The best Darth Vader quotes

Oct 19, 2018
Darth Vader quotes from the Star Wars movies
Vader in Return of the Jedi

Famous Darth Vader quotes that show he was the worst Sith Lord ever (but possibly the greatest Jedi!)

If you had to think of the most loved, most famous movie villain all all of movie history, you would be hard pressed to go passed Star War's Darth Vader.

A New Hope introduced him as the meanest, most bad ass and mysterious bad guy ever.

His place in movie history was assured when he became one half of a conversation that was to be one of the biggest plot twists in movie history and by the time Return of the Jedi rolled around he proved to actually be the Chosen One.

There's basically him and Ernst Stavro Blofeld from James Bond and maybe The Terminator. But even then, he turned to the light...

Did you ever think Lord Vader was supposed to be Darth Sidious' apprentice and they were to rule the world together? Betraying your Sith Lord Master must be the ultimate betrayal right? (It's almost expected by the Sith).

Well Vader already betrayed the Jedi when he took part in Order 66 so what’s one more betrayal? Just add it to the list right?

Or maybe not...

Palpatine intimates to Anakin during Revenge of the Sith that Darth Sidious killed his master while he slept so maybe that’s what the Sith do to each other.

After all, Palpatine also set up Count Dooku as an apprentice only to deliberately set him up so that Anakin could behead the poor chap – this was so as to give Anakin a chance to dip his toes into the murky depths of the dark side…..

Sure, the prequels introduced Anakin as a screechy, whinnying idealistic young boy that hates sand but let's put that aside for now - here are the best Darth Vader quotes from the four movies the character was in.

Given he wasn't really one for long speeches, he sure had a way with words that made him very quotable.

the force is strong with this one
The Force is strong with this one!

The original Star Wars (A New Hope)

  • “I find your lack of faith disturbing” - says the Dark Lord after appearing to be openly mocked by Officers on board the Death Star. Vader challenges one of them to a force choke competition, naturally he went first... it's arguably one of Vader's most famous quotes.
  • "When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master." - Vader taunts Obi Wan, his Jedi teacher and former friend just before he kills him.
  • "The Force is strong with this one." Vader is commenting on the skills of an X-Wing pilot that is trying to blow up the Death Star, not realising he's trying to kill his own son.

Hardly a Sith Lord at the peak of his powers?

Surely he could have tapped into the Force on that one?

We jest.

The Empire Strikes Back quotes by Vader

  • “I am altering the deal, pray I do not alter it any further…” - Vader tells Lando how it is from beneath his black helmet. Han is going with Boba Fett and everyone else is Vader's.
  • "Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me." - Vader praises Luke after he manages to escape Vader's trap with an acrobatic flip.
  • "No, I am your father!" -  And so revealed was one of cinema's greatest plot twists that Vader was actually Luke's old man.

Here's the full conversation which happened just after the father cut off the son's hand:

Darth Vader: There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke Skywalker: I'll never join you!
Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke: That's not true. That's impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
Luke: Noooo! Nooooo!

Return of the Jedi

Concept art of Luke and Vader duelling
Jedi was full of awesomeness from Vader:

  • “I hope so for your sake, the Emperor is not as forgiving as I am” - This was the end of Vader's pep talk with the Jerjerrod who has in command of the second Death Star. Was it a slight joke by Vader to encourage the completion of the battle station or merely a statement of fact?
  • "Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for... sister. So, you have a twin sister. 
  • Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side... then perhaps she will..." This taunt from the Sith Lord was perhaps not the finest thing he could have done. While he was trying to enrage Luke enough to open the door to the Dark Side for him he miscalculated and Luke finally bested him.
  • Luke: I'll not leave you here. I've got to save you. 
  • Anakin: You already have, Luke.Having proven that he was indeed the Chosen One by killing the Emperor and restoring balance to the Force, Vader perhaps single handedly* became the worst Sith and greatest Jedi at the same time. His conversation with Luke is perhaps the most emotional moment of all the Star Wars films, given the weight behind it.

Revenge of the Sith

  • And then we come to Revenge of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker succumbs to the Dark Side and becomes Lord Darth Vader. The quote everyone remembers from this movie went something like this: "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!"

And we'll leave it at that.

Rogue One quotes

Vader was brought back for the Rogue One prequel movie - even though he had minimal screen time, his cameo was awesome!

  • "Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director."

* You saw what we did there right?

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18 references in The Force Awakens to the other Star Wars movies

Oct 17, 2018

18 references in The Force Awakens to the other Star Wars movies

When JJ Abrams joked about putting Jar Jar Binks' decomposed body in a sand dune to make a call back to the Star Wars prequel films, it spread across the net as it served to show that JJ was smart enough to not do something stupid like that.

What JJ was smart enough to do was plenty of references and call backs to both the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies.

Here's a list of them !

Note that this is a list of references to the films that came before TFA. Some are obvious, some are pretty obscure and vague. This is not a list of easter eggs of everything found in the movie (but do check out the Beastie Boys one!) nor does it explore the thematic relationships of the movies.

And yes, we totally acknowledge the TFA was a giant echo / model of the plot of ANH hope in so many ways. So what.

  1. This first one is a gimme - every Star Wars film has featured the classic line, "I've got a bad feeling about this.." And so in TFA it fell to Han Solo to deliver the famous quote. 
  2. Just as A New Hope found a young Luke Skywalker tied to the sandy planes of Tattooine as a moisture farmer, Rey finds herself as a scavenger who trades parts for food and water. She too is stuck on the planet, waiting for her family to return.
  3. When on the Falcon for the first time & as he's trying to give first aid to Chewie, Finn comes across the training ball aid that Luke used to learn about the Force when using the saber in ANH. In the same vein, Rey and Finn hide in the same hidden compartments that Han et al used when they first landed on the Death Star. We also get to see the famous dejarik or holochess game that RD2D and Chewbacca once played in ANH. Apparently it's the same game!
  4. The red light saber of Kylo Ren continues a tradition of the bad guys brandishing red sabers. 
  5. It's almost as an in joke but Finn appears to be a little short for a Stormtrooper, perhaps a reference to Leia's famous line to Luke as he attempts to rescue her on the Death Star (the truth though is at the time of the TFA, clones are no longer used so troopers will be of differing heights).
  6. When Han asks Finn if there is a garbage shoot to put Phasma down, this is a call back to when Han and co went down a garbage shoot to escape from the cell block in ANH.
  7. Captain Phasma is modelled somewhat (in style) on Boba Fett who was first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back as having the cool 'bad ass' role. Let's hope Phasma get to cut loose in The Last Jedi.
  8. Kylo Ren makes a reference to the Clone Wars when he perhaps mockingly suggests to General Hux that maybe they should consider obtaining a Clone Army given the apparent loyalty issues Finn had just demonstrated.
  9. As BB-8 does some rolling to escape the TIE attack, two podracers can be spied in the background, a nod to The Phantom Menace.
  10. Finn's trooper number designation, FN-2187, is a direct callback to A New Hope. If you recall the cell number that Princess Leia found her self in when she was captive on the Death Star, it was 2187. The use of that number itself was a reference to the year that George Lucas's prior movie THX 1138 was set in!
  11. In the trailer for TFA, when entering Maz Kanata's castle, our heroes observe a large array of flags. Many of them refer to the pod racing flags that racers like Sebulba and Anakin flew in Phantom Menace. The Mandalore flag which is a link to Boba Fett as well. Many of these were removed from the final version of the film.
  12. Many people have noted that Kylo Ren seems to have the same hair as Anakin Skywalker did in Revenge of the Sith. This would be a very subtle reference if it is intentional - none-the-less it could be the case due to the grandfather-grandson relationship!
  13. The orange doll that Rey has fashioned in her living abode is very reminiscent of the suits worn by the rebel pilots in A New Hope. 
  14. A really obscure reference that is not explicitly made in the film is that Captain Phasma's chrome armour is made from a spaceship that Palpatine used to own. It's a prequel reference in that the ship was built on the planet Naboo, the home planet of Padme Amidala, Kylo's grandmother. 
  15. Unkar Plutt has a similar kind of hold over Rey as did Watto over Anakin. While Watto owned Anakin, Plutt's control is by way of having an apparent monopoly over the food supply. More curiously, Rey's flashback sequence implies Plutt seems to have some kind of custodial responsibility for Rey as it is his arm that is holding her when she is watching her parent's spaceship take off from Jakku. 
  16. When Han Solo calls out to Kylo Ren using his real name of Ben, this is a direct reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi for he was known as Old Ben during his time on Tatooine as he looked over Luke.
  17. Rey suggests to Han that they're on the ship that did the Kessel Run in 14 parsecs - Han is quick to correct that it was 12 as he claimed in ANH!
  18. The lightsaber stuck in the snow moment between Rey and Kylo is a clear call back to the part in The Empire Strikes Back where Luke used his Force powers to call the saber to him just prior to the Wampa attacking him for the second time.  In TFA, Rey's Force call is stronger than Kylo's.
  19. We're had placed to think of a direct Return of the Jedi reference but note the Starkiller base had a similar end to Death Star II where X-Wings flew inside each technological terror to help destroy it. 
We will be interested to see what callbacks The Last Jedi makes, and indeed, what JJ Abrams will do now that he's directing episode IV.

