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The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi) is the eighth film in the Star Wars saga.

Picking up right after The Force Awakens, the First Order has openly declared war on the rest of the galaxy, relentlessly pursuing the Resistance to try and wipe them out forever. Meanwhile, on the distant planet of Ahch-To, Rey tries to convince the broken Luke Skywalker to return to galactic society and lead the fight.

Released in December of 2017, it was followed by The Rise of Skywalker in 2019.

Tropes used in The Last Jedi include:
  • Advertised Extra: Captain Phasma.
  • All for Nothing: While the Resistance does make it to Crait, no one answers their distress call.
  • Almighty Janitor: Thanks to being assigned janitorial duties within the First Order, Finn knows the full layout of the Supremacy.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted for once in Star Wars.
    • Captain Phasma's armor totally No Sells Stormtrooper guns.
    • Downplayed for Snoke's Praetorian Guard given that they're going up against lightsabers, but they do manage to survive glancing blows from the blades. Deeper strikes will kill them just fine though.
  • Artistic License Physics: The Supermacy‍'‍s turbolasers arc down. In space.
  • Astral Projection: Luke on Crait. The strain ends up killing him.
  • Badass Decay: Hux goes from an expy of Tarkin to a Butt Monkey.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Luke has grown one in his exile.
  • Berserk Button: Kylo, usually embodying Evil Is Hammy, slips into Tranquil Fury when he sees Luke.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The First Order has declared open war on a virtually defenceless galaxy, Kylo Ren does not reform, and Luke Skywalker is dead but, as he himself highlights, their is still hope. His own heroics have once again served to inspire a new generation of Force sensitives.
  • Book Ends: Luke's story begins and ends with him watching a twin sunset, him reflecting on such in the novelization. "Twin Suns" even plays in case you totally missed the point.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • The Jedi Order to Luke. While he once looked up to them, his experiences have caused him to take on a more cynical view of them, bitterly noting that they, at the height of their power, allowed Darth Sidious to rise and wipe them all out.
    • Upon discovering that he tried to kill Ben Solo and created Kylo Ren, Luke to Rey. Thankfully he ends up as a Rebuilt Pedestal.
  • Call Back: To try and get Luke to come back, R2 plays Leia's hologram message from A New Hope. Luke calls it a cheap move.
  • The Cameo:
    • The Master Codebreaker is played by Justin Theroux.
    • Princes William and Harry cameo as Stormtroopers.
  • Color Motif: Red.
  • Cool Ship: The Supermacy. It function as the First Order's Base on Wheels and is 60 kilometers long.
  • Create Your Own Villain: There was always darkness in Ben Solo. By trying to cut the knot, in the worst possible way, Luke turned him into Kylo Ren.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: The Battle of Crait is ridiculously slanted in the First Order's favour.
  • Deconstruction: The film may as well have been called "Star Wars: The Deconstruction."
    • Indy Ploy? Dangerous gambit with little chance of success that ultimately wound up making things so much worse and was unnecessary in the face of a well thought-out plan.
    • Loveable Rogue who's Only in It For the Money? Still a rogue who will sell you out for a bigger paycheck.
    • Black and White Morality? Some people will inevitably be unable to pin down which of the two stark contrasts they belong to and decide to find a middle ground.
  • Dating Catwoman: Rey and Kylo Ren bond and develop romantic feelings for each other over Hating Being Alone. Throught their connection in the Force, they even hold hands across the stars and gaze at each other until Luke interrupts them.
  • Disaster Dominoes: All the Resistance bombers are clustered very close together. Guess what happens when one blows up.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Admiral Ackbar is casually Killed Off for Real, being a victim of Kylo Ren's run on the Raddus. A case of Real Life Writes the Plot as his actor, Erik Bauersfield, had tragically passed in 2016.
    • Snoke is offed pretty casually by Kylo using Anakin's old lightsaber.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Kylo can't bring himself to shoot the bridge of the Raddus where Leia is. His subordinates have no such issue.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: What ultimately does Snoke in. He can't appreciate the emotional turmoil that Kylo is going through after killing Han.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Snoke devoured the scenery.
  • Exact Words:
    • Luke swore he'd never leave Ahch-To. And even in the climax, he never does.
    • Yoda tells Luke that the library doesn't contain anything Rey doesn't already possess. Because she stole the books.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: From start to finish, it can't be more than two days.
  • Fatal Flaw: Yoda points out Luke's. He's always looking to the horizon instead of what's right in front of him.
  • Forced to Watch: Snoke forces Rey to watch the Supremacy Sink the Life Boats.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: DJ's worldview. He illustrates it to Finn by pointing out that the ship they've stolen was owned by an arms dealer who sold parts to both the First Order and the Resistance.
  • Happy Ending Override: Starkiller Base may have been blown up, but the First Order has hunted the Resistance to near extinction. They also managed to crush the New Republic once and for all in the meantime.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Though they don't die, it doesn't like Finn and Rose planned to return to the Raddus in time for the hyperspace jump and were quite content with this.
    • Holdo goes out slamming the Raddus into the Supremacy.
    • Luke overexerts himself with his Force projection, becoming one with the Force.
  • Hope Bringer: The Resistance goes from "We're doomed" right to "We'll live through this" when Luke arrives on Crait.
  • Hope Spot: Just for a moment, it looks like Finn's group will shut down the hyperspace tracker and Poe will be able to jump the Raddus to safety.
