Which of These “Star Wars” Facts Did We Make Up?


By: Ian Fortey

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In over 40 years, the "Star Wars" franchise has proven itself to be a cultural phenomenon like nothing else. From movies to TV shows to books, toys, lunch boxes, video games, and even branded products at the grocery store, there is no end to the influence of these fantastic movies. People love to debate which is best, which is worse, if Han shot first or if Greedo did, and whether George Lucas is to thank for all its success or to blame for all that went wrong. There's almost no one in the world who isn't at least aware of "Star Wars," and most of us have seen all the movies several times over.

Thanks to their popularity and the extended universe the movies have spawned, there's also just a ton of things to know about the movies, from behind the scenes trivia and obscure facts to weird alien names and so on. So if you think you know enough about the franchise to pick out the real deal facts from stuff we just made up off the top of our heads, now's your chance to prove it. See if you can spot the fake "Star Wars" facts like a real Jedi.

What's not true of Princess Leia?

Princess Leia is the daughter of Darth Vader and Queen Amidala. After she's born, she's adopted by Bail Organa. She does kiss her brother Luke before she knows who he is at one point, and she uses the chain that holds her captive to strangle Jabba the Hutt.


C-3PO has been in more movies than most of the other characters. What's the fake fact about him?

C-3PO and R2D2 show up on the ship Tantive IV in the first movie of the series. We soon learn he is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication and that Anakin Skywalker built him as a child. So far as we know, he can't ID Force-sensitive individuals.


Stormtroopers are as abundant as roaches in "Star Wars." Which of these trooper facts is untrue?

Stormtroopers are not cyborgs in any way. Originally, they were Clone Troopers, all made from the same source that gave us Boba Fett. Later they're replaced by humans raised from birth to be soldiers, and there are female troopers, like Captain Phasma.


Not a lot of people liked Jar Jar Binks. Which of these things isn't true about him?

Hated though Jar Jar Binks was, he lasted for several films. The Gungan from the planet of Naboo goes from goofball to Senator pretty quickly. At no point does he ever indicate he's Force-sensitive, though.


What's just not true about Lando Calrissian?

Lando is one of the cooler characters in "Star Wars." His cyborg buddy is named Lobot, and his co-pilot in "Return of the Jedi" is Nien Nunb. He does lose the Falcon to Han in a card game, but his homeworld is not Naboo. That's where Padme and Jar Jar are from.


Han Solo famously pilots out of some sticky situations. Something about him here is shady though, what it is?

Han Solo claims to have made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs despite the fact a parsec is a unit of distance, not speed. C-3PO says his chances of surviving the asteroid field are 3,720 to 1, and he's from Corellia. His father was no Jedi, though; he was a shipbuilder.


There's a bit of romance in the series. Which of these statements isn't correct about them, though?

Though it's not usually the central story, there is definitely a thread of romance throughout all the movies. Leia, before she knows Luke is her brother, kisses him. Padme and Anakin are married in secret, and Leia and Han have a boy named Ben, who eventually becomes Kylo Ren. Rose definitely does not kiss Poe, though.


One of these facts about Obi-Wan Kenobi isn't true, but which is it?

Obi-Wan Kenobi was the student of Qui-Gon Jinn, and he does defeat his own student, Anakin Skywalker, on the molten planet of Mustafar. He also defeats the four-armed General Grievous, but he never escapes anyone on a tauntaun.


Which of these Death Star facts is not true at all?

Insect-like Geonosians designed the Death Star, but it was Bothans who later stole the plans for it. Even though Vader was present, Grand Moff Tarkin was actually the commander of the Death Star. The weapon in it was powered by kyber-crystals, not a black hole.


There are a lot of planets in a galaxy far, far away. What doesn't ring true?

So many planets are in "Star Wars," it's hard to follow it all. Bespin is the gas giant where you'll find Cloud City, and Leia's world of Alderaan gets destroyed by the Death Star. Coruscant is a city planet, but Cantonica is no swamp. It's actually the planet where Canto Bight is found.


