Most Memorable Loki Quotes In The MCU
When thinking of memorable quotes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, several probably come to mind. “I am Iron Man,” “Avengers, assemble,” and “On your left” are just a few of the iconic lines spoken in the MCU by some of its biggest heroes. Some characters have a more extensive catalog of memorable quotes like Iron Man or Captain America, while others with a shorter stack are no less quotable. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) falls into the latter category. The trickster god is clever, cunning, and cocky, making him reliable for a witty one-liner.
Appearing in seven MCU projects to date, Loki has given us some of the funniest and most sarcastic lines in all four phases. Thanks to the spot-on delivery of Hiddleston, many of these quotes were elevated by a squint or a hair flip to the side. We’ve assembled Loki’s best quotes to date and fully expect to add more in the future as the God is Mischief is far from being done in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Take a scroll and see if your favorite made the list.
“I didn't do it for him”
“Thor: The Dark World” might be one of the worst MCU movies out there, but it has a handful of scenes that are quite memorable. At this point, Loki is still rather shifty, and the audience is never really sure what to make of him. When Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) retrieves the Aether on Svartalfheim he’s able to escape with other Dark Elves, leaving Kurse to take care of Thor, Loki, and Jane (Natalie Portman). Just as Kurse is about to kill Thor, Loki stabs the monster from behind. Within seconds, Kurse grabs Loki and pulls him close, impaling him with the same sword still stuck in his chest.
After Kurse dies thanks to a carefully placed bomb of sorts by Loki, the trickster gets a few last words in with his brother before he (seemingly) dies. Thor tells his dying brother that he’ll tell their father what he did there that day. “I didn’t do it for him,” Loki says. As the audience and Thor realize who Loki was really fighting for, his last words resonate. Sure, it ends up not really meaning much of anything when we find out Loki faked his death and he’s impersonating his father to rule Asgard, but in the moment it was really top-notch stuff.
“We have a Hulk”
In “The Avengers,” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Loki have a fun conversation inside Stark Tower. Sarcasm tries to outwit sarcasm as Tony delays Loki for a little bit while arming himself with a suit in secret. As Tony tells Loki that he’s “pissed off” some of the most powerful people on the planet the latter seems unphased, saying that he has an army. “We have a Hulk,” Tony says. Not only is it one of Iron Man’s most memorable quotes, but it ends up being Loki’s as well in “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Just after Loki tells Thor that the sun will shine on them again, Thanos (Josh Brolin) looks down at the trickster and says, “Your optimism is misplaced, Asgardian.” Loki then corrects the Mad Titan, saying, “Well, for one thing, I’m not Asgardian. And for another … We have a Hulk.” The Hulk comes running in from out of frame and goes toe-to-toe with Thanos, and takes a royal beating. While Loki’s quote doesn’t really hold as much weight given that the Hulk provides zero help, it’s a nice callback to “The Avengers.”
“Trust my rage”
Before Loki bites the (fake) bullet in “Thor: The Dark World,” he and Thor have an extremely tense back and forth on their Asgardian Skiff that was actually ghostwritten by Joss Whedon. The aftermath of Frigga’s (Rene Russo) death is grim, and the brothers are both consumed with vengeance. Loki seems to blame her death on Thor because his brother locked him up in a cell, rendering him unable to help. Thor fights back and says Loki put himself in that cell because of the events of “The Avengers,” then has to stop himself from punching his brother in the face.
When Thor pulls back, he says he knows his mother wouldn’t want them to fight. With a grin, Loki mentions that she wouldn’t be surprised to see them doing so. Thor gives a slight smile back and says, “I wish I could trust you.” With a stern look, Loki comes back with, “Trust my rage.” The death of Frigga is devastating to Loki, and the overwhelming anger inside of him pushes him to the side of good (kinda), and he helps Thor in his quest, ultimately saving his brother’s life. Loki’s rage can be trusted, apparently, but not his motives.
“I have to get off this planet”
One of the best scenes “Thor: Ragnarok” is when Thor himself is pitted against the Hulk in the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) Contest of Champions. Thor is beyond excited to find out it’s his friend who he’s supposed to fight in the colossal ring, but not everyone in attendance shares his joy. When the Hulk comes busting through his entryway, the crowd roars, Thor screams with excitement, and Loki just about has a heart attack. The last the trickster saw of the green giant was in “The Avengers,” when Hulk pounded him repeatedly into the floor of Stark Tower. Hulk called him a “puny god” and walked off as Loki lets out tiny squeals.
