In Avengers: Endgame, Nebula says this:

My father is many things. A liar is not one of them.

I want to know if he never lied to Nebula, or was she just saying that to make sure he doesn't doubt her?

Thanos clearly lied before, for example, when he promised Eitri that he would spare the dwarves if he made the Gauntlet for him, but after he got it he just killed them all!


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My father is many things. A liar is not one of them.

Apparently, this is true.

I can't find a single instance of Thanos lying about anything.

Certainly, his motivations and reasoning are flawed but he holds his beliefs honestly and he's ruthless and powerful enough to follow through without the need to lie about it,.

As for the example you gave, Thanos did not promise to spare the dwarves.

Eitri: 300 dwarves lived on this ring. I thought if I did what he asked, they'd be safe. I made what he wanted. A device capable of harnessing the power of the stones. Then he killed everyone anyway. All except me.

Turns out Eitri should have asked....his assumption was wrong.

  • He does, though, tell Gamora that he never taught her to lie. Can one be good enough to teach others to lie if they themselves are not an accomplished liar?
    – Kenneth K.
    Jun 3, 2019 at 15:32
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    But as you state "he didn't teach her to lie". She seems to have learned that by herself.
    – Paulie_D
    Jun 3, 2019 at 15:35
  • @KennethK. Maybe he meant that if he actually was a liar, he would have taught her and she would be good at it Jul 30, 2019 at 15:01
  • @Paulie_D But after that quote "I never taught you to lie", Thanos told Gamora "this is why you aren't a good liar". Why should a non-accomplished-liar person say this?
    – user71192
    Nov 4, 2020 at 15:18
  • @aminabzz - That logic does not follow. He is just making a straight forward statement about a fact as he sees it. And, he is arrogant enough to think she could not successfully accomplish anything that was not originated by him. Here is a real world analogy. My father never taught me to sail. Therefore, I am not a good sailor. As a matter of fact, neither of us would make good sailors. He was also never a soldier. So, I did not have the advantage of learning by example how to be a soldier. What he did know, he taught me. Other things, I learned on my own.
    – Dean F.
    Nov 8, 2020 at 14:58

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