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Ladies and gentlemen, the man who will become Darth Vader!

"'George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it."
Harrison Ford to George Lucas after reading his lines for A New Hope.

The galaxy far-far away is not just full of diverse planets, colorful species, creatures and people of all kinds, but also plenty of failed dramatic moments that just come off as funny. See the Narm Charm page for that trope.

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The films:

    The Phantom Menace 
  • The scene where Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar-Jar escape from the underwater cave marks the second time they lose the "big fish" to a "bigger fish". While narrowly escaping the maw of the bigger fish might be suspenseful on its own, the film negates any tension by having the bigger fish make what sounds like Jabba the Hutt producing a big yawning noise just as it opens its mouth to eat the bongo craft... while underwater.
  • At the end of the scene where Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan battle the droids on the Trade Federation battleship, they find themselves outmatched by the Droidekas and decide to make a quick getaway by using the Force to run really fast (an ability that is never seen or referenced again), causing them to vanish offscreen in about half a second. It's supposed to be a tense split-second escape at the end of a thrilling action sequence, but it ends up looking suspiciously like the Roadrunner fleeing Wile E. Coyote.
  • One scene has Jar Jar and Queen Amidala discussing their plans to resist the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo, which is supposed to sound serious. It doesn't work.
    Jar Jar: Gungans not dyin' without a fight. Weesa warriors, weesa got a grand army.

    Attack of the Clones 
  • The revelation that Zam Wesell is actually a Clawdite shapeshifter, with her randomly morphing her face into her truer lizard-like form while racing to escape Anakin on Coruscant. This ability is only shown again when Jango Fett kills Zam with a dart that causes her face to distort again as she writhes. In both instances, it comes off as unintentionally funny rather than the Jump Scare it was probably intended to be.
  • The lofty, faux-poetic "I don’t like sand" speech in Attack of the Clones. As StickWars puts it:
    Anakin: I hate sand. It's so... Sandy. But you, Padmé. You're not sandy. And that is why I love you.
  • When Anakin and Padmé are frolicking at the lake country on Naboo, Anakin tumbles off one of the animals he was riding and plays dead. The music turns serious and the alarmed Padmé runs to him as if she believes he is unconscious or dead, despite it being obvious to the audience he'd deliberately tumbled. This resulted in jokes along the lines of "Oops! Anakin's dead, the whole original trilogy has now been butterflied out of existence!"
  • Anakin's infamous tirade about Obi-Wan and killing the Tusken Raiders, including the women and children, which serves as the page image. It's meant as dark Foreshadowing of Anakin succumbing to the dark side, but the dialogue and Hayden Christensen's delivery makes it come off as Wangsty, particularly when he screams "I hate them!" A riff on "The Imperial March" plays to hammer home the not-so-subtle foreshadowing.
    Padmé: You're not all-powerful!
    Anakin: Well I should be! And someday I will be... I will be... the most powerful Jedi ever! It's all Obi-Wan's fault! He's jealous! He's holding me back!
  • Poggle the Lesser has sentenced Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan to death. The Geonosian hivemind may sound menacing at times with all the insectoid chittering, but Poggle opening his speech with an elephant-like trumpet ruins the drama.

