After blessing us with the wonders of Wandavision, Disney+ is back at it with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a delightful action-packed show providing the MCU’s answer to the buddy cop genre.
And really, it wouldn’t be the MCU without some awesome quotable lines and top notch writing. So, in this post, we’re recapping our favorite quotes and lines so far from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, broken up into categories.
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NOTE: This post currently contains lines from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 1. We’ll be updating the post weekly to add new lines, but be warned that there are of course spoilers below.
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Iconic Quotes from the Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Let’s start with instant classics – lines from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that will be known for years to come.
“One world. One people.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“John: Does he always just stare like that?
Sam: You get used to it.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Bucky: “Battlestar”? Stop the car!” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“John Walker: Do you know who I am?
Germany Cafe Owner: Yes, I do. And I don’t care.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Bucky: Let me just walk you through a hypothetical. Can I walk you though a hypothetical?” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: So all this time you’ve been rich?
Zemo: I’m a Baron, Sam. My family was royalty until your friends destroyed my country.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sharon: Well, that was one hell of a reunion.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Karli: This is the only language these people understand.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Bucky: I was wondering when you were gonna show up.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Zemo: You’re seeing something in her that isn’t there. You’re clouded by it. She’s a supremacist. The very concept of a Super Soldier will always trouble people. It’s that warped aspiration that led to Nazis, to Ultron, to the Avengers.
Sam: You’re talking about our friends.
Bucky: The Avengers, not the Nazis.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Zemo: The desire to become a superhuman cannot be separated from supremacist ideals. Anyone with that serum is inherently on that path. She will not stop. She will escalate until you kill her. Or she kills you.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Bucky: The serum never corrupted Steve.
Zemo: Touché. But there has never been another Steve Rogers, has there?” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“The Dora Milaje have jurisdiction wherever the Dora Milaje find themselves to be.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“John Walker: I am Captain America!” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Torres: Wait, yo, you forgot the wings.
Sam: Keep ’em.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Val: Well, these boots are not made for walkin’. Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Actually, it’s Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. I know it’s hard, but I don’t like to repeat myself, so you can just call me Val.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Sam: Why didn’t you use the metal arm?
Bucky: Well… I don’t always think of it immediately. I’m right-handed.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Sam: I’m Captain America.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Bystander 1: Hell, yeah! That’s the Black Falcon there. I tell you.
Bystander 2: Nah, that’s Captain America.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Bucky: Sorry, I was, uh, I was texting and so, all I heard was, um, “a Black guy in stars and stripes. [Chuckle] Nice job, Cap.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Valentina: Things are about to get weird. So, when they do, we’re not gonna need a Captain America. We’re gonna need a U.S. Agent.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Isaiah: I mean, you ain’t no Malcolm, Martin, Mandela, but…
Sam: No argument there. But I know what I’ve gotta do.
Isaiah: So, a Black Captain America, huh?
Sam: Damn right.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
The Best Clever and Amusing Lines/Exchanges from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
“Major: And Sam, this has to be subtle.
Sam: Subtle. Got it.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Sam: Is that a new thing? Bad guys give themselves bad names?” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Torres: Some people, they think that he’s in a secret base on the moon looking down over us.
Sam: Yeah. Well, I can assure you, those people, you don’t have to take seriously.
Torres: But you didn’t, like… Fly him to the moon?
Sam: Nah.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Sam: Steve represented the best in all of us. Courageous, righteous, hopeful. And he mastered posing stoically.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bucky: Oh, come on. Really? You’re gonna do the notebook thing? Why? It’s passive aggressive.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Unique: Hey, man. I’m Unique. It’s like Monique, but it’s got a “U” in there for uniqueness.
Bucky: That’s absurd.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Mr. Nakijima: You should ask her out.
Mr. Nakijima: He would like to take you out on a date. Maybe to bingo or a night of pinochle?” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bucky: I can’t believe you did that. It’s a dance to these things. You can’t… You gotta warm up and I haven’t danced since 1943… it feels like.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Leah: So, have you dated much since half the fish in the sea came back?” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bucky: I, um… tried the whole online dating thing. It’s pretty crazy. A lot of weird pictures. What kind of weird? I mean, tiger photos? Half the time I don’t even know what I’m looking at. It’s… It’s a lot.
