Han after outsmarting a bunch of imperials.
- At one point during Luke and Vader's rematch, Luke decides to jump onto the platform above him, or "the high ground" so to speak. If anyone has ever watched Revenge of the Sith, this moment becomes darkly humorous as Vader opts to throw his lightsaber instead of making the same mistake. It's not hard to imagine Darth thinking "I'm not falling for that again!"
- "IT'S A TRAP!'
- Dude, there is nothing more funny than watching a bunch of Ewoks bowing to C-3P0. Except perhaps when they run away in fear of his "magic".note
Luke: 3PO, tell them if they don't do as you wish, you'll become angry and use your magic.
C-3PO: But Master Luke, what magic? I couldn't possibly—
Luke: Just tell them.
C-3PO: You see, Master Luke? They didn't believe me. Just as I said they wouldn't.
- Threepio's reaction to this is much funnier. Especially when he screams for help to be put down while the Ewoks cower in fear.
Luke: Thanks, 3PO!
C-3PO: (dazed) I never knew I had it in me.
- Not to mention, his panicked shouts and gesticulations probably really sold the illusion to the Ewoks that their deity was royally pissed-off and about to rain down upon them with. . . something.
- It apparently starts to go to his head later:
Han: Wait here.
C-3PO: I have decided that we shall stay here.
- Threepio shines in this film, especially after it's revealed he can talk to the Ewoks
Luke: Do you understand anything they're saying?
C-3P0: Oh, yes, Master Luke! Remember that I am fluent in over six million forms of commu—
Han: What are you telling them?
C-3P0: Hello, I thinků
- And if you carefully watch when Threepio reveals that the Ewoks think he's a god, Luke is desperately trying not to start laughing. And when Threepio says that he's not programmed to impersonate a deity, Luke really struggles not to crack up.
- Han was about to strangle C-3PO for not being much help, only to be backed off by the devoted Ewoks. One of them even tries to hit Han, which is nothing but a little pat on the shoulder.
Han: My mistake. He's an old friend of mine.
- Han trying to talk his way out of becoming the main course of the banquet, even as the Ewoks pile up the firewood beneath him, singing cheerfully the whole time. When talking doesn't work, Han's reduced to (pathetically) attempting to blow out an approaching Ewok's torch.
- When the gang is made "part of the tribe" one of the Ewoks gives Han a hug. Chewie gets multiple hugs, much to his dismay. Han tries to look on the bright side.
Han: Well, short help is better than no help at all, Chewie.
- Wicket is clinging onto Han's leg. Likely comforting him for being frozen in carbonite.
- Plus, some of the ways the Ewoks take out the Imperial troops. For instance, a speeder bike is lassooed by the steering vane and whirls around into a tree, the pilot screaming all the while.
- Poor Threepio, no respect at all.
C-3PO: He says the scouts are going to show us the quickest way to the shield generator.
Han: Good. How far is it? Ask him.
(3PO turns to ask, Han pulls him back)
Han: We need some fresh supplies too.
(3PO turns again; Han pulls him back again)
Han: Try and get our weapons back.
Han: Hurry up, will ya? Haven't got all day!
- And Han turns him around again as the camera cuts away.
- Also hilarious is the Double Take 3PO does at the end.
- Once again Threepio gets the best line when Luke and Han have to search for a missing Leia
C-3PO: (to R2) And you said it was pretty here...
- The idea that R2 can appreciate the scenery is hilarious all on it's own.
- One of the Ewoks hijacking a speeder bike to lure the Imperial sentries away from the bunker; hearing him squeal as he barely keeps control of the bike before ditching it is quite amusing, as is the wild goose chase he got the goons on while Han makes his next move.
Han: Not bad for a little furball - There's only one left.
- You can tell that Luke and Han don't think very highly of themselves when they talk like this.
Han: Together again, huh?
Luke: Wouldn't miss it.
Han: How we doin'?
Luke: Same as always.
- When the group is caught in an Ewok trap.
Han: Great Chewie! Great! Always thinking with your stomach!
- When Luke announces, "Jabba, this is your last chance. Free us...or die!" It just sounds like an empty, pathetic threat when he says it, even though he and his friends end up laying waste to Jabba's court.
- Before that Jabba tells them they're free to beg for their lives, which they refuse to. So they probably settle for getting a laugh from an idle threat.
- Leia's friendship with Wicket the Ewok. Also a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- For some reason, Salacious Crumb the creepy-little monkey thing always gets a chuckle out of This Troper. Maybe it's because he looks and acts like a demented Muppet?
- It's Original Trilogy Star Wars. For all intents and purposes, he is a demented Muppet.