    Revenge of the Sith 
  • As Palpatine blasts Mace Windu with Sith lightning, Mace Windu's replies to him and Anakin are interspersed with screams that are meant to reflect the strenuous effort of repelling the lightning, but they sound more like he's constipated.
  • While Palpatine looms over Anakin while knighting him a Sith, the culmination of manipulating Anakin for many years, his line delivery looks and sounds like Evil Feels Good... in his pants. The way he creepily says "GOOOOOOOOOD" adds to the impression.
    Palpatine: The Force is STR-R-R-RONGG with you!
  • When christening Anakin as a Sith Lord, Sidious declares: “Henceforth you shall be known as Darth… Vader”, with an uncomfortably long pause after “Darth” followed by saying “Vader” very quickly. It makes it sound like, even though he had 13 years to prepare for this moment, Sidious just came up with Vader’s name right on the spot.
  • Palpatine has wanted to duel Yoda for decades, and when the moment finally arrives, he tells Yoda:
    Palpatine: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend!
    • In the same scene, Yoda uses a force push to send Palpatine flying backwards, but the editing combined with Palpatine's wild arm flailing resembles slapstick more than a duel.
  • When Obi-Wan tells Padmé that Anakin has turned to the dark side, Ewan McGregor struggles to deliver his line, covers his mouth like he's trying not to laugh, and uses a distracting word that sucks out all drama:
    Obi-Wan: I have seen... A... Security hologram... Of him... Killing younglings...
  • Padmé offers this shining example of That Makes Me Feel Angry:
    Padmé: Anakin, you're breaking my heart!
  • During the climax, Anakin offers up a very weak justification as to why he slaughtered children and tried to strangle Padmé, and Obi-Wan is having none of it. This exchange can elicit more than a few giggles:
    Anakin: I should have known the Jedi were plotting to take over!
    Obi-Wan: Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!!
    Anakin: From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!
    Obi-Wan: Well then you are lost!
  • After an absurdly climactic sword duel where they have been backflipping over lava, clinging to the side of crumbling structures, and keeping up their duel while an entire base crumbles around them, Obi-Wan jumps onto a bank and yells "It's over, Anakin! I Have The High Ground!" The way he's delivering the line makes it sound like his now slightly-elevated position has rendered him completely insurmountable. And then when Anakin declares he's going to try and Obi-Wan tells him not to, he does a complicated backflip that ends in Obi-Wan slicing off three of his limbs, which seemingly validates Obi-Wan's declaration—suggesting that the battle between two of the greatest Jedi ever was resolved by one of them moving a few feet up on a slope.
  • After the intensity of their conflict, Anakin expresses to Obi-Wan the tragedy of a great Jedi fallen to the deepest darkness with these last words.
    Anakin: I HATE YOU!
  • When Vader learns that Padmé has died despite turning to the dark side to save her, he expresses his pain with a Big "NOOooOOOoooOOOooo!" The official Star Wars website once had a soundboard to play with this line in recognition of how unintentionally funny people found it.
  • In the confrontation between Grievous and Obi-Wan, Obi Force Pushes Grievous into a ceiling fixture, causing him to drop his lightsabers. Grievous then scuttles to a uniwheel pod in just an unbelievably silly way, with his back legs suspended in midair for a full second. TCW would later give this a little more practical weight, with it being faster than his walk, but never once did it have him hold his back legs up above his head.
  • A deleted scene featured a squad of traitorous clones attempting to pass themselves off as Jedi, but their disguise only consists of cloaks with no attempt whatsoever to hide that they all have the same face. One wonders how the scene got as far as actually being filmed before the writers finally realized this was too silly, especially coming on the heels of a scene as dark as Order 66. Notably the scene made it into LEGO Star Wars, a game that was generally silly on purpose.
  • During the climactic duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan, there's a moment where the two are in the middle of clashing sabers and, out of nowhere, twirl their lightsabers around for about three seconds before striking each other again. The abruptness with which the moment comes and goes makes it even more comical, especially since the choreography is fairly intense for the rest of the duel.

  • The Opening Scroll introduces crime lord Lady Proxima as if she'll be the Big Bad or another serious threat. When she appears, the characters are intimidated by a giant grub-like alien with a grandmotherly voice, and she exits the film within minutes.
  • Han was never an Only One Name guy until signing on for the Imperial military; the Imperial officer names him "Solo" because Han happened to be alone when applying. This is treated like a Meaningful Rename, but it's cheesy since the audience didn't know Han Solo wasn't always Han Solo until seconds before and the random name lacks meaning.
  • Dryden Vos' yacht is full of corruption and decadence, treated in all seriousness until showing that the baritone singer, Luleo Primoc, is a weird green creature in a formaldehyde flask who sings through the liquid like a drunk uncle.
  • When Enfys Nest pulls off her mask, the camera lingers on her face and the shocked reactions of Han, Qi'ra, and Tobias for just long enough for the viewer to think there's some huge significance to her real identity. And then it turns out that, nope, the film's just pulling the Samus Is a Girl twist, something that was already hackneyed by the time of the Prequel Trilogy, to say nothing of the time this film was released.
  • When Darth Maul reveals himself at the end of the film, it’s a shocking moment, until he activates his lightsaber which makes the whole thing quite silly as he’s on a holo call with Qi’ra so him brandishing his weapon while she’s lightyears away looks like a pointless attempt at intimidation.

