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** This counts as a moment of awesome for the [=TIE=] pilots, too. Everything is going to shit around them, they're being beaten by the badly outnumbered Rebels ''again'', and their planet-destroying superweapon is about to be blown up ''again''. They ''could'' cut their losses and just get as far away from Endor as they could to try and escape the probable Death Star explosion coming their way, [[VillainousValour but they don't. They flying right into the Death Star after the Rebels and in a desperate bid to prevent another Imperial defeat. That's commendable, in it's own way]].

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** This counts as a moment of awesome for the [=TIE=] pilots, too. Everything is going to shit around them, they're being beaten by the badly outnumbered Rebels ''again'', and their planet-destroying superweapon is about to be blown up ''again''. They ''could'' cut their losses and just get as far away from Endor as they could to try and escape the probable Death Star explosion coming their way, [[VillainousValour but they don't. They flying fly right into the Death Star after the Rebels and in a desperate bid to prevent another Imperial defeat. That's commendable, in it's own way]].


* "Jabba, this is your last chance. Free us... or die." And the best part was, unlike some darker-shaded protagonists may have gone about the problem at hand, Luke genuinely and earnestly did offer Jabba several significant chances to end their dispute without any violence whatsoever. It's only when Luke has no other options that he offers a ''vicious crime lord'' one last chance to walk away with his life intact.

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* "Jabba, this is your last chance. Free us... or die." And the best part was, unlike some darker-shaded protagonists may have gone about the problem at hand, Luke genuinely and earnestly did offer Jabba several significant chances to end their dispute without any violence whatsoever. It's only when Luke has no other options that he offers a ''vicious crime lord'' one last chance to walk away with his life intact.intact.
** And here is the real reason for Leia's bronze bikini. Jabba and his court are well established from moment one to be absolutely depraved monsters, gleefully watching as equally-scantily-clad Oola dances and is then horrifically killed for refusing to do more than dance, then Jabba sees Leia as a convenient replacement for Oola and has her put in her own slave costume. At every turn, we're shown why we, the audience, should be perfectly okay with Luke and Company slaughtering the lot of them to rescue their friend. The galaxy will ''smell better'' once they're gone. Yet, at every turn, Luke offers peaceful resolutions to the problem, wanting everyone to walk away from this den of sin happy and alive. That's not cowardice, that's moral fiber that would make ComicBook/{{Superman}} proud.

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** The pose she strikes as she jumps down from Jabba's dais after strangling him. Sure, she's wearing the most fanservice-y getup in the history of fanservice-y getups, but in those few frames, she is pure, 100% badass ActionGirl, the ensemble be damned.


* Obi-Wan's seemingly nonsensical line in Episode IV to Han and in turn the crew "There are alternatives to fighting" finally come to pass 4 years later, Luke didn't beat Palpatine by a lightsaber, he found an alternative way to beat him by proudly proclaiming he was a Jedi like his father before him. Somewhere in the deep recesses of Obi-Wan's Force spirit must have been smiling. BadassPacifist at its finest.

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* Obi-Wan's seemingly nonsensical line in Episode IV to Han and in turn the crew "There are alternatives to fighting" finally come to pass 4 years later, Luke didn't beat Palpatine by a lightsaber, he found an alternative way to beat him by proudly proclaiming he was a Jedi like his father before him. Somewhere in the deep recesses of Obi-Wan's Force spirit must have been smiling. BadassPacifist at its finest.finest.
* "Jabba, this is your last chance. Free us... or die." And the best part was, unlike some darker-shaded protagonists may have gone about the problem at hand, Luke genuinely and earnestly did offer Jabba several significant chances to end their dispute without any violence whatsoever. It's only when Luke has no other options that he offers a ''vicious crime lord'' one last chance to walk away with his life intact.


* Palpatine's overall reaction to everything that is going on around him. For the 1st time in his Sith life something does not go his way, his wanted apprentice and heir to the Empire Luke has completely ignored his wishes of giving in to The Dark Side, the Death Star II's shields are down and will surely be destroyed any minute now, and his Galactic Empire which he spent nearly 20 years to create prior to Episode IV is left without a heir and will fall into ruin without him or a successor. He tries to get some cathartic rage on Luke for denying his wishes however something he never would have thought to happened to him happens, his own slave Darth Vader breaks free from the Dark Side and hoists Palpatine. All Palpatine can do at this point is yell in fury and anger, he even ''demands'' Vader to let him go. For the 1st time in the Star Wars timeline Palpatine has made an error, which costs him his Empire, the Sith Order, and his life.

