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Jek Porkins was a fictional character from the original Star Wars film, an X-wing pilot who was killed by the Empire.
Porkins’ size and manner were deemed lulz-worthy by the YouTube community and has also been spoofed by the likes of Family Guy.
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Family Guy spoof:
The first Porkins tribute/spoof YouTube video seemed to have be posted in 2006 by the user Zebonka, titled “Porkins Video Tribute”, a spoof of the scene where Porkins is eating fast food while flying his X-wing…
This spoof helped others remember/discover this character and he slowly became a YouTube legend.
Here are some of the many Porkins videos:
Jek Tono Porkins was a trader and pilot from Bestine IV who, along with the other Bestines, was forced to abandon his homeworld when the Galactic Empire chose it as the site of a new military base. Seeking the opportunity to strike back at the Empire, Porkins joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic and was assigned to Tierfon Rebel Base for pilot training with the Tierfon Yellow Aces. His skill at low-altitude strafing runs and his rotund physique earned him the nicknames “Belly Runner” and “Piggy.” After the completion of the Empire’s Death Star, the Yellow Aces were taken to fully active status and transferred to fill gaps in pilot rosters at other Rebel bases. When Porkins’s good friend Wes Janson was taken ill with a case of Hesken Fever, Porkins was given his friend’s assignment instead and transferred to Red Squadron, operating out of the Great Temple on Yavin 4.
Porkins flew as Red Six during the Battle of Yavin, his skills at strafing aiding the Rebels early in the battle. However, when his T-65 X-wing starfighter was struck by debris, leaving him with several mechanical and computer malfunctions, Porkins was hit by enemy turbolaser fire and killed.
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Porkins even has his own geek cult the “Porkinites”!
The Porkinites believe that Jek Porkins, Red 6 during the Battle of Yavin, is the force behind the destruction of the Death Star. The Porkinites are enemies of the Gungan Mafia (another cult).
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