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This is what happens when you run into a room of Stormtroopers all by yourself, Han. That or if they run into a dead end, then realize they outnumber you and turn around.
  • It's more Black Comedy, but when Vader kills Captain Antilles, he's still asking him questions as his neck snaps.
    • Of course, at that point Vader's pointing out gigantic flaws in Antilles' Blatant Lies, so it overall gives the impression that Vader's just utterly had it with this guy.
    • And lest we forget, we will learn later that Vader doesn't need to do this. He can force choke the poor Captain. Considering that scene is rife with Rogue One induced Hilarious in Hindsight moments, one can basically read this as Vader being so frustrated with everyone's Defiant to the End response to him, he's not using the Force to choke Captain Antilles because he's just tired of these monkey-fighting rebels on this Monday-to-Friday spaceship.
  • In a Hilarious in Hindsight moment, after Leia is captured and brought before Darth Vader, she starts giving attitude to him. After The Reveal in Return of the Jedi, the audience can appreciate that she's a nineteen-year-old backsassing her father!
  • Vader arrives on the Death Star and says: "I sense something; a presence I've not felt since..." At that exact moment Obi Wan Kenobi is in the Millennium Falcon and so, once again, he still has the high ground!
  • Luke's famous whine about power converters when told to clean Artoo and Threepio by Uncle Owen — Mark Hamill truly nails that teenager-being-told-to-clean-their-room voice.
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO, the new Abbott and Costello.
    • The two of them cross a corridor of the Tantive IV in the middle of the battle raging onboard between the Stormtroopers and Rebels soldiers... without receiving a single blaster shot. Either the Stormtroopers live up to their reputation even when not aiming at the droids, or droids are the Star Wars equivalent of the Red Cross. Or it's just dumb luck, especially on C-3PO's part given his human size.
    • R2 and 3PO's bickering on the Tantive IV and as they wander though the desert on Tatooine.
      "Don't you call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease."
    • Also, R2 being shot with a stungun by a Jawa: he lets out a Girly Scream, then a second later short-circuits, and slowly keels over on his face.
      • The pathetic whimper he emits just before falling over really sells it.
    • C-3PO whacking R2 when he doesn't play Leia's message for Luke again.
      "The [message] you're carrying inside your rusty innards!"
    • When the Droids are about to be bought by Owen (this is the clearest remnant of George Lucas' original idea of Threepio as "oily used car salesman" after Anthony Daniels transformed him into "fussy British butler"):
      Owen: Can you speak Bocce?
      C-3PO: Of course I can, sir. It's like a second language to me. I'm as fluent in Bocce as—
      Owen: All right, shut up, I'll take this one.
      C-3PO: Shutting up, sir.
    • When 3PO is telling Owen why he should buy him, we cut to R2 looking at him as if thinking "Oh, here we go".
    • After Luke learns R2 ran off:
      Luke: That little droid's going to cause me a lot of trouble.
      C-3PO: Oh, he excels at that, sir.
  • From a certain point of view, Obi-Wan seeing R2 and saying he doesn’t remember owning a droid. It’s almost as if he remembers all the shenanigans R2 got up to and his immediate response is to deny he knows him.
  • In the Special Edition, upon entering Mos Eisley, we see an Imperial sentry droid pestering a lifter droid. The lifter then smacks the sentry.
  • "You don't need to see his identification..."
    TD-110: How long have you had these droids?
    Luke: About three, four seasons...
    Obi-Wan: They're up for sale, if you want them.
  • When Luke arrives at the cantina in Mos Eisley we are given a few shots of the... local fauna, where the least weird things are Rubber-Forehead Aliens. Then Wuher the barman points at them shouting, "We don't serve their kind here!" He then clarifies that he was talking about the droids.
  • Just after Obi-Wan slices a violent patron's arm off, the other patrons resume chilling like it's an everyday occurrence (which, given that it's a "wretched hive of scum and villainy," it probably is). During the shot of the dismembered arm itself, it sounds like one of them is even saying "Ewwww" like the sight is at worst just mildly gross.
    • Even better once you've seen Rogue One, as these guys somehow managed to escape from Jedha's destruction, only to lose an arm a day or two later.
  • Although only found in the script, there's something really amusing about the line "Ben reacts to Solo's stupid attempt to impress them with obvious misinformation".
    • In the film, Obi-Wan does give Solo a quick incredulous smirk after the infamous "Twelve Parsecs" line.
