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Martha Kent (Character)
from Superman (1978)

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"Smallville: Cool (#1.5)" (2001)
Jonathan Kent: We already talked about that.
Martha Kent: I talked, you grunted.
Jonathan Kent: I thought that I was rather articulate.

Martha Kent: So you would give us the latest farming equipment and technology?
Jonathan Kent: All in exchange for our independence.
Lex Luthor: My influence would be minimal, but existing, yeah. It's a partnership.
Jonathan Kent: We could get a loan.
Lex Luthor: Or you could allow me to help you get to the point where you never need someone like me again.
Martha Kent: I'll admit, it looks generous.
Lex Luthor: It is.
Jonathan Kent: Which begs the question what does Lex Luthor get out of all this?
Lex Luthor: I believe there's profit to be made. I'm not exactly in the charity business.
Jonathan Kent: Like father, like son.
Lex Luthor: Take some time to think about it. I'm sure you'll see the benefits outweigh your other options.

Lex Luthor: Your farm's drowning in debt; we both know it. All I'm trying to do is offer you a hand, but you keep slapping it away.
Jonathan Kent: I learned a long time ago, from a man much smarter than myself, that you need to solve your own problems.
Lex Luthor: Your father lived in different times, and he had his share of help. Seems government subsidies carried him through a number of lean years.
Martha Kent: Where did you get these?
Lex Luthor: It's a matter of public record. I'm making a business offer; I had to do my due diligence.
Jonathan Kent: Why are you so interested in our family, Lex?
Lex Luthor: Your son brought me back from the dead, Mr. Kent. When he reached in and pulled me out, he gave me a new life. Your father put his family's future over his own pride. Are you willing to do that?

Lex Luthor: Welcome. I'm delighted you decided to come.
Martha Kent: Your house is very...
Lex Luthor: Large?
Jonathan Kent: To put it mildly.
Lex Luthor: The word "restraint" doesn't exist in my father's vocabulary.
Martha Kent: I'm sorry, are we early?
[Lex doesn't respond; Jonathan realizes why they're there]
Jonathan Kent: I think we should go.
Martha Kent: Wait, wait, Jonathan. Just because no one else came...
Jonathan Kent: That is if anyone else was even invited.
Martha Kent: Oh, I don't think Lex would...
Lex Luthor: Actually, I would. I did. But only because I knew you wouldn't have come otherwise. I know your farm's in trouble, Mr. Kent. Small town.
Jonathan Kent: So you thought you would just take advantage of my family's problem?
Lex Luthor: No. I thought I could help.

Clark Kent: [arriving home, all smiles] Hello, citizens.
Martha Kent: I'm not familiar with this child. Where's the moody one? Lives upstairs, runs real fast?
Clark Kent: Oh, he's going on a date tonight. Not a "date" date, but to a concert.
Jonathan Kent: Well, just who might this "not a date" date be with?
Clark Kent: Lana Lang. Lex hooked me up with a couple of serious tickets and his limo.
Jonathan Kent: [pointedly to Martha] Oh, he did.
Clark Kent: It's okay if I go, right?
Jonathan Kent: Well, I guess Lex Luthor has worked out all of our evenings for us.
Martha Kent: Clark? Isn't Lana still going out with Whitney?
Clark Kent: She's not married, mom.

Martha Kent: It's bad enough you ride that motorcycle. But why do you have to repair it in the house?
Jonathan Kent: 'Cause if I didn't, you'd never have any reason to be angry with me.

"Smallville: Beacon (#10.13)" (2011)
Clark Kent: Mom, people are upset. They're getting violent.
Martha Kent: Clark, if you don't let me do this, there will never be a day where you can come out of hiding. People need someone to believe in.
Clark Kent: I'm not gonna let you sacrifice yourself.
Martha Kent: Your father and I made a pact many years ago. We knew protecting you would always be dangerous, but we vowed to do it, even if it cost us our lives. I'm willing to sacrifice the same thing your father did.
Clark Kent: But I'm not gonna to let you go on a suicide mission for me. And the person who did this to you is still out there, and I'm gonna find them. I'm not ready to say goodbye to you, too.

Chloe Sullivan: You know, who would have thought there would have been a day when heroes need this much protection?
Martha Kent: It's nothing new. A long time ago, Jonathan and I realized Clark wasn't just our blessing. Someday we'd have to share him with the world. Protecting him suddenly became a much bigger responsibility.
Chloe Sullivan: That explains why the Red Queen eventually entered the game.
Martha Kent: I've been watching you, too. I know you took over where Waller left off, but why did you leave Clark's side in the first place?
Chloe Sullivan: Same reason you did. It turns out there's a very fine line between being protective and being *overprotective*.
Martha Kent: We both needed to leave for Clark to stand up on his own. But maybe we stepped away too far.
Chloe Sullivan: Mrs. Kent, I never stopped watching his back.
Martha Kent: Clark needs you as much as the world needs him. You're part of this family, Chloe.
Chloe Sullivan: You know, growing up, I never really had much of a mother figure to look up to - until I met you. You really taught me what it meant to take care of the people that I love.
Martha Kent: And as Clark's oldest friend, I can't think of anyone better to watch over him.

Lionel Luthor: This is your home, Alexander. You'll be safe here. You always remember, son - a Luthor's home is his castle.
Martha Kent: But this really isn't *your* home, Lionel, is it?

Lionel Luthor: So, Senator Martha Kent. I assume Clark told you about his journey through the looking glass.
Martha Kent: And he just called me about yours. You don't belong here.
Lionel Luthor: That's strange, coming from you. Where does your son belong? Certainly not here.
Martha Kent: Well, on this side of the mirror, Clark is a force of good. And if you try to hurt him, I will destroy you.

Clark Kent: I want to be the man that you made that suit for.
Martha Kent: Clark, you don't need a suit the be the world's hero.
Clark Kent: Well, when I saw those people willing to defend me, it was inspiring. It got me to thinking that, in order for The Blur to be a true beacon of hope, maybe people need to see my face, too. I've been to the future, and I saw the hero that I will become to save the city. But I also saw me - I mean... Clark Kent - disguised behind glasses and a bad haircut.
Martha Kent: Well, I'm sure you still looked very handsome.
Clark Kent: Mom, I don't see how I can treat Clark Kent as a disguise. I mean, you and Dad raised me to be who I am right now - the real Clark Kent.
Martha Kent: What's real is your strength and integrity and compassion. As long as you remain honest to those things, it doesn't matter what you wear or what name you go by, because... you'll always be my son.
Clark Kent: So, you're saying that I should become that hero and step into the light?
Martha Kent: Clark, you *are* the light.

Man of Steel (2013)
General Zod: Where is the Codex?
Martha Kent: Go to hell!

Martha Kent: [about Jonathan] He always believed you were meant for greater things, and that when the day came, your shoulders would be able to bear the weight.
Clark Kent: Yeah, I just wish he could have been here to see it finally happen.
Martha Kent: He saw it, Clark, believe me.

Martha Kent: What are you going to do when you're not saving the world? Have you given any thought to that?
Clark Kent: I have, actually.
[Clark chuckles]
Clark Kent: I gotta find a job where I can keep my ear to the ground. Where people won't look twice when I want to go somewhere dangerous and start asking questions.

Martha Kent: Sweetie. How can I help you if you won't let me in?
Clark Kent - age 9: The world's too big, Mom.
Martha Kent: Then make it small. Just, um, focus on my voice. Pretend it's an island out in the ocean. Can you see it?
Clark Kent - age 9: I see it.
Martha Kent: Then swim towards it, honey.
Clark Kent - age 9: [comes out from the room] What's wrong with me, Mom?
Martha Kent: Clark.

"Smallville: Crusade (#4.1)" (2004)
Lois Lane: Look, I didn't come here fishing for thanks. I think Clark might know something about my cousin Chloe's death.
Martha Kent: I'm so sorry for your loss.
Lois Lane: Yeah. Were she and Clark ever an item?
Martha Kent: Oh, I think for a minute...
Lois Lane: It's funny, I never thought she'd fall for the farm boy type.
Martha Kent: Trust me, that can happen to the best of us.
Lois Lane: Not me. Give me a nerd with glasses any day of the week.
Martha Kent: Clark has many sides.
Lois Lane: Yeah, I've seen several of them already.

Kal-El: I am Kal-El of Krypton. It is time to fulfill my destiny.
Martha Kent: Destiny? That's Jor-El talking. He did this to you. I want my son back. Give me my son back!
Kal-El: Clark Kent is dead.
[pushes Martha aside and flies off]

Martha Kent: This was a mistake. I never should have called. I wish that Clark hadn't contacted Dr. Swann in the first place.
Bridgette Crosby: Your son's destiny was set in motion long before their paths crossed.
Martha Kent: You don't know anything about my son.
Bridgette Crosby: You're right. You're right. I don't. But I do know what it's like to love somebody whose calling's greater than your own.
Martha Kent: You and Dr. Swann?
Bridgette Crosby: In a different lifetime. Martha, I can help you if you'll let me. Now, where's your son?
Martha Kent: I don't know. He flew. He flew away.
Bridgette Crosby: So he's... He has completely embraced his Kryptonian destiny.
Martha Kent: Do you know what that destiny is?
Bridgette Crosby: No, but the symbol burned into your field three months ago, that's the Kryptonian symbol for 'crusade'.
Martha Kent: I don't know what Jor-El did to him, but I know deep down Clark is still in there.
Bridgette Crosby: Martha, the only challenge to a father's will is a mother's love.
Martha Kent: I - I can't possible face Clark alone.
Bridgette Crosby: You don't have to. Look.
Bridgette Crosby: [opens box] It's Black Kryptonite. You're his only hope.

