[[caption-width-right:350:''[-[[TagLine Choose Your Path.]]-]'']]


[[folder: Four thousand years before\\
the rise of the Galactic Empire,\\
the Republic verges on collapse.\\
DARTH MALAK, last surviving apprentice\\
of the DARK LORD REVAN, has\\
unleashed an invincible Sith armada \\
upon an unsuspecting galaxy.\\
Crushing all resistance, Malak's war\\
of conquest has left the Jedi Order\\
scattered and vulnerable as countless\\
Knights fall in battle, and many more\\
swear allegiance to the new Sith Master.\\
In the skies above the Outer Rim\\
world of Taris, a Jedi battle fleet\\
engages the forces of Darth Malak in a\\
desperate effort to halt the\\
Sith's galactic domination... ]]

''Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic'', is a 2003 RPG developed by Creator/BioWare, set [[Franchise/StarWars in a familiar universe]], four millennia (or, to be precise, 3,956 years) prior to the events of the film that started that all, ''[[Film/ANewHope Episode IV: A New Hope]]''. It follows the story of an [[FeaturelessProtagonist unremarkable, customizable]] Republic soldier who ends up on a [[DoomedHometown doomed starship]] in the middle of a war between the noble Republic and the villainous Sith Empire, ruled by [[EvilOverlord Dark Lord of the Sith]] Darth Malak. The events that follow, starting with a quest to rescue a Jedi with the powers of Battle Meditation, become the focus of both sides of the conflict and could tip the balance either way in the war. It eventually escalates to a confrontation between the protagonist and Darth Malak himself... and, after TheReveal, [[ItsPersonal it gets personal]].

The game is notable for its numerous tongue-in-cheek movie references and while few were surprised at it being significantly better than the typical [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames licensed game]], seeing as the ''Star Wars'' franchise has been rather successful in avoiding this issue, probably even fewer expected it would end up regarded by the gaming world as one of the best RPG games of all times and any Top Ten lists that wouldn't give ''[=KotOR=]'' at least an honorary mention are rather hard to come by.[[note]]And good luck finding a Top Ten ''Star Wars'' games list that wouldn't include ''[=KotOR=]'' in the top three spots.[[/note]] This success can be attributed to not being a direct tie-in despite being based on a licensed property, thus avoiding a deadline to meet the movie's release. The plot was essentially ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', but not enough to be classified as RecycledInSPACE. Bioware used the gameplay format used in ''[=KotOR=]'' for two of their following franchises, which gained equal fame: ''Franchise/DragonAge'' and ''Franchise/MassEffect''.

The game was also instrumental to solidifying the Xbox as a versatile console (though, like most "exclusives" for the original Xbox, it was also on the PC); before ''[=KotOR=]'', the system had a distinct lack of role-playing games and was derisively called an "[=FPS Box=]" due to the inordinate number of shooters on it. Furthermore, ''[=KotOR=]'' (alongside ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'') heralded the new MultiPlatform era of the WesternRPG genre, which had, until then, been mainly found on the PC. In 2013, it was even ported to the [[IOSGames iPad]] and later to [[AndroidGames Android]].

Related media include:

* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', the 2004 sequel by Creator/ObsidianEntertainment.
* ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', a 2006 cross-media spin-off in the form of a prequel comic series, written by John Jackson Miller and published by Creator/DarkHorseComics. The series started eight years before the first game and follows the course of the Mandalorian Wars, most prominently the adventures of Zayne Carrick, a [[ClearMyName wrongly accused]] Jedi Padawan on the run. Was remarkable for many a RedHerring, {{Revision}} and AuthorsSavingThrow; the author, having planned it for many issues in advance, apparently liked watching [[EpilepticTrees wild fan theories]] run amok.
* A true sequel, ''Knights of the Old Republic III'', was canceled during advanced pre-production back in 2004 due to Creator/LucasArts [[ScrewedByTheNetwork hitting a rough patch financially]]. Comments from the Creator/BioWare developers, however, indicate that much of its planned content eventually made its way into...
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', a 2011 MMORPG set three centuries after both games. It is more of a spin-off than a sequel to the original duology, but it does contain a FullyAbsorbedFinale for both of their protagonists. Although first announced in 2008, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[IKnewIt called it]] '''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/29 two years prior.]]'''
* ''[[Literature/{{Revan}} Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan]]'', a 2011 novel by Creator/DrewKarpyshyn (who wrote for Creator/BioWare and ''[=KotOR=]'' in particular) fills in some of the gaps between the second game and ''SWTOR''.
* ''[[Webcomic/OldRepublicPaintAdventures Old Republic Paint Adventures]]'', an unofficial InteractiveComic set roughly around the same time period as VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, only it represents an alternate (and humorous) take on the time period.

For those who are curious, the game's player character is canonically light-side male, though you can play as either sex or alignment.

Also, if you see mentions of the planet Lehon on pages about this game, that's the Rakatan homeworld, only known as the Unknown World in-game. It was introduced in the game, but only named in a later novel (specifically, ''Literature/DarthBane: Path of Destruction'').

!!This one is strong in the tropes


[[folder: Tropes A-H]]
* AbandonShip: The game begins this way, with you and Carth escaping from the Endar Spire as the ship is attacked by the Sith.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewer where you rescue Zaalbar is large enough to hide a ''rancor'' in, though notably it also can't ''escape'' because it's grown far too large to exit that particular room.
* AcademyOfEvil: The Sith Academy on Korriban.
* AcidPool: There is one in Naga Sadow's tomb.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: On Korriban, you get accosted by a group of Sith, and you can avoid a fight with them if you can amuse them. You have the option of telling them a Mandalorian joke. Even though the Sith are quite hostile to you, they admit that your joke was actually pretty funny, and they let you go.
* AffablyEvil:
** Both the headmasters of the Sith Academy are terribly polite, ready to answer questions, and ''very'' pleased when you eliminate another student or help them backstab each other.
** Galon Lor, a Sith historian who's very well mannered when you meet him and very excited to share his findings with you. You almost forget that he's holding a red lightsaber.
* AffectionateParody: Webcomic/OldRepublicPaintAdventures, with a major focus on the planet of Dantooine.
* AIBreaker: The player can endlessly kite melee enemies around battlefields and spam force powers or [[AlwaysAccurateAttack Throw Lightsaber]] to whittle them down. Force enemies will sometimes try to attack the fleeing player with ranged force powers, but no more often than they would normally.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Played with. All the aliens you run into understand Basic, which is the Republic's trade language, but most prefer to speak in their native tongue; this is not a problem because your character understands several alien languages. A couple of aliens, however, do speak Basic as well as understand it, including Mission and the characters involved in her companion quest.
* AlignmentBasedEndings: In ''Knights of the Old Republic'', the player is free to choose the ending, although the ultimate decision takes place shortly before TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. It all hinges on whether you accept Bastila's offer on the Unknown World, regardless of where you are on the KarmaMeter.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Xor, who's part of Juhani's character sidequest. Despite being attacked by two lightsaber-wielding Jedi, he lives long enough to run through all available questions. Sure, he coughs and wheezes, but he still lives longer than he ought to. Saul Karath also qualifies as he lives until he passes a message to Carth and then laughs at him. The second he stops laughing, he dies.
* AlphaBitch: Lashowe comes across as one, especially if you first encounter her as a female character.
-->'''Lashowe:''' Quite literally, whether you live or die depends upon our whim. What do you think of that, hmmm?
-->'''Lashowe:''' What do you say? Amuse us. Make us laugh, and we just might consider allowing you to live.
** Which makes it all the more satisfying when you get to kill her later.
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Darth Revan, who turns out to be the player character. No matter whether Revan turns to the light or the dark side, the ex-Sith always ends up killing Darth Malak. Though the game give both choices a motive for doing so.]]
* AmnesiacHero: [[spoiler:Revan]].
* AmnesiacResonance: You advance through Jedi training remarkably quickly. [[spoiler: After TheReveal, it's clear you were relearning old skills.]]
* AmoralAttorney: One of the {{Courtroom Episode}}s on Manaan (Jolee's personal quest) has you in the role of defense attorney rather than defendant. It's entirely possible to get your client acquitted [[spoiler:even if you know full well that he is guilty]], and it is not considered a dark-side action (unless you confront him about it and agree to defend him).
* AncientConspiracy: The Genoharadan.
* AncientKeeper: The Rakata Elders.
* AncientTomb: There are four ancient Sith tombs on Korriban that contain various hazards, like deadly puzzles and Hsiss and other students.
* AndIMustScream: One of ThePrecursors has been trapped inside a mind prison (which is nothing more than a giant empty white space that goes on forever) with nothing to do for more than ''10,000 years''.
** One of the side-quests involves taking the prison to the Hutt on Tatooine. The person who gives it to you [[SchmuckBait tells you not to open it.]] If you do, your mind is pulled into it. In order to escape, you have to beat the prisoner at a game of riddles. If you win, the prisoner lets you leave. [[NonStandardGameOver If you lose,]] [[GrandTheftMe he steals your body]] and [[AndIMustScream leaves you stuck in the mind prison, possibly forever.]] The sight of [[spoiler:Revan]] [[SkywardScream screaming at the sky]] in terror is [[NightmareFuel horrifying,]] to say the least.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Ranging from robes to armor. Though to be fair, some of the clothes are quite useful.
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Wearing any armor other than Jedi robes disables several defensive force powers.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: While infiltrating the Sith Academy, you meet a woman with a tragic past that made her receptive to the Sith philosophy. She was enslaved and abused. She finally escaped and originally trained as a Jedi. However, she wanted revenge for all that was done to her and other slaves. Here is part of the dialogue tree that leads to her beginning to question the ways of the Sith...