While Hulk might not have his eyes on Loki at this moment in “Ragnarok,” the god is still terrified of what could come. He mumbles to himself, “I have to get off this planet” before the Grandmaster stops him and redirects him to the viewing couch. Thor admits to the crowd that he knows Hulk, and even points to Loki in the booth, showing Banner that he’s in attendance. Loki clears his throat and covers his mouth with his fist, feeling extra terrified.
“I am burdened with glorious purpose”
Perhaps Loki’s most memorable quote of all time comes in “The Avengers” when he enters a portal by way of the Tesseract. He finds himself in the basement of SHIELD, face-to-face with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and begins wreaking havoc before getting any words out. After knocking out some agents and turning others to his side, Loki stops Fury from leaving with the Tesseract. When Fury tells Loki things don’t have to get any messier, Loki assures him that it does.
“Of course, it does. I’ve come too far for anything else. I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose,” he says. It’s a speech he’s obviously prepared, as he delivers part of the line again in the first “Loki” episode. After stealing the Tesseract during the time heist in “Avengers: Endgame,” he transports himself to the Gobi Desert. When he is approached by Mongolians, Loki finds himself a nice rock to stand on and tells them, “I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose.” They don’t understand or care, and then the God of Mischief is taken away by the TVA. The iconic line is so good that Episode 1 of the series is even named “Glorious Purpose,” as it’s become a phrase that is synonymous with the trickster.
“I only wanted to be your equal”
It’s evident in the first “Thor” film that the dynamics of the Odinson family are a little shaky. Loki has always felt like an outcast, even before finding out he was a Frost Giant. While Thor is not the favorite in the eyes of Odin or Frigga, it sure seems that way with the people of Asgard at times. In the film’s third act, it’s an all-out war between the brothers on the Bifrost as Loki tries to destroy Joutenheim to prove himself worthy to Odin.
Before Thor destroys the bridge, the brothers have an exchange inside the Bifrost globe where Loki tells him that he never wanted the throne. “I only ever wanted to be your equal,” he says as he charges toward Thor. Loki has felt “less than” his whole life, and it’s what propelled him to be the greedy villain we saw in Phase 1 and into Phase 2. If he ever truly felt like Thor’s equal earlier in his life, we might not have had all these problems.
“The sun will shine on us again, brother”
In the infamous opening scene of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the focus might be on Thanos, but it’s really Loki who steals the show. Up until his death, the audience is kept guessing where the Trickster God’s allegiance lies. At first, it appears as if he’s going to join Thanos and his children when he tells the titan to “kill away” … as in, kill Thor. Eventually, he caves and stops Thanos to reveal he’s hiding the Tesseract the villain seeks. Thor, just finding out his brother had the Tesseract all along, calls him “the worst.”
Trusting of a more positive future, Loki looks at Thor as he offers up the Tesseract to Thanos and says, “I assure you, brother, the sun will shine on us again.” He seems so confident and appears to really believe that he and Thor have a positive, bountiful future ahead. He says this as he literally hands power over to another being, but is so sure that this isn’t the end for him. Minutes later, he’s dead. The beautiful quote is the last thing he ever says to his brother (for now), and something that poetic is hard to forget.
“I remember a shadow”
After Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man capture Loki in Berlin, they bring him aboard the Quinjet to transport their prisoner to the Helicarrier. En route, they are interrupted when Thor comes flying in from off-planet, takes Loki off the jet, and flies off into the night. He lands on a dark cliff and gives his brother a talking-to. Thor is beyond frustrated with Loki, having been under the impression that he was dead. Loki asks if Thor mourned him. “We all did,” Thor says. “Our father …” he continues before Loki cuts him off. “Your father,” Loki corrects Thor.
Loki tries to distance himself and acts like he was never a part of the Odinson family. “We were raised together. We played together, we fought together. Do you remember none of that?” Thor asks. “I remember a shadow,” Loki says. “Living in the shade of your greatness. I remember you tossing me into an abyss. I, who was and should be king!” Yikes. Get this man to a Hot Topic, stat.
“You will never be a god”
We always assumed that we would lose some of our favorite MCU characters in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” No matter how much we were prepared for that, losing two fan-favorite characters in the first scene was a gut punch. After a tall gremlin stabs Heimdall (Idris Elba), our sweet Loki is choked to death by the Mad Titan himself.
Loki tries one last trick before having the life sucked out of him by Thanos, but is powerless against the gauntlet wielder. As Thanos raises his body in the air, Loki’s eyes become bloodshot and his face drains as he squeaks out his last words: “You will never be a god.” Thanos’ quest for absolute power leads him to possess the Infinity Stones, but Loki’s dying words allude to the fact that the Titan will be nothing like his brother or any other god.
