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[[redirect:Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse]]''Star Wars Expanded Universe'' may refer to:
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends, what was the expanded universe, until Creator/{{Disney}} gave it a ContinuityReboot.
* The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse post-reboot]] expanded universe.

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This page serves as an index for ''Franchise/StarWars'' works besides the six movies.

Word of warning: the StarWarsExpandedUniverse 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 [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_all_Star_Wars_media here]]. Warning: [[ArchivePanic Huge]]. To give you an idea, pretty much [[AscendedExtra 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 ''[[ExpansionPackPast a fully fleshed out biography]]''. Typically no more than that, but still. [[BeyondTheImpossible Oh, and even the movie's]] ''[[BeyondTheImpossible background props]]'' [[BeyondTheImpossible have received their own stories]]. As of mid-2011, the list shows [[ArchivePanic 2,305 items]].


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

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[[index]]

[[AC:Books]]
* Go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_books here]] for a list of all books in chronological order.
* Literature/{{Revan}}
* Literature/RedHarvest
* DarthBane
* Literature/DarthPlagueis
* JediApprentice
* OutboundFlight
* JediQuest
* {{Shatterpoint}}
* DarkRendezvous
* CloneWarsGambit
* RepublicCommandoSeries
* TheHanSoloTrilogy
* DeathTroopers
* TheLostJedi
* DeathStar
* BountyHunterWars
* TalesFromTheMosEisleyCantina
* TalesOfTheBountyHunters
* TalesFromJabbasPalace
* StarWars/{{Allegiance}}
* StarWars/ChoicesOfOne
* SplinterOfTheMindsEye
* Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire (also a game, comic, and soundtrack)
* TheTruceAtBakura
* TheGloveOfDarthVader
* LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor
* XWingSeries
* TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia
* TheThrawnTrilogy
* Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy
* TheCallistaTrilogy
* Literature/TheCrystalStar
* TheBlackFleetCrisis
* TheNewRebellion
* Literature/TheCorellianTrilogy
* HandOfThrawn
* YoungJediKnights
* SurvivorsQuest
* NewJediOrder
* DarkNestTrilogy
* LegacyOfTheForce
* Literature/{{Crosscurrent}}
* MillenniumFalcon
* FateOfTheJedi
* GalaxyOfFear

[[AC: Comic Books]]

* StarWarsTales
* TalesOfTheJedi
* Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic
* StarWarsKnightErrant
* StarWarsRepublic
* DarkTimes
* EnemyOfTheEmpire
* MarvelStarWars
* XWingSeries (A comics series set before the novels)
* DarkEmpire
* Crimson Empire
* StarWarsUnion
* StarWarsInvasion
* StarWarsLegacy
* StarWarsDawnOfTheJedi

[[AC:{{Made For TV Movie}}s]]
* TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial
* Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures

[[AC:AnimatedShows]]
* Go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Animated_television_series here]] for the four animated shows.
* StarWarsCloneWars
* StarWarsTheCloneWars (preceded by [[TheMovie an animated film]])

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* TabletopGame/StarWarsCustomizableCardGame

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Games here]] for the complete list.
* VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic (also has a comic book spin-off)
* [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]], MMORPG.
* JediStarfighter
* JediPowerBattles
* [[StarWarsBattlefront Battlefront]]
* VideoGame/RogueSquadron series
* [[StarWarsRebelAssault Rebel Assault]] series
* RepublicCommando
* VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed
* StarWarsBountyHunter
* VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies
* StarWarsRebellion
* VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga
* {{X-Wing}}
* TIEFighter
* {{X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter}}
* {{X-Wing Alliance}}
* EmpireAtWar
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Tropes used throughout the ExpandedUniverse:

