“I’ll be there for you. Cassian said I had to.”K-2SO to Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One was full of great dialogue, but the prize for the best lines goes to K-2SO, voiced by Alan Tudyk. In the theater where I saw Rogue One, many things the reprogrammed Imperial droid said got audible laughs from the audience. His deadpan delivery made what is, arguably, the better film of the new era feel like a Star Wars film should—a fun space romp with a good story to back it up.
He had plenty of others, such as, “Congratulations. You are being rescued.”, and, after seeing another droid model just like him get wrecked by Jyn and Cassian, the disbelieving K-2 says, “Did you know that wasn’t me?”. I have to admit, of all the on-screen character deaths, K-2’s actually made me tear up a bit. Thankfully, K-2 has a role in Disney’s upcoming Cassian Andor spin-off show on Disney+. The show won’t be the same without him.
5. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
“Where is the Rebel Base?”Grand Moff Tarkin, Episode IV: A New Hope
Leia always had a rebellious spirit, but her exchange with Grand Moff Tarkin and her refusal to answer this question—and the destruction of her adopted home planet—galvanizes her into the leader she is destined to become for the rest of the trilogies. Even though his one question above is quoted, the entire exchange between him and Leia in that scene would be my favorite quote because it establishes on-screen, the menace that is the Galactic Empire.
Remember, at this point in the films we haven’t seen the Emperor yet, so the faces of the Empire we learn to hate in chronological order are Vader, and then Tarkin. To solidify his authority, we see in another scene—while Vader is choking out a mouthy subordinate—Tarkin chastises him and the mighty Sith Lord obeys. Not many can tell Vader what to do, so Tarkin’s words carry considerable weight. His dialogue is full of great quotes, even for just one film.