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Star Wars is in a galaxy far, far away, but that doesn't mean it's immune to reality, either.


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Prequel Trilogy

    General 
  • Anakin's story arc in general shows that someone raised as The Chosen One from an early age and being told of his importance, while also being told not to fall in love despite attraction to others, results in an immature, emotionally-stunted young man with a god complex.
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    The Phantom Menace 
  • Harsh as it may be, the Gungans are rather in the right about banishing Jar Jar from their underwater home. His clumsiness nearly destroyed them at one point and it would be better to send him away where he can do the least likely harm to his civilization.
  • During the pod race, it was established that Sebulba isn't above sabotaging pod racers and was likely the reason Anakin lost in a previous race. Not surprisingly he attempts to do so in the current race as well. His cheating ways ultimately catch up to him when he tries to ram his podracer into Anakin's. This results in their engines getting stuck and ultimately him crashing because he can't swerve away from an incoming rock once he gets unstuck. Considering he had the lead at the time, he might have had a chance if he had just raced normally.
  • The Jedi do have a point about their reservations in taking in Anakin for training. Jedi usually always start at a very young age when they're still fresh and don't have much to tie them down. Anakin, however, ended up leaving his mother behind because he was told he was destined for something greater, leaving his negative side to fester.
    • On the other hand, the Jedi's insistence on taking in younglings who haven't developed any attachments means that they have no idea how to properly counsel someone like Anakin, and their usual platitudes ("Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to use.") are of no help.
  • While the Gungans put up a fight and have all sorts of exotic alien technology like their shields, they are still no match for Trade Federation battle droids and especially droidekas in an open field. This is made even worse when one of the droids take out their shields, and they are even less of a match for Trade Federation tanks, at which point they either retreat or surrender. They only win this one because Anakin blew up the Trade Federation's control ship.
    • Side material explains that the Gungan Grand Army is a militia made and equipped to fight Naboo's gigantic underwater lifeforms while protecting their underwater cities. Here, however, they're fighting an army on the surface and in an open field, with their enemy being designed for exactly this kind of battle and greatly outnumbering them. That the Gungan resisted as long as they did is less about their valor and more a testament to the Trade Federation being too cheap to use quality droids for their main infantry and give them things such as hand grenades.

    Attack of the Clones 
  • Anakin shows how a young man with anger issues, a Dark and Troubled Past, and a Laser Blade would handle his mother and only family dying in front of him after days of torture while currently in the presence of her murderers. He slaughters them all in a Dark Side rage.
  • During the coliseum battle, Padmé, Anakin, and Obi-Wan manage to survive the monsters thrown at them, but are still stuck in a Separatist run facility to which they're surrounded by Separatist droids. The Jedi manage to infiltrate the building but are also outnumbered by the numerous droids and even with the Jedi's heightened senses, they can only deflect so long. The surviving ones are rounded up and are about to be executed when Yoda arrives with Clonetroopers to save them.
  • Despite being outnumbered two-to-one, Count Dooku is much more experienced than either Obi-Wan or Anakin and he manages to defeat both of them easily, even taking one of Anakin's hands. They might've been able to beat him if they had taken him on together like Obi-Wan suggested, but the overeager Anakin immediately tried to rush Dooku and got blasted with Force Lightning for his trouble, temporarily taking him out of the fight and leaving Obi-Wan to face the Sith Lord alone. The novelisation also notes that Obi-Wan and Anakin are exhausted out of both physical and mental stress and effort, after an almost hour-long battle, while Dooku is in top-notch form and prefectly serene.
  • A deleted scene showed one of the Trade Federation control ships being destroyed in orbit over Geonosis during that battle, and all of the battle droids on the planet powering down like they did in the previous film... for all of a second before backup control systems kick in and they continue the fight. No military in their right mind would just ignore an obvious, fatal weakness in their tactics or technology, after all, especially after another military force managed to defeat them by exploiting it.

    Revenge of the Sith 
  • Anakin learned his lesson from the last movie and fights Dooku with Obi-Wan instead of on his own. The fight goes much better that way. The novelization adds that Dooku still expected to be able to take them both on as easily as last time—only to realize that the two had naturally improved in the three years since they last fought and he's forced to split them up in order to stand more of a chance.
  • The Novelization shows that after Anakin has his first nightmare about Padmé dying, he gives up on sleep and uses the Force to sustain himself. While this does bolster his physical endurance, the sleep deprivation leaves him less and less able to think clearly, making him more vulnerable to Palpatine's manipulations.
  • Anakin is well aware of how vulnerable he is to his emotions particularly in his current crisis—bad enough he's still raw from having lost his mother to Tusken Raiders three years before, memories as traumatic as that don't go away easy, but his emotions had gotten the better of him in the immediate aftermath and so he still understands how his emotions can adversely affect his mindset—and so he actively seeks help from more experienced Jedi than he. Trouble is, the people he tries to turn to are either out of touch (Yoda), easily distracted by the war effort (Obi-Wan), or just plain disdainful of him (Mace). Unsurprisingly, he allies himself with Palpatine because, as far as he's aware, Palpatine's the only one to actively show him any sympathy regarding his troubles.
  • A particularly brutal example in the Order 66 montage. For all the supernatural prowess of the Jedi, they have a limit to what that they can handle alone. The clones take every possible advantage - taking them by surprise with overwhelming numbers, utilizing as much heavy firepower as possible, separating them from their comrades, keeping them surrounded and cornered, and maintaining the barrage until they're absolutely certain the target is dead. The result is that most of the Jedi are massacred, shot to death before they even know what's going on or blown to smithereens by vehicle-mounted weaponry. An entire legion of heavily armed clones with artillery support then sack and burn the Jedi Temple after killing everyone inside.
    • Furthermore, Palpatine and the clones do not assume that any given Jedi is dead after attacking them until they can find their bodies and confirm it beyond any doubt—when Commander Thire reports to Palpatine that they haven't found Yoda's body after their duel ended without any clear winner, Palpatine doesn't shrug and move on but instead orders the clones to double their efforts and Yoda has to escape Coruscant in secret. A fair bit of the expanded universe in both the current canon and in Legends follows Imperial efforts, especially those conducted by Darth Vader himself, to seek out and kill all the remaining Jedi—including ones not on the records such as Ezra Bridger and Luke Skywalker—rather than assume that their extermination campaign was completely successful during the events of Revenge of the Sith.
  • In the finale of their duel, Obi-Wan warns Anakin not to attack him from his position as Obi-Wan has the high ground. Indeed, the two were on a steep incline and trying to jump at Obi-Wan from that angle was foolhardy as it would take more energy to do the move before he can even try an offensive no matter how fast he was. Also considering the two were nearing exhaustion after fighting over a lava river, that was energy Anakin likely didn't have. Not to mention Obi-Wan having much more experience as well. Oh, and Obi-Wan himself came up with that move two movies ago, and is therefore able to devise a counterattack to said move. Regardless, Anakin thought he could make it...and ends up getting all his remaining organic limbs cut off for his trouble before he can even land.
  • After losing his limbs, Anakin slides down to the edge of the lava bank and bursts into flames despite not touching the lava itself, averting Convection Schmonvection. Prior to this, Obi-Wan and Anakin are able to avoid being burned in their duel by a combination of the Force and ray shields protecting the surfaces they fought on - notably, parts of the facility almost immediately started falling apart after damage to the control consoles disabled part of those shields - and even then, their Jedi tunics are covered in ash and singe marks by the end of the fight, so neither man came out unscathed.
  • The part about Padmé losing the will to live seems silly, but it is indeed crucial for childbirth as it can cause the body to fail if the mother's not emotionally stable, as was the case when Padmé was devastated that Anakin became a murderer just to save her and then further broken when he used the Force to psychically assault her. She also still managed to give birth to two healthy babies so she clearly hadn't completely lost the will to live, or at least maintained enough will to live long enough for her children. The novelization has a different example, where medical robots made for and by non-humanoid aliens missed internal injuries from a Force Choke and concluded the patient died for literally no reason.

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Original Trilogy

    General 
  • Luke Skywalker may be The Hero with pluck and righteousness on his side, but that's no substitute for training and experience. He first learns this in The Empire Strikes Back, when he's a half-trained Jedi student up against a Dark Lord of the Sith who is perfectly willing to fight dirty, and he ends up a hand short because of it. Similarly, in the climax of Return of the Jedi, when he proudly refuses to turn to The Dark Side, the Emperor responds with a blast of Force Lightning, an attack that Luke has no defense against. He would've died right then and there if not for Vader's Heel–Face Turn.
  • When the AT-AT first appears, it looks intimidating, fearsome, and unstoppable... right until a rebel snowspeeder demonstrates the drawbacks of long, ungainly legs. The same thing happens with the AT-ST in Return of the Jedi; two legs makes it even easier to be tripped.

    A New Hope 
  • As shown by Luke's horrified Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!. He realizes the Empire can (and does) track the droids from where they landed from their escape pod and traced where they've been, ultimately leading them to Luke's aunt and uncle, whom the Empire kill without remorse, and as Obi-Wan points out, Luke would've been dead, too, if he'd arrived at the scene any earlier, and only survived the massacre because the Empire had already left the scene by the time he'd shown up.
  • Bullying someone just because you can and claiming you're likewise a killer will never, ever end well, as Dr. Cornelius Evazan and his companion Ponda Baba found out the hard way when they hassled Luke just because "they didn't like him" and Baba went home short an arm because of it via Obi-Wan.
  • When the Jedi were exterminated, Obi-Wan was one of the few who were left, and being on the run for nearly 20 years, he only had a single spare power cell for his lightsaber, so of course his lightsaber would flicker during his duel with Darth Vader.
  • Despite Obi-Wan and Vader both having been extremely powerful Jedi two decades ago, age has more or less caught up to them (as well as Vader's crippling injuries) and they can't move quite as gracefully as they did in their prime. And while Rogue One shows that Vader can and will plow through blaster-wielding mooks easily, neither Obi-Wan or Vader knows what new tricks the other has learned in the intervening time since their duel on Mustafar, so they're both tentative and guarded in their fighting.
  • Han initially doesn't want anything to do with the Rebellion or the Empire. He was offered a job by Obi-Wan for a big payout and that was it. Once his job was done and he got what he wanted, he had planned to leave and not look back. It was only conscience that caused him to come to the Rebellion's aid at a critical moment.
  • Unfortunately for the heroes, the guards in the Death Star are not incompetent. The commander in the prison block does not automatically accept Han and Luke's claim that Chewbacca is a prisoner being transferred to his block since he obviously would've been notified about all prison transfers beforehand, and goes to double-check it with his superiors. Then when the trio starts a firefight to gain control of the block, the commotion is noticed by Central Command, leading Ensign Toos to send a squad of Stormtroopers to investigate, and Han's clumsy attempts to bluff them only makes the Imperial Ensign more suspicious and causes him to demand that he identify himself.
  • Insulting a superior’s religion to their face is a bad idea, especially when said superior has Psychic powers, just ask Conan Antonio Motti. He gets force choked for his trouble and it’s only because of Tarkin he survives this.

