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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. The last piece of this version of the Expanded Universe, the Dark Horse Comics comic line including Legacy Volume 2, is set to conclude in August 2014. The new Disney-Lucasfilm group has created a dedicated Story Team that will ensure everything produced under the new regime, starting with 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 been locked, it will remain in circulation under the banner Legends.

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

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

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

The old Expanded Universe (Star Wars Legends)

Details on the the works that comprised the old Expanded Universe, and the tropes contained therein, will be covered here.

The new Expanded Universe

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    Films 

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

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

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

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

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

    Animated Shows 

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

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


Canon Policy

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

Tropes used throughout the new Star Wars Expanded Universe:

  • Broad Strokes: Any new works that are influenced by works that were made in the Legends continuity utilize this trope, reworking old characters into the new setting.
  • Continuity Reboot: A massive one, as detailed by the description above.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: A New Dawn is a pretty apt title for the first novel to take place in the new Expanded Universe.
  • Villain Episode:
    • Lords Of The Sith, starring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
    • Tarkin, starring the titular Grand Moff.

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