Narm / Star Wars
"George directed... and I emoted like he directed!"

"George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it."
Harrison Ford to George Lucas after reading his lines for A New Hope.

There are so many Narmy moments in Star Wars that we could almost rename this Trope "The Wisdom of Anakin". To wit:

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  • Both the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy fall prey to this. The fun, exciting adventure can come across as utterly camp or hokey, depending on the audience. Some members may also find the dialogue corny. A good rule of thumb is that your mileage will definitely vary.
  • All of the names George Lucas gives that sounds like a three year old's babbling, like Shmi, Naboo, Dooku, and so on. Even in the original trilogy: Solo (geddit?), Skywalker, Starkiller, and so on.
  • Speaking of names: Ever notice the rather obvious nature of most Sith names? "Vader"... as in in-vader note . "Sidious", as in in-sidious. And then "Maul". And from the source materials, "Bane" (as in "bane of our existence"). "Tyrannus", granted, is a bit of an Awesome Mc Coolname, but it's still obvious...
  • Even if "Dooku" is a pun on "Doku"- which is Japanese for 'poison,' that there is a villain with that name is hysterical.
    • Tyranus is a much cooler name, but they only call him that once or twice in either movie.
    • Lampshaded in The Venture Bros. when Henchman #24 said he had to "take a Count Dooku in the bathroom."
    • Do cu is a Portuguese phrase meaning "from the ass" which is pronounced exactly like Dooku (making his name sound like "Count Mc. Ass"). Thus in the Brazilian release of the movie, Dooku's name was changed to "Dookan" (both in the subtitled and in the dubbed version of the movie).
    • The Jedi named Sifo Dias had a similar fate - when spoken in Portuguese, "Sifo Dias" has a sexual connotation (se fodias means "fucks himself"). His name became Zifo Vias.
    • And in Episode I, there is a character named Panaka; "panaca" means "imbecile" in Portuguese. Panaka became "Panacé".
    • In Italian, "palpatine" literally means "little gropes". It makes one wonder why they didn't change his name. Perhaps the Emperor is a Dirty Old Man?
    • The fact that the chairman of the Arms Dealer Mega Corp. is named "viceroy Nute Gunray". Of course, because he is basically a viceroy who is nuts and sells ray guns. (Good luck trying not to think that every time you heard his name). It may also bring up "Newts" and "rays" as reptilian and aquatic creatures he bears a certain resemblance to.
    • Poggle the Lesser. POGGLE.
    • The General GRIEVOUS. And any Card-Carrying Villain needs to ham it up sometimes.
      Mr. Plinkett: Also on this ship is Commander Nefarious, Captain I'm-A-Bad-Guy, and Admiral Bone-to-Pick. But they don't mention them.
  • The 2004 DVD release of the old trilogy gives us Darth Vader, who used to be known as the epitome of evil and just downright badass, with a pink lightsaber. Hilarity Ensues. While this is due to the color correction and barely affects Vader's awesomeness in the long run, it's quite funny to think about.

     The Prequels 

The Phantom Menace

  • Darth Maul's death, mostly for two reasons: a) he makes no attempt to defend himself even though he really should have had time to do so (there's even a brief moment when Obi-Wan lands beside him before he swings where Maul is just staring at him) and b) after the slice, we are treated to a nice shot of his body falling apart in midair, the two halves of it flipping over and bouncing off the sides of the bottomless pit while his arms and legs flail about uselessly. His facial expressions during the whole ordeal don't help matters.
  • Not exactly laugh inducing, but the part where the viceroy goes "ah, victory" makes conquering a society seem a little bland.
  • "Let's try spinning, that's a good trick!" When one of your characters, who is in the middle of a dogfight in a ship he's not familiar with, sounds more like a kid playing the Episode I Racer Nintendo 64 game than someone in that situation, you might want to consider a rewrite.
    • That line becomes even more amusing when you realize that Anakin just told R2 to do a barrel roll.
  • "This is TENSE!" Tsk tsk. However "realistic" this comment might be coming from a ten-year-old suddenly thrust into a space battle, it's still telling the audience that they should be on the edges of their seats.
    • It's still better than Qui-Gon declaring earlier in the film that "it won't be a problem", informing the audience how the upcoming fight scene is going to turn out and dispelling any drama it otherwise might have had.
  • Surely one of the more chillingly horrific moments in the Episode 1 DVD commentary occurs when George Lucas (pre-cinema release) confidently tells Steven Spielberg that: "Jar Jar is the key to all this"... *gulp*
  • Qui Gon's reaction to Shmi revealing that Anakin was born via a virgin birth is a wonderful nugget of unintentional comedy. He appears to glance directly at the camera for a few seconds with a deadpan look that says "yup we're really doing this type of story, audience. Enjoy not getting a refund!"

Attack of the Clones

  • From Episode Two:
    • "They're like ANIMALS! And I SLAUGHTERED them like animals! I HATE THEM!!!"
      (Riff from the Imperial March, just in case we didn't get the point...)
    • Possibly topped for Narm by Padmé's (non)reaction to the revelation Anakin's a mass murderer of native sentients. It borders the territory of Unfortunate Implications as she blankly stares, blinks a few times, and seems to instantly forgive him, and blindly hops into a relationship with him not too long afterwards.
      "... To be angry is to be human." (Well, that's... one way of putting it...)
    • This one might be open to debate though. According to Lars, the Sand People killed most of the group of farmers that went to try to rescue Shmi. Combined with Anakin probably mentioning that they had been torturing her, Padmé could easily have sympathized with his anger, what with her home planet having been invaded and her people put into concentration camps not so many years earlier. It is doubtful that she was a believer in the universal goodness of all sentient beings - except that he killed the children (and the possibly-non-combatant women). Less easy to gloss over.
    • Earlier, in the same scene:
      Padmé: "You're not all-powerful!"
      Anakin: "Well I should be!" And someday I will be... I will be... the most powerful Jedi ever! IT'S ALL OBI-WAN'S FAULT! HE'S JEALOUS! HE'S HOLDING ME BACK!!!
    • An interesting parallel to the above involves Anakin's saying in Episode Three, "Something's happening... I'm not the Jedi I should be...! I want MORE!" The reason it's so interesting is that in the Behind-The-Scenes features on the DVD, we see Lucas directing that scene, and Hayden actually starting off by actually giving that line a good, honest-to-goodness natural performance. Cue George calling "Cut!" and then directing Hayden to give the line "more feeling". And so, Hayden hams it up.
  • Anakin's mother lives as a captive of the Tusken Raiders for several months. Then Anakin randomly comes to Tatooine, finds out where she is, and rushes to rescue her. She dies five minutes after he walks into her tent. It doesn't help that Pernilla August and/or the director chose a death method that inspires unintended hilarity in its viewers. *GLAAACK!* She's gone. When she does her death flop, it's almost slapstick for a second or two there.
    • This could easily turn into a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment if you lend any credence to the hypothesis that Palpatine had Shmi kidnapped and ordered the Tuskens to torture to death just before Anakin arrives in order to break him more easily.
  • Shortly before that, Poggle the Lesser (good thing the name itself wasn't mentioned in the film, that would have been bonus Narm) apparently sentences Anakin, Padmé and Obi-wan to death. The Starfish Language may sound menacing at times with all the insectoid chittering, but Poggle opening his speech with an elephant-like trumpet ruins everything.
  • Wat Tambor, the chairman of the Techno Union, deserves a mention. The leader of a galactic enterprise that mass-produces advanced combat robots... and he's wearing an armored pressure suit where the manually adjusted controls for his voice modulator are on his chest. This has the unfortunately hilarious effect of making him look like he's playing with his nipples.
  • Dooku turned Mace Windu's name from awesome to laughable.
    Count Dooku: Master Windooooooooow!
  • It was probably supposed to be dramatic, but when Count Dooku asked Obi-Wan to join him against the Sith, the parallels with the Luke, I Am Your Father speech in The Empire Strikes Back were just too much.
    • Add to that the fact that throughout this conversation, Obi-Wan is suspended in the air and slowly rotating like a cheap Christmas decoration, requiring him to constantly turn his head and look over his shoulder to continue talking to Dooku.
  • The phrase "I don't think so" said by an overconfident Jedi about to be proven wrong more than once in the same movie. Happens in Attack of the Clones, and was then brought back in Revenge of the Sith.
  • "Around the survivors, a perimeter create!"
  • Generally, Yoda's lightsaber scene in Attack of the Clones gets two types of reactions from people: some think it's extremely badass, others think it's extremely Narmish. (There are reports of whole cinemas breaking into laughter.)
    • It can be both. For some, it was a mix of "Holy shit, that's awesome!" and "Holy shit, that's funny!"
    • It need not even be both simultaneously. The first time through the sheer fanboy glee at the badassitude of Yoda wielding a lightsaber might distract you from the enormity of it.
      • The hilarity of the scene is mainly provided by Yoda screaming like Shemp from The Three Stooges throughout the fight. Screw Jedi reserve, restraint, calm, you have to yell louder than Mel Gibson in Braveheart to win a lightsaber duel.
  • Near the end of the second film, Yoda utters the line "Begun, this Clone War has," with such seriousness that it can just come off as being a little laughable.
    • The real problem is that it sounds like Yoda considers the clones the worst part of the whole mess, despite them having saved the Jedi from execution.