Jonathan Kent: Clark, your mother tells me you can fly?
Clark Kent: Kal-El can fly. Clark Kent is still earthbound.
Jonathan Kent: How did that feel?
Clark Kent: Amazing. And scary. Because if I can do that, maybe I'm capable of anything.
Martha Kent: You are.
Clark Kent: No, that's you Mom, because I don't know if I would have the strength to hold on three months not knowing where I was and Dad would pull through.
Martha Kent: My father used to tell me life asks of you what it thinks you can handle. There were days when I thought it had asked too much. But then, I would think about this family and... all the things we've endured and the good things ahead of us. And I found the strength to keep going because I knew the three of us would be together again.

"Smallville: Pilot (#1.1)" (2001)
Lana Lang: Do you want to make a wish?
Martha Kent: I would love to make a wish.
Lana Lang: Okay. Abracadabra.

[after finding Clark]
Jonathan Kent: Kids just don't fall out of the sky, Martha.
Martha Kent: Then where did he come from?
Jonathan Kent: I don't know. But he must have parents.
[they both spot the space ship]
Martha Kent: Well, if he does, they're definitely not from Kansas.
Jonathan Kent: Sweetheart, we can't keep him. What are we gonna tell people? We found him out in a field?
Martha Kent: We didn't find him... he found us.

Jonathan: What are we supposed to tell everyone? That we found him in a cornfield?
Martha: We didn't find him. He found us.

"Smallville: Run (#4.5)" (2004)
Lana Lang: You're working late.
Martha Kent: Oh, god, it's like this never stops. I don't know how you managed all this and went to school, too, Lana.
Lana Lang: It wasn't easy, but I don't remember staying this late after closing every night.
Martha Kent: Well, it's easier to do this here than at home.
Lana Lang: Is everything all right, Mrs. Kent?
Martha Kent: Oh... Jonathan thinks the only reason I took this job is to help out with our finances.
Martha Kent: I love him, so much. But after everything that's happened, all... all his health problems, the only time I'm not worrying about losing him is when I'm here working.
Lana Lang: But, uh... if you're here all the time, then, um... you don't see him anyway. Isn't that like you've lost him already?
Martha Kent: A summer in Paris has really given you some insight, Lana. Thank you for reminding me.
Lana Lang: Reminding you of what?
Martha Kent: That it's easier to deal with your fears if you can share them with someone you love.

Jonathan Kent: Hey. I thought you'd be at work all day.
Martha Kent: Well that's one of the benefits of being the boss. I promoted Linda to assistant manager so I could take a break and spend some time with a ruggedly handsome farmer.
Jonathan Kent: Well, you're in luck. There just happens to be one sweating in your driveway right now.
Martha Kent: Maybe I should get the hose and a bucket of soap.
Jonathan Kent: I've really missed you.
Martha Kent: Me, too.

Martha Kent: Are you sure you're okay?
Jonathan Kent: Sweetheart, I'm fine. I wish you wouldn't worry about me all the time.
Martha Kent: You were in a coma for three months, Jonathan. It's hard not to worry when you've been through so much.
Jonathan Kent: A little help from modern medicine, I plan on going through a whole lot more. Starting with a romantic evening with my beautiful wife. I thought maybe we could have a little dinner, then drive on down to the lake...
Martha Kent: I'd love that, sweetheart, but I... I might have to work late again tonight. Running the Talon is a lot more involved than I thought it would be.

"Smallville: Forever (#4.21)" (2005)
Jonathan Kent: Do you mind telling me why you have a financial aid packet to Central Kansas?
Clark Kent: That's where I'm going to college.
Jonathan Kent: What happened to Met U? What happened to Ohio? What happened to Miami?
Clark Kent: I thought I'd stay closer to home.
Martha Kent: Clark, I know starting all over with new friends in a new city can seem a little overwhelming, but... you can't let that hold you back.
Jonathan Kent: This is one of the most important decisions you're gonna make in your entire life.
Clark Kent: You don't think I know that?
Jonathan Kent: Does Lana happen to be going to Central Kansas?
Clark Kent: I don't know where Lana's going to school, so no, this is not about Lana.
Jonathan Kent: Oh, then it's about us. You don't think I can run this farm without your help.
Clark Kent: This is where I'm needed.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, your destiny lies far beyond those corn fields out there, and I'm not about to let you turn your back on that just because of us.

Martha Kent: You can't take the place of Clark on this farm. No one can. Every other farm in the county has at least five hands to help out.
Jonathan Kent: Sweetheart, my family managed to run this farm for generations before Clark came around. I see no reason why I can't run it by myself.
Martha Kent: Sometimes I wonder which one of you is more stubborn.

Martha Kent: How many times has he asked to be treated like an adult? This decision took a lot of maturity.
Jonathan Kent: Or guilt. Martha, Clark still feels responsible for my heart problems. I'm not gonna allow him to do this out of pity.
Martha Kent: It's not pity, Jonathan! Clark knows that if he leaves, he can only come back a few times a year, and he doesn't want one of those times to be your funeral.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The Green, Green Glow of Home (#1.8)" (1993)
Clark Kent: Mom, Lois and I need to receive a fax tomorrow.
Martha Kent: A fax?
Lois Lane: Facsimile. It's a machine. A person can put a piece of paper in at one end and the person at the other end can get a copy if they have a fax machine too. It's sort of technical.
Martha Kent: [uncovers fax machine] Oh, I was just thinking that if you're expecting something, I think I'd better check the paper.

Clark Kent: Wait a minute Mom. Lois thinks the guy running the BBQ is a crossdresser.
Martha Kent: [laughing] Oh Lois, that's Clark's father! I can't get him to buy a dress for me, much less one for himself!

Martha Kent: Normal for Earth.
Clark Kent: This is Earth. Normal could be good.

"Smallville: Commencement (#4.22)" (2005)
Jonathan Kent: Do I have to remind you, Clark, the last time we had a meteor shower it was full of Kryptonite?
Martha Kent: If the same thing happens today, it could kill you. You - You have to come with us.
Clark Kent: I spoke to Jor-El.
Martha Kent: [whispers] No.
Clark Kent: He told me I have to find the other two stones right now and unite it with the one in the cave.
Martha Kent: No. You're *my* son. You're not gonna go on some kind of suicide mission.
Jonathan Kent: Clark. You might be stronger than steel, but you're not invincible.
Clark Kent: I know, Dad... but I'm the only one who can do this.

Jonathan Kent: Jason, why don't you let Martha go. She doesn't know anything about any of this.
Jason Teague: A mother always knows her son's deep, dark secrets. Now, where does he keep the stones?
Martha Kent: Why would Clark know about ancient stones?
Jason Teague: All right, that's it. Come on. Let's see, when I ran into your son in Shanghai, I decided to do a little homework of my own. And the more I dug, the more Clark Kent's name just keep popping up. Sit down! Now, is it a coincidence that the symbols were burned into your field?
Martha Kent: I don't know what you're talking about.
[cocks shotgun]
Jonathan Kent: Jason!
Jason Teague: What about Clark's connection to Bridgette Crosby?
Martha Kent: I don't know. I don't know.
Jason Teague: She had one of the artifacts. I suppose that was just a coincidence too.
Jonathan Kent: None of that makes any difference now.
Jason Teague: When my mother came to Smallville... she thought the Luthors would lead her to the stones. But she was wrong. It was the farm boy. The one who has no record of ever being born. He's more connected to the stones than any of us.
Jonathan Kent: There is a meteor shower about to tear this town apart.
Martha Kent: You need to get to your mother, get her to safety.
Jason Teague: Don't you think I know that? I can't find her anywhere! But I'll tell you one thing. When I do find my mother, I'll finally be able to give her the one thing she's been searching for all these years.
[shoots at the ceiling]
Jason Teague: Now, tell me where the stones are!

Martha Kent: Those meteors can kill him, Jonathan.
Jonathan Kent: I know that, sweetheart. But if we have faith in our son, then we can't let our faith waver now.

"Smallville: Combat (#6.17)" (2007)
Clark Kent: How could Lana do it? How could she marry Lex?
Martha Kent: I don't know Clark, but she made her choice.
Clark Kent: Or someone made it for her.

