He’s Too Dangerous to Be Kept Alive


What does He’s Too Dangerous to Be Kept Alive mean?

He’s Too Dangerous to Be Kept Alive also known as He’s Too Dangerous to Be Left Alive is a line from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” said by Mace Windu.

Online, it is used humorously as an image macro, paired with a screenshot of the scene, usually reacting to something or someone displaying a formidable amount of power, that could pose a danger to society, like an Otaku who Studied the Blade.


What's the origin of He’s Too Dangerous to Be Kept Alive?

The third installment of the Star Wars” prequels, The Revenge of the Sith” premiered in the US on May 12th, 2005. One of the scenes depicts Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker (portrayed bySamuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen respectively) confronting Chancellor Palpatine (played by Ian McDiarmid), not long after he told Anakin The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise.

It is here, when Windu says the line “He’s Too Dangerous to Be Left Alive,” right before getting his hand chopped off and tossed off the building. An early image macro emerged on the r/PrequelMemes subreddit in April, 2017, marking the beginning of the meme usage of the scene.

Spread & Usage

How did He’s Too Dangerous to Be Kept Alive spread?

“He’s Too Dangerous to Be Kept Alive” has spread on to a large number of sites and pages online, including a variety of subreddits, such as r/dankmemes and r/funny as well as Twitter, Tumblr and iFunny.

On October 12th, 2019, a song was uploaded to the YouTube channel RoyishGoodLooks with the title “He’s Too Dangerous! (Emperor Palpatine – Star Wars song)”.

Online, the meme is still popular as a reaction image, as well as a reaction GIF, appearing on a large number of social media sites, while also being referenced as a phrasal template.

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