History Film / TheEmpireStrikesBack

5th Mar '17 11:32:50 AM nombretomado
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* ComicBookAdaptation: MarvelComics adapted the film as part of its ongoing ''Star Wars'' comic book, though it was also published separately as a graphic novel.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics adapted the film as part of its ongoing ''Star Wars'' comic book, though it was also published separately as a graphic novel.
5th Mar '17 7:50:08 AM Josef5678
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* AntiVillain / VillainousVirtues : When the ''Falcon'' slips away from his Destroyer, Captain Needa instructs his men to prepare a shuttle. He knows [[BadBoss Vader]] will kill him; he just wants to make sure the Sith Lord's wrath falls exclusively on him.

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* AntiVillain / VillainousVirtues : AntiVillain: When the ''Falcon'' slips away from his Destroyer, Captain Needa instructs his men to prepare a shuttle. He knows [[BadBoss Vader]] will kill him; he just wants to make sure the Sith Lord's wrath falls exclusively on him.
4th Mar '17 8:11:49 PM LBHills
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* BadassNormal: Boba Fett, while operating with very cool technology, is just a normal human yet can still stand up to Vader and order Imperials around.

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* BadassNormal: Boba Fett, while operating with very cool technology, Fett is just a normal human yet can still stand up introduced in this episode. He's the one who leads the Empire to Vader the ''Falcon'' after the entire Imperial Navy fumbles, and order Imperials around.he's the first character who seems resistant to Darth Vader's ambiance of terror.



* IncestSubtext: A pair of DeletedScenes for Luke and Leia are full of this. One UST-laden scene has a near-kiss between Luke and Leia after Luke tries to confess something to her before being interrupted by C-3P0 and a second she gives him a short peck on the lips as she tends to him after he lost his hand.

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* IncestSubtext: A pair of DeletedScenes for Luke and Leia are full Leia, who were TrueCompanions but not yet aware of this.their mutual descent. One UST-laden scene has a near-kiss between Luke and Leia after Luke tries to confess something to her before being interrupted by C-3P0 and a second she gives him a short peck on the lips as she tends to him after he lost his hand.



* TheManBehindTheMan: While it's no surprise now, Palpatine's brief appearance was the first indication there was one for Vader.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: While it's no surprise now, Palpatine's brief appearance the word 'Empire' does imply an Emperor, this movie was the first indication there one that established that Palpatine was one for Vader.a BiggerBad, not just a powerless figurehead.



** Hanís off-screen run-in with a bounty hunter convinces him to leave the rebels.
** Also see IWantThemAlive above. The fact that Vader specifically waves his finger in Boba Fett's face when he says, "No disintegrations," implies that they've had this problem before.

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** Hanís off-screen run-in with a bounty hunter pn Ord Mantell convinces him to leave the rebels.
** Also see IWantThemAlive above. The fact that Vader specifically waves his finger in Boba Fett's face when he says, "No disintegrations," implies that they've had this problem before.Fett must have once [[BlackComedy shown up with a bag of ash and insisted it was the guy he'd been sent for.]]



* PragmaticVillainy: Vader has one moment when he keeps Boba Fett from simply shooting Chewie when the wookie is flailing about trying to resist Han from being put into carbon freezing. Perhaps Vader simply didn't want the mess of a dead wookie to drag out of the chamber and was confident that Han could get Chewie to calm down and spare them the trouble. Or he just wanted Chewie as a prisoner.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Vader has one moment when he keeps Boba Fett from simply shooting Chewie when the wookie Wookiee is flailing about trying to resist Han from being put into carbon freezing. Perhaps Vader simply didn't want prevent Han's doom. He may have been worried about damaging the mess of a dead wookie to drag out of the chamber and was confident freezing equipment, or just felt that Han could get Chewie to calm down and spare them cleaning Wookiee bits off the trouble. Or he just wanted Chewie walls wouldn't be as a prisoner.satisfying as watching his heart break.



** It's possible that The Force lead him to that exact spot, though this is not mentioned in the film. In Creator/TimothyZahn's ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', Luke himself ponders this possibility.

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** It's possible that The the Force lead him to that exact spot, though this is not mentioned in the film. In Creator/TimothyZahn's ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', Luke himself ponders this possibility.
4th Mar '17 8:00:57 PM LBHills
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* AntiVillain: Captain Needa; he knew that going to apologize to Vader would result in his death, [[HeroicSacrifice but by doing so, his men were spared the Sith Lord's anger.]]
* TheAppleFallsFar: Look closely when Luke falls out of the chute on Cloud City and clings to a weather vane; his hand can be seen falling into the atmosphere.
* ApocalypticLog: We hear what [=C3PO=] was thinking all the way up to when he was blasted. A rare example of the writer surviving.

