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As a successful science fiction franchise covering multiple forms of media, the creators of the works contained within the Star Wars franchise are bound to bring up moments in the later films in the timeline.


Prequel Trilogy

  • Attack of the Clones:
    • Obi-Wan asks Anakin, "Why do I get the feeling you're going to be the death of me?"
    • Obi-Wan escapes Jango Fett by cutting his engines and hiding on an asteroid. When Han Solo attempts a similar trick in The Empire Strikes Back, hiding on the back of a Star Destroyer and then floating away with its garbage, Jango's son Boba Fett (who was with his dad at the time) sees through it, hides in the garbage himself, and pursues Solo to Bespin.
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    • The appearance of the young Uncle Owen (who happens to be Anakin's stepbrother, and who completed C-3PO) and Aunt Beru.note 
    • The remix of the Imperial March that plays as the clone army is assembling for the first time.
    • When Anakin tells Padme that he killed all the Tusken Raiders after his mother's death, Darth Vader's theme music plays for a second or two
  • Revenge of the Sith:
    • The murder by Force Lightning that happens during Anakin's Face–Heel Turn gives Force Lightning a big emotional weight for him, which may have helped Darth Vader's Heel–Face Turn in Return of the Jedi.
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    • Obi-Wan's Bond One-Liner after killing General Grievous with a blaster: "So uncivilized", a nod to his introduction of the lightsaber as an Elegant Weapon for a More Civilised Age in A New Hope.
    • Padmé's dying words to Obi-Wan are that there is still good in Anakin, despite all he has done. This is one thing that Luke Skywalker inherits from his mother — in Return of the Jedi, he strongly believes the same thing, and that Vader can be saved from the Dark Side. He turns out to be right.
    • Darth Vader claims to Padme that he's so powerful that he can overthrow Palpatine. From a certain point of view he literally does this to Palpatine come Episode VI to save his son, Anakin grabs the Emperor and throws him into the elevator shaft of the Second Death Star

Star Wars Expanded Universe

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Children of the Force" has an easily overlooked one: Anakin remarks that they tore apart a ship belonging to a bounty hunter named Cad Bane in search of vital information on board. One of Vader's first lines in A New Hope is "Commander, tear this ship apart!"
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    • "Legacy of Terror": Anakin says, "That can't be true. That's impossible!" concerning undead Geonosians. Decades later, Luke says nearly the same thing when Vader tells him that he (Vader) is his father.
    • "Brain Invaders":
      • The main plot of the episode is that a squad of clone troopers is infected by Puppeteer Parasites and wind up attacking the Jedi on their ship, which is just like the execution of Order 66.
      • Anakin has to interrogate the Geonosian leader Poggle to learn how to get rid of a certain batch of mind-controlling worms. Poggle proves uncooperative, and Anakin starts to Force-Choke him; cue the Imperial March, foreshadowing Anakin's impending transformation into Darth Vader.
    • "Voyage of Temptation": A Mandalorian extremist named Tal Merrik is cornered by Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine, a pacifist leader. He gives a long speech about how whichever one of them strikes him down will become a cold-blooded killer just like him. Not three seconds later, Anakin stabs him in the back. The Imperial March even plays for a few seconds afterwards.
    • "Ghosts of Mortis":
    • During the Citadel arc, Anakin meets Captain Tarkin and befriends him. When they shake hands at the end, a few bars of the Imperial March play.
    • "Carnage of Krell": General Krell is revealed to be a traitor and Rex and the rest of the clone troopers have to try and arrest him in a sequence that is strongly reminiscent of the execution of Order 66 — albeit with the twist that Krell is genuinely evil and the clone troopers are acting in their right minds as a result of not being brainwashed. In addition, when Rex confronts Krell in the control room, Krell states, "It's treason, then?" before tearing into his would-be captors, much like Palpatine will do in Revenge of the Sith.
    • "Voices": Yoda, on the advice of the disembodied Force ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn, visits the planet Dagobah, and enters the same Dark Side cave where he will send Luke in about 22 years. In said cave, Yoda has visions pertaining to Order 66.
    • "Sacrifice":
      • Darth Sidious, in an attempt to break Yoda, makes him have a vision involving him and Anakin, accompanied by clone troopers, attack the Abandoned Warehouse where Dooku and Sidious meet occasionally on Coruscant. In said vision, Anakin kills Dooku the same way he will in Revenge of the Sith, by scissoring his and Dooku's lightsabers at the man's neck.
      • When Yoda wakes up on Korriban/Moraband after the vision, and talks to the Serene Priestess, as she fades away the sound of the Skywalker twins' birth and Vader Breath are heard. The priestess' last words? "There Is Another... Skywalker."
  • A New Dawn: The main plot revolves around the threat of the planet Gorse's moon Cynda being blown up. Kanan and Hera, as well as Imperial officer Captain Sloane, find it difficult to believe that it's possible to deliberately destroy a moon. Readers, on the other hand, will be well aware that not only is it possible, but the Empire is already working on the construction of a planet-killer superweapon.
  • Star Wars Rebels has its fair share.
    • Lothal is the proving ground for the TIE 2.0 that Vader would later use during the Death Star Trench Run.
    • "Fire Across the Galaxy": Tarkin is forced to evacuate his ship in his moment of triumph.
    • The entirety of "Relics of the Old Republic" is filled with visual call forwards, especially to the Hoth sequence from The Empire Strikes Back.
    • "The Honorable Ones": The Ghost crew is sent to Geonosis to investigate reports by Rebel intelligence, where they find three Imperial construction modules and a large debris field in orbit. Sabine points out that the debris field is the largest she's ever seen, so the Empire must have been building something massive...
    • "The Holocrons of Fate": A vision granted to Ezra by the Jedi and Sith holocrons reveals that the solution to defeating the empire has something to do with twin suns. note 
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan: There's a particularly tragic one at the end of the book, at the ceremony officially confirming Leia as Crown Princess. She reminisces about her parents, and wonders about when she will be queen, when we all know that will never happen.

