Quotes or Should I say Misquotes?

“With great power, comes great responsibility.” A staple of Spider-Man mythology, or is it? What could be described as a Mandela Effect to some people, the original context and quote was “And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power must also come–great responsibility!” The line did not even come from Uncle Ben himself.

I have to argue that for some fans the former would not be entirely inaccurate. The reason for this is that the 90’s animated Spider-Man Series as well as 2002’s Sam Raimi Spider-Man both utilized the original quote and credited to Uncle Ben’s philosophy. In reality it doesn’t matter though, this is Peter Parker’s mantra and lives by it through and through.

Another example of this can be seen from the original Star Trek series. You may have used it several times as a joke with friends, and not even realized it. The quoted line “Beam me up, Scotty!” may not get you anywhere, or at least won’t score you any points with those detail oriented nerds out there.

You may be convinced that the line is in the series, however in not a single one of the 79 episodes, does that line get spoken. Similar lines are mentioned and uttered but not formatted in that way. Plenty of people sharing it and referencing it, did not slow it down or help it get corrected. In fact it seems that even James Doohan, the original Scotty, embraced it and titled his autobiography after the line.

Now that I have given a couple examples you may already be onto where I am going to finish this point. Possibly the most famous [nerdy] misquote of them all; “Luke, I am your father!” I bet you can even hear James Earl Jones saying the line in your head. However this caused is years of brainwashing from society & peers convincing us that is the line.

The exactly dialog is “No, I am your Father!” This is in response to Luke just prior telling Darth Vader that he [Vader] had killed his father. Before everyone jumps on board with the dark father translation hype train, let’s just take a minute to be reminded that it is not the correct translation and was not the original intention of the name. Go ahead and google that one.

I will wrap this up by saying that while these quotes might be mangled modifications of the original works, it does not change the impact that they have and the legacies they have made.

2 thoughts on “Quotes or Should I say Misquotes?”

  1. So true! Some of the most parroted quotes from movies are actually misquoted. An oldie but a baddie: Mae West never said “Come up and see me sometime.” 😉

    1. Thank you for taking the time to respond. There were definitely too many to include them all on the post, but great call out.

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