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[-[[caption-width-right:350:'''Luke Skywalker:''' I am a Jedi, like my father before me.]]-]


[[folder: Luke Skywalker has returned to \\
his home planet of Tatooine in \\
an attempt to rescue his \\
friend Han Solo from the \\
clutches of the vile gangster \\
Jabba the Hutt.\\
Little does Luke know that the \\
GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly \\
begun construction on a new \\
armored space station even \\
more powerful than the first \\
dreaded Death Star.\\
When completed, this ultimate \\
weapon will spell certain doom \\
for the small band of rebels\\
struggling to restore freedom \\
to the galaxy... ]]

''Return of the Jedi'' [[note]]Also known as ''Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi''[[/note]] is a 1983 film that completed Lucas' planned SpaceOpera trilogy and closed the door on the ''Franchise/StarWars'' film series until ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Lucas still didn't direct but did involve himself more closely in the production this time.

Luke Skywalker and company confront Jabba the Hutt to rescue Han Solo, still frozen in carbonite. With the gauntlet being thrown down by the Empire, the Rebel Alliance regroups to deal with the building of a new Death Star. A strike team is sent in to disable defenses and find unexpected allies in the primitive Ewoks, while the main fleet engages the superstructure in orbit. Luke finds himself drawn to conclude his rivalry with Darth Vader and confront the Emperor, with the fate of the galaxy and the Jedi legacy in the balance.

[[CashCowFranchise The success of the first two films]] made the success of this one less of a worry. In fact, keeping the budget under control was one of the biggest issues. It turned out that locations were overcharging the production of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', knowing it was the next ''Star Wars'' film. So the crew pretended to pitch the film to locations as a B horror movie, "Blue Harvest". Other problems were creative. Lawrence Kasdan wanted a [[DownerEnding darker ending]]. Creator/HarrisonFord wanted Han to have a HeroicSacrifice (although that might have rendered the entire arc in Jabba's palace [[ShootTheShaggyDog meaningless]]).

It was considered as the final chronological chapter of the ''Star Wars'' saga for three decades [[TrilogyCreep until]] Creator/{{Disney}}'s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 announced the production of the long-awaited sequel trilogy that began in 2015 with ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.

Followed in production order by ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.

'''Please move any character tropes to the proper [[Characters/ReturnOfTheJedi character page]].'''

!!''Return of the Jedi'' provides examples of:

* TwoDSpace: During the space portion of the Battle of Endor, all of the participants operate under this principle. The Death Star, along with the Rebel and Imperial fleets, are arrayed on a narrow plane parallel to the surface of the moon of Endor. ''Nobody'' appears to consider the possibility of moving in any direction other than towards the Death Star or the Imperial fleet formation. Even lateral movement away from the two Imperial obstacles is seemingly unfathomable. Also, During landing at Endor, Luke's party and the stormtroopers ignored that ''there is a sky'' right above them, and it nearly ends disastrously for Luke's party.
* ActingUnnatural: During the approach to Endor in a stolen Imperial shuttle with a Star Destroyer watching their every move, Han tells Chewbacca: "I don't know... fly casual."
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene:
** Luke and Leia's conversation about their mother where Luke reveals to her that they're brother and sister, and Vader is their father.
** Vader and Luke's verbal duel on Endor. In that scene, Luke shows just how much he has matured in how he can fight with logic and rhetoric against his father with as much skill as with his lightsaber to the point that ''Vader'' now has to fend off Luke's mind games.
** Luke being brought before the Emperor is this up until Luke's rage at the Rebellion falling apart in the battle boils over and he draws his saber on the Emperor.
** Vader's funeral pyre at the end, establishing a sense of closure on Luke and his feelings towards his father before going on to the big celebration scene.
* AerialCanyonChase: Flying into the Death Star, seeing as the ''Millennium Falcon'' is a rather skinny ship despite its width, whereas most Imperial fighters are as wide as they are tall.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** Vader's RedemptionEqualsDeath scene at the end.
** The Rancor's death, with its handler weeping over its body. It even whimpers pitifully as it dies. The novelization expands on this, with Luke realizing that not only is the Rancor just an animal following its instincts, but that it's been malnourished, mistreated, and abused just so it will be more vicious when Jabba decides to feed people to it for entertainment. Luke rationalizes that the best way to deal with it would be to give it the means to put itself out of its misery, but that the beast can't comprehend that level of mercy, so Luke ''has'' to [[MercyKill kill it]].
** The TIE Interceptor pilot that was following the ''Millennium Falcon'' as it flees the destruction of the death star. Normally, the TIE Interceptor is fast enough in sublight to easily overtake the ''Falcon'', but with no room to maneuver (and likely no plans loaded into the navigation), the poor pilot has no choice but to follow the much slower YT-1300 out of the Death Star... he doesn't make it.
* AllThereInTheManual: Even though the names Ewoks and Palpatine are widely known, they are never uttered once in this movie. They are only known through merchandising and ExpandedUniverse literature. Palpatine's name is first mentioned in the novelization of ''A New Hope'' and would at least get his name mentioned in the movies once the prequels came out.
* AndIMustScream: In the novelization, Han describes the carbon freezing as "not just sleeping, but a big wide awake nothing."
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: When the Emperor dies (including the NationsOfTheWorldMontage in the Special Edition).
* AndYourLittleDogToo:
-->'''Vader:''' If you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will.\\
'''Luke:''' [[BigNever NEVER!]]
* AnimalMotifs: The director's commentary mentions that the window in Palpatine's room on the Death Star is designed to resemble a spider's web, because the Emperor is the plotter at the center.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Yoda, and then Anakin, become one with the Force.
* AssuranceBackfire: When Han Solo prepares to ambush a group of Stormtroopers on the forest moon, he tells Luke and Leia "Relax, it's me." They roll their eyes, telling the viewers succinctly that that's exactly what they're worried about.
* TheAtoner: Lando Carlissian, after his deceptiveness led to Han being imprisoned in frozen carbonite, lends his aid on Tattooine as well as leading the Rebel fleet.
* AttackPatternAlpha: All over the place during the Battle of Endor.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Han and Leia at the end of the film.
* BatmanGambit: Emperor Palpatine. So the Rebel Alliance was willing to risk everything to destroy the first Death Star? Good...
* BecauseDestinySaysSo:
** Obi-Wan tells Luke he must face Vader again because they are fated to duel.
** Palpatine tells Luke it is his destiny to join the Dark Side.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Ewoks. Little teddy bear-like aliens who beat Imperial troops to death with clubs and blow up [=AT-STs=] with [[RockBeatsLaser primitive traps made from ropes and logs]].
* BigBad: Emperor Palpatine oversees the construction of the second Death Star and sets up a trap to eliminate the entire Rebel Alliance. The Emperor also plays off Luke's emotions and desires to try and turn him to the Dark Side.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Two thirds of the finale are the rebels on Endor trying to destroy the shield around the death star, and the rebel fleet in space trying to last against the imperial fleet until that shield goes down.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ironically, the Ewoks were these when the Rebels were ambushed by Imperial forces by the shield generator.
* BigNever: Luke, when Vader threatens to turn Leia to the Dark Side instead of him.
* BigNo: The new Blu-Ray edition of the film adds a "No...'''NO!'''" (supposedly as a retroactive callback to ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'') when Vader throws Palpatine to his death.
* BilingualBonus: Nien Nunb, Lando's co-pilot, speaks a Kenyan dialect called Haya. The lines were delivered by Kipsang Rotich, a Kenyan student living in the US, and are actually correct Hayan translations of the English text.
* BondVillainStupidity:
** Jabba's love of theatrics backfires with both the Rancor pit and the Sarlacc. In the Rancor's case, the concept is sound but the switch that controls the gate was left within reach of its victims. With the Sarlacc, he insists on executing Luke and company in the most dramatic way possible despite having just seen another GladiatorGames-style demise fail.
