Franchise / Star Wars Expanded Universe
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 Star Wars 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 Adaptations, a series of Radio Dramas, Video Games 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 canons 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 canonicity of the Expanded Universe is a matter of some heated debate among the fans. Some take the view that since it's published, it's official. Others point out that George Lucas himself considered it a separate project apart from "his" canon. This has led to lots and lots of Fan Dumb from all sides. The fact that some of the installments of the Expanded Universe, most notably Dark Empire, 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' 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 drop the hammer on the EU, as seen here, with the business end formally coming down on April 25th, 2014. While they are acting too polite to outright say "non-canon", the films will be moving forward with a different storyline. The last piece of this version of the Expanded Universe, the Dark Horse Comics comic line including Legacy Volume 2, concluded 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 Star Wars Rebels, 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, but the EU as it was has been ended. Though the old EU continuity has now been locked, it will remain in circulation under the banner Star Wars 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.

The old Star Wars Expanded Universe, now Legends, is vast, which may lead to Archive Panic. Conversely, the new Star Wars Expanded Universe established by Disney is easier to catch up on...for the time being.

Please put works within each medium, wherever possible, in in-universe chronological order.

The old Expanded Universe (Star Wars Legends)

The old Expanded Universe is formally discontinued, but the only ongoing works as of February 2017 that continue to publish works under the Legends banner in spite of the discontinuation are Star Wars: The Old Republicnote  and Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Gamenote .

Details on the the works that made up the old Expanded Universe, and the tropes contained therein, will be covered here.
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The new Expanded Universe (Canon)

Star Wars films in chronological order:

In addition, the following films are in development and have yet to be placed on the timeline:

  • Unknown Star Wars Spin-Off (2020).

  • Dark Disciple (2015) - a novel staring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, adapted from an unproduced story arc of The Clone Wars.
  • Catalyst (2016) - a prequel tie-in to Rogue One centered around the Erso family, Orson Krennic and the early days of the Death Star project before the reign of the Empire.
  • Ahsoka (2016) - focuses on Ahsoka Tano in the early years of the Empire.
  • Lost Stars (2015) - follows two friends who find themselves on opposing sides over the course of various historical events; from the rise of the Empire to the Battle of Jakku.
  • Adventures in Wild Space (2016) - A young readers' series. Milo and Lina Graf, the two children of frontier explorers, go on a journey through Wild Space to find their parents, who have been abducted by Imperial agents.
  • Lords of the Sith (2015) - takes place between Revenge Of The Sith and Rebels, detailing how Darth Vader and Darth Sidious take action when a rebellion on Ryloth threatens the newly-established Empire.
  • Tarkin (2014) - featuring the character from A New Hope, battling a rebel cell, five years after the rise of the Empire.
  • Thrawn (2017) - the origin story of Grand Admiral Thrawn and his early career with the Empire.
  • Thrawn: Alliances (2018) - A sequel to Thrawn, where the Grand Admiral teams up with Darth Vader.
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan (2017) - focuses on the story of Leia Organa as she grows up as royalty under House Organa on Alderaan and subsequently becomes a young leader of the Rebellion.
  • A New Dawn (2014) - a prequel to the Rebels TV series showing how series protagonists Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla meet.
  • Servants of the Empire (2014-2015) - focuses on the adventures of Rebels character Zare Leonis, as he goes undercover in the Imperial Academy to find out what had truly happened to his missing sister, Dhara.
  • Ezra's Gamble (2014) - a prequel to the Rebels TV series starring Ezra Bridger and bounty hunter Bossk, who team up to find a wanted bounty on Lothal, and end up discovering a conspiracy regarding the local garrison.
  • Rise of the Rebellion (2014) - the junior novelization of the Rebels series premiere episode, "Spark of Rebellion".
  • Star Wars Rebels chapter books (2014-2015) - junior novelizations of Rebels Season 1.
  • Rebel Rising (2017) - a young adult prequel tie-in to Rogue One centered around Jyn Erso during her days as a Partisan.
  • Guardians of the Whills (2017) - a middle-grade prequel tie-in to Rogue One following Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus after the Empire's takeover of Jedha and Saw Gerrera's arrival.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - The film novelization of Rogue One by Alexander Freed.
  • A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (2015) - The first in a new series of film novelizations, by Alexandra Bracken. Adapts A New Hope.
  • From a Certain Point of View (2017) - A series of forty anthologies from numerous viewpoints of characters present in A New Hope, each story written by a different writer/author in the Star Wars franchise.
  • Inferno Squad (2017) - taking place after Rogue One, from the perspective of an Imperial infiltration squad sent to eliminate the remaining Partisans from the Galaxy for once and for all. A tie-in and prequel to the storyline of Battlefront II.
  • Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo Adventure (2015) - Han Solo and Chewbacca fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Heir to the Jedi (2015) - Takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, told by Luke Skywalker in first-person.
  • The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (2015) - Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores Luke’s first-ever duel with a lightsaber.
  • Battlefront: Twilight Company (2015) - Thematic tie-in to the first Battlefront game.
  • The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi? (2015) - The second in a new series of film novelizations, by Adam Gidwitz. Adapts The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (2015) - Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the story follows Princess Leia as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the Empire.
  • Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (2015) - The third in a new series of film novelizations, by Tom Angleberger. Adapts Return of the Jedi.
  • Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy:
    • Aftermath (2015) - Takes place in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Endor while the Rebels consolidate their gains and the Empire struggles to regroup.
    • Life Debt (2016)
    • Empire's End (2017)
  • The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017) - A series of tales from people who claimed to have met Luke Skywalker.
  • Bloodline (2016) - Set six years before The Force Awakens, centered around Leia's political career in the New Republic before the birth of the New Order and the Resistance.
  • Join the Resistance (2017-?) - A series about a ragtag group of new, young Resistance trooper recruits who think they're ready to take on the First Order, but things are not as all cracked up as they seemed to be.
  • Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Volume 1: Aliens (2016) - A collection of short stories based around alien characters from The Force Awakens. Four stories of the stories received a digital release in December 2015, while all six were released in print in April 2016.
    • All Creatures Great and Small - Bobbajo tells how he escaped from and destroyed the Death Star.
    • A Recipe for Death - When his sous chef turns up dead, the cook at Maz Kanata's castle holds an unusual competition to find the culprit.
    • The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku - The Crimson Corsair and his crew race in the hunt for an old Separatist ship after hearing rumors of it housing Count Dooku's treasure.
    • The Face of Evil - The Frigosian cryptosurgeons of Takodana give a criminal on the run just what she asks for.
    • High Noon on Jakku - On Jakku, faithful droid goes rogue and commits a bank robbery, forcing Constable Zuvio to get to the bottom of things.
    • True Love - Unkar Plutt finds love.
  • Cobalt Squadron (2017) - Follows Rose, Paige, and other members of Cobalt Squadron during their service to the Resistance.
  • Before the Awakening (2015) - Tells a story in the lives of Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron each before their fateful encounters in the events of The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - The novelization of the film of the same name. Written by Alan Dean Foster, ghost writer of the original Star Wars novelization and writer of Splinter of the Mind's Eye, the very first EU novel (making this a Remake Cameo gig of sorts).
  • BB-8 Run (2017) - A tale about BB-8 on the run on Jakku after the attack on the village of Tuanul and before meeting Rey.
  • Phasma (2017) - A novel telling the story of Captain Phasma before the events of The Force Awakens.
  • Canto Bight (2017) - A series of four anthologies, each telling tales of characters in Canto Bight.

