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Erik Lehnsherr (Character)
from X-Men: First Class (2011)

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X-Men: First Class (2011)
Professor Charles Xavier: Ready for this?
Erik Lehnsherr: Let's find out!

[about the Class going into action]
Professor Charles Xavier: They're just kids...
Erik Lehnsherr: No, they WERE kids. Shaw has his army, we need ours.

Erik Lehnsherr: Excuse me, I'm Erik Lehnsherr.
Professor Charles Xavier: Charles Xavier.
Logan: Go fuck yourself.

Erik Lehnsherr: My fellow Mutants! The real enemy is out there.

Erik Lehnsherr: [to Mystique] If you're using half your concentration to look normal, then you're only half paying attention to whatever else you're doing.
[pause]
Erik Lehnsherr: Just pointing out something that could save your life.
Erik Lehnsherr: You want society to accept you, but you can't even accept yourself.

[Magneto halts the missile barrage and directs it upon the fleet]
Professor Charles Xavier: Erik, you said yourself we're the better men. This is the time to prove it. There are thousands of men on those ships. Good, honest, innocent men! They're just following orders.
Erik Lehnsherr: I've been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again.

1st German: Who... What are you?
Erik Lehnsherr: Let's just say I'm Frankenstein's monster. And I'm looking for my creator.

Erik Lehnsherr: You never looked better, man.
[pats Hank on the shoulder, Hank grabs Erik by the throat]
Professor Charles Xavier: Hank!
Hank McCoy: Don't mock me!
Professor Charles Xavier: Hank, put him down immediately, please. Hank! Hank!
[Hank lets him go]
Erik Lehnsherr: I wasn't.

Erik Lehnsherr: What brings you to Argentina?
1st German: The climate. I'm a pig farmer.
2nd German: Tailor, since I was a boy. My father made the best suits in Dusseldorf.
Erik Lehnsherr: My parents came from Dusseldorf.
1st German: What was their name?
Erik Lehnsherr: They didn't have a name. It was taken from them, by pig farmers and tailors.

Erik Lehnsherr: [before Charles uses Cerebro for the first time] What an adorable lab rat you make, Charles.
Professor Charles Xavier: Don't spoil this for me, Erik.
Erik Lehnsherr: I've been a lab rat. I know when I see one.

Sean Cassidy: You truly believe I'll fly this time?
Professor Charles Xavier: Unreservedly.
Sean Cassidy: I trust you.
Professor Charles Xavier: I'm touched.
Sean Cassidy: [pointing at Hank] I don't trust him.
Professor Charles Xavier: [to Hank] Say nothing.
Sean Cassidy: I'm gonna die!
Professor Charles Xavier: Alright. Look, we're not gonna make you do anything without...
Erik Lehnsherr: Here, let me help you.
[pushes Sean off the antenna]
Professor Charles Xavier: Erik!
Erik Lehnsherr: What? You know you were thinking the same.

Erik Lehnsherr: [Raven kisses Hank while he takes her blood to formulate a serum that would normalize their mutation appearances] Kinky, by the way, if I look like you, I wouldn't change a thing.

Professor Charles Xavier: [Erik leaves the covert CIA research base with the CIA files on Shaw] From what I know about you, I am surprised you managed to stay this long.
Erik Lehnsherr: What do you know about me?
Professor Charles Xavier: Everything.
Erik Lehnsherr: Then you know to stay out of my head.
Professor Charles Xavier: I am sorry Erik, but I've seen what Shaw did to you. I felt your agony. I can help you.
Erik Lehnsherr: I don't need your help.
Professor Charles Xavier: Don't kid yourself, you needed my help last night, it's not just me you are walking away from. Here you have the chance to be part of something much bigger than yourself. I won't stop you leaving. I could, but I won't.
[Xavier walks away]
Professor Charles Xavier: Shaw's got friends. you could do with some.

