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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/TimothyZahn, the renowned author of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and one of the biggest contributors to ''StarWars'' literature, disliked the comic book series and pretty much hated the idea to bring back Emperor Palpatine even when George Lucas supposedly was the one who proposed it as he felt that it was against the ending of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html Unknown to most fans]], Zahn was asked to critique the plot of ''Dark Empire'' whereas Tom Veitch was asked to critique the plot of ''Heir to the Empire'' (which Veitch deemed uncinematic, leading Zahn to take that criticism to heart and improve his further work). Zahn's hatred for the series came to the point of even inserting a DiscontinuityNod in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology in which Luke Skywalker mentions Palpatine's resurrection to Mara Jade, who in turn assures him that personally, she is unconvinced that the cloned Palpatine was actually him.


* [[HilariousInHindsight/StarWarsLegends Hilarious In Hindsight]]:
** One of the fan complaints about ''Dark Empire'' has been it being a ResetButton compared to the Timothy Zahn trilogy that shortly preceded it (which, to be fair, it was in several ways--because it was originally written as its own independent sequel to ''Return of the Jedi'', and was partially rewritten and shoehorned in after the Zahn books in the timeline due to ExecutiveMeddling). Much later, the Disney sequels were released, and ended up as basically a SoftReboot of the original films that erased all of their heroes' achievements in a stroke, taking this UpToEleven.
** Similarly, the Galaxy Gun, which was never a fan favorite, ended up being a more restrained version of Disney's [[Film/TheForceAwakens Starkiller Base]].
** The Eclipse was originally intended to be 17 kilometers long, in an era where the Executor was officially claimed to be eight. Some considered this an attempt on the writer's part to one-up the films... then the Executor's length was corrected to 19 kilometers, finally bowing to years of fan scaling, and making the Eclipse a bit shorter (if much beefier) than its film counterpart.
** Thirteen years before Palpatine uttered "[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith I AM the Senate]]," and it soared to memetic heights, he goes higher, proclaiming himself to be the Dark Side personified.
** Palpatine in younger form is shown to have red hair. ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' also showed him having it before he went gray.
** The reborn Palpatine, on beating Luke in a lightsaber duel, mocked him by asking whether his Force abilities revealed how many other "so-called" Jedi Masters tried to kill him. In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', we see Palpatine took down three easily, and was only beaten by Mace Windu (which is implied [[WoundedGazelleGambit to be a ploy]] so Anakin would side with him).
** The Emperor being brought back from the dead has always been a contentious issue within the Star Wars fandom. On April 12th, 2019, the trailer for ''[[Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker]]'' was released, and Palpatine is heard laughing at the end of the trailer. This was followed by confirmation that Creator/IanMcDiarmid would be returning to his role as Palpatine in the film. [[spoiler:And the film proper confirms that his plan involves cloning and spiritual transfer, with the novelization confirming Palpatine to be a clone.]] The writer of ''Dark Empire'' himself, Tom Veitch, has taken these comparisons in good humor, joking that he feels glad to have (paraphrasing) "basically created the plot of a future billion-dollar movie."

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* [[HilariousInHindsight/StarWarsLegends Hilarious In Hindsight]]:
** One of the fan complaints about ''Dark Empire'' has been it being a ResetButton compared to the Timothy Zahn trilogy that shortly preceded it (which, to be fair, it was in several ways--because it was originally written as its own independent sequel to ''Return of the Jedi'', and was partially rewritten and shoehorned in after the Zahn books in the timeline due to ExecutiveMeddling). Much later, the Disney sequels were released, and ended up as basically a SoftReboot of the original films that erased all of their heroes' achievements in a stroke, taking this UpToEleven.
** Similarly, the Galaxy Gun, which was never a fan favorite, ended up being a more restrained version of Disney's [[Film/TheForceAwakens Starkiller Base]].
** The Eclipse was originally intended to be 17 kilometers long, in an era where the Executor was officially claimed to be eight. Some considered this an attempt on the writer's part to one-up the films... then the Executor's length was corrected to 19 kilometers, finally bowing to years of fan scaling, and making the Eclipse a bit shorter (if much beefier) than its film counterpart.
** Thirteen years before Palpatine uttered "[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith I AM the Senate]]," and it soared to memetic heights, he goes higher, proclaiming himself to be the Dark Side personified.
** Palpatine in younger form is shown to have red hair. ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' also showed him having it before he went gray.
** The reborn Palpatine, on beating Luke in a lightsaber duel, mocked him by asking whether his Force abilities revealed how many other "so-called" Jedi Masters tried to kill him. In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', we see Palpatine took down three easily, and was only beaten by Mace Windu (which is implied [[WoundedGazelleGambit to be a ploy]] so Anakin would side with him).
** The Emperor being brought back from the dead has always been a contentious issue within the Star Wars fandom. On April 12th, 2019, the trailer for ''[[Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker]]'' was released, and Palpatine is heard laughing at the end of the trailer. This was followed by confirmation that Creator/IanMcDiarmid would be returning to his role as Palpatine in the film. [[spoiler:And the film proper confirms that his plan involves cloning and spiritual transfer, with the novelization confirming Palpatine to be a clone.]] The writer of ''Dark Empire'' himself, Tom Veitch, has taken these comparisons in good humor, joking that he feels glad to have (paraphrasing) "basically created the plot of a future billion-dollar movie."


