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Amanda Waller (Character)
from Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad (2016)
Amanda Waller: It's taken me some time, but I finally have them. The worst of the worst.

Amanda Waller: I want to build a team of some very dangerous people, who I think can do some good.

Seals' Admiral Burns: These are villains, Amanda. What makes you think you can control them?
Amanda Waller: Because getting people to act against their own self-interest for the national security of the United States is what I do for a living.

Amanda Waller: If they get caught, we throw 'em under the bus.

Rick Flag: I'll accept the consequences.
Amanda Waller: I am your consequence.

Amanda Waller: In a world of monsters, this is the only way to protect the country.

Amanda Waller: Everyone's has a weakness, and a weakness can be leverage.

The Joker: Dr. Quinzel. You know, I live for these moments with you. What do you got?
Dr. Harleen Quinzel: I got you a kitty.
The Joker: So thoughtful.
Amanda Waller: [narration] She thought she was curing him, but she was falling in love.
The Joker: There is something you could do for me, Doctor.
Dr. Harleen Quinzel: Anything. I mean, yeah.
The Joker: I need a machine gun.
Dr. Harleen Quinzel: A machine gun?
Amanda Waller: [narration] Talk about a workplace romance gone wrong.

Harley Quinn: What, I got a hickey or something?
The Joker: Professor! Could you pick up the pace?
[Harley receives text from the Joker, then runs towards his helicopter]
Deadshot: Harley!
The Joker: Hello, baby!
Amanda Waller: Kill her!
Rick Flag: Her nanite's disarmed!
The Joker: Come on, baby!

Amanda Waller: They became the King and Queen of Gotham City, and God help anyone who disrespected the Queen.

Harley Quinn: Are you the devil?
Amanda Waller: Maybe.

Amanda Waller: [narration] Before she ran off and joined the circus, she was known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel. A psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. She was assigned to the clown himself. She thought she was curing him, but she was falling in love. Talk about a workplace romance gone wrong.

Amanda Waller: That was just the beginning. She's even crazier than him and more fearless.

Amanda Waller: Deadshot, shoot that woman right now!
Deadshot: She didn't do shit to me.
Amanda Waller: You're a hitman, right? I got a contract. Kill Harley Quinn, do it for your freedom and your kid.
Deadshot: [beat] Oh, she dead.

Amanda Waller: This is crown jewels here, Mr. Wayne. And you do understand my legal exposure if anyone knew what I procured for you.
Bruce Wayne: Listen... I can keep a secret, okay? What do you want?
Amanda Waller: People are asking questions about Midway City. The kind of people who can get the answers. And if they can get those answers, my head will be on a pike.
Bruce Wayne: Consider yourself under my protection. If you deliver.
Amanda Waller: [hands him several files regarding metahumans] Why, Mr. Wayne?
Bruce Wayne: Just like to make friends.
Amanda Waller: There's the difference between us. You believe in friendship, I believe in leverage.
Bruce Wayne: Good night.
Amanda Waller: You look tired. You should stop working nights.
Bruce Wayne: You should shut it down, or my friends and I will do it for you.

Amanda Waller: The Joker and Harley Quinn are no more.

Amanda Waller: Any other requests?
Harley Quinn: Oh! An espresso machine.
Killer Croc: B-E-T!

Harley Quinn: [reaction to seeing Waller] No way.
Rick Flag: Let's go home.
Captain Boomerang: Yeah, let's go home. That sounds good. You guys wanna go home? Hmm? Or you wanna go back to prison?
Harley Quinn: I'm not going back to prison.
Captain Boomerang: What I'm saying is we kill the pair of them now before they kill us.
Amanda Waller: [holds Katana back] I got this. You all made it this far. Don't get high-spirited on me and ruin a good thing.
Killer Croc: I like her.

"Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue (#2.13)" (2005)
Amanda Waller: I've been wondering when you were going to show up. Terry McGinnis or do you prefer being called Batman.

[speaking to Terry McGinnis about his origin]
Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town.
[Terry raises eyebrow]
Amanda Waller: Not remotely what I meant.

Terry McGinnis: I've got some questions I need you to answer.
Amanda Waller: Of course you do, boy. Why else go to all the trouble of breaking into the lair of the great and powerful Amanda Waller? You want some green tea? I do.

Amanda Waller: It's been many a year since I had a handsome gentleman caller. Why is it that superheroes are always... so good-looking?

Amanda Waller: He sat with her until her time came. That's the Bruce Wayne I came to know over the years.
Terry McGinnis: You think he showed mercy? Maybe. But more likely he'd somehow already deduced that Ace really wasn't going to hurt anyone.
Amanda Waller: He always was two steps ahead of everybody.
Terry McGinnis: That's right. Even when it looks like your call, it isn't. Think about it. Bruce wanted a successor, another Batman. He planned it all from the beginning. I never had a chance.
Amanda Waller: Honey, Bruce didn't overwrite your DNA with his. I did.
Terry McGinnis: How? Why?
Amanda Waller: Because the world needs a Batman. Not that I always thought so, mind you.

