Napoleon Dynamite

2004 film by Jared Hess

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 film about a listless and alienated teenager who decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small Idaho high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. Napoleon Dynamite has become a cult-classic and the quotes are now often said in American high schools.

Directed by Jared Hess. Written by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess.
He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove.Taglines

Napoleon Dynamite

  • You know like numchuck (sic) skills... bowhunting skills... computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!
  • [Looks at a wig] That one looks like a medieval warrior.
  • I caught you a delicious bass.
  • Do the chickens have large talons?
  • Pedro offers you his protection.
  • Yeah, hold on... I forgot to put in the crystals.
  • Yeah, there's like a boat-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join 'cause I'm pretty good with a bo staff.
  • [To Deb] I see you're drinking 1%. Is that 'cause you think you're fat? Because you're not. You could be drinking whole if you wanted to. Well, I have all your equipment in my locker. You should probably come get it cause I can't fit my nunchucks in there anymore.
  • [While hitting a tetherball repeatedly] (*hit*) YES! (*hit*) YES! (*hit*) YES!
  • [To Trisha over the phone] Really? It took me, like, 3 hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.
  • Are you guys having a killer time?
  • Gosh!!!
  • [To Deb] I like your sleeves... they're real big.
  • [To Pedro] Just listen to your heart. That's what I do.
  • What the heck are you even talking about?
  • You got like three feet of air that time. Can I try it really quick?
  • Tina, you fat lard! Come get some dinner! Tina, eat. Eat the food. EAT THE FOOD!
  • Tina, come get some ham!
  • Six dollars? That's like a dollar an hour!
  • Sorry I'm late. I just got done taming a wild honeymoon stallion for you guys.
  • [To Kip and LaFawnduh at wedding] I hope you guys' experiences are unforgettable.
  • [To Kip and LaFawnduh] LUCKY!!
  • [Whispering while typing] I love the way your sandy hair floats in the air... To me it's like a lullaby... I'm just flying by... Oh so high... like a kite... tied to a stake.
  • I'm just getting kinda TO'd. I mean, she hasn't even sent me a full body shot yet.
  • How 'bout some gold bracelets?
  • I've been out making some sweet moolah with Uncle Rico.
  • Lafawnduh is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I'm 100% positive she's my soul mate. Don't worry Napoleon, I'm sure there's a babe out there for you too. Peace out.
  • [Kip is singing to Lafawnduh after they are pronounced husband and wife] Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever... We met in a chat room, now our love can fully bloom... Sure the world wide web is great, but you, you make me "salvivate"... Yes, I love technology, but not as much as you, you see... But I still love technology... Always and forever. Our love is like a flock of doves, flying up to Heaven above... always and forever, always and forever... Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever...
  • Napoleon, let go of me! I think you're bruising my neck meat!
  • Geez, I think you ripped my mole off.
  • You're just jealous 'cause I've been chatting online with babes all day.
  • I'm Rex, founder of the Rex Kwon Do self-defense system! After one week with me in my dojo, you'll be prepared to defend yourself with the strength of a grizzly, the reflexes of a puma, and the wisdom of a man. So come down today for your free-trial lesson!
  • Bow to your sensei. BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!
  • Grab my arm. The other arm. MY other arm!
  • My name is Rex. If you study with my eight-week program, you will learn the system of self-defense that I developed over two seasons fighting in the Octagon. It's called Rex Kwon Do. I need a volunteer...
  • Now, in addition to what you just saw, if you study with my eight-week program, you're gonna learn these things. First off, at Rex Kwon Do, we use the buddy system. No more flyin' solo. You need somebody watchin' your back at all times. Second off, you're gonna learn to discipline your image. You think I got where I am today because I dressed like Peter Pan here? [gestures at Napoleon] Take a look at what I'm wearin', people. [Points to his American flag pants] You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I'm wearing these bad boys? Forget about it. Last off, my students will learn about self respect. Do you think anybody thinks I'm a failure because I go home to Starla at night? [Points to a photo of his blonde, tan, muscular body-builder wife.] Forget about it! Now, for only $300 dollars, you can sign up right now for my eight-week program.
  • Just break the wrist, and walk away. Break the wrist; walk away.
  • [To Rico, after he arrives home to find him trying to sell herbal breast enhancers to Starla] C'MERE, BOY!!

Uncle Rico

  • How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?... Yeah... Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would've been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.
  • Napoleon, you know we can't afford the fun pack! What, do you think money grows on trees in this family? Take it back! And get some Pampers for you and your brother while you're at it.
  • Your grandma took a spill at the sand dunes today. Broke her coccyx.
  • Hey, you guys wanna see my video?
  • Kip, I reckon you know a lot about...cyberspace?
  • Billowy's good.
  • How does the dealio sound now?


