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Lena Luthor (Character)
from "Smallville" (2001)

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"Smallville: Finale (#10.21)" (2011)
Granny Goodness: I want to give your soul eternal life! Please, Lutessa, let me save you!
Tess Mercer: From what?
Granny Goodness: Darkseid's Apokolips. Evil in its purest form - the heart of human nature, obscured over time as something to be cast away rather than embraced. Hades, Kali - even the word "Lucifer" is an old Latin phrase meaning "morning star," "bringer of light." I'm afraid the centuries and translations have twisted Darkseid's true gifts. But before the end of days, his rapture will be the only salvation.
Tess Mercer: I will *never* join you.
Granny Goodness: Farewell, my child. Bless your soul.
Tess Mercer: Wait. When? I mean, what you do mean? When? When is this hell coming?
Granny Goodness: It's not *coming*, Lutessa. It's upon us.

Watchtower: Manhunter has put the new space station online, per your request.
Tess Mercer: Thank God for our favorite Martian.

Lionel Luthor: It's time you embrace your lineage, Tess. Time to become the Luthor were destined to be.
Tess Mercer: Why did you bring me here?
Lionel Luthor: My son, Lex - your brother, a genius - carried on with the family business. As you know, Lex cloned himself. There were many clones. None of them were perfect, but some pieces were.
Tess Mercer: No.
Lionel Luthor: Yes. Lex took the best pieces and grafted them into a masterwork.
Tess Mercer: I don't believe you.
Lionel Luthor: Of course you don't. Lex is a visionary, you're not.
Tess Mercer: Where is he then?
Lionel Luthor: He'll reveal himself when he's ready.
Tess Mercer: It's not possible.
Lionel Luthor: Well, there's one thing Lex wasn't able to duplicate successfully. Lex is missing a heart. And who better to save him then the sister who loves him? Luthors are survivors. You are one of *us*, my dear. It's all right. When the day is done, I will see the Luthor name resurrected more powerful than ever.

Tess Mercer: Something told me that I'd find you here. I combed the lab, and I saw what happened.
Lex Luthor: Long time, sis.
Tess Mercer: Did you *always* know?
Lex Luthor: Why do you think I recruited you and treated you as my own flesh and blood?
Tess Mercer: You *used* me.
Lex Luthor: Semantics. I'd say dear old Dad did most of the abusing. Wouldn't you? I guess the bullet in his chest answered that question, huh?
Tess Mercer: He wanted nothing more to have you back again.
Lex Luthor: And what did you want, Tess?
Tess Mercer: Something I'll never have.
Lex Luthor: Clark?
Tess Mercer: Redemption.

Lex Luthor: [stabs Tess in her gut] You know I'm actually saving you.
Tess Mercer: From what?
Lex Luthor: From turning into me.
Tess Mercer: It's too late. Clark already did that.

Tess Mercer: [poisoned by Tess' glove with neurotoxin] What will I remember?
Lex Luthor: Nothing. The world before this moment won't exist to you.

Tess Mercer: Looks like my purpose in your life has changed.
[shoots Lionel]

"Smallville: Injustice (#8.21)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: Clark, if you don't want to admit your true identity, that's fine. But we both know that Davis Bloome... isn't a man. He's a beast.
Clark Kent: If he is this beast, then encouraging the police to go after him is dangerous. People *will* die.
Tess Mercer: And when that happens, you'll know where to find him... so that you can finally slay the proverbial dragon.

Oliver Queen: [referring to a bottle of wine] It's a '64 Soleil. It's from my private collection. I was just thinking we could just take the afternoon off, and, uh, pop the cork.
Tess Mercer: Keep your cork... in your pants.

Tess Mercer: Just tell me what you want.
Bette Sans Souci: First, you're gonna give us access to the inmate files from Black Creek. Then we're gonna reach out to everyone that suffered your injustice and form our own league.
Rudy Jones: You may have recruited us, but we're free agents now. And with all that power, no one will ever mess with us ever again.
Bette Sans Souci: Cough up the password to those files.
Tess Mercer: I'm not about to let the world get taken over by a bunch of freaks.
Bette Sans Souci: [points sword at Tess] Well, this freak's about to make you talk.

