But even in the original trilogy, there was some confusion over who said the phrase first. Casual fans often attribute the phrase to Obi-Wan, but the words were actually first spoken by General Dodonna (Alex McCrindle), who used it to wish the rebels good luck as they prepared to attack the Death Star. When Obi-Wan said those words, what he actually said was, “Remember, the force will be with you… always.”
Of course, the “Star Wars” franchise is filled with quotes that the public consciousness tends to lightly remember. As someone who only watched the original trilogy after hearing the films quoted and referenced for years, I was surprised when Darth Vader told Luke, “No, I I am your father.” 90% of the time before, I had heard the phrase quoted as follows: “LukeI am your father.” The meaning is the same, but the inflection is different enough that I’m surprised the misquote doesn’t bother people more often. It’s the most important line in the entire franchise and it is only five words – how would everyone get it wrong?
Certainly, the reasoning behind this misquote is understandable: “No, I am your father” that unique phrase, while adding “Luke” instantly indicates which movie it’s from. The misconception behind this phrase is often cited as an example of the Mandela Effect, and it also makes a good argument for why Samuel L. Jackson shouldn’t worry too much about Neeson stealing the show in “The phantom menace. Mace Windu may not have been the first to chronologically say, “May the force be with you,” but if the past is any indication, there’s still a chance he’ll get the credit anyway.