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Grand Moff Tarkin (Character)
from Star Wars (1977)

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Star Wars (1977)
Darth Vader: He is here.
Governor Tarkin: Obi-Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so?
Darth Vader: A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.
Governor Tarkin: Surely he must be dead by now.
Darth Vader: Don't underestimate the Force.
Governor Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion.
[answering a comm signal]
Governor Tarkin: Yes?
Voice over comm: We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23.
Governor Tarkin: The Princess? Put all sections on alert.
Darth Vader: Obi-wan *is* here. The Force is with him.
Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone.

General Tagge: What of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it.
Darth Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.
Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it!
Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fort-...
[Vader makes a pinching motion and Motti starts choking]
Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Governor Tarkin: Enough of this! Vader, release him!
Darth Vader: As you wish.
[He does]

Princess Leia Organa: No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't possibly...
Governor Tarkin: [impatiently] You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: *Where* is the rebel base?
Princess Leia Organa: ...Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.
Governor Tarkin: There. You see, Lord Vader, she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.
Princess Leia Organa: WHAT?
Governor Tarkin: You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration - but don't worry; we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

Officer Cass: Our scout ships have reached Dantooine. They found the remains of a Rebel base, but they estimate that it has been deserted for some time. They are now conducting an extensive search of the surrounding systems.
Governor Tarkin: [referring to Leia] She lied. She lied to us!
Darth Vader: I told you she would never consciously betray the Rebellion.
Governor Tarkin: Terminate her... immediately!

Governor Tarkin: The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.
General Tagge: But that's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
Governor Tarkin: The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.

Princess Leia Organa: Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.
Governor Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.
Princess Leia Organa: I'm surprised that you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.
Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I'd like you to join me for a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.
Princess Leia Organa: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.
Governor Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the capabilities of this station.

[referring to Obi Wan]
Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him. Alone.

Commander #1: We've analyzed their attack, sir, and there is a danger. Should I have your ship standing by?
Governor Tarkin: Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.

Governor Tarkin: Perhaps she would respond to an alternative form of persuasion.
Darth Vader: What do you mean?
Governor Tarkin: I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.

Governor Tarkin: Are they away?
Darth Vader: They've just made the jump into hyperspace.
Governor Tarkin: You're sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship? I'm taking an awful risk, Vader. This had better work.

Governor Tarkin: This bickering is pointless!

ANI: A Parody (2014)
Tarkin: God knows we can't just keep calling it the Death Star.

Ani: Hey Tarky, what do you call a guy that drinks too much java? Like he drinks so much java he gets all fat like a slug and he can't move? What do you call him?
Tarkin: [pause] Yes, well, I think I know the punchline, but it's so stupid I almost don't want to say it out loud.

Ani: Has anyone ever screwed up and said that? They'd be like, "Hey! Quit Tarkin all the muff! Has anyone ever done that?
Tarkin: [Glares at Ani] Yes, well actually, you've yelled that at me a number of times.

Tarkin: Oh, they're coming over here! Please pretend I've said something very humorous!
Ani: Got it.
[laughs loudly]
Ani: You're right, the Death Star does look like a huge tit!

Tarkin: Uohhh. Pappy wouldn't like that. Pappy wouldn't like any of this.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: You see, only a Sith deals in absolutes.
Tarkin: Wait a minute, that doesn't make any sense at all.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I on the other hand, deal in Absolut!
[drinks from a bottle of vodka]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Whoo! We're having fun now, man!

Tarkin: Do you remember Ani?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Yes. I loved him like a brother. So I cut him in half... and I put him in a volcano.
Tarkin: Oh... well... he's better now.

Tarkin: You can take that promotion, and you can stick it in your dark side, sir!

Tarkin: I don't even like boobs. *I mean* I like your boobs. *I mean* Oh dear!

Tarkin: [Mimics Hayden Christiansen] My heart is beating, hoping that that kiss will not become a sca-arrr...

Rogue One (2016)
Grand Moff Tarkin: Failure will find you explaining why to a far less patient audience.
Orson Krennic: I will not fail.

Grand Moff Tarkin: Lord Vader will handle the fleet. Target the base of Scarif. Single reactor ignition... You may fire when ready.

Grand Moff Tarkin: We need a statement, not a manifesto. The Holy City will be enough for today.

