Top 25 Malcolm Reynolds Quotes That Every Firefly Fan Will Remember

Devangana Rathore
Dec 12, 2023 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Feb 18, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Kaylee, Inara, Simon, Jayne Oh, Book, Wash, River, and Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds form the star cast of the show 'Firefly'.

Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is the captain of a spaceship named Serenity - and the show catalogs the crew's various adventures across space and people. If you enjoy reading Mal's quotes, why not try  [Firefly] and [Buffy] quotes?

Best Malcolm Reynolds Quotes

"Mercy is the mark of a great man." We are sure that no matter how much we quote this line, we can tell it is never going to get old.

After all, Malcolm Reynolds could very well be one of the most legendary characters by way of TV series and shows around space. Will we ever get over his best, and hilarious quotes? Let's find out by reading some of his best ones.

1. “Come a day there won’t be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all. This job goes south, there well may not be another. So here is us, von the raggedy edge. Don’t push me, and I won’t push you. Dong le ma?”

- Malcolm Reynolds.

2. "That's 'cause I got people with me, people who trust each other, who do for each other and ain't always looking for the advantage."

-Malcolm Reynolds.

 3. "You're welcome on my boat. God ain't."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

4. "We're not gonna die. We can't die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so very pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

5. "Ain’t sayin’ there’s any peace to be had, but on the off-chance, there is, those folks deserve a little of it."

-Malcolm Reynolds.

6. "Comes a time, someone’s gonna have to deal with him. And that should be you. But I don’t think you got the guts. And I know you don’t have the time."

-Malcolm Reynolds.

7. "Next time you want to stab me in the back, have the guts to do it to my face."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

Hilarious Malcolm Reynolds Quotes

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Kaylee, Inara, Simon, Jayne Oh, Book, Wash, River, and many a good man form the part of the Firefly - the ship as well as the series. Though, there can be only one captain on this ship, and we see it is none other than Malcolm himself.

This crew may have stuck by him through the good and the bad, the mean and the lean, but Malcolm easily takes the crown away with his humorous quotes.

8. "Zoe: Funny, sir, how you always seem to find yourself in an Alliance-friendly bar come to U-Day, looking for a 'quiet drink'.

Malcolm: See, this is another sign of your tragic space dementia, all paranoid and crotchety."

-Mal and Zoe, 'Firefly'.

9. "Wash. We’ve got some local color happening. A grand entrance would not go amiss."

-Malcolm Reynolds.

10. "Now I did a job. I got nothing but trouble since I did it, not to mention more than a few unkind words as regard to my character so let me make this abundantly clear. I do the job. And then I get paid."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

11. "Well, maybe I'm not a fancy gentleman like you, with your ... very fine hat. But I do business. We're here for business."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

12. "Listen, you don’t know me, son, so I’m gonna say this once: if I ever kill you, you’ll be awake, you’ll be facing me, and you’ll be armed."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

13. "Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back!"

- Malcolm Reynolds.

14. “We've done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.”

- Malcolm Reynolds.

15. "I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you."

- Malcolm Reynolds.

Epic Malcolm Reynolds Quotes

 

A great man stabs from the front- any 'Firefly' fan knows it. So even if you are watching the show for Jayne, Wash, Inaya, River, or even Kaylee, you'll know and remember these epic quotes from the protagonist himself, Mal.

With these quotes, you too can think of the iconic line of "May have been the losing side" and "Still not convinced it was the wrong one." So read on for the best of Mal quotes, and be the life of the next TV Show convention!

16. “You can't take the sky from me.”

- Malcolm Reynolds.

17. "Well, my time of not taking you seriously is coming to a middle."

-Malcolm Reynolds.

18. “Shiny, let's be bad guys!”

- Malcolm Reynolds.

 19. “May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

- Malcolm Reynolds.

20. "Jayne, your mouth is talking. You might wanna look to that."

-Malcolm Reynolds.

21. "I've given some thought to moving off the edge. Not an ideal location. Might get a place in the middle.”

-Malcolm Reynolds.

22. “Mercy is the mark of a great man! [stabs defeated opponent] I guess I'm just a good man. [stabs opponent again] Well ... I'm alright.”

-Malcolm Reynolds.

23. "If anyone gets nosy, just ...you know ... shoot 'em. "

-Malcolm Reynolds.

24. "Malcolm: This is why we lost, you know. Superior numbers.

Zoe: Thanks for the re-enactment, sir."

-Mal and Zoe, 'Firefly'.

25. “That sounds like the Alliance. Unite all the planets under one rule so that everybody can be interfered with or ignored equally.”

-Malcolm Reynolds.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Malcolm Reynolds quotes then why not take a look at Spock quotes, or Captain Kirk quotes.

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Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

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Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

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