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This article is about an Easter egg.

This article covers a subject that was included as an Easter egg in a Star Wars Legends source and may not have been considered canon within the Legends continuity.


1138 is a number that appears in products that are related to George Lucas and his works. It is also a recurrent in-joke in subsequent George Lucas films and LucasArts computer games.

Another number of similar 'qualities' is 327.

The origin of this number is the title of Lucas's first movie THX 1138 and also the main character. Lucas likes to re-use words and numbers in his newest productions in honor of his older works.

Examples in Lucas productsEdit

Star Wars filmsEdit

1138 TPM

1138 on the battle droid's back.

1138 Episode II

Barely visible, 1138 in the sand... or is it?

  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones:
    • All clone troopers have the designation code "1138" in LED on the backs of their helmets. This is most visible in the scene where Mace Windu says, "Pilot, land in that assembly area!" The pilot who responds, "Yes, sir," has the number visible on his helmet.
    • Some have said that the sand marks made by Padmé Amidala when she falls out of the Republic Gunship look like the number 1138. While the two ones and three are clearly visible, the eight can be argued. This was also proven to be false on the DVD commentary.
    • Others have said that the droid piloting Count Dooku's ship away from the Jedi says "1138." However, sound editor Ben Burtt has stated that FA-4's dialogue was designed as gibberish, and doesn't actually mean anything.
    • Highlighting the "THX" logo on the DVD menu and typing "1138" on the remote control brings you a blooper reel from the making of Attack of the Clones.
    • Just after Yoda says, "Around the survivors a perimeter create," you can see "1138" on a battle droid's backpack similar to the one used in Episode I.
    • During the scene where Anakin Skywalker is chasing Zam Wesell in her speeder, when she crashes it, a bright neon sign displays 1138 in Galactic Basic.

1138: Bacara's ID number.

1138 Episode IV

Chewbacca, the transfer from cell block 1138.

1138 Episode V

Rieekan sends the 1138 order.

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1138: The Sideshow Boushh helmet.

    • In the light saber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, there is a subtle 1138. Just after Luke and Vader switch on their light sabers, there is a single exchange between them (1), then a short pause. Another single exchange takes place (1), with another short pause. Next, there is a relatively rapid exchange of three blows (3), and another pause. Finally, there are eight blows (8), one which Darth Vader misses doing damage to room equipment. Following this last exchange is when Darth Vader indicates he is impressed with Luke's training.
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi:
    • There was a years-old debate over whether 1138 is in Return of the Jedi. The debate was finally settled in 2007, when a 1:6 scale Boushh figure from Sideshow Collectibles—said to be taken straight from the film props—had 1138 painted onto the side of the helmet. The subject was brought up on a live ForceCast with Stephen J. Sansweet and Peter Vilmur.[1] Neither man could answer the question, but Vilmur contacted Lucas Licensing's Chris Spitale, who oversaw both Sideshow's and Gentle Giant's "Princess Leia in Boushh disguise" projects. Spitale revealed photos of the actual film props, which indeed have 1138 painted on their sides.[2]

Star Wars: The Clone WarsEdit

Other George Lucas moviesEdit

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Various mediaEdit


Other games and moviesEdit


  • Maniac Mansion: the number-plate of the Cadillac is "THX 1138". The number can also be used as a combination code in at least one area of the game.
  • Zak McKracken: the phone bill says Zak owes $1,138.
  • Outlaws: the train in the introduction has the number 1138 on it.
  • Escape from Monkey Island: when Guybrush meets with his future self in the Mists O' Tyme Marsh, he asks him "If you really are me, then what number am I thinking right now?" One of the answers his alter ego might give is "1-1-3-8." Later in the game, Guybrush meets a ghostly priest who has deified LeChuck, and believes in "the Anti-LeChuck," a ten-foot-tall demonized version of Guybrush with 1138 tattooed on his forehead.


  • On the episode Blackfoot from Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's number is BF 1138.
  • In an episode of Smallville, Lex Luthor has a file called "Project 1138" (a reference to Star Wars as Carrie Fisher stars in the episode).
  • In the Firefly episode "The Train Job," the train car seen as Jayne is lowered bears the number "A1138", which is also a reference to Pixar's A113.
  • In one episode of Robot Chicken there is a prison cell with the number 1138. The series is created by Seth Green, who admits to be a big fan of Star Wars.
  • In the cartoon "Pinky and the Brain", during the theme song 1138 and THX appear on Brain's chalkboard. (THX=1138)
  • In the Reboot episode "To Mend and Defend" the ships enter the Principal Office via heading 1138.
  • The original prop lightsaber hilt Mark Hamill used in Return of the Jedi was flown on Space Shuttle Discovery on October 20th, 2007, which coincidentally launched at 11:38 a.m EDT from Pad 39A.
  • In the Robot Chicken: Star Wars in a sketch featuring Ponda, Ponda's home address is 1138. This was intentional and was pointed out by Robot Chicken Co-creator Seth Green on the "Chicken Nuggets" Special Feature of the DVD.
  • The West Wing, in the second season episode "Bad Moon Rising" when C.J. asks her assistant, Carol, how many more interviews she has left to find the source of a press leak; the answer is 1138.
  • Dancouga - Super Beast Machine God Super Robot anime series, the code THX-1138 was used to activate the combination sequence for the Jyusenki Tai to combine their respective mecha into the gigantic robot Dancouga for the first time in episode 15.
  • Dark Angel episode "Heat", the odometer on Max's bike reads 113.8.

