Video Game / LEGO Star Wars

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, there was a toy company called LEGO. Star Wars was the first licensed theme for this company. In 2005, they made LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game which covered the prequel trilogy that consists of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The game was so successful, that it gained a sequel focusing on the classic movies A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The games were combined in a Compilation Re-release. The series spun-off into Non-Star Wars games like LEGO Indiana Jones and LEGO Harry Potter. A fourth game focusing on The Clone Wars was released, with a fifth based on The Force Awakens announced for 2016.

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    Tropes present in multiple games 
  • Badass Adorable: LEGO Darth Vader.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In full effect — whilst characters are dismembered, such as Luke Skywalker's hand being cut off in the adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back, the characters are still plastic Lego pieces.
  • Butt Monkey: C-3PO and R2-D2.
  • Can't Use Stairs: Protocol droid characters like C-3PO can't jump or navigate stairs. Many levels have sections that require the player to go through an elaborate puzzle solving process in order to move the droids across the area that the human characters can easily jump or climb a staircase to access.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The games use visual shorthand so you know what you can do. Silver objects have to be blown up with explosives, red and black ones can only be manipulated by Sith powers, and so on.
  • Double Jump: Certain characters such as Force-users can perform this, as well as having access to a jumping backflip. Some characters who can't do this may perform an Unnecessary Combat Roll instead.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In these games, the standard LEGO Adaptation Game reward for effective vandalism goes by the name of "True Jedi". Who would have guessed that a true Jedi was the one most committed to smashing other people's stuff?
  • Hub Level: The first game uses Dex's Diner, Original Trilogy and Complete Saga have the Mos Eisley Cantina, and Clone Wars has the Star Destroyer Resolute and its opponent, the Invisible Hand.
  • Killed Off for Real: Happens in a comedic fashion for characters like Darth Vader and Qui-Gon, who are Doomed by Canon. Vader's death was actually one of the early scenes that wasn't Played for Laughs, but still includes a gag with the shuttle loading ramp.
  • Loading Screen: Each mission loading screen gives you a text scroll explaining what has happened between the end of the last mission and the current one.
  • May the Farce Be with You: The games are a parody of Star Wars.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Several changes are made to ensure that there are always two playable characters available.
    • In Star Wars, Anakin doesn't betray you until the very end of the "Darth Vader" level.
    • During the Empire Strikes Back levels, R2-D2 is not locked out of the carbonite chamber when Luke fights Darth Vader.
    • The most epic of them all? Darth Vader doing a Heel–Face Turn and helping his son fight the Emperor.
    • The Force Awakens, when Rey mind controls the Stormtrooper guarding her into letting her go, he accompanies her for the rest of the level to do all the bits she can't do - until the mind control wears off...
  • Product Placement: All the games have been based on pre-existing building sets, naturally. More than that, most games are timed to tie in with a related movie release.
    • The first Star Wars game with Revenge of the Sith, released just a little before the movie was.
    • The second was released at the same time as the unaltered versions of the original trilogy received a DVD release.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Red and black objects can't be manipulated by most characters and are reserved only for those with evil powers (Sith).
  • Secret Character:
    • The original LEGO Star Wars game allowed you to unlock Darth Vader, Princess Leia and a classic Stormtrooper.
    • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga allowed you to unlock Indiana Jones.
    • In Clone Wars, the minikits are used to unlock certain characters, like Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker, and many more, which also includes Starkiller.
  • Sequel Escalation: The first LEGO Star Wars game had many different characters, but suffered from many characters being unable to build and a crippling lack of variety. The sequel added the ability to build without the Force, and riding vehicles and mounts. The third game added entire galaxies to explore, with even more characters.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The first Star Wars game ended with a bonus level aboard the Tantive IV, where the original movie kicked off; the characters in that level were then unlocked for the rest of the game.
    • The Complete Saga featured Indiana Jones as a hidden character, hinting that the series would expand beyond the Star Wars universe.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Force powers glow purple when they're used. Some bricks are purple to begin with, meaning those powers are required to manipulate them.
  • Speaking Simlish: Everyone speaks Simlish in cutscenes, with the players expected to know what's going on from having seen the movies. (Though samples from the movies, such as Han's "Yahoo!" from A New Hope, are occasionally used at appropriate moments.)
