History Comicbook / XWingSeries

4th Nov '17 9:47:49 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassPrincess: [[spoiler:Plourr Illo]], a [[PrincessClassic fictional]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] who embodies the textbook pop culture image...of a ''[[SpaceMarine space]]'' ''[[SemperFi marine]]''. [[note]]which she is close to literally ''being'', given that Starfighter Command is a branch of the New Republic Navy that uses army-style ranks and the Rogues do an unusual amount of special operations-type work for fighter pilots...[[/note]]


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* PrettyPrincessPowerhouse: [[spoiler:Plourr Illo]], a [[PrincessClassic fictional]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] who embodies the textbook pop culture image...of a ''[[SpaceMarine space]]'' ''[[SemperFi marine]]''. [[note]]which she is close to literally ''being'', given that Starfighter Command is a branch of the New Republic Navy that uses army-style ranks and the Rogues do an unusual amount of special operations-type work for fighter pilots...[[/note]]
15th Oct '17 5:05:27 PM TedlyAnderson
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* SyntheticPlague: Krytos, tailor-made by the Empire to kill non-humans in an impressively squicky fashion.

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* SyntheticPlague: Krytos, tailor-made by the Empire to kill non-humans in an impressively squicky fashion. Designed specifically to exploit multiple weaknesses of the New Republic simultaneously: first, it only targeted non-humans, inflaming species tensions. Second, it could be cured with [[MagicAntidote bacta]], the most common medical treatment in the galaxy—which meant all their bacta supplies went to treating Krytos and caused severe shortages everywhere.
3rd Oct '17 11:39:58 PM SSJMagus
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: (Well, "historical" in the sense that Zsinj's character had been invented by another author a few years earlier). Warlord Zsinj and his lieutenant General Melvar, who previously appeared in ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' as cardboard cutout Imperial villains, are given a NotSoHarmlessVillain upgrade with Allston showing that this stereotypical villainy is just an elaborate act to make their enemies underestimate them. That, each is a LargeHam who ''enjoys'' playing the part of a stereotypical villain.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: (Well, "historical" in the sense that Zsinj's character had been invented by another author a few years earlier). Warlord Zsinj and his lieutenant General Melvar, who previously appeared in ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' as cardboard cutout Imperial villains, are given a NotSoHarmlessVillain upgrade with Allston showing that this stereotypical villainy is just an elaborate act to make their enemies underestimate them. That, and each is a LargeHam who ''enjoys'' playing the part of a stereotypical villain.



** It's also mentioned in Face's past: a fellow cadet stole his clothes and locked him out of his quarters. Subsequently, while running around trying to find something to cover up with, he runs into a superior officer and explains himself by saluting and saying "Major, I regret to report only partial success with the Personal Cloaking Device." The major, despite being described as having "the same sense of humor as a Wookie with a rash", is amused enough not to punish him for being naked in the halls. Even Myn Donos, who was still suffering from PTSD after the loss of his previous squadron at this point, has a faint smile on his face during the story.

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** It's also mentioned in Face's past: a fellow cadet stole his clothes and locked him out of his quarters. Subsequently, while running around trying to find something to cover up with, he runs into a superior officer and explains himself by saluting and saying "Major, I regret to report only partial success with the Personal Cloaking Device." The major, despite being described as having "the same sense of humor as a Wookie Wookiee with a rash", is amused enough not to punish him for being naked in the halls. Even Myn Donos, who was still suffering from PTSD after the loss of his previous squadron at this point, has a faint smile on his face during the story.



* ReversePolarity: Admiral Rogriss does this in ''Solo Command'' to prevent his Interdictor Cruiser crashing into a Victory Star Destroyer (see GameOfChicken). He reverses the polarity of the gravity well projectors to make them repel rather than attract, and pushes off against the VSD, propelling both ships away from each other. Solo's bridge crew note that this [[GravityScrew probably wreaked havoc with the gravity on the Interdictor's decks]].

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* ReversePolarity: Admiral Rogriss does this in ''Solo Command'' to prevent his Interdictor Cruiser crashing into a Victory Star Destroyer (see GameOfChicken). He reverses the polarity of the gravity well projectors to make them repel rather than attract, and pushes off against the VSD, propelling both ships away from each other. Solo's bridge crew note that this [[GravityScrew probably wreaked havoc with the gravity on the Interdictor's decks]]. It also means that the Interdictor requires significant repairs before its gravity well projectors can be used again.



* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: During the final battle of ''Solo Command'', Zsinj inexplicable sends the 181st Fighter Group, his most elite unit, away from the battle to start strafing an already-destroyed colony on Selaggis' moon. Despite it being ridiculously implausible that any of the colonists could have survived when a few years earlier Zsinj had subjected it to ''orbital bombardment by his Super Star Destroyer'', Wedge decides they can't ignore even an infinitesimal chance that innocent people are being slaughtered and sends the Rogues and Wraiths to investigate. Exactly as expected, it's a trap to draw him away from the Iron Fist.

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* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: During the final battle of ''Solo Command'', Zsinj inexplicable inexplicably sends the 181st Fighter Group, his most elite unit, away from the battle to start strafing an already-destroyed colony on Selaggis' moon. Despite it being ridiculously implausible that any of the colonists could have survived when a few years earlier Zsinj had subjected it to ''orbital bombardment by his Super Star Destroyer'', Wedge decides they can't ignore even an infinitesimal chance that innocent people are being slaughtered and sends the Rogues and Wraiths to investigate. Exactly as expected, it's a trap to draw him away from the Iron Fist.
3rd Oct '17 7:22:12 PM Bissek
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Isard responds to the repeated Rogue Squadron pirate attacks on her bacta convoys by sending a ''Victory''-class Star Destroyer to a defenseless colony whose "crime" had been to accept the stolen bacta from the Rogues (in order to cure a plague) since, like a lot of people, they couldn't afford the ridiculously high prices set by Isard and her allies. Isard decides that if the bacta can't be reclaimed, that's because it's given the colonists life; therefore, if she can't take the bacta, she'll take all of their lives.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Isard responds to the repeated Rogue Squadron pirate attacks on her bacta convoys by sending a ''Victory''-class Star Destroyer to a defenseless colony whose "crime" had been to accept the stolen bacta from the Rogues (in order to cure a plague) since, like a lot of people, they couldn't afford the ridiculously high prices set by Isard and her allies. Isard decides that if the bacta can't be reclaimed, that's because it's given the colonists life; therefore, if she can't take the bacta, bacta or payment for it, she'll take all of their lives.
4th Sep '17 11:48:03 AM Ingonyama
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** ''Isard''. When one of her ship captain minions [[HeelFaceTurn betrays her]], her response is to order not just his death, but the death of his girlfriend's ''entire family''; a calmly delivered, easily missable line reveals that she started killing the families of all the ship's crew hours ago. Her management style was mocked in one of the later Wraith Squadron books by a more AffablyEvil villain, who noted that anyone who worked for a capricious psycho like Isard only had one of two things to look forward to: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, or YouHaveFailedMe.[[note]]Of course, Admiral Trigit, the Imp in question, is not much better. He's a BenevolentBoss as long as this are running smoothly, but when the chips are down, he's perfectly willing to sacrifice his Star Destroyer and everyone aboard to [[ItsAllAboutMe save his own sorry ass]].[[/note]]

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** ''Isard''. When one of her ship captain minions [[HeelFaceTurn betrays her]], her response is to order not just his death, but the death of his girlfriend's ''entire family''; a calmly delivered, easily missable line reveals that she started killing the families of all the ship's crew hours ago. Her management style was mocked in one of the later Wraith Squadron books by a more AffablyEvil villain, who noted that anyone who worked for a capricious psycho like Isard only had one of two things to look forward to: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, or YouHaveFailedMe.[[note]]Of course, Admiral Trigit, the Imp in question, is not much better. He's a BenevolentBoss as long as this things are running smoothly, but when the chips are down, he's perfectly willing to sacrifice his Star Destroyer and everyone aboard to [[ItsAllAboutMe save his own sorry ass]].[[/note]]



** In one novel, the Wraiths play a prank that convinces a cantina-full of people that [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Falynn_Sandskimmer Falynn]] was married to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Voort_saBinring Piggy]]. Piggy [[WhatTheHellHero asks]] an ''extremely'' pissed-off Falynn if she would have been so upset if it were, say, her and Face? Surprisingly for this trope, she realizes she's being kind of an unwitting dick to Piggy, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming apologizes, and they agree walk out of the bar holding hands]].

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** In one novel, the Wraiths play a prank that convinces a cantina-full of people that [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Falynn_Sandskimmer Falynn]] was married to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Voort_saBinring Piggy]]. Piggy [[WhatTheHellHero asks]] an ''extremely'' pissed-off Falynn if she would have been so upset if it were, say, her and Face? Surprisingly for this trope, she realizes she's being kind of an unwitting dick to Piggy, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming apologizes, and they agree to walk out of the bar holding hands]].