    Rogue One 
  • Saw Gerrera's quote "Save the rebellion! Save the dream!" is pretty cheesy, and he even got a following for his Narm Charm.
  • The Bor Gullet scene can cause unintended laughter in some audiences because of Forest Whitaker's hammy performance, and the fact that it comes straight out of nowhere, and is never mentioned again.
  • Krennic gets hammy when Tarkin discusses his future intentions.
    Krennic: We stand here among MY achievement, NACHOS!note 
  • Darth Vader has a volcano lair castle tower. That bears repeating, for emphasis: Darth Vader lives in a jet black spire castle straddling a live volcano with a lava-fall flowing out of the front gate. For some, it comes across as...cliche. It gets worse when you know it's based on an early idea for The Empire Strikes Back which was discarded as too silly.
  • When Vader punishes Krennic with a Force Choke, he quips: "be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director", in an unexpectedly punny moment. Some viewers even described it as Vader making a "dad joke".
  • Jyn retorting to Cassian's passionate Rebel speech with an offended "you'll not convince me with words." It's the kind of Lame Comeback that almost requires pouting lips afterwards.
  • "Rebellions are built on hope!" is a pretty Narm-y way for Jyn to convince the other rebels to fight back. Her speech is a little minimalist. It makes a bit more sense in context as a Meaningful Echo of a previous line that Cassian said to her, but it still comes off as somewhat cheesy.
  • The European Spanish Star Wars dubs are famous for having some excellent acting and making a good job of covering bad performances and plot holes in the franchise, but the one for Rogue One, while having a lot of good points too, seems to be the inevitable occasional exception (which was followed by some similar weak points in The Rise of Skywalker as said above). Felicity Jones's voice actress, Lourdes Fabrés, generally does it well, but every time Jyn speaks in the Rebel council, it gets botched by suddenly sounding incredibly childish in key moments.

    A New Hope 
  • In the original theatrical release, Obi-Wan scares away the Tusken Raiders from Luke by imitating a krayt dragon with a short, guttural yell. The 2011 Blu-Ray and later releases replace it with a rather goofy echoed "woooooo!", rather incongruous with the tone of the scene, sounding less like a creature and more like a guy who's stubbed his toe. Audiences were quick to meme this moment, citing what the voice was trying to resemble, to the point where one person even compared it to Kramer passing a kidney stone in Seinfeld.
  • Red Leader's horrified scream as Darth Vader shoots him down is undermined by the fact that it looks like he's trying not to laugh as he does so.
  • The mere existence of Porkins. Really, George, that's the name you give to the fat pilot?
  • The initially deleted scene with Jabba was unfortunately forced by outside factors into being pretty laughable. First, the Greedo scene was altered so that the exposition about why Han is on the run could still get across. Some of the dialogue simply transplanted over wholesale, which means we're now quite noticeably getting the same lines twice almost back-to-back ("Even I get boarded sometimes. You think I had a choice?"). Additionally, Jabba was modeled on-set by a regular actor who would've had stop-motion footage superimposed on him; Han repeatedly walks around him during their conversation, which would be physically impossible under the intended circumstances. Thus, when the scene was completed for the Special Edition with CGI, the filmmakers were forced to have Han step on Jabba's tail to his discomfort, which helps destroy the scene's efforts to portray Jabba as a terrifying crime boss that no one wants to be on the bad side of.note  However, this can fall under Narm Charm because this shows how Han can be such a bad-ass to the point of stepping on the tail of a crime boss like Jabba.
    The Empire Strikes Back 
  • Exclusive to the 1997 Special Edition, Luke’s scream while falling down the shaft falls into this hard. Not only is the scream itself incredibly goofy-sounding due to it being Palpatine’s death scream set to a lower pitch, which isn’t even remotely close to what Luke’s voice actually sounds like, but it was also edited in right after the iconic and incredibly dramatic Luke, I Am Your Father reveal, which means that its comical nature completely ruins the mood and makes Luke’s Driven to Suicide moment hilarious. To his credit, George Lucas seemed to realize how Narmy this was and removed it from the DVD release a few years later despite keeping the other Special Edition changes.
    Return of the Jedi 
  • "It’s a trap!"
  • Until the Blu-ray release, Darth Vader silently watched as the Emperor electrocuted Luke. Despite his masked facial expressions, Vader was visibly conflicted before deciding to save Luke with a Heroic Sacrifice. The Blu-ray release adds Vader saying a Little "No" followed by a Big "NO!", distracting from the heavy emotion the scene originally carried through the acting and score.

