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Dr. Martin Stein (Character)
from "Legends of Tomorrow" (2016)

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"Legends of Tomorrow: Leviathan (#1.13)" (2016)
Mick Rory: [about Cassandra] We send Papa Savage a finger. And we keep sending them 'til he puts his own head on the chopping block.
Dr. Martin Stein: That is a positively lurid idea! I know we're in the midst of a war but can't we maintain our honor?
Mick Rory: I'd rather maintain my life, Professor.

Dr. Martin Stein: [arriving in 2166] Are we over London yet?
Rip Hunter: What's left of it.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Why's London shooting at us?
Rip Hunter: It's Savage's forces that are doing the shooting. Here in 2166, they've subjugated most of the globe.
Sara Lance: Maybe picking up here wasn't the brightest idea.

Rip Hunter: Thank you, gentlemen, for accompanying me on this excursion.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Oh, no problem. I just love hiking through the woods in the middle of World War III.
Dr. Martin Stein: What if, instead of encountering these resistance fighters, we meet up with more of Savage's forces?
Rip Hunter: Why else do you think I brought Firestorm and the Atom?

Rebel Leader: Give me one good reason why we shouldn't blow you straight to hell.
Dr. Martin Stein: Better yet, give her several good reasons.
Rip Hunter: My wife and son live in Whitechapel.
Rebel Leader: It was hit hard.
Rip Hunter: I know. And the same fate will befall you if you don't accept our help.
Rebel Leader: How do we know you're not with Savage?
Rip Hunter: Because if we were, you'd be dead right now. Look, feel free to shoot us, but from the looks of it, you could use all the allies you can get.

Ray Palmer: Vandal Savage has a daughter?
Dr. Martin Stein: Apparently it's true; there's a lid for every pot.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: And this lid is gonna be very upset when he finds out that we took his pot.
[everyone looks at him weirdly]
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: You know what I mean.
Leonard Snart: So what's the problem? It's not like we're on Savage's Christmas card list.
Mick Rory: And we snagged the bracelet. You're welcome, by the way.
Ray Palmer: We need to weaponize that thing before Savage knows that it and his daughter are missing.
Kendra Saunders: Actually, I think I've got that figured out. But I'm gonna need you to burn something for me.
Mick Rory: About time.

Dr. Martin Stein: What happened?
Rip Hunter: We seem to have encountered Savage's megaweapon.
Sara Lance: And he kicked our ass.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Pilot, Part 2 (#1.2)" (2016)
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: People actually wore this crap?
Dr. Martin Stein: People smoked a lot of pot in the '70s. It clearly had a deleterious effect on the fashion of the era.

Sara Lance: I cannot believe that that is you.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Seriously, I had no idea you were ever cool.
Dr. Martin Stein: I wasn't cool. I was an arrogant little snot.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Was?

Dr. Martin Stein: We just have to track them. Fortunately, Alpha Particles are highly trackable.
Ray Palmer: Yet unheard of in the 1970s. It's like we're trapped in the Stone Age.
Dr. Martin Stein: I'll have you know that I was researching Alpha Particles when you were eating crayons.

Rip Hunter: Oy! Where do you think you're going?
Dr. Martin Stein: To break into my old lab and bring us back the particle tracker.
Rip Hunter: Fine, but perhaps, you should take Jefferson and Sara to as your intermediaries. Look, interacting with yourself in the past can have catastrophic effects upon the future.
Dr. Martin Stein: Fascinating.
[to Jefferson and Sara]
Dr. Martin Stein: Let's go.

Dr. Martin Stein: Keep an eye on the door, and when I get back, stop flirting with me.
Sara Lance: You were the one flirting with me.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Look, what's the big deal? I mean, younger you isn't married yet, so technically it's not cheating.
Dr. Martin Stein: October 1975. This is right when I meet my future wife, Clarissa. So obviously, we wouldn't want my former self tempted by a sexy assassin from the future.
Sara Lance: Aw, you think I'm sex...
Dr. Martin Stein: Do not finish that sentence.