Star Wars Legends

  • The Fate of the Jedi books got into this, with regard to Legacy. Example: In Outcast, Jag recommends that Jaina train a Jedi organization for The Remnant (it turns out that Tahiri founds the Imperial Knights, instead of her).
  • The Jedi Apprentice books, about Obi-Wan's own Padawan years, have a particularly cruel example with a planet that is turned into a Stalinist nightmare because their leaders had visions of "darkness covering the galaxy" coming from the Jedi and the Republic. After considering this ridiculous, Qui-Gon himself then has a vision of Obi-Wan as an old man living on a backwater planet with "only his sad memories as company". Nice.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars:
    • At the end of the second volume of the miniseries, Anakin thrusts his broken mechanical hand at an alien Mad Scientist. The alien seizes up, and his breathing apparatus is crushed...
    • Earlier, Anakin is in a cave, and sees an image of a hero choking his own wife and falling to darkness, then Vader's helmet, in the visions he has.
  • Michael Stackpole loved doing these in the X-Wing Series, mostly to Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy. Just a few of them:
    • The lost Katana fleet is mentioned in a "might as well wish for the moon" phrase.
    • Talon Karrde appears, along with his right-hand man Quelev Tapper (who suffers Death by Origin Story in his first written appearance, set after Stackpole's books).
    • Ysanne Isard and Kirtan Loor briefly mention Thrawn being out in the Rim.
    • Thanks to the Force making him very lucky, Corran finds a hold-out blaster hidden in a datacard box in an Imperial library; in The Thrawn Trilogy Mara mentions, while taking one from a different library, that keeping hold-out blasters in the "Corvis Minor" box is standard procedure.
    • Ch'hala trees are mentioned; Corran wonders if they're passive weapon scanners. Those who've read the Thrawn Trilogy know they're actually listening devices, neatly explaining how the Big Bad knows so much about the Rogues' activities on Coruscant.
  • Zahn makes references too. In Star Wars: Allegiance, Disra has connections to criminals, Vader is suspected of snooping through records related to Prince Xizor, and Leia mentions in the narration that her father taught her to breathe deeply and deliberately to calm herself. Though that last might not have been deliberate.
  • Several in Knights of the Old Republic, as might be expected.
    • For instance, Kreia's prediction that the Mandalorians will eventually be reduced to "a shell of a man, too easily slain by Jedi", i.e. Jango Fett. (Although this technically stops neither the Mandalorians nor the Fett bloodline. Kreia is like that sometimes.)
    • Some of the names are also references to famous characters from the primary era. For instance, the Republic leader in the first game, Admiral Dodonna, is a nod to the Rebel general of the same name in A New Hope. Star Wars: The Old Republic keeps up this grand tradition, most notably on Alderaan, which is famous for its feuding noble houses—Organa and Thul. (One quest mentions a particular affinity between the Thuls and the Killik aliens, a tip to the Dark Nest Trilogy.)
  • In Labyrinth of Evil, set just before Revenge of the Sith:
    • Obi-Wan casually mentions to Anakin that he could think of far worse places to live than Tatooine, a few months before he spends 18 years there.
    • While infiltrating an Asteroid Miners' facility in pursuit of a lead on Sidious, Anakin and Obi-Wan's ship is held in place by a powerful tractor beam. Obi-Wan watches while a Republic Intelligence agent disables it, learning a skill he will put to good use on the Death Star, and distracts a few guards with the same Force trick he will use then. The agent declares that such powerful tractor beams will be prominent on future warships, which will be large enough to support them.