Revenge of the Sith

  • The buzz droids as a concept. Somehow, the CSI military masterminds believed that spending a probably awful lot of money building small, advanced droids who deploy from missiles and (slowly) sabotage starfighters in real battle time is somehow better than, you know, putting mines or regular sharpnel in the damn missiles.
    • To make matters worse, said Buzz Droids were renamed "Vibro-Droïdes" in the French release of the movie. Thing is, "vibro" in French is a very, very common shortening for "vibromasseur", which is... Well, a vibrating device aimed at lonely women. Granted, the translation itself is correct-ish but the exact word was very poorly chosen, though one has to give credit to Hayden's French voice actor for managing to say it without cracking up.
  • The voices of the Super Battle Droids in Revenge of the Sith destroy any menace they might have possessed beforehand. It doesn't help that it's the kind of dialogue you'd expect from a breakfast cereal advertisement.
    Battle Droid 1: "You stupid little astro droid."
    Battle Droid 2: "That nuthin'!"
    • It got a lot worse, in Star Wars: Clone Wars. Jar Jar Binks's snot is more competent than the robots in Star Wars: Clone Wars.
      • Stupid budget cuts, should have known better than to have the droids built by the lowest bidder...
    • The robots sounded like they were voiced by Brian Kendall.
  • When Obi-Wan drops into the scene and Grievous says "General Kenobi... Hahahagh. Your are a bold one." Look closely at Grievous' face when he says "Kenobi..." He moves it forward with sideways shaking and a faint nod, in the same way that a loving couple does when intimately nuzzling their noses together.
  • General Grievous declared, "I have been trained in your Jedi arts by Count Dooku!". Not only does calling them "your" Jedi arts make it seem like he isn't that good at them, but Count Dooku was killed off by Anakin approximately 15 minutes into the movie, which makes it quite understandable that Obi-Wan is neither impressed nor intimidated by this statement.
    • Even worse is the fact that he claims to have been trained in the "Jedi arts", cool stance and four lightsabers included, only to then start rotating mechanically two of his arms in a sort of Spam Attack mode which is obviously a built-in feature of his robot body and not the result of any kind of training. While that may be dismissed as Confusion Fu, his fighting style consists of striking with either all four weapons at once, or those from one side of the body, whereas he could've use the four of them in different ways, such as locking Obi-Wan's blade with two sabers and slashing his hands with the other two.
    • What makes it even more absurd is that this is not the first time they have met. Obi-Wan and Grievous dueled multiple times during the Clone Wars, usually ending with Grievous turning tail and running.
    • Grievous' other big narm moment was his declaration early in the film, "Your lightsabers will make a fine addition to my collection!" The narm becomes apparent when he opens his cloak and only one lightsaber is properly visible. Silly novice collector... The reason for this was probably that, in a deleted scene of the movie, Grievous kills Shaak Ti in front of Obi-Wan and Anakin. So that would account for the single lightsaber in his cloak, while the rest of his collection would be elsewhere. But they deleted that scene, so it does seem like that one lightsaber is his "collection." Although to be fair, we only see him open up one side of his cloak, so he could have been carrying lightsabers in the other side.
    • Every single time Obi-Wan is around Grievous, he behaves like such a doofus; he succeeds in making Grievous look like a completely incompetent putz. Obi-Wan mocks him openly while cuffed on The Invisible Hand; when surrounded by a thousand battle droids and General Grievous wielding four lightsabers, he has the audacity to do that unbelievably Narm-tastic lightsaber position... where he yanks his lightsaber all the way back away from himself, pointing it forward, and extending his other hand all the way forward, completely undefended and ready to be hacked off if Grievous weren't as much of a putz as Kenobi treats him.
      • The funny thing is, if you take other sources as an indication of Grievous' skill, he really isn't. He kills several Jedi in Clone Wars effortlessly.
      • It becomes even funnier if you know anything about fencing, and realize that the position he assumes is actually a legitimate position... if his lightsaber was in the opposite hand.
    • Grievous skittering on all six like a panicked cockroach during his duel with Obi-wan. It's meant to be creepy, but just looks hilarious.
    • His ridiculous order to his Magnaguards (a narmy name itself): "KEEL HEEM"
      Rifftrax: Er, we could "keel" him sir, but wouldn't it be simpler to just "kill" him?
    • When he enters the bridge of The Invisible Hand, he has to make the viewers realize how angry he is with "WAAAAAAT'S DA SITUATIAN, CAPTAIN?"
    • You know Grievous' silly coughing? According to George Lucas, it was put in to somehow foreshadow Vader's menacing, ominous breathing. Grievous' coughing is anything but.
    • There's also the completely ridiculous way that, when fixing to face off with Obi-Wan, he says "YOU FOOL!"
    • When Grevious gets into the escape pod and says "TIME TO ABANDON SHIP!", he looks as if he's sitting on a toilet.
    • After Nute Gunray expresses doubts in Grievous' ability to keep the remaining Separatist leaders safe without Count Dooku, Grievous gives this ridiculous response which just reeks of card-carrying villainy:
      Be thankful, Viceroy, you have not found yourself in my grip!
    • Probably the biggest Grievous moment, though, is when he strips naked for his big duel scene with Obi-Wan.
    • Grievous was killed by several consecutive blaster shots. Grievous has supposedly killed a bunch of Jedi. Obi-Wan killed him using a less-than-average basic weapon. This made the scene both ironic and hilarious to think about.
    • Granted, he had already been seriously wounded (if not crippled) by Mace Windu, so he was a lot weaker... but still, that's pathetic.
  • The lightsaber duel between Sidious and Windu and his team. EVERYTHING related to that duel.
    • Palpatine's debut sees him activating his lightsaber and yelling out a scream that makes it sound as if he's gargling while having heartburn.
    • After Palpatine unveils his lightsaber, he does an incredibly fancy corkscrew jump over his desk (which is narm enough by this point) and lands in front of the Jedis, who just step backwards warily. Following the moment, Sidious stabs the first Jedi in an incredibly slow, grimacing and telegraphied thrust, and the poor chap, who was inexplicably looking at another direction, does nothin' to stop it, keeping his weapon held high behind his head all the time. Then Sidious turns aside and slashes the second Jedi, and this time the victim looks shocked that Palpatine was there in first place. The third Jedi, finally, manages to react and trade a few shots with Palpatine, but he is felled with ease anyways and doing so he yells out a ridiculous squeal.
    • During Palpatine and Windu's singles duel, they lock blades and bring close their faces, and then, presumably out of sheer will in the struggle, they both pull such a purse-lipped expression (or a grimace, in Palpatine's case) that they just look constipated.
    • Immediately after Mace kicks Palpatine's lightsaber away, there's a hilariously dull shot of Anakin running at a rather casual pace, made even worse by that it doesn't at all match the tense music that's playing.
  • The deaths of Jedi which are shown during the Jedi Purge. Even if the scenes are powerful and tragic, all of them are shot in inherently comical sequences.