    Reference Books 

Treated as in-universe material

  • The Rebel Files (2017) - A series of rebel documents from throughout the Galactic Civil War, spanning from Rebels to Return of the Jedi, written in the vein of Legends works Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide, Book of the Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, and The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force.
  • Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy (2016) - a worldbuilding guide that explores propaganda used in the conflicts seen up to The Force Awakens.


  • Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide (2014) - provides background details for the main characters and villains of Rebels.
    • The Visual Guide: Epic Battles (2015) - a Season 2 edition of the Rebels Visual Guide.
  • Star Wars in 100 Scenes - an illustrated overview of the six films, providing minor details and background info, along with naming many characters who had only been named in Legends.
  • Ultimate Star Wars - a guide based on the DK visual dictionaries.
  • Ships of the Galaxy - a visual guide dedicated to the many starships in the franchise.
  • Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (2015) - a reference guide that highlights "anecdotal, quirky and obscure facts" about the franchise.
    • Updated and Expanded (2017)
  • Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor (2017)

    Short Stories 
  • Kindred Spirits - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 159 and a tie-in to Dark Disciple as a prequel, featuring Asajj Ventress having an encounter with the pirate Lassa Rhayme.
  • Orientation - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 157 that takes place in the middle of Lords of the Sith and features an Imperial officer attempting to assassinate the Emperor.
  • The Voice of the Empire - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 170 that ties into Catalyst and Rogue One as a prequel, taking place from the perspective of a disillusioned HoloNet news reporter during the second Empire Day.
  • Mercy Mission - a short story in the Rise of the Empire omnibus that features Hera Syndulla on one of her first missions as a rebel running supplies to her homeworld of Ryloth.
  • Bottleneck - a short story in the Rise of the Empire omnibus that features the first meeting between Grand Moff Tarkin and efficiency expert Count Vidian as they attempt to solve production issues at a vital Imperial factory.
  • TK-462 - a short story detailing the life of a Stormtrooper, from his childhood to his abrupt death.
  • The End of History - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 154 which follows a member of the Corellian Resistance on the run from the Empire who encounters a man with several Jedi artifacts.
  • Rebel Bluff - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 158 and a tie-in to Rebels Season 2 premiere "The Siege of Lothal" as a prequel, featuring Lando Calrissian on the planet Lothal pursuing a young woman who steals the pot of a sabacc game he and Vizago were playing.
  • One Thousand Levels Down - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 151 that takes place on Coruscant shortly after the destruction of Alderaan, following two refugees from the doomed planet in their attempts to escape persecution from the Empire.
  • Last Call at the Zero Angle - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 156 which focuses on a group of TIE fighter pilots drinking at the Zero Angle.
  • Inbrief - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 161 featuring Twilight Company during the battle of Allst Prime.
  • Blade Squadron - a two-part short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 149-150 which focus on a squadron of B-Wing pilots during the Battle of Endor and their attempt to destroy a Star Destroyer.
  • The Levers of Power - a short story in the Rise of the Empire omnibus that shows the Battle of Endor from the point of view of Admiral Rae Sloane.
  • Turning Point - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 169 set after Return of the Jedi as a tie-in to Life Debt, telling the tale of a tracker named Gorlan Seba, who lived peacefully on the fringes of the Galaxy until the Empire hired him to hunt down rebels.
  • Blade Squadron: Zero Hour - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 160. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, Blade Squadron rebuilds while struggling to deal with their own relationships with each other before the Battle of Malastare.
  • Blade Squadron: Kuat - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 168 and a tie-in to Life Debt. Blade Squadron leads an assault on Kuat Drive Yards.
  • Blade Squadron: Jakku - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 172 and a tie-in to Empire's End as a simultaneous episode. Takes place from Blade Squadron's perspective during the Battle of Jakku.
  • Scorched - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 165 and a tie-in to Bloodline as a prequel, exploring Greer Sonnel's past with Han before she joined the New Republic and became an ally of Leia's.
  • Bait - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 162 that follows big game hunter Grummgar during a hunt on the planet Ithor.
  • The Perfect Weapon - Bazine Netal is hired by an unknown employer to retrieve a mysterious package from a retired stormtrooper.

