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Younglings refers to jokes made about Anakin Skywalker's murder of young Jedi in training while executing Order 66 in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith that spread with the rise of Prequel Memes.
In 2005's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker murders a room of young Jedi, aka Younglings, at the order of Chancellor Palpatine (shown below).
As the film grew into a target of derision and ironic fandom, jokes about the scene began appearing online. An image that paired the scene with the Stahp meme was posted to Know Your Meme on September 28th, 2012 (shown below, left). On February 10th, 2013, IGN user LeCambrioleur posted an image macro referencing the scene on the site's forums (shown below, right).
The spread of jokes about the scene coincided with the rise of Prequel Memes in late 2015. Of these, two formats were most prominent: either the scene was referenced in an existing meme template (example shown below, left), or the scene itself was turned into an exploitable (example shown below, right).
The scene has continued to be referenced in jokes throughout mostly Reddit in recent years. For example, Facebook meme page Youngling-core uploaded a This Is Where the Fun Begins joke on December 7th, 2016, gaining over 590 likes and reactions (shown below, left). Redditor shouldibeawake4this posted a Cat In The Hat variation to /r/dankmemes on February 13th, 2017, gaining over 1,300 points (shown below, right).
 Know Your Meme – Skywalker Stahp
 IGN – Anakin killing the younglings
 Facebook – Youngling-core post
 Reddit – Cat In the Hat Joke
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