    The Force Awakens 
  • The two gangs who come after Han Solo are treated as if they're serious threats, but cannot be taken seriously:
    • The Kanjiklub mobsters were hyped in promotions based on the guys who play them, but they have ridiculous hairdos, a gang name that sounds more like a high school anime convention than a menacing galactic crime faction, and they go down without putting up a real fight.
    • The name "Guavian Death Gang" sounds like a bunch of tropical fruit lovers who kill people by drowning them in Guava juice. Their leader, Bala-Tik, has a thick Scottish accent which makes his opening line sound like "'an Solo! Yew'r eh DED MAHN!" His line "Tell that to Kanjiklub" became an instant meme.
  • The Rathtars are horrifying beasts in appearance and behaviour until it turns out they move by rolling around like beach balls. For what are meant to be apex predators feared throughout the galaxy, it can be a little hard to imagine evolution deciding that this was the most suitable form of mobility these creatures could develop.
  • When Kylo Ren confronts Rey and Finn during the climax, he yells "Traitor!" at Finn like a spoiled brat throwing a tantrum that he didn't get his way.
  • When Maz Kanata takes off her goggles, her eyes resemble sphincters.
  • Snoke telling Ren that the droid is onboard the Falcon "with your father...(Beat) Han Solo." Not only does Ren obviously know who his father is, but it's incredibly obvious to the audience as well, as the only other people onboard the Falcon are Chewie, Rey, and Finn, none of whom could possibly be his dad. It's meant to be a Wham Line, but the last two words come off as a very awkward As You Know.

    The Last Jedi 
  • The rather infamous scene where Leia uses the Force to pull herself back into the ship. Her pose ends up making her less like she's saving herself and more like she's attempting to mimic a Superman pose. Not helping matters at all were people drawing comparisons and referencing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Also, the CGI quality takes a nosedive during the sequence, making her like a lifeless corpse that's floating towards the airlock for no reason.
  • "Ben Swolo", Kylo Ren's infamous Shirtless Scene where Rey reacts by telling him to Please Put Some Clothes On. It's trying to establish Kylo as Mr. Fanservice, but he's standing against a black background, he's wearing black pants with a high waist, and his black hair covers up the sides of his face, which all contribute to making him look like he has a tiny head and a really wide torso.
  • Finn and Rose getting arrested for a parking violation of all things at Canto Bight. While this does ruin their plans of getting in contact with the actual codebreaker, it's hard not to get reminded of Spaceballs when guards attempt to arrest the main characters for illegal parking (which is meant to be intentionally funny).
  • At one point in the throne room fight scene, Kylo fights with a Praetorian Guard armed with an Electro-bisento. The guard uses his weapon to get Kylo into a stranglehold, and Kylo tries to pull the weapon away. However, the guard briefly lets the weapon go to adjust his grip, but even then Kylo is still holding on to the weapon as if he were being choked when he could have pulled it away from his neck. This gives the impression that that Kylo is actually choking himself.
  • Another moment during the Throne Room fight scene is when one guard swings elaborately.....and misses and strikes the weapon of another guard. They then proceed to fight Rey and Kylo like it never happened.
  • During Kylo and Rey's Force tug-of-war over the Skywalker lightsaber, Rey lets out a very unconvincing and overblown scream of exertion (especially compared to Kylo's own, more reserved grunt) that, to some, just made her sound incredibly constipated.
  • Rose kissing Finn after she saves his life. It would have been a heartwarming moment if not for the fact that the Resistance Base gets breached at that exact moment, causing a background explosion. Especially because the cannon fires and blows up the base's door right after Rose talks about "saving what we love" and Finn turns around to look. For a scene that was supposed to be heartwarming, the comedic timing couldn't have been better. Finn's expression adds to the hilarity, looking less like he's concerned about Rose or the Resistance and more like he's confused about what the hell just happened.