Leah: You sound like my dad.
Leah: Wait, how old are you?
Bucky: A hundred and six.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bank man: Do I know you from somewhere?
Sam: I don’t know. Do you?
Bank man: I do. But where?
Sam: Come on.
Bank man: I knew it. Falcon!” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bucky: Who are you fighting now, Gandalf?
Sam: How do you know about Gandalf?
Bucky: I read The Hobbit in 1937 when it first came out.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: A sorcerer is a wizard without a hat. Think about it. Right? I’m right. I just came up with that. It’s crazy.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Kid: Hey, it’s Black Falcon. What’s up?
Sam: It’s just Falcon, kid.
Kid: No, no. My daddy told me it’s Black Falcon.
Sam: Is it because I’m Black and I’m the Falcon?
Kid: Well, technically, I mean, yes.
Sam: So are you, like, Black kid?” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: Great – well, let’s get to work. Thanks, Doc, for making it weird. I feel much better.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: What’s up with Madripoor? You talk about it like it’s Skull Island.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: We have to fix this. I’m the only one who looks like a pimp.
Zemo: Only an American would assume a fashion-forward Black man looks like a pimp.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sharon: Please. You buy into all that stars and stripes bullshit. Before you were his pet psychopath, you were Mr. America! Cap’s best friend.
Bucky: Wow. She’s kind of awful now.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Zemo: It was sweet of you to defend me at least.
Sam: Hey, you shut it. No one’s defending you. You killed Nagel.
Zemo: Do we really have to litigate what may or may not have happened?
Sam: There’s nothing to litigate. You straight shot the man.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Bucky: Ah! How’d you find us now?
Battlestar: Come on, man. You think two Avengers can walk around Latvia without drawing attention?” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Zemo: (After being handcuffed) Aggressive. But I get it.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Karli: You’re either brilliant or just hopelessly optimistic.
Sam: Well, can’t I be a little bit of both?” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Bucky: Well, I know a crazy when I see one. Because I am crazy.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Sam: Shield or no shield, the only thing you’re runnin’ in here is your mouth.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Sarah: I don’t come up to the sky to tell you how to barrel roll, so don’t come down here and mess around with things you don’t understand.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Bucky: Sharon, what the hell are you doing here?
Sharon: Relax. No one’s looking for me here.
Sam: Do I hear Sharon?
Bucky: Unfortunately.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Sharon: I hear pardons aren’t all they’re cracked up to be anyway.
Bucky: Depends on the therapist.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Batroc: You cost me a lot of money. I wonder how much I can get for your new bird costume.
Sam: A baguette and a few French fries.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Bucky: Lincoln, really?
Walker: Great man. Great quote.
Bucky: Not when you say it.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
The Best Sam and Bucky Moments
The buddy cop dynamic between Sam and Bucky is one of the highlights of the entire show. Here are some of the best lines swapped between Sam and Bucky throughout TFATWS:
“Bucky: Shouldn’t have given up the shield.
Sam: Good to see you too, Buck.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: Yeah, right. It’s a great reunion, buddy, be well.
Bucky: You had no right to give up the shield, Sam.
Sam: Hey. This is what you’re not gonna do. You’re not gonna come here in your overextended life and tell me about my rights. It’s over, Bucky. Besides, I have bigger things to deal with now.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: I have a feeling they might be a part of the Big Three.
Bucky: What “Big Three”?
Sam: The Big Three.
Bucky: What Big Three?
Sam: Androids, aliens, and wizards.
Bucky: That’s not a thing.
Sam: That’s definitely a thing.
Bucky: No, it’s not.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: I have all of that on camera. You know that, right?
Bucky: Get out of my face, Sam, or I’ll break it.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: Look at you. All stealthy. A little time in Wakanda and you come out White Panther.
