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Poor Thor! No matter what he does, he always gets overshadowed by his adopted brother, Loki. Whether it’s due to the appeal of the amoral antihero, Tom Hiddleston’s charm, or a pretty epic helmet, fans are obsessed with Loki.
A big reason why Loki is such a fan favorite is his wit and humor. Loki is always ready with a wisecrack that shows our heroes that they are not as powerful as they might think.
Even as he becomes more sympathetic to the forces of good over the course of the Marvel Universe, he never loses his edgy sense of humor.
Here are some of the best Loki quotes — Avengers may find him annoying, but fans sure love him!
1. “Love is a dagger.”
Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) says this to Sylvie (played by Sophia Di Martino) in the TV series Loki (2021) when the two are drunkenly bonding on a dying planet in the show’s third episode. Loki does not believe in love or any so-called good forces.
Instead, he believes that love is just a form of weakness and makes you vulnerable to betrayal.
This quote gives us insight into how Loki became the character that he is today. Beneath the jaded, wise-cracking exterior is a person who’s been hurt by the people he thought he could rely on.
The new spinoff show may not be as popular as some of the MCU movies, but clearly, Loki is just as poetic and has great lines as he did in the movies.
2. “I didn’t do it for him.”
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) says this to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) after sacrificing himself to save Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in Thor: The Dark World (2013).
While Thor thanks Loki for doing his duty and saving their father, Loki replies with this line, which shows significant growth for the character.
Throughout the beginning of the MCU, Loki’s main driving force is his dependence and resentment of his father, who he (rightfully) thinks does not respect him as much as he respects Thor.
He commits many of his villainous acts with the goal of undermining his brother and showing off for his father.
Here, he sacrifices himself for his brother’s happiness, not for his father’s approval. Although he still can’t say outright that his brother matters more, that is clear from this quote.
3. “I could have done it, father! I could have done it! for you! For all of us!”
Loki says this line in Thor (2011) at the end of the movie after his defeat at the hands of his adopted brother leaves him hanging off of the Rainbow Bridge.
Loki spent the whole movie undermining Asgard, taking the throne without permission, and almost destroying everything. Although his actions are impulsive and result in a lot of pain and suffering, he did everything to prove himself worthy of being Odin’s son.
In a heartbreaking moment, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) ignores Loki’s plea. The heartbroken younger son lets himself fall into the abyss. This line gives us an important insight into Loki’s initial motivations, making it even more impressive when he works through his problems with his father.
4. “On my way down to coordinate search and rescue.”
If you’re looking for a movie packed with great Loki quotes, Avengers: Endgame (2019) (or any of the Avengers movies) is a great one. In this scene, we flashback to scenes from earlier movies, including one from the first Avengers when a defeated Loki is bound and muzzled.
Before Thor muzzles him, Loki provokes all of the Avengers by mocking them, including this line where he perfectly mimics Captain America (Chris Pine) and his stuffy mannerisms.
This line helps us explain a mystery from the earlier movie, namely why Loki had a muzzle. It also shows us his more playful side even in a movie that has serious themes. If there’s one thing we can count on from Loki, it’s to make fun of our favorite heroes.
5. “An ant has no quarrel with a boot.”
Loki delivers this memorable line in Avengers (2012) when Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) tries to negotiate with him to stop destroying Earth. When Fury says that the people of Earth have no quarrel with Loki, the demigod responds with this line.
The line shows Loki’s arrogance and his power. He sees people as entities that he can easily crush while working towards his goal of domination. It’s not even personal to him—he just feels entitled to trample over anyone in his path.
Of course, Nick Fury is not one to be stepped on. He remembers this line and gets back at Loki later.
6. “We are not doing ‘get help.’”
Famous last words. In Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Loki and Thor reluctantly become allies after they are stranded on Sakaar with the Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum).
Loki argues that he does not want to do this routine to get out, but after a quick scene shift, the audience sees Thor staggering, bearing the weight of his brother on his shoulders in what is the clear beginning of the “Get Help” routine.
This funny line shows that even the calculating Loki is sometimes no match for the charm (and sheer brute strength of his brother). It also gives us a deeper insight into their relationship.
Although much of the MCU focused on Thor and Loki as antagonists, they were clearly close at one point, at least close enough to develop their own routines for running away from danger.
7. “You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”
Before Loki becomes the charming, wisecracking antihero of the MCU, he is a genuinely terrifying villain in Avengers (2012).
In this scene, he completes his takeover of Earth by forcing a group of civilians to kneel to him. One older man, remembering another time in Germany when a power-hungry maniac tried to make people kneel to him, refuses.
This line shows us how terrifying and cruel Loki can be. All he cares about at this point is making others bow to his will, and he won’t stop at violence against innocent people to get his way.
8. “What, because I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?”
One of the most heartbreaking moments in Thor (2011) comes from this scene when Loki finds out about his real parentage from his father, Odin.
Loki learns that he is adopted and that he is actually the biological son of Laufey, the leader of the Frost Giants who are Asgard’s enemies. Loki finally gets to the core of why his father always preferred Thor over him and the realization of his monstrous parentage upends his whole sense of identity.
Learning about his heritage and the lies his adopted parents told him set Loki on the path toward villainhood. Knowing that he comes from a people that his family considers monsters makes him become a monster.
However, if Odin handled the reveal differently, maybe Loki would not have turned into a villain after all.
9. “I can feel the righteousness surging.”
Loki says this line in Thor: The Dark World (2013) when he shapeshifts into Captain America.
While Loki loves making fun of all of the Avengers, Captain America with his strict moral code is a frequent target for the prankster.
Steve Rogers is a natural foil to the amoral Loki, and our favorite Norse demigod loves making fun of his self-righteousness.
10. “Your savior is here.”
Nobody can accuse Loki of ever trying to underplay his achievements, especially after this scene in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), when he strides onto the ship in full armor ready to take credit for Asgard’s salvation.
The fact that many other people, including Thor and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), also helped save Asgard’s people is a fact that Loki conveniently keeps quiet.
11. “I assure you, brother, the sun will shine on us again.”
Loki is famous for his wise-cracking lines, but he also gets some heartbreaking moments, such as this line from Avengers: Infinity War (2018) when Loki decides to join the good guys and dies for his efforts (although it seems as if he betrays his brother at first).
Before he dies, he comforts his devastated brother with these words. Although Thor and Loki had a difficult relationship, the brothers loved each other and were beginning to reconcile when Thanos and his forces cruelly killed Loki.
Even though this time there doesn’t seem to be a way out for the demigod, he still wants his brother to have hope.
12. “I have been falling for thirty minutes!”
Poor Loki is the butt of a lot of jokes in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), such as this moment when Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) makes him fall through portals but gets distracted and forgets about him during his conversation with Thor.
Doctor Strange eventually releases Loki, but the demigod is certainly indignant about his treatment.
These are just a few of Loki’s most memorable movie quotes. He has many more throughout the MCU and in his latest show!
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