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* AntiVillain: AntiVillain / VillainousVirtues : When the ''Falcon'' slips away from his Destroyer, Captain Needa; he knew that going to apologize to Vader would result in his death, [[HeroicSacrifice but by doing so, Needa instructs his men were spared to prepare a shuttle. He knows [[BadBoss Vader]] will kill him; he just wants to make sure the Sith Lord's anger.]]
wrath falls exclusively on him.
* TheAppleFallsFar: Look closely when Luke falls out of the chute on Cloud City and clings to a weather vane; his severed hand can be seen falling into the atmosphere.
* ApocalypticLog: We hear what [=C3PO=] was thinking all the way up to when he was blasted. A rare example of the writer surviving.recovering.
1st Mar '17 11:32:26 AM SithPanda16
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* BittersweetEnding: The Rebels have survived, Luke has not gone over to the Dark Side (which has deeply disappointed Vader), he and his friends escaped and the view of the galaxy signals that while this story is ending, [[AndTheAdventureContinues the series continues]] -- the fight will go on.



* DisconnectedByDeath: During Vader's teleconference with the Star Destroyers' captains, one hologram image flickers and vanishes after the ship is struck by an asteroid.

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* DisconnectedByDeath: DisconnectedByDeath:
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During Vader's teleconference with the Star Destroyers' captains, one hologram image flickers and vanishes after the ship is struck by an asteroid.



** It's also a bit of a BittersweetEnding, as the Rebels have survived, Luke has not gone over to the Dark Side (which has deeply disappointed Vader), he and his friends escaped and the view of the galaxy signals that while this story is ending, [[AndTheAdventureContinues the series continues]] -- the fight will go on.
1st Mar '17 11:29:29 AM SithPanda16
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*** CurbStompCushion: The Rebels ''do'' manage to take out two [[GiantMecha AT-ATs]], and a Star Destroyer is disabled, breaking the blockade around Hoth and allowing the Rebels to escape and regroup. Although Spencer Ackerman of Wired [[http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/battle-of-hoth/ argued]], if Vader hadn't been so concerned with personally taking Luke, smarter Imperial tactics could have ended the Rebellion right then and there. This argument however, was based largely on several incorrect assumptions regarding the Rebels' deflector shield.


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* CurbStompCushion: The Rebels ''do'' manage to take out two [[GiantMecha AT-ATs]], and a Star Destroyer is disabled, breaking the blockade around Hoth and allowing the Rebels to escape and regroup. Although Spencer Ackerman of Wired [[http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/battle-of-hoth/ argued]], if Vader hadn't been so concerned with personally taking Luke, smarter Imperial tactics could have ended the Rebellion right then and there. This argument however, was based largely on several incorrect assumptions regarding the Rebels' deflector shield.
1st Mar '17 11:27:11 AM SithPanda16
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* TheBadGuyWins: Played with. The Empire crushes the rebels at Hoth, forcing the good guys to flee, but they fail to achieve their primary objectives: Eliminating the rebel army and capturing Luke Skywalker. Additionally, the good guys then get trapped in an asteroid field and then barely escape with their lives. Darth Vader defeats Luke in a lightsaber duel, cutting off his hand but Luke's virtue proves too strong to turn, and Han Solo is captured by Boba Fett and then frozen in carbonite to be taken to Jabba the Hutt. Are you wondering why this film is called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Empire Strikes Back]]'', yet? Despite this, the Empire doesn't exactly win either. Darth Vader's objective-- capture or turn Luke-- is an abysmal failure and, at most, the Empire uprooted the Rebel base at Hoth only for the Rebels to disappear into space again. Ironically, the trope is played straight only for Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, who isn't even in the movie.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Played with. The Empire crushes the rebels at Hoth, forcing the good guys to flee, but they fail to achieve their primary objectives: Eliminating the rebel army and capturing Luke Skywalker. Additionally, the good guys then get trapped in an asteroid field and then barely escape with their lives. Darth Vader defeats Luke in a lightsaber duel, cutting off his hand but Luke's virtue proves too strong to turn, and Han Solo is captured by Boba Fett and then frozen in carbonite to be taken to Jabba the Hutt. Are you wondering why this film is called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Empire Strikes Back]]'', yet? Despite this, Subverted when the Empire doesn't exactly win either. Darth Vader's objective-- capture or turn Luke-- is an abysmal failure and, at most, the Empire uprooted the Rebel base at Hoth only for the Rebels to disappear into space again. Ironically, the trope is played straight only for Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, who isn't even in the movie.
1st Mar '17 11:25:32 AM SithPanda16
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* ActuallyIAmHim: That last little conversation Luke and Vader had. Yoda also does this to Luke, pretending to be a random hermit before revealing himself.