    • Ki-Adi-Mundi's stunned Oh, Crap! expression upon turning back and seeing the clones pointing their guns to him makes the scene difficult to take seriously altogether.
    • Plo Koon being shot down in his starfighter by his own escorts is sad and shocking. His starfighter crashing against an immense city structure and somehow creating a fireball which engulfs it entirely is not, unless he was carrying warheads in his tiny vehicle.
    • Aayla Secura's death loses its effect when you realize that the actress puts no effort into making her drop to the ground look convincing; you could almost swear she was trying to feign death.note 
      • The clones' There Is No Kill Like Overkill reaction in the same scene almost plunges into Black Comedy. Presumably in order to check out she is dead, they decided to keep shooting her lifeless body after downing her, and they are still pouring plasma nonstop at the poor girl's body when the camera zooms away. It makes you wonder if they were also going to make one of the AT-OT walking carriers stomp on the corpse for good measure.
  • When Anakin calls Padmé a "LLLIIAAARRRR!!!!", the way he shouts it makes him sound like a child whose parents just taught him that lying is bad, and he's just looking for a chance to call out a fibbing adult and sound like a goody-two-shoes.
  • Then when Anakin yells "YOUWILLNOTTAKEHERFROMME!!!", he puffs his cheeks like he's five and thinks Obi-Wan is trying to take his ice cream from him, not Padmé.
  • "Only a Sith deals in absolutes!" Take a close look at that statement. Doesn't it look a little like an absolute?
    • Furthermore, everything the Jedi do is absolute. Anakin's problem with them is that there are so many rules, particularly those against marriage and love. Also, "Do or do not, there is no try" is pretty absolute.
  • "From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!" When your Dark Lord of the Sith sounds like the slow member of the debate team, you've got problems.
    • And then Obi-Wan absolutely insists, "Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is EVIL!" and when Anakin says that from his point of view, the Jedi are evil (which is Narm in of itself, since he uses those exact words), Obi-Wan yells "THEN YOU ARE LOST!"
  • Before that, Obi-Wan has just learned that Anakin has slaughtered all Jedi at the temple, including the children. Then he apparently flies to Mustafar to enter a political debate with his former apprentice:
    Obi-Wan: Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic, to DEMOCRACY!
  • "You killed younglings!" The word "youngling" breaks the drama of any scene. Not even the gravity of brutal killing of children could survive the inherent comedy of that word.
    • "If into the security recordings you go, only pain will you find."
    • "I have seen... a... security hologram... of him... killing younglings..." Awful line, delivered in an almost completely deadpan way. And it doesn't help that it looks like Ewan McGregor is trying not to laugh at the line.
    • Also when Anakin confronts the children, the one who speaks to him has a London accent which makes the scene unintentionally funny, at least for Brits.
    • "Master Skywalker, there are too many of them, what are we going to do?" It's supposed to be sad, but the way it was delivered was less than dramatic. The child cannot act, poor thing, and the line is completely flat, with no inflection, just a set of words that he's learned: "master skywalker there are too many of them what are we going to do."
  • Before the climactic duel, while Anakin is getting ready to force-choke Padmé, there's a shot of Obi-Wan walking down the ramp of the starship, hands on his hips, sending the nonverbal message "Oh yeah, I am so cool. Time for the showdown, kids." He then proceeds to tell Anakin to let Padmé go in the same tone a scolding parent would use to talk their child down from the cookie jar.
  • What about "I Have the High Ground"? It sounded like, "All right, I'm on the higher ground. Forget it. No way you can beat me now. Don't matter what you do."
    • Shortly after, Anakin proceeds to take his chances and has his good arm and BOTH his legs cut off clean in one strike, and it feels like the only reason for this is the higher ground...
      • Anakin's warcry: "UWAAAA-AAAAAAAAAAA!"
    • Obi-Wan also seems to suffer from memory loss. Remember the end of Episode I, when Darth Maul had the high ground?
  • Obi-Wan's impassioned yelling at Anakin: "YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!"
  • Anakin's Famous Last Words to Obi-Wan... after the intensity of their conflict... and the apparent sense of tragedy Lucas was supposedly trying to reach, of a great Jedi fallen... ladies and gentlemen:
    • "You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!" (leaves Anakin to burn alive)
    • It also doesn't help that the line ends up sounding like "I HATE CHEW!"
  • At the end of Revenge of the Sith, where Amidala is about to give birth to the twins. A droid doctor approaches Bail and Obi-Wan, saying that although she's healthy, she has lost the will to live and is inexplicably dying. "Medically, there's nothing wrong with her. For some reason, we're losing her." "She's dying?!" Parodied hilariously on the second Robot Chicken Star Wars special with Dr. Ball M.D.
    She's lost the will to live?! What is your degree in, poetry?!
  • Say it with us now... "NOOooOOOoooOOOooo!"/"Do not WANT!" at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
    • See the official soundboard. Why doesn't anyone use this version?
      • And right after that, instead of being the violent, vengeful, destructive asshole that he grew to become over three movies and tearing shit up, he just lies down like a bitch and goes along with what Palpatine wanted him to do... for years. Until his son came after him to prove that there was still "goodness" in him. Although canon dictates that he had to by necessity.
      • Of course, considering what just happened to him, it's kind of understandable. The whole 'lying down and doing whatever Palpatine wants' thing, not the Big "NO!", the Big "NO!"'s inexcusable.
  • Revenge of the Sith's opening crawl beginning with an exclamation of "War!" made more than a few viewers chuckle. Some of them replied with "Good God, y'all!".
  • Someone made a glorious abridged script of Revenge of the Sith, highlighting some of its narmier moments.
    • And some other kindly folks went on to make a recording of it!
  • The scene in the film where Vader brutally murders all of the Seperatists is genuinely chilling, thanks in part to the fact that Vader doesnt utter a single word while doing it. The novelization, on the other hand, decided it was better for Vader to engage in wordplay with them before he killed them.
    • "We were promised a reward,” she gasped. “A h-h-handsome reward“ "I am your reward,” the Sith Lord said. “You don’t find me handsome?”
    • “You fought a war to destroy the Jedi.” Vader stood above the shivering Neimoidian, smiling down upon him, then fed him half a meter of plasma. “Congratulations on your success.”
    • The head of the Techno Union turned at his approach, cringing, arms lifted to shield his faceplate from the flames in the dragon’s eyes. “Please, I’ll give you anything. Anything you want!” The blade flashed twice; Tambor’s arms fell to the floor, followed by his head. “Thank you.”
    • But the absolute worst of them is the painfully bad pun Vader quips before he kills Nute Gunray;
    Gunray: “The war is over-Lord Sidious promised-he promised we would be left in peace …”
    Vader: “His transmission was garbled.” The blade came up. “He promised you would be left in pieces.”