    • There's also his hilariously deadpan "Should I have?" after Han asks if they've never heard of the Millenium Falcon.
    • Then when they finally get to the Falcon, Obi-Wan rolls his eyes when Han brings up the "special modifications" he made to the ship. He must really think the smuggler is full of it.
  • Han's conversation with Greedo while he's held at gunpoint, during while he slowly pulls his blaster out of its holster under the table and prepares to shoot him. His Karmic Death was totally hilarious!
    Greedo: I've been looking forward to this for a long time.
    Han: Yes, I'll bet you have. [blasts Greedo]
    • Then as he walks away, he tosses a coin to the bartender and says "Sorry about the mess."
    • The Special Edition "Greedo shot first" cuts are just as much, either showing Greedo to have such incredibly bad marksmanship that he misses Solo at point blank range, or showing Solo as dodging the shot in an animation that looks like a 2-second Photoshop job.
    • The "Greedo shoots first" actually makes the shot of an alien scratching his head in a "What just happened?" manner even funnier.
    • In the 2019 version available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Disney+, Greedo says "Maclunkey" before getting shot by Han.
  • While talking to Jabba in the hangar, Han walks around him and steps on his tail. Then, as he's leaving:
    • Particularly Hilarious in Hindsight — when the scene was filmed, Jabba was a human being (though the plan was to matte over him with a stop motion creature of some kind, the scene was cut because the effects couldn't made to work within schedule and budget). Watching the scene after Jabba's been turned into a Hutt just adds another layer to the sarcasm.
  • How everyone in-universe responds to seeing the Cool Starship Millennium Falcon:
    Luke: What a piece of junk!
    Leia: You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.
    • What really makes the first big reveal is that, when we first see the ship, we as mere "Neanderthals" are like "Wow! Coooolll!" and the music score swells...then Luke blurts out the above line.
  • Luke's attempt at practicing lightsaber skills with the remote droid. Bzap! "Ow!"
  • Han trolling C-3PO about Wookiees and dejarik:
    C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
    Han: That's because droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
    C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2 — Let the wookiee win.
    • Chewie's fantastically smug expression as he leans back just screams "Don't believe him? Try it, and we'll see..."
    • Also the fact that Chewie (and probably the entire Wookiee race) is a Sore Loser, even if his opponent won fair and square.
  • Admiral "Too Dumb to Live" Motti being a complete bonehead and chewing-out Vader only for Vader to Force-Choke him (Tarkin saves Motti just in time by telling Vader to stop). Compounded by the fact that he razzes Vader about his "sad devotion to that ancient religion" despite the fact that the Jedi have been almost completely gone for 19 years.
    • What makes it even funnier is Vader starts walking over to Motti his body language is less "angry Sith Lord" and more "Oh for goodness sake, another one? Time to choke an idiot." Furthermore, when he says "I find your lack of faith disturbing" the snarky tone makes him sound like he's got this little smirk on his face and we just can't see it because of the mask.
    • The deadpan expressions of every other officer in the room make it clear that they all know what Vader is capable of, making Motti look even dumber for challenging him to his face.
    • Rogue One makes this even more funny seeing as this is not the first time Vader had to choke out some imperial twat who thinks they can just push him around.
    • Something sadly no longer canon: in Legends, Motti is Tarkin's in-law, being a cousin of his wife Thalassa. All of sudden, Tarkin's facial expressions during the whole ordeal take a new meaning with Tarkin wondering what would be more troublesome, stopping Vader or telling his wife that her cousin was killed by Vader for being an idiot on his watch... And eventually he decided to keep the wife happy.
  • It's easy to miss, but in the midst of Leia insulting Tarkin and Vader, Vader walks directly into her back (whether as a subtle intimidation tactic or because David Prowse couldn't see through the helmet is unclear). Despite being body-checked in her blind spot by a very large and intimidating Sith lord known for his brutality, Leia keeps talking down to Tarkin.
  • When entering Leia's holding cell, Darth Vader has to duck to get in.
