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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

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 gives us a glimpse into an alternate Star Wars universe: where everyone swear like sailors, drop innuendos left and right, and speak 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. Work on The Counterattack Collection has since started.

Watch the first trailer here, and the second trailer here.

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.

Character page here.


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     General Tropes 
  • 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 II construction is stalling!
    • With the reveal in Hopeless Situation Return that 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 / Allah Skywalker / Roy / Line / The Peaceful Is Willing To
    • Obi-Wan Kenobi -> Ratio Tile / The Ratio is Prosperous / Wan Kenobi / Ratio Prosperous
    • Luke Skywalker -> The Gospel of Luke / The Main Road / Master Gospel Gospel / Luke / See / Lucas Godwalker
    • Han Solo -> Mr. Thoreau / Luck / Soro
    • Princess Leia -> Princess Leah / Bong Day / See Me
    • Chewbacca -> Drag Along / Baca / Chui / Tsui / Vaca
    • C-3PO -> Blow the Skin / Professor Xu
    • Lando Calrissian -> Lang California / Carly
    • Rey -> Eyebrows / Swiss
    • Finn -> Feet of People / Pin / Finland / Needle
    • Poe Dameron -> Marry / Daimlun
    • Rose Tico -> Ross
    • Darth Vader -> Reach the West / Reaching the West of Reaches / Darth Masters / South Host
    • Chancellor Palpatine -> Merkel / Map / D the Superior / The Pudding / The D
    • Padme -> The Plum Of / The Gets The Rice / Pair of Lady Microphone
    • Lord Tyranus -> Master Pulling Augustine / The / Drop
    • Supreme Leader Snoke -> Readers Snooker / Snoopy / Snooker Supremo
    • Kylo Ren -> Thoreau Jr. / Kellogg
    • 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
    • Kanan Jarrus -> Chicken Jarrus
    • Sabine Wren -> Sabin
    • Zeb Orrelios -> Jeb
    • Captain Needa -> Apple
    • Tatooine -> Africa / Tattoo
    • Naboo -> South Korea
    • Hoth -> Hose
    • Jedi -> Hopeless Situation / Hopeless Situation Warrior / Juedy / Samurai
    • Sith -> West / Big
    • Stormtrooper -> ST ER ORMTROOP
    • Bothans -> Bosa
    • Jawas -> Plus Wow People
    • 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
    • Alderann -> Ai Dai Lun Xing
    • Saw Gerrera -> Gregory
    • Orson Krennic -> Quincy Kunnick
    • Wookie -> UKI
    • Yavin -> Earth Jabin
    • Darth Maul -> God Hammer
    • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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, Tarkin is the Governor of Tajikistan, Kunnick / Quincy 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 Continues where Backstroke left off. Darth Vader is still implied to be God in Human Form, his son is named after The Gospel of Luke (that is, he's named Gospel) and characters generally make frequent references to religion.
  • 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'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.
  • 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.
  • Non Sequitur: Happens constantly.
  • Obligatory Swearing: To the point that they have Content Warnings for strong language.
  • One Mario Limit: Completely averted. Nute Gunray, Qui-Gon Jinn, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Admiral Piett are all referred to as "Mr. President".
  • 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 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.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: In both The Novelty Desire and Hopeless Situation Return, the rebels "speed up the offensive music" as part of their battle plan. Why the Empire are so bothered by the work of John Williams is unknown.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: 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.
    • D being an atheist by the time of Hopeless Situation Return doesn't mean he was always one. It could be that he lost his faith when he saw the Death Stars being built.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: There are Ship Teases between characters who were never romantically involved in the original movies. Like Qui-Gon and Ratio Tile,, Reach The West and Bong Day, or possibly even Mr. Thoreau and Gospel of Luke.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: "Lord Maul" was translated as "God Hammer".
  • Badass Boast: Before President Ray Gun sends his droids to find the Gungans, D the Superior says "God hammer be mind."
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Allah Gold tells Qui-Gon 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, Captain Panaka 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: Qui-Gon 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, Qui-Gon is quite unhappy at the outcome, because the creature was in charge of the planet's crops.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jar Jar is deported from Otah Gunga rather than banished for "crashin den Heyblibber German boss".
  • Handicapped Badass: Qui-Gon reveals to Anakin at dinner that he's blind.
  • Illegal Religion: Early on, President Ray Gun asks D "Is the Lord legal?", implying that religionnote  is outlawed in the Milky Way. D replies "I want to fuck it into law."
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted. Anakin 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: Qui-Gon 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. Anakin tells her "I am a man, my name is Anakin. I'm very sorry."
  • Jive Turkey: Qui-Gon uses this to talk down to Jar Jar when they first meet up.
    "I said. You do not intelligent the speak."
  • Likes Older Women: Jar Jar, who says he's "DOEN [sic] a housewife!"
  • Misery Builds Character: Qui-Gon tells Ratio Tile that "hurt provide benefits to us."
  • Mooning: Anakin claims to Qui Gon that "Sebulba flashed me with his hole."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In South Korea's core, Ratio Tile and Qui-Gon 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 Qui-Gon'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, Qui-Gon 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.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name:
    • "Las Vegas" Cliegg.
    • Django deploys a weapon called an "Earthquake Fee" against Ratio Tile.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: While trying to fly through an asteroid field, Boba 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.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Vanquish Is urges Ratio Tile to "delete the email", but soon realises that it can't be done.
  • 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 Boba, 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 telling Melch that he will get his greedy slut.
  • 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 – Astronomy: Ezra's honesty is stated to be great j-cloth space.
  • Artistic License – History / Artistic License – Religion: 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.
  • 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 Sabine 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: Zeb 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 D is assumed to have taken his job back. Knowing Thrawn, it was probably an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
    • Sabine 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.
  • Student Teacher 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.
  • Take That!: The United States Army is said to be helping the Empire hunt the Rebels.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Grand Inquisitor feels that he has done this, stating that he was once "very average."

