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The Star Wars franchise has a known fondness for Planets of Hats, especially in Legends.

  • Not quite as obvious, but quite present: all Twi'lek women are exotic dancers, all Hutts are corpulent gangsters, all Bothans are spies, all Ithorians are pacifists, etc. (see also Single-Biome Planet). Of course, almost any species, Hatted or not, may show up as a Jedi (even a Hutt or two), and there are numerous other exceptions. In recent years, some writers grew tired of these stigmas and began lampshading and subverting them — for example, showing a couple of Ithorian criminals in one of the Knights of the Old Republic comics and claiming that Ithorians "stay all peaceful and polite" by "throwing guys like these out."
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  • In many cases, the hats in Star Wars are placed by the fans or Expanded Universe writers: as the movies were one of the only "canonical" sources of information, and cultural details could be rather scarce, authors had a tendency of taking a single example or detail from the movies and expanding it to be true for an entire species or planet. Luke got his dogfighting skills racing through desert canyons? All Tatooinians are great pilots. Leia says Alderaan has "no weapons?" The entire planet is pacifist. Many Bothans died to get the Death Star plans? All Bothans are spies. (It isn't even specified that 'Bothans' are a species.) Han quips to "never tell him the odds?" All Corellians hate statistical analysis. And so on.
  • Knights of the Old Republic lampshades the sharing of hats (Mercenary/Bounty Hunters) between three races at one point, with one of each race pointing out the differences between them.
    • Also in KOTOR, one Twi'lek on Taris is an entrepreneur in the upper city who comments that her business doesn't do as well as it should because people there expect her to wear the dancer hat. Of course, Tarisian society is also portrayed as deeply racist.
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    • KOTOR does, however, play the Wookiee life-debt hat absolutely dead straight with Zaalbar, and Hanharr has one but is filtering it through his Axe-Crazy Chaotic Evil psychosis into an obsessive desire to kill the object of said life debt.
  • Star Wars Legends has even given us a Hutt Chancellor of the Republic (Blotus), who is noted to have been a fair, honest, popular leader. Another Hutt appears as a highly respected doctor and biologist. Both still had Jabba's body shape.
  • In Planet of Twilight, there's even a Hutt Jedi called Beldorian the Splendid (darksider, but still greatly atypical for a Hutt).
  • One of the novels, Starfighters of Adumar, takes place on a (human-occupied) planet whose Hat seems to be reverence for starfighter pilots combined with blood sport and melodrama. In time we get to see that these traits are more a specific country's Hat, and intelligent people from said country can be made to doubt their convictions with relative ease.
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  • Interestingly, some of the human planets get Hats too. Especially Corellians (the planet of Never Tell Me the Odds!), Alderaanians (philosophical pacifists), and Mandalorians (planet of Boba Fett). Corellia actually has multiple hats. For one, they are the planet of the Ace Pilot and the Badass Space Navy — Han Solo, Soontir Fel, and Wedge Antilles are all renowned for this. More negatively, however, they are the Commander Contrarian. It doesn't matter what they're rebelling against, they simply rebel and bristle under galactic authority. They've told the Jedi to stuff it (they have Green Jedi, tied to the Corellian system and fully expected to have families and attachments). And in Star Wars: The Old Republic, the planetary government told the Republic to stuff it, but the people of Corellia turned around and told their government and the Empire to stuff themselves — the Empire gets chased off the planet, suffering the loss of a full tenth of their army.
  • The Twi'lek example above was eventually explained. In Legends, the Twi'lek homeworld of Ry'loth is a Death World that is tidally locked to the local star. Half the planet burns, the other half freezes. Civilization can only exist in the narrow twilight band between the two extremes, and those are constantly wracked by heat storms and inter-clan warfare. Life is so awful that many Twi'lek will sell themselves into slavery just to get passage off the planet, and a chance of maybe having a better life. That, or sign on as smugglers, merchants, criminals, or any other profession that gets them off-world. But again, we see plenty of Twi'leks that subvert this trope, like one who is a mother in The Clone Wars or Bib Fortuna, second in command of Jabba's empire (Twi'leks disown criminals like him).