Angel Salvadore: [Erik gives Angel a big tip] For that, daddy-o, you get a private dance.
[In the private dance room]
Angel Salvadore: You guys know it's a double for both, right?
Professor Charles Xavier: Mmm, now that won't be necessary, although I am sure it would be magical...
[Erik cuts in]
Erik Lehnsherr: We were thinking more, we'll show you ours, if you show us yours.
Angel Salvadore: Baby, that's not the way it works around here.
[Erik clicks his fingers and raises the champagne chiller]
Erik Lehnsherr: More tea, vicar?

Professor Charles Xavier: I can't stop thinking about the others out there, all those mind that I touched. I could feel them, their isolation, their hopes, their ambitions. I tell you we can start something incredible, Erik. We can help them.
Erik Lehnsherr: Can we? Identification, that's how it starts. And ends with being rounded up, experimented on and eliminated.
Professor Charles Xavier: Not this time. We have common enemies, Shaw, the Russians. They need us.
Erik Lehnsherr: For now.

Professor Charles Xavier: You know, I believe that true focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity. Would you mind if I...
[Charles makes a gesture to request permission to read Erik's mind]
Erik Lehnsherr: [Erik signals approval and while Charles reads Erik minds. We see moments of Erik's childhood with his mother] What did you just do to me?
[Both Erik and Charles cries]
Professor Charles Xavier: I accessed the brightest corner of your memory system. It's a very beautiful memory, Erik. Thank you.
Erik Lehnsherr: I didn't know I still had that.
Professor Charles Xavier: There is so much more to you than you know. Not just pain and anger. There is good, too. I felt it. When you can access all of that, you will possess a power no one can match. Not even me.

Professor Charles Xavier: Shaw's declared war on mankind on all of us, he has to be stopped.
Erik Lehnsherr: I am not gonna stop Shaw, I am gonna kill him. Do you have it in you to allow that?
[Erik pauses while Charles shifts in his chair uneasy]
Erik Lehnsherr: You known all along why I was here Charles, but things have changed. What started as a covert of mission, tomorrow mankind will know mutants exist. Shaw, us, they won't differentiate. They'll fear us. And that fear will turn to hatred.
Professor Charles Xavier: Not if we stop a war, not if we can prevent Shaw, not if we risk our lives doing so.
Erik Lehnsherr: Would they do the same for us?
Professor Charles Xavier: We have it in us to be the better man.
Erik Lehnsherr: We already are! We are the next stage of human evolution, you said it yourself...
Professor Charles Xavier: [cuts in] No, no...
Erik Lehnsherr: Are you really so naive as to think that they won't battle their own extinction? Or is it arrogance?
Professor Charles Xavier: [looks at Erik in disagreement] I am sorry.
Erik Lehnsherr: After tomorrow, they are gonna turn on us. But you are blinded because you believe they are all like Moira.
Professor Charles Xavier: And you believe they are all like Shaw.
[leans forward]
Professor Charles Xavier: Listen to me very carefully, my friend: killing Shaw will not bring you peace.
Erik Lehnsherr: Peace was never an option.

Raven Darkholme: [in mutant form] Could you pass me my robe?
Erik Lehnsherr: You don't have to hide.
[Erik moves and sits besides Raven on the bed]
Erik Lehnsherr: Have you ever looked at a tiger and thought you ought to cover it up?
Raven Darkholme: No, but...
Erik Lehnsherr: You are an exquisite creature, Raven. All your life the world has tried to tame you. It's time for you to be free.
[Erik leans forward and kisses Raven]

[a deflected bullet fired by Moira towards Erik hits Charles]
Erik Lehnsherr: [to Charles] I am so sorry.
Erik Lehnsherr: [Erik looks at Moira] YOU! You did this!
[Erik begins to strangle Moria with her necklace. Raven, Hank, Alex, and Sean walks toward Erik in order to stop him]
Erik Lehnsherr: I SAID BACK OFF!
[Erik throws Hank, Alex, and Sean into the air leaving Raven on the ground]
Professor Charles Xavier: Wait, please. She didn't do this, Erik. You did.
[Erik releases Moira]
Erik Lehnsherr: [Erik speaks apologetically towards Charles] Us turning on each other, it's what they want. I tired to warn you, Charles. I want you by my side. We're brothers, you and I. All of together, protecting each other. We want the same thing.
Professor Charles Xavier: My friend. I'm sorry, but we do not.