Luke had a normal life before Obi-Wan showed up. Which of these things isn't true about it, though?

Luke is one of those simple hero characters from a seemingly humble background. His Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru are moisture farmers on Tattooine, which sounds awfully boring. Though he did like to race around, it was his father who was once a pod-racer, not Luke.


What's not true about the sinister Sith Darth Maul?

A student of Darth Sidious, Darth Mal is a Zabrak who wields a double lightsaber. Though he kills Qui-Gon Jinn, he does end up getting cut in half later. As far as the movies show, Maul has no students at all, though.


Jabba is a secondary villain in "Return of the Jedi." What's not true of him?

Hutts are apparently known as gangsters across the galaxy, and Jabba is no exception. He has a rancor in his basement, which is killed by Luke Skywalker, and he has a tiny monster that sits with him named Salacious Crumb. The language he speaks is called Huttese, though.


For all the tech in "Star Wars," people still ride a lot of animals. One of these isn't legit though; which is it?

Banthas look a little like wooly mammoths, and Tusken Raiders ride them. Luke famously rode a tauntaun on Hoth, and Stormtroopers rode Dewbacks on Tattooine. There's no such animal as a vargaryl, though.


The Emperor is a very villainous character. What's not true of him?

Sheev Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, was trained by Darth Plagueis, who it was rumored could bring the dead back to life with the Force. Though he trains Vader as an apprentice, he was not Vader's father. Canonically, Vader had no father at all.


Do you know which of these Han Solo statements isn't entirely honest?

Han Solo is arguably the most popular hero from the franchise, but he did shoot at Greedo first, at least in the original cut of the film. We learn in his solo movie that he was in love with a woman name Qi'ra and he was meant to be fed to Chewbacca. But Shaak Ti was not his daughter.


Darth Vader is an icon. What's untrue about him?

It took a lot of people to bring Darth Vader to life. Sebastian Shaw was his face in "Jedi." David Prowse was the man in the suit for the original trilogy, while James Earl Jones provided his deep voice. Ian McDiarmid played the Emperor, though, not Vader.


The Force brings balance to the universe. But which of these facts is untrue?

The Force is said to be a power that binds all living things; therefore, something has to be alive to use it. As such, droids are not capable of using the Force. Now someone might argue that in the extended universe, there were things like Skippy the Droid which could use the Force, but that's not true of the movies.


For a character who never speaks, R2D2 is hugely popular. Which of these facts about him is not legit?

R2D2 was an astromech droid from the planet Naboo originally, and he's been in every "Star Wars" movie to date. In the prequels, we learn that he inexplicably can fly with little rocket boosters, but he doesn't speak in 6 million languages; he just beeps.


Is something here about Finn not true?

Poe Dameron names Finn, inspired by his Stormtrooper designation FN-2187. When he meets Kylo Ren, he tries to fight him with a lightsaber, but it doesn't go so well for him, and he nearly dies. He's no clone, though. He was taken from his family as a child and raised as a Stormtrooper.


Everyone loves Boba Fett. Which of these "facts" is wrong about him?

Boba Fett actually has very limited screen time in the original trilogy despite his popularity. He takes some jobs from Vader and Jabba the Hutt during his time before the Sarlacc eats him, and in the prequels, we find out he's a clone. His ship, however, is called Slave 1, not The Orion.


Who doesn't love bounty hunters? One of these bounty hunter facts just isn't legit though. Which one?

The universe is chock full of bounty hunters like Boba Fett, who was cloned from Jango. Bossk, the reptilian, is actually wearing a "Dr. Who" costume that you can see in an episode called "the Tenth Planet," and IG-88 was the name of the droid. Chewbacca was never a bounty hunter, though.


Something about the pod-races here isn't true, but what is it?