  • Spiteful A.I.: Enemies will only attack the character you control (unless you're a droid), ignoring any allies that are currently computer-controlled. This becomes extremely frustrating when Obi-Wan is swinging a lightsaber in the face of some stormtroopers, and all Han Solo wants to do is build a switch to open a door, but the enemies don't give a damn about anyone but the guy who isn't attacking them. Worse still, computer-controlled allies never do damage to enemies, which of course isn't much help.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The first game had three vehicle levels (podracing, gunships blowing stuff up on Geonosis, space battle over Coruscant) that were all partly different between each other and having gameplaywise nothing to do with the platforming/action part. It got better. Vehicle levels are now of the same standard and no longer have their own rules for every level.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • Pushing Jar-Jar into a pit repeatedly. In fact, if you kill him 20 times in The Complete Saga, it unlocks an acheivement called "Crowd Pleaser".
    • Protocol droids lose limbs as they lose health. It's funny to watch 3PO hobble around on his single leg after a few punches, not to mention accessing the interface panels with his head.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game 
  • Adapted Out: The game interestingly starts off the Attack of the Clones story with Obi-Wan going to Kamino, skipping everything involving Anakin. The GBA version at least adds in Anakin's visit back to Tatooine.
    • The Complete Saga fills in the blanks by including the level where you chase Zam Wessel, originally intended to be in the first game before it got cut.
  • Bonus Stage: A short prelude into A New Hope.
  • Bowdlerization/Disneyfication: They changed a few of Revenge Of The Sith's scenes, Anakin doesn't murder children, but a Jedi, and doesn't force choke Padme.
  • Call Forward: The final Bonus Stage calls forward to LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.
  • Dueling Player Characters / Fighting Your Friend: Due to requiring two playable characters on the screen at all times, after Obi-Wan and Anakin make their way through the final Episode III level, they have to fight each other. However, there's only one way it'll turn out.
  • Dynamic Entry: The final cutscene of Episode One's "Escape from Theed" stage has our heroes jump into a corridor from above and break their fall with a pair of unfortunate battle droids. Then Obi-wan stomps on one of them for good measure.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first GBA port of the game was nothing like any other later game:
    • It had nearly twice the health and it could be temporarily extended in certain levels.
    • There was a regenerating bar to control the usage of the different special abilities.
    • Dying was not so trivial
    • The L and R buttons had their respective functions in the different games switched.
  • Enemy Mine: In the final level of "Episode III", Obi-Wan and Anakin continue to put their fight on hold and form a truce in order to keep themselves from getting killed by Mustafar's lava; it isn't until the very end where all bets are off.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Darth Maul.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: As the LEGO means not all of the story is covered, some of the bosses have this effect, notably Darth Maul.
  • Guns Akimbo: Jango Fett.
  • Mythology Gag: Some random Jedi in the "Jedi Battle" level have yellow skin. Long story short, minifigs in licensed sets like Star Wars used to have yellow skin just like normal minifigs but around 2004-2005 they were replaced with realistic skintones.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Following the installation of the new Hyperdrive after the Mos Espa Pod Race, Obi-Wan hits it to start it up.
  • Silly Walk: The final cutscene in Episode One's "Escape from Theed" stage has two battle droids on guard duty. One of them starts goose-stepping.
  • Steam Vent Obstacle: Some in Lego Star Wars, at least the ones that release very cold air.
  • Title: The Adaptation
  • Wings Do Nothing: You can play as Watto, the Toydarian junk dealer. His normal mode of travel is flying, but don't try it over a chasm...

    LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 
  • Adaptation Expansion/Artistic License: Who would ever think that when destroying the first Death Star, the player first has to destroy turbolaser guns connected to the exhaust port's ray shield? And in the GBA version, one of the turbolaser guns is mounted on and blocking the exhaust port itself. That defeats the purpose of it being an exhaust port!
  • Armor Is Useless: Stormtroopers can't take a hit to save their lives. That's normal. It gets odd when Imperial officers, TIE pilots, and even regular stormtroopers wearing bathing suits are used as tougher Elite Mooks, despite wearing little to no armor at all.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Princess Leia uses slaps in close combat instead of punches. One slap can completely dismantle a stormtrooper. Getting the aptly named "Super Slap" red brick allows the other characters to do this as well.
  • Character Customization: You can mix-and-match pieces from any unlocked character to make your own creation.
  • Cowardly Boss:
    • The Imperial Spy in Mos Eisley.
    • The Emperor in the finale of Return of the Jedi.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: Played for laughs in the destruction of the first Death Star; the cutscene animation shows all sorts of exploding starship parts flying straight at the camera, ending with a flailing Stormtrooper minifig.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Due to its Obvious Beta status, the Nintendo DS version of LEGO Star Wars II is filled to the brim with bugs, some of which can make it impossible to complete certain levelsnote  in Free Play.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Slave Leia carries a blaster because a blaster is basically Leia's only ability and she carries it in all versions by default, but she doesn't shoot anyone on the cruiser until you gain control of her and she still kills Jabba the way she did in the movie. Also, where exactly is she keeping the blaster?