     Anakin and Padmé 
  • The creepy "I hate sand" speech in Episode Two. As StickWars puts it:
    "I hate sand. It's so... sandy. But you, Padmé. You're not sandy. And that is why I love you."
    • Mercilessly lampooned throughout the rest of the 4 subsequent movies in their RiffTrax audio tracks.
      "Pardon me, grotesque triple amputee, but I'm looking for someone. Roughly your height, with legs of course, petulant attitude, wanted to rule the galaxy, probably won't find him on any beaches?"
    • Cue Anakin and Padme tuning in on "You´re the one that I want" from Grease. Don't Explain the Joke.
  • ANY scene in Episode Two where Anakin and Padmé are alone.
    "Hold me, Anakin. Like you did at the Lake on Naboo".
    • The scene where they're frolicking at the lake country on Naboo seems like a whole sequence of this, as Padmé runs through the fields, her arms extended to the sides, prompting numerous jokes that she looked like she was going to start spinning around and singing "The hills are alive with The Sound of Music/Gungans/Jar-Jar/[insert something Naboo-related here]!" Anakin—moments later—tumbling off one of the animals he was riding and playing dead, followed by Padmé's naively perplexed reaction (she seemed to honestly believe that Anakin had just died or gone into a coma, despite it being obvious he hadn't done either) also resulted in jokes along the lines of "Oops! Anakin's dead, the whole original trilogy has now been butterflied out of existence!"
  • Padmé's speech to Anakin about how they shouldn't be lovers... while she's wearing a leather, backless dress that shows lots of cleavage and makes her look like a dominatrix. This is what is known as sending mixed signals. So - exactly how sheltered does a girl have to be for her not to know black leather and lace is seductive?
    • This was parodied TO HELL AND BACK on Robot Chicken.
    • Her mixed signals began long before that number. He's not exactly subtle about his attraction to her. She denies liking him like that; then she takes him to a beautiful, secluded lake house retreat with no one else around for miles. What is wrong with this picture?
      • While wearing a semi-sheer, white, backless gown no less. This is lampshaded in the "Tag & Bink" comics. The titular characters are (non-canon) Padawans who are helping to coach Anakin on how to get Padmé. When Anakin strikes out on his attempt to go in for a kiss, one of the boys wonders if maybe she really isn't into Anakin. The other responds by pointing out the dress she's wearing and snarks that she's "playing with a loaded Sabaac deck!"
  • This romantic little gem:
    "You're so beautiful!"
    "That's only because I'm so in love."
    "No. No, its because I'm so in love with you."
    "So love has blinded you?"
    "Well, that's not exactly what I meant."
    "But it's probably true."
  • The clearest moment when George Lucas could have used Lawrence Kasdan's help with the script dialogue again, Padmé: "You're breaking my heart!" Natalie Portman is a good actor, but nothing she could do could make that climatic line be anything but pathetically and amateurishly clumsy.
  • "Love cannot save you. Only my new powers can do that." It's the matter-of-fact way Anakin says it. He might as well have said, "Santa Claus didn't give you those presents. I bought them all."
  • Try taking Darth Vader seriously after watching his wife call him "Anni". We dare you. (Yes, it's an endearment between friends and then lovers, but come on.)

  • Emperor Palpatine:
    "I have waited a long time for this moment, myyyy lllittle greeeeen friennnd!"
    • Yoda replies:
      Not if anything to say about it, I have!
      • Palpatine's line is especially silly when you realize than he wasn't waiting a long time for this moment. If Commander Gree had executed Order 66 successfully Yoda would have been shot dead on Kashyyyk, rather than making it to Coruscant to confront Sidious.
      • The Chessmaster of Chessmasters of the series expected Commander Gree to defeat Yoda?
      • Palpatine could have possibly implied him executing the Order 66. Since his next line after Yoda gets up is "At last the Jedi are no more". Then Yoda narms it out.
  • This was followed by Yoda using the Force to blast Palpatine across the room so he landed upside-down on his office chair, revealing the pants beneath his cloak. The Emperor lost all his menace when we saw his ass in the air and his legs flailing. Perhaps that was the point? Or would it have been better that we get unequivocal evidence that the Emperor goes commando?
  • Palpatine telling Anakin to "DEW IT" (execute Dooku). It sounds like his evil voice inhibitor malfunctioned. That was probably the point, anyway, but it's still narmy.
    • When Obi-Wan slashes the battle droids, Palpatine inexplicably yells "Get-!" Whether he faked rooting for the Jedi, or anything else, is unknown.
  • Palpatine is blasting Mace Windu with Sith lightning, and calls him a "traitor". Mace Windu replies with "he... is the traitor... AAAAHH-aaahhh-ahh!", which is supposed to sound like he's using all his effort to repel the lightning, but it just sounds silly. It sounded more like he was constipated.
    • "Don't... listen to him Anakin AAAAAAAAAAUUUHHHHH"
    • Hell, even Palpatine's angry denial of being called a traitor. "No... Nooo... NOOOO YOU ARE THE TRAITOR!" And has this child like expression that reminds me of a kid saying that he in fact is not a poopy-head.
    • For Force's sake: the very fact that their only responses to each other's accusations is "HE'S the traitor!" "No, HE'S the traitor!" "NO, HE'S THE TRAITOR!!!"
    • What do you say to the most dangerous Sith lord ever who is about to take over the galaxy and has just killed three highly skilled Jedi, then given you a hard time duelling and now you hold him at swordpoint? Why, "You. Have LOST!", of course. Like you're playing a video game for the umpteenth time and you finally beat him. Preceeded by "The oppression of the Sith will never return" as if you're quietly discussing it on Tumblr.
    • The following, said in the most ridiculous throaty voice ever: "No. Nooo. NOOOOOOOOYOUWILLDIE!"
    • The faces Palpatine makes during the whole scene.
  • When Palpatine and Yoda are duelling in the senate, and Yoda stops Palpatine throwing a hoverthingy at him, then throws it back, Palpatine actually stops in order to flick his hand and growl in frustration.
    • Also, Palpatine's evil laughter being interrupted, and him sounding like he's going "Huh?" with a shocked expression when Yoda repels the hoverseat back at him.
  • The bit in Episode Three where Palpatine claims to be the Senate might be a little too Louis XIV.
  • The entire dialogue Palpatine spouted during Mace Windu's "assassination" attempt is hilariously delivered at times.
    • "Help me! I am weak!" Delivered by a guy who just used a dark side power that proves he's the dark lord.
      • His intonation of "I'm too weak" (Which sounds like "I'm tweak") makes him sound mildly annoyed rather than afraid for his life. Honestly, he sounds like he's struggling to move furniture or something.
    • Not to mention the face Palpatine pulls after killing Mace Windu, which makes him look like he just climaxed. Given his habit of being Drunk on the Dark Side, he probably did.
    • Palpatine's face post-disfiguration is like this for the rest of the movie. Everytime they cut to his face during the Yoda face-off, he makes a leering crazy old man face and it is hilarious every time.
  • While Palpatine is leering over Anakin while knighting him a Sith in Episode 3, McDiarmid grunts out his lines like he came in his pants mid-line.
    • It's made worse by Ian McDiarmid's eyes rolling to the back of his head.
    • The amount of times he creepily says "Gooooooood" doesn't much help either.
    • The rest of the scene makes it sound like Palpatine has an abnormally large loogie in his throat, especially the "Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy" line.
      • "And... we shall have... pisssss."
  • The ease with which Palpatine manipulates Anakin is a verbal equivalent to The Worf Effect, laughably so. When Palpatine reveals that he's the Sith Lord, the conversation goes like "Learn the Dark Side. Only through me will you save Padme!" - "I'll tell the Jedi." - "You don't trust them because they don't trust you." - "Uhhh...", and then Palps convinces Anakin with the words "You have great wisdom, Anakin". Anakin must be mentally challenged to fall for this.
  • Palpatine's habit of drawing his lower jaw back and leaving his face with a slack-jawed toothless grimace. When he proclaims the creation of the "FIRST! GALLLLACTIC! EMPIYAAAAAH! FOR A SAFE! AND SECUAAAAAAAAAH! SOCIETY!", that together with his bulging eyes gives him the appearance of a gaping toad.