“Freedom is life's great lie”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Loki has a thing with freedom: He kind of hates it. It doesn’t appear as if any living being (other than himself) should be free to do anything, and should be ruled over. When he comes through the portal at the beginning of “The Avengers,” he gives Nick Fury a speech about freedom and why it’s just so plain disgusting. “I come with glad tidings,” Loki tells the room. “Of a world made free.” Fury, annoyed as always, asks “Free from what?” Freedom, obviously.
“Freedom is life’s great lie,” Loki continues. “Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.” Not too long after, Loki goes on about freedom again in Episode 1 of his series. “The first and most oppressive lie ever uttered was the song of freedom,” he tells Mobius (Owen Wilson) in the time theater. “For nearly every living thing, choice breeds shame and uncertainty and regret. There’s a fork in every road, yet the wrong path always taken.” We get it, Loki, we get it.
“Love is a dagger”
In Episode 3 of “Loki,” Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) is dealt a questionable metaphor that, thankfully, she calls out. While aboard a train on Lamentis-1, Loki decides to give his variant pal a lecture on what love is. Thankfully she was just as confused as the rest of us. “Love is a dagger,” Loki tells Sylvie, “It’s a weapon to be wielded far away or up close. You can see yourself in it. It’s beautiful until it makes you bleed. But ultimately, when you reach for it …”
“It isn’t real,” Sylvie says. “Love is an imaginary dagger? Terrible metaphor.” Agreed. It’s rather refreshing to hear Loki try and explain something that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s more of a personal metaphor when you think about it. Love is very much a dagger to Loki, but it’s not how a lot of people would view the emotion. Loki has struggled with the meaning of love his whole life, from abandonment to approval issues, so calling it a dagger — an imaginary one — turns out to be quite poignant.
“An ant has no quarrel with a boot”
When he arrives on Earth via the Tesseract in “The Avengers,” Loki gives a speech that is perhaps his best dialogue moment in the MCU. As we’ve proven, his whole spiel is quotable, with each line just as memorable as the one before. When Nick Fury points out to Loki that Earth has no problem with Loki’s people, the latter replies, “An ant has no quarrel with a boot.” He says it so matter of factly, with the tilt of his head. Being stepped on is just something the Earth is going to have to deal with. Too bad, so sad.
“Are you planning on stepping on us?” Fury asks. Cocky Loki comes out even more, and tells the SHIELD director that he “comes with glad tidings,” but it’s evident that’s not the case. Loki’s “ant” quote comes full circle midway through the film after he’s captured and held in a fancy cell aboard the helicarrier. Fury explains that if he tries to escape, the glass cell will separate from the ship and fall to the ground. “Ant … boot,” Fury says as he points to Loki and then the control panel that can drop him.
“I have been falling for 30 minutes”
“Thor: Ragnarok” was a wild ride and a necessary departure from the mediocrity of the first two films in the Asgardian trilogy. At this point, Loki was already loved by the MCU fandom (despite his murderous history) and “Ragnarok” only furthered his appreciation. In the first act, the Odinson brothers travel to a retirement home in New York looking for Odin (Anthony Hopkins). They arrive to find the building being torn down, and then Loki is promptly swallowed up by a familiar-looking portal.
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) reveals himself, and Thor follows him into the Sanctum Sanctorum. The duo have a brief conversation where Thor reveals that he and Loki are not a threat to Earth and they’re just here looking for their father. After feeling comfortable with the affirmation, Doctor Strange opens up a portal about 20 feet off the ground, which Loki comes falling through. After smacking against the wood floor, Loki lifts his head, flicks his hair to the side, and screams, “I have been falling … for 30 minutes!” While “Ragnarok” has more than a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, Loki’s portal drop ranks toward the top of the film’s funniest lines.
“The Time-Keepers have built quite the circus …”
“Loki” wasn’t just a visual masterpiece, it was a complex storyline that effectively changed the MCU as we know it. Like most of us, Loki was rather confused while being introduced to the Time Variance Authority. While Miss Minutes and Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) tried to explain variants and the TVA as best they could, Loki thought it was all a scam. After the organization captures him for stealing the Tesseract, Loki is taken to several departments in the TVA before he sits down with Loki in a time theater.
Mobius and Loki talk about the latter’s plans to conquer the Nine Realms and eventually all of space. Mobius’ constant grin taunts Loki, who eventually says, “The Time-Keepers have built quite the circus, and I see the clowns are playing their parts to perfection.” The dig at Mobius doesn’t land, as the TVA administrator is about to drop a bomb on Loki. He shows him all the events that happen to him and the people he loves in the Sacred Timeline. At the very end of the series, when we’re introduced to He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), Loki’s “clowns” quote rings true. He constructed the TVA to prevent Kang variants from running wild. It’s nothing but a bunch of clowns, after all.