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"You aren't gonna say you have a bad feeling about this, are you? I hate it when you say that."
―Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[src]

"I have a bad feeling about this" is a well-known phrase in the Star Wars series which has become something of a running gag.

The phrase is spoken twice in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the first of the Star Wars movies to be made, and at least once in each subsequent movie and the LucasArts games based on Star Wars.

The phrase even appears in non-Star Wars-related Lucas projects, such as the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Monkey Island series of LucasArts games.

The expression also varies between "bad bad feeling," "very bad feeling," or "really bad feeling;" and also as "I've got a bad feeling about this."

When spoken, the A in "bad" is sometimes drawn out, as "I have a baad feeling about this."

Appearances in the Star Wars moviesEdit

"I have a bad feeling about this."
―As Obi-Wan Kenobi's first line at the beginning when Kenobi talks to Qui-Gon Jinn onboard Saak'ak[src]
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
Anakin Skywalker at Geonosis in the arena, in reference to the approaching execution beasts[src]
"Oh, I have a bad feeling about this."
Obi-Wan Kenobi talking to Anakin Skywalker as their starfighters approach a large, closing blast door on Invisible Hand[src]
"I have a very bad feeling about this."
Luke Skywalker, when the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star[src]
"I got a bad feeling about this."
Han Solo, before the walls of the trash compactor start to close in[src]
"I have a bad feeling about this."
Princess Leia, while inside the belly of the space slug, just before the mynocks appear[src]
"Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this."
C-3PO, when entering Jabba the Hutt's palace[src]
"I have a really bad feeling about this."
Han Solo, after the Ewoks capture the strike team[src]