    Try this page, if you're after the cameo appearances by celebrity actors.

    The influences of the Holiday Special that are now Star Wars canon

    Oct 15, 2018
    madalorian rifle holiday special

    How the Star Wars Holiday Special has influenced the formal canon

    While the Star Wars Holiday Special is infamously famous as a piece of hot garbage derided by most viewers, thanks to its modern availability on the internet, it has become a bit of a cult film.

    For this writer, I'll probably never choose to watch it again, except for the Boba Fett cartoon sequence which is fairly entertaining as a side story. 

    And it's Boba Fett that brings us here today. 

    You may have heard that Lucasfilm is developing a live action Star Wars show called The Mandalorian. Produced by Jon 'Happy Hogan' Favreau, it will follow a Mandalorian that appears to be following in the footsteps of Jango and Boba Fett. 

    Favreau recently posted to Instagram a picture of the Mandalorian's rifle:

    Did you spy it yet? Yes, the style of that weapon is remarkably similar to that which the Special Edition Boba carried.

    It would seem then that the Holiday Special still has something to offer Star Wars fans and scriptwriters?

    Take for example the plot point about Chewbacca. Chewie is returning home to visit his family for Life Day on the planet of Kyshkkk. 

    You may recognise that name as it was featured in the Revenge of the Sith. Yes, the name of Chewie's planet was taken from the Holiday Special.

    wookie battle revenge sith

    The original designs for the Special featured the Wookie homes in the trees which I think was inspired by the work of concept designer Ralph McQuarrie. These elements eventually made their way into the Ewok tree village in Jedi and the Revenge of the Sith.

    Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk

    The recent Han Solo movie took things a step further when Chewbacca introduced himself to Han.

    Their exchange:

    Han: "So what's your name?"

    Chewbacca: "Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk"

    And where does that name Attichitcuk come from? Yes, it is Chewie's father in the special.

    Attichitcuk from Holiday Special Star Wars

    The influence of the Special also extends to the Clone Wars television series. 

    In The Mandalore Plot episode of 2010, the elongated Mandalorian helmets are based on Boba Fett's cartoon version.

    The version of C-3PO on the 2001 Star Wars: Clone Wars was animated in a style that paid homage to the animation style of C-3PO in the Special.

    Who knows what JJ Abrams may pinch for Episode IV?

    Kirsten Dunst wearing the Death Star as a dress

    Actress was Kirsten Dunst was spied wearing a pretty sweet Death Star dress on the red carpet some where.

    She looks good eh?

    Kirsten Dunst wearing Death Star dress

    Does really Anakin Skywalker fulfill the so called Prophecy and so restore balance to the Force? Or does Luke do that?

