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[[caption-width-right:330:Are you hearing the {{Fanfare}} just looking at this? If not, then [[http://youtu.be/JG5OsfOuEy0 you should.]]]]

->''"[[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....]]"''

'''''Star Wars''''' is a classic tale of [[{{heroes}} good]] and [[EvilOverlord evil]], [[FaceHeelTurn corruption]] and [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]], [[WaveMotionGun hi-tech super-weapons]] and [[LaserBlade sword]][[SwordFight play]] that [[TropeCodifier popularized]] SpaceOpera on [[{{Film}} the big screen]]. It is also a [[CashCowFranchise juggernaut of a franchise]] that made creator Creator/GeorgeLucas one of the most powerful men in the film and entertainment industries.

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!!The Original Trilogy

Opening with a tale of a [[LaResistance brave rebellion]] fighting [[TheEmpire the evil empire]], the story centers on Luke Skywalker, a simple FarmBoy who finds himself [[JumpedAtTheCall drawn]] into that conflict when some [[RobotBuddy robot buddies]] show up at his [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive doorstep]] with some [[PlotCoupon important information]]. As he embarks on TheHerosJourney, it encompasses three films and meets many now-legendary characters like [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Leia]], the LovableRogue Han Solo and the OldMaster Obi-Wan Kenobi.

[[{{Mentors}} With guidance]] from Obi-Wan and later Yoda, Luke learns the ways of [[TheForce mystic powers]] of the Jedi and brings down TheEmpire. Along the way, he [[ItWasHisSled famously]] [[TheReveal discovers]] that Darth Vader, TheDragon of the [[EvilOverlord Emperor]], [[LukeIAmYourFather is his father]] Anakin Skywalker, and the [[RomanticFalseLead (not) love-interest]] [[DistressedDamsel Princess]] is his [[SeparatedAtBirth twin sister]].
[[index]]
* ''Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' (May 25th, 1977)
* ''Star Wars Episode V: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (May 21st, 1980)
* ''Star Wars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (May 25th, 1983)
[[/index]]
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!!Prequel Trilogy

The second trilogy centers on Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker, and his growth from a young slave on a remote planet into a powerful Jedi Knight, and then into a [[FaceHeelTurn Sith Lord]]. It showed how [[EvilChancellor Senator/Chancellor Palpatine]] (the BigBad of the Original Trilogy) gained supreme power through [[EvilPlan complex schemes]], and Anakin's [[StartOfDarkness corruption]] at his hands. It also showed Obi-Wan's story in training Anakin and the fall of the Jedi Order, with Obi-Wan and Yoda becoming [[LastOfHisKind the last of their kind]].
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* ''Star Wars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace'' (May 19th, 1999)
* ''Star Wars Episode II: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' (May 16th, 2002)
* ''Star Wars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (May 19th, 2005)
[[/index]]
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!!Sequel Trilogy

Following {{Creator/Disney}} Pictures' acquisition of Lucasfilm in late 2012, plans were announced to release new ''Star Wars'' films every "two to three years" with the franchise continuing "well into the future", starting with a new trilogy set after ''Return of the Jedi''. ''Episode VII'' is to be written by Creator/JJAbrams and Lawrence Kasdan, and directed by Abrams. ''Episode VIII'' and ''Episode IX'' are both planned to be written in part by Creator/RianJohnson[[note]]he is writing the script for ''VIII'' and writing a treatment for ''IX''[[/note]], the former of which he will also direct[[note]]rumors have appeared that he will direct both films, but due to Disney's busy production schedule that they have planned for the movies, this is unlikely[[/note]].

The films have also spelled [[http://starwars.com/news/the-legendary-star-wars-expanded-universe-turns-a-new-page.html the derailment]] of the [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] as it was; while a new Story Team will ensure ''everything'' made in conjunction with and after these movies will be iron-clad capital-C Canon, this has also meant the end of the original form of the EU.
[[index]]
* ''[[Film/StarWars7 Star Wars Episode VII]]'' (December 18th, 2015)
* ''Star Wars Episode VIII'' (TBA)[[note]]rumored to have a 2017 release[[/note]]
* ''Star Wars Episode IX'' (TBA)[[note]]rumored to have a 2019 release[[/note]]
[[/index]]

Disney has also announced plans to release spin-off films the year after of each Episode of the Sequel Trilogy, with at least three films in development, which will be co-written and co-produced by Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. The first of these is to be directed by Creator/GarethEdwards (following the financial success of his ''Film/{{Godzilla|2014}}'' reboot) and written by Gary Whitta (scriptwriter of ''Film/TheBookOfEli'') and is slated for release on December 16th, 2016. The second is to be directed by [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Josh]] [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Trank]] and is slated for a 2018 release. While details on the spin-offs are under wraps at this time, it is speculated that they will take place in the Galactic Civil War era due to rumors that the movies will concern themselves with Boba Fett, Han Solo, and "Red Five".
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The inspirations for ''Star Wars'' include the 1930s serials and comic strips of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' and ''BuckRogers''. The story goes that after Lucas made ''AmericanGraffiti'' he wanted to make a ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' {{remake}}, and upon being denied the rights to the property ([[Film/FlashGordon a film was already in the works]]) he set out to [[StartMyOwn create his own]] pulp sci-fi universe. After multiple incarnations, some of the content of which can be found in repurposed names and concepts for later franchise material, he formed the basic story of the first movie. This story continued to evolve for the sequels and finally the prequels. But from the beginning it was always meant to be just one story in a vast galaxy.

Lucas also took inspiration from Creator/AkiraKurosawa's mystical samurai heroes and bumbling sidekicks. Kurosawa's films ''TheHiddenFortress'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' were particularly influential on the first movie; an early draft was basically "''The Hidden Fortress'' InSpace" and Lucas even considered buying the rights for a {{Remake}} before developing the story further. The Jedi and their rivals the Sith were originally imagined as samurai-like warriors [[BadassNormal without]] superhuman abilities, and the name "Jedi" is taken from the ''[[JidaiGeki jidai-geki]]'' genre featuring feudal Japan.

The films also have some predecessors in SciFi literature. There are echoes of [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Isaac Asimov]]'s ''{{Foundation}}'' in the decaying [[TheEmpire Galactic Empire]]. Frank Herbert's first few ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novels provided some inspiration, notably for the desert planet Tatooine. Also, The concept of a superpowered psychic galactic police force is taken from Creator/EEDocSmith's pulp SF series ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'', as is (arguably) much of the technology - Arthur C Clarke stated that "Smith holds all the original ''Star Wars'' patents", and he has a point.

TheForce itself has analogues in many works like "The Cosmic All" from the ''Lensman'' series and "The Source" from JackKirby's ''NewGods''; MarkHamill, who plays Luke, once asked Lucas where he got the idea and Lucas answered, "it's in about 450 old science fiction novels". The Force can also be traced to the NewAge atmosphere of the Seventies, and ultimately to Eastern philosophy.

Various depictions of WorldWarII naval battles also influenced Lucas, with the bombing run sequence from the first movie inspired by the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Air Force]] movie ''TheDamBusters''.
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Though many tropes didn't [[TropeMakers start]] with ''Star Wars'', it has [[TropeCodifier popularized]] dozens of them, to the point numerous modern SpaceOpera and SciFi works contain {{homage}}s to the franchise. Even this site has made the franchise a [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] for fifty odd tropes, listed [[TropeNamers/StarWars here]]. You can vote for your favorite movie [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/StarWars here]].

Has an immense ExpandedUniverse - consisting mostly of novels and [[ComicBooks comics]], but also made-For-TV films, {{radio drama}}s, [[VideoGames video games]], toys, even [[Pinball/StarWars pinball machines]] - known simply as the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. Which, as noted above, was officially declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] on April 25, 2014; however, the merchandise will remain in circulation under the banner of ''Star Wars Legends'', in effect becoming AlternateContinuity. For sake of convenience, all canonical ''Star Wars'' works outside of the films themselves will be listed there, while the ''Legends'' material will be found on the "Recap" section of the page.

Also has a 100,000+ article large wiki [[http://starwars.wikia.com/ here]], that covers every conceivable piece of the ''Star Wars'' franchise.