Clark Kent: This isn't your battle.
Tess Mercer: So that you admit it's yours. Clark, don't you see I'm doing this all for you?
Clark Kent: For me?
Tess Mercer: Yes.
Clark Kent: You're so delusional, you put together a small army to make some fictional prophecy come true.
Tess Mercer: Clark, the mark of a true hero is somebody who's willing to sacrifice his own personal morality to help keep the world safe.
Clark Kent: No one has the right to choose who lives and dies. I was beginning to think that you were different from Lex. I was wrong.
Tess Mercer: The difference is that he turned his back on you. But I still believe. I understand that if everyone was more like you, the world would be a better place. But the truth is that it's out of your hands now. You can't avoid your fate.
Clark Kent: Lex did teach me one thing. The word "fate" is used by people who's lost sight of who they are. Why are you so determined to see Davis Bloome die?
Tess Mercer: That's simple, Clark. An entire civilization's survival depends on it.

Voice of Orb: Is Kal-El ready to fulfill the prophecy?
Tess Mercer: I did as you asked. The crystal has been destroyed.
Voice of Orb: Then you shall be the savior of Kandor.

Tess Mercer: Well you seem to taking my open door policy a little liberally these days, don't you?
Clark Kent: I guess I assumed after you ambushed me in my barn and accused me of being an alien Jesus that we had dropped any formalities.

"Smallville: Abandoned (#10.8)" (2010)
Granny Goodness: Do you know, I've been always been able to tell an abandoned soul when I see one. It's a gift.
Tess Mercer: Do the girls come here as - as babies?
Granny Goodness: Unfortunately, tragedy strikes as it pleases. They come at any age.
Tess Mercer: It must be difficult to find the older ones permanent homes.
Granny Goodness: Well, the truth is, by the time I get my hands on the lost souls, they no longer have that cute baby scent childless couples yearn for.
Tess Mercer: The children don't spend their entire childhood here, do they?
Granny Goodness: Oh, mercy me. You make it sound like punishment.

Tess Mercer: [to Mad Harriet] Move it or lose it, sister.

Tess Mercer: Thanks. I thought I could handle that on my own. I'm so used to looking after myself.
Clark Kent: You're a part of my team now. I wasn't gonna abandon you.

Tess Mercer: Happy Birthday, Lutessa.

"Smallville: Beacon (#10.13)" (2011)
Tess Mercer: Lionel Luthor. I thought...
Lionel Luthor: Yes, well, rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Tess Mercer: Clark, Alexander's not the only Luthor that's crawling back into our lives. Lionel's here.
Clark Kent: Lionel?
Tess Mercer: He followed you from his parallel world and he knows about Alexander.
Oliver Queen: Uh, even worse, he's already found him. I just got back from father/son day at LuthorCorp. Alexander's all grown up. The family's back in business.

Clark Kent: You're looking for the Phantom Zone crystal, aren't you?
Tess Mercer: You sent Slade there, didn't you?
Clark Kent: The VRA forced my hand. And when the justice system here is fixed, I'll bring him back to stand trial.
Tess Mercer: How could you be so good, Clark?
Alexander Luthor: Because no one told him to hate. Like Lionel taught me.

Alexander Luthor: No, Tess! I am done with all of you! And you. Always making yourself look better by making me look like some kind of monster!
Clark Kent: You're not him.
Tess Mercer: You keep blaming everybody, but look who has the gun in their hand. I know how you feel. After living in the darkness for so long, you feel like you can't step into the light, 'cause it makes you feel ashamed. But Clark was the one that changed everything for me. He can do the same thing for you.
Alexander Luthor: W-Why would you want to help me? I'm your enemy. We've been locked in battle for years.
Clark Kent: You're not locked into anything. You had something that Lex never had, and that's Tess. She loved you.
Tess Mercer: I still love you. I do. And I know I'm not perfect. But I'll always be there for you.

"Smallville: Persuasion (#9.13)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: We need the knowledge of your people to help us to reverse the damage we've done here, to show mercy to this planet.
Zod: When I take over those satellites tomorrow, and when I gain my own powers, you will be the one who needs mercy.

Tess Mercer: Hack yourself silly. You'll never crack my system.
Chloe Sullivan: This isn't so much cracking as it is bleeding out.
[shows a flash drive]
Chloe Sullivan: This is the digital equivalent to the Ebola virus.
Tess Mercer: You take down my firewalls, and you'll be exposing Clark to much greater dangers than you can even imagine. I've done everything in my power to postpone this, but the day has finally come. The tower is ready. It's linked up to the satellites. The countdown has started, and in T-minus 18 hours, the atmosphere will turn red and the Kandorians will have their powers. But I've lost my faith in Zod. If Clark joins them, he can rule over all the Kandorians, even Zod. But you and I have to work together.
Chloe Sullivan: It's quite the offer. Let me think about it.
[punches Tess]
Chloe Sullivan: I'm sorry, but embracing the red skies definitely violates my no-conspiring-with-baddies policy.

