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A desert planet located in a binary star system, Tatooine was a lawless world controlled by the Hutts, specifically Jabba the Hutt, whose palace was located on the world. As such, Tatooine was a popular destination for criminals and bounty hunters to ply their trade or hide. Lacking any significant sources of water, many residents made their living by drawing water from the atmosphere on moisture farms. The planet was orbited by three moons, Ghomrassen, Guermessa, and Chenini.
- Bad-Guy Bar: Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley is a popular hangout for smugglers, bounty hunters, murderers, and other even less savory beings.
- Binary Suns: One of the most famous examples in popular culture.
- Crapsack World: Let's see: Tatooine is a desert planet and has dangerous sandstorms, slavery is legal, the rulers of the world are a violent criminal cartel, dangerous beasts are found everywhere, and one of the two native species attack everyone who is not them.
- Deadly Dust Storm: Massive sandstorms are a frequent hazard on Tatooine.
- Hated Hometown: Neither Anakin nor Luke Skywalker have fond memories of this planet.
- Meaningful Name: The planet was eventually named after Tataouine, a real-world town found in Tunisia, whose deserts were the location in which all scenes taking place on Tatooine had been filmed through the franchise. One of its moons, Ghomrassen, is named after a city in Tunisia located 16 miles from Tataouine.
- Metal Poor Planet: It was originally settled as a mining colony but this was soon abandoned as most of the metal was on the surface.
- Recurring Location: Being the homeworld of Darth Vader and the adoptive homeworld of Luke Skywalker, it is hardly a surprise that Tatooine is one of the most featured planets in the Canon.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, long before the theatrical films themselves, Tatooine used to be a pristine world full of vast oceans and extense jungles that was home to an advanced humanoid civilization known as the Kumumgah, who began colonizing nearly star systems, something which unfortunately drew the attention of the Rakatan Infinite empire. The Rakata invaded the planet and enslaved its inhabitants, but, after a terrible plague caused the Rakata to lose their connection to the Force, the Kumumgah took the chance and revolted against their masters, succesfully driving them away from their world. In response, the Rakata subjected the planet to an orbital bombardment that "glassed" (that is, fused the silica in the soil into glass, which then broke up over time into sand) the planet and boiled its oceans away, turning it into the desertic world it is today. The Kumumgah split into two races as a result of this change, the Tusken Raiders and the Jawas. Likewise, Tatooine may have earned its name after the Jawa name for the planet, Tah-doo-Een-e.
- Single-Biome Planet: The world is nothing but scorching desert. Why or how there is anyone living there is unknown.
- Thirsty Desert: The planet is a massive desert with no water, with the exception of few moisture farms.
- Wretched Hive: The whole world, but Obi-Wan Kenobi notes the Trope Namer, Mos Eisley, is the worst.Obi-Wan: Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
Shmi Skywalker Lars
Anakin Skywalker's mother — and paternal grandmother to Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and great-grandmother to Ben Solo/Kylo Ren — who was a brave and resilient woman who survived life as a slave to become a moisture farmer. She surrendered her son to the Jedi Order, putting him on a path to become a Jedi. Her death at the hands of Tusken Raiders becomes a critical step on Anakin's journey to the Dark Side.
- Adult Fear: She is terrified that Anakin will be killed podracing, which is admittedly incredibly dangerous, and has to be talked into letting him race in the Boonta Eve Classic by Anakin and Qui-Gon. Dark Lord of the Sith also indicates that Palpatine had something to do with Anakin's conception and had used the Dark Side to influence her son while he was still in her womb, of which she was seemingly unaware.
- Alliterative Name: Shmi Skywalker, before her marriage to Cliegg Lars at least.
- Back for the Dead: After being Put on a Bus in The Phantom Menace, she returns briefly in Attack of the Clones, only to die in the same scene.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Inverted. In Attack of the Clones, Shmi displays the worst outer injuries of anyone else in the film due to the torture she endured; her face in particular is bruised, swollen and covered in cuts.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She dies from a month's worth of torture and abuse at the hands of a Tusken Raider camp.
- Death by Origin Story: Avenging her death is Anakin's first major step towards the Dark Side.
- Damsel in Distress: in Attack of the Clones, it's discovered she was abducted by Tusken Raiders and has been gone for a month. Anakin manages to track her down, but unfortunately she dies of her injuries.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. Though her past isn't explored in any real detail in the theatrical films, she's been a slave for much of her life, raised Anakin completely alone with no partner or family to support her and has little hope for a better life. The best things she's got going for her are that Watto is comparatively kinder to her than other masters and she has a son she adores. And this is to say nothing of Darth Sidious's apparent involvement in her son's conception.
- Determined Homesteader's Wife: She became this to Cliegg, helping him run his moisture farm after they got married. She's so determined she survives being kidnapped and tortured for a whole month, far beyond what most people expected.
- Determinator: In Attack of the Clones, she is beaten and starved by a group of Tusken Raiders and tortured for a month, but her memories of Anakin are all she needs to survive. Unfortunately, her determination gives out shortly after Anakin returns to rescue her.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Her fate in Attack of the Clones when Anakin arrives too late to save her from a Tusken camp.
- Dies Wide Open: When she dies in Anakin's arms, her eyes remain open. He closes them shut afterwards.
- Don't Look Back: She gives Anakin the strength to leave Tatooine by telling him not to look back at her in The Phantom Menace.
- Due to the Dead: Anakin returns her body to the Lars homestead after her death. She is buried in the family plot, where her husband Cliegg delivers a eulogy describing her as "the most loving partner a man could ever have", while Anakin expresses regret he couldn't save her and vows never to "fail" again.
- Good Parents: She loves Anakin dearly and willingly gives him up so he can have a life beyond slavery. She also serves as a loving stepmother to Owen Lars.
- Happily Married: It seems she was this to Cliegg Lars, who indicates it as such in his loving eulogy during her funeral in Attack of the Clones.
- Happiness in Slavery: Downplayed. She doesn't seem happy exactly, but she is content with remaining on Tatooine as a slave while Anakin leaves for a better life in The Phantom Menace. That doesn't stop Cliegg Lars from buying her freedom and marrying her sometime before Attack of the Clones.
- House Wife: She's very much a stay-at-home mother, with C-3PO built by Anakin to help her around the house.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: She can only tell Anakin "I love..." before she expires.