** Palpatine plans his strategy around breaking the morale of the Rebellion before destroying them utterly, which he sees as a means to the end of turning Luke to the Dark Side. At no point does he take into account the possibility that the Rebels might defeat his inefficiently deployed fleet, nor that Anakin might not like seeing his son tortured to death in front of him.
* BondingOverMissingParents: Luke and Leia's conversation on Endor where they realize they're twins.
* BookEnds:
** The first and last lightsabers de/activated onscreen in the original trilogy are both Luke's: Anakin's former lightsaber (the first ever activated onscreen) in ''Film/ANewHope'', and his own in this movie.
** Linking ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and this film, a Sith Lord is defeated by a Jedi wielding a green-bladed lightsaber.
* BoomHeadshot: Han scores one while fighting off the Stormtroopers at the Empire's bunker on Endor.
* BreakThemByTalking: Palpatine tries to do this to Luke on the Death Star. He does a good enough job to goad Luke into trying to attack him, at which point Vader steps in.
* CallBack:
** "I love you." "I know."
** In the last movie, after Han rescued Luke, he says "That's ''two'' you owe me, junior!" After he gets saved by Luke, he tells him "Now, I owe ''you'' one."
** Luke successfully deflects several blaster bolts in the Sail Barge fight and at the end of the speeder bike chase.
** Chewie is cuffed and led to a prison as part of a plan to rescue someone currently detained. Just like in ''A New Hope''.
* CapturedOnPurpose: Chewie pretends to be captured by a bounty hunter to get into Jabba's palace. It's unstated how many others in the rescue team got deliberately captured or were just adjusting the plan accordingly.
** After realizing that Vader can sense his presence, Luke turns himself in on Endor, hoping that the Empire won't notice the rest of the team.
* CaughtInASnare: Luke, Han, Chewie, and the droids get caught in a net trap set up by the Ewoks.
* CharacterDevelopment: At this point in the saga Luke has completed his training with Yoda. It shows; he's become a patient, disciplined warrior who can match Darth Vader physically and intellectually. One notable example goes to Luke using the Force to lift C-3PO after his inability to lift his X-Wing in the previous film.
* ChaseScene: Luke and Leia are sneaking through the forests of Endor, looking to find the secret Imperial base, only to get caught by two Stromtroopers, who board hover-bikes and speed away to inform the Empire of the Rebels' whereabouts. From there, the two heroes board their own bikes and dodge hundreds of trees in their ways to take down the two Stormtroopers, although Leia ends up separated from Luke and the main Rebel group in the process.
* ChekhovsSkill: C-3P0's interpreter skills come in handy when the Rebels recruit the Ewoks to their side against the Empire.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Any droids that displease Jabba the Hutt are sent to be branded and burned as punishment. Don't ask how exactly the droids feel pain.
* ColorMotif: The tradition of white clothes signifying good amd black clothes signifying evil continues with Luke. For most of the film, he seems dangerously close to the Dark Side, and wears all black, but after he finally solidifies his identity as a Jedi, a flap on his suit opens to reveal a white inner lining.
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Luke hiding from Vader during their final battle.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Creator/MarvelComics adapted the movie as a standalone miniseries.
* ConnectedAllAlong: Luke and Leia turn out to be twins {{separated at birth}}.
* ConvenientCranny: Luke getting a breather from the Rancor... just long enough to plan his exit.
* ConvenientWeaknessPlacement: The Emperor's throne room is surrounded by tantalizing bottomless pits. Oops.
* CoolBike: The speeder bikes.
* CoolStarship: This entry in the series introduces several new ones; the Imperial Shuttle, the A-Wing, the B-Wing, and several new Mon Calamari capital warships in the Rebel fleet. Especially Admiral Ackbar's flagship, which based on size comparison to other ships is not only bigger than the average Mon Calimari cruiser but also at least twice the size of an Imperial Star Destroyer.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** The film's promotional posters showed Luke with a blue lightsaber instead of the green one he wields in the film. It was originally supposed to be blue, but in post production they found that the blue was too difficult to see against the blue sky during the sail barge scenes, so they changed it to green, but the posters had already been created. And [[http://georgesjournal.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/film_poster_revenge_of_the_jedi.jpg one famous example]] had the film's scrapped title ''Revenge of the Jedi''; it showed Luke with a red lightsaber fighting Vader, who has a blue one.
** One foreign poster for the film shows Darth Vader's head exploding. It's meant to foreshadow Vader's death, but his death wasn't nearly as extreme in the actual film.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Realizing that they won't have a second chance at destroying the Death Star, the Rebel Fleet closes to point blank range with the Imperials. In this case, they don't even think it'll work, it's just that they'll survive longer going toe to toe with the Star Destroyers than they will hanging out in the open for the Death Star to pick off. [[TakingYouWithMe And they'll take a few of the Imperials down with them.]] The novelization goes the extra mile to explain that this was, tactically speaking, a sound choice when compared to the alternative. Cruisers vs. Star Destroyers aside, either the Death Star will fire on the Rebel ships, risking hitting its own Star Destroyers and clearing a path for the Rebels to escape, or it will hold its fire, allowing the Rebels and Star Destroyers to fight in peace.[[note]] "Hugging the enemy" at point blank range when they have superior artillery power, so they can't bring it to bear without risking hitting their own troops, is actually a tried-and-true military tactic. The Soviets' superiority in artillery often forced the Germans to do this after the winter of 1941-2, the PLA did this against U.N. forces throughout The Korean War, and guerilla forces the world over (Vietnam, Algeria, etc. etc.) have done this ever since the 1950s and the proliferation of artillery. That's not to say it's automatically a ''winning'' tactic, but it does negate an enemy's artillery/fire-support advantages.[[/note]]
* CurbStompBattle: Several.
** Luke and his friends tear through Jabba's guards on the sail barge.
** The Imperial navy curbstomps the Rebel fleet until they figure out a strategy to counter-attack.
** Luke holds back against Vader for a long time and tries to avoid fighting him, but finally get provoked into an UnstoppableRage and defeats him.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Obi-Wan calls Darth Vader "more machine now than man; twisted and evil", with the clear implication that his cybernetics have damaged his humanity. In the end, Luke stares at his father's cybernetic hand and his own; this triggers the realization that if he kills Vader, he will become just as evil.
* DarkReprise: Yoda's death music is a sad reprise of his theme and the Force theme.
* DarkerAndEdgier: A character example. Luke's entrance sees him Force-choking two guards to get them out of his way, just to emphasize how much he has changed since his first appearance in the saga. Though unlike his father and all his YouHaveFailedMe moments, Luke appears to only render the guards unconscious.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Rebel Alliance in general, but in particular, A-wing vs. Super Star Destroyer. As Admiral Ackbar and his bridge crew watch the massive starship plummet into the Death Star with its bridge tower aflame, Ackbar just flops into his chair, jaw agape in disbelief, while everyone else cheers.
* DeadPersonConversation: Luke talks to the ghost of Obi-Wan on Dagobah after Yoda dies.
* DeathOrGloryAttack: Once the second Death Star is revealed to be both operational and capable of targeting individual ships, the Alliance leadership realizes that their only chance for survival -- slim as it is -- lies in attacking the ''Executor'' and its supporting fleet head-on.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: The Emperor explodes on impact after being thrown down the reactor shaft at the climax of the film.
* DefiantToTheEnd:
** Han to Jabba when the gangster demands [[KneelBeforeZod they beg for mercy]].
** Jabba as well, though he doesn't take the threat Luke poses seriously. His mistake. That includes Luke's supposedly last statement to Jabba above the mouth of the Sarlacc, "Jabba, this is your last chance; free us or die!" Jabba laughs at the absurd thought of the Jedi being so defiant in the face of his own death as to threaten ''him''. However Jabba sees to his shock Luke beginning to carry out that threat with overwhelming force.