  • [Her class president campaign speech] Well, I never thought I would make it here today. I would make a great class president because I promise to put two new pop machines in the cafeteria, and I'm also gonna get a glitter Bonne Bell dispenser for all the girls' bathrooms. Oh, and we're gonna get new cheerleading uniforms. Anyway, I think I'd be a great class president. So, who wants to eat chimichangas next year? Not me. See, with me it will be summer all year long. Vote for Summer.


  • [His class president campaign speech] I don't have much to say, but I think it would be good to have some Holy Santos brought to the high school, to guard the hallway and to bring us good luck. El Santo Niño de Atocha is a good one. My Aunt Concha has seen him. And we have a great FFA schedule lined up, and I'd like to see more of that. If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true. Thank you.


  • [Fumbles with shotgun as he prepares to slaughter cow] Nothin' on here works smooth.
  • [Making small talk] Over there in that creek bed I found a couple of Shoshoni arrowheads.
  • [Officiating a wedding] I would like to give you this advice that a fellow gave me some years ago. He said, "When an argument arises, if you go outside and take a nice walk, you'll calm down and you can come back, and it won't be an argument. And you'll find that it helps your health; all that fresh air and exercise will do you a lot of good."


[First lines]
Vern: What are you going to do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh! (Ties a string to his action figure and chucks it out the window)

Napoleon: Who are you?
Lafawnduh: I'm Lafawnduh.
Napoleon: What are you doing here?
Lafawnduh: I'm waiting for Kip. Why are you so sweaty?
Napoleon: Been practicing.
Lafawnduh: Practicing what?
Napoleon: My dance moves. [dramatically turns his head and takes a swig of Gatorade]

Teacher: Your current event, Napoleon.
Napoleon: Last week, Japanese scientists explaced... placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Court Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland's local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its residents, and all those who seek a peaceful existence with our underwater ally.

Don: Hey, Napoleon. What did you do last summer again?
Napoleon: I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!
Don: Did you shoot any?
Napoleon: Yes, like 50 of 'em! They kept trying to attack my cousins, what the heck would you do in a situation like that?
Don: What kind of gun did you use?
Napoleon: A frickin' twelve-gauge, what do you think?

Napoleon: Hey, can I use your guys's phone for a sec?
Secretary: Is there anything wrong?
Napoleon: I don't feel very good. [Secretary pushes telephone towards Napoleon and he dials number]
Kip: [on other line] Hi.
Napoleon: Is Grandma there?
Kip: No, she's getting her hair done.
Napoleon: [prolonged sigh]
Kip: What do you need?
Napoleon: Can you just go get her for me?
Kip: I'm really busy right now. [he's making nachos]
Napoleon: Just tell her to come get me.
Kip: Why?
Napoleon: 'Cause I don't feel good!
Kip: Well, have you talked to the school nurse?
Napoleon: No, she doesn't know anything... Will you just come get me?
Kip: No.
Napoleon: Well, will you do me a favor then? Can you bring me my ChapStick?
Kip: No, Napoleon.
Napoleon: But my lips hurt real bad!
Kip: Just borrow some from the school nurse. I know she has, like, five sticks in her drawer.
Napoleon: I'm not gonna use hers, you sicko!
Kip: See ya. (Hangs up)
Napoleon: Ugh! Idiot!

Napoleon: Do you ride the bus to school?
Pedro: No, I ride my bike.
Napoleon: What kind of bike do you have?
[cut to them with bike]
Pedro: It's a Sledgehammer.
Napoleon: Dang! You got shocks... pegs... Lucky! (Also notices the Flag of Mexico on the back of the seat) You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

Uncle Rico: Back in '82, I used to be able to toss a pigskin a quarter mile.
Kip: Are you serious?
Uncle Rico: I'm dead serious.

Napoleon: How long did it take you to grow that mustache?
Pedro: A couple of days.
Napoleon: I wish I could grow one. [chomps into a tater tot]

Napoleon: Stay home and eat all the freakin' chips, Kip!
Kip: Napoleon, don't be jealous 'cause I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to become a cage fighter.
Napoleon: Since when, Kip? You have the worst reflexes of all time.
Kip: Try and hit me, Napoleon.
Napoleon: What?
Kip: I said come down here and see what happens if you try and hit me.
Napoleon: [comes down the stairs] Such an idiot!
Kip: C'mon, let's see what your best move is...
[After Napoleon tries and fails to hit Kip a few times, the doorbell rings]
Napoleon: I'll go get it. [Slaps Kip in the face while he's not looking]
Kip: Geeeez!

