10 Best One-liners In Video Games, According To Reddit
There are a lot of things the most iconic video games are remembered for. Characters, voice acting, graphics, gameplay, and story all contribute to a game’s success with fans. However, an often overlooked contributor to a fan’s love for a video game is the humble one-liner.
One-liners are succinct statements that can be funny, witty, or otherwise meaningful. The most popular video games, including the To fall series and Assassin’s Creedare full of these short quotes, and Reddit users remember some of their favorites.
Gravemind – Halo 2
“Me? I am a monument to all your sins.”
Reddit user Bloodredswan submits this quote from Halo 2. Gravemind is the hive leader of The Flood, the main antagonists of the Halo franchise. This quote is Gravemind’s first face-to-face introduction with Master Chief.
This quote is just plain cool. As well as being a memorable introduction, it holds significance for many Halo fans for referencing a time in the franchise where the Forerunners were former humans. It was the sins of the Forerunners that led to the creation of the Flood, and later the sins of mankind that led to the return of the Flood.
Narrator – Fallout Series
“War, war, never changes.”
This quote is the opening voiceover on each single To fall Game. Reddit user vextender specifies “Ron [Perlman’s] voiceover over the intro of the original Fallout. To fall fans know that Ron Perlman voiced every To fall intro except for Fallout 4which was voiced by the male protagonist.
This quote is a succinct summary of a major theme of the To fall frankness: the inevitability of violence. It’s particularly punchy in the opening of the original To fall game, serving to introduce players to what would become one of gaming‘s best-known franchises.
Duke Nukem – Duke Nukem 3D
“You are an inspiration for birth control.”
the Duke Nukem The series is well known for its funny, raunchy, and ridiculous one-liners. Reddit user Jargo65 and the hundreds of Redditors who upvoted their comment have a special fondness for this one.
This quote is a solid summary of Duke Nukem’s sense of humor. The series gained a reputation for being grotesquely violent and obscene but, although there was no well-received film Duke Nukem game in twenty years, many gamers fondly remember Duke and his jokes.
Stand Guard – Skyrim
“I was an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee.”
Reddit user Laraib_2002 submits this quote that even people who haven’t played Skyrim will surely recognize. Since the time of Skyrim Initially released in 2011, this quote has produced dozens of Skyrim memes.
An off-the-cuff comment made by guards in various takes, this quote became unintentionally funny due to how often players heard it. It’s not the only funny or iconic line from Skyrim NPC, but it is certainly the best known.
Mario – Assassin’s Creed II
“It’s me Mario!”
A since-deleted Reddit user submits this quote, which leads to a discussion in the comments about which Mario he was referring to. This line is a known catchphrase of Nintendo’s iconic character, Mario, and references a hilarious effect in Assassin’s Creed II.
What makes this reference so amusing is the fact that it appears in the middle of such a dark storyline. Main character Ezio Auditore has just lost his entire family and is on the run from the forces trying to finish the job. He is attacked and his estranged uncle, Mario, intervenes. They kill the attackers, then Mario jovially introduces himself, referencing a game originally intended for children. It’s an unexpected and perfectly executed reference that still has gamers laughing more than a decade after the game’s initial release.
“The cake is a lie.”
Reddit user notbytgegov submits one of gaming’s most famous one-liners. Initially appearing as writing on the wall throughout 2007 Portalthis line has been referenced and repeated in several games including Dragon Age: Origins and Assassin’s Creed: Walhalla.
This line was originally a developer joke and a subtle foreshadowing that the rewards GLaDOS promised to motivate player-character Chell were actually a lie. It has taken on a life of its own in internet culture, being used both to refer to literal cakes and to make a statement about pursuing a goal in the face of an empty promise. GLaDOS would later go through some sort of character transformation, becoming one of the game’s most beloved robotic companions.
Diablo – Diablo 2
“Even death cannot save you from me!”
Reddit user Ourobius submitted this quote in a thread featuring the gamer favorite Diablo quote. This line is delivered by the main character and main antagonist of the series, Diablo. This is a great example of a final-boss one-liner.
Although the true nature of the Burning Hells remains uncertain in the Diablo franchise, it’s clear that souls captured by Diablo or any of the other Great Evils have nothing to look forward to but torture. That’s part of what makes it such a great one-liner: it’s a threat that Diablo can take on.
Mordin – Mass Effect 3
“It had to be me. Someone else would have been wrong.”
Hundreds of Mass Effect fans flocked to Reddit user Ricardoost’s submission to mourn the arc and ultimate sacrifice of fan-favorite Salarian scientist Mordin Solus. Reddit user Ch3llick summed up the mood of the thread, saying, “There you go, I’m crying over Mordin again. 10 years and still haven’t gotten over it.”
Obtaining this line depends on certain choices players make throughout the game. Mass Effect trilogy, but most fans agree it’s the best choice sequence for both moral weight and impact. What makes this line so impactful is its context for Mordin, Shepard and the Mass Effect universe as a whole. It succinctly captures the feelings of regret, peace, responsibility and determination that underscore a hero’s sacrifice.
G-Man – Half Life 2
“The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.”
Reddit user OverorivO submits this quote from Half Life 2. This line appears during the opening cutscene as the mysterious G-Man awakens protagonist Gordon Freeman from stasis. This line sets up the events of the game, as Gordon is thrust into a horrific situation that G-Man seems to think he is uniquely capable of solving.
This line resonates with gamers as it is a succinct summary of the heroic arc of many video game protagonists. Often the hero of a game is, for some reason, so able to cope with the horrible situation he finds himself in that it’s almost as if fate had intervened.
Benny – Fallout: New Vegas
“The truth is…the game was rigged from the start.”
Reddit’s Disadvantaged User’s Choice received over 7,000 upvotes. It’s easy to see why, because it’s the last line of the iconic opening sequence of Fallout: New Vegas. To fall is a popular series to begin with and many fans continue to hold on Fallout: New Vegas as the best of the group.
This line is so memorable because it’s a succinct summary of some of the central themes of New Vegas as well as the themes of To fall in its entirety. This line is also the perfect tonal setup for Las Vegas gaming and decor. The line also inspired a popular meme format.
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