The Force is strong in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” (courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm 2016)

“I AM your father” might well be Lord Vader’s most famous line. But his most striking line in the new “Rogue One” surely is his groaner of a dad pun.

In the scene, the power-hungry Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) comes before Darth Vader on Mustafar, to offer the lowdown on the Death Star, even as Grand Moff Tarkin is taking credit for Krennic’s work in these darkest of turf wars, putting the “pall” in “office politics.”

Before Krennic is dismissed, his naked ambition begins to show that he has a little too much sniveling skin in this game. Vader, of course, has been known to Force-choke a windpipe in previous films, when someone’s opinion begins to displease him. And so here, the Sith lord telekinetically drives Krennic to his knees and gasping for air, lest the director not see the error of his ways.

Just then, for dramatic effect, Vader turns to his right, reveals his Force-clenching hand and tells Krennic: “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.”

And just like that, Vader has executed the rare double-pun — an uncommon feat for Star Wars villains.

This is the sort of arch, cheesy wordplay we expect from Sean Connery’s James Bond or Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, but not from Grandpa Skywalker. Sure, he has a flair for putting the “dead” in deadpan, but under droll director Gareth Edwards, that’s how he rolls.

The question then becomes, amid Vader’s otherwise dynamic scenes: Dost Darth maul the joke, or do you rather appreciate the pun?

Here are a few of our favorite social-media responses so far:

So does Darth pull off the wordplay? Well, perhaps nothing says “Who’s your daddy?” better than heavily exhaling a dad pun while your aspiring subject is on the edge of expiring.

But just for a glimmering moment, Darth is instead relying on the power of the Farce.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" tells the story of the rebel forces stealing plans for the empire's Death Star, setting the stage for 1977's "A New Hope." The Post's Comic Riffs explains why it's one of the best Star Wars films to date. (Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post)

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