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"When one chooses to walk the Way of the Mandalore, you are both hunter and prey."
The Armorer


The Mandalorian is a Space Western series set in the Star Wars universe, and the first live-action television series in the history of the franchise. It is created by Jon Favreau, executive produced by Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson, and co-executive produced by Karen Gilchrist. The directing team for the first season includes Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi.

Set five years after the fall of the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi and long before the emergence of the First Order in The Force Awakens, the show follows a Mandalorian Bounty Hunter and Gunslinger (Pedro Pascal) operating far from the New Republic's jurisdiction in the galaxy's most outer reaches, where outlaws and Imperial remnants abound.

The show also stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, Taika Waititi as the voice of IG-11, Nick Nolte as the voice of Kuiil, Emily Swallow as the Armourer, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, Werner Herzog as the Client, Julia Jones as Omera and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.


The show began airing exclusively on Disney+ on the platform's launch day, November 12, 2019. A second season is currently in development and is set to release in October 2020. Further seasons, along with potential spin-offs, have also been discussed, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Previews: Trailer, Trailer 2, Special Look

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Tropes in this series include:

  • 24-Hour Armor: As part of the Tribe's adherence to the ancient tenets of Mandalorian culture, they never remove their armor or helmets in front of others, even if it means not eating or bathing for extended periods of time. And if necessary, they will resort to violence to prevent the removal of their helmets. Further, even their children are required to go around in helmets to remain part of the Tribe.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The Mandalorians in Nevarro hide in wide, well-lit sewers. Compounded by the fact that a backwater town in the middle of desert has any sewer at all. Partially justified since "Redemption" reveals that part of their function is to contain, divert and allow transit via lava flows.
  • Actor Allusion: Once again a Giancarlo Esposito character realizes too late that he's in close proximity to an explosive device and shouts a Big "NO!" before it goes off. This time, however, he survives the explosion with his face intact.
  • Aerith and Bob: In addition to the usual fantastical Star Wars names, we also have the real but unusual Cara (albeit short for "Carasynthia"), Gideon, and the very mundane-sounding "Mayfield."
  • The Aesthetics of Technology: Both of the Mandalorian's primary weapons have a distinctly 1890s look to them. His blaster is based on a Bergmann 1894. His rifle is a trapdoor action using removable cartridges with brass fittings, a removable scope, and a butt in the style popular at the time.
  • Against My Religion: When asked to drop his weapon during parley, the Mandalorian objects. "I'm a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my religion." He relents in the interest of smooth negotiations.
  • Aggressive Negotiations:
    • Mando tries to use his flamethrower to get the Jawas to see things his way in the second episode, after they insult his attempt at speaking their language.
    • Subverted in the fifth episode, where the trainee's first instinct was to fight his way across Tusken territory, whereas Mando successfully negotiated passage.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • Mando's Razor Crest is noted to be old as hell, and, unlike the Millennium Falcon, not secretly a super-badass ship with custom parts (though it is competent enough in a dogfight). In "The Prisoner," it's used because it's so old that it's unregistered on Imperial or New Republic systems, allowing it to be used as a blind spot for a prison break. The droid piloting it that episode complains it's woefully inefficient and has numerous power-leaks. Being stripped by Jawas and welded back together again in the middle of nowhere probably did it no favors.
    • In the first part of the first episode, Mando hires a taxi speeder out to his ship that is falling apart and backfiring even as it pulls up, and puts up with it because going with a sleek new taxi would require putting up with a droid pilot, which he is not down for.
  • Arc Words: "This is the Way."
  • Armor Is Useless:
    • Averted hard with the titular character. The armor he starts with is of notably lower quality, covered with damage and able to be scratched with a normal knife or torn apart by animal jaws, but in the first fight of the show he gets shot in the chest by a blaster and hardly seems to notice. He gradually replaces his armor piece by piece with proper beskar, which can take a blaster shot with barely a mark.
    • In the first episode's big battle, IG-11's armor plating can shrug off small arms blaster fire, but is vulnerable to the E-Web heavy cannon that the Nikto mercs bring in later.
    • As is normal for the franchise, this trope is played straight with the Imperial Stormtroopers, who usually go down in one hit despite wearing armor (although Mando will usually Double Tap them to make sure they stay down). Stormtrooper armor also shatters like cheap ceramic when hit by The Armorer's hammer.
  • Artificial Gravity: True to the trope, even when the Manalorian's ship has lost all power the gravity generators keep working until he can restart the engines.
  • Ascended Meme: When Fennec Shand is shooting at the title character and Toro Calican, the Mandalorian notes that she has the high ground.
  • Asshole Victim: Combines with Laser-Guided Karma. Two scout troopers get a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by the Child's "nurse droid" minutes after punching the Child in order to try to get him to stop making noise.
  • An Axe to Grind: A group of Trandoshans armed with vibro-axes ambush the Mandalorian in the second episode.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The Mandalorian has a hidden flamethrower in one of his gauntlets. It's very deadly, but he has successfully only used it against one enemy. The rest of the time it's either been used as an intimidation factor against giant beasts or Jawas, and often he only deploys it when he's already in the middle of getting his ass kicked.
    • The Mandalorian's rifle is capable of disintegrating organic lifeforms, making fights ridiculously one-sided. Unfortunately, it's cumbersome and ill-suited for close-quarters combat, it can only fire one shot at a time, and it eats up an entire energy cell per shot. The Mandalorian chooses to leave it behind more often than not, relying on his blaster and other weapons instead.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Mando grabs his latest bounty in one in the Batman Cold Open. Greef Karga runs his business out of another on Nevarro, mostly frequented by Bounty Hunters looking for work.
  • Badass Adorable: The Child is acknowledged by everyone who meets him to be criminally cute. He can also pick up a beast roughly analogous to a rhinoceros, but bigger, with the power of his mind.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Overlapping with Badass and Baby. The Mandalorian gets paired with an infant of Yoda's species, and the two contend with the dangers of Arvala-7.
  • Badass Cape: The Mandalorian switches out the traditional Mando jetpack for a fashionably ragged cape. The end of the official trailer even features the cape unfurling to reveal the show's title.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot:
    • The climax of the first episode is an extreme close-up of the Mando's face as the blaster is being fired, giving the impression that IG-11 succeeded in executing the Child. It's in the very next shot, as IG-11's body hits the floor, that we realize the Mando killed the bounty hunter droid before the baby could be harmed.
    • The fourth episode similarly ends with another bounty hunter lining up a scope with the Child, then the sound of a blaster and the villagers and Mando reacting. Then, the bounty hunter crumples to the ground, revealing Cara Dune shot him in the back first.
