Of all the science fiction movies, Star Wars seems to divide fans more than any other. People are constantly arguing about what really happened in certain movies, and these arguments can become pretty heated, especially online. There is also division between the “die-hard” fans and the “casuals.” The die-hard fans have studied these movies as if they were religious texts, and claim to know every little detail imaginable. The casual fans, on the other hand, have a basic understanding of the movies, but tend to overlook some crucial details.
But even the die-hard fans miss things from time to time. There are tiny details in Star Wars that often go unnoticed, and there are also a fair few common misconceptions held by casual and die-hard fans alike. Many of these misconceptions become widely held beliefs, often turning into jokes or often-repeated lines. But those of us who really know Star Wars know that these lines were never actually spoken, and the jokes have no real basis when you look more closely at the films.
You might think of yourself as a true Star Wars fan, but after reading this article you might be forced to reexamine that belief. This article includes things that are pretty basic, but there are also more subtle and hidden things about the series that might just change your whole opinion of Star Wars.
15. Darth Vader Says “Luke, I Am Your Father”
This is one that people have been getting wrong for decades. Since the release of the original trilogy, one of the most iconic lines to come out of this amazing series was “Luke, I am your father.” This of course took place in the second film in the original series, Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. In this scene, Vader has just defeated Luke, and has him cornered on a high ledge. He tries to tempt Luke into joining him and the dark side, to which Luke says he will never join the dark side of the Force, because Vader killed his father. This is when Darth Vader delivers this iconic line.
But there’s only one problem – that line does not exist. The real line is “No, I am your father.” Fans everywhere were so convinced that the real line was different that some have attributed it to the “Mandela Effect,” the conspiracy theory about things in the past that have been changed somehow, or events from parallel universes that are somehow “bleeding into their memories.” Some have suggested that the line was changed in one of George Lucas‘ many revisions to the original trilogy. But as any real fan will tell you, this was always the line that Vader delivered.
14. C-3PO Is Completely Gold
From the inception of Star Wars up to the present day, C-3PO has been known to casual fans simply as “the gold guy.” This robot has appeared in every single Star Wars movie, and he and R2-D2 have come to symbolize the Star Wars franchise perhaps more than any other. C-3PO was actually constructed by Annakin Skywalker, which was revealed in the first of the prequels, Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He has gone through many transformations since this time, and at some point he was given bright gold plating to cover his circuitry.
But even the die-hard fans probably had no idea that C-3PO was not in fact completely covered in gold. If you look very closely at the stills from the original trilogy, you will see that the protocol droid has a silver leg. Even many of the film crew never noticed this fact, and when it first started to gain attention on the internet, it blew people’s minds. Again, people attributed this to the Mandela Effect, thinking that some strange force had changed things while they weren’t looking.
13. Greedo Shot First
This is probably one of the “fake facts” about Star Wars that most people know is false. It’s also one of the scenes in Star Wars that sparked the most debate among fans everywhere. The scene is from the first Star Wars movie to be released, Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope. In this scene, the audience is introduced to Han Solo for the very first time, and from that moment onward everyone loved this character. He’s hanging out at Mos Eisley when a bounty hunter called Greedo sits down across from him, pistol drawn. An argument breaks out, shots are fired, and Greedo is left dead on the table.
The debate that has raged through the Star Wars community for many years is over who shot first: Han or Greedo. If you watch A New Hope today, you will see that Greedo is clearly the one who shoots first, and Han seems to dodge the blaster round by moving his right. But as die-hard fans know, this isn’t what originally happened. In the theatrical version of this movie, Han is the one who shoots first. The scene was then altered in later versions to show Greedo shooting first, in order to make Han more family-friendly.
12. The Stories Take Place In Our Future
Of all the false facts on this list, this one is rejected by the most people, even very casual fans. But still, there are some who claim to be die-hard fans who have overlooked this painfully simple part of the Star Wars story. In the beginning of pretty much every Star Wars movie, the film begins with the text: “A long time ago, in a galaxy far away.” This is a pretty clear indication that these stories are in fact happening in our past, not in our future. In fact, they have nothing to do with us at all because these events are happening far away from our galaxy.
Some would say that it’s impossible for Star Wars to be a story in the past because of the advanced technology involved. But because it’s so far away, there is in fact the possibility that advanced civilizations have risen in our past, and we would have no idea about them. This is part of the magic of Star Wars, and it allows the films to start with a blank slate, without having to worry about linking their universe with ours.
11. Stormtroopers Are Incompetent
One of the most repeated jokes about Star Wars is the fact that Stormtroopers are completely incompetent. More specifically, they can’t hit anything with their blasters. There have been so many battles where Stormtroopers seem to be purposely missing, missing so many shots that it seems impossible. Then there is also the commonly-held assertion that the Stormtroopers routinely lose battles when the odds are stacked heavily in their favor. You see this joke repeated again and again in pop culture and in memes.
But is there really any truth to this? There is one scene where the main characters are trying to escape an Imperial installation, and they are running onto the ramp of the Millennium Falcon. Countless Imperial Stormtroopers open fire on them, but seem to miss in the most comical fashion. This is one of the most commonly-used examples of the Stormtroopers having poor aim. But in almost the very next scene, it is revealed that the Empire purposely allowed the ship to escape, and placed a tracking beacon on board.
