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.
Non-canonical storyline appearances of EarthEdit
Star Wars draft scriptsEdit
Early drafts of the original film featured references which suggest that Earth's galaxy was the setting. The story treatment, for instance, sets the film in the 33rd century, and both it and the Journal of the Whills, Part I mention the planet Ophuchi, derived from the real-world constellation Ophiuchus; likewise, the planet Aquilae was derived from the constellation Aquila. By the first draft, however, both elements had disappeared or become brief mentions, suggesting that Lucas had placed his saga in a secondary universe as his mythology became more defined.
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.
Christmas in the StarsEdit
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi OutcastEdit
In the 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.
Monsters and Aliens from George LucasEdit
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
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-TerrestrialEdit
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. 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 EndorEdit
An Australian box cover for the television film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor states on the back that Noa is trying to get his starship up and running to return to Earth. Though this film is considered canon, the reference to Earth obviously is not, since Earth is not set in the same galaxy "far, far away" as the Star Wars universe is.
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 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.
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.
Appear on their ownEdit
These species appear on screen "as themselves," or are mentioned in text without qualifiers (e.g. as "Turtles" rather than "Space Turtles").
- Dinosaurs (of Trammis III)
- Dung beetles
- Giant squids
- Hermit crabs
- Horses and ponies (not to be confused with bordoks)
- Manta rays
- Owls (on the Forest moon of Endor)
- Whooping crane
Have namesakes appearEdit
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
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.
- 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)
Food, drink, etc.Edit
- Blue milk
- Hot chocolate, also known as "hot milk," was first mentioned by Lando Calrissian as coming from a mysterious far-off planet.
- "Trix"-brand breakfast cereal is alluded to, but not named, in the description of the constellation known as the Silly Rabbit. This does not establish its existence, but it may establish the existence of raspberries, oranges, and lemons.
- An orange appears in Attack of the Clones, alongside various other Earth fruits. Among these fruits is a pear identified in Expanded Universe sources as a shuura.
- Numerous characters are depicted smoking what appear to be cigars, cigarettes and pipes.
- Hutt pizza is mentioned in Jedi Chef.
- Caf seems to be a representation of coffee. The name "caf" is similar to the pronunciation of "coffee" in other languages (Italian "caffé", Spanish and French "café") and is also similar to the term "caffeine."
- Doughnuts appear in a few sources, including Star Wars 104: Nagais and Dolls and Dark Forces: Rebel Agent.
- Various sorts of tea appear in the Star Wars universe.
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).
- Ethan Adare
- Jon Antilles
- Wil Asani
- Hermione Bagwa
- Quentin Bartog
- Gil Bastra
- George R. Binks
- Deliah Blue
- John D. Branon
- Chuck Bratz
- Donni Bratz
- Jared Brojtal
- Liam Byrne
- Tanner Cadaman
- Zayne Carrick
- Dergar Chester
- Tsui Choi
- Rush Clovis
- Brodie Coburn
- Jeremoch Colton
- Cassie Cryar
- Gavin Darklighter
- Giddean Danu (Gideon)
- Nico Diath
- Hanna Ding
- Jan Dodonna
- Nathan Donar III
- James Ortell Donovan
- Jericho Donovan
- Josephine Donovan
- Hanna Doshun
- Lucien Draay
- Ivor Drake
- Hiram Drayson
- Garven "Dave" Dreis
- Dan Drexel
- Juno Eclipse
- Tallisibeth Enwandung-Esterhazy
- Cornelius Evazan
- Cole Fardreamer
- Jake Farrell
- Mohrgan Fel (Morgan)
- Jonas Fel'Kona
- Niles Ferrier
- Melvin Fett
- Clive Flax
- Adi Gallia
- Alexi Garyn
- Vincent Gatharard
- Zakarisz Ghent
- Samuel Tomas Gillespee
- Octavian Grant
- Carole Grawley
- Katie Grawley
- Aleson Gray
- Falon Grey
- Simon Greyshade
- Victor Grieves
- Josef Grunger
- Gwen Habbert
- Bret Hanson
- Blaine Harris
- Cory Herndon
- Corran Horn
- Bob Hudsol
- Armand Isard
- Emily Janse
- Wes Janson
- Skorg Jameson
- Dexter Jettster
- Amber Jevanche
