Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross
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Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross (Character)
from The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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Hulk (2003)
Ross: Shut down all power to the main hall.
Technician: Sir?
Ross: Show him the way out. We'll fight him outside.

Ross: I'm requesting national authority command override; Angry Man is unsecure. I need everything we have at my command in order to stop his movement.
National Security Advisor: You're expecting *civilian* casualties, General?
Ross: Not if I can help it, Ma'am.

Ross: [They have Bruce sedated at a secret army base] Suppose he gets out? Has one of his little mood swings in a populated area?
Betty Ross: Yes. I'm aware of the potential danger. I'm also aware that he saved my life.
Ross: Yeah, from a mutant French poodle. I'm indebted to him for that! He also put three men in a hospital, and Talbot's barely walking!

[as the Hulk rages around San Francisco]
Betty Ross: Dad, let me talk to him!
Ross: I know he's come there to find you! I'm not gonna let him get you!
Betty Ross: Just let me try, okay, Dad? He just needs a chance to calm down!

Ross: [about Dr. David Banner] He gets released, and a month later your lab is destroyed. What a coincidence. So you're just not going to tell me where he is, are you?
Bruce Banner: How many times do I have to tell you? I'd like to help you, but I just don't know.
Ross: You know who I am, right, Banner?
Ross: You're Betty's father. You're a high-ranking general.
Ross: Let's cut the crap. I'm the guy who had your father tossed away, and a lot more like him, and I'll do the same with you if I feel so disposed. You understand?
Bruce Banner: If you had him tossed away, then why are you asking me? I don't remember! I was always told my father was dead.
Ross: Don't play with me! You were four years old when you saw it.
Bruce Banner: When I saw what?
Ross: You were right there! How could anyone forget a thing like that?
Bruce Banner: [whispers] What?
Ross: Ohh, some more repressed memories.
Bruce Banner: Just tell me.
Ross: I'm sorry, son. You're an even more screwed up mess than I thought you'd be. Until we get to the bottom of this, your lab has been declared a top secret military site and you're not going to get a security clearance to get back into it. Or any other lab that's doing anything more interesting than trying to figure out the next generation of herbal hair gel.
[He leans forward threateningly]
Ross: And one more thing: If you ever come within a thousand yards of my daughter again, I'll put you away for the rest of your natural life.

Ross: One more thing, if you ever... come within a thousand yards of my daughter again, I'll put you away for the rest of your natural life.

Father: All right... I'll go ! You just watch me go !
Ross: Hit it.

Ross: Hit it again !

F-22 Pilot: I think I can come back around for a gun attack.
Ross: Acquire a clear target. Fire at will.

Ross: Okay, you've got him now. Take him on a ride to the top of the world. Let's see what the thin air will do for him.

Ross: You are cleared to fire on target, Legend.

Ross: Gentlemen, release.
F-22 Pilot: Gamma charge away.

Ross: Tango Flight, do you have eyes on the target ?
Comanche Pilot: Tango One, I have him in the rocks.
Ross: Salvo all. Turn it into a parking lot.
Comanche Pilot: T-bolt, your parking lot is ready. We're bingo for fuel and ammo. R.T.B.


The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: You did the right thing, calling us. Leonard, I need to know where they're going. She'll be in incredible danger as long as she's with him.
Leonard: From who? He protected her. You almost killed her.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: I give you my word, her safety is my main concern at this point.
Leonard: You know, it's a point of professional pride for me that I can tell when somebody's lying. And you are.
[pause]
Leonard: I don't know where he's going. I know she'll help him if she can.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Then she's aiding a fugitive. And I can't help either one of them.
[walks off]
Leonard: I used to wonder why she never talked about you. Now I know.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [to himself] Where does she meet these guys?

Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: As far as I'm concerned, that man's whole body is property of the U.S. army.

Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [speaking to Blonsky in his hospital bed] How are you feeling?
Emil Blonsky: Pissed off, and ready for round three.

Emil Blonsky: Forgive me, sir? Doesn't anybody want to talk about what went down in there? 'Cause... He didn't lose us. And he was not alone sir. We had him. And then something hit us... Something BIG hit us! It threw a forklift truck like it was a SOFTBALL! It was the most powerful thing I've ever seen.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Well, it's gone.
Emil Blonsky: Well, if Banner knows what it is, I'm gonna track him down, I'm gonna put my foot on his throat, and I'm gonna...
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: That was Banner. IT was Banner.
Emil Blonsky: You have to explain that statement, sir.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: No I don't. You've done a good job. Pack up and get our men on a plane. We're going home.

