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->''"I bring Darth Vader's enemies to justice, and now so do you."''
--> -- '''Starkiller'''

A Creator/LucasArts ''Franchise/StarWars''-based multimedia project, like ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' eleven years before it. Covers a wide range of mediums including ComicBooks, a novel (by Creator/SeanWilliams), action figures and a RolePlayingGame, but the VideoGame has received most of the attention. It's something of a TechDemoGame, with a great deal of pre-release hype surrounding its use of Digital Molecular Matter (a physics engine that makes environmental destruction, such as bending metal and tearing plant matter, much more detailed than anything seen before) and Euphoria AI coding (which determines enemy behavior in a much more realistic fashion -- stormtroopers grabbing hold of each other or the environment when lifted by the Force, for example), though the game's inconsistent use of both these elements drew criticism in addition to the elements noted below.

The basic story of ''TFU'' centers around [[TheDragon Darth Vader]]'s secret Sith apprentice, born Galen Marek but [[{{Codename}} codenamed]] "Starkiller", and explores his role in the ''Star Wars'' universe. Set during the time period between ''RevengeOfTheSith'' and ''ANewHope'', he ends up interacting with various canon characters and fills in new details.

Reviews for the game were mixed, with most complaints being a tricky targeting system for flinging objects around and that some of the large creatures were defeated using the exact same methods. The story, however, has been given significant praise, which is unusual for a ''StarWars'' original video game (they are usually an ExcusePlot with some fun action and characters).

A DownloadableContent pack entitled the Ultimate Sith Edition adds a WhatIf story based on the Dark Side ending, that allows the player to screw around with the canon, with Starkiller proceeding to hunt down and destroy characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.

A [[http://www.lucasarts.com/games/theforceunleashed2/ sequel]] has been released that follows the exploits of a supposed clone of the original Starkiller, and his attempts to learn the truth.

ThatOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Force_Unleashed more information]]. [[http://starwars.wikia.com/ The other other wiki]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Force_Unleashed might help too.]]
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* ActionCommands
* AllThereInTheManual: The real name of your character. While the game refers to him mainly as "Starkiller", the companion novel, towards the end, gives his name as Galen Marek.
** [[spoiler:The Dark Apprentice from the sequel's Dark Side ending. At no point is he even hinted at during the main storyline, his only appearance coming if the player chooses to kill Vader instead of arrest him. His origin is explained in a series of videos that the player can unlock by completing several challenges]].
* AllYourPowersCombined: PROXY has the ability to use a hologram to transform into any Jedi he knows of, and is able to copy their lightsaber skills and even their Force powers.
* AlwaysABiggerFish[=/=]BaitAndSwitchBoss: In the boss fight on Cato Neimoidia in the sequel. It looks like the clone Starkiller is about to face off against a Rancor - and then an even ''larger'' arm reaches out, grabs the Rancor and pulls it into a darkened opening. Out of that opening comes the ''real'' boss, the Gorog.
* AintTooProudToBeg: In the second game, [[spoiler:Galen does a Type 2 to Vader when the latter threatens to kill Juno]].
* AlignmentBasedEndings: Both ''The Force Unleashed'' and its sequel feature Light and Dark side endings.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: You get a bunch of different outfits to choose from right at the start with more being unlocked as you progress through the game.
** UnlimitedWardrobe: In the first game, Starkiller wears a different outfit every level.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: If you disarm Maris Brood during one of the quick-time events during the boss fight, Galen will casually toss her lightsabers back to her. Whilst she's defenseless face down in the dirt.
* ArtificialBrilliance: Suddenly comes out against the last boss. He adapts to your tactics and punishes any weakness in your style. And if you try to be cheap and and spam him, he'll spam you right back. Of course, since it's [[spoiler: Darth Vader]] if the game gave you any less, people would complain.
** Which leads to some (possibly unintentional) FridgeBrilliance: the best way to take him is to act as aggressively as possible, which is a very Dark Side way of fighting (see Luke's final fight with Vader, for example). Another way is to simply ''duel'' him, without relying too much on Force spam or buffs (see, well just about any duel in the movies).
** Even more brilliant when you consider that the best way to tackle the other final boss is to deflect [[spoiler: Palpatine's]] attacks back at him; a more defensive (and therefore Light Side) way of fighting.
* ArtificialStupidity: Snipers walking off ledges when trying to get a shot at you.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Gorog in the sequel.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The metal claws on the Sith Stalker armor. How, exactly, does one do stunts with a lightsaber with 6-inch spikes coming out of your fingers?
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Starkiller''. Doubles as a DevelopmentGag for [[Film/ANewHope the original film]].
* BackFromTheDead: Starkiller, ''twice''.
** Technically, the second time he's still dead. He just got cloned. The novel hints that it may have been the case first time as well.
*** Who is essentially a continuation of the Starkiller before and there's really no difference between them.
* BadassGrandpa / HandicappedBadass: General Kota. He's blind, but can actually in some respects see better as he is used to sensing his environment with the Force, which basically gives him a mental picture of his surroundings, much like sight-only he can see through darkness, fog, smoke, etc.
* BadassCape: The Sith Robe costume. Oh ''yes''.
* BagOfSpilling: Either [[AvertedTrope averted]] or [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the second game. It's averted if the player character is a clone, and therefore has yet to develop all of the original Starkiller's powers, and justified if the player is the original returned, and therefore still recovering from his death.