    • Used again in episode 6, with a slight twist: it initially looks like The Child reflected the gunshot with the Force, but it turns out the Mandalorian shot the droid in the back.
  • Base on Wheels: Jawa sandcrawlers were always implied to be such, but here we see it really is a fortress, complete with holes for them to stick their heads out of to shoot at invaders or drop junk on them. After an arduous one-man Storming the Castle scene the Mandalorian gets stunned and thrown off the top, and he's forced to admit it's impregnable. (The one the stormtroopers destroyed in A New Hope was probably thwarted by them having an army.)
  • Batman Cold Open: The first episode opens on one of the Mandalorian's typical bounty runs, which he handles with cool and casual ease, before moving onto the actual first arc of the show, involving taking a mysterious job for a surviving group of Imperials...
  • Big "NO!": Another bounty hunter says this right before Mando blows up his ship with him in it.
  • Bling of War: A full suit of Mandalorian beskar armor shines silvery-bright—and the Armorer points to the Mandalorian that he's making himself stand out very much by upgrading this way. Considering the number of times he's vulnerable to stray shots, it's really less fashion and more cold function.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Mandalorian's first bounty in the series is a fish-guy being bullied by a bunch of thugs who say that his musk glands will fetch a good price. He later tries to play the "I'm an alien with weird biological needs" card as an excuse to get to use the toilet on his ship. ("It might take a while because I'm molting!") He's probably making most of it up so he can look for a way to escape.
  • Bottle Episode: "The Prisoner". Most of the episode takes place in a single location, a Republic prison transport (and most of the rest takes place on the Mandalorian's ship).
  • Bring It: From the end of the second trailer.
    Imperial: Mandalorian, look outside. They are waiting for you.
    The Mandalorian: Yeah? Good.
  • Call-Back:
    • A blurrg abruptly pops up in the Mandalorian's scope before attacking him in a shot that's framed identically to Luke Skywalker being ambushed by Tusken Raiders in A New Hope.
    • Once again, a Mandalorian warrior finds himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from a rhino-like alien, though this time his gun is not enough to take it down.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Kuiil's is "I have spoken", meaning that he's said all he's going to say on a particular topic and isn't going to waste time on any further debate.
    • The Mandalorians have one of their own in a similar vein, saying "This is the Way" whenever they end a conversation about their culture.
    • The Mandalorian uses "I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold" in the first episode. In the fifth one, another bounty hunter uses it against him, much to his annoyance. He doesn't kill the other hunter because he stole his line, but he does bring it up before pulling the trigger so it probably was extra motivation.
  • The Cavalry: Episode 3 has the Mandalorian be bailed out by the Mandalorians of his enclave, who proceed to rout the horde of other bounty hunters that had been chasing him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The beskar ingots that Greef Karga received as his cut from the job and shows the Mandalorian in Chapter 3 after completing the assignment save his life at the end when the Mando shoots him in the chest.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In "Chapter 1", IG-11 has a self-destruct protocol as part of his programming in order to prevent capture. He uses it in "Chapter 8" to clear out a score of stormtroopers while taking his life in the process.
  • Cliffhanger: Two in a row. Episode 7 ends with the Mando, Cara, and Greef trying to cover from a large regiment of stormtroopers led by Moff Gideon while some scout troopers capture The Child after attacking Kuiil. The episode immediately afterwards ends when it's revealed that Moff Gideon survived the crash of his TIE Fighter, and is currently in possession of the Darksaber.
  • The Comically Serious: The Mandalorian is a stoic, Proud Warrior Race Guy but he still has trouble riding a blurrg, speaking Jawa, caring for a baby, or socializing with anyone who's not Mandalorian.
  • Concept Art Gallery: The end credits, of all things, serve as this, scrolling through multiple pieces of concept art the staff put together in pre-production to hash out the story beats and visuals of the latest episode.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Blurrgs first appeared in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and later appeared in The Clone Wars, ridden by the Twi'lek resistance on Ryloth.
    • Mandalorian armor is made of beskar steel, a rare and valuable metal that is mined from their moon of Concordia.
    • Given that it's made out of something rare (which is implied to have become rarer still since the Empire did something called the Great Purge against the Mandalorians), Mandalorian armor is sacred; Mando earns a pauldron not for completing his most recent job but just for bringing back a surprising amount of the beskar.
    • The Mandalorian tradition of adopting outsiders is referenced; the Mandalorian himself is a foundling.
    • The baby is fifty years old because it is the same species as Yoda. Since Yoda stated he was 900 years old, it makes sense that the babies take time to mature.
    • While both the new and old expanded universe made heavy mention of vibroblade weapons, and they have technically appeared on screen before, this is the first time we've seen the vibrating effect in action.
    • Some of the Mandalorian's armor pieces (or least the first set) come from various Imperial troopers. For example, there are the gauntlets and pauldron of the shore troopers in Rogue One.
    • The Mandalorian appears to have been a child at the time of the Clone Wars. Flashbacks in Episode 3 show his village being destroyed by B2 Super Battle Droids and a droid gunship.
    • A white, bucket-shaped object like the one carried by a fleeing Cloud City citizen in The Empire Strikes Back is shown here to be a secure lockbox and carrying-case.
    • A loth-cat makes its first live-action appearance in "The Sanctuary".
    • Except for the Cold Open, the fifth episode takes place entirely on Tatooine.
    • The docking bay in episode 5 is staffed by Pit Droids.
    • In episode 6, the prison warden is wearing the same egg-shaped helmet as the rebel soldiers on the Tantive IV.
    • Cara Dune's opponent in the prize fighting ring is an Iridonian Zabrak.
    • Episode 7 reveals the name of Cara's homeworld: Alderaan.
    • The Mandalorian warriors that rescued a child Din from the battle droids destroying his village are clearly identifiable as members of Death Watch, thanks to the mark of Clan Vizsla on their shoulder pauldrons.
    • The last episode of Season 1 ends with a whopper: Moff Gideon cutting his way out of his wrecked TIE fighter...with the freaking Darksaber.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The first part of each episode's credits is played against a backdrop of paintings depicting key moments from that episode.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Co-director Taika Waititi voices IG-11.
    • Showrunner Jon Favreau voices the "Heavy Infantry Mandalorian" Paz Vizla, a relative of his Clone Wars character, Pre Vizsla.
    • The three X-Wing pilots at the end of "The Prisoner" are played by directors Dave Filoninote , Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: The Great Purge. The Empire went after the Mandalorians, forcing them into hiding while looting their beskar. When this happened and how complete it was is currently unknown.
