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"So, who is the first story? First of all, what are you saying? I would like to talk about."
Marry (Poe Dameron), The Seventh Gathers: Flies are a Sober Force (The Force Awakens)

In 2005, the World was introduced to two iconic works of Science Fiction, both based in loosely the same universe.

First, there was Revenge of the Sith, the then last chapter of one of the most famous movie franchises of all time. Then, there was the first iteration of Backstroke of the West, one of the most infamous Translation Train Wrecks of all time.

The latter got notoriety after being featured on a blog belonging to a man named Jeremy Winterson, who gave it the MST treatment. It was later turned into a Gag Dub by the YouTube channel TheThirdGathers. While many fans wanted to see the other Star Wars films done the same way, it seemed like this would be it.

However, in late 2016 — one year after Star Wars itself returned to the big screen — Imgur / Reddit user fegelein08 / KnifeOfPi2 uploaded his own Recursive Translations of (at the time) every official live-action movie in the series. Along with the original Backstroke of the West, these translations give us a glimpse into an alternate Star Wars universe: where everyone swears like sailors, drops innuendos left and right, and speaks in grammatically incorrect English, all while acting like everything is perfectly normal.


Since then, KnifeOfPi2 has started a project to make Gag Dubs — similar to the one by TheThirdGathers — of the series, starting with The Fourth Gathers: The Novelty Desire, which was finished and released on April 1st, 2019. The shooting script for The Counterattack Collection was released on September 30th the same year. Check out The Fifth Gathers: The Counterattack Collection.

As of April 2nd, 2017, KnifeOfPi2 has also started translating episodes of Star Wars: Rebels, now known as "Reply Is Minus". He has stated that there are plans to adapt these into Gag Dubs as well.

The final shooting script for The Sixth Gathers: Hopeless situation Return is here, part by part.

Character page here.