-->'''Yuthura:''' I wanted to use the Force to free the other slaves I knew, to fight for what I knew was right. The Jedi restrained me until I couldn't stand it any more. They claim the dark side is evil, but that isn't so. Sometimes anger and hatred are deserved and right. Sometimes things change because of it.\\
'''PlayerCharacter:''' But not always. Mostly it makes things worse.\\
'''Yuthura:''' Any failure to get the results I want is due to a lack of power on my part. That can change, in time. As a Sith, my mettle is tested far more than when I was a Padawan. I know this may sound strange, but only my compassion stands in my way, now. Once that is gone, let the slavers beware.\\
'''PlayerCharacter:''' But...if you lose your compassion, will you still care about those slaves?\\
'''Yuthura:''' [sounding unsure] I...yes, of course. I--I mean...losing my compassion as in...holding back...
* ArrestedForHeroism: After breaking into the Sith embassy on Manaan, you will be taken into custody by the Selkath for starting a fight and killing people in their city. (Yes, they were Sith, but no exceptions!) The penalty is death, so unless you want to be executed you better have a good explanation for it.
* ArtifactOfDoom:
** The Star Forge. Only the very strong such as Darth Revan and Darth Malak can control it. Weaker beings receive an unhappy fate.
** On a less galactic scale, Ajunta Pall's sword, which his ghost warns you off using.
* ArtificialAtmosphericActions: [=NPCs=] will walk around randomly, back and forth and back and forth, in both games.
* ArtificialStupidity: It is not uncommon for party members to lag behind or get lost, requiring you to take control of them directly.
* AsleepForDays: The PlayerCharacter is injured when the escape pod crashes, and goes "in and out of consciousness for days" with Carth watching over them and tending to their wounds.
* AssholeVictim:
** The murder victim of a case which forms a sidequest on Dantooine; he was cheating his business partner of money and had an affair with another associate's wife, giving both men understandable motives to kill him.
** Zig-zagged by Elassa, the victim of the murder which Jolee's friend Sunry is accused of committing on Manaan. While she ''was'' a Dark Jedi, and as such not exactly a good person, her murderer is no saint himself, and despite his attempts to use this and the fact you have killed plenty of Sith yourself as justifications, Jolee points out that you only kill Sith in self-defence, not in their sleep when they're vulnerable and can't fight back, and providing definitive proof that [[spoiler:Sunry is in fact guilty]] is not considered a Dark Side option any more than getting him off the hook is a Light Side one.
* AssShove: The prisoner and the hacker's tool.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning:
** In the Light Side ending, [[spoiler:Revan and the Ebon Hawk crew are awarded the Cross of Glory - the highest award given by the Old Republic - by Admiral Dodonna.]]
** In the Dark Side ending, [[spoiler:Revan reclaims the title of the Dark Lord of the Sith, to the cheers of Bastila and the Sith army.]]
* AwfulTruth: The revelation that [[spoiler: the player character ''is'' Darth Revan.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Jolee Bindo.
* BaldOfEvil: Uthar Wynn, Darth Malak and Darth Bandon. [[spoiler:Potentially Revan as well, if you choose one of the head options.]]
* BarrierMaiden: Bastila Shan, whose battle meditation is the sole thing keeping the Republic in the fight.
* BatmanGambit:
** The premise of the first game is a Gambit enacted by the Jedi Council: [[spoiler:The Jedi Knights rewrite the memories of a brain-damaged Darth Revan and hope that, through their visions, Bastila will be able to track down the Star Forge. They even train Revan as a Jedi to help facilitate this.]]
** The player character can perform a Batman Gambit on Korriban by [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder triple-crossing people and backstabbing everyone]].
** [[spoiler:The Dark-Side ending has the evil-again Revan and a now-evil Bastila perform a Batman Gambit by pretending to still be good, tricking the Republic into a hopeless battle against the Sith armada and distracting both fleets while they board the Star Forge. This lets them take revenge on Malak, steal control of the Sith and cripple the Republic's leadership all in one move.]]
* BattleCouple: The PC and Bastila, Carth, or [[GayOption Juhani]].
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Embraced by the first game. That being said, flaws in the Jedi teachings are still brought up on a number of occasions and Manaan shows off some of the Republic's more shady workings.
* BlackKnight: Revan fits this trope in the events preceding the game. [[spoiler:He can fit it during the game as well, should you choose to reclaim your legacy as a Sith Lord.]]
* BlackMage: Characters with their experience put into Force abilities fit this role.
* BloodKnight: Bendak Starkiller will only fight duels to the death. The Iridorian Mercenary on Manaan is an extreme example: while he works for credits, he considers making his enemies die painfully a far better reward. HK-47, the Assassin Droid built by Revan, is also an example. [[spoiler:Revan seems to have been one before his brainwashing, and can be after too.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: The game show no blood during battles. Even if you discount lightsabers, physical swords should have left gashing wounds during combats.
** Especially since the swords in-game are [[Vibroweapon vibro-weapons]], meaning they vibrate violently when active, causing what would on a mundane sword be normal stab wounds to be gaping [[LudicrousGibs blood-and-gore-soaked messes]] as seen in several comics and similar EU material, or else described. They're so violently destructive that they're able to slice through metal and battle-droids, effectively working as a messier poor-man's lightsaber. This is so severe that in the video game ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando'', Clone Commandos have what is effectively a windshield-wiper built into their visors so they can see through the effects of their mere inches-long wrist-mounted vibro-blades(so you can imagine what the big ones look like).
* BoringButPractical: Adhesive grenades deal zero damage, [[NoSavingThrow but will always glue the opponent in place]]. It works on everyone, even the FinalBoss.
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: The Jedi council does this [[spoiler:to the PC]].
* ButNotTooEvil: [[spoiler:Invoked by YOU, potentially.]]
* BrokenPedestal:
** Carth was scarred when his mentor and idol, Saul Karath, turned out to be working for the Sith.
** Mission's personal quest involves finding out her brother deliberately left her behind when he left Taris.
** Revan and Malak were this to much of the galaxy (barring the Jedi) according to Carth, prior to their betrayal and return as Sith Lords.
* CallForward[=/=]MythologyGag: To protect the location of a Jedi enclave on Dantooine, you can give up a false location of Alderaan.
* CanonImmigrant: The ''Hammerhead'' cruiser in the opening level is canonized as the very similar ''Hammerhead'' corvette in ''Film/RogueOne'', where it TookALevelInBadass.
* CaptainErsatz: The whole planet Taris is very much UsefulNotes/NorthKorea in a galaxy far, far away. The Upper city is home to elites and privileged who lead a luxury life. The Lower City is made up of people struggling to survive and are bullied by the Upper City folks. The Undercity is made up of Outcasts who live in the poorest conditions and are forbidden to leave for the upper levels. [[SinsOfOurFathers Many of them are descendants of criminals.]] The PC even help the Outcasts to find the Promised Land which could be analogous to UsefulNotes/SouthKorea.
* CassandraTruth: If Korriban is the last world you complete, you have the option of telling people there that [[spoiler:you are Darth Revan]]. Almost no one believes you.
* CentralTheme: Is redemption truly possible? [[spoiler:In the Light Side ending, Revan proves that it is by redeeming him/herself, and Malak expresses his regret before he dies, showing there was some good left even in him. However in the Dark Side ending, the answer is clearly no.]]
* ChangingGameplayPriorities: You can get through most of the game with a balanced JackOfAllTrades build that focuses on social skills and nifty force powers. This grows more and more unwieldy as the game progresses, until the final boss is all but [[{{Unwinnable}} impossible]] if you aren't a highly specialized combat machine.
* CharacterSelectForcing: A minor example. The final boss battle includes a ShootTheMedicFirst scenario. However, unless you've chosen a force skill capable of damaging the medic pods (saber throw, drain life, destroy droid), you can't so much as touch them. If this doesn't sound too annoying, note that the boss not only heals every time he uses up a pod, but gets stronger, as well.
* TheChosenOne: A {{deconstruction}} with the tale of Andor Vex, a haughty Jedi who was surrounded by "swirling Force," making both himself and the Jedi Order believe he had a great destiny. However he was killed by having his body thrown down a reactor shaft by a warlord who got tired of his arrogance. His great destiny turned out to be that his body would cause the reactor to explode, killing the warlord and altering the fate of the sector of space that the warlord ruled.
* CityPlanet: Taris.
* LesCollaborateurs: It's no secret about [[MegaCorp Czerka Corp]] enslaving Wookiees on Kashyyyk. However Chuundar (Zaalbar's brother) struck a deal with them to enslave his own kind in exchange for weapons to enforce his rule. The Wookiees that are not loyal to Chuundar will rebel once he is dealt with. A sidequest involves another Wookiee having signed a contract with slavers for profit.
* ContinuitySnarl: Jolee Bindo, in his youth, married a woman named Nayama in secret due to the Jedi prohibition on romance. This was during the Great Sith War, and he also talks about meeting Nomi Sunrider. The problem? The Jedi in ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' have no prohibition on marriage. Nomi was openly married to a Jedi, had a child by him who later became a Jedi, and was openly dating another Jedi during the same time period that Jolee's marriage with Nayama was frowned upon. (The tie-in comic series later fixed this by returning to the idea of Jedi families and stating that it was a faction within the Order that opposed marriage, not yet official policy.)