    • From the mouth of Nute Gunray's protocol droid, captured and set to aiding in the hunt for Darth Sidious, to a clone commando:
      Commando: Consider yourself lucky. Now you're on the side of the good guys.
      TC-16: Good guys, bad guys ... who can say anymore? What's more, you won't be so quick to say that should someone compel you to shift loyalties at a moment's notice.
  • The novelization of Revenge of the Sith, in addition to those from the film, has a few more Call Forwards.
    • Obi-Wan, facing possible defeat at the hands of General Grievous, reflects that he always expected Anakin would be with him when he died.
    • In the opening battle, Anakin and Obi-Wan lead the tri-fighters pursuing them through a trench in a larger enemy ship. Anakin's call sign for the space battle is also Red Five according to Odd Ball, the same as Luke's will be during the Battle of Yavin.
    • Captain Needa appears as a mere lieutenant commander during the battle of Coruscant, trying to parley with General Grievous. It predictably fails. In a harsher way, he also provides information for the rescue team sent to retrieve Anakin, Obi-Wan and Palpatine from the wreckage of their ship, thus helping the man who will kill him twenty years later.
  • Acting as a sort of epilogue for Revenge of the Sith, Dark Lord—The Rise of Darth Vader sets up many of the Original Trilogy's plot points.
    • In his introductory scene, Roan Shryne has a Force vision of a battle on a forest world, with a lone figure tearing down darkness and an enormous explosion in the sky—foreshadowing the Battle of Kashyyyk at the climax of the book, and also an apt summary of the end of Return of the Jedi. As he lies dying, the vision returns to Shryne and he perceives that Vader will be at the center of it all—and that the Force will never fall to darkness forever.
    • Mon Mothma appears as a young Senators and ally of Bail Organa. In Return of the Jedi and subsequent Legends works, she is a leader of the Rebellion. Garm Bel Iblis is another such Senator; in The Thrawn Trilogy he returns to the Rebellion after forming a splinter group.
    • Bail Organa himself is a supporting character, reluctant to openly defy Palpatine along with Mon Mothma because of his duty to safeguard his adopted daughter Leia—still an infant, but carrying the hope of the galaxy.
    • Darth Sidious, goading Vader, points out that if they were to come to blows, Sidious could easily short out Vader's suit with Force Lightning—exactly how Vader will eventually die.
    • Vader forms a Villainous Friendship with one Wilhuff Tarkin, newly promoted to Moff and already in charge of portions of the secret construction project that will become the Death Star.
    • Chewbacca happens to be one of the Wookiees that Starstone's group of Jedi meet with on Kashyyyk. When the planet falls under attack, he winds up piloting their shuttle and escaping with them, explaining how he got into the smuggling business before meeting Han Solo.
    • As Vader looks down at Shryne's dying body, he anticipates looking down on a defeated Sidious the same way—he certainly will, but not for the reasons he thinks. He also plans to take on an apprentice with a "rebellious spirit" to aid him in that quest.
    • The Emperor gives Moff Tarkin a bit of advice that informs his worldview and makes him the sort of person who, in A New Hope, will blow up a peaceful, heavily populated core planet as an intimidation tactic.
      Palpatine: What is one world, more or less, when the galaxy is being reordered?
      Tarkin: ...I will bear that in mind, my lord.
