"Jar Jar, you're a genius!"What if Star Wars as we know it didn't exist, but instead the plot of the movies was being made up on the spot by players of a Tabletop Game?Well, for one, the results might actually make a lot more sense, from an out-of-story point of view...Darths & Droids is a webcomic created by The Comic Irregulars (David Morgan-Mar and seven of his friends from work), following the footsteps of DM of the Rings (found here), which used a similar premise for The Lord of the Rings. However, while DOTR featured a railroading GM herding a bunch of bored Munchkin players with an iron fist, Darths & Droids has a more tolerant GM, who's willing to let the players get Off the Rails and contribute to the development of the setting, if that's what it takes to have a fun and interesting game. Indeed, the very plot of Star Wars, with all its inconsistencies and bizarre leaps of logic, comes about because the players constantly force the GM to improvise.And that's not all; the Irregulars seem to be taking perverse pleasure in actually changing things from how they happen in the movies as much as they can while still being constrained by actual screencaps. This ranges from introducing the "Lost Orb" side-quest, all the way to Darth Maul being a hired bounty hunter who's, at worst, Chaotic Neutral. Even Palpatine seems like a good guy.In the blurb for each comic, there are often links to This Very Wiki, and there are even comics named after tropes, as well.The comic is being translated into a variety of languages, including: German, French and others. Notably, some of the translations are pure Gag Dub, including: Pirate, poetry, Zero Wing-esque mangled English and tlhIngan Hol (Klingon). Nearly all strips from Episode I are available in German.
— Qui-Gon Jinn (a.k.a. Jim)
The players from the original 3 movies correspond to the five basic RPG Player Archetypes, although Morgan-Mar claims it was unintentional.
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- The Brain: Ben, playing Obi-Wan Kenobi during the prequel trilogy, and once he dies in Episode IV he takes over Chewbacca. He prefers to think rationally before acting, comes up with sane plans, but is quick to resort to fast-talking the GM if nothing else works. Also points out the unlikelihood of situations they run into. At some point since Episode III he stopped coming to game sessions, but he eventually returns for Episode IV.
- The Real Man: Jim, initially playing Qui-Gon Jinn, then, after the death of Qui-Gon, Padmé Amidala. In Episode IV, his early characters (including Captain Antilles) wound up being Mauve Shirts, but now he's settling in as "Han Solo". note He's a gung-ho, enthusiastic player, often blindly rushing into danger. He's also prone to humorous misunderstandings of the setting, bizarre and obviously incorrect explanations, and creation of Plot Tumors. His insane plan regarding the pod race must be seen to be believed (yet he's also pursuing a Ph.D. in geophysics; in Pete's words, he relaxes by doing things that let him turn his brain off and surprises other the players when they realize that he's not as stupid as his play style suggests).
- The Loonie: Sally, playing Jar Jar Binks in Episode 1. By the time the Episode 2 campaign started, she decided Jar Jar was stupid, and bounced around several characters before mainly settling on C-3PO and Yoda. She's Ben's kid sister, who he once brought to a game session when their parents weren't home. Many of the wacky elements of the setting, such as the Gungans (including her own character), Toydarians, and an elected 14-year-old queen, are products of her wild imagination; the GM seems to have largely left the task of designing settings and alien races to her, in acknowledgment of the fact that she is more creative with such things than he is. Sally is also pure awesome in a can, given that she was able to accomplish the flat-out impossible feat of making Jar Jar Binks likable.
- The Munchkin: Pete, playing R2-D2. He joined after Jim told him about the game and designed his character in advance using Min-Maxing, resulting in a verbally-challenged non-humanoid robot with insane mechanic skills. For a short time, he filled in for the GM "due to some family emergency or whatever". His style of doing this seems to be...different. He has something of a soft spot for Sally, which makes a lot more sense once she sticks with C-3PO for Episode IV.
- The Thespian: Annie, initially playing Shmi Skywalker but soon switched to Anakin rather than shoehorning Shmi into the adventuring party. As of Episode IV, she's Leia (though that name is a secret and she's publicly known as Princess Organa - yes, "Princess" is her name and not a title) and Darth Vader with the big twist being that Vader is not Luke's father Anakin, but his mother Padmé. Ben told her about the game in drama class. Her unfamiliarity with typical RPG player behavior results in amusing misunderstandings, such as her mistaking Qui-Gon for a robber when he attempts to search Shmi's house for loot. Her roleplaying tends to be filled with Hidden Depths and moral ambiguity, which sometimes screws with the more straightforward mindset of the other players. As a joke, she plays what is considered to be the worst acted character from the prequel trilogy.
- The Sixth Ranger: Corey, joining the group in Episode IV and playing Luke (named Luke Amidala in this case; with the aliases "Adam Lars" and Luke "Starkiller"). He's Pete's nephew, being just a little older than Sally. He got interested in the group after hearing Pete talk about it, but was stunned to find it wasn't an role-playing video game. Nonetheless, he seems to be getting the hang of things pretty quickly.
- The Game Master: No Name Given, playing everyone else; mostly NPCs but he also plays a part in the Episode IV adventuring party as Chewbacca until Ben takes over the role. He too often sees his carefully written campaigns get shot to pieces by the players going Off the Rails, but knows better than to try Railroading and usually doesn't do any more than make a sarcastic comment in response. More often, he just rolls with whatever the players come up with. He also tends to differentiate NPCs with Just Some Stupid Accents, and he enjoys playing authority figures that get to call the PCs on their shenanigans.
Darths & Droids contains examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming:
Corey: PIE fighters?Sally: It stands for Plasma Ion Engines!GM: No, no, they're called —Pete: Too late, it's canon. They're PIE fighters now.
- About half the time Jim says anything, he gets its name wrong. Sio Bibble is "Bubble", Jedi knights are "Cheddar monks", Sebulba is "Sir Bulbar", etc. Taken to absurd lengths when Jim gets to name Padmé's entire family, then says the wrong names later.
- Lampshaded with the PIE fighters:
- Action Girl: Padmé, in a lampshaded case of Character Derailment, when Jim starts playing her.
- Adaptational Heroism: Several villainous characters are reimagined into being heroic characters who are going against the party due to their rampant insanity. Notable examples include Darth Maul and Jango Fett.
- Adaptational Villainy: R2-D2 is deliberately rewritten as a rude, Chaotic Evil Jerkass in a total inversion of his canon self. This version of Darth Vader is also much more evil, with most of his Jerkass Woobie traits removed completely.
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
GM: Delivered to this dark, dank den of despair, you discern a disarray of disheartened, disfigured, and dismembered droids.
- The GM's narration in episode 692.
Pete: You've been practising that sentence, haven't you?
- The title of this and all the other one-shot comics mentioned under Alternate History.
- Affably Evil: The clone troopers are Affably Amoral. To a man, they are friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic about their jobs — to the point that when it comes time to execute Order 66, they are both surprisingly eager to do the deed (a fact Palpatine comments on), and unfailingly complimentary and sympathetic to the Jedi they're gunning down.
- Affectionate Parody
- All Girls Like Ponies: Sally enthusiastically declares that Jar-Jar "has a face like a pony!" and later decides that Gungans all ride on dinosaur ponies. In strip 24 they said they "had to resist very strongly the urge for Sally to say that Otoh Gunga was full of ponies", saying that "at some point in this wonderful fantasy world Sally is building, the GM has to step in with something that requires more response than the players just marvelling at stuff.
- All Planets Are Earth-Like: Firstly spoofed, and then actively averted by the GM in response, resulting in the production of a Single-Biome Planet. The GM was trying to get them back on the damn rails so they'd go to Coruscant, not stop off on a planet he hadn't thought up yet.
- All There in the Manual: Episodes I, III & V have detailed notes describing the GM's initial story concept before the players massively derailed everything. Meanwhile, II and IV have the game played between I and II, and Jim's attempt at GM-ing.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe — one of the main purposes of the comic is to reinterpret the original characters: Palpatine may be a good guy, Dookû is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Darth Maul is a private detective and... Jar Jar is... a genius?Jar Jar: Dis meaning war, wesa needs to have a stronger leader! Mesa suggests Chancellor Palpatine gets emergency powers!
- Especially in the case of Palpatine, when he saves Obi-Wan Kenobi. They turn the whole reasoning behind the eventual start of the Jedi/Empire conflict upside down; instead of Palpatine slowly corrupting Anakin until he's prepared to attack Windu in Palpatine's defense, it's Anakin playing both sides, eventually convincing Windu that Palpatine is a sleeper agent before showing up when they fight and attacking Windu, ostensibly to defend Palpatine against his unjustified attack. They even manage to make Palpatine's killing of Windu into a fairly awesome moment for Palpatine.
- When Anakin starts to tell Padme of his horrifying plans she not only already deduces it but is totally on board with it. Of course the whole killing children thing is a bit too much for her.
- In the fourth session, the Empire as a whole seems to be Ambiguously Evil and the conflict is one of Order Versus Chaos rather than Black and White Morality.
- Alternate History: In this world, Star Wars was never made, producing a few cultural changes. The biggest of these changes is that there was no upsurge of interest in science-fiction in Hollywood during the 70s and 80s, resulting in Star Trek remaining an obscure 60s show instead of the massive movie and TV franchise it is in our world. Then there are alternate histories within alternate histories within alternate histories within still more alternate histories in the other fictional comics that exist in the world of Darths & Droids and worlds within the worlds note
- Logic Bomb: Since Futurama doesn't exist in the world of Hypnotoads and Hyperchickens, "Billy West is known (barely) for doing voiceovers for poorly selling computer games..." until he appears in the first Futurama movie.
- Even more interestingly, one Comments on a Postcard strip reveals what that universe is like without the webcomic Postcard existing, which looks suspiciously like our own. And a Square Root of Minus Garfield strip shows a universe without Garfield.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Of course. Summon Bigger Fish!
- Ambiguously Jewish: Darth Maul.
- And That's Terrible: Spoken by Jim as a part of Blatant Lies.
- Anti-Hero: Weirdly enough, Palpatine so far. Throughout most of the series, he's been portrayed as a Reasonable Authority Figure, and he even saves Obi Wan during the escape from Grievous' ship, but it turns out the Peace Moon really was a weapon. However, he only made the plans to act as a deterrent, like MAD in the Cold War.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Hilariously enough, this is Chewbacca's hat.
- Apocalypse How:
- In a Class 4 example, how did Mustafar become a molten volcanic planet? It was originally Naboo. The Trade Federation took over the planet and moved it into the orbit of a nearby gas giant, causing increased tidal activity and, in turn, volcanic activity, all so they can smelt it and build the Peace Moon. However, ultimately it turned out that most of the population survived, Theed was protected by a force field, and the planet itself was liberated offscreen by Jar Jar, who then moved it back to its original orbit.
- And then in #744, the moment you've been waiting for for the entirety of Episode IV: the Peace Moon blows up Naboo.
- April Fools' Day: The strip was replaced with a self-made replica of the scenes, claiming Lucasfilm had issued a cease and desist about using screenshots.
- Arc Fatigue: Lampshaded in-universe. While catching up on the plot during his two-year absence, Ben comments "Is this the Peace Moon plans? Still?" (Pete: "But the real ones this time!")
- Arc Welding: Welded by the strip's writers. In the Gamemaster's campaign:
- Are We There Yet?: Jar Jar in this episode.
- Armor-Piercing Question: While Obi-Wan and Yoda are discovering the Jedi Temple massacre:Ben: Sally, this is serious. You need to play it seriously.Sally: Just because you do everything Dad tells you to!Ben: What? No I don't!Sally: Why are you studying medicine then?!
Sally: Why did you leave without telling me?Ben: Someone dear to me made me question my life.Sally: What stupid dorkhead was that?!?Ben: She asked me why I was studying medicine.BeatSally: Oh.
- So armor-piercing that it facilitates his Walking the Earth, followed by becoming The Obi-Wan in the process.