!!Tropes featured in general in the franchise

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* ThreeDMovie: [[http://www.starwars.com/movies/saga/announce3d/ Plans have been announced to re-release the six main films in theaters in 3D.]] Episode I has already been released in 2012, to mixed reviews. Even considering Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, only time will tell if that will result in a ChannelHop for the 3D versions of the other five films (the next two which are due out in fall 2013).
** The re-releases of II and III in 3D have been [[http://starwars.com/news/focusing-on-star-wars-episode-vii-lucasfilm-postpones-episodes-ii-and-iii-3d.html postponed indefinitely]] it seems, in order to focus all attention on the upcoming sequel trilogy. Most likely, the re-release of the original trilogy in 3D is even more unlikely.
*** Episode II in 3D was, however, shown at Celebration Europe II (in Germany).
* AbridgedSeries: ''Star Wars Shortened'' sanctioned by GeorgeLucas as a promotion for the SkyOne network's season of the six films. Written by and starring three members of the ReducedShakespeareCompany including founding member, Adam Long. Part 1 on Website/YouTube, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6zv1HADbII here]]
* ActionGirl: Padmé and Leia are the only major female characters in their respective trilogies, and they make the most of it. Several female Jedi and bounty hunters embody this trope as well, especially in the EU.
* AdultFear: Anakin [[FaceHeelTurn falls]] to the Dark Side because of the fear of losing Padme after already witnessing his mother die.
* AerithAndBob: From Qui-Gon Jinn to ... Luke.
* AffectionateParody: The popularity of the series has led to [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou many parodies and spoofs]], including:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlFOiFLLd0g Hardware Wars]]''
** ''BlueMilkSpecial''
** ''DarthsAndDroids''
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball''
** ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Star Wars]]''
** ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (a parody by Creator/MelBrooks)
* AgonyBeam: Force Lightning.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish ([[TranslationConvention well, Basic]]).
* AllAccordingToPlan: Many bad guys throughout the series use this phrase, most notably the Emperor.
* AlternateContinuity: Lucas's [[WordOfGod personal]] vision or "{{Canon}}" of ''Star Wars'' only includes the movies, making "the movies + the StarWarsExpandedUniverse" an alternate continuity from a certain point of view.
** Since Disney has acquired the franchise as of October 2012 and announced plans for a new trilogy of movies, a different continuity may arise if they blatantly contradict major points of the Expanded Universe.
*** All Expanded Universe content released before April 25, 2014 is considered to be [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]], and all future material is considered to be canon with the movies and TV series. But the old content will still be available, in effect falling into an alternative continuity than the "new" Expanded Universe.
* AlternateUniverse: the ''Infinities'' comic series, which are three independent retellings of the Original Trilogy storyline after a PointOfDivergence in each of the movies. For ''A New Hope'', [[WhatIf what if]] [[spoiler:Luke fails to destroy the Death Star]]? For ''The Empire Strikes Back'', [[WhatIf what if]] [[spoiler:Luke froze to death on Hoth]]? For ''Return of the Jedi'', [[WhatIf what if]] [[spoiler:C-3PO is broken on board Jabba's ship]]?
* AlternativeCalendar: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Galactic_Standard_Calendar The Galactic Standard Calendar]] consists of a year being 368 24-hour-days. Calendar eras used are BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) and ABY (After the Battle of Yavin) since the Battle of Yavin marked a crucial turning point in the galaxy's history. ''Revenge of the Sith'', for example, took place in 19 BBY (19 years before the Battle of Yavin) while ''Return of the Jedi'' took place 4ABY (4 years after).
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Anakin's fears for (first, his mother's, then his wife's) safety take precedence over everything else, including his loyalties to the Jedi order [[spoiler:and in the end his attempts to save her dooms Padme.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Yeah, nice going there!]]
* AmbiguousRobots: General Grievous has shades of this.
* AmusingAlien: Many appear in the various works, but Jar-Jar Binks is the most known and most visible example [[spoiler: of TheScrappy]].
* AnArmAndALeg: Jedi and Sith frequently lose limbs in lightsaber combat due to their AbsurdlySharpBlade quality. Also happens to various other characters for non-lightsaber related reasons.
* AntiHero:
** Han in ''Film/ANewHope''. He is [[ItsAllAboutMe mostly self-serving]] until [[ChangedMyMindKid he comes through for them in the end.]]
** [[TheChosenOne Anakin Skywalker]] is the dark and edgy type.
* AntlionMonster: The Sarlacc is a plant-like monster whose only visible part is its gaping tentacle-lined mouth, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sarlacc_full_shot.PNG hiding a much larger body.]]
* TheApprentice: The Jedi Order is founded on the concept of apprenticeship, with students (Padawan) trained primarily by a single Jedi Master before taking on the rank of Jedi Knight, then going on to take an apprentice themselves. The Sith use a variant: there is always a single master and a single apprentice in the Galaxy at any time, with the principle that the apprentice will eventually seek to overcome his master and will either succeed or die in the attempt.
** Though if the Expanded Universe is to be believed, there have been certain eras throughout Sith history where Sith apprenticeship mirrored that of the Jedi counterparts to an extent. Multiple masters trained aprentices, though the sith ideology remained the same
* {{Archetype}}: Luke is a textbook hero, designed right out of the book ''[[BooksOnTrope The Hero With A Thousand Faces]]''
* ArcWords: Many, including various psychobabble about under/overestimating the power of the Force/dark side etc.
** "I've got a bad feeling about this."
** "May the Force be with you."
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Exactly how the Jedi Order is funded is a complete mystery. Their temple on Corcuscant was quite spectacular and they have lots of cool starships and other toys. Also, for some reason, nobody seems to question how the late Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas was supposedly able to order up an entire clone army and fleet of warships without anyone noticing some kind of budget appropriation.
** They're funded by the Republic itself, given that they are an official peacekeeping force that answers to the Senate. The clone army was ordered right after the BigBad of the entire franchise was elected to the head of the Senate. Hiding that budget appropriation would be the least of his many crimes in that position.
** For that matter, the Empire itself. Legions of stormtroopers the largest warships seen in the galaxy up until that time, thousands of disposable TIE Fighters, orbital weapons platforms, and ''two'' moon-sized planet-killing space stations. What budget crisis?
* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: Lightsabers. As noted by stunt coordinator Nick Gillard in a DVD featurette for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', "[the Jedi have] chosen a sword in a time of, you know, [[FrickinLaserBeams laser guns]], so they'd better be damn good with it." Jedi and Sith get away with it because the blade goes through anything and reflects blaster fire, and because the wielder has limited precognition along with a variety of other powers and is extensively trained to handle the weapon and its very bizarre weight and balance characteristics. Anyone else who tries to use a lightsaber is more likely to dice himself into neat chunks.
* ArmoredCoffins: Basic TIE fighters have neither ejection seats nor shields. ([[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] material somewhat justifies this in that the TIE is extremely cheap to manufacture, and the Empire is depending on their overwhelming numbers rather than their sturdiness. Pilots are also relatively easy to come by in a galaxy this well-populated). Later versions modeled after Vader's TIE Advanced prototype did get shields, after the TIE corps sustained massive losses at the hands of shielded Rebel craft.
* AscendedExtra: With how much ExpandedUniverse material is being written, we're well on our way to ''every single background character from the films'' getting names and thorough backstories. The winners for this are Wedge and Boba Fett. IG-88 has a ''Shadows of the Empire'' [[ThatOneLevel level]] as well.
* AscendedFanboy(s): The 501st Legion, the world-wide "definitive Imperial costuming organization," was rewarded for their service by being canonically named as Vader's Praetorian Guard, as well as being made the "stars" of ''StarWarsBattlefront 2''.
* AscendedFridgeHorror: Although Film/ReturnOfTheJedi vaguely seems to imply that defeating the Emperor defeated the Empire (see [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16570_the-6-most-depressing-happy-endings-in-movie-history.html this]] article for why it wouldn't) the ExpandedUniverse makes clear that it did not.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: When they die, Jedi can choose to become one with the Force.
* AsteroidThicket: The asteroid chase from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''; revisited in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' with the rings of Geonosis.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Han's running battle with the Death Star's stormtroopers in ''Film/ANewHope'' contains several examples of this, from the iconic "Close the blast doors! Close the blast doors! ... Open the blast doors! Open the blast doors!" bit to the scene when he goes on the offensive against a squad, only to retreat after he "corners" them and finds a much larger squad waiting ready.
* AttackPatternAlpha: The space battles are full of this, especially the Rebels.
* AuthorAppeal: A society of warrior-sages who, as per WordOfGod, can have all the sex they want so long as they don't get too attached.
* AuthorCatchphrase: "I've got a bad feeling about this."
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The Jedi Order and the Sith both embody this trope, as the stronger Force-users tend to be the highest ranked. The Sith explicitly codify it by making "promotion" based on YouKillItYouBoughtIt.
* {{Autodoc}}: Bacta tanks.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The reason for that scene in ''Film/ANewHope'' where Luke discovers his aunt and uncle's horrifically charred remains (as well as the alien's arm being cut off in the cantina scene). However, George Lucas had no way of knowing at the time that standards would be tightened for G-rated movies within the next few years and that even if he did get a G rating back then, he might have gotten a PG rating in 1981 regardless. Averted in the UK, where the movie has always been rated U.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Super Star Destroyers. They're very powerful, but they can still be destroyed by a less expensive fleet. It's outright stated that their purpose is psychological warfare; you can build a bigger fleet for the same cost, but nothing inspires the same amount of terror as a Super Star Destroyer showing up on your doorstep.
** Similarly for regular Star Destroyers, by the time of the Original Trilogy. The original ones in the Clone Wars are depicted as able to land (or hover close to the ground) for transferring troops and cargo, but this appears to not be available by the Original Trilogy (or wasn't shown). While thousands of troops, hundreds of fighters, and numerous heavy ground assault vehicles are useful, it would doubtless be more efficient to have specialized ships to carry out each of these functions. (The RealLife naval equivalent of the Star Destroyer doesn't exist for precisely this reason.) They do make quite an impression, though.
** Lightsabers, deliberately so. While deadly in the hands of a Jedi, to anyone who lacks a Jedi's discipline, training, and command of the Force, they're too difficult to use and dangerous to their user to make them practical. The Jedi use them precisely because of the great amount of skill needed to wield them effectively, it serves to heighten their discipline and control. The Sith like them because they're good at cutting things.
* {{Badass}}: Lots and lots of characters.
* BadassArmy: The Jedi and Sith, and the Grand Army of the Republic, when they aren't being put through ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
* BadassBeard: Many, many examples.
* BadassGrandpa: Yoda and Obi-Wan on one side, Palpatine and Dooku [[EvilCounterpart on the other.]]
* BadassNormal:
** Han Solo can't use the Force, but he gets the drop on Darth Vader, takes the Millennium Falcon through nigh-impossible maneuvers, and knocks the galaxy's most feared bounty hunter into the Sarlacc (albeit accidentally) while blind.
** While nowhere near the level of Han, Leia has her moments, notably in her first encounter with Vader where she not only lies to his face, but talks to him like he's an idiot. She later strangles Jabba to death. (The fact that she later turns out to be Force-sensitive notwithstanding.)
** Jango Fett and his son Boba are extremely deadly bounty hunters, capable of taking on and killing fully trained Jedi Knights.
* BaldWomen: Aurra Sing, Sly Moore (in the prequels)
* BareYourMidriff: Padmé in her ActionGirl attire. Leia in the infamous "golden bikini".
* BattleCouple: Han and Leia, and Anakin and Padme in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
* TheBattlestar: Most large capital ships carry fighter squadrons as well as their own heavy armament. Star Destroyers and their counterparts, the Mon Calamari Cruisers, are the basic examples.
* BeingWatched: Jedi can detect this.
--> "You feel like what?"\\
"Like we're being watched!"
* BelligerentSexualTension: Han and Leia.
* BestFriendsInLaw: Since Han and Leia will presumably get married, Luke and Han become this.
* BigBad: Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine.
* BigDamnHeroes: Han's return to save Luke in ''Film/ANewHope'' is probably the best-known example, but there are many.
* BiggerBad: TheDarkSide.
* BigGood: Yoda.
* BigNo: In every movie.
** Film/ANewHope: Luke after Obi-Wan is killed by Vader.
** Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack: Luke after [[LukeIAmYourFather the big]] [[TheReveal reveal]].
** Film/ReturnOfTheJedi: Luke during their final duel, after Vader [[AndYourLittleDogToo threatens to turn Leia to the Dark Side]], although that's more of a "Big Never". Also, in the Blu-ray re-release, Vader utters "No... NO!" [[PapaWolf just before killing Palpatine]].
** Film/ThePhantomMenace: Obi-Wan after Qui-Gon was killed by Darth Maul.
** Film/AttackOfTheClones: Yoda hearing Qui-Gon's voice after Anakin's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Tusken Raiders.
** Film/RevengeOfTheSith: A rather [[MemeticMutation famous]] [[{{Narm}} scene,]] both the original and a renowned [[BlindIdiotTranslation translation.]] Also notable were three [[LargeHam hammy]] ones from Palpatine while cornered by Mace Windu.
* BilingualBonus: This happens due to the "alien" languages being often pieced together from various obscure Earth languages. Polish-speaking fans will noticed that C-3PO asks " Chee too mishkah Jabba du Hat?
** (czy tu mieszka Jabba the Hutt)", which means "Does Jabba the Hutt live here?" in Polish.
** The TV miniseries ''CloneWars'' has some Nelvaanians speaking Russian.
** One of the most famous examples was in ReturnOfTheJedi where Lando's Sullustan co-pilot was actually speaking an obscure Kenyan dialect with lines that were ''perfectly'' in context.
** Anyone who speaks Sanskrit will understand [[OminousLatinChanting the chanting]] in Duel of the Fates.
* BilingualDialogue: Han apparently speaks (or at least understands) a variety of languages, including Huttese, Rodian, and Wookiee. Lando and Nien Numb communicate this way in ''Return of the Jedi''. [=R2-D2=] does this constantly, since he only speaks Binary.
* BittersweetEnding: A staple of the series. In fact, ''A New Hope'' has the only unambiguously happy ending.
** ''The Phantom Menace''- The Battle of Naboo is a success, but Qui-Gon Jinn [[SacrificialLion is killed in a duel]] that only proves the Sith still exist.
** ''Attack of the Clones'' - The Republic wins the Battle of Geonosis, but now has a galactic-scale war on its hands. Anakin and Padmé get married. [[KarmaHoudini Count Dooku escapes]].
** ''Revenge of the Sith'' - The Empire takes over the galaxy, Padmé dies, and Anakin becomes Darth Vader. Obi-Wan and Yoda [[SealedGoodInACan go into hiding.]] The only hopeful part is that [[UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn Luke and Leia are born]] [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture and will become powerful opponents of the Empire someday]].
** ''The Empire Strikes Back'' - The heroes escape from Cloud City, but Han is still frozen in carbonite and they are unable to stop Boba Fett from taking him to Jabba the Hutt. Luke learns Vader is his father, casting doubt on everything he knew.
** ''Return of the Jedi''- Darth Vader does a HeelFaceTurn and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dies killing the Emperor]], leaving Luke feeling like he failed in some way and all alone as the last Jedi. Mitigated significantly by destroying the Death Star, along with a celebration, but Luke's story does have a somber tone.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Several near-human or rubber-forehead species, as described in the Expanded Universe. There's some even more bizarre stuff in the EU.
* BizarreHumanBiology: Humans, as well as all other living species in TheVerse, possess "midi-chlorians", mysterious organelles which have some intricate connection to TheForce.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: With the exception of those games where you play for ([[HeelFaceTurn or start for]]) [[TieFighter the Empire]], [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic the Sith]] [[TheForceUnleashed or both]]. Helps that most villains are ObviouslyEvil.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Justified by the lightsabers. With their lack of a physical blade and weight confined to the device itself, they wouldn't have that much in the way of momentum to stop outside of the amount from the users arm swinging.