     Rogue One 
  • A lot of folks found the "I rebel" line in the trailer hard to take seriously due to how unintentionally funny it sounded when it was spoken aloud (thankfully, that turned out to be a Missing Trailer Scene). Others felt this applies to the dialogue as a whole, claiming that it's cheesy and stilted and the acting wooden, with Forest Whittaker's delivery of Saw Guerrera's lines being criticized in particular.
  • The siren that breaks out during the second half of the trailer is either pure Nightmare Fuel, a Most Annoying Sound that kills the mood, or the introduction of a brand new character called Whooping Willie. Additionally, a lot of people have pointed out/joked about how the siren sounds like SpongeBob screaming.
  • Saw Gerrara's quote: "Save the rebellion! Save the dream!", is unintentionally hilarious due to the way he delivers it.
  • In the trailers, the way Felicity Jones says "Erso" in Received Pronunciation sounds a lot like "arsehole" in a Cockney accent. This seems to have been changed in the movie's final audio mix.
  • Krennic's line to Vader: "The POWAH that we are dealing with here is immeasurable!" complete with a Gloved Fist of Doom.
  • Darth Vader has a volcano lair castle tower. That bears repeating, for emphasis: Darth Vader lives in a jet black spire castle straddling a live volcano with a lava-fall flowing out of the front gate. For some, it comes across as... cliche at best, hilarious at worst. Comparisons to everything from Mount Doom to Ernst Blofeld to a certain laser-shark obsessed doctor are inevitable. It gets worse when you know it's based on an early idea for Empire Strikes Back which was discarded as too silly.
  • The title is translated in Polish version as "Łotr 1". Due to some langue specifics, When read as a whole it sounds more like "what a rascal", than anything.
  • Raddus identifying himself not only as Admiral Raddus, but Admiral Raddus of the Rebel Alliance when the Rebel Fleet arrives at Scarif. Really? I thought he worked for the Empire.
  • Vader says this while he force-chokes Krennic:
    • "Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director."


A New Hope

  • The movie had the first appearance (by film release) of the now-infamous Skywalker Whining Gene.
    "Biggs is right, I'm NEVER gonna get out of here!"
    • "I was going to go to the Tosche Station to pick up some power converterrrrs!" is Narm of the whiny variety.
      "I thought you said this thing was fast!"
    • "What's that flashing?!" *POINT*
  • Ben Kenobi's appearance as a hooded figure swaying his arms to scare the Jawas.
    • Nobody wants to mention the new version of the Krayt Call in the Blu-Ray edition?
    • For unfamiliar readers, in the VHS/DVD version, this used to sound like a high pitched, bellowing roar - no problems there. For the Blu-Ray (inexplicably), this has now been changed to something that can only be described as sounding like an outraged homosexual.
  • Vader's line "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force" is important for introducing viewers to the then-new concept underlying much of the series, but the way Vader says it has a little bit of this. His casual tone as he addressed Admiral Motti with this important line makes it sound as if he was helpfully informing him about a new pie recipe he'd discovered, rather than expositing about the central metaphysical concept underlying the entire saga. What's worse, this is also supposed to be menacing, him sternly warning Motti of his ridiculously arrogant attitude, yet the delivery doesn't add much menace at all. The bit directly after it, however...
  • When Tarkin finds out Leia lied to them, Vader makes a bizarre gesture at him after saying his line. Apparently his original line was longer, or just took longer to say, and the gesture was part of it. This was missed by the editors, resulting in Vader gesturing bombastically while saying nothing.
  • It could have been much worse; witness the horror of Darth Vader without James Earl Jones.
  • Luke's Big "NO!" when Obi-Wan gets cut down. It sounds more annoyed than angry. How about some fanart illustrating the Hereditary Narm theory?
  • At the Death Star, the heroes run into a squadron of Stormtroopers, they shout "Blast them!", Han fires off a single shot and the Stormtroopers turn and run. (That this was intended to be funny rather than being accidentally so is lampshaded by the fact that the chase reverses a few seconds later, once the Stormtroopers realize that Han and Chewie are not the only two members of a much larger force that happen to be visible, they're the only two, period.)
  • The Stormtrooper Head Bump.
  • The Red Leader's death. As he's being shot down, we see him screaming in a forced way. He's smiling!
  • The fat pilot named Porkins. Just try watching the scene the same way after RiffTrax.
  • Learning that the cantina band from A New Hope were supposedly called the "Jizz Wailers". Accidental Innuendo? Perhaps. Narm? With a name like that, yes.
    • And that entire style of music in the Star Wars 'verse is called Jizz. Logically leading to musical sub-genres as hot jizz, cool jizz, smooth jizz, big band jizz... you get the idea.
  • The DVD commentary for the original trilogy shows how Carrie Fisher saw the destruction of Alderaan: the planet simply vanishing while a guy on set yelled BOOM! Naturally, it was a challenge for her to restrain herself from laughing.
  • Ben Kenobi trying to explain to Luke that it could have only been the "precise aim of Imperial Stormtroopers" that killed the Jawa caravan.

