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 [[http://starwars.wikia.com 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 [[http://starwars.com/news/the-legendary-star-wars-expanded-universe-turns-a-new-page.html here]], with the business end formally coming down on April 25th, 2014. While they are acting too polite to outright say "non-canon", [[AlternateContinuity the films will be moving forward with a different storyline]]. The last piece of this version of the Expanded Universe, the Creator/DarkHorseComics comic line including ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' Volume 2, [[http://www.newsarama.com/21137-dark-horse-s-star-wars-line-to-end-august-2014.html 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 ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', is iron-clad and wholly consistent canon... [[CuttingOffTheBranches but this necessitates the formal axing and cessation of the old EU and content for it]]. [[BroadStrokes "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 ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''.

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

The old ''Star Wars Expanded Universe'', now ''Legends'', is ''[[{{CashCowFranchise}} vast]]'', which may lead to ArchivePanic. 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 made up the old Expanded Universe, and the tropes contained therein, will be covered '''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends here]]'''.

!!The new Expanded Universe (Canon)

%%Keep every item in chronological order when possible.
* ''Star Wars'' Episode I: ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' (1999).
* ''Star Wars'' Episode II: ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' (2002).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (2008)[[note]]Pilot Movie[[/note]]
* ''Star Wars'' Episode III: ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (2005).
* ''Film/RogueOne: A Star Wars Story'' (2016).
* ''Star Wars'' Episode IV: ''Film/ANewHope'' (1977).
* ''Star Wars'' Episode V: ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1980).
* ''Star Wars'' Episode VI: ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (1983).
* '' Star Wars'' Episode VII: ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' (2015).
* ''Star Wars'' [[Film/StarWars8 Episode VIII]] (2017).
* ''Star Wars'' Episode IX (2019).

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

* Untitled Han Solo Anthology Film (2018).
* Unknown ''Star Wars'' Spin-Off (2020).

* ''Literature/DarkDisciple'' (2015) - a novel staring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, adapted from an unproduced story arc of ''The Clone Wars''.
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsAhsoka Ahsoka]]'' (2016) - focuses on Ahsoka Tano in the early years of the Empire.
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsLostStars 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.
* ''Literature/LordsOfTheSith'' (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.
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsTarkin Tarkin]]'' (2014) - featuring the character from ''A New Hope'', battling a rebel cell, five years after the rise of the empire.
* ''Literature/ANewDawn'' (2014) - a prequel to the ''Rebels'' TV series showing how series protagonists Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla meet.
* ''Literature/ServantsOfTheEmpire'' (2014-2015) - focuses on the adventures of ''Rebels'' character Zare Leonis.
* [[/index]]''Ezra's Gamble'' (2014) - a prequel to the ''Rebels'' TV series starring Ezra Bridger and bounty hunter Bossk.
* [[AdaptationExpansion Several junior novels that tie in with ''Rebels'']] (2014-ongoing).
* ''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.
* ''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 Film/ANewHope.[[index]]
* ''Literature/SmugglersRun: 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''.
* ''Literature/HeirToTheJedi'' (2015) - takes place between ''A New Hope'' and ''The Empire Strikes Back'', told by Luke Skywalker in first-person.
* ''Literature/TheWeaponOfAJedi: 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.
* ''Literature/BattlefrontTwilightCompany'' (2015) - A tie-in novel to the forthcoming video game.
* [[/index]]''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 Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack.[[index]]
* ''Literature/MovingTarget: 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.
* [[/index]]''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 Film/ReturnOfTheJedi.[[index]]
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsAftermath 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.
* [[/index]]''Aftermath: Life Debt'' (2016)
* ''Aftermath: Empire's End'' (2017)[[index]]
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsBloodline Bloodline]]'' (2016) - Set six years before ''The Force Awakens''. To be written by Claudia Gray.
* ''Literature/TalesFromAGalaxyFarFarAwayVolumeOneAliens'' (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.[[/index]]
** ''All Creatures Great and Small''
** ''A Recipe for Death''
** ''The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku''
** ''The Face of Evil''
** ''High Noon on Jakku''
** ''True Love''
* ''Before the Awakening'' (2015)
* ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens'' (2015) - The novelization of [[Film/TheForceAwakens the film of the same name]]. Written by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, ghost writer of the original ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' novelization and writer of ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', the very first EU novel (making this a RemakeCameo gig of sorts).