    The Rise of Skywalker 
  • The first sentence of the crawl ("The dead speak!") can come off as a bit melodramatic and flowery, especially compared to the first lines of the opening crawls of previous movies, which tend to be fairly straightforward explanations of the current military/political situation (e.g. "It is a period of civil war.").
  • In the opening fight on Mustafar, Kylo at one point moonwalks toward a mook with his lightsaber blade pointed behind him before moving his arm back a little to stab them with it, which ended up looking far too silly for the show of his badassery the scene was presenting itself as.
  • Kylo Ren's helmet is welded back together in what starts as an appropriately solemn, quiet moment until showing that the blacksmith is a chimpanzee-like alien with oversized ears and a distractingly comical appearance.
  • When Poe Dameron declares to the Resistance that "somehow, Palpatine returned.", Oscar Isaac sounds and looks like he’s reading it for the first time and not only can’t believe it, but has active disdain for it. Plus, the line itself is something that'd be hard to take seriously regardless of the delivery. To quote a comment from the video:
    "if you ever have waning confidence in your screenwriting or storytellings(sic) abilities, just remember that a professionally paid, multimillionaire screenwriter wrote down the words "somehow palpatine returned" for the final installment of a major hollywood franchise, that has ran for over 40 years, overseen by the largest company in entertainment, and they went with it."
  • One of the darkest moments of the movie is seeing a flashback of Ochi, a Sith cultist hired by Palpatine, murdering Rey's parents in his search for her. Except he does this after her mother said Rey is not on Jakku, and then apparently never bothered to go right back said planet that they just left to check. And then somehow went to another desert planet in his search, stumbled into quicksand that's within forty meters of his ship, and got eaten by the creatures beneath. It's so hilariously dumb and contrived to justify a MacGuffin in his path-finding dagger the heroes recover that it almost makes one wonder if Palpatine knew he was going to fail and die pointlessly and sent him out for kicks.
    • Even better, both this film and the previous show Rey screaming at Ochi's ship as it flew off with her parents. She was right there in the open and clearly would've not been far from her family as far as we're shown, and yet he still screwed up royally by being dumb enough to not even double back.
    • Ochi’s incompetence becomes funnier in hindsight when he is shown to be somewhat of a Butt-Monkey in-universe according to the Darth Vader (2020) comics.
  • It's hard to top a line as bad as "Somehow Palpatine returned" but they managed it when they had Kylo, po-faced, say the words "They sold you to protect you" without a hint of irony. Because who says being protective of your daughter doesn't mean you can't make a little money on the side?
  • At one point, Rey is locked in a heated lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren, where both of them are focused on gaining the upper hand over each other. And then Finn runs up to them, screaming Rey's name at the top of his lungs like he has done several times before in the trilogy. Except this time, Rey lets out a frustrated yell and uses the force to shove Finn back several yards, to stop him from getting himself hurt, and the timing makes it hilarious.
