- Outside the story itself, the Overly Long Gag keyed off from the link at the bottom of the rant for strip 50 just goes on longer than you'd believe physically possible, thanks to another AU strip being added every 50 main strips. The wiki even has a page cataloguing them all.
- Strip 4: Trying to explain just what a Jedi is.
GM: Jedi is your character class. You're sort of warriors with arcane abilities—
Qui-Gon: Like fighter/mages?
GM: — fighting for justice.
Obi-Wan: Ah, paladins.
GM: No. You draw upon the power of the Force—
Qui-Gon: "The Force"?
GM: The Force is an energy field—
Obi-Wan: Energy? But energy is force times distance.
Qui-Gon: And "power of the force" would be distance times the derivative with respect to time.
GM: <sigh> You're monks.
Qui-Gon: Got it.
Obi-Wan: But monks can't wield—
Qui-Gon: Shut up. He'll take away our laser swords!
- As early as strip 15.
Qui-Gon: Hey Obi-Wan, when we land, you stay put and I'll find you.
GM: You're in different ships; he can't hear you.
Qui-Gon: HEY OBI-WAN! WHEN WE—
- Every time Jim tries to explain something to Ben whenever some Star Wars-related name comes into play:
Obi-Wan: ... "Padawan"?
Qui-Gon: A woven rug.
- "You know .. that would explain a *lot*."
- Doubly funny given Qui-Gon makes the same statement in the film only for it to be brushed off.
- The answers to "What's a pod anyway?"
- Often caused by Qui-Gon's ridiculous incorrect explanations and insane out-of-nowhere ideas.
Yoda: Injected the boy with midi-chlorians, have you?
Qui-Gon: Oh, that! It's okay. We'd gambled all our money on a race so we could buy back the ship we used to bribe a gangster to throw it; so we had to doublecross him and fix the race instead. We got the kid to drive, and he needed some extra skill points or he probably would have killed himself.
Obi-Wan: You forgot to mention that the ship was never ours to give away in the first place. Or that you had no idea if Anakin would even survive the blood transfusion.
Qui-Gon: But it all worked out fine in the end. After I threatened Watto with my laser sword and we ran away from the authorities.
Yoda: Hmmm. Remedial course on Jedi ethics, you need.
- This CMOF makes friends with Paranoia Fuel. The deadpan delivery by Shmi just makes it better.
- A sort of meta one: Shortly after the above, Annie transitions to playing Anakin. The first big thing she says is what sounds like Anakin suddenly becoming overly wise and profound, possibly from his new midi-chlorians... But if you know West Side Story, then you know Anakin is reciting Somewhere.
- "I don't follow." "So, you don't follow, or Qui-Gon doesn't follow?" "..."
- Qui-Gon's death
- The alternate take for Episode 37, in which the GM actually lets Qui-Gon summon the bigger fish. The blurb below even links to a recipe for said fish.
- Padmé meets her family.
- The Separatist meeting in Episode II, especially the goofy French accent of Count Dookû and the similarly ridiculous speech patterns of the other leaders. Summed up best with the following quote.
Ben: You know those improv classes Annie and I went to?
Ben: I just wish they could've seen this.
- The Rant from Darths & Droids #240:
And then she dies in this scene, and quite clearly reveals her shapeshifting capability. Wow, there are shapeshifters in the Star Wars
universe! We've been shown that fact quite explicitly. Surely this will become important later in the plot.
Only it never does. It's never mentioned again anywhere else in any of the movies. I think Anton Chekhov
just committed suicide with his gun.
- 242 (though the next strip repeats the joke):
: I understand the importance of discretion. Palpatine:
Are you...accusing me of hiding something? Anakin
: Why? Are
: Are you
Two Beat Panels
: *are extremely well-placed*
- "Quiet, trashcan."
- "But if you fail, we'll chop you in half!" "Right....I'm glad I'm a recording and didn't hear that."
- "Also, kill R2-D2."
- The beginning of Episode II, when Padmé and Palpatine are talking about Naboo's moon.
