Corran Horn is fixing his starfighter when a tool he uses slips down the ship's hull. In a frantic attempt to catch it, Corran himself slips and starts falling head-first toward the ground... when his astromech droid saves him by gripping him by the first body part within reach: his buttocks.
Everyone keeps being weirded out whenever a new quirk of Ooryl's Bizarre Alien Biology pops up, such as the fact that he can store sleep for times when he has to stay awake, or the fact that he only has to breathe when he speaks. Of particular note, Corran's utter embarrassment when Ooryl announces that he finds Corran's snoring soothing.
Corran Horn learns of his Jedi heritage, but turns down Luke Skywalker's training offer so he can continue his work as a pilot. Since he subconsciously pulled off a Jedi Mind Trick last book, surely now that he knows he's Force-sensitive he'll be fine... right?
Stormtrooper: Come with me so I can check you out.
Corran: I don't need to go with you.
Stormtrooper: You don't need to go with me?
Corran: (Hey, it's working!) I can go about my business.
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business? Your business is my business, void-brain.
In the middle of a discussion about differences in mating habits between species (It Makes Sense in Context), Corran and Gavin almost panic when they think that their alien squadmate, Khe-Jeen Slee, is about to shamelessly show them his unmentionables. The Issorian laughs and reassures them: he's just about to show them a picture stored in his belt pocket.
The "About the Author" page in The Bacta War, where Stackpole complains about having to write it in the third person as if he were a Gand, among other snark.
The story Face relates to other then-Gray Squadron pilots in Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston:
Face: So here I am stark naked, locked out of my quarters, running around the corridors looking for a towel, a rag, anything, and I turn a corner and run right into the executive officer. He has about the same sense of humor as a Wookiee with a rash. So I throw my best salute and say, "Major, I regret to report only partial success with the Personal Cloaking Device." Falynn: So, what did he do? Face: He turned out to be all right. He made me hold salute for a while, looked me over, returned my salute, and said, "It's obvious this project was a failure. I suggest you go and cover up its shortcomings." So I did.
Notably, this was apparently done to him by the woman he was sleeping with. He mentioned that they had similar senses of humor, which was why they got together, and "probably why we got apart just as fast."
And of course, the legendary Wraith Squadron motto: "Pretty. What do we blow up first?" Bonus points for MynDonos, of all people, coming up with it.
Wes and Hobbie show up to pester Wedge about his date, follow Wedge into the lift, and offer unwanted advice. Wedge selects the roof as the lift's destination, and while the others are puzzled about why he wants to go there calls out "about face, forward march". Obeying the drill on instinct, Wes and Hobbie promptly walk into the back of the lift while Wedge steps between the closing doors and watches as the lift carries his chaperones up and out of his hair.
Kell and Runt's transmissions to the Imperial Star Destroyer Implacable, shortly after tricking it out of a valid target through an Indy Ploy:
Kell: You have just been bested by Dinner Squadron! Runt: And Silly Squadron! Kell: Consider yourselves humiliated. And welcome to Folor. Out.
Face successfully manages to distract Admiral Trigit, who was about to blow the Wraith's cover, by giving a quite realistic, nuanced, moving performance as Small Name, Big Ego Captain Darillian. Including referencing Ysanne Isard's perfume, and revealing a crush on her. When the communication ends, the whole ship (who was listening in) erupts into applause.
Face: Thank you, thank you. Performances every hour, on the hour. Imperial madmen a speciality.
How Face and Phanan get their revenge on Grinder once they find out he's the resident prankster (while hiding behind a facade of calling such things a frivolous waste of time): they hack into the ship's medical computer to create a fictitious insect that paralyzes its victims and eats them alive, which just so happens to be easily confused with a harmless one he'd collected while they were planetside, then use hidden speakers and other devices to make him think one was crawling around inside his room and up in the ductwork. It culminates with a fake insect being thrown into his face and, he thinks, the injection of some drug to make him pass out...but after he's been forced to confess and promise no more pranks, Phanan reveals the grave diagnosis: the "brave, ladykiller Bothan" had fainted dead away.
One of the highlights is a scene where Wedge is forced to fly a TIE Interceptor into battle, with the Ewok doll in his lap to keep up the illusion:
Wes: You know, wearing an Ewok as a swimsuit is a felony on some worlds.
Wedge's evil bit of revenge on Han when the latter makes a visit to Folor Base: Han has just finished complaining about all the boring diplomatic functions he's had to attend on Coruscant with Leia and asks what recreation is available.
Wedge: (with a completely straight face) Nothing. There are no women assigned to Folor Base. Because of the general's philosophical beliefs, there's no alcohol, no gambling, and we can't watch broadcasts from Commenor. This has led to a rather high suicide rate, but there's no getting around that. We do have some holorecordings of Coruscant diplomatic functions, if you'd like to see them.
Shalla, undercover, explains why as close-combat specialist she's carrying a datapad. "Standard scans won't show this edge is reinforced. If I decide someone needs additional information in his head, I can insert it manually." She later demonstrates.
The "Lieutenant Kettch" prank, where Wes ends up naked holding a stuffed Ewok in front of his jewels in front of the entire squadron, is a shining example, the culmination of an escalating Ewok-based prank war. The kicker? Wedge planned it all. As revenge. Wes has the talent and the will... Wedge has the resources.
That one joke became a Brick Joke at the end of the same book, when Lara (or Gara or Kirney depending on her mental state) found an actual Ewok who had been genetically modified and trained to become a pilot. Her first, stressed-out reaction is to shout that she's heard this one already. She then explains to the uncomprehending Ewok that "we're both lies that became the truth."
