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     A-B 
  • Accidental Innuendo
  • Actor Shipping:
    • During the days of the Original Trilogy, the fans who loved Luke and Leia's romantic chemistry turned into shipping Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (nicknamed "Marrie", apparently), due to them being very close in real-life. It was eventually revealed in Carrie Fisher's memoir (mentioned below) that Mark indeed had a crush on her during the production of A New Hope.
    • A large amount of the fans who ships Han/Leia also shipped Carrie with Harrison Ford. Even moreso after the rumors of their supposed affair during the production, which was confirmed by Carrie herself on her memoir, The Princess Diarist, before her passing. It went to the point where Mark Hamill also shipped them, even moreso by calling them "Carrison" and "Harrie". The name "Carrison" eventually turned up as a chapter title in The Princess Diarist.
    Carrie Fisher: It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.
    • During the days of the Prequel Trilogy, a significant amount of the fans shipped Natalie Portman with Hayden Christensen, nicknamed 'Nayden'. The fact that they briefly dated during production did not hurt either.
    • And now, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley became a ship loved by many, not only for their on-screen chemistry but also for their strong off-screen chemistry (similar to Mark/Carrie above), which was further ignited by John Boyega giving her an Affectionate Nickname, "Peanut". And prior to the release of TLJ, Daisy and Domhnall Gleeson became an equally popular ship thanks to promotional materials, due to Gleeson's seeming awkwardness when around Daisy and both expressing heavy appreciation for each other a LOT.
    • After the release of Rogue One, Felicity Jones and Diego Luna picked up some flames from Jyn/Cassian shippers. Also, Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn got quite a number of shippers after they showed quite a chemistry on interview/events, at least until the former got close to Hideo Kojima.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Even if you've never seen a single Star Wars theatrical film and know virtually nothing about the franchise, there's a pretty good chance you know Darth Vader is actually Luke Skywalker's father.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: It's one of the under-appreciated ironies that despite drawing a lot of inspiration from Asian religions and mythology, Star Wars, with the exception of Japan (and to a lesser extent, Korea), is not very popular in Asia, especially the two largest Asian nations, (also the two largest in terms of population in the world):
    • Star Wars is famously obscure in China. This is mostly due to the fact that China hadn't opened its market to the West in the period of its original release (1977-1983) and when it did, around the time of the Prequel Trilogy, there was little of the Nostalgia Filter and curiosity that attracted its great hype elsewhere. The Sequel Trilogy has a famously difficult time to break in China, despite Disney films doing well there. The context of Star Wars, a combination of multiple science-fiction tropes, and vaguely spiritual mysticism clashing with technology generally has little favor. There is also the fact that Star Wars has real competition in China with wuxia films and other martial arts works that largely removed a lot of the exotic appeal it had for the Western audiences. More recently, Solo which was subtitled A Star Wars Story in the West, was promoted as a standalone title without any connection to Star Wars there.
    • It isn't especially big in India either. Hollywood films as a rule rarely do well in India against the local product albeit more because of state-imposed restrictions than anything else. India is one of the few places where The Terminator and The Matrix had a bigger cultural and technical influence than Star Wars and where Harrison Ford is more well known for his turn in Air Force One than as Han Solo. The situation changed, at least for the urban English-speaking population, around the time of the Prequel Trilogy which were generally well liked there but even then Star Wars is seen as one among many science-fiction films rather than the big separate pop culture entity it is in the West. Similar to China, the Indian melodrama and pop-culture cinema still uses many of the melodramatic and epic tropes that Star Wars repackaged in science-fiction dressing, removing most of its freshness for the Western audience, and they largely don't see what the fuss is about.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping:
  • Applicability: With as much impact as the franchise has had on popular culture, people have found ways to relate Star Wars, especially the theatrical films' elaboration of the political backdrop, to pretty much every aspect of everyday life.
    • The Prequel Trilogy’s films, for instance, are often analyzed and used as satires of the United States' liberal-conservative divide, especially because its main subject is the downfall of a Republic to an Empire (a plot that by its nature inherently touches on issues and debates of democracy) and the George W. Bush and Donald Trump presidencies in particular (with the latter possibly leading to the massive surge in Revenge of the Sith memes in 2017).
    • The Original Trilogy’s films were themselves political fodder. Ronald Reagan referred to a planned missile program as "Star Wars" and his speech describing the Soviet Union as an "Evil Empire" also alluded to the Original Trilogy's filmsnote . Politically, the original film's references are seen as being especially hard to parse, because Lucas co-opts imagery from Triumph of the Will and not merely for the Empire but also the resistance (the finale of A New Hope in the medal ceremony has Nuremberg lighting straight out of Reifenstahl for what is essentially a tribute to the good guys). Return of the Jedi has Ewoks defeating the Empire in what Lucas at the time considered a reference to the Vietnam War with the Empire and its Storm-Troopers analogous to USA.note 
  • Archive Panic: The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest media franchises around:
    • The Original Trilogy can itself be viewed in a single long afternoon, or late evening (cumulatively it's 6 Hours, 18 Minutes, three hours shorter than the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and it's the representative foundation for the entire franchise. It's followed by the Prequel Trilogy, each of which is longer than Return of the Jedi (the longest of the Original Trilogy), and is more slow-paced. Then there's the Disney era, which are also in the longish side with The Last Jedi holding the current record at 151 minutes as the longest film in the franchise.
    • The Expanded Universe, adaptations, licensed titles, and other paraphernalia includes a monstrous amount of comic books, comic strips, books and novels (Wikipedia lists at least 303 books total), over 120 video game tie ins and other material (I.e. The radio and audio dramas, and enough toys and merchandise to fill the Executor). And new content is still being made to this day, and after 40 years, it is showing no signs of stopping. Trying to reduce this, and the Continuity Lock-Out it could lead to, in order to help bring in newer fans may be part of why Disney decided a lot of the previously released spin-offs are no longer canon. At the very least, the purchase by Disney provides a handy dividing line for the entire franchise.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • When the franchise was bought by Disney, the previously established characters and elements except the ones that George Lucas created were deemed non-canon and placed under the Legends continuity. As a result, the non-canonization of many fan-favorite characters, such as Thrawn and Mara Jade, left quite a few fans dissatisfied. Come 2017 and Thrawn has been adapted to the canonical Art-Shifted Sequel series Rebels, while portions of Han Solo's backstories in The Han Solo Adventures were adapted into Solo.
    • December of the previous year saw the release of The Last Jedi, one of the most divisive theatrical films in the franchise, in a trilogy that was already incredibly divisive among fans. The Troubled Production of Solo didn't help matters either since, even though it did get released, it received lukewarm reviews and didn't meet its expectations at the box office. And then there's multiple performers and crew members who worked on The Last Jedi receiving lots of harassment from the fans, with Kelly Marie Tran notably deleting her Instagram account as a result of it. As such, the first half of 2018 was a very tempestuous time within and out of the fandom. Come Comic-Con, however, and it was announced that The Clone Wars had been revived for a seventh and final season in order to give it the proper ending it never received as a result of being cancelled back in 2013. To say this was universally accepted and beloved by fans would be an understatement and it appears to have reunited some of the already-divisive fandom.
  • Badass Decay:
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Anakin's fanbase vs. hatedom is evenly split between those who liked or hated the Prequel Trilogy. Both sides will praise Anakin for his portrayal in The Clone Wars through. Surprisingly, his legendary future self - Darth Vader - has also become a minor example due to the theatrical films created by Disney shilling his character to some extent (The Force Awakens makes a point of Kylo Ren not being able to live up to his predecessor, while Rogue One paints Vader as a terrifying, larger-than-life figure to an even greater degree than the Original Trilogy did). For a while, there was some backlash over Darth Vader's page on Wookieepedia being merged into Anakin's page for canonical reasons, due to Anakin being a Base-Breaking Character while Vader was one of the most universally beloved characters in the franchise. Possibly in response to this, The Other Wiki merged both versions of the character into Vader's page due to Vader being the more well-known form in popular culture.
    • Within the fans whom solely liked the Original Trilogy, the Ewoks are debated as whether are the start of Lucas making mistakes or aren't that annoying but should be viewed more positively in light of Jar Jar's antics.
    • Within the Prequel Trilogy’s fanbase, the criticism towards Jar Jar is either justified on its own or overinflated by those whom hated the Prequel Trilogy against a character that wasn't that annoying or stereotypical in hindsight. Depending on whether it proves to be true, the theory about what Jar Jar might have been all along (see Alternate Character Interpretation above) threatens to blow up the breaks on this base all over again. The fact that Ahmed Best revealed he contemplated suicide over the toxic reaction from fans hasn't exactly helped the debate.
    • While Boba Fett always had a sizable fanbase, there's an increasing number of people who think that he's an overrated character whose Memetic Badass reputation is undeserved given his on-screen lack of badassery, and are sick of hearing such fans making claims such being able to fight Vader to a standstill if the two ever fought.
    • In regards to the Sequel Trilogy, fans are divided over Luke Skywalker's portrayal, particularly in The Last Jedi. Some consider it to be Out of Character whilst others feel it makes logical sense in context. Rose Tico is also a bit of a base-breaker (though not to the same extent). Some love her, some think she's just okay and then there are people who think she's "the Jar Jar of the Sequel Trilogy" (and some would then argue back that's she's nowhere near that bad...)
    • The original trilogy has C-3PO. Either you like him for being a quirky character and his friendship with R2-D2, or you dislike him for being a worry-wart who doesn't know when to shut up. There's no in-between to this. It didn't help that he was originally viewed as The Scrappy after The Empire Strikes Back, but he has been upgraded to this because of him having both fans and haters.
  • Better on DVD: If you get the Complete Saga collection, you'll get all six theatrical films so that you don't have to buy them separately. This makes it slightly easier for a viewing experience, as both trilogies were originally sold separately. It counts also even for the regular editions (including as a DVD release), as all three films of both trilogies are collected in the set instead of separately.

     C-E 
  • Canon Fodder: Despite the Expanded Universe, or maybe because of it.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • It's common among recent fans, in Cracked and other pages, to argue that the only reason Star Wars is good is because of Lucas' collaborators rather than Lucas himself, much of which, while taking nothing away from the collaborative part of film-making (which contrary to belief, even auteurists admittednote ), is based on misconceptions about film-production. An often cited fact is that Marcia Lucas saved Star Wars after a disastrous "rough cut". The truth of the matter as anyone with familiarity with film production will tell you is that rough cuts of most good to great films are always pretty lousy (and so they are called "rough" for that very reason). So while Marcia Lucas did play a major part in making A New Hope great, it would be an exaggeration, and likewise unfair to other collaborators (including George himself), to claim that she single-handedly saved the theatrical film or was alone responsible for the theatrical film turning out right simply because she did what many great editors have done on countless film productions.
    • The idea that the Prequel Trilogy’s films exclusively used CGI for their special effects or relied too much on blue screening is common ammunition used by fans to bash the Prequel Trilogy. While its true that every shot has some digital effect or processing applied (The Phantom Menace uses CGI in 90% of its shots), there were actually more sets, models and miniatures built for The Phantom Menace alone than there were for the entire Original Trilogy. Amusingly, The Force Awakens got considerable press for its use of Practical Effects, even though only around 500 shots in the film had them, with the rest of the film having even more CGI shots than The Phantom Menace. It is also worth noting that shots of actors interacting with unseen blue screen effects (such as any of the spaceship battles and the speeder bike chase) were absolutely abundant in the Original Trilogy.
