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Quotes by Henry Pym (Earth-616)

Quote1 That's it! I know what I did wrong now. I know what I have to do. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Since I was seven years old, I've let myself be a slave to other people's expectations. Leashed to a life that drags me nowhere worth going. Roboting soullessly through my days in the most colorless, thuddingly unimaginative, least frivolous way possible. All because I let people convince me that I was inconsequential without a necktie on and breakers in both hands. Well, they were wrong. So when I say I've finally lost it-- "it" is the yoke around my neck. The pressure to be practical, to conform to some 1950s notion of what an inventor is. The fear of being spontaneous. The social thermostat that keeps me from expressing myself fully through my chosen artform-- --SCIENCE. I feel as if I've been given a second chance at... at everything. As if this is the beginning of a whole new way of life for Dr. Hank Pym. Who matters. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Up til now, my 'mark on tomorrow' has been a human-hating robotic 'son' and a new Ant-Man who uses his shrinking powers to spy on girls in the shower. I'd like to think I can do better. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 No matter how smart I am, or how much I think I know, there's only one thing I can say for certain. Hank Pym is not always right. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 But we really did something good here. Something lasting. How many people can claim that...? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Ideas are cheap. Theories...hypotheses...mind traps. Just ways to avoid getting your hands dirty...! Pym...what a waste playing his his stupid toys...that's not living. He's better off dead. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 So lemme get this straight. The Avengers got led around... by a stick? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I know we don't view this in the same way. You're an adrenaline junkie, through and through. Meanwhile, I'm still looking for some sort of greater purpose in all of this. The costumes, the code names...the specific application of scientific achievement to acts of heroic responsibility. And a whole army at our command. No one's 'playing super hero' hero. We are super heroes. Ant-Man and the Wasp. Let's ride. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 It appears a human/A.I. war is coming, and we might be the only ones who care to prevent both sides from eradicating each other. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 He didn't want to go but I talked him into it! He was just a kid and I pushed him-- Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 We made it! We're the first organic intelligences to step foot in the Diamond! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I wish you could stay off the front lines for years. Train slowly. Let things sink in. But I'm afraid we don't have that luxury. There will come times when every adult hero on the planet isn't enough. When the survival of the world -- of the universe requires every hand on deck. It's my job to get you ready for that moment. And clearly I haven't. You have no idea how hard this life can get. How high the price is for simple survival. And I wish you never had to find out. But because you have powers...because of whats' been done to you...because you're who you are -- you will. All I can do is try my best to give you the tools to survive it. And I've failed that. So we'll try harder. Combat drills before school, strategy sessions after. Weekend classes from now on. Once again...I'm sorry. Sorry that I didn't prepare you for today...and that I can't spare you tomorrow. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 God, devil...I don't care what you call yourself. Because of you, my students are fighting a war alone. All you are to me -- is what I have to smash through to get to them! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I believe in the Avengers. We came together to face threats no single individual could withstand. To make the world a safer place. Perhaps it was a simpler time. Perhaps we were naive. Jocasta just asked me were I'd be without the Avengers. I've thought long and hard about that. And I know, without question... I'd dead. Or insane. Or in prison. Or just not doing anyone much good. The Avengers have saved the world countless times. But they have also saved me. Have I faced hard times as a result of being an Avenger? Definitely. But I've also experienced some of the greatest moments of my life. Seen and done thing no other scientist can ever imagine. I've had the privilege of fighting beside some of the greatest heroes--and best friends--the world's ever seen. And I've found happiness. More than I probably deserve. If I'd never become an Avenger, I might have lived a quiet, contented, productive life as a researcher. But it's just as likely I'd have struggled with the same demons---depression, mental illness, suicidal thoughts--and not make it out the other side. And I wouldn't have had the great honor of teaching you. [...] What I take issue with is the idea that the Avengers are an outdated concept. The Avengers made me a far better man than I would have been without them. And I have yet to meet a person involved with the Avengers who is not better for that association. [...] Yes, we save the world. Yes we fight enemies no other force could battle... Certainly not a corporation. But beyond that... The Avengers inspire people. To preserve when every fiber of their being says, "give up." We are a symbol of people of different races, nations, even different species working together for the common good. We make the world a better place. We make those who join us better people. I will believe that until the day I die. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Welcome to the inaugural flag football game between Avengers Academy and the X-Men's Jean Grey School! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 What have I been saying? No more making decisions out of fear. And I'm afraid of living without you, Janet. I always have been. But I'm going to have to learn. I'm not giving up on you. On finding a way to bring you back. But when it's best for you. If it's best for you. I love you, Jan. Goodbye. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 For me, Ant-Man wasn't enough, now I'm Giant-Man. I figure if that doesn't make me tough enough, someday I'll invent another persona. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I'll come right to the point. I received a cybernetic alarm from a frightened group of ants! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Why did it have to be Jan? If -- if I couldn't do it...why her? Why? Why? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I never thought...how many people did I let down? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Get this straight, Scott -- it's killing me being trapped here. I'd give anything to get out...clear my name...regain my self-respect...and win back my beloved Jan. But I'm not going to make any more mistakes. Do you hear me? NEVER AGAIN! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Sorry... No outside influences. It would have changed a lot of things if there had been, wouldn't it? But no, I made my own mistakes... And I have to live with them. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 How can I remain here? I'm no longer an Avenger ... I'm an oversized freak! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I play cops'n'robbers... let somebody else play judge'n'jury! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 As you know, my first identity was that of the super-small Ant-Man! Then I gained the power to increase my size as well and became Giant-Man... a name I later changed, for reasons I forget, to Goliath! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Then, the Avenger called Hawkeye is no more! And, since I've had to swear off the growing thing -- looks like there's a new Goliath in our ranks! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Sorry, Honey -- No time to Explain -- but this is the way it's gotta be! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Six months, to be on the safe side. I could accelerate the prosess, if you like -- but if we rush things, then I'm afraid there is a small risk of you mutating into a giant insect... Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Hi there. I'm you. And you've got something I want. Namely-- You're life! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Cap has to be told to stop all activity at once and come in for treatment. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I believe the consensus is "Cap knows best". Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Well, what do you know -- The gang's all here. It's good to see you people again. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I've got a problem, sure -- But I've got to face it as an Avenger! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I believe in the Avengers. We came together to face threats no single individual could withstand. To make the world a safer place. Perhaps it was a simpler time. Perhaps we were naive. Jocasta just asked me where I'd be without the Avengers. I've thought long and hard about that. And I know, without question... I'd be dead. Or insane. Or in prison. Or just not doing anyone much good. The Avengers have saved the world countless times. But they have also saved me. Have I faced hard times as a result of being an Avenger? Definitely. But I've also experienced some of the greatest moments of my life. Seen and done thing no other scientist can ever imagine. I've had the priviledge of fighting beside some of the greatest heroes--and best friends--the world's ever seen. And I've found happiness. More than I probably deserve. If I'd never become an Avenger, I might have lived a quiet, contented, productive life as a researcher. But it's just as likely I'd have struggled with the same demons---depression, mental illness, suicidal thoughts--and not make it out the other side. And I wouldn't have had the great honor of teaching you. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Good lord, Bruce, what is it with you and bombs? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 And now, Mr. Rhodes, let's look into these headaches of yours. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I've lost count of the number of times I've tried to retire from the business. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I'll also inform her that she has the services of .. Ant-Man! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 ..."Go to the ants thou sluggard!" Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 'Goliath! I like the sound of that! That's what I'll call myself from now on -- Goliath! Giant-Man always sounded rather corny to me! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 So...fate of the world. And me and the also-rans have to defeat the god of chaos...before Iron Man and "The Avengers" blow us all up. That about cover it? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 One last time! Let's fight the good fight! Let's do the impossible! Avengers assemble! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 I ran as hard and fast as I could. I ran here to tell you... It's over, my friend. Done. The gods spent billions of years building something... All of the Multiverse... And these things destroyed it on a whim. What hope does man have now? Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 You, sir, are a blemish on the good name of science! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Enough!!! Listen to yourselves -- this constant bickering and battling, always at each other's throats... it's all you ever do anymore! What's happened to you?! Where did it all go so wrong?! You know, it's just exhausting -- and in this form, I can't even be exhausted! I go through all this trouble to bring us back together, and you just -- you just -- do you want to know why Ultron built this city? Why he didn't come after you yet again? It's because he didn't have to. It's because he looked at you and your war, Tony, and you and your scheming, Steve -- and he realized he wouldn't have to destroy anything -- because you were already doing it for him. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Over the years, I've reinvented myself as a super hero so many times... Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket...always trying to carve out a legacy for myself. But now...? ...I can think of nothing more appropriate...than taking up someone else's mantle. The greatest hero I've ever known. Call me...the Wasp! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 But here's the kicker -- comparing it to the sample you gave me, the skeleton's dna shows evidence of genetic drift. In short-- --it's a clone of you! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Stop him, my pets! Obey your leader! The Ant-Man commands you! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Hello! I'm Ant-Man! Perhaps you've heard of me! I've come to help you! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 Stop squirming Garrett! It'll only hurt a minute! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 It's taken me months to get up the courage, but I'm finally going to offer Jan an engagement ring and ask her to marry me! Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 We are Ultron! ...and we're also Hank Pym. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 It's nice to see a friendly face. I'm grateful that intelligent apes haven't taken over since I've been off in space. Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Quote1 It's time I stopped hanging onto a world I've written myself out of. It's time I killed myself... Quote2
--Henry Pym (Earth-616)

Conversations with Henry Pym (Earth-616)

Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Ant-Man
There's about to be some vomit to analyze.
