Questions tagged [star-wars]

For questions about the 'Star Wars' universe created by George Lucas.

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Why does Darth Sidious need bodyguards?

Darth Sidious had red-robed bodyguards on his shuttle and in his throne room. Why would a Sith Lord need bodyguards? He is an evil space wizard who can read minds, choke the life out of somebody ...
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Why don't Rogue One and Solo have opening crawls?

The opening crawl is one of the most distinctive feature of Star Wars films. But only the numbered episodes have it, not Rogue One or Solo which are also part of the Star Wars franchise. Why is this?
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Can only Jedi become force ghosts? [duplicate]

A large part of the justification for Darth Vader’s redemption is his appearance as a force ghost. Even though the new movie is not released yet, would it be possible for Palpatine to appear as a ...
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Does any explanation exist clarifying what happened to the escape pod R2-D2 and C-3PO used at the beginning of the first “Star Wars” film?

So at the beginning of Star Wars (1977) R2-D2 and C-3PO escape the captured Tantive IV blockade runner in a class-6 escape pod and land on Tatooine. We see them leave the escape pod to go off and do ...
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Why does C-3PO have a silver lower leg?

In Star Wars, C-3PO is a gold robot but his right leg is silver. Why is that? (Edit: the original question said that he had a silver leg "in some scenes". Apparently, that is incorrect.)
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“There is no try”: isn't it only the Sith who deal in absolutes?

In Revenge of the Sith, Obi Wan tells Anakin: Only a Sith deals in absolutes. Then, in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda proclaims: Do, or do not. There is no try. Isn't this an absolute ...
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Is there a logic behind the naming of the Rebel Alliance's starfighters?

Looking at the most recognizable ones at least, I was wondering why the older starfighters of the Rebel Alliance are called X-Wing, Y-Wing, and the newer ones A-Wing and B-Wing. A logical order would ...
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Are Sith Lord names based on menacing words?

Menacing Word -> Sith Lord Name: Bane -> Bane Plague -> Plagueis Insidious -> Sidious Tyrant -> Tyranus Maul -> Maul Invader -> Vader Snake -> Snoke Was wondering if there were any canon and real ...
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Did the Rebel Alliance do anything with the Death Star plans after the Battle of Yavin?

In A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has stolen the secret plans for the Death Star. They are able to study the plans to find the critical weakness allowing them to destroy the Death Star at the Battle ...
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What happened to Brakiss?

I read The New Rebellion a Star Wars novel set 13 years after Return of the Jedi. Luke's big bad apprentice is chilling on a planet making droids. Does he ever do anything in future books?
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Star Wars Episode 5, R2D2's memory [duplicate]

I was watching Episode 5 recently and something strange come to my eye. When Luke arrives at Dagobah it seems that neither Yoda and R2D2 seems to remember each other. As far as I know R2D2 never had ...
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How did space travel spread throughout the Star Wars galaxy?

By the time of the Star Wars films almost every species has access to space travel and faster-than-light technology. Has it ever been mentioned where this came from, did a specific species go out and ...
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What is a “balanced” force, and do the Jedi want it? [duplicate]

The Prophecy of the Chosen One says that it will lead to "ultimate balance in the Force be restored". What does this actually mean? Is the goal to wipe out the Sith? If so, how is that balance? Wouldn'...
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Why didn't the Empire disarm the populace?

Why does the Empire allow its subjects to go around armed? Han Solo openly carries a blaster. Chewbacca carries his bowcaster. In Rogue One, Baze Malbus carried a heavy repeater cannon. How does ...
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Do we know where Human life originated in the Star Wars galaxy? [duplicate]

Assuming that the different species of alien all originated on different worlds around different stars do we know where the "Human" lifeforms that make up the majority of the Star Wars films came from ...
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Why were AT-ATs vulnerable to X-Wing Blasters? [duplicate]

In Rogue One, at the battle of Scariff we see several X-Wings pass through the planetary shield before it closes. After this they destroy an AT-AT with their blasters. In Empire Strikes Back, Luke ...
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What is the “correct” pronunciation of Princess Leia's name?

A colleague with the same name recently pointed out that in a New Hope the pronunciation "Lee-ah" is used. However, in later movies, "Lay-ah" is more common. What is the correct pronunciation of ...
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What's so significant (special) about the Millennium Falcon? [closed]

I'm interested in both cultural and technical canon. What made it stand out from other starships? Was there only one made? Why does it seem to instill awe in both friend and foe?
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Are Sith Lords celibate like the Jedi?

The Sith are disciplined Force-wielders, but I’m not sure if this means that they are sexually abstinent.
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Why do the TIE Fighter pilot helmets have similar ridges as the rebels?

After having prop replicas of a TIE Fighter pilot' helmet and the Red Five helmet in view at same time, I noticed that both have characteristic ridges going to the back (circled in red on the 2 ...
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What is the symbol on the pauldron of the storm troopers who guard Grand Admiral Thrawn's office?

In Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 17 ("Through Imperial Eyes"), the stormtroopers that guard Grand Admiral Thrawn's office on his Star Destroyer have a black pauldron on their right shoulder with a ...
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What is the out-of-universe origin of the Rebel crest?

The Rebel crest was first seen in the Star Wars universe in the 1977 film Star Wars (A New Hope), at the very least it was on the rebel helmets. It has become part of Star Wars lore and has, in-...
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How was Grievous able to defeat Jedi?

Since Grievous could not use the Force, wouldn't a simple Force push always eliminate the danger to a Jedi? Note: unlike many of the other enemies of the Jedi, Grievous appears to have no weapons but ...
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Who was the longest standing Sith Master?

I'm not asking who was the oldest in age, or who survived the most years being a practitioner of the Dark Side, but rather which Sith Master was given the embarrassing burden of living the longest ...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise?