Tess Mercer: I confided in you, Clark. You confided in me. You revealed your powers. You know I haven't told anyone your secret.
Clark Kent: Only to sell me out to Zod and the others.
Tess Mercer: No. So that you could lead them.
Clark Kent: You've seen the future, Tess. You know what happens.
Tess Mercer: Which is why you have to join the Kandorians and defeat Zod so he doesn't take your powers away.
Clark Kent: He doesn't take them, Tess. Your tower does when it goes online.
Tess Mercer: No, the satellites just create a shield that filters the radiation.
Clark Kent: And block the source of my powers, giving them theirs.
Tess Mercer: You have to believe me. I had no idea that your powers disappeared.
Clark Kent: Don't worry, Tess. I'll save your world. Just not with you in it.

"Supergirl: Medusa (#2.8)" (2016)
Lena Luthor: You know, I thought you were different. You wear that symbol on your chest and everyone thinks you're good. How many times did your cousin put on that high-and-mighty costume and come after Lex? My mother is no saint, but you come in here and accuse her of being the Devil incarnate? How long before you come after me?
Supergirl: I know what it's like to be disillusioned by our parents. But I'm a pretty good judge of character. And you are not like your mother. She is cold and dangerous. And you are too good and too smart to follow in her path. Be your own hero.

Lillian Luthor: Twice in one day. It's almost like we have a real mother-daughter relationship.
Lena Luthor: The Medusa virus. That's why you sent your goon here. For Isotope 454. You're in charge of Cadmus.
Lillian Luthor: Is this the part where you lecture me, like you'd lecture Lex?
Lena Luthor: No. What you said before, there was truth in that. Ask me for your help and I'll give it to you.
Lillian Luthor: It's that easy?
Lena Luthor: It's that easy.
Lillian Luthor: I didn't think you believed in the cause.
Lena Luthor: Then it's time to get to know your daughter a little better.

Lillian Luthor: They should be dead. All aliens should be dead. You. You switched out the isotope. You made the virus inert.
Lena Luthor: I did. And I called the police.

"Smallville: Fortune (#10.15)" (2011)
Tess Mercer: Clarkie... Oh, there's only one person that I know who can make a armored car adios in seconds.

Tess Mercer: Hey, hound dog. You really rocked this town.
Dr. Emil Hamilton: I suppose that's supposed to be humorous?
Tess Mercer: It's just... Well, it was a nice surprise to see our mild-mannered doctor have a special power of his own.

Clark Kent: [on video] Watch this!
[makes armored truck disappear]
Chloe Sullivan: [still on video] Ta-da!
Tess Mercer: [watching video] Clark saves the day!

"Smallville: Patriot (#10.9)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: [appears on screen, to Clark] I ran some tests on the alloy you found and...
[sees Lois with Clark]
Tess Mercer: Lois. Hi.
Lois Lane: Okay, you know how I hate being all emo-relationship chick. It's just, I can't get you on the phone, but Tess can Skype with you?
Clark Kent: This isn't a social call.
Lois Lane: And I am? We practically share a desk chair, but now I'm still not the real work wife.
Tess Mercer: Sorry to interrupt "The Real Housewives of Metropolis," but there's something we need to know about this alloy we tested.

Lois Lane: Wow.
Clark Kent: Welcome to Watchtower - the official headquarters of the home team.
Tess Mercer: Which you are clearly on now. Finally.
Lois Lane: Is that a com-sat hook-up? I take back the whole "work wife" thing. Your satellite officially trumps my cellphone.
Tess Mercer: Forget it. From now, mi com-sat es su com-sat.

Clark Kent: We all know what the government was up to. But those prisons were part of a much bigger threat. Hate crimes are up. People like Slade, they're getting more control. And Godfrey's anti-vigilante message - it's reaching more ears than ever before, and I don't think it's a coincidence.
Tess Mercer: Sadly, Clark, there's no mystery to human fear and hatred.
Clark Kent: This time, there might be. I think there's something more behind the darkness, something that hero haters like Slade don't even know is affecting them. When I sent the Kandorians away through the portal in space, I opened a door to something else to come to Earth.
Oliver Queen: Are you serious trying to tell me that, out of all the intergalactic bad boys we've ever faced, this one's actually worse?
Clark Kent: This is *much* worse. We can't even see it to fight it. This thing is like an evil that's spreading over the Earth. It preys upon the dark side that we already have. It feeds on our doubts, our fears, and our distrust.
Oliver Queen: Well, I'd say, from where I'm standing, and it's already on the winning side.
Clark Kent: I think it even affected Slade. Just before the facility exploded, I saw something on Slade's skull - the Omega symbol. It was like it was branded there. Almost like the mark...
Tess Mercer: ...of The Beast in Revelations.
Lois Lane: Which would explain why he veered so far off his marching orders.
Oliver Queen: I'm guessing you don' t think that Slade's the only pledge to the Alpha-Omega-Die fraternity, right?
Clark Kent: I think the Omega is the sign of corruption. A mark of the darkness has fully taken over someone.
Lois Lane: Didn't Kara say that a person had to be open to the darkness? That it can't infect anyone of pure heart?
Clark Kent: And which one of us doesn't have that weakness? A hidden hatred or fear that this thing couldn't prey upon?
Oliver Queen: So, basically this thing doesn't have to do anything.
Lois Lane: It just waits for everybody's weaknesses, and then we destroy ourselves.
Clark Kent: If we can't stop it, the darkness will infect every person on this planet.

