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Buck Rogers (Character)
from Buck Rogers (1939)

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Buck Rogers (1939)
Professor Huer: By means of a gas discovered by Professor Morgan, these two people have remained in suspended animation for five hundred years.
Buck Rogers: Five hundred years?
George 'Buddy' Wade: That makes me old enough to be my own great grandfather.

Buck Rogers: I don't understand, sir. Who is this man called Killer Kane?
Professor Huer: He is the result of the stupidity of the men of your century. You failed to stamp out lawlessness and in the end the criminal became stronger than the law. Racketeers you called them. Today, they rule the world as cruelly as they ruled their gangs in your day.

George 'Buddy' Wade: I wouldn't call Dr. Huer exactly handsome, but I sure would give a lot to see his face right now.
Buck Rogers: [laughs] I bet you would Buddy.

Professor Wade: Hello, Chandril. Is that Lt. Rogers speaking?
Buck Rogers: Buck Rogers to you, professor.
George 'Buddy' Wade: [facing a blizzard] Hello, Dad. We're having a swell time.

Buck Rogers: You're not scared, are you, Buddy?
George 'Buddy' Wade: Well, I guess I was a little scared before you got above that blizzard.
Buck Rogers: Keep a secret?
George 'Buddy' Wade: Yes, sir.
Buck Rogers: So was I.

Prince Tallen: A de-gravity belt? I don't understand.
Buck Rogers: It's a device we use here on Earth. It's really an outgrowth of the old parachute.

Killer Kane: How did you get in here?
Buck Rogers: We were here when you and Prince Tallen entered the room.
Prince Tallen: It's Buck Rogers.
Killer Kane: Who is Buck Rogers?
Prince Tallen: He's the Hidden City American who came to Saturn.
Buck Rogers: Tallen, you're not gonna sign this treaty until I've had a chance to show you just why this man is called Killer Kane.
Killer Kane: Don't be a fool, Rogers. If you persist in this folly, my men will kill you.
Buck Rogers: Not until I've shown Prince Tallen just what you do with your prisoners, Kane.

Buck Rogers: What are you gonna do?
Braeden - Captain of Dirigible [Ch. 1]: Bail out before we crash!
Buck Rogers: Stop him, Mitchell. He'll freeze to death before he lands.
Mitchell [Ch. 1]: Ah, it's better than dying in here like rats.

Buck Rogers: We came here as envoys... seeking an alliance with you people of Saturn.
Aldar: And why do you desire such an alliance?
Buck Rogers: To escape the tyranny of a man called Killer Kane who has imposed his rule on all but a handful of us; a man who governs by brute force.
Capt. Laska: That's not true. Leader Kane is just man. He rules with the consent of all save a few revolutionaries.
Second Councilman: Revolutionaries.
Aldar: Is it true that you are revolutionaries?
Buck Rogers: Ah, in a sense I suppose we are. If it's revolutionary to protest against brutality.
Saturnian Councilman: I have heard enough. Rebels or not, I say throw them all into prison. Seven months no contact with outside planets.
Aldar: But in this age of science, we cannot hope to isolate ourselves from the rest of the universe. But we are dedicated to peace and have no patience for rebels.

Buck Rogers: See for yourself, Prince Tallen. Those steel caps they're wearing are Amnesia Helmets, an invention of Kane's 'scientists' to rob men of their minds and their will.
Prince Tallen: But, this is incredible.
Buck Rogers: Nevertheless, Tallen, it's true. Now do you know why we're fighting this man?
Prince Tallen: Who is your leader? I shall be glad to treat with him.
Killer Kane: That's a very handsome gesture, Prince Tallen. But how do you and Rogers plan to leave my city? You'll be arrested by my guards before you can leave the palace.

Prince Tallen: Someday, you must return to the planet Saturn with me and receive the thanks of my people for preventing the alliance with Kane.
Buck Rogers: I'd rather you thank me by giving your planet's support... in smashing Killer Kane's armies.

Prince Tallen: Laska took this from one of the amnesia helmets and put it in mine.
Buck Rogers: That's it. That's Kane's way of destroying the minds of his captives; forcing them to obey his commands. You can prove it by trying it on yourself.

