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"You aren't gonna say you have a bad feeling about this, are you? I hate it when you say that."
―Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[src]

"I have a bad feeling about this" is a well-known phrase in the Star Wars series which has become something of a running gag.

The phrase is spoken twice in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the first of the Star Wars movies to be made, and at least once in each subsequent movie and the LucasArts games based on Star Wars.

The phrase even appears in non-Star Wars-related LucasArts games, such as the Monkey Island series as a tribute.

The expression also varies between "bad bad feeling," "very bad feeling," or "really bad feeling;" and also as "I've got a bad feeling about this."

The A in the "bad," when spoken, is extended, as " I have a baad feeling about this"

Appearances in the Star Wars movies

"I have a bad feeling about this."
―As Obi-Wan Kenobi's first line at the beginning when Kenobi talks to Qui-Gon Jinn onboard Saak'ak
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
Anakin Skywalker at Geonosis in the arena, in reference to the approaching execution beasts
"Oh, I have a bad feeling about this."
Obi-Wan Kenobi talking to Anakin Skywalker as their starfighters approach a large, closing blast door on Invisible Hand
"I have a very bad feeling about this."
Luke Skywalker, when the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star
"I've got a bad feeling about this."
Han Solo, before the walls of the trash compactor start to close in
"I have a bad feeling about this."
Princess Leia, while inside the belly of the space slug, just before the mynocks appear
"Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this."
C-3PO, when entering Jabba the Hutt's palace
"I have a really bad feeling about this."
Han Solo, after the Ewoks capture the strike team

