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Why did the Jedi serve a corrupt Republic?

The Galactic Republic was corrupt. Many of its Senators and bureaucrats were corrupt. That became clear when the Senate would not lift a tentacle to save Naboo from attack by the Trade Federation when ...
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How could Count Dooku lose against Anakin Skywalker in a lightsaber battle?

At Wookiepedia I found the following: Dooku was a respected instructor in the Jedi Temple and one of the most renowned swordsmen in the galaxy. Only Masters Yoda and Mace Windu were considered ...
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What made R2-D2 reactivate in “The Force Awakens?”

During The Force Awakens, BB-8 tries to wake up R2-D2, but is unsuccessful. At the end of the movie, R2-D2 wakes up. I didn't catch anything really explaining why he would activate just at that time....
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Is C-3PO a slave?

Does he have free will? What determines who he assists? I remember in Star Wars when C-3PO and R2-D2 were sold to the Skywalkers, there were control bolts inserted into C-3PO's chest. But how did ...
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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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The use of 'Darth' as Vader's name, not title, in Star Wars

I watched Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope for the first time in a while a few days ago (the first step in taking my Daughter through the Machete Order). One thing that stood out was the pre-duel ...
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Why does Yoda mourn the Jedi after Order 66 is executed?

In Episode 3, Yoda tells Anakin, Rejoice for those around us who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy, the shadow of greed, that is. ...
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Who is the eponymous Jedi in Return of the Jedi?

I had always assumed the Jedi in the title of Return of the Jedi referred to Luke Skywalker's return from defeat. But Jedi is its own plural -- could it be referring to the rebuilding of the ...
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Did Luke accomplish anything by going to Cloud City?

In Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker goes to Cloud City, he pretty much Falls (almost literally) into the trap set for him Loses a duel against Darth Vader Loses his ...
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Why isn't Obi-Wan's ghost young?

One of the changes made to the Special Editions of Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was at the end of the film. Luke sees 3 ghosts during the celebration on the forest moon of Endor, Yoda, ...
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Why didn't Luke become disfigured when he was electrocuted by the Emperor?

In Star Wars Episode 3 : Revenge of the Sith As Mace threatens Palpatine, the Sith unleashes a torrent of Force lightning. However, Mace deflects it with his blade, casting much of the energy back ...
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Toilets in the Galaxy Far, Far Away

For many years now, I've been curious about what bathrooms - and especially toilets - look like in the Galaxy Far, Far Away1. I'm quite sure we never see one in the original trilogy, even in settings ...
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Why did the stormtroopers care about hiding the fact that they killed the Jawas?

In Episode IV, why did the stormtroopers spend time making Bantha tracks and dropping gaffe sticks just to hide their killing of the Jawas? I know that it shows off Obi-Wan's Sherlock Holmes wit but ...
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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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Which button activates Skywalker's lightsaber, and why is it inconsistent?

You can tell from this video that Finn is actually pushing that button to activate the lightsaber It seems like there are different on-buttons or something because the toys say the big rectangular ...
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Why are the colors reversed between some blasters and lightsabers of the Republic/Rebels and Empire?

To my knowledge, in all the movies, the good guys use green/blue lightsabers and the villains prefer red. This is reversed though for the blasters on the TIE fighter, Star Destroyer, and even the ...
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Why did Captain Needa apologize to Darth Vader?

Right after the Millennium Falcon shoots over the top of the Star Destroyer's bridge and then affixes to the back of the superstructure, there is understandably some serious consternation going on ...
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How did Darth Vader know the rebel base was on Hoth?

In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader looks at a picture of a shield generator on an ice planet and declares that's the rebel base. How could he know merely by looking at the picture from the probe? ...
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When did Darth Vader get his red lightsaber?

Between Episodes III and IV, when and how did Darth Vader obtain/construct his red lightsaber?
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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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Why didn't Chewbacca get a medal after the battle of Yavin?

At the end of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there is a medal ceremony where Princess Leia awards Luke and Han each a medal for their heroism. Why didn't Chewbacca receive one? Note : While ...
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Why did Obi Wan use his lightsaber in the Mos Eisley Cantina?

In the Mos Eisley Cantina, Obi Wan uses his light saber to protect Luke from a patron attacking him. Jedi (and I would assume, lightsabers) are very uncommon, so I would imagine Kenobi's attack would ...
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Who Erased Kamino from the Jedi-Archives?

Did Obi-Wan ever identify who erased the Kamino system from the Jedi Archives? Was is Palpatine? Was it Count Dooku? We know that Sifo-Dyas was the Jedi who supposedly ordered the Clone Army and ...
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Was the original Star Wars film originally called “The Star Wars”?

I have heard that the original film was to be "The Star Wars" and somewhere along the line they dropped "The". One person says they have seen a windbreaker or T-shirt in a Star Wars collection that ...
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Why does Yoda speak the way he does?

Yoda's unique speech consisting of reversed grammar is iconic. Is there any reason he has adopted this speech pattern? All other alien species encountered seem to have no trouble speaking normally. ...
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Why is Lando wearing Han's clothes?

