fictional character in Marvel Comics

Thanos is a fictional character that appears in Marvel Comics publications. The character's name is a derivation of Thanatos, the personification of death and mortality in Greek mythology. Thanos first appears in Iron Man #55 (vol. 1, Feb. 1973) and was created by Jim Starlin.


Who under the stars is better suited than I to be Death's consort?


The Universe will now be set right. Made over to fit my unique view of what should be. Let Nihilism reign supreme!
I, whose entire life was dedicated to the pursuit of power, now find myself scraping out a living from the soil. Irony worthy of the drama.
  • Let the heavens run red with blood, but in the end as always Thanos stands triumphant.
Written by Jim Starlin
  • My name is Thanos, and my name means Death.
    • Book 1
  • Who would have thought that becoming God would be such a back stamping victory.
    • Book 2
Written by Jim Starlin
  • I now hold omnipotence. What should I do with such almighty power? The answer to that is actually quite simple: Anything I want.
    Anything. I am incapable of error. Any result that displeases me I can simply reverse. There is nothing I need to worry on, for I am Thanos. And Thanos is supreme. Supreme god.
    • To Mephisto, who has been flattering him, and declaring him to be God, and asking how he might serve him, in Issue 1 : God
  • Am I not Thanos?! Did I not butcher the woman who gave me birth, who force-fed me into this hell called life?!
    Is not the wake of my passing crimson with the blood of my enemies and allies alike?!
    Death is with me every second of the day! My every moment is spent in either dealing out death or worshipping it! So tell me, who under the stars is better suited than I to be Death's consort?
    • To Mephisto, as he continues to be spurned by Death, in Issue 1 : God
  • The Universe will now be set right. Made over to fit my unique view of what should be. Let Nihilism reign supreme!
    • Issue 2 : From Bad to Worse
  • I would prefer death to imprisonment! Pride: my one fatal flaw.
    • To the gathered heroes, as he fakes his own death after losing the Infinity Gauntlet to Adam Warlock, in Issue 6 : The Final Confrontation
  • I should have known I couldn't fool you.
    • To Adam Warlock, who comes to visit him in his hiding place, in Issue 6 : The Final Confrontation
  • Adam Warlock, a being who wished nothing more than to spend the rest of his days within the peaceful environment of the Soul Gem. He now possesses the Infinite Power and the responsibility that goes with it. While I, whose entire life was dedicated to the pursuit of power, now find myself scraping out a living from the soil. Irony worthy of the drama.
    Yet strangely enough though, I envy not Adam Warlock.
    Somehow I feel, that in the long run, Thanos of Titan came out ahead in this particular deal.
    • To himself at the close of Issue 6 : The Final Confrontation

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child.
    • To Ronan the Accuser
  • But return to me again empty handed... And I will bathe the starways with your blood.
    • To Ronan the Accuser
  • Fine, I'll do it myself.
    • To himself as the close of Age of Ultron
  • Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe, but this (laughs) does put a smile on my face.
    • To Tony Stark in the Infinity War trailer
  • I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It’s frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or should I say, I am.
    • To Loki, Thor, and the Hulk.
  • No resurrections this time.
    • After killing Loki.
  • Reality is often disappointing. That is, it was. Now, reality can be whatever I want.
    • To Gamora after obtaining the reality stone
  • Pretty, isn't it? Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
    • To a young Gamora
  • Little one, it's a simple calculus. This universe is finite, its resources finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correction.
    • To Gamora
  • A small price to pay for Salvation.
    • to Gamora
  • I ignored my destiny once, I cannot do that again, even for you. I'm sorry, little one.
    • To Gamora
  • It was... and it was beautiful. Titan was like most planets, too many mounds not enough to go around, and when we faced extinction, I offered a solution. Dispassionate; to rich and poor alike, and they called me a mad man. I'm a survivor.
    • To Doctor Strange about his home planet
  • With all six stones I could simply snap my fingers and it would all cease to exist; and that, I call mercy.
    • To Doctor Strange about his plans to use the Stones
  • I'll finally rest and watch the sun rise on a grateful universe. The hardest choices require the strongest wills.
    • To Doctor Strange about his plans after using the Stones
  • You're full of tricks, wizard. But you never once used your greatest weapon, a fake.
    • To Dr. Strange
  • You have my respect, Stark. When I'm done, half of humanity will still be alive. I hope they'll remember you.
    • To Tony Stark
  • You should have gone for the head.
    • After Thor succeeded in throwing Stormbreaker into his chest (before snapping his fingers).
  • Today I lost more than you can know. But now is no time to mourn. Now... is no time at all.
    • To Scarlet Witch after she killed Vision
  • Gone, reduced to atoms.
    • To the Avengers as they confront him
  • I used the Stones to destroy the Stones. It nearly killed me. But the work is done and it always will be.
    • To the Avengers as they confront him
  • Impossible.
    • Upon learning the existence of other timelines.
  • In all my years of conquest, violence, slaughter, it was never personal. But I'll tell you now, what I'm about to do to your stubborn, annoying little planet...I'm going to enjoy it. Very, very much.
    • To Steve Rogers
  • I... am... inevitable
    • Several times
  • You could not live with your own failure. And where did that bring you? Back to me.
    • To Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Thor
  • I thought that by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive. But you have shown me... that's impossible. As long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be. They will resist.
  • I'm thankful... because now... I know what I must do. I will shred this universe down to its last atom and then, with the Stones you've collected for me, create a new one teeming with life that knows not what it's lost... but only what it has been given. A grateful universe.
  • They'll never know it... because you won't be alive to tell them
    • To Cap after him saying, "Born out of blood"
  • I don't even know who you are.
    • While battling Scarlet Witch

Marvel Animated Adaptations


Silver Surfer (1998)


- Worrying will get you nowhere it will just prepare you for me.

Avengers Assemble (2013)


Guardians of the Galaxy (2015)

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