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Better luck next time, Imperials.
  • During Vader's introduction scene on the second Death Star.
    Officer: Inform the commander that Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived.
    Death Star Trooper: Yes, sir. [hits a button]
    [Immediately cuts to the hangar with the Imperial March fanfare playing in all its glory, as if he just turned on the music]
    • It's Anakin - he loves a dramatic entrance. We know this music is definitely set to play on the press of a button!
  • Darth Vader's arrival on the second Death Star.
    Moff Jerjerrod: We shall double our efforts.
    Vader: I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
    • "You may Dispense with the Pleasantries, commander. I'm here to put you back on schedule."
      • Even funnier, you see Vader give a dismissive "shut the hell up" wave before he starts talking. Man's not here for afternoon tea, he's on business!
    • The Novelization provides a bit of characterization for Jerjerrod that adds to the humor. Basically, he has a personal code that great men never hurry; they cause others to hurry. And, of course, Jerjerrod (egotist that he is) considers himself a great man, so he never hurries - at least, until Vader warns him that the Emperor is on his way to deal with things. When Jerjerrod then promises that they'll double their efforts, he means it, for sometimes even great men hurry in time of great need. Truthfully, though, Vader just trumped him at his own philosophy.
  • Near the start of the film C-3PO and R2-D2 arrive at Jabba's palace, and 3PO just gives the door a tiny knock before claiming nobody is in. Also, 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. 3PO's utterly delighted "I don't think they're going to let us in, R2!" is the icing on the cake.
    • The fact that 3PO "tries" to sound offended at being turned away, only to insist a second later that they should just turn around and report back to Luke.
  • 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 will happen to him if he displeases Jabba.
  • For some reason, Salacious Crumb the creepy-little monkey thing always gets a chuckle. Maybe it's because he looks and acts like a demented Muppet?
    • Given the Jim Henson company's contributions to both this movie and The Empire Strikes Back, 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 fact that throughout the movie, Chewbacca's fur is in an 80's New Wave style.
  • "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 just for irony, for all we know the band is singing about how much the Jedi sucked.
    • Maybe it's about the Jedi being dumb as rocks?
    • According to the junior novelization the lyrics were being improvised on the spot by Sy Snootles. They would have been banned by the Empire... But not for praising the Jedi, but for being too saucy, enough that Bib Fortuna was embarrassed at hearing it. 3PO, on the other hand, was bewildered by the horrible grammar. But as Jabba liked it, they weren't suicidal enough to protest.
  • Along those same lines, "Lapti Nek" from the original version. You've got a space lounge band playing a really cheesy-sounding disco song, then you catch a glimpse of the lead singer, Sy Snootles — a grotesque alien with a pair of red lips on the end of a long snout, singing in a feminine voice that in no way matches her appearance.
  • 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 majordomo Bib Fortuna — because Fortuna is Speaking Simlish, but it's still perfectly clear what's going on.
    Luke: You will take me to Jabba now.
    Bib: Akoo takoo do Jabba naah.
  • 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!").
  • Funny Background Event: Bib Fortuna mugging for the camera when Jabba catches Han and Leia.
  • 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.
  • 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 bear to watch", implying the off-screen scene is pretty disgusting and disturbing.
  • Han's reunion with Chewie at Jabba's palace is hilarious, since he has no clue what's happened between The Empire Strikes Back and this movie.
    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?! I'm out of it for a little while, everybody gets delusions of grandeur!
  • When Bib Fortuna wakes Jabba, the big Hutt gangster's eyes shoot open and he comically yelps in surprise... in his deep, booming voice.
  • Right after Jabba laughs at Luke's demand 'You'll bring Captain Solo and the Wookiee to me' Luke briefly looks at an almost naked Leia before quickly looking back at Jabba. It's... very awkward (especially since he doesn't yet know that Leia is his sister!)
  • 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 Sarlacc.
    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.
    [Chewbacca roars as if to say "Oh, hell, no!"]
    Han: On second thought, let's pass on that, huh?
  • 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.
    Han: That bad, huh?
    • And during the trip to the Sarlaac pit:
      Han: I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur.
      [Luke rolls his eyes]
      Luke: There's nothing to see. I used to live here, you know.
      Han: You're gonna die here, you know. Convenient!