- It's then later turned into what can be best described as an Armor Piercing Answer.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
- Episode 329:Obi-Wan: Let's see. You stole the plans for a symbol of peace. You're allied with (a) a known megalomaniacal warlord and (b) a criminal sociopath. You have not one, but two, armies at your disposal. You've captured me — unfairly — and are holding me with no means of escape. And you're monologuing.
Count Dookû: I am monologuing?!
- And in Episode 356:Poggle the Lesser: ... trespassing, destroying assembly line equipment, sabotaging factory computers, flatlining 6 droids, killing 15 Geonosian factory workers — [gasp!] — and parking illegally on a steam vent.
Padmé Amidala: To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. The steam vent was inadequately signposted.
- And in Episode 558:Mace Windu: Nute Gunray is behind everything... the Jedi Archives, the clone army, my apartment block....
- Episode 329:
- Ascended Extra: Anakin started as a random kid made up on the fly when the players went off the rails, the GM had not even thought up a name for him. Later, Annie took over the character for herself.
- Pete (upon meeting Anakin): Clearly a completely unimportant NPC.
- Ascended Meme: The question whether or not Annie was pregnant during the campaign corresponding to Revenge of the Sith was a topic of a hot debates on the Irregular Webcomic forum, and ultimately it was referenced in the comic itself.
- Asteroid Thicket: Lampshaded- Jim (a geophysicist who has spent two years studying space geology) rightfully points out that the asteroid field in Episode V shouldn't actually exist, which prompts Annie to call it "A massive region of randomly moving, closely packed, enormous giant space rocks."
- Avenging the Villain: Jango Fett's reason for opposing the PC's, though the person he is trying to avenge, Darth Maul, wasn't exactly evil.
- Awesome, but Impractical: When going through Luke's character sheet, "Survival: Snow" is one of his skills, along with "Survival: Desert", "Survival: Forest", and "Survival: Swamp". Annie (playing Leia) questions how a character who spent his whole life in the desert ever learned to survive in a snowy climate, not to mention that he wouldn't need it there.
- Badass Army: Yoda's assessment of the clone army.
- Badass Boast: On a meta level, the Comic Irregulars' reaction to Disney announcing Episodes VII - IXnote ."The good news is: We should be finished with Episode VI around then, and will be able to move smoothly on to parodying Episode VII. If the new movie sucks, we will redeem it. On the other hand, if the new movie is awesome, it will be awesome. You can't lose."
- Bad Boss:
- Grievous, who kills his own minions just because one of them interrupted his monologue.
- Darth Vader, who kills any troops or officers that fail him even in the slightest. It even goes to the point that after capturing the Rebel Hoth base, he has his troops call in an orbital bombardment on themselves.
- Bait and Switch: In the fourth campaign, Jim mentions that his next character would be named Greedo, leading to expectation that his Greedo would be killed by the NPC Han Solo. As it turns out, "Greedo" murders "Han Solo" and takes his place.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Inverted.
- Beard of Evil:
Jim: Don't think I haven't noticed your goatee.
- Spoofed. Jim immediately assumes Sio Bubble is evil just because he has a goatee. Jim's suspicion of the GM pulling this trope continues into the second game, and has expanded to include Senator Organa, of all people, in this strip.
- Made more hilarious due to Jim's original character, Qui-Gon, sporting such a goatee.Qui-Gon: Fine. But we're not taking Bubble. That goatee is a death sentence.
Obi-Wan: Uh... don't you have a—
Obi-Wan: Can I see your character sheet for a—
Qui-Gon: You may not.
- By injecting midi-chlorians into Anakin, he creates the main villain of the entire campaign. Qui-Gon really is evil.
- Made even more hilarious when the GM's notes for the Princess Bride campaign had a side note about Count Rugen:Has a goatee! Should be fun when others don't believe Jim that he's evil.
- When Darth Vader first appears in a campaign corresponding to A New Hope, Jim isn't sure whether he is evil or not because he can't see whether he has a goatee.
- When Ben finally shows up, Jim comments "Cool beard."
- Humorously, the cast list for the Sandals and Spartans alternate reality comic notes that Jim/Leonidas "trusts [the evil Theron] implicitly due to his nifty goatee."
- Beat Panel: Used very often:
- Right here.
- Double beat.
- Ladies and gentlemen, the ultimate beat panel. The next strip in the sequence takes it Up to Eleven.
- This (warning: major spoilers!) is an entire Beat Strip, meant to resemble how there was a three-year wait until Return of the Jedi explained the plot twist of Empire Strikes Back.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Annie is invoking this with her character Leia's relationship with Luke. Corey doesn't catch on right away.
- Best Served Cold: Jango Fett's ten-year plan to build an army and destroy the Jedi Order and the Republic just to get revenge against Obi-Wan.
- Big Brother Instinct: Pete for Sally, to the point that he calls out Sally's actual brother Ben for being a poor role model.
- Big "NO!": Done at various times throughout the comics. Some examples:
- Annie/Anakin after being told that Cliegg Lars is his stepfather.
- Anakin again when Mace Windu announces his decision to simply kill Palpatine rather than put him on trial.
- Jim does this after he's pushed out of the gunship into the desert as part of Ben and Annie's plans to protect the Senator from harm.
- Boba Fett does this after Jango tells him that Obi Wan killed his father, Darth Maul.
- Sally's reaction upon learning that all of the dinosaur ponies are gone.
- Anakin's reaction to being told that Palpatine now controls him, rather than vice versa.
- Leia does this twice in episode 772: when the Peace Moon is about to destroy Naboo and when Vader reveals that she is his daughter.
- Vader gets a subdued one when he learns from Obi-Wan that his son has allegedly been killed then impersonated by Luke.
- Corey (who plays Luke) gets one when Ben (Obi-Wan) doesn't even roll the die and lets himself get killed by Vader.
- Corey and Sally do it simultaneously upon the equally simultaneous realizations (a) by Luke that Vader is his father and (b) by Yoda that Anakin is still alive.
- In a reversal of the original trilogy, Vader, upon being told that "Starkiller" actually is his son Luke... shortly after having cut his hand off.
- Boba Fett does one when Han was about to reveal what happened to Obi-Wan, but was cut off by being frozen. And then again when Han was thawed out, only for him to have amnesia and forget Obi-Wan completely.
- Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: Subverted; Qui-Gon cannot use blasters to shoot other blaster shots out of the air. Please note that this actually happens in Coruscant Nights, one of the Star Wars novel series.
- Blatant Lies/Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: The translation into Zero Wing-style Engrish. Probably a Shout-Out to the notorious "Backstroke of the West".
- Blood Knight: What Qui-Gon becomes in Jim's hands.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In episode 766, Luke unknowingly borrows Anakin's catchphrase while trying to convince Obi-Wan to train him. Obi-Wan is not amused.
- Briar Patching: Done by Pete in episode 706.
- Brick Joke:
- "You are enlightened."
- When the group returns to the Gungans and the bongo is mentioned to Annie, Jim calls it a fishing lure. Remember the fish?
- During the senate scene in Phantom Menace, Chancellor Valorum complains about the frailty of organic bodies and says he wants to set up a committee to investigate turning people into cyborgs. At the time, it looks like one of many one-off statements from a bored Cloudcuckoolander politician. But guess who General Grievous turns out to be.
- "Bring on the space dreadnoughts bristling with atomic missiles!"
- Another one has been set up for when Empire comes around...
- And another one regarding Vader's future status as a Bad Boss.
- Early on, Yoda's reaction to Qui-Gon's podrace scheme was a deadpan "Remedial course on Jedi Ethics, you need." Much later during the Revenge of the Sith climax, Obi-Wan brings up Jedi Ethics again and sets up a pun.
- In strip #633, Jim suggests that Annie roll up a Pirate as her new character. Guess what Jim thought of making his new character after the death of Qui-Gon in strip #198...
- Which of course is probably a setup for Jim playing a certain "Pirate" in the Fourth episode...
- Here's another one.
- Tuna booze oil.
- Pete's special die apparently made a BIG impression in-universe, and not only on the players.
- Pete taking -2 Reputation so R2 can get a periscope comes back to bite him in the ass when the Mos Eisley cantina puts him on their blacklist.
- Hey Fetta! Guess where Obi-Wan is? He's- (One alcohol freezing-and-thawing later) -Dead!
- Brutal Honesty: In strip #578.Padme: Say it with me now:
Anakin & Padme: "I made it all up..." "to turn Palpatine against the Jedi..." "and now I'm all powerful."
- Bumbling Sidekick: Daine Jir starts to look like this.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite all his in-game stupidity, Jim is doing a Ph.d. in geophysics. It doesn't escape Annie's notice when he points it out.
- But He Sounds Handsome:
- Yoda (the character Sally mostly settles on playing) regularly talks about how smart and competent Jar-Jar (Sally's original character) is (despite her pretty much disowning him by the time the campaign gets to Attack of the Clones).
- Jim has nothing but praise for his characters both in- and out of character.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Since this is an universe where Star Wars is just a tabletop campaign, the weapons only have normal names with, as Jim puts it, "techy words in front"; hence, lightsabers are only referred to as Laser Swords.
- Call Back:
- "Do you remember?" And if you start from here, you can see that Anakin went through every single step of the journey to the dark side. There are not enough Roleplaying XP points in the world.
- A more humorous one shows up in episode 720: Chocolate dice!
- An impressive 800-page callback joke occurred in episode 1058, where Han mentions the extremely implausible-but-canon destruction of the Republic Library's memory orbs by dogs that came up in episode 258. The joke started in 257, regarding the destruction of the Republic Library's books by dogs.
- At the end of Empire Strikes Back, Nute Gunray's consciousness has taken over multiple Cloud City computer systems and are trying to take each other out. Pete remembers how he came up with that idea back in Attack of the Clones, which the GM admits:Yes, and a great idea it was too. For a villain.
- So let me recap... ...This campaign is awesome.
- A pretty funny one occurred near the beginning of Episode IV and concluded with the end of Episode V. As the other players are, in character, trying to explain to Corey the history of the campaign and the Orb of Phantasticora, he sarcastically asks if he can replay this cutscene later. Cue the end of V, where they start talking about the Orb, and he has no idea what they're talking about. They inform him that they've already explained it to him, and he asks if he can replay that cutscene now.
- In the first strips of Episode VI, Sally tells Jim that she used to change her dream career quite often - which was indeed a running gag during Episode III.
- ...Clear the intakes... ... and open the throttle...
- Call Forward:
Han: Hey, can I try that?Chewbacca: Never.
- "He'll be able to bullseye womp rats in our T-16 by the time he's five."
- In episode 538, General Grievous tells Obi-Wan that he sees his future, that his flesh will be divorced and his robes will fall empty. Exactly what happens when Vader kills him and he becomes a force ghost.
- As of episode 1336 they've already started making calls forward to the sequel trilogy when Chewbacca shoots down the speeder bike with his bowcaster.
- Calvinball: The rules of the system are very unclear, but this is intentional, as they've said that they're not using any established system. Based on analysis from several strips, it appears to combine the following aspects:
- The basic d20 mechanic from any d20 system (d20 + modifier versus target number to beat).
- A Merit/Flaw system (Pete's Short and Mute flaws for extra skill points).
- A reputation system, probably similar to the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars d20 system. For instance, Pete got a Periscope for -2 to Reputation.
- Force Powers and other skills, including combat skills (Parry), appear to need investment with skill points, and it operates like any standard d20 mechanic (see above).
- A highly complicated grapple system◊ (clearly a Shout-Out to grappling in D&D 3rd Edition).
- A Class system that permits Multiclassing (Padme with a Rogue/Monarch).
- A "defense dice" mechanic.
- Campaign Comic: The Trope Codifier.
- Canon Sue: In-universe: When Pete's running the game, he tends to overplay the awesomeness of R2.
- Can't Argue with Elves: The concept is tossed around here.
- Captain Oblivious: Mace Windu.
- Captain Obvious: Ric Olié as played by the GM.