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* Palpatine's overall reaction to everything that is going on around him. For the 1st first time in his Sith life life, something does not ''not'' go his way, his wanted way: His designated apprentice and heir to the Empire Luke Empire, Luke, has completely ignored his wishes of giving in to The the Dark Side, Side and repudiated him, the Death Star II's shields are down and the battle station will surely be destroyed any minute now, and his Galactic Empire which he spent nearly 20 years a lifetime to create prior to Episode IV is left without a an heir and will fall into ruin without him or a successor. He tries to get some cathartic rage on Luke for denying his wishes however wishes... however, something he never would have thought to happened to him happens, his would happen happens: His own slave Darth Vader breaks free from the Dark Side and hoists Palpatine. All Palpatine can do at this point is yell in fury and anger, and ultimately in ''fear''; he even ''demands'' Vader to let him go. For the 1st first time in the Star Wars timeline timeline, Palpatine has made an error, which costs him his Empire, the Sith Order, and his life.



** If you watch the films in the order they were made, there's the impact of seeing the lightning for the first time. Palpatine gives some death threats etc, and you expect some big lightsaber fight or force choking or what have you. Instead, out of freaking nowhere he starts shooting LIGHTNING at Luke. While the lightning has been downgraded and made much more commonplace since then, back then not even Darth Vader could do it (now we know why, but the EU wasn't as developed at the time). It made the Emperor a grade-A badass.

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** If you watch the films in the order they were made, there's the impact of seeing the lightning for the first time. Palpatine gives some death threats threats, etc, and you expect some big lightsaber fight or force choking or what have you. Instead, out of freaking nowhere he starts shooting LIGHTNING at Luke. While the lightning has been downgraded and made much more commonplace since then, back then not even Darth Vader could do it (now we know why, but the EU wasn't as developed at the time). It made the Emperor a grade-A badass.



** According to the novelization, the lightning was nothing less than a straight-up abomination of the Force, Palpatine using his sheer overwhelming hatred to break the very rules that bound the universe together. Consider that even in the prequels, we only see two characters who ever use it: Palpatine and his apprentice, Count Dooku.

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** According to the novelization, the lightning was nothing less than a straight-up abomination of the Force, Palpatine using his sheer overwhelming hatred to break the very rules that bound bind the universe together. Consider that even in the prequels, we only see two characters who ever use it: Palpatine and his apprentice, Count Dooku.



* Vader ''lunging'' at Palpatine to save his son. The man clearly has very little energy in him from the brutal duel with Luke he can barely stand and has only ''one hand'' he still musters enough energy left in him to grasp Palpatine by the waist high above his head and throwing him down the shaft all with ''one hand'' truly a PapaWolf.
** Even more awesome after watching the prequel trilogy. Anakin had spent his entire life adhering to the whims of other people. He was a slave in his childhood. As a Jedi he could only do what his elders allowed him to do, which meant his potential to be the hero he was hoping to be was severely limited. The Emperor played him like a pack of cards to the point where he lost almost everything. Even his relationship with Padmé transpired on her terms, not his. By killing the Emperor to save his son, Anakin finally took control of his life.

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* Vader ''lunging'' at Palpatine to save his son. The man clearly has very little energy in him from the brutal duel with Luke he Luke. He can barely stand and has only ''one hand'' hand'', yet he still musters enough energy left in him to grasp Palpatine by the waist high above his head and throwing cast him down the shaft shaft... all with ''one hand'' truly hand''. Truly a PapaWolf.
PapaWolf if there ever was one.
** Even more awesome after watching the prequel trilogy. Anakin had spent his entire life adhering to the whims of other people. He was a Watto's slave in his childhood. As a Jedi he could only do what his elders allowed him to do, which meant his potential to be the hero he was hoping to be was severely limited. The Emperor played him like a pack of cards to the point where he lost almost everything. Even his relationship with Padmé transpired on her terms, not his. By killing the Emperor to save his son, Anakin finally took control of his life.



** Possible WMG/YMMV but his take down of Palpatine is significantly more impressive when you consider the following: Firstly, Palpatine's force lightning could almost instantly shut down Vader's suit, and immediately after tossing Palpatine he collapses and is unable to move, meaning that the suit was probably non-functioning before he even threw the Emperor. He was moving with pure force of will (and the Force). Secondly, Palpatine was far too powerful to be killed merely by falling, surely someone of his power level would have been able to arrest his descent. So in all likelihood, Vader stopped him from doing that via the Force.