* ApprovalOfGod: While the series met a mixed response from both fans and ''StarWars'' authors, Creator/GeorgeLucas himself praised the series [[https://web.archive.org/web/20040603120517/http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/features/starwars/ according to Tom Veitch]]. Reportedly, Lucas felt that ''Dark Empire'' was the closest thing to his current idea for the then unplanned Sequel Trilogy. If we take in account his plans about the Clone Wars for the Prequels, it definitely makes sense that he wanted to use CloningBlues again.

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* ApprovalOfGod: While the series met a mixed response from both fans and ''StarWars'' authors, Creator/GeorgeLucas himself praised the series [[https://web.archive.org/web/20040603120517/http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/features/starwars/ according to Tom Veitch]]. Reportedly, Lucas directed them in the comic's plot, and ultimately felt that ''Dark Empire'' was the closest thing to his current idea for the then unplanned Sequel Trilogy. If we take in account his plans about the Clone Wars for the Prequels, it definitely makes sense that he wanted to use CloningBlues again.


* RefittedForSequel: Mark Hamill [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html reportedly]] first proposed to George Lucas the idea of Luke Skywalker journeying into the dark side of the Force back in the mid-1980s. Hamill himself [[https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/03/mark-hamill-on-skywalker-disagreements-fear-of-starring-in-a-new-star-wars-film/ mentioned]] in 2018 that when filming ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', he believed that Luke would fall to the dark side due his black clothes. While Luke felt tempted but desisted from joining the dark side of the Force in the finished film, ''Dark Empire'' shows him falling to the dark side and joining Emperor Palpatine as his apprentice [[spoiler:before getting back to the light side]].

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* RefittedForSequel: Mark Hamill [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html reportedly]] first proposed to George Lucas the idea of Luke Skywalker journeying into the dark side of the Force back in the mid-1980s. Hamill himself [[https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/03/mark-hamill-on-skywalker-disagreements-fear-of-starring-in-a-new-star-wars-film/ mentioned]] in 2018 that when filming ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', he believed that Luke would fall to the dark side due to his black clothes. While Luke felt tempted but desisted from joining the dark side of the Force in the finished film, ''Dark Empire'' shows him falling to the dark side and joining Emperor Palpatine as his apprentice [[spoiler:before getting back to the light side]].


* CreatorBacklash: Creator/TimothyZahn, the renowned author of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and one of the biggest contributors to ''StarWars'' literature, disliked the comic book series and pretty hated the idea to bring back Emperor Palpatine even when George Lucas supposedly was the one who proposed it as he felt that it was against the ending of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html Unknown to most fans]], Zahn was asked to critique the plot of ''Dark Empire'' whereas Tom Veitch was asked to critique the plot of ''Heir to the Empire'' (which Veitch deemed uncinematic, leading Zahn to take that criticism to heart and improve his further work). Zahn's hatred for the series came to the point of even inserting a DiscontinuityNod in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology in which Luke Skywalker mentions Palpatine's resurrection to Mara Jade, who in turn assures him that personally, she is unconvinced that the cloned Palpatine was actually him.

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/TimothyZahn, the renowned author of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and one of the biggest contributors to ''StarWars'' literature, disliked the comic book series and pretty much hated the idea to bring back Emperor Palpatine even when George Lucas supposedly was the one who proposed it as he felt that it was against the ending of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html Unknown to most fans]], Zahn was asked to critique the plot of ''Dark Empire'' whereas Tom Veitch was asked to critique the plot of ''Heir to the Empire'' (which Veitch deemed uncinematic, leading Zahn to take that criticism to heart and improve his further work). Zahn's hatred for the series came to the point of even inserting a DiscontinuityNod in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology in which Luke Skywalker mentions Palpatine's resurrection to Mara Jade, who in turn assures him that personally, she is unconvinced that the cloned Palpatine was actually him.