[[folder:Reference Books]]
* ''Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide'' - provides background details for the main characters and villains of ''Rebels''.
* ''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'' - an upcoming visual guide dedicated to the many starships in the franchise.
* ''Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know'' - a reference guide that highlights "anecdotal, quirky and obscure facts" about the franchise.

[[folder:Short Stories]][[index]]
* ''Literature/KindredSpirits'' - a short story in ''Star Wars Insider Magazine 159'' which features Asajj Ventress having an encounter with the pirate Lassa Rhayme.
* ''Literature/{{Orientation}}'' - a short story in ''Star Wars Insider Magazine 157'' that takes place in the middle of ''Literature/LordsOfTheSith'' and features an Imperial officer attempting to assassinate the Emperor.
* ''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.
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsTheEndOfHistory 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.
* ''Literature/RebelBluff'' - a short story in ''Star Wars Insider Magazine 158'' which features Lando Calrissian on the planet Lothal pursuing a young woman who steals the pot of a sabacc game he was playing.
* ''Literature/OneThousandLevelsDown'' - 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.
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsLastCallAtTheZeroAngle 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.
* ''[[Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron 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.
* ''Literature/TheLeversOfPower'' - 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.
* [[/index]]''Blade Squadron: Zero Hour''
* ''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.

* [[index]]''[[ComicBook/StarWarsObiWanAndAnakin 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.
* ''ComicBook/DarthMaulSonOfDathomir'' (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.
* ''[[Comicbook/StarWarsKanan 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.
* ''ComicBook/StarWarsRebelsMagazine'' comic strips (2015-ongoing):
** ''Ring Race'' (January 2015)
** ''Learning Patience'' (February 2015)
** ''The fake Jedi'' (March 2015) %The capitalization mistake was in the actual title, please leave intact%
** ''Kallus' Hunt'' (April 2015)
** ''Return of the Slavers'' (May 2015)
** ''Eyes on the Prize'' (June 2015)
** ''Sabotaged Supplies'' (July 2015)
** ''Ezra's Vision'' (August 2015)
** ''Senate Perspective'' (September 2015)
** ''Becoming Hunted'' (October 2015)
** ''Assessment'' (November 2015)
** ''Ocean Rescue'' (December 2015)
** ''Secret of Sienar'' (December 2015, due to being released every four weeks)
** ''No Sympathy'' (January 2016)
** ''A Day's Duty'' (February 2016)
** ''Ice Breaking'' (March 2016)
** (April 2016)
** ''Academy Cadets'' (May 2016)
* ''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 BroadStrokes canon by Disney.[[index]]
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsPrincessLeia 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.
* ''[[ComicBook/MarvelStarWars2015 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.
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader Darth Vader]]'' (2015-ongoing) - 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.
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsVaderDown Vader Down]]'' (2015)
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsLando Lando]]'' (2015)
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsChewbacca Chewbacca]]'' (2015)
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsShatteredEmpire Shattered Empire]]'' (2015) - a prequel to the events of the ''The Force Awakens''.
* [[/index]]''Star Wars Special: C-3PO'' (2015)[[index]]
* ''[[ComicBook/StarWarsPoeDameron Poe Dameron]]'' (2016-ongoing) - an ongoing series that follows Poe Dameron and a squadron of Resistance pilots as they search for Lor San Tekka.

[[folder:Animated Shows]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (2008-2014).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' (2014-ongoing).