    • The idea that David Prowse was the only guy who played Darth Vader inside the suit (not counting Sebastian Shaw as the unmasked Vader) in the Original Trilogy's films. In truth, Vader's many fight scenes in the suit were done by stunt swordsman (and duel coordinator for the first six theatrical films) Bob Anderson. It was Anderson in the suit when dueling Obi-Wan in the Death Star, Luke at Bespin, and then in the Throne Room.
    • The idea of Darth Vader as the ultimate villain of the franchise instead of simply the most famous villain, tends to obscure that he was only the Big Bad in one film, the The Empire Strikes Back. In A New Hope, Grand Moff Tarkin was the main villain with Vader as The Dragon. He was Vader's superior and he was the one who commanded the Death Star and ordered the destruction of Alderaan. In Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious is the villain, in addition to being the overarching villain of the story. Vader is also seen as a case of The Bad Guy Wins, when in The Empire Strikes Back, he completely fails his real plan, i.e. converting Luke to the Dark Side and pulling a coup on Palpatine, and that failure strips him of his command, being given a minor overseer task in Return of the Jedi and denied command of any ground or air forces at the Battle of Endor. Lucas himself has affirmed that Vader was intended to be a frightening and cool adversary but never an ultimate embodiment of evil, seeing him as the man who "goes down the corner and gets Satan's cigarettes" and a "flunky" to a bigger and more evil organization.
  • Contested Sequel:
    • Due to the vitrolic nature of the Broken Base, every theatrical film after The Empire Strikes Back is seen as this. Empire itself, was widely seen as this at the time of release due to being Darker and Edgier and ending on a cliffhanger. Return of the Jedi was far better received at the time than The Empire Strikes Back, and it was only by the end of the 80s that The Empire Strikes Back came to be highly regarded.
    • The Prequel Trilogy as a whole is subject to this. They created an entire sub-industry bashing it. The general consensus is that The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones are the two weakest installments in the Prequel Trilogy while Revenge of the Sith is either seen as a masterpiece or above-average but not close to the Original Trilogy’s films, with fan and critical opinion feeling that it presented a picture of Vader's downfall that didn't do justice to how they saw the character. Others argue that the Prequel Trilogy's theatrical films are visually gorgeous and beautiful, with greater World Building that really conveyed a universe filled with diverse planets, amazing detailed action set pieces (the Podrace, the chase over Coruscant at the start of Attack of the Clones and the opening space battle of Revenge of the Sith). It also communicated an aesthetic that was entirely different from the Original Trilogy (where the Sequel Trilogy is often criticized for simply rehashing the look of the first Star Wars theatrical films) as well as the best lightsaber duels (Darth Maul in the "Duel of the Fates" and Anakin and Obi-Wan at Mustafar). Revenge of the Sith in particular has many fans considering it a great theatrical film, as good as the Original Trilogy's first two theatrical films, while others see it as being above-average.
    • The Last Jedi is this due to being quite different in terms of tone and story-direction to other Star Wars films and for presenting a picture of Luke Skywalker post-OT that completely upended some fans' expectations. Some viewers are hailing it as one of the best films in the saga since The Empire Strikes Back, others hated the direction it takes, and others still don't know what to make of it.
    • The remaining four films - Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Solo - suffer from this more mildly; while generally very well-liked or regarded, many fans agree that they don't quite live up to the first two movies' level of prestige, each for their own reasons.
  • Creator Worship: Prequel Trilogy fans treat George Lucas this way. Unlike the Original Trilogy, these theatrical films were entirely written and directed by him, and as per his own interviews, represent his original vision for a Space Opera done on an Epic scale. Prequel fans as a rule also defend the Special Editions and the changes made by Lucas.
  • Critical Backlash:
    • The prequel trilogy, especially The Phantom Menace, gets this in spades due to the often vitriolic nature of the people's dislike for them, which can cause people new to the franchise to wonder what all the fuss was about. Revenge of the Sith gets it much less so than the other two, although it is still gets enough flak to warrant the same status as the other two.
    • Ironically enough, Return of the Jedi, while still generally seen as the worst of the Original Trilogy, is getting more and more praise as time passes and it's not uncommon to hear people claim it as their favorite of the Original Trilogy after the Prequel Trilogy came out.
    • As noted in the Misblamed section, some fans feel that Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen get too much hatred for their terrible performances, pointing out how other actors gave similarly bad performances yet didn't get as much fan ire. Instead, they point to the bad screenplay and George Lucas's direction. The bullying that Lloyd received for his portrayal and Lucas admitting that he can't write effective dialogue only increased this backlash.
    • A downplayed case with The Last Jedi. While adored by critics, it's extremely polarizing with fans due to its handling of Luke Skywalker, attempts at Internal Deconstruction and its attempts to take the franchise into new directions, which in the views of some were either not executed well, or were bad ideas to begin with.
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • The Prequel Trilogy had better reception than most Internet forums and comments sections would have one believe, considering the first two got a So Okay, It's Average reaction with 59% and 67% scores on Rotten Tomatoes and a rather positive 79% for Revenge of the Sith, only less than Return of the Jedi by 1%. note  Going by some fan reactions and the audience polls ranging in the 60% range, one would get the impression they are some of the worst films to hit the planet. This was somewhat balanced out by the rise of the Prequel Trilogy fanbase in The New '10s who proclaim them to be among the greatest movies ever, resulting in even stronger audience polarization that reflects the movies' highly mixed (as opposed to outright negative) Tomatometer scores.
    • Similarly, while Return of the Jedi is considered the weakest of the original films, it still has a very favorable reception, considering its Rotten Tomatoes audience score is at a whopping 95%, far better than the 80% of critics.
    • Yet according to this article if we were to score all six films based on critical reception at their first releases, A New Hope and Revenge of the Sith would get the highest scores while Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace would score the lowest. What makes this all the more surprising is if you were to compare them to The Force Awakens first release score, it's the highest rated Star Wars film to date!
    • In what's possibly one of the most pronounced cases of this trope in action, The Last Jedi had an overwhelmingly positive response from critics at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience score, however, hovers around the 50% range with a significant amount of uproar made over the direction of the film, to the point it warranted news outlets reporting on the disconnect.
  • Death of the Author: The reason why George Lucas finally gave up with doing anything related to Star Wars, because every single mistake in the franchise is blamed onto him, the Creator of the entire franchise in the first place! Particularly pertaining to the changes made in the various re-releases of the Original Trilogy and various aspects of the Prequel Trilogy. It's easily one of the biggest Base Breakers of the entire franchise and a significant turn-off to hardcore fans.
  • Dork Age:
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Darth Vader is one of the biggest examples in popular culture. Despite the fact that he's the enforcer of an evil totalitarian regime, serves directly under a Complete Monster (Palpatine), and has killed, terrorized, tortured, injured and manipulated many beings, and prominent characters, across the galaxy, he's widely viewed as a cool and admirable character, became the Series Mascot, and is heavily marketed to kids. Many glorify him as a great adversary and competent villain because of his his cool design, Force powers, and memorable voice and quotes and the fact that he ultimately earns a measure of redemption. The theatrical films, even in the Original Trilogy, reveal a fairly impulsive and reckless figure who fails more often than he succeedsnote . Furthermore, the Dark Side has utterly wrecked his life, making him live in chronic pain with permanent scarring, severe physical and psychological trauma, and ultimately for all the promises of power, never amounting to more than Palpatine's slave until the very end.
    • Kylo Ren seems to be headed this way too, probably because he affects sympathetic qualities, has a cool costume, a cool lightsaber and is played by the talented and handsome Adam Driver. Some of his fans overlook the fact he’s a violent, unstable murderer who killed his own father, Han Solo, himself is a fan-favourite, constantly blaming his parents and relatives for his own life choices, and for all his talk about commitment to the Dark Side and the Nostalgia Filter of The Empire, generally lacking in personal loyalty and discipline as as soldier, commander, and leader, with seemingly little in the way of real ideological conviction (as evidenced by his coup on Snoke, his murder of the Guards by teaming up with Rey, and then lying about his coup to usurp the First Order in a cold-blooded manner) in anything other than his own ego.
  • Enhanced on DVD: Despite the amount of scorn they get from purists and varying levels of Digital Destruction, the various special editions of the Original Trilogy have also removed small mistakes that were missed (such as the lightsabers in the Darth Vader and Luke fight in Return Of The Jedi) and the Blu-ray release of the Prequel Trilogy includes re-rendered CGI for many scenes and replaces the Yoda puppet from The Phantom Menace with the CGI one to maintain visual continuity. Some of the defenders of the Special Editions note:
    "Also, it's worth noting that, taken in context, the changes are minor. Greedo shooting first. A CGI populated Mos Eisley. Han meeting Jabba. No more "Yub Yub." Vader screaming "Nooo!" To those not steeped in Star Wars lore, these things pass unnoticed. The essence of what the movies were, are, and will be remains the same; all the things we love about Star Wars are unchanged. Some argue they cannot watch the Special Editions without being pulled out of the experience by the alterations. Fair enough, although that criticism says more about the viewer than the material they are viewing. If that's the case, they're not really immersed."
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • There's a somewhat popular one that suggests that R2-D2 was actually a Republic and later Rebel spy throughout the entire franchise.
    • Another popular theory posits that Boba Fett killed Beru and Owen Lars, supported by his presence on Tatooine in the Special Edition, and the fact that Darth Vader specifically tells him not to disintegrate anyone, when the only characters that are shown as having been disintegrated are the Lars family.
    • See the Alternate Character Interpretation of Jar Jar Binks for one that could alter the complexion of the entire post-Original Trilogy franchise if proven to be true.
  • Even Better Sequel: The Empire Strikes Back is viewed as one to the original film (A New Hope), although the first film is still considered a masterpiece and Return of the Jedi is a classic at any rate, and an excellent film at the very least. Among the Prequel Trilogy, Revenge of the Sith, the third one, is generally considered the best of the films, even by its detractors, with early critical opinion, and a minority of Star Wars aficionados ranking it as the greatest since Empire. Most critics generally ranked The Last Jedi as better than The Force Awakens, and both are generally considered to be, better than the Prequel Trilogy or as-good-as-if-not-better-than Return of the Jedi at the very least.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Darth Vader kicked this trope into high gear and set the standard for future fictional villains. Mostly because he has arguably the most authoritative and commanding voice in film history.
    • Grand Moff Tarkin, thanks to Peter Cushing's performance (Cushing had long had a reputation for this in Hammer Horror films) still endures as the butcher of Alderaan, and for somehow being convincing as Vader's superior officer despite his bureaucratic appearance. His posthumous turn in Rogue One which deals with his devilishly cruel and brilliant supplanting of Director Krennic to gain power in the Imperial hierarchy, has also won him many fans, especially among the newcomers.
    • Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious thanks to Ian McDiarmid's performance elevated a generic Evil Overlord into a Satanic Archetype that in the actor's own words is even more evil than Satan. He was widely considered the best character of the Prequel Trilogy, thanks to his genius manipulation of the Jedi, and especially Anakin to serve as his puppets. Palpatine's memetic line-delivery, his mocking of his opponents (such as the famous "deflector shield will be quite operational" and the Darth Plagueis parable), and his unique line deliveries are popular among imitations, and Palpatine itself is a byword for an insidious arch-manipulative Corrupt Politician, that some rank alongside William Shakespeare's Iago as an iconic villain.
    • Darth Maul is arguably the most iconic Sith Lord after Vader himself. He was ubiquitous and over-promoted before The Phantom Menace and widely considered the best new character in that film. The final duel between him and the two Jedi is among the best fight scenes in the entire franchise. His unique character and lightsaber design, as well as Ray Park's physical performance have kept him as a fan favorite to the extent that his death was undone in The Clone Wars and he finally returned Back from the Dead in live-action at the end of Solo. By comparison, not even popularity brought Boba Fett out of the Sarlacc pit.
    • Kylo Ren generally tries too hard but most agree that he is plenty cool when he stops trying. Mostly due to his actor's charisma, his good looks which remain undminished despite his turn to the dark side (averting Evil Makes You Ugly unlike the earlier films), and for his highly unpredictable nature, where he's capable of venting out in rage and frustration as well as coldly manipulating events for his advantage, as in the case of his murder of Snoke.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Sith Lord Githany. A Bandage Babe wielding a light whip and has an appearance similar to Esmeralda.
    • Though the Star Wars queen of this trope would be Darth Talon. A scantily clad red skinned Twi'lek with sith tattoos all over her body.
    • Boba Fett.
    • Kylo Ren is starting to be viewed as such, ever since the scene in The Force Awakens when he first removes his helmet (which has subsequently been parodied numerous times). This has been ramped right up in The Last Jedi, where he has some rather initimate moments with Rey via Force Bond and is shirtless for the entirety of one scene.
    • Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith is viewed as such by some people, at least until that little incident on Mustafar...

     F-G 
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Only to a minor extent in the Original Trilogy, but much more prevalent in the Prequel Trilogy.
    • Owen Lars in the role of Fantasy-Forbidding Father to Luke in A New Hope. He really just wanted to keep Luke out of the galaxy-spanning conflict because Good Parents don't like sending their kids into danger, especially since Luke's father became the Big Bad Darth Vader. Their deaths are actually treated as having liberated Luke to pursue his destiny and, after a very brief period of sorrow, he displays an Angst? What Angst? attitude and never mentioned Owen and Beru again (despite both being Good Parents). However, he deeply mourned Obi-Wan when he gets killed and, of course, his father who was responsible for their deathsnote .
    • Use of motivational stories told From a Certain Point of View left a seriously blurry line between between trying to spare somebody's feelings and being a Manipulative Bastard when it advanced your goals. Luke himself called out Obi-Wan for this and never bought it as a valid excuse for one second in Return of the Jedi.
    • In the Prequel Trilogy, it is revealed that Jedi are not supposed to form long-term relationships, and especially not marry, as such emotional ties could lead to The Dark Side by way of Love Makes You Evil. When this caused a lot of upset in fans (and EU writers) with visions of the Jedi Knights as romantic heroes, George Lucas pulled a Flip-Flop of God to clarify that the Jedi didn't have to actually be Celibate Hero types — they could have casual sexual affairs. But obviously that one was an even harder Aesop to explain to the kids.
    • The revelation that the Republic era Jedi Order recruited Force Sensitive children at very young ages and required them to have no further contact with or knowledge of their families (because that would be an emotional attachment), made some fans view them as brainwashed Child Soldiers. This policy was unfortunately validated by the fact that Anakin, allowed into the Order as a special case, did actually go bad because of his emotional ties. Likewise, Kylo Ren, Han and Leia's son, turned to the Dark Side at least partly because of conflict with his parents and their subsequent decision to pawn him off on Luke Skywalker in the hopes of corrective discipline.
    • Darth Vader's redemption has often been seen as this. While Vader ultimately felt remorse and turned against the Emperor, he still killed and tortured many innocent people, including a woman who turned out to be his daughter who he tortured on two separate occasions. In the Prequel Trilogy he even openly committed war crimes against the Tusken Raiders (when he was still "good") and then Jedi younglings. Over his career as Darth Vader, he would be involved in many other war crimes, including the destruction of Alderaan. Many people note that in real life, anyone with that much blood on his hands would never truly be forgiven or pardoned the way the Original Trilogy’s do, complete with him becoming one with the Force and ascending to Jedi Heaven. The Sequel Trilogy's Happy Ending Override explores this in showing how the bad Vader did, for most of the galaxy, outdid the good, with his Villainous Legacy causing new problems and baggage for his children, but nobody openly questions and raises the issue of Vader's redemption in the story itself.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Do not call Darth Vader "Dark" Vader unless you really want to get on a fan's nerves.
  • Fandom Heresy:
    • Admitting you liked the Prequel Trilogy (or worse, the Updated Rereleases of the Original Trilogy) can be this. Among the absolute most "purist" fans, even Return of the Jedi isn't always safe. The simple logic dictates that the majority of fans worldwide only know the Special Editions due to the unavailability of restored versions of A New Hope in theaters, but their liking of the theatrical film from this is not counted as a true experience.
    • If you say you like Hayden Christensen (or at least his performance), you'd better be ready to reap the shitstorm. Though this is thankfully a Vocal Minority, as his appearance in SWCO 2017, where fans welcomed him back with warm welcome and excitement to the point where tickets for his autograph and photo sessions sold out within hours.
    • Younger fans, as pointed out by Lucas, actually do like Jar Jar Binks, but a rite of passage is for them to admit they hate Jar-Jar when they go to high school on account of peer pressure. This died down in the wake of Ahmed Best's revelations that the criticism caused him depression and made him flirt with suicide, as well as his vocal complaints about the fact that the backlash has obscured his work as a pioneer in CGI mo-cap performance, setting the standard for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and the Na'vi in Avatar.
    • The Last Jedi brought a backlash to Disney's films leading to intense discussions among fans not seen since the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Detractors insist that fans of The Last Jedi, are Disney sycophants who approve of the wholesale derailment of the franchise and all it stands for (not to mention the various political arguments involved). Defenders insist that people who dislike The Last Jedi are salty rabid trolls who fail to recognize the prestigious artistic merit of the boldest movie in the franchise and wants Star Wars to stagnate (not to mention, again, the various political arguments involved).
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Once had one of the most famous and classic examples out there with Star Trek, no doubt caused by the similarity in names and contrasting styles, and also because Star Trek was the big science-fiction brand in Pop-Cultural Osmosis before Star Wars came around, with many, initially, feeling that Star Wars stole its thunder. The rivalry had its peaks and valleys, mostly because the Star Trek films were greenlit and funded as a result of the success of Star Wars films, and ILM provided special effects for The Wrath of Khan which some fans haven't forgotten. The rivalry itself has died down significantly in recent years due to infighting in both groups (with Prime timeline fans and Kelvin timeline going at it with Star Trek and a huge divide between Prequel, OT, and Sequel fans with Star Wars), but it still one of the first rivalries that will come to people’s minds.
    • RedLetterMedia already had a tense relationship with fans of the Prequel Trilogy thanks to the Plinkett Reviews, but this turned into an outright hostile rivalry with the franchise as a whole as the channel became more cynical and negative towards the entire franchise in the Disney era.
    • Within the fandom itself, there are those who liked the Prequel Trilogy, those who preferred the expanded universe and continue to see Legends as the "true" continuation of the franchise, those that are okay with the Sequel Trilogy being the new canonical successor to the other films, and those who ignore everything past the Original Trilogy.
    • On a milder level, some fans of the Prequel Trilogy have a rivalry with those of the Sequel Trilogy because of what they perceive as less-than-subtle prequel-bashing in the promotion of The Force Awakensnote , and the fact that The Last Jedi allows Luke Skywalker to voice criticism of the conduct of the Jedi in the prequel era, which makes sense in a Watsonian sense, but was also read by many as a Doylist Take That! to the Prequel Trilogy. Ironically, the backlash towards The Last Jedi brought the two groups together, at least to a point, because most of the issues (harassing actors, complaining about subverting ideas about a popular character) were something prequel fans were long familiar with and kept complaining about to little avail before. While sequel trilogy fans still believe that Disney handles Star Wars better than Lucas, a lot of them are less vitriolic about the Prequel Trilogy than they formerly used to be.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Long before the Prequel Trilogy was released, there were fanfics about the rise of the Empire and Anakin Skywalker's turn to the Dark Side.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • There is a very vocal segment of fans that consider the Prequel Trilogy (except The Clone Wars) and edits to the Original Trilogy non-canon and refuse to acknowledge their existence. Given that the Prequel Trilogy and Special Editions are successful and remain widely available on Home Video and still in demand, it's not as large as people assume.
    • There is an edit to A New Hope that is a case just in of itself, even with T-shirts and stuff. For many people who loves Star Wars, except George Lucas, it is an universally accepted truth that Han Shot First.
    • Also, The Star Wars Holiday Special is about the only thing that everyone — fans, nonfans and George Lucas — agree on completely, i.e. they collectively refuse to acknowledge its existence. The decanonization of it was seen as one of the few benefits of dropping the old EU.
    • Some fans already considered the EU non-canon, even though that conflicted with Lucasfilm's former canon policy. Following the dropping of the EU in 2014, some longtime fans of the EU have stated they still consider it canon. Broken Base, much?
    • The divisive reaction to The Last Jedi caused quite a bit of this among fans, with a famous petition launched to have it be declared non-canon in the initial weeks of its release.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Not so much in the Original Trilogy (the vast majority of fans ship the Official Couple of Han and Leia, and most Luke and Leia shippers abandoned the ship when they were revealed to be twins), or even in the Prequel Trilogy (though Padmé/Obi-Wan, and Anakin/Obi-Wan are still popular). The Sequel Trilogy, on the other hand...
    • Reylo (Kylo/Rey) is becoming increasingly popular, due to the apparent chemistry/tension between them in The Force Awakens and the fact Kylo shows far more compassion towards her than anyone else. The ship's popularity went through the roof following the release of The Last Jedi due to the rampant Ship Tease between the two and the confirmation that they aren't related.
    • Finn/Rey is also popular, although the confirmation from John Boyega that they're only friends has diminished this somewhat. Not that it's stopped some shippers.
    • Poe/Finn is arguably even more popular due to their onscreen chemistry and the actors' Ship Tease remarks.
    • Kylux (Kylo Ren and General Hux) is another popular ship (if the amount of fan art and shipping videos is anything to go by) despite the fact the two openly despise each other - as of The Last Jedi, Hux has actually tried to kill Kylo, whilst Kylo uses the Force to physically abuse him if he doesn’t show him respect - making it more of a Crack Ship. However, some shippers take it seriously, interpreting their near-constant sniping as Foe Yay / Belligerent Sexual Tension (and there are even some jokes flying around that Hux secretly likes being smacked around by Kylo).
    • From Rogue One, the Jyn/Cassian ship is very popular, even though the two both die at the end. However, even this fuels the ship, seeing as the pair die together, clinging to each other on a beach after sharing a heartfelt moment.
