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"George directed... And I emoted like he directed!"

"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.

There are so many cringe worthy and unintentionally funny moments in Star Wars. Many of the examples you will find here have fallen prey to Memetic Mutation.

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  • Both the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy fall prey to this. The fun, exciting adventure can come across as utterly camp or hokey, depending on the audience. Some members may also find the dialogue corny. A good rule of thumb is that your mileage will definitely vary.
    • The fact that the chairman of the Arms Dealer Mega-Corp is named "Viceroy Nute Gunray". Of course, because he is basically a viceroy who is nuts and sells ray guns. (Good luck trying not to think that every time you hear his name.) It may also bring up "Newts" and "rays" as reptilian and aquatic creatures he bears a certain resemblance to, which is not any less funny.
    • Poggle the Lesser. POGGLE.
  • The 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy gives us Darth Vader, who used to be known as the epitome of evil and just downright badass, with a pink lightsaber. Hilarity Ensues. While this is due to the color correction and barely affects Vader's awesomeness in the long run, it's quite funny to think about.

     Anakin and Padmé 
  • The lofty, faux-poetic "I don’t like sand" speech in Attack of the Clones. As StickWars puts it:
    "I hate sand. It's so... Sandy. But you, Padmé. You're not sandy. And that is why I love you."
    • Mercilessly lampooned throughout the rest of the four subsequent theatrical films in their RiffTrax audio tracks.
      Bill (as Palpatine): Pardon me, grotesque triple amputee, but I'm looking for someone. Roughly your height, with legs of course, petulant attitude, wanted to rule the galaxy, probably won't find him on any beaches?
      • The guys at RiffTrax also picked up on that Padmé's overly cheerful "I love the water!" line is about on the same level as Anakin's sand line in groanworthness.
        Padmé: I love you.
        Mike: Not as much as the water.
    • Cue Anakin and Padmé tuning in on "You're the one that I want" from Grease. Don't Explain the Joke.
  • The scene where they're frolicking at the lake country on Naboo seems like a whole sequence of this, as Padmé runs through the fields, her arms extended to the sides, prompting numerous jokes that she looked like she was going to start spinning around and singing "The hills are alive with The Sound of Music/Gungans/Jar-Jar/[insert something Naboo-related here]!" Anakin—moments later—tumbling off one of the animals he was riding and playing dead, followed by Padmé's naively perplexed reaction (she seemed to honestly believe that Anakin had just died or gone into a coma, despite it being obvious he hadn't done either) also resulted in jokes along the lines of "Oops! Anakin's dead, the whole original trilogy has now been butterflied out of existence!"
  • Padmé's speech to Anakin about how they shouldn't be lovers... While she's wearing a leather, backless dress that shows lots of cleavage and makes her look like a dominatrix. This is what is known as sending mixed signals. So - exactly how sheltered does a girl have to be for her not to know black leather and lace is seductive?
  • This romantic little gem:
    "You're so beautiful!"
    "That's only because I'm so in love."
    "No. No, its because I'm so in love with you."
    "So love has blinded you?"
    "Well, that's not exactly what I meant."
    "But it's probably true."
  • The clearest moment when George Lucas could have used Lawrence Kasdan's help with the script dialogue again, Padmé: "You're breaking my heart!" Natalie Portman is a good actor, but nothing she could do could make that climatic line be anything but pathetically and amateurishly clumsy.

  • Emperor Palpatine:
    "I have waited a long time for this moment, myyyy lllittle greeeeen friennnd!"
  • This goes followed by Yoda using the Force to blast Palpatine across the room and making him land upside-down on his office chair, revealing the pants beneath his cloak. The Emperor loses all his (phantom) menace when we see his ass in the air and his legs flailing. Perhaps that was the point? Or would it have been better that we get unequivocal evidence that the Emperor goes commando?
  • Palpatine telling Anakin to "DEW IT" (execute Dooku). It sounds like his evil voice inhibitor malfunctioned. That was probably the point, anyway, but it's still narmy.
    • When Obi-Wan slashes the battle droids, Palpatine inexplicably yells "Yeah!" Which really just makes it look like he's rooting for a sports team.
  • Palpatine is blasting Mace Windu with Sith lightning, and calls him a "traitor". Mace Windu replies with "he... Is the traitor... AAAAHH-aaahhh-ahh!", which is supposed to sound like he's using all his effort to repel the lightning, but it just sounds more like he was constipated.
    • "Don't... Listen to him Anakin AAAAAAAAAAUUUHHHHH"
    • Hell, even Palpatine's angry denial of being called a traitor. "No... Nooo... NOOOO YOU ARE THE TRAITOR!" And has this child like expression reminiscent of a kid saying that he in fact is not a poopy-head.
    • For Force's sake: the very fact that their only responses to each other's accusations is "HE'S the traitor!" "No, HE'S the traitor!" "NO, HE'S THE TRAITOR!!!"
  • The following, said in the most ridiculous throaty voice ever: "No. Nooo. NOOOOOOOO YOU WILL DIE!"
  • The bit in Episode Three where Palpatine claims to be the Senate might be a little too Louis XIV.
  • The entire dialogue Palpatine spouted during Mace Windu's "assassination" attempt is hilariously delivered at times.
    • "Help me! I am weak!" Delivered by a guy who just used a dark side power that proves he's the dark lord.
    • His intonation of "I'm too weak" (which sounds like "I'm tweak") makes him sound mildly annoyed rather than afraid for his life. Honestly, he sounds like he's struggling to move furniture or something.
    • When he is begging for Mace Windu not to kill him, it sounds like he is yawning.
    • Not to mention the face Palpatine pulls after killing Mace Windu, which makes him look like he just climaxed. Given his habit of being Drunk on the Dark Side, he possibly did.
    • Palpatine's face post-disfiguration is like this for the rest of the movie. Everytime they cut to his face during the Yoda face-off, he makes a leering crazy old man face and it is hilarious every time.
  • While Palpatine is leering over Anakin while knighting him a Sith in Episode 3, McDiarmid grunts out his lines like he came in his pants mid-line. He even rolls his eyes to the back of his head while delivering it.
    • The amount of times he creepily says "Gooooooood" doesn't much help either.
  • The ease with which Palpatine manipulates Anakin is a verbal equivalent to The Worf Effect, laughably so. Palpatine is supposed to be a charismatic master manipulator, but his complete lack of subtlety to how evil he is makes Anakin come off as a kid falling for candy in a white van. Case in point, when Palpatine reveals that he's the Sith Lord, the conversation goes like "Learn the Dark Side. Only through me will you save Padme!" - "I'll tell the Jedi." - "You don't trust them because they don't trust you." - "Uhhh...", and then Palps convinces Anakin with the words "You have great wisdom, Anakin". Anakin must be mentally challenged to fall for this.
  • Palpatine's habit of drawing his lower jaw back and leaving his face with a slack-jawed toothless grimace. When he proclaims the creation of the "FIRST! GALLLLACTIC! EMPIYAAAAAH! FOR A SAFE! AND SECUAAAAAAAAAH! SOCIETY!", that together with his bulging eyes gives him the appearance of a gaping toad.
  • Palpatine's use of the In the Hood trope. He often uses it even in well-lit areas where wearing a hood normally wouldn't do much to conceal your face... so he pulls the hood down far enough to block his eyes. He might think he looks intimidating, but he ends up looking ridiculous since he shouldn't be able to see. You half expect him to walk into something every time he does it.