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* ActuallyIAmHim: ActuallyIAmHim:
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That last little conversation Luke and Vader had. had.
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Yoda also does this to Luke, pretending to be a random hermit before revealing himself.



* AdventureRebuff: Yoda's initial response to Luke.

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* AdventureRebuff: Yoda's initial response to Luke.Yoda initially states he cannot train Luke because he has no patience and is reckless.



* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The gravity on the asteroid they land on should be incredibly low. When they are in the ''Falcon'', it can be explained as ArtificialGravity, but later they go outside to investigate and the gravity is still normal.
** Even if it were a large asteroid, for example, Ceres only has 1/36 the gravity of earth.
** Averted. When the ''Falcon'' somersaults into the hole, the hole can be seen moving sideways to meet up with it. When Han takes off after discovering what they're really inside of, he simply turns it around and they are already facing the exit, meaning they were parked (and walking on) the inner wall.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The gravity on the asteroid they land on should be incredibly low. When they are in the ''Falcon'', it can be explained as ArtificialGravity, but later they go outside to investigate and the gravity is still normal.
** Even if it were a large asteroid, for example, Ceres only has 1/36 the gravity of earth.
** Averted. When
normal. Averted when the ''Falcon'' somersaults into the hole, the hole can be seen moving sideways to meet up with it. When Han takes off after discovering what they're really inside of, he simply turns it around and they are already facing the exit, meaning they were parked (and walking on) the inner wall.



* TheBadGuyWins: Played with. The Empire crushes the rebels at Hoth, forcing the good guys to flee, but they fail to achieve their primary objectives: Eliminating the rebel army and capturing Luke Skywalker. Additionally, the good guys then get trapped in an asteroid field and then barely escape with their lives. Darth Vader defeats Luke in a lightsaber duel, cutting off his hand but Luke's virtue proves too strong to turn, and Han Solo is captured by Boba Fett and then frozen in carbonite to be taken to Jabba the Hutt. Are you wondering why this film is called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Empire Strikes Back]]'', yet?
** Ultimately subverted. The heroes don't win this one but the Empire doesn't exactly win either. Darth Vader's objective-- capture or turn Luke-- is an abysmal failure and, at most, the Empire uprooted the Rebel base at Hoth only for the Rebels to disappear into space again. Ironically, the trope is played straight only for Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, who isn't even in the movie.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Played with. The Empire crushes the rebels at Hoth, forcing the good guys to flee, but they fail to achieve their primary objectives: Eliminating the rebel army and capturing Luke Skywalker. Additionally, the good guys then get trapped in an asteroid field and then barely escape with their lives. Darth Vader defeats Luke in a lightsaber duel, cutting off his hand but Luke's virtue proves too strong to turn, and Han Solo is captured by Boba Fett and then frozen in carbonite to be taken to Jabba the Hutt. Are you wondering why this film is called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Empire Strikes Back]]'', yet?
** Ultimately subverted. The heroes don't win this one but
yet? Despite this, the Empire doesn't exactly win either. Darth Vader's objective-- capture or turn Luke-- is an abysmal failure and, at most, the Empire uprooted the Rebel base at Hoth only for the Rebels to disappear into space again. Ironically, the trope is played straight only for Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, who isn't even in the movie.



* BatmanGambit: Vader wants Luke, but after the Hoth evacuation, he has no idea where to start looking for him. Instead, he pursues and captures Han and the others. While capturing them would be of value to the Empire regardless, Vader doesn't even have to bother sending out a villainous threat. He correctly anticipates Luke sensing their suffering through the Force and racing to the rescue.

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* BatmanGambit: BatmanGambit:
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Vader wants Luke, but after the Hoth evacuation, he has no idea where to start looking for him. Instead, he pursues and captures Han and the others. While capturing them would be of value to the Empire regardless, Vader doesn't even have to bother sending out a villainous threat. He correctly anticipates Luke sensing their suffering through the Force and racing to the rescue.
1st Mar '17 11:19:57 AM SithPanda16
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* ActuallyIAmHim: That last little conversation Luke and Vader had.
** Yoda also does this to Luke, pretending to be a random hermit before revealing himself.

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* ActuallyIAmHim: That last little conversation Luke and Vader had.
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had. Yoda also does this to Luke, pretending to be a random hermit before revealing himself.
21st Feb '17 2:09:15 AM DariusAngel
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* YouAreInCommandNow: A TropeNamer from the same conversation that named the below. Vader promotes captain Piett to the rank of admiral just as admiral Ozzel's body hits the ground. Vader says the words in the TropeNamer when he promotes Piett.

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* YouAreInCommandNow: A TropeNamer from the same conversation that named the below. Vader promotes captain Piett to the rank of admiral just as admiral Admiral Ozzel's body hits the ground. Vader says the words in the TropeNamer when he promotes Piett.
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