I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.
Hoban 'Wash' Washburne - The Pilot (played by Alan Tudyk)
Raised on a world so polluted he couldn't see the stars, Wash thinks maybe he entered pilot's training to get a look at them. But he got more than a job when he applied to be Serenity's pilot — after a shave, he found a wife in the ship's first mate Zoe. A laid-back guy with an active sense of humor, Wash just wants a ship to fly and his wife alive and at his side.
And if he's backed into a corner, he'll do what he must to accomplish those goals.
Serenity Pilot, pt. 1
"That's right, of course. Because they wouldn't arrest me if we got boarded. I'm just the pilot. I could always say that I was flying the ship by accident."
"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"
[About what first attracted him to Zoe] "[...] the legs,and where her legs meet her back, and right above that on the front..."
[Proximity sensors go off while the crew is playing a ball game] "Oh, god! What could it be? We're doomed! Who's flying this thing?...... Oh right, that would be me."
[About Saffron trying to seduce him] "Oh do I wish I was somebody else right now. Somebody not... married, not... madly in love with a beautiful woman who can kill me with her pinkie!"
"A lot of people don't get me and Zoe at first."
"We gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero."
[Zoe has made soup for Wash, and sets it on the table for him] "Mmm. Wife soup. I must have done good."
Wash: "This is gonna get pretty interesting."
Mal: "Define interesting."
Wash: "Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die?"
"I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
"Can we start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90 pound girl? Because that's never getting old."