The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jedi_Academy_Trilogy Jedi Academy Trilogy]] is a set of books in the Franchise/StarWarsLegends. The three books, ''Jedi Search'', ''Dark Apprentice'' and ''Champions of the Force'', were written by Creator/KevinJAnderson starting in 1994; in 1998, Creator/MichaelStackpole of Literature/XWingSeries fame wrote ''I, Jedi'', but we'll get to that in a bit. It should also be noted that in 1995 Anderson wrote ''Darksaber'', a semi-sequel to the Jedi Academy Trilogy, which we talk about [[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy over here]].

The Jedi Academy Trilogy deals with Luke Skywalker and a couple of quasi-Jedi, with training even more incomplete than his, setting up a Jedi Academy on Yavin IV, seeking to train a selection of [[TheForce Force-Sensitives]] including, most promisingly, a prideful leader from a dying world, who rants about a "dark man", attacks Luke, is not reprimanded, and then is found burned to death in his room.

Meanwhile, Han and Chewbacca are sent to the prison world Kessel, where they pick up a lucky, prideful young man named Kyp Durron, escape with him, and find their way to the Maw, a secret Imperial installation where superweapons were designed and made. There they steal the Sun Crusher, a tiny indestructible ship that can blow up stars, and break out, in the meantime cluing in the Maw's carefully isolated defensive armadas to the fact that the Rebellion has won. The leader of the Maw's forces is Natasi Daala, characterized by being a rare woman in the Imperial military, by being prideful, by getting as far as she did by being Tarkin's lover, and by being [[GeneralFailure wildly incompetent]].

While Daala wages war, Kyp is brought to Yavin to [[HurlItIntoTheSun pitch the Sun Crusher into a gas giant]], and it turns out he is Force-Sensitive. Extremely so, in fact. The dark man begins training him. Turns out the dark man is the long-dead spirit of Exar Kun, Dark Lord of the Sith, who has been trapped on Yavin for four thousand years. After snapping at a student who is {{filk}}ing about one of Exar Kun's Jedi opponents and generally being a jerk, Kyp waits until Mara Jade swings by, steals her ship, yanks the Sun Crusher out of its gas giant, and flies away in it, supposedly to fight Daala, destroying entire systems in the process. At some point Luke is put into a sort of coma, able to astral-project but not able to speak to anyone.

Kyp, looking for his brother, swings by the Imperial training academy, a world with twenty-five million inhabitants, and makes its star go supernova when they [[WhatAnIdiot tell him his brother is dead]]. Turns out his brother was still alive, ''was'' being the operative word, as the supernova weapon is irreversible and Kyp's brother got caught in the blast seconds before Kyp could save him. Oops.

Han Solo tracks Kyp down and Kyp threatens him while Exar Kun moves openly, influencing one of the students to try to kill Luke. The other students stop him, then apparently destroy Exar Kun. With Kun's influence removed, Kyp suddenly realizes how far off the deep end he's gone. Kyp surrenders to Han, then they go to the Maw and [[HurlItIntoTheSun pitch the Sun Crusher into a black hole]] where it really can't be retrieved, drawing the Death Star prototype into the same black hole in the process. Then Kyp is shuttled back to the Jedi Academy to continue his training.

''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/I,_Jedi I, Jedi]]'', as a novel, had a lot of firsts. First novel to be entirely written in first-person perspective (and the only such story in the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' continuity). First novel to have as its hero a character who was never featured or even mentioned in the films. First novel to directly retcon events in a previously written book. ''I, Jedi'' starts just before the beginning of the Academy Trilogy, encompasses the events of the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and extends a bit beyond.