* AcademyOfEvil: The Shadow Academy.
** Any grounds of Sith teachings qualifies, like the Korriban Academy or Trayus Academy.
* AdvantageBall: Any practitioner of Battle Meditation. Bastilla Shan, Nomi Sunrider and Darth Sidious are notable examples.
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler: Darth Revan in the first Knights of the Old Republic game]].
* AntiHumanAlliance: The Diversity Alliance in the ''YoungJediKnights'' series. It's leader is the sister of Oola (the slave Jabba fed to the rancor in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'') and it's formation was motivated by the extreme anti-alien attitudes of the Empire.
* AntiMagic: Ysalamiri actually void the Force in a vicinity about them. This makes Force users much more vulnerable in their presence. However their rareness and how hard they are to transport them stop them being a convenient countermeasure.
* AnythingThatMoves: Zeltrons seem to live and breathe this trope, to the point that it might be considered a cornerstone of their culture...
* ArmedWithCanon: [[InternetBackdraft Don't get us started...]]
* BadassNormal: Han Solo is Star Wars' best example, EU or not.
** Boba Fett has certainly earned himself a reputation as a badass. The man took on '''Darth Vader''' and did better than most Jedi (mostly because he survived intact). Boba has badass dialogue at times as well.
---> "I swear by the soul I don't have, I am going to kill you."
---> "Here's the deal. [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer You break her heart, I break your legs]]." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.
* BadassGrandpa: Numerous examples, particularly when you start dealing with the fact that classic Star Wars characters are aging.
* BaldWomen: Asajj Ventress
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Darth Vader's armor being able to protect him in the void of space is a fairly consistent ability (Fitting, as the armor exists in the first place because early drafts of A New Hope had him enter the Tantive IV on "foot", through space). There is also the rare DidNotDoTheResearch bits where characters are shown piloting TIE ships without the trademark TIE Pilot suit.
* BegoneBribe: According to ''The New Essential Guide to Characters", Jar Jar Binks once found employment as a shudderup musician; people pay to shut 'em up.
* BigBad: Several, primarily stemming from Sith Lords, but others carry on the role as well.
** The first chronological BigBad is the prototypical Dark Lord of the Sith, Naga Sadow, ruler of the original Sith Empire during their very first major conflict with the Jedi Order. He's not the ''first'' Sith Lord- not by a mile- and several other Sith from his era would cause problems for the galaxy- but he is the first one from the original Sith Empire to declare war on the Republic.
** Fascinated by forbidden, Dark Side-laden teachings, Exar Kun would rise to become the second major (though self-proclaimed) Dark Lord to wage war against the Republic and the Order, as leader of the Brotherhood of the Sith (with allies in the Krath cult and the Mandalorians).
** Although tempting to say "If it isn't a Sith, it's a Mandalorian", the only Mandalore that ''really'' earned being called a BigBad is Mandalore the Ultimate. The last known Taung (original Mando species) to claim the [[LegacyCharacter title]], [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mandalore the Ultimate]] re-consolidated the clans under the Neo-Crusader banner and fought against the Republic in the Mandalorian Wars.
** Formerly curious Jedi Knights, [[TheAce Revan]] and [[DragonAscendant Malak]] came to be known as dreaded Dark Lords, and led their original Sith Empire (founded from splinter Republic armies) during the Jedi Civil War.
** Following the Civil Wars' end, [[ManipulativeBastard Darth Traya]], [[HumanoidAbomination Darth Nihilus]] and [[CombatSadomasochist Darth Sion]] were the three Dark lords responsible for nearly driving the already-crippled Jedi order onto the brink of extinction, particularly during the second game of KnightsOfTheOldRepublic.
** The [[TheManBehindTheMan Sith Emperor]] commanded TheRemnant from Sadow's empire, rebuilding that civilization for over a thousand years, before finally launching an attack on the Republic and the Order around 3600 years prior to the movies. In his bid for revenge, he was also the one that spurred the Mandalorians into waging war against the Republic, as well as persuading Revan and Malak into doing the same. His attack sets off the Great Galactic War, which lasts 28 years and results in a stalemate, leading to a lengthy Cold War. By this point, The Sith Emperor has become a BiggerBad and left running TheEmpire to [[TheMagocracy his Dark Council.]]
** Eventually, the Sith Empire finally collapses and the Republic enjoys a period of relative peace....until one Jedi Master Phanius underwent a FaceHeelTurn, abandoned the Jedi Order and united the surviving Sith remnants into a New Sith Empire under the name [[SmugSnake Darth Ruin]]. Ruin is defeated, but his actions set off the New Sith Wars, a [[TheBigBadShuffle Big Bad Shuffle]] which last a thousand years and sees a succession of Sith Lords and Sith Orders waging a series of violent and costly wars on the Republic, notable ones being [[BloodKnight Dark Underworld]], [[ManipulativeBastard Darth Rivan]], and [[TheBaroness Belia Darzu]]. All are defeated, but both the Republic and the Jedi are left shadows of their former selves.
** The Sith, however, are not much better off and devolve into an EnemyCivilWar that only ends with the formation of the [[VillainTeamUp Brotherhood of Darkness]], led by one [[BigBadWannabe Lord Kaan]], who struggles to keep the Sith from devolving back into infighting while both the Republic and the Jedi manage to rebuild themselves and their strength and move to take out the threat. Eventually Kaan is duped into [[KillEmAll killing them all]], including himself unintentionally, by one....
** [[{{Ubermensch}} Darth Bane]]. Bane, disgusted by Kaan's joke of a Sith Order, reforms it based on the Rule of Two, which states their will be One Master and One Apprentice, to prevent such squabbling ever happening again. He also sets in motion a grand EvilPlan to conquer the galaxy, which he expects to succeed in roughly 100 years.
** It takes The Sith [[OrcusOnHisThrone another thousand]]. Exactly what they were getting up to in all this time is still a bit of a mystery, but eventually we arrive at the time of [[StarWars The Movies]] and to [[EvilSorceror Darth Plagueis]] and, more importantly, [[BastardUnderstudy his apprentice]] [[TheChessmaster Darth]] [[TheBadGuyWins Sidious]], aka [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Senator]] [[MoleInCharge Palpatine]] of Naboo. After [[TheStarscream murdering his master in his sleep]] Palpatine finally executes the Sith's millenia old GambitRoulette, successfully getting himself elected [[PresidentEvil Supreme Chancellor]] and, with the help of [[AristocratsAreEvil Count]] [[UnwittingPawn Dooku]], initiates another Galactic Civil War that ends with Dooku dead, the Jedi devastated, and Palpatine with dictorial powers. He takes troubled Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker as his apprentice [[ClassicVillain Darth]] [[TheDragon Vader]] and has him lead ThePurge against the remainder of the Jedi. Palpatine reforms The Republic into TheEmpire with himself as [[EvilOverlord Emperor]], and spends the next couple of decades ruling the galaxy with an iron fist until [[LaResistance The Rebellion]], including Anakins son [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke]] and daughter Leia, destroy his second Death Star and Vader undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and hurls Palpatine [[DisneyVillainDeath to his death.]]
** After the Emperor's death, [[GeneralFailure Ysanne Isard]] took over as the main Imperial antagonist during the XWingSeries.
** The role was [[BigBadDuumvirate shared]] between [[MagnificentBastard Grand Admiral Thrawn]] and [[CloningBlues Joruus C'baoth]] for TheThrawnTrilogy. A succession of major and minor villains followed, such as [[TheBaroness Admiral Dalla]], [[AntiVillain Admiral Pellaeon]], and the spirit of Exar Kun, plus a couple of Hutt's, rogue imperials, Dark Jedi and one or two AlwaysChaoticEvil alien races, as TheEmpire devolved into a VestigialEmpire, and eventually signed a peace treat with The New Republic. Everything finally seems peaceful, until....
** NewJediOrder introduced the [[OutsideContextVillain Yuuzhan]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Vong]], with their [[EvilOverlord Supreme Overlord]] being [[TheCaligula Shimrra]], but it's really [[OmnicidalManiac Onimi]] that's pulling the strings. Over the course of a good 19 books the war with the Vong, driven by their [[ReligionOfEvil toxic religion]], kills hundreds of ''trillions'' on sentient peoples and the deaths of countless worlds, and though they are defeated and peace is made, the galaxy is left in a wreck...and [[OhCrap The Sith are about to return...]]
** [[DarkActionGirl Lady Lumiya]] set the dominoes up for LegacyOfTheForce, but she was [[DiscOneFinalBoss defeated halfway through]] and later gets replaced by her protege, [[CompleteMonster Darth Caedus]], aka Han and Leia's son Jacen following his MoreThanMindControl-driven FaceHeelTurn.
** Currently, we have a BigBadEnsemble for FateOfTheJedi in the form of [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]], another OutsideContextVillain; the [[LostTribe Lost Tribe of the Sith]], descended for a remnant of the Sith Empire; and [[PresidentEvil Daala]], now the embattled leader of the Galactic Alliance. The Jedi themselves have gotten DarkerAndEdgier too.
** And finally, there is [[DarkMessiah Darth Krayt]] and his [[ReligionOfEvil One Sith]] for StarWarsLegacy, set TwentyMinutesInTheFuture, long after all the other main characters are dead. The Republic is finished, and TheEmpire is back but is now the ''lesser'' evil, and Krayt sets about executing a plan to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans bring order to galaxy]] he has been preparing for more than a century.
* BlatantLies: Everywhere within Dark Side groups
* BountyHunter: Just look at the trope image.
* BreakTheHaughty: The Selkath from Knights of the Old Republic suffer this greatly. Neither the Sith or the Republic wanted to attack Manaan because it was the planet which provided Kolto, the best healing agent of the time, and the Selkath abused that to make neutrality laws and had no problem imprisoning people from both sides who broke those laws. Fast forward to the discovery of Bacta, a far more effective healing agent than Kolto and Manaan suddenly crawls to the Republic to join and retain a strong economy. Manaan was denied and later was conquered by the Sith, who made the Selkath their slaves.
* BreatherEpisode: The ''Millenium Falcon'' novel, which interrupts the very dark ''Legacy of the Force'' series. Also counts as LighterAndSofter.
* BroadStrokes: StarWars really is the poster child for how this trope works. The [[strike:franchise as a whole]] [[strike:publishing company for the books]] fans of the ExpandedUniverse consider just about everything in the ExpandedUniverse canon in some way. See this [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Canon article in Wookieepedia]] for how it all works. It basically boils down to a seniority: Movies '''>''' Television '''>''' Newer Material '''>''' Older Material (Subject to be ignored) '''>''' Non-Canon (What-If stories).
** Note that GeorgeLucas, creator, owner, and [[WordOfGod final authority]] of the Star Wars franchise, has his own ideas on the subject of ''StarWars'' canon.
* BugWar: The Dark Nest Crisis, mainly the Swarm War.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: All over the place. In-universe pop music, for example, includes genres such as [[HaveAGayOldTime jizz]], [[{{Jazz}} jatz]] and [[Music/HeavyMetal heavy isotope]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Before some rehabilitative CharacterDevelopment, many writers had [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderdized]] the Empire and its servants into this. Ship names like ''Tyrant'', ''Eviscerator'', and ''Corrupter'' reinforce the ethos.
* CerebusSyndrome: The 'verse has gone from about the same level of edginess as the original trilogy to KillEmAll status over time.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The ''Errant Venture'', the Maw, Centerpoint Station, Dathomir...If it exists, it will either [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment be completely forgotten about]] or become a central plot element repeatedly.
* TheChessmaster: Most common are the heads of a Dark Side faction. A Sith Lord with multiple underlings is almost guaranteed to attempt to be this.
* ChickMagnet: Of all people, Luke.
** Equally surprisingly, [[TheCharmer "Gentleman Gil"]] Pellaeon.
* ChokeHolds: Jedi are trained in martial arts. Choke holds are preferred by some as it leads to victory in a fight without causing damage to the loser or requiring much energy expenditure on the part of the Jedi.
* TheChosenOne: Both the Jedi and Sith have their version. The Sith called theirs the Sith'ari. It was told that the Sith'ari would destroy the Sith but would revitalize the Sith into a stronger group than ever before afterward. This was accomplished when Darth Bane eradicated the current Sith of his time, the Brotherhood of Darkness, and then established the Rule of Two, which lead to the Sith finally ruling the galaxy when Darth Sidious' plan was enacted.
** The Jedi have their Chosen One in Anakin Skywalker. The Chosen One was to bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith. While "bringing balance to the Force" is generally unclear, Anakin did destroy the Sith filling the spots of the Rule of Two (himself and Darth Sidious).
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Fey'lya
* CloningBlues: Pretty much the whole point of the "RepublicCommando" novels, focusing on the plight of the Clone Troopers, the synthetic slaves being used as cannon fodder ''[[MoralDissonance by the good guys.]]''
* ComicBookTime: Averted for a long time. Compare the in-universe dating of any story up to about a quarter of the way through the New Jedi Order with its' date of first publication and you'll find that the difference between "years ABY" and "years since 1977" seldom exceeds 5 and the former never exceeds the latter.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: A few people believe this an refuse to play games with droids because of it. One example is Atton Rand and T3-M4, the latter being the better pazaak player and the former being suspicious because he is very skilled himself.
* ContinuityNod: "Kiss my Wookiee!" "I love you." "I know." "It's a trap!" "Perhaps you'd like it back in your cell?" "Great. I always wanted a walking carpet following me around." Some are painful.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Palpatine would kill and then resurrect Bevel Lemelisk no less than 6 times as punishment. Among them is being slowly devoured by beetles and being thrown into a vat of molten copper.
* CorruptPolitician: This is the hat of the Bothan race. They genuinely hate the empire, but they're [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabby]] jerks who are detrimental to the New Republic war effort.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The EU has been steadily creeping this way and towards BloodierAndGorier. Compare the main [[NightmareFuel horror]] of the first major novel, ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', to that of one of the most recent, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Troopers Death Troopers]]. One is an adventure novel, and the horror is of being hunted down and captured by someone who wants to [[AdultFear take your children]]. The other is survival horror, and the big fear is of being eaten by/converted into a zombie. There have been zombies in Star Wars before, but never quite the classical type.
** The Legacy comics are all about this. Cade Skywalker is a drug-addicted Bounty Hunter who wants nothing to do with the Jedi or their force and constantly betrays and abandons friends and potential allies... and he's supposed to be the HERO.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Happens quite a bit. The gain of significant power, wealth and influence makes a lot of Dark Side practitioners forget their past.
* DeadpanSnarker: By ''far'' the most prevalent form of humor in the galaxy. In way of characters, we have Mara, Ben, all of the Solo family, all of Rogue and Wraith Squadrons...everyone of any importance will get at least one snarky line in.
* DeathWorld: Kashyyyk is the usual example, but also Ryloth (the Twi'lek homeworld), Tatooine and others.
* DefectorFromDecadence: A lot of Imperials who leave the Empire do so because they can't stand something about it anymore. Most of them join the Rebellion.
* DemocracyIsBad: The government of the New Republic is so massively dysfunctional that it survives less than a generation. It is replaced by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, which is so blatantly incompetent that they totally miss the fact that a [[GalacticConqueror Sith Lord]] pulls off a repeat of Palpatine's takeover of the Old Republic simply by slipping an amendment into a bill that gets casually passed by the legislature without notice. The Sith Lord in question's [[RebelLeader mother]] is the only one who observes that this is unconstitutional, as the office of Chief of State can supposedly only be gained via election. The government seems not to notice or care, even when he proceeds to go on a [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide rampage]] against any world that does not submit to his rule. Following this debacle, the GFFA government again allows the office of Chief of State to go to someone arbitrarily appointed, in this case an Imperial Admiral who once tried to destroy their capital planet. She likewise attempts to create a police state, once again largely unimpeded by a compliant legislature, forcing the [[LaResistance Jedi]] to become defiant outlaws. In contrast, the authoritarian Empire is increasingly depicted as better-run, complete with leaders who are noticeably more competent and even-handed than their counterparts running the GFFA.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Strongly evident in the comics.
* DependingOnTheWriter: So very much. Luke or Leia: who is the calm, humble, quiet one? Who takes more after their father? Does Han Solo say "Please" [[SincerityMode without sarcasm]]? What [[UnusualEuphemism expletives]] do specific characters use, and what [[HoldYourHippogriffs word substitutions?]] Thrawn: a mere DangerouslyGenreSavvy tactical genius, or so near-omniscient that taking him down was a fluke? What household animals might civilians have? How are droids treated? Are stormtroopers soldiers following orders and doing what they think is right, or near-mindless evil {{Mook}}s who are [[WhatMeasureIsAMook okay to slaughter]]? Chewbacca: a character, or just a background detail? Does everyone know Luke and Leia's parentage? Is Leia utterly badass or a DamselInDistress? Are Jedi demigods, unobservant and pathetically easy to kill, or somewhere in between? Daala: a complete GeneralFailure or the second coming of Thrawn? Can X-Wing pilots contribute to the plot in any way besides flying around during a battle?
** The most prominent DependingOnTheWriter issue is undoubtedly the question "How much about the main characters is common knowledge among the ordinary people of the galaxy?" Many writers assume that the galaxy is essentially made up of people who saw the Star Wars films and therefore Luke can't go anywhere without being recognised. On the other hand, other writers reduce the in-universe prominence of the main characters and knowledge about them--TheThrawnTrilogy's plot basically relies on the fact that nobody except Luke knows what happened on the Second Death Star in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', and the general public are still debating whether Darth Vader died there or just went missing. In this version of the Star Wars galaxy, nobody except the main characters knows that Darth Vader was also Anakin Skywalker and was Luke and Leia's father. However, by ''LegacyOfTheForce'', everything is apparently common enough knowledge that Han Solo makes jokes about Boba Fett's childhood on Kamino.
* DevelopmentHell: The Reenlistment Of [[XWingSeries Baron]] [[HandOfThrawn Fel]] is sitting in comic book and novella forms on the hard drives of the writers, unsold.
** To say nothing of the tortuous, on-again, off-again paths of ''Crimson Empire III'' and the ''Darth Plagueis'' novel, both presently scheduled as "on".
* DisplacedOrigin: The Sith were not originally Dark Side Force users who opposed the Jedi Order.
--> "The term Sith actually refers to a species of red-skinned beings who were native to Korriban." -Vestara Khai
* DisturbingStatistic: Luke is disturbed to learn that over a million people were on the Death Star when he destroyed it.
* [[DoesntLikeGuns Doesn't Like Lightsabers]]: Nomi Sunrider in ''Tales of the Jedi'' until Master Thon manages to convince her that they're as much a tool as the Force, not just weapons.
* EldritchAbomination: Definitely Darth Nihilus, Waru, and Abeloth. Arguably Palpatine in ''DarkEmpire''.
** AlanMoore created a couple for several stories he wrote for a UK ''Star Wars'' magazine in the 1980s.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Luke's childhood nickname was Wormie, acquired because he was the smallest in his group of friends.
* EndlessDaytime: Ryloth, the Twi'lek homeworld, a tidally locked planet.
* EscapeBattleTechnique: If you fight Yoda, you have one of these. Usually a combination of Force Speed and distracting Yoda by endangering someone in the vicinity.
* EvilWillFail: The Sith are just too evil to have any system they create endures for long, thanks to ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* ExpandedUniverse: Duh.
* ExpansionPackPast: Pretty much everyone--most notable in the ''Tales'' sub-series, which famously gave virtually every bit character in every crowd scene a backstory. Even the priest that married Anakin and Padmé has his own Wookieepedia page.
* FanNickname: Pelly (Pellaeon), Farmboy (Luke), and as meta examples, Talifan (Mandalorian haters/Karen Traviss detractors) and Fandalorian (Mandalorian fans).
* FantasticRecruitmentDrive: Luke spends a lot of his time wandering around the galaxy looking for hidden Jedi as well as people with raw talent.
* FastRoping: ARC troopers are seen doing this during the Battle of Kamino.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Bevel Lemelisk.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: The Expanded Universe details a very diverse political climate with a very large number of different political organizations and movements all across the galaxy. Some are parties that involve themselves in the local affairs of a single planet; others try to make an impact in the Galactic Republic or New Republic. Among them...
