'''''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 is a bunch of bickering, barely organized scavengers. This works against them.
* BodyHorror: The man-droids are cyborgs composed of robot and human body parts. ''Rotten'' human body parts, [[SerialProstheses which must be constantly replaced.]]
* {{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 Troopes are The Stormtroopers. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy They can't aim]].
** [[PluckyComicRelief Arthur]] is [=C3PO=].
** [[FemBot Silica]] is R2-D2
** Expands to inanimate objects as well, as the [[LaserSword Hilt]] is a lightsaber, and the [[CoolStarship Starchaser]] is the Falcon.
* 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
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Zygon's guards can't hit either.
* {{Jerkass}}: Dagg, and how!
** He [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold softens]] a bit during the movie though.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Dagg does this to Orin when they meet.
* 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''. [[UnfortunateImplications One girl's as good as another, right?]]
* SerialProstheses: The Man-Droids' [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
* StockSubtitle
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Orin accidentally opens a hangar's airlock, sucking out all the robots.
* 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.