Buck Rogers: What have you done with Lt. Deering?
Killer Kane: We are not here to discuss her. You are the one we are interested in. Rogers, you have been the source of considerable annoyance to me. That's all over now. You may even be of some help to us... if you place any real value on your life.

Buck Rogers: Gentlemen, you're dealing with the vilest type of crime known to man: kidnapping. Why, we've fought it on Earth for centuries. Men capable of such a crime are without honor. They're words are worthless. And Killer Kane is the foulest of the lot.

Aldar: Colonel Rogers, the people of Saturn find themselves more deeply indebted to you than ever. Words alone cannot explain our gratitude. If you can suggest a concrete means by which we can prove it, you need only command us.
Buck Rogers: I need no proof, sir, outside of your promise to support us in ridding the world of Killer Kane's outlaw army.
Prince Tallen: You already have that promise and we shall not fail you.

[last lines]
Buck Rogers: What's this about a Kane squadron?
Wilma Deering: A Kane squadron? Buck, I don't understand.
Buck Rogers: You don't understand? I just got a message from here that you've sighted another Kane squadron.
Wilma Deering: But I didn't...
George 'Buddy' Wade: I did that, Buck. I, uh... I knew Wilma would want to congratulate you, but she couldn't because was on duty. So, I sorta fixed things up.
Buck Rogers: Well, from now on, you can be my official fixer, Buddy.
George 'Buddy' Wade: Well, I guess the first thing an official fixer should know is when he's not wanted.
Buck Rogers: Yeah.


Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
Buck: Get out your card decks and backgammon boards, lucky Buck is back!

Buck: Very ballsy.
Wilma: What?
Buck: Never mind.

Buck: Fine. Your place or mine?
Wilma: What was that? What did you say?
Buck: Just joking.

Buck: Well, I'm scheduled for execution and if I miss it, I could be in a lot of trouble.

Princess Ardala: [Buck starts dancing at Ardala's reception] What are you doing?
Buck: It's called gettin' down. It's a little before your time, if it frightens you.
Princess Ardala: Nothing frightens me.

Wilma: I confess I thought the Princess had you beguiled!
Buck: Well, she did have the nicest set of horns at the ball!
Dr. Theopolis: Yes - it was an attractive hat!

[last lines]
[Buck sees Ardala's shuttle escaping, Twiki turns to see]
Buck: Twiki, eyes forward, you'll get starsick!
Twiki: [Buck turns him around] Buck, you're my kind of guy!


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Vegas in Space (#1.3)" (1979)
Hood: I was told to find out why you were doing so well at Ten and Eleven.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I was cheating. I was using my brain, which is something the average run-of-the-mill customer stopped doing a long time ago.

[Buck is tying up Velosi's goon]
Hood: Ow! What are you doing to me? You're cutting off my circulation!
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [picking up the hood's gun] Oh, so you had my best interests at heart when you came at me with this?

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [trying to get him to willing take a tranquilizer pill] Oh, come on! I even had Theo put some orange flavoring in it... you'll love it! Come on... come on, open up... come on... be a good boy... that's a good boy! Come on, swallow down, swallow down.
Hood: [reluctantly swallowing the pill, then grimacing at the horrible taste] Orange?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I lied.

Major Marla Landers: Couldn't you get anything out of that man who was following you?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Yeah, I know exactly where they're holding Falina.
Major Marla Landers: Well, that's good news.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I also found out it's almost impossible to get there without one of four existing keys. I was going to lift one off Sanitation Module Seven, but it doesn't make its rounds until after midnight; and if Morphus is here now, we might as well start packing.
Major Marla Landers: Buck, who else has a key?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: A couple of Velosi's goons.
Major Marla Landers: And Velosi?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Naturally. I can't believe we've come this far and have everything go down the tubes...
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [seeing a confident beam in Marla's eyes] ... everything's NOT going down the tubes?
Major Marla Landers: In about five minutes, we may very well have ourselves that key. Turn around.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Why?
[Marla starts to take off her dress, then shoots Buck a displeased look]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [now realizing and thus turning around] Oh!

Major Marla Landers: [Indicating the blue skin woman Buck is looking at] I don't think you'll like him.
[Walks off]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Him?

Col. Wilma Deering: [Watching Buck practice his putting] It looks silly.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Just for that, the answer's no.
Col. Wilma Deering: Did you hear me ask you a question?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: No, but you were about to!