    The Empire Strikes Back 
  • A New Hope deals with The Empire discovering the location of the secret Rebel base on Yavin 4, and their attempt to destroy the planet with the Death Star. Luke blows up the Death Star and saves the planet, but nevertheless The Empire Strikes Back starts with the Rebels having fled Yavin and hiding out on Hoth. Even if the Empire doesn't have the capability to destroy the planet outright anymore, they still know where it is now and have conventional forces which the Rebellion don't have the numbers or resources to beat in a stand-up fight, so they needed to evacuate and find a new hideout. Indeed, non-film content confirms that there was a ground battle on Yavin 4 after the Death Star was destroyed and that the Rebels lost.
  • Plot Armor obviously doesn't exist in real-life and it doesn't for most fictional characters, either. The radio adaptation of Empire Strikes Back opens with a Rebel convoy led by one Arhul Narra being ambushed by a flight of at least twenty TIE fighters. Badly outnumbered and with only a small fighter escort to protect the transports loaded with desperately-needed supplies for the Rebel base on Hoth, it's a Curb-Stomp Battle in the Empire's favor and everyone in the convoy is quickly killed.note 
  • When Vader Force chokes his subordinates to death, he has valid points in doing so. Admiral Ozzel was a screwup who only got as high up in the Imperial Navy as he did because of his connections; it was only a matter of time before Vader lost his patience with him. As for Captain Needa, the Millennium Falcon had escaped on his watch, and it was such a spectacular screwup that Needa felt the best option was to personally apologize to Vader for losing the Falcon. As Vader strongly implies in the next film, he was right, because there would be blood regardless and in taking the action he did Needa was able to limit the number of casualties relating to the failure to himself.
  • Lando does have a point in betraying Han to Vader. He's the leader of a city and the Empire will no doubt lay waste to it if he refuses their demands. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and though it hurt to sell Han out, the lives of millions were more important.
  • That said, when he does have a change of heart after Vader "alters the deal" (meaning Vader would likely go back on his word about sparing Cloud City; the Empire isn't exactly trustworthy, after all, considering what happened to Alderaan) and tries to help Leia and Chewie, the two are understandably pissed at him and want nothing to do with his help at first. They only relent since Lando knows his way around Cloud City to get around the Stormtroopers and can operate the Millennium Falcon better than they can.
  • And about Vader "altering the deal" — if you make a deal with someone and then move the goalposts whenever it suits you, don't be surprised when that someone finally says "screw it" and turns on you. It goes even further in the radio adaptation: before ordering Leia and Chewie to be taken to his ship, before using Han as a guinea pig for the carbonite, even before being told that Han is being given to Boba Fett and Leia and Chewie will be under house arrest indefinitely, Lando wasn't told or cool with Han being tortured by Vader's men and complains about this to Fett.
  • During the duel between Luke and Vader, while Luke is able to get a few good hits in and even surprise Vader at times, he's still just a newbie with only a few days of training at most, and the training that he did have didn't include lightsaber sparring. Vader, meanwhile, is not only more experienced in both lightsaber combat and using the Force, but he also chose the battlefield for the duel and he uses it to his advantage, allowing him to set up ambushes to keep Luke off-balance. It shouldn't be any surprise that the duel ends with Luke missing a hand and hanging over a pit.
  • Luke naturally is in a bit of distress to learn Darth Vader is his father. Not only because he just lost an arm (to Vader, at that), but because he always believed that his father was a hero killed in the Clone Wars. So this new information hits him like a ton of bricks and, despite Vader trying desperately to forge a We Can Rule Together, he chooses death since... well, why would you go with someone you don't even know despite that claim? Especially since they just tried to kill you not moments before.

    Return of the Jedi 
  • Han coming out of the carbonite is akin to coming out of a coma. He's very disoriented and having his eyes closed for a very long time means it takes awhile for his eyesight to return in full.
  • Jabba may be a dangerous criminal but that's only because he has more capable people working for him and ruling through influence. Jabba himself is nothing more than a fat, lazy, gluttonous slug-like creature who's pretty much incapable of fighting. Once an opportunity presents itself, Leia manages to easily strangle him to death using just her chain, with him barely able to fight back and all of his henchmen focused on the more obvious lightsaber-wielding threat.
  • Unbelievable as it is, the Ewoks overpowering the Stormtroopers wouldn't be quite as silly as you think. The Endor forest is their home, so of course they would be able to know where to set up ambushes and use the surroundings to their advantage, allowing them to get the drop on their enemies despite their better firepower. As Han says in the radio version, "It's their turf and their ambush—makes all the difference."
    • It also shows why most real-world militaries have introduced some form of camouflage into their uniforms since guerrilla warfare became the norm; it's not that hard for the enemy to get the drop on you when you're all dressed in high-contrast white-on-black in dense woods.
    • On the flip side, the movie shows that not all of the Ewok's primitive weapons and techniques were effective, especially when used against the AT-STs. Trying to take down a Walking Tank with rocks thrown from a catapult or by trying to trip it up with some rope that's only held up by a couple of small teddy bears goes about as well as you'd expect.
    • The tide of the ground battle really starts to turn once Chewie and two Ewoks commandeer an AT-ST (and, if you look close, you can see at least one Ewok has picked up a stormtrooper blaster rifle). Knowledge of terrain and trapmaking skills are well and good, but parity of weapons' systems is the deciding factor of most battles.
  • In the space battle, the Imperial flotilla outnumbers and outguns the Rebel fleet, and they have the advantage by far from the start. The only reason the Rebels don't try and run is that they have to win this and destroy the Death Star before it's completed.
    • On the flip side, the Imperial fleet doesn't press the advantage due to Palpatine's orders, as he plans to destroy the Rebel fleet one ship at a time with the Death Star's superlaser. A civilian taking tactical decisions for a fleet isn't likely to know what he's doing, and in fact, these orders are what allow the Rebels to fight back, even using the Imperial ships as shields from the Death Star and taking down the Executor.
  • Luke managing to beat Vader is again due to age difference; sure, Vader is likely holding back and has the experience, but Luke is working through his emotions at this point and when enraged is able to strike much harder and faster than Vader can block, ultimately costing Vader his arm.
    • Vader's age and injuries also show in his body language: when Luke starts overpowering him, Vader falls to one knee and has to grab onto a nearby railing to support himself. This puts Luke into an even stronger attacking position as a young man in his prime standing above a crippled cyborg twice his age and using powerful two-handed swings to boot while Vader can only block using one hand, which anyone even vaguely familiar with how swordfighting works will tell you is meant for speed and maneuverability, not power strikes or defense. Predictably, Vader can only block for a few more seconds before Luke forces his lightsaber out of the way and cuts off his other hand.
  • Despite Vader managing to toss the Emperor to his doom, Palpatine was waving around Force Lightning when he did it. This struck the life support system in his suit, which was the only thing keeping him alive. He dies shortly after, and he and Luke agree that he'll die with his mask off, looking at his son, because even with the mask still on his death from electrocution is imminent due to his having taken the full blast of Palpatine's final shot of Force Lightning.
  • When Vader is unmasked, he's very pale and sickly looking. Having spent the majority of his adulthood in his suit which operated as a life support system and not being exposed to the sun much, it's understandable why he looks like that.
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Sequel Trilogy

    The Force Awakens 
  • Even though the Sith Lord and his apprentice are killed, that doesn't mean the Dark Side is well and truly dead. There will always be others who will give in to its seduction. And the one that does may be your own son or nephew.
  • Yes, Palpatine is dead. Yes, his Empire is a mere shadow of its former self. However, this doesn't mean it's given up its ambitions of galactic domination. The Rebels won and the Empire itself was reduced into a mere rump state, with the New Republic being the current dominant galactic power. However, various ex-Imperial officers fled with their fleets into the Unknown Regions, eventually reforming into the First Order, which is less a direct continuation of the Empire, and more of a cult that idolizes its worst excesses (even the Knights of Ren don't seem to have any direct connection to the old Sith Order, other than trying to emulate a Darth Vader they only vaguely understand).
  • There's a big difference between having a lightsaber and knowing how to use it. Finn kills one trooper but gets his ass kicked by a second who has a stun baton and actual training with his weapon. The same thing happens when he tries to fight Kylo Ren, who knows how to wield a lightsaber and has the powers of the Dark Side; other than managing to land one hit to Ren’s armnote , it's a Curb-Stomp Battle for Ren. And that hit? Also realistic. He had melee training and Kylo was injured. Rey doesn't fare much better when she uses it to fight Ren even with the Force backing her up, barely overpowering him before the planet's collapse forces the fight to end.
  • The loss of a child frequently leads to the end of marriages/relationships. Han and Leia still love each other, but the emotional damage was too much for both of them.
  • Badass Made of Iron Force user or not, being shot is painful and debilitating, as Kylo Ren finds out the hard way. It's how Rey was able to get the upper hand on him during the climax; while Ren was much better than her, he was having to work through a blaster shot wound, and she wasn't.
  • Precognition is an utterly broken power and saves Kylo Ren's life multiple times. It is less helpful if you're too stressed to pay attention to its warnings. Which is exactly how he gets shot.
  • Realizing both Rey's potential and the fact that she's overcoming him, Kylo Ren desperately offers to train her in the ways of the Sith, possibly believing his earlier Pet the Dog moments towards her would cause her to at least consider it. After everything he put her through, Rey isn't willing to entertain the idea.
  • Stormtrooper FN-2187 sees combat for the first time and realizes that he is, in fact, working for an Evil Empire who sees him only as an expendable Mook. He then heroically goes to break out the Resistance prisoner because it's the right thing to do, right? Actually, he just wanted a pilot to get him off-base and his initial plan had been to get as far away from the First Order as possible. Just because someone performs a Heel–Face Turn, doesn't automatically mean they'll be willing to fight against their former employer.
  • Kylo Ren is convinced that murdering his father Han Solo will make him stronger in the Dark Side of the Force by suppressing his love for his family and the call of the Light Side that it causes. It doesn't work.
  • Even though Anakin Skywalker died redeeming himself and became one with the Force, some of the dialogue makes it clear that most of the galaxy still sees him as the evil Darth Vader and remembers him for the terrible things he did. (The fact that only his son Luke saw his redemption doesn't help.)
  • Likewise, the rebellion's leadership learning of Luke and Leia's heritage cast them off and sent them to an early retirement. If it leaked that the heroes of the rebellion were Darth Vader's children there's no telling what kind of political backlash it could cause. Neither of them mind however, as Luke wanted to rebuild the Jedi order unchained by politics, and Leia just wanted to queitly retire to a peaceful life with Han.