* CoolStarship: The ''Ebon Hawk'', modeled after the original trilogy's ''Millennium Falcon''.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Pazaak is ridiculously biased toward the computer. It's played similar to blackjack, but with a side deck to modify the total value and the top is 20. The computer always goes second, so you're more likely to bust than it is. If you go bust, the computer wins without having to take its next turn, but then this applies to you, too, so it's more than likely a rule than cheating. It counts cards, so it knows when it will get a 20. Finally, it gets 20 more often than you do. The only advantage you have is that your side deck is better by the time you leave Dantoonie. There's also a guy in the first game who actually does cheat... more than the computer usually cheats, that is. Fortunately the player can cheat by [[SaveScumming saving before each game]].
* CorruptedData: Several cases. One is where sabotage on the part of an angry wife leaves her philandering husband stranded in the Tatooine desert. Your call as to whether or not you fix his droids or [[StuffBlowingUp "fix"]] his droids. The other notable case is when using T3-M4 to stage the breakout. The Sith droid tries a memory wipe and T3-M4 uses the opening to corrupt the other droid's data.
* CourtroomEpisode: Jolee Bindo's companion sidequest is his old friend Sunry's murder trial on Manaan.
* CowardlyBoss: Darth Malak. After his health drops to a certain point, he runs away from you to drain life energy from [[spoiler: the captive bodies of jedi that he took when his forces attacked Dantooine.]]
* CutsceneIncompetence: Omnipresent in the first game.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Yuthura Ban joined the Sith to gain the power to end slavery, but is now more concerned with advancing her own power within the Sith hierarchy. If redeemed, she notes that she had forgotten about that until she discussed it with the player.
* DirtyCoward: On Dantooine, a farmer asks the Mandalorians who are threatening him to take his wife and children instead. They agree to do so, [[BlackComedy and still shoot him.]]
* DiscardAndDraw: After finishing Taris, you trade your starting class for a Jedi class. This completely alters your feat and skill progression, including negating any of the automatic feats you would have gained otherwise. You do get to keep whatever feats you already had, however, and any class skills are preserved over the switch.
* DoWellButNotPerfect: Due to the way the swoop race on Taris is set up, it is self-defeating to make a flawless run on the first try, because your opponent will then beat you by a few seconds and you have to top that. The sensible way to win is to use your first run as a practice run (or hit every single obstacle to make your time horrible), then do a good run to beat the new score by a wide margin.
* TheDragon: A chain of them. First, Malak is Revan's dragon. He arguably shares this position with [[spoiler:HK-47.]] After Malak betrays Revan and rises to power, Darth Bandon becomes his dragon. Finally, in the Darksided ending, [[spoiler:Bastila]] becomes yours, along with [[spoiler:HK-47, again.]]
* DropPod: Mandalorians use Basilisk war droids for this purpose. Some supplemental material suggests they ''ride'' these things to the planets surface. Yes, on the ''outside'' of the droid, like a mount.
** Worth noting this is taken from ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi, where yes, they do ride the Basilisk war droids as mounts down from orbit.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Most Sith manage to just be {{Smug Super}}s, but some of the students on Korriban are ''elated'' at becoming Sith. Needless to say, a lot of them will be dead by the time you leave the planet. This seems to have been actively averted by Revan, too, as he is one of the only Sith in the entirety of Star Wars canon who didn't embrace [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy,]] opting more for a more logical approach of PragmaticVillainy.
* DualBoss: Calo and Davik at the end of Taris. Calo is a GlassCannon, dishing out serious punishment but not being too tough to kill (he's a lot stronger the second time, though), while Davik is a StoneWall with an energy shield that will keep him at full health for a long time. Beating either one counts as a victory, though you can't actually kill Calo.
* DualWielding: Doing it adds penalties to chance to hit, but you can take Feats to negate some of it.
* DyingTruce: [[spoiler: At the end Revan manages to mortally wound Malak, after which the two of them have a short conversation about the choices they made and the consequences of them until Malak dies.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Every party member except T3-M4 seems to have some unresolved issue(s) from their past, leading to strange, and oftentimes downright neurotic behavior.
* EarlyBirdBoss:
** Bendak Starkiller on Taris can be one if you make the unwise choice of duelling him before you're ready or with bad tactics. He'll mop the floor with you effortlessly at a point in the game when you're still using boring swords and pea-shooting blasters, dishing out huge damage with his own custom gun, plasma grenades, and dangerous melee blows.
** The Sith Governor on Taris has a lot of health and uses Force Powers, while your only Jedi party member at that point is a [[MasterOfNone Jedi Sentinel]].
** Juhani serves the same role after you become a Jedi yourself, serving as your first taste of one-on-one lightsaber combat, after being introduced to it with kath hounds that die in two or three hits even if your gun-toting allies don't get a few shots off at them first.
** Calo Nord certainly qualifies, peppering your party with plasma grenades and heavy blaster fire. However, since he only comes for you when you uncover your second Star Map, he can potentially come at a point when your party includes up to three Force-empowered badasses, or other serious combatants, who will utterly destroy him. See Too Dumb To Live below.
* EarlyGameHell: You start out without a lightsaber, and take a whole world to get Force powers.
* EldritchStarship: The Star Forge is a station made from technology merged with the Force. It's bound to give off vibes of this.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: The best armor/robe for Force users in the game can only be created on the Star Forge--about three battles (the final bunch of Dark Jedi, [[spoiler:Dark Bastila]], and a bunch of droids) before the FinalBoss and the ending. Furthermore, it can only be equipped if you're very high or very low on the KarmaMeter scale, so tough luck if you haven't been grinding it the entire game.
* EnemySummoner: The Star Forge makes lots of ships and enemy battle droids.
* EnigmaticMinion: If you view Jolee as a minion. He certainly has no problem admitting that he can be enigmatic.
-->'''Jolee:''' I'm old, dammit. I'm allowed to be enigmatic when I want to be!
* EvilAllAlong: Played with. [[spoiler: ''You, the player character,'' are Darth Revan, former BigBad of the setting, but didn't know it thanks to LaserGuidedAmnesia from the Jedi Council, leading to an Inverse of CriminalAmnesiac if you decide to return to The Dark Side.]]
* EvilIsEasy: Actions toward the TheDarkSide are simpler, quicker, affect your alignment to a greater extreme, and are more numerous than Light Side. For example, there's one sidequest that is nothing but Dark Side acts... and some of the best equipment you can get without paying. Do them all and you can drop from full Light to half in just five easy steps. You have to do at least twice as many Light Side acts for such a shift.
* EvilIsPetty: Often the actions that gain you Dark Side points amount to you threatening people and being a dick for no other reason than that it's EVIL!!! For example, you get a quest from a widow to recover a valuable artifact so she can sell it and support herself, you can choose to give it to her or sell it and keep the profits for yourself. But to complete the quest on the Dark path, you need to go back and tell her to her face that you're keeping it, apparently just because it's fun to see her cry.
* EvilMakesYouUgly: The more Dark Side points they get, the more sinister-looking the player character becomes.
* EvilMentor: Master Uthar Wynn and Yuthura Ban, headmasters of the Sith Academy. Though you get to school them in the end.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: A recurring plot point. [[spoiler:Given that you can choose your ending regardless of alignment, a dark-sided Revan can still decide that the Star Forge is too dangerous/that galactic conquest is not the route to choose and instead aid the Jedi. In addition, Revan can be dark-sided without going all the way to the wall.]]
* FakeLongevity: The RandomEncounters during space travel, which have ''no'' reward at all.
* FakeMemories: The memories of [[spoiler:Revan]] were quite malleable.
* FallenHero: Revan and Malak lead the Republic to victory against the Mandalorians, and were the most famous, well-loved Jedi in the Order, until they went too far out into space, [[spoiler:got their shebs kicked by the Sith Emperor,]] and returned as conquerors who had fallen to the Dark Side. [[spoiler:Since you ARE Revan, this means you, too. Also, Bastila.]]
* FantasticFlora: Unsurprisingly, a trip to Kashyyyk involves a whole lot of megaflora and [[ArborealAbode arboreal abodes]]. [[spoiler: It also reveals that this ''isn't'' Kashyyyk's natural ecosystem: the Rakatans began terraforming the planet long ago for their own uses but lost contact with the machines doing it. The terraforming device then went haywire, creating the mega-trees and forests that Kashyyyk is known for.]]
* FantasticLegalWeirdness: One Dark Side option during one of the {{Courtroom Episode}}s on Manaan is to use [[JediMindTrick Force Persuade]] to [[JuryAndWitnessTampering make witnesses perjure themselves]].
* FantasticRacism: On Taris, the only nonhumans who can walk around in the Upper City work for the local Exchange boss or are pretty Twi'lek shopkeepers. Others get pelted by stones thrown by children, as seen once. There is a street preacher calling nonhumans a "plague that sweeps through our streets". A seedy hotel has alien occupants despite this being illegal. The slum-like and generally miserable Lower City, overrun by gangs, is where most of the nonhumans live. The racism [[spoiler:Juhani]] experienced as a child on Taris is a major point in her sidequest.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: Directly invoked [[spoiler: by the Jedi Council as the cover identity for the player character, who is really an amnesiac Darth Revan]].
* FeedItABomb: The giant rancor in the sewers has to be killed by getting it to swallow a grenade, although it is possible to kill him by using hit-and-run grenade throwing, as he can not follow you back into the tunnels.
* FlauntingYourFleets: In the darkside ending.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first game had mountains of it leading up to TheReveal, they even have a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFvN2y9PI3s cut scene]] with some of it.
** It is also foreshadowed that [[spoiler:Bastila will turn to the dark side]]: read the description of the double-bladed lightsaber.