  • The death of Leia is unintentionally hilarious because she basically dies using the force to give a phone call.
  • During Ben’s duel with the Knights of Ren, he makes the odd move to bend over while holding his lightsaber behind his back, while a Knight behind him ineffectually slashes at it. This could have been intended as an Offhand Backhand block, but it instead looks silly because Ben stands completely still for several seconds, making it all the more clear the Knight could’ve aimed anywhere but his blade.
  • After the arrival of Resistance reinforcements in the climax, a First Order officer says, "It's not a navy, sir, it's just... people." While a nice sentiment, it feels like a random and unnatural thing for that character to say in that moment.
    • In the European Spanish dub, "people" is whimsically translated as the Spanish word for "individuals"; the quote becomes, "They don't have a navy... They are individuals!" This could have passed as an abstract reference to the Final Order's fascism had it made some contextual sense.
  • The aforementioned fleet of reinforcements is absolutely massive, with around 14,000 ships. The spectacle is visually cluttered and looks like a parody of over-the-top blockbuster excess, but is played straight.
    • Not helping is Poe's utterly unimaginative lines of "Look at this! ... Look at this!" as if the writers think Viewers Are Morons and can't be trusted to be in awe of the sky being absolutely filled with The Cavalry of arriving ships. Show, Don't Tell is in full force here.
  • It's revealed that Zorii and Babu Frik survived their home planet being blown up - and Babu just rises up in the former's cockpit with his loud, eccentric voice going, "Hey-heeeeyyyy!" It becomes a lot more comedic than triumphant at that moment.
  • Palpatine raising his arms and shooting his Force lightning at the Resistance ships in the sky is meant to be a terrifying display of his power, but it starts off with what sounds like a bass drop as if Palpatine is giving a show at a huge rave. The unintentional hilarity only increases when one remembers a certain meme video — which predates the film by three years — that splices similar bass drops into Palpatine's force lightning in Return of the Jedi.
  • Palpatine boasts that he is "all the Sith," and Rey retorts, "And I... am all the Jedi!" The pause between words is meant to be dramatic, but instead sounds like she was genuinely trying to come up with an eloquent reply before giving up and mirroring his line. It certainly doesn't help that the structure is oddly similar to a famous exchange in a film that came out a few months prior.
  • The seriousness of Ben Solo's death is undercut by how he literally drops dead, silently and without warning, while Rey looks more confused than saddened.
  • The "Rey Skywalker" exchange took very little time to become a snowclone, given how unnatural it sounds dialogue-wise, the rather cheap-looking force ghost effects, and the general weirdness and Fridge Logic of the scene in general turning the Meaningful Rename into a bit of a gigglefest. Not to mention, the preceding question that sets up the Meaningful Rename, "Rey who?" sounds more like a part of a knock-knock joke than any conversation to be taken seriously.

