The best quotes of 2015

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Whether it is a line of dialogue or a well-timed tweet, a quotation can make a major impact on the pop culture landscape with an exclamation point. Either because it is catchy or revealing, a simple line might be repeated so much it becomes a catchphrase or it makes news.

Clearly there was a lot said this past year, so it was no easy feat determining a handful of quoatable quotes. While they may not all be iconic, these were our favorites. But make certain to share your favorite lines from 2015 in the comments below.

"I don’t need Agent Thompson’s approval, or the President’s. I know my value."  -- Peggy Carter
Agent Carter
During its first season, this period-set companion series to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was arguably one of the most fun shows of the year. Along with telling the early days of the MCU, it also tackled women’s rights and the shattering of the glass ceiling for Peggy Carter, who often seemed almost like a woman out of time in the series. Nothing summed up that feeling more than this biting quote from late in the show’s run. -- Trent Moore

"Ah. Mediocre." - Immortan Joe
Mad Max: Fury Road
Poor Nux; he had big plans to spike Furiosa and have Joe carry him to the gates of Valhalla, but instead hooked himself on the rig and went down like a chump. Rather than riding eternal, shiny and chrome, he earns the disapointment of his leader. As much as Joe's eventual comeuppance is welcomed, his line is delivered perfectly and has since become part of my nerdy lexicon. Try it out next time someone you know posts that Mark Zuckerberg is randomly giving away money on Facebook. -- Aaron Sagers

"One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa ... an upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction." -Nathan Bateman
Ex Machina
Eccentric, brilliant inventor and technologist Nathan (Oscar Isaac) sits outside on the peaceful grounds of his vast estate, telling employee Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson) that artificial intelligence will one day view humanity the way we view Neanderthal Man. Nathan has done his part to help by creating the most advanced android yet in Ava (Alicia Vikander). His musings give away his profound ambivalence -- and resignation -- about that prospect. – Don Kaye


"I'm going to have to science the s--t out of this." -Astronaut Mark Watney
The Martian
This Ridley Scott-directed movie, adapted from the Andy Weir novel of the same name, reminded everyone that a wonky, hard sci-fi movie that’s largely about growing potatoes can still be great. Much of that rests on Watney (Matt Damon), who despite being stranded on Mars with only a very slim chance of rescue, never really loses his upbeat spirit and sense of humor. Even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — who’s never afraid to spoil the fun of your favorite movies with a healthy dose of reality — loved this line when he saw the trailer. — Denny Watkins

"I fully respect the hair game." -Eugene
The Walking Dead
"First Time Again"
There was a lot of insanity in the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, directed by Greg Nicotero and written by showrunner Scott Gimple and Matthew Negrete. It was tense, explosive, bloody -- and had a few surprising funny moments. While Michael Cudlitz as Abraham normally wins for the best quotes (see: "I'm just grabbing the bull by the nutsack"), this one, spoken by the mulleted Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to new character Heath (Corey Hawkins) is a great beat of humor, and immediately shareable. Delivered in his signature drawl, this is not just one of the best lines from the year, it will be remembered as one of the series' best. -- Aaron Sagers


"Your toys. Give them to me." -Harrison Wells (Earth-2)
The Flash
"Running to Stand Still"
Though much of the focus is on Barry Allen and Team Flash, Tom Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells has been a key player in The CW series — and it’s his Earth-2 doppelgänger who scored the line of the season in the recent Christmas episode. The plot was silly, sure, but Cavanagh’s Grinch-perfect delivery as he told a child to hand over his Christmas gifts (which had a bomb hiding among them) was priceless. If anyone can hit the perfect pitch of callously helpful, it’s Cavanagh. -- Trent Moore

"Women always figure out the truth. Always." — Han Solo
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A grizzled and grumpy Han Solo (Harrison Ford) delivers this sage advice to Finn (John Boyega) after noticing the spark of romantic attraction between the AWOL Stormtrooper and lonesome scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley). At this point, Finn is still pretending he's a member of the Resistance (the good guys) and not a soldier for the First Order (the bad guys). The line also encapsulates the entire love story of Han Solo and Princess Leia from the original trilogy, instantly connecting Star Wars past and the future. — Denny Watkins

"Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems." -Sadness
Inside Out
As much as Joy is who we'd like to be most of the time, Sadness speaks the truth that so often lives inside our minds. And, as we discover in Riley's life, acknowledging Sadness is an important part of working through the tough times to get back to Joy. She sums up the crappy moments perfectly, and yes, sometimes we all are also too sad to walk and just need a few hours. -- Aaron Sagers


"A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though." -Josh Trank
Trank, the director of this summer’s Fantastic Four reboot, quickly deleted this tweet after posting it on August 6 — the day before his troubled film hit theatres. It was a likely a career-damaging tweet, and added more bad buzz to the critically-reviled flick. It also added to speculation about major conflicts between the director, who was hired on the strength of his 2012 found footage superhero flick Chronicle, and the 20th Century Fox studio (where they still hold the film rights to the Marvel characters). Certainly someone should to take the blame after the big budget reboot produced a disappointing box office and a rotten (but thoroughly deserving) score of 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. — Denny Watkins

*Droidspeak* -BB-8
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The newest droid in the Star Wars universe absolutely stole the show, and all it took were some well-timed beeps and bloops. It’s a testament to the design work, directing, and writing (even with no lines). From his hilarious existential crisis over whether or not to help cover for Finn about the Resistance base location, to his perfect thumbs up to Finn using his internal lighter (arguably the best laugh in the movie), BB-8 showed as much heart and humor as anyone else on the cast. -- Trent Moore

"How many fingers am I holding up?" — Foggy Nelson
"One." — Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil

Marvel’s Daredevil
“Nelson v. Murdock”
Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) gives his blind childhood friend the middle finger after learning that Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) not only possesses super-heightened senses that let him do just about everything short of watching TV, but Matt has also been sneaking out of night dressed like a ninja to beat up criminals. It’s a lot to take in, and Foggy takes it surprisingly well — once he vents his anger. — Denny Watkins


"Wait a second. No one else is going to deal with the fact that Cap just said 'language'?" -Tony Stark, aka Iron Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
When Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) gently ribs Captain America (Chris Evans) on the WWII-era soldier's profanity-scolding habits, he gives us the superhero movie's signature running joke. Who else but writer/director Joss Whedon could script an in-character jab that not only helps define the chummy  relationship the Avengers have to each other, but also hints at the simmering personality conflicts that will be at the heart of 2016's sequel Captain America: Civil War— Denny Watkins

“I have a bad feeling about this.” -Han Solo
OK, so this is the third The Force Awakens quote on this list, and we have a (good) feeling there will be a lot of catchphrases from the movie that will end up on tees and in memes. But this memorable line -- spoken by our favorite smuggler when he realizes the Rathtars have gotten loose -- connects us to every Star Wars film that’s come before. Instead of fan service, it is a staple of the movies, and signals that, yes, Star Wars is indeed back. -- Aaron Sagers