As expected for a film series this popular, the '''Star Wars Expanded Universe''' is immense; in fact, there's a very real argument to be made that ''Franchise/StarWars'' established the "Expanded Universe" concept as we know it. (While the concept certainly ''existed'' long before ''Star Wars'', it was this particular EU that was the first to become a financial and mindshare juggernaut that in some ways became bigger than the films themselves.) Made-For-TV films, {{Animated Adaptation}}s, a series of [[RadioDrama Radio Dramas]], VideoGames and a large series of novels all fall under this banner. Even with how massive the project is, ''Star Wars'' has one of the most elaborate, internally consistent {{canon}}s in the history of media publication. It is also unusual in that pretty much every licensed ''Star Wars'' ''anything'' is entirely canon unless it is directly contradicted by the films, including the video games and comics. TV Tropes has a very incomplete list of the ''Star Wars'' Expanded Universe; see [[ Wookieepedia]] for a ''really'' complete list.

The [[{{Canon}} canonicity]] of the Expanded Universe is a matter of [[BrokenBase some heated debate among the fans]]. Some take the view that since it's published, it's official. Others point out that [[WordOfGod George Lucas himself]] considered it a separate project apart from "his" canon. This has led to lots and lots of FanDumb from all sides. The fact that some of the installments of the Expanded Universe, most notably ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'', not only had Lucas' direct involvement, he even suggested what goes into the story (or more accurately, what shouldn't go into the story) doesn't help the decisiveness of the subject, either, nor some of Lucas' [[FlipFlopOfGod flip flop decisions on canon in the movies themselves]], for that matter.

Unfortunately for fans of the Expanded Universe, after acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney decided to [[CanonDiscontinuity drop the hammer]] on the EU, as seen [[ here]], with the business end formally coming down on April 25th, 2014. The last piece of this version of the Expanded Universe, the Creator/DarkHorseComics comic line including ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' Volume 2, [[ is set to conclude in August 2014]]. The new Disney-Lucasfilm group has created a dedicated Story Team that will ensure ''everything'' produced under the new regime, starting with ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', is iron-clad and wholly consistent canon... but this necessitates the formal axing and cessation of the old EU and content for it. "Elements" from the EU will still appear in media after the split at the Story Team's discretion, [[EndOfAnAge but the EU as it was has been ended]]. Though the old EU continuity has been locked, it will remain in circulation under the banner ''Legends''.

For those of you interested in seeing what the the old, no-longer-valid "Canon Tier" system looked like, it can be found [[ here]], further down the page. Conversely, if you're looking for a list of works that '''are''' canon after the ''Legends'' {{Retcon}}, look [[ here]]. If you're simply looking for the lore within the ''Star Wars Expanded Universe'' that is canon barring ''Legends'', look [[ here]].

Word of warning: the old ''Star Wars Expanded Universe'' is ''[[{{CashCowFranchise}} vast]]''. Therefore, please only add works that have their own pages on this wiki. The books listed are each part of their own series. They are heavily outnumbered by standalones and two-part series. A list of all Star Wars media is [[ here]]. Warning: [[ArchivePanic Huge]]. To give you an idea, pretty much [[AscendedExtra every background character seen in the films, even that alien guy just passing by the screen]], has not only a name and a species listed, but ''[[ExpansionPackPast a fully fleshed out biography]]''. Typically no more than that, but still. Oh, [[SerialEscalation and even the movie's]] ''background props'' have received their own stories. As of mid-2012, the list shows [[ArchivePanic 2,337 items]]. Thankfully, [[ a book has been published]] that ties everything published up to its release date into a neat timeline and has summaries of most of it. Conversely, the new ''Star Wars Expanded Universe'' established by Disney is easier to catch up on... [[ItHasOnlyJustBegun For the time being]].

Please put works within each medium, wherever possible, in in-universe chronological order.
!!The old Expanded Universe (''Star Wars Legends'')

Details on the the works that comprised the old Expanded Universe, and the tropes contained therein, will be covered '''[[Recap/StarWarsExpandedUniverse here]]'''.
!!The new Expanded Universe

%%Keep these in chronological order when possible.


* ''Star Wars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace'' (1999).
* ''Star Wars Episode II: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' (2002).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (2008).
* ''Star Wars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (2005).
* ''Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' (1977).
* ''Star Wars Episode V: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1980).
* ''Star Wars Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (1983).
* ''[[Film/StarWars7 Star Wars Episode VII]]'' (2015).
* ''Star Wars Episode VIII'' (2017).
* ''Star Wars Episode IX'' (2019).

In addition, the following films have yet to be placed on the timeline:

* Gareth Edwards's ''Star Wars'' Spin-Off (2016).
* Josh Trank's ''Star Wars'' Spin-Off (2018).
* Unknown ''Star Wars'' Spin-Off (2020).

The original novelizations of each of the movies are all canon (and as such, characters like Darth Bane are canon in spite of never appearing in one of the movies due to being mentioned in said novelizations) - though BroadStrokes applies to the elements in the stories that directly interfere with the movies themselves (such as how the novelization of ''The Empire Strikes Back'' featured a '''blue''' Yoda). Other canonical works include:

* ''Lords of the Sith'' (2015) - takes place between ''Revenge Of The Sith'' and ''Rebels''.
* ''A New Dawn'' (2014) - a prequel to the ''Rebels'' TV series.
* ''Tarkin'' (2014) - featuring the character from ''A New Hope''.
* ''Heir to the Jedi'' (2015) - takes place between ''A New Hope'' and ''The Empire Strikes Back'', told by Luke Skywalker in first-person.

* ''Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir'' (2014) - based on unused scripts for the ''Clone Wars'' TV series.

* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (2008-2014).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' (2014-ongoing).

* ''Star Wars Journeys'' - a series of retellings of the first six films (2014-2015).
* ''Star Wars: Commander'' - a strategy game (2014).

In addition, the following games have yet to be placed on the timeline:

* DICE's reboot of ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' (2015-2016).
* Untitled Visceral Games Project (Forthcoming).
!!Canon Policy

In April 2014, virtually all of the Expanded Universe was [[CanonDiscontinuity declared non-canon]]. Only the films, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', and new material released after this point will be considered canon. This includes the forthcoming cartoon ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' and a Darth Maul comic book miniseries based on unproduced ''Clone Wars'' scripts. However, the old Expanded Universe remains a resource for future material, at the discretion of their writers and the new Lucasfilm Story Group.
!! Tropes used throughout the new ''Star Wars'' Expanded Universe:

* BroadStrokes: Any new works that are influenced by works that were made in the ''Legends'' continuity utilize this trope, reworking old characters into the new setting.
* ContinuityReboot: A '''massive''' one, as detailed by the description above.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: ''A New Dawn'' is a pretty apt title for the first novel to take place in the new ExpandedUniverse.
* VillainEpisode:
** ''Lords Of The Sith'', starring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
** ''Tarkin'', starring the titular Grand Moff.