* BloodbathVillainOrigin: Anakin's first task after being christened Darth Vader is to lead the attack on the Jedi Temple.
* BloodlessCarnage: The franchise shows virtually no blood, thanks (in canon) to blasters and lightsabers instantly cauterizing the wounds they make. The prequel trilogy also has a large number of droid combatants who obviously can't bleed.
* BoardingParty: The Imperials blasting their way into the Rebel corvette at the start of Episode IV.
* BodyguardingABadass: The Imperial guard are the sign-of-office type, since their bosses are Sith Lords.
* BootstrappedTheme: Would you believe that the iconic {{Fanfare}} was originally called "Luke's Theme"?
* BottomlessPits: Every single movie, multiple times even. Entire cities have been built in bottomless pits. The Emperor is particularly fond of them [[spoiler:and dies when Vader throws him into one]].
* BreakoutCharacter: R2-D2.
** Han Solo and Boba Fett can be considered this as well, since they are slated to star in their own spin-off movies.
* BreakTheCutie: Anakin's arc in the Prequel Trilogy. The incredibly sweet little boy of ''The Phantom Menace'' and the naive, romantic teenager of ''Attack of the Clones'' are crushed by the events of the second film; then the choices he makes (or is duped into making) in ''Revenge of the Sith'' not only finish smashing Anakin into tiny bits, the bits are then ''stomped on'' and finally ''set on fire''. When Anakin kneels in front of Sidious and receives his Sith title, you can see in his rag-doll posture how completely broken he is. As Yoda tells Obi-Wan, "The boy you trained, gone he is."
* BroadStrokes: The entire saga was built upon having millions of stories being told while we are only seeing a few. There is a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Canon tier-based system]] of how ''Star Wars'' {{Canon}} works: Movies, and anything originating from George Lucas (eg. production notes, WordOfGod, adaptations, etc.) '''>''' Television (specifically, the CGI ''[[StarWarsTheCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' series, and the in-production live action series) '''>''' Original story ComicBooks / {{Literature}} / VideoGames / Other material '''>''' Older material (subject to be ignored) '''>''' WhatIf stories, {{Alternate Ending}}s and items not meant to be taken seriously.
* BromanticFoil: Naive farmboy and cynical drug smuggler turned mercenary? Naturally they'll be the two guys competing over Leia.
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''[[CreatorBacklash Lucas himself]]'' has disavowed the ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', saying that he would smash every last existing copy with a sledgehammer if he could.
** Partially. All of the elements from it, such as Chewbacca's relatives, Life Day, and Kashyyyk's architecture have still remained part of the canon, although the events of the Special itself haven't been referenced anywhere else.
** Since Disney's acquisition of [=LucasFilm=], they have retroactively declared any Expanded Universe media to be non-canon. To enforce this, existing properties will now be filed under the banner "Star Wars Legends".
* CanonImmigrant: A'plenty. TIE Bombers in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Boba Fett in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Aayla Secura in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and the ''Outrider'' in the SpecialEdition.
* CaptainObvious:
** Admiral Ackbar, and his utterly needless exclamation of [[spoiler: [[MemeticMutation "It's a TRAP!"]]]]
** Ric Olie from the prequels.
** For a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, C-3PO has an uncanny ability to put his foot in his metaphorical mouth.
---> '''Han:''' "Glad you're here to tell us these things. Chewie! Take the professor to the back and plug him into the hyperdrive."
* CartesianKarma: The realization of this was the most likely factor in Darth Vader's [[RedemptionEqualsDeath acceptance of his death]] at the end of the trilogy. He had already had the majority of his body burned off and was encased in an armor that as well as being his life support, was also a symbol for tyranny and fear for people everywhere. It's also hard to imagine the rebels or improvised government not trying or condemning him after.
* CasualInterstellarTravel
* CatchPhrase: In addition to some version of "May the force be with you", you can pretty much count on each movie at least once having a character drop the line [[OhCrap "I have a (very) ''bad'' feeling about this..."]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Jar-Jar would've gone gradually from a fun-loving character catering to the kids to [[spoiler:a politician manipulated by Palpatine]] had the scene emphasizing the latter not been cut as unnecessary.
* CharmPerson: The Jedi Mind Trick.
* CheatedAngle: The Death Star is ''always'' shown so the superlaser dish is facing the viewer. The only exception is the occasional view from behind when the superlaser is firing, but it's never shown without the laser visible in an establishing shot.
* ChekhovsGun: Han's debt to Jabba.
** Also Wedge Antilles--who was a constant background character, hardly seen. Yet, ends up being one of the main reasons the rebels won the war against the empire.
* TheChessmaster: A number of these, most obviously Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine.
* {{Chickification}}: Padmé Amidala, due to being pregnant.
* ChildSoldiers: Types One and Two. The Jedi and the Clone troopers are trained from ''birth'' to [[{{Tykebomb}} have a single-minded devotion to their duty]], forbidden or discouraged from any "attachments" deeper than casual acquaintances or work colleagues, handed massive amounts of planet-destroying weaponry, and sent off to "save" the galaxy. (And they ''wonder'' why so many Jedi go insane and fall?!) The movies gloss over this big time. The ExpandedUniverse treatment of this [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]].
* ChokeHolds: The Force Choke is an air choke. A slow, unpleasant, unstoppable choke from a distance. Very [[BuffySpeak dark sidey]].
* CirclingMonologue: Reversed, somewhat. Anakin circles Palpatine as the latter goads him into doing a FaceHeelTurn.
* CivilWar: One spanning the entire galaxy.
* ClingyCostume: Darth Vader's armor is also a life-support system, and cannot be removed outside a special chamber.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Vader's torture of Princess Leia in the first movie, Han Solo and Chewbacca in the second and the Emperor's use of electrical torture on Luke in the third.
* CollectibleCardGame: Four of them, the most successful being the StarWarsCustomizableCardGame
* ColonCancer: As described on the page, this franchise is known for subtitles.
** The ''StarWars'' Omnibus titles are running into this issue. Consider the first one released, which is ''Star Wars: Omnibus: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron: Volume 1''.
** [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn's series]] receives the most attention, with the latest installment being joked as needing the full title ''Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy''
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: In space battles, Rebel lasers are red, and Imperial lasers are green. In the prequels, Republic shots were blue, Separatist shots were red. Jedi use blue or green lightsabers while only Sith carry red lightsabers. And only a [[Creator/SamuelLJackson bad]] [[Film/PulpFiction motherfucker]] gets to use a purple lightsaber blade.
** The expanded universe has made the lightsaber coloring slightly less straight forward. Yellow, Orange, Amber, Pewter, and Black have been used for Jedi saber colors. However the Sith seem to maintain their characteristic red sabers no matter what. Leia herself used a different shade of red for her own lightsaber when she first became a Jedi.
*** The pre-pre-prequels (TheOldRepublic and the like) make it even ''less'' straightforward, stating that Sith lightsabers can be red, orange, yellow, or purple, and it's been conjectured that ''any'' lightsaber can be any color, regardless of the owner's affiliations.
* CombatParkour: This technique is used mainly by Jedi when they duel, each dueler trying to gain the upper hand by attacking from a different angle or trying to throw off their opponent by leading or chasing them into a new battleground.
** For [[PintSizedPowerhouse Yoda]], all the jumping around is necessary for him to fight larger opponents (in other words, everybody else).
* CommonTongue: Basic for humans (and by extension the Republic/Empire) and individual languages for each species.
* ConMan: Palpatine, in many ways, is one. He cons everyone (Anakin, Padme, the Republic, the Senate, the Trade Federation, the Rebel Alliance, even Jar Jar) in order to get what he wants: revenge on the Jedi and control of the galaxy. Then, he tries to con Luke and it all falls apart...
* ConstructedWorld
* ContinuityDrift: Concepts such as Luke's parentage, Obi-Wan's master and Leia's relatives.
* ContinuityLockout: Not too bad with the first six movies, but an issue of you came in late to the party for the novels, which now number into the many dozens, and which were (at least until recently) considered canonical with the movies.
* ConvergingStreamWeapon: The Death Star is the TropeCodifier. Also several Republic ships in AOTC had miniature versions.
* CoolOldGuy: Yoda and Obi-Wan.
** Not to mention Count Dooku. (Christopher Lee, come on...)
* CoolStarship: Each film introduces at least one.
* CoolSword: Lightsabers.
* CorporateWarfare: The prequel trilogy showed that many mercantile organizations such as the Trade Federation, Banking Clan, and Techno Union had massive droid armies.
* CorruptPolitician: Senator Palpatine got elected. Emperor Palpatine did not[[note]]at least not formally: the senate made him Chancellor, and later granted him dictatorial powers for the duration of the war: only the final power grab was "unconstitutional"[[/note]].
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: The prequel trilogy compared to the original.
* CranialProcessingUnit: Appears to apply to many of the humanoid robots. Most notably, in Episode II, C-3PO gets his head switched with that of a battle droid, and remains being himself. Averted with the [=MagnaGuards=], however, since losing their heads doesn't appear to slow them down much.
** According to the [[ExpandedUniverse EU]], the [[EliteMooks MagnaGuards]] have a secondary processor in their chest that they can use should the [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy one in their head be destroyed.]]
* CreepyCleanliness: The Empire's ships are always spotless and shiny, emphasizing their coldness and sterility. The Alliance's are always used and lived-in. (George Lucas had fights with the unionized cleaning staff, who kept trying to clean the Alliance sets up for contractual reasons after he had them deliberately dirtied.)
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Compare Yoda as we first meet him in Episode V and his duel with Palpatine.
* CrushingThePopulace: The Galactic Empire rules by fear, as expressed in the Tarkin Doctrine and exemplified by the destruction of Alderaan.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Force. Although it's the Crystal Dragon Tao (or Dao, depending on which transliteration you prefer). The Force, the Jedi, and the Sith are space-Taoism. The Jedi become one with the Force, and live in Harmony with the nature of the universe. The Sith reject this and disrupt the harmony of the Force. Thus, Anakin was to restore balance by restoring harmony, by eliminating the disruption of the Dark Side.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Notably Coruscant, which is the capital of the Republic and the headquarters of the Jedi.
* CuteMachines: Primarily, R2-D2, but many of the series' droids can exhibit this from time to time.
* TheCycleOfEmpires: The prequels cover the decline of the Republic and its transformation into the Empire. The original trilogy covers the fall of the Empire. Much of the ExpandedUniverse is dedicated to the Long Night.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Anakin with his children. Considering he thought they were ''never even born'', he can be forgiven for not looking for them sooner.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Palpatine.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Since the prequel trilogy was following [[VillainProtagonist Anakin,]] ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' had to be darker by default. As such, it was the only film in the series to garner a PG-13 rating. ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is also noticeably darker in tone than its predecessor. The upcoming live-action TV series is also reported by Rick [=McCallum=] to be "much darker, much grittier" and Lucas describing the series as "bare-bones" and "action-heavy". There's a brief scene in ''Film/ANewHope'' that's darker than the rest of the film, [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating and the darkness of that scene was deliberate on the part of the director]].
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: Darth Vader. Due to injuries and burns sustained in [[spoiler:his duel with Obi-wan in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'']], he is unable to survive without his suit for more than a few minutes. He has bionic limbs, and his breathing is also reliant on robotics. The suit doesn't work completely right and leaves him in constant pain, but fixing that would require removal, so he's stuck.
** There's also General Grievous, who relies on even more life support than Vader.
* DataCrystal: Holocrons.
* DeadpanSnarker: Han Solo would be the most obvious one, but it seems old Obi-Wan was something of a snarker in his younger days. Even as an old man, he's still able to spar with Han, though:
-->'''Han:''' Damn fool, I knew you were gonna say that.
-->'''Obi-Wan:''' Who's more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?
** R2-D2 is one too, judging by how C-3PO talks about him.
** Every Jedi excels at this to some degree, especially in the prequels. Seems to be related to the fact that sarcasm is the best way to not respond to something emotionally. Or it may just be related to them being generally the "good guys" and therefore presented as people the audience can identify with.
* DeathActivatedSuperpower: How "Force Ghosts" are created.
* DeathByChildbirth: Apparently still possible and something to be worried about, despite the incredibly advanced level of medical technology.
* DecadeDissonance: A bit of a clash between the prequel's and the original trilogies' style for technology.
* DeceptiveLegacy: Obi-Wan tells Luke his father is dead. It all depends on your point of view. The audience knows he turns out to be Darth Vader; but from Obi-Wan's point of view, his friend Anakin died (and was mourned) after the events of Episode III.
* DecoyProtagonist: It turns out Qui-Gon ''was'' right; [[spoiler:Despite his flaws and poor decisions, it is Anakin, not Luke, who is the hero of the entire series.]]
* DefangedHorrors: Each movie gave us a new, different creature for our heroes to go up against.
** ''A New Hope'' had the dianoga, the monster in the trash compactor scene.
** ''Empire'' had the wampa, as well as a brief glimpse of some swamp creature, ''and'' the space slug on the asteroid. Deep-freezing Solo could also be considered unsettling.
** ''ROTJ'' had the rancor and the sarlacc.
** The Jedi faced three underwater beasts in ''The Phantom Menace''.
** The arena scene in ''Attack of the Clones'' also had three creatures, each trying to kill one of the heroes.
** ''Revenge of the Sith'', oddly, had no creature feature, unless you count the lizard-dog Obi rode during the attack on Grievous. There was originally supposed to be something waiting for Obi-Wan after he fell into the canyon during Order 66, but the idea of interrupting the most heartbreaking and emotional scene in the whole movie with Obi-Wan sneaking past a Loch Ness monster probably came off as a bad idea to George Lucas.
** The way Anakin becomes Darth Vader (being mutilated and burnt almost to death while screaming to Obi-Wan "I hate you!") is definitely disturbing to watch.
* DemocracyIsBad: By ''RevengeOfTheSith'' Palpatine has been granted greater and greater political power by vote of the Senate. When he finally goes all-out and proclaims that he is "reorganizing" the Republic into a [[TheEmpire Galactic Empire]], the response from the Senate is thunderous applause. Never mind that when they first started granting him emergency powers, he specifically promised to give them up when the Separatist crisis had passed. Instead, he proclaimed himself [[GalacticConqueror Emperor]].