- Made a Slave: She is a slave owned by Watto when she first appears. It's unknown if she's specifically a case of this trope or Born into Slavery (in the Legends continuity, she was enslaved as a child after her family were captured by pirates). It is known that Watto was far from her first master; prior to being won in a bet by Watto, she and her son were owned Gardulla the Hutt and before that, she was bought by the Hutts from a slave market not unlike the ones on Zygerria (which Anakin notes in "Slaves of the Republic").
- Mystical Pregnancy: She tells Qui-Gon that Anakin had no father and that she can't explain how she came to conceive him.
- Nice Girl: Despite her hard life, she is a genuinely caring and gentle person. Anakin states she once told him that "the biggest problem in this universe is nobody helps each other".
- Nothing Is Scarier: We never find out exactly what was done to her during her captivity with the Tusken Raiders. When Anakin finds her, she's covered in cuts and bruises and barely clinging to life, so it certainly wasn't pleasant.
- Obi-Wan Moment: She knows that she's dead when Anakin finds her in Attack of the Clones, and declares herself "complete" when she lays eyes on him one last time.
- Parental Substitute: It's hinted she became one to her stepson Owen, as his own mother died when he was young and he is clearly distressed by her kidnapping and death.
- Parents in Distress: A big part of Anakin's story in Attack of the Clones is that he keeps having nightmares about Shmi being in danger. He becomes concerned enough that he goes to Tatooine to find her and learns she's been kidnapped by Tusken Raiders. Despite everyone else believing she's dead, Anakin refuses to give up hope and goes on a long trek across the desert to find and save her. He finally manages to track her down...but tragically, she dies in his arms from the torture and abuse she's suffered. He proceeds to kill every single one of the Tusken Raiders in the camp in a grief-fuelled rage. Anakin's inability to save Shmi has a serious impact on his psyche, eventually becoming a factor in his turn to the Dark Side.
- Parents Know Their Children: She almost immediately recognizes Anakin in Attack of the Clones, even though she's barely-conscious and it's been ten years since she last saw him (he was only nine at the time). The fact Anakin specifically calls her "Mom" probably helps.
- Pietà Plagiarism: The scene where she dies in Anakin's arms is reminiscent of this, as well the later scene where Anakin carries her wrapped body to the Lars homestead after her death.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't have too many lines in her debut movie or subsequent appearances (it's justified in Attack of the Clones, as she's only in one scene and barely has the strength to stay alive, let alone speak). When she does talk, she's usually very soft-spoken as well.
- Reunion Vow: She promises Anakin they will see each other again someday before he leaves for Jedi training in The Phantom Menace, while he promises to return and free her. They are finally reunited ten years later in Attack of the Clones; unfortunately, it's in Shmi's dying moments.
- Sacrificial Lion: Shmi is a supporting character in The Phantom Menace and though she's offscreen for most of Attack of the Clones, she's still significant to Anakin's arc. Anakin's quest to save Shmi in the second half of the film ultimately ends with her death; Shmi dying is one of the key inciting incidents for Anakin's eventual transformation into Darth Vader and marks the point where the Prequel Trilogy takes a much darker turn. It also sets up one of the main plot threads of the next film, Revenge of the Sith; when Anakin starts getting nightmares about Padmé dying in childbirth, it is explicitly compared to the earlier incident with Shmi and he becomes fixated on trying to prevent another tragedy, which Palpatine exploits like hell to persuade him to join the Dark Side.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, she was a skilled mechanic like her son Anakin.
- Second Love: To Cliegg. He met his first wife, Aika, on a Core World where they married and had Owen, but she died when Owen was very young and Cliegg moved with him back to his family's moisture farm on Tatooine.
- Shipping Torpedo: When Anakin encounters Shmi's 'spectre' in "Overlords", she urges him to leave Padmé, saying he doesn't truly love her and that she is "poison" to him. However, as it turns out this is actually the Son impersonating Shmi, it's unclear what the real Shmi would've thought of Anakin and Padmé's relationship.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Shmi has very little personal effect on the galaxy, but she's one of the lynch pins of everything that goes down in the prequel and original trilogies: she gives birth to the Chosen One and it's her death that sets her son down the path of the Dark Side.
- So Proud of You: She tells Anakin as much after he wins the Boonta Eve Classic in The Phantom Menace. It's also one of the last things she manages to tell Anakin before she dies in Attack of the Clones.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She bears a resemblance to her granddaughter Leia (who also favors her mother, Padmé, in looks, meaning she gets her features from both the maternal and paternal sides of her family).
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is among the most kindhearted souls in the Star Wars Canon, yet meets her end at the hands of a barbaric tribe of Tusken Raiders. At her funeral, Cliegg states "I know wherever you are, it's become a better place".
- Truly Single Parent: She conceived Anakin without a father; Qui-Gon speculates he was conceived by the Force.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Between the events of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, she is freed from slavery by Cliegg Lars, finds love with him and becomes a stepmother to his son Owen. She's then abducted and tortured to death by Tusken Raiders and dies moments after finally getting to see her beloved son for the first time in ten years.
A humble and hardworking moisture farmer from Tatooine and the father of Owen Lars. He freed and married Shmi Skywalker after buying her from Watto, becoming Anakin's stepfather.
- All There in the Manual: A lot of his background is given in the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.
- An Arm and a Leg: He lost his right leg to Tusken Raiders while searching for Shmi. According to Lucasfilm, he dies of his injuries and a broken heart shortly afterward.
- Brutal Honesty: Though he's clearly grieved, he bluntly tells Anakin he should accept his mother is dead. As it turns out, Shmi is still alive, but she dies from her ordeal shortly after Anakin finds her.
- Butt-Monkey: The expanded material reveals more details about Cliegg's life and it's pretty darn depressing. His brother Edern died when he was only fourteen in a landspeeder accident and his first wife Aika died when their son was very young, leaving him to raise Owen and run the family farm alone. In the theatrical films themselves, we know he found love again with Shmi... only for her to be dragged off to a horrible fate by Tusken Raiders. Cliegg was badly injured in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue her and died sometime after Anakin returned her body to them.
- Cartwright Curse: The poor guy is widowed twice.