    The Last Jedi 
  • In general, the film dedicates itself to subverting common tropes or playing them out realistically. The sort of Indy Ploy that has worked in the original trilogy and gets emulated here won't necessarily produce the same result. If anything, it actually makes things worse.
  • What happens when the dominant political power in the setting decides to almost completely dismantle its military, on the grounds that they are at peace and have no need of one? The very first faction that manages to assemble one in secret proceeds to waltz in and conquer everything effortlessly, of course.
    • Technically, the New Republic did not dismantle its military, but simply divided it up between its members so as to prevent the central government from having overwhelming military superiority over the rest of the galaxy in case a new Palpatine rose to control it while still being ready to implement a control structure to lead it against a possible threat. But when said central government is destroyed in the first shot, the member states immediately lose cohesion and fail to join against the new threat.
  • Finn trying to hide his luggage in the escape pod from Rose just makes her more curious as to why he's behaving oddly. When she sees the luggage, she quickly turns against him and tasers him unconscious.
  • Rey's parentage. Based on her resemblance to Leia, fans initially assumed she was a Skywalker, when in fact Kylo Ren is Han and Leia's only child. Similarly, when Rogue One was announced, many assumed that Jyn would prove to be Rey's mother, which was also shown not to be the case. In The Last Jedi, Ren tells Rey that her parents were long-dead alcoholic junk-rats who sold their own daughter into slavery for booze money. Then in The Rise of Skywalker, it turns out one of her parents was actually Palpatine's child; they sold her to keep her hidden when her grandfather came looking for her. Either way, Rey blocked out that memory and was hoping for some other Changeling Fantasy in order to not confront that Awful Truth, something her parents would have hoped for. In Real Life, there is no reason why the central protagonist of one movie must be the offspring or protege of the previous protagonist. That said, that doesn't mean one can't make a difference regardless of upbringing.
  • Even if one is the "best fighter pilot the Resistance has," disobeying a direct order from your Commander-in-Chief won't get you a hero's welcome. Poe's demotion is the least he should have expected and had they not immediately been put back into a fight, he probably would have gotten some brig time as well.
  • The above entry regarding the Rebels having evacuated Yavin Base repeats itself with La Résistance clearing out of D'Qar. Poe and his fighters may have stopped Starkiller Base from obliterating the system, but the First Order can still attack with more conventional means (in fact, they do so before our heroes have finished evacuating).
  • Poe is a dashing pilot, but he's a dashing maverick pilot who just sacrificed their entire bomber compliment to destroy what at the time was an unnecessary objective, and he disobeyed orders to do so. For obvious reasons, Holdo does not trust him.
  • Leia survives the vacuum of space by using the Force. That means she's alright, right? Wrong. She slips into a coma from the effort, and even after she recovers from her coma, she's still in worse physical shape than before, resulting in her death in The Rise of Skywalker when she uses another Force ability to intervene in a duel between her son and Rey.
  • Finn and Rose sneak aboard the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy and disguise BB-8 by putting a trash bin on top of him, mirroring Luke and Han's original Indy Ploy in sneaking aboard the Death Star in A New Hope. Unfortunately, they're easily spotted (by a random droid, named BB-9E) and caught. The only thing that stops them from being executed is Admiral Holdo ramming the Supremacy with the Raddus going into hyperjump.
  • Leia actually had a plan all along, and her substitute, Holdo, was following it instead of blindly floundering like Poe thought. After all, any experienced military leader knows about command continuity. Similarly, it turns out that under most circumstances, small ragtag rebel forces survive best by running and hiding, rather than dramatically attacking the numerically superior forces of The Empire directly and taking horrendous casualties for long-shot objectives.
  • What does the Resistance accomplish by sending out a fleet of outdated, under-equipped speeders against the First Order's entire fleet of upgraded AT-ATs? Absolutely nothing. The speeders are annihilated, none of the AT-ATs even get a scratch on them, and the First Order's plan to use the mini-Death Star goes off without a hitch. Only the sudden arrival of the Millennium Falcon, in tandem with the Astral Projection of Luke, saves the Resistance from complete annihilation. It actually comes off as worse than the infamous Curb-Stomp Battle on Hoth in the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Rey allows herself to be captured by Ren in hopes of convincing Ren to give up the Sith and turn him around. However, this turns to be a very foolhardy move since, while she does have some more experience with the Force, she's barely even got a grasp of the basics. Painfully demonstrated when she's brought before Snoke who gleefully showcases how he outmatches her in power and could kill her himself if he wished.
  • Kylo kills Snoke, but he's not turning back to the light. He just thought he could do a better job. As Sith do. Of course, even after using a clever trick to blindside Snoke and forcibly taking the reins of the First Order, he quickly demonstrates that he's still as impulsive, erratic and emotional as he was before. One clever trick and a successful coup does not make a powerful villain.
  • Finn and Rose find a shady, amoral codebreaker who they persuade to help them against the First Order. They find out that just because a guy is charming and does something nice like return Rose's necklace, it doesn't mean he's a rogue with a heart of gold. Instead, as soon as they're caught, he sells them out to the First Order and gives up the fleeing Rebel ships, all for a pile of money. Also, that guy was their second choice, after they failed to get near the guy Maz apparently sent them to find because they have absolutely no idea how to act and stick out like sore thumbs on a fancy casino world. (That, and the fact that they either didn't know or didn't care about Canto Bight's parking laws got them arrested.)
    • Codebreakers who could do the job? Plentiful. Codebreakers who can do the job and are trustworthy? Much rarer.
  • A novice Force Sensitive with only two basic lessons under their belt and otherwise only their gut to rely on when it comes to their abilities is really going to struggle against a master of the Force. When Rey faces Snoke, she is clearly immediately over her head, and her every attempt to turn the situation fails. If Kylo Ren hadn't turned on Snoke, she would have been killed.
  • The New Republic has just been dealt a devastating blow when Starkiller Base destroys the Hosnian System and crippling the galaxy's leadership, surely leaving the entire galaxy in chaos. Even if the Starkiller Base is destroyed, the First Order is still a force to be reckoned with, with mighty starfleets that span across the galaxy, while the Resistance has much less (they're in a worse state than the Rebel Alliance in Empire era, in comparison). So towards the end of the film, nobody shows up to help the Resistance during their Darkest Hour. Any chance of victory is impossible, and they'd rather save their forces to defend themselves rather than sending them on a lost cause of helping the Resistance.
  • Snoke manipulates Kylo by playing on his insecurities and challenging him to be better, as well as creating the Force Bond between Kylo and Rey, but it works too well and Kylo turns on him. Actual abusers, extremist leaders, and cult leaders may struggle to keep their victims in line, and even master manipulators may slip up.
  • Ben Solo was a conflicted teenager separated from his parents for a lengthy amount of time, idolized his grandfather Darth Vader, and falling under the influence of the Dark Side. Naturally, when he wakes up to see his loving uncle standing over him with a lightsaber in his hand, he will feel betrayed by one of the only people who could help him avoid his temptations and want to kill him out of pure rage and hatred.
    • Related to this, the last time Luke had felt the Dark Side’s presence so strongly was when Darth Sidious was torturing him to death. Luke Skywalker has always had a tendency to act impulsively when he’s afraid, and while it was never shown, it’s entirely possible that he developed PTSD or something similar from the events aboard the Death Star II. He drew his lightsaber out of pure instinct because he was mentally reliving that moment, and has regretted that one single moment ever since, going so far as to isolate himself from his best friend and sister due to the guilt he feels over Ben’s fall from grace.
  • When Rey finds Luke and tries to convince him to fight the First Order, he makes a point that one Jedi isn't going to instantly dismantle them. Jedi are powerful but still mortal, not to mention Luke has likewise aged by this point in the story and suffering PTSD from failing Ren, so he's not in the best of shape for a confrontation. At most he does train Rey to focus her power for a bit and comes to the aid of the Resistance via a astral projection to distract Ren and buy time for them to escape. However the latter action taxes his body so heavily that, when he feels he's done all he can and dispels the projection, he ultimately passes away.
  • The bombing run on the First Order dreadnought. Despite looking cool, there should be no reason the Resistance bombers are grouped so close together. Of course when one explodes, in such close proximity it caused a Disaster Dominoes effect on the others.
    • Of course, the reason to be so close is that they can mutually support one another. The problem is that the bombers in question are coming into contested space, and heavy bombers like the Star Fortress do far better when operating in areas where the only fighters are their own. The fact that any of them made it through to the target at all is a testament to the endurance of the craft, and an insane amount of luck on their part.
  • A craft like the Resistance Bombers is designed entirely to deliver as much explosive to the craft as possible. Despite being in space it has significant mass from all the ordenance and thus is slow and it's essentially a piloted bomb, making even glacing hits from the enemy potentially fatal. Such a craft needs to have heavy fighter support or it's going to get shot down. The fact that the Resistance had a tiny fraction of the number of fighters the First Order had to bring up against them is why so many of the Bombers were destroyed.
  • If you are a leader of an organization thrust into what looks like an utterly hopeless situation and make no attempt to show the people you are leading that you have a plan to get them out of this (especially if you actually do) even in passing without going into details those people are going to try to go around you to find a way out or even mutiny on you. Which as Holdo found out, might end up screwing up the actual plan you did have. Soldiers are trained to follow orders but they aren't mindless drones and will turn against their leaders if they make it appear as though they are just going to die pointlessly.

    The Rise of Skywalker 
  • Rey and Kylo Ren's duel on Kef Bir proves once and for all that in a straight up fight with Kylo not being affected by Drama-Preserving Handicap, Rey stood no chance against him. She may have held out against him better than most, but since she's still technically just a Jedi Padawan who received little formal training, eventually she becomes exhausted from exerting too much energy and Force powers while Kylo, an experienced Force user with years of training over her, is able to hold his ground while barely breaking a sweat. After a brief duel, Kylo has Rey at his mercy. It takes Leia's intervention at the last second to distract Kylo long enough for Rey to stab him while his guard is down.
    • Kylo is also able to keep the upper hand because he kept his cool in a fight for once while Rey fought in a blind rage, showing that blind rage will not automatically win you a fight, will tire you out and make you sloppy. Basically, Rey made the same mistakes Kylo did in their previous duel on Starkiller Base.
  • After the fight, Kylo throws away his initial lightsaber in rejection of the Dark Side. All well and dandy, except when he returns to Exegol, he's confronted by his former Knights of Ren and only has a blaster which, against trained former Jedi, isn't going to do much good. He's only saved when Rey uses their Dyad power to transport Anakin's lightsaber for him to use.
  • The threat of complete destruction by the Final Order is able to do what the Battle of Crait could not: Unite the entire galaxy's population against the Sith. Palpatine wanted to rule the galaxy through fear but ultimately the fear of not fighting him outweighed fear of what he could do.
  • Our heroes learn that La Résistance has a mole feeding them information from within the First Order — and it's the militantly loyal General Hux. Has he suddenly had a Heel–Face Turn motivating him to help the good guys? Nope — he's just trying to sabotage his hated rival Kylo Ren.
    Hux: I don't care if you win. I just need Kylo Ren to lose.
  • And unfortunately for General Hux, there's a reason why Enric Pryde reached the rank of Allegiant General: he's too smart to just buy Hux's story of being coerced by the Resistance and almost immediately executes him as a spy.
  • The planet-killers on the new Star Destroyers. New advancements in technology means that more firepower can be crammed into a smaller package, but they're still so much smaller than the Death Star that they can't just blow up a planet outright like it could (think of it like how guns are often shrunken down, less powerful equivalents of cannons). Unfortunately, they can still cause so much damage, shearing away part of the planet's crust, that the outcome is effectively the same for anyone still on the planet.
  • The novelization makes it clear that Leia's usage of the force in the previous film to save herself ultimately did fatal damage to her body.

Anthology Films

    Rogue One 
  • In a general sense, the film shows that the the Rebellion, instead of the steadfast, unified good guys from the Original Trilogy, we get a glimpse of the actual inner workings in this movie, and it's not all that pretty or clean cut. Justified in that the Rebellion has only started working together as a single coherent entity in the past couple of years, instead of localized and independent movements with varying goals. For instance, Saw Gerrera's Partisans are extremist to the point that the Alliance is reluctant to touch them with a ten-foot pole.
  • The reality that a Rebellion often has to do things that would be considered morally and ethically questionable, even wrong to accomplish their goals. Assassination, sabotage, and bombings are the necessities the Rebellion needs to undertake in order to score hits against the Empire without losing irreplaceable forces of their own. Cas even goes so far as to murder an informant to aid his escape, knowing he'd break under interrogation if captured. Compared to the more clean-cut Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy, the Alliance in Rogue One is shown using tactics more akin to the IRA or Taliban.
  • We get to see some internal workings of the Empire as well. The Empire is a huge organization. This means that they are open to infiltration and security breaches and that there will be members who cannot stomach the brutality like cargo pilot Bodhi. Also, Krennic should have expected repercussions for the security breaches that happened on his watch, considering how little patience for failure the Empire is known to have. He is lucky to be alive at all.
  • Scarif's garrison including its two Star Destroyers are out of practice and not expecting any serious threat. The Rebellion punches well above their weight on both the ground and in space as a result. Those tables are turned quickly when Vader's flagship Devastator arrives. With forces already damaged and depleted the Rebellion stands no chance against a crack, fully alert Star Destroyer.
  • The Force has certainly shown the ability for Jedi and Force Sensitive individuals to dodge, deflect and misdirect shots from blaster wielders but there's very little most force sensitives can do against the lethal concussive force of a nearby explosion, as Chirrut found out.
  • Jyn gives the Rebels a Rousing Speech, trying to motivate them into mobilizing the Rebel Fleet so they can get the Death Star plans in the wake of Jedha's destruction. It fails, as from their perspective, Jyn is a criminal, and a daughter of a known Imperial collaborator. She also has no solid proof that Death Star actually existed as she did not recover her father's message in her rush to escape Jedha. And much of the Rebel leadership has lost hope and is considering surrendering knowing that they are up against a weapon that could kill all of them in one swift stroke. Despite this, however, some of the Rebels who are already eager to take the fight back to the Empire decide to sneak away with her, forming the titular Rogue One.
    • That said, once they head for the satellite, they know it's a suicide mission. They're only a handful of people against just a fraction of a larger army and horribly outgunned. It doesn't take long for them to get picked off one by one once the mission starts (albeit mostly in Heroic Sacrifice) and they just barely are able transmit the plans to the others before Darth Vader and Empire reinforcements arrive, leading to the following below.
  • The Empire continues to use large, outdated data tapes for the same reason some firms use them even today: security. Specifically, the security offered by physical, offline storage systems that were considered state of the art in 1977. It takes Jyn and Cassian a quite bit of time and effort to retrieve the Death Star plans from the central computer on Scarif precisely because of how hilariously outdated it is, and for the exact same reason they very nearly get caught in the act.
  • As the Rebels try to keep the Death Star plans away from Darth Vader while they transfer over to the Tantive IV, the delivery man - who is reasonably scared for his life - is stuck on Vader's side of the door, begging his allies on the other side to open it up instead of just handing the plans through the crack in the door. He doesn't do the latter until he's the last man standing between Vader and the door, knowing that he's a dead man.