Clark Kent: I thought that Titan was the last prisoner I let escape from the Phantom Zone... but looking at all these...
Martha Kent: If there are any more out there, I'm sure you'll find them.
Clark Kent: And then what? I don't know how to return them to the Phantom Zone. The only way to get rid of them... is to kill them like I did Titan.
Martha Kent: Clark... from what you told me, that was an accident.
Clark Kent: That's what I keep telling myself.
Martha Kent: Well, what if it wasn't? He would have killed you.
Clark Kent: Oh, so I just kill him first? How does that make me any different than Titan?
Martha Kent: What you're feeling right now is what makes you different. Regret, remorse, for a vicious creature who would've murdered you and Lois without a second thought. Those feelings are what make you human. No matter how much you deny it.

Martha Kent: [discussing Lana and Lex's marriage with Clark] Honey, I understand how much this hurts. But part of being human, of being in love... is learning to let go. If you can't, I'm afraid the anger you're feeling will always be there.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The Eyes Have It (#2.12)" (1995)
[trying to pick the lock to Clark's apartment]
Jonathan Kent: Why couldn't we leave our suitcases in a locker at the airport?
Martha Kent: A child of 4 could pick those locks.
Jonathan Kent: Maybe we should have that child with us now.

Superman: Lois?
Lois Lane: Over here.
Superman: Do you have any oolong tea?
Lois Lane: Oolong?
Superman: Oolong.
Lois Lane: No. Do you want some?
Superman: If it wouldn't be too much trouble.
Martha Kent: Oolong sounds wonderful.
Jonathan Kent: Come on, Lois. Let's go get these tea drinkers some oolong.

Superman: Is this the good window?
Martha Kent: Yes, but it's-
Mayson Drake: You're incapacitated!
Jonathan Kent: Wait!
[Superman crashes through the closed window]
Jonathan Kent: [Mayson, Martha, and Jonathan rush over and look through the now broken window]
Jonathan Kent: Looks like he misjudged the distance to the ground.
Mayson Drake: Is he ok?
Martha Kent: Yes, dear, I imagine so.

"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.

Clark Kent: Are you okay, mom?
Martha Kent: It's just... I told myself the world needs Clark Kent even more than I do. But the truth is, I was so afraid of losing you.
Clark Kent: You'll never lose me, I'll always be here for you.
Martha Kent: You don't understand. The Book of Rao can be used to transport the Kandorians to another plane of existence.
Clark Kent: That may be the answer we need.
Martha Kent: Clark, if the Book of Rao is used to send the Kandorians away, all Kryptonians will be exiled from Earth, including you.

Clark Kent: I wish you could come back and visit more often.
Martha Kent: I had to let go of this place for a while, Clark, but I never let go of *you*. I'll be back soon.
Clark Kent: Maybe next time you can ease up on the kryptonite.
Martha Kent: Clark, what on earth are you talking about?
Clark Kent: You kept me in the house for dinner so your people could track down the Book of Rao. Once you learned that Perry and Lois were onto you, you had to throw them off the trail. You're the Red Queen. Why didn't you come to me with this?
Martha Kent: Because I didn't want you in the line of fire.

"Smallville: Onyx (#4.17)" (2005)
Alexander Luthor: I know about the green meteor rock. And Clark's unique gifts.
Martha Kent: What do you want?
Alexander Luthor: The world, Mrs. Kent. And your son is gonna help me bring it to its knees. Now talk some sense into him before something unfortunate happens.
[he shoots Jonathan]
Alexander Luthor: Like that.

Martha Kent: Oh, my god, Clark, you're bleeding.
Alexander Luthor: I'm guessing that doesn't happen very often.

Superman/Doomsday (2007) (V)
Martha Kent: My son talks about you quite often.
Lois Lane: He's the reason I came to see you.
Martha Kent: Has there been word from Afghanistan? I've been so worried.
Lois Lane: Mrs. Kent, you know as well as I do that your son died in Metropolis last week. Look, I'm not here as a reporter. I...
Martha Kent: Then why are you here, Miss Lane?
Lois Lane: I don't know exactly. Maybe it's just... I don't know if he told you but we have been seeing each other for the past few months, romantically, I mean. And I know the rest of the world adored him and misses him now that he's gone, but no one else on this whole stupid planet can know what it felt like to really love him, to be loved by him or how it feels now every minute of every day, like I'm broken. Like I'm the one that freaking monster pounded on.

Martha Kent: That is not the boy I raised.

"Smallville: Heat (#2.2)" (2002)
[about the development of Clark's newest ability, heat vision]
Martha Kent: What were you doing exactly?
Clark Kent: We were watching a film in science class.
Martha Kent: An educational film?
Clark Kent: A sex-educational film.
Jonathan Kent: [to Martha] ... this could get very complicated.

Martha Kent: Tell me again your aversion to air conditioning.
Jonathan Kent: Two words: electric bill

"Smallville: Resurrection (#3.15)" (2004)
Clark Kent: Dad, when that serum got close to the kryptonite bomb, it reacted the same way as my blood.
Martha Kent: So you're saying... the serum...
Clark Kent: I know. It sounds crazy, but I think that Lionel Luthor's found a way to use my blood to bring people back to life. If my blood can save lives, maybe I should come forward. What if there's something inside me that could repair dad's heart? Permanently.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, your mother and I both know that you are going to save a lot of lives in this world. Even more than you have any idea.
Clark Kent: The only life I'm interested in saving is yours.
Jonathan Kent: You do. You save my life every day that you're with us. And we wouldn't trade that for a single moment without you.

Jonathan Kent: Martha, you and I both know that there's a chance that things could go south in there.
Martha Kent: Don't say that, please.
Jonathan Kent: Now, there's no doubt in my mind that you and Clark can take good care of each other. But you have to remember our promise. When he's ready, you have to let him go.
Martha Kent: When that day comes, you'll be standing right beside me.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Church of Metropolis (#2.5)" (1994)
Clark Kent: Mayson likes me, Clark, but she hates Superman. Which is kinda confusing because Lois loves Superman but only likes Clark. Mayson likes Clark, but in a different way than Lois, and Mayson hates Superman in a way that's different from anybody.
Martha Kent: Oh, Clark, I've been afraid something like this was going to happen.
Clark Kent: What?
Martha Kent: You're beginning to talk about yourself in the third person.

Clark Kent: It was one of those things that sounded good at the time, but once I got in the elevator, I didn't know what it meant.
Martha Kent: Freud would say, " It's a subconscious desire in search of a context." And Jung would dismiss it as an anger induced synaptic anomaly.
Jonathan Kent: Adult education. It's a beautiful thing.

"Smallville: Finale (#10.21)" (2011)
Jonathan Kent: I knew you'd see me again when you were ready.
Clark Kent: I made a mistake, Dad. I thought I had to leave you behind. But it's you and Mom and everyone that I care about that makes this world worth saving.
Jonathan Kent: But you're worried you're gonna fail this time. I know you're scared, son.
Clark Kent: I faced Darkseid before. He knows my weakness. He almost defeated me. I need your help.
Jonathan Kent: But, son, he never saw the man standing before me now. Clark Kent, as much as your mother and I tried to protect you from your origins, tried to prepare you to face any challenge... I'm sorry, son, but our guidance just isn't enough anymore. You're gonna have to let Jor-El guide you from here on out.
Clark Kent: I can't, Dad. I turned my back on him like I did you.
Jonathan Kent: He's your father. He'll understand.
Martha Kent: Don't doubt yourself, Clark. This has been coming for a long time. Before you arrived, we wanted a child so badly. The day you found us in that field, you were the miracle we prayed for. Now the world needs that same miracle.

Martha Kent: No matter where I am or who I'm choosing to bring in my life, your father is always with me. And he's with you, if you just allow yourself to - to see him.
Clark Kent: I did. Last year. I thought I was talking to him. But then I realized it was just an excuse for me not to face my future - just I was waiting for Jor-El to show me the way. I had to move on.

"Smallville: Vortex (#2.1)" (2002)
Martha Kent: I just can't believe how familiar all this feels.
Lana Lang: The meteor shower?
Martha Kent: Yeah. God, I remember it like it was yesterday.
Lana Lang: Yeah, me too.
Martha Kent: Oh, I'm sorry. I... I didn't mean to dredge up bad memories.
Lana Lang: It's okay. For so long it seemed to define me, that Fairy Princess picture on "Time" magazine.
Martha Kent: Well, if it makes you feel any better, you made one wish come true that day. Jonathan and I were in Nell's, buying flowers right before the meteor shower, and you were sitting on the counter with your wings and wand, and you asked me if I wanted to make a wish, so I did. And not long after that, Clark came into our lives. I... I've never even told Clark that story.
Lana Lang: Clark is so lucky to have you and Mr. Kent as parents. I've always been kind of envious. You seem so open.
Martha Kent: I'm glad that you and Clark have become close.
Lana Lang: Yeah, me too.

Clark Kent: Dad's missing because of me. I brought this upon us.
Martha Kent: You can't blame yourself. You can't change who you are. As long as you live, people will try to exploit you. Your father and I have tried to shelter you as long as possible, but one day we won't be there for you, and you're gonna have to carry the burden of your gifts on your own.
Clark Kent: Don't say that, mom.
Martha Kent: And when your day comes, I have no doubt in my heart that you'll make us proud.