  • First Installment Wins: A New Hope won the most Oscars, got the most significant nominations, was the biggest commercial success, and the most parodied and referenced of the original films. On a wider scale, the Original Trilogy as a whole is the most acclaimed group of films in the franchise and is particularly prevalent when contrasted with the Contested Sequel status of the Prequel Trilogy and the Sequel Trilogy.
  • Fountain of Memes: The franchise as a whole has spawned more memes then one can count but special mention has to go to Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious and Obi-Wan Kenobi who somehow managed to have nearly every line they said become one.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Due to the large number of shared creators (most notably George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford) and both being a Flagship Franchise of Lucasfilm, the Star Wars fandom overlaps a great deal with that of Indiana Jones.
    • Also with The Muppet Show (especially with older adults), because Frank Oz was involved in both franchises, because both of them were at their peak at around the same time (the late '70s to mid '80s), and because TMS had a Star Wars-themed episode guest starring Mark Hamill and various Star Wars characters - one of the most beloved episodes of the show.
    • The Disney-era films have a fanbase that overlaps with Game of Thrones. A big factor is that the two franchises share many actors, most notably Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Brienne of Tarth. This only intesified when the actual showrunners behind Thrones were hired to produce a new series of movies independent from what came before.
    • Star Wars fans also share a fanbase with Tolkien's Legendarium — the other greatest pop-culture franchise of all time, especially with Peter Jackson's film trilogy. The fact that both franchises espouse what is the greatest example of the Hero's Journey ever, and utilize Applicability by the bucketload, certainly helps. Good luck finding someone who grew up in the early 2000's who isn't a fan of both.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When casting began for the sequel trilogy, Mark Hamill said that when he heard that Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were returning, he felt obligated to do so as well — he jokingly claimed the fandom would eat him alive if he didn't. His role in The Force Awakens was a cameo at the very end which lasted under a minute and had no lines. In VIII, his role could be summed up as "Luke spends most of the film wallowing in misery and dies at the end." Just to twist the knife further, there is zero chance the original trio of actors will ever be on screen together: Han Solo was killed in the middle of The Force Awakens by his own son, Ben Solo, and while Princess Leia survives the events of The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher's untimely death means that Leia will have to die off-screen.
  • Genre Turning Point: Star Wars had a bigger change in how the industry made movies than any other film since The Jazz Singer. It marked the start of blockbuster theatrical films and spinning merchandise and setting the standard for money-spinning franchises and sequels. It also contributed greatly to the end of the New Hollywood and the decline of the adult movie audience in the eyes of critics, fellow film-makers and, recently, George Lucas himself:
    George Lucas: "When Star Wars came out, everyone said it's a silly movie, just a bunch of space battles and stuff... There's more to it than that but everyone said it's just a bunch of spaceships... that part of the science fantasy got terribly abused... The other part is the technology, especially when it came down later to digital technology, where you can really do anything. Which people just abused, which they did with colour, they did with sound. Whenever someone brings a new tool, everyone just abuses it and you forget the fact there's actually a story. The other thing that got abused... the studios said "Wow we can make a lot of money, this is a license to kill" and the only way you can do that is not taken chances. Do something that's proven. You have to remember that Star Wars came from nowhere, American Graffiti came from nowhere. There was nothing like it. Now if you do anything that's not a sequel or a TV series or look like one, they won't do it. That's the downside of Star Wars and it really shows the enormous lack of imagination and creativity on the part of the industry."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Star Wars, especially the Original Trilogy, is very big across the Western World, but it's especially popular in England. The fact that Jedi practitioners achieved a significant number to be counted in the English census attained front page news, and while a lot of that was perhaps a joke it still shows the popularity and level of cultural reach it has there. The English, as a rule, tend to favor the orginals over the Prequel Trilogy, and gravitate to the high culture trappings of the franchise, owing to its own classical tradition on stage and TV, with many noting the inspiration of war films and Roman dramas on the Original Trilogy.
    • The films also achieved popularity in the Soviet Union, fittingly since Lucas has often testified to the influence that Soviet film-makers had on his work. Initially the films were circulated via pirated versions, mostly short clips shown on TV, other VHS bootlegs with fan-made local dubs, and smuggled in secret but in 1990, it was released officially and became a success, and Star Wars has only become more popular after the Cold War ended, especially in the former Eastern Bloc nations of Poland, Ukraine, and Russia.
    • Hungary was the only Eastern Block country to localize the original trilogy at the time of it's release (due to the more lenient "Goulash Communism" put into place following the 1956 revolution), and as result of that, it's much bigger there than anywhere in the area. How much bigger? Revenge of the Sith opened with 1.2 million USD in Hungary (a country of 10 million), just 25% less, than it's 1.6 million opening in Poland- a country that's almost four times more populous. It's also close to ten times as much as it made in Romania, that's twice as big as Hungary.
    • Japan has likewise always been a big market for Star Wars, with many Japanese being attentive to its influences from Akira Kurosawa (at the time his popularity was low in his home country, and Lucas, partially, helped revive it, later producing his film Kagemusha and many younger Japanese learned to appreciate Kurosawa based on their exposure to Star Wars). It's had a huge influence on anime, and other works. The Japanese also liked the Prequel Tropes and responded to it more positively than elsewhere and it still has a good reputation there, as does Lucas.

     H-J 
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Luke and C-3PO's bond throughout the Original Trilogy becomes more heartwarming when we see in The Phantom Menace that Threepio was originally built by Anakin, effectively making Luke and Threepio brothers.
    • Apparently, if you start all six films from the prequel and original trilogies at once and let them play all the way through, the final scene ends up being Anakin and Padmé’s wedding, giving the sense that the ultimate message is ‘love prevails in the end’.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A planet with two suns was discovered by NASA years after the release of A New Hope.
    • "That's no moon... oh wait, it actually is. Never mind."
    • In anticipation of the release of Return of the Jedi, MAD once ran an article called "The Star Wars Log", framed as the official outline of the rest of the saga (which had been announced as a nine-film franchise at the time). The article was supposed to poke fun at the convoluted direction of the franchise up to that point, but a few of its predictions actually turned out to be eerily accurate. For example:
      • They predicted that Revenge of the Sith would be titled "Send in the Clones", and that it would involve the revelation that Darth Vader and Obi-Wan were cloned from the same donor (Chewbacca's grandfather). Episode II was actually called "Attack of the Clones", and the revelation was about Boba Fett and the Stormtroopers being cloned from the same donor.
      • They predicted that the detail about Chewie's grandfather would set up a conflict between the Wookiees and the Empire in Revenge of the Sith. As it turned out, a battle involving the Wookiees and the Empire actually was a big plot point in Revenge of the Sith, and Chewie himself would have been a veteran of that battle.
      • They predicted that the later theatrical films would involve a "Great Droid War" of some kind. Though it wasn't actually called that, the later Prequel Trilogy did have the heroes at war with an evil army of droids.
      • They predicted that the franchise would end with the revelation that Luke's father wasn't Darth Vader... but that Luke was fathered by "the Force itself". In the real movies, Vader did turn out to be Luke's father after all, but Vader was revealed to have been conceived by the Force.
    • This parody in an Italian Mickey Mouse comic made in 1997 is this, now that Disney owns Star Wars.
    • The 2006 Drawn Together episode "Terms of Endearment" does a Chair Reveal scene taken directly from Admiral Piett glimpsing Vader's helmet being lowered onto his scarred head in The Empire Strikes Back. Except that in the Drawn Together version the villain is revealed to be... Mickey Mouse!
    • Doubles with Harsher in Hindsight: In light of the new prevailing theory about Jar Jar Binks secretly being a Hypercompetent Sith Lord using Obfuscating Stupidity the entire time, as well as Ahmed Best's recent social media and podcast material that seem to be all about subtly confirming that he knew what the original plans were for his character all along, his appearances resuming the voice of Jar Jar Binks in Robot Chicken may be both of these. Hilarious because one particular segment he did on Robot Chicken was a deliberate allusion to the truth Hidden in Plain Sight. Harsher because the fan backlash that ostensibly got George Lucas to back out on this plan didn't actually save the fanbase from a horrible character, but instead destroyed Ahmed's hopes of superstardom by crashing what was meant to be a revolutionary breakthrough that he'd put his voice to.
    • Offical artwork of Jorus C'Baoth (espcially this one) ended up looking like Old Luke.
    • Word of God states that C-3PO was originally intended to be a smarmy used car salesman, but as anyone who's seen him in any of the movies will tell you, his personality sure doesn't match that. Along comes Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger, which features a C-3PO expy named Balance, who has the exact personality that would match up with the type of personality that C-3PO's original intended career would likely have needed.
    • R2-D2's trademark scream of panic sounds a bit like 4chan's "REEEEEEE" meme.
    • Prior to being cast as Rey in TFA, Daisy Ridley had a starring role in a rather disturbing short film, during which, much like Luke in the beginning ESB, she is awakened by her captor and finds herself hanging upside down from a ceiling. Though it ends much less well for Daisy's character.
    • A few years after joining the franchise, John Boyega played another Defector from Decadence, and this time he actually is an experienced soldier like Finn tries to claim: Bigwig in Watership Down.
    • Decades after Leia's hologram first appeared in "A New Hope", holograms are now used to have performers (usually deceased ones) virtually appear in front of crowds.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Very little outside the Expanded Universe, but Luke and Han have a few longing stares during the Original Trilogy.
    • Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan and Obi-Wan/Anakin are both popular. Say what you will: George has figured out how to take Ho Yay out of the level of Fanservice for the ladies and some men and actually have it be meaningful, such as Obi-Wan's "I loved you," which was a response to Anakin's bitter "I HATE YOU!" for being left by him to burn near a river of lava. Both of them feeling betrayed by the other.
    • There's quite a bit between C-3PO and R2-D2 as well, with the theory of the two being closet homosexuals being very popular for a long time.
    • As of The Force Awakens, Poe and Finn hold the distinction of being the most obvious example in the franchise, not least because actor Oscar Issac has made Ship Tease remarks to stir up the fanbase.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • One of the most prominent is Stormpilot, which refers to the Finn and Poe Dameron ship; the ship is so named due to Finn being a former Stormtrooper and Poe being a Resistance pilot.
    • Another is Rebelcaptain for self-described rebel Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: An argument that fans of the original cuts of the film make in regards to the Special Editions is that the movies had more soul to it without the touch-ups and added scenes. This is still a point of debate, as aside from some of the more controversial changes (such as Greedo shooting at Han), there are a still a handful of Special Effect Failures present in the original cuts that detract from the experience of the movies that said Special Editions fix.
  • Iron Woobie: Obi-Wan Kenobi endures an excruciating amount of personal loss and suffering without complaining about it or visibly cracking under the pressure. The only indication given that he actually is quite broken is his increased snarkiness after The Phantom Menace. He was snarky before but the following installments ramped it up considerably.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • A large amount of plot threads across the franchise are known among the general public for the entire franchise. The fact that Star Wars is commonly subject to Whole Plot Reference in many works doesn't help matters at all. Among the most well-known are Vader being Luke's father, Senator Palpatine actually being Darth Sidious note  and Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker being siblings.
    • In regards to the sequel trilogy, it's become well-known that Kylo Ren is Han and Leia's son and murders his father and that Snoke gets offed mid-way through.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: It's been a target of this since the beginning and Star Wars is still deprecated as being more popular and successful, than good.
