10 “You Are A Good Man…”
“You are a good man with a good heart, and it is hard for a good man to be king.”
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This quote is spoken by T’Chaka to T’Challa. This is a beautiful quote that speaks to the close relationship between the father and son and also says a lot about T’Challa as a character. Black Panther is about T’Challa’s journey to figure out the kind of king he wants to be, and, at his core, he is a good person with a good heart who wants to do the right thing. While he has his struggles, he is able to figure out how to be a good king as well as a good man.
9 “The Real Question…”
“The real question is, what are those?!” or “I never freeze.”
While Black Panther is full of insightful and wise quotes that illuminate something about the human condition, it’s also full of some amazing one-liners. The characters are all pretty funny in a relatable way that’s not overdone, and one of the most fun characters is definitely Shruti. The relationship between Shuri and T’Challa is probably the best sibling relationship in the MCU. Seeing the different characters joke together and make fun of each other is one of the most enjoyable parts of this movie.
8 “Just Because Something Works…”
“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”
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This wise line from Shruti speaks to her need to always be learning and improving things. As a genius and the smartest character in the MCU, Shuri is always creating new inventions and technology to help make the world a better place. In many ways, Shuri’s attitude is part of what inspires T’Challa to consider opening Wakanda up to the rest of the world.
7 “I Would Make A Great Queen…”
“I would make a great queen because I am stubborn — if that’s what I wanted.”
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One of the best things about Black Panther is the cast of female characters. Unlike in many MCU films, this movie doesn’t just feature one or two minor or token women. The women of Wakanda are each unique and important to the story in their own ways. Nakia is an experienced, independent spy and fighter, and her independent attitude makes for a refreshing romance and relationship in the MCU.
6 “When You Said You Would Take Me…”
“When you said you would take me to California for the first time, I thought you meant Coachella.”
This is another line from Shuri that is said towards the end of the movie. This line definitely is one that gets a good laugh. While funny, this quote does highlight that Wakanda opening up their existence to the world is an act of altruism. They are an advanced society with technology and healing that can benefit the rest of the world. T’Challa and Shuri are already trying to make the world a better place.
5 “In Times Of Crisis…”
“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”
T’Challa says this line to the U.N. Assembly in the first post-credit scene of the movie. This quote is clearly a nod to real-life political and social issues happening. This is an inspiring quote that reminds us all of the importance of working together and the beauty of equality. The quote is also a good example of T’Challa’s governing style and what he stands for.
4 “You Get To Decide…”
“You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.”
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This is another quote from Nakia that highlights one of the central themes of Black Panther. T’Challa has to figure out what kind of ruler he will become and if he will do things like his father who he admires or forge his own path. Nakia is the person in Black Panther who really understands the responsibility Wakanda has to help underprivileged people in the world. While Killmonger might bring these ideas up, his approach is all wrong where Nakia’s is not.
3 “Guns, So Primitive.”
This line is hilarious and also an important one. Okoye says this line with her signature disdain and disgust, and it definitely makes fans laugh. It’s also a quote that illustrates how Wakanda is the most advanced nation in the world. These afro-futurist elements are part of what makes Black Panther such a pioneering movie for representation in blockbuster films.
2 “Bury Me In The Ocean…”
“Bury me in the ocean, with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.”
Killmonger says this line near the end of the film before he dies (or most likely dies). This quote might be the most powerful from the film as it’s extremely resonant and historical. Unlike the characters who lived in Wakanda, Killmonger grew up in our world and has lived with the impacts of racism and colonization. This is a powerful and emotional quote that highlights the importance of this movie and its relevance to our world.
1 “Wakanda Forever!”
This short line will always be the most quoted from the movie. While some people might argue that this quote and the motion that goes along with it are already overdone, they were important for many people who watched the film. Actors as well as fans were and still are doing the Wakanda Forever salute as a way to express pride in their heritage and show how Black Panther inspired them.