YMMV / Darths & Droids

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • This moment after Jim's unusually skillful roleplaying:
    Jim: That was my best death ever!
    Annie: It was amazing. I've never felt so comfortable letting myself go in character before. I never found anyone I could trust.
    Jim: Trust me.
  • Better Than Canon: Some believe the comic is better than the original films, even going so far as to say it has better story logic.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: This strip. Padmé "dies" in the desert then we abruptly switch to screencaps of The Princess Bride. (It was an April Fools' Day comic, but without a date posted on the page it's not obvious when reading the comic archives.)
  • Cargo Ship: R2-D2 and his beloved dreadnought. Hilariously Pete apparently ships this in-universe
  • Crazy Awesome: General Grievous has been reimagined as a Warrior Poet who recites menacing poetry while trying to destroy Obi-Wan.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Peace Moon blowing up Naboo results in way more Black Comedy than would be expected.
      "Shore leave to Naboo has been canceled."
    • There's also Darth Vader's treatment of Daine Jir:
    Jir: Oh my, sir! Even me?
    Vader: (Stares blankly at him for a moment) Yes.
    • General Grievous's death, in which he quotes both Blade Runner and Citizen Kane while he's burning to death from the inside.
    • Anakin killing the young Padawans and Padmé being horrified by it? Tragic. Pete mentioning that the Padawans were 2500 XP each, causing Jim / Padmé to suddenly be okay with it? Hilarious.
    • When Zam's hand is cut off, there's a moment of unintentional and awkward Black Comedy.
    Zam Wessel: Now how am I going to feed my boy?
    Obi-Wan: Oh Anakin, did you pick up her hand before we left the bar? *beat* Oh. That wasn't related to your last question, by the way.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Running Gag of Jim's characters constantly dying, usually by the end of a campaign. Jim ultimately ends up playing Han Solo by the time the comic gets to the original trilogy... and in The Force Awakens, Han is killed by Kylo Ren.
  • Genius Bonus: The fact that the Geonosis factory sequence was added in by Pete acting as a substitue GM is even funnier if one is aware that it wasn't part of the original movie script, but was added during production.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In this strip, Jim is admonished about even thinking about wearing Amidala's dresses, just in case they had good armor class. Now Jim is playing Amidala.
    • In a few Phantom Menace strips, Qui-Gon is obsessed with "casting Summon Bigger Fish". In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jar Jar does just that in one episode.
    • Darth Vader's assuming of the name "Vader" (Dutch for "father") becomes this following strip 1152 following the reveal that Darth Vader is Padme, Luke and Leia's mother. Knowing Annie, this could very well have been intentional.
    • The Darth Vader reveal and the gag of Jim's characters always dying became a little funnier after The Force Awakens included both Captain Phasma (another woman in masculine armor) and the death of Han Solo, Jim's current character. Morgan-Mar also went on record to state that it had managed to copy one of the future plot points they were planning for Return of the Jedi (which was only just finishing the escape from Jabba at the time).
    • Ever since all the way back in Episode I, Jim has been mishearing/mispronouncing "Jedi" as "Cheddar." Then at Star Wars Celebration 2016, the planet Jedha was unveiled, sounding even more like cheddar cheese.
    • Jim wanted Padme to inherit his laser sword when he took over her character. As it turned out, she did eventually get her own laser sword, when she became Darth Vader...
  • Memetic Mutation: Invoked. DMM encourages readers to spread "Jar Jar, you're a genius," across the net. As noted, the comic provided the very first instance of that sentence on the entire interweb.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In this version, it's Anakin who's manipulating everyone.
    • Though some strips suggest that Palpatine isn't quite so far behind.
    • Surprisingly, HAN fall into this category as well.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Darth Vader crosses it when he blows up Naboo with the Peace Moon. This is especially so following the later reveal that Darth Vader is not Anakin Skywalker, but Padme Amidala, meaning that Vader blew up her own homeworld.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The revelation that Anakin is not only pure evil...but always has been.
  • Periphery Demographic: Thanks to the author writing transcripts for each comic, the series has a notable following for the visually impaired as one of the few accessible web comics. The author himself encouraged this type of response and has made calls for other comics to make them accessible for their benefit.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Jar Jar, who was originally the most hated character in all six movies. So much so that at least one reader actually hoped that the writers could find a way to insert him into the other five movies. At the end of the Revenge of the Sith game Yoda notes that Jar Jar was the only one who wasn't acting like a fool. Though this is kind of weakened by the fact Sally plays both Yoda and Jar Jar.
    • The Irregulars note that they actually checked on the Internet, and the phrase "Jar Jar, you're a genius!" appeared precisely nowhere beforehand. Now it gets several hundred Google hits.
    • This was so well done that when Vader blew up Naboo with the Peace Moon, the forum's first reaction was "Oh my god, he just killed Jar Jar! You Monster!!"
  • The Scrappy: As admitted by Word of God and a complete inversion of the character as portrayed in the movies, there is an attempt to invoke this effect upon R2-D2. Whether or not this is successful will be left to the readers.
  • Seasonal Rot: An increasing opinion is that the comic began losing its edge starting around the time of the original trilogy. It seems to be divided between those who think the group has lost most of their quirks and follies and become too generic for the kind of chaos known in campaign comics, those who think the comic isn't poking enough fun at the holes in the movies and those who are just upset there are no more insults to the prequel trilogy. The generally-accepted reason is that, unlike the prequels, the original trilogy films are just too good to make very good Snark Bait.
  • Shocking Swerve: The revelation that Darth Vader is Padme brought some grumbling from readers, mainly because the original robotization strip turned out to be a carefully Quote Mined version of what actually happened.