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Where is the rest of Yoda's species?

We never seem to see any beings of Yoda's species - except, of course, Yoda himself. This leads us to the question of where the rest of the li'l critt'rs are. Yoda had to have parents, correct? So ...
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Why do the lightsaber moves of Luke Skywalker look so uncoordinated and crude compared to the prequels?

In the prequel trilogy of Star Wars (the more recent three), the swordsmanship of the actors is very coordinated and fast. There's lots of aerobatics and fast swordplay; generally impressive (albeit ...
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Since when has Darth Vader had a sense of humor?

After Force-choking Director Krennic, Darth Vader makes the comment Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director. This comment displays a sense of humor that seems entirely out of ...
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Why did Anakin lose against Obi-Wan in “Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith”?

In the climactic scene, where Obi-Wan and Anakin are dueling with their light-sabres across a wide range of platforms (moving rafts, on precarious ledges etc) without the slightest awkwardness - why ...
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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 does an X-Wing have this name when there is no “X” in the Aurebesh alphabet?

I was reading about Galactic Basic Standard, the standard language in Star-Wars. This lead me to the article about Aurebesh, the alphabet that is used to write it, and that is used all over the Star-...
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If the Galactic Empire had over 25,000 Star Destroyers, why were only 27 at the Battle of Endor?

At the height of its power, the Galactic Empire operated over 25,000 Imperial class Star Destroyers. Only 27 of them participated in the Battle of Endor. Why were so few at the battle? Scene where ...
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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 specifically was Obi-Wan Kenobi the “only hope” of Princess Leia?

I know that there is a sort of similar question about how Princess Leia knew about Obi-Wan here, but I'm curious as to why and how Princess Leia thought an aging Obi-Wan Kenobi would be of any help to ...
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Why does Darth Vader stop Boba Fett from shooting Chewie in The Empire Strikes Back?

In The Empire Strikes Back, when Han is getting frozen in carbonite, Chewie starts to freak out and throws some storm troopers off of the platform. The camera cuts to a shot of Boba Fett lifting his ...
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Why was Han Solo acting like he’s never seen Chewbacca’s bowcaster before?

In “The Force Awakens” Han Solo, Chewbacca and Finn are caught in a battle on the planet Takodana—where Maz Kanata lives, hangs out and does whatever she does—and Chewbacca begins using his bowcaster ...
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Does it Matter if Han Shot First? [closed]

I'll admit my bias. One Wednesday afternoon in May of 1977, when Star Wars opened in my home town, I saw, with my own two eyes, Han Solo take the first shot and kill Greedo. I know this. I ...
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Will Ezra's lightsaber revolutionize dueling? [closed]

Ezra's lightsaber (pictued below) features a gun attachment that can be single-handedly fired while the lightsaber is activated. The energy bolt cannot be deflected back at the firer. Regarding the ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

In A New Hope Detention Center Shoutout scene Luke is clearly shooting with his left hand. Later in this same video at 4:51 he makes a leftie shot more clearly. In The Empire Strikes Back while ...
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Weren't there originally going to be nine Star Wars films?

I seem to remember reading that there were going to be three trilogies originally in Star Wars, i.e. they would add episodes 7 - 9. Was that ever the case? What happened to that plan? Update: looks ...
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Why hasn't Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost advised Kylo Ren?

We know that Anakin Skywalker has become a Force Ghost — at the end of Episode VI, Anakin's Ghost is a wallflower at the ewok party on the Forest Moon of Endor. We also know that it doesn't ...
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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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What is written on Darth Vader's Chest control panel?

As I said on the blog, I finally went to the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Montreal. There, I took this photo of Darth Vader's Chest control panel (You could get it in higher resolution here) : ...
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What language(s) were Yoda's speech patterns based on?

I have noticed that a lot of the languages in Star Wars are based on languages in the real world, such as Chalmuk forming the basis of the Ewok language. Do you know what language Yoda's way of ...
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In Episode VI, what did the good guys really accomplish since the bad guys are back stronger in Episode VII?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, the Death Star and the Sith boss(es) are killed and everyone is happy. But thirty years later in The Force Awakens it seems like the new bad guys are bigger and ...
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Why is there an adult Dianoga living on a brand new Death Star?

With reference to this question: What exactly is the creature living in the garbage compactor on the detention level? Why is there a fully grown Dianoga living on a brand new Death Star? The Death ...
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Did Luke play any significant role in “Return of the Jedi?”

I read somewhere that Luke after A New Hope didn't do anything good to the plot. The explanation was compelling. I'm focusing on Return of the Jedi and the final showdown of the two trilogies. The ...
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Who was “The Phantom Menace”?

This might seem ridiculous, but I realised that, years after I watched the film, I've still no idea to whom the title was referring. Who was it? Anakin - not realising his hidden (phantom) side? ...
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What keeps a lightsaber from going on infinitely?