Every time I watch the 2nd family Guy Star Wars parody I keep forgetting to ask this but recently I saw it again. Near the end at the point where Lando and Chewie break off from the Rebel Fleet ...
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Why didn't Yoda have any children to take care of him during his last days given that he lived up to 900 years old?

My son cried when Yoda died. He asked me why no one took care of him during his last days. Given that Yoda was around 900 years old, surely he would have lots of descendants to look after him. Why ...
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Did Vader ever learn that Sidious controlled both sides in the Clone Wars?

Considering that Dooku, Grievous, and Nute Gunray are dead at the end of Revenge of the Sith, would there have been any way for Anakin to learn that Palpatine controlled both sides?
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Why did R2-D2 not fly in Return of the Jedi?

In Return of the Jedi: Artoo butts the golden droid over the edge and steps off himself, tumbling toward the sand. But in Attack of the Clones: ARTOO uses his rocket jets to fly up and into the ...
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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 do X-wings change wing configuration?

The X-wing fighters can change their wing configuration, from the X shape during battle to flat wings (the wings on the same side fold together) during FTL travel. I'm guessing that the real world ...
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What's in Naboo's core, liquid water or plasma?

One of the many things that bothers me about The Phantom Menace is the part where Obi-wan, Qui-gon, and Jar-Jar drive through 'the planet core'. I assumed that this meant that they literally drove ...
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In Star Wars: A New Hope, why was one officer dressed in white?

This character appears in Star Wars: A New Hope aboard the Death Star during an admirals meeting. It appears he is wearing a white (possibly ivory) uniform. All the other officers wear gray, black, ...
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Why Was Obi Wan So Eager to Train Luke as a Jedi?

I saw the entire Star Wars series as it was released, starting back in 1977 when I had to ride my bike about 8 miles to the theater where it was showing in my city for the first showing on the first ...
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In The Last Jedi, how was this character filmed?

In The Last Jedi, Yoda looked very puppet-like and you could tell they took great care to make him look like what we all remember from ESB/ROTJ rather than the CGI version from the prequels. But with ...
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Why does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda?

R2-D2 has an intact memory of the events of the prequels. He should be aware of what Yoda looks like, and probably has met him. So why did R2-D2 attack Yoda?
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Has anyone else in the Star Wars universe ever run out of fuel?

In The Last Jedi the Resistance ships are in a situation where their fuel reserves get gradually depleted. Has this ever happened in Star Wars before? Has anyone else ever run out of fuel? I'm ...
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Is the Han/Leia vs Luke/Yoda timeline in The Empire Strikes Back broken?

So in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke parts ways with the rest after The Battle of Hoth and trains with Yoda. In the meantime Han and company evade the Imperial fleet, land in a space worm and then ...
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How do we know they were called 'Ewoks'?

I just finished watching Return of the Jedi, and I don't remember actually hearing any of the characters referring to the teddy-bear-like creatures as 'Ewoks'. Where did that name actually come from?
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Do any clones refuse Order 66?

When the clones are issued Order 66 do any of them refuse to carry out the order?
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How did the AT-ATs get to the surface of Hoth?

I'm curious how these beasts got down to the surface of Hoth. Did the Galactic Empire land them in big ships, if so which ones?
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What's the name of the galaxy far, far away?

Has the in-universe name of the Star Wars galaxy ever mentioned in the canon?
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Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from normal lightsabers?

Kylo Ren's lightsaber is very confusing. It has a cross-guard, which was discussed in another question, but I don't think this was: Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from a normal ...
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Why does the Trade Federation become so alarmed upon learning the ambassadors are Jedi Knights?

At the beginning of The Phantom Menace, what are Nute Gunray and his Trade Federation cohorts so afraid of when learning the ambassadors are Jedi knights? They clearly are already expecting ...
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Why does one AT-AT have a hole in it in “Rogue One”?

I Watched the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and I realized that in the attack on Scarif, when the AT-ATs came, one of the AT-ATs has a large, rectangular hole on its side. That is the only AT-AT ...
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How long did it take for the Death Star (1) to reload?

In the battle of Yavin, the Empire wants to destroy a moon that is hidden behind the planet Yavin. They circle around the planet because the moon is hidden. Again: They are on a space station that can ...
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What is the intended crew complement of the Millennium Falcon?

The Millennium Falcon has changed hands several times. In the Star Wars film saga, we mainly see it being used by small crews for clandestine purposes: smuggling, rescuing princesses, and destroying ...
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Why are R2-D2 and C-3PO spelled phonetically in outside media?

Does anyone know why R2-D2 is spelled Artoo-Detoo and C-3PO is spelled See-Threepio in the script and in other media outside the movies? I've always found this very annoying and it took away from the ...
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In canon, does Han Solo shoot first?

Considering the "Han shot first" controversy, is there any version that has been stated canon over the other? The 2006 DVD had two versions—the 2004 changes and the original theatrical version. The ...
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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 (...