* FlunkyBoss: Calo in your second fight with him and Darth Bandon. Calo has a small group of grenade-throwing Rodians while Bandon has a couple of Dark Jedi.
* FreudianTrio: Carth is TheMcCoy, Bastila TheSpock, and the player character (can be) TheKirk.
* FunWithAcronyms: The series has been nicknamed [=KotOR=]. While the Acronym does not mean anything to English speakers, it is very funny to Malay speakers as the word ''Kotor' means ''Dirty'' in Malay. Slightly more innocently, Kotor is also the name of a seaside town in Montenegro.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation:
** Bastila's Battle Meditation is stated multiple times to be a huge factor to the Republic winning a galactic war, but do not expect to make use of it when she is in your party. While it is true that she has to meditate to use it, hence the name, this was made into an unlockable force power in the sequel (which can be used in battle), and is even a unique dialogue/Force option during the final battle on Onderon (where the Exile actually meditates to use it).
** Carth is a decorated war hero and Trask describe him as seeing more combat than all the Endar Spire crew put together. When Carth joins you, he starts at level 3.
** According to dialog, being bitten by a rakghoul transmits [[TheVirus a disease which transforms that person into a rakghoul]] if not healed early enough with a specific serum. During actual fights, when someone from the player's team is hit by a rakghoul there is a random probability that he/she will be affected by a standard poisoning effect, which disappears after a few minutes and can be cured with standard antidote packs.
** During the first encounter with Malak, what's clearly supposed to be Bastila saving you from a HopelessBossFight becomes a StupidSacrifice if the player is using a combat focused build, since they will be handily kicking his ass.
* GameSystem: The underlying skill and combat mechanics of this game are based on a modified ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'' tabletop RPG ruleset.
* GangBangers: The Black Vulkars and the Hidden Beks of Taris.
* GayOption: Juhani, though her romance arc is not fully-developed like Carth's or Bastila's. See HideYourLesbians below.
* GenocideBackfire: One of the few people to escape the bombardment of Taris is the one person whom Malak specifically intended for it to kill. It never really comes back to bite him, though, given that everyone hates him already.
* GiantFlyer: The Brith which circles the skies on Dantooine. [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Flying_ray The Star Wars Wiki has a small page about them.]]
* GlassCannon: Mission Vao. Give her nice guns and take advantage of her SneakAttack, and she strikes for a ton of damage, but she can't take a lot of hits.
* GladiatorSubquest: Taris' (non-lethal) dueling arena.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Rakata somehow were able to harness the dark side of the Force in their technologies, with the Star Forge itself being the pinnacle of Rakatan dark-side engineering. However, the Rakatans never considered the cost of using the technology on such as scale: [[spoiler: the factory gave them the means to conquer the galaxy, but also led to their downfall. The Star Forge semi-consciously began to affect not only its operators but Rakatan society itself, feeding their greed, cruelty, and lust for conquest. The Rakatans eventually both overextended themselves and fell to infighting, leading to their overthrow and near-extinction as a species.]]
** The jedi hoped to [[spoiler: over-write Darth Revan's personality with the relative blank slate of the player character]]. This works perfectly... and if the player pursues the dark-side ending [[spoiler: the new personality is a much more powerful, cunning, and generally effective sith than Revan ever was, with the ability to recruit powerful allies that Revan could never have recruited and intimate knowledge of Jedi resources and strategies]]. It is not a good time to be part of the Republic once the credits start rolling.
* GoryDiscretionShot: If you walk into the Krayt dragon's cave [[TooDumbToLive without first killing the dragon]], you get a cutscene of it standing up and walking out. The screen then fades to black and the 'Your entire party has been killed' dialogue appears.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Juhani is a Finnish name, probably chosen to sound exotic. The bad thing is, it's a ''man's'' name, the Finnish equivalent of John.
** Also pronounced incorrectly, as Finnish J's are pronounced as Y's.
* GreatWhiteHunter: The game brings you into contact with a Great Twi'lek Hunter during your stay on Tatooine, a man who's hunting a krayt dragon. After killing it by luring it into a minefield, he mentions to the PlayerCharacter that he regrets denying the dragon a final battle.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: It is remarkably easy to bamboozle, sneak around, or outright overpower nearly every Sith soldier in the game. The only exception is the first Sith Guard underground in Taris who is accompanied by Turrets. There's no getting by him since he will not budge in dialogue options (even hackers using max stats can't make it through) and the turrets kill many characters in a single hit.
* GunsAreWorthless: Ranged weapons do almost no damage in this game, save for a couple of obscenely expensive heavy weapons that you can buy at the end: melee weapons are always better to have, regardless of the situation. There are any number of guides on how to successfully use ranged weapons, but this requires meticulous character building and mainly serves as a challenge. The fact that Jedi Guardians have an ability to directly jump into melee from 25 meters away and deal bonus damage while they are at it adds insult to injury. Although, especially in the earlier stages, when you're just becoming a Jedi, having Carth back you up wielding two blasters while Canderous carries around a heavy blaster is pretty effective.
* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Jedi Council kept the Order out of the Mandalorian war, believing it was a trap to destroy the order. Choosing not to get involved while worlds were destroyed.
* HealingPotion: Medpacks have the same use as potions in other {{RPG}}s.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: [[spoiler:Revan. It is up to you whether it sticks or not.]] This is a case where the questionable moral implications ''are'' pointed out, and it can be the motivation [[spoiler:if you decide to fall back to the Dark Side.]]
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: Trask.
* HideYourLesbians: Juhani and Belaya, as well as Juhani's romance with the female PlayerCharacter, thanks, apparently, to Creator/LucasArts having a meltdown at the idea of homosexual characters in Star Wars.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Soldiers of the Old Republic got to battle wearing bright red combatsuits, and the Mandalorians seem to like wearing armor in nearly every color of the rainbow (though at least they have cloaking devices). Both are easily topped by the Sith Troopers and their shining silver armor.
* HitAndRunTactics: A pattern of firing, taking a hit, retreating, healing, firing, taking a hit and so on can wear an enemy down. Against really strong foes or ones that keep dodging, mines will hasten the process considerably. You can beat the final boss this way if you cannot disable his healing mechanism, but be prepared for a long fight and pray you saved up as many healing items as could be mustered.
* HopelessBossFight: While completely optional, you can fight Calo Nord in the bar after he toasts the 3 would-be bounty hunters, but he is one of the "[[OneHitKill one hit = dead]]" fights. But he eventually does become a winnable boss fight [[spoiler: ([[NoOneCouldSurviveThat twice]])]] later on.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** HK-47 after the player character complains being called a meat-bag. "Did I say that out loud? I apologise, master. While you are a meat-bag, I suppose I should not call you such."
** Canderous thinks you're weak and inferior to Mandalorians for wanting to use combat stims. Why yes, you can have some of the massive stash he keeps on him.
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* IAmNotAGun:
** An assassin droid on Korriban in the first game.
** HK-47 inverts this trope. He's a weapon and he knows it - and [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming he loves his job.]]
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The Sith will taunt you on Manaan. Usually, if you taunt back, you will be arrested and go to jail. (Or, for extra fun, you can mind-control the guard that comes to arrest you to instead arrest the Sith. You naturally get some Dark Side points.)
* IKnewThereWasSomethingAboutYou: Carth is ''very'' openly stating he smells a rat in the whole setup with your PlayerCharacter. And just as he's getting over his trust issues, in comes TheReveal. His alternate lines almost quote the trope title.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler: With Bastila.]] Also, [[spoiler:Carth will attempt this on a female Dark-sided Revan who has romanced him. [[KickTheDog All possible options end in his death.]] ]]
* {{Immortality}}: The series has different kinds of immortality. The famous Force Ghost type is present in the first game with Ajunta Pall, who maintained his existence well after his body died.
* InCaseOfBossFightBreakGlass: The key to defeating the final boss is shattering containers with prisoners, from which he keeps leeching life to heal himself.
* InfantImmortality: Largely played straight, [[spoiler:but absolutely brutally averted in the Dark Side ending, which will see Revan either use the Force to [[StealthPun force]] Zaalbar to kill Mission Vao, or does it himself, and kills Big Z as well.]] For the record, [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon Mission is only FOURTEEN,]] and Zaalbar is her best friend. Nice job, YouMonster.]]
* InformedAttribute: The Ebon Hawk is described by several characters as the fastest ship in the galaxy that can outrun anything, but in gameplay, Sith Fighters have no problems catching up to it.
* InevitableTournament: No matter what you do, you will be required to win the Taris Undercity swoop racing championship in order to rescue Bastila.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Cassus Fett's Heavy Pistol is the most powerful blaster in [=KotOR 1=], and pretty essential for a good gunslinger endgame, but it is expensive to buy, available in only one location, and needs upgrades to achieve its full potential, so you'll probably only get it after spending a fair time grinding your XP and credits.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: In this case, primarily due to the ironic absence of a jump key - since as we all know [[SarcasmMode Jedi]] ''[[SarcasmMode never]]'' [[SarcasmMode do that...]]
* InTheDoldrums: The Rakatan prison is a big blank whiteness with a single prisoner being the only remarkable feature. Talking to him reveals that there were others as well who got trapped by accident and eventually ran off into the endless void.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Only the player character goes to fight Malak at the end of the first game, Bastila staying behind to make use of her battle meditation.
* {{Invisibility}}: There are cloaking devices in both games, used by Mandalorians, Sith and party members. Hssiss can also be invisible during the start of an encounter with one.
