Someone gets a hand cut off
No. Yes if you widen the interpretation a LOT.
There are suspicions that Finn's was. Neither the film nor novelizations are quite clear on what his injuries were, other than they were inflicted by a lightsaber and life-threatening. We'll know in Episode VIII.
It was conclusively shown that Kylo Ren's was NOT.
C-3PO had an arm replaced before the events of the film. He replaced it back with gold arm by the film's end.
HOWEVER, Chewie literally rips someone's arm off in the Foster novelization:
Grabbing the thrusting arm, a roaring Chewbacca twisted and ripped it off at the shoulder, throwing the dismembered limb clear across the room. Looking down at himself, Plutt let out a scream of agony as his underlings hurriedly fell back.
Please note that this scene is unique to the novelization and NOT in the theater film release (perhaps a deleted scene?). But the novelization is fully Disney canon.
Someone has a bad feeling about "this"
Yes. Han, of course.
That was when the lights began to flicker. Laughter faded as Kanji and Guavian alike regarded the now sporadic illumination with uncertainty. Distant components cycling on and off filled the corridor with a clicking and gnashing like the cries of a thousand mechanical insects. Han’s eyes widened. With Chewie moaning beside him, he murmured softly.
"I got a bad feeling about this."
From the WGA script (right after Rathtars are released):
Han's eyes go wide -- he gets it -- and it's bad. QUIETLY:
... I got a bad feeling about this...
BB-8’s head comes off
But we know creative team actually thought what would happen to his head of power cut off.
C-3PO says how many forms of communication he’s fluent in
No. Checked the book text and the script for "communication", "million" and "language" too.
HOWEVER, he actually, unlike the prior films, "shows, not tells", his skills!
In the novelization, wholly fulfilling his ANH-stated function of "human-cyborg relations", he figures out how to query all the Droids in the Galaxy (it seems) and finds BB-8 for Leia at Maz's castle, thus making sure Resistance arrives to save the heroes there on time.
In the hangar of the Star Destroyer when Finn and Poe are escaping.
An alien talks with subtitles
Kinda, Maybe. From a certain point of view. Depends on how you define "alien", "subtitles" and "is" :)
GA-97 (droid who reported to Resistance from Maz's cantina that the heroes were on Takodana) speaks in Binary and has subtitles.
A SMALL DROID (GA-97), who turns its head to see BB-8 following Rey across the room. GA-97, now animated, makes a small TRANSMITTING SOUND, which is subtitled.
Alert the Resistance. Their missing droid is here!
The gangster Tasu Leech! (talking to Han, naturally).
However, he is human; not alien, strictly speaking.
"Tasu Leech! Good to see you!"
Han knew perfectly well that Tasu Leech would never deign to speak Basic, so he was not surprised when the man replied in another language—one with which Han was, fortunately, familiar.
"Wrong again, Solo. It’s over for you, and for your associate." Raising the weapon he held, Leech aimed it down the corridor.
Also, Maz speaks in some alien language, but instead of subtitles, she translates herself.
Also, we get subtitles when Bazine reports her spy report to First Order from Maz's. But as per Visual Dictionary, she's human as well.
Bazine enters a shadowy space, stealthily makes a call on a communicator. Clearly, BAZINE IS A SPY. Subtitled:
Inform the First Order... I've found the droid.
"May the Force be with you."
Leia to Rey at the end.
Rey turns around.
May the Force be with you.
This fills Rey up. She smiles gratefully. Rey crosses to the Falcon.
Rey replied in all seriousness. "But you’re also afraid. In sending me away, you’re—reminded."
Leia straightened. "You won’t share the fate of our son."
"I know what we’re doing is right. This is how it has to be. This is how it should be."
Leia smiled gently, reassuringly. "I know it, too. May the Force be with you."
Something is a trap!
No. Double checked by searching novelization text AND leaked WGA script.
However, Finn and Rey discuss trapping the gangsters.
Wait wait wait wait. If we close the blast doors in that corridor, we can trap both gangs!
Percussive maintenance on the Millennium Falcon
Confirmed in the script and novelization as well.
Han kinda moves at one point like he wants to but Rey pre-empts it.
Gentle female touch means you (Rey) just know which buttons to press. Novelization keeps emphasizing that.
