“Are you an angel? Aw I’m just kidding. That’s the worst line I’ve ever used. Hope some poor kid doesn’t start using it.”
—Atton Rand, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
I love when video games make references to other things in their franchise. Here we see Atton Rand asking Meetra Surik this very question thousands of years prior to when the young boy, Anakin Skywalker, asks Padmé Amidala if she was an angel. Seems Atton would be quite disappointed in the younger generation if he ever found out.
But as silly as this is, it is interesting to think about the term “angels” and what it means to us, as opposed to what it means to those in the Star Wars universe. Many may be human, but their world and beliefs are very different from our own.
For us, angels are beautiful, winged creatures from the heaven above. However, none of the Abrahamic religions exist in the Star Wars galaxy. All they have is the Force with Force-sensitive users. There is no “heaven,” only the Force. So where would the term “angel” come from?
Well, it turns out that Angels are humanoid creatures with six wings, and believed to inhabit the moons of the planet Iego. And get this: they were known widely across the galaxy for their great beauty.
George Lucas was prepared for just about anything, wasn’t he?