Falina Redding: Where did you learn to fly?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Who says I ever did!


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Return of the Fighting 69th (#1.6)" (1979)
Major Noah Cooper: [after guiding the squad through the asteroids] Okay, people, start breathing again.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [spotting enemy fighters on his scanner screen] Stop breathing, we've got company!

[Buck picks up a squad support machine gun from the table]
Commander Corliss: You fool! That's an ancient signaling device!
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [fires a burst into the floor in front of Corliss] Get the message?

Commander Corliss: Have you ever been in a fire, Rogers, or should I say have you ever been ON fire?
Buck Rogers: No, I can't say I have.

[with Alicia'a help, Buck and Wilma have escaped from their detention cell]
Buck Rogers: [pointing a gun at the guards] Alright gentlemen, into the cell, if you please.
[the guards enter the cell, then Buck removes the key to reactivate the force field, before turning to Alicia]
Buck Rogers: Thank you.
[turns to Wilma]
Buck Rogers: Well, Wilma, what do you think?
Col. Wilma Deering: I think they should strip!
Buck Rogers: Wilma!
[turning to the guards]
Buck Rogers: You heard what the lady said!

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: It's not gonna be easy, is it?
Col. Wilma Deering: Noah's just too old to go into space again.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [shakes his head in disdain] Even in the 25th century, they still throw people on the scrap heap because of their age.
Col. Wilma Deering: Buck, I didn't want to ground him. It's just that he wasn't - he wasn't capable anymore, and I didn't want to see him get hurt.

[Noah approaches Buck and Wilma]
Major Noah Cooper: Wilma Deering!
Col. Wilma Deering: [smiles] Hi, Noah.
Major Noah Cooper: What, no hug? Since when did you greet me without a hug?
[Noah hugs Wilma]
Major Noah Cooper: No matter what's happened, I still love you, Dizzy Dee. Remember that.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: "Dizzy Dee"?
Major Noah Cooper: Oh, hi. Name's Noah, as in Noah Cooper.
[Buck and Noah shake hands]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Hi. Name's Buck, as in Buck Rogers.
Major Noah Cooper: Buck.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: "Dizzy Dee"?
Major Noah Cooper: Oh, we've called her that since she was this high. Used to hang around the ready room, get into everything. Drove us dizzy.
[Wilma chuckles, slightly embarrassed]
Major Noah Cooper: So we called her "Dizzy Deering", "Dizzy Dee" for short. Now she's all grown up: Old enough to take a man's Silver Eagles away from him.

Col. Wilma Deering: [to the squadron members] You're all almost mandatory retirement age.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: They don't look a day over sixty.
Col. Wilma Deering: Retirement is eighty-five.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Eighty-five?


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Unchained Woman (#1.7)" (1979)
Buck Rogers: [Pretending pleasent surprise, as he turns and notices the killer android decending upon him] Oh hi!

Shuttle Captain: Yes sir, on Zeta they do it right.
Buck Rogers: 'On Zeta they do it right'. You ought to make it into a bumper sticker. You'd make a fortune.

Buck Rogers: Hey, by the way, when did the penal system go co-ed?
Jen Burton: What?
Buck Rogers: Well you know, boys and girls together.
Jen Burton: How else would you do it?
Buck Rogers: Men in one place, women in another.
Jen Burton: You know the problems that would cause?

Buck Rogers: Nope, I just never been very good at lying.

Buck Rogers: Well I'm tired, and I'm gonna take a rest. Pull up a rock.

Sergio Sanwiler: This isn't fair, you know. You're using your unnatural height to your advantage.
Buck Rogers: So sue me.

Buck Rogers: You alright?
Jen Burton: I'm fine.
Buck Rogers: You know, rescuing you is getting to be a full time occupation.


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Ardala Returns (#1.15)" (1980)
[Buck is allowed to exercise in the Draconia's fitness chamber, where two guards are engaged in stun-stick combat - a duel Buck decides to use to his advantage]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: You guys fighting or dancing?
Guard: You're insulting a Draconian soldier, Earth trash.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Oh, is that what you call yourselves. I'd show you how to use those toys but you probably bruise easily, and besides I like a good fight.
Guard: Earth trash! Come feel the sting of a Draconian soldier's stun-stick!
[Buck takes a stun-stick, which emits a powerful shock when either end is touched, and battles the soldier, defeating him, then his buddy, then attacking two guards by the chamber door and easily knocking them out]
Twiki: Oops, that smarts. Nice work, champ, they never laid a glove on you.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Some days the magic works.
[Buck opens the door, and waiting for him is a phalanx of Draconian soldiers with laserguns, and led by a smiling Tigerman]
Twiki: [crestfallen] And some days it doesn't.