** During and around the time of the Prequel Trilogy, the two main factions in the Galactic Republic are the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, who wanted to leave the leave the Republic as see that it was disbanded and the Loyalists, led by Senator Palpatine, who wanted to remain with it; as we all should know, this eventually led to the rise of the [[EvilEmpire Galactic Empire]].
** The Rights of Sentience Party is a party in the New Republic that grew out of a lobbyist group with a similar aim, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to protect the rights of sentient species]].
** The True Victory Party was a political party comprised of radical Bothans who wished to continue ar'kai (i.e. "genocidal warfare") against the Yuuzhan Vong.
** The POWER Party (that's [[FunWithAcronyms Preserve Our Wild Endangered Resources]] Party) of the planet Telos IV was an organization created in opposition to the Telosian government granting a MegaCorp control over the planet's national parks and sacred lands for the mining of resources, which the POWER Party believed should be illegal.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: The Darksaber is a cylindrical ship that houses a superlaser and makes up the majority of the ship itself.
* GeniusLoci: Zonama Sekot, a living planet.
* GenreShift: Occasionally someone will use the setting to do something different. The ''Galaxy of Fear'' series is kid-lit horror, the ''Coruscant Nights'' trilogy is detective noir, and ''Death Troopers'' is a zombie story.
* GossipEvolution: Often done by agents of the Galactic Empire to use fear as a means of control. Darth Vader fought against a group of 8 Jedi at the Conclave of Kessel and required assistance from the 501st Legion to prevail. After a bit of fact editing, the story changed to Darth Vader single-handedly wiping out 50 Jedi.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Boba Fett is a good example of this. Is he the villain to Han solo's hero? Is he the guy training Jaina to defeat one of the most powerful Sith of all time? Or is he just the man leading his people and avoiding galactic conflict while picking off certain people for money?
* HeelFaceTurn: Done to death.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Dani, Shira, and especially Luke's wife Mara.
* HeroicWillpower: Luke. Fighting the Empire, Yuuzhan Vong, Sith and more and emerging alive should require more of this than any single person could have.
** Han also displays notable willpower on occasion, all the more impressive considering he does not have Force training.
** Boba Fett deserves a mention. He was able to resist Vader's [[MindRape attempts to mess with his mind]] in their battle. And to be able to successfully kill as many Jedi as Fett has is most impressive. So impressive that Jaina sought him out when she wanted training.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: The books are notorious for this.
** "Out of the [[strike:frying pan]] reactor core and into the [[strike:fire]] supernova."
** "Like a [[strike:hot knife]] neutrino through [[strike:butter]] plasma."
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/7/23/ "Don't get your Mynocs in a Sarlacc."]]
* HollywoodTactics: Most notably during works set during the Clone Wars. In general, the clones rarely seem to be much smarter than the droids when it comes to actually using cover and strategies outside of 'Charge!'
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Sith "alchemy" can allow even wildly different species to interbreed. Among other things, this is apparently why the Mon Calamari have traits of both arthropods and mollusks.
* [[HoYay/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Ho Yay]]
* HyperspaceLanes: There are major hyperspace routes that seem to be along natural "clear" paths.
* ICommaNoun: ''I, Jedi'', the only novel written in the first person.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: A frequent occurrence when a Light Side being tries to bring a Dark Side being back to the light.
* InTheBlood: And how! Ben's a ChickMagnet like his father in ''Invincible''. Before that, Anakin ''Solo'' is in NJO, like ''his'' father. Jacen follows in his grandfather's footsteps. And Ben's the third Skywalker or Solo attract the romantic interest of the Hapan royal family.
** List of Hapan royal family members who Totally Have The Hots(tm) for the Skywalker/Solo clan (running count: 4).
*** Taryn and Trista Zel to Ben (''Invincible'')
*** Isolder to Leia (''The Courtship of Princess Leia'')
*** Tenel Ka to Jacen (''Young Jedi Knights'', ''Dark Nest Trilogy'') [[spoiler:Had a kid]]
* IncestSubtext: Averted ''hard''. Practically no EU work written after 1983, and none set after 4 ABY, mentions Luke's crush on Leia.
** Luke dwells on it briefly in {{The Truce At Bakura}}.
** {{StarWars/Allegiance}} hints a little, but it's set between ANewHope and TheEmpireStrikesBack.
** There's a perfectly natural explanation for all of it, but Luke's first scene in ''Heir to the Empire'' could easily lead someone unacquainted with canon to believe that he and Leia are married.
* InexplicablyAwesome: A few major characters have their backstories as a complete mystery, and considering how in-depth canon goes on everyone else, it's got to be deliberate.
** We still don't know, and probably never will, where Mara Jade came from. Homeworld, parents? Complete blank.
** Yoda has the nearly unthinkable status of never even having his species defined.
* KnightOfCerebus: The Yuuzhan Vong. Full stop.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: It '''really''' sucked for Anakin Skywalker during his lifetime. PROXY and Galen Marek even touch on the subject a bit.
--> "I hate being him." -PROXY
--> "I think he does, too." -Galen Marek
* LegendaryInTheSequel: Luke Skywalker. He's so famous as the first of the revived Jedi Order that a nascent bar fight aborts just because he happens to be in the room. Everyone, even the arguing interlocutors, stop and wait for Luke to solve the problem. He ruminates on the reputation of the Jedi, but we know who's really famous. An in-universe MemeticBadass WarriorMonk.
* LivingLegend: See above re: Legendary status.
** Also, the Grand Admirals. In order to be promoted to Grand Admiral status, you have to be the best of the best of the best. Acquiring this rank carries with it legendary status, a warrior to be feared beyond all others. Grand Admiral Thrawn, of course, takes this UpToEleven by being so amazingly good that even the Emperor, [[FantasticRacism a human supremacist]], is willing to promote him. In-universe and out, MemeticBadass.
* LivingMemory: Holocrons.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: If they're named, they have a backstory. And if they don't have names, they probably will soon.
* LoopholeAbuse: Darth Sidious was a follower of the Rule of Two, which states only two Sith may exist at once. However, Sidious had dozens of Dark Side followers besides Darth Vader, who was Sith #2. The loophole? They were taught the ways of the Dark Side but no Sith teachings. Darth Krayt abused the same loophole for his One Sith philosophy.
** Not quite; Krayt just flat-out defied it. As he had every right to, because the One Sith is a different Sith Order. It doesn't ''have to'' follow the Rule of Two. The Rule of One is not based on the Rule of Two; its intended to supplant it.
* LoveRedeems: You'd think the Jedi would be more accepting of love considering it tends to work well at making people turn away from the Dark Side. Vader's love for Padme ''almost'' redeemed him before Luke ever picked up a lightsaber (then did actually redeem him in ''Return of the Jedi''). Nomi Sunrider was being tempted but her love for Ulic Qel-Droma shook her out of it. [[spoiler: Revan's]] love for [[spoiler: Bastilla]] brought her back to the Light Side. Luke and Leia's love for one another helped turn Luke back to the Light Side after Luke tried to destroy the Empire from the inside. Galen Marek was trained by his father as a Jedi, then was made Vader's apprentice for years. The love for a woman was what kicked off his redemption.
* MachineEmpathy: Many of the novels state that pilots turn down their inertial dampeners so that they can get a feel for space flying (even though SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay).
* MeaningfulName / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Most of the Sith Lords have names that fall under both of these tropes.
* MentorShip: Luke/Mara and Bane/Zannah. In fanfic, Luke/Corran, Luke/Kyp, Jacen/Ben, Anakin/Ahsoka, Mara/Palpatine, and of course Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Anakin, and Anakin/Ahsoka.
* MindScrew: The ambiguously-canon [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sandstorm Sand]][[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2571109.html?#cutid2 storm]] has a ten-year-old Luke run away from home into a sandstorm, where he sees a tall dark figure and then meets a ten-year-old boy named Annie who is strikingly similar to him. Luke kills a krayt dragon, and when he's rescued from the storm there is no sign of it or Annie. It's pretty clear that Annie is a young Anakin Skywalker, but ''what'' is he? A hallucination? Some projection of the Force? It's weird.
* MindRape: Darth Zannah uses this from time to time but arguably the most notable example is The Sith Emperor [[spoiler: Vitiate]], who is outrageously skilled at this. Most of the beings on his planet suffered this at some point and are under his control. He can do it to Jedi Masters and Sith Lords as well, as he was able to completely dominate the minds of [[spoiler: Revan and Malak, two phenomenally talented Jedi. And he did it to them at the same time.]]
* MobileFactory: World Devastators from the ''Dark Empire'' series.
* ModernStasis: Or Future Stasis, possibly. The EU timeline(s) extend over 25,000 years... but the technology and culture has developed over that time so little it's mind-boggling.
** If you look at the galactic timeline, there actually has been a good amount of technological development. Lightsabers didn't exist in their modern form until 5,000 years before the movies, before that they had energy guzzling sabers that had to be connected to a belt of power packs. Hyperspace technology has gone from requiring nearly all ships to travel within a "lighthouse" network of hyperspace beacons at the time of the Great Sith War to ships having individual navicomputers that do the same thing. Jedi fighters require hyperspace booster rings in the prequel trilogy but X-Wings have individual hyperdrives by the time of the original trilogy. Not as fast a rate of technological advancement as our world, relatively, but it's not a constant stasis either.
** Also, this may be stretching it, but weapons and such improve in ways we don't see. As does armor. Sure, blaster rifles in Darth Revan's time only look as powerful as blaster rifles in the classic trilogy, but that's because the Sith armor and blaster rifles alike were made with inferior materials and technology. Take a classic trilogy blaster rifle to the Knights of the Old Republic era and you'll have some seriously powerful weaponry for the time.
** The galaxy went through a Dark Age about a thousand years before the movies. In reality, we lost a lot of technology due to the dark ages...
* MuggingTheMonster: You'd think a lightsaber would be a good anti-mugging thing to dangle from your clothes. It isn't.
* MyHairCameOutGreen: In ''I, Jedi'', Corran accidentally dyes his hair green while attempting to disguise himself as Kieran Halcyon.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Luke bears some of this, DependingOnTheWriter.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: The Rebels derisively call Imperials "Bucketheads".
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Recalling his rescue from Jabba, Han wonders if he's really seen the last of Fett. This was the (wrong) answer he received.
** Calo Nord in Knights of the Old Republic lampshades this when he tells Malak, "I am hard to kill, Lord Malak."
* NoveltyDecay: Frequent, as different authors want their own versions of originally unique monsters/characters to play with. See the trope page for details.
* OffWithHisHead: Marka Ragnos dueled Simus for the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. The battle ended with the latter's head being separated from his body. Darth Bane decapitated Sirak in their final duel. Shimrra Jamaane of the Yuuzhan Vong also lost his head in his battle against Luke Skywalker.
* OutsideContextVillain: The Yuuzhan Vong.
* PlanetOfCopyhats: Nearly every minor alien character in the movies spawns an alien race with their characteristics in the EU.
** Particularly {{egregious}} is Bothawui. Those courageous Bothans who died so the Rebels would know about the Death Star? [[TheStarscream Their entire culture is based on doing whatever it takes to get ahead.]]
* PlanetOfHats: Played straight, averted, subverted. There's a lot of species with a lot of stereotypes out there, so there's a lot to do with this trope.
* ThePowerOfLove: Jolee Bindo explains it to [[spoiler: Revan]]. He believes love can save a person (see the {{Love Redeems}} entry for details backing his claim) but the passion in love is what should be monitored with great care.
* PredecessorVillain: There's a whole smattering of villains who have never actually appeared in any work, only been mentioned, usually in [[AllThereInTheManual reference texts]]. The earliest were the [[DarkMessiah Sith King Adas]] and the Dark Jedi leader Xendor, whose traditions would eventually be united under Ajunta Pall, the first Dark Lord of the Sith. Pall's tradition would eventually give rise to Naga Sadow, but before him were Lords [[MasterSwordsman Tulak Hord]] and [[TheChessmaster Marka Ragnos]] (Marka would get a chance to be a post-mortem BigBad in one of the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' games). Similarly, there's a whole line of Sith Lords that sprang out of Darth Bane's teachings which is really only notable so far for producing Palpatine and his apprentices but which also included Darths [[DarkActionGirl Zannah]], [[CareerKillers Cognus]] (these two at least have supporting roles in the ''DarthBane'' novels), [[EvilSorcerer Millennial]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Vectivus]], [[ThePhilosopher Guile]], [[TokenGoodTeammate Gravid]], [[HandicappedBadass Gean]], [[EmperorScientist Ramage]], and [[TheVirus Tenebrous]].
* PrequelInTheLostAge: There are many novels and games set in the time of the Old Republic, usually thousands of years before the Battle of Yavin.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Wookiees, obviously, but also the Noghri, the Chiss and many others.
** Canderous Ordo makes the Mandalorians seem like space Spartans. As do Boba and Jango Fett.
* RedheadedHero: Quite a few, though the rarity (and therefore conspicuousness) of redheads is still called out at one point.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun
* {{Retcon}}: The current policy seems to be that there's no inconsistency so big that can't be patched up by some well-placed retcon.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Many examples, eg. the devastation of Honoghr is the Chernobyl disaster '''IN SPACE'''.
* SapientShip: Various space ships that are operated by droid brains.
* ScoundrelCode: Han's mentor Roa has Roa's Rules: Never ignore a call from help, steal only from those richer than you, never play cards unless you're prepared to lose, don't pilot under the influence, and always be prepared to make a quick getaway.
* SealedEvilInACan: If a Sith Lord has a tomb, do not mess with said tomb.
* SenseLossSadness: What happens to Force-blinded Jedi or Sith.
* ShipToShipCombat: Mara? Callista? ''Authors'' fought over this one. Repeated with Luke's niece Jaina, who only takes some 15 years to choose a guy.
* SidenoteFullStory: For literally everything in the movies. Not only is a backstory provided for every character who appeared onscreen in the movies (and even some of the FacelessGoons), but you also get stories that explain exactly what a "nerf herder" is.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Just as bad if not worse than in the movies: Kashyyyk is the jungle planet, Ithor is the forest planet, Dantooine is all grassy plains, etc.
** This is partially justified/averted with Kashyyk. Partially averted in that we see that it has oceans, beaches - the areas around which are not so dense, i.e. the trees are only huge rather than ginormous, etc. It is partially justified in that KOTOR explains that Kashyyk plants were effectively fed steriods when the Rakata's agricultural farming went a bit... out of control.
** Knights of the Old Republic makes it clear that Tatooine is a desert planet before the player even leaves the enclosed settlement.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: From all the way on one end to right down on the other end, depending on the media. The most recent ones strongly tend towards Cynicism.
* SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness: Add "killed in Bantam: 1, killed in Del Rey: 4".
* StarKilling: The Sun Crusher.
** Naga Sadow as well. He could make a star turn into a supernova.
* TheStarscream: An intentional part of the Sith philosophy. The apprentice is supposed to kill the master to "graduate," then train a new apprentice to eventually kill ''him''. In Darth Bane's novels, he becomes disappointed because Zannah isn't murdering him when she has the chance.
* StateSec: COMPNOR (Commission for the Preservation of the New Order) basically is the Empire's equivalent of the SS. It has an executive committee, its own military and intelligence wings that are separate from the regular army and navy chain of commands, a social engineering agency, and its own youth group.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Anakin, especially in the Episode III novel where he defeats Count Dooku, who finally goes all out against the young Jedi. In the Geonosis battle at 22 BBY, Dooku completely demolished Anakin in their fight, after toying with Obi-Wan. Fast forward 3 years later aboard the ''Invisible Hand''. Anakin has not only learned a new fighting style but mastered it to a degree most Jedi would require decades to reach.
* SuperSpeed: All over the place in the video games for Force users.
** Post-movie comics also establish that Darth Sidious is '''very''' quick whether he is in a new clone body or even an advanced age as seen at the end of ''Return of the Jedi''. By the time of ''Dark Empire'' Luke's mastery of the Force had surpassed Yoda's, and Luke had trouble keeping up with Sidious in their lightsaber duel.
* TabletopGames: Two unrelated systems; the earlier, now out of print West End Games version was the source of a ''lot'' of ideas that later ended up in the novels and comics.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Luke's fond of these.
** Han's a fan, too.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: All over the place, eg. [=X-wings=] are the [[JackOfAllStats balanced fighter]], [=A-wings=] are [[FragileSpeedster fast but have weak shielding]] and [=Y-wings=] are [[MightyGlacier slow but durable]]. The same applies to the different styles of lightsaber fighting that the Jedi and Sith use.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Ships that can destroy stars, a gun that fires its ordinance through hyperspace, and a weapon that seems to be a combination of the former two.
* TruceZone: the Selkath take massive advantage of this with their planet of Manaan, making the Republic and Sith obey their laws. When Manaan's product Kolto become borderline worthless when the far more efficient Bacta is made available galactic-wide, the Selkath try to join the Republic to save the planet's economy. [[WhosLaughingNow The Republic shoots their request down and the Sith conquer Manaan and make the Selkath their slaves]].
* [[CalvinBall UnintelligiBall]]: Throughout the EU, Sabbacc has received some pretty detailed rules, making it difficult to follow scenes that focus on a sabbacc game. [[hottip:* :It's like blackjack with tarot cards (major arcana are negative) where the idea is to get 23, -23, or a Fool, 2 (or Empress, as in the tarot card Empress, not the Queen), and 3 (or Emperor, as in the tarot card, not the King): 023, with nothing else. Cards randomize. Now they've added Legates, which are worth eleven but beat a Page or whatever it's called. Okay, yeah, it's complicated. Court cards are all by rank, not just tens.]]
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: References are made to the trash compactor scene from ''ANewHope'' on occasion, most notably in ''TheThrawnTrilogy''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: One of the most famous is the proposed mid-nineties novel ''Alien Exodus''. This was intended to reveal the origin of humans in the ''Star Wars'' universe, with a group of astronauts escaping a computer-dominated future Earth (supposedly the same as the one featured in ''Film/{{THX 1138}}'') and somehow ending up "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away".
* TheWikiRule: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page But of course.]] It's called [[IncrediblyLamePun Wookieepedia]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Referenced by Han Solo during the Dark Nest Crisis. Instead of snakes, he says bugs.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: In multiple ways. Weaker beings who turn to the Dark Side are often consumed by it and lose their minds, resulting in a loss of sanity. Sometimes those who can control the Dark Side become so powerful that the arrogance overcomes their reason. Then there is the Force Insanity trick which allows a Force user to make others insane. Finally, the loss of certain power can lead to insanity, such as when Jorak Uln was booted from the top position of the Korriban Academy. [[spoiler: Revan]] calls Jorak a madman when they converse.
* VampiricDraining: Some force users can devour the lifeforce of their victims. The strongest Sith lords (eg.Sidious,Nihilus) are even able to drain life from entire worlds.
* VibroWeapon: Besides [[LaserBlade lightsabers]], there are some older melee weapons (like swords) that are still used that use vibro technology to make them more dangerous.
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Word of warning: the StarWarsExpandedUniverse 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 [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_all_Star_Wars_media here]]. Warning: [[ArchivePanic Huge]]. To give you an idea, pretty much [[AscendedExtra 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 ''[[ExpansionPackPast a fully fleshed out biography]]''. Typically no more than that, but still. [[BeyondTheImpossible Oh, and even the movie's]] ''[[BeyondTheImpossible background props]]'' [[BeyondTheImpossible have received their own stories]]. As of mid-2011, the list shows [[ArchivePanic 2,305 items]].