"Smallville: Kent (#10.17)" (2011)
Tess Mercer: Don't worry, the weeds will grow up and take the place over. They are Luthor weeds, after all.
Clark Luthor: There's a life here, a family.
Tess Mercer: They lived here, but this was never a home.

Clark Luthor: Listen, Tess, I know better than anyone what it's like to walk around with a - a mark on you. It's lonely.
Tess Mercer: Being the world's greatest hero is just a little bit different than being Satan's child.
Clark Luthor: Angel or devil is in the eye of he who beholds it.
Tess Mercer: "He who beholds it"? What have you been watching a little too much BBC lately?

Dr. Emil Hamilton: You looked tempted to me, by him. By his offer to make your father disappear for good. That's not the Tess I know.
Tess Mercer: Maybe I'm not the person you think I am.
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Maybe you are. Maybe you just don't believe it yet.

"Smallville: Eternal (#8.18)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: There is a savior among us. You are here to betray him.
Davis Bloome: I haven't betrayed anyone.
Tess Mercer: I finally realized that until you fulfill your destiny, he won't have his great challenge to overcome. He cannot become the world's savior without triumphing over the world's destroyer.
Davis Bloome: What savior? What you are talking about?
Tess Mercer: Clark. There's a reason you two don't get along. You were destined to kill each other.

Tess Mercer: Just know I'll wait for you, Clark. I'll wait for you to come to me.
Clark Kent: It's gonna be a long wait.
[Clark walks off]
Tess Mercer: It'll be shorter than you think, Kal-El.

Tess Mercer: According to the Kawatche Indians, this boy is part of a two-headed creature - good and evil. The Luthors were too busy feuding over which one of them was worth enough to be your adversary that they couldn't see the truth... that there was another boy who came to Earth with you. Davis Bloome.
Clark Kent: [chuckles] So you think that Davis Bloome and I are from another planet?
Tess Mercer: Lionel found Davis on the day of the meteor shower. He thought he was the Traveler, but then the boy's tests seemed normal.
Clark Kent: So, Lionel was holding Davis.
Tess Mercer: Only for five days. Then he threw the boy out onto the street because he got a phone call from Martha Kent.
Clark Kent: [chuckles] Tess, you are reaching.
Tess Mercer: Am I? It's Lionel's own words, and I quote - "I have the wrong boy, but I believe that I have found the true Traveler." Why else would Lionel Luthor arrange an adoption for a boy who seemed to come out of nowhere? It looks like you're the reason Davis was abandoned in the first place.

"Smallville: Harvest (#10.6)" (2010)
Alexander: This barn is like I just remember.
Tess Mercer: But you've never been here before.
Alexander: Yes, I have.
Alexander: [opens Clark's photo album] Do you see his bow tie? It was the first one he ever wore, I tied it for him... here.
Tess Mercer: That was probably just a dream.
Alexander: No. It was real. Right here, he told me we'd be friends, that he wanted to be my brother. And... at the window... I told him that our friendship would be the thing of legend.

Tess Mercer: Alexander, it that's what you want... you have a chance to make that happen.
Alexander: How can I ever trust Clark again? He made my father hate me. He took away everything I ever cared about. And the last time I was up here, I begged him to tell me the truth about himself. But as always, he denied who he really was.
Tess Mercer: Clark is not the bad man, Alexander. Lex is. He used you just like he used me. And you don't deserve what's happened. You don't have to buy into his memories. I will help you.
Alexander: Why? So you can feel good about yourself? So you can exorcise those demons deep within your soul? Isn't that what you've always wanted? To save the world so you can redeem the evil inside you?
Tess Mercer: Stop it.
Alexander: But you couldn't do it alone, so you clung to powerful men.
Tess Mercer: Enough!
Alexander: First Oliver Queen, then me, then Zod, and now, Clark Kent.
Tess Mercer: [smacks him] I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that. I just want to help you. I know I can do this. I know I can save you.
Alexander: How can you save me when there's so much you don't even know about yourself?
Tess Mercer: Please. Please. Alexander...
Alexander: Don't call me that. My name is Lex.

