May the Force be with you

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Obi-Wan Kenobi used the phrase throughout his life.

"Good bye, old friend. May the Force be with you."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Anakin Skywalker, before traveling to Utapau[src]

"May the Force be with you" was a phrase used to wish an individual or group good luck or good will, one that expressed the speaker's wish that the Force work in favor of the addressee. The phrase was often used as individuals parted ways or in the face of an impending challenge.


Qui-Gon Jinn wished Anakin Skywalker "may the Force be with you" shortly before the start of the Boonta Eve Classic.[1] Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi used the phrase throughout his life, including at the end of his message sent through the Jedi beacon, warning any possible survivors of Order 66 that the Galactic Republic had turned against the Jedi and that those who remained should not return to the Jedi Temple.[2] He later told Luke Skywalker, "The Force will be with you. Always." during the Battle of Yavin.[3]


Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, while overviewing the plan to destroy the Death Star, General Jan Dodonna told the Rebel pilots, "May the Force be with you." Similarly, Han Solo said "May the Force be with you" to Skywalker while preparing to leave Yavin 4, despite not being a strong believer in the Force. The phrase was later used by Admiral Gial Ackbar before the Battle of Endor, saying "May the Force be with us".[4] Prior to her departure in the Millennium Falcon to seek out Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa told Rey "May the Force be with you."[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

The phrase "May the Force be with you" originated in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope[3] and has continued to be part of Star Wars stories ever since. In his introduction for Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, Dave Filoni told readers that "The Force will be with you, always."[6] In his introduction for A New Dawn, he stated that "Because of fans like you around the world, the Force will be with us, always."[7] The final page of The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight features the phrase "May the force be with you!" against a backdrop of stars, echoing the final lines of the story: "Luke Skywalker fulfilled his destiny. He became a Jedi Knight and saved the galaxy. More important, he saved his father and found his family. The Force was with him."[8] The final line of The Rebellion Begins reads "May the Force be with them all."[9]


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