- Demonic Spiders:
- Those damned Assault Gunboats, TIE Advanced, and in TIE Fighter and in later games, the TIE Defender, the Lightning Bruiser of starfighters.
- Not to mention the Nebulon-B Escort Frigate, especially in the original X-Wing when you can't take out the guns (of which she has a lot). She has no blind spots and a very large volume of fire. Many players feared the arrival of an Escort Frigate more than seeing a freakin' Star Destroyer.
- You wouldn't think Lambda class shuttles (think the stolen Tydirium from Return of the Jedi) would be a threat against a snubfighter. Mission ten of Tour of Duty 1 puts the lie to that real quick.
- Goddamn Bats: Goddamn TIE Fighters/Z-95s/T-Wings...
- Nightmare Fuel: The face of the medical droid. The Unnaturally Blue Lighting makes it worse.
- No Problem with Licensed Games: One of the best Star Wars related products in its day, with cinematics only below the ones from Rebel Assault, that was CD-ROM based and not a 3" 1/2 like X-Wing, and, unlike the aforementioned Rebel Assault, actually having gameplay that rivaled some of the best flight sims of the time, instead of being a very barebones and amateurishly-done arcade game.
- That One Level: See Escort Mission and Protection Mission on the main page - the infamous Redemption Run is both of these, with enemies coming from two sides, your wingmen not responding to your commands, and a single tiny mistake meaning failure. It's basically impossible to find a working solution for the mission without hours of Trial-and-Error Gameplay.
Its hardness became an Ascended Meme in the X-Wing Series by Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston, where the "Redemption Scenario" (dubbed "Requiem Scenario" by the pilots), based on the mission, is an infamously hard Virtual Training Simulation used by the New Republic Starfighter Command.
- Other notable offenders are the eighth and tenth missions of the first tour of duty. The former has you identifying which transports have rebel prisoners in need of rescue while you're being pursued by TIE fighters. The latter is exactly the same, except this time you're identifying Lambda class shuttles, and unlike transports, they'll shoot back. It doesn't help that both missions put you in the very slow Y-Wing