The films

    The Phantom Menace 
  • A lot of the Battle Droids' dialogue is pretty laughable, and would only become more egregiously kid-friendly as the Prequel Trilogy wore on.
  • In the opening sequence, the deployment of the destroyer droids to fight the Jedi. First, because one of the Trade Federation grunts says: "they are no match for droidekas," as if he is betting on the outcome of a sports match. Secondly, because HE'S RIGHT! Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan turn tail and run away. Yes, we finally get to see the Jedi Knights, the powerful, legendary, guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic that we learned about in the Original Trilogy, in their heyday. And one of the first things we see them do is run away from a couple of robots.
  • The puppet used to portray the younger Master Yoda in the film's original release, where he comes off as very Off-Model to the point of looking "stoned" according to some in the audience. It was bad enough to warrant replacing him with a CGI model looking closer to his appearance in the original trilogy.
  • Qui-Gon's reaction to Shmi revealing that Anakin was born via a virgin birth is a wonderful nugget of unintentional comedy. He appears to glance directly at the camera for a few seconds with a deadpan look that says "yup we're really doing this type of story, audience. Enjoy not getting a refund!"
  • One random bit during the podrace shows Jabba casually flicking a chicken-like creature off the balcony; said space chicken actually screams as it tumbles over.
  • The way Qui-Gon casually Force pushes two attacking Battle Droids after having just wasted the rest of the squad escorting the Queen and her entourage to a prison camp. Not only do the droids fail to take the easy shot, but the way Qui-Gon gestures to them comes off more like "Oh, almost forgot" when he and the planet's queen are in the middle of a firefight.
  • Dautlay Dofine's indignant retort of "Impossible! Nothing can get through our shield!" when Anakin has just blasted the main reactor to kingdom come inside the Droid Control Ship's hangar. The fact that you can clearly see that his lips barely move when he says this makes it unintentionally funny, as demonstrated by Jeremy Jahns.
  • Darth Maul's (presumed) death stops being dramatic and becomes hilarious once his two halves begin spinning in a ridiculous manner as he falls to his doom.

    Attack of the Clones 
  • The revelation that Zam Wesell is actually a changeling, with her randomly morphing her face into her truer lizard-like form while racing to escape Anakin on Coruscant. This ability is not brought into any relevance during the following sequence, except 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.
  • There's something just a little silly about the scene where Obi-Wan consults with Yoda about Kamino. Mainly because, as Yoda puts it, Obi-Wan has "lost a planet". Except Obi-Wan knows approximately where the planet is supposed to be. He just doesn't know if it's actually there or not, because it isn't in the Jedi Archives. The Temple Librarian Jocasta Nu even gets all self-righteous and says: "if it is not in the Archives, then it does not exist!" Only problem is that if Obi-Wan just FLEW TO WHERE THE PLANET WAS SUPPOSED TO BE, he would know whether it exists or not. But no, it takes the "extraordinary mind of a child" to get an experienced Jedi Knight (assuming Yoda was just pretending not to have caught it in order to make the children think) to even consider the possibility that someone erased the planet from the Archives. Which is something they totally should have considered, given that a high-profile Jedi just left the Order on bad terms and started a resistance movement against the Republic, and totally would have had the credentials to erase a planet from the archives.
  • At Shmi's funeral, Anakin says "I miss you, Mom", which is tragic, but then he has to add "so m-much" in a hilarious way, like he's been pushing boulders.
    • "They're like ANIMALS! And I SLAUGHTERED them like animals! I HATE THEM!!!"
      (Riff from the Imperial March, just in case we didn't get the point...)
    • Earlier, in the same scene:
      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!!!
  • Anakin's mother lives as a captive of the Tusken Raiders for several months. Then Anakin randomly comes to Tatooine, finds out where she is, and rushes to rescue her. She dies five minutes after he walks into her tent. It doesn't help that Pernilla August and/or the director chose a death method that inspires unintended hilarity in its viewers. *GLAAACK!* She's gone. When she does her death flop, it's almost slapstick for a second or two there.
  • Shortly before that, Poggle the Lesser (good thing the name itself wasn't mentioned in the film, that would have been bonus Narm) apparently sentences Anakin, Padmé and Obi-wan to death. The Starfish Language may sound menacing at times with all the insectoid chittering, but Poggle opening his speech with an elephant-like trumpet ruins everything.
  • Wat Tambor, the chairman of the Techno Union, deserves a mention. Despite being the leader of a galactic enterprise that mass-produces advanced combat robots, he wears an incredibly awkward-looking armored pressure suit which feels very low budget, almost as if it was a tin model from a B movie. But it's even more unintentionally hilarious that the manually adjusted controls for his voice modulator are on his chest, shaped like nipples. There's also the name Techno Union, making some people think of a certain music genre.
  • The duel between Yoda and Dooku.
    • Dooku throwing gear from the walls and pieces of the ceiling towards Yoda might convey some sense of threat if not for the sheer slowness of his telekinesis. Yoda could have avoided all of them by calmly stepping to the side if he hadn't felt like entering a little Force contest.
    • Generally, Yoda's lightsaber skill gets three types of reactions from people: some think it's extremely badass, some think it's extremely ridiculous, and some think it's a mix of "Holy shit, that's awesome!" and "Holy shit, that's funny!" It need not even be both simultaneously; the first time through the sheer fanboy glee at the badassitude of Yoda wielding a lightsaber might distract you from the enormity of it.
    • Part of the hilarity of the scene is provided by Yoda screaming like Shemp from The Three Stooges throughout the fight. Screw Jedi reserve, restraint, calm, you have to yell louder than Mel Gibson in Braveheart to fight a lightsaber duel!