  • Cult: The Mandalorians of the enclave are so fanatically devoted to the old ways of Mand'alor that they won't remove their helmets for any reason while in public and consider someone else attempting to remove it a grave insult. Not even Death Watch was that bad. In contrast to Death Watch, however, their traditions are focused on preservation of their culture, as opposed to battle for the sake of it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In Episode 3, it's made perfectly clear that a ragtag group of bounty hunters who've probably never worked together as a group are absolutely no match for a team of Mandalorians who act as a unit, support each other, work the terrain to their advantage, and fight using infantry tactics.
    • In Episode 8, the Armorer gives a No Holds Barred Beat Down to five Stormtroopers, using only her forge hammer and tongs.
  • Cute as a Bouncing Betty: The Armorer makes "whistling birds" using some of the excess beskar the Mandalorian brought in as reward for bringing in the Child. Coming from a conversation about signet animals and reserving some whistling birds for the foundlings, you'd expect something innocuous, but the Armorer soon makes clear they're a weapon: micro-missiles that automatically seek out and kill nearby enemies, which make a whistling sound as they fly.
  • Decapitation Presentation: In a slightly less gruesome and more symbolic variation, one of the bars that Mando walks past is decorated with a line of (presumably empty) Stormtrooper helmets impaled on spikes.
    • Not just any bar, the Mos Eisley cantina.
  • Deconstruction:
    • A minor one for the kind of Bounty Hunter that Boba Fett and his invokedcountless imitators pioneered. In Legends, bounty hunting was usually shown to be a glamorous, high-risk/high-reward job full of danger and excitement, with high-profile hunters chasing after even more high-profile targets for bounties that ran in the thousands of credits or more. When meeting with Greef Karga to collect on his bounty, the title character's reward is barely enough to pay for fuel, and the vast majority of targets Greef has to offer him are all petty criminals and bail jumpers. Even the best job Carga can offer him in Chapter 3 is a noble's son on the run... but he is also a bail jumper.
    • Toro Calican just wants to be seen as a cool bounty hunter but his naivety and inexperience makes him completely unprepared to deal with a far more experienced and deadly target. Fennec Shand would have killed him several times if not for the Mandalorian. Toro also attempts to go after the Mandalorian's bounty and takes the child hostage, so he could make a name for himself. All with disastrous consequences.
  • Dodge by Braking: Mando pulls this on a bounty hunter who attacks him in space in the Cold Open of "The Gunslinger".
  • Doomed Hometown:
    • Flashbacks in the first, third, and eighth episodes show that when the title character was a child, his village was destroyed by Separatist droids during the Clone Wars.
    • Retroactively revealed to be the case for Cara Dune, when it's revealed her homeworld was Alderaan.
  • Doom Troops: When the true Big Bad, Moff Gideon, finally shows up, he does so with an army lead by a squad of Death Troopers who turn the bar into swiss cheese with no warning. He is not messing around.
  • Dramatic Half-Hour / Dramatic Hour Long: The show lives in the grey area between these two formats. All episodes so far have been between 31 and 46 minutes including credits, making it either a short hour-long or a long half-hour.
  • Dramatic Irony: Unlike the audience, Mando doesn't recognize the Child's species and has little idea why the Imperials are so desperate to get their hands on him. In parts of the galaxy, including his, "The Force" is just a myth that not a lot of people have even heard about. The Empire spent a long time expunging knowledge of the Jedi as well; most of the younger generation don't know them at all (like how Luke didn't way back in A New Hope) and many who do thought they were weird martial artists or "sorcerers".
  • Dramatic Unmask: Omera attempts to unmask the Mandalorian while persuading him to stay on Sorgan, but the sound of blasterfire interrupts them and he stops her, making it clear that he's not staying.
  • Driving Question:
    • What are the Imperial Remnant's plans for the Child? Why is the "Way" of the Mandalorian's tribe different from what we've seen of other Mandalorians so far? What is the Great Purge and what happened to Bo-Katan's Resistance? And just who is the Mandalorian?
    • The final episode of season one answers, or otherwise heavily implies the answers to the last two. The Mandalorian’s name is Din Djarin. As for Bo-Katan’s resistance, after Mando causes his TIE to crash, Moff Gideon is revealed to have survived and escapes his now upside-down wreck of a ship by cutting out the side of the cockpit with the Darksaber, last seen in the hands of Bo-Katan as she rallied the clans against the Empire.
  • Ennio Morricone Pastiche: The theme song.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Cold Open serves as one for the title character on a typical bounty run. He demolishes some goons threatening his quarry in a brutal (but not sadistic) manner, gives his target a choice of coming in "warm or cold", and completely blows off the quarry's attempts at making small talk or bargaining for his freedom before casually freezing him in carbonite. A secondary moment comes at the end of the first episode when he shoots IG-11 to protect the Child, showing that despite his amoral ruthlessness, he's not all bad deep down.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • For much of the first season, the titular character is only referred to as the Mandalorian, or more informally "Mando". As of the season finale, this is no longer true of Mando. His name is Din Djarin.
    • There are currently three other characters that are only known by their description - the Client, the Armourer, and the Child.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Paz Vizla nearly comes to blows with the title character for accepting payment in Imperial-stamped beskar, viewing it as a disgrace to their culture and the memory of those who were murdered by the Empire. The Armorer shuts the argument down by pointing out that at least the beskar is now back in Mandalorian hands.
    • When Mando comes across the remains of the Mandalorian Covert's armour in Chapter 8, he angrily asks Greef if this is the work of him and his bounty hunters after their confrontation in Chapter 3. Karga is aghast, pointing out that the men who attacked him and the Child were mercs, who got the hell out of dodge not long after he escaped, since there's no money in picking a fight with a clan of Mandalorians.
    Greef Karga: They're mercenaries, not zealots!
  • The Faceless: The Mandalorian and his tribe never remove their helmets in public, as part of their code.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Mandalorian doesn't like to work with droids, and isn't keen on bargaining with the Jawas either. The droid thing is at least understandable given his background.
    • "Mando" seems to double as a term of respect and a term of disgust depending on who's saying it and how. Given the amount of times the Mandalorians switched sides during the Clone Wars and the years following it topped off with jealously of their skills and their less than stellar social skills, is anyone really surprised?
  • Fake Shemp/Filming for Easy Dub: A December 2019 Vulture article drew attention to the question of how often the masked actor onscreen in full-body costume as the Mandalorian is Pedro Pascal instead of one of the credited Mandalorian doubles, Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder, with Pascal's voice performance dubbed in. Since the actors collaborate to keep movement consistent, the audience is unlikely to be able to tell without behind-the-scenes info. Notably, Pascal does not appear onscreen as the Mandalorian at all in season 1 episode "Sanctuary".
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Mandalorian tribe bears some resemblance to pre-20th century European Jews. Left stateless by the Empire's purge of their homeworld (c.f. the Roman sack of Judea), they exist in an insular society alongside the rest of the planet's inhabitants, valued for their trade skills (fighting in this case) but much mistrusted.