Bucky: It’s actually White Wolf.
Sam: Huh?” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Bucky: I got a vibranium arm. I can take them.
Sam: And I can fly. Who gives a shit?” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Sam: What’s going on in that big cyborg brain of yours?
Bucky: It’s computing.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Dr. Raynor: Okay, it goes like this. Suppose that while you’re sleeping, a miracle occurs. When you wake up, what is something that you would like to see that would make your life better?
Bucky: In my miracle, he would… he would talk less.
Sam: Exactly what I was gonna say. Isn’t that ironic?” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Dr. Raynor: You guys are leaving me with no choice. It’s time for the soul-gazing exercise.
Bucky: I like this better. Thank you.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Bucky: Why did you give up that shield?
Sam: Why are you making such a big deal out of something that has nothing to do with you?
Bucky: Steve believed in you. He trusted you. He gave you that shield for a reason. That shield, that is… that is everything he stood for. That is his legacy. He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing.
Sam: Shut up.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Bucky: Give us a sec. I’m gonna go in alone.
Bucky: You’re an Avenger. You know how he feels about that.
Sam: It’s not like you two were known for frolickin’ in the sun together.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: I’ve seen that book. It was Steve’s when he came out of the ice. I told him about Trouble Man. He wrote it in that book. Did you hear it? What’d you think?
Bucky: I like ’40s music, so…
Sam: You didn’t like it?
Bucky: I liked it.
Zemo: It is a masterpiece, James. Complete. Comprehensive. It captures the African-American experience.
Sam: He’s out of line, but he’s right. It’s great. Everybody loves Marvin Gaye.
Bucky: I like Marvin Gaye.
Sam: Steve adored Marvin Gaye.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Bucky: I thought we were going left?
Sam: You went the wrong way!
Bucky: I was clearing the way!
Sam: I came out first. You had to follow me.
Bucky: And where are we now?
Sharon: Guys, not the time! I’m out!
Bucky: This is a barricade.
Sam: It’s in every action movie!” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: You’re not gonna move your seat up, are you?
Bucky: No.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: Just stay here. The people in this town are the most welcoming people in the world. They don’t care if you wear small T-shirts or if you have six toes or if your mom’s your aunt.
Bucky: Okay, I get it. I mean, you know, the people are nice.
Sam: But don’t flirt with my sister.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Sam: You up for a little tough love? You want to climb out of the hell you’re in, do the work. Do it.
Bucky: I’ve been making amends.
Sam: Nah. You weren’t amending, you were avenging. You were stopping all the wrongdoers you enabled as the Winter Soldier, because you thought it would bring you closure. You go to these people and say “sorry,” because you think it’ll make you feel better, right? But you gotta make them feel better. You gotta go to them and be of service. I’m sure there’s at least one person in that book who needs closure about something, and you’re the only one who can give it to ’em.
Bucky: Probably a dozen.
Sam: That’s cool. Start with one.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Bucky: We’re professionals.
Bucky: And, uh, we’re partners.
Bucky: But we’re also a couple of guys with a mutual friend.
Sam: Friend’s now gone.
Bucky: So we’re a couple of guys.
Sam: I can live with that.
Bucky: Perfect.” Episode 5, “Truth”
Top The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Lines that Raised Important Points and Issues
One of the most intriguing things about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is its unique blend of quick quips, action, humor and yet a focus on important and relevant issues. Here are some TFATWS lines that demonstrate that.