    Revenge of the Sith 
  • The movie's opening crawl beginning with an exclamation of "War!" made more than a few viewers chuckle. Some of them replied with "Good God, y'all!".
  • The voices of the Super Battle Droids in Revenge of the Sith destroy any menace they might have possessed beforehand. It doesn't help that it's the kind of dialogue you'd expect from a breakfast cereal advertisement.
    Super Battle Droid 1: "You stupid little astro droid."
    Super Battle Droid 2: "That nuthin'!"
  • According to George Lucas, General Grievous's coughing was put in to somehow foreshadow Vader's menacing, ominous breathing. Grievous' coughing is anything but. It looks like he caught a serious cold.
    • When General Grievous enters the bridge of The Invisible Hand, he has to make the viewers realize how angry he is with "WAAAAAAT'S DA SITUATIAN, CAPTAIN?"
    • His ridiculous order to his Magnaguards (a narmy name itself): "KEEL HEEM"
      Rifftrax: Er, we could "keel" him sir, but wouldn't it be simpler to just "kill" him?
    • When Grievous gets into the escape pod and says "TIME TO ABANDON SHIP!", the seat's shape and the general's posture looks as if he's sitting on a toilet.
  • Grievous and Obi-Wan in Utapau.
    • Grievous' ship touches down on the planet. The music swells to the point where it's grandiose Ominous Latin Chanting. The door to the ship opens, and Grievous emerges... Hunched over, taking tiny little plodding steps and bobbing his head like a chicken.
    • When Obi-Wan jumps down to Grievous's level, Grievous apparently doesn't notice until Obi-Wan says something. Even his reaction (a fading "General Kenobi..." followed by the order to kill him) looks like Grievous instinctively wanted to engage in some smooth villain wordplay before realizing he was too shocked to come up with anything.
    • There's also the completely ridiculous way that, when fixing to face off with Obi-Wan, he says "YOU FOOL!"
    • Grievous's swordplay should be impressive to behold because he is a legendary Jedi killer, trained by Dooku in the "Jedi arts" according to himself, and has four arms with four lightsabers, which is even crazier than Maul's double bladed lightsaber. Only that, judging by his fight with Obi-Wan, all Grievous does when in a duel is basically blade-spamming his opponent by mechanical rotating two of his arms and moving the other two at random places, all while slowly advancing forward and in an incredibly awkward dancing footwork. Great Jedi arts training, indeed.
    • Grievous skittering on all six like a panicked cockroach. It's meant to be creepy, but just looks hilarious.
    • Then, at the end of everything, Grievous is killed by several consecutive blaster shots. Grievous has killed a bunch of Jedi, yet Obi-Wan killed him using a less-than-average basic weapon. This makes the scene both ironic and hilarious to think about.
  • The lightsaber duel between Sidious and Windu and his team.
    • Palpatine's scenes of him activating his lightsaber and yelling out a scream that makes it sound as if he's gargling while having heartburn.
    • After Palpatine unveils his lightsaber, he does an incredibly fancy corkscrew jump over his desk (which is enough narm by this point) and lands in front of the Jedis, who just step backwards warily. Following the moment, Sidious stabs Agen Kolar in an incredibly slow, grimacing and telegraphied thrust, and Saesee Tiin, who was inexplicably looking at another direction, does nothing to stop it, keeping his weapon held high behind his head all the time. Then Sidious turns aside and slashes Tiin, and this time the victim looks shocked that Palpatine was there in first place. Kit Fisto finally manages to just react to what’s happening and trade a few shots with Palpatine, but he is killed with ease anyways and in doing so he yells out a ridiculous squeal.
    • During Palpatine and Windu's singles duel, they lock blades and bring close their faces, and then, presumably out of sheer will in the struggle, they both pull such a purse-lipped expression (or a crazy grimace, in Palpatine's case) that they just look constipated.
    • Immediately after Mace kicks Palpatine's lightsaber away, there's a hilariously dull shot of Anakin running at a rather casual pace, made even worse by that it doesn't at all match the tense music that's playing.
  • Aayla Secura's death loses its effect when you realize that the actress puts no effort into making her drop to the ground look convincing; you could almost swear she was trying to feign death.note 
  • "I have seen... A... Security hologram... Of him... Killing younglings..." Awful line, delivered in an almost completely deadpan way. And it doesn't help that it looks like Ewan McGregor is trying not to laugh at the line.
    • Also when Anakin confronts the children, the one who speaks to him has a London accent which makes the scene unintentionally funny, at least for Brits.
  • When Anakin calls Padmé a "LLLIIAAARRRR!!!!", the way he shouts it makes him sound like a child whose parents just taught him that lying is bad, and he's just looking for a chance to call out a fibbing adult and sound like a goody-two-shoes.
  • Obi-Wan has just learned that Anakin has slaughtered all Jedi at the temple, including the children. Then he apparently flies to Mustafar to enter a political debate with his former apprentice:
    Obi-Wan: Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic, to DEMOCRACY!
  • Then when Anakin yells "YOUWILLNOTTAKEHERFROMME!!!", he puffs his cheeks like he's five and thinks Obi-Wan is trying to take his ice cream from him, not Padmé.
  • "Only a Sith deals in absolutes!" Take a close look at that statement. Doesn't it look a little like an absolute?
    • Furthermore, everything the Jedi do is absolute. "Do or do not, there is no try" is absolute. Even speaking about a Light side and a Dark side is freaking absolute! Anakin's problem with them in the first place is precisely that they have a ton of absolute rules, particularly those against marriage and love.
  • "From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!" When your Dark Lord of the Sith sounds like the slow member of the debate team, you've got problems.
  • The Force-Push duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan during their climactic battle: it basically had them holding their palms toward each other and glaring daggers at each other while Obi-Wan made silly faces in exertion while the music swells in the background. What's worse is that it had the potential to be an impressive show of their use of the Force: walls buckling, lights flickering, exploding monitors could have driven home just how much power the two of them were using. Instead it just looked ridiculous.
  • "I have the high ground." It sounds like, "All right, I'm on the higher ground. Forget it. No way you can beat me now. Don't matter what you do." Not to mention who had the high ground back when Obi-Wan himself defeated Maul...
    • Shortly after, Anakin proceeds to take his chances and has his good arm and BOTH his legs cut off clean in one strike, and it feels like the only reason for this is the higher ground...
      • Anakin's warcry: "UWAAAA-AAAAAAAAAAA!"
    • Anakin's stilted "You underestimate my POWAH!" becomes hilarious when he then proceeds to attempt a stupid manuever Obi-Wan just warned him not to try and then gets both his legs abruptly cleaved off for his trouble. Such power to make the galaxy tremble!
  • Anakin's Famous Last Words to Obi-Wan... After the intensity of their conflict... And the apparent sense of tragedy Lucas was supposedly trying to reach, of a great Jedi fallen... Ladies and gentlemen:
    • It also doesn't help that the line ends up sounding like "I HATE CHEW!"
  • At the end of the film, where Amidala is about to give birth to the twins. A droid doctor approaches Bail and Obi-Wan, saying that although she's healthy, she has lost the will to live and is inexplicably dying. "Medically, there's nothing wrong with her. For some reason, we're losing her." "She's dying?!" Parodied hilariously on the second Robot Chicken Star Wars special with Dr. Ball M.D.
    She's lost the will to live?! What is your degree in, poetry?!
  • Say it with us now... "NOOooOOOoooOOOooo!"/"Do not WANT!" at the end of Revenge of the Sith. See the official soundboard.
  • The scene in the film where Vader brutally murders all of the Separatists is genuinely chilling, thanks in part to the fact that Vader doesn't utter a single word while doing it. The novelization, on the other hand, decided it was better for Vader to engage in wordplay with them before he killed them.
    • "We were promised a reward,” she gasped. “A h-h-handsome reward.“ "I am your reward,” the Sith Lord said. “You don’t find me handsome?”
    • “You fought a war to destroy the Jedi.” Vader stood above the shivering Neimoidian, smiling down upon him, then fed him half a meter of plasma. “Congratulations on your success.”
    • The head of the Techno Union turned at his approach, cringing, arms lifted to shield his faceplate from the flames in the dragon’s eyes. “Please, I’ll give you anything. Anything you want!” The blade flashed twice; Tambor’s arms fell to the floor, followed by his head. “Thank you.”
    • But the absolute worst of them is the painfully bad pun Vader quips before he kills Nute Gunray;
    Gunray: “The war is over-Lord Sidious promised-he promised we would be left in peace...”
    Vader: “His transmission was garbled.” The blade came up. “He promised you would be left in pieces.”