* BattleInTheRain: The FinalBattle in the sequel.
* BeamOWar
* BecomingTheMask: Galen's sent by Vader to [[spoiler: organize the rebellion.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain That turns out to be his downfall.]]
* BerserkButton: For Starkiller, it's Juno. Not even TheForce will help you if you harm her in Starkiller's presence, something [[spoiler:Darth Vader finds out when it appears he's killed Juno at the end of the second game]]. You do ''not'' screw with {{Love Interest}}s/family members of StarWars characters. You end up getting squished like a bug, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu God-like powers or not.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: Carbonite is known for its ability to [[PowerNullifier sever a Jedi's Force connection]]. However, Starkiller can still use the Force to break out of carbonite with ease.
* BittersweetEnding: Starkiller manages to save his friends, but he [[spoiler: dies while buying them time to escape]].
* BladeLock
* BlindSeer: Rahm Kota, who becomes this after he loses his vision in a lightsaber battle
* BoardingPod: The companion comics for the sequel provide the page picture. During a battle near the Itani Nebula an unidentified TIE variant launches boarding torpedoes carrying Terror Troopers at the Rebel frigate ''Salvation''.
* BonusBoss: The climax of the Jedi Temple mission[[note]]Included in the Wii version, optional DLC for the [=PS3=], Xbox 360, and PC versions[[/note]] is a duel with an evil hallucination of [[spoiler: the Dark Side version of Starkiller]]
* BroadStrokes: While not exactly with a LiteraryAgentHypothesis to justify it, but the crazy uses of the Force can easily be used in this way. And accounting for the fact that despite how powerful Galen is, Vader and Palpatine still seem to be more powerful.
* BulletproofHumanShield: Appears in the sequel during the "Battle of Endor" DLC level. [[spoiler:Starkiller uses Chewbacca as a shield against Han Solo's blaster.]]
* TheCameo: Jar Jar Binks, who shows up frozen in carbonite in the Kashyyyk level. In addition, [=R2-D2=] shows up in the background in a few cutscenes and the last hologram PROXY uses during his duel with Galen? [[spoiler: Darth Maul.]]
** There are loads of film and video game characters available as costumes, from Kit Fisto to [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Darth Sion]] to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
** [[spoiler: Yoda and Boba Fett]] make brief appearances in the second game, with [[spoiler:Wedge Antilles]] making a cameo in the novelization.
** [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Guybrush Threepwood]] is playable in II as an outfit for Starkiller.
* CanonDiscontinuity: In December 2013, Pablo Hidalgo made a statement via twitter, that declared the game's depiction of the forming of the Rebel Alliance non-canon. This is apparently part of Disney's new canon-policy, that's currently being worked-on by a team that includes Hidalgo, Leland Chee, and Dave Filoni amongst others.
* CaptainObvious: Kota descends into this sometimes, especially when he's serving as MissionControl in the second game.
-->''(while staring down the Gorog)''
-->'''Starkiller''': What the ''hell'' is this thing??
-->'''Kota''': I have no idea. But it's big.
-->'''Starkiller''': [[DeadpanSnarker That's perceptive, for a blind man.]]
* CodeName: see above - in fact, more fans know him better as "Starkiller" than his real name. Then again, his real name is only mentioned in the book.
** In the second novel no one calls him anything but Starkiller and his real name is barely used once, and even then the speaker only gets the first syllable out before being cut off.
* CollectionSidequest: The Jedi Holocrons.
* ColonCancer: StarWars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition.
* ContinuityNod: One of the toughest non-boss enemies, the "Imperial Purge Troopers", are prototype Dark Troopers (GiantMook killer robots) from the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga''.
** And at the end of II, the Rebels [[spoiler: take Vader to Dantooine. Is it any wonder he knows about it and they've evacuated it by A New Hope?]]
* CorridorCubbyholeRun: Inside the Sarlaac and in the Death Star's cannon
* CoupDeGraceCutscene: The {{Quicktime Event}}s at the end of boss battles.
* CutsceneIncompetence: [[spoiler:Although you reduce Palpatine's lifebar to zero in the final battle, this does not prevent him from killing Galen in about ten seconds in the cutscene.]] It's possibly justified by the fact that Palpatine is a very powerful Sith Lord. [[spoiler:It'd just be stupid for you to actually kill him. Not to mention that as a canonical prequel (for the Light Side ending, like every Star Wars game) neither Vader nor Palpatine could die.]] The lifebar is just a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation gameplay mechanic.]] Also, this would [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith not be the first time]] that [[spoiler: Palpatine feigned weakness during a fight as a means of lowering his opponent's guard.]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Finishing moves in boss fights.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The creators claim this for the story of the sequel with it being [[ItsPersonal more personal]] for Starkiller. Turned out to be ironic [[spoiler: since the sequel has a far happier ending than the first game]]. Though that's not to say that it didn't have some pretty dark moments.
** Though [[spoiler: they only have one year in-story for Vader to escape custody, Leia to be chased down, and Starkiller, Juno, and Kota to mysteriously disappear]], so III will more than make up for it - [[http://gamerant.com/force-unleashed-3-canceled-lucasarts-silv-35107/ if there is a III]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Starkiller goes into this territory sometimes, more obvious in the second game when another character is running MissionControl.
