Ghost Rider is one of the most iconic Marvel characters ever created, dancing the line between life and death as well as good and evil. But this popular Western antihero is infamous for handing out top-notch lines! Below are all of the best Ghost Rider quotes from the comics, movies, and the Agents of SHIELD TV series, ranked in no particular order.
Best Ghost Rider quotes from comics
Marvel’s Ghost Rider is well-known for his fiery temper, quick wit, and iconic flaming skull. While this character is not a man of many words, preferring to take action instead, the numerous Ghost Riders have delivered some extremely powerful quotes in various Marvel Comics.
1. “I am the Spirit of Vengeance. Nothing will stop me from inflicting pain on all those who have inflicted it on innocent beings.”
Danny Ketch was the very first Ghost Rider who presented the Penance Stare as a special ability. It was an iconic moment where he focused his energy on defending innocent souls while avenging them by inflicting all of their suffering on those who had caused their pain.
2. “Everyone keeps telling me that I’m the worst Ghost Rider that’s ever lived. Like that’s supposed to be some kinda insult. But what the hell have the Ghost Riders ever done? Except bring misery to themselves and everyone they love. Except die alone or go bat-$%#@ crazy. Well, That’s not me, Uncle Eli. That’s not how I’m going out. To hell with being a Spirit of Vengeance. I’m an Avenger.”
This quote comes from Robbie Reyes (Roberto Reyes of Earth-616), the current Ghost Rider, and stems from Avengers Vol. 8 #25. The quote goes on to state that, although most Ghost Riders are cold, heartless, and without mercy, Robbie is one of the exceptions – wanting to use his powers for good, taking the role of an Avenger first and the Spirit of Vengeance second.
3. “You cannot destroy one already beyond death, villain.”
An epic combo was featured with the release of Marvel Team-Up #15, where Ghost Rider and Spider-Man worked together. It appears that he has transcended the concept of death, both mentally and physically, and he’s never afraid to remind his enemies of this fact.
4.“Hope. It’s the devil’s favorite poison…And I fall for it every…Damn…Time.”
Johnny Blaze (Johnathon Blaze of Earth-616) finds himself trapped in Hell without any means to escape while being teased with the notion that there is a way out of his situation. Although his character is typically harsh and brash, he lets his guard down slightly while showing the audience that he is still subject to human emotions, psychology, and influences.
He admits that he is not immune to the prospect of hope – irrespective of whether or not that hope truly exists. He believes that hope is the devil’s favorite poison for this very reason, as humans will always succumb to the idea of fulfilling their most cherished dreams if given the chance.
5. “You sought to challenge my hellspawned power–but instead, you found death!”
This quote stems from Ghost Rider Vol. 2 #30, which sees a brief encounter between Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme. Although neither of the two powerful figures could beat the other in a fight, the battle was definitely epic.
6. “Avengers? Fantastic Four? X-Dudes? They Can All Kiss My Bony, Flammable Ass.”
This is one of the most iconic Ghost Rider quotes of all time, proving how standoffish Johnny Blaze truly is. While he has made various allies within the Marvel universe, many Marvel heroes still despise him – and, he takes a moment to make his position abundantly clear in Ghost Rider Vol. 7 #1.
7. “I Know What It’s Like To Have…Something Inside You That Just Wants Vengeance, No Matter What The Cost.”
Although Ghost Rider and Hulk appear to have quite a lot in common, these two iconic characters were put up against each other with Ghost Rider Vol. 6 #13 as part of the World War Hulk storyline. It’s clear that Ghost Rider is no match for Hulk’s brute strength and overpowered stature.
But, he uses his own struggle to relate to Hulk’s position surprisingly compassionately and effectively. He is far more sympathetic toward Hulk than others, most likely due to the two characters sharing a burden beyond what most can comprehend.
8. “It’s not the jump that’s the scary part… It’s the landing.”
One of Johnny Blaze’s most complex battles is the one that exists internally, as he must constantly deal with inner turmoil due to Lucifer’s devilish tricks. Blaze is forced to become Ghost Rider in order to fight back against Lucifer’s evil, and he makes a powerful statement that can be applied to just about any situation.
