YMMV: Star Wars Paranormalities Trilogy

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Ass Pull:
    • Parodied by Zolph in the epilogue of Episode I, when Maesterus reveals that he is a distant ancestor of his. Maesterus points out that he would have told him sooner had Zolph just cooperated with him. This is also an aversion at the same time, as this was hinted at several points throughout the story, even justifying a bit of the Foe Yay going on between him and Maesterus.
    • Parodied again in Episode II - Chapter 17, when after Gahmah Raan kills Gestroma, the former gets a last-minute reason to want to kill Masochus in the form of Masochus hiring Gestroma to kill Gahmah's hunting partner, Viola Jod, who wasn't mentioned at all until that chapter. Appropriately, Gahmah's too late to get a piece of the revenge pie, as Masochus has already been killed by Grein and Armogeist - two characters who had reasons to hate him already established in advance - when he catches up to them.
  • Author's Saving Throw: One criticism of some early Episode I chapters was the cameos of canon or Legends characters that don't do much when the story is predominantly original character-focused. Episode I - Chapter 12 addressed this by having Luke Skywalker mention that he was helping fight against the Valkoran Empire while Zolph was recovering from losing his arm as a way of acknowledging that he actually does stuff off-screen. Episode II also went the extra mile to have Luke be present (and not just Mission Control) for some of the Archfiend-related missions and the Battle of Ockla Prime. Also, when Luke was given attention in action scenes, he was portrayed as incredibly powerful on his own compared to Zolph (to the point of triviality) and acknowledged as powerful enough to be considered a threat or an asset to the Forceless Collective. Later chapters also cut down on the number of canon/Legends character cameos.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Grein describing one of her part-time jobs on Sleheyron to Hiriss, and Zolph's reaction to it.
    • Some of Will Helms' deaths fall into this territory. On one instance, R9-C4 tore out his spinal cord and beat him to death with it, and he was still alive to experience it. Under normal circumstances, being alive after having your spine torn out would be horrifying. But since the possibility of it (and that of death by astromech droid) is so ridiculous, it ends up being funny instead.
    • While Masochus is one of the most morally repulsive characters in the series, creating an Army of the Dead by killing Lieutenant Helms over and over again and using his corpses is hilariously over-the-top.
  • Foe Yay: Maesterus seems quite obsessed with Zolph. May have to do with the fact that he's actually Zolph's distant ancestor. Thankfully for Zolph, it doesn't go much farther than that, and even Maesterus is appalled at that idea.
    • Understandably plenty of this between Zolph and Dynn, considering they were already an item before she defected to the Valkoran.
    • There's also a bit of this between Zolph and Neur, but it's one-sided in Neur's favor. Eventually, she decides to quit after they become allies.
  • Fridge Logic: Lampshaded early on when Zolph wonders why someone would invent life sign-linked bombs, when he inadvertently puts the ship he's aboard on a collision course after cutting Admiral Gravlek's limbs off.
  • Growing the Beard: To an extent, the early chapters were almost script-like instead of actual prose. This was eventually remedied by Chapter 7 of Episode I.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Episode II introduced R9-C4 - a homicidal astromech droid with Comedic Sociopathy tendencies - in early 2013 as a recurring character. A year and a half later, Star Wars Rebels introduced Chopper, another astromech droid that was later revealed to have some Heroic Comedic Sociopath tendencies and suspected to be a former assassin droid, and in 2015, Star Wars: Darth Vader introduced an assassin droid disguised as an astromech droid who was decommissioned for being too homicidal.
    • Emperor Valkor and the Valkoran Empire have become this after the announcement of Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion "Knights of the Fallen Empire" at E3 2015. Said expansion features an Emperor named Valkorion, a so-called immortal emperor who leads a long-hidden empire operating in the Unknown Regions and supposedly using the Empire of Zakull for a greater purpose, not unlike Valkor and his empire. However, one of the major differences - aside from their focus stories taking place in different eras - is that while Valkorion seems to be a human Abusive Parent, Valkor doesn't have any known children and he's most certainly not human. In the end, it turned out Valkorion isn't quite human himself - he is another avatar of the Sith Emperor, who used to be a human or near so about a thousand years ago, but now is an Eldritch Abomination with Omnicidal Maniac goals. Even further, both characters use avatars to present themselves and operate in multiple places at once while keeping their true selves in the shadows. Two more differences come in that Valkor is a dead spot in the Force while Valkorion is a Dark Force user (although one sometimes called a hole in the Force), and then their goals differ: Valkorion is an Omnicidal Maniac whereas Valkor wants to assimilate people to maintain order.
    • Episode II - Chapter 12 had Zolph encounter Rakan the Devourer, a cannibalistic Karkarodon serial killer who claimed that if he ate Zolph and his midichlorians, he'd become a Force user. Zolph, knowing how stupid that sounds, responds "For the love of.... the Force does not work that way!" In The Force Awakens, when Finn comes up with an obviously half-assed plan to destroy Starkiller Base by "using the Force" to figure it out, a world-weary Han Solo replies "That's not how the Force works!" That line became a Memetic Mutation in regards to common misconceptions out-of-universe not long after the film came out.
  • Iron Woobie:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Gestroma. The only reason he's a psychopath bent on wiping out humanity in the first place was that the Empire abducted him from his family, mutated him and made him insane, and then destroyed them with the Death Star.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Doctor Thilid, a crazy Quarren scientist and interrogator with the Valkoran that likes to eat people's brains. Zolph kills her shortly after she is introduced when she tries to pull Menbar's brain out through his nose.
  • The Woobie: Zolph Vaelor. Not only did he lose both his parents when he was 13, but he was forced to kill Dynn Manthis - his love interest - after she was hijacked by her replacement arm, and he's been suffering a huge amount of psychological trauma as a result of this incident.