Appearances in the books

  • During the course of his investigation in Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Obi-Wan Kenobi says "I've got a bad feeling about this" after seeing the results of the fight between Anoon Bondara and Darth Maul and questioning the locals about it.
  • In The Clone Wars: Wild Space, Obi-Wan Kenobi experiences a bad feeling when he senses the dark side of the Force swirling about him behind Dex's Diner. Much later in the book, when he foresees the possibility of being in a violent situation after he and Bail Organa jump into Wild Space, Kenobi informs Bail of his misgivings and when Bail responds with skepticism, Kenobi says that he is sure that he has a "bad feeling." Shortly before arriving at their destination, Organa asks Kenobi if he still has that "bad feeling" and Kenobi replies in the affirmative.
  • In Shatterpoint, Nick Rostu interprets one of Mace Windu's lines as "I have a bad feeling about this". Later in the novel, Nick thinks "I have a good feeling about this", partially changing the words but thoroughly changing the meaning.
  • In The Hive, it is said by Jesson Di Blinth.
  • In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, Dooku has a "sudden, unexpected, overpowering and entirely distressing bad feeling about this" when Obi-Wan and Anakin begin to overpower him onboard Invisible Hand.
  • In Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows, Den Dhur asks Laranth Tarak if "it would do any good now to say that I've got a bad feeling about this" while they are their on way to visit a Cephalon. Laranth tells Den to "Consider it indigestion, and deal with it."
  • In The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception, Astri Oddo says about Niro 11: "I don't like this place. There's a bad feeling here."
  • In Death Star, Kornell Divini recalls that Sullustan Den Dhur often said "I've got a bad feeling about this".
  • In The Ruins of Dantooine Luke says "I have a bad feeling about this" after Dusque and Finn receive their briefing from Leia.
  • Galaxy of Fear: Eaten Alive
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Nightmare Machine
  • Galaxy of Fear: Army of Terror
  • The title of A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9 partially quotes the phrase.
  • In The Glove of Darth Vader, C-3PO says "I have a very bad feeling about this, Artoo" when he notices a group of stormtroopers searching for their escape craft. After the stormtroopers find it and destroy it, C-3PO's bad feeling gets worse.
  • In Mission from Mount Yoda, Han Solo says "I have a bad feeling about this" when he spots a septapus.
  • In A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale, Greedo, before his final confrontation with Han Solo, paraphrases the line as "I'm getting a bad feeling."
  • In the Shadows of the Empire novelization Leia says this line as they attempt the unsuccessful rescue of Han Solo from Boba Fett. Later, after Lando rescues Luke from a band of bounty hunters, Lando promptly cuts Luke off as he attempts to utter the line.
  • In X-wing: Solo Command, Tyria Sarkin gave her fellow Wraiths look "I have a bad feeling about this" during their Mission to Saffalore.
  • In The Courtship of Princess Leia, Leia says "I've got a bad feeling about this" when seeing Zsinj's satellites on Dathomir sky.
  • In Tatooine Ghost, Leia says "I'm beginning to have a bad feeling" when talking to Han about their previous conversation with Chimaera (pretending to be imperial crew) and simultaneously attacked their hoverscout by Tusken Raiders.
  • In Heir to the Empire Leia says "I've got a bad feeling about this" before she and Han spot their would-be kidnappers. Later, she also asks why she suddenly has a bad feeling about visiting Lando. Han also says "I've got a bad feeling about this" when he goes into hiding before an Imperial delegation visits Talon Karrde's smuggler base.
  • In Dark Force Rising, Luke says "I have a bad feeling about this" upon discovering Thrawn's cloned troops. Han advises him, "Join the club."
  • Three times in Champions of the Force: C-3PO says "I have a bad feeling about this mission already." Later, Han Solo says "I've got a bad feeling about this" twice in different chapters.
  • In Children of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker says "I've got a bad feeling about this" repeatedly.
  • In Darksaber, Han Solo says "I've got a bad feeling about whatever they're up to." Later, Luke Skywalker says "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • In The New Rebellion, R2-D2 tells C-3PO that he has a "bad feeling" about the modifications that are being performed on Luke's X-wing. Later in the scene, when R2-D2 and C-3PO become the center of attention, C-3PO says that he himself has "a bad feeling about this." When Leia sees Kueller's detonator, she also has a bad feeling about it.
  • At the end of Ambush at Corellia, Luke Skywalker states "I've got a bad feeling about this" after he uses the Force to get a general impression of the emotions of the inhabitants of the Corellian system. Also, Lando says not to say "I've got a bad feeling about this," and says, "something bad always happens when someone says that phrase." And at the end of the book, Lando says "I've got a bad feeling about this" describing the situation of the gravity wells.
  • In Before the Storm, Han states "I've got a bad feeling about this" when he sees Nil Spaar giving a speech on the holomonitor.
  • Uttered by Lando Calrissian in the short story Lando Calrissian: Idiot's Array
  • In Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force, Jacen Solo states "I have a bad feeling about this" when he discovers that his crystal snake had broken out of its cage and when Jaina expresses her belief that a derelict TIE Fighter can be fixed.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: Shadow Academy, Jacen states "I have a bad feeling about this" when he realizes that he, Jaina, and Lowbacca are going to be subject to a kidnapping attempt. Brakiss also has a generalized "bad feeling" about the Jedi trainees while unbeknownst to him, they are in the middle of an escape attempt. He doesn't give voice to this bad feeling, however.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: The Lost Ones Jacen states that he has a "good feeling" about the prospect of finding some space debris to shoot at before the Falcon reverts from hyperspace. Later in the book, C-3PO says "I have a bad feeling about this" after his unsuccessful attempts to comb Zekk's hair. Zekk shares the sentiment but does not say so.
  • In Young Jedi Knights: Crisis at Crystal Reef, the phrase is spoken twice, once by Jacen, before finding out Zekk's ship was stolen by Anja, and by Tenel Ka, before the sea creature attacks the group's minisub.
  • In Vector Prime, Han says "I've got a—" upon seeing the panicked denizens of Sernpidal, only to be interrupted by his son Anakin, who smugly completes the phrase. Han then tells Anakin that he was going to say "—lot to do." During this exchange, the narrator states that "I've got a bad feeling about this" is Han's "trademark line." Later, when Jacen starts to say that Helska 4 is about to explode, the narrator states that Han "got a typically bad feeling about this."
  • In Edge of Victory I: Conquest Jaina Solo tells Anakin and Jacen that she has a bad feeling about Viqi Shesh.
  • In Traitor, Jacen Solo says the line twice while investigating the dark side-infused ruins of the Jedi Temple.
  • In Bloodlines, Mara refers to the line as having "the proverbial bad feeling". Also, later in the same book Leia and Han have a small exchange about the phrase.
  • In Vision of the Future, before meeting Jorj Car'das, C-3PO utters "But I must say, I have a bad feeli-" before being interrupted.