** Luke to Vader and Palpatine, refusing to turn to the dark side, despite their persistent efforts.
* DeflectorShields:
** The new Death Star is protected by one, generated by a station on Endor.
** Right before the ''Executor'' goes down: [[OhCrap "Sir! We've lost our bridge deflector shield!"]]
* DenOfIniquity: Jabba's audience chamber, complete with conveniently-located Rancor pit.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Palpatine gives Luke this speech after revealing his baiting the Rebels' attack.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Anakin, Yoda, and Obi-Wan are all one with the Force. This is especially important for Anakin, who would have been lost to the Dark Side in death.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: {{Trope Namer|s}}, when Vader tells Jerjerrod to get right to business, as the construction of the base is falling behind.
-->'''Vader:''' I'm here to put you back on schedule.
* DistinctiveAppearances: The reason why Luke's lightsaber blade is green in the finished cut of the film. In the early stages of {{rotoscoping}}, Luke's saber had a blue energy blade. However, his blue lightsaber didn't show up well against the blue sky during the Tatooine sail barge battle. Changing the saber to green fixed the problem. The fact that the green blade is obviously brand-new (unlike the blue one, where it wasn't obvious) also allowed the deletion of an early scene in the film, where we would've seen Luke finishing work on his new lightsaber. Luke's blue saber can still be seen in the original trailers, plus all the poster art for the film.
* DramaticIrony: In hindsight, the plot twist of Leia being Luke's twin sister becomes dramatic irony thanks to the prequel trilogy.
* DressingAsTheEnemy:
** Lando dresses as one of Jabba's guards to infiltrate the palace.
** On Endor, Han dresses as an Imperial soldier and request reinforcements to get the Imperial troops in the bunker to open it.
** Hard to see, but the bearded Rebel commando takes the captured scout trooper's armor.
* DueToTheDead: Luke gives Anakin a Jedi's funeral on Endor.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The special edition added a scene with Coruscant, which gave fans a good look at the Empire's capitol planet about two years before ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' came out.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After much hardship throughout the movies (both the original and prequel trilogies), Palpatine and his Empire have been defeated and the Galaxy is now free from the tyranny of the Dark Lord of the Sith. Luke may have lost his father, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, but he had managed to bring him back to the good side, and at the end he could see the spirits of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin again, smiling and baring him a happy farewell. ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' downplays this somewhat as the First Order has succeeded the Empire 30 years since this film's end, though they have nowhere near the amount of control over the Galaxy that their predecessors did.
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: Emperor Palpatine's throne room features muted colors and angular structures. The only splashes of colors, the red Royal Guards, were pointedly sent away. The only colors in the fight are the lightsabers and Luke's face.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The Ewok celebration scene at the end of the movie shows one Ewok using sticks hitting stormtrooper helmets as a drum set.
* EvilIsNotWellLit:
** Palpatine's [[EvilTowerOfOminousness observation tower]] has no visible lighting and every piece of architecture is black or gray.
** Jabba's palace is quite dim and smoky.
* EvilOverlordList:
** Jabba forgot to check number 122 when he had his sail barge built: "The gun turrets on my fortress will not rotate enough so that they may direct fire inward or at each other."
** Palpatine forgot many of them, but a key one would be 77: "If I have a fit of temporary insanity and decide to give the hero the chance to reject a job as my trusted lieutenant, I will retain enough sanity to wait until my current trusted lieutenant is out of earshot before making the offer." Not that [[ThePowerOfLove Vader turned on the Emperor]] [[PapaWolf because he didn't want to lose his job.]]
* EvilPlan: Everything that transpires before the final act does so according to the Emperor's design, as he is the one who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the shield generator so they would walk into a trap just when Luke is facing him.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: "But how they could be jamming us if they don't know . . . if we're coming."
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Anakin towards the end.
-->'''Anakin:''' (''in Vader mask'') Luke, help me take this mask off.\\
'''Luke:''' But, you'll die.\\
'''Anakin:''' Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes.
* FaceNodAction: Luke and a disguised Lando Calrissian nod heads just before Luke springs their escape plan.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Han's response to Jabba's final ultimatum at the Sarlacc pit.
-->'''Han:''' Threepio, you tell that slimy piece of worm-ridden... ''[[LastSecondWordSwap filth]]'', that he'll get no such pleasure from us!
* FailsafeFailure: ''Executor'' is 19 kilometers long and has inhabitable space comparable to a major city. Yet destroying the main bridge, conveniently positioned prominently at the front of the highest tower on the ship, can apparently send the entire thing into a nosedive, with the many thousands of crew members aboard unable to do anything to stop it. Even worse, there is apparently no backup bridge, because Admiral Piett's reaction to being told that their deflector shield is down is to order increased firepower focused on defense, which technically ''might'' have stopped the incoming fighter had they reacted a bit faster, but would have done ''nothing'' to protect against turbolaser or ion cannon fire from Rebel capital ships. It is possible that the backups themselves were destroyed, given that Ackbar just ordered the entire Rebel fleet to fire on it.
** In the EU, imperial engineers are aware of the vulnerability of Star Destroyer Bridges, and compensate with a more centrally located combat information center to serve as a backup. Unfortunately, it takes several minutes to transfer command of the Destroyer from the bridge to the CIC, which the Executor didn't have due to its close proximity to the Death Star when its bridge was destroyed.
* FanDisservice:
** One of Jabba's dancing girls is quite lithe and lovely; the other is... ''not''.
** Sure, Leia's slave outfit is {{Fanservice}} in and of itself, but also consider that she's forced to wear this outfit as part of her slave duties with the lecherous Jabba the Hutt.
* {{Fanservice}}: Why else would you have Carrie Fisher laying around in a gold metal bikini? BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: WordOfGod says it's because Carrie Fisher had complained about how boring her wardrobe from the two previous films was. She would describe it as "what supermodels will eventually wear in the 7th ring of hell".
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: More than one writer has commented on UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar parallels in the Battle of Endor, with [[RockBeatsLaser supposedly backwoods natives outsmarting a superior armed force]].
* FedToTheBeast: Luke getting trapdoor'd into the Rancor pit. Additionally, the Sarlacc pit serves as the current page image.
* FinalBattle: In the a battle to decide whether the a galaxy will be free or continue to live under the Empire, the Rebels attack the Empire's shield base on Endor, launch an aerial offensive on the Death Star, and send Luke Skywalker to battle his evil father, Darth Vader, and the man behind all the wars in the galaxy, the Galactic Emperor himself.
* FinalSpeech: Yoda gives one to Luke before dying, and later, Vader does too.
* FinishHim: Palpatine to Luke when he has Vader at swordpoint.
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When the Rebel fleet arrives to find that the Imperials are jamming their scanners.
-->'''Lando:''' [[ExplainExplainOhCrap But how could they be jamming us if they don't know... we're coming?]] Break off the attack! The shield is still up!
** Luke tells Jabba that trying to execute him and his friends is "the last mistake you'll ever make!" Jabba [[SmugSnake laughs it off]]. Minutes later, Leia [[KarmicDeath strangles him to death and he is incinerated in a fiery explosion]].
* FlauntingYourFleets: One particular shot shows that the Imperial armada over Endor is positively gigantic. The Rebel Fleet is also treated to a number of establishing shots of their massed assortment of starships and fighters. Of note is the shot of the Fleet just before jumping to Hyperspace, and the shot of the Fleet arriving over Endor just before they realize it's a trap.
* FluffyTheTerrible: According to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Pateesa EU material]], Jabba's pet rancor was called 'Pateesa', Huttese for "friend". It was apparently a birthday present from Bib Fortuna.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: When Leia goes missing it never seems to even occur to Luke to try to reach her through the Force, the way that he did on Bespin in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Instead he recommends a physical search and the use of Artoo's scanners. Justified that, since he was half dead on Bespin when he did it, he may not even remember he's ''able'' to do it.