  • Fantasy Metals: Beskar steel. Originally mined on Concordia, the moon of Mandalor, it is both incredibly valuable as bullion and can be forged into extremely durable armor capable of withstanding direct blaster strikes. During the Imperial "purge" of the Mandalorians, much of the remaining beskar was seized by the Empire and is seen by the surviving Mandalorians as the equivalent of Nazi Gold. Mando's reward from the Client for retrieiving the Child is a lockbox full of beskar ingots, which the Armorer forges into new armor for him. It repeatedly saves his life while remaining unblemished.
  • Fictional Currency: Comes up prominently at the beginning of the first episode. Due to the collapse of the Empire, reduced to a handful of warlords out on the galactic fringe, Imperial Credits aren’t considered a very reliable currency anymore. It doesn’t seem the fledgling New Republic has been able to fully step up to fill the void, at least not in the Outer Rim. Karga gives the Mandalorian a choice between full pay in Imperial Credits or half pay in a local currency called “Calamari Flan”: he grudgingly accepts half pay rather than accept Imperial Credits.
  • First-Episode Twist: The Mandalorian's bounty is a baby from the same species as Yoda.
  • Foreshadowing: The Mandalorian's client specified his target in the first episode should preferably be taken alive, while IG-11's contract specified "dead". So they were hired by different parties...
  • Forging Scene: The Armourer forges a new pauldron for the title character on being presented with an ingot of beskar steel. It happens again in Episode 3 where she forges a chestpiece for him.
  • Gatling Good:
    • The thugs the Mandalorian faces in the first episode use an E-WEB heavy cannon mounted on a hover platform. The Mandalorian manages to turn it on them.
    • During the ultimate battle of episode 3, the formerly-antagonistic Mandalorian in heavy armor fights alongside the Tribe to save the protagonist; using a rotary blaster cannon to eliminate swaths of mercenaries.
    • The E-WEB comes back in episode 8, with Gideon using it to threaten the good guys. Before they can fire it, Mando gets his hands on it and uses it against the Stormtroopers — just like he did with the Nikto in episode 1 — but ultimately it comes back to bite him when Gideon shoots the gun's massive power cell, causing an explosion that nearly takes Din out for good.
  • Gangland Driveby: Two troopers, just minding their own business in town, looking through a Jawa's junk for sale, barely get a chance to react before a speederbike piloted by IG-11 rips past, blasters blazing. They fall to the ground dead, leaving the Jawa looking back and forth at the two bodies in confusion.
  • Genre Roulette: While mostly a space western, the attack on the backwater village feels like something out of The Lord of the Rings. The raid, carried out by a gang seemingly composed entirely of Klatoonians, looks more like an orc attack then anything you would see in sci-fi. The blaster shots and Droid being destroyed contrasts with the screaming raiders and the leader carrying a blaster based on a sawn-off Winchester 1887. Mando's pursuit by the AT-ST in the woods is framed very much like a chase from a dragon or some kind of horror movie monster. Hell, later on these medieval looking peasants fend off the raiders with blasters, a water pit trap, a disintegrator ray, wooden barricades, a grenade, and wooden spears.
    • Of course, and much more obviously, it's also the classic Seven Samurai plot in which desperate villagers hire an experienced warrior to save their town from recurring bandit raids, and the warrior does so by training the people themselves to fight.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • At the beginning of the first episode, the camera angle changes just before an unfortunate Quarren mook is bisected by a closing door. All we see is the lower half of his body fall to the floor.
    • Subverted at the end of the first episode. The blaster fire reflected on the Mandalorian's helmet seems like one of these for IG-11 killing the Child. In actuality, it's the Mandalorian shooting IG-11.
  • Guns Akimbo: Justified with IG-11 who is built so it can both shoot and aim in two different directions at the same time. Mayfeld triple-wields with a third blaster on a mechanical arm on his back.
  • Half-Arc Season: Despite the first season only consisting of eight episodes, it follows this format. The first three episodes are heavily plot-centric and build upon one another, with the Mandalorian going rogue at the end of Chapter 3. The next few episodes focus on developing the characters as they embark on a series of mostly self-contained adventures, driving home the point that there's no safe haven for them. The final two episodes sees the Mandalorian gather all his allies for the conclusion of the season's arc.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: A Quarren mook at the opening scene has this happen, courtesy of the cantina's irising mechanical door the titular character shoots the controls of.
  • Hard-Work Montage: When he finally gets his ship parts back from the Jawas, the Mandalorian gripes that he still needs a full maintenance facility to repair the damage. Or they can just knuckle down and have a montage of Building Is Welding.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Episode 5 begins with a bounty hunter telling the Mandalorian "I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold," which the Mandalorian used to threaten his own bounty in Episode 1. The Mandalorian turns the tables on him and then uses this phrase as a Bond One-Liner before blowing the guy away.
  • Heroic Suicide: IG-11 chooses to self-destruct and take out a whole squad of Stormtroopers so that Mando and his friends can escape.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • The Mandalorian. In the first episode alone, instead of just expediting the process of finding a speeder by taking the bluurg, he acknowledges the request of Kuiil, the Ugnaught rancher, since it proves he is a Mandalorian, like his ancestors before him. He also doesn't want to kill the baby alien at the end of the episode.
    • Episode 5 reveals that he is at least reasonably fluent in Tusken Sign Language, when he successfully negotiates with a pair of Sand People for passage through their territory.
  • Hollywood Tactics:
    • Subverted; IG-11 tries to apply this doctrine when assaulting the mercenary compound in episode 1. He's able to blow away all the mooks out in the open in the courtyard easily, but is promptly locked out of the base, flanked by rooftop snipers, and pinned down by a turret as a consequence. The Mandalorian is clearly pissed at the droid's recklessness throughout the scene.
    • Although the show does a sterling job at lampshading and averting this trope, we still have a moment in episode 3 where the Mandalorian enclave fly to the protagonist's rescue on jetpacks. Although the ability to fly can seriously boost your mobility, there is zero cover or concealment in the air. Actively engaging in a firefight from on high gives every enemy on the battlefield a clear line of sight to gun you down. Ultimately downplayed, wearing armor practically immune to the small arms wielded by the bounty hunters makes it a much more viable tactic than it first appears.
    • Also subverted in Episode 4, where the Mandalorian and Cara Dune tell the villagers to stick behind their barricades and make use of a trap to lure in the AT-ST, rather than having it be a full-on brawl. The Klatooinian raiders however, play it straight, charging right at the barricades and being gunned down by the villagers without any effort to seek cover. However, they were expecting to receive cover fire from the AT-ST, and had the advantage until it was taken down.