Corran Horn, Rogue Nine, finds himself with a psychic wound when his wife vanishes while up against the Invids, an Imperial sect that includes Force-Sensitives and is supported by a gang of pirates. Luke coaxes him into being part of the new Jedi Academy, and Corran accepts after disguising himself, since as Corran he's mildly famous and doesn't want extra attention. At the Academy, he is dismayed by a number of things, including the very lax discipline, Luke's refusal to tell anyone if what they are doing is wrong, his commanding officer falling for the scientist who designed the Death Star, and his own inability to move things with his mind, though as it turns out he can make people ''think'' things had moved (and he's so good at it that he could probably persuade the thing itself it's moved). He is further dismayed by Kyp, and Luke's focus on his new most promising student. The destruction of Carida is made into something horrifying and traumatic, Exar Kun's actual demise is drawn out and given a bit of thought, and Corran leaves in disgust when Kyp is welcomed back.

Then Corran goes to his homeworld, Corellia, talks things over with his grandfather, and [[TheInfiltration infiltrates]] some of the pirates who associate with the Invids, in the meantime picking up a [[Literature/HandOfThrawn Camaasi]] who is able to straighten out his morals. Eventually he chases all of the pirates off a planet with a campaign of intimidation, faces down the Sith-influenced Jedi sect called the Jensaari alongside Luke, and saves Mirax.
!!These books provide examples of:
* AdaptationalBadass: Exar Kun was later shown to have an epic backstory, but his ghost in the original trilogy was a rather underwhelming villain. ''I, Jedi'' upgrades him considerably, both in intelligence and power, by expanding on his role.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Given how much of Yavin 4's sky Yavin fills, Four has to be tidally locked. So there should be only "Twi-night" on that side, and only ever "Truenight" on the far side.
* AssInAmbassador: Furgan. He poisoned Republic Chief-Of-State Mon Mothma, sabotaged Admiral Ackbar's shuttle so that it crashed into a centuries old crystal cathedral and killed dozens of Vors, and tried to kidnap the infant Anakin Solo. When caught by the good guys in the kidnapping attempt, he threatened to ''snap the baby's neck.''
* TheAtoner: Kyp, after Exar Kun's control over him is broken.
-->'''Luke''': In dedicating his life to being a Jedi, you know Kyp is really under something of a life sentence.\\
'''Corran''': I know, and it'll be hard labor, too. Killing him wouldn't make the galaxy any better, so this is likely the best solution. Doesn't mean I like it and doesn't mean my inability to come up with a better solution isn't frustrating.
* TheBaroness: Admiral Tavira, riding crop and all.
* BeingEvilSucks
* BigDamnHeroes: Mara Jade interrupts Exar Kun's MindRape of Corran with an ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]'' ShutUpHannibal moment.
* BodyguardCrush: Wedge Antilles was Qwi Xux's bodyguard. Yes, for some reason a general was the bodyguard of a high-ranking ex-Imperial scientist. In ''I, Jedi'' Corran was horrified to discover Wedge developing feelings for Qwi and Qwi returning them, since it was terribly unprofessional and he didn't think it would work out at ''all'' - actually, he shipped Wedge with his old partner Iella. Of course, when Kyp Durron decided to [[MindRape traumatically destroy Qwi's memories]], Wedge wasn't able to stop him. They break up at the start of Creator/AaronAllston's ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', with Wedge marrying Iella.
* BrickJoke: In ''I, Jedi'', Luke and Corran muse that Mirax and Mara are very similar to each other. Corran jokingly suggests that they should make sure the two women never meet. Fast forward a few years, Mirax finally meets Mara [[ComicBook/StarWarsUnion during the latter's wedding]]. The two become friends fast and Mara ends up becoming Mirax's temporary flying partner, which [[{{RetCon}} explains]] her conspicuous absence at Luke's side in the ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'' saga.
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** ''I, Jedi'' has two references to Tatooine being Obi-Wan Kenobi's homeworld. While this was a reasonable inference at the time (especially given that the novelization of the first Star Wars movie identified Owen Lars as Obi-Wan's brother), unfortunately for Stackpole ''The Phantom Menace'' was released only one year later and contradicted it. One of the references was indirect (Kenobi wasn't actually mentioned by name, it was just clearly implied to be him) and the other could be written off as in-universe records having mistakenly said Kenobi was a Tatooine native (the original records showing him being born on Coruscant could have been lost in the destruction of the Jedi Temple).
