YMMV / Star Wars Expanded Universe

See Star Wars Legends for old EU.
  • Archive Panic: Averted if you're going by Disney's new Expanded Universe instead of the positively colossal Legends one. You shouldn't have too much of a problem keeping up with all the new material... for now, that is. That said, it's been going a few years now, and several novels have already been released, so if it doesn't qualify yet, it's most certainly going to.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The controversial Alternate Continuity/Canon Discontinuity decision that Disney made had the perk of definitively de-canonizing several unpopular works, such as the infamous The Crystal Star, the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special (which was still considered canon at that time in spite of George Lucas's hatred of it), and the Jedi Prince books which had Emperor Palpatine's three-eyed son Triclops and his grandson Ken the Jedi Prince (though he was actually an experiment made by the Empire.)
    • Other works which may be more popular but also prone to causing a Broken Base were also de-canonized, like the stories of Karen Traviss, accused of shilling Mandalorians at the expense of the Jedi, the Darker and Edgier novels starting with New Jedi Order that killed Chewbacca, and The Force Unleashed games where the Player Character Galen Marek/Starkiller is accused of being a Black Hole Sue (whether or not he's actually a good character is up for debate, but a lot of fans agree that the character was overpowered).
    • A few elements have already been left as established canon, such as the novel Tarkin keeping the title character's first name as Wilhuff and naming off several Imperial Senate members that were already given names, and the mobile game Star Wars: Commander establishing several ships, weapons, and vehicles from previous EU works as canon, thus giving them status as well.
    • In minor news, Word of God stated on Twitter that "jizz" music is no longer called as such in this EU, now being called Bith jazz.
  • Broken Base:
    • As if Disney were trying to break the fandom further, it's been announced by Lucasfilm that the entire EU is now non-canon because the writers of the new trilogy want to have a fresh slate to work on. This is causing major division between fans who object to over three decades' worth of work is casually being tossed out to create a consistent setting, and those who refused to acknowledge the EU before and are glad it's non-canon.
    • The focus on the original trilogy era has some fans either interested in reign of the empire or craving for the Old Republic era.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Subverted, for the time being, if you're just getting into the stuff that Disney declares canonical. Which will still be a lot, but at least you'll have time to know what you're getting into.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: See here in "Disney Continuity" entries.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • As of April 10th, 2017 (a few days before Celebration 2017), some fans noticed that the official Star Wars Twitter page had started following Rosario Dawson and Dwayne Johnson, with a popular rumor having gone around for a while that Dawson would play Ahsoka in a live-action role. Dawson and Dave Filoni started following each other on Twitter at the same time, too, and considering Filoni mostly just follows ice hockey teams and co-workers, it's rather suspect.
    • There are rumors going around of another animated series directed by Filoni either succeeding after or being released alongside Rebels. While anything from the Old Republic era as popularly demanded (specifically a canon adaptation of Knights of the Old Republic) are currently off limits so that Bioware still has time to end its Legends story in The Old Republic, the other guess is that it will fill in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
      • Voice actor Stephen Stanton revealed in a podcast interview that his voice for AP-5 was being reused for another Lucasfilm animated series... huh?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The romanji for Thrawn according to Google Translate is Sloan. Who else is a Grand Admiral in new canon?
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In Lando, Lobot allows his cybernetic implants to "optimize" his brain so that he can reactivate a ship's escape pods, turning him into the mute and emotionless cyborg we know from the films. He leaves a pre-recorded message for Lando imploring him to end his criminal career. And the thing that plays the message is Lando saying "cure." Lobot knew that Lando would try to help him return to normal.
    • In Chewbacca, the titular Wookiee gives Zarro his medal he got for being a hero of the Rebellion — the same infamous medal that we never got to see him receive in the end of A New Hope. Zarro asks him if he's sure, to which he replies that he has his bandolier, which is good enough for him and she immediately understands. The epilogue reveals that Zarro had realized that Chewie had a small bandolier in the box he had the whole time, and it turns out that it's a gift for his son, Waroo/Lumpy.
    • At the end of Thrawn, the titular character leaves behind his personal journal entries for his former aide Eli — who is leaving for the Chiss Ascendancy — to see, with the closing words affirming that he is grateful for Eli and their friendship throughout the years. Eli reciprocates. It's a far cry from back in the beginning of the book, where Eli wanted little to do with Thrawn and Thrawn claimed the only reason why he's keeping the young man close to him is as a tool.
    • The ending of Servants of the Empire. Dhara is back with her family after having been kidnapped and attempted to be brainwashed on by the Grand Inquisitor. The final lines seal the deal (doubling as Tear Jerker):
      "Mom, Dad," Dhara said from the middle of their warm, happy knot. "Don't let go. Don't let go."
      And for a very long time, no one did.