    • The look Han gives Luke is especially hilarious considering he's still blind at this point and can't be 100% sure he's even snarking at the right person.
  • Jabba holding a party on his sail barge as he takes Luke, Han and Chewie to the Pit of Carkoon.
    • R2-D2 repurposed to serve drinks was the best part.
    • Particularly his Captain Obvious back and forth with 3PO:
    C-3PO: R2! What are you doing here?
    R2-D2: [Beep, beep, beep]
    C-3PO: Yes, I can see you're serving drinks!
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • And as Boba rockets across the screen, Luke is in the foreground knocking one of Jabba's henchmen into the Sarlacc pit....with a kick that clearly doesn't connect. Fans have dubbed this the "Force Kick" and it even made it's way into The Old Republic MMORPG as an actual move.note 
  • Possibly not intended to be funny, but Lando's scream when the Sarlacc grabs his leg.
    • Poor Lando throughout the battle above the Sarlacc pit. He's taken out of the action before he can actually do much of anything to help.
  • As Luke tries to climb up the side of the barge, a henchman pops out of a panel and tries to aim his blaster at Luke. Luke just grabs his arm, throws him overboard, and keeps on climbing. Not like the guy was worth Luke's full attention or anything.
  • A blink-and-you'll miss it moment comes while Luke is fighting on the deck of the sail barge: one of Jabba's mercenaries pops out of a hatch and cackles with glee.
  • 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!
    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.
  • R2 tells C-3PO to jump from the soon-to-kaboom sail barge. In the middle of his (predictable) objection, R2 simply pushes him over the edge. R2 then cheerfully beeps as he goes over the edge as well.
    C-3PO: Artoo, where are we going? I couldn't possibly jump- AAAAAHH!
  • In the establishing shot of Dagobah, it is shown that Luke stuck the landing, rather than crashing into the swamp again.
  • Yoda: "When 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmm?"
  • 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.
  • Han's advice to Chewie when they're trying to avoid suspicion from the Imperial patrol before landing on the Forest Moon of 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.
  • 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 its own.
  • Leia's friendship with Wicket the Ewok. Also a Heartwarming Moment.
  • When the group is caught in an Ewok trap.
    Han: Great, Chewie! Great! Always thinking with your stomach!
  • 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.
    • Chewie's reaction is arguably even better; instead of his usual "urf-urf-urf" chuckle, here he's howling with laughter.
  • Dude, there is nothing more funny than watching a bunch of Ewoks bowing to C-3PO. Except perhaps when they run away in fear of his "magic".note 
    Luke: Threepio, 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: [calmly] Just tell them.

    [after telling them Luke's words...]
    C-3PO: You see, Master Luke? They didn't believe me. Just as I said they wouldn't.
    • Right after being freed, almost everyone is grateful to have just been released. R2 on the other hand... started shocking any Ewok in his path for what they did to him.
    • 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, Threepio!
      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 in the scene when Paploo (one of the Ewoks) steals one of the speederbikes with all but one of the Imperial scouts guarding the control bunker's back door now in pursuit:
      Han: Not bad for the little furball. There's only one left. You stay here. We'll take care of this.
      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-3PO: Oh, yes, Master Luke! Remember that I am fluent in over six million forms of commu—
      Han: What are you telling them?
      C-3PO: Hello, I think.
    • 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.
      • The funniest thing? He was programmed not to impersonate a deity. Anakin must have deliberately worked that in.note 
    • 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.
    • And right after Han says this, you can see Luke trying not to laugh again.
  • 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 R2 is cut loose he unceremoniously falls flat on his front. After the Ewoks help him up the at this point very angry droid deploys a little electric zapper and starts chasing the Ewoks around, zapping them in the butt.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    [and again]
    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.
  • 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.
    • Han then goes up to the last guard and taps him on the shoulder, prompting the guard to chase him straight into half a dozen heavily-armed Rebels. Clearly, Han's learned a thing or two from the little escapade aboard the first Death Star.
  • 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!"
  • When Leia is shot by a stormtrooper it isn't funny, but when Han tries to grab her by the arm he briefly accidentally grabs her elsewhere. Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher can be seen suppressing laughter at this, even though the latter is supposed to be in agonizing pain.
