Despite being explicitly set in a galaxy far, far away, various sources have established what appear to be connections between the Star Wars universe and the real world (i.e. Earth). This page attempts to make a list of references to Earth in Star Wars.
- 1.1 Alien Exodus
- 1.2 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- 1.3 R2-D2's tales from the Data Banks
- 1.4 Christmas in the Stars
- 1.5 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series
- 1.6 Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
- 1.7 Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas
- 1.8 "Into the Great Unknown"
- 1.9 E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial
- 1.10 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
- 1.11 Soulcalibur IV
- 1.12 StarWars.com
- 2 Animal species
- 3 Plants
- 4 Diseases and medical conditions
- 5 Food, drink, etc.
- 6 Character names
- 7 Places
- 8 Real astronomical objects
- 9 People
- 10 Other fiction
- 11 Language and culture
- 12 Technology
- 13 Units of measurement
- 14 Sources
- 15 Notes and references
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Alien Exodus[edit | edit source]
In the outline and sample chapters for Robert J. Sawyer's cancelled novel and therefore non-canon Alien Exodus, Earth is revealed in a flashback story to be the original home of the Human species. A group of refugees and dissidents from Earth commandeer a spacecraft and flee a computer-controlled society (a society which, apparently, will later become the setting of George Lucas's first film, THX 1138). They accidentally travel backwards through time and through intergalactic space to arrive in the Star Wars galaxy.
In addition to exploring the prehistory of the Star Wars galaxy, and featuring the ancestors of the Skywalker and Solo families, Alien Exodus would have linked THX-1138, American Graffiti, and possibly Willow with the Star Wars universe.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue[edit | edit source]
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, a simulation ride found at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland, refers to a planet Earth and an Earth system. The Earth system is described in the opening crawl to the attraction as the location of Spaceport THX1138, the first intergalactic space terminal for the Star Tours tour company and the starting location for the ride. The planet Earth is also given on the official website for the attraction as one of Star Tours' featured destinations.
R2-D2's tales from the Data Banks[edit | edit source]
R2-D2's tales from the Data Banks, a feature included in two issues of Star Wars comics published by Marvel UK, reprinted two stories originally published in 1963 as back-up features in the Marvel Comics series Tales to Astonish. The first story, "Bronson's Brain", was reprinted in Return of the Jedi Weekly 83. It concerned Bruno (or Boris) Bronson, the "smartest man on Earth", and his search for an extraterrestrial civilization on his intellectual level. The second, "I Am Not Human", was included in Star Wars Summer Special 1985. It told the story of a robot attempting to live life as a human. While "I Am Not Human" never specifically states that it is set on Earth, no details other than the advanced robot featured can differentiate its setting from 1960s Earth.
Christmas in the Stars[edit | edit source]
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series[edit | edit source]
First appearing in the 1998 game and throughout the series, with the addition of Star Wars: Battle for Naboo, a 1969 Buick Electra can be obtained if the player introduces a cheat code. The car handles like a common starfighter (or a landspeeder in Battle for Naboo). General Carlist Rieekan describes the vehicle as being "a relic from a galaxy far, far away."
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast[edit | edit source]
In the 2002 computer game Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, the Doomgiver appears to pass Earth in hyperspace. At the start of the level Doomgiver, if you activate the "noclip" cheat code which allows you to fly through walls, you can go through the "hyperspace cone" and see Earth. The planet also appears on several multiplayer maps, namely "Death Star" and "Star Destroyer" as part of the skybox.
Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas[edit | edit source]
Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas, a book combining photos and concept art from the Original trilogy and other Lucasfilm productions with a variety of short fiction pieces, contains two significant references to Earth. In the first, a supermarket tabloid parody attributed to Trebor Uarrac of The Galactic Gossip, two Duros newlyweds named Etro and Droza Edthatt are "abducted by human beings" from the planet "Urthha". After over four solar periods of bizarre experiences, they somehow use a "matter catalyst", which the humans call a "blender", to get back home. A picture of the Edthatts, originally a production photo from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, is included with the story. The Duros in the picture are, however, canonically identified as Baniss Keeg and Ellorrs Madak.