[Erik points toward the American and Soviet ships docked at sea]
Erik Lehnsherr: This society won't accept us. We form our own. The humans have played their hand, now we get ready to play ours. Who's with me?
Erik Lehnsherr: [to Mystique] No more hiding.
[Raven walks towards Erik but turns and kneels beside Charles and Moira; Erik looks disappointed]
Professor Charles Xavier: [to Raven] Go with him. It's what you want.
Raven Darkholme: You promised me that you would never read my mind.
Professor Charles Xavier: [whimpers in pain] I promised you... a lot... of things.
[a pause]
Raven Darkholme: [to Moira] Take good care of him.
[Raven walks towards Erik and is joined by Angel, Janus Quested, and Azazel. The five hold hands]
Raven Darkholme: And one more thing. BEAST!
[Raven places free her hand on her chest]
Raven Darkholme: Mutant and Proud!
[Beast reacts with disgust, Erik gestures at Azazel and they vanish]

Raven Darkholme: We have to call him, Havok. That's his name now. And we were thinking...
[points to Charles]
Raven Darkholme: ...you should be Professor X...
[points to Erik]
Raven Darkholme: ...and you should be Magneto.
Erik Lehnsherr: Exceptional.

Erik Lehnsherr: Hank has been busy.
Alex Summers: Do we really have to wear these?
Professor Charles Xavier: As none of us mutated to endure extreme g-force or being riddled by bullets, I suggest we suit up.

Sebastian Shaw: Erik, what a pleasant surprise. So good to see you again. May I ask you something? Why are you on their side? Why fight for a doomed race who will hunt us down as soon as they realize their reign is coming to an end? I'm sorry for what happened in the camps. I truly am. But everything I did, I did for you. To unlock your power. To make you embrace it. You've come a long way from bending gates. I'm so proud of you. And you're just starting to scratch the surface. Think of how much further we could go, together. I don't want to hurt you, Erik. I never did. I want to help you. This is our time. Our age. We are the future of the human race. You and me, son. This world could be ours.
Erik Lehnsherr: Everything you did make me stronger. It made me the weapon I am today. It's the truth. I've known it all along. You are my creator.

Erik Lehnsherr: [Shaw's mind is frozen by Charles] If you're in there, I'd like you to know that I agree with every word you said. We are the future. But, unfortunately, you killed my mother. This is what we're gonna do.
[holds up the coin]
Professor Charles Xavier: No! Please, Erik, no!
Erik Lehnsherr: I am going to count to three and I'm going to move the coin. One.
[moves the coin at Shaw's head]
Professor Charles Xavier: Please, Erik!
Erik Lehnsherr: Two. Three.
[puts the coin through Shaw's head, Charles screams]

[last lines]
Erik Lehnsherr: I know we've had our differences.
Emma Frost: Where's your telepath friend?
Erik Lehnsherr: Gone. Left a bit of a gap in my life, if I'm to be honest. I was rather hoping you would fill it. Join us.
Emma Frost: Erik, I believe.
Erik Lehnsherr: I prefer Magneto.

Emma Frost: You can stop trying to read my mind, sugar. You're never going to get anything from me while I'm like this.
[Erik and Charles subdue Emma]
Erik Lehnsherr: So then you can just tell us. Where's Shaw?
[uses metal to crack Emma's diamond form]
Professor Charles Xavier: That's enough, Erik. Erik, that's enough!
[Erik stops]
Erik Lehnsherr: All yours, Charles. She won't be shifting into diamond form anytime soon. If she does, just give her a tap.