"Smallville: Reckoning (#5.12)" (2006)
Martha Kent: [to Clark] A heart beats only so many times in a life. Your father used his more then anyone I know.

Jonathan Kent: [Getting out of the truck having just pulled up telling a joke to Martha] ... come on you liked it.
[Sees Clark walking out of the barn]
Jonathan Kent: Hey I thought you were going to meet us at the polls.
Clark: I have something to tell you guys.
[Jonathan and Martha both wait in eager anticipation]
Clark: I told Lana everything...
Martha Kent: [In shock] What?
Clark: ...right before I proposed to her in the Fortress.
Jonathan Kent: Clark have you really thought this thing through?
Clark: If I was ever going to risk sharing myself with someone, I want it to be with her.
Martha Kent: I'm proud of you Clark. I know this has been weighing on you for a long time.
Jonathan Kent: I guess it's just hard looking at your son and realizing you're talking to a man. A man who doesn't need his father's advice anymore.
Clark: ...I'm always going to need you Dad.
[Jonathan and Clark hug]

"Smallville: Fragile (#5.18)" (2006)
Martha Kent: [seeing how Clark has bonded with Maddie] The way you are with her, your dad would be so proud.

Martha Kent: Since you're gonna be bedridden for a few days, I brought you some stuff to read.
Lois Lane: Thank you.
Martha Kent: The Chief of Staff for a state senator needs to be fully informed on all sides of the issues.
Lois Lane: Wait a minute. You want me to be your Chief of Staff?
Clark Kent: Mom, uh... are you sure you don't wanna think this through?

"Justice League: Comfort and Joy (#2.23)" (2003)
Pa Kent: We used to wrap his presents in lead foil so he couldn't peek.
Clark Kent: [Clark looks momentarily confused] You mean *Santa* wrapped them.
Ma Kent: Oh, of course, dear.

Ma Kent: [after J'onn puts on his sweater] I wasn't sure about the size...
[J'onn shape-shifts, expanding his upper body to fill out the sweater]
J'onn J'onzz: [smiles] I can grow into it.

"Smallville: Zod (#6.1)" (2006)
Clark Kent: The fortress is dead. Everything's changing. Dad's gone. I can't talk to Lex. Lana's...
Clark Kent: I don't know where to go from here.
Martha Kent: Neither did I when I was your age. Just follow your heart and you'll always do the right thing.
Clark Kent: Maybe some Kryptonians believed the same thing. Jor-El sacrificed himself trying to save Krypton. Raya died saving me.
Martha Kent: Every world needs its heroes, Clark. They inspire us to be better than we are. And they protect us from the darkness that's just around the corner.

Martha Kent: What happened to my son, Jor-El?
Jor-El: Banished forever by Zod.
Martha Kent: Bring him back. You have to bring him home.
Jor-El: Not within my power. His destiny is now his own.
Martha Kent: I've lost my husband and now my son because of your games.
Jor-El: We have both lost much, Martha Kent. But you must put aside your anguish if you wish to save your world. Kal-El's mission must be completed. Retrieve the dagger and kill Zod's vessel Lex Luthor.
Martha Kent: You want me to murder Lex?
Jor-El: Zod has taken over his body and given him all the powers of a true Kryptonian.
Martha Kent: How am I supposed to do that?
Jor-El: You must find a way or all is lost.
Martha Kent: All right. Send me back.
Jor-El: Everything you will have done for Kal-El you have my deepest gratitude. I could not have wished for a brighter light to guide my son. Farewell, Martha Kent.

"Smallville: Prototype (#6.21)" (2007)
Clark Kent: The military base Wes grew up on was decommissioned a few years ago. Fort Avelson, outside of Metropolis.
Chloe Sullivan: Sam Lane was stationed there when Lois was in junior high. Maybe...
[Clark superspeeds off]
Chloe Sullivan: Do you ever get used to that?
Martha Kent: Not really.

Lionel Luthor: I just got off the phone with the governor. We were talking about your filling Burke's senatorial seat until the next election.
Martha Kent: Me?
Lionel Luthor: Kansas needs to be represented by someone of unassailable character who can restore the faith that Burke has tarnished. The governor agreed. You are the perfect choice for the U.S. Senate. Clark, you agree?
Clark Kent: You should do it, mom. I think you should do it. And I think dad would have wanted you to.
Martha Kent: I... I can't move to Washington. We're barely keeping the farm running as it is.
Lionel Luthor: Oh, Clark can take care of that. Can't you, Clark?
Clark Kent: I can lease out the back forty to Ben Hubbard. He's been wanting to work that land for years.
Martha Kent: Oh, Clark...
Clark Kent: You and dad always taught me to put other people first. To use my abilities to help those in need. You have the chance to affect so many people. To change so many lives if you go to Washington. That's where you need to be if you really wanna make a difference, mom. And that's where people like Wes need you to be.

"Smallville: Oracle (#5.21)" (2006)
Jonathan Kent: How long have you had feelings for Lionel Luthor?
Martha Kent: It's not like that.
Jonathan Kent: I want you to be happy, sweetheart. I've always just... just wanted you to be happy. Not with him.
Martha Kent: Jonathan... you know you're the only I've ever loved. It's been... so hard without you. Your voice, your touch. I miss you so much.
Jonathan Kent: I miss you, too, sweetheart.
Martha Kent: Why did you have to leave me?
Jonathan Kent: I'm sorry, Martha, I didn't have any choice. And soon, neither will a lot of other innocent people.
Martha Kent: Are... are you talking about Lionel? What is it? What is he doing?
Jonathan Kent: He's going to drown you all in your own blood, just like he did me.
Martha Kent: Like he did you? What...
Jonathan Kent: Martha, I'm sorry, but you've got to tell Clark there is no other choice. Lionel Luthor has to die.
Martha Kent: Jonathan...
Jonathan Kent: He has to.

Clark Kent: Mom, this isn't the first time I've seen dad. It's a long story, but Lana was in trouble. I tried to save her and had some sort of near-death experience. I saw dad; he was the one who told me Lionel knew my secret. That wasn't my imagination. What if this wasn't, either?
Martha Kent: If that's true... if it really was your father...
Clark Kent: Then what Lionel's up to is a lot worse than just knowing my secret.
Martha Kent: It would have to be for your father to suggest taking someone's life.

"Smallville: Arrival (#5.1)" (2005)
Martha Kent: [Looking at the Kent farmhouse with a gaping hole in it from where the meteor struck the house] Our home...
Jonathan Kent: It's just wood and plaster, Martha. A house can always be rebuilt.
Martha Kent: I guess you're right.
Jonathan Kent: [Clark walks toward his mom and dad] But it does help to have a one-man construction team as a son.
Martha Kent: Hi.
Clark Kent: Hi.
Jonathan Kent: [after observing a short pause, glad to be together again] Don't worry, Clark, things will be back to normal soon enough.
Clark Kent: Actually, things will be a lot more normal around here than you think.
[pauses to prepare himself]
Clark Kent: My abilities are gone.
Martha Kent: [In shock] How?
Clark Kent: Jor-El took them. But, I'm not sure it's such a bad thing. All I've ever wanted is to be normal, and now, finally, I am.
Martha Kent: It is different. You can get hurt now, you're vulnerable.
Clark Kent: Isn't that what it means to be human?
Jonathan Kent: No, I can't believe Jor-El would have given up on you that easily.
Clark Kent: I took care of the danger he warned me about, and if losing my abilities is the consequence then I think he's done with me.
[Walks to Jonathan and Martha and stands beside them]
Clark Kent: Look, none of that matters now. I'm ready to take a step to the future. We'll start by rebuilding this house, one board at a time.

Jonathan Kent: [Martha wakes up in the hospital] Well, Martha Kent, if you were trying to scare me, you did one heck of a job. For a minute there, I thought I lost you.
Martha Kent: Hmm. I guess I found my way back.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Martha Kent: Be their hero, Clark. Be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be... or be none of it. You don't owe this world a thing. You never did.

Batman: It's okay, I'm a friend of your son's.
Martha Kent: [grins] I figured. The cape.

"Smallville: Leech (#1.12)" (2002)
Jonathan Kent: You know what they say: lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Look, my guess is that your powers aren't coming back.
Clark Kent: Maybe being normal won't be so bad; I mean it works for you and Mom.
Martha Kent: Oh, thanks.

[after losing his abilities]
Clark Kent: You don't feel any differently about me now do you?
Martha Kent: Clark, you're our son whether you can bench-press the tractor or not.

"Smallville: Subterranean (#6.9)" (2006)
Martha Kent: I'm doing everything in my power to get your family legal status.
Clark Kent: Mom, you can do that?
Martha Kent: I'm working on it. I've been talking to Esperanza. Javier seems like an amazing boy; a boy I'd be proud to see as a citizen someday.
Clark Kent: What about your position on the Senate?
Martha Kent: Sometimes when you're dealing with extraordinary people, you need to take a risk. That's a lesson I learned from my son.