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    General Tropes 
  • Actor Allusion:
    • This isn't the first time Harrison Ford played a president.
    • In Grand Theft Auto, Darkin asks to talk to the "Secretary of Queensland." Kunnick/Quincy is played by Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • D the Superior/The Pudding goes through this, or at least Adaptational Less Villainy. While he's every bit as ruthless and power hungry as his movie counterpart, he's at least depicted as a Well-Intentioned Extremist in these movies. Religion is implied to be illegal in the Milky Way, and he wants to make it legal, even if he has to "fuck it into law". In Backstroke of the West, he's also not responsible for his master's death (it was his master's land instead) and Allah Gold started the war instead of him. In Hopeless Situation Return, he's also happy that the Death Star/Station Wagon II construction is stalling!
    • With the reveal in Hopeless Situation Return that the D has power over nature, it's possible that Reach The Man really was murdered by the D, he was just pretending he wasn't so he could convince Allah Gold to join him.
    • Watto also worships Anakin/Allah Gold as a god now, saying "I have great religion in the boy."
  • Adaptational Villainy: Many, many characters are made morally greyer by the botched translation.
  • Adaptation Name Change: It's rare to see characters, planets, vehicles, or anything else retain their original names. It doesn't help that their new names are hardly consistant, either. Here are some of the most notorious examples:
    • Anakin Skywalker -> Allah Gold / A line / Line / The Peaceful Is Willing To
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi -> Ratio Tile / The Willing to Compares / Ratio Prosperous / Card Ratio / Section Ratio General / European Wan / / The Kenobi / Austria Wang Wan Kenobi / Values Include
    • Luke Skywalker -> Gospel of Luke / See Me / The Main Road / Master Gospel Gospel / Peter / The Empress of Tokyo / Samurai Master Lucas Godwalker / The Way To Increase Teachers
    • Han Solo -> Mr. Thoreau / Chinese / Korea / Han Cable Luo / Soro
    • Princess Leia -> Bong Day / See / Princess Leah / Liya / Elijah / The Imperial Senate / Li Asia / Levine / Oro O'Ghanner / Leah O'Garner
    • Chewbacca -> Drag Along / Baca / Chui / Tsui / Vaca
    • C-3PO -> Blow the Skin / Professor Xu / Saint Leather Austria / Blow Pio / Blowing the Skin
    • Lando Calrissian -> Lang California / Carly / LAN·card Swiss SIM / Carrisin / Rando / Lando Cary Louisiana /Ran'o
    • Rey -> Eyebrows / Swiss / Wait / Thunder / Shooting Line / Ray Iraq
    • Finn -> Feet of People / Pin / Finland / Needle
    • Poe Dameron -> Marry / Wave / Daimlun / El Paso / Singapore
    • Rose Tico -> Ross / Roses
    • Darth Vader -> Reach the West / Reaching the West of Reaches / Lord Bader Bader / Mr Current / Lord Gift / Darth Masters / South Host
    • Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious -> Merkel / Map / D the Superior / The Pudding / The D
    • Padme -> The Plum Of / The Gets The Rice / Pair of Lady Microphone
    • Count Dooku / Darth Tyrannus -> Master Pulling Augustine / The / Drop
    • Yoda -> Vanquish Is / Particularly Reach the Master / Dada / Sir Yoda / Master Judas
    • Supreme Leader Snoke -> Readers Snooker / Snoopy / Snooker Supremo
    • Kylo Ren -> Thoreau Jr. / Kellogg / Classes / Cairo / Bansoro / Solomon class / Ronaldo / John R. Jenkello / Karen / Book
    • Governor Tarkin -> Governor Darkin
    • Nute Gunray -> Nuts Gunray / Ray Gun
    • Jabba the Hutt -> Java 7 / Java 5 / Advanced Java
    • Jango Fett -> Django Pets / Taunus / Taunus Pulling To One
    • Jar Jar -> Bottle / Bottle Ice Paragraph
    • Cliegg Lars -> Las Vegas Cliegg
    • Dexter -> Dexamethasone
    • Sifo-Dyas -> Obi-Wan
    • Moff Jerjerrod -> Lord Vader
    • Kanan Jarrus -> Chicken Jarrus
    • Sabine Wren -> Sabin
    • Zeb Orrelios -> Jeb
    • Captain Needa -> Apple
    • Coruscant -> United States
    • Tatooine -> Africa / Tattoo
    • Utapau -> Particularly With The System Of / Pimping Mainland
    • Naboo -> South Korea
    • Hoth -> Hose
    • Jedi -> Hopeless Situation / Hopeless Situation Warrior / Juedy / Samurai / Absolute Terms
    • Sith -> West / Big
    • Youngling -> Child
    • Stormtrooper -> ST ER ORMTROOP
    • Bothans -> Bosa
    • Jawas -> Plus Wow People / Java
    • Podracer -> Ford racer
    • Midi-chlorian -> MIDI chlorian
    • Jyn Erso -> Piano Prince
    • Scarif -> Scarlett
    • K-2SO -> Old K
    • Bodhi Rook -> Bodhi Luke
    • The Rebel Alliance -> The Union / The League
    • Hera Syndulla -> Cinderella
    • Galen Erso -> Galen Ursor
    • Chirrut Imwe -> Xi Lu Yingwei
    • Alderaan -> Ai Dai Lun Xing
    • Saw Gerrera -> Gregory
    • Orson Krennic -> Quincy Kunnick
    • Death Star -> Dead Star / Station Wagon
    • Wookie -> UKI, Rookie
    • Yavin -> Earth Jabin
    • Darth Maul -> God Hammer / The Main West
    • Beckett -> Baker
    • Dryden Vos -> Kleinden Worth / Durden / de Wright
    • Lady Proxima -> Forced / Adjoin XI / Mrs. Pei
    • Qi'ra -> Chi La / Qi
    • Corellia -> Craig Leah
    • Kessel -> Kosher
    • The Pykes -> Parker
    • Droid -> Robot / Android phone / Druid
  • Aerith and Bob: Just as prevalent as in the original series, if not more so. For instance, the final dogfight in The Fourth Gathers has Gospel of Luke and Mr. Thoreau teaming up against Reach the West and his wingman, Zuckerberg.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Do not want" appears at least Once an Episode.
    • "Fire" is also consistently translated as "Bull", making the various military commanders appearing through the series look like a foul-mouthed bunch.
    • "R2 Gaza" is said surprisingly often, usually by Blow The Skin.
    • "A day after the fair" is also pretty common, well at least in Backstroke of the West and The Novelty Desire.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In The Novelty Desire a stormtrooper looks at the camera and says "Sir, looking at the android phone." If you happen to be a man watching the scene on your phone, he just might be talking to you.