  • Adventures (2017-?) - a series of comics that range from taking place before The Phantom Menace up to The Last Jedi.
  • Forces of Destiny: Adventures (2018) - a five-issue Spin-Off series of the Adventures comics and the Forces of Destiny animated shorts.
  • Darth Maul (2017) - a five-issue limited series set before The Phantom Menace showcasing a younger Darth Maul's descent into the dark side of the Force.
  • Probe Droid Problem (2017) - a mini-comic published in Darth Maul, Part I, set during the events of The Phantom Menace, centered around a DRK-1/Sith probe droid used by Darth Maul while on Tatooine. Bundled with Droid Dilemma and SaBBoTage in Droids Unplugged #1.
  • Obi-Wan & Anakin (2016) - a five-issue limited series set between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones dealing with the early years of Anakin's training in the Jedi Order.
  • Jedi of the Republic (2017-?) - a series of five-issue arcs revolving around different Jedi during the Clone Wars.
  • Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir (2014) - a four-issue limited series based on unused scripts for the Clone Wars TV series. This holds the distinction of being the only canonical comic book to not be published by Marvel Comics.
  • Kanan (2015-2016) - an ongoing series featuring the backstory of one the lead protagonists of Rebels, explaining how the young Jedi was able to go into hiding following Order 66 and was eventually able to strike out as a rebel leader.
  • Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (2017-beyond) - a series exploring Darth Vader's adjustment in the early days of the Empire, transitioning from being a man to the cold & ruthless machine he becomes forever known for.
  • Star Wars: Thrawn (2018) - a comic series adaptation of Thrawn.
  • Star Wars: Lost Stars (2017) - a manga webcomic adaptation of Lost Stars.
  • Rebels Magazine comic strips - (2015-2017) - a series of twelve page comics released with every issue, telling stories of the Ghost crew and others in between episodes of Rebels.
  • Star Wars: Rogue One - a comic series adaptation of Rogue One.
  • Cassian & K-2SO (2017) - a oneshot special of the Rogue One comic adaptation, featuring how Cassian met K-2SO.
  • Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi (2017) - a four-issue comic series adaptation of The Weapon of a Jedi.
  • Star Wars: Smuggler's Run (2018) - a limited comic series adaptation of Smuggler's Run.
  • Star Wars: Story Before The Force Awakens (2015-ongoing) - A Korean webcomic that acts as a prequel to, and then adaptation of, the Original Trilogy. Considered Broad Strokes canon by Disney.
  • Princess Leia (2015) - a five-issue limited series showing Leia Organa's attempt to find and unite all surviving Alderaan refugees following the destruction of the planet.
  • Marvel Star Wars (2015-ongoing) - an ongoing series taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, shown from the perspective of several different members of the Rebel Alliance.
  • Darth Vader (2015-2016) - an ongoing series that takes place in the same timeframe as the 2015 Star Wars comic series, showing how Darth Vader rebounded from his defeat at the Battle of Yavin.
  • Vader Down (2015) - a crossover between the Star Wars and Darth Vader series.
  • Droid Dilemma (2016) - a mini-comic published in Marvel Star Wars, #25 - The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part V, centered around R2-D2 as he gets caught up in miscellaneous activities in the settling of a temporary rebel base on Reamma in his attempt to meet up with Luke when they're assigned a mission. Bundled with Probe Droid Problem and SaBBoTage in Droids Unplugged #1.
  • The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee (2016) - a mini-comic published in Darth Vader 20: End of Games, Part I, featuring Triple Zero and Beetee, who visit a workshop for supplies on Aphra's behalf, only to turn against the owner when he tries to steal the Triple Zero's personality matrix for a high bounty.
  • Doctor Aphra (2016-beyond) - a series that takes place after Darth Vader Issue #25, centered around Doctor Aphra going into hiding and attempting to return to her life of archaeology, while simultaneously dealing with her debts to Black Krrsantan and keeping her droids under control.
  • The Screaming Citadel (2017) - a crossover between the Star Wars and Doctor Aphra series.
  • Lando (2015) - a five-issue limited series showing Lando Calrissian before he became Baron Administrator of Cloud City, in which he steals a starship that turns out to be Emperor Palpatine's personal yacht.
  • Han Solo (2016) - a five-issue limited series revolving around Han and Chewbacca on a mission for the Rebellion to investigate the murders of rebel informants, doing so by participating in the Dragon Void Race.
  • Chewbacca (2015) - a five-issue limited series about Chewbacca getting temporarily stranded on a planet while on a mission for the Rebellion, finding himself getting mixed up in the local crisis.
  • Storms of Crait (2017) - a oneshot spin-off of the main comic series, about Leia and Luke as they come across Crait in their search for a new rebel base after the Battle of Yavin.
  • Shattered Empire (2015) - a prequel to the events of the The Force Awakens, showcasing Poe Dameron's parents in the immediate after of the Battle of Endor.
  • Star Wars Special: C-3PO (2015) - a oneshot story explaining how C-3PO got his red arm by The Force Awakens.
  • Poe Dameron (2016-ongoing) - an ongoing series that follows Poe Dameron and a squadron of Resistance pilots as they search for Lor San Tekka.
  • SaBBotage (2016) - a mini-comic published in Poe Dameron, #1 - Black Squadron, Part I, centered around BB-8 on D'Qar, helping a tech officer confess her feelings to her crush, an X-Wing pilot. Bundled with Probe Droid Problem and Droid Dilemma in Droids Unplugged #1.
  • Captain Phasma (2017) - a series taking place from the perspective of Captain Phasma at the end of The Force Awakens to the beginning of The Last Jedi.
  • DJ (2018) - a oneshot about a day in the life of DJ and his backstory, taking place before the events of The Last Jedi.

