maximilian Robespierre: I can't decide whether to promote you or denounce you.
Fouché: Where in all Paris would you find anybody as disloyal, unscrupulous, scheming, treacherous, cunning, or deceitful as I? Oh, you'd have to do some tall looking, Max.

François Barras: I arrived just in time to see Danton on his way out. Exactly as you planned, wasn't it?
Maximilian Robespierre: Danton was my friend, not yours. Why should you feel badly about it?
François Barras: Because Danton was a good soldier. Without him, France would have been overrun by the armies of Europe.
Maximilian Robespierre: That was yesterday. Like all good soldiers, he outlived his usefulness.

François Barras: This would make you dictator of France.
Maximilian Robespierre: Yes.
François Barras: We didn't storm the Bastille to make any man dictator.
Maximilian Robespierre: I'm not "any man".

Maximilian Robespierre: There's a man in Strasbourg who isn't afraid of anything. A man named Duval.
Fouché: Duval?
Maximilian Robespierre: You know him?
Fouché: No, but I know his record. Five hundred executions in a single month. That's almost as good as yours, Max.
Maximilian Robespierre: I've sent for Duval. He arrives at the Blue Goose Inn tonight. You go there and bring him to the bakery. I'll meet him there.
Fouché: How will I know him?
Maximilian Robespierre: As one snake to another, you'll smell each other out.

Maximilian Robespierre: I never shake hands. It's unsanitary.

Maximilian Robespierre: Dead enemies make good friends.

Maximilian Robespierre: Death! I demand death for the enemies of France! I denounce... Danton!

Maximilian Robespierre: If you've come to plea for your husband's life, you're late.
Danton's wife: Maximilian, what has come over you? Danton is your friend - your very *good* friend! Together you saved France! Without Danton, where would you be today?
Maximilian Robespierre: I can't let personal feelings interfere. The people have found him guilty.
Danton's wife: "The people"? But *you* are the people. They do what *you* say!
Maximilian Robespierre: [brushes past her] Take out an appeal!
Danton's wife: [sobbing] Who can I appeal to? Only you! Look at me. Answer me! Stop playing God!
Maximilian Robespierre: [impassively] "God"? The Revolution abolished God. It's only the will of the people. And the people have spoken.

Maximilian Robespierre: [to Fouché] Don't call me "Max"!

Maximilian Robespierre: Get out of my chair.
Fouché: [gets up rather deliberately] Is that the way to talk to your Chief of Secret Police? I'm ashamed of you, Max.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
[people start coming to the present]
Leonardo da Vinci: [lands on the WABAC] Hey, Peabody!
Sherman: Looks like the past is coming to us.
[Leonardo falls off]
Robespierre: [lands on the WABAC] Oof! I will get you, dog! And your little boy, too!
[falls off]
King Tut: [lands on the WABAC] Penny! My bride!
[Sherman uses windshield wipers to chuck Tut away; Penny looks lovingly at Sherman, while Mr. Peabody glares at him]
Sherman: What?

Police Officer: Drop the saber and step away from the futuristic orb!
Robespierre: I take orders from no man! Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite!
[gets tasered]
Robespierre: [twitching] Oooh-la-la!

[Robespierre uses a taser in the French Revolution]
Robespierre: [gets shocked] Ooh-la-la!

Carry on Pimpernel (1966)
Citizen Robespierre: Have either of you ever seen a man looking like that?
Camembert: Well, it's marvelous what you can do with a bit of padding. If I could just have a bit of a prod...
Citizen Robespierre: No you cannot have a bit of a prod! Imbecile! Admit it. This Fingernail has made a monkey of you, yet again.

[the Black Fingernail has rescued a French aristocrat, the Duc de Pommfrit, from the guillotine and left his calling card there]
Citizen Robespierre: So, Citizen Head of Secret Police Camembert, the one who calls himself "The Black Fingernail" has fooled you again.
Camembert: Oh, I wouldn't say that, citizen.
Citizen Robespierre: Oh, you wouldn't?
Camembert: No.
Citizen Robespierre: [Waves paper with Black Fingernail's sign on it] This is his calling card. It was found on the guillotine after that disgraceful exhibition this afternoon.
Camembert: Yes, that's true, but he didn't fool me. Oh no, not for one moment.
Citizen Robespierre: [Sarcastically] He didn't? Oh, perhaps I've got the story wrong. This time he posed as an insurance salesman, correct?
Camembert: Yes.
Citizen Robespierre: Abducted the Duc de Pommfrit from under your very nose?
Camembert: Yes.
Citizen Robespierre: And tricked you into executing your own executioner?
Camembert: Yes.
Citizen Robespierre: [shouting] And he didn't fool you for one minute?
Camembert: I knew who he was. I wanted to see how far he would go.
Citizen Robespierre: Mon blooming dieu. He couldn't have gone very much further could he?
Camembert: Oh, I don't know. We've still got the guillotine!

The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)
Maximilien de Robespierre: Poor young Tallien. No Theresia, no heart. Soon no head

"Doctor Who: The Tyrant of France (#1.40)" (1964)
Robespierre: We in Paris are aware of the danger, Citizen. We live in troubled times. There is much, much work to be done, work that is constantly delayed by the need to ferret out the traitors that we harbor in our midst...
Dr. Who: Is there really such a need, Citizen Robespierre? Hmm? I mean, what can this Reign Of Terror possibly gain? For every opponent you put to the guillotine, two more will spring up!

"The Scarlet Pimpernel: A King's Ransom/The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King (#1.3)" (1999)
Robespierre: Citizen Robespierre, ain't it? Sir Percival Blakeney!
Robespierre: I know very well who you are.
Percy Blakeney: So the Republic is selling off the family furniture to pay for more cannon balls, eh? Well done, sir! Wars are such expensive affairs. Who the devil can afford it now a days?
Robespierre: France has to afford it, if she is to survive. Good day.
Percy Blakeney: [bows] Ah!

Danton (1983)
Robespierre: For the country's good we must be ruthless. We can't afford to be just. We'd have to rule by terror. You know what that is? Terror is nothing but despair.