* WordOfSaintPaul: [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html According to Tom Veitch himself]], one of the reasons for which Emperor Palpatine came to the second Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was that he was ready to make to transfer his soul to a young cloned body, asking Luke Skywalker to strike him to accomplish both Luke's fall to the dark and his transition to a new body, with Veitch adding that the blue flashes that marked Palpatine's death represented the Emperor's living energy, his concious dark force, leaving his body for his newest one across the galaxy.

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* WordOfSaintPaul: [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html According to Tom Veitch himself]], one of the reasons for which Emperor Palpatine came to the second Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was that he was ready to make to transfer his soul to a young cloned body, asking Luke Skywalker to strike him to accomplish both Luke's fall to the dark and his transition to a new body, with Veitch adding that the blue flashes that marked Palpatine's death represented the Emperor's living energy, his concious conscious dark force, leaving his body for his newest one across the galaxy.


* ApprovalOfGod: While the series met a mixed response from both fans and ''StarWars'' authors, Creator/GeorgeLucas himself praised the series [[https://web.archive.org/web/20040603120517/http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/features/starwars/ according to Tom Veitch]]. Reportedly, Lucas felt that ''Dark Empire'' was the closest thing to his current idea for the then unplanned Sequel Trilogy.

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* ApprovalOfGod: While the series met a mixed response from both fans and ''StarWars'' authors, Creator/GeorgeLucas himself praised the series [[https://web.archive.org/web/20040603120517/http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/features/starwars/ according to Tom Veitch]]. Reportedly, Lucas felt that ''Dark Empire'' was the closest thing to his current idea for the then unplanned Sequel Trilogy. If we take in account his plans about the Clone Wars for the Prequels, it definitely makes sense that he wanted to use CloningBlues again.



** When Creator/GeorgeLucas contacted Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy to make a ''Star Wars'' comic book, Tom Veitch's [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html initial idea]] for a ''Star Wars'' comic book was doing a series called ''The Jedi Chronicles'', delving into the history of the Jedi Knights, but Lucas told him he preferred for them to make a story set immediately after ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (yet the finished version starts six years after it due some squabbles). It's likely that Veitch's original proposal ended up taking the form of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi''.
*** The change in date explains some of the oddities of the comic, such as the Imperials being in control of Coruscant and the Star Destroyers captured at Endor being treated like recent accomplishments.
** It was originally intended that, instead of reviving Palpatine as a clone, the storyline [[https://web.archive.org/web/20070213005025/http://www.jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2007.asp?intID=432 would have involved]] the Galactic Empire hiring someone to wear a replica of Darth Vader's suit or the original one to keep fear in the galaxy, but Lucas vetoed that option yet Veitch was allowed to resurrect the Emperor, although there are conflicting accounts whether it was Lucas or Veitch the one who suggested to bring back Palpatine.

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** When Creator/GeorgeLucas contacted Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy to make a ''Star Wars'' comic book, Tom Veitch's [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html initial idea]] for a ''Star Wars'' comic book was doing a series called ''The Jedi Chronicles'', delving into the history of the Jedi Knights, but Lucas told him he preferred for them to make a story set immediately after ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (yet the finished version starts six years after it due some squabbles). It's likely that Veitch's original proposal ended up taking the form of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi''.
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''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi''. (The change in date explains some of the oddities of the comic, such as the Imperials being in control of Coruscant and the Star Destroyers captured at Endor being treated like recent accomplishments.
accomplishments.)
** It was originally intended that, instead of reviving Palpatine as a clone, the storyline [[https://web.archive.org/web/20070213005025/http://www.jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2007.asp?intID=432 would have involved]] the Galactic Empire hiring someone to wear a replica of Darth Vader's suit or the original one to keep fear in the galaxy, but Lucas vetoed that option yet option. Veitch was then allowed to resurrect the Emperor, although which Lucas approved (although there are conflicting accounts whether it was Lucas or Veitch the one who suggested to bring back Palpatine.the idea in the first place).



** [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html There was supposed]] to have been an original graphic novel set between ''Dark Empire'' and ''Dark Empire II'' called ''Lightsider'', which would have properly introduced Kam Solusar. While most people on Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself loved the graphic novel, it was cancelled when Lucas discovered that he had approved a novel without a contract. This is why Kam suddenly appears out of nowhere at the start of ''Dark Empire II''.
*** The battle between Kam Solusar and Luke Skywalker is in the audio drama of ''Dark Empire II'', however.

