You Probably Don't Recognize Me Because of the Red Arm

You Probably Don't Recognize Me Because of the Red Arm

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Updated May 03, 2017 at 12:18PM EDT by Don.

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"You probably didn't recognize me because of the red arm" refers to a quote by the character C-3PO from the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Online, people have made jokes about the line because C-3PO looks relatively exactly the same, despite having a mysterious red arm.


"You probably didn't recognize me because of the red arm" is a quote from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the film, C-3PO interrupts a reunion between former lovers Han Solo and Princess Leia. However, C-3PO mistakes Solo's surprise to see Leia, who is standing directly behind the droid, for his inability to recognize C-3PO, which he blames on his new, mysterious red arm.

Much speculation has been made about the origins of C-3PO's red arm, and Disney answered the mystery in a 2016 comic book set before the events of The Force Awakens. According to Uproxx:[1]

It turns out he gets the arm from the Imperial droid he’s been escorting, who sacrifices itself to protect him and let Threepio fulfill his mission. The droid is sick of the memory wipes, the lack of free will, and the actions it has to take, and makes the only decision it’s really allowed to. The arm, it turns out, is a memory of sacrifice from an unlikely friend, and a tribute to what Threepio, of all characters, has to struggle with.

On April 30th, 2016, Redditor Marcusbolt[4] posted one of the earliest Red Arm memes to the Star Wars-themed subreddit /r/PrequelMemes. In this image (shown below), Obi-Wan Kenobi confronts General Grevious and reveals that he has a red arm. The post received more than 4,200 points (95% upvoted) and 100 comments in 24 hours.

Hello there ?99 It's me, Genera Kenobi. You probably didnt recognize me because of the red arm


On May 1st, 2017, the quote became the subject of numerous memes as members of the /r/SequelMemes subreddit flooded the subreddit /r/PrequelMemes with jokes about the red arm. Many of these memes have since been removed by moderators, but there continues to be discussion about the raid with several threads and memes referencing the event.

RED ARM MEMES MEMES ABOUT RED ARM MEMES Anakin, red arm memes are sequel memes! From my point of view, red arm memes are prequel memes!! Well then you are lost!

One of the most popular Red Arm memes appeared on /r/PrequelMemes[3] at this time. This one again features a scene from the Star Wars prequels, only to reveal one character, Anakin, has a red arm. The post has received more than 23,600 points (78% upvoted) and 390 comments in 24 hours.

I haven't seen her in ten years, Master She hardly even recognized me Jar Jar it's probably because of my red arm

On May 2nd, moderators of /r/PrequelMemes announced that they would "Execute Order 66" and "eliminate" all red arm memes.[2] The wrote:

Red arm memes are against the rules and will be removed to ensure subreddit integrity. This will also include meta posts about the "Red Arm" phenomenon. Thank you all who voted, I too love democracy.

Various Examples

rlpre@uelmemes! It is l, a prequue You probably-dom ec ognize me because of the red armm The senate will decide your fate I am the Senate. Ah I am sorry Mr. Senate I almost didn't recognise you because of the red arm Written and Directed by GEORGE LUCAS LUKE? -1 ITS ME YOUR FATHER, YOU PROBABLY DIDNITRECOGNISEME BECAUSEOFTHERED ARM

That's no moon... That's a space station @starwars.wookiee You probably didn't recognize me because of the red arm. Ani? Ani, is it you? Yés, you probably didn't recognize me because of the red arm YOU ARE ON THIS SUBREDDIT BUT WE DO NOT GRANT YOU THE RANK OF PREQUEL MEME HOW CAN YOU BE ON THE SUBREDDIT AND NOT BE A PREQUEL MEME TAKE A SEAT!

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External References

[1] Uproxx – Why Does C-3PO Have A Red Arm? We Finally Know The Answer

[2] Reddit – Execute Order 66: All Red Arm Memes will be eliminated


[4] Reddit – Hello there

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