The next reference occurs in "Sightings by Twang", a gossip column attributed to Dyslogia Twang. This column describes the celebrities seen at a Vector Day party thrown by Mrp-Mrp Poo. Most of these are clearly aliens, except for Madonna.
Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas is not considered part of the Star Wars canon, making these two stories non-canonical. It was, however, used as a source for Alien Exodus.
"Into the Great Unknown"[edit | edit source]
In "Into the Great Unknown", a short comic story in Star Wars Tales 19, Han Solo and Chewbacca are caught in a hyperspace misjump, and are forced to land the damaged Millennium Falcon on a primitive planet. They land in a forest reminiscent of Endor, where Han is killed by the native Human inhabitants. Chewbacca survives to roam the woods.
126 years later, an archaeologist and his sidekick investigate rumors of a large beast in the forest, known to the locals as "Sasquatch". When he comes across the Falcon and Han Solo's remains, he finds them eerily familiar, as if he were there or a reincarnation of Solo. He decides to leave the remains, the spaceship, and the Sasquatch as part of the "great unknown."
Though the planet Earth is not specifically named, the story obviously takes place somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, and the two archaeologists are clearly Indiana Jones and his sidekick Short Round. This explains why Dr. Jones finds Solo's remains familiar, since both characters were played by Harrison Ford on film.
E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial[edit | edit source]
The Steven Spielberg film E.T.: the Extra -Terrestrial, though not released under the Star Wars banner, is a strong link between Star Wars and Earth. In the film, a small alien (dubbed "E.T.") visits Earth, and is accidentally stranded there during a mission to collect botanical samples from various planets across the galaxies. His friend, a Human boy named Elliot, shows E.T. some action figures which he names on screen as Boba Fett, "Hammerhead", Greedo, and Lando Calrissian, among others. Elliot owns a toy model of a TIE/LN starfighter. Later, E.T. mixes in with a crowd of Halloween trick-or-treaters on a suburban street, and encounters a Human child in a Yoda costume; E.T. excitedly greets the child, saying "Home, home.", accompanied by Yoda's Theme.
The novel E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet, a sequel to E.T., establishes that E.T.'s species possesses highly advanced technology, capable of traveling not only between planets, but galaxies as well. In The Book of the Green Planet, E.T. mentions a "Former World" that his people left eons ago.
In Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, three individuals modeled after members of E.T.'s species are shown occupying one of the senatorial pods during the Senate room scene. Later Expanded Universe materials mention the planet Brodo Asogi, represented by a senator named Grebleips ("Spielberg" in reverse) who funds an extra-galactic survey. Brodo Asogi is one of the names given for E.T.'s homeworld in E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor[edit | edit source]
Soulcalibur IV[edit | edit source]
Soulcalibur IV, the fourth installment in the popular Namco fighting game series set primarily on sixteenth-century Earth, features guest appearances by Darth Vader, Yoda, and Galen Marek (a.k.a. Starkiller). The premise of the storylines is that the war between two swords, Soul Edge and Soul Calibur, on a planet wracked by constant wars, is causing a disturbance in the Force in the Star Wars universe, so all three set out with different goals to subdue the two swords.
StarWars.com[edit | edit source]
In response to the official rejection of a petition for the United States government to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016," StarWars.com's official blog issued a playful in-universe reply as if breaking the news from a Galactic Empire Public Relations department standpoint, shrugging off any criticism towards the Death Star design and denouncing the Earth for grossly overestimating the cost of construction of this space station, while noting their limited manufacturing capabilities in comparison with the Empire.
Animal species[edit | edit source]
Many animal species found on Earth appear or are referred to in the films and the Expanded Universe. For more information on this topic, see:
Appear on their own[edit | edit source]
These species appear on screen "as themselves," or are mentioned in text without qualifiers (e.g. as "Turtles" rather than "Space Turtles").