* [[/index]]''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: Galactic Defense'' (2014) - a TowerDefense game based on first six films.[[index]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Commander}} Star Wars Commander]]'' (2014) - a strategy game for smartphones.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsUprising'' (2015)

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

* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'': DICE's reboot of ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' (2015-2016[[note]]"2016" being set in-place for the inevitable DLC storm[[/note]]).
* [[/index]]Untitled Visceral Games Project (forthcoming).

!!Canon Policy

In April 2014, virtually all of the Expanded Universe was [[AlternateContinuity declared non-canon to the upcoming third trilogy]]. Only the films, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', 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.

! Tropes used throughout the new ''Star Wars'' Expanded Universe:
* ADayInTheLimelight: The ''Leia'' limited series expands upon how she responded to Alderaan's destruction, and what she did immediately after ''A New Hope''.
* AnachronicOrder: ''Star Wars'' could qualify as the ''king'' of this trope.
** First, we have the prequels, which were released 16 years after the Original Trilogy.
** Then there is ''WesternAnimation/TheCloneWars'', which was released after the prequels but takes place between episodes II and III.
*** ''The Clone Wars'' actually qualifies ''twice'', at least in the first 2.5 seasons. The earlier episodes were released anachronically -- with two of them taking place ''before'' the movie that preceded the show.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Rebels]]'' takes place almost fifteen years after Episode III but a few years before Episode IV -- and was released in 2014.
** The sequel trilogy -- probably the only entries in the franchise post-OT to be aired in proper order (both in their numbering scheme AND in RealLife time) will be released in 2015, 2017, and 2019...and the ''Anthology'' films will serve as prequels to the original trilogy, and will be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
** This isn't even getting into the novels, comics, video games, and other media that the franchise has spawned -- not to mention future material.
* AnyoneCanDie: Several characters, most notably:
** The '''Prequel Trilogy''' - Qui-Gon Jin, Shmi Skywalker, The Separatist Leadership (Count Dooku, General Grievous, and the Separatist Council) Mace Windu & most of the Jedi Order (barring at least three members), Padmé Amidala, and the Galactic Republic (as a political entity)
** The '''[[{{WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars}} Clone Wars]]''' killed off countless [[{{RedShirt}} Clone Troopers & Commanders]], the occasional {{arc villain}}, and various minor/one-off characters, as well as allies, Separatists, minor antagonists, a [[{{LastofHisKind}} Zilo Beast]], & '''EVEN''' a family of Force "entities" known as the Ones, either during its run or in supplementary material.
** The '''Original Trilogy''' - Owen and Beru Lars, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, and most of Imperial High Command (Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, Grand Moff Tarkin, & the Joint Chiefs)
** Since [[{{Creator/Disney}} Disney]] took over, they've since they've since wiped out most of [[{{ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader}} Geonosis]], and killed off [[{{Literature/DarkDisciple}} Asajj Ventress]], [[{{WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels}} the Grand Inquisitor, the Inquisitors (Fifth Brother, Seventh Sister, & Eighth Brother) Minister Maketh Tua]], [[{{Literature/HeirToTheJedi}} Nakari Kelen]], [[ComicBook/StarWarsVaderDown Commander Karbin]], [[{{ComicBook/MarvelStarWars2015}} Senator Nadea Tural]], [[{{ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader}} Beebox, Aiolin, & Duke Rubix]].
** The '''Sequel Trilogy''' thus far only has one major death, but it's a big one: [[spoiler:Han Solo]].
* BroadStrokes: 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 ''[[Literature/StarWarsTarkin Tarkin]]'' by James Luceno clearly takes the broader plots of his previous three novels [[labelnote:*]] ''Darth Plagueis'', ''Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader'' and ''Cloak Of Deception''[[/labelnote]] as still having happened, and ''[[Comicbook/StarWarsKanan Kanan]]'' makes some veiled references to the events of the novel ''[[Literature/{{Shatterpoint}} Shatterpoint]]''[[labelnote:*]] It's possible it didn't happen exactly as in the novel though - after the events therein, it seems doubtful anyone would trust Depa Billaba with a padawan[[/labelnote]]. 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.
* CanonImmigrant: 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 some cases their backstories, in newer works.)