- Captain's Log: Obi-Wan summarizes his subplot most succinctly in #521, with obligatory Shout-Out to Star Trek.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Most of the villains from the films are actually anti-villains or even anti-heroes. In Episode III, however, this trope is played horribly straight by General Grievous.
- Celebrity Paradox: Explicitly acknowledged, and lampshaded the heck out of it; one annotation goes further on to imagine this hypothetical world without Star Wars, even including a strip, cast page, FAQ and episode list from a fake Harry Potter equivalent of the comic. Taken a level further when we learn that in the hypothetical world of the Harry Potter comic, the equivalent is a comic based on The Sound of Music. That world in turn is shown to have its comic equivalent be based on the first X-Men movie, and more.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Arguably. The early strips mostly derived their humor from the absurdity of RPG tropes being applied to a setting meant to be serious, and players transforming it into the whimsical setting of The Phantom Menace just by being themselves. Later, the metaplot got more serious, focusing on interpersonal relationships between the players in more detail and noting how it affects the plot of the in-universe campaign.
- Character Development: Both the PCs and the players. Sally has grown from Annoying Younger Sibling to Crazy Awesome, and Pete seems to be shedding his Jerkass tendencies as well.
- Chekhov's Gag: In Darth Maul's Flashback, we see a droid on the trade federation star ship asking the hologram Palpatine if he wants a drink, which looks like a gag. In Jango Fett's flashback, it's revealed that that was actually Jango giving a code phrase to Maul.
- Happens again to explain the reveal that Vader is actually PADME. No. Really. Not only that, turns out that "Out of Character" shouting done by a "dead" Padme wasn't so out of character after all.
- The running gag about dogs eating books in the Republic Library has an explanation, which in turn ties into another event seemingly forgotten from episode 238, answering questions about the operation that Bobba's mother couldn't pay for, yet was never mentioned again after she died and why Bobba looks like Jango despite not being his clone in this universe.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- The morale bonus Pete gives because watching R2 fly is just that cool. It later comes back to throw a wrench in his Killer GMing.
- The reason why the Senate boxes are shaped like Frisbees.
- This very page used to describe the Lost Orb sidequest as "ultimately minor". Oops.
- The Japor Snippet amulet which Anakin hands over to Padme early in the campaign is lampshaded in The Rant as one of many minor plot devices the prequel trilogy tended to gloss over. It was ultimately the MacGuffin responsible for Padme's ridiculous survival rate during the Prequel campaign...which also led to her surviving her Death by Childbirth and subsequently becoming Darth Vader.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- The butler droid on the Trade Federation ship, who is actually Jango Fett in disguise. He is Darth Maul's partner.
- Chancellor Valorum, who later reappears as General Grievous.
- Nute Gunray, who later reappears to take control of R2-D2 and Cloud City.
- Chekhov's Skill:
- The impossibly awkward scene where Anakin gets thrown off the shaak on Naboo was him practicing his Riding skill. It comes in handy in the arena on Geonosis.
- Luke has survival skills for all sorts of terrain on his character sheet — even snow, which is noted as implausible on a desert planet. Luke visits planets with each of those terrains in the movies. Even better, they may have even been set up as such in-universe by the GM — Corey obviously isn't acquainted enough with roleplaying to set up his own character sheet, so the GM may have given him things planned to be useful down the road and justified it with Luke being raised by Crazy Survivalists.
- Chewbacca Defense: What else would Jim use during the trial on Genosis?
- The Chosen One: Anakin of course, as spoofed in a Genre Savvy manner here. Drink!
- Clarke's Third Law: Invoked by the GM to explain how Boba Fett's angular-momentum-defying grappling line works in the Sarlacc pit fight.
- Cloning Blues: Inverted; clones are far superior to droids, at least according to Jango.
- Pretty much any character played by Sally. And apparently, if Sally GMed, the plot would be The Muppet Movie.
- Chancellor Valorum combines this with President Evil. Kneel before Valorum! As General Grievous, he's (mostly) lost this trait and seems much more competent. And angry.
- The clone troopers are basically an army of Cloudcuckoolanders.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Doubling as a Call Back to when he tried (and obviously failed) to use the Force to literally Summon Bigger Fish during the underwater sequence, Jim tries to attack the enemy droids at the Royal Palace with the same ability, much to the consternation of Ben and the GM. However, he relents and dials back on his action call—because he thought the resulting odor would be intolerable.Jim/Qui-Gon: "It'd stink up the palace for a week! Then [Padme]'d never give us a new boat!"
- "Right... I'm glad I'm a recording and didn't hear that."
- When Jim has Han try to track Luke in the middle of a snowstorm at night and rolls a 6, he struggles to grasp that he didn't have a hope in hell of succeeding.
- Jim is completely incapable of recognising the canonical solution to "Luke is freezing to death next to a dead tauntaun", no matter how much the DM spells it out. Even when he gets it, he thinks it's a stopgap measure until he can set the tauntaun on fire.
- Doubling as a Call Back to when he tried (and obviously failed) to use the Force to literally Summon Bigger Fish during the underwater sequence, Jim tries to attack the enemy droids at the Royal Palace with the same ability, much to the consternation of Ben and the GM. However, he relents and dials back on his action call—because he thought the resulting odor would be intolerable.
- Coming In Hot: Aside from the crash of the Invisible Hand in Episode III, there is a parody of the trope here.Jim (as Han): Chewie! Hit the... uh... forward!
Chewbacca: "Forward" engaged.
Pete: Match the rotation! Match the rotation!
Chewbacca: Rotation zero radians per second: matched.
Han: We're coming in too hot!
* Millennium Falcon slowly lands on the Peace Moon*
Clone Trooper: Wow. Slowest landing ever.
- Composite Character: Some things from the movies get merged in this telling: Chancellor Valorum and General Grievous, Naboo, Mustafar, and Alderaan. A lesser version is at the beginning of Episode IV, where random Rebel Troopers are used to represent Captain Antilles until the scene where the real Antilles appears, getting throttled by Vader.
- Concept Art Gallery: On the Fan-Art page.
- Con Lang: R2-D2's beeps look at first glance like random onomatopoeic syllables, until Ben figures out that Pete has constructed an actual language out of them.
- Continuity Nod: In and out of universe: Underwater oxygen extraction apparatus and grappling hook.
- Cosmetic Award: Your journey to the Dark Side is now complete! Achievement Unlocked!
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: During his duel with Yoda, Palpatine points out that if the Jedi had some ethical concerns with his leadership, they could have just talked to him about it. And apparently Sally ended up agreeing with him, as she decided to sort everything out with him after saving Obi-Wan.
- Cranial Processing Unit: Mentioned with reference to how strange it is that C3PO still works when his head is grafted onto a battledroid.
- Crazy Survivalists: Beru and Owen in the campaign corresponding to A New Hope.
- Critical Failure: Jim, twice in a row, with the second supposedly having 1 rolls pre-rolled out. This convinces Jim to just let his character pass, so he can roll up a ninja character (the GM vetoes that).
- Cross Player: Sally (as several characters), Annie (as Anakin), and Jim (as Padmé). In other words, exactly half the cast. Take into the account that Pete's character doesn't really have a gender, and we're left with two players who has a character that was consistently the same sex as they are (Ben, who plays Obi-Wan and Chewbacca, and Corey, who plays Luke). Averted so far with the roles they play in the original trilogy, not counting Sally as Yoda but including Vader.
- Cultural Translation: Frequently a necessity when the fans translate the comics into various languages.
- Cut Himself Shaving: Invoked to explain the alien Tion Medon's ghastly facial features.
- Daddy DNA Test: Vader learns that Leia is his daughter by having her DNA analysed and by having her blood tested for midi-chlorian count.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Gunnery Captain Bolvan knows that just because an escape pod doesn't have any life forms in it doesn't mean it shouldn't be shot down. Too bad for him that Pete disabled guns before leaving.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- The GM.Boy, it must be really rough to have your campaign completely derailed...
- R2-D2Pilot: General Glevious has gone mad! He'll kill us all!
R2: In other news, grass is green.
Obi-Wan: Your path to the Dark Side is complete!
R2: Achievement Unlocked!
- The GM.
- Death by Adaptation:
- General Veers, killed in Luke's Roaring Rampage of Revenge after Dak's death.
- Anakin actually dies on Mustafar. It's Padmé that becomes Darth Vader in this version.
- Deception Noncompliance: When R2-D2 (as played by Pete) was secretly being controlled by Nute Gunray, Pete tried to let other people know it as much as possible. This involved swapping the Ls and Rs of his beeping sounds (as is done to satirise the accent given to the character in the film) and acting out of character.Pete: I was subtly trying to indicate that something was wrong with me! I tried to abandon the party back on Hoth, remember? I was totally acting out of character! Don't tell me none of you noticed?
- Deep-Immersion Gaming
- Detect Evil: Qui-Gon wanted to use this, assuming he would have the ability.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Lampshaded in episode #685.Leia: I'm ready to die for the Rebellion, "Lord" Vader.
Darth Vader: Did you just air-quote me?
- Different World, Different Movies: The Rant to comic #50. Star Wars doesn't exist in the players' universe, because the comic wouldn't make sense if it did. So various other Star Wars-influenced things are also different, including Darths and Droids itself, which has become Wands and Warts, a Harry Potter comic. There's a link to a mockup of a Wands and Warts page, with a similar rant at the bottom, except that it links to a comic based on The Sound of Music (Notes And Nazis), and so on and so on.
- The Dog Shot First: Played with, given that the annotation even says it's the most anticipated strip ever. While Harrison Ford shoots before his adversary can do so, in there his name is Greedo.
- Don't Try This at Home: Pete's dice get this treatment.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: This episode title; this strip also introduces a Drinking Game.
- Later, Sally sings "The Doom Song".
- Dramatic Irony: In-universe and out; because of Ben's commitment to the line between in-character and out-of-character actions and knowledge, he and the audience know that Anakin would have left Obi-Wan to die, but Obi-Wan does not. Ben doesn't hold it against Annie because it's in-character for Anakin, but notes that there might be trouble in-game if Obi-Wan found out.
- Drinking Game: Pete is playing one; drink every time a cliché shows up!
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Done to Naboo in place of Alderaan in Episode IV.
- Either/Or Title: Episodes 131 and 132.
- Epic Fail: Pete fires his laser cannons in the middle of a massive space battle. He misses everything.
- Even Evil Has Standards:Vader blows up Naboo with the Peace Moon.
Leia, Luke, Han, Obi-wan, and C-3PO: (stunned silence)
R2-D2: You. Utter. Frakking. Bastard.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
- The GM is always referred to as such, even though at least Jim and Ben presumably know his name. None of the players address the GM by name. Pete claims the job before Annie says the name on. Later, Pete just doesn't include him in the apology for arriving late.
- Princess Organa's first name actually is Princess, rather than Leia. And then the opposite turns out to be the case.
- Everyone Has Standards: Pete makes it clear that even if he's tricky he will always play by the rules.
- Everyone Knows Morse: In this strip, Ben attempts to communicate with Jango by firing shots in Morse Code. Of course, his ship is unarmed.
- Evil Chancellor:
- Subverted; Jim's suspicions of Sio Bibble have no basis in fact or reality.
- Chancellor Palpatine (possibly). Bizarrely enough, if Sally's comments in Episode 704 are anything to go by, the Imperial Senate may be taking this role towards Emperor Palpatine, basically flipping the situation in the movies on its head.
- Evil Plan: Anakin's/Annie's grand scheme in Episode III is to play the Jedi Council, Palpatine, and Ben/Obi-Wan against each other, making each of them think the other is Sith, with the ultimate goal of standing atop the resulting chaos and gaining complete control of the galaxy as The Man Behind the Man. Jim and Pete are left slack-jawed in admiration. The gambit ultimately fails after he is dismembered by Obi-Wan, then is found by Palpatine and dies; Padme becomes Darth Vader.