Tess Mercer: Destroy all of your research. And in the morning, he will be locked up again for everyone's safety.
Dr. Christina Lamell: If we don't begin his therapy immediately, he'll be dead within six weeks.
Tess Mercer: That's the point. Because he's not just a clone... he *is* Lex Luthor.

"Smallville: Checkmate (#9.16)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: So it's you... parading around in green leather.
Oliver Queen: It was me.
Tess Mercer: I can't believe you wear tights.
Oliver Queen: They're *not* tights.

Tess Mercer: You buried an arrow into my chest, Oliver.
Oliver Queen: Actually it was a Taser.
Tess Mercer: Well, it bruised.
Oliver Queen: Well, better bruised than dead.

Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I didn't think you were gonna show.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: Well, you know, I figure it's a public place. There's only so many weapons you can throw at me.
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I'm sorry. For everything I've done that's destroyed your trust.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: I don't think there's enough stationery for that, Tess.
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I told you how to shut down The Castle's power grid. That's worth something, isn't it?
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: What am I supposed to do here? You want me to do, uh, handstands because you helped solve a problem that you created?
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: I never would have gone after you if I had known that you were the Green Arrow.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: So it's back on me?
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: This might be the last time that I ever see you. When I joined Checkmate, I took an oath. An oath I wanna break. But there's only one way to leave Checkmate.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen:
Oliver Queen: What are you gonna do?
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer:
[Clears throat]
Tess Mercer: I'm gonna go AWOL. I'm gonna go underground.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: That's good. You know, I got to ask you a question, though. Did it hurt to do something moral for once, Tess? Did it hurt you?
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: Oliver, I'm taking a chance just being out here with you in the open.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: Yeah, okay, I understand that. Okay, we've gotten that far. W-what is it that you want? You're asking me for something. What is it you want? What do you want?
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer: Forgive me, Oliver. Oliver, I need your help. Please.
Oliver Queen: Oliver Queen: There are times when I wish I could go back, those Santorini sunsets, your freckles and your big dreams of changing the world. Back when I could trust you. Then you betrayed me, Tess. You, of all people. And if you ever come near me or my friends ever again, I will expose you to the world. Do you understand?
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer:
[Breathes shakily, starts crying]

"Smallville: Scion (#10.16)" (2011)
Lionel Luthor: I applaud your efforts, but you can't hide Alexander from me forever.
Tess Mercer: I'm saving him from an encore performance of "Daddy Dearest."
Lionel Luthor: Give me my son.
Tess Mercer: I'm surprised that you are so hell-bent on this family reunion, given the fact that on this world it was Lex that sent Lionel plummeting to his death.
Lionel Luthor: That's proof that the Lex you knew was a true Luthor.

Tess Mercer: I think he just needs someone there for him, like family.
Clark Kent: Well, technically, you are his sister.
Tess Mercer: But I'm no Clark Kent. I know you are the one who that can bring out the best in him.

"Smallville: Dominion (#10.19)" (2011)
Tess Mercer: Lois... I don't want to give up on Clark either. I don't, but we have a responsibility. To not put the world at risk for selfish reasons, which is what you're doing by wanting to see him again.
Lois Lane: I will *not* let you sacrifice him.
Tess Mercer: Being with a hero means accepting that hero's sacrifices.
Lois Lane: That's where you're wrong. Being a hero's wife means never accepting defeat.

Tess Mercer: Your hunch was right. The constellation in the Veritas journal cross-translates with Carter's notes as the Bow of Orion and as associated with these coordinates in the Celtic Coast. Since we're going Dutch on supersonic jet fuel, do you mind telling me why you're suddenly interested in this treasure hunt?
Oliver Queen: It's not a treasure. It's, uh... It's Hawkman's quest. He saw this guy Orion use it the last time he used it to kick Darkseid's ass across the universe. But he never was able to locate the weapon that the hunter used to defeat him. My family's Veritas journals were the missing piece that Hawkman never had. Now we know where to look for the weapon, so... It's my job to go find it.
Tess Mercer: Oliver. Fighting Darkseid isn't your own personal quest. We're all in this together.
Oliver Queen: I just need you to trust me on this one, okay?
Tess Mercer: There's enough water under our collective bridge that if you need me not to ask questions... I can do that.