Other media

  • The infamous Callista Trilogy includes one of the oddest Star Wars books, Planet of Twilight, which introduces the character Beldorion. Beldorion is the first Hutt Jedi, and years ago he turned to the dark side and took over an entire planet. Hutts are massive slug-like creatures that move as slow as molasses and have stubby arms, yet Beldorion unironically engages Leia in a lightsaber duel. She quickly kills him. After the fact, Lucasfilm realized that the concept was so utterly ridiculous that they put a future embargo on any more Hutt Jedi and swept the whole incident under the rug.
  • In the New Jedi Order, Supreme Commander Pellaeon talks to Leia Organa Solo about his garden and ends up using extremely heavy-handed garden metaphors to demonstrate the difference between Imperial and New Republic governing styles. Pellaeon is usually not this flowery, nor is he particularly nasty—in fact, he's one of the gentlest Imperial officers in other media.
    Gilad Pellaeon: From a garden one learns to cull the weak and unfit and to encourage the strong and vigorous. An inferior bud soon feels the strength of my pinch!
  • Michael Stackpole's X-Wing Series novels:
    • The Rogues go to the prison planet Kessel to fetch some criminals that they can turn loose on the Empire. This includes one of Corran's personal enemies, crime lord Zekka Thyne, who had been taken down in part because his diamond-shaped Hellish Pupils gleamed in the dark. Corran tells Thyne that if he blows his chance and turns against the New Republic, he will be tracked down. Corran ruins the moment by saying:
      Corran Horn: No matter where you go, I'll find those double diamonds of yours. Count on it.
    • Zekka Thyne is also an alien with dark blotches across his skin. This earned him the less-than-threatening nickname "Patches".
    • The Rebels call Madam Director Ysanne Isard "Iceheart". She expresses interest in turning one of the Rogues to her side via brainwashing, and her subordinate says that it's a bad idea because playing with Corran Horn is playing with fire. Her response?
      Ysanne Isard: I am Iceheart, I do not burn.
    • In practically every book that features Kirtain Loor, he thinks about how people have said that he looks like a younger, taller Grand Moff Tarkin. In The Krytos Trap, he also puts on a hooded cloak and imagines himself to look like "a pale imitation of Darth Vader" while hoping to inspire Vaderian terror in someone. He does scare the intended person, but it's clear that this happens because his agents just violently broke into the man's house and threatened him.
    • Stackpole also gives us a few gems with his cheesy romantic dialogue, such as:
  • The constant references to "lube" in Shadows of the Empire get ridiculous, and in later works Ben Skywalker says "lubed" a lot.

    The Clone Wars 
  • A rule on the show was that Anakin and Grievous could never see each other, since otherwise their banter in Revenge of the Sith about meeting for the first time wouldn’t make any sense. The stories where they’re both in the same battle thus go to lengths to have them never directly encounter one another, and these efforts start to look increasingly silly. One time Anakin coincidentally rounds a corner every time Grievous follows him down a hallway, and in a deleted arc Anakin was always hidden from Grievous’s view by an enormous crystal between them. Somehow they managed to sustain this game of peekaboo for three years.
  • Chairman Chi Cho's death face. It's literally impossible to take seriously.
  • The amount of times the word "corruption" is said in... "Corruption".
  • The name of Satine's nephew is Korkie. It's hard to explain, but that name just cannot be taken seriously.
  • One that's more in hindsight than it is at the time, but upon being shot with a poison dart in "Nightsisters", Count Dooku stares at the dart and angrily shouts "What sorcery is this?", even although he doesn't know yet it is a work of literal magick-wielding witches. Count Dooku is a man who fights with a laser sword, can shoot lightning from his hands, and... apparently believes a poison dart is sorcery.
  • Pong Krell's "oof!" when he gets fatally shot, as it sounds more like someone stubbing a toe.
  • Ganodi's disproportionate breakdown in "The Gathering" when confronted with a large number of Kyber crystals, especially since she was previously whining about not being able to find any crystals. Now, she's whining about there being too many.
  • Savage giving a panther roar in "Eminence".
  • Pre Vizsla's unconvincing yell as he charges Maul in "Shades of Reason" is an amusingly off note in an otherwise intensely badass duel.

    The Mandalorian 
  • The dark troopers from Chapter 14 were built up big as terrifying Doom Troops in as similar vein as the death troopers, but their actual introduction doesn't quite deliver. Whether they look like goofy BIONICLE rejects with a generic Red and Black and Evil All Over design, or still manage to be intimidating regardless depends on who you ask. But what dampens their "cool" factor is their big contribution to the battle at the end of the episode; swoop in, menacingly march towards a defenseless baby, pick it up off a rock, and fly away without even firing a single weapon, in what is essentially a glorified grocery run. Fortunately "The Rescue" substantially ups their menace factor in response.