The Empire Strikes Back

  • Almost all of Han and Leia's "romantic" dialogue in the beginning of film sounds like it was written by and for children. "Your Highnessness", anyone?
  • "Bounty Hunters? We don't need their scum!" - "Yes, sir." What kind of answer is that? The best anyone can suggest was the officer replying to Admiral Piett's complaint in a way that blows him off without seeming insubordinate, and clearly said officer gave up one syllable through.
  • The Reveal at the end of the film was so shocking (at the time), people were willing to forgive the Big "NO!" from Luke.

Return of the Jedi

  • Mon Mothma's statement that "Many Bothans died to get us this information" is a bit odd since the Bothans are not mentioned anywhere else in the movies, resulting in the line being a non sequitur due to lack of context. Dara O'Briain did a whole sketch based on it in the live show "Crowd Tickler".
  • The "Ooooh!" Vader makes when Luke scores a hit on his arm. It sounds like he stubbed his toe.
  • Admiral Ackbar wants to remind you, "IT'S A TRAP!"
    "Your tongues can't repel flavor of that magnitude!" —Robot Chicken Star Wars
  • Leia gets shot in the shoulder by a Stormtrooper. Incredibly absurd because she's in plain sight, does not notice him, doesn't move, and he takes the time to pause and aim at her, but he still only gets her in the shoulder. Obi-wan was right, blasters are clumsy and random!
  • An Ewok dies; his companion shakes him to try to wake him, and then starts mourning. This was considered hilarious by a large number of fans. The Ewok is now nicknamed 'Corpsey'.
    • Amusingly, Corpsey was given more sympathy than the entire planet of Alderaan (destroyed two films prior).
  • Chewbacca's impression of Tarzan during the Battle of Endor. That scene could compete with Vader's Big "NO!" if it was more dramatic.
  • The Force Kick.
  • A Y-Wing pilot in Gray Squadron gets shot down, and before he crashes into the bridge of a Star Destroyer, he screams "I'm hiiiiit!" where "hit" sounds like "heeeeeet".
  • The "glowing skeleton" effect when Vader is electrocuted by Palpatine. Seriously, it is the climax of the entire saga. Cartoonish special effects do not mix with such high drama and tragedy.

  • Finn's first appearance in the trailer, with him popping up from out of frame, uncomfortably close to the camera and covered in sweat is so hard to take seriously that many thought it was a parody trailer until the scenes with the speeder and X-wings.
  • The lightsaber with the crossguard can seem quite a bit silly to some, and for those its appearance in the teaser undercuts the serious tone of the scene. The two little blades don't look practical, and in fact seem downright dangerous to the user; this criticism is an update of complaints that developed during the days of the Original Trilogy regarding the feasibility of lightsabers in general. However, in the actual film, the extra blades prove to be very useful during a Blade Lock in a lightsaber duel.
  • The narration from the teaser, an utterly generic statement said with as much portentousness as humanly possible. There's being vague to keep the story secret, and then there's saying "The dark side, and the light."
  • Kylo Ren dramatically shoving his hand toward the camera in a shot that looks straight out of an especially gimmicky 3D movie from the '50s or '80s. May cross into Narm Charm when you consider that's just the kind of thing the franchise was created to celebrate in the first place.
  • The new Stormtroopers' helmets look like they have a Cat Smile. Good luck unseeing that. :3
    • Hell, the Stormtrooper armor in general is pretty hard to take serious. While the overuse of CGI was criticised for the Prequels, these armors just look like cheap plastique, straight from the (by now 40 years old) set of A New Hope.
  • Kylo Ren being a member of the "Knights of Ren". Cue the "Knights Who Say Ren" and "Knights of Stimpy" jokes.
  • Andy Serkis's character being named Supreme Leader... Snoke. The fandom made many puns at the character's expense. Essentially, the response to the announcement was more-or-less the same as the response to the reveal that Palpatine's first name was Sheev.
  • Kylo Ren's voice in the theatrical trailer is rather silly-sounding to some. It sounds overly deep and mechanical (as in Dull Surprise, not in Vader's Evil Sounds Deep/Badass Baritone way). It's especially bizarre since the character's action figure, of all things, sounds far more natural and intimidating.
  • Kylo Ren using telekinesis to keep a blaster bolt floating in place for minutes on end, while he's doing other things and not paying attention to it is a special kind of absurd you'd expect to see in a Star Wars parody as opposed to an official film. (And yes, this is played completely seriously.) Thankfully, he only uses the skill once.
  • Similar to that, the blaster bolt and Poe being held in place while two stormtroopers run into frame and beat him up, all in one static shot resembles a Monty Python skit instead of Star Wars.
  • Poe and Finn's great escape being stopped suddenly... because they forgot to unplug the damn fuel line. The moment is so absurd that it can easily kill all the tension of the escape to the spectator's eyes.
  • Kylo Ren's unusual facial features can make certain dramatic scenes with his mask removed hard to take seriously. The genetic lottery was not kind to him unlike his parents and grandparents, and he looks nothing like them - stretching many viewers' suspension of disbelief.
  • Some viewers have found it hard to take Snoke seriously after the scene where he is revealed to look like a giant version of Gollum, sitting on a throne. Others find him hard to take seriously because they think his name sounds ridiculous. Still others find him hard to take seriously because he's CGI, unlike Ian McDiarmid's flesh-and-blood Palpatine.
    • Snoke appears absolutely huge. This is a hologram. Cue The Wizard of Oz jokes.
    • Snoke's face being severely deformed is not a narmy thing per se, but the fact that his ears are separated from the horizontal plane by a good chunk makes him look like an Orc plushie.
  • General Hux gets very expressive during his big speech, the intensity of which can be seen as... debatable as he ramps up about the rise of the "first ordah." Domhnall Gleeson's clearly trying to invoke Hitler during his speeches, but many would say that he often came across as ridiculous-looking too.
    • The kind of goofy hat and picturing someone saying Tarkin did it first kind of doesn't help either.
    • The Spanish dub made the speech even narmier, making Hux sound as if he was squealing. Even worse, the emphasis used by the voice actor evokes an awful lot the Spanish narrator from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, which takes entirely away the seriousness of the scene if one happens to remember that.
    • And right after the speech is done, all the stormtroopers and officers makes a naziesque salute, like the producers are assuring us that we can see the connection, as if Hux's speech wasn't obvious enough already.
  • Kylo Ren's tendency to only refer to Han as "Han Solo" gets a little awkward during emotional moments, such as his duel with Rey.
  • The Kanjiklub mobsters. Not only their hairdos are seriously ridiculous, their gang name sounds more like a highschool anime convention than a menacing galactic crime faction. Even worse, the fact that they basically go down without putting a fight, considering who the guys who play them are, only makes their apparition harder to watch without laughters or ill feelings.
    • Then there's The Guavian Death Gang. The name sounds like they are a bunch of tropical fruit lovers who kill people with Guava juice. Many also chuckle at Bala-Tik's Scottish accent and opening line, "'an Solo! Yew'r eh DED MAHN!" (the last three words delivered with a disapproving head-shake). His accent and delivery is also the reason "Tell that to Kanjiklub" became a meme.
  • The Rathtars. They're these horrifying beasts but the way they move about makes them so unbelievably GOOFY!
  • The tense scene where Rey goes inside Maz Kanata's basement, followed by BB-8 rolling down the stairs.
  • One word: "TRAITOR!" Just the idea of a Stormtrooper, originally one of the most incompetent Mooks in film history, attempting to do something badass is beyond hilarious, but the idea of a Stormtrooper MANAGING to do something badass (in this case, effectively beating down a lightsaber-wielding main character) is downright out of the line.
  • Rey's utterly flabbergasted reaction at hearing about Luke Skywalker. "Luke Skywalker? But... I thought he was a myth!" Considering that Luke went missing just some years before the setting and that he was a pretty known public figure until that point, her reaction is the equivalent of a real life person from current time getting shocked at hearing that Pope Benedict XVI actually existed.
  • Leia's reaction when Han dies. She looks less grief-stricken and more like someone who lost her poker bet. Also, Finn's face cannot be taken seriously.
  • The last shot in the film: Rey and Luke Skywalker meet, face-to-face, for the first time. Luke turns to look at her. Rey wordlessly offers him his old lightsaber. The two stare at each other motionlessly for a long while... and then keep staring... and don't stop staring at each other until the credits start rolling. One wonders how awkward the scene would be without the dramatic swelling music.
    • Rey, as well as several other characters in the film, offers the lightsaber with the saber end first, rather than the safer handle end. One wonders if Luke's refusal to accept it might be to avoid the inevitable accident.
      • A number of viewers thought how it was shot (shaky camera from a circling helicopter) to be cheesy. Someone on a podcast said the final shot looked like it was from an 80s show like Miami Vice.

