History Literature / TheThrawnTrilogy

26th Apr '18 8:12:00 PM HeraldAlberich
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->''From the very first chapter of Heir to the Empire:''

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->''From the very first chapter of Heir ''Heir to the Empire:''
Empire'':''



Ironically given the BigBad is an alien, this trilogy introduced a slightly more human Galactic Empire - still certainly villainous but no longer a ZeroPercentApprovalRating organization. In movie terms it is somewhat closer to Admiral Piett and Captain Needa than Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. Thrawn himself (the aforementioned alien BigBad) was certainly a MagnificentBastard of the highest caliber, one whom the reader did not hesitate in respecting. The trilogy also reflected the RealLife movement into the Information Age, with Thrawn (and Karrde opposite him) being able to [[HyperAwareness connect esoteric and obscure bits of data together into a much larger picture]]. Thrawn in particular was able to practice an [[SherlockScan almost obscene version of psychoanalysis]] on people and cultures by studying their artwork, using it to identify weaknesses in their thinking or perception patterns, and then exploiting said weaknesses in devastating ways. The trilogy, as implied by its name, concerns the adventures of the New Republic, particularly PowerTrio Luke, Han and Leia, to deal with Thrawn's plans, leadership and genius.

A comicbook adaptation of the trilogy was also produced, with six issues allotted per book. The art for ''Heir to the Empire'' is [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1095271.html kind of]] [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1102177.html questionable]]. The art for ''Dark Force Rising'' is [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1130111.html much]] [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1175290.html prettier]], but it has problems of its own. The art for the [[http://joysweeper.livejournal.com/68524.html last]] [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1368148.html book]] is pretty decent; less realistic, but more expressive. The comics are a very CompressedAdaptation, with some pages having a WallOfText and somehow still leaving out some important elements, but they do fairly well at sticking to the narrative.

For an idea of just how much of ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' (ex-)canon got its start in these books, go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Heir_to_the_Empire#Appearances here,]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Force_Rising#Appearances here]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Command#Appearances here]] and note how many times the phrase "first appearance" comes up. These novels basically ''invented'' the New Republic that the Rebellion became. A few years later, Zahn wrote the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology.

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Ironically given the BigBad is an alien, this trilogy introduced a slightly more human Galactic Empire - still Empire--still certainly villainous but no longer a ZeroPercentApprovalRating organization. In movie terms it is somewhat closer to Admiral Piett and Captain Needa than Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. Thrawn himself (the aforementioned alien BigBad) was certainly a MagnificentBastard of the highest caliber, one whom the reader did not hesitate in respecting. The trilogy also reflected the RealLife movement into the Information Age, with Thrawn (and Karrde opposite him) being able to [[HyperAwareness connect esoteric and obscure bits of data together into a much larger picture]]. Thrawn in particular was able to practice an [[SherlockScan almost obscene version of psychoanalysis]] on people and cultures by studying their artwork, using it to identify weaknesses in their thinking or perception patterns, and then exploiting said weaknesses in devastating ways. The trilogy, as implied by its name, concerns the adventures of the New Republic, particularly PowerTrio Luke, Han and Leia, to deal with Thrawn's plans, leadership and genius.

A comicbook comic-book adaptation of the trilogy was also produced, with six issues allotted per book. The art for ''Heir to the Empire'' is [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1095271.html kind of]] [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1102177.html questionable]]. The art for ''Dark Force Rising'' is [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1130111.html much]] [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/1175290.html prettier]], but it has problems of its own. The art for the [[http://joysweeper.livejournal.com/68524.html last]] [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1368148.html book]] is pretty decent; less realistic, but more expressive. The comics are a very CompressedAdaptation, with some pages having a WallOfText and somehow still leaving out some important elements, but they do fairly well at sticking to the narrative.

For an idea of just how much of ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' (ex-)canon Franchise/StarWarsLegends canon got its start in these books, go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Heir_to_the_Empire#Appearances here,]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Force_Rising#Appearances here]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Command#Appearances here]] and note how many times the phrase "first appearance" comes up. These novels basically ''invented'' the New Republic that the Rebellion became. A few years later, Zahn wrote the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology.



On July 16, 2016, it was announced at Celebration Europe that Thrawn (voiced by Creator/LarsMikkelsen) would appear in Season Three of WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels and in a new non-Legends novel by Creator/TimothyZahn, making him the first major post-Jedi Legends character [[SchrodingersCanon to be transitioned back into the new timeline.]]

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On July 16, 2016, it was announced at Celebration Europe that Thrawn (voiced by Creator/LarsMikkelsen) would appear in Season Three of WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' and in [[Literature/{{Thrawn}} a new non-Legends novel novel]] by Creator/TimothyZahn, making him the first major post-Jedi post-''Jedi'' Legends character [[SchrodingersCanon to be transitioned back into the new timeline.]]
timeline]].
28th Mar '18 10:38:39 PM nombretomado
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For an idea of just how much of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse canon got its start in these books, go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Heir_to_the_Empire#Appearances here,]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Force_Rising#Appearances here]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Command#Appearances here]] and note how many times the phrase "first appearance" comes up. These novels basically ''invented'' the New Republic that the Rebellion became. A few years later, Zahn wrote the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology.

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For an idea of just how much of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse canon ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' (ex-)canon got its start in these books, go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Heir_to_the_Empire#Appearances here,]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Force_Rising#Appearances here]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Command#Appearances here]] and note how many times the phrase "first appearance" comes up. These novels basically ''invented'' the New Republic that the Rebellion became. A few years later, Zahn wrote the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology.



** In a broader sense there are several examples of this trope for the StarWarsExpandedUniverse as a whole, as this is the first canon post-''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' work. For instance, the idea that Jabba the Hutt was the galaxy's biggest crime lord--later works present him as a smaller figure, able to be ordered around by, for example, the leaders of Black Sun (though to be fair, most of those bigger fish died ''before'' Jabba did, so it's possible that by ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' he really was the top crime lord in the galaxy).

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** In a broader sense there are several examples of this trope for the StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' as a whole, as this is the first canon post-''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' work. For instance, the idea that Jabba the Hutt was the galaxy's biggest crime lord--later works present him as a smaller figure, able to be ordered around by, for example, the leaders of Black Sun (though to be fair, most of those bigger fish died ''before'' Jabba did, so it's possible that by ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' he really was the top crime lord in the galaxy).



** Averted as much as is possible for ''StarWars'': realizing that the galaxy has over a ''million'' inhabited worlds, Zahn (unlike some other StarWarsExpandedUniverse writers) doesn't recycle locations from the films without good reason. And at those times when the heroes know they need to find something on an unfamiliar world, they don't act like knowing what planet it's on will make things easy. Planets are ''big''.

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** Averted as much as is possible for ''StarWars'': ''Franchise/StarWars'': realizing that the galaxy has over a ''million'' inhabited worlds, Zahn (unlike some other StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' writers) doesn't recycle locations from the films without good reason. And at those times when the heroes know they need to find something on an unfamiliar world, they don't act like knowing what planet it's on will make things easy. Planets are ''big''.
26th Mar '18 10:25:59 AM StarSword
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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Mara's constantly in this situation with Luke, and she's none too happy about it. She was given a {{geas}} to kill Luke by Emperor Palpatine during Darth Vader's HeelFaceTurn at the climax of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Mara's constantly in this situation with Luke, and she's none too happy about it. She was given a {{geas}} to kill Luke him by Emperor Palpatine during Darth Vader's HeelFaceTurn at the climax of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', and frequently has to fight against the compulsion when they're working together. [[spoiler:LoopholeAbuse in the form of Mara killing Luke's ''clone'' in the last book breaks the geas.]]
26th Mar '18 10:22:51 AM StarSword
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* BadBoss: Pellaeon contrasts Vader being one with the fact that Thrawn isn't.

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* BadBoss: Pellaeon contrasts Vader being one with the fact that Thrawn isn't. Which doesn't mean Thrawn isn't above a YouHaveFailedMe on occasion (reference the situation with the tractor beam operator), he's just more pragmatic about it.
* BadassBoast: Thrawn shows us exactly who's in charge: "I rule the Empire now, not some long-dead Emperor."



** His trick of faking the ability to fire through planetary shields relies on choosing a target psychologically prone to panic when they think they've seen something impossible without examining it too closely. When a recording of the attack makes it the New Republic they figure out how it was done immediately, but by then the Empire has secured the planet.

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** His trick of faking the ability to fire through planetary shields relies on choosing a target psychologically prone to panic when they think they've seen something impossible without examining it too closely. When a recording of the attack makes it to the New Republic they figure out how it was done immediately, but by then the Empire has secured the planet.



* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Rukh to Thrawn. After Rukh finds out that the Empire has been poisoning his homeworld instead of helping the clean-up process as they say, he stabs Thrawn. It's mentioned in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology that Rukh did not live to tell about it, being intercepted and killed by an elite stormtrooper squad]].

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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Rukh to Thrawn. After Rukh finds out that the Empire has been poisoning his homeworld instead of helping the clean-up process as they say, he stabs Thrawn. It's mentioned in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology that Rukh did not live to tell about it, being intercepted and killed by an elite stormtrooper squad]].squad.]]



*** Zahn and a couple others actually did {{Retcon}} a form of this back into canon. A comic had a battle between Republic forces (including Pellaeon) and besieged Separatist aliens who were quick-growing clones of their warriors in tubes, and as they compressed the growth cycle further and further the clones started getting disjointed. The Empire started moving away from Kamino cloning to experiment with Spaarti cylinders, an entirely different tech, and growing clones too quickly in those tends to make them insane. It helps that he was vague about all of that the first time around.
*** Averted in that the "rule of thumb" for safe cloning is a minimum of one year, and ideally three to five years. Fast forward (or rewind) to ''Attack of the Clones'', and Kaminoans do indeed take about five years to grow a batch of clones.

