Anakin Skywalker-Padmé Memes Have Us Silently Realizing the Truth

Star Wars fans are mixed on the early 2000s prequels. Some think they added necessary context to the saga; others view the films as corny cash grabs filled with poorly aged CGI. Both are at least partially true, and the movies will probably be debated forever. In the meantime, however, the internet mines them for memes.

The latest viral sensation comes from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in a scene between young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman). It all started with a post from Instagram account @_starwarsmemes66_ on, you guessed it, May 4 (aka Star Wars Day).

It’s not direct dialogue from Star Wars Episode II, but it foreshadows Anakin’s evil turn. It feels even more applicable in 2021, of course, with so much global suffering and death and genuine evil in the world. Memes don’t really have to go that deep, but this one does almost accidentally. Or maybe that’s a projection. You decide.

Either way, the four-panel meme is a classic, and the post opened the flood gates on social media over the next several weeks. Like most good memes, it’s universal (and not just in a space travel sense). Everyone can relate to eagerly asking for details before the truth silently hits you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to a friend, family member, or even yourself—sometimes the simplest and harshest realizations just wipe the eager smile off your face. It’s a little dark, sure, but it makes for some good memes.

Here are some of the rest of our favorites.