* IronicEcho: A conversation between Carth and Canderous about [[EnemyMine how they were on opposing sides not too long ago]] has "Nice speech. I bet you tell yourself that every night so you can sleep." Canderous says it first in response to Carth attempting to deny that he and Canderous are NotSoDifferent by saying that he was a soldier whereas the Mandalorians were warriors. When Canderous makes a speech talking about how the Mandalorians were beaten by the Republic's superior resources, numbers, and the Jedi, Carth says it back to him.
* {{Irony}}: Doubles as {{Foreshadowing}} - in the first conversation with him after escaping from the Endar Spire, Carth says that he's afraid of stumbling upon Sith because they can use the Force to "wipe away memories and destroy your very identity.". [[spoiler: Which is exactly what the Jedi did to you]].
* IrrelevantSidequest:
** Pazaak and swoop-racing. They have absolutely no plot importance outside their first appearance, but are reasonable sources of income if you're good at them.
** Griff Vao's obviously hopeless GetRichQuickScheme, which involves trekking down to the Kashyyyk forest floor to murder a harmless animal, going off to do something else for a while, and coming back to find him, your money, and your time, gone. If you decline to fall for the SchmuckBait, the quest will stay forever uncompleted in your journal.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Igear, the merchant in the Undercity. Being the sole merchant of the Outcasts, he's making a good fortune because everyone is depending on him for goods. When the PC is close to find the Promised Land, a legendary place where no one will ever starve or being persecuted, he comes to you. Igear wants the journals leading to the Promised Land be handed to him so they can be destroyed. He explain that his life as an Outcast is great and he is willing to let everyone else suffer just so that he can continue being rich.
* ItsPersonal: Besides the FinalBattle, there is also your meeting with Darth Bandon, who killed your ExpositionFairy friend at the beginning of the game.
-->'''PlayerCharacter:''' Hey! You were on the ''Endar Spire''! You killed Trask! You'll pay for that!
* ItemAmplifier: A few weapons and armor can be fitted with various upgrades to improve damage, critical chance, protection, and even health regeneration.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: When the Czerka Corp executives are about to abandon their mining operation on Tatooine, one of them laments over the fact they wouldn't be able to take the heavy equipment back with them. Another responds along the lines of "What could possibly happen? Can you imagine a [[Film/ANewHope Jawa trying to drive a sandcrawler?"]]
* JediMindTrick: A learnable Force Power, though it helps to have a high Persuade. You can use it to dodge landing fees--Bastila and Juhani will snap at you for it, but Jolee starts reminiscing about all the times ''he'' duped customs with it.
* JuryAndWitnessTampering: During [[CourtroomEpisode Sunry's murder trial]] on Manaan it's possible for the player to use the JediMindTrick to make witnesses perjure themselves.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: After you're manipulated into killing off the Genoharadan leadership, you can challenge the one now in charge to a duel. He'll bring backup, as can you. There's dialog for either situation.
* KarmaMeter: Light/Dark side. The PlayerCharacter's changes, but all of your allies' alignments are fixed.
* KickTheDog: Saul revealing to Carth [[spoiler: his companion is Revan]], which can be a double-ouch if [[spoiler:Carth is romancing you.]]
** The Sith Academy on Korriban is ''rife'' with cadets who revel in this, the place may as well be re-named the Dog Kicking Academy.
* KleptomaniacHero: You can loot and steal to your heart's content without getting Dark Side points for it. Robbing the occupied apartments on Taris can make you feel like a dick, though, as the already poor families living there beg you not to hurt them while you take whatever little they have left. The only real subversion is the Sand People Enclave: even attempting to open any of the wicker baskets turns the entire tribe hostile, though you might do this anyway for the XP once you're done with them, since the fact that they attack you after you rob them means that you earn no Dark Side points for killing them.
* KnightInSourArmor: Jolee Bindo fits this trope exceptionally well. He left the Jedi order not because he didn't believe in their cause, but because he did not believe in their methods. Carth Onasi has become [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded and cynical]] after some serious personal trauma, but retains a commitment to basic kindness and decency.
* LargeAndInCharge: Darth Malak. Choose any gender/class other than male soldier, and he will dwarf you when you go toe-to-toe. In the vision cutscenes, Malak has a whole head over Revan.
* LargeHam: The Duel Arena announcer
--> "LAAAAADIIEEES AAAAANNNND GENTLEMEN! We have a veeeeerrryyyy special PRE-SEN-TATION for ''you'' tonight!!!
* LaserBlade: It's Star Wars, so of course.
* LastSecondChance: In the first game, if you are lightsided enough, you can offer one to almost every Dark Jedi. Malak is the only one who will not accept it.
-->'''PlayerCharacter:''' This is your last chance, Malak. Surrender.\\
'''[[BigBad Malak]]:''' No, [[spoiler:Revan]]. This time our confrontation can only end in death... yours or mine.
** Bastila (if you [[spoiler: saved her this way]], which would have been a few minutes earlier) expresses amazement you even bothered to try with Malak.
* LastSecondEndingChoice: Your final side is chosen in one action right near the end of the game.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Jolee Bindo is prone to this.
* LazyBackup: Standard rules apply: max of two party members out at a time, no switching in combat or on certain maps, and if everybody goes down the game is over.
* LivingLegend: Revan, Bastila, Calo Nord, and Bendak Starkiller are all legendary for their past accomplishments and skill.
* LivingShip: Malak suggests the Star Forge is this.
--> "The Star Forge is more than just a space station. In some ways, it is like a living creature. It hungers. And it can feed on the dark side that is within all of us."
* LonersAreFreaks: Elise Montagne, a woman on Dantooine in the first game, began treating her droid C8-42 as if it were her husband. [[RoboSexual All the time]]. The best ending to her quest is bittersweet, since you must destroy her, willing, droid in order to force her to let go and meet new people.
* LostTechnology: The Star Forge, the secrets of which were lost to the galaxy when [[spoiler: the Rakatan empire crumbled. Even the Rakatans themselves can't even reach it now, let alone make use of it]].
* LoveRedeems: On the Star Forge you are given the opportunity to redeem [[spoiler:Bastila,]] who has fallen to the dark side. You can try to do this by appealing to her training as a Jedi or to basic morality, but if you pursued the relationship side quest you can redeem her more easily by telling her that you love her. Subverted rather cruelly with Carth and the Dark Side Female PC; he tries, but the only possible results are for the PC to kill him herself or let [[spoiler:Bastila]] do it for her. The ending in which he would have been able to succeed and [[spoiler:Revan sacrifices herself]] was cut from the official release of the game. [[BadassGrandpa Jolee]] says it best:
-->"Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled, but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love, that's what they should teach you to beware, but love itself will save you, not condemn you."
* TheManBehindTheMan: Two-fold, but the same man is behind both (though it wouldn't be revealed until ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''). Canderous mentions that the Sith made them an offer to attack the Republic, and some of the supplemental material reveals that Revan and Malak had met the True Sith forces before launching their conquest. The True Sith in question? [[spoiler:Darth Vitiate, Emperor of the Sith Empire]]
* ManualLeaderAIParty: The game allows customization of the party members' equipment and tactics, and allows direct control over all characters. AI scripts direct characters that are not being directly controlled, and can be customized by the player.
* MatchMakerQuest: The quest to find the missing droid in the first game. If resolved the right way, the droid's owner will meet a new man. The Sandral/Matale feud can also be one, though the way that ends is largely [[VideogameCrueltyPotential down to the player]].
* MedievalStasis: Well, space age stasis. Technology levels and aesthetics are pretty much identical to the movies. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, this is ''not'' true for the comics that the games are based on.
* MoneyForNothing: In the Rakatan Temple on Lehon at the end of the game, you can find 5000 credits in one of the footlockers in the temple. Too bad Lehon is a [[PointOfNoReturn point of no return]] in which you can't go back to another planet with a vendor to use that money on. At least you won't end the game penniless!
* MonsterProgenitor: Played straight. A giant shark on Manaan is called the Progenitor and is believed to be the ancestor of the Selkath.
* MoralDissonance: There are a number of examples:
** When dealing with the woman who's too attached to her droid on Dantooine, you get light side points for reuniting her with the droid, and no points either way for destroying it and telling her it's gone, even though this is precisely what the droid ''wants'' you to do so she can move on with her life and, in fact, you will find her doing just that and grateful for what you did shortly thereafter. There's also the fact that you can't just tell the droid to go somewhere else, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman you have to kill it.]]
** Also the case with the PC. Unless you're going for a complete, no-holds-barred Dark Side or Light Side mastery playthrough, odds are you're going to find a situation to one direction or the other at least once where you'll make an exception just because the alternative is so ludicrous.
** On Taris, when you infiltrate the Black Vulkar gang hide-out, Carth will object if you decide to kill a waitress whom you encounter there. Shortly after, you will meet another gangster, who surrenders to you because he doesn't really want to help the Vulkars anyway, being forced into it. You can decide to kill him as well, without Carth raising any objection. Possibly Carth objects because the waitress is a prisoner (little more than an a slave really) who was kidnapped to pay off debts, and not a gangster there by choice.
* MultipleEndings: As usual with ''Star Wars'' games, you end by either saving the galaxy or conquering it wholesale.
** On a lesser scale, every quest and every relationship with your crew is able to take several different turns based on how you respond to them, or how you go about doing the quest. These can affect in-game dialogue, and your relationship with Carth and/or Bastila will directly affect certain late-game conversations, though they won't change the end-game cinematics.
* MultiplePersuasionModes: The series has the Persuade SkillScore, which unlocks additional and often more beneficial persuasion options in dialogue trees. It also lets the [=PCs=] take the Force Persuade feat--basically the Jedi mind trick from the movies, which works wonders on simple-minded individuals but is useless on intelligent and non-sentient life forms.
