Well . . . offhand, I'd say Lucas used those names because he thought they fit. So if you think some other name would fit better, I don't see why you shouldn't. I mean, it's not like ficcers don't tweak bits of the GFFA they aren't particularly fond of. Still, I think it would be a good idea to put a disclaimer at the very beginning telling the readers that the names have been changed. Either that or an in-fic explanation for why the names are what they are. Now that that's been said, we need to broaden the discussion if the Mods are going to leave this thread unlocked. So about using established character names . . . I keep thinking of the guy who wanted to sell Obi-Wan death sticks in AotC. IIRC, his name was Elan Sleazebaggano in the AotC script. This has been changed to Elan Sel'Sabagno in later works. I'm not sure if "Sleazebaggano" was ever actually official, but at the time AotC was released, that was his name as far as G-canon was concerned. Say you wrote a fic about what happened to Elan afterwards. Since his name wasn't mentioned in the movie, you decided to call him Retcarahc Modnar. Then one of those obsessive SW geeks reads the fic, says that his name is really Elan Sleazebaggano, and complains about ficcers who don't bother to research the characters they're using. In your opinion, would that be a valid complaint? Still, it can be argued that Elan's just a minor character and his name isn't important enough to get worked up about. So let's take a look at Palpatine, whose first name remains unknown. In fact, given that Padme used the name Amidala after her term as queen, it's possible that Palpatine isn't his "real" name at all. If you were to write about his formative years, you would have to come up with a first name for him. What sort of things do you think need to be taken into consideration?