- Despair Event Horizon: When Anakin meets him, he's still grieving Shmi's loss to the Tusken Raiders one month earlier, and has long since given up hope of seeing her alive again.
- Fantastic Racism: He says that Tusken Raiders "walk like men, but they're vicious, mindless monsters". Then again, considering they kidnapped and tortured to death his wife, killed 26 of his fellow farmers when they tried to rescue her and injured him so badly he lost a leg, his views are understandable.
- Happily Married: During Shmi's funeral, he calls her "the most loving partner a man could ever have".
- Killed Offscreen: He apparently died offscreen between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
- Nice Guy: From what little we see of him, he seems to be a pretty decent guy. He bought Shmi from Watto specifically so he could free her and is welcoming towards Anakin and Padmé, treating his stepson with sympathy over what happened to his mother. His son Owen also turned out to be a decent person, so it can be assumed he was a good father.
- Perma-Stubble: Has this, which may be due to his sorrow over Shmi's kidnapping.
- Slave Liberation: Type B; he falls in love with Shmi while she's enslaved to Watto, and buys her so he can free and marry her.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His freeing and marrying Shmi made Owen stepbrothers with Anakin; he and his wife Beru later adopt Anakin's son Luke after Anakin's FaceHeel Turn.
- Talking to the Dead: In his eulogy to his late wife, he talks to Shmi's grave directly, telling her how much he loves her, that he thinks wherever she is now has become "a better place" and bidding her farewell.
Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun Lars
Owen: That's what I'm afraid of.
Owen was the son of Cliegg Lars from his previous relationship and the stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker. At the behest of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he and his wife Beru adopted their nephew and Anakin's son, Luke.
- Armor-Piercing Question: In a heated discussion with Obi-Wan regarding the possibility of helping Luke reach his full potential, Owen shuts down the argument with the following question:Owen Lars: Haven't you murdered enough Skywalkers already, Kenobi?
- The Cameo: At the end of the Rebels episode "Twin Suns", Beru can be heard calling Luke home.
- Death by Origin Story: Their deaths leave Luke free to leave Tatooine and begin his path to Jedi Knighthood.
- Defiant to the End: When confronted by Stormtroopers demanding the two droids, Owen spits at them. Which led to them being burned alive.
- Determined Homesteader: Owen runs the Lars family homestead as a successful moisture farm. In a deleted scene, Biggs mentions that Owen could hold off a tribe of Tusken Raiders.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Owen tries to reign in Luke's adventurous impulses in A New Hope for fear that he will Turn Out Like His Father.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Luke never brings them up after he leaves Tatooine following their demise. In Marvel's Star Wars, he does break down and weeps about them, shortly after the Destruction of the first Death Star.
- Freudian Excuse: Whilst Owen's extreme Jerkass tendencies towards Obi-Wan seems pretty harsh, it's rooted in the belief that Owen thinks Obi-Wan is responsible for separating Anakin and his mother Shmi (who despite being Owen's stepmother, Owen truly loved like his real mother), and ultimately, destroying his family.
- Good Parents: While Owen is caring yet strict towards Luke, he nonetheless does this out of concern for Luke. Beru is far more understanding of Luke's frustrations of living on a farm, and helps iron out the tension between the two. Luke's reaction to their deaths shows that he loved them both deeply. In fact, had they not died, Luke would have stayed with them rather than learn to become a Jedi.Luke (upon witnessing their charred corpses): There's nothing left here for me now.
- Happily Married: Uneasy relations with Luke aside, they are content to live together on Tatooine as moisture farmers. Even before they're married, they're shown to be a happy couple in Attack of the Clones.
- House Wife: Beru's main role shown in the Lars family homestead consists of making blue milk and preparing the family's food.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The couple looked well in their youth.
- Killed Offscreen: In one scene, Owen is waiting for Luke to get started on chores while Beru prepares breakfast. The next scene, Luke finds their charred corpses courtesy of Imperial stormtroopers.
- Knight Templar Parent: Owen is an extremely mild example, as he insists Luke stay on the farm, and as far away from "Crazy Old" Ben Kenobi, instead of following his dream to join the Imperial Academy. He also hides Luke's Jedi heritage by making up the story that his "dead" father was a simple navigator on a spice freighter. Though this tenses up their relationship, it's only because he doesn't want Luke to Turn Out Like His Father. Beru is far more empathetic to Luke's wishes however, and seemingly believes he just can't stay on the moisture farm forever.
- Muggle Foster Parents: They have no connection to the Force, yet are related to the most powerful family of Force users by marriage.
- Plucky Girl: Beru is said to have a cheerful and positive disposition despite the harsh lifestyle of a Tatooine moisture farmer. "Beru Whitesun Lars", told from her point of view after her death shows her fully as this, taking life as it goes up to and including her own death, saying that she'd have preferred not to die so young but at least it allowed Luke to save the galaxy from the Empire's claws, and as such she believed it wasn't that bad after all.
- Promotion to Parent: Obi-Wan leaves Luke in their care after the death of Padme and Anakin's fall to the dark side.
- Properly Paranoid: Owen refuses to let Luke go to the Imperial Academy under any circumstances. As we learn in Rebels, academies screen for Force-sensitive students and send them off to the Inquisitorius, meaning Luke would have had a one-way ticket to Darth Vader if he'd attended.
- Sacrificial Lamb: They are both incinerated alive by stormtroopers to show that the Empire will kill anyone who stands in their way.
- Secretly Selfish: Uncle Owen, who spent the last of his savings on C-3PO and R2-D2, wants to regain his investment so he can hire more help, persuading Luke to stay on the farm for another year, instead of joining Biggs at the Academy. Owen also has a very negative opinion of Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, whom he regards as a crazy old wizard and a dangerous, mysterious hermit that he sees as nothing more than trouble.
- Spanner in the Works: Obi-Wan clearly intended to train Luke in the ways of the Force as soon as he was old enough, but Owen refused to let his nephew have anything to do with the Jedi and told Kenobi to stay away. Who knows how things might have turned out if Luke had even a smidge more training when the plot of A New Hope kicked off?
- Strong Family Resemblance: Owen greatly resembles his father Cliegg in his later years.
- Supreme Chef: Beru took a cooking class once and her teacher said she made the best blue milk cheese he'd ever tasted.
The younger brother of Cliegg Lars and uncle to Owen Lars.
