Video Game / Knights of the Old Republic

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Four thousand years before
the rise of the Galactic Empire,
the Republic verges on collapse.
DARTH MALAK, last surviving apprentice
of the DARK LORD REVAN, has
unleashed an invincible Sith armada
upon an unsuspecting galaxy.

Crushing all resistance, Malak's war
of conquest has left the Jedi Order
scattered and vulnerable as countless
Knights fall in battle, and many more
swear allegiance to the new Sith Master.

In the skies above the Outer Rim
world of Taris, a Jedi battle fleet
engages the forces of Darth Malak in a
desperate effort to halt the
Sith's galactic domination...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, is a 2003 RPG developed by BioWare, set in a familiar universe, four millennia (or, to be precise, 3,956 years) prior to the events of the film that started that all, Episode IV: A New Hope. It follows the story of an unremarkable, customizable Republic soldier who ends up on a doomed starship in the middle of a war between the noble Republic and the villainous Sith Empire, ruled by Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Malak. The events that follow, starting with a quest to rescue a Jedi with the powers of Battle Meditation, become the focus of both sides of the conflict and could tip the balance either way in the war. It eventually escalates to a confrontation between the protagonist and Darth Malak himself... and, after The Reveal, it gets personal.

The game is notable for its numerous tongue-in-cheek movie references and while few were surprised at it being significantly better than the typical licensed game, seeing as the Star Wars franchise has been rather successful in avoiding this issue, probably even fewer expected it would end up regarded by the gaming world as one of the best RPG games of all times and any Top Ten lists that wouldn't give KotOR at least an honorary mention are rather hard to come by.note  This success can be attributed to not being a direct tie-in despite being based on a licensed property, thus avoiding a deadline to meet the movie's release. The plot was essentially Neverwinter Nights meets Baldur's Gate, but not enough to be classified as Recycled In SPACE.

The game was also instrumental to solidifying the Xbox as a versatile console (though, like most "exclusives" for the original Xbox, it was also on the PC); before KotOR, the system had a distinct lack of role-playing games and was derisively called an "FPS Box" due to the inordinate number of shooters on it. Furthermore, KotOR (alongside Morrowind) heralded the new Multi-Platform era of the Western RPG genre, which had, until then, been mainly found on the PC. In 2013, it was even ported to the iPad and later to Android.

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For those who are curious, the game's player character is canonically light-side male, though you can play as either sex or alignment.

Also, if you see mentions of the planet Lehon on pages about this game, that's the Rakatan homeworld, only known as the Unknown World in-game. It was introduced in the game, but only named in a later novel (specifically, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction).


This one is strong in the tropes

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  • Abandon Ship: The game begins this way, with you and Carth escaping from the Endar Spire as the ship is attacked by the Sith.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The sewer where you rescue Zaalbar is large enough to hide a rancor in, though notably it also can't escape because it's grown far too large to exit that particular room.
  • Academy of Evil: The Sith Academy on Korriban.
  • Acid Pool: There is one in Naga Sadow's tomb.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: On Korriban, you get accosted by a group of Sith, and you can avoid a fight with them if you can amuse them. You have the option of telling them a Mandalorian joke. Even though the Sith are quite hostile to you, they admit that your joke was actually pretty funny, and they let you go.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Both the headmasters of the Sith Academy are terribly polite, ready to answer questions, and very pleased when you eliminate another student or help them backstab each other.
    • Galon Lor, a Sith historian who's very well mannered when you meet him and very excited to share his findings to you.
  • Affectionate Parody: Old Republic Paint Adventures, with a major focus on the planet of Dantooine.
  • AFGNCAAP: Directly invoked by the Jedi Council as the cover identity for the player character, who is really an amnesiac Darth Revan.
  • A.I. Breaker: The player can endlessly kite melee enemies around battlefields and spam force powers or Throw Lightsaber to whittle them down. Force enemies will sometimes try to attack the fleeing player with ranged force powers, but no more often than they would normally.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Played with. All the aliens you run into understand Basic, which is the Republic's trade language, but most prefer to speak in their native tongue; this is not a problem because your character understands several alien languages. A couple of aliens, however, do speak Basic as well as understand it, including Mission and the characters involved in her companion quest.
  • Alignment-Based Endings: In Knights of the Old Republic, the player is free to choose the ending, although the ultimate decision takes place shortly before The Very Definitely Final Dungeon. It all hinges on whether you accept Bastila's offer on the Unknown World, regardless of where you are on the Karma Meter.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Xor, who's part of Juhani's character sidequest. Despite being attacked by two lightsaber-wielding Jedi, he lives long enough to run through all available questions. Sure, he coughs and wheezes, but he still lives longer than he ought to. Saul Karath also qualifies as he lives until he passes a message to Carth and then laughs at him. The second he stops laughing, he dies.
  • Alpha Bitch: Lashowe comes across as one, especially if you first encounter her as a female character.
    Lashowe: Quite literally, whether you live or die depends upon our whim. What do you think of that, hmmm?
    ...
    Lashowe: What do you say? Amuse us. Make us laugh, and we just might consider allowing you to live.
    • Which makes it all the more satisfying when you get to kill her later.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Darth Revan, who turns out to be the player character. No matter whether Revan turns to the light or the dark side, the ex-Sith always ends up killing Darth Malak. Though the game give both choices a motive for doing so.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Revan.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: You advance through Jedi training remarkably quickly. After The Reveal, it's clear you were relearning old skills.
  • Amoral Attorney: One of the Courtroom Episodes on Manaan (Jolee's personal quest) has you in the role of defense attorney rather than defendant. It's entirely possible to get your client acquitted even if you know full well that he is guilty, and it is not considered a dark-side action (unless you confront him about it and agree to defend him).
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Genoharadan.
  • Ancient Keeper: The Rakata Elders.
  • Ancient Tomb: There are four ancient Sith tombs on Korriban that contain various hazards, like deadly puzzles and Hsiss and other students.
  • And I Must Scream: One of The Precursors has been trapped inside a mind prison (which is nothing more than a giant empty white space that goes on forever) with nothing to do for more than 10,000 years.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Ranging from robes to armor. Though to be fair, some of the clothes are quite useful.
  • Armor and Magic Don't Mix: Wearing any armor other than Jedi robes disables several defensive force powers.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: While infiltrating the Sith Academy, you meet a woman with a tragic past that made her receptive to the Sith philosophy. She was enslaved and abused. She finally escaped and originally trained as a Jedi. However, she wanted revenge for all that was done to her and other slaves. Here is part of the dialogue tree that leads to her beginning to question the ways of the Sith...
    Yuthura: I wanted to use the Force to free the other slaves I knew, to fight for what I knew was right. The Jedi restrained me until I couldn't stand it any more. They claim the dark side is evil, but that isn't so. Sometimes anger and hatred are deserved and right. Sometimes things change because of it.
    Player Character: But not always. Mostly it makes things worse.
    Yuthura: Any failure to get the results I want is due to a lack of power on my part. That can change, in time. As a Sith, my mettle is tested far more than when I was a Padawan. I know this may sound strange, but only my compassion stands in my way, now. Once that is gone, let the slavers beware.
    Player Character: But...if you lose your compassion, will you still care about those slaves?
    Yuthura: [sounding unsure] I...yes, of course. I—I mean...losing my compassion as in...holding back...
  • Arrested for Heroism: After breaking into the Sith embassy on Manaan, you will be taken into custody by the Selkath for starting a fight and killing people in their city. (Yes, they were Sith, but no exceptions!) The penalty is death, so unless you want to be executed you better have a good explanation for it.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • The Star Forge. Only the very strong such as Darth Revan and Darth Malak can control it. Weaker beings receive an unhappy fate.
    • On a less galactic scale, Ajunta Pall's sword, which his ghost warns you off using.
  • Artificial Atmospheric Actions: NPCs will walk around randomly, back and forth and back and forth, in both games.
  • Asleep for Days: The Player Character is injured when the escape pod crashes, and goes "in and out of consciousness for days" with Carth watching over them and tending to their wounds.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • The murder victim of a case which forms a sidequest on Dantooine; he was cheating his business partner of money and had an affair with another associate's wife, giving both men understandable motives to kill him.
