I Have The High Ground

I Have The High Ground

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"I Have the High Ground" is a catchphrase based on a line said by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith . Online, the phrase is often used in Prequel Memes, i.e. jokes regarding Star Wars: Episodes I, II and III.

Origin

"I have the high ground" is a line from the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. During the film's climax, in which the characters Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) duel on the fire planet Mustafar, Obi-Wan leaps over Anakin's head and onto a nearby hill. There he yells, "It's over, Anakin. I have the high ground."



The line has become a fan favorite inspiring memes, jokes, and other media. One of the earliest iterations comes by way of a Lego-themed webcomic on the website Irregular Webcomic,[1] published February 24th, 2006 (shown below).


It's over Anakin! You and your damned aphorisms! have the high ground WHO00M! And now you haven't a leg to stand on You underestimate SLIICE! Actually they were just cutting remarks my power!

Among the first versions of the line as a meme is a Demotivational Poster,. On November 9th, 2009, Motifake user Bartimus[2] posted an image from the scene with the caption "You've Lost."


YOUVE LOST "I have the high ground!" Yes, you win...because you have scurried up the hill. It makes perfect sense Force choke motifake.com

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Since 2013, the phrase "I have the higher ground" has been a popular catchphrase on 4chan's /tv/ board with users referring to it in conversation about Obi-Wan or the prequel trilogy.[6][7][8][9]

On May 26th, 2016, the stop-motion animated television series Robot Chicken parodied the "high ground" scene by having the the character Obi-Wan refer to his ownership of the high ground to justify his morally questionable behavior. Within one year, the clip has more than 2 million views on YouTube.



"I have the high ground" has become very popular on the subreddit /r/PrequelMemes,[5] where the quote is frequently inserted into other meme forms. On February 12th, 2017, Redditor yeezus-christ-[3] shared an Increasingly Verbose Meme (show below, left) using the line, garnering more than 1,300 points (96% upvoted) and 30 comments. That day, another user, ItsJonesyy,[4] posted a three-panel combining the "high ground" scene with images from The Avengers. The post received more than 1,200 points (98 upvoted) and 20 comments in two months.


It's over Anakin. I have the high ground This duel with two lightsabers is over, Anakin Skywalker. I am now in control of the higher ground. This battle between the two of us, who were once Jedi Master and Jedi Padawan, has come to an end. I am now standing on and have gained complete control over the higher ground, which has given me a great advantage that will be near impossible for you to overcome. This fight, which consists of I, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and you, my former Padawan Anakin Skywalker, has more likely than not come to an end. I am standing on, and have gained a significant advantage while jumping onto this ground on which I stand. It is of a higher altitude than the ground which you are currently standing on. Because of this, this duel is over, and I would suggest for you to surrender p me UP I HAVE AN ARMY WEHAVE A Hut IHAVE THE HIGH GROUND

Various Examples


Is Anakin alright Sith lords hate him! This man won a lightsaber duel without having the HIGH GROUND using this simple trick! LEARN THE TRUTH NOVW Andtis is wherel kee my high ground IFI HAD ANY


We weren't expecting the high ground WELL THEN YOU ARE LOST When the high ground hasn't been rendered yet der I have thehigh ground

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External References

[1] Irregular Webcomic – I have the high ground

[2] Motifake via Wayback Machine- YOU'VE LOST – demotivational poster

[3] Reddit – Obi-Wan gains the high ground

[4] Reddit – You can't lose when you have the high ground

[5] Reddit – /r/PrequelMemes

[6] 4chan – /tv/

[7] 4chan – /tv

[8] 4chan – /tv/

[9] 4chan – /tv/

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