If an alien of a certain species is shown (but never named, or does anything) in Star Wars movie, and then given a name/backstory/whatnot in a C-level book, is that alien species (and the facts about it) considered a G-level canon or a C-level canon?

Or is it nuanced? (e.g. the existance is G-level but any details are still C-level)?


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Everything that is explicitly stated in a G-Canon source is G-Canon and nothing else, the rest lies in a lower level of canon. A good example is the group of bounty hunters Darth Vader mandates to find the Millennium Falcon.

the group of bounty hunters

They are all named in the Script

The group standing before Vader is a bizarre array of galactic fortune hunters: There is Bossk, a slimy, tentacled monster with two huge, bloodshot eyes in a soft baggy face; Zuckuss and Dengar, two battle-scarred, mangy human types; IG-88, a battered, tarnished chrome war droid; and Boba Fett, a man in a weapon-covered armored space suit.

VADER: ...there will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.

So their names and appearances are all G-level, but not their back stories. From Canon article on Wookieepedia :

G, T, C and S together form the overall Star Wars continuity. Each ascending level typically overrides the lower ones; for example, Boba Fett's back story was radically altered with the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, forcing the retcon of older source material to fall in line with the new G-canon back story. However, this is not always absolute, and the resolution of all contradictions is handled on a case-by-case basis.

  • is there a specific "official" confirmation for "but not theirs back story" bit? This is also how I parse the Wookipedia article, but I am looking for an official (general or specific to this case) example from LucasEmpire. +1 Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 16:31
  • @DVK If you check the wikipedia article about Star Wars canon, you will find all the quotes you needs. They go even further, separating all 6 movies from the whole G, T, C and S canon nomenclature. There is George Lucas's world and the extended universe. Everything that happened in the EU could be happening in a parallel universe, or be revealed to be dream, with a snap of George Lucas's fingers.
    – DavRob60
    Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 16:47
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    Even G-level canon can get changed. Such as Obi-Wan not having used "Obi-Wan" since before Luke's birth. Along comes Ep III, and shows that to be wrong.
    – aramis
    Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 20:20
  • @aramis Only by a couple of minutes, but Obi-Wan using is name after Luke's birth is is a small issue when you compare it to Leia having memories of her mother.
    – DavRob60
    Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 2:26

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