-->'''Starkiller''': (after the lift stops) Do any elevators on this ship work?
-->'''PROXY''': 6% of lifts are in working order... 3%
-->'''Starkiller''': Thanks for the update...
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: You just go back to the last {{Checkpoint}} and lose a few Force points.
* DeathWorld: Felucia. Not only is it infested with rancors, some of which the hostile natives ride on top of, and has the largest sarlacc specimen in the galaxy, even the ''plants'' are out for your blood. Those that don't try to kill you directly by spitting venom at you at least explode violently if you so much as brush lightly against them.
* {{Determinator}}: If Vader took Juno to the gates of Hell, Starkiller would be right behind him.
* DevelopmentGag: "Starkiller" was going to be Luke's surname in the prototypical Star Wars.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential So what happens when I pick up a TIE fighter, move it above an enemy, and then force push it straight down?]] The game awards me a "Crush Bonus".
** You can get a bonus by freezing a number of storm troopers in carbonite, either throwing them into tanks, throwing the tanks at them or ripping off a pipeline and spraying them with it. In the sequel, there's even an achievement for it.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Really, Palpatine. You didn't think your unnecessarily long plan to [[spoiler: unite the rebels behind your apprentice's secret apprentice]] could [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire in any way]]?
* DisposablePilot: Galen mentions that there were seven pilots before Juno.
* {{DLC}}: In the original, Tatooine and Hoth. The Jedi Temple is available as DLC as well, though it's already included in the {{Wii}} version.
** Preordering the second game from Gamestop gave players Maulkiller costume, as well as silver lightsaber crystals. An Endor mission is available for purchase for II as well.
* DoomedByCanon: Anyone who appears in the original trilogy has to survive, and, well, one would think an insanely powerful rogue Jedi/Sith would have been mentioned if he was still in the picture, wouldn't you?
** He's still alive for there to be a sequel. Course he has to die one way or another in the end, though this being StarWars, it's possible he's put on-ice or ''did'' die and someone brought him back via cloning. WordOfGod says that the plot of II will deal with finding out exactly who you are.
*** Turns out, [[spoiler: Starkiller doesn't find out who he really is, though he will probably find out if there is a III, since Vader is captured by the Rebel Alliance. It seems likely that original Starkiller was OnlyMostlyDead, since apparently cloning Force-Sensitivity results in psychosis, insanity and suicidal tendencies-and who wants an enraged Starkiller running around screwing up all your stuff?]]
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Starkiller may qualify as this for Juno in the sequel.
* DownerEnding: One choice you can make will unlock the non-canon dark side ending. Oh, boy, is it a DownerEnding -- Everybody gets dead or screwed over. And the Sith Edition ''expands on it with new levels.''
** Well, I've got good news and bad news. Good news: [[spoiler: Luke doesn't die and his friends escape Galen.]] Bad news: [[spoiler: Luke succumbs to the dark side and becomes Galen's apprentice. Oh yeah, Obi-Wan's dead and the Rebellion is pretty much screwed, but hey! At least they blew up the Death Star.]]
* DramaticSpaceDrifting: Happens to Starkiller after being spaced at one point.
* DrowningMySorrows: When Galen seeks out Kota for the Rebellion, he finds the Jedi in a bar on Nar Shadaa, slightly tipsy.
** In the PS3/360 version, he's in a bar on Bespin. [[NoOSHACompliance Where the bar tables are scattered around carbon-freezing pits.]]
* DualWielding: Maris Brood in the first game, Galen in the second game.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Right before Galen [[spoiler:heads down to the Death Star to save the leaders of the Rebellion from Palpatine]], his pilot Juno Eclipse gives him a LastKiss in case he doesn't return.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Starkiller appeared in ''SoulCalibur IV'' before the release of ''The Force Unleashed''.
* EasterEgg: Numerous. Two occur on the Raxus Prime levels in the first game. First time there, [[spoiler: one thing you can pull out of the yellow toxic sludge is Luke's starfighter, a la Dagobah style.]] The second time you're there, [[spoiler: you can spot a piece of junk in the wall - specifically, the front half of the Millenium Falcon.]]
** Pressing the Lightning button while playing as Vader in the first level performs the classic Force Choke.
* EgomaniacHunter: Ozzik Sturn qualifies.
* EliteMooks: Besides regular Stormtroopers, you fight a variety of elite special troopers, including flying, flamethrower-equipped Jumptroopers, black-armored Shadowtroopers with cloaking devices, and the Imperial Royal Guards.
* EnemyChatter
* EscortMission: Not as frustrating as others, though, as your ward is [[spoiler:a goddamn Jedi! He's not invincible, but he has such a huge amount of health that basically the only way for him to die is to ''intentionally'' kill him.]]
* EverythingBreaks / DieChairDie: Even the windows on space ships! Metal shutters automatically seal the holes after about a second, but everything close to them will be sucked through. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential And everyone]].
* EvilKnockoff: [[spoiler: The dark apprentice at the end of the second game.]]
