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.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Being a snarky and eccentric mercenary that wields two blades and two guns, has rapid regeneration, and implied fourth wall awareness, Gahmah Raan has been compared to Deadpool by readers.
  • 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 it's only heard over comlink and the description of what's happening is so over the top (never mind that an astromech droid was able to rip through body armor), it ends up being funny instead.
    • While Masochus is one of the most morally repulsive characters in the series, creating an undead army 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Gahmah Raan asking if he could have Maesterus's wings back in Episode I Chapter 10 (which was just a case of Gahmah being Gahmah) becomes a lot darker after Emperor Valkor cuts off Maesterus's wings before killing him in the final chapters of Episode II.
  • 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: For a fanfic that was started in 2012, Paranormalities shares a few things in common with official works (both Canon and Legends) that came out after certain chapters:
    • Introduced during the summer of 2012, Gahmah Raan invited some comparisons to Deadpool. A few months later, Disney (who owns Marvel and by extension, Deadpool), bought Lucasfilm. It was taken even further in late 2017 when Disney also purchased 20th Century Fox, who not only originally had the distribution rights to Star Wars, but the X-Men film franchise, and Deadpool by extension.
    • 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.
    • Grein's cross-guard lightsaber with four quillions was originally designed as a Shout-Out to No More Heroes. Come the first teaser for The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is shown to wield a cross-guard lightsaber with two quillions. Cross-guard lightsabers may have already existed in Legends before both Paranormalities and The Force Awakens, but Kylo's version is more similar to Grein's.
    • Star Wars: The Old Republic was launched a few months before Paranormalities started, but content that came later in the game's life bore some interesting similarities:
      • 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 Zakuul 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 (unless you count other Forceless symbiotes spawned from him) 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. Similar to Valkorion for Vitiate, Episode III's prologue reveals that Valkor is also just an alias for Yalbdalaoth, albeit one stolen from the real Valkor Vangeli while - according Admon Onae - having his body used as a puppet leader for the Forceless Collective.
      • A mix of Harsher in Hindsight, the Traitor Among the Chiss flashpoint reveals why Force-sensitive Chiss are rare: Force-sensitivity is persecuted among the Chiss and considered a genetic impurity to the point that Chiss who exhibit it either are exiled, forced to suppress it, or executed. In Paranormalities, Grein — a member of a rare purple-eyed subspecies of Chiss - reveals later in the story why Chiss of her kind are a rare sight: in what would be over 300 years before the events of The Old Republic, the red-eyed Chiss orchestrated a Witch Hunt against Chiss with other eye-colors — after genetic discoveries of them being more likely to be Force-attuned than they are — leading to the purple-eyed Chiss being scattered across the galaxy and becoming an Endangered Species (other Chiss eye-colors are now extinct) in the present day. Supplementary material also reveals that some purple-eyed Chiss sided with the Republic when they learned that the Chiss Ascendancy was allied with the Sith Empire, and seeing how in that time period they still persecute Force-sensitivity, they had every right to be worried.
    • 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.
    • Episode II - Chapter 16 featured an older fleet admiral in command of the largest ship in his faction's fleet who then carried out a Heroic Sacrifice against an even larger enemy target by using an unorthodox ramming tactic with successful results. Are we talking about Admiral Marx Gravlek or Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo?
  • Ho Yay: Gahmah Raan was initially a case of this towards Violo Jod due to the lack of information at the time of Violo first being mentioned, due to how fondly he remembers Violo and his anger towards those involved in his death (and there was also the time that Gahmah mentioned flirting with Rakan the Devourer while drunk). Eventually, Matt noticed and the side-story Odd Partnerships confirmed that Gahmah was indeed in a relationship with Violo and to avoid conflicting with him being married to Nazeen, that he was bisexual and that the Krishari are polygamists.
  • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • 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.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Sleeper symbiotes. The ability of Forceless symbiotes to possess living creatures is already scary on its own, but sleeper symbiotes can be placed inside them without their knowledge, lay dormant inside them for a long time — being able to even mask their presence from even Force users — and then suddenly possess them on a whim. As the last chapters of Episode II show, a good number of people Valkoran Empire have had a sleeper symbiote placed inside them, whether they were loyal to Valkor or not.
  • The Woobie:
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