Execute Order 66

Execute Order 66

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"Execute Order 66" is a line said by Chancellor Palpatine in _Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith that sparked numerous image macros in the years following its release and resurfaces amidst the Star Wars Episode III meme revival in early 2017.


In the 2005 film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine, who has been revealed to be the evil Darth Sidious, issues "Order 66" to his army of clone troopers. This causes the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic turned against their Jedi commanders and terminate them, bringing about the destruction of the Jedi Order.

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Shortly after the film's release, "Order 66" appeared on Urban Dictionary, [1] where the top definition, submitted by Alex Brak, referenced the film and gave some historical context for Order 66's precedent in the Nazi regime.

TOP DEFINITION order 66 Hitler's Commando Order (Kommandobefehl in German) that was secretly distributed to high command, ordering that all irregulars (ie. commandos) captured be handed over to the Sicherheitsdienst (SD: intelligence arm of the SS) for interrogation and execution. Used in common speech as a reference to eradicating a group of (usually valiant) people. It has recently surfaced in popular culture in the George Lucas film Star Wars Episode lI: Revenge of the Sith, when Emperor Palpatine orders his Stormtroopers to "execute order 66", which is the instruction to kill all Jedi. The bastard put an order 66 on his friends." by Alex Brak June 02,2005

In the following years, "Order 66" was a popular reference in Star Wars-related image macros and advice animals.


In his review of the film, Mr. Plinkett expressed bewilderment at "Order 66," eventually deciding that director George Lucas must have chosen "Order 66" because he wanted a number that sounded evil, but "Order 666" would be too obvious and "Order 6" would be too small (shown below).

"Execute Order 66" has remained a popular Star Wars Episode III reference and has steadily been used with various templates and image macros in the 12 years since its release.

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KIDS REACT TO: Order 66 EXECUTE ORDER quickmeme.com I gave this big, beautiful order, you've never seen an order like this order 66, a-a-a-and some of my best friends, my really good force sensitive Jedi friends, are saying "this is a brilliant idea, we think this is a good idea, its the smartest idea anybody has ever had this is will bring a beautiful, wonderful balance to the force." Michael Phelps looks like Palpatine just told him to execute Order 66. When you hear "execute order 66" and all of the clones look at you funny.ce BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH Or as we Jedi know it: ORDER 66

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