  • Call-Back: The final lightsaber duel of Hopeless Situation Return is pretty much a long series of them. First, Gospel says "Do not want," then Speaker D quotes his own "We are very good", "Strong and big", and "Hopeless situation" lines, and then finally, we have Reach the West saying his famous "Do not want" line one last time.
  • Crack Fic: Basically what these translations turn the movies into.
  • Earth Drift: Inverted Trope. Despite what the Opening Scroll might say, it is made clear in Backstroke of the West that it doesn't take place A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away..., but rather in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Later installments go even further by mentioning real Earthly countries by name. Tatooine is just in Africa, for instance. note  In Grand Theft Auto, Darkin is the Governor of Tajikistan, Quincy Kunnick is the Secretary of Queensland, and the Death Star plans are on Scarlett. The Novelty Desire even refers to Yavin as Earth Jabin, or just Earth.
  • Epileptic Trees: invokedAs the original plots tend to be Lost in Translation, these are practically a requirement for figuring out what the "new" movies are even about.
  • Everyone Is Bi: It seems quite common for characters to have romantic relationships with people of both sexes. Doubles as Adaptational Sexuality in most cases.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Invoked. Darth Vader is still implied to be God in Human Form (after all his former name was "Allah"), his son is named after The Gospel of Luke (that is, he's named Gospel) and characters generally make frequent references to religion.
  • Fantastic Religious Weirdness: In Backstroke of the West Ratio Tile claims that "Our faith believes in our religion, but is not to believe in a certain person." But in The Counterattack Collection, Reach the West/Lord Bader mentions a (rather badass) Quaternity: "The Father, The Driver, and The Wild Goose with The Son." Whether this happens to be the West's pantheon, or is a carryover from the beliefs of the Hopeless Situation Warriors is unclear.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: It's really hard to discern good guys from bad guys in this series, as the tone tends to be made more gray by the characters' completely altered personalities and dialogue.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The movies have an extraordinary tendency to be set "a day after the fair", even when seperated by decades In-Universe.
  • I Have Many Names: The machine translation resulted in most of the characters having a few different names.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The series expands on one of the... less remembered parts of Backstroke of the West. Several characters threaten to eat one another.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: Everything except the original bootleg, which was a true "Blind Idiot" Translation.
  • Mangled Catchphrase: "May the Force be with you" is rendered in a number of completely incorrect variations throughout all the works.
    "The Wish Power are together with you."
    "It is a person's strength."
    "The Wish Power is together with you."
    "I have a request unit."
    "We would like archetypal forces with us."
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Apparently, since there is transgendered sandcrawler, living space cruiser and Falcon Millenium is stated to have a child. Django Pets/Taunus was also stated to be hiring satellites.
  • Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: The Translation Train Wreck ends up rendering a lot of character names in this manner, most prominently Darth Vader becoming Reaching the West of Reaches.
  • Non Sequitur: Happens constantly.
  • Obligatory Swearing: To the point that they have Content Warnings for strong language.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: There seems to be more than one of them per country, for one thing. They also don't seem to have any real political power.
  • Plot Hole: Its established in Ghost the Threat that religion is illegal in the galaxy, and the D making it legal is a major plot point. And yet the Gram Republic has no qualms with the Presbyterian Church living in a temple in plain sight in their city (one very close to the Republics main building at that) or hiring their members to combat President Ray Gun and others.
    • Considering, how Ratio Tile admitted, that the Presbyterian Church's faith "believes in our religion, but is not to believe in a certain person", and how the Lord was illegal, it's quite possible, that only theistic religions are outlawed.
  • Pluralses: Mostly in Backstroke of the West, but still present elsewhere in the series. Sometimes Exaggerated into Pluralseses!
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Speaker D goes out of his way to make religion legal again in the galaxy, but only so he can enforce his own corrupt one throughout the galaxy. Hopeless Situation Return reveals that he was an atheist the whole time and was solely using religion to further his own interests.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: There are Ship Teases between characters who were never romantically involved in the original movies. Like Kui Tribute and Ratio Tile or Ratio Tile and Allah Gold, Reach The West and Bong Day, quite likely Speaker D and Allah Gold, or possibly even Mr. Thoreau and Gospel of Luke or even The and Allah Gold, though never shown.
  • Really Gets Around: In The Duplicate Offensive, when Ratio Tile arrives on Kamino, Lama Su asks him if he's "Otherwise, the leading member of the Presbyterian Church fuck?" However, it's not until Backstroke Of The West that he realises just how depraved he is.
  • Robot Religion: Of several different varieties. Blow the Skin makes a lot of Christian references, like "Finally come! Lord, who is savior" and "God is merciful to me!" But in Copy War: Part I, droids are referred to as "druids".
  • Word Salad Title: All of them, in the spirit of Backstroke of the West, The Duplicate Offensive almost sounds like it could be an actual Star Wars title, while there aren't any flies whatsoever in Flies are a Sober Force. However, once you get over the fact that the Jedi are referred to as "Hopeless Situations", Hopeless Situation Return actually does make sense as a title.

