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The 20 Most Unforgettable Last Words Of 'Star Wars' Characters

Updated February 11, 2021 13.9k votes 1.4k voters 61k views21 items

List RulesVote up the most impactful last words from Star Wars movies.

One of the most difficult things to do in fiction is to give a great character a truly memorable last line. Whatever dialogue they utter as they leave the screen forever, it has to be poignant and relevant to both the character and the situation in which they find themselves. It's not easy, and most final utterances are delivered without much gravitas.

Then, there's the Star Wars film franchise, which features some of the most quotable dialogue in all of film history. In addition to some often-uttered catchphrases like, "May the Force be with you" and others, some of the characters' last words stand as quotable while being some of the saddest and most memorable.

This list compiles all the greatest final lines of some of the most important characters in the franchise. Find the one you like best, and don't forget to vote it up and hopefully see it rise to the top!

  • "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

    Obi-Wan Kenobi has the most important death scene in all of Star Wars film history, as his death is the catalyst that truly lights a fire in Luke, and sets him on the path to rebuild the Jedi Order and defeat the Empire.

    When he confronted his former pupil, Darth Vader stood against him and uttered some truly great dialogue. Of course, it was Obi-Wan who warned his former friend that killing him would only make him stronger, and that's precisely what happened. He discharged his lightsaber and allowed Vader to slash through his body, resulting in his becoming one with the Force.

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  • "Luke... Luke, do not... do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor, or suffer your father's fate, you will. Luke, when gone am I, the last of the Jedi, will you be. The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned. Luke... there... is... another... Sky... Sky... walker..."

    Yoda took over Luke's training as a Jedi in The Empire Strikes Back, but before he could finish, Luke ran off to save his friends. He returned to his master but found him in a severely weakened state. Yoda's 900 years had caught up with him, and he was dying.

    As he tended to his Master, Yoda imparted his last bit of wisdom to his apprentice. He was to "pass on" what he learned, but he shouldn't underestimate the power of the Dark Side or that of his father. His life came to an end with the revelation that there was another Skywalker, a sister, who grew up far from her twin brother on Alderaan.

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  • "You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister... you were right."

    Darth Vader was the epitome of evil throughout the original Star Wars trilogy, but as much as those movies were about Luke Skywalker ascending to become a Jedi, they were also about the path of redemption that turned Darth Vader back into the man he was. 

    After turning on his Master, Vader took in a ton of Force Lightning power. This left him dying on the ground, so Luke removed his helmet, and his father told him to tell his sister that he was right about him. Someone who turned to the Dark Side of the Force could be redeemed, and in the end, Luke saved Anakin in ways greater than Vader's move to save his son. Vader may have saved Luke from death, but it was Luke who saved his father's soul.

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  • "Torpedoes inbound! It's been an honor serving with you all."

    Throughout all of time and space, Admiral Ackbar will be remembered for uttering only three words, "It's a trap!" That line was his in Return of the Jedi, and many a meme were born that day. Of course, he didn't die in that film, having met his end two movies later in The Last Jedi.

    Ackbar was on the bridge with his fellow officers as Kylo Ren, and his Tie Fighter escorts attacked the command ship. Ren hesitated to fire into the bridge, which would have killed his mother, but a torpedo still managed to do the job. Leia survived, but Ackbar didn't, though he didn't hold off on delivering a truly honorable final line, which was a testament to his brilliant leadership qualities.

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