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Gosh! 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns 10, is still flippin' sweet

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Actor Jon Heder, who played Napoleon Dynamite in the 2004 movie, poses with the statue of his character.

Gosh, was it really 10 years ago that "Napoleon Dynamite" taught us all to love tater tots, hate llamas named Tina, and introduced us to the wonders of the liger? What the flip?

Star Jon Heder and cast reunited Monday in Los Angeles to reveal a bronze statue of Napoleon, complete with "Vote for Pedro" shirt and tetherball. In their honor, here are 10 great Napoleon quotes from the movie that we're still repeating today.

Napoleon on dating:
Napoleon: Well, nobody's going to go out with me. 
Pedro: Have you asked anybody yet? 
Napoleon: No, but who would? I don't even have any good skills. 
Pedro: What do you mean? 
Napoleon: You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. 

Napoleon on proper llama care:
Tina, you fat lard, come get some dinner! Tina, eat! Eat the food! Eat the food!

Napoleon on proper lip care:
Napoleon: Will you do me a favor then? Can you bring me my Chapstick?
Kip: No, Napoleon.
Napoleon: But my lips hurt real bad!
Kip: Just borrow some from the school nurse. I know she has like five sticks in her drawer.
Napoleon: I'm not gonna use hers, you sicko!

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"Napoleon Dynamite" cast members Haylie Duff, Shondrella Avery, Carmen Brandy, Diedrich Bader, Jon Heder, Jared Hess, Sandy Martin, Tina Majorino and Efren Ramirez at the dedication of a statue marking the film.
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Tina Majorino, who played Deb, poses with the statue.

Napoleon on animals:
Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and tiger mixed. Bred for its skills in magic.

Napoleon on tater tot sharing:
Randy: Napoleon, give me some of your tots!
Napoleon: No, go find your own!
Randy: Come on, give me some of your tots!
Napoleon: No, I'm freaking starving! I didn't get to eat anything today! 
(Randy kicks tots, which are in Napoleon's pocket.)
Napoleon: Ugh, gross! Freakin' idiot!

Napoleon on public education:
Napoleon: You know, there's like a butt-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I'm pretty good with a bo staff.

Napoleon on summer vacation:
Don: Hey Napoleon, what did you do last summer again?Napoleon: I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!
Don: Did you shoot any?
Napoleon: Yes, like 50 of them! They kept trying to attack my cousins, what the heck would you do in a situation like that?

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Actress Shondrella Avery, who played LaFawnduh, and Efren Ramirez, who played Pedro, pose at the event.

Napoleon on dieting:
I see you're drinking 1 percent. Is that 'cause you think you're fat? 'Cause you're not. You could be drinking whole if you wanted to.

Napoleon on farming:
Napoleon: Do the chickens have large talons?
Farmer: Do they have what?
Napoleon: Large talons.
Farmer: I don't understand a word you just said.

Napoleon on his mad skillz:
Oh yeah? Who's the only one here who knows illegal ninja moves from the government? 

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