- All There in the Manual: His name and what happened to him are explained in expanded material.
- Death of a Child: He died at the age of just fourteen after crashing the family's landspeeder.
- Posthumous Character: He'd been dead for many years by the events of Attack of the Clones; his grave can be seen during Shmi's funeral.
The first wife of Cliegg Lars and mother to Owen Lars, who died years before they met the Skywalkers.
- All There in the Manual: She's an Unknown Character in the films, with details about her being fleshed out in the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.
- Canon Immigrant: She was first mentioned in the Visual Dictionary for Attack of the Clones, which is now under the Legends banner, and was re-canonized in the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia.
- First Love: She was this to Cliegg.
- Missing Mom: To Owen.
- Posthumous Character: She died when Owen was very young in unspecified circumstances, prompting her widowed husband and son to move back to Tatooine where Cliegg eventually met his second wife, Shmi.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, she hailed from the Core World of Ator. In Canon, it's mentioned that she and Cliegg met on a Core World and that he owns a pyramid puzzle from Ator; although it's not mentioned if Ator is canonically a Core World and that this is where Aika was from, it's at least a strong possibility.
A junk dealer who did business in Mos Espa. He owned the slaves Shmi Skywalker and her son Anakin, whom he put to work in his shop.
- Bald of Evil: While not necessarily "evil", his baldness does emphasize his more unscrupulous nature.
- The Gambling Addict: He often bets on Podraces, winning Shmi and Anakin from Gardulla the Hutt this way; it's also how he loses Anakin, and everything else he has.
- Expy: His appearance seems to be based on the Shingouz from Valérian. Phantom Menace design director, Doug Chiang was known to own a set of the comics.
- Greed: Played with; he doesn't actually demonstrate much in the way of greed when conducting business, only initially turning Qui-Gon away because Republic credits, the only currency that Qui-Gon has to hand, are worthless on Tatooine. His greed really manifests itself in his gambling, however, and results in him taking a major bath when he bets on Sebulba over the eventually-victorious Anakin.
- Humble Pie: He is deeply affected by his lost Podrace wager against Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace, as he not only loses his business, but his "favorite" slave Anakin as well. He is significantly less of a Jerkass in Attack of the Clones.
- Immune to Mind Control: Like all Toydarians, he's immune to Jedi Mind Tricks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He claims to have great faith in Anakin's performance in the Boonta Eve Podrace right after betting heavily against him in favor of a racer who "always wins" and proceeds to laugh at the boy when his racer fails to start up. Nevertheless, he is far from an unfair master and, according to Word of God, has genuinely come to love the Skywalker family, evidenced by how upset he is to lose Anakin in The Phantom Menace, and how overjoyed he is to see him again as a fully-fledged Jedi in Attack of the Clones. Still according to Word of God, he treats his slaves far better than most of Tatooine's slave owners. After all, Shmi seems to be allowed to have her own house and Anakin, as long as he does the work he has to do, is allowed to wander in the town.
- Large Ham: Watto is always waving his hands while he talks and he doesn't do that much more subtly.
- Lost Him in a Card Game: He won Anakin and Shmi from Gardulla the Hutt gambling. He himself loses Anakin to Qui-Gon betting on the Boonta Eve Classic. He actually seems genuinely upset to lose Anakin and it's strongly implied he'd grown fond of him.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He has a tapir-like snout, duck-like feet, and insect-like wings.
- Nice Hat: Wears one made from a pit droid cap in Attack of the Clones. It suspiciously resembles a Jewish hat.
- No-Sell: He is immune to Jedi Mind Tricks, a trait that is inherent in all Toydarians, as Qui-Gon learns to his dismay when he tries to haggle for needed hyperdrive parts.
- Parental Substitute: Rather sadly, Watto is the closest thing young Anakin has to a father figure. Though he still does occasionally discipline him and Shmi like any average slave owner would, from what we get to see he is genuinely fond of the mother and son, treats them well, and was genuinely sad to see Anakin go. On top of all that, he would not sell Shmi until he was certain that her new master was a kind man that would give her a good and happy life (sure enough, when he does sell her off before the sequel, her new master promptly freed and then married her). Word of God does state that Watto generally treats his slaves much better than most other masters.
- Perma-Stubble: It thickens in the time between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
- Sinister Schnoz: Taken to an interesting level; his nose is a short, floppy trunk similar to a tapir's.
- Sore Loser: He refused to free Anakin since he believed it was "an unfair bet" (and was somewhat suspicious that Qui-Gon knew Anakin would win). But relented when Qui-Gon discussed bringing this up with the Hutts.
- Space Jews: He's a hook-nosed, penny-pinching merchant and slave owner with a vaguely Yiddish-sounding accent as a result of him being voiced by Andrew Secombe. Attack of the Clones goes the extra mile by giving him a scraggly beard and brimmed hat.
- Stereotype Flip: Watto comes off as a very sleazy and amoral individual, but The Clone Wars presents other Toydarians (or at least those living on Toydaria) to be compassionate and honorable people. In short, Watto is one of the odd ones out of his species despite being the first one introduced. Living on Tatooine may contribute to enhance his flaws.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: He loses everything—including ownership of Anakin—after betting heavily on Sebulba during the Boonta Eve Classic in The Phantom Menace. By Attack of the Clones, he's down on his luck and had to sell Shmi to Cliegg Lars just to get by.
- Verbal Tic: Says "I think" at the end of nearly every sentence.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His accent seems to wander somewhere between Yiddish and Italian, sounding more like the former in The Phantom Menace, but a little nearer the latter in Attack of the Clones and his video game appearances.
- Winged Humanoid: He seems to prefer hovering everywhere as opposed to standing and walking.
Kitster Chanchani Banai
A slave child on Tatooine who was close friends with Anakin.
A six-year old Rodian slave child from Tatooine and one of Anakin's playmates.
- Adaptation Name Change: Downplayed. in Legends, his name was W. Wald, with the capital W. being the initial of an unknown first name.
- Bilingual Bonus: His name means "forest" in German.
- Bilingual Dialogue: He only speaks Huttese but understands Basic.
- Call-Forward: In a removed scene. When Anakin briefly tussled with a different Rodian child, Wald warns him after the fight, revealing the then unnamed Rodian to be Greedo in his youth, to be careful who he messes with or he'll come to regret it.