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

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[[AC:Books]]
* Go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_books here]] for a list of all books in chronological order.
* Literature/{{Revan}}
* Literature/RedHarvest
* DarthBane
* Literature/DarthPlagueis
* JediApprentice
* OutboundFlight
* JediQuest
* {{Shatterpoint}}
* DarkRendezvous
* CloneWarsGambit
* RepublicCommandoSeries
* TheHanSoloTrilogy
* DeathTroopers
* TheLostJedi
* DeathStar
* BountyHunterWars
* TalesFromTheMosEisleyCantina
* TalesOfTheBountyHunters
* TalesFromJabbasPalace
* StarWars/{{Allegiance}}
* StarWars/ChoicesOfOne
* SplinterOfTheMindsEye
* Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire (also a game, comic, and soundtrack)
* TheTruceAtBakura
* TheGloveOfDarthVader
* LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor
* XWingSeries
* TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia
* TheThrawnTrilogy
* Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy
* TheCallistaTrilogy
* Literature/TheCrystalStar
* TheBlackFleetCrisis
* TheNewRebellion
* Literature/TheCorellianTrilogy
* HandOfThrawn
* YoungJediKnights
* SurvivorsQuest
* NewJediOrder
* DarkNestTrilogy
* LegacyOfTheForce
* Literature/{{Crosscurrent}}
* MillenniumFalcon
* FateOfTheJedi
* GalaxyOfFear

