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List of C-canon elements in the movies: Misc



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"...we're inspired by the comics and the books..."
George Lucas

C-canon elements from licensed Expanded Universe creators have been known to appear in the Star Wars films, mainly the prequel trilogy. Most of these are brief, cameo appearances, almost taking the form of Easter eggs, and are even hardly distinguishable. However, others are more substantial.

The prequel trilogy also has many references to names and elements introduced in the television series Star Wars: Droids due to Ben Burtt's large involvement in both, not the least to mention, the cameo by himself as Ebenn Q3 Baobab in The Phantom Menace.

The reverse process is also true: Many Expanded Universe works have given names and/or background information to nearly every element shown in the films. Additionally, the Visual Dictionary series, along with other official sources such as "What's The Story?", has also introduced many retcons, thus "creating" C-canon depictions in films—e.g. the Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary identifies Count Dooku's tunic in Revenge of the Sith as being created on Vjun, a planet found heretofore strictly in the EU. The significance of these identifications, for the most part, is downplayed in this article.


Episode I

Baobab at the celebrations following the Battle of Naboo.

Episode II

The painting by Jon Foster that secured Aayla's place in the Star Wars Saga.
The apocryphal ending of Jedi Knight
  • Aayla Secura appeared as a minor, character in the movies, played by Amy Allen. She was introduced in Star Wars Republic: Twilight released after the Phantom Menace. George Lucas liked her illustration and decided to import her.
  • Action VI Transports, initially appeared as the Wild Karrde in Heir to the Empire, they also arrive at the Theed Spaceport in Attack of the Clones.
  • The planet Rishi, introduced in Dark Force Rising, was given a mention via the Rishi Maze in Attack of the Clones.
  • The swamp planet of Bogden is a planet visited by the droids in the series. In Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett says that he was "hired by a man named Tyranus on the moons of Bogden."
  • Dex's Diner has a strong similarity to the diner in an episode of the Droids series.
  • When Darth Tyranus's Force lightning gets caught on a lightsaber blade near the end of the film, this is possibly a reference to Luke Skywalker doing the same to Joruus C'baoth's lightning at the end of The Last Command.
  • Footage similar to that found in Star Wars: Episode I Racer can be seen played in a screen of the Outlander Club.
  • The concept of Power couplings (of the type that Obi-Wan and Anakin flew through) first appeared in the Dark Empire comics.
  • Dooku's lightsaber design originated in Bane of the Sith
  • It is not known if the following were intended to be EU references all along, or were later retcons, coincidence, and EU extrapolations:
    • San Hill is identified as a Muun from Muunilinst, a planet first mentioned in Specter of the Past.
    • The region of Coruscant in the scene where Dooku arrives and meets with Sidious, resembles the Coruscant scenes in the alternate dark side ending of Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. Note, however, that in JK the Imperial Palace appears instead of the LiMerge Power building.
    • Power chairs first appeared in Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith. Note however that the concept of an anti-gravity seat is quite common in science fiction, therefore it's more possibly a coincidence than inspiration.

Episode III

Episode III has several elements that have first appeared in EU sources, such as Labyrinth of Evil, that have been written during the movie's production. However, since those sources have borrowed those elements directly from the finished post-production movie script (for example, General Grievous was written for Ep. III but first appeared in the Clone Wars TV series), they will not be included.

A scene familiar to gamers of Star Wars games, yet appears first time in a film.
A battle during the Great Hyperspace War, depicted in a frieze kept in Chancellor Palpatine's chambers

Episode IV

Logically, no EU was possible to exist when Episode IV was released; the following therefore, describe only the special edition movie.

The Outrider over Tatooine
  • Swoop bikes new for the film, were redesigned and added to the Shadows of the Empire. In the Special Edition scenes added to A New Hope, a swoop bike scares a ronto.
  • The Outrider (also from Shadows of the Empire) and with it, the YT-2400 freighters in general. Minor cameo, seen from distance lifting off from Mos Eisley, in the special scenes added to A New Hope for the Special Edition.
  • ASP-series droid, new to the film, also appeared in Shadows of the Empire.
  • Yet another addition to Shadows of the Empire is the appearance of the Sentinel-class landing craft seen in the new dewback scene as well as above Mos Eisley.
  • The tractor beam characters have been changed from the English alphabet to the Aurebesh for the Special Edition. Of note is the fact that the Aurebesh appearing in original releases of the original trilogy (i.e. the clearance code screen for Tydirium in Return of the Jedi) is made up of nonsensical characters. West End Games created an original signification with English letters for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game based on those characters. When using these newly assigned alphabetic values, most of the original trilogy Aurebesh remains unintelligible; however, in the prequel trilogy and a few remastered original trilogy examples, it actually does translate.

Episode V

  • Boba Fett, who first appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978, plays a major role as the individual who takes Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Note however that Holiday Special is an exceptional case since it was written by Lucas himself, and the character of Fett was designed for Episode V but revealed to the public through the Holiday Special—in much the same way Grievous made his first appearance some twenty-six years later.
  • The title The Empire Strikes Back has also been used in the December 1978 issue Star Wars 18: The Empire Strikes.

Episode VI

  • Theelin species, by the appearance of Rystáll Sant in the Special Edition. The species first appeared in Dark Empire.
  • Boba Fett's rope weapon and jetpack have appeared in the Holiday Special.

See also


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