    • Zig-zagged by Elassa, the victim of the murder which Jolee's friend Sunry is accused of committing on Manaan. While she was a Dark Jedi, and as such not exactly a good person, her murderer is no saint himself, and despite his attempts to use this and the fact you have killed plenty of Sith yourself as justifications, Jolee points out that you only kill Sith in self-defence, not in their sleep when they're vulnerable and can't fight back, and providing definitive proof that Sunry is in fact guilty is not considered a Dark Side option any more than getting him off the hook is a Light Side one.
  • Ass Shove: The prisoner and the hacker's tool.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning:
    • In the Light Side ending, Revan and the Ebon Hawk crew are awarded the Cross of Glory - the highest award given by the Old Republic - by Admiral Dodonna.
    • In the Dark Side ending, Revan reclaims the title of the Dark Lord of the Sith, to the cheers of Bastila and the Sith army.
  • Awful Truth: The revelation that the player character is Darth Revan.
  • Badass Grandpa: Jolee Bindo.
  • Bald of Evil: Uthar Wynn, Darth Malak and Darth Bandon. Potentially Revan as well, if you choose one of the head options.
  • Barrier Maiden: Bastila Shan, whose battle meditation is the sole thing keeping the Republic in the fight.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • The premise of the first game is a Gambit enacted by the Jedi Council: The Jedi Knights rewrite the memories of a brain-damaged Darth Revan and hope that, through their visions, Bastila will be able to track down the Star Forge. They even train Revan as a Jedi to help facilitate this.
    • The player character can perform a Batman Gambit on Korriban by triple-crossing people and backstabbing everyone.
  • Battle Couple: The PC and Bastila, Carth, or Juhani.
  • Black and White Morality: Embraced by the first game. That being said, flaws in the Jedi teachings are still brought up on a number of occasions and Manaan shows off some of the Republic's more shady workings.
  • Black Knight: Revan fits this trope in the events preceding the game. He can fit it during the game as well, should you choose to reclaim your legacy as a Sith Lord.
  • Black Mage: Characters with their experience put into Force abilities fit this role.
  • Blood Knight: Bendak Starkiller will only fight duels to the death. The Iridorian Mercenary on Manaan is an extreme example: while he works for credits, he considers making his enemies die painfully a far better reward. HK-47, the Assassin Droid built by Revan, is also an example. Revan seems to have been one before his brainwashing, and can be after too.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The game show no blood during battles. Even if you discount lightsabers, physical swords should have left gashing wounds during combats.
  • Boring but Practical: Adhesive grenades deal zero damage, but will always glue the opponent in place. It works on everyone, even the Final Boss.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: The Jedi council does this to the PC.
  • But Not Too Evil: Invoked by YOU, potentially.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Carth was scarred when his mentor and idol, Saul Karath, turned out to be working for the Sith.
    • Mission's personal quest involves finding out her brother deliberately left her behind when he left Taris.
  • Call Forward/Mythology Gag: To protect the location of a Jedi enclave on Dantooine, you can give up a false location of Alderaan.
  • Captain Ersatz: The whole planet Taris is very much North Korea in a galaxy far, far away. The Upper city is home to elites and privileged who lead a luxury life. The Lower City is made up of people struggling to survive and are bullied by the Upper City folks. The Undercity is made up of Outcasts who live in the poorest conditions and are forbidden to leave for the upper levels. Many of them are descendants of criminals. The PC even help the Outcasts to find the Promised Land which could be analogous to South Korea.
  • Cassandra Truth: If Korriban is the last world you complete, you have the option of telling people there that you are Darth Revan. Almost no one believes you.
  • Central Theme: Is redemption truly possible? In the Light Side ending, Revan proves that it is by redeeming him/herself, and Malak expresses his regret before he dies, showing there was some good left even in him. However in the Dark Side ending, the answer is clearly no.
  • Changing Gameplay Priorities: You can get through most of the game with a balanced Jack-of-All-Trades build that focuses on social skills and nifty force powers. This grows more and more unwieldy as the game progresses, until the final boss is all but impossible if you aren't a highly specialized combat machine.
  • Character Select Forcing: A minor example. The final boss battle includes a Shoot the Medic First scenario. However, unless you've chosen a force skill capable of damaging the medic pods (saber throw, drain life, destroy droid), you can't so much as touch them. If this doesn't sound too annoying, note that the boss not only heals every time he uses up a pod, but gets stronger, as well.
  • The Chosen One: A deconstruction with the tale of Andor Vex, a haughty Jedi who was surrounded by "swirling Force," making both himself and the Jedi Order believe he had a great destiny. However he was killed by having his body thrown down a reactor shaft by a warlord who got tired of his arrogance. His great destiny turned out to be that his body would cause the reactor to explode, killing the warlord and altering the fate of the sector of space that the warlord ruled.
  • City Planet: Taris.
  • Continuity Snarl: Jolee Bindo, in his youth, married a woman named Nayama in secret due to the Jedi prohibition on romance. This was during the Great Sith War, and he also talks about meeting Nomi Sunrider. The problem? The Jedi in Tales of the Jedi have no prohibition on marriage. Nomi was openly married to a Jedi, had a child by him who later became a Jedi, and was openly dating another Jedi during the same time period that Jolee's marriage with Nayama was frowned upon. (The tie-in comic series later fixed this by returning to the idea of Jedi families and stating that it was a faction within the Order that opposed marriage, not yet official policy.)
  • Cool Starship: The Ebon Hawk, modeled after the original trilogy's Millennium Falcon.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Pazaak is ridiculously biased toward the computer. It's played similar to blackjack, but with a side deck to modify the total value and the top is 20. The computer always goes second, so you're more likely to bust than it is. If you go bust, the computer wins without having to take its next turn, but then this applies to you, too, so it's more than likely a rule than cheating. It counts cards, so it knows when it will get a 20. Finally, it gets 20 more often than you do. The only advantage you have is that your side deck is better by the time you leave Dantoonie. There's also a guy in the first game who actually does cheat... more than the computer usually cheats, that is. Fortunately the player can cheat by saving before each game.
  • Corrupted Data: Several cases. One is where sabotage on the part of an angry wife leaves her philandering husband stranded in the Tatooine desert. Your call as to whether or not you fix his droids or "fix" his droids. The other notable case is when using T3-M4 to stage the breakout. The Sith droid tries a memory wipe and T3-M4 uses the opening to corrupt the other droid's data.
  • Courtroom Episode: Jolee Bindo's companion sidequest is his old friend Sunry's murder trial on Manaan.
  • Cowardly Boss: Darth Malak. After his health drops to a certain point, he runs away from you to drain life energy from the captive bodies of jedi that he took when his forces attacked Dantooine.
  • Cutscene Incompetence: Omnipresent in the first game.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Yuthura Ban joined the Sith to gain the power to end slavery, but is now more concerned with advancing her own power within the Sith hierarchy. If redeemed, she notes that she had forgotten about that until she discussed it with the player.
  • Dirty Coward: On Dantooine, a farmer asks the Mandalorians who are threatening him to take his wife and children instead. They agree to do so, and still shoot him.
  • Discard and Draw: After finishing Taris, you trade your starting class for a Jedi class. This completely alters your feat and skill progression, including negating any of the automatic feats you would have gained otherwise. You do get to keep whatever feats you already had, however, and any class skills are preserved over the switch.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: Due to the way the swoop race on Taris is set up, it is self-defeating to make a flawless run on the first try, because your opponent will then beat you by a few seconds and you have to top that. The sensible way to win is to use your first run as a practice run (or hit every single obstacle to make your time horrible), then do a good run to beat the new score by a wide margin.
  • The Dragon: A chain of them. First, Malak is Revan's dragon. He arguably shares this position with HK-47. After Malak betrays Revan and rises to power, Darth Bandon becomes his dragon. Finally, in the Darksided ending, Bastila becomes yours, along with HK-47, again.
  • Drop Pod: Mandalorians use Basilisk war droids for this purpose. Some supplemental material suggests they ride these things to the planets surface. Yes, on the outside of the droid, like a mount.
