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Star Wars is one of the biggest media franchises in history, and has been so frequently referenced in pop culture since it's inception, that it's hard to find works after 1977 that don't make at least one reference to this series. Parodies and homages of the series are so common, that a whole Stock Parody trope, May the Farce Be with You, has been created, and many tropes on this website have been named by the series.


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  • A commercial for Energizer batteries featured Darth Vader attempting to destroy the Energizer Bunny with his lightsaber, only for the Supervolt batteries in it to run out.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Transformers Victory:
    • In the first episode, Star Saber traveled to the alien settlement of Iron Town, where some inhabitants resembled Ewoks and Jawas.
    • In episode 22, a pair of mechanoids uncannily similar to C-3PO and R2-D2 were seen at the Schaeffer Energy plant.
  • The anime version of Urusei Yatsura features a slew of examples:
    • As Urusei Yatsura itself was produced during the late 70's and early 80's references abound. The most prominent probably being the group of four high school boys obsessed with Lum who are informally referred to as her "Stormtroopers".
    • In episode 38 "Steal Darling! Copy Operation!" Ataru wishes to take Shinobu to the hottest movie of the summer in 1982, which was of course "Return of the Jedi".
    • In episode 61 "The Mendo Family Masquerade War" Ataru runs into part of the Mendo Conglomerates Security Force, who are cosplaying stormtroopers and being led by Darth Vader himself.
    • In episode 89 "Lum and Ataru A Night only for Two," Lum's Stormtroopers and Mendo freak out in a forty-second homage to the franchise. Complete with lightsaber duels, Chibi as Emperor Palpatine, Megane as C-3PO and Perm disturbingly dressed as Princess Leia in the golden bikini.
    • In the third Urusei Yatsura movie "Remember My Love," a Darth Vader poster can be seen hanging up in Ataru's room.
    • In the latest OVA "The Obstacle Course Swim Meet", Ran pulls out some futuristic sic-fi weaponry to combat a group of vicious water snakes, including a red lightsaber.

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    Comic Books 
  • The Transformers:
    • In #4 and #8, the Dinobots flew to the Savage Lands aboard a shuttle that looked very much like the Slave I.
    • In #17, a robot resembling C-3PO appeared in the Dead End.
    • In the alternate future in #43, Wreck-Gar declared "Star Wars... nothing but Star Wars!" as his homeworld was attacked by many spaceships.
    • In #45, a movie director believes his film Monsters from Mars will be "bigger than Star Wars".
    • In #52, another robot resembling C-3PO, named Chromite, found himself a victim of anti-robot prejudice in the Grand Central Space Station.
  • In Robin Series Tim's friend Ives is a huge Star Wars fan and brings the original trilogy up at various points, and has a loud argument with one of their other friends on the merits of the Expanded Universe.
  • In Wonder Woman (1987) Wondy and a cosmonaut get abducted by an alien race and enslaved on a desert planet with carnivorous "scavenger worms" which are a clear shoutout to the Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi. Though the worms are only intentionally tossed corpses they'll try to gobble up living people who fall into the pits which lead to their mouths.

    Film — Animation 
  • In the first Happy Heroes movie, there's a billboard of what appears to be Mr. Lightbulb wielding a lightsaber.
  • The climax of Looney Tunes: Back in Action has Bugs Bunny pull out a lightsaber to fight Marvin the Martian, and he reads a book about The Force while blocking Marvin's laser blasts. He also quips to him "What's up, Darth?"

