Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, is a beloved superhero in the DC Comics universe. With his incredible strength, lightning-based powers, and childlike enthusiasm, he has won the hearts of fans around the world. But it’s not just his powers that make him memorable – it’s also his wit, humor, and penchant for catchy one-liners. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 best Shazam quotes from movies and comics. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the world of Shazam, these quotes are sure to inspire, entertain, and make you smile.
1. “Could I, could I give you a little piece of advice? Don’t be worried about everybody else. Always look out for number one. Gandhi said that.”
This quote Shazam said to Mary Bromfield, his foster sister, in the movie Shazam! Although Gandhi definitely did not say it, the quote has a nice sentiment to it and carries great weight. Mary applied to Caltech University, worried about how her family would react when her acceptance letter arrived. Shazam convinced her to follow her dreams and focus on her happiness.
2. “A few months ago, I’d have given anything to see two giant fire-breathing robots up close. Now, they seem to have lost their appeal.”
Shazam spoke this famous quote in Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder Vol 1 #1. In Fawcett City, Captain Marvel comes across two giant robots destroying a construction site for the new Solar Center. Using debris from destroyed cars, Captain Marvel attacks the robots and continues to do so until they are completely destroyed and reduced to a pile of scrap. Even though he was eventually victorious, he wasn’t happy to see the robots.
3. “I can’t talk to fish! Even if I could, I mean, honestly, what could we do with that that’s cool?”
Shazam’s movie was famous for its humor. In this scene, Shazam and Freddy Freeman discuss potential Shazam powers. Shazam kind of insinuates that talking to fish (one thing that Aquaman was mercilessly mocked for over the last few decades) is lame, and it doesn’t lead to anything exciting. Freddy straightens him up pretty quickly, telling him that talking to fish can, in fact, lead to commanding an army of billions from the ocean. And we have to agree with Freddy here. Aquaman’s abilities that allow him to manipulate sea life and water, in general, are among the most powerful in the comics.
4. “Are you making some big evil guy speech right now or something? You’re like, a mile away from me right now. There are cars and trucks.”
This quote was spoken before Shazam faced Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, and he totally ruined the villain vibe for him. We’re all annoyed when the villain can’t simply cut to the chase and be done with it. Besides, villains lose every time due to holding some elaborate and dramatic speech which leaves ample time for a superhero to think about the winning strategy.
5. “You know, you’re right, Wizard! It’s silly worrying over things I have no control over.”
Spoken in The Power of Shazam! Vol 1 #15, Billy Batson is worried about his upcoming meeting with Sergeant Steel. The Wizard tries to make him feel better by telling him he doesn’t have to be afraid of the events that haven’t yet come to pass. Shazam agrees that worrying over things outside our control is silly. He also regrets that he doesn’t have the Wisdom of Solomon in his Billy Batson form.
6. Wow– the fight’s just started and already you’ve resorted to hair pulling? Gee whiz!
Shazam said this to Mister Mind inside the worm armor construct in The Power of Shazam! Vol 1 #40. The fight wasn’t even started properly, and the worm had already resorted to cheap and dirty tricks to gain the upper hand. This is just one more instance of Shazam ruining the villain vibes with his snarky well-timed one-liners.
7. “If a superhero can’t save his family, he’s not much of a hero. “
This quote from Shazam emphasizes the importance of family and how it is a fundamental aspect of being a hero. It suggests that a hero is not just someone who has extraordinary abilities and saves the world but also someone who can protect and care for their loved ones.
Shazam himself is a good example of this concept, as his alter ego Billy Batson is an orphan who is separated from his family. Through his transformation into Shazam, he gains the power to protect his loved ones and becomes a hero not just to the world but also to his own family.
8. “Here’s a thing about power. What good is power if you got nobody to share it with?”
Shazam shared his powers, and this is where the true source of his strength and his purity is evident. It implies that using one’s power to help others and positively impact the world is more meaningful than simply hoarding it for oneself. It suggests that true fulfillment and happiness come from sharing one’s power and using it to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
9. “Y’know– I hate to be the one to break it to you, but nobody, and I mean nobody likes nazis, fella!“
This line was spoken in The Power of Shazam! Vol 1 #6 when Shazam was engaging Captain Nazi in a fight. Shazam is a character who embodies the ideals of justice, truth, and righteousness, and he stands firmly against tyranny and oppression in all forms, so it makes that Captain Nazi would be his villain.
10. “You’d Think the Gods of Olympus could give their dog a bath.”
In Shazam! Fury of the Gods Special: Shazamily Matters, Captain Marvel and the rest of the Marvel family make their way to Themyscira, and once there, they get into a fight with the legendary three-headed dog, luckily things sorted themselves out, but not before Shazam attempted to be smartass about it.
11. “Look, man, maybe this is magic, and I don’t know, but the people you’re looking for, good, pure people, I’m not one of them. I-I don’t know if anyone is, really. “
By saying this, Shazam implies that he has flaws and may not always make the right choices. He also suggests that maybe nobody is truly good and pure, as everyone has flaws and imperfections.
12. “And then I caught it! Freddy, I caught a bus with my bare hands, man! I caught a bus like people catch fly balls. Like, who does that? I do that!”
In this quote, Shazam is excitedly telling his friend Freddy about his recent experience of catching a bus with his bare hands. He’s amazed at his own strength and agility and is proud of himself for doing something that most people would consider impossible.
Shazam’s enthusiasm and sense of wonder is a key aspects of his character. As a teenage boy who has been granted incredible powers, he is still coming to terms with what he can do and the extent of his abilities. Catching a bus is just one example of the many amazing feats he’s capable of, and he wants to share his excitement with his friend.
13. “He’s got bigger fish to fry than a low-rent, demonic, force-wielding butt troll!”
In Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder Vol 1 #3, Superman and Shazam had to face Sabbac. Due to Superman’s inherent weakness to magic, he was forced to retreat from the fight leaving Captain Marvel alone to deal with the demon. This is what Captain Marvel said to Sabbac before he defeated him by tricking him into saying his name out loud.
14. “Boy-o boy, there’s nothing like the feel of the wind in your hair, cruising at mach speed. Forget your worries, your pressures…Forget you’re late for school!”
It’s easy to forget that Shazam is, at the end of the day, just a young boy who never had time to grow up properly. You can easily get sidetracked by awesome superpowers. Even being late for school.
15. “Oh, ho ho ho ho! Oh, you didn’t see that one coming, did you, grandpa? Them’s street rules.”
Sivana definitely did not see Shazam’s crotch punch coming. It made for a bad villain moment but quite a funny Shazam moment that stayed completely in character. Besides, there are no honorable fights when it comes to villains.