Dr. Martin Stein: Reading at 96.6%. It's definitely down there.
Sara Lance: Be right back.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Whoa - wait, wait, wait. Shouldn't we handle this? I mean, you're pretty stoned.
Sara Lance: I could be unconscious and still be able to kick ass of a few rent-a-thugs from 1975.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Out of Time (#2.1)" (2016)
Sara Lance: Nobody wants to address the fact that Cardinal Richelieu's men were armed with laser guns?
Dr. Martin Stein: Clearly provided to them by a time pirate or some such.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: No, Gray's right. We need to find out who so...
Rip Hunter: You can get another chance destroying the very history that you're supposed to be protecting?
Ray Palmer: Ah, I knew I forgot something. The part where Rip tells us everything that we did wrong.
Rip Hunter: As in seducing the Queen of France just before she's supposed to conceive the country's greatest hope for the future?
Sara Lance: She seduced me.

Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Someone just blew up New York.
Sara Lance: During World War II. I think we can all guess who that "someone" is.
Mick Rory: Nazis. I hate Nazis.
Rip Hunter: Aided by some sort of time traveling ally, obviously.
Dr. Martin Stein: Wait. Does that mean the Allied forces lost the war?
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: In which case, why aren't we speaking German right now?
Ray Palmer: Because we're in the temporal zone.
Rip Hunter: And because it takes time for the consequences of an aberration, even one as cataclysmic as this one, to ripple throughout time.
Sara Lance: So how much time do we have to stop it?
Rip Hunter: Isn't traveling to that particular time precisely what Rex Tyler told us not to do?
Sara Lance: Well, what's the alternative? We let New York blow up?
Ray Palmer: It's not like there are Time Masters left to stop it.
Dr. Martin Stein: Miss Lance is right. We are history's last line of defense.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: I like the sound of that.
Mick Rory: I'd rather die than speak German.

Rip Hunter: Best case scenario, now let's assume that Mr. Tyler is wrong and we all end up not dying in 1942. What if, in endeavoring to save New York, we make things worse?
Dr. Martin Stein: What could be worse than a genocidal, fascist nuclear armed superpower?

Dr. Martin Stein: Oh, my god. I can't believe I'm going to meet Albert Einstein!

Dr. Martin Stein: So, how do we find Einstein in a city of seven million people?
Ray Palmer: Well, we just look for the physicist with the crazy white hair.
[Stein looks at him indignantly]
Ray Palmer: I mean the other one.
Rip Hunter: According to Gideon, there's a cocktail party at Columbia this evening.
Mick Rory: Cocktail party. Means booze. Where is it?
Rip Hunter: At Columbia. I just... why does no one ever listen to me?

Mick Rory: Never been to a nerd party before.
Dr. Martin Stein: You mean a physics symposium.
Mick Rory: Nerd party.

"The Flash: Fast Enough (#1.23)" (2015)
Barry Allen: So if I go back and save my mom, my dad doesn't go to prison. I never live with Joe and Iris.
Cisco Ramon: You might never meet me... or Caitlin or Ronnie.
Dr. Martin Stein: Truth is, there's no real way of knowing what your life will be.
Joe West: There's no choice here, Barry. You have to do this. You gotta change the past.

Dr. Martin Stein: According to Well's calculations, Barry super-speeds inside the accelerator ring. Once Barry reaches optimum speed, we then launch a hydrogen proton into the accelerator. Once the collision happens, a wormhole forms, opening a gateway into time itself. It's at that moment I plan on shouting something along the lines of "Eureka" or possibly "Excelsior." I'm uncommitted.
Barry Allen: What do you think?
Cisco Ramon: [sighs] I mean, on the one hand, it does make a kind of sense. On the other hand, why? Why, why would you ever consider doing this?

