!!Listed Trivia:
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* CashCowFranchise: With 20th Century Fox famously [[ItWillNeverCatchOn signing away the merchandising rights to George Lucas]] as a way save money on the original film.
* CreatorsFavorite: R2-D2 for Creator/GeorgeLucas.
* DarkhorseCasting: What George Lucas was trying to do, and almost succeeded in doing, when casting for the Original Trilogy. Harrison Ford read the part of Han Solo while they were casting for Leia, and did so well in the role that Lucas finally relented.
* DuelingMovies: To a degree the first three movies dueled with the first three ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies. In the {{Mad}} parody ''The Empire Strikes Out'' an off panel person hits GeorgeLucas with a snowball. A reader a few issues later suggested that the snowball was thrown by GeneRoddenberry.
* FakeBrit: Leia in ''A New Hope'', [[OohMeAccentsSlipping briefly]]. Her accent change could be explained as indicative of speaking formally because she is a senator, much the same way Amidala's manner of speaking changed when she was under cover as her own handmaiden, and later when her term as queen ended. Another possible explanation: the scene where her FakeBrit accent is most prominent -- when she's arguing with Tarkin on the Death Star. She's talking down to him, letting him know she is his equal and will not be intimidated... but when he points the WaveMotionGun at her home planet, she drops the pretense '''and''' the accent.
** Since this is the franchise we're discussing, it becomes a point in the Imperial Agent's storyline in [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic SWTOR]] that the [[BritishAccents RP]] accents used are actually ''Imperial'' accents, used in official business when speaking [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Basic]]. This makes Leia's accent slip more understandable, as she is [[BreakTheHaughty dropping her Senatorial mask]] and reacting like a sane person.
* FanNickname: Luke's nickname amongst the fans is "Farmboy".
* FlipFlopOfGod: Over the years George Lucas has made many contradictory claims about the development, conceptual background, and future plans of the series, always claiming that whatever his current plans are are what he had in mind all along. Of special note is the prospect of a Sequel Trilogy. Lucas made statements claiming that he both had and did not have plans to create episodes ''VII'', ''VIII'' and ''IX''. For a long time, Lucasfilm's official stance was that the saga culminated with Luke saving his father and confronting The Emperor, and since that had happened there was no need to create further feature films. However, in late 2012 he sold Lucasfilm to {{Creator/Disney}} Pictures for an estimated $4.05 billion, so they could produce new films every "two to three years" with the franchise continuing "well into the future".
* FountainOfExpies: Darth Vader has enough that it [[DarthVaderClone warrants its own page]]. To a lesser extent, Palpatine inspired a ''lot'' of "lords of all evil" characters. You can even expect to see a Palpatine-esque character with a raspy voice, dark cloak and rugged looks every time a show wants to display its ultimate villain.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Also overlaps with TheOtherDarrin - many countries has dubbed the whole original trilogy in the respective languages more than once: The worst offender are the Japanese versions, since only just the first movie was dubbed about '''six times, and excluding the upcoming Blu-Ray version''' (and with different voice actors) since the original trilogy was broadcasted by many Japanese networks in the past. This is averted with the prequels, since George Lucas wanted a consistent voice cast between all the movies, regardless the network or media format.
* IAmNotSpock: Nearly the entire cast has suffered this to some degree. Most of them [[AdamWesting have embraced it]], while others were left resentful of being typecast (most notably Creator/AlecGuinness, the only member of the cast who was a big star before ''Star Wars''). Averted by Creator/HarrisonFord, though, who launched a successful acting career outside of the Star Wars films.
* ImageSource: Has [[ImageSource/StarWars its own page]].
* {{Jossed}}: The ridiculously common theory that "bringing balance to the Force" actually meant equalizing the number of Jedi and Sith (thus Anakin really ''did'' bring balance to the Force through [[ThePurge Order 66]] even if that wasn't his intention) has been firmly squashed by George Lucas who has helpfully clarified that ''the Sith'' are the source of imbalance in the Force. "Bringing balance to the force" refers to destroying or redeeming all of the Sith, thus cleansing the Force of the dark side, which is inherently an imbalance.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Palpatine may be very evil, Ian [=McDiarmid=] is very funny, witty and charming.
** And the Grand Moff Tarkin was played by PeterCushing, who was known to fans and co-workers alike as a sweet and kindhearted gentleman.