    Oct 13, 2018
    Anakin's shadow of Darth Vader
    The Chosen One
    I believe it was The Phantom Menace which introduced the concept of there being a chosen one who would bring balance to the Force.

    Anakin was considered to be the Chosen One as he was considered by Qui Gon Gin as a 'vergence' in the Force - his Midicholrian count was higher ever measured before.

    Perhaps grudgingly, Anakin was accepted to be a Jedi in training by the Jedi Council - on the promise that he was indeed the Chosen One.

    But was he? He left things pretty badly at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He betrayed the Jedi, killed a few more of them, massacred some Younglings at the Jedi Temple, force choked the woman he loved and he engaged Obi-Wan in the most awesome light saber duel Star Wars has ever witnessed.

    He became wretched and Obi-Wan lamented that Anakin was supposed to be the chosen one but clearly his behaviour to that point suggested other wise.

    How could such a betrayal mean Anakin was the Chosen One?

    So does this mean Vader's son, Luke Skywalker was the Chosen One?

    After all, he saved the day in a Return of the Jedi?


    You better back the horses up Billy - let's a think about what happened in Jedi. Luke beat his father in the duel, mortally wounding him as he did so.

    This lead to the Emperor Palpatine reigning force lightning down upon Luke - to which Vader then betrayed his master by throwing him down the pit killing, the Emperor.

    This act is considered the moment when Vader brings balance to the Force.

    So even though Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader and killed all those people including his friend Obi Wan Kenobi,  he actually was the chosen one who fulfilled the Prophecy.

    It just came about in an extremely round about way - it showed the cleverness of the prequels - taking the existing ending of ROTJ and fashioning a grand story around Vader.

    It really was good writing by Lucas and Hales.

    Don't believe me?

    George Lucas has stated unequivocally Anakin was the chosen one:

    However, if you want to run a cheeky argument that Anakin didn't fulfill the prophecy you could argue that when he became Darth Vader Anakin ceased to exist (as Obi Wan put it in Jedi). Thus Vader was the chosen one.

    But you could then argue the moment Vader decided to kill the Emperor he was again Anakin so it's a moot point really... and consider this - when Vader throws Emperor Palpatine down the pit, listen carefully - the Jedi motif is briefly played - signalling that yes, Vader is now Anakin.

    At the end of the day you could argue that Luke helps Vader bring balance to the Force - it was his belief in his Father that drove him after all...

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    The Mandalorian's rifle revealed (and you may have seen it before...)

    the mandalorian rifle

    Am image of the Mandalorian's rifle has been shared by producer Jon Favreau. He's sure come a long way since Swingers! 

    The Mandalorian is a new live action Star Wars show being developed for Disney's forth coming streaming service. 

    The show will be set 7 years after the events that occured in Return of the Jedi.

    If you think the rifle seems familiar, it is. A similar looking one first appeared the Star Wars Holiday Special cartoon segment which featured the debut of a certain Mandalorian called Boba Fett:

    original cartoon boba fett gun

    Space horror 'Event Horizon' has a supposed X-Wing reference

    Oct 12, 2018

    Did you ever see the film Event Horizon?

    It was this nightmarish space sci-fi film starring Laurence Fishburne and Mr Jurassic Park Sam Neil.

    It's a slow burner film that descends into utter horror as the reality that the returned space ship is now home to some unnatural entity that's literally hell-bound on killing and torturing everyone on the ship.

    Which sounds exactly like the opposite of Star Wars?

    The Easter Egg in the film though is that the model of the Event Horizon ship incorporates an "X-Wing" its antenna array. The model is visible on the lower portion of the Event Horizon as seen by the Lewis and Clarke when it does the fly by inspection.

    Well so the internet says, I can't see the thing to save myself.

    We tweeted out to the film's director Paul Anderson but given he's never sent a tweet, we won't die waiting for a reply.

    If you have proof of this Easter Egg, please let us know!

