- "Engine malfunction?! Damn, a hamtaro flew into my engine again."
- ―TIE fighter pilot
The hamtaro was a species of rodent that caused a fair amount of misery and grief, and were generally regarded as painz in ze arse. Despite this, cooked hamtaro meat tasted fairly good.
- "*Squeal* What the kriff was that?"
- ―Typical response from Imperials on the Death Star
Hamtaros are pretty much everywhere in the galaxy, and frustrated many people until they simply started blasting the little buggers. Hamtaros were known for shitting in your shoes, biting at and stripping any electrical appliances you owned, and wreaking unimaginable havoc as only small, furry critters with curious but small minds could.
Hamtaros were a nuisance aboard most large Imperial vessels, with the average Star Destroyer hosting upwards of ten thousand of the little twerps. A population of over seventy billion was estimated to live aboard the Death Star, chewing on everything imaginable. At one point during the battle station's shakedown phase, a hamtaro chewing on a conduit near the hypermatter core nearly caused a tributary laser to misfire, which would have destroyed the whole facility. Darth Vader, whose eyesight wasn't what it used to be, noticed his Frito Lay chips kept disappearing. He blamed his lower officers for it and, well...you know what they received.