    Solo 
  • During the escape from the gang members with his then girlfriend, Qi'ra, Han tries to drive his hovercraft through a narrow alley by tilting it to lose his pursuers. It works...until the craft ends up slowed down and ultimately wedged on the sides of the buildings, forcing the two to leave it and continue to a ship port on foot.
  • Han ends up punished for speaking out against the Empire and "desertion" to which he's thrown into a pit where Chewbacca is being held as a way for him to be executed. He would've been killed right there, if he didn't know Chewie's language — which, lucky for him, he did, allowing him to convince Chewie they can escape together. Considering Chewie had no love for the Empire, it didn't take much to be convinced of the plan.
  • During the train heist, one of the Cloud Riders makes it onto Rio's ship and shoots him in the shoulder. He seems to shrug it off as Just a Flesh Wound and even claims he's okay, but Tobias can tell from the way the ship is wobbling over the train that he's Obviously Not Fine. Han manages to make his way onto the ship and sees the wound is much more severe then it looks. Just as Han takes over flying the ship, Rio passes away.
  • Also on the train heist, the Cloud Riders have the train compartment teetered with their cables and Han, Tobias and Chewie's cables hooked onto their ship. Due to this, the ship the protagonists are using can't go any higher and are threatened with flying into a mountain. Despite Tobias's orders, Han doesn't hesitate to cut the cables as losing the goods is better then losing their lives in a game of tug of war with their opponents.
  • Han tries to take on Lando in a game of Sabacc for the Millennium Falcon. It's pretty even until the last hand where Lando manages to beat him. However Han noticed something during the match but can't say anything due to present matters. At the end of the film, they play again, this time with Han taking away the card Lando had hidden away having noticed it the first time. When forced to play fair, Lando ends up losing. You can only cheat for so long after all.
  • During the secondary heist, the heroes create a breakout to complete their objective, causing a fire fight among the guards and prisoners. During this fight, Lando's droid partner, L-3, wanders out in the midst of the lasers yelling about revolution... and ends up shot by a stray laser which severely damages her. Lando likewise ends up clipped trying to pull her away.
  • After the Kessel job, Lando is none too pleased that his prized ship ended up busted and makes it clear he wants nothing to do with Han once the delivery is finished. When the Cloud Riders make a sudden appearance to the group, he instantly flies off, not even bothering to get his share of the profits and leaving Han, Tobias, Chewie and Qi'ra to fend for themselves.
  • Qi'ra and Han had planned to flee together to make a new life away from thievery. However just when they were about to board the ship off the planet, Qi'ra was captured by their pursuers with Han being forced to leave her behind. They wouldn't see each other again until three years later, but by that point they've taken different paths in life and things have changed. They try to pick up their romance, but when it becomes clear Qi'ra only cares about her own ambitions and willingly sells out Han. Han ultimately gives up on her.
  • In the climax, Han and Tobias face off in a duel. Tobias lectures Han all the while, though readies his pistol expecting Han to listen through his monologue and get the drop on him. Han however, fires while he's still talking and kills him on the spot. Tobias even compliments Han for taking the advantage as he dies.
  • Considering that Han is running with professional criminals and crime lords, the amount of times that he is betrayed makes sense.
  • As in A New Hope, when the Cloud Riders, having been revealed to be a cell of the Rebellion, ask Han to join them, he refuses, not wanting anything to do with the fight against the Empire. Considering he used to work for them, it's understandable.