Chewie welds something
He's shot and injured before getting from Eravana to Falcon.
He does stay behind at Maz's castle, to check Falcon but no welding is mentioned in film or script or novelization.
And he checks the Falcon before flying to Starkiller. A
And later before flying to Ah-Choo! - no welding either way.
R2-D2 plugs into a computer terminal socket
Conceptually, yes. 30 years ago, into Death Star, where he got Luke's map half.
In film, NO.
Han shoots someone first
Yes, but they had it coming (stormtroopers).
As a trope from ANH, no.
Someone we thought was dead turns out to be alive
Finn AND Resistance both thought that Poe died in TIE/se crash.
"They found his X-wing destroyed. Angle and depth of the blaster marks suggest it was blown up while still on the ground. Definitely First Order: The locals don’t have access to that kind of weaponry." His expression tightened. "There’s no indication he survived. It looks like we’ve lost him."
Finn studied him intently. "You look like you’re in one piece. I can hardly believe it. I thought you were dead: shot up in that TIE fighter we stole. I ejected. When I finally found the wreckage, I looked for you. Pulled your jacket out of your ship before it got swallowed by the sand. What happened to you?"
Not sure if it fits or not, but Finn was thought of as dead, or at least not sure to survive, even in-universe, till the Doctor assure Rey he would.
FINN, who lies, near death, not far from where the GROUND FELL AWAY. Rey falls to her knees near him, turns him over, sees his cauterized but possibly fatal wound.
Tears come to her eyes as she lifts him, holds his lifeless body in her arms. Snow flurries around them as she cries, holding this boy who she just met, who she already adores.
A Force ghost appears
Not visually. Yes in sounds.
We get voices from Obi-Wan (new and old) and Yoda, in Rey's flashback. Not sure if that counts.
It was confirmed from WoG that Snoke is NOT a force ghost.
Someone constructs a new lightsaber
Yes. Kylo Ren's Christmas Tree lightsaber. But that doesn't happen on-screen, of course (neither did any prior films).
Jar Jar Binks
No! J.J. Abrams planned to kill him off, as an Easter Egg, however.
A new single biome planet
4 of them (2 for sure).
Yes. Kinda. But because Han forgot to turn something on.
"Come on, baby," Han was murmuring, "don’t let me down." He pulled on the main hyperdrive control.
Reaching across to his side of the console, Rey calmly activated a control he had not touched and spoke matter-of-factly. "Compressor."
A yellow lightsaber
No (but partially yes).
The only 2 lightsabers we see are Kylo Ren's red, and Luke's old blue.
However, the WGA script calls Kylo Ren's lightsaber "yellow/red"!
Suddenly Kylo Ren raises his LIGHTSABER -- IGNITES IT --
PERPENDICULAR SMALLER BLADES AT THE HILT, A UNIQUE BUZZ --
YELLOW/RED ENERGY, SPITTING SPARKS AND SMOKE --
Also, Harrison Ford told Conan O'Brien in an interview he'd like a pink one.
An alien animal attacks!
An asteroid field!
Yes. Falcon flies by the asteroid field near D'Qar right before before jumping to lightspeed to go find Luke. We also see the exact same asteroid field earlier, when Falcon flies to D'Qar with Han and Finn.
EXT. SPACE - DAY
The FALCON and surviving X-WINGS ROAR past camera toward a PLANET WITH GREEN FLORA AND A RING OF ASTEROIDS
Lightsaber wield combo more epic than ever seen before
No. Nothing and nobody will ever top Yoda in Episode II, or Dooku's skill.
Remember, in this film the only lightsaber fights are:
Kylo Ren killing a captive Muggle on Jakku.
Kylo Ren killing a bunch of furniture on Star Destroyer.
Rey's Forceback, where she sees Kylo Ren spearing someone with LS.
Finn (who never held a LS before) fighting a Stormtrooper.
Kylo Ren killing unresisting Han Solo (d&^k move!)
Kylo Ren fighting Finn. Finn has no idea what he's doing (mostly), Ren is &^*ing around and isn't up to full speed
Kylo Ren fighting Rey. Again, he's under the weather, so to speak, and she never held a LS before.
New fighter named after a letter of the alphabet
Not a fighter. We get only 3 fighters, T-70 X-Wings, and TIE/fo and TIE/sf.