Martha Kent: [having discovered Clark harboring Javier] I want to help this boy as much as you do, but I took an oath to uphold the law.
Clark Kent: All he's trying to do is find his mom.
Martha Kent: I know, but we have to go through proper legal channels.
Clark Kent: Was it legal when you forged my adoption papers? I'm an illegal immigrant, mom. You've been harboring me for over seventeen years.
Martha Kent: Your situation was entirely different. We had to protect you.
Clark Kent: And I need to protect Javier. If I don't defend him, who will?
Martha Kent: Clark...
Clark Kent: There's a mother out there who hasn't seen her son in over two years. Do you really wanna stand in the way of that? I thought you of all people would understand.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Ultra Woman (#3.7)" (1995)
Lois Lane: [after stopping a truck] Ah, those shoes cost $75... Does the superhero's union cover expenses?
Clark Kent: No, but it does bring up an interesting issue.
Lois Lane: Which is...
Clark Kent: Well, you're just not the kind of person who can sit around and watch someone in trouble if you can help.
Lois Lane: Oh, I have a bad feeling about where this is going.
Clark Kent: But you don't want the world knowing that it's Lois Lane stopping trucks. So...
Lois Lane: Does this mean I have to wear glasses?
[Later at Martha and Jonathan's house, Martha checks a bag of rolled materials]
Perry White: [laughing] Oh, no, dear. Of course not. I'm thinking about a mask.
Lois Lane: [holding rolls of material] A mask?
Martha Kent: [serving Lois a cup of tea] Oh, I think a mask would be very sharp!
Perry White: How about a cape?
Lois Lane: Uh, you guys, could we just slow down? I don't think I can do this.
Perry White: No cape?
Lois Lane: No, I... I mean ANY of it. Uh, this... it's just... it's not me, it's Clark. You know, he's putting on this brave face, but inside I know this is eating him alive. If he sees me in a cape and tights, how do you think that's gonna make him feel?
Martha Kent: Lois, Clark is strong. And I'm not talking about how much he can benchpress. He's strong where it counts, and WHEN it counts.
Perry White: He'll get through this. You BOTH will. Now...
[Martha holds one of Lois' shoes. The bottom of the heel is worn]
Perry White: Let's talk boots.

[At Jonathan and Martha's, Clark talks on the phone]
Clark Kent: No, believe me. I... I understand. Absolutely. If the hijackers won't listen, you're gonna have to take 'em out. No, okay, let me tell you about it. In fact... No, let me tell you about one time when I was in that exact same situation. You know, uh... no. Go. Go. But be careful. Hey, love you.
[Clark hangs up the phone and joins Jonathan and Martha at the dinner table]
Clark Kent: Lois says she's sorry she missed dinner, but there's a 747 with a bomb on it.
Jonathan Kent: Oh. Well, maybe she'll be back in time for... uh, pie.
Clark Kent: No, I told her just... go on home, get some rest.
[Jonathan sighs]
Clark Kent: Hey, you guys want to play Monopoly?
[Martha stops Clark from getting up]
Martha Kent: Are you okay, Sweetie?
Clark Kent: I'm fine.
Martha Kent: What on Earth makes you think you can fool me?
[Long pause]
Clark Kent: No, Mom. I am... I'm fine. I just... I mean, it's not like I'm sick or dying or anything. I just... I guess I just... I don't know what I am.
Jonathan Kent: Martha, remember when I had the back surgery and was laid up for six months? And we almost lost the farm?
[Jonathan turns to Clark]
Jonathan Kent: You mother went to work as a secretary, and ended up as office manager with a secretary of her own.
Martha Kent: Oh, Jonathan. Stop.
[Martha turns to Clark]
Martha Kent: It was two secretaries.
[Jonathan chuckles]
Jonathan Kent: Anyway, your mother saved the day. And it was hard for me to just lie there and watch her do everything. I, uh... I guess I was afraid I was losing her.
[Martha scoffs]
Martha Kent: As if some silly job could ever replace you - either of you.
Clark Kent: Maybe, I'll take a walk. Maybe... over toward Lois'. Maybe, I'll... wait for her to get home.
[Martha grins]
Clark Kent: Thanks for dinner, Mom.
[Clark gets up and leaves. Jonathan turns to Martha]
Jonathan Kent: Did we raise a smart boy or what?
Martha Kent: Oh, you were great.
[Martha kisses Jonathan]

"Superman: The Last Son of Krypton: Part III (#1.3)" (1996)
Martha Kent: Still, it wouldn't be bad if people knew a little more about Superman. I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City.

Jonathan Kent: No, son. It doesn't matter where you were born or what you can do, you'll always be Clark Kent. Superman just helps out now and then.
Martha Kent: Still, it wouldn't be bad if people knew a little more about Superman. I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City.

"Smallville: Magnetic (#3.7)" (2003)
Clark Kent: Seth doesn't have a brother who works in Granville. Lana was trying to throw me off his trail. She lied to me. Right to my face, and I believed her.
Martha Kent: Oh, she's clearly not herself, Clark.
Clark Kent: I know. I'm not angry. It's just I realized that that's what I've been doing to her all this time.
Martha Kent: Your feelings for Lana are not a lie.
Clark Kent: You think I made the right decision pushing her away?
Martha Kent: I don't know.
Clark Kent: I miss the days when your answers were "yes" and "no".
Martha Kent: Me, too.

Jonathan Kent: [Clark shuts the refrigerator door] Whoop, something must be wrong if he stuck his head in the refrigerator and didn't eat the last piece of cherry pie.
Clark Kent: It's nothing. It's just Lana. Seth Nelson asked her out.
Martha Kent: What'd she say?
Clark Kent: She said "yes" so fast, it gave me whiplash.

"Smallville: Redux (#2.6)" (2002)
Clark Kent: What happened that was so bad? I mean, it can't be any worse than what's in the storm cellar. Can it?
Jonathan Kent: When your mother and I decided to get married, I went down to his office to ask him for her hand.
Clark Kent: What'd he say?
Jonathan Kent: I remember his exact words. "I will not let my daughter throw her life away by marrying some hick farmer that couldn't possibly support her."
Clark Kent: Whoa. That's harsh.
Martha Kent: He was a corporate lawyer. That's the way he dealt with people.
Jonathan Kent: When he realized that we were serious about getting married, he... he lost it. He... tried to shove me out of his office.
Clark Kent: What happened?
Jonathan Kent: I hit him. I'm not proud of that; I tried to apologize to him, but he wouldn't have anything to do with it. Your grandfather and I haven't said a word to each other since.
Clark Kent: That was twenty years ago. He was willing to drive all the way out here. Maybe he wants to try again.
Jonathan Kent: Believe me, Clark, he's not here to help. He's here to gloat.

William Clark: I was surprised to get your message. Must have taken a lot for Jonathan to ask for my help.
Martha Kent: Jonathan is at the co-op in Granville. He doesn't know I called.
William Clark: Oh. I should have known. Well, I imagine this place differently. But it's not the life I wanted for you, Martha.
Martha Kent: I'm happy, dad. It's a good life.
William Clark: For some people, maybe. But you had so much potential. Top ten in your class, you could have gone to any law school you wanted. I'd hoped that one day you'd take over my practice.
Martha Kent: I never wanted to be a lawyer. This is the life I chose.
William Clark: This is the life Jonathan chose for you. You just went along for the ride.
Martha Kent: This isn't about Jonathan! You raised an independent daughter, and you're angry because that's what you got.
William Clark: And here you are, twenty years later, going behind your husband's back asking me for money.

"Smallville: Calling (#2.22)" (2003)
Martha Kent: How was your birthday party?
Clark Kent: So you're the one who told Lana.
Martha Kent: She knows we're not too big on birthdays, but wondered if she could do something special.

Martha Kent: I feel bad we... we never had parties when you were little, but we were always so nervous.
Clark Kent: It's okay, mom. I understand.
Martha Kent: I know, but... what mother denies her son a birthday party? It's a huge part of childhood.
Clark Kent: I tell you what: all the mistakes you made with me, you can correct with the baby. You wouldn't want to scar the little one, too.
Martha Kent: [sarcastic] Thanks a lot. So, um... last night.
Clark Kent: Are you prying?
Martha Kent: Okay, never mind.

"Smallville: Hidden (#5.3)" (2005)
Jonathan Kent: ...Now the hospital lost our son and we want to know how that's even possible.
[Clark walks into the house and Jonathan and Martha gaze in shock of their resurrected son]
Jonathan Kent: ... I'll have to call you back.
Martha Kent: Clark!
[They all hug each other and pause for a moment]
Martha Kent: Jor-El gave you your powers back didn't he?
Clark Kent: [With great sadness] I'm not human anymore... it's the only way I could come back.
[Walks a few steps from his parents in quiet reflection]
Clark Kent: The real sacrifice would have been not coming back at all.
Jonathan Kent: After all that has happened Jor-El just offered to give you your powers back? He didn't ask for anything in return?
Clark Kent: [Even though he knows different, with sadness] No.