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    Web Series 


    Video Games 
  • Star Wars Journeys (2014-2015) - a series of retellings of the first six films.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions (2015) - a platformer for smartphones.
  • Star Wars Commander (2014) - a strategy game for smartphones.
  • Star Wars: Uprising (2015-2016) - an Action RPG telling the story of how the Anoat sector rises against the Iron Blockade—the Empire's attempt to control the sector after the destruction of the Death Star II and the death of Emperor Palpatine. Shut down as of late 2016.
  • Star Wars Battlefront (2015) (2015-2016): DICE's reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront.
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) (2017-ongoing): The sequel to the above, featuring a campaign showing the the rise of the First Order
  • Star Wars: Force Arena: A MOBA game for smartphones.

The following games have yet to be definitively placed on the timeline:
  • Ragtag - A game that was to be produced by Visceral Games. As of October 2017, Visceral Games was shut down by EA and the game has been cancelled, with intent to be retooled.

Due to the player-centric nature of these games, most are pseudo-canon unless stated otherwise.

    Promotional Material 
  • HoloNet News (2014) - Imperial propaganda news report shorts on Tumblr providing background information on Lothal for the then-upcoming show, Rebels.
  • The Weapon of a Jedi (2015) - A short animated comic adapting excerpts from The Weapon of a Jedi, as part of a promotional campaign by Nestlé.
  • Smuggler's Run (2015) - A short animated comic adapting excerpts from Smuggler's Run, as part of a promotional campaign by Nestlé.

Canon Policy

In April 2014, virtually all of the Expanded Universe was declared non-canon to the upcoming third trilogy. Only the films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and new material released after this point will be considered canon (as listed above). However, the old Expanded Universe remains a resource used as a frame of reference for future material, at the discretion of their writers and the new Lucasfilm Story Group. In fact, the "new" Expanded Universe is in and of itself a misnomer — everything from this point on is simply being referred to as being either "Canon" or "Legends" in order to reflect the fact that everything is being approved by Lucasfilm.

Will contain heavy spoilers for the film Rogue One, the book Empire's End, and the video game Star Wars Battlefront II (2017). Browse through at your own caution.

Tropes used throughout the new Star Wars Expanded Universe:

  • Broad Strokes: Creators within the new continuity (many of whom also wrote for the "old" EU) often take the broader details of previous EU works by themselves or others in this sense. For instance, the novel Tarkin by James Luceno clearly takes the broader plots of his previous three novels as still having happened, and Kanan makes some veiled references to the events of the novel Shatterpoint. And in general, while the post-Endor slate has been wiped clean, there also seems to be less need or desire to retcon Prequel-era material.
  • Canon Immigrant: Any new works that are influenced by works that were made in the Legends continuity utilize this trope, reworking old characters (and iconic ships) into the new setting. (Perhaps the most obvious example is that many background characters only given names by the Legends continuity have kept their names, and in many cases their backstories, in newer works.) See the individual pages for more.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Remember Rae Sloane, that one Imperial officer that was a major character in A New Dawn and she started appearing in a bunch of other works, and then ended up being a major character in the Aftermath trilogy? She becomes the founder of the New Order after killing Rax, as he wanted to kill the Empire instead of keeping it alive.
  • Continuity Lockout: Not official and necessary, but it's been widely accepted among fans that you'll get more mileage if you read/watch certain material in a particular order for a connecting plot.
    • For Saw, Jyn, and the Partisans: Catalyst -> Rebel Rising -> Guardians of the Whills -> Inferno Squad. This assumes you've already watched Rogue One, but if you haven't, it is advised you watch it after Catalyst. It is most effective to read Rogue One novelization right before or right after Rebel Rising (and of course, after watching the movie). The comic book adaptation adds a couple of new scenes, but is not necessary. Rebels episodes "Ghosts of Geonosis" and "In the Name of the Rebellion" feature Saw & the Partisans, and they are also a Minor Major Character in Leia, Princess of Alderaan.
    • For Leia: You can read Bloodline and Leia, Princess of Alderaan in either order, the former taking place when Leia is older, the latter when Leia is a teenager. While both books have the benefit of being written by the same author, however, Bloodline was written first. Rebels episode "A Princess on Lothal" and Forces of Destiny episode "Bounty of Trouble" are related to Princess of Alderaan, but are not necessary. Of course, this is assuming you've watched all the movies up to The Force Awakens.
    • The Tales from Wild Space section of the Adventures comics have background from Adventures in Wild Space, which in turn is majorly tied to a piece of backstory of Rebels.
    • Averted for the most part with Thrawn, which, despite being a prequel to Rebels, can fit easily in the Legends continuity. The assumption being made here is that you're reading Thrawn because either you're a newcomer that is curious to learn the backstory of this new character thanks to Rebels, or you're an old Thrawn fan and you just want to learn what's going on with him in this new continuity. Thrawn does get namedropped in Empire's End with possible Foreshadowing, though it does not serve much at the moment.
    • As it is Rebels tie-in material, you'll be more inclined to read Servants of the Empire if you are a fan of Rebels or at least watch Rebels.
    • For Kanan: Similarly, you'll be more inclined to read A New Dawn and Kanan if you're a viewer of Rebels. A New Dawn can be read at any time, though it seems to be more effective if read at least after Season 1 of Rebels. Kanan delves into Kanan's backstory, but similarly, it also seems more effective if read after Season 1 of Rebels (and after reading A New Dawn).
    • For Imperials/First Order: Tarkin and Thrawn in either order (though again, Tarkin was written first), with Catalyst and the Aftermath trilogy being readable at any time.
    • For Ahsoka: Assuming you've watched all the movies currently released (or just the Original and Prequel Trilogies) and The Clone Wars (which is probably the only reason why you know of Ahsoka), watch Rebels, then read Ahsoka (which is an interquel between The Clone Wars & Rebels).
    • For Inquisitors: Same as the advice given about the Ahsoka plotlines, except read Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith after reading the Ahsoka novel.
  • Continuity Porn: Again, king of the trope. Star Wars has so many Call Backs, Call Forwards, Continuity Nods, Mythology Gags, and Internal Homages you could spend hours listing them all. In fact, it's safe to say Star Wars has more of them than any other franchise.
  • Continuity Reboot: A massive one, as detailed by the description above.
  • The Don/The Syndicate:
    • The two most powerful and prevalent crime syndicates during both the twilight years of the Galactic Republic and subsequent reign of Palpatine's Empire were the Hutt Cartel led by the Grand Hutt Council (usually dominated by either Jabba and/or Mama), and Black Sun, a far-reaching crime syndicate led by a Chairman, such as Ziton Mojnote , with various smaller syndicates & criminal organisations also existing that challenged the status quo, such as the Pyke Syndicate under Lom Pyke, the Xrexus Cartel led by Xev Xrexus, various pirate gangs led by Hondo Ohnaka & Maz Kanata, arms dealers, rival Hutt crime lords, and EVEN the Zygerrian Governmentnote . Following the end of the war and subsequent rise of the Empire, most of the criminal syndicates and organisations formed a loose alliance with the now Emperor Palpatine until his own death at the Battle of Endor and the subsequent fall of his empire less than a year later.
      • During the height of the Clone Wars, the former Sith Lord, Maul, managed to unite the Hutts, Black Sun, Pyke Syndicate, and several other factions to briefly form the Shadow Collective led by himself, Savage Opress and their Mother, the Nightsister leader, Mother Talzin, until its own destruction several months later