[During the fight between The Hulk and The Abomination]
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [Referring to the machine gun on the helicopter] Use that thing, soldier. Give him some help!
Helicopter Soldier: Which one?
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Help the green one, dammit! Which one do you think? Cut the other one in half!

[Blonsky finds a photo of Betty in Banner's apartment]
Emil Blonsky: A girlfriend? She helps him, maybe?
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [confiscating the photo] She is no longer a factor, we closed those doors to him a long time ago. He's alone. He wants to be alone.

Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: You must realize that what I'm about to tell you is very sensitive, both to me and to the Army. You know that we have a Bio-Force Department, and that we had a bio-force enhancement research project developed during World War II...
Emil Blonsky: A Super-Soldier.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: A simplification, but yes. We decided to dust it off, and give it another go, aiming to create the better soldier. Banner's work was very early-phase. It wasn't even weapons application, he thought he was working on radiation resistance. I would never have told him what it was really for, but he was so sure about what he was doing he tested it on himself. And something went very wrong... or it went very right.

Major Kathleen 'Kat' Sparr: Sir, Blonsky...
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [expecting the worst] Does anyone know if he has any next-of-kin or family?
Major Kathleen 'Kat' Sparr: Ask him yourself...
Emil Blonsky: [salutes Ross, in perfect health] Sir!

Emil Blonsky: [attacking Bruce] Where is it? Show it to me!
[the Hulk doesn't appear]
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: If you've taken it from me, I'm going to put you in a hole for the rest of your life.

Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: How old are you, Blonsky, forty-five?
Emil Blonsky: Thirty-nine.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: That takes a toll, doesn't it?
Emil Blonsky: Yes, it does.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: So get out of the trenches. You should be a Colonel by now, with your record.
Emil Blonsky: No, sir, I'm a fighter, and I'll be one for as long as I can. Mind you, if I took what I had now, and put it in a body that I had ten years ago, that would be someone I wouldn't want to fight
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [thoughtfully] I think I can arrange something like that...

[after credits]
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [in a bar] Reload...
[finishes his drink]
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Reload...
[someone enters the bar and walks toward Ross]
Tony Stark: The smell of stale beer... and defeat. You know, I hate to say "I told you so," but that Super-Soldier project *WAS* put on ice for a reason. I've always felt that hardware was much more reliable.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Stark.
Tony Stark: General.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: You always wear such nice suits.
Tony Stark: Touché. I hear you have an unusual problem.
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: You should talk!
Tony Stark: You should listen. What if I told you we were putting a team together?
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Who's "we"?
[Stark looks silently at Ross]

[Blonsky is antagonizing the Hulk]
Emil Blonsky: [haughtily; to the Hulk] Well... Is that it?
Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [through a walkie-talkie] Blonsky, pull back now!
[Blonsky bad-temperedly pulls the earpiece out of his ear and throws it away]
Emil Blonsky: Is that all you've got?
The Incredible Hulk: [growls] Grrr...
[the Hulk kicks Blonsky like a soccerball; Blonsky slams into a tree and falls down to the ground, not moving]


"Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: The Venom Within (#1.14)" (2013)
Skaar: Time to smash! Skaar destroy everything best!
She-Hulk: Fifty tacos says I bring down this whole building faster than any of you. Hah.
Red Hulk: Ha! You think you can out smash old Red? Hail to the smashing king!
She-Hulk: Maybe, if you can smash stuff with your mouth.
A-Bomb: Pay up, smashers. Those 50 tacos are all mine. A-Bomb's away!

Red Hulk: So what exactly is a Venom, anyway?
A-Bomb: Definitely some kind of blobby alien. Probably hitched a ride on a meteor.
Spider-Man: If only. Picture a blob of murderous goo that can possess anyone it touches. No fun.
She-Hulk: How do you know so much about this thing?
Spider-Man: Heh. Funny story. Or long awful story. It was kind of created from my blood.

She-Hulk: Okay, we need a new plan!
Red Hulk: If we could just slow it down.
A-Bomb: That's it. In the movies they always freeze the hideous man-eating slime.
Spider-Man: Wait a second. You're actually thinking without using your fists?
A-Bomb: Yeah, well, today hasn't been the best for knuckle sandwiches.

Red Hulk: I'll power wash that big booger right off of green jeans.
She-Hulk: Careful with those missiles. It's my cousin in there.
She-Hulk: Don't worry, Shulkie. Just gonna take a little off the top.


Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013) (VG)
Captain America: Mom's apple pie! We got to save America from the Red Skull!
The Hulk: HULK SMASH SKULL!
[pants rip]
The Hulk: Huh? Hulk rip pants.
Captain America: That's why my red, white and blue is form-fitting yet flexible. I love American ingenuity.