** There's also the fact that the mission on which Corran's grandfather died is said to have been sent out by the Jedi shortly after the end of the Clone Wars. Of course, the prequel films released since then show that the Jedi were wiped out/driven into hiding just ''before'' the end of the Clone Wars.
** The romance between Mara and Lando in the Jedi Academy trilogy was retconned into being a cover story in ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'', and given the links between ''I, Jedi'' and that duology, it's unsurprising that there's a brief nod to this RetCon in ''I, Jedi''.
** And of course, with the ''Legends'' retcon in April of 2014, these books in their entirety are non-canon [[SchrodingersCanon unless referenced by a new source]], and even then, [[BroadStrokes only to the extent that they're referenced]].
* CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: There is one part where toddlers Jacen and Jaina Solo wind up in the dark underbelly of Coruscant, where they encounter malfunctioning worker droids, cannibalistic street wraiths and various other unsavory types.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Oddly, ''I, Jedi'' has the lightsabre colours backwards - the Dark Jedi use blue ones and the lightside Jedi seem to use any colour ''but'' blue. Part of that might be an example of [[CharacterizationMarchesOn continuity marching on]]: Until Episode I, the idea that all dark Jedi and Sith used exclusively red lightsabers was WordOfDante, and many fans (apparently including Stackpole) found the idea silly and arbitrary given the rainbow of colors used by light-side Jedi (and ironic considering that the Sith are treacherous and individualist, while the Jedi are so effective because of their ability to work together harmoniously).
* ContinuityNod: This exchange between Leia and Ackbar in Dark Apprentice.
-->''[Following an order from Ackbar to leave the shipyards entirely undefended]''\\
'''Leia:''' Is that wise, Admiral?\\
'''Ackbar:''' No, it is a trap.
* ConspiracyTheorist: The fact that Luke ''doesn't'' suppress the knowledge of Kyp Durron's investiture gives the pro-Order-66 crowd a huge propaganda coup.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Luke walks through lava to get a prospective student to believe in his power. He's using the Force to direct the heat away from him, at least.
* TheCorrupter: Lacking a physical form and therefore very limited in his ability to influence the outside world, Exar Kun acts as this in order to manipulate other Force-sensitives toward the Dark Side so the can act as his pawns.
* CowboyCop: Apparently, all Corellian Jedi and/or Security Force members are this to a certain extent.
* CounterpartComparison: In-universe, Corran notes this between himself and Luke. Both of them are the descendants of great Jedi, both inherited their (grand)father's lightsaber, both were eventually recruited for the Rebellion, and both have dealt with the Dark Side before-however, as noted under WhatYouAreInTheDark, while Luke has dealt with big, powerful Dark Siders like the Emperor and his cronies, Corran's fought the Dark Side on a more personal and intimate level.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Empire's training academy world, Carida, gets blasted into its component atoms courtesy of a supernova induced by the Sun Crusher. The Death Star Prototype later tries to do this to Kessel, but its targeting system is so badly screwed up that it actually ends up destroying the planet's moon.
* EmotionEater: In addition to manipulating them into doing his bidding, part of the reason Exar Kun's spirit corrupts people to the Dark Side is that he is strengthened by their negative emotions.
-->'''Kun:''' Anger is a most sweet nectar. Despair will also suffice.
* EnlightenmentSuperpowers: Variation in ''I, Jedi''. Trainee Jedi Corran Horn has been unable to use telekinesis, a power which comes easily to most Jedi. He thinks he might be able to break through a mental barrier if he tries to do it with a huge rock, closing his eyes and really focusing. He pictures the rock rising up into the air, opens his eyes ... to find the rock has stayed where it was, but everyone else is staring up in the air. He learns that his family have always been poor at telekinesis, but gifted at ''making illusions''.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Played with in ''I, Jedi'', ultimately subverted.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Tavira's belief that Luke Skywalker ordered the destruction of Carida was because: 1, that's what she would have done to her foes had she a Sun Crusher; and 2, grace such as Durron was shown is completely outside her understanding.