    A New Hope 
  • The movie had the first appearance (by film release) of the now-infamous Skywalker Whining Gene.
    "Biggs is right, I'm NEVER gonna get out of here!"
    • "I was going to go to the Tosche Station to pick up some power converterrrrs!" is Narm of the whiny variety.
      "I thought you said this thing was fast!"
    • "What's that flashing?!" *POINT*
    • Luke's Big "NO!" when Obi-Wan gets cut down. It sounds more annoyed than angry. How about some fanart illustrating the Hereditary Narm theory?
  • Ben Kenobi's appearance as a hooded figure swaying his arms to scare the Tuskens.
    • Nobody wants to mention the new version of the Krayt Call in the Blu-Ray edition? For unfamiliar readers, in the VHS/DVD version, this used to sound like a high pitched, bellowing roar - no problems there. For the Blu-Ray, this has now been changed to something that can only be described as sounding like someone screaming "WHOOO" into a microphone in an inexplicably camp manner. It has also been described as sounding like "a dying orangutan", "Obi Wan having a cactus shoved up his ass", "a howler monkey on a karaoke machine" and other, more colorful comparisons.
  • Vader's line "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force" is important for introducing viewers to the then-new concept underlying much of the franchise, but the way Vader says it has a little bit of this. His casual tone as he addressed Admiral Motti with this important line makes it sound as if he was helpfully informing him about a new pie recipe he'd discovered, rather than expositing about the central metaphysical concept underlying the entire saga. What's worse, this is also supposed to be menacing, him sternly warning Motti of his ridiculously arrogant attitude, yet the delivery doesn't add much menace at all. The bit directly after it, however...
  • When Tarkin finds out Leia lied to them, Vader makes a bizarre gesture at him after saying his line. Apparently his original line was longer, or just took longer to say, and the gesture was part of it. This was missed by the editors, resulting in Vader gesturing bombastically while saying nothing.
  • At the Death Star, the heroes run into a squadron of Stormtroopers, they shout "Blast them!", Han fires off a single shot and the Stormtroopers turn and run. (That this was intended to be funny rather than being accidentally so is lampshaded by the fact that the chase reverses a few seconds later, once the Stormtroopers realize that Han and Chewie are not the only two members of a much larger force that happen to be visible, they're the only two, period.)
  • The Stormtrooper Head Bump.
  • The fat pilot named Porkins. Just try watching the scene the same way after RiffTrax.
  • Learning that the cantina band from A New Hope were supposedly called the "Jizz Wailers". Accidental Innuendo? Perhaps. Narm? With a name like that, yes.
    • And that entire style of music in the Star Wars 'verse is called Jizz. Logically leading to musical sub-genres as hot jizz, cool jizz, smooth jizz, big band jizz... You get the idea. Even the Lucasfilm Story Group thought the name was too silly, that they renamed it to the more mundane but less suggestive "Bith jazz".
  • Ben Kenobi trying to explain to Luke that it could have only been the "precise aim of Imperial Stormtroopers" that killed the Jawa caravan.
  • Dear God, the Jabba scene. Long story short, the scene where Han arrives at the Falcon to find Jabba waiting for him was originally filmed for the theatrical release with a stand-in actor in a shaggy coat until an alien design could be inserted into the shot. However, the effect wasn't ready for the release, so the scene was cut from the '77 theatrical cut. Lucas inserted the scene back into the film for the 1997 special edition with a computer-generated model of Jabba digitally superimposed over the actor. The special effect was SHOCKINGLY bad even for the 90s. Thankfully, in later releases, the effect has been integrated far better, but it still doesn't look as real as the puppet in Return of the Jedi. However, the scene is still narmy for a great many reasons. First, the original blocking of the scene had Han walk behind Jabba at one point. Unfortunately, it was later determined that Jabba had a large and prominent tail that the actor obviously did not have. The solution? To digitally raise Harrison Ford as he crossed behind Jabba and add a pained scream from Jabba, implying that Han stepped on his tail! Not only does this insanely goofy slapstick moment completely break the scene, but it also makes no sense given the power dynamic between the two characters. Secondly, Han responds to Jabba's mercy by saying: "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being," when Jabba is anything but that. Third, Boba Fett is digitally inserted into the scene among Jabba's flunkies, and he pauses in the middle of the frame and looks straight into the camera before departing, placing an extremely un-subtle lampshade on his popularity in the fandom, and obliterating the fourth wall in the process.
  • There is a rather infamous edit from the Special Edition in which the confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo is changed so that Greedo shoots first and Han dodges before killing his opponent. Ignoring the controversy about the change, the real hilarity comes from the edit itself, where because of a Special Effects Failure, it looks less like Han is dodging a shot meant for him and more like Greedo is missing his target at point-blank range.

    The Empire Strikes Back 
  • Admiral Ozzel hamming up his death to Darth Vader's Force choke can come off looking more like a comedy act rather than a painful death.
  • When the first Rebel Transports try to escape the blockade. One officer says "Good, our first catch of the day."
  • "Bounty Hunters? We don't need their scum!" - "Yes, sir." What kind of answer is that? The best anyone can suggest was the officer replying to Admiral Piett's complaint in a way that blows him off without seeming insubordinate, and clearly said officer gave up one syllable through.
  • Almost all of Han and Leia's "romantic" dialogue in the beginning of film sounds like it was written by and for children. "Your Highnessness", anyone?
    • Although he is annoyed, there is nothing in the scene to justify Han's insanely angry-sounding shout at Leia, "You could use a good kiss!" which was probably heard throughout the base.
  • Han's face when he's frozen in carbonite is downright hilarious.
  • The "Ooooh!" Vader makes when Luke scores a hit on his arm. It sounds like he stubbed his toe.
  • The Reveal at the end of the film was so shocking (at the time), people were willing to forgive the Big "NO!" from Luke.

    Return of the Jedi 
  • Admiral Ackbar wants to remind you, "IT'S A TRAP!"
    "Your tongues can't repel flavor of that magnitude!" —Robot Chicken Star Wars
  • An Ewok dies; his companion shakes him to try to wake him, and then starts mourning. This was considered hilarious by a large number of fans. The Ewok is now nicknamed 'Corpsey'.
    • Amusingly, Corpsey was given more sympathy than the entire planet of Alderaan (destroyed two films prior).
  • Chewbacca's impression of Tarzan during the Battle of Endor. That scene could compete with Vader's Big "NO!" if it was more dramatic.
  • The Force Kick.
  • A Y-Wing pilot in Gray Squadron gets shot down, and before he crashes into the bridge of a Star Destroyer, he screams "I'm hiiiiit!" where "hit" sounds like "heeeeeet".
  • The "glowing skeleton" effect when Vader is electrocuted by Palpatine. Seriously, it is the climax of the entire saga. Cartoonish special effects do not mix with such high drama and tragedy.
  • Palpatine's line "an entire legion of my best troops awaits them" when five minutes of screentime ago, Han tapped one (who was alone, despite being part of this grand legion) on the shoulder while running in the other direction, causing the trooper to look the wrong way, then chase after him before getting caught by the group of rebels and surrendering.
  • The musical number in Jabba's palace was narmy enough in the original version; the Special Edition upgrades it to a full-out song and dance routine that resembles the Little Shop of Horrors musical. You're too busy laughing to be impacted when Jabba suddenly sends one of his slave girls down into the pit to be eaten.
  • The Blu-Ray release includes a rather infamous change that is considered one of the worst ones since the advent of the Special Editions. Originally, when Palpatine was electrocuting Luke, Darth Vader silently watched as he was, despite being masked and thus covering any facial expressions, visibly conflicted before overthrowing Palpatine in a Heroic Sacrifice and sparing his son's life. The Blu-Ray release adds a Little "No" followed by a Big "NO!", destroying quite a heavy amount of the emotion the scene had originally carried. The Big "NO!" deserves special mention for how corny and over-the-top it is in one of the most serious moments of the entire trilogy.