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** Possible WMG/YMMV but his take down takedown of Palpatine is significantly more impressive when you consider the following: Firstly, Palpatine's force lightning could almost instantly shut down Vader's suit, and immediately after tossing Palpatine he collapses and is unable to move, meaning that the suit was probably non-functioning before he even threw the Emperor. He was moving with pure force of will (and the Force). Secondly, Palpatine was far too powerful to be killed merely by falling, surely someone of his power level would have been able to arrest his descent. So in all likelihood, Vader stopped him from doing that via the Force.


** In addition, this scene already demonstrated through Luke, long before the Prequels came along, how much of a powerhouse a healthy Vader would have been without his debilitating injuries, something that was ultimately confirmed in ''Revenge of the Sith''.


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*** In addition, this scene already demonstrated through Luke, long before the Prequels came along, how much of a powerhouse a healthy Vader would have been without his debilitating injuries, something that was ultimately confirmed in ''Revenge of the Sith''.

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** In addition, this scene already demonstrated through Luke, long before the Prequels came along, how much of a powerhouse a healthy Vader would have been without his debilitating injuries, something that was ultimately confirmed in ''Revenge of the Sith''.


** And let's not forget the way the second Death Star's explosion sequence plays out. In ''A New Hope,'' the original Death Star blew up instantly, accompanied by intensifying music before it suddenly burst apart in a ball of flame. Here, the second Death Star begins to slowly collapse after Wedge and Lando destroy the reactor. Admiral Ackbar ordering the fleet to move away from the receding battle station. Luke exiting the Death Star hangar as it begins to fall apart, flying out just as the hangar goes up in flames with only seconds to spare. Wedge flying out of the Death Star. Then Lando coming out just before he and the ''Millennium Falcon'' are consumed by flame, and then... '''''KABOOM.''''' Combined with a teaser explosion right before the Death Star is obliterated in a massive fireball, as well as the Praxis shockwave, this has to be the beautiful CGI explosion in movie history ever. Forget Michael Bay, this was the EarthShatteringKaboom to end it all. The greatest victory of the Rebel Alliance.

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** And let's not forget the way the second Death Star's explosion sequence plays out. In ''A New Hope,'' the original Death Star blew up instantly, accompanied by intensifying music before it suddenly burst apart in a ball of flame. Here, the second Death Star begins to slowly collapse after Wedge and Lando destroy the reactor. Admiral Ackbar ordering the fleet to move away from the receding battle station. Luke exiting the Death Star hangar as it begins to fall apart, flying out just as the hangar goes up in flames with only seconds to spare. Wedge flying out of the Death Star. Then Lando coming out just before he and the ''Millennium Falcon'' are consumed by flame, and then... '''''KABOOM.''''' Combined with a teaser explosion right before the Death Star is obliterated in a massive fireball, as well as the Praxis shockwave, this has to be the most beautiful CGI explosion in movie history ever. Forget Michael Bay, this was the EarthShatteringKaboom to end it all. The greatest victory of the Rebel Alliance.


* It's extremely subtle compared to most, but Yoda has spent 800 years of his life teaching many generations of Jedi, fought in the Clone Wars, sent two Sith Lords running off with their tails between their legs even if they'd already achieved what they'd come for, and even weathered the corruption and eventual fall of the Jedi and Galactic Republic. And what ultimately does him in? ''Old age.'' That's a resume hardly anyone else in the franchise can boast about, especially that last part (usually, it's a blaster or lightsaber or, in some cases, a Force choke, a fall, or even overexertion).

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* It's extremely subtle compared to most, but Yoda has spent 800 years of his life teaching many generations of Jedi, fought in the Clone Wars, sent two Sith Lords running off with their tails between their legs even if they'd already achieved what they'd come for, and even weathered the corruption and eventual fall of the Jedi and Galactic Republic. And what ultimately does him in? ''Old age.'' That's a resume hardly anyone else in the franchise can boast about, especially that last part (usually, it's a blaster or lightsaber or, in some cases, a Force choke, Force lightning, a fall, or even overexertion).


* It's extremely subtle compared to most, but Yoda has spent 800 years of his life teaching many generations of Jedi, fought in the Clone Wars, sent two Sith Lords running off with their tails between their legs even if they'd already achieved what they'd come for, and even weathered the corruption and eventual fall of the Jedi and Galactic Republic. And what ultimately does him in? ''Old age.'' That's a resume hardly anyone else in the franchise can boast about, especially that last part (usually, it's a blaster or lightsaber or, in some cases, a fall or even overexertion).