    • Following the end of the Galactic Civil War (GCW), the Galactic criminal underworld changed drastically; the Hutt Cartel had collapsed, while Black Sun was forced into a loose criminal alliance with a rival crime organisation and mining conglomerate led by Lorgan Movellan that called themselves the Red Key Raiders, which left various new criminal gangs to form and challenge their former criminal masters during the first decades of the New Republic, such as the Kanjiklubnote , the Ranc gang led by a former Imperial Stormtrooper named Terexnote  and the Nikto Cartels led by powerful "businessmen" such as Rinnrivin Di.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Alderaan (Leia's adopted homeworld), & the Hosnian System (The New Republic's temporary Capital)
  • Elite Mooks: While the Imperial Stormtroopers and B-1 Battle Droids have cemented their status as Cannon Fodder, they have several close relatives who are competent enough to give the heroes a rough time.
    • The Phantom Menace gives us the Droidekas / Destroyer Droids. They come equipped with energy shields that make them immune to blaster fire and rapid-fire blasters. They're so effective that they can send Jedi Masters running.
    • Attack of the Clones reveals the B-2 Battle Droids, essentially heavily-armoured versions of the B-1s.
    • The Clone Wars shows off the Commando Droids. While they're nowhere near as lethal as Droidekas or Magnaguards, they can prove a problem for Clone troopers, especially in large numbers.
    • In Revenge of the Sith, we get the Magnaguards — special droids designed to take on Jedi. They are capable of posing a threat to both Knights and Padawans, and are effective enough that even Masters have a hard time taking them down.
    • Rebels introduces the Inquisitorius, a group of darksiders tasked with hunting down survivors of Order 66. While they're no match for a Jedi Knight or a rogue Sith Lord, they're effective enough to be a genuine threat to Padawans.
    • Rogue One introduces us to the Death Troopers — aka stormtroopers that can actually shoot straight. Even though all six of them die by the end of the film, they've claimed many times that number in Rebel lives.
    • And in The Force Awakens, we get the First Order Stormtroopers. They're remarkably better shots than their Imperial counterparts — in fact, they're equipped with riot gear that lets them deflect lightsaber attacks.
  • The Emperor: Sheev Palpatine for the First Galactic Empire, followed by Fleet Admiral/Counselor Gallius Rax
  • The Empire/Galactic Superpower: The First Galactic Empire, followed thirty years later by its successor state, the First Order
  • Enemy Civil War: The Galactic Empire undergoes one after the Emperor's death, thanks to a growing New Republic, defecting Imperials, and rogue Moffs and officers becoming warlords or declaring themselves Emperor, which resulted in both the Imperial Army and Imperial Navy abandoning Coruscant, and leading to the ISB (or Imperial Security Bureau) usurping control from Grand Vizier Mas Amedda and heavily defending the isolated capital, with the planet slowly descending into a battleground against the New Republic supported insurgents and the de facto leaders of the planet. Meanwhile, the leaders of the Imperial Army and Imperial Navy (Grand General Kenner Loring & Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, respectively), the two biggest factions within the empire go through their own Civil War with each other, all whilst fighting off the New Republic forces.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Numerous characters has noted that they felt cold in the presence of the Dark Side:
    • The first time this trope is in The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke describes the cave on Dagobah as cold.
    • On Rebels, Ezra felt cold after his brush with the Dark Side. Later, both him and Kanan also described the presence of Vader as such.
    • In Shattered Empire, Leia felt cold when entering the hangar of the Royal Palace of Theed, sensing the lingering presence of Darth Maul.
  • Famous Last Words: See here.
  • Flanderization/Planetof Hats: Happened to a lot of species and characters Depending on the Writer. A notable example is the Cantina Biths from the original Star Wars, who instead of being a band who happen to be Biths, possibly from the same planet (and thus, logically, the same species) they are members of an entire race of 1-dimensional musicians.
    • Hutts are another example; as Jabba in the films is an example of the 'ruthless Hutts', the Expanded Universe banks on the fact that the Hutts are all gangsters.
      • Likewise, Jabba himself is frequently only characterized by his vicious greed and gluttony.
    • On the other hand, both above examples and many more are subverted or even averted completely in different media, again Depending on the Writer; there are even writers who have created Sith Biths and Jedi Hutts, even if such examples are almost universally accepted as Jumping the Shark.
  • Founder of the Kingdom:
    • The Galactic Republic has the various remnants of the Old Republic, alongside the Jedi Order
    • The Separatist Alliance has Count Dooku, Darth Sidiousnote , Archduke Poggle the Lesser, Karina the Great, and various corporate "sponsors" such as the Trade Federation, Techno Union, Commerce Guild, and InterGalactic Banking Clan
    • The First Galactic Empire has Supreme Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vadernote , Admiral/Governor Wilhuff Tarkin and the then-Speaker & Vice Chairnote , Mas Amedda
    • The Rebel Alliance, was formed through an alliance between Senator-in-exile Mon Mothma, fellow Senator Bail Organa, and the various myriad resistance cells and factions associated with the Rebel Networknote 
      • It's predecessor, the Rebel Network, was founded through a partnership between Senator Bail Organa and former Jedi padawan, Ahsoka Tano/Fulcrum I
  • The Knights of Ren has the Acolytes of the Beyond; itself founded by Adviser Yupe Tashu
  • The Resistance has Senator Leia Organa, Gial Ackbar, Nien Nunb, Doctor Harter Kalonia, and various New Republic pilots
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Dark Side, and whatever is calling out to Palpatine out in the Unknown Regionsnote 
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Several, including:
  • Loophole Abuse: After the Galactic Concordance was signed, Sienar were told they couldn't make ships for the First Order. Their solution? Create a subsidiary that wasn't beholden to the treaty, and get right back to work.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Tarkin reveals Emperor Palpatine's first name is Sheev.
  • Protagonist Title: Tarkin, Princess Leia, Ahsoka, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Kanan, Poe Dameron, C3-PO, Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra, Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin, Darth Maul, TK-462, Thrawn, Darth Maulnote , and Twilight Company. Technically, you could also count Rogue One and Rebels.
  • The Purge: Various, namely:
    • Revenge of the Sith ends with the Sith's victory over the Jedi Order, via this near the end.
    • The Force Awakens reveals that Luke's newly re-created Jedi Order was wiped out by a joint First Order/Knights of Ren strike force, led by none other than his nephew, Ben Solo.
  • Reality Ensues: As with the old EU, the new EU makes it painstakingly clear that just because the Rebels blew up a major Imperial space station, destroyed a good portion of their fleet, and killed the Emperor and his most prominent subordinate doesn't mean that the entire Galactic Empire collapsed overnight.
  • Recursive Reality: Apparently. On this design sheet for an episode of The Clone Wars, there's a holomovie called Space Wars, which features a story being told "long long ago in a galaxy far far away" with a superweapon that totally isn't the Death Star.
  • La Résistance/Rebel Leader: Various, though the more famous ones are/were:
    • The Separatist Alliance in the Prequel Trilogy led by Count Dooku, General Grievous, the Council, and secretly Darth Sidious/Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
    • The Clone Wars had several, that would continue fighting during the Galactic Civil War such as the Free Ryloth Movement led by Cham Syndulla, and the Mandalorian Resistance, which was formed by Bo-Katan Kryze when Maul killed their previous leader/commander, Pre Vizsla; which by the fourth season of Rebels, had officially allied itself with Clan Wren, led by the Countess Ursa, her daughter Sabine, and former Journeyman Protector, Fenn Rau
      • There's also the Onderon Rebels led by Saw Gerrera; which were co-led with his sister, Steela, Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, and the former Separatist & Death Watch member, Lux Bonteri. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, it had renamed itself the Partisans, and by Rogue One, was now co-led with his chief lieutenants/enforcers, Benthic and Edrio "Two Tubes". Following their defeat on Jedhanote , the remnants reorganised themselves into the Dreamers, and led by another of Saw's former lieutenants, Staven, alongside his own second-in-command, Dahna, and the mysterious informant known only as the "Mentor" (who was later to be revealed to be the former Onderon Rebel & Senator-in-Exile, Lux Bonteri)
    • Various short-lived insurgency groups during Palpatine's rise to power included the Raadan Resistance which was formed & led by Ahsoka Tano, an unnamed insurgency group led by Berch Teller, and the Batonn insurgency which was led by the individual known only as "Nightswan" (actually a former member of the Imperial Mining Guild turned "smuggling consultant" named Nevil Cygni)
    • The Rebels TV series and other related media has the Rebel Network, led by Senator Bail Organa, his wife Breha, and the Fulcrum informantsnote , with military support from both Phoenix Squadron led by Commander Jun Sato and the Massassi Unit led by General Jan Dodonna
    • Rogue One & the Original Trilogy has the Rebel Alliance led by Senator-in-Exile/Chancellor Mon Mothma, fellow Senator Bail Organa, the Council, Princess Leia Organanote , and various military officers & commanders such as General Dodonna, and Admirals Raddus & Ackbar
      • The only known rebel group that was/is officially affiliated with them are the Corellian Resistance, whose leadership are currently unknownnote 
    • Uprising has the titular group led by the "Smuggler", his sister Riley, and their "allies, which included various crime lords (such as Shortpaw, Voras, & "Deathstick"), the leaders of the Noble Court (Her Majesty, & Sir Corto Belrake), and the local Rebel leadership (Tam Bastion & Rebel heroes Lando Calrissian and Lobot)
    • The Sequel Trilogy has the aptly-named Resistance led by Leia Organa, her aide Commander Korr Sella, and Admirals U.O. Statura & Gial Ackbar
  • Sacred Scripture: The Church of the Force revers the Journal of the Whills.
  • Schrödinger's Canon:
    • Propaganda mentions that there was a "Dark age" of the Galaxy, during which there was a Jedi-Sith war, which included at least two Battles of Coruscant; one of the Sith taking it over, with a later one of the Jedi Order liberating Coruscant from the Sith. In Legends, you could argue that it began with the Sacking of Coruscant, where the Sith Empire took Coruscant, forcing the Jedi Order to flee to Tython. It wouldn't be until about two-thousand and a half years later that at the end of the New Sith Wars (also known as the Jedi-Sith War) that the Jedi were able to retake Coruscant. There was also a Cold War between the Jedi and Sith after the Sacking of Coruscant and the Jedi returning to Tython. In addition, said the Jedi-Sith War is also said in both canons to have resulted in Darth Bane creating the Rule of Two, which helps enforce the idea that the events alluded to by the New Expanded Universe may be the same ones from Legends.
    • The online Encyclopedia (the precursor to the Databank before the Star Wars website was overhauled; it is no longer accessible) states that the Hundred-Year Darkness from a thousand years before the main era was started by a rogue Jedi exiled by the Jedi High Council, as he believed that the right way to go about things is tapping into the dark side, resulting in the birth of the Sith with the help of his followers. In Legends, the Jedi is named Ajunta Pall, who was dabbling around in alchemy and discovered how to create & shape life while doing so. The Jedi High Council was so disturbed by this that they shunned his discoveries for being dark sided and tried to destroy his work, much to the anger of him and his followers, setting off the war. At the end of the Hundred-Year Darkness, Pall and his followers were exiled from Republic space... though this proved to be a bad choice, as they ended up finding the Sith species on Korriban and things went from there.