Have namesakes appear[edit | edit source]
These animal species have something named after them in the Star Wars galaxy (like a starship, or another animal), but may not exist themselves. They may also have been specifically named, but depicted in a way which shows that they are probably not identical to any Earth species.
- Hamadryas baboons
- Hound dogs
Mythical creatures[edit | edit source]
These creatures exist on Earth only in legend, but their names, at least, appear in the Star Wars galaxy.
- Airen Cracken was nicknamed "Kraken" by his Imperial foes,
- The Alliance Starbird was commonly described as a Phoenix.
Plants[edit | edit source]
- Fig trees
- Goldenrod (one of Han Solo's names for C-3PO)
- Most plants seen in Naboo, Tatooine, Kashyyyk, or Endor location shots are arguably "playing themselves" on screen.
- Mint (in hot chocolate in tapcafe on New Cov)
- Oak trees
- Palm trees
- Pine trees
- Redwood trees
Diseases and medical conditions[edit | edit source]
- Trench foot
Food, drink, etc.[edit | edit source]
- Blue milk
- Bread pudding
- Caf (an in-universe version of coffee)
- Hot chocolate
- Ice cream
Character names[edit | edit source]
These characters have first or last names which wouldn't be out of place in an Earth phone book (or in some cases, first and last names).
Geographical locations[edit | edit source]
The following are characters whose names refer to a location on Earth.
- Wedge Antilles—the "Antilles" are islands in the West Indies, also "Antilles" refers to the Caribbean Sea in French and (occasionally) Italian.
- Tyber Zann—the "Tiber" is an Italian river.
- Tigris—the "Tigris" is a Middle-Eastern river.
Places[edit | edit source]
These planets or other locations have names which bear a close resemblance or are identical to places on Earth. Locations that are italicized are starships.
- Aargau (a canton of Switzerland)
- Axum (an ancient city in Ethiopia)
- Bosch (a hamlet in the Netherlands)
- Chiron (mythological reference)
- Earth system
- Everest (actually a company in-universe with the mountain's name)
- Helena Shan (the name Helena means "woman from Greece")
- Jerba (Djerba, a Tunisian island)
- Kasmiri (the Kashmir region of India)
- Lokori (a settlement in Kenya)
- Lucasville (name of communities in both Ohio and Nova Scotia)
- Lusankya (a notorious KGB prison)
- Mercury (Starship that is both mythological and astronomical reference)
- Mersel Kebir
- Montross (a town in Virginia)
- Murkhana (Murkanad, also known as Moorkkanad, is a village in India)
- Nefta (a village in Tunisia)
- Newland system (Newland is an electoral district of South Australia)
- North Hollywood
- Nyssa (a historical Roman city)
- Paloma (a neighborhood in California)
- Parwa (a village in India)
- Raddan (a village in Iran)
- Senta (a small town in Serbia)
- Tatooine (Tataouine)
- Terra Sool (Terra, the Latin name for Earth)
- Theron (the Theron Mountains in Antarctica)
- Tozeer (Tozeur, a village in Tunisia)
- Thule (Thule Airbase in Greenland, also a mythological reference)
- Utapau (Utapao, or U-tapao, is the name of an airfield in Thailand)
- Vashka (a river in Russia)
- Wayland (A city near Grand Rapids, MI, USA, also a small town near Boston, MA, USA)
- Zug (a city in Switzerland)
Real astronomical objects[edit | edit source]
Despite being real astronomical objects in Earth's neighborhood, these names appear in Star Wars sources.
- Oort Cloud
Contrary to some fanonical ideas, Coruscant cannot be a future Earth. While Earth is far from our galaxy's core (in the "Mid to Outer Rim" of the Milky Way), is the third planet from the Sun, and has only one moon, Coruscant is close to the galactic core, is the sixth planet in the Coruscant system, and has multiple moons. Also, Star Wars is set "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."
People[edit | edit source]
Some real-world historical figures, politicians and celebrities are referenced in the Star Wars galaxy.