Dr. Martin Stein: We're dealing with a lot of big scientific ideas today, but you, Mr. Thawne, might be the most interesting thing here at S.T.A.R. Labs.
Eddie Thawne: Me?
Dr. Martin Stein: What are the odds that Dr. Wells would travel back in time and get stuck in the exact same city as his great-great-great-great grandfather, working in the same profession, the-the same building, and that part of his plan to get home would mean that he'd have to preserve and protect your life. That makes you this rare thing that-that-that no scientist can plan for.
Eddie Thawne: Which is?
Dr. Martin Stein: Coincidence. There is no science to coincidence. You, sir, are an anomaly, a-a wild card, as it were. You are the only person in this whole story who gets to choose his own future. At least, that's my opinion.

Dr. Martin Stein: The calculations. There is a... a danger.
Barry Allen: I know. I'm ready to take the risk.
Dr. Martin Stein: No, not just to you, but to everyone. Wells didn't tell us everything. Barry, even if you do reach the right speed, colliding with the hydrogen particle, there is a chance that explosion could create a singularity.
Caitlin Snow: What's a singularity?
Cisco Ramon: It's a black hole.
Barry Allen: We could destroy Central City.
Dr. Martin Stein: For starters. If we create a singularity here and then cannot control it, we could be looking at a global catastrophe.
Cisco Ramon: So long and thanks for all the fish.

Eddie Thawne: No, Dr. Wells made it pretty clear when he told me about the future: I don't matter. As far as history is concerned, I don't save the day or get the girl.
Dr. Martin Stein: And... you believed him?

"The Flash: The Man Who Saved Central City (#2.1)" (2015)
Dr. Martin Stein: That's where you'll find your Atom Smasher.
[Iris and Cisco look at Stein]
Dr. Martin Stein: B... because he absorbs atomic power, and he, well, smashes.
Cisco Ramon: Come here.
[hugs Dr. Stein]
Cisco Ramon: That's a great name. Welcome to the team.

Dr. Martin Stein: Alarm!
Cisco Ramon: Believe me, we're all alarmed.
Dr. Martin Stein: No! Alarm system. You've tapped into the surveillance cameras, correct?
Cisco Ramon: Correct! Come on, feel the noise.

Dr. Martin Stein: Gather around, everyone, please. Looking at all of you, thinking how far we've all come, and remembering those who are no longer with us, I'm reminded of a Hebrew word used during times of graduation. "Kadima." It means forward.
[raises glass as a toast]
Dr. Martin Stein: Forward!
Detective Joe West: Forward.
Iris West: Forward.
Cisco Ramon: Forward.
Caitlin Snow: Forward.
Henry Allen: Forward.
Barry Allen: Forward.

Caitlin Snow: You're never alone, Barry.
Ronnie Raymond: Neither are you, Mrs. Raymond.
[Ronnie kisses her]
Dr. Martin Stein: Ugh. Thank you for NOT doing that when I was inside you.
Ronnie Raymond: It happened one time. Let it go.

Cisco Ramon: Hey, guess what? I added a little upgrade to your suit. It's just like the one from the future newspaper Gideon showed us. I was thinking, you know, you shouldn't fear the future anymore, right?
Barry Allen: No, and it'll be here faster than we think.
Dr. Martin Stein: Well, see, I like it. The lightning definitely pops more against the white.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Pilot, Part 1 (#1.1)" (2016)
Barry Allen: Sometimes the world needs a team.
Dr. Martin Stein: You call this a team? A girl with wings in a past lives complex. A deceased assassin. A pair of criminals. And a billionaire with more tech than he clearly knows what to do with it.
Ray Palmer: I know exactly what to do with it. Most of the time.

Leonard Snart: I can't imagine any kind of future where I'm a hero.
Carter Hall: Or mine.
Rip Hunter: I know it's difficult for you to fathom, but where - when I'm from, the year 2166, you and everyone on this roof aren't just considered heroes... You're legends.
Ray Palmer: Legends?
Dr. Martin Stein: I, um, I hate to nitpick, but doesn't a legend have to be dead?
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Yeah, see, uh, that's a deal breaker for me, so I'm gonna pass.