    • Worth noting this is taken from Tales of the Jedi, where yes, they do ride the Basilisk war droids as mounts down from orbit.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Most Sith manage to just be Smug Supers, but some of the students on Korriban are elated at becoming Sith. Needless to say, a lot of them will be dead by the time you leave the planet. This seems to have been actively averted by Revan, too, as he is one of the only Sith in the entirety of Star Wars canon who didn't embrace card-carrying villainy, opting more for a more logical approach of Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Dual Boss: Calo and Davik at the end of Taris. Calo is a Glass Cannon, dishing out serious punishment but not being too tough to kill (he's a lot stronger the second time, though), while Davik is a Stone Wall with an energy shield that will keep him at full health for a long time. Beating either one counts as a victory, though you can't actually kill Calo.
  • Dual Wielding: Doing it adds penalties to chance to hit, but you can take Feats to negate some of it.
  • Dying Truce: At the end Revan manages to mortally wound Malak, after which the two of them have a short conversation about the choices they made and the consequences of them until Malak dies.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Every party member except T3-M4 seems to have some unresolved issue(s) from their past, leading to strange, and oftentimes downright neurotic behavior.
  • Early Bird Boss:
    • Bendak Starkiller on Taris can be one if you make the unwise choice of duelling him before you're ready or with bad tactics. He'll mop the floor with you effortlessly at a point in the game when you're still using boring swords and pea-shooting blasters, dishing out huge damage with his own custom gun, plasma grenades, and dangerous melee blows.
    • The Sith Governor on Taris has a lot of health and uses Force Powers, while your only Jedi party member at that point is a Jedi Sentinel.
    • Juhani serves the same role after you become a Jedi yourself, serving as your first taste of one-on-one lightsaber combat, after being introduced to it with kath hounds that die in two or three hits even if your gun-toting allies don't get a few shots off at them first.
    • Calo Nord certainly qualifies, peppering your party with plasma grenades and heavy blaster fire. However, since he only comes for you when you uncover your second Star Map, he can potentially come at a point when your party includes up to three Force-empowered badasses, or other serious combatants, who will utterly destroy him. See Too Dumb To Live below.
  • Early Game Hell: You start out without a lightsaber, and take a whole world to get Force powers.
  • Eldritch Starship: The Star Forge is a station made from technology merged with the Force. It's bound to give off vibes of this.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The best armor/robe for Force users in the game can only be created on the Star Forge—about three battles (the final bunch of Dark Jedi, Dark Bastila, and a bunch of droids) before the Final Boss and the ending. Furthermore, it can only be equipped if you're very high or very low on the Karma Meter scale, so tough luck if you haven't been grinding it the entire game.
  • Enemy Summoner: The Star Forge makes lots of ships and enemy battle droids.
  • Enigmatic Minion: If you view Jolee as a minion. He certainly has no problem admitting that he can be enigmatic.
    Jolee: I'm old, dammit. I'm allowed to be enigmatic when I want to be!
  • Evil All Along: Played with. You, the player character, are Darth Revan, former Big Bad of the setting, but didn't know it thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia from the Jedi Council, leading to an Inverse of Criminal Amnesiac if you decide to return to The Dark Side.
  • Evil Is Easy: Actions toward the The Dark Side are simpler, quicker, affect your alignment to a greater extreme, and are more numerous than Light Side. For example, there's one sidequest that is nothing but Dark Side acts... and some of the best equipment you can get without paying. Do them all and you can drop from full Light to half in just five easy steps. You have to do at least twice as many Light Side acts for such a shift.
  • Evil Is Petty: Often the actions that gain you Dark Side points amount to you threatening people and being a dick for no other reason than that it's EVIL!!! For example, you get a quest from a widow to recover a valuable artifact so she can sell it and support herself, you can choose to give it to her or sell it and keep the profits for yourself. But to complete the quest on the Dark path, you need to go back and tell her to her face that you're keeping it, apparently just because it's fun to see her cry.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: The more Dark Side points they get, the more sinister-looking the player character becomes.
  • Evil Mentor: Master Uthar Wynn and Yuthura Ban, headmasters of the Sith Academy. Though you get to school them in the end.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A recurring plot point. Given that you can choose your ending regardless of alignment, a dark-sided Revan can still decide that the Star Forge is too dangerous/that galactic conquest is not the route to choose and instead aid the Jedi. In addition, Revan can be dark-sided without going all the way to the wall.
  • Fake Longevity: The Random Encounters during space travel, which have no reward at all.
  • Fake Memories: The memories of Revan were quite malleable.
  • Fallen Hero: Revan and Malak lead the Republic to victory against the Mandalorians, and were the most famous, well-loved Jedi in the Order, until they went too far out into space, got their shebs kicked by the Sith Emperor, and returned as conquerors who had fallen to the Dark Side. Since you ARE Revan, this means you, too. Also, Bastila.
  • Fantastic Flora: Unsurprisingly, a trip to Kashyyyk involves a whole lot of megaflora and arboreal abodes. It also reveals that this isn't Kashyyyk's natural ecosystem: the Rakatans began terraforming the planet long ago for their own uses but lost contact with the machines doing it. The terraforming device then went haywire, creating the mega-trees and forests that Kashyyyk is known for.
  • Fantastic Legal Weirdness: One Dark Side option during one of the Courtroom Episodes on Manaan is to use Force Persuade to make witnesses perjure themselves.
  • Fantastic Racism: On Taris, the only nonhumans who can walk around in the Upper City work for the local Exchange boss or are pretty Twi'lek shopkeepers. Others get pelted by stones thrown by children, as seen once. There is a street preacher calling nonhumans a "plague that sweeps through our streets". A seedy hotel has alien occupants despite this being illegal. The slum-like and generally miserable Lower City, overrun by gangs, is where most of the nonhumans live. The racism Juhani experienced as a child on Taris is a major point in her sidequest.
  • Feed It a Bomb: The giant rancor in the sewers has to be killed by getting it to swallow a grenade, although it is possible to kill him by using hit-and-run grenade throwing, as he can not follow you back into the tunnels.
  • Flaunting Your Fleets: In the darkside ending.
  • Foreshadowing: The first game had mountains of it leading up to The Reveal, they even have a cut scene with some of it.
    • It is also foreshadowed that Bastila will turn to the dark side: read the description of the double-bladed lightsaber.
  • Flunky Boss: Calo in your second fight with him and Darth Bandon. Calo has a small group of grenade-throwing Rodians while Bandon has a couple of Dark Jedi.
  • Freudian Trio: Carth is The McCoy, Bastila The Spock, and the player character (can be) The Kirk.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The series has been nicknamed KotOR. While the Acronym does not mean anything to English speakers, it is very funny to Malay speakers as the word Kotor' means Dirty'' in Malay. Slightly more innocently, Kotor is also the name of a seaside town in Montenegro.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Bastila's Battle Meditation is stated multiple times to be a huge factor to the Republic winning a galactic war, but do not expect to make use of it when she is in your party. While it is true that she has to meditate to use it, hence the name, this was made into an unlockable force power in the sequel (which can be used in battle), and is even a unique dialogue/Force option during the final battle on Onderon (where the Exile actually meditates to use it).
    • Carth is a decorated war hero and Trask describe him as seeing more combat than all the Endar Spire crew put together. When Carth joins you, he starts at level 3.
    • According to dialog, being bitten by a rakghoul transmits a disease which transforms that person into a rakghoul if not healed early enough with a specific serum. During actual fights, when someone from the player's team is hit by a rakghoul there is a random probability that he/she will be affected by a standard poisoning effect, which disappears after a few minutes and can be cured with standard antidote packs.
    • During the first encounter with Malak, what's clearly supposed to be Bastila saving you from a Hopeless Boss Fight becomes a Stupid Sacrifice if the player is using a combat focused build, since they will be handily kicking his ass.
  • Game System: The underlying skill and combat mechanics of this game are based on a modified Star Wars d20 tabletop RPG ruleset.
  • Gang Bangers: The Black Vulkars and the Hidden Beks of Taris.
  • Gay Option: Juhani, though her romance arc is not fully-developed like Carth's or Bastila's. See Hide Your Lesbians below.
  • Genocide Backfire: One of the few people to escape the bombardment of Taris is the one person whom Malak specifically intended for it to kill. It never really comes back to bite him, though, given that everyone hates him already.
