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They Fly Now

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Origin: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Film)

Added 2 years ago by Matt.

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"They Fly Now" is a memorable quote uttered by several characters in the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The line has become the subject of numerous jokes, image macros and criticisms from fans and detractors of Star Wars.

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On November 25th, 2019, the official Star Wars social media accounts released a clip of the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In the clip, several characters are chased by antagonist Stormtroopers, who take flight. Upon liftoff, three characters, C-3PO, Finn and Poe (portrayed by Anthony Daniels, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, respectively) say, "They fly now." On YouTube, the clip received more than 1.2 million views in 24 hours (shown below).



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Following the release of the clip, many online began making jokes about the line. For example, Twitter [1] user @ImMikeMcP posted the line as Seinfeld parody. Within 24 hours, the tweet received more than 9,100 likes and 1,600 retweets (shown below, left).

Some used the line as a way to criticize the film, claiming that bounty hunters and clone troopers within the Star Wars universe have jetpacks. Twitter[2] user @UpToTASK tweeted a confused black girl reaction as if it were a reaction by the bounty hunter the Mandalorian (shown below, center).

Others made jokes about the line, using it as a reaction image. Redditor _Dredex_ [3] posted an image edit replacing the characters' heads with birds, reacting to the first airplane (shown below, right).

Twitter published a Moments page on the use of the line.[4]


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