  • Homage: Continuing the tradition of Star Wars taking inspiration from classic samurai films, The Mandalorian — and Mando and the Child — are inspired from Lone Wolf and Cub.
  • Homage Shot:
    • The Mandalorian and the Child's first meeting has them reaching to each other until their fingertips nearly touch, emulating E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial's iconic image, though in a long-shot instead of a close-up.
    • The Jawas ramming their Sandcrawler against a rock to try to squeeze the Mandalorian is straight from the tank chase in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, although mirrored.
    • Paz Vizla using his jetpack to fly alongside the Mandalorian's ship and saluting him is framed to reference the shot of Cliff Secord flying alongside a passenger plane and saluting the passengers in The Rocketeer. Although Paz doesn't accidentally shut off his jetpack.
  • Human Popsicle: The Mandalorian makes delivery of several figures frozen in carbonite for hibernation, in the same manner as Han Solo when Boba Fett delivered him to Jabba.
  • I Like Those Odds: When the Mandalorian is meeting with the Client, he almost gets into a fight with the Client's Stormtrooper escort. One trooper says that they have the Mandalorian outnumbered four to one. He responds with this trope, verbatim.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • Referenced when the Mandalorian is introduced to a former Imperial sharpshooter. He immediately comments that this isn't an impressive claim at all before said sharpshooter angrily retorts that "I wasn't a stormtrooper, wiseass."
    • Demonstrated when the Scout Troopers who have just captured the Child try to pass the time by shooting at a piece of debris a few feet away from them... and both missing horribly. Shortly after this they are killed by IG-11, whom they also completely fail to hit with their blasters despite the tall droid standing a couple feet away from them.
    • Almost unbelievebly subverted by these very same troopers moments before, when they manage to kill Kuiil and his blurrg while moving at high speed, skid to a halt, scoop the Child off the ground and roar back off towards town, all in a matter of seconds.
      • Which is attributed to the weapons on the speeders, which have a track record of being accurate. The scout troopers are trying to fire on the debris using hand-held blasters, which they then shake and listen to as if the weapons were broken. Careful listening will show that there are the sounds of parts moving loosely in the weapons, which is never a good thing in a professional piece of equipment. Perhaps the tools were to blame the whole time?
  • Innocent Bystander Series: The series takes place outside the Myth Arc of the Skywalker Saga, focusing on a Bounty Hunter who minds his own business in the post-Galactic Civil War underworld.
  • Irony: Mando kills IG-11 in the first episode when he threatens to kill the Child. Later a reprogrammed IG-11 performs a Heroic Sacrifice in the eighth episode in order to save the Child.
  • It Began with a Twist of Fate: The first episode gives us a glimpse of the Mandalorian's life as a bounty hunter, living paycheck to paycheck until he takes up an especially curious job that ends up turning everything inside out.
  • Jabba Table Manners: This trope could easily be renamed "Jawa Table Manners." When presented with a rare mudhorn egg they consider a delicacy, they just chop it open and eat it raw in a gaggle, covering their fingers in the sticky yolk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Mandalorian himself, seeing that, despite how callous and ruthless he can get, he refuses to let IG-11 kill the baby at the end of the first episode, despite the fact that his own commission would still allow him to collect a smaller fee upon presenting proof of death. He later ends up turning his back on the Bounty Hunter's Guild in order to save the child from its Imperial captors, despite being fully-aware that this would draw a massive target on his back.
  • Killer Rabbit: Jawas are surprisingly tough customers. The Mandalorian tries to fight them, but their Sandcrawler is surprisingly hard to penetrate and when he finally does, they overwhelm him with numbers that ignore armor and he is forced to negotiate instead.
  • Knife Nut: Xi'an, who managers to be highly effective with them even in a world of combat droids, blasters, and futuristic armor.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Moff Gideon. When he shows up Kuiil and the Client are killed and the the Child is captured. His men also apparently wiped out the Mandalorian Enclave in the sewers, which causes Mando to suffer a breakdown when he sees the aftermath of that fight. He is also the first villain in the show to seriously injure Mando, to the point he actually thought he was going to die.
  • Loophole Abuse: Mando would rather die than let any living being see his face and break his vow to the clan, but he's obviously dying of a terrible head wound that needs to be healed. So what's the solution? IG-11, a droid, points out he's not a "living thing" and proceeds to remove Mando's helmet and apply Bacta spray to save his life. Either Mando was too weak to stop it, or he considered that a good enough loophole to keep going
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Episode four "Sanctuary" is this trope, including bandits raiding a peaceful village, a Training the Peaceful Villagers montage (complete with spear drills), a temptation to give up the life of the wandering warrior and settle down with a local beauty, and the warriors deciding they don't belong and moving on at the end.
  • Mid-Season Twist: The third episode has the Mandalorian winding up with a bounty on his head, and at odds with the rest of his guild.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The rifle used by the Mandalorian is almost identical to the stun rod used by Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special. The special is directly acknowledged when the Mythrol tells the Mandalorian that he's heading home for Life Day(which is apparently not just a Wookiee holiday).
    • Additionally, the fact the rifle is capable of vaporizing its targets is a nod to Vader's orders of "no disintegrations" when hiring the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.
    • The Mandalorian's assault on the Jawa Sandcrawler references the frustrating platforming of the Sandcrawler level of Super Star Wars.
    • The spelling of Paz Vizla's surname calls to mind Shae Vizla and her clan from Star Wars: The Old Republic.
    • When the Mandalorian visits the Bad-Guy Bar in Mos Eisley, the bartender is a droid. Either the casino's under new management or Wuher relaxed his policy on droids.
      • The droid itself is a refugee from Jabba's Palace. It is the same one that ordered R2-D2's 'reconditioning' in Return of the Jedi. This suggests the change of ownership wasn't peaceful.
    • After a mercenary is mentioned to be the best ex-Imperial sharpshooter, Mando makes a crack about that not being hard, to which Mayfield defensively responds he was not a stormtrooper.
      • Later, a pair of Scout Troopers try shooting at a stationary can out of boredom, and they both repeatedly miss. After a few shots they start smacking their own weapons in annoyance.
    • Mando grudgingly forced to transport the blurrgs on his ship recalls a bit in Marvel Star Wars (2015) comics when Han Solo was grudgingly forced to transport nerfs on the Falcon. At least the blurrgs didn't appear to suffer messy motion-sickness issues like the nerfs did.
    • The first season finale features an appearance from an Incinerator Stormtrooper, a class of enemy originally created for the now-decanonized Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game.

