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What are the known Easter eggs in The Force Awakens?

Note: Due to community input, Easter Eggs should be limited to references of the previous Star Wars films, and are meant/confirmed by the writers/directors/etc. to be Easter Eggs. Also, please be aware that this can lead to spoilers.

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    I actually think the other 2 questions should probably be a dupe of this one. – user31178 Dec 22 '15 at 19:00
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    @MikeEdenfield JJ et al have done a lot of interviews clarifying some of those things, so I think it's entirely possible we can get a clear idea of confirmed Easter Eggs. For instance: ew.com/article/2015/12/20/… I expect as time goes on we'll get more evidence. – user31178 Dec 22 '15 at 19:07
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    Why is this close but the other similar questions still open? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/111224/… – user31178 Dec 23 '15 at 0:17
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    @CreationEdge They're not similar; those can be quantified. Compare a scene X in A New Hope versus scene Y in The Force Awakens: we can tell whether they are similar or not based on the contents of the scene (i.e. Trash compactor in both movies); whereas how do we know for sure that a particular scene or character is an Easter Egg? Did the producers tell us? do we think it's an Easter Egg? – Möoz Dec 23 '15 at 2:05
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    I would say that it must be confirmed and not just opinion. I will make an edit to the question to specify this. – Programmer Dec 23 '15 at 2:14
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Here you go. Easter Eggs, Cameos, and References.

This list has been expanded to include more than just the reference video.

New Hope parallels

  • Person stranded on a desert planet destined for more
  • Opening scene with storm troopers killing rebels
  • Mind tricks and hiding on a large base
  • Stormtrooper dressed as a rebel vs rebel dressed as Stormtrooper
  • Han Solo "I have a bad feeling about this"
  • Trash compactor
  • Anakin's lightsaber being stored in Obi-Wan's chest
  • Feeling a death from across the galaxy (Leia and Obi-Wan)
  • Trench run
  • Millenium Falcon
    • 12 parsecs
    • Floor compartments
    • Board game
    • Jedi training device

Other Film References

  • Millennium Falcon has a new square dish, which replaced the round one lost in RotJ. (Also as mentioned in Heir to the Empire)
  • Pulling lightsabers out of snow with the force (ESB)
  • Someone falling to their death from a great height (ESB, RotJ)
  • Killing monster with a door (RotJ)
  • Must drop the shields for the attack to begin (RotJ)
  • Pod racers (TPM)

Recurring themes

  • Limb loss - in that C3PO has a new arm
  • Facial scars
  • Jedis in exile

Recurring Non-central Characters / Ships

  • Admiral Akbar
  • Nien Nunb
  • Clone troopers (mentioned)
  • Old style X-Wing, Tie-fighter, and Star Destroyer ship wreckage on Jakku

Random References

  • Pilot Ello Asty is a reference to Beastie Boys song Hello Nasty and written in Aurebesh on his helmet: "Born to Ill"
  • Various voice actors from previous Star Wars cartoons and games
  • Various characters and locations named after people related to JJ Abrams or other production crew.
    • Poe Dameron is named after Abram's daughter's toy polar bear and his assistant.
    • Abrams' father plays a resistance officer Captain Cypress
    • Abram's grandfather is references as a Kelvin Ridge
  • Michael Giacchino as a Stormtrooper
  • Daniel Craig as a Stormtrooper (interacting with Rey)
  • Simon Pegg as Unkar Plutt
  • Onscreen appearance of R2KT
  • new dish on the falcon isn't a new hope parallel – NKCampbell Dec 23 '15 at 19:33
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    With the list of references so long, I was surprised nobody hit their head while going through a door ... – Hagen von Eitzen Dec 28 '15 at 22:33
  • @HagenvonEitzen Are you referring to a missed referenced? – Jack B Nimble Dec 29 '15 at 18:36
  • "Anakin's lightsaber being stored in Obi-Wan's chest" I read this quite wrong the first time I thought about it – Daniel Oct 11 '16 at 22:30

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