He refers to his former days as a professional motorcycle stuntman with this quote, all while hinting at the statement being more relevant to his current situation. Being a man of action at heart, Ghost Rider implies that the toughest part of any decision is the consequences that will follow it.
9. “Last time I bothered prayin’ for something, I got swindled outta my soul.”
Despite the fact that Johnny Blaze is completely aware of Heaven and Hell’s existence in his reality, he’s still eager to turn his nose up at the idea of faith. His skeptical and reluctant views on divine intervention are teased with the release of Ghost Rider Vol. 6 #35.
This is particularly understandable since he was tricked into becoming the Spirit of Vengeance. Ghost Rider makes it clear that he’s a man of action that’s not looking for any Heavenly favors or Hellish deals, let alone the fine print.
10.“Do you know what hellfire feels like…Like all your sins, come home to roost…So, tell me…What are you scared of?”
Shadowland: Ghost Rider was a brief tie-in series that linked Ghost Rider to a larger story following Daredevil, and it’s still seen as one of the best Ghost Rider stories out there. While Daredevil is considered the “Man Without Fear,” Ghost Rider revels in fear viewing it as a manifestation of sin and darkness.
This emotionally driven yet undeniably intimidating quote captures Johnny Blaze’s inner struggle and stance. It gives the audience insight into his sense of self, implying that his Ghost Rider form is essentially a manifestation of his own sins.
Best Ghost Rider quotes from movies
A couple of Ghost Rider movies were released over the years, starting with Ghost Rider in 2007 and following on to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 2011. Both titles saw Nicolas Cage take the titular role of Johnny Blaze, more commonly known as Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider (2007)
The first Ghost Rider movie was highly anticipated but had mixed reviews among fans and critics. Still, Blaze dished out some highly memorable quotes that match the character’s demeanor and personality really well.
1. “How does it feel to have all that evil inside of you? All their power? All their souls? A thousand souls to burn. Look into my eyes. Your souls are stained with the blood of the innocent. Feel their pain.”
One of the most powerful moments in this movie is when Ghost Rider uses Blackheart’s evil against him. While his Penance Stare doesn’t have any effect at first, Blackheart is soon forced to suffer the pain of all the innocent souls he had taken.
2.“I’m the only one who can walk in both worlds. I’m the Ghost Rider.”
Johnny Blaze is infamous for being able to travel inter-dimensionally, both in the original Marvel comics and the movies. Ghost Rider can do both with ease, unlike other beings and entities, such as humans who cannot enter otherworldly realms alive or devils that can’t exist on Earth without a host form.
3. “I’m gonna own this curse… and I’m gonna use it against you. Whenever innocent blood is spilt, it’ll be my father’s blood… and you’ll find me there. A Spirit of Vengeance… fighting fire with fire.”
Johnny Blaze gets the chance to be freed from the curse after his battle with Blackheart, but he chooses the latter. He realizes that he can choose his destiny and use his powers for good, despite these abilities stemming from something dark.
4. “He may have my soul, but he doesn’t have my spirit.”
This was a short and semi-sweet quote, summing up the essence of his character. Even after making a deal with the devil, a deal that cost him his soul, he still finds the inner strength to fight for innocent victims and use his Ghost Rider powers for good.
5. “I feel like my skull is on fire, but I’m good.”
Ghost Rider made one of the original movie’s simplest yet most iconic quotes of all time, throwing a splash of goofy humor onto a dark and grim premise. It was made in response to another character asking if he was alright, and it sums up just how calm and collected Ghost Rider can be – even in the most dire situations.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Most fans weren’t sure if they would get a sequel to the original Ghost Rider movie, particularly since it didn’t get the best reviews. Unfortunately, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was more of a reboot than a sequel and was considerably worse than the original. Nevertheless, Johnny Blaze still gave us a handful of iconic quotes.
1.“If I can spend the rest of my life as a free man without a curse from Hell hanging over my head, yeah, I’ll take it. But I promised Danny he’d be safe. If I walk away now, I’m just trading one demon for another. “
This quote really captures Johnny Blaze’s personality and code, showing that he is a good man despite his dark nature. He has the choice to get the relatively normal life he wanted, but he chooses to keep the name of Ghost Rider for the sake of others.
