YMMV: Darths & Droids

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • A different meaning than intended was read in this strip. (See here.)
    • This moment after Jim's unusually skillful roleplaying:
    Jim/Padmé: That was my best death ever!
    Annie/Anakin: It was amazing. I've never felt so comfortable letting myself go in character before. I never found anyone I could trust.
    Padmé: Trust me.
  • Better Than Canon: The fact that it has much better story logic than the actual film really says something.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: This strip. Padme "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
  • Chaotic Evil: Pete claims that R2-D2 is Chaotic Neutral, but in practice he fits this alignment much better.
    Ben/Obi-Wan: Wait, Pete, when did you decide to be evil? (Beat) I can't believe I even said that.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Come for the Star Wars and Tabletop RPG jokes, stay for the Character Development as the players and GM become True Companions.
  • Crazy Awesome: Sally is moving into this, especially since she started playing Yoda.
  • 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 Greivous's death, in which he quotes both Blade Runner and Citizen Kane while he's burning to death from the inside.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jango Fett is reimagined into this.
  • 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.
  • Ho Yay: Darth Maul/Jango Fett.
  • I Knew It: The WMG that Jim plays Padmé when Qui-Gon dies.
    • Naboo is Mustafar. That is, there is no Mustafar, but Naboo takes its visuals.
    • Naboo is also Alderaan. That is, it's Naboo, not Alderaan, that's destroyed by the Death Star/Peace Moon in Episode IV
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 that struck some as an Ass Pull.
  • The Stations of the Canon: They still happen, sort of. Just not in the way that they originally played out.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Used by Annie against Pete on this page.