** It only gets worse in the [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]. It is virtually a trope in its own right that the post-Imperial governments of the New Republic (which lasts only a single generation) and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances which succeeds ''it'' are so absurdly dysfunctional that they cannot respond adequately to any crisis, collapse under the slightest pressure and can easily be taken over by any moderately organized Sith Lord. While this provides a backdrop for the heroic actions of individual characters, it nevertheless leaves the impression that the galaxy simply cannot be run by any kind of representative government because politicians are just inherently unreliable.
** This Trope is one of the ''major'' reasons Creator/DavidBrin has such a massive dislike of the franchise, claiming it seeks to undermine ideals of equality and progress and promote a FeudalFuture.
* DemocracyIsFlawed: Then-Senator Palpatine uses the political mire of the Galactic Senate to ignite his scheme of overthrowing the Jedi and Senate to establish a Sith Empire.
** The ExpandedUniverse works set prior to the prequels use this. The Republic means well, but is trying to balance the needs and desires of hundreds of species, thousands of worlds, and a ton of competing interests. This would be hard enough without TheEmpire breathing down its neck at every opportunity.
* DemotedToExtra:
** [[TheScrappy Jar-Jar Binks]]. In Attack of the Clones, he had a somewhat significant appearance. In Revenge of the Sith, he had very minor appearances.
** C-3PO in the prequel trilogy.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The movies try to have some sense of balance and limitation to the technology and the abilities of Force users. In the ExpandedUniverse, you will find all sorts of battleship weapons [[SequelEscalation more powerful]] than the Death Star, and Jedi of either [[StarWarsCloneWars the current time period]] or in the distant past who could be considered forces of nature with what they are able to do.
* DesertBandits: The Tusken raiders are native inhabitants of the desert planet Tatooine who make their living by robbing whoever else is currently occupying the planet.
* DespiteThePlan:
-->'''Han:''' So, how we doin'?
-->'''Luke:''' Same as always.
-->'''Han:''' [[LampshadeHanging That bad]], huh?
* DevelopmentGag: Usually shows up in character names.
* DigitalDestruction: The 2004 DVD set, despite being billed as "restored", received terrible color alternation, desaturating the soft, fantasy like colors of the original films into darker, more realistic lighting in vogue with the Prequel Trilogy, and much of the clarity and detail of the original prints is lost in the process. This was the result of Lucasfilm ordering this to be done in a breakneck page of ''30 days''. Hopefully the problem was fixed for the BluRay reissue.
** Nowhere near, sadly. The 2011 Blu-rays have the brightness turned up a teeny bit, and a few lightsaber fixes- mostly in Return of the Jedi- but that's about it. Colours are still all over the shop, lightsaber in Empire Strikes Back often look terrible, and a lot of the detail in the darker parts of the picture are still lost.
* DigitalHeadSwap: Done for Count Dooku's lightsaber battles (justified, given Christopher Lee's age). It's particularly [[UncannyValley eerie and distracting]] as Christopher Lee's head seems to float above his stuntman's shoulders independent of his movements.
* DisappearedDad: Anakin was this for Luke, for awhile. ''We'' know [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou what really happened]], but Luke didn't learn the truth until Episode V. Also, ironically, applies to Anakin himself, as he ''has no father''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Yes, Anakin, we understand that you were disappointed. The Jedi could've gone a lot easier on you, and we feel for you. But don't you think you're overreacting?
** Even moreso because he wasn't giving the Jedi Council any other choice. His mentors, Yoda and Obi-Wan, had let him down easy on ''numerous'' occasions, should he ever get over the death of his loved ones. Anakin, however, wouldn't take 'no' for an answer.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Emperor Palpatine]]. Then again, when he reached the bottom, he also ''blew up''.
* DivineChessboard: The Light Side versus the Dark Side of the force, through the Jedi and Sith.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Obi Wan, who considers blasters "clumsy and uncivilized", and prefers [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge more elegant weapons]]. [[CombatPragmatist Until he's forced to use one]].
* DoingInTheWizard: Midichlorians.
* DownerEnding:
** ''The Empire Strikes Back''- Probably the biggest downer ending in the series: The Empire storms the Rebellion's hidden base and drives the entire Rebel fleet into hiding, Luke gets his hand cut off and finds out that Darth Vader is his father, and Han Solo gets frozen in carbonite after confessing his love to Leia.
** ''The Phantom Menace'' might have one. As stated above, it could be considered a BittersweetEnding with Qui-Gon dead, but the battle of Naboo having been won. Though the purpose of Naboo's invasion was to make Sidious Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. The Good Guys celebrate their pointless victory, not knowing that the BigBad has actually succeeded and is standing there among them as Palpatine. TheBadGuyWins, the Good Guys just don't know.
** ''Attack of the Clones''- Featured a Jedi massacre and the start of the Clone Wars.
--->'''Yoda:'''Victory? Victory, you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun, the Clone War has.
** ''Revenge of the Sith''- Drops a ton of bombs on us. The purge of the Jedi Order. Anakin fully becomes Darth Vader after sustaining grievous injuries and burns in a battle with his closest friend, Obi-Wan. Padme dies, orphaning newborns Luke and Leia Skywalker. Palpatine takes over the galaxy and forms the Empire.
* TheDragAlong: C-3P0 in every movie.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Darth Vader might as well be the [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]]. See WeCanRuleTogether.
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: The Jedi wear brown robes while the Sith wear black. Stormtroopers wear distinctive white armour and Imperial pilots wear black uniforms, emphasizing their sterility and lack of humanity, while Rebels soldiers wear various green and grey tones.
* DropPod: Many factions use these, and some video games let you do it yourself.
* DueToTheDead: The Jedi burn their dead in funeral pyres, with few exceptions (including, but not limited to, Jedi that [[NoBodyLeftBehind become one with the Force]], most notably Obi-Wan and Yoda).
** Also, as a minor background event, C-3PO helps Obi-Wan burn a bunch of slaughtered Jawas in a funeral pyre in one scene in ''A New Hope'' as Luke returns from discovering his aunt and uncle's charred remains.
** In ''Revenge of the Sith'', we only see Padme's funeral procession to the amphitheatre where Qui-Gon's funeral was held, though as inferred from Yoda's dialogue before the scene her body is subsequently buried along with a keepsake of her husband Anakin following the funeral proper.
** In ''Attack of the Clones'', after recovering her remains from a Sandpeople village ([[IDidWhatIHadToDo and leaving the village in shambles in his wake because of the torture they had put her through]]), Anakin lays his mother to rest in a small cemetery in the Tatooine desert, with Padme, Cliegg, Owen, Beru, C-3PO, and R2-D2 in attendance at the small funeral.
* DullSurprise: Although there are arguably some instances of it in the original trilogy too, this is taken to new levels in the prequels.
* TheDutifulSon: Or daughter in this case. Luke seems to think Leia is this, being in the Rebellion while he was on Tatooine.
* EarsAsHair: Several alien species do this at times, including the Togrutas, the Twi'leks, and the Gungans.
* EccentricMentor: Yoda, who is very wise but more than a little eccentric.
* EliteMooks: The Stormtroopers, and the Super Battledroids from the prequel trilogy. The common Imperial mooks were the black-uniformed guys in black bell-shaped open-face helmets, called just "Imperial Army"; the stormtroopers are supposed to be DoomTroops.
* EmeraldPower: The green-skinned Yoda is one of the strongest Jedi there is. There's also an awful lot of green lightsabers used throughout the series.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Why Jedi are good and Sith are evil, though in the Expanded Universe, stoicism is treated a bit less kindly, as the New Jedi Order by Luke is less rigid.
* TheEmpire: One of the best known examples, and a TropeCodifier in many ways.
* EnergyWeapons: All over the place.
* EpicMovie
* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: And how can anyone forget the scenes, where Darth Vader walks dramatically through steam exhausts that for some reason are set around the ship's main entrance. Made even weirder, though more {{Badass}}, in the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novelizations]], which claim that the steam is burning hot and that normal people won't exit until it's evaporated. This is actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d as a security feature to prevent assaults or sabotage when docking.
* EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning:
** The spinning background that occurs in Film/ANewHope after the Millenium Falcon first jumps into Hyperspace. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsNv6c6chBA See it here.]]
** Lightsaber duels are full of flashy spinning moves, especially in the prequel trilogy, with Yoda's acrobatic fighting style as the most prominent example.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Leia.
* EvilBrit: Tarkin, and most of the Empire.
** In the original trilogy, this trope was invoked intentionally, and in fact was created in the editing room. Aside from the lead actors (who were mostly Americans), all of the small parts and background extras in the three films were played by Brits. This was natural, since the trilogy was shot at a studio just outside London. Most of the "good" or "neutral" characters in the films (such as the Rebel pilots, or the cantina bartender) later had their voices dubbed over by American actors, but the sound editors retained the natural English accents of the Imperial {{mooks}} for dramatic effect.
** Subverted by Mon Mothma, who has a British accent and is head of the Rebellion.
** And by C-3PO, thanks to Anthony Daniels' narrow escape from overdubbing.
** And Leia... until she [[OohMeAccentsSlipping inexplicably starts speaking in an American accent]]. See FakeBrit.
* EvilCounterpart: [[TheDragon Vader]] is [[TheHero Luke's]] counterpart and [[BigBad Palpatine]] is [[BigGood Yoda's]].
* EvilOldFolks: Palpatine, Tarkin, Dooku and Vader. Averted with [[CoolOldGuy Obi-Wan]] and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Yoda]].
* EvilOverlooker: Many ''Star Wars'' posters, usually featuring Vader or Palpatine.
* EvilOverlord: Most Sith Lords (most of whom are also masters), though Darth Vader (an apprentice) is the first and arguably most definitive EvilOverlord to be introduced.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Sidious aka Palpatine. In the prequel trilogy, he speaks with a normal voice while under the guise of Chancellor Palpatine, but uses the rasp when he's acting as Darth Sidious. After the fight with Mace Windu leaves him with his distinctly melted face, he speaks with a raspy voice at all times--so it becomes the iconic voice of Emperor Palpatine in the original trilogy.
** Oddly, in his first appearance (going by RealLife chronology) in ''The Empire Strikes Back'', the Emperor speaks with a deep, not-at-all raspy voice. For the DVD version [[ReCut this scene was redubbed]] with a voice consistent with the rest of the series.
* EvilWearsBlack: The Sith wear black robes compared to the brown robes of the Jedi. Inverted with the Imperial Storm Troopers, who are some of the scariest Guys In White ever to stalk the silver screen.
* ExpandedUniverse: [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse One of the first major ones.]]
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: From the first (or fourth, depending on how you look at it) film, "But if they traced the robots here, they may have learned who they sold them to, and that would lead them back... home!".
** From ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', "But how could they be jamming us if they don't know... we're coming?"
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Wookiees in general and Chewbacca in particular.
* EyeColorChange: There's the phenomenon of "[[SupernaturalGoldEyes Sith eyes]]", related to the Dark Side of the Force. They usually aren't permanent and usually manifest when the dark Force-user is enraged (Count Dooku, always calm and collected, never manifests them). Only Darth Maul, who is more or less always belligerent, sports permanent Sith eyes.
* FalseFlagOperation: The Clone Wars; the Battle of Endor.
* FamousLastWords: Many.
* {{Fanfare}}: The iconic opening music.
** [[Creator/BillMurray "Star Wars!]] [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Nothing but Star Wars!"]]
** David Prowse (Darth Vader) sang "Star Wars, made me a fortune, paid off my mortgage, bought me a car!"
* FantasticAesop: TheDarkSide is made of this trope.
* FantasticFightingStyle: Lightsaber combat. The EU describes the different forms in detail as well as which characters specialize in them.
* FantasticFragility: The Death Star, both versions.
* FantasticHonorifics: The Grand Moffs lean more into FantasticRankSystem, but there are also the Jedi honorifics of "Padawan learner" and so on.
* FantasticRacism: Anakin towards the Sand People. In the EU, human supremacy is the policy of the Empire, to explain why there were no Imperial aliens in the movies.
** The droid-hating bartender from Episode IV, as well as the Imperial officer that calls Chewbacca a "thing". As well, the Imperials on Endor refer to the Ewoks as "bear creatures".
** Except for the spy that followed Luke and Obi-wan in "A New Hope." Also, no aliens are seen among the Rebel troops until "Return of the Jedi." From a non-EU perspective, there may be no systemic racism in the Empire at all; like the Rebellion, its military may simply be dominated by humans.
* FantasticRankSystem: The Empire's rank system includes Moffs and Grand Moffs. The Expanded Universe adds more fantasy ranks.
** Moff and Grand Moff are more offices/positions than ranks. They are more like "governor but bigger" rather than "general but bigger".
* FastRoping: The clone troopers in Episode III employ this trope.
* FeudalFuture: Popularized the concept of a "used universe" which has inspired ''{{Firefly}}'' and countless other franchises. Many planets are also ruled by monarchy (albeit, many of them are [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory elected monarchs]]) and inherited nobility.
* FishPeople: Kit Fisto and the Gungans in the prequels, as well as the Aqualish, Mon Calimari, Selkath, and Quarren.
* FiveManBand: Luke is TheHero, Han's TheLancer, R2 and 3PO trade off being TheSmartGuy, Chewie's TheBigGuy, and Leia is TheChick. [[ActionGirl Well, sometimes]]. Threepio is sometimes TheChick. Lando Calrissian was the SixthRangerTraitor and later he was just the SixthRanger.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: The Death Star's [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-killing]] superlaser.
* FlauntingYourFleets: Several examples throughout the series.
* FlawExploitation: Anakin/Vader's love for his family; Luke's for his friends.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: On the most recent {{DVD}}s.
* {{Flynning}}: Oh so much, but [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as lightsabers are a OneHitKill weapon, so the emphasis of most combat styles is on avoiding being hit while creating an opportunity to strike.
** In the formerly-canon Expanded Universe, this was detailed a little further in that the Jedi, as a pacifistic group, never directly attempted to kill unless it was too dangerous to keep the enemy alive (such as Mace Windu against Palpatine), and their fighting styles reflected that, in that they were attempting to disarm their opponent rather than kill him if it could be helped. The Sith followed this to a T, though.
* FollowTheLeader: Inspired so many.
** The original ''Star Wars'' film itself drew from many sources. The ''[[TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known. The ''{{Dune}}''-Tattooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell GeorgeLucas must have seen at least ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. Plus plenty of ideas and concepts from [[JohnCarterOfMars John Carter of Mars.]] As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Happens a ''lot'', both in the movies as well as in the Expanded Universe. The exact capabilities of the Jedi (and other Force-users) are very inconsistently depicted, with their abilities [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands varying scene to scene depending on the needs of the plot]].
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Most of Biggs Darklighter's scenes were cut from the original release of ''A New Hope'', resulting in some dissonant cheerfulness from Luke after he destroys the Death Star considering that his best friend had just died.
