33 Of The Best Video Game Quotes and One Liners Of All Time

33 Of The Best Video Game Quotes and One Liners Of All Time

April 04, 2019

What viable wisdom can we learn from video games? Not surprisingly quite an extensive amount. The writers behind the scripts of our most beloved video games don’t get anywhere near enough credit for the work they do. Without those skillful wordsmiths, our favorite games wouldn’t have the remarkable stories and dialogues we've come to know and love over the years. Those scripts sometimes contain quotes of dialog that stick in your head and uttering those lines are synonymous with the game itself from the ponderous and compelling to the pretentious and hilarious, this is the definitive list of the best 33 video game quotes.

It is worth noting that this list will most likely contain a few spoilers here and there.

1. Fallout

“War. War Never Changes” 

Fallout is set in the aftermath of nuclear devastation, even in a time when humans need to survive underground in vaults, conflict still arises. The quote encapsulates the nature of human conflict at its core.

2. Portal

"The Cake Is A Lie"

This is a piece of script that was actually never spoken in the game. It’s quote etched on one of the walls in the Aperture Labs Test Facility by one of GLaDDOS’ test subjects. 

3. Oregon Trail

“You Have Died Of Dysentery”

This is the disease that decimated so many gamers in Oregon Trail. As it is an entirely random event, getting dysentery is a certain death sentence in this game, and once you die, that’s the quote on the screen.

4. Diablo

“Stay awhile and listen!”

Decard Cain’s most iconic line of dialogue in the Diablo and Diablo II is the opening you’ll hear before you start talking or before he starts telling you one of his various tales. This is one line that fans of the series will never forget.

5. Starcraft

“You Require More Vespene Gas” & “Not Enough Minerals”

If your die-hard fan of Starcraft then I'm sure this has a piece of dialog stuck in your head since the 90s. StarCraft is one of the most lasting franchises ever invented, and these quotes are what you hear whenever you don’t have enough to purchase that marine or hydralisk.

6. BioShock

“A man chooses! A slave obeys!”

This is the quote that perfectly sums up one of the main themes of the BioShock franchise. Self-determination is one of the most essential factors in the world of BioShock and man’s capability to choose for himself, to have free will and is seen as a trait to have. The quote from Andrew Ryan was repeated over and over until Jack finally killed him.

7. WarCraft III

“Frostmourne Hungers”

Voiced by one of the most iconic Blizzard villains, Arthas succeeds in enslaving the kingdom of Lordaeron under the auspices of the Scourge. Corrupted by the Spirit of the Lich King, he wields the fearsome blade Frostmourne that hungers for helpless souls.

8. Dark Souls

“You Have Died” 

If you've never played it before you need to know that Dark Souls is one of the most challenging video games ever created. If you haven't guessed it by the quote, you will die a lot and when you will be greeted with the above.

9. Call of Duty: Black Ops

“What do the numbers mean, Mason?”

The numbers indicate the specified time and place Mason was supposed to assassinate JFK. It was gradually implied throughout the game. The question can be overheard in the opening scenes in the game, as Mason wakes up in an interrogation room.

10. Red Alert 2

“Kirov Reporting”

The Kirov Airship is the Soviet Union’s most deadly weapon in Red Alert 2. Dropping bombs indiscriminately, leaving carnage in its wake. Once your war factory starts churning these out, it reports with the above quote.

11. Super Mario Bros

"Thank you, Mario! But our Princess is in another castle!"

If you have played the original Mario Bros. enough, then I'm sure you will remember that overwhelming feeling of frustration you felt each time you defeated Bowser only to be greeted by Toad rather than the Princess, telling you that you actually got the wrong castle door. 

12. Half-Life 2

"Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise and shine..."

The above quote denotes the first words you ever hear spoken in Half-life 2, in the bumbling somewhat off-kilter voice of the mysterious G-man.  Who knows if we'll ever find out the true motives of the enigmatic G-man, but in a way, the vagueness about the future of Half-life permeates everything he says with even more mystique. Great opening words to a great game.

13. Metal Gear Solid

"Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAKE!!!"

Whenever Snake died, you weren't just welcomed by a 'Game Over', but by random members of your support crew shrieking in distress for Snake to get up. It's arguably the most notable video game death quotes of all time.

14. Far Cry 3

"Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?"

There aren't many video game quotes in recent years that truly adhere to your memory, but this psychopathic pirate Vaas nails it. What exactly he's referring to is unclear, whatever its exact meaning in this context, it's brilliantly delivered by Vaas. With that said, the adage long predates Far Cry 3 and has been used repeatedly over the years on a myriad occasions

15. Killer Instinct

"C-c-c-combo breaker!"

More of a soundbite than a quote as such, as the announcer stammers it out in that abstract digital difficult to replicate voice. Hearing this sound in Killer Instinct marks a respite and an opening to attack, as you shatter your enemy's flow mid-combo to throw them off-balance and attack with one of your own. It's no surprise the phrase has been used in countless memes and dance games

16. Unreal Tournament 


The low-pitched announcer vocalizes one of your headshots or combo kills is extremely gratifying. His announcement marks the fact that you've earned five kills in quick succession. The phrase is perfectly suited to your achievement and distinguishes itself from each of the kills leading up to it Double, Multi and Ultra.