* EvilIsHammy: Exar Kun, oh so very much. See WhoDares below for just one example.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: You know, when you title the last novel in your trilogy ''Champions of the Force'', it tends to [[ForegoneConclusion remove some of the suspense]] from the story.
* AFatherToHisMen: Luke
* FirstPersonSmartass: ''I, Jedi'' is the first book in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' and ''only'' book in ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' to be written from FirstPersonPerspective, and Corran isn't above making wisecracks in his narration. See the opening scene, where he snarks that the basic TIE/LN starfighter is second only to hydrogen and stupidity as the most common thing in the galaxy.
* FixFic: Stackpole uses ''I, Jedi'' to make the ''Jedi Academy'' trilogy more palatable. Note that ''I, Jedi'' also has lots of crossover with the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' books by Creator/TimothyZahn, which are even more of a FixFic for the whole EU.
* ForTheEvulz: The reason Remart was blasting travelers.
* GeneralFailure: Admiral Daala, whose sole achievements are killing a few dozen refugees on Dantooine, and destroying a floating city on the Mon Calamari homeworld. Not only does this massively pale compared to what [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] managed to achieve with only slightly more resources, even other characters with no military training whatsoever (such as Kyp Durron and Tol Sivron) manage to cause more mass-destruction in this very storyline. This went through several {{retcon}}s in later material by way of explanation: ''Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy'' states that she was a brilliant ''ground combat'' tactician, but Tarkin made her a naval officer [[TheMistress in order to help hide their affair from his wife]], while ''Literature/DeathStar'' states she suffered a traumatic brain injury during a Rebel attack on the Death Star's construction site (damage so severe she doesn't even remember most of the preceding year, including the attack itself).
* GeneralRipper: Daala is a sort of hybrid of this and ColonelKilgore. She's ''both'' a paranoid fanatic who lashes out at every little starship or planet she runs into (Because they're ''[[ConspiracyTheorist obviously]]'' part of the Rebellion!), ''and'' a crazy sadist who just loves blowing things up.
* TheGoodChancellor: Supreme Chancellors Mon Mothma and Leia Solo.
* GoodCopBadCop: Happens in ''I, Jedi'', and the bad cop is Luke Skywalker himself. He plays the "bad cop" completely silently, just standing there looking intimidating while Coran pretends to be getting telepathic commands from him. And it's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny HILARIOUS.]]
-->'''Corran:''' Just stay over there by the door, and look as malevolent as you can. Keep your face straight and you really don't need to say anything.\\
'''Luke:''' Malevolent?\\
'''Corran:''' Think Hutt, but with eyebrows.
* GoodFeelsGood: There's a couple of moments in ''I, Jedi'' where characters describe TheForce as feeling like [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming every positive feeling they've ever experienced]].
-->It filled me up in an instant and I imagined it leaking from my eyes, nose and mouth. I wanted to shout and dance with joy because it was everything Streen had described. It was what I felt when Mirax first said she loved me. It was the scent of the perfume my mother wore, and the warm laugh my father used to have when he was proud of me. It was the hearty slap on the back from Wedge after a mission and even a touch of Whistler's triumphant serenades. It was everything that was good and right and positive and alive; and it was waiting for me to bend it to my will.
* GrandTheftPrototype: Kyp with the Sun Crusher, complete with [[MindRape dealing with]] [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup its designer]].
* HappilyMarried: Corran and Mirax.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: What the New Republic decides to do with the Sun Crusher, although they picked a gas giant instead of a sun. At the end of the trilogy, Kyp hurls it into a black hole, where it cannot be retrieved from.
** The fairly lame suggestion by the New Republic Council that a gas giant would be good enough seemed to be deliberately implying that at least some of them were ''hoping'' that someday they'd be able to retrieve the Sun Crusher and use it against the Empire once political opposition to using an Imperial superweapon died down.
* InformedAbility: Daala's supposedly magnificent military strategies that caught the eye of Tarkin in the past. Handwaved in two ways: she was a brilliant ground commander, so her abilities don't necessarily translate into naval command, and the ''Literature/DeathStar'' novel has her suffer some brain damage during a Rebel attack.
