Hello There! General Kenobi!

Meaning

What does Hello There! General Kenobi! mean?

Hello there! General Kenobi! is a popular line of dialogue from the 2005 “Star Wars” film “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

The line is spoken by the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and is replied to by the cyborg villain General Grievous, as the Jedi attempts to confront the General.

The line has become a popular reference used in remixes, parodies, and memes online, most often used for comedic effect due to the contrast between the brief, pointed exchange of dialogue and the action-packed climactic scene it is taken from.

Hello there, General Kenobi

Origin

What's the origin of Hello There! General Kenobi!?

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” the sixth instalment of George Lucas‘ space opera saga, premiered in the United States on May 16th, 2005.

The film featured an iconic scene in which Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) confronts the villainous General Grievous (voiced by Matthew Wood) with the phrase “Hello there!” to which the villain exclaims ravished “General Kenobi!”.

This scene quickly became a popular meme and was parodied numerous times, with one of the earliest versions appearing on YouTube on August 22nd, 2007, when the user Thereisnospoon303 uploaded a comedic version with added sound effects.

Spread & Usage

How did Hello There! General Kenobi! spread?

In 2014, Prequel Memes started to rise on social media sites such as Tumblr, Imgur and Reddit, in the form of GIFs and image macros.

The viral phrase “Hello there! General Kenobi!” began to spread across these pages and garnered a lot of attention. By 2017, it had become highly popular in the r/PrequelMemes subreddit, eventually becoming the most used style of content in this particular corner of Reddit.

To continue its spread, the meme moved onto another platform in 2019; TikToks began being created that featured the famous phrase, thereby introducing this meme to an even wider audience.

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