* FragileSpeedster: The speeder bikes. Very fast. Also MadeOfExplodium.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Vader is shocked by the Force Lightning, not only can you see his skeleton, but also surgical rods and screws.
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** When Luke is being escorted back to the turbolift after his talk with Vader on Endor, a stormtrooper, who apparently overheard the conversation, can be seen turning to stare at him.
** When Threepio explains that the Ewoks think he is a god, Luke is seen trying not to laugh. Especially during the following exchange, where either Mark Hamill is {{Corpsing}} terribly, or Luke finds the whole situation hilarious:
--->'''Han''': Then why don't you use your ''divine'' influence and get us out of this?\\
'''Threepio''': I beg your pardon, General Solo, but that just wouldn't be proper.\\
'''Han''': ''Proper?!''\\
'''Threepio''': It's against my programming to impersonate a deity.
** When Admiral Ackbar is ordering the jump to hyperspace, an extra in the background is having trouble finding one of the monitors.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion:
** For the Special Edition and onward: They added in a bizarre musical number in Jabba's palace in place of the original, which leads into the original scene of the Twilek dancer being fed to the rancor.[[note]] They also filmed a new scene with Oola in the pit as the rancor advances on her, even using the old actress, who didn't look as though she'd aged much over the last 14 years. [[/note]] The sarlacc was given extra tentacles and a beak. And the final musical number was replaced, playing over an extensive NationsOfTheWorldMontage that included Bespin, Tatooine, and Coruscant (the latter never visited in the original trilogy) celebrating the massive victory against the Empire.
** For the DVD version and onward, Creator/HaydenChristensen was spliced into the footage where Anakin's force ghost appears next to Obi-Wan and Yoda, replacing Sebastian Shaw. This same edit also burned off Anakin's eyebrows in his unmasking since he lost them in his immolation scene in ''Revenge of the Sith''. Shaw, however, still speaks and is seen in the unmasking in all versions. A shot of Naboo (like Coruscant, never visited in the original trilogy) was added to the NationsOfTheWorldMontage at the end.
** For the Blu-ray version, Vader lets out a BigNo while saving Luke from the Emperor, as a callback to ''Revenge of the Sith''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Jabba and his... pleasure slaves. This film is rated G and U in the U.K.
** Just before Oola falls into the Rancor pit, her desperate struggles cause one of her breasts to [[WardrobeMalfunction fall out of her "dress."]] Not that her outfit left much to the imagination anyway.
** When the A-wing pilot crashes into the ''Executor''[='=]s bridge, on the Rebel ship, someone in the background can be heard yelling something that sure sounds like, "Die, dickheads!"
* GhostReunionEnding: The most famous example. As Luke is giving Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker a VikingFuneral, he looks up and sees the "Force ghosts" of Anakin, Obi-wan, and Yoda watching him.
* GladiatorGames: The Rancor pit, which Jabba enjoys dropping people in and watching them be devoured.
* GoBackToTheSource: Luke must return to his home of Tatooine in order to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt.
* GodGuise: The Ewoks think 3PO is a god. Luke uses his Force powers to reinforce this idea.
* GoGoEnslavement: The captured women at Jabba's palace are put in skimpy outfits. The usual form is a metal bra and either harem pants or thin strips of fabric that barely count as a skirt (Carrie Fisher joked that having her wear that outfit was just to get her to go to the gym more).
* GrandFinale: Of the Original Trilogy. The vile Emperor has been defeated and Anakin Skywalker has been redeemed. Gets a HappyEndingOverride by ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
* HandSignals: Luke's salute to [=R2D2=] as he is being made to WalkThePlank lets the robot know Luke is ready to have his weapon fired to him so he can begin the escape mission.
* HeroicLineage: Invoked when Luke tells Leia about their real relationship.
-->'''Luke:''' If I don't make it back, you're the only hope for the Alliance.\\
'''Leia:''' Luke, don't talk that way! You have a power I don't understand and could never have.\\
'''Luke:''' You're wrong, Leia. You have that power too. In time you'll learn to use it as I have. ...The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And... my ''sister'' has it. Yes. It's you, Leia.
* HighSpeedHijack: During the speeder bike chase, Luke rides second seat on Leia's bike as they pursue the scout troopers. He has her get up next to the trailing bike, whereupon he jumps to the other bike, throws the {{mook|s}} off, and takes the controls. [[MookHorrorShow The trooper smashes backwards and upside-down into a tree.]]
* HistoryRepeats: Just like the start of ''Revenge of the Sith'' that heralded the fall of the Old Republic, the end of ''Return of the Jedi'' features a gigantic space battle with Palpatine, the brilliant mastermind orchestrating events to his advantage, sitting back on his throne and observing it all as his agents, now Darth Vader rather than Count Dooku, oppose the forces of good trying to hold back the darkness, now Luke Skywalker rather than Anakin Skywalker, and like his father before him, Luke is confronted with a choice, to spare the villain, though unlike his father, he chooses the right path and rejects the dark side, which leads to Vader's redemption and finally restoring peace to the galaxy and bringing balance to the Force.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The chain Jabba uses to control and humiliate Leia becomes the thing she uses to kill him.
* HopeSpot: Luke manages to carry and drag an injured Vader to a working ship to escape the crumbling Death Star, but Vader dies before he can get him proper medical attention.
* HyperspeedAmbush: The Rebel fleet comes out of hyperspace en masse near the Death Star II in order to surround it and cover the attack squadrons that will fly inside the half-constructed space station to destroy it. The Imperial Fleet appears soon after to trap the Rebel fleet.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: This what Palpatine is counting on when he tells Luke to take back his lightsaber and [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred strike him down with all of his hatred]] so his journey towards the Dark Side will be complete.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Luke and Vader's lightsaber duel.
-->'''Luke:''' Your thoughts betray you, father. I feel the good in you... the conflict.
* ISurrenderSuckers: C-3P0 and R2-D2 dupe a pack of stormtroopers into walking into an Ewok ambush.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Han tells Leia that "when Luke comes back, [he] won't get in the way." Leia quickly corrects his mistake.
* ImaginaryLoveTriangle: Han mistakenly thinks Leia is secretly in love with Luke, and is relieved to find out at the end that she was only upset from finding out they're twins and Vader is her father.
* InescapableNet: The Ewoks' trap. [[SubvertedTrope The heroes DO manage to escape...]] [[DoubleSubversion only for the Ewoks to ambush them seconds afterwards.]]
* IOweYouMyLife: Han Solo, after Luke rescues him from the Sarlacc pit:
-->'''Han Solo''': Hey, Luke, thanks. Thanks for coming after me. I owe you one.
** Leia also played a crucial part in ransoming Han Solo from Jabba's dungeon, as well as Lando, who is making amends for deceiving Han at Cloud City.
* IronicEcho: Vader does this to Luke during the IShallTauntYou portion of their duel.
-->'''Vader:''' Yes. Your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong, especially for...''sister''. So...you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her too.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The film doesn't directly state it, but the briefing room scene pretty much implies that the Exhaust Port weakness used to bring down the first Death Star isn't gonna work this time, forcing the rebels to make a daring suicide mission by having their starfighters fly directly inside of the unfinished space station to attack the reactor.
* JetPack: Boba Fet has one as part of his armor. He uses it to fly around during the protagonists' escape from Jabba the Hutt, and it's accidentally activated by Han Solo hitting it.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Just before the battle begins, the Emperor brags to Luke that there is an entire legion of his best troops on Endor who will handle his friends and the Imperial Fleet knows the Rebels are coming. This is actually a subversion, as there is absolutely '''''nothing''''' Luke can do to change the outcome. In addition, this serves to make Luke angry, upset, and hating enough for the Dark Side to kick in.