Buck Rogers: [to Princess Ardala] Well, you got a real winner there, Princess. When are you gonna teach him to walk and chew gum at the same time?

Princess Ardala: Captain Buck Rogers, meet Captain Buck Rogers.
[Buck witnesses the debut of the Zygot, a robot duplicate of himself]
Buck Rogers: Something you threw together in crafts class, Princess?

[Buck is battling the Zygots, robot duplicates of himself]
Zygot: Your turn to go, pro, give me your best shot.
Buck Rogers: All right, catch.
[Buck fires, misses]
Zygot: Boring, Buck. Boring.
[the Zygot fires, and also misses]
Buck Rogers: Your move, which way you gonna break?
Zygot: Just keep your eyes open, son.

Buck Rogers: Nice costume, Tigerman. You going trick or treating?
Princess Ardala: Defiant. I like that in a man. What do you think of my ingenious invitation?
Buck Rogers: I was swept away by emotion.

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [sighs] Princess, we have been through this twice before. We have irreconcilable differences, remember?
Princess Ardala: No, I don't. Let's make the most of your time here, shall we?

[Buck is brought to Ardala's room]
Princess Ardala: Make yourself comfortable. I need to make a decision, Buck. And I need your help.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Another test?
Princess Ardala: Not exactly. Not everything has to be work. Some things are simply... pleasure. I may be a Draconian princess, but I still have feelings. If I told you that I'd adjusted to the idea that our relationship was one-sided, that your feelings for me would never be as intense as my feelings for you, would you simply be my consort?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Not your husband?
Princess Ardala: No.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Not your slave?
Princess Ardala: No, Buck. Never.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I'm sorry. I can't.
Princess Ardala: But how can you reject me? I'm a Draconian princess. Buck! Look at me! Am I so horrible? Am I not beautiful enough for you?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: You're one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen.
Princess Ardala: Then why can't you love me?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I can't change my feelings simply because you want me to.
Princess Ardala: But how do you know, Buck? You've never tried.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Love isn't something that two people can try to make happen. They either have something very special or they don't. And we don't, Ardala. I'm sorry.
Princess Ardala: [enraged] Captain Buck Rogers, you think you're so special. One of a kind. Well, I have an answer for that: if I can't have you one way, I'll have you another.


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Awakening (#1.1)" (1979)
[Buck and Wilma, flying Starfighters, witness Hatchet Fighters - both unaware that they are Draconian craft - slaughter a small squadron of Starfighters]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [shutting off his fighter's Combat Computer] Colonel, I'm switching to Manual and see if I can start dishing out what we've been taking!
Col. Wilma Deering: Buck Rogers, I'm ordering you back to the base!
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [ignoring Wilma and sensing a Hatchet Fighter maneuvering to attack] Now then, let's see how you like a little old-fashioned Red Dogging!
[Buck outmaneuvers the Hatchet Fighter, then spots another and blasts it to pieces]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: One sacked. Six to go.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [blasting a second enemy craft] Gotcha!
[after blasting two more Hatchet Fighters, Buck notices two others closing on Wilma]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Colonel, take it down! Straight down! Then hit your retros!
Col. Wilma Deering: [oblivious to the ineffectiveness of her Combat Computer] I can't! It's against all principles of modern aerial combat!
[the Hatchet Fighters open fire, but Buck blasts them from high port side]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Ha! That's called punching your linebackers.

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [to Wilma] You're right. It's none of my business how you blow up your world. My generation didn't know what they were doing either.

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I lost everything that was important to me: a mother, father, brothers, sisters, a woman I cared for.