    Ghost The Threat Tropes 
  • Badass Boast: Before President Ray Gun sends his droids to find the Gungans, D the Superior says "God hammer be mind."
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Kui Tribute, if his telling Gold that he's blind is to be believed.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Allah Gold tells Kui Tribute that he wants to be a problem.
  • Call-Forward: God Hammer proudly declares that, finally, the West will do backstroke.
  • Captain Obvious: When President Ray Gun plans to invade South Korea and cuts them off from outside communication, Climbin nak tells The Plum Of "This is a situation, Your Highness."
  • Card-Carrying Villain: President Ray Gun seems to enjoy invasions, saying that "Invasion is my primary calendar."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Kui Tribute says this of the Colo Claw Fish that gets killed by the Sando Aqua Monster in South Korea's core. While it tried to eat them, Kui Tribute is quite unhappy at the outcome, because the creature was in charge of the planet's crops.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Bottle is deported from Otah Gunga rather than banished for "crashin den Heyblibber German boss".
  • Handicapped Badass: Kui Tribute reveals to Allah Gold at dinner that he's blind.
  • Illegal Religion: Early on, President Ray Gun asks Speaker D "Is the Lord legal?" implying that religionnote  is outlawed in the Milky Way. Speaker D replies "I want to fuck it into law."
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted. Allah Gold disowns his mother when he leaves Africa, saying "I have no mother. I promise.", partly because she's ashamed of him for winning the Ford race.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Ratio Tile tells Bottle to "Leave now, stay here."
  • Informed Ability: Kui Tribute tells Sio Bibble "We are the best ambassadors country.", even though he was unable to stop the Trade Federation's invasion.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Bottle innocently asks The Plum Of if her name is Hussein. The name does mean "good" or "beautiful", but it's also a common male, Muslim name, and she's a possibly transgendered woman played by a Jewish actress. She doesn't seem to mind, though.
    • The Plum Of tells Allah Gold/Anakin "You are a beautiful monster in the universe", but going from her body language, she intended it as a compliment. Gold tells her "I am a man, my name is Anakin. I'm very sorry."
  • Jive Turkey: Kui Tribute uses this to talk down to Bottle when they first meet up.
    "I said. You do not intelligent the speak."
  • Likes Older Women: Bottle, who says he's "DOEN [sic] a housewife!"
  • Misery Builds Character: Kui Tribute tells Ratio Tile that "hurt provide benefits to us."
  • Mooning: Allah Gold claims to Qui Gon that "Sebulba flashed me with his hole."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In South Korea's core, Ratio Tile and Kui Tribute evade a Colo Claw Fish by leading it into the maw of a Sando Aqua Monster, but Qui Gon calls the outcome "Terrible." because the Claw Fish was in charge of the crops.
  • Only in It for the Money: Watto claims to have "great religion" in Allah Gold, but only because he is "a credit card" to Kui Tribute's race.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Captain Tarpals orders his entire Gungan army to put on masks to disguise themselves from the battle droids. The droids don't buy it for a second and immediately open fire on the Gungans' shield.
    OOM-9: "bull."
  • Product Placement: Podracing is now Ford racing.
  • Punny Name: President Ray Gun
  • Skewed Priorities: While protecting The Plum Of from the Trade Federation, Kui Tribute states his plans to move to a desert planet (Africa) to get tattoos.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Blow The Skin appears to be experiencing this after being activated for the first time.
    "Body part I appeared? incredible! Oh!"
  • Underestimating Badassery: When the Battle Droids land on South Korea, President Ray Gun tells their captain "be careful. As a Jedi is worthless", despite clearly seeing them hacking down droves of their battle droids (sans the Droidekas) up on their ship.