As far as I can tell, both universes have equally objective ideas of speed. Do we know how fast the two ships can go? Which is faster?
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Blaster policy in the Mos Eisley Cantina?

Are blasters allowed in the Mos Eisley Cantina? In the original Star Wars, there are two gunfights that take place in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The bartender's reaction to them is dramatically ...
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Did the Jedi Order use corporal punishment?

I just read a fanfiction, where a padawan is spanked for disobeying. Do you think this is realistic? Was Coporal punishment allowed?
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Why didn't Count Dooku expose Palpatine?

In the Revenge of the Sith, when Count Dooku had Chancellor Palpatine captured, did he actually know that Palpatine was the same person as his master Darth Sidious? If he did, then why didn't he ...
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How did Jabba become such a powerful crime lord?

After re-watching Return of the Jedi recently, I started to wonder about Jabba and his criminal empire. All the sources I've read agree that Jabba is immensely powerful, and his influence was such ...
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Why did Jango Fett have a son via cloning instead of through natural reproductive processes?

Why did Jango Fett choose to have his son, Boba Fett, created via cloning, rather than having a child by a woman? Did he want a son and was either unwilling or unable to do so with a mate?
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How do people get out of bacta tanks?

In Empire Strikes Back, we see Luke in a bacta tank. When he's apparently "done", he's whooshed up to the top. Similarly, in Rogue One, Darth Vader is in a bacta tank, and when he has a guest, he's ...
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How did Anakin Skywalker get into the Trade Federation Droid Control Ship?

I watched 'The Phantom Menace' and one of the main things I don't understand is how Anakin Skywalker managed to get into the hangar of the Droid Control Ship. There were a lot of pilots trying to get ...
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Who exactly knew that Chancellor Palpatine was Darth Sidious?

There are only few people who know it. I can include the following people: Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus - I'm sure he told Dooku, because he played such a huge role in Palpatine's plans and the war, so ...
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How did Jabba get his tail injured in/before “Return of the Jedi”?

Trying to answer this Q, I just re-watched the HD version of ROTJ and noticed that Jabba the Hutt had an injury on his tail. Originally, I thought it was from a blaster bolt shot by Luke as he was ...
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What's the purpose of solar panels of TIE fighters?

I don't think those sideways panels are for trapping solar energy because there should be more efficient power source in TIE fighters. But they look like solar panels. What do those panels do in-...
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How did the Gungans learn to speak Galactic Basic?

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are brought to Otoh Gunga to meet the Gungans. Fortunately for them, all of them speak Galactic Basic (although with their distinctive speech ...
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Could Yoda defend against a Force choke? [duplicate]

We've seen Yoda deflect Sith lightning, but we haven't seen him defend against a Force choke. What would happen if Vader or some other powerful Sith lord attempted to apply a Force choke against Yoda?...
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Are the AT-AT's from “Empire Strikes Back” a deliberate reference to Mecha?

I was recently reading the entry on The Empire Strikes Back on the website for the Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction and was intrigued by this reference to "mecha" (emphasis mine): A first viewing ...
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If Darth Vader sensed Kenobi aboard the Millennium Falcon, why didn't he go aboard?

After a tractor beam brings the Millennium Falcon aboard the Death Star, Darth Vader senses the presence of his old teacher. He runs off to tell Grand Moff Tarkin ...
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Did Darth Vader wear the same suit for 20+ years?

Darth Vader donned his iconic suit from his defeat on Mustafar to his death on the Death Star II, a little over 20 years. Was he wearing the exact same suit that whole time? Did he have any backup ...
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How did the Rebels know the shield was down?

In Return of the Jedi, upon jumping into the Endor system, this exchange happens on the Millenium Falcon: Lando: We've got to be able to get some kind of a reading on that shield, up or down. ...
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What is the maximum effective range of the Death Star's Superlaser?

As we discussed it in this question, the Death Star can deliver a mind-boggling amount of energy. If it is capable of blowing up an Earth-sized planet, this means the equivalent of the annihilation ...
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How much of a man was Darth Vader?

Of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan's Force Ghost had the following to offer: He’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil. Obi-Wan may have been remarking upon Vader's lost humanity more than ...
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Why was Darth Vader given a downgraded version of General Grievous's mechanics?

Darth Vader was given obsolete technology for his suit, as can be seen in this question. It seems odd that he wouldn't have been given similar technology. Why was this done?
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How did rebel fighters get past the Scarif shield?

In Star Wars: Rogue One, during the battle of Scarif and just before the shield was destroyed, a rebel squadron somehow showed up and engaged in battle inside the shield. How did that first squadron ...
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Did Dooku know that the CIS was destined to fail and lose the Clone Wars?

This question actually comes from an EckhartsLadder video I watched some time back, can't remember which one, but it was about Star Wars and the Clone Wars. As the question suggests, did Dooku know ...
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Why didn't Palpatine hire Bounty Hunters to kill the Queen of Naboo?

Killing a Queen was an infiltration level task. Given enormous money at hand, the best of best Bounty Hunters could be hired to finish this task. Darth Maul couldn't stand a chance against military ...
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Why is there slavery in Star Wars?

I'm watching the Clone Wars series and I've just hit S04E12 in regards to the slavers. I understand; but don't agree with, why slaves exist on earth, but in Star Wars, they have droids. These droids ...
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Is BB-8's name inspired by BB ammunition?

The distinguishing feature of BB-8's design compared to other astromechs is his spherical body, whereas previously seen astromechs generally have a cylindrical body. Was the name inspired by BB ...
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Out of universe - Was the Y-wing design influenced by The Enterprise?

I find the Y-wing has a quite unique design among the star wars crafts and always wondered if it was influenced from elsewhere. Despite the difference in sheer size it looks similar to the Enterprise ...