    • A lot of critics consider them to be glorified B-Movies (which they are, intentionally so), with some preferring Lucas' earlier films like THX 1138 and American Graffiti as his "real films". By the time of The '80s, it began to be scapegoated as the movie that ruined American cinema for supposedly shifting away from the adult audience, and movies for "real people" towards genre properties, family, children, and teenagers. Today that's a minority view (now the theatrical films, especially the first two, are considered True Art) but at one point that was widely shared by a number of mainstream critics, and it can be seen as another example of old-guard disliking The New Rock & Roll.
    • Writers and fans of other genres resent Star Wars because it's the most prevalent stereotype of what nerds enjoy (at least in America). Science fiction authors like Harlan Ellison, David Brin and others deprecate it for being "fantasy rather than science-fiction", and for making mainstream science-fiction family friendly rather than the more adult direction they were trying to take it to. note  Star Trek fans originally deprecated it because Star Wars usurped its position as the most famous and culturally dominant science-fiction brand. The extended merchandising of products and toys have likewise made Star Wars overexposed as something more than a franchise of movies.
    • A lot of the backlash towards the Prequel Trilogy was driven by the fact that they were commercially very successful and initially quite popular and well-liked. The backlash against Jar-Jar Binks was also driven by the fact that he was popular with children, much as Lucas insisted he would be, and many railed against Star Wars going in a kid-friendly direction. Many also perceived the Prequel Trilogy as Lucas taking Star Wars into a more commercial direction such as casting a Pretty Boy Hayden Christensen as Anakin (initially promoted as "the next Leonardo DiCaprio"note ) and up-and-coming Natalie Portman. The film's use of CGI and digital, highly advertised in promotions, was also seen as ubiquitous of early 21st Century blockbuster cinema, making Lucas a target for the "ruining cinema" crowd a second time albeit for different reasons, this time finding support from his own fanbase who prizing the Used Future and analog aesthetic of the original films, deprecated the Prequel Trilogy and also claimed that Lucas "ruined their childhood"note .
    • The backlash to the Disney Era is likewise driven by the same issues, and the same complaints, as before. Star Wars is ruining cinema for a third time, this time by continuing a brand without its original creator, and its new custodians Disney having its own separate baggage dealing with this trope, bringing a new variety of resentment. So now, it's Disney who is ruining cinema. Fans accuse Disney for Pandering to the Base, rehashing the original films, and not being as great and original as Lucas, for annualizing the films (at least until Solo), claiming that the films are not really successful despite boasting billion plus grosses, saying that the films "ruined their childhood" by subverting their expectations and so on.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A common complaint with the new theatrical films created by Disney is that they borrow too much from the Original Trilogy in both setting and story structure. The Force Awakens was seen as a point-by-point rehash of A New Hope and The Last Jedi had a narrative structure that evokes The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Love to Hate: Most of the major villains are subject to this, but Darth Vader, Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, General Grievous, and Kylo Ren are probably the biggest examples.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is the biggest example considering his upbringing as a slave, the fact that both his mother and father figure were murdered and his crossing of the Despair Event Horizon after inadvertently killing his wife (whom he had turned evil for in the first place in a horribly misguided attempt to save her), although his cold attitude prevents him from being completely huggable.
    • Boba Fett as well. He may be a ruthless bounty hunter, but he did watch his father get decapitated as a kid after all.
    • Kylo Ren. Despite being a murderous, Wangsty psycho, his inner conflict, troubled history and the fact he constantly seems to be on the verge of a mental breakdown make him more sympathetic in some viewers eyes.
    • Luke, of all people, in The Last Jedi. He Took a Level in Jerkass between the events of Return of the Jedi and the sequel trilogy, but it's not hard to see why. He blames himself for Kylo Ren's fall to the Dark Side, believing he failed Kylo, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Leia, Han and heck, the whole damn galaxy. He is so disillusioned with the Jedi, he has exiled himself to a remote island and outright states he's just waiting to die, mired in depression and regret. He's even cut himself off from the Force and so never learnt of his dear friend Han's death until Rey and Chewie turn up on his doorstep. He's also forced to confront his deepest shame - the night Kylo turned to the Dark Side, Luke nearly succumbed to his fear of Snoke's manipulations and killed Kylo, his own nephew, in his sleep. He quickly came to his senses and was immediately filled with shame and horror. To make matters worse, Kylo woke up and came to his own conclusions about what was going on, lashing out at Luke to protect himself before Luke could explain. It's not surprising he acts like a snarky Jerkass for much of the film.
    • Count Dooku. After decades of service, he became so disillusioned with the Jedi and Republic he left to find a new purpose. His former Padawan, who he truly seemed to care for and admire, was violently killed. He was then manipulated by Sidious, who gave him the impression they'd rule the galaxy together, but ultimately betrayed him and allowed him to be mutiliated and killed by Anakin so he could replace him as Sidious' apprentice, only realizing his master had screwed him over moments before his demise. It's also hinted that although he's still a cruel, power-hungry Sith Lord, some of Dooku's motivations are a case of Well-Intentioned Extremist - he has a point about the corruption of the Senate ruining the galaxy and also negatively affecting the Jedi.

     M-N 
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Darth Vader is one of the most iconic and feared villains in all of fiction, let alone film, and he certainly has the reputation to back it up.
    • Han Solo, with his charming personality and awesome ship, is viewed very highly by fans.
    • R2-D2 saves the day enough that some people wonder why he doesn't get more credit.
    • Boba Fett, almost entirely because he looks really badass. In fact, there's very little onscreen evidence that he even remotely lives up to his fandom reputation. He captures Han because Vader does it for him in The Empire Strikes Back and, in Return of the Jedi, he infamously suffers a pathetic, anti-climactic death. In fact, George Lucas was unaware of the character's reception until after finishing the trilogy, and later created Jango Fett, who is legitimately badass onscreen, in response.
    • Mace Windu demands to know why he and his purple lightsaber are fifth on this list!
    • Kyle Katarn from the Expanded Universe is treated as the Star Wars Legend continuity’s answer to Chuck Norris thanks to a similar appearance.
    • Yoda, ever since his duel with Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones. Ever since that theatrical film, anytime a Pint Sized Power House character is fighting, you can guarantee that they will fight exactly as Yoda does.
    • Darth Maul, considered one of the coolest characters from the Prequel Trilogy, with his double-bladed lightsaber and kickass battle theme. His appearances in The Clone Wars and Rebels have only furthered his reputation, with his fans proclaiming him a character who just won't die.
    • TR-8R/Nines, for packing lots of badass into one scene. In that scene, he denounces Finn as a "TRAITOR!", pulls out a riot baton (which he spins a lot), nearly beats Finn in a fight, before being blasted by Chewbacca's BFG crossbow. The internet ran with it, and depicted him as the master of sick spins.
    • One Reddit user theorized that Jar Jar Binks, of all people, is actually a powerful Sith Lord who only acts like a bumbling idiot to shift suspicion away from himself. Quite a few fans latched onto that theory, even outside of Reddit.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • The Stormtroopers are so memetically bad (to the point of exaggeration) at hitting targets that they're the Trope Namer for Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy. Averted with the First Order Stormtroopers, which are better-trained and actually show it on screen, to the point that "Nines" (the "Traitor!" trooper) is a Memetic Badass.
    • Captain Phasma was considered one in The Force Awakens because of her buildup as a badass character and a major threat, only to be thrown into a garbage chute by Chewbacca. Offscreen. It got worse in The Last Jedi where, after coming back with a vengeance, she got defeated in an anti climactic fight with both Finn and Rose and seemingly falls to her death.
    • There's also Greedo, who's a Memetic Loser both in and out of universe. The poor guy is the Butt-Monkey of the galaxy and can't kill Han Solo when he's sitting barely a foot away from him.
    • The Battle Droids, in and out of universe for being even worse marksmen than Stormtroopers.
    • Darth Plagueis the Wise an in-universe example as Palpatine's mentor is memetic as a famous chump who Palpatine still enjoys mock-eulogizing.
    • Kylo Ren, for being a tryhard who wants to be Darth Vader 2.0 but is too whiny and unstable to play the part effectively or make an effective Supreme Leader.
    • Snoke, for his ridiculous name, his horrible taste in clothing, and for getting pwned halfway through the second film with less dignity and fanfare than even Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi, leave alone Palpatine.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Palpatine, just for his lines to Anakin in The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith. The Expanded Universe makes it even worse.
    • Jabba the Hutt, because of his... interest in humanoid slave girls.
    • Snoke from the sequel trilogy earned this status due to his manipulation of Kylo Ren since childhood being reminiscent of child grooming. His creepy interactions with Rey - including stroking her face whilst she's relatively helpless - just add to this trope.
    • This hearkens all the way back to Governor Tarkin (chillingly portrayed by the great Peter Cushing) caressing Princess Leia's face briefly and her disgusted reaction. This subtle moment is classic in adventure films all the way back to the silent era (as is the dialog in that scene) and tells us all we need to know about Tarkin.
  • Misaimed Marketing: One of the most infamous aspects of Star Wars. Because of its ubiquity as a Cash Cow Franchise, every major release will be aggressively marketed to every demographic imaginable; because the franchise is very popular with kids, they get a healthy amount of marketing, which often comes across as very silly to older fans. This is especially prevalent with popular villains such as Darth Vader (the Series Mascot), Darth Maul, and Kylo Ren, who are often marketed in inappropriate ways considering that they make generally poor role models. The Phantom Menace was particularly bad with this, to the point where we got ridiculous products such as Queen Amidala body wash, a preschool phonics book that heavily featured an unpopular Dastardly Whiplash alien who didn't even speak Basic, and horror of horrors, the infamous Jar Jar Binks tongue lollipop.
  • Misblamed:
    • Hayden Christensen often comes up as a main culprit for the Prequel Trilogy quality or lack thereof, with the role arguably becoming a Star-Derailing Role, despite that he's done work outside the franchise where he received praise for. He was hardly the only actor affected by the Prequel Trilogy's backlash. Natalie Portman, who would become a major star and an Oscar winner a few years later, said she had trouble getting quality work due to a perception from the Prequel Trilogy that she couldn't act. It's a fact that in general, very few actors starting in Star Wars have big careers due to the Sci Fi Ghetto where agents and producers believe that such films are mainly VFX showcases and not an indicator of acting ability. In the original films, only Harrison Ford among the cast was able to have a successful careernote . The backlash to the Prequel Trilogy only made it worse, since it added to the perception of "even the fans didn't like him". Many also note that a lot of the off-putting stuff about Christen's Anakin was very much an Intended Audience Reaction, i.e. Lucas and Christensen wanted Anakin to come off as a little weird, inarticulate, and petulant precisely to deconstruct Darth Vader's cool reputation and others also point out brilliant acting scenes in the third film.
    • Jake Lloyd still suffers from this. Putting aside the fact that he already had a huge amount of pressure on him (since The Phantom Menace was one of the most widely-anticipated movies ever and he'd be responsible for "originating" one of the most recognisable characters in cinema history), nine year old children are generally not amazing actors. And then there were the fans who channelled their opinion that Vader's childhood should not be known about into criticising Lloyd as though it were his idea (even before the movie came out). The vitriol heaped on him for "ruining" Vader when it was hardly his fault still continues to this day. It's got to the point where even Mark Hamill has stepped in, telling people to cool it.