    The Book of Boba Fett 
  • The Mod gang's bikes in Chapter 3, which are meant to evoke 1950s-esque hot-rod type vehicles. Almost everyone recognized it as a Shout-Out to American Graffiti, the first film George Lucas worked on before Star Wars. However, their bright, shiny, garish designs in a harsh desert environment combined with their incredibly slow moving speed just comes across as looking extremely goofy.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi 
  • The chase scene in the first episode comes off as comical due to the fact that a team of hardened mercenaries are failing to catch a young child moving at the pace of a brisk jog. It becomes uproariously funny when one of them gets bowled over by a very obvious waist-height tree branch instead of doing anything to maneuver around it.
  • Obi-Wan's repeated shouts of "Leia, no! Leia!" for a good solid minute or two makes his chase of her go from tense to something that wouldn't be out of place in a pantomime or comedy.
  • One that is a result of poor blocking and/or editing: When an unarmed helpless Obi Wan attempts to escape Vader's pursuit at Mapuzo, he is seen running towards the right of the screen. However, the next shot of him has him emerging from the right back towards the left in flagrant violation of the 180-degree rule amidst samey-looking background, resulting in it looking like he immediately changed his mind and returned to the same area for no good reason.
  • Reva parkouring across the Daiyu rooftops in the second episode comes off as very silly due to the overly dramatic presentation combined with some very awkward cinematography and choreography, resulting in overblown motions for what is not a particularly difficult distance to traverse. Speaking of the cinematography, it also makes it look like she's covered a larger distance in a far faster time than she actually has, when in reality by the time the camera cuts back to her she's not even halfway to Obi-Wan's location.
  • The fourth episode spends a significant amount of time focusing on the heroes mourning the death of their ally Wade, staring grimly ahead and musing on the cost of being soldiers in war. It would be tragic, except that the audience never got to know Wade beyond a single scene where he’s a random Red Shirt who’s barely even visible through his helmet and speeder’s windshield, so the sudden gravitas instead feels absurd.
  • It kind of takes something out of an otherwise tense scene when Obi-Wan hears Leia screaming "Help! Somebody help, please!" and then the very next scene (not ten seconds later) has her on-screen screaming the exact same line in the exact same way (essentially, they took the audio of Leia's on-screen scene and reused it in the previous scene, which just comes across as odd and jarring).
  • Obi-Wan sneaks Leia out of an Imperial fortress while he's dressed as an Imperial officer, with her hidden under a stolen coat. The moment is played for drama, despite Obi-Wan trying to pass past a garrison while pretending to be a four-legged officer who hasn't shaved in months. It can bring to mind the scene from Austin Powers in Goldmember where Austin walks on top of Mini-Me's shoulders to infiltrate a submarine. The scene even cuts to a shot of Leia peeking out of his coat, as if the show didn’t trust viewers to realize Leia was hiding under there.
  • Due to using the Respeecher AI to recreate James Earl Jones' voice, nearly every sentence spoken by Vader has unnecessary punctuations for emphasis.
    Vader: You were warned… what defeat… would bring! I. Will tolerate… your weakness… no longer!
  • Whenever Vader sits on his throne on Mustafar, his posture makes him look like he's sitting on a toilet.
  • The final episode has Darth Vader and Obi Wan using their Force powers to attempt to crush each other with nearby rocks. It works pretty well in Vader's case as he nearly crushes Obi Wan to death, but when Obi Wan returns the favor, he pelts him with a shower of small stones, which ends up looking very silly.
  • Reva attempting to interrogate Leia is supposed to be a tense scene since Reva could harm her, even if audience knows Leia is Saved by Canon. The problem is that the scene is written in a way that makes it hard to take seriously; Reva is basically trying to scare a child in a manner that doesn't make her look very threatening, but instead like she's trying to argue with a child over something mundane. It makes the scene not super threatening or dangerous because it feels like the directors were afraid of having Reva be harsher to a little girl, and so made her seem as restrained as possible from an acting angle. Due to that, and some rather awkward lines (such as Reva talking about hurting Leia in a way that makes it sound like she thinks Leia has never been hurt before), the scene isn't a tense moment for some, but an unintentionally comedic moment.