* ContinuityReboot: A '''massive''' one, as detailed by the description above.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Alderaan (Leia's adopted homeworld), & the [[spoiler: Hosnian System (The New Republic's temporary Capital)]]
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: 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 [[EvilMeScaresMe his brush with the Dark Side]]. Later, both him and Kanan also described the presence of [[TheDreaded 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.
* FamousLastWords: See [[FamousLastWords/StarWars here]].
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Several, including:
** '''''[[{{WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars}} The Clone Wars]]''''' had several, including the CIS wiping out the Dathomirian Witches (except for Asajj Ventress, Mother Talzin, and [[spoiler: Shelish]]), while in '''''[[{{Literature/DarkDisciple}} Dark Disciple]]''''', they destroy the Mahran convoy fleet, & attempt to wipe out the last remaining remnants of their civilisation from their home-world.
*** The CIS also attempted to create (or re-create) biological weapons in an attempt to eradicate '''ENTIRE''' species and cultures during the war. Notable examples include Nuvo Vindi's Blue Shadow Virus, Lok Durd's Defoliator, & the Techno Union's own weapon Organic decimator.
** '''''[[{{WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels}} Rebels]]''''' revealed in [[{{Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E01DroidsInDistress}} one episode]] that the Lasat (Zeb's race) were also victims of this, [[spoiler: thought it's [[{{Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E12LegendsOfTheLasat}} later revealed]] that "millions of Lasats" had survived back on their actual home-world of Liresan]].
** '''''[[{{ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader}} Darth Vader]]''''' had an early issue were a character states that Geonosia was first on the newly created '''First. Galactic. Empire''''s list, after initially kick-starting the Clone Wars, with "all its queens and hives" being wiped out, as a result.
** '''''[[{{Literature/OneThousandLevelsDown}} One Thousand Levels Down]]''''' has Alderaanians being victims of this after their Home-world's destruction. The Herglic & Mon Calamari are also victims of this, to a certain extent.
** '''''[[{{VideoGame/StarWarsUprising}} Uprising]]''''' has the Nothoiin Aristocracy that once ruled the Anoat Sector suffer this at the hands of the empire, and that only a select few, including their leader (known as "Her Majesty"), had managed to escape the purge.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: ''Tarkin'' reveals Emperor Palpatine's first name is Sheev.
* ThePurge: Various, namely:
** '''''[[{{Film/RevengeoftheSith}} Revenge of the Sith]]''''' ends with the Sith's victory over the Jedi Order, via this near the end.
** '''''[[{{Film/TheForceAwakens}} 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 [[spoiler: his nephew, Ben Solo]].
* RealityEnsues: 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.
* SerialEscalation: Each generation of the franchise tries to outdo the previous in terms of special effects, characterization, and sheer awesomeness.
** ''A New Hope'' was TheHerosJourney by way of SpaceOpera, 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 GrandFinale for the Original Trilogy with strong themes of redemption and a good sense of closure ([[SeriesFauxnale 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 UpToEleven, 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 [[UpToEleven 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, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on who you ask]]. The swordfights in these films were equally simple -- [[FridgeBrilliance probably because knowledge of how to wield them had long since been lost]]. ''The Phantom Menace'' introduced us to [[DoubleWeapon 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 OldMaster, 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 [[ArcVillain arc villains]] DualWielding double-bladed lightsabers. [[ExaggeratedTrope It still wasn't enough]]. ''Rebels'' gave us the Inquisitorius, whose double-bladed lightsabers can [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin on an axis]], while ''The Force Awakens'' gave us crossguard-sabers with unstable blades, wielded by a PsycopathicManchild 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.
* SocietyMarchesOn:
** 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 PoliticallyIncorrectVillain, 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.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: General Cassio Tagge, Admiral Ackbar, and [[spoiler:Chewbacca]] all have escaped their original EU fates.
* VillainEpisode:
** ''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.