There's an abundance for Star Wars everything out there. There have been some ridiculous products, endless webcomics and even some strange fetishes for some reason.
But out of all of the ridiculous toys, clothing, appliances and more, the memes seem to be what have become a part of our every day.
And this might very well be the most well-known Star Wars meme out there, and the greatest part about it is that you may not know that it is even a Star Wars meme. But you will soon. And if you already did you are now offended and I apologize.
"Do Not Want" is a phrase that has become popular across the web as a sign of disapproval, disgust or apprehension towards pictures of a person, a concept or a product of some kind. "Do Not Want" has become the "no, thank you" of internet speak.
There's even a commonly known image known as the "Do Not Want" guy:
But where did "Do Not Want" come from? The phrase most often associated with the handsome Italian politician above named Massimo D'Alema started from a blogger named Jeremy Winterson who posted a long series of photos (which can be perused in their original post here) screencapping the horribly translated English subtitles to a Chinese bootleg version of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
This is the only good thing to have come out of that movie.
The photos display highlights of the film, which was translated on the DVD as Star Wars Episode III: The Backstroke of the West, showing the hilariously mis-translated lines along with the film itself.
And at the end of the film, as you probably remember unless you've repressed it along with the rest of the modern world, Darth Vader learns that the beloved wife he turned to the Dark Side to protect in the first place is dead. If one was a leader in an evil empire, he would clench his fists, shake them above his helmet, and let out the most pathetic whine in the Star Wars series since Luke's trip to Tosche Station got postponed.
Here's the clip from the very end of Star Wars III: The Backstroke of the West:
After the blog post went live in 2005, it not only brought light to one of the greatest disappointments of anyone's life up to that point, but it gave us a new way to show disapproval on the internet. Because how the hell can you not reference this for the rest of your life?
It was a line made for parody, like this little guy:
this poor fella:
this little guy:
It's the reason we say "Do Not Want" AND we can make fun of the real words. Lucas should really make more films just so we can have more comedy.
It's a Trap!
If you don't know this phrase, then I don't know how you made it to this list in the first place. The strain on your eyes due to the contrast between how bright it is in the outside world and that cave you've been living in must be hard enough to deal with, so I'll stop berating you. Congratulations on getting a computer, too. Those shiny metal things are called "cars" and we use them for transportation now instead of horseback. They're not trying to kill or yell at you.
Either that or you have a life.
In any case, I love the scene it comes from and I'm done being a dick, so here it is:
This is Admiral Ackbar, and while he has many other scenes in Star Wars, this is the one he's famous for.
While Admiral Ackbar was referring to a trap involving imperial ships, this phrase has since been used online for anything from devious car salesmen, to chicks who are really dudes, to links that you probably shouldn't click.
The clever folks of the internet have also warped this familiar phrase into multiple ways as you can see below:
Lightsabers. Lightsabers Everywherev
Fact: There has never been a fictional weapon cooler than the lightsaber. It glows. It cauterizes. It becomes compact when not in use. Many real-life people have attempted to create its majesty, but none have succeeded. We can only pretend.
And edit. If there's one thing the Internet loves, it's putting lightsabers into scenes where no lightsabers were before.
If there's another thing, it's cats:
Other animals and babies are also OK:
Star Wars Kidv
Speaking of lightsabers, you know the Star Wars Kid.
One of the first viral video Internet memes in history starred a fat guy - a fat kid, actually - playing Star Wars with himself in front of a camera. People made fun of the kid for being such a huge nerd, but then magic happened. The people of these here internets edited real lightsabers onto his hands, set his dope moves to electronic music, and even made it seem like he was doing skillful and athletic moves to avoid laser blasts.
Here's a good compilation of what some people did with his video:
Not only did this kid (one Québécois, Ghyslain Raza) turn out to become a lawyer, but he also got parodied on the greatest show of all time. And for that, I am totes jelly and yes, this is how I talk IRL (< I say that sh*t too).
Is there anything funnier than a grown man in a full suit of Stormtrooper armor thrusting his pelvis in a parking lot? (Hint: No.)
Stormtroopers are funny because they are expressionless, graceless, and relatively quiet. But when they cut loose, the heavens open. Stormtroopers have danced all over the world, in Japan:
and ... New Hampshire?
That's good comedy.
Red Leader, Standing Byv
When the Red Leader of your squadron of the Alliance asks all wings to check in, it's protocol that you respond with your tag like so: "Red 5, standing by." (Replace the 5 with whatever your number is; 5 belongs to Luke.) Everyone in your squadron is Red something - Red 3, Red 6, Red Forman...
On the Internet, if a Red Leader begins a roll call, you sure as heckfire better be standing by with some clever response.
Even though he can raise an X-Wing out of a swamp using only the force, Master Yoda doesn't seem to grasp simple concepts of grammar. You would think that being 900 years old, he would be able to put together a proper sentence.
It's kind of like how your grandpa still writes you typewritten birthday cards sometimes.
I won't lie to you, there have been times where I have been drunk enough to unintentionally start speaking like Yoda, but that's simply because I'm an assh*le. Yoda speak is a fun and clever way to insult and abuse people online, and the internet has shown that it really knows how to turn a phrase.
Pope Benedict XVI looks exactly like Senator / Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious. There's no getting around it.
I mean, uncanny. And thank George, too, because without this coincidence (?), we would never have lovely & amazing images like these:
Prepare Your Anus
While this isn't solely a Star Wars meme, the above image is the one that started it off. Wicket E. Warwick looking like he's going to kill you.
The "Prepare Your Anus" meme (and yes we live in a world where there is a "Prepare Your Anus" meme) is similar to the Butthurt Emperor Palpatine meme, in that it is mainly used to let people know that they are about to be screwed in some way, shape or form. Often used in the gaming arena like the "Prepare to be pwnd" of old, this new version really gets to the point.
Plus it emphases the amount of terror one should feel when being confronted by an Ewok. I don't care if they do a song and dance and live in little tree houses, those things are just waiting to kill, rape and eat you. In that order, if you are lucky.
(I'm serious, though. Watch Jedi. They will f*cking eat you.)
During the announcement of the 2012 Olympic games, Obama was photographed wielding a toy lightsaber. When the internet got its hands on this gem it didn't take too long for multiple photo manipulations and memes to take off. Here is a short collection of the best Lightsaber Obamas.
Because what's better than the moment you realize your president is a nerd? I don't see any other world leaders with pictures of themselves not only holding, but playing with lightsabers on the internet.
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