* FranchiseZombie: An interesting case. George Lucas originally planned for there to be ''twelve'' movies in total, but eventually boiled it down to nine while working on ''The Empire Strikes Back'' and ''Return Of The Jedi'', and from there, went with six (the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy). He stated that he did '''and''' didn't have plans for additional sequels, generally stating that [[ExactWords he wouldn't be directing any more movies in the franchise beyond the two trilogies]] and would avoid the creation of additional films unless he approved of the story. Disney convinced him to allow the films to expand further with a $4,000,000,000 deal. However, he is a creative consultant for the Sequel Trilogy as a way of making sure the story has the spirit of the other movies, and the cast and crew involved with the movies are very enthusiastic to be a part of the project - both of which are good signs for the direction of the trilogy.
* FrontlineGeneral: ''Very'' prevalent, and frequently a JustifiedTrope.
** The Jedi in all Clone Wars-related media, such as ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', and the animated series ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]''. They are all automatically generals, and prefer to command from the frontlines. Probably because they [[ImplausibleFencingPowers don't fear enemy blaster fire]]. Pong Krell form ''The Clone Wars'' is an exception, preferring to stay in the back. But he has a good reason to do that. [[spoiler: He's killing as many clones as possible and using HollywoodTactics before he officially betrays the Republic.]]
** On the flip side, General Grievous was often on the front line during the Clone Wars.
* FunctionalMagic: While the films generally depict the Force in a manner analogous to PsychicPowers, the Expanded Universe frequently diversifies Force powers into more explicitly magical forms, such as "Sith Sorcery", which involves actual spellcasting and the creation of unusual effects not normally available to conventional Force wielders such as the Jedi. There are also many examples of magical items and {{Magitek}}.
** As a rule of thumb, Force traditions originating from pre-industrial societies, such as Dathomir and the ancient Sith, tend to have the "magic" look and feel, and the "ultra-modern" ones tend to be PsychicPowers.
* FuturisticSuperhighway: The prequel trilogy shows [[FlyingCar flying cars]] driving in seemingly designated "lanes" on Coruscant.
* GagDub: ''Star Wars: Storm in a Glass'' by DmitryPuchkov.
* GalacticSuperpower: In chronological order: The Rakatan Infinite Empire, the Sith Empire, the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire, and finally the New Republic. After that the Galactic Alliance competed with the Fel Empire for a century before the Sith took over again.
* GambitPileup: Palpatine's intricate plans are legendary throughout the series, but there are others that famously compete with his. Specifically, Vader, Luke, and the Rebel leaders all run their own gambits in ''Return of the Jedi''. In order, the Rebels and Vader are OutGambitted by Palpatine, who is in turn OutGambitted by Luke.
* GameChanger: This is the meaning behind the title of ''Film/ANewHope'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Without Luke's involvement helping to bring down the Sith, including learning the ways of the force and bringing back the Jedi Order, the Rebellion would never have won.
** Rescuing Leia is a game-changer. [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow The Empire knew that Leia knew where the rebel base was and Leia knew the Empire would know this and track her.]] They let her go and Leia had no choice but to bring the Death Star plans (and the bugged Falcon) to the rebels.
** Destroying the first Death Star counts as one in the series/franchise, but as the last act of the movie it is the finale to the climax.
** From Obi-Wan and Yoda's perspective, Luke starting on the path to become a Jedi is the real game changer in order to defeat the Sith. The premise of the original trilogy remained "Rebellion vs. Empire."
** The Clone Troopers in ''AttackOfTheClones'' are TGC when they arrive on Geonosis to rescue the overwhelmed Jedi. They become NothingIsTheSameAnymore when they obey General Order 66 and eradicate the Jedi, leaving Emperor Palpatine as Lord And Master of the Galaxy.
* GenericanEmpire: The Galactic Republic, replaced by the Galactic Empire, replaced by the New Republic...
* GenreBusting: Part science fiction, part fantasy, part western, part samurai movie, part World War II film....
* GenreDeconstruction: The Prequel Trilogy can be viewed as a deconstruction of the Original Trilogy. The OT was standard SpaceOpera with all of its tropes played straight. The PT, however, is far more morally complex and ambiguous. In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', every victory that the heroes attained in the previous two films (and for the first part of that one) was in fact the villain's plan all along. Anakin becomes a near perfect deconstruction of the MessianicArchetype. Obi-Wan's bold statement of "Only the Sith speak in absolutes" is the exact opposite of what the everything else in the film depicts about the nature of the Sith and Jedi and their worldviews.
* GlovedFistOfDoom: Darth Vader ''lives'' in this trope. "If you only knew the ''power'' of the Dark Side..."
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: The Jedi Order suffers from this problem, and pay dearly for it, as the prequels show.
* GoodOldWays
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Anakin gains a prominent scar on his face somewhere between Episodes II and III, and several more when he becomes Darth Vader. Luke has one in Episode V from the wampa attack on Hoth.([[RealLifeWritesThePlot in reality]], this was from a car accident prior to filming).
* GrapplingHookPistol: Used in Episode I to enter the palace on Naboo.
* GRatedSex: WordOfGod says in the commentary for ESB that, for the adults, a kiss between Han and Leia was supposed to have the same effect as two characters having sex in any other movie.
* GrayingMorality: The first trilogy. ''A New Hope'' has mostly clear-cut heroes and villains (except for LovableRogue Han Solo). In ''The Empire Strikes Back'', we learn that Obi-Wan lied to Luke about his father. In ''Return of the Jedi'', Luke is told that he must kill his own father or the Emperor will win.
* GreenLanternRing: If you look on the Wookiepedia, you'll see that the Force can do all kinds of cool stuff.
-->'''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII Darth Traya]]''': "Nothing is impossible with the Force."
* GripingAboutGremlins: Buzz Droids in ''III''. Little sabatours launched onto enemy ships with missiles.
* GunshipRescue: ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' has one of the archetypal depictions of this (which is a BigDamnHeroes moment too) but it is certainly not limited to any single movie, show, comic or book.
* HannibalLecture: Palpatine is especially fond of giving them, but Dooku and Tarkin also get to.
* HarmonyVersusDiscipline: The Force = The Way of Harmony and TheDarkSide = The Path of Discipline, in theory with Jedi trying to be one with the Force and the Sith trying to control it by channeling their desires. In practice the Jedi believe in only using TheForce with a focus on self-control, while the Sith seek domination through discipline.
* HatedHometown: Luke and Anakin [[LikeFatherLikeSon both]] feel this way about Tatooine.
* HaveAGayOldTime: There's a whole page of lines that sound sexual but aren't on Wookieepedia.
** Kevin J. Anderson's ''Jabba's Palace'' anthology series mentions something called a "jizz band." Wow. Just...wow.
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: While it is possible to use the Force to heal, it is apparently a very specialized skill, possibly requiring innate aptitude on the part of the healer. Most Force users, Light or Dark side, never seem to exhibit this ability to any significant degree. Anakin goes over to the Dark Side specifically because he thinks that he will need such a power to save Padme from dying in childbirth, and yet despite his extraordinary potential, he does not believe that he can learn the necessary technique from the Jedi Order.
* HellIsThatNoise: [[VaderBreath "Houghhh.... Prrhrr...."]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Obi-Wan performs one to allow the heroes to escape the Death Star, [[TropeNamer naming]] the tropes TheObiWan and ObiWanMoment.
** [[spoiler:Vader sacrifices his life to save Luke from the Emperor.]]
* HiddenBackupPrince: Luke and Leia.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: White armored Stormtroopers on a forest moon. What?!
* HighVoltageDeath: Quite a few Sith lords have used Force Lightning to kill their opponents or have had similar attempts made on their life. It's such a common technique among the dark side that it's controversial in the Star Wars universe for someone working on the light side of the force to use it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Many villains such as [[spoiler:Palpatine, Tarkin and Jabba]] die due to their own arrogance and hubris.
* HollywoodHealing: Luke and Anakin are very active for people with prosthetics. Medical technology in the Republic is far superior to anything we have today.
* HollywoodTactics: Used repeatedly by the Rebels, who have grossly inferior forces and really have no other options. This is directly mentioned in the novelization of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': the Rebels know going head to head with an enemy fleet is the one thing a guerrilla force is never supposed to do.
* {{Homage}}:
** GeorgeLucas [[AuthorAppeal loves]] Creator/AkiraKurosawa. There are ''many'' references to ''TheHiddenFortress'' in ''Film/ANewHope'', including this one, which borders on LampshadeHanging:
-->'''Admiral Motti:''' ''(to Vader)'' [your belief in the force hasn't] given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' ''[[TitleDrop hidden fortre--]]'' ''(Vader silences him with a ForceChoke)''
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*** The confrontation between Kenobi and two aliens in the cantina is straight out of ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', complete with the lingering shot on a severed arm.
*** Yoda's head rub in an early scene of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is intentionally modelled after that of ''SevenSamurai'' leader Kambei after his ImportantHaircut.
** Much of the Death Star attack at the climax of ''Film/ANewHope'' comes from ''TheDamBusters'', down to the dialogue in places.
** The medal ceremony scene at the end of ''Film/ANewHope'' is almost frame-for-frame out of the infamous Nazi propaganda film ''TriumphOfTheWill''.
* HonestAdvisor: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Daine_Jir Daine Jir]], the officer who criticizes Vader in "A New Hope," whom Vader actually listens to.
* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: This was brought up in a concept album, not the holiday special.
* HugeHolographicHead: The Emperor.
* HumanAliens: Near-human aliens, some of which have a common ancestry.
* HumanoidAliens
* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler:[[LateArrivalSpoiler Han Solo]]]] gets frozen in carbonite.
* HumansAreWhite: There are precisely two black people in the original trilogy: Lando, and Grizz Fix, an X-wing pilot who gets a quarter second of screen time (''dying'') in ''Jedi''. The prequels are slightly better about this. Slightly. Blue skin is still more common than black, but at least there's Mace Windu, the galaxy's second biggest badass, among the black characters.
* HumongousMecha: The AT-series walkers.
* [[SpannerInTheWorks Hydrospanner In The Works]]
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Although only in the sense that if you are space travelling through that high speed method, you have to have your navigational computer work out a safe route first or you could likely collide with something like a star and be destroyed.
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* IconicLogo
* IconOfRebellion: The Rebel Alliance's emblem.
** In the prequels, Count Dooku serves as the figurehead of the rebel Separatists.
* IconicSequelCharacter: Yoda, who first appears in The Empire Strikes Back and to a lesser extent, from the same film, Lando Calrissian. For those who watch the series in order of events (ie, prequels first), Yoda would seem to mysteriously drop out for the fourth installment!!
* IfYouCanReadThis: The prequels do this quite frequently...in an alien alphabet, called Aurebesh. If you transcribe each character for its Roman equivalent, it is just plain English. Some examples make sense in context (such as the screen of Anakin's Naboo Starfighter in ''Phantom Menace'') but most are simply inside jokes made by the creators of the material.
* IllegalReligion: During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Jedi were hunted down and driven to near-extinction by Imperial forces, their religion dwindling from universally recognized to often ridiculed as old superstition. Emperor Palpatine and his right hand Darth Vader were members of the evil Sith order, the ancient enemies of the Jedi.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: About half the weapons in the movies, but the lightsabers and the Death Stars especially.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Amidala's regal outfits, which are so expensive Obi-Wan suggests bargaining with them to buy parts for her ship's hyperdrive.
* IncestSubtext: Luke and Leia flirting and kissing has traces of this when you find out they're really brother and sister.
* InevitableMutualBetrayal: In the expanded universe, it is strongly implied that Vader was planning to betray Palpatine, and that Palpatine was looking for a sufficiently talented replacement so that he could kill Vader off. For less personal reasons, every sith lord/padowan pair also fits.
* InexplicableCulturalTies: Many proper names are English or Latin lexical words.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: The Diathim from the moons of Iego are known as "angels" and Anakin describes them as "the most beautiful creatures in the universe" (relaying stories he'd heard from spacers).
* InTheBlood: In this case, it's midichlorians, and evil.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: Several examples, including the little skittery mouse droid that Chewie growls at and the pit droids in ''The Phantom Menace''.
* InvisibleMeansUndodgeable: The Force, to Muggles at least. Lightsabers and dodging skills can block all sorts of force powers, such as Force Lightning. The moment someone starts a [[PsychicStrangle Force Choke]], though, it's over.
* IronicEcho: The scene where Vader has to choose between saving Luke or letting him die is a mirror of the scene with Mace in the Chancellor's office, and the consequences both large and small scale are also identical.
* IShallTauntYou: The Emperor is an expert at this, but all of the villains do it routinely. This is a canonical Sith tactic, by the way, called Dun Möch.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: For both Anakin and Luke.
* IWillTearYourArmsOff: According to Han, Wookiees have a tendency to do this when they lose at games.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything Why does everything important in galactic history happen to such a small group of people?]] [[BecauseDestinySaysSo It must be the will of]] TheForce.
* ItsPersonal: It's always personal for Sith. The whole rage and whatnot thing; they never seem to stop and look at the big picture. Just "me me me". They usually end up becoming obsessed with taking down the good guys.
* JacobMarleyWarning: Obi-Wan and Yoda to Luke before leaving to face Vader. Also, Vader himself is this to Luke when he realizes how closely Anakin's history mirrors his own.
* JoinOrDie: In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Vader tells the Emperor that this will be the choice he will give Luke. Vader instead gives Luke a WeCanRuleTogether. In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', The Emperor makes the same offer to Luke.
* JumpPhysics: A common feature of any fight involving the Jedi and/or the Sith. Especially useful since the standard architecture of the Star Wars galaxy features more BottomlessPits and FloatingPlatforms than most video games.
* KuleshovEffect: The characterizations of C-3PO, R2-D2, and Vader all rely on it.
* LargeHam: [[WorldOfHam The entire cast at times]], but primarily Palpatine, Jabba, and '''{{BRIAN BLESSED}}'''.
** With all three of those characters absent from ''Film/ANewHope'' (the original cut, at least), Darth Vader fills the LargeHam role in that movie. Also, Yoda in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* LaserBlade: Lightsabers, the TropeCodifier. Admit it, you know you want one.
* LayeredMetropolis: Coruscant is UpToEleven and beyond example, which makes it [[AppliedMathematics 121 or higher.]] No, really, it deserves that. The planet is covered in skyscrapers, which are also covered in skyscrapers, which are covered in more skyscrapers, which goes on for long enough that the skyscrapers dwarf the natural features of the planet. And some of the skyscrapers that were built on are actually construction droids for building more skyscrapers.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Almost every major character has one, including Vader (the Imperial March), Leia, Yoda, Jabba and Palpatine. Strangely, Luke doesn't have his own theme but the Force Theme is used for him, which also represents the Jedi in general. The Rebels have their own theme music too.
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: In the prequel trilogy, Senator Palpatine uses fear of the Separatist movement to gain authority.
* LicensedPinballTables: So many, we have [[Pinball/StarWars an entire page listing them.]]
* LikeCannotCutLike: Lightsabers.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Even in the basic six films alone, there are quite a lot of recurring characters.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: This was standard policy with Luke and Leia... that is, until TheReveal rendered it a null point.