Armando Muñoz: Where to, fellas?
Erik Lehnsherr: Richmond, Virginia.
Armando Muñoz: So you want the airport? The station? What?
Professor Charles Xavier: We were rather hoping you'd take us all the way.
Armando Muñoz: That's a six-hour drive.
Erik Lehnsherr: [stops the cab meter] That would give us plenty of time to talk.

Raven Darkholme: Darwin's dead, Charles, and we can't even bury him.
Erik Lehnsherr: We can avenge him!

Erik Lehnsherr: [wields an inscribed Nazi dagger] "Blood and Honor" - which would you care to shed first?
1st German: We were under orders...
Erik Lehnsherr: Blood it is!
[stabs the German]

[Erik grabs Shaw's helmet and puts it on]
Professor Charles Xavier: Erik, don't do this! Be the better man! If you do this there will be no turning back...!
Erik Lehnsherr: Sorry Charles. It's not that I don't trust you...


X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Charles Xavier: I'm just not very good with violence...
[the elevator doors open and Charles sees Erik]
Erik Lehnsherr: Charles.
[Charles punches him, knocking Erik to the ground, then winces in pain himself]
Erik Lehnsherr: Good to see you too, old friend.

[Magneto enters the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium]
Groundskeeper: Excuse me, can I help you?
Erik Lehnsherr: No. You can't.
[lifts the stadium into the sky]

President Nixon: You want to make a statement? Kill me, fine! But spare everyone else!
Erik Lehnsherr: Very heroic, Mr. President. But you have no intention of sparing any of us. The future of our species begins now!
[gets distracted, Mystique reveals herself and shoots him in the neck]
Erik Lehnsherr: You used to be a better shot.
Raven: Trust me. I still am.
[knocks out Erik]

[Raven grabs Erik from a crowd and shoves him into a phone booth]
Raven: [a plastic rod at Erik's throat] If I see so much as a screw move I will jam this into your throat.
Erik Lehnsherr: How did you find me?
Raven: You taught me well.
Erik Lehnsherr: It's been a long time since we were this close. I missed you.
Raven: You tried to kill me.
Erik Lehnsherr: So the rest of us could live.
Raven: What do you mean?
Erik Lehnsherr: We received a message from the future.
Raven: Don't lie to me!
Erik Lehnsherr: I never have, and I never will! Humans use your blood, your genes, to create a weapon that wipes us all out. I was only doing what I felt necessary to secure our future.
Raven: So what's to stop me from killing YOU right now and securing MY future?
Erik Lehnsherr: Nothing. Doesn't matter any more. They have your DNA. Your blood was on the street.
Raven: [takes rod away from Erik's neck] Whose fault was that?
Erik Lehnsherr: Mine. I've seen their plans. They're creating a weapon, and now they have what they need to take it further. We have to strike now, while we still hold the upper hand.
Raven: I've seen too many friends die, Erik. I don't want a war, I only want the man who murdered them.
Erik Lehnsherr: This IS war. What happened to you? Did you lose your way while I was gone? Are you still Charles's Raven... or are you Mystique?
Raven: Trask is the enemy.
Erik Lehnsherr: Killing one man isn't enough.
Raven: It never was for you. Goodbye, Erik.
[Raven leaves]

Pietro Maximoff: They told me you control metal.
Erik Lehnsherr: "They"?
Pietro Maximoff: You know, my mom once knew a guy who could do that.
[Erik looks a little worried]

Pietro Maximoff: Do you know karate?
Erik Lehnsherr: I don't know karate. But I know crazy.

Erik Lehnsherr: [sees Logan's bone claws] Imagine if they were metal...

Erik Lehnsherr: [sets a Sentinel on Logan and Hank] Do what you were made for!

