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Why is Luke searching for the First Jedi Temple?

In another question, it was quoted from the script that although Luke wanted to "walk away from everything", he specifically went searching for the First Jedi Temple as a "personal quest". What are ...
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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 don't the Jedi use tutaminis instead of using their lightsabers?

Tutaminis (force energy absorption) allows a Jedi to catch blaster bolts and even stop lightsabers with their body using the Force: Why don't the Jedi just use tutaminis to defend themselves instead ...
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Lightsaber blade “weight” in-universe

In-universe, a lightsaber is basically a controlled, fixed-length plasma stream that can be used as a sword. As such, the blade wouldn't have any mass (or infinitesimal mass if you want to get ...
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Why did Palpatine pick 'Vader' as a name for Anakin?

When Anakin turned to the Dark Side Darth Sidious obviously saw fit to give him a new name: PALPATINE: Henceforth you shall be known as Darth...Vader. ANAKIN: Thank you, my master. I've seen ...
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Why did C-3PO not have a red arm at the end of The Force Awakens?

Towards the end of the movie, as the crew of the Falcon are taking off to follow the map, the Resistance gathers to wave goodbye. Taking the image from this question: While this image doesn't show ...
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Was George Lucas involved with Rogue One?

Before and after the release of The Force Awakens a year ago, it was plainly obvious that Star Wars creator George Lucas was not involved in the making of that film and that he was also unhappy with ...
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Why were the Imperials rude to Vader in the beginning of A New Hope?

It was my understanding that Vader was the second in command of the Emperor in the Empire. However in the beginning of the movie one of the generals taunts Vader that his abilities in the Force have ...
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Why did the Emperor stop looking for Yoda?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, the Emperor knows thats Yoda is alive. Why would he not make that the first priority of the Empire? Yoda would be the one Jedi of all the Jedi you would not want ...
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Are there any known Sith from Yoda's species?

I have been doing some reading and researching about Yoda's species. It seems that, even if their species name and homeworld remain a mystery (and are wanted to remain a mystery), there is evidence ...
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Why did Luke call the lightsaber by a different name?

In The Last Jedi, I thought it was a little odd that Luke referred to the lightsaber as a "laser sword". Given that the lightsaber identifies a Jedi, why did he refer to it as such?
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Why Did the Rebels Have to Fly Along the Death Star Trench?

We all know how to blow up the first Deathstar: Fire a couple of proton torpedoes into the thermal exhaust port. It's ray shielded, so only torpedoes will do. To do this, the Rebel pilots had to fly ...
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Did Luke really not know about Mos Eisley spaceport in the original “Star Wars” (1977) film?

In the original Star Wars (1977) film, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi famously tells Luke the following as they look both look down on Mos Eisley from a nearby cliff: “Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

During their fight on the Death Star in A New Hope, Obi-Wan refers to Darth Vader as "Darth" a couple of times. "Only a master of evil, Darth" "You can't win Darth" In their previous ...
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Where did the idea that TIE Fighters are weak and disposable come from?

This is something that bothers me about the Star Wars EU, especially in Legends. TIE Fighters (and their pilots) have a reputation for being cheap, disposable fighters that are only threatening when ...
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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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What purpose does Chewbacca's belt serve?

Chewbacca's only clothing is a large belt that he wears on his shoulder. On this belt, there are some hard shell boxes that alternate small and large. What is in those boxes? Ammo? Snacks? And why ...
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How did Vader saving Luke turn him to the good side?

Couldn't Vader save his son and continue being a Sith Lord? Couldn't he have let Luke go and basically become the Emperor and have the Galaxy to himself? I don't think killing the Emperor to save your ...
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How big is the Death Star compared to the Executor

We know the size of the Death Star (2nd one) to be 160 km in diameter, and the length of the Executor Super Star Destroyer to be 19 km. In ROTJ we see the Executor smash into the Death Star, This is ...
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Why didn't Kenobi start training Luke earlier?

When Anakin was only 9 years old, everyone in the Jedi Council was arguing that he was already too old for Jedi training. When it comes to Luke, it was a pre-planned agenda to make him a powerful ...
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Has a Star Wars character ever been told the odds and not gone on to beat them?

C3-PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1! K2-SO: There is a ninety-seven point six percent chance of failure. This happens a lot in ...
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Did Leia know Luke was her brother when she kissed him?

In ROTJ Leia says "somehow I've always known" If she has always known then did she know when she kissed him?
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Is it possible that Mace Windu survived his encounter with Sidious?

During their fight, it looked like Mace's arm was cut off and he was hit by the force lightning and thrown out the window. But, we never actually see his body. It seems to be a recurring theme that if ...
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Was this scene in “The Last Jedi” an homage to “Hardware Wars”?

The scene in The Last Jedi where Finn and Rose Opens with a steam iron descending down from the sky as if it was a spaceship. Is this an homage to Hardware Wars which opens with a steam iron being ...
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Has Leia ever shown any reaction to Darth Vader being her Father?

