References to real-world animals in Star Wars Novels

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Darth-Curtis, Oct 20, 2001.

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  1. Darth-Curtis Jedi Padawan

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    I was just recently reading the novelization and I noticed something very odd...
    There were references to Earth animals... Obi-Wan mentions a duck... Tarkin is described as having a face like a piranha and there was something mentioned about some non-human being a cross between a capybara and a baboon.

    I was wondering if this happened in any of the other novels...

    Bonus: There is one huge reference to a real world animal in Star Wars. If anyone can find it they get a bonus point from me...
    (its not one of the ones mentioned above.)
  2. Wedge 88 Jedi Grand Master

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    "If don't get that sheild back up, we'll be sitting ducks" - Captain Panaka, TPM.

    Semi-sentinent ponies in the Ewok movies, along with goats and such.

    If the GFFA can have humans and redwoods, I think they have have dogs and ducks. Never bothered me.
  3. Kier_Nimmion Jedi Grand Master

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    I think there is also reference to a dog barking when Luke is Tatooine.
  4. Wedge 88 Jedi Grand Master

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    Yeah. Luke once had a dog.
  5. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    "Luke was thinking of a dog he once owned when something wrenched at the ship with the strength of a fallen angel."

    Something like that, anyway.
  6. Dan Wallace uthor: Essential Atlas, Essential Guides, RPG

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    Don't forget the Millennium "Falcon."
  7. Darth-Curtis Jedi Padawan

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    Dan Wallace wins the bonus point.


    I just thought this was amusing because the EU authors try so hard to make up tehir own stuff... there's no aluminum and steel its all duracrete and flimsiplast and ferrocrete and stuff. They have topatoes and coffiene and have pet "vornskrs".

    I just thought it was funny tyo point out that the original novel just used real animals.
  8. The Cat Jedi Knight

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    Whatshisname mentions cattle on the bridge of the Chimaera. Dinosaurs and rabbits are mentioned in Lando Calrissian Trilogy.
  9. NarundiJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Don't forget about "Plasteel". That was the big one!

    Jae Angel
  10. Kier_Nimmion Jedi Grand Master

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    Ric Olie also said 'Sitting Ducks'. Quack! Thanks for showing up, Ric.
  11. Wedge 88 Jedi Grand Master

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  12. Darth-Curtis Jedi Padawan

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    Does anyone know what a nerf looks like?
    I haven't read much of the galaxy guides and WEG source material, or the guide to alien species for that matter.

  13. Knight1192 Jedi Grand Master

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    Sand panthers, pirahana bettles, Kowikian monkey lizards, fish[/], hawkbats, Rallitir tigers. Everything mentioned in bold face is the name of a real world animal, even if the Star Wars name is a combination of different real world animals.
  14. Cigam Retah Force Ghost

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    Not an animal per say, but what's a 'Headhunter?' for someone in Star Wars?
  15. peregrine Force Ghost

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    'Banthas, all right', Luke whispered over his shoulder, not considering in the excitement of the moment that Threepio might not know a bantha from a panda

    -- ANH novelization
  16. darthjarjarbinks Force Ghost

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    A headhunter is the predecessor of the X-wing.

    the cat: "cattle"

    thats not really specific to any terrestrial species, I thought.

    I really don't like it when we get those earth-gffa crossovers like "duck" and "dog" and "rabbit". I wish they'd just used established star wars species or make up their own ones (as long as they don't go willynilly making up things that are just stupid).

    This is kind of related- Ephant Mon. Couldn't whoever named that character (was it GL or an author in Tales from Mos Eisley?) could have been a little more inventive??
  17. Wedge 88 Jedi Grand Master

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    There is a headhunter species. Which the star fighter was named after. Its a canine, I think. There is a pic and description of it in the Essential Guide to Alien Species.

    The nerf can also be found in there. Although, there are false nerfs as well.
  18. Mr_Whills Jedi Knight

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    Although it's slightly off-subject, Lando also says "Saturday" in the LC trilogy. Does that mean in the GFFA they have the same days and months? This seems a bit stupid because the names of days and months are derived from mythological and historical figures in OUR history. I just put it down to a huge coincidence that on some planet in the GFFA they also have a day called Saturday.

    The animals thing I don't have a problem with unless the animal is specifically defined e.g. Mallard ducks or Eider ducks. I quite like the idea of Luke having a dog, but if they'd mentioned that he once owned an Alsatian or Boxer then that wouldn't really work.
  19. ReaperFett Jedi Grand Master

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    Yak face :)


    and didn't Han say slugs in the original trilogy?
  20. Ace-777 Jedi Knight

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    A nerf looks like a yak with a triangular head that has 1 horn coming out of each side of the head and 2 horns on the top of the head.And its legs are big and muscular with clawlike hooves and a really big tail.
  21. Rebecca191 Jedi Grand Master

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    Did anyone say womp rats yet?
  22. LordCroesus Jedi Knight

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    Here's a biggie: Humans
  23. Wedge 88 Jedi Grand Master

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    Yes. And redwoods. As I stated above.
  24. Mr_Whills Jedi Knight

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    And what about all those lizards and snakes on Dagobah. They weren't CGI nor were they painted to look different either.
  25. Darth-Curtis Jedi Padawan

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    Wow! What a good response!

    But I personally don't think alien species with adjectivfes then an earth name are that bad...
    "womp rats" doesnt bug me, but if it was just "rats" that would be annoying...
    oh well
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