* JustForPun: In ''I, Jedi'', when the dual-phase modification on his lightsaber fails, Corran discovers the diamond he'd used for it was, in fact, a synthetic "Kubaz xurconia."
* KarmaHoudini:
** Kyp. Called out by Corran in ''I, Jedi'', and virtually every EU novel afterward.
** Daala, to a lesser extent. Despite losing most of her troops and ships, at the end of the trilogy she remains at large. Later reappearances will show that she practically ''lives'' this trope.
* {{Lampshading}}: ''I, Jedi'' is an ode to Lampshading.
* LavaAddsAwesome: Luke Skywalker [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands spontaneously develops]] the ability to ''walk on lava'' in the first book.
* LethalLavaLand: The planet Eol Sha, where Gantoris originates.
* LightbulbJoke:
** ''I, Jedi'' has Corran Horn do the ''StarWars'' version, [[HoldYourHippogriffs glowpanel jokes]].
-->'''Q.''' How many [[SelfDeprecation Corellians]] does it take to change a glowpanel?\\
'''A.''' None--if it's dark, you can't see them cheating at sabacc.
** Apparently "Bothan and gornt" jokes are also a common joke format in the Star Wars galaxy, all of which begin with "So there was this Bothan who walked into a tapcaf with a gornt under his arm..."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Luke has about a dozen students. While the others will get characterization in future works, only about four or five actually have a personality right now. Some of them weren't even ''named'' in the trilogy.
** To this day, some of them ''still'' haven't been named.
* MadeOfIndestructium: The Sun Crusher's hull is armored in a material that is, quite literally, indestructible. It's rammed through the bridge tower of an Imperial Star Destroyer and tossed into the heart of a gas giant with zero ill effects. [[spoiler:A glancing hit from a partially charged prototype Death Star superlaser seriously damages it, though.]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Kyp Durron used the Sun Crusher to kill a ''lot'' of people. But one of those was his brother, he feels bad about that, Han talked him out of being evil, and he almost died sticking the Sun Crusher into a black hole, so ... let's bring him back to the Jedi Academy and work on that temper! In ''I, Jedi'', this is what finally drives Corran Horn to quit. Pretty much every other book in the EU to have Kyp has his KarmaHoudini brought up, and Kyp himself becomes TheAtoner.
** Since Carida was an Imperial planet and a major Stormtrooper training center, it explains why many in the New Republic weren't all that dismayed by its destruction. Particularly given that the [[AssInAmbassador Caridan ambassador]] had just shortly before attempted to assassinate the New Republic Chief of State (though they did not know that at the time). However, since the Jedi '''''felt''''' the deaths of the planet's millions of inhabitants in excruciating detail, including all the civilian population, some of them were less inclined to be so forgiving.
* MindRape: Kyp does this to Qwi. Despite the trauma, she actually ends up seeing it as a good thing, because it erases her knowledge of superweapons like the Death Star, ensuring that she can never be forced to design another one.
* MoreThanMindControl: Kyp isn't possessed or fully controlled by Exar Kun, but his mind is definitely warped and heavily influenced by him. When Kun is wiped out for good, Kyp is described as dropping like a puppet with its strings cut. Corran points out in ''I, Jedi'' that if Kyp had been under Kun's complete control, Luke would be ''dead''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Kyp, once confronted by Han.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Lampshaded by Han when Qwi Xux attempts to claim that the Death Star and World Devastators were designed for peaceful applications, like asteroid mining. Han points out that if that were the case, they probably wouldn't have had words like "death" or "devastator" in their names. Corran also points this out to Wedge in ''I, Jedi'', doubting that Qui was quite as clueless as she claims.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Exar Kun wasn't ''dormant'', precisely, since he bred monsters, but an academy of semitrained Jedi was exactly what the pharmacist prescribed to get him back into intergalactic affairs.
