Bane or Thanos – Who Delivers the Most Epic Lines? Reddit Picks the Winner

Bane or Thanos – Who Delivers the Most Epic Lines? Reddit Picks the Winner
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Fans of superhero flicks took to Reddit to debate whether the MCU's Thanos (Josh Brolin) or The Dark Knight Rises' Bane (Tom Hardy) had the superior lines.

Reddit users came to a landside consensus. Both characters were large, menacing figures with deep voices who spoke in poetic monologues, delivering lines that left their enemies (and the audience) shuttering.

Thanos was certainly given more screen time, having appeared in three MCU movies over six years – along with a couple of post-credit scenes.

His first appearance, Guardians of the Galaxy, has Thanos coming out of the gate strong. He was more of a background antagonist, with the main villain being Lee Pace's Ronan. Even as a supporting villain, he's terrifying.

"I will bathe the starways in your blood," he once uttered to Ronan. Brolin's gravitas made the admittedly absurd line sound horrifying on-screen.

After his stellar introduction as the main villain in Infinity War, he subjects our Asgardian heroes to the following monologue:

"I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right – yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening. Turns the legs to jelly. But I ask you, to what end? Dread it, run from it – destiny arrives all the same. And now, it's here. Or should I say: I am."

While Thanos might have ominous, frightening monologues, Bane's spine-chilling lines easily won over the Reddit discussion.

Thanos' lines were arguably technically more impressive – like they're pulled straight from Shakespeare – Bane was far more quotable.

"Oh, you think darkness is your ally," he once said to Batman. "You merely adopted the dark – I was born in it. Molded by it."

Throw in the iconic mask-dampened Bane Voice, and he was one of the most quotable characters in cinematic history.

What stands out is the simplicity of his lines too; he's an uber-confident villain whose physical strength is only matched by his iron will. That is revealed through his dialogue, especially when coupled with the physical aspect of Hardy's acting.

"Do you feel in charge?" Bane said to Daggett, who tried to assert his dominance over Bane due to his financial backing of Bane's plan.

The muscular Bane gently rubbed his hand against Daggett's face, ensuring Daggett knew he had no power over Bane.

Fans pointed out the venom at which Hardy spat out the lines – even the line, "For you," sounded threatening.

Reddit users said that Thanos might have been a better character, but in terms of menacing lines, Bane easily takes the cake.

They also argued that, on the surface, a casual fan would probably choose Thanos. The Dark Knight Rises was the worst-received of the trilogy's three movies, while Thanos' appearance marked the peak of the MCU.