“The Mandalorian” is the famous Star Wars universe tv series created by Jon Favreau and airing on the streaming service Disney+. It follows Din Djarin, the titular bounty hunter, and Grogu, a 50-year-old baby with great connection with the force, in theirs adventures. But it is also well-known for for its numerous Easter eggs and references to other Star Wars media and pop culture. Here are 51 examples.
1. Boba Fett’s armor: The Mandalorian’s armor is heavily inspired by the iconic armor worn by Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy. In Season 2, it is revealed that Boba Fett survived the events of “Return of the Jedi” and has since taken back his armor, which had been scavenged by the Jawas.
2. Ahsoka Tano: In Season 2, Episode 5, the Mandalorian is tasked with finding the Jedi Ahsoka Tano, who was previously a major character in the animated series “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels.” Ahsoka is portrayed by Rosario Dawson and makes her live-action debut in the episode.
3. R5-D4: In Season 1, Episode 2, the Mandalorian visits a Jawa sandcrawler to negotiate for the parts they have scavenged from his ship. In the background of the scene, a familiar astromech droid can be seen with a damaged motivator. This droid is R5-D4, who famously malfunctioned in the original Star Wars film and was replaced by R2-D2.
4. Dark Troopers: In Season 2, Episode 6, the main villain, Moff Gideon, deploys a squad of advanced droids known as Dark Troopers. These droids were originally introduced in the “Dark Forces” video game series and have since appeared in various Star Wars media.
5. The Krayt Dragon: In Season 2, Episode 1, the Mandalorian is tasked with killing a Krayt Dragon that is terrorizing a small town on Tatooine. The Krayt Dragon was first mentioned in the original Star Wars film and has since been referenced in various Star Wars media.
6. The Mythosaur Skull: The Mythosaur skull is a symbol of Mandalorian culture and is prominently displayed on the shoulder armor of the Mandalorian. It’s also seen on the door of the Armorer’s forge.
7. The Darksaber: The Darksaber is a unique lightsaber with a black blade. It was created by the first Mandalorian Jedi, Tarre Vizsla, and has since become a symbol of leadership among the Mandalorians. Moff Gideon is seen wielding the Darksaber at the end of season one, and it becomes a major plot point in season two.
8. The Jedi: In “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” we finally meet Ahsoka Tano, a fan-favorite character from the Star Wars animated series. Ahsoka is searching for Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was last seen in the animated series Rebels.
9. The Clone Wars: The Mandalorian takes place after the events of the original trilogy, but there are plenty of references to the prequel era as well. In “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” we see a mural of a battle from the Clone Wars, and in “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” Ahsoka mentions her former master, Anakin Skywalker.
10. The Ice Cream Maker: In The Empire Strikes Back, a character is seen running through Cloud City carrying a white object that looks like an ice cream maker. In “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” we see the same character (played by the same actor, no less) carrying the same object as he flees from a battle.
11. Mos Eisley Cantina: In “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” the Mandalorian and his new companion enter a bar that looks remarkably similar to the Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope. In fact, the same droid bartender, EV-9D9, can be seen behind the bar.
12. Return of the Jedi References: In “Chapter 6: The Prisoner,” the crew of a prison ship are seen wearing uniforms that resemble those worn by Imperial officers in Return of the Jedi. Additionally, the character played by Clancy Brown is named Burg, which is a reference to the character of the same name from the Star Wars radio drama.
13. IG-88: In “Chapter 8: Redemption,” we see a flashback of the Mandalorian’s past in which he was rescued by a group of bounty hunters. One of those hunters is IG-11, a droid that looks very similar to IG-88, a bounty hunter droid seen briefly in The Empire Strikes Back.
14. The Force: While The Mandalorian focuses on a different corner of the Star Wars universe, the Force is still a key element. In “Chapter 4: Sanctuary,” we meet a character named Omera who tells the Mandalorian about her people’s belief in the Force. Additionally, in “Chapter 8: Redemption,” the Mandalorian and his allies face off against Moff Gideon and his troops using the power of the Force.
15. The Star Wars Holiday Special: The infamous Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978 is widely considered to be one of the worst things ever produced by the franchise. However, in “Chapter 12: The Siege,” we see a reference to the special when the Mandalorian and his companions travel to a planet called Morak and steal a vehicle called an “Imperial Troop Transport.” This vehicle was first seen in the Holiday Special.
16. Bantha: In “Chapter 2: The Child,” we see the Mandalorian riding a blurrg, a creature that was first introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Later in the episode, we see a group of Tusken Raiders riding banthas, which are large, shaggy creatures that have been a staple of Star Wars since A New Hope.
17. Loth-cats: In “Chapter 4: Sanctuary,” the Mandalorian and the Child encounter a group of furry creatures that resemble cats. These are Loth-cats, creatures that were first introduced in the Star Wars Rebels animated series.
18. Dark Troopers: In “Chapter 12: The Siege,” we see a group of Imperial soldiers wearing black armor and flying through the air. These are Dark Troopers, a type of elite soldier that were first introduced in the Star Wars video game Dark Forces.
19. The T-16 Skyhopper: In “Chapter 15: The Believer,” the Mandalorian and his team hijack a vehicle called a Juggernaut. During the heist, one of the characters references a T-16, a speeder that Luke Skywalker famously owned in A New Hope.
20. Jango Fett’s Helmet: In “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” we see Boba Fett wearing his father’s helmet, which was first seen in Attack of the Clones. Additionally, we see Boba using his father’s blaster pistols.
21. The Whistling Birds: The Mandalorian’s suit is equipped with a weapon called the Whistling Birds, which are small rockets that home in on their targets. These were first introduced in “Chapter 3: The Sin.”