     Ranger Soro Tropes 

     Grand Theft Auto Tropes 
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Piano Prince.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Bodhi Luke is implied to have multiple personalities, judging by his habit of always being referred to as 'the pilots'.
  • 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.
  • L33t L1ng0: A Union soldier shouts "WTF!" during the battle on Scarlett.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Piano Prince, Gregory Prince's daughter, is named after an instrument and a singer. His creation, the Death Station Wagon/Dead Star is alternatively called the 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: 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 
  • Alliterative Title: The Counterattack Collection.
  • America Saves the Day: Inverted. The United States is apparently on the side of the Empire, and even has its own Star Destroyer!
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Lang California.
  • BFG: Vanquish Is refers to Gospel's blaster as "Fat weapons".
  • Busman's Holiday: Poor Mr. Thoreau. The Empire of the First Choice just has to invade Hose during his vacation.
  • Call-Back: Just like in Reply is Minus, the United States military is once again on the side of the Empire.
  • Cool Boat: The rebels have their base built inside of a massive boat hidden deep within the icy caverns of Hose.
  • Edible Theme Naming: One of Reach the West's captains is named Apple. note 
  • The Empire: In addition to the Empire of the First Choice, there's also apparently an "Empire of Love", which was given to Lang California.
  • Eye Scream: Defied. Gospel tells Vanquish Is that he can't do this to him.
  • Genius Loci: The entire Hose system might be one, as the Empire of the First Choice are expecting it to "become human form".
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite being in charge of an "Empire of Love", Lang California claims he's merely the manager of a factory.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Blow the Skin laughs when the Boat shield doors are closed, thus trapping Gospel and Thoreau outside. Granted, it's to help assure R2 that Gospel will be fine, but he could take the situation a little more seriously...
  • Living Ship: Gospel makes an offhand mention of a living space cruiser early in the film.
  • Mile-Long Ship: The living space cruiser pretty much has to be this, given that there's apparently not enough ice on Hose to fill it up. (Why Gospel of Luke wants to fill it with ice is unclear.)
  • Mind Screw: This gem from Reach the West, when he captures Mr. Thoreau and Bong Day:
    "If you are us, we will be honored."
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Vanquish Is urges Gospel to "destroy all" in order to bring the fighting to an end.
  • The Pornomancer: Gospel's snowspeeder co-pilot (Dak Ralter) says he wants to do the whole empire himself before they take off.
    • Likely Lang California, as he mentions being in charge of an 'Empire of Love'.
  • Product Placement: In-universe, an Imperial officer talks to Reach The West about an incident which was the last time the bounty hunters appeared in the Empire's product range.
  • Repetitive Name: Blow the Skin refers to Gospel as "Master Gospel Gospel" at one point.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Apparently unappreciated by the bounty hunters, who seize the opportunity to dump their garbage in Reach the West's Star Destroyer.
  • Satan: Is apparently a resident of Dagobah, if Vanquish Is is to be believed.
  • Shout-Out: While on the ice planet Hose, Blow the Skin makes a Disney reference.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Mr. Thoreau is wrapped up taking a vacation when the Rebel Alliance is in the middle of a heated war with the Empire. And when he finds Gospel freezing in the Hose wasteland, the first thing he does is ask for his signature!
    • When the Imperial Navy sets their course for Hose to fight the Rebels, Admiral Ozzel decides to screw around and take the Imperial Navy on a time travel joyride. Reach the West isn't amused and promptly kills him.
    • When Reach the West's fleet is searching the asteroid field, one of his captains is discussing the subject of product range with him while the fleet is being pummeled by asteroids (one of which just destroyed up a nearby Star Destroyer).
  • The Sleepless: Implied with Boba Fett. Reach the West makes a point of singling him out, saying "No, you can not collapse."
  • Straw Nihilist: In the opening, Luke says that he doesn't choose any of the measured values of life.
  • Time Travel: Reach the West rants to General Veers about how Admiral Ozzel took the Imperial Navy for a joyride by going through time via Faster-Than-Light Travel. At the boat, a rebel finds out about the situation and calls it "bull."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Granted, Admiral Ozzel wasn't the brightest bulb on the Life Day tree in the first place, but it takes a special kind of insanity to take the entire Imperial Navy on a time travel joyride while they're supposed to be hunting the Rebels. He was just asking for Reach the West to kill him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mr. Thoreau is completely indifferent to the rebels' cause, preferring to take a vacation instead of helping them with the war effort. He also acts disgusted by Bong Day and taunts her in the hallway. On board the Falcon, he also threatens to have Blow the Skin terminated if he doesn't shut up. He even calls himself a villain to Bong Day when they're on the Falcon.

     Hopeless Situation Return Tropes 

     Flies are a Sober Force Tropes 

     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.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: The Gospel of Luke gets a new alternate name that takes the religious subtext Up to Eleven—Lucas Godwalker.
  • Crossover:
    • General Hux 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.
  • Drinking on Duty: Marry encourages his allies to "participate in the happy buzz."
  • Friendly Fire: Hux 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 Marty's prank call on Hux's Staf 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 Thoreau Jr. and his children.
  • Skewed Priorities: The Gospel of Luke is upset with Thoreau Jr. 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: Hux asks Thoreau Jr. whether they should wait for the Resistance's speeders to be destroyed, implying that they'll soon break apart without outside assistance.


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