Galactic Empire (Star Wars)

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The Galactic Empire is a fictional autocracy featured in the Star Wars franchise. It was first introduced in the 1977 film Star Wars and also appears in its two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) and is the main antagonist faction of the original trilogy. By the time of the sequel trilogy, which starts three decades following the events of the original trilogy, the government has since collapsed and has been succeeded by the First Order. The Galactic Empire sprawled much of the known Star Wars galaxy, consisted of millions of core systems with major population centers, and billions of more fringe colonies, shipyards, fortress worlds and outer territories.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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He also discovers that Vader is still alive after seeing him on the Holonet, the galaxy's official news source. Obi-Wan appears in the final chapter of Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, set just after the events in Revenge of the Sith. He is also the protagonist in John Jackson Miller's novel Star Wars: Kenobi, which takes place during his exile on Tatooine. Obi-Wan appears in spirit form in many novels set after Return of the Jedi.

Jedi

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Star Wars Rebels (Kenobi and Yoda remain in exile. Kanan Jarrus is revealed to be amongst the survived, and he trains Ezra Bridger. Luminara Unduli's dead corpse is shown. Kanan dies and Ezra Bridger's fate is unknown.) - [Television]. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, but Kenobi is killed by Darth Vader. Yoda does not appear in the film.) - [Film]. Star Wars: Episode VThe Empire Strikes Back (Yoda trains Anakin's son Luke, despite his death Obi-Wan Kenobi still exist as Force ghost.) - [Film]. Star Wars: Episode VIReturn of the Jedi (Yoda and Luke Skywalker, until Yoda dies leaving Luke as the last remaining Jedi alive.

Sith

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Star Wars Rebels (Sidious and Vader, both train inquisitors as Shadow Hands. The Inquisitors are killed. Maul lives but no longer considers himself a Sith and in the episode Twin Suns he is killed by Kenobi) - [Animated Series]. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Vader)-[Film]. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Sidious and Vader)-[Film]. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Sidious and Vader)-[Film]. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (Supreme Leader Snoke). Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (Supreme Leader Snoke). The Sith Explained (Howstuffworks.com). Who's Who of the Sith on SithOrder.com.

Chewbacca

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In The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Chewbacca finds a dismantled C-3PO in a junk pile in Cloud City and rescues him from being melted down. He later tries to repair him, but does a terrible job at it. Before Han is frozen in carbonite, he asks Chewbacca to look after Princess Leia for him. When Lando Calrissian is able to save Leia and Chewbacca from being taken to Darth Vader's ship, he uncuffs the Wookie, who upon release starts strangling him for selling them out. When Lando explains that they still have a chance to save Han, Leia has Chewbacca stop choking him. Even though they're unsuccessful at saving the frozen Han, they make it back to the Falcon with R2-D2.

R2-D2

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In the original Star Wars films, there were two R2-D2 models, one that was remote controlled and rolled on three wheeled legs, and another which was worn by English actor Kenny Baker and walked on two legs. Deep Roy (who also doubled Yoda in several scenes), served as Baker's double, in both Episodes V and VI; providing stunts and filling in when Baker was unavailable. The radio controlled R2 was operated by John Stears in A New Hope, Brian Johnson in The Empire Strikes Back and by Kit West in Return of the Jedi. Kenny Baker, who portrayed R2-D2 in costume, was not involved in the Star Wars Holiday Special.

The Force

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Characters throughout the franchise use their Force powers in myriad ways, including Obi-Wan using a "mind trick" to undermine a stormtrooper's will, Darth Vader choking subordinates without touching them, Luke Skywalker having a vision of the future, and Kylo Ren stopping blaster fire mid-air. The Force allows "ghosts" of some deceased characters to interact with the living, and Obi-Wan's ghost provides Luke Skywalker with guidance at "critical moments" in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

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Lucas has directed", and equal to The Empire Strikes Back as "the richest and most challenging movie in the cycle". In a 2007 summary of the 100 Best Science-Fiction Films on Rotten Tomatoes, Revenge of the Sith was placed 51 out of 100, making it the only Star Wars prequel film to earn a rank on that list. Jonathan Rosenbaum, a critic who disliked A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, gave the film a positive review, saying that it had a "relatively thoughtful story".