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Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 514 page 00 - Scott Summers (Earth-616) - B
Cyclops
This place just lost its health board rating anyway.
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A + X #15
Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
All right, fine--well, I know someone was going to become the next Ant-Man eventually.
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Ant-Man
Obviously.
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Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
And here's the thing--you don't want the next guy to become the world's greatest super hero or whatever you know? I mean I never would've lived that down. So when you came along, I thought, oh, thank god--he'll be perfect.
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Ant-Man Vol 2 1 Samnee Variant Textless
Ant-Man
...You're an ass.
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Ant-Man Annual Vol 2 #1
Melissa Gold (Earth-98120)
Songbird
Sorry, Immortus. But we're the Avengers.
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Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
We've never been very good at surrendering. Maybe we'll fall--
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Capitanmarvel3
Captain Marvel
-- But we don't fold.
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Avengers: Forever #10
Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
You two are going on a field trip.
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Striker (Avengers Academy) (Earth-616)
Striker
Yes!
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Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
Accompanied by me, Striker.
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Striker (Avengers Academy) (Earth-616)
Striker
Less yes.
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Avengers: Solo #1
Greer Grant (Earth-616) from Avengers The Initiative Vol 1 27 0001
Tigra
I know, proud papa, but don't get too carried away. This group still has a lot of problems.
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Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
Oh, sure. But not at this exact moment. And I'll take that.
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Avengers Academy #13
Pietro Maximoff (Earth-616) from New X-Men Vol 1 132 0001
Quicksilver
It's a bit big for just five students, though, don't you think?
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Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
I do indeed. Which is why I'm opening our facilities to any young superhuman who wants instruction. Jocasta's been busy recruiting. And this is just the start. Our full-time students will continue to be our focus. But why limit ourselves? Why limit them? Greer, Pietro...welcome to a new era for Avengers Academy!
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Avengers Academy #20
Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
Scott, given what happened, it occurs to me...with our separate schools, we may be fostering isolation, an 'us vs. them' mentality. Maybe we should promote more fraternization between our students. Baseball games, say, like the East and West Coast Avengers used to have.
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Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 514 page 00 - Scott Summers (Earth-616)
Cyclops
No offense, Hank, but I'm not running a school, I'm preparing my kids to survive genocide. We don't have time for baseball. Wolverine feels differently. He took half the kids and reopened our old school in Westchester. You may want to call him. He might think it's a good idea.
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Avengers Academy #22
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Goliath
I worried about who I was -- How I was perceived for so long. But it was stupid. There'll always be someone braver out there -- Someone more powerful--
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Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Yellowjacket
Always be someone smarter too. Someone who messes up less. But thats no what counts. No more pretending -- Or hiding. No more tryin' to be someone else. All we need to be --
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Goliath
Is Hank Pym. The best Hank Pym we can be.
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Avengers Annual Vol 3 #2001
Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Ant-Man
Wait! Before we separate, the Wasp and I have something to say! Each of us has a different power! If we combined forces, we could be almost unbeatable!
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Anthony Stark (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Iron Man
Work as a team? Why not? I'm for it!
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Thor Odinson (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Thor
There is much good we might do!
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Bruce Banner (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Hulk
I'm sick of bein' hunted and hounded! I'd rather be with you than against you! So, whether you like it or not, I'm joining the... the... Hey! What are you callin' yourselves?
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Janet Van Dyne (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Wasp
That's right! We need a name! It should be something colorful and dramatic, like... the Avengers, or...
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Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Ant-Man
"Or" nothing! That's it! The Avengers!!
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Anthony Stark (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Iron Man
We'll fight together, or separately, if need be!
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Bruce Banner (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Hulk
I pity the guy who tries to beat us!
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Thor Odinson (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 1 0001
Thor
We'll never be beaten! For we are... the Avengers!
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Avengers #1
Anthony Stark (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 3 0001
Iron Man
I tell you we've got to find the Hulk! So long as he's running wild, there's no telling what he'll do!
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Thor Odinson (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 3 0001
Thor
Iron Man is right! So says Thor!