  • In an extremely dark way, there's something disturbingly funny about how casually Tarkin ordered the destruction of Alderaan. "[in an elderly gentleman tone after previously threatening Leia in an intimidating tone] There. See, Lord Vader? She can be reasonable. [Beat, turns to Admiral Motti, and still in an elderly gentleman tone] Continue with the operation, you may fire when ready." He sounds like a villainous Benevolent Boss who retains his coolness while personally finishing a job that was originally assigned on a subordinate who couldn't execute it properly ("See? My direct method in threatening her is more effective than your poorly-executed Cold-Blooded Torture."). Fast forward to 2011, Marvel Studios' Thor has Loki, who said a similar thing in an equally-polite tone before attempting to destroy a planet/realm ("It's good to have you back. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to destroy Jötunheim."), which makes you wonder if a cool Evil Brit character tends to act like this when they want to destroy a planet.
  • When Grand Moff Tarkin realizes Leia lied to him about the location of the rebel base. He's quite shocked and indignant considering he lied to her about not vaporizing her homeworld if she gave him that information.
    • Vader, meanwhile, sounds like he's trying not to laugh. He even gestures at Tarkin as though telling him to pay up.
      Vader: I told you she would never consciously betray the rebellion, unless she thought she could destroy us in the process.
    • The second part of that quote was actually cut from the film, but you can still see Vader gesturing. Yes, Mr. Tranquil Fury himself is venting. One imagines Vader thinking, "Should've listened to Jir, should've listened to Jir...."
  • This gem...
    Han: Look at the size of it! It's way too big to be a...a space...station. Oh boy.
    Luke: Ben, you're right. I have a very bad feeling about this.
    Han: So you get those too?
    • It's a shame all of that dialogue didn't make it into the final cut.
    • Never fear, it's in the radio drama adaptation.
  • Everyone's reaction to hiding in Han's smuggling compartments.
    Luke: "It's a good thing you had these compartments."
    Han: "I mostly use 'em for smuggling. Never thought I'd be smuggling myself."
    • Then poor Chewie pokes his head out and grumbles, almost like he's tired of being stuck in the small compartment.
  • Han's response to the Princess' impeding execution:
    Luke: They're gonna kill her!
    Han: Better her than me!
  • Luke's tactic to persuade Han to help him rescue her.
    Luke: She's rich.
    Han: ...Rich?
    Luke: Well, more wealth than you can imagine!
    Han: I don't know, I can imagine quite a bit.
    • Let's not forget Luke explaining his plan to rescue the princess:
    Luke: Threepio, hand me those binders over there, will ya? Okay. [walks over to Chewbacca] Now, I'm going to put these on you...[Chewie roars at him as if he's saying "Don't even try it, boy!"] Okay...Han, put those on.
    Han: Don't worry, Chewie. [puts the binders on him] I think I know what he has in mind.
    C-3PO: Pardon me for asking, but what should Artoo and I do if we're discovered here?
    Luke: Lock the door.
    Han: And hope they don't have blasters.
    C-3PO: That isn't very reassuring.
    [R2 beeps in agreement]
  • Chewie and TK-421's Mouse Droid. The little thing wasn't even harming them or raising an alarm, but Chewie just felt like roaring at it anyway. Then he casually shrugs to the others.
    • The mouse droid's panicked squeal when Chewbacca growls at it as he and the team advance through the Death Star, prompting the little fella to bolt out of the corridor.
    • Topped by Chewie looking at Han and Luke with an expression like, "Heh, heh..."
  • Luke impatiently bouncing up and down when waiting for a turbolift.
    Han: This is not going to work.
    Luke: Why didn't you say so before?!
    Han: I did say so before!
    [Luke shakes his head]
  • Shann Childsen's reaction to Han and Luke bringing Chewie to the prison cell.
    Shann Childsen: Where are you taking this... thing?
    • Then Chewie pretends to freak out and attacks Childsen, while Han shouts "It's loose!" and he and Luke act like they're going to subdue him but instead shoot the guards and the cameras in the room.
    • As they're screaming about "He's loose!" and "I'll get him!" one of them hands Chewie a big blaster rifle so he can help with the carnage.
    • In the original novelization the scene is from Childsen's POV, and the narration first praises the two "Stormtroopers"'s quick reaction before wondering about their horrible aim and slowly realizing exactly what they're hitting, just in time for him to be shot too.
  • Han's failed attempt to stall for time in the prison block.
    Han: Um, uh, everything's under control. Situation normal.
    Ensign Toos: What happened?
    Han: Uhh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uhh... e-everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine, we're all fine here now, thank you. [beat] How are you? [cringes]
    Ensign Toos: We're sending a squad up.
    Han: Um...uh, negative, negative. We've got a-a reactor leak up here, now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Um, large leak, very dangerous.
