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"He doesn't like you."
"I'm sorry."
"I don't like you, either."
―Cornelius Evazan and Luke Skywalker[src]

Dr. Cornelius Evazan was a male human from Alsakan who was a promising cosmetic surgeon until he became gripped by madness and began practicing "creative surgery" on his patients, leaving his victims horrifically disfigured. After information concerning his cruel medical experiments came to light, his face was hideously scarred in an encounter with a bounty hunter. The Aqualish thug Ponda Baba rescued Evazan from the hunter, following which the two formed an uneasy partnership and began smuggling spice for the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, earning Evazan the death sentence on twelve star systems. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Evazan and Baba were patrons in the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine. When a drunk Baba decided to pick a fight with a local farmhand named Luke Skywalker, Evazan quickly escalated the conflict, boasting of the pair's notoriety before threatening the boy. Skywalker's guardian, a hermit named Obi-Wan Kenobi, attempted to calm tensions, but this only infuriated the pair of dangerous criminals. Evazan flung the farmboy aside, and the pirates drew their blaster pistols on the wizened old man—in secret one of the few remaining Jedi Masters—but Kenobi used his lightsaber to kill Evazan with a slash across the torso and sever Baba's right arm before they could discharge their weapons, to the surprise of the cantina's other patrons.

BiographyEdit

"You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems."
―Cornelius Evazan, to Luke Skywalker[src]

Hailing from Alsakan, Dr. Cornelius Evazan was a promising surgeon[1] who operated a cosmetic surgery clinic in Pons Ora, a small settlement on the remote desert world Abafar.[5] However, he slipped into madness and began practicing "creative surgery" on his patients, leaving his victims horrifically scarred.[6] After becoming notorious for his cruel medical experiments, Evazan's own face was hideously disfigured during an encounter with a bounty hunter, though he was saved by Ponda Baba, an Aqualish thug. The two partnered together and became pirates, and began to smuggle spice for the crime lord Jabba the Hutt.[1] Successful at their trade,[7] they became wanted by galactic authorities, and by then Evazan had been sentenced to death in twelve different star systems.[3] However, there was no love lost in their relationship, and Baba even contemplated turning in Evazan to collect the bounty on the doctor's head before realizing that their ongoing partnership would be more profitable.[7] Still, the two considered each other friends[4][2] despite their differences.[7]

MScantina Luke

Evazan and Ponda Baba staring at Luke Skywalker

Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Dr. Evazan and Baba were patrons at a cantina in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. The doctor was talking to[3] Kabe,[7] a female Chadra-Fan who frequented the establishment,[8] when a drunk Baba,[1] bored and looking for excitement,[2] decided to pick a fight with Luke Skywalker, a young farmboy who had taken a seat to the right of them at the counter.[3] Assuming Skywalker would be an easy target,[4] Evazan quickly escalated the argument.[2] This caught the attention of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Skywalker's guardian, who offered to buy the pair drinks[3] to ease tensions.[9] Paying little heed to the old man,[4] Evazan hurled the young farmboy into a nearby table, and ignoring the protest of the cantina's bartender, Wuher,[3] the pirates[1] drew their blaster pistols. Given no other choice, the elderly Kenobi—secretly a Jedi Master—ignited his lightsaber, slashing Evazan across the torso, who fell to the floor screaming in pain[3] before perishing,[2] and swiftly removing Baba's right arm.[3]

Following the attack, those present in the cantina briefly turned to see what had transpired before returning to their business. However, a departing patron decided to inform a squad Mos Eisley's sandtroopers of the violence in the cantina.[9] After the troopers had entered the establishment and reached the counter, Wuher indicated to them where Kenobi and Skywalker had taken a seat, though the pair found another exit before they could be apprehended.[3] Skywalker later recalled his encounter with Evazan while he was training with his own lightsaber in the Temple of Eedit on Devaron.[10]

Personality and traitsEdit

"I'll be careful."
"You'll be dead!"
"This little one's not worth the effort. Come, let me get you something."
―Luke Skywalker, Cornelius Evazan, and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Prior to being gripped by madness, Dr. Cornelius Evazan was considered to be a promising surgeon,[6] though he later gained notoriety for the cruelty he inflicted upon his patients.[1] As a smuggler, he was boastful of his infamy, openly informing Luke Skywalker that he had the death sentence on twelve systems. After Baba began to bully Skywalker,[4] Evazan was quick to escalate the argument,[2] even going so far as to threaten Skywalker before Obi-Wan Kenobi, his guardian, interceded. Paying little heed to the old man's attempt to smooth over tensions, the doctor resorted to violence, shoving the farmboy aside and drawing his blaster pistol.[3]