  • 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 Stormtrooper dead, as well as a few others.]
  • Just before the jump to hyperspace, Nien Nunb questions Lando.
    Lando: Don't worry. My friend's down there. He'll have that shield down on time. Or this'll be the shortest offensive of all time.
  • "IT'S A TRAP!"
  • When the rebels are sneaking into the shield generator on Endor, 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.
    • ...And then he almost immediately steps on a twig and gives away his position to the scout troopers.
    • 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. The scream you hear was his own [pretty good] attempt at replicating it.
  • In a deleted scene in the bunker on Endor, when the famous commander says "You Rebel Scum!", in the deleted scene, Han mouths "Scum?"
  • Chewie and two other Ewoks swinging on a vine to hijack one of the Imperial walkers. Chewie's Tarzan Yell sells it.
  • 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. To 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 Vader thinking "I'm not falling for that again!"
  • 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.
  • Palpatine mocking Luke about the Alliance's upcoming defeat. This is the only scene where he can actually be quite funny comparing to his other sinister moments.
    Emperor Palpatine [making a sad face and speaking in the most fake sorry tone]: Oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive. [He smiles evilly.]
  • To some, 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.
  • The Freeze-Frame Bonus reactions of the three navy troopers in the bunker when hearing what they think is a chicken walker's pilot giving the all-clear.
  • As the Super Star Destroyer Executor plummets towards the Death Star, the Rebels on Admiral Ackbar's flagship Home One start cheering wildly. And if you listen carefully, you can hear someone exclaim, "DIE, DICKHEADS!" Also hilarious is the reactions of Admiral Piett and Commander Gherant on the Executor's bridge just before the A-wing crashes into it.
    Bridge Officer: Sir! We've lost the bridge's deflector shields!
    Admiral Piett: Intensify the forward batteries, I don't want anything to get through.
    (Meanwhile, Arvel Crynyd's A-Wing is shot, and he is sent spiraling toward the Executor's bridge.)
    Commander Gherant: (points at the incoming wildly-spinning A-wing fearfully, which Piett fails to notice)
    Commander Gherant: TOO LATE!!!
    (Gherant runs away and Piett looks at him in confusion before seeing the A-Wing. Piett reacts hilariously and bolts away too, and both dive away from the window as the A-Wing crashes into the bridge and kills everyone aboard.)
    • Piett's reaction to watching Gherant run and then seeing the A-Wing coming at them can be summarized as: "Gherant, where the hell are you—? OH, SHIT!"
  • 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 The Empire Strikes Back. His face was pretty much the same face everyone else had thinking about that kiss in hindsight.
    • Even before the Internal Reveal is funny, since Han truly believed Luke and Leia were in love and he was willing to step away.
  • Han's expression when he realized that Leia and Luke are twins. Leia must have known what Han was thinking at that moment, which is why she kissed him.
  • During the ground battle, the Ewoks use their superior knowledge of the terrain and the ability to build object a stone age culture shouldn't know how, but in two cases it backfired hilariously:
    • Early on there's an Ewok with a glider, dropping rocks on the Imperials. It first drops some on an AT-ST, to no effect. Then it hits a Stormtrooper, knocking it out... But as it falls, the trooper accidentally fires a single shot that takes the glider down.
    • The Ewoks vs AT-STs:
      • First try after the glider: they hit one with a salvo of boulders from catapults. The targeted AT-ST tilts lightly... Then it turns around as if a guy who's just been stung by a mosquito and casually destroy the catapults.
      • Second attempt: a brave Ewok jumps on a walker's leg and hits it with a rock axe, to no effect.
      • Third attempt: they try and trip it with a rope held by a dozen of Ewoks. The AT-ST's leg get in the rope... And continues walking without noticing it's dragging along a dozen Ewoks. Made even better by looking at the schematics of the AT-ST: the feet have blades to cut fences and ropes that could trip the walker... And yet they're not used, meaning that the crew really has no idea they're dragging along some Ewoks... Or they have noticed and decided it's too much of a bother to cut them away. After this, thankfully, Chewbacca shows them how it's done and outright hijacks one...
  • Speaking of the AT-STs, in the Legends continuity, the post-Endor user manual for the walker forbade its usage on worlds with "rock-wielding primitives".