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Every Time Characters Repeat A Classic Line In A Star Wars Movie

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Have you ever sat down to watch one of your favorite Star Wars films and thought to yourself, "I think I've heard that line before"? Well, there's a reason for that, and it has a lot to do with the way George Lucas wrote the first film. In the original Star Wars trilogy, several lines are repeated more than once. When the prequel trilogy came out, a lot of those original lines that carried some significance from the first three films were repeated.

This was done as a sort of call-back or homage to pay some fan service, and the trend has continued with every new Star Wars film to hit the universe Lucas created a long time ago, in a galaxy far away. Casual insults, pleas for help, and cries of anguish have been sprinkled throughout the trilogy, and they're all compiled here.

This list highlights those classic quotes and phrases uttered in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi that were repeated by someone in any of the following movies: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rise of Skywalker, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Star Wars Christmas Special will not be mentioned, nor will any of the made-for-TV Ewok films or animated series - this list is all about theatrical releases.

Each instance is listed with the details arranged in theatrical chronological order. So, if the line first came in Return of the Jedi and was repeated in Attack of the ClonesROTJ will be listed first, as that instance happened earlier in film history, even though it happened sooner on the Star Wars timeline.

  • 'I Have A Bad Feeling About This'

    There are variations on this line said in every movie in the Star Wars universe.

    A New Hope: Luke Skywalker is the first to say the line as the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star, with his exact words being "I have a very bad feeling about this." The line is said again by Han Solo in the trash compactor scene when he says, "I have a very bad feeling about this."

    The Empire Strikes Back: When the Millennium Falcon lands in the "cave" of the asteroid, Leia says, "I have a bad feeling about this."

    Return of the Jedi: C-3PO says, "Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this" when the droids enter Jabba's palace. Later, Han Solo says, "I have a really bad feeling about this" right before it becomes apparent that the Ewoks are prepping to eat him.

    The Phantom Menace: The line is said by Obi-Wan to Qui-Gon Jinn at the beginning of the film. He says, "I have a bad feeling about this."

    Attack of the Clones: On Geonosis, Anakin says, "I've got a bad feeling about this," when he realizes they are about to battle some nasty beasts.

    Revenge of the SithWhen Obi-Wan and Anakin make their way to the ship to rescue Palpatine, Obi-Wan says, "Oh, I have a bad feeling about this."

    The Force Awakens: When Han Solo realizes that the Rathtars have been set free, he says, "I got a bad feeling about this."

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: K-2SO almost says the line, but is cut off. He only manages to say, "I've got a bad feelin..."

    The Last Jedi: BB-8 says the line to Poe Dameron as they are on their dangerous run toward the Dreadnought. The line isn't spoken in English, but he beeps it.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story: As Han is flying the Millennium Falcon toward a dangerous place, he says, "I've got a really good feeling about this," which is clearly the opposite of what he should have said, and a slight deviation from the line.

    Rise of Skywalker: Lando Calrissian says the line after the First Order shows up, putting a damper on Rey, Finn, Chewie, Poe, and the droid's plans to retrieve an artefact's location.

  • 'Search Your Feelings'

    The Empire Strikes Back: When Vader tells Luke that he is his father, he says, "Search your feelings, you know it to be true."

    Revenge of the Sith: Chancellor Palpatine attempts to sway Anakin toward his way of thinking, and by doing this, he plants a seed of doubt about the Jedi when he says, "Anakin. Search your feelings. You know, don't you?"

  • 'Rebel Scum'

    Return of the Jedi: When the Rebels infiltrate the shield generator facility on Endor and are taken by Imperial Officer Renz, he utters the line, "You Rebel scum," to Han.

    The Last Jedi: The first time the line is uttered is in the beginning of the movie when Poe Dameron calls and embarrasses General Hux, who tells him, "Your fleet are Rebel scum and war criminals." Later in the film, after the capital ship is nearly taken out, Finn confronts Captain Phasma and the two fight. When he gets the better of her, she says, "You were always scum." Finn then corrects her by saying, "Rebel scum!"

  • 'Not Entirely Stable'

    The Empire Strikes Back: After the Millennium Falcon lands in the "cave" on the asteroid and it begins to shake, C-3PO says to Han, "Sir, it's quite possible this asteroid is not entirely stable."

    The Phantom Menace: C-3PO says the line once more when he's introduced to Padmé by Anakin. He says, "I'm not sure this floor is entirely stable."