    The Force Awakens 
  • Finn's first appearance in the trailer, with him popping up from out of frame, uncomfortably close to the camera and covered in sweat is so hard to take seriously that many thought it was a parody trailer until the scenes with the speeder and X-wings.
  • The lightsaber with the crossguard can seem quite a bit silly to some, and for those its appearance in the teaser undercuts the serious tone of the scene. The two little blades don't look practical, and in fact seem downright dangerous to the user; this criticism is an update of complaints that developed during the days of the Original Trilogy regarding the feasibility of lightsabers in general. However, in the actual film, the extra blades prove to be very useful during a Blade Lock in a lightsaber duel.
  • The narration from the teaser, an utterly generic statement said with as much portentousness as humanly possible. There's being vague to keep the story secret, and then there's saying "The dark side, and the light."
  • Kylo Ren dramatically shoving his hand toward the camera in a shot that looks straight out of an especially gimmicky 3D movie from the '50s or '80s. (May cross into Narm Charm when you consider that's just the kind of thing the franchise was created to celebrate in the first place, but still...)
  • Kylo Ren's voice in the theatrical trailer is rather silly-sounding to some. It sounds overly deep and mechanical (as in Dull Surprise, not in Vader's Evil Sounds Deep/Badass Baritone way). It's especially bizarre since the character's action figure, of all things, sounds far more natural and intimidating.
  • The new Stormtroopers' helmets look like they have a Cat Smile. Good luck unseeing that. :3
    • Hell, the Stormtrooper armor in general is pretty hard to take seriously. While the overuse of CGI was criticised for the Prequels, this armor just looks like cheap plastic, straight from the (by now 40 years old) set of A New Hope.
  • Kylo Ren's unusual facial features can make certain dramatic scenes with his mask removed hard to take seriously. Not only the genetic lottery was not precisely kind to him, unlike his parents and grandparents, he also looks nothing like them, which stretches many viewers' suspension of disbelief.
  • Some viewers have found it hard to take Snoke seriously after the scene where he is revealed to look like a giant version of Gollum, sitting on a throne. Others, as said before, find him hard to take seriously because they think his name sounds ridiculous. Still others find him hard to take seriously because he's CGI, unlike Ian McDiarmid's flesh-and-blood Palpatine.
    • Snoke appears absolutely huge. But this is a hologram, not the actual character. Cue The Wizard of Oz jokes.
  • Kylo Ren being a member of the "Knights of Ren". Cue the "Knights Who Say Ren" and "Knights of Stimpy" jokes.
  • Andy Serkis's character being named Supreme Leader... Snoke. The fandom made many puns at the character's expense. Essentially, the response to the announcement was more-or-less the same as the response to the reveal that Palpatine's first name was Sheev.
  • Similarly, there's a character on the good guy's side called Poe, like the Kung Fu Panda.
  • Kylo Ren using telekinesis to keep a blaster bolt floating in place for minutes on end, while he's doing other things and not paying attention to it is a special kind of absurd you'd expect to see in a Star Wars parody as opposed to an official film. (And yes, this is played completely seriously.) Thankfully, he only uses the skill once.
  • Similar to that, the blaster bolt and Poe being held in place while two stormtroopers run into frame and beat him up, all in one static shot, resembles a Monty Python skit instead of Star Wars.
  • Poe and Finn's great escape being stopped suddenly... Because they forgot to unplug the damn fuel line. The moment is so absurd that it can easily kill all the tension of the escape to the spectator's eyes.
  • Snoke's face being severely deformed is not a narmy thing per se, but the fact that his ears are separated from the horizontal plane by a good chunk makes his deformity unintentionally tongue-in-cheek.
    • His impassioned delivery of the line: GENERAL!
    • While his real model is pretty well made and achieves a genuinely creepy effect, his hologram image blurs his textures and make him look almost puffy and with his eyes completely black. He resembles more an Orc plushie than any other thing.
  • Snoke's line "The droid we seek is onboard the Millennium Falcon... in the hands of your father: Han... Solo!" is meant as a Wham Line to the audience, but is awkward in-universe, as that's something Ren blatantly knows already.
  • The tense scene where Rey goes inside Maz Kanata's basement, followed by BB-8 rolling down the stairs.
  • One word: "TRAITOR!" Just the idea of a Stormtrooper, originally one of the most incompetent Mooks in film history, attempting to do something badass is beyond hilarious, but the idea of a Stormtrooper MANAGING to do something badass (in this case, effectively beating down a lightsaber-wielding main character) is downright out of the line.
  • Rey's utterly flabbergasted reaction at hearing about Luke Skywalker. "Luke Skywalker? But... I thought he was a myth!" Considering that Luke went missing just some years earlier and that he was a pretty known public figure up to the point, her reaction is the equivalent of a real life person from present day being shocked at hearing that Pope Benedict XVI actually existed.
    • This actually mirrors a line in A New Hope where Han scoffs at the existence of the Jedi Order and the Force, which was turned into an Early Installment Weirdness when the Prequels's timeline established Han had been alive while the Jedi Order was still active. The thing is that in The Force Awakens, he again gives a variation of the same line, only even more superlatively this time.
  • Snoke telling Kylo that BB-8 is onboard the Falcon "along with your father...*dramatic pause*...Han Solo." While it's presumably put there because Viewers Are Morons, the fact is that the Falcon's passengers are: Chewbacca, who's almost certainly not Ren's father; Finn, who's far too young to be his father; Rey, who's not only the same age but also couldn't possibly be a father anyway; and Han. Who else could it possibly be?
  • Kylo Ren's tendency to only refer to Han as "Han Solo" gets a little awkward during emotional moments, such as his duel with Rey.
  • General Hux gets very expressive during his big speech, the intensity of which can be seen as... Debatable as he ramps up about the rise of the "first ordah." Domhnall Gleeson's clearly trying to invoke Hitler during his speeches, but many would say that he often came across as ridiculous-looking too.
    • The Spanish dub made the speech even narmier, making Hux sound as if he was squealing in pain. Even worse, the emphasis used by the voice actor evokes an awful lot the Spanish narrator from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, which takes entirely away the seriousness of the scene if one happens to remember that.
    • And right after the speech is done, all the stormtroopers and officers make a naziesque salute, like the producers are assuring us that we can see the connection, as if Hux's speech wasn't obvious enough already.
    • The Kanjiklub mobsters. Not only their hairdos are seriously ridiculous, their gang name sounds more like a highschool anime convention than a menacing galactic crime faction. Even worse, the fact that they basically go down without putting a fight, considering who the guys who play them are, only makes their apparition harder to watch without laughters or ill feelings.
    • Then there's The Guavian Death Gang. The name sounds like they are a bunch of tropical fruit lovers who kill people by drowning them in Guava juice.
  • Many also chuckle at Bala-Tik's Scottish accent and opening line, "'an Solo! Yew'r eh DED MAHN!" (the last three words delivered with a disapproving head-shake). His accent and delivery is also the reason "Tell that to Kanjiklub" became a meme.
  • The Rathtars. They're these horrifying beasts but the way they move about makes them so unbelievably GOOFY!
  • When Kylo Ren confronts Rey and Finn during the climax, he screeches "TRRAAIITTOORRR!!!" at Finn in the most whiny, over the top fashion imaginable.
  • After Chewbacca shoots him in the stomach, Kylo Ren spends the rest of the movie running around bleeding. It's actually pretty threatening, as it really shows how determined he is to stop the heroes. But that feeling's somewhat lessened when he starts punching himself in the wounded area every few minutes.
    • The scene has a meaning in-universe: Kylo is trying to accentuate his pain and anger, and therefore, his darkside power. However, viewers who aren't familiar with the Star Wars lore might probably not know this, so many of them may even end up believing this action is an exceptionally poor portrayal of attempting to stop the bleeding. Rey and Finn's own visibly confused reactions to the wound-punching only make it worse.
    • Aside from the fact that punching your wounds isn't a good idea in any galaxy, Adam Driver decided to depict his pain with hilariously loud grunts and an emotionless face. For many who thought Kylo was an Emo stereotype, the focus on self-harm made it even harder to take him seriously.
    • In the proceeding scene, Kylo Ren is caught in an exploding facility, several floors below Rey and Finn. Rey and Finn flee the facility into the forest, where they encounter... Kylo Ren, who somehow escaped the explosion, and gone around them in order to ambush them in the forest, covering more ground than them in the same amount of time, uphill, and while wounded and heavily bleeding. "By all accounts, it doesn't make sense."
  • Leia's reaction when Han dies. She looks less grief-stricken and more like someone who lost her poker bet. Finn's face is not much better.
  • The last shot in the film: Rey and Luke Skywalker meet, face-to-face, for the first time. Luke turns to look at her. Rey wordlessly offers him his old lightsaber. The two stare at each other motionlessly for a long while... And then keep staring... And don't stop staring at each other until the credits start rolling. One wonders how awkward the scene would be without the dramatic swelling music.
    • Wonder no longer. The narm scales up exponentially when you realize that this is how the characters, in-universe, are perceiving this scene.
    • Rey, as well as several other characters in the film, offers the lightsaber with the saber end first, rather than the safer handle end. One wonders if Luke's refusal to accept it might be to avoid the inevitable accident.
    • A number of viewers thought how it was shot (shaky camera from a circling helicopter) to be cheesy. Someone on a podcast said the final shot looked like it was from an 80s show like Miami Vice.
    • This scene (and many others in The Force Awakens) relies on nostalgia in order to have an emotional impact. The film got mixed to negative reactions in China particularly in part because Star Wars was not seen much in post-Cultural Revolution China at the time of its original release, and as such did not embed in the popular cultural consciousness, causing many Chinese viewers to leave the theater not happy to see a beloved character again, but instead wondering: "who's that old hobo?"