* MuggingTheMonster:
** A gang on Taris tries to sell Bastila into slavery, mistaking her for a normal Republic naval officer. She easily escapes once the player provides an opportunity, and points out that the player was not really necessary.
** On [[AcademyOfEvil Korriban]] the various Sith students all threaten the player's party. Verges into BullyingTheDragon territory if they recognize that you are a Jedi and thus are already trained in use of the Force.
** On Taris, a group of drunks will attempt to bully you. Given that the player is walking around sporting weapons and is clearly a combat-ready offworlder, it falls under this trope.
* NavalBlockade: Around Taris during the first part of the game.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Jedi launched a daring raid to capture Revan and end the war. While they removed Revan from power, Revan's approach to war had been [[PragmaticVillainy focused on subjugating the Republic with as little damage to the infrastructure as possible]]. Revan's replacement Malak had no such reservations, resulting in even greater damage to the Republic and the people.
* NightmarishFactory: The Star Forge is bad enough when one considers its [[spoiler: near-infinite production capacity.]] What makes it far, far worse is that it not only [[spoiler: feeds on the dark side impulses of its users, it forms a feedback loop with them, corrupting its operators in turn. It can also be used to drain the Force out of light side users, imprisoning them in a state of horrifying undeath and converting their connection to the Force into raw material.]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Calo Nord; actually lampshaded.
-->'''Calo Nord:''' I am hard to kill, Lord Malak.
* NoCanonForTheWicked: Canonically in the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' universe, Revan was a light-sided male. However, the sequel game allows you to choose Revan's gender and alignment.
* NoSell: Try to Force persuade the Sith guard into letting you in the Sith Academy wont work. He's being mentally conditioned to resist such abilities.
* NonStandardGameOver: The Court of Manaan will sentence you to death if you can't prove the Sith violated the neutrality act (therefore justifying your own actions for breaking into their base) or [[TooDumbToLive if you plead guilty.]]
** Also if you lose the game of riddles against the prisoner in the mind prison, he will [[GrandTheftMe take your body]] and leave you [[AndIMustScream trapped in the prison, possibly for eternity.]]
* NotableNonSequitur: Ask Canderous early on why the [[ProudWarriorRace Mandalorians]] attacked the Republic, he shrugs and says that ''"the Sith came to us with an offer"'' before diverging into ''why'' Mandalorians seek the hardest fights across the galaxy. Little did ''anyone'' know that "Sith" was [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic Sith Emperor Darth Vitiate]], and how much that comment exploded all over the sequel and the MMO!
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Used during TheReveal, as lines earlier spoken have new meaning, such as [[spoiler: "What greater weapon is there than to turn an enemy to your cause? To use their own knowledge against them?"]]
* OnlyFleshIsSafe:
** Ion Weapons damage machines but not living targets (might work on shields too.)
** The Disable Droid light-side Force power does the same but has much higher damage and AreaOfEffect. Both are VERY useful when playing as a Light Side character.
* OpeningScroll: Just like the movies.
* OpeningTheSandbox: When the player steals the Ebon Hawk on Taris. You can visit the Star Map planets in any order you like, (usually) leave them in the middle and go back or forward to anywhere else, etc.
* OptionalStealth: Stealth is a skill you can put points in, and can use with either a stealth belt or Force Camouflage. Mission starts with a decently high stealth stat and a belt. Juhani has the Force ability. It's got some frustrating limitations (you can't attack or use terminals while stealthed). Depending on your play style, however, it can be DifficultButAwesome if you do something like buff Mission's hacking skills, load her up with spikes, have her sneak over to a terminal in an enemy base, and wipe out half the {{Mooks}} without lifting a finger.
* OrbitalBombardment: Twice by the Sith, once on-screen (the destruction of Taris, which provides the page picture), and once off-screen ([[spoiler:the destruction of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine; we see the results in the second game]]).
* OutOfGenreExperience:
** On Dantooine, one side quest involves you investigating a murder in what is essentially an episode of ''Series/{{CSI|CrimeSceneInvestigation}}: Dantooine''.
** On Manaan, if you have already recruited Jolee Bindo you can find yourself dragooned into working as defense attorney for a Republic soldier in a CourtroomEpisode.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: Revan, one of the Jedi's greatest students, persuaded a large number of fellow Jedi to take up arms against the Mandalorians and then to become Dark Jedi.
* PassingTheTorch: The first game plays with the idea in two instances. Darth Malak [[spoiler: took the torch when he ordered his ship to attack Revan's ship. With Revan gone, Malak became the head of the Sith]]. The second instance is when the playable character destroys the torch when s/he kills Uthar Wynn, leaving the Sith academy in chaos.
* PausableRealtime: You can pause in battle, which is good if it's all going too fast and you want a moment to reorder your party's actions.
* PeopleJars: The tubes from the final battle. Also, the strange box you can get from Lurze Kesh on Korriban might count.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** Everything on Taris and Dantooine (and the Sith Academy, if you kill everyone in it when you're done with the tomb).
** You can easily miss several side quests by pissing off the wrong people (such as on Manaan) or by getting people killed (on Kashyyyk).
** [[spoiler:[[CutsceneIncompetence When Bastila is captured]], you lose all her equipment except for her [[DoubleWeapon double-lightsaber]] which mysteriously goes into your inventory.]]
** HK-47's repair upgrades and stories about past owners. Once you hit the Leviathan, he'll refuse to let you repair him and he won't share his stories anymore.
* PersonaNonGrata: If you go down to the Dark Side, you can get banned at places ranging from shops (Yuka Laka's shop if you threatened to kill him while trying to buy HK-47) to a planet (if you poisoned the waters, thus destroying all the kolto and having medicine prices skyrocket).
* PlotCoupon: The Star Maps, which each have a fragment of the information needed to find the Star Forge.
* PointOfNoReturn:
** After you get the Taris launch codes, Canderous will ask to start the raid on Davik's estate. You can go whenever you wish, but once you start, you're done with Taris.
** Collecting the fifth Star Map and clicking the button to go to the Unknown World[[note]]aka Lehon[[/note]] is the second, more important one.
* PosthumousCharacter: Darth Revan, despite being dead, is one of the most important characters in the story as it all arose from their actions. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted when it turns out Revan is the ''player character''.]]
* PowerGlows: Although the films never give the Force any visual effects other than what it is acting ''on'', Force powers here have a variety of swirly light patterns and colors; handy visual shorthand if there's a lot of it going on at once. Advanced combat feats have similar effects.
* ThePowerOfLove: Jolee Bindo is an advocate of Force users using love because he believes [[LoveRedeems love can save a person]]. This is the reason he and the Jedi Order are not on good terms. [[spoiler:If you go for the Lightside ending, he's proven right.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: The main difference between Revan and Malak is Revan is interested in keeping the Republic/Empire strong, sparing industrious planets, and so on. Malak is basically AxeCrazy CrushKillDestroy, as seen with Taris.
%%* {{Precursors}}: Rakata.
* PrequelInTheLostAge: This takes place four thousand years before anything that happened in the movies. The bloated and decaying Republic of the prequel movies is here the Republic in its prime, albeit a war-torn prime.
* PrisonersDilemma: A computer trying to determine if the PlayerCharacter is authorized to access it proposes a Prisoner's Dilemma scenario and asks the PC what they would do. In this case, betraying their companion is the "right" choice because it works out better for you no matter what the companion does, but the PC can reject the computer's moral vision and still gain access.
* ProdigalHero: [[spoiler: Invoked directly by Vandar in the Light Side ending.]]
* ProlongedPrologue: Your sojourn on Taris sets up the main plot without actually being relevant to the main plot. [[EarthShatteringKaboom Then it explodes]]. The second game would go on to copy this formula.

[[folder: Tropes R-Z]]
* RandomNumberGod: You will quickly learn to hate Pazaak when the RNG screw you over and over.
* RecurringBoss: Calo Nord and Darth Malak.
* RedRightHand: Malak is missing his entire jaw thanks to picking a fight with Revan, so he uses a metallic prosthetic to cover it up.
* ReplacementGoldfish: "Wow. She really misses her droid, doesn't she?" Please note that this CargoShip carries an extra-large express delivery of {{Squick}} if you think about it too much. Please don't.
-->'''Carth:''' I've never felt so sorry for a droid before.
* RequiredPartyMember:
** You get forced to take Carth when you first enter Taris. You have to have Mission to get into the Vulkar base. T3-M4 is required to get into the Sith base. You need HK-47 to complete the Light Side path with the Sand People on Tantooine. You need Bastila for the beginning of Dantooine. On the Leviathan level, you are forced to have Carth and Bastila in your party, as the whole thing wouldn't work without them because of [[HeroicSacrifice certain]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge story]] [[TheReveal events]]. Later on the unknown planet, your party members will leave when you prepare to open up the temple, but Jolee and Juhani will come back and insist on accompanying you in.
** Inverted on Korriban, where taking Bastila is emphatically ''not'' an option because she'd be recognized and captured.
** Played with and Inverted on Kashyyyk. You don't need to take Zaalbar in your party. However you won't be able to go a hundred feet without someone else in the party nagging you that he'd love to be there. After you discover his history with the local wookiee tribe he will not be available until you complete the storyline involving his family.
* RescueIntroduction: Bastila. Or as she'll insist, she rescued you.
* RescueRomance: Somehow works for both male and female player characters. A male character rescues Bastila (though she [[EmbarrassingRescue vehemently denies that she needed your help]]), and a female character is rescued by Carth.