"Smallville: Instinct (#8.4)" (2008)
Tess Mercer: Do you kickbox, Chloe? I find it helps me focus my anger.
Chloe Sullivan: Maybe I should rush over to the dojo because I have a lot of it building up right now.

Dr. Edward Groll: After an exhaustive battery of tests, we discovered that the crystal's composition doesn't match any element on this planet. It appears to be some kind of computer hard drive. We believe it may be alien.
Tess Mercer: You can't be serious.
Dr. Edward Groll: I know that's hard to accept, but that's what the facts support.
Tess Mercer: No, the facts are, Lex disappeared in an arctic wasteland here on Earth. He's not lost in space. This crystal is the only clue that we have, so stick to science, not science fiction, and find me Lex Luthor.

"Smallville: Kandor (#9.7)" (2009)
Jor-El: Why are you involved in our affairs?
Tess Mercer: Well, your Kryptonian instincts must be on the fritz because I am not the enemy here. Major Zod has been turning this planet upside-down looking for a man who we call "The Blur." Now, Because I see. I see what mankind is doing to this planet. The Earth is doomed. And your race is the only answer to saving it. That's why I released you all from that Orb.
Jor-El: You shouldn't have done that! We are abominations that should have never been created. If the Kandorians get their powers, then what you've done will not save this planet. It may, in fact, destroy it.
Tess Mercer: Not if they turn out like your son.
Jor-El: You are mistaken to think that we are so different from humans. Our sacred book of Rao teaches that wherever there is light, there is darkness.
Tess Mercer: Which is why I want you to help me protect Kal-El. If not, Zod will find out about him.
Jor-El: And he may very well kill my son. Zod is a foe not to be taken lightly... with or without his powers.
Tess Mercer: If you want to save your son, you have to make a sacrifice. You must convince the Kandorians that you are The Blur.

Clark Kent: Where is he? I've already checked every LuthorCorp facility, the Daily Planet, and this house. I found no one. Where are you hiding him?
Tess Mercer: I'm gonna need a little bit more of information, like a name.
Clark Kent: You know who I'm talking about. His name's Jor-El!
Tess Mercer: I'm sorry. I can see how upset you are, but I don't who you are talking about.
Clark Kent: You're lying. You have operatives around the world tracking aliens. You know everything.
Tess Mercer: The only alien I know is standing right in front of me.
Clark Kent: [lifts Tess by her throat] Where's my father? I want to see him now!
Tess Mercer: Clark... I have waited so long for you to admit your true Kryptonian heritage. I always hoped you'd tell me because you trusted me. But I'll take what I can get.

"Smallville: Escape (#9.15)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: In every relationship, one person stands while the other one kneels. I will not be forced down again.
Zod: I wouldn't want you to be.

Zod: How did you weaken me in the barn?
Tess Mercer: You have your secrets and I have mine. Now we're even.
Zod: I've waited a long time to savor the power of my Kryptonian birthright, and I will do anything what it takes to protect it. You must know that.
Tess Mercer: In case if you hadn't noticed, Zod, there a few that can stop you.
Zod: Which is why the information you have is so valuable.
Tess Mercer: You talk like we're on different sides.
Zod: You tell me. We are partners, after all.
Tess Mercer: I doubt that you've only used yours powers for seduction.
Zod: They certainly come in useful, especially when it comes to keeping an ear and an eye out for my competition.
Tess Mercer: If you're referring to Clark, you may have met your match, but he's not your competition. *He's* one of *you*.
Zod: But he stands apart. Read your own newspaper, Tess. With the help of a certain lovely reporter, The Blur has becomes humanity's new Messiah. Now, I may be able to fly, but the world would willingly follow him on foot.
Tess Mercer: You're jealous.
Zod: I want to know what gives him that power. And I want to know what will take it away. But you'll never tell me.
Tess Mercer: Information is also power. But you understand that better than anyone.

"Smallville: Upgrade (#9.17)" (2010)
Chloe Sullivan: I should have known that Clark took a walk down the ruby-red road. That explains his lack of "edit" button.
Tess Mercer: I thought Clark was only affected by green meteor. What's the red do?
Chloe Sullivan: Basically it turns him into the bad boy every girl dreams of... in her nightmares.

Chloe Sullivan: Guess who's coming for dinner, together... with powers. But you already knew that, didn't you?
Tess Mercer: What I don't know is why the sudden bromance.

