Loki’s 20 Best Quotes In The MCU


Summary

  • Loki’s character arc is one of the most unique and distinct in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Loki’s best quotes showcase the different facets of his intriguing character and his growth throughout the timeline.
  • Loki’s complex backstory and his motivation for power make him a compelling and beloved character despite his villainous actions.


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with memorable and fascinating characters, but few get as complex a story as the Marvel God of Mischief, Loki. Loki began as a cunning villain, and over time, developed into an antihero who gradually earned his redemption, culminating in one of the MCU’s most unique and distinct character arcs. In all the stages of this development, Tom Hiddleston made Loki a charming, charismatic, delightfully sarcastic, and unpredictable figure.

Unsurprisingly, as a result of all of this, Loki quickly became one of the MCU’s most complex and popular characters, which eventually led to the development of his own Disney+ show, even after the former villain was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. With a selection of film appearances and two seasons of his own show, it’s perhaps equally inevitable that Loki’s best quotes in the MCU timeline are some of the strongest in the entire franchise, especially as they all show a different facet of his intriguing character.

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“Love Is A Dagger.”

Loki Season 1

Loki episode 3 love is a dagger Tom Hiddleston

Loki comes up with an apt metaphor when he compares love to a dagger. He describes it as a weapon – beautiful until it hurts someone, and that when a person reaches for it, they realize it isn’t real. This is poetic on its own, but it also serves as a tragic foreshadowing of how Loki’s relationship with Sylvie culminates in the season 1 finale. He falls in love with her and sacrifices everything to be with her, and she ultimately uses his love to betray him and banish him to another timeline. Just like in Loki’s metaphor, Sylvie uses love against him and Loki is left feeling like their seemingly beautiful love was never real.

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“We May Lose. Sometimes Painfully. But We Don’t Die. We Survive.”

Loki Season 1

Moments before an apocalypse destroys Lamentis, Sylvie wonders if Loki variants are defined by their ability to lose. Loki refutes this with the assertion that they are defined by their ability to survive against all odds. He is not just speaking about himself, but also about Sylvie, and how she managed to survive and threaten the TVA while its agents hunted her for years.

Loki’s definition is further validated in the Void when he sees how the powerful Classic Loki and all the other Loki variants have survived despite being pruned and trapped with the monstrous Alioth. The quote shows how well Loki comes to understand himself and his variants over the course of the show, and perhaps also shows his motivations moving from proving he’s better than others, as the God of Mischief appears to take a kind of pride in his losses.

“I Don’t Wanna Hurt You. I Don’t Want A Throne. I Just…I Just Want You To Be Okay.”

Loki Season 1

Loki Episode 6 Sylvie and Loki Crying

The last thing Loki says to Sylvie in the Loki season 1 finale shows how much he’s grown as a character, as seizing power and control at all costs is no longer what’s most important to him, with his care for Sylvie becoming more important. Loki tries to prevent Sylvie from killing He Who Remains to protect her and the world around them, and not as part of a scheme to ensure that he gets all the power for himself. His compassion and his genuine desire to make sure she is okay show how far he has come, making Sylvie’s backstabbing all the more painful to experience.

“So I Am No More Than Another Stolen Relic, Locked Up Here Until You Might Have Use Of Me.”

Thor

Loki learning he is son of Laufey, King Of Frost Giants

Part of the reason Loki is such a beloved MCU character lies in his complicated and tragic backstory, and the ways in which they clearly affect him throughout his time in the franchise. When Odin reveals that Loki is the son of Laufey, king of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, Loki is understandably angry and feels betrayed, appearing to feel as though his father never loved him.

While Loki does some terrible things due to this conflict, the core of his story – a figure vying for power to prove he is worth being cared for, and to prove he deserves his place in life – is one that’s easy for audiences to sympathize with. The humanity that Tom Hiddleston brings to the role makes Loki one of the MCU’s most compelling characters, even in the films where he is meant to be a more villainous character.

“Now If You’ll Excuse Me, I Have To Destroy Jotunheim.”

Thor

Loki aims the Gungnir at Laufey

Whether he is engaging in banter or carrying out his clever schemes, Loki always thinks he is more clever than his opponents. After letting Laufey infiltrate Asgard – only for Loki to look like the hero as he prevents Laufey from killing Odin – Thor confronts Loki about his many lies and manipulations. Loki does not miss a beat as he delivers this line with artificial politeness before blasting Thor out of Odin’s chamber. The line both reveals Loki’s ruthless intentions, and his self-assured underestimation of his brother, as he is not afraid to tell Thor what he plans to do next.

“I Could Have Done It, Father! I Could Have Done It! For You! For All Of Us!”