    The Duplicate Offensive Tropes 
  • Achey Scars: Either Allah Gold or The Plum Of has one, and he doesn't want her to kiss it.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Ratio Tile ominously states that he'll pin the blame for the assassination attempts on someone's wife. He also tries to rope an unwilling Django into a scheme against Obi-Wan, as he orders Django to get close to him over the next few weeks.
    • After finding Camino, Vanquish Is urges Ratio Tile to delete the files relating to it. This suggests that the Hopeless Situation Warriors were using the planet for some sinister purpose.
  • Angrish: When Ratio Tile is clinging to the assassin probe, he nearly collides with an alien's speeder. Said alien expresses his anger by saying, "Dog feces Jedi fight!"
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Pair of Lady Microphone tells Allah Gold that anger is a person.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Caminoans are involved in making a clone army... and in CD burning.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: While trying to help Ratio Tile find Camino, Vanquish Is wants to help him find multiple planets, then starts talking about his past relationship with someone called Sarah.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: While trying to fly through an asteroid field, Pakistan Fee Special urges his father to "note" note 
  • Badass Boast: The tells Ratio Tile, "We will destroy the Big." even though The is a Big himself.
  • Blackmail Backfire: It's possible that Ratio Tile is coercing Django into helping him by threatening to reveal information about his previous job. Django responds that his job merely consisted of hiring satellites. note 
  • Blasphemous Praise: Ratio Tile says of the Caminoans, "They are God."
  • Canon Immigrant: Vanquish Is gives instructions to someone called "Zhihuizhongxin" during the final battle.
  • Death Seeker: Allah Gold wants to learn how to die.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Our research shows that research."
  • Destroy the Evidence: Vanquish Is urges Ratio Tile to "delete the email", but soon realises that it can't be done.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: CD burning is mentioned among the Caminoans' activities, alongside making a clone army. Given that the Star War Gatherings owe their entire existence to a bootleg DVD, this might count as Hypocritical Humor.
  • Easy Amnesia: Allah Gold gets amnesia for seemingly no reason, forgetting both who he and Ratio Tile are. Later, he seems to randomly get his memories back with no explanation.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Nuts" Gunray isn't bound to strike much fear in the heart of the enemy.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Dexamethasone warns Ratio Tile that the Caminoans are only friendly "to look at."
  • The Gambling Addict: Las Vegas Cliegg would seem to be one, based on his nickname.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Allah Gold, ironically, is an atheist and tells Ratio Tile that "The Lord is ended. Our research shows that research."
  • Informed Ability: Invoked in-universe. The Caminoans refer to Django as a "so-called bounty hunter." It's sharply contradicted by what we see of him onscreen.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Las Vegas" Cliegg and "Nuts" Gunray.
  • Inspector Javert: Ratio Tile seems to think someone's wife (possibly Captain Typho's) is behind the plot against Pair of Lady Microphone. This turns out not to be the case.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Dexamethasone is able to identify the toxic dart, despite being blind.
  • It's Personal: Allah Gold has a personal reason to oppose The here: he plans to conquer Africa, where Allah Gold was apparently born.
  • Large and in Charge: The revelation that The is a "big" leads Ratio Tile to conclude that he controls the Senate.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: When Django tries to assassinate Pair of Lady Microphone, Ratio Tile tells her that he will pin the blame on someone's wife. This is likely a cover-up so he can try to manipulate Django into spying on Obi-Wan for him. It's more than a little odd that Pair of Lady Microphone would agree to this, considering she was the intended victim.
  • Mechanical Life Forms: Django mentions that his previous job consisted of hiring satellites.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Text How Big tells Merkel that Ratio Tile and Allah Gold had just returned from a border dispute bare naked. The details aren't elaborated on.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Ratio Tile tries to coerce Django into spying on Obi-Wan for him. When Django tries to run for it with Pakistan Fee Special, Ratio tries to forcibly subdue him, resulting in a fierce fight between the two.
  • Pet the Dog: The Caminoans tell Ratio Tile that Django "pets" (we're not told what).
  • Precision F-Strike: As expected, Ratio Tile drops an F-bomb when he can't find Camino on a computer terminal.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Allah Gold claims that he and Pair of Lady Microphone break up and reconcile every day.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "Our research shows that research."
  • Shout-Out: Jango's alternate name is almost certainly inspired by Django Unchained. Funnily enough, that Django was also a bounty hunter who went up against Samuel L. Jackson.
  • The Social Darwinist: Vanquish Is is implied to be this, since he's concerned that their disadvantage is that Jedi are increasingly common.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: The threatens Text How Big by saying, "You can not thirteen."
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Caminoans have a very low opinion of Django, who can hold his own against a trained Hopeless Situation Warrior and nearly kill him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: It's vaguely implied that Ratio Tile and Django were in some kind of partnership that went sour, with Django going rogue and trying to assassinate Pair of Lady Microphone. This results in Ratio Tile blaming a random person's wife in order to cover up the whole incident, and then trying to get Django to spy on Obi-Wan for him.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: In-Universe, Ratio Tile has no idea where Camino is, and asks Dexamethasone if it's in Africa. (Really, it doesn't seem to be anywhere near land.)
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Nuts Gunray/Ray Gun is now a governor, while he was the President in Ghost.