Cartoons

    The Clone Wars 
  • When properly used, artillery is utterly devastating against a force of tanks and infantry that has no artillery support of its own, as shown in the pilot movie when a battery of four cannons started massacring a Separatist column from afar. To his credit, the Separatist commander Whorm Loathsom immediately retreated to regroup as soon as he realized what was happening, and didn't come back until he could protect his troops with an expanding theatre shield impervious to the cannons' shells.
  • Sometimes, clone troopers are seen attacking battle droids bare-handed when either in close-quarters or they are out of ammo, but will end up spraining their hands doing so and then in worst-case scenarios, getting shot.
  • In "Rising Malevolence", the Clones inside Plo Koon's escape pod receive immediate medical treatment as soon as they are rescued. Due to their armor only offering a little bit of vaccuum protection and the escape pod already suffering some damage from the pod hunter crushing it, they're likely suffering from hypoxia. Plo is only in much better shape due to the fact he doesn't breathe oxygen.
  • The Clone Troopers may have been raised to be soldiers from birth, but they are still human beings. In the case of Sergeant Slick, he started to realize the Clones were essentially slaves and betrayed his brothers in a misguided attempt to free them. Cut Lawquane deserted during the Battle of Geonosis (his first foray into actual war) when it became apparent that he would die if he stayed and fought.
  • "Storm Over Ryloth":
    • If you make a habit of bucking the rules and disobeying orders, as Anakin does, don't be surprised if your Padawan takes that lesson to heart and has it backfire on them. Anakin clearly recognizes that he's partly to blame for Ahsoka's mistake.
    • Ahsoka may have been put in charge of a fighter squadron, but she's still only a teenager. As such, she's shell-shocked by the deaths her mistake caused. When Anakin thrusts the responsibility of rescuing him on her during the second attempt to break the blockade not long after, she's initially afraid to go along with his plan because she's afraid she'll make another fatal mistake.
  • Similar to "Storm Over Ryloth", Ahsoka shows she's still not quite ready to be leading troops in "Holocron Heist", and her refusal to follow orders almost gets her and her forces killed on Felucia. While Ahsoka only got off with a scolding at Ryloth due to the dire circumstances at the time, she gets assigned to guard the Jedi Archives as punishment after they get back to Coruscant since she's currently not in an urgent situation.
  • A few episodes in the series' second and third seasons show that using a lightsaber is not the same as knowing how to fight with one:
    • In "Holocron Heist", the Clawdite Bounty Hunter Cato Parasiti infiltrates the Jedi Temple to help Cad Bane steal a holocron. When Ahsoka comes across her, she's disguised as Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu and they get into a lightsaber fight. However, as noted by one of the episode documentaries, Cato's put on the defensive due to her lack of experience with a lightsaber and is trying to avoid accidentally cutting herself, as compared to a conventional sword, lightsabers naturally have less weight and the blade can cut through almost any material from any angle with little-to-no external force applied. The fight ends when Ahsoka Force pulls a chair into her path and trips her over, something a Jedi would be able to reflexively avoid. As Ahsoka points out, "[Cato] may have Madame Jocasta's shape, but not her skill."
    • In "Lightsaber Lost", Ahsoka loses her lightsaber to a pickpocket, and it eventually circulates into the hands of killers. The last person to get the lightsaber, Cassie Cryar, has trouble knowing how to turn it on until partway through the Chase Scene. Even further, when another Jedi, Tera Sinube — a seemingly slow and kooky old man — ambushes her, he manages to knock the stolen lightsaber out of her hand with ease.
    • Cad Bane is one of the deadliest non-Force-sensitive characters in the show. However, at the end of "Hunt for Ziro", during a duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos, he manages to get a hold of the latter's lightsaber, but only gets to wield it for a second before getting it knocked out of his hand. Being a Badass Normal doesn't make one an Instant Expert with every weapon they get their hands on.
    • Even individuals who have had modifications or enough years to practice wielding lightsabers such as General Grievous and Pre Vizsla are at a major disadvantage when fighting against Jedi or Sith. They may be the Jedi/Sith's equal in swordplay for one minute before being taken down by the Force. Even during the duel between Darth Maul and Pre Vizsla - where Vizsla used his entire arsenal while Maul deliberately held back his powers to impress his Mandalorian audience - Maul ultimately came out on top.
      • Grievous knows that-and uses every advantage he can to keep the Jedi from using the Force and mentally wear them down. That's how he killed so many of them-and why, in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan makes short work of him in the initial duel: he was so used to him that Grievous' tricks didn't work anymore.
  • Contrasting with previous depictions of the Mandalorians, a culture built around being a Proud Warrior Race does not allow much room for political stability, especially with the gradual cultural evolutions.
    • A Proud Warrior Race can't survive without non-warriors who are producing supplies and equipment. And if that race both abuses its non-warrior members and ravages the environment of its home-world to fuel its war machine, eventually, the non-warriors will get fed up with them and get rid of them. This leads to the pacifistic New Mandalorian society.
    • Pacifist does not mean "doormat". Even though the New Mandalorians have taken a stance of peace and neutrality during the Clone Wars, they still retain some facets of their old warrior culture for security and law enforcement. Likewise, Duchess Satine Kryze, well aware that there are people who want to kill her for her ideals, carries a deactivator pistol in case someone sends assassin droids after her.
    • Conversely, being an Actual Pacifist doesn't do much for your popularity when you're traditionally a warrior culture or when you run into people that will see "pacifist" and think "target", as Satine Kryze and her New Mandalorian faction finds out during the Mandalore arc. First off, Death Watch, a nationalist terrorist group unhappy with the changes, emerges to bring Mandalore back to its roots, under the pretense that the shift to pacifism weakens them and robs them of their cultural identity. Initially, like most terrorist groups, the Death Watch isn't as popular with the people as they think, since few of the people have any interest in being warriors just for the sake of it (and that mindset nearly destroyed them before, which is what led to the pacifist government in the first place), and rely on political subterfuge to get what they want with Count Dooku's counsel, such as trying to provoke a Republic occupation on the neutral planet to make the Death Watch look like heroes. When this fails, Dooku makes it clear to Pre Vizsla that if he were to try to take Mandalore without the people's approval or a bigger "bad guy" threatening them, his rule would only last for a day. When Viszla and the Death Watch finally make their move to overthrow the government with the assistance of Black Sun, the Pyke Syndicate, Darth Maul, and Savage Opress, the Mandalorian police prove to be completely inadequate at attempting to fight them off, while the Death Watch coming in to "save the day" from the terrifying criminals have the people's support due to saving them in contrast to the seemingly incompetent and helpless New Mandalorians.
    • Once Darth Maul takes the throne after executing Vizsla, their society goes back to the status quo and is caught in a civil war once again. Even when Maul abandons the Mandalorians after the Siege of Mandalore, these political complications continue into the era of the Empire.
  • The show occasionally uses the Air-Vent Passageway trope, but two particular instances demonstrate that air vents are air vents first and not always meant to be crawled through.
    • In "The Citadel", the infiltration team has their originally-intended entrance into the titular fortress blocked by a shield. Ahsoka points out the airvent, but Anakin points that the adults are too big fit through it. Ahsoka, a girl in her mid-teens, isn't too big to fit through, but just barely and she has a little trouble moving through it.
    • "In Search of the Crystal": Anakin and Obi-Wan are aboard the ship of Sugi Arms Dealers, who then receive orders from Count Dooku to kill the Jedi. Anakin tries the usual idea of having him and Obi-Wan escape through the ventilation ducts, but not only do the Sugi simply shoot into the ducts, the ducts are cramped enough that the two Jedi have very little room to move and have to use the Force to move each other great distances quickly.
  • In "Assassin", after Padmé narrowly survives an assassination attempt by Aurra Sing during a speech, she decides to deliver the speech from the safety of her quarters speaking through a droid wearing a cloak. Even when Aurra sees through this ruse, gets into Padmé's quarters and incapacitates Ahsoka, Padmé still outwits Aurra by having a blaster concealed in her sling and stunning her. Padmé has made a lot of enemies over the years and is no stranger to assassination attempts (both as Queen of Naboo and as a senator), so it makes sense that even someone as idealistic as her would have a concealed weapon with her in case her other layers of security aren't enough.
  • "Pursuit of Peace" reveals that some of Padmé's more overly elaborate hairstyles and headdresses are just wigs. Using her own hair, those types of hairstyles would take hours' worth of maintenance to style, and Padmé often needs to prepare for speeches and diplomatic activities quickly.
  • In "Overlords", the Father wanted to see if Anakin was the Chosen One so he could watch over his children after his death. Anakin turns down the offer immediately, even when the Father tries to warn him of the consequences of his refusal. Few people are going to willfully drop everything going on in their life for another path just because a total stranger told them what their destiny was. Besides, the notion of spending the rest of your life in a strange, uncharted realm cut off from society to babysit two nigh-immortal Force demigods you barely know and could potentially destroy the universe, especially when you have other people to care about, isn't an appealing one.
  • "Nomad Droids" features a few of these during the Patitite Patuna act:
  • The Umbara arc has a few moments:
  • In "Deception", Obi-Wan comes up with an elaborately convincing plan to fake his death as part of a deep cover operation.
    • After his "funeral", Obi-Wan notes that the part where he was seemingly killed wasn't entirely foolproof. After he took the shot from Rako Hardeen, he fell off a building and that's when the vital suppressants kicked in. Normally, Jedi are able to survive such falls because they use the Force to cushion their landings, but because Obi-Wan was going unconscious when he fell, he wasn't in any state to cushion the landing. Him surviving the landing was down to luck.
    • The part about convincing Anakin that he was really dead (so as to make it not look suspicious to everyone else) works too well, as Anakin was really close to Obi-Wan and is not someone who takes the loss very well. As a result, he develops a personal grudge against Rako Hardeen (who Anakin doesn't know is Obi-Wan in disguise) and almost kills him in "Friends and Enemies". Even after Anakin learns the truth of the matter, the fact that he was emotionally manipulated the way he was hurts his trust in the Jedi Council in the long term.
    • Aside from Obi-Wan, the survivors of "The Box" include a bounty hunter that's already known as the current ace in the business (Cad Bane), highly-skilled acrobats (Cad Bane, Embo, and Twazzi), and/or aliens with biological quirks that would give them advantages over most humanoids (Embo and Derrown, who are a Heavyworlder and a Living Gasbag that can emit bioelectricity and accept an otherwise lethal serum, respectively), making it very easy for most of them to pass the tests once they got Obi-Wan's advice. Those that didn't survive only had some other achievement unrelated to bounty hunting (one of them was best known as an inventor) or a character quirk (such as being a Psycho for Hire or a Stereotype Flip) backing up their fame. As these tests are mostly obstacle courses that require inhuman reflexes, they are also used to reveal "Rako Hardeen" (who at this point, is best known as a guy who "killed" a Jedi with a sniper rifle) as an undercover Jedi to Count Dooku.
  • During the Zygerrian Slavers arc, Obi-Wan has the Zygerrian slavemaster Agruss - who had tortured Obi-Wan directly and indirectly by punishing other prisoners for his acting up - dead to rights. The Slavemaster mocks Obi-Wan that he's unarmed and thus exempt from Obi-Wan killing him due to the Jedi Code, but only his death will stop the prisoners from being killed by having the floor in the suspended prison they were in open and drop them. While Obi-Wan is fighting with an act that would probably bring him close to the Dark Side to save the prisoners, Rex picks up a weapon, looks at Obi-Wan, and notes that he's not a Jedi. As good a man as Obi-Wan is, he's not going to tolerate someone who had done so many heinous acts with a grin on his face and is still willfully endangering others, so acting as a commanding general and not as a Jedi murdering an unarmed man, he gives Rex a subtle but ambiguous nod that results in Rex executing him. If anything, Agruss made the mistake of taking that part of the Jedi Code at face value.
  • In "Massacre", the Nightsisters attempt to battle General Grievous and his droid battalion (robots who are wielding guns and tanks) using spears, bows, and their fists. Instead of gaining a totally badass underdog victory, they all get slaughtered, with the droids just shooting them to death when charged at or using artillery to attack from a distance. Things seem to be going well for the Nightsisters when they receive support from an army of undead Nightsisters and they destroy the Defoliator (the artillery), but things go back to square-one for them once Grievous finds out where the necromancer is and kills her.
  • For all the build-up of Darth Maul's return, his first few episodes show he isn't immediately ready to kick ass and get his revenge.
    • In "Brothers", it's shown that he's spent the last ten or so years since his bifurcation in isolation and gone insane. Ignoring the not-so-realistic reasons for his survival, stewing in your hatred for one person just to survive something that would otherwise kill a normal person for as long as Maul has would drive any person insane.
    • In "Revenge", after Maul gets his memory and sanity restored by Mother Talzin and given a new pair of legs, Maul initially struggles to stand and spends his first few minutes adapting to them like anyone that has newly been given prosthetics. In addition, Maul's new legs aren't designed to match his otherwise human-like anatomy, and while he did have a spider-like pair of legs before he was restored, they weren't connected to his spine, were held together by the Force, and Maul wasn't mentally competent to register this at the time.
  • "Tipping Points" demonstrates that being an important character for a specific storyline doesn't exempt one from dying in a freak accident. When a droid gunship that was shot down by Saw crashes near Steela's position, it causes a piece of the cliff she was standing on to break off. Lux tries to save her by pulling her up, but since Lux isn't very physically fit due to his political focus and is on an incline while attempting to save her, he almost falls himself. Ahsoka saves Lux through use of the Force and tries to save Steela the same way, only for Ahsoka to get blindsided by the downed but still-active gunship and shot through the shoulder, breaking her concentration and dropping Steela to her death.
  • Being a Bad Boss is a terrible way to secure genuine loyalty. In "Revival", Darth Maul tries to control Hondo Ohnaka's pirates through violence and fear, but as soon as the tide turns against them, the pirates defect back to Hondo, who they trust not to kill them for no reason. This also carries over into Son of Dathomir (an adaptation of four un-aired episodes). Even though Maul was able to build his Shadow Collective from some of the major crime syndicates, he strong-armed most of them into service in the first place and they had a lot of individual power before that (the only groups genuinely loyal to him are the Dathomirians due to family connections, and the Mandalorian Super Commandos due to shared grudges and a philosophy of Asskicking Equals Authority). Almost right after he was captured by Darth Sidious in "The Lawless", the Hutts broke off from the Collective. Likewise, once the Collective gets into conflict with the Clone War's leading superpowers (and nearly getting slaughtered at the Battle of Ord Mantell), the remaining crime syndicates start to question if Maul's grudge is worth getting paid for and jump ship as soon as the Separatists send numerically and militarily superior forces against their strongholds.
  • Ahsoka Tano leaves the Jedi Order even after she's found innocent and offered a promotion to Jedi Knight. After being framed for a terrorist attack by one of her best friends, being thrown under the bus by a majority of the Jedi Council (effectively her adoptive family) just to save face against public pressure, almost potentially getting the death penalty in a government court, and only a few members of the Council apologizing without platitudes of her going through a great trial or "the Force working In Mysterious Ways", she wants nothing further to do with them after all she's been through.
  • A tragic example occurs with Fives in "Orders" when he tries to tell Anakin and Rex that Chancellor Palpatine is plotting to destroy the Jedi. However, he doesn't have any tangible evidence to present them other than his word, and he isn't helping his case by having tried to kill the Chancellor, resisting arrest, and trapping his friends in a ray shield out of paranoia (although, his resistance is justified by Palpatine wanting him dead and his paranoia justified by him being drugged earlier), and as such, they aren't in a position to accept his word as truth.
  • Anakin and Padmé's marriage is a secret due to the fact that Jedi are supposed to take a Vow of Celibacy. However, as Padmé is not a Jedi, she is not under the same restrictions and is single as far as the public is concerned. As such, Anakin can barely protest without drawing attention when someone so much as says anything flirtatious about her, even when she's not around to hear it (and this being Anakin, it's not exactly easy for him).
    • In a Played for Laughs example from the unfinished version of "A Distant Echo", Clone Task Force 99 AKA the Bad Batch has a provocative pin-up of Padmé as their shuttle's nose art and Wrecker makes a Double Entendre about it, and all Anakin can say to Captain Rex is that the nose art isn't staying.
    • The more serious consequences of their Secret Relationship happen when Padmé's Old Flame, Rush Clovis, is involved. Even though Padmé dates him as part of an undercover operation, Anakin can't voice all of his concerns when Clovis starts getting too close to her for comfort. In "The Rise of Clovis", this results in Clovis getting nearly beat to death when no one else is watching.
    • Even without other people hitting on her, Padmé points out that her Secret Relationship with Anakin isn't really healthy. Even if Anakin wasn't pre-occupied with fighting a war for the most of three years, she and Anakin haven't been able to spend a lot of time together, unable to do things public couples do, and they haven't been able to build up as much as trust as they would like.
  • In "The Rise of Clovis", during their very brutal fight, Rush Clovis tries to pull a Punch Parry against Anakin. As Anakin has a well-built cybernetic hand, only Clovis sprains his hand. Relatedly, Force powers or not, the fight is completely one-sided in Anakin's favor due to Anakin's Jedi and war experience versus Clovis's political experience, and Anakin is very, very angry right now and not likely to pull his punches. As such, it's really not so much a fight and much as it is Anakin spending a minute or two kicking the crap out of Clovis.
  • A war is expensive, and the Clovis arc is dedicated entirely to the Republic trying to keep the bank loans coming, or, as they openly state, they'd lose. At the end of the arc, the main branch of the InterGalactic Banking Clan is nationalized by the Republic, meaning the Separatists won't get loans for their war effort anymore. In the following episodes, the Republic gains a decisive advantage in months, leading to the Outer Rim Sieges, the Separatists' prolonged Last Stand, and desperate moves such as the attacks against Anaxes and Coruscant to try and shock the Republic into surrendering.
  • "Deal No Deal":
    • Trace Martez has aspirations of being a pilot and traveling the stars, including working on a ship of her own. However, she is still a teenager who has been living in the lower levels of Coruscant her whole life (and living there alone with Rafa for the last few years), and she's out of touch with life outside of it. First, she learns pilots need to have licenses before they're legally allowed to fly a ship, especially in Republic territory (in contrast to lower Coruscant having barely any law and order). She only avoids getting pulled over for flying in a military lane because Anakin decided to give her a pass due to sensing Ahsoka's presence on the Silver Angel. When she visits Kessel for the first time, she's initially unaware of its reputation for spice mining via slave labor. When she learns too late into their job to back out that they are essentially smuggling drugs for a galactic crime syndicate worse than any small gang on Coruscant (and one that might take everything away from her), and between her peers arguing over what she should do with the spice, she panics and irrationally dumps it into space. This in turn leaves the crew with nothing to pay the Pykes and puts them in an even worse spot than simply doing a job for the Pykes in the first place.
    • Jedi Mind Tricks only work on the Weak-Willed, and they only work as long as all of the target's associates are weak-minded too. While Ahsoka successfully influences the Pyke boss Marg Krim into handing her and the Martez sisters their payment without showing the spice, she can't influence Krim's entire entourage, and not all of them are as weak-minded as him nor are all of them going to follow Krim's direction without question. His majordomo Fife notices how odd his boss's behavior is (especially since Krim openly voiced his distrust of contract workers outside the syndicate beforehand) and immediately gets suspicious. He then has the Silver Angel pinned down with tractor beams as soon as he confirms that they don't have the spice that was promised and that they tried to swindle the Pykes.
  • "Dangerous Debt" goes over the unintended consequences of the Jedi's action-packed escapades in the Martez sisters' backstory:
    • On a planet like Coruscant (which has a population in the trillions), a starship making a crashlanding is likely to still have casualties even when damage control is in effect. Immediately after the events of "Hostage Crisis", the Jedi tried to pursue Ziro the Hutt and his rescuers in what was apparently an action-packed chase sequence. However, Cad Bane shot down a civilian transport and sent it on a collision course with a populated landing platform as a distraction for the Jedi. The Jedi succeeded in keeping the ship from crashing into the platform by redirecting it into the wall of the underworld portal instead. Unfortunately, the Martez family's home was on the other side of the collision point, with Trace and Rafa losing both their home and parents as a result.
    • After the accident, a Jedi implied to be Luminara Unduli went to the Martez sisters to offer condolences. Unfortunately, Jedi are often taught to form no attachments, suppress their emotions, and believe only in the will of the Force, and Jedi who strongly adhere to these principle aren't the best people for consoling grieving families. All the Jedi said to the sisters was that she made a choice and that the Force would be with them, which was not only meaningless to the sisters since they weren't Jedi, it came off as incredibly hollow and insensitive to them. Combined with being partially responsible for the accident and the Jedi not really doing anything to remedy the consequences of their actions, this gave the Martez sisters a bad impression of the Jedi Order.
  • In "Together Again", Rafa tries to blindside a Trandoshan shipping dock manager by hitting him on the head with a metal pipe, only for the pipe to just bend around his hard hat and the manager suffering no head injury from the attack. Real Life hard hats are designed to protect workers from the shock of collisions and large falling objects when they make contact, especially in construction or shipping sites like the one where this scene takes place.
  • "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
    • During the Battle of Yerbana, Anakin tries to lure out the tactical droid leading the Separatist forces by pretending to surrender before getting the drop on him. However, Jedi have done this quite a few times throughout the series (including both Anakin and Obi-Wan), and while the battle droids are dumb enough to believe he's genuinely surrendering, the tactical droid knows this is a trick (although he doesn't see that he's fallen into their trap himself). This falls in line with the reasoning for why faking surrenders is a war crime under the Geneva Convention in Real Life: do it once, and the enemy will become paranoid about any offers of surrender, even if they are genuine.
    • Almec has a distinctive set of armor from the other Mandalorian Supercommandos and is in a position of authority. However, as he is a carryover from the pacifistic New Mandalorian government (albeit a corrupt one that was removed from power) and more of a politician than a warrior, he is defeated by Bo-Katan in single combat fairly easily despite putting up more of a fight than in his previous appearances.
  • Despite Ray Park being brought in to perform Motion Capture in "The Phantom Apprentice", it's acknowledged that Maul does not fight the exact same way he did in The Phantom Menace. Not only is Maul thirteen years older (and that's without mentioning that Ray Park hadn't done stunt work as Maul for two decades in Real Life), him having robotic legs means he's not as light-footed as he was back then, and thus Maul has had to adjust his fighting style to accommodate these changes.
  • In "Victory and Death" Rex tries to convince the mind-controlled Clone Troopers to stop attacking Ahsoka by pointing out she's no longer a Jedi. Unfortunately for him, in the previous episode, (while also under the chips control) he stated anyone who helps Ahsoka was committing treason against the Republic and should be executed, and as a result, the Clone Troopers attack both of them. Also as a result of the above, Cheep and G-G end up getting killed for helping Ahsoka and Rex escape.