"Smallville: Luthor (#10.10)" (2010)
Clark Kent: Emil finally finished working through the files we found after the fire. There's one body still unaccounted for - LX-15. There's another Lex on the loose.
Tess Mercer: Why look here? I closed the book on this place months ago.
Clark Kent: Supplies are still being sent here.
Tess Mercer: Someone's helping him survive, but you're assuming he's a threat just because he's a Luthor. What ever happened to everyone deserving a second chance?
Clark Kent: No, Luthor blood is Luthor blood. It's poison.

Clark Luthor: Hardly any trace of Lionel at all. It's refreshing, actually... being out from under our father's shadow.
Tess Mercer: Lionel Luthor's been dead for years. Lex killed him.
Clark Luthor: I guess Lex did something right in this place. I got to tell you, sis - this alternate earth - it's a blast. Doesn't feel right, though. Not having blood on my hands before lunch.

"Smallville: Power (#8.13)" (2009)
Regan Matthews: You actually believe you can declare Lex dead and not end up dead yourself?
Tess Mercer: You're a pretty pathetic guard dog. Loyal to a master that can't even feed himself. Why don't you come and work for me? Hm? I'll give you more milk bones than Lex ever did.
Regan Matthews: I think I'd rather shovel cow dung.

Tess Mercer: Prometheus must be destroyed.
Dr. Edward Groll: It's too late. You can't destroy the suit without murdering her.
Tess Mercer: Lana Lang was born to be a martyr.

"Smallville: Turbulence (#8.16)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: What about what Lex put you through? He pretended to be your friend for how many years?
Clark Kent: I'd like to think that there was a time when Lex and I had a real friendship.
Tess Mercer: That wasn't a friendship. Clark, you were his obsession. Lex wanted so much to be like you. But he knew - he knew in his heart he never could.

"Smallville: Bloodline (#8.8)" (2008)
Tess Mercer: Who do you work for?
Green Arrow: I'm self-employed. It's sort of an occupational safety hazard.
Tess Mercer: Oh. Well then you know that getting blood out of leather can be a total bitch.

"Smallville: Doomsday (#8.22)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: Lois, where is the orb?
Lois Lane: What orb?
Tess Mercer: The alien technology from my vault.
Lois Lane: [sarcastically] Oh, that orb.
[Lois reaches for her keys on her desk, Tess kicks her in the arm]
Lois Lane: I guess asking for severance is out of the question.
Tess Mercer: I didn't want this.
Lois Lane: No... You just want to take over the world with some alien nation.
Tess Mercer: I am trying to *save* the world.
Lois Lane: What's wrong with Greenpeace?

"Smallville: Sacrifice (#9.19)" (2010)
Chloe Sullivan: We got three minutes of air left. You think Checkmate will find us before then?
Tess Mercer: Asphyxiation or firing squad.
Chloe Sullivan: Damned if we do, damned if we don't.
Tess Mercer: Just damned. I just wanted to save the world.
Chloe Sullivan: That's funny. Last time I checked, you were just trying to get rid of everyone in it.

"Smallville: Pandora (#9.9)" (2009)
Lois Lane: [to Tess] You redheaded rat!
Zod: Do you know her?
Tess Mercer: She used to work for me. But then she disappeared.
Lois Lane: [punches Tess in her face] Traitor!
Tess Mercer: I am this planet's savior! I helped General Zod take power to ensure this Earth's survival.
Lois Lane: Tess Mercer, the ultimate ecoterrorist.
Zod: And what are *you*? I understand you were seen talking to Clark Kent. It was only a matter of time before the resistance got to him.
Lois Lane: The only thing I'm resisting is the urge to kick both your asses. And if Clark were here right now, he would back me up.
Zod: The only reason Clark is still alive is because I hoped he'd join us to bridge the gap between our people.
Tess Mercer: Trust me, Zod. No one has worked as hard as I have to get Clark to see the good that we're doing. But I think we fooled ourselves long enough. He won't come around.
Zod: Which is why neither of you is any good to me alive.
Lois Lane: Excuse me?
Zod: A double execution will send out a strong message to anyone who would dare defy me. Hmm. Take heart, Lois. At least you can enjoy a glorious last meal.

"Smallville: Metallo (#9.2)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: When I came to, you were already gone. We never did get to finish what we started, though. Little rematch?
Lois Lane: I won't fight you, Tess. I just came to tell you I'm not leaving The Daily Planet.
Tess Mercer: You were *never* leaving, Lois. I fired you.
Lois Lane: Well, I'm not going to get into the whole "she said, she said" thing with you. But I do have friends at The Inquisitor, and they would love to run a story about LuthorCorp's C.E.O. and her plans to launch a hostile alien takeover of the world.
Tess Mercer: Except no one would ever believe you.
Lois Lane: Maybe. Maybe not. But do you really want the attention? I'll see you at the office.