- Alexander Julstan
- Saul Karath
- Kyle, Patricia and Morgan Katarn
- Coleman Kcaj
- "Ben" Kenobi
- Danielle Kieran
- Shoan Kilian
- Jimbo Kinnison
- Titus Klev
- Derek Klivian
- Jaden Korr
- Angela Krin
- Alec Lamere
- Larry the Shriek
- Beru and Owen Lars
- Jenna Lars
- Xamuel Lennox
- Hokkor Long
- Drake Lo'gaan
- Jana Lorso
- Hesha Lovett
- Galen Marek
- Casandra Mateil
- Jasper McKnives
- Pharl McQuarrie
- Conan Antonio Motti
- Sly Moore
- Elise Montagne
- Janice Nall
- Julias Narn
- Killium Neb
- Jacob Nive
- Jocasta Nu
- Adrianna Nyras
- Alfonso Luiz Obota
- Beuga Odell
- Didi Oddo
- Cal Omas
- Joey Orsel
- Nile Owen
- Kendal Ozzel
- Brion Peck
- Piers Petan
- Lee Phenets
- Even Piell (Evan)
- Cris Pieterson
- Chase Piru
- Alec Pradeux
- Arica Pradeux
- Danni Quee
- Dak Ralter
- Max Rebo
- Meghan Rivers
- Loreli Ro
- Nick Rostu
- Phillip Santhe
- Guun Han Saresh
- Helena Shan
- Corwin Shelvay
- Anakin, Luke, Ben and Mara Jade Skywalker
- Allana Solo
- Han Solo
- Leia Organa Solo
- Jacen Solo (Jason)
- Jaina Solo
- Eron Stonefield
- Ozzik Sturn
- Cassio Tagge
- Silas Tagge
- Ulric Tagge
- Michael Tandre
- Wilhuff Tarkin
- Dane Tizzin
- Ganwick Trag
- Coleman Trebor
- Hugo Treece
- Gray Tucker
- Junas Turner
- Gregar Typho
- Michael Unther
- Shawn Valdez
- Jon "Dutch" Vander
- Maximilian Veers
- Kelly Vermillion
- Elke Vetter
- Benedict Vidkun
- Quinlan Vos
- Tyburn Welles
- Vanden Willard
- Antidar Williams
- Alexandra Winger
- Xiong Wong
- Aubrie Wyn
- Demetrius Zaarin
- Jenna Zan Arbor
- Stuart Zissu
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.
- Tyber Zann—the "Tiber" is an Italian river.
- Tigris—the "Tigris" is a Middle-Eastern river.
These planets or other locations have names which bear a close resemblance or are identical to places on Earth.
- Chiron (mythological reference)
- Earth system
- Everest (actually a company in-universe with the mountain's name)
- Halifax (starship)
- Helena Shan (the name Helena means "woman from Greece")
- Jerba (Djerba, a Tunisian island)
- Mercury (Starship that is both mythological and astronomical reference)
- Mersel Kebir (starship)
- Nefta (a village in Tunisia)
- Tatooine (Tataouine)
- Terra Sool (Terra, the Latin name for Earth)
- Tozeer (Tozeur, a village in Tunisia)
- Thule (Thule Airbase in Greenland, also a mythological reference)
- Wayland (A city near Grand Rapids, MI, USA, also a small town near Boston, MA, USA)
Real astronomical objectsEdit
Despite being real astronomical objects in Earth's neighborhood, these names appear in Star Wars sources.
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."
Some real-world historical figures, politicians and celebrities are referenced in the Star Wars galaxy.
- Kevin Bacon: Cebann Veekan
- Santa Claus: Santa Claus
- Galahad: Halagad Ventor
- Metternich: Metternich
- Enver Hoxha: Enver Hoxha
- Sergei Korolev: Korolev
- Ferdinand Magellan: Magellan
- Priamus: Priam
- Josip Broz Tito: Tito
- Kirk Watson: Acros-Krik
- Xerxes I of Persia: Xerxes
- Ronald Reagan: 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."
- Bob Hope: Epoh Trebor and Epoh Bahb
- Trent Lott and Christopher Dodd: Lott Dod
- George Lucas: Luke Skywalker
- The band Jefferson Starship is seen in a hologram playing a song in The Star Wars Holiday Special.
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 villiage 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
- 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
- Children of the Green Planet
- Brodo Asogi
- 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 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 5: Commencement, Part 5.
- 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-2 (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
- 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.
- Star Trek: Numerous
- 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: Kallidahin (Kalidah)
Language and cultureEdit
- 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 Star Wars: 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 Destiny's Way, Taps is played at the knighting ceremony to honor the dead.
- Also in 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.
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 measurementEdit
- Many in-universe sources use the metric system. The meter was originally based on the size of the Earth.
- 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.
- Wookieepedia:Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Nonsense/Earth - A non-canon article written for April Fools' Day.