* KneelBeforeZod:
** Jabba tries to make the heroes kneel to him when they come to his palace requesting their friend's freedom.
** Palpatine does this to Luke as well. "In time you will call ''me'' master."
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: The surviving Imperial bunker personnel, realizing they're surrounded, are implied to give up without a fight (the novelization confirms they all surrender).
* LecherousLicking: Jabba, a slug mobster, gives the female lead a slimy lick when she's captured by him.
* LethallyExpensive: "Many Bothans died to bring us this information."
* LighterAndSofter: ''The Empire Strikes Back'' is strikingly dark in tone. This one has teddy bears.
* LonelyFuneral: Luke is the only one at Anakin's pyre, since he's the only person who saw what happened in the Emperor's throne room and knows that Anakin [[DyingAsYourself died a good person.]]
* LookBehindYou: PlayedForLaughs. In the skiff battle, Chewbacca warns the still half-blind Han that Boba Fett is behind him. He's telling the truth, and when Han whirls around to check, he accidentally strikes Boba Fett's jetpack, causing it to misfire and send him flying off of the skiff.
* LowClearance: A Storm Trooper falls victim to a rope strung between two trees on Endor, which violently snags him off of his speederbike.
* LoyaltyMission: Han Solo is unable to commit fully to the Rebellion due to the bounty placed on his head by Jabba the Hutt. It's not until the debt is... rather ''forcibly'' cleared by Luke, Leia, and the gang that he's free and clear to kick Imperial ass and woo beautiful princesses.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Leia was shocked to learn that Vader is Luke's father, but is more shocked when Luke tells her they're siblings. After he left to face him, Leia was in tears because: Darth Vader, the man who represents the evils of the Empire she's fighting against (and who has [[Film/ANewHope tortured her]] and [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Han]]), is her father. [[IncestIsRelative And that the man she kissed was her brother.]]
* MachineWorship: The Ewoks do this to C-3PO at first.
* MadeOfExplodium:
** Jabba's barge deck, since it takes only one shot at it to make the entire barge combust.
-->'''Luke:''' Point it at the deck!
** The AT-ST walker that is toppled by the Ewoks explodes when the cockpit hits the ground.
** Also apparently the Emperor, who explodes for some reason when thrown down the reactor shaft.
** Apparently [[EveryCarIsAPinto every speeder is a Pinto.]]
* MeaningfulEcho:
** Han and Leia reverse the famous "I love you," "I know," from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** At the end of ''Empire'', Vader cuts off Luke's hand, signaling Luke's defeat by the Dark Side. At the end of this film, Luke cuts off ''Vader'''s hand... signaling that Luke is [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim dangerously close to succumbing to the Dark Side]]. (For bonus symbolism points, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Vader's hand is already cybernetic.]]) It's also the same hand Vader cut off Luke, and Luke's wearing a black glove to cover damage to the covering of his prosthetic hand sustained in the barge fight earlier in the film, and Luke finds himself staring at the gloved prosthetic hand when he's got Vader at his mercy. Just in case anyone in the audience didn't get the point.
** In ''Empire'' Vader tells Luke that he doesn't know the power of the Dark Side to tempt him with great strength. In ''Jedi'' he says it again, this time to tell Luke that he ''can't'' side with him and betray the Emperor because he doesn't stand a chance against the Dark Side's power.
* MeaningfulFuneral: Luke gives Anakin a Jedi's funeral on Endor, cremating his armor.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Former TropeNamer. Obi-Wan's explanation of what happened to Luke's father; as far as he's concerned, the good man that was Anakin Skywalker died when he betrayed the Jedi Order, so he was technically telling the truth.
-->'''Luke:''' Obi-Wan? Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' Your father was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.\\
'''Luke:''' ''[[WhatTheHellHero A certain point of view?]]''\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' Luke, [[WideEyedIdealist you]] will find that many of the truths we cling to [[GreyAndGrayMorality depend greatly on our own point of view]].
** Luke later uses this to Vader during the former's surrender as a last low blow, and it works, leaving Vader hurt that his son would think that way.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: A subversion in that it is Palpatine slowly killing Luke with the force lightning that eventually pushes Vader to betray him. Palpatine urging Luke [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness to kill his father and take his place as his apprentice]] probably helped him make up his mind too.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rated a 3, primarily due to some droid torture, Oola and Jubnuk the Gamorrean guard being eaten by the Rancor, and plenty of other explosive mayhem that's fairly tame compared to the other ''Star Wars'' episodes.
* MutualKill: Darth Vader throws the Emperor into a pit to his death, but ends up short-circuiting his suit and sealing his fate.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** So, Vader has finally captured his son and is ready to convert him to the Dark Side. As he gloats about the Emperor's victory, Luke replies "Then my father is truly dead." After Luke is escorted to a turbolift, Vader leans on a railing, conflicted over what to do next.
** Luke also has one near the end when he snaps out of his UnstoppableRage and realises [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim just how close he came to killing Vader and falling to the Dark Side.]]
* NationsOfTheWorldMontage: At the end of the special edition, with the planets of the galaxy celebrating the downfall of the Empire. Naboo's celebration was added with the DVD release.
* NearVillainVictory: The Emperor says to Vader, "His [Luke's] compassion for you will be his undoing." [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Actually, it turns out to be his own undoing.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chewbacca's hunger for a piece of dangling meat gets the Rebel party trapped by the Ewoks on Endor.
-->'''Han:''' Nice job, Chewie. Real nice. Always thinking with your stomach!
** Subverted in the long run; it led to the Ewoks agreeing to help the Rebels and without the Ewoks to bolster them by sheer numbers, there's no way the Rebel party would have made it past the Imperials guarding the bunker.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** The Emperor encouraging Luke be aggressive and kill Vader is ''not'' this trope. While killing his father in a moment of passion might have worked, to do so deliberately and knowingly would have been more effective. However, his gleefully telling Luke to finish him does cause Luke to have his HeelRealization - and Palpatine [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith had no problems tricking people into the Dark Side before]] anyway.
** Emperor Palpatine attempting to torture Luke to death via Force Lightning is what finally got Vader/Anakin to redeem himself and turn away from the Dark Side, starting with hurling Palaptine to his DisneyVillainDeath.
* NoEndorHolocaust: {{Trope Namer|s}}. WordOfGod stated that popular Internet fan theories -- namely, that the destruction of the Death Star would have caused massive destruction on Endor as well due to the falling debris -- are not correct.
* NoMoreLies: Obi-Wan has no choice but to at last tell Luke the real truth on Dagobah.
* NonProtagonistResolver: While Luke does go to face the Emperor, it is Vader who throws the Emperor to his death by redeeming himself.
* NoodleIncident: Mon Mothma doesn't elaborate on how exactly they got the intel about the Second Death Star, other than to mention that it involved the deaths of many Bothans. She looks particularly distraught when she brings it up.[[note]] It is explained in the CanonDiscontinuity Shadows of the Empire series that the rebels took the plans from an Imperial Freighter called the Suprosa. A Diamond Boron Missile was fired from the freighter into a Bothan Y-Wing squadron resulting in their deaths.[[/note]]
* NoOSHACompliance: Zig-zagged. The Emperor's throne room does have railings over the 90km chasm. On the other hand, superlaser control still has two guys standing next to the planet-destroying laser without a railing.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Averted in that it is heavily implied that the Empire figured out how Luke managed to destroy the first Death Star and redesigned the second one with thick anti-fighter defenses and no two-meter wide exhaust port. However, these advances are negated by tricking the Rebels into attacking when the superstructure is still open enough to allow ships into the interior of the station. All part of the plan. The Death Star and the Emperor himself were the bait to lure the Rebel fleet into a position where it could easily be destroyed. The Death Star had to be vulnerable enough for the Rebels to think they had a realistic shot at destroying it.
