There is an argument to be made that Yoda has more iconic Star Wars quotes than any other character in the franchise, and this little joke directed at Luke in Return Of The Jedi is just one of them.
It is probably the humor that makes this so loved by Ranker users, showing that Yoda can be far more than poignant and wise. It also adds some levity to an incredibly emotional scene that sees the death of one of the franchise’s best characters.
9 The Iconic Leia Insult
“Why You Stuck Up, Half-Witted, Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder.”
The franchise is full of great insults and it is its own colloquialisms that fans adore that are often the funniest Star Wars quotes. There may be none better – indeed, none more evocative – than this insult hurled at Han Solo by Leia in The Empire Strikes Back.
The banter between these two, particularly in this film, is legendary, as proven by Han’s also memorable response of “Who’s scruffy-looking?” Leia’s admirable fierceness and badassery mesh so well with Han’s charisma, as shown in moments like this.
8 Don’t Tell People What They Can And Can’t Do
“Never Tell Me The Odds.”
There are so many quips and comments in the original trilogy that truly sum up Han Solo and his personality, and this one does so better than more others as he shuts down C-3PO’s warning of the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field (approx. 3,720/1)
Han is constantly beating the odds in his life, from getting through the asteroid field alive, making it off of the streets of Corellia, surviving his carbon freezing to the subsequent stint in Jabba’s Palace, the odds are nothing to him (and his confidence is well-earned).
7 Chewie Can Always Have A Laugh At Han
“Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.”
Despite being the picture cool and one of cinema’s go-to charismatic figures, Han is no stranger to having jokes, insults, or even laughs at his expense. This does not make him any less cool; instead, it leads to some of his best quotes.
When Leia refers to Han as “laser-brain,” Chewie cannot help but have a giggle, clearly enjoying Leia’s putdowns of Han, prompting this response from Han (which has since gone down as one of his most memorable quotes). It could be the delivery, the hilarity, the quotability, or simply the banter between friends, but fans adore this quote that has been repeated for decades.
6 Ackbar’s Famous Line
“It’s A Trap!”
Gial Ackbar is one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars history, instantly recognizable as the Mon Calamari Admiral who played a role in the Batte of Endor. However, it is no secret that much of his memorability comes from this one-liner.
It is not outlandish to say that most Star Wars fans have repeated “It’s a trap!” in their lifetime, and every time he utters the words in Return Of The Jedi rewatches, it inspires a smile from the audience who know just how iconic it is.
5 The Jedi Mind Trick
“These Aren’t The Droids You’re Looking For.”
In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi is the source of so much wonder and imagination as he is the Jedi who lets audiences in on the Jedi (and the Force and his encounter with the stormtroopers at Mos Eisley is perhaps the best scene in which he does so).
The Jedi Mind Trick is one of the first times many Star Wars fans will have ever seen the Force in action, and it is masterfully done. Scenes like this often have such a visceral reaction from fans, taking them back to childhood, so it is no wonder the quote is remembered by Star Wars as one of Obi-Wan’s best.
4 Cinema’s Most Famous Twist
“No, I Am Your Father.”
The Empire Strikes Back is not just one of the greatest films of all time, but one of the most important as it proved the staying power of Star Wars and, similarly to its predecessor, further showed the potential of what blockbusters could be. It also has the most famous twist in cinema history.
The duel between Luke and Vader on Bespin is one of the best in all of Star Wars, and it is capped off fittingly and wonderfully by their exchange as Vader towers over who is revealed to be his son. Even though it is so often misquoted, there is not a Star Wars fan out there who will ever forget this moment – particularly those who did not know beforehand.
3 Always Trust In The Force And In Vader
“I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing.”
The presence and story of Darth Vader throughout the original trilogy are astounding. A truly intimidating figure who morphs from a solely terrifying force of evil into a complex, nuanced, and tragic character, it is a joy to watch.
In A New Hope, though, he is firmly in the lane of one of Star Wars’ most powerful and fear-inducing villains, and one of his very best scenes in that role is his using the Force to choke Motti, citing his lack of faith in the Force and in Vader “disturbing.” Nearly every one of Vader’s lines in the trilogy is memorable, and Ranker sees this as the very best.
2 The Classic Star Wars Line
“I Have A Bad Feeling About This.”
In some form or another, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” has appeared in every medium of Star Wars, and in the original trilogy, it is both prominent and memorable.
The quote is first delivered by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, followed by the likes of Han, Leia, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and more. It has become almost the quintessential Star Wars one-liner alongside “May the Force be with you,” and it gives fans a sly smile every time it pops up in a new project.
1 The Most Famous Piece Of Yoda Wisdom
“Do, Or Do Not, There Is No Try.”
There may be no singular character appearance so full of excellently written, terrifically delivered, and incredibly wise quotes as Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, who seems to deliver an important lesson with every second line he has.
Despite all the brilliance uttered by the mysterious Jedi Grandmaster, though, “Do, or do not, there is no try” is the important message that has stuck with the most amount of fans the longest. It very well could be the best quote in Star Wars, certainly deemed the best one-liner by Ranker.
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