Mick Rory: Whatever you roofied him with, I'd like some.
Dr. Martin Stein: I did not roofie him.
Mick Rory: Oh, I ain't judgin'.

Dr. Martin Stein: Why the change of heart?
Jay Jackson: You ever play football? Yeah, I didn't think so... Anyway, the best feeling I ever got from being on the field wasn't when I made a great play or we won some game. It was when one of my team-mates took a tackle for me, and I knew they were gonna make sure I was safe. And nobody got to me. Watching all of you rush back to the ship, even those two knuckle-heads, to take on Chronos, made me feel the same way. I like being part of a team, man.
Dr. Martin Stein: Me too.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Blood Ties (#1.3)" (2016)
Ray Palmer: All right, where am I headed?
Dr. Martin Stein: You're exiting the tracheal artery. You should see the first fragment.
Ray Palmer: No sign of it. Did I miss it?
Dr. Martin Stein: It's the size of an iceberg. It seems highly unlikely that you could miss it.
Ray Palmer: Huh. That's probably what they said on the Titanic.

Dr. Martin Stein: I believe I've determined a way to more efficiently track the fragments still inside Ms. Saunders' body. Next time, you'll be better prepared.
Ray Palmer: There won't be a next time.
Dr. Martin Stein: Can't you fix the suit?
Ray Palmer: It's not the suit.
Dr. Martin Stein: Raymond, you... you musn't be discouraged. We're scientists. We learn from failure and we keep going.
Ray Palmer: Kendra isn't a lab experiment. She's a person.

Dr. Martin Stein: I know how it feels.
Ray Palmer: What?
Dr. Martin Stein: To have a crisis of confidence. As unlikely as it might seem, I know. It was 2002. I was teaching quantum mechanics, and I had one particularly gifted student. He was able to solve the Ehrenfest theorem in less than an hour. He was, quite frankly, the only student in all my years of teaching who ever made me feel inferior. That student was you. You were exceptional.
Ray Palmer: And suddenly, just like that, you remember having me in your class.
Dr. Martin Stein: I always remembered. I just enjoyed taking you down a peg or two.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary (#1.16)" (2016)
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: You're not ditching us again. When the mission's over, then we can all go our separate ways.
Dr. Martin Stein: And this mission is not over.
Ray Palmer: Yeah, just curious how much headway you've had tracking Savage without all of us.
Rip Hunter: None. But neither have I got myself into bar fights in 1975 and the Old West, put dwarf star technology into the hands of terrorists, or got myself turned into a scary bird monster.

Rip Hunter: Gideon.
Gideon: Yes, Captain.
Rip Hunter: Plot a course for Saint-Lô, France, 1944.
Dr. Martin Stein: Why then?
Rip Hunter: Because that's where Kendra is.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: How is that possible?
Ray Palmer: She sent us a message through time. Go ahead, say it.
Dr. Martin Stein: Astonishing.

Dr. Martin Stein: I figured out how Savage plans to erase time. I believe he intends to detonate each of these meteors in a different time period.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: How can you destroy the world three times in three different times?
Rip Hunter: You can't, it would create a temporal paradox.
Dr. Martin Stein: Which would result in a timequake that would return the Earth to the point of the first chronomatic reaction, Ancient Egypt.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Okay, it's official. This is the craziest bad guy plan in the history of bad guy plans.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Compromised (#2.5)" (2016)
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Did you really just do Doc Brown on me?
Dr. Martin Stein: [Confused] who the hell is that?

Dr. Martin Stein: [to his younger self] you are a careless self-centered idiot!

"Legends of Tomorrow: Last Refuge (#1.12)" (2016)
Dr. Martin Stein: Gideon was tracking the Pilgrim's temporal wake. I didn't think it was possible to conceal one's movements through time.
Rip Hunter: Well, it is if the Time Masters are on your side.

