->''"Only watch your step. This place can be a little rough."''
-->--'''Obi-Wan Kenobi''', ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode IV: ''Film/ANewHope''

''Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina'' is an anthology of ''Franchise/StarWars'' short stories in the [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]] continuity by various science fiction writers (and edited by Creator/KevinJAnderson) about everyone in Chalmun's Cantina when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker were there. Practically every member of the crowd who appeared in the cantina scene is either the focus of a story or featured prominently in one of them, and to a certain extent most of the stories connect together to create a larger narrative. If you want to know why the band was in the cantina, this book will tell you. If you're curious about who that demonic-looking guy or the WolfMan who appeared for about ten seconds in ''Film/ANewHope'' were, this is the book for you. If you want to know why they don't serve your kind in here... Well, you get the idea. Literally everybody has a story behind them, and this book aims to tell them all.

In this respect, the book is similar to ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'' and ''Literature/TalesFromJabbasPalace'', which do the same for the line-up of bounty hunters in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and the Hutt's court in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. It also has a SpiritualSuccessor in ''Literature/FromACertainPointOfView'', another collection of short stories from around the time of ''A New Hope'', in the new Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse continuity. Several of the characters from this anthology appear again in that one.

[[folder: The Tales]]
# "We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale," by Kathy Tyers
# "A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale," by Tom Veitch and Martha Veitch
# "Hammertong: The Tale of the 'Tonnika Sisters'," by Creator/TimothyZahn
# "Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe," by A. C. Crispin
# "The Sand Tender: The Hammerhead's Tale," by Dave Wolverton
# "Be Still My Heart: The Bartender's Tale," by David Bischoff
# "Nightlily: The Lovers' Tale," by Creator/BarbaraHambly
# "Empire Blues: The Devaronian's Tale," by Creator/DanielKeysMoran
# "Swap Meet: The Jawa's Tale," by Creator/KevinJAnderson
# "Trade Wins: The Ranat's Tale," by Rebecca Moesta
# "When the Desert Wind Turns: The Stormtrooper's Tale," by Doug Beason
# "Soup's On: The Pipe Smoker's Tale," by Jennifer Roberson
# "At the Crossroads: The Spacer's Tale," by Jerry Oltion
# "Doctor Death: The Tale of Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba," by Kenneth C. Flint
# "Drawing the Maps of Peace: The Moisture Farmer's Tale," by M. Shayne Bell
# "One Last Night in the Mos Eisley Cantina: The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid," by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

!!Tropes from the Mos Eisley Cantina:
* ActualPacifist: The Ithorians (hammer-headed guys) turn out to be this, holding to a Rule of Life that even applies to plants--if a plant is killed for food, two seeds of its species must be planted. Momaw Nadon, when he accidentally gets an evil Imperial officer killed, creates two clones of him and raises them as his sons.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: H'nemthe sex traditionally takes this to a [[ImAHumanitarian ghastly]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath extreme]].
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Anky Fremp, one of Greedo's childhood friends, is a near-human alien with skin as yellow as cheese.
* AscendedExtra: The entire cast, with Han, Luke, and Obi-Wan getting DemotedToExtra.
* BrainlessBeauty: M'iiyoom Onith (beautiful by her ''own'' species' standards that is, and Feltipern Trevagg's; by human standards she's hideous). Trevagg even calls her a "bimbo" at one point.
* BrilliantButLazy: Labria is the worst spy in Mos Eisley, but when he learns that his favorite band is in town, he pulls off an epic BatmanGambit to arrange for them to play at the cantina. As Wuher says, if Labria put this sort of thinking at anything else, he'd be a very wealthy being.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Het Nkik, a Jawa who's sick of his species being everyone's ChewToy, buys a blaster and goes after an Imperial patrol after they kill his friend (one of the Jawas who sold R2-D2 and C-3PO to the Larses). His story, written by Creator/KevinJAnderson, ends with him jumping out of hiding and repeatedly firing at the stormtroopers. The next story, written by Anderson's wife Rebecca Moesta, makes it into a [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory with TheReveal that a Ranat [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets stole his blaster's power pack]]. And then the story after that goes straight into ShootTheShaggyDog when one of the stormtroopers kills Het Nkik for, essentially, being annoying. But at least that's the last straw for Davin Felth, who decides to defect soon after.]]