- Cheerful Child: He's a slave, but is friendly and playful.
- Humanoid Alien: He's a Rodian.
- Little Green Men: Rodians invoke this trope with their design and coloration. While adult members of the species are human-sized, Wald is a kid and has a more adequate size for this trope.
- Lizard Folk: Rodians have green skin with peeble-like scales.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, Wald eventually owned Watto's salvage yard after the latter retired and passed the business to him.
- Those Two Guys: Often seen in company of Kitster or Anakin.
A vicious podracer and reigning champion of the Boonta Eve Classic. He was not above cheating to win a race, often using various illegal weapons hidden in his heavily modified podracer against his opponents.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A race pilot version; as skilled a podracer he may be, he is still a crafty and unapologetic cheater.
- Badass Driver: An impressive podracer pilot despite his tendency to cheat.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Like all Dugs, he walks on his hands and uses his feet to hold onto things.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Subverted. Even though everyone knows he cheats, he's still a crowd favorite. Played straight during the race though. Even with his sabotage, Anakin still manages to catch up that he tries to ram into him out of desperation. All the move does is get the wires to their engines tangled and risking crashing both vehicles. Anakin manages to free himself in time but Sebula's pod careens right into a rock, wrecks his engines completely and costs him the race. He was lucky to walk away alive from that.
- Cool Car: His massive, split-X engine podracer.
- Crippling the Competition: He has no qualms doing this to other podracers to ensure his victory, as he does to Anakin's pod before the Boonta Eve.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Picks a fight with Jar Jar after the Gungan accidentally spits a gorg into his soup.
- Hellish Pupils: His pupils are uniquely cross-shaped on close inspection.
- Jerkass: He's arrogant, aggressive, and perfectly willing to cheat to win a race.
- Laser-Guided Karma: According to Anakin, Sebula was the reason he lost in a previous race due to sabotage that he barely could salvage the remains of the pod. When they race again, it's Sebula who crashes completely and loses all but the pod he's riding in.
- The Napoleon: He's Hot-Blooded and a total Jerkass, but stands no taller than a nine-year-old boy.
- Opposing Sports Team: Sebulba is Anakin's only competition in the podrace with any focus, and fits the typical role of a more experienced competitor who loses thanks to lacking the hero's integrity and spirit.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: His name is probably derived from Xibalba, the Mayan underworld.
- The Rival: To Anakin, whom he butts heads with numerous times even outside the race.
- Spiked Wheels: Sebulba modified his podracer in lethal ways such as adding a flamethrower and making it durable enough to ram other racers off the track.
- The Unintelligible: Speaks only in Huttese.
- Vehicular Sabotage: "Accidentally" breaks a piece off of Anakin's podracer before their race, which eventually causes Anakin's engine to overheat during the final stretch.
- Would Hurt a Child: With Anakin, who was nine years old when he was ramming his podracer into the former.
- Weird Beard: His "mustache" is actually a pair of loose skin strands with feathery tips.
The announcers of the Boonta Eve Podrace, Fode and Beed were a two-headed Troig who shared a single body. The red-skinned Fode provided commentary in an easy Basic drawl, while the green-skinned Beed provided counterpoint in Huttese.
- American Accents: Fode speaks with what amounts to a Southern drawl.
- Amusing Alien: They're a two-headed race commentator played by improv comedians.
- Fat and Skinny: Beed is the larger head, while Fode is the skinnier one.
- Improv: All of their dialogue was riffed by their actors.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Interestingly inverted; Greg Proops was originally going to play the green head and Scott Capurro the red head.
- Large Ham Announcer: They won't shut up about how awesome the Podrace is.
- Long Neck: Each head rests upon its own neck stalk.
- Multiple Head Case: They are two heads who share a single body, though the only differences they have character-wise is that each head speaks a different language: Basic (i.e., English) and Huttese, respectively.
- Serkis Folk: Originally their actors' heads were going to be superimposed on a CGI body until it was decided that a full CGI model looked better.
- Those Two Guys: They give commentary for the podrace in The Phantom Menace.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: From what can be seen of their body, they have at least four arms.
A rookie racer at the time of the Boonta Eve Classic, Quadrinaros later became one of the sports greatest champions by the time of the Clone Wars.
- Butt-Monkey: He who doesn't even make it past the starting line due to engine problems. And it apparently wasn't the first time.
- Cephalothorax: Toongs like Quadrinaros have their heads where their chest should be located.
- Non-Standard Character Design: His racer is the only one to have four engines instead of two.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the Boonta Eve Classic, Quadinaros couldn't even get past the starting grid. According to a poster seen during the Clone Wars, Quadinaros continued to use the same racer model and even got into a rivalry with Sebulba worth promoting for a then-upcoming race.
A highly competitive but professional pod racer who piloted a green Ord Pedrovia model.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally he is focused on the race itself, rather than eliminating the competition like Sebulba, and would simply pass his competition without resorting to taunts or attacking them. But if someone tried to act scummy toward him, he was known to use his rather large pod to pay them back with interest.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe with Gasgano, even if he rarely wins a race he remains popular with the crowds.
- Multi-Armed Multitasking: By virtue of being a Xexto, Gasgano has six limbs (two of them serving as legs), allowing him to perform more control functions at once.
Boonta Eve Classic Podracers
The Boonta Eve was considered to be the most dangerous of all podracing courses.
- Bird People: Nuknogs like Ark Roose are anthropomorphic, featherless chickens. Wan Sandage, a Devlikk, is seemingly this as well, having hands with long sharp claws like those of a ratite and looking like an anthropomorphic ostrich to an extent.
- Blood Sport: The race consists of piloting small pods which are tied to massive jet engines. Many of the pilots don't even finish the race, let alone survive it.
- Cool Car: Pods tied to jet engines. Can't get much cooler than that!
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Poor, poor Ratts Tyerell. As he was going through the Laguna Caves, Tyerell's accelerator jammed, leaving him unable to control his podracer, and the only thing the little Aleena could do was scream in horror as his podracer crashed into a stalactite and exploded. Ouch.
- Frog Men: Fluggrians like Elan Mak look like anthropomorphic frogs. In Legends, they were aquatic in nature, though this has yet to be confirmed in the current canon.
