Works in this series with their own Trivia pages:

* ''Episode I - Trivia/ThePhantomMenace''
* ''Episode II - Trivia/AttackOfTheClones''
* ''Episode III - Trivia/RevengeOfTheSith''
* ''Episode IV - Trivia/ANewHope''
* ''Episode V - Trivia/TheEmpireStrikesBack''
* ''Episode VI - Trivia/ReturnOfTheJedi''
* ''Episode VII - Trivia/TheForceAwakens''
* ''Trivia/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
* ''Trivia/StarWarsLegends''
* ''Trivia/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''
* ''Trivia/StarWarsCloneWars''
* ''Trivia/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* ''Trivia/StarWarsRebels''
* ''Trivia/StarWarsBattlefront''

!!Listed Trivia:
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* CashCowFranchise: With 20th Century Fox famously [[ItWillNeverCatchOn signing away the merchandising rights to George Lucas]] as a way to save money on the original film.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: People who bash the Prequels for being 'CGI obsessed' apparently never bothered to really look into the many, many practical effects the 3 movies had. See [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/916b88096746bb440e4b5c1a89d354f0/tumblr_n30btftpc91sh5qqjo1_1280.jpg here]] for a few examples.
* 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.
* DawsonCasting: Inverted by Ian [=McDiarmid=], who was 35 when he was first cast as the Emperor in ''ReturnOfTheJedi''... then played straight by the same actor nineteen years later in ''ThePhantomMenace''.
* DemandOverload: Many kids got [=IOUs=] instead of ''Star Wars'' toys in the 1970s, because back then, movie toys were given small runs, and the company in question ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenner_Products Kenner]]) got completely overwhelmed.
* DevelopmentGag: Usually shows up in character names.
* DuelingMovies: To a degree the first three movies dueled with the first three ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies. In the ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' parody ''The Empire Strikes Out'' an off panel person hits Creator/GeorgeLucas with a snowball. A reader a few issues later suggested that the snowball was thrown by Creator/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 [[UsefulNotes/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.
** This gets explained in ''[[Literature/StarWarsBloodline Bloodline]]'' as being a BriefAccentImitation to mock Tarkin's accent.
* FanNickname:
** Luke's nickname amongst the fans is "Farmboy" or "Wormie". For Palpatine, Sid, Palpy, Palps, or Palpidious. "Vaderkin" to refer to Vader between taking the name Darth Vader and the Mustafar incident. AT-[=STs=] are commonly referred to as "chicken walkers."
*** AscendedFanon: The Rebels in StarWarsBattlefront 2 will call the AT-[=STs=] chicken walkers on occasion.
** After Disney bought out the franchise from George Lucas with Creator/JJAbrams tapped to direct a new film (''Film/TheForceAwakens''), some call its current state "Disney Wars" and "[=NuWars=]". The latter parallels [[Film/StarTrek "NuTrek",]] which Abrams also kicked off with [[Film/StarTrek2009 a new film.]]
* 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 is 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".
* FollowTheLeader: Inspired so many.
** The original ''Star Wars'' film itself drew from many sources. The ''[[Film/TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known. The ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''-Tattooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell Creator/GeorgeLucas must have seen at least ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. Plus plenty of ideas and concepts from ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars''. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."
* 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.
* FranchiseZombie: An interesting case. George Lucas originally planned for there to be ''twelve'' movies in total, but eventually boiled it down to nine while working on ''The Empire Strikes Back'' and ''Return Of The Jedi'', and from there, went with six (the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy). He stated that he did '''and''' didn't have plans for additional sequels, generally stating that [[ExactWords he wouldn't be directing any more movies in the franchise beyond the two trilogies]] and would avoid the creation of additional films unless he approved of the story. Disney convinced him to allow the films to expand further with a $4,000,000,000 deal. However, he is a creative consultant for the Sequel Trilogy as a way of making sure the story has the spirit of the other movies, and the cast and crew involved with the movies are very enthusiastic to be a part of the project - both of which are good signs for the direction of the trilogy.
* 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.
* RealLife/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.
* MeaningfulReleaseDate: ''Episode VIII'' will be released on May 26, 2017, forty years and one day since the release of ''A New Hope''. It's also likely many theaters will have screenings on May 25, making it exactly forty years to the day.
* NamesTheSame: Bound to happen in a franchise with over a thousand works.
** Bloodline, a Disney canon standalone novel, isn't to be confused with Bloodlines, the second novel in the Literature/LegacyOfTheForce Legends series.
** Empire's End is the final work in Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy, as well as the final chapter in Tom Veitch's DarkEmpire trilogy.
** Knights of the Old Republic can refer to a [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic well known video game]], [[ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic a comic series based off of the former]], or the first story arc for [[ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi Tales of the Jedi]].
