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The ninth film and the Grand Finale of the Star Wars films, The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker) is the ninth film of the Star Wars saga.

In the year since The Last Jedi, a galaxy-wide transmission swearing Revenge has been broadcast by the late Emperor Palpatine sending both the Resistance and the First Order into a mad scramble to discover the truth behind the message with Rey caught squarely in the middle of it all as she finally uncovers the truth about her past. . .

Tropes used in The Rise of Skywalker include:
  • Abusive Parents: Emperor Palpatine. Is anyone really surprised by this?
  • Advertised Extra: The Knights of Ren.
  • All for Nothing: Palpatine's survival renders Vader's Heroic Sacrifice in Return of the Jedi, and indeed the whole prophecy of the Chosen One, null and void as the Sith returned. In fairness though, the prophecy never said that the Sith would stay destroyed.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The Visual Dictionary reveals more information about how the Xyston-class Star Destroyers were built.
    • Wanna hear Palpatine's message to the galaxy? Go play Fortnite.
    • The novelization offers some more explanation on how Palpatine returned. It also reveals that his son, Rey's father, was a failed clone.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The main gun on the Xyston-class Star Destroyers is linked to the ship's main reactor. Damage it enough and the ship blows up.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The Holdo Maneuvers (ramming a ship at lightspeed). There's a huge cost to it and the chance of success is very low.
  • Big Bad: Emperor Palpatine.
  • Black Speech: Sith tongue.
  • Body Surf: Palpatine intends to take Rey's body.
  • Boring but Practical: General Pryde. He didn't care for Starkiller Base and would have preferred that the First Order instead devoted its resources to building a large fleet.
  • Came Back Wrong: Not outright wrong but it's hinted, both by his corpse like appearance and his seeming Sanity Slippage, that Palpatine's resurrection was a botched job.
  • The Cameo:
  • Death World: Exegol. It's Always Night, lighting storms pound the surface, and its surrounded by a host of hostile space anomalies. In addition to all that, it's also a conduit for the Dark Side of the Force and is the seat of the Sith throne.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Played for Laughs. Poe non-verbally suggests that he and Zorii go have some celebratory sex but she rolls her eyes and turns him down. He takes it quite well. Gender-Inverted with Rey and Kylo Ren. Kylo dies saving Rey.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Xyston-class Star Destroyers. They're about twice the size of the Imperial-I class but come with a Death Star level cannon on their underbelly.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Hux is helping the Resistance, not because he believes in the cause, but simply because he wants Kylo Ren to lose.
    • Palpatine tossing Kylo Ren over a cliff is payback for what Vader did to him in Jedi.
  • The Exile: After finding out the truth about her lineage, and having a brush with the Dark Side, Rey heads to Ahch-To and fully intends to live out the rest of her days trapped there.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Channeling the power and soul of every Jedi kills Rey. She gets better though.
  • Grand Finale: The Star Wars franchise will continue, but this is the end of the Skywalker saga.
  • Hand Wave: How did Palpatine come back? The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities. Some consider to be... unnatural.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Palpatine is the hidden mastermind behind Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order.
  • Irony: It's now Luke, well his Force ghost, who tries to convince Rey to leave Ahch-To.
  • Last of His Kind: After Leia dies, Kylo Ren is the last of the Skywalker lineage. He doesn't make it out alive.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Rey is Palpatine's granddaughter. 
  • Mythology Gag: The legions of Sith troopers are all named after old Sith Lords from Legends; Revan, Andeddu, Tanis, Tenebrous, Phobos, and Desolous.
  • Not in This For Your Revolution: Why is Hux leaking information to the Resistance? Not because he believes in the cause, but simply because he hates Kylo Ren that much.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Palpatine pulls an extreme version of this. Not only did he outlive his son but the Darth Vader comic confirmed that he's also Anakin's father, meaning he outlived four of his descendants. And he fully intended to outlive Rey as well.
  • Ragnarok Proofing:
    • Despite spending decades underwater, Luke's X-Wing is still perfectly functional.
    • The same goes for the TIE fighter that Kylo salvaged from the wreckage of the second Death Star. That's a bit more forgivable as the ruin that the sequence takes place in survived the explosion more or less intact. That a hangar might still be in one piece is hardly implausible.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Guess.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Palpatine's attempted murder of Kylo Ren is motivated purely by his hatred for Vader.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kylo/Ben and Rey
  • Too Dumb to Live: What does Palpatine do when he sees Rey deflecting his Force lighting back at him? Double its intensity.
  • Undying Loyalty: Pryde to Palpatine. The second he sees his old master, he pledges the entirety of the First Order to him.
  • The Unreveal: What did Finn want to tell Rey? Per Word of God, it's that he's a Force sensitive, something that's hinted it when he immediately knows that it's her piloting the X-Wing.
  • Wham! Line:
    • "I [Palpatine] made Snoke."
    • "You're [Rey] his granddaughter. You... are a Palpatine."
  • Whole-Plot Reference: Just as The Force Awakens borrowed heavily from A New Hope, and The Last Jedi borrowed heavily from The Empire Strikes Back, this movie borrows heavily from Return of the Jedi
    • Those familiar with the previous Expanded Universe materials (now rebranded as Legends) notice similarities to Dark Empire, one of the earliest pieces of EU Star Wars media. Both feature a new class of Star Destroyer that incorporates Death Star tech (the Eclipse there, the Xyston-class here) launched from a planet steeped in the energies of the Dark Side of the Force (Byss there, Exegol here), with everything revealed to have been orchestrated by a reborn Palpatine who is being tended to by Dark Side cultists and has Body Surf plans for a young Jedi.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Upon realizing that he can just drain the life energy from Rey and Kylo, Palpatine chucks them both aside, ditching his Body Surf plan.
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