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Janet Van Dyne (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 3 0001
Wasp
But how do we find him??
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Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 1 3 0001
Giant-Man
He's one joker you can't find in the classified ads!
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Avengers #3
Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Henry Pym
Good job, Henry.
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Henry McCoy (Earth-616) from A + X Vol 1 7 001
Beast
Couldn't have done it without you, Henry.
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Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Henry Pym
We are rather impressive, aren't we?
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Avengers #335
Captain America Vol 4 27 Textless
Captain America
Guess I was too deep in thought... thoughts about Bucky!
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Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Goliath
Bucky? But… he's dead!!
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Captain America Vol 4 27 Textless
Captain America
Is he, Hank? Is he??
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Avengers #56
Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)
Wasp
Hank... have you noticed how silent the Vision has been?
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Henry Pym (Earth-616)
Yellowjacket
Small loss... that inhuman voice of his gives me the creeps anyway! Perhaps it's just as well!
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Avengers #66
Janet van Dyne (Earth-616) 009
Wasp
Any regrets, Hank?
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Giant Man (Later)
Giant Man
Always. But as long as you're with me, they don't matter. Let the new team have the spotlight -- I'm still the luckiest man alive!
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Janet van Dyne (Earth-616) 009
Wasp
Awww!
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Avengers Vol 3 #4
Loki Laufeyson (Earth-616) from Mighty Avengers Vol 1 21 001
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
I'm glad it's you, Hank. Dark times are coming. And if you let me, I'll help you be the light that fights through the darkness. I've gathered an army for you. An army of heroes. But I can't release them. That's not how it works. You have to summon them.
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Henry Pym (Earth-616) 000
Wasp (Hank Pym)
What? A spell? Some kind of incantation?
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Edwin Jarvis (Earth-616)
Edwin Jarvis
Sir, if I may, you're thinking too hard. You know the words. Go on, say them. Say them at the top of your lungs!
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Henry Pym (Earth-616) 0007
Wasp (Hank Pym)
Avengers Assemble!
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Mighty Avengers #21
Henry Pym (Earth-616) 000
Wasp
Dr. Richards?
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Reed Richards (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 5 43 cover
Reed Richards
Hank?
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Henry Pym (Earth-616) 000
Wasp
It's on, bitch.
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Mighty Avengers #25
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Iron Patriot
So, still slapping women around?
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Henry Pym (Earth-616) 000
Wasp
You still throwing 'em off bridges?
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Mighty Avengers #32
Colossus (Vegan)
Colossus (Vegan)
You arrogant fool!! Did you think you could elude someone twice your size??
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Avengers Academy Vol 1 7 Textless
Giant-Man
Say! I ought to remember that line! It's a good one for me to use when I get home!
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Tales to Astonish #58
Giant Man (Obscure)
Giant-Man
What's buzzing around me? Oh, Jan... it's you!
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Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)
Wasp
How nice! You remembered my name!
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Giant Man (Obscure)
Giant-Man
Forgive me, pretty girl! I was concentrating so hard I didn't hear you! C'mon, make yourself large enough for me to put my arm around you!
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Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)
Wasp
Mmmmm! Now you're talking my language, handsome!
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Tales to Astonish #65
Vision (Earth-616) from Uncanny Avengers Vol 2 1 001
Vision
Hank Pym was special. He was gifted and flawed. I would not exist without him. He created. He destroyed. He was destroyed by his creation. That kind of symmetry is rare in nature. But you, Ultron -- are not special. You are afraid. You are jealous. You are impassioned. You are obsessed with Pym and the Avengers, and you found a perverse way to belong to the family: as an enemy. But you could never kill us -- because without us, your existence has no meaning.
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Ultron (Earth-616) and Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 10 001
Ultron / Hank Pym
I'm a good bit more than an enemy! I'm the Avengers' greatest threat!
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Vision (Earth-616) from Uncanny Avengers Vol 2 1 001
Vision
Is that so? Name a single Avenger you've ever succeeded in killing?
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Ultron (Earth-616) and Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 10 001
Ultron / Hank Pym
Hank Pym.
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Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 #12

Beyond

Deathlok (Michael Collins)
You've got a whole lab in your pocket?
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Henry Pym
Three or four of them for different disciplines.
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Deathlok (Michael Collins)
-- (Beyond! #4)
You don't KNOW how many labs you've got in your pocket?
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Hood
You've got a deck of cards in there?
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Henry Pym
No.
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Hood
-- (Beyond! #4)
But you have a dimensional-doorway thing?
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Quote1 Did I say "No Problem"? 'cause there may be one Quote2
--Henry Pym after they get stuck in Limbo[src]