  • Nazi Gold: The Imperial equivalent is revealed to the Mandalorian as his down payment: an ingot of beskar steel stamped with the Imperial logo. Since Imperial credits are garbage these days, giving him an ingot of precious metal is more practical. However, the logo indicates that it's something the Imperials stole from the Mandalorians during "the Great Purge", and it's of both cultural and practical value to them. This makes the payment irresistible to the pragmatic Mandalorians but it also makes it morally repugnant as the beskar was stolen from their murdered kin.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's because Mando panicked and broke comm silence during the confrontation with Gideon that the Scout Troopers were able to shoot Kuiil and capture the Child.
  • No Body Left Behind: Anyone shot by the Mandalorian's disruptor rifle is instantly disintegrated, with nothing but a few scraps of clothing left behind. He has to reload it after every shot, which is one reason he didn't bust it out during the shootout with IG-11, but it's a hell of a sniper rifle.
  • No Honor Among Thieves:
    • Most of the other bounty hunters, mercenaries, and crooks the Mandalorian encounters try to kill him, rob him, or otherwise betray him.
    • Members of the Bounty Hunter's Guild view each other as competition as only the one who brings in the bounty gets paid. This is normally kept in check by the Guild by giving out bounty "pucks" to the hunters, and only the hunter with the puck can pursue/claim the bounty (though they can voluntarily team up). However, due to the incredible value of the Child bounty, as well as the fact that it came directly from the client instead of through usual Guild channels, numerous hunters attempt to claim it, with one group even attempting to steal it from Mando. Later, after Mando betrays the Guild by rescuing the Child, nearly every member of the Guild turns out to hunt him down.
    • "The Prisoner" has three separate betrayals. First, the Mandalorians teammates lock him in a prison ship cell after they rescue the titular prisoner. Second, the prisoner chooses to leave all of his rescuers behind in favor of trying to escape on his own. Third, after paying him for the mission the fixer who arranged it tries to have the Mandalorian killed.
  • No Name Given: In keeping with the Spaghetti Western theme, The Mandalorian is The Man with No Name... until the eighth episode.. ("Mando" is just short for "Mandalorian.")
  • No OSHA Compliance: Iris doorways like the one seen in the first episode's cold open are apparently sharp enough and can close hard enough to bisect human-size beings.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • The raiders' AT-ST in Episode 4. Compared to other Imperial tech, an AT-ST isn't crazy powerful, but if all you're planning to do with it is plunder one small unarmed village, it'll make you practically unbeatable.
    • Similarly, Moff Gideon's TIE fighter in Episode 8. In a dogfight against other space superiority fighters, it's a barebones fighter relying on its flitting maneuverabilty and sheer numbers. Against enemies on foot with only small arms, it's an aerial terror.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In Episode 6, The Mandalorian slowly closes in on Mayfield from behind; seemingly vanishing and reappearing in the flickering lights. Mayfield suddenly turns and the camera swings around to see that Mando has just reappeared right behind him
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: The first three episodes have pointed out how of every bounty hunter in the Guild, our eponymous Mandalorian is the best at the job. Episode 3 shows us how, because of his conscience, he chooses to throw all that away to save the Child who saved his life.
  • Perpetual Poverty: The Mandalorian is always hustling for money from his next job, using whatever cash he gets to pay for his spaceship's massive upkeep and fuel costs, to help support the foundlings of his Mandalorian tribe, and ultimately to support himself and the Child while they're on the run. While all the Mandalorians of the tribe wear some amount of armor made of expensive beskar steel, the beskar armor is of such cultural importance to them that selling their beskar is anathema to the Mandalorians.
  • Pocket Protector: Greef Karga survives being shot in the chest thanks to the beskar ingot he's carrying inside his coat.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Mandalorians of "the Tribe" that the protagonist hails from have an extreme devotion to preserving the ancient warrior ways of their culture, to the point they consider having their helmets removed a grave insult, the Mandalorian refuses to be acknowledged for what he believes is a dishonorable kill, and the lot of them are willing to engage in all manner of Honor Before Reason behavior for the sake of their warrior code.
  • Railing Kill: The Mandalorian is absolutely in love with this trope. (Both the series and the eponymous character.) In the shootout at the end of the first episode a ton of Nikto mooks get shot off buildings with a roar, and while climbing the sandcrawler in the second, the Mandalorian yanks a few Jawas poking him with tasers out the window.
  • Reality Ensues: On the Star Wars page.
  • Reconstruction: In the same vein as Rogue One, The Mandalorian reconstructs the non-force villains of Star Wars, showing how well-earned their reputation for brutality and dread are from the perspective of normal people:
    • Far from the incompetent Cannon Fodder with laughably shoddy accuracy from the movies, the Remnant Stormtroopers work well and efficiently together, nearly cornering the Mandalorian.
    • An AT-ST, the original Chicken Walker that got beat up by the Ewoks, is the trump card of Klatoonian raiders. Both the Mandalorian and Cara Dune consider fleeing a better option than fighting it without proper weapons, and only reluctantly agree to fight it. It took a high risk strategy and the near-sacrifice of Cara Dune to bring one down.
    • The Separatist Droids, even the Elite Mook B2 models, only existed to be cut down by any competent Jedi and Clone Troopers. Here we see them deployed against a civilian target, where they were a very effective terror weapon. The Mandalorian's village was burned down in one such raid and he still has nightmares and flashbacks about them.
    • In previous outings, bounty hunters focused much more on exotic weaponry and mind games, and were not very efficient.note  The Guild seen here have their act together, using proper tactics and weaponry to get the job done.
    • TIE fighters are the expendable star fighter of the Empire. They normally have to mob the heroes in at least sizable numbers to be considered a threat. Just like the AT-ST, when the heroes are pitted against one without the aid of their own starship, any anti-air ordinance to speak of, and not even any adequate cover, it's treated as near-certain death. The three heroes unloading their blasters at the single fighter, including with Cara's rapid-firing BFG, struggle to even land a hit on the fast-moving ship, let alone do significant damage. The Mandalorian has to use his brand-new jetpack to get high enough to snag it with a grapple and cling to the hull, at which point he is able to slap some explosive charges on the wing to bring it down.
    • Similarly, the X-Wings of the series were always seen being destroyed in large numbers, with only a few surviving to eek out a victory against the Empire. But one often forgotten about aspect of them is that they have hyperdrives built in. This allows them to be a devastating police force for the New Republic as they can warp in to any sector as a rapid response unit. Being military vehicles as well they absolutely destroyed any potential opposition the criminals had without breaking a sweat.
  • Recovery Sequence: The voiced-over montage of Kuiil repairing, reprogramming and re-training IG-11 in Chapter 7.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Flashbacks to The Mandalorian's past reveals Separatist Super Battle Droids gunning his entire town down while sporting glowing red eyes.
