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Lt. Tasha Yar: My friend Data. You see things with the wonder of a child. And that makes you more human than any of us.

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: What is he made of?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: It did not register on the tricorder.

Voice of Armus: "It"? Does that mean I am not alive?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: No. Clearly you are some kind of intelligent form.

Voice of Armus: But you said I did not register on your instrument. Perhaps your instruments are useless.

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Counselor Deanna Troi: You were really surprised they came back.

Voice of Armus: Yes.

Counselor Deanna Troi: Why? Because the others did not?

Voice of Armus: What others?

Counselor Deanna Troi: You can't hide the emptiness from me. The others - the ones who hurt you. Who left you alone, rejected. The ones who make you so angry.

Voice of Armus: What do you know of them?

Counselor Deanna Troi: Only what you tell me.

Voice of Armus: I will tell you nothing!

Counselor Deanna Troi: Not now. But soon.

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Counselor Deanna Troi: Who deserted you?

Voice of Armus: Creatures whose beauty now dazzles all who see them. They would not exist without me.

Counselor Deanna Troi: You were together?

Voice of Armus: They perfected a means of bringing to the surface all that was evil and negative within, erupting, spreading, connecting. In time, it formed a second skin, dank and vile.

Counselor Deanna Troi: You.

Voice of Armus: Yes.

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[last lines]

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Sir - the purpose of this gathering... confuses me.

Capt. Picard: Oh? How so?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: My thoughts are not for Tasha, but for myself. I keep thinking how empty it will be without her presence. Did I miss the point?

Capt. Picard: No, you didn't, Data. You got it.

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Lt. Tasha Yar: Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I wish I could say you've been like a father to me. But I've never had one, so I don't know what it feels like. But if there was someone in this universe I could choose to be like, someone who I would want to make proud of me - it's you. You who have the heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet.

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Lt. Tasha Yar: [her final words] Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others. Which is why it is not an end. No goodbyes. Just good memories. Hailing frequencies closed, sir.

Capt. Picard: Au revoir, Natasha.

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Capt. Picard: What is it, Number One? What are you seeing?

Commander William T. Riker: Trouble.

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Lieutenant Worf: You are favored in the ship's pool.

Lt. Tasha Yar: You bet on me?

Lieutenant Worf: A sure thing.

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: [on Tasha's death] That thing just sucked the life right out of her. There's nothing I can do.

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Voice of Armus: Do you want to know why I killed her?

Counselor Deanna Troi: Your answer would be meaningless. That act had no reason.

Voice of Armus: Exactly! It had no meaning. I did it because I wanted to. It amused me.

Counselor Deanna Troi: No. You thought it would amuse you; but it didn't.

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Capt. Picard: Lieutenant Worf, you're now Acting Chief of Security.

Lieutenant Worf: I will do my best, sir.

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Voice of Armus: Tell me, tin man, how does it feel to face your own extinction?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Curious.

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: You are capable of great sadism and cruelty. Interesting. No redeeming qualities.

Voice of Armus: So, what do you think?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: I think you should be destroyed.

Voice of Armus: A moral judgment from a machine.

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[from Tasha's holographic message]

Lt. Tasha Yar: What I want you to know is how much I loved my life, and those of you who shared it with me. You are my family. You all know where I came from, and what my life was like before. But Starfleet took that frightened, angry young girl and tempered her. I have been blessed with your friendship and your love.

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Capt. Picard: A great poet once said: "All spirits are enslaved that serve things evil."

Voice of Armus: You do not understand. I do not serve things evil; I *am* evil.

Capt. Picard: Oh, no. You're not.

Voice of Armus: I am a skin of evil, left here by a race of Titans, who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bonds of destructiveness.

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Voice of Armus: Save your compassion! It's revolting. You offer it like a prize, when in fact, it's an insult.

Capt. Picard: Because you feel unworthy.

Voice of Armus: You overrate your gift. You Humans are puny, weak.

Capt. Picard: But our spirit is indomitable.

Voice of Armus: And still you die from a flake of my power.

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Counselor Deanna Troi: They won't give you what you want.

Voice of Armus: And what is that?

Counselor Deanna Troi: To break their spirit.

Voice of Armus: Oh, is that what I want? If breaking their spirit will amuse me, then that's what I will have.

Counselor Deanna Troi: Never!

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Lieutenant Worf: The object here is not to engage the creature in battle. The goal is the safe return of Counselor Troi and Lieutenant Prieto. I can best accomplish this at the tactical station.

[Worf's first decision as Security Chief]

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Voice of Armus: [referring to Riker] Should I let him go?

Counselor Deanna Troi: You only ask to torment me!

Voice of Armus: Perhaps.

Counselor Deanna Troi: How should I answer? What can I offer except myself?

Voice of Armus: And would you give yourself for him? Would you give that much?

Counselor Deanna Troi: Yes. Without hesitation!

Voice of Armus: Just for him?

Counselor Deanna Troi: No, not just for him. I would do the same for any of the others.

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Capt. Picard: You say you are true evil? Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity instead of defying you.

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: [to Armus] I'm a doctor. I need to treat our injured comrades.

Voice of Armus: Say please.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Please.

Voice of Armus: You asked nicely. I will allow it.

[Beverly starts moving for the downed shuttlecraft]

Voice of Armus: Wait... I've changed my mind.

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Commander William T. Riker: [Deanna is in a downed shuttlecraft but Armus is blocking the away team's path to her] She needs our help!

Voice of Armus: So what?

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