- Exact Words:
- Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: "Episode #1136: Corridor of Destiny! Old Friends Catch Up On Situations!"
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: How Annie realizes it wasn't Jim's fault she lost her job.
- False Reassurance: The Rant in Strip 463 points out that any GM wanting to scare the piss out of his players should word his declarations in a way that just leaves open the possibility of threats lurking around corners.
- Famous Last Words: Grievous dials this Up to Eleven."Zam... If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes. I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in the rain... Time to die. (beat) Rosebud..."
- Fictionary: Pete came up with a whole language for Artoo's beeps. Ben managed to decipher it, which saved the entire adventuring party. None of the other players even realized that the beeps weren't just random sound effects.Sally: Why would you expect anyone to have gone to so much trouble to make a consistent language out of beeps?Ben: It's Pete!
- Fictional Social Network: #1165 "Forceful Takeover" has Darth Vader shut off his shuttle's computer while one of the clone troopers is browsing Clone Book.
- Flanderization: Ric Olié was already a Captain Obvious in the movie, but the comic deliberately took it even further — although it tries not to draw attention.
C-3PO:You got a problem with droids?Rieekan: Hey, some of my best friends are droids.C-3PO: Name one!Rieekan:Well, uh...there was that one who, uh...made my salad.C-3PO: That was me!Rieekan: That was you? Sorry. You all look alike to me.
- Flat characters are invoked for comedic effect when it comes to the NPCs. General Dodonna also comes to mind.
- General Rieekan is a deliberate, in-universe example. In his first session, he's just a Jerkass who's all around rude and abrasive to everyone but especially offends Pete and Sally when he calls Pete a "stupid droid" and rudely orders Sally to go make him a salad. In his next (and final) session, the GM plays up to the only two players who noticed and commented on Rieekan's rudeness by making Rieekan a total "Droidist" where practically everything he says is a stereotypically bigoted phrase only directed at droids.
- Flashback Effects: Of the sepia-toned variety.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Sally during Episode III; every session she has a new interest that she pours her heart and soul into, but come next session she's decided that her former interest was stupid, and now she has a new and much better one.
- Follow the Leader / Sincerest Form of Flattery: The writers admit up front this is based on DM of the Rings.
- Footnote Fever: The notes for episode 522.
- Foregone Conclusion:
- The relationships between the players, reflected in-game by their characters, is slowly fracturing in much the same way as the original Star Wars characters did. And Revenge of the Sith didn't exactly end well.
- Completely, gloriously subverted in regards to Jim and Annie. They actually manage to reconcile their differences just as Anakin has started "his" Face–Heel Turn. Jim starts getting better at roleplaying, and for the scene of Padme's murder, is roleplaying so well, Annie actually has to ask Jim to stop roleplaying for a moment so she can tell him how much she loves him.
- The relationships between the players, reflected in-game by their characters, is slowly fracturing in much the same way as the original Star Wars characters did. And Revenge of the Sith didn't exactly end well.
- When Pete asks what a pod is, and Jim's response in the next panel. Guess what they end up encountering on Kamino?
- Pete goes on an extended rant as he demands something more science-fictiony, such as space dreadnoughts bristling with atomic missiles. Then at the end of Episode 2, Pete suggests "a massive battle involving space dreadnoughts bristling with atomic missiles" (Annie: "As long as we're the ones with the dreadnoughts") and the GM takes notes. Remember how the Episode 3 movie started?
- You may consider this dialog to be a foreshadowing to Return of the Jedi:Palpatine: And who shall judge who is wicked? Who else is to die?
Anakin: Anyone who disagrees with me, for starters.
Palpatine: I disagreed with you just now, Anakin.
Anakin: Well obviously not you, Chancellor.
- And another one regarding Jedi:Palpatine: This is fun; perhaps I should install a huge bottomless pit in my quarters for no apparent reason.
- This speech by Valorum pretty much flat out tells you what his eventual fate will be, but you'd never realise it the first time through.
- And then comes a piece of dialogue from Anakin/Annie about Padme/Jim. Considering how much development Annie plans out for her character and how involved she gets into them, this could be both, either, or neither foreshadowing or in-character anxiety.Anakin (describing an in-character dream): You die in childbirth.
- "You are NOT wearing the queen's dresses." Guess who Jim ended up playing as about a movie later?
- Grievous to Kenobi: "I see your future. Divorced from your flesh, your moth-robes fall empty."
- One of R2-D2's flaws to support Pete's Min-Maxing is Tastes Good To Dragons. The DM says he can keep them. Know what happens to R2 in the Dagobah swamp? He gets eaten, of course!SFX: Ptooey!SFX: < oooooooooooowwoooooooooooo >SFX: Kerassh!!GM: Lucky. That one almost came back to bite you.
- In episode 186 Palpatine orders Maul to team up with the Jedi:Maul: I Work Alone.
Palpatine: That's not what it says on your card.
- In episode 283, we learn about his partner.
- In episode 30 Sally asks if she can be a Jedi. The GM and Ben say no. Eventually, she plays both Windu and then Yoda (as well as the librarian).
- Mace wondering who could be Gunray's sleeper agent. Also: "With respect, Master Windu couldn't spot a Sith if he was one." And this is almost literally the case - see Manchurian Agent below.
- The notes for this strip has a table for losing parts of your body, including both legs and the left arm. Guess what happens to Anakin at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
- Mah son is sometimes ze same way.
- Luke's character sheet has Survival: Desert, Forest, Snow, and Swamp. That might help...
- The players point out that they shouldn't be told what the bad guys are saying when they are not around. Annie is controlling Darth Vader by proxy, so it's perfectly justified.
- At one point Sally jokingly claims that Anakin is actually the Sith Lord. Yeah 'bout that... Or not, given the Red Herring.
- As they approach Cloud City, R2-D2 calls it "Crowd City", in a context where he could just be making a pun. But it's soon revealed to be subtle foreshadowing of Nute Gunray, whose "Japanese" accent consists of switching his Ls and Rs, taking control.
- Darth Vader accuses Obi-Wan of killing the only person he (Darth Vader) had ever loved. Makes sense when you read this.
- In Episode 1097, C-3PO who is saying the opposite of what she means ever since her head was attached backwards, but the others haven't picked up on it directly says that Han isn't the traitor. Eleven strips later, we learn she was "right".
- The DM's plan for Episode III says that Nute Gunray is unkillable in this game. Despite what the PC's think, he's right.
- Framing the Guilty Party: Category 2. In Episode III, Annie as Anakin has been casting suspicion between the main characters, trying to turn them against each other at various times suggesting dark motives for Palpatine, Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Mace Windu. Upon The Reveal that Mace Windu is a brainwashed sleeper agent for the Trade Federation she seems genuinely shocked that one of the people she was trying to cast suspicion on was actually guilty of something.
- French Jerk: Dookû.
- Funetik Aksent: Many Non Player Characters, but Dookû has the silliest one. Tarkin is given one in Episode IV.
- Gambler's Fallacy: Pete is a firm subscriber to this due to his steadfast belief that dice have memories, can be "cursed" or "blessed", and can have the 1s prerolled out of them.
- In Episode III he tries to weaponize this trope against Ben during the fight against Grievous, handing him his "special" dice, all of which have only ever rolled 1. And then Ben rolls critical hits with all of them.
- Game Within a Game: The players' and GM's characters play one in episode 778.
- GASP!: Collective ones from the Geonosians and the Republic Senate so far.
- Geeky Turnon: Annie's rather cunning plan during the pod race prompted Pete to say "I'm in love".
- Gender Flip: It's more for pronoun purposes, but in Darths & Droids, C-3PO is referred to as female.
- Later, when it turns out that Darth Vader actually is Padme.
- Genius Ditz: Jim is a real ditz in RPG, genius otherwise. See here to see him put the GM in his place when the GM uses the word "vergence" wrong, because he's doing Ph.D in geophysics. And later, he even works out the insane conditions that would make a planet like Naboo physically possible to patch up the GM's overlooking basic physics in the earlier strips. But lest we forget the second half of this trope:R2-D2: It's tough holding a grudge against someone who doesn't even notice.
- Genre Savvy: All the players — except Sally and Annie, at least in the first movie.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Leia tries this on Luke to snap him out of his Heroic BSOD after Obi-Wan's death, though it looks more like unhealthy manipulation than anything else. Luke bluntly rebukes her, exposing that he has every reason to be angsting.Luke: I've been fed lies my entire life! Every person I've known for more than two days is dead!
- GMPC: Temporary example with R2-D2, when the regular GM has a family emergency and lets Pete fill in because he has the most GM experience.
- Chewbacca was an example, joining the group as PC Jim's eloquent sidekick, specifically designed to excel at all his dump stats (like diplomacy. Later became an ordinary PC due to the death of Obi-Wan aboard the Peace Moon.)
- Go Mad from the Isolation: In Episode V, Sally's Yoda has gone a bit bonkers from twenty years of isolation on Dagobah.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Padmé, once Jim takes over playing her. And it continues when Annie plays her as Darth Vader.
- Gone Horribly Right: So,
AnakinPadmé, you want to corrupt Palpatine and become the power behind the throne? Sure, why not. Just be certain that you've not corrupted him enough to consider you a loose cannon and turn you into a cyborg so he can control you. Oops.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: During the earlier strips, "frakking" is the harshest the language ever gets. The only exception is in strip #11, when Jim exclaims, "No, we just kick ass!" which happens before Sally joins the group. No longer applies during the Episode IV campaign and onwards, wherein Sally is a couple of years older and a bit more of a smart mouth, though they still refrain from using any of the harsher words in an effort to maintain the comic's PG rating.
- Grappling with Grappling Rules: Done here.◊
- Groin Attack: "I kick him where it hurts!"
- Guilt by Association Gag: Done by Sally in this strip.
- Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: Palpatine says this word-for-word after failing to kill Mace Windu with Force lightning.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Captain Needa of the Avenger appears to have one of these, going into a furious rant at the Falcon after they buzz his bridge and storming off "give Vader a piece of my mind!"
- Heel Realization:
- Subverted by Pete in #454. "So we're the bad guys now? Cool!"
- Played horribly straight by Anakin when he mortally wounds Padme.
- Hero Antagonist: Dooku.
- Heroic BSOD: Mace Windu, after killing Jango.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Pete, and even Jim during the first movie.
- Hey, Wait!: An Invoked Trope coupled with a Bavarian Fire Drill, courtesy of a Bluff check.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Pete's use of R2 as a Marty Stu comes back to bite him. And then when the GM gets back, he makes R2 go back through his own Death Course, making him miss the big climactic battle.
- Palpatine gets his face disfigured during his confrontation with Mace Windu because he accidentally reversed Force Drain and it ended up blasting him rather than Mace.
- "Greedo" stealing Han Solo's identity led Bobo Fett to believe that he was a shapeshifter like himself. Now Boba wants his nonexistent splanch so that he can get back his shapeshifting abilities.
- The fantasy game Jim, Ben, and Pete played between episodes one and two was The Princess Bride. Pete was Vizzini, Ben and Jim were Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. He has reason to be angry.
- Annie's game is heavily implied to be a mix of Van Helsing and Twilight, with a bit of Take That against the source materials to boot.Jim: And that stuff about Pete being the Archangel Gabriel, where did that come from?
Annie: Yeah by that stage I was just making up the stupidest things I could think of.
Jim: They were vampires! You can't make vampires good! They're evil, they have to be killed, that's all there is to it! [...] And vampires do not sparkle in the daylight!!
- It's also slowly revealed that Jim's campaign was derailed into the plot of Airplane!, with Pete playing Leslie Nielsen.
- Honor Before Reason: Sally challenges Dookû to a contest of lifting things with the Force as a way of capturing him without needing to risk killing him, relying on the idea that Dookû will be honourable to agree to it.Yoda: I don't want to kill you. Settle this with a Force Arm-Wrestle we will!
Dookû: A... what?
Yoda: Whoever lifts the biggest thing wins!