** Luke should have kept Kyp Durron's investiture as quiet as possible; the Jedi might have had a few more allies when the Vong came along.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Possibly as a result of a SeriesContinuityError. Iella and Corran go out for lunch before he leaves for the Jedi Academy, and she orders a dish made from mynocks (those bat-things inside the space slug in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''). Other material establishes mynocks as SiliconBasedLife, which would almost certainly be inedible to humans.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup:
** The Maw has a prototype Death Star floating around outside it, which is used in the Battle of Kessel.
** Otherwise {{defied}}. Kyp attempts to ensure this by [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-wiping]] Qwi Xux of the designs for the Imperial superweapons, so that no more could be made, and when the New Republic dismantles Maw Installation and and Kyp destroys the Death Star prototype (with most of the remaining Maw researches onboard) and dumps the Sun Crusher in a black hole, it seems that all information that could be used to recreate Imperial superweapons has been eliminated. However:
*** [[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy Another backup of the Death Star plans is stored deep in the archives of the Imperial Palace on Coruscant, and the original lead designer had been reassigned away from the Maw years earlier so he's still at large.]]
*** Daala also escapes to the Imperial Remnant with a portion of the data, and some of it gets used to build weapons in later series. ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' initially declares it all AwesomeButImpractical, but Daala returns in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' with other, field-ready weapons built to Maw specs.
* OhCrap: Corran gloats to Kun's spirit that since he's already set explosives to destroy his temple, there's nothing Kun can do to stop him because as a ghost he can't affect anything physical (such as the bombs). Kun takes great pleasure in demonstrating that he ''can'' in fact influence the physical world (though with great difficulty), ''especially'' inside his temple which is what his spirit has been anchored to all along.
-->'''Exar Kun:''' Ah, then I cannot do this. ''(Kun melts all the bombs' detonators.)''\\
'''Corran:''' Ooops.
* OrbitalBombardment: In ''Dark Apprentice'' Daala uses her three remaining [=ISDs=] for a terror attack on Mon Calamari before a gambit by Admiral Ackbar costs her a second star destroyer and forces her to retreat.
** In ''I, Jedi'', Corran tells Tycho that if the Jedi apprentices are defeated, to convince Ackbar to order orbital bombarment of Exar Kun's temple, as that would the only way to destroy it while staying far enough way to be safe from mental influence by Kun's spirit.
* OrphanedSetup: Wedge's joke, "So a Bothan walks into a bar with a gornt under his arm," [[JustifiedTrope because Luke's using the joke as a distraction to put Corran in a meditative trance for a mind probe]]. Lampshaded later by Iella, who's apparently heard several variations on that joke in New Republic Intelligence (given their [[PlanetOfHats penchant for espionage]], NRI has more than its share of Bothans), but naturally doesn't tell us any of them.
* PragmaticVillainy: For obvious reasons, when Corran goes undercover with the Invids in ''I, Jedi'', he starts encouraging the other pirates to practice this to promote cooperation in the future. While a few of the pirates are in it more ForTheEvulz, most of them recognize the potential of this racket [[spoiler:and end up accepting a legitimate security contract at the end of the novel.]] Later, when the pirate gang has to fight its way out of a confrontation with the New Republic Navy, Corran convinces the crew's leader that they should use ion cannons to disable the Republic fighters... because some forces will have to be diverted to rescue the pilots, distracting them from chasing after the Invids.
-->'''Corran:''' Yeah, a refueling station might blow up really pretty, and might even set half a city on fire, but that's not the objective here. Look, you can kill a woolly-nerf and make a coat out of its skin, or you can shear the beast's coat and come back year after year for more wool. We play this right, six months from now we show up in the system, send a list of demands and they'll freighter the loot out to us.
* {{Pride}}: You may have noticed that many of the characters introduced for the trilogy are prideful.
* PosthumousCharacter: Exar Kun's been dead for 4,000 years. But that doesn't stop him from causing trouble for Luke and his students.
* RammingAlwaysWorks:
** The way used by Han Solo, once he has stolen the Sun Crusher, to deal with one of Daala's Imperial Star Destroyers, that is blocking their escape path of the Maw.