    Backstroke of the West Tropes 

    Reply Is Minus Tropes 
  • The Alcoholic: Chicken has apparently been close to calling the Alcoholics Anonymous records.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Chicken states that he "came on the knowledge" in Dark Envelope, and then confronts Ezra over the Sith holocron "turning him on" in Eclipse Tread. Also in Eclipse Tread, Bendu asks Chicken to come on him, then says "now, from behind she", then, Ezra proclaims to Chicken that he would like to fuck him once again. Then there's Hondo assuring Melch that he will "get [his] greedy slut".
  • America Saves the Day: Inverted, just like in The Counterattack Collection, the United States military is mentioned to be on the Empire's side.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Ezra appears to be in a relationship with Jarrus, but he is also stated to have a wife and child, whom he is apparently separated from.
  • Artistic License – History: Apparently members of the Spanish Inquisition want to have a "secret mosque". In reality, the Spanish Inquisition was rather hostile to secret Muslims and Jews.
  • Artistic License – Military: Admiral Konstantine has been promoted to a Commodore Admiral, while simultaneously being a soldier, and not a politician.
  • Artistic License – Space: Ezra's honesty is stated to be great j-cloth space.
  • Call-Back: When Ezra tells Chicken that a quantum leap is needed at the beginning of "Dark Envelope", the latter replies with "Friend are you crazy!"
  • Dirty Coward: Possibly how Chicken Jarrus got his nickname.
  • Eagle Land: It's unclear which type is in play. Ezra wants to help Sabin escape to America as an illegal immigrant, but he later discovers that the United States Army is helping to hunt down the Rebels.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Kanan Jarrus has "Chicken Jarrus" as a nickname.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Jeb casually states that he has no rights.
  • Medium Awareness: Darkin knows he's a character on an animated show, because he accuses it of Pandering to the Base with its portrayal of the Rebels and the appearance of Reach the West.
    "Lord Bader Bader, Hopeless Rebels give audience the treat."
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Thrawn killed the new emperor, and the D is assumed to have taken his job back. Knowing Thrawn, it was probably an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
    • Sabin mentions that she was once a rock station.
  • Pet the Dog: Thrawn cares about the welfare of the Empire's "dental clinics."
  • Product Placement: Captain Rex believes "(Rolls-Royce) [sic] was worth it to have a child."
  • Shout-Out: In the script, Gollum is mentioned. It's unclear though who said it.
  • The Spanish Inquisition: Apparently they expanded their operations into this galaxy. They get mentioned more than once. Reach The West has a high-ranking position in the inquisition, if the dialogue is to be trusted.
  • Take That!: The United States Army is said to be helping the Empire hunt the Rebels.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Chicken and Ezra were apparently in one, if the latter telling the former "I would like to fuck you once again." is any indication.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Grand Inquisitor feels that he has done this, stating that he was once "very average."

    Ranger Soro Tropes 
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Baker Beckett.
  • Body Horror: Explicitly Averted. One of the criminals early on tells another to "See adjoin XI without Stripping your skin"
  • Bottomless Pit: The Maw is explicitly referred to as one.
  • Bring It: Thoreau's response to Lang California's taunts during sabacc.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "She must have died of her own death," among others.
  • Eat Dirt, Cheap: Luck Thoreau seems rather excited to eat dirt in the southern swamp.
  • Food Pills: The opening crawl mentions "the food drug" as one contraband item that the "large criminal groups" fight over.
  • The Gambling Addict: Land California may be one, judging from his claim to "win too many things."
  • Insurance Fraud: Thoreau's thermal grenade fakeout involves "pull[ing] down the insurance," but Mrs. Pei isn't fooled.
  • Jousting Lance: Chi La wants to joust with Luck Thoreau.
  • Product Placement: When the Falcon lands on Kessel, there's a random actual ad in the subtitles.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Briefly discussed; Thoreau wonders if he's Lang's dad.
  • Right-Hand Hottie: Chi La is Kleinden Worth's Senior Assistant.
  • Shout-Out: One of the many alternate names given to sabacc is Spock.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Robot pythons are somehow involved in the coaxium shipment.
  • Space Jews:
    • Parker apparently controls if something is rated Kosher.
    • L3 does not wish to be Kosher.