[trying to sneak Lana out of the house, Clark bumps into his parents]
Jonathan Kent: Lana, this is about a whole lot more than just you, so if you don't mind, I'd like to speak to my son alone, please.
[Lana hurries out of the house]
Jonathan Kent: You sit down.
Clark Kent: Just... just remember I am eighteen, and I've been in love with Lana since I was, like, seven, so it's not like we just rushed into something here.
Martha Kent: Please tell me you were at least... safe.
Clark Kent: Yeah, mom.
Jonathan Kent: Safe? Safe has got nothing to do with this. You shouldn't be doing anything like this, especially not under our roof.
Clark Kent: Oh, like you didn't do it?
Jonathan Kent: Clark, there's a lot of conversations I never had with you, because I didn't think I needed to have 'em.

"Smallville: Bound (#4.9)" (2004)
Jonathan Kent: I'm glad Lex was found innocent, but I sure wish you would have come to us before you got yourself involved.
Clark Kent: Well, at first, dad, I just wanted to help. But then I had to figure out if I could trust him or not.
Martha Kent: What did you decide?
Clark Kent: I haven't. I mean, the way he treated those women. It showed me a side of Lex I hadn't seen before. I mean, how could you just not care that you hurt someone?
Jonathan Kent: Lex was just following what he's learned, son. That's all.
Clark Kent: There's something else you should know. I went to see Lionel.
Martha Kent: What?
Clark Kent: He wanted to help Lex, and he did. I couldn't have done it without him.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, you know how dangerous that man is to you.
Clark Kent: But dad, that's the thing. I think he's changed. And his liver's healed.
Martha Kent: I thought his condition was terminal.
Clark Kent: I think something in me actually healed him.
Jonathan Kent: Clark, does Lionel know about this?
Clark Kent: No. He actually thinks it's a miracle.
Martha Kent: It is.
Clark Kent: Look, I know this sounds crazy, but I really think he has changed. I could see it in his eyes.

"Smallville: Lockdown (#5.11)" (2006)
Martha Kent: [Jonathan is furious she accepted campaign financial aid from Lionel] I know nothing is black or white, especially in politics. If you win this election, you'll be able to help so many people who desperately need it. Please don't let your pride get in the way.

"Smallville: Hereafter (#3.12)" (2004)
Martha Kent: You're awfully quiet today.
Clark Kent: Having someone tell you you can change destiny is a lot to handle.
Martha Kent: Yeah, Jordan's visions really struck a chord.
Clark Kent: It just brought up questions I had all along. Mom, by helping Mr. Altman, I put three other lives in jeopardy.
Martha Kent: But you were there for them.
Clark Kent: If it wasn't for me, he would have never had the chance to hurt anyone.
Martha Kent: Clark, what's this really about?
Clark Kent: I'm just wondering if that's why I was really sent here. To change destiny. What if I make a wrong choice and I'm not there to make it right?
Martha Kent: It's a huge responsibility. You have to concentrate on the good that you do. Think of all the people you've saved; your dad, me, and Lex, he's turned out to be a really good friend. Sweetheart, you just have to do the best you can. I... You can't save everybody.

"Smallville: Wither (#6.3)" (2006)
Martha Kent: Thought I heard the door.
Lois Lane: Yeah, your pledge finally sailed in from Queen Industries.
Martha Kent: Where's the man who came with it?
Lois Lane: The courier? Oh, I gave him his tip and sent him on his merry little way.
Martha Kent: [she hurries to the door and sees Oliver is gone, then turns back] Handsome, chiseled features with a smile that could light up a barn?
Lois Lane: Mrs. Kent, you have a crush on the courier?
Martha Kent: [as she talks, Lois' face falls] You mean the billionaire CEO who stopped by to talk about his financial support of my platform? No, Lois, I don't. I've never even met him. And now I probably never will.
[Martha leaves, and Lois realizes her mistake]
Lois Lane: That was Oliver Queen.

"Smallville: Nemesis (#6.19)" (2007)
Martha Kent: Clark, what really happened down there?
Clark Kent: When Lex pulled me out of that rubble, I saw a glimpse of something I hadn't seen in years. My friend.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Tempus Fugitive (#2.18)" (1995)
Martha Kent: It's just I'm not able to have children... But I know that if I were to find a baby, I would be the most grateful woman in the world.
Clark Kent: And the world's best mom.

"Smallville: Lineage (#2.7)" (2002)
Martha Kent: [to Clark] How can you be as fast as lightning and as slow as molasses at the same time?

"Smallville: Fallout (#6.6)" (2006)
Martha Kent: It looks like Krypton gave us more than one hero.

"Smallville: Spell (#4.8)" (2004)
[Lana, Chloe and Lois had been possessed by 17th century witches. The night before, they had cast a spell on everybody at Chloe's 18th birthday party, making everybody go wild and turn into party animals. Clark sleeps late, leaving Jonathan to do his chores]
Clark Kent: Hey, dad.
Jonathan Kent: Hey, Clark. Son, is there maybe a little something you'd like to tell your mother and me?
[Jonathan holds up a sexy red and black bra]
Martha Kent: [Quietly] Where did that come from?
Jonathan Kent: From out in the barn. In the hay.
Martha Kent: [Shocked] Clark...
Clark Kent: [Quickly] It was magic.
Martha Kent: [Smirking] I'm sure it was...

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season's Greedings (#2.9)" (1994)
Martha Kent: [to Clark] I never spanked you. I never had to. But right now, I'd like to drop your britches and tan your hide like cheap leather.

Superman (1978)
[Martha Kent sees her son Clark standing outside in the wheat field, and she approaches him]
Young Clark Kent: I have to leave.
Ma Kent: I knew this day would come. We both knew it from the day we found you.
Young Clark Kent: I talked to Ben Hubbard yesterday. He said that... he'd be happy to help out from now on.
[Clark's composure is rapidly breaking down]
Young Clark Kent: Mother...
Ma Kent: I know, son. I know. Do you... know where you're headed?
Young Clark Kent: [nods] North.
Ma Kent: Remember us, Clark. Always remember us.
[they embrace, and watch the sun rise over the wheat field]

"Smallville: Asylum (#3.9)" (2004)
Martha Kent: You okay?
Clark Kent: In a way, I envy Lex. He seems so happy. I wish I could erase the last few months of my life.
Martha Kent: I heard they're having a welcome back party for Lana at the Talon. Why don't you go?
Clark Kent: You never quit, do you?
Martha Kent: It's called tough love.

"Smallville: Phoenix (#3.2)" (2003)
Martha Kent: You bought our farm?
Lex Luthor: I put your names in the deed.
Jonathan Kent: We can't accept this.
Lex Luthor: There's nothing to accept but my gratitude.
Jonathan Kent: Lex...
Lex Luthor: After the plane went down, I made my way into one of the broken wings. This compass, your wedding present, guided me to safe harbor. The least I can do is help you keep your farm.
Jonathan Kent: Uh... we will find some way to pay you back.
Lex Luthor: I'm not worried about that, Mr. Kent. If it's not too presumptuous, I hope you just consider me part of the family.

"Smallville: Krypto (#4.14)" (2005)
Martha Kent: You know, when I was a little girl, we had a dog that looked just like this one. Maybe that's why I liked him so much right away. His name was Shelby.
Lois Lane: I can live with that.
Clark Kent: Well, it beats "Clarky".

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Battleground Earth (#4.2)" (1996)
Clark Kent: It's not me who kept you from the throne. It's the law of your own people.
Lord Nor: On the contrary, the law of my people will place me on the throne! You are under arrest.
Clark Kent: Under arrest? For what?
Martha Kent: He hasn't done anything.
Jonathan Kent: You're the one who's breaking the law.
Lois Lane: You hired an assassin to kill him. Is that legal?
Lord Nor: Excuse me, do any of you hold Kryptonian law degrees?
Lois Lane: No.
Lord Nor: Then shut up!

"Smallville: Red (#2.4)" (2002)
Clark Kent: When I put that ring on, I felt the sudden urge to tell the whole world my secret. Lex, Lana, Jessie.
Martha Kent: But you didn't, Clark.
Clark Kent: I know, but the feelings are still there. It's like I have these two identities, and I don't know which one's the real me.
Martha Kent: The real you is the one who came back to us. And we never had any doubt that you would.

"Smallville: Suspect (#2.13)" (2003)
Jonathan Kent: You know, it's funny how being locked up can... give you time to reflect on all the mistakes you've made.
Martha Kent: Why didn't you tell me you had a fight with Lionel?
Jonathan Kent: 'Cause I was angry.
Martha Kent: At me?
Jonathan Kent: No, at myself. I was jealous. When I found that watch, it reminded me of all the things I couldn't give you. For the first time, it felt like I was losing you. Martha, I am so sorry.
Martha Kent: For what?
Jonathan Kent: I'm sorry for not having faith in us. I'm sorry for giving into my own petty fears. And all it takes is one reckless moment to ruin everything.
Martha Kent: Jonathan, you didn't shoot Lionel.
Jonathan Kent: No, I didn't shoot Lionel. But I... let my anger the best of me. I... haven't exactly kept it a secret how Jonathan Kent feels about the Luthors. What jury could possibly believe me now?