* NoSell: Luke's mind powers do not work on Jabba.
* NotSoDifferent: Luke realizes this upon seeing that he cut off Vader's hand the exact same way Vader cut off his hand in the last movie, only to see Vader's hand was already cybernetic. This was enough of a shock that shows him what he would become if he gave in to the Dark Side.
* OffTheShelfFX: At least one of the X-wings seen in the Battle of Endor was an officially licensed model kit from MPC.
* OhCrap:
** "I know that laugh."
** Leia when she realizes what [[GoGoEnslavement Jabba has planned for her]]
** Luke when the Rancor emerges.
** Moff Jerjerrod in the beginning.
-->'''Jerjerrod:''' [The Emperor] asks the impossible! I need more men!\\
'''Vader:''' Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.\\
'''Jerjerrod:''' (''shocked'') The Emperor's coming ''here?!''\\
'''Vader:''' That is correct, Commander. And he is ''most displeased'' with your apparent lack of progress.\\
'''Jerjerrod:''' We shall double our efforts! The station ''will'' be completed on time!\\
'''Vader:''' I hope so, Commander, for your sake. [[BadBoss The Emperor]] [[UpToEleven is not as forgiving as I am]].
** Lando's "[[ExplainExplainOhCrap Well, how could they be jamming us if they don't know ... (dawning realization) ...if we're coming?]] Break off the attack! The shield is still up!"
** "It's a ''trap!''"
** Luke as the Emperor shows that he has predicted the entire Rebel plan and outlines how easily he ought to be able to defeat it decisively.
** "That blast came from the Death Star... That thing's operational!"
** Han when the AT-ST walker approaches him. Subverted; Chewbacca's hijacked the walker.
** "Intensify forward firepower!" "TOO LATE!"
** While we obviously can't see Vader's reaction, he clearly has one of these when Luke taps into the Dark Side at the thought of Leia being corrupted and turned and comes after him, determined to kill him.
** "Now, young Skywalker ... ''[[ColdBloodedTorture you will die]].''"
** While Luke demands that Jabba free his friends, C-3PO noticed Luke was standing on the trap door to the Rancor's Pit and tried to warm him. But was interrupted by Jabba. Notice that Luke's eyes drifted to 3PO, then back to Jabba.
-->'''C-3PO:''' Master Luke, you're standing on--\\
'''Jabba:''' ''(in Huttese)'' There will be no bargain, young Jedi!
* OnlyAFleshWound:
** Luke gets a blaster bolt to his cybernetic hand during the melee over the Sarlacc pit, but apparently covering it up with a glove was sufficient treatment.
** Leia gets pegged in the shoulder by an ([[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy unusually lucky]]) Stormtrooper blast.
** R2-D2 takes a hit as well and is momentarily deactivated, which for a droid is probably the equivalent.
* OutOfTheInferno: The Death Star explosion blows out the exit first, but the ''Millennium Falcon'' emerges from it.
* OutrunTheFireball:
** The heroes escaping from Jabba's exploding sail barge on a skiff.
** The ''Millennium Falcon'', piloted by Lando, while outrunning the explosion from the reactor destroying the Death Star.
* PaidHarem: The slave girls in Jabba's palace. "Paid" may be a bit generous. . . some of them (Oola, notably) are established in the EU to be slaves.
* PalatePropping: Luke used this trope on the Rancor with a large bone, albeit not very successfully due to its jaw strength.
* PassedInTheirSleep: Defied. Yoda heads to bed to try to avoid Luke's questions, then fights to stay awake to give him some last words of advice [[BigSleep before (literally)]] [[EverythingFades fading off]] [[KilledMidSentence mid-sentence.]]
* PetTheDog: The Rancor keeper's inconsolable reaction to Luke killing the monster, although more played for laughs, managed to garner a bit more sympathy than expected. As Creator/RogerEbert said, "Everybody loves somebody." Think about it: the Rancor is just an animal; it doesn't have any choice in whom it fights. Like if Luke was thrown into a lion pit and had to kill it.
* PleaseWakeUp: During the battle on Endor, an Ewok is shot dead and another one comes up to it, crying and pushing the dead one to wake up.
* PrecisionCrash: During the final battle, an A-Wing is hit, loses control, veers off quite a ways, and crashes into the bridge of the ''Executor'', which then crashes into the Death Star and explodes.
* ProphecyTwist: The Emperor had it right when he foresaw that [[ExactWords Skywalker's compassion would be his undoing]]. His error was in misinterpreting [[PapaWolf which Skywalker his foresight referred to]].
* PsychicStrangle: Luke, [[AllLovingHero of all people]], does this non-fatally to a pair of Jabba's Gamorrean guards to get them out of his way.
* PsychoStrings: High-pitched violins are heard when Luke reaches his RageBreakingPoint.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Inverted. By Darth Vader himself of all people!
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Twice, actually. The gang reunites on [[GoBackToTheSource Tatooine]] to save Han, and later they formally get back together for Han's planned strike against the shield generator on the forest moon of Endor.
* RageBreakingPoint: Luke really tries not to let his anger get in the way when he's confronting Vader, but Vader then threatens to take the last of his family from him.
-->'''Vader:''' If you will not turn to the Dark Side, then perhaps she will.\\
'''Luke:''' (''[[ShutUpHannibal igniting his lightsaber]]'') ''[[BigNever NEVER!]]''
* RealityEnsues: During the Battle of Endor, the Ewoks attempt their own version of the trick the Rebels used to destroy [=AT-ATs=] in the previous film, by trying to trip up an AT-ST with a rope. Unfortunately, a bunch of small animals holding onto a rope isn't quite comparable to a harpoon and steel cable, and they just get dragged along for the ride (though the same method does have more success unseating scouts from their speeder bikes).
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: The Ewoks are incomprehensible to all but some of the characters who share the screen with them.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Luke gets one from Palpatine while undergoing his electroshock therapy.
* RefugeInAudacity: You have to give Luke credit, he told Jabba he would die unless he let them go...
* RelativeButton:
** Luke lost most of his family, either dead or turned evil. His sister is all he has left, so attempting to threaten that she would do either is the one thing that sets him off.
** Palpatine attempting to kill Luke is what finally drives Vader to send him falling to his death.
* TheReveal:
** Obi-Wan revealing that Luke and Leia are brother and sister.
** Also, a confirmation of the reveal in the previous film when Yoda tells Luke (and the audience) the Vader is indeed his father.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Between C-3PO and R2-D2.
-->'''C-3PO:''' Artoo, what are you doing here?!\\
'''R2-D2:''' [beeping noises]\\
'''C-3PO:''' Well, I can ''see'' you're serving drinks...
* RoboticReveal: Granted we'd heard earlier that Vader is "more machine now than man," but it's still a shock when Luke slices his hand off and we see it was ''already'' cybernetic.
* RockBeatsLaser: The Ewoks, armed with slingshots and batter rams, defeat the Empire's troops, even with all their lasers and walker robots.
* RocketRide: The speeder bikes.
* SamusIsAGirl: The "bounty hunter" who brings Chewbacca to Jabba the Hutt turns out to be Leia.
* SapientEatSapient: The Ewoks nearly try to cook and eat most of the main characters, other than C-3PO (assumed to be a god) and Leia, before Luke convinces C-3PO to convince them he'll use his "magic" (actually Luke employing Jedi Force-manipulation techniques) on the Ewoks unless they free them.
* SchizoTech: The Ewoks, despite being apparently stone-aged primitives managed to have come up with a hang-glider and quite sophisticated-looking catapults.
* SchmuckBait: Chewie paws at a hanging slab of meat, triggering an Ewok trap net which entangles himself, Han, Luke, R2-D2 ''and'' 3PO. Outstanding.
-->'''Han:''' [[SarcasmMode Great, Chewie! Great!]] Always thinking with your stomach!