    Grand Theft Auto Tropes 
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Piano Prince.
  • Determinator / Heroic Willpower: Aboard Grand Theft Auto, Piano's Rousing Speech to the Union troops heading for Scarlett includes the line "The key to victory is determination, not in force."
  • Artistic License – Military: Kunnic is now a secretary in this version, and yet wields power over the Death Station Wagon, the Empire's most powerful weapon.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Jyn Erso is now Piano Prince.
  • Genius Loci / Living Ship: Galen Ursor says the Death Star (or rather Dead Star) can be destroyed with a precise hit to its organ.
  • The Ghost: General Cinderella (a Union general based at Earth Jabin) and Susu (whom Cassian and Bodhi were trying to find on Eadu).
  • I Meant to Do That / Suicide Attack : As a U-Wing gets shot down on Scarlett, the pilot says "We want to fly down."
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Kunnick / Quincy says "What a beauty" after the Dead Star destroys the Holy City.
  • Leet Lingo: A Union soldier shouts "WTF!" during the battle on Scarlett.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Piano Prince, Galen Ursor's daughter, is named after an instrument and a singer. His creation, the Death Station Wagon/Dead Star apparently contains an organ.
  • Non-Indicative Name: There's not much red on the tropical Scarlett, Piano doesn't play any music, and Piano does not "re-life" even after capturing the Death Star plans.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Cassian tells Piano "We are the same" regarding their relative ruthlessness and amorality in the name of fighting and surviving the Empire.
  • The Oldest Profession: Old K believes Piano was a sex worker when she was imprisoned on Wobani.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil / The Needs of the Many: Cassian tells Piano "We have done horrible things in the name of the army" as he recruits Union troops to attack Scarlett.
  • Product Placement:
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness:
    • Old K is much wordier here, and some of the other characters get pretty flowery.
    • Gregory compares himself to a candle in the wind.
    • General Ramda asks Kunnick / Quincy "Secretary, what the wind blows you to Scarlett star?"
    • A Red Squadron pilot comments "The shield does not move as a mountain" after his attack on the Scarlett shield fails.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Old K says "Alas yo" to a patrolling ST ER ORMTROOP.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: As Piano, Cassian and Old K enter the Scarlett citadel, Old K says "I have an ominous premonition."
  • Title Drop: Combined with Shout-Out. Piano Prince's rebel group uses the call sign Grand Theft Auto.

    The Novelty Desire Tropes 

    The Counterattack Collection Tropes 

    Hopeless Situation Return Tropes 

    The Mendelssohn Tropes 
  • Arc Words: "Three eggs" and "There is only Life".
  • Plot Twist: Greenhouses not only sees Mendel admit to being white, but a line from Omera reveals that either Kara Kara or the Boy is actually his sister.
  • Precision F-Strike: Mendel drops an unexpected one during a talk with Graph in The Crime.
    "They operate in the United States. Why are they fucking here?"

    Flies are a Sober Force Tropes 
  • Adaptational Heroism: If Hussein Hess' speech is to be believed, the First Order ended intolerance in this timeline.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Kellogg tells his father that he was assigned to kill him, suggesting that he's under duress.
  • Arc Words: "Do not want" returns once more, now with an echo effect.
  • Bug War: The title implies the film is about one, but there are no flies, sober or otherwise, depicted.
  • Call-Back: During the attack on Starkiller Base, Temmin "Snap" Wexley (the Resistance pliot played by Greg Grunberg) says "He is in my back." Thoreau again speaks in Roman numerals just aas he did in The Novelty Desire.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Kellogg, though he has — in his own words — heard a lot about them.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Gollum is mentioned in this film. If he was filmed in this universe, was he played by Andy Serkis?
  • Crossover:
    • Snoopy is mentioned as someone who abuses power.
    • Feet of People mentions Gollum at one point.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Eyebrows (Rey) tells BB-8 that he's "out on the beach", while they're in the middle of the desert!
    • There's also Mr. Thoreau, who somehow manages to make the Roman numeral "XIV" sound sarcastic.
  • Death Seeker: Kellogg abruptly tells Eyebrows that she has to kill him during her interrogation.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Hussein Hess claims that "The regime ended intolerance." (Granted, the First Order is more inclusive than the Galactic Empire, at least onscreen.)
  • Evil Eyebrows: Kellogg's are notable enough for Supreme Readers Snooker himself to point them out.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Eyebrows considers herself "just a waste."
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Marry is apparently one.
  • I'll Kill You!: Feet of People takes Marry aside to tell him that he wants to destroy him.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Mr. Thoreau agrees to do "nothing" for his son.
  • Kill It with Fire: Marry reluctantly agrees to start a fire during the battle of Starkiller Base.
  • Leet Lingo: The ST ER ORMTROOP guarding Eyebrows' cell calls her a "SCHVGHQGF waste."
  • Mundane Utility: Hussein Hess suggests using a clone army to play snooker.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Mr. Thoreau tries to do this when confronting Kellogg.
  • The Starscream: Shortly after defecting, Feet of People decides that he and Marry can be the First Order.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Drag Along — having been The Voiceless for the last two movies — finally says his first line of dialogue in three movies: (Greenwood). Even the blog commentary doesn't know how to react to it.
  • Take That!: The subtitles take several bracketed shots at Drag Along, claiming that "Chewie is dog feces", "Chewie is damn" and "Chewie smoothly dog feces."
  • Warrior Heaven: According to Feet of People, there exists a place known as "The Pilot Hell."

