Tropes different from the vanilla prequel films include:
- Anachronic Order: One of the edit's defining traits is that the first two prequels are told as flashbacks.
- Alternate Universe: See Robotic Psychopath below
- Compressed Adaptation: The film has most of it's 150 minute running time from Revenge of the Sith, with the rest as flashbacks.
- Death by Despair: Averted, as Padme dies from being force-choked by Vader.
- Opening Scroll: Averted, as the first thing we see is the duel with Darth Maul. After that is Obi-Wan agreeing to train Anakin, then the film cuts to the battle over Coruscant.
- Recursive Translation: The film places retranslated English subtitles inside the picture.
- Robotic Psychopath: Darth Maul gets rebuilt as General Grievous after his supposedly-fatal fall in The Phantom Menace.