    • Ahmed Best, the voice-actor, and motion-capture performer for Jar-Jar Binks also got a lot of vitriol for the character. In 2018 he pointed out how the backlash upset and hurt him that he flirted with suicide. Much like Christensen and Lloyd, he was targeted for the hatred fans felt towards his character. Jar-Jar becoming a punchline and laughing stock completely obscured everything else about his performance and contribution. Chiefly that Jar-Jar was the first all CGI character and Best and the VFX team were pioneers in motion-capture performance, which set the standard for Gollum and the Na'vi, but the stigma of playing Jar-Jar has rarely let his contributions being properly respected, nor as his other diverse talents, as a stuntman, and dancer, and voice-actor (Jar-Jar is absolutely not his real voice) gotten notice.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Palpatine crosses this when he tells his troops to execute Order 66. Subverted by Anakin/Darth Vader, who redeems himself after years of evil actions, but initially played straight either when he slaughtered Tusken Raiders (women and children included) in Attack of the Clones, or when he massacred Jedi children in Revenge of the Sith. In addition, Palpatine had orchestrated a major intergalactic civil war that has caused the deaths of countless billions on hundreds of planets solely to cement his political power and weaken or destroy all rivals to that power. And he'd been planning it for years prior.
    • Grand Moff Tarkin easily crosses this when he orders the destruction of Alderaan in A New Hope, resulting in many innocent people dying. Leia is forced to watch the destruction of her home planet before her very eyes!
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
  • My Real Daddy: Even if his name is ubiquitously associated with Star Wars, Lucas' position as the primary creator of Star Wars has been questioned by some fans of the franchise:
    • A lot of fans argue that the Original Trilogy Star Wars films ought to be credited less to Lucas than his collaborators. Lucas wrote and directed A New Hope by himself, many argue that producer Gary Kurtz ensured "quality control" over the final productnote . Others also credit George Lucas's wife at the time, Marcia Lucasnote . Likewise the author Alan Dean Foster, who co-wrote From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker came up with all of the settings of the Original Trilogy. The opening crawl's design, scrolling inwards into the screen was suggested by Brian De Palma after a preview. Graphic artist Suzy Rice designed the Star Wars logo, and of course the music for the franchise was entirely John Williams' work.
    • Mark Hamill and Steven Spielberg contend that Lucas was solely responsible for the overall vision and aesthetic of the films (a Space opera B-Movie done on the scale of an Epic Movie with mixes of Japanese Jidai Geki and The Western) and that he had to constantly fight naysayers, producers, and cast and crew who didn't take the film seriously because the subject matter seemed childish to them, as it did to most audiences of Science Fiction B-Movie before Star Wars. In the case of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas served as producer and writer; while the film was directed by Irving Kershner, Lucas was entirely and solely responsible for the film's central Plot Twist (Luke, I Am Your Father), as well as deciding on the Han/Leia romance, creating the characters of Yoda and Lando Calrissian, without which it's unlikely that The Empire Strikes Back would be as respected as it is. Lucas was also more hands-on in Return of the Jedi owing to the contentious direction of Richard Marquand.
    • Harrison Ford has good claim to be the real creator of Han Solo, elevating him into a central figure as well as the original Breakout Character of the franchise. Lucas originally conceived Han Solo to be a generic mercenary and even considered making him a non-humanoid alien. Casting Ford allowed him to incorporate the actor's real personality in rewrites transforming Han into a more relatable Audience Surrogate than Luke, i.e. as a projection of the average '70s American in Space. Ford in real-life felt bemused about Lucas' science-fiction/fantasy concepts, which Lucas cunningly incorporated into the character, with Solo's cynicism towards the Jedi, Rebel, and Imperial factions, mirroring the confusion and bemusement felt by the anti-geek crowd who were won over through their identification with Han's Character Development. The later direction of Solo's character arc was also based on Ford, such as the reason why he was frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Backnote  and the romance between Han and Leia was also driven by the real-life chemistry and romance between Ford and Fisher, when the initial plan was for Luke and Leia (still not siblings) to be the couple. Many of the key scenes, especially "I know" was improvised by Ford on set.
    • Ben Burtt is responsible for creating the most iconic sounds of the Original Trilogy, including the Vader Breath (originally his own breath recorded via scuba gear underwater), the lightsaber hums, R2-D2's beeps and boops (some of which were supplied by him), the blaster sounds, defining a huge chunk of how the film was experienced and ultimately parodied and homaged by derivative works. He served as Sound Designer for all the Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy, and even The Force Awakens (skipping The Last Jedi and the Anthology films). Burtt also became the editor of the Prequel Trilogy and is perhaps Lucas' most important behind-the-scenes collaborator across the entire franchise.
    • The commercial success of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy in addition to being important for the Expanded Universe also played a big part in convincing Lucas that interest in Star Wars hadn't died. While little of Zahn's works would ever be directly adapted into the live-action films, the city-planet of Coruscant first debuted in his pages, as well as a few other details which ultimately appeared in Lucas' Special Edition and later the Prequel Trilogy themselves. Thrawn himself would migrate to the Rebels animated series.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Many scenes come across as being cheesy, but they don't detract from how awesome the theatrical films are that much. Many of the examples listed on that page qualify for this trope as well.
    • Yoda's way of speaking. One would think it would be laughed at, but something about it just works.
    • A lot of fans agree this is the reason why they might give the Prequel Trilogy a chance.
  • Newer Than They Think: A number of features of Star Wars fandom are a lot more recent than you would expect given how widespread it is:
    • As evidenced by Kevin Smith's Clerks, the idea that The Empire Strikes Back was better than Return of the Jedi didn't go from niche to mainstream until The '90snote . The Empire Strikes Back was Vindicated by Cable but initially and in the aftermath, Return of the Jedi was the more successful and critically acclaimed work.
    • The level of vocal criticism towards the changes in Special Edition, and the level of knowledge people have of George Lucas Altered Version is also pretty recent. These were originally non-controversial on initial releases, with only a few fans noticing the changes made there and getting little reproach from critics on these groundsnote . Most of the collaborators behind-the-scenes such as Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back wholeheartedly approved them. The general public did not notice these changes or became aware of the extent of Lucas' alterations until the spread of the internet (late-'90s-2010s), and the very recent mainstreaming of nerd culture (The famous South Park parody was the first time many learnt about it) and now it's one of the biggest things known about Star Wars.
    • The least controversial of Lucas' retcons, i.e. the original renaming of Star Wars into Episode IV: A New Hope comes from the 1981 re-release. Nowadays, it can be hard to remember that the original film was simply marketed and titled as Star Wars without sub-title, with even the IMDB pages (which as a rule list the original release titles of the theatrical films) using A New Hope. The original Star Wars print is a rare object available only at the Library of Congress, and even the more "authentic" versions (i.e. less retouched) editions still have Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Star Wars has its own page of horrors.
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     O-S 
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The polarizing depiction of the Jedi Order in the Prequel Trilogy, such as their aloofness, rigidity, commitment to tradition, which made them come off as callous and insensitive, as well as the idea of them using Child Soldiers was inherent in the Original Trilogy. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda had intended to manipulate Luke into unintentionally committing Patricide (and still order Luke to do it after he learns the truth, believing that Vader was beyond compassion). Yoda's training also demanded that Luke do nothing about the torture of his friends at Vader's hands which he could feel through the force, and likewise, on first meeting Luke, after dropping his eccentric routine, Yoda even calls out to Obi-Wan that Luke is "Too old to begin the training" which while not spelling out Child Soldiers did hint that Jedi novices were younger than Luke's teenage or early adolescent age.
    • Many fans reacted negatively to Canto Bight for what they saw as its subversive undermining of the Rebels ideology by showing that they buy weapons from shady types, and shining a light on poor exploited children who the rebels don't seem to care about, at least not overtly. But the indifference to injustice of this nature was highlighted in earlier films. Namely, The Phantom Menace, where Qui-Gon Jinn is unsurprised about the practice of slavery on Tatooine despite Padmé Amidala noting that the Republic made it illegal. Qui-Gon openly told young Anakin, "I'm not here to free slaves" and the revelation that Tatooine was the same Crapsack World ruled by Jabba the Hutt during the republic as it was during the empire was a similar shock to many fans. Likewise, Rogue One also highlighted that the Republic of the New Hope era indulged in assassinations, in-fighting with extreme groups, surveillance, and/or executing informants when they have outlived their usefulness. In other words, the Republic has always prioritized its goal of toppling the Empire and restoring its institution over questions of other forms of injustice.
    • Lucas wasn't by any means the first or only major film-maker to edit and alter films for re-releases. He was merely the one with the biggest mainstream fanbase and with the most resources to actually go ahead and do it thoroughly (a unique combination). Orson Welles removed an entire scene from The Trial between an early screening and a later release. Stanley Kubrick did the same for 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut. The French film-maker Jacques Tati for the 70s re-release of his 50s comedy Mr. Hulot's Holiday added an entire new, anachronistic, gag about Jaws to try and update the film for new audiences. Charlie Chaplin also altered many of his films for re-releases note . David Lean collaborated in the restoration of Lawrence of Arabia which brought back his original near four hour version, and got Peter O'Toole and other actors to re-record dialogues decades later. This was also common in other mediums, namely literature, where authors have made changes and retcons between reprints. J. R. R. Tolkien altered the original version of The Hobbit to better tie in to The Lord of the Rings for a later reprint.
    • A villain who is cool, who gets the audience to root for him and sympathize with him, who is also a Fallen Hero who comes to blows with his best friend, and who despite his death spawns a spin-off franchise dealing with his origins. That's all true for Harry Lime, from The Third Man, whose iconic portrayal by Orson Welles defined the cool memorable villain in The '40s and The ’50s during Lucas' childhood. Lime spawned a spin-off radio show and a number of novels, which are Prequel Trilogy dealing with his adventures before The Third Man showing how he went from the relatively decent man Holly Martins remembered to the scoundrel we see in the movie. Lime also tries to get Holly to join him by preaching his own amoral philosophy much like Vader does to Luke. The fact that Welles was one of Lucas' first choices for Vader's voice is not an accident.
  • One True Pairing: Just about every fan of the franchise ships Leia and Han.
  • Opinion Myopia: Occurs quite a bit among fans, especially the more zealous haters of the prequel or sequel trilogies and passionate fans of RedLetterMedia who tell fans they are stupid or Disney sycophants for liking/disliking them.
  • Pandering to the Base: Most Disney-era Star Wars projects are full of this, with elements meant to appease fans (especially Original Trilogy fans) and extensive use of fan-favorite characters such as Darth Vader and Han Solo, along with the live-action movies taking on a more adult and less whimsical tone (with Rogue One being a very strong example). Disney-era projects also benefit from better acting and dialogue overall, addressing two of the most widespread complaints about the Prequel Trilogy. Tropes Are Not Bad; after the fanbase's very rocky relationship with George Lucas and his apparent focus on gimmicks, action, melodrama, and the prequel era, many people find this to be a breath of fresh air and are optimistic for the franchise's future. However, some fans find that this pandering comes at the expense of originality, with stories becoming more derivative and predictable and feeling more like ham-fisted tributes to the Original Trilogy than anything else, despite having more consistent execution.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Anidala for Anakin Skywalker (who is also sometimes nicknamed Ani) and Padmé Amidala.