[[AC: Comic Books]]

* StarWarsTales
* TalesOfTheJedi
* Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic
* StarWarsKnightErrant
* StarWarsRepublic
* DarkTimes
* EnemyOfTheEmpire
* MarvelStarWars
* XWingSeries (A comics series set before the novels)
* DarkEmpire
* Crimson Empire
* StarWarsUnion
* StarWarsInvasion
* StarWarsLegacy
* StarWarsDawnOfTheJedi

[[AC:{{Made For TV Movie}}s]]
* TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial
* Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures

[[AC:AnimatedShows]]
* Go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Animated_television_series here]] for the four animated shows.
* StarWarsCloneWars
* StarWarsTheCloneWars (preceded by [[TheMovie an animated film]])

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* TabletopGame/StarWarsCustomizableCardGame

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Go [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Games here]] for the complete list.
* VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic (also has a comic book spin-off)
* [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]], MMORPG.
* JediStarfighter
* JediPowerBattles
* [[StarWarsBattlefront Battlefront]]
* VideoGame/RogueSquadron series
* [[StarWarsRebelAssault Rebel Assault]] series
* RepublicCommando
* VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed
* StarWarsBountyHunter
* VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies
* StarWarsRebellion
* VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga
* {{X-Wing}}
* TIEFighter
* {{X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter}}
* {{X-Wing Alliance}}
* EmpireAtWar
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Tropes used throughout the ExpandedUniverse:

* AcademyOfEvil: The Shadow Academy.
** Any grounds of Sith teachings qualifies, like the Korriban Academy or Trayus Academy.
* AdvantageBall: Any practitioner of Battle Meditation. Bastilla Shan, Nomi Sunrider and Darth Sidious are notable examples.
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler: Darth Revan in the first Knights of the Old Republic game]].
* AntiHumanAlliance: The Diversity Alliance in the ''YoungJediKnights'' series. It's leader is the sister of Oola (the slave Jabba fed to the rancor in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'') and it's formation was motivated by the extreme anti-alien attitudes of the Empire.
* AntiMagic: Ysalamiri actually void the Force in a vicinity about them. This makes Force users much more vulnerable in their presence. However their rareness and how hard they are to transport them stop them being a convenient countermeasure.
* AnythingThatMoves: Zeltrons seem to live and breathe this trope, to the point that it might be considered a cornerstone of their culture...
* ArmedWithCanon: [[InternetBackdraft Don't get us started...]]
* BadassNormal: Han Solo is Star Wars' best example, EU or not.
** Boba Fett has certainly earned himself a reputation as a badass. The man took on '''Darth Vader''' and did better than most Jedi (mostly because he survived intact). Boba has badass dialogue at times as well.
---> "I swear by the soul I don't have, I am going to kill you."
---> "Here's the deal. [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer You break her heart, I break your legs]]." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.
* BadassGrandpa: Numerous examples, particularly when you start dealing with the fact that classic Star Wars characters are aging.
* BaldWomen: Asajj Ventress
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Darth Vader's armor being able to protect him in the void of space is a fairly consistent ability (Fitting, as the armor exists in the first place because early drafts of A New Hope had him enter the Tantive IV on "foot", through space). There is also the rare DidNotDoTheResearch bits where characters are shown piloting TIE ships without the trademark TIE Pilot suit.
* BegoneBribe: According to ''The New Essential Guide to Characters", Jar Jar Binks once found employment as a shudderup musician; people pay to shut 'em up.
* BigBad: Several, primarily stemming from Sith Lords, but others carry on the role as well.
** The first chronological BigBad is the prototypical Dark Lord of the Sith, Naga Sadow, ruler of the original Sith Empire during their very first major conflict with the Jedi Order. He's not the ''first'' Sith Lord- not by a mile- and several other Sith from his era would cause problems for the galaxy- but he is the first one from the original Sith Empire to declare war on the Republic.
** Fascinated by forbidden, Dark Side-laden teachings, Exar Kun would rise to become the second major (though self-proclaimed) Dark Lord to wage war against the Republic and the Order, as leader of the Brotherhood of the Sith (with allies in the Krath cult and the Mandalorians).
** Although tempting to say "If it isn't a Sith, it's a Mandalorian", the only Mandalore that ''really'' earned being called a BigBad is Mandalore the Ultimate. The last known Taung (original Mando species) to claim the [[LegacyCharacter title]], [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mandalore the Ultimate]] re-consolidated the clans under the Neo-Crusader banner and fought against the Republic in the Mandalorian Wars.
** Formerly curious Jedi Knights, [[TheAce Revan]] and [[DragonAscendant Malak]] came to be known as dreaded Dark Lords, and led their original Sith Empire (founded from splinter Republic armies) during the Jedi Civil War.
** Following the Civil Wars' end, [[ManipulativeBastard Darth Traya]], [[HumanoidAbomination Darth Nihilus]] and [[CombatSadomasochist Darth Sion]] were the three Dark lords responsible for nearly driving the already-crippled Jedi order onto the brink of extinction, particularly during the second game of KnightsOfTheOldRepublic.
** The [[TheManBehindTheMan Sith Emperor]] commanded TheRemnant from Sadow's empire, rebuilding that civilization for over a thousand years, before finally launching an attack on the Republic and the Order around 3600 years prior to the movies. In his bid for revenge, he was also the one that spurred the Mandalorians into waging war against the Republic, as well as persuading Revan and Malak into doing the same. His attack sets off the Great Galactic War, which lasts 28 years and results in a stalemate, leading to a lengthy Cold War. By this point, The Sith Emperor has become a BiggerBad and left running TheEmpire to [[TheMagocracy his Dark Council.]]
** Eventually, the Sith Empire finally collapses and the Republic enjoys a period of relative peace....until one Jedi Master Phanius underwent a FaceHeelTurn, abandoned the Jedi Order and united the surviving Sith remnants into a New Sith Empire under the name [[SmugSnake Darth Ruin]]. Ruin is defeated, but his actions set off the New Sith Wars, a [[TheBigBadShuffle Big Bad Shuffle]] which last a thousand years and sees a succession of Sith Lords and Sith Orders waging a series of violent and costly wars on the Republic, notable ones being [[BloodKnight Dark Underworld]], [[ManipulativeBastard Darth Rivan]], and [[TheBaroness Belia Darzu]]. All are defeated, but both the Republic and the Jedi are left shadows of their former selves.
** The Sith, however, are not much better off and devolve into an EnemyCivilWar that only ends with the formation of the [[VillainTeamUp Brotherhood of Darkness]], led by one [[BigBadWannabe Lord Kaan]], who struggles to keep the Sith from devolving back into infighting while both the Republic and the Jedi manage to rebuild themselves and their strength and move to take out the threat. Eventually Kaan is duped into [[KillEmAll killing them all]], including himself unintentionally, by one....
** [[{{Ubermensch}} Darth Bane]]. Bane, disgusted by Kaan's joke of a Sith Order, reforms it based on the Rule of Two, which states their will be One Master and One Apprentice, to prevent such squabbling ever happening again. He also sets in motion a grand EvilPlan to conquer the galaxy, which he expects to succeed in roughly 100 years.
** It takes The Sith [[OrcusOnHisThrone another thousand]]. Exactly what they were getting up to in all this time is still a bit of a mystery, but eventually we arrive at the time of [[StarWars The Movies]] and to [[EvilSorceror Darth Plagueis]] and, more importantly, [[BastardUnderstudy his apprentice]] [[TheChessmaster Darth]] [[TheBadGuyWins Sidious]], aka [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Senator]] [[MoleInCharge Palpatine]] of Naboo. After [[TheStarscream murdering his master in his sleep]] Palpatine finally executes the Sith's millenia old GambitRoulette, successfully getting himself elected [[PresidentEvil Supreme Chancellor]] and, with the help of [[AristocratsAreEvil Count]] [[UnwittingPawn Dooku]], initiates another Galactic Civil War that ends with Dooku dead, the Jedi devastated, and Palpatine with dictorial powers. He takes troubled Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker as his apprentice [[ClassicVillain Darth]] [[TheDragon Vader]] and has him lead ThePurge against the remainder of the Jedi. Palpatine reforms The Republic into TheEmpire with himself as [[EvilOverlord Emperor]], and spends the next couple of decades ruling the galaxy with an iron fist until [[LaResistance The Rebellion]], including Anakins son [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke]] and daughter Leia, destroy his second Death Star and Vader undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and hurls Palpatine [[DisneyVillainDeath to his death.]]
** After the Emperor's death, [[GeneralFailure Ysanne Isard]] took over as the main Imperial antagonist during the XWingSeries.
** The role was [[BigBadDuumvirate shared]] between [[MagnificentBastard Grand Admiral Thrawn]] and [[CloningBlues Joruus C'baoth]] for TheThrawnTrilogy. A succession of major and minor villains followed, such as [[TheBaroness Admiral Dalla]], [[AntiVillain Admiral Pellaeon]], and the spirit of Exar Kun, plus a couple of Hutt's, rogue imperials, Dark Jedi and one or two AlwaysChaoticEvil alien races, as TheEmpire devolved into a VestigialEmpire, and eventually signed a peace treat with The New Republic. Everything finally seems peaceful, until....
** NewJediOrder introduced the [[OutsideContextVillain Yuuzhan]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Vong]], with their [[EvilOverlord Supreme Overlord]] being [[TheCaligula Shimrra]], but it's really [[OmnicidalManiac Onimi]] that's pulling the strings. Over the course of a good 19 books the war with the Vong, driven by their [[ReligionOfEvil toxic religion]], kills hundreds of ''trillions'' on sentient peoples and the deaths of countless worlds, and though they are defeated and peace is made, the galaxy is left in a wreck...and [[OhCrap The Sith are about to return...]]
** [[DarkActionGirl Lady Lumiya]] set the dominoes up for LegacyOfTheForce, but she was [[DiscOneFinalBoss defeated halfway through]] and later gets replaced by her protege, [[CompleteMonster Darth Caedus]], aka Han and Leia's son Jacen following his MoreThanMindControl-driven FaceHeelTurn.
** Currently, we have a BigBadEnsemble for FateOfTheJedi in the form of [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]], another OutsideContextVillain; the [[LostTribe Lost Tribe of the Sith]], descended for a remnant of the Sith Empire; and [[PresidentEvil Daala]], now the embattled leader of the Galactic Alliance. The Jedi themselves have gotten DarkerAndEdgier too.
** And finally, there is [[DarkMessiah Darth Krayt]] and his [[ReligionOfEvil One Sith]] for StarWarsLegacy, set TwentyMinutesInTheFuture, long after all the other main characters are dead. The Republic is finished, and TheEmpire is back but is now the ''lesser'' evil, and Krayt sets about executing a plan to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans bring order to galaxy]] he has been preparing for more than a century.
* BlatantLies: Everywhere within Dark Side groups
* BountyHunter: Just look at the trope image.
* BreakTheHaughty: The Selkath from Knights of the Old Republic suffer this greatly. Neither the Sith or the Republic wanted to attack Manaan because it was the planet which provided Kolto, the best healing agent of the time, and the Selkath abused that to make neutrality laws and had no problem imprisoning people from both sides who broke those laws. Fast forward to the discovery of Bacta, a far more effective healing agent than Kolto and Manaan suddenly crawls to the Republic to join and retain a strong economy. Manaan was denied and later was conquered by the Sith, who made the Selkath their slaves.
* BreatherEpisode: The ''Millenium Falcon'' novel, which interrupts the very dark ''Legacy of the Force'' series. Also counts as LighterAndSofter.
* BroadStrokes: StarWars really is the poster child for how this trope works. The [[strike:franchise as a whole]] [[strike:publishing company for the books]] fans of the ExpandedUniverse consider just about everything in the ExpandedUniverse canon in some way. See this [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Canon article in Wookieepedia]] for how it all works. It basically boils down to a seniority: Movies '''>''' Television '''>''' Newer Material '''>''' Older Material (Subject to be ignored) '''>''' Non-Canon (What-If stories).
** Note that GeorgeLucas, creator, owner, and [[WordOfGod final authority]] of the Star Wars franchise, has his own ideas on the subject of ''StarWars'' canon.
* BugWar: The Dark Nest Crisis, mainly the Swarm War.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: All over the place. In-universe pop music, for example, includes genres such as [[HaveAGayOldTime jizz]], [[{{Jazz}} jatz]] and [[Music/HeavyMetal heavy isotope]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Before some rehabilitative CharacterDevelopment, many writers had [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderdized]] the Empire and its servants into this. Ship names like ''Tyrant'', ''Eviscerator'', and ''Corrupter'' reinforce the ethos.
* CerebusSyndrome: The 'verse has gone from about the same level of edginess as the original trilogy to KillEmAll status over time.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The ''Errant Venture'', the Maw, Centerpoint Station, Dathomir...If it exists, it will either [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment be completely forgotten about]] or become a central plot element repeatedly.
* TheChessmaster: Most common are the heads of a Dark Side faction. A Sith Lord with multiple underlings is almost guaranteed to attempt to be this.
* ChickMagnet: Of all people, Luke.
** Equally surprisingly, [[TheCharmer "Gentleman Gil"]] Pellaeon.
* ChokeHolds: Jedi are trained in martial arts. Choke holds are preferred by some as it leads to victory in a fight without causing damage to the loser or requiring much energy expenditure on the part of the Jedi.
* TheChosenOne: Both the Jedi and Sith have their version. The Sith called theirs the Sith'ari. It was told that the Sith'ari would destroy the Sith but would revitalize the Sith into a stronger group than ever before afterward. This was accomplished when Darth Bane eradicated the current Sith of his time, the Brotherhood of Darkness, and then established the Rule of Two, which lead to the Sith finally ruling the galaxy when Darth Sidious' plan was enacted.
** The Jedi have their Chosen One in Anakin Skywalker. The Chosen One was to bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith. While "bringing balance to the Force" is generally unclear, Anakin did destroy the Sith filling the spots of the Rule of Two (himself and Darth Sidious).
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Fey'lya
* CloningBlues: Pretty much the whole point of the "RepublicCommando" novels, focusing on the plight of the Clone Troopers, the synthetic slaves being used as cannon fodder ''[[MoralDissonance by the good guys.]]''
* ComicBookTime: Averted for a long time. Compare the in-universe dating of any story up to about a quarter of the way through the New Jedi Order with its' date of first publication and you'll find that the difference between "years ABY" and "years since 1977" seldom exceeds 5 and the former never exceeds the latter.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: A few people believe this an refuse to play games with droids because of it. One example is Atton Rand and T3-M4, the latter being the better pazaak player and the former being suspicious because he is very skilled himself.
* ContinuityNod: "Kiss my Wookiee!" "I love you." "I know." "It's a trap!" "Perhaps you'd like it back in your cell?" "Great. I always wanted a walking carpet following me around." Some are painful.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Palpatine would kill and then resurrect Bevel Lemelisk no less than 6 times as punishment. Among them is being slowly devoured by beetles and being thrown into a vat of molten copper.
* CorruptPolitician: This is the hat of the Bothan race. They genuinely hate the empire, but they're [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabby]] jerks who are detrimental to the New Republic war effort.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The EU has been steadily creeping this way and towards BloodierAndGorier. Compare the main [[NightmareFuel horror]] of the first major novel, ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', to that of one of the most recent, [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Troopers Death Troopers]]. One is an adventure novel, and the horror is of being hunted down and captured by someone who wants to [[AdultFear take your children]]. The other is survival horror, and the big fear is of being eaten by/converted into a zombie. There have been zombies in Star Wars before, but never quite the classical type.
** The Legacy comics are all about this. Cade Skywalker is a drug-addicted Bounty Hunter who wants nothing to do with the Jedi or their force and constantly betrays and abandons friends and potential allies... and he's supposed to be the HERO.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Happens quite a bit. The gain of significant power, wealth and influence makes a lot of Dark Side practitioners forget their past.
* DeadpanSnarker: By ''far'' the most prevalent form of humor in the galaxy. In way of characters, we have Mara, Ben, all of the Solo family, all of Rogue and Wraith Squadrons...everyone of any importance will get at least one snarky line in.
* DeathWorld: Kashyyyk is the usual example, but also Ryloth (the Twi'lek homeworld), Tatooine and others.
* DefectorFromDecadence: A lot of Imperials who leave the Empire do so because they can't stand something about it anymore. Most of them join the Rebellion.
* DemocracyIsBad: The government of the New Republic is so massively dysfunctional that it survives less than a generation. It is replaced by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, which is so blatantly incompetent that they totally miss the fact that a [[GalacticConqueror Sith Lord]] pulls off a repeat of Palpatine's takeover of the Old Republic simply by slipping an amendment into a bill that gets casually passed by the legislature without notice. The Sith Lord in question's [[RebelLeader mother]] is the only one who observes that this is unconstitutional, as the office of Chief of State can supposedly only be gained via election. The government seems not to notice or care, even when he proceeds to go on a [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide rampage]] against any world that does not submit to his rule. Following this debacle, the GFFA government again allows the office of Chief of State to go to someone arbitrarily appointed, in this case an Imperial Admiral who once tried to destroy their capital planet. She likewise attempts to create a police state, once again largely unimpeded by a compliant legislature, forcing the [[LaResistance Jedi]] to become defiant outlaws. In contrast, the authoritarian Empire is increasingly depicted as better-run, complete with leaders who are noticeably more competent and even-handed than their counterparts running the GFFA.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Strongly evident in the comics.
* DependingOnTheWriter: So very much. Luke or Leia: who is the calm, humble, quiet one? Who takes more after their father? Does Han Solo say "Please" [[SincerityMode without sarcasm]]? What [[UnusualEuphemism expletives]] do specific characters use, and what [[HoldYourHippogriffs word substitutions?]] Thrawn: a mere DangerouslyGenreSavvy tactical genius, or so near-omniscient that taking him down was a fluke? What household animals might civilians have? How are droids treated? Are stormtroopers soldiers following orders and doing what they think is right, or near-mindless evil {{Mook}}s who are [[WhatMeasureIsAMook okay to slaughter]]? Chewbacca: a character, or just a background detail? Does everyone know Luke and Leia's parentage? Is Leia utterly badass or a DamselInDistress? Are Jedi demigods, unobservant and pathetically easy to kill, or somewhere in between? Daala: a complete GeneralFailure or the second coming of Thrawn? Can X-Wing pilots contribute to the plot in any way besides flying around during a battle?
** The most prominent DependingOnTheWriter issue is undoubtedly the question "How much about the main characters is common knowledge among the ordinary people of the galaxy?" Many writers assume that the galaxy is essentially made up of people who saw the Star Wars films and therefore Luke can't go anywhere without being recognised. On the other hand, other writers reduce the in-universe prominence of the main characters and knowledge about them--TheThrawnTrilogy's plot basically relies on the fact that nobody except Luke knows what happened on the Second Death Star in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', and the general public are still debating whether Darth Vader died there or just went missing. In this version of the Star Wars galaxy, nobody except the main characters knows that Darth Vader was also Anakin Skywalker and was Luke and Leia's father. However, by ''LegacyOfTheForce'', everything is apparently common enough knowledge that Han Solo makes jokes about Boba Fett's childhood on Kamino.
* DevelopmentHell: The Reenlistment Of [[XWingSeries Baron]] [[HandOfThrawn Fel]] is sitting in comic book and novella forms on the hard drives of the writers, unsold.
** To say nothing of the tortuous, on-again, off-again paths of ''Crimson Empire III'' and the ''Darth Plagueis'' novel, both presently scheduled as "on".
* DisplacedOrigin: The Sith were not originally Dark Side Force users who opposed the Jedi Order.
--> "The term Sith actually refers to a species of red-skinned beings who were native to Korriban." -Vestara Khai
* DisturbingStatistic: Luke is disturbed to learn that over a million people were on the Death Star when he destroyed it.
* [[DoesntLikeGuns Doesn't Like Lightsabers]]: Nomi Sunrider in ''Tales of the Jedi'' until Master Thon manages to convince her that they're as much a tool as the Force, not just weapons.
* EldritchAbomination: Definitely Darth Nihilus, Waru, and Abeloth. Arguably Palpatine in ''DarkEmpire''.
** AlanMoore created a couple for several stories he wrote for a UK ''Star Wars'' magazine in the 1980s.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Luke's childhood nickname was Wormie, acquired because he was the smallest in his group of friends.
* EndlessDaytime: Ryloth, the Twi'lek homeworld, a tidally locked planet.
* EscapeBattleTechnique: If you fight Yoda, you have one of these. Usually a combination of Force Speed and distracting Yoda by endangering someone in the vicinity.
* EvilWillFail: The Sith are just too evil to have any system they create endures for long, thanks to ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* ExpandedUniverse: Duh.
* ExpansionPackPast: Pretty much everyone--most notable in the ''Tales'' sub-series, which famously gave virtually every bit character in every crowd scene a backstory. Even the priest that married Anakin and Padmé has his own Wookieepedia page.
* FanNickname: Pelly (Pellaeon), Farmboy (Luke), and as meta examples, Talifan (Mandalorian haters/Karen Traviss detractors) and Fandalorian (Mandalorian fans).
* FantasticRecruitmentDrive: Luke spends a lot of his time wandering around the galaxy looking for hidden Jedi as well as people with raw talent.