* EyeScream: A lot in the first game - for starters, General Kota, with his own lighsaber. Ouch. The final cinematic in the Dark Side ending has some of this ''in 1st person view''. The Stalker model also has a small droplet of blood leaking from the visor, hinting at some nastiness underneath, which is in some ways even more disturbing than the previous instance. The finishing move for some Rancors invokes this as well
* FakeDifficulty: Happens occasionally due to interface troubles.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Proxy, due to his programming, becomes a hybrid of C-3P0 and HK-47. [[spoiler: Though given that he sacrifices himself for Starkiller in the end]] and there were signs of genuine fondness for Galen (later Juno) mentioned in the novel, PROXY wasn't FauxAffablyEvil through and through. The only reason he does qualify is that he really does try to ''kill'' Starkiller every time they duel (though it's justified as it's meant to keep Starkiller's combat skills sharp).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the prologue, Kento Marek is shown pulling down Tie Fighters. [[Awesome/TheForceUnleashed Guess what his kid does?]]
** Shaak Ti's warning that the Sith betray one another. It's already shown that Vader is [[spoiler:not actually]] training his apprentice to stage a coup. Then, [[spoiler:Vader betrays his apprentice. ''Twice.'']]
** There's also [[spoiler:Kota's warning to Starkiller that fighting the Empire is pointless and he'll eventually be killed or worse. He's exactly right, the two endings are a HeroicSacrifice and a FateWorseThanDeath.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Dark Side ending in the first game has Starkiller [[spoiler:enslaved by the Emperor and being transformed into a cybernetic monstrosity very much like Vader.]]
* FirstNameUltimatum: From the comic: "Put down your lightsaber, ''Anakin''."
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Darth Vader
** TheDragon: Starkiller
** TheEvilGenius: PROXY
** TheDarkChick: Juno
** [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan: Palpatine (Starkiller's entire apprenticeship to Vader was part of the Emperor's plan)]]
* FlashStep: Palpatine.
* FlunkyBoss: Palpatine. His guards will step in every once in a while.
** Vader does this in the sequel.
* TheForce: Duh.
* FreeFallFight: Happens in the battle with the Gorog at one point.
* FungusHumongous: The Felucia levels.
* GatlingGood: The Militia Elites in the first level and the Rodian Heavy Defenders in the second and eighth levels.
* GambitRoulette: Going by the graphic novel, Galen's entire path to the Dark Side (being kidnapped as a child and taken to be raised/tortured for life by Vader, having Vader betray him, pretty much everything except maybe actually siding with the rebels) was one by the Emperor in order to take someone more powerful than Vader and shape him to be Vader's replacement.
* GenreSavvy: The novelization of the second game makes a point that while Starkiller's purpose is still to AlwaysSaveTheGirl no matter what, he is careful to avoid falling onto TheDarkSide, as Juno most likely would not want to be with the monster he would become on it.
* GladiatorGames: In the second game.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: The novel mentions that Starkiller starts wearing robes more like those of the Jedi in order to be more presentable to the Rebel leaders, who all remember the Jedi as the good guys of times past. His outfits are a bit more ambiguous in the game, where his last outfit is a gray and black robe.
** The "Ceremonial Jedi Robes" unlocked after getting the (canonical) 'good' ending.
*** These make a comeback in the sequel.
* GroinAttack: The X+A/Square+X grapple in the sequel has Galen stabbing many enemies here. It may look like the stomach at first, but the blade's going through that poor stormtrooper's codpiece.
* HailFirePeaks: An Imperial base inside a sarlacc.
* HeelFaceTurn: Starkiller and to a lesser extent, Juno.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the canonical light-side ending, [[spoiler:Galen sacrifices himself to buy time for the senators to escape from the Emperor - and, as Vader and the Emperor note, in doing so, he's become a martyr for the Rebel Alliance that will ultimately be their undoing.]] Also, [[spoiler:PROXY]].
** The second one might not be the case. In the non-canon Ultimate Sith campaign, [[spoiler: you find his remnants in the basements of Jabba's Palace, where he is being reconstructed to be used by the Hutt for his own malicious purposes.]]
* HesBack: [[spoiler:When Galen and the Rebel founders arrive at Corellia to sign the Declaration of Rebellion, General Kota suddenly shows up, having shed his blindfold, and dressed in full Jedi General regalia. A bewildered Galen says, "I thought you were passed-out in the cargo hold," to which he responds, "I finally came to!"]]
** You can say the same thing about Galen in the sequel [[spoiler: given that he died in the last game.]]
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: In the new alternate storyline, [[spoiler:it is revealed that if you kill the Rebel Alliance's founding leaders, the Alliance is formed anyway, presumably by the escaped Leia.]] Given that the other members were all known and had to go underground or were under careful watch by the empire this is probably not that far from what happened in the lightside ending either.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Vader's plans for Starkiller end up this way. In the sequel, Starkiller can turn enemy attacks against them.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Galen hunting Jedi during the first game, obviously.
** Ozzik Sturn, the general on Kashyyyk, also mentions that he'd like to hunt Jedi before attacking Galen in a custom [[{{Mecha}} AT-ST]]. Galen responds by ripping one of the guns off the [=AT-ST=] and clubbing the walker with it. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Did we mention the gun's bigger than him?]]
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Starkiller looks to very nearly take Senator Organa's head off with his lightsaber in his ReverseGrip style while the senator is standing right behind him. You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8qg8MseDKY here at 3:50]].
