Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes

Meaning

What does Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes mean?

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.

The meme is similar to the Only Villains Do That format.

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Origin

What's the origin of Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes?

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”.

Spread & Usage

How did Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes spread?

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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