Deb: And here we have some boondoggle keychains. A must-have for this season's fashion.
Napoleon: I already made like affinity [sic] of those at scout camp.
Deb: Well, is anyone else here? I'm trying to earn money for college.
Kip: [in the background] Your mom goes to college!
[Deb shoves the case into Napoleon's hands and runs away]

Grandma: How was school?
Napoleon: The worst day of my life, what do you think?

Napoleon: Well, what is there to eat?
Grandma: Knock it off, Napoleon! Make yourself a dang quesadilla! [pronounces it "case-a-dill-a"]
Napoleon: Fine!

Napoleon: So me and you are pretty much friends by now, right?
Pedro: Yes.
Napoleon: [recalling the tenets of Rex Kwon Do] So you got my back and everything?
Pedro: What?
Napoleon: Never mind.

Kip: So how long are we talking about working?
Uncle Rico: What, are you already losing your steam?
Kip: No, I just... I have a chat room meeting at four. I gotta be back here by then.
Uncle Rico: All right, you just start a little earlier, that's all. Or else work afterwards. How long is the chat room?
Kip: Geez, sometimes up to 3 or 4 hours maybe... maybe not...
Uncle Rico: You pay the bills for that? Does that cost money every time you're on, like for minutes on the phone?
Kip: Yeah, Grandma's still paying per minute. She gets kinda pissed at me sometimes 'cause I'm on there so long.
Uncle Rico: I bet she does. I'll tell you something, I'd be throwing you out the window.

Napoleon: My old girlfriend from Oklahoma was gonna fly out for the dance but she couldn't 'cause she's doing some modeling right now.
Pedro: Is she hot?
Napoleon: See for yourself. [hands Pedro Deb's glamor shot sample]
Pedro: Wow.
Napoleon: Yeah, I took her to the mall to get some glamor shots for her birthday one year.
Pedro: I like her bangs.
Napoleon: Me too.

[during class]
Randy: Napoleon, give me some of your tots.
Napoleon: No, go find your own.
Randy: Come on. Give me some of your tots.
Napoleon: No. I'm freakin' starved. I didn't get to eat anything today.
[Randy kicks Napoleon's pants pocket, ruining the tater tots]
Napoleon: Ugh. Gross. Freakin' idiot!

[deleted scene]
Don: [playing kickball] Hey, Napoleon. Did you wet the bed last night?
Napoleon: Hey, Don. Did you take a dump in your bed last night?
Don: I could kick your butt, Napoleon, so I'd shut up.
Napoleon: Why don't you go tell your mom to shut up?
Don: What did you just say?
Napoleon: Whatever I feel like I wanna say!
Don: Did you just say something about my mom?
Napoleon: Maybe I did, maybe I didn't!
Don: Do you wanna die, Napoleon?
Napoleon: Yeah, right. Who's the only one here who knows illegal ninja moves from the government?
Don: [steps up to Napoleon] Step up, Napoleon.
[Napoleon slaps him, then runs away.]

Napoleon: [lying] Grandma just called and said you're supposed to go home.
Uncle Rico: She didn't tell me anything.
Napoleon: Too bad. She said she doesn't want you here when she gets back because you've been ruining everybody's lives and eating all our steak.
Uncle Rico: I'm not goin' anywhere, Napoleon.
Napoleon: Get off my property!
Uncle Rico: It's a free country. I can do whatever I want.
Napoleon: Get off my property or I'll call the cops on you.
Uncle Rico: Well then do it! Go on!
Napoleon: Maybe I will, GOSH!

[Napoleon, Kip, and Uncle Rico watching Uncle Rico's video of himself throwing footballs]
Uncle Rico: So, what do you think?
Kip: It's pretty cool, I guess.
Uncle Rico: Ohhhh, man, I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state.
Napoleon: This is pretty much the worst video ever made.
Kip: Napoleon, like anyone can even know that.
Uncle Rico: You know what, Napoleon? You can leave.
Napoleon: You guys are retarded!

Napoleon: [referring to the dance] Who are you gonna ask?
Pedro: That girl over there.
Napoleon: Summer Wheatly? How the heck are you gonna do that?
Pedro: Build her a cake or something.

Pedro: Do you think people will vote for me?
Napoleon: Heck yes! I'd vote for you.
Pedro: Like what are my skills?
Napoleon: Well, you have a sweet bike, and you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you're, like, the only guy at school who has a mustache.
Pedro: That's true.

[talking about the school-president election]
Pedro: If I win, you can be my secretary or something.
Napoleon: Sweet!

Uncle Rico: What about your girlfriend?
Kip: Well, things are getting pretty serious right now. I mean, we chat online for, like, two hours every day, so I guess you could say things are gettin' pretty serious.

