Trivia / Star Wars: The Old Republic

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Jace Malcom, a completely ordinary Republic Trooper, has been dubbed "Sithpuncher", after he is shown fighting Sith hand-to-hand after losing his weapon in one of the trailers.
    • Darth Malgus is known as "Darth Gus", or just plain ol' "Gus", in certain circles.
    • Nico Okarr has been called "Indiana Solo" and "Han Marston" by fans.
    • Bowdaar: Just as Chewbacca was sometimes called "Chewie", so is Bowdaar called "Bowie". This is used in-game at a few points, but the nickname is so obvious it was in use before release.
    • Many people critical of the game have taken to calling it "TORtanic", joking how the game didn't live up to its expected status as a World of Warcraft-killer despite its huge budget and hype, similar to the disaster that befell the HMS Titanic.
    • The Esseles, the first flashpoint available to Republic players, is affectionately known by several monickers, including "the Glitch-sles", "the Bugboat", and "the Cheer-sles" due to the many Good Bad Bug-laden cutscenes.
    • "Imposwtor" is a derogatory fan nickname for SWTOR's version of Revan among players who feel that the character was hit with a serious case of Character Derailment
    • Aric Jorgan, the Trooper's first companion gets nicknamed "Grumpy Cat" after the kitty with what looks like a permanent scowl. Seeing as he is Cathar, and he's certainly cross much of the time, the handle fits.
  • Fountain of Expies: Each class is specifically modeled off a popular Star Wars character. Wanna be Luke Skywalker? Play a Jedi Knight. Wanna be Han Solo? Play a smuggler. Wanna be Boba Fett? Play a bounty hunter. Each class was specifically inspired by a character or set of characters in the films, and much of the artwork and designs are evocative of them. (The Bounty Hunter and Trooper design, for example). The Dark Side Jedi Knight on the other hand very nearly quotes some of Anakin's lines. The only class that doesn't have a direct source of inspiration is the Imperial Agent, who instead represents the Imperial officers in the movies.
    • This is perhaps most evident in the Sith classes: the Juggernaut is based on Darth Vader, the Marauder on Asajj Ventress, the Sorcerer on Darth Sidious, and the Assassin on Darth Maul.
    • Jindo Kraay, a boss from the False Emperor Flashpoint, is an Expy of Jango Fett.
    • For a non-Star Wars example, the Female Republic Trooper is essentially FemShep in the Star Wars Universe. Both characters even share the same voice actor.
    • Another non-Star Wars example, the Imperial Agent doesn't have a direct expy to anyone in the Star Wars universe. Depending on play style and Karma Meter, the Agent has been likened to James Bond, Jason Bourne, Sam Fisher, Grand Moff Tarkin, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and/or Elim Garak.
    • This isn't just the classes; companions are designed to channel Star Wars tropes like the Big Aliens and protocol and astromech Droids. Even the ships resemble starships from the movies. And then we get to the non-Star Wars examples...
    • Alternatively, the 8 player classes are expies of the main characters in media set during the Great Galactic War, some of whom are also in the game.
      • The Sith Warrior is Darth Malgus, especially if a Juggernaut and/or a dark side male romancing Vette.
      • The Sith Inquisitor is Darth Thanaton, especially if a Sorcerer. Their similarities make their feud more poignant.
      • The Imperial Agent is Grand Moff Kilran.
      • The Bounty Hunter is Shae Vizla.
      • The Jedi Knight is Ven Zallow. They’ve even had the same astromech droid accompanying them.
      • The Jedi Consular is Satele Shan, especially if a Shadow and/or romancing Lt. Iresso.
      • The male Smuggler is Nico Okarr, the female is Hylo Visz.
      • The Trooper is Jace Malcolm.
  • I Knew It: Penny Arcade predicted that this game was being made in 2006.
  • Name's the Same: No, Ayrn Lenieer is not related to Lenier.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Tanno Vik was originally voiced by David Anthony Pizzuto, who died shortly after the game launched. In subsequent appearances, he's now voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
    • This isn't the first time Jeff Bennett has taken over the voice acting of an insanely powerful Jedi from Rino Romano.
    • The same could be said for Doug Bradley as the Sith Emperor, Darth Vitiate. After The Reveal in Knights of the Fallen Empire, he's voiced this time around by Darin De Paul as Emperor Valkorion. Justified as this is The Nth Doctor incarnation of Vitiate (the same Sith Emperor who tried to prolong his life), and his body has taken on many appearances in the past. Plus, Valkorion is more human in appearance than his previous incarnation, but one thing that carries over is his Badass Baritone.
  • Talking To Yourself: Satele Shan speaks with the the female Trooper; both are voiced by Jennifer Hale.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Word of God, there were originally going to be three factions: Republic, Sith Empire, and Underworldnote . And before that, a developer said that they were going to have Voss Mystics as the third faction, so that's two factions that didn't pan out. They are focusing on creating more content for the iconic Republic and Empire classes, but have left open the idea of adding classes post-release.
    • Originally, it was going to be possible for players to permanently lose their companions. Due to the complaints from testers who figured it would be a case of Like You Would Really Do It (and assuming that paying players would make the same error in judgement), this feature was removed, as the goal of the game is to "be fun" first and foremost.
      • Eventually made real with the new companion system in Knights of the Fallen Empire; in Chapter I, you obtain Darth Marr as a companion and he's killed attempting to oppose Valkorion. His Force ghost later appears in cutscenes to show that he's really dead.
      • For any given player and character class, there will probably be at least one companion that they'd like to get rid of, if only that were an option.
      • As of the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, players who have a vehement dislike for Kaliyo, Aric, Tanno Vik, Xalek, and/or Broonmark will get their wish. Whether or not this will carry over to certain other companions later on down the line (especially those with hatedoms) remains to be seen.
    • Existing sound files suggest that same-sex romances were originally planned for some companions. Three lines of Quinn's were found, apparently with identical dialogue to his romance with a female Warrior.
    • Before settling with the "Jedi Sage", it was originally called the "Jedi Wizard". Fan reactions were mostly negative and BioWare held a poll to see how it should be named. The "Jedi Sage" got the most votes, followed by the "Jedi Adept", the "Jedi Seer" and the "Jedi Wizard" with the least votes.

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