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** [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html There was supposed]] to have been an original graphic novel set between ''Dark Empire'' and ''Dark Empire II'' called ''Lightsider'', which would have properly introduced Kam Solusar. While most people on Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself loved the graphic novel, it was cancelled when Lucas discovered that he had approved a novel without a contract. This is why Kam suddenly appears out of nowhere at the start of ''Dark Empire II''.
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II''. The battle between Kam Solusar and Luke Skywalker is in the audio drama of ''Dark Empire II'', however.


* LyingCreator: Ambiguously. While Emperor Palpatine mentions that his death during ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' wasn't his first one and that he had started transferring his soul to cloned bodies before that, the Holocron continuity database keeper Leland Chee [[https://archive.fo/rydh8 replied]] in 2005 that Palpatine was lying to Luke about having died before and that his death during the Battle of Endor had been his first one, clarifying that no clone of Palpatine was present in the prequels nor in the original films. Whether Tom Veitch knew that Palpatine's claims were lies when he wrote the series or had other plans is beyond anyone's speculation.

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* LyingCreator: Ambiguously. While Emperor Palpatine mentions that his death during ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' wasn't his first one and that he had started transferring his soul to cloned bodies before that, the Holocron continuity database keeper Leland Chee [[https://archive.fo/rydh8 replied]] in 2005 that Palpatine was lying to Luke about having died before and that his death during the Battle of Endor had been his first one, clarifying that no clone of Palpatine was present in the prequels nor in the original films. Whether Tom Veitch knew that Palpatine's claims were lies when he wrote the series or had other plans is beyond anyone's speculation.


** When George Lucas contacted Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy to make a ''Star Wars'' comic book, Tom Veitch's [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html initial idea]] for a ''Star Wars'' comic book was doing a series called ''The Jedi Chronicles'', delving into the history of the Jedi Knights, but Lucas told him he preferred for them to make a story set immediately after ''Film/Return of the Jedi'' (yet the finished version starts six years after it due some squabbles). It's likely that Veitch's original proposal ended up taking the form of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi''.

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** When George Lucas Creator/GeorgeLucas contacted Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy to make a ''Star Wars'' comic book, Tom Veitch's [[https://web.archive.org/web/20170723221847/https://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/08/interview-with-dark-empire-writer-tom.html initial idea]] for a ''Star Wars'' comic book was doing a series called ''The Jedi Chronicles'', delving into the history of the Jedi Knights, but Lucas told him he preferred for them to make a story set immediately after ''Film/Return of the Jedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (yet the finished version starts six years after it due some squabbles). It's likely that Veitch's original proposal ended up taking the form of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi''.



*** The battle between Solusar and Luke is in the audio drama of ''Dark Empire II'', however.

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*** The battle between Kam Solusar and Luke Skywalker is in the audio drama of ''Dark Empire II'', however.


* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite praising the series and been the one who suggested Palpatine's cloning, Creator/GeorgeLucas disregards ''Dark Empire'' especially as part of the ''Star Wars'' story. When asked in 2008 about possible further ''Star Wars'' films, Lucas stated that the story of ''Star Wars'' is Darth Vader's tragedy and that once he dies in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor never gets brought back to life because that's where the story ends. This is fairly believable, as the Prequel Trilogy contradicted ''Dark Empire'' by establishing Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, a revelation which caused many fans to criticize ''Dark Empire'' for making Darth Vader's HeroicSacrifice seem pointless and having the Sith surviving past the sixth film in spite that Tom Veitch could have hardly known what George Lucas was planning for the prequels, though Palpatine's desire for any means of immortatility in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' forced some fans to reexamine their positions. Anyway, with Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequent canon reboot in 2014, ''Dark Empire'' never actually happened and most fans are happy now.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite praising the series and been the one who suggested Palpatine's cloning, Creator/GeorgeLucas disregards ''Dark Empire'' especially as part of the ''Star Wars'' story. When asked in 2008 about possible further ''Star Wars'' films, Lucas stated that the story of ''Star Wars'' is Darth Vader's tragedy and that once he dies in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor never gets brought back to life because that's where the story ends. This is fairly believable, as the Prequel Trilogy contradicted ''Dark Empire'' by establishing Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, a revelation which caused many fans to criticize ''Dark Empire'' for making Darth Vader's HeroicSacrifice seem pointless and having the Sith surviving past the sixth film in spite that Tom Veitch could have hardly known what George Lucas was planning for the prequels, though Palpatine's desire for any means of immortatility in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' forced some fans to reexamine their positions. Anyway, with Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequent canon reboot in 2014, ''Dark Empire'' never actually happened and most fans are happy now.


* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite praising the series and been the one who suggested Palpatine's cloning, Creator/GeorgeLucas disregards ''Dark Empire'' especially as part of the ''Star Wars'' story. When asked in 2008 about possible further ''Star Wars'' films, Lucas stated that the story of ''Star Wars'' is Darth Vader's tragedy and that once he dies in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor never gets brought back to life because that's where the story ends. This is fairly believable, as the Prequel Trilogy contradicted ''Dark Empire'' by establishing Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, a revelation which caused many fans to criticize ''Dark Empire'' for making Darth Vader's HeroicSacrifice seem pointless and having the Sith surviving past the sixth film in spite that Tom Veitch could have hardly known what George Lucas was planning for the prequels, though Palpatine's desire for any means of immortatility in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' forced some fans to reexamine their positions. Anyway, with Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequent canon reboot in 2014, ''Dark Empire'' never actually happened and most fans are happy now.


* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite praising the series and been the one who suggested Palpatine's cloning, Creator/GeorgeLucas disregards ''Dark Empire'' especially as part of the ''Star Wars'' story. When asked in 2008 about his thought of further ''Star Wars'' film after his death, Lucas stated that the story of ''Star Wars'' is Darth Vader's tragedy and that once he dies in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor never gets brought back to life because that's where the story ends. This is fairly believable, as the Prequel Trilogy contradicted ''Dark Empire'' by establishing Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, a revelation which caused many fans to criticize ''Dark Empire'' for making Darth Vader's HeroicSacrifice seem pointless and having the Sith surviving past the sixth film in spite that Tom Veitch could have hardly known what George Lucas was planning for the prequels, though Palpatine's desire for any means of immortatility in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' forced some fans to reexamine their positions. Anyway, with Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequent canon reboot in 2014, ''Dark Empire'' never actually happened and most fans are happy now.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite praising the series and been the one who suggested Palpatine's cloning, Creator/GeorgeLucas disregards ''Dark Empire'' especially as part of the ''Star Wars'' story. When asked in 2008 about his thought of possible further ''Star Wars'' film after his death, films, Lucas stated that the story of ''Star Wars'' is Darth Vader's tragedy and that once he dies in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor never gets brought back to life because that's where the story ends. This is fairly believable, as the Prequel Trilogy contradicted ''Dark Empire'' by establishing Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, a revelation which caused many fans to criticize ''Dark Empire'' for making Darth Vader's HeroicSacrifice seem pointless and having the Sith surviving past the sixth film in spite that Tom Veitch could have hardly known what George Lucas was planning for the prequels, though Palpatine's desire for any means of immortatility in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' forced some fans to reexamine their positions. Anyway, with Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequent canon reboot in 2014, ''Dark Empire'' never actually happened and most fans are happy now.


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* LyingCreator: Ambiguously. While Emperor Palpatine mentions that his death during ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' wasn't his first one and that he had started transferring his soul to cloned bodies before that, the Holocron continuity database keeper Leland Chee [[https://archive.fo/rydh8 replied]] in 2005 that Palpatine was lying to Luke about having died before and that his death during the Battle of Endor had been his first one, clarifying that no clone of Palpatine was present in the prequels nor in the original films. Whether Tom Veitch knew that Palpatine's claims were lies when he wrote the series or had other plans is beyond anyone's speculation.

Added DiffLines:

* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite praising the series and been the one who suggested Palpatine's cloning, Creator/GeorgeLucas disregards ''Dark Empire'' especially as part of the ''Star Wars'' story. When asked in 2008 about his thought of further ''Star Wars'' film after his death, Lucas stated that the story of ''Star Wars'' is Darth Vader's tragedy and that once he dies in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor never gets brought back to life because that's where the story ends. This is fairly believable, as the Prequel Trilogy contradicted ''Dark Empire'' by establishing Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, a revelation which caused many fans to criticize ''Dark Empire'' for making Darth Vader's HeroicSacrifice seem pointless and having the Sith surviving past the sixth film in spite that Tom Veitch could have hardly known what George Lucas was planning for the prequels, though Palpatine's desire for any means of immortatility in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' forced some fans to reexamine their positions. Anyway, with Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012 and subsequent canon reboot in 2014, ''Dark Empire'' never actually happened and most fans are happy now.

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