Thor

Odin holding onto Thor who's holding onto Loki at the edge of the broken Rainbow Bridge

Even after all the betrayal, manipulation, and suffering that he has inflicted, Loki is still just a son who is desperate to earn his father’s approval. When Loki is hanging off of the rainbow bridge, he begs with earnest desperation, trying to prove to Odin that everything he did was about proving himself to be a worthy son. Despite his villainous actions throughout the film, fans cannot help but sympathize with Loki again and feel devastated as Odin rejects his son’s pleas and a defeated Loki lets himself fall into the endless void of space.

“An Ant Has No Quarrel With A Boot.”

The Avengers

Loki raises his scepter in The Avengers.

When Loki first arrives on Earth in The Avengers, Nick Fury tries to reason with him, emphasizing that Earth has no quarrel with Loki or his people. Loki’s reply demonstrates his arrogance at this point in the MCU, viewing Earth and its people as no better than ants. It does not matter if the people of Earth have a quarrel with him, as – to Loki – he is meant to crush them. Fortunately for the people of Earth – and unfortunately for Loki – the Avengers prove that humans will not be defeated so easily.

“You Were Made To Be Ruled. In The End, You Will Always Kneel.”

The Avengers

Before he found redemption, Loki was a formidable and ruthless villain in Thor and The Avengers. One of Loki’s most shameful and memorable villainous moments occurs in The Avengers when he forces a group of humans to kneel before him in Germany while speaking to them about how they crave subjugation. When an elderly gentleman refuses to kneel, Loki nearly kills him, with this only being prevented by the intervention of Captain America. While fans love Loki for his charm, sarcasm, and character development, it’s important to remember how conceited and power-hungry he used to be.

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“I Can Feel The Righteousness Surging.”

Thor: The Dark World

Loki pretending to be Captain America in Thor: The Dark World

Loki taking on the appearance of Captain America and mocking him is one of the funniest moments in Thor: The Dark World. As the MCU’s moral cornerstone, it’s entertaining to see a less morally aligned figure joke about him, especially since it mirrors jokes the Avengers themselves have made about Steve Rogers’ do-gooder nature. However, the Avengers are unable to literally transform into Captain America to do so, which does give Loki the edge when it comes to delivering comedy.

“Satisfaction Isn’t In My Nature.”

Thor: The Dark World

A poster for Loki in Thor: the Dark World

Loki says this quote in Thor: The Dark World when Thor asks him if he’ll be satisfied when the mortal Jane Foster dies. The significance of this quote is not so much about the context of when it is said as it is about Loki’s identity. Loki is a self-aware character, but still simultaneously fails to understand himself – believing his ambition and lust for power are unquenchable, when Loki itself appears to reveal that this is instead because Loki himself never truly wanted to control and prevent the freedoms of others.

“Trust My Rage.”

Thor: The Dark World

Thor and Loki in Thor The Dark World

Loki and Thor share a complex relationship. Thor loves Loki and wants to trust him, but feels as though he can’t due to Loki’s history of deception and ruthless grabs for power. What Thor can trust is Loki’s rage. Loki genuinely loved Frigga and the rage he feels after her death is also genuine. This anger motivates Loki to work with Thor, so they can avenge their mother’s death. This is not a new feeling for Loki, though. Rage has always been one of his deepest motivators after a lifetime of being cast aside and unappreciated by the people whose approval and acceptance he craved most.

“I Didn’t Do It For Him.”

Thor: The Dark World

While Loki does fake his death in Thor: The Dark World–thereby blatantly deceiving his brother–there is some authenticity to what Loki says in his “final” moments. When Thor says he’ll tell Odin about Loki’s sacrifice, Loki says, “I didn’t do it for him.

At this point, Loki has given up on his relationship with Odin. He no longer cares about gaining Odin’s approval and has moved past this desire. He hasn’t given up on his relationship with Thor, though. He still cares about and loves Thor in a way that he will never love anyone else. In a moment of deception, Loki is authentic regarding how much he cares about his brother. The authenticity of this scene is likely also rooted in the fact that Loki’s death was originally going to be permanent.

“I Have Been Falling For Thirty Minutes!”

Thor: Ragnarok

Blended image of Loki and Doctor Strange in Thor Ragnarok

Loki proved to be a natural fit with the more humorous tone that Taika Waititi infused into Thor: Ragnarok. One of the film’s earliest and most memorable funny Loki moments occurs after Thor reminds Dr. Strange to release Loki from falling through endless portals. It is amusing – if not a little dark – to consider that Loki was falling for thirty minutes while Thor and Dr. Strange talked with one another. Loki’s indignant rage is very much in character for him while also fitting the uniquely comedic tone of Thor: Ragnarok.

“Hurts, Doesn’t It? Being Lied To. Being Told You’re One Thing And Then Learning It’s All A Fiction.”