* LoveTheme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLLvvF3j7Fk Han and Leia]] have their own theme in the original trilogy, and Anakin and Padme have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nk_WHHTQtY "Across the Stars"]] in the prequels.
* LuckManipulationMechanic: Most species in ''Star Wars Saga edition'' have the ability to roll a single skill twice and pick the best result.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Especially in the prequel trilogy.
* MadeOfPhlebotinum: ''StarWars'' could nominally be considered this trope, especially a planet like Coruscant, for example. [[SubspaceOrHyperspace Hyperdrive]], TheForce, [[FlyingCar levitating vehicles]], [[FrickinLaserBeams laser weapons]] and [[LaserBlade swords]]...there wouldn't be much left to this [[TheVerse 'verse]] if you subtracted the {{Phlebotinum}}.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: The Force is probably the most famous example.
* {{Magitek}}: Pops up mainly in the Expanded Universe. The Rakatan Star Forge, along with Naga Sadow's flagship and the Sith Meditation Sphere's are all examples of technology that uses or is enhanced by the Force. Jedi and Sith Holocrons may also count, as they cannot apparently be duplicated by regular technology alone.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Palpatine is the man behind the Federation, Dooku, and the Separatists.
* MartialPacifist: Although the Jedi don't hesitate to use violence when necessary, they try hard not to kill unless there is no choice. As well, Jedi don't believe in the use of pre-emptive violence.
* MasterApprenticeChain:
** Yoda > Count Dooku > Qui-Gon Jinn > Obi-Wan Kenobi > Anakin & Luke Skywalker > Ben Skywalker > Kol Skywalker > Cade Skywalker
** Darth Plagueis > Darth Sidious > Darths Maul, Tyranus, and Vader > Starkiller and Lumiya > Darth Caedus
** [[spoiler: Qui-Gon Jinn]] > Yoda > Obi-Wan Kenobi > Luke Skywalker (implied in the movie, spelled out in the novelization)
* MasterSwordsman: Many, including but not limited to Palpatine, Dooku ([[AllThereInTheManual who is described as such in the script]]), Yoda, Mace Windu, Qui-Gon (described as one of the only Jedi able to duel Mace to a draw consistently), Obi-Wan, Anakin...
* MauveShirt: Wedge Antilles, the only non-central character to appear in all three Original Trilogy movies.
* MeaningfulName: Ever notice how some of the Sith names take a sinister word starting with "in" and just chop the "in" off? (in)vader, (in)sidious? Coincidence? I don't think so!
** Most/all Sith names are some form of a sinister word.
** Also, "vader" is Dutch for "[[spoiler: father]]".
** And then there's Darth Maul...who has no personality to speak of and is a blunt instrument...
** It's not just the Sith. The smuggler who at first wants the war to leave him alone is named "Solo," Leia is Assyrian for "ruler," and the kid who wants to leave his hick planet and travel the galaxy is named "Skywalker." And later, we get the gambler named Lando -- on Earth, a shortened form of Orlando, meaning "Land of Gold."
** Given the Biblical overtones of the series (desert setting, virgin birth etc.) perhaps it's not surprising that the main character is named Luke.
* MedievalStasis: The franchise takes place over tens of thousands of years (e.g. ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is set four thousand years before ''Episode I'') and yet there is little to no technological or cultural development in that time. [[note]]Aside from the Death Star, but we know how that turned out.[[/note]]
* MerchandiseDriven: The franchise may not have started that way, but it definitely ended up there. There are about six different versions of the medical droid that works on Luke at the end of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* MerchantCity: There's a reason Mos Eisley attracts [[WretchedHiveOfScumAndVillainy scum and villainy]] of all types.
* TheMetricSystemIsHereToStay: A two-meter target.
* MileLongShip: Star Destroyers.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Averted with [[spoiler: Alderaan]], and the shock and horror various characters express at its destruction.
* MindOverManners: The Jedi's responsible use of their suggestion and telepathy powers.
* MiniMecha: Some of the walkers, such as the AT-RT from Revenge of the Sith.
* MisguidedMissile
* ModelPlanning: The Death Star attack planning sessions in both ''A New Hope'' and ''Return of the Jedi'' are holographic versions of this trope.
* ModernStasis: Technology and culture has been the same in the galaxy for over 10,000 years. The only thing that's changed are political boundaries and some forms of technology.
* MonochromeApparition: Force ghosts are blue.
* MonowheelMayhem: The Wheel Bikes.
* MoodWhiplash: Only applicable if you watch the films in chronological order: ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is a dark tragedy in which an already-tainted hero turns evil, kills children and is mutilated by his former best friend while this film is a straight-up action adventure with wisecracking heroes. Going from the former to the latter is a bit jarring.
** Even more so when one considers that Episodes V and VI are [[DarkerAndEdgier nowhere near as campy]].
*** The entire series is pretty much one big MoodWhiplash, even if you start with Episode IV and watch it in the order the movies were produced.
* MuggleFosterParents: The Organas and the Lars' for Leia and Luke respectively.
* MugglesDoItBetter: Despite the prominence of the Jedi, Sith and TheForce in the story, it could easily be argued that ordinary people and advanced technology can get as much done as Force-users, especially if limited to the power levels from the films, as opposed to the {{Munchkin}} stuff from the Expanded Universe.
** Luke and Anakin are touted as awesome pilots because of their Force powers, and they are. But so is Han (who can navigate an AsteroidThicket) or Lando and Wedge (who flew a high-speed chase through the ''inside'' of the second Death Star) without any Force intuition to guide them.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' a [[RedShirtArmy huge group of Jedi]] is taken completely by surprise and quickly slaughtered by battle droids. Also, Jango Fett is able to give Jedi Master Obi-Wan a real run for his money thanks to his armor and weapons. General Grievous, a cyborg, apparently killed quite a few Jedi using their own preferred weapon and fighting styles.
** TheForce is not a replacement for technology, even among its most powerful practitioners. Rather than {{Telepathy}}, Jedi and Sith alike rely on commlinks and the [=HoloNet=] to communicate. In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' Obi-Wan plants a tracking device on Jango's ship so that he can follow it. In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', when Leia goes missing Luke does not even try to use the Force to locate or communicate with her, instead insisting that they will need Artoo's scanners. Palpatine clearly does not believe that his powers will allow him to maintain control of the galaxy, which is why he gathers a massive StandardSciFiFleet and orders the creation of the Death Stars.
** Also in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', when you pause to consider it, the climatic battle between Force-users on the Death Star served little purpose beyond redeeming Vader. It was the Rebel Alliance that actually brought down the shield, flew ships inside the Death Star and blew it up - an outcome that would have happened regardless of whether or not Luke had been successfully seduced to the Dark Side.
** This tends to be the result of Force Users [[ForgotAboutHisPowers constantly forgetting to use their powers]] against Non-Force Users and failing to use them very effectively when they do use them.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: The series has many elements to appeal to people of all ages, including action scenes, comic relief characters and some of the romantic storylines, plus some of the actor casting choices.
* MultiStageBattle: The climactic lightsaber duels in -- coincidentally enough -- all the odd-numbered movies.
* MyopicArchitecture: The Death Star, with the two-meter-wide chute straight to [[TooDumbToLive instant death]] and [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destruction]].
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: ''The Essential Guide To Warfare'' implies that the reason several of the citizens in TheEmpire, while not liking its policies, remain sided with the Empire was because they feared that the Alliance to Restore the Republic was no different from the Separatists.
* MyGreatestFailure: Obi-Wan considers his failure to keep Anakin under control to be this, as his parting words to him at Mustafar indicate.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join it! You were to bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!\\
'''Anakin''': ''I hate you!''\\
'''Obi-Wan''': You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.
* NationalWeapon: The Jedi Order uses [[LaserBlade lightsabers]]. The various incarnations of the Sith Order also use lightsabers, universally colored red.
* NeckLift: Vader does this to the captain of the Tantive IV.
* {{Necromantic}}: In Episode III, Anakin is motivated primarily by a quest to prevent Padmé from dying.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Averted in Film/ThePhantomMenace where Amidala is ruler of Naboo. By Film/RevengeOfTheSith though, it's played straight as the film is all about Anakin becoming Darth Vader, but to give her credit there were three deleted scenes of her actively trying to stop the chancellor from taking over, and then helping found what would become the Rebel Alliance.
* NiceHat: Padmé has a few.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: At the end of ''Return of the Jedi'' [[spoiler:Palpatine torturing Luke, which drives Vader to intervene and kill Palpatine to [[PapaWolf save his son's life]]]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Darth Vader is a [[BlackCloak black cloaked]] human cyborg Sith swordsman with a breathing problem.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Han is the Roguish Male and Luke the Noble Male.
** In the prequel trilogy, Anakin is the Rogue and Obi-Wan is the Noble.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Obi-Wan and Yoda fade away when they die, leaving behind empty robes. Notably, Vader's body does not disappear. However, it's implied that while his body was in the funeral pyre, Vader learned from either Obi-Wan, Yoda, or Qui-Gon (the latter who learned the trick years after his own death) how to become one with the Force, so his burning body might have simply faded away during the funeral pyre instead of turning into ashes. This theory is supported when Anakin's Force ghost appears with those of Obi-Wan and Yoda.
* NoNameGiven: Palpatine (originally just "The Emperor," making this a mild subversion) has never been given a first name and might not even have one. Steve Sansweet, director of Lucasfilm's content management doubts "that there are many in the know for whom just plain "Palpatine" isn't enough."
** Yoda also only has one name, and so does Dooku.
* NoOSHACompliance: We've lost count of how many catwalks and platforms lack safety rails of any kind. Combined with the fact that BottomlessPits are the most popular feature of galactic architectural design this probably makes vertigo or poor balance life-threatening medical conditions in the galaxy.
* NotableOriginalMusic: The most famous composition from JohnWilliams. Considering that John Williams has a career based around this trope and is one of the most famous film composers ever, that's saying ''a lot''.
* NotNowKiddo: C-3PO, especially in the EU.
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: Despite a lot of boasting about their [[{{Seers}} precognitive]] abilities, Jedi and Sith alike are quite prone to be as surprised as anyone else by events. The Jedi never saw the Clone Wars coming, much less their own fate under Order 66. Palpatine failed to foresee his own demise or the destruction of either Death Star.
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: In fact, it's kind of considered to be [[BrokenAesop evil]] or at the very least repugnant.
* NotSoDifferent: Luke and Vader, and by extension the Jedi and the Sith. Palpatine [[HannibalLecture lectures]] Anakin about this.
* NotWearingTights: The Jedi Order.
* TheObiWan: TropeNamer.
* OffWithHisHead: Several characters are decapitated in battle, notably Jango Fett, Dooku and the [[spoiler:apparition of himself as Darth Vader]] that Luke fights in the cave on Dagobah.
* OldMaster: Being a sci-fi film that borrows heavily from classical myth, it isn't surprising that Homer's creation made its way to Star Wars.
* OldSchoolDogfight
* OminousLatinChanting: The lyrics to "Duel of the Fates" are actually in Sanskrit, but it fits this trope in spirit.
* OnceAnEpisode: Every film features a gigantic space battle and at least one lightsaber duel, which is usually around a pit of some sort.
* OnceUponATime: The opening card is this, just in its own words.
* OneProductPlanet: As with any good space opera, Star Wars provides plenty of examples of this: Coruscant is a Capital, Bespin and Kessel are Mines, Endor houses a Superweapon, the First Death Star itself was a Superweapon, Genosis is a Factory world, Tatooine is a minor Underworld, and Yavin and Hoth were Strategic locations. Naboo was Blockaded for a while.
* OneRiotOneRanger: How the Jedi knights tend to be deployed, often acting as singles or pairs (usually a Master and his Padawan apprentice), at least in the Prequels. Justified in that they act as {{Ambadassador}}s for situations where force is not ''yet'' required, and that the local authorities are more often than not willing to provie their own manpower to support them. Starting from the end of AttackOfTheClones, the Jedi will often scout out the situation before calling in TheCavalry.
** The one time the Jedi deployed as a large unsupported force, they got slaughtered before Yoda showed up with the Clone Troopers.
* TheOnlyOne:
** For the villain version of this, the Rule of Two, in which the vast hordes of Sith and their armies are reduced to just one master and apprentice at a time for a thousand years.
** Luke is literally the Last Starfighter at the end of ''Film/ANewHope'', with all his fellow pilots killed or too damaged to keep fighting, in a race against time to destroy the Death Star before Vader kills him -- until [[BigDamnHeroes Han shows up]].
** Before Luke came along, Obi-wan Kenobi and Yoda were among the few remaining Jedi in the galaxy. Luke spends the films training to be a Jedi Knight, and will spend much of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse reforging the Jedi Order and expanding it to serve the New Republic.
* OnlySaneMan: R2-D2 seems to cater to this, especially considering he never had his memory wiped and is fully aware of everything that has taken place since Film/ThePhantomMenace.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Leia is introduced as having a British accent, but it changes into American.
* OpeningScroll: TropeCodifier.
* OpposedMentors: Anakin Skywalker has to choose between following Obi wan Kenobi and Palpatine. Eventually, he chooses Palpatine and turns to the DarkSide.
* TheOrder: The ''Jedi'' Order, naturally. The Sith may count as an evil Order depending on how cooperative they're feeling at the moment; sometimes they're gathering in huge armies, sometimes there's only one or two of them working together.
* OrphansOrdeal: Luke is raised by "relatives" and seeks to avenge his father and find his true identity. After TheReveal that BigBad [[LukeIAmYourFather '''is'' his father]], he wishes that he really was an orphan.
* OurDoorsAreDifferent: Indeed, they seem to vary in size, shape, and mechanism even within a given movie.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Force ghosts.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: [=ATAT's=] have thick armor impervious to the blasters on rebel fighters. However, due to their being very top-heavy, a simple harpoon and tow cable can bring them down with ease.
* PaletteSwappedAlienFood: Blue milk.
* PapaWolf: Ironically (since he is the villain, after all), Vader. All of his actions in retrospect turn out to be for the purpose of protecting his son from the Emperor, and that's what motivates his HeelFaceTurn.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: Darth Vader/Anakin and Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[CaptainObvious Luke. It's a major plot element.]]
* PassionIsEvil: The Dark Side of The Force embodies passion--specifically rage, lust, and similarly selfish desires. But, this trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] according to [[WordOfGod Lucas]]. Contrary to how some writers portray it, the Light Side does NOT embody stoicism and cold logic. Jedi can feel positive emotions like love, duty, honor, and joy, but must be careful not to let them overcome them and twist them into the darker emotions that lead to the Dark Side.
* PayingForTheActionScene: The first movie had the famous cantina scene in which Han Solo kills Greedo and pays the bartender for the mess.
* PeopleJars: The B'Omar monks specialize in cutting out their most enlightened members' brains and putting them in these so that they escape the "distractions of the flesh." But hey, a brain has to get out once in a while, so they also create giant mechanical spider droids that they can use to walk around occasionally.
* PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements: Lightsabers can be effectively wielded only by Force-users, with very few exceptions. This is explained by the weapon's very counter-intuitive balance and preternatural quickness needed to wield it. Only one such exception is in the film canon, General Grievous, and he's a cyborg, with his mechanical precision of movements preventing him from julienning himself with the energy blades. The other film canon non-Force user who tries to handle a lightsaber, Han Solo, is wise enough to only use it as a tool (cutting open a dead tauntaun).
* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo: Proton torpedos as well as the ion cannon from ''Empire Strikes Back''.
* PhysicalReligion: TheForce.
* PimpedOutDress: Amidala has loads of them.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Yoda.
* APlanetNamedZok: There are surprisingly little of these throughout the series, but there ''are'' a few. Most notably [[RevengeOfTheSith Kashyyyk.]]
* PlanetSpaceship: The infamous Death Star is a moon-sized superweapon which is the original source of the ThatsNoMoon trope.
* PlanetVille: Averted with the planet of Naboo: we see a swamp which also has an underwater city inside it, a regular city, and some villas in "Lake Country." Played pretty straight everywhere else.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Much of the Imperial brass. [[ManipulativeBastard Palpatine]] himself is not necessarily, if only because he probably sees ''everyone'' but himself as pawns.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Star Wars'' has mostly clean language, which is why its few moments of swearing are so special.
** Film/ANewHope has the following conversation between Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi:
-->'''Han''': Even if I could take off, I'd never get past the tractor beam.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': Leave that to me.
-->'''Han''': Damn fool, I knew you'd say that.
** Obi-Wan himself gets his only profanity in the entire series in the same film when he uses the term "damn fool idealistic crusade" to describe what Uncle Owen thinks of his mission as he introduces Luke to the Jedi religion.
** Also, Han to Leia: "[[WhatTheHellHero What the hell are you doing?]]"
** Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack also has the following between Han and a rebel technician.
-->'''Rebel technician''': Sir, your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker.
-->'''Han''': Then I'll see you in hell!
* {{Precursors}}: Most prominently the Celestials who built Centerpoint (as well as the entire Corellian system) and the Maw, and the Rakata who created the first true galaxy-spanning civilization with Infinite Empire and are responsible for modern galactic civilization having the hyperdrive. Many other lesser examples such as the Killiks, who we now know were one of the slave races that the Celestials used to make [[strike: Centerpoint]] Qolaraloq and the Maw.
* PrequelInTheLostAge: The prequels are set before and during the Clone Wars and the downfall of the Old Republic, and feature the Jedi Order as it was before the Purge.
* PrettyBoy: Luke. Just ... look at him. Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Episode I'' and Anakin Skywalker in ''Episode II'' as well.
* ProdigalHero: [[TheObiWan Obi Wan Kenobi]] exiles himself to watch over little Luke Skywalker from a distance, and then returns to the first line to be his mentor.
* PsychicPowers: The way that the Force is generally depicted, especially in the films.
* PsychicRadar: The Jedi and the Sith both get to use their mental powers to look for people; usually each other. The most famous example is Darth Vader sensing the presence of Obi-Wan on the Death Star. Actual range varies depending on the medium. In the films this actually plays far less of a role than in the Expanded Universe, and only seems to work at very close range, if at all.
* PsychicStrangle: A reasonably common use of telekinetic Force powers, primarily by darksiders (especially Vader).
* PsychologicalTormentZone: The Dark Side cave.
* PuttingOnTheReich: TheEmpire, including FantasticRacism, jackbooted stormtroopers and planetary-level genocide.
* QualityOverQuantity: The good guys tend to subscribe to this philosophy: a highly trained and well-equipped clone army in the prequels, and better-armed and -defended fighters in the original trilogy and EU.
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* RageHelm: Darth Vader's helmet has a chillingly penetrating stare.
* RandomlyGifted: Force sensitivity can run in families but is essentially random.
* RayGun: Blasters and the turbo lasers.
* RaygunGothic: Certain aesthetic elements of the ships and various other technologies of the Prequel Trilogy fit this.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Throughout the franchise, Chewbacca and R2-D2 are usually only comprehensible to their counterparts, Han Solo and C-3PO.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Valorum in Episode I who sincerely wants to help the Naboo but is ensnared in "baseless accusations of corruption" [[spoiler: engineered by [[TheMole his presumed friend Palpatine]]]]. When the Jedi returning from Naboo with Naboo's Queen appear before Valorum and Palpatine they bow and Valorum returns a respectful nod. In contrast, Palpatine lifts his face up and puffs his chest out as the Jedi approach and bow.
* RebelLeader: Princess Leia.
* RecklessGunUsage: Watch very closely as Luke Skywalker [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/373.html first ignites his lightsaber]] in ''StarWars: A New Hope'' — he doesn't know how long the beam is and yet is pointing it at Obi-Wan.
** "Put that thing away, you're going to get us all killed!"
* RedRightHand: The yellow eyes of the Sith, and Palpatine's epithelial deformity.
* RedShirt: Luke's wingmen in the original trilogy seemed to get killed if an Imperial so much as sneezes. Justified in that even untrained, Luke is Force-sensitive, granting him a slight degree of precognition, which translates into inhumanly fast reflexes to avoid shots (Anakin explicitly uses the same thing in Podracing in Episode 1).
** This becomes a BerserkButton for him in ''Shadows of the Empire'' when he considers himself a failure of a commander for always losing men. He becomes so enraged that he single-handedly cripples a ship without the aid of the Force. (It doesn't help that Dash Rendar is whining about not shooting down a super missile over the comm. In the audio book it's taken to Narm levels by the reader.)
** Unsurprisingly they are indeed wearing orange-to-red flight suits.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Padmé throughout most of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
** Leia at the awards ceremony at the end of ''Film/ANewHope''.
* ResearchInc: Sienar Advanced Projects Laboratory and Czerka Arms.
* LaResistance: The Rebel Alliance.
* RetiredBadass: Yoda and Obi-Wan.
* RightInFrontOfMe: Luke and Yoda; also Qui-Gon and Anakin.
* TheRival: To ''Franchise/StarTrek''. The franchise has been this to Trekkies since it's inception mainly due to conflicting ideologies and popularity. The debates between fans alone have been stuff of legend.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Anakin slaughters the whole Tusken tribe that tortured his mother to death in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
* RoboticTortureDevice: The interrogator droid in ''Film/ANewHope'', and the device used on Han in ''Empire.''
* RockBeatsLaser: Notoriously, the Ewoks are able to defeat seasoned Imperial troops despite their primitive technology. With some help from blaster-toting rebels.
* RoyalMess: Naboo has an elected queen. Leia is considered a princess despite being adopted.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Padmé is the queen of Naboo and leads the assault to take back the palace, and fights on Geonosis as the planet's senator.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Twi'lek, Cereans, Chevs, Zabrak, Khommites, etc.
* RuleOfCool: Lightsabers are the epitome of this trope. Rumor has it that this trope is the main reason why Mace Windu has a purple lightsaber, because Samuel L. Jackson thought it looked cool. (Also so that he would be visible in a huge lightsaber battle.) His lightsaber is the only one used in the movie canon that is not red, blue or green. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by General Grievous in the Revenge of the Sith video game.
-->"Who fights with a purple lightsaber anyway?"
* SapientTank: Basically, any tank that looks more or less like a vehicle is crewed, but stuff that looks like giant mechanical spiders or big roller-wheel thingies are AI-controlled big honking droids.
* SatanicArchetype: Palpatine, the BigBad of the two trilogies, has many Satanic traits, and WordOfGod confirms Old Scratch to be the primary inspiration for the character (along with RichardNixon). He's a ConsummateLiar and WickedCultured ManOfWealthAndTaste who deceives numerous genuinely good people into following him in a scheme that ultimately ends with him gaining control of the government to usher in (what he claims will be) a utopia (admittedly, this last part is more TheAntichrist's area of expertise, but we all know who ''that'' guy reports to). In addition, the order he gives to wipe out all with the power to oppose him? Order [[NumberOfTheBeast 66]]. And that's just the stuff from the movies; the occasional ExpandedUniverse source has even gone so far as to imply that he's literally MadeOfEvil. Ian [=McDiarmid=], the actor who plays Palpatine, at one point suggested that Palpatine is actually ''more'' evil than the devil. He points out: "At least Satan fell; he has a history, and it's one of revenge."
* SavedForTheSequel: ''The Phantom Menace'' and ''Attack of the Clones'' both end with several plot points dangling to be picked up in the next installment. Technically, even ''Revenge of the Sith'' ends with dangling plotlines... which were already resolved in the original Star Wars trilogy.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Mostly to preserve the RuleOfCool in the visuals.
** Virtually all spaceships have windows as their primary external view. As a rule, [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfDistance most objects more than a few miles away are progressively harder to see]]. Yet even warship commanders stand perched by the windows at the front of their ship's bridges. Note that this is what makes the ThatsNoMoon trope possible.
** [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfMass Something with the mass of the Death Star]] should never have been able to maintain such a low geostationary orbit over Endor, and even if it could, the gravitational effects on the moon should have been enormous.
** Likewise, [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfEnergy the amount of energy]] required to completely consume something as massive as the Death Star should have burned the atmosphere right off of Endor when it exploded. But instead it all just miraculously dissipated a short distance beyond the Death Star's radius.
* SchizoTech: Ooh, yeah. Especially obvious in the prequels. Most civilizations in this universe appear to discover flying transports before the wheel, based on how many floating carts are drawn by pack animals.
* SecretArt: TheForce, and how to build a lightsaber.
* {{Seers}}: Most Force-sensitives exhibit at least some degree of this.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Luke and Han. Arguably C-3PO and R2-D2.
* SensorCharacter: Anyone Force-sensitive can sense the presence of other Jedi, Sith, etc., as well as powerful emotional outbursts from normal people.
* SentientCosmicForce: The Force is this.
* SeparatedAtBirth: Luke and Leia are revealed to be this in Episode VI... after [[{{Squick}} kissing]] in the previous movie.
* SerialProstheses: Anakin loses an arm in ''Attack of the Clones'', and then loses most of his remaining limbs in ''Revenge of the Sith''.
* SeriesMascot: Darth Vader, starting some time in TheNineties. Before then, C-3PO and R2-D2 seemed to have filled the role, albeit to a lesser extent.
* SerkisFolk: In the prequels and the various re-edits of the original trilogy, which drew much criticism [[NostalgiaFilter from older fans]].
* ShoutOut: There are a few shout outs to the Oz books. Namely Princess Leia's hairbuns which are based on Princess Ozma's hair poppys and the Ewoks are based on the Teddy Bear tribe. Jedi comes from ''jidaigeki'', or samurai movies. Order 66 is a shout out to ''Film/TheGodfather'', and the medal ceremony is very similar to ''TriumphOfTheWill''. The attack on the Death Star in ''A New Hope'' is a ShoutOut to ''The Dam Busters''. Additionally, look up "The Hidden Fortress" by Akiro Kurasawa and read the first part of the plot. If you don't get it, then substitute "peasants" with "droids".
* SidekickExMachina: Chewbacca hijacks an Imperial walker and rescues Han and Leia during the Battle of Endor.
* SignatureTeamTransport: The Millennium Falcon.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Every planet besides Naboo: Tatooine (desert planet), Hoth (arctic planet), Coruscant (urbanized planet).
* SinisterGeometry: The Death Star, the Imperial Star Destroyers.
* SlaveMooks: The clones, in some people's point of view, and droids. An intelligent, self-aware, disposable, engineered worker race who must be brain wiped every few months else they get uppity.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The main films (both the original trilogy and the prequels) are all extremely silly, though in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' it has been toned down a bit. Expanded universe works, however, usually have a much more serious tone.
* SmugSnake: Jabba the Hutt. Han offers to pay his debts to him and Jabba refuses to listen; when Leia and Luke warn Jabba that they could defeat him, Jabba and his minions do not take them seriously at all. Even when being led to the Sarlacc pit Luke says "this is your last chance; free us, or die." Jabba and his minions still refuse to take them seriously. Jabba is offered so many warnings and so many chances for alternatives that for him to still keep ignoring the heroes makes his KarmicDeath all the more satisfying.
** Palpatine might be one as well, at least in Film/ReturnOfTheJedi, though in any case [[MagnificentBastard he is in more of a position to be smug]]. Though he does pull a pretty good trick in [[spoiler:giving the Rebels the location of the shield generator to lure them into a trap]], he simply is too arrogant to acknowledge the possibility that the Rebels could overcome it.
* SocietyOnEdgeEpisode: The prequel trilogy provides an interesting variation on this; the galaxy was under imperial control in the original trilogy, but the prequel trilogy [[ForegoneConclusion focuses on explaining the instability that led to such imperial control]]. Due to the nature of the storyline, however, the feel of a society-on-edge episode still comes through.
* SonicStunner: This well-established genre-SF trope is overshadowed by the blasters, but present.
* SpaceCadetAcademy:
** The Jedi Temple, serving to train potential Jedi Knights. "Younglings" and "Padawon" not only learned to master the force, but also included flight lessons.
** The Imperial Academy; it trains TIE Fighter pilots. Luke wished to go there (the fact that Luke, who claims to hate the Empire, is planning to go there shows just how desperate he is to leave the desert world he grew up on), and Biggs actually trained there (then defected). The Expanded Universe reveals that Han Solo also trained there.
** In the ExpandedUniverse, once the New Republic was set up, they had their version of the Academy.
* SpaceFighter: ''Star Wars IV'' was the TropeCodifier that influenced all subsequent designs to one extent or another. The basic designs of the most famous fighters are instantly recognizable to anyone with even a passing knowledge of pop culture.
* SpaceIsCold: According to Padmé in Episode I.
* SpaceIsNoisy: And those noises are very iconic in pop culture.
* SpaceJews: Watto.
** The Sand People are Space Apaches apparently.
* SpacePolice: Once you get past the metaphysics, this is what the Jedi are for the Republic.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Imperial officer who orders his compatriot to hold his fire as the escape pod passes simply because he believed there was no way to verify if a living being was inside the pod and, thus, whether the pod was launched by accident or by design.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The series in general is an updated version of the old ''Series/BuckRogers'' serials.
* TheSpock: The Jedi ideal.
* StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot: The TropeCodifier.
* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy
** Galactic Empire:
*** TheEmperor: Palpatine
*** The Right Hand/The EvilCounterpart: Vader
*** The General/The Guard: Grand Moff Tarkin
*** The Oddball: Boba Fett
** Confederation of Independent Systems:
*** TheEmperor/The EvilCounterpart: [[DramaticIrony Count Dooku]]
*** The General: General Grievous
*** The Oddball: Jango Fett
*** TheManBehindTheMan: Darth Sidious
* StandardSciFiFleet: In both trilogies. The Republic[=/=]Empire, Rebel Alliance and Separatists all field these. The Expanded Universe continues this trope, with any significant military power having at least one, sometimes more.
* StandardSciFiHistory: The trope is invoked in the movies, with the Decline and Fall of the Republic, Interregnum of the Galactic Empire, and with the Empire's end the Formation of the New Republic.
* StandardStarshipScuffle: Especially in the space battles in ''Revenge of the Sith'' and ''Return of the Jedi'', but present to some extent in many of the films.
* StandardTimeUnits
* StarfishAliens