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • A literal example; late in the Mos Eisley level near the Cinema, you can find pens which are full of what is clearly Dewback turds, complete with a foul green stench and flies. Shooting them causes them to explode and make flowers sprout.
    • There is a unlockable move called "Fertilizer", which when riding dewbacks or other animals, lets you make them poop. On top of that, the game allows you to combine this move with the unlockable "Poo Money" cheat that, as it describes, makes the animals poop studs.
    • Slave girl Leia able to do a provocative dance.
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: In Jabba's sail barge.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: During an Empire Strikes Back level.
  • Gun Twirling: Han Solo, whenever he puts his gun away.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: "Cloud City Trap". Luke wins the boss fight against Darth Vader, but loses anyway.
  • I Will Tear Your Arms Off: "Wookiees are known to do that." Given that it's LEGO, it's more humorous than horrific.
  • Joke Character:
    • Characters without any kind of special ability, or even some of the basic abilities, including Chancellor Palpatine, the PK droid, and carbonite-frozen Han Solo. They can't even attack.
    • The Gonk droid is close, unable to do anything but walk around, but it's invincible; the right combination of unlockable cheats can make the Gonk a Lethal Joke Character. Respectively, Super Gonk (the gonk can now move faster and jump) and Self Destruct (droids can self destruct). Aww, wook at da cute widdle Gonk droi- BOOOM!
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Used with a lightsaber: After being handed the lightsaber, Luke turns it on and Obi-Wan ducks out of the way. Luke then swings it a few times and inadvertently beheads C-3PO.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Very few cutscenes with the Emperor are funny.
  • Lethal Joke Character: A combination of extras give the hilariously pathetic Gonk droid the ability to run, jump, and self destruct.
  • Missing Secret: Eventually subverted. In December 2006, a code was given on an old StarWars.com page (if not for the Wayback Machine, it'd be Lost Forever) for Disguise 3. But there's no Disguise 2! ...Until March 2007, when Disguise 2's code was finally revealed. However, at the time, players had to donate to Comic Relief for Red Nose Day in order to find out.
  • Nerf: In Lego Star Wars II, the high jump option was removed. While not such a problem for General Grievous, who at least has lightsabers, it made Jar-Jar completely useless.
  • Obvious Beta: The Nintendo DS version of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, which is full of Game Breaking Bugs that can render entire levels impossible to complete in Free Play (such as Jabba's Palace), Minikits that are impossible to get (such as in Speeder Bike Chase), and characters that are impossible to unlock without cheat codes even when they should be normally available (such as Slave Leia).
  • Old Save Bonus: Unlocked LEGO Star Wars characters could be transferred to The Original Trilogy.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: All you have to do is grab an enemy character's hat to pose as from that faction. Even when you're a seven foot tall wookiee with a stormtrooper helmet hanging lopsided on your head.
  • Respawning Enemies: The Battle of Yavin (Rebel Attack) and the Battle of Hoth, at least.
  • Rummage Fail:
    • When Obi-Wan is digging out Anakin's lightsaber in A New Hope.
    • When Luke force-grabs a cup instead of a blaster just before the Rancor battle in Return of the Jedi.
  • Shout-Out: The closing cutscene for Episode V shows Luke and Leia looking out over the galaxy from the medical frigate as Chewie and Lando fly off in the Falcon. Suddenly Luke's hand pops off and begins running around with a will of its own.
  • Stab the Sky: The cover of Star Wars: The Original Trilogy, in reference to the poster for A New Hope.
  • Swivel-Chair Antics: During a cutscene where Darth Vader comes to check on the progress of the second Death Star, a technician is shown having fun with a swivel chair instead of working.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: The first level of the Episode IV room, set on the Tantive IV, gives players the opportunity to space as many Imperials as you have time for during a level replay.
  • Timed Mission: A "super story" mode in which the player must complete all six levels of one of the films within an hour as well as collect a certain number of lego studs in order to gain an extra unlockable. Thankfully the timer pauses for cutscenes.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll:
    • Han Solo (and several other high-level gun characters, such as pre-Jedi Luke and Lando Calrissian) has a double-jump move where he can roll during a run and fire off three perfectly aimed shots when he comes out of it.
    • Stormtroopers land on their bellies when attempting to double jump.