Col. Wilma Deering: I have something I would like to say.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Well, I...
Col. Wilma Deering: I thought you were a spy, Captain Rogers.
[Wilma approaches Buck]
Col. Wilma Deering: I was wrong.
[they kiss for a long moment. While kissing, Buck looks at his watch]
Col. Wilma Deering: [smiles] Would you like to go someplace?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Um, I, uh, I'm not up to that yet. I've been out of it for quite a while. 500 years. I've got to go easy on re-entry.
[Buck walks away]


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Slave Girls (#1.2)" (1979)
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Gordon, where did you learn to shoot like that?
Brigadier Gordon: I've been doing this since long before you were born, Captain.
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [surprised] You think so?
Brigadier Gordon: Young man, I *know* so.

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: [to Major Danton] If you call that interference, there's something wrong with your Funk and Wagnalls.

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Have we met before, Gordon?
Brigadier Gordon: I don't think so, Captain. We're from *different* times.


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Amazon Women (#1.8)" (1979)
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: No offense, Wilma, but you look like something the cat dragged in, then dragged right out again.
Col. Wilma Deering: Why is it that for once I know exactly what you're talking about?


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Crystals (#2.6)" (1981)
[last lines]
Col. Wilma Deering: [mimicking Laura] Oh, Buck Rogers, does that mean that we will be together for always?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Well, it does seem to be 'ordained,' doesn't it?
[they both laugh]


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Time of the Hawk (#2.1)" (1981)
Twiki: Crichton, you are ordered to the bridge at once.
Crichton: I have asked you on several occasions, Twiki, not to give me orders. You are not a human.
Twiki: But I was...
Admiral Efram Asimov: [impatiently] You listen to me, kettle belly: this is Admiral Asimov. You get up here to the bridge now!
Crichton: Oh, very well, Admiral. By robotic law conceived by some distant and overweening ancestor of yours, also named Asimov, I am obliged to obey your commands. However, this is an appalling inconvenience.
Admiral Efram Asimov: Move!
Crichton: I am en route. Anger is a destructive emotion, by which robots fortunately are not afflicted.
Admiral Efram Asimov: Goodfellow, you built that irritating pile of junk. Can't you build some respect for authority into him?
Dr. Goodfellow: I'm afraid not, Admiral. It appears that Crichton doesn't believe I constructed him.
Admiral Efram Asimov: He doesn't what?
Dr. Goodfellow: [chuckles] He finds it inconceivable that anything human had a hand in his creation.
Admiral Efram Asimov: I don't think I believe what I'm hearing.
Dr. Goodfellow: Well, his life span is virtually unlimited; his factual knowledge far exceeds that of any of us; and he is, I'm afraid, just a trifle contemptuous ofhuman frailties, to which he's not subject.
[Buck snickers]
Admiral Efram Asimov: [scowls] You find that funny, Rogers?
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: Sorry, Admiral.
Admiral Efram Asimov: Now look here, Goodfellow, if that ridiculous lamppost doesn't believe that humans made him, who, in the name of Theseus does he think did?
Dr. Goodfellow: Well, he hasn't quite decided that yet. But his speculations are, to say the least, provocative.
Admiral Efram Asimov: [sarcastically] I'll just bet they are.
[Crichton appears on the bridge]
Crichton: [clears his throat] Crichton is here.
Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers: Hallelujah.


"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Plot to Kill a City: Part 1 (#1.4)" (1979)
[Masquerading as Raphael Argus, Buck has been captured and taken to a prison ship, where he is roomed with pirate Barnard Smith]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: However, we don't have to share any cell. If I can get them to lower that force field.
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: You have a plan?
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: Let's just say I need an opportunity.
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: Well follow my lead, my friend. Follow my lead, opportunity is about to knock.
[Barney runs to the invisible force field]
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: [screaming hysterically] GUARD! GUARD! GET ME OUT OF HERE! HELP! Get me out of here!
Guard: [as Barney moans and holds his head in fictitious pain] What's the matter with you?
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: You fool! Don't you know an Archuran when you see one? He tried to have psychic commune with me! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: He's out of his mind! I never touched him!
Barnard 'Barney' Smith: Don't listen to him you idiot! Get me out of here! Don't you know enough to seperate the species? Ahhhhhhhhh!
Guard: [Lowering the force field] All right!
Guard: [Speaking to his partner as he motions to Buck] Take this joker to another cell!
[Barney attacks the first guard as Buck grabs a black light bomb and throws it to the floor, opaquing the cell in black energy smoke]
Capt. William "Buck" Rogers: I've got his gun! Come on, Barney!