Amanda Waller: As you know, I was in charge of Project Cadmus. Over the years I came to respect Batman, even trust him.
Terry McGinnis: 'Guess the law of averages means somebody'd have to.
Amanda Waller: Did you know I was the government liaison with the Justice League for a while? I met some extraordinary people in that job, but none of them were the equal of Batman.
Terry McGinnis: [sarcastically] Right, who could be?
Amanda Waller: Not my point! I saw him save the day dozens of times with nothing but his wits, body and will. But I saw something else as the years passed. He was getting older, slower. Soon he would have to retire or, more likely, someone would finally manage to kill him. The thought of a world without Batman was unacceptable. So I decided to make a new one. I used my old Cadmus connections to gather the technology necessary for Project Batman Beyond.

Amanda Waller: I've know Bruce Wayne for over 50 years, and Ive kept an eye on you your whole life. You're not Bruce's clone, you're his son. There are similarities, mind you, but more than a few differences too. You don't quite have his magnificent brain, for instance. You do have his heart, though. And for all that fierce exterior, I've never met anyone who cared as deeply about his fellow man as Bruce Wayne, except maybe you. You want to have a little better life than the old man's? Take care of the people who love you. Or don't. It's your choice.

Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) (V)
Amanda Waller: You going to write a blog and expose us? That's checkmate, Batman.
Batman: I am warning you.

Amanda Waller: What can I say? I break a lot of eggs to make an omelet.
Batman: And because you're such a messy cook, the Riddler managed to escape.

Amanda Waller: Assemble Task Force X. We have another Suicide Mission.

Amanda Waller: Those scumbags are trying to screw me. NOBODY SCREWS THE WALL!

The Riddler: Riddle me this: what belongs to you, but others use it more than you do?
Amanda Waller: Your name.
The Riddler: Huh...? You've heard that one.
Amanda Waller: No, I have Google. Like the rest of the world.

[last lines]
[Amanda notices a line of sight on her chest]
Amanda Waller: Motherf...
Deadshot: [aiming at her with a gun] Bang.

"Smallville: Checkmate (#9.16)" (2010)
Amanda Waller: Green Arrow, welcome to Checkmate.
Green Arrow: You got the wrong Green Arrow. I don't remember signing up for any chess club.
Amanda Waller: You're a guest of the U.S. government. And the time has come for you to do your patriotic duty.
Green Arrow: Yeah, well, I didn't know Uncle Sam was into drugs and bondage. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the "I Want You" posters, doesn't it?

Amanda Waller: [to Clark] I must say, I liked your colors better when they were more patriotic.

Amanda Waller: I was hoping I would get the chance to enlist you. But I have the feeling somebody already has. Somebody with a very high level of Intel. You came for what's in there, didn't you?
John Jones: That doesn't belong to you.
Amanda Waller: That blood traveled light-years to get here. And it's foreshadowing a threat we will not take lightly.
John Jones: Your preparations for war are unnecessary. You're simply reacting out of fear.
Amanda Waller: Fear? Fear is what prompts us to protect ourselves. And studying fear gives us insight to others' phobias. A police detective who won't go near fire. Makes it hard to protect and serve, doesn't it?

Amanda Waller: I have reason to believe there are aliens among us. They have designs much bigger than just getting green cards. I need your help.
Clark Kent: To do what? Chase down rumors and UFO stories?
Amanda Waller: What if I have proof? Actual alien blood. The keystone to World War III.
Clark Kent: Maybe these aliens aren't here to start a war.
Amanda Waller: If you don't stand with us, you stand against us. It's time for you to pick a side.

"Arrow: A.W.O.L. (#4.11)" (2016)
Amanda Waller: You really don't know her that well at all, do you?
Lyla Michaels: Michaels is one of my most trusted agents. She knows better than anyone that I'm perfectly capable of watching you execute every person in this room, and I'll still never give you the Rubicon access codes.
Lieutenant Joyner: Hmm. Is that right, Ms. Michaels?
Lyla Michaels: It's right. It's why I left. Amanda Waller doesn't make decisions based on the values of human life.
Lieutenant Joyner: Pity.
[Lt. Joyner shoots Amanda]
Lieutenant Joyner: Well, Ms. Michaels, most trusted agent, looks like you now have 20 minutes.

Amanda Waller: I'm afraid you've overextended your welcome, Mr. Diggle.
John Diggle: Which is A.R.G.U.S. speak for "Get the hell out of here".
Amanda Waller: You always were a quick study.

