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Top 10 Legendary Superhero Quotes

VO: Dan Paradis
Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean Superhero quotes range from profound observations to hilarious one-liners, comic book characters just love to talk. Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten legendary superhero quotes. For this list, we’ll be looking at the definitive pieces of dialogue said by various superheroes in comic books, TV shows, and movies.

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Superhero quotes range from profound observations to hilarious one-liners, comic book characters just love to talk. Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten legendary superhero quotes.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the definitive pieces of dialogue said by various superheroes in comic books, TV shows, and movies.

#10: Violence Doesn’t Discriminate

Say what you want about Ben Affleck’s run as Daredevil, this monologue from the Director’s Cut is delivered with such sorrow and bitterness that it’s bound to give you chills. In the wake of his fight against the Kingpin, Matt Murdock reflects on all he has lost to violence, summarizing that for all of its brutality and all the suffering it leaves behind, it is something of an equalizer. No matter your social standing or background, violence won’t be choosy who its victims are. Considering that Daredevil’s MO often involves beating criminals to a bloody pulp, this quote also works as something of a grim reflection.

#9: Hero or Villain
Harvey Dent

Aside from having quite possibly the single greatest portrayal of the Joker, “The Dark Knight” also gave us a much more vulnerable and complex interpretation of Harvey Dent. Adamant in his views of right and wrong as well as being utterly unshaken in his pursuit of justice, Dent’s speech in which he defends Batman and talks about the line between heroes and villains not only earns the respect of Bruce Wayne but is also incredibly inspiring. Of course, it all ends in misery as Dent eventually becomes the very thing he despised the most - the infamous Two Face.

#8: You Think This Letter on My head Stands for France?
Captain America

Bottom line, Captain America does not surrender. The Ultimates’ take on the Avengers may have been a much darker view of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but it still gave us some great quotes, one of which came while Captain America was engaged with a brutal fist fight with a Chitauri warrior disguised as a Nazi he had previous fought back in World War 2. The shapeshifter makes the mistake of demanding that Cap surrender, which he doesn’t take to kindly. He responded with one hell of a swing, while also taking a slight dig at France in the process. No offense to our French fans, he said it not us.

#7: Red Suit, Brown Pants

The Merc with the Mouth is known for two things: running his mouth and killing people, more often than not at the same time. Nowhere is this better summarised than in his cinematic debut where he is heavily outnumbered and outgunned on a freeway, and still can’t stop cracking jokes. Right before he leaps out and starts busting caps in asses, he addresses the confusion that some of the hired guns might be having. Why the red suit? Well it’s so bad guys can’t see him bleed. It’s a shame only one of them brought their brown pants.

#6: Truth, Justice and the American Way

Yeah, it might sound a little corny compared to all the modern superheroes, but Superman’s iconic words needed to be on here somewhere. There’s no denying that decades after he made his appearance in the comics and on the silver screen that the Man of Steel’s optimistic and boy-scout attitude can still inspire. His unwavering belief in the goodness of people and desire to protect the innocent is encapsulated in his signature phrase. The American way might have different meanings to some people, but to Superman it’s all about fairness, understanding and fighting for what’s right. Now that’s something we can all rally around.

#5: Playing Human
Iron Man

We all know that Tony Stark’s tendency to go too far makes him one of Marvel’s most complex heroes, but that narcissism would also make him one hell of a villain. Throughout the events of the Superior Iron Man mini-series, Stark has his mind inverted, so that his more sinister aspects start to take over his personality. His statement “I’m not playing God. All this time I’ve been playing human.” May be something you would only ever hear from a villain, but we all know that deep down, Stark may actually believe this is true.

#4: In Brightest Day
The Lantern Oath

The oath spoken by the Green Lantern Corps is one of the most famous in all of the DC Universe. Mainly used when things are at their most dire, many of the Lanterns have uttered the words as a rallying cry. It doesn’t actually increase the clout of their Power Rings, but helps to focus them when up against all kinds of cosmic odds. Granted, it is quite a mouthful so it’s no surprise they say it sparingly, but when they do you can bet that green sparks will fly.

#3: I Am Vengeance, I Am The Night

Even those who aren’t fans of comic books know these famous words, where Batman reveals exactly what he is to any unlucky criminals he comes across. As a symbol of justice that strikes from the darkness, the Dark Knight is the polar opposite of someone like Superman. He uses the pain of his childhood to carve himself into something beyond human and uses fear to clean up the streets of Gotham. And boy is it effective. Everything you need to know about the legend that is the Caped Crusader can be summarised in the words I am Batman.

#2: Great Power, Great Responsibility
Uncle Ben

It’s no lie that the words handed down from Ben Parker to his nephew have been repeated to death over the course of various animated shows and movies. However, as many times as we hear him talk about how with great power there must also come great responsibility, it doesn’t take away from the splendour of the meaning. After all, this is the creed that our favourite wall-crawler tries to live by, and if it’s good enough for Spidey, then you can be damn sure it’s good enough for us. Here’s hoping Tom Holland can knock it out of the park with his iteration.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

“Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist”
Iron Man

“What I Do That Defines Me”

“Stupid Ass Decision”
Nick Fury

#1: I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME

If you weren’t terrified of Rorschach before, then you sure as hell will be after seeing him splash a convict’s face with burning oil. Sent to prison as part of an elaborate setup and surrounded by people who want him dead, Rorschach remains very calm through most of the ordeal. While his opening monologue about refusing to save the world was darkly gripping, this one had far more bite to it considering the level of brutality. In conclusion, do not mess with Rorschach.

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