* RescueSex: If you play as a female, a man will offer "earthly pleasures" as a reward for rescuing him, but you cannot accept, mainly because the man in question is a sleazeball and you wouldn't even want to.
* {{Retcon}}:
** Darths running around three millennia before Darth Bane, who supposedly started the tradition. Later got an explanation in a tie-in Darth Bane novel (which, unsurprisingly, was written by [=KotOR=]'s lead writer).
** Also, though it is set just forty years later, the aesthetic and philosophy of the Jedi are far more in-line with the prequel trilogy (four thousand years later) than ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' (four ''decades'' earlier). Understandable, perhaps, for marketing purposes. It makes it a bit strange for the Jedi to have a strong taboo against romance and marriage when the previous head of the Order, Nomi Sunrider, had been openly married to a Jedi, had a child, and then entered another relationship with another Jedi during a war. Especially as Jolee talks about this very period of history as though the taboo was in place and the original plans called for Vima Sunrider--the product of said happy and totally unremarkable Jedi marriage--to have Bastila's spot in the party. Other works set around this time period (like the tie-in comics) follow this version's lead.
* TheReveal: The big plot twist in this game is quite famous: [[spoiler:You, the player, are Darth Revan. Bastila saved Revan from near-mortal injury that left them with amnesia and the Jedi moulded Revan's mind into a useful shape for them to find the Star Forge in hopes of defeating the Sith]].
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Every robot with speaking lines seems to have a human personality and human emotions ranging from deception, ego, loyalty, manipulation, pain, pleasure (mostly pleasure from sadism), sarcasm and snark. HK-47 is the standout in this game.
* RoboSexual: [[spoiler: Elise Montagne]] is revealed to be one near the end of her quest.
* RockyRollCall / SayMyName: In the "Sandral-Matale Feud" quest:
--> '''Mr. Matale:''' There you are, Shen!\\
'''Shen:''' Father!\\
'''Rahasia:''' Mr. Matale!\\
'''Mr. Sandral:''' Rahasia!\\
'''Rahasia:''' Father!\\
'''Shen:''' Mr. Sandral!\\
'''Matale:''' Nurik!\\
'''Sandral:''' Ahlan!
** And [[TheAbridgedSeries hilariously:]]
-->'''Player character:''' [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}} Donkey?]]
* RomanceSidequest: Carth and Bastila are the main two, but pursuing them is entirely optional. Juhani is also a sneaked-in GayOption for female player characters.
* RomancingTheWidow: Carth's romance subplot.
* RunningTheBlockade: When main characters escape Taris through the Sith blockade of the planet aboard the ''Ebon Hawk'', using the Sith's own ID codes to keep from being automatically targeted and shot down.
* SadistTeacher: Uthar's old master, Jorak Uln. Not only sadist for a Sith teacher, but also batshit insane as he lives in one of the ruins to capture students and tortures them as part of a test.
* SchmuckBait:
** Half the security terminals have the option to overload the terminal, which kills whoever is standing at the terminal (i.e. '''''you''''') and anyone in the near vicinity. You can count on one hand the number of times this is actually a viable way to dispatch enemies.
** On Korriban you can be offered the job of hauling a box from there to Tatooine. You are repeatedly warned, whatever you do, to not open the box. Nary a player will reach Tatooine before doing so.
** If you successfully negotiate with the Sand People chieftain, after being warned that any sign of disrespect will be met with hostility, just outside his room there is a locked box. If you attempt to open it, regardless of however stealthy you may be, the Sand People will notice and attack you.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: If you attempt to cut a deal with Calo Nord the second time you fight him, he refuses -- he's more interested in protecting his reputation as a bounty hunter that no one gets away from.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight:
** In the backstory, Revan and Malak led several Jedi into taking part in the Mandalorian Wars, simply refusing to accept the Jedi Council's decision not to enter the conflict.
** Towards the conclusion of the Star Map question on Manaan, the player character learns that [[spoiler:several members of the Manaan government have been working with the Republic to get them increased quantities of kolto, despite Manaan's official neutrality in the conflict. They know that, if the Republic should fall, the Sith will not respect Manaan's independence, and they would rather break their own laws against taking part than wait for the invasion fleet]].
* SealedEvilInACan: The Sith Lord Ajunta Pall who has spent millennia in his tomb. The Star Maps can also been seen as this since they are often related to the Dark Side due to altering their surroundings (making creatures like a Krayt Dragon not only larger but more ferocious).
* SelkiesAndWereseals: The Selkath seem to be a space version.
* ShootTheShaggyDog:
** The opening missions on Taris. [[spoiler: Everybody you help (or don't) dies almost immediately afterwards, when the Sith fleet glasses the planet.]] ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' MMO reveals [[spoiler:the Outcasts, who Revan canonically helps, survived a few more generations, barely clinging to life and slowly losing what little technology they had to the ravages of time in a ScavengerWorld, before dying all alone from radiation poisoning in a monster-infested wasteland a full century before recovery efforts began with the galaxy at large completely oblivious to their existence.]]
** [[spoiler:Dantooine is conquered and its Jedi Enclave is destroyed towards the climax, rendering all the aid you provided there meaningless]].
** [[spoiler: If you fail enough Persuade checks while fighting Bastila, you'll be forced to kill her.]]
** A more minor example on Kashyyyk: It's possible to help a man caught unfairly in [[WorkOffTheDebt debt slavery]] right near the space dock. If you then later [[spoiler: lead the Wookies in a rebellion against Czerka Corp]], the man you helped mysteriously disappears ... hope you enjoyed those ten minutes of freedom.
* ShutUpKiss: The "consummating" dialog options for the PC/Bastila romance are "Shut up and kiss me, you babbling fool," or "I love you, Bastila. And I know you love me." If you choose the latter:
-->'''Bastila:''' Okay, you've made your point. Now shut up and kiss me, you fool.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Shen and Rahasia in an infamous optional sidequest on Dantooine where you have to restore peace between their [[RomeoAndJuliet two feuding rich families]].
* SilentWhisper: Saul Karath in his last moments, [[spoiler:whispers Revan's identity]] to Carth Onasi in this manner. Carth doesn't take it well.
* SmugSnake: Several along the way. Including Brejik (who joined a rival gang on Taris because his adoptive father and Hidden Bek leader didn't think he was ready), Chuundar (a wookiee who sold his family and race out to Czerka slavers to be Chief), and the Sith hopefuls at the Korriban Academy who are more than willing to backstab you. It's more than satisfying when you rub them all out.
* SmugSuper: The Sith in general. Not so much the rank-and-file grunts, but the Dark Jedi will rub it in your face.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Ice is the only woman in the dueling ring.
* SpaceBattle: This ''is'' Star Wars. The game starts in a ship that's been scuppered in a fight, you get to shoot down enemy fighters several times in a minigame, and the game ends on a massive battle between the Republic fleet and the Star Forge.
* SpaceCompression: Jolee Bindo lampshades this, sarcastically suggesting that the main Sith planet has only 12 or 13 Sith (an estimate not far off, depending on who you count).
* SpaceFighter: The Sith Fighters on the Sith Empire's side and the Aurek Fighters on the Republic's side. The former must be destroyed occasionally by the PC when traveling between planets, via a MiniGame.
* SpeakingSimlish: Both games have this with alien languages. They sound impressively coherent and similar to the (actual) languages used in the StarWars movies, but there's no actual meaning to the words being spoken. You'll notice the same sounds being repeated for different dialogue and even for supposedly different languages by the midway point of either game.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Knights of the Old Republic'' use basically a similar plot and the same character's archetypes that in ''Neverwinter Nights'', another Bioware RPG released the previous year.
* SpoiledBrat: Brejik of the Black Vulkars comes off as this - he joined the gang and dedicated it to wiping out the Hidden Beks simply because the Beks' leader didn't think he was ready to take his place, tries to rescind his prize in the swoop race because the player wins (though his reasoning is sound - the player cheats by way of a prototype accelerator on their bike - he only knows about and is protesting it because it wasn't one of ''his'' riders using it), and when others protest over this also being against the rules, he basically tells them that he can do it just because he wants to. Alternatively, if you decided to work with him instead, he just arbitrarily decides to keep the prize even though you helped him win the race. It's rather satisfying when [[spoiler:Bastila frees herself on her own and helps you kill the brat not a minute later]].
* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy
** TheEmperor: Malak
** The Right Hand: Darth Bandon
** The General: Saul Karath
** The EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Bastila.]]
** The Oddball: Calo Nord
* StarPower: Partially. The Star Forge draws power from a nearby star (and is also probably using the material as mass for construction) but also feeds on the Dark Side energies found within various beings.
* StereotypeFlip: Zaalbar's brother, Chuundar, is a singularly atypical wookiee. He didn't get to be chieftain through AsskickingEqualsAuthority, but by [[LesCollaborateurs selling his fellow wookies as slaves to Czerka Corp in exchange for weapons and favours,]] and then [[TheChessmaster cunnningly manipulating the outrage of his brother and father]] when they found out separately to get both to disgrace themselves in the eyes of their fellow wookiees and be exiled, supposedly ascending in spite of the tragedies gripping his family instead of because of them. In spite of calling himself "the Mighty Chuundar", Zaalbar claims he was TheRuntAtTheEnd, with the implication that he would not be able to stand up to a true rebellion. Indeed, rather than being a ProudWarriorRaceGuy like you'd expect a wookiee to be, Chuundar clearly [[ManipulativeBastard rules through deceit and manipulation]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity while making himself look good in the process]], and his leadership runs on full-blown {{Realpolitik}} -- [[CardCarryingVillain by his own admission]], several of the wookiees he sold into slavery were rivals for the position of chieftain.