  • Giant Flyer: The Brith which circles the skies on Dantooine. The Star Wars Wiki has a small page about them.
  • Glass Cannon: Mission Vao. Give her nice guns and take advantage of her Sneak Attack, and she strikes for a ton of damage, but she can't take a lot of hits.
  • Gladiator Subquest: Taris' (non-lethal) dueling arena.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Rakata somehow were able to harness the dark side of the Force in their technologies, with the Star Forge itself being the pinnacle of Rakatan dark-side engineering. However, the Rakatans never considered the cost of using the technology on such as scale: the factory gave them the means to conquer the galaxy, but also led to their downfall. The Star Forge semi-consciously began to affect not only its operators but Rakatan society itself, feeding their greed, cruelty, and lust for conquest. The Rakatans eventually both overextended themselves and fell to infighting, leading to their overthrow and near-extinction as a species.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: If you walk into the Krayt dragon's cave without first killing the dragon, you get a cutscene of it standing up and walking out. The screen then fades to black and the 'Your entire party has been killed' dialogue appears.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Juhani is a Finnish name, probably chosen to sound exotic. The bad thing is, it's a man's name, the Finnish equivalent of John.
    • Also pronounced incorrectly, as Finnish J's are pronounced as Y's.
  • Great White Hunter: The game brings you into contact with a Great Twi'lek Hunter during your stay on Tatooine, a man who's hunting a krayt dragon. After killing it by luring it into a minefield, he mentions to the Player Character that he regrets denying the dragon a final battle.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: It is remarkably easy to bamboozle, sneak around, or outright overpower nearly every Sith soldier in the game. The only exception is the first Sith Guard underground in Taris who is accompanied by Turrets. There's no getting by him since he will not budge in dialogue options (even hackers using max stats can't make it through) and the turrets kill many characters in a single hit.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Ranged weapons do almost no damage in this game, save for a couple of obscenely expensive heavy weapons that you can buy at the end: melee weapons are always better to have, regardless of the situation. There are any number of guides on how to successfully use ranged weapons, but this requires meticulous character building and mainly serves as a challenge. The fact that Jedi Guardians have an ability to directly jump into melee from 25 meters away and deal bonus damage while they are at it adds insult to injury. Although, especially in the earlier stages, when you're just becoming a Jedi, having Carth back you up wielding two blasters while Canderous carries around a heavy blaster is pretty effective.
  • Healing Potion: Medpacks have the same use as potions in other RPGs.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Revan. It is up to you whether it sticks or not. This is a case where the questionable moral implications are pointed out, and it can be the motivation if you decide to fall back to the Dark Side.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Trask.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Juhani and Belaya, as well as Juhani's romance with the female Player Character, thanks, apparently, to LucasArts having a meltdown at the idea of homosexual characters in Star Wars.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Soldiers of the Old Republic got to battle wearing bright red combatsuits, and the Mandalorians seem to like wearing armor in nearly every color of the rainbow (though at least they have cloaking devices). Both are easily topped by the Sith Troopers and their shining silver armor.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: A pattern of firing, taking a hit, retreating, healing, firing, taking a hit and so on can wear an enemy down. Against really strong foes or ones that keep dodging, mines will hasten the process considerably. You can beat the final boss this way if you cannot disable his healing mechanism, but be prepared for a long fight and pray you saved up as many healing items as could be mustered.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: While completely optional, you can fight Calo Nord in the bar after he toasts the 3 would-be bounty hunters, but he is one of the "one hit = dead" fights. But he eventually does become a winnable boss fight (twice) later on.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • HK-47 after the player character complains being called a meat-bag. "Did I say that out loud? I apologise, master. While you are a meat-bag, I suppose I should not call you such."
    • Canderous thinks you're weak and inferior to Mandalorians for wanting to use combat stims. Why yes, you can have some of the massive stash he keeps on him.
     Tropes I-P 
  • I Am Not a Gun:
    • An assassin droid on Korriban in the first game.
    • HK-47 inverts this trope. He's a weapon and he knows it - and he loves his job.
  • If You Taunt Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: The Sith will taunt you on Manaan. Usually, if you taunt back, you will be arrested and go to jail. (Or, for extra fun, you can mind-control the guard that comes to arrest you to instead arrest the Sith. You naturally get some Dark Side points.)
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Carth is very openly stating he smells a rat in the whole setup with your Player Character. And just as he's getting over his trust issues, in comes The Reveal. His alternate lines almost quote the trope title.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: With Bastila. Also, Carth will attempt this on a female Dark-sided Revan who has romanced him. All possible options end in his death.
  • Immortality: The series has different kinds of immortality. The famous Force Ghost type is present in the first game with Ajunta Pall, who maintained his existence well after his body died.
  • In Case of Boss Fight, Break Glass: The key to defeating the final boss is shattering containers with prisoners, from which he keeps leeching life to heal himself.
  • Infant Immortality: Largely played straight, but absolutely brutally averted in the Dark Side ending, which will see Revan either use the Force to force Zaalbar to kill Mission Vao, or does it himself, and kills Big Z as well. For the record, Mission is only FOURTEEN, and Zaalbar is her best friend. Nice job, You Monster!.
  • Informed Attribute: The Ebon Hawk is described by several characters as the fastest ship in the galaxy that can outrun anything, but in gameplay, Sith Fighters have no problems catching up to it.
  • Inevitable Tournament: No matter what you do, you will be required to win the Taris Undercity swoop racing championship in order to rescue Bastila.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: Cassus Fett's Heavy Pistol is the most powerful blaster in KotOR 1, and pretty essential for a good gunslinger endgame, but it is expensive to buy, available in only one location, and needs upgrades to achieve its full potential, so you'll probably only get it after spending a fair time grinding your XP and credits.
  • Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: In this case, primarily due to the ironic absence of a jump key - since as we all know Jedi never do that...
  • In the Doldrums: The Rakatan prison is a big blank whiteness with a single prisoner being the only remarkable feature. Talking to him reveals that there were others as well who got trapped by accident and eventually ran off into the endless void.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Only the player character goes to fight Malak at the end of the first game, Bastila staying behind to make use of her battle meditation.
  • Invisibility: There are cloaking devices in both games, used by Mandalorians, Sith and party members. Hssiss can also be invisible during the start of an encounter with one.
  • Ironic Echo: A conversation between Carth and Canderous about how they were on opposing sides not too long ago has "Nice speech. I bet you tell yourself that every night so you can sleep." Canderous says it first in response to Carth attempting to deny that he and Canderous are Not So Different by saying that he was a soldier whereas the Mandalorians were warriors. When Canderous makes a speech talking about how the Mandalorians were beaten by the Republic's superior resources, numbers, and the Jedi, Carth says it back to him.
  • Irony: Doubles as Foreshadowing - in the first conversation with him after escaping from the Endar Spire, Carth says that he's afraid of stumbling upon Sith because they can use the Force to "wipe away memories and destroy your very identity.". Which is exactly what the Jedi did to you.
  • Irrelevant Sidequest:
    • Pazaak and swoop-racing. They have absolutely no plot importance outside their first appearance, but are reasonable sources of income if you're good at them.
    • Griff Vao's obviously hopeless Get Rich Quick Scheme, which involves trekking down to the Kashyyyk forest floor to murder a harmless animal, going off to do something else for a while, and coming back to find him, your money, and your time, gone. If you decline to fall for the Schmuck Bait, the quest will stay forever uncompleted in your journal.
  • It's All About Me: Igear, the merchant in the Undercity. Being the sole merchant of the Outcasts, he's making a good fortune because everyone is dependeding on him for goods. When the PC is close to find the Promised Land, a legendary place where no one will ever starve or being persecuted, he comes to you. Igear wants the journals leading to the Promised Land be handed to him so they can be destroyed them. He explain that his life as an Outcast is great and he is willing to let everyone else suffer just so that he can continue being rich.
  • It's Personal: Besides the Final Battle, there is also your meeting with Darth Bandon, who killed your Exposition Fairy friend at the beginning of the game.
    Player Character: Hey! You were on the Endar Spire! You killed Trask! You'll pay for that!
  • Item Amplifier: A few weapons and armor can be fitted with various upgrades to improve damage, critical chance, protection, and even health regeneration.