    Ensign Toos: [beat] Who is this? What's your operating number?
    Han: Um...[shoots comm panel] Boring conversation, anyway... LUKE!! WE'RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY!!
    • Becomes even funnier when you remember that, in both timelines, Han went to the Imperial Academy. He should be much more on top of protocol and have an Operating Number.
    • The radio version makes it even funnier since Toos has a more exaggerated voice and is clearly becoming very annoyed with the uncooperative Han—you can really hear the "?!" in his voice as he demands that Han identify himself.
  • "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?"
    • When Luke, dressed in full stormtrooper gear, first meets Leia, she flirts with him. Does she make it a habit to flirt with imperial troops? She might have been trying to present a nonchalant appearance after being tortured, as in "You think that probe was bad? You never went to Spring Break on Alderaan!"
    • And Luke's baffled "Huh?" when she asks him this — before remembering the uniform he's wearing.
  • Han and Leia somehow finding time to start snarking at each other mere seconds after they met, right in the middle of a violent shootout that threatens to kill the lot of them.
    Leia: This is some rescue! When you came in here, didn't you have a plan for getting out?!
    Han: [points at Luke] HE'S the brains, sweetheart!!
    [Leia rolls her eyes and grabs Luke's blaster rifle]
    Luke: Well I didn't—
    [Leia shoots at the wall near Han]
    Han: What the hell are you doing?!
    Leia: Somebody has to save our skins! Into the garbage chute, flyboy!
    • In fact, the very first exchange the two ever have will define their entire relationship. Leia criticizes Han's efforts, and Han mocks her "royal attitude."
    Han: Can't get out that way!
    Leia: It looks like you managed to cut off our only escape route.
    Han: Maybe you'd like it back in your cell, Your Highness.
  • Han tries to make Chewie go down the garbage chute.
    Han: Get in there!
    Chewie: [roars in protest]
    Han: Get in there, you big furry oaf! I don't care what you smell! [kicks Chewie's rear] Get in there and don't worry about it!
  • "Wonderful girl! Either I'm gonna kill her, or I'm beginning to like her!"
  • "The garbage chute was a wonderful idea! What an incredible SMELL you've discovered!"
  • Right after that:
    Han: Stand back. [aims gun at the door]
    Luke: No, wait!
    [Han's shot bounces off the door and ricochets dangerously around the room. Everyone ducks for cover]
    Luke: WILL YOU FORGET IT! I already tried that! It's magnetically sealed!
    Han: [sarcastically chastised] Absolutely, Your Worship! Look, I had everything under control until you led us down here!
    • What makes it funny is that Han is sounding like it's all Leia's fault.
  • Luke is grabbed by the dianoga — the amorphous tentacled creature in the trash compactor.
    Luke: Blast him, will you, my gun's jammed!
    Han: Where?!
    Luke: ANYWHERE!!
  • That scene where the stormtroopers unlock the door and start shuffling in. The leader is giving out instructions as they walk in but right behind him one of his men, TD-110 (the same Stormtrooper who got the Jedi mind trick earlier), hits his head on the door frame with a notable *CLUNK*.
    • This was an accident during filming that they decided to keep and even gave a sound effect to. The 2004 version even adds one trooper telling another trooper to see to TD-110.
  • Han Solo's observation when they're in the trash compactor:
    Han Solo: One thing's for sure, we're all gonna be a lot thinner.
  • Threepio's pretty good at Bavarian fire drills in this film, as his encounter with the Stormtroopers on the Death Star show. And how does he escape the guard they leave behind? Asking politely to leave!
    Threepio: They're madmen! They're heading for the prison level! If you hurry you might catch them!
    Stormtrooper: Follow me! You stand guard! [Troopers leave. Threepio is standing there like "I can't believe that worked."]
  • The entire sequence where Threepio forgets he's carrying a comlink, while Luke and the others are calling for help while trapped in a garbage compactor; with the walls closing in. Then, when Threepio finally remembers ("I forgot! I turned it off!") and tells Artoo to shut all the chutes down, and then proceeds to confuse screams of jubilation for horrified death-rattles.
    C-3PO: Listen to them, they're dying, R2! Curse my metal body, I wasn't fast enough...It's all my fault!
    • Or immediately after he gets back in touch with Luke, he starts whining about his problems. It's the only time in the entire trilogy where Luke completely loses his patience with Threepio—and justifiably so, as his life, and those of Han, Leia, and Chewbacca depended on Threepio acting fast.