- Full-Boar Action: Dud Bolt. Vulptereens like him look like some type of cross between boars and crocodiles, with a stalk growing on their heads.
- He Who Fights Monsters: According to character guide, Ratts Tyerell was sick of Sebulba's cheating and meant "to fight fire with fire". However, he died in a crash before he could pay Sebulba back...
- Humanoid Alien: Ody Mandrell, as an Er'Kit.
- Intrepid Reporter: Clegg Holdfast, in addition to participating in the race itself, is a journalist for the Podracing Quarterly magazine.
- Jerk Jock: Many of the racers are.
- Killer Space Monkey: Boles Roor and Ebe E. Endocott are this to an extent, given they're participating on a rather ruthless sport. They're a Sneevel and a Triffian, respectively, both of which resemble primates.
- Lizard Folk: Ratts Tyerell, Mars Guo, Neva Kee and Clegg Holdfast. They're an Aleena, a Bardottan, a Xamster and a Nosaurian, respectively.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Dud Bolt's species, the Vulptereens, look like boars mixed with crocodiles with the stalk of an anglerfish on their heads.
- Never Found the Body: Neva Kee, who took off on a shortcut in the middle of the race and was never seen again. However, the book Scum and Villainy revealed that Jabba the Hutt hired Aurra Sing to shoot down his racer and capture him. Tan Divo suspects that Farwan & Glott (the manufacturer of Kee's podracer) placed the bounty in retaliation for Kee refusing to share the details on his modifications.
- Non-Standard Character Design: In a vehicle-based version of this trope, Neva Kee's podracer is the only one to have its cockpit in front of the engines, not use a power coupling and have the engines directly attached to the cockpit.
- Three Stooges Shout-Out: Ody Mandrell's pit crew, who gets into a slapstick scuffle.
Ann and Tann Gella
Twin Twi'lek sisters owned as slaves by Sebulba.
- Alien Hair: Their lekku.
- All There in the Manual: Expanded material reveals Sebulba purchased them from (surprise, surprise) Jabba the Hutt.
- Beautiful Slave Girl: Both of them.
- Cleavage Window: Their jumpsuits, combined with Absolute Cleavage.
- Coordinated Clothes: They both wear the same outfit and headgear (though possibly not by choice, given they're slaves).
- Fanservice Extra: They can be briefly seen giving Sebulba a massage and filing his toenails before the Boonta Eve Classic podrace. The fact Sebulba can afford two slaves to act as personal masseuses is a further indication he wins a lot.
- Go-Go Enslavement: They wear matching, tight-fitting jumpsuits apparently made from netting.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Blue-skinned space babes.
- Slave Collar: They both wear metal collars.
- Theme Twin Naming: Ann and Tann. Also counts as Aerith and Bob, given Ann is a pretty common-sounding name, Tann less so.
Species: Swokes Swokes
Homeworld: Makem Te
A Swokes Swokes gorgmonger who chastised Jar Jar Binks when she saw him attempting to snatch away of of her gorgs without paying.
- Call-Forward: Her phrase, "Die wanna wanga", would be uttered many years later by Bib Fortuna when R2-D2 and C-3PO infiltrated Jabba's palace as part of the plan to rescue Han Solo.
- Gonk: Her species certainly aren't known for their beauty.
- Horned Humanoid: Has a crown of short, pointy and spiky horns adorning her head.
- Humanoid Alien: She's a Swokes Swokes, a race of violent worm-like humanoids with regenerative habilities.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Despite her monstrous appeareance and gruff, masculine voice, she is actually female.
- Scary Teeth: Her teeth are sharp and uneven.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, Gragra deeply regretted her harsh behavior and lived with a negligent husband named Grognak. She eventually managed to sell enough gorgs to buy a ship for herserlf and left her life on Tatooine behind, becoming a symbol to Gorgmongers everywhere. After she left, the gorg population on Mos Espa's sewers skyrocketed and they became a common food source for homeless people.
The bartender of Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley.
- The Bartender: His job in the cantina. He's a real jerk about it, too - for instance, he serves Luke a glass of filthy water for getting on his nerves.
- Bad Boss: He makes a point of telling the Modal Nodes not to stop playing for anything - even if someone was just murdered in front of them, or thrown onto the stage.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may be a jerk and hate droids, but Wuher despises slavery and hates that it is so ingrained on Tatooine. Even though buying a couple slaves would help with staffing issues at the cantina, he refuses to consider it. He also makes a point of not telling the stormtroopers about Obi-Wan and his companions, the former of whom he recognizes as a Jedi.
- Fantastic Racism: Despises droids because his parents were killed by battle droids right in front of him during the Clone Wars. Wuher had a droid detector installed in Chalmun's to stop them from entering, although it keeps breaking.
- In the mini-comic "The Sand Will Provide", he cruelly kicks out a thirsty Tusken Raider boy for attempting to steal a drink.
Garindan ezz Zavor
He serves as an informant to those who hire his services in Mos Eisley. Garindan was hired by the Empire to assist them in their search for two Rebel droids attempting to get offworld.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Legends, Garindan was made out to be a truly unscrupulous individual with no apparent other motivation besides Greed who would work for anyone who paid him, including the Hutts. In the Canon, while he's still willing to perform criminal activity and take spy jobs against the Rebellion, he's a victim of attempted brainwashing to be a spy for the Empire (which he only pretends to have worked), and only sold out the Rebel droids to the stormtroopers to earn enough credits to get off Tatooine and free his homeworld from the Empire later.
- Alien Lunch: Kubaz like Garindan eat insects.
- All There in the Manual: His name is given in Star Wars in 100 Scenes.
- Anti-Villain: Of the not really evil type. Under the ruse of being a brainwashed spy, he's only working with the Empire to make enough money to return to Kubindi and then liberate it from the Empire.
- Blinded by the Light: Garindan wears goggles because Kubaz are sensitive to light. Because Garindan's trapped on a planet with two suns, he only gets a few opportunities to take his goggles off.
- Broken Pedestal: He once had an optimistic opinion of the Empire and wished to train as a diplomat. However, his opinion of them soured when he learned that they were brainwashing his people into being spies for them.