* TheButcher: Labria (real name Kardue'sai'Malloc) is a war criminal (and music enthusiast) known as "the Butcher of Montellian Serat" hiding out on Tatooine from bounty hunters. [[spoiler: He reappears in the final ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'' story getting captured by Boba Fett, and is delivered to his people, who feed him to their hunting beasts alive as punishment]].
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The music of the Modal Nodes (the Cantina band) was conceived as an alien interpretation of the music of Benny Goodman. Unfortunately, it gets the in-universe name "[[HaveAGayOldTime jizz]]".
* ConvenientlyTimedDistraction: [=BoShek=] is about to be captured by local Mos Eisley police when [[spoiler:a stormtrooper murders Het Nkik the Jawa]] and they run off to investigate the hubbub.
* CorruptBureaucrat: Feltipern Trevagg is an Imperial tax collector who arranges to cheaply buy homes from people behind on their bills so he can rent them out for profit.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Imperial Stormtrooper Davin Felth sees what TheEmpire is really like and [[spoiler:vows to become the ReverseMole.]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Spurch Warhog Goa's first name means "brave bug-catcher."
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Lady Valarian's wedding, due to half the (uninvited) guests being Jabba the Hutt's henchmen and the casino where it is being held being raided by the Imperials for illegal gambling. All of the major characters except for Valarian's fiancé get away pretty much unscathed, although Wuher does get shot in the nose.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Owen Lars' last words.
-->'''Owen Lars:''' I never did care much for the Rebel movement; but now I hope they find every one of you bantha slime and grill your carcasses!
* FantasticRacism: Wuher despises droids at the start of his story because in his mind they're the only lower thing than he is and thus the only thing he can legitimately hate. He has a change of heart when he realizes droids can be useful. Chalmun the Wookiee, who owns the cantina, doesn't much like them either, but only because they take up space which could go to paying customers.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Nightlily was selected by her people to travel the galaxy and find a mate outside her culture. There are a couple twists, though: one, based on her [[https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/2/2e/M%27iiyoom_Onith.png/revision/latest?cb=20130223025936 picture]], she's only really a "babe" by the standards of the other bizarre aliens at the cantina, and two, [[spoiler: like a praying mantis she eats her partner after mating]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Davin Felth, the stormtrooper who says, "Look, sir, droids!", witnesses several Imperial atrocities and [[spoiler:decides to become a ReverseMole for the Rebellion]].
* TheHeist: In their story, Muftak and Kabe decide to burglarize Jabba's town house (his headquarters whenever he has to do business in Mos Eisley, as opposed to the palace he has in the desert) in order to raise the cash needed to get off Tatooine.
* HumansAreMorons: A definite theme in "The Devaronian's Tale."
-->'''Labria:''' What do you call someone who speaks three languages?\\
'''Wuher:''' Trilingual.\\
'''Labria:''' Someone who speaks two languages?\\
'''Wuher:''' Bilingual.\\
'''Labria:''' Someone who speaks one language?\\
'''Wuher:''' Monolingual?\\
'''Labria:''' Human.
** Which is ironic, because BilingualDialogue is something all people in Star Wars seem to be capable of. In RealLife the joke usually ends with "American."
* InterspeciesRomance: A [[spoiler: fatal]] version between M'iiyoom Onith and Feltipern Trevagg, and a bittersweet one between Dice Ibegon and Lak Sivrak.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Wuher brews the remains of Greedo into an especially strong drink which he hopes will gain him the favor of Jabba the Hutt.
** [[spoiler: The only meat that H'nemthe females eat is the flesh of their sexual partners.]]
** A human thief once broke into Labria's apartment. "Turns out humans don't taste very good."
* InformedObscenity: Kardue'sai'Malloc takes the pseudonym Labria, which translates roughly to "cold food." It's actually a strong obscenity in his language.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Han Solo, Wuher.
* KarmaHoudini: Navik the Red never faces any punishment for the genocide of Greedo's clan.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Think back to the cantina scene in ''Film/ANewHope''. ''They all have a story here.''