    Rebels 
  • While the individual teasers and two-part pilot episode seemingly sets up the show's conflict as cheerful Black-and-White Morality, the subsequent episodes actually show the Shades of Conflict are much more complex than that. For one thing, Heroism Won't Pay the Bills, and the protagonists have to do odd jobs to pay for supplies, ammunition and fuel for their ship, including selling Imperial munitions to shady Devaronian merchant and crime lord Vizago. For another, every member of the crew has a Dark and Troubled Past that informs their respective decisions to fight the Empire, leading them to sometimes make reckless or simply bad choices that compromise their missions.
  • Right Makes Might? Sadly not. Kanan is a skilled fighter with his lightsaber, but never finished his training due to still being a padawan when the Clone Wars broke out. When he goes up against the Inquisitor, who has not only trained extensively in lightsaber combat but is able to quickly determine that Kanan is not fully qualified, he has his work cut out for him.
  • The Inquisitor is fond of using his lightsaber as a projectile, but it never works out. Kanan just swats it away, and since it has very little force pushing back against his stroke it gets deflected easily.
  • "Rise of the Old Masters" shows the issue with Yoda's famous "Do or do not, there is no try" speech: if you don't explain it to the people hearing it, it becomes an Ice-Cream Koan. Kanan admits he never really understood it either, just that Master Yoda was fond of saying it. Eventually, he realises that it's a message about how if he does "tries" to do something he doesn't believe he can do it, but if he approaches it with effort and dedication he may just succeed.
  • "Breaking Ranks" largely takes place within and around an Imperial Stormtrooper academy, and shows exactly how you wind up with a rank-and-file of ineffectual boobs who couldn't shoot the broadside of a barn and officers who constantly work against and undercut each other and pursue their own ambitions at any cost: it starts from the ground level up with incompetent instructors who pass on bad advice and hand any overachievers over to the Inquisition for fear of Force sensitivity.
  • For most of the first season, the crew are shown regularly skirmishing with the local Imperials in a pretty family-friendly way, and the key figures are rather ineffectual and borderline harmless in some cases. However, towards the end of the season the Empire's patience for this incompetence reaches its end, leading to Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader showing up to handle things personally. One of the first things Tarkin does is order the brutal execution of Aresko and Grint as a warning to Agent Kallus and Minister Tua.
  • "The Siege of Lothal":
    • This two-parter sees the crew of the Ghost become part of a larger Rebel movement. Kanan bristles at this, since while on paper he has no issue with cooperating with other rebel groups, in practice a wider military operation is something he's not comfortable with since the last war he was a part of did not work out well at all.
    • The issues with a Bad Boss approach are shown with how Vader handles Minister Tua. Being a civilian politician rather than a military leader, she is only used to fairly tame measures to secure Lothal and not accustomed to the barbaric methods Vader wants her to implement. When he not-so-subtly threatens her life over the rebels' evading of her grasp, the resulting fear for her life drives her to attempt to defect, bringing a secret of major strategic importance with her. Unfortunately, the Empire is able to use that to their advantage...
  • A lot of these happen when Kanan and Rex impersonate Stormtroopers in "Stealth Strike". Rex lampshades the hell out of the impracticality of the Stormtrooper Armor and how the helmet actually makes his marksmanship go down. And just because they know which cell block Ezra is being held in doesn't mean they know how to get there. Finally, running towards your ally while disguised as the enemy probably means you're gonna get shot at instead of a welcomed hello, as both Rex and Kanan found out the hard way when they showed up moments after Ezra just escaped from his Stormtrooper Guards. Thankfully, Ezra had his gun set to Stun, and it was a good thing Ezra recognized Chopper in spite of his disguise.
    • Part of the problem with the Stormtrooper Armor is that One Size Fits All is averted: differently from the Clonetroopers, all clones of the same individual and with identical bodies, Stormtroopers have different body proportions and their armor comes in different sizes, with the helmet, a complex piece of work with a holographic visor, being especially hard to adapt to someone who just stole it rather than have a quartermaster assign the right size to the user. It also really doesn't help that Rex is no longer as trim as he used to be, making the armor an even worse fit for him.
    • And as for Rex, he may have been an uber-badass soldier in his prime and he may still be a good fighter, but he's not as young as he used to be. His genetically-accelerated aging coupled with his falling out of practice on Seelos means that he has far less stamina than his younger allies, leading to him being captured and needing Kanan to rescue him.
  • In "The Last Battle", the Ghost crew comes across a Separatist holdout on Agamar, and the leader of this holdout, General Kalani, decides to play a war game with Captain Rex just to get a sense of closure on the Clone Wars. Droids can potentially live forever if properly maintained, but while still functional, Kalani's holdout has been abandoned and untouched for more than fifteen years, so all of the droids under his command are in disrepair and malfunctioning. Even the Droidekas, once the bane of Jedi Knights, are in such poor condition that their shields (which typically repel projectiles based on how fast they are moving) can be shorted-out by throwing a helmet at them. Conversely, the Separatist droids left behind on Geonosis in "Ghosts of Geonosis" are in much better condition because someone was there to maintain them.
  • In "Double Agent Droid", the Imperial Security Bureau has long since become familiar with Chopper's infiltration methods. After several repeated infiltrations using the same disguise, a simple paint job doesn't mean much when Chopper is not only an astromech droid model the Empire doesn't use anymore, his unique appearance and reputation (as recorded by Thrawn) makes him recognizable to the Controller. Also, the facility Chopper enters scans to see if Chopper is actually a registered Imperial droid (whereas AP-5 still has his registration and doesn't have as notable a reputation as Chopper despite his defection).
  • Maul has made his way to Tatooine to finish his business with Obi-Wan Kenobi. There's just one problem: Tatooine is a planet, and planets are big. Not only that, but Tatooine is a Single-Biome Planet; knowing that Kenobi is in the desert is of little help when the whole damn planet is a desert. When we see him again, Maul has been lost for some time, and no closer to finding Kenobi.
  • Similarly, when Maul finally finds Kenobi, their final duel is over in three strokes, which is exactly how most samurai duels went in real life. While both of them are much older, Kenobi still has his entire body and has spent his time in the desert productively, training and meditating until he is truly a master of all the forms of lightsaber combat - shown in the shifting stances he takes before the first swing. Maul, in contrast, is literally Half the Man He Used to Be both figuratively and in terms of skillset, has done absolutely no training or done anything to attain the "inner peace" that Obi-Wan has, and is driven by little more than his hatred and vengeance. All of this on top of the fact that Obi-Wan is accustomed to living in the desert and has been peacefully relaxing at his camp, while Maul has been hunting him fruitlessly through the desert for weeks and is half-mad from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, and heat exposure, as well as other reasons. The Power of Hate is no substitute for training and discipline, especially when you've only got half the body you had at your highest point. In addition, Maul tries to kill Obi-Wan with the same move he successfully used on Qui-Gon — not figuring that since Obi-Wan witnessed and remembered this, he would also come up with a way to counter it.
  • Just because you're in a kids' cartoon does not mean Armor Is Useless. Going into battle with no protection whatsoever on your chest is a bad idea, even if some of the enemies you're fighting against are essentially armed workers. Gregor found that out the hard way. Conversely, when Sabine goes up against Darth Vader, the Dark Lord parries two of her blaster shots back at her, and her armor is the only reason she doesn't end up dead.
  • No matter how vastly outnumbered and outgunned the rebellion is by The Empire, arrogance and inexperience are not qualities you want in your military leadership, as Pryce and Konstantine demonstrate on multiple occasions. The chain of command exists for a reason, and insubordination by someone commanding armies can be absolutely catastrophic. When Pryce and Konstantine ignore orders from Thrawn and take matters into their own hands on how to deal with the rebels, it usually backfires spectacularly. Konstantine breaking from the formation during an aerial bombardment mission just so he can have his own shot at glory gets his flagship blown up with him on board, and Pryce ordering her troops to blow up the Imperial fuel deposits just to kill Kanan cripples the Imperial operation on Lothal and scuttles the TIE Defender program with only a single dead Jedi to show for it. Thrawn is absolutely seething with rage in both these scenarios, and the only reason he doesn't have both Pryce and Konstantine court-martialed and executed is because both of them die before he gets the chance.
  • There's a reason why ridiculously excessive force to crush a vastly smaller opponent is not often a workable strategy, and treating your soldiers and facilities as expendable will play into the hands of a numerically inferior enemy. It is not a good idea to sacrifice a site of massive strategic importance to your cause just to take out your enemy's leadership, as Pryce discovers when she detonates her own power plant with Kanan inside. Sure, she managed to kill a major enemy leader, but at a steep price. The Empire can't afford to give her the resources she needs to fix the damage her dumbass mistake caused (and has no reason to do so), and is forced to take extreme aggressive measures to cement its hold on the planet as a result.
  • The Galactic Empire is huge. Even when taking the franchise's usual approach to scale into account, no matter how powerful the Empire is, it can't possibly hope to maintain absolute control of every planet, especially during a time of Galactic Civil War when the Empire's resources are severely strained both by the ongoing conflict and by massive costly expenses like the Death Star project. Consequently, when Phoenix Squadron destroys the Imperial control center and wipes out the Imperial presence on Lothal in one fell swoop, and the citizenry seizes on this opportunity by revolting en masse, the Empire cuts its losses and abandons the planet to the Rebellion rather than waste time and effort it can't afford reclaiming a backwater planet which offers little strategic importance. As a result, Lothal gets to experience a period of peace and freedom unprecedented amongst the primary worlds for at least the entire period of the original trilogy.
  • It also goes the other way for the official Rebel Alliance. After numerous failed attempts at freeing Lothal, the Rebel Alliance abandons Lothal as a lost cause. Despite being Ezra's homeworld, Lothal has no strategic value and is ultimately just one of the thousands of backwater planets being subjugated by the Empire. The only high-value target is the TIE Defender project which Pryce had already managed to destroy herself. This also plays into a point mentioned above under Rogue One: the Rebellion has only just recently become a (mostly) unified front as opposed to individual groups of rebels-with-a-little-R, and liberation of Lothal was only a key objective for Ezra and Phoenix Squadron, not the Rebels as a whole.

