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How is canonicity of derivative works determined for Star Wars?

For all types of derivative works, namely: Movies Novels Comic books Other written works (including RPG materials) Cartoons Video games Derivative movies (such as the infamous Ewok movies and even ...
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What canon evidence is there that Stormtroopers are/are not still clones?

Reading this article about The Top 10 Reasons Proving Boba Fett Killed Luke Skywalker's Aunt and Uncle, my nerd-rage started flaring as they claimed that Stormtroopers were still Fett-Clones 20 years ...
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Are E.T. and Star Wars in the same universe?

An answer about the Star Wars timeline, uses the appearance of E.T.-like creatures in the Star Wars universe as a frame of reference for dating the sagas relative to our present day. I remember ...
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Are all stormtroopers as poor soldiers as the ones in the movies?

In the Star Wars films we consistently witness just how poor soldiers stormtroopers are. They show very sub-par marksmanship, crappy house searching tactics, and are easily fooled and defeated by ...
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How was the Chosen One meant to bring balance to the Force?

The legend of the Chosen One foretold the coming of a being who would restore balance to the Force. Now we know that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One, but how exactly was he supposed to restore ...
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Why did the Jedi want to bring balance to the Force?

During the Prequel trilogy, the Jedi wanted to bring balance to the Force, in accordance with a prophecy. There seemed to be a general agreement that this was a 'good thing', but a disagreement with ...
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Why are there humans in the Star Wars Universe?

Kind of brought to my attention by this answer. The poster mentions non-humans, which implies that there are humans in the Star Wars universe. However, since it happened "A long time ago, in a ...
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Why didn't Palpatine publicly change his name once he became Emperor?

Anakin Skywalker was known as Darth Vader (this was already his Sith name) after the creation of the Galactic Empire. So why did Palpatine remain "Emperor Palpatine"? Why didn't he embrace his ...
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How is the Starkiller Base supposed to work more than one time, given how it draws its power?

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, once the Starkiller Base has depleted the star it is drawing power from, is it supposed to travel to another star where it can draw more power? Or is it non-mobile and ...
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How many times was Obi-Wan less than honest with Luke?

Despite his attempts to persuade Luke otherwise1, Obi-Wan is often less than entirely honest with Luke. Sometimes he stretches the truth, sometimes he omits important details in such a way that Luke ...
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Is Kylo Ren a Sith?

Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader and vows to finish what he started. He wields a red lightsaber. He opposes the Jedi. He fights for the Empire... err First Order Does that mean he is a Sith?
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When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish?

From what I understand, midi-chlorian count is a strong indicator of ability in the Force (though there are other factors as well). So it seems like when Anakin loses his arm or Luke loses his hand, ...
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Why and how can you hear explosions in space in Star Wars?

Considering that sound can't travel through vacuum.
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How is Starkiller Base's beam visible from Takodana in The Force Awakens?

On Takodana,
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Why would the Force become so mysterious and unrecognized after only 20 years?

I always wondered why Admiral Motti and Governor Tarkin in the movie "A New Hope" (IV) insinuate that the Force is an old, dead religion? Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of ...
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Why would a slug thrower be more effective against a lightsaber/Jedi than a blaster?

From this question about gunpowder in the Star Wars universe it is quoted that the shot from a slug thrower is not completely deflectable by a lightsaber. This seems to be listed as an advantage (...
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Why couldn't the Jedi detect Senator Palpatine as having powers?

In Return of the Jedi, when trying to sneak into the base on a shuttle, Luke said he senses Darth Vader's presence and said he shouldn't have come lest he jeopardize the mission. Darth Vader also ...
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Why do some Jedi disappear when they die while others don't?

Some Jedi disappear when they die: In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi In Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi And others don't: Star Wars Episode I: ...
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Kessel Run in 12 parsecs: screenplay error, or part of the movie?

I know this has been a long debated question among Star Wars enthusiasts, but when Han Solo said that he made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs did he actually know what he was talking about? During the ...
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What is the population of the Star Wars Galaxy?

I have been searching around the web for approximate numbers of sentients in the Galaxy. I found the following pages: List of Star Wars species A-E, List of Star Wars species F-J but the problem is ...
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Why do blaster bolts move slower than the speed of light?

Is there a canon explanation (based on how Star Wars blasters work) for why the blaster bolts are so slow? Intuitively, one would expect them to be like lasers, traveling at the speed of light.
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How do people understand astromech droids?

In all the Star Wars movies, R2D2 just boops and beeps his way around. And everyone understands him perfectly, though he is obviously not speaking Basic. How do people understand him - is there like ...
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Why was the 'Holdo maneuver' not used earlier?

This question is related to The Last Jedi. The maneuver that Vice Admiral Holdo performs towards the end of the film seems remarkably effective. It seems that it would have worked pretty well much ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis?

In Episode III, Darth Sidious explains to Anakin the power of the Dark Side to save people from death. He mentions Darth Plagueis - the Sith who discovered this. Sidious then claims he died, which ...
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Can the Force be used to fly?