- Fantastic Racism: He finds himself on the receiving end of this by a lot of humans in Mos Eisley due to his bizarre appearance, to the point that the name "Long Snoot" is essentially a Fantastic Slur. Garindan also has a bit of this attitude towards humans in turn.
- Furry Reminder: His species being anthropomorphic anteaters, Garindan sometimes eats Tatooine's sand flies out of the air on instinct.
- Humans Are Morons: He holds most of the humans he's seen in low regard because he believes their status as the galaxy's dominant species has made them rather arrogant (and not just because the Empire, which is predominantly run by humans, ruined his life). He finds Wuher to be one of the least offensive humans he knows, and he finds the moisture farmers outside Mos Eisley to be nobler.
- Humanoid Alien: Has the standard human body shape but has the face of an anteater.
- Insectoid Alien: Even though his species look like humanoid anteaters, it is said that Kubaz have insectoid ancestry.
- In the Hood: Wears a dark cloak with a black hood up all the time.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He wants to free Kubindi from the Empire, but he's developed a cynical outlook after the Empire tried to feed the Kubaz propaganda, all the while exploiting them. As such, he perceives most humans as naive and self-centered fools who are willing to lie to themselves.
- The Lost Lenore: He is informed by his daughter via comlink that his wife died while he was away from Kubindi.
- Made a Slave: His enlistment by the Empire as a spy is actually a result of being enslaved and then (seemingly) brainwashed by them.
- Named by the Adaptation: Subverted. While he had a name, he didn't have a family name in Legends.
- The Nose Knows: Kubaz have very a acute sense of smell, even smelling minor environmental details. For Garindan, this just makes Tatooine even more unbearable.
- Non-Action Guy: He carries a blaster in case he needs it, but he prefers to fight with information.
- Not Good with People: He gets along well with his own species, but not other sentient races. However, he gets along just fine with Tatooine's animals due to their more basic desires and being consistently honest with themselves.
- Pretend to Be Brainwashed: After the Empire enslaved him, and like a lot of Kubaz, they tried to brainwash him into working as a spy on Tatooine. It didn't work on him, and he only pretends that it worked so that he can make money to liberate his planet later.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's fighting against the Empire in the long-term, but he's willing to work against the Rebellion (as well as carry out other criminal activities) if it makes him enough money to hurt the Empire later.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His report to the Empire about Luke and Obi-Wan hiring Han and Chewie to transport them and the Rebel droids not only almost led to their capture before they departed Tatooine, but also served as a starting point for the Empire's investigation into the identity of the pilot who blew up the first Death Star.
- Starfish Language: He only speaks in Kubazian (which consists mostly of nasally whirring sounds) on screen, which is not subtitled for the audience, but the stormtroopers he informs can understand (which is justified by the Empire attempting to turn the Kubaz into brainwashed spies). He is capable of speaking Basic, but rarely does so.
- Vague Age: His exact age is unclear, but he is old enough to have grandchildren by Kubaz standards.
- You Can't Go Home Again: His main goal is get back to Kubindi so he can free it from the Empire and reunite with his hive. However, he's been stranded on Tatooine for years, and he's struggling to make enough credits (some of which he uses to make calls home) to get off despite being seemingly wealthy. His attempt to sell out C-3PO and R2-D2 to the Imperials was supposed to be his last job to get him off Tatooine. When the Imperials didn't get the droids and he wasn't paid because the bounty was forfeited, he was delayed for a little longer.
A musician and leader of the Modal Nodes, who perform in Chalmun's Cantina.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The reason that the Modal Nodes stick with him, despite his antics constantly putting them in danger — he's one of the best musicians in the business, and they're not about to throw away the chance to work with him.
- The Gambling Addict: After they escape Jabba's service, the band makes a point of keeping someone near him at all times so that he doesn't gamble their few remaining credits away.
- Metaphorically True: To convince the band to come with him to Tatooine, he promised that they'd be working for the "local lord" and playing in his palace. He didn't mention that their employer was Jabba the Hutt, a crime lord.
- No Name Given: Both he and his band are unnamed in the film. Their previously established Legends names were reestablished in the official article Music in the Star Wars Galaxy: The Modal Nodes vs the Max Rebo Band.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: The reason he and the Modal Nodes are on Tatooine in the first place — they were more or less made slaves to Jabba the Hutt to pay back his debts.
The night-time bartender at Chalmun's Cantina.
- The Bartender: Serves as a much more amicable version of this than Wuher.
- Canon Immigrant: Perhaps one of the biggest examples in the franchise. She is one of the only characters from the Holiday Special to make the jump to canon status in either the current EU or Legends.
- Schrödinger's Canon: In Legends, she was an amateur singer who eventually left Mos Eisley and went pro. She also joined an Underground Railroad-style organization after the defeat of the Empire.
A lawman who finds an acid-scarred set of Mandalorian armor in a Jawa sandcrawler.
- Clean Up the Town: His goal in becoming a lawman and forming Freetown.
- Evil Power Vacuum: Hopes to take advantage of the power vacuum left by Jabba's death to improve Tatooine for the better.
- Humble Hero: A pirate accuses him of being motivated by greed and vanity. He answers that he's just a man trying to do some good for Tatooine.
- Perma-Stubble: The only description of his appearance we get is his salt-and-pepper stubble.
- Scarred Equipment: The Mandalorian armor he finds is described as looking like it's been "through hell and back" but still perfectly functional.
- Slave Liberation: He is an escaped slave.
- The Sheriff: His job, and the reason he wants the armor.
- You Cannot Kill An Idea: He tells a bandit leader that even if they destroy Freetown, the idea of it will never die.
A woman who works with Cobb Vanth in "Freetown".
Borgo the Hutt
A young Hutt living in Freetown. Vanth enlists Malakili as his tutor.
Short rodent-like natives of Tatooine. They are passionate scavengers, seeking out or even stealing technology for trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports.
- Base on Wheels: Their sandcrawlers.
- Bedouin Rescue Service: If by "rescue" you mean "kidnap Artoo and Threepio and effectively put them through the droid equivalent of human trafficking", then they did this. Nonetheless, both droids would have been kriffed had it not been for them, so it's a mixed blessing.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: Due to their tendency to hide under hoods, the only recognizable feature of a Jawa's face are their bright yellow eyes.
- Catchphrase: "UTINNI!" This translates to "come here" or something to that effect — commonly used whenever they have found something of use.