“Sam: Trust me. Every time something gets better for one group, it gets worse for another.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Doctor Raynor: If you are alone, that is the quietest, most personal hell. And, James, it is very hard to escape.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Leah: You know how you call a guy whose wife died a widower? Or, if your parents die, you’re an orphan. You know, there’s no word for someone whose kids die. Because it’s the worst thing that could happen.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Sam: There’s no such thing as on time. You’re either early or late. Pick one.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Sam: So you’re telling me that there was a black Super Soldier decades ago and nobody knew about it?” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Isaiah: You know what they did to me for being a hero? They put my ass in jail for 30 years. People running tests, taking my blood, coming into my cell. Even your people weren’t done with me.” Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”
“Zemo: The danger with people like him, America’s Super Soldiers, is that we put them on pedestals. They become symbols. Icons. And then we start to forget about their flaws. From there, cities fly, innocent people die. Movements are formed, wars are fought.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Nico: My grandfather, Lukasz, he was a World War II resistance fighter. He always used to tell me, “If you’re doing somethin’, and it makes you scared, it’s probably because it’s the right thing.” And he fought Nazis, so…” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Walker: Yep. Three badges of excellence to make sure I never forget the worst day of my life. We both know that the things that we had to do in Afghanistan to be awarded those medals felt a long way from being right. Being Cap is the first time I’ve had the chance to do something that actually feels right.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Isaiah: Man, that’s why you’re here? You think things are different? You think times are different? You think I wouldn’t be dead in a day if you brought me out? You wanna believe jail was my fault because you got that white man’s shield. They were worried my story might get out. So, they erased me. My history. But they’ve been doing that for 500 years. Pledge allegiance to that, my brother. They will never let a Black man be Captain America. And even if they did, no self-respecting Black man would ever wanna be.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Bucky: When Steve told me what he was planning, I don’t think we understood what it felt like for a Black man to be handed the shield. How could we? I owe you an apology. I’m sorry.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Sarah: Aren’t you supposed to be off saving the world? Why are you back here bothering me?
Sam: ‘Cause my family’s well-being is a part of the world.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Bucky: Whatever happened with Walker, it wasn’t your fault. I get it. It’s just, that shield’s the closest thing I’ve got left to a family, so when you retired it, it made me feel like I had nothing left. Made me question everything.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Sam: We have to preserve this. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I can’t win every fight. That’s cool. I’m okay with that. But this… This is our history. We can’t lose this fight.” Episode 5, “Truth”
“Karli: It doesn’t matter if I don’t survive this. I’m fighting for something bigger than myself. With all the bodies you’ve collected, have you been able to say the same?
Bucky: You don’t think I ever fought for something bigger than myself? That’s all I ever tried to do. And I failed twice.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Bucky: You think your cause justifies all this death, but in the end, the nightmares won’t go away. You’re gonna remember all the ones you killed. Trust me. Don’t do this. Don’t go down this path.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Sam: We finally have a common struggle now. Think about that. For once, all the people who’ve been begging, and I mean, literally begging for you to feel how hard any given day is… Now you know. How did it feel to be helpless? Now if you could remember what it was like to be helpless and face a force so powerful it could erase half the planet, you would know that you’re about to have the exact same impact. This isn’t about easy decisions, Senator.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Sam: I’m a Black man carrying the stars and stripes. What don’t I understand? Every time I pick this thing up, I know there are millions of people who are gonna hate me for it. Even now, here… I feel it. The stares, the judgment. And there’s nothin’ I can do to change it. Yet, I’m still here. No super serum, no blond hair, or blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better. We can’t demand that people step up if we don’t meet them halfway. Look, you control the banks. Shit, you can move borders! You can knock down a forest with an email, you can feed a million people with a phone call. But the question is, who’s in the room when you make those decisions? Hmm? Is it the people you’re gonna impact? Or is it just more people like you? I mean, this girl died trying to stop you, and no one has stopped for one second to ask why. You’ve gotta do better, Senator. You’ve gotta step up. Because if you don’t, the next Karli will. And you don’t wanna see 2.0. People believed in her cause so much that they helped her defy the strongest governments in the world. Why do you think that is? Look, you people have just as much power as an insane god or a misguided teenager. The question you have to ask yourself is, “How are you going to use it?” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
“Sam: Yeah, I might fail. Shit, I might die. But… We built this country. Bled for it. I’m not gonna let anybody tell me I can’t fight for it. Not after what everybody before me went through. Including you.” Episode 6, “One World, One People”
Serious The Falcon and the Winter Solider Quotes that Reveal the State of the World Post-Blip
Another fascinating part of TFATWS is how it tackles what real life looks like in the world after the events of the Blip. Here are some of the best The Falcon and the Winter Soldier quotes that give insight into how much life on Earth has changed.