  • It Will Never Catch On: When the Czerka Corp executives are about to abandon their mining operation on Tatooine, one of them laments over the fact they wouldn't be able to take the heavy equipment back with them. Another responds along the lines of "What could possibly happen? Can you imagine a Jawa trying to drive a sandcrawler?"
  • Jedi Mind Trick: A learnable Force Power, though it helps to have a high Persuade. You can use it to dodge landing fees—Bastila and Juhani will snap at you for it, but Jolee starts reminiscing about all the times he duped customs with it.
  • Jury and Witness Tampering: During Sunry's murder trial on Manaan it's possible for the player to use the Jedi Mind Trick to make witnesses perjure themselves.
  • Just You And Me And My Guards: After you're manipulated into killing off the Genoharadan leadership, you can challenge the one now in charge to a duel. He'll bring backup, as can you. There's dialog for either situation.
  • Karma Meter: Light/Dark side. The Player Character's changes, but all of your allies' alignments are fixed.
  • Kick the Dog: Saul revealing to Carth his companion is Revan, which can be a double-ouch if Carth is romancing you.
    • The Sith Academy on Korriban is rife with cadets who revel in this.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: You can loot and steal to your heart's content without getting Dark Side points for it. Robbing the occupied apartments on Taris can make you feel like a dick, though, as the already poor families living there beg you not to hurt them while you take whatever little they have left. The only real subversion is the Sand People Enclave: even attempting to open any of the wicker baskets turns the entire tribe hostile, though you might do this anyway for the XP once you're done with them, since the fact that they attack you after you rob them means that you earn no Dark Side points for killing them.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Jolee Bindo fits this trope exceptionally well. He left the Jedi order not because he didn't believe in their cause, but because he did not believe in their methods. Carth Onasi has become jaded and cynical after some serious personal trauma, but retains a commitment to basic kindness and decency.
  • Large and in Charge: Darth Malak. Choose any gender/class other than male soldier, and he will dwarf you when you go toe-to-toe. In the vision cutscenes, Malak has a whole head over Revan.
  • Large Ham: The Duel Arena announcer
    "LAAAAADIIEEES AAAAANNNND GENTLEMEN! We have a veeeeerrryyyy special PRE-SEN-TATION for you tonight!!!
  • Laser Blade: It's Star Wars, so of course.
  • Last-Second Chance: In the first game, if you are lightsided enough, you can offer one to almost every Dark Jedi. Malak is the only one who will not accept it.
    Player Character: This is your last chance, Malak. Surrender.
    Malak: No, Revan. This time our confrontation can only end in death... yours or mine.
    • Bastila (if you saved her this way, which would have been a few minutes earlier) expresses amazement you even bothered to try with Malak.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: Your final side is chosen in one action right near the end of the game.
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: Jolee Bindo is prone to this.
  • Lazy Backup: Standard rules apply: max of two party members out at a time, no switching in combat or on certain maps, and if everybody goes down the game is over.
  • Les Collaborateurs: It's no secret about Czerka Corp enslaving Wookiees on Kashyyyk. However Chuundar (Zaalbar's brother) struck a deal with them to enslave his own kind in exchange for weapons to enforce his rule. The Wookiees that are not loyal to Chuundar will rebel once he is dealt with. A sidequest involves another Wookiee having signed a contract with slavers for profit.
  • Living Legend: Revan, Bastila, Calo Nord, and Bendak Starkiller are all legendary for their past accomplishments and skill.
  • Living Ship: Malak suggests the Star Forge is this.
    "The Star Forge is more than just a space station. In some ways, it is like a living creature. It hungers. And it can feed on the dark side that is within all of us."
  • Loners Are Freaks: Elise Montagne, a woman on Dantooine in the first game, began treating her droid C8-42 as if it were her husband. All the time. The best ending to her quest is bittersweet, since you must destroy her, willing, droid in order to force her to let go and meet new people.
  • Lost Forever:
    • Everything on Taris and Dantooine (and the Sith Academy, if you kill everyone in it when you're done with the tomb).
    • You can easily miss several side quests by pissing off the wrong people (such as on Manaan) or by getting people killed (on Kashyyyk).
    • When Bastila is captured, you lose all her equipment except for her double-lightsaber which mysteriously goes into to your inventory.
  • Lost Technology: The Star Forge, the secrets of which were lost to the galaxy when the Rakatan empire crumbled. Even the Rakatans themselves can't even reach it now, let alone make use of it.
  • Love Redeems: On the Star Forge you are given the opportunity to redeem Bastila, who has fallen to the dark side. You can try to do this by appealing to her training as a Jedi or to basic morality, but if you pursued the relationship side quest you can redeem her more easily by telling her that you love her. Subverted rather cruelly with Carth and the Dark Side Female PC; he tries, but the only possible results are for the PC to kill him herself or let Bastila do it for her. The ending in which he would have been able to succeed and Revan sacrifices herself was cut from the official release of the game. Jolee says it best:
    "Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled, but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love, that's what they should teach you to beware, but love itself will save you, not condemn you."
  • The Man Behind the Man: Two-fold, but the same man is behind both (though it wouldn't be revealed until Star Wars: The Old Republic). Canderous mentions that the Sith made them an offer to attack the Republic, and some of the supplemental material reveals that Revan and Malak had met the True Sith forces before launching their conquest. The True Sith in question? Darth Vitiate, Emperor of the Sith Empire
  • Manual Leader, AI Party: The game allows customization of the party members' equipment and tactics, and allows direct control over all characters. AI scripts direct characters that are not being directly controlled, and can be customized by the player.
  • Match Maker Quest: The quest to find the missing droid in the first game. If resolved the right way, the droid's owner will meet a new man. The Sandral/Matale feud can also be one, though the way that ends is largely down to the player.
  • Medieval Stasis: Well, space age stasis. Technology levels and aesthetics are pretty much identical to the movies. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, this is not true for the comics that the games are based on.
  • Money for Nothing: In the Rakatan Temple on Lehon at the end of the game, you can find 5000 credits in one of the footlockers in the temple. Too bad Lehon is a point of no return in which you can't go back to another planet with a vendor to use that money on. At least you won't end the game penniless!
  • Monster Progenitor: Played straight. A giant shark on Manaan is called the Progenitor and is believed to be the ancestor of the Selkath.
  • Moral Dissonance: There are a number of examples:
    • When dealing with the woman who's too attached to her droid on Dantooine, you get light side points for reuniting her with the droid, and no points either way for destroying it and telling her it's gone, even though this is precisely what the droid wants you to do so she can move on with her life and, in fact, you will find her doing just that and grateful for what you did shortly thereafter. There's also the fact that you can't just tell the droid to go somewhere else, you have to kill it.
    • Also the case with the PC. Unless you're going for a complete, no-holds-barred Dark Side or Light Side mastery playthrough, odds are you're going to find a situation to one direction or the other at least once where you'll make an exception just because the alternative is so ludicrous.
    • On Taris, when you infiltrate the Black Vulkar gang hide-out, Carth will object if you decide to kill a waitress whom you encounter there. Shortly after, you will meet another gangster, who surrenders to you because he doesn't really want to help the Vulkars anyway, being forced into it. You can decide to kill him as well, without Carth raising any objection. Possibly Carth objects because the waitress is a prisoner (little more than an a slave really) who was kidnapped to pay off debts, and not a gangster there by choice.
  • Multiple Endings: As usual with Star Wars games, you end by either saving the galaxy or conquering it wholesale.
    • On a lesser scale, every quest and every relationship with your crew is able to take several different turns based on how you respond to them, or how you go about doing the quest. These can affect in-game dialogue, and your relationship with Carth and/or Bastila will directly affect certain late-game conversations, though they won't change the end-game cinematics.
  • Multiple Persuasion Modes: The series has the Persuade Skill Score, which unlocks additional and often more beneficial persuasion options in dialogue trees. It also lets the PCs take the Force Persuade feat—basically the Jedi mind trick from the movies, which works wonders on simple-minded individuals but is useless on intelligent and non-sentient life forms.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • A gang on Taris tries to sell Bastila into slavery, mistaking her for a normal Republic naval officer. She easily escapes once the player provides an opportunity, and points out that the player was not really necessary.