Rip Hunter: Time, the history from which your younger selves were removed, is beginning to set, as is evidenced by the change in Clarissa's memory.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Okay. So how long do we have 'till these changes stick?
Mick Rory: No one knows.
Rip Hunter: Which is why we need to move swiftly to locate Vandal Savage, if any of your lives are to be restored to normal.
Kendra Saunders: So how long will it take to determine a new location for Savage?
Rip Hunter: Longer than we have. Fortunately, there is one place in time that we know Savage to be.
Mick Rory: You said he conquered the world in 2166.
Dr. Martin Stein: You also said it was too dangerous to strike at Savage while he was at the height of his powers.
Rip Hunter: That it is. But with your younger selves removed from history, we have quite literally run out of time.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Abominations (#2.4)" (2016)
Dr. Martin Stein: This time period is replete with various perils. Perhaps it might be easier if you were to remain behind, and keep Doctor Palmer company.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Perhaps you should remain behind.
[pause as Stein looks awkwardly sideways]
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: No? Because you're not black? Because you think that me going back to 1863, I can't handle it?
Dr. Martin Stein: That doesn't mean there's a need for you to subject yourself to the horrors that await you in that era!
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Okay, now I get it might be difficult for you to understand this, but I've been black my entire life Gray. And honestly, I can't think of a time period we could go to where I wouldn't face some sort of racism. So don't worry, okay?

Dr. Martin Stein: Are you homesick?
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: You checking up on me Gray?
Dr. Martin Stein: Given what you've witnessed, what you've endured, would that really be so bad? You know you just witnessed the very worst of humanity. We share a psychic connection, yet I still can't even begin to fathom what you must be feeling. Must be like your heart is broken.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Yeah, it is. But I saw something in those people's eyes I didn't expect to see. I saw hope, I saw dignity. Those men and women? They were treated worse than animals, but they never let anybody stop them from being people, ya know?
Dr. Martin Stein: I suppose there will always be those who will seek to dehumanize us, but I believe there are more that cling to hope, despite the darkness.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Yeah, that is exactly how they were.
Dr. Martin Stein: I was actually thinking of you Jefferson.

"The Flash: The Fury of Firestorm (#2.4)" (2015)
Dr. Martin Stein: Well, I must admit I never imagined the Sphinx's riddle about a man requiring three legs would ever apply to me, but if this device keeps me mobile then I will gratefully oblige.

Dr. Martin Stein: And now I believe it's time to, uh, take this show on the road - or to the sky, if I'm to be literal. Ha!

"The Flash: Flash of Two Worlds (#2.2)" (2015)
Dr. Martin Stein: This is our Earth. Let's call it Earth One. And this second Earth, let's call it Earth Two. This is where Jay claims to be from. And these other Earths - three, four, five, to infinity, all of them - are nearly identical to ours and they all exist at the same time, giving us endless alternatives to what we have here. For example, uh, the Joe West on Earth Two, your doppelgänger, he might not be a detective. He could be a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. And you, the Barry Allen here is The Flash, but over there he could be an electrician.
Detective Joe West: So, I'm assuming that the people on all these other Earths work to make money to pay bills and such.

Barry Allen: You got your suit?
Jay Garrick: Sure. Well, except my helmet.
Dr. Martin Stein: Helmet?
Cisco Ramon: Silver-kettle helmet? Gold wings?
Jay Garrick: Don't tell me you guys found it.

