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''Starchaser: The Legend of Orin'' is a 1985 animated SpaceOpera film. The story follows Orin, an escaped slave who must free his people from the DarkLord after being chosen by a MagicSword. Helping him along the way are a cigar-chewing smuggler, his neurotic RobotBuddy, a sassy fembot, a governer's daughter and a FairyCompanion.

Just from that synopsis one would think that this has something to do with [[Franchise/StarWars that famous and successful space opera trilogy released throughout the last ten years]]. Indeed, this film is very similar in terms of story and design, but has since become a CultClassic.

!!Tropes that appear in this film:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The blade that belongs on the Hilt, which cuts through everything in those moments when it actually appears. [[spoiler:And the CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Orin finally understands what it means that ''there never was a blade.'']]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The man-droids are a bunch of bickering, barely organized scavengers. This works against them.
* BaldOfEvil: Zygon's more humanlike {{Mooks}} are all entirely bald.
* BareYourMidriff: Elan and most of the female slaves on Trinia.
** Later Orin himself
* BlackHumour: There's a lot of this in the film. Really, what can you say when one of the funniest scenes is an analogy to [[BlackComedyRape rape]]?
* BodyHorror: The man-droids are cyborgs composed of robot and human body parts. ''Rotten'' human body parts, [[SerialProstheses which must be constantly replaced.]]
* CigarChomper: Dagg.
* CoolSword: Orin's sword. The blade is either invisible, can only cut the villains, or is a part of Orin.
* {{Cyborg}}: The Man-Droids
* {{Captain Ersatz}}: This may take a while:
** [[TheHero Orin]] is Luke Skywalker.
** [[LovableRogue Dagg]] is Han Salo.
** [[PluckyGirl Aviana]] is Leia.
** [[BigBad Zygon/Nexus]] is [[DarthVaderClone Darth Vader]]
** Zygon's troops are The Stormtroopers. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy They can't aim]].
** [[PluckyComicRelief Arthur]] is [=C3PO=].
** [[FemBot Silica]] is R2-D2
** Expands to inanimate objects and veichles as well, as the [[LaserSword Hilt]] is a lightsaber, the [[CoolStarship Starchaser]] is the Falcon and the random bi-pedal tank during the crystal raid is a AT-ST.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: This film is very dark and violent, even by 80s cartoon standards. An old man is being killed by burn damage from a lightwip, a slave is crushed by a cave in, and a young woman is strangled partly on screen, the man-droids end up bisected, impaled and shot in half, desert men being nuked and so on and so on.
* FantasticRacism: This film has at least Arab and gypsy stereotypes.
** Dagg's mocking response to the desert people he's selling the stolen crystals too: "You have ze crrrystal?" - "You have ze moneh?"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: How they got away with the [[BlackComedyRape re-programming scene]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swDnBLvk8u4 is one of earth's greatest mysteries.]]
** Don't forget the pedophile jokes from the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Jabba the Hutt]] [[CaptainErsatz clone]]
** The [[BodyHorror nightmare]]-[[{{Crunchtastic}} tastic]] man-droids.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The fate of a ''lot'' of the villains, particularly [[spoiler:Zygon]] who is cut in half and falls into lava.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Zygon's guards can't hit anything.
* {{Jerkass}}: Dagg, and how!
** He [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold softens]] a bit during the movie though.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Dagg does this to Orin when they meet.
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* NightmareFace: The leader of the man-droids has a skull like face with [[RedEyesTakeWarning large red eyes]]
** The last man-droid Dagg kills has a skeletal face with sunken-in, barely visible eyes.
* OralFixation: Does Dagg ever finish his cigar?
* PlotHole: The crystals are very volatile and ignite by laser fire, and yet the slaves mine them with powerful laser jackhammers.
** Orin reacts at one point like if he knows what vacuum is. How would he know if hes been a slave in a subterranean world all his life?
* ReplacementLoveInterest: Elan [[spoiler:is somewhat-shockingly killed]] near the start of the movie. She's soon replaced by Aviana who has a similar design and the ''same voice actress''.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The slaves push all of the minemasters into the lava when rebelling at the end. Note that this happens ''after'' [[spoiler:Zygon]] has been killed, so there was arguably no need to do this to them. However, considering the generations of torment these people endured, their actions are understandable if not justifiable.
** On the villains' side of things, Zygon is attempting to start his ''own'' [[RobotWar revolution of sorts]], and is perfectly prepared to kill, maim and torture in order to get his way, and has kept the entire population of a planet enslaved for thousands of years because of his dislike for humans.
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:When Orin slashes Zygon's cheek with the sword.]]
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* SceneryPorn: After escaping Mine World, Orin gets to see some very beautiful enviorments... until he meets the man-droids.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Zygon's MookLieutenant, Major Tagani tries to do this at the end, but takes [[ItMakesSenseInContext a spaceship to the face]] the second he makes it through the door.
* SerialProstheses: The Man-Droids' [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Aviana.
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: It's an obvious ripoff of ''Franchise/StarWars''. There are a few changes that separate this from ''Star Wars''. However, the characters, the plot (sorta), the locations and some sequences have been ripped off. Hell, even some of the ''sound effects'' are sampled from ''Star Wars''.
** To some extent, the movie also seems to want to follow in ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'''s footsteps.
* SwampsAreEvil: The man-droids live there, so this trope is in full action.
* ATasteOfTheLash / WhipItGood: The minemasters ''really'' love using their laser whips against underperforming slaves.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Zygon]] gets bisected and falls in lava. The lava is boiling for several seconds as if to make sure that he's [[DeaderThanDead gone for good.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Silica is reprogrammed without her consent, and the heroes sure do kill off Zygon's MechaMooks rather wantonly, despite them having distinct personalities and sentience. [[spoiler:No wonder Zygon hates humans so much!]]
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Orin accidentally opens a hangar's airlock, sucking out all the robots.
* ToThePain: The laser torture is described in such terms:
--> '''Zygon''' (to Dag): "Try to imagine a needle, the thickness of a human hair, slowly thrust between your eyes and penetrating your skull."
* WhatTheHellHero: Silica shoots down a ship that crashes into the crystals, causing a chain reaction that destroys untold riches and causes a brief collapse that most likely injured and killed many slaves.