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Appearances in computer and video games

Appearances in television series

Appearances in Star Wars: Clone Wars Micro Series

Appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Appearances in Star Wars: Droids

Appearances in Star Wars: Ewoks

Appearances in Disney/Lucas's Star Tours Attraction

"I have a very bad feeling about this!"
RX-24, just before taking the Starspeeder 3000 into a large comet
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Outside of Star Wars

  • In the 1995 TV movie Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen, Indy is ordered to Berlin in a mission to bribe Anthony Fokker to work for the French. Just before he boards a biplane for Berlin, Charles Nungesser—who will be flying the plane—informs Indy that he must parachute into Germany. To this, Indy says the phrase. The line is also said by Indy in the episode "Austria, March 1917" and the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  • The line is one of the possible lines uttered by Indiana Jones in the Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure attraction as Indy dangles over the riders' transport. The line is uttered as a giant boulder begins rolling toward the jeep.
  • In the episode A Pharaoh to Remember of the popular TV series Futurama, Philip Fry says, "At the risk of sounding cliched, I have a bad feeling about this!".
  • In Resident Evil 4, Leon S. Kennedy says that when he first sees a signpost.
  • In the computer game Doom 3, a man named Frank Cinders says in his PDA message "I've got a really bad feeling about this." Considering that in the sentence before that he used the word "droid" (unlike the usual Doom universe term of "bot"), it is unlikely to be a coincidence.
  • In the console RPG Final Fantasy VI a man says "I have a bad feeling about this..." right before an apocalyptic event within the game. Banon also says "I've got a bad feeling about this." if you let Imperial soldiers get to him in the multi-party battle.
  • In the Xbox first-person shooter Halo, a marine says "I got a bad feelin' about this..." right before his platoon are ambushed by flood. In halo 2, a grunt repeats virtually the same line, "me have bad feeling about this," before his platoon is also ambushed.
  • In the films of indie filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm (a noted Star Wars fan), the phrase appears three times in his debut, the award-winning "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and once in its sequel, "It Came From Another World."
  • Security guards in Half-Life sometimes use the phrase.
  • In BioWare's Mass Effect, the phrase is uttered often and by different characters.
  • In the TV series Big Bang Theory, episode 12, Leonard says "A bad feeling I have about this, hmm" in a Yoda voice.
  • The film Aliens uses the line twice when the marines are in an orbital drop above Acheron LV-426. PFC Frost says "I'm telling you man I've got a bad feeling about this drop," to which PFC Hudson responds, "You always say that Frost. You've always got a 'bad feeling about this drop.'"
  • Lucca, from Chrono Trigger says it in a sewer, before crossing a door.
  • In the BBC TV comedy show "The Mighty Boosh", Bollo the gorilla's catchphrase is "I've got a bad feeling about this".
  • In Stargate SG-1 season 9 episode Avalon, Mitchell says: "You ever get a bad feeling about something?" ... Then in season 10 episode Family Ties, Vala laments this quotable quote: "I have a bad feeling about this." to her father.
  • In the Nintendo 64 video game Star Fox 64, Peppy says "I've got a bad feeling about this." at 'Aquas' level.
  • In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy mutters the phrase at the end just before the room starts spinning and making strange noises.
  • In the MMORPG Runescape, one of the pre-selected QuickChat phrases is "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • In the Sega Genesis game Shining Force II, during King Galam's escape in the light tubes BOWIE says "I have a bad feeling about this!".
  • In Quake 4, Medic Egan from Wolf squad says the phrase during the first level aboard Hannibal.
  • In Battlefield Bad Company a soldier called Sweetwater says the phrase twice during the first mission.
  • In the RPG Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood sometimes Tails says "I have a bad feeling about this"
  • In the fourth season of Lost, which is otherwise full of Star Wars references, a character says the line before being ambushed and killed.
  • In the episode Sharif Returns of the TV series NCIS, Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo says, "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • In the video game Starsiege, the character Harabec Weathers (voiced by Mark Hamill) says "Oh boss, I've got a bad feeling about this!"
  • in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, it is said in the episode "Adventures in Slime and Space".

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