The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with memorable and fascinating characters. One of the most beloved fan-favorite characters is Loki. He began as a cunning villain and became an antihero who gradually earned his redemption. In all the stages of his development, Tom Hiddleston made Loki a charming, charismatic, delightfully sarcastic, and unpredictable character.
He is one of the MCU’s most complex and popular characters, which has unsurprisingly led to the development of his own Disney+ show, even after the character was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. As fans wait for the debut of the Disney+ series, they can look back at some of Loki’s best quotes in the MCU, all of which show a different facet of his intriguing character.
Updated on April 1st, 2021 by Matthew Rudoy: The success of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has made fans even more excited for the Loki series, which will be the next MCU show to debut on Disney+. Loki will focus on a different version of the character in a different timeline, a premise that is filled with endless possibilities. As fans prepare to follow this version of Loki, it is the perfect opportunity to dig deeper into the version of the character that fans know and love, especially when it comes to more of his best quotes in Phases 1, 2, and 3 of the MCU.
15 “So I Am No More Than Another Stolen Relic, Locked Up Here Until You Might Have Use Of Me.” – Thor
Part of the reason fans love Loki is that the character feels tragic and misunderstood. When Odin reveals that Loki is the son of Laufey, king of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, Loki is understandably angry and feels betrayed. At this moment, he is like a scared child–albeit an articulate and perceptive child–who feels like his father never loved him.
Fans sympathize deeply with Loki at this moment. 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.
14 “Now If You’ll Excuse Me, I Have To Destroy Jotunheim.” – Thor
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. Thor may have confronted him, but Loki is convinced he is still the cleverer brother and is not afraid to state his ruthless intentions of what he plans to do next.
13 “I Could Have Done It, Father! I Could Have Done It! For You! For All Of Us!” – Thor
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.
12 “An Ant Has No Quarrel With A Boot.” – 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.
He views Earth and its people as no better than an ant and he views himself as the boot. It does not matter if the people of Earth have a quarrel with him as 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.
11 “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 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 and would have if not for the intervention of Captain America.
While fans love Loki for his charm, sarcasm, and character development, it’s important to remember how conceited, power-hungry, and ruthless he used to be.
10 “I Can Feel The Righteousness Surging.” – 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. It is refreshing and hilarious to have someone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe acknowledging Captain America’s self-righteous and over-the-top character.
It is even better knowing that it is Loki making fun of Captain America and loving every second of it. Nothing can top a crossover between polar opposites Loki and Captain America.
9 “Satisfaction Isn’t In My Nature.” – 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 who has a deep understanding of himself. His ambition and his lust for power are unquenchable. He has voracious appetites that cannot be easily satisfied, but unlike others who have these appetites, Loki understands his nature and that he is someone who will always want more.
8 “Trust My Rage.” – 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.
7 “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 in regards to 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.
6 “I Have Been Falling For Thirty Minutes!” – 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 bit 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.
5 “Hurts, Doesn’t It? Being Lied To. Being Told You’re One Thing And Then Learning It’s All A Fiction.” – 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.
4 “We Are Not Doing ‘Get Help.'” – Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok is filled with hilarious moments, with one of the most memorable being the “Get Help” scene. 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 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.
3 “Your Savior Is Here!” – 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.
2 “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.
1 “You Will Never Be A God.” – Avengers: Infinity War
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.
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