- Disaster Scavengers: If there's been an explosion or some kind of a battle, these guys will be sure to make a profit off of it.
- The Faceless: Due to their hoods. One of the only things known about their biology is that they have fur.
- Gang of Critters: Jawas are almost always seen in groups, or at least with other aliens.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Inverted, their sandcrawlers were left behind by human miners after they realized that Tatooine was a Metal Poor Planet.
- In the Hood: They wear hoods that completely conceal their faces, making it unknown what they look like underneath.
- Knowledge Broker: A minor example. In Attack of the Clones, while searching for his mother, Anakin comes across a Jawa pitstop and trades some tools for them to point him in the right direction.
- Starfish Language/The Unintelligibles: Like the Wookiees, they cannot physically speak Galactic Basic, but can understand it.
Also known as Sand People. Nomadic, primitive humanoid sentients indigenous to Tatooine, where they were often hostile to local settlers.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Tusken Raiders are, to the man, unrepentant murderers and monsters. Although it is played with: Anakin's slaughter of the Tusken tribe in Attack of the Clones (including the women and children) is still portrayed negatively.
- Ambiguous Gender: Tusken children wear gender-obscuring, unisex robes and are mostly forbidden from removing them. It isn't until adulthood that their genders are made visibly clearer.
- Bandaged Face: The males' faces are wrapped in bandages.
- Bond Creatures: An individual Tusken Raider is given a Bantha early in life and they stay with each other until one of them dies. If a Tusken were to mate, their Bantha would do the same with their mate's Bantha. If the rider were to die before the Bantha, the Bantha would usually die alongside them. If the Bantha died before the rider, the Bantha would be given a burial in a designated Bantha graveyard.
- Dirty Cowards: The moment they think they might be in danger, they run away. As Obi-Wan explains, they return in greater numbers.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: One wonders if the Gaderffii stick was a jab at the Libyan Dictator, combined with the Tuskens' overall image of aggressive desert people.
- The Dreaded: In A New Hope, Luke wouldn't look for R2 because there'd be too many Sand People to face.
- The Faceless: Due to their masks. As part of their culture, they are forbidden from removing their masks except on special occasions such as childbirth.
- Fantastic Racism: In the Tusken POV stories from From a Certain Point of View, they are shown to have a very low opinion of Jawas and the moisture farmers, especially the latter because Tuskens view water as a sacred birthright given by their gods and they perceive farmers as stealing their resources.
- Hidden Depths: The POV stories "Reirin" and "Rites" show that there's more to the Tusken Raiders than killing anyone that isn't them and have a very religious culture. At least one Tusken (namely Reirin) wants to get off Tatooine.
- Horse of a Different Color: They use Banthas as mounts.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: According to Obi-Wan, their marksmanship is actually worse compare to Stormtroopers. In a deleted scene from the The Phantom Menace, despite managing to take down a pod racer previously, the Tusken Raiders miss every shot they fire upon the Jawas scavenging the wreckage. Their aim is so poor that the Jawas didn't even flinch or flee at all.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: While Obi-Wan claims their accuracy pales in comparison to Imperial Stormtroopers, they are good enough shots with a long gun to bring down a podracer going several hundred miles an hour... though it may have been sheer luck, as they missed every shot on the Jawas that were immediately upon the wreck so badly that the Jawas act as if nothing's happening.
- Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: They prefer the Cycler rifle, which fires solid projectiles, over blasters.
- Malevolent Masked Men: They are violent masked raiders who terrorize the people of Tatooine.
- Nothing Is Scarier:
- While there may be a single Bantha track, Tusken Raiders ride single file to hide their numbers.
- Their faces were never shown in the Legends continuity to invoke this trope, and it's unlikely that the tradition will be broken anytime soon.Note
- Proud Warrior Race: From their perspective. As a Rite of Passage, they were to kill a Krayt Dragon and take a pearl from its stomach as proof. Each warrior even makes their own Gaderffii stick. Even though the women aren't as encouraged to do most of the warrior-related activity, they are just as capable fighters as the men.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Their culture in a nutshell, although the "rape" part is disputable.
- The Rival: Shown in a deleted scene in Episode I, they and the Jawas compete in scavenging.
- Stay in the Kitchen: The men do most of the warrior-related activity, and the women are normally told to stay in the village and raise the children, even if they were the most competent fighters in the clan. Some like Reirin choose to act independently.
- The Unintelligibles/Starfish Language: Their language is made of growls and grunts. It sounds like donkey brayings.
- Weapon of Choice: The Gaderffii stick, which each warrior fashions his/herself.
A faulty astromech droid who was captured by the same Jawas as R2-D2 and C-3PO.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Possibly. R5 was desperate to be bought, but sacrificed his chance to allow R2-D2 to complete his mission by "blowing his motivator". However, by playing dead, he survives the stormtrooper attack on the sandcrawler, and with his Jawa owners dead, he went for the nearest settlement to look for a new master (and he'd be free to claim, too).
- Faking the Dead: After blowing his own motivator, R5 plays dead for a while. This allows him to survive the later Jawa massacre, as the stormtroopers overlook him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Blows his own motivator after R2 begs him to do something that would allow him to be purchased instead, as R5 believed R2 was telling him the truth about being on an important mission to save the galaxy on behalf of the Rebellion. While he did survive, he also knew he'd be torn up for scrap afterwards and it's only due to the attack on the crawler that he escaped this fate.
- Honest John's Dealership: He's a defective droid that the Jawas try to sell to Owen Lars.
- Hope Spot: He was dying when R2 came aboard and was certain R2 would be picked instead of him, but instead Owen chooses him. He's overjoyed at finally having a family, and swears to the best droid he can be for them, but then R2 begs him for help and he realizes that he has to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
- Mysterious Past: Due to a memory wipe he does not remember anything prior to the Jawas acquiring him four years ago. R2 mentioning the Rebellion causes something deep inside his memory banks to stir, and R5 thinks he was once part of it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Initially, Owen Lars purchases him rather than R2-D2. This would have left R2 and the Death Star plans in the possession of the Jawas, who were eventually found and slaughtered by Stormtroopers. His malfunctioning motivator causes Lars to purchase R2-D2 instead.
- Your Head Asplode: His "bad motivator" causes a small explosion inside his head.