* StockPuzzle: Rampant - [=KotOR=] ''loves'' this trope.
** ThreePlusFiveMakeFour is the final obstacle on Manaan. The player can bypass it if they're willing to take the dark side points.
** TowersOfHanoi shows up on Korriban.
** The PrisonersDilemma and the St Ives riddle both appear in the Kashyyyk main quest and in a sidequest respectively. You also spend a lot of time unlocking droids and computers with math problems, like listing prime numbers.
* StupidEvil: Xor takes home the prize for this trope. He tried to buy Juhani as a child slave, but was stopped and crippled for his troubles. When he runs into Juhani years later, not only is she now a Jedi, but is accompanied by ''at least'' one Jedi companion (i.e. you) and [[RefugeInAudacity sincerely offers to buy her off of you]]. He then has the gall to get huffy when you tell him to piss off, while also trying to [[TooDumbToLive egg Juhani on when he realizes how much she hates him]]. When he confronts you again, he has two bog standard mooks at his side to force the issue. [[CurbStompBattle It goes about as well as you'd expect]].
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien[=/=]OneMythToExplainThemAll: The Rakata are involved in both Tusken Raider and Jawa myths as well as the creation of Kashyyk's forests and possibly Manaan's kolto.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: A matter of course for any Dark Jedi, including the player if they take that route.
* SuperSoldier: The character can be this if he or she chooses the soldier class. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that the player character is Darth Revan, who is a very powerful Force user skilled enough to defeat Mandalore, the strongest of the Mandalorians]]. But Canderous is probably the best example. He is a large muscular soldier of the Ordo Clan and will gladly boast of how tough the Mandalorians are, going so far as to say they did not care about Kolto, a very effective healing medicine, during their conquest since they are [[MadeOfIron a hardy people]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** Zelka doesn’t like being accused of knowing anything about those Republic escape pods.
** After you raided the Sith Base on Manaan and confront the Sith Droid at the base's entrance, he will clumsily deny that any attack took place.
* SympatheticMurderer:
** An early sidequest on Dantooine involving a murder mystery reveals both suspects to be this: the one who actually killed him did so because the victim was having an affair with his wife, the other attempted to do it because the victim was his business partner and cheating him.
** To some people, [[spoiler:Sunry]].
* TheSyndicate: The Exchange.
* TaintedVeins: Following the dark side gradually degrades the player character's appearance, with diseased-looking veins popping out of greying skin.
* TakeAThirdOption: The murder investigation on Dantooine. [[spoiler:One of them did it, the other was planning to.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: At the near end of the Taris level, Calo Nord tried this unsuccessfully.
* TenThousandYears: you encounter a droid on Dantooine that claims to be the remnant of an ancient empire. When you ask how long it's been there its answer indicates at least 20,000 years, long before the Republic came into existence.
** Weirdly subverted, though, because the Republic ''[[FridgeLogic did]]'' exist back then. The game takes place about four thousand years before the movies, while the Republic was founded 25,023 years before the movies.
* ThisIsNotMyLifeToTake: The protagonist leaves Admiral Karath to Carth, since ItsPersonal, and may or may not (depending on morality) encourage Juhani to take revenge on the man who bought her as [[SexSlave a 'pet']].... Let's just say Bioware loves this trope.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:You're Darth Revan.]]
* TooDumbToLive:
** One Republic Solider is slowly turning into a Rakghoul. If you administer the serum, he'll be cure. After you talk to him, he hears some noises and panics. Rather than staying with you and a well-armed party, he runs off and get slaughtered by Rakghouls.
** One of the Sith on Korriban tries to shake you down for the artifact you just collected from a dangerous temple, reasoning that all he had to do was wait for someone to get it for him so he wouldn't have to fight his way through it. He has apparently failed to consider that anyone badass enough to get through the temple will be more badass than him. Furthermore, he is also too dumb to confirm that the artifact is authentic (there are two fakes you can pick up with the real one), and gets himself killed by the Sith master for his incompetence if you pass him a fake.
* TortureAlwaysWorks[=/=]TortureIsIneffective:
** When the ''Ebon Hawk'' is captured by Sith Admiral Saul Karath's flagship after the acquisition of the third PlotCoupon, the PlayerCharacter, Carth Onasi, and Bastila Shan are [[ElectricTorture tortured by electrocution]]. It's only as effective as the player wants it to be, since the PC is the only one being questioned (it's a "talk and I'll stop hurting your friends, too" thing), and the scene is formatted mechanically as a conversation with options to say nothing, lie, or tell the truth.
** Played with when Darth Malak takes Bastila prisoner. In a cutscene he tortures her with Force Lightning not to get information, but to break her spirit and allow him to turn her to the Dark Side. [[spoiler:He succeeds, and Bastila becomes your opponent in a MiniBoss battle in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.]]
* TruceZone: Manaan, because of its trade in medical supplies.
* TrueCompanions: Played mostly straight in the first game, the team really does become a rather intimate unit.
* UnholyMatrimony: [[spoiler:The outcome of Bastila's romance arc in the Dark Side ending.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Bastila and Mission paint unflattering pictures of Bastila's mother and Mission's brother Griff's girlfriend Lena in early conversations, claiming that Bastila's mother was a greedy, heartless woman who was happy to be rid of her and Lena was a GoldDigger who seduced Griff away from taking care of Mission. Naturally, when you actually meet these two during Bastila and Mission's personal sidequests, they turn out to be very different people from the way they are depicted.
* UrbanSegregation: Taris is divided between the rich and human-only Upper City, which is open to the sky, the gang-ridden Lower City where non-humans are forced to live, and the monster-infested and supply-starved Undercity where criminals are exiled.
* VendorTrash:
** All those spike tunnelers serve no purpose in the game (unlike the sequel where they are used for cracking locks), they can be sold for credits.
** Any items with no special attributes or modifiers are meant to be sold because of their uselessness.
** The racing bonds you gain after winning at Tatooine's swoop racing. When you ask the promoter what are they good for, he says you can sell them to any vendor for credits.
* VibroWeapon: Vibroblades and their relatives, which can stand up to lightsaber blades thanks to the usual AppliedPhlebotinum of a "cortosis weave".
* TheVirus: The Rakghouls of Taris.
* VoiceGrunting: The player character has voiced grunts, sounds of pain, and a few battle cries ("hiya!" "Now ''that'' had to hurt.." etc.) but is otherwise a SilentProtagonist in the voiceover department. This includes a rather clumsy cut-scene where the subtitles show the PC having a line, but still remain silent. With the in-game voice grunts giving the character a voice, it would surely have made sense to record this line.
* TheWarJustBefore: The Mandalorian Wars, in which the Mandalorian ProudWarriorRace, egged on by the Sith, invaded the Republic and were beaten by a force of renegade Jedi led by Revan. Unfortunately a number of the Jedi who fought with Revan, up to and including Revan himself and his apprentice Malak, fell to the Dark Side during the war and eventually attacked the weakened Republic themselves, leading into the game's plot.
* WeaponTwirling: There is a "Flourish Weapon" ability mapped to a key, and can be used to spin blasters, swords, and lightsabers(!) around dangerously. Including the double-bladed lightsabers.
* WeBuyAnything: Medicine vendors will buy all your old swords and guns for no apparent reason, other than player convenience of course. Card vendors, on the other hand, won't buy ''anything''.
* WeHaveReserves: Malak orders the bombardment of Taris despite the presence of his own troops on the surface.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: The dynamic of the romance subplots, for both genders. A Male PC can be the frustrating male or the frustrated male with Bastila, but the Female PC will fall squarely under this.
* WhamLine: "You cannot hide from what you once were, [[spoiler: '''Revan''']]."
* WhatTheHellHero: During a conversation with Bastila, Carth calls out the Jedi for not doing anything to help the Republic during the Mandalorian wars. She defends their actions saying there was another threat the council had sensed, but he's unconvinced.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Ajunta eventually gives up his existence as a Force Ghost (or the Sith equivalent of it) when the player character shows him the light.
* WhyWontYouDie: Mission's BattleCry is an exasperated "Just ''die'' already!"
* WomenAreWiser: For the most part [[AvertedTrope averted]] among your companions. HK-47 is a sociopath, but he's a droid, so he doesn't have a gender, even though he have masculine voice and personality. Carth comes across as whiny and paranoid, but [[spoiler: he turns out to be ProperlyParanoid]]. [[KnightInSourArmour Jolee]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Canderous]] tend to be [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]] and the latter is even a BloodKnight, but they know what they're doing. Juhani is nice, but has a lot of anger issues and temporarily fell to the dark side. Lastly, Bastila, despite being your [[TheMentor mentor]] for the most part, is remarkably [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] on many occasions. Mission is the only female party member with no distinct flaws, and as a kid she's not exactly a bastion of wisdom.
* YouALLLookFamiliar: Every NPC you ran into.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: The player character is treated to this little exchange during a sidequest on Dantooine:
-->'''C8-42:''' I'm afraid my owner became a bit too attached to me. Obsessed even. She...she tried to treat me as her dead husband. It was not healthy for her.\\
'''Player Character:''' Er... ALL the time?\\
'''C8-42:''' You don't want to know..."\\
'''Player Character:''' Um... probably not...
* YouHadUsWorriedThere: In the Light Side ending.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mission is only ''fourteen years old''.
->'''''Savior, conqueror, hero, villain. You are all things, [[spoiler: Revan]]... and yet you are nothing. In the end, you belong to neither the light nor the darkness. You will forever stand alone.'''''