It ends up being a bit Harsher in Hindsight since it is related to how Face realizes the truth about Lara and exposes her, but the moment when they're on Coruscant and an old man at the museum 'recognizes' her (confusing her for her mother, another Imperial spy) leads to a hilarious bit where Face pretends to recognize her as well, using increasingly ridiculous names.
Elassar Targon, Master Of The Universe! ...For further context, Elassar is the first Wraith who comes straight out of the academy to the squad, rather than be taken in before being kicked out. Wes jokes that he wasn't nutty enough for the group. Elassar immediately adopts a swashbuckling pose and announces his mastery of the universe. Wes withdraws his objection. Wedge has to wonder if Elassar heard of Wraith's reputation and is playing along or if he's genuinely insane.
During a scene where the pilots are all trying to figure out how to track down Zsinj, Elassar prefaces his ideas with a few remarks about their commander Han Solo (namely that he's "running scared" from Zsinj)...without knowing Han was in the roomin a turned-away chair. Despite the fact Han accepts the criticism and thinks they have some good ideas, Elassar is convinced he is doomed for this and wants the other pilots to kill him. This becomes a Running Gag for a good part of the book.
Wedge and Han's "mutiny" on board the Mon Remonda.
After Piggy survives an assassination attempt on Admiral Ackbar, he emerges from his bacta tank to be greeted by several pilots from his squadron.
Face: Forgive the intrusion, but we heard that the new vintage of Piggy was being decanted.
Janson: To make sure you remember this little event, we've had some special things made up for you. Bacta-flavored candy. Bacta-flavored brandy. Bacta-flavored cheese.
Shalla: Kell and I worked up an instruction manual for you. It's called, How to Dodge.
Starfighters of Adumar (another Allston book) is one long extended series of funny moments:
General Cracken mentions a probe on its way back from a mapping mission in the Unknown Regions. Wedge, who’s trying to make Cracken go away, immediately responds: "If you continue to map the Unknown Regions, you'll have to call them something else."
Tomer Darpen says that he'll need to explain the way the local toilets (called refreshers in the Star Wars universe) work, since Adumar is less advanced than what the characters are used to. Hobbie immediately quips about it being a "Refresher Course". Janson's annoyed that Hobbie beat him to it.
Wedge: We have the right tools to subvert our Imperial admiral.
Some standouts include their various Adumari outfits (with bonus points for Janson's chorus-line video on his cloak), and Janson's method of distracting his opponent, one Thanaer ke Sekae, before a duel:
Announcer: Honor or death.
Janson: Wait! look at this.
(Janson uses his blastsword, which leaves a glowing trail behind it when on, to doodle a bantha in midair.)
Janson: Look! A bantha! (beat) Not familiar with banthas? Try this.
(He draws out a local riding animal.)
Janson: An Adumari farumme! Here's another one. (He draws an Adumari starfighter.) A Blade Thirty-Two!
Thanaer: (impatiently) Are you ready to die yet?
Janson: One more! (He draws a stick figure with a tiny head.) It's Thanaer ke Sekae!
To top it off, how does Wes end the fight? By bitch-slapping his opponent into unconsciousness.
Red Squad's reactions on their first introduction to the blastsword:
Janson: So it's like a blaster you have to hit people with? I have to get one!
Tycho: Don't let him have a new type of weapon! It'd be like giving a lightsaber to a two year old.
After Wedge and the others make it to Iella's apartment, Hallis declares she can persuade Iella to abandon her mission, go with Wedge and the others, and want to "shoot your superior right in the guts if you ever happen to see him again". After stepping into the next room and being shown the incriminating video of Darpen lying through his teeth to the perator about Wedge being constrained by diplomacy and wanting to be executed to retain his honor, Iella immediately returns, furious and proclaiming she'll do everything Hallis said she would.
Mercy Kill, while not quite as light-hearted as the previous X-Wing book, still manages to bring the funny:
Three words: Gamorrean. Strip. Show.
As Voort meets the new team:
Voort: You're working with a Yuuzhan Vong. Bhindi: And a Clawdite and a Gamorrean and several humans, and, worst of all, a Corellian. Myri: Cheap shot.
Jesmin Tainer and Trey Courser are sneaking through an Imperial ship. Jesmin turns back and notices Trey's guilty look.
Jesmin: Were you just looking at my rear end? Trey: Um... I'm not the actor Two is, so I'll just say... yes. Jesmin: Now's not the time. Trey: So, theoretically, there would be a time.
Slightly later, Jesmin and Trey need to get into the ship's auxiliary bridge, but Jesmin doesn't want to force her way in. She asks him to check if the bridge has a toilet by listening through the wall.
Trey: No water noises so far. But now I'm starting to need to go. Hey. Are you doing that? What are you doing? Jesmin: Thinking of waterfalls, wine bottles pouring, faucets gushing, fountains flowing... and I'm putting that out through the Force. Trey: You monster. I'm... I'm... Jesmin: Keep it together, Four. Any noises? Trey: Conversation. I can't make out the words, but it's getting more urgent. (Beat)Iunderstandthat urgency. Jesmin: It'll pass as soon as the door opens. Trey: Or as soon as I disgrace myself. (One action scene later) Trey: You were right. I no longer have to pee. Jesmin: I'll notify HoloNet News.
Kirney wants Piggy to understand very clearly that under absolutely no circumstances is he to recruit her children.
Turman's reaction to FINALLY getting out of a decomposing, organically grown, full-body lobster costume he'd had to inhabit for several days.
Turman: Get me to a sanisteam! A pool. A waterfall. An acid bath! Sandpaper! Get me clean!