    • The Screaming Citadel begins with Luke and Aphra having an Enemy Mine, with the two butting heads considering as far as Luke knew, Aphra is/was The Dragon to the very evil that killed innocent people including his father, and Aphra is as abrasive as ever. However, as the situation at the Citadel escalates and the tensions are targeted at Aphra, Luke defends her, saying that she is his friend. She silently looks at him surprised and genuinely touched that someone is willing to stand by her side not so to gain anything out of it, but because they genuinely care about her. Keep in mind that within the same issue earlier, Aphra dismissed Luke as being some clueless naive poster boy for the Rebellion and was willing to use him as a bomb against the Queen. However, this becomes a Tear Jerker at the end of the arc. Scroll down to see why.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • As before, Thrawn's full name, Mitth'raw'nuruodo is either joked about how it has the word "raw" in it or the last part sounds like "Naruto".
  • Misblamed: Given J. J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek, don't be surprised if you see fans accusing J.J. of wiping out the Star Wars EU canon. Also, don't be surprised if you see people blaming George Lucas or Disney's decision, because... well, they're owners of the franchise. Admittedly, the policy does largely follow what was George's own position towards the former EU back when he was in charge, but that was always his position and never pretended otherwise. As for Disney, they did not make the choice to wipe the EU and they're smart enough to let Lucasfilm handle the reins, so Executive Meddling by Disney very rarely happens to the new Star Wars stories. The EU wipe was decided by Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Captain Phasma became The Scrappy in The Force Awakens for being hyped up by advertising to be the new Boba Fett, only for her to be an Advertised Extra and her most notable action in the film being a Dirty Coward that screws over Starkiller Base and gets thrown in the trash compartment as a result. And then Phasma shows she's a deliberately unlikable sociopath that's out for herself, willing to kill her parents, her brother, her clan, and the man who recruited her into the First Order in the first place to secure her own place among greatness, with that greatness being the First Order until further notice.
  • Sturgeon's Law: The Lucasfilm Story Group is doing their best to ensure that this won't be the case for the new Expanded Universe, making sure that the new stories are all consistently good instead of vastly varying in terms of quality. That said, it hasn't stopped some works from being less-regarded than others, so it still applies, if not to the same extent.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Omri's Heroic Sacrifice towards the end of The Phantom Limb. Especially since he started becoming friends with C3PO.
    • In The Screaming Citadel, despite everyone justifiably looking down on Aphra for being untrustworthy and manipulative, Luke — who had also looked down on Aphra for the same reasons everyone else does and even stated so at the beginning of the arc — stands up for her and affirms that she is his friend, something she is genuinely touched about. Keep in mind she had already threatened to use Luke as a bomb against the Queen earlier in the same issue. Sadly, in the climax of the arc, Aphra attempts to Screw This, I'm Outta Here! once again, but this time, Rur points out that she really does feel guilty and has sadness in her heart, causing her to go back and save the others. The arc ends with everyone still disappointed in Aphra for still not having changed her ways, and even Luke rebuffs her, telling her to stay away from him and his friends.
    • Saw recalling Steela's death to Jyn in Rebel Rising, believing it was all his fault he got his sister killed since she only fell because of a gunship he shot down that crashed near her. Not only that, but he's bitter that Ahsoka couldn't save her, the Jedi couldn't save the Republic, and everyone saying that Steela had to die to liberate Onderon only for the entire galaxy to fall under another tyranny.
    Saw: Don't give them [the Jedi] another thought. Jedi think they can do anything, but where are they now? All dead. And before that? Sure, they helped, but not enough. [...] But they couldn't hold on. For all their power, they couldn't hold on, not when it mattered.
    • In Bloodline, it is revealed that Leia, unlike Luke, does not forgive Anakin/Vader. Unlike Luke, Leia has always had a mother and father, so she's had no reason to want anything more than that in her family. And even in death, Vader's influence inadvertently ruins her life in ruining her reputation to the New Republic and taking her son (and indirectly, her husband) away from her. It's a contrast from Legends, where she had closure with a Force-ghost of Anakin and even tried to redeem his name by naming her son after him (which she realized also ended up stressing him out as he felt he had to live up to the name). But here, none of that except for her son turning to the Dark-side to be like his grandfather, just like her other son in Legends happen. She at least accepts Padme, but she does not understand how someone so strong, smart, and caring could fall for such an apathetic murderer. And since it's been fifty years and no one that knew Anakin personally is alive anymore (except for Kix, but the likelihood of Kix and Leia ever meeting is low given their respective circumstances), and no one other than Anakin knows the story of his tragedy, no one will ever know who he really was and why he fell.
    • In Dark Lord of the Sith, it turns out that the Grand Inquisitor fell because he was angry that the Jedi would never let him learn from the greater Jedi Archives, as he believed that he was of a high enough stature to deserve it. When he sees a Jedi Temple Guard uniform on display, he begins to remember, but walks away, bitterly saying that he only remembers the lies of his past.
    • It is revealed in Dark Lord of the Sith that Quinlan Vos survived Order 66, like in Legends. Unlike Legends, however, as far as we know, he's not accompanied by the people he loves and he probably won't get to live the rest of his life in quietness. His master, Tholme, has been long dead; T'ra Saa doesn't exist, and neither do his wife Khaleen and their newborn son Kortos; he might not even know who Vilmarh and Chak are. All he has to accompany him are the memories of his late master, late Padawan, and late lover.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: