The galaxy far far away has some very interesting and thoughtfully named starships. None of these ships are examples of that.
In the grand scheme of terrible ship names, this one could be worse. But I have to ask….. why not name it literally anything else? Originally the HWK-290 light freighter of Kyle Katarn in Legends video game, Dark Forces, The Moldy Crow has been around since the mid-nineties and sounds like a ship that I wouldn’t want to touch let alone get on. Crows are neat birds, but why is this one moldy and why is that the first thing we’re advertising? On the other hand, it’s one of the funnier bad ship names and feels like something that has a story or joke behind it.
When it comes to Imperial ships, some have cool names that strike fear into their enemy or let the reader or viewer know a little something about the person in command of that particular ship. Others are just needlessly edgy. I’m sure whichever Imperial named this ship “Hate” was conscripted way too young and never had a chance to grow out of their space mall goth phase and I hope they weren’t too disappointed when it was destroyed by Red Squadron’s B-Wings en route to Hoth.
While the Moldy Crow I understand probably has a funny story behind its name, I can’t imagine naming a ship after the fact that it is continuously on its way to the junk yard. This Maso-class light cargo hauler was captured by pirates before it could be scrapped, which I suppose is something. But in a world where ships should ideally give the crew confidence and pride in their home The Last Legs would have the opposite effect for me.
In Star Wars the popular metal alloy is called “Durasteel” while “Duracrete” is what people sometimes make buildings out of; there’s a pattern there. With that in mind, I would like to reiterate that this ship is the “Duracrud.” It’s not described in the books as being a particularly attractive ship or emitting the most promising spells, so I’d say there’s a decent chance this ship was aptly named and is in fact a piece of duracrud, but it’s still not the first thing I’d tell people about my ship, personally.
On one hand, I get it. This ship’s name wants to let others know that it is the fastest around and will leave them breathing their exhaust. On the other, I’m 90% sure this ship was named by Bart Simpson. And eventually it and owner Uran Lavint were eventually captured by Imperial Star Destroyer, The Anakin Solo, so clearly not everyone was breathing their jets.
What is your favorite silly Star Wars ship name? If you had a starship, what would you call it? Do you happen to remember the stories behind any of these ship names? Let us know in the comments!
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