  • Mandalorians (Boba Fett's people) ended up with two interesting Hats. They are very much the Proud Warrior Race who seek out the biggest, nastiest, worthiest challenge they can get to test themselves against it. Oddly enough, the fact they fight against the Republic and Jedi is a compliment - Mandos are out to fight the best, and the Republic/Jedi are the best. The other hat? A fanatical emphasis on marriage, family, and raising the next generation of warriors. Even the name they call themselves (Mando'ade) translates to "children of Mandalore" (the title/regnal name of their leader).
    • Another interesting thing about them is that they are not a single species or even a "race," they are a culture. Adoption is common, with the result that, physically speaking, they are a surprisingly varied bunch. Culturally though, yeah, they're a planet of hats.
    • Mandalorians also are the one culture to end up with a literal hat. And a suit of armor to go with it.
  • Tatooinians are all excellent pilots, starting with Luke Skywalker and going from there. Rogue Squadron actually has a sixteen-year-old Tatooinian as Rogue Five. Lampshaded by the fact that when he wants to ask Corran a question about inter-species relationships, Corran thinks he doesn't know what sex is. Justified by the fact that Tatooine is a world with a lot of trackless desert and few settlements extremely far apart, so folks grow up using hovercraft and aircraft to get from place to place (though how that translates to flying spacecraft, well...).
  • Every member of Yoda's species is a wise Jedi master; all four of them seen (so far, it's also been left unnamed for some mysterious reason).
  • A worldbuilding article about the Yavin system has a framing device; it's about the memoirs of a famous Rodian explorer and it comes with this rather wry intro, lampshading the rather strict gender-based divisions of labor said to apply to many species in the EU.
    In the days before the New Republic, common galactic wisdom held that all Rodian males feel the call of the hunt, while all Rodian females feel the call of performing for money, child-rearing, and food preparation.
    Common galactic wisdom about Rodians has largely been written by Rodian males. It is largely incorrect.
  • The authors of the X-Wing Series seem to have taken it as their assignment to buck those trends at every opportunity. Bothans are stereotyped as conniving spies and politicians, but Asyr Sei'lar is an accomplished fighter pilot with a warrior's sense of honor. Mon Calamari and Quarren are supposed to be at each other's throats, but Nrin and Ibtisam are close friends and eventually fall in love (they mention their relationship inverting the species' animosity in the story itself). Twi'leks supply several top-notch fighter pilots to contradict their species' image as merchants and cowards, which Twi'lek warriors deeply dislike. Corellians are supposed to be flashy rogues and daredevils; meet Corran Horn, straight-laced ex-cop who spent his career in the force chasing smugglers like Han. Alderaanians are supposed to be pacifists: Tycho Celchu, Rogue Squadron's second in command and eventually leader, is from there. The gold medal goes to Voort saBinring, genetically enhanced Gamorrean; while the rest of his species typically only shows up as dimwitted thugs, Voort is an elite fighter pilot and commando who, when he retires, goes on to teach mathematics at a university. Also occasionally lampshaded by the pilots themselves: in Wraith Squadron, three of the pilots slip onto an Imperial-controlled world by pretending to be from Agamar, a world whose residents are stereotyped as dumb hicks. Further played with in that the three pilots learned how to imitate the stereotype by asking their highly-trained, intelligent, and erudite ship's captain, who was native to Agamar.
  • All Muuns are members of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, a shady bank which financed both sides of the Clone Wars along with numerous crime syndicates. The Sith Lord Darth Plagueis is easily the most famous Muun and he was also a high-ranking Banking Clan member.
  • During the Star Wars crossover episode of The Muppet Show, Luke concludes they must have landed on a comedy variety show planet.


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