- Throughout Episode II, there have been hints at the fantasy campaign gone wrong that pissed off Pete so much. When Ep II is over, we find out that the game was The Princess Bride. Pete is so angry because he was playing as Vizzini... who fits exactly into the kind of Min-Maxing we've seen Pete do throughout D&D.
- "Who's the Jedi Master here?" "Er, you are." "Don't you forget it!"
- Strip 415, where R2 decides to fire his laser cannons, rolls a 1 (with one of his "special" dice that has the 1's pre-rolled out, no less), and misses everything in the whole battle..
- Everything about the Homing Missiles in Episode III, from the way they act like some sort of extreme skateboarder to their really funny dialogues to their grand explosions.
- "Don't ever interrupt me when I'm monologuing!"
- Ben takes on the Fridge Logic of Grievous keeping his internal organs.
- "Ah, to take wing! Free of the surly bonds of—"
- Ben, Sally, and Jim having a conversation on Sally wanting to be President of the World while Annie is about to jump off the slippery slope.
- Jim finally gets how Annie is playing Anakin.
You're EVIL! Pete/R2-D2
: Ding ding ding ding! Give the man a cigar!
- When Pete/R2-D2 declares his support for the party going evil:
: Wait, Pete, when did you decide to be evil? (Beat
) I can't believe I even said that.
- As Jim/Padmé explains how his/her relationship to Annie/Anakin can still work out even though Anakin's now officially evil.
There have been good people married to evil people before. If they love each other enough they can work it out. Ben/Obi-Wan:
Like Hitler and Eva Gabor. Pete/R2-D2: What? Jim/Padmé:
Well she was a bit
evil, but compared to Hitler...
- Jim, having finally gotten the knack of staying in character, reacts to Obi-Wan telling Padmé that Anakin's evil.
- This exchange:
Obi-Wan: I sneak on board Padme's ship.
Padme: I roll a Spot check!
GM: What are you looking for, Padme?
Padme: Just... searching for hidden compartments. On the boarding ramp.
Obi-Wan: And I check my back for knives periodically.
- The entire podrace plan of Jim.
- In this strip, Ben is telling Annie in-character how Anakin wound up becoming so evil that he killed the one person in the universe he claimed to care about, and finishes it off by yelling "Your journey to the Dark Side is now complete!" Pete OOC'ly chimes in: "Achievement unlocked!"
- Don't forget Pete's "special die", which apparently involves using goggles and rubber gloves. One has to wonder what it actually looks like.
- This one requires a little knowledge of the Star Wars universe, but:
Jim/Captain Antilles: We cut a pit trap in front of the entry point.
Rebel Soldier: With what, Captain Antilles, sir?
Jim/Captain Antilles: My laser sword.
R2-D2: That was when you were playing Kyle Katarn. Remember why this character doesn't have one?
Jim/Captain Antilles: Oh. Right.
- To prove that Irony is alive and well, we learn that Jim's (original) character at the start of the "A New Hope" campaign is Captain Antilles... whom, if you recall, gets killed by Darth Vader at the start.
- From comic 686, there's cover-ups, Vader-style:
Vader: Word will not get out, will it, commander?
Daine Jir: Won't it?
Vader: Everyone concerned will meet with an unfortunate accident.
Daine: Oh no, I'll inform our occupational safety committee immediately.
Vader: No, you're going to kill everyone who knows.
Daine: Oh dear, even myself?
- In the following comic, Vader's informed about the plans.
Vader: So the plans would be...?
Praji: In... in the escape pod?
Praji: So we should... um... find the pod?
Praji: Aaand retrieve the plans?
Praji: And... execute myself?
- Corey, the new player of "Adam Lars" (Luke Skywalker) is pretty new to tabletop games.
Adam: That's a funny-looking dice.
Adam: Whoa, relax.
- Despite not being familiar with non-videogame RPGs, Corey picks up player/character knowledge segregation faster and easier than Jim.
- Pretty much anything Beru & Owen say. And there is blue milk.
- The justification for for Adam having Survival: Snow.
- Strip 719, in the midst of Ben's return:
R2-D2/Pete: Yes! Thank god you're back! Where's my frakkin' dreadnought?!
Obi-Wan/Ben: Crashed it, walked away. And you?
