The greatest works of pop culture are also the most insanely quotable. We all love to swap lines of dialogue from our favorite books, movies and TV shows — but too bad we usually get them wrong. Here are 12 famous quotes — that are actually misquotes.
The Wizard of Oz is remembered for a lot of things, like being the first movie shown in Technicolor. But it's also remembered for long-lived lines like "I'm melting!" or "fly my pretties!" But the above line of dialogue isn't what Dorothy actually says. The real line is "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."People just don't speak like they're from the late '30s anymore — not like they used to.
This one is a bit different, since it actually does get spoken in the first big Spider-Man movie — but it's still a misquote, of sorts. Spider-Man is famous for having a wise old uncle, who gets gunned down by a criminal that Spidey failed to stop. And it's Uncle Ben's famous words "With great power comes great responsibility" that made him a cultural icon. But despite always ending up dead, Uncle Ben lucked out in a way — because in the original story he never says that line. It's actually a narration caption, making it more like the voice of God (known in some circles as Stan Lee).
Bela Lugosi played Dracula in the adaptation that arguably popularized the blood-sucking king of vampires, but the thing most people don't realize is that this Dracula isn't as up-front about his intentions as many seem to think. In fact, he never utters the famous(ly cheesy) line "I vant to suck your blood!" He's much more suave when it comes to his feeding.
Let's be honest — the pinnacle of literary achievement was obviously the European translation of Japan's legendary video game Zero Wing. Thought you've never heard of it? Well, do the words "all your base are belong to us" sound familiar to you? Thought so — but that's actually not the line most people screw up. Actually, it's the line that starts off one of the oldest Internet joke-videos that gets ruined. "Somebody set us up the bomb," obsessed fans decreed at the turn of the millennium. But in truth the broken English actually said "Somebody set up us the bomb." Easy mistake, right? You should have known better than to try and make this sentence make sense.
In Macbeth, the very first scene involves the three witches brewing up some concoction while chanting some kind of spell. "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble," they say — while adding in such choice items as eye of newt and tongue of dog. But unless you're in an episode of DuckTales, you'd be screwing the spell up. The real three witches actually say "Double, double, toil and trouble/fire burn and cauldron bubble." Write that one down in your potions book.
Gandalf gets a lot of great lines, and is arguably the most epic wizard of all time. As such, it's a travesty against nature and the soul of J. R. R. Tolkien to misquote him. Unfortunately, many people manage to screw up one of his most iconic moments: when he tells the fellowship to "Fly, you fools" after sacrificing himself against the Balrog. Most people tend to say "Run, you fools" instead — probably because neither Hobbits, Dwarves, Humans, nor Elves actually have the ability to fly.
The actual line from Jaws is, "You're going to need a bigger boat." Which is more wry and sarcastic. [Thanks, SmashTheCrease!]
The evil queen and her mirror are legend among many vain children (and now many adults) — but most people seem to get her question wrong. The Queen doesn't repeat the word "mirror" — that would be redundant, and the queen clearly doesn't waste her time messing around. No, instead she acknowledges the mirror's mystical nature as well as the singular nature of her superior by saying "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"
This is the best comeback to bust out with, if someone tries to manhandle (or rather, ape-handle) you. It's forceful and stylish, to quote a classic movie like that. But beware who you insult, because if they're a film buff, they'll just laugh. Their reason? Because the line is "Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" Obviously you have to be more forceful by saying "take" instead of "get."
Sherlock Holmes is renowned for one line above all others, and its fame is only matched by how patronizing it is: "Elementary, my dear Watson." But did you really think Sherlock actually ever uttered such a phrase? How quaint your meager intelligence is. In truth, all it took was a little sleuthing to figure out that while the famed detective says "Elementary" and "My dear Watson" on multiple occasions, the closest he ever gets to saying them is in reverse of the famous order, separated by multiple other words in between. You can check The Crooked Man yourself and see how elementary it is yourself.
This is possibly the most famous quote from the original Star Trek — or at least, it's up there with "I'm a doctor, not a —-" and "He's dead, Jim." And Kirk never says these exact words. William Shatner spent years explaining to anyone who would listen that this is a fake quote — until he finally gave up and decided to embrace it. Kirk does say "Scotty, beam us up" in Star Trek IV, which is close.
Darth Vader never says those exact words — even though they're quoted that way constantly, including in some books about Star Wars. Vader also never says "Luke, I am your father." Here's the complete conversation:
VADER: If you only knew the power of the dark side. Obi-Wan never told
you what happened to your father.
LUKE: He told me enough! He told me you killed him.
VADER: No. I am your father.
LUKE: No. No. That's not true! That's impossible!
VADER: Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
LUKE: No! No! No!
VADER: Luke. You can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is
your destiny. Join me, and we can rule the galaxy as father and son.
Come with me. It's the only way.