You Were My Brother, Anakin


What does You Were My Brother, Anakin mean?

You were my brother, Anakin is a memorable quote from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, delivered by Obi-Wan Kenobi in a regretful tone.

This powerful and emotionally-charged line is one of the most memorable quotes from the film and it has since become a popular internet meme. People have made various image macros and photoshops featuring screenshots of the scene, using this iconic quote in clever and humorous ways.

It was the same exact scene that gave us the popular reaction image format; You Were the Chosen One.

Saving my brother from dark side


What's the origin of You Were My Brother, Anakin?

“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” premiered in the United States on May 12th, 2005.

The highly anticipated conclusion to the prequel trilogy is set at the final stages of the Clone Wars, when the Sith take control of the Galactic Republic. The movie depicts the heroic Anakin Skywalker‘s fall from grace and turn to the dark side of the Force.

The final scenes of the motion picture illustrate Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (portrayed by Hayden Christensen) facing off against each other on the planet Mustafar.

Obi-Wan stands poised on the High Ground, giving Anakin a powerful speech, after mutilating him, thanks to his strategic advantage, exclaiming “You Were My Brother, Anakin”. Anakin, furious with his recent dismemberment is boiling on the banks of a lava-filled river, determined for revenge.

This makes for a gripping finale that concludes the prequel trilogy in a way that makes the events of the original Star Wars films all the more significant.

Spread & Usage

How did You Were My Brother, Anakin spread?

“You Were My Brother, Anakin” started being featured in image macros and memes in 2012, becoming more popular with the rise of the Prequel Memes subreddit, and their consequent popularity on other sites across the internet.

The quote usually appears as a reaction image macro, expressing disappointment in someone, one held dear previously. It may also emerge on reaction GIFs, and the occasional YouTube video, containing the snippet from the original movie scene.


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