Dookû: Zis is ridiculous. Raise your sword.
Yoda: But this is how honourable Jedi settle things. Are you honourable?
Dookû: Ah begin to regret zat Ah am...
- Also the reason (in this universe) for the reason for the lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan. The rest of the party is going evil (except Sally), but Ben refuses.Ben: I wrote "Good" on my character sheet and I jolly well meant it! Unlike some people!
- Also the reason (in this universe) for the reason for the lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan. The rest of the party is going evil (except Sally), but Ben refuses.
- Hurricane of Puns: #437. It even spills over into the News Post.
- Hypocritical Humor: This little gem from #42:
- I Am Spartacus: Han, Chewbacca, and Leia all claim to be Obi-Wan, in #1105.
- I Am the Noun: Anakin says this twice in Episode 626.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Anakin in Episode 108, after deliberately destroying Sebulba's pod (and possibly Sebulba).
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the strips during Pete's tenure as the substitute GM have very long titles that describe the action of the strip using Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, some of which double as flimsy defenses for Pete's Ass Pulling.
- Idiot Ball: A lot of the problems in the game could have been solved by someone going, "Jim, would you just shut up and listen for ten seconds in a row?"
- Idiot Hero: Qui Gon, as played by Jim. Three Words: "Summon Bigger Fish."
- Obi-Wan has his moment when he jumps off a window after a droid in the Attack of the Clones arc.
- Idiot Savant: Jim may be as dumb as he can in the game, but he's a Geology student, and a very good one if his Lampshade Hanging of the implausibility of the height of Coruscant's buildings is any indication.
- If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: #228.Anakin: Can I have your (Obi-Wan's) laser sword if this ends badly? Try to toss it as you hit the lava.
- I Have the High Ground: Done with Ben and Darth Maul, with quotes taken directly from Revenge of the Sith here.
- Of course, also done in the usual place, final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith. This time, the Higher Ground tactic gives Ben explicit battle modifier advantages.
- I Know You Know I Know: #242, possibly, which gets funnier every time you read it.
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Lampshaded by Jim and immediately after that defied by the Clone Troopers themselves in episode 675.
- Lampshaded again later on. Obi-Wan states the movie line about blast points being too accurate for Sand People - but then adds "It can't be clone troopers either. They're rubbish."
- And then demonstrated by Jim, who decides to take the Ork method of marksmanship and hose down the pursuing TIEs with full-auto fire. Naturally, he misses despite having to roll a big bucket of dice. Corey, being an experienced FPS player, actually applies lead and smokes his targets with single well-aimed shots.
- In and Out of Character
- Incoming Ham General Grievous: Cyborgs. Under. MY. COMMAND!
- Indy Ploy: What is Luke/Corey going to do with a harpoon and tow cable against giant mecha walkers? Make it up as he goes, of course.
- In Medias Res: The players' Episode IV campaign starts three sessions before we start seeing it - and Jim has had a character die in each one.
- Insane Troll Logic: The solutions to the challenges Pete set during his brief tenure filling in for the GM. Usually, as well as being completely out there, the players had to make punishingly precise rolls to actually succeed (as it stood, they managed to survive without figuring out Pete's solutions, on blind luck alone).
- Pete's reasoning on "rolling out the ones". After dice roll twenty ones in a row they must be guaranteed to roll well from now on, right?
- Insufferable Genius: Pete's pretty much the comic's version of Sheldon Cooper, in every possible sense.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: One of the alternate languages.
- Also the part where the players are assisted by a group of NPC pilots, speaking several languages while 3PO translates. The NPC lines are all Blind Idiot Translations, because the GM isn't multilingual and is relying on machine translation.
- The GM's approach to a Japanese accent for the Tlade Fedelation Viceloy.
- Interface Screw: For three strips, starting here. When Boba Fett wouldn't stop monologuing about how he'd find and kill Obi Wan, Han got fed up and spat out that Darth Vader killed him in episode 4. The realization sent Fett over the edge.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Sally develops this sort of a relationship with the other players fairly quickly over the course of the first episode. Particularly of note is her relationship with Pete, who takes her under his wing and mentors her in how to best use Jar Jar's (and later 3PO's) abilities to her strategic advantage.
- Intermission: Between each of the films there is a three strip non-canon gag intermission.
- In Which a Trope Is Described: Episode 69
- Ironic Echo:
- Ironic Name: While on Dagoba, Yoda takes the name Darth Sain. He's also a little loopy.
- It Was His Sled: An in-universe example of sorts: the destruction of Naboo is supposed to be a shocking revelation to the players' characters, but the players themselves already know it happened. Jim even gets a bit sarcastic about it.
- It Will Never Catch On: Sort of, when Padmé asks how she's supposed to get information from Anakin:
- I Would Say If I Could Say: Jabba uses this trope constantly.
- Jerkass: Pete's stat-obsessed, railroading, and killer GM attitude is quickly turning him into this. And he can't even understand why the other players are starting to hate him. He does apologize afterward, and admits he genuinely enjoys playing with the team.
- On the other hand, he was apparently using a "contrition" app on his PDA.
- "Join the Army," They Said: Hilariously used by a droid, of all things, here.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Many NPCs, as well as Jim's Greedo until he dropped it as part of the "Han Solo" cover identity. When Jim's character gets brain damage and reverts to being "Freddo", his identity before Greedo, the accent comes back.
- Dooku's ridiculous French accent, which includes mangled versions of words which are already French. The DM gets thrown when Sally starts replying in actual French, which he does not speak.
- Karl Marx Hates Your Guts: A Discussed Trope here.
- Kill and Replace: The human character Greedo shoots and kills the green Rodian named Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina, and takes over his identity (and ship).
- Killer Game Master: Pete, as substitute GM, is the one who comes up with the droid factory scene from Attack of the Clones. He even laughs at Annie when she initially fails a roll.
- Made even more evident when the original GM shows up and takes a look at the place, saying "Wow, I don't think anyone can get through this," making Annie and Jim's passage through the factory SHEER LUCK — for instance, the chance of Anakin getting through those blades was approximately 0.5% (admittedly, before Anakin increased his chances with Force Abilities).
- The Rant usually includes tongue-in-cheek advice for DMs for running a fun campaign - often at the expense of the players.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Jim
- Lame Pun Reaction: The final panel of strip #1232.
- Lampshade Hanging: All over the place.
- Large Ham: The GM has way too much fun playing the NPCs.
- In particular, General Grievous. Fools! It shall be I!
- Laser-Guided Karma: The DM takes great glee in making the players' Heroic Sociopathy come back to haunt them later.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Jim plays Padmé after Qui-Gon dies.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Done by Padme in This strip. Note that it actually works.
- Much later done by Pete.
- Legacy Character: Padmé takes up Anakin's mantle as Darth Vader after his death, into the IV-VI trilogy.
- Let's Split Up, Gang
- Level Grinding: R2-D2 just wants to kill another hundred droids in order to get Enhanced Environmental Sealing before infiltrating the Trade Federation HQ.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: Mon Mothma talks like this.
- Literal-Minded: Jim in episode 723, when commenting on Pete's statement that liquid metal is not cool.
- The Loonie: Sally
- Luck Manipulation Mechanic: There is a mention of the "Fate Manipulation Re-roll" Jedi power. Anakin used a Fate Manipulation re-roll during Pete's factory sequence.
- Hilariously, Jim as Qui-Gon missed the point, and assumed the power only worked when a character in-game rolled dice. He's stoked about how useful it is when Ben points out that they've been rolling dice the whole time, and he never though to use it until Watto's chance cube.
- Luke, I Am Your Father:
- Anakin, I am your stepfather. And, as with the movie, followed by the Big "NO!".
- "Boba, I am your stepfather." Boba is apparently the son of Zam Wessel and Darth Maul. Again, followed by a Big "NO!".
- As early as Episode IV Vader reveals to Leia that she is his daughter.
- With regard to the Trope Namer...
- Somehow, even after Luke discovers that Vader is his father before Vader does, the comic still manages to take the original iconic scene and give it a Wham Line. Luke, I am your mother.
- Luke, You Are My Father: In a perfect mirror to the original scene, Luke reveals the truth to Vader in 1151... and then it gets weird when Vader says he is Luke's mother.
- Madness Mantra: In the movie, why does Grievous still have internal organs?
- Magic Ampersand
- Major General Song: The title and annotation of this strip.
- Major Injury Underreaction: By Ponda Baba.Ponda Baba: What the hell are you doing? I was just messing with the kid! That arm's gonna take me hours to grow back!
Obi-Wan: Uh... I'm sorry... but...
Ponda Baba: Nah, just kidding. It's gone forever. And it hurts a lot.
- Malaproper: "Cheddar monks" and "Ratatouille", among other things.Padmé: I swing on my chain and kick the Nixon as it tries to attack.
- And "passionfruit jelly" as part of the path to the dark side.
- Manchurian Agent: Mace Windu, who apparently was brainwashed by Gunray and became his sleeper agent. Sadly, he only realized this moments before his death.
- Marty Stu: In-Universe, R2-D2, Pete's character, during Pete's run as the temporary GM. Pete constructs the entire factory scene in Episode II, making it particularly dangerous to the other PCs, for the sole purpose of having R2 fly in and save the day. This is made most obvious in this strip.
- May the Farce Be with You
- Meaningful Echo:"Are you calling me <something undesirable>?"
- Lampshaded a second later. "It also causes deja vu."
- Meaningful Name: Ben, Annie, and (until he takes over Padmé) Jim. In-universe, Annie's case is a coincidence because the GM named Anakin before she came aboard.
- Pete is another, though far more subtle example. It comes from the scene in A New Hope where a Jawa shoots Artoo. After he keels over, the Jawa calls for his friends with this line: "Utini... Umm PETE!"
- Metaphorgotten: Lampshaded when Yoda explains the path to the Dark Side:Yoda: They're steps. One after the other, they come.
Luke: So, is it inevitable, then?
Yoda: No. If once you start down a Path, not necessarily forever will it dominate your destiny. Walk both directions on a Path, you can. That's why it's called a Path, not a river.
Luke: But salmon can swim upstream.
Yoda: A metaphor this is. Take it literally do not, little fishy.
- Min-Maxing: Pete
- Mondegreen: In-Universe — as a Running Gag, Jim keeps making mincemeat out of the GM's phrasings. "To Naboo soil" becomes "Tuna booze oil".
- Monochrome Past: Flashback sequences are shown in sepia tones.
- Mood Dissonance: The frequently stark contrast between what's happening in the game and what the characters are talking about outside the game. Taken to extremes here.
- In-universe example for the game itself:So... anyone wanna shoot some space pool?
- In-universe example for the game itself:
- Moral Event Horizon: Discussed with how to make players loathe a villain for an act, make sure to destroy a place they've actually heard of. Pete, of all people, is the one to call Darth Vader an "utter frakking bastard" for his personal one.
- Most Gamers Are Male: There are two girls out of five (later six) players, which is still a higher percentage than normal. Both Sally and Annie come to the campaign as newbies and Pete, at first, clearly thinks most gamers should be male.
- Munchkin: Pete. Lampshaded in Strip 528.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Pete at least appears to see rolling his special custom die as the most epic thing in the history of gaming. He even asked Sally to film the roll because he was too excited to hold the camera steady.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Done by Sally in episode 695:Sally: (to Pete) I love it here. A beautiful desert cruise with wonderful friends. And you.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- Sally after Mace decapitates Jango, leading to a Heroic BSOD for Mace.
- Palpatine after killing Mace Windu.
- Anakin after mortally wounding Padme.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Pete refers to this trope by name in strip 279.
- Made funnier when you realize that Pete might be a Troper.
- It might just be a Monty Python reference, though.
- Made funnier when you realize that Pete might be a Troper.
- Mythology Gag
- There are a few scattered references to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, specially in Episode IV (prior gameplay sessions include the opening level of Dark Forces, and Jim also mentions the incident on which the plans were retransmitted to Leia aboard the Tantive IV).
