Bacon is vastly underrepresented in "Star Wars," so it's a relief that "The Force Awakens" features happabores, which had a distinctly hog-like shape and some similar gross traits, too.
Happabores have the bodies and legs of a hippo or a rhinoceros — immense girth sprouting stubby and almost comically short legs. The head of this creature, though, is what makes it unforgettable. It has beady, rhino-like eyes topped with bone spurs and a gigantic elongated face that ends in a huge snout. The nostrils alone are probably large enough for a human fist to slip inside, were you so inclined.
Happabores are easy enough to tame and could be used as sturdy mounts. That's only if you could stand their rancid breath, of course.
The "Star Wars" universe contains a multitude of critters scurrying and lumbering to and fro, populating the books and movies in a mass of quivering, furry or scaly flesh. Indeed, the unusual and downright wacky creatures that assist and afflict the Skywalkers are indispensable. Without this cast of side characters, the stories would lack the mystical magic that's helped them to endure for decades.
Author's Note: 10 Wacky Creatures of 'Star Wars'
There are countless wacky creatures in the "Star Wars" movies, so it's hard to figure out which ones are my favorites. I always thought that the ferocious teddy bears called Ewoks were pretty fantastic. They always fought for the good guys, and I remember shedding a tear or two when Stormtroopers blasted them in the forest. But let's be honest, in all of these films, no other predator quite matches the Sarlacc. It was singularly ugly and singularly massive, like a tooth-laced black hole, inescapable for the characters who met their doom in its max and unforgettable in my nightmares. Thanks a lot, George Lucas.
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