BUT, we do get a brand new Upsilon-class assault shuttle. It isn't a fighter; and as other shuttles in old films, named after Greek alphabet, not Latin.
Summon bigger fish!
Strictly speaking, no. The only dangerous animals are Rathtars.
Conceptually, yes (if smaller fish is the gangsters from Death Gang or Kanjiklub and bigger fish are Rathtars).
Someone serving bizarre alien drinks
Yes. Maz Kanata's castle. Han even calls it a "watering hole"
"The galaxy’s full of watering holes, but nothing like this place. It’s been run by an old smuggler named Maz Kanata for a thousand years...
The entrance was open. A corridor led to a sizable open hall of neatly finished stonework where a hodgepodge of humans, humanoids, and distinctly nonhumans were engaged in what struck Finn as a perpetual round of eating, drinking, gambling, scheming....
Alien band plays music
Yes. Maz Kanata's castle has a very Mos-Eisley-ish alien band.
Visual Dictionary (page 73) covers it in details (as does this SE answer), its members are Taybin Ralorsa, Infrablue Zedbeddy Coggins, Ubert "Sticks" Quaril and Sudswater Dillifay Glon. No, I didn't make the names up - see the linked answer for screenshot.
According to Pablo Hidalgo's twitter, the names are meant to be "blues" invoking.
Vehicle hovers when it would work just as well or better with wheels
Too subjective to call.
Maybe, Ray's podracer-like speeder. I don't think so but some people do.
Bottomless pit without a railing
Yes. Han falls into one after being lightsabered by Kylo Ren (spoilers!)
Finally Han FALLS BACK, OFF THE CATWALK, INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE STRUCTURE!
Also, later, a bottomless planetary crack separates Rey and Ren
But she stops. Realizing she stands on a greater edge than even the cliff -- the edge of the dark side. The earth SHAKES. The earth splits. A gully forms.
Transparent computer display
Does map display count? Does hologram of Starkiller?
If that doesn't count, then we have this display showing Starkiller battle, that C-3PO points to saying "The weapon will be fully charged in 10 minutes":
Sign or display in Aurebesh script
Poe Dameron's quadnoculars on Jakku show Aurebesh in the display, including the word "LOCK". Wikia has tons of other examples
A new Force ability
Yes. Kylo Ren freezes a blaster bolt (and a person) with a Force.
He also mind-reads someone, without their will. That is NOT possible in OT, Vader/Emperor merely sense Luke's thoughts about something emotionally intense; but Vader can't mind-read Leia when interrogating her.
Finn yells "No!" when Rey is taken by Ren from Takodana.
Ignoring the fire of retreating stormtroopers, paying no attention to the blasts that gouged the dirt around him, Finn raced toward the shuttle—only to watch helplessly as it lifted off and rose toward the clouds. Irrationally, he tried to follow the dark spot as it rose higher into the sky, running beneath it until it shrank to a dot and then finally disappeared.
"No, no, no, no…Rey, Rey!"
Rey screams "No!" as Han is stuck with the lightsaber. In the novelization she just whispers, however.
"Solo. Solo." Finn put an arm around the girl beside him. "Rey."
"No," she whispered. "No, no, no…"
Chewie screams something that almost everyone considers to be a Shyriiwook equivalent of a "Nooooo" after Han falls.
Someone gets Force choked
No. Not quite.
Kylo Ren Force-Flies an officer (who reported that "a girl" helped BB-8 escape) towards himself, and chokes him with his hand the same exact way Darth Vader choked Captain Antilles on Tantive IV in ANH. But that is NOT a Force Choke.
Alien speaks English in an ethnic accent
I don't think so.
Didn't notice this myself.
Didn't find anything on Google.
The only likely candidates were actually human (Admiral in the Resistance, and gangster Tasu Leech played by Indonesian actor - and he didn't speak "English" but Huttese - see #35).
Another candidate is Maz Kanata (several commenters said so). I am ESL so I'm not qualified to judge if the actress speaks with an accent - especially one speaking British English :)
Alien speaks alien language and Han replies in English
First of all, Chewbacca. Like, well, D'uh!!!!
Barring that, if you count Tasu Leech as "alien" despite him being biologically human, that counts too.
