The line "Luke, I am your father" never appeared in any 'Star Wars' movie. The actual quote is “No, I am your father,” which was said in Star Wars Episode 5: 'The Empire Strikes Back'. In that famous scene, Darth Vader never says “Luke, I am your father.”

Here’s the excerpt from the script:

Darth Vader: "There is no escape! Don’t make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You’ve only begun to discover your power! Join me, and I will complete your training! With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict, and bring order to the galaxy."

Luke Skywalker: "I’ll never join you!"

Vader: "If only you knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."

Luke: "He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"

Vader: "No, I am your father."

Luke: "No. No! That’s not true! That’s impossible!"

Vader: "Search your feelings; you know it to be true!"


The ‘Mandela effect’ is a phenomenon where people remember something incorrectly but that version is the one that becomes commonly accepted. It is our minds’ way of playing tricks on us meaning that a whole bunch of people share the same false memories.

The name of the theory was coined by people who were convinced that Nelson Mandela had died in prison in the 1980’s. Many people began to believe this despite the fact that Mandela actually died in 2013 at his home in Houghton.

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