* FastRoping: ARC troopers are seen doing this during the Battle of Kamino.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Bevel Lemelisk.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: The Expanded Universe details a very diverse political climate with a very large number of different political organizations and movements all across the galaxy. Some are parties that involve themselves in the local affairs of a single planet; others try to make an impact in the Galactic Republic or New Republic. Among them...
** During and around the time of the Prequel Trilogy, the two main factions in the Galactic Republic are the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, who wanted to leave the leave the Republic as see that it was disbanded and the Loyalists, led by Senator Palpatine, who wanted to remain with it; as we all should know, this eventually led to the rise of the [[EvilEmpire Galactic Empire]].
** The Rights of Sentience Party is a party in the New Republic that grew out of a lobbyist group with a similar aim, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to protect the rights of sentient species]].
** The True Victory Party was a political party comprised of radical Bothans who wished to continue ar'kai (i.e. "genocidal warfare") against the Yuuzhan Vong.
** The POWER Party (that's [[FunWithAcronyms Preserve Our Wild Endangered Resources]] Party) of the planet Telos IV was an organization created in opposition to the Telosian government granting a MegaCorp control over the planet's national parks and sacred lands for the mining of resources, which the POWER Party believed should be illegal.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: The Darksaber is a cylindrical ship that houses a superlaser and makes up the majority of the ship itself.
* GeniusLoci: Zonama Sekot, a living planet.
* GenreShift: Occasionally someone will use the setting to do something different. The ''Galaxy of Fear'' series is kid-lit horror, the ''Coruscant Nights'' trilogy is detective noir, and ''Death Troopers'' is a zombie story.
* GossipEvolution: Often done by agents of the Galactic Empire to use fear as a means of control. Darth Vader fought against a group of 8 Jedi at the Conclave of Kessel and required assistance from the 501st Legion to prevail. After a bit of fact editing, the story changed to Darth Vader single-handedly wiping out 50 Jedi.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Boba Fett is a good example of this. Is he the villain to Han solo's hero? Is he the guy training Jaina to defeat one of the most powerful Sith of all time? Or is he just the man leading his people and avoiding galactic conflict while picking off certain people for money?
* HeelFaceTurn: Done to death.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Dani, Shira, and especially Luke's wife Mara.
* HeroicWillpower: Luke. Fighting the Empire, Yuuzhan Vong, Sith and more and emerging alive should require more of this than any single person could have.
** Han also displays notable willpower on occasion, all the more impressive considering he does not have Force training.
** Boba Fett deserves a mention. He was able to resist Vader's [[MindRape attempts to mess with his mind]] in their battle. And to be able to successfully kill as many Jedi as Fett has is most impressive. So impressive that Jaina sought him out when she wanted training.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: The books are notorious for this.
** "Out of the [[strike:frying pan]] reactor core and into the [[strike:fire]] supernova."
** "Like a [[strike:hot knife]] neutrino through [[strike:butter]] plasma."
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/7/23/ "Don't get your Mynocs in a Sarlacc."]]
* HollywoodTactics: Most notably during works set during the Clone Wars. In general, the clones rarely seem to be much smarter than the droids when it comes to actually using cover and strategies outside of 'Charge!'
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Sith "alchemy" can allow even wildly different species to interbreed. Among other things, this is apparently why the Mon Calamari have traits of both arthropods and mollusks.
* [[HoYay/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Ho Yay]]
* HyperspaceLanes: There are major hyperspace routes that seem to be along natural "clear" paths.
* ICommaNoun: ''I, Jedi'', the only novel written in the first person.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: A frequent occurrence when a Light Side being tries to bring a Dark Side being back to the light.
* InTheBlood: And how! Ben's a ChickMagnet like his father in ''Invincible''. Before that, Anakin ''Solo'' is in NJO, like ''his'' father. Jacen follows in his grandfather's footsteps. And Ben's the third Skywalker or Solo attract the romantic interest of the Hapan royal family.
** List of Hapan royal family members who Totally Have The Hots(tm) for the Skywalker/Solo clan (running count: 4).
*** Taryn and Trista Zel to Ben (''Invincible'')
*** Isolder to Leia (''The Courtship of Princess Leia'')
*** Tenel Ka to Jacen (''Young Jedi Knights'', ''Dark Nest Trilogy'') [[spoiler:Had a kid]]
* IncestSubtext: Averted ''hard''. Practically no EU work written after 1983, and none set after 4 ABY, mentions Luke's crush on Leia.
** Luke dwells on it briefly in {{The Truce At Bakura}}.
** {{StarWars/Allegiance}} hints a little, but it's set between ANewHope and TheEmpireStrikesBack.
** There's a perfectly natural explanation for all of it, but Luke's first scene in ''Heir to the Empire'' could easily lead someone unacquainted with canon to believe that he and Leia are married.
* InexplicablyAwesome: A few major characters have their backstories as a complete mystery, and considering how in-depth canon goes on everyone else, it's got to be deliberate.
** We still don't know, and probably never will, where Mara Jade came from. Homeworld, parents? Complete blank.
** Yoda has the nearly unthinkable status of never even having his species defined.
* KnightOfCerebus: The Yuuzhan Vong. Full stop.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: It '''really''' sucked for Anakin Skywalker during his lifetime. PROXY and Galen Marek even touch on the subject a bit.
--> "I hate being him." -PROXY
--> "I think he does, too." -Galen Marek
* LegendaryInTheSequel: Luke Skywalker. He's so famous as the first of the revived Jedi Order that a nascent bar fight aborts just because he happens to be in the room. Everyone, even the arguing interlocutors, stop and wait for Luke to solve the problem. He ruminates on the reputation of the Jedi, but we know who's really famous. An in-universe MemeticBadass WarriorMonk.
* LivingLegend: See above re: Legendary status.
** Also, the Grand Admirals. In order to be promoted to Grand Admiral status, you have to be the best of the best of the best. Acquiring this rank carries with it legendary status, a warrior to be feared beyond all others. Grand Admiral Thrawn, of course, takes this UpToEleven by being so amazingly good that even the Emperor, [[FantasticRacism a human supremacist]], is willing to promote him. In-universe and out, MemeticBadass.
* LivingMemory: Holocrons.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: If they're named, they have a backstory. And if they don't have names, they probably will soon.
* LoopholeAbuse: Darth Sidious was a follower of the Rule of Two, which states only two Sith may exist at once. However, Sidious had dozens of Dark Side followers besides Darth Vader, who was Sith #2. The loophole? They were taught the ways of the Dark Side but no Sith teachings. Darth Krayt abused the same loophole for his One Sith philosophy.
** Not quite; Krayt just flat-out defied it. As he had every right to, because the One Sith is a different Sith Order. It doesn't ''have to'' follow the Rule of Two. The Rule of One is not based on the Rule of Two; its intended to supplant it.
* LoveRedeems: You'd think the Jedi would be more accepting of love considering it tends to work well at making people turn away from the Dark Side. Vader's love for Padme ''almost'' redeemed him before Luke ever picked up a lightsaber (then did actually redeem him in ''Return of the Jedi''). Nomi Sunrider was being tempted but her love for Ulic Qel-Droma shook her out of it. [[spoiler: Revan's]] love for [[spoiler: Bastilla]] brought her back to the Light Side. Luke and Leia's love for one another helped turn Luke back to the Light Side after Luke tried to destroy the Empire from the inside. Galen Marek was trained by his father as a Jedi, then was made Vader's apprentice for years. The love for a woman was what kicked off his redemption.
* MachineEmpathy: Many of the novels state that pilots turn down their inertial dampeners so that they can get a feel for space flying (even though SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay).
* MeaningfulName / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Most of the Sith Lords have names that fall under both of these tropes.
* MentorShip: Luke/Mara and Bane/Zannah. In fanfic, Luke/Corran, Luke/Kyp, Jacen/Ben, Anakin/Ahsoka, Mara/Palpatine, and of course Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Anakin, and Anakin/Ahsoka.
* MindScrew: The ambiguously-canon [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sandstorm Sand]][[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2571109.html?#cutid2 storm]] has a ten-year-old Luke run away from home into a sandstorm, where he sees a tall dark figure and then meets a ten-year-old boy named Annie who is strikingly similar to him. Luke kills a krayt dragon, and when he's rescued from the storm there is no sign of it or Annie. It's pretty clear that Annie is a young Anakin Skywalker, but ''what'' is he? A hallucination? Some projection of the Force? It's weird.
* MindRape: Darth Zannah uses this from time to time but arguably the most notable example is The Sith Emperor [[spoiler: Vitiate]], who is outrageously skilled at this. Most of the beings on his planet suffered this at some point and are under his control. He can do it to Jedi Masters and Sith Lords as well, as he was able to completely dominate the minds of [[spoiler: Revan and Malak, two phenomenally talented Jedi. And he did it to them at the same time.]]
* MobileFactory: World Devastators from the ''Dark Empire'' series.
* ModernStasis: Or Future Stasis, possibly. The EU timeline(s) extend over 25,000 years... but the technology and culture has developed over that time so little it's mind-boggling.
** If you look at the galactic timeline, there actually has been a good amount of technological development. Lightsabers didn't exist in their modern form until 5,000 years before the movies, before that they had energy guzzling sabers that had to be connected to a belt of power packs. Hyperspace technology has gone from requiring nearly all ships to travel within a "lighthouse" network of hyperspace beacons at the time of the Great Sith War to ships having individual navicomputers that do the same thing. Jedi fighters require hyperspace booster rings in the prequel trilogy but X-Wings have individual hyperdrives by the time of the original trilogy. Not as fast a rate of technological advancement as our world, relatively, but it's not a constant stasis either.
** Also, this may be stretching it, but weapons and such improve in ways we don't see. As does armor. Sure, blaster rifles in Darth Revan's time only look as powerful as blaster rifles in the classic trilogy, but that's because the Sith armor and blaster rifles alike were made with inferior materials and technology. Take a classic trilogy blaster rifle to the Knights of the Old Republic era and you'll have some seriously powerful weaponry for the time.
** The galaxy went through a Dark Age about a thousand years before the movies. In reality, we lost a lot of technology due to the dark ages...
* MuggingTheMonster: You'd think a lightsaber would be a good anti-mugging thing to dangle from your clothes. It isn't.
* MyHairCameOutGreen: In ''I, Jedi'', Corran accidentally dyes his hair green while attempting to disguise himself as Kieran Halcyon.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Luke bears some of this, DependingOnTheWriter.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: The Rebels derisively call Imperials "Bucketheads".
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Recalling his rescue from Jabba, Han wonders if he's really seen the last of Fett. This was the (wrong) answer he received.
** Calo Nord in Knights of the Old Republic lampshades this when he tells Malak, "I am hard to kill, Lord Malak."
* NoveltyDecay: Frequent, as different authors want their own versions of originally unique monsters/characters to play with. See the trope page for details.
* OffWithHisHead: Marka Ragnos dueled Simus for the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. The battle ended with the latter's head being separated from his body. Darth Bane decapitated Sirak in their final duel. Shimrra Jamaane of the Yuuzhan Vong also lost his head in his battle against Luke Skywalker.
* OutsideContextVillain: The Yuuzhan Vong.
* PlanetOfCopyhats: Nearly every minor alien character in the movies spawns an alien race with their characteristics in the EU.
** Particularly {{egregious}} is Bothawui. Those courageous Bothans who died so the Rebels would know about the Death Star? [[TheStarscream Their entire culture is based on doing whatever it takes to get ahead.]]
* PlanetOfHats: Played straight, averted, subverted. There's a lot of species with a lot of stereotypes out there, so there's a lot to do with this trope.
* ThePowerOfLove: Jolee Bindo explains it to [[spoiler: Revan]]. He believes love can save a person (see the {{Love Redeems}} entry for details backing his claim) but the passion in love is what should be monitored with great care.
* PredecessorVillain: There's a whole smattering of villains who have never actually appeared in any work, only been mentioned, usually in [[AllThereInTheManual reference texts]]. The earliest were the [[DarkMessiah Sith King Adas]] and the Dark Jedi leader Xendor, whose traditions would eventually be united under Ajunta Pall, the first Dark Lord of the Sith. Pall's tradition would eventually give rise to Naga Sadow, but before him were Lords [[MasterSwordsman Tulak Hord]] and [[TheChessmaster Marka Ragnos]] (Marka would get a chance to be a post-mortem BigBad in one of the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' games). Similarly, there's a whole line of Sith Lords that sprang out of Darth Bane's teachings which is really only notable so far for producing Palpatine and his apprentices but which also included Darths [[DarkActionGirl Zannah]], [[CareerKillers Cognus]] (these two at least have supporting roles in the ''DarthBane'' novels), [[EvilSorcerer Millennial]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Vectivus]], [[ThePhilosopher Guile]], [[TokenGoodTeammate Gravid]], [[HandicappedBadass Gean]], [[EmperorScientist Ramage]], and [[TheVirus Tenebrous]].
* PrequelInTheLostAge: There are many novels and games set in the time of the Old Republic, usually thousands of years before the Battle of Yavin.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Wookiees, obviously, but also the Noghri, the Chiss and many others.
** Canderous Ordo makes the Mandalorians seem like space Spartans. As do Boba and Jango Fett.
* RedheadedHero: Quite a few, though the rarity (and therefore conspicuousness) of redheads is still called out at one point.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun
* {{Retcon}}: The current policy seems to be that there's no inconsistency so big that can't be patched up by some well-placed retcon.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Many examples, eg. the devastation of Honoghr is the Chernobyl disaster '''IN SPACE'''.
* SapientShip: Various space ships that are operated by droid brains.
* ScoundrelCode: Han's mentor Roa has Roa's Rules: Never ignore a call from help, steal only from those richer than you, never play cards unless you're prepared to lose, don't pilot under the influence, and always be prepared to make a quick getaway.
* SealedEvilInACan: If a Sith Lord has a tomb, do not mess with said tomb.
* SenseLossSadness: What happens to Force-blinded Jedi or Sith.
* ShipToShipCombat: Mara? Callista? ''Authors'' fought over this one. Repeated with Luke's niece Jaina, who only takes some 15 years to choose a guy.
* SidenoteFullStory: For literally everything in the movies. Not only is a backstory provided for every character who appeared onscreen in the movies (and even some of the FacelessGoons), but you also get stories that explain exactly what a "nerf herder" is.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Just as bad if not worse than in the movies: Kashyyyk is the jungle planet, Ithor is the forest planet, Dantooine is all grassy plains, etc.
** This is partially justified/averted with Kashyyk. Partially averted in that we see that it has oceans, beaches - the areas around which are not so dense, i.e. the trees are only huge rather than ginormous, etc. It is partially justified in that KOTOR explains that Kashyyk plants were effectively fed steriods when the Rakata's agricultural farming went a bit... out of control.
** Knights of the Old Republic makes it clear that Tatooine is a desert planet before the player even leaves the enclosed settlement.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: From all the way on one end to right down on the other end, depending on the media. The most recent ones strongly tend towards Cynicism.
* SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness: Add "killed in Bantam: 1, killed in Del Rey: 4".
* StarKilling: The Sun Crusher.
** Naga Sadow as well. He could make a star turn into a supernova.
* TheStarscream: An intentional part of the Sith philosophy. The apprentice is supposed to kill the master to "graduate," then train a new apprentice to eventually kill ''him''. In Darth Bane's novels, he becomes disappointed because Zannah isn't murdering him when she has the chance.
* StateSec: COMPNOR (Commission for the Preservation of the New Order) basically is the Empire's equivalent of the SS. It has an executive committee, its own military and intelligence wings that are separate from the regular army and navy chain of commands, a social engineering agency, and its own youth group.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Anakin, especially in the Episode III novel where he defeats Count Dooku, who finally goes all out against the young Jedi. In the Geonosis battle at 22 BBY, Dooku completely demolished Anakin in their fight, after toying with Obi-Wan. Fast forward 3 years later aboard the ''Invisible Hand''. Anakin has not only learned a new fighting style but mastered it to a degree most Jedi would require decades to reach.
* SuperSpeed: All over the place in the video games for Force users.
** Post-movie comics also establish that Darth Sidious is '''very''' quick whether he is in a new clone body or even an advanced age as seen at the end of ''Return of the Jedi''. By the time of ''Dark Empire'' Luke's mastery of the Force had surpassed Yoda's, and Luke had trouble keeping up with Sidious in their lightsaber duel.
* TabletopGames: Two unrelated systems; the earlier, now out of print West End Games version was the source of a ''lot'' of ideas that later ended up in the novels and comics.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Luke's fond of these.
** Han's a fan, too.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: All over the place, eg. [=X-wings=] are the [[JackOfAllStats balanced fighter]], [=A-wings=] are [[FragileSpeedster fast but have weak shielding]] and [=Y-wings=] are [[MightyGlacier slow but durable]]. The same applies to the different styles of lightsaber fighting that the Jedi and Sith use.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Ships that can destroy stars, a gun that fires its ordinance through hyperspace, and a weapon that seems to be a combination of the former two.
* TruceZone: the Selkath take massive advantage of this with their planet of Manaan, making the Republic and Sith obey their laws. When Manaan's product Kolto become borderline worthless when the far more efficient Bacta is made available galactic-wide, the Selkath try to join the Republic to save the planet's economy. [[WhosLaughingNow The Republic shoots their request down and the Sith conquer Manaan and make the Selkath their slaves]].
* [[CalvinBall UnintelligiBall]]: Throughout the EU, Sabbacc has received some pretty detailed rules, making it difficult to follow scenes that focus on a sabbacc game. [[hottip:* :It's like blackjack with tarot cards (major arcana are negative) where the idea is to get 23, -23, or a Fool, 2 (or Empress, as in the tarot card Empress, not the Queen), and 3 (or Emperor, as in the tarot card, not the King): 023, with nothing else. Cards randomize. Now they've added Legates, which are worth eleven but beat a Page or whatever it's called. Okay, yeah, it's complicated. Court cards are all by rank, not just tens.]]
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: References are made to the trash compactor scene from ''ANewHope'' on occasion, most notably in ''TheThrawnTrilogy''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: One of the most famous is the proposed mid-nineties novel ''Alien Exodus''. This was intended to reveal the origin of humans in the ''Star Wars'' universe, with a group of astronauts escaping a computer-dominated future Earth (supposedly the same as the one featured in ''Film/{{THX 1138}}'') and somehow ending up "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away".
* TheWikiRule: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page But of course.]] It's called [[IncrediblyLamePun Wookieepedia]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Referenced by Han Solo during the Dark Nest Crisis. Instead of snakes, he says bugs.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: In multiple ways. Weaker beings who turn to the Dark Side are often consumed by it and lose their minds, resulting in a loss of sanity. Sometimes those who can control the Dark Side become so powerful that the arrogance overcomes their reason. Then there is the Force Insanity trick which allows a Force user to make others insane. Finally, the loss of certain power can lead to insanity, such as when Jorak Uln was booted from the top position of the Korriban Academy. [[spoiler: Revan]] calls Jorak a madman when they converse.
* VampiricDraining: Some force users can devour the lifeforce of their victims. The strongest Sith lords (eg.Sidious,Nihilus) are even able to drain life from entire worlds.
* VibroWeapon: Besides [[LaserBlade lightsabers]], there are some older melee weapons (like swords) that are still used that use vibro technology to make them more dangerous.
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* ShadowsOfTheEmpire (also a game, comic, and soundtrack)

