The Best Quotes In The Call Of Duty Series

Call of Duty is one of the most popular video game series ever. It is definitely the favorite FPS experience for plenty of gamers. What makes it stand out from the rest of the genre is its stunning graphics, captivating storyline, and, most importantly, well-written characters to whom you instantly get emotionally attached as soon as you begin a campaign.

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Some of these characters’ personalities and conflicting ideologies have made them immensely popular in the gaming community, and many of their iconic dialogues have made CoD as famous as it is today. The series has hundreds of inspirational, tragic, and goofy quotes, but we’ve brought you some of the best ones it offers.

Updated December 21, 2023 By Ben Jessey: The Call of Duty series contains plenty of games, and these games contain plenty of dialogue. Therefore, there has been a litany of wonderful quotes said throughout the series. When we created this list, we put the best ones on it. Yet, that was some time ago. So, now we’ve returned to the piece to make sure we still feel the ones that we included were the best while also adding some extras.

The quotes for this list have been chosen because they’re either funny, powerful, or memorable.

14 “History Is Written By The Victor. History Is Filled With Liars. If He Lives, And We Die, His Truth Becomes Written And Ours Is Lost.” – Captain Price (Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2009 Screenshot Of Close Up Of Captain Price

“History is written by the victor” is a very well-known phrase. However, in Modern Warfare 2, Captain Price provides a slightly deeper analysis of the quote while connecting it to your own situation.

He says it before you go track down General Shepard. And he makes a great point that if your mission were to fail, the villain’s version of the events would be the one the world remembered. Nobody would know that Shepard is a nasty traitor. So, it’s both a powerful line in general and one that fits the situation you’re in at the time.

13 “My Name Is Viktor Reznov And I Will Have My Revenge!” – Alex Mason And Viktor Reznov (Black Ops)

Call Of Duty Black Ops Screenshot Of Viktor Reznov Staring Down Enemy

Some quotes are great and iconic because they’re linked to important moments. This is the case for this line in question. It’s the last words Viktor Reznov says to Friedrich Steiner before shooting him in the head and finally getting his revenge on the man responsible for his allies’ deaths. Or at least, it seems that way initially.

Yet, in reality, Reznov’s vengeance only happened in Alex Mason’s mind. He was actually the one who said the words and shot Steiner. Reznov was never there. This is a mind-blowing reveal when you first play the game, so this line sticks long in the memory. It helps that it’s an impressive line read from both of the voice actors who perform it.

12 “It’s Ok, I’ll See You On The Other Side.” – Will Irons (Advanced Warfare)

Will Irons of US Marine Corps looking at he screen

Despite being a minor character who only appeared in the first mission, this quote by Will was the only good thing to come out of the disaster that was CoD Advanced Warfare. Will says this line to Mitchell, his friend whom you control during the mission after his hand gets stuck inside an enemy aircraft while planting a C4 to blow it up.

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The helplessness that you feel during this cutscene is painful. As the aircraft lifts off, Will accepts his fate and pushes you off to save your life after speaking these heartbreaking words to calm you down.

11 “What The Hell Kind Of Name Is Soap?” – Captain John Price (Modern Warfare)

Captain Price along with three other squad members looking at Soap

Captain Price spoke for everyone when he said this to John “Soap” MacTavish. This scene was the first introduction to the iconic character of Soap as well. No one knew then that they would become one of the greatest video game duos of all time and a memorable part of the series.

As a tribute to this iconic quote, Diego, El Sin Nombre’s henchman, says the same line to Soap in Spanish while meeting him for the first time in the latest Modern Warfare 2 reboot.

10 “You Suffer With Me.” – Raul Menendez (Black Ops 2)

An old Raul Menendez looking at the screen

Who can forget when Raul Menendez killed two of the best CoD characters, Alex Mason and Hudson, in a single scene? He kills them in front of Woods and David, Alex’s son, and spares those two to suffer with him so that they can feel his pain.

This short dialogue and scene that explains the psyche of Menendez were enough to make him one of the greatest and most hated CoD villains of all time.

9 “Tomorrow, There Will Be No Shortage Of Volunteers, No Shortage Of Patriots.” – General Shepherd (Modern Warfare 2)

Shepherd, a military general snatching hard drive from Roach after shooting him

Definitely the most hated antagonist in all of the Call of Duty series, General Shepherd gives this short speech to Soap when pointing a gun at him during the endgame of MW2.

This quote explains his twisted reasoning for betraying Task Force 141 and killing Ghost and Roach. He was hellbent on starting a war with Russia to ignite feelings of patriotism in the American people, which he felt was diminishing day by day. The only thing standing between him and his objective was Task Force 141.

