Sometimes Star Wars Names Are Way Too On-the-Nose

Why does Lucasfilm occasionally use exasperatingly ridiculous names?

When you're working in a fictional universe filled with thousands of characters, it's understandable that sometimes cooking up an original name would be a challenge.

But occasionally, Star Wars writers or creators come up with a character name that's so ridiculously obvious, it strains credibility until it breaks. I'm talking about names that lack any subtlety, often telling you everything you need to know about the character thanks to a play on words. Other times, the names come from what we can only perceive as a lack of creativity on the writer's part.

There are so many of them. Salacious B. Crumb comes to mind, as does George Lucas' Revenge of the Sith character Chairman Papanoida. But I've whittled the list down to, in no particular order, the ten most "grievous" (ahem) examples.

01
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Savage Opress

Savage Opress
Savage Opress on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

It's hard to get anymore obvious than this one, the name of Darth Maul's Zabrak brother. Lucasfilm Animation tried to make it different by shifting the emphasis around, and giving the "g" a "zh" sound (like Dr. Zhivago).

But in the end, it was impossible to ignore that somebody working on just took the words "savage" (meaning violent) and "oppress" (meaning to persecute) and slapped 'em together.

And in case you somehow missed the meaning of the name while watching the show, Savage also had a brother name "Feral." True story.

02
of 10

Elan Sleazebaggano

Elan Sleazebaggano
Elan Sleazebaggano does his best Wolverine smolder for the camera, in 'Attack of the Clones'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

This guy was a death stick seller in Attack of the Clones who Obi-Wan Kenobi ran into briefly in a bar on Coruscant's lower levels. Death sticks are an illicit substance, which makes Elan Sleazebaggano a drug dealer.

Way to hammer that one home, George. Was "Ima Druggadeeleroo" already taken?

03
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Pre Vizsla

Pre Vizsla
Pre Vizsla on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

In animation or productions heavy on visual effects, there's an early step of the filmmaking process that helps storytellers get a visual idea of what a scene will look like. It's known in the industry as previsualization, or "pre-vis" for short. The Clone Wars used pre-vis for every episode it produced.

Seeing the name for this guy -- head of the ancient Mandalorian warrior cult Death Watch, on Clone Wars -- you can so easily imagine a writer being stuck for a name, and deciding, "Eh, I'll just make a name out of a production term. No one will know..."

The name lives on in Star Wars Rebels, where it was revealed that Sabine Wren is a member of House Vizsla -- a heritage she's not particularly proud of.

04
of 10

Moralo Eval

Moralo Eval
Moralo Eval on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Yet another Clone Wars character, but this one was a real piece of work. As bad as you'd imagine a character with a name made from the words "moral" and "evil" to be, it turns out Mr. Eval was even worse.

How morally evil was Moralo Eval? He was a career criminal who murdered his own mother when he was a child, simply because he was "bored."

He got worse from there.

05
of 10

General Grievous

General Grievous
General Grievous, in 'Revenge of the Sith'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

This hulking cyborg has become such a well-known character that we tend to forget how glaringly undisguised his moniker is.

The word grievous means to cause pain or suffering. The maniacal general might as well have been wearing a big sandwich board with "I'M THE BAD GUY" painted on it.

06
of 10

Oola

Oola
Oola in 'Return of the Jedi'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Remember the suggestively-dressed, green-skinned dancer from Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi? The one that tried to escape her chains and got fed to the Rancor?

You probably never knew that she had a name.

It was Oola. As in, "Ooh-la-la."

Real subtle.

07
of 10

Ziro the Hutt

Ziro the Hutt
Ziro the Hutt on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

He's a bad guy Hutt. He's annoying as crap. He's a total loser. A nobody.

A zero.

You didn't need that explanation at all, did you.

08
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Greedo

Greedo
Greedo in 'Star Wars: A New Hope'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

We're going way back for this one. This name's so old, it's another one that's easy to overlook. We're just so used to hearing it.

I'm talking about everybody's favorite Rodian-bounty-hunter-working-for-Jabba-the-Hutt-who-Han-Solo-totally-shot-first-at-the-Mos-Eisley-cantina.

Bounty hunters are, by their nature, a pretty materialistic bunch. They track down wanted individuals to earn a hefty cash reward. It's not an easy job, but the money is a powerful enticement. It makes them greedy.

Like Greed-o.

09
of 10

Sly Moore

Sly Moore
Sly Moore in 'Attack of the Clones'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

A background player in the prequel trilogy, Sly Moore was Chancellor Palpatine's senior administrative aide. The Star Wars Databank references her "enigmatic silence," which gave way to abundant "rumors about her past and mysterious abilities she supposedly possessed."

Someone who is sly is cunning or deceitful. Just as anyone who was part of Palpatine's inner circle must've been.

Compared to the rest of the Republic government, Sly Moore was more sly.

10
of 10

Agent Kallus

Agent Kallus
Agent Kallus in 'Star Wars Rebels'. Lucasfilm Ltd.

Star Wars Rebels has mostly avoided painfully obvious names for its characters, but the one major exception is Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus.

His first name, assuming he has one, has never been revealed. But this Rebel-hunter has a brutal reputation for squashing any hints of rebellion throughout the Empire. He finds that job much harder than usual when he encounters the Lothal Rebels, but he remains a cunning, heartless officer bent on destroying them all.

His name is a homophone for the word "callous," a term for someone who is cruel, cold, and hard-edged. A Season 2 episode of Rebels called "The Honorable Ones" revealed that there may be more vulnerability to him than a stereotypically unsympathetic villain.

But the first time you hear his name, it's patently clear who he is and what he's about.