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Due to the schism between the old EU and the new EU, this YMMV section has been split up accordingly.
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[[folder:''Legends'' YMMV]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** It's a common game to find proof Luke's on the dark side. Citing ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' is considered to be cheating.
** Palpatine's running of a brutal dictatorship and commission of numerous atrocities and superweapons: preparing the galaxy for the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, or [[IMeantToDoThat convenient excuse-mongering from the losing side?]] Or even more alternately, preparing for the YV invasion because "they're gonna take my stuff"?
*** Similarly, and one that exists both in and out of universe: The Empire would have easily crushed the Yuuzhan Vong, or the fact that their inability to quell the Rebellion and obsession with AwesomeButImpractical superweapons meant that people grossly overestimate how well the Empire would have done.
** Recycled and pumped up to the point of OmniscientMoralityLicense with [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Darth Revan]].
** Vergere is ''made'' for this, because she deliberately refuses to be pinned down as any one thing. Is she a heroic TricksterMentor, a scheming evil {{Chessmaster}}, a broken individual trying to [[TheAtoner make up for the mistakes of her past]], a loyal but unorthodox Jedi of the Old Republic, a Sith Acolyte, or [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} just crazy]]? You can find support in the text for ''all'' of these, though admittedly some more than others- the reader is left to draw their own conclusions. Recent books have been trying to hammer in the "Vergere was a Sith!" interpretation in order to support the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' storyline.
** Mandalorians, ProudWarriorRace or thugs for hire with pretensions of depth? Some fans have written some interesting articles on the subject. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-mandalorian-question-good-bad-or.html Here.]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Ben. Even after being [[TheDragon trained in the dark side]], [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured by Caedus]], and [[{{squick}} molested by Tahiri]], in addition to his mother's death, the worst thing he's done is snark about his father.
* ArchivePanic: That's putting it lightly. Getting through a portion of any media could take ''years''.
* {{Anvilicious}}:
** Luke constantly telling Cade that drugs are bad in the ''ComicBook/Legacy'' comics.
** The "save the environment" themes in the ''[[Literature/TheGloveOfDarthVader Jedi Prince]]'' children's books, to the point of having space whales or "Whaladons".
* AudienceAwarenessAdvantage: Shows up often. The plot of TheThrawnTrilogy partly relies on the fact that Darth Vader being Luke and Leia's father is not common knowledge, and in fact most people aren't even 100% sure that he's dead. With pretty much every book written later, on the other hand, the authors fall victim to this trope and act as though everyone in the galaxy has watched the films and knows everything that happened in them.
* BetterThanCanon:
** When ''Children of the Jedi'' came out, most fans preferred Luke with Mara. Of course, this later became canon. Also, some fans would like to leave Chewie's death and everything afterward [[FanonDiscontinuity out of canon]].
** Tellingly, George Lucas did not specifically exclude Chewie from dying. There's a rule that the death or marriage of any of the major characters from the movie trilogy had to be run by Lucas first, one of the few times Lucas even deals with the EU. Luke's marriage was something snuck past Lucas at the last minute, after Lucas had already turned it down. Needless to say, he wasn't happy about it when he found out.
* BlackHoleSue: Here's [[http://fangirlblog.com/2011/05/luke-skywalker-must-die/ one blogger's analysis]] of how and why Luke's continued presence in the EU is simply bogging things down.
* BrokenBase: There are several wars going on over the quality of various parts of the ExpandedUniverse.
** Even more violent and vitriolic than the argument over the ''quality'' of the ExpandedUniverse is the argument over the ''canonicity'' of the ExpandedUniverse. How bad did it get? Let's put it this way: when the Non-Canon side of the argument pointed out that GeorgeLucas himself, the creator of ''StarWars'' and the Presumed [[WordOfGod Voice of God]] when it comes to ''Star Wars'' (at least one would think, anyway), doesn't consider '''''anything''''' other than the films to be canon, the Pro-Canon side of the argument's response was to marginalize Lucas's opinions as unimportant in the overall scheme of things since "he really has no say in the matter", a view Lucas apparently finds rather funny and, naturally, dismisses out of hand as ludicrous.
** Lucas ''has'' stated that the ExpandedUniverse is valid unto itself. He clarified this when he stated that the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse is a separate entity from "official" ''StarWars'' material, and has a canon and internal consistency all of its own outside of "real" (his words) ''StarWars'' canon. The Pro-Canon [=EU=] fans didn't take being told that the [=EU=] was essentially a "side project" very well, either. (The Pro-Canon [=EU=] fans can be overzealous sometimes).