8 “The Healthy Human Mind Doesn’t Wake Up In The Morning Thinking This Is Its Last Day On Earth…” – Captain Price (Modern Warfare 2)

Captain Price holding a Sniper Rifles on top of an arid hill

This quote, addressing Soap and referring to Shepherd, occurs at the introduction of the MW2 endgame mission. And it is a small part of one of the many spine-chilling inspirational speeches by Captain Price.

The rest of the quote is as follows: “…But I think that’s a luxury, not a curse. To know you’re close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take… inventory. […] Out-gunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and the rocks here, stained with thousands of years of warfare… They will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares, this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the Earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: We. Will. Kill him.”

7 “Be Careful Who You Trust Sergeant…” – Ghost (Modern Warfare 2 [2022])

Ghost and Soap staring at each other

You can’t help but get emotional when Ghost gives this advice to Soap in the Modern Warfare 2 reboot. After all, while he has a different fate in the reboot, everyone remembers how Shepard betrayed him in the original.

His trust in Shepherd, for whom he successfully accomplished countless missions, got him killed. This quote is a tribute to that very same tragic event that left all the CoD fans in tears. As it doesn’t happen in the rebooted reality, this line means more to you than the characters themselves.

6 “No Sacrifice Too Great.” – Joseph Turner (World War 2)

Joseph Turner getting rushed and shot at by enemy soldiers

This iconic quote comes with one of the saddest deaths in the series. The stunning graphics of CoD: World War 2 made Turner’s expression extremely realistic as he slowly succumbs to the German gunshots after reciting his motto to always keep the mission first.

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Combined with the beautiful voice acting and writing, this scene becomes one of the most memorable moments in the entire series. It is extremely painful to listen to Daniels’s screams as the squad leaves Turner behind to die.

5 “Bravo Six, Going Dark.” – Captain Price (Modern Warfare Reboot Trailer)

Captain Price in a special force outfit holding an assault rifle in his right hand and a cigar in the left.

This line became a classic as soon as the trailer for Modern Warfare’s reboot was launched. The way Price says it combined with the beat drop and action sequence makes it an absolute gem of a quote.

The return of Modern Warfare with Captain Price at its center was a big moment for the CoD community. Moreover, this particular line also became a big meme replicated in plenty of ways and styles, which added to its overall popularity.

4 “The Numbers Mason, What Do They Mean!” – Jason Hudson (Black Ops)

Red Colored numbers being displayed on many small digital screens

This quote is much more than just a hilarious meme. The campaign of Black Ops had one of the most well-written and deep storylines. You find yourself in the shoes of an amnesiac, Alex Mason, who keeps blacking out and seeing random numbers along with some vague memories, which makes even you wonder what do these numbers actually mean.

If you have played the game, you already know the answer to this iconic question. And you will also know that Jason Hudson keeps asking Mason about them, which is why the line became famous.

3 “It Doesn’t Take The Most Powerful Nations On Earth To Create The Next Global Conflict. Just The Will Of A Single Man.” – Vladimir Makarov (Modern Warfare 3 Reveal Trailer)

A soldier looking outside from the back door of an aircraft. Another helicopter flying on the background of a red sky

Vladimir Makarov, the greatest Call of Duty antagonist of all time, says these terrifying lines during the reveal trailer of MW3. He is a mastermind strategist who, throughout the three-game series, plots and commits various acts of terrorism (including detonating a literal nuke) in order to initiate a World War.

This quote by him very well explains his mental state to go to any extent to achieve his objective. He wants to throw the world into chaos and has fun while doing it.

2 “50,000 People Used to Live Here. Now It’s a Ghost Town.” – Captain MacMillan (Modern Warfare)

A giant Ferris Wheel next to abandoned shacks

‘All Ghillied Up’ is arguably the most popular and fun CoD mission ever. In this stealth sniper mission, you play as Price in his early military days and follow the lead of MacMillan in the abandoned city of Pripyat to assassinate Imran Zakhaev, an ultranationalist terrorist leader.

Your captain says these chilling iconic lines as you move up a massive building and look at the vast ghost city. Despite being part of only a small mission in the game, MacMillan became one of the most memorable characters, thanks to this quote.

1 “Remember, No Russian.” – Vladimir Makarov (Modern Warfare 2)

A group of terrorists holding machine guns and looking at each other in an elevator

Even the non-gamers know this quote very well. At its launch, MW2 found itself at the center of controversy for making its players commit virtual terrorism. In one of the missions, Makarov tells his squad, which you are a part of, “No Russian” before they open fire on innocent citizens at a Russian airport.

The horror and screams that follow the small but terrifying elevator scene cannot be put into words. Despite all the controversy, No Russian still remains the most iconic quote of the game and it will probably remain like that for the years to come.

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