  • Useless Useful Stealth
    • When going through the Death Star hallways in stormtrooper disguises in a level based on A New Hope, there is one place where the player must, from a distance, shoot stormtroopers who are in front of Ben Kenobi so that he can build a bridge, but doing so alerts nearby stormtroopers.
    • There's also one part where stormtroopers are running a modern-day call center, but all of them must be killed to move on. However, after killing the stormtroopers, new helmets can be retrieved. Once the players reach the detention cellblock, stormtroopers come in and attack anyway.
  • Visual Pun: In Jabba's palace, you can set up stereos that play a Heavy Metal remix of the "Imperial March" from Force Commander (aka the Rage Mix). The guards with axes start playing the axes like guitars.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 
  • Ascended Meme: One of the achievements is "Shoot First", awarded for playing as Han and gunning down teammate Greedo on the Mos Eisley level (referencing the "Han Shot First" meme from the Special Edition Orwellian Retcon of the confrontation between Han and Greedo).
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Princess Leia's slap from II is reused by Padme Amidala.
  • Compilation Re-release: Combined with Updated Re-release — it has all the levels from the first two games, as well as some new content not found in the previous releases.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Indy appears as a secret character in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, foreshadowing the next franchise to be LEGO Adapted.

    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: One clone trooper in a Clone Wars TV spot is all heroic, leading the charge amid artillery fire. He goes over the hill and sees a massive army of droids, and then turns and runs back down the hill.
  • Bonus Feature Failure: The 100 Percent Completion prize is... A Stealth Bomber, for the flight levels, something that you will probably never use due to preference for just preferring to control characters on normal levels.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: In a commercial for Clone Wars.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • As a Running Gag, clones keep getting non-lethally stepped/landed on by larger vehicles during the cutscenes.
    • If a level includes TX-20, chances are you're gonna have to chop his head off in some way or another to access a panel.
  • The Cameo: Darth Vader's helmet makes a brief appearance in Clone Wars, when Palpatine is playing golf in his office.
  • Dual Wielding: A Red Brick gives all lightsaber-wielders two lightsabers. Sadly, characters equipped with double-bladed lightsabers don't get in on the fun.
  • Gatling Good: The Heavy Clone Trooper wields a minigun-style blaster cannon. It's quite good for combat, especially since this game finally introduced strafing. It's also the only weapon that can destroy certain objects.
  • Groin Attack: R2-D2 gets one, despite a lack of a groin.
  • I Fell for Hours: The first level of Asajj Ventress' route.
  • Invincible Minor Minion: There are tactical droids who cannot be destroyed but if you attack them enough times they'll drop their head, which the player can pick up and use to access Separatist droid panels.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: A mission has R2-D2 and R3-S6 dueling with their stun prods in a way that mirrors a lightsaber duel.
  • Mythology Gag: The UFO from LEGO Indiana Jones 2 appears in Clone Wars as a ground vehicle.
  • No OSHA Compliance: In the Republic capital ship, there are no guard rails in the hub linking the bridge, brig, medical bay and fighter/assault bays.
  • Role Reprisal: In most games, the roles aren't done by the original actors, but Clone Wars is an exception, being one of the first games to get the cast from the source (in this case, the show) to record new dialogue for the game; they even got James Earl Jones to do some voice clips for Darth Vader.
  • Scenery Porn: Despite the simple style of the rest of the game, the backdrops for the space missions are quite pretty.
  • Shout-Out: A cutscene shows the clones wanting to use a very familiar mechsuit to fight the Geonosian queen. Sadly, it's buried in rubble before it can be used. (You can build and use it in the free play version of the level! Sadly, not against the boss.)
  • Use Your Head: One of IG-88's attacks.
  • Wingding Eyes: Padme and Anakin both get hearts in their eyes during the first battle.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
  • Adaptation Expansion: The base game includes six "Adventure Levels" taking place before the film, plus additional levels available as DLC.
  • Ascended Extra: Sidon Ithano, aka the Crimson Corsair, from The Force Awakens proved popular enough from the film to earn his own level.
  • Ascended Meme: Admiral Ackbar's Idle Animation has him eating from a box of Admiral Ackbar Cereal.
  • The Faceless: Captain Phasma. Even when she encountered a Dianoga who stole her helmet after she's thrown into garbage chute, she's still managed to cover her head with a bucket, became literal buckethead, until she shot the Dianoga and stole her helmet back.
  • Shout-Out: One of the things Unkar Plutt says during Rey's flashback is, "There's no place like home."

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