Hopper Quotes in A Bug's Life (1998)
Hopper: First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.
Hopper: I swear, if I hadn't promised Mother on her deathbed that I wouldn't kill you, I would kill you!
Molt: And believe me, no one appreciates that more than I do.
Hopper: Shut up! I don't wanna hear another word out of you while we're on this island. Do you understand me?
Hopper: I said do you understand me?
Molt: Well, how can I answer? You said I couldn't say another word!
[Hopper raises his fist to hit him]
Molt: Aah! Remember ma!
Hopper: Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this Earth to serve us!
Flik: You're wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I've seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves *and* you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's *you* who need *us*! We're a lot stronger than you say we are... And you know it, don't you?
Hopper: You think it's over?
Flik: No, no, no! No I-I can explain!
Hopper: All your little stunt did was buy them time.
Flik: No, please! Please, Hopper!
Hopper: I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season, but you won't.
[suddenly, a bird looms over them]
Hopper: Well, what's this? Another one of your little bird tricks?
Hopper: Are there a bunch of little girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!
[the bird shrieks]
Hopper: It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those Circle of Life kind of things. Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food...
Molt: And the birds eat the grasshoppers. Hey, like the one that nearly ate you, you remember? You remem- Oh, you shoulda seen it, okay?
Molt: This blue jay has him half way down his throat, okay? And Hopper - Hopper's kicking and screaming, okay? And I'm scared, okay, I'm not going anywhere near, okay- Aw, come on! It's a great story.
[Hopper grabs Molt by the antennae]
Molt: Ow! Ow! Ow!
[Hopper has just drowned three dissenting grasshoppers in a pile of seeds]
Hopper: You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It's not about food, it's about keeping those ants in line. That's why we're going back! Does anybody else wanna stay?
[grasshoppers shocked - all the grasshoppers "rev up" their wings]
Molt: [motioning a fellow grasshopper] He's quite the motivational speaker, isn't he?
Hopper: Let's ride!
Hopper: Are you saying I'm stupid?
Princess Atta: [faintly] No
Hopper: Do I look stupid to you?
Hopper: Not one ant sleeps until we get every scrap of food on this island!
Molt: Just do what he says. You don't wanna make him mad, believe me.
[Hopper is about to feed Dot to Thumper]
Flik: Leave her alone!
Hopper: [pause, Hopper walks towards Flik, still holding Dot] You want her?
[Holds out Dot]
Hopper: Go ahead, take her.
[Flik just stands where he is, terrified]
Hopper: No? Then get back in line!
[Flik slowly walks backwards back to where he was before]
Hopper: You piece of dirt! No, I'm wrong. You're lower than dirt. You're an ant!
Hopper: Where do you get the gall to do this to me?
Flik: You were... you were gonna squish the queen.
[all the ants gasp]
Dot: It's true.
Hopper: I hate it when someone gives away the ending.
Hopper: So, where is it? Where's my *food*?
Hopper: [outraged that the ants failed to make their deadline] You little termites! I give you a second chance, AND THIS IS ALL I GET?'!
[throws the unfinished pile of grain down at the ants' feet]
Princess Atta: But, Hopper, we ran out of time!
Hopper: Have you been playing all summer? You think this is a game? Well, guess what? You just lost!
Hopper: [Noise from ship] What's that?
Lord Buckethead: Oh, nothing. Death ray's fixed...
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