** How Ackbar fends off an attack on Mon Calamari by Daala, using the (unmanned and barely finished) new Mon Calamari cruiser ''Startide''.
* RetCon:
** ''I, Jedi'' was the first novel in the modern EU to directly retcon events of an earlier novel, mainly by establishing that Corran Horn studied at Yavin IV under Luke over the course of ''Dark Apprentice'' and ''Champions of the Force'' (neither he nor his alias Kieran Halcyon was ever mentioned in the earlier trilogy).
*** Later sourcebooks filled in all but two of Luke's [[FanNickname Original Twelve]].
** ''I, Jedi'' itself had to be retconned by Creator/DavidSherman and Creator/DanCragg's ''Literature/JediTrial'' after the prequels contradicted some of the timing in the Halcyon/Horn family tree, a common problem for pre-''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Phantom Menace]]'' novels. Creator/TimothyZahn's [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn trilogy]] ran into this, too.
* ReverseGrip: The leader of the Jensaari grips her lightsaber in a two-handed variant, with one hand on the grip and the other grasping the pommel, allowing her to lever the blade around by its end using the grip hand as a fulcrum.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: When Kyp destroyed the Carida star system by causing its sun to go nova, he killed 25 million people. Even if Carida was the only inhabited body in the entire system, that's still a very small number for a planetary population above a bronze-age level. For comparison, New York state '''''alone''''' has a population of around 20 million. While Carida is described as being quite inhospitable (this being precisely why the Empire chose it for a Stormtrooper training facility), it ''also'' had a native non-human population who presumably would be well-adapted enough to their own planet's conditions to produce a larger population than that.
** Originally, it was "billions" who perished, which sounds more plausible. The lower number comes from sourcebook fluff, and may have been intended to mitigate the backlash against Kyp's actions.
* SealedEvilInACan: Exar Kun.
* SeductionProofMarriage: At the transition between [[ThreeActStructure Acts II and III]] of ''I, Jedi'', Leonia Tavira tries to seduce Corran Horn, who's gone undercover in her SpacePirate gang to find his wife Mirax. He ''is'' massively tempted, briefly tries to rationalize it, then decides it's the Dark Side of the Force talking. But Tavira's made it clear she wants him as her boytoy and won't take "no" for an answer long-term (despite his cover story including a committed relationship), so Corran accelerates his plans to break up her pirate alliance.
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: Corran is badass enough to ''weaponize'' it. When a rival from another pirate squadron tries insulting Corran's wingman while he's undercover, Corran deflects it back at him. The rival states that it's typical of Corellians to speak before they think, and Corran launches into an ''epic'' recitation of a variety of Corellian-specific barbs the rival ''could'' have said instead, culminating in the "light-bulb joke" mentioned above. Corran then [[NoSell No Sells]] the guy's first punch, insults him again, and knocks him flat on his ass when the rival tries to attack a second time.
* SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: Often taken as the reason why Daala became Admiral.
** Kind of confirmed in ''Literature/DeathStar'', where she's Tarkin's lover and he privately believes that the boost he gave her career is just enough to get her past the difficulties female Imperials have in the military. She takes brain damage in that novel.
* SmugSnake: Ambassador Furgan, Moruth Doole, Tol Sivron. Daala's one too, [[CharacterShilling but the book insists on trying to]] [[VillainSue foist her off on us as a]] MagnificentBastard.
* SwordAndFist: Corran challenges Luke to a lightsabre duel prior to leaving the academy. Thanks to his prior hand-to-hand experience, [[CombatPragmatist he is able to use other techniques against Luke to turn the fight to his advantage]]. Luke actually picks up on this and makes use of such techniques upon [[BigDamnHeroes later coming to Corran's aid]].
* TakeThat: Stackpole does this to Anderson. Repeatedly.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Corran Horn delivers one to Exar Kun in ''I, Jedi''. He gives another to Luke [[spoiler:over Kyp Durron, although he does apologize for some of it later]].