17. Super Mario 64

"It's a-meeee, Mario!"

This was the first time many of us heard Charles Martinet's Mario voice in a video game. Hearing it on the Nintendo 64, ushered in a new era of properly vocalized Nintendo protagonists. The phrase is notably catchy too, and it's little wonder that it's gone on to become one of the most extensively referenced quotes in gaming history.

18. Monkey Island

"That's the second biggest monkey head I've ever seen!"

The Monkey Island series is loaded with unforgettable lines. The above quote personifies the series' quirky, clever brand of humor. It left many of us gamers wondering "Well, what's the biggest monkey head then?" "Where's the punch-line?" But the point is that that line includes everything you need right there, teasing us and making us think what Guybrush could be referring to. 

19. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

"I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee."

No other video game quote can sum up the incomprehensible logic of meme culture like this one. Commonly repeated by just about every jaded guard in every town in Skyrim, this seemingly ordinary line somehow won the imagination of the whole gaming community, inspiring cartoons, short films, and millions of memes.

20. Pokemon 

"It's super effective!" & "It's not very effective..."

The most intense seconds of any Pokemon battle always come directly after your Pokemon just attacked or vice versa, and you waited anxiously to see how much of the health bar would drain after the hit. There'd be that sinking feeling of dread when you hit an enemy waiting to for the words "It's not very effective..." or "It's super effective!"

21. Bioshock

"Would you kindly..."

So simple, and yet quite possibly the most profound, illusion-shattering words ever spoken in a video game. You play through the entirety of Bioshock thinking that you're exploring a ruined underwater dystopia of your own free will, seeking to rid the world of the madness of Andrew Ryan. But then you realize what these words actually mean, and your whole perception of the game and your relationship with it are flipped completely upside-down.  As a psychological cue programmed into Jack, to do exactly as Atlas demanded; Jack wasn't in control at all, but a slave simply doing another person's wicked person's bidding.

22. Assassins Creed

"Nothing is true, everything is permitted."

The eponymous creed itself befitting the assassin giving the explanation. It's definitely one to make any gamer take a moment to pause and reflect on the quote.

23. Borderlands 2

"Nothing is more badass than treating a woman with respect." & "When you are ready to begin the Tea-Party, please smack Mister Flesh Stick in his bitch face."

Pandora is full of strange wonders, indeed. The Borderlands series is packed full of some of the best quotes in all gaming history, mainly consisting of hilariously offensive kind rather than the inspiring kind. I added the latter former to give a quick example.

24. Portal

"Didn’t we have some fun though?"

Throughout both Portal games, GLaDOS has been a staple throwing out quote after quote, and I have to say, most of them were really memorable. Although one sticks out and you couldn’t help but smile when hearing this.

25. GTA: San Andreas 

“All you had to do was follow the damn train CJ.”

One of the harder missions of the game, there was nothing more frustrating than hearing Big Smoke say this memorable piece of dialog every time you failed to follow the damn train.

26. Red Dead Redemption

"Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair."

Towards the end of the game when John eventually takes out the last member of his gang and returns home to his family. His wife scolds him for leaving his son. This is when John delivers this iconic quote.

27. Duke Nukem

"It’s Time to Kick Ass and Chew Bubble Gum and I’m all Outta Gum!" & “Mess with the best, you will die like the rest.”

Duke Nukem 3D had an extensive number of memorable quotes that at times made it more enjoyable than killing aliens. This quote still brings loads of nostalgia back to gamers.

28. Mortal Kombat

"Finish Him" & "Flawless Victory" & "Fatality" & "Get over here"

From scorpion uttering his signature line to the announcer's familiar one-liners, Mortal Kombat wouldn't be the same without the addition of these memorable quotes.

29. Halo 2

"When I joined the Corps, we didn't have any fancy-schmancy tanks. We had sticks! Two sticks and a rock for a whole platoon...and we had to share the rock!"

I'm sure a lot you of you reading this grew up playing the Halo games, one of the fan favorites would have to be Halo 2, with one of the most memorable characters of the franchise Sgt Johnson laying the verbal smackdown on his unit.

30. Saints Row IV

“Tell my wife...I had another wife.”

The Saints Row franchise is known for its ridiculously whacky humor. As a secret security agent lies dying on the ground, he mutters his last words, and as last words go, they’re pretty legendary and were guaranteed to make you chuckle.

31. Star Fox

“Do a barrel roll!”

You do a barrel roll. I am doing a f****** barrel roll. Shut the f***up. This line has been made incredibly popular thanks to a fearless space fox and of course internet meme culture. Google “Do a barrel roll.” and you will see know.

32. Dota 2

“Steel wins battles, Gold wins wars.”

Davion, the Dragon Knight's famous words, this quote not only reflects the in-game story but hold some truth outside of the video game realm and makes us think about the wars our countries have been involved in throughout the millennia and perhaps what helps a country accomplish victory.

33. Mass Effect

"Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honor matters. Their silence is your answer."

Javik is the equivalent of an alien Shakespeare with this piece of moving dialogue. Mass Effect’s story arc is huge, so the lines have to be too, and they definitely don't leave you disappointed. I doubt quotes like this will ever get outdated.

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