But even in the original trilogy, there was some confusion as to who said the phrase first. Casual fans often attribute this line to Obi-Wan, but it was actually first uttered by General Dodonna (Alex McCrindle), who used it to wish good luck to the rebels as they prepared to attack the Death Star. When Obi-Wan supposedly said those words, what he really said was: “Remember, the force will always be with you.”
Of course, the “Star Wars” franchise is a series full of quotes that the public tends to remember somewhat incorrectly. As someone who watched the original trilogy after years of hearing the movies being quoted and referenced, I was surprised when Darth Vader said to Luke: “No, I I am your father.” Many times I have heard this sentence before: “LukeI am your father.” The meaning is the same, but the inflection is so different that I’m surprised the misquote doesn’t bother people more often. It’s the most important line in the entire series, and it’s only five words long – how did everyone get it wrong?
Admittedly, the logic behind the misquote is understandable: It’s not “No, I’m your father” HE It’s a unique phrase, whereas the addition of “Luke” immediately makes it obvious which movie it’s from. The misunderstanding behind the line is often listed as an example. Mandela Effectand it also serves as a good argument for why Samuel L. Jackson shouldn’t be too worried about Neeson stealing his thunder in “The Phantom Menace.” Mace Windu may not have been the first person chronologically to say “May the Force be with you,” but if the past is any indication, there’s still a chance he’ll get the credit.