    • Reylo for Rey and Kylo Ren (it also works with Kylo's other name of Ben Solo.
    • Kylux for Kylo Ren and Armitage Hux.
    • Obitine for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine Kryze.
    • Damrey for Poe Dameron and Rey.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Back and forth. Usually original EU games turn out fairly well (helped that they're games designed to be stand alone products and not cash ins to the movies), with some even being considered classics but for the most part direct adaptations of the movies suffer. The Super Star Wars trilogy were not only the most notable aversion, but they're were also freakin' hard. The Rogue Squadron and X-Wing series, Knights of the Old Republic and the Dark Forces Saga are generally considered among the best and most popular Star Wars games. LEGO Star Wars is widely popular and considered one of the best Lego games.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Anakin Skywalker was viewed as The Scrappy for a time, especially for his portrayal in Attack of the Clones, where people felt he came across as extremely whiny, immature and not nearly as badass as they were expecting. It doesn't help that he's the younger, pre-evil version of Darth Vader, easily one of the most famous and popular characters in the whole franchise. However, due to his universally praised and fleshed out portrayal, alongside Matt Lanter's performance being much more well received in The Clone Wars, Anakin has largely been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap and the very least is viewed more as a decent character than a universally despised one. A significant group now believes it was more dodgy scripts that were to blame than Hayden Christensen's performance and that Anakin's numerous flaws retroactively make logical sense because of how he was presented in The Clone Wars (and were probably intentional, given that Anakin's issues is what led him to the Dark Side in the first place).
    • Ahsoka Tano, of all characters, was initially seen as a Scrappy when The Clone Wars first began airing, with viewers finding her to be a whinging and irritating Bratty Half-Pint who was just there to appeal to the kids. However, during the third season, it was revealed a lot of this behaviour was due to Ahsoka's feelings of insecurity around being Anakin's apprentice. She subsequently becomes a lot more balanced and mature, culminating in her not just being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, but becoming one of the most the beloved characters in the franchise.
  • Ron the Death Eater: In a rare example of this trope redeeming a character, some fans theorized that Jar Jar Binks was originally supposed to be a Sith Lord, pulling the strings to help catapult Palpatine to power in the Prequel Trilogy. He'd subtly manipulate other characters while hiding behind his mumbling persona. Had this idea been brought to completion, it would have made the payoff of Jar Jar's antics worth it, since then he would become a Hate Sink in retrospect.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Combine the sky-high Evil Is Cool factor of Darth Vader and Palpatine, a varied set of particularly stylish and intimidating uniforms for the stormtroopers and other military personnel, a fleet composed of almost nothing BUT Cool Starships, a comparatively milquetoast opposition and the fact that they replaced a corrupt, obstructive bureaucracy, and you have a recipe for one of the most sinister-yet-endearing villainous forces ever created. There is a reason why the 501st Legion, the largest Star Wars cosplaying organization on the planet, themed itself after the bad guys...
  • Sacred Cow:
    • The Original Trilogy. Just trying to tell someone you don't like it or even suggesting it might have some shortcomings tends to create a lot of backdraft. Notably, David Brin was a huge recipient of this when he published his critical views on the nature of the franchise.
    • Darth Vader as the most famous character in the franchise and the alleged Trope Codifier for Evil Is Cool. Most fans hold Vader in extremely high regard and do not take kindly to violations or modifications of his character, which is one reason his arc in the Prequel Trilogy proved to be contentious.
    • The Empire Strikes Back also has this status among the films since The '90s. It's genuinely popular and few would deny that it's a great theatrical film, but a few fans go to the extent that the franchise should have ended with The Empire Strikes Back and not continued onwards, arguing that the cliffhanger ending is the true finale of the franchise. Others are not so extreme but it's still considered the benchmark on which all films after it are to some extent found vaunting or the other, and trying to make a case for some films as being "as good as, if not better than The Empire Strikes Back" or even arguing that A New Hope, also acknowledged as a great film, is better is bound to set a firestorm.
    • The Original Trilogy’s main protagonists (Luke, Han, Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, and Lando). While Real Life Writes the Plot on a few cases (read: Author Existence Failure), they have all had thirty-plus years to build upon in many ways characterization-wise and backstory-wise. The fact Disney turned the Expanded Universe of the franchise (except for the six theatrical Star Wars films and The Clone Wars) non-canon was already a Gut Punch, but the fact that (in the eyes of many) the new trilogy seems to be going out of its way to either perform highly arguable (or what are believed to be highly arguable by a Vocal Minority) changes in the characters' developments, Drop A Bridge On Them or just plain not use them and makes the Lampshade Hanging of this a major plot point is the reason there are full-on flame wars going on, much like with Vader in the Prequel Trilogy.
    • Likewise with the heroes and Vader, Emperor Palpatine is universally regarded as the franchise's greatest antagonist, and is also the one character that fans of the Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy can agree on as being executed well in both trilogies. It also helps that like Vader, Palpatine comes with his own array of memorable quotes, arguably being the most quotable character in the franchise, as well as his actor, Ian McDiarmid being a nice guy, and that Palpatine is very terrifying, especially in Return of the Jedi.
  • Scapegoat Creator:
    • It's unlikely any creator of a popular franchise is as vocally disliked by some of his fans as George Lucas, despite the fact that the franchise is entirely his creation and vision and would simply not exist were it not for him. Some of the criticism directed against him (the tinkering of his films on home video) is fair, but some fans take this to the extent of dismissing Lucas entirely, by downplaying his contributions, claiming that the films are at their best when he is least involved, by citing The Empire Strikes Back, despite the fact that Lucas was solely responsible for the main plot twist of that film and indeed a number of other elements in it. At the height of the Prequels' hatedom, rumors even began to circulate that most of the well-liked aspects of the Original Trilogy had actually been created by someone else, from whom Lucas had stolen credit a la Bob Kane (the most common guesses for this person's identity were Marcia Lucas, George's editor and former wife, producer Gary Kurtz, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, or some combination of the three) - all of which ultimately proved to be a combination of oversimplifications and outright falsehoods. This attitude initially continued into the Disney era, where fans assume by default that a new Star Wars theatrical film will be good just because of Lucas' non-involvement, at least until The Last Jedi backlash.
    • Following Lucas's decision to leave his company and hand it off to Kathleen Kennedy, many of the same criticisms that were applied to him — and several new ones — have been transferred over to her, with some fans even hypocritically backtracking on their disdain for Lucas by saying that her stories somehow disrespect his vision (when it's been established that many of the new projects derive from his ideas). Case in point, Kennedy is often Misblamed for making the franchise "feminist" when it's been that way since 1977.note  More to the point, while Kathleen Kennedy is overall producer she is quite hands-off in many respects, deferring to Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, and supporting their vision, when much of the blame (with the exception of Johnson, who became just as big a scapegoat as Kennedy after The Last Jedi came out) is rarely directed at them.
  • Sci Fi Ghetto: The franchise has the paradoxical reputation for breaking Out of the Ghetto and mainstreaming science-fiction, fantasy, and other nerd stuff, while also in time becoming ghettoized and sub-ghettoized.
    • A New Hope is the only Star Wars film to be nominated for Best Picture and the only film to get an actor nomination (Alec Guinness for Best Supporting Actor). It also won the most awards with 6 Oscars but the Sequel Trilogy has never gone beyond technical nominations and wins, or for the music score. After The '70s (a decade where the Academy was open-minded in terms of award nominations and wins), no other action science-fiction franchise or genre work would do as well until the The Lord of the Rings and later Mad Max: Fury Road.
    • Science-Fiction writers, authors and fans have had mixed feelings about Star Wars since the Space Opera genre it popularized and defined had been something that science-fiction authors had been moving away from in The '60s and The '70s (the "new wave" era). In their eyes, the success of Star Wars undid all their efforts, with the likes of David Brin calling it regressive and reactionary in terms of its influence on the genre. Others also call it not science fiction but fantasy starting a huge debate on whether Star Wars is a Category Traitor.
    • Actors have suffered the most on account of the ghetto. With few exceptions (Harrison Ford and those who were pre-established in pre-Star Wars films, such as Natalie Portmannote ), none of the actors and actresses who were launched by Lucas in the Original and Prequel Trilogy have done well owing to the perception that the films were mainly effects-laden feasts. Carrie Fisher despite her influential performance as Princess Leia won more fame as a writer and character actress. Mark Hamill despite having the most physically demanding performance in the original films (and in the case of The Empire Strikes Back doing enough of his own stunts that he was actually entered into the British stuntman's union to continue working) never got enough credit for his turn, owing to the perception that Luke was a conventional Vanilla Protagonist and that his performance was "easy".note  His more character-centric turn in The Last Jedi despite wide praise didn't get nominated either. He found more fame as a voice-actor in his post-Star Wars phase than as a live-action actor.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: As renowned as the Original Trilogy is, its theatrical films can feel dated at times, especially due to their ubiquity in pop culture and advancements in filmmaking and special effects. A New Hope in particular has a plot that has been imitated and referenced countless times, to the point that it'd be a Cliché Storm if released as a modern movie (and lo and behold, The Force Awakens was criticized by some as a Cliché Storm because it copied A New Hope's overall plot and structure). This might have been one reason why Lucas insisted on constantly revising the movies, to highly mixed results.
  • Shocking Swerve: Rare successful examples: Vader's being Luke's father and Leia's being his sister. Neither is hinted at in any way (especially the second), but they're regarded as great twists all the same.
  • Signature Sound Effect:
    • The ksssssshhhhhhh!! of a lightsaber igniting, and the distinct humming nose it makes after being unleashed, with small variations when it's kept still and when it swings through the air.
    • Darth Vader's iconic breathing.
  • Snark Bait: Some aspects of the franchise get this: the elements of the Original Trilogy that have been clichéd to death, the bad acting and dialogue in the Prequel Trilogy, the gratuitous Plucky Comic Relief, the copious amount of merchandising and resulting Misaimed Marketing...
  • Stoic Woobie: Princess Leia, considering she loses her planet and is forced to watch Han be frozen in carbonite, but doesn't dwell much on either of them.

     T-W 
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In Star Wars: Droid Tales a non-canon CGI Lego series, a running joke is for Jar Jar to be continuously killed off over and over, clearly in response to his unpopularity in the fandom.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: A common accusation from some fans is the willingness to stoop down and appeal to kids, particularly with elements like the dialogue and goofy characters like ewoks and battle droids. The insane amount of merchandise and endeavors the franchise gets involved in, much of which is kid-oriented and quite bizarre, also is a target of hate. Revenge of the Sith and moreso The Force Awakens and Rogue One defy this trope by having a more "adult" tone and much less "whimsical" humor than previous movies, but the kiddie Misaimed Marketing is still there. The Uncertain Audience doesn't help.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The revisions made to the Original Trilogy over various re-releases were not well received by all fans. Those who grew up with the Original Trilogy were considerably outraged about the changes that affected the story and the music. And don't even mention the issue of Greedo shooting first.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!:
    • Jean-Claude Mézières felt the franchise was a rip-off of his comic, Valérian.