Napoleon: Deb just called me. She pretty much hates me by now.
Pedro: Why?
Napoleon: Because my uncle Rico's an IDIOT.
Pedro: Do you have anything to give to her?
Napoleon: No. Not unless she likes fish.

[Napoleon just hung up the phone]
Pedro: Who was that?
Napoleon: Trisha.
Pedro: Who's she?
Napoleon: My woman I'm taking to the dance.
Pedro: Did you draw her a picture?
Napoleon: Heck yes I did.

Uncle Rico: I wish you wouldn't look at me like that, Napoleon.
Napoleon: I wish you'd get out of my life and shut up!
Uncle Rico: Let me tell you about something. While you're out there playing patty cake with your friend Pedro, your Uncle Rico is making 120 bucks.
Napoleon: I could make that much money in 5 seconds!
Kip: Geez, yeah right, Napoleon. I made, like, 75 bucks today.
Uncle Rico: Napoleon, it looks like you don't have a job. So why don't you go out there and feed Tina?
Napoleon: Why don't you go eat a decroded piece of crap?!

Don: Vote for Summer.
Napoleon: Yeah, right, I'm not voting for her.
Don: Then who you gonna vote for?
Napoleon: I'm votin' for Pedro Sanchez, who do you think? [Don scoffs and starts to walk away] Hey, Don. Can I have one of those buttons?
[Don hands Napoleon a "Vote 4 Summer" button; Napoleon throws it at the wall, stares at Don, then runs away.]

Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.

[deleted Scene]
Napoleon: [entering convenience store] Hey, how's it goin'? Those egg rolls are looking pretty good. I might get me some later, I don't have any money right now. You know, I think I'm just gonna get me one of them lotto tickets. My wife says I gotta stop but I'm just feeling real positive today and I wanted to try out my luck and —
Cashier: I think you'd better get back to class. I don't sell lotto tickets to minors.
Napoleon: I'm just gonna go get my ID. [bumps into cooler] [outside, to Pedro] Gosh! They wouldn't sell me one. I don't look old enough. Dang!
Pedro: Do you think I look old enough? [in store] Un lotto ticket, por favor.
[The Cashier looks at Pedro's mustache, then sells him a ticket.]
Napoleon: [outside, scratching ticket] Yes! Three spuds! You picked a good one! That's ten dollars! Yes!

Napoleon: Why do you got your hood on like that?
Pedro: [flashing back] Well, when I came home from school, my head started to get really hot. So I drank some cold water, but it didn't do nothing. So I laid in the bathtub for a while, but then I realized that it was my hair that was making my head so hot. So I went in the kitchen, and I shaved it all off. [done flash-backing] I don't want anyone to see.
Napoleon: I know what you mean.

Napoleon: Are you guys are, like, Pedro's cousins with all the sweet hook-ups?
Cholo #1: Simón.

Napoleon: [drinks a glass of milk] The defect in that one is bleach.
FFA Judge No. 1: That's right.
Napoleon: Yessssss.
Napoleon: [drinks second glass of milk] This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch.
FFA Judge No. 2: Correct.
Napoleon: Yessssss.

Randy: Hey, lemme borrow your bike!
Bullied kid: No.
Randy: C'mon. I'll give you some chips.
Bullied kid: No!
[As they fight over the bike, Pedro's cousins pull up in their low-rider. They glare at Randy, and one shakes his head menacingly. Randy flees.]

[deleted scene]
Dave: Hey, Napoleon. I hear you're in a club for girls.
Napoleon: Shut up, I am not.
Dave: Yeah? Why are you in the Happy Hands Club then?
Napoleon: 'Cause I didn't have a freakin' choice. All the other sweet clubs were filled up. Gosh!

[Napoleon hurls a grapefruit at Uncle Rico's van, Uncle Rico stops his van, gets out his van, face to face with Napoleon, Napoleon throws an orange at Uncle Rico, Uncle Rico chases him, tackles Napoleon down, and puts Napoleon in a headlock]
Uncle Rico: Why the heck you throwin' crap at my van, Napoleon?!
Napoleon: Everybody at school thinks I'm a frickin' IDIOT because of you!
Uncle Rico: You're gonna clean my van... right now.
Napoleon: Get off of me, you bodaggit! [Napoleon hits Uncle Rico with his elbow, runs off, and climbs a fence, jumps off, and continues running]

Sheldon: Who's that in my driveway?
[Pedro's cousins show off their low-rider's hydraulics]
Napoleon: That's my ride.


  • He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove.
  • It's Gonna Be a Dynamite Summer
  • Same planet...different flippin' world.


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