    Resistance 
  • As a non-Force sensitive, Kaz has more trouble pulling off feats that Force-sensitive protagonists in the previous shows could do without breaking a sweat, such as platform-jumping.
  • Unlike in The Clone Wars and Rebels, most of the cast are not fighters. Combined with the Colossus's ban on blasters unless you have a permit (like Yeager), this means most of the characters have to flee and hide when they get into a violent encounter. At the very least, Yeager is a retired veteran soldier, Tam knows some self-defense, and Kaz had military training (albeit his klutziness and lack of experience often keeps him from effectively engaging in direct physical combat).
  • "Signal From Sector Six":
    • Kaz is a pilot, not a soldier, and not at all athletic. He manages to carry Synara fine when he's terrified and running from the ape-lizard, but when Poe leads it away the adrenaline crashes and he can barely drag her.
    • Likewise, Kaz has no combat experience outside a fighter, is unarmed, and is trapped on a freighter with a monster he's already seen eat two people. Does he show Nerves of Steel? Nope, he's as terrified as anyone else would be in that situation.
  • "Secrets and Holograms": Since Kaz didn't change his name while going undercover, Captain Doza found out that he used to be a pilot for the New Republic Navy. And since Torra keeps an eye on what her father is doing, she is able to know what he knows.
  • "Station Theta Black":
    • Kaz did get marksmanship training at the academy, but he's never had to use it in actual combat due to growing up in the luxurious and lawful Core Worlds at a time of galactic peace. When combat actually starts up, he's too freaked out to aim properly, and has to rely on his wits and the environment to take out enemies.
    • A lot of the shooting in this episode is done while both parties are running full tilt... and thus, almost no one gets a hit on either side (and that's ignoring Stormtroopers' track records with shot accuracy). The only times Poe manages to shoot someone are when both he and the target are relatively stationary, and he can't stay that way for long since it opens him up to attack.
  • "Bibo": Just as in most places in real life, inciting a panic is a felony. Kaz and Synara nearly get arrested for attempting to pull the pirate alarm before the monster actually appears.
  • "Descent:"
    • Kaz, Neeku, and Yeager get into a long, emotionally-charged conversation while sneaking around in the Colossus's maintenance tunnels. Because it's emotionally-charged, it gets loud enough that the stormtroopers searching for them easily find them (and lucky for Team Fireball, so do Kel, Eila, and the Chelidae).
    • Kaz flying the Fireball in combat against the First Order in "The Core Problem" is what outed him as a Resistance agent, owing to the distinctive paint scheme and the fact that he was trespassing in a restricted sector alongside Poe's X-Wing.
  • Kazuda not only being one of the leaders in the Colossus' rebellion against the First Order, but also being the son of a surviving Hosnian Prime senator as well as his connections to Poe and Leia (who are both high-ranking Resistance leaders) make him a highly valuable fugitive to the First Order, who will pay whatever expense to bounty hunters to catch or kill him.
  • Much of Season 2 involves the crew and community of the Colossus having to adjust to the fact that it is no longer on Castilon, and almost nobody on the station was prepared for it to be in space. First, the Colossus hasn't been mobile for over two decades, forcing them to repair systems that weren't planned to be used again such as artificial gravity. After that, the station being on the run means that resources many living there took for granted — namely food, water, fuel, and money — are now finite due to the economic disruption (whether it be the lack of outside traders coming in or some jobs becoming less profitable or nonviable), which becomes a problem when there are many mouths to feed and you are a target of the oppressive First Order, forcing the station to make pitstops to restock on these resources. Some of the civilians also suffer from Cabin Fever as a result of being in space when they were used to enjoying Castilon's outdoor scenery, which gets remedied by Neeku building a holographic simulation of Castilon's sky.
  • You can't force people to change, they have to make that decision themselves. Tam eventually comes around by the series finale, but she is unable to convince Rucklin to join her and leaves him to eventually die when he continues to use her efforts to be problematic.

