“No. I am your father.” It’s one of the most famous, instantly recognizable lines in movie history, and now it’s the official fan favorite moment of the entire Star Wars saga.
The legendary scene, in which Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker that he did not kill the Jedi-in-training’s father, as Obi-Wan claimed — but rather, Vader himself is Luke’s father — was voted “favorite Star Wars moment” in a poll conducted by Star Wars Insider, the official Star Wars magazine. The reveal, coming at the climax of 1980’s dark The Empire Strikes Back, caught audiences completely off-guard and went on to become not just a key Star Wars moment, but a often-quoted cultural touchstone, as well. It left fans shocked and wondering if Vader was telling the truth — something they would have to wait three years until the release of Return of the Jedi to find out. Other poll results included favorite hero (Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Han Solo finishing in second place) and favorite Star Wars movie (The Empire Strikes Back). The full results from the awards are revealed in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine, number 137.
Over 14,000 Star Wars fans voted in polls across nine categories in the first annual Star Wars Insider Awards.
“Star Wars fans are very passionate about the saga, so we knew there’d be a great response. However, we didn’t expect the thousands of votes that flooded in,” says Star Wars Insider editor, Jonathan Wilkins. “There are some very big surprises, and quite a few shock results. Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to the recipients of our special awards!”
The awards edition also includes a special archival interview with Mark Hamill from January 1977, just a few months before the first Star Wars movie was released, with rare, behind-the-scenes photographs.
Star Wars Insider number 137 is currently on sale in the U.S., and will hit newsstands in the U.K. on November 1 and Australia and New Zealand on December 7. Digital editions are currently available on the iPad, Nook, and Kindle Fire.