I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line:
No, I am your father.
How did the popularization of the misquote occur?
In common speech, the quote is fairly vague, and likely only those who have seen the movie would understand the reference (at least, right away, to the desired effect). But by prefacing it with "Luke", you cue people in to the reference better by offering more context.
It's quite similar to how Kirk never said "Beam me up Scotty" during the run of Star Trek. To simply say "Beam me up" might be more accurate, but throwing in the name is better. Getting the idea across is more important than the actual words used, and it's fairly common.
These sorts of quote alterations are particularly interesting, in that they occasionally make their way back into the originating media as well. For "Beam me up Scotty", William Shatner as Captain Kirk says it in an audio adaptation well after it had been popularized. Likewise with "Elementary, my dear Watson" having appeared in none of the original works by Doyle, but has shown up in later adaptations.
First off, it's arguably NOT! a misquote of the "whole Star Wars canon and universe" since in
it was, apparently, actually read that way in the
Found by reirab.
The earliest misquote meme-starting reference, using the "name-first" form, found so far is
in Tommy Boy, found by Jesse Sielaff:
The earliest misquote meme-starting reference, using the "name-first" form, which I found is
In the Austin Powers film.
Obviously, The Empire Strikes Back was in 1980. I'm sure, someone can find an earlier misquote meme-starting reference, but this will get the ball rolling. (Jessie did!)
Not all, but many, "famous misquotes" come from some particular at the time popular source which instanced the misquote. For example, it could be a TV news show at the time, perhaps a cast member being interviewed, or a parody on TV or film.
So, maybe someone can find an even earlier example, but there you go, 1999; now 1995.
I think its possibly due to the strange voice of Darth Vader. In Vader's voice, "No" and "Luke" are almost similar. When watching the film most may have confused but "Luke" should have been a good replacement for "No".
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