"Smallville: Insurgence (#2.12)" (2003)
Jonathan Kent: What's that?
Martha Kent: That's my resignation. There's no way I can keep working for Lionel. He had refined meteor rocks in his vault, a file on Clark. I can't believe I trusted him.
Clark Kent: And without that file, at least the police can't find out anything about me.
Martha Kent: To think I made this job such a big priority, and Lionel may have only hired me to learn more about Clark.
Clark Kent: I'm sorry, mom. I know how important your work has been to you.
Martha Kent: It's not more important than you.

"Smallville: Zero (#1.14)" (2002)
Martha Kent: Body parts in boxes and poisoned cows... this isn't normal.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Chi of Steel (#2.11)" (1995)
Martha Kent: All this garlic gives me gas.
Clark Kent: Mom! We're in front of company.
Martha Kent: Oh, sorry, Lois. She's family.

"Smallville: Trespass (#6.14)" (2007)
Martha Kent: Clark? What are you still doing out here?
Clark Kent: Well, I'm still doing my chores.
Martha Kent: Well, you usually finish those in about two minutes. How is it that I drove to Metropolis, attended the Children's Foundation dinner, and made it back before you finished?
Clark Kent: Because I'm doing them the normal way.

"Smallville: Covenant (#3.22)" (2004)
Martha Kent: [learning of Jonathan's promise to Jor-El] What have you invited into our lives?
Jonathan Kent: Martha, I... I honestly don't believe I had another choice.
Martha Kent: How could you have made a decision like that about our son without talking to me?
Jonathan Kent: It was the only way that I could get him back!
Martha Kent: Why would you keep it a secret?
Jonathan Kent: Because I didn't want you to have to wait for the rest of your life worrying about something that might not ever come to pass.
Martha Kent: Do you really think Jor-El will ever give up on Clark?
Jonathan Kent: I can't just sit idly by while he tries to take away our son.
Martha Kent: Well, we might not have a choice. That girl is more powerful than Clark!

"Smallville: Recruit (#4.13)" (2005)
Jonathan Kent: Who would have thought? Geoff Johns always seemed like a nice kid.
Clark Kent: I know. If I take this football scholarship, I'm gonna be in the same situation as Geoff. I'm gonna have to lie on every physical, rig every test. I'm gonna have to do anything I can to protect my secret. I want to believe that I could go out there and play football like any normal college kid, but the fact is I have powers that no other athlete has. Coop was right; it's not fair that Geoff was out there on that field, just like it's not fair when I'm out there competing. So I've decided to give up football.
Martha Kent: [temporarily stunned] Clark... I know how difficult it is to give up something you love.
Jonathan Kent: But this decision you've made, son, shows integrity well beyond your years.
Clark Kent: Then why don't I feel good about it?
[Jonathan glances down at an invoice on the table]
Jonathan Kent: Look at me, Clark. If you have your heart set on going to Met U, or any other school, somehow, some way, your mother and I will make sure that you get to go. Is that understood?
Clark Kent: [smiles] Yeah.

"Smallville: Fade (#5.20)" (2006)
Lois Lane: Why can't I just meet a decent guy from a decent family who happens not to be psychopath?
Martha Kent: Oh, Lois. You know, when I was your age, I wasn't dating Prince Charmings, either.
Lois Lane: Really?
Martha Kent: Yeah. I used to attract the dark, mysterious type, too. Until I met Jonathan.
Lois Lane: See, what worries me is that when my Jonathan finally does come around, I'll be looking the other way and I'll miss him completely.
Martha Kent: Well, you have to keep a closer watch. You know, I think we go through these bad relationships for a reason.
Lois Lane: Well, if there's a good reason for all the pain and aggravation, I'm dying to know.
Martha Kent: Maybe... you have to get through all the wrong men so you can recognize the right one.

"Smallville: Jitters (#1.8)" (2001)
Martha Kent: You have to open the doors.
Lionel Luthor: They're safety locked and can't be opened until the gas levels have gone down.
Martha Kent: My son is still in there!
Lionel Luthor: So is mine.

"Smallville: X-Ray (#1.4)" (2001)
Clark Kent: [to his mother, after seeing Lana kissing Whitney with his X-ray vision] What would you do if you could see anything?
Martha Kent: Learn to close my eyes.

"Smallville: Unaired Pilot (#1.0)" (2001)
Jonathan Kent: What are we supposed to tell everyone? That we found him in a cornfield?
Martha Kent: We didn't find him. He found us.

"Smallville: Velocity (#3.13)" (2004)
Jonathan Kent: [Clark blames himself for Jonathan's heart attack] Look, there's a lot of things that you can do, but causing cardiac arrest is not one of them.
Clark Kent: Last time you were at the doctor's, they said you had the heart of a twenty year old. Just before I went to Metropolis.
Jonathan Kent: If you're suggesting that your biological father has anything to do with this...
Clark Kent: He gave you powers to bring me home that no human was meant to have, and I don't think your heart could handle it.
Martha Kent: Clark, no. There were other factors.
Clark Kent: If I hadn't put on that ring, and abandoned you and mom when you needed me most, you wouldn't be lying here in this bed.
Jonathan Kent: As hard as this is for you to believe, not everything that goes wrong in Smallville is Clark Kent's fault.

"Smallville: Phantom (#6.22)" (2007)
Clark Kent: You know, I was thinking, if you're half a senator that you are a mom, this country's in real good hands.
Martha Kent: I always thought you'd be the one to leave the farm first.
Clark Kent: Well, Washington, D.C. is no different than Topeka. It's only a few seconds more away from me.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Just Say Noah (#3.5)" (1995)
Martha Kent: We are on your side in the big picture. We want you to be happy and Lois makes you happy. Unless you make her unhappy. Then she makes you unhappy. And that makes us unhappy.
Jonathan Kent: Son, love and marriage are a partnership. Both people are equal in the partnership. Bottom line, they make their decisions together.
Clark Kent: So you're saying I should go crawling back on my hands and knees?
Martha Kent: No, honey. Fly back. It's faster.

"Smallville: Nicodemus (#1.15)" (2002)
Martha Kent: [sitting at Jonathan's bedside] Did I ever tell you about the first time I ever saw him?
Clark Kent: No.
Martha Kent: He came to Metropolis U to take a finance course, and, uh... he was sitting by a fountain all denim and flannel, eating an apple. And, um, I asked to borrow his notes. He didn't know that I was the note-taker for the class; he still doesn't.
Clark Kent: You were sly, mom.
Martha Kent: He was... so cute, so I... I asked him for his notes, and he... just handed over his notebook without even asking my name, and I said "How can you be so sure I'll bring it back?", and he said "I prefer to believe in people."
Clark Kent: That sounds like dad.
Martha Kent: And I remember looking at him, completely embarrassed because I was thinking the dumbest thing. I was thinking "God, I hope he marries me." I still think that. Every day, there's a part of me that says "God, I hope he marries me."
[Martha breaks down into tears]

"Smallville: Memoria (#3.19)" (2004)
Clark Kent: Lara. It was my biological mother's real name.
Martha Kent: How did you know that?
Clark Kent: When I was in the tank, I saw my earliest memory. She was putting me in the ship. Her only fear was that no one would love me.
Martha Kent: I can't imagine the agony of putting my son in a lifeboat and sending him across the stars.
Clark Kent: Because of Jor-El, I always thought that my biological parents were monsters, but she wasn't. I just can't believe I forgot about her.
Martha Kent: You didn't, Clark. Your first word was "Lara". Your father and I could never figure out what it meant. Now we know.
Clark Kent: I wish she could have met you. To see what a great mom I have.
Martha Kent: She knows, Clark. A mother's love never dies.

"Smallville: Ageless (#4.20)" (2005)
Jonathan Kent: You did everything you could, Clark.
Martha Kent: I'm sure Evan knew that.
Clark Kent: All the times that I've run off or disappeared, or almost died, how did you guys deal with that?
Jonathan Kent: Well, it isn't easy, Clark, but it comes with the territory. You see, every parent's greatest fear is that one day, they will lose their child forever.
Clark Kent: Seems like raising a kid's the toughest job in the world.
Martha Kent: It's also the most rewarding.
Jonathan Kent: There is nothing quite like watching your son grow up into a young man you can be proud of.
Clark Kent: It's too bad I'll never know what that's like.
Martha Kent: Why not?
Clark Kent: I'm from another planet. I'm not even human. Who knows if I can have kids?
Martha Kent: Clark... your father and I could have children. We were still blessed with a son. You never know what the future will bring you.

"Smallville: Hypnotic (#5.16)" (2006)
Martha Kent: You're an adult now, Clark, in an adult relationship, and they rarely end the way we want them to.
Clark Kent: You know, I just didn't know what else to do. It was either make a clean break or tell her my secret.
Martha Kent: Yeah. I know you didn't tell Lana the truth because you wanted to protect her, but maybe there was actually more to it.
Clark Kent: What do you mean?
Martha Kent: Do you think you didn't tell her because maybe, deep down, you didn't think she was the one?
Clark Kent: I'll always love Lana.
Martha Kent: I know. That's why you did this. But you didn't just break her heart, Clark. You gave her reason to hate you. I just hope her anger doesn't drive her to do something we'll all regret.