** The "Galactic Dance-Off" mode of ''Kinect Star Wars'' is either the absolute worst thing to come out of the franchise or the most hysterical.
* CompleteMonster: [[Monster/StarWars See here]].
* CrackIsCheaper: So many books, comics and video games, that if you're not selective your wallet will have a strong bond with The Force.
* CrackPairing: In fanfic, Mara is paired with any male she spends significant time with. This includes Emperor Palpatine (borderline ParentalIncest), Karrde, Lando, Kyle, and Corran. But it also includes [[{{Squick}} both of Luke's nephews]].
* CreatorsPet: The Mandolorians when Karen Traviss is writing. They ''used'' to be popular with fans as a whole, but her portraying them as superior to the Jedi and pretty much everyone else caused them to become despised.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: From the ''Knights Of The Old Republic'' series: Lucien Draay's destiny is to become Darth Sion, but then he decides to ScrewDestiny and kick Haazen's ass.
* DesignatedHero: Cade is forced to take this role by virtue of his bloodline only. If he had his own way, he'd still be smuggling and racking up bounties in the Outer Rim with no worries. Note that Cade only counts as this in-universe. Out-of-universe he's a sympathetic character.
* DesignatedVillain: Vestara is seen as this by some, because she has good intentions, and hasn't been shown doing much [[KickTheDog actual evil]]. Both [[StrawManHasAPoint in-universe]] and [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation fan arguments]] that the Jedi are NotSoDifferent, certainly don't help.
-->''I am Vestara Khai, daughter of a proud heritage. I have what is necessary to command the dark side and bend it to my will. To use it for the good of the Tribe, and the People.''
** Any Jedi espousing the Potentatum philosophy gets retconned as this, or falls to the Dark Side. Hell, any Force user that offers a slightly different take on the Force usually is hit with this; sometimes, they have wildly different philosophies and shifts in characterization from before and after the canon retroactively decides they're evil.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Vestara shows signs of becoming this.
** With the way things are going, she's more likely to be DefectingForLove than this.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Cronal has appeared in one old comic, one novel, and a handful of online and gamebook articles- but is widely regarded as one of Palpatine's most powerful and chilling minions.
** Nom Anor, probably the most popular new character introduced in NewJediOrder. Mainly due to his competence, snarkiness, and the fact that he just won't die.
** Vergere.
** Nen Yim. Though not so much as Nom Anor, she's pretty popular among a certain subset of the fanbase (especially among the general Vong-fans).
** Darth Talon probably has the most merchandise and publicity of all the Legacy characters. Here's a hint, it's not because of her winning personality.
** Emperor Roan Fel.
** K'Kruhk, a recurring Jedi who's the ''Star Wars'' equivalent of [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny]] and is often seen donning a NiceHat. This, alongside the fact that he's quite a bit more badass than most [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]], has made him rather popular with the fans.
* FanNickname: Pelly (Pellaeon), Farmboy (Luke), and as meta examples, Talifan (Mandalorian haters/Karen Traviss detractors) and Fandalorian (Mandalorian fans).
* FanPreferredCouple: Fans preferred Mara/Luke over Callista/Luke.
* GodModeSue: Jacen, especially blatant when you [[DoubleStandard compare his twin sister]].
* HilariousInHindsight: In the novel and comic strip ''Han Solo At Star's End'', Han makes quip about his tendency to always shoot first. When it was first released it wasn't too much of a big deal. However, after the 1997 Special Edition's release and [[TheDogShotFirst a certain edit to the Greedo and Han confrontation]]...
* MagnificentBastard:
** The Sith Emperor spent almost 1300 years developing his plans and managed to deliver quite a beating to the Republic and the Jedi.
** Thrawn is the definitive example of this trope in the Star Wars EU.
** Warlord Zsinj.
** Lumiya is personally responsible for nearly everything that happened in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. Her motivation is never stated outright, but it's implied that she did it all ''just to fuck with Luke Skywalker and ruin his life''. Talk about EvilIsPetty!