Celebrities or historical persons[edit | edit source]
- Kevin Bacon: Cebann Veekan
- Santa Claus: Santa Claus
- Galahad: Halagad Ventor
- Pelleas: Gilad Pellaeon
- Metternich: Metternich
- Enver Hoxha: Enver Hoxha
- Pol Pot: Zokor Polpot
- Sergei Korolev: Korolev
- Ferdinand Magellan: Magellan
- Priamus: Priam
- Josip Broz Tito: Tito
- Kirk Watson: Acros-Krik
- Kristian Harloff: Harloff Minor
- Xerxes I of Persia: Xerxes
- Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich: Nute Gunray
- Knute Rockne is the title character in the film which gave Ronald Reagan the lifelong nickname "The Gipper." Nute Gunray's surname is a transposition of the syllables of "Reagan" and his first name is a re-spelling of "Newt."
- Bob Hope: Epoh Trebor and Epoh Bahb
- Trent Lott and Christopher Dodd: Lott Dod
- Ted Kennedy: Ved Kennede
- Agrippa: Agrippa Aldrete
- The band Jefferson Starship is seen in a hologram playing a song in The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Star Wars personnel[edit | edit source]
- George Lucas: Luke Skywalker and Jorj Car'das
- Ralph McQuarrie: Pharl McQuarrie
- Rob Coleman: Coleman Trebor
- Jett Lucas: Zett Jukassa
- Nick Gillard: Cin Drallig
Other fiction[edit | edit source]
The settings of other works of fiction are referenced in Star Wars sources.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey:
- In the The Force Unleashed novel, Galen Marek rides a creature on Felucia into a native village to find Shaak Ti. As he releases the creature, he says "That'll do" mirroring Arthur Hoggett's line in the film, Babe.
- Back to the Future: Flux capacitor connector (Flux capacitor)
- Barsoom: Barsoom Boulevard
- Bionicle: Makuta (Makuta)
- Blake's 7 (various ships named Liberator, especially the one used by the Mere Resistance).
- Blade Runner: Spinner (Spinner)
- Cheers: "Everybody knows (Bren Derlin)'s name" (John Ratzenberger, who played Derlin in The Empire Strikes Back, was a regular on the show)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: White Witch (White Witch)
- Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future: the Kon'me were named after (The Mekon)
- Doctor Who
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet
- Fire Breathers resemble the Martian tripod war machines from H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
- Firefly: Firefly-class mid-bulk transport (Serenity)
- Isaac Asimov's Foundation series:
- Corell/Corellia (Korell/Korellian Republic)
- Encyclopedia Galactica (Encyclopedia Galactica)
- Hyperdrive (Hyperdrive)
- Trantor (Trantor)
- Hari Seldona (Hari Seldon)
- Seswenna sector (and later Seswenna, possibly, Siwenna)
- Stars' End
- Terminus (Terminus)
- Camper indirectly (but intentionally from the point of the author) mentions the Three Laws of Robotics in Knights of the Old Republic 5: Commencement, Part 5.
- Game of Thrones:
- Halo: Needler
- The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Homestar Runner: possibly Homestar cantina
- James Bond: Casino Royale
- J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth (e.g. The Lord of the Rings):
- Arda II (Arda)
- Endor, another name for Middle-earth (though also biblical)
- In Star Wars: Republic: The Devaronian Version, in Vilmarh Grahrk's description of the Yinchorri Uprising, Yoda is depicted as a being who walks on four legs, bites people, and cries out, "Treasure...my preciousss...", a clear reference to Gollum
- A creature on Crseih Station says, "Has it got a coin in its pocketses?", in a manner reminiscent of Gollum's line "What has it got in its pocketses?" from The Hobbit
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- Masters of the Universe: The Kel Dor.
- The Once and Future King: "The Queen of Air and Darkness" is a sabacc card. (The card may also reference an unnamed poem by A.E. Housman.)
- Solaris: Solanus is very similar to the planet in Solaris, and may originally have been referred to as Solaris.