      Luke: Will you SHUT UP and LISTEN TO ME!
    • Or any of Threepio's interactions with Artoo during A New Hope. The original intent for Threepio was for him to be a fast-talking car salesman, but it was derailed — arguably for the better — when Anthony Daniels (his actor) decided to play all of Threepio's car salesman lines completely earnestly, playing him as a British butler type. As a result, the writing shifts so that he became less snarky in the later movies.
      C-3PO: Just you reconsider playing that message for him! [R2 beeps a question] No. I don't think he likes you at all. [R2 beeps again] No, I don't like you either. [R2 beeps sadly]
    • Another good Threepio moment is when after Han and Luke shoot down the pursuing TIE Fighters, everyone's celebrating with hugs and shouts of joy...except for Threepio, who's tangled up in wires. And blames it on R2.
      Threepio: Help! I think I'm melting! This is all your fault!
  • Han chasing a group of stormtroopers, screaming like a madman, only to be ambushed by a much larger group, which he runs from while screaming in fear. In the original, they run into a dead end and once Solo gets there, they've turned around, realize they vastly outnumber him and are now bearing down on him, very eager to cover for their goof. In the Special Edition, it gets changed from a dead end to a hangar bay full of stormtroopers.
  • "Will someone get this walking carpet out of my way!?" followed by "No reward is worth THIS."
    • The look on Luke's face when Han said that.
  • Han and Chewie are being chased down a Death Star corridor by a bunch of stormtroopers. The Special Editions adds a line from one of them yelling "Close the blast doors!" and Han and Chewie barely make it through in time. The stormtroopers are all still running towards the door, another one yelling "Open the blast doors! Open the blast doors!" One can imagine the door operator yelling back "MAKE UP YOUR MIND!"
  • Watching behind-the-scenes clips has Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca's actor) speaking in perfect English before being dubbed over with growls and roars.
    Chewbacca: That old man's mad! [before being dubbed over with grunts]
    Han: Boy, you said it Chewie!
    • Along similar lines, seeing deleted scenes or outtakes with C-3PO are amusing due to Anthony Daniels' voice being completely muffled under the mask.
  • This exchange.
    Han: You think a princess and a guy like me...
    Luke: [Immediately] No.
  • There's a Rebel X-Wing pilot who's an overweight guy named Porkins.
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca save the day...
    Vader: I have you now. [one of his wingmen is blown up] What?!
    Han Solo: Yahoooooo! You're all clear kid, now let's blow this thing and go home!
  • Luke's assessment of Han and Chewbacca's actions once they're on-board the Death Star.
    Luke: You know, between his howling and your blasting everything in sight, it's a wonder the whole station doesn't know we're here.
  • Near the climax when the Death Star just reached Yavin system, Vader who was standing beside Tarkin had a monologue about how this day will be remembered as the day when Obi-Wan dies and the Rebellion is destroyed. You'd expect that Tarkin should respond something, instead he only gave Vader a somewhat confused look that can only be described as "Uh, yeah, sure, whatever you say, Vader." In some versions, including the novelization, Vader makes this monologue in direct response to Tarkin subtly threatening him due to the "awful risk" he's taking with the ploy he had suggested upon learning of the Millennium Falcon's capture, to reassure him that everything is going according to plan.
  • The fact that in both continuities, Threepio and Artoo are both deemed to be the property of Luke Skywalker, implying that the Rebel Alliance apparently takes Tatooinian salvage law and customs seriously.
  • In Legends, the Tusken who attacks Luke is named URoRRuR'R'R. Apparently vowels are a luxury among Tusken Raiders. Or any letter other than R, really.


  • George Lucas was infamous for his direction to the actors being limited to "Faster, more intense". When he lost his voice one day, the cast got him a placard with that phrase written on it.
  • Carrie Fisher had to have Suppressed Mammaries on the film, "because as we all know, there is no underwear in space". She jokingly suggested that on the last day of shooting, they hold a lottery to decide who pulled it off.
  • The Ultimate "Star Wars: A New Hope" Recap by Cas van de Pol.

Foreign Dubs:

  • In the French dub, when Luke is at the Cantina's bar in Mos Eisley, Dr. Evazan's line to him goes as "He [Ponda Baba] thinks you got an ugly face." That's quite ironic considering Luke is a good-looking young man and Evazan and Ponda Baba are among the ugliest patrons in the whole Cantina.