- In episode 741, when the group tries to come up with a fake surname for Luke, Corey suggests "Starkiller" which was Luke Skywalker's name in early drafts of the original Star Wars script.
- Ben's Chewbacca refuses to accept a medal until the war has been won. This is in reference to Chewbacca not getting a medal in the actual film because Carrie Fisher wasn't tall enough to hang it on him.
- The Name Is Bond, James Bond: "Killer. Luke Starkiller."
- Nerds Speak Klingon: In strip #1019, Pete (R2-D2) rolls a die with the numbers written in Quenya. (He has a lot of custom dice.)DM: Okay, I can't read Quenya. What does it say?
Pete: (sigh) It says "your periscope is (Quenya)."
- Never My Fault: Darth Vader would rather blame Obi-Wan for everything than accept any responsibility for his actions.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- In order to win the pod race, Jim (still playing Qui Gon Jin) injects Anakin with his blood, giving him midi-chlorians and thus Force abilities. That's right. To rig a race, Jim empowers a character who will later become a Sith.
- In the pod race arc, Jim is also responsible for arming the Tusken Raiders and causing them to be hostile.
- One for Ben (with an extra bit of help from Jim). Trying to conceal Luke's identity from Vader ends up making the latter chase Luke, but for revenge.
- By ignoring their original mission, they end up mistaking allies for enemies killing Darth Maul who was helping them obtain the Peace Orb. And Jango Fett was his partner, leading Fett to try to obtain vengeance against Ben a decade later in game.
- Ninja Looting: Referenced here.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Jim's vampyrates.
- No Dialogue Episode: here.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: Windu's response about whether bringing balance to the force, in a galaxy currently void of the Sith, would be a good thing.
- The GM occasionally does this when vetoing some of the players' ideas (usually Jim's).
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Here, with a link to the trope page. Although Palpatine is a hologram so he doesn't actually get to eat anything.
- Non-Combat EXP: Jim is actually surprised that XP can be gained from roleplaying, rather than just fighting.
- Noodle Implements: Pete's custom die. It's dropped from an apparatus Pete brings in a briefcase with him to each session, and can only be rolled once because it bursts into flames afterwards.
- Judging from the sound effects, the die may or may not be made of firecrackers that are set off by a computer with a booming voice inside it.
- Then he makes another. This one needs to be kept cold before use.
- Noodle Incident: The Sashimi Incident. Each Episode also involves references to a Noodle Incident that happened in the interim since the last one, always involving a non-Star Wars campaign that's eventually revealed to be based on another famous movie:
- Episode II: Pete's mad about something that happened in a low-fantasy campaign. It was The Princess Bride, and Pete was Vizzini; meaning his character was poisoned and the other players left him for dead.
- Episode III: Jim and Annie have had a fight, somehow connected with a paranormal campaign that Annie ran. The campaign was a mix of Twilight and Van Helsing; with the players wrongly assuming that the vampires were Always Chaotic Evil. It culminated in Jim and Annie having an embarrassingly public argument about it, which Annie believed cost her her job until she really thought about it.
- Episode IV: The group played a dramatic campaign based on Zero Hour run by Jim, which went better than it sounds. Or rather, he meant for it to be dramatic but the players found it ridiculous and ran with it. The result was Airplane!
- There were also three prior gameplay sessions of the episode itself where Jim's character died each time, one of which resulted in him not being allowed to have a laser sword anymore. In this case it's eventually revealed that the first thing his character did with a laser sword was cutting his own hand off with it.
- Episode V: A crime-fighting campaign, this time run by Ben, but the players made it a lot Darker and Edgier than he intended. The players were superheroes tracking down a dangerous vigilante, and decided to lure him out by committing crimes. Ben intended it to be the Adam West version of Batman, but the players went Off the Rails and turned it into The Dark Knight Saga; with the players as "heroic" versions of the villains and Batman as the antagonist.
- Episode VI: A "Robot Utopia" campaign, which was apparently a Turned Against Their Masters plot with the players on the side of the robots.
- Some other Noodle Incidents:
- For the two-year skip between Episodes III and IV, Ben walked out of his life to do some soul-searching due to his arguments with Sally during Ep. III; we're not sure what he did during that time.
- In #787, Han and Chewie talk about a "raid on Orron III" where they were captured and held prisoner for six months, but eventually got out and made a tidy profit.
- In #849, Ben says he told his parents he was no longer going into medicine and was looking at other career options. Pete is impressed that Ben stood up to his dad, and Sally remarks:Sally: And dad'll get over it soon.
Ben: You think?
Sally: We needed a new kitchen table anyway.
- No OSHA Compliance: Lampshaded and inverted. Ben observes that there are railings for 2 meter falls, but not for bottomless reactor shafts.
- Speaking of bottomless reactor shafts, Palpatine decides he would like to get one here. A decision which he will in no way regret in the future.
- No-Paper Future: Lampshaded in character here.
- No Sell: The rubber suits worn by Jabba's palace guards allow them to tank a Lost Orb-powered zap from R2's shock probe.
- Nothing Personal: Used by the clones when they are ordered to carry out the Darths and Droids equivalent of the Order 66 scene, along with a few more... touching lines.
- Not His Sled: Padmé, not Anakin, is Darth Vader after putting on the Iconic Outfit.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
- Linking to that very trope page in this strip when describing what the ballet in Revenge of the Sith was actually about in the off screen canon.
- Comes up again in this strip when discussing the then-recent announcement of the production of a sequel trilogy of Star Wars films through the combined efforts of Disney and Lucasfilm.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: What we have here is that rare creature, the Zig-Zagging Trope. One of the more elusive creatures of the trope-ic region, it makes its appearances here, here, and here. Count the Trope Tropes: Justified, Invoked, Deconstructed, Reconstructed, Subverted, Double Subverted, Inverted, and Lampshaded by name. That's one trope that has been thoroughly played with in a relatively small number of strips.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While that's always been a part of his overall character (he's intelligent but roleplaying is his brain's off-time) Jim turns out to have been specifically doing this in with his character in Episode IV. The other players, after a whole lot of complaining about how dumb his ideas are, realize that he's coming up with dumb ideas intentionally because his character has a low intelligence rating, and also because he's secretly a traitor, selling the rebellion out to the empire.
- Obligatory Joke: Defied; fans eagerly anticipated seeing what the "Han Shot First" scene would be, but the creators knew early on they didn't want to make that joke and instead turned the scene into a legitimate plot twist. They do, however, make the expected "shot first" jokes in other places, as a Running Gag about Han's tendency to shoot first and not even bother asking questions later, often shooting anything the group ran into before bothering to figure out whether shooting that thing was a good idea or not.
- Obviously Evil: Spoofed in Darth Vader's introduction. The GM describes the imposing figure and especially how much black he's wearing, but Pete and Jim still aren't sure.Jim: If we could only see his facial hair.
- Off the Rails:
- The wacky plotting of the prequel trilogy is "explained" as the PCs wreaking havoc upon the GM's original story.
- This comic references a campaign Annie ran between Episodes 2 and 3 which went off the rails when the guys decided to attack the vampire and werewolf NPCs who Annie insists were friendly. At that point she said "what the hell" and ran with it.
- Omake: The aforementioned bonus "alternate universe" comics.
- Once for Yes, Twice for No: R2 is supposed to communicate this way (via Pete's PDA).
- One Steve Limit: Averted; the original Greedo showed up in Episode I (where Anakin killed him) before Jim used the name for his new character. This was pre-lampshaded when Jim was designing the character, as Pete jokingly suggested the name in a Call Back to the guy who got offed, but Jim was Comically Missing the Point.
- Only Sane Man: Amazingly, Jar Jar Binks of all people is portrayed as this within the game. Yoda even lampshades it, noting that Jar Jar is the only one who isn't acting like a fool. Outside of the game, the GM is this.
- Opening a Can of Clones: The comics and rants in Episode II note how the movies wasted the potential of having clones and shapeshifters. Later taken advantage of in Episode IV by making the original Han Solo a shapeshifter, allowing Jim's character to get away with impersonating him until Episode V, where, after capturing Jim's character, Boba Fett decides to cut him up and have a transplant of his flesh to restore his own shapeshifting ability.
- Our Monsters Are Different: In Annie's supernatural campaign between Episodes 2 and 3. The other players didn't appreciate how she wound up messing with their expectations.Annie: For the last time, you weren't supposed to kill those NPCs.
Pete: They were vampires and werewolves! What else do you do with them?
- Out-Gambitted: The GM masterfully out-gambits Pete during a game within a game in episode 778.
- Over Drive: In the pod race.
- Overly Long Gag:
- The alternate version of this strip, with the note that the alternate strip is how the scene would play out in an actual tabletop RPG.
- "Fight! fight!"
- The "X leads to Y" gag in 137, which becomes relevant to the plot later (see Call Back).
- The author's notes under 50 describe how the players' universe differs from our own and how the lack of the Star Wars franchise affects its pop-culture. The last line says; "The Comic Irregulars exist and are making a screencap comic based on Harry Potter", and if you click on it, it will take you to a fake Comic Irregulars site with an one-shot comic about Harry Potter... and an author's note with a variation on the original and pointing at yet another fake site with an one-shot comic on The Sound of Music, which has yet another variation of the author's note with yet another link at the end, which points to another fake page and so on and so forth. What makes this truly fascinating is the dedication to details: every single fake page has its own logo, color scheme, and tweaked FAQ, Cast and Archives pages. Oh, and every one-shot gag comic is actually hilarious with its own RPG Aesop to boot. It goes a level deeper for every 50 strips of the main comic, so at this point it is very long indeed.
- Painting the Medium: Whenever an action scene occurs, the borders become angular and irregular, giving a sense that something frantic is happening.
- This one does a pretty good job of reflecting the sense that while there is a pattern, the characters are having trouble following it, much like the reader may have difficulty with the page layout.
- And when Pete becomes a temporary GM, resulting in the entire droid factory sequence, the titles for strips 333 to 353 switch from short and punny to extremely long and formal, reflecting the change in GMing style and mood. At least a few of them double as attempted defenses of the contrived Ass Pulls Pete was pulling to try and kill everyone else and make R2-D2 seem cooler.
- The GM's descriptions of the surroundings were initially written into the comic, but eventually the writers settled on a convention where they'll occasionally just show the scenery and have you assume that the GM (or Sally) is describing it. It works surprisingly well. (See Take Our Word for It below.)
- In his usual fine form, General Grievous directs his hamminess at the audience in this comic's title.
- Pardon My Klingon: Seen here.Annie: Wow, I almost regret leaving the translator off for that.
- Parody Retcon: In-universe. Jim's plan for the game he ran between Revelation of the Sith and A New Generation was intended to be the "GREATEST DRAMATIC STORY EVER". The result was so over-the-top that when the PCs reminisce about the campaign and called it hilarious, Jim claims, "I completely intended it to be hilarious." He intended it to be Zero Hour. The group's usual antics turned it into Airplane!.
- Pass the Popcorn: Pete's reaction when Jim and Annie decide to discuss their relationship.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: Lampshaded in #863:Leia: R2, decrypt the coordinates [to the Rebel base]. Authorization code 1-1-A.
R2-D2: That is a terrible, terrible code. I didn't even try any codes less than eight characters! (beat panel) Not that I seriously tried decrypting it.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Mentioned in the context of what armor class they have, their street value, and thinking they are laundry for the trade federation armada to wash.
- Plot Tumor: Anakin, created by Jim in his attempts to pull a Gambit Roulette.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Has that made you angry? I think it's made you angry."
- Pre-Battle Banter: Luke runs into a fellow Tatooinian before the Death Star assault, resulting in this. Interestingly, the authors, who usually link to different tropes in their comments, couldn't find one for this scene, so Pre-Battle Banter was created in response.
- Promoted to Scapegoat: A variant; after offing Admiral Ozzel, Vader does not promote Captain Piett to replace him... until Piett trots out another piece of irritating random trivia about the life expectancy of Admirals who serve under Vader.
