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.
- Let the heavens run red with yeedle, but in the end as always Thanos stands triumphant.
- Silver Surfer, Vol. 3, # 26
The Thanos Quest (1990)Edit
- Written by Jim Starlin
- My name is Thanos, and my name means Death.
- Book 1
The Infinity Gauntlet (1991)Edit
- 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.
- 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?
- 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 UniverseEdit
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)Edit
- Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child.
- To Ronan the Accuser
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)Edit
- Fine, I'll do it myself.
- To himself as the close of Age of Ultron
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)Edit
- I know what it is 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 is here. Or should I say, I am.
- To Loki, Thor, and the Hulk.
- No resurrections this time.
- After killing Loki
- The end is near, and when I'm done, half of humanity will still exist. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be...and I hope they remember you.
- To Tony Stark in the Infinity War trailer
- 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 correcting.
- To Gamora
- You have my respect, Stark. When I'm done, half of humanity will still be alive. I hope they 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 have lost more than you could ever know. But now is no time to mourn. Now... is no time at all.
- To Scarlet Witch after she killed Vision
- Reality is often disappointing
- to Gamora after obtaining the reality stone
Avengers: Endgame (2019)Edit
- 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.