Quoting Star Wars is a way of life for fans of the saga. I’m no exception. And when I first wrote about the 10 best quotes from The Force Awakens, people hit me with so many quotes I felt like I was hit with firepower greater than half the starfleet. So I thought we’d come back for another round of great quotes.
If your favorite isn’t here, that doesn’t mean it’s not one of our favorites, it’s just a sign that The Force Awakens is just so incredibly quotable.
And remember, direct quotes from the film might very well be considered spoilers, so read at your own risk.
“Traitor!” – This one does double duty and has entered the public consciousness in a way I didn’t expect. The first time it happens in the movie, it comes from the mouth of FN-2199 (you can read more about him here), but the second time it comes from an unmasked and wounded Kylo Ren. Not only is it a great line in its own right, but it hearkens back to Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar, calling Obi-Wan a liar. It’s no wonder Kylo Ren would be so thoroughly channeling his idol.
“You need a teacher!” – Lines spoken during lightsaber battles have always had a great resonance with me and I quote them frequently. Both of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s epic showdowns have oft-quoted lines, as does anything Luke says when his lightsaber is ignited. It’s no surprise that Kylo Ren would have a line as easily quotable, but he delivers it with such fury and pain, I wonder if he’s worried that Rey might best him. Either way, this one is going down as a classic.
“The droid…stole a freighter?” – Kylo Ren isn’t above getting a laugh, and this might be one of the best in the movies. It’s delivered with such an honest incredulity that it’s turned into a proxy for any ridiculous news reported to me.
“I know how to run without you holding my hand!” – Rey is a great character and doesn’t need help from anyone, and nothing exemplifies that more than her warnings to Finn about being capable on her own. It creates a great moment in the film that defines Rey as a character and offers runners of all kinds a quote to yell at people for fun.
“You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.” – Jedi mind tricks have always been highly quotable. How many times have you waved your hand and said, “Credits will do fine,” or, “We could use a transport,” or, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…”? Probably a lot. I predict Rey’s entry into the Jedi mind trick canon is going to enter that lexicon with much frequency.
<whispers> “I am with the Resistance.” – Just about everything out of Finn’s mouth is quotable, but this one is one of the most charming and funny. Whispering it in a delicate and inappropriate situation among friends who like Star Wars is a cheap and easy way to get a laugh. Trust me. I know.
“So who talks first? You talk first? I talk first?” – This is the moment we all knew we loved Poe Dameron. And it’s also the quote used when cutting through any awkward silence in your life. It’ll bring an instant smile and break the ice immediately.
“I like that Wookiee…” – We all love Chewbacca, though maybe none of us as thoroughly as Maz Kanata. Her declaration of affection for everyone’s favorite walking carpet made us instantly take to the diminutive Force sensitive, and now we all have a new quote to help us express our feelings for Chewie.
“Oh really? You’re cold?” – Han Solo and Chewbacca have always had great moments of banter, but their exchange on Starkiller base might be one of their best. The thought of Chewbacca whining to Han about the cold on the cusp of their infiltration of the largest super-weapon the galaxy has ever known is…heart warming? And it’s a question we’ll be asking each other constantly in the years to come.
“The face of my son…” – This might be the quote I’ve used in my day to day the most. I’m constantly telling my son to take his mask off, and he responds by asking me what I think I’ll see. I respond with a heartfelt, “The face of my son…” It’s amazing the different things he can think of to use as a mask, though. The worst was the day he asked me for help, I turned, and he was wearing an actual Kylo Ren mask (pictured above). I was scared.
Bonus: “Moof milker…” – Although I don’t think anyone will go around quoting the entire line, “moof milker” has joined “scruffy-looking nerf herder” in the lexicon of great Star Wars insults to use against your friends. I’m sure mine are already tired of me calling them moof milkers.
In writing this, I found that narrowing this list down to a second 10 best quotes was near impossible. There were still more I wanted to include, and I think that’s a testament to how good the writing was in this film. Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams were at their best in the witty banter department. What are your favorites that I missed? Leave a comment below!