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anonyjelly16's avatar

Why is Captain Ackbar's "It's a trap" line such a big deal?

Asked by anonyjelly16 (747points) May 31st, 2008

I don’t get it. Why are so many people so into this line? Can someone point out what I am missing?

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phoenyx's avatar

Probably because so many situations come up (especially online) where it applies (phishing, 419 scams, rickrolling, etc.)

Also, I hear the cereal is delicious.

El_Cadejo's avatar


Nah its mainly because of 4chan. Traps are another word for hermaphrodites. So it comes up in situations where someone posts what seems to be a picture of a hot girl but shes really got a penis. Trap.

marinelife's avatar

@phonyx That was hilarious! Thanks.

marinelife's avatar

@atharkhan But you demoted him.

lefteh's avatar

Why are cats with bad grammar so enthralling?
Why is Domo-kun known outside of Japan?
Why are motivational posters so damn funny?

Questioning Internet memes is dangerous. The world is liable to explode.

marinelife's avatar

@lefteh First you display an astonishingly deep knowledge of presidential history and now you use the word memes! That is so hot.

PupnTaco's avatar

Slurry-talking marine Admirality is always awesome. Especially with flopping rubber fins.

Arglebargle_IV's avatar

It’s a shame that a slang-term for hermaphrodites is being used in such negative humor. Smacks of homophobia to me. I’m not saying anyone is or is not gay. Trans-gendered people are too often associated with homophobia.
Some of that hasn’t come out quite right.
I’m trying to stand up against the de-humanization of transgendered (gay, straight or indifferent, for that matter) people—simply because ‘they’ may be different or we don’t understand them.
I will get off my soapbox now. Thank you for your brief attention. Remember ‘people’ may come in more shapes and sizes than exist in your philosophy.

elchoopanebre's avatar

It’s Admiral Ackbar not Captain Ackbar.

And out of all of you, uberbatman is the most correct- it’s a 4chan meme.

bluemukaki's avatar

Concentrate all fire on that super infinite question!

@Arglebargle_IV: Only the 4channers, I think it’s funny because he’s so goofy looking…

phoenyx's avatar

My friends and I were quoting it in back in high school, when the internet was just a bunch of academics. Of course, we also the types who played the Star Wars role-playing game during lunch period, so it probably was 4chan that made it popular.

anonyjelly16's avatar

Wow.. I just realized that I said “Captain Ackbar” instead of “Admiral Ackbar.” That was a slip—we used to call my uncle “Captain Akbar” (his name was Akbar and he was a Captain). You can see a picture of him here:

Heh… that was funny…. “Captain Ackbar…” ha ha ha… its a trap!

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

It really was a trap!

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