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*** Zahn and a couple others actually did {{Retcon}} a form of this back into canon. A comic had a battle between Republic forces (including Pellaeon) and besieged Separatist aliens who were quick-growing clones of their warriors in tubes, and as they compressed the growth cycle further and further the clones started getting disjointed. The Empire started moving away from Kamino cloning to experiment with Spaarti cylinders, an entirely different tech, and growing clones too quickly in those tends to make them insane. The Thrawn Trilogy attributes this to interference from too many identical Force presences in the same place ([[spoiler:a problem which Thrawn solves through the use of Force-suppressing ysalamiri]]). It also helps that he was vague about all of that the first time around.
*** Averted in that the "rule of thumb" for safe cloning is a minimum of one year, and ideally three to five years. Fast forward (or rewind) to ''Attack of the Clones'', and Kaminoans do indeed take about five ''ten'' years to grow a batch of clones.



* CallBack: The "No time to discuss this in committee!" "I am not a committee!" exchange between Leia and Han in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' has apparently become a private joke between them (they drop the lines again after Bpfassh), and Luke thinks to himself he's going to have to have them explain it to him at some point.

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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The "No time to discuss this in committee!" "I am not a committee!" exchange between Leia and Han in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' has apparently become a private joke between them (they drop the lines again after Bpfassh), and Luke thinks to himself he's going to have to have them explain it to him at some point.



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Mara's constantly in this situation with Luke, and she's none too happy about it.

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Mara's constantly in this situation with Luke, and she's none too happy about it. She was given a {{geas}} to kill Luke by Emperor Palpatine during Darth Vader's HeelFaceTurn at the climax of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''



** Shortly after that, C'baoth prevents Thrawn from executing one of the Wayland natives who try to kill him. When he does so, Thrawn whirls about in surprise and anger; two emotions that, from here on out, Thrawn rarely visibly shows. This is Justified, as Thrawn had just met C'baoth and couldn't entirely predict how he would react-once he figures out that he's insane, he is able to respond to him in his usual measured, controlled way.
** In the annotated anniversary ''Heir to the Empire'', Zahn attributes Thrawn's unusual response by [[{{Retcon}} retroactively]] explaining that Thrawn and [[spoiler: the original, non-clone]] C'baoth had already met in Literature/OutboundFlight.

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** Shortly after that, C'baoth prevents Thrawn from executing one of the Wayland natives who try to kill him. When he does so, Thrawn whirls about in surprise and anger; two emotions that, from here on out, Thrawn rarely visibly shows. This is Justified, as Thrawn had just met C'baoth and couldn't entirely predict how he would react-once react. Once he figures out that he's insane, he is able to respond to him in his usual measured, controlled way.
** In the annotated anniversary ''Heir to the Empire'', Zahn attributes Thrawn's unusual response by [[{{Retcon}} retroactively]] explaining that Thrawn and [[spoiler: the original, non-clone]] C'baoth had already met in Literature/OutboundFlight.''Literature/OutboundFlight''.
22nd Mar '18 10:08:29 PM Agronac919
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Added DiffLines:

* ObiWanMoment: The TropeNamer himself gives one to Luke as his spirit fades into the afterlife forever.
--> '''Luke''': Then I am alone. I am the last of the Jedi.
--> '''Ben''': Not the last of the old. The first of the new.
29th Jan '18 2:06:33 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* LadyLand: Sort of; Noghri society is somewhat matriarchal, at least on the village and family level; of the dynasts (clan leaders), the only ones named are apparently male.

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* LadyLand: Sort of; Noghri society is somewhat matriarchal, at least on the village and family level; of the dynasts (clan leaders), the only ones named are apparently male. This may be due to sheer attrition; most of the males are deployed in commando groups.
19th Jan '18 1:40:01 AM AzorAhai
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[[caption-width-right:286: The covers for this trilogy were designed by the same man who did the posters for the Original Trilogy. [[DoingItForTheArt Gotta love that]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The
covers for this trilogy were designed by the same man who did the posters for the Original Trilogy. [[DoingItForTheArt Gotta love that]].]]
3rd Jan '18 6:26:25 AM Malachi108
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Padme's painting in the fifth issue of the comic adaptation of the third book of the series, The Last Command.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Padme's painting portrait shows up in the fifth issue of the comic adaptation of the third book of the series, The Last Command.Command's comic adaptation, which came out after Creator/NataliePortman was cast, but before Episode I was released.
1st Jan '18 11:04:34 AM StarSword
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* PregnantBadass: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leia_is_awesome.jpg Leia.]]

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* PregnantBadass: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leia_is_awesome.jpg Leia.]]]] She's pregnant with twins Jacen and Jaina through most of the trilogy and delivers them midway through ''The Last Command'', and meanwhile fights off multiple kidnapping attempts, improves her skill with the Force, and talks the entire Noghri species into a HeelRaceTurn.
30th Dec '17 10:15:03 AM SithPanda16
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