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Once the Endor Shield array is destroyed and the Emperor is killed, Imperial crewmen, guards, stormtroopers, officers, and pilots begin to flee the doomed Death Star. They are seen running to evacuate the station when Luke and Anakin make it to the escape shuttle.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Han is doing this pose in the poster.
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: Lando orders the Rebel fleet to close with the Imperial fleet, figuring their odds of surviving a knife fight with the Star Destroyers is much better than their odds of surviving being {{Sitting Duck}}s for the [[SuperWeaponSurprise Death Star.]]
-->'''Lando:''' Yes, I said ''closer''! Move as close as you can, and engage those Star Destroyers at point-blank range!\\
'''Ackbar:''' At that range, we won't last long against those Star Destroyers!\\
'''Lando:''' We'll last longer than we will against that Death Star! And we might just take a few of them with us!
* SeparatedAtBirth: Luke and Leia discover that they were twins who were sent to live on different planets to protect them from their father, who helped to maintain the Empire's tyrannical rule and served as the main villain of the last film.
* SeriesFauxnale: As of the announcement the films will continue for at least three more with the buying of Lucasfilm by Creator/{{Disney}}.
* SharkPool: The Rancor pit and the Sarlacc pit.
* SheatheYourSword: Luke attempts to do this during his fight with Vader as Palpatine reminds him that as he becomes more aggressive he shifts more towards the Dark Side.
* ShipSinking: Arguably the most famous application of the trope in modern-day pop culture as it's revealed that Luke and Leia are siblings, with the added side effect of transforming the Luke-Leia shippy moments from Episodes IV and V and spin-off works such as the novel ''Splinter of the Mind's Eye'' into {{Squick}}.
* ShootTheMessenger: Jabba thumps Threepio whenever he translates a response he doesn't like. Also implied in the earlier comment: "We have been without an interpreter since our master got angry at our last protocol droid and disintegrated him."
* ShoutOut:
** WordOfGod stated that the scene depicting Palpatine's arrival is based on the May Day military marches in Soviet Russia.
** The Ewoks blow their horns similar to the scene where the Hebrews blow their horns after the Pharaoh frees them in ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. A horn sound from that film was even recycled.
** Chewbacca does a VineSwing with the obligatory Franchise/{{Tarzan}} yell.
* ShesGotLegs: Leia's GoGoEnslavement outfit has just two thin strips for a skirt, so they definitely weren't made for covering up.
* SidekickExMachina: Chewbacca hijacks an Imperial walker and rescues Han and Leia from Stormtroopers during the Battle of Endor.
* SoProudOfYou: As the unmasked Vader dies, he tells Luke "You were right about me. Tell your sister...you were right". His smile says this trope more plainly than words ever could (See GoOutWithASmile above).
* SpaceBase: The second Death Star.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Emperor would have gotten away with destroying the Rebel fleet and the ground troops on Endor if it weren't for those meddling Ewoks, and Chewie's brilliant idea to hijack one of the walkers. That's the real turning point of the ground battle (which trickled down [up?] to the space battle when the generator went up in flames). Now, as far as Luke was concerned, a total victory over the Alliance probably would not have been enough to save The Emperor from a DisneyVillainDeath anyway.
* SpikesOfDoom: The Sarlacc Pit has spikes around its edges.
* StandYourGround: As Lando convinces Ackbar the rebels have to do until the team on Endor gets the Death Star's DeflectorShields down.
* StandardStarshipScuffle: The Battle of Endor starts out more as a Battle of Midway-style melee, with snub fighters attacking the enemy capital ships, but once the Death Star cranks up its superlaser the Rebel cruisers have no choice but to go in and engage the Imperial Star Destroyers toe-to-toe so that at least the Death Star can't get a clear shot at them - a move that is somewhat reminiscent of the Battle off Samar but could be compared to a lot of different surface ship engagements.
* StopWorshippingMe: It's against C-3PO's programming to impersonate a deity.
* StormingTheCastle: In this case, Storming The Shield Generator.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: {{Trope Namer|s}}, with the Emperor saying this to Luke, as Luke doing that thing would turn him to the Dark Side.
* SuicidalGotcha: Luke is willing to jump off a plank directly above a giant monster to fool the guards. With his Jedi reflexes, Luke has no problem grabbing the plank at the last second, jumping several feet in the air, grab his lightsaber as R2-D2 fires it at him, and land on the ship ready for a fight.
* SurpriseIncest: Luke did not know. Leia apparently "always knew" on some level... [[{{Squick}} yet she still kissed him, even if it was to tick off Han]].
* SwordOverHead: After Luke defeats Vader, he notices his father's mechanical hand (much like his own) and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes how close he's coming to suffering the same fate.]]
* TactfulTranslation: C-3PO translates Jabba the Hutt's discussion with a disguised Princess Leia in a friendlier tone than either party is using.
* TakingYouWithMe:
** The doomed A-wing pilot flying his own ship into the bridge of the ''Executor''. He succeeds in taking down the ship and taking fleet Admiral Piett with him (Piett is the last of the major villains in the film to lose; he barely outlives Anakin's redemption and the Emperor, though Anakin/Vader is the last villain to physically die, doing so after the ''Executor'' has already plowed into the Death Star and finished Piett off. No word on Moff Jerjerrod's fate).
** Lando's reasoning for engaging the Star Destroyers at close range after it's revealed that the Death Star's main weapon is operational.
-->'''Lando:''' Yes, I said closer! Move as close as you can, and engage those Star Destroyers at point blank range!\\
'''Ackbar:''' At that close range, we won't last long against those Star Destroyers.\\
'''Lando''' We'll last longer than we will against that Death Star! (''ship rocks'') And we might just take a few of them with us!
* TastesLikeFriendship: Leia and Wicket bond over food Leia shares with the little Ewok.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Luke asks Leia about her 'real' mother, hoping to find out more about the woman who gave birth to them. Unfortunately their mother died when Leia was very young (''extremely'' young, according to ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'') and so she only has very vague memories of her, to Luke's disappointment.
* TemptingFate:
** Han commenting "I hate long waits" and "That doesn't sound so bad", before being told he's up for an incredibly long and excruciating death by Sarlaac.
** Lando promises Han that the ''Falcon'' "won't get a scratch!". On the way into the Death Star the ''Falcon''[='=]s communication dish is knocked off.
* ThanksForTheMammaries: Late in the film, there is a scene where Leia gets shot in the arm. Han rushes over to help her and tries to steady her arm, but he very briefly grabs something else...
* ThatManIsDead: As far as Obi-Wan is concerned, Anakin Skywalker died and Vader was born when his former friend turned to the dark side and betrayed the Jedi. Vader himself denies he has anything to do with Anakin anymore. He's wrong.
-->'''Luke:''' I have accepted that truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father.\\
'''Vader:''' That name no longer has any meaning for me.\\
'''Luke:''' It's the name of your true self. You've only forgotten.
** Later in that scene, Luke agrees with the "That Man Is Dead" interpretation to throw Vader off.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp:
** When Luke pretends to jump into the Sarlaac pit, and then starts attacking the guards.
** As Vader seizes the Emperor and throws him into the reactor shaft, the music changes from the Emperor's theme to the "Jedi/Force" motif.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Han's reaction to what he thinks is Luke's "attempt" to rescue him.
-->'''Han:''' Together again, huh?\\
'''Luke:''' Wouldn't miss it.\\
'''Han:''' How we doing?\\
'''Luke:''' Same as always.\\
'''Han:''' That bad, huh?
* ToppledStatue: The special edition adds a scene with a mob tearing down a statue of the emperor on Coruscant.
* TrapDoor: Jabba uses one to drop people into the Rancor pit.
* TribalCarry: When the protagonists are captured by the Ewoks -- with the exception of C-3PO, who gets a comfortable palanquin chair since they believe he's a god.