Other filmsEdit

  • Absolon, the number of the address on the computer screen, when Christopher Lambert's character is tracked down by satellite, is 1138.
  • Agent Cody Banks, at the end, Arnold Vosloo's character Francois Molay wears orange prison garb with the inmate number AR 1138.
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, the number 11-1-38 is mentioned by the Hong Kong Cavaliers in a conversation in the middle of the movie, while they discuss the identity of the Yoyodyne company.
  • Continental Divide, when John Belushi pulls away from the curb in a taxi, the one behind him is number 1138.
  • Crash and Burn, a Charles Band film & Full Moon production - when the robot is damaged the pilot sees on the screen a message: ERROR 1138.
  • Mandroid, another Charles Band film - the character gets on a train, the train car is numbered 11 38.
  • Follow That Bird, Big Bird flies to Oceanview, Illinois on Flight CTW 1138; George Lucas has a cameo.
  • Mission: Impossible, Ethan Hunt's clearance code for the secure call is Bravo Echo One One. BE11, when mirrored, becomes 1138.
  • Monsters, Inc, one of the CDA (Child Detection Agency) agents near the end of the movie (when Roz, agent 001, enters the room) has the number on the uniform. Also, one of the agents coming out of the toilet has the number. These are different characters in appearance even though they share the same number. Some claim that the fact that they share the same number could be a continuity error on the animator's part.
  • Ocean's Eleven, the code Linus uses to unlock the security door leading to the safe is 1138.
  • Reign Over Me, the number of Dr. Oakhurst's office.
  • Sky Captain and The World Of Tomorrow: When Polly and Joe arrive at the laboratory of Dr. Walter Jennings, the address on the front door is numbered 1138.
  • Sneakers, at the very beginning, the access code entered ends in 1138.
  • Storm, 1138 is used as a doorcode to a building where a LAN Party is held.
  • The Lawnmower Man, The test chimp from the beginning of the movie is later referred as Rosco 1138.
  • The Matrix, at the end, when Neo places a call from a phone booth, the cascading digits freeze and the number 1138 can be seen brighter than the rest in the bottom-right corner.
  • Taxi, Queen Latifah's character is waiting for an appointment with the doctor and her number in the line is 138.
  • Battlespace, monitors showing footage from outer space show "138 1 SHRYKKE" and "1138 2 MACDUNCAN".
  • In District 9, during the first opening shot of the alien mother ship, 11:38 is the time recorded on the camera.
  • In Bitch Slap (movie), during the flashback titled "7 weeks ago", one of the two lesbian cell mates' prisoner number is 1138, as mentioned by the prison guard.
  • In the movie Sneakers, at the beginning, Robert Redford's character is reading data off a computer screen and can be heard saying the number "One one three eight."
  • In The Asylum film American Warships, a crate containing 16-inch shells on the Battleship USS Iowa, has 8311-XHT printed on it.


  • Batman comic, Hush story arc, issue #611, Clark Kent changes into Superman in the Daily Planet room #1138.
  • Bully video game, the code used to unlock the security door leading to the observatory is 1138.
  • Robot Chicken, a Magic the Gathering promo card, has a fake 1138 collector's number.
  • "We Are 138", the Misfits song similarly about a dystopian future where "it's a time to be an android not a man" may be a reference to THX1138, singer Glenn Danzig having removed the first digit to fit the words into the rhythm of the song.
  • "Time of Eve", featured a robot called THX and mentioned a rule #1138.
  • In the 122 graphic novel for the television show Heroes 1138 is the number of an actress' dressing room.
  • Call of Duty 2: Big Red One:
    • During the game, when the player happens upon German Deuce-and-a-half Trucks, the front license always says "1138". It is unknown if this is an intentional reference or a coincidence.
  • During the "Incubator" level of Duke Nukem 3D, the player can access a secret area that contains a monitor that displays "1138."
  • Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator, Grubb uses the code THX 1138 to override his workbots.
  • Dead Space 2 has an easy to miss audiolog named "Orderly TPS report 1138" early in Chapter 1.
  • [1] In a father's day e-card at Jango Fett's number of messages is "2,603,1138".
  • The Lego Star Wars AT-AT set contains 1138 parts, though this may be a simple coincidence.

Easter eggs on DVDsEdit

On all prequel DVDs, including the Clone Wars, there is a blooper reel when you go to the Options menu and Highlight THX logo and press 11-3-8. However, on the Revenge of the Sith DVD, the blooper reel is actually footage of Yoda break-dancing.

In the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy, if you go to disc 4 and go to the Video games and still galleries menu, press 11 then 3 then 8. You will be treated to Deleted Scenes, Gags and Bloopers.

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