- "Adam Lars" learns about his true origins.
R2-D2: Congratulations. Your life expectancy just went from "senile pensioner with a space-bus card" to "missing your next birthday". Which, by the way, is actually tomorrow.
C-3PO: Happy Birthday!
- The other players were pretty straightforward with Corey/"Adam Lars"/Luke Amidala about his father.
Obi-Wan:Your father Anakin used his Jedi powers for his own gains. It corrupted him. He betrayed and murdered your mother, Padme Amidala.
Obi-Wan: That was the end of our friendship. We duelled, and he fell.
Luke: Whoa, let me get this straight. My name is Luke Amidala? You killed my father?
- After the introduction of Mos Eisley, and the discussion on how it's a Wretched Hive, there's this:
Jim: A perfect place to meet a new friend!
Ben: (As Obi-Wan, to Luke) We must be cautious.
- The introduction of Greedo. (Hard to explain, but what really makes this one is getting this after the long period of anticipation over Jim's new character. Especially as the writers teased the forumgoers by confirming, back in Episode I, that Greedo had been Killed Off for Real... and then having Jim hint that his new character would be named "Greedo".)
- Also, here, Greedo is more difficult to understand than Chewbacca, who speaks English fluently.
"Greedo": Buongiorno! It'sa me! Greedo!
Cue Obi-Wan and Luke looking completely baffled
- Then there's Obi-Wan's and Luke's reaction to Greedo wanting payment before transporting them.
- Soon after Obi-Wan and Luke leave, Greedo is held at gunpoint by...Han Solo, captain of the Millenium Falcon (read-the original Greedo).
- Which naturally leads to the question: Did Han shoot first, or did Greedo? Answer: Yes.
- Obi-Wan doesn't need a Jedi Mind Trick to get past the stormtroopers in this story. These guys aren't just weak-minded, they're stupid.
Obi-Wan: So what does this lunatic look like?
Trooper 2: Well, he looks like... that kid there actually. Anyway, have you seen anyone by that description?
Obi-Wan: Besides this kid here that looks like him, no. No I haven't.
Trooper 1: That's a shame. We're all very concerned.
Obi-Wan: Luke, do you have a twin that you know of?
Luke: Huh? No, not that I know of.
Obi-Wan: Hmm. Well, you heard it from the kid himself. Sorry we couldn't be of more help.
Trooper 1: Say, kid, if you've got some spare time later, perhaps you could patrol with us and help give people an idea what this lunatic looks like. No insult intended.
- The big reveal, comic 722...
Vader: I had your blood tested, Senator Princess Organa. DNA analysis. Midi-chlorian count.
Vader: Princess isn't your real name, is it? Your real name is Leia.
Vader: You're not the Organas' daughter.
Leia: Duh! I've known that since I was, like, six. I'm the proud daughter of two heroes who died... fighting the likes of you!
Vader: No, Leia, you are my daughter.
Leia: That's not true. It's impossible!
Vader: Search your DNA report. I know it to be true.
Leia: No. Noooooo!!!!
- The forums reaction to Naboo's destruction. Ranging from: mourning Jar Jar Binks, the complete destruction of all Tuna Booze Oil, and the fact Jim will never be able to cast Summon Bigger Fish ever again. If you were someone who never read the comic before but had seen the movies, the sheer crazy-pants nature of it is freaking hilarious. Bittersweet though if you're a fan, where it feels like an actual death to a very unique part of the series but still freaking ridiculous.
- The general reaction to The Reveal that Annie is in fact controlling Vader.
Corey: Let me get this straight. Annie, you're now playing Princess and her evil dad? How does that even work?
Pete: If I was controlling a bad guy, you know what I'd do?
- This strip has Pete trying to shut off one alarm after another to the point that he's triggered all of them! Han's position in the final panel sells it.
Sally: I'm pretty sure this does not match the definition of "sneaking in."
- What we have here is an exact transfer of lines from the movie, and completely fitting.
- This strip has a running gag of Vader and Tarkin being interrupted by alarms giving confused reports on what's going on. The last line perfectly sells it.
- Ben trolling two clone troopers.
- "Look, there is absolutely nothing weird about Leia kissing Luke."