  • If You're So Evil Eat This Kitten: Snoke subjects Kylo to this by ordering him to kill Rey.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Luke's view on the Jedi Order. Yoda's Force ghost agrees that the old philosophy has had its day and its time for something new.
  • Immediate Sequel: Starts right after The Force Awakens.
  • Literal-Minded: When teaching her about the Force, Luke tells Rey to "reach out". Cue her sticking out her right hand.
  • Mind Rape: Snoke burrows into Rey's mind to discover where Luke is hiding.
  • My Greatest Failure: Luke, sensing darkness in Ben Solo, tried to kill his nephew. Before he could go through with it, overcome with horror at what he was about to do, Ben woke up and fell headfirst into the Dark Side.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pretty much the entire plot is Finn, Rose, and Poe's plan backfiring enormously on them.
  • Noodle Incident: The vicious firefight that Maz is part of is summarized as a "union dispute."
  • Not in This For Your Revolution: DJ. He views the Resistance/First Order war as Grey and Gray Morality and is Only in It For the Money. Unlike Han, he really is Only in It For the Money. He sells out the Resistance when the group gets captured.
  • Oh Crap:
    • The Resistance when the First Order fleet drops out of hyperspace and then when the Supremacy shows up.
    • Hux when he realizes that the Raddus is going to ram them at hyperspeed.
  • Plot Hole: Luke went into exile because he felt that it was time for the Jedi to end. Then why did he leave a map behind?
  • Poor Communication Kills: Leia and Holdo had a plan, one that Poe even concedes was a good one that he would have gone along with had he known about it, but their charade called for leaving a good chunk of the Resistance in the dark about it, compromising group morale enough that Poe garnered sufficient support for a mutiny.
  • Ramming Always Works: It certainly does when the ramming ship is moving at hyperspeed.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The location of the Resistance base was found out in the last film. What's the first thing that the Resistance does? Abandon base as soon as they can.
    • So what if Poe is the greatest flier in the Resistance fleet? He violated a direct order which resulted in the loss of several X-Wings and their whole compliment of bombers for the destruction of a worthless enemy asset (the base it was shelling was empty and the fleet could have jumped away before it fired on them). Demotion was truly a mercy.
    • As said under Poor Communication Kills, if you don't tell your troops that there is a plan in the Darkest Hour, there's going to be a massive drop in morale.
    • Like Luke vs Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, Rey vs Snoke is heavily slanted in the latter's favour. No matter how powerful Rey may be, she's only got two lessons under her belt. She can't compete with Snoke's sheer experience.
    • The Rebel base on Crait has been disused for three decades or so. All the tech in there is rusted out junk that can't scratch the cutting edge First Order tech.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Leia's iconic scene of flying back into the ship. A human being can indeed survive two minutes unprotected in the vacuum of space and Leia was out there for just under that.
  • Redemption Rejection: Rey asks that Kylo join him and help the Resistance after Snoke dies but he rejects it and becomes the new Supreme Leader.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Poe reasons that Luke showing up on Crait means that there's a back entrance in the Rebel base. There is, but it's not because Luke used it to get in.
  • Running Gag: Jakku is still a nowhere planet.
  • Satisfied Street Rat: Don't call Finn "scum". He's "rebel scum".
  • Senseless Sacrifice:
    • Subverted in the opening battle. Though Leia chides Poe for destroying half their X-wings and bombers, given that he destroyed a ship that was shelling an empty base, the sacrifice was worth it to prevent the dreadnought's guns from being brought to bear on the fleet after the hyperspace jump.
    • Finn very nearly makes one when he aims to ram his rusted out half-melted speeder into a miniature Death Star. Rose stops him from going through with it.
  • Serkis Folk: Snoke. He's even portrayed by the Trope Namer.
  • Shout-Out: The hyperspace tracker looks eerily like a flux capacitor.
  • Space Friction: The Resistance cruisers grind to a halt, losing all momentum, when they run out of fuel, falling back towards the First Order fleet. In reality, a starship that runs out of fuel in the vacuum would retain its forward momentum.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: Something Luke is ashamed of but as Yoda notes, every teacher should aspire to this saying that "We are what they grow beyond."
  • Suspiciously Small Army: The Resistance already started the film as a motley collection of decades old ships but it ends the film with maybe a dozen people.
  • Took a Level In Jerkass: Decades of hardship and loss have broken Luke Skywalker. In the novelization, it's revealed he dreams of what his life could have been had he not followed Obi-Wan off Tatooine.
  • Villain Ball: The Supermacy, due to its sheer mass, is too slow to catch up to the Raddus. The Star Destroyers, as an escort fleet, keep pace with their command ship, protecting it. Why they don't launch their complement of TIEs to overwhelm the Resistance is never explained.
  • Villain Has a Point: Kylo Ren. He and sanity may not be on speaking terms but the rule of both the Jedi and the Sith have proven to be failures. What's the point in resurrecting either philosophy? Why not try something new?
  • Villainous Rescue: Kylo Ren saves Rey's life by choosing to kill Snoke instead of following his master's order to kill her.
  • We Can Rule Together: Both Kylo and Rey become determined to make the other change sides, with Kylo even begging her to join him so they can rule the galaxy together, but they ultimately fail to turn each other.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fate of Luke's green lightsaber is never revealed.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Rey and Kylo engage in a tug of war for Anakin's lightsaber, ripping it in two.