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"We choose which meaning to give these objects. A gun can be a stick, a ship can be a soul, and a TV show can be important, even if no one watches it."

"Nobody on this show ever went to work. You know how there are those days where you just go 'I have to go to work today'? Well, nobody in this cast did that. They didn't go to work. They went to the studio and hung out on the set with their family. That's how it feels, like a family. Everyone on this cast loved each other, and it came through in their performances. That's what Fox did; they didn't just cancel a show when they killed Firefly, they broke up a family."
Jeremy Jahns, in his review of the show

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell 'em I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can't be
Since I found Serenity
And you can't take the sky from me
Firefly Opening Theme (Ballad of Serenity)

Well, I'm The Captain, Mal, my wit is dry
I may never be a success, but I'm gonna try
I live by one law: Murphy's — and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm the first mate Zoe, I'll always survive
Like my career after Cleopatra 2525
I'm the hottie who'll kick your ass, and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm Wash, Zoe's husband, I'm one lucky guy
I'm also the pilot, so shut up and let me fly
I'm the comic relief on the wind, and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm Jayne, the hero of Canton, I'm one studly guy
Don't get on my bad side, or you're gonna die!
Oh yeah, I don't have a good side, and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm Kaylee the engineer, I know what to do
I'm the oversexed, grease monkey, snarky, savant Mary Sue
I'm in lust with simple Simon, and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm Simon the doctor, and Jayne gets on my nerves
If he doesn't shut up, I'll make sure he gets what he deserves
I'll lock him in a room with my sister, and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm... I'm River... I think
There's a 29.22 per cent chance that this verse won't scan, but if we rewrite it in Iambic... ooh, dancing!

I'm Inara the companion, in love with Mal, who knows why?
He always calls me a whore - I guess he's shy
And nothing will ever happen, 'cause so am I
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm Shepherd Book, the token religious guy
I've got a great left hook, and I think like a spy
All that Barney Miller paid off, and you know why
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly

Well, I'm Joss Whedon, the creator, yeah, that's me
The only one that compares is J. Michael Straczynski
I thank you all for watching Serenity
Buy my DVD! Buy my DVD! Buy my DVD!

Well, I'm Brannon Braga, and I'm the Star Trek guy
Forty years of franchise, and you can kiss it goodbye
Joss got it right in one - I hate that guy!
He did Firefly, he did Firefly, he did Firefly

Well, now this song is done, time to say goodbye
It's been a lot of fun, but I gotta fly
I've set aside fifteen hours, and you know why
To watch Firefly, to watch Firefly, to watch Firefly
Firefly for a white guy!
— "I'm on Firefly" by Tom Smith


Mal: I don't believe there is a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month.

Dobson: (holds a gun to River's head and uses her as a shield) I'm not playing anymore. If anyone so much as moves-
Mal: (walks in and shoots Dobson in the eye without breaking stride)

Mal: How come you didn't turn on me, Jayne?
Jayne: Money wasn't good enough.
Mal: What happens when it is?
Jayne: Well... that'll be an interesting day.

"The Train Job"

Zoe: Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing.

Mal: Darn.

"Our Mrs. Reynolds"

Mal: I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you.

Book: If you take sexual advantage of that girl, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. One reserved for child molesters, and people who talk at the theater.


Simon: I reattached a girl's leg. Her whole leg. She named her hamster after me. I got a hamster. He drops a box of money, he gets a town... (raising his mug in a toast) To Jayne! The box-dropping, man-ape-gone-wrong thing!

Jayne: You all think somebody's just gonna drop money on ya? Money they could use? Well there ain't people like that!... There's just people like me!


Badger: 'Course you couldn't buy an invite with a diamond the size of a testicle, but I got my hands on a couple.
Jayne/Mal: (chuckling)
Badger: ...Of invites!

Atherton: Half of these men wish you were draped on their arm.
Inara: Only half? I must be losing my undefinable allure.
Atherton: Not so undefinable - all of them wish they were in your bed.

Jayne: What we need is a diversion... I say Zoe gets nekkid.
Wash: No.
Jayne: I could get nekkid.
Everyone: No!

Mal: Sure, it's humiliating. Having to lie there while the better man refuses to spill your blood. Mercy is the mark of a great man. (Stabs Atherton in the side.) Guess I'm just a good man. (Stabs him again.) Well, I'm all right.

"War Stories"

Wash: I don't want you to spare me, Mal. If you think you know what's happening, then you tell me. You wouldn't spare Zoe if she were in this situation with you, would you? You would be planning, and plotting and... possibly scheming. So whatever Zoe would do in this instance is what I wanna do. Do you know why? No matter how ugly it gets, you two always come back with the stories. So... I'm Zoe. Now, what do I do?
Mal: Probably not talk quite so much.

Wash: I mean, I'm the one she swore to love, honor and obey.
Mal: Listen, you... She swore to obey?
Wash: Well, no, but...But that's just my point! You she obeys! She obeys you! There's obeying going on right under my nose!

Mal: That's not true! There's plenty of orders of mine that she didn't obey!
Wash: Name one!
Mal: She married YOU!!

Zoe: Preacher, don't The Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?
Book: Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.

Mal: I know it's a difficult mission... but you and I... (grimacing) have to get it on.
Zoe: Alright... I understand. Take me, sir. Take me hard.
Jayne: Now something about that's just downright unsettling.
Wash: (grabs Zoe) We'll be in our bunk!

The Message

Mal: Everybody dies, Tracey. Someone's carryin' a bullet for you right now, doesn't even know it. The trick is, die of old age before it finds you.

Tracey: When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that...
Zoe: find someone to carry you.

Heart of Gold

Mal: I'll introduce you to the rest later. They're good folk.
Jayne: Can I start getting sexed already?
Mal: Well, that one's kind of horrific.

Petaline: Rance, this is Jonah. Jonah... say "Hi" to your daddy.
* gunshot*
Petaline: Say goodbye to your daddy, Jonah.

Objects in Space

Jubal Early: I am.

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