"The Flash: Fallout (#1.14)" (2015)
Cisco Ramon: Hey. You gonna miss being able to fly?
Ronnie Raymond: Yeah, maybe if I was the one holding the controller.
Dr. Martin Stein: Meaning?
Ronnie Raymond: Meaning you weren't the most conscientiousness body-mate.
Dr. Martin Stein: So you do not consider keeping you alive to be conscientiousness?
Ronnie Raymond: Alive? We were living under a bridge eating garbage.
Dr. Martin Stein: I did not determine that it would be my mind that would dominate our existence, but thank God it was. I could feel your fear and panic, emotions that likely could have gotten us killed in that state.
Ronnie Raymond: You kept me buried down. You kept me from her.
Dr. Martin Stein: Which is likely why she's still alive. Now I believe you and I have spent quite enough time together.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Outlaw Country (#2.6)" (2016)
Jefferson Jackson: What if when you interacted with your younger self in 1987, you...
Dr. Martin Stein: Inadvertently changed my past so-so that my memories from my new life are supplanting the memories from my old life, that's creating temporal dissonance.
Jefferson Jackson: Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking.
Dr. Martin Stein: Oh, it's a brilliant theory, which I happen to share with you, but it doesn't explain...
Jefferson Jackson: Who the mystery lady is.
Dr. Martin Stein: Or... that I'm fairly certain that I love her.
Jefferson Jackson: Man, Clarissa is gonna kill you when you get home.
Dr. Martin Stein: Assuming that there is a Clarissa to go home to.

Superhero Fight Club (2015) (TV)
Dr. Martin Stein: Ooh, this should be good.

"Legends of Tomorrow: River of Time (#1.14)" (2016)
Dr. Martin Stein: Apart from celebrating murder, Savage still has Carter brainwashed.
Leonard Snart: I don't know if you've been paying attention Professor, but murdering Savage was the always the plan.

"Legends of Tomorrow: The Justice Society of America (#2.2)" (2016)
Ray Palmer: [Heywood was injured in an accident] I think I can save him. With this.
Dr. Martin Stein: Is that the Nazis' serum that created that hideous berserker? Are you mad?
Ray Palmer: I did a little tinkering to the formula, so...
Dr. Martin Stein: So what will it do now?
Ray Palmer: With any luck, save his life.
Commander Steel: How do we know if it's working?
Ray Palmer: [looking at Nate's vitals] He's not dead yet, so that's a good sign.
Sara Lance: And he's not turning into a Nazi berserker.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Night of the Hawk (#1.8)" (2016)
Gideon: [Betty is put on the examination table] She has suffered several sever lacerations. I'm attempting to cauterize the wound.
Dr. Martin Stein: What happened?
Leonard Snart: I don't know but I'm guessing Jax and Peggy Sue had a pretty lousy first date.

"The Flash: Invasion! (#3.8)" (2016)
Supergirl: Okay. I think I have this. Oliver.
Oliver Queen: Green Arrow.
Supergirl: Dig.
John Diggle: Spartan.
Supergirl: Thea.
Thea Queen: Speedy.
Supergirl: Okay. And Sara.
Sara Lance: White Canary.
Supergirl: Jax and Professor Stein.
Jefferson Jackson, Dr. Martin Stein: Firestorm.
Supergirl: Ray.
Ray Palmer: Palmer. The Atom.
Supergirl: And Mick.
Mick Rory: Hmm? Oh. Heat Wave.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Marooned (#1.7)" (2016)
Dr. Martin Stein: I'm having the strangest sensation. It's like I'm ten years old again.
Mick Rory: You do a lot of space travel as a kid, Professor?
Dr. Martin Stein: Only in my dreams, after I read my first issue of "Rick Starr: Space Ranger."
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: Space Ranger Stein? Yeah, I don't see it.
Dr. Martin Stein: I wanted to travel through space, surviving only by my wits and laser guns. I even built a rocket out of cardboard boxes.
Rip Hunter: What stopped you?
Dr. Martin Stein: NASA has rather strict guidelines regarding nearsightedness.
Jefferson 'Jax' Jackson: And smoking weed.

"Legends of Tomorrow: Fail-Safe (#1.5)" (2016)
Dr. Martin Stein: [Vostov is about to explode after Jax rescues Stein from her] I tried to warn her. Without the splicer and myself, her nuclear powers are dangerously unstable. It appears Dr. Vostov is having a bit of a meltdown. It's, it's fascinating.
Sara Lance: I think what he means to say is run!