Then there is the case of the battle of Endor. People joke about how a bunch of teddy bear Ewoks managed to defeat the empire, but they fail to mention the fact that the Stormtroopers were slaughtering everyone until Chewbacca stole an AT-ST. There are countless other examples that suggest the Stormtroopers are the best fighters in the universe, such as the fact that they slaughtered the Jedi when Order 66 was executed, and their repeated ability to defeat the rebels.
10. You’re Only A “True Fan” If You Watch The Originals
This is a slightly more complex “false fact,” but bear with me. If you want to sound like a “true” Star Wars fan, all you pretty much have to say is that the original trilogy was the best and all of the later movies didn’t even come close to equaling them. This is perhaps the most widely-held belief of the Star Wars community, and in all honesty, they have a decent point. The Star Wars reboots never really captured the charm of the previous films, and this is something that almost everyone can universally agree upon.
Die-hard fans make the assertion that you’re only a true fan if you watch the original movies. But how can you watch the original movies when they don’t even exist anymore? The original theatrical version of the original trilogy (A New Hope, especially), is almost impossible to find. You can’t actually watch them anymore. This is because George Lucas has almost obsessively gone back and altered pretty much every scene in the original trilogy, to the point where they don’t even resemble what they once were. So it’s pretty much impossible to be a “true fan” and watch the original trilogy, unless of course you were alive when they were released in theaters.
9. Vader Was Weaker After Putting On The Suit
Another common misconception people have about Star Wars is that Vader became much weaker once he put on the suit. While it’s true that he seems a little clunky and slow after he was rebuilt into pretty much a cyborg, people really underestimate the amount of power Vader after his almost fatal wound. The truth is that he didn’t actually become weaker. Even those who say he became slower are wrong. His lightsaber style just became more direct, and his movements more economic. He doesn’t do flips and twirls, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak. At the time of the original trilogy, he is still perhaps the greatest warrior in the universe, or at least on par with Darth Sidious.
And those who believe that the physical body has anything to do with strength have a rather poor understanding of the Force. After all, Yoda is one of the most powerful users of the Force in history, and he is an extremely small alien. Darth Vader’s true power is his mastery of the Force, and this will continue to exist regardless of the state of his physical body. There are those that say he is weak because Luke managed to get the best of him, but that will be addressed later.
8. The Stormtrooper Army Only Consists Of Clones
Many people, especially those who are familiar with the prequels, are under the misconception that the Stormtrooper army is completely made up of clones. This idea might have arisen due to the movie Star Wars Episode II – The Attack Of The Clones. In this film, the origin of the Stormtrooper army is examined, and Obi-Wan discovers that the army is being created from the clones of a single person. This army is later used to combat the droids used in the clone wars, which forms the basis for this film.
But because of this movie, many people became convinced that all Stormtroopers were clones from that point onwards. While clones made up the total of the Stormtrooper army at the beginning, by the time the original series began, the clones were almost completely phased out. If they were still present in the army, they would represent a tiny minority of the army. Instead, the Stormtroopers began to accept recruit from normal, run-of-the-mill humans. Of course, this fact is obvious to anyone who has ever seen Finn, who is clearly not a clone (but he is rumored to be some kind of test tube baby). Fun fact – Luke almost joined the Imperial Academy.
7. C-3PO And R2-D2 Had Their Memories Wiped
Another false fact is that both C-3Po and R2-D2 had their memories wiped at the end of Star Wars Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith. It is true that the rebels ordered C-3PO’s memory drives wiped, but they did not issue the same order for R2-D2. This order was to prevent the wrong information from falling into Imperial hands, and it also served as a convenient way to “link” the prequels to the original series without any loose ends. Otherwise, people would have been asking, “Why didn’t C-3PO mention so-and-so that happened during the prequels?”
Part of the reason this is such an important thing is because of the tragedy associated with C-3PO having his memory wiped. R2 and 3PO are the best of friends during the prequels, but when C-3PO has his memory wiped, it’s obvious that he longer recognizes R2, and even treats him with contempt. R2-D2 cannot speak of course, but by his various beeping noises it’s obvious that he’s very disappointed and at times frustrated by this lack of memory from his best friend.
6. Midi-Chlorians Are The Same Thing As The Force
Here’s another thing that even die-hard fans get wrong. The Force is a complex idea, and the storylines of the various movies rely heavily on this mystical, almost magical force. But the Force is not actually magic, because it’s rooted in the science of the Star Wars universe. They explain the Force using a type of microscopic thing called midi-chlorians. But many people are under the misconception that the Force is the same thing as the midi-chlorians. This simply isn’t true.
The midi-chlorians act as a kind of messenger for the will of the Force, as well as indicators of the Force’s presence, but they are not in fact one and the same with the Force. Potential Jedi are studied and samples are taken that indicate their midi-chlorian count, which reveals the strength of the Force within them. Yoda’s mdti-chlorian count is famously high, but Annakin’s is even higher.