    • Others argue that it's a rip-off of Frank Herbert's Dune which Lucas did admit was an influence, and which led the author Frank Herbert to himself list a number of similarities between Star Wars and Dune.note 
    • Averted with Jack Kirby who did remark on what he thought were borrowings from his Fourth World comic book series to Star Wars, chiefly the character Darkseid who is similar to both Darth Vader and Palpatine, while Darth Vader's costume seems like a black-palette version of Doctor Doom's costume, and the Force is similar to the Source. Kirby however was quite pleased with this and was more bemused about how it vindicated his ideas as being commercial over that of his editors who believed It Will Never Catch On. He also became good friends with Mark Hamill.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Darth Maul, one of the most badass characters in the Canon, after killing Qui-Gon (previously established as quite the badass himself), lets Obi-Wan slooooooooooowly flip up onto the ledge behind Maul, and Maul just stands there and lets Obi-Wan kill him. They had two more movies or more to keep him around as a villain and a full-scale war in which to give him a decent death. Averted later on since Darth Maul returns in The Clone Wars for this exact reason.
    • Both Fetts are seen as awesome characters by a good number of the fans, who also think they deserved better more screen time and a better death in Boba's case. As compensation, Boba's death was overridden to allow him survive in the Expanded Universe and confirmed to remain canon after its dropping. Lucas even stated he would've allowed him to live had he known how much fans like him.
    • Arguably, Jar Jar Binks. A lot of the problems with the character come from being The Klutz Kid-Appeal Character in a movie trilogy that has a lot of problems on their own. If the writers had fleshed Jar Jar out more, toned down his Ethnic Scrappy elements, being The Klutz, and introduced him in a different film or installment, he could be a passable Kid-Appeal Character.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A common criticism of the Prequel Trilogy is that there's a lot of padding and missed opportunities. In particular, the fact that the Clone Wars are never really depicted on the big screen (Attack of the Clones covered the beginning of the conflict and Revenge of the Sith covered the end) is considered a missed moment of awesome, particularly since The Clone Wars handled it so well despite being canon to the theatrical Star Wars films and the franchise as a whole. One could argue that The Phantom Menace is the most plot-irrelevant movie of the three and the Prequel Trilogy could have easily begun with Anakin already training as a Jedi and Obi-Wan already his master and more of the conflict could have been seen and Anakin's turn to the Dark Side could have been covered in greater depth and detail just like how it is retroactively presented in The Clone Wars.
  • Too Cool to Live: Too many to count. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Savage Opress, Mace Windu, Jango Fett, Pre Viszla, The Zillo Beast, Count Dooku, General Grievous, Darth Maul, the Rogue One crew with emphasis on Chirrut, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and almost the entire Jedi Council. Awesomely subverted by Boba Fett and Darth Maul who were simply too cool to die and were retconned as having survived their deaths — Boba managed to fight his way out of the Sarlacc; Darth Maul somehow made his way to the planet Lotho Minor and eked out an existence there until his brother found him and eventually outlived Savage and fought Obi-Wan as an old man on Tatooine before dying peacefully in his arms when he learns of the Chosen One being protected by Obi-Wan.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Ever since it gained its reputation, every film has in some way been stuck under The Empire Strikes Back's shadow. Many believe this also played a big part in many fans' dislike of the Prequel Trilogy, failing to live up to the Original Trilogy.
  • Uncertain Audience: This has been an issue with Star Wars since the beginning and it has coloured everything from tone and content, and the actual reception of the films:
    • The Original Trilogy was unambiguously a light-hearted adventure story for all audiences and it was a Spiritual Successor to The Wizard of Oz and the The Thief of Bagdad (1940) as popular children's fantasy that adults could see with them. The dark tone of The Empire Strikes Back was the exception (and it was divisive on release) before returning full circle with Return of the Jedi (far better received upon release than later). When The Phantom Menace came out and achieved an even lighter tone than the first film, the audiences who regarded The Empire Strikes Back as the best generally rejected the film and the Prequel Trilogy.
    • A common criticism of the Prequel Trilogy in general is that they contain cartoonish characters like Jar Jar that only young children would find funny, but also scenes of realistic political debate that only adults would understand.
    • George Lucas himself stated that the franchise was primarily for children, to the point that many of his edits and decisions seemed to fit into the Fleeting Demographic Rule; for example, he tried to make sure that the premiere of the 3D version of The Phantom Menace would be mainly screened for kids and teens. However, because adults make up a comparably large and much more vocal part of the fanbase, Star Wars could never really lean more towards its kid demographic in the best interests of merchandising and marketing, not helped by the fact that many Star Wars creators other than Lucas were fans of the franchise themselves and saw it from an adult-pandering, adult-oriented perspective - which would become the norm for the franchise after its sale to Disney. That said, the Fleeting Demographic of young children has always been an important part of the Star Wars audience (if not always the primary one), and so the franchise continues to be marketed to them and never really goes above a soft PG-13 rating outside of the Expanded Universe.
    • The other debate is also "new fans" and "old fans". It is partly to keep the franchise fresh for newer audiences that Lucas keeps updating his special editions with newer special effects and changes. Likewise, the demand by fans for a more integrated continuity also led Lucas to more carefully interweave the Prequel Trilogy with the Sequel Trilogy and correct elements across the Saga, and yet fans of the original Star Wars trilogy reject these changes.
    • With The Force Awakens, we have the same issue. Initial critical reception has been excellent but generally notes that it caters to the nostalgia for the Original Trilogy and repeats elements from the plot and setting, rather than tell a new story. In keeping with this, the movie is more "adult" than previous Star Wars movies, with more intense violence, less whimsical humor and a lessened Kid-Appeal Character presence, but is still marketed to kids just as much. As the Disney era went on, this continued with Rogue One and The Last Jedi, which were even darker and more adult than TFA, but still marketed to kids as well as adults, which is standard for both Star Wars and other sci-fi action blockbusters. At this point, it can be assumed that Disney-era Star Wars is, ironically given that this is Disney, a bit less cartoonish and strikes a balance between pandering to adult fans and yet be whimsical and fantastical enough to be loved by kids. A perfect example is BB-8, the only new Kid-Appeal Character in TFA, who is very cute, marketable and "toyetic" but is also beloved by the adult fanbase.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The Jedi Order suffer from being this since they exclusively recruited very young children and forbade emotional attachment, compared to Luke and many pre-Prequel Trilogy EU works depicting Jedi beginning training as teens or adults and being allowed to have relationships. This led to many fans viewing the prequel-era Jedi as brainwashed child soldiers, and they could be fairly snooty as well with Qui-Gon insisting to Shimi he didn't come to free slaves in The Phantom Menace and Mace Windu's distrust of Anakin in Revenge of the Sith being notable examples.
    • One of the more common complaints about the Prequel Trilogy is that they hinge on Anakin being a tragic hero who elicits sympathy from the audience, yet they emphasize his tragedy more than his heroism. His more heroic traits are either downplayed or resigned to expository dialogue. Among many things, The Clone Wars is often praised for rectifying this through retroactively presenting Anakin with more heroic qualities as well as the events leading to his inevitable fall to the Dark Side in a more in-depth and nuanced manner.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: In-universe, Darth Vader is rather accurately described by Rey as "the most hated man in the galaxy". Out-of-universe? He's the Series Mascot and is one of the most famous and popular villains not just in Star Wars, but in cinematic history, frequently showing up on "Greatest Movie Villains of All Time" lists.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • C-3PO, who was widely reviled as a scrappy around the time of The Empire Strikes Back, is much more fondly regarded as an iconic fixture of the franchise, once the young audience who had liked him to begin with grew up and made their tastes known.
    • The Empire Strikes Back was divisive in its day, now it's considered the best of the theatrical films. Return of the Jedi, while initially more successful critically and commercially, dipped in popularity during The '90s, before regaining its good favour by the later decades.
    • Similar to the above, the Prequel Trilogy, while polarizing at the time of release, has come to be re-evaluated, especially during The New '10s. It has recently even started getting scholarly support from arthouse critics (such as Richard Brody of the New Yorker, and MUBI website). The revelation that many of the arguments against the Prequel Trilogy were poorly researched or misinformed to start withnote , and in the case of the fan backlash, possibly done more harm than goodnote  has made many people soften their stances towards these films. Likewise, the generation that grew up with the Prequel Trilogy are also making their views and opinions known. The widely positive response to Palpatine's return from the teaser trailer for The Rise of Skywalker shows how much the Prequel Trilogy's legacy has improved.
    • Pre-Darth Vader Anakin Skywalker has fallen into this; Due to Anakin's universally praised portrayal (along with Matt Lanter’s popular performance as him) in The Clone Wars, he has a more positive reception and many people find his character arc in the Prequel Trilogy’s films to be decent, sympathetic, and compelling.
  • Wangst: Anakin does this in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. A notable example being his complaining about having to wait to take the Jedi trials — ironically proving why Obi-Wan wants him to wait. Although, The Clone Wars retroactively vindicates this by revealing that Anakin has trained a Padawan learner and that said Padawan had been royally screwed over near the end of the war, which explains his distrust of the Council and Obi-Wan's decisions.
  • Watch It for the Meme: This can certainly apply to all the theatrical films in the franchise, but Revenge of the Sith in particular takes the cake. Part of the reason it's the most popular of the prequels is for the goldmine of memes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?:
    • Some viewers have noted that the Prequel Trilogy has a lot of things that could be construed as attacks against George W. Bush and conservatism in general, especially when using Palpatine to pass similar decrees. Lucas insists that Palpatine was actually based on Richard Nixon and later Adolf Hitler.
    • The fall of the Old Republic/birth of the Empire also directly mirrors the fall of the Roman Republic and its transition into the Roman Empire. Those who think George Lucas was taking potshots at the American political climate at the time should have been a lot more concerned about how the parallels mapped...
    • William Kristol has come out saying the Galactic Empire is an ideal Neoconservative government. Make of this what you will.
    • Athena Andreadis has some things to say about the Star Wars universe's issues in terms of gender preconceptions and human community vs. cold, sterile, antiseptic environments:
      A cold, airless locker. There are no families, no civic life beyond power politics, no artists or scientists, no (pre)occupation except endless wars... no song, no laughter, no intimacy, no friendship beyond schoolboy camaraderie, and no sex for either love or pleasure...
  • Win the Crowd:
    • A New Hope was initially seen as a bizarre avant-garde action movie when the initial trailers came out, but people went to see the movie anyway, figuring it would at least be So Bad, It's Good. The film managed to win the audience over with the opening crawl, seconds after the movie started, and kept audiences hooked with the initial blockade runner chase. John William's score probably had something to do with it.
    • After the polarizing Prequel Trilogy, the franchise had to do this upon Disney's revival; the reaction to the trailers for JJ Abrams's The Force Awakens was so overwhelmingly positive that the final trailer was the fastest to hit 100 million views on YouTube and the film generated over $6 million worth of pre-sold tickets the very first day they went on sale... two months before its release.
  • Woolseyism: In Latin America, R2-D2's name is sometimes pronounced as "Arturito" (Little Arthur), which has a similar prononciation as "Artoo-Ditoo", and it has been quite popular.

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