    The Last Jedi 
  • The first line in the teaser trailer is someone (possibly Luke) saying, "Breathe... Just... Breathe..." which, honestly, sounds like an Anna Nalick reference.
  • When Snoke's look was revealed, fans were underwhelmed when he was shown to be wearing what appears to be an open-necked golden jumpsuit or bathrobe, which prompted many comparisons to Donald Trump, Hugh Hefner, The Grandmaster and Goldmember. This came to the extent that many theorized, half joking, that he maybe he just woke up and couldn't get dressed in time.
    • It actually got MORE ridiculous when the visual dictionary for the film revealed that he's wearing golden slippers during the entirety of the movie. Perhaps the suit is a bathrobe or a dressing gown after all.
  • The trailer's repeated use of the word "raw."
  • Kylo Ren's theme sounds a lot like Sideshow Bob's music in The Simpsons (itself lovingly ripping off Cape Fear).
  • The bandage Kylo Ren is wearing on his face. It looks silly enough on its own but it's compounded by the fact that it's black, as if Kylo made sure it went with his outfit before he put it on.
  • Kylo Ren throws his ship into a seemingly pointless spin during the opening space battle. Because it's a good trick.
    • The internal shot of the ship as it's spinning, with Kylo just sitting there emotionless as the shot rotates multiple times.
  • The Action Prologue is so dense that it can be hard to get a lot of emotional impact out of most of it before it's all gone past. With the possible exception of an injured Tico attempting to release the bombs before her ship is destroyed, which is quite dramatic.
  • The Resistance's usage of large, cumbersome bombers clearly based on the B-17 bomber that need to be above their target to drop their payload is already quite silly, but it gets especially ridiculous when a single TIE fighter crashing into one of the bombers causes a disastrous chain reaction that destroys almost every bomber in the fleet but one. It's almost like a scene from Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.
  • Leia flying through space with the Force after being blown out of a spaceship. It looks goofy, like something out of a superhero movie or from Mary Poppins.
  • Poe's overexcitement and lack of Danger Deadpan throughout any dogfight since previous movie can sometimes ruin a moment, but his yelling "Uaaghh!" when landing his X-Wing inside Raddus after the disastrous bombing run sounds really ridiculous and ruins the tension, making him sound like too emotional/excited after finishing a particularly difficult (and an unauthorized one, for that matter) task.
  • During the Action Prologue and later while Leia is flying back to the ship, there are shots of Poe yelling (note: the audio has been removed) so it just sort of looks awkward for him to be yelling in slow motion with no sound.
  • Vice-Admiral Holdo's hair color. Next to nonhuman Resistance members like Admiral Ackbar, she is basically a human with purple hair, which looks like someone out of a B-movie Space Opera flick or the Capitol. Even worse, she's not exactly as young as the common type of people who dye their hair those colors, which helps it to make her look less like a military commander and more like an eccentric hippie aunt. Her jarring fashion sense is better explained in outside material, but her character displays none of her informed quirky personality in the film proper (rather the opposite, actually).
    • Also, the fact that Holdo is wearing a pink dress while commanding military troops. It doesn't look aesthetically pleasing or practical in any way, and if you know and appreciate military etiquette, you can also argue it is extremely disrespectful to her underlings.
  • Every time the film cuts back to the Raddus being pursued by several Star Destroyers could be seen as this. The idea is that the Raddus has just enough fuel to stay out of striking range of the First Order's weapons, but this is depicted by what seems to be a very slow, unimpressive chase, with the Star Destroyers occasionally firing a few stray shots which impact harmlessly on the Raddus' shields. It seems a little too reminiscent of the low-speed white Bronco chase that led to OJ Simpson's arrest.
  • Lieutenant Connix, played by Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, tends to deliver many of her lines with more volume than nuance. Somehow it manages to rob most of the drama from the scene of her transport narrowly escaping the destruction of the Resistance base via Orbital Bombardment in the film's intro.
  • The Force bond between Rey and Kylo Ren brings its own load of narm. For starters, the Foe Romance Subtext between Rey and Kylo Ren could cut down the poignancy of their relationship: the idea is that they're becoming attached and understanding through organic means, but if they're attracted to each other, then hormones are part of the equation...
    • Kylo Ren's Shirtless Scene is somewhat undercut by the fact that he is either wearing yet another black bandage on his belly (presumably for the wound he sustained from Chewbacca's bowcaster the previous film) or his pants above his navel.
    • When Rey reaches out her hand to Kylo Ren through their Force bond (while Kylo is light years away, mind you), we get a close-up of her hand, and Kylo's hand slowly pokes its way into the shot before we even see the rest of him. Such a ridiculous image in a very tense and emotional scene can cause stifled snickers... Especially thanks to the size difference between their hands.
    • During a personal talk with Rey, Kylo Ren gives her some super edgy, delusional and unhealthy life advice about dealing with her problems, providing some insight into his villainous motivations. It's even more amusing and over-the-top in the film's theatrical trailer, where Kylo's advice was played up for maximum drama.
    Kylo Ren: Just let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. It's the only way to become what you're meant to be.
  • Even though it is deliberately done as a homage to the original films, the usage of a puppet to portray Yoda for talking to Luke looks inevitably underwhelming and shoddy next to the admittedly impressive CGI used in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
  • For some viewers, the entire Canto Bight sequence took them out of the movie, because it came off like a place you would see in the Harry Potter or Guardians of the Galaxy universes rather than being something out of Star Wars.
    • There's no getting around the fact that a major part of the film is Rose and Finn getting arrested, and then escaping from prison and missing out on the Master Codebreaker, because they had parked illegally.
    • Made worse by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character later referring to them as the "shuttle parkers" in what seems to be an impression of Disney's Goofy, as if explicitly calling attention to the blatant ridiculousness of it.
    • Just how ridiculously over the top and on the nose evil all the clientele in Canto Bight is. Just add Hunger Games to the above mix for the complete experience. They cannot just have horse-races - no, a jockey must prod his mount with a shocker right in front of the onlooking heroes! Have droids tending to the animals? Not evil enough! Only slaves, scratch that, child slaves, who have to sleep in the same stalls as the horses. At one point a patron literally twirls his... facial tendrils. Because he's rich and evil.
  • DJ's weird stutter detracts from certain moments where what he's saying is supposed to be taken seriously. The fact that the impediment itself is apparently being played for coolness, however, is ridiculous and even potentially offensive.
    • That Finn and Rose decide to bring with them a random stranger they met in prison, who might have told them just what they wanted to hear, instead of the guy they had traveled there to find in the first place, is something hard to find outside of a comedy film. It would have been shocking that such a move didn't end up backfiring on their faces.
    • Speaking of which, Finn and Rose becoming shocked that the self-serving thief "DJ" (who they just busted out of prison, clearly works for money rather than any ideals, and has openly emphasized his philosophy that the only way to survive is to not pick a side)... GASP! BETRAYED THEM?!?!? is pretty hilarious.
  • Kylo Ren killing Snoke? Dramatic and unexpected. Snoke's ridiculous tongue-tied expression as the upper half of his corpse lies on the floor? Not so much. Snoke's bottom half falling off the chair for no apparent reason minutes after his death? Hilarious.
    • Also, this happens right after Snoke boasts about how he can never be betrayed. His look of shock at being betrayed is now extra hilarious.
    • The reason Snoke is caught off-guard? Apparently his mind-reading ability is just plain bad, since he can only sense a general intent to kill from Kylo, without a clue who the intended victim is. It really makes you wonder how he's lasted this long.
    • Snoke being instantly killed by the bisection compares unfavorably to Darth Maul, because while the latter fell to an apparently miles deep pit aside from being cleaved, he actually survived. In contrast, Snoke just dies in the act, looking shocked, without even twitching a bit.
  • While the fight scene between Rey and Kylo against the Praetorian guard looks awesome, but some keen-eyed viewers can take notice to a few flaws:
    • The Force kick makes a comeback when Rey kicks one guard, but the one besides him also gets knocked down.
    • In another moment Kylo slams his sword to the ground and one Praetorian hits his blade instead of his exposed torso. Also in the same shot, one guard runs spinning for some reason after Rey deflects his blow.
    • It was a cool way to dispatch of one guard, but why on earth were there enormous shredding blades right in the middle of Snoke's throne room? At least it sort of made sense to have a massive pit in the Emperor's throne room, it being on top of an enormous spire, but in this case it is just pointless. Seeing the poor sap getting pulverized may cause viewers of a certain age to say, "What have we got on this ship, a Cuisinart?"
    • One of the extras playing a Praetorian looks off-screen for his cue, realises he is still in frame, does a Double Take, and hobbles back into the action.
    • Probably what has become the most infamous error was how a duel-wielding Praetorian guard that was facing off against Rey has one of his blades magically disappearing during the fight. It's as if the editing team realized that the original scene looked stupid showing the guard off with a free left arm not taking the opportunity to stab Rey in the back with his second blade, so they tried to cover it up rather than just completely redo the scene.
  • Finn's duel with Phasma, in the cavernous Mega Star Destroyer hangar bay which is engulfed in flames and wreckage? Awesome. Their duel, backdropped by BB-8, in a hijacked AT-ST walker, wantonly laying waste to hordes of Stormtroopers and generally wreaking havoc? Hilarious.
    • Super Star Destroyer somehow wasn't so bad, but Mega Star Destroyer just sounds kind of corny.
  • Rose coming to long enough to give Finn a moving little speech and a quick kiss, before dramatically fainting again the next moment. Finn's utterly confused facial expression doesn't help.
    • The line itself, "That's how we'll win - not fighting what we hate, but saving what we love" is also this for many, especially since in this case fighting what you hate is done in order to save what you love.
    • Worse enough? Rose preventing Finn's sacrifice at all is stupid. Not only does it allow the First Order entry to the rebel base, there were multiple pilots who had died minutes before for the sole purpose of destroying the cannon. Sure, Finn was going against orders and was sure to die, but he would have saved them all by doing so (and it would have been a great end for Finn's arc, as well to give Poe a real reason not to be so reckless with his squadrons).
  • Holdo's (and later Poe's) "We are the spark that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down" line. It's hard to take seriously due to how long and convoluted it is for a statement that's clearly meant to be hopeful and inspirational. It has no less than three verbs and no commas, which makes Oscar Isaac to sound almost like he's running out of breath while he is saying it.
    • It doesn't help that a line like that makes no sense for Poe to repeat anyway, given that his entire arc has been precisely about how the best course of action isn't always to just blow stuff up and burn it down. It makes him look he has learned nothing from the experience.
  • The film's Signature Scene (Holdo lightspeed-ramming the Raddus through the entire First Order fleet) is undercut by the moment directly after it happens, when Poe, Leia and the rest of the remaining Resistance members look on in shock... except for two pilots standing directly behind Poe (and fully in-frame), who are nonchalantly having a casual conversation and couldn't care less about what just happened in front of them.