In The Empire Strikes Back Yoda uses the Force to lift Luke's X-Wing out of the water and put it on land. In Attack of the Clones and in many instances in the second series of The Clone Wars, Anakin (...
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Rey's familial ties in “The Force Awakens”

In an answer on another question about The Force Awakens, the author suggests that: I’ve missed any indicators of any such relationship while watching the movie. Is it known who Rey’s parents are?
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Are there too many Sith in The Phantom Menace?

I read on Wookieepedia that Darth Plagueis was still plotting with Darth Sidious during "The Phantom Menace". If Plagueis is Sidious' Master and Maul is Sidious' Sith Apprentice doesn't that violate ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi ever become more powerful?

In Star wars: IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan says to Darth Vader: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. What did he mean by this? Was ...
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In Star Wars: "The Force Awakens," how could this lightsaber have turned up where it did?

In The Force Awakens: The lightsaber that Luke got from Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope was lost/destroyed when Luke fought Darth Vader in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In Return of the Jedi ...
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In what order should the Star Wars movies be watched?

I've never sat through an entire Star Wars film. I'm aware that Episodes I through III are technically prequels, but I feel strange watching three new films before three older films. Do I need to ...
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Was the Millennium Falcon too slow?

I've always been puzzled by the speeds of space craft in Star Wars. The Millennium Falcon was said to travel at "point 5 beyond the speed of light" - which I guess is 1.5c: HAN: She'll make point ...
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Did Darth Sidious and Vader ever discover how to cheat death?

In Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Palpatine/Sidious strings Anakin along to the dark side with the promise that together the two of them will be able to re-discover Darth Plagueis' secret to cheating ...
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What did the general public know about Darth Vader?

When Darth Vader first becomes Palpatine's apprentice, very few know of his existence and connection to the Emperor: the members of the Trade Federation (whom he dispatches) and Yoda, Kenobi, Organa, ...
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How old should you be when you begin Jedi training?

Anakin Skywalker was about nine years old (see script link, below) during "The Phantom Menace". Yet according to various people, he was too old (or even "far too old") to begin training as a Jedi: ...
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Were there two Death Stars in construction at the same time?

The first Death Star was in construction at the end of Episode III (presumably 19 BBY). The ending shot is this picture, with only small portions of the superstructure completed: 19 years later, the ...
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Why did the Empire discontinue the clone trooper program?

I understand why the Empire would want to start using more than one genetic template to create clone troopers, but why did it start using non-clone troopers instead of just continuing the cloning ...
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What is the singular source of Star Wars canonization? [duplicate]

Is the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic blessed by Lucas and considered canon? As a secondary question, has George Lucas ever officially sanctioned anything in the Star Wars expanded ...
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When & how did Yoda come to know about the Rule of Two?

At the very end of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Mace Windu and Yoda had this conversation: Mace Windu: There is no doubt. The mysterious warrior was a Sith. Yoda: Always two there are.......
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Are Midi-chlorians able to be infused or transplanted?

The more questions about the Force I read in here, the more Midi-chlorian count is used as a reference. As I understood, Midi-chlorians are the measurement for the Force power level of one user. As I ...
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Can the Sith become Force Ghosts?

In Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi we see Yoda, Obi Wan and Anakin reappear as a Force Ghost/Spirit. The overall objective of the Sith was the achieve immortality, this was one of the ...
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Why don't Jedi (or Sith) use the Force to snap their foes' necks?

I understand that the Jedi use the Force for self defence, but still, couldn't they just use the Force to snap their foes' necks and be done with it? Like when Jaina Solo was hunting down Darth Caedus....
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Is the Dark Side of the Force more powerful?

I was watching the battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, and it struck me that most of the time Obi-Wan was getting pushed back by Anakin, and he only really got the upper hand ...
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How could a raw, untrained Force user be so adept at using the Force?

Everything that I seemed to know about the Star Wars universe indicated that in order to be successful at being a force user, the user required decades of training and experience. Which is why I ...
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What were all those visions Rey saw?

When Rey hears the whispers from the basement in Maz's castle and goes to investigate, she ends up opening a chest and finds When she touches it, she sees a bunch of visions (or flashbacks). I've ...
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Out of Universe, was Vader always planned to be Luke's father?

I was watching the original series and got to "I am your father". I thought: is this something the author planned all along or thought of while writing The Empire Strikes Back?
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What is the reason that lightsabers have different colors?

What is the reason (in canon) for the different colors of lightsabers? I know about purple being specially chosen by the actor Samuel L. Jackson since it's his favorite color, but is there a reason ...
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Is the Empire racist?

Throughout the original trilogy of Star Wars, we exclusively see human Empire officers, while the rebels’ staff seems to be composed from a large range of species. While a non-human rebel officer is ...
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Does the Rule of Two Serve any Actual Purpose?

I know Darth Bane came up with the Rule of Two to ensure the survival of the Sith, but, in reality (or in the Star Wars reality), does it (or any Sith rule) serve a true purpose? And why does each ...
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Who is the most powerful user of the Force?

I just saw a commercial for the new Star Wars game where Starkiller vaporized an entire platoon of stormtroopers with a single energy blast or something. What are the effective limits on the Force ...
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How does Leia have memories of her mother?

In Return of the Jedi, Luke asks Leia if she has any memories of her real mother. Luke: Leia, do you remember your mother, your real mother? Leia: Just a little bit. She died when I was very ...
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