Pod-racing features heavily in "Star Wars: Episode 1," in which we discover Sebulba was a cheater and that Anakin built his own racer. The racers themselves are run by the Hutt crime syndicate, but the champ was never a rancor; that's the big monster in Jabba's basement.


What's not true of AT-AT walkers?

All-terrain armored transports were first used in the movie "The Empire Strikes Back," where we find out that they're impervious to blaster fire and thus need a more creative way to be fought. Because they're supposed to be over 60 feet tall, there was never a real, functional one ever built.


Kylo Ren is the villain of the third trilogy, but maybe he has some light in him? What's not true of him?

Ben Solo, better known as Kylo Ren, kills Supreme Leader Snoke to become the new leader of the First Order. He was training to be a Jedi and is not a Sith Master, nor does he use Darth Maul's old lightsaber. He built his own.


Which of these facts about Chewbacca is untrue?

Played for many years by Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. He's very old, over 200, as we discover in the prequel trilogy, and thanks to the Christmas special, we know his wife is Mallatobuck. But no, he does not speak.


Which of these "facts" about Queen Amidala isn't correct?

Queen Padme Amidala comes from Naboo, and that's where she returns to be put to rest in the city of Theed. She gives birth to Leia and Luke in an asteroid field just before she dies, but she has no brother. She does have a sister, though.


Our newest hero is Rey, but something about her here isn't right. What is it?

Rey's history is still a bit of a mystery, but her parents, as far as we know, abandoned her. However, they were not killed by Teedo scavengers. Rey did get BB-8 off of a Teedo's Luggabeast on Jakku, and she did go to Ahch-To to find Luke, though.


What do you know isn't true about the original draft of George Lucas' script?

Any good story is a work in progress, so much was changed. Lucas had to cut his script down from over 200 pages, and the Millenium Falcon was changed from a cylindrical ship to what we all know and love. Obi-Wan was originally supposed to survive his fight with Vader, but that clearly changed as well. What's not true is that Leia was never meant to be Luke's mom.


Mark Hamill became world famous for his role as Luke Skywalker. What's not true, though?

Mark Hamill was encouraged to audition by his friend Robert Englund. He got the role and was paid only $1,000 a week though he later renegotiated for some of the film's profits and made out OK. He also voiced Darth Bane in one of the cartoons, but he never auditioned for the role of Chewbacca.


The opening crawl is iconic of the "Star Wars" films. What's not true about it?

Old "Flash Gordon" serials inspired the opening craw, and it was actually a practical effect in the first movie with a camera panning over the die-cut letters. The camera pans down after the crawl in every film but "Attack of the Clones." The text is yellow in every movie, though; it doesn't change.


Which of these "facts" do you know is wrong about Ewoks?

The Ewoks are never named in the movies at any point in time. Warwick Davis, then only 11-years-old, played Warrick W. Wicket after the actor originally intended for the part fell ill. No Ewok was ever meant to love R2, although they seemed to be very interested in him.


Some things happen in literally every single "Star Wars" movie. Which one of these doesn't?

Every "Star Wars" movie features a lightsaber duel as well as someone saying they have a bad feeling about something (BB-8 is credited with beeping it in "Last Jedi"). They also all feature the legendary cinematic Wilhelm Scream. And while most of the movies featuring a Sarlacc-sized monster, not all of them do.


The galaxy is chock full of species, some of whom are nefarious. We never see which of these species doing anything bad?

Nute Gunray of the Trade Federation is a treacherous member of the Neimodian species. Kaminoans are the cloners who make the clone army while pod-racing Sebulba is a Dug. All three are up to no good, but there's no race at all called Shadrack.


Thanks to "The Mandalorian" and Baby Yoda, everyone loves the little green guy again. What's not true about him?

Believe it or not, Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) was envisioned by George Lucas as a monkey wearing a mask. Later in the franchise, a female of his species named Yaddle is introduced, but as far as anyone knows, no Yoda puppet was ever held for ransom.


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