- Salacious Crumb laughs after Han said "Good, I hate long waits", as if it was a joke.
- If Kowakian Monkey-Lizards are sapient enough to know things, then he knows that Han will be slowly digested over a thousand years, so will indeed have a long wait before he finally dies.
- The Meaningful Echo / Call Back at the bunker, when Han sees that Leia is concealing a blaster:
Han: I love you.
Leia: I know.
Stormtrooper: Hands up! Stand up!
[Leia whirls around Han and shoots the stormtroopers]
- Han's reaction when Leia breaks the news about Luke being her brother. It's hilarious as his expression goes from "What the hell?" to "YES!!"
- What really sells it, is you know he was thinking about that infamous kiss in Episode 5. His face was pretty much the same face everyone else had thinking about that kiss in hindsight.
- Leia must realize this, which is why she kissed him.
- The newly-added NOOOOOOOOOOOO! during the scene with the Emperor torturing Luke and Vader killing him for the Blu-Ray releases. Evidently Lucas didn't have enough confidence in his viewers to understand the desperate conflict within Vader through us looking at his emotionless mask and having the dramatic music play, and decided that we needed some kind of indication that Vader was going to kill Palpatine and not, say, lift him up to change a lightbulb.
- In a deleted scene of the bunker on Endor, when the famous commander says "You Rebel Scum!", in the deleted scene, Han mouths "Scum?"
- Yoda: "When 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not."
- When Luke arrives at Jabba's palace, Threepio says "At last, Master Luke's come to rescue me!", even though Leia's also in the room, stripped practically naked and held on a leash by Jabba.
- And the fact he was left out of the loop.
- The radio drama makes it a fridge tearjerker, 3PO understands the need to keep him out of the loop, but is still disappointed by it.
- His reaction when Luke's message reveals that he's being gifted to Jabba is utterly priceless ("Artoo, you're playing the wrong message!").
- Chewie and two other Ewoks swinging on a vine to hijack one of the Walkers. Chewie's Tarzan Yell sells it.
- The battle above the Sarlacc pit. Despite being outmatched and having a blind crewmember, the rebels manage to beat all of Jabba's fully-armed mercenaries by basically letting gravity take its course. That Sarlacc must have been really happy!
- Boba Fett, the bounty hunter that spent the majority of The Empire Strikes Back being set up as an arch-enemy to the non-Jedi characters, is beaten when a blind Han Solo bumps into him, setting off his jetpack which sends him crashing into a barge and dropping straight into the sarlacc's throat. Then comes the belch, just to seal his humiliation.
- Also an excellent execution of Irony, unless of course you were one of the people who were disappointed.
- Possibly not intended to be funny, but Lando's scream when the Sarlacc grabs his leg.
- A visually impaired Han trying to aim a blaster at the Sarlacc's tentacle, which is around Lando's leg and dragging them all into the pit, while the skiff is tipping over.
Lando: Oh wait, I thought you were blind!
Han: (Original Version) It's alright, trust me. Don't move!/(Special Edition) It's alright, I can see a lot better now. Don't move!
Lando: A little higher! Just a little higher!
- It's even better in the comic adaptation in which it's quite clear that Han is aiming the gun at Lando's head.
- Han's line "Threepio! You tell that slimy piece of worm-ridden filth he'll get no such pleasure from us!" is much funnier in the novelization, where he begins saying it while unknowingly facing the wrong way, then Chewbacca turns him around to face the sail barge so he can finish it.
- And immediately following, Han asks Chewie "Right?" Chewie then shakes his head and growls an obvious, needs-no-translation "No."
- Funny Background Event: Bib Fortuna mugging for the camera when Jabba catches Han and Leia.
- Yoda's death was tragic, but one funny moment in the midst of it. When Luke asks him if Darth Vader really is his father, rather than tell him at first, he insists he needs to rest. He was literally trying to die quicker rather than tell Luke.
- In the middle of the Jabba's Palace sequence, for no apparent reason whatsoever the scene suddenly cuts to outside the place during a sunset where a giant frog-like animal uses its tongue to lap up a smaller creature, and then lets out a large belch that echoes, and then the scene cuts back to inside the Palace.
- Han tries to open the bunker door at Endor by fiddling with the panel's wires. Cue "I think I got it. I got it!" Only to have a massive set of blast doors close over the previous one. Han looks at the wires with a face that says "God, I'm such an idiot!"
- During Vader's introduction scene on the Death Star.
Officer: Inform the commander that Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived.
Technician: Yes, sir. (hits a button)
- Han's reunion with Chewie at Jabba's palace is hilarious, since he has no clue what's happened between ESB and ROTJ.
Han: I can't see, pal! What's going on?