** And so, much more devastatingly, does Mara Jade against Kun.
--->Ysanne Isard would've had you analyzed, digitized and discarded without a second thought, and she wasn't even Force-sensitive. Darth Vader would've found you amusingly quaint, and the Emperor ... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome well, the Emperor actually succeeded in destroying the Jedi, so he'd see you as the very definition of failure!]]
* ThreeActStructure: ''I, Jedi''. Act I consists of Corran's time at the Jedi Academy, ending with him quitting over frustration with Luke [[spoiler:letting Kyp Durron be a KarmaHoudini]]. Act II is Corran traveling to Corellia to learn about his family history and then joining Tavira's pirate alliance undercover. Act III? [[spoiler:Corran becomes a Force-powered VigilanteMan, smashes up the alliance from the inside, and then smokes out the Sith offshoot sect that is helping Tavira evade the New Republic Defense Force.]]
* VillainDecay: Exar Kun was a far more effective villain in the ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' comics. [[spoiler:The fact that he was ''alive'' in those comics probably helped.]]
* WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture: Averted. Disguising his identity, Corran grows a beard and uses hair dye. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Hair dye which he initially misuses, making all of his hair green and forcing him to call his old partner for help]].
** It gets better. The hair dye is actually a gel which is slathered on all over the body to get all the hair, such as eyebrows and the stuff on your arms. But Corran didn't do it in stages, and left it too long, and he turns his skin as well as his hair green.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Kyp plays this straight. He'll do anything to end the Imperial tyranny, including killing Luke and committing genocide. Exar Kun literally getting into his head and encouraging him to always take the course with the highest body count doesn't help.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Corran wonders this after Kerilt. He knows he's not a monster, at least, but he doesn't know who he really is, what side of his heritage to follow.
* WhatTheHellHero: Corran gives Luke a spectacular TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and quits the academy for forgiving Kyp Durron for ... what prefix, exactly, do you use before "-cide" to describe blowing up an inhabited solar system?
** "Stellar"-cide?
** Corran does later apologize to Luke for some of the things he said, and he admits that having Kyp serve the galaxy as a Jedi is more constructive than executing him or sticking him in a prison. He still doesn't like it though.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark:
** During his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Luke, in response to a stock Jedi "beware the Dark Side", Corran basically says he faced the Dark Side all the time during his time as a cop.
*** Investigating a [[Series/AdamTwelve 415 family disturbance]], he found a DomesticAbuser had battered his wife severely, and he was so furious that he was sorely tempted to employ PoliceBrutality, to let the abuser know what it felt like. But he held back.
*** A drug lord offered him a BriefcaseFullOfMoney in the middle of a raid in exchange for Corran saying the kingpin had run out the back before they got there. No one would know. "But ''I'd'' know, and I didn't do it."
*** He also tells Luke that when he caught Bossk, the BountyHunter who murdered his father, since Bossk was a CopKiller he literally could've frog-marched the Trandoshan into the lobby of One [=CorSec=] Plaza and shot him "resisting arrest", and nobody in the building would've batted an eyelash. Corran also didn't retaliate against Kirtan Loor for cutting Bossk loose.
** If Corran sleeps with Tavira, his ego (and other things) get stroked, she, the leader of the group he's infiltrating, won't be suspicious of him, and he can get closer to finding his wife. Ethically, it's just part of the deception; Mirax is the love of his life and he really would do anything to save her. Plus, Tavira really hates rejection and might well have him killed. But would he really be doing this out of a genuine desire to endure anything for Mirax, or would it be a matter of pride? Eventually Corran [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]].
* [[WhoDares Who]] '''[[WhoDares DARES?!]]''': Exar Kun, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' equivalent of a Sith DastardlyWhiplash, says it word-for-word to a thoroughly unimpressed Mara Jade, who goes on to [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech describe how poorly he stacks up to the Sith Lords that she personally knew]] (not to mention Ysanne Isard, who wasn't even Force-sensitive).
-->'''Mara:''' More like who ''cares''.
** Mirax later has a similar reaction to Admiral Tavira saying much the same thing. After that, Luke decides that Corran's earlier comment about making sure that Mirax and Mara never meet is good advice.