* MadScientist[=/=]DeadlyDoctor: Evazan (the "he doesn't like you" guy at the bar) turns out to be a cross between Dr. Frankenstein and Josef Mengele. Luke's lucky Obi-Wan was there.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Davin Felth is a loyal Imperial recruit until he finds himself in training for the new AT-AT walkers. During one of his first training simulations he realizes how easily enemy fighters could disable the machine with tow cables, and devises a tactical counter. The officer corp tries to cover up the weakness by transferring him to the stormtroopers and reassigning him to the ass end of nowhere, where he defects. The result is that [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack at Hoth]] the Rebels know about the weakness and exploit it, while the Imperials are caught completely off guard.
** Felth's first act of defection is to shoot his superior officer in UnfriendlyFire--while said superior officer is lining up a careful shot at Han Solo during the hangar bay gunfight. Reassigning Felth to the stormtroopers just may have saved Solo's life, which allows him to save ''Luke's'' life and help win the Battle of Yavin for the Rebels.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: Momaw Nadon lures an Imperial lieutenant into an alley and threatens to kill him. Lieutenant Alima laughs ruthlessly and says, "You can't kill me with a blaster set to Stun." Momaw knows he set the blaster to Kill, but fears he may have knocked the setting aside, and looks. Of course, it ''is'' set on Kill, but he has lost his chance, and Alima shoots him. (Luckily, his blaster ''is'' set on Stun.)
* OneLetterName: M'iiyoom [[http://omniglot.com/writing/aurekbesh.htm Onith]] may be this or it may be coincidence.
* OutWithABang: [[spoiler:The H'nemthe]]. Apparently as a result of massive difference in gender ratio (20 males: 1 female), they have evolved the custom of females using their knife-sharp tongues to eviscerate their lovers after sex. Prior to this, virgin females are vegetarians (to ensure that the first flesh they taste is that of their lover) and they sincerely believe this is actually the greatest expression of love between the sexes. Both their appearance and mating rituals bear some resemblance to the RealLife praying mantis.
* PardonMyKlingon: Labria's pseudonym is actually a serious profanity in Devaronian. It literally means "cold food," though it apparently loses something in translation. Labria thinks humans are weird for using religion, sex, and excrement as swear words.
* PoorCommunicationKills the [[spoiler:CorruptBureaucrat]], ironically thus saving the galaxy from Sidious, IG-88, and the Yuuzhan Vong (in that order).
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Het Nkik tries this. It... [[DownerEnding doesn't come off]].
* ShoutOut: For smuggling some information from one Rebel spy to another, Kabe and Muftak are paid partly in letters of transit, which allow them to leave Tatooine. As they go, Kabe says she's thankful they'll never again have to hear the cantina band's terrible rendition of "The Sequential Passage of Chronological Intervals," an ExpospeakGag of the title "As Time Goes By." Together with the letters of transit, and the story's title, "Play It Again, Figrin D'an," this is a clear reference to ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
* TooDumbToLive: Greedo, for obvious reasons, [[spoiler:Trevagg]], for trying to court a H'nemthe female and being unaware of a rather vital aspect of their mating rituals.
* TrainingAccident: Part of Davin Felth's backstory. He succeeds, but in doing so points out a design flaw in the [[SpiderTank AT-AT walker]], so the colonel shunts him into the stormtrooper corps. Also a CallForward to ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'': the name of the colonel? Maximilian Veers.
* TheUriahGambit: [[spoiler:Greedo's]] death.
* WeddingSmashers: "We Don't Do Weddings." The Modal Nodes break their rule for a big enough payday, and come to regret it when Jabba's thugs invade the wedding and start a shootout.
* '''[[TropeNamer The]]''' WretchedHive of scum and villainy.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Momaw Nadon fingers his nemesis, Lieutenant Alima, for letting the droids escape on the ''Millennium Falcon'', claiming that Alima had prior knowledge. Nadon is expecting that his testimony will get Alima court-martialed, and is shocked to find that Imperials don't do things that way.
-->'''Imperial Captain:''' ''[to Alima]'' You know what Lord Vader would do if he were here. ''[draws and fires]''