10. Admiral Ackbar
“It’s a trap!”Admiral Ackbar, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Radio actor Erik Bauersfeld voiced Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, delivering one of my favorite iconic lines, “It’s a trap!”, when the Alliance is about to take one on the chin from the Imperial fleet. Bauersfield also voiced Jabba the Hutt’s tentacle-headed door man, Bib Fortuna, in the same film, and reprised the role of Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in earlier Star Wars video games. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 93.
This phrase comes up at least once a week in my day job whenever something crazy-unexpected happens. My co-workers are not familiar with our favorite Mon Calamari’s signature phrase, but it doesn’t stop me from paying homage to the bravest space lobster in the entire galaxy.
9. Princess Leia
“Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, Nerf Herder.”Princess Leia, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Quite possibly the best scene for quotes in all the movies combined. This exchange in the Hoth bunker was full of great dialogue, but the princess takes the crown for roasting her future husband with this line of school-yard insults. Han was so confounded by all the shade that the only thing he took issue with was being thought of as “scruffy-looking”.
Leia has some of the best one-liners beside Han Solo in all the films, and Carrie Fisher delivered them perfectly, such as, ” I don’t know where you get your delusions, laser brain.” That one even got an on-screen chuckle from Chewie. She also gets credit for one of the best one-liners in A New Hope, with, “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought!”, referring to Han’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. Seems like many of her zingers are aimed towards him, and his towards her. Let’s just say they have a high flirt-to-roast ratio.
There’s more, but the Nerf-herder quote is a stand-out. Back in canonized Marvel Comics Star Wars #17 (2016), Han actually has to smuggle Nerfs to make up for some money he lost playing—you guessed it—Sabacc on the planet Nar Shaddaa. With the Falcon full of Nerfs and the Empire on his tail, Han really was herding Nerfs for a short time. It does not appear Leia was going to let him forget that one.