     Legends (Pre- 2014 reboot Expanded Universe) 
There's visibly less Narm in the Star Wars Expanded Universe - as far as Unexpected Reactions to This Index go, it much prefers Ho Yay - but it's there all right.

  • One of the Narmiest aspects of the expanded universe is the merciless Planet of Hats box-ticking exercise that is applied to any and all members of the various human and alien races expanded upon. Authors will take the one mention a race or species has in the movies and expand it to be true for all members of that race or species. Leia says Alderaan has no weapons? They're all pacifists. Many Bothans died to get the Death Star plans? All Bothans are spies. Han says to never tell him the odds? All Corellians hate statistical analysis - this one being particularly Narmy and based on one line, said in context, very much in keeping with one character's personality, applied to a whole race of people (and not even consistent with the movies... "Great shot kid, that was one in a million" anyone?)... cringe-inducing.
  • The infamous Callista Trilogy books are full of this. As a sample, Planet of Twilight (already one of the oddest Star Wars books) gives us the character of Beldorion, the first Hutt Jedi, who quickly turned to the Dark Side and took over an entire planet on his own years ago. Yes, a Hutt, who are massive, overweight, slug like creatures with stubby arms that move as slow as molasses, wielding the force and even engaging in lightsaber combat. He unironically engages with Leia in a lightsaber duel, and it goes about as well as you'd expect it to. After the fact, Lucasfilm realized that the concept was so utterly ridiculous, even by the standards of Star Wars, that they put a future embargo on any more Hutt Jedi from then on out and swept the whole incident under the rug.
    • Darksaber has its own share of absurdity. The villain, Durga the Hutt, tries to build a Death Star knockoff on the cheap, stripping it right down to the cylinder like cannon shaped like a giant lightsaber (hence the title). Besides being the last gasp of one of the most tired story formulas in the Star Wars expanded universe, Durga's plan comically falls flat on its face because he decides to phone in the whole project, using alien slaves that are so easily distracted and such sloppy workers, that the Darksaber is basically held together by chewing gum and wire, to make no mention of hiring an Imperial officer who's like the Mr. Satan of Imperial officers and invests hopelessly outdated, antiquited computer cores for his Darksaber pet project to operate on. About the only effort Durga even puts into the damn thing is stealing the original Death Star plans from the New Republic and hiring Bevel Lemelisk, the original Death Star's designer, and even Lemelisk just throws up his hands and gives up on the thing. Oh, and did we mention it was built inside of an Asteroid field? When Durga tries to escape with it by blasting his way through the field, the superlaser completely shorts out and the Darksaber gets completely destroyed by an asteroid. Factor this in with the fact that the story resulted in Crix Madine, one of the most beloved Star Wars side characters, getting killed off in a botched attempt to sabotage the Darksaber (which blew up in its face anyway, rendering his death completely pointless), and you have one of the worst Star Wars stories of all time.
  • In the New Jedi Order, Supreme Commander Pellaeon, talking to Leia Organa Solo about his garden, ends up using extremely heavy-handed garden metaphors to demonstrate what looks like the difference between Imperial and New Republic governing styles. Pellaeon is usually not this absurd.
    "From a garden one learns to cull the weak and unfit and to encourage the strong and vigorous. An inferior bud soon feels the strength of my pinch!"
    • There's a novel in that series where Pellaeon's Empire has a tremendous victory against the Vong; the Vong commander has a whole rant about retribution which Pellaeon interrupts by saying that the Vong's threats are as empty as their boasts are shallow. How he caps his Shut Up, Hannibal! moment is a Crowning Moment of Awesome to most, purest cheese to some.
    "You may win the occasional battle against us, Vorrik, but the Empire will always strike back."
  • In Michael Stackpole's X-Wing Series novels, viewpoint characters have a tendency to go from thinking about something to suddenly talking about it out loud to themselves. Sometimes, this looks awkward.
    • The Rogues go to the prison planet Kessel to fetch some criminals that they can turn loose on the Empire. This includes one of Corran's personal enemies, a crime lord who Corran sent to Kessel in the first place, who had been taken down in part because his diamond-shaped Hellish Pupils gleamed in the dark. Corran tells him that if he blows his chance and turns against the New Republic, he will be tracked down. Again, not Narm. But again, Corran ruins the moment by how he says it.
      "No matter where you go, I'll find those double diamonds of yours. Count on it."
    • Said villain (Zekka Thyne) is an alien with dark blotches across his skin. This earned him the less than threatening nickname "Patches".
    • Stackpole manages to give his Big Bad a bit of Narm too. The Rebels call Madam Director Ysanne Isard 'Iceheart'. She expresses interest in turning one of the Rogues to her side via brainwashing, and her subordinate, who has a history with that Rogue, says that it's a bad idea because playing with Corran Horn is playing with fire. Her response?
      "I am Iceheart, I do not burn."
      • Yet again, a reasonable sentiment is phrased poorly.
    • Kirtain Loor, in general, though some of it may be intentional, since it's driven home again and again that he's not as good as he thinks he is. In practically every book that features him, he thinks about how people have said that he looks like a younger, taller Grand Moff Tarkin. In The Krytos Trap, he also puts on a hooded cloak and imagines himself to look like "a pale imitation of Darth Vader" (which itself is problematic). He's hoping to inspire Vaderian terror in someone. He does scare the intended person, but it's clear that this happens because his agents just violently broke into the man's house and threatened him.
    • Stackpole also gives us a few... gems... with his romantic dialogue. "Losing you just ripped the emotional skeleton out of me"?
  • Many, MANY of the more "introspective" parts of the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series (by Scholastic, naturally) are full of this — specifically, the parts where Anakin or Obi-Wan wangst about what their Master thinks of them.
  • The constant references to "lube" in Shadows of the Empire get ridiculous.
    • Continued in the later works: Ben likes to say "lubed" a lot.
  • The early Marvel Comics Star Wars stories have their fair share of narm, too. One irritating habit is the constant use of air quotes whenever anyone says "The Force". For example, the dialogue Obi Wan gives in his duel against Darth Vader. In the movie, awesome. In the Marvel comic adaptation, not so much;
    Vader: "Youre powers are weak, old man! You should never have come back!"
    Obi Wan: You... only... know... half "The Force"... Vader...! You perceive its full power... as little as a spoon... perceives the taste of food!"
    • There's also Han saying "Alright, Chewie! Starting blasting!"
  • Open The Glove of Darth Vader on any random page. There will be Narm there.
  • In the video game adaptation of The Phantom Menace, one of the shopkeepers on Tatooine is... very enthusiastic about his trade.
    "Better stand back Mister, cause I'm about to slash... ALL MY PRICES!"
    • A large amount of the random background characters in that game could also qualify, many sounded like the voice actors weren't taking their roles entirely seriously.
  • In an early issue of the Tales of the Jedi series, Cay Qel-Droma's arm is cut off in battle, resulting in him yelling "ULIIIIIIIC! THEY CUT OFF MY AAAAARM!"
    • Too bad they didn't cut off his narm.
  • The Boba Fett miniseries Enemy of the Empire features Fett hunting a bounty to a hermitage run by a really narmy group called the Ancient Order of Pessimists, who sporadically cry things like, "Woe, woe and seven times woe!"
  • Lumpy in the Star Wars Holiday Special.
    • Seriously, how do you pick out any part of The Star Wars Holiday Special as being more narmy than the rest of it?
    • Wookies having a conversation for an extended period of time without subtitles. Narmtastic even without having a clue about what it's about ("Life Day" is probably involved). Seriously. No subtitles.
  • In Fate of the Jedi, Luke sometimes goes the Ho Yay route with Ben, always talking about how well-muscled he is. The Brain Bleach is over there if you need it.
  • Dark Empire has a part where Palpatine messes with Luke's dreams. There's a panel with Luke in a Vader mask clutching at it and screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOO!."
  • Palpatine in Dark Empire. Oh boy. He takes Large Ham to the whole new level.
    • Palpatine fighting Luke completely naked. It doesn't help it's his new young body, because for some reason Palpatine forgot to clone his... lightsaber and two thermal detonators, if you know what I mean.
    • Palpatine posing as a frail old traveler to get into Leia's room within Onderon's palace. He used to be The Emperor, goddammit.
  • The recurring Anzati species are a race of genuinely creepy space vampire assassins who have prehensile tentacles which uncoil from pouches in their cheeks and go through their victims' noses to consume their brain matter. Unfortunately, they also eat their victims' luck, which is narmily referred to as "soup". The result is lines like (from the first Essential Guide to Characters profile on Dannik Jerriko):
    "Only one employer, his first, ever complained about Jerriko's price. He drank his soup. The man died."
  • The Star Wars Audio Dramas, which are audio dramas of the original trilogy, are overall excellent. Pretty much every bit of the action has to be narrated by someone on the scene, usually playing Captain Obvious. To the writers' credit, they make most of it seem pretty natural - but there are definitely times when it seems forced. One prominent example is during the ESB one, while Luke wanders around Hoth after escaping the wampa.
    • Return of the Jedi's audio drama makes the entire confrontation between Luke, Vader, and the Emperor incredibly narmy in this way. It doesn't help that the voice actor they picked for the Emperor is a cheerful Large Ham, and not a malicious-sounding one.
  • The image of Grand Admiral Thrawn with a ysalimir on his shoulder kinda spoils his whole steely cold evil air. It's like how a pirate can't be taken seriously with a parrot perched on his shoulder.
    • Zahn was probably going for something like Right-Hand Cat, given that Thrawn strokes the ysalamiri more than once.
    • It's actually a case of the artists either not knowing or deciding to ignore the ysalamiri are supposed to be on nutrient frames on the back of Thrawn's chair, as it's established they can't survive without being attached to the trees they normally live on, with Thrawn only touching them to remind C'baoth he's powerless because of them. However, drawing a frame is hard, drawing a Right-Hand Cat like a Bond villain is easy.
  • Rebel Assault: There are some interesting moments of Narm, like when Jamison Jones (who played and voiced Rookie One in the second game) says "TIE Fighter" at one point. Some found it hilarious, because he pronounced "TIE Fighter" in the nerdiest way possible. Then again, the character is supposed to be a farm boy from Tatooine, so that probably would make him... nerdy.
    • The very fact that Rookie One's actual name is Rookie One.
  • The Force Unleashed: Sam Witwer as Palpatine is surprisingly good, but sometimes tips into the Narm Side:
    You are all traitors to the Empire. You will be interrogated. Tortured. You will give me the names of your friends and allies. Andthenyouwilldie.
    • From the same game, when Vader seemingly turns on Starkiller and starts attacking him, Palpatine goes ecstatic, and yells "YES! YES! Kill him!" in a tone that makes him sound less like a quietly menacing force and more like a mentally ill old coot who sounds like he's about to start hopping up and down and clapping his hands.
  • From Darth Plagueis, when Palpatine gives in fully to the Dark Side for the first time to kill his entire family, the line is:
    Raising his face to the ceiling, he shouted, "We're all in this now!"
    • I hope his apprenticeship spent a long time working on his Pre Ass Kicking One Liner skill. Although given some of the other examples listed on this page, he may never have gotten it right.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, when Darth Bandon is first introduced, the proceeds to force electrocute some random Sith troopers for no reason at all other than to show off how hardcore and evil he is. It's quite... forced.
  • There is one Wookie in the Expanded Universe with a speech impediment. The impediment somehow makes it easier to understand the groaning, growling, roaring language the Wookies speak, but has no other effect. No explanation is ever given for how this actually works, they just have Leia mention that he's really the only Wookie she's ever been able to talk to without wondering what the damn thing's saying. They actually write his lines in "Basic" (English, or whatever language you're reading the book in), just to illustrate how he is so much easier to understand, while every other Wookie has to rely on someone responding to them (which gives you a basic idea of what they just said) or outright repeating what they said.
  • The guy who funded the creation of the four IG-88 droids did it so that he would get a bonus to pay for a nose reduction surgery. Considering that, by the end of the IG-88 story in "Tales of the Bounty Hunters", IG-88 almost takes over the universe from the computer core of the second Death Star, his personal appearance problems seem a little... petty. Especially considering that the nose thing is written as the character's only real character trait, and it's mentioned that he doesn't have many friends because he's upset about the size of his schnoz; puts the whole thing into focus, don't you think?
  • While how Grievous fights varies from appearance to appearance, how he fights on Coruscant (right before the siege, covered in a novel) features him using both arms and both legs to wield lightsabers, while hover-tech IN HIS ASS holds him in the air to allow this fighting style. It's just so hard to take him seriously after that...
  • Darth Krayt, of the Star Wars: Legacy series, making all sorts of angry faces and shouting on live TV (well, HoloNet) before ordering genocide of Dac.
  • Thrawn's very name can inspire a little of this from Scottish readers or others familiar with the vocabulary word 'thrawn', meaning either 'crooked' or 'ill-tempered', which does rather detract from the man's menace.

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