- "Hey, we made it out with as many people as we went in with!"
- This exchange, about Ben having stood up to his father about his future career:
Sally: And dad'll get over it soon.
Ben: You think?
Sally: We needed a new kitchen table anyway.
- Jim goes for the More Dakka approach when it comes to shooting enemy fighters.
GM: Are you sure? You'd need a bucket of dice...
- Pete's special die being mentioned again is in itself funny, but Jim's reaction when he learns the GM (and the police) banned any other use of it or something similar is priceless.
- The inversion of That's No Moon! in this comic.
- Pete's brings out another special die for the shot on the Peace Moon. And when the GM protests the use of explosions, Pete reassures him that it's been sitting under liquid Nitrogen.
- The description of Jim's side campaign (which is based on Airplane!) as the "GREATEST DRAMATIC STORY EVER." Presumably it was actually based on Zero Hour (the movie that Airplane! parodies), and the other players derailed it.
- Why is Strip 506 so funny? Maybe because it's conducted entirely in questions?
Palpatine: (flashback) ... Well in that case, would cucumbers and sliced egg offset the saltiness of the kippers to your satisfaction?
Grievous: (flashback) Would doves cry?
- The last part of this strip
- When the Imperial walkers attack, both sides can't stop complaining about how ridiculous they look. You can't tell who's more embarrassed, the Imperials for using them, or the rebels for losing to them!
Princess Leia: Are they mocking us?!
Imperial Commander: Lord Vader, this is farcical! I’m driving an armored attack camel!
Vader: Is it working?
Imperial Commander: Well… yes.
- "How exactly does one retire from a rebellion?"
- Oh crud indeed
- "Oh yeah? I'm fluent in over six million offensive gestures, and I'm making ALL of them in your general direction!"
- Luke and Yoda's combined Big "NO!" when they respectively figure out a) Vader is Luke's father and b) Anakin is alive.
- Captain Needa's death. He goes to the Executor, not to apologize for losing the Falcon like in the movie, but to try and chew out Vader for screwing up. You can predict how well that goes.
Needa: And I'll tell you another thi— (Vader kills him)
- Ben learns why people stay on Bespin.
GM: You've been outside a few minutes. Save versus poison at -4.
Ben: What? Why is everyone walking around without masks on?
Lando: Why do you think we live here?
Ben: I don't understand!
GM: Everyone who failed feels tipsy from the abundant alcohol in the atmosphere.
Ben: I understand everything and suggest we never leave.
- The Black Comedy punchline of #1075: Sniping Marxman:
Sally: (droid liberation speechifying) DM:
Make a roll. Sally:
Persuasion? DM: Dodge.
- Strips 1123 and 1124 reveal that, after Jim and Annie left, Ben ran a superhero campaign based on The Dark Knight Saga... in which they played superheroes who attempted to lure out a vigilante by committing crimes, effectively becoming Batman's Rogues Gallery. The usual GM was Harvey Dent, Corey played Scarecrow and Sally was the Joker.
: It ended with the vigilante sacrificing himself. To save the city. From a nuclear bomb. Which these "heroes
" planted. Jim
: So it worked, then!
- The best part is that Ben hadn't intended for it to be The Dark Knight Saga; based on his describing the game as "a camp comical spoof of the genre, with people in silly costumes with underpants on the outside having "Bam! Pow!" fisticuffs," it had derailed from being the 1960s version of Batman.
- Strip 1149. Everyone has to do a "save against poison" roll after being exposed to the alcoholic atmosphere (It Makes Sense in Context) of Cloud City. Ben rolls a 15, Annie rolls a 1. Hilarity Ensues.
Leia: I'll drive! I'm ferpectly shober!
Chewbacca: But you've never piloted before.
: You've been outside a few minutes. Save versus poison at -4. Ben
Why is everyone walking around without masks on? Lando
: Why do you think we live here? Ben
: I don't understand! GM
: Everyone who failed feels tipsy from the abundant alcohol in the atmosphere. Ben
: I understand completely and I suggest we never leave.
- Strip #1151 is an almost perfect, word-for-word reproduction of the scene upon which it's based - except the characters' lines are completely reversed.