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (1996) (TV)
Jonathan Kent: No, son. It doesn't matter where you were born or what you can do, you'll always be Clark Kent. Superman just helps out now and then.
Martha Kent: Still, it wouldn't be bad if people knew a little more about Superman. I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City.

"Smallville: Unsafe (#4.11)" (2005)
Clark Kent: Is Dad still upset?
Martha Kent: What do you think?
Clark Kent: How about you?
Martha Kent: I'm upset. But more than that, I'm disappointed.
Clark Kent: I was on red Kryptonite, Mom.
Martha Kent: My God, you ran off with a girl you barely know and got married.
Clark Kent: It wasn't legal.
Martha Kent: That's not even the point. Marriage is sacred, Clark. It's about two people who trust each other and are willing to go through life together, no matter how difficult it gets. I thought we had taught you that. You're an amazing young man, Clark. You make life and death decisions every day. But then you turn around and you do this. Why did you do it?
Clark Kent: Mom, there's a part of me that never feels freer than when I'm with Alicia. She makes me feel normal and special at the same time.
Martha Kent: I know how badly you want to be with somebody. I want that for you too. I guess I just expected you to use better judgment.

"Smallville: Spirit (#4.18)" (2005)
Lois Lane: Mrs. Kent, a lot of things are possible in this world, but there will be a man on Mars before Clark and I go to Prom together.
Martha Kent: [Possessed by Dawn] So what, you two just get together and mack, but keep it on the down-low in public?
Clark Kent: Mom!
Lois Lane: I don't mean to be rude, Mrs. Kent, but did you crack open the cooking sherry?

Superman Returns (2006)
Martha Kent: Your father used to say you were put here for a reason.

"Smallville: Skinwalker (#2.10)" (2002)
Lionel Luthor: Martha, I'm indebted to your son for his courage yesterday, but I thought you had a talk with him about this business.
Martha Kent: I did, and I agree with him.
Lionel Luthor: Are you willing to lose your job over this?
Martha Kent: That's up to you.

"Smallville: Devoted (#4.4)" (2004)
Clark Kent: Mom, can I talk to you for a second?
Martha Kent: Of course, honey. What's up?
Clark Kent: It's about Chloe. Um... she came onto me last night, pretty strong. I'm worried about her. Don't worry, nothing happened.
Martha Kent: I thought you two agreed to be friends.
Clark Kent: We did. And then she pulled a 180 on me.
Martha Kent: Maybe... Chloe's decided life's too short to bury her feelings anymore. How do you feel about her?
Clark Kent: The problem is I'm not over Lana yet. Sometimes I think I never will be.
Martha Kent: Oh, sweetheart. There's somebody out there for you. I know it.
Clark Kent: So what do I do about Chloe?
Martha Kent: If you don't feel the same way, just be honest.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Pilot (#1.1)" (1993)
[Martha and Clark finally pick a good disguise for Clark]
Martha Kent: Well, one thing's for sure. Nobody's going to be looking at your face.
Clark Kent: Mom!
Martha Kent: [laughing] Well they don't call them tights for nothing!

"Smallville: Solitude (#5.8)" (2005)
Clark Kent: ...It wouldn't be easy. Dad's given me so much I could never measure. But you're my heart... my soul.
Martha Kent: Well, I don't plan on going anywhere for a long time.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The Family Hour (#4.22)" (1997)
Ellen Lane: [held at gunpoint by Misha] Sam, I don't mean to nag, but do you do any checking on these crackpots before you sign them up as partners?!
Misha: I'm not a crackpot!
Martha Kent: No dear, trust me, you are.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Neverending Battle (#1.3)" (1993)
Martha Kent: [about a spot Clark's trying to get out of his cape] Clark, is it a dirt stain or an oil based stain?
Clark Kent: I don't know, Mom. It's a bomb stain.

"Smallville: Whisper (#3.10)" (2004)
Jonathan Kent: What are you doing?
Martha Kent: Board of Education disability application to get Clark a special teacher.
Jonathan Kent: His counselor said that he could take all of his regular classes.
Martha Kent: Until when? His life has changed. And so has yours, but neither of you will admit it.
Jonathan Kent: Martha...
Martha Kent: You both think you're... supermen, who can do everything alone, but you can't anymore! You need to start relying on people, and so does he.

"Superman: Father's Day (#2.15)" (1997)
Martha Kent: [seeing Kalibak run after Superman] Clark! Look out!
Lois Lane: [confused] Clark? Where-?

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Lois and Clarks (#4.15)" (1997)
Lois Lane: That is not our Clark.
Martha Kent: Well if it's not our Clark, who's Clark is it?

"Smallville: Fanatic (#5.10)" (2006)
Jonathan Kent: You've never been happy about me running, and now I'm guessing you want me to quit?
Martha Kent: Maybe you're willing to risk your life over this, but I don't think I'm willing to stand by and watch!

"Smallville: Scare (#4.10)" (2004)
Martha Kent: Ah, home.
Jonathan Kent: Clark... Is there something bothering you, son?
Clark Kent: No. It'll just take a few days before I can walk into that room... and not get a flash of the two of you unconscious on the floor.
Martha Kent: Well, thanks for cleaning for everything up.
Clark Kent: Yeah, somebody really did a number on that lamp back there. It must have been some nightmare you had.
Jonathan Kent: Then we woke up to find that it had almost come true.
Martha Kent: Clark, you walked right into Lex's office and almost gave up your secret. Who knows what they would've done to you.
Clark Kent: I didn't see any other choice. It's funny, because lately I've been thinking I've gotten closer to being able to tell someone the truth about me... but now I'm convinced more than ever that I can't tell anyone. Especially not Lana.
Martha Kent: I know how much it would mean to you to be able to share your secret with her.
Clark Kent: As far apart as we've grown, I think about it everyday.
Martha Kent: I hope our fears haven't got in your way. I would hate for you to look back and regret not telling the people closest to you. I mean, there is a chance that Lana would understand.
Clark Kent: There is. But what if she didn't?
Jonathan Kent: Clark, look, I'm not sure that it's Lana, but I am sure that... someday there'll be someone you can tell.

"Smallville: Façade (#4.3)" (2004)
Jonathan Kent: The Talon?
Martha Kent: Lex, uh, agreed to let me manage it. I was lucky to find a job at all, Jonathan. It's not like I have a full résumé these days.
Jonathan Kent: Sweetheart, if we're so worried about money, then why don't we just go through the books again? We'll find some other place to cut.
Martha Kent: Like where? We've been over it every week for two months. There's no way we can get out from under these hospital bills. I'm... I'm not blaming you, I just... I just don't want to keep waiting and... and risk losing the farm. You've worked too hard.
Jonathan Kent: Yeah, so that you wouldn't have to.
Martha Kent: It's not so bad right now. You have the farm, and Clark is gonna go off to college next year. I need something of my own.
Jonathan Kent: But why does it have to be with the Luthors?
Martha Kent: I'll be selling espressos, Jonathan, not masterminding hostile takeovers.
Jonathan Kent: Well, I've always known that you wanted to have more than just this old farm. I'm not gonna be the one to stand in your way.

"Superman: The Last Son of Krypton: Part II (#1.2)" (1996)
Jonathan Kent: Put that thing back, you don't know where it came from.
Martha Kent: He's not a thing, Jonathan, he's a baby! A little baby. Who'd put a baby in a spaceship.
Jonathan Kent: That's just my point. It could be Russian, a Sputnik maybe.
Martha Kent: Oh, really.
Jonathan Kent: Maybe he's one of ours. You think NASA is missing a kid?
Martha Kent: I don't care where he came from. All I know is, he needs us, Jonathan.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: I'm Looking Through You (#1.4)" (1993)
Clark Kent: Lois has a pair of Superman pajamas.
Martha Kent: You've seen Lois in her pajamas?
Clark Kent: No! Well yes, but it was an accident, when her robe came undone.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Vatman (#1.18)" (1994)
Jonathan Kent: [about the Superman clone] Clark, I think there's one other thing we ought to consider. Why is he here? What does he want?
Martha Kent: I saw this TV show once. There was a parallel universe...
Clark Kent: Please, Mom. Don't get all sci-fi on me.

"Smallville: Metamorphosis (#1.2)" (2001)
Jonathan Kent: I don't know. Seems kind of out there.
Martha Kent: This coming from the man who's been hiding a spaceship in his storm cellar for the last 12 years.
[she leaves]

"Superman: Mxyzpixilated (#2.8)" (1997)
Clark Kent: It's been going on all week. Impossible things keep happening and I'm the only one who sees them. Am I going crazy?
Jonathan Kent: Now, Clark, I'm sure it's not that bad.
Clark Kent: I can't keep being Superman if I keep wigging out like this.
Jonathan Kent: Now, son, I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for this.
Martha Kent: Yes, it's obvious that a brilliant, god-like lifeform from a dimension twice removed for ours is testing your powers.
Clark Kent: [suddenly skeptical] And what makes you say that?
Jonathan Kent: [chuckles] Oh, that's not important, son. What *is* important is following through with a nice, firm peck when scracthing up corn.