5. Snoke And Kylo Ren Are Sith Lords
The newest movies are made by Disney, and have no affiliation with George Lucas whatsoever. There are a lot of changes that have been made, although many features remain the same, most notably some of the key actors. The biggest changes to these new movies involve the antagonists. Instead of the familiar faces of Darth Vader or Emperor Palpatine, we are confronted with two brand new enemies – Snoke and Kylo Ren. Although these individuals work in connection with the Empire, they are most certainly not Sith Lords, although many people, even die-hard fans, assumed they were.
Just because the lightsaber is red does not mean they’re a Sith. The Sith are basically extinct when the new Disney series begins, with Emperor Palpatine and Vader dead. These two were the last remaining members of an age-old society of Sith, with a culture, a doctrine, and a long, complex history. With those two dead, there is no longer anyone left to teach the new individuals the Sith methods of using the dark side of the Force. That is not to say, however, that Kylo Ren and Snoke do not fall under the Dark side of the Force. They are definitely on the dark side, but they are not part of the Sith enclave.
4. There Can Be More Than Two Sith
Another common misconception when it comes to Star Wars is that every single person who has ever worked alongside the Sith are automatically Sith lords. This is wrong, as it is pretty plainly stated that there can only ever be two Sith at any one time. That means that Sith “associates” like General Grievous and others are just tools of the Sith, and are not members of this dark fraternity themselves. Believing otherwise takes away from the mystique and exclusivity of the Sith. It also paints them in a less impressive light. After all, the fact that only two Sith have managed to plague the Jedi for thousands of years, and repeatedly capture their temple, is a testament to their incredible individual power.
There is also the non-canon case of Galen Marek, the lead character of the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. He was the secret apprentice of Darth Vader, kept secret from Darth Sidious. Many assumed that he was a Sith, but again, he is simply a user of the dark side of the Force, as the rule clearly states there can only ever be two Sith – master and apprentice.
3. Luke Was Weak
Many people, even die-hard fans, state incorrectly that Luke was one of the weakest Jedi knights ever. This is blatantly false for so many reasons. But let’s first consider why people are saying this. They say he was weak because Luke was defeated by Darth Vader, who was already weakened by his cyborg suit. But as we’ve already stated, Darth Vader was not in fact weak, and was one of the most powerful Sith lords in history, even after his near-fatal accident. The fact that Luke even managed to survive longer than a few seconds against Vader is testament to his power. Others say that Luke was weak with the Force compared to many from the prequels, but it really isn’t a fair comparison.
Luke begins his training with the Force when he is a young man, which would be considered way too old to train in usual circumstances. Even Annakin is considered to be too old to train at first, and he was about 8 or 9 when he first joined the Jedi. The fact that Luke even managed to get to the level he did in a few months indicates that he’s an extremely powerful Jedi, right up there with the best in history. He’s basically self-taught, which makes him the ultimate bada*s.
2. Alderaan Was Peaceful
One of the most memorable scenes from the first Star Wars movie was the destruction of Alderaan. This was the first time we ever got to see the tremendous power of the Death Star used to its full potential. The Empire threatened to use the Death Star unless Leia gave them the coordinated of the Rebel base. Leia resisted, but finally complied when it was clear they weren’t bluffing. But once she gave them this crucial information, they destroyed Alderaan anyway, out of curiosity. They wanted to test their new weapon, and as Leia protested, she watched as her home planet was completely obliterated before her eyes.
As she protested, she stated, “No. Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons.” Many fans, including the most die-hard ones, took this statement at face value and believed that Alderaan was indeed peaceful. But if you think about it, this was nothing more than a desperate lie intended to spare the planet and its people. Alderaan was not peaceful. How could it be? It was a hub for the rebels, a safe haven for Jedi sympathizers, and a waypoint for countless Rebel freighters. Rebel supplies moved through their space, and Rebel cruisers were refuelled and repaired in its orbit. Weapons were smuggled through the planet. Alderaan was in fact very much involved in the war against the Empire, and cannot be considered neutral under any circumstances.
1. Luke Is The Chosen One
Let’s end thing with a very basic misconception about Star Wars. The legend of the Chosen One is an idea that provides pervades almost all of the Star Wars movies, but people often misinterpret who the Chosen One really is. The Chosen One is the person destined to bring balance to the Force. But what does “balance” really mean? Some people actually misinterpret this as being an equal number of Sith and Jedi. But that wouldn’t make sense, since two Jedi and two Sith would still mean a galaxy plagued by war and conflict. What “balance” really means is a galaxy at peace, which means the complete eradication of the Sith.
So who is the Chosen One? The obvious answer is Luke. He’s the one that defeats the Sith at the end of the original series, right? Wrong. It’s actually Darth Vader that finally defeats Darth Sidious, an act that can only be accomplished by the sacrifice of his own life. This ends in the death of the final two Sith in the galaxy, bringing balance to the Force. Looking at both the prequels and the original series, it’s obvious that there has only been one main character throughout this story – Annakin Skywalker. He is the main character of the Star Wars story, and his tragic rise and fall is what Star Wars is all about.
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