    Rogue One 
  • A lot of folks found the "I rebel" line in the trailer hard to take seriously due to how unintentionally funny it sounded when it was spoken aloud (thankfully, that turned out to be a Missing Trailer Scene). Others felt this applies to the dialogue as a whole, claiming that it's cheesy and stilted and the acting wooden, with Forest Whittaker's delivery of Saw Guerrera's lines being criticized in particular.
  • The siren that breaks out during the second half of the trailer is either pure Nightmare Fuel, an annoyance that kills the mood, or the introduction of a brand new character called Whooping Willie. Additionally, a lot of people have pointed out/joked about how the siren sounds like SpongeBob screaming.
  • Saw Gerrara's quote: "Save the rebellion! Save the dream!", is unintentionally hilarious due to the drowned way he delivers it.
  • In the trailers, the way Felicity Jones says "Erso" in Received Pronunciation sounds a lot like "arsehole" in a Cockney accent. This seems to have been changed in the movie's final audio mix.
  • Krennic's line to Vader: "The POWAH that we are dealing with here is immeasurable!" complete with a Gloved Fist of Doom. Thankfully, this was another Missing Trailer Scene.
  • The Bor Gullet scene can cause unintended laughter in some audiences due to Forest Whitaker's hammy performance, and the fact that it comes straight out of nowhere, and is never mentioned again.
  • 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 at best, hilarious at worst. Comparisons to everything from Mount Doom to Ernst Blofeld to a certain laser-shark obsessed doctor are inevitable. It gets worse when you know it's based on an early idea for Empire Strikes Back which was discarded as too silly.
  • Raddus identifying himself not only as Admiral Raddus, but Admiral Raddus of the Rebel Alliance when the Rebel Fleet arrives at Scarif. Really?
  • "The rebellions are built on hope!" is such a cheesy and hopelessly naive line it's surprising Jyn wasn't laughed away.
  • Chirrut's absolute invincibility, while it looks awesome, can break the suspension of diselief, especially next to the comparatively lackluster achievements of trained Force users throughout the franchise. Jedi Masters and experienced Knights can only accomplish feats such as piloting a ship without seeing, making huge leaps and moving objects through space with either great concentration or a lot of training. Yet, a blind monk who's only ever implied to be Force sensitive can walk in a straight line toward an object he doesn't know the appearance of, evade every shot fired at him and also score a hit on a fighter craft flying by within a split second. To say nothing about how seemingly light taps from his wooden staff can even hurt, let alone cripple, armored stormtroopers.
    • The perky quote below makes it far worse, and the whole scene is either cool, or camp, contrived (look kids, it's Donnie Yen!) and cringe-inducing.
      Is your foot alright?
    • His mantra, "I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me" is slightly cringy when repeated ad-nauseam, as it is several times throughout the movie. Okay, we get it, he's Force-sensitive. (And then there's the fact that for a long time after the film's release, supplementary materials insisted that no, he was not a Force-sensitive.)
  • Krennic's pathetic tantrum when Tarkin takes command of the Death Star project.
    Krennic: You stand here among MY achievement, NACHOS!

