1. “Luke, I Am Your Father.”

Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back

Another example of a misquote so pervasive that it was able to transcend one of the biggest and most popular franchises of all time to become a reality to many, the words: “Luke, I am your father” are familiar to almost everyone. The moment that the line references is the once-shocking ending of The Empire Strikes Back in which Darth Vader reveals himself to be the true father of Luke Skywalker. The moment is unforgettable – so why do so many people get it wrong?

Vader’s actual line is pretty close to the misquote: “No, I am your father.” However, the inflection and delivery are different, making the line as it’s best known decidedly incorrect. Despite this, many people specifically remember it being delivered by Vader as it’s so often quoted, leading to a minor but infuriating example of the Mandela Effect.

The saving grace of this one is that Star Wars fans – being the level-headed and helpful bunch that they are – are quick to correct those that consider the misquote true. Even so, there are people who specifically remember the line being said as commonly misquoted, making it another example of the Mandela Effect. This is most likely down to how often the line is spoofed and reused throughout popular culture, although it’s easily dispelled by those particularly considerate Star Wars fans.


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