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* It's extremely subtle compared to most, but Yoda has spent 800 years of his life teaching many generations of Jedi, fought in the Clone Wars, sent two Sith Lords running off with their tails between their legs even if they'd already achieved what they'd come for, and even weathered the corruption and eventual fall of the Jedi and Galactic Republic. And what ultimately does him in? ''Old age.'' That's a resume hardly anyone else in the franchise can boast about, especially that last part (usually, it's a blaster or lightsaber or, in some cases, a fall Force choke, a fall, or even overexertion).


** As anticlimactic as Boba's defeat is[[note]] He escapes in the Legends continuity, supported by [[WordOfGod George Lucas]] confirming he survived, and as Disney has not yet revealed what happened to him in the new continuity, his fate remains ambiguous[[/note]], you have to admit how goddamn ''cool'' he looks--moreso than usual--when he emerges from the sand barge and leaps into action with the way his jetpack ignites and he gets all the way over to the sand skiff in one go. ''That'' is what a jetpack is ''supposed'' to look like! Bonus points for being relatively realistic, too--he's not entirely dependent on the jetpack to move, it's more like a jump-assist. He was fighting like a SPARTAN [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved almost twenty years before Master Chief hit the scene!]]

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** As anticlimactic as Boba's defeat is[[note]] He is[[note]]He escapes in the Legends continuity, supported by [[WordOfGod George Lucas]] confirming he survived, and as while WordOfGod strongly hinted, if not outright confirmed, that to be the case in the Disney has not yet revealed canon as well, what happened to him in the new continuity, his fate afterwards remains ambiguous[[/note]], you have to admit how goddamn ''cool'' he looks--moreso than usual--when he emerges from the sand barge and leaps into action with the way his jetpack ignites and he gets all the way over to the sand skiff in one go. ''That'' is what a jetpack is ''supposed'' to look like! Bonus points for being relatively realistic, too--he's not entirely dependent on the jetpack to move, it's more like a jump-assist. He was fighting like a SPARTAN [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved almost twenty years before Master Chief hit the scene!]]


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* It's extremely subtle compared to most, but Yoda has spent 800 years of his life teaching many generations of Jedi, fought in the Clone Wars, sent two Sith Lords running off with their tails between their legs even if they'd already achieved what they'd come for, and even weathered the corruption and eventual fall of the Jedi and Galactic Republic. And what ultimately does him in? ''Old age.'' That's a resume hardly anyone else in the franchise can boast about, especially that last part (usually, it's a blaster or lightsaber or, in some cases, a fall or even overexertion).


* Luke walking off the plank over the Sarlacc pit, turning, grabbing the edge, flipping back onto the skiff, catching the lightsaber Artoo fires from Jabba's sail barge, igniting it, and '''proceeding to kick ass'''.

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* Luke walking off the plank over the Sarlacc pit, turning, grabbing the edge, flipping back onto the skiff, catching the lightsaber Artoo fires from Jabba's sail barge, igniting it, and '''proceeding to kick ass'''. Luke is ''definitely'' his father's son - this is most definitely something Anakin Skywalker would do!


* The scene where Luke surrenders himself to Vader in and addresses him as "Father". When Vader prods Luke that he has accepted the truth, Luke firmly responds "I accept the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father." With a simple turn of phrase, Luke shows Vader how he has grown from a boy who was capable of a HeroicBSOD upon hearing Vader's little emotional sucker punch to a mature man who accepts an uncomfortable truth ''his way''.

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* The scene where Luke surrenders himself to Vader in and addresses him as "Father". When Vader prods Luke that he has accepted the truth, Luke firmly responds "I accept the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father." With a simple turn of phrase, Luke shows Vader how he has grown from a boy who was capable of fell into a HeroicBSOD upon hearing Vader's little emotional sucker punch to a mature man who accepts an uncomfortable truth ''his way''.way'', while acknowledging the rest of the truth that his father would rather forget.


[[caption-width-right:350:What'd you expect? It's a ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars]]'' film, after all.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:What'd you expect? It's a ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars]]'' film, after all.[[caption-width-right:350:The final battle between father and son.]]

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** When one thinks about it, Leia killing Jabba is even more awesome: an adult Hutt is large enough to [[EatenAlive swallow a human whole]], and they can't be killed with most blasters because their layer of blubber and ''muscle'' allow them to tank the shot... And Leia ''physically overpowered the monster'', an act she actually became famous for in-universe.

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