* ILied: After Starkiller [[spoiler:gathers the leaders of the soon-to-be Rebel Alliance]] in an attempt to distract the Emperor long enough for him and Vader to stage a coup, Vader himself crashes the party and tells his "apprentice" that the whole plan was a ploy to [[spoiler:get all the rebels in one place and capture them in one swoop.]]
-->'''Starkiller''': "You agreed to stay away!"
-->'''Vader''': "I lied, as I have from the very beginning."
** Happens again in the sequel[[spoiler:'s Dark Side ending]].
--> '''Vader''': [[spoiler: I lied when I said the cloning process was not yet perfected.]]
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Starkiller uses a variation of this trope in the sequel.
-->'''Kota''': The main cannon is offline. We're dead in the water without it! See what you can do.
-->'''Starkiller''': Do I ''look'' like an engineer, General?
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Many attacks involving the lightsaber. Also an ability.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Well, basically anything, really, thanks to the Force and physics engine, but in the Hoth level of the Ultimate Sith Edition, you can rip the blaster cannons off of X-wings - ''and '''shoot''' them by zapping them with lightning''.
* InTheHood: Several of Starkiller's outfits, most notably the "Jedi Adventure Robe" which he wears at the end.
* InkSuitActor: Starkiller, Juno Eclipse, Rahm Kota, and Maris Brood all look very much like their voice actors, as Creator/LucasArts used facial recognition technology to incorporate the likeness of the actors into the game. Bail Organa was also voiced by Jimmy Smitts, but he was in the live action movies anyway.
** It's somewhat shocking to see SamWitwer on ''{{Smallville}}'' and not go "Hey, that's Starkiller!" It's even stranger for some who saw him on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' first; Sam isn't a particularly large man, but he [[http://lh6.ggpht.com/condegerald/SNAVs2Y66vI/AAAAAAAAltE/ovNo_kxlrCY/s512/SamWitwer02.jpg filled out his Colonial uniform well enough for Crashdown to look like a tank,]] and Starkiller is significantly more scrawny-looking in comparison.
** Oddly, the concept art of Starkiller did look just like Sam Witwer before he was cast in the part.
* InvulnerableAttack
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Amazing how a suggestion from one of the most feared people in Star Wars to entrap political dissidents ends up becoming a major problem to the Empire later on.
* [[IHaveYourWife I've Got Your Girl]]: In the sequel [[spoiler: Darth Vader hires Boba Fett to capture Juno Eclipse in order to lure Starkiller into a trap.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Darth Vader''': As long as she lives, I will always control you.]]
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: SamWitwer (the voice of Starkiller) and David W. Collins (the voice for PROXY) are friends in real life.
* JediMindTrick: One of Starkiller's powers in the sequel. Taken UpToEleven as it turns stormtroopers into bombs at max power.
* KubrickStare: Pretty much any promotional material has Starkiller doing this nigh constantly.
* LandfillBeyondTheStars: The junk planet Raxus Prime, summed up by PROXY as the place "Where droids go to die."
* LargeHam: Emperor Palpatine, and Kota in the second game.
** Made stranger when you learn that the Emperor is voiced by SamWitwer, aka Starkiller. He does an amazing impression of Ian [=McDiarmid=].
* LeaveNoWitnesses: "The Emperor must not discover your presence. Kill everyone aboard..."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: The first game. The PS2 version is notoriously bad about it - the gameplay itself runs smoothly enough, but going through the menus during the rest period between stages quickly becomes a hassle. Scrolling through the various [[AndYourRewardIsClothes custom outfits]] can take between 10-20 seconds per shift, with close to a dozen possible outfits to choose from and no way to skip to the one you want.
* KickTheDog: Or drop kick an Ewok in the sequel's Endor DLC level.
* LeftHanging: Canonically, the second game ends [[spoiler: you spare Vader's life and take him prisoner, but as the rebels jump to Hyperspace, Boba Fett's ''Slave 1'' takes off behind you]]. Unfortunately, the poor sales of the sequel, combined with LucasArts closing three years later (after {{Creator/Disney}} bought Lucasfilm, the parent company), suggests that it's not going to be resolved anytime soon (unless of course ElectronicArts does something about it).
* LonersAreFreaks: Kazdan Paratus. Being isolated on a junkyard planet led him to constructing a replica of the Jedi Temple out of scrap, complete with robotic versions of the last Jedi Council. He speaks to said replica Jedi as if they were alive and freaks out when Starkiller/Galen trashes them.
* LoveRedeems
* MeteorMove: The most satisfying of Galen's (many) moves in ''TheForceUnleashed'' is a variation of Type B in which he slashes his opponent multiple times into the air ''with his lightsaber'', grabs him by the throat and '''then''' crashes into the ground below, usually sending a resounding shockwave that ripples outward, sending the usually-present crowd of hapless Stormtrooper screaming into the air, setting up for yet-another combo.
* MoralityChain: Juno Eclipse was the one clear thought, the one bright spark Galen Marek held on to, even at the end.
* MultiPlatform: Released on just about anything that plays games.
* MultipleEndings: Like most other Star Wars games, there's Light and Dark Side endings. As with all StarWars games, the Light Side ending [[spoiler:detailed above in HeroicSacrifice]] is canon; the Dark Side ending [[spoiler:has Galen forced to become Palpatine's new cyborg apprentice, much like what happened to Vader... except Palpatine specifically tells him that he will soon cast him aside.]] Quite a DownerEnding if there ever was one.