* OddballInTheSeries: The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Jedi Prince'' cycle. ''The Glove Of Darth Vader'' has Luke Skywalker on a quest to [[GreenAesop save the whales]] from being hunted by The Empire. It also contains "Mount Yoda"; the "Tatooine Retirement Home for Aged Aliens"; Leia being replaced by a [[AustinPowers Fembot]] at her and Han's wedding; Triclops, the emperor's crazy three-eyed son, versus Trioculus, an evil three-eyed impostor; "mofference", or the line "[[CardCarryingVillain I bid you Dark Greetings!]]"; and lots of {{Narm}}y {{Written Sound Effect}}s. It was eventually {{retcon}}ed into a minor event described as being of little importance involving a minor rogue faction of TheEmpire.
* TheOtherDarrin[=/=]OrwellianRetcon:
** In the original release of ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Palpatine was portrayed by Elaine Baker (sort of: Her appearance was superimposed with that of a Chimpanzee's eyes, and her voice, similar to that of Darth Vader's actor, would be dubbed over by Clive Revill). The DVD and Blu-Ray releases of ''The Empire Strikes Back'' would replace her with IanMcDiarmid.
** Likewise, Boba Fett's voice was changed from Jason Wingreen's voice to Temuera Morrison's voice in the Original Trilogy's first DVD release to reflect Boba's status as a clone of his father, Jango Fett.
* PromotedFanboy: Nearly three generations have grown up with ''Star Wars'', so almost anyone working on modern projects is one of these.
* RealLifeRelative: Wedge Antilles's actor (Denis Lawson) is the uncle of Ewan [=McGregor=], who plays Obi-Wan. Famously he tried to talk his nephew ''out'' of the role, fearing that, like his own career, [=McGregor=] would meet with early success and then a nosedive. He was wrong and this was actually [=McGregor's=] breakout role, and Lawson has had a mild resurgence himself on British TV.
* ReferencedBy: See ReferencedBy.StarWars.
* RefittedForSequel: Considering the immensity of the StarWars universe, a lot of ideas get recycled. ''Film/ANewHope'' was to feature a ground battle at the Rebel base on Yavin, which was later adapted to the Battle of Endor (a similar forested planetoid) in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** The battle was finally featured in the single-player campaign of ''StarWarsBattlefront 2'', where the rebels received an [[CurbStompBattle epic curb-stomping]] by some ''very'' [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge pissed off 501st veterans.]] How the ceremony at the end of ''Film/ANewHope'' fits into this was initially unclear, but ''The Essential Guide to Warfare'' establishes it took place not long after the Death Star battle, while the ''Battlefront 2'' fight happened during a subsequent several-month-long siege of the Yavin System by the Imperial military.
* SleeperHit: ''Nobody'' expected Franchise/StarWars to be as popular as it is today.
* TropeNamers: Has [[TropeNamers/StarWars its own page]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Lucas originally wanted to make a movie of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', but wasn't able to secure the rights from producer Dino De Laurentiis - who would later make the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie after ''Star Wars'' took off.
** Lucas then turned to the films of Creator/AkiraKurosawa for inspiration, and wrote a script that was pretty much a remake of ''Film/TheHiddenFortess'' - [RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] He considered buying the rights to ''that'', but decided to develop his own story further.
** WordOfGod stated that Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally written for ToshiroMifune, veteran of Creator/AkiraKurosawa classics like ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' and ''Film/SevenSamurai''; this was a reverent way to directly pay tribute to the Samurai films that StarWars was adapted from.
** Many things were considered over the years, considering the vastness of the franchise. A major thing to consider is that GeorgeLucas originally wanted to serve as a mere supervisor as ''nine'' films were made under different directors, and looking forward to seeing how the franchise evolved with different people RunningTheAsylum. As things continued on (Possibly due to a [[Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial disasterous incident]] of "leaving it in someone elses hand") he took more direct control of TheVerse. The more recent Star Wars television productions seem to be him trying to salvage what was left of that original intent.
** In the Creator/LeighBrackett first draft script of ''Empire'', Vader and Anakin were two separate people; Anakin showed up to Luke as a kindly Force Ghost. Also, Luke's twin sister was not Leia but someone else, a girl called Nellith who was mentioned but never seen, in an obvious SequelHook.
