Here's the Star Wars quote most people get wrong

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Dec 18, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

The most famous line in Star Wars history might be one that's never actually said in a Star Wars movie.

If you grew up with the name Luke, or you know someone who did, you're probably familiar with this scenario: Every time a guy named Luke introduces himself to anyone, there's at least a 50 percent chance that person will reply by taking on a deep voice and droning "Luuuuuke ... I am your father."

We've all heard this happen and we've all seen the Luke in question roll his eyes every single time, but next time it happens, perhaps guys named Luke can fight back against the cliche by pointing out that that particular line is never uttered in the classic twist scene in The Empire Strikes Back, which shows Darth Vader revealing to Luke Skywalker that they are actually father and son.

To be fair, Vader does in fact say "Luuuuke" during the scene, and the phrase "I am your father" is definitely uttered. They're just never said together. Here's the actual exchange:

Vader: "Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."

Luke: "He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"

Vader: "No. I am your father."

So why do so many viewers consistenly get it wrong? Perhaps because it simply sounds better to say it all together like that, or because it's just easier to deliver all the information in a single sentence rather than relying on a second quoter to feed you Luke's lines. Whatever the case, it's been one of cinema's most common misquotes (along with lines like "Play it again, Sam" from Casablanca) for more than 30 years, and though Star Wars superfans already know this information, it's always worth putting out a reminder to those who are still in the dark because they haven't seen Empire 45 times yet.

So the next time you're faced with listening to that line for the thousandth time, feel free to fight back with the truth.

(Via NBC Entertainment)

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