  • Lady Proxima being a giant worm-like alien with a grandmotherly voice can be jarring, especially if we have to believe she is a menacing crime lord (at least Jabba didn't speak so funny...). Even more because she is advertised to the point of being in the Opening Scroll, yet she has under a minute of screentime and almost zero effect on the plot of the film.
  • Han's last name came from an Imperial officer... because he happened to be alone when applying to join the Imperial military. In case you were wondering if there was a more unnecessary explanation than the origin of his pants stripe.
  • When attempting to persuade Beckett to allow him to join his crew, Han refers to himself as "a driver and a flyer". Hmm... If only there was a far more commonly used, and far more natural-sounding word for someone who flies a starship... The awkward line and the forced delivery combine to make it sound less like a confident assertion of his skill and more like Han has no earthly idea what he's talking about.
  • L3-37's entire character. Not only because she behaves more human than any other droid in the entire film franchise (and more than many organic characters, by the way), actually to an extent that had never been established as possible in the first place, but also because her personality is heavily out of tone even at the most lighthearted moments of the film and can be incredibly grating after a time.
    • Its name being L3-37. And this seems to be after there were massive creative overhauls to keep the film from being too silly.
  • According to marketing, there’s a character called Therm Scissorpunch. Scissorpunch. Like some Sith names, this also overlaps with Narm Charm on the grounds of it also being an "Awesome McCool" Name after a series of relatively mundane names in the Disney-era films.
    • Even worse, the name could make viewers remember of a guy who called himself Taserface...
  • Alden Ehrenreich's pathetic Wookiee impression in the scene where he speaks Shyriiwook to Chewie. You mean to tell me that in such a big budget film no one sat down with him to teach him how to do an impression that six-year-olds can do easily? And if Han knew how to speak Shyriiwook through the entire saga, why did he never use it to secretly communicate with Chewie again?
  • Apparently even Han calling Chewbacca "Chewie" needs some kind of backstory rather than just being a simple affectionate nickname, so we get him bizarrely declaring the name is too much of a mouthful so he goes with something that has one less syllable. It even makes him look kind of racist.
  • Enfys Nest does a Dramatic Unmask, and it turns out the person underneath is... someone we've never seen or heard of before! It seems the idea is for the viewers to be shocked that Enfys is a young woman instead of an older guy, but the Star Wars universe has played this card before to better success such as with Leia disguised as a bounty hunter in Return of the Jedi and the trope isn't as effective in a day where Action Girls are far more common, so it's understandable if the viewer is baffled that this is treated as some kind of a dramatic revelation.
  • Surely more than a few eyes were rolled when Qi'Ra told Han: "I might be the only person in the whole galaxy who knows what you really are... You're the good guy." Not only is it an incredibly lazy meta joke (HAHA 'CAUSE HE'S THE PROTAGONIST, GET IT?), the film's central message that Han's conscience will never let him walk away from a situation without doing the right thing cheapens the character arc he went through in the original trilogy from amoral smuggler to committed rebel. If Han was always "the good guy," then where's the emotional impact of his sudden decision to return to Yavin IV to save Luke and the Alliance? Or his decision to forgo a chance to pay off his debts and save himself from Jabba in order to personally evacuate Leia from Hoth? Even more cringe-worthy is Han whining about what a terrible person he is in response, sounding about as convincing as a toddler bragging about how "bad" he is for staying up past his bedtime.
  • Maul activating his double-bladed lightsaber at the end of his holographic conversation with Qi'ra. He's supposed to look threatening but he's just a hologram.
    • There's no apparent In-Universe reason for him to do so, and he only seems to do it to completely confirm to the audience that, yes, he's Maul in case the black robes, tattoos, horns, and robotic legs weren't enough to convince them. According to Ron Howard, this was apparently done because Maul's face was rather hard to see during their first, lightsaber-less attempt at the scene.
    • Maul appearing at all can be a source of narm for many. Viewers who haven't kept up with nearly 20 years of non-film Star Wars lore will know him only as the guy who got chopped in half in The Phantom Menace, and viewers who have and know he isn't dead will just be confused as to what he's doing there. It seems as if the writers needed an established character to be the mastermind behind Crimson Dawn and pulled a Star Wars character at random out of a hat.

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     Legends (Pre- 2014 reboot Expanded Universe) 
There's visibly less Narm in the Star Wars Expanded Universe - as far as Unexpected Reactions to This Index go, it much prefers Ho Yay - but it's there all right.

  • One of the narmiest aspects of the expanded universe is the merciless Planet of Copyhats box-ticking exercise that is applied to any and all members of the various human and alien races expanded upon. Authors will take the one mention a race or species has in the movies and expand it to be true for all members of that race or species. Leia says Alderaan has no weapons? They're all pacifists. Many Bothans died to get the Death Star plans? All Bothans are spies. Han says to never tell him the odds? All Corellians hate statistical analysis - this one being particularly Narmy and based on one line, said in context, very much in keeping with one character's personality, applied to a whole race of people (and not even consistent with the movies... "Great shot kid, that was one in a million!" anyone?)... Cringe-inducing.
  • The infamous Callista Trilogy books are full of this. As a sample, Planet of Twilight (already one of the oddest Star Wars books) gives us the character of Beldorion, the first Hutt Jedi, who quickly turned to the Dark Side and took over an entire planet on his own years ago. Yes, a Hutt, who are massive, overweight, slug like creatures with stubby arms that move as slow as molasses, wielding the Force and even engaging in lightsaber combat. He unironically engages with Leia in a lightsaber duel, and it goes about as well as you'd expect it to. After the fact, Lucasfilm realized that the concept was so utterly ridiculous, even by the standards of Star Wars, that they put a future embargo on any more Hutt Jedi from then on out and swept the whole incident under the rug.
  • In the New Jedi Order, Supreme Commander Pellaeon, talking to Leia Organa Solo about his garden, ends up using extremely heavy-handed garden metaphors to demonstrate what looks like the difference between Imperial and New Republic governing styles. Pellaeon is usually not this absurd.
    "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!"
    • There's a novel in that series where Pellaeon's Empire has a tremendous victory against the Vong; the Vong commander has a whole rant about retribution which Pellaeon interrupts by saying that the Vong's threats are as empty as their boasts are shallow. How he caps his Shut Up, Hannibal! moment is a Moment of Awesome to most, purest cheese to some.
    "You may win the occasional battle against us, Vorrik, but the Empire will always strike back."
  • In Michael Stackpole's X-Wing Series novels, viewpoint characters have a tendency to go from thinking about something to suddenly talking about it out loud to themselves. Sometimes, this looks awkward.
    • 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, a crime lord who Corran sent to Kessel in the first place, who had been taken down in part because his diamond-shaped Hellish Pupils gleamed in the dark. Corran tells him that if he blows his chance and turns against the New Republic, he will be tracked down. Again, not Narm. But again, Corran ruins the moment by how he says it.
      "No matter where you go, I'll find those double diamonds of yours. Count on it."
    • Said villain (Zekka Thyne) is an alien with dark blotches across his skin. This earned him the less than threatening nickname "Patches".
    • Stackpole manages to give his Big Bad a bit of Narm too. 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, who has a history with that Rogue, says that it's a bad idea because playing with Corran Horn is playing with fire. Her response?
      "I am Iceheart, I do not burn."
      • Yet again, a reasonable sentiment is phrased poorly.
    • Kirtain Loor, in general, though some of it may be intentional, since it's driven home again and again that he's not as good as he thinks he is. In practically every book that features him, 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" (which itself is problematic). He's 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 romantic dialogue. "Losing you just ripped the emotional skeleton out of me"?
  • Many, MANY of the more "introspective" parts of the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series (by Scholastic, naturally) are full of this — specifically, the parts where Anakin or Obi-Wan wangst about what their Master thinks of them.
  • The constant references to "lube" in Shadows of the Empire get ridiculous.
    • Continued in the later works: Ben likes to say "lubed" a lot.
  • The early Marvel Comics Star Wars stories have their fair share of narm, too. One irritating habit is the constant use of air quotes whenever anyone says "The Force". For example, the dialogue Obi Wan gives in his duel against Darth Vader. In the movie, awesome. In the Marvel comic adaptation, not so much;
    Vader: "Your powers are weak, old man! You should never have come back!"
    Obi Wan: You... Only... Know... Half "The Force"... Vader...! You perceive its full power... As little as a spoon... Perceives the taste of food!"
    • There's also Han saying "Alright, Chewie! Starting blasting!"
  • Open The Glove of Darth Vader on any random page. There will be Narm there.
  • In the video game adaptation of The Phantom Menace, one of the shopkeepers on Tatooine is... Very enthusiastic about his trade.
    "Better stand back Mister, cause I'm about to slash... ALL MY PRICES!"
    • A large amount of the random background characters in that game could also qualify, many sounded like the voice actors weren't taking their roles entirely seriously.

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