22. The Jedi Temple: In “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” we see a glimpse of a ruined Jedi temple on the planet Tython. This could be a reference to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, which was seen in the prequel trilogy.
23. Bo-Katan Kryze: In “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” the Mandalorian encounters Bo-Katan Kryze, a character who was first introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She is played by the same actress who voiced the character in the animated series.
24. HK Assassin Droids: In “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” Boba Fett brings out two HK assassin droids to help defend against stormtroopers. These droids were first introduced in the video game Knights of the Old Republic.
25. The Mythosaur: The symbol of the Mandalorians is a skull of a creature called the Mythosaur. This creature was first mentioned in the Legends continuity of Star Wars and was later brought into canon by The Mandalorian.
26. The Beskar Spear: In “Chapter 16: The Rescue,” the Mandalorian is given a spear made of beskar by Ahsoka Tano. This weapon is similar in design to a weapon used by the Nightsisters in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
27. The Great Purge: In “Chapter 3: The Sin,” the Mandalorian is shown having flashbacks to an event called the Great Purge, in which the Empire attacked and destroyed the Mandalorian people. This event was first mentioned in Star Wars Rebels.
28. The Force Healing: In “Chapter 2: The Child,” we see the Child (aka Baby Yoda) use the Force to heal the Mandalorian’s wound. This ability was first introduced in The Rise of Skywalker.
29. R5-D4: In “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” the Mandalorian visits a mechanic who has an R5 unit with a bad motivator, just like the one that Luke Skywalker and Uncle Owen almost purchased in A New Hope.
30. The Gamorreans: In “Chapter 15: The Believer,” the Mandalorian and his team enter a building that is guarded by Gamorrean guards, which are pig-like creatures that were first seen in Return of the Jedi.
31. The Mandalorian’s Jetpack: In “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” the Mandalorian gets his hands on a jetpack, which is a classic piece of Mandalorian equipment that has been seen in various Star Wars media.
32. Boba Fett’s Ship: In “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” the Mandalorian visits a Tusken Raider encampment where he sees a ship that looks suspiciously like Boba Fett’s Slave I.
33. The New Republic: In “Chapter 6: The Prisoner,” the Mandalorian is hired by a group of mercenaries to rescue one of their own from a New Republic prison ship.
34. The Darktroopers: In “Chapter 15: The Believer,” we see the Darktroopers in action, which is a reference to the classic Star Wars video game Dark Forces.
35. The Krykna Spiders: In “Chapter 10: The Passenger,” the Mandalorian and the Child are attacked by Krykna spiders, which are creatures that were first seen in Star Wars Rebels.
36. The Ice Spiders: In “Chapter 10: The Passenger,” the Mandalorian and the Child are attacked by ice spiders on the planet Maldo Kreis, which are a reference to the spider creatures that Luke Skywalker fought in the Marvel Comics Star Wars series.
37. The Zabrak Horns: In “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” Bo-Katan Kryze and her Mandalorian comrades are shown with horns on their helmets, which is a reference to the Zabrak species, which includes Darth Maul.
38. The Morak Refinery: In “Chapter 15: The Believer,” the Mandalorian and his team infiltrate a refinery on the planet Morak, which is a reference to Morak, a planet mentioned in the Star Wars Legends continuity.
39. The Dark Troopers: In “Chapter 16: The Rescue,” Moff Gideon’s forces include Dark Troopers, which are heavily armed and armored battle droids that were first introduced in the Legends continuity of Star Wars.
40. The Imperial Probe Droids: In “Chapter 12: The Siege,” the Mandalorian and his allies encounter Imperial Probe Droids, which are surveillance droids that were first seen in The Empire Strikes Back.
41. The Jedi Temple: In “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” Ahsoka Tano reveals that she is searching for Grand Admiral Thrawn, and mentions that he was last seen with Ezra Bridger. She also mentions that Thrawn was taken by the Rebels after the Liberation of Lothal, which is a reference to events from Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka is shown standing in front of a ruined Jedi Temple during this scene.
42. The Vizsla Clan: In “Chapter 3: The Sin,” the Mandalorian visits a covert where he meets other Mandalorians, including a character named Paz Vizsla, who is a reference to Pre Vizsla, the leader of the Mandalorian Death Watch in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Both characters are members of the Vizsla clan.
43. Ahsoka Tano: In “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” the Mandalorian encounters Ahsoka Tano, a fan-favorite character from The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. She is played by Rosario Dawson in live-action for the first time.
44. Tython: In “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” the Mandalorian takes the Child to the planet Tython, which is a reference to the Legends continuity of Star Wars. Tython is the birthplace of the Jedi Order in the Legends continuity.
45. The Imperial Base: In “Chapter 7: The Reckoning,” the Mandalorian and his allies infiltrate an Imperial base on the planet Nevarro. This base was previously seen in “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian.”
46. The Return of Boba Fett: In “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” the Mandalorian encounters a character who is revealed to be Boba Fett, a fan-favorite character from the original trilogy who was presumed dead after falling into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi.
47. The Tusken Raiders: The Mandalorian frequently interacts with Tusken Raiders, who are a staple of the Star Wars universe and were first seen in A New Hope.
48. The Razor Crest: The Mandalorian’s ship, the Razor Crest, is a new design for the show, but it incorporates elements from classic Star Wars ships like the Millennium Falcon and Slave I.
49. The Mos Eisley Cantina: In “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” the Mandalorian visits the Mos Eisley Cantina, a location that was first seen in A New Hope.
50. The Boonta Eve Classic: In “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” the Mandalorian witnesses a speeder bike race that is referred to as the Boonta Eve Classic, which is the same race that Anakin Skywalker competes in during The Phantom Menace.
51. The Jedi Temple: In “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” Ahsoka Tano mentions the Jedi Temple, which is a location that was first seen in the prequel trilogy.