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Howard Stark (Character)
from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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"Agent Carter: The Blitzkrieg Button (#1.4)" (2015)
Howard Stark: [Howard asked Peggy to steal one of his inventions from the SSR lab] You get it?
Peggy Carter: What's in the vial?
Howard Stark: What vial?
Peggy Carter: *What* is in the vial?
Howard Stark: You opened it. You know how, uh, dangerous that could be
Peggy Carter: What's in the vial, Howard?
Howard Stark: Okay, you're angry.
Peggy Carter: I'm not angry. I'm just curious. What's in the vial?
Howard Stark: You know. We both know.
Peggy Carter: I don't. Tell me.
Howard Stark: Steve Rogers' blood.
[Peggy slugs Howard]

Howard Stark: All of my inventions are in your lab.
Peggy Carter: Then why is your mustache so sad?

Peggy Carter: Get in.
Howard Stark: What? I hate small spaces. What if the chain snaps and I fall to my death?
Peggy Carter: Don't worry. I'll never reveal that Howard Stark's dead body is lying rotting in the bottom of a dumbwaiter shaft.

Howard Stark: You don't have to get changed with the door closed. I thought we were friends.

Howard Stark: What the hell do you think of me?
Peggy Carter: I think you're a man out for his own gain no matter who you're charging. You are constantly finding holes to slither your way into in the hope of finding loose change, only to cry when you're bitten by another snake. You're a man who says "I love you" whilst looking over a woman's shoulder into the mirror. Steve Rogers dedicated his mind, his body, his life to the SSR and to this country, not to your bank account. I made the same pledge, but I'm not as good as Steve was. I forgot my pledge running around for you like a corporate spy. So thank you, Howard, for reminding me who Steve was and what I aspire to be. For all I know, you did steal your inventions.

Howard Stark: I grew up on the lower East Side. My father sold fruit. My mother sewed shirtwaists for a factory. Let me tell you, you don't get to climb the American ladder without picking up some bad habits on the way. There's a ceiling for certain types of people based on how much money your parents have, your social class, your religion, your sex. And the only way to break through that ceiling sometimes is to lie, so that's my natural instinct to lie. I shouldn't have lied to you. For that, trust me, I am truly sorry.

Howard Stark: [Cheerily talking to Peggy and Jarvis] So, how are you two getting along? Peggy tried Anna's goulash? Peggy, Jarvis know you can do 107 one-armed pushups?
Peggy Carter: Howard, you came back to New York City risking notice from every American intelligence agency.
Howard Stark: Hmm.
Peggy Carter: WHY?
Howard Stark: Let's get back to my place. We'll have some Sherry. I'll explain everything.
Peggy Carter: [Sees something out the window] Stop the car.
Edwin Jarvis: The residence is only a block away. What's the matter?
Peggy Carter: See that man waiting for the bus? That's Agent Yauch. You see that Sedan parked by the fire hydrant? That is Agent Henry. Make a left.
[They turn]
Howard Stark: [sighs] That was my least-known property. A dummy corporation holds the lease.
Edwin Jarvis: And another dummy corporation owns that company.
Howard Stark: The only people who know about that penthouse besides me and Jarvis are Lana Turner, Jane Russell...
Peggy Carter: [Cuts him off] Russell You do realize that my work colleague Ray Krzeminski was killed while you were out gallivanting?
Howard Stark: I was not *gallivanting*.
Peggy Carter: The SSR blames you, and they're out for blood. We must assume they're about to uncover all of your residences, your bank accounts, your corporations. So perhaps turning up unexpectedly was not your best plan.
Howard Stark: So, where can I hide?
Peggy Carter: [Thinks for a moment] God, help me. Take a right up ahead.
Howard Stark: [They stop in front of Peggy's home] Ah. The Griffith. How's Miriam?

Peggy Carter: [Developing film] She seems... uninhibited.
Howard Stark: The first 10 or so might not be suitable for your eyes.

Peggy Carter: [Peggy is looking for Stark] Howard!
[Hears giggling behind a door, knocks]
Lorraine: Yes? You just woke me.
Howard Stark: [Pops up behind her] Not to worry. This is my cousin Peggy. Peggy, Lorraine.
Lorraine: Don't you think your cousin looks just like Howard Stark?
Peggy Carter: My cousin is a lot shorter.
Howard Stark: And much better-looking!

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Howard Stark: The moment you think you know what's going on in a woman's head is the moment your goose is well and truly cooked .

Steve Rogers: I had some ideas about the uniform.
Howard Stark: Whatever you want, pal.

[in the Arctic, looking for Captain America]
Howard Stark: Just keep looking.

Howard Stark: Seems harmless enough. Hard to see what all the fuss is about.
[gets thrown back]
Howard Stark: Write that down.

Howard Stark: Fondue is just cheese and bread, my friend.