* StarfishRobots: While many droids come in varieties more akin to the humanoid C3-PO, others look like the strange "trash bin on wheels" R2-D2, while still others have such surreal designs that it's difficult to compare them to any real life object.
* StealthInSpace: Han's successful attempts at hiding from Star Destroyers in ''The Empire Strikes Back''. Somewhat realistic, as he simply turns off most of the power to the ship which makes it incredibly difficult to detect.
** Piggybacking on another ship's radar is a real-life strategy too.
* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: In one of the movies, Jedis train The Younglings to fight blind/using only the Force by using the special darkness helmets.
* StockShoutOuts: Sooner or later, ''every'' science fiction work makes at least one reference to ''Star Wars''.
* StraightforTheCommander: Star Wars: when the Jedi are not leading from the back, or a FrontlineGeneral, they engage in this type of mission. General Grievous also likes to do this against Jedi.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: A fine example, Yoda is! Possibly inspired by German his syntax is! At times, of a badly dubbed translation it reminds one, yes!
* SubspaceAnsible: The [=HoloNet=], which provides real-time voice and holographic video communications throughout most of the galaxy. It functions much like the real world cellular network in that relay stations allow [=HoloNet=] transmitters/receivers to connect to the network from anywhere within range of a relay. It can also be used to locate users. Hence, in ''The Phantom Menace'' Qui-Gon warns the Naboo not to accept any transmissions when they are on the run from the Trade Federation.
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Anakin, from the perspective of anyone who watches the movies in internal chronological order.
* SummerBlockbuster: The TropeCodifier, along with Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
* SummonToHand: The iconic scene in ''Empire'', after which this was used in the prequel films as well.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: A lot of the Force powers.
* SuperReflexes: A common ability for Force users.
* SurpassedTheTeacher: The entire Sith philosophy of Rule of Two is for the apprentice to eventually surpass and kill his mentor, assuring that the Sith can only grow stronger.
* SurvivalMantra
* SwampsAreEvil: Played with: Yoda lives in a swamp, but there's also a cave that is strong in the dark side. According to some sources in the EU, Yoda chose the swamp on Dagobah ''because'' it's so strong in the dark side that it would help mask his own presence there.
* SwordAndFist: Practitioners of the acrobatic Ataru combat form in the prequels, like Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, complement their lightsaber technique with Force-powered kicks and telekinetic punches.
* SwordSparks: Lightsabers have their own version of it in that they make electronic clashing noises when their blades contact. Also, they create sparks when they carve through walls and floors.
* TactfulTranslation: How C-3PO translates Jabba the Hutt's discussion with a disguised Princess Leia.
* TargetTheAudience: The posters for ''A New Hope'' and ''Return of the Jedi''.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Luke asks Obi-Wan about his father but is only given the facts FromACertainPointOfView. Later, Luke's CallingTheOldManOut forces him to acknowledge this was wrong and tell the whole truth. (It is also implied, in Film/ANewHope, that this is a point of contention between Luke and his relatives.)
* TemptingFate: Plenty of examples throughout the series, but [[SmugSnake Motti's]] "this station is now the ultimate power in the universe" remark takes the cake; and Tarkin's "[[FamousLastWords I think you overestimate their chances]]" must earn a close second.
* TermsOfEndangerment
* TerraDeforming: This seems to have happened to Coruscant at some point.
* ThatManIsDead: In Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi.
-->'''Luke Skywalker:''' I have accepted that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father.
-->'''Darth Vader''': That name no longer has any meaning for me.
* ThatsNoMoon : The Death Star.
* ThemeNaming:
** After Lucas decided to label the second film "Episode V", the label "Episode IV: A New Hope" was retroactively added to the first film in its published screenplay and first home video release. Many casual fans refer to it as simply ''Star Wars'', even though all the films carry the same title/subtitle pattern now.
** As part of the marketing for the prequels they were referred to more often by episode number rather than the episode name. In fact many did not catch on to the name of Episode I being ''The Phantom Menace.'' Episode III is an anomaly, where fans refer to it equally by both episode number and the name ''Revenge of the Sith.''
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: Episode III: Dialogue between Vader and Palpatine.
-->"Where is Padme? Is she safe? Is she all right?"
-->"It seems in your anger, you killed her."
* ThickerThanWater
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Droids]]: R2-D2 and C-3PO have been this trope in the ''Star Wars'' universe for nearly a hundred years.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Especially when you have telekinetic powers.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Jabba tries to execute a Jedi Knight. Yeah.
** Palpatine attempts to [[spoiler:kill Vader's son right in front of him]].
** Dooku taunts Anakin during their last fight, [[InsultBackfire which only makes him madder and more aggressive]].
** Greedo sits there monologuing about how much he's going to enjoy killing Han, giving him the opportunity--and indeed, the justification--to take out his own gun and blast him under the table before he can get off a single shot.
* TookALevelInBadass: Luke, once on Dagobah, again between episode V and VI. Anakin in the prequels. And after destroying the Death Star, Luke is much more confident than he was in most of ''A New Hope''.
* TragicHero: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is a textbook example of this trope.
* TrainingFromHell: Luke's training with Yoda is noticeably more difficult than usual, due to the [[InstantExpert limited time he has]].
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: Not everyone is "strong in the Force"; a BadassNormal like Han Solo could meditate on hokey ancient religions all he liked, but it would be no match for a good blaster at his side. Without training, most Force-sensitives can use their powers only unconsciously, rendering them lucky in ways subtle enough to only be identified through (for example) statistical analysis of gambling patterns, or enhance their reflexes in ways that render them not much different from a BadassNormal. ''With'' training, they can do all the flashy quasi-magical Jedi tricks we see in the films, novels, video games, etc.
* TreeTopTown: The Ewok village on Endor and the Wookiees' dwellings on Kashyyyk.
* TriangRelations: Luke/Leia/Han are either type 4 or type 7. (Does Leia like Luke or not?) Lando also likes Leia, but it doesn't appear to be reciprocated.
** On the non-romantic front, [[HoYay except in]] {{Fanon}}, Obi-wan/Padmé/Anakin is type 7, with the Jedi code (as drilled into him by Obi-Wan) telling Anakin his feelings for Padmé are wrong. {{Fanon}} puts them in... all the situations where there is at least one mutual attraction.
* TricksterMentor: Yoda, especially in ESB.
* TrrrillingRrrs: "We will deal with yourrr rrrrebel frrriends soon enough."
* {{Troperiffic}}: It could be said that the whole purpose of the GenreThrowback is to celebrate tropes. The entire series is TropeOverdosed.
* TrueCompanions: The Heroes of Yavin: Luke, Han, Leia and friends.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Luke's adoptive parents and later his Jedi mentors fear this will happen.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The second film in both trilogies is this.
* TwoPartTrilogy: Both the original and prequel trilogies qualify, even though the latter was planned as a three-part story from the beginning.
** Original: ''Film/ANewHope'' is clearly written to stand on its own, as it ends on a happy note with Luke destroying the Death Star, but it left the door open for further sequels chronicling the war against the Empire and Luke's growth as a Jedi. ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' ends with a clear SequelHook, with Luke discovering Vader's identity and planning to rescue Han from Jabba.
** Prequel: ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' deals with a largely standalone arc involving Naboo's war with the Trade Federation and Padme's reign as Queen, and it's separated from the rest of the trilogy by a ten-year TimeSkip. ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' are much more obviously interconnected, as they follow several continuing arcs involving the Clone Wars, Anakin's friendship with Obi-Wan, his love affair with Padme, his descent into the Dark Side, and Palpatine's machinations as Chancellor.
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: Luke has to choose between staying on Dagobah and completing his training with Yoda, or going to rescue his friends on Cloud City.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Palpatine gradually does this throughout the prequels, culminating with him declaring himself Emperor in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* {{Undercrank}}: Used in the early movies where CG would be used in the later ones. The alarmingly fast doors on the Death Star 1 are almost certainly undercranked.
* UnfortunateNames
* UnintentionalBackupPlan: Over the course of the movies. Qui-Gon's original plan was for Anakin to bring balance to TheForce. However, he ends up falling to the Dark Side and it seems that he won't. In ''Return of the Jedi'', however, he does bring balance to the Force by ensuring that the last of the evil aspect of the Dark Side of the Force dies (and subsequently burns) with him; his son destroys the last vestiges of Vader by burning him on a funeral pyre according to Jedi customs (and it's implied that Anakin's body simply faded away under a minute after the pyre was lit).
* WorldOfHam: A whole Galaxy of it. Blame it on Palpatine.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Padme has one. {{Lampshaded}} by Obi-Wan in Episode I, when he suggests they sell her extensive (and expensive) wardrobe to buy parts.
** Also lampshaded by Carrie Fisher in the commentary for Film/ReturnOfTheJedi:
-->"[Han/Harrison] wears the same outfit for three flicks. And I was complaining that I wear, like, six outfits. And my mother, Natalie Portman, she wears three million. She walks through a doorway and there’s another outfit. It’s like the Liberace of sci-fi changing of clothes."
* UnreliableExpositor: Obi Wan Kenobi is this, in relation to Luke's father.
* UnreliableNarrator: George Lucas has mentioned that there's an unshown [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Journal_of_the_Whills framing story]] about how the movies are the story as told by R2 to an alien race, which is why he makes a point. This might explain why he gets so many really cool scenes with no witnesses or only C-3PO pre-memory wipe.
* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn: Luke and Leia in ''Revenge of the Sith''.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In ''Star Wars Episode II'', the one thing that [[TheScrappy Jar Jar]] actually does in the movie other than stand in the background is to make a motion in the Senate to grant Palpatine emergency powers. [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Good work there]].
* UpdatedRerelease: The original trilogy was released to theaters again in 1997 for the [[MilestoneCelebration 20th Anniversary]], featuring a few new special effects, cleaning up a few perceived {{Special Effects Failure}}s, added some deleted scenes and tweaked some original scenes. The films were slightly tweaked once more for the 2004 DVD release and changed to better match the Prequels by replacing Boba Fett's voice with Jango Fett's, replacing Clive Revill as the Emperor with Ian [=MacDiarmid=], and replacing Sebastian Shaw as Anakin's ghost with Hayden Christiansen.
* UsedFuture: The original Trilogy is the TropeCodifier. To quote the page: "''Star Wars'' more or less defines the trope". See CreepyCleanliness, above.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Anakin before he went over to TheDarkSide. The prequels fill this in.
* VillainsNeverLie: Palpatine never lies. Nor does Dooku. Or more accurately, [[CassandraTruth they tell the truth in a way that makes you believe a lie]].
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Emperor and Vader towards Luke, from Luke's POV.
* VirtueIsWeakness: This is a central value followed by all Sith as part of their "freedom from restraint".
* VoiceOfTheLegion
* WarIsGlorious: The Empire glorifies militarism. The Jedi don't.
-->'''Luke''': I'm looking for a great warrior.
-->'''Yoda''': Ohh, great warrior. Wars not make one great.
* {{Warrior Monk}}s: The Jedi.
* WarWasBeginning: Every movie.
* WeAreAsMayflies: "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter..."
* WeCanRebuildHim: Numerous characters replace severed limbs with artificial ones, and Vader ends up with ''all'' of his limbs being replaced. In the prequels, General Grievous takes this UpToEleven, in that the only organic parts of him left are his brain and some organs.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Vader offers this to Luke, and Dooku to Obi-Wan. Both refuse.
* WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture: Even dirt-poor moisture farmers can afford Skyhoppers.
* WeWillWearArmorInTheFuture: Stormtroopers and Bounty Hunters go around wearing plastic armour that would make a medieval knight blush. It helps make them look robotic and anonymous but never helps in stopping a main character's blaster fire.
* WeWillUseLasersInTheFuture: Ubiquitous variety.
* WhatsASecretFour: The original trilogy has it in spades: What's the Kessel Run? What's a womp rat? What does that droid do? What are those aliens? What was Aunt Beru cooking there? However, over thirty years of fandom and the ExpandedUniverse have filled in details for virtually anything that appears on the screen.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: During his fight with General Grievous, Obi-Wan's lightsaber is lost, and he fights him using the Force, despite there being a convenient blaster at his feet. [[ChekhovsGun He eventually does]].
* TheWindowOrTheStairs: This is part of Jedi philosophy. The DarkSide is the quick and easy path to power, but it will exact a terrible price from you and everyone you care about in the long run. Unless you're okay with that.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: R2-D2 and C-3P0. Although the BilingualDialogue means we don't know just how much hostility R2 reciprocates, occasionally C-3P0 quotes him: "Don't call me a 'mindless philosopher'...", and tells him to watch his language.
* WomanInWhite: Leia, a lot of the time, to the point where Carrie Fisher speculated that Leia's favorite color is white. Padmé less frequently.
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* {{Wuxia}} : One of the genres that inspired the franchise. The whole concept of the Jedi and The Force practically makes the franchise a Wuxia saga in space, ''especially'' the Prequel Trilogy.
* XanatosGambit / GambitRoulette: Palpatine. The Clone Wars are the former because they bring benefit for him regardless of the outcome. The corruption of Anakin and other schemes are the latter because of the many variables involved.
** Luke also manages some gambits of his own. Mostly of the TrojanPrisoner variety.
** The Clone Wars. After all their effort and sacrifices, Palpatine's plan would have given him full power whether the Republic and Jedi had won or lost.
* XMeetsY The T-65X wing is the Z-95 Headhunter meets the ARC-170
** The Tie Hunter is the Tie series meets The X-wing.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood
* YouthCenter: Luke hangs out in one in a deleted scene from ''Film/ANewHope''.
* {{Zeerust}}: Ships capable of destroying planets are less impressive when you realize just how easy it is to do so. (All you need is enough energy to accelerate the entire planet to escape velocity.) Other stuff, such as antigravity, is what Michio Kaku calls a Class II impossibility, yet it is commonly seen. (Han's even carried out on an antigravity gurney after he's [[spoiler:frozen in carbonite]].)
** On the "looks old" end of things, we have the motif of cybernetic hands now that we're entering the age of embryonic stem cells, and the vector graphics on the tactical display and targeting computer in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** In-universe, this is painfully apparent in the prequel films. C-3P0 and R2-D2 look dated and completely out of place when juxtaposed with sleeker, agile looking droids. The technology gradually gets more dated-looking as the prequels progress too, naturally because it's supposed to tie itself in with the Original Trilogy. Streamlined ships in Film/ThePhantomMenace slowly evolve into clunky ships by Film/RevengeOfTheSith. Sleek control panels seen at the beginning of Film/RevengeOfTheSith somehow become overshadowed by a plethora of clunky buttons and dials by the end. Imagine if iPhones suddenly had receivers and rotary dials in the future.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. WordOfGod states that ''Phantom'' was a time of artisans, and they valued style over everything. As time went on, and the Republic was launched into war, it became a question of utility over attractiveness.
* ZergRush: The Empire's TIE Fighters, and both the clone and droid armies in Episode II as well.
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