With every fandom, you’ll find a lot of false “facts” circling around. In the age of the internet, information is at our fingertips, but so is misinformation. And with a fandom as big as Star Wars, misinformation is everywhere. Let’s a take a look at some of the most commonly believed, but completely untrue, Star Wars facts. You might be surprised at some of them! Here are 10 Fake Star Wars Facts Most People Think Are True:
Darth Vader said 'Luke, I am your father.'
Darth Vader’s famous line is often misquoted as “Luke, I am your Father”. But the line in question is actually, “No, I am your father”. The exchange goes like this:
Darth Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him.
Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
It’s understandable why this is so commonly misquoted- “I am your father” is a pretty common phrase, but the addition of “Luke” makes it clear what you’re quoting. A lot of people just probably subconsciously added it on because of that and it got to the point where more people remember that line than the actual quote.
This doesn’t stop people from using it as an example of “the Mandela Effect”, a phenomenon where a massive amount of people remember something incorrectly in the same way and then using it as evidence that a parallel universe exists where the line really WAS “Luke, I am your Father”.
In actuality, remembering pop culture quotes incorrectly is a pretty common phenomenon. TV Tropes has a long list of examples, starting with the Star Trek misquote “Beam Me Up, Scotty".Advertisement
Revenge of the Jedi was the original title for Return of the Jedi
Famously, the teaser trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was called Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi. Official posters also featured the name too. Many think that Revenge of the Jedi was the film’s original title. However, according to Mental Floss, George Lucas and his fellow screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan intended the title to be Return of the Jedi from the beginning. Fox thought the title was too bland and made them change it to the more evocative “Revenge”. So that was the title used for the teaser trailers and whatnot.
However, the change didn’t sit well with George, especially when he realized the concept of “revenge” was antithetical to the philosophy of the Jedi he had written. So just weeks before the movie came out, the title was changed back to Return of the Jedi. While it might be antithetical to the Jedi philosophy, revenge is not at all against the Sith philosophy, so Revenge of the Sith is a bit of a callback to that whole confusion.