Appearances in the booksEdit

  • During the course of his investigation in Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Obi-Wan Kenobi says "I've got a bad feeling about this" after seeing the results of the fight between Anoon Bondara and Darth Maul and questioning the locals about it.
  • In The Clone Wars: Wild Space, Obi-Wan Kenobi experiences a bad feeling when he senses the dark side of the Force swirling about him behind Dex's Diner. Much later in the book, when he foresees the possibility of being in a violent situation after he and Bail Organa jump into Wild Space, Kenobi informs Bail of his misgivings and when Bail responds with skepticism, Kenobi says that he is sure that he has a "bad feeling." Shortly before arriving at their destination, Organa asks Kenobi if he still has that "bad feeling" and Kenobi replies in the affirmative.
  • In Shatterpoint, Nick Rostu interprets one of Mace Windu's lines as "I have a bad feeling about this". Later in the novel, Nick thinks "I have a good feeling about this", partially changing the words but thoroughly changing the meaning. Mace also mentions it in his private journal, saying, "I don't need any hints from the Force to have a bad feeling about this."
  • In The Hive, it is said by Jesson Di Blinth.
  • In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, Dooku has a "sudden, unexpected, overpowering, and entirely distressing bad feeling about this" when Obi-Wan and Anakin begin to overpower him onboard Invisible Hand.
    • Anakin says the line just before Obi-Wan goes to fight General Grievous.
  • In Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Olee Starstone has a bad feeling about a "creepy stairway."
  • In Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows, Den Dhur asks Laranth Tarak if "it would do any good now to say that I've got a bad feeling about this" while they are their on way to visit a Cephalon. Laranth tells Den to "Consider it indigestion, and deal with it."
  • In The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception, Astri Oddo says about Niro 11: "I don't like this place. There's a bad feeling here."
  • In Rebel Dawn, the narrative states that Durga Besadii Tai "had a bad feeling about this.…"
  • In Death Star, Kornell Divini recalls that Sullustan Den Dhur often said "I've got a bad feeling about this".
  • In Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine, Luke says "I have a bad feeling about this" after Dusque and Finn receive their briefing from Leia.
  • Galaxy of Fear: Eaten Alive
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Nightmare Machine
  • Galaxy of Fear: Army of Terror
  • The title of A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9 partially quotes the phrase.
  • In The Glove of Darth Vader, C-3PO says "I have a very bad feeling about this, Artoo" when he notices a group of stormtroopers searching for their escape craft. After the stormtroopers find it and destroy it, C-3PO's bad feeling gets worse.
  • In Mission from Mount Yoda, Han Solo says "I have a bad feeling about this" when he spots a septapus.
  • In A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale, Greedo, before his final confrontation with Han Solo, paraphrases the line as "I'm getting a bad feeling."
  • In the Shadows of the Empire novelization, Leia says this line as they attempt the unsuccessful rescue of Han Solo from Boba Fett. Later, after Lando rescues Luke from a band of bounty hunters, Lando promptly cuts Luke off as he attempts to utter the line.
  • In X-wing: Solo Command, Tyria Sarkin said the line to her fellow Wraiths during their Mission to Saffalore.
  • In The Courtship of Princess Leia, Leia says "I've got a bad feeling about this" when seeing Zsinj's satellites on Dathomir sky.
  • In Tatooine Ghost, Leia says "I'm beginning to have a bad feeling" when talking to Han about their previous conversation with the crew of the Chimaera (pretending to be Imperials) as their hoverscout is simultaneously attacked by Tusken Raiders.
  • In Heir to the Empire, Leia says "I've got a bad feeling about this" before she and Han spot their would-be kidnappers. Later, she also asks why she suddenly has a bad feeling about visiting Lando. Han also says "I've got a bad feeling about this" when he goes into hiding before an Imperial delegation visits Talon Karrde's smuggler base.
  • In Dark Force Rising, Luke says "I have a bad feeling about this" upon discovering Thrawn's cloned troops. Han advises him, "Join the club."
  • Three times in Champions of the Force: C-3PO says "I have a bad feeling about this mission already." Later, Han Solo says "I've got a bad feeling about this" twice in different chapters.
  • In Children of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker says "I've got a bad feeling about this" repeatedly.
  • In Darksaber, Han Solo says "I've got a bad feeling about whatever they're up to." Later, Luke Skywalker says "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • In The New Rebellion, R2-D2 tells C-3PO that he has a "bad feeling" about the modifications that are being performed on Luke's X-wing. Later in the scene, when R2-D2 and C-3PO become the center of attention, C-3PO says that he himself has "a bad feeling about this." When Leia sees Kueller's detonator, she also has a bad feeling about it.
  • At the end of Ambush at Corellia, Luke Skywalker states "I've got a bad feeling about this" after he uses the Force to get a general impression of the emotions of the inhabitants of the Corellian system. Also, Lando says not to say "I've got a bad feeling about this," and says, "something bad always happens when someone says that phrase." And at the end of the book, Lando says "I've got a bad feeling about this" describing the situation of the gravity wells.
  • In Before the Storm, Han states "I've got a bad feeling about this" when he sees Nil Spaar giving a speech on the holomonitor.
  • Uttered by Lando Calrissian in the short story Lando Calrissian: Idiot's Array
  • In Vision of the Future, before meeting Jorj Car'das, C-3PO utters "But I must say, I have a bad feeli—" before being interrupted.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force, Jacen Solo states "I have a bad feeling about this" when he discovers that his crystal snake had broken out of its cage and when Jaina expresses her belief that a derelict TIE Fighter can be fixed.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy, Jacen states "I have a bad feeling about this" when he realizes that he, Jaina, and Lowbacca are going to be subject to a kidnapping attempt. Brakiss also has a generalized "bad feeling" about the Jedi trainees while unbeknownst to him, they are in the middle of an escape attempt. He doesn't give voice to this bad feeling, however.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: The Lost Ones, Jacen states that he has a "good feeling" about the prospect of finding some space debris to shoot at before the Falcon reverts from hyperspace. Later in the book, C-3PO says "I have a bad feeling about this" after his unsuccessful attempts to comb Zekk's hair. Zekk shares the sentiment but does not say so.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: Crisis at Crystal Reef, the phrase is spoken twice, once by Jacen, before finding out Zekk's ship was stolen by Anja, and by Tenel Ka, before the sea creature attacks the group's minisub.
  • In Vector Prime, Han says "I've got a—" upon seeing the panicked denizens of Sernpidal, only to be interrupted by his son, Anakin, who smugly completes the phrase. Han then tells Anakin that he was going to say "—lot to do." During this exchange, the narrator states that "I've got a bad feeling about this" is Han's "trademark line." Later, when Jacen starts to say that Helska 4 is about to explode, the narrator states that Han "got a typically bad feeling about this."
  • Twice in Force Heretic I: Remnant: First, Han Solo says "I'll just be glad when we're off this rock," and then Leia interrupts him: "Don't tell me: You're getting a bad feeling about this place, right?" Soon afterwards, Leia explains the situation: "(…) But then, that's not to say that I'm entirely happy with what I see here, either. I'm getting a bad feeling about all of this, although I hate to say it."
  • In Edge of Victory I: Conquest, Jaina Solo tells Anakin and Jacen that she has a bad feeling about Viqi Shesh.
  • In Traitor, Jacen Solo says the line twice while investigating the dark side-infused ruins of the Jedi Temple.
  • In Bloodlines, Mara refers to the line as having "the proverbial bad feeling". Also, later in the same book Leia and Han have a small exchange about the phrase.
  • In Junior Jedi Knights: Anakin's Quest, Anakin solo first says I've got a strange feeling about this." He later says "It'll be fine. I've just got a feeling about this."

Appearances in the comicsEdit

Appearances in computer and video gamesEdit

Appearances in role-playing gamesEdit

  • In The Long Shot Campaign (published in Star Wars Campaign Pack, re-published in Classic Campaigns), NPC Siene Symm orders battle stations and any one of the PC's answers "Battle stations? On a yacht? I have a bad feeling about this!"

