For many fans, quoting Star Wars is a daily occurrence. Lines from the films get slipped into conversations and those around might not even know it, but they’re subtle winks and nods to other Star Wars fans. With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s a whole new film full of phrases and sayings for fans to work into every day speech. The following list is the 10-most used in my circles, but I expect they might vary amongst Star Wars fans. [Editor’s note: Spoiler warning!]
“Chewie, we’re home…” – Han Solo’s first line from the trailer and his first line from the film is one of the best. I’ve used it walking in the door to my house on more than one occasion and my guess is that I’m not alone.
“Tell that to Kanjiklub.” – Bala-Tik’s utterance to Han Solo aboard the Erevana instantly became one of the best lines in the entire Star Wars saga and has been used more times than I can count. It’s a great phrase to use after just about anything has been said, replacing the tired phrase “that’s what she said.” Above all, it’s just fun to say.
“Droid, please!” – Finn has so many great lines in the film that it’s hard to cut it down to just one, but his pleading with BB-8 on the Millennium Falcon produced probably the best and most easily used in contexts outside of just quoting Star Wars. In fact, that whole scene is full of quotable dialogue, but this one might be the winner, or at least tied with “No, the one I’m pointing to.”
“We’re gonna do this…” – Just about everything out of Poe Dameron’s mouth seems like the coolest thing in the world to say, but none drips the fun of Star Wars more than the last thing he says to Finn before they go to make their escape. And it’s something you can say before just about any activity.
“The garbage’ll do.” – Rey has so many great lines, too, but perhaps the best moment of dialogue she gets is when she introduces us to a familiar YT-1300 stock light freighter. Every other line used to introduce the ship is often quoted, so I have no doubts this one will be used quite a bit in the years to come as well.
“That’s not how the Force works!” – With Han Solo stepping in as the mentor character for The Force Awakens, it’s no wonder he has some of the most fascinating things to say about the Force, but the best might be this utterance to Finn on the surface of Starkiller base.
“These are your first steps…” – The wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been quotable, and so is this new addition to the lexicon. Heard as barely a whisper during Rey’s Force vision, this line has so much meaning and so many different ways to apply it, both in the Star Wars universe and in real life.
“I assume you need something. Desperately.” – Maz Kanata’s breathless admission to Han Solo and crew is something we can all relate to: that person who shows up only when they need something. It’s the sort of thing I’ve already found myself saying to friends and family members as they call or visit. This might be the line of Maz’s that gets used most by me, only because I have no place to say “Where’s my boyfriend?”
“One-quarter portion…” – Unkar Plutt is perhaps the galaxy’s meanest negotiator. Equal parts Watto, Simon Pegg, and really-high-priced-antiques dealer, Unkar Plutt has a great voice for Star Wars. His pronouncement to Rey that she only deserves one fourth of a portion for the parts he brought her is both heartbreaking and just fun to say.
“Watch out for ground fire!” – Snap Wexley’s line at the Battle of Starkiller base will go down in the annals of lines from Star Wars pilots that are just deliciously cheesy. This joins my favorite lines from pilots, like Ric Olie’s “Shield generator’s been hit!” and Wedge’s “Wagh! That got him!” And I plan on using it in every day speech accordingly.
The Force Awakens is incredibly quotable and narrowing it down to just 10 quotes was close to impossible. And who knows how these favorite quotes will shift as we all see the movie more? I’ve seen the film eight times and new things are still jumping out at me. The only way I can be sure is to see the film more.