** Vergere.
** Darth Wyyrlok III.
** Moff Calixte.
** Darth Krayt is so much of a Magnificent Bastard that he finds a way to ''come back from the dead''.
* MarySue:
** There are a few that may qualify, but mostly they're DependingOnTheWriter. One of the main [[BaseBreaker base-breaking]] examples is Mara Jade, who exhibits many of the required traits: She's important in the story, possesses unusual physical traits, is ludicrously and irrelevantly over-skilled (pilot, slicer, tactician, combatant, spy, dancer, Jedi master - even surpassing ''Luke'' in sensory perception) and has an over-idealized nature (being all at once snarky, physically tough, warm, beautiful, calm under pressure, devoted wife etc). Most infuriating however, is that her very existence as the "Emperor's Hand" diminishes Darth Vader, who was always thought to be the Emperor's main {{Badass}}...until she came along (and even later it was established Palpatine had several Hands, each believing themselves to be unique). She also has a ''highly'' Sue-ish name, as well as having [[SignificantGreeneyedRedhead the rarest color combinations found in humanity.]]
** Corran Horn. He's an ace starfighter pilot, who is also a Jedi. Not just ''any'' Jedi, though, but a Jedi with a unique set of powers! (Which, to be fair, come at the expense of him not being any good at telekinesis. But still.) He was [[RetCon retconned]] into the JediAcademyTrilogy to serve not only as a mouthpiece for the Stackpole, but to just seem more awesome than any of the other Jedi and battle Exar Kun almost completely by himself. Later, in [[NewJediOrder NJO]], he's the one who duels the enemy leader with the fate of a planet at stake, and ''wins''. When the Yuuzhan Vong go back on their word to spare the planet in the event of Corran winning, he gets all guilt-ridden about it even though it wasn't actually his fault, and makes the "noble" decision to go into exile so as not to tarnish the reputation of the other Jedi with his mere presence.
** Ki Adi Mundi and his race, the Cereans, became this under Jan Strnad, being portrayed as superior towards pretty much everyone else in the galaxy despite being a technologically backwards race that refuse to listen to anyone else. They're portrayed as so perfect and peaceful that Mundi's daughter drawing a frown face in elementary school is considered a sign that she would become a criminal. Fortunately other writers averted this and got the character back on track whilst largely ignoring the Cereans as a race.
* MemeticBadass: In- and out-of-universe.
** In-universe, Jaina went so far as to have all transmissions refer to her as "goddess", to help her impersonate the Vong trickster goddess!
* MemeticMolester: Jacen. Indeed, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything at points, his attempts to turn Ben to the dark side start to look like pedophilia, albeit without the sex]].
* MemeticMutation: Anakin Solo had the hots for his aunt?
* {{Memetic Sex God}}dess:
** Fanon states that Daala is completely incompetent and only got her admiralty by sleeping with Tarkin. In the books, she is portrayed as remarkably incompetent, with the occasional TakeThat to the audience who thinks that way.
** Tahiri is both one of these and a MemeticMolester.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** When Ulic Qel-Droma kills Cay. Which then causes him to cross the line back from the other side almost immediately.
** Chantique mocking Zayne after Snout's death. And her manipulation.
** The Mon Calamari massacre to Darth Krayt.
** Raana manipulating Shel into trying to kill Zayne. After that pretty much any sympathy the audience had went out the window.
** ''Acenscion'' contains a rare example of a character crossing their ''own'' MoralEventHorizon. After several books of {{UST}}, Vestara Khai finally starts a relationship with Ben Skywalker and expresses interest in turning to the Light Side. Later in the book, she, Ben, and a RedShirt are sent on a mission, during which an alien predator goes after Ben. Vestara saves him by feeding the RedShirt to the monster. This causes her to label ''herself'' as irredeemable.
* [[{{Narm/StarWars}} Narm]]: Not ''nearly'' as much as in the movies. Even so, it's there, though of course NarmCharm applies.
* NightmareFuel:
** How C'Baoth kills General Covall.
** Aboleth, an EldritchAbomination made by the Force itself.
** Raana's appearance after she and Zayne get Lacerated.
* {{OT3}}: Denning likes to imply as much about Jaina, Zekk, and Jag.
* NostalgiaFilter: After the ''Legends'' decision, a lot of people took to immediately reminiscing about many of the old stories -- including the ones that, by most standards, aren't that great, what with SturgeonsLaw and all.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Inevitable given the real-life popularity of it. Some fans have extended this to include questioning whether ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-nature-of-sith-can-they-be-good.html the Sith are all that bad.]]''
* TheScrappy: There are many, as expected from such a large [[TheVerse verse]].