Is there a reason ever given that explains why a lightsaber (which I assume/was made to assume is a sort of laser) doesn't go on infinitely like a normal laser (excluding atmospheric conditions)? ...
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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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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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Why does the Star Wars universe use such a primitive technology as data-tapes?

In A New Hope, Admiral Motti says that the Death Star plans were stored on data-tapes. “Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion ...
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When Did George Lucas Make Up the Stuff About the Sith and Midichlorians?

Those of us who saw all the Star Wars movies as they came out have a unique perspective that won't be repeated. We had a lot of time for the SW universe to gel in our minds as being one way before ...
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What do the Death Stars do, other than destroying planets?

We know that each Death Star has enough firepower to obliterate a planet. But other than this, what are they good for? For one, I have trouble imagining a practical situation where "blow up the whole ...
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Safety railings in the Star Wars universe

Is there anything in the Star Wars canon that explains the alarming lack of safety railings on various structures in the Republic? An example from The Empire Strikes Back, a landing pad on Bespin: ...
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What happened to Yoda?

In the prequels and Clone Wars, Yoda is a spry and agile 870 year old. In just a short amount of time in Yoda-years he becomes feeble and decrepit, then suddenly dies. What makes a Yoda suddenly (in ...
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Exactly how secret was the reveal in The Empire Strikes Back?

Arguably the most famous scene in Star Wars is when Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker that This surprise was kept secret to most of the crew and even the cast during production, with Dave Prowse, ...
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Star Wars Imperial Ships: Oversized?

After asking this question and reading more in the Wookiepedia and thinking about how everything in Star Wars seems to be just so much bigger than life (or most imaginations), I started thinking about ...
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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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How was construction of the Death Star(s) kept secret?

According to various sources there were over 2,379,000 people on board the original Death Star when it exploded. On top of that it's said that it took 19+ years to build and millions of people worked ...
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What did Darth Vader mean by “There’ll be no one to stop us this time.” Who had “stopped” Vader—or the Empire—previously?

In the original Star Wars (1977), the following conversation happens near the end of the first scene after the Star Destroyer Devastator captures Tantive IV and Darth Vader—and his troops—have boarded ...
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What are those “sticks” on Jyn Erso's back?

After my wife and I first viewed Rogue One we both walked away and mutually we had one question hanging around. What are these two stick/sword things hanging from Jyn's back? To my recollection, she ...
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Why did Palpatine care about Anakin Skywalker in the Prequels given Palpatine's pretty good Force Vision?

Why did Palpatine care about Anakin (Vader), especially when considering his powerful "future Force visions"? Palpatine organizes the framework-setting Order 66 to kill the Jedi. It is Palpatine who ...
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If a Jedi knight were frozen in carbonite, would they be able to use their Force powers?

This question arose when some of my coworkers threatened to freeze me in carbonite and use me as a coffee table. (I did nothing to deserve this threat. Nothing!) I posited that I would just knock ...
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Is there a story behind the misquote, “Luke, I am your father”?

I've wondered for a long time how a misquote of the famous reveal in The Empire Strikes Back crystalized in pop culture history rather than Vader's actual line: No, I am your father. How did the ...
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How did the Death Star move?

In the Star Wars saga, one of the most iconic weapons of the Empire was the Death Star: a self sustained weapons platform the size of a moon, with the capacity to destroy a planet. in A New Hope, we ...
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Why did Stormtroopers leave their stations to watch lightsaber duel between Vader and Kenobi?

The only reason Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca were able to escape the Death Star is because the Stormtroopers left their stations and ran like kids to watch the lightsaber duel between Vader and ...
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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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What is the benefit of an AT-AT walker over a conventional tank?

AT-AT walkers are used by the Empire in a manner that is tactically identical to how a modern day army would use a tank, in that they are used as shock armour with powerful main guns which will punch ...
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Has there ever been a good Sith?

The Sith order doesn't literally require its members to be evil; It merely states how they access and use the Force. This raises the question if there are any Sith that can be described as ...
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Why did Mark Hamill want everyone to “flip the bird” in tribute to Carrie Fisher?

According to a USA Today article, Mark Hamill told the crowd at a fan event on 10/7/17 to give Carrie the “one-finger salute” as some kind of sign of respect. "Worldwide, everyone feels that gap ...
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If Obi-Wan and Yoda were trying to keep Luke safe from Vader, why would they let him keep the Skywalker name?

Obi-Wan and Yoda didn't really make a good effort at hiding him, especially considering they let Vader's family adopt him.
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Is Jango Fett inept?

We see in AotC that Jango shoots down a Jedi Knight pretty quick, but besides just being a gun-toting thug, is he actually good at the other elements of his job (bounty hunting)? In the movie, he ...
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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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Was Palpatine an effective ruler?

If you look at real life, being evil doesn't mean you can't rule a country well. Look at Hitler's Germany. When he came to power, the Weimar Republic was in meltdown with an already-runaway economy ...