    • In the final chapter, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi learn of Vader's survival in his vigil on Tatooine. His Spirit Advisor, Qui-Gon Jinn, advises him not to tell Luke the truth about his father before the boy is ready.
  • Star Wars: Kenobi:
    • Sarlaccs are rare, but the one at the Pit of Carkoon from Return of the Jedi isn't unique, just especially large.
    • Ben's first lines (after the prologue) include "Hello, there," and "You're in one piece," just as in A New Hope.
    • Ben learns that the Sand People fear krayt dragons and can be scared off using an artificial krayt dragon roar, which he puts to good use in A New Hope.
    • Annileen tells a story to Ben about an actor who decided to live in the desert for six months and came back looking incredibly aged. In A New Hope, old Ben looks far older than he should after an 18-year gap between Episodes III and IV.
    • Ben gives similar advice to Jabe Calwell that he'll say to Han Solo: Only a fool follows another fool.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles has a scene set during the prequel era where Yoda and someone else crash land on Dagobah. Yoda looks around and says "Like this place I do. Live here someday I could."
  • Star Wars: Scoundrels:
    • Han calls Mazzic, who's one of Talon Karrde's smuggling associates in The Thrawn Trilogy, to ask him for help with the job. Mazzic sends two of his employees, Winter and Kell.
    • Winter, also from the Thrawn Trilogy, is in the midst of her mission of procurement for the Rebellion, which she tells Mara Jade about in The Last Command. As such, she's working undercover for Mazzic, helping him identify warehouses to steal from; after he takes what he wants, the Rebels come in and gather up the rest. She's a bit annoyed that this side job for Han has nothing to do with the war, but to maintain her cover she gives it her all—and she's probably planning to donate her share to the Alliance anyway. Meanwhile, her homeworld of Alderaan has just been destroyed, she has no idea whether her close friend Princess Leia was on-planet at the time, and news from the Rebel leadership trickles down to the agents very slowly. After she spots some clues that Han is also involved with the Rebellion, he is able to reassure her regarding Leia's survival.
    • Kell (Tainer, though he never gives his last name in this book) is part of Wraith Squadron in the X-Wing Series, and the more-or-less main character of the book Wraith Squadron, which takes place seven years after Scoundrels. Also an Alderaanian, he's a bit adrift after the loss of his homeworld and his father (in a separate incident), and has fallen in with Mazzic. He already knows droids and explosives, and a bit of piloting. Since he's not in charge of anyone, he only shows a hint of the performance anxiety that dogs him later. If his biography in Wraith Squadron is accurate, his share of the take probably goes towards mechanic's training at the Sluis Van shipyards before he joins the New Republic as a commando and later a fighter pilot.
    • The final layer of security on Villachor's vault is the vault itself: a block of Hijarna stone inside a sphere of duracrete. Hijarna stone, an incredibly dense material resistant to damage from everything up to and including lightsabers, is also from the Thrawn trilogy: on the planet Hijarna, it makes up the ruined fortress where Talon Karrde has one of his hideouts.
    • The power struggle between Darth Vader and Black Sun's leader Prince Xizor is in the background of Villachor and Qazadi's actions on the Black Sun side, and Intelligence agent Dayja's on the Imperial side. It will come to a head, and the Rebellion will get involved, in Shadows of the Empire.

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