Chewie: (growling) [Luke's rescuing you.]
Han: Luke?! Luke's crazy! He can't even take care of himself, much less rescue anybody!
Chewie: (growling) [No, it's okay, he's a Jedi Knight now!]
Han: A j— A Jedi Knight!? Oh, I'm out of it a little while, and everybody's got delusions of grandeur!
- Near the start of the film C-3PO and R2-D2 arrive at Jabba's palace and C-3PO just gives the door a tiny knock before claiming nobody is in. Also C-3PO tries to explain to a security droid they are to see Jabba but the security droid just laughs in a sarcastic manner making C-3PO think they aren't allowed in and attempts to leave only for the door to open.
- When Leia is first brought to Jabba the gangster licks her as part of a kiss much to her disgust and it makes it more funny when C-3PO claims 'I can't bare to watch' implying the off-screen scene is pretty disgusting and disturbing.
- C-3PO is told by a droid supervisor that the last protocol droid was destroyed after he offended Jabba and C-3PO is given a glimpse of what happened to the last protocol droid which will happen to him if he angers Jabba.
- Han's reaction to his imminent execution within the Sarlaac.
C-3PO: His high exaltedness the great Jabba the Hutt has decreed that you are to be terminated. Immediately.
Han: Good, I hate long waits.
(Salacious Crumb laughs)
C-3PO: You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea, and cast into the Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place for the all powerful Sarlaac.
Han: Doesn't sound so bad.
C-3PO: In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering......as you are slowly digested over a...thousand years.
- Just as good as Obi-Wan's original Jedi Mind Trick in A New Hope is when Luke demonstrates the trick in Return of the Jedi, using it on Jabba the Hutt's Twi'lek major domo Bib Fortuna - because Fortuna is Speaking Simlish, but it's still perfectly clear what's going on.
- Han's expression when he realized that Leia and Luke are twins.
- The whole "C-3PO is an Ewok god" sequence, especially when the Ewoks misunderstand Threepio's instructions to free his friends.
- Made even funnier when Luke starts laughing. He's been playing The Stoic the entire movie.
- C-3PO narrating the whole Star Wars story to the Ewoks, complete with sound effects.
- The Ewoks reactions are priceless, especially the infants flinching away during the scary parts. Now remember Threepio in A New Hope, saying to Luke that he's "not very good at telling stories. Well, not in making them interesting, anyway."
- Jabba holding a party on his sailbarge as he takes Luke, Han, and Chewie to the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi.
- R2-D2 repurposed to serve drinks was the best part.
C-3PO: R2! What are you doing here?
R2-D2: Beep, beep, beep.
C-3PO: Yes, I can see you're serving drinks!
- Darth Vader's arrival on the second Death Star.
Commander: We shall double our efforts.
- When the rebels are sneaking into the shield generator on Endor, and Luke tells Han to be careful so he is not seen. Han responds with a cocky, "Hey. It's me!" The look Luke and Leia exchange is priceless.
- On a similar note, the enormously smug grin Han gives the Imperials after he tricks them into opening the door.
- The Imperial officer sneering "You Rebel Scum!", and the guy getting hit by a duffel bag that Han throws at him, causing him to topple over a railing and let out a Wilhelm Scream.
- Casting Gag: That officer is none other than sound effects maestro Ben Burtt, who brought the Wilhelm back into prominence.
- After the Super Star Destroyer crashes into the Death Star, the Rebels on Admiral Ackbar's ship start cheering wildly. And if you listen carefully, you can hear someone exclaim, "DIE, DICKHEADS!"
- Also hilarious is the reactions of Admiral Piett and a second observing officer on the Super Star Destroyer's bridge just before the A-wing crashes into it.
Officer 2: *Points at the incoming wildly-spinning A-wing*
A-Wing pilot: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Officer 2: Too late!
*Both dive away from the window*
- When Luke tells the Emperor "Your overconfidence is your weakness" near the end, the way Palpatine delivers the rebuttal "Your faith in your friends is yours" always makes it seem like he might as well have been saying "Yeah, well, your mother."
- Robot Chicken had the same thought.
- Han's advice to Chewie when they're trying to avoid suspicion from the Imperial patrol before landing on Endor.
Han: Keep your distance, but don't look like you're trying to keep your distance.
Chewie: (roars an objection in Shryiiwook)
Han: I don't know! Fly casual.
- Jedi Rocks.
- It makes you wonder if the song is really called that in-universe, considering everyone believed the Jedi betrayed the Republic.
- The title may be ironic, for all we know the band is singing about how much the Jedi sucked.
- Maybe it's about the Jedi being dumb as rocks?