"Smallville: Salvation (#9.21)" (2010)
Zod: How did you get here?
Tess Mercer: I flew.
Zod: Icarus flew to where he didn't belong. And he fell to his death from the heavens.
Tess Mercer: Icarus was on an ego trip. But I have a higher calling. I was made to see the error of my ways. I'm here to redeem myself.

"Smallville: Ambush (#10.7)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: No need to worry, my friend.
Oliver Queen: I think it's a little early for "friend." "Friendly" - I can do that. I can be friendly.
Tess Mercer: I'll take it. I was beginning to think the best I could do was "frenemy."
Oliver Queen: I don't even know what that means. We've, uh... We've survived tax audits and typhoons together, Tess. I think we're practically like family at this point.
Tess Mercer: We've come a long way. From the middle of the ocean to the top of the city.
Oliver Queen: I can work with that.

"Smallville: Isis (#10.5)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: So let me get this straight. Lois finds a necklace, gets possessed by an Egyptian Goddess, and now is flying around like Amelia Earhart, minus the plane.
Oliver Queen: Just another Friday night in Metropolis. Who's ready for the weekend?

"Smallville: Crossfire (#9.6)" (2009)
Stuart Campbell: Look, I can handle any hacker, okay, but I think you should know someone's trying to get through to us right now, and I think they're pretty good, so...
Tess Mercer: Then be better. Fix the situation, Stuart. Or I'll have you terminated.
Stuart Campbell: Okay. By terminated, though, you mean fired right? Right?

"Smallville: Lazarus (#10.1)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: What is this place, Alexander? Who are they?
Alexander: They're my brothers.
Tess Mercer: You're him. These things... You're all engineered from Lex's DNA.
Alexander: We were made to heal the creator, just like we healed *you*. Not all of us turned out okay. Some of us came out sick. Some of us aged too fast.

"Smallville: Odyssey (#8.1)" (2008)
[first lines]
Tess Mercer: [entering tent] Who is Regan? What have you been doing, all this time, building snowmen?
Regan Matthews: Who do you think you are? This site is off limits.
Tess Mercer: Tess Mercer. My access is unrestricted. Per Lex's written instructions, I'm now the acting C.E.O. of LuthorCorp and all its subsidiaries.
Regan Matthews: You're nothing but an obscure Regional V.P. You actually think you're qualified?
Tess Mercer: Lex believes it... and that's all that matters. I want a complete inventory of everything you've found. Footprint, snowmobile tracks, any sign of escape.
Regan Matthews: Escape?
Tess Mercer: Trust me, Lex Luthor didn't meet his end at some dwindling ice cap.

"Smallville: Bulletproof (#8.12)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: When I thought my life was over, you gave me a reason to keep going. I wouldn't be who I am without you. I trusted you. Because I respected you. I've done everything you've ever asked. You've seen that with your own eyes and, apparently, with mine. But not anymore. I hope you watch with rapt attention as your bank accounts close, as you lose all contact with the outside world, as your life disappears before your eyes. Goodbye, Lex. I loved you, you son of a bitch.

"Smallville: Hostage (#9.20)" (2010)
Tess Mercer: The Red Queen I presume.
Martha Kent: Don't turn around. Slowly set the disk on the floor and slide it back to me.
Tess Mercer: Sorry I sent your mind-reader packing.
Martha Kent: Don't be. I'm not a fan of his tactics, but he got the job done.
Tess Mercer: You meant for me to get away. How did you know I'd come here?
Martha Kent: You're predictable.
Tess Mercer: You may be really good at staying one step ahead of Checkmate, but you don't know the first thing about me.
Martha Kent: You say you're saving the planet, but you really only care about yourself. You figured out Maxwell's charade because you know in your heart that Oliver's declaration of love was a lie. You can't comprehend what it means to truly protect someone you love. And stay away from Clark Kent. If you're not careful, you'll end up on the wrong side of the coming Apocalypse.

"Smallville: Echo (#9.4)" (2009)
Tess Mercer: What the hell were you thinking, Oliver? They could have killed you.
Oliver Queen: Yeah. You really didn't give them a chance, did you? And now, we'll never know.
Tess Mercer: Were you even aware that one of your factories blew up? Do you give a damn about *anything* anymore?
Oliver Queen: Please tell me you didn't waste all that jet fuel to come down here and deliver me a lecture.

"Smallville: Toxic (#8.3)" (2008)
Clark Kent: There must be something you can do. Lex never abandons a project.
Tess Mercer: He doesn't, does he? I'm still catching up from the ones he's named after constellations.