- Badass Decay: Overly conscious with Revan, where he will act like he has barely any tactical understanding (Despite being a tactical genius during the two wars he fought in), will avoid using any of his powers from the game because that would be "overpowered", and will fall for obvious traps. Drew also drops a big Take That, Audience! to anyone who expected a competent Revan.
- Complete Monster: The Emperor. See YMMV.Star Wars The Old Republic for info.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Many Star Wars fans refused to believe this novel happened, and use other explanations for why Revan is in The Old Republic. Alongside putting Revan and The Exile to Badass Decay, the KOTOR squadmates are incredibly shafted, outside of Canderous, T3 and Bastila. Even more so for the KOTOR 2 squadmates, where outside of Kreia (And only as a reference to her as "Darth Traya") none of them are even mentioned by name. Add this in with Exile not recognizing Force consuming abilities despite having fought one in the form of Nihilus, her connection to the Force magically re-appearing, the Sith Emperor being an Invincible Villain and all of Kreia's teachings about the Force and the Jedi being a sign of Dark Side corruption. And on top of that, quite a few people hate the name Meetra Surik. Quite a few people used this as an example of why the 2014 Reboot wasn't a completely horrific decision.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The final battle. Especially once T3 gets blown apart. You may need to reread the passage a few times to make sure you read it right, but once it really sinks in that T3 is in numerous fragments, you know that anything can happen. . . and it's probably not going to end well for our heroes.
- Iron Woobie: Both of them deal with all of this with minimal tears, which shows their Determinator status pretty well.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- The Emperor crossed this both in-universe and out when he wiped out all life on a planet (even the Force!) to make himself immortal. Alternatively, he could be seen as having crossed this when he tortured his own mother to death. Of course there's also the fact that he VAPORIZED T3-M4!
- Lord Scourge crosses this when he murders Meetra Surik, the Jedi Exile, just because he had one lousy vision telling him that they would fail against the Emperor. While he does later help the Hero of Tython, it could easily be argued that he is only doing this out of self-preservation.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- The Emperor... his back-story, his existence, his powers... it's just... wrong. It's even acknowledged in-universe.
- Also in-universe, the entirety of the planet the Emperor destroyed to make himself immortal is also considered such, due to being not a wound in the Force like Malachor, but a hole. A void.
- Tear Jerker:
- Revan seeing a holorecording of the son he will never meet. When he cries it's totally understandable.
- The ending. T3: Undying Loyalty, Badass Adorable, T3-M4 is incinerated. Meetra Sunik, The Jedi Exile: The Atoner, The Hero, The Exile is betrayed and murdered. Revan: God damned, Revan; Memetic Badass, us; Revan is imprisoned by the fucking Emperor. I Will Find You. I will save you. It won't work out.
- Try to read the epilogue while listening to this . If you're not sobbing, you're probably Vitiate.
- The Woobie:
- Let's start with Revan: in addition to everything he suffered through in Knights of the Old Republic and the events before that, here, he gets a grand-total of two years to be with the woman he loves before having to leave her behind forever, never gets to see his son, is held prisoner for three years, drugged up the whole time, and finally gets betrayed and held captive for 300 years by the Sith Emperor.
- And now for the Exile. Like Revan, she did terrible things and even after making up for them is still stated as being viewed as Reformed, but Rejected by many in the galaxy, had to live as an Exile stripped from the Force for years, went through all the crap KOTOR II threw her way, and finally gets killed by Lord Scourge.
YMMV / Revan