You’ve been lied to, Darth Vader never said “Luke, I am your father” in Star Wars

It’s one of the most iconic lines in modern cinema, and yet pretty much everyone has been getting it wrong for the past 36 years.

Of course, true Star Wars fans are all over this already, but I only just discovered this, and it’s blowing my mind.

In that famous scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader never says “Luke, I am your father.”

He actually says, “No, I am your father.”

Here’s the excerpt from the script:

Darth Vader: There is no escape! Don’t make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You’ve 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: [angrily] I’ll never join you!
Vader: If only you 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: [shocked] No. No! That’s not true! That’s impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings; you know it to be true!

And here’s the video proof that I’m not screwing with you.

Even though it’s just one word, it’s fairly unbelievable that such a generation-defining quote is so universally misquoted.

In fact, I punched the two quotes into Google Fight, which compares search results, and found that the incorrect version is cited almost four times as often as the correct version.

Luke I Am Your Father

Another twist in the tale: the line said on-camera by actor David Prowse (the man beneath the black suit) was, “Obi Wan killed your father.” It was dubbed over by James Earl Jones, who voiced the villain, in editing to include the twist.

Use this newfound knowledge wisely – because, as I’ve recently learned, if you go around correcting people they will quickly hate you for being a pedant and a jerk.

Luke I Am Your Father


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Comment (4)

    Jilton Willibrucker

    Thursday 31 March 2016

    It should be obvious that the “Luke” version is a better meme than the “No” one. His name serves as context. Nobody cares if it’s not an exact quote. Well, except you.



    Tuesday 19 March 2019

    check out james earl jones interviews and tell me what he says
    how could the man who said the line get it wrong himself so many times
    i think they would have been abit of an up roar about that, but also when did c3-po suddenly get a sliver leg from ? (check the star wars bloopers out