Appearances in television seriesEdit

Star Wars: Clone WarsEdit

Star Wars: The Clone WarsEdit

Star Wars: DroidsEdit

Star Wars: EwoksEdit

Appearances in Star Tours AttractionsEdit

Appearances outside Star WarsEdit

  • In Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey (actually released prior to Episode IV), computer Hal 9000 says "I have a bad feeling about it."
  • The phrase is heard in the first Star Wars parody, Hardware Wars. That film was made soon after the release of Episode IV and the phrase was not noticeable back then.
  • In Mario and Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story, after Bowser has defeated Dark Fawful, and Starlow (called Chippy) talks to Bowser about Fawful having some of the Dark Star's Dark Power, one of Starlows lines to Bowser are "Ooh... I have a bad feeling about this".
  • In the tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance, Hector of Ostia says, "Look at the size of them. I've got a bad feeling about this" in reference to a trio of dragons that emerge from the Dragon's Gate shortly after Nergal's death.
  • In George Lucas's 1994 film Radioland Murders, a character says the phrase.
  • In the 1995 TV movie Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen, Indy is ordered to Berlin in a mission to bribe Anthony Fokker to work for the French. Just before he boards a biplane for Berlin, Charles Nungesser—who will be flying the plane—informs Indy that he must parachute into Germany. To this, Indy says the phrase. Indiana also says the line in the episode "Austria, March 1917," and near the end of the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, just before the room starts spinning and making strange noises.
  • The line is one of the lines uttered by Indiana Jones in the Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure attraction as Indy dangles over the riders' transport. The line is spoken as a giant boulder begins rolling toward the Jeep.
  • In the episode A Pharaoh to Remember of the popular TV series Futurama, Philip Fry says, "call it a hunch, but I have a bad feeling about this!".
  • In the video game Resident Evil 4, Leon S. Kennedy says that when he first sees a signpost.
  • In Phineas and Ferb on the episode "The Chronicles of Meap", after Ferb parodies Obi-Wan Kenobi by saying "That's no cloud, it's a space station," Phineas says "I have a really good feeling about this."
  • In the computer game Doom 3, Frank Cinders says in his PDA message "I've got a really bad feeling about this." Since in the sentence prior he uses the word "droid", it is unlikely to be a coincidence.
  • In the video game RPG Final Fantasy VI a man says "I have a bad feeling about this..." right before an apocalyptic event within the game. Banon also says "I've got a bad feeling about this." if you let Imperial soldiers get to him in the multi-party battle.
  • In the Xbox first-person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved, a UNSC Marine says "I got a bad feelin' about this..." while Sergeant Johnson replies: "Boy, you always got a bad feeling about something.", only for their platoon to be ambushed by the Flood. In Halo 2, the same conversation is repeated between two Unggoy soldiers, who say "Me have bad feeling about this..." "You always have bad feeling! You had bad feeling about morning food nipple!"
  • In the films of indie filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm (a noted Star Wars fan), the phrase appears three times in his debut, the award-winning The Monster of Phantom Lake and once in its sequel, It Came From Another World.
  • Security guards in Half-Life sometimes use the phrase.
  • In the LucasArts game Loom, Bobbin (the main character) says, "I have a very bad feeling about this."
  • In BioWare's Mass Effect, the phrase is uttered often and by different characters.
  • In the TV series Big Bang Theory, episode 12, Leonard says "A bad feeling I have about this, hmm" in a Yoda voice, despite the fact that Yoda has never actually said the line in any official media.
  • The film Aliens uses the line twice when the marines are in an orbital drop above Acheron LV-426. PFC Frost says "I'm telling you man I've got a bad feeling about this drop," to which PFC Crowe responds, "You always say that Frost. You always say 'I've got a bad feeling about this drop.'"
  • In the English dub of 7th episode of the Animé TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion, "A Human's Work," Misato says "Talk about hot. I've got a bad feeling about this." as she enters the malfunctioning robot, Jet Alone.
  • In the Robot Chicken: Star Wars special, George Lucas says "I have a bad feeling about this" before being mobbed by fans at a convention.
  • Lucca, from Chrono Trigger says it in a sewer, before crossing a door.
  • In the Animé TV series Megaman Nt Warrior (Season 2, Axess, Stream, Beast and Beats+), Maylu Sakurai and Roll EXE. both say "I have a bad feeling about this."
  • In the BBC TV comedy show The Mighty Boosh, Bollo the gorilla's catchphrase is "I've got a bad feeling about this".
  • In Stargate SG-1 season 9 episode "Avalon," Mitchell says: "You ever get a bad feeling about something?" ... Then in season 10 episode "Family Ties", Vala says this to her father.
  • In the Nintendo 64 video game Star Fox 64, Peppy says "I've got a bad feeling about this." at "Aquas" level.