** The ''[[http://www.gametrailers.com/video/sdcc-09-star-wars/53017 Ultimate Sith]]'' DLC adds an alternate story based on the Dark Side ending, with Starkiller becoming Palpatine's apprentice and proceeding to kill off the heroes of the series.
** And the sequel as well. In the Light Side, [[spoiler: you spare Vader's life and take him prisoner, but as the rebels jump to Hyperspace, Boba Fett's ''Slave 1'' takes off behind you]] setting up a SequelHook. In the Dark Side, [[spoiler: you are about to finish Vader when you're impaled by a lightsaber. [[AllThereInTheManual It turns out you weren't the first stable clone, and this one is loyal to Vader.]] He then takes off to hunt down the remaining Rebels.]] The downloadable Endor mission follows. Oh, and in the Light Side, [[spoiler:Juno lives]] and in the Dark Side [[spoiler:she dies.]]
* MundaneUtility: Force Lightning, the black line between the light side and the dark side, makes a great lantern. Better than the lightsaber even.
* MuzzleFlashlight: See Mundane Utility.
* MsFanservice: Juno Eclipse, who is showing much more cleavage than is probably regulation for Imperial shuttle pilots. Hilariously, when Proxy assumes her form while telling Galen about her, his depiction has her in properly-fastened uniform. This is how you tell them apart until he drops the hologram.
** Also, Maris Brood.
* MythologyGag: In early drafts of the script for ''StarWars'', Luke's last name was supposed to be "Starkiller."
** Also, in the Light Side ending, Vader declares that Starkiller is dead, and Palpatine comments that "he is more powerful than we can possibly imagine."
** The Marek crest is the Alliance Starbird.
** Kota's fleet comes out of hyperspace over Kamino to find that the Empire set a trap and were waiting for them. [[ReturnOfTheJedi Sound familiar]]?
** The Imperial announcer over Kamino's PA:
--->'''PA:''' Rebel troops have entered the base, Rebel troops have-->static<
** The databank for the AT-ST has the Empire dismissing outrageous claims that it is prone to "falling over".
** One of the database entries in II is written by one Lieutenant Piete, who hopes to transfer off Vader's ship before receiving any more promotions.
* NeckLift: Using his trademarked Force choke, Vader does this to Juno in the second game.
** Vader did this in the first game to Kento Marek.
* NewGamePlus
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Darth Vader sends Starkiller to create a rebellion by gathering potential leaders to start it, to distract Palpatine for Vader to start a coup. Ultimately, doing so starts Starkiller's path to redemption. Even after Vader kidnaps them and tells him this all just a ploy to capture all of them in one swoop, Starkiller, who is now on the Light Side of the Force, rescues the Rebel leaders, performing a selfless HeroicSacrifice to stall Palpatine, and the Rebel leaders escape and formally found the Rebel Alliance. Even after he and Palpatine now know who the Rebel leaders are, Vader's plan to exterminate them after capturing them ends up backfiring, thanks to Starkiller]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Meta-Example, as with enough playthroughs (and the powerups you get from NewGamePlus ) any match of you(the player) vs. any squad of mooks becomes this.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Starkiller uses an English/Core accent when speaking to Darth Vader, but drops it everywhere else.
* NubileSavage: Shaak Ti dresses like this. The last 20 years may have been hard for her, but she was a ''Jedi Master''! To be fair though, all those heavy robes probably wouldn't have been very practical in the jungles of Felucia (see [[ShirtlessScene Galen's own outfit]] for the first Felucia level.)
** Her padawan, Maris Brood, isn't exactly fully dressed either. At least from the waist up.
* OldSaveBonus: Having a save file from the first game on the [=PS3/=]360 unlocks Galen's initial outfit and the costumes the player receives upon completing the Light & Dark Side Endings in the first game,
* OminousWalk: To emphasize that you're Darth Vader, you are limited to this in the first level, which also serves as a tutorial level.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Force Unleashed II figures the only way to top a fight with a Rancor is to have Starkiller fight a beast big enough to ''crush a rancor in its hand''.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Galen, at least if the video game is any indication. The developers describe him as a "Force wrecking ball".
* ThePowerOfLove
* PreAssKickingOneLiner
-->'''Juno''': They're fortifying all positions to try to keep you out.
-->'''Starkiller''': Let them try...
* PressXToNotDie: The ends of boss battles use Quicktime Events.
* ProperlyParanoid: General Kota, who during the Clone Wars did not trust the Clone Troopers and instead relied upon personally trained soldiers. This helped him escape Order 66 rather easily.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Starkiller can make Mooks jump off ledges or into other situations that result in death with his Mind-Trick.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Kota: KEEP! PRESSING! THE ATTACK!
* [[RaisedByOrcs Raised By Sith]]
* RammingAlwaysWorks: In the second game, during the Rebel attack on Kamino, you get to ram an evacuated Rebel cruiser into the main Imperial cloning facility / base. Easily one of the [[AwesomeMoment coolest moments of the series]]. And judging by the flash, the cruiser's reactors went up on impact, multipliying the destruction.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: Galen.]]
* RedemptionPromotion: Galen is certainly skilled as Vader's apprentice, but he becomes insanely powerful as he grows closer to the good guys.
