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15 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Didn't Know About Gungans

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about the Gungans.

The Gungans are a complicated species in the Star Wars franchise due to a single individual. Love him or hate him, every fan has something to say about Jar Jar Binks and his actions in the prequel trilogy. Regardless, Binks is a big part of franchise history, seeing as he was the one who elevated Senator Palpatine to replace Chancellor Vallorum in the Republic Senate. That moment doomed the Republic, which would be replaced by the Galactic Empire.

Of course, Jar Jar couldn't have known it at the time, and the act would have a damaging impact on his life. For example, did you know that Jar Jar Binks became a professional clown after the Clone Wars? Jar Jar was also very close to Padmé long after their initial meeting. The Gungans haven't been featured as much as other races, and that's probably due to the fan reaction to Jar Jar. Still, there have been some comics and cartoons featuring the species. Details of Gungan City and much more have been delved into, but most casual fans of the franchise don't know much about the Gungans.

Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fan base doesn't know about Gungans. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about the amphibious species from Naboo. Take a gander below and be sure to vote up the coolest things you learned about the Gungans!

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    No Two Gungan Bongo Submarines Are Alike

    When Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi negotiated aid from the Gungan people, they were given access to a bongo submarine. They were able to use the vehicle to travel through the Naboo core to make their way into Theed, the capital city of Naboo. No two bongo submarines are identical, which is due to their semi-organic makeup. The Otoh Gunga Bongameken Cooperative makes each one, and their techniques for doing so remains a closely guarded secret.

    Each bongo submarine's manta-shaped hull is grown from a native species of coral. The hull's organic nature ensures that each bongo submarine is unique, though there are common features found on all of them. They use electromotive tentacles for propulsion, making the vehicle look squid-like in appearance. Bongo submarines are also heavily armored for two reasons. They need to travel deep within the planet's core, where pressure would crush a poorly armored vehicle. Also, the chance of being attacked by giant sea monsters necessitates heavy armor.

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    Following The Rise Of The Empire, Jar Jar Binks Became A Professional Clown (Yes, Really)

    Jar Jar Binks was very much despised by many of the fans who watched the prequel trilogy. Despite this, the character was incredibly important concerning Palpatine's rise to power. He's something of a linchpin to the whole affair, so his importance cannot be diminished. After the prequel trilogy, he fought in the Clone Wars and was instrumental in bringing the Gungan Grand Army to help fight in the Battle of Mon Cala, but that's not the end of his story.

    Jar Jar's story continues in Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End, a novel by Chuck Wendig. In the book, it's made clear that Jar Jar is aware of his part in elevating Palpatine to power, and he is haunted by his actions. He is eventually exiled to Theed, where he performs as a professional clown twice a day on the city streets, entertaining children. When a young boy asks him who he is and how he came to be in Theed, he says, "Meesa Jar Jar. Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistaken. Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire."

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    The Gungan's Sacred Place Was Created By Naboo's Oldest Society

    The Gungans are an interesting species due to their unique physiology. They are born as tadpoles capable of forming limbs after a few months of development. While they can live on land without any problems, they prefer to live underwater. Their cities were built in the seas of Naboo, stretching their domain across the entire planet of Naboo, which features a hollow core filled with water. Despite their penchant for living in the water, they have a sanctuary on land called the Sacred Place.

    Long ago, another sentient species of humanoids known as the Elders lived on Naboo. The Elders and the Gungans were in conflict for a long time, though it's unclear what their fight was about. Eventually, the Elders all perished, but their statues remain (in ruins) at the Gungan Sacred Place. It's briefly seen in The Phantom Menace when Queen Amidala meets with Boss Nass to negotiate for Gungan aid in the defense of the planet. The Gungans travel to the Sacred Place whenever they are threatened, making it an important location in their society.

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    During The Clone Wars, General Tarpals Sacrificed Himself To Capture Grievous

    General Roos Tarpals was one of the commanders who fought during the Invasion of Naboo, though he was a captain at the time. Tarpals's promotion came after the Gungan victory at the Battle of Naboo, and he continued to fight throughout the Clone Wars. Tarpals didn't take part in the Battle of Mon Cala, but he was present when Jedi Master Yoda requested Gungan assistance in supporting the Mon Cala in their fight against the Quarren and their Separatist allies.

    When General Grievous began an invasion by attacking Theed, Tarpals joined Jar Jar to try and thwart their efforts. Jar Jar distracted Grievous, which gave Tarpals time to tell Amidala of his presence on the planet. Grievous figured this out, and he followed Jar Jar off the ship. Seeing this, Tarpals surrounded Grievous with some other Gungans, but the two commanders were fighting one another before long. Tarpals was mortally wounded in their fight, but he managed to "shock" his killer into submission, ensuring his sacrifice was not fruitless.

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    The Gungans Are Technologically Advanced In Numerous Ways

    They may not look it, but the Gungans are technologically advanced in several areas. They chose to build their cities underwater, which required the development of force shields. These are used to protect the various rooms and buildings that remain within a pocket of air.

    Additionally, they perfected a means of creating plasma shields for use in military defense. Their bubble shields can encompass their entire army, protecting them from indirect artillery fire and other dangers. They also created handheld shields using the same technology.

    In terms of offensive technology, Gungans use weaponry capable of subduing electronic components, making them especially lethal against droids. Additionally, their bongo submarines are capable of traveling throughout the planet's core, so while they have never built starships, they likely could but lack the need or desire to do so.

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    Gungans Prefer Living Underwater But Don't Have To

    Gungans are amphibians, which means that they begin their lives in the water. Born as tadpoles, the Gungans quickly develop their more terrestrial features after only a few months. They then move to land, but not permanently. Instead, they spend the majority of their lives in the waters of Naboo, which is where they have built their cities.

    Ultimately, the Gungans chose to live in the water rather than on land. This was primarily due to their ancient conflict with the Elders, who occupied the land long before the humans of Naboo colonized the planet's surface. After living their lives in the water for as long as they did, the Gungans felt their desire for peace would be sustained if they chose not to live on land with the humans.

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