* TriumphantReprise: The Jedi theme has a reprise when Darth Vader pulls a HeelFaceTurn and kills the Emperor at the cost of his own life and later at his VikingFuneral.
* TurnTheOtherFist: Luke Skywalker seems to turn away from the Emperor's taunting but suddenly swings back to grab his saber and take a swipe at the Emperor. Vader blocks it.
* {{Tyrannicide}}: Darth Vader returns to the light and kills the Emperor by throwing him down the Death Star reactor shaft. His death signals the beginning of the end of the Empire's tyranny, sparking uprisings and celebrations on a number of planets. The ExpandedUniverse goes into more detail about it, showing that the Empire fractured without Palpatine or Vader's leadership, making it all the more easy for the Rebels, now known as the New Republic, to liberate Imperial-held space.
* UnderCrank: Used to create the backgrounds for the speeder bike chase.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Luke doesn't share any specifics about his plan to save Han, but despite his worries, succeeds after all.
* UnstoppableRage: Luke defeating Vader after he is about to threaten to take Leia away in some way.
* UnwantedFalseFaith: The Ewoks mistake C-3PO for a deity, much to his embarrassment.
* VehicularTurnabout: Chewbacca and a pair of Ewoks famously commandeer an AT-ST, and essentially became the pivotal combatants who turned the whole fight around for the Rebels, both on the ground and in orbit.
* VictoriousChorus: The soundtrack has a choral piece when the fireworks are going off on Endor, celebrating the destruction of the second Death Star and the defeat of The Empire. Originally, this was an Ewok-flavored song called "Ewok Celebration", often known as "Yub Nub". [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion Revised versions of the film]] from the ''Special Edition'' onward have a more traditional piece called "Victory Celebration".
* VillainousDemotivator:
-->'''Vader:''' I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
** Also, when Threepio gets shanghaied as Jabba's translator, EV-9D9 tells him that she is thrilled, since they've been without a protocol droid ever since Jabba got angry with the last one and disintegrated him.
* VillainsNeverLie:
** Creator/GeorgeLucas said that the reason Luke sought Yoda to confirm Vader's revelation was because discussing with a psychologist he learned that most people would assume that Vader ''was'' lying, and it was all just mind games. Luke needed a respected figure to get proof.
** Creator/JamesEarlJones said that, when he first read the line, his first thought was, "Oh, [Vader's] lying!"
* VineSwing: Chewbacca attacks an AT-ST walker during the battle of Endor by swinging at it on a vine. He even makes a sound [[ShoutOut similar to]] Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'s yell.
* WalkThePlank: The way for prisoners to be fed to the Sarlacc.
* WarIsHell: A subtle example when the Rebel fleet manages to send the Super Star Destroyer crashing into the Death Star; while Admiral Ackbar's staff cheer, Ackbar himself just slumps sadly in his command chair[[note]]The ''Executor'', according to Wookiepedia, has a standard crew of over 280,000. If her full complement of ground troops were on board, add another 38,000 to that number. That's (roughly) between a quarter and a third of a million sentient beings that died all at once.[[/note]]
* WatchOutForThatTree:
** After Han Solo accidentally activates Boba Fett's jetpack, the bounty hunter goes flying and slams into the side of Jabba's barge in a way reminiscent of George's typical encounters with trees in ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''.
** Important to remember when you're on an ultra fast speeder bike flying through an incredibly thick forest. Also, don't turn around to check behind you, as one of the scout-troopers learned the hard way.
* WaveMotionGun: The Death Star II is armed with a canon just as powerful as the first planet-destroyer, except this one only needs a few minutes to charge up and fire, though this could be from not charging to full power, as they are only shooting at ships. At full power, the superlaser would probably not just destroy any rebel ship, but punch straight through, keep on going, and possibly take out one of their own Star Destroyers behind them.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Emperor Palpatine to Luke.
-->'''Palpatine:''' Your hate has made you powerful. Now, fulfill your destiny, and take your father's place at my side.
* WeNeedADistraction: The Rebels use distractions several times on Endor to open up the stormtroopers to attack, including one time where R2-D2 and C-3PO reveal themselves to the Stormtroopers while the friendly natives rally to rescue the captured Rebels.
* WhamLine:
** ''[[FamousLastWords "There...is...another...sky...walker"]]''
** "It was ''I'' who allowed the Alliance to learn the location of the shield generator. I assure you, it is quite safe from your pitiful little band."
** And then the Emperor ups the ante yet ''again'': "Now witness the firepower of this ''fully armed'' and ''operational'' battlestation!"
** The film drops the WhamLine even before that; much is made of the Rebel fleet rallying at the planet Sullust, believing that they're planning a surprise attack. Right after, the film cuts to Vader asking the Emperor, "What of the reports of the Rebel fleet massing near Sullust?"
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Yoda gives this to Luke after confirming that Vader was indeed Luke's father, realizing the only way Luke could have suspected it is if Vader told him, and thus Vader could only have told him if Luke recklessly attacked Vader before his training was completed.
** Luke has his own to Yoda during the same exchange.
-->'''Yoda''': Unexpected this is. And unfortunate.
-->'''Luke''': Unfortunate that I know the truth?
-->'''Yoda''': No. Unfortunate that you rushed to face him. That incomplete was your training. That not ready for the burden were you.
** Luke later is angry with Obi-Wan for lying to him about Vader, and deliberately pitting him against his own father.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Luke's declaration to the Emperor that he has become a Jedi. Everything about that sequence was about making Luke angry enough to kill Vader and become the new apprentice to Palpatine, thus demonstrating his skill and maturity by not making the killing blow and refusing to fight anymore; his character arc had become complete.
* WretchedHive: As dangerous and seedy as Mos Eisley Cantina was, it's a knitting circle compared to Jabba's Palace. The worst criminals, psychopaths and misfits in the Galaxy, all in one bloody, lewd, booze-soaked cesspool.
* XanatosGambit:
** Pulled off by the heroes in Jabba's Palace. If Leia succeeds at getting Han out of the palace, Lando can get Chewbacca (and, presumably, C-3PO & R2-D2 out). If Leia is caught -- Luke can go in. If Luke is captured, R2-D2 has Luke's lightsaber. Even if Jabba thinks things are going his way, they're really going Luke's. The only thing that goes out of place was when Luke gets kicked to the rancor pit, which he makes short work of anyway.
** Also the second death star itself. Either the Rebel Alliance attacks it while it's still under construction and gets destroyed in the process, or they don't and the Empire has another superweapon to terrorize the entire galaxy with (one that, according to EU materials, did ''not'' share the weaknesses of it's predecessor).
* XRaySparks: Rare non-humorous example. When Vader lifts Palpatine over his head to save Luke, Palpatine inadvertently hits himself, but Vader also conducts it, revealing flashes of his skull, but not the Emperor's.
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: When Threepio is inducted into Jabba's droid pool:
--> '''EV-9D9:''' Ah, good, new acquisitions! You are a protocol droid, are you not?\\
'''C-3PO:''' I am C-3PO, human/cyborg--\\
'''EV-9D9:''' Yes or no will do.\\
'''C-3PO:''' Umm... yes.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: As the Rebel fleet is approaching the second Death Star, Lando gets word that they can't tell if the deflector shield protecting it is up or down because of jamming, prompting him to ask, "How could they be jamming us if they don't know...[[OhCrap that we're coming]]. Break off! The shield is still up!"
* YouRebelScum: {{Trope Namer|s}}. An Imperial officer says this when the Rebels are captured during their raid on the shield generator. In a deleted scene, Han takes offense at that.
* YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive: When Palpatine is trying to provoke Luke.
-->'''Palpatine:''' It was ''I'' who allowed the Alliance to learn the location of the shield generator. I assure you, it is quite safe from your pitiful little band.


-->'''Emperor Palpatine:''' So be it, ''Jedi.''