->''"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 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''.
* 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.
* 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]]".
* CorruptBureaucrat: Feltipern Trevagg.
* 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."
* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Goa]]: [[spoiler:Goa was hired to get rid of Greedo (whose entire clan was sentenced to genocide)]]. These must have been [[spoiler:Greedo's]] first words in the hereafter.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Lady Valarian's wedding, due to half the (uninvited) guests being Jabba the Hutt's henchmen and the casino where it was 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.
* 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 Wookie, 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.
* TheHeist: In their story, Muftak and Kabe decide to burglarize Jabba's town house (His headquarters whenever he has to do business in Mrs Eisley, as opposed to the palace he has in the desert) in order to raise the cash needed to get off Tattooine.
* 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.
* 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 was a loyal Imperial pilot until he was in training for the new AT-AT walkers. During one of his first training simulations he realized how easily enemy fighters could disable the machine with tow cables, and devised a tactical counter. The officer corp tried to cover up the weakness by transferring him to the Stormtroopers and reassigning him to the ass end of nowhere, where he defected. The result was that at Hoth the Rebels knew about the weakness and exploited it, while the Imperials were caught completely off guard.
** Felth's first act of defection was to shoot his superior officer in UnfriendlyFire - while said superior officer was 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 allowed him to save ''Luke's'' life and help win the Battle of Yavin for the Rebels.
* 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. The females are otherwise vegetarians 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.
** Actually, only female virgins of that species are forbidden from eating meat. [[spoiler: It's implied that this is to ensure that the first flesh she tastes is that of her lover.]]
* 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 tried this. It... [[DownerEnding didn't come off]].
* 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 succeeded, but in doing so pointed out a design flaw in the [[SpiderTank AT-AT walker]], so the colonel shunted 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".
* '''[[TropeNamer The]]''' WretchedHive of scum and villainy.
* YouHaveFailedMe: From ''The Ithorian's Tale'':
-->"You know what Lord Vader would do if he were here."