Sandman: We have an unscheduled arrival in the main terminal.
[laughs]
The Hulk: HULK HATE DELAYS!

The Hulk: [while on a boat] Hulk need bathroom.
Iron Man: Really? You couldn't have gone before we left?


"The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: The Deadliest Man Alive (#2.22)" (2012)
Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Captain America, for treason against the United States government, for aiding and abetting a known super-criminal, you are under arrest. You can either surrender peacefully, or you can resist. Please resist.

Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross: [to the Hulk] Don't you get it? You're old news! They don't want a psycho, they want a soldier!
Steve Rogers: We've already got one, thanks!
[hits Red Hulk]

Tony Stark: Hope there's no hard feelings, Hulk. You have to admit, it was a strange situation.
The Hulk: Whatever. I'm still mad.
Janet Van Dyne: Well, yeah. You're the Hulk.


"The Incredible Hulk: And the Wind Cries... Wendigo (#1.10)" (1996)
General Ross: This old soldier's about to get his brass chewed out but good, by the Pentagon boys...

General Ross: [trying to reason with the Hulk] Now you just let me do my job, and when we catch up to that thing, then you can do your job.
The Hulk: Hulks job:... hug Betty.
General Ross: What?
[chuckles]
General Ross: No, no, no, no, tha- that's mine. You just take care of that 'Wendigo'. Hug Betty!


"The Incredible Hulk: Darkness and Light: Part 3 (#1.13)" (1996)
General Ross: Stop! Stop this immediately, or my daughter spends her wedding night as a widow!
[aims a laser gun at Bruce Banner's forehead]

General Ross: The boy! What have I done?


Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross: Tell me, Captain, do you know where Thor and Banner are right now? 'Cause you can bet if I misplaced a couple of 30 megaton warheads, there'd be consequences.

Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross: Huh. Five years ago, I had a heart attack. I dropped right in the middle of my backswing. Turned out it was the best round of my life because after thirteen hours of surgery and a triple bypass, I have found something forty years in the army had never taught me... perspective. The world owes the Avengers an unpayable debt. You have fought for us, protected us, risked your lives. But while a great many people see you as heroes, there are some who would prefer the word "vigilantes".
Natasha Romanoff: And what word would you use, Mr. Secretary?
Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross: How about "dangerous"? What would you call a group of US based, enhanced individuals who routinely ignore sovereign borders and inflict their will wherever they choose and who, frankly, seem unconcerned with what they leave behind? New York, Washington D.C., Sokovia, Lagos...
Steve Rogers: Okay. That's enough.
Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross: In the past four years, you've operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That's an arrangement the governments of the world can no longer tolerate.


"The Incredible Hulk: It Lives! It Grows! It Destroys! (#1.8)" (1982)
Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross: The Hulk! He's after Betty. He's as dangerous as that yellow slime!


"Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: The Tale of Hercules (#2.16)" (2015)
Red Hulk: [opens fire on harpies] I'll give ya something to scream at!


"The Incredible Hulk: Darkness and Light: Part 1 (#1.11)" (1996)
General Ross: Talbot, what in Blue Thunder is going on?


"The Incredible Hulk: Hulk of a Different Color (#2.1)" (1997)
General Ross: [having caused an avalanche that now threatens to bury him] Oh no! What's happening?
[shouting]
General Ross: What have I done?


"The Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner Unmasked (#1.6)" (1982)
Narrator: You didn't imagine it! You saw it with your own eyes. You heard it with your own ears!
Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross: Bruce Banner is the Hulk.


"The Incredible Hulk: Prisoner of the Monster (#1.2)" (1982)
Betty Ross: Hi dad, more homework on the Hulk?
Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross: You and Banner ought to be just as worried about this monster. We've got big things happening on this base soon, or have you forgotten?
Dr. Bruce Banner: If you mean the testing of the sonar chrystalizer, General, we're ready.
Maj. Ned Talbot: You'd better be. This is B.I.G. Big!
Betty Ross: G.O.O.D. Good.


"The Incredible Hulk: Mission: Incredible (#2.8)" (1997)
General Ross: Now hold it, Banner. You and I got a lot to talk about, son. Now that this old soldier's about to retire, I'm ready to let go of the past. Maybe get to know my future son in law a little...


"The Incredible Hulk: Raw Power (#1.3)" (1996)
Gabriel Jones: You want in my unit, Secret Agent Man, then you're gonna earn your place in it.
General Ross: Consider it earned.