    • On Korriban the various Sith students all threaten the player's party. Verges into Bullying The Dragon territory if they recognize that you are a Jedi and thus are already trained in use of the Force.
    • On Taris, a group of drunks will attempt to bully you. Given that the player is walking around sporting weapons and is clearly a combat-ready offworlder, it falls under this trope.
  • Naval Blockade: Around Taris during the first part of the game.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Jedi launched a daring raid to capture Revan and end the war. While they removed Revan from power, Revan's approach to war had been focused on subjugating the Republic with as little damage to the infrastructure as possible. Revan's replacement Malak had no such reservations, resulting in even greater damage to the Republic and the people.
  • Nightmarish Factory: The Star Forge is bad enough when one considers its near-infinite production capacity. What makes it far, far worse is that it not only feeds on the dark side impulses of its users, it forms a feedback loop with them, corrupting its operators in turn. It can also be used to drain the Force out of light side users, imprisoning them in a state of horrifying undeath and converting their connection to the Force into raw material.
  • No-One Could Survive That: Calo Nord; actually lampshaded.
    Calo Nord: I am hard to kill, Lord Malak.
  • No Canon for the Wicked: Canonically in the Star Wars Legends universe, Revan was a light-sided male. However, the sequel game allows you to choose Revan's gender and alignment.
  • No Sell: Try to Force persuade the Sith guard into letting you in the Sith Academy wont work. He's being mentally conditioned to resist such abilities.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: The Court of Manaan will sentence you to death if you can't prove the Sith violated the neutrality act (therefore justifying your own actions for breaking into their base) or if you plead guilty.
  • Notable Non Sequitur: Ask Canderous early on why the Mandalorians attacked the Republic, he shrugs and says that "the Sith came to us with an offer" before diverging into why Mandalorians seek the hardest fights across the galaxy. Little did anyone know that "Sith" was Sith Emperor Darth Vitiate, and how much that comment exploded all over the sequel and the MMO!
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Used during The Reveal, as lines earlier spoken have new meaning, such as "What greater weapon is there than to turn an enemy to your cause? To use their own knowledge against them?"
  • Only Flesh Is Safe:
    • Ion Weapons damage machines but not living targets (might work on shields too.)
    • The Disable Droid light-side Force power does the same but has much higher damage and Area of Effect. Both are VERY useful when playing as a Light Side character.
  • Opening Scroll: Just like the movies.
  • Opening the Sandbox: When the player steals the Ebon Hawk on Taris. You can visit the Star Map planets in any order you like, (usually) leave them in the middle and go back or forward to anywhere else, etc.
  • Orbital Bombardment: Twice by the Sith, once on-screen (the destruction of Taris, which provides the page picture), and once off-screen (the destruction of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine; we see the results in the second game).
  • Out-of-Genre Experience:
    • On Dantooine, one side quest involves you investigating a murder in what is essentially an episode of CSI: Dantooine.
    • On Manaan, if you have already recruited Jolee Bindo you can find yourself dragooned into working as defense attorney for a Republic soldier in a Courtroom Episode.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Revan, one of the Jedi's greatest students, persuaded a large number of fellow Jedi to take up arms against the Mandalorians and then to become Dark Jedi.
  • Passing the Torch: The first game plays with the idea in two instances. Darth Malak took the torch when he ordered his ship to attack Revan's ship. With Revan gone, Malak became the head of the Sith. The second instance is when the playable character destroys the torch when s/he kills Uthar Wynn, leaving the Sith academy in chaos.
  • Pausable Realtime: You can pause in battle, which is good if it's all going too fast and you want a moment to reorder your party's actions.
  • People Jars: The tubes from the final battle. Also, the strange box you can get from Lurze Kesh on Korriban might count.
  • Persona Non Grata: If you go down to the Dark Side, you can get banned at places ranging from shops (Yaka Luka's shop if you threatened to kill him while trying to buy HK-47) to a planet (if you poisoned the waters, thus destroying all the kolto and having medicine prices skyrocket).
  • Plot Coupon: The Star Maps, which each have a fragment of the information needed to find the Star Forge.
  • Point of No Return:
    • After you get the Taris launch codes, Canderous will ask to start the raid on Davik's estate. You can go whenever you wish, but once you start, you're done with Taris.
    • Collecting the fifth Star Map and clicking the button to go to the Unknown Worldnote  is the second, more important one.
  • Posthumous Character: Darth Revan, despite being dead, is one of the most important characters in the story as it all arose from their actions. Ultimately subverted when it turns out Revan is the player character.
  • Power Glows: Although the films never give the Force any visual effects other than what it is acting on, Force powers here have a variety of swirly light patterns and colors; handy visual shorthand if there's a lot of it going on at once. Advanced combat feats have similar effects.
  • The Power of Love: Jolee Bindo is an advocate of Force users using love because he believes love can save a person. This is the reason he and the Jedi Order are not on good terms. If you go for the Lightside ending, he's proven right.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The main difference between Revan and Malak is Revan is interested in keeping the Republic/Empire strong, sparing industrious planets, and so on. Malak is basically Axe Crazy Crush. Kill. Destroy!, as seen with Taris.
  • Precursors: Rakata.
  • Prequel in the Lost Age: This takes place four thousand years before anything that happened in the movies. The bloated and decaying Republic of the prequel movies is here the Republic in its prime, albeit a war-torn prime.
  • Prisoner's Dilemma: A computer trying to determine if the Player Character is authorized to access it proposes a Prisoner's Dilemma scenario and asks the PC what they would do. In this case, betraying their companion is the "right" choice because it works out better for you no matter what the companion does, but the PC can reject the computer's moral vision and still gain access.
  • Prodigal Hero: Invoked directly by Vandar in the Light Side ending.
  • Prolonged Prologue: Your sojourn on Taris sets up the main plot without actually being relevant to the main plot. Then it explodes. The second game would go on to copy this formula.
     Tropes R-Z 
  • Random Number God: You will quickly learn to hate Pazaak when the RNG screw you over and over.
  • Recurring Boss: Calo Nord and Darth Malak.
  • Red Right Hand: Malak is missing his entire jaw thanks to picking a fight with Revan, so he uses a metallic prosthetic to cover it up.
  • Replacement Goldfish: "Wow. She really misses her droid, doesn't she?" Please note that this Cargo Ship carries an extra-large express delivery of Squick if you think about it too much. Please don't.
    Carth: I've never felt so sorry for a droid before.
  • Required Party Member:
    • You get forced to take Carth when you first enter Taris. You have to have Mission to get into the Vulkar base. T3-M4 is required to get into the Sith base. You need HK-47 to complete the Light Side path with the Sand People on Tantooine. You need Bastila for the beginning of Dantooine. On the Leviathan level, you are forced to have Carth and Bastila in your party, as the whole thing wouldn't work without them because of certain story events. Later on the unknown planet, your party members will leave when you prepare to open up the temple, but Jolee and Juhani will come back and insist on accompanying you in.
    • Inverted on Korriban, where taking Bastila is emphatically not an option because she'd be recognized and captured.
    • Played with and Inverted on Kashyyyk. You don't need to take Zaalbar in your party. However you won't be able to go a hundred feet without someone else in the party nagging you that he'd love to be there. After you discover his history with the local wookiee tribe he will not be available until you complete the storyline involving his family.
  • Rescue Introduction: Bastila. Or as she'll insist, she rescued you.
  • Rescue Romance: Somehow works for both male and female player characters. A male character rescues Bastila (though she vehemently denies that she needed your help), and a female character is rescued by Carth.
  • Rescue Sex: If you play as a female, a man will offer "earthly pleasures" as a reward for rescuing him, but you cannot accept, mainly because the man in question is a sleazeball and you wouldn't even want to.
  • Retcon:
    • Darths running around three millennia before Darth Bane, who supposedly started the tradition. Later got an explanation in a tie-in Darth Bane novel (which, unsurprisingly, was written by KotOR's lead writer).
