The 15 Best Campaign Quotes in Call of Duty History

With 22 games and counting, most of which with campaigns, there's been a lot of good lines to choose from. But which quotes from COD characters are the best?

Updated on Mar 25, 2024
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The 15 Best Campaign Quotes in Call of Duty History

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“The only truth I found is that the world we live in is a giant tinderbox. All it takes is someone to light the match.” — Captain Price

COD Turbulence gameplay

Starting off with one of Call of Duty's best campaign characters Captain Price, this is said as part of his speech before the Turbulence mission.

The Epicness of this quote is just one aspect of what makes it the best - the fact that it also rings true to real life, and how well it fits with the Modern Warfare 3 story of Makarov causing havoc and igniting tensions makes it truly hit different.

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"Dragovich, Kravchenko, Steiner… all must die." – Viktor Reznov

Victor Reznov

This quote sits right at the heart of the Black Ops story, and its simplicity is part of what makes it so impactful. Played by Gary Oldman (one of the best celebrity crossovers in Call of Duty), Victor Reznov plants his seeds for revenge in Alex Mason's mind, disrupting his Soviet brainwashing.

With these few words altering both the course of the campaign and the Cold War, there's something weighty about them, making it one of the best lines from any Call of Duty games.

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"Your world as you knew it is gone. How far would you go to bring it back?" – Captain Price

COD MW3 Intro

Following on from the devastation of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, Captain Price opens the Modern Warfare 3 campaign with this iconic quote. 

This line is one of the best not only because of the context of the two games, but also because of how much it resonates with the franchise name: a Call of Duty.

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"You're gettin' shot up." – Frank Woods.

Frank Woods from COD Black Ops

From Call of Duty's resident funny man, this line is an in-game quote from Call of Duty Black Ops, one of the best Call of Duty games of all time, and only occurs when the player is taking damage.

As if the red screen of blood wasn't distracting enough, your teammate Frank Woods will remind you of how bad things are going with this voice line, its humour and randomness making it one of the best quotes of the franchise.

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"What The Hell Kind Of Name Is Soap?" - Captain Price

Soap meets Price COD MW

One of the most iconic lines in the Call of Duty franchise's history, this is the player's first introduction the Captain Price, questioning the player's strange name of "Soap".

This tutorial mission is all-around a classic, and many players will never forget the banter that Price immediately brings to the campaign, making this one the best Call of Duty quotes.

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"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

COD MW3 Reveal Trailer Gameplay

One of Call of Duty's most evil characters, Makarov says this line during the reveal trailer for Modern Warfare 3, his harrowing message to the players foreshadowing his plans in the Modern Warfare 3 campaign.

There was unbelievable hype for this game, and Makarov's ominous quote in the reveal trailer remains one of the best, most hyped-up villain lines in the whole franchise.

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“Just another day at the office.” - Captain Price

COD MW Crew Expendable Mission

On the campaign screen while describing the situation in the world - 15,000 nukes at play, the world on the brink of nuclear war, Price casually says "Just another day at the office".

Adding a bit of levity to the dangerous situation, this line is one of the best not only because it's hilarious, but also because of how it further portrays Price as the badass he is.

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"Tomorrow, There Will Be No Shortage Of Volunteers, No Shortage Of Patriots." - General Shepherd

COD MW2 Shepherd Betrayal

This line is by far the most sinister line in all of Call of Duty, as it finally explains why Sheperd betrayed you, Ghost, Roach, and the rest of Taskforce 141. 

Knowing that all Sheperd wanted was a war, this line perfectly sums up his motivations as a character, and his killer delivery only secures it as one of Call of Duty's best, most memorable quotes.

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"You suffer with me." – Raul Menendez

Young Raul Menendez

Coming from Black Ops 2's amazing villain Raul Menendez, this quote is brilliant in the way it develops the complexity of Menendez's character. 

Said to a young David Mason, this quote suggests that Menendez sees himself in David, and understands the pain he is going through after his father's apparent death (even if it was Menendez who was the cause).

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"Nice! Your fruit-killing skills are remarkable." - Gaz

Fruit Killing skills in COD MW

Easily one of the most famous and meme-able Call of Duty quotes, this is many a player's favourite funny quote of all time. As you test your melee button on a watermelon in the tutorial of COD 4, Gaz sarcastically compliments your fruit-killing skills.

This quote is so out-of-pocket and funny it is easily one of the best Call of Duty quotes, and is still repeated by COD gamers almost a decade later.

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"My name is Viktor Reznov, and I will have my revenge!" – Viktor Reznov / Alex Mason.

Viktor Reznov Revenge COD WaW

After a long campaign in Call of Duty World at War chasing down evil Nazi scientists, this line is the perfect pay-off from a gruelling and gritty story of revenge.

The voice acting of this line is outstanding, and is easily one of the punchiest, most satisfying Call of Duty quotes there is, which is why it's on this list.

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"Bravo Six, Going Dark." - Captain Price

Bravo Six Going Dark Cutscene

The war cry for the reboot of Modern Warfare in 2019, this Captain Price line became an instant classic as people got hyped for the new version of the Modern Warfare trilogy.

Short and sweet, this line seeped into the public consciousness and is still used often in memes today, showing exactly why it is one of the best, most badass Call of Duty quotes.

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"The Numbers Mason, What Do They Mean!" - Jason Hudson/Grigori Weaver

Mason's Interrogation Mission

The numbers! The numbers Mason! This iconic gamer line of the early 2000s, this Call of Duty quote from Hudson is by far one of the most iconic lines of the whole franchise.

Taking place in a heated interrogation, you really feel the paranoia and panic of the Cold War displayed in Black Ops through this line. This, combined with its transcendence into pop culture, makes it one of CODs best quotes.

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"Remember, no Russian." – Vladimir Makarov.

No Russian Mission COD MW2

Ask anyone who doesn't play Call of Duty to name one line of game dialogue, and they'll probably say this one. Easily the most controversial line from the most controversial COD mission, this quote is almost as impactful as the mission itself.

The line's dark undertone and casual delivery cement the mission as iconic and the villain - Makarov, as unforgettable, making it one of the best COD quotes ever.

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"Fifty-thousand people used to live here. Now it's a ghost town." – Captain MacMillan

COD MW All Ghillied Up Mission Gameplay

A quote that is now forever embedded in the gaming consciousness, this quote is still used today to describe empty shows, concerts, or otherwise deserted places.

Said by Captain Macmillan in Modern Warfare's flashback mission, this line is easily one of the most infamous quotes in all of COD, and for good reason. 

It perfectly describes the eery atmosphere of Chornobyl as you scout out the area, adding to the tenseness of the mission and keeping you on edge. There is no doubt this is one of the best quotes in Call of Duty.

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