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King Cottonmouth (crop)

A collection of quotes from the ruthless owner of Harlem's Paradise, Cottonmouth.

Luke Cage

Episode 1.01: Moment of Truth

Spoken by Cottonmouth

"Nah, what I sell is pure. This is the kind of shit that can blow a hole in a battleship, but it's light enough to hold in your hand. Trust me Domingo, you can bribe someone's day permanently with this shit. Top of the line, the crème-de-la-crème, this that grade A, military, Justin Hammer level shit. A hundred large per case, ten cases, a cool mil, whole sale, brand spanking new, no serial numbers, because my connector's nice like that."
Cottonmouth to Domingo Colon[src]

Dialogue

"You like my Biggie photo? Me, too. You know what draws your eye when you look at that? The crown. Wanna know why? Huh? 'Cause everybody wants to be the king. I slapped you like a little bitch. I'm not the kind of man to use a closed fist on a woman. Where's my money?"
"I, I didn't..."
"Uh-uh. Only thing worse than a thief is a damn liar. Where's my money? Hmm?... You left Dante alive. He called Tone, and with his dying words, gave up you and your homeboy. We got your money. Now you're gonna tell us where Chico is so we can get the rest. Thank you. Now I can hit you like a man. "
Cottonmouth and Shameek Smith[src]
"Colon's Gym is ready to make a sizable donation to my pocket and your real estate project. Sometimes you need a face-to-face."
"Colon's Gym"? Is that what that two-bit drug dealer is puttin' on his tax returns? Why do you even waste time with him? Politics is where the power is, Cornell. Forget all this other noise."
Cottonmouth and Black Mariah[src]
"All that "keep Harlem black" rack-a-bully-ack might get you re-elected..."
"Damn skippy."
"...But when the smoke clears it's niggas like me that let you hold on to what you got."
"You know I despise that word."
"I know. It's easy to underestimate a nigga. They never see you coming."
Cottonmouth and Black Mariah[src]

Episode 1.02: Code of the Streets

Dialogue

"All I did your whole life was protect you! Your junkie mama dropped you off at Mabel's and never looked back! Your daddy didn't want ya! Who was there changing ya diapers, tending your needs, dealing with your whining!"
Mariah Dillard to Cornell Stokes[src]
"Big man, you work here too? This brother's got more jobs than a Jamaican. What's your name again?"
"Luke."
"Luke. Mmm, old school. Biblical. I'm all about the old school. You know that eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth kind of thing. Fire and brimstone. See back then do someone wrong, wasn't no beggin' and pleadin'. Just took care of it. Handled your business."
"What about turning the other cheek?"
"Jesus saves. I don't."
Cottonmouth, Luke Cage and Pop[src]
"Tell Pop I'll come by the barbershop for a haircut. Same time as before. You understand?"
"I'll tell him."
"By the way, you're fired."
"No, I'm not. I quit before I walked in."
Cottonmouth and Luke Cage[src]
"Mmm, so you caught him slippin' outside?"
"No, bro, I lit that shit up like the Fourth of July. It was all so Django Candieland shit for real. Lights, camera, action, baby! Somebody call Quentin!"
"I suggested we wait."
"Wait? Wait for what, Shades? You ain't even down with the clique. You can't give orders. It was loud 'cause it's supposed to be. Niggas need to know you don't rob Cottonmouth!"
"MY NAME IS NOT COTTONMOUTH!"
Cottonmouth, Tone and Shades[src]
"Yo. Where's my money?"
"How the hell did you get up here?"
"I'm Turk Barrett, baby. The door ain't been built yet that can hold me back."
Turk Barrett and Cottonmouth[src]
"Okay, Mr. Barrett. Tone promised to pay you for finding Chico, right?"
"Yeah."
"That right? Okay. You can collect your money from Tone downstairs, Mr. Barrett! I assume that completes our business."
"Y'all Harlem niggas are off the hook. I'm going back to Hell's Kitchen where it's safe."
Cottonmouth and Turk Barrett[src]
"You're wasting your gifts, my brother. This gangster life not what our ancestors fought for. Not what our people died for."
"This is exactly what they died for: self-determination, control, power."
Black Mariah and Cottonmouth[src]
"You know what people remember besides black martyrdom?"
"What?"
"Black money."
"Don't you ever get sick of people calling you a criminal?... I want something better."
"Like what?"
"Respect. It's all that ever really matters."
"Money outlasts respect. Respect will put your name on the side of a building but the money that put your name up there comes from someplace."
"At what cost, Cornell?"
"When you find out you'll tell me."
Cottonmouth and Black Mariah[src]

Episode 1.03: Who's Gonna Take the Weight?