Live-Action Series

    The Mandalorian 
  • The series takes place after the fall of the Empire. The galaxy has been freed from tyranny and everyone is happy, right? Not quite. The galactic economy is in chaos and Imperial credits (which were recently universal) are now vastly devalued. The New Republic is reaching out to assert its authority, causing more chaos and leaving large swathes of the galaxy nearly lawless.
  • While the Empire is out of business and stormtrooper helmets are proudly displayed by the freed people, not all of its loyalists went down with the Death Stars. A few Imperial holdouts, like the ones who hire the Mandalorian in the first episode, are still at large, still believe in their authoritarian ideology, and will go to any lengths to be back on top.
    • Looking carefully the Stormtroopers don't seem to be in the best condition having dirty armor instead of pristine white, and most don't seen to be using their iconic blasters as they are using whatever weapons they have on hand. Later the Scout Troopers have white speeder bikes which is more suited to say the ice planet Hoth instead of the rocky and volcanic Nevarro, which indicates that's all they could get a hold of.
  • Armor Is Useless does not apply in real life. As someone who pretty much gets into gunfights as a living, even a hardened badass professional like the Mandalorian ends up in multiple encounters that he only survives because his beskar cuirass protected him from severe injury, either by stray blaster shots or from wild animals like the blurrgs and mudhorn.
  • In most Star Wars media, bounty hunters are going after huge scores such as the main characters, for hundreds of thousands of credits at minimum. Here, it's demonstrated that the vast majority of bounties on the lawless frontier are just bail jumpers; the biggest bounty the guild had available in the first episode was a small-time smuggler, and even he was only worth five thousand credits. The Mandalorian claims that's barely enough for fuel.
    • The bounties aren't just paying less, there's also a lot less of them. As the largest government in the galaxy the Empire was most likely the main client of the guild. With its collapse the guild would have lost a large number of jobs. The Mandalorian could previously make up for the lower pay by running multiple bounties per trip but the guild can't allow that as it would leave other bounty hunters with no jobs.
    • In episode 5, it's revealed there are some unclaimed high paying bounties. This includes hunting down Fennec Shand, an Imperial Assassin and a Sniper. The Mandalorian tells Toro (who took the job to get fame quick) that there's a reason even experienced hunters don't take those; the chance of ending up dead far exceeds what the pay is.
  • The Mandalorian and IG-11 are experienced bounty hunters specifically selected for a dangerous job because of their legendary skills. The Mandalorian nearly gets killed when he's blindsided by an ambush predator, and IG-11 nearly gets torn to shreds by an E-WEB heavy cannon. Doesn't matter how good you are, getting caught in an unexpected situation will get you killed.
    • Hunting wild animals is not the same as hunting other people, they require an entirely different set of skills and strategies. The Mandalorian is almost killed by wild animals twice in the first two episodes, because the blurrgs and mudhorn don't have the same weaknesses and vulnerabilities as his usual, humanoid targets and he doesn't have the weapons specialized for fighting them. In fact, he doesn't even kill a blurgg (since Kuiil would later tell him he needed one to get across an area), whereas he only brought down the mudhorn because the Child used the Force to make it float for a few seconds, providing an opening once it landed down for him to stab it.
    • People like the Client aren't stupid enough to just rely on the best of the best. The Client hires literally the entire guild to track down the target hoping that at least one of them will succeed. He even expected them to fight each other, which was fine because the target may have gotten killed in the crossfire which is what he was probably what he was hoping for. He just needed the body and he could claim that a corpse was worth less money by simply not telling the bounty hunters WHY he needed the target. They would just come up with their own reason why the target needed to be brought in alive and accept the lower payment if they failed to bring it in alive, saving him some valuable resources.
    • The Client may also have let the scientist into the conversation with the Mandalorian on purpose. The Client thinks a corpse is just as good as a live sample, but the scientist is too moral to kill the target. If the Client was aware of this, he would expect the scientist to contradict him if he mentioned that he was okay with a dead target. That way he can claim to be "pragmatic", but that a corpse would therefore be worth less. The moral is that if your trying to get a shady, back alley job, the guy giving it is probably shady and manipulative as well. The Mandalorian is completely unsurprised to find out later that literally everyone in the guild had been hired for the job after finding at least one hunter (IG-11) after the target as well.
    • Bounty hunting is a very morally grey, extremely dangerous business that often straddles the line between corrupt cops and assassins-for-hire. The vast majority of people attracted to this line of work are either hardened criminals unafraid of hunting other people for money, desperate deadbeats who are willing to do practically anything to survive, or both. Warm and friendly as Greef Karga is, he's still the Mandalorian's boss, in charge of a very shifty business. To succeed as the head of a Bounty Hunter guild requires that one put money before morals, and ensure that your employees do the same. In short: most bounty hunters are not nice people, and just because he's friendly enough with the Mando doesn't mean that Greef is an exception.
    • Bounty Hunters do not work well together, and can actually be a detriment to each other if there was no prior agreement on who's leading. Mando and IG-11 formed an ad-hoc alliance and was nearly shot to bits just discussing their terms. Toro's own selfishness was ultimately what caused his deal with Mando to go south (along with the poorly thought out plan for glory). Bounty Hunters are conditioned to look out for number one, and outside of tight-knit groups generally can't really be trusted to function as a cohesive unit (and even then, there are exceptions).
  • The child is shown to be very powerful, and in Chapter 2 is shown using the Force to save the Mandalorian from an angry Mudhorn. However because he's still a child, and therefore lacking the discipline and training to use it properly, the action drains him physically, knocking him out and causing him to sleep for several days afterward.
  • The disruptor rifle the Mandalorian is equipped with is shown to be a devastating weapon. Yet even futuristic death blasters aren't guaranteed to function flawlessly, and much like modern firearms can jam or malfunction at the worst possible moment.
    • It also apparently eats up a lot of power, going through an energy cell with a single shot.
    • He also appears to prefer his pistol as he is mostly in close quarters fights or requires a higher rate of fire than his rifle can provide. Also his rifle's (very limited) disintegration shots invoke No Body Left Behind seeing as he turns his targets to ash, which is inconvenient as he needs an identifiable body to collect the bounty.
  • The Mandalorian, despite being an experienced bounty hunter and an accomplished member of a warrior society, is still just one man. When he tries a solo assault on a Jawa Sandcrawler, he is taken out by the sheer number of Jawas and the fact their transport is essentially a mobile fortress. When trying to escape with the child, he became overwhelmed by a couple dozen heavily armed and well-trained bounty hunters who would've killed him had it not been for the timely intervention of his fellow Mandalorians. This helps contrast him with Jango, Boba, and other bounty hunters showing that the Mandalorian is still a lone human with no backup which causes him to fail, temporarily.
    • It also explains why Boba was taken down so easily in Return of the Jedi. Again, despite being an experienced bounty hunter, they are still capable of being taken by surprise (like someone accidentally ramming your jetpack to cause a malfunction or an army of Jawas stunning you en masse.) To put it simply, no matter the skill level, they are only human.
  • Attrition is a huge problem for a warrior society. As a result, the Mandalorians need to supplement their numbers with "foundlings" and avoid excessive conflict, forcing them to pick and choose their battles rather than throw themselves into whatever fight they want.
  • Subjugated peoples are rarely in any position to seek vengeance against their oppressors, even after said oppressors fall from power. Sure, the Empire may have massacred your people, looted your sacred relics, and driven you into hiding several years ago but today they're offering you a sweet deal and you just don't have the numbers to throw your weight around.
    • Furthermore, accepting a job from your people's former oppressors is a great way to piss off your fellow brothers and sisters, even if the payment has great cultural significance to your people.
  • Even hired guns and warrior races have moral hang-ups. Not everyone is willing to turn a blind eye no matter how much money you have.
  • A brand-new suit of shiny beskar armor: both stylish and functional! It's also very noticeable and a great way to attract attention, as both Greef Karga and the Armorer point out, and attention from your rivals is not something you want, either in the cutthroat ultra-competitive world of bounty hunting or as a fugitive from those same bounty hunters. Then there's the fact that beskar is crazy valuable, so walking around with a veritable fortune on display means every greedy bastard in sight is going to try to steal it. He keeps getting jumped by lowlives wanting to do just that.
  • Similarly, many of the lowlifes who try for a quick payday quickly learn why Beskar is so expensive; not only is it an incredibly durable material for armor, whoever manages to get a decent amount of it for armor is probably not an easy target. With only one exception (the Quarran fishers who knocked him into an underwater cage) all of the thugs who tried to mug Din for his armor got their asses thoroughly kicked.
  • Impoverished villagers may not be the most effective fighting force... but neither are the bandits who harass them. Having grown complacent on easy prey and over-reliant on their ace-in-the-hole, the bandits are promptly routed as soon as the villagers get their hands on some weapons and start holding their ground. When you've gotten used to raiding an enemy that offers absolutely zero resistance, even a moderately prepared defense strategy is going to hit you as a huge obstacle.
  • Even in a universe where blasters and light-sabers are endemic and iconic, close-quarter fights inevitably devolve into rough melees where neither combatant has the time or the room to get a shot off. No matter how well equipped or technologically advanced you are, your hands are still invaluable weapons.
  • While Stormtroopers die in one hit like usual, the Mandalorian double taps them to ensure they are dead.
  • The design of the AT-ST comes to bite it when it's brought onto terrain ill-suited for it. Having two tall, spindly legs makes it especially vulnerable to slipping on wet ground unlike vehicles with wheels of some kind, which may get disabled and stuck, but likely won't decommission the vehicle entirely. This is ultimately how the bandit AT-ST is destroyed when it gets baited into walking over a wet and slippery mudbank, causing it to slide off its feet and get tipped over, and becomes practically helpless to attacks because of it.
    • The AT-ST is a light support vehicle but not that much of a threat in the larger scheme. Here being the Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond it reigns supreme on a planet that has no weapons capable of damaging it directly, let alone its legs. The Mandalorian and Cara do initially suggest running at first seeing the scale of the threat and how hilariously unprepared they are.
    • Further, with no intelligence to suggest that the bandits had an AT-ST, The Mandalorian leaves any anti-armor weaponry (if he has any to begin with) on his ship.
  • On the subject of a bunch of bandits on a backwater planet even having an AT-ST in the first place: When you have a widespread militaristic Empire that falls and fragments, it is to be expected that a lot of military hardware goes "missing" and ends up in unsavory hands. This has wide precedent history, most famously with how many rebel and criminal organizations made off with huge arms stocks when the Soviet Union collapsed.
  • Cara Dune mentions that once the battle with the Empire was over, she was reduced to protecting dignitaries and suppressing riots. Just because the former government was oppressive and evil doesn't mean everyone will be immediately glad they are gone and certainly doesn't mean everyone will automatically agree with the new government.
  • The Mandalorian visits the infamous Chalmun's Cantina in the original Wretched Hive...and instead of it bristling with scoundrels and criminals, as usual, it's basically empty, with only a few other patrons there and the droid bartender calmly wiping the place down. Hey, even the most nefarious Bad-Guy Bar isn't always jumping, it has slow hours like any other restaurant.
    • Alternatively, if the bar isn't experiencing some downtime, then the lack of business could be attributed to how Jabba the Hutt, the leader of one of the biggest criminal empires of his time and practically had the planet of Tatooine in his grip, was killed just five years ago. With the all-powerful crime-lord dead, his upper management and cronies MIA, and the recent fall of the Empire, then Mos Eisley's economy must have been tanked hard enough to drive most visitors and patrons to find greener pastures and away from the planet altogether.
  • Even for a hardened badass like the Mandalorian, the biggest danger on a planet like Tatooine isn't rival hunters or hostile locals, it's not getting lost in the desert and dying of heatstroke. And while sure, the Mando probably could take out the Tusken with little difficulty, it's much better to maintain friendly negotiating relationships with the indigenous population while traveling through their territory. After all, you never know when you might need to travel through their land again, and they're not gonna take kindly to you killing their people.
    • Another thing to note is that while Tusken Raiders are portrayed as savages most of the time, they are capable of negotiating, bartering and seem rather well-versed in sign language. This is understandable because they won't be able to keep themselves alive through raiding only and that they would need to have another form of communication besides their trademark screams and howls. It also shows that while they are primitive and rather aggressive they aren't Always Chaotic Evil and willing to let things go peacefully as long as you don't cause problems.
    • Building on that given how there seems to be little activity in the Hub City because there is no business the Tuskens no longer have any Hutt Cartel, moisture farmers, Jawas, or pesky Pod-Racers encroaching on their lands. They have probably mellowed out as they have fewer visitors/intruders. Also unlike the Jawas who want what basically amounts to a delicacy from The Mandalorian the Tuskens ask for the new pair of binocs which is useful to see across long distances, perfect for their environment.
  • The Mandalorian leaving the child on his ship while he works rarely actually keeps it safe. More often than not it just results in the child being put in further danger when things wind up going south for him. Trying to keep him hidden on the ship fails just as often: It's a small space with very few hiding spots and the child, being a baby, doesn't understand what is happening and tries to walk freely around the ship.
    • Leaving a child unsupervised on any kind of vehicle - especially something as complex and dangerous as a spaceship - is irresponsible at best. Going along with the above, after the Child nearly wrecks the Razor Crest while Cara and Mando are talking, they agree that neither of them is prepared to deal with it and go to Kuiil because they need more help. Even two of the biggest badasses this side of the galaxy sometimes need the help of a babysitter every once in a while.
  • No matter how much of a handicap it may be, breaking comm silence during a hazardous operation is a quick way to make a bad situation far worse.
    • Building off of the above scenario, even successful, experienced, and talented warriors can make an amateur mistake if put under the right sort of pressure. In this case, Mando realizes that the child is in far more danger than he thought, momentarily panics, and breaks radio silence to warn Kuiil. Not only does the warning do nothing to help Kuiil, it also allows the scout troopers to follow the signal to his location and kill him.
    • The bluurgs that Kuiil rides do seem to be an effective amount with good endurance and able to travel great distances in a reasonable time. Unfortunately the Scout Trooper Speeder Bikes are not only superior to the blurrgs in every way, namely being a high speed gravity-defying technological marvel, but they are also armed with blasters, which is what brings the blurgg, and Kuiil, down.
  • The Mandalorian, more than any other piece of Star Wars media seems to realize just how bloody big a whole Galaxy is, and that Jedi, for all their Force powers and fighting prowess, was still a relatively small organization when measured against that. None of our heroes, not even former Rebel Cara Dune, have the first clue as to just what baby Yoda is or how it does what it does; it takes eight episodes to find someone who has so much as heard the word "Jedi" and even then it is the stuff of ancient legends to them.
  • The Mandalorian's Beskar Armor is ridiculously durable even against the heavy ordinance, but he isn't. This has resulted in a few situations where he was injured from the force of the impact itself even though his armor tanked the damage. When he was up against Fennec Shand, her high-powered sniper rifle wasn't able to penetrate his armor, but it still knocked him off his feet and dazed him. When Moff Gideon shoots the power cell of an E-Web cannon the Mandalorian hijacked, the armor protected him from being maimed, but he still suffered a near-fatal head injury due to his head ringing inside the helmet. This is, incidentally, a real concern for body armor, particularly helmets, which might effectively protect from fragmentation but still can't stop the concussive force of a shockwave traveling through the air and body.
    • That said, while Beskar is treated as the ultimate armor it is not unbreakable. After taking the sniper round the Mandalorian states the only reason he survived is that the round had lost some penetrating power due to the distance involved. At close range, it would have punched through even his Beskar. The events of the second episode also result in his entire armored suit except for the helmet being completely trashed by the mudhorn and he has no choice but to completely replace it after he gets his payment in Beskar ingots.
  • Chapter 6 brutally shows the realistic consequences of a criminal mindset that subscribes to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, It's All About Me and No Honor Among Thieves, i.e. eventually you're going to cross someone who doesn't stay down when you want them to and they'll make you pay for it. Everyone Mando works with during this episode betrays or tries to kill him for seemingly no reason except because they wanted to. For this, they suffer suitable fates: Mayfeld, Burg and Xi'an are beaten up and left alive to rot in a cell aboard the Prison Ship, Zero is killed trying to kill the Child and Ran's space station, Qin included, are left at the mercy of three New Republic X-Wings who make short work of them. All their backstabbing leaves them with nothing to show for it, whereas if they'd just been straight with him from the get-go he would have probably been content to take his pay and leave.
  • As an aghast Greef Karga explains to Mando, the Bounty Hunters of the Guild are "mercenaries, not zealots." They do what they do because it pays well and the risk is less than the reward, so when the Mando's brothers and sisters of the clan come to his aid, the bounty hunters all opted to skip town entirely rather than seek retribution against an entire clan of the most fearsome warriors in the galaxy, with no profit to be gained from doing so.
  • After latching onto Moff Gideon's TIE fighter from the outside while in flight, the Mando tries to plant a grenade—which is immediately sucked out of his hand by the high-velocity winds.
  • Similarly to the AT-ST in Episode 4, TIE fighters are usually treated by most Star Wars media as lightly armored cannon fodder at best—which they are, when you're in another starfighter. When Moff Gideon comes around for a couple of strafing runs in his personal Outland TIE fighter while the surviving trio is pinned down with zero cover and no high-powered weapons, they are completely helpless against it. No matter how badass they are, none of them are skilled enough sharpshooters to hit a speeding aircraft in flight, and even if they had hit it, their sidearms and medium blasters wouldn't have done much against starfighter-grade armor.
  • As the Child is just an infant, he has no concept of right and wrong, only that the Mandalorian is his father figure whom he has grown to love. This results in him choking Cara Dune when she was about to win an arm-wrestling match, thinking she was an enemy and hurting him. In Season 2 he doesn't think anything of eating the Frog lady's offspring because to him, they're food, and like any child, he is prone to putting things in his mouth.
  • Leaving your ship in the middle of nowhere is a good way to keep your arrival discreet, but it also means that random passerbys (like Jawas) will basically consider it salvage and take everything that is and isn't nailed down if they happen upon it. Likewise, leaving it far away from civilization is also a good way to remain undetected and give you a safe way off-world in case of emergencies, but it also means it's almost impossible to get back to the ship in a hurry if you need to as Kuill sadly found out.
  • When he appears onscreen, Boba Fett (and his armor) is badly scarred from being exposed to the Sarlacc’s stomach acid.
  • No matter how swiftly a new form of government would rise to take it's place, the fall of any empire will inevitably result in a massive power vacuum. Leaving cities and villages like Mos Pelgo, that reside in the outermost territories, devoid of what little protection they had, and make them easy prey for bandits and criminal organizations.
  • Mandalorian Armor is not one size fits all. This is shown when Cobb is wearing Boba's armor, as he is clearly too big for it.
  • Karma Houdini? Often has an expiry date. Mando's exploits on the New Republic Prison Ship do not go unnoticed. This brings him dangerously close to landing in legal trouble, but the pilots pursuing him ultimately decide to let him go as thanks for trying to save the Republican prison guard and capturing three wanted criminals in the process. Not to mention that given the upheaval in the galaxy, they have to pick their battles and bringing in someone who's clearly no friend of criminals or the Empire isn't the best use of their time.
  • Just because The Outer Rim is considered hard to control and not a top priority for the New Republic doesn't mean they are oblivious to what's going on there, especially considering all the Imperial activity in that area. When a New Republic officer comes to get a recap of what happened during the events of "The Siege", he recognizes something big involving imperials is at play, and tries to convince Cara to tell him what actually happened before things get worse.
  • Transfusing blood from an alien to a human leads to the body rejecting the transfused blood and dying within two weeks.
  • A person who has gone their entire adult life with their face covered will not be the best at hiding their facial expressions.
  • Din's plan to get rid of the Dark Troopers by ejecting them out of the airlock would had worked if they are humans. Not only the latest models are droids, previous scenes already established that they are capable of flight and are also thermal resistant, allowing them to survive the cold vacuum of space and returning to the light cruiser.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, the final episode showed why the Jedi were the stuff of legend and are held in awe by their allies, and feared by their enemies. Luke was able to singlehandedly wipe out the entire Dark Trooper platoon without breaking stride, while a single one had just pounded Din into the floor. They were terrifying enough that Bo-Katan, possibly one of the most seasoned Mandalorians alive, feared them, and Luke just tossed them around like children's toys. Even Gideon, who had considered every possible angle and advantage, decided to say screw it to it all once Luke showed up (up to trying to kill the child and then himself) rather than face the Jedi Master.
  • The Razor Crest shows what happens if you spend your time barely scraping enough cash to move from place to place while being hunted by two governments; it goes from a Cool Ship to The Alleged Ship over the course of about 10 episodes, until finally being destroyed.


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