Fear leads to anger is a phrasal template that refers to a Star Wars quote uttered by Master
Yoda in the episode The Phantom Menace.
Yoda’s wise words are commonly quoted within the Star Wars fandom. The quote is usually featured on image macros and fan-arts.
In edgy internet culture, the quote often appears in sarcastic memes as a snowclone.
Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace premiered in the United States in 1999.
During the movie, Anakin Skywalker is audited in front of the Jedi council. Having not trained his powers, Anakin is unable to hide his thoughts and calm his emotions.
Yoda confronts Anakin and asks if he is scared, Anakin says no, but the council already knows differently. Anakin misses his mother and is afraid to lose her. He doesn’t understand why fear is a bad thing though.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Alongside with “May the force be with you”, fear leads to anger is one of the most frequently quoted quotes from the Star Wars saga.
Naturally, memes about the quote originally started to spread on fan forums, as well as on Reddit, 9gag, Imgflip and other meme sharing websites.