    Doug Chiang's Star Wars Prequel concept art designs

    doug chiang concept art star wars prequel

    Doug Chiang's Star Wars Prequel concept art designs

    When Ralph McQuarrie retired and opted not to do the design work for The Phantom Menace, George Lucas turned to Doug Chiang and said, "pick up your pencil, Mate, I need some drawings".

    And draw he did.

    Here's some of the design concepts he came up with for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

    phantom menace concept art
    Gungan Style

    Star Wars requel parade concept design
    Note the droid army design

    Who is Marcia Griffin and why was she considered George Lucas’ secret weapon?

    Marcia and Lucas

    Who is Marcia Griffin and why was she considered George Lucas’ secret weapon?

    If you note that Marcia’s IMDB page lists her as Marcia Lucas, you might be able to join the dots.

    The short version is that in her own right Marcia was a film editor and by virtue of being married to George Lucas, she edited a little film called American Graffiti for him.

    This lead to her winning an Oscar Academy Award for her editing Star Wars.

    The longer version is that her early work garnered Maria a fair bit of attention and she got to ‘cut’ Martin Scorsese’s first film, 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' which lead to a gig helping with the classic 'Taxi Driver'.

    During this period Lucas was putting together the story of Star Wars to which Marcia would act as a sounding board for ideas.

    Legend has it that it was Marcia who came up with the idea of knocking off Ben Kenobi:
    "There were heated creative arguments between them--for the good." When Lucas was having difficulty coming up with ideas or ways of solving scenes and characters, he would talk about it with her; she even helped come up with killing off the mentor figure of Ben Kenobi when Lucas couldn't resolve the character in the last quarter of the film."
    After the filming of Star Wars was done and dusted and Englishman by the name of John Jympson was hired to edit the film but George deemed the work unsuitable and it was "junked wholesale".

    This decision to junk the previous editing efforts put Lucas on the back foot in terms of getting the film finished on time and so Marcia, Richard Chew and a short time later Paul Hirsch began to oversee the new version of the film.

    The Secret Story of Star Wars (now a defunct website) notes two key points about the process:

    The Death Star Trench run was originally edited as scripted with Luke Skywalker making two attempts to fire his missiles however there was a lack of tension so it was recut to what is now an iconic part of the movie.

    Marica also lobbied for the retention of the Jabba the Hutt scene and is quoted as saying":
    "Jabba was a big debatable item. George had never liked the scene Jabba was in because he felt that the casting was never strong enough. There was an element, however, that I liked a lot because of the way George had filmed it. 
    Jabba was seen in a long shot and he was yelling, while in the foreground, in a big close-up, Han's body wiped into the left corner of the frame and his hand was on a gun and he said, 'I've been waiting for you, Jabba.'
    Then we cut to Han's face and Jabba turned around. I thought it was a very verile moment for Han's character; it made him a real macho guy, and Harrison's performance was very good. I lobbied to keep the scene. But Jabba was not terrific, and Jabba's men, who all looked like Greedo, were made of molded green plastic.
    George thought they looked pretty phony, so he had two reasons for wanting to cut the scene: the appearance of Jabba's men and the pacing of the movie. You have to pick up the pacing in an action movie like Star Wars, so ultimately, the scene wasn't necessary."
    marcia lucas oscar win
    Happier times with Marcia and her Academy Award
    The scene was eventually added to the redux version of the movie in 1997. Some trickery was required as Jabba was filmed as a human, wheras Jedi had him as the slug. So the CGI Jabba was added over the human actor. Because Han walks around Jabba, the joke of him standing on Jabba's tail was required.

    All Marcia's hard work paid off and she eventually won an Oscar for editing the along with Chew and Hirsch.

    Ultimately Marcia's relationship with George Lucas was doomed and the marriage slowly fell apart in coming to its end in 1983 as Marcia chose to pursue a relationship with someone else.

    Regardless, her place in the Star Wars line up as one of its greatest contributors will never be in doubt!