Dialogue

"Pop's death is still on you."
"Step off. Before you get hurt."
"Why? I'm just getting started."
"Good to know; how's the job search coming, dishwasher?"
Luke Cage and Cottonmouth[src]
"Let me worry about the street shit. You're just the laundromat for the money."
"Uh, no, I'm not. I'm the face on the money."
"So what's that make me? Loose change?"
Cottonmouth and Black Mariah[src]
"You don't want to be in my face right now, Mariah!"
"If anyone should be breaking shit, it should be me! They hit my office - my office!"
"They took damn near every penny I got!"
―Cottonmouth and Mariah Dillard[src]

Episode 1.05: Just to Get a Rep

Spoken by Cottonmouth

"This dishwasher thinks he can prove Harlem don't need me. Let's see how bad he really wants to wear the crown. You hit the boulevard and squeeze 'em hard. And when they start crying, talking about, "Why? Why?" You tell them to go talk to Luke Cage down at the barber shop. They're paying a Luke Cage stupidity tax."
Cottonmouth[src]

Dialogue

"Koko, this ain't PS 154. You ain't gotta raise your hand, man."
"I been reading this book..."
"Huh. You readin' now?"
"Yeah. It's a it's a book on politics and the social conditions that created hip-hop. The Dodgers left Brooklyn, Robert Moses created the Cross Bronx Expressway, and white folks went running for the suburbs. This cat named Moynihan went and hollered at Nixon, and told the prez that maybe the inner city could benefit from the benign neglect..."
"Benign what?"
"It's... it's the benign neglect. What it means is this: Maybe if we just leave that Luke Cage cat alone, give him his side of the street, we take ours."
"Benign neglect."
Koko and Cottonmouth[src]
"There he is. Dishwasher Lazarus. You want your old job back? Costs to be a saviour. Ask Jesus."
"You started all this. This is me finishing it."
"You want Harlem? It's expensive."
"I don't want Harlem. I just want you to stop messing with it."
Cottonmouth and Luke Cage[src]
"What kind of metal does that?"
"Nothing from this earth."
"The Incident? Damn!"
Cottonmouth and Shades[src]
"How do I get them?"
"One of two ways, you pay for it, or you ask Diamondback to handle Carl Lucas for you."
"I don't need Diamondback to handle my problems. How much for the damn thing? Per bullet? For real? God damn it, Diamondback can front me, I'm good for it."
"He ain't gonna front you a dime, you've made too many mistakes."
―Cottonmouth and Shades[src]
"They never caught the shooter, but I have faith that he is rotting in the depths of hell. I miss Pop, I promise you, with all my might, that even though we are being attacked from both sides by foreign interlopers, strangers with arcane abilities, I promise you, I'll stay true to what we have right here."
―Cottonmouth[src]

Episode 1.06: Suckas Need Bodyguards

Dialogue

"Think about how you want to spend the rest of your life, detective."
"Shit, man, your juice is water since Luke Cage punked your peacock ass."
―Cottonmouth and Rafael Scarfe[src]
"You need to take his ass out."
"It ain't that easy. Cage is bulletproof. I've seen it myself. It's real."
"Does the nigga have gills?"
"Excuse me?"
"Drown him. Can he burn? Can you poison him? What about a woman? You know he got one with his fine ass. You find his weakness and you squeeze."
"You soundin' a lot like Mama Mabel."
Black Mariah and Cottonmouth[src]

Episode 1.07: Manifest

Spoken by Cottonmouth

"There is honor amongst thieves, but you ain't no thief. Gave a speech at a church, knocked down a few doors in the projects and now you Harlem's Captain America? Nigga please. How they gonna feel about their folk hero when they find out he ain't nothing more but a goddamn hoodlum? You act like you better than me, you ain't better than me."
Cottonmouth to Luke Cage[src]

Dialogue

"You got caught."
"I was framed. I'm innocent."
"Aren't we all? Hmm. I'mma keep your little secret. I've got use for bulletproof niggas."
"I own you now."
"And if you refuse then back to Seagate you go. I'll charter the yacht my damn self. See, you thought I only had a hand in one of the pies. But I own the whole goddamn bakery, son."
Cottonmouth and Luke Cage[src]
"Domingo got his guns back last night. Everyone else will fall in line. Jamaicans, Haitians, Dominicans. Hell even the Koreans. All loyal. We're all good. So when do I get my Judas?"
"You don't. You're too hot right now. Luke Cage is a luxury, Cornell. He's, uh he's ice cream. And you need to keep steak on the table."
"And how do I do that with Luke Cage around? All he has to do is SHOW UP and hoods scatter like roaches with the lights on! Guns, drugs, all street traffic is a mess right now because of him! Niggas act like he can walk on water."
"Can he?"
Cottonmouth and Shades[src]
"You know the rule, baby. Family first. Always."
"Yes, ma'am."
Mama Mabel and Cornell Stokes[src]
"See, that's the problem with a bitch. Once they get their mouth on a bone, they can't let go."
"We'll see who's somebody's bitch when your ass is in prison."
―Cottonmouth and Misty Knight[src]
"You know damn well what that woman made me do, I was 14 years old."
"Uncle Pete betrayed us."
"Uncle Pete was the only one who ever had my back. Mama Mabel was always sheltering you, protecting you and for what?"
―Cottonmouth and Mariah Dillard[src]

Episode 1.12: Soliloquy of Chaos

Spoken about Cottonmouth

"Even if Carl Lucas is exonerated, Luke Cage is now wanted for the murder of Cottonmouth."
"I'll tell them the truth. Diamondback killed Cornell and Damon Boone. You'll go free."
Luke Cage and Mariah Dillard[src]

Episode 2.13: They Reminisce Over You

Spoken about Cottonmouth

"Your Honor, the State of New York charges the defendant, Mariah Stokes Dillard, with the crime of murder in the first degree. Twelve counts, with victims that include her own cousin, Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes."
Blake Tower to Amanda Garmon[src]
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