  • The Dresden Files: Many.
    • Harry is a huge nerd, and Star Wars is one of his favorite things, so he makes a lot of references.
    • Waldo Butters might just be a bigger Star Wars fan than Harry.
    • Summer Knight: Harry pegs Morgan's 3D map at the Council meeting as being ripped off from Return of the Jedi.
    • Blood Rites:
      • Inari Raith wears her hair like Princess Leia.
      • During the Luke, I Am Your Father moment, Harry, of course, quotes Star Wars.
      • Justin DuMorne was Harry's own personal Darth Vader.
      • Harry tells Thomas, about his car, that it "doesn't look like much, but she's got it where it counts."
    • Dead Beat:
      • Upon being informed that the late Mendoza was a smuggler, Butters namedrops Han Solo.
      • Harry's term for how satisfying it is to see the villain who's been scaring the pants off you go after another mutual enemy? Darth Vader Syndrome.
    • Proven Guilty:
      • Rawlins insists that anyone sneaking by him would have to be a Jedi Knight or something.
      • Harry pulls a sort of Jedi Mind Trick on Detective Greene.
    • The short story "Something Borrowed":
      • "Great hostility I sense in you."
      • Billy and Georgia have vintage Star Wars action figures scattered around their apartment.
    • White Night:
      • While lecturing Molly:
      • "The Black Council had been, if you will pardon the phrasing, a phantom menace."
      • Harry at one point calls Cowl "Darth Bathrobe".
    • Small Favor:
      • Harry compares the size of the people in Mab's snow sculpture recreation of the safe house's destruction to Star Wars action figures.
      • Faced with opponents that Michael and Mouse can sense, but he can't, Harry complains about not getting to "be the Jedi".
      • A few paragraphs later, he quotes Star Wars, and Mouse is called "Chewie" for the first time.
    • In the short story "Day Off", Harry dubs a would-be evil wizard who challenges him to a duel "Darth Wannabe".
    • Turn Coat:
      • Harry, while begging Thomas to get Justine to help investigate, says he's not asking for her to deactivate the tractor beam, rescue the princess, and escape to the fourth moon of Yavin.
      • When the Wardens are fighting Binder's army of grey men, the flashes of fire make it look like a Star Wars battle scene.
      • Molly calls Harry "Obi-Wan". Well, he's been calling her "Padawan" for several books now . . .
    • Changes:
      • Harry, on someone insulting his apartment:
        "Musty? Little? My home, this is."
      • This exchange.
        Harry: Your weapons, grasshopper. You will not need them.
        Molly: You know, I believe it is possible to reference something other than Star Wars, boss.
        Harry: [narrows eyes in Muppetly wisdom] That is why you fail.
      • And another from Harry:
        "Not ready for the burden of constant wiseassery are you."
      • Musing about the internal dissent on the White Council, Harry mentions that to most of the members his status is as the next best thing to Darth Vader.
      • While on the phone, knowing the FBI have bugged his place, he snarkily asks them to make sure no one's stolen his vintage Star Wars poster.
      • The light rays from the Nevernever pyramids are so bright, they make the Death Star's laser look wimpy.
      • "What would Yoda do?"
      • Harry's Fairy Godmother gives him a fancy set of magical armour to wear to the climactic battle. Harry's reaction?
        "This is ridiculous. I look like the Games Workshop version of a Jedi Knight."
    • Ghost Story:
      • Harry identifies himself to Molly with a familiar quote. When she tells Murphy about this, Murphy is sold that it's Harry.
      • Molly tells Harry that Chewbacca (Mouse) is with Maggie.
      • Butters says he'll start sparring with the Einherjar "five minutes after I get a functioning lightsaber."
      • "If the Eagle Scouts had some sort of Sith equivalent, Marcone would be it."
      • Butters says Harry "totally Kenobied the day" when he persuaded Fitz to come back.
      • Bob, citing unlikely alliances, includes "Luke and Vader killing the Emperor".
      • The thought-image Harry and Molly used to signal victory in their mental duels was Darth Vader in his TIE fighter saying "I have you now" from A New Hope.
      • It transpires that the Archangel Uriel, spymaster of God, is a Star Wars fan. Of course, just before that, Harry asked him "Aren't you a little short for an archangel?"
    • From the short story "Bombshells":
      • Molly calls her violent impulses her "inner Sith".
      • This immortal exchange:
        Justine: This isn't going to work.
        Molly: It is going to work. We'll breeze right in. The Rack will be with us.
        Justine: The Rack?
        Molly: The Rack is more than just boobs, Justine. It's an energy field created by all living boobs. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.
        Andi: You're insane.
        Molly: But functionally so. Just let your conscious self go and act on instinct.
        Justine: The Rack will be with us?
        Molly: Always.
    • Cold Days:
      • Cat Sith is not amused when Harry asks where his red lightsaber is.
      • This quote:
        "The Little Folk are easily startled, but they'll soon be back. And in greater numbers."
      • The Leanansidhe takes her Yoda-ing seriously.
      • Mouse has been called "Chewbacca" in the past.
      • Harry, on being told that a fortress is impregnable, quips that the Death Star was impregnable.
      • This exchange:
        Molly: I sense . . .
        Harry: Say it. You know you want to say it.
        Molly: [half-exasperated] It is not a disturbance in the Force.
      • Bob decides to depict the creation of Demonreach as a movie with a Star Wars-style opening crawl, and Merlin played by Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
      • After Harry describes what's going on, Butters calls it a phantom menace. Molly and Thomas understand; Murphy requests a translation from Nerd to English.
      • Harry's afraid that Maggie will be afraid of him if he goes to see her, because he's Darth Dresden.
      • Harry stalls before passing through a potentially-lethal ward, because he might be joining Obi-Wan and Yoda in blue-light Force ghost country if he doesn't survive it.
    • Skin Game:
      • Butters reforges the broken Sword of Faith into a lightsaber because of his deep faith in Star Wars.
      • Not to mention the Badass Boast he gives to Nicodemus immediately afterwards:
        "'Nice try'? Mister, where I come from, there is no try."
  • In the Norwegian Urban Fantasy Kire is it mentioned that the protagonist Erik owns a Darth Vader alarm clock.
  • At least three examples in Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
    • In The Last Straw, Greg is very comfortable on his couch watching TV, so he tries to use the Force to obtain the remote.
    • In The Third Wheel, Greg says that he is positive that he will never get a lightsaber for his birthday.
    • In The Getaway, a Jedi is shown as an example of a "cool" person who wears a robe.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The guys on The Big Bang Theory are big sci-fi nerds, and references the franchise quite often.
  • Doctor Who:
  • In How I Met Your Mother, most of the gang are Star Wars fans and frequently reference it throughout the series, such as:
    • Barney has a life-sized Storm Trooper in his apartment.
    • In one episode, Ted starts freaking out because his girlfriend has never seen Star Wars, and when they show to her she has a very neutral reaction.
    • In another episode, Barney is concerned his girlfriend is older than she says she is because she hates the Ewoks. note 
  • In two episodes of Sesame Street in the late 1970s, R2-D2 and C-3PO visited the street.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun: "Ooh, look at me. I am so important, my father's Darth Vader!" "He is?!"
  • The X-Files:
    • Emil compares the UFOs to something from Star Wars: Episode IVA New Hope in "Deep Throat".
    • Mulder compares his and Deep Throat’s relationship to the one between Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. When Mulder gets angry once, he tells him to cut off the Obi-Wan Kenobi crap.
    • In "Small Pototoes", Amanda Nelligan is a huge fan who has seen the films countless times and is convinced that Luke Skywalker is the father of her baby girl. She hums the theme, and Scully asks whether Luke brought his lightsaber.
    • In "Vienen" after Doggett explains how five years ago, Mulder and Scully investigated the black oil substance that somehow curved into an alien colonization theory:
      Mulder: And you’d like to help, but you left your lightsaber at home.