“Sam: The world has been forever changed. A few months ago, billions of people reappeared after five years away, sending the world into turmoil. We need new heroes. Ones suited for the times we’re in. Symbols… are nothing without the women and men that give them meaning.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Rhodes: World’s a crazy place right now. People are… Well, nobody’s stable. Allies are now enemies. Alliances are all torn apart. The world’s broken. Everybody’s just looking for somebody to fix it.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bucky: This is new for me. I didn’t have a moment to deal with anything, you know? I had a little… calm in Wakanda. And other than that, I just went from one fight to another for 90 years.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Sarah: And then you were off fighting Doctor Space Cape or whatever while I was holdin’ it together for five long years. Now that the world is going back to normal, this thing’s gotta go.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bank man: your financials are all over the place. Is there some kind of fund for heroes? Or did Stark pay you when he was around? My condolences, by the way.
Sam: Thank you, but no, it doesn’t really work like that.
Bank man: There’s a tremendous amount of goodwill and because of that, people are inclined to help, which applies to the business.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Bank man: You have no income over the last five years.
Sarah: How can you have income if you don’t exist?” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Department of Defense Rep on TV: Unrest, in the wake of recent events has left us vulnerable. Every day Americans feel it. While we love heroes who put their lives on the line to defend Earth, we also need a hero to defend this country. We need a real person who embodies America’s greatest values. We need someone to inspire us again, someone who can be a symbol for all of us.
So, on behalf of the Department of Defense and our Commander-in-Chief, it is with great honor that we announce here today that the United States of America has a new hero.
Join me in welcoming your new Captain America.” Episode 1 “New World Order’
“Sharon: I stole Steve’s shield, remember? I also took the wings for your ass, so that you could save him from him. I didn’t have the Avengers to back me up. So I’m off the grid in Madripoor.
Sam: Don’t blow smoke. I was on the run, too.
Sharon: Was. Is. Big difference. I don’t speak to my family anymore. I can’t. My own father doesn’t know where I am.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: Maybe I shouldn’t have put it in a museum. I should have destroyed it.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Bucky: Look, that shield represents a lotta things to a lotta people, including me. The world is upside down, and we need a new Cap, and it ain’t gonna be Walker. So before you destroy it, I’ll take it from him myself.” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Zemo: I heard what became of Sokovia. Cannibalized by its neighbors before the land was cleared of rubble, erased from the map. I don’t suppose any of you bothered visiting the memorial? Of course not. Why would you?” Episode 3, “Power Broker”
“Sam: For five years, people have been welcomed into countries that have kept them out using barbwire. There were houses and jobs. Folks were happy to have people around to help them rebuild. It wasn’t just one community coming together, it was the entire world coming together. And then, boom. Just like that, it goes right back to the way it used to be. To them, at least Karli’s doin’ somethin’.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Nico: the world’s more complicated now. People are lost. They need a leader who looks like them, who understands their pain. Someone who understands that today’s heroes don’t have the luxury of keeping their hands clean.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Karli: :I don’t remember my mother or my father. Same goes for siblings, grandparents, cousins. What I do remember is bein’ alone. Worse than bein’ hungry or cold or scared. I was alone. Until Mama Donya. Like a lot of you here, Mama Donya saved me. She clothed me, fed me, loved me.
She taught me that we have to do for each other because they won’t. And we know who they are. They imposed struggle and hardship on us, then labeled us as criminals for pushing back. But the struggle is what brings us all together. People who have nothin’ in common. For we are, after all, simply one world and one people. So live accordingly.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
“Karli: They started a war as soon as they kicked us out of our new homes and onto the street.” Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching”
Did we miss any of your favorite The Falcon and the Winter Soldier lines?
Let us know in the comments! And rest assured, we’ll be updating this TFATWS quotes roundup weekly with new additions from each episode.