In Return of the Jedi Luke tells Leia he is her brother and that Darth Vader is their father. Leia's reaction to this revelation has always confused me, she has just found out that the man who ...
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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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Where do you park a Star Destroyer at the Death Star?

The Death Star is a huge space station, literally the size of a moon. Now I know you can park TIE fighters and shuttles and even craft as big as the Millennium Falcon inside of the station. But when ...
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Does The Character of Jar-Jar Binks Serve An Actual Purpose in Star Wars?

I'm not asking about just an in-universe explanation. I'm talking about from the point of view of a writer or of someone analyzing a film or written story. I recently re-watched all six Star Wars ...
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Why don't lightsabers have guards?

When the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens came out, there were many jokes made at the expense of Kylo Ren's lightsaber and its silly guard. And whilst that particular guard ...
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Why didn't the Empire target Yavin Prime?

If Yavin Prime was fired upon, the scattered debris would have destroyed Yavin 4 as well. Why did they wait to make a direct shot?
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Did anybody find out it was Anakin who blew up the command center?

In Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, in the climactic battle, Anakin Skywalker gets inside the command center for droids and destroys it from the inside. After escaping, one other pilot says: ...
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Did Princess Leia ever use The Force?

According to this question (better citation needed), Yoda said to Luke: The Force is strong with your father, you, and your sister. Did Leia ever use The Force?
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When did Qui-Gon Jinn defy the council before?

As Qui-Gon Jinn made his decision about training Anakin, Obi-Wan warns Qui-Gon to not defy the Jedi Council again. From the script: OBI-WAN : The boy will not pass the Council's tests, Master, and ...
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Origin of Darth Vader's name

Who came up with the name Darth Vader? According to Wiktionary (apparently Darth Vader now warrants a dictionary entry meaning "a malevolent, dominating and threatening force" :o): Derived from the ...
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What happened between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope that made Vader believe he was more powerful than Kenobi?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi defeats Vader and cuts off most of his biological limbs. Since then, he's basically been on life support; he's more "machine than man." Given Vader'...
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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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Why did Darth Vader choose to take shots from Han Solo?

In Episode V, in Cloud City, Lando Calrissian brings Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca into an trap, where Darth Vader is sitting in a room. Han immediately takes his gun out and shoots at Vader. ...
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How did the Millennium Falcon get from Hoth to Bespin without hyperdrive?

How did the Millennium Falcon get from Hoth to Bespin without their hyperdrive? Are these locations so close together? I would think not, because Hoth is in the Hoth Sysem and Bespin is in the Bespin ...
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Why are stormtroopers stationed outside the Death Star near the turbolaser batteries adjacent to Bay 327?

Comments in another question led me to this image from A New Hope: Why are stormtroopers walking around outside near the turbolaser batteries? What is there to guard or patrol in the cold vacuum of ...
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What are Imperial officers wearing here?

Most, if not all Imperial officers are dressed in variants of the same uniform: As you can observe above, there are two main accessories decorating the uniform on the chest: the rank insignia and ...
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Why were the Red Guards so trusted?

From Lords of the Sith: Only the Royal Guards could be allowed to live--only they could be trusted never to reveal what they'd seen, or even to talk about it among themselves. Here, "what they'...
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Why was Kylo Ren mistaken about Rey?

In The Last Jedi, both Kylo Ren and Rey see visions of the future that make them think the other one would turn. I could understand that Rey seeing But what exactly did Kylo see that made him think ...
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What was C-3PO talking about when he said, “That’s funny, the damage doesn’t look as bad from out here.”

NOTE: Specifically looking for some in-universe explanation; canonical or “legends” is fine. Lots of discussion of this specific line exists online, but nothing seems to go past idle “armchair ...
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What is the name of the move that Obi-wan uses to remove Anakin's limbs?

I could be thinking of something else in the Star Wars universe but is the move that Obi-Wan used to remove the limbs of Anakin called something? Like does that move have a name? Or is there a name ...
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Why was R2-D2 smarter than other similar droids?

You can see this in any episode of Star Wars. R2-D2 was able to fix anything (better than other similar droids). It even defeated many other droids & robots. How is it possible? Every droid (of ...
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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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What was the meaning of the hole in the ground Rey saw?

When Luke taught Rey to meditate for the first time, her mind went straight to a hole in the ground. This scared Luke and he asked her to pull back, saying she had gone straight to the dark side. ...
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How did Kendal “as clumsy as he is stupid” Ozzel attain the rank of admiral?

Kendal Ozzel is seen in Episode V The Empire Strikes Back as the admiral in command of the Imperial fleet searching for the hidden Rebel base and Darth Vader's personal flagship, the Star Dreadnought ...
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Why did Darth Vader torture Han Solo in Cloud City?

After the rebels are captured in Cloud City, there is a scene where it is clear the Darth Vader tortures Han Solo. Later after the fact, Han makes it clear that it wasn't an interrogation because he ...
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Why was Vader surprised that Obi-Wan's body disappeared?

OK, I understand that Obi-Wan turned into a force ghost when Vader struck him down, but why was Vader surprised by the lack of a body? It's not the transition into a force ghost but Vader's reaction ...