** The basic story of the original trilogy was intended as a single movie, beginning with the hero's journey to become a Jedi and ending with the defeat of the Empire with the destruction of the Death Star. Realizing how immense that project would be, Lucas opted to not tell the defeat of the Empire in a single movie but keep the destruction of the Death Star (which is why the Death Star II came into play as well as another forest planet being involved). Lucas also coalesced the backstory notes into what became the foundation for the prequel trilogy, deciding that an entire trilogy happened before the original films. In each trilogy, the story grew far beyond the original intention.
*** Much of this is covered in Michael Kaminski's ''[[http://drbeat.li/album/Bücher/The_Secret_History_of_Star_Wars.pdf The Secret History of Star Wars]]'', which painstakingly goes over documentation from the very earliest days of the project to show how Lucas developed and transformed his original vision, especially the idea that Luke's father and Darth Vader were two different people.
** According to George Lucas, the whole series was supposed to have a FramingStory with R2-D2, the last surviving member of the main cast, telling an advanced future race about the fall of the Republic and the rise and defeat of the Empire.
** ''ANewHope'' was originally going to be released around Christmas 1976 (much like how ''Episode VII'' is going to be released in December of 2015), but was pushed to May of 1977.
** Palpatine was originally conceived as an AntiClimaxBoss, a power-hungry dullard manipulated into the Galaxy's top spot by Vader and Tarkin, who ran things behind his back. Notably, this detail was changed so late in the universe concept that it made it into the novelization of ''A New Hope''.
* WordOfGod:
** Lucas long argued that the prequel's story existed in some form or another from the beginning of the saga, as the films featured the subtitles, ''Episode IV-VI'' (although the subtitle "''Episode IV''" wasn't in the first Star Wars film until its 1981 video re-release). ''A New Hope'' and a few elements of the original trilogy also make slightly more sense when seen against the {{backstory}} in the prequels, though others are more complicated.
** Another notable example is Chewbacca's not getting a medal at the end of ''A New Hope''. The official explanation is that such things are against the Wookiee religion -- except that the ''original'' official explanation, from the [[WordOfGod Official Star Wars Fan Club]], was that he ''did'' get one but Leia wasn't tall enough to put it around his neck.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Sort of. Lucas ''did'' have an over all MythArc plotted out, but as the production of the films went on the story grew more and more. The version we know is hardly anything like the original story Lucas planned.
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!!Miscellaneous Trivia:
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* There are two major fan organizations of cosplayers - the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/501st_Legion_(organization) 501st Legion]], aka "Vader's Fist", is composed of people who make and wear the various "villain" costumes. They take [[YouAreNumberSix letter-number designations]], the letters reflecting their costumes - someone who wore a stormtrooper costume would take the prefix "TK", for example. In reaction to the 501st, the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rebel_Legion Rebel Legion]] was formed. There is significant overlap between the two, and they're the next thing to professional in keeping standards.
** The StarWarsExpandedUniverse has reverse-[[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalized]] the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/501st_Legion 501st]]. TimothyZahn, whose Imperials are basically a BadassArmy, has used them in ''SurvivorsQuest'' and ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'', where they are Vader's personal legion, the best of the best, possibly the only suboordinates he values. [[RevengeOfTheSith The clones who invaded the Jedi Temple with pre-Mustafar Darth Vader]] were in the 501st. Perhaps most flattering of all, ''Star Wars Battlefront II'' reveals that almost every Clone Trooper and Stormtrooper in the Star Wars movies, from Geonosis to Hoth, is a member of the 501st.
*** The ''StarWarsCloneWars'' series actually covers the formation of the unit, even if only by mention.
*** They are also mentioned in ''The Force Unleashed''.
** The infamous "Hello Kitty Vader" is actually a photoshop of a 501st member's [[http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13343 white Vader]].
* In ''OutboundFlight'', there is a female Chiss admiral in white whose name is [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ar%27alani Ar'alani]]. A few years before the book was written, Zahn [[http://public.fotki.com/Kait/star_wars/tim_zahn_booksigning/thrawntim.html met]] and eventually became friends with a fangirl named [[PromotedFanboy Ari Roselani]]. When they met, Roselani was cosplaying as Mitth'raw'nuruodo (better known as [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]]), a male Chiss admiral in white.
* NoriyoshiOhrai's poster designs for the promotion of the movies in Japan are so popular that other countries have adopted the same design.
* Animator Nelson Shin (Who would later become the executive producer of the original [[TheTransformers Transformers cartoon]] and found Creator/{{AKOM}}) was the creator of the famous Lightsaber effect for the first film. Later films have it done in-house at {{ILM}}.
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