A male human,[1] Evazan had fair skin[3] and stood at a height of 1.7 meters.[4] His eyes were colored blue, though his left eye was damaged[3] in an encounter with a bounty hunter that resulted in the horrific scarring[1] of Evazan's nose and the left side of his face. Evazan's hair was colored black with patches of gray, though he showed signs of balding, and stubble covered the lower half of his face.[3]

EquipmentEdit

"No blasters! No blasters!"
―Wuher, as Cornelius Evazan draws his blaster pistol[src]

At the time of his death, Evazan carried a SE-14C blaster pistol. While at the cantina in Mos Eisley, he wore a long-sleeved khaki shirt underneath a brown vest, a black belt with a golden buckle, which had a holster for his blaster pistol on its left and a pouch on its right, a pair of dark brown pants, and a pair of black boots.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

"A short, grubby-looking human also approached and put a companionable arm around the shuffling mass."
Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker's description of Cornelius Evazan[src]
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Alfie Curtis has his makeup applied.

Although created for the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,[3] in which, according to production notes[11] and John Mollo, the costume designer for A New Hope, he was portrayed by Alfie Curtis,[12] Cornelius Evazan first appeared in Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, a 1976 Star Wars Legends novelization of A New Hope ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster but credited to George Lucas. In the adaptation, Evazan wasn't named and was described as a "short, grubby-looking human" with a surprisingly deep voice. In his scene, he was accompanied by a many-eyed and a rodent-like alien—early incarnations of Ponda Baba and Kabe—, when they picked a fight with Luke Skywalker, Baba tossed Skywalker aside, and Obi-Wan Kenobi sliced off Evazan's arm and cut Kabe and Baba in half, with Evazan retreating into the crowd without a word following the fight,[13] nearly identical to how the event played out in several revised fourth drafts of A New Hope.[14] In the final version of the film, however, Kabe didn't partake in the altercation, Baba only lost his arm, and it was instead Evazan who flung aside Skywalker and was killed by Kenobi.[3] Upon closer examination of the sequence, however,[15] Evazan can be seen talking to Kabe before the scuffle,[3] indicating that the idea of them being allies may have lasted up to shooting.[15]

In a revised fourth draft script of A New Hope,[14] Evazan went unnamed and was simply described an an "short, grubby Human,"[16] though Star Wars in 100 Scenes, a canon 2014 reference book written by Jason Fry, later identified him as a doctor with the surname Evazan.[17] This established him to the owner of Dr. Evazan Cosmetic Surgery, a clinic that first appeared in "Missing in Action," the twelfth episode of the canon animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' fifth season.[5] His first name was established to be Cornelius in Star Wars: Card Trader, an app released on iOS and Android platforms by The Topps Company, Inc. in 2015.[7] The character's full name, Cornelius Evazan, was derived from multiple publications in the Legends continuity.

In Legends, the Evazan was originally identified as "Roofoo" in the 1981 Star Wars radio drama.[18] The surname Evazan didn't appear until Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope, a 1989 supplement to West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.[19] The character was first identified by his full name, Cornelius Evazan, in the 2002 The Official Star Wars Fact File 51,[20] which combined his previously revealed surname with "Cornelius," an alias he used in the 1995 short story Doctor Death: The Tale of Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba.[21] Evazan's original Databank entry later established Roofoo as another one of his aliases.[11]

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Evazan survived his encounter with Obi-Wan Kenobi[11] and went on to make several more appearances,[22] most notably in Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead, a young readers' novel written by author John Whitman.[23]

Various sources have mistakenly identified Evazan as being an alien.[10][24][9]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 StarWars-DatabankII Ponda Baba in the Databank
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 StarWars-DatabankII Doctor Cornelius Evazan in the Databank
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Star Wars: Card Trader
  8. StarWars-DatabankII Chadra-Fan in the Databank
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 StarWars-DatabankII Mos Eisley Cantina in the Databank
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Databank title Doctor Evazan in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  12. The Art of Star Wars (page 60)
  13. Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker
  14. 14.0 14.1 Several revised fourth drafts were released from mid-1976 to 1977, per Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays, but the actual content of these scripts are unknown. A copy of a revised fourth draft shows identical descriptors present in The Annotated Screenplays, but the date is incorrect. Therefore, this article assumes that only the identical descriptors are correct.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Databank title Kabe in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  16. Star Wars: A New Hope Script. IMSDb. Retrieved on November 10, 2015.
  17. Star Wars in 100 Scenes
  18. Star Wars radio drama
  19. Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope
  20. The Official Star Wars Fact File 51 (CAN11, Cornelius Evazan)
  21. Doctor Death: The Tale of Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba
  22. Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
  23. Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead
  24. StarWars-DatabankII Tatooine in the Databank

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