- Strip #1153 has Corey say what's on everyone's minds when Darth Vader is revealed to be Padme.
Darth Vader: Your mother.
- In strip #1178, a silly accent even extends to a sound effect.
- It's easy to forget that Jim and Annie are playing the most recent campaign via webcam until something like this happens:
Pete: Anyone want a drink?
Jim: I'll have one.
Corey: Um. You're in Los Angeles.
- How the infamous Slave Leia outfit is handled:
GM: Jabba slumbers in his chamber. You see Princess on the throne platform, obviously his slave.
Luke: How so?
- Jim declaring he is out of his usual good idea so he is gonna do something crazy.
- Strip 1258: The characters are attempting to entertain Jabba in order to stall for time. After Ben tries and fails with a story about failing to rescue a slug:
Jim: Time for my psychotic episode. Blargle blargle grargle!
Jabba: Now that's entertainment!
- During the battle at the sale barge, Pete warns the others that the guards are setting up a gun on the rail, and the entire party spontaneously launches into a Hurricane of Puns. What really sells it though, is the entire party cheering in unison when it fires on the next page
- Strip 1266
Boba Fett: Fool!! You should have chopped off my hand while you had the chance!
Luke: There are enough small arms around here already.
- While Padme was dying in labour after being attacked by Anakin, one of the medibots asked Obi-Wan if he's Padme's husband. He says no, and the bot immediately assumed that the children were born out of wedlock and tried to get the two to marry off immediately.
- Strip 1300
GM: Make a Bluff roll.
- In strip 1317:
C-3PO: Luke, who are you talking to?
Luke: Huh? You can't...? Oh... just... my invisible friend.
Han: I used to have one of those!
Han: But then he vanished.
- The attempt to sneak on board the second peace moon, predictably, fails. This results in their shuttle being remote-controlled to land at an ambush point. Jim's solution: shoot out one of the engines. Of the shuttle they're in. That is in the process of landing. When pointed out that this will cause them to crash and die, he enacts his backup plan... of shooting out the other engine.
- Jim's opinion on his past plans.
Luke: So... Turns out you need to have a good plan, not just good rolls.
Han: Whereas some of my plans were so good they didn't even need to succeed!
- In strip 1363, R2 (Pete) tries to free the group from the net...by using a pizza cutter. The explanation is also funny;
R2: I had it installed in Jabba's palace to serve pizza on his barge.
C-3PO: That seems a bit over-powered for cutting pizza.
R2: I put extra points into it.
- "I'M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW"
- The in-universe explanation for the random frog-thing outside Jabba's palace?
C-3PO: [What] are you doing with that sock puppet?
Worrt: I got bored waiting for all of you to arrive.
- Even better? The frog in this narrative does a Shakespeare soliloquy.
- Then the GM realizes that Jim and Annie had been connected via webcam for quite some time, and so saw the whole thing.
- During the attack on the Peace Moon, Admiral Ackbar makes a realization.
Oh my god! It's not a trap! We're just prats!
- In strip 1438, when it's revealed that Darth Vader made it most of the way down the path to the Light Side:
Have you been planning this all out again
, Annie? That's way too much effort for a game. Annie: Doop deep.
- I needed a lieutenant of unparallelled acumen; but alas, Jar Jar turned me down."
- Pete is a lawyer. Criminal defence.
- At the start of Butch Cassian and the Sundance Droid, the team tries to explain a session they played before Corey joined and Ben returned, but alas, Jim as usual derails what happaned.
Pete: You weren't even there Jim.
Jim: They were my minions who emerged victorious. Same thing.
Pete: Technically they were Jabba's minions.
Sally: And that wasn't even the start of the adventure!
Ben: Is anything Jim said true?
- With "Kyle Katarn" (or Saw Garrera) making his appearance, we learn why Jim's not allowed lightsabers anymore: Kyle didn't just slice off his hand, but both of his legs as well.
- Galen's unconventional (and evil) parenting style:
Bria: He always used to do this.
Chirrut: He always used to develop giant apocalyptic superweapons?
Bria: No, lecture me with PowerPoint.
Chirrut: The fiend!