    The Final Hopeless Situation Tropes 
  • Actually a Doombot: This was apparently the case with Leah at some point. She says that this time, she was a robot.
  • Almighty Janitor: Admiral Holdo is given such mundane tasks as refueling cars, which surprises Marry.
  • Arc Words: There are many references to boats and "waves", suggesting the characters are obsessed with surfing.
  • Crossover:
    • Hussein Hess apparently issues an order to Chun-li.
    • Averted, in that several preliminary titles for the film referenced The Last Samurai.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Ross urges Feet of People to install something called a "Destroyer Destroyer."
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Snooker Supremo refers to his "apprenticeship" more than once, suggesting that he's serving a Greater-Scope Villain. Doubles as Foreshadowing for The D returning.
  • Drinking on Duty: Marry encourages his allies to "participate in the happy buzz."
  • Friendly Fire: Hussein Hess outright orders his subordinates to burn their own base.
  • May–December Romance: The Gospel of Luke at least claims that Rey / Swiss is his wife.
  • Misery Builds Character: Vanquish Is says that "failure is the best coach."
  • Private Military Contractors: There is a reference to a Hessian general during Marry's prank call on Hussein Hess' Star Destroyer.
  • Product Placement: There are several references to Kellogg's cereal.
  • Retcon:
    Snooker: Hey, you hurt you. Who was defeated by a girl did not take lightsaber.
    • Snooker Supremo is said to have deployed the "First army to take over the galaxy" in the opening crawl, meaning that the Empire of the First Choice was much smaller than we were led to believe.
  • Samurai: The opening crawl calls The Gospel of Luke/Lucas Godwalker a "Samurai Master."
  • Sex Is Evil: Inverted. It's the villains who are trying to "eliminate sex."
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The Gospel of Luke threatens to haunt both Kellogg and his children.
  • Skewed Priorities: The Gospel of Luke is upset with Kellogg not for killing his students, but for his inability to remember them.
  • Space Jews: "Cantor worship" is discussed at one point. Elijah is also mentioned a few times.
  • The Alleged Car: Hussein Hess asks Kellogg whether they should wait for the Resistance's speeders to be destroyed, implying that they'll soon break apart without outside assistance.

    The Emergence of the Weather by the Rows Tropes 
  • Bullying a Dragon: According to Maas, Speaker D has always wanted to bully and deceive death itself.
  • Call-Back: Wesley tells Leah "This is... It is very stick" when she orders him to be optimistic.
  • Dead All Along: Kellogg informs Swiss that he was killed along with his twin son.
  • Death Seeker: Slope/El Paso comments that "[he] must die in sand cave."
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • After analyzing Thunder's necklace, Candia tells Kellogg Jen that "In the system, the system is in".
    • Slope says "Consider considering it, Chevrolet." to Drag Along before going lightspeed skipping with the Millennium Eagle.
    • Rule of Three at play. "The country is used from the country's first country."
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kellogg reveals that Eyebrows/Swiss/Thunder/Ray Iraq is Speaker D's grandson.
  • Gasshole: Ray Iraq is one. When London Kellogg tells her about her ancestry, she can't help but release a "soft gas."
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Swiss/Thunder tells Gospel "I want to see myself on the throne of darkness. I will not let it occur."
  • Leet Lingo: Marry/Slope tells Finland that they must go "Out to the ASAP."
  • Mood Whiplash: Ray Iraq's response to Kellogg revealing her relation to Speaker D: releasing a "soft gas".
  • Plot Twist: Speaker D owns a company known as Dark Force Face, Swiss is actually Speaker D's grandson, and Kellogg apparently had a twin son that he died alongside.
  • Precision F-Strike: Surprisingly, only one f-bomb is dropped this time around, courtesy of Marry.
    "According to his good care. She wants to fuck."
  • Product Placement: As in "The Final Hopeless Situation", there are several references to Kellogg's cereal, Mr. Thoreau and Leah's son sharing a name with it. Also, there are many references to Pantene, Chevrolet and Chevron (with a particular Chevron in Portland, of all places, getting a Shout-Out). Sports franchises even get in on the action, with a line about Italian Association Football club Inter Milan.
  • Robosexual: Blowing Pio describes his functions as "human-machine romance."
  • Social Media Before Reason: R2 and BB-8 spend most of their screentime tweeting, regardless of how dire the circumstances are.
  • Shout-Out: Jimmy Kimmel is name-dropped when the Regime destroys the planet Jimmy, presumably on account of him being among the casualties.
  • The Alleged Car: Pa El Pattison comments that they "finally went to open the car."
  • Theme Naming: Most of the new characters are named after locations, like Ray Iraq, Finland/Finnish Syrians, El Paso/Singapore, and Sri Lanka Knox.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Averted. No one reacts negatively to Swiss supposedly being male, let alone the D's grandson.