Grand Moff Tarkin: Most unfortunate about the security breach on Jedha, Director Krennic. After so many setbacks and delays, and now this. We've heard of rumors circulating through the city. Apparently, you've lost a rather talkative cargo pilot. If the Senate gets wind of our project, countless systems will flock to the Rebellion.
Orson Krennic: When the battle station is finished, Governor Tarkin, the Senate will be of little concern.
Grand Moff Tarkin: "When" has become "now", Director Krennic. The Emperor will tolerate no further delay. You have made time an ally of the Rebellion. I suggest we solve both problems simultaneously with an immediate test of the weapon.

"Star Wars: Rebels: Fire Across the Galaxy (#1.14)" (2015)
[last lines]
Agent Kallus: We are getting reports of unrest all over Lothal. There are whispers from Mustafar. Some people see the Empire as weak, vulnerable.
Grand Moff Tarkin: Not to worry, Agent Kallus. The Emperor has sent an alternative solution.
[Darth Vader appears]

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Counter Attack (#3.19)" (2011)
Anakin Skywalker: You lack faith in the Jedi.
Tarkin: I find their tactics ineffective. The Jedi Code prevents them from going far enough to achieve victory, to do whatever it takes to win. The very reason why peacekeepers should not be leading a war.
[Anakin scowls at him]
Tarkin: Have I... offended you?
Anakin Skywalker: No. I've also found that we sometimes fall short of victory because of our methods.
Tarkin: There. I see we agree on something.

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Wrong Jedi (#5.20)" (2013)
Padmé Amidala: [Padme is pleading Ahsoka's defence in the Republic military courtroom] Look at the facts. Letta Turmond called Ahsoka to her cell to reveal the name of the true mastermind behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple. Letta told Ahsoka she was afraid. She told her the mastermind was a Jedi. And before she could reveal the Jedi's name, Letta Turmond was strangled to death by way of the Force. Why would Ahsoka kill Letta with a method that would so obviously tie the murder to her? A Jedi may be responsible for the murder. But that Jedi is not Ahsoka Tano. Members of the court, you are prosecuting the wrong Jedi!
Admiral Tarkin: [Takin claps, slowly and exaggeratedly] Well said, Senator Amidala. However, if she is innocent, then why was she seen conspiring with known Separatist terrorist Asajj Ventress?
Ahsoka Tano: Ventress set me up! My Master will prove that.
Admiral Tarkin: And where is your Master?
Ahsoka Tano: He's trying to find the real murderer!
Admiral Tarkin: Then maybe, he should be looking at you.

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Citadel (#3.18)" (2011)
Anakin Skywalker: Things seem to be going as planned.
Captain Tarkin: It's when things do not go as planned that concerns me. What then?
Anakin Skywalker: It's when things don't go as planned that we Jedi are at our best. Trust me.
Captain Tarkin: I reserve me trust for those who take action, General Skywalker.
Anakin Skywalker: Then let me remind you, we rescued you back there. And I reserve my trust for those who understand gratitude, Captain Tarkin.

"Star Wars: Rebels: Steps Into Shadow (#3.1)" (2016)
Admiral Konstantine: I'm certain Governor Pryce is overestimating how organized the Resistance is. While it's true there are pockets of rebellion, there has never been any evidence of a larger scale, galaxy-wide operation.
Grand Admiral Thrawn: And I would like to keep it that way, Admiral Konstantine.
Grand Moff Tarkin: Grand Admiral Thrawn
Admiral Konstantine: *Grand* Admiral?
Grand Admiral Thrawn: The Emperor recently promoted me after my victory at Batonn.
Agent Kallus: Civilian causalities outnumbered the insurgents at the time.
Governor Arihnda Pryce: Acceptable margins, Agent Kallus, for there are no longer any rebels in that sector.
Grand Moff Tarkin: Well, Thrawn. What do you think of Governor Pryce's theory about the rebels in the Lothal sector.
Grand Admiral Thrawn: [pulls up Hondo's arrest file] This is a pirate our rebels rescued from Naraka prison; Hondo Ohnaka. Within the last hour the Phoenix Squadron destroyed Mining Guild ships using the Sereeda hyperspace waypoint. Taken separately, they may seem unrelated. But Ohnaka's cellmate was a laborer at our starfighter reclamation plant in the Yarma system. One jump-point away from the Sereeda attack.
Governor Arihnda Pryce: Grand Admiral Thrawn believes the rebels intend to raid the plant, and steal fighters for their fleet.
Grand Admiral Thrawn: Every ship they add to their arsenal increases a threat to our own armada and the Emperor's plans.
Grand Moff Tarkin: I trust you have a solution?
Grand Admiral Thrawn: I will start my operations here, and pull the rebels apart piece by piece. They'll be the architects of their own destruction.