Syfy’s The Magicians has a great character in Margo Hanson (Summer Bishil). She knows her way around words, and here are ten quotes to prove it.
Anyone who has watched Syfy’s The Magicians knows that Margo Hanson, played by Summer Bishil, has always had a way with words. Her blunt and brutally honest personality easily makes her one of the best characters on the show.
The fact that she never holds her tongue and always says what she’s thinking often yields hilarious one-liners and insults. Over the show’s 5 seasons, the former High King of Fillory has provided some of the show’s most iconic lines, and since the series recently concluded, here is a look back at the 10 Best Margo Quotes.
The line was first said by Margo in the episode “A Life in the Day” to Tick, the leader of the Fillorian high council, in response to his obviously nervous behavior after he stealing a substance to help defeat the Fairy Queen.
The phrase became a recurring one in the show’s fifth and final season, with Elliot even repeating it back at Margo in a later episode.
“You are not gonna c**k out on me.”
In the episode “Twenty-Three”, We see Julia and Josh travel to the 23rd timeline. While they’re there, Julia and that timeline’s Marina end up in the Brakebills Library where they come across two ghost versions of Margo and Elliot and receive a flashback depicting how they died.
The line was actually said by Margo-23 to Elliot-23, following up with “I would have said p***y but let’s be honest which one is stronger?”, after the latter voices his concerns regarding his own ability to perform a spell. It’s interesting that while alternate timeline versions of characters usually differ, alternate versions of Margo have the same amount of personality, even if that line was quickly followed by their tragic and gruesome deaths.
“Don’t accuse me of catching feelings, alright. It’s insulting.”
When Fen begins to insinuate that Margo could potentially truly like Josh, Margo quickly stops her and insists that their relationship didn’t extend beyond sex.
Since she seemingly has built a brand around her caring only about herself (and Elliot), the idea that she could have romantic feelings for someone else offends, and frankly, scares her.
“I chose to be High Queen. And I have had to fight for every shred of authority. And no offense, but you can’t understand because it was handed to you.”
Margo says this like to Elliot after he suggests that they hand the kingdom to the Fairy Queen. She still has to remind him that although they have similar positions, they don’t have similar hardships.
As a woman ruling in Fillory, she already has a lot more to deal with than he does and simply giving over ownership of the kingdom is not a luxury she can afford when she’s fought so hard to protect it.
“We’re stuck in some epic fantasy that likes to behead heroes halfway through season one.”
The show often gets meta with its jokes and references and this is a great example of this. After Quentin says that they need a new plan and Elliot suggests that they’ll somehow figure a way out like they usually do, Margo feels the need to remind them that they’re out of their depth.
While Margo is often the braver members of the crew, this scene gave us a look at her in a rare moment of fear and hopelessness.
“So this is what the patriarchy smells like? It’s not the freshest.”
As a full-fledged feminist, Margo isn’t afraid to call out the blatant sexism all around her in Fillory. In the episode, “Cheat Day”, Elliot backtracks on the original plan to execute the prisoner being kept in the dungeon who attempted to assassinate him, Margo tries to overrule him.
She is then told by Tick that as Queen, while she may voice her opinions, the final decision belongs to the king which prompts her to say this line.
“I’m a King. Not a goddamned princess. A King.”
In the episode “All That Hard, Glossy Armor”, Margo finds herself on a quest trying to find weapons that she believes can free Elliot from the grip of the monster. After wandering in the desert for a while, out of thirst she spies a spec of water on the back of her destiny lizard.
Out of separation, she licks it and it causes her to hallucinate. Later in the episode, we hear her say this line to Elliot, a product of the hallucination while struggling to hold on to her last bit of sanity and self-worth.
“I’m about ready to go full ’07 Britney.”
This line of dialogue is one of many hilarious allusions from a conversation between her in Elliot in which they communicate using only pop-culture code in order to avoid being spied on by the Fairy Queen. The scene features references to Battlestar Galactica, Gossip Girl, X-Men, Game of Thrones, and Buffy.
They only way the viewer is able to understand is thanks to the subtitles shown at the bottom of the screen. It, according to the subtitles, roughly translated to “I am prepared to beat her to death with an umbrella, if necessary,” in reference to the Fairy Queen.
“I guess I always thought someday we were gonna bang.”
Margo reacts differently to things than most people, so it’s no surprise that this is the first thing she says after receiving a messenger bunny from Earth saying that Penny died after Julia and Kady failed to save him from his magical cancer in time in the episode prior. The moment is only made funnier by Penny saying “Me too, girl. Me too.” from the Astral plane.
Margo has a complicated history with fairies, specifically the Fairy Queen since she spent the majority of the show’s 3rd season for the High King.
So when she, Quentin and Elliot piece together that the fairies may not actually be the bad guys, she gets understandably annoyed, feeling completely fed up with dealing with them and their games, giving us one of the funniest insults from the show.
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