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**This is partially justified/averted with Kashyyk. Partially averted in that we see that it has oceans, beaches - the areas around which are not so dense, i.e. the trees are only huge rather than ginormous, etc. It is partially justified in that KOTOR explains that Kashyyk plants were effectively fed steriods when the Rakata's agricultural farming went a bit... out of control.


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---> "Here's the deal. [[IfYouDoAnythingToHurtHer You break her heart, I break your legs]]." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.

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---> "Here's the deal. [[IfYouDoAnythingToHurtHer [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer You break her heart, I break your legs]]." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.


---> "Here's the deal. You break her heart, I break your legs." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.

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---> "Here's the deal. [[IfYouDoAnythingToHurtHer You break her heart, I break your legs.legs]]." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.



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** Not quite; Krayt just flat-out defied it. As he had every right to, because the One Sith is a different Sith Order. It doesn't ''have to'' follow the Rule of Two. The Rule of One is not based on the Rule of Two; its intended to supplant it.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Before some rehabilitative CharacterDevelopment, many writers had [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderdized]] the Empire and its servants into this. Ship names like ''Tyrant'', ''Eviscerator'', and ''Corrupter'' reinforce the ethos.


* BadassGrandpa: Numerous examples.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: All over the place. In-universe pop music, for example, includes genres such as [[HaveAGayOldTime jizz]], [[{{Jazz}} jatz]] and [[HeavyMetal heavy isotope]].

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: All over the place. In-universe pop music, for example, includes genres such as [[HaveAGayOldTime jizz]], [[{{Jazz}} jatz]] and [[HeavyMetal [[Music/HeavyMetal heavy isotope]].

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