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The 10 Cheesiest Quotes From The Empire Strikes Back

With Andor showing the world just how great Star Wars can be, many fans are returning to the franchise and finding it better than ever. Though the stars of the franchise — the Skywalkers — haven’t appeared much, it looks like Star Wars doesn’t even need them, given how great The Mandalorian and Andor have been.


Yet it’s hard to forget that the movies started with the adventures of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. The Empire Strikes Back proved that Star Wars was far from a one-hit wonder, and it did it through fun dialogue, incredible action sequences, and an amazing plot twist. Of course, looking back, some of that fun dialogue has certainly proven to be pretty cheesy.

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“Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking…nerf-herder!”

Leia Organa

One of the best Leia Organa quotes, the remark about Han Solo being a scruffy-looking nerf-herder came just before Leia truly showed her disdain for Han by kissing Luke. While that might be incredibly awkward in hindsight, the quote itself has also grown somewhat cheesy.

After all, while she was describing Han perfectly, each insult felt like a somewhat cheap replacement for the vulgar insults that Leia obviously wanted to throw. Given the extent she was willing to go to disprove Han, clearly she would have gone for some stronger language than that.

“Never Tell Me The Odds!”

-Han Solo

One of Han Solo’s many unmistakeable traits is his cockiness. While the man can be impulsive, arrogant, and downright smug, that cockiness comes before all else, and no quote shows it better. After all, he was told that it was practically impossible to succeed, and he just shrugged it off.

Of course, that doesn’t save this quote from being cheesy. Given that he could have easily been dragging his friends into a death march, refusing to accept the odds was far from the brilliant and brave move that it initially looks like. Instead, it feels like a cheap way to avoid having to acknowledge his own actions.

“Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try.”

-Yoda

Yoda is a character who is always happy to spew some wisdom at any given moment, but many of Yoda’s best quotes are actually pretty cheesy. Even despite the fact that this quote is a valuable life lesson to live by, after so many years of repetition, it has grown tired.

Though it may have helped Luke master his control over the Force, it came at a time when Luke really was doing his best. He had given Yoda no reason to think he wasn’t going to use his powers to his absolute limits, so for Yoda to randomly share this line is pretty cheesy.

“You do have your moments. Not many, but you do have them.”

-Leia Organa

Leia’s relationship with Han Solo has often been rife with turmoil. But given all the events of The Empire Strikes Back, it is somewhat cheesy that she kept waffling on her feelings towards Han. It made a confusing experience for Han and even for the audience.

Trying to navigate Leia’s feelings towards Han is like navigating the Forest Moon of Endor in the dark. While it might certainly be one of the qualities that make Leia such a charming character, it was still strange to have her say this line to Han and then offer him a kiss for it.

“I know.”

-Han Solo

An iconic improvised Star Wars line, Han Solo’s famous proclamation helped secure the love that fans had for the character. After all, despite all their arguments, getting to see Leia confess her love for Han was brilliant. But getting to see him smugly respond was as in-character as it was cheesy.

After all, while it certainly was something Han would say, it was an incredibly shallow response to an “I love you”, especially when Han was about to be encased in carbonite. It’s a wonder Leia didn’t immediately call him a nerf-herder for it.

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

-Yoda

A line that was as incorrect as it was inauthentic and cheesy, Yoda’s proclamation about Jedi uses for the Force rings ridiculously shallow after witnessing the prequel trilogy. Given that the Jedi had gone to war as generals and commanders, arguing that they never use the Force for an attack is ridiculous.

Besides, Yoda had been a warrior once, during the Clone Wars. He may have learned better after the end of the War, but that doesn’t mean that he can retroactively determine that all of those loyal Jedi weren’t truly Jedi. It was a valuable line at the time, but now it rings shallow.

“Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the dark side.”

-Obi-Wan Kenobi

Another line that feels incredibly cheesy in retrospect, this quote is similarly inauthentic. After all, Anakin didn’t fall to the dark side out of a sense of hate. Instead, he fell because he fell in love and was afraid that he would lose it. Obi-Wan should know that as well as anyone.

Besides, given how many duels Obi-Wan was in, lecturing someone else about hatred and non-violence feels ridiculous. While Luke may have needed guidance, that doesn’t mean that the guidance he received wasn’t cheesy — especially given how ill-defined the dark side was at this point in the franchise.

“I think you just can’t bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.”

-Han Solo

This is a quote that is so cheesy, even Chewbacca starts laughing at Han. While Han might be one of the funniest characters in the original trilogy, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t occasionally have some pretty ridiculous lines. Given how fiercely independent Leia was, it’s a wonder he even thought the line would work.

Of course, it was still perfectly in character, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t pretty cheesy. Anyone outright calling themselves gorgeous is a pretty tacky character, which certainly fits the smooth-talking Han.

“I don’t believe it!” / “That is why you fail.”

-Luke Skywalker / Yoda

This line was clearly meant to invoke more than just Luke’s shock at his ship being pulled out of the bog, but it rings pretty cheesy all the same. After all, Luke didn’t have the inability to lift the ship solely because he couldn’t believe in the Force. It was also because he never even knew the Force was real.

He didn’t succeed immediately after believing that Yoda lifted the ship, after all. It still took training and effort. Besides, even if this quote was completely true, it would still be incredibly cheesy all around just for Yoda’s slow glance away after uttering it.

“Wars not make one great.”

-Yoda

Given how beloved Darth Vader is, trying to insinuate that wars prevent greatness has proven pretty cheesy. After all, all the most famous Star Wars characters were great warriors. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan all proved to be incredible warriors who easily earned the right to be called great.

Even if Yoda disagrees, most of the people he served beside were warriors as well. So, much like Yoda’s other stances on non-violence, this quote rings pretty hollow in retrospect and feels like he was doing little more than denying his part in the Clone Wars.

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