** Jacen in particular can't seem to catch a break -- in the early ''NJO'', he got fan hate for being ineffective, whiny, and totally unlike his ''YJK'' personality; mid-to-late ''NJO'' got him accused of being a GodModeSue (though this was probably the period where he had the most fans); ''Dark Nest'' through early ''LOTF'' was where he started being an epic KnightTemplar and {{Jerkass}}; and now fans are angry he got killed off before having a chance to make his mark as a villain (well, he did kill Mara, but [[MoralEventHorizon that just made fandom hate him even more]]).
** Creator-wise, Kevin J. Anderson gets a lot of hate for ''Darksaber'' (and, frankly, pretty much anything else he's written, especially involving the pathetic Admiral Daala -- but don't take our word for it, go ask a ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' fan). Also, Karen Traviss gets a lot for [[WriterOnBoard talk about clone slaves and her hatred of Jedi]].
** The Mandalorians, as written by Karen Traviss, are widely hated as a CreatorsPet. 1. They are not particularly likeable to the readers. 2. Karen Traviss loves them to death, and everything she does with them boils down to shilling, as well as using this group as her AuthorAvatar. 3. They butted into a lot of big scenes, and the reasons for that were very weak at best - the three books written by her in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' are the most egregious examples. The other authors out there are well aware of her portrayal of this group. Fortunately the most famous Mandie, [[MemeticBadass Boba Fett]], largely avoids falling into her hands and is thus still a fan favorite.
** Troy Denning is reviled by fans who like the 1990s Star Wars EU and even fans of NJO, for being the one responsible for sending the 'verse careening into the worst excesses of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
* ShipToShipCombat: Mara? Callista? ''Authors'' fought over this one. Repeated with Luke's niece Jaina, who only takes some 15 years to choose a guy.
* {{Squick}}: Ghost sex! [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale Force rape]]! [[http://darth.wikia.com/wiki/Destroy_your_virginity Pedophile Sith!]] Huttese pornography! The BrainBleach is over there if you need it. Apparently, the folks at Disney needed it, too. Take solace in the fact that these things aren't canon anymore.
* SturgeonsLaw: Due to how long it's been functioning and the sheer amount of writers involved the quality can jump all over the place.
* VillainDecay: Darth Nihil was very intimidating in his first appearence. Ever since then he's become more and more of a whipping boy. And yet, he did [[DragonAscendant end up taking over the entire Sith Order...]]
* VillainSue:
** Despite Daala's track record of getting her own ships destroyed at little cost to the enemy, she's somehow become regarded as the second coming of Thrawn. By the end of ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', the government apparently thinks that giving her the most powerful position in the galaxy is a smart move.
** Tarkin blew up a planet? Kyp blows up a whole ''system''! He's actually presented as more powerful than Luke, though WordOfGod changes that.
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[[folder: New EU YMMV]]
* ArchivePanic: Averted if you're going by Disney's new Expanded Universe. You shouldn't have too much of a problem keeping up with all the new material... For now, that is.
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** The controversial AlternateContinuity[=/=]CanonDiscontinuity decision that Disney made had the perk of definitively de-canonizing several unpopular works, such as the notorious ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' (which was '''still''' considered canon at that time in spite of [[CreatorBacklash George Lucas's hatred of it]]), and the ''[[Literature/TheGloveOfDarthVader Jedi Prince]]'' books which had Emperor Palpatine's three-eyed son Triclops and his grandson Ken the Jedi Prince.
** Other works which may be more popular but also prone to causing a BrokenBase were also de-canonized, like the stories of Karen Traviss, accused of [[CreatorsPet shilling Mandalorians]] at the expense of the Jedi, the DarkerAndEdgier novels starting with ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' where Chewbacca dies, and ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' games where the PlayerCharacter Galen Marek/Starkiller is accused of being a BlackHoleSue (whether or not he's actually a good character is up for debate, but a lot of fans agree that the character was overpowered).
* BrokenBase:
** 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.
*** Technically, this is mitigated by the announcement that [[BroadStrokes some elements established previously would be canonical in new stories]].
*** Some fans have declared that they're TakingAThirdOption: If it's not been changed in the Disney EU, they're still believing it's canon (for example, the Old Republic Era involving Revan, until it's retconned, stays canon in the eyes of some fans).
* CrackIsCheaper: 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.
* {{Misblamed}}: Given Creator/JJAbrams' reboot of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', 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 Creator/GeorgeLucas for Disney's decision, because... Well, [[ScapegoatCreator he's George Lucas]]. 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.
* SturgeonsLaw: 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.
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