Erik Lehnsherr: We have fifteen seconds before the door open, and then guards will come through that door.
Pietro Maximoff: Should be fun. I'm holding you so you won't get whiplash.
Erik Lehnsherr: What?
Pietro Maximoff: Whip... lash.

Erik Lehnsherr: If you let them have me, I'm as good as dead. You know that.
Charles Xavier: I know.
Erik Lehnsherr: Goodbye, old friend.
Charles Xavier: Goodbye, Erik.
[Magneto and Mystique escape]
Hank McCoy: Are you sure you should let them go?
Charles Xavier: Yes. I have hope for them. There's going to be a time, Hank, when we're all together.

Erik Lehnsherr: I didn't kill the President.
Charles Xavier: The bullet curved, Erik.
Erik Lehnsherr: Because I was trying to save him. They took me out before I could.
Charles Xavier: [looks at Erik] Why would you try and save him?
Erik Lehnsherr: Because he was one of us.

Erik Lehnsherr: [impales Logan with rebars] So much for being a survivor.
[hurls him into the Potomac river]

Charles Xavier: When did you last see her?
Erik Lehnsherr: The day I left for Dallas.
Charles Xavier: And how was she?
Erik Lehnsherr: Strong. Driven. Loyal.
Charles Xavier: How... how was she?
Erik Lehnsherr: She was... We were... I could see why she meant so much to you. You should be proud of her, Charles. She's out there fighting for our cause.
Charles Xavier: YOUR cause. The girl I raised, she was not capable of killing.
Erik Lehnsherr: You didn't raise her. You grew up with her. She couldn't stay a little girl forever. That's why she left.
Charles Xavier: She left because you got inside her head.
Erik Lehnsherr: That's not MY power.

Erik Lehnsherr: [to Logan] I take it we're best buddies in the future?
Logan: I spent a lot of years trying to bring you down, bub.
Erik Lehnsherr: How's that work out for you?
Logan: ...You're like me. You're a survivor.

Charles Xavier: [to Raven/Mystique] I'm going to keep you safe. I'm going to keep you out of their hands.
[Erik uses his power to draw a gun to his hand which he aims at Raven]
Raven: Erik?
Charles Xavier: Erik... what are you doing?
Erik Lehnsherr: Securing our future. Forgive me, Mystique. As long as you're out there, we'll never be safe.
Hank McCoy: Erik...
Raven: Use your power, Charles. Stop him.
Charles Xavier: I...
Raven: He can't.
[She flees. Hank dives at Erik causing him to release the gun, but he uses his powers to pull the trigger anyway. She leaps out the window, but Erik curves the bullet's trajectory to hit her in the right calf, embedding it there]

Erik Lehnsherr: How did you lose them?
Charles Xavier: The treatment for my spine affects my DNA.
Erik Lehnsherr: You sacrificed your powers so you could walk?
Charles Xavier: I sacrificed my powers so that I could sleep!... What do you know about it?
Erik Lehnsherr: I've lost my fair share.
Charles Xavier: Hah! Dry your eyes, Erik. Doesn't justify what you've done.
Erik Lehnsherr: You have no idea what I've done.
Charles Xavier: I know that you took the things that mean the most to me.
Erik Lehnsherr: Well, maybe you should have fought harder for them!
Charles Xavier: [stands up] If you want to fight, Erik, then I will give you a fight!
Logan: Sit down!
Erik Lehnsherr: [raises his hand calmly] Let him come.
Charles Xavier: [grabs Erik] You abandoned me! You took her away, and you abandoned me!
Erik Lehnsherr: Angel. Azazel. Emma. Banshee. Mutant brothers and sisters, all dead!
[the plane's controls start to freeze up and dive]
Erik Lehnsherr: Countless others, experimented on, butchered!
Hank McCoy: Erik!
Erik Lehnsherr: Where were you, Charles? We were supposed to protect them! Where were you when your own people needed you? Hiding! You and Hank! Pretending to be something you're not!
Hank McCoy: [at the controls] Erik!
[the plane steadies]
Erik Lehnsherr: You abandoned us ALL!