- The Super Dimension Fortress Macross:
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Nemo (Captain Nemo)
- Transformers": Project Starscream (Starscream)
- Watchmen - the slogan of the series, "Who watches the watchmen?" is spoken in HoloNet News Vol. 531 51.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
Language and culture[edit | edit source]
- All Aurebesh script is written in English if transliterated
- Direct references to Earth as in "geological", "geography", "terraforming", or "solar" are often used
- The Cross of Healing, a symbol appearing in several video games, is the same as the real-world Red Cross symbol.
- Night/Knight Hammer, "Momma Momen," and "Eating a Boat" are puns which only work in English.
- While most in-universe writing appears in the Aurebesh alphabet or another alien-looking writing system, the real-world Latin alphabet is also used. In-universe, it is identified as the High Galactic alphabet. The English names of the letters in the Latin alphabet are used in the names of various spacecraft (such as X-wings and Y-wings) and most droids.
- Letters in the Greek alphabet are also frequently referenced in the names of TIE series squadrons, spacecraft such as the Lambda-class shuttles, and units of the Grand Army of the Republic, such as Delta Squad and Omega Squad. The Lambda-class shuttles even resemble the letter Lambda, though other shuttles such as the Gamma-class ATR-6 assault transport do not resemble their namesakes. In-universe, these letters are said to come from the Tionese language.
- Many characters, such as Dexter Jettster, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Owen Lars, Ganner Rhysode, Carth Onasi, and HK-47, say "Damn" or "Hell." Additionally, Corellian legends have nine hells. This could refer to a general concept of damnation found in many religions, or specific religious beliefs shared with certain Earth religions.
- Han Solo refers to "Sunday School" in Star Wars 7: New Planets, New Perils!.
- In Dark Forces: Rebel Agent, Jerec's quarters are referred to as Spartan, and this phrase is used in a number of other circumstances also.
- Corran Horn swirls his lightsaber in an infinity symbol in the Dark Tide Duology.
- Trooper Anson Trask is called a "noob" in Legacy 4: Noob.
- Nejaa Halcyon in the novel Jedi Trial, as well as Lorn Pavan in the novel Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, both mention a Pyrrhic victory.
- In Jedi Trial, Artesian wells are used to collect water. Artesian wells are named after Artois, a former province in France.
- In The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way, Taps is played at the knighting ceremony to honor the dead.
- Also in The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way, Doppler shift, named after Christian Doppler, is mentioned.
- In Before the Storm, Han Solo mentions that he couldn't fix up the Millennium Falcon in a year of weekends. However, according to the Galactic Standard Calendar, there are only five days in a week and thus no conventional Earth weekends. It could then be inferred that one or two of the five days represented a "weekend".
- Death Star used the terms impressionistic and surrealistic to describe hyperspace.
- In Death Star, Wilhuff Tarkin mentions "fifth column activity", which is reference to Spanish Civil War.
- In Death Star, Atour Riten mentions luddites.
- Star Wars Galaxies Jabba's Theme Park, Ree-Yees refers to a bell and a book, for some reason he thinks there should be a candle. This is a reference to the traditional Roman Catholic method of excommunication.
- In Star Wars Galactic Spy's Mos Eisley level, a character can be seen holding the flag of the United States. Flavor text for him says that he is proudly showing his patriotism for another planet.
Technology[edit | edit source]
Certain classes of inventions are likely to be reinvented in a galaxy far, far away. When technology gets overly specific, however, suspension of disbelief is strained.
Units of measurement[edit | edit source]
- Many in-universe sources use the metric system. The meter was originally based on the size of the Earth.
- The use of light-year; However the concept of a year differs from planet to planet and the adoption of a standard measured time and Calendar.
- Parsecs are likewise based on the year and orbital diameter of the Earth, respectively (though in the Star Wars galaxy, the orbit of another planet such as Coruscant may be used to define these units instead, like in the case of standard days, years, etc.).
- Saturday is referred to in The Lando Calrissian Adventures.
- The Cestus Deception measures temperature in Celsius. This is also (perhaps unintentionally) a reference to the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius.
- Measures gauss and joule are mentioned in Death Star which is a reference to the real-world scientists Carl Friedrich Gauss and James Prescott Joule.