    Tabletop Games 
  • On the Star Realms "Bounty Hunter" card, the flavor text is "No disintegrations. We need them alive.", the famous line from Darth Vader's briefing to the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.

    Video Games 
  • Ratchet & Clank has included a few references to Star Wars.
    • Ratchet & Clank (2002): The Deplanetizer is an obvious ersatz of the Death Star, in that it's a planet-killing superweapon. The 2016 movie and game takes the similarities even further by turning it into a full-blown battle station.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: In the extras section, there's a joke poster parodying one of the original posters for A New Hope.
    • One of the planets in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is called Tyhrranosis. Both the name of the world and its wasteland-like landscape are an obvious reference to Geonosis from Attack of the Clones.
    • In Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, one of the skill points is called "What's That, R2?"
    • In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, Qwark's infiltration plan relies on a conveniently-exposed thermal exhaust port. While trying to pull it off, you're nearly crushed in a smelly, watery trash compactor. After you beat the game, Lord Vorselon taunts you by revealing that he is your father... 's accountant.
    • The 2016 movie uses the Wilhelm Scream (made famous by the original Star Wars films) for a gag when Aleero City is being attacked by the Blarg. The accompanying video game has a holocard for the Rilgar Sewers, which state that they're a "wretched hive of scum and villainy" and that you should be cautious.
  • One of the commercials for Jak 3: Wastelander has Daxter parody the "I am your father." scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Piratez: Much of the Smugglers faction references the Millennium Falcon, with the leader modeled after Han Solo, the engineers somewhat resembling Wookies and Public Enemy being a shout out to Obi-Wan, especially how he appears in the Star Wars Gangsta Rap 3.
  • The Pig Star from Rocket Knight Adventures is a parody of the Death Star.
  • The Death Egg from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a parody of the Death Star.

  • Square Root of Minus Garfield references:
    • This strip edits Garfield's dialogue to be speaking in Yoda syntax.
    • This one does the same as the above, and also reverses the panels so it appears Garfield is using the force on Jon.
    • This strip contributes to the "I declare this house property of the X empire" Running Gag using the Galactic Empire.
    • This one edits a Garfield strip where Garfield declares he is absolutely not getting out of bed today, only for Jon to tell him there's a spider on his bed and him to jolt out immediately. His old response of "I keep forgetting we live in a generation without absolutes" is changed to "I keep forgetting only a sith deals in absolutes". As a bonus, the strip is titled "Don't Make Me Kill You".
  • Knights of Buena Vista is a Campaign Comic covering Disney films such as Frozen. Hans's player says he is "on a diplomatic mission to Arendelle".
  • In The Order of the Stick, following a heavily lampshaded Luke, I Am Your Father moment, the bounty hunter Gannji demands fifty thousand gold pieces by claiming to be holding a thermal detonator, saying he was "just trying to keep the theme going". Later, when Kilkil is telling Gannji that Tarquin has "lost" his paperwork to pay him back for the extortion, the gag continues with "He also wanted me to add 'Pray I don't alter it any further'. He said you'd know what it meant."