- Prop Recycling: In-Universe, "Mos Eisley is made of dreadnought!"
- Pun-Based Title: Aside from the comic itself, using other words for Dungeons & Dragons, many of the strip titles employ puns. The ones for "alternate universe" strips might take it even further!
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
- Put on a Bus: Sally, bored with playing as him, also wants Jar Jar to be hit by a bus.
- Bus Crash: She got her wish, as he was on Naboo when it was destroyed by the Peace Moon.
- Rage Quit: Pete accuses Ben of doing this when Annie gets a lucky roll and he opts to let Obi-Wan die. He comes back the next session as Chewbacca.
- Railroading: When Pete takes over the GM role.
- The regular DM is fairly good at avoiding this, though his reactions to the PC's decisions make it very obvious when they veer off the path he had hoped they would follow... which is more often than not.GM: Can I see your skill level in Not Taking a Hint? I think you must be cheating.
- The regular DM is fairly good at avoiding this, though his reactions to the PC's decisions make it very obvious when they veer off the path he had hoped they would follow... which is more often than not.
- Rake Take: In this strip, the GM mentioned being thankful for not adding this in Jabba the Hutt's palace.
- Ramming Always Works: This strip, which follows Pete missing everything in the entire battle.
- A Rare Sentence: The sentence "Jar Jar, you're a genius!" had never appeared on the internet in any context whatsoever (at least not where Google could find it) until this strip.
- The Rashomon:
- "Real Life" Writes the Plot: At the start of Revelation of the Sith, Annie is having relationship issues with Jim, which seems to be influencing the way she plays Anakin. Of course, since this is Annie, she has managed to stay completely in-character.
- Reality Ensues: As described in episode 1155, concerning Anakin's fate after his duel with Obi-Wan on the molten surface of Naboo:Darth Vader/Padmé: He was horribly mutilated and burnt by lava. What do you think happened? He died, obviously.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, Palpatine is one of these, completely at odds with his role as the Big Bad of the source material.
- Jar Jar as well, coming up with brilliant tactical plans in Episode I, giving Palpatine emergency powers with a brilliant political maneuver in Episode II, single-handedly liberating Naboo in Episode III, and being the designated recipient for the Peace Moon plans in Episode IV until the Peace Moon blows up Naboo with him on it.
- Lando Calrissian is played as one of these, as opposed to his double dealing in the films.
- Recap Episode: For a new player, it covers the events of the first three campaigns.Corey: Can I replay this Cutscene later?
- Recursive Canon: Narrowly averted (and how!)
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: Obi-Wan gives this choice to Luke in episode 726. Later, in episode 1020, Yoda gives this choice to Luke, who lampshades that he keeps getting offered these choices.
- Retirony: Maul's last words are, of course, "And to think... I was gonna retire after this case..."
Vedain: Hey, Jabba, about that life insuraAAARGHHH!! [falls into Sarlacc pit]
- Lampshaded on Jabba's barge after Vedain mentions he's a week from retirement and promptly becomes Sarlacc food.
Sarlacc: Brain analysis commencing. Preliminary report: "Oh, the retirony..."
- The Reveal: A few happen. Besides the cases under Luke, I Am Your Father (of course they had to include some), there's Darth Maul being a private detective, Jango Fett being his partner seeking revenge, Mace Windu being manipulated by the Sith...
- Subverted in the case of General Grievous - it's Ben who figures out, and states, that he is actually ex-Chancellor Valorum in a cyborg body.
- Reverse Psychology: How Pete escapes his restraining bolt. Later, how he makes General Rieekan stay on Hoth.
- Reverse the Polarity: Referenced by an awful pun in The Rant.
- Rick Roll: The Trenchcoats & Turncoats strip from the alternate history meta series.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Corey on occasion. As noted under Wrong Genre Savvy, he's more familiar with video games and their tropes, but their roots in tabletop RPGs and the GM's flexibility put him in this trope from time to time.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After having his wingman Dak killed and then stepped on, Corey/Luke goes on an offscreen rampage and supposedly destroys all the AT-ATs singlehandedly.
- Romance on the Set: In-Universe example. Jim and Annie start dating after Episode II.
- Romantic Plot Tumor: In-Universe — the impossibly awkward love story between Anakin and Padmé in the films is replaced by an impossibly awkward relationship between Annie and Jim, which spills over into their characters.
- Rousing Speech: Sally seems to specialize in these: one with Jar Jar, and one with Yoda.
- Palpatine finishes his address to the Senate with a rousing speech in episode 591
- Running Gag: Several.
- Someone asking what a particular word means, and Jim giving a completely wrong answer.
- Tuna booze oil.
- Mace Windu has no idea what's going on.Mace Windu: Why doesn't anyone ever tell me about stuff??
- Jim's constant suspicion of "Bubble".
- Summon Bigger Fish. A variation involves Jim deciding to cast Summon Bigger Fish, the GM giving some semi-logical reason for why he shouldn't do it, and Ben yelling "That's your reason for not letting him do that?"
- A minor one involves the various ways the "Peace Moon" could be used for an attack.
- "Hey, [character], why don't y—" "They can't hear you." "HEY, [CHARACTER]!"
- Where oh where are the space dreadnoughts bristling with atomic missiles?
- The ten-foot laser pole.
- Pete's custom dice (including binary, a "one-proof die", and one that qualifies as Noodle Implements by itself...)
- Side references to the mysterious "splanch" organ.
- The deep, backstory-rich NPCs the GM makes getting killed off anticlimactically.
- Jim's characters have been subject to They Killed Kenny - see entry below.
- Sally continually changing her mind about what she wants to be when she grows up, though this stops in the break between episodes 3 and 4.
- The GM constantly uses exaggerated accents to differentiate various NPCs. They seem to be getting more impenetrable all the time.
- Ben trying to "disarm" someone and then cutting their arm off by accident.
- In the notes below the strip, a mention of gamers making Monty Python references frequently pops up.
- "Help me, [character], you're my only hope" as a spoof of the original line from A New Hope.
- Jim announces that he has an idea, only for someone else to guess that the idea is something ludicrous and shoot it down, or simply suggest a different idea, leading Jim to say "Ooh, that's even better."
- Jabba using an idiom mentioning a human body part, then following it by something along the lines of "not that I have one of those".
- Annie's consistent surprise whenever Pete says anything about his job (whatever it is).
- Samus Is a Girl: Darth Vader after putting on the Iconic Outfit is not Anakin, but Padmé.
- Sanity Slippage: Boba Fett doesn't handle Obi Wan's death very well.
- The Scottish Trope: The game referenced in the footer of this strip. It's FATAL.
- Self-Made Orphan: Most likely Anakin.
- Turns out that most likely he killed both his parents.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: General Dodonna's designated character trait, speaking entirely in overly verbose jargon.
- Shape Shifter: Zam Wessel was one like in canon. Shapeshifters are then never seen or mentioned again in the movies, so the comic expands on them. The original Han Solo was one, which causes problems since Jim's character is not but stole his identity. Wedge is also randomly revealed to be one, though it seems to just be a throwaway reference (so far).
- Shoplift and Die: Referenced in the case of Watto, although Ben pays enough attention to acknowledge that stealing from a shopkeeper would go against character anyway.
- Show, Don't Tell: Used in episode #271. We get: 1) a description of the cloning facility on Kamino, which is pretty spectacular; 2) a demonstration of Sally's growing talent for setting the scene; 3) the GM's willingness to set her loose with a vague description and see what she comes up with. All from a largely dialogue-free strip. Most impressive.
- Shout-Out: Now has its own page.
- Shout-Out: To Shakespeare: #843 provides:Darth Vader: I have discovered Force powers never dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Show Within a Show: See Alternate History.
- Shown Their Work: The creators occasionally show in the rant that they really know their Star Wars lore; explaining stuff like the existence of two Greedos (father and son), what exactly Palpatine is watching in that opera house, and the history of the "less than twelve parsecs" line.
- Single-Biome Planet: The GM's inability to avert this trope gets mercilessly lampshaded.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: As great as this webcomic is, it tends to go back and forth a lot on whether it's making fun of the Star Wars movies, or it's showcasing the strained friendships of a group of roleplayers who blur the line between fantasy and reality.
- Sociopathic Hero: Whichever side was in the right, during the campaigns corresponding to the prequel trilogy the most consistently vicious character was almost certainly Annie's Anakin. As the plot moved forward he was slipping gradually into Magnificent Bastard territory.
- Something Only They Would Say: How Ben figures out that Grievous is Valorum."Cyborgs under my command!"
- Something That Begins with "Boring": On the sandcrawler, R2 says "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with... D."... in a hold full of droids.
- Space Is Cold: Subverted here. In the very next moment, Annie, rolling with the punches, wonders, in character, if (s)he has a fever.
- Space Is Noisy: Spoofed here.
- Spanner in the Works: Performed by Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon on Darth Maul.
- Speech Bubbles: Convention inherited from DM of the Rings where the PCs' text boxes are white, while the GM's boxes are yellowish.
- Split-Screen Reaction: We get one for the destruction of Naboo.
- Spoofed with Their Own Words: On occasion. For example, when Jim describes midichlorians, he quotes Episode I word-for-word, much to the GM's exasperation.
- Stating the Simple Solution:
- Boba Fett does this when his father goes on an evil gloat.Boba: Why couldn't you just shoot him?
Jango: What sort of criminal mastermind would I be if I did that?
- And here, Nute Gunray says Ben, Jim, and Annie should be shot instead of eaten by beasts.
- Boba Fett does this when his father goes on an evil gloat.
- Stealth Pun:
- Stock Scream: Referenced to in this comic, (And for those familiar with the movies, that's an exact time it's used in film as well.) One of the Stormtroopers in the scene is even called Wilhelm, after another name for the scream.
- “Stop Having Fun” Guys: In-universe; this is Sally's opinion of Ben's roleplaying style.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: In episode 697 Corey wonders why droids aren't simply called robots, just like Jim did back in episode 3.
- Stunned Silence: Damn near everybody when Naboo is destroyed.
- Summon Bigger Fish: The Trope Namer, although Jim only thinks it's that trope.
- Super Fun Happy Thing Of Doom: The Death Star, a.k.a. the Peace Moon.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: Half the plot is based on this, thanks to the GM's free hand with his players' inventions. It's used verbatim when Qui-Gon comes up with a patently ridiculous explanation of the Force involving midi-chlorians, and when Sally invents, off the top of her head, The Dark Side. Conversely, it's used by Jim when the other players assume Padmé is pregnant after some very vague roleplaying.
- Many descriptions of creatures (mainly from Sally) and terrain (from Jim, who's a geologist) also happen this way.Jim: Large ring objects imply a very young planet. Barren, with rugged topography. And volcanoes!
GM: O-kay... *scribble scribble*
- Jim, as Padmé, puts a hairpin in his mouth in-character. When Ben applauds his idea to pick the lock, Jim notes that's a better idea than his (which was faking a medical emergency, of course).
- When Annie compliments the campaign Jim GMed as "hilarious" (the game plans even say "If they get out of this alive it will be the GREATEST DRAMATIC STORY EVER."), Jim replies, "I completely intended it to be hilarious!"
- The GM meant for the Slave Leia outfit to be exactly what it is in canon. However, Annie assumes "dressed like a slave" to be what Shmi was wearing ("Shapeless sackcloth sort of thing?"). The GM responds with this trope.
- Many descriptions of creatures (mainly from Sally) and terrain (from Jim, who's a geologist) also happen this way.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Grievous.Anakin: So, what are you up to?
Grievous: My armpits in incompetence!
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Anakin to Padmé"I vow never to hurt you. Ever. I won't be jealous, or arrogant, or manipulative towards you." That's going to turn out well.
- Pete:R2-D2: I'd be half-way to taking over the Republic by now: I'd add a backdoor control mechanism, outsource production to three independent contractors on Kamino, ensure the Senate are distracted by some meaningless invasion somewhere, and cover my tracks with fake blueprints.
