10 Best Martin Riggs Quotes In The Lethal Weapon Movies
Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is a one-of-a-kind character, so naturally, he provided plenty of the best quotes in the Lethal Weapon franchise. When we were introduced to him in the first film, he was suicidal and taking various unnecessary risks.
When he meets Murtaugh, his life changes for the better, and he works through his grief for his recently deceased wife and comes to find his place in the world again. Martin Riggs is perhaps one of the best film characters out there, so here are 10 of his best quotes in the Lethal Weapon franchise.
10 "I'm Surprised You Haven't Heard Of Me, I Got A Bad Reputation, Like Sometimes I Just Go Nuts. Like Now, Ha-Ha!"
Riggs does have a tendency to lose it. He says this in the second film, during one of his many moments of harassing the South African Consulate. In this particular instance, however, he's alone, which makes this quote that much more brazen given they're all surrounding him threateningly.
Riggs isn't scared of much, that's part of why he has a bad reputation. We love him despite his crazy tendencies though, as they usually provide a good laugh. Especially with this quote as Riggs adds a deranged-looking smile at the end of his sentence.
9 "I'm Only Smoking To Take My Mind Off My Dog Biscuit Problem."
Throughout the third film, Riggs is trying to quit smoking, with Roger making sure he sticks to it. Riggs eats dog biscuits whenever he feels like smoking. Until he runs out.
After saying this, Riggs explains his dog biscuit problem further: he's been chasing more cars, etcetera. Riggs's sense of humor is certainly one-of-a-kind, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
8 "What Did One Shepherd Say To The Other Shepherd? Let's Get The Flock Out Of Here."
Riggs, Murtaugh and Murtaugh's daughter are escaping in the first film when Riggs says this. It makes a previously intense scene a little more light-hearted, and also lets us know Riggs and Murtaugh are back in business and ready to take out the bad guys once and for all.
It may be a simple joke, but it's Riggs's way of lightening up the mood before the real action begins.
7 "I Guess All They Saw Was Uranus, Huh?"
Riggs and Murtaugh are pretty brutal to Leo from moment one, though Leo does eventually become part of their makeshift family. That doesn't mean they let up on their constant jokes and digs, though. Riggs's wisecracking comes in handy at just the right time, providing hilarious one-liners like this throughout the films.
When Leo's complaining about the rectal exam he underwent after he was admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound, he claims they used a telescope big enough to see Venus. The quote is Riggs's response. Riggs chooses his moments to utilize his humor wisely, and we love him for it.
6 "Well, What Do You Wanna Hear Man? Do You Wanna Hear That Sometimes I Think About Eatin' A Bullet? Huh?"
Roger confronts Riggs after Riggs has jumped off a building with a man that was threatening to jump from it. Though Riggs and the man both landed safely, Roger is furious and demands to know if Riggs is truly suicidal or not, and gets his answer. It's when we see Riggs really become undone in the first film, admitting to his pain, instead of his silent suffering.
We knew he was struggling early on, but this quote is a big deal because it's Riggs asking for help in his own way. It's ahead of its time in terms of mental health, and it's the beginning of Riggs finding his way back and ultimately healing.
5 "Don't Be A Don't-Be, Be A Do-Be."
Riggs's version of a speech about exhibiting positivity over negativity is worded in a way only Riggs can put it. In the fourth film, Riggs is trying to get Roger to see the best-case scenario over the worst-case scenario when they're faced with trying to find a way to take out a dangerous criminal.
In their line of work, they need to think positive especially with the negativity in the forms of murder, criminals and more that come with law enforcement territory. In any case, it's a good approach to have in life--be a do-be.
4 "Yeah, I'm Sure Man. I Never Forget An Ass****."
Most of us concur with this statement. You never forget someone who's wronged you, tried to come after you or otherwise shown you some kind of disrespect. You may forgive them, but you never forget them.
Riggs says this after Gary Busey's character tries to kill him in the first film, realizing he knows the man that tried to take his life and is pretty furious about it. You don't want to cross Martin Riggs, even on a good day. He's certainly not the forgiving type.
3 "I Don't Make Things Complicated. That's The Way They Get All By Themselves."
Riggs has a point. Sometimes things get out of hand all by themselves. There are just some things in life that are out of our control. Though, when it comes to Riggs, he probably plays a bigger role in complications than he admits. In a way, this statement is both philosophical, due to Riggs's perspective on situations, and funny, because of how ironic the statement seems altogether given what we know about Riggs's character.
Still, he left us with this quote to throw back at anyone who claims we make things too complicated. It's a fun film reference, but it's also something of a witty comeback.
2 "Guys Like You Don't Die On Toilets."
In the second film, Roger is unfortunately forced to remain on his toilet much longer than usual as a bomb has been planted on it. If he stands, it will explode. Riggs calls in the bomb squad, but when it's time for Roger to make the leap into the bathtub to save himself from the explosion, Riggs refuses to leave him.
The two are not only partners but best friends, practically family. This simple quote is a testament to their partnership and bond. Roger is a good man, and he has a legacy that doesn't include dying on a toilet, something Riggs is aware of and reminds his partner of just before they make the leap together.
1 "We're Partners, We Are Partners. What Happens To You, Happens To Me."
Riggs won't let Roger take the entire hit for anything. He'll help Roger shoulder any burden because that's what partners do. Riggs says this as Roger's grieving over the fact that he shot a teenager, a friend of Nick's. Even though it was in self-defense, Roger deeply regrets it and has trouble dealing.
It's only when Riggs confronts him and reminds him of this fact, as well as the fact that there was nothing else Roger could have done to prevent the tragedy, that Roger gradually begins to recover and alongside Riggs, goes after the bad guys. Partners, good partners, are there for one another through thick and thin, and they never leave your side, just like Riggs and Murtaugh.