[Erik corners the President and his men, and makes a speech at the cameras there]
Erik Lehnsherr: You built these weapons to destroy us. Why? Because you are afraid of our gifts. Because we are different. Humanity has always feared that which is different. Well, I'm here to tell you, to tell the world, you're right to fear us! We are the future! We are the ones who will inherit this earth! And anyone who stands in our way will suffer the same fate as these men you see before you! Today was meant to be a display of your power. Instead, I give you a glimpse of the devastation my race can unleash upon yours! Let this be a warning to the world. And to my mutant brothers and sisters out there, I say this: no more hiding. No more suffering. You have lived in the shadows in shame and fear for too long. Come out. Join me. Fight together in a brotherhood of our kind! A new tomorrow, that starts today!

Charles Xavier: You must think me so foolish. We've always said they would come after us.
Erik Lehnsherr: I never imagined they'd use Raven's DNA to do it.


X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Erik Lensherr: [sees Apocalypse for the first time] Who the fuck are you?

Erik Lensherr: Who are you?
Apocalypse: Elohim, Pushan, Ra - I've been called many names over many lifetimes. I am born of death. I was there to spark and fan the flame of man's awakening, to spin the wheel of civilization. And when the forest would grow rank and needed clearing for new growth, I was there to set it ablaze.

[after brutally dispatching a group of humans who slew his wife and child]
Erik Lensherr: [screaming skywards] IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FROM ME? IS THIS WHO I AM? Is this who I am?
[breaks down in tears]

Charles Xavier: The world's already begun rebuilding its arsenals.
Erik Lensherr: It's human nature, Charles.
Charles Xavier: I still have hope.
Erik Lensherr: [wry laugh] Oh, yes. Hope.
Charles Xavier: I was right about Raven. I was even right about you.
Erik Lensherr: What about the rest of the world? Doesn't it ever wake you up in the middle of the night? The feeling that one day they'll come for you, and your children?
Charles Xavier: It does indeed.
Erik Lensherr: What do you do when you wake up to that?
Charles Xavier: I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul that comes to my school looking for trouble.

Charles Xavier: Erik, don't join them...
Erik Lensherr: Whatever you think you saw in me, I buried it with my family.

Charles Xavier: You sure I can't convince you to stay?
Erik Lensherr: You're psychic, Charles. You can convince me to do anything.
Charles Xavier: Goodbye, old friend.
Erik Lensherr: Good luck, Professor.

Erik Lensherr: [addressing his coworkers] Some of you spoke to the police about what you believe you witnessed here yesterday. You wanna know my powers, know who I am, see what I can do. I'll show you. Think of the person you love most in your life. Your wife, mother, daughter... Now that person will know what it is to lose someone they love, and live with that pain. Forever.
Polish Worker: [in Polish] Henryk, please. Don't do this.
Erik Lensherr: My name isn't Henryk. My name is Magneto.

[Erik sings a lullaby to Nina]
Nina: Who taught you that song?
Erik Lensherr: My parents.
Nina: What happened to them?
Erik Lensherr: They were taken from me.
Nina: Will someone take you from me?
Erik Lensherr: The people you love never leave you. They stay with you, in your heart.

Erik Lensherr: [to Magda] I told you who I was the first night I met you. We have to go, now!


X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 (2001) (VG)
[Magneto hovers down to start the first fight]
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr: Behold my might!

[Magneto hovers down to start the first fight]
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr: Watch your dreams end!

[Magneto hovers off the ground and magnetically lifts debris into the air with his hands]
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr: Kneel before me!

[after defeating an opponent]
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr: Xavier taught you nothing!

[after defeating an opponent]
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr: Your powers are weak!