- And from Jim:Padmé: Yes. I will help you bring Anakin to justice. After all, you are the only thing standing between Anakin and complete domination of the galaxy. On his own, obviously, without me faithfully by his side. Seeing as I'm Good.
Padmé: I'll just go and talk to him in advance and make sure he's not ready for you.
- This, which also has shades of Could Say It, But... and Trash Talk. (and Genius Bonus, as the above entry for Mythology Gag shows)
- Anakin to Padmé
- Take a Third Option: Discussed in the commentary for episode 1065, which notes that hiding is a viable alternative to "fight or flight".
- Take Our Word for It: When the GM is describing the Coruscant Sunset, we are treated to the picture, but we don't hear the words. Similarly, we never read the words Sally uses to describe the clone factory, just the pictures of it. But it's apparently enough to really impress Ben and the GM.
- Pete's 'perfect' die, which is rolled by Annie against Ben in Revenge of the Sith. We can't see it, but it must be carried in a special case, it must be rolled on a steel tray while everyone watching wears safety goggles, and is too dangerous to roll indoors (apparently because it bursts into flames).
- Take That: Many, directed at the original films, especially when the GM suggests that Annie take over the role of Anakin when he enters the pod race:Annie: Um, okay... Let me just get into the right mindset.
Qui-Gon/Jim: With my mini-chlorines in your blood, you can't lose.
Annie: Sorry, wait. That line doesn't work at all for this character.
- "Giant worms in a desert is just silly."
- "...and vampires do not sparkle in the daylight!
- #916 gives a pretty clear one to the Special Edition, DVD, and Blu-Ray reedits of the Original Trilogy.Luke: What a great game! Let's replay it, but this time can I be Vader?
DM: No, no, no!
Leia: The original version is always the best. Let's not mess with it.
- Talking Is a Free Action: And so is reciting poetry.
- Tragically averted for the C-3PO and the Rebel pilots in the Battle of Yavin.
- Tempting Fate: "Nobody's losing a hand while I'm in charge." Boy, that's gonna bite you in the ass, Jim.
- Annie does this in episode 816, which the GM immediately makes her realize:Leia: Well, it could be worse.
GM: Something slithers past your legs.
Luke: Let me guess, giant rats.
Leia: It's worse. So, so worse.
- Annie does this in episode 816, which the GM immediately makes her realize:
- That Mysterious Thing: Pete's die for special occasions is this from audience's perspective. We don't know how exactly it looks like, but judging by the other players' reactions it's... unusual.
- That's No Moon!: Inverted.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: The stormtroopers who stop the speeder in Mos Eisley are so stupid that Obi-Wan has no need to break out the Jedi Mind Trick.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Vader gives a stone-cold one to Obi-Wan upon their reunion in Episode IV.Darth Vader: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete.Obi-Wan: Anakin—Darth Vader: You killed Anakin. My name is Darth Vader. You consider yourself a paragon of radiance. But when I emerged from your shadow I saw the damage you had wrought. Look, Obi-Wan. Everything your light touches is corrupted forever. But I have a different light for you now. When you left me, I was the lowest of the low. Now I am the master.
- They Killed Kenny Again: This has been happening to Jim's characters. First Qui-Gon, then Padmé (though she was able to last a full two campaigns before passing). In Episode IV he went four-for-four, including Kyle Katarn and Captain Antilles, and they teased a fifth when Jim decided to name his new character "Greedo" until it was revealed that "Greedo" was Han Solo by a different name. And then Han doesn't survive the carbon-freeze at the climax of Empire Strikes Back. And then it turns out that Lando was lying about that.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: At one point, R2-D2 (Pete) and Chewbacca (GM) play a game within a game, and R2 backstabs Chewbacca's character to loot his corpse. He finds 13 gold coins, and a cursed item which forces him to pay for the resurrection of Chewbacca's character.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Almost any time the Grappling Rules are brought up, every veteran player at the table cringes.Anakin/Annie: I try and grapple with the driver.
R2-D2/Pete: Oh no...
Anakin/Annie: What? Aren't there rules for grappling in this game? (Beat) Why are you all covering your dice?
- This Means War!: Sally of all people says this when Palpatine first force lightnings Yoda (her character).
- Throw Away Guns: Lampshaded herePadmé: (To Obi-Wan) Did you throw away a perfectly good blaster?
- Time Skip: In universe, there's a "real time" time skip of two years between every episode.
- Timmy in a Well: Spoofed in this strip.
- Title Drop: Palpatine does one... sort of... in this strip. Not quite done in this strip.
- Token Evil Teammate: Pete plays R2-D2 as this.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Possibly Mace Windu, who seemed shocked when Anakin stated that he's Gunray's sleeper agent.
- Too Clever by Half: Even after being filleted and sauteed by Obi-Wan, Anakin has convinced Palpatine that he's a loyal friend who can be trusted; but then he makes the mistake of asking for control of the entire military, even in the aftermath of everything that's gone before, revealing just how power-hungry he is and leading Palpatine to instantly lose all trust.
- Too Many Halves: In this strip, Jim improvisationally describes Wookiees as being "kind of half-ape, half-dog, half-yeti hybrids." Pete notes that this makes them one-and-a-half times as big as you'd expect.
- Totally Radical: The smart missiles in Episode III's opening.
- True Companions: For all their bickering, it's clear that the GM and players really do love gaming together.
- Turn in Your Badge: While the actual phrase doesn't occur, the Jedi Council suspends Ben and Annie.
- Tyke Bomb: Boba seems to be becoming one.
And, of course, all Star Wars tropes apply whenever they spring up in the collaboratively developed story.
- Understatement: When Anakin is being tested for Jedi skills, he says several disturbing things like "A cup, containing the blood of pointless sacrifice..." Mace Windu comments that they might need to talk to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan about it, to which Yoda says, "A master of understatement, you are."
- Unfriendly Fire: It's heavily implied that Pete intentionally got the Death Star attack squadrons killed in order to try and force Corey into helping him take it over instead of destroying it.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: The UST between Annie/Anakin and Jim/Padmé is the webcomic's version of the unbelievably awkward dialog between the characters in the movies.
- The Unreveal:
- The GM's name. During his absence, the others tried to ask about him, but Pete quickly cut them off, saying that he has a family emergency, before they could say his name.
- Whatever Pete's job is, it involves a suit and a tie, but no one knows what exactly he works as. When Annie expresses surprise at this, he says "I'm a —" before demanding to know what she thought he's working as instead.
- Unsound Effect:
- Valley Girl: Mon Mothma.
- Voodoo Shark: Used by the GM whenever the players question some of his worldbuilding choices.
- Warrior Poet: General Grievous.
- Waxing Lyrical: When Padme and Anakin are on their way to their fate in the arena in 0358, they start slipping into a mix of "At the End of the Day" and "Do You Hear the People Sing" from Les Misérables and Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up". The GM is suitably confused:Anakin: Do we hear the people sing?
Padmé: Is it the song of angry bugs?
- Webcomic Time: Every session takes approximately 25 strips, which equates to six weeks of real time for one week of story time, not counting the Time Skip between episodes. This isn't a hard-and-fast rule, however; the first session took only 17 strips, and the session breaks are not always made explicit in the strip.
- Every film/campaign so far starts two years after the end of the previous one. And since every film/campaign so far has taken a year and a half to get through, if anything, Webcomic Time ends up being inverted.
- We Can Rule Together: Darth Maul tries this to Obi-Wan. It might have worked if he hadn't just killed Qui-Gon.
- In episode IV R2-D2 suggests this to Luke.
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": Chewbacca shares his name with Sally's dog. It's implied Sally named the character after the pet.
- Wham Episode:
- The traitor is finally revealed. It's Han. And then a few strips later he's killed by the carbonite-freezing process. (He gets better.)
- The new take on the famous reveal: Darth Vader is Padmé, and Anakin died on Mustafar.
- Wham Line:
- "You! Killed! My! Partner!"
- "Cyborgs. Under. My. Command!"
- The players get an out-of-game one: "I brought presents." Not so much the line itself, but that it's spoken by Ben, who just showed up unannounced after going walkabout for a couple years.
- The first Wham Episode above ends with one. Not the reveal itself, but Leia's reaction to it.
- The comic reverses the original Luke, I Am Your Father...before completely turning it on its head:Vader: No, Luke. I am your mother.
- What Could Have Been: An in-universe example: The final comics of Episodes I, III, and V show the DM's campaign notes, which reveal where he planned to take the plot if it hadn't been thoroughly derailed by the players.
- What If?: Star Wars were a P&P RPG campaign? It goes meta with the alternate comics that they would be doing if Star Wars didn't exist, including Wands & Warts, Notes & Nazis, Mutants & Miscreants, Enlisted Men & Extraterrestrial Biological Entities, Magicians & Munchkins, Sandals & Spartans, Avatars & Avifauna, Terminators & Temporal Paradoxes, Carcasses & Carcharadons, Trenchcoats & Turncoats, Amphibians and Anthropomorphisms, Heists & Hypnagogic Hallucinations, Barnacles & Bilgewater, Docs & DeLoreans, Hypnotoads & Hyperchickens, Chocolates & Chumps, Ids & Idiots, Egons & Ectoplasms, Helens & Harryhausens, Misadventures & Marionettes, Arks & Archaeologists, Theme Parks & Theropods, Darcies & Diaries, Marmosets & Meerkats, Gags & Griswolds, Elliotts & Extraterrestrials and Moonshots & Mishaps.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Darth Vader destroying Naboo, although Vader's real identity - Padme - wasn't known to the readers at the time.
- Who's on First?: Darth Vader's shuttle pilot is named Yorr. The GM takes it and runs with it.
- Why Don't You Marry It?: In episode 678 C-3PO asks R2-D2 why he doesn't marry his beloved dreadnought. Turns out R2-D2 thought about it.
- Wiki Walk: Referenced in The Rant for strip #875. The Irregulars give us a list of tropes to figure out which trope is being used in the strip, then say:
- Women Are Wiser: Annie spends most of her time rather closer to Terra Firma than the rest of the group. It's later revealed that outside of the group, she's not quite as reasonable and completely together as it might seem. The fact that Ben is slightly more reliable than she is, both in character and out, helps balance it out as well.
- Wretched HiveGM: The hovercar arrives at an overlook giving you a magnificent panoramic view of the desert all around, and in the valley far below you the cosmopolitan bustle of... Mos Eisley Spaceport!
Ben (as Obi-Wan): You will never find a more Wretched Hive of scum and villainy.
Pete: I thought that place where Anakin lived was the hive of scum and villainy?
GM: All of the Mos'es are wretched hives of scum and villainy. It's just that Eisley is the most wretched.
Sally: Or that the ones that are even more wretched are so well-hidden that we'll never find them.
GM: It's the most scummy too. Also, villainous.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Jim's insistence that Sio Bibble is an Evil Chancellor because of his goatee. As of Episode IV he still seems convinced that Bibble is the Big Bad and Palpatine is just his evil sidekick.
- Corey. He understands fantasy and sci-fi to an extent but is heavily conditioned by tropes specific to video games. Thanks to an experienced flexible Game Master and the relationship between video game RPGs and their tabletop roots, Corey ends up being right for the wrong reasons fairly often.
- You All Meet in an Inn: Lampshaded by Pete.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Here, complete with Monkey Island quotes and a link to the trope page.
- You Have Failed Me: But not for the definition of "failed me" that you would think...
- When it gets to the first force-choke scene, Motti is complaining that they've had to replace half the work-force over the past six years due to Vader killing anyone he doesn't like. Vader decides that he has a point...and from now on he'll just choke all the incompetents half to death.
- You Killed My Father: "You. Killed. My. Partner." (Here.)
- You Talkin' to Me?: Bail Organa to Yoda when he rescues him from the Senate showdown with Palpatine. And Ponda Baba to Luke in the Tatooine cantina scene.