** Allston also fixes (with LampshadeHanging) a slight continuity error on Stackpole's part, where Corran Horn meets Han Solo for the first time in ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I Jedi]]'', despite having served on his ship during the Zsinj campaign several years earlier. Allston has the pilots have an InUniverse RunningGag that Horn and Solo are the same person, despite being completely diffent physically, because thanks to several coincidences they are never seen at the same time in the same room.

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** Allston also fixes (with LampshadeHanging) a slight continuity error on Stackpole's part, where Corran Horn meets Han Solo for the first time in ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I Jedi]]'', despite having served on his ship during the Zsinj campaign several years earlier. Allston has the pilots have an InUniverse RunningGag that Horn and Solo are the same person, despite being completely diffent different physically, because thanks to several coincidences they are never seen at the same time in the same room.
4th Sep '17 10:46:02 AM Ingonyama
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* EurekaMoment: In ''Wedge's Gamble'', after the initial plan to deactivate Coruscant's shields by taking control of the computer system ends in failure, the Rogues are trying to figure out another way before the invasion has to be called off. When it's mentioned that taking the planet by storm (ie a direct assault in which the shield is broken via orbital bombardment) would be a bloodbath and also leave it difficult at best to ''hold'' the planet afterward, Gavin responds with "That's it! We take the world by storm!" As in, create a giant thunderstorm that will knock out the shields from the inside.



** In ''Wedge's Gamble'', after the initial plan to deactivate Coruscant's shields by taking control of the computer system ends in failure, the Rogues are trying to figure out another way before the invasion has to be called off. When it's mentioned that taking the planet by storm (ie a direct assault in which the shield is broken via orbital bombardment) would be a bloodbath and also leave it difficult at best to ''hold'' the planet afterward, Gavin responds with "That's it! We take the world by storm!" As in, create a giant thunderstorm that will knock out the shields from the inside.
26th Aug '17 2:41:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Stackpole also namedrops a lot of species, events, and places established in other novels. Black Sun from ShadowsOfTheEmpire has a role, for example.

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** Stackpole also namedrops a lot of species, events, and places established in other novels. Black Sun from ShadowsOfTheEmpire Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire has a role, for example.
20th Aug '17 10:58:53 PM GrammarNavi
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--->After reviewing Tycho's flying history (training originally in [=TIEs=], moving to A-wings and X-wings when he moved to the Rebel Alliance) and his performance in ''Literature/IJedi'', I concluded that Tycho's strengths as a pilot might not translate so well to less maneuverable spacecraft. In short, Blades, Y-wings and the lot can't really keep up with the speed of his own physical reactions.

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--->After reviewing Tycho's flying history (training originally in [=TIEs=], moving to A-wings and X-wings when he moved to the Rebel Alliance) and his performance in ''Literature/IJedi'', ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'', I concluded that Tycho's strengths as a pilot might not translate so well to less maneuverable spacecraft. In short, Blades, Y-wings and the lot can't really keep up with the speed of his own physical reactions.
26th May '17 10:16:28 AM CosmicFerret
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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Shortly before they went fully pacifist, the Alderaanians loaded all of their weapons into a cruiser called the ''Another Chance'', crewed it with droids, and sent it off into space with a trio of automated frigates to serve as escorts. The intention was that Alderaan could call the cruiser back if the planet ever needed to rearm. Then the planet got blown up. The Alliance eventually found the ''Another Chance'' and one of the frigates around the time of ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''. [[spoiler:The third frigate had become separated from them and returned to Alderaan, where it saved the Rogues' bacon in ''The Bacta War'']].

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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Shortly before they went fully pacifist, the Alderaanians loaded all of their weapons into a cruiser called the ''Another Chance'', crewed it with droids, and sent it off into space with a trio of automated frigates to serve as escorts. The intention was that Alderaan could call the cruiser back if the planet ever needed to rearm. Then the planet got blown up. The Alliance eventually found the ''Another Chance'' and one of the frigates around the time of ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. [[spoiler:The third frigate had become separated from them and returned to Alderaan, where it saved the Rogues' bacon in ''The Bacta War'']].
26th May '17 7:21:05 AM Hyrin
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** It also doesn't hurt that [[spoiler:General Cracken, a member of the Tribunal and Tycho's greatest critic thus far, declares he's known all along that Tycho wasn't the traitor in Rogue Squadron and was using Tycho's trial to draw out the real traitor.]]


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** Phannan, to a lesser degree, due to people reacting to his cyborg status as opposed to recognizing his talents as a doctor.
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