"Arrow: Suicide Squad (#2.16)" (2014)
Amanda Waller: I don't need you to get the nerve agent out. I need you to get your team in.
John Diggle: My team?
Amanda Waller: They're designated "Task Force X."
Deadshot: [steps out of cell] Give me a break. This ain't no task force. Let's call it as it is - Welcome to the Suicide Squad.

Amanda Waller: Fall back to the rally point. A Nine inbound and hot. Mockingbird out.
John Diggle: What the hell are Nines?
Lyla Michaels: MQ-9s. Predators. Waller's called in a drone strike. Everyone here is dead inside of 10 minutes.

"Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky (#2.11)" (2005)
Lex Luthor: Did you really think you could take me down all by yourself?
Amanda Waller: Actually, yeah. But on the off chance I might have been wrong...
[Luthor turns and sees the Leaguers standing there]
Flash: Ta-da.
Superman: It's over, Lex.
Amanda Waller: Not until I...
[Luthor suddenly screams in pain, as pistons extend from his back and his hands turn into tentacles]
Lex Luthor: I had hoped to remain hidden until I could install myself into the android...
[a familiar face appears within Luthor's stomach]
Brainiac: ...But you forced my hand.
Superman: Brainiac!

Batman: We've got business, Waller. You told me once that you were a patriot. Well it's time to step up. You have to know that the Justice League would never have fired that weapon at you.
Amanda Waller: Sure you would. It was retaliation for kidnapping your man, the Question.
Batman: And yet, you weren't home. We've had you under surveillance for months. You don't think we saw you evacuate your offices?
Amanda Waller: A warning shot then.
Batman: Don't be dense. Someone took over our fusion cannon by remote control. There are maybe three people on Earth smart enough to pull that off. Two of them were already on the Watchtower. And that leaves...
Amanda Waller: Luthor. That's where you're trying to lead me, right?
Batman: You're too smart to trust him.
Amanda Waller: Who says I do? He provides off-the-books funding for Cadmus. As far as I'm concerned, that's all he's good for.
Batman: Then you must know he's got his own agenda.
Amanda Waller: He wants to be President. That's agenda enough for anybody.
Batman: *Almost* anybody. If I were you, I'd start looking at him, hard.

"Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction (#2.3)" (2005)
Batman: Whatever you think you're doing, if you present a threat to the world, the Justice League will take you down.
Amanda Waller: If we present a threat? You've got a space ship floating over our heads with a laser weapon pointing down! In another dimension, seven of you overthrew the government and assassinated the President! We're the good guys, protecting our country from a very real threat: you!

Amanda Waller: What were you thinking? You're gonna kill Superman and everyone else on the island!
General Wade Eiling: We have to sanction Doomsday, we were gonna get to Superman somewhere down the line, and we've been trying to stop drug traffic from San Baquero for years. The way I see it: three birds, one stone.

"Young Justice: Terrors (#1.11)" (2011)
Amanda Waller: I am the law of last resort. My name is Amanda Waller. I am not your mother, your maiden aunt, or your friend. I am your warden, and you are my prisoners. The proprietary collars you wear are custom designed to inhibit your specific meta abilities. No strength. No ice. In addition, the collars can and will be used to discipline inmates. A con who breaks the rules gets one warning.
[Waller demonstrates]
Amanda Waller: If order has not been restored, the next shock will render the offender unconscious. At the slightest hint of trouble this facility goes into lockdown. Belle Rev's walls are thick enough to hold Superman. We know - we've checked. No one's ever escaped Belle Rev. No one ever will.

Brick: Too bad you're not wearing the new orange suits we had smuggled in. Microtech units we had sewn into the fabric is keeping us toasty.
Amanda Waller: Toasty? Before this is over, you'll be toast.
Brick: Before this is over *you'll* be toast!

"Arrow: Schism (#4.23)" (2016)
Amanda Waller: And here I thought you never used the comm gear I gave you to radio for a trip home.
Oliver Queen: Well, I lost it for a while, and the job wasn't done.
Amanda Waller: And now it is. I sent you here to break up Reiter's operation and free his prisoners. You did both. You saved a lot of lives.
Oliver Queen: I took some, too.
Amanda Waller: Do you remember what I told you? The the only way out is through?
Oliver Queen: Well, I am not out, Amanda. I'm still filled with darkness.
Amanda Waller: This was never about expunging your darkness, Mr. Queen. That darkness will always be part of you.
Oliver Queen: Then what was the point?
Amanda Waller: To show you that sometimes killing is the only path to justice.

Oliver Queen: What am I gonna do with this?
Amanda Waller: Our business here is concluded, Mr. Queen. Unless it's not. As I said, justice requires killing. A man of your talents could be useful in hot spots across the globe, or you could just go back to playing vigilante.
Oliver Queen: Neither. I have a promise to keep.

"Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum (#1.9)" (2004)
Amanda Waller: We'll take it from here. The Ultimen belong to us.
Wonder Woman: Belong?
Maxwell Lord: A poor choice of words. We'll see to it their last days are comfortable. We will take care of you... you have my word, for whatever it's worth.
Wind Dragon: ...All right, Max.

Amanda Waller: You need to step back.
Batman: Not gonna happen. Long Shadow's with us.
Amanda Waller: Safeties.
[Waller's men aim their guns at Long Shadow until Superman and Aquaman stand in the line of fire]
Batman: Mine are bigger than yours.
Amanda Waller: [to her men] Stand down. He's free to go with you for however long he's got.
Batman: Who are you people?
Amanda Waller: That's a national security matter. And if I were you I wouldn't probe the situation too closely... rich boy

Green Lantern (2011)
Hector Hammond: Is that what I think it is?
Dr. Amanda Waller: An alien life form, doctor. The first that mankind has ever encountered despite what the conspiracy theorists would have you believe.

Senator Hammond: Son, this is my fault. But I'm gonna fix it. We're gonna get you well again. Whatever it takes.
Hector Hammond: I don't know what you're talking about.
Dr. Amanda Waller: We detected traces of a second alien life-form buried within the body of the first. You've been exposed.
Hector Hammond: I've never felt better in my life.
Senator Hammond: We know everything, son.
Hector Hammond: [grabs him] I've never felt better in my life.

Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) (VG)
Deathstroke: Figured you'd be by sooner or later.
[Waller slides a clipboard with application under the bars to him]
Deathstroke: And what happens if I don't sign?
Amanda Waller: You rot in here, or you work for me.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) (V)
Lex Luthor: [to Batman and Superman] Aw. You two aren't going to be to save the world now. Well, I'll tell you something. Everyone who lives to see the new world will have learned never to trust your kind again.
Amanda Waller: Shut up!
[hands a copy of the data to Batman]
Amanda Waller: Here. It's all the information you need on it. Now go save us.
Lex Luthor: Bitch.
Amanda Waller: General, arrest him.

"Arrow: Canaries (#3.13)" (2015)
Oliver Queen: My family's going to be looking for me. Everyone is going to be looking for me!
Amanda Waller: Because your mother issued a press release? We erased your message before she could hear a word of it. Be glad. If she had heard it, your mother would be dead right now.
Oliver Queen: You would never risk the exposure.
Amanda Waller: Hmm, you're right. Your mother's too public a figure. But your sister on the other hand. What's her name? Thea? Did you know she's developed something of a substance abuse problem since you've been gone? I guess the straing of losing two family members must have been too much for her to bear. One day, someone just find her in the back of a car, dead with a needle in her arm. Poor Speedy.
Oliver Queen: You stay away from my sister.
Amanda Waller: I will, if you answer one question. Where are the Yamashiros?

"Arrow: City of Blood (#2.21)" (2014)
Felicity Smoak: [to A.R.G.U.S. technician] Is that the satellite frequency communicator TX50? Can I touch it? I know that sounds a little weird and creepy, but I've never seen one in real life.
Amanda Waller: It's classified equipment, Ms. Smoak.
Felicity Smoak: You must feel very powerful knowing everything about everyone. Not powerful in an evil dictator Stalin way. More of a... knowledge is power, way.

"Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall (#2.12)" (2005)
The Flash: [about the fused Luthor/Brainiac] Hate to interrupt this special live performance of The Thing With Two Heads, but it's time to go to jail now.
Amanda Waller: What he said.

"Arrow: Keep Your Enemies Closer (#2.6)" (2013)
John Diggle: Who are you people? NSA? CIA?
Amanda Waller: My name is Amanda Waller.
John Diggle: I thought you A.R.G.U.S. guys were supposed to be more subtle.
Amanda Waller: For us, this was subtle.
John Diggle: Then I want to see Lyla Michaels.
Amanda Waller: So do I. Agent Michaels has gone dark.
John Diggle: Lyla's missing? What happened?
Amanda Waller: She was running down a lead in Moscow. She's missed two of her scheduled call-ins.
John Diggle: What are you doing about it?
Amanda Waller: Speaking to you. Even if we knew where in Russia Lyla is, my superiors believe sending in an extraction team could cause an international incident. As far as they're concerned, she's already framed a picture on our lobby wall.
John Diggle: Why are you telling all me of this?
Amanda Waller: Because I know how you and Oliver Queen spend your nights.

"Smallville: Absolute Justice (#9.11)" (2010)
Amanda Waller: I grew up in Chicago, Icicle. The cold doesn't bother me.