Only a Sith deals in absolutes refers to a memorable quote from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Online, it is mainly used as a reaction image macro, to critique the confidence with which people proclaim things with certainty.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith premiered in the United States on May 12th, 2005.
Toward the end of the film, Anakin tells Obi-Wan (portrayed by Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor respectively) that if he’s not with him, he’s against him.
Obi-Wan react to this with the line “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”.
The meme format started emerging on the internet in the early 2010’s, appearing on sites like Facebook, Reddit and 9GAG.
“Only a Sith deals in absolutes” garnered larger attention after 2016, as the r/PrequelMemes subreddit was launched, collecting prequel memes like “Is It Possible to Learn This Power?” and “I Love Democracy”.
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