Death Star

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Portraying an incomplete yet powerful space station posed a problem for Industrial Light & Magic's modelmakers for Return of the Jedi. Only the front side of the 137-centimeter model was completed, and the image was flipped horizontally for the final film. Both Death Stars were depicted by a combination of complete and sectional models and matte paintings. The Death Star explosions featured in the Special Edition of A New Hope and in Return of the Jedi are rendered with a Praxis effect, wherein a flat ring of matter erupts from the explosion.

Lando Calrissian

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Lando Calrissian is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. In The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Lando is introduced as an old friend of Han Solo. Prior to the events of the film, Lando made a professional career as a gambler, con artist, playboy, mining engineer, businessman, and was the original owner of the Millennium Falcon, until losing the ship to Han in a bet. He has become the Baron Administrator of Cloud City on the gas planet Bespin, and in the film, betrays Han to Darth Vader. In Return of the Jedi (1983), he becomes a general in the Rebel Alliance and leads the attack on the second Death Star.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

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As with Attack of the Clones, The Empire Strikes Back was the middle film in a trilogy, and of the original trilogy films, The Empire Strikes Back is the object of the most references in Attack of the Clones. In both films, an asteroid field is the backdrop of a major star battle in the middle of the film. Obi-Wan escapes Jango Fett by attaching his spacecraft to an asteroid in order to disappear from the enemy sensors; Han Solo uses a similar tactic by attaching the Millennium Falcon to a Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars Trilogy

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Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977. Its success led Lucas to make it the basis of an elaborate film serial. With the backstory he created for the sequel, Lucas decided that the series would be a trilogy of trilogies, with the original film retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope for its 1981 rerelease. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi on May 25, 1983. The sequels were self-financed by Lucasfilm, and generally advertised without the episodic number distinction present in their opening crawls.

Princess Leia

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She is the lead character in the young adult novel Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (2015) by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry, which is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and Claudia Gray's novels Star Wars: Bloodline (2016) and Leia: Princess of Alderaan (2017). The former is set six years before The Force Awakens, while the latter features a 16-year-old Leia before the events of A New Hope. Leia is the lead character in the five-part comic limited series Star Wars: Princess Leia (2015), set between Episode IV: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Boba Fett

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Boba Fett is a fictional character and bounty hunter in the Star Wars franchise. In Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), he is hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo. He also appears at Jabba the Hutt's palace in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). In 1997, he was retroactively added to Episode IV: A New Hope. The prequel film Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) establishes his origin as a clone of bounty hunter Jango Fett who was raised as his son. Boba also appears in episodes of The Clone Wars (2008), bridging his storyline between the two trilogies.

Millennium Falcon

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The 32" model was the version of the Millennium Falcon most depicted in toys, model kits, and promotional materials for the Star Wars universe prior to the release of The Force Awakens. The model was reused for Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As in Star Wars, the location set was changed around the ship set. The only major design change was to add landing gear where the disguised fuel line had been in Star Wars. As this set included the port side, that gave the set seven landing gears. The internal set was slightly refitted from A New Hope and featured a sliding cockpit door, a larger cargo hold, an additional corridor to port, and an equipment room.

Jabba the Hutt

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Jabba Desilijic Tiure, commonly known as Jabba the Hutt, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. He is a large, slug-like alien known as a Hutt who, like many others of his species, operates as a powerful crime lord within the galaxy. In the original theatrical releases of the original Star Wars trilogy, Jabba the Hutt first appeared in Return of the Jedi (1983), though he is mentioned in Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and a previously deleted scene involving Jabba the Hutt was added to the 1997 theatrical re-release and subsequent home media releases of A New Hope.

Tatooine

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (mentioned only). Return of the Jedi (1983). Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (mentioned only). Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) (mentioned only). Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Star Wars Rebels (2014–2018). Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (2014). PAW Patrol: Star Wars (2019).

David Prowse

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In the film, Prowse commented that he had a dispute with George Lucas after he allegedly leaked reports of Darth Vader's death to the press. Prowse had previously suggested that Darth Vader could be Luke Skywalker’s father in a speech he gave to UC Berkeley in 1978. However, this was shortly after the release of Star Wars and nearly two years before The Empire Strikes Back (which he considers to be his favourite of the trilogy) was released, and the script had not even been written at the time. Gary Kurtz, the producer of The Empire Strikes Back, said in the 2015 documentary I Am Your Father that Prowse's apparent plot spoiler was simply "a good guess."