* ResurrectedRomance: [[spoiler: In the sequel Starkiller's primary motivation for breaking free from Vader's control after being brought back from the dead is to find Juno. It's unclear whether he is a clone or not, but she seems quite willing to accept him back into her life.]]
* ReverseGrip: Galen's lightsaber wielding style.
* RobotBuddy: PROXY. Subverted in that PROXY's standing orders are to ''kill'' Galen. Nevertheless, he's quite friendly toward his master/target. [[spoiler: And he even tries to save his master from Vader, sacrificing himself in the process]].
** Note that when he sacrificing himself, the programming that told him to ''kill'' Galen were also gone by that point after the smelter's computer core "possessed" PROXY and was destroyed when Starkiller killed the facility. Of course, it's understandable if it's not all that familiar, considering how the Wii version omitted this fact.
* RPGElements: Defeating enemies earns you points you can spend to upgrade your Force powers.
* SayMyName: In the sequel...
-->'''Starkiller''': PROXY!
-->'''PROXY''': Master?
-->'''Starkiller and PROXY in unison''': I thought you were dead?!?
* SendInTheClones: The sequel.
* SequelHook: The second game ends with a rather strong one.
* ShadowArchetype: Galen has been described as Luke if he had joined Vader or if he were raised by him.
* ShippedInShackles: [[spoiler: Vader]] at the end of the second game.
* ShoutOut: Like many other Star Wars characters (Coleman Trebor, Dannl Faytoni), Kazdan Paratus' name is a shout-out to a crew member--namely, Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote ''Empire'' and ''Jedi'' (and ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'').
** May not be intentional, but the Kato Neimoidia level introduces a lucrative and lavish casino, and enemies that fire missles, which you can grab and redirect back at them. Very similar to a [[DestroyAllHumans 2008 sci-fi game called Path of the Furon.]]
** In the sequel, there is an achievement/trophy called "Poor Bob". One must lift a Stormtrooper in the air, impale him with your lightsaber, strike him with lightning, and fling him into an object. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/8/20/ Which is what happened to a poor Stormtrooper (called Bob) in this Penny Arcade comic.]]
** The achievements for beating Boba Fett in the first game's Tattooine DLC is called "[[RobotChicken And The Quarterback is Toast]]" - a rare case of a Shout Out ''to'' a Shout Out, as the original quote comes from ''Film/DieHard''.
** One of the Rebels in the Wii version shouts that the terror droids are "coming out of the walls!", in a very similar fashion to what some of the characters say about the Xenomorphs from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''.
** The Achievement for killing a certain number of stormtroopers in the prologue level? [[WebVideo/ChadVader Worst Day-Shift Manager Ever.]] Possibly an ActorAllusion, given the fact that Vader is voiced by Matt Sloan.
** During the final battle with Palpatine, Palpatine will say to Starkiller "You will scream just like your father" in such a way that almost echoes what Andross told Fox [=McCloud=] in the Easy route of Venom in {{Star Fox 64}}.
** In the first game, in the Empirical, Starkiller is refered to as "[[Film/{{THX 1138}} Subject 1138]]". Similarly, in the sequel, the password Kota gives The Salvation is "Talus Haroon Ten Eleven Thirty-Eight".
*** FridgeBrilliance comes in when you realize that the above literally comes out to "THX1138", X being the Roman numeral for "ten".
** The first level on the Salvation in the second game has horror elements that are reminiscent of DeadSpace. The parallel is furthered with one of the datalogs for that level's enemies, which detail a series of gruesome murders on a ghost ship found floating through space.
** Killing Obi-Wan and then his Force Ghost in the Tattooine DLC awards the achievement "No more lies old man", a reference to Obi-Wan's "if you strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine" line to Vader in New Hope.
* TheSlowWalk: Darth Vader.
* SpiderLimbs: Kazdan Paratus.
* {{Spotting the Thread}}- In the first game, [[spoiler: Galen has hazel eyes.]] In the second game, [[spoiler: he has brown eyes. Therefore, not only was Galen definitely a clone in the second game, but clones were not perfect, possibly because Vader wanted the clones to be better than the original.]]
* StormingTheCastle
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Where Starkiller wakes up after being [[ThrownOutTheAirlock spaced]]. [[spoiler: And it happens to him again in the dark side ending]].
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Most evident during the ActionCommand sequences. During the final sequence in the duel with Kazdan Paratus, it almost feels like an ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' action scene.
* SuperpoweredMooks: The Shadow Guard enemies have lightsaber-lances and can perform several of the same Force powers as you. The robotic Purge Troopers also qualify, [[GoddamnedBats thanks to their inhuman power and durability]]. They're immune to some of your Force powers, at higher difficulty levels, they can take a third of your lifebar with a single attack and their moves cannot be interrupted except by Force Lightning (their only weakness amongst direct Force attacks) or throwing objects at them.
* TakeThat: In one level, you can find [[ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] frozen in a block of carbonite.
** [[ReturnOfTheJedi Salacious Crumb's]] disembodied head can be seen in one of the gladiator arena cutscenes.
* ATasteOfPower: The first level of the first game puts the player in control of Darth Vader, who has almost the full set of Force Powers that Galen will eventually use.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: A fun overkill at lower levels is to [[Webcomic/PennyArcade pick up an enemy, throw your saber into them, shoot them with lightning, and then force push them]] (preferably into something explosive). [[spoiler:And then you get the stronger force powers.]]
