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Ladies and gentlemen, the man that 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.

    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 
  • Palpatine telling Anakin to "DEW IT" (execute Dooku) sounds like his evil voice inhibitor malfunctioned and let Darth Sidious out.
  • 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.
  • Palpatine's voice, lines, and acting throughout the battle with Mace Windu become distractingly throaty and cheesy instead of delightfully hammy, especially when he shouts almost incoherently:
    Palpatine: Power! Unlimited POWER!
  • 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 "Good" adds to the impression.
    Palpatine: The Force is STR-R-R-RONGG with you!
  • 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 lines, 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.

  • 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 Voss' 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.

    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's gets hammy when Tarkin discusses his future intentions.
    Krennic: You stand here among MY achievement, NACHOS!
  • 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 Empire Strikes Back which was discarded as too silly.
  • 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.
  • The initially deleted scene with Jabba was unfortunately forced by outside factors into being pretty laughable. First, the Greedo scene was inserted after the Jabba scene was removed from the initial release so the exposition about why Han is on the run could still get across, with 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?"). And if that wasn't bad enough, Jabba was initially envisioned as a humanoid character, including Han walking around him during their conversation. The actor was replaced with a CGI model of the slug that Jabba ended up as, except Han walking around him was now physically impossible, so they were forced to instead have him step on Jabba's tail to his discomfort, which destroys the scene's efforts to portray Jabba as a terrifying crime boss that no one wants to be on the bad side of.

    Return of the Jedi 
  • 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.

    The Last Jedi 
  • 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 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.

    The Rise of Skywalker 
  • 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.
  • It's hard to top a line as bad as "Somehow Palpatine returned" but they managed it when they had Kylo, poe-faced, say the words "They sold you to protect you" without a hint of irony.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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 Mandalorian 
  • Ever since the prequels, the franchise has had an issue where the entire galaxy seemed to completely forget about the existence of the Jedi ridiculously quickly, but it's typically a minor enough plot element that it's easy to ignore. Unfortunately, Season 2 of this show puts it front and center by being built around trying to find the Jedi, making it impossible not to think about how this would be like, as one review put it, people in 2020 talking about the mysterious, possibly mythical people called the New Kids on the Block.
  • There is absolutely zero effort to disguise Temura Morrison's pot belly, and the fact that his armor is a tad too small on him as a result is somewhat laughable. Add to that the fact that Boba doesn't have the same excuse as his actor (age), as Boba is canonically only 41, has been recovering from wounds sustained from the Sarlacc, AND has been living a hard, lonesome life in the Tatooine desert. You've gotta wonder just where he got the belly from.
  • 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.

    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, with their bright, shiny, garish designs in a harsh desert environment, it just comes off as looking extremely goofy, and they've been compared to the Power Rangers because of this.

    The Clone Wars