    • The AT-ST seen attacking the village in Chapter 4 sports two red-glowing viewports, giving this impression.
  • The Remnant: Moff Gideon's Imperial Remnant faction serves as the main antagonists of Season 1.
  • Removable Turret Gun: In the finale. When the group fends of Moff Gideon's small army after IG-11 enters the fray, Din runs up to a small platform for an E-Web heavy cannnon and rips it off it's stand to make use of it.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: In the finale, after the Mando identifies the Imperial officer that has them cornered in the cantina as Moff Gideon, Cara Dune exclaims that can't be since Moff Gideon was supposed to have been captured by the New Republic and executed for the war crimes he committed during the Galactic Civil War. Obviously, this is not so since he is standing outside with small army of Imperial loyalists.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: The Mandalorian gets a contract from the client saying "alive, preferably" while a bunch of other bounty hunters apparently only got the "dead" memo. So a whole bunch of bounty hunters from the same guild started fighting each other and Mando for it. It seems The Client went behind Dr. Pershing's back and demanded the Child's extermination; according to overheard dialogue whoever Pershing is working for wanted the kid definitely alive.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Child following The Mandalorian around or pushing random buttons in the cockpit even when he's been told not to.
    • The Mandalorian will attempt to use his flamethrower against a foe, only for it to fail. He's occasionally able to use it effectively, but it's guaranteed to not work at least once.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Mando's host, the old ugnaught Kuiil, repeatedly helps him at significant cost in time and effort, but rejects all reward, saying that it was his duty because Mando was his guest. That, and Kuiil had a good feeling that Mando may end up cleaning house on the brigands in the area as a side effect of his job.
  • Scarred Equipment:
    • Most of the Mandalorian's armor is old, covered in scratches and dents from blaster fire. His helmet is pristine, as it is made of beskar steel, but unfortunately his clan doesn't have enough beskar to give him an entire set of armor. In the first episode when he earns a pauldron of beskar steel he is happy to discard his old one for it.
    • The stormtroopers working for the Client don't have either the time or resources to keep their white armor pristine, and look like they've been on the losing end of multiple battles.
  • Schrödinger's Canon:
    • Beskar, or "Mandalorian Iron," was half the reason Mandalorians were so fearsome in the Legends continuity, giving them armor which could resist even lightsaber strikes. Some of the first words spoken to The Mandalorian in the series are to ask if his armor is genuine beskar steel. Many Mandalorians in Legends had to make do with armor made from conventional materials, as true Mandalorian iron became increasingly difficult to come by.
      • This also observes true Mando'a, the Mandalorian language.
    • Mythosaurs were first introduced in Legends before being re-canonized here.
    • The mythrol in the first episode tells the Mandalorian that he's heading home to visit his family for Life Day.
    • The portable carbonite freezing devices return from The Old Republic MMO. It was a staple of the Bounty Hunter's campaign to prevent every capture mission from being an escort mission.
    • Mando's rifle bears a striking resemblance in performance to the Tenloss DXR-6 Disruptor Rifle from the Dark Forces Saga, being slow-firing (in the show because it has to be manually loaded with shells, in the game because it had to charge up to full power), scoped for exceptional long-range accuracy, and being a One-Hit Kill Disintegrator Ray.
    • Cara mentions mopping up "Imperial warlords" after the Battle of Endor. In Legends, Imperial Warlords of a surprisingly wide variety of stripes were the antagonists pretty much up until the New Jedi Order.
    • The E-Web Repeating Blaster was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, named in Legends, and has its name spoken in the new canon here.
    • Incinerator Stormtroopers from The Force Unleashed are re-canonized in Chapter 8.
    • The Mandalorians shown in the series follow the Legends concept of the Resol'nare pretty closely. They wear Mandalorian armor (to the point of not removing their helmets around others). They defend themselves, each other, and their family (the Central Theme of the show is the Mandalorian protecting the Child). Raising children, especially foundlings, in the ways of Mandalorian culture are repeatedly stressed as very important. And the Mandalorian himself is out in the galaxy specifically to bring in money to support the Tribe. The two tenets of Resol'nare that are not alluded to are speaking Mando'a and answering the call of Mand'alor, though the Armorer could be seen as the closest to Mand'alor to still exist, and when she speaks, everyone else shuts up and listens.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: IG-11 repeatedly threatens to self-destruct as a means of protecting himself form capture (this is forbidden by its programming). Near the end, it finally does so to help Mando and The Child escape, taking out many Stormtroopers in the process.
  • Self Stitching: The Mandalorian shows he's Not So Stoic as he tries to Heal It with Fire.
  • Shout-Out: The Mandalorian's gauntlets have blue arrows pointing outwards. Dave Filoni worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender before joining the Star Wars franchise, and previous references to the show have been made in the past (such as Appo's arrow art on his armor in Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: After getting his bounty from the Empire, the Mandalorian is given a nearly-full suit of beskar armor(chestpiece, both armguards, a second pauldron, and the right thighguard), adding on to than the one pauldron that he was given in the first episode.
  • Silence Is Golden: The title character rarely speaks and many of the episodes have long stretches of minimal to nonexistent dialogue, with the character development and storytelling told through visuals rather than words. In particular, the second and third episodes have almost no dialogue for the first ten minutes of their runtime.
  • Space Western: The show is the tale of a Bounty Hunter and Gunslinger drifting across the outer reaches of civilization, crossing paths with all manner of outlaws. Said bounty hunter also has a Spacecraft, a laser gun, and travels to all manner of alien planets A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...
  • Stereotype Flip: Previous live-action entries in the franchise have treated Tatooine's Sand People as Always Chaotic Evil (the EU portrayal has been more complex Depending on the Writer). Episode five instead regards them something like Native Americans in the The Wild West. Mando describes them as wanting all outsiders off what they see as their planet and in the meantime to stay away from the territory they've staked out. He addresses a pair he and Toro Calican encounter with the respect due an equal, and trades with them for permission to cross "their land".
  • Stealth Pun: Mayfield says the Razor Crest "looks like a Canto Bight slot machine," in reference to its condition. Given that Canto Bight is presented as infamously wealthy in The Last Jedi, this probably is a way of saying the ship is (jury) rigged.
  • The Stinger: Used in Chapter 5 when we see someone approaching Fennec Shand's body.
  • Suicide as Comedy: The IG-11 droid keeps trying to self-destruct the second things look bad, because it's programmed to never be captured in case company secrets are discovered.
  • Suicide Attack: IG-11 self-destructs, taking out the nearby Stormtroopers to help Mando and The Child escape by doing so.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Due to the Mandalorian's near-flawless job performance, almost everyone in the Guild seem to be unable to make a name for themselves—breeding very understandable resentment (not helped by Greef's open favoritism). It was almost inevitable that the moment the Mando chooses to forego his Guild loyalties for the Child, every one of them will gun for him. That said, this didn't end well for them.