** Rebellion: The comic book successor to Empire, [[VideoGame/StarWarsRebellion a computer game known as Supremacy in the UK]], or a board game from FantasyFlightGames?
* 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 [[Film/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.
* OldShame:
** Sir Creator/AlecGuinness grew to hate the series over time and regretted having played Obi-Wan Kenobi, because of how audiences came to only remember him for the role despite his illustrious career. He once famously told a fan who claimed he had seen the movie a hundred times that he could have an autograph if he never watched the film again. Ironically, ''Star Wars'' made him rich, as he was the only actor able to get a cut of the gross (2%). In his autobiography, ''Blessings in Disguise'', he acknowledges this {{irony}}, and admits that the film gave him the financial freedom to do whatever he wanted with his career for the rest of his life. The other cast members knew how much he disliked the series while filming, and commented that he still remained professional despite his own feelings towards the film, and that despite his misgivings about the first film, he agreed to reprise his role in the two films that followed, even after Creator/GeorgeLucas cautioned him that by doing so, nobody would ever again be able to look at the actor without seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi.
** Jake Lloyd, the young 9-year-old Anakin's actor, hated the role so much he felt George Lucas ruined his acting career. This wasn't helped by him constantly getting teased by kids making lightsaber noises after the movie came out, as well as being bullied and harassed by fanboys [[MisBlamed blaming him for "ruining"]] ''Star Wars'' (and keep in mind, he was only nine at the time). He also had to do over 60 interviews, which was very exhausting for him to do. After all that, he quit acting after voicing Anakin in five video games and wouldn't watch the movie anymore. His opinions of ''Star Wars'' have since gotten better though.
** A great many of those involved in ''Star Wars'', up to and including George Lucas, came to see it (temporarily) as a noose around their necks. Lucas especially felt this way since working on the movies led to a divorce from his first wife.
** Everybody who worked on ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' either denies its existence or wishes to hunt down and destroy every copy. Yes, that includes George Lucas ([[MisBlamed even though he wasn't directly involved in it]]). When Creator/ConanOBrien brought up the subject of the Holiday Special with Creator/HarrisonFord during an interview, Ford first tried to deny it ever happened. Then, O'Brien announced they had a clip. The look on Ford's face was one of whether he should flee the scene or [[Film/ApocalypseNow terminate O'Brien with extreme prejudice]]. Creator/CarrieFisher has similar feelings about the special, she mentions in her autobiography ''Wishful Drinking'' that both the special and her association with ''Franchise/StarWars'' as a whole led to her to start taking drugs (her role as Princess Leia in the special has her noticeably intoxicated in each scene she's in).
** In a recent interview, Creator/NataliePortman said she has no intention of ever showing her children the prequels, and that acting in the franchise hurt her career.
* TheOtherDarrin[=/=]OrwellianRetcon:
** In the original release of ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Palpatine was portrayed by Marjorie Eaton (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 Ian [=McDiarmid=].
** 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.
* PlayingAgainstType: An interesting retroactive case for Mark Hamill, who's spent almost his entire career since these films playing villains, the nastier the better. Luke Skywalker now kind of comes off as a piece of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness for him.
** Inverted like hell in the Japanese dub on the same character with Creator/BinShimada, Luke's official Japanese voice actor: Most of Shimada's roles could not be out of place on the Star Wars universe in any strech like [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Juda]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]], [[Anime/RobotGirlsZ Dr. Hell]], [[Manga/DragonBall Broly]], etc. Luke Skywalker is the complete opposite of all those previous roles, if you exclude some roles like [[Anime/SailorMoon Yuichiro Kumada]].
* 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.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: The reason that Disney have yet to release the unedited Theatrical Versions of the Original Trilogy. Even after the purchase of the franchise, [[http://www.slashfilm.com/20th-century-fox-still-owns-rights-to-first-six-star-wars-films-making-original-box-set-difficult/ Fox still technically owns the rights to the films until 2020.]] Even after that, they have '''perpetual''' ownership of ''A New Hope.''
* 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/TheHiddenFortress'' - [[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 Creator/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 particularly disastrous incident]] of "leaving it in someone else's hands") 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''.
** Initially Luke and Leia were going to the OfficialCouple of the series, with Han as the RomanticFalseLead, and Luke's sister was going to be a totally different character. Due to Lucas's [[CreatorBreakdown burnout]] by the time of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', he killed two birds by just making Leia the other Skywalker.
** There's now a Dark Horse comic called ''The Star Wars'' that actually adapts one of the earlier drafts of the script. Luke Skywalker is the elderly mentor training Anakin Starkiller! Darth Vader is a totally separate character with no helmet! Leia has two brothers! The Jedi are called Jedi-Bendu! And many more.
** On that note, the last name Starkiller got far enough into production that, according to Hamill, they had to reshoot Luke and Leia's first meeting in the detention level.
** Early sketches of Chewbacca depict him with a bat-like face.
* 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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