Thor: Ragnarok

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor Ragnarok

In one of Thor’s lowest moments, Loki tries to connect with him, to make him understand that he knows what Thor is going through. Loki spent years struggling to grapple with the truth that he wasn’t the Asgardian son of Odin and Frigga, but was instead the biological son of Laufey, the ruler of the Frost Giants.

After learning the truth about Odin and Hela, Thor has his identity and his perception of the universe upended. Still bitter over the role Loki played in Odin’s death and unleashing Hela, Thor doesn’t take advantage of this moment of connection, even though Loki is in a unique position to understand and relate to what his brother is going through.

“We Are Not Doing ‘Get Help.'”

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor and Loki Get Help Ragnarok

The funny “Get Help” gag in Thor: Ragnarok is one of the movie’s most hilarious scenes. Part of what makes it so amusing is that in the elevator scene beforehand, Loki makes it clear that he doesn’t want to do it. Nevertheless, the next scene has Thor shouting, “Get help!” and Loki limping and pretending to look like he’s on death’s door shortly before Thor hurls him across the room. Thor’s delight at the “Get Help” gimmick and Loki’s exasperation perfectly encapsulates their relationship and opposite personalities, as well as their long off-screen history together.

“Your Savior Is Here!”

Thor: Ragnarok

Loki proclaiming "Your savior is here!" in Thor: Ragnarok

Loki becomes an unlikely hero when he arrives on Asgard alongside Korg, Miek, and other refugees from Sakaar to help save the day in Thor: Ragnarok. Even when doing the right thing, Loki can’t help but be sarcastic and take a moment to be recognized, assuring the Asgardians that their “savior” has arrived to save them. Emerging from the fog, perched on the edge of a ship stolen from Sakaar, Loki’s entrance is epic, absurd, and over-the-top. This is a moment where Loki’s sense of humor definitely meshes well with the humor and absurdity of Thor: Ragnarok.

“I Assure You, Brother, The Sun Will Shine On Us Again.”

Avengers: Infinity War

In the opening scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos and his minions have massacred many Asgardians, and Thanos threatens to kill Thor unless Loki hands over the Tesseract. It seems like a hopeless situation, but when it seems like Loki is about to hand over the Tesseract to Thanos, he delivers this uncharacteristically optimistic line. It is a clue for Thor that not all is as it seems, and that Loki has a plan to get them out of this deadly situation. Loki is still using his trickery – only this time he’s going to save his brother, and quite possibly the whole universe.

“You Will Never Be A God.”

Avengers: Infinity War

Loki's death in Avengers: Infinity War being strangled by Thanos

Unfortunately, the Hulk fails to beat Thanos, as does Loki’s knife trick. Loki’s last words are incredibly powerful and telling, though. Loki knows how dangerous lust for unlimited power can be. In his final moments, he gets the last word in by assuring Thanos that his quest for unlimited power will be his undoing. No matter how righteous Thanos thinks his ambitions may be, he will never be able to control the consequences of his actions and he will ultimately fail. The Infinity Stones will not make him a god, and they will not help him fix the universe – and few know this as well as Loki, who did help Thanos in his efforts for some time.

“I Know What Kind Of God I Need To Be. For You. For All Of Us.”

Loki Season 2

The Loki season 2 ending culminated in the God of Mischief taking up the role of becoming a living Temporal Loom, allowing the multiverse’s branching timelines to expand outward once more. Loki himself brought a quote fitting for the magnitude of this event to the finale, explaining that – after years of trying to forcibly gain control over others with his powers – he was instead going to use his abilities to ensure the freedom of others, having finally understood himself and what he truly stood for as a result of his rogue band of allies. With Loki season 1 having him state that “the first and most oppressive lie ever uttered was the song of freedom,” this ending marks real character growth for Loki, and sees much of his story come full circle.

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“I Am Loki, Of Asgard, And I Am Burdened With Glorious Purpose.”

The Avengers

While Loki season 2 provides some fitting full-circle moments for the God of Mischief, these wouldn’t exist – or at least, wouldn’t exist as satisfactorily – without the early appearances of Loki putting several key character elements into play in the first place. The most crucial of these is the early establishment of Thor’s brother as both obsessed with “glorious purpose” and his place in the world, and his feeling of being “burdened” by it. This is initially vital in understanding Loki’s motivation as a villain, and his feelings of both being destined for better things and an eternal outsider, which play a big part in him doing diabolical things while still clearly holding some love for his family even while turning on them.

Later, however, these concepts become even more crucial to understanding Loki, explaining why he reforms but still holds some antagonistic feelings for Thor even then, and why Loki is able to show the character go from 2012 The Avengers villainy to an erstwhile antihero so quickly. This is arguably what makes the quote so great, as it works to shed light on every aspect of Loki’s arc, and why he became so popular that the Marvel Cinematic Universe made him increasingly integral as time went on.

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