"Tasu Leech! Good to see you!"
Han knew perfectly well that Tasu Leech would never deign to speak Basic, so he was not surprised when the man replied in another language—one with which Han was, fortunately, familiar. "Wrong again, Solo. It’s over for you, and for your associate." Raising the weapon he held, Leech aimed it down the corridor.
"Not now, Chewie! That won’t help." Han took a deep breath. "Guys! You’re all gonna get what I promised. The merchandise is here, the buyer is waiting. I just need to make the delivery. Have I ever not delivered for you before?"
Moving his hands deliberately and slowly, Tasu Leech made a show of activating his weapon. "Twice."
Han frowned. Leech was correct, of course, but Han wasn’t about to admit it. "Twice?"
Someone mentions midi-chlorians
NO! No midi-chlorians in Episode VII!
Yes :( But not Star Trek level.
J.J. Abrams said:
"As you'll see in the Star Wars movie, I've allowed lens flares to take a very backseat [role] ... We're making sure it looks photo-realistic, [because] every time there could be a flare, I said, 'This is not the movie. These are not the flares you're looking for.'"
For example I noticed lens flare when Ren's lightsaber lights up; or when Falcon flies on Jakku, or when weird ship flies off of Jakku in Rey's Forceback.
Clock wipe between scenes
??? No idea. Didn't notice any. But Googling for that returns nothing
Line that gets more amusing if you replace "Force" with "pants"
Being I'm over 5 years old (as per SE's user agreement!), no.
This is really subjective, though.
But, since I haven't seen any mentions of this while Googling, I'll assume my opinion wins with the silent agreement of entire Internet.
Lightsaber used for a non-combat purpose
Yes. It's used like LSD for Rey's Forceback. Groovy trip, maaaan.
It's also used as a message/relay, by Rey passing it to Luke at the end.
R2-D2 falls over
No. R2 is in very few scenes, mostly powered down. No falling over at all.
C-3PO is damaged
But he has a new red hand from before-screen events left unspecified except that it was a memento of another droid's "sacrifice" as per Visual Dictionary.
One-way only. Rey kisses Finn at the end.
A NEW DAY. Finn, unconscious in an I.C.U. POD. His fate uncertain. Rey sits with him. Deeply worried. Finally she leans in, close to him.
She kisses him and says, quietly, despite her fear:
We'll see each other again. I believe that. Thank you, my friend.
Please note that no more kissing happens according to both novelization and WGA script text search.
Finn and Rey hug very romantically, till Han advises them to
get a room "escape first, hug later":
INT. STARKILLER BASE - CORRIDOR 6 - DAY
Rey climbs up to the corridor, vigilant. She hears a SOUND, SWOOPS her rifle at -- Finn, Han and Chewie! She cannot believe it! All Finn wants to do is hug her -- and she him.
Han and Leia hug, but don't kiss.
Han places his hands on her shoulders. It could be thirty years ago.
Someone says "I love you."
Not in the film or the script or novelization (checked them using text search for "love").
In the novelization only, Han wants to, but Leia shuts him up before he can. The more I answer TFA questions, the less I like Leia :(
He put his hands on her shoulders, and thirty years fell away in an instant. "Leia, there’s something I’ve been wanting to say to you for a long time."
Fighting to hold back tears, she put a finger to his lips. "Tell me when you get back."
John Williams score reprises a theme from original trilogy (credits don’t count)
Yes. A full analysis would far exceed the margins of this post, but plenty of themese reprise, including all the main ones.
R2-D2 uses a tool we’ve never seen before
Does "Sleeping" count? If not, then no.
But his holoprojection of the map is WAY better than "mini-Leia" holo he showed in Episode IV
Scene involving food
Maz's Castle. Visual dictionary actually has details of what food they serve. Yum!
While Finn’s appetite had been sharpened by a trooper’s customary diet of synthsust, it was nothing compared to Rey’s. In spite of himself, he could only marvel at the amount of food the girl downed. It was as if she had never eaten real food in her life. Origins didn’t seem to matter, either. She grabbed and consumed examples of anything within reach without bothering to ascertain its genesis. Han also ate energetically, but he was considerably more decorous.
Also, Rathtar's eat!
Also, Rey eats green goo breakfast.
