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Tempus (Character)
from "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (1993)

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"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Tempus Fugitive (#2.18)" (1995)
Lois: If you wanna kill Superman, I don't know why you're going to Smallville or 1966.
Tempus: She doesn't know yet. Oh, this is good. This is really good. Um, Lois, did you know that, in the future, you're revered at the same level as Superman? Why there are books about you, statues, an interactive game. You're even a breakfast cereal.
Lois: Really?
Tempus: Yes. But, as much as everybody loves you, there is one question that keeps coming up: "How dumb was she?" Here, I'll show you what I mean. Look
[puts glasses on]
Tempus: , I'm Clark Kent.
[Takes glasses off]
Tempus: No, I'm Superman.
[Puts glasses on]
Tempus: Mild-mannered reporter.
[Takes glasses off]
Tempus: Superhero. Hello! Duh! Clark Kent is Superman. Ha, ha, ha. Well, that was worth the whole trip. To actually meet the most galactically stupid woman who ever lived.

Tempus: You want to know the future, Miss Lane? No one works, no one argues, there are 9,000 channels and NOTHING ON!

Tempus: Well, this is a special pleasure, Ms. Lane. I'm Tempus. I'm from the future that you and Superman created.
Lois: Me and Superman?
Tempus: A world of peace. A world with no greed or crime. A world so boring you'd blow your brains out, but there are no guns.

H.G. Wells: What's the matter, my dear?
Lois: Oh, you've been to the future, Mr. Wells. Is it true what Tempus said about me?
H.G. Wells: Oh, yes. You're as highly-revered as any woman in history.
Lois: Oh, no, I'm meant about being galactically stupid.
H.G. Wells: No, no, no, Miss Lane, not stupid, blind. It is one of the many things that makes your story so timeless. Why children never tire of hearing it at bedtime. Why parents never outgrow it. Generation after generation, we are all blinded by love, Miss Lane. Especially that one great love that changes us forever.
Tempus: Excuse me, but I'm in danger of choking on my own vomit.

Tempus: Superman, as long as I have you here, just answer one thing for me. Why tights? Why a cape? You're a grown man, don't you feel ridiculous?
Superman: My mother made it for me.

H.G. Wells: I won't let you hurt him, I will fight you with my last breath.
Tempus: Really?
H.G. Wells: I swear it!
Tempus: [hits Wells who falls unconscious] Sorry, can't have you swearing in front of the baby.

Lois Lane: I couldn't stand the idea I might lose you and I'd never get to tell you... to say that... I...
Tempus: Please. I'll go to jail, I'll strap myself into the electric chair - but don't make me listen to this!


"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Lois and Clarks (#4.15)" (1997)
Tempus: What do you think this is, a family television show? Only unhappy endings are allowed here, Lois.

Tempus: Well, I'll be damned. He did it! Does he think that's all it takes to finish me? All that spandex must keep the blood from his brain.

Lois Lane: [referring to a nuclear attack] Tempus, don't do it! You still have time, you can escape. You could, you could go to the alternative universe.
Tempus: Where "Mr. I'm So In Shape" can return me to jail? Thank you, no. Besides, I want to kill billions of people.

Tempus: [just announced to the press that Clark and Superman are the same person] In chess, this is where I say "check."
Clark Kent: [Clark and Lois appear behind them as the media stares] Uh Honey, I think the media wants us to comment on Mr. Tempus's last remark.
Lois Lane: Um, we regret that Mr. Tempus's mental health has not improved, he's obviously still delusional.
Superman #2: [as the media turns back to Tempus] This is where I would say, "checkmate."

H.G. Wells: I refuse to believe that something so diabolical could be so easy!
Tempus: Well that's very Protestant of you.


"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Soul Mates (#4.4)" (1996)
Squire Jeremy: Sir Charles? You're the Fox? I love it!
Baron Tempus: Well, of course! It all makes perfect sense. Never in the same place at the same time, always ducking away and returning with some lame excuse...I can't belive I was actually fooled by a little mask over the eyes.
Loisette: Duh, join the club.

Baron Tempus: The Fox has stolen lady Loisette from me, and I simply can't have that. I hate it when the hero gets the heroine. It's so cliché.

Baron Tempus: Don't you remember me? I'm the bad guy who collects horrendously unfair taxes and you're the good guy who robs me blind and gives it all back to the poor.


"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Meet John Doe (#4.14)" (1997)
Tempus: [running for President as John Doe] Attention all registered voters, John Doe is darn nice guy.