  • Tempting Fate: In Chapter 7, Greef tells the Mandalorian "Trust me. Nothing can go wrong," right before a flying monstrosity swoops out of the night from behind him and attacks.
  • Token Good Teammate: The Mandalorian, while among Ranzar's crew.
  • Too Clever by Half: Fennec tells the newbie bounty hunter how much Mando is worth and asks him to free her so they can bring him in together. The newbie doesn't trust her and shoots her for it, knowing that she will probably try and kill him when he frees her. He then decides to take the Child hostage and bring Mando in himself. It gets him killed.
  • Tracking Device: "Tracking Fobs" are standard-issue equipment for bounty hunters. Each one is somehow capable of homing on a target from at least several miles away with great accuracy as long as they've been programmed with enough data, called the "chain code,"note  and returning the fob is the customary way of saying the hunter has released his bounty to someone else's custody. The fact that the client doesn't give the Mandalorian a full chain code indicates the job is really sketchy.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: The plot of Chapter 4. The Mandalorian gets guilted into helping some krill farmers defend themselves against a band of Klatooinian raiders, and he pulls Cara Dune in to help.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The Child misreads a friendly arm-wrestling match between Mando and Cara, and Force-chokes her thinking he's helping his surrogate dad. Granted, the Child's intent probably wasn't malicious, but it's still scary to see considering he's a powerful Force user who hasn't yet been taught the difference between right and wrong, or can distinguish a game from real harm.
  • True Companions: By the end of season 1, Mando, Cara, Greef, and even IG-11 have become this, a profound rarity for men and women in their profession. It's especially the case for Mando and Cara.
  • Used Future:
    • As the quote from Jon Favreau on the quotes page shows, the look and feel of this series is a deliberate Call-Back to the dingy, dirty Tatooine of A New Hope.
    • The once pristine white armors of the Stormtroopers look visibly used and worn, with the collapsing of the Empire preventing them from being replaced.
    • The Mandalorian's ship, the Razor Crest, is a clear nod back the Crystal Spires and Togas aesthetic of the prequel trilogy and is said to have been built around that time. Being that old, however, means it's seen its fair share of wear and tear with several external plates apparently missing, and scratches all over its once chrome exterior. It's not faring much better internally, either, as Zero describes most of its systems as being deficient compared to what they could be if the ship were adequately serviced.
    • In Episode 6, the trashy, run-down space station belonging to Ran and his crew is visually contrasted by the pristine-looking New Republic prison ship.
  • Vibroweapon: Vibroweapons have lone been a mainstay of Star Wars (and loads of other sci-fi), mostly in the Legends continuity. We see them here for the first time in live-action, complete with visual effects to actually make the blade look like its vibrating.
  • Wham Episode: "The Reckoning." Moff Gideon's Scout Troopers intercept and kill Kuiil, capturing the Child.
  • Wham Line:
    • In the eighth episode, as Moff Gideon does his Evil Gloating, he reveals Cara's origins (she's from Alderaan). Immediately after that, he reveals the Mandalorian's real name, Din Djarin.
    • Later on, the Armorer reveals that the Child is from a race of mighty sorcerers who the Mandalorians once did battle with: The Jedi. This is also the first live-action mention of the Mandalorians and the Jedi being old foes.
    • This exchange:
    The Mandalorian: "Who have you given fobs to?"
    Greef Karga: (raises arms to encompass the bar) "Everyone!"
  • Wham Shot:
    • The first episode builds up to a mysterious fifty-year old bounty that is heavily protected and requires all of both Mando and IG-11's skill, firepower and luck to get to. Nobody (in-universe or out) was expecting it to be an infant of Yoda's species.
    • The fifth episode seemingly ends on a mostly-high note as Mando manages to save the Child and his caretaker and takes off. Then the shot cuts to a mysterious armored individual approaching Fennec's corpse...
    • The seventh episode ends with Kuiil lying dead, as the Scout Troopers who have just captured the Child speed away in the background, while Mando, Greef and Cara are cornered by the newly introduced Moff Gideon, and his army of Death Troopers.
    • Much of the plot of the eighth episode has Mando and his party fighting their way out of Moff Gideon's ambush. They make their way to his tribe's sewer hideout only to find a pile of badly damaged and discarded helmets. The hideout had been discovered and purged by Gideon's men, leaving only the Armorer to tend to the remains and salvage whatever she can.
    • The eighth episode ends with Moff Gideon cutting himself out of the TIE Fighter wreckage...with the Darksaber.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Paz Visla calls the Mandalorian out for taking a job from the Empire after what they did to the Tribe during the Great Purge. The Armorer speaks in his defense, however, pointing out that the Empire is gone and that the beskar he brought back to them matters more.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Season 1 Episode 3, "The Sin", is all about this. The Mandalorian has given the bounty over to the imperial remnants, is now fully kitted out with beskar armor, and is set to continue on with his next job, with everyone praising him for his performance... but decides to go back and rescue the kid anyway because he knows whatever the Empire is intending to do, it can't be good. He also owes the kid one for saving his life against the mudhorn.
  • Weird Currency: The series introduces Calamari Flan, which is a jelly-like blue and white disk.
  • The Worf Effect: Oddly this trope applies to a weapon instead of a character. The Mandalorian's flamethrower gauntlet is deadly as heck but only gets used successfully twice, against one stormtrooper and one prison-barge droid. Every other time he uses it it's to demonstrate how outclassed he is, like Burg just shrugging it off, it being deflected during a tussle, or large creatures being intimidated but not overly hurt.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Episode 8, after the stormtroopers successfully capture the child, they have no problems hitting the bag they have him stored in if he upsets them.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When the Mandalorian learns his quarry is not only a child, but the people he's working for are intent on killing him, he double-crosses them, running off with the kid. He spends the rest of the first season protecting the Child, becoming a surrogate father to him.
  • Wretched Hive: The Mandalorian travels to the original on Tatooine in Episode 5, seeking a bounty. With Jabba dead and the Imperials clearly not welcome anymore, it's less wretched than it used to be; the local bartender says there just aren't any bounty hunting jobs near here as a result. Fortunately there are plenty of other crapholes in the galaxy to fill Mos Eisley's place.
  • You No Take Candle: The Jawas in Episode 2 hoot and holler at the Mandalorian when he tries to speak to them in their language, saying he sounds like a Wookiee. Subtitles show that the Mandalorian is using correct grammar, but it's a very simple sentence and it takes him some effort to put it together, hence their mockery.

"This is the way."


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