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • One of the Larry Doyle Looney Tunes shorts is called Attack of the Drones, an obvious play off of Attack of the Clones.
  • An episode of the Hanna-Barbera Popeye cartoons, "Close Encounters of the Third Spinach", is a Star Wars parody featuring Olive as Princess Olive-Pit, Poopdeck Pappy as Alta-Poppa and Bluto as Darth Bluto. Popeye not only rescues the Princess but discovers his long-lost Pappy.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door had more than its fair share of Star Wars references. In particular, the episodes "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E." and "Operation: S.N.O.W.I.N.G." were respectively Whole Plot References to the Death Star scenes from A New Hope and the Hoth scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. The latter also throws in a reference to the prequels by having two characters that can fold themselves into wheels a la the Droidekas.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • In one episode, Dexter has "Star Wars" as the password for his lab.
    • In his first appearance, Mandark has the Death Star as part of his laboratory.
    • In "Robodexo 3000", the sounds made by the Energy Thief are the same sound effects used for the TIE fighters.
    • In "Babe Sitter", Mandark is in his lab playing with action figures of himself, Dee-Dee, and Dexter made to look like Star Wars characters.
    • In "D & DD", Dexter tells one of his companions in the game to "Use the Force!"
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mad Love", The Joker quips "May the floss be with you!". Also counts as an Actor Allusion, as Joker was voiced by Mark Hamill in that series, and he also happens to be married to a dentist.
  • The Rugrats episode "Falling Stars" is a run of the mill Star Wars parody. Angelica appears as an evil Darth Vader lookalike, Grandpa Lou comes to Tommy in a vision like a ghostly Yoda/Obi-Wan mentor, and Chuckie flies the spaceship through passageways that look like the Death Star in the climactic scene of A New Hope. Angelica also throws in the obligatory parody of Luke's parental reveal by telling Tommy that she is his cousin, to which he replies with a Big "NO!".
  • Transformers: The Movie:
    • After the initial sequence with Unicron, the film's background is established with an Opening Scroll. (This is only in the British release of the film, because Britain was behind in the airings of the series. The American release jumped straight from the opening sequence to the credits.)
    • The movie's promotional material mentions that the film was "conceived in the epic tradition of Star Wars".
    • One of the film's primary characters, Arcee, has a head design styled in the likeness of Leia Organa Solo's famous "cinnamon bun" hair from A New Hope.
    • Megatron, at one point, uses a lightsaber-type weapon against Optimus Prime. So does Hot Rod during his training.
    • The villain Unicron is a gigantic planet-destroying robotic spheroid, like the Death Star.
    • The sound effect produced when Rodimus Prime opens the Autobot Matrix is a combination of several lightsaber power-up sounds; Nelson Shin, who designed the sound, was also on the sound crew for Transformers: The Movie.
    • At the scene where Rodimus Prime receives the Matrix of leadership, the voice of Optimus Prime is heard. This is a reference to Obi-wan Kenobi saying the phrase "Use the Force, Luke" to Luke Skywalker in the Battle of Yavin.
    • Unicron is voiced by the late Orson Welles, who was considered for the voice of Darth Vader.
  • The Pac-Man episode "Pacula" starts at a drive-in theater, where the movie's hero is told, "Use the power pellet force, Luke."
  • Toward the end of the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Yogi Bear on the Air", the former TV presenter Connie Kindly has made herself over to resemble Princess Leia.
  • In the first episode of Bounty Hamster, a C-3PO expy appears out of nowhere to warn Marion and Cassie of how slim their chances of navigating an asteroid field are before Marion drops him through a trapdoor. Another episode had a fantasy sequence of Marion selling Cassie to a Jabba the Hutt lookalike.
  • In The Crumpets episode "Mum's Double", after robot Pa drops Li'l One to a trash can, Li'l One happens to be next to the real Pa. When Li'l One asks him who he is, Pa responds with a deep voice "I am your father" with a short Imperial March-like tune playing. Pa's voice actor Marc Thompson narrates Star Wars audio books.
  • Phineas and Ferb does have a direct parody episode, but references to the movies are scattered throughout the show. Enough for the show's wiki to have compiled a list. Highlights include:


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