  • In the MMORPG Runescape, one of the pre-selected QuickChat phrases is "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • In the Sega Genesis game Shining Force II, during King Galam's escape in the light tubes BOWIE says it.
  • In Quake 4, Medic Egan from Wolf squad says the phrase during the first level aboard Hannibal.
  • In Battlefield Bad Company a soldier called Sweetwater says the phrase twice during the first mission.
  • In the RPG Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood sometimes Tails says "I have a bad feeling about this"
  • Used in The Shield. Resident nerd of the Strike Team Ronnie Gardocki utters this before a money exchange.
  • In Kingdom Hearts when you go to Halloweentown, after Jack Skellington finds Sarah and asks for her memory, she says, "Jack, I have a bad feeling about this."
  • In the episode "Sharif Returns" of the TV series NCIS, Anthony DiNozzo says, "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • In Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange says "I have a very bad feeling about it."
  • In the video game Starsiege, the character Harabec Weathers (voiced by Mark Hamill) says "Oh boss, I've got a bad feeling about this!"
  • In the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, it is said in the episode "Adventures in Slime and Space".
  • In level 20 of the Nitrome game Final Ninja Zero, when Takeshi gets to the first force field, Lady Snow Fox says in a message "You go find the generator that is powering this force field, I'll stay here. I've got a bad feeling we might be heading into a trap.".
  • In Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark one of the henchmen says upon entering a room with a sarcophagus, "The stench of evil hangs upon this place. I have a bad feeling about that sarcophagus". The sarcophagus in question spawns a mummy lord if opened.
  • In the episode "The Double Down" of the TV series Castle, Richard Castle says, "I got a bad feeling about this."
  • The upcoming Family Guy special "We Have a Bad Feeling About This" is an obvious parody of this phrase.
  • The game series called Ace Attorney contains the phrase many times.
  • In Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge for Xbox, one of the characters repeats this phrase a few times.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, a character says "I have a bad feeling about this," causing another character to say, "Do you think it's a trap?"
  • In The Adventures of Clutch Powers, Skelly tells this to Bones after the castle they were looking for disappeared.
  • In Episode 24 of Kamen Rider Decade, Shitari says, "I have a bad feeling about this" when he sees Kamen Rider Diend.
  • In the fourth season of Lost, a character says the line before being ambushed and killed. Later, in the series finale, just before the opening title card, Hurley says, "I've got a bad feeling about this," shortly after remarking that the enigmatic Jacob is "worse than Yoda."
  • In the episode "North Mammon" of the TV series Criminal Minds, Jason Gideon says, "I've got a bad feeling about this one."
  • In the episode "The Eyes Have It" of the TV series Criminal Minds, David Rossi says, "I got a bad feeling about this guy."
  • The line is heard often in the Rockstar video game Red Dead Redemption.
  • In the episode "Birds of a Feather" of the TV series Batman: The Animated Series, Veronica Vreeland says, "I got a bad feeling about this."
  • In the 2002 movie Blade II, Scud (Norman Reedus) says, "I have a bad feeling about this, B."
  • In the World of Warcraft comic series, Thrall the Warchief of the Horde says, "But I have a bad feeling about it."
  • In the L4D web comic, Louis says, "I got a bad feeling about this."
  • In the episode "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" of the TV series Fringe, Peter Bishop says, "Walter... I'm getting a bad feeling about this."
  • In the Disney Goofy cartoon: How to take care of your yard, at the winter season, it starts snowing and Goofy says, "I got a bad feeling about this."
  • In adult-themed webcomics by the artist Erenisch the phrase is used in almost every episode once as an explicit homage to Star Wars.
  • In The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee: An Origami Yoda Book, an officially licensed parody/homage Young Reader book by Tom Angeleberger, "Han Foldo" uses the phrase at the very end of the book when Principal Rabbski (the principal of the school the characters in the book attend) announces a new school education plan that cuts out all extracurriculars such as art, drama, and music.
  • In Starcraft II, Karass says "I have a somewhat unfavorable premonition about this." when repeatedly clicked on. In Wings Of Liberty, Jim Raynor says "I have a bad feeling about this" In the first mission when approaching Backwater Station.
  • In the Melissa and Joey episode “Oh Borther”, when Joey discovers that the man whom Melissa is dating may be her half-brother, he compares the situation to Luke and Leia. When she points out that in the analogy, Joey would be Han Solo , he takes it as a compliment and then says “I got a bad feeling about this.”
  • In Quest for Glory I, when you wander into the brigands' lair, it says, as the hero sees six armed brigands, "You have a bad feeling about this place." Then five more pop out and the text says, "You have an even worse feeling about this place."

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