  • Serial Escalation: Each generation of the franchise tries to outdo the previous in terms of special effects, characterization, and sheer awesomeness.
    • A New Hope was The Hero's Journey by way of Space Opera, with some Japanese and Western elements blended in. The Empire Strikes Back introduced lots of tragic elements, and helped flesh out the mythology a bit more. Return of the Jedi acted as a Grand Finale for the Original Trilogy with strong themes of redemption and a good sense of closure (at least at the time).
    • The Phantom Menace was little more than the groundwork for the following five films, yet had significantly better special effects than had been seen in the series to date; it also introduced Anakin as a young, unassuming protagonist who was thrust into extreme circumstances. Attack of the Clones introduced much darker elements, as well as expanded upon the roles of a Jedi Knight and Padawan Apprentice. Revenge of the Sith turned the dark elements Up to Eleven, and simultaneously gave us some of the most expansive battles (both literal and spiritual) the series had seen up to that point.
    • The Force Awakens was a retread of A New Hope, but with several elements from across the franchise and pumped up on steroids.
    • This could also be seen in the series' trademark weapon, lightsabers. The original weapons were simple, single-bladed swords with blades of plasma or lasers, depending on who you ask. The swordfights in these films were equally simple — probably because knowledge of how to wield them had long since been lost. The Phantom Menace introduced us to double-bladed lightsabers, while simultaneously portraying Jedi and Sith wielding the weapons extremely competently. Attack of the Clones introduced lightsabers with curved hilts wielded by an Old Master, only for Revenge of the Sith to one-up this by giving us a cyborg who quadruple-wielded his. The Clone Wars then went ahead and gave us animated saber duels, with one of its arc villains Dual Wielding double-bladed lightsabers. It still wasn't enough. Rebels gave us the Inquisitorius, whose double-bladed lightsabers can spin on an axis, while The Force Awakens gave us crossguard-sabers with unstable blades, wielded by a Psychopathic Manchild with a flair for the dramatic. And now, the Season 2 finale of Rebels has shown us there is still more to come, with the revelation that the aforementioned inquisitors can use their spinning lightsabers to fly. It's anyone's guess what the franchise's most iconic weapon will be capable of next.
  • Society Marches On:
    • It was frequently mentioned in Legends that women in the Imperial Military was an extreme rarity. However, likely as a result of women taking greater roles in real-world militaries, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of women passingly mentioned as serving in the Imperial Navy, including a female captain of a Star Destroyer. Although even at the time of the Legends continuity this was partially a matter of making the Empire a Politically Incorrect Villain, since the New Republic military had a fairly large proportion of female personnel.
    • Lords Of The Sith features the first lesbian character in the new canon - who, interestingly, is also an Imperial.
    • Rather than painting the Galactic Civil War as being black and white as it was in the films, the new Expanded Universe mixes things up with noble Imperials and ruthless Rebels, although it's still pretty obvious who we're supposed to be rooting for. For example, the Imperials have individuals such as Maketh Tua, Agent Kallus, Rae Sloane, and Inspector Thanoth; the Rebels have Saw Gererra, and Berch Teller.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The major ones are General Cassio Taggenote , Admiral Ackbar, Chewbacca and Mon Mothma who have all escaped their original EU fates.
  • Ungovernable Galaxy: Even in a galaxy apparently controlled by superpowers such as the Galactic Republic and Galactic Empire, the Galaxy still proves to be quite ungovernable. Even before Palpatine carried out his master plan, the Republic was crumbling due to corruption, while the Empire kept somewhat better control of its territory, at the cost of vastly increased military expenditure and curtailed rights. Even with their military might, the Empire were still unable to stamp out the seemingly thousands of crime syndicates that flourished in the galaxy; some space was even ruled by crime lords! And let's not forget how the Empire was unable to exterminate the Rebels or crack down on Rebel Sympathisers. After all, it is very difficult to track down offenders in the vast void of space.
    • During the time of the Galactic Civil War (GCW), the Galaxy was divided between various factions such as Palpatine's First Galactic Empire & their allies, the Rebel Alliance & associated Rebel Cells, Saw Gerrera's Partisans, various Separatist Holdouts, and the Corporate Sector Authority
  • Villain Episode:
    • Lords Of The Sith, starring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
    • Tarkin, starring the titular Grand Moff.
    • The Darth Vader comic, starring... Well, guess.
    • Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, which picks up where The Clone Wars left Maul. Also features Darth Sidious and Mother Talzin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Kind of a guarantee, since the stories tend to jump around different places and in different parts of the timeline. Lots of unique places and characters may be explored at one point in the timeline (such as the Republic era), but has yet to be covered in later eras. There's also deliberately not showing a topic's past/future to obviously keep up the mystery of what happens to them until a Wham Episode that answers the question. So of course, this trope generally leads to seeds later sprouting into something greater later on.