Vehicle with legs
There was a "Base defense walker" on Starkiller base. It is shown off to the right of the plaza where everyone listens to General Hux's speech (Visual Dictionary illustration of that speech has it too).
Giant monster based on real world insect or other small animal
Creature that lives in vacuum of space
Jedi mind trick
Yes. Rey JMTs James Bond.
Line repeats never before repeated line from original trilogy
Yes. Han says that Falcon made Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs.
The Millennium Falcon." She could not keep the wonder out of her voice. "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs."
"Twelve parsecs." Entering the cockpit ahead of the others, Han scanned the console. A wave of something washed over the Millennium Falcon’s rightful owner (Novelization)
This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs...!
INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - SAME
Han enters the cockpit.
An escape pod ejects from a ship
Not from a capital ship.
But Finn escapes a TIE/sf in an ejection seat (not noted in any text but can see the seat + parachute in the movie).
Also, while not in the film, a prequel novel "Lost Stars" has the Star Destroyer captain be carried to escape pod and dropped. That is the same Star Destroyer we see Rey looting on Jakku.
Blaster shot ricochets and kills someone
??? Not that I could figure out.
Bigger than life size hologram
Someone is immune to Jedi mind tricks
Not quite. James Bond's Stormtrooper is immune on first 2 tries but succumbs on a third.
And Rey doesn't let Kylo Ren read her mind in the end - but does at the start, and it's NOT really a JMT (different Force Power).
Real world unit of measurement (e.g. metres, parsecs)
The Millennium Falcon." She could not keep the wonder out of her voice. "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs."
"Twelve parsecs." Entering the cockpit ahead of the others, Han scanned the console. A wave of something washed over the Millennium Falcon’s rightful owner
Running duel moves from one location to another
What does that mean? Yes, depending on how you define "location".
We have Finn dueling stormtrooper. Finn dueling Ren. Ren dueling Rey. They all run around like crazy when dueling.
Plus, we have tons of blaster shootouts that move between locations.
Someone foresees the future
Rey's visions from touching the lightsaber include seeing her in the future on Starkiller, facing Ren in the forest in the snow.
Also, some people do it using logic, not stupid Jedi tricks.
Someone swings on a rope or vine
Yes. Rey rappels down a rope inside the Star Destroyer in the film's beginning.
Character who died in first six movies mentioned by name
Yes. "There was too much Vader in him" - Han.
Also, Snoke and Ren discuss Vader by name in novelization.
C-3PO says something about space travel
Death of an original trilogy character
Obvious video game level scene
This is really too subjective to answer.
This is Disney so of course yes, one doesn't even need to watch the film to be sure.
Presumably, Takodana fight of FO vs Resistance, or Starkiller fight, would make a good game basis.
New alien species obviously designed to appeal to kids
Another one that's (1) too subjective to answer and (2) the answer is a certain "yes" because Disney.
BB-8 fills that role. People claim Maz Kanata is one as well.
Someone is identified as a clone
Not quite, but Ren strongly suggests replacing "real" stormtroopers with Clones. Does that count?
A bad guy successfully shoots someone
Stormtroopers shoot a bunch of people, first on Jakku then at the Castle. They also shoot down a bunch of X-Wings :(
Also, one of the gangsters shoots and wounds Chewie on Eravana.
Mooks firing en masse and repeatedly missing
Gangsters vs. Han. Stormtroopers vs. everyone on Starkiller.
Droids walk through a crossfire without getting hit
No. BB-8 rolls through blasterfire on Jakku with Finn and Rey, but it was not crossfire.
Sith apprentice kills master
They discuss Vader vs. Sidious in the dialog in novelization, but otherwise, no.
Sith master arranges death of apprentice
No. But Han mentions to Ben that Snoke will "crush" him when he outlives his usefulness.
A droid fixes a spaceship
Yes. We see a droid helping fix X-Wing on D'Qar.
R2-D2 sits in an astromech port in a spaceship
No. But BB-8 does.
Darth X, where X prefixed with "in" is a word
Vader mentioned. Otherwise, no.
Unless it ends up that Snoke is Darth Plagueis or Darth Anakin or Darth Palpatine's Ghost :)
TODOs left to fix if someone wants to ("!!" denotes ones where I don't have a good answer):