    5 little (or big) things that made The Empire Strikes Back one of the best ever movies and not just a great Star Wars movie

    Gone with the Wind poster inspiration for Empire Strikes Back

    5 little (or big) things that made The Empire Strikes Back one of the best ever movies

    For many people, The Empire Strikes Back movie is not only the best Star Wars movie but one of the greatest movie sequels of all time.

    While it didn’t win an Oscar for Best Movie like The Godfather Pt II did (it still won for Best Sound!), we're pretty sure if you asked people to name the best film sequel of all time, people would name drop Empire just as much as the movie that bumped off poor Fredo.

    We could go on and on about how the whole of Empire is the best thing since sliced bread but let’s take the time to look at some of the smaller, more nuanced things that went into this film that helped it become such a great movie.

    Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind was one of the biggest films on movie history both in terms of production scale and box office reward. Some still say that when inflation is taken into account, it is the highest grossing film ever.

    Star Wars is number 2 behind it and one of the reasons could well be the obvious inspiration that Lucas took from GWTW. Look at the relationship of Han Solo and Princess Leia, it features an archetype anti hero falling in love (perhaps somewhat unwillingly) with a beautifully strong woman.

    This is the exact same scenario that occurred in GWTW. Lucas knew it too and so he even agreed to have the now iconic Empire promotional poster (as above) to cast Leia and Han in the same romantic pose as Rhett Butler & Scarlett O'Hara took in GWTW. 

    The posters are also very clever in that a 'bad thing' that happens in each film is obviously lurking in the back ground. For Empire, it's obviously the specter of Vader and for GWTH, it's the great fire.


    Star Wars’ place in history was cemented before Empire turned up but you could argue that the little green guy, Yoda turned things on its head.

    This seemingly go-lucky goblin turned out to a be a Jedi Master who would train Luke to become a great Jedi of his own accord.

    It was Yoda’s “Do or do not, there is no try” that spoke loudly to film viewers everywhere, helping cast Empire as one of the greatest films ever.

    A key to the success of Yoda was the puppetry skills and voice talents of Frank Oz. The momentum of Empire actually lead to a campaign to get Oz nominated for an acting Oscar, however, it came to naught.

    The legacy of Boba Fett

    Boba Fett features in the film for like only three scenes and yet he spawned a legion of fans. In some circles, he's considered more bad ass than Darth Vader.

    Ever since Vader warned him on the deck of the Executor that he wanted 'no more disintegrations' fanboys and girls have marveled over the character - so much so he turned up in Jedi and also featured prominently with his father Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. 

    I Know

    Han Solo’s “I know” line in response to Leia’s declaration of her love for Han just as he's about to be frozen in carbonite has become one of the most iconic lines from the entire film franchise.

    Women love it because it's romantic and men love it because it's smart ass.

    While the line is often described as being ad-libbed by Harrison Ford, he didn't simply make it up as he was going along. It was a suggestion that came out of rehearsals and not the scripted line of "I'll be back".

    That big twist which we are still talking about 20 years later

    Vader’s confession to Luke that he was his father in The Empire Strikes Back is considered by many movie fans to be the best plot twist in a movie.


    Bigger than that of Planet of the Apes.

    The A New Hope film clearly intended that Vader and Anakin Skywalker were different people - please recall Obi Wan’s expository scene with Luke which explained how Vader was seduced by the Dark Side and killed Luke’s father.

    So it was a great move to introduce the best bad guy ever as the father of the hero.

    Why is this film so popular?

    It’s a dark tale that has no real ending but it did feature one of the greatest movie twists at its highest point.

    If you weren't around back on the day, it was a big a plot twist as Bruce Willis’ character was actually a ghost in The Sixth Sense or that in the Planet of the Apes, they had been on Earth the whole time.

    Consider the Sixth Sense – would it have been any good if Bruce Willis was actually alive and the film had a slightly different ending?


    If the twist had not of been in Empire, one could argue the movie would have merely been classed a good movie, rather than being great. 

    One should bear the time when the movie came out with this point – many movies now try to come up with the key plot twist. Now-a-days such a twist may seem cool but not amazing – it certainly was back in the day.
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