2. “Why does the devil walk in human form anyway? I have no idea. Maybe he doesn’t know either. Maybe he passes on from body to body, down through history, waiting for the perfect fit. But I know one thing, on Earth, he’s weak. His powers are limited. He needs emissaries to do his dirty work, so he finds them or makes them, using his greatest power, the power of the deal.”
Being able to witness Earth and otherworldy realms and their intricacies, Ghost Rider is well-versed in how demons operate. He tries to explain why devils use humans for their motives instead of simply rocking up in full form, with the conclusion being that demons are actually weak in our reality – only gaining power by striking deals with people.
3. “Nadya, this thing… there’s no reason, no conscience, just hunger.”
Johnny Blaze and Nadya are close, and he clearly has complex feelings toward her. He warns her about the risk of Ghost Rider being released, afraid that she would be in danger – she still responds by saying that she’s not afraid of him, after which he states that she should be.
4. “Oh, it’s awesome. It’s like a flamethrower. You know, it’s like… (urinates fire).”
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was far goofier than the original film, with this moment being one of the most comedic and memorable scenes in the entire movie. In response to Danny asking Johnny Blaze how he pees while he’s on fire, Ghost Rider simply takes a leak on the spot while dishing out the aforementioned quote.
5. “It doesn’t matter how far you run, there are some demons you just can’t escape.”
Johnny Blaze highlights his own sin when explaining that he made a deal with the devil in order to save his father. He became afraid after being possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance and ran halfway across the world in order to get away from it.
Ghost Rider goes on to state that he’s still running to this day, but he’s come to terms with the fact that he’ll never escape it. It’s a powerful quote that captures the complex yet futile struggle of one trying to escape from themself.
Best Ghost Rider quotes from Agents of SHIELD TV series
Robbie Reyes takes the role of Ghost Rider in the non-canonical Agents of SHIELD TV series. He captures the character really well, offering his perspectives on Hellish dimensions and vengeful spirits to produce some of the series’ best quotes.
1. “You know who I am, which is a problem. For both of us. A problem that has to go away.”
Robbie Reyes starts looking for a reason to kill Daisy Johnson (also known as “Quake”) in an episode named “Meet the New Boss” after letting her live despite her clear death wish. Problems arise when Daisy finds out that Robbie is actually Ghost Rider, but Reyes still refuses to take her life without proof that she truly deserves it.
2. “I’ve been stabbed, shot, run over – twice. Next day, I’m good as new.”
This quote stems from an episode named “Uprising,” where Robbie Reyes and Daisy chat after he is severely wounded. Since Daisy cannot simply take Robbie to the hospital, she asks what he usually does whenever he gets injured.
He responds by explaining that while he can get hurt, he simply recovers without any additional care. Ghost Rider is immortal for the most part, and he cannot die due to typical causes – there are only a few forces that could defeat him.
3. “Hell is relative. Dimensions, space, planets – it’s all connected. Plenty of them qualify as hell. The Earth is just one territory in a war that’s been going on forever.”
“World’s End” shows Robbie Reyes trying to explain the concept of “Hell.” He states that hell is not simply a location where all evil souls flock in the afterlife – instead, it’s relative to many factors, meaning Hell could be in many places.
4. “We’re not so different, you and me. You just feel bad for the dead in your wake, and I don’t feel anything.”
Robbie and Daisy form a complex yet close relationship as the series progresses, developing a strong friendship by Season 4. The quote follows the idea of Robbie and Daisy both having sin, regret, and shady pasts – with the difference being that while Daisy feels guilt for her actions under Hive’s influence, Robbie feels no emotion for those who face his Penance Stare.
5.“There’s no such thing as luck. There’s decisions and consequences.”
“The Good Samaritan” flaunts the human side of Ghost Rider, where Robbie is struck with guilt over the state of his brother, Gabe Reyes, who is bound to a wheelchair. Gabe tries to change the tone by saying that night was simply bad luck, but Robbie responds by saying that outcomes in life are based on choices and actions.
Those are all of the best Ghost Rider quotes from the comics, movies, and TV series. Ghost Rider was seen as a merciless vigilante, but these quotes really show his true nature. Deep down, he is as kind, good-hearted, and motivated as many of the most iconic superheroes out there, although he’s certainly more complex than many characters to date.
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