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack
* TrailersAlwaysLie: [[spoiler:Trailers for the second game featured the tagline "Unleash Truth". At no point in the game is it ever stated if Starkiller is a clone or the revived Galen. Or both.]]
* TutorialFailure: Feel free to completely ignore the on-screen instructions in the Star Destroyer level, because you will get absolutely nowhere trying to follow them.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Galen
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: Boba Fett from the second game.]]
** Perhaps justified since [[spoiler:Boba can already be fought in the first game during the Dark Side Tatooine DLC & the developers couldn't come up with a way to make the two fights different enough to warrant it.]]
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: Is Starkiller a clone in the sequel? Your guess is as good as ours.]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The amount of ways you can kill enemies in the game is ridiculous. ''PennyArcade'' has a comic that [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/8/20/ provides a sample]].
** [[ShoutOut Apparently the developers read that strip, because in the sequel, you get the "Poor Bob" achievement for Force Gripping a Stormtrooper, then stabbing, shocking and pushing him while in your grip.]]
* VillainBall: At the end of the second game, Vader has Juno, and his threats to her life have cowed Starkiller into obedience. While Vader is focused on him, Juno escapes, grabs a saber, and makes a clumsy attack that he easily dodges. Rather than disarming and restraining his valuable hostage, he blasts her off the platform. Cue Starkiller's UnstoppableRage.
* VillainsNeverLie: In the sequel, Kota calls Starkiller out for thinking this -- believing Vader when he told him he was a clone. Though there is a lot of evidence supporting the idea, Vader has [[ILied lied a lot in the past]]. And damn never everything he said to Starkiller in particular was a lie in the first game.
* WakeUpCallBoss: General Kota. While not too difficult, he is the first opponent that can resist and use Force powers that Galen (who at this time is considerably weaker than Darth Vader) faces.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: Or in a galaxy far far away that has space ships, upsidedown cities and other modern marvels. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] though, in that it depends on who does it. For example, the Empire's ship-building facilities use state-of-the-art automation for building TIE fighters and even the Executor flagship is assembled by an army of construction droids.
* WeldTheLock: During your breakout from the ''Empirical'', a cutscene shows a purge trooper welding shut a door through which you have to go. You also have to go through the purge trooper and two EVO troopers.
* WhamLine: This exchange, after which the direction of the game (along with Starkiller's life) changes completely.
-->'''Starkiller''': You have lured the Emperor to us? When do we strike?
-->'''Darth Vader''': [[spoiler: I did not summon him. [''ignites his lightsaber through Starkiller's back''] His spies followed you here.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Inverted. [[spoiler:In the Dark Side ending from the sequel, Starkiller goes to kill Vader... Only to be stabbed by a clone that Vader had rid of Galen's personality, with several unlockable videos explaining the Dark Apprentice's origin & where he came from. At no point is he even hinted at during the Light Side ending, making the supplementary videos entirely pointless if that's the Canon ending, since we get the origin for a ''character who canonically doesn't even exist within the game that introduced him''.]]
** Not quite. [[spoiler:Notice that when he reveals himself, he has some kind of invisibility gadget or power? In the DS ending he shows himself because Vader is about to get killed. In the LS ending there's no reason for him to do so, but that doesn't mean he's not there. Invisible. Lurking.]]
** An {{easter egg}} cutscene shows that [[spoiler: Vader told the Dark Apprentice not to intervene unless absolutely necessary.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Deluges of this trope. The novelization has Juno angrily tell Starkiller that one of the people he just casually massacred was an old friend of hers, but when he apologizes she says it's okay, since she hadn't talked to him in years anyway. Late in the novel Galen - by that point the narration had picked up on his name - is horrified about how Vader's plan involved letting thousands of loyal Imperials get slaughtered, nevermind that he'd done about half of that all by himself, delighting in how easy it was.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Just use the Force & turn the hammer UpToEleven. At least, that's Starkiller's reponse in the sequel when ''The Salvation'' has it's main cannon knocked offline.
* WombLevel: The Sarlacc pit.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: In the sequel, Starkiller gives one of these to Vader.
-->[[spoiler: "I let you live. You tell me I'm a clone but I ''chose'' to spare you. (*beat*) Maybe Kota's right. Maybe this is all a trick --a way to get me so confused... that I'd forget who I really am and become your slave again. But either way... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I.]]'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Let. You. Live.]] I've finally broken your hold over me."]]
* WreakingHavok: See PersonOfMassDestruction and VideoGameCrueltyPotential above.
* XanatosGambit: Darth Vader puts one of these types of plans into motion. [[spoiler: Even if, somehow, the members of the new Rebel Alliance escape, he still knows who they are.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: Lord Starkiller's response to the bungling of the Hoth assault, to an unsuspecting Captain Keenah.
** MythologyGag in that this is Vader's response to Admiral Ozzel when he does the exact same thing in TheEmpireStrikesBack.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The word "destiny" seemed to be used by Darth Vader a whole hell of a lot but it was never consistent at all. Vader just seemed to use it when he wanted Starkiller to do something.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] a couple times in the novelization for the second game, used to highlight just how insane Darth Vader really is.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Starkiller shouts this during his final battle with Darth Vader.]]
** Inverted in the Ultimate Sith Edition where Dark!Starkiller tells Luke what happened to Vader.
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