Steve Rogers: [picking up a shield] What about this one?
Howard Stark: No, no, that's just a prototype.
Steve Rogers: What's it made of?
Howard Stark: Vibranium. It's stronger than steel and a third the weight. It's completely vibration absorbent.

Col. Chester Phillips: Johann Schmidt belongs in a bug house. He thinks he's a God and he's willing to blow half the world prove it, starting with the U.S.A.
Howard Stark: Schmidt's working with powers beyond our capabilities. He gets across the Atlantic, he will wipe out the entire eastern sea board in an hour.
Gabe Jones: How much time we got?
Col. Chester Phillips: According to my new best friend, under twenty four hours.
Jim Morita: Where is he now?
Col. Chester Phillips: Hydra's last base is here.
[Holds up photo]
Col. Chester Phillips: In the Alps. Five hundred feet below the surface.
Jim Morita: o, what are we supposed to do. I mean, it's not like we can just knock on the front door.
Steve Rogers: [Thinks] Why not? That's exactly what we're gonna do.

"Agent Carter: Valediction (#1.8)" (2015)
Howard Stark: [clipping his nose hair] How's that look?
Edwin Jarvis: Like a nest of spiders with very short legs.
Howard Stark: That's good enough. Hey, Peg, you got any powder? I want to cut down the shine.

Dr. Ivchenko: The great Howard Stark! I have heard much of your genius. It is a shame that you put your gifts towards creating such horrible weapons.
Howard Stark: Midnight oil was not supposed to be a weapon, Dr. Fennhoff. Should never have been used.
Dr. Ivchenko: And yet, it only exists because of you. Do you know what your creation does?
Howard Stark: I saw it afterwards.
Dr. Ivchenko: And I saw it while it happened. I was only spared because I had a gas mask to protect myself. My comrades were not so lucky. My brother wasn't so lucky. When I found him, he had no eyes. Pieces of his flesh had been bitten off. Can you imagine this?
Howard Stark: I am sorry. You have no idea how sorry I am.
Dr. Ivchenko: Since that day, I have thought of you often. In fact, you have been my singular focus.
Howard Stark: Look, if you're gonna kill me, go ahead. I probably deserve it. But leave innocent people out of it.
Dr. Ivchenko: I have no intention of killing you, Mr. Stark. I am going to make you suffer.
Howard Stark: Please. Please don't do this!
Dr. Ivchenko: You feel guilt? Remorse?
Howard Stark: Yes, of course I do.
Dr. Ivchenko: I imagine you have done many things in your life that you regret. Hmm. A man such as yourself cannot allow kindness and empathy to cloud his vision.
Howard Stark: I am not a bad person!
Dr. Ivchenko: Yes. Yes, you are. It is the only way to achieve such remarkable success. Others have paid the price. You have paid the price, as well. Your guilt eats you, destroys you from the inside out.

Daniel Sousa: How the hell did you get in here?
Howard Stark: You know who designed the SSR security system?
Daniel Sousa: Yeah, the same outfit that sures the White House!
Howard Stark: Exactly. They stink. You should have hired me.

Jack Thompson: [Doing a Press Conference] After a thorough investigation, we have concluded that Howard Stark is innocent of the theft and sale of weapons to foreign enemies. All charges against Mr. Stark have been dropped. We owe Mr. Stark a tremendous debt of gratitude, and his assistance in our current investigation is invaluable.
Howard Stark: [Whispers beside him] Hero. "He is a Hero".
Jack Thompson: [Gives a pained look and continues] He is... a hero. He is a hero for all Americans.
Jack Thompson: Mr. Stark will be working in concert with the SSR to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.
Howard Stark: [Whispers again] "Humbled by his genius". No. No. *Brilliance*. "Humbled by his brilliance".
Jack Thompson: [Gives another pained look] We are humbled.
[Can't bring himself to say the rest]
Jack Thompson: Here's Howard Stark

Howard Stark: I know I should be afraid for my life, but there's just something about you that puts me at ease. Must be those eyes.
Dottie Underwood: You don't remember me, do you?
Howard Stark: Should I?
Dottie Underwood: You and I spent a nice weekend together not too long ago.
Howard Stark: [Stark thinks] Is it Alice?
[Dottie punches him]

"Agent Carter: Hollywood Ending (#2.10)" (2016)
Howard Stark: [Howard tries to hit a golf ball into the rift but misses] Damn! What am I doing wrong, Jarvis?
Edwin Jarvis: Sir, we are standing before an incomprehensible rip in the fabric of our world...
[hands Howard a club]
Edwin Jarvis: ...use the 7-iron.

Howard Stark: How do the most successful scientists achieve greatness?
Edwin Jarvis: Given your history, drinking copious amounts of alcohol and cavorting with loose women.
Howard Stark: That's a good guess, but it's wrong. Nope. They get smarter people to do the research, and then they steal it for themselves.

Howard Stark: Anyway, we've got a bigger problem on our hands.
[looks at his sandwich]
Howard Stark: We're out of mustard.

Howard Stark: Jarvis, you just hit a woman with my car!
Edwin Jarvis: I know.
Howard Stark: She's a two-time Oscar nominee.
Edwin Jarvis: Miss Frost is quite resilient. She's fine. Trust me.

Jason Wilkes: Is there a portrait of you in every bedroom?
Howard Stark: It's a collection. Every one is different.
[Peggy shakes her head, an amused smile on her face]
Howard Stark: What? Art makes a house a home.

Ant-Man (2015)
Hank Pym: You've come for more toys for the boys?
Howard Stark: I came for the suit.

[first lines]
Hank Pym: Stark!
Howard Stark: He doesn't seem happy. Hello, Hank. You're supposed to be in Moscow.
Hank Pym: I took a detour... Through your defense lab.
[slams a vial of Pym particles on table]
Peggy Carter: Tell me that isn't what I think it is.
Hank Pym: That depends if you think it's a poor attempt to replicate my work. Even for this group, that takes nerve.
Mitchell Carson: You were instructed to go to Russia. May I remind you, Dr. Pym, that you're a soldier...
Hank Pym: I'm a scientist.
Howard Stark: Then act like one. The Pym Particle is the most revolutionary science ever developed. Help us put it to good work.
Hank Pym: I let you turned me into your errand boy, and now you try to steal my research?
Mitchell Carson: If only you'd protected Janet with such ferocity, Dr. Pym.
Hank Pym: Ah...
[Pym slams Carson's head into a desk]
Peggy Carter: Easy, Hank!
Hank Pym: You mention my wife again, and I'll show you ferocity.
Howard Stark: [as Carson stares at him] Don't look at me. You said it.

Hank Pym: I formally tender my resignation.
Howard Stark: We won't accept it... formally. Hank, we need you. The Pym Particle is a miracle. Please, don't let your past determine the future.
Hank Pym: As long as I am alive, nobody will ever get that formula.

Howard Stark: [to Carson] He just kicked your ass full-size, you really wanna find out what it's like when you can't see him coming?

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Howard Stark: You know, they say sarcasm is a metric for potential. If that's true, you'll be a great man some day.

Maria Stark: Be nice, dear. He's been studying abroad.
Howard Stark: Really, which broad?

Howard Stark: [last words, looking at the Winter Soldier] Sergeant Barnes?

"Agent Carter: Now Is Not the End (#1.1)" (2015)
Howard Stark: Technically, we don't even know if it works. But, let's face it. I invented it. So, it works.

Senator Webster: Did you knowingly sell military-grade technology to enemies of the United States?
Howard Stark: Not knowingly.
Senator Webster: Did you do it unknowingly?
Howard Stark: Now, by definition, that would be impossible to answer.

"Agent Carter: Better Angels (#2.3)" (2016)
Howard Stark: I always thought you should be in pictures, Peg. What do you say? Arlene French called in drunk. You want to play a sassy beer wench?
Peggy Carter: I'd rather be the cowboy.
Howard Stark: Oh, I like it. I don't know if the audience is ready yet.
Peggy Carter: But they're ready for a movie based on a comic book. Sounds like a dreadful idea.

Howard Stark: Wilkes was a member of the Arena Club?
Peggy Carter: Is that what that pin is from?
Howard Stark: Yeah. And I'm amazed they allowed him to be a member. They keep their ranks male and pale. Jarvis here isn't even white enough for them.

Iron Man 2 (2010)
Howard Stark: Tony, you're too young to understand this right now, so I thought I would put it on film for you.
[Howard gestures to his model city]
Howard Stark: I built this for you. And some day you'll realize that it represents a whole lot more than just people's inventions. It represents my life's work. This is the key to the future. I'm limited by the technology of my time, but one day you'll figure this out. And when you do, you will change the world. What is and always will be my greatest creation... is you.

Howard Stark: [after making yet another error in his "City of the Future" speech] I would personally like to show you... my ass.

The Invincible Iron Man (2007) (V)
Tony Stark: I have two orders of business. One
[opens the door]
Tony Stark: I am promoting James Rhodes to chief engineer for advanced technologies.
Rhodey: Thanks, man.
Tony Stark: You've earned it. And two, I'm handing control of the company over to my father.
Howard Stark: What?
Tony Stark: It's yours, Dad. The future of the company is now yours to decide.
Howard Stark: You know, I've always seen this as a father-son enterprise.
Boyer: Wonderful news, Tony, Howard. We'll support you both 110%.
Howard Stark: Shut up, Boyer. My first order of business...
Howard Stark: [to the board] you're all fired.

Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (2013) (V)
Howard Stark: It's called a bikini.
Dum Dum Dugan: The bikini. You invent it?
Howard Stark: No, the French.
Dum Dum Dugan: Bikini.