    • Also, though it is set just forty years later, the aesthetic and philosophy of the Jedi are far more in-line with the prequel trilogy (four thousand years later) than Tales of the Jedi (four decades earlier). Understandable, perhaps, for marketing purposes. It makes it a bit strange for the Jedi to have a strong taboo against romance and marriage when the previous head of the Order, Nomi Sunrider, had been openly married to a Jedi, had a child, and then entered another relationship with another Jedi during a war. Especially as Jolee talks about this very period of history as though the taboo was in place and the original plans called for Vima Sunrider—the product of said happy and totally unremarkable Jedi marriage—to have Bastila's spot in the party. Other works set around this time period (like the tie-in comics) follow this version's lead.
  • The Reveal: The big plot twist in this game is quite famous: You, the player, are Darth Revan. Bastila saved Revan from near-mortal injury that left them with amnesia and the Jedi moulded Revan's mind into a useful shape for them to find the Star Forge in hopes of defeating the Sith.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Every robot with speaking lines seems to have a human personality and human emotions ranging from deception, ego, loyalty, manipulation, pain, pleasure (mostly pleasure from sadism), sarcasm and snark. HK-47 is the standout in this game.
  • Robo Sexual: Elise Montagne is revealed to be one near the end of her quest.
  • Rocky Roll Call / Say My Name: In the "Sandral-Matale Feud" quest:
    Mr. Matale: There you are, Shen!
    Shen: Father!
    Rahasia: Mr. Matale!
    Mr. Sandral: Rahasia!
    Rahasia: Father!
    Shen: Mr. Sandral!
    Matale: Nurik!
    Sandral: Ahlan!
    Player character: Donkey?
  • Romance Sidequest: Carth and Bastila are the main two, but pursuing them is entirely optional. Juhani is also a sneaked-in Gay Option for female player characters.
  • Romancing the Widow: Carth's romance subplot.
  • Running the Blockade: When main characters escape Taris through the Sith blockade of the planet aboard the Ebon Hawk, using the Sith's own ID codes to keep from being automatically targeted and shot down.
  • Sadist Teacher: Uthar's old master, Jorak Uln. Not only sadist for a Sith teacher, but also batshit insane as he lives in one of the ruins to capture students and tortures them as part of a test.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • Half the security terminals have the option to overload the terminal, which kills whoever is standing at the terminal (i.e. you) and anyone in the near vicinity. You can count on one hand the number of times this is actually a viable way to dispatch enemies.
    • On Korriban you can be offered the job of hauling a box from there to Tatooine. You are repeatedly warned, whatever you do, to not open the box. Nary a player will reach Tatooine before doing so.
    • If you successfully negotiate with the Sand People chieftain, after being warned that any sign of disrespect will be met with hostility, just outside his room there is a locked box. If you attempt to open it, regardless of however stealthy you may be, the Sand People will notice and attack you.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: If you attempt to cut a deal with Calo Nord the second time you fight him, he refuses — he's more interested in protecting his reputation as a bounty hunter that no one gets away from.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • In the backstory, Revan and Malak led several Jedi into taking part in the Mandalorian Wars, simply refusing to accept the Jedi Council's decision not to enter the conflict.
    • Towards the conclusion of the Star Map question on Manaan, the player character learns that several members of the Manaan government have been working with the Republic to get them increased quantities of kolto, despite Manaan's official neutrality in the conflict. They know that, if the Republic should fall, the Sith will not respect Manaan's independence, and they would rather break their own laws against taking part than wait for the invasion fleet.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Sith Lord Ajunta Pall who has spent millennia in his tomb. The Star Maps can also been seen as this since they are often related to the Dark Side due to altering their surroundings (making creatures like a Krayt Dragon not only larger but more ferocious).
  • Selkies and Wereseals: The Selkath seem to be a space version.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog:
    • The opening missions on Taris. Everybody you help (or don't) dies almost immediately afterwards, when the Sith fleet glasses the planet. The Old Republic MMO reveals the Outcasts, who Revan canonically helps, survived a few more generations, barely clinging to life and slowly losing what little technology they had to the ravages of time in a Scavenger World, before dying all alone from radiation poisoning in a monster-infested wasteland a full century before recovery efforts began with the galaxy at large completely oblivious to their existence.
    • Dantooine is conquered and its Jedi Enclave is destroyed towards the climax, rendering all the aid you provided there meaningless.
    • If you fail enough Persuade checks while fighting Bastila, you'll be forced to kill her.
    • A more minor example on Kashyyyk: It's possible to help a man caught unfairly in debt slavery right near the space dock. If you then later lead the Wookies in a rebellion against Czerka Corp, the man you helped mysteriously disappears ... hope you enjoyed those ten minutes of freedom.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: The "consummating" dialog options for the PC/Bastila romance are "Shut up and kiss me, you babbling fool," or "I love you, Bastila. And I know you love me." If you choose the latter:
    Bastila: Okay, you've made your point. Now shut up and kiss me, you fool.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Shen and Rahasia in an infamous optional sidequest on Dantooine where you have to restore peace between their two feuding rich families.
  • Silent Whisper: Saul Karath in his last moments, whispers Revan's identity to Carth Onasi in this manner. Carth doesn't take it well.
  • Smug Snake: Several along the way. Including Brejik (who joined a rival gang on Taris because his adoptive father and Hidden Bek leader didn't think he was ready), Chuundar (a wookiee who sold his family and race out to Czerka slavers to be Chief), and the Sith hopefuls at the Korriban Academy who is more than willing to backstab you. It's more than satisfying when you rub them all out.
  • Smug Super: The Sith in general. Not so much the rank-and-file grunts, but the Dark Jedi will rub it in your face.
  • Smurfette Principle: Ice is the only woman in the dueling ring.
  • Space Battle: This is Star Wars. The game starts in a ship that's been scuppered in a fight, you get to shoot down enemy fighters several times in a minigame, and the game ends on a massive battle between the Republic fleet and the Star Forge.
  • Space Compression: Jolee Bindo lampshades this, sarcastically suggesting that the main Sith planet has only 12 or 13 Sith (an estimate not far off, depending on who you count).
  • Space Fighter: The Sith Fighters on the Sith Empire's side and the Aurek Fighters on the Republic's side. The former must be destroyed occasionally by the PC when traveling between planets, via a Mini-Game.
  • Speaking Simlish: Both games have this with alien languages. They sound impressively coherent and similar to the (actual) languages used in the Star Wars movies, but there's no actual meaning to the words being spoken. You'll notice the same sounds being repeated for different dialogue and even for supposedly different languages by the midway point of either game.
  • Spiritual Successor: Knights of the Old Republic use basically a similar plot and the same character's archetypes that in Neverwinter Nights, another Bioware RPG released the previous year.
  • Spoiled Brat: Brejik of the Black Vulkars comes off as this - he joined the gang and dedicated it to wiping out the Hidden Beks simply because the Beks' leader didn't think he was ready to take his place, tries to rescind his prize in the swoop race because the player wins (though his reasoning is sound - the player cheats by way of a prototype accelerator on their bike - he only knows about and is protesting it because it wasn't one of his riders using it), and when others protest over this also being against the rules, he basically tells them that he can do it just because he wants to. Alternatively, if you decided to work with him instead, he just arbitrarily decides to keep the prize even though you helped him win the race. It's rather satisfying when Bastila frees herself on her own and helps you kill the brat not a minute later.
  • Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy
  • Star Power: Partially. The Star Forge draws power from a nearby star (and is also probably using the material as mass for construction) but also feeds on the Dark Side energies found within various beings.
  • Stereotype Flip: Zaalbar's brother, Chuundar, is a singularly atypical wookiee. He didn't get to be chieftain through Asskicking Equals Authority, but by selling his fellow wookies as slaves to Czerka Corp in exchange for weapons and favours, and then cunnningly manipulating the outrage of his brother and father when they found out separately to get both to disgrace themselves in the eyes of their fellow wookiees and be exiled, supposedly ascending in spite of the tragedies gripping his family instead of because of them. In spite of calling himself "the Mighty Chuundar", Zaalbar claims he was The Runt at the End, with the implication that he would not be able to stand up to a true rebellion. Indeed, rather than being a Proud Warrior Race Guy like you'd expect a wookiee to be, Chuundar clearly rules through deceit and manipulation while making himself look good in the process, and his leadership runs on full-blown Realpolitikby his own admission, several of the wookiees he sold into slavery were rivals for the position of chieftain.
  • Stock Puzzle: Rampant - KotOR loves this trope.
    • Three Plus Five Make Four is the final obstacle on Manaan. The player can bypass it if they're willing to take the dark side points.
    • Towers of Hanoi shows up on Korriban.
    • The Prisoner's Dilemma and the St Ives riddle both appear in the Kashyyyk main quest and in a sidequest respectively. You also spend a lot of time unlocking droids and computers with math problems, like listing prime numbers.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien/One Myth to Explain Them All: The Rakata are involved in both Tusken Raider and Jawa myths as well as the creation of Kashyyk's forests and possibly Manaan's kolto.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: A matter of course for any Dark Jedi, including the player if they take that route.
  • Super Soldier: The character can be this if he or she chooses the soldier class. It is later revealed that the player character is Darth Revan, who is a very powerful Force user skilled enough to defeat Mandalore, the strongest of the Mandalorians. But Canderous is probably the best example. He is a large muscular soldier of the Ordo Clan and will gladly boast of how tough the Mandalorians are, going so far as to say they did not care about Kolto, a very effective healing medicine, during their conquest since they are a hardy people.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Zelka doesn’t like being accused of knowing anything about those Republic escape pods.
    • After you raided the Sith Base on Manaan and confront the Sith Droid at the base's entrance, he will clumsily deny that any attack took place.
  • Sympathetic Murderer:
    • An early sidequest on Dantooine involving a murder mystery reveals both suspects to be this: the one who actually killed him did so because the victim was having an affair with his wife, the other attempted to do it because the victim was his business partner and cheating him.
    • To some people, Sunry.
  • The Syndicate: The Exchange.
  • Tainted Veins: Following the dark side gradually degrades the player character's appearance, with diseased-looking veins popping out of greying skin.
  • Take a Third Option: The murder investigation on Dantooine. One of them did it, the other was planning to.
  • Taking You with Me: At the near end of the Taris level, Calo Nord tried this unsuccessfully.
  • Ten Thousand Years: you encounter a droid on Dantooine that claims to be the remnant of an ancient empire. When you ask how long it's been there its answer indicates at least 20,000 years, long before the Republic came into existence.
  • This Is Not My Life to Take: The protagonist leaves Admiral Karath to Carth, since It's Personal, and may or may not (depending on morality) encourage Juhani to take revenge on the man who bought her as a 'pet'.... Let's just say Bioware loves this trope.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: You're Darth Revan.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • One Republic Solider is slowly turning into a Raghoul. If you administer the serum, he'll be cure. After you talk to him, he hears some noises and panics. Rather than staying with you and a well-armed party, he runs off and get slaughtered by Raghouls.
    • One of the Sith on Korriban tries to shake you down for the artifact you just collected from a dangerous temple, reasoning that all he had to do was wait for someone to get it for him so he wouldn't have to fight his way through it. He has apparently failed to consider that anyone badass enough to get through the temple will be more badass than him. Furthermore, he is also too dumb to confirm that the artifact is authentic (there are two fakes you can pick up with the real one), and gets himself killed by the Sith master for his incompetence if you pass him a fake.
  • Torture Always Works/Torture Is Ineffective:
    • When the Ebon Hawk is captured by Sith Admiral Saul Karath's flagship after the acquisition of the third Plot Coupon, the Player Character, Carth Onasi, and Bastila Shan are tortured by electrocution. It's only as effective as the player wants it to be, since the PC is the only one being questioned (it's a "talk and I'll stop hurting your friends, too" thing), and the scene is formatted mechanically as a conversation with options to say nothing, lie, or tell the truth.
    • Played with when Darth Malak takes Bastila prisoner. In a cutscene he tortures her with Force Lightning not to get information, but to break her spirit and allow him to turn her to the Dark Side. He succeeds, and Bastila becomes your opponent in a Mini-Boss battle in The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.
  • Truce Zone: Manaan, because of its trade in medical supplies.
  • True Companions: Played mostly straight in the first game, the team really does become a rather intimate unit.
  • Unholy Matrimony: The outcome of Bastila's romance arc in the Dark Side ending.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Bastila and Mission paint unflattering pictures of Bastila's mother and Mission's brother Griff's girlfriend Lena in early conversations, claiming that Bastila's mother was a greedy, heartless woman who was happy to be rid of her and Lena was a Gold Digger who seduced Griff away from taking care of Mission. Naturally, when you actually meet these two during Bastila and Mission's personal sidequests, they turn out to be very different people from the way they are depicted.
  • Urban Segregation: Taris is divided between the rich and human-only Upper City, which is open to the sky, the gang-ridden Lower City where non-humans are forced to live, and the monster-infested and supply-starved Undercity where criminals are exiled.
  • Vendor Trash:
    • All those spike tunnelers serve no purpose in the game (unlike the sequel where they are used for cracking locks), they can be sold for credits.
    • Any items with no special attributes or modifiers are meant to be sold because of their uselessness.
    • The racing bonds you gain after winning at Tatooine's swoop racing. When you ask the promoter what are they good for, he says you can sell them to any vendor for credits.
  • Vibro Weapon: Vibroblades and their relatives, which can stand up to lightsaber blades thanks to the usual Applied Phlebotinum of a "cortosis weave".
  • The Virus: The Rakghouls of Taris.
  • Voice Grunting: The player character has voiced grunts, sounds of pain, and a few battle cries ("hiya!" "Now that had to hurt.." etc.) but is otherwise a Silent Protagonist in the voiceover department. This includes a rather clumsy cut-scene where the subtitles show the PC having a line, but still remain silent. With the in-game voice grunts giving the character a voice, it would surely have made sense to record this line.
  • The War Just Before: The Mandalorian Wars, in which the Mandalorian Proud Warrior Race, egged on by the Sith, invaded the Republic and were beaten by a force of renegade Jedi led by Revan. Unfortunately a number of the Jedi who fought with Revan, up to and including Revan himself and his apprentice Malak, fell to the Dark Side during the war and eventually attacked the weakened Republic themselves, leading into the game's plot.
  • Weapon Twirling: There is a "Flourish Weapon" ability mapped to a key, and can be used to spin blasters, swords, and lightsabers(!) around dangerously. Including the double-bladed lightsabers.
  • We Buy Anything: Medicine vendors will buy all your old swords and guns for no apparent reason, other than player convenience of course. Card vendors, on the other hand, won't buy anything.
  • We Have Reserves: Malak orders the bombardment of Taris despite the presence of his own troops on the surface.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: The dynamic of the romance subplots, for both genders. A Male PC can be the frustrating male or the frustrated male with Bastila, but the Female PC will fall squarely under this.
  • Wham Line: "You cannot hide from what you once were, Revan."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During a conversation with Bastila, Carth calls out the Jedi for not doing anything to help the Republic during the Mandalorian wars. She defends their actions saying there was another threat the council had sensed, but he's unconvinced.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Ajunta eventually gives up his existence as a Force Ghost (or the Sith equivalent of it) when the player character shows him the light.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Mission's Battle Cry is an exasperated "Just die already!"
  • Women Are Wiser: For the most part averted among your companions. HK-47 is a sociopath, but he's a droid, so he doesn't have a gender, even though he have masculine voice and personality. Carth comes across as whiny and paranoid, but he turns out to be Properly Paranoid. Jolee and Canderous tend to be jerks and the latter is even a Blood Knight, but they know what they're doing. Juhani is nice, but have a lot of anger issues and temporarily fell to the dark side and Bastila, despite being your mentor for the most part, is remarkably hypocritical on many occasions. Mission is the only female party member with no distinct flaws, and as a kid she's not exactly a bastion of wisdom.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Every NPC you ran into.
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: The player character is treated to this little exchange during a sidequest on Dantooine:
    C8-42: I'm afraid my owner became a bit too attached to me. Obsessed even. She...she tried to treat me as her dead husband. It was not healthy for her.
    Player Character: Er... ALL the time?
    C8-42: You don't want to know..."
    Player Character: Um... probably not